Writer in the Making

Writer in the Making

By Daria White
Hey fellow authors! Here you’ll learn about me, my work as a sweet romance author, encouraging words, and even some writer’s tips. If you want to know what’s different about me in comparison to other authors, well... you’re hearing it from me lol😄 Isn’t that what makes you different as an author?

We’re all in this together. I don’t know it all, but I’m coachable and willing to learn. Therefore, I’m a writer in the making. While I’m currently independent, there are manuscripts I plan to query. All opinions are my own😊no negativity here.

Twitter: @Daria_White15
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Revising (Part 1)
I’m revising and can’t wait to share my first tip with you all! Do you have to use what I use? No, but I will share nonetheless. You’re revising! Great, but where do you start? Why not start with your key scenes (hook, inciting incident, 1st plot point, middle, etc.)? fictionary.co is mentioned in this episode.
August 20, 2019
Read any good books lately?
I love reading! There’s no stopping it. Looking for something to read? Check out The Color of God’s Eyes by Christina Barr and Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa by Nancy Naigle.
August 16, 2019
Tips for your Book launch
Now that I’ve held a book launch, any tips? What are some best practices in my opinion? This is only what I did. Looking for any more suggestions, I suggest you search it out and find what works best for you.
August 12, 2019
It’s Okay
Have I started the revising process? No. I’m taking a break. Guess what? It’s okay.
August 9, 2019
Looking to grow your mailing list? I’ve recently signed up for Bookfunnel. Have a listen and hear how you can use it to grow your readership. bookfunnel.com is mentioned in this episode.
August 6, 2019
Celebrate where you are
Whether you finished for camp nano or on your own timeline, you wrote a book! That’s an accomplishment! Celebrate where you are. I am.
August 2, 2019
Camp is over! How did you do?
Camp nano is over! How did you do? Whether you met your original goal or not, did you write? How do I feel about 70K instead of my orginal 90k? Have a listen.
August 1, 2019
The Final Countdown
One more day for Camp Nano! How am I doing still? Have a listen.
July 30, 2019
The Home Stretch
This week has been super busy so here’s an update on my work in progress. I hope you all are still pushing to finish your goal. We’re in the home stretch. There’s also an announcement I have, so tune in to listen!
July 26, 2019
Camp Nano—Hitting the Wall
Last full week of camp nano. I’m nearly 20k away from finishing but it hasn’t been easy. Ever heard of hitting the wall? This phrase is common among runners right before they hit the finish line in a race. This “wall” technically doesn’t exist, but it can play on the mind to where most give up and don’t finish. I’m seeing the same with writing but staying the course is key. Have a listen.
July 23, 2019
Pep Talk—The Comparison Game (2)
I wanted to do a follow up on the Comparison Game episode. I recently painted a picture this week, and it made me think about what we face as writers. What did I learn? Paint your picture; write your story.
July 19, 2019
Writing Dialogue
It’s one of my favorite things to write, dialogue. It comes natural to me to write a conversation. So... how do you do that? How do you write strong dialogue? “How to Write Dialogue: 6 Tips for Writing Powerful Dialogue” at thinkwritten.com is mentioned in this episode.
July 19, 2019
Plot Twists
My work in progress for camp nano is coming along. So much so, I wrote a plot twist! How do you write them into your story? Which ones fit best? “10 Simple Tips for Writing Clever Plot Twists” at writersedit.com is mentioned in this episode.
July 18, 2019
Camp Nano Week 2 progress—12K!
To keep you posted, here’s my process from week 2. I didn’t realize how much I wrote until I checked this past Friday. 12K? I’m still stoked!
July 16, 2019
Pep Talk—The Comparison Game
Thanks writing community for voting! We’ve been waiting for this topic for a while and I believe it’s long overdue. Should you compare yourself to another writer? I’ve struggled with this too so you’re not alone. What helps me? Have a listen and I hope it encourages you.
July 12, 2019
Camp Nano—Freedom with my Outline
I wrote a little over 10K during my first week of camp. How? I have found that there is freedom using my outline. I used to think the opposite, and an outline would put my story in box with no room. I was wrong.
July 9, 2019
Thank you—Match-Made Christmas!
