Back to “Living In Interesting Times”

The input is beginning to flow in from my beta readers. Haven’t heard from all of them yet, but I’ve put “The Swans of War” on standby circle and have started to work on “Living in Interesting Times” again.

And, as always, it’s fascinating.

I know my topic pretty well (that’s why I’m writing about it) but it’s always a revelation to see how other people view what I’ve written. The points I may have missed. The things that are explained well for me ( because I already know about them) but are still for someone coming from a different type of experience. The parts where I’ve been typing so intensely  that I’ve missed some of the words in my head.

This is good for the quality of the books I’m putting out, but it’s also good for the bigger picture- as a reminder of how many points of view in the world and how many of us are different kinds of right.

Hope all’s right with you. Back to editing and rewriting.

Catherine Kane

9/22/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Motivation To Write- Track Your Progress

We know  that our writing has value (Motivation To Write- Value Your Writing)  We Romantic woman using laptopmake a commitment to write (Motivation To Write- Make a Commitment)  We find time to do it (Motivation To Write- Schedule It) We make an effort to write even if we don’t feel like it ( Motivation To Write- Write Anyway)  We build a routine of writing regularly (Motivation To Write- Build a Habit)

These are all great ways to get started writing and keep our motivation to keep on keeping on.

What’s another way? Track your progress.

Building a routine and committing to write whether you feel like it or not are both good practices, but if you don’t track you’re progress, it gets too easy to drop into non-writing/writing. The kind where you sit staring at a blank page for an hour. The kind where you spend your writing time straightening margins or looking up the history of your era as opposed to actually writing. The kind where you sit down to write and end up spending 95% of your time on social media. the kind where you’re sure that you’ve gotten some writing done, but you’re remembering last month or last year.

Best way around this? Track your progress. Set goals and have some way to keep track of how close you come to keeping them (or not)

Decide to write for a certain amount of time, or a certain number of words per session. Make a list of goals to achieve (edit this chapter, strengthen this fight scene, weed out excess words, etc) and have a way to keep track of whether you’re actually doing it or not

The point is less whether you meet those goals ( although that’s important too) If your goals aren’t working, you can set smaller goals ( or bigger ones!) The point is to keep moving forwards as opposed to thinking about writing someday.

Studies have found that, when you check something off on a “to-do” list, you get a little boost of adrenalin. That’s energy you can use on the next thing on your list. The important thing is to keep moving forwards and tracking your progress is one way of making that happen.

Write on

Catherine Kane

9/21/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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This Sunday Connecticut Pagan Pride Day 2017

This Sunday is Connecticut’s Pagan Pride Day and we’d like you to join us there577442_3521710873755_1617833526_n

Pagan Pride Days are held all over the country to support pagan folks in their spirituality and help people who are not pagan have a better understanding of this spiritual path.  They include things such as classes, information, vendors and ceremonies that all are welcome to participate in.

This year’s Connecticut Pagan Pride Day will be held on September 24th in Berlin Ct. T I’ll be teaching a class on skills for psychic empaths and there will be a lot of other great teachers,  as well. Lots of good vendors, too, including Starwolf  and me as  the psychics of Foresight, doing readings and selling my books.

Interested? For more information, click here

Then join us on September 24th at Connecticut Pagan Pride Day

Catherine Kane

9/20/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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On Spoken Shakespeare

The bard of Avon is one of the most famous writers of all time, and his writing was cat sitting looking at laptopmeant to be spoken, not just read

Here’s a wonderful lecture about Shakespeare and his writing and how it functions as the spoken word.

Enjoy

The Opening Lines of Romeo and Juliet Recited in the Original Accent of Shakespeare’s Time

Catherine Kane

9/19/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Love, per Green (Inspiration)

“I enjoy writing about people falling in love, probably because I think the first time you Burning candlefall in love is the first time that you have to figure out how you’re going to orient your life. What are you going to value? What’s going to be most important to you? And I think that’s really interesting to write about.”

John Green

9/18/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here
and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Motivation To Write- Build a Habit

We’ve been through acknowledging that our writing has value (Motivation To Write- Value Your Writing) and making a commitment to write (Motivation To Write- Make a Commitment) and finding time to do it (Motivation To Write- Schedule It)

The next step is to build good writing habits.Romantic woman using laptop

It’s easy to talk about writing you’re gonna do some day  but if you’re always talking about it and never doing it, that writing will never get done.

You also need to actually sit down and write, and build a habit of writing.

Some sources will say you need to write everyday. That’s  a good habit and one that makes it harder to forget to do it, but there are other habits that also work

Write

  • every other day
  • on a half day on Saturday
  • for an hour weekday nights after everyone else is in bed
  • as part of your lunch hour at work

It’s less a question of following someone else’s idea of when and how much you should write. It’s more a question of building a routine that works for you while still keeps you writing on an ongoing basis

and when you build a habit, writing gets easier to do, and the fact that it’s writing time will put you into writing mode more quickly and easily

and that’s golden

Catherine Kane

9/15/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Front and Center

Still working on my second urban fantasy novel “The Swans of War” and  finding one of hands with laptop typing in nightmy problems is keeping my heroine the heroine.

Sidekicks have it easy. the whole story doesn’t rest on their shoulders so they’re far more free to be quirky, snarky, flamboyant, petulant, etc. Some sidekicks can even become so flamboyant that they take over the story, obscuring  your hero or heroine.

So how do you put your hero back on stage?

Here’s what I’m doing.

  • Make a worksheet and list every chapter your central character appears in
  • Look at each of these chapters for who they belong to? Should this chapter really belong to a supporting character? (Sometimes there are good reasons for this)
  • Look at the remaining chapters. What does your character do in them? Is there a way to up the central character’s action?
  • Look at balance. Is there something a supporting character is doing that really should be done by your character?
  • Re-examine the list once you’ve done this. Is the balance improved? Is your character an active part of the story, as opposed to just being carried along by it?

Those steps can help to bring the balance back into the story, put the spotlight on your central character  and make them the hero again

Don’t let your main character always be acted upon. Also have them act…

Catherine Kane

9/14/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

 

 

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50 Shades of Fae

Jumping from writing project to writing project to writing project.Romantic woman using laptop

While I’ve been waiting for book 9 “Living in Interesting Times” to come back from the beta readers, I’ve been working on book 10 “The Swans of War”

and, this weekend, I jumped yet again to 2 other projects.

A friend of mine is trying to put together 2 anthologies of stories of the Fae, one general and one on romantic encounters. Had wanted both to support her and to be in one or both, so I put aside my current project to write 2 stories, one for each anthology.

And it was fascinating. I’d wake up with large sections of a story suddenly in my head, I’d have more come to me when I drove around, and when I sat down to write, the words came so fast that my fingers almost couldn’t keep up.

“Chop Shop” looks at what happens when car theft becomes uncanny. “Romancing the Muse” is a story of how inspiration can eat you alive.

Both stories are a bit darker than the ones I usually write, but I’m pretty satisfied with  them both. We’ll see if they make the grade  for the anthologies.

Catherine Kane

9/13/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Speak Like a Pirate

Writing about pirates?cat sitting looking at laptop

Well here’s some info about how they talk and why….

Arrr, Matey! The Origins of the Pirate Accent

9/12/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here
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Ambiguity, per Richards (Inspiration)

Burning candle“I look for ambiguity when I’m writing because life is ambiguous.”

 Keith Richards

9/11/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here
and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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