Friday Quotes #7 – ELLEN!!!

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.”  ― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously... I'm Kidding

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

Y’all. I love me some Ellen. Her and Portia are, like, in my top 3 OTPs. Anyway, this quotes is about balance. This post is late. I meant to get it up by Friday, but life really got in the way and I haven’t been balancing all the aspects of my life very well. And that includes my writing. I truly believe you have to have balance in order to be successful as a writer.

This post is no suggestion. It is instead a cautionary tale. I haven’t been balancing my life as a more-than-full-time worker with my life as a writer and because of that, my writing is suffering.

Basically, Candice does not time manage very well. Do you have any tips to help a girl out here?

xo from this girl under the trench coat,

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5 Basic Suggestions for Plotting Your Novel

plottingIf you believe anything about me it should probably be the lack of plotting that happens with each of my novels. Plotting = prepping. Plotting = planning. And a prepping planner, I am not. By nature, I’m actually a huge procrastinator. That works for me (kinda sorta mostly-ish). Not sure what works for you? We’d like to give you some suggestions to try.

1. Fly by the seat of your knickers

Hi, my name is Candice and I am a procrastinator. So this scene-by-scene, pay-as-you-go, figure-it-out-when-you-get-there method is my jam. I wrote all of WHERE WORDS FAIL that way and all of my two other completed novels that way as well. Mostly I knew what reactions I wanted, but not how I was going to get there. When words hit the page, they either felt right or they didn’t.

2. Missionary (yes, this is a sex joke—sorry)

This is your standard outline process. The one everyone’s doing. The one you learned in grade school. Whether you’re using roman numerals, numbers, uppercase/lowercase alphabet, or some combination of them all, the facts are all the same. It’s a step-by-step process for formulating your beginning, middle and end. It’s worth mentioning that there’s nothing wrong with Missionary—not when it comes to getting physical and certainly not when it comes to plotting your book.

3. Gap-fill (IT’S PAINFUL JUST LIKE THE DENTIST)plotting

I’m almost certain Diana plots this way—She writes a few key scenes, maybe the beginning and end, then fills in the holes. And for this: please stand up and applaud her like whoa. Because this is no easy feat. Still, if it works for you, have at it. If you know what your ending looks like but not your middle or end, great. Write that and fill in those gaps with play-dough, silly putty, jell-o pudding or anything else you’ve got on hand.

4. Y = mx +b

Yes, that is a math formula. FOR SHAME. We of the wordy persuasion know not this black art of numbers—or something! Basically we all hate math and I’m sorry. But, for this example, sometimes a formula helps. Standard romance formulas SOMETIMES look something like: LI #1 is introduced, LI#2 is introduced, LI’s 1 and 2 fall in L-U-V, LI’s 1 and 2 angst uber hard and quit the L-U-V-I-N (conflict), HEA (resolution).  Your plotting doesn’t even have to be anymore detailed than that. As long as you get there, to the end of your novel.

5. Pants that sucker!

‘Nuff said?

 

xo from this girl under the trench coat!

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Friday Quotes #6 – Emerson

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

For so long I was really secretive about the kind of stuff that I write. Online, I’m super open about it. You can find me on Twitter all day talking up a storm about that awesome near-miss-kiss I just wrote. But IRL? I’m still working on it. You could say my IRL writer friends are an exact replica of the @GuyInYourMFA Twitter account. So that’s the criticism I deal with at every meet-up and hangout.

But now, I’ve resolved to be proud of what I’m writing. Show people what NA Contemp Rom REALLY is. I write romance and I read romance and I love love in all its guises. I want people to know what kind of writer I am. This isn’t necessarily a resolution—let’s call it a lifestyle alteration.

xo from this girl under the trench coat!

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What is Trench Coats & Quotes?

Here’s a bit more about Trench Coats & Quotes, what we hope to achieve and why we chose such a mouthful as our blog name.