Thank you all who supported Match-Made Christmas’ launch!
July 8, 2019
Book Launch Time!!!
Match-Made Christmas is available tomorrow so check your favorite retailers! To celebrate the launch, I have a surprise! As a treat, here are some book launch tips from some amazing people in the writing community! Give them a follow and show your support! Special thanks to Sadie Chelsea, Rachael Bloome, Valencia Stokes, Rebecca Reddell, Emelia Hebert, and Elira Barnes!
July 5, 2019
Author Confessions: Book launch
It’s almost here, Match-Made Christmas’ release date! I can’t wait, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous. True author confessions here.
July 2, 2019
Hallmark Book Review
A Down Home Christmas by Liz Talley releases today! Hallmark Publishing gave me the opportunity to review this sweet story, so check out my review on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble! Christmas in July is here!
July 2, 2019
Camp NaNoWriMo is back!!
Camp nano starts again today! Are you ready? I am and I can’t wait to finish my next novel. Also, my first short story will be released tomorrow. Check out For Christmas (The Morgan Sisters) at channillo.com
July 1, 2019
One week left!
On July 6, 2019 Match-Made Christmas releases! This is my first attempt at a book launch. While there may not one for every book, I want to see how it goes. My best tip on having one so far, find what works best for you and tweak whatever you need to. Tune in to hear what I’ll be doing the day of the release!
June 28, 2019
Writing Short Stories?
For Christmas in July, I will have short stories available! Yes, they will be Christmas themed. Visit channillo.com for more info if you’re looking for another digital publishing platform. Subscribe to Channilllo if you’d like to read my short stories.
June 25, 2019
July Camp NanoWriMo
Camp Nano is back for July! Are you signed up for the month? I decided to try again and I’m with my cabin mates from before, along with a few new ones. How do I feel this time around? My goal for this project? Have a listen. www.campnanowrimo.org
June 24, 2019
How to Write from your Outline
So... you have an outline with acts one through three. Each scene has 1-2 sentences for where it’s going, and you’re set to go. You’re ready to write, right? How do you transfer your outline to a chapter or scene of 1-2K words? How do you go from a 14 page outline (mine) to 90K? Trust me when I say I have searched this out and all I saw was how to outline. Not much on this topic unless I missed something. Even I can’t give you a concrete answer since every writer is different. However, I will share how I’m writing from mine, especially since this is my first time using an outline. Also check out K.M. Weiland’s podcast Helping Writers Become Authors episode 464 for more info.
June 21, 2019
Author Confessions: It’ll Come
Today’s topic is what I’ve been dealing with, so it’s for both of us. Remember, no matter how short or long it takes to write your manuscript, it’ll come. I’ve had to remind myself of this since words have moved slow for me these last few weeks—as in only 83-475 words in the last few weeks. Today, I wrote a little over 3K! What to do when the words won’t come? Have a listen.
June 20, 2019
Behind the Scenes of Match-Made Christmas
Only two more weeks before Match-Made Christmas releases! Here’s a behind the scenes the story. Meet Adrienne Fields and Trace Carson! Go to dariawhite.com to pre-order! 
June 19, 2019
How did Booksprout do?
Here’s another update from booksprout.co ARC giveaways! 4 out of 5 star average for Match-Made Christmas! Looking for reviews? I do recommend Booksprout as one avenue to get book reviews. Have a listen.
June 17, 2019
Pep Talk—Discouragement
Here’s another one for you writing community! Thanks for your votes. Discouragement. It hits us all in one way or another. I hope this episode encourages you. All I can do is share my experiences. Remember, you’re not alone.
June 14, 2019
The Bundle
Fictionary and ProWritingAid were recently bundled. I chose to invest in both for a year. Have a listen to hear about both. prowritingaid.com and fictionary.co are mentioned in this episode.
June 12, 2019
Story Origin Update
Wanted to give you all a quick update. So... last time I told you about story origin, I had 17 new subscribers. I now have 96!!! The promotion just began. Wow! storyoriginapp.com is mentioned in this episode.
June 11, 2019
Hallmark? What?
