Monday update 

Mondays are posting days but because my back is hurt I still can’t sit behind my computer long enough to write something decent so I figured I can give you a little update of my writing and basically just tell you what I’ve been up to. 
Since January I’ve been part of this program called the Young Writers workshop,  where they basically give you a quiz  to see where you are in your writing career and then help you with steps to take from there – as well as put you into contact with a great group of other writers who can support and encourage you. 

Basically I started with a score that said I need to build a support system for my work (I’m still busy with that) and in three weeks I took the quiz again and it said it’s time I start thinking about agents and writing queries. 

So that’s what I would like to focus on now but unfortunately I have a lot of work this year so I get very little chance to actually write anything. 
Pink has just been through its first beta readers though,  and after I give it another structure  edit I will see if I can find a editor to help me clean it up. 
Further than that I’m practicing writing query letters and looking up all my favorite agents and daydreaming that there is even a chance I’ll get one of the top ones. 
I know I’ve been blogging really sporadically – there are a ton of excuses for this on the tip of my tongue but I’m not going to write them because it’s not what I need to focus on. Instead I want to tell you how I plan to deal with it.

When my back is better and I can sit up again I will be trying to post either monthly or bi-weekly. That way there is time for me to write a decent post and actual content will be coming through at regular intervals. 
I think that’s it for today. I’m hoping to be better soon so I can get right back to everything but until then you can check out my twitter which is @enetteventer where I plan on posting regularly. 

Here is a photo of a shell my brother gave me in exchange for pudding. I hope it makes up for the recent  lack of good posts. 

5 things to do when you are bedridden 

Somehow in the past week I managed to do something to my lower back and now it hurts… Properly. At first it was because I sat and worked for hours on end and I figured it would just go away with a little rest but now it’s lasted 2 weeks with me growing more and more aware of the pain every day.

When you have back pain it’s like metaphorically running a marathon  with your feet tied together. You can probably still finish the marathon by hopping but you’ll move slow and probably fall over a couple of times. 

In the way that having your feet tied together would keep you from running my back pain keeps me from sitting or in other words writing, doing homework, drawing, going places etc. 
So the question is what can a person do when they can’t move because of back pain? If you don’t know yet,  I went through a back operation about five years ago so I’m more than qualified to answer that question from both the perspective of a kid and a teen so here is a little list. 

1. Read… A lot. 

Back in the hospital I finished the black magician series by Trudi Canavan and I honestly suggest it for everyone. It’s a great series that is not actually children’s books despite the fact that I was about 12 when I read it. The story still sticks with me and a lot of my earlier writing was based off it. 

This week I read the Magisterium books by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. These are children books actually and I can still suggest it if you like a well written mean character. It’s really funny and will definitely take your attention off of your back pain. 

2. Binge watch a series

This is yet another nice thing you can do while lying down. 

Back when I was little and had just gotten home from the hospital I basically watched Pokémon nonstop. For the more grown audience (keep in mind I’m a teen girl) I suggest something like Finding Carter or Veronica Mars to binge watch because they both definitely grabbed my attention when I watched them.  I’m currently thinking about binge watching BBC Sherlock or maybe Doctor Who just to up my nerd status a little so you can always join me and go for one of those. 

3. Create a Pintrest board

One of my favorite things to do is plan stuff and collect pretty motivational pictures. Lying on my back I can’t do that physically anymore (I normally stick stuff to my wall) so Pintrest is the perfect solution. 

A Pintrest board can be about anything. If you’re a writer you can make one to gather inspiration for your next book. If you just finished a nice book like #1 suggests then you can create a fan board full of pictured of the characters and such…

4. Message or call friends. 

Face it being stuck on your back gets really boring and lonely so if you have someone who can keep you company ask them to do just that. 

When I was in the hospital friends snuck in to come visit me there and despite the fact that I couldn’t sit only moment ago I practically jumped  up when I saw them. Sometimes company is all you need to keep yourself from succumbing to boredom. 

So text someone, call someone, or ask someone to to come chill with you. 

5. Create a list on your phone. 

Pick a topic any topic and make a list. That’s exactly what I’m doing right now because while I can’t sit to work on my laptop or notebook my phone is easy to use. 

Topics I can suggest are 

  • Five happy moments in the past five years. 
  • List of things that help make your back feel better. 
  • 10 things to do when you’re bored. 
  • Favorite movies to watch over and over again. 
  • How many books you’ve read 

That’s it! 

I hope that if you’re stuck in bed like me you feel better soon. I suggest keeping a hot water bottle near where you’re hurt and a cuddle buddy 🙂 

Tell me what do you suggest for those of us stuck in bed? 

