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Are Authors Introverts?


What is an introvert? An introvert is someone who prefers a quiet atmosphere, who spends a lot of time alone, avoiding social interactions. Almost sounds like a recluse, doesn’t it? Well, those are two separate entities.

Authors spend quite a bit of time slumped over a computer, eagerly typing away on our current work-in-progress (WIP). The desperate need to meet a deadline, or the need to pound out everything our creative muse is giving us before they decidedly take a break, because, they do that sometimes. We tend to ignore the outside world, quite busy in our own little world(s). So, you can see why it is that we would be introverts.

Most of us require a certain space to write in. I know I do. I often need it to be quiet to think if I get stuck somewhere in a story. Sometimes, I have to change it up a bit to get my creative juices flowing. Often times, I will change up my writing locations; watch a certain TV series; read a book series in the genre I am currently writing in, all just to get me on the right track. Once the creativity gets going, it flows and I keep typing away, or I jot everything down as it comes to me.

I am a huge note taker when I cannot find the time to sit behind a computer. I have a shelf full of notebooks with a plethora of ideas, character profiles, scenes, plots, storylines, etc and so on. I carry a notebook with me everywhere, including having one on my nightstand. Most nights, I’m too tired to sit at the computer and write, but once I lay down I’m often hit with ideas on my current work-in-progress and would start to scribble them down into my notebook.

I’m often asked how I find the time to write? Being a single mom and having a special needs kiddo, as well as a job, it’s hard, but I find the time; I wait till she goes to bed, I write during my lunch breaks, I write while waiting in the school line, I write on my days off when she’s at school. I don’t need to explain my day-to-day, but finding the time to write can be done.

No, I’m not the kind of author that can type up 50,000 words in a month. I mean, that would be nice, but those are the kind of people who don’t have a job to head out to or kids to take care of, or if they did have kids, they have someone else to help them out. Me, I can type up around 500 – 1200 words in a day. One day, I typed up over 2500 words, but that was on my day off from work and I didn’t have any errands to run or chores to do. Those are rare days, too!

Every author is different. We all have our own styles or methods in doing what we do, to achieve getting our book written. There are those who can publish 10 or more titles a year, but that also goes along with what I just mentioned. Or, some of those titles aren’t full-length novels, to which I can see publishing that many short stories a year. I’ve published three titles this year; two were short stories and one was a novel, but I had been working on my novel for almost eight years.

I’ve grown accustomed to staying home on my days off my day job to work – as an author. My author business is a second job. There’s a lot that goes into it other than writing that next book. Marketing would be a big factor that goes into being a published author. Emails to answer or to send out, a webpage or blog to maintain, book orders to mail, events to prepare for. Those are just a few things I’ve mentioned. There is a whole lot that goes with being an author, especially if you’re an indie author. Even when I was traditionally published, I still had a lot of marketing to do on my end. It’s my work and I had to get the word out there on it or else I wouldn’t be making a cent. You can’t sell your books if no one knows it’s out there.

I tend to take breaks from social media. These days, you have to. I find myself getting lost on Pinterest. So many good recipes I need to try, or cute crafts my kiddo would enjoy, lol! If I need to focus on meeting my deadlines, it’s a must to take a break from the internet.

Introverts can be great listeners. Not all introverts are socially awkward or rude. Some introverts enjoy not being in the spotlight, or would rather refrain from speaking to a large crowd of people. Some introverts are more comfortable writing than speaking. Not everyone is great at public speaking or has a way with words when it comes to a conversation. Authors tend to use their way with words in their work and like an introvert, it may take many revisions to get out what it is we’re trying to say.

 

 

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Chaos My YA Fantasy Book is Now Available


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I’m happy to say that my young adult fantasy fiction novel, Chaos, the first in my Supernatural Realms Series is finally available.

I have worked on it for quite a long time that I am overly ecstatic to finally hold a copy in my hands!

You can get it on Amazon as an ebook or a paperback, or on my website: www.twistedcrowpress.com

Blog of the Year 2012 Award


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The other blog I received from Marcia http://mmeara.wordpress.com/  I enjoy reading her both of her blogs. She talks about gardening or the latest book that she’s read. Lately she’s been working outside on an Oak tree disaster as a few of her Oak trees had just died.

The rules for this award is as follows:

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please do not alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can also join the Facebook group – click like on the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar…and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!  Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different.  When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given this award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.  Which means, you can check out your favorite blogs – and if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

The person that I think deserves this award would be Jae http://litandscribbles.wordpress.com/ She is a writer and an author like me. I have also learned a lot from her in blogging and in writing just from reading her blog or from a few suggestions she’s given me now and then. She’s very creative too; she draws the little characters that you see all over her blog. Click on her link highlighted above there and check her blog out.

Beautiful Blogger Award


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I have been awarded two blog awards today. This makes a totally of five awards that I have received and I feel really honored to have been awarded them.

The first blog award is from Maya Schopmeyer http://marriedwithtwins.org/  She has a wonderful blog about raising her twin girls and is a really amazing person.

In order to accept this award I must post seven interesting things about me, then nominate seven other bloggers who I feel deserve the award.

Seven interesting things about myself:

  1. My youngest sister and I are both Gemini’s and our daughter’s our both Capricorn’s.
  2. 12 years ago today was my first day of boot camp.
  3. I love to snowboard and have surfed a few times.
  4. I can roller blade, but cannot roller skate…go figure. I think it’s because I learned to ice skate first.
  5. I’m in a music video…3 Doors Down came on board my ship when we were outside or Portugal. They gave us a free concert and free meet and greets. They also filmed one of their videos ‘When I’m Gone’ while on board. I would literally have to point me out as it’s only for a few seconds. But still it’s pretty cool! Oh and I’ll be a fan of 3 Doors Down forever. They are really sweet guys.
  6. My birthday lands on Father’s Day now and then.
  7. I have eaten camel…I didn’t like it. I was in UAE, Dubai.

Seven bloggers that I feel deserve this award:

  1. http://mmeara.wordpress.com
  2. http://litandscribbles.wordpress.com/
  3. http://thegoodthebadandthesaggy.wordpress.com
  4. http://oneinchofgrace.wordpress.com/
  5. http://keepingitrealmom.com/
  6. http://babydot74.wordpress.com
  7. http://atlantamomofthree.wordpress.com