BOOKS, History, writing

“How to start writing your novel” – with writer, Gabrielle Emmons


Recently I have been talking and collaborating with my very good friend, (a novelist and history enthusiast), an intelligent, studious and amicable lady who strives for greatness in her writing, Gabrielle Emmons. We have been talking a lot about writing in general and I came up with the idea of her doing a guest post on how she begins to write a novel. This is fantastic for those who are budding authors, ready for a new breathe of fresh air or something to their writing life.
I am proud to introduce her to my blog and with the upmost sincere thanks and gratefulness to have her feature on here.
You will find the full article here on her blog, Gabrielle M Emmons and you will also find that she works and keeps up with her own numerous blogs showcasing her work and authorship.
My absolute favourite blog of hers is Tea, Books and Britain because well, you know me! I have become the bit of an Anglophile! And the title is just Oh so perfect! And sums up my life basically. A cup of tea while watching “Escape to the country” or “60 Minute Makeover” has truly been the highlight of my afternoons.
Before I post her article I totally recommend for you to check out her excellent Book Review on “The Mark of the King”. This description on the back cover definitely makes me want to delve into it.

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

So, even if you haven’t clicked on that review, bookmark it or save it on your internet and make sure you get that little glimpse of a story of great and hopeful history. It truly has made me want to read it very soon!
In her Writing 101 – a new series blog post she states how we specifically have been discussing the idea on HOW to BEGIN writing a novel. It has truly been amazing talking with her about ideas and brainstorming and starting that novel in particular.
Now, let’s get started with her article which was published on September 12th 2017 on her History with Flair website. Grab yourself a drink (tea or water) and a notebook & pen or laptop. There is an activity at the end!

Many people have asked me how do I start the process for writing a novel. They have also asked me how do I find inspiration/ideas. So I thought I would do a blog series featuring writing. This is the first in the series and you can find more about it here.
So pull up a chair, grab your favorite beverage (mine is tea), and let’s get started. (Just a heads up there will be an assignment at the end of this post. But it shouldn’t be too bad).
First off, there is no one way to start the process of writing a novel. Each author has their own way of how to start that is unique to them. The key is to find one that works for you.
For example, some have a vague idea right away. Others have pictured a character or characters. Again, others have a couple of scenes already figured out.
It is all up to you.
For me, it varies. For my WWII novel set in England (which I have put on hold for now), I already had a vague understanding the plot.
For my Autumn themed story that is currently in the very early stages, I knew I wanted to have setting of the novel be during the Autumn months in MA because I love the Fall. I also knew who my main characters were.
Okay, homework time.
I want you to grab your favorite notebook and writing utensil. You can use your laptop if you prefer to type. I usually for this stage write it in a notebook and then transfer it to the computer later on.
Now, I want you to write down five ideas that could be potential stories. Don’t feel bad if you can only come up with one and two. It is a start.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Writing a novel should be fun.

How did you go with the activity?
I thought I would share one idea I came up with. Here is what I wrote:
Idea 5. Professor Wickman travels to London to start a new job at the City University of London. Committing his time and energy to his work and study is his priority and is all work, but through a period of time he learns to apply his work to excellence and focus on a project with his enchanting partner Lady Grosvenor from the affluent suburb of Mayfair. They eventually fall in love whilst working together and get married at St George Hanover Square.
It is not a complete idea but that is an example of ideas. First off starting with the main character, then a setting, place or particular location, the body and then the minor character fixed in there somewhere.
I skipped a whole part of what “could be” (a long plot) There could be so much more I could add to it and I am excited at the thought of creating a story again!
but I liked the idea of this so much I am thinking I am giving away a good story already! Well, that can be my next project!
Emmalisa
Lifestyle, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Crafting and producing a blog


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I have had quite a few people recently ask me how I started a blog, people that want to start but don’t know HOW. I don’t really have a “step by step” program but a couple of handy tips, and lots of articles to share with you.

To be totally honest, when I first started my Instagram account I started having a fascination of following UK Beauty and Fashion bloggers and people that I loved what kind of photos they were posting on Instagram.

For example, I follow “The Rollinson London“, as he posts ‘exquisite’ material and I love the places and things he posts as it is just, well, ‘exquisite’. I have become a MASSIVE fan of his and the more posts I see, the more I want to visit the UK, and well, London! So, follow Nathan at http://therollinson.london/, and you will totally not be disappointed, and the material is just divine!

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The UK bloggers I follow are on my “Top 10 Favourite Bloggers” post.

So, there are a number of material and pieces online that teaches you how to start up your website.

