DWC: Daily Writing Challenge

I am freaking excited!

I am ecstatic!

Alright, so I spent the majority of my life…procrastinating. I know it. I’ve always known it. I think it stems from when I was a child and I would read like crazy and I would put everything off. I didn’t mind not getting anything done. I just wanted to escape the woes of the world and read the rest of my life away. I believe that this greatly instilled in me an sense of timelessness. Around me, I built a wall of  ‘I can do it later, right now I’m reading‘ and no one corrected me.

Now, as an adult, I find that I can be productive and do this. I often times put off things that aren’t as important to do things that are. This is funny because recently I watched a TedTalk (I believe) that said productive procrastinators are a thing!

One thing that I’ve found I do is write very spontaneously. I get the urge to write and I can bang out 10,000 words in one sitting. Then, I wouldn’t write for days, sometimes even weeks. That’s just crazy to me.

This past year, I’ve made some connections that have really made me think about my goals as a writer. I knew that if I ever wanted to achieve my dreams, especially within my time line, I would have to start taking things seriously. I know that I want to pitch my current WIP during PitchWars this August. In order to do that, I need to make some changes over the next few months and also for the future. I came up with DWC, logically named, the Daily Writing Challenge. Heehee.

I planned to do it for 30 days, to start. I’m currently in day 17. I am not just counting words written for my current WIP, Phoenix, though. I am also counting things that I write that are not so creative. Speeches, reviews, reports for school, etc. If I am using my brain to write, at all, I am counting the words.

To me, this helps keep the momentum going, especially on days that I can’t write creatively. It’s worked beautifully. Using Google Sheets, I’ve created a worksheet grid that shows how much I am writing every day. I have it filtered to add the sum of words everyday and also the average. I have written 20,805 words (that I’ve logged) so far and I have an average of 1,300 words a day. I know that to a seasoned writer, this doesn’t seem like that big of a deal but to me it’s amazing. Without NaNoWriMo in November (wrote 50k+) and CampNaNo in April (Wrote 15k+), I don’t usually get in that many words in a month.

So yes, I plan to write every single day and let the majority of words be on my current WIP. I plan to update more, write reviews more and to also update you all on DWC!

Good Writtance,

Jade

Book Review: Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis

Hello,

I know that I need to begin uploading more reviews. I actually have a few that I need to write. I just had exams coming up for school and I really wanted to focus on that. Obviously, as I am about to write one for you now, that didn’t deter me completely. So here goes.

I have to admit, I am already in love with James Patterson as a writer. I just have never read any of his stories made for the more adult audience. I read (and actually have) the entire Angel serious novels with Max, Fang and the gang and I have loved it ever since I discovered it before highschool (I think it was before). Anyway, so I didn’t think that I WOULDN’T like the novel, I just didnt’ know what to expect.

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Invisible by both Patterson and David Ellis is, hands down, one of the best novels I’ve ever read in all of my life. The relationship between the characters. The description of the U.S. and the laughter in the killer’s “voice” as he mocked his ‘subjects’. It all meshed together so beautifully that I didn’t mind that the novel, in all it’s parts, was in first person. The twists and turns, the parts that I laughed at that no sane human would dare, the bloody details that would make anyone cringe; it was all very note worthy and well played. The crazy thing is that I fell in love with the killer’s character. The killers straight forwardness in the story, the want to express himself to his peasants, the nonchalant way the killings were addressed. It resonated with me and I couldn’t help but notice how beautifully worked the character’s personality and intricacies are.

If you were to ask anyone who’d been around me while reading the novel they’d definitely agree that I enjoyed it. I couldn’t contain my respect for the author’s ingenuousness. It seemed that every time I cracked the book open I didn’t want to put it down. Honestly, I almost didn’t want to finish it because I was afraid that I might not like the ending…I wanted to stay in this little bubble of when the book was amazing. AND I’M GLAD I DID! The ending was definitely a vital part of my respect for Patterson and Ellis. That little twist that did me in! I hope that my coworker never wants to read the novel because I was so excited I had to tell someone! I ruined everything and told her the plot twists, how the story turned out and everything. (I just had to backspace because I realized I’d given away a part of the book and I definitely don’t want to spoil it for you).

I definitely recommend this book to anyone. It doesn’t matter the genre you usually read. This would fit on anyone’s shelf, hey! I read romance and it blew me away. If you have read this novel or decide to read it comment below. Let me know what you are thinking or how you felt about the novel? Did you just LOVE Emmy as much as I did? Does Books seem like a story time hunk to you?

Anyway, bye for now! I’m definitely going to look further into James Patterson, the adult side. You never know, you might find a bunch of book reviews from him after this…I also want to check out David Ellis. I had never heard of him before this but if he had anything to do with this novel I definitely want to learn more.

Jade

P.S. I just realized that “definitely” is probably my favorite word when writing book reviews.