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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Decisions & Plans

I was trying to decide what my subject would be for this weeks post. Usually the idea has germinated by now and I have it half written in my mind or on my Inspirations page on my website. This week it didn't happen. 

This week my brain has been in this kind of sleep mode. It hasn't wanted to engage to write much of anything, which most writers understand. It is getting over the hurdle and just sitting down and writing. And then you hope that what words you put to page actually form a cohesive idea and are something that your reader will actually want to take the time to read.

I am also in the middle of trying to decide if I should start doing a carbon post here on this blog, of my blog I put up on my website. I want to increase traffic between the two and keep the momentum and growth going up. I sometimes feel as if my other blog gets lost on my website, and people forget it's there. These are the things that keep me awake at night. I want to build a strong readership, not only for my blogs but for when my books are published also.

My brain is always cranking out these plans, but if I have no readers, then where does that take my plans? Straight to the recycle bin? I want to be more engaging to my readers and offer them something of value to read, something that brings them back each week wanting to read more. I thought I had found the perfect approach with releasing the first three chapters of The Cat's Eye Chronicles, as I wrote them in their drafting stage. 

You know, a little bit of how a writer goes from just putting the words to page as it flows from their mind to the tips of their fingers onto the keyboard or through the writing apparatus of their choice. I had even thought to do this with the whole book, and then step away for the editing phase and beta phase, then return with the finished and published book.

The ones who had been with me through the process would I guess be my pre-betas, so to say. What do you call the step before beta? Great a new question to explore. (takes out notepad, scribbles what is before beta?) Where was I? Oh, yeah. My ideas, the things that percolate late in the night as I toss and turn trying to sleep.

I have actually thought of moving my blog from my site to it's own space on Blogger. And since I also put stuff up on Wattpad, that I would just move the book to it. And just make the blog on my site a monthly one, leaving this one my weekly one. Like my title says decisions and plans. All this while trying to write my MS "Wild Grows the Rose". 

I guess the answer will eventually come to me or some of my friends will offer me some much needed advice. That is what friends are for, right? Also as you, my readers are the ones who I am trying to keep coming back and to even subscribe to not only my blogs but my website. I welcome your thoughts on this.

And as I end this weeks ramble, I just want to say thank you for checking out my blogs and my website. I am always trying to keep it fresh and up to date.  If you would like me to write further on any of my subjects that I have covered before, please feel free to let me know in the comments. Hope your day is filled with joy & laughter. 


  1. Hmmm interesting thoughts, I am so new that I don't even have Pre-betas yet...well a couple for my very short short stories... all I can say is that I communicate as much as I can on G+ and FB and Twitter and hope its getting me somewhere. So if i stumble into anything by chance I'll keep you posted :)

  2. Just a thought but in the gaming world, before the beta stage comes the alpha stage. Would that not also be true for writing or am I missing the mark with that one?

    I like the idea of posting the blog in two different places. You have a better chance of doubling your outreach that way, or at the very least catching people who may not go both places. I also like the idea of keeping one blog monthly, and the other one weekly. Don't want to overwhelm your already filled plate too much more do you?