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Being a writer is hard work. There are many people will believe in your gift, and others will laugh in your face. I’m sure writers like Stephen King and J. K. Rowling were laughed at, but look at them now! I would LOVE to be on their level one day and even write for Huffington Post or a great company like it. Speaking of writing for a living, I have been applying to several writing jobs.  Now, I’ve worked as a writer before, but I am looking to do so on a full-time basis. If you read my plea for wanting a career as a writer, I was speaking for us all when I said we wanted to make it through our words. There are many jobs out there that writers can do. To name a few:

  • Content Writer
  • Staff Writer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Fiction Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • TV Writer
  • Contributing Writer
  • Blog Writer
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Technical Writer

These are jobs that I have applied for in various companies. Let’s hope one of these turns out to be a winner. But, if not, I am still writing. My suggestion would be to ALWAYS write. The more you write, the better you will be become in your craft. But, there is one thing a writer should always do as well. That is to:

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A great writer is also a great reader. I LOVE to read as you know if you’ve been seeing my  Goodreads page, and book reviews. I watched a few interviews with Stephen King and he said that he reads all the time. It helps strengthen his writing.

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Writing is already a job within itself, but sometimes we have to get day jobs, too. I used to work full-time, go to school and STILL would write before I went to bed. Lately, I have been writing a lot of samples for the writing jobs that I have been applying for. My point is that writing should always be precedent if it’s something you plan on doing for the rest of your life. As for myself I want to be like Stephen King and just write for a living. In time I have no doubt that it won’t happen. I am going to re-read On Writing by Stephen King just to get inspiration to keep going. This journey can be a lonely road, but I will not stop climbing. If you want a writing job and to continue your own projects, keep striving. Don’t let or allow anyone to tell you differently.

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What a week!


Happy Sunday!!! 

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Hey guys! I’ve missed you! This week has been bananas! I’m trying to get settled into my new apartment, but I’ve been so exhausted. I still have boxes to unpack, books to put away. I will get to it though. The only books that I do have out are the ones that I’m using for school this quarter. Trying to get used to the new place, new bus schedule, it’s exhausting. But, I’m still loving it.  Sunday’s for me means getting ready for the work week. Something I dread. Since I’ve moved into my place, I’m now cooking for the week and having left overs from weekend’s dinner as lunches as well. If you haven’t tried it like that, you really should!

PhD Life 

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Lord  help me!! I’m in my first research class and already I want to pull my hair out.  It’s only the end of week 2 and I have to take an online test that takes 3 hours!! I can’t believe it. All I can do is my best and just take it one step at a time. I’m thinking about dissertation topics now and I pretty much narrowed it down to a topic about sex addiction. I think it’s clever! It will definitely keep people interested that’s for sure. I want to talk about how people who are married with sex addictions, are able to still be happily married. Does that make sense? I may have to play with it a little bit, but that’s the gist of it. I want to do a quantitative or a mixed methods research study about it. Thus far, my PhD journey has been great. Do I have fears? Of course I do! Who wouldn’t. I don’t want to fail anything!! My goal and one of my dream jobs is to be a researcher. I’d love to work in academia or for like a non-profit trying to find cures for things. It doesn’t matter just as long as I’m passionate about the project, you know? I tend to get bored easily, but that’s because I don’t think that I am challenged enough or I have SO many ideas for things that I am over the place. Like I am most of the times, lol. Growing up in Wilmington, De, my grandmother raised me, my mother was on drugs and I saw my dad on the weekends. College wasn’t instilled in me because no one in my family went. My mother graduated high school, My dad did as well and then went into the National Guards. My grandmother graduated from high school then started to have her kids. So, when I graduated high school, my goal was to just get a normal 9-5. My high school advisor saw the potential in me and told me to apply for college. I ended up getting a full scholarship to the community college in my city. Since then, I realized that school and education was so important. Plus, I didn’t want to be a product of my environment. Today, I take school very seriously like I would a job. I try to tell everyone that I come in contact with to go to college. No matter how old you are. But, I do understand that college isn’t for everyone. There are people who great jobs and never went to college. Kudos to them. My point is that I want to be successful in everything that I do.

