WIP Naughty List

This week, I’m doing the Naughty List writing tag from Jenna Moreci

THE RULES:

1) Provide a brief description of your novel before beginning. NO MORE THAN 5 SENTENCES.

2) If your cast is fewer than 15 characters, you can’t use the same name more than twice. If your cast is larger than 15 characters, you can’t use the same name more than once.


My Work in Progress (WIP): Tinsley is sucked into a MMORPG, where she must stop Pan, a non-playable character, from escaping the game into her reality.  

THE QUESTIONS:

#1 Which character is SO into the holidays, they nearly cause a street-wide power outage from all their Christmas lights?

Des will eventually be my light-talent fairy. His lack of control over this skill causes a lot of problems for the entire guild (and team). Causing a street-wide power outage from Christmas lights is nothing.

#2 Which character attends the office New Year’s party with ONE date…and goes home with someone else?

It’s not Jamie’s fault for being a smoldering looker. But, don’t worry, Tink will set him straight, and will make sure no one goes home with him except her.

#3 Which character is more than happy to steal Hanukkah gelt from poor, unsuspecting children? [Note: Hanukkah gelt = chocolate coins]

Kyto, the dragon, is hoarding so much treasure as it is. I doubt he’d give two thoughts to stealing candy from children. Though, I could see Pan doing this too, and convincing Wendy to help him.

#4 Fill in the blanks: I saw ____[character]____ doing a whole lot more than ____[verb]____-ing Santa Claus. They were full on ____[action]____.

Not Lily. She’s too busy kissing Wendy under the mistletoe to worry about Santa.

#5 One of your characters decides to pregame before church and passes out in the middle of the Christmas service. Which character is it?

Dammit, Hook. Bloody pirate wouldn’t have made it to the church in the first place.

#6 Which character hasn’t been seen since winter began because they refuse to deal with the snow? 

Tinsley (Tink) struggles with snow. She hates climbing the mountain to the dragons lair because she can’t use her wings without them freezing.

#7 Which character completely forgot about the holidays and ends up re-gifting to everyone? 

Unnamed fairy, who’s scared of everything and a bit of a clumsy fool. He’d forget which foot to put in front of the other if Tink wasn’t around to lead him.

#8 Which character has such crappy luck, they only discover their potato allergy after pigging out on latkes?

Wendy’s luck is running out. No matter what she does, she’s failing to protecting herself and everyone she cares about, or doesn’t feel she can at all. Poor Wendy.

#9 The Krampus has arrived to punish your very bad characters. Which character is kinda into it?

Maybe a mermaid/water talent character. No other characters come close to fitting this description yet. Hook might find it an intriguing challenge.

#10 One of your characters should be on the naughty list, but has convinced Santa to clear their name. Which character is it, and what was their means of persuasion? 

Pan. He could hack Santa’s computer, put all other characters on the naughty list, and even convince Santa to give him all their gifts. He’s kinda the worst.

I tag all of my followers!

“Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt

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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

I love this quote. It’s one of my favorites.

It’s hard not to compare yourself to others. As a writer, I struggle not to compare myself to published authors. I have to remind myself their books are finished products, while I’m still on my first draft. When I see new authors or friends in the writing community publish their first book, it makes me anxious to finish my WIP (work in progress). This can be motivating or can make you feel defeated, depending on how you let it affect you.

You’re your own worst enemy, not the writing community. Someone else’s success, good reviews, books published, support, etc. is not an intentional jab at your own work. Your self worth isn’t determined by someone else. Self worth is your own opinion and value of yourself. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

I wanted to post some encouragement today because there are hateful people in the world who love to watch others fail, who love to bring people down to boost their own selfish egos. These people are the ones who, at some point in their lives, let the negativity pull them down too. They let themselves fall prey to the trolls and their own jealousy/envy. They ultimately fail to make themselves feel better by trying to pull others down with them. Don’t let them defeat you. There’s nothing wrong with an ego boost now and again, but not at the expense of someone else’s feelings.

