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A To Z Blogging Challenge: Novel VS Novella

Now here is a post that I really enjoyed courtesy of Lyn C. And the Ragged Writers! Make sure to go check them out!

Ragged Writers

As writers, word counts are a very important part of writing. Why are they so important? Because the word count can determine how your piece is classified: as in is it a novella or a full-fledged novel?

For many, the difference between a novel and a novella are so miniscule that they don’t see any real difference between the two. But for many writers, those little differences can mean the world.

So what’s the biggest difference between a novel and a novella? That, again, would be the word count. A novella is typically described as a written piece of work that has a word count between 20,000 and 50,000 words. A novel is then classified as anything that is 50,000 words or more. So besides the obvious number difference in word counts are there many other differences between the two? Without getting too technical, there really isn’t much of a…

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Offically Hit 100 Followers! A Big Thanks To You All!

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Happy Thursday Readers!

I know many of us are basking in the post-Christmas bliss, but I wanted to take a moment and officially announce that this blog, “Today’s Literature: My Thoughts” has OFFICIALLY hit 100 followers!

Yes I know, i just used the word officially a lot in one sentence…. but I can’t help it! I’m excited! 100 may seem like a small number, but hell! To me, 100 is a big number for little old me! So once again, thank you all for sticking around and reading/putting your two senses into my thoughts! I love it all!

Let’s make 2014 an even better year! And of course make sure to show your love and go “like” the blog’s Facebook Page!


A Merry Christmas To You!

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Yes, its that time of year… Where we all sit down and enjoy the holidays with our friends and loved ones. Its been a very busy year for me, as im sure is true for many of my readers, so I’d like to take a moment and just say thank you!!!

Over the past few days, I’ve been notified that the blog has nearly 100 followers, and I have to say… holy cow!!!  100 may not seem like a lot… but to a small time blogger, that’s a big number! So to you all, I say thank you!!!

This year has brought on a lot of changes, with graduating college, and entering the “adult world.” One thing has remained the same… my love of literature.  I will always love reading and I will always love writing! With this year drawing to a close, I’d like to announce that I will not only be continuing on with this blog, but come 2014, I will be starting up another blog! This time themed around adult romance.

Many have asked me why not simply cover adult romance in this blog instead of having to separate blogs. Well, for me the answer is simple. I have a love of the young adult genre and I have a love of adult romance. Not everyone shares this same love, and some just want to keep the two separate.  And you know what? I completely understand that, and agree with it!! The new blog will be very similar to this, with reviews and events and what not, just with… well, more adult content! Interested? Well then keep checking in!! I’ll provide more information as it becomes available!!!!

Well, with all that being said, its time for this little book junkie to get back to her holiday festivities!!!! Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, I hope your home is filled with nothing but love and joy!

Want to help fulfil my holiday wishes? Then why not go share a “like” on the blog’s Facebook page?


Behind The Scenes…

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Some midnight brainstorming

Hello all!

So I know I’ve been mia from the blogging world as of late, and I’m suprised to see that I still have some very regular readers! To you, I am very greatful! Its you all that motivate me and I should feel ashamed for leaving you all hanging!

So I thought I’d give you all a little sneak peak behind the scenes of the blog, and give you a little incite into my world.What have I been up to lately? Quite a lot actually!

Of course, I’ve been very busy with my writing, but of course its not all on my novels. Many of you know I graduated college in May of this year, so what was my first thing to do as a college grad? Yup, start my career search! So far I haven’t found a full time position,  but I was graced with the opportunity to write for a well known online news source,  maybe some of you have heard of it! It’s The Inquisitr! I’ve been writing for them since June, and I have to say, its done wonders to help teach me about the world of online writing. I’ve learned so much in the past 6, going on 7 months! To check out my articles (or even those written by my fellow writers), just look over to the tweets on the right side of the page…. —-> My daily articles will show up right there! Nice and easy for you all!

Of course, I’ve been trying to keep up on my reading too! I’ve mentioned on the blog’s facebook page that I’ve fallen a little behind on my reviews… and I have! I owe some of my author friends a BIG apology for being so late on their reviews!  I swear! I’m refreshing myself on the books and will have the reviews up before the month is over!

While my main reading interests have and always will be young adult literature,  I have to say… I’ve fallen for the more *ahem* adult themed books! I mean, come on… we all grow up some time! I’ve dabbled with the idea of allowing reviews for adult themed books, but I know that will mean limiting my blog to those aged 18+, so I’m not sure what I should do there… Suggestions?  Let me know! I would really appreciate them!!

