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Getting Into My 2022 Writing Routine

I am currently editing one WIP and writing another. I know some writers say it’s a big no no to work on two projects, but I like to be able to flit between the two for a break, especially from editing.

My writing routine was very hit and miss in 2021, but I am definitely planning on a little more structure this year. I am an early morning worker. My youngest child gets me up between 5-6am . I procrastinate too much in the evenings, so when the kids settle down with breakfast and cartoons, that’s when I’ll fit in a writing sprint or some editing.

Do you have a strict or relaxed writing routine? Has it changed for 2022?

I just want to take this time to say that writing routines are unique and if your current chapter of life doesn’t allow you time to have a set routine, that’s okay! Write when you can. As long as words get written, what does it matter?


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How My Writing Process Has Changed Over the Years

I’m currently writing my first draft of a new WIP, and couldn’t help but think back to my early drafting days when I was labouring over EVO Nation. My process is different today, but that is mainly because as a new writer I thought I had to work a certain way, but over the years, I have found my OWN way.

Here are some of the ways in which my writing process has changed:

  • I used to write every little detail about my narrative that popped in my head into a notebook. My EVO Nation series notebooks are bulging. As the years have progressed I only jot down things I really need to remember. I don’t keep a notebook of names I like anymore or music playlists. My Zombies and Budgie Smugglers notes filled just an A4 piece of paper.
  • I don’t class myself solely as a pantser anymore. I used to think I had to stick to one way of writing like a religion. ‘I mean, how can I be taken seriously when my writing process changes like the wind?’ Now, I still regard myself as a pantser, but if I need to plot some chapters, I will.
  • I used to think I had to know everything about my character before starting the draft. Now, I let them tell me who they are when I’m drafting. It is also perfectly fine to not describe your character in great detail. I used to want the reader to see my characters exactly how I do. It’s fine to give them some hints and let them use their imagination for the rest.
  • Avoiding tropes like the plague used to be a huge deal for me. It was actually during writing EVO Nation that I finally told myself that genre tropes are fine, as long as you make them your own. I read certain genres for certain tropes, so why steer clear of them when I’m writing just because some people say ‘tropes are bad or lazy’.
  • I used to guilt myself into writing daily. It’s not always possible for me to do that now, and word counts have become the devil’s work to me. I write when I get the chance and that’s perfectly fine. I write to relax and deadlines and word counts made it stressful.

Whether you agree with my process or not is a matter of style, but I hope this post goes to show that our processes will change as we grow as writers, and the best advice any writer can have is to write for yourself, how you want, when you want, and for whatever reason you want!


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A Little About Me

I have had quite a few new followers in the last few months, so I wanted to do a little post about me and my books to kick start the New Year.

I’m a 34 year old author of urban fantasy, fantasy, and zombie horror. I’m Cornish born and bred, and I live in Cornwall with my husband and 2 children.

If I’m not writing, I’m reading. You will be sure to find writerly musings and book reviews on my blog. Not forgetting, links to my free promos (the end of every month 28th- 30th).

You can find my books via these links:

EVO Nation Trilogy:

EVO Nation Series : 1,2, &3

Thrown to The Blue

Thrown to The Blue Book 1

Zombie Playlist:

Zombie Playlist

Prompt Me: 150 Writing for Beating the Block

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50 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids

50 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids


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A Change to the Schedule

After I had included a monthly Author Toolbox Blog Hop post in my 2021 scheduling post, the founder of the Blog Hop announced that she will no longer be continuing for 2021.

I have decided to stick to the schedule, but replace a blog hop post with some of my writerly musing (that’s basically what Author Tool Box Blog Hop is anyway).

I hope you pop by for those posts. I will aim for the 15th of each month.


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Christmas Book Release Dates

I am always interested in the varying release dates for Christmas books. Some release in October, some at Thanksgiving time, or even early December, and after looking a little more into it, there definitely isn’t a set ‘this release date works best’ formula.

For this post I turned to the fabulous author and reader community of Instagram. I wanted to ask readers themselves what release dates they preferred, and here are the results:

The majority picked that they prefer Christmas books to be released at the end of October- early November, but that option only just beat the end of November release date. I reckon we should say mid November would be best as a compromise, right?

However, judging by these results, a December release is much too late for most readers.


I don’t know if you are as fascinated by these types of things as me, but if you are looking to release a book this Christmas, I hope this post may have been of some help when choosing the most effective date.


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My Writing & Blogging 2020 Plans

As I go forward into 2020, I am trying to prioritise my writing and everything that is part of that parcel. 2019 wasn’t my most productive in regards to my writing, and part of the reason was my blog series deadlines. If I say I’m doing a series for 10 weeks, I will stick to my promise even if that means my writing projects going on the back burner. In 2019, I did 40 weeks in total! That was fine for 2019, as I couldn’t do as much writing with my young son in tow, but now he is a toddler, and I have a little more time, I need to reorganise the workload.

