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A Little Proving Time (Author Toolbox Blog Hop)

You’ve finished that mammoth, first draft, and now what? If you’re anything like me, you’re on a high and want to dive straight in with the edits, however, this may not be the best process for you just as it isn’t for me. I do my best editing when my work has been left for a few weeks. I call this the proving period.

I work best when I can detach from my WIP for a few weeks, but I am not here to tell you what you are doing is right or wrong, just to offer my two pence on what works for me.

Pros of a Proving Period

  • You can come back to your WIP and start editing with an objective set of eyes. It can be easy to skirt over errors when your brain knows what the sentence ‘should’ say.
  • A break will help prevent burn out. We all need a chance to recoup, and writing really can be a draining process.
  • You have the opportunity to focus on something else. This allows those creative juices to keep flowing on another project.

Cons of a Proving Period

  • You may prefer to have your storyline fresh in your mind as you head into the edits.
  • It makes the whole process longer. Writing is not a short process anyway, so a proving period certainly doesn’t help speed up editing.
  • If you are easily distracted, a long proving process could see you heading into other projects and not wanting to return to the dreaded edits.

I definitely benefit from a proving period. I prefer to dip into other projects before I edit my work. The objectivity is also a big plus for me.


Do you leave your WIP to prove before you edit? Do you have any tips and tricks for improving the editing process?


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Book Review: Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks 3/5

Elliot is terrified of almost everything. From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day.

It’s Christmas Eve, there’s a snowstorm and Elliot’s medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She’ll only be 10 minutes – but shen she doesn’t come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 400 metres away. It might as well be 400 miles…

Review:

There’s anxiety, then there is Elliot’s anxiety. As a mother, the level of his fear broke my heart. Even a fear of certain colours crippled him with anxiety.

I enjoyed the prose and writing style in this book. Brooks has a way of writing believably through the eyes of a child, and a terrified child at that.

The narrative is of a terrified boy, Elliot, who has to face his extreme fears and anxiety in search of his mother who hasn’t returned who from the pharmacy.


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Book Promo Update: creative Writing Prompts for Kids

If you saw my post yesterday, you’ll know that I have a creative writing prompts book for kids available from Amazon. I have decided to offer this book for free for 5 days, so anyone who thinks it will benefit their children during self isolation or homeschooling can grab a copy at no cost.

Get your free copy here: 50 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids


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Book Promo: 50 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids by K.J. Chapman

With the current state of the world, a lot of us are now having to take on the role of teacher, and I know it can be daunting to find ways to encourage our children to learn at home. That is why I wanted to share my creative writing prompts for kids book with you. It is currently just 99p/ 99c on Amazon, and a great way to get your kids inspired to write and tell stories.

Get your copy here: 50 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids


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Book Review: Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman

Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman 5/5

Loyal Creatures is the deeply moving story of war horse Daisy and her 16-year-old owner Will, sent from the Australian outback to the gruelling Middle Eastern campaign of the First World War. Their skill in finding water is vital to their regiment in the desert, but their devotion to each other is what keeps them alive in an overwhelmingly hostile environment. Is their unwavering loyalty enough to determine their destiny?

Review:

A powerful tale about the Australian Lighthorse Brigade in World War One. Frank is just a boy when he signs up with his Dad and Daisy, his trusty horse. This is a story of friendship and loyalty between men and animals.

Although the writing style makes this an easy, quick read, I can’t believe this is a middle grade book as the ending was so gut wrenching and sob inducing for me. Loyal creatures indeed, and such a tragic end for them.

I appreciate the honesty in this story and how there really is no happy ending in war.


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K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review


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First Draft: Crafting Antagonists

In last week’s episode, I covered crafting protagonists, so I couldn’t very well forget about the other side of the coin, the thorn in our protagonist’s shoe… the antagonist.

I enjoy crafting antagonists. As a reader, I love to read a well rounded antagonist, and I look to recreate that in my own stories.