Well, that is pretty much everything that’s been going on, all wrapped up in a pretty little post! So to all you still making this a regular stop during your online surfing, a BIG thank you!

As always, if you have reading suggestions for me, make sure to leave me a note here or on the blog’s Facebook page!

Much love to you all!!!
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I’m Thankful For…..

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Hello readers! I know it’s been a while since my last post, and we all know that excuses are for the weak! Just kidding, well sort of… Life gets in the way of everything, especially the fun stuff!

Well anyways, it’s already the holiday season, and wouldn’t you know it, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So I’d like to take a moment to just share some of the things that I’m thankful for this year.

What I’m Thankful For

  1. My family – Of course this is the top of my list. They’ve been here through everything this year for me. From my final year in college, to graduation, to the craziness of postgraduate life, it’s been a year of ups and downs, and I don’t know where I would be without them!
  2. My friends – This is, again, obvious. They’ve been there to see me through the craziness of the year, and I’m thankful for everyone that got to take these adventures with me!
  3. Today’s Literature: My Thoughts – Of course I’m thankful for my blog, and that means all of my followers and even my simple guests that just stop by to check things out every once in a while! You guys get to peek into my passion and many of you share my passion not only for reading, but also for the craft that is writing!
  4. My Blog Followers & Self-Published Connections – I do hate labeling you all as connections…. when you are truly my inspirations! This past year, I have networked with so many self-published authors that I have come to look up to. Authors such as Rebecca Berto and Cheryl McIntyre, and so many many more! I’ve been honored to read, review and share all the works you’ve shared with me! You are ALL inspirations to me, and as I move forward in my self-publishing career, I’d love to get some advice from you all!
  5. Scrivener – Yes, I know this may sound silly… But this year I took the plunge and purchased the program to help me begin really putting my ideas down on paper (virtually, so to speak). I haven’t gotten through a first full draft yet, but I’m making more progress then I ever have before! I think I’ve finally found my writing platform!
  6. My Job – While I only work (as of now) as a freelance news writer for the site, The Inquisitr, it is still a job I have come to love! I’ve gotten to learn so much about not only writing, but writing for a news source, along with different internet marketing techniques such as keywords and keyword placement… It absolutely blows my mind! For everyone who thinks a work at home writing position is a piece of cake… let me tell you. Now that I’ve gotten the experience after these past 6 months, I can tell you that it’s no walk in the park! And of course, I have to say a thank you to all of you out there who have not only been viewing my articles, but viewing my colleges articles! We all appreciate it very much!

Well… I know that is a short list, but those are the things that I am most thankful for this year! What are a few of the things that you are thankful for? Feel free to share them in the comments, or let me know via twitter or Facebook on the blogs page or my author page!

Wondering what you can look forward to in the month or so left of this year? Or even what’s in store for 2014? Well I can tell you this! I have at least 6 book reviews to write up and post before the end of December!

Then beginning in 2014, I’ll be starting my new novel brainchild (temporarily) entitled: Wreck Me! I’m really excited, and I can promise you all, I’ll be paying more attention to the blog, and all of you starting after the Thanksgiving Holidays!

Thanks for sticking around guys! And keep an eye out, I’ll be posting some very important questions on stuff I’m looking for some advice on regarding my first full novel!


To Outline, Or Not To Outline… That Is The Question

Happy Wednesday readers! It’s been a while since we last caught up, and I apologize for that my lovelies.

So what brings me here today? The question that I have been asking not only myself, but my Facebook followers and even some of my fellow authors.

The Big Question: Is creating an outline for a story the way to go?

I’ve heard so many mixed reviews on this writing practice. Personally, I love having a lot of material to work off of when I write. But is creating an outline really the way to go? Or does it stifle a writers creative freedoms?

Honestly, I’ve been a little afraid to try writing an outline for any of the three novel ideas I have been stewing over in my brain. Why? I don’t even know really.

Is it a fear of committing to an idea? Or maybe a fear that it will stifle my creative flow. I’m not sure.

Two of my novel ideas are based on very life like events, meaning they either where things related from personal experience, or they where events around me that inspired these stories.

Logically, these two stories may be easier to write with a detailed outline, because then I won’t run as big of a risk of forgetting a detail or something along those lines.

