Posted in Nanowrimo, Uncategorized, writing

It’s been quiet around here…

It’s been pretty quiet around here… The reason why? I’ve been writing like the wind, just not on this blog. It was NaNoWriMo! And I have to say, I think this was the best one I’ve ever had! I’ve only won a proper NaNoWriMo once before, It was when I wrote my novel Confidence The Diary of an Invisible Girl, and to be honest, that journal though filled with tall peaks, also had some pretty low valleys. I wrote like crazy just to get to the end. As a result, I ended up with a story a really love.

Though I definitely had some “tear my hair out” moments during last month. November was a hard month for a lot of us. But overall went really well. I think that has a lot to do with the community I found here in Orlando. Magic happens when you enter a room of writers who are frantically typing on their keyboards. ❤ It motivated you to write faster, better, and not to give up. And in the event that you’re starting to lose steam, you have a support group of people who can cheer you on when you’re down and give you that extra push. I was reminded over and over again that this was not a month for editing, and that alone was enough to make my fingers fly across my keyboard. nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_winnerThe rough draft I’ve been working on has the working title of “Broom Mates” and followed a group of three teen witches who are expelled from magic school and banished to Portland OR for the summer. It was really fun seeing where the characters wanted to take me. One thing I didn’t expect? For all of them to start falling in love! With mortals? With each other? With EVERYONE?! Time, editing, and revisions will tell. It’s going to be around 20k more words until my draft is finished. But I’m so proud of getting as far as I have. It has a beginning, middle, and end, lots of plotlines to tie up, and I’ll be writing through December till I’m finished. I think I’m finally going to take a whirl at creative streams on twitch. I’ll be missing all of the lifestreams that happened during November, and think it would be pretty neat to host some virtual write-ins for those who are feeling the same.

It’s either going to be Monday or Tuesday around noon, I’ll keep you posted through social media, and hopefully, It will be a lot of fun! I’ll probably be a little nervous so it would be nice to see some familiar faces there.

Anyways, that’s all for now, I’ll talk to you again soon!

Keep telling your stories, and whether you hit 50k or not this month, treat yourself to a fancy new notebook, cupcake, or latte. You earned it!

xo Paige

 

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Posted in Uncategorized, writing

Writing Game using an Anime Tropes writing deck & a story about a cat princess

Hey Everyone! 
I really like writing short stories, and I’ve been looking for more excuses to write them more frequently. As soon as I saw the“Premise Party” writing decks in the dealer room at Holiday Matsuri a few years ago I was so intrigued, and regretted not picking up a deck before the room had closed. Ever since, I’ve been wanting to give them a try. So when I saw them vending at Megacon I knew I couldn’t let the chance pass me by again! They come in a few different themes, and after debating for a while I decided to go for the “Anime Tropes” set! I’ve been so excited to try these out that I thought I’d turn my first experience into a writing challenge and invite you to join in the fun.
 
There are three types of cards in each deck. Cards filled with possible protagonists. Cards filled with conflicts, and cards filled with some sort of outcome. I shuffled up the deck and drew my cards! Here’s what I ended up with. 
 
A king’s youngest child is cursed into the form of an animal, and learns to live for themselves.
 
Here’s how I got along over on my vlog, 

 
I had fun! I had a few too many breaks and my story ended up being double the word count goal I had set.  But I cannot wait to try this out again, and am even thinking about making it a weekly thing. 
You can pick up a writing deck for yourself over on Hitodama Craft’s storenvy, they are $15 a piece and the printing and design is really high quality. 
 
 
Now as promised, here is the unedited short story, typos, plot holes and all, hope you enjoy it, and please tweet your creations at me @MrsPaigeLavoie on Twitter  I can’t wait to see! 
 
 

        “Despite being extraordinary. I’ve always been the most ordinary of all of my brothers and sisters in line for the throne. Drusella can sing with a voice more beautiful than a dove, with her twin Alexander following her flawlessly on the piano. Arthur is charismatic charming his many suitors from neighboring kingdoms with just a wink and a bow. And Emilie a brilliant swordsman.  

Continue reading “Writing Game using an Anime Tropes writing deck & a story about a cat princess”

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Taking Control of your story – 3 Products to Help Combat Writers Block.

 Hey Everyone!
We all know that you can’t buy a cure for writers block. You just can’t. If you could we would probably all have a few more finished stories under our belt. But while you can’t buy motivation, inspiration, or actual written words, it’s something you need to actively work at, especially when you don’t want to. (which i have learned the hard way.) 

