Interview About Publishing

Hi, everyone! I was recently interviewed by Wordsru.com about my experience with self-publishing & my approach to writing. If you’d like to check it out, here is the link: https://wordsru.com/blog/2016/06/16/brittney-sahin-self-published-fiction-author-interviewed-by-wordsru/

 

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you so much to fellow blogger Sarah, at the “Write Nook,” for nominating me for the The Blogger Recognition Award. I super appreciate it! Please check out her great blog, which was “created with the hope that it will help to bring your writing to life and to discuss all things related to publishing, reading, and writing. Write on.” Thank you again, Sarah!

The rules:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
  3. Write a post to show your award
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  7. Attach the award to the post (right-click and save, then upload)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
  9. Provide a link to the award post you created

I began my blog to connect with fellow readers and authors – and wound up meeting so many great people all over the world. I have learned so much from fellow bloggers, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my blogging experience. My goal is to pass on the knowledge I have learned, as well as support fellow indie authors.

The only advice I can give other bloggers (as I am still fairly new to the experience) –is to write what you are passionate about & read a lot of other blogs –interact and learn from others!!

I would love to nominate:

Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Cow Pasture Chronicle’s

Judith Barrow

Bette Stevens

Reading in Pajamas

Writings by Krystol

The Owl lady

Anna Dorbitt

Lewis Editorial

Once Upon a Book Blog

Ink and Quill

Annette Rochelle Aben

Romance 4 the beach

Kate Colby

Sexy Romance Novels

Writing in the Dark

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I am seriously behind in regards to working on the revisions of my upcoming novel: Silenced Memories. I received the feedback from my developmental editor at the end of May, but with a two week trip out of the country and some readjustment once back, I am lagging behind on my self-imposed schedule.

But, my goal is to have my novel sent back to my editor by June 30th. Yesterday I found myself working on deleting a scene and trying to add a new one in the middle of pre-existing chapters and began to struggle. The first half of my novel only required a little cosmetic surgery, but with the suggestion of a plot change by my editor, the second half of my book needed full blown plastic surgery. Working around text I am keeping while adding new scenes can be a bit daunting. I started to feel like I was swimming in the dark yesterday with no lights on. Occasionally a light in the pool would flicker for a moment, and I would get a brief glimpse of what I was doing—but I was soon fast in the dark again.

I think it is actually easier to swim in the dark than to write without knowing where you are going. Don’t get me wrong, I typed out a four-page plot outline of the revisions for my novel, but I was not sure about all of the details. I didn’t know the “Why’s” to what my character(s) were doing in regards to the new plot change. Without knowing that, it is even worse than swimming without the lights on. I used to be someone who could muck through it and figure it out as I went, but I never really had ultimate success with that method (never finished a book that way).

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So, I stopped writing. I put down my laptop and pulled out my notepad and stared down at the blank page in front of me, pen in hand. Sometimes my best ideas come from using ink and paper. After writing pages and pages of notes and ideas, I worked through the problems that had been bogging me down (causing my typing to slow to a snail’s pace the day before). I have some new twists and turns that even I didn’t anticipate – I am super excited about the changes, and I can’t wait to churn out my new ideas in the novel.

I know some writers face this challenge. I have heard of writers using index cards to help them figure out the sequence and plot—and I might have done that if I had some on hand! What do you do when you get stuck? Are you able to keep writing without knowing all of the details? I don’t need to know every little thing (even when I do—the story still takes some unexpected turns, especially with dialogue), but I am such a planner now, that I can’t keep my story flowing without knowing the answers to all my questions. If I don’t know the answers, how will I plant clues (romance suspense novel) for the readers?

Well, I should probably get back to writing, because I have my deadline of June 30th to meet! Please share your advice/tips! Thanks for the input!