Photo of the puppies
My 2 cuddle buddies chilling on my messy bed while I get myself tea

Four NaNoWriMo tips

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It’s just past the second week of NaNoWriMo and things are getting tough. I’ve been seeing it everywhere; the lack of sleep is finally taking a toll on people, plots are failing and jobs and children are screaming for attention.
I’ve seen this happen every time I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo and so for this year I decided I’ll share with you my top four tricks to finishing a successful NaNoWriMo.

These tricks are easy and simple and in fact I would call most of them habits instead of tricks but the main thing you need to understand before I share them with you is that they are ultimately successful when paired with the right set of mind. I’ll explain this for each trick so let’s get to it.

Trick number one – flashcards.

Often times you go sit in front of your computer (or other writing instrument) and you just have nothing to write. Your story might have come across a problem such as having a flat middle or perhaps you’re actually reaching the end of your novel even though you’re still far from 50 000 words. Now you suddenly have a mindset problem because you don’t know what to write, and you don’t feel like doing that whole free writing thing because face it sometimes free writing sucks sometimes, and you want to be certain that you’re writing something good. So you simply don’t write anything and you fall a day or two behind.
So your mindset here is I have nothing to write so I’m not going to write.
This has a very simple fix and that is my flash card method.
Take a pile of empty note cards (just cut up some paper) and on the first five cards write down a simple description of the previous five scenes you wrote. Now it’s time to brainstorm and ask yourself what you want to add to this story. Perhaps it’s a side plot about redemption or more scenes that shows the dynamics of your characters or… whatever really.
Break this down into scenes and write down one scene per card for the rest of the flash cards.
The reason I wanted you to write down the previous five scenes you wrote is because often when we review what we’ve written then ideas start coming in for what we want to write.
Now you have a couple more ideas right there with you to keep you going when you are running out of writing juice and you can know what you’re going to write next. The trick about the flash card method is to be constantly adding to your pile of flash cards. If you get an idea write it on a flash card and add it to the pile.

Trick number two – write in the morning.

You’ve probably heard this advice before: write in the morning because that’s when your mind is freshest… I think that’s nonsense because I really take very long to fully wake up but this advice does hold for a different reason.
The morning is your only real set time of day. It doesn’t matter if you have the best schedule ever things in everyday life goes slightly off course all the time. Perhaps your mother tells you to study more in the afternoon or for a different example your children’s school runs a little late or even just the traffic that day isn’t great. All of this is potential threats to your writing. All of this is trying to stop you from reaching your word goal.
In the morning though there isn’t anything in your day yet to throw you off course and the chances that something will disturb you is much smaller.
Why this has to do with mindset, is because all those other things are often an excuse to not write as you tell yourself that today you can’t – and so you won’t. In the morning though you’re willpower is at its strongest and there isn’t a good reason to not write.

Trick three – Word sprint without spell-check.

A word sprint for those of you who don’t know is when you set a timer and try to write as fast as possible in that time.
The real part of this trick though is to turn off your spellchecker.
You see I have a lot of trouble ignoring words that have a red line under them. I also have a grammar check and that is just as bad because I constantly go back and fix what I’m writing as I’m writing.
It’s not really a horrible thing to do in most cases and I have never heard of anyone completely stopping with their writing because of spell-check, but for NaNoWriMo we’re pressed for speed and it almost certainly is slowing you down.
So turn it off. Write for fifteen minutes without your spell-check (I like typing with my eyes closed) and then when the time is up turn it back on and do a quick fix – which means no deleting any sentences and focusing on grammar and spelling.

Trick four – Carry a notebook everywhere.

I know that men don’t carry handbags like women so for the male writer this one might be a little tougher but if possible I really suggest carrying a physical notebook with you during NaNoWriMo. ( A phone will suffice but I like real paper for this more.)
Why I suggest this is because to stay excited for your novel you need a reminder of it with you when you are not in front of a computer. A notebook is good for this because that way you can write down your ideas and everything, which will keep your mind excited for your novel until you can, once again, return to a computer.

 
As I said these tricks are more habits than anything else and is really simple to implement into everyday life. (Something that NaNoWriMo isn’t always)

I haven’t done a post like this in a while but I hope it helps with the rest of the month.

Now share with me, what tricks do you use during NaNoWriMo to keep you going? Is there something similar to the tricks I mentioned or is it something completely different?
All comments welcome!

NaNoWriMo 

NaNoWriMo has begun!! 

That means that as of today thousands of writers will start with a month long journey of pursuing their dreams. 

A lot of of nice things can be said about NaNoWriMo, perhaps I can tell you about the previous two times I participated.  Right now though that will have to wait seeing a how my laptop doesn’t currently have internet (this is mobile) and I’m in the city for exams.  
So here’s a quick update: I only have two more days left and then I’m done with school for the year! 