And while you can’t BUY a cure for writers block, you can still find some pretty fun tools to help you along the way. I scoured the internet, and found three fun products, that won’t get rid of writers block on their own, but might ignite something within you when you’re stuck brainstorming, or just want a fun writing exercise!



Disclaimer! I am planning on trying some of these, but they are as new to me, as they are to you. So this is not a review, more of a first impressions. Let’s get started.

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First off we have , A writing deck! The “Premise Party” sets give you a character archetype, conflict, and some sort of resolution, and it is up to you to make that story come to life! I think this is really interesting, and I’ve had this product on my radar for a while now. I think it would honestly be so fun for short stories, because it gives you the setup, and then you can just take it wherever you want.


Second, A emergency kit. At first, when I saw this I thought it would be something similar to the writing deck we just talked about. But instead the cards hold prompts such as “what if your hero and antagonist had an honest conversation? What would be said?” The way these questions prod you i think could be a fantastic way to push along a scene that you’re not sure what to do with, and I would love to give them a try sometime!


642 things to write about! As far as daily writing exercises go. This book looks amazing. And like it has a lot of fun jumping off points, and i think this would be a really cool thing to just have and keep in your backpack or purse on the go, or to do every morning with a cup of tea or coffee.


Now you don’t need a product for any of these, you could simply tweet out to your friends that you want a word prompt, write your favorites in a hat, or a mason jar, and pull one out, when you’re feeling stuck, or do the age old, take a break, go for a walk, sit in your favorite coffee shop.


These things all sound so much fun! And I want to try them all, and hope that you enjoyed this list! But remember, inspiration, comes from you! Your environment, experiences, and you have the power without anything extra to dive into your story again. So shake things up, throw a party, maybe even a grand ball, get your character into a fight, or have them find a lost kitten. This is your world, and you have the power to make it incredible.

xo Paige

Posted in daily life, dogs, update, writing

Sleepy Pups, Coffee & Writing New Stories

       Today I’m writing from the couch, sitting snuggled in my kigurumi, big puffy sailor moon buns on my head, trying to talk myself out of another cup of coffee. Instead of just one sleepy puppy in my view, there are two ❤ Yawning and sleeping, urging me to close my eyes and snuggle up with them. We're pup-sitting Oliver's BFF Kaylee and the two have been so relaxed and lazy the past two days, surrounding me with so many cuddles, it's been a struggle to resist. But I must!

I’m past the 25k point in the new novel I’m working on. That point where I always overthink and half the time scrap all my process and start over. But I haven’t yet, and I’m trying so hard not to get burnt out and to write every day. Not only that, but to enjoy it. Even if it feels like I’m typing through a puddle of molasses some days, and zooming through time the next.

I’ll share more about this story soon and put out a call for beta-readers as soon as it’s ready. It has a long way to go still! For now, I just wanted to say a quick “hello” on here. 🙂

Ah- well, seems the ever-sleepy pups have awoken from their slumber, and it’s time for “mid-day walkies”

I’ll talk to you again soon!
-Paige

Posted in books, Nanowrimo, writing, young adult

NaNoWriMo Time!

Hey All!
I’m a few days late, but it’s better than never! I’m excited (and nervous) to be jumping into NaNoWriMo this month. Woo!! My Young Adult novel Confidence: The Diary of an Invisible Girl was a product of NaNoWriMo 2013. Personally, I think a great example of how an idea even one that seems really silly at first, can turn into something you’re really proud of if you see it through. 🙂 I almost gave up, rerwrote, and just walked away from that story, and I’m so glad I didn’t. I’m glad Barbara Jenkins and her friends came to life through the words I wrote during that rapid pace month, and I want to do it again…With, yet another silly idea.

 I think the silly kind might be my favorite. 

This year, my jumping off point is, “Banished  from magic school after a botched school prank where Darla Dodsworth literally almost rose hell. The teen witch and her accomplishes make their way in the mortal realm as vigilantes.” Goofy right?! I can’t wait to see what happens with it, discover the characters, and get to write some kick-buns action sequences. Maybe even a WIZARD BATTLE

Ready to write 50,000 words in a month with me? Sign up, start your novel and feel free to challenge me to a sprint or word count duel! I’m looking forward to the burst of creativity, the flavored lattes with double shots of espresso, and all of us WriMos cheering each other on this month.

xoxo Paige

P.S In the spirt of NaNoWriMo I did not edit this blogpost. Maybe I’ll get around to it in December ;p

Posted in books, Frankenstein, Ghosts, halloween, KDP, Kindle, Monsters, New release, paranormal romance, Short spooky stories, Short stories for halloween, Stories, Vampires, writing, Zombies

10 Spooky Short Stories, Just in time for Halloween!

Happy Hauntings! 
I am pleased as a pumpkin to announce that my spooky short story collection is out on kindle Just in time for Halloween! My collection of ten short spoopy stories is out and available to read on Kindle for just $0.99
I’m so excited! These stories where so much fun to write. Even “Lost Things” the last story featured. I actually had tears streaming down my face writing it towards the end. (no spoilers)  All together I’d say it’s a lighthearted take on the paranormal. I hope that you’ll pick up a digital copy to read though while you sip your season coffee beverages.
 