So... I signed up to be a book reviewer for Hallmark Publishing. I honestly forgot about it until they emailed me with a FREE book! I finished Teri Wilson’s newest release, Love at the Shore. If you haven’t checked out the movie be sure to do so. Super cute! My review will be posted this week! Official release date for the book is June 11th!
June 10, 2019
Story Origin
Story Origin is a marketing tool that can be used for free delivery of your books and email list building. You can integrate your existing mailing list, newsletter swap, universal book links, group giveaways, and more! I’ve already gained 17 new subscribers to my newsletter! Check them out at storyoriginapp.com
June 7, 2019
One or the Other
You’re either writing or editing. Which one are you? I’m the latter. Have a listen.
June 6, 2019
Meet the Cast: Wish for Love
Another behind the scenes with upcoming Wish for Love! Meet Leah Morris and Cole Parsons. Here’s a sneak peek into their goals, motivations, and personalities.
June 4, 2019
Pep Talk—Confidence as a Writer
Time for another pep talk. Thank you writing community for voting! Confidence as a writer won so let’s get to it.
June 3, 2019
Change of Plans
So you’re writing a story, but then another one takes over. You’re so close to finishing the first one but the second story pops up. Or maybe you had both in mind so you set one aside, but now the first one is coming back to you. Sound familiar? I’m dealing with it right now. What do you do when you lose focus with one story and start another one? Have a listen.
May 31, 2019
Sometimes you need to think
It’s so simple, but yet we forget the simple things. Having trouble with your story? Well... when was the last time you thought about it? Have a listen.
May 30, 2019
Guest Blogging
Another way to get your name out there as a writer is to guest post on blogs! Be willing to offer something of value to fellow authors whether it’s information, tips, or services. We all have something to contribute so never feel like to you have to know it all. I’ve learned so much in my own writing journey, and I don’t mind sharing what I’ve learned. That being said, I’ll be guest blogging on fellow writer Elira Barnes’ blog in June! Look for the hashtag #BloggingWithElira to support fellow writers participating and look for my post! Follow her @authorelirab. I’ll also be on Rachael Bloome’s website! Look for it at www.rachaelbloome.com @rachaelbloome
May 28, 2019
Pep Talk—Dealing with Rejection
It’s time for another pep talk. Thanks writing community for voting! Here’s some encouragement for you and remember you’re not alone.
May 24, 2019
“Use it sparingly.” That’s what I’ve been told and what try to remind myself as a writer. Similes, metaphors, body language, facial expressions, etc., use these sparingly. What does this even mean? Is there a limit of what you can use per page per page? As you revise, ask your trusted writer friends what’s working and what’s not. Have a listen to hear more.
May 23, 2019
Past or present tense?
Which tense should your story be written in? Past or present? “Past or Present Tense: Which is Best?” www.novel-writing-help.com is mentioned in this episode.
May 22, 2019
Confessions of an Author: My 100th Episode!!!
I can’t believe this is episode 100! Thank you so much for tuning in all over the world. Your support is greatly appreciated. Tune in to hear more about me, what’s in the future for the show, what I’m working on, and more!!!
May 21, 2019
Stay coachable
Some of us do have the natural gift with words, but a lot of us have learned what it takes to craft a story. I had no knowledge prior to publication in what it took to write a great story. Should you invest in writers’ guides, conferences, and writing courses? Have a listen!
May 20, 2019
Are you repeating yourself?
Are you repeating yourself? Whether it’s crutch words such as “like,” “just,” “I admit,” and my personal favorite “well.” Or perhaps you rehash things in your manuscript. Did you point something out in one chapter but repeated it again in another? Have a listen. Big shout out to the writing community for their tips!
May 17, 2019
Blog Tours
Should you do a book tour? Since everything is digital now, what about a blog tour? Is it worth it to spread the word about your book? I’m considering this so have a listen. ”Everything You Need to Know about Organizing a Blog Tour” at authornews.penguinrandomhouse.com
May 16, 2019
We have another guest!
Welcome my next guest to my podcast, Rachael Bloome! She’s a fellow sweet romance author and if you haven’t downloaded her free novella, Puzzle Pieces, do so now at her website and online stores such as Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Apple Books. Rachael is an amazing writer! Not only does she share about her life as an author, but we discuss imposter syndrome and having confidence as a writer. Listen in to our chat! Visit www.rachaelbloome.com Disclaimer: some glitches due to connection issues, but we did our best.