My novel is currently at say 2500 words (although I’m scrapping 500 of those) 
My motivation and excitement for NaNoWriMo is growing by the minute. 
Lastly the plan is to start giving you glimpses into my writing soon. 
Now I ask you, do you look forward to NaNoWriMo so far? 

Here’s what’s going to happen

Okay so I still have around four weeks till my first exam and my art coursework is a day away from being done. I still have lots of work ahead of me which is the reason for the post.

You see I don’t have a lot of time on my hands these days and so unfortunately this blog and my writing is being put on the back burner for the moment so I can focus on getting good grades.
I’m still going to try and post once a week but I can’t make any promises. If I do manage to post anything though, it will probably be art photos or something to do with my English lessons.
So good luck with the end of the year and hopefully I’ll write something again next week.

10 great blogs and posts to visit.

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I’ve been travelling across the internet these past few weeks. I visited amazing places with beautiful layouts and met great people from all around the world.
The experience has been so enriching and so I decided to share it with you. These are my 10 favourite blogs and posts visited in the past month (give or take) I hope this inspires you to visit them as well.

10 good blogs/ posts I’ve come across this past month. (in no order)

1. Big talk.
This is a blog I stumbled onto recently but that I feel I need to mention immediately. It’s about a social experiment challenging people to skip small talk and jump right into serious conversations or in other words “big talk.”
This blog is run by Kalina and I really suggest you go check out what her movement is about.
2. The gentlemen project.
So this is a relatively new blog with about 11 followers but I think it’s got great potential and I really enjoyed the couple of posts of it that I’ve read so far. The idea behind the gentlemen project from what I’ve seen so far is to show what makes up good gentlemen. As you hopefully know I’m not a gentleman, I’m a lady but I still enjoy the posts because they raise good points and leaves you thinking, which is generally a good thing.
3. The unfolding.
This is blog is for the romantics. It’s an ongoing non-fiction blog about a long distance relationship. It’s filled with bright pictures and is really well written. It make me feel all warm and fuzzy when I read it.
4. Liewe Persoon.
The next blog I’m going to mention can’t really be recommended to just anyone seeing as how it’s written in Afrikaans and not English. This blog was in fact recommended to me by a member of my writing group and I’m really glad it was. If you do understand Afrikaans, as I know many of my readers from Facebook do, then you’ll like this blog. I like it because it never uses some bad mix of Afrikaans and English slang just pure beautiful Afrikaans.
5. Jabrush blog.
I’m cheating here because this is not a new discovery but rather a blog that I visit on a regular basis and really love. While I mostly read the movie reviews this blog is full of wonderful posts on all kinds of stuff. It’s written in the most interesting way and I suggest you follow this one asap.

Now I want to single out a couple of posts that I recently read and liked.
6. An open letter to my novel.
In this post Rachel writes a letter to her novel which has been giving her troubles. I have done this myself and I really enjoyed reading about someone else doing it as well. (thank goodness I’m not crazy)
7. Which creative season are you in?
This is a really cool posts which talks about how there are different creative seasons. I never thought of creativity like this before but after reading this post I could see that the writer had a point.
This is a must read if you’re a writer.
8. Tides
This is a poem that I think creatives can relate to. What’s cooler then a poem that you can relate to?
9. The importance of diverse reference material.
This is a post written by my buddy Ayli that is about not disregarding some genres as useless because you are writing in another genre. This is important! Genres overlap and mix and are all useful! Now go read her post so she can explain to you why.
10. How to stay motivated for a project when it’s not new anymore.
This is not a new post but I know it’s relevant to some of my readers and friends right now. It’s got great ideas and I think Alexa who wrote it hit the nail on the head with this post.
Again, these posts aren’t in any specific order.
I hope you liked this post because I’m thinking of writing one of these once a month. The people who wrote these deserve much more credit than they are getting so go read them and enjoy.


(I was neither asked nor paid to promote any of these blogs and they are shared because of my opinion of them.)

Achievements and plans.

May 2016

It’s the last Monday of May and this blog has reached a massive milestone.

I reached 200 WordPress followers last week!

To all of you who follow me, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate your support.

 

 

This is basically just an update post for which I apologise (I know these are supper boring) I just thought you should know that next month I’m going to be writing my novel which means that I plan to blog mostly about my work in progress.

You can expect introductions for my character, a little bit about my magic system and even a few pieces of writing. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I already talked about my main character here.

 

My end goal for the month is to have written 1000 words a day if not more. Hopefully I’ll be finished with this novel in a month or two. (I’m aiming for 70 000 words)

 

I hope you guys had a good May and that you enjoy my June posts.

 

*just to let you know I’m open for guests posts again if anyone is interested.