What’s it about? 
While each story is a little bit different, this collection is less bone-chilling and more heart warming. 
Some stories take a serious and even romantic tone, while others are lighthearted and breezy. Zombies running a coffee shop, A ghost who helps people find things they’ve lost, and a ghost who picked the wrong house to haunt!
A special thanks to… 
My seester Lily Le Roi for being the cover model. (no, It’s not me… lol the confusion of having a twin sister who’s a model) Adrian Goetz for the original photography before editing. Jen Juneau for being a wonder editor. And my Mr. for formatting the stories digitally for your reading enjoyment. 🙂 

If you’d like a sneak peak of one of the first stories (pre-editng) you can read “If you give a ghost a name” over on WattPad  and buy the full ten stories over on amazon or using the kindle app. 

I hope you’ll check it out and have a very happy Halloween!
xoxo Paige

Posted in giveaway, goodreads, happym, Nanowrimo, writing

Final cover art + Goodreads giveaway!

Hey Guys!
Exciting news today 🙂 After a ton of brainstorming, and taking a bunch of really valuable feedback into consideration. My husband Matt worked up this brand new book cover, and I absolutely love it! It just finally feels ‘right’ to me. and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂

From the back cover,

Comic-book-obsessed Barbara Jenkins’ idea of an exciting night consists mostly of fan fiction and frozen pizza-that is, until one fated day during the start of the school year when she literally crashes into the queen of the AV Club. Barbara soon begins to explore life outside her comfort zone as she is thrust head first into a new world of costumes, conventions, and crushes, as well as a HUGE secret    

As well as finalizing the cover, I’m also running a giveaway over on Goodreads this week! I’ll be giving away three signed copies of the book. So If you’d like a chance to enter, check out the widget down below, and be sure to share it with your friends. 🙂 


The book release date is 6-9-15 which seems so close, yet so far away. I can’t wait!! 

Good luck on the giveaway and thank you all so much for your support. These past few months leading up to the release have been so fun, hecktic and exciting. I can’t believe we’re almost there, and I’m pleased as punch to have you along for this journey!

Chat with you soon,
 xo Paige

Posted in cover art, createspace, Nanowrimo, self publishing, writing

Things are happening! Books Covers & Flashbacks

Well Howdy Everyone!
How are you? I feel like it’s been forever since I posted on here, and I’d really like that to change. As you can see, I’ve spent a little bit of time cleaning and pretty-ing up the layout of the blog, and I’m really loving it! Hopefully it motivates me to write on here a little more. There’s something nice about just sitting in front of the computer, and letting all my thoughts flow into a blog post, it’s like having a diary again. AND speaking of diaries! I wrote a book!!  

Well, technically I wrote it in 2013 during NaNoWriMo 50,000 words in a month. After all this time, the kinks have been worked out, I hired an AMAZING editor Jen, to smooth over the grammar, formatting and do all those important professional things, that I’m admittedly awful at. Both her, and my husband Matt have had such enthusiasm and energy that’s giving me so much life! Writing a book, and then being vulnerable, sharing it with trusted people at first, and then now, I’m getting ready to share it with the whole world. It’s scary, exciting, and more than 50% of the time, when I think about it I feel like I might throw up. But despite the pancakes flipping in my stomach, I can’t wait. And to be honest, I’m already starting to think about book two…

So, it’s been written, edited and formatted, then after late nights of brainstorming we found the perfect title “Confidence -The Diary of an invisible girl” I love it. Here’s the back cover blerb

 Comic-book-obsessed Barbara Jenkins’ idea of an exciting night consists mostly of fan fiction and frozen pizza-that is, until one fated day during the start of the school year when she literally crashes into the queen of the AV Club. Barbara soon begins to explore life outside her comfort zone as she is thrust head first into a new world of costumes, conventions, and crushes, as well as a HUGE secret…” 