There is a FREE Beginner WordPress E-Course on how to start a WordPress blog in just 15 minutes, through “The Blog Stylist” – an outstanding website written by Bree, who is the editor in chief. It gives an in -depth blogging course for beginners! It also teaches the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org and “Top 10 lessons in naming your blog”.

So when I was following these UK Bloggers I stumbled upon Word Press and basically just followed the prompts.

I already had my signature name on Instagram and when I signed up on WordPress I just put my website link in my profile, so people can just simply click and be navigated to my website. I chose a “New York” theme but eventually I want to dream BIGGER and create a unique theme.

You can buy themes for your website on www.bluchic.com.

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For example, I love the “Olivie” theme because it is pretty, pink and girlie and my kind of theme! So, select a theme that expresses your kind of personality and what exemplifies your character. I have my own idea for the layout and I absolutely LOVE the Olivie theme, so will be upgrading when I can! Most themes are $79.

There is an article by Thirteen Thoughts called “Resources for bloggers“, a beauty and lifestyle blog, and for when you start up, it is an article called “How to take your blog to the next level, which has inspired me to want to research NEW topics and write down more and MORE ideas!!!

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I have very high organisational skills and like to collate information and bring together a whole piece of something that would inspire other people to want to do the same thing!

I have always worked in an office, either as a Receptionist or Administration Assistant, so I have become completely savvy with computers and technology, and I may have said it before! I love typing. It is my strength and I intend to continue doing so for as long as I can.

Everything is a work-in-progress and I am still learning. As they say, you can never stop learning. Finding your niche is always a work-in-progress and here is an excellent article on “Finding your blogging niche” by Elle and Co.

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It will help you get your business or blog together and teach you to be creative and use your mind to create admirable quality content. If you have a love for reading and writing, then I believe it will be easier for you to get it together and create a gorgeous blog for your readers!

I would say the best content on creating your blog is found on “Resources for Bloggers“.

There are a number of articles on tips on “How to start a blog” and because I like being organised I find the section on Productivity and Organisation has the BEST articles on planning and blogging consistently.

If you want a successful blog, the best thing to do is google things like, “how to start a blog”, or “the best blog post ideas”. I did this to expand on my ideas, And the inspiration will come to you when you start reading other peoples blogs or posts!

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Get Creative

For example, I am a very creative thinker and I like to have a nice ring to my titles, such as “Best Beauty Buys”. Every word starts with the same letter and I like to come up with a thoughtful title. Titles grab the reader and choosing the right words is the key.

Brainstorm ideas and read magazines like I do! I get all my main inspiration from a LOT of reading magazines or going on magazine wesbites, like In Style. It gives you a creative flow!

Ask yourself questions

What grabs me when I look at someone’s blog?

What is it that keeps me coming back to their blog?

Always ask yourself something, so that it gives you an idea of WHY you want people to read your blog.

Don’t forget to write a description or create an “About” page to explain why you created the blog. People like to see a reason and what kind of topics you like to cover.

Head on over to my “About” page to see an example.

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I hope these ideas and guidelines give you motivation to start your own blog and compose to some degree what you are passionate about. Being enthusiastic about a particular topic is KEY because the more you research, the more you have to talk about it! People love to hear more and more about what they like!

So, download the “WordPress” app on your phone, that’s how I started, or get onto a computer at the library or use your MAC laptop or computer, and begin a new project that could change your life endlessly. You could also search the internet for “Blogging Workshops“. There are lots of workshops in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth! When I move to Perth, that is on my “to-do” list, as I want to expand my ideas, and further my blogging life!

Happy blogging!

 

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Exquisite Emmalisa

P.S. Don’t forget to grab the October issue of In Style magazine! I feel like I may get some inspiration from that!!!! (Thinking of working on a Fashion piece for you) I recently got some pearls for my 30th…..

Check out this beautiful 19 carat yellow gold clasp with naturally coloured freshwater Serena Long Pearl Necklace from Neiman Marcus

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BOOKS, Lifestyle, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Writing Workshops


Today I had such an awesome day! I have never had such a productive Sunday in all my life!!!!
I attended TWO workshops in Merredin at the Community Resource Centre. It cost $40 per workshop and it was with The Society of Women Writers WA. 

My granny was a member so it has been a desire to join as well, like I have said, she has played a BIG role in my life and I believe there is a story that she left behind. I need to read her book! She’s left a Legacy for me. 

I met Maria Bonar who is the Vice President and Wendy Stackhouse who wrote a book called “Two Old Boots and a Backpack“! We had a conversation about Rio and a bit about her travels. 

Wendy hosted the workshop, Self Publish to Amazon and Creating Book Covers which went from 1pm to 4pm. She wrote the course in a book called “Visual Guide to Publishing on Amazon – Self Publishing” which I only bought for $10. On Amazon it is $8.96 and you can download it onto Kindle, your laptop or iPhone! 


