Blogging and Writing Update: Want to Know More?

Minna-san, konnichi wa! 

I know that a missed a post last week. I was under the weather and have been hit with Spring allergies. Fun!!! So I thought that I would compensate with an extra post this week to make up for last week’s post.

So with that being said, in this post, I will discuss with you a brief update in regards to all facets of my writing and reading life and what my plans are as I have been blogging for about two months now, going on three.

And on that note, let’s move on to today’s post. Ikou!

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What are the Different Types of POV for Novels?

Minna-san, konnichi wa! 

In this post, I want to talk to you about the varying types of POVs that you should consider when deciding on one for your novel.

You may find that you have a particular POV that you’re more drawn to or you may need to experiment with different types of POVs before you find one right for you and your book. Or you may enjoy writing in multiple POVs.

Regardless of which POV you decide to choose for yourself, I hope this post helps you to think of what to consider when selecting your POVs.

With that being said, let’s move on to today’s post. Ikou! (Let’s go!)

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What are the Types of Series Out There for Novels?

Minna-san, konnichi wa! 

In today’s post, I am going to be discussing some of the different types of series that you may have come across when reading a series and I will be tying them into the type of series that I am going to write.

This post will be a follow-up to a previous post where I discussed my current WIPs and I will be discussing them a little more in this post as well.

So with that being said, let’s move on to today’s post.

Ikimashou! (Let’s go!)

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Do You Want to Read Some Original Poetry?

Minna-san, konnichi wa! 

In today’s post, I am going to keep this short.

Today, I’ll give you a taste of my writing and share two poems that I have written four years ago in my creative writing class.

But be warned, I am not a poet, I know very little about poetry, poetry isn’t really my forte, and the poems are raw and unedited.

With that being said, I did enjoy writing some poetry and am happy with what I came up with. The poetry written were based on some class exercises, which I will discuss more below.

Also, psssttt…next week’s post will be a follow-up to last week’s posts on my WIPs (hint, hint).

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What are My Current Book Projects and Goals?

Minna-san, konnichi wa! 

In this post, I want to get a little personal and discuss my own WIPs. Some are what I am currently working on at the moment, and others are on the backburner while I work on my current book projects.

I’m also getting my main book project ready and in preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo, which is coming up in April. And I am working to finish the bulk of my research just to get a general feel for the location and time period that my novel is set in so that I can write about it with ease. However, I do plan on leaving notes or questions while writing and I will research them along the way.

I am also going through my character profiles and plot outline to make sure that everything makes sense, there are no inconsistencies, and there are as few plot holes as possible. I’m aiming for zero plot holes here, so we’ll see how that works out — the benefits of editing.

Now, like some writers — not all, I don’t always feel comfortable discussing my work. But I am trying to push myself out of my comfort zone, lest it would render my author platform useless if I choose to remain in comfortable silence over my WIPs.

So with that being said, let’s move on to today’s post.

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How to Cope with Assumptions and Criticism

Minna-san, konnichi wa! 

Ok, so for this post I’m going to keep this brief. In my last post, I mentioned some of the assumptions that I got not necessarily from my goal of wanting to be an author, but mainly from my goal of wanting to be an English major. And it honestly baffles me how some people can be so narrowly focused on the prospects of English majors.

Now as a writer, I know that anyone can become a writer. No college degree necessary. No English major required.

However, I decided to pursue an English degree and have received an A.A. degree in English last Spring. I have decided to pursue a B.A. in the future, but am focusing right now on the pursuit of my writing endeavors.

I’ve even considered obtaining my Master’s so that I can teach English at a college level. But I’m not 100% sure if I do want to become an English professor as that would be my secondary goal whereas my primary goal is to become a self-published author.

However, I have considered teaching English in the past. Now, how has that consideration even crossed my mind? Well…it all started with a question.

It was a very common, albeit annoying question that I have received during my college years and it made me realize the somewhat negative, narrow-minded, and very limiting stigma revolved around the English major. Read on for more!

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How to Escape from a Never-Ending Abyss of Research

Minna-san, konnichi wa! 

In today’s post, I will be talking about research and more importantly how to get out of the constant rut of over-research.

For many, research can feel like a chore, and it may at first seem like a major hindrance to our creativity or it might put a lingering halt on our creation of vast lands, magical creatures, intriguing characters, and an engaging storyline to go hand in hand with the amazing world we created.

However, research is (though reluctantly) a necessary part of our novel journey and may become useful in other aspects of our career, such as researching the industry in which we would like to publish (whether it be via traditional or self-publishing), marketing, and growing and maintaining our author platform (which I am currently working on and researching for as we speak).

And who knows? It may even be fun if you find something interesting. Though I may be one of those who find research time-consuming and frustrating at times, I do get excited when I research as I love educating myself on the self-publishing industry, the time period in which my novel is set, and the geographical location of my novel.

And yes, I am one of those nerds that enjoyed school and education, and I was the exact definition of a teacher’s pet. I also didn’t despise researching for a paper as much as my schoolmates. In fact, whenever I told people English is my favorite subject and walked out of the bookstore with stacks of books in hand, I would most likely be receiving a face like 😲.

Maybe I should make a post discussing some of the reactions or assumptions I’ve received when I told people that I’m an English major. 🤯

Got a little off-topic there. Anyways back to the topic.

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How to Make Romance Blossom within a Romantic Subplot

Minna-san, konnichi wa! 

In today’s post, I will be discussing six facets to incorporating romance within your novel, whether romance is your main genre or subplot. 

Please note that my current WIP is a paranormal mystery with a romantic subplot and features the MC and love interest in a heterosexual and monogamous relationship. As such, I will be speaking from my own experience of what should be included within a romantic subplot in order to create a romantic connection between two dynamic characters.

However, the elements that I discuss can be applied to anyone writing romance for the main genre, other characters who aren’t the MC or love interest, polyamorous relationships, and various sexualities. 

I will also be discussing my own current WIP, Foreshadowed by Darkness, which is book one in The Foreshadowed Series. And I will be referencing from other books/movies. *No spoilers intended* I’ve even applied some of the same techniques to establish relationships between other characters, though I don’t make it as detailed as I would the main characters. 

If you want to know my take on writing romance and learn about the six elements of creating a blossoming romance between your characters, and if you’re interested in learning more about Foreshadowed by Darkness, then read on for more below.

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The Cozy Alcove: Reading List! Want to Know More?

Minna-san, konnichi wa! 

Welcome back to my blogging home! In today’s blog post, I wanted it be simple while I try to set up some topics for future blog posts. So…

I have curated a reading list of books I hope to read by the year’s end.

Some of these books, I haven’t read and so I would like to get a jump on tackling my TBR list.

And others, I read before but would like to re-read them to gain a second first impression of the book.

Some, if not all of these books, may be up for review on this blog in the next few months (I’m aiming for Spring). And I’m aiming to complete this reading list by the end of the year.

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