My apartment …

The Move

Whew! Let me tell you. My clothes are still in boxes and I’ve only managed to clean my kitchen and bathroom. I still have to mop my living and bedroom. I also have to get wood or a duralog so that I can test this fireplace that I’m so excited to try! The kitchen is very spacious, bedroom isn’t as big as I thought it was, but that’s okay. I’m grateful to be in my own place to call home. I just need to give it a little love and it will be home! One thing that has been making me happy is that I’m cooking up a storm! I’ve made breakfast, and have been cooking dinners for the week since I work crazy hours. I love my Monday’s and Tuesdays though because I get off of work early, lol.

My writing… 

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This section should totally  be blank. The only thing that I have been writing are discussion boards and papers for school. I’m SO embarrassed to even call myself writer right now. Life is a little on the busy side, but I will finish my books soon and start pitching my screenplays, etc again. I have so many ideas in my mind as well about future projects. My mind goes a mile a minute I swear.

To my new subscribers, I appreciate you, dearly. I will try and post 3 times a week now that I’m somewhat settled, lol. What’s been going on with you guys?

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My First Research Class!!


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Good morning! I swear I’m consumed with so much energy on this sunday morning. I woke up at 6:30 and have been up since. Although, I set my alarm for 5 am and it didn’t go off ( or at least I didn’t hear it go off). So, I will be moving in my apartment officially on Friday. I get my keys on tuesday and my dad will start loading things into the apartment. I can’t wait to show you guys pictures once I’m settled in with furniture and all of that stuff! I must say that I’m very excited to be living on my own again. I tell ya, it’s been a year too long. But, I’m  back and will be cooking up a storm. Well, maybe studying up a storm. I’m taking my first research class that starts TOMORROW! So, what I’m doing now is getting the reading and discussion board completely today, since I won’t have internet until saturday.

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For my Research Design and Methods class, I have 3 books to read. Mind you, I’m already working full-time as an account manager. But, what I like about that about is I get an hour for lunch so I can always study or do homework on my lunch break. I have already read the first chapter in one book and I LOVED it!! Learning about qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs is so interesting to me. Well, at least it is in this book. I’m not going to lie some books are DRY and BORING as ever. But this one is keeping my attention. I don’t know if it’s because I’m really excited about the class or what. I also have my residency to go to on Dec. 26 -30th so I’m really excited for that. I decided to take the one class with the residency. But, next quarter, I will take two classes for sure.  School is going well. To those who are going for their PhD or just in college period, in the comment, let me know how it’s going. Trust me, I know the struggle is real!

My Writing Process

Writing…let’s see….I HAVENT done it! I feel like such a loser, lol. Granted, I know I’m  busy with other things, but I have to find some kind of quality time to get writing in. But, I know what my problem is. It’s YOUTUBE. I’m SO busy watching vlogs on youtube such as GabeBabeTV or Bamachick1101 and It’s Judy’s Life, that I will watch them hours on end when I could be writing. I know that I had a new cover posted already, but I still have to finish the last book. You remember, the one that I was doing for Nano last year, was almost finished and then my computer crashed. Yes, that one! It makes me so mad, that I have to pick up from a few chapters before. But, hey, I have to get it done right? Put up or shut up, is what my dad says. I will start writing again once I’m all moved in. This way there will be complete silence. I’m a work in progress when it comes to writing. But, on the flip side, I sold some of my other books at work the other day. That’s a plus! They encourage me to get back into writing. One girl said that she LOVED my first book Through Her Eyes and wanted to know what else I had. It made me feel good because I was really doubting myself as a writer lately. Just because I haven’t had the time to do it. Then I was thinking, ” Am I still a writer? Is this what my heart surrounds?” Of course, my list of goals and dream jobs have slightly changed, but I know what I will be successful in something. What a way to use all of my talents composed into one extraordinary job! Here is the goal. I still want to be able to write my books, screenplays, TV shows, etc…basically still be a writer and I now want to be a researcher as well. I’d like to work in academia as a researcher which consists of mostly qualitative research. Can I do it? I think I can. It will take a lot of hard work and focus, but I can do whatever I put my mind to.

