Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ready to write that book?

Are you ready to get started on writing your first book? You know, the one that you have been thinking about for the last, I don't know, 15 years???!!!

There is no better time to start than today!

Here are some articles to help you on your way...

Write down those amazing ideas!

Set aside some time to keep moving forward...

Already done these things? Keep moving forward!!


Jot down or type out an outline...you don't want to jumble up the story :)

Create characters no one can forget.

There are so many other details that can help you stay focused, stay organized and continue moving forward. For more tips and ideas, visit this web channel:
Writing Examiner: writing tips, facts and ideas

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Do you write when you do not feel like it?

If  only there was a direct answer to the question: Should I write if I do not feel like it?

I would have to say: Yes and No.

The key to completing a writing project is to plan a set time to write each day or week. However, what if you are sick or going through a difficult time in your life? Do you write anyway, regardless of your circumstances?

Well...sometimes I do and sometimes I do not.
I find that if I am feeling icky, as in not feeling 100% in my physical body, I can still write and write well.
I have also found that if I'm REALLY sick, I can not, by any means put the words together to write at all!
In addition, if I have something really heavy weighing on my mind, I have a really hard time writing. If I have minor things on my mind, I have no problem setting them aside to write and sometimes, just sometimes, writing will help me get through the circumstances and I will feel better as a result.

Only you truly know if you are capable of writing according to how you are feeling. What is right for me may not be right for you. You may find that writing will help you feel better no matter what you are going through in your life.

The only way to know for sure is to give it a try!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Create memorable characters

Reading the title to this blog post can sound so vague. However, I do have some tips to help you create characters that readers will remember, relate to and desire to read more about!

Check out these articles I have written to give you quick and easily executable tips to help you with this task:

Explain your story with senses (as in the 5 senses) 

How to create characters

Protagonist vs. Antagonist 

Now write on!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Preparing your writing environment

Something I do each night before I head to bed is clean my kitchen! My mom always used to say, "If the kitchen is clean, the whole house looks clean". Depending on the layout of your house, this can ring true. I have an open concept in my house, meaning the kitchen is open to the dining room and the living room. So, if my kitchen is clean, it really does make the rest of my downstairs look clean too!

Why have I gone on this clean kitchen tangent you may ask...it is also true when it comes to our writing environment. I recently wrote an article about Dedicating a special place to write your book.  If we have a special routine we create when it comes to writing it will help us look forward to it and feel comfortable and at ease when we do it.

Click on the article link to read my tips about creating a relaxing writing environment for yourself. Just as waking up to a clean house can make you feel good, creating a special place to write can make you feel good too!

A few things to try:

  • Create a clean work space
  • Make it comfortable by using a comfortable chair
  • Decorate with pictures and items that bring you joy
  • Keep it clutter free
  • Make a space separate from other spaces in your home
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Getting organized in 2014

Those who know me know that I am the QUEEN of organization! 2014 is no different for me. I started this amazing new year with a bang! As in, BANG, let's get everything backed up...just in case.

I backed up all of my photos and documents from 2013, not in one place, but two. I also organized all of my files.

I completed the online Punctuation class I started AND got an authors page set up for myself on Facebook. Please take a look and "like" it if you will. Author: Deanna Martinez-Bey

I also updated my LinkedIn profileTwitter profile and started a new website: Deanna Martinez-Bey (which is just in its beginning stages...but started and published nonetheless).

There are several other projects I have been working on and will share once I have completed them.

I guess you can say I have been productive and I do enjoy being that way. Now, to finish my book.......

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014: Make it a productive year!

Well, well, well, 2014 is here! I have to say, usually I can care less about New Years. But, this year is different. I just feel that it is going to be a fantastic year. I know, I know, everyone always says that about the new year. I really feel that way about 2014 though.

I feel it is going to be great in every way: productivity, relational, financially, goal setting...a great year to move forward with a new start...leaving the old behind.

OUT with you old! In with the joyous NEW! :)

Speaking of productivity, I completed another online writing course yesterday! I never want to stop learning. I remember a kid, I couldn't wait to be finished with my schooling. I swore I would finish school and never step foot into a classroom again! Now look at me, I choose to take classes...choose to continue to learn new things.

My advice to you: Set goals for yourself. Reasonable goals. Not resolutions, but goals. My goals are not going to be the same as yours and that is OK. Your goals are not going to be the same as your best friends goals or your spouses goals. We are all unique. We all have special gifts. Take a few minutes alone and truly focus on your dreams and write down your goals to make them come true. Do not allow your dreams to stay dreams this year. Make them a reality...take baby steps to bring them to pass. Rome wasn't built in a day!

Think about your goals. Pray about them. Meditate on them. Talk about them. But, be sure to write them down. Then, make a plan to work on them every day or every week.

This is your year! :)

Set reasonable writing goals