Writing Wednesday: Starting a New Project

Writing Wednesday: Starting a New Project

So you finished your last writing project. What do you do now?

Starting a new project can be scary, especially when you’ve spent so long writing, revising, and editing a manuscript already.

How do you know when it’s time to let one project go, and put it out into the universe, and start another one? That’s a tricky question, and there is no “right” answer. You just know. Maybe you’ve decided that your current manuscript isn’t the one that you want to query with, maybe you’ve been in the query trenches for what feels like forever, maybe you have published already but are just waiting around to be struck by some sort of inspiration.

But if we want to have careers as writers, we need to write more than one thing. And there is no better time than the present to start a new project.

Even if you write just for the fun of it, the only way that you can grow and get better is to keep writing. As you look at a new, fresh (and very very blank) Word document, doubt and fear may rise up. Don’t let it.

Instead, allow this new project to take you on an adventure you’ve never been on before.

Allow this new project to fill your imagination with new characters, settings, conflicts, and stories. Imagine yourself as a character in your story and see where that takes you.

Let yourself play.

You’re in the beginning stages, the brainstorming stages of your project at the moment. It’s okay if you throw your main character into the most ridiculous place right off the bat. See what happens and embrace it!

Most importantly, have fun!

Whether you are a pantser, a planner, or some combination of the two, it’s important that you have fun and that you love your story. You won’t love it all the time, but try to enjoy your new story and your new world. Add elements that you love. Make it exciting for yourself.

Starting a new project is a fun and exciting time for a writer. Time to take that shiny new idea and run with it!

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Top Ten Books on My Autumn TBR

My Autumn TBR I’m not going to lie, I’m downright awful at making monthly TBRs. I never stick to them. But it does make more sense for me to choose ten or so titles that I’d like to read over a longer period of time. Some I might get to this autumn, others in the winter.

So here’s my Autumn TBR!

1. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

I love pretty much anything and everything with witches, so when I saw The Casquette Girls and it’s sequel on Kindle Unlimited with the audiobooks I had to borrow them! I’ll probably listen to them as audiobooks on my walks this fall!

2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Excuse me while I Fangirl and flip out because the sequel to Strange the Dreamer is coming out so soon! I love Laini Taylor’s writing and the worlds she creates so I’m super excited to read this book. Continue reading

What you can expect from Amanda’s Nose in a Book!

So in all honesty, I’ve been trying (and not trying) to get this blog back up and running for a while now. A friend suggested that I try a posting schedule to help me stay focused and organized, so I figured that would be a great way to get me posting and talking to all of you lovelies again! I’ve missed you!

Here’s my weekly schedule!

Monday

Mondays can be rough for people, so I’ve decided that Mondays will be a great day to start off the week with a book review, a book chat, or something fun and bookish. Let’s not hate Mondays together!

Tuesday

This is my day to share Top Ten lists. This might be a Top Ten Tuesday feature. Or it might be a list of my own making. Either way, this is a great day to find fun, new reads for yourself. Continue reading

Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi- Review

Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi feature photo

Synopsis

Outrun the Wind reviewThe Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.

To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.

She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

Review

You may have heard  the story of Greek heroine Atalanta, but you’ve never heard her story quite like this. Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi is a retelling of the Atalanta myth, the story of the only girl on the hunt for the massive Calydonian Boar.

Atalanta is known for her speed and hunting prowess. However, when the Calydonian boar is coming after her, she isn’t the one who kills it. But being the only woman in a group of men who don’t particularly like having her on board, Atalanta takes credit for the kill and pockets the weapon that did it. Athena and her huntresses are upset that the boar has been killed. But Athena is more angry that one of her huntresses, Kahina, is the one that threw the knife. When the leader of the Calydonian hunt is killed, Atalanta strikes off on her own. Kahina is exiled from Athena’s huntresses and forced to complete a task in Arkadia to earn her place back among them.