That reorganisation is ensuring I put my writing first. I would like to publish my Zombies and Budgie Smugglers novella this year, and that means serious editing time.

I need to get back into the saddle and remember that my blog and social media accounts are a by-product of my writing goals, not the other way around.

So, what does that mean for Writerly Bookish Stuff?...

Firstly, I will not be posting any topical blog series this year.

Secondly, book reviews will continue as and when I finish books.

Thirdly, I will, of course, post any information in regards to my books, new releases, and promotions etc.

Finally, I will post one writerly post a month (to correpsond with #authortoolboxbloghop) on every 3rd Wednesday of the month.


I hope to have much more news on my Zombies and Budgie Smugglers novellas to post throughout 2020, and I want to thank all my readers for coming on the journey with me. I hope you stick around to see what I can achieve this year!


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My 2019 Goals

2018 was a pretty lax year as far as my books and writing goes. I gave birth to my second child in May, so I didn’t go into 2018 with many goals other than tending to my little humans.

I feel like I can be a little more productive with all things bookish and writerly in 2019. My goals are achievable with some hardwork and forward planning, so I shall start as I mean to go on…

1. Set up a review squad for all future ARCs.

My main focus will be Amazon reviews. I’m looking into efficient ways to boost reviews and find reliable reviewers for old and new books.

Actually, this is already set up on my blog and on Linktree, but I haven’t promoted it yet. Watch this space in the very near future.

2. Finish getting EVO Ghost and Zombie Playlist in print.

I am 3/4 of the way to finalising this. I just haven’t had the time to put in to perfecting the paperbacks, so I left it until I did. I want it done right, after all.

3. Signed copies.

I shall be doing limited amounts of signed copies of my books at different times throughout the coming year. There will be some giveaways thrown in too.

4. Finish the first draft of my new zombie novella.

This is totally doable. I know the tone of the narrative and voices of the characters, so that’s me set. I hope to finish the first draft in the first 1/4 of 2018.

The cover is ready!!! No doubt there will be a reveal in due course. I think I might do a cover and title reveal at the same time.

5. Pick up where I left off on my Indigo Flame novel book 2, The Red Archer.

This novel is much more time consuming, so I’m realistic in thinking completion of the first draft in 2018 might be a stretch. Time will tell.

6. Schedule my blog series.

I’m planning to schedule 4 series in blocks of ten weeks. There will be a few weeks break in between each, but I will constantly post book reviews and monthly updates.

My first series is related to one of my books, Prompt Me. This starts Wednesday Jan 2nd. I will also start a regular Teaser Tuesday feature on Tuesday Jan 8th. Book reviews will be posted on Fridays, and Sundays will be my sharing days, whether that be blogs I like, Instagrammers worth a follow etc.


Those are my plans so far. Once I start checking some off of my list, I shall think about new plans and goals, but I’ve got enough to be cracking on with.

What are your goals for 2018?


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Writerly Bookish Me

I have quite a few new followers of late, so I thought I do a quick post to tell you who I am and what I write.

I’m known as K.J to most due to my author name, K.J.Chapman, but my name is Kayleigh. I’m a 32 year old mother of two (one is just 5 months young), and I am a self published author of 5 books.

I particularly like to write in the urban fantasy and fantasy genres, not forgetting the zombie off-shoot of the horror genre.

This blog is dedicated to all things writerly and bookish, and I make all my book related announcements through here.

Currently, I am dedicating Wednesdays to my Writerly Wisdom posts for author quotes and tips. Book reviews are posted as and when I finish a book, and the last Friday of every month is an update post on my writing life.

Thank you to my new followers for joining me, and thanks to my old followers for sticking around.


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My Writing Plans

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This post is more of an update to let you all know what is going on with my writing projects right now. I have three unfinished projects and one idea floating around in my head. That being said, I’m not planning on solely focussing on any one of them. I am a week overdue with a baby who seems very comfy where he is. I have distanced myself a little from my WIPs because the last thing I want to do is get even more invested in the narratives and have to take a big step back when baby number 2 arrives. Instead, I am organising my notes and research. This will be my process for the next few months: Notes and research and more notes and research. That way, I stay in touch with my WIPs, but don’t have to fully commit to any hardcore writing time. In truth, I desperately need to organise and sort the stories in my head.

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On a different note, I am pleased to say that all three covers for my WIPs are in the final design stages. It may be a long while before I reveal them, but just having them raring to go and looking awesome will be great motivation when I get back some writing time.

For now, I shall be taking a little blog hiatus and will try to persuade this baby to make an appearance. Take care, folks.


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