December is already here! Sneaked up on me….Finals are around the corner so I have been quite busy. I don’t have much to say right now…but I’ll think of something!
Oh yeah, to everyone who’s been reading my short fictions stories, I thank you!!!! I promise that after finals, I will write the second part to UNFAITHFUL, since i am getting lots of requests for the next part. Thanks for reading and supporting me..that motivates me to keep writing. You guys are awesome!!!!!
Ok well, that’s all for now!
Have a blessed week!
NOVEMBER IS HERE!
wow time really flies, if you ask me. I just want it to fly a little bit more faster until May. lol. (graduation) Anyway, I am glad that a lot of people have decided to go back to their roots and to go natural.I officially did te bid chop (fade) June 30th, 2010, so it has been 4 months since I have been natural and my hair is growing healthy. I am excited about the journey and the growth along the way, but to all the newbies, make sure you take care of it. Weekly, wash, condition and keep it moistirized. I have thick hair that gets dry really quick, so I constantly have to moistirize it. Some people ask me what I use here are the main products I use that works well for me. It may be different for you.
Organic Root Stimulator products:
Hair Mayonnaise Conditioner
Lock and Twist Gel
Cantu Shea butter cream
Cantu rinse out conditioner
Cantu leave in conditioner
For the most part, those are mostly what I use…and Hawawin silk gel every now and then! Being natural is the best thing that has ever happened to my hair…haha
I have no further comments about this for now. But apparently one of Bishop Eddie Long’s accusers spoke up last night! The truth will be revealed soon. May God be with them!!! Watch the video and drop you thoughts!
This is just sad….speechless. Hope he can fight through it if it is false because this lady is convinced that he committed sexual acts with those young men.
TONE (first person, second, third etc..)
Style- Which use of language are you using?
Plot- Organization of events that will take place in the story
Setting- Time and place the story takes place.
Theme- Main idea behind the story. The meaning.
-Write, Write,Write anytime, anywhere!
-Write what you like to read.
-Always develop your ideas in writing it OUT, don’t leave it in your head or you’ll forget.
-Think of people in your life that could help you create your characters. (Think of their personalities and build up from there).
-Don’t get ahead of yourself. (don’t skip and write the last chapter when you’re only in the first chapter).
-Write everyday, the more you write, the better and faster!
-Push yourself to write more words each day until you become a writing machine.
-DEVELOP the conflict and make it clear. (make sure it is an actual conflict that will have your readers wanting to find out how the conflict will be solved.) Keep them wondering and reading.
-Revise. (As annoying as it is, revision is a must.)
-Have a friend or two read your manuscript, it helps if they are not writers so you can get a better opinion about the story overall and not just your grammatical errors.
-Edit your own work!!!!!!! Edit before sending it out.
So how much do writers REALLY make???
So, it’s been brought to my attention or I’ve heard a lot about authors making big bucks once they sign a contract. So I wanted to post about it as well after doing some research. To summarize my research in one paragraph, a lot of people think that all authors get big advance checks of $50, 000 or more. Well, some do, but all that money isn’t handed to you all at once. Advances can run between$ 2,000- 20,000 or $50, 000 depending on the size of the publishing company. You must know that all that money doesn’t come in your hands all at ONCE. For example, let’s say a new author signs with big publishing company and signs a contract with a $50, 000 advance against royalties. You get half of it, then the other half once the book is released. BUT, if you have an agent (most do), the agent gets %15, which is about $7,500, the government will get about $15, 000, and you need part of the money to go towards expenses such as promotion, shipping, and office supplies which will probably be about 1,500. So it comes down to about $25, 000-27,000, which is considered pretty good for new authors. So until your books sells and equals the amount of your advance, you won’t be getting more than that unless you’re also getting foreign right royalties or have more than 1 book out a year. Advances are non returnable, so you won’t owe any money to the publisher if your book doesn’t earn out the rest of the advance. Now once your book sells more than the advance, then you start getting royalties checks quarterly or twice a year between % 7 to %10.
So writers don’t write for the money as you can see! They do it because they love it. I know I do it because I can’t see myself doing anything else. I love to write and it brings me satisfaction, joy and makes me happy! So don’t quit your day job yet (lol) until you have about three books out, and make a decent income! I don’t have a day job, but I am a student, so don’t worry, I’ll stay in school.