Hello Readers & Fellow Writers!
My goodness! September was a hot mess betweenHurricane Irma flipping Central Florida upside down and then Indie Bookfest 2017 swept me off my feet. Now we’ve already ventured into October and I can’t help but feel I am falling forward with the speed of things unfolding. This month is filled with workshops that are all designed for prepping writers, new and old, for National Novel Writing Month aka November. What this means is Valerie is a very busy Author since I am also an instructor and mentor for many writers!
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Post Indie Bookfest 2017
WOW! I had a great time! This was my first time being a featured Author at a 4-day convention setup and I can’t wait to do it again in 2018. If you are here in Florida, I cannot express how much I appreciated the amount of fun, the amazing people I met (Readers, Authors, Bloggers, and Industry folks), and the memories I made at this event. The cost is more than reasonable! And I want to plan on staying at the hotel so I can really unwind next year. Indie Bookfest 2018 will be in August, so keep an eye out over on their website and/or Facebook group as we surge forward into the new year. Also, posted about my fun and shared some pictures over on my blog!
Tell me More About NaNoWriMo
November is creeping closer and now we are in October. You should be looking to the calendars for Library, local cafes, centers, and other venues who are hosting Free Workshops centered around “Nano” and Novel Writing. Why? Because October is prime season for writing a novel 101 courses, and much more. National Novel Writing Month aka November is the best chance to discover the hidden depths of the writer community in your area and gain new colleagues online! Sign up and log into their main site at www.nanowrimo.org
Add Me As A Buddy: https://nanowrimo.org/participants/valerie_willis
Florida Writers be sure to follow Writer’s Atelier, Orange County Library System, and Orlando NaNoWriMo group for NaNo and Novel 101 courses this month! Some of these will be listed in the event bullets a little further down. Here are links to their Facebook pages so you can follow their events:
- Writer’s Atelier: https://www.facebook.com/WritersAtelier/
- Orange County Library: https://www.facebook.com/oclslib/
- Orlando NaNoWriMo: https://www.facebook.com/orlandonanowrimo/
Readers have a place and calling in NaNoWriMo as well. Many of these writers will be needing Alpha Readers, Beta Readers, editing, proofreading, and flat out inspiration and reassurance. Discover who is local, connect online with some personal favorites, because as writers, we adore you and appreciate your time.
Writing Tip For Fall Time
Keep writing, keep building, keep developing. It’s that last one that seems to be the harder element to grasp. We can build and lay words upon the page, but what exactly does it mean to “develop” or what is it we are “developing” and for what reasons? If you’ve been to one of my classes you may actually know the answer, for the emotions of readers, but for those of you who don’t have the luxury of living nearby, I want to expand your scope of thinking. Part of the mindset comes from my background involving Game Development, but it’s very important in any industry where storytelling is the primary connection between the creator and audience.
Development can be broken into three parts: the characters, the world, and the plot. The fun part of the writing field is having no right or wrong answer. Take what works for you and add it into your toolbox. Developing a plot mean looking for holes, recognizing glossed over areas, and even catching moments where you were telling more than showing. As for your world, you’ll be developing the background noise, making the environment and cultures resonate louder and add more spice to the flavor of your story. Lastly, my favorite one, characters! Well-developed characters are tangible and connect with readers with ease while reacting and shifting with interactions to their world and plot.
When all three sections are developed, they should be able to interlock with one another in such a way, that when you tug on one part, it moves the other two. Granted, that doesn’t mean you failed to develop all three areas. One part can be broken and not moving the other two. For example, a broken character will have zero pull on the world and plot, yet these things still tug on the character. There are numerous ways broken bits can still be functional and just need the slightest of tweaks to fix.
SO! Check out my Blog posts on how I develop and make checklists to keep things interlocked. There may be a new way of breaking it down or even something I see you never thought about before. Sharing information and techniques is one of the best ways to help us all build up weaker areas and still stay true to our unique writing voices or storytelling. Dig around in these three and see what tools you can add to the box you are building:
Workshops, Panels, & Classes with Me
Hoo-boy! Do I have a few coming up! If you want to see my events as well as other events happening, be sure to head over to my website and take a peek at my Calendar under the PRESS ROOM drop down:
October 11th – 7 pm “Girl Power!” Open Mic at Stardust café in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’ll be reading at this Open Mic!
October 12th – 6:30 pm “Maitland Writers” Meet up at Maitland Public Library. A great monthly pow-wow and chance to ask questions.
October 14th – CANCELLED “Genres, Word Counts, & First Drafts OH MY!” This one will have to wait until 2018…
October 15th – “NaNo Prepping 101” with Racquel Henry, Valerie Willis, and L.E. Perez as your hosts! National Novel Writing Month is quickly approaching! Don’t let November catch you off guard. WA’s third annual prep workshop is here! Join Writer’s Atelier Instructors, LE Perez, Valerie Willis and Racquel Henry for a FREE workshop that will give you the tools you need to succeed at writing your novel in 30 days. You can do this! What You’ll Learn: *Methods for outlining and pantsing *How to stay focused (No Squirrels!) *How to stay motivated *How to prep your life (tips + tricks + lessons learned) Free coffee will be provided, as is our NaNoWriMo custom! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
October 18th – 6:30 pm “NaNo 101” Workshop at the South Trail location on behalf of the Orlando NaNoWriMo Group. I’ll be your guide into the world of what NaNoWriMo is, ways to prep, keep motivated and much more.