What are your  goals and dreams?

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The struggle is real!!!


Hey readers! 

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I know it’s been a while, but let me tell you, work has been killing me. So, I got a job as an Account Manager 1, ( basically working in collections). It’s going a little slow thus far. I mean, I’m still in training and managed to collect $40 and then $100 payments. I need to be collecting more, but hey, I’m new to this!  However, I am having a lot of fun and really enjoying myself. I found out yesterday that I will be working in the student loan department ( early stage). I am excited, but nervous at the same time. But, the only thing that I can do is my best. I’m sorry that I haven’t been blogging everyday like I want to, but I get off at 4:45 and if a co-worker doesn’t give me a ride, I take the bus home. By the time I get home, it’s already 6:30. That leaves time for dinner and get ready for work the next day. I have to get up at 5am, just to make it to work about 7:15. Buses run crazy in Delaware, but hey, I gotta do what I gotta do, right? During the first week of training, I had to take 3 tests. If we didn’t pass the first one or all of them, we would be out of a job. Man, I am so NOT a test taker! I was panicking, sweating bullets. But, I passed them with an 88, 93, and a 92. I couldn’t believe it. My training manager was like, ” Girl, I knew you were going to be okay! You have to have faith!” Once she said that I started to feel better. Then it was time to get on the phones. OMG! I was scared shitless, let me tell you. LOL… I was stuttering, not saying the pitch right or anything. I even hung up on a debtor. It was too funny. Now, I’m not nervous on the phones at all, but I still need to learn to have the gift of gab. I’m doing okay taking payments. I mean, I got 2 of them in two weeks. Of course it should be more, but I am a work in progress. Now, I will say that I am a skip tracing beast. Finding information on people and calling them is fun. Okay, enough about my new job, let’s get down to business in the next paragraph.

Am I really writing? 

My Writing Process

I can’t even lie. I signed up for Nano all goung ho and excited and I started to write the day before yesterday. I swear, I was working on a scene and I absolutely loved it! Then, I went to sleep and went to work and so on. So, my goal now ( since I finished my work for my 1st class) is to write on the weekends. I don’t work the weekends at this job. Only 1 saturday a month which isn’t bad at all. I mean I can do that. When I’m not working on the weekends, I will be writing. I MUST get this book finished. Unfortunately , I don’t think Nano is a good fit for me with work. By the time I get home, I don’t want to think about writing anything. But, I did want to blog today. I will calculate my words on Sunday for the week, instead of by the day. For those who work full-time and contribute to Nano, please tell me, how do you do it? What are the tricks to the trade?  I am the most motivated and unmotivated writer you will meet. LOL… In my heart, I want to write, but work makes me so tired, I can’t think about being on the computer at night.

 

PhD Life…

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School is going great! I have all A’s on everything with only two weeks of class left. But, I finished my work already. I am now just talking to my classmates in the discussion board. I must say that I really surprised myself with my first class in my PhD program getting all A’s on the assignments. I worked ahead as much as I could because I knew that I would be tired from work. My next class start Dec. 1st and it’s a research class. I am VERY nervous. But, I will take it one day at a time. I ordered my books early so that I can study. I will look at them this weekend. I hope it’s not a lot of work in this class, but being as though it’s research, it maybe. Pray for me y’all. I am so determined to do well in school, you have no idea. Plus, I really REALLY, want to achieve all of my dreams in my lifetime. I want to continue to be a writer ( my books, screenplays, TV shows, etc) and be a researcher. I would love to work for March of Dimes or even in a college as a researcher. I love finding solutions to problems. All I have to do is learn to do it at my job with collections! LOL… Practice makes perfect right?  Talk to you guys soon. Love you all! Have a great rest of the week and enjoy your weekend.

