A Happy New Year!
Well, it’s been quite a festive period and I hope you all had a fantastic time. However, like all things, the holidays have come to an end, but I’m still buzzing because when one door closes, another one opens. It’s such a lovely feeling to write a blog on the first day of the year. Already my head is whirling with several New Year’s Resolutions and writing keeps me focused on what I hope to achieve in 2018.
I’ve self-published three books so far in the past 14 months and it’s been a wonderful experience.
But I love experimenting and would still like to try traditional publishing. After taking a break from querying agents and/or traditional publishers, I believe it’s time to start again. That’s my first 2018 resolution. If I can call myself a hybrid author by the end of Dec 2018, that would be an amazing achievement. I’ll still continue to self-publish some of my books so it would be like having the best of both worlds.
Below are a few positive quotes that I’m trying to live by. Hopefully, you might find some inspiration from some if not all of these.
#1. Try something you’ve never tried before
#2. Challenge yourself
#3. Dream…dream and dream big
#4. Don’t stop believing
#5. Keep pushing, keep working, keep trying
#6. Don’t look back, look ahead
#7. You’re responsible for your destiny
#8. Your life is what you make of it
#9. Surround yourself with positivity
#10. Silence the voice of doubt inside your head
• #10 resonates with me so much, and I think some of us might have a similar issue. If there is a voice inside your head that tells you that you can’t do it, today is the day to silence it. It can be done, and it will be done. Make 2018 the year that dreams come true. I’ve written a little quote that I hope applies to you too.
“2018 is my year! Everything that happens in my year and in my life is because I will it. I am the driver of my destiny. I have the power to live my life the way I want to. I am free. I am happy. I am determined.”
As for me, I feel refreshed, energised and ready to deliver better stories, better books and better everything in 2018.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2018 filled with lots of good fortune, love, peace and happiness!
15 Reasons why I love Christmas!
Christmas is the most magical time of the year and today I spent it in the company of amazing family and friends. Of course, some of my family and friends were not with me physically, but just knowing that they were thinking of me as much as I was thinking of them makes it all okay. Before the day is gone, I thought to just highlight 15 reasons why Christmas time is so special to me.
15 reasons why I love Christmas
1. A time for love
2. A time for family
3. A time for friends
4. A time for everyone
5. A time for sharing
6. A time for peace
7. A time for joy
8. A time for reflection
9. A time for redemption
10. A time to laugh
11. A time to dream
12. A time to hope
13. A time to smile
14. A time to feel
15. A time to love
Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all!
Today I’ve picked up my SeQuence books again after a few weeks of very minimal fantasy writing. I’ve been putting most of my efforts in self-editing my upcoming Young Adult Contemporary Romance Novel, Fairytale Dad.
I’m pleased to say I’m absolutely thrilled with the progress.
An anonymous reader from the Romantic Novelists Association read Fairytale Dad and her feedback has been invaluable. I received a detailed report on plot, structure, characters, setting, character names, conflict etc. This has been a great help in helping me shape this book for the better and I can’t wait to finally say it’s ready. So heartfelt thanks to my reader and to the Romantic Novelists Association.
Since I’m back in my fantasy world, below is one of my favourite quotes from the Heart of the Ocean Series.
Have a great weekend!
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Peace, Love & Prosperity!
Sat, November 18, 2017.
Today, I’m feeling blessed, and I know hundreds of thousands of people are feeling the same. It seemed the ideal day to highlight one of my favourite quotes from the Heart of the Ocean Series.
“One doesn’t build peace by hurling sticks and stones. Peace is built through peace.” Ralda –SeQuence Entangled
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Several readers have asked me why I write and who I write for. Hmm, the short answer is…I write because I have stories bursting to be told. However, my writing has evolved over time. At first, I wrote for me. I didn’t have an audience in mind. I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t even think I’d publish my scribbles. All I had was the passion to tell a story, tell it well, and see it to the end. I wrote stories I wanted to read. But as time went on and my stories became public, I realised I didn’t just write for me but for others too.
Since then, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support from readers and authors alike and I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you!
The way I see it; writing for myself was only the beginning. Writing from the heart has always been my passion. Writing with readers at the core of my stories is now my inspiration.
A few weeks ago, I promised to share some of the comments from the giveaway optional questions that I’ve recently run. I’ve picked ten random answers from ten unique readers and I’ve highlighted some of my favourite words/phrases. Thank you so much to everyone who filled in the questionnaire!
Question: Just for Fun. If you found yourself stuck in the world of SeQuence, which character would you rather be with and why? (Optional)
• Dante because he’s my kind of hero.
• Dante because drool worthy characters are my favorite.