May 15, 2019
You May Need a Pen
While I’ve grown accustomed to writing on my laptop, I recently picked up a pen and notebook to help me out of a creative slump. Having trouble with your work in progress? You may need a pen.
May 13, 2019
Fear of Failure/Success
Here’s some encouragement for my fellow writers. This was not easy to talk about, but I hope it helps you in one way or another. I don’t have all the answers, but I will share how I walk through this every day. I can only say so much, so it really boils down to you making the decision.
May 10, 2019
More Tips for your Author Newsletter
Once a month is usually common when sending out announcements, book cover reveals, book launch dates, etc. to readers. Is that it? What else can you put in your newsletter? Running out of ideas? Just getting started and don’t know what to do? authormedia.com and 20 email tips & tricks for Author newsletters from shaylaraquel.com are mentioned in this episode.
May 9, 2019
Underwriter Tips
Are you an underwriter? What is it exactly? Well... you’ve run out of words to put into your manuscript. If you’re like me, you’re close to the end of your book at 50K when you want 85K. That’s 35K away! What do you do to add more without dragging your story? noveldoctor.com is mentioned in this episode.
May 8, 2019
I have a Newsletter!
My newsletter is here! If you haven’t subscribed to my mailing list, go to dariawhite.com to sign up through the pop up window. What I’ve learned from this process? Be yourself. viladesign.net
May 7, 2019
The Write Track
I recently was a guest panelist on The Write Track podcast. I had an awesome time getting to know Valencia Stokes, Rebekah Dodson, and Aksa Mahmood. Have a listen to the episode as we discuss the romance genre itself, industry news, and how to protect yourself from trolls. Available on Podbean and Spotify. https://www.thewritetrackpodcast.com/
May 7, 2019
Bad Reviews
Bad reviews. I hate to break the news to you but they’re inevitable. No matter how hard you work to have a polished manuscript (traditional or independent), there’s always going to be a small group of people that don’t like your book. They won’t even like you and there is no justifiable reason. What do you do?
May 6, 2019
When Should You Start Marketing?
Marketing can seem daunting for a writer. Not only do you want your book to sell well, readers want to connect with you. You’re basically selling yourself, but in a good way. When does this process start? Before your book’s finished? After you’re published? Have a listen. Check out Vivien Reis‘ “How to Market Yourself as an Author” on YouTube. Great stuff for indie and traditional authors.
May 3, 2019
WIP—Wish for Love
Awesome news! Meet the main characters of Wish for Love coming to you later this year! We have our leading lady, Leah Morris, and our leading man, Cole Parsons. Have a listen!
May 2, 2019
It’s a New Month! What now?
It’s a new month! Congrats if you made your CampNaNoWri goals, and congrats if you didn’t! I didn’t so you’re not alone lol. Not set topic here. Just an update of my goals for the month and others projects for the future.
May 1, 2019
How Many Drafts Do I Need?
The first draft is only the tip of the iceberg. Your manuscript is no where close to being finished. So... how many do you need?
April 30, 2019
That Feeling You Get
With the launch around the corner, how do I feel? Well... this is dedicated to the authors that wonder is there book good enough. I hear you and I know how you feel. Here’s some motivation for you and myself.
April 29, 2019
Writing Camp: What Did I Learn?
With only a few days left, what have I learned from participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? A lot believe it or not. Have a listen.
April 26, 2019
Staying Focused
Keeping the finish line in view as you write your story. Is the journey frustrating? Yes. Do you get stuck? Yes. Do we quit? No way. I used to play basketball so one of the things I learned was to pivot so I wouldn’t travel with the ball as the guard. Same with writing, when things happen, pivot. https://thecompletecreative.com/ is mentioned in this episode.
April 26, 2019
Are you Querying?
Another episode for my traditional writers! For the manuscripts I did query, what was my strategy? I personally invested and had my editor write my query letter since I was so new to the process. I’m so glad she was able to summarize the words that I had already written. I felt much more confident sending it out to the publisher I chose. If that’s not in the budget for you, here are a few tips based off an example I found and how I tweaked some things based off of what my editor wrote. I will add, do your research and follow the guidelines to the letter. writersdigest.com and firstediting.com are mentioned in this episode.