 

I almost forgot, COVER REVEAL!!! 

New Cover

 

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Time Management Skills? What you talking about, Willis?


Happy Thursday, readers! 

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I was working on a project and I had to talk about my time management skills. Or lack thereof I should say. It dawned on me that my time management sucks! Why? Blame it on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. I swear watching Vlogs of people recording their lives on camera take up so much time, it’s not even funny. Crazy thing is, they get paid to it, but I don’t get paid to watch it.  As I pondered on at the thought of my poor time management skills, I started to get depressed about it. Now, I know that I need to concentrate, get my priorities more in order,  and focus on the important things, but it is difficult with technology being at an ultimate high. Then it dawned on me, I am giving so much time in making other businesses more wealthy, when I should be worried about my making money as well.

I’m not the sharpest knife in the kitchen, but I am not the dullest either…

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I often come across these ah-hah moments when the Einstein in me decided to show up. I do need to work on my time management skills. Instead of being on social media all day, I could be reading, writing, applying for jobs, and promoting my books. I know, right? I am smarter than a 5th grader. I chose the color green today to inspire wealth and wisdom. I preach and say it all the time about how I am going to do better with this or be more active in that, yet, I haven’t done half of the things I said I was. I am getting it together slowly but surely.  I think my issue is the small feeling of failure that lives in me. I know that I have had some great opportunities thus far with my writing career, but I now want to be a paid writer. I am sure that all writers want this, but I need to focus on really achieving it. I always tell myself that, ” A plan without execution is just a thought.” Well, I have no problem with the execution, it’s more of the results end for me. I try, I try, and I try and I either get a rejection letter or nothing at all. Then is when my mojo slows down and I get into a ” I don’t give a fuck mood.” I apologize for the language, but the struggle is real.

A work in progress…

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All I can do is try to be the best me that I can be. Life happens, it always will. But, there comes a time when you will get tired of defending your writing, your life, tired of seeking validation in others, and trying to be accepted-even as an adult. As I better my time management skills, these frivolous things won’t consume my mind at all. My goal is to stay busy and on the grind. I will continue to do the best that I can until I know how to do better.  Today, so far I am doing great. I completed a paid project, read all of my morning blogs thus far, and managed to finish this one! Now, I am going to apply for some jobs, then read for 2 hours and then work on my novel for NanoWrimo which is going well by the way. I am at 23k with a goal of 35k and it’s only been two weeks. Granted, I started the book a year ago and it has taken a different turn and is writing itself. Slowly, but surely, I will finish. And guess what? You will, too! You will finish your projects, get better at time management, and be successful! If it will happen to me, if CAN happen to you! To my writers, keep writing. As you finish your WIP’s (Works in Progress), keep going with the next idea in your mind. Do not’ stop and keep reading. Familiarize yourself with many books. A good write has to read often.

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It’s hard being a role model


Happy Friday!!

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As you climb up the latter in your writing, career, education or whatever, those that look up to you may want to follow in your footsteps of what they think your success is. For me, I have had a lot of people say that I inspire them. I think it’s really sweet, but something I am taken aback by their inspiration in me. Sure, none of us is perfect, but it goes to show the perception of what people think your value is to their life. I think it’s really neat that people look up to me,but it’s also a hard pill to swallow as well.

Let me explain…

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When someone looks up to you, in their eyes they see no flaws. They see someone that is successful ( in their mind) and people want to be like that person. I’m not perfect and like everyone I have flaws as well. It’s hard to be a role model because you are deemed as a hero or can’t make a wrong move in life. Granted, life does happen, but if you do something out of character you can be judged for it. Now, I haven’t done anything out of character, but I see other’s that have. For example, the rapper T.I. He was caught with all of those guns and was tortured by society. When he was making millions and accepting awards everyone loved and looked up to him. But, by the one mistake (or just getting caught), everyone said horrible things about him.

