He Is Risen!!!

Hello lovely people! I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful Sunday morning. This day is significant for Christians the world over, because it’s the day we acknowledge and celebrate that Jesus Christ conquered the grave. I’m on my way to an Easter service to enjoy food for my spirit, then it’s back home to enjoy some good old-fashioned soul food 🙂  I pray you all have a blessed Resurrection Day!

XOXO,

Faith Simone

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What are your plans for Easter? I’d love to hear about them below!

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Writing Software Frenzy (Perhaps I’m Exaggerating Just A Little)

softwareHey y’all! This will be a quick post. I want to share two things with you.

The other day I went on an on about my beast of a novel and how tedious it is to edit. Well, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and I stumbled across an ad for this great writing software called Literature and Latte by Scrivener. It sounds freakin’ amazing! Click here to check it out. It costs $40 bucks to download, so of course I’m researching it a bit more before deciding whether or not to purchase.

Which leads me to my next quick little share: this amazing article I found on TechShout.com giving an overview on six other potentially fabulous writing software programs. Click here to read all about them for yourself. Trust me, it’s time well spent if you’re in the market for this type of thing.

I can see a little light at the end of my editing tunnel! When I finally decide which program to buy, I’ll give you guys an in-depth review.

Have you used any type of writing software program? Please dish below and give us all the deets!

P.S. For some simple editing tips check out my article “6 Tips for Self-Editing” by clicking here.

 

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So You Want To Write A Novel?

Novel ideaSo, you want to write a novel huh? First off, kudos to you! The desire to write a novel is, well, a novel idea. (Que punchline drum sequence…are those birds I hear chirping too?) Anyway, I remember when I first decided to write a book.

I. did. not. have. a. single. clue.

Not one! I knew I liked to write. I’d read hundreds, maybe even thousands of books. How hard could it be? So I started writing. About 8-9 months later I ended up with a 150, 000 word manuscript of epic proportions. Literally, it’s the size of an epic story. Sadly, it’s not an epic genre type book. The exorbitantly high word count was my first mistake. Unfortunately, I also made quite a few more mistakes and that’s why I’m reaching out to you today. It all boils down to one thing:

DON’T DO WHAT I DID!

I didn’t mean to yell at you but, seriously, learn from my mistakes.  For the next month or two, I plan to tediously edit my novel for the gazillionth time. I’m not talking about a little light grammatical editing. Oh no, I’m talking full on hard-core content editing. As in re-ordering sequences, making crucial cuts, etc. It sucks. It all could have been avoided if I’d done one little thing. It’s the thing I want you to do before you even THINK about writing your novel.

STUDY THE CRAFT OF WRITING!

Ok, so I did mean to yell at you that time. It’s all love, I promise. I wish someone had yelled at me to study the craft of writing before I wrote a gorilla beast of a novel! If they had, I’d already have my first novel published and could currently be spending time happily writing my next one. Instead, I’m constantly re-writing that sucker. Now that I’ve spent time studying the craft of writing, I know how to make my book the best it can possibly be. But honestly, it’s a huge pain in my ba-donk-a donk!

I love my first novel. After all, it’s my baby. And I’m proud of the fact that even though I wrote it when I didn’t have a whiff of a clue, it’s worth all the re-writes and edits.  It’s a solid first effort and there’s so much to it that all of my laborious editing is time well spent. Going through this is a learning process that will serve me well in my future literary endeavors.

You, however, don’t have to engage in the same remedial learning process I’m currently experiencing. Save yourself the drama and take time to really learn all the ins and outs of novel-writing. This doesn’t have to mean going back to school and enrolling in a creative writing program. Although, if you’re blessed with the opportunity to do so, by all means, go for it. What I’m saying is take workshops and seminars on character development, plot outlining, novel structure, point-of-view, chapter spacing, etc. Read lots of books on the topic of writing. Attend writer’s conferences. Do whatever it takes to make sure you’re fully prepared to tell the story in your head with style, grace and respect for the art of writing.

You’ll thank me (and yourself) later.

Chime in y’all!

Newbies: What made you decide to write a novel? Do you feel prepared skill wise to write the story in your head?

Seasoned writers: What did you learn during your first novel-writing experience? What would you do differently if you could turn back time? 

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Monday E-Book Freebies for Kindle!

It’s that time again: free books to help us make it through another tedious Monday! Although to be honest, I’m feeling pretty good. I woke up early to work out and have the whole self righteous thing going at the moment. You know, the whole ‘I’m a responsible adult who understands the value of self care’ feeling…let’s hope I stick to it! But anywho, here are some great books I downloaded to my Kindle this morning. They’re currently my favorite price: free. I hope you find something that interests you!

Simply click on the book cover image to get yours via Amazon.com.

Speak NowSpeak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace by Lashanda Michelle

Genre: Christian Fiction

Book Description:

Dana’s dreams came true when Gavin proposed and they ran to the courthouse to get married. Everyone is happy for them, except for her new mother-in-law, who isn’t afraid to let her disappointment with her son’s decision show. It all comes to a head when the ladies meet each other for the first time, and Dana realizes there was an important conversation she and Gavin should have had before they became husband and wife.