April 25, 2019
Pacing your story—part 2
As promised, this is part 2 of pacing your story. Not much different from what I shared in part 1, but I’ll share anyway. nownovel.com and well-storied.com are mentioned in this episode.
April 25, 2019
Stop Procrastinating
You’re sitting in front of the laptop, and you get nothing. Perhaps you have your phone on social media? Does life get in the way? How are you supposed to finish your story? Are you distracted without even knowing it? Or could it be... procrastination?
April 24, 2019
Camp NaNoWriMo Update
Another Camp NaNoWriMo update. How’s it going?
April 23, 2019
The Waiting Game
For all my authors wanting traditional publishing, this one’s for you! Though the majority of my work is self-published, I did query my most recent manuscript back in February. I hit the send button! So... what now? I’m waiting just like you. What do we do when we’re waiting. I’ll tell you what I’m doing.
April 22, 2019
Long or short book?
Is a longer book better than a shorter one? Does it matter? Does it depend on the story? While my personal goal as a writer is to write a 100K novel, that doesn’t mean anything less is wrong. Have a listen.
April 22, 2019
Writing 13K in 4 days
So... yeah, 13,324 in four days. I’m currently at 26,456 in my work in progress. Is there a secret to this? Have a listen.
April 18, 2019
Pacing your story—part 1
Don’t move too fast but don’t drag your story. What do you do? This is my personal opinion on how I write. Part 2 will cover more research.
April 18, 2019
WIP—Christmas Therapy
Christmas Therapy, a new sweet romance coming soon! Meet the main characters! My own way of doing a behind the scenes/meet the cast. I used onestopforwriters.com to create character profiles.
April 17, 2019
My Writing Sprints
So I decided to experiment with the writing sprints this week. How have they worked so far? Have I made any progress? Should you try it as a last resort? How does a little over 9K in two days sound? Have a listen.
April 17, 2019
A Mailing List?
Now that you’re gaining a following, how do you keep track of readers? How do they know new works are coming out? An email list? Though social media is important, nothing can replace a good old fashioned email. Have a listen. mailchimp.com is mentioned in this episode.
April 16, 2019
How many words per chapter?
What’s a sufficient word count for your chapter? When is it over? Have a listen.
April 16, 2019
Should I Write in Sprints?
What’s a writing sprint? Time set aside where you do nothing but write with no distractions. It can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours. For those of us that work outside jobs or have other responsibilities, is this helpful? Tune to hear the results of my trial with sprinting.
April 15, 2019
How I Write
Here’s a typical writing session for me. Do I write so many words a day? Is there a deadline as an indie author? Music or silence? Outline or no outline? Listen in for my answers. Shout out to my listeners. I called everyone out except I forgot Canada. Thank you listeners in Canada!
April 15, 2019
Should I Fast Draft?
How fast do you write? Should it matter as an indie author? What steps need to be taken if you do? What if you don’t finish by the date you originally intended? Is it even worth it?
April 15, 2019
The Story behind Match-Made Christmas
How did my newest release, Match-Made Christmas, come to life? Well... though an indie author, I decided to query this story to a publisher that I thought was the perfect fit. Tune in to hear the rest of the story.
April 13, 2019
Sizing your Paperback
Trim size and paper color. How do you pick for your paperback?
April 12, 2019
The Middle
We know how to open a book and that the climax brings our story to an end. What about the middle? It shouldn’t drag but don’t rush it either.
April 12, 2019
Just Don’t
Dedicated to the Writing Community. Just don’t.
April 12, 2019
Paperbacks? Ebooks? Both?
Though ebooks have become popular, does that mean a good old fashioned paperback book has died? As an author, do you need both? viladesign.net is mentioned in this episode.
April 11, 2019
Launching your Book
Now that the release date is in July, how will I be promoting Match-Made Christmas? Is there a formula for a successful book launch? While I can only share what I have learned so far, here’s a few things I’ve implemented over the years. Booksprout.co is mentioned in this episode and don’t forget to check out booksirens.com to find bloggers!