But then will the outline take away from the creative aspect of the story? I don’t want these stories to become works of non-fiction, so what do I do?

That is my question to you, my readers. What do you think about creating outlines? Are they helpful? Or are they more trouble than they are worth?

Answer the poll below, or leave me your thoughts in the form of a comment! I’m excited to see what you all have to say!


Being Kalli by Rebecca Berto Cover Reveal Event!

Being Kalli.v2.2.1Being Kalli by Rebecca Berto
Publication date: TBA
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Synopsis:

There are two things you should know about Kalli Perkins.

1. She’d rather do it in public than be alone with a guy.

2. She loves her little brothers more than her mom does.

Kalli doesn’t pretend to be a good girl. At nineteen, she’s never been in love and doesn’t ever intend to be. She has her issues handled. She’s managed to keep the secret of what happened to her nine years ago from her mother, although her mother’s usually high anyway and barely notices Kalli or her little brothers.

One night at a party, Kalli makes a bet with her friend, Nate, that could change everything. Their friend, Scout, tells them there’s no uncrossing the friendship line once it’s crossed—even though they were both drunk. But Kalli can’t imagine how anyone could want her damaged self for anything more.

She didn’t count on Nate. Nate’s very capable of satisfying her not only under her clothes, but in her heart, too.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

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Rebecca Berto is a new adult contemporary romance author. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

Author Links:
You think that’s all I have? Think again readers! You know how big a fan of Rebecca’s work I am, so of course I had to include a teaser for you, courtesy of the cover reveal event, put together by Xpresso Book Tours!
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On Writing: Scrivener vs yWriter

 

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A good day (or evening) too all my readers out there! I know I have been very M.I.A. over the past week or so, and for that I apologize. After finally graduating from my university and moving back home, it took a lot of work trying to adjust to the back at home life and the job search and what not. So I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to my blog, reading, or reviewing! Though fear not! I have gotten back on my game, and am currently in the process of reading a few different books for review!

 

Sense I’ve been spending a lot of time on my laptop with my ever continuing job search process, I decided that I might as well really start writing my novel that I’ve had in planning for the past few months. About a week or so ago, I decided to download the free writing software, yWriter. I heard it was the best to use if you were writing on a Windows PC (which I am). Well after getting really bored with the simplicity of the program (it didn’t offer as much as I was hoping), I finally (as of today) downloaded the free 30 day trial of Scrivener for Windows.

Now, I have never been the type of writer that could just sit down and write out a story from start to finish. It’s just impossible. I am a very scratchy writer, with bits and pieces in about a billion different places. I’ve heard raving reviews about both of these programs, so of course I’m a little torn about which one to go with. While I like free, I do like some of the features that the paid program provides. Decisions, decisions.

So this is my question to you all, for those of you who have had experience with these programs, which would you recommend? I would really like to see what others have to say about them before I decide if I am going to go with the paid or free software! Leave your comments and I will forever be thankful!

 


Editing Tips

A great piece on editing by henrymclaughlin on WordServe Water Cooler! Make sure to check out their other great entries!

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 Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it… Michael Crichton

The workshop leader looked over the group—a motley crew of aspiring and published authors seeking to learn. She arched her eyebrow and said, “The purpose of your first draft is to get the crap out. Then you can go back and write the book.” Okay, I thought, that’s an interesting way to look at it. And it actually freed me to write better.

I’ve also learned that each draft has crap in it. The goal is to have less and less in each revision. Even today, I’ll pick up my published novel, Journey to Riverbend, and see things I would change. And the published version is the eighth draft.

ScissorsOver the years, people have asked me, “What’s the best way to…

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Writer Tools – Shovel

Found this piece to be very interesting and worth sharing with my readers! “Writer Tools – Shovel” by Tyroper on the blog “Time to Write”

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Sometimes I’m digging for meaning in my novel, and all I am finding is dirt, pebbles and lumps of clay. Sure I could take the clay, wash it, add a bunch together with a bit of water, and create a “David” statue replica. But that would be a side-route, a false meaning. My book doesn’t have anything to do with the statue of David. Of course, I am a writer and not a sculptpr, so my play with clay resembles a ball. Sculptures are pretty, but I want to pin some meaning on the tail of my plotkey. HeeHaw.

At times I get so enamored with the hole I am digging, and the straight and smooth sides, that I forget I am actually looking for something in the hole. But, those sides are pretty awesome, right? This hole is ready for a citrus tree…

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