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NEW WEBSITE!!!!

Well, after LOTS of hard work, I have a functional author website! It will become my blog, author information site, and networking portal. If you have previously subscribed to https://unearthingwords.wordpress.com/, please follow me to my new site and follow//subscribe to it! I have thoroughly enjoyed all the fun comments, discussions, and contacts I’ve made here.

All my posts, images, content, and pages have been imported to the new site and you’ll still have access to all of my previous posts and entries. There are some new features on my website and I am VERY excited about them.

Ready for the big reveal?

Head on over to LMSherwin.com!  

The title is still “Unearthing Words”, because I love it so much and that’s what I feel it is that I do as a writer. 🙂

I hope to see you there! I’ll no longer be uploading entries to this blog, so all my new content will be over on lmsherwin.com!

Creativity · Writing

A Synopsis Resource

Having trouble creating a synopsis for the description or back cover blurb for your novel? Have no fear! I have discovered a very helpful article on e-How! Check it out! I was surprised by how helpful it was for my own stories. 🙂 Don’t scoff. Condensing a 100,000+ word novel into a paragraph without giving too much away is QUITE a challenge.

 

~L.M.

About Me · Creativity · Other Loves · Writing

Other Loves: Hiking

I have been DYING to go hiking for the past month. So what’s stopping me? The HORRIBLE southern heat. It is not only nearly 100 degrees everyday, but grossly humid, too! On top of that, I’ve specifically been wanting to hike with the Philosopher and he’s just not into that sort of torture (referring to death-heat-hiking). However, I have BIG plans to hike it up once the temperatures cool down a bit. I adore getting out in the middle of the woods and listening to the sounds of nature. Hiking is definitely one of my “other loves”. 🙂 I have always loved wandering through trees and hills, observing flora and fauna as I go. I also love hiking, because it helps me to brainstorm. It fills up my creativity meter and helps me to write better stories.

Why? I’m not sure. The woods have always held a particular fascination with me and I always seem to come out of a hike with more ideas for my current stories than I did before I went in. I think it is the sense of  the fantastical that I get when I hike that has me addicted. When I’m in the woods, I always think I’m on the edge of Narnia or Middle Earth. It makes me feel as though I might step into another world at any moment. I believe the Celtic cultures called these sorts of places//feelings “Thin Places”–moments and points in space and time where the veil between worlds is so thin you can make it through to the other side if you have a mind to.

So, perhaps in a week or two, we’ll have some eighty degree weather and I’ll be able to get out in the woods again. I need to be near the Thin Places as I plan this next book. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

 

~L.M.

 

About Me · Dreams · Editing · Indie · Observations · Positivity · Publishing · Writing

The Long Road Ahead

The beginning of a rough draft is always exciting and magical–like unicorns and fairy dust. Somehow, that random spark of an incredible idea seems to settle in our minds and then (usually at night when you’re trying to sleep), the spark grows and flares into a huge undeniable story. Such an instance happened to me last night when I was trying to get some shut-eye. I needed to flesh out the idea I had for the third novel in my Tales from Niflheim. Of course, a bevy of ideas began to fling themselves at my mind–vying for my attention. Somehow, I was miraculously able to remember them this morning. It’s a good thing, too, because I was way too tired to get out of bed and write them down.

So, despite waking up feeling kind of sick, I sat down and was able to start the very first page of the first draft of  my sixth novel (I say sixth, because I wrote four manuscripts last year and one so far this year.) Words always seem to fly from my fingers on the first 1/3 of manuscript. Things typically get tough in the middle (can I get an “Amen”?) and then by the last 1/3, things are back to flowing again. It’s sometimes hard to remember on the first few days of a new novel that there is such a long road ahead.

For some people, this keeps them from attempting to write a novel. “It’s just too hard to finish!” they might whine. For me, I think the long road ahead is an adventure to be experienced, returned from, and shared with the world. I love every aspect of writing a novel. I love the tingling beginnings of an idea in the brain…the cemented relationship of drafting and editing…the formatting and prep-work for publishing…I adore it all. That’s part of why I chose to go with indie//self-publishing. I like having my hands in it all–getting them messy and covered with wordy goodness. I love making cover art and learning about the marketing process. I may not always love these things, but for right now, they’re just a part of the long road to producing a book and getting it out to the public.

