Finding your writing tribe!

Its two days until the Romance Writers Australia (RWA) annual conference, can you tell I am excited???

Spoiler alert: I am!

Last year I attended my first RWA conference, and it was an eye opener. It was full of fantastic craft workshops, great networking events and more importantly, I found my tribe.

I have read countless articles about the importance of finding your tribe, and like many other people, I paid it off. I am at heart an introvert, the last thing I ever want to do is mingle with strangers, but I can honestly say that it was worth it. A writer’s conference is probably the only type of event, where introverts surround you and everyone wants to discuss their favourite books or what they are writing.

If you haven’t worked up the courage yet to attend one, even for a day. Be brave. Take the plunge.  It’s worth it!

Writing Accountability May Recap and June Goals

I reached my May writing goal!!!

I am super excited that I managed to accomplish this feat, and as I promised myself, I’m rewarding myself with a new pair of shoes and a candle making kit.

Ok, the last part was a new edition.

I do have two more days of writing, but I thought I would celebrate now. A girl has to take her wins, whenever she can.

The only time I like spreadsheets, it was really interesting to track my word count during the month. My aim was to write every day a minimum of 670 words. Spreadhsheet courtesy of Sarah Brabazon.

New goals:

My June goals include, writing ‘The end’ of my first draft of my current WIP and I plan on editing my contemporary romance novel – turning it into a fully-fledged draft 2. 

Trying to fit everything into a 24 hour time period is starting to become increasingly difficult, but where there is a will, there is a way. Or sleep depravation. Maybe more sleep depravation then I would have liked. 

Did you reach your May goal? 

Have you decided what your June goals are?

Research, research research…

I love researching, well at the very least I love collecting books about topics I intend to research, a bit like my writing craft book collection. My current TBR pile is about my height (1.68cm if you are interested) and half of them can be considered research books. I have a tendency to collect them like some people (including me) collect shoes and other accessories. 

 Are you the same? Are you easily distracted or just trying to work out the inticate details of X? I may have once gone on a YOUTUBE binge fest and watched countless how to videos on ‘how to escape zip ties.’ But that is another post.

I find that reading nonfiction always sparks so many questions within me, so many ‘What if…’ moments. Sometimes, the truth is weirder than fiction.

I am struggling with handling the balance of researching to make my novel stand up to scrutiny but at the same time I am cognisant that I do not want to info dump everything I have learned onto the page. When this occurs, as a reader, I find it takes me away from the story and throws me back into reality. Now, I need to learn to be aware of the info dumps in my WIP, or at the very least be ruthless during the editing process.

Do you like researching? If you do, do you like researching as you draft your MS or do you have to have it all completed before you start?

Accountability Post: May

During the month of May, I will write 20 000 words. Yes, you did read that correctly. 20 000 words.

I have stated it in a public forum, so I must persevere, through the blood, sweat and tears. Ok, maybe through the hours of staring at a blank screen, the allure of cleaning (because the urge to clean when I’m writing a tough scene, chapter is real) and binge watching TV.

If When, I reach my goal, I will be that much closer to the end of my first draft and I will be able to buy the pair of heels, I have been eyeing off. I am a rewards based person, and I know I am more likely to reach my goals if I get something materialistic out of it. Call me shallow, but it works.

Do you have a writing goal for May? Do you reward yourself for reaching the goal?

The halfway point…

After a busy Easter of relaxing and eating copious amount of chocolate and hot cross buns, I have started to get some headway with the WIP. I am happy to report I have approached the halfway mark of Draft 0.5!!!

To be honest, there are lots of ‘INSERT DESCRIPTION XXXX’ and ‘NEEDS MORE RESEARCH!!’ throughout the work, but there are words on the page. And I can edit words on the page. And there will be lots of editing, but that my friends, is a future Tamara problem.

To celebrate I am going to introduce my girls in CHIBI form…. I think they are super cute and you can defintely see some of the attitude they have been giving me… cough Reika and Khalida.

Reika Singh – My MC and Bio archaeologist extraordinaire
Kahlida Kogami … do not annoy her, she has a thing for knives
Anneke Schoorl… some things are better kept secret

Seriously, how cute are they???

I’m back…I think

I’ve been kinda distracted for the last six weeks. Going away for work will do that to a person, unfortunately I barely had enough time to sleep let alone write. But I’m ok with that (well maybe without the sleep depravation), I think I needed the time away.

The pockets of spare moments I had allowed me to focus on my characters and what was going to happen next. And, now I’m super excited!

And I can’t wait to introduce you to some of the other voices in my head… Khalida has quickly become one of my favs.

Meet the voices in my head…

Meet the voices in my head aka the characters I have been chasing for the past few months.

My current WIP is a rollicking adventure set in the not so distant future. I thought I will share some of the inspiration for my main characters and where their search for the ancient artifact leads them. Answer – around the globe…hehehe

Anyone else use Pinterest to look for inspiration ? I love scrolling down my feed and having an AH-HA moment as the vision in my head becomes reality. And I have found I love creating a board for the story, even if it has taken me down many a rabbit hole.

For some fun, I thought I would introduce my main characters.

Name: Dr. Reika Singh.

Status: Citizen (Ex-military)

Current Occupation: Bio Archaeologist

Eye color: Amber

Hair color: Dark Brown with green tips.

Tattoos: She has a sleeve (left arm)

Fact 1: Is a trained Crypto-linguist – specialty is obscure dialects and ancient languages

Fact 2: Can shoot better than Dante

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Name: Dante Delacroix

Status: Citizen (Elite)

Current Occupation: CEO Security Firm

Eye color: Green

Hair color: Black

Tattoos: Nil

Fact 1: Reika was attached to his unit when he was in the Military.

Fact 2: Has a twin sister, Beatrix, she is set to inherit the family matriarchal business.

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Just a quick snapshot of some of the voices in my head.

Is there anything else you would like to know?