Jane Ridgewood

Another Tea Addicted Writer On The Loose!

I thought it would be good to give a little update on the progress of Collected. For those of you who don’t know, this is my upcoming debut horror novel. At the moment I am still editor shopping and fundraising. I am also re-writing a few chapters. As I have been going through my own edits trying to get the manuscript ready to send off to an editor I’ve noticed some of my own errors that require the bit of re-writing. Also, I received some criticism recently on the first four chapters that definitely compelled me to want to reevaluate my approach with how my protagonist was being portrayed.
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I first want to apologize for my lack of pictures this month. When I went to take images for my unboxing, my camera was having some difficulties. It’s nothing that I can’t fix, but the fix is a kind of tedious process that I just don’t want to take the time for right this minute. So I have opted to do this month’s unboxing post a little bit differently. For those of you not in the know, My Thrill Club is a monthly book subscription service that includes two hardcovers and a few eBook per genre they support. Their chosen genres are Horror, Crime & Mystery, and Thriller & Espionage. I personally get the ‘Horror’ edition and if you’d like to see what I received this month keep on reading!
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So I do have some non-NaNo writing posts planned for this month as well, but I felt like today would be a good day to share the new first chapter of Vini’s Story! This is just the first rough draft. A lot of similarities to the original, but some changes have been made. For example, this chapter is longer sitting at 2,945 words. So you might want to grab a cup of tea (or your beverage of choice) and perhaps some snacks before you start reading this one! Please keep in mind this is a first draft, thus, no editing has been done of any kind to it yet. I just felt inspired to share this with all of you today. Any feedback is always appreciated! For those of you who don’t know, Vini’s Story is a fictional autobiography of how a young rocker survived adolescence. Complete with absent parents, personal struggles, controversies, and her imaginary dead sister. – With that, I am bringing you the first chapter of my current NaNoWriMo project!
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Happy Birthday to me! Heh! So I know this post is going live late today, but I wanted to give my ‘Birthday Giveaway’ a little extra time. Just in case someone slipped in last minute or even a minute late. Unfortunately, I received zero entries for the NaNoWriMo Halo giveaway. Now part of me does wonder if I just didn’t promote it well enough or give it enough time for people to come enter. I figured a little weekend giveaway would have been fun and easy, but lesson learned. So what am I going to do now?
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Monday (November 12th) is my birthday and I have wanted to do a special little giveaway. It really wasn’t until NaNoWriMo started that the idea struck me of what I could give away. I want to purchase a Halo for a fellow participant! For those of you who don’t know, a Halo appears on donating participant’s profiles. There are various donation levels that help the nonprofit organization support other writers. By giving a $10.00 donation you not only get a pretty nice halo on your profile, but you also get to help cover the program’s costs for 5 writers. Please note this giveaway is NOT sponsored. This is my gift to one lucky winner! So if you are a participant and would like to have a halo on me, then please keep reading!
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Have you ever been so inspired to write, but time and energy seemed to be fighting you? Yeah, that’s pretty much how my start to NaNoWriMo has been thus far. Granted I stared off the month on day two of my six day stretch via my day job. Admittedly, while I do love my day job – it can be quite draining on me during these stretches at times. This was definitely one of those times. My days have been consumed with being busy, as beyond the shifts at work I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life lately. I have managed to get at least a tiny bit of words in daily so far, but I definitely have some major catching up to do.
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Sometimes I think I just put way too much pressure on myself as a writer. I am currently working hard between two novels; one is on the cusp of being my debut while the other is making a strong fresh start in the writing process. I love working on multiple projects and I don’t feel overwhelmed in that aspect. It’s just that I have been focusing on trying to write up a proper synopsis for both Collected and Vini’s Story, and I feel like it’s taking me longer than it should be!
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It is officially that magical time of year for writers everywhere! National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo) has begun. For those of you unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge for writers across the globe. The challenge is to write 50,000 words within the 30 days of November. The goal is to get that first draft complete of a new novel. This has proven to be the jump start many writers need in finally getting that first started. I think because NaNoWriMo encourages writers to forget the technicalities. The goal is to get the words down and first drafts are meant to be crap. You can clean up crap, but you can’t clean up a blank page. So really the main focused goal here is to just write. Don’t worry about punctuation, grammar, or any of it! Just get the words down.
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Happy Halloween everyone!! This is absolutely my favorite holiday of all. This year it’s also the day I’ll be sharing the snacks and beverages I plan to keep on hand during the next thirty days. I mean, really what better day to share the food portion of my ‘NaNoWriMo Survival Kit’ than on the day of tricks and treats? So outside of any leftover Halloween candy, if you would like to know what sort of things I will use for added nourishment while I am in full on NaNoWriMo mode than definitely keep reading!
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November 01st is just around the corner already! Thus it’s definitely time to make sure I have all the things I need to help me achieve a successful writing month ahead. This is otherwise known as my ‘NaNoWriMo Survival Kit’. Yours may be quite different and that’s okay. We all have our quirks and things we like to have on hand when we plan for an entire month dedicated to writing daily. Now I have debated several ways to go about this on here, but I have come to the conclusion of sharing a list. Though I did try to combine as much as I could, I will be going into depth on quite a few items. So grab a cup of tea (or your beverage of choice), as this is going to be lengthy!
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