It has many helpful tips within the publishing arena and the idea of creating a book cover and designing it sounds like my kind of fun!!!!! 

The first workshop I attended was “Storytelling” which Helen Iles presented. There was only me in the classroom!!!! Hehe 

She helped me a lot with the idea of creating a novel which I have mentioned previously, but I haven’t felt as confident about writing a book because I go through stages where I don’t think I’m quite educated and don’t know big words! I only went to Footscray City Secondary College from Year 8 to 12! But I know I shouldn’t talk down on myself because who knows! I’ve always believed everyone is talented. It’s like singing, you may think you don’t have the voice but if you go to lessons and keep on practicing you can fine tune yourself.

If you’re thinking of writing, why not give it a crack! I never in my life thought I would be a blogger!!!!! And look where I am now. 1014 followers currently & that makes me driven!!!!! And want to fine tune my writing even more. I’m no typical Aussie where I can talk about outback stories even though I am in the outback! Haha! But I try and do my best. I am a city girl at heart and my stories would be different. I could write a story about an office girl, or an intern who wants that promotion in a magazine company!!!! Now, That’s my kind of story! Something like The Devil Wears Prada. 😜

Back to basics, the storytelling workshop honed in on character analysis and we talked about my idea for a novel. Things you have to ask yourself are, is the main character religious? What’s the personality like? What does she love to do? Level of schooling? Ambitions? Who’s her best friend? Does she have pets? All these things and more have opened up my mind and more brainstorming for my characters. 

Things I haven’t even thought about have come to the table and I have to think about my characters occupation, birthday, brothers and sisters – it has opened up to a whole arena! And I am going to try my best at writing. I talked about this openly in Wondrous Writing as well. 

I also had to write a short synopsis of my favourite book (The Governess of Highland Hall) using SIX emotionally powerful words. 

This is what I wrote.

“As Julia travels back to Berkshire, England from doing missionary work in India, she applies for a job at Highland Hall as a governess. It is truly an extraordinary journey as she faces times of reflection and deep-thought teaching the Ramsey children about qualities of virtue. William Ramsey, the widowed father is astonished by her level of education that he falls in love with her heart that is full of compassion and pure innocence.”

Does that GRAB you!!?? If you’re a sucker for historical romance like me, then I am sure that synopsis works for you! 

One thing I learnt! 

Don’t restrict your pen!!!!! 

That was the FIRST thing I learnt and I am hoping this one little sentence gives me hope to just write on! 

Also, Put time aside.


Time Management

Allowing yourself time is the best thing you can do. If you have mountains of chores to do, prioritise them, spend some time writing for 10-30 minutes or whatever you can do and then get back to those chores! And then when you have a time where you are bored and have nothing else to do. WRITE! 

I just finished packing the dishwasher, then I asked Mum what else I could do and she said no and I was happy to go back to my blogging!!!!! It gives me such excitement and a passion to do this and have never felt a fulfilled heart like this before. Honestly, you will feel so much achievement when you have finished publishing that article!!!!! 


Introduce characters, conflict and plot

Do some research for character names and maybe randomly Google names of places for your set location! Research the time period. For example, I am going to start reading THREE books I have listed in my Book Collection blog, Venetia, Cotillion and Sylvester written by Georgette Heyer because these book covers and stories and time period of the regency period appeal to me. And I hope I write something similar to that genre. 

Read, read, read.

I think I have said this before, but it’s what inspires you to write!!!! Having an open mind to new things and openness to learning opens up a whole new world!!!!! You will then get ideas for conflict and a storyline, and what to put in. 

I still have MUCH to learn! But I just wanted to share with you what I learnt today and I am excited to read, write and learn! 

So, I hope what you have read on this blog has inspired you to either write, read or type! 

I love my trusty laptop! And my fingers typing away like mad! I hope hope HOPE there’s a story in me…….. 

                              ❤️

                Exquisite Emmalisa

P.S Wendy was such a lovely lady so I bought her book for $10, all about when she went backpacking around South America. We talked a lot about blurb, and this grabbed me.

Read this entertaining adventure as the two fifty year olds traverse one of the world’s most diverse continents, discovering not only its beauty and hidden treasures, but also a greater insight into themselves.”

Can you spot the “emotional” keywords? 


Also you can go to The Society of Women Writers WA website

http://www.swwofwa.com

P.P.S

A member of the society, Anne Marie Price wrote a book called “The search for the King James Bible“. The title grabbed me as I am interested in biblical history and it sounds like a good story too! 

I downloaded it on Amazon for Kindle and it was only $3 to purchase! I am completely intrigued!!!!!!