Turns out Red Dead Redemption 2 is Counter Productive to Writing

Who would’ve thought 😛

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Book Cover? Photoshop!

In my last post I mentioned starting the search for a cover artist. However, in the end, I decided I would rather DIY.

So, rather than searching for a cover artist, I went in search of some stock photos.

I chose IStock (https://www.istockphoto.com/au) for my images, as there is a large vairety of unique photos at pretty good prices.

For under $50 I managed to get some very nice pictures to work with, and then I cranked out Photoshop and got to work.

Before I started on my actual cover, I got the watermarked versions and put them together to see how it would look. Once I was happy with the result, I pruchased the images and set to work on the good copy.

Given, I haven’t photoshopped anything since high school, but it was relatively easy to get back into it. I had to check online the ideal size for an ebook cover, and although they vary depending on the site, I ended up going with something close to 1600 x 2400 pixels. A few pixels either way won’t make a difference.

While I haven’t finished yet, the whole process has been much less stressful than finding a cover artist, and cheaper as well. Plus, I get to design the cover exactly how I want (and run it past some friends for creative feedback).

Publishing time is drawing near.

 

~~ Ari

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Publishing, ahhhhh!

Reviewing my first draft, I have realised that there is very little I want to change. Originally I thought I’d be partially rewriting entire chapters, when all I ended up was highlighting words I need to change and a few spots where I need to change what I’ve written.

Which means publishing is getting closer and closer, and I am terrified.

I don’t know how I’m going to do this, I’m gonna need to get a cover comissioned, a platform on which to sell my book, a blurb, and a million other things I forgot to list.

It’s going to be hard and I’m so tempted to go off and write a different book and just put it off. If only my work could publish itself.

Ah well, I have quite the hurdle ahead.

 

~~ Ari

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Time to edit, and I don’t want to…

I wrote my first draft, I put it aside, I’ve let it rest. Now comes the time to pick it back up again and read it through with a red pen and a critical eye. Only problem … I don’t want to.

I’m not sure what exactly is making me nervous about picking up my work. Maybe i’m afraid to reread what I’ve written now that I’m no longer basking in the glow of finishing my first draft, or maybe I’m worried i’ll get bored of it since I know what happens and subsequently think the story is boring. Or maybe I’m about to step out of my comfort zone.

Writing is something I can do. Spilling out 1000 words for an essay was never a huge challenge, and creating stories has always been my idea of a good pastime. But when it came to editing, I’d always just hand in whatever I had and hope the mistakes didn’t pull it down too badly.

I now realise I can’t take the easy way out, and am going to have to sit down and reread my book. The longer I put it off, the less likely I am to ever edit it. I think, because I started writing something else, I’m justifying to myself that it’s okay if I just keep writing for a little while longer.

I’ve decided that I will start to edit on March 1st, with a date in mind there is no way I can keep avoiding this task.

I’m just not sure how I should go about doing this. Should I read it through like a normal book first, then edit after? Should I print it out and go over it with a red pen? Should I go straight to critically editing? Any advice will be warmly welcomed.

As for now, I’ve got more writing to do.

~~ Ari

When books inspire me

This seems to happen quite often, I read a good book, then want to write something with similar themes and ideas. Usually I write a few thousand words just to get it out of my system, then leave what I’ve done and return to my actual book.

However, I’ve been sitting on an idea for months. Which isn’t helped by the fact that many of the books I read involve it. However, if I was to pursue this idea, I would essentially need to write an entirely different book. And, considering I haven’t even got my first draft of my first book done, this really isn’t helping.

Given how much my mind wanders, I’ll be lucky to get anything published.

However, after draft 1 is finished, I’ll have to put it aside for a month or so anyway, as I’ll need a fresh perspective when returning to it. In the meantime, I’ll be starting something else, and then, well, I guess we’ll see what’s on my mind.

I have far too many book ideas written down, and neither the time nor patience to write them all. I honestly have no idea how writers can churn out a couple books per year. If you’re one of those people, I only have the greatest admiration for your ability to write so much.

Now I better stop procrastinating and get to work.

~~Ari

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The Woes of Choosing a Genre

Once upon a time, in the distant land of Australia, a young writer got an idea. That idea was to write a book, a book about assassins and one woman who accidentally got mixed in with them. The writer picked up her laptop with only one thing motivating her, the desire to write a story. Which was fine. The writer was happy, getting down her dark tale of misfortune peppered with her weird humour, all the while ignoring the publishing process. That could be handled later. But one day, something horrible happened. A friend asked the most dreaded question:

“What genre is it?”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, writing is so much more involved than I initially thought. And todays topic of contemplation is genres.

When I started writing, I decided I would finish the book first, then choose a genre. Because I didn’t want to accidentally limit myself by deciding my book wasn’t fitting the genre I chose and be forced to change it when I didn’t want to. Well, now I face the issue of choosing a genre that fits my writing.

There are hundreds of genres, sub genres and genre combinations. Which means there are hundreds of options to look through and choose from.

And of course, my book likely falls into more than one genre. Which ones do I choose? How will that affect the readers my book brings in? It’s difficult enough to find a list of all the different genres that exist, let alone figure out which ones my book falls under.

With all the things I need to google, no wonder I’m so slow at writing.

 

~~Ari

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