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Upcoming Book: Rise

Cover Concept for upcoming book Rise by Amy Winters-Voss
Cover Concept for Rise

An ex-yakuza gangster starting over in a small village, meets the town’s dowager who has it out for him because of his past. When he saves her and keeps her secret, she starts an unlikely friendship that sets a new course for both of them. #modern #fantasy #LiminalChronicles

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July Updates – Flash Fiction Contest Update, Camp NaNoWriMo, World Anvil Summer Camp, etc.

Hurricane – via Pixbay

July has been a good kind of whirlwind for me – from the bittersweet of helping my eldest get ready for college to the excitement of visiting family and completing summer challenges to the nervous jitters of making tough choices career-wise.

Writing-wise here’s the recap:

1. NEWS FLASH! Back in April I submitted a flash fiction story to the Untold Podcast‘s UPC (Untold Picture Contest). The requirement was to write a speculative fiction story about a picture the coordinator sent, up to 1000 words. And as luck would have it, the picture I received fit me and my interests to a T. A few friends were kind enough to give feedback on it before I submitted.

Yesterday, I found out I’m one of the 5 finalists! In August the podcast will perform the finalist’s stories and post them. After that, voting for the listeners’ favorite will commence. So when the stories are made available I’ll share them! I can’t wait to hear them all!

2. Camp NaNoWriMo: My goal was 40 hours of editing on my book Rise. Just completed it yesterday. That includes editing in several chapters of feedback from my critique partner. I’m up to Ch 21 in my editing. Will get chapters 13-20 to my CP soon.

3. World Anvil Summer Camp: I finished my tenth article (of thirty possible) for camp. That should earn me a bronze award. Hopefully, I can get one more picture done before it ends – so each article has something pretty to draw the eye. Participating in the #word-sprints channel on the WA discord server really helped me finish the articles. So thank you to the folks that hosted those.

4. The 100 -for-100 challenge: I had to step aside from it. But since the goal was 10,000 word written on a project by the end of it, and I have over 17,000 I’m not too sad. I just need to go back and edit/redirect the story and I couldn’t do that, the other challenges, AND get my 100 words in each day. Editing was and still is #1 priority so I can query this fall.

5. The Couch to 5K by WritersHQ: Netted me 9997 words (counting the progress each day – included the word count for the challenge above) and still a boost for my story.

6. I learned that having to track for our challenges at once was not so fun. So in the future, the shiny syndrome will have to be tamed. (pushes the temptation of the next World Anvil writing contest under the table ‘Back you temptress, you!’)

So that’s July in a nutshell. What have you all been working on? Were you saner than I was, and kept your commitment level to a more reasonable pace?

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World Anvil Summer Camp 2019

True confessions: I’m a glutton for punishment. I signed up for yet another challenge.

World Anvil’s Summer Camp Prompts (<- click for details)

Friends on Discord introduced me to World Anvil. OMG! I love this as a world building tool for stories. Yes, it takes some time to fill out. Possibly time I could be writing or editing on my stories. But when I think of the zillions of little details that I have to hash through my story to remind myself ‘how did this work’ or ‘what was his name’, wow – this will be a lifesaver. Yeah, I can keep much of it in Scrivener. But World Anvil forces me to keep it fairly organized. (If you saw my mess of notes in Scrivener, you’d cringe.) Timelines, characters, races, places–it can all be stored there and made public or private. It makes the world in my story a little more real for me.

So World Anvil Summer Camp makes sense for me. Will I get all 30 articles done? Not likely. Editing my book comes first, then writing the next. But I think it’s possible I could get 10 done this month–helping me solidify things like the magic system. (It’s a little hazy and needs definition as I edit the first book.) And I today for the first camp challenge wrote about one of the medicinal plants in my setting today, because my awesome possum critique partner had questions about it.

So if you’d like to check out the public side of my Liminal Chronicles, feel free. World Anvil will definitely remain as part of my author platform!

Have you played with World Anvil? If so, what did you think?

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Summer Writing Challenges

Sometimes we just need an accountability kick in the rear to make sure we’re working toward our goals. So, I joined several challenges this summer.

100 Words for 100 Days over at Go Teen Writers. They allowed everyone to sign up, even those of us beyond our teen years. I love a site that encourages teens to be creative, so this was a for sure to do! Now 100 words in a day isn’t that much.Even with editing my first book Rise, it’s totally doable. And in the end you get 10,000 words of progress toward a project. It started May 20, and so far I’ve written 13,554 words toward my second book. Not bad for dealing with my eldest’s high school graduation, company, flooding in the basement, editing, and falling into the delightful world building time vacuum World Anvil.

Next Writer’s HQ is hosting Couch to 5K. It’s a very open ended challenge. I opted for 5,000 words the month of the challenge, a good push to write a bit more than the first challenge. They send encouraging and snarky advice and daily challenges. For the daily challenges I started strong, then fizzled–wanting to use my time to focus on my two stories. So far this month I’ve netted 9,151 words on my second book (included in the number for the first challenge).

But what about editing Rise? Well, Camp Nanowrimo will start July 1. I’ll try for 40 hours or the completion of the editing. *crossing fingers* Since my kids always get camp shirts, I ordered one too. It arrived today! Sweet!

Now this post isn’t a ‘look at me aren’t I wonderful’ post, because I am not getting it ALL done. I write it to encourage you to try. Any progress toward your writing goal is PROGRESS! Count it!

Are you challenging yourself this summer? If so, how?

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3AM Discoveries in Scrivener for iOS – Compiling Options for Making Text and Folder Titles show in the Document

This should have been me!

When I can’t sleep, I either listen to a story, a thunderstorm track or work on something for about 20 minutes so drowsiness can overtake me and I return to slumber land.

Friday morning was one of those times. I’ve been compiling my book on my iPad and listening to sections of it in Voice Dream Reader to iron out wrinkles. It really helps to listen to it. (By the way, the Ivona Amy and Russel voices are pretty smooth and not too far off from sounding realistic.)

Since I put my chapter title in the folder or text title, it wasn’t showing up with the default options for compile in Scrivener. I need those titles to help navigate the document. After some Google-fu, I found the answer to my problem. You can create your own template or edit one of the existing ones. The best thing about it – I could figure it out while sleep deprived. So I guarantee it wasn’t hard to do!

I ended up modifying (uncommenting) a few lines in one of the default compile documents. You just remove the # in front of the line you want to uncomment the line.

Now you too can go forth and edit your Scrivener iOS compile templates with confidence!

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Finding satisfaction in doing your best

Jumbled Letters - How editing feels
Jumbled Letters – How editing feels until it’s done

I’ve often read about authors fussing about having to do editing. While I’m no saint, I’m finding real pleasure in editing Rise’s rough draft. Seeing the improvement from one version to the next makes me excited to know I’ll be able to show the story to beta readers soon.

All of that to say, I hope my babbling brings you encouragement. Go give it your best! Make what you do worthwhile.

— Amy