Kahina can’t get Atalanta out of her mind. She didn’t believe she’d ever again see the girl who took credit for her kill and whom she blames for her exile. Soon they run into each other in Arkadia. There, both girls must get over their frustrations with one another to protect themselves against people who’d hurt them in their pasts, and to protect them both against the looming threat of Athena’s brother, Apollo.

characters

One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the relationships and conflict between characters. Atalanta and Kahina are both strong, capable, badass women whose perspectives were fun to read. Their experiences and backstories are well written and the characters pasts influence their actions within the story itself. While Kahina’s chip on her shoulder in regards to Atalanta (blaming Atalanta for her exile) was irritating, I enjoyed the enemies to friends trope that played out in regards to their relationship. However, I did struggle to connect to these characters for a good portion of the book. Even when I was reading their perspective, they felt kind of closed off. I didn’t connect with either Atalanta or Kahina until about halfway through the book.

Even the secondary characters were fun to read about. Phelix, the cinnamon roll, was easily my favorite character in the story. Even though he wasn’t one of the point of view characters, the author did a really good job in helping the reader connect with and feel for him.  I really enjoyed his relationship to both Atalanta and Kahina, and reading about their adventures as a trio was fun.

setting

The settings in this book were vivid, and the author described them so well that they were easy to picture while reading. The palace of Arkadia was especially vivid and well-written. The people there, and the struggles of the court, allowed you to have an idea of the inner politics, while the description of the land and the city below painted a beautiful picture.

Overall

For me, this book was unique because of it’s perspective on the Greek myth of Atalanta. We were able to see both sides of the story and get into the minds of both of our heroines. I can’t say much more without giving too much away, but if you’re a fan of the Percy Jackson series, mythology retellings, and well developed female characters, I highly recommend you read Outrun the Wind!

Rating: 3.75/5 stars!

The publisher sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 2!

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Hello and welcome to my Bookish Holiday Gift Guide.

If you missed yesterday’s post, check out the Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 1

If you’re shopping for a book lover in your life this list will help you find some fun bookish goodies that every reader will love. Feel free to check out the shops I’ve mentioned on both Instagram and on their websites.

4. Book sleeves!

These lovely creations protect our books while they’re in our bag or whatever we carry them around in every day! So every book lover should have one to protect our precious paperbacks. They come in all sizes, so some are even big enough to fit hardcover books too!

The Cozy LifeBookish Holiday Gift Guide

The Cozy Life’s booksleeves are durable and Steffani’s shop is restocked often. She uses a variety of prints, including seasonal ones, and ones that can be used year-round.

One thing I love about The Cozy Life booksleeves is that you can find one to fit everyone’s needs! They come in three different sizes: one perfect for tablets, e-readers, and small paper back. The Pine Cozies can fit paperbacks and some hardcovers. And the Redwood Cozies are meant to fit hardcover books.

Take Me Away Brand

Photo Credit: Take Me Away Brand

The Take Me Away Brand shop makes adorable crochet booksleeves and mug mates (cup cozies) to make your travels with your books all snuggly and warm. These booksleeves can stretch a little bit to fit more than one book. Find these and their adorable mug mates at their Etsy Shop!

These booksleeves are beautiful and come in a variety of different colors, all with the beautiful compass button closure, sure to keep all of your precious books protected when you take them on all of your adventures.

 

Beedle the Bard Book Sleeves

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Photo Credit: Beedle the Bard Book Sleeves

Beedle the Bard Book Sleeves makes durable and cute booksleeves, sure to make any book

lover smile. One thing I really love about this brand are the unique fabrics they use in their sleeves, even using some fabrics for different fandoms (The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Super Mario, etc.) so you can be sure to get something that the booklover in your life will love.

 

 

5. Coffee and/or Tea

One thing book lovers like when they’re reading or writing is a nice, warm cup of something yummy. I bet you didn’t know that there were shops that sell bookish teas and coffees!

Book Lover’s Coffee

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Photo Credit: @bookloverscoffee on Instagram

Book Lovers Coffee is some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. You can purchase it whole bean, or ground in a variety of different flavors. It always is delivered to your door, freshly roasted and full of tasty coffee perfection.

Shelly, the owner, has some delicious holiday flavors in their shop right now, along with some Harry Potter themed coffees, and some amazing roasts (Classic Roast is my absolute favorite).