April 10, 2019
Christmas & Paperbacks in July!
Instead of releasing Match-Made Christmas later this year, it’ll be available on July 6, 2019! Christmas in July! Not only that, you’ll have the choice between ebooks and paperbacks. Look for it on Amazon. Pre-order today!
April 9, 2019
Can I Do it Alone?
Is the writing community important? Should I get involved? Hear from someone who thought she could do it alone as an indie author. It was me and it didn’t work. Hear how I was in the past. I thought no one paid attention, but it was all in my head due to self doubt. Break free today, because someone is paying attention.
April 9, 2019
Should I Be Exclusive?
Amazon KDP or Amazon KDP Select? Learn the importance of building deep and wide with your books and not constricting yourself. Again, the final decision is up to you. This is what I do as an indie author, so listen and decide for yourself. This concept was discussed at SelfPubCon2019.
April 8, 2019
Sifting through Feedback
Yay! You got your feedback from critique partners, beta readers and your editor. Now... what? Which advise do you listen to, especially if it’s your first time working with them? Is all advise good? Listen in for my opinion, but ultimately then final decision is up to you.
April 8, 2019
Should I Do a Giveaway?
ARCs copies and giveaways? Are they worth it? How much is too much? Booksprout.co and booklikes.com are mentioned in this episode.
April 6, 2019
Camp NaNoWriMo
So I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo for the month of April. I’m assigned to a virtual cabin with about ten other writers. Give all my cabin mates a follow if you’re not doing so already. So... how’s camp going? Have a listen campnanowrimo.org is mentioned in this episode. My cabin mates are on Instagram @s.f.barkley, @loridianni_writer, @miacarterauthorof, @danaterrystories, @authorpiperk, @rachaelbloome, @lazygirlreads, @wewhotellstories, @dianamariehall, & @melmcguire.1
April 5, 2019
Our First Guest!
This is what happens when you step outside the box. Fellow writers notice! Welcome our first guest, Sadie Chelsea, thehonestwriter.org you can also follow her on Twitter @sadiewriter and all other social media platforms. Can’t wait to share our interview swap with you all! Disclaimer: Internet issues cut us off the first time, so this is take 2. Some parts may still sound choppy, but we laugh anyway 😄 nobody’s perfect. Don’t miss out on her giveaway either. Tune in for the link!
April 5, 2019
Never give up
The key with writing is to keep going. You can do it!
April 4, 2019
I’m Stuck Now What?
So you’re writing and you hit a mental block. What now?
April 4, 2019
Your Social Media Platform
Let’s face it, everyone these days is mostly on social media. How do you approach it for your author platform? Listen in for my opinion. Don’t forget to protect yourself, especially when it comes to inappropriate behavior, bullies, and trolls.
April 4, 2019
Book Reviews
Believe it or not, book reviews are the lifeline of a book. They’re not for us the authors, but they are for readers to help them decide if they want to download or purchase your book. Do you want mostly 5 star reviews? Is it realistic to have a range from 1-5 stars? Have a listen so you can be better prepared. Booksprout.co and booksirens.com are mentioned in this episode.
April 3, 2019
First person vs third person narrative
How do you decide if your story should be in first person or third person narrative? What are the pros and cons? Does it matter to readers? I’ll share my opinion but the final decision is up to you. FYI, if you hear a boom in the background, there was a plant fire in Crosby, TX. 😳 My area’s not affected, but send prayers for those that were🙏🏾
April 2, 2019
The Normal World
Setting up the normal world in your novel? How much time should be allotted before the inciting incident? Is there a word count minimum of setting up your main character’s normal world? I mention K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel in this episode.
April 2, 2019
Necessity or Splurge?
Indie authors, ever wonder what you need as opposed to what you want in order to publish your book? Is it a need or is it a splurge? This is my opinion on what I needed and didn’t need to make my book a success. Have I arrived yet? No, but I’ll share with you what I’ve learned so far. Note: mail chimp subscribers stop at 2K under the free account. Choosing a paid account has unlimited followers.
April 1, 2019
Dealing with Writer’s Block
Writer’s block? I hate it as much as any other author. What do you do to solve it?