• Dante because he is willing to put aside himself for when duty calls. He is willing to fight for others and would protect me wherever we were in Zeneshia. He would care for me and is capable of overwhelming love. I would feel safe with him.
• Dante. He’s a charming character! Swoon-worthy! *heart eyes* I needn’t say more*smiles*
• Jad. I’m team Jad all the way!
• Jad. I’d like to be Jad so I can protect my good friend Alessia.
• Jad because he’s a genuine guy with a big heart!
• Jad because he’s lost so much and I want him to be happy. I’ll give him what he’s lost and more!
• Zaira because I adore her very much.
• Zaira. She’s amazing and so loving and loveable! My favorite character by far.
Thanks so much to everyone who submitted their answers. Your engagement and support mean the world to me!
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Series writing has its own beauties and beasts. There’s a consensus that one should not invest her eggs in one basket. And yes, I’d be a fool not to heed this advice.
So, every time I sit down to plot a series, I ask myself at least a dozen questions that centres around one fundamental question. Shall I write a three/four or even five book series or simply write a standalone book? Writing a series is usually my first choice, but not too soon after, the beasts start reeling inside my head.
- What if the first book is a dismal failure and no one reads Books Two, Three and Four?
- What if I waste valuable time plotting and writing a series that no one wants to read?
- Do I write four standalone books or four series books?
- Will my readers appreciate four standalone books or four series books?
- Do I market four series books or market Book One and hope my readers pick up Books Two, Three and Four?
- What if I just shut out every demon and just write? Huh! How about that?
I’m constantly in a battle with myself. Fortunately, not all is in vain. Every time there’s a beast there’s always a beauty. The beauties of series writing are vast and I think they outweigh the beasts by a mile.
- With each series book, the characters liven up and grow. As an author, I get to grow and develop a solid relationship with my characters. As a reader, I also grow and begin to understand the world of the characters, what makes them tick and why they act the way they do.
- As the stakes rise, the plot thickens, and the story develops.
- With each book, the writing improves, the story strengthens and the character’s world comes alive.
- Readers who stick to a series earn an abundance of rewards. We get to live in our much-loved character’s world for a long time. This helps us develop a bond with the characters, one that is priceless and precious.
I ran a survey for my readers and asked an optional question. If you were stuck in the world of SeQuence which character would you like to be with and why? The answers were remarkable and so gratifying. Thanks to everyone who shared their views. I could see the bond between my readers and my characters forming right in front of my eyes. Just having that one person who says…I really love your series is so heart-warming—it gives me the fuel to carry on.
This post is already getting too long so I must stop. In my next post, I’ll share some of the answers from the survey. Thanks so much for reading my musings.
Welcome to my first ever Writing Musings Post! I’m so excited that you’re reading my little blog. If anything catches your interest, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
Writing across multiple genres is fun. Taking two or more genres and mashing them up is super fun. But completely disregarding genre rules and allowing the story to dictate its sequence is an absolute pleasure. One of my planned series starts off as a slow-burning Fantasy Romance. A few books in, two worlds collide and it turns into a fast-paced Thriller. Amid the chase, it soars into a Mystery, then glides effortlessly into an Adventure before returning to its natural genre…Epic Fantasy Romance! Does anyone want to guess how long this series is?
The idea of genre fusion is bold and beautiful but also nerve-wracking. It could easily go well as easy as it could go horribly wrong. The risk is in the execution—a necessary peril for those passionate about writing from the heart. Do it well and readers will wholeheartedly love it. Do it badly and readers will absolutely hate it. So, I have a phenomenal challenge on my hands.
Luckily, I self-publish my books. Although I’ve queried literary agents and traditional publishers in the past, it didn’t work out so I decided to focus my efforts in another direction. Self-publishing. It’s a market in its own right and I’m glad I decided to listen to my heart, took a leap of faith and pressed the publish button. A recent review for one of my books made me smile for days. I quote, “That’s why I love to read indie books. They write what they want to write about, and no big publishing house will tell them otherwise. This is where true talent shines.”
When I write, I write from the heart. I don’t write to a specific formula. I don’t write to market. I don’t worry if what I’m writing isn’t the norm. I embrace the fact that I’m different. Every author is different and so are the readers. I simply tell the story that’s bursting to be told the best way I can. There’s a huge sense of liberation—not having to worry about fitting into a predefined box. Instead, I have room to spread my wings and reach above the skies.
But with liberation comes accountability and responsibility. I must own up to my successes and failures. I can’t own up to one and not the other. I can’t hide behind a veil of ignorance and blame someone else when things don’t go to plan. I accept the good and the bad. Maybe one day writing from the heart will pay off. Maybe not. Regardless, the plan is to stay true to my voice and self, and hope others will enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them.