The last step we’re on? Picking a cover! It has been a roller coaster, let me tell you! But we have it narrowed down to two concepts, that I think are really strong. (keep in mind, these are not final art, just mockups)

Right?! What to choose? I feel like no matter which way we go, I’m already such a fan of these, it’s going to be perfect. But I would LOVE to hear your thoughts. Which one of these covers catches your eye? Which one makes you want to flip to the back cover, and read more? Leave your thoughts down below, or send me an e-mail.  (I’m also looking for early-birdie readers to give access to the book)
You know, It’s crazy to think back to NaNoWriMo 2013, It’s hard to believe that crazy writing marathon of a month, lead me to this story that I really believe in, and am so proud of. I can’t wait to share it with you! soooooooo excited! rsakignskgnrkj;nralmg! 
I think I’m going to end this post with a flashback, the cool thing about vlogging is I actually documented my first week of writing, watch me freak out, procrastinate, and drink a lot of coffee down below. 
One thing is for sure, I know what I’m going to be doing this coming November ❤ And I'm going to peer-pressure you all to join me! WRITE ALL THE THINGS 
xoxo Paige

Posted in Nanowrimo, teen fiction, writer, writing

NaNoWriMo Week #2

I haven’t written in three days. 

I’m starting to look at my story, and my characters, and think to myself “What’s the point?” I without fail, always get like this about 20,000 words into a novel. And you know what? I never finish. I stop writing. Push it to the backburner, and forget the thoughts, images, and dialog, I had been flooded with inspiration for only days before.

It ends tonight.

As soon as the clock strikes 9:45, I am opening my google doc and forcing myself to write at least 500 words. No. I’m doing it as soon as I finish this blog post. I am sick and tired of writers block getting the best of me.

If you’re reading this, and feeling the same way about your story, let’s try to kick writers block to the curb this week. As it says on the NaNoWriMo website, “The world needs your story”

READY SET GO!

Edit: Hah, just kidding.  I almost gave up, I forgot to post this, opened up my story, and just wanted to quit. After talking it through, I decided to go back to the beginning, and re-read it from the top as an attempt to get re-inspired. And you know what? It worked! I ended up adding so much about the characters, and it’s the small scenes and interactions that make me get hooked on writing a story again.

Last night was a prime example of the rollercoaster ride that NaNoWriMo is.
But i have a strong feeling, it’s all going to be worth it. 🙂

It’s still a rough draft, but here’s a little bit of the first chapter (It’s written in diary format)


”   How do these things normally start off anyways? I guess i’ll introduce myself to you faceless booklet of paper.  I’m Barbara Jenkins. My mom named me after the first batgirl, Barbara Gordon. How cool is that right?! But I don’t  fight crime or drive a sweet motorcycle. I’m just a 10th grader. I do kind of have one superpower though, I’m invisible. Well, not really. . But it would be really awesome if i was right? I’d sneak into the comic shop, and read all the new releases in the back, before they hit the shelves. I’d have all the knowledge and the power. I would be so invincible! But instead of using my powers for evil, and starting a blog filled with spoilers, I’d use my powers for good, starting with winning the heart of that the dreamboat who works behind the counter. He’d practically throw himself at me and my superior comic book knowledge. “

-The Convention Queen

Track my progress, and add me as a writing buddy here.
I’m about to brew some tea and get writing again! 
Take that writers block!

xox
Posted in 2013, excited, motivational, Nanowrimo, personal blog, pokemon, positive, pumped, storytime, writing

Getting into good habits.

Hey Cutiepies
For the first time ever, I’m going to do Nanowrimo
This November. And no, Nanowrimo isn’t some rare
and unusual pokemon. It’s National writing month.
Observe two wild Nanowrimo laughing in it’s natural habitat. 

To get myself into the habit, I’ve been trying to write
everyday. Whether it’s something for my comic, a blogpost, 
or random ideas, Writing SOMETHING no matter how big or small
 I might even start a flowchart/brainstorm board for the novel
to help me figure of what idea I want to roll with. 
The last time I finished a story, It was “A Pumpkin Spiced Christmas”
which was short and sweet. 30 pages and 4800ish words
Which was totally fine by mefor a short story. 
But, it was also made up from characters I’d already built and established. 
Starting something completely new, Writing a novel. 
Creating a world and the people who live in it. 
People that make the story matter, is going to be quite the
challenge. But, I’m up for it. 🙂 
I’ve always been the kind of person who has the beginning and end
of a story. but gives up somewhere in the middle. 
I’ve made the resolve to change that. ❤ 
Anyone else planning on participating? 
Leave your comments below. 
xoxo Paige