Friday, 15 December 2017

How to write more than one novel a year.

I often get asked how I write so quickly. I don't particularly think I write quickly, I just write and keep on writing. So, here are some top tips to help you do the same. 😃

  • Write or plot your story every single day.
It doesn't matter what you set as your writing goal, as long as you write. If you only come up with one line of dialogue and 200 words, that's great. It's more than yesterday!
If you can't write or think you're stuck, then think about what the scene or chapter should look like. Imagine it. Imagine yourself in the scene. It's not as easy as it sounds, but if you want to be a writer, then use your imagination.
You must be disciplined. It doesn't matter if you type quickly or slowly, as long as the discipline is there. No one should ever make you feel like you should produce thousands of words a day. If you manage only 200 words per day that great, because over a week that's 1400 words. You only have to write 137 words per day to be able to write a 50,000-word novel in one year!
Keep writing! Every word you write is progress!

  • Take time out for yourself.

Your brain needs to rest as much as your body does. You cannot sit at the computer for 8 hours straight and expect to produce great writing. That's nonsense. Walk around, do some exercise, walk the dog, but get out of the chair and switch off from the writing.
It may sound counter-intuitive but taking a break can really get the creative juices flowing again.
I don't particularly believe in writer's block. I believe writers aren't writing well, or what they love, or taking enough breaks, but I don't believe we can be truly blocked. If in doubt, write something different and you'll see what I mean. Usually, what you've come up with isn't right and THAT is blocking you.
If while walking the dog you come up with a great idea for tomorrow, speak it into your phone or jot it down in your notebook, but leave it for tomorrow's writing. By that time, your brain will have added a bit more and have a ton of ideas on how to flesh it out.

  • Set a goal for every day.

It doesn't matter how large or small that goal is... (within reason... 10,000 words a day is not reasonable for most people) for example... 100 words, or 1000 words, or 10,000 words. Set yourself a goal every single day and keep to it. You need to make a golf every single day that you choose to be a writing day. If you don't happen to hit that goal on one particular day don't beat yourself up, it's not the end of the world. Just readjust the goal for the next day to make it a little more realistic.
When you sit down and begin to write, have in the back of your head that you will not finish your writing for that day until you hit that goal. Then break your goal into reasonable chunks. For example, write 200 words then take a break or walk the dog. Come back and write another 200 words. Have lunch and finally go back and write another 200 words. Then for that day, you have written six hundred words. Six hundred words over the course of a five-day working period, is three thousand words. That means you can write a fifty thousand word novel in about twenty working days -- allowing for good days and bad days.

  • Be reasonable.

I know that I personally want to write around five thousand words a day, but I'm quite happy if I only write two and a half thousand. I'm not going to beat myself up and certainly not going to have a strop. I'm going to be reasonable. I'm a human being. I have good days and I have bad days. You will have the same thing.
When I first started writing the maximum I could do was one thousand words a day. And let's be honest, that is fantastic. If that is all you can manage then great! You are doing really well.
It's only as you get better and faster at typing and perhaps the words come more easily to you as you type, that you will be able to put more words on a page per day.
Be reasonable and don't push yourself into a place that you're not ready to go right now. Two hundred words is better than no words Two hundred words every day is progress. And progress leads to a completed novel.

  • Find out what time of the day is best for you to write.

I realised very early on but I cannot write in the afternoon or in the evening. It just does not happen. I am slow and I am groggy. I could sit there for three or four hours and might even only get a couple of hundred words onto a page.
For me, the best time of the day to write is first thing in the morning. I actually get up at four thirty in the morning, not because I'm insane, but because that's actually the time my husband gets out of bed and when he wakes up I naturally wake up too.
Not everyone is the same and not everyone can write at the same time of the day. Experiment with writing in the morning, writing early in the morning, writing at lunchtime, and writing at night. Some people only have the luxury of writing at night when they finished their day job and all the kids have gone to bed. If that's you, then great keep doing it, but keep writing.

Not everyone can write quickly, but everyone can be productive. As writers this is normal, we just want to write, but we need to do it productively. You can't force yourself to write faster or to write more words than your naturally capable of doing at this moment, so why try?
Writers who can get words onto their computer very quickly usually have spent time thinking about what they going to write first. I don't know about you, mine is a bit like a movie playing in my head, all I have to do is put it down into the word processor. This is how I do it and this is how it works for me. Most of the writers I'm friends with write in a very similar way.

I hope this has helped you. Forget writing fast, forget writing a ridiculous amount of thousands of words every day, just write every day. 
Writing every day = productivity = a novel.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Give the gift of a book this Christmas! Here are come great ideas!

Merry Christmas!

If you're looking to give books as gifts this year, then I have a few great choices for you! 