March 29, 2019
Just Get it Written
Sometimes we think too much and we end up stifling our own creative writing process. Here’s some motivation fellow writers. Just get it written!
March 28, 2019
Do I need both?
Critique partners and beta readers. Do I really need both? Well...
March 28, 2019
Still looking for beta readers?
What’s the best way to find beta readers? While there are multiple sources, I mention CP matchmaking, critiquematch.com, and betareader.io in this episode. Here’s what I’ve discovered on my journey.
March 27, 2019
How do you know?
Is my book a good idea? Should I go ahead and write it or keep it to myself? Where’s the defining line?
March 26, 2019
Story Map
This episode is a follow on my tutorial on onestopforwriters.com particularly dealing with mapping out your story. How to go from your setup to the aftermath of your manuscript. How do you organize it?
March 26, 2019
If I knew then what I know now
Ever wish you could talk to your former writing self? What advice would you give? What pitfalls would you have avoided?
March 25, 2019
When is my book over?
How long should my book be? Depending on your genre, the word count can have various ranges. Since I’m in the romance genre, it can range from 50K to 90K. I’ve even seen 100K! You might think, how am I supposed to write 100K? When is my book over?
March 25, 2019
Booksprout update!
Here I’m giving an update on my experience so far with booksprout.co. I’ve already received a 4 star review for my upcoming release, Match-Made Christmas! Yes it’s only one review, but it’s better than zero.
March 22, 2019
ARCs? These are advanced readers copies of books that an author chooses to give away in exchange for a review. This comes in handy right before your official release date. It builds excitement and publicity for your book! So... how do you get them? Here’s one way! Booksprout.co is mentioned in this episode. Follow @booksproutapp
March 21, 2019
Critique Match??
Because I’m scoping for beta readers, I’m exploring all possibilities. I’ve recently discovered critiquematch.com and I’ve already found a beta reader! Listen to see how this site works.
March 20, 2019
Imposter Syndrome
Am I really a writer? Should I even be doing this? I’m not the best so why bother? Am I a fraud? Is this journey even worth it?
March 19, 2019
No Head-Hopping
Head-hopping? What is that? It confuses readers and overall it’s not good. Here I’ll share on how to avoid this in your books and how you can makes the changes if you’re doing this. Head-Hopping Gives Readers Whiplash by Beth Hill, fiction editor and novel editor Ellen Brock are mentioned in this episode.
March 18, 2019
I participated in ALLi’s self publishing conference this past weekend. What did I take away? Have a listen and find out.
March 18, 2019
What makes a great book?
What truly makes a great book? Is it the outlining? The plotting? Is it the polished grammar or inciting incident? What about the climax and the denouement? Perhaps it’s the conflict and tension that’s added to keep readers on their toes. Then again, what if it’s none of those things? Could it be that what makes a great book is... the author?
March 15, 2019
Revising, Revising, Revising
Revising your manuscript. Some of us love it, and the rest of us hate it with a passion. Which one am I? Have a listen.
March 14, 2019
Breakup with Backstory
I’m seeing a lot of backstory as I work with my critique partners. I’m still dealing with it myself. What am I learning about it and what’s the best way to handle it? How can you tell if you’re using too much backstory? Are you “info dumping” unnecessarily? How can we break up with it? This is a follow up to the previous episode “Backstory.” I refer to Sandra Gerth’s book Show, Don’t Tell, K.M. Weiland, and Ellen Brock in this episode.
March 13, 2019
Critique Partners—part 3
I’m learning a lot as I work with critique partners. In this episode we’ll discuss how to give and receive constructive criticism from your CP. How much is too much critiquing? Do you point out everything you see? How do you establish boundaries?
March 13, 2019
Self Publishing Conference 2019
March 16th through the 17th, I’ll be participating in the free Self Publishing Conference online. Anybody else attending? Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi) is mentioned in this episode. www.selfpublishingadviceconference.com
March 12, 2019
Looking for Beta Readers?
Recently one of my tweets was liked by BetaReader.io @betareaderapp. I further looked into their website to check them out. Listen to see what they’re all about.