I’m not the kind of person who gets defeated easily by what others say. I appreciate constructive feedback and often give it. I take things with a grain of salt, and for my own sanity and peace of mind I block the trolls after giving them a piece of my mind. But some people take criticism hard. They take to heart the negativity, jokes or fake compliments, and it hurts their emotional stability.

Do you really want to be the type of person who breaks another writer’s spirit just because you feel irrationally threatened by them? I hope not.

I’m angry this weekend, for more reasons than one, but after dealing with similar attacks on social media, I’m pretty fed up. I’m sick of seeing petty shit from trolls or other writers, who tag along conversations and tear supportive groups apart. Sadly, creating supportive communities, hashtags and large threads of conversations lure these assholes out of hiding. I have a zero tolerance policy for them, along with the spammy bots who always follow. This is why I never feel bad about un-following, ignoring or blocking people, and you shouldn’t either. You don’t owe them anything. 

To those who dare to be petty enough to spew negativity to anyone I know: I’m not one to sit by and let this shit ruin my life or the lives of great friends and writers in my social community. I won’t hesitate to block your ass and make sure the rest of the writing community knows why I did. Don’t ruin your own reputation by being a dick to someone valued in the community. We all have similar goals and should be supporting each other, not tearing each other down.

To those who’ve been affected by the words or actions of others: Protect the peace of your mind and your heart. Block them. Face them. Have ME face them for you, I won’t hesitate to. Do whatever you need to do to get back your fighting and writing spirit because you’re worth so much more than their time and efforts to pull you down.

I hope this encourages someone today, and hope it gives others something to think about. Reflect on the things you’ve posted, keeping in mind how it will negatively affect someone else, and ask yourself if it’s worth it… Finally, stop comparing yourself to others.

“Comparison is the thief of Joy” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Manuscript Critique

I’m booking one more manuscript critique for the last week of June. If you’re interested in sending me an unfinished/partial or completed WIP, I give an deep critique with annotative comments, as well as an overall report on the big picture issues of your story. To learn more: Click Here or you can contact me. 

My book review and beta reading requests are currently CLOSED for JUNE, but I’ll be booking for July soon, so go ahead and send me a request 💚

Writing Prompt #10

An alien has just abducted you. Give three reasons why it would send you back to earth.

What? Other than the fact I would annoy the crap out of them with more questions than they could ask me, or the fact that I’d have a toddler strapped to me? They wouldn’t last a day hanging out with us. Between the toddler and mommy tantrums, they’d just give up on me and move on. You’re welcome. I just save the Earth from invading aliens.

Beta Reading, Revising, & Book Reviews

I had a long list of books posted on my “currently reading” list, and while I’m dying to get back to them and do some new reviews, I’ve also been pretty occupied the last two weeks with beta reading. I’ve read four different works in progress by four different writers. I’m super pumped about it, learning a lot, getting to use some of my skills to help others, as well as making some supportive writer friends. It’s awesome! I never realized how much Twitter would aid me in my writing goals. I’ve actually been more productive since spending my time there instead of on Facebook, which I’m over…get out of here with your political posts *eye roll* *sigh*

I’m still doing heavy revisions on my own books. I’m antsy to send off my paranormal romance to my own beta readers, but it’s not quite there yet. I have had some great insight given to me on pieces of it though, which has really helped me move things along. Again, thanks twitter peeps!

I still get flooded with book review requests, and I’m adding some of those books to my wish list, but for now it’s kind of taken a back seat, unless it’s an audible version.

I am trying to keep up with my daily word prompts, on top of some of the awesome questions and prompts on twitter at the hastags #authorconfessions #mythmadnesswip #dreamwip These have been enlightening and fun. So, if you haven’t challenged yourself lately, I suggest starting here. Make it even more of a challenge by only using one tweet to answer your question in. Limiting your WIP to a few characters is super hard lol, but fun.

Anyway, this is where I am and what I’m doing, so if you want to join in on some of the awesome twitter fun, come follow me @annhlynn and I’ll give you a few tips on what I’ve been doing to motivate myself and others ♥

 

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