It’s easy to do the right things and have people love you for it. But as soon as you slip, you are put in a bubble and are now at the bottom of the barrel. I talk to people daily who say that I inspired them to right or be a better person. I’m grateful that they think of me that way, but I’m also very honest with people, too. I want everyone that I come in contact with who is positive and genuine to be successful at what they want to do in life. Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone make you feel less than because they don’t agree with it. Be the person that you want to be, not who everyone else sees you as. Will you make mistakes along the way? Absolutely! But, don’t beat yourself up about it, embrace the mistake, learn from, and try again tomorrow to succeed at that goal.

Follow your dreams, no matter what…

Building Confidence

I’ve learned recently to not tell everyone my goals and aspirations. I know it may seem selfish of me, but I learned that everyone isn’t happy for your courage to even go after such a big accomplishment. I’m not saying that I have haters ( I’m sure I do), but I’m saying that everything isn’t for everyone. I don’t want people to pray against what I want to do, or secretly wish bad on me. This way if I keep it to myself and still pursue it, then that’s good too. I notice that with me, I had to tell EVERYTHING that I was doing on social media, or to people who I thought would care. Wrong move! This is something to NOT do. People are selfish and often only focused on their life. If it has nothing to do with them, then they really could care less. I’m not speaking for all people, but for the majority. I once stared a Go Fund Me to go on a trip that I wanted to go on. I needed financial support. I didn’t get a dime. None from family, friends, or my so-called “Facebook friends” who like my status and comment on everything else that I post. When it came to that fund me page, I got nothing. It really hurt my feelings in a way. I mean, donating $5 as the minimum was too much to ask? But, people always say, ” If you ever need anything..” That’s bullshit.

Moving forward…

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I will keep doing the best that I can with my goals and achieving them. I think it’s humbling for people to think of me as their model. I can only do my best at everything in life. Right now, my focus is to get a job in the Human Services field and prepare myself for school in September. I’m so excited you have NO idea! Never let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough for anything. Everyone can do what they put their mind to. Be humble, respectful, take things with a grain of salt and enjoy life.

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My frustrations of the world while aiming for a writing career


Happy Saturday!!

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I want to first say good morning to you readers! I know I may be sounding like a record player, but I’m once again frustrated. I know you guys read my blog yesterday about to agent fiasco, if not click here. It was a mess and a half! But, yesterday, I had a job interview. I think it went okay, but it wasn’t great. Sure, I made a good impression and laughed and smiled a lot, but something was missing. Then it dawned on me. My credit isn’t as peachy as I want it to be. I mean, who’s is when you have loans from graduate school. I don’t know if I got the job, but if I did, it will be by the grace of God. I will be grateful and pay close attention to learn everything. With everything that’s going on as far as not working, not having my own place, and being independent, it takes a toll on my writing.

Don’t get me wrong…

I love to write, but my passion is dimming for it. I am currently writing two things currently, a screenplay and a novel. In my mind, I want to be zen and be excited to write about my character and situations that people can relate to. I want to be able to get out my lap top and be like, ” Yeah! I’m writing!” But, my mind is always going. It’s thinking about, ” Oh, my cell is going to be cut off, I need to just read books and I need to focus.”  Currently, as I write this blog, I am listening to some classical music to ease my mind. I don’t know how long this will help me, but for now I’m smiling. How do you handle the frustrations of the world, and still write?

I’m not complaining…

but, I know that there are some people doing worse than I am. Some people have writer’s block, are homeless, and don’t eat three meals a day. I’m grateful. I just feel I’m not as independent as I used to be when i had income coming in, hung out more with friends, etc. I often find myself frustrated about the things that are out of my control. I know, I know…what the heck? All I can do is what I’ve been doing, the best that I can. I thank God everyday for allowing me to see another day, another day to write something meaningful that will help others. Having this blog isn’t just about being a writer, it’s about me telling my stories and experiences that I hope help you readers along the way during your journey.

