Writing Every Which Way

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Why being a teenage author sucks

Don’t get me wrong, being a teenager and writing books is great! The look of astonishment and concern when you tell someone you’re 17 and have two published novels is gratifying. Having so much free time to write is amazing. Having 700 people in a high school to beg to read your book is a gift. Alas, like any coin, there are always too sides.

Seeing as I’m a teenager in the middle class who has no job because high school is a (excuse my language) bitch, I don’t necessary have the greatest following and here’s why.

1. Teenagers are stingy.

Teenagers usually either don’t have a job at all, or don’t have much money coming in from their job. It’s not that they don’t want to fork over $0.99 it’s just that they don’t see a point in giving their money to some student author who’s book could be crap for all they know.

2. I don’t have a job.

A day in the life of Madison Uram is generally busy. I’m not saying I go home to three kids, have to make dinner, give the dog a bath, and pack everyone’s lunches. I’m saying that I have to finish up my after school activities (directing a One-Act play), I have to consume dinner, finish homework, and try to keep my life situated in the meantime. Once all that is done, there’s no time for a job and who would hire a 17 year-old girl with no experience? Not you.

Why do I need a job? First off, publishers expect drafts to be submitted by an agent and without an agent self-publishing is basically your only choice. Then, if you want to run ads you have to pay money which I have minimal of because I’m trying to pay for prom. And lastly, to even put your novel on iTunes you need to pay for a memebership… AKA why I’m not on iTunes. Sorry.

3. Literally no one cares.

I can scream from the rooftop until my voice is gone about my novels, but I promise you that I will be extremely lucky if even one person buys my novel. This isn’t a pity party, it’s just how people are.

Has someone every advised a TV series to watch for you and despite the fact that it sounds perfect for you, you’re just too darn stubborn to watch it?

That’s how everyone feels about novels.

No matter how blown away they are that you wrote a novel, they don’t have the time or care to read it. And I can’t even blame them. I’ve read the short stories and poems my friends have written and if I heard one of them had written a novel, I wouldn’t pay money for it either.

Long story short, I love writing and I love when people read my book, I just wish more people would! If you feel the same, leave a comment below telling me of your plight. If you pity me, here’s the link to buy The Little Paragons and here’s the link to buy The Little Villains vvvvvvvv

The Little Paragons

The Little Villains

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Treat Yo’ self

I’ve watch way too many episodes of “Glee” in the last 48 hours and I can’t find it in me to be ashamed. I mean, now that my novel The Little Paragons is in stage two of editing, I kind of don’t have much to do. I keep telling myself I need to get back to work on my blog, but I go back to school on the 1st and ain’t nobody got time for blogging when there are six seasons of “Glee” and only a day left!

I’m sure once my good ol’ senior year begins I’ll get into a better routine of blogging, but as for right now, I’m sure the world can suffice with just a brief update on my writing every which way day.

As I said earlier, I got copies printed of my sequel and they’ve been passed along to my

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“I could kill a man with my 2nd novel”

editors. These copies are about 250 pages thick and today, upon spotting them on my desk, my brother remarked, “What the f***?” multiple times before ambling away in confusion…

 

I was a little taken by surprise as well when I discovered that with all the formatting and extra stuff, this novel is almost twenty pages longer than The Little Paragons… oops.

Meanwhile, I’ve started trying to figure out what the heck I’m supposed to do for the third and final book. I have the ending mapped out and I have some scenes in mind, but, as a scholarly man once said, “What the f***?”

All in favor of winging it say aye?

Aye.


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The science of absolutely no science

Whether I’m sitting in the living room for five hours or laying in bed at two in the morning, I’m probably at least pretending to be editing… yeah, pretending.

I’ve got 11 days left until the first editing deadline (August 31st) and I’m starting to panic a little. I mean, things are getting better, but I’m a writer so what don’t I panic about? Correction: What don’t I worry about when it comes to writing… I could care less about the things that stress out normal people when I’m in an editing mood.

Speaking of editing moods, I’ve come to terms with the fact that there is not a specific science to getting in the right mood to edit. For example, I’m usually in my room listening to music when I edit. Sometime I find it easier to work late at night yet other days I blow through fifty pages before it’s even dinner time.

Other days, such as today, I try to mix things up. Instead of hiding in my room, I sit on the couch with no music and no TV going. It’s almost a relief to have nothing stopping me from my work except the occasional family member. Instead of getting distracted by the soundtrack of Hamilton every couple minutes, I can just focus on my characters.

You wouldn’t believe how much I worked out today while editing. The entire ending, forTitle Page 12-13-15 example, is less cringe worthy. Like, I would buy this book now. Oh, and you should to 😉

Sooooooo, The Little Paragons Sequel is on the way and you can look forward to the first chapter and the title being revealed in the coming weeks! Until then, The Little Paragons The Little Paragons is still for sale for only $0.99 on Amazon.com!

Happy Saturday 🙂


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My novel is self conscious

Do you ever have one of those days where you’re editing and you just think, “Wow, this entire novel is crap!” Yeah, I’m having a whole week of those.

Only 21 days left until the solo round of editing The Little Paragons sequel needs to be done and I don’t feel like it’s enough time. Nothing seems to flow right and I’m not okay with that fact.

I know I’m probably just over analyzing things and in a week I’ll be thinking my novel is movie worthy, but does anyone else go through these phases? Why are we- writers- like this?

Ugh.