Diana’s info:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/dianalong87
Blog: http://dianamlong.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dianalongwrites
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/frostedorchid/

Candice’s Info:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CandiceAmanda
Blog: http://candicemontgomery.wordpress.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1…
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/camthekidd/

TC&Q Info:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TCNQuotes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trench…
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/TCNquotes/
Email: trenchcoatsquotes@gmail.com
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Friday Quotes #4 – E.M. Forster (…Except it’s Tuesday)

“I am an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort.”  ― E.M. Forster, Maurice

“I am an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort.”
― E.M. Forster, Maurice

I know I’m late on this! I know! I’ll spare you my excuses. But it’s kind of okay because in the meantime, I stumbled upon this quote by E.M. Forster, who’s one of my favorites. It mentions Oscar Wilde who is basically in my top 3, too. Anyway, there was this totally fantastic and amazing post by @LeahRaeder which you can read HERE. That post made me feel so many ways. It kind of hurt, strangely? If that makes sense. As a Queer myself, I didn’t know how to feel about it. I still don’t. I don’t know how I feel about ME and isn’t that strange? It’s not a bad feeling—I’ve ruled that one out. But it’s just that there’s a lot of questioning going on. The point of this quote is that it’s cavalier about the issue. And I’ve decided that’s how I want to be. Cavalier.

YES, I’m Queer. And excuse my French (because I try not to swear on this blog) but—so fucking what.

xo, from this girl under the trench coat.

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10 Writerly Hashtags

#hashtags-everywhere

Yeah, but that’s not all. Do you know what a hashtag is? That’s the important part. Most commonly found on Twitter, a hashtag comes with a few rules (do not separate the words in your tag, do not hashtag symbols, you don’t need to have your #hashtag#running#together#like#this, etc). They make your content not only searchable, but findable as well.

I’ve used hashtags for everything. I managed to find discounted tickets to my favorite band’s sold out concert by lurking the #XAmbassadorsAtTheTroubador tag earlier this year. It’s effective and for sure puts your name out there.

Without further adieu, here are 10 important hashtags to boost your writing connections:

1. – 3. #amwriting, #amreading, #amrevising (#amANYTHING actually)

That’s cheating, I know, whatever. But this is my game and I make the rules, so. (Can you tell what kind of kid I was?) Some say, debatably that the “am” part of that tag stands for A.M. as in MORNING. I disagree. I think it’s essentially saying AM CURRENTLY DOING A THING THAT MAY BE WRITING, READING, REVISING, ETC. Try searching that tag on Twitter. I promise it will be fruitful.

4. #1LineWed

One-Line-Wednesday is pretty  much what it sounds like—you share one line from your writing on Wednesday. This is actually a good way to get people talking about their work. If you search the tag, you might even find some fun people to talk about it with.

5. #MondayBlogsMonday Blogs

Blog posts, according to the crowd consensus, are typically shared on Mondays, so that they can be promoted, generally, all at once. The vast majority of bloggers promote on Mondays. Publish your blog on Monday and then when you share the link on Twitter, tag it with #MondayBlogs. TC&Q blogs get posted on—

6. #WriterWednesdays

writer wednesdaysWe share our blogs on Wednesdays, primarily to give you a little kick in the pants during your mid-week hump slump. (I just grossed myself out with that one). #WriterWednesdays also function as a sort of #FollowFriday type deal. Only in this version—yeah, you guessed it, it’s writers being promo’d, not just random instal-follow-back Justin Bieber fans).

7. #WriteClub

This is a tag started by the beauties behind @FriNightWrites. Typically, when writers are sprinting, they’ll share a line and their word counts and tag it with #WriteClub. This helps the account’s stats guy keep track of how many words you’ve written and how many the writer hive has written altogether as well.NaNoWriMo

8. #NaNoWriMo

Often abbreviated as “NaNo,” #NaNoWriMo is the official hashtag of the national event. Check out their website if you’re unfamiliar. National Novel Writing Month is a great way to meet friends (this was actually the gateway for me—I fell into the TWC by hashtagging NaNoWriMo. Someone found me there, followed me, and the rest was history).

9. #TWC

Unfamiliar with that tag I used above? #TWC stands for Twitter. Writing. Community. Welcome to the hive, kid.

10.#1K1Hour

This is a writing sprint term. Typically writing sprints go for :30 minutes. Sometimes writers push that goal and attempt to write a thousand words (1k) in one hour’s time (1hour).

Now, GO FORTH AND BE MERRY AND JUNK! HAPPY HOLIDAYS from these girls under the trenches!

xoxoox,

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Friday Quotes #2 – J.D. Salinger, baby!

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”  ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

I’ve said it time and time again: I FEEL UNBELIEVABLY COOL (with soooo many exclamation points !!!!!!) for knowing the authors that I know. For getting to talk to them when I want to, getting to read their work before the rest of the public, getting to call them friends of mine. It’s weird and almost a little bit selfish, but I’m pretty okay with that. Writing well is a big talent and it’s just cool as hell to say I have the raddest bunch of talented peeps! You all know who you are.

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