 

 

 

Paris

Paris In My Springtime by Vernon Coleman

Genre: Memoir

Book Description:

While sorting through boxes in his attic, Vernon Coleman found a diary he had kept during a stay in Paris in the 1960s. He had started medical school but been taken ill and had to abandon his studies temporarily. He had two choices: a temporary job driving a fish delivery van or a trip to Paris. After much thought (lasting nearly a second) he chose to go to Paris. This is the story of what happened that year. He met some remarkable characters, had his first real romance and learnt a good deal about life. 
Vernon Coleman is a qualified doctor who has earned his living as a professional author for over 30 years. His books have sold over two million copies in hardback and paperback in the UK and been translated into 24 languages. An award winning film was made of his novel Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War. His bestselling medical books include Bodypower (the subject of three TV series and one radio series), How To Stop Your Doctor Killing You and many more. He is the author of over 100 books and a list of books available in kindle form is available on his Amazon Author listing. 

 

Weight loss

The Complete Guide to Weight Loss Motivation by Bill Rockwell

Genre: Self-help

Book Descriptions:

Are you tired of trying various diets and exercises to lose weight, but which just don’t seem to work? 
Do you always “fall off the horse” because you start getting discouraged and frustrated when you see no results? 
Well, if you said “yes” to any of the questions above, say goodbye to all those doubts, because this book will help you to find the answers. This book will keep you motivated from the moment you start your weight loss journey until you have lost all the pounds you wanted to lose, and will help you maintain your weight. Motivation is the key to success; be motivated and prevent yourself from “falling off the horse” and having to start over again as you follow this guide. 
This book offers things to avoid – such as fad diets – in order to lose weight effectively. Also, it will offer knowledge behind the common reasons behind weight gain and how to effectively counter it. Wrong perceptions only lead to failure; the valid and invalid reasons to lose weight will make you realize what matters most and why you really need to lose weight. 

 

Romancing  Romancing Retha by Cindy Brea

Genre: Women’s Fiction       

Book Description:

Jaren Daniels is one of the most sexual attractive men Retha Lindo has ever set her eyes upon. Not only is the man gorgeous to look at, he is intelligent, considerate and generous to a fault. The fact that he is a Major League Baseball player and a superstar only adds to his appeal; he has the whole package. He is wealthy and a much sought after celebrity. These traits alone carry a certain degree of appeal, but Jaren has so much charm and personality it is hard not to gravitate toward him. His smile, which is genuinely beautiful, consumes his entire face and would leave almost any woman a little shaken. He is tall, lean, and muscular and wears well-fitted clothing that show off his style and physique to their best advantage. It is impossible for Retha to resist Jaren’s easy friendship or his generosity. She soon finds herself spending a New York vacation in his home and nights in his bed. Jaren has what he believes is a perfect life and no desire for an exclusive relationship with Retha or anyone else. After a great deal of effort to resist, he gives way to his urges to spend time with her but soon begins to run scared. Retha is torn between memories of a past perfect love, the love and devotion of a faithful friend, and the passion of an ill-advised affair with Jaren. She knows what she wants but is unsure what is best. As is sometimes the case, both Retha and Jaren have plenty of friends and family to offer advice and interfere in their lives, but each makes their own decisions. Will Jaren relegate Retha to an obscure shelf in his life alongside the other women who have sought his attentions so he can continue his free and easy lifestyle risking the possibility of losing her forever? Does Retha plunge head first into a relationship based on desire, choose the safety and reliability of a good friend, or will she cast both aside to remain in a dream world of past love lost? Fate assists Retha in making a choice which she comes to believe was a mistake. Instead of demanding and fighting for the love and respect she deserves, she chooses to take a cowardly action and violates the trust of one she cherishes greatly. Her deceitfulness complicates the possibility of an honest relationship and may cause her to lose both love and friendship.

I know it’s an odd mix, but hey, I’m an odd person. If  you decide to check any of the books above out, let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Some Tips For When It’s Time To Submit Your Novel by Harry Illingworth

Because I wrote a long rant about self publishing yesterday, I thought I’d balance it out by sharing this great article on agent submissions today. I am nothing if not balanced… or does this qualify as unbalanced? Whateves. Enjoy!

DHH Literary Agency

With the never ending excitement of London Book Fair 2014 this week, I thought it would be helpful to those aspiring novelists out there to give you some advice on how to submit your novel when it comes to that dreaded time. Give your novel the chance it deserves, submitting doesn’t have to be terrifying, but it certainly helps to know what you’re doing.

Follow the rules.

This may sound simple enough, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t follow the instructions laid out before them. Every agency will have its own guidelines, all probably very similar, follow them. If they ask for 10,000 words, send as close to 10,000 as possible. If they ask for the first three chapters, send them. Don’t send what you feel are your strongest chapters. Don’t tailor the rules to suit yourself. You put yourself on the back foot from the…

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