My writing process blog hop

Thank you to the lovely and sweet Jo Robinson who tagged me in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Hop.’ I enjoy reading Jo’s blog as her personality and outlook on life really shines through her work. Be sure to follow Jo’s blog here: http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/ and buy her books here: http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/books-international-links/

The idea with this Hop, is to answer a couple of questions about my writing process, and then nominate the blogs of three other writers who inspire me to do the same. If these three choose to Hop along, they would then post their writing process blogs the following week, together with links to this post, and the sites of their three nominees.

The Questions:

  1. What are you working on?

I am always working on various writing projects. I am a freelance writer and write regularly blogs and articles for businesses, as well as updating their website content. It is fun and has me researching the latest industry news about a wide variety of markets.

I am also working on another novel. (To date I have published nine, ready to publish my next one, writing another one and have so many more ideas for more novels, I can’t write fast enough). My recently finished novel which is yet to be published is Destiny Lane. And my new novel, well… I can’t tell you about that yet, it’s a secret. Shh …

And besides the freelance writing and novels, I also write weekly for my beautiful blog and brainstorm new ideas for marketing and promoting my brand – which is me. It is an incredibly fun career, which I would love to one day write a book about.

  1. What have you worked on recently?

My recently finished novel which is yet to be published is Destiny Lane. Read about Destiny Lane here (trust me, you will want to click this). I also wrote content for a business website.

List other writing projects.

  1. Why do you write what you do?

I do not stick to one genre. I like to push myself and see where my imagination takes me in a terms of genres, different characters, scenes and then let my characters create the story. What will happen? I don’t always know. I just put pen to paper and the story begins to come to life.

  1. How does your writing process work?

I obviously have to make time for it. It seems simple, to make time to do what you love. For me, if I ever start to procrastinate I remember the quote – “Remember why you started” and that is living my dreams as a writer. If I stop writing, I stop my dreams. For me, having the focus and dedication to write, equals success.

Writing for me is very simple. I love it. When I try to make it harder than what it is, that is when it does not read well. My process is simple, when it comes to freelance writing, I create a topic, research it, then sit down and write it in one hit. And then I will leave it for a period of time and come back and edit it, reword it, make it even better than the original.

When I write novels, my process is somewhat different due to the extensive amount of time a novel takes. I write, I write, I write, I write. And then I type everything. Because I find the magic of writing through pen to paper and because in the past I have lost whole novel’s due to malfunction’s of computers. I feel comforted that if I write my entire first draft of my novel in (many) notepads, I then have that as a back up if it is ever lost on my computer ever again. So I write, I type and then I go through my novel and change words that when I was writing I could not find the right word I wanted, and instead write BW. Which means – find a better word. And this way I can spend the time afterwards to find those better words rather than stopping the creative process in the initial stage. Then after I fill the gaps, do further research for some specific scenes, even find better names for some of the characters, then I will edit my first draft. And then edit again. Edit again and edit some more. And then I create a groovy front cover image (sometimes I seek a professionals help), format my book for publishing and before I hit publish, I create a marketing campaign over a certain specific timeframe. This might all sound, I don’t know, a bit crazy. But the truth is, I love it. I love every part of the process.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the ins and outs of my writing process. What is your process for your dream career?

Below are my three nominees to continue this blog hop:

Isabella Louise Anderson – This blogger has been with me from the beginning. Doing an interview with me for my novel Entice Me and then publishing my press release for Destiny Lane and interviewing all the authors who I co-authored with on 8 Slices of Cake, which appeared in my magazine, Imagine This. If I could say two words it would be, thank you! And now she has published her first novel as well. So please do support her and read her new book! http://chicklitgoddess.com/

Yvonne McEvaddy – who is from Ireland and is absolutely the sweetest although you may not know it when you read she writes thrillers. Yvonne was one of the talented women who co-authored in 8 Slices of Cake with me. And whose writing I could never stop reading.  Follow her blog here and read her books! https://sites.google.com/site/yvonnemcevaddy/home

Lisa Day - This woman has talent. Another writer who co-authored in 8 Slices of Cake and with other books published to her name. Sensual, action packed novels plus her real comedic personality is someone I will always hold dear. http://lisaday.weebly.com/whats-this-blog

Use online content to boost your business

As seen in Women in Focus.

As a freelance business writer,Melanie Toye knows all too well the importance of having regular, easy-to-read content on a website.

“By having regular content on your website, such as articles and blogs. Viewers begin to find your website through search engines. The more content they read, the more they trust the voice of the content, which is the online brand for your business,” said Melanie.

Read the rest of the article here:

https://www.womeninfocus.com.au/docs/DOC-3507#.U7x15PmSy5o

About ‘Destiny Lane’ by Melanie Toye

Many of you have been wanting to know about what I have been working on. Read about Destiny Lane and tell me what you think:

“The ‘why am I here’ question pops into my head and just as swiftly disappears. I feel no fear, no pain and no sadness. What world could portray this? I am flying now. All movement is effortless. I feel like I have been flying every day of my life. I do not have to think about how to fly, I just fly. Another magical trait this world offers.” ~ Excerpt from Destiny Lane by Melanie Toye

Imagination

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Imagine a world where having what you want is readily and immediately available. A pure and innocent world that is only accessible by very few, through their dreams.