For you, does the long road of brainstorming, drafting, editing, and prepping seem daunting or exciting? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Regardless of what your thoughts are on it, I truly hope you enjoy your writing! Happy Friday!

Thanks for stopping by!

~L.M.

 

About Me · Observations · Writing

The Journals

So, I journal a LOT. When I was a kid, I started journaling about my life fairly early. When I was in middle school, I started keeping a prayer journal. I also started keeping a reading journal. Yes, I keep all of these journals separate, because they serve different purposes in my life.

Life Journal:

This  journal serves as the canvas for painting my life story. I have a GAZILLION of these babies. However, I did not start seriously recording my life until I was married. I have filled four journals totally full in the last two years of my marriage. I love to write about my life, my thoughts, writing ideas, lists, work meeting stuff, and artwork in here. It serves as my “catch all” journal. They are really fun to read through afterwards, because they hold such random entries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devotion Journal:

When I was twelve, I grew very serious about my Christian faith and began to keep a prayer journal. Every night (without fail), I would read from the Bible and jot down my prayers. As I grew older, my quiet time evolved into liturgical daily office prayers where I did not need to keep such a journal each night (unless I wanted to.) Now, I use my devotional journal for writing prayers, bible study, and theological book study notes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Journal:

When I was younger, I sauntered into Barnes and Nobles and found a Book Journal. I was intrigued and purchased it. This journal served to keep a record of the books I’d read, my thoughts on them, and what my favorites were, etc. I quickly filled the journal all the way full and had to get another one. This is my most recent book journal. It has blank pages in it, so I can write anything I want. For now, I’m using it simply to keep lists of the books I read each year and the months I read them. Isn’t it pretty?

 

 

 

 

 

Do you keep a journal or journals? I’d love to hear about them! Journaling is a fantastic way to record memories, keep track of important things, and engage in emotional self-love!

Have a great Thursday!

~L.M. ❤

About Me · Editing · Indie · Writing

Moving to Paper for Some of the Day

Good morning, all!

Well, yesterday was an extremely busy, but productive day. I was able to finish the first draft on the sequel to the novel I’m currently prepping for publishing. I also finished the 5th edit on THAT novel. *Whew*.

Today, I’m moving to notebooks and pens for the morning. I need to start some planning for the next novel I’m writing and get some overall “universe” brainstorming done. 🙂

I’m mostly a pantser like I’ve said before, but for the beginning, I tend to plan out a few things before I jump in and see where a story takes me! 🙂

I hope you all have a fantastic morning! I’m off to get my writing done! 🙂

Blessings,

 

~L.M. ❤

About Me · Indie · Publishing · Reading · Writing

Coming to the End…

I realized yesterday that I am very close to finishing up the first draft of my newest manuscript. This time is always hard for me. It’s not so much hard from a writing perspective, though there certainly are challenges in tying up just enough ends to satisfy the reader. It’s hard for me, because I grow so attached to my characters. I love them. Wrapping up their stories in a satisfying way for me is sometimes hard. I like books that give me hope for their continuing story, even if I’m not there to read about it. I try to give my stories that same quality. At the end of each manuscript, I can only hope I’ve succeeded in doing that very thing.

My manuscript will probably clock out between 80,000 and 90,000 words. My novel I’m currently prepping for publishing is 100,000+, so I feel somewhat sad that I couldn’t extend their journey a bit longer. But sometimes…you just know. For me, I knew yesterday that I would finish the current chapter, write one more, and it would be the end.

At first, I thought I might make it a trilogy. Now, I’m thinking I’ll probably keep the novels as connected, but-could-be-stand-alone works. I like having a world in which characters connect and interact, but each story is a story of its own, too. We’ll see.

Do you ever feel strange when you’re nearing the end of a first draft? For me, there is a strange sense of finality–even though there is SOOOOOOOO much more work to be done to prepare it for publishing. I just get so melancholy and happy at the same time. It is a weird feeling.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you react to the endings of your stories! Are you happy? Sad? Do you treat yourself when you finish a rough draft or do you wait for when you publish? Share!

Thanks for stopping by,

 

L.M.