I’m proud to be a writer

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I love writing so much. I read about writing, watch videos about writing and I write. I’ve had the privilege to talk some great actors, writers, musicians, about their life and write about it. Check out my CNN articles. I like writing articles for Ireport. It let’s me be as creative as I want as a journalist. But, it’s FREE. There is no pay, but it’s exposure. I get to let the world read what I write about. It’s a great opportunity, but I feel I’m still working for free. I interview and talk to who ever I want and it’s great. On the flip side, there is no pay, and I’m not an official CNN Journalist or reporter. Trust me, I would love to be, but they haven’t hired me. With my novels I kind of fell off a bit. I self published all of my work and for a long time it was great. Books were selling and all was right with the world. But then, the sales completely stopped. When I learned about film and became a screenwriter, I devoted myself only to screenplays. Novels didn’t matter to me much anymore because no one bought my work. But, I am now writing a novel. When it’s completed I will try to get a traditional publisher. My goal is to write for a company or network. I’d love to be a TV writer, Screenwriter or Copywriter for a company. I would love to work in development as well.  Many writing jobs they want you to have experience, which I do, but for some reason, I still don’t get the job. I’m a trooper and will keep trying.

 

Works In Progress: 

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Screenplay: Title: Jordan

Genre: Drama

Logline:  An outgoing new pregnant college student must overcome drug addiction to keep her baby and her new marriage alive

Progress: Starting Act 2

Novels: Hot Like Fire

Genre: Suspense

Progress: Starting Chapter 7

Contests:  BNFF- Didn’t win the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, but I was a finalist (2) Submissions both screenplays

Final Draft’s Big Break- Still waiting for results (2) Submissions A TV Pilot and a screenplay

Scriptapoolza- Still waiting for results ( 1) Submission A screenplay

Scriptapoolza TV- still waiting for results (1) Submission Treatment to a reality show

Academy Nicholl Fellowship- Still waiting for results (1) Submission A Screenplay

Writer’s Digest Publishing Contest- Still waiting for results(2) Submissions A novel and short story

Writer’s Arena Contest- Still waiting for results A Short Screenplay

ABC Talent Showcase- Still waiting for results A short script

Nickelodeon Writing Contest- Still waiting for results A TV show idea with treatment

Three famous Actors/Producers who has (3) show treatments, (4) screenplays and (1) TV Pilot- Still waiting to hear back

 

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Back To Basics: Character Profile


 I am re-blogging a blog today because I feel it’s very important. Someone asked me about how do I get started with my writing of a novel. Plus it’s always good to go back to the basics!

Hey Writers! Today I want to blog about the importance of a ” Character Profile”. A character profile is answering questions about your character. This process should be used when writing a script, book, etc.  I really didn’t know about a character profile until I started my Master’s Program. I promise you, it will take you FAR with your writing. It will help with develop and dialogue. Now I do a character profile on ALL of my books and my scripts too. With writing I notice that people have a lot of problems with story telling. I used to have this problem. I wasn’t developing my characters enough or my characters. With the character profile, you have answering questions in the first person as if you are the character. I mean, for the most part you ARE the character but with the profile everyone is answered from the character. This can be VERY fun to do. You really get into character and talk about everyday life things. I have two character profiles that I want to show you but I will just show you one. The other is a lot longer with more detail. But, as you do your character profiles, add a picture to it that could be your character. That makes it fun too! I give my characters birth dates, zodiac sign, and even a BLOOD TYPE! Yes, I make my characters real like you and me!  Below is are two character profiles I did for one of my books Sweet Innocence…but I made a twist to it. So it’s not all that my book is about but the characters yes, I just changed them around a little bit for this character profile.