Karen x

Time Travel/Fantasy/SCI-FI

  • Jacky Gray – Rory - Hengist #2 – Stick his neck out to save the so-called friends who betrayed him? Modern-day thugs try to break Archer’s spirit with violence and mind games. Instead, this medieval warrior teaches them courage & honour. Rip-roaring fantasy with humour/romance.
  • JA Andrews – A Threat of Shadows –  Alaric was a Keeper; a man, protecting the land with knowledge and magic. Until – his wife was poisoned and he betrayed everything to save her. Only to fail.
  • Katy Haye – The Last Gatekeeper –  Two worlds. A queen determined to rule both. Only a teen girl stands in her way. The girl must defeat the queen and bring salvation to two damaged worlds.
  • RJ Vickers – The Fall of Lostport – High-spirited and irresponsible Laina, may not inherit the throne–but she alone can keep her beloved homeland out of the High King’s grasp.
  • Icy Sedwick – The Necromancer’s Apprentice – Will young wizard Jyx’s impatience lead to him taking his education into his own inexperienced hands, and can a necromancer’s apprentice really learn to raise the dead – and control them?
  •  Sharon Gibbs – Bound to Survive – When an evil sorceress and a tyrant lord stand between Christopher and freedom, failure is not an option. An epic tale for fans of fantasy.

Romance: Teen, Sweet and Festive

  • Jacky Gray – New Kid in Town – Blends drama and romance in high school. Snappy, eclectic, and edgy about lives of three girls when a new kid wheels in to their class.
  • Tracey Pedersen – Seven Days to Me – Golding Mining is going from strength to strength under the dedicated management of Stephanie Golding. When she unexpectedly inherited her father’s company, she gave up a whole different life to ‘do the right thing’. Too bad she dreams of returning to a life that has long since slipped through her fingers.
  • Karen Aminadra – Christmas at Longbourn – Join your favorite Pride & Prejudice characters as love comes once again to Longbourn this Christmas.
  • Emily Murdoch – A Christmas Surprise -The Marchwood Christmas Ball is the best change for Lady Audrey, who just turned eighteen, possibly only chance of securing a husband.
  • Joanne Dannon – Christmas Kiss, New Years Wish –  A heartwarming friends to lovers holiday romance for readers who love ice-cream, Christmas and Elvis.
  • Rowanna Green – Death Wishes - An Angel Romance – When Jo Gold dies, all Hell lets loose in Heaven; she must live until her bucket list is fulfilled. Who better to help than a rookie guardian angel? Think Coke Break guy with wings. Yummy! 

Family, Mystery, Kids and Non-Fiction

  • Jean Grainger – So Much Owed – In a turbulent and uncertain world, the birth of two children revitalize a small Irish town and set the stage for a closer look into lives torn asunder by war.
  • Cari Schaeffer – Hello and Goodbye: The Yellow Ribbon Chronicles – Think military life is hard? Try being the wife. Media coverage is glossy. Life is gritty. Share in the courage, loneliness, and triumph military families face as one of their own. Join them now.
  • Libby Kirsch – The Big Lead - New TV reporter Stella Reynolds moves across the country for her chance at a dream job, and her career kicks off when she covers the town’s first murders in years.
  • AK Lakelett – Remember Me? – What happens when your past catches up with you? A dead man; deep hidden secrets of so called love, a classic whodunit set in a small town in Devon.
  • Elena Paige – Hercules Finds His Courage –  Two modern-day children. A pair of old shoes. And a time-traveling adventure. (Age 6-8)
  • Milica Vladova – Build your Immune System Fast – This is what you need after the holidays or before, or both. Get 500 pages of detox and immune boosting recipes. Invest in your health, rejuvenation, beauty, and longevity with the Complete Body Cleansing and Strong Immunity Bundle.

Enjoy snow, festive fun and games, and love, with a visit from Mr Darcy in Christmas at Longbourn!

While their sisters, Jane, Lizzy, and Lydia, married favourably and lived in great style and comfort, Kitty and Mary Bennett remain unmarried and living at Longbourn. 

Kitty, recently jilted, and Mary, overlooked wherever she goes, are thrown together and, through their hurt, they begin to see one another in a whole new light.

With the help of the worst winter storms England has ever seen, they are forced to face their flaws and tackle life head-on, for fear that nothing will ever change for them.

Their greatest fear is to end their days unmarried. 
Yet, this year - with the aid of the ever-deepening snow - they are set to have their best ever Christmas at Longbourn!

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

I finished!

Yippee Skippee!! 😃
Novel no. 11 -- Chosen -- is all ready to head off to the editor 😊
(The drink is hot water. I'm being a good girl ;-) )
Chosen. Born to die.
Jake is being chased. Genetically modified to be the perfect fighting machine, he is officially the property of the Eurician Empire’s military forces—and they want him back. But they're not the only ones. The Alliance resistance faction is also hunting him. Two entities: one wants to use him, the other wants to save him. He must decide who is telling the truth. His life depends on it.