November 1st – Join me at the Writer’s Atelier in Winter Park to kick off NaNoWriMo with some sprints! We’ll be pumping out some words, musing among fellow writers, and having a good time. Details to be announced soon. Watch the Writer’s Atelier calendar!
December 2nd – 2 pm “Revising and Editing” with Valerie Willis at Orange County Library. NaNo has ended and many of you may not know how to get started on the next stage of getting your story one step closer to being published. This will be advice for both traditional publishing and self-publishing routes for writers.
January – Writers’ Conference at Orange County Library – Worldbuilding Workshop!
More in the making!
EVENTS TO CHECK OUT – From Open Mics & more!
- Be sure to follow these Facebook & Meetup groups to stay in the loop:
Motivational Minutes with Paige Lavoie are a great thing to add to the arsenal as she starts to stack these up ever higher. Sometimes we need someone to reflect on the struggles we feel. Be sure to Subscribe to the YouTube Channels below. Also, Paige and Writer’s Atelier host live online virtual Write-ins which can help bring back the motivation and even knock down some writer’s blocks.
If that wasn’t enough, be sure to join the Writer’s Atelier Online Community group over on Facebook. I am the spearhead for this community designed to help morale, keep you moving, network with alike minds, learn, share, and much more.
Last, but not least, I am going to be getting back on the Live Stream band wagon with Live Write-in’s of my own, sessions about game design with Brass Collar Games, and on occasion, live tutorials which will be posted on YouTube afterwards. I call it, Val’s House of Musings!
SUBCRIBE NOW TO STAY ON TOP OF LIVE STREAMS, NEWS, & VIDEOS
Writer’s Atelier Online Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WritersAtelierOnline/
Writer’s Atelier YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehSv55CVqPnrGx-_0Dl6yQ
Paige’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PumpkinSpicedPaige
Paige’s Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/pumpkinspicedpaige
Valerie’s Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/willisauthor
Valerie’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCz5cx17eOHezaTii7NSk5w
If you like the classes, videos, and information this venue is dishing out, be sure to head over to Patreon and aid in keeping this place moving forward! Every dollar earned goes back to keep the lights on as well as allow Racquel Henry to bring us more exciting access to some great opportunities:
THREE NEW RELEASES coming up right around the corner. Be sure to pre-order or snag a copy at one of my event, on Amazon, other online book venues, or SmashWords.
THE ORACLE – September 1st
Prepare for Book 3 in The Cedric Series releasing in September 1st!
Angeline and Cedric are back and Romasanta has the stone in his hands. It will be available on Amazon for Kindle and Paperback exclusively for the first 90 days. A Blog Tour will be exploding on Social Media and a chance to get a signed copy for US Residents as well as eBook copies and Book Swag for all! If that wasn’t awesome enough, there will be a chance to grab THE ORACLE for FREE for Kindle on Sept 5th in celebration of my Birthday. Feel free to share the link when it goes live and help this hit the TOP KINDLE BOOKS on AMAZON! If you are curious where we’ve left Angeline, head over to INKITT and read the first three chapters free. Chapter Three will be released in August:
BLOG TOUR SIGN UP Here: https://willisauthor.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/bloggerswanted-the-cedric-series-blog-tour/
INKITT Here: https://www.inkitt.com/stories/fantasy/116078
Thrill of the Hunt – The Hunted: Welcome to White Bridge – October 1st
An amazing team of writers, including myself, have dived into the world of White Bridge. This town is so very special, only accessible to our world during the Solstice. Prepare for a thrilling Halloween read in October and see how the stories from so many creative minds intertwines around one small, mysterious town.
The way into Whitebridge is only open on the summer solstice. Once you go in, you may not come out. With original inhabitants disappearing and the secrets of the town unraveling. Newcomers look for solutions as old timers look for salvation.
DEMONIC WILDLIFE: A Funny Fantastical Adventure – October 1st
READERS BEWARE – You are about to set foot on a bizarre adventure, a funny fantastical one filled with demonic animals. The first few stories are light, more about the giggles, but be warned. As you read further, the dark creepy side will sneak up on you. Within this entertaining tome you will find spiders, snakes, sheep, wolves, manatees, hummingbirds, squirrels, and many more!
Despite the mouthful of a title, prepare for an excellent Halloween-time read! In October, this first edition to many Demonic Anthologies to follow will be a mixture of giggles and gore. Starting off with lighter fare, you’ll find yourself edging into ever darker, bloodier tales that will leave you gasping and laughing all at once. You’ll find this Anthology exclusively for Amazon Kindle and available in paperback. For a taste of what to expect, check out my story that inspired the idea over on INKITT, Antichrist is a Manatee:
PREORDER Here for Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Demonic-Wildlife-Fantastically-Adventure-Anthology-ebook/dp/B074WNVZCD/
READ an sample: https://www.inkitt.com/stories/humor/73306
Happy Reading and hope you are having a wonderful end to Summer!
TATTOOED ANGELS TRILOGY – Young Adult Urban Fantasy
- Judgment – NEW RELEASE
- Death – Coming in 2018
THE CEDRIC SERIES – Adult Fantasy Romance
- Cedric the Demonic Knight
- Romasanta: Father of Werewolves
- The Oracle – NEW RELEASE
- Eye of Gaea – Coming in 2018
- A World of Their Own
- Demonic Wildlife: A Fantastically Funny Adventure – NEW RELEASE
- The Hunted – Thrill of the Hunt 3 – NEW RELEASE
- Magazine Release – Jan TBA 2018
- Demonic Household: See Owner’s Manual – Coming August 2018
- Thrill of the Hunt 4 – TBA 2018