 
Character Profiles
My name is Aurica Daniels.  You may know me from my best selling book Sweet Innocence, but enough of that! Back to the matter at hand.  Let me just say that I just want to get out of this mental facility and get on with my life. Here I am 15 years old and my doctor keeps telling me that I’m 35 years old. I have places to go and people to kill. My father deserved to die when I was 15 because he raped me. But no one else knows that but me. They think he died of an hear attack, from a bad hit of heroin due to the marks in his arm. But little do they know, it was snakebite. Yea, a copper head snake. I’m glad he felt the pain that I felt when he violated me. I have got to get out of here so from now on I’m playing by the doctor’s rules. Ms. Aurica Daniels needs to get out on good behavior.
Name: Aurica Daniels
Age: 35 years old
Sex: Female
Marital Status: Married
Appearance: 5’8 Brown Skin, brown eye with black hair, dimples. I am a petite frame with curves. My posture is very upright and I wear suits on occasions and jeans. Wears high heels with every outfit. Aurica Daniels loves to wear MAC makeup and the different colors to match every outfit.
Mannerisms: My mannerisms are very business professional. I’m a high end famous author I takes my business seriously. My motto is “ Business first and then I can let my hair down and have fun.
Voice: My voice is soft most of the time but it can get a very devious tone when I’m up to something bad. Often times I say, “ I didn’t do it, it’s not my fault.” At least that’s what the doctor’s say that I yell out at time. See, having schizophrenia can be a bitch at times. You never know what will come out of the mouth sometimes.
Personality: My personality is very straightforward. I don’t take any stuff from anyone and if you aren’t for me you’re against me. No one believes that my father raped me so I oftentimes feel like it’s me against the world.  My flaws consist of lying. I really can’t tell the truth to everything now can I? My biggest secret is that I killed my father and if anyone finds out, I will go to jail. We can’t have that because I have to much to do when I get out of here. While I’m in this hospital I don’t have a lot of friends. I mean who wants to be around a crazy person all day. Well that’s all I have to say for now, but trust me…I will be back.
My name is Garie Daniels. I’m a lawyer and I love what I do for a living. I make really good money being an entertainment attorney and I can’t see myself doing anything else but. I’m married to a beautiful woman named Aurica Daniels and we have been married for about two years. She is truly my soul mate. I miss her very much because she’s in the hospital right now. She suffers from schizophrenia but that’s my wife. Although my marriage is on the rocks, I have been keeping a secret from her. I’ve been having an affair for about three months. I know it isn’t right but it just happen. My heart is still with my wife. I’m going to stop cheating when my wife gets home.
Name: Garie Daniels
Age: 35 years old
Sex: Male
Appearance: During the work week you can catch me in a designer suit, preferable Armani. I love to wear a nice suit with a Stacy Adams shoe to match. I always wear cologne. On the weekends I’m more likely to be wearing jeans lounging around the house.
Marital Status: Married
Personality: I have a real laid back personality when I’m not working but when I’m in the courtroom, I’m very stern and assertive. I’m loyal for the most part except for this secret that I’m hiding from my wife. If she finds out that I betrayed her, I’m afraid what might happen. The last thing I want is for her to have a setback.
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware.
Education: I graduated form Widener School of Law.
Family: I have a sister named Trinity and she’s my world. Although she’s 20 years old that’s my baby girl. I would snap if anything happened to her. I want to have a family with Aurica but we are waiting until she healthier with her condition.
Lifestyle: Aurica and I live in a beautiful five story house. I drive a Porsche and she drives a BMW when she is able to drive. We have an all white living room that no one is allowed to  be in. I like it for decoration.
Well that’s all for now. I will continue to tell more of a story later, but meanwhile I will pray that God has mercy on me for cheating on my wife. I do love her with all her heart. I just want her to get well so we can get back to our life as a happy married couple.
Discussion Question: What kind of characters do you like to develop when writing your stories? How do you get these characters born?