Destiny Lane is an imaginative and captivating world, filled with friendships, new experiences, out of this world abilities and love interests. When Sara falls asleep, she realises Destiny Lane – her dream world – is real.

Sara has to wrap her mind around new concepts that she has never had to consider before. A world with no money, using the mind to create what one wants and the default emotion of peace. In the meantime, Sara’s life on Earth is below par. Sara is a head-hunter for a modelling agency, Mode Appeal. She seems to have lost her zest for the direction of her career. When Sara starts to explore other avenues, she discovers her real talent is in architecture.

To assist Sara in her current challenges, Sara’s past lives are revealed to her. Life as a princess and an army leader aid in uncovering the answers. Will she choose the same man she loved in a past life that had her killed? And will she use her leadership skills to try and save Destiny Lane from corruption?

Sara is faced with several hard decisions. A love life which only fits into one world. One world she must leave forever. And to be a leader and fight for the survival of Destiny Lane.

Enter this fantasy world through Sara’s dreams and see the magnificence of such a place that is heaven-like. Witness the power of angels, the in-between – a place between one world and the next, plus an array of other fantasy elements that will blow your mind.

By Sara’s life experience in Destiny Lane, she learns to have the confidence to live the life she has always dreamed of, on Earth.

This explosive read is light, moving and thought-provoking. It takes fantasy fiction to a new level.

Follow Melanie Toye on Facebook to keep up to date on when Destiny Lane is published.

A writer’s break = dancing fun

A writer typically sits down to craft their art. Now its hitting winter in Australia. My hands are getting ice-cold and I am finding it hard to type. Also let’s face it, I have so much energy due to the exciting story ideas going around in my head. I need to let it out.

Here is one awesome way I take a break. Not only will it get your heart rate up, it’s only four minutes out of your time and will get you pumped and ready to keep writing. Need a break, or just something to motivate you to begin, then do this. Don’t just watch it. Dance! Nobody is watching. It is just you in the study, dancing your heart out for four minutes. Follow the moves and if you don’t get the moves, make your own. This will put a smile on your face, even if you are in your pajama’s. And in winter, it will warm up your fingers to get you typing in no time!

Need a break from sitting down and writing, take four minutes. Do it now. Go on, have some fun!!

I am still breathless after dancing and writing this, but  I feel awesome!!

The beauty that beholds us everyday

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I am grateful that I find myself either behind my glass window that looks out into the back yard or even perhaps I am standing out in the yard. When my body times it perfectly to ensure I watch the sunset every day.

And every day I smile in awe, as new landscape is presented to me. The sun shines through my tall trees before it finally frees itself and shines brightly from the depths of the sky. Watching this, warms my soul.

It makes me stop and cherish this wondrous moment.

I am grateful for the beauty that the natural world showcases me every day without fail. Even on a wintery cloudy day. If I dress in my winter woollies and go for a walk. I still find fallen treasures from the tree branches. Still, in their moment of beauty.

I am thankful for the world I live in and how each day, it sparks my inner world, where for one moment I am still and connected to the natural world.

 

If failure is not an option, then one must succeed

 

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It all began with a dream and by jumping into every opportunity. I have to say my dream chaser journey has ended and my reality of living my dreams has begun.

Its uncanny though, how if I really look at it, I was always living my dreams. It was simply my mindset that I had to change from chasing my dreams to living them.

I pictured how this day would feel every day of my adult life.

As my writing career began. It has now officially transferred from hobby to business. Although I have acted as if it was a business from day one. Overtime with the proven growth of my clientele skill improvement and never-ending focus of my achievement. The day has finally arrived.

My belief in myself to never give up in myself and my truest destiny for life has come back to give me a pat on the back. And a tick towards another milestone. Although I know a dream big enough has many milestones, big and small achieved to get me to this point. I am so proud of this moment and excited that my determination to keep pushing myself has been worth the effort. But I guess when you know you can never give up on your dreams, failing is not an option. Failure is truly a perception, if one step does not go ahead as planned, you review and re-plan, and make another step. Eventually you will make it.

It is incredible, to have something I have envisioned as something I would achieve in the future, to have achieved now. It feels awesome, amazing, life changing. And it is.

And the best part is, I have so much more I want to accomplish. And I know, soon enough, I will.

Dream

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Believing in untruth before realising trying is the best part

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As a child grows, they are required to learn new skills and abilities. Walking, talking, even toilet training. As one becomes an adult, we fill our lives with so much, it can be easy to forget that we need to keep learning and growing too. I love to learn and grow. I love to learn about new interests and skills all the time.

I used to think I was not very talented in the area of painting. Recently I wondered, ‘why not give it a try? Why not create a piece that will make me smile?’ That perceived notion that I was no good at painting, immediately dissapated, as I sketched out the painting I intented to create. And me as a sketcher, is sketchy at best. For too long, I have told myself I was not good enough. For too long, I told myself, I could not do it. But once I set to work on my first painting, all those false lies fell to the waist side.

What have you been telling yourself for years that you are not talented enough to do?

What if you gave yourself another chance? Would the action of the activity, be enough to remind you, its in the action that is fulfilling. When faced with something you cannot do, when you start to do it, there is a moment where your mind registers and says, “Hey, I am doing this! And I am loving it.” And that is the most joyous thing, you can give yourself. A smile. Appreciation. Awe at what you have achieved.

What have you been missing out all these years because you simply said, you were not good enough?

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