 

 

6. Mugs

Speaking of warm beverages, we love mugs and things to drink them in! You can find many bookish shops on Society 6 or RedBubble, but here are some shops with beautiful bookish mug designs!

Stella’s Bookish ArtBookish Holiday Gift Guide

Stella’s artwork is gorgeous and features bookish quotes, images, and more. In her Society 6 shop, you can find all of her colorful and vibrant designs on ceramic and travel mugs, so there’s a perfect choice for every bookworm. One thing I love about Stella’s designs is that they pop. They are so detailed and colorful. She pays attention to every detail that goes into her work.

Stella also has an Etsy store where you can purchase bookmarks and prints of her gorgeous designs!

EvieBookish

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Photo credit: Evie Seo’s Society 6 shop

Designer Evie Seo is another bookish artist whose work is always beautiful. She uses gorgeous graphics and favorite quotes from the books we love to create lovely bookish designs. One thing I love about her work is that she uses quotes from recent books as well as classics. If you’re not sure what your literary friend likes the most, you can always find mugs with fun bookish sayings on them. There are both ceramic mugs and travel mugs with her designs in Evie’s Society 6 shop!

 

That’s all for today! Tune in tomorrow for the Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 3!

I hope you’re getting plenty of ideas for gifts for your bookish friends!

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 1

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Are you unsure what to get a your bookworm friend as a gift this holiday season?

Look no further because I’ve come up with a Bookish Holiday Gift guide.

Just for you. Complete with suggestions, links to some amazing bookish shops, and photos for inspiration. Through Small Business Saturday, I will be sharing a couple of categories with you each day to help you pick out that special something for the special bookworm in your life.

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Write 365- Day 2: Making a Plan

write 365 day 2: making a plan to write

If you’re just as in love with these journals as I am, you can find them at http://www.heyatlascreative.com/shop .

A few days ago, a friend mentioned that she was challenging herself to write every single day for an entire year.

And I thought, hey I can do that.

I should do that. I will at the very least try to write every single day for a year.

Since last November, I’ve been struggling to motivate myself to write. Last year was the first in 4 years that I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. I was depressed and couldn’t find that creative spark within myself. This year, I decided to rewrite my entire first novel as a young adult novel because the story worked better that way. The progress with that has been slow the last few months.

Write 365 might just be the thing to get my brain acclimated to writing every day, to accomplishing some words in a WIP every single day. And I understand that this may be hard, that there may be some days were the words just don’t flow. I’m prepared for that. I’m also prepared to not get myself down if there’s a day that I don’t write. Continue reading

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

About two years ago, I left my job as a receptionist and social media maven to pursue teaching.

Since I spent years studying education, I thought that it was time to put that to good use.

So I got the fear and put in my two week’s notice.

Since then, I’ve been substitute teaching in two districts around where I live and loving it. I teach nearly every day and had two long-term sub placements.

This summer, there were two job openings. Both in the districts where I work. I thought, score! This could be my chance!

So I worked on polishing up my resume and cover letter. I spent days making sure they were both stellar and even work shopped them with a friend. With my fingers crossed, I applied to both jobs very early in the summer. Continue reading

Camp NaNoWriMo Diary- Day 5: My Writing Space

Hello friends!  How is Camp NaNoWriMo treating you so far?

As of now I’m on track with just over 3k words, although I didn’t write at all yesterday. Today I’m trying to get a little bit ahead but I’m struggling with the scene I’m working on.

My main character just had an accident and was found by her friends and grandmother. Right now I’m writing the aftermath. None of the characters know what actually happened so it’s all worry and speculation. This scene was technically in the last draft but I’m adding in a couple of characters and a slightly different outcome. Continue reading

Camp NaNo Diary- Day 1- My Survival Kit

Hello and happy day 1 of Camp NaNoWriMo!

Are any of you struggling to get going today? I know that I was. I spent nearly one whole day this week going through the last draft of my novel and planning out what changes I wanted to make and what needed to stay the same. But when it came down to it this morning I looked at a blank Word document for a while before getting distracted by something else.

A few hours later I made myself come back to my computer. I made myself open up that new document. I looked over my notes, looked over where I left off in the previous chapter and started to write.

Once the words started flowing, I finally started to put that self doubt aside.

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