Thursday, October 27, 2016

Guest Post: The Writing Process by Serena Kearney, author of Curse Frames plus #Giveaway

Writing Process by Serena Kearney
I may have a convoluted way of how I write, I don’t know, but everyone is different and that’s what makes all authors awesome.
Now, do I write as I go or do I plan out the plots and settings?
I write as I go, but then it turns into some planning. Sometimes an idea gets in my head and I have to write it down. I think of this girl and this boy and then there past and personalities and I’m like, ooh, that’s good. Then I start to think of their dialogue and how they meet and when it gets to that part I’m like, I have to write this down.
So on random days, I pull out my laptop and start typing out the story. The beginning is kind of easy, especially if I’ve been thinking about it and what happens.
Now, when that gets written down, I’m happy, but lost. There’s always a point where I start to write that after that I’m like, crap, now where does it go? Almost... every. time. And then I think maybe this is why people plot it out (lol).
So then, I have to stop and think about what I want.
What am I going to gain with their story? Where do I want to see them? What is their twist? Their struggle? Where do you want them to be in the end? If I think of an ending, sometimes that’s better, because I know where I want them, now I have to think of how they get there.
Sometimes I have an impossible twist and I want to get it there, but I can’t without the story ending up like crap to me. When I’m reading a book, especially one with a twist I didn’t see coming, I always think to myself, damn it, why can’t I make it flow like that? And I love the author even more. One example that got me floored was Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I was a little late in the game and that was the first book I read by her and when that twist and ending came, I was completely and utterly shocked and surprised. And then I know it’s a good book when I go back to reread scenes and put it all together. And then I’m just like... wow, that was amazing. It’s rare for authors to portray that and when they do, I completely admire them for it.
Writing and putting in twists takes a lot of effort and to make it flow flawlessly, well, that’s a talent in and of itself.
I’m still working to where I can have that, little by little, but sometimes, when I read my stories, I surprise myself... where did I come up with that? That phrasing? Those sentences? That scene?

And in those moments, I give myself a little pat on my back to working more towards my goals.

Cursed Frames
Serena Kearney

(Scarred Bullet #2)
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: Action, New Adult, Romance

He’s been there to help through it all.
Every touch, every sound, and every breath.
I was starting to get better. I was starting to live again the way a normal girl should. That is until we graduated college and life got in the way.
I didn’t think I would see Dem Dabbs again, at least I hoped I would soon, because now I’m falling back. I’m back into my habits. I don’t think I’m strong enough, but somehow, I have.
I’m living on autopilot… until I get that hope back.
I can see him.
Will it be the same? Will we pick up where we left off?
Will his touch bring me back to normal?
Or does he need me more than I need him?

Sequel to:


Author Bio:
I am a Leo. Born August 10, living on the east coast. I self-published my first novel, PNEUMA, November 2014, and it's hasn't stopped since.
One of my biggest problems was having too much to read. Now my newfound problem; having too much to write and not enough hands to type it out. Not enough brains to put the stories together fast enough. Not enough tea or coffee to keep me awake 24/7.

So, like every normal person, I have to take it one day at a time.
My cravings for sweets keep me going, any sort of cakes (especially red velvet), pies, cookies, and ice cream.
I have a cat named Bongo-Bongo, who loves to get in my way when I'm trying to work, but is too cute for me to fight him off.
And then I have my family, specifically my husband, who puts up with my endless nights, my tapping of the keyboard, my ridiculous imagination, and yet, he always encourages me to believe in myself and follow my dreams.