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My Take On Self Publishing As A Indie Author


Once you have finished your book I know you are always thinking ” Now what?” You get advice from people who aren’t authors and try to reach out to every single author known to man who you think will give you a new writer the time of day. I have been where you are. It’s no fun journey at first but it can be rewarding all the same. I mean, to be able to search for traditional publishing company can be a pain in the ass. Especially  when the rejection letters start coming in.  Night after night you do research on both traditional and self publishing. Then it hits you like light bulb when you finally decide to self publish! Is this a bad thing?  No, let me give you some reasons why.

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1. You do things on your own terms- As an Indie author you have all the say. You are your own publisher. The cards are in your hands and you decide what graphic designers to have, what your book cover will look like, and you decide your release date. Granted, this will take some time because you have to have your own editor, proofreaders, typesetter, the works. Facebook is a great tool for finding people to help you self publishing. ( Keep in mind you are responsible for PAYING your new staff).

2. Choosing Your Own Fonts- Some traditional publishing companies want your have the standard font ( Times New Roman) which is nothing wrong with but as a self published author I like to use Georgia for my book. My mentor Deatri King-Bey showed me this. She’s self publishes  books also, say hey to her if you’d like! In fact I suggest ALL authors grab your copy of this book. It’s a LIFE saver, especially for Indie authors.

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3. Choosing Your Own Release Date- With traditional publishing there any publishers who will tell you when your book will come out. I get this but as an Indie this is your choice. You decide what day, what time, and where to have your work. Ebooks are so popular now like Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, and more. It’s simple to upload your book yourself, and BEST part of all is that as an Indie you keep ALL of your money! Did you hear me right? 100% royalties goes to you! Well, Uncle Sam gets his small portion but you get the idea.

4. Deciding To Pick  A Pen Name or Use Your Own- This is a topic all by itself. Debating whether to use a pen name or not. Most authors like to make up a name so their true identity isn’t revealed. This is okay but I want my readers and fans to know the real me. I started using just my first name Krystol. Then I decided to use Krystol Diggs once I branched out into different forms of writing other than novels. But, whatever name you choose make sure you stick to it because it will last forever.  Now, there are some authors who use different names depending on the genre that you write. I know an author that writes Erotica and she uses B.N Nasty, but writes YA and goes by Ariel. This is okay too because it will branch you out in different genres. But, if you are a new author my suggestion is to find your niche and stick to that for a couple of books. When I first started writing my novels in 2008, I was all over the place! Don’t be like me.

5. Promoting On Your Own – This can be both good and bad. When I first started out I got what’s called ” a street team”.  A street team when you get 5 people or more to promote your stuff like crazy in public. They pass out your promo stuff and spread the word about your book. I paid my street team in gifts ( which they loved). But, if you can get family or friends to blast you that’s great too. Some people will do it for free. Also word of mouth is the best. The more people TALK about your work, the better! That’s how marketing and promoting can be good. It can also bite you in the butt if you don’t stay on top of it and get your work out there the best way that you know how. If no one knows about your book, how will people know where to get them? Get you a website, go on blog tours, etc. If you are on a budget, social media is FREE! Make it work.

I’ve been self publishing my novels for six years now. It’s been both rewarding and sad at times. We are writers sometimes go on a downward spiral when it comes to sales, and promotion. We have our good and our bad days. But, don’t give up. You can be a best selling author as a self published author. It does happen! I also want to thank that I am loving the Indie Life Blog tour!

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What saying or catchphrase do you say all the time?


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I just want to first thanks my bestie Allison Bruning for telling me about this blog tour. What a great way to meet people are read their blogs.

The saying that I like to go by is to ‘ never give up.” I notice that as a writer I’ve been saying this all the time. I guess I’m trying to convince myself as well as other people. As a writer it can be an easy task getting frustrated and want to give up. But, something inside me keeps going no matter how hard I tried to quit. So, writers or anyone who has a dream never give up on it. Life may happen and get in the way but even during the hard times, the dream still sits in the back of your mind. At least it does for me. I dream sleep, and think writing all the time. Even when I don’t feel like doing it, I still think about it. So, never give up!! Keep focus and things will work out!