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Guest Post: Why Do You Need to Plan Before Writing?

Hello readers! I’ve been busy ramping up for National Novel Writing Month. Molly Miranda #3 is, of course, the project I’ll be focusing on and I’m so excited about it. I’ve only tried NaNoWriMo once before and it didn’t go very well, but that was before I had two novels under my belt. I also have a detailed outline going in this time that is certain to help. I’ve been doing a lot of planning, so this guest post came at a perfect time. Talk soon! -Jillianne


Working on buzzessay.com, I always wonder why novices underestimate the importance of planning. Perhaps this is the consequence of a rush, when the writer is full of ideas and anticipates great things. In this state, how can planning – such a little nuance – prevent the future per wizard from creating his first masterpiece?

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The Lazy Historian

I’ve never been one for not biting off more than I can chew.

My newest project, in addition to my long list of other projects, is The Lazy Historian. While researching Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire and its sequel, I fell back in love with history. I mean, I never stopped loving history, but I got really, really into it again. The main difference in how I used to view history and how I view it now is the vastness of what I want to know. For many years, I only cared about England in the 1500s. That’s it. I’ve recently expanded my knowledge base to include art history, French Revolution history, Georgian and more. I want to know everything.

Well, almost everything. My interest is still limited to western Europe for the most part, but I’m even finding Civil War history interesting these days. I am thinking I will take a stab at writing non-fiction after Molly Book 2 is out. We shall see.


Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 1.56.35 PMSpeaking of the Molly Miranda sequel, readers will be happy to know I’m back on the wagon! I got married, that went well and last night I sat down and hammered out some words. It was a bit slow because of constant fact checking (I can’t just let something go until later. ugh.) but I’m feeling positive about it.

If you wish to see photos from my wedding, you can see those here, on my other blog.

Well, ya know. My other other blog. *eye roll*

The Art of Letting Others Into Your Brain

As soon as I sent Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire out to its first reviewers, I was filled with anxious joy. My moment had come. People I had never met would read my book, get to know characters I created and hang out in a world that I created for them. It was exhilarating and like nothing I’d ever felt before.

And then people I knew in The Real World wanted to read my book too.

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Relocation + creativity = relocreativity

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I wrote all of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire on my iMac. Computer chair, feet up on the stool under my desk, window in front of me, Songza playlist playing from my phone. I started out using Pages but then switched to MS Word. I usually had a can of Coca-Cola on the go while I wrote.

On a good Sunday afternoon or evening, I could write for about two hours (rarely longer) with several Facebook and Twitter breaks scattered throughout that block of time. By the end of that writing session, I felt drained and just wanted to go do something else.

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Goals for 2015

amy-happyHappy New Year everyone! 2015 is going to be huge in my life. Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire is coming out on February 6th and I’m getting married in September.

Here are my goals for 2015:

  1. Plan wedding. Don’t screw it up.
  2. Finish at least one draft of second novel.
  3. Be braver. (Just signed up for a women’s improv class yesterday. I’m hoping this will help.)
  4. Do yoga twice a week and gradually extend exercise time.
  5. Finish watching all of the Harry Potter movies.

What are your goals for 2015?


Don’t forget to check out the first 2 chapters of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire!
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Making the MS Word Transition

116-Kr4AFBBS0qN0EmL1-s-I’m an Apple girl. I have an iPhone, an iPad, an iMac and I work on an iMac at my day job. I use iTunes for music and the occasional episode or movie rentals. I started out using OpenOffice for my novel but switched to Apple Pages because you can save directly to the Cloud.

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