Nonetheless I just finished another read-through-edit and now I need to start another one! Let’s see how many more I can do before the deadline.

Until then, happy blogging!


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Change is in the air

It’s never too early to re-read a novel you love. Perhaps by some chance you love this awesome novel called The Little Paragons?? Re-read it!

And to make it even better, the E-book copy has been updated and even includes a short story some of you might be familiar with.

Haven’t read The Little Paragons yet?

Well what are you waiting for?! You can find it on Amazon.com and if you like what you read, leave a comment in their review section.

Thanks!

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That really good book you should read.


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A good day in the writing world

Do you ever get precisely in the right editing mood and it’s the greatest thing ever? I mean, sometimes writers such as ourselves spend weeks trying to force feed themselves editing. It’s exhausting and you know there are many things you would much rather be doing.

But then…

It happens!

Everything’s perfect. You’ve got your favorite music on. Your laptop is fully charged. The seat you’ve taken over is just comfortable enough to write in. Then you start viewing your manuscript with just the right editing vibe.

Those, my friend, are the good days.


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UPDATE: The Little Paragons available for purchase

The Little Paragons is surprisingly available sooner than I imagined! I’ll follow this post up with one on how to buy it on varying devices and feel free to give it try!

Thank you to everyone who has put up with my constant stream of posts about the novel. It means the world to mean that people actually care.

I enjoyed writing this book more than anything and I’m happy to see people are interested.

It would also mean the world to me, if you amazing bloggers would head on over to Amazon and check it out!

VVVVVVVVVVVVV

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The Little Paragons coming to publishment soon

Updated (and hopefully final) version of first chapter of my soon to be published novel The Little Paragons now available. I’m sure more posts will come about it, but feel free to check it out! 😀

Happy Tuesday!


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Should You Write Multiple Drafts?

Should you write multiple drafts?

This question has many different meanings.

Multiple drafts as in completely new versions of what you wrote?

Multiple drafts as in each newly edited version of your writing?

And which form of writing should this question pertain to?

I’m seriously just as confused as you are when other sites tell me to create multiple drafts of my work. WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

I suppose I don’t really care what they actually mean because here’s my opinion on the whole idea.

It’s Up to You

I can’t necessarily tell you what works best because you have to find out for yourself. Assuming that the question means writing a completely new version of your work, then that could take a lot of time. If your writing novels you may not have the time or motivation to completely rewrite your draft. If your writing something like an article or essay then maybe you could give it a try.

Personally I don’t like the idea of writing multiple drafts. As a High School student I don’t have the time. Secondly, my writing isn’t very spontaneous. Outlines and planners keep any form of writing I do perfectly on track. Honestly, It’d be pointless for me to rewrite when I’m not going to change anything. Whatever I need to change I’ll do during editing.

Sure, multiple drafts could be alright. It allows you to see what different ways you can write your story. The process also forces you to slow down and think about the different directions your plot could go.

Truthfully, if you think a second or third draft would further improve your writing, I would never tell you not to.

To be a writer, you have to be able to make your own decisions and create your own path. No predetermined guide will bring success to your doorstep so make your own.

With that said, good luck with your writing and if you want tell me which you prefer in the comments below.

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The Truth About Publishers: The One Thing You Need to Know

I’m just going to admit now that I’m terrified of publishing companies.

WHY ARE THEY SO SCARY!?

I guess I came to explain exactly that, though…

If you do any research on publishing I assure you, you will have nightmares for days. And then you’ll look to Amazon, ibooks, and ebooks, and think, “That’s so much simpler, but so much less professional. What do I do?!”

Since I’m only beginning to get my work out there, I’m settling for that simpler route for the time being. The point of this blog, though, is to inform you on all the tricks of the trade I’ve learned.

That includes publishers.

Maybe I’ve just been talking to the wrong people, but every time I talk to someone about publishers, the comments are negative. Once again, this is just my opinion, but a warning can never be too bad.

1. Publishers Hide the Truth

Go to any publishing website and take a gander around. You’ll probably find a sketchy tab to submit your manuscript. You’ll find a page that gives you the history of the company. Maybe there will be a video chucked full of beautiful actors pretending they enjoyed this companies publishing process. The site may promote some of the books it has published and tell you about the authors.

Keep looking through the majority of those  sites, though, and try to find a price. If prices are listed, they’re either extremely vague or astronomically high.

The majority of the time you look at publishing sites, you won’t even find a price. You’ll find out a price when your halfway into getting your book published. That is if they even take your book for consideration.

Also, they’re going to scare you by telling you of how they rarely publish books like this, or don’t like people who didn’t do this. For example, some will even straight up deny you if you don’t have an agent.

Plus, publishing companies are known for throwing you contracts that do you little good. These contracts can tell you that your book wont be published for a few years. They can also take over the majority of the control you have of your book. Why work for years writing a book only to hand it over to a publishing company that will simply change everything?

There’s so much that publishers hide from you, that I don’t even know the half of it. And even then maybe I know the wrong half. If anyone out there has had a fantastic experience with a publishing company, I’d gladly like to hear about it. I would love getting proved wrong if it means I can stop being so terrified of publishers.

I will say, though, that I learned a lot from a site called wheatmark.com . The purpose of Wheatmark is to explain exactly what happens when you decide you want to publish. I advise reading their Author’s Guide to further understand publishing.

Hopefully taking a look at this site will enlighten you better than I can… Best of luck!