Coming 2018! 😄

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

An excerpt from CHOSEN: a dystopian, genetic engineering, Sci-fi novel

This morning I got out of bed at 5:30am. Not because I'm mad... well... 😉 but because I wanted to get some writing done.
I'm participating in NaNoWriMo this year and I really want to get my latest novel finished by the end of the month. It would be great to have it in your hands by Christmas or the New Year, right?

Here's a little excerpt from what I wrote this morning. Enjoy! x

A lamp clicked on and Jake’s heart jumped in fright. It was a couple of seconds before he realised the old man in the chair, by the window, was the one who turned it on.
In three strides, Hannah was kneeling next to him. She kissed him tenderly on his cheek. “We’re here, Grandpa.”
Is he her grandpa? Jake tried to perceive any family resemblance between them but failed.
“Let me see the boy,” the old man warbled.
One of the black-clad men positioned himself by the door with his ear against it; the other, by the window, peering out of chink that wasn’t quite closed properly.
Hannah beckoned Jake forward.
Tentatively he approached the old man. “Hello.” It was all he could think to say.
The man laughed, “Hello, Jake.”
“How do you know my name?”
Again he laughed. It was a wheezing, rumbling sound as though he had something on his chest. “I know more about you, Jake, than you know about yourself.”
Jake shrugged and snorted bitterly, “With what I’ve learnt lately, I’m not surprised.”
“Come closer.” He waved a wrinkled hand.
Jake shuffled closer and knelt before the man. He smelled of peppermints and medication. It wasn’t a pleasant odour, but Jake didn’t recoil from it either.
“Do you know who I am?”
Jake glanced at Hannah, “Hannah’s grandfather?”
Again, the wheezing laugh which this time terminated in a coughing fit.
Hannah rushed forward and rubbed his back. “Come on now, Grandpa. We don’t want to bring the nurses rushing in here, do we?” She glowered at Jake, “Don’t make him laugh again.”
As if that was my fault! Jake scowled at her.
“No, lad, I’m not Hannah’s grandfather.” He waved her away, seeming irritated by her attention. He leant forward in his chair. “My name is George.”
“Nice to meet you,” Jake smiled at him.
He grinned, his teeth either missing or yellowing. “I wish I could say it was nice to meet you too.”
The smile fell from Jake’s face. “Oh.”
“Oh, don’t take it to heart now.” His head shook slowly from side to side. “I mean no offence.” He took in a deep breath. Sadness was written all over his features. “You’re one of us, that’s what I mean. I wish you weren’t, Jake. I truly wish you weren’t.”
“One of us?”
“Oh, you know by now. You’re one of the chosen. A eugenics soldier.”
Jake felt sick to acknowledge it. “Yes, I know that.” He frowned, “But you?”
“Yes,” the old man’s eyes opened wide. “I’m one too and this,” he opened his arms wide, indicating the room, “is what I have to show for it.”

(c) 2017 Karen Aminadra. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, 5 November 2017



Just in case you didn't know, I am participating in NaNoWriMo.

That's National Novel Writing Month. It says national, but it's international really.

See you at the end of the month! <3

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Word-count tracking

Morning and happy Saturday!

It occurred to me this morning as I sat here tapping away at the keyboard that I don't know how many of you keep an eye on my word-count tracker at the side of this blog.

I use it to let you know that I am making progress. Trust me, I am 😉

But does it make any sense to you?

This one....

.... is a simple bar and you just watch the yellow colour progress across. Not really telling you much, is it?

Whereas this chap....

Christmas at Longbourn


.... Gives you far more information.

So, what I have decided is that I shall use the latter from now on to let you know how things are going.

How are things going, by the way?

Very well indeed. On 31st October I released Christmas at Longbourn. If that's your cup of tea, then hop over to Amazon and pick up your copy.

Chosen, book 1 in my Eugenics Trilogy is coming along nicely. As I write this, the word-count stands at 26, 693 words. 👍💗

...and the new word-count chappie looks like this....

CHOSEN, book 1 in The Eugenics Trilogy

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Very interesting....

Now that is very interesting indeed!
Just as I am about half-way through the first draft of my new sci-fi novel, Chosen to Die, the first to come in a trilogy about Eugenics, Yahoo! news posts this...


Apparently, Vladimir Putin has warned that genetically engineered soldiers would be worse than a nuclear bomb.

Putin said: ‘One may imagine that a man can create a man not only theoretically but also practically.
‘He can be a genius mathematician, a brilliant musician or a soldier, a man who can fight without fear, compassion, regret or pain.
‘As you understand, humanity can enter, and most likely it will in the near future, a very difficult and very responsible period of its existence.
‘What I have just described might be worse than a nuclear bomb.’
Putin warned that nations would have to agree on ethical regulations around the technology, according to the Express.
He warned: ‘When we do something, whatever we do, I want to reiterate it again — we must never forget about the ethical foundations of our work.
Interesting stuff, huh?