Here are my tips on crafting antagonists:

Motive

I believe this is a vital point. A villain believes they are the hero of their own story, right? Let the reader know why your antagonist is the ‘bad’ guy of the narrative.

Their reasoning can be skewed or a twisted version of what is right, but it is still a motive.

History/ Back Story

What in their history led them to this moment? This closely links in with motive. What turn of events/ incidents made them believe that what they are doing is right? It can be a lot of little moments that finally broke them, or one major trauma. As long as you show the reader the why, they will more readily accept your antagonist.

Believability

Just like I explained in the crafting protagonists post, your antagonist needs to have realistic flaws and good traits. An angry man, hell bent on world domination with no hobbies, loves, or other interests is like a stereotypical, cartoon villain. Just like your protagonist, your antagonist’s motivation can be love. It may be twisted, but it is love all the same. Every person has light and dark in them.


Do you like crafting your antagonists? What are your tried and tested tips to achieving a well rounded, believable character?


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Teaser Tuesday

CampNaNo started yesterday, so I am hoping for a fab selection of teasers to choose from over the next month. Today’s teaser is from yesterday’s mini writing session.

Pop by tomorrow for more information on the upcoming blog series!


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Character Interview: Ezrahli

Are you ready to meet Ezrahli, my anti heroine of epic proportions? Thrown to The Blue was my ‘flowing out of my fingertips’ book. I have only a few notes and just rolled with the inspiration. Ezrahli oozed out.

This post corresponds with a free promo on Thrown to The Blue on Amazon. Get your copy today.

Interview:

Is anti heroine a good summise of you?

Well, I am no heroine. Make of that what you please.

Does it bother you that you are feared rather than respected?

I would suggest that opinions of me are subjective. It depends who you ask.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Strong, realistic, and… fragmented.

Fragmented? In a good way?

Is there a good way for such a thing? Shattered through experiences beyond my control. Rebuilt by sheer determination. Now, determination is mine and mine alone.

What would you say is your worst trait?

My temper has seen men killed.

Your best trait?

I know how to get what I want.

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EVO Nation Series

I’m thrilled to welcome more new followers to Writerly Bookish Stuff, and this 4 week promo series of my books couldn’t have come at a better time. My second, official blog series starts on April 10th, so I had 4 weeks spare to get a little shameless self promotion posts out there.

First up is my trilogy of books, my first complete series, EVO Nation Series.

You can find my books on my Amazon author page. And guess what???? I have a massive promo running. EVO Nation is free for five days (13th- 17th). Go and grab your copy!

This series will always hold a special place in my heart as it is my first completed series. I love my characters, and ending book 3 felt like I was saying goodbye to good friends.

Praise for EVO Nation:

K.J.Chapman has done what I was afraid to attempt, and the results were pretty spectacular.’ – Goodreads review.

The themes explored add a depth to this story while the narrative grips from start to finish unapologetically.’ – Goodreads review.

I absolutely love this book!!! I could not put it down and read it in two sittings. – Amazon review.

An amazingly written novel that drew me in with both an incredible writing style and captivating story line.’ – Amazon review.


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5 UNDERRATED SPOOKY BOOKS TO BINGE READ THIS HALLOWEEN

Wow, what a great shout out for Zombie Playlist on hjbookblog. Head over and click that follow button for all things bookish.

So as Halloween’s just around the corner I thought of making a list of some of my absolute favorite books to get you ready for the spookiest day of the year.

Here I have compiled a list of 5 books, each belonging to a different sub-genre. These books are underrated but are bound to overwhelm you. And I cannot recommend them enough!

  1. Three Little Words by J. M. Robson: It is a Horror-Thriller novel with a solid back-story that made me fall in love with the book instantly. Here Robson, weaves an amazingly original story with the elements of horror, mystery, thrill and romance. This book is sinister and is bound to haunt you for some time.

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2. Ember Burning  by Jennifer Alsever: Ember Burning is…

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