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42. What you mind sees and start of the Halloween sale!

Photo by Nathan Dumlao; Quote paraphrased from Toni Morrison

Writing is kind of second nature to me. I really like doing it, and I consider it painting with words.

When I read or write something a movie plays across my mind. Because of that, I can read pretty fast, as long as an image is forming for me. Now with technical stuff, I have to read it slower, but eventually that image will come and I will understand what the author is trying to convey.

Now, my husband just sees words in his mind. He doesn’t really get an image associated with the word, and as a result, he doesn’t read as fast as I do, nor does he leave a lot of books. Lol, he is not my target audience.

I have the same thing go on with numbers—I just see the number, and it takes me a while to do math (I will definitely never have a career as an accountant). My husband sees numbers connect like puzzle pieces in his mind. They instantly break down in simpler ways to add them up—he is excellent at math.

What comes across your mind when you do something? Do images dance through your thoughts, or is it just plain black and white text?

It’s interesting how everyone’s brain works a little different, how their neurons fire for different paths.

Keep pursuing, dear readers.

Sale starts now on Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1! Get ready for a great read! When you purchase, you will be able to download the collection in two formats: one will be with the images and photos, and the other will be a traditional book format. Take your pick and have an awesome chilling read!

And as an extra something to entice you, I am offering the first story in the collection, Toilet Paper, for sale for $0.99 for the duration of the collection sale. Buy it, read it, enjoy it, and then get the collection for more awesome and intriguing reading material. Sale ends on Fri, Nov 1st, at 7am (because I am going to be asleep at midnight so I can function at work the next day).

May the creepy be with you.

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39. A blurb on Writer’s block & more about the upcoming Halloween sale on Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1!

Sometimes things are just dead in the water for a writer. You might have a plan, but that day you brain is telling you to go take a hike.

Writer’s block hits the best of us. For some people, they have a routine they get into, a setting that helps them relax and move their thoughts forward. I read about this one author once that had to sit at a specific desk all the time for best writing.

I like to sit on the couch and daydream. This is also how I get around a problem with my experiments. I let my thoughts dance across my brain, and usually they land on something I can use.

I use outlines sometimes (I’m a big list person). Occasionally my lists are just vague ideas I get randomly, written down to come back to at a future date when one of them seems to make a little more sense.

What do you do to get around writer’s block? Do you free write until an idea comes to you (I do this sometimes too)? Or do you have a more constructive plan in place to generate ideas?

Whatever you decide, choose the approach that works for you that meshes with your creativity. There are no wrongs paths to take.

I wrote Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1 over a few years. Sometimes I would get really awesome ideas, and sometimes I got so busy I didn’t have time to be creative. There was a period in my life where I was just working part time jobs (the most I had at one time was four), and I was soooo busy, much busier than I am now. Whenever I had free time I focused on doing mindless relaxing stuff just to recover. Now that I have a little more breathing room, I make my side hustles about my creativity. There are times when it flows like water; other times the well is dried up. On occasions it is overflowing so much that I write tons of material; other times weeks, even months can go by and I just take life in. Overall it balances itself out pretty well I think.

Halloween is just around the corner—check out Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1 today to prepare! Be ready to get spookified! The sale will start on Saturday, October 26th, 9:00am Central Time and end on Friday, Nov 1st, at 7:00am Central (because I have to get up early for work and don’t want to lose sleep ending the sale st midnight and be a zombie the next day). Grab some chills, enjoy the thrills!

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36. It’s getting closer to Halloween–time to announce an upcoming sale!

Some writers write off on an outline. Some just think up an idea and go for it. Others like to write stuff on paper until an idea emerges.

There is no wrong way to get started in writing.

I like to do a combination of the above—if I have an idea I am having trouble fleshing out, I will do an outline and see where the pieces fall. Mostly though I like to muse on an idea, and see what comes out when I write.

There are a million people out there who want to sell you their course on how to start writing. Sometimes they are helpful, but really, just like anything else, it comes down to practice.

Honing those writing skills. Developing your voice.

Some people start out better than others; some have further to go.

I read a lot when I was younger (not as much these days—just too busy), and in my writing I played with the different writing styles that I read. This helped shape my own unique writing style, and eventually my voice emerged. I have my favorite authors that I emulate and have gleaned techniques from them and others along my writing journey.

For Black Cat Scribbles, I tried to lean my writing style more towards Edgar Allen Poe, the great gothic writer. I grew up on his stories, and the writing, while sometimes tedious, has many great attributes. Another one that left its mark on me was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I have the complete series still on my bookshelf, and to this day I remember that scared feeling I got from reading those stories and looking at the pictures. Over the years I have read other horror stories, and some taught me other techniques to include in my writing, while others showed me stuff not to do.

In any project, find an awesome example of what it could be, and take cues from there. Your own style will eventually emerge, and you will end up with a unique finished product. The greats are great for a reason, and there is nothing wrong to take lessons from them. 

Speaking of great writing, I am getting ready for a Halloween sale of my book, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1. Even if you aren’t sure about the whole collection, I just recently uploaded all of the stories for individual sale as well—they are cheaper and can give you a taste of the whole collection–check them out here. The sale on the book won’t last long though, so get it while you can. I will give more updates through email (this would be a good time to subscribe) and on future posts.

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15. My new book, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1, is now available for purchase!

So, dear readers, the moment has come for me to finally announce my new horror story collection, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1, is officially on the market!

Why horror, you may ask? Well, many years ago I picked up a horror story book, started reading it, and thought I could do better. Thus began my journey into the dark, to bring you back startling stories designed to make you think and wonder if you are truly alone while you read.

I am have some general fiction for sale as well, and even a little poetry, but with Halloween a few months away, why not push the horror to gear you up for the season.

Check it out, and enjoy, dear readers. May the unsettling be with you.

You can find Vol. 1 and the individual stories on:

http://www.blackcatscribbles.com

Vol. 1 is also available on Amazon Kindle: