December 1 2020

Let me tell you about a Dreame…

     Hi there, strangers!

   Some of you may have already heard of it or came across a Facebook ad about it, but Dreame is a reading platform (it has a website and a mobile app) that offers both free and pay-to-read books written by aspiring authors.

   Similar to Wattpad and Inkitt where anyone can write, Dreame allows you to become a writer and share your story with the world. However, in order for you to be paid for that, you need to be signed (and of course, good).

    As luck would have it, I was approached by one of their editors (They call it editor but in fact, they are more of a manager since they don’t actually edit any of your work. They help with contracts, covers, promotion, payments and questions) and I was offered a contract for a full-time writer. Now I have two books signed with them – Remnants of Gods and Somber Song, and they are doing well.

    The only downfall is that I can only post my works there, so getting people to go on the platform and stay to read is a challenge ūüėÄ Wait, scratch that. There is another problem, and that is that people are too much into werewolves and abusive relationships so I am not sure if I am writing something they want ūüėÄ But I have never been one to shy away from a challenge, so… bring it on!

    So if you’re reading this, go to my profile here and enjoy a selection of free (in the future some of them might become paid) books to read! I have several books in the works – a contemporary romance, a fantasy romance (where the MC transmigrates into a book) and of course, I have my two series to finish – The Remnants series and The Time Guardian ūüôā 

   So this is basically what I wanted to share with you for the time being, but you can expect me to be more active as of now (hopefully!).

Yours truly,

Scarlett

September 30 2020

Writing Myths… And Other Fairytales

   Hi there, Strangers!

¬† ¬†Today we’ll talk about fairytales. More specifically, about one of the myths about writing.

¬† ¬†Writing is hard. You have to keep yourself motivated even when you’re barely able to function; you have to write or edit even when you’re tired or sad or angry or simply numb. And I am not even going to go into how hard it is to come up with ideas and mix them in a way that makes sense.

¬† ¬†Now imagine that on top of all that, you have a little human to take care of. In my country, maternity leave can be up to 2 years long. This means you can raise your child and take care of it until it is ready to go to daycare – which is awesome (although during the second year, the pay is laughable). But for us writers, this is a problem. It’s not even that it’s that hard to take care of a baby (at least for me, my son is a little angel).

   The trouble does not come from a lack of time. You can still find time between feeding, changing, putting it to sleep, laundry, dinner, chores and breathing. And no, I do not mean to be sarcastic.

   The problem is interruption. 

¬† ¬†Interruption is the biggest enemy of writing. I know people say to write every day, even if it is 15 minutes a day and you’ll do great.¬†

¬† ¬†That’s a myth.

   Sure, writing in your lunch break or on the train is great for building a habit or putting down notes or a scene that has been haunting you all day. But this time is way too short to write something good or meaningful. I hate to generalize, but most people tend to need time to get into a particular mindset.

¬† ¬† If you can do it with a snap of your fingers, well… good for you! The rest of us need silence or good music, coffee or wine, our favorite chair or favorite spot in the cafe. And then we need people to back off and let us swim in our pool of ideas for a while. Alone.

¬† ¬†Writing demands dedication. If you want to write well, you need to realize that. If you’re serious about your writing, you need to be ready to sacrifice something else to make it work. Skip that rerun of Friends, say no to the party on Friday, turn the Internet off and open your word document. Don’t try to do something else while you’re writing the epic battle for the future of the world or the dramatic death of your protagonist’s pet turtle.¬†

   Focus. On. Your. Damn. Book.

¬† Or don’t. I’m not your mother. But I do believe in you. The world needs more excellent writers to dispel the dust of everyday life. Writing is hard, but someone gotta do it. And if you’ve heard the call, that someone is you ūüôā

Yours truly, 

Scarlett

July 8 2020

Procrastination… and other forms of insanity

    Hi there, Strangers!

¬† ¬† Today we’ll talk about procrastination and the importance of cleaning the entire house, rearranging the library, the furniture and every single cupboard at home. And don’t forget scrolling through social media and calling it ‘marketing’. Sounds familiar? Yeah, I me too.

    I used to be able to concentrate on my writing no matter what. Like, I could focus fast enough to do 15-minute sprints in my work breaks or spend 7 hours straight writing. Now I sit down, open the document and the moment I hear a noise or lift my head I get this urge to clean anything and everything as if the Queen of England is coming to visit. Anyone else?

¬† ¬†Maybe it is my baby brain taking over (I just had a baby 11 months ago) or it is the fact that I haven’t written much in the past year, but it feels easier to clean the house, do the laundry, make dinner, go to the store and play with a crazy energetic baby than write a page.

¬† ¬†I’m going on a Writers’ Retreat in two weeks, so I am hoping I’ll get my creative juices going to kick-start this rusty writer’s brain. And if not, I’ll have to take even more drastic measures – like l stopping the internet and locking myself in a clean, tidy room. That will do it. I hope.

¬† ¬†How about you? How do you fare when the procrastination monster kick in the door and force you to do nothing all day? Do you have a trick or a ritual to get out of that mind space and get back to work? Do share, I’m ready to try anything.

¬† ¬† ¬†Anyway, I’ll go procrastinate some more for now, maybe watch one of Jenna Moreci’s or Writerly‘s videos on YouTube and get inspired enough to sit down and finish editing my damn book. Wish me luck!

Yours truly, 

Scarlett