March 12, 2019
What the hook? Part 2
Recently I received advice from developmental editor and book coach Savannah. Her advice on setups/hooks set off a lightbulb in my head💡I had to share it with you all! Still having trouble deciding where to start your book? How do you know you’re starting it in the right place? I’ll be sharing Savannah’s advice in this episode. Follow her on Twitter @savannahgilbo
March 11, 2019
Critique partners—part 2
So you’ve found critique partners! Yay! Now what? How well will you work together? Can you gracefully back out if you prefer to look for someone new? How do you keep up the communication? @CPmatchmaking is mentioned in this episode.
March 11, 2019
Pricing my book
Indie authors, what’s a good strategy for pricing your books? Should you price them for free, 0.99, $2.99+. I’ll share how to price ebooks along with paperback books. While you do want to remain competitive in your pricing, are there times when free works in your favor? Should you do this all the time? Of course not. This is your business, so don’t cheapen the quality of your work. Strategy is the key. Smashwords.com andAmazon KDP are mentioned in this episode.
March 8, 2019
Self Publishing
My journey to publication. While I do plan on traditionally publishing in the future, here’s my experience with self publishing. Smashwords.com is mentioned this episode along with, Goodreads and Booklikes.
March 8, 2019
Since I’m working on outlining my next novel, I recently discovered yWriter software. This is a software to organize scenes, chapters, characters, and settings at a glance. Listen to my thoughts. I mention K.M. Weiland and Simon Haynes in this episode.
March 8, 2019
To Outline or not to Outline?
Should you use an outline? If so... which one? I’ll be referring to K.M. Weiland’s How to Outline your Novel and onestopforwriters.com
March 8, 2019
Symbols and Motifs
According to onestopforwriters.com “symbols and motifs add depth by placing harmonic elements into a story to reinforce an author’s emotion rich insight.” Say what? Think of it as another way of using metaphors or similes. Figurative language ring a bell? I’ll explain.
March 7, 2019
What the Hook?
Hooks. They are usually the first opening lines in your manuscript. It’s also your readers’ third impression of you as an author after your cover and blurb. What do you do? K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel is mentioned in this episode.
March 7, 2019
How do I approach cover design?
Cover design. Is yours eye catching or amateurish? What’s the best thing to do when you’re a writer on a budget? Should you make it yourself? The cover is the first thing readers see before they even read your blurb. Is it wise to make your own or hire a professional? I mention MS PowerPoint, shutterstockcom, bigstockphoto.com, and viladesign.net in this episode. At the end of the day, make the decision that works best for you. When using MS PowerPoint, save file as a JPEG.
March 6, 2019
Getting to know your characters
How do you get to know your characters? How do you make them 3-dimensional? Here I’ll share my process of creating well rounded and relatable characters. I reference onestopforwriters.com. This is a longer episode, but I think you’ll thank me😉👍
March 4, 2019
What’s Wattpad?
This idea came to me, so I wanted to share. If you’re a beginner to critique partners, here’s how I practice my skills without necessarily being someone’s partner. I mention Wattpad.com in this episode. Read other works by fellow authors and comment on those who ask for feedback on their work. Also be willing to receive feedback in return. Practice here! :)
March 4, 2019
One Stop—Part 3
I’m loving onestopforwriters.com. In this episode, we’ll explore more of this one stop website for authors everywhere. Not only do they have character builder profiles, but also setting thesaurus’, story maps, scene maps, templates and worksheets, world building surveys, and timelines. I know 😳😄 crazy amazing!
March 1, 2019
One Stop?
The One Stop for Writers by Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi, and Lee Powell. Does this work? From character building, world building, and mapping scenes, you’ll find it here. Is the investment worth it? onestopforwriters.com is mentioned in this episode💻
February 28, 2019
Hit the Send Button—part 2
Wanted to follow up and let you guys know I sent in my manuscript. Total word count, 69,717 words. I did it! I hit the send button! Will you join me? If you don’t write it, who will?
February 27, 2019
Hit the Send Button
I’m two days away from querying next manuscript. It’s been a long six months. What do you do when you’re right there?
February 26, 2019
Music and Prose
I play the piano by ear after not having touched a keyboard for 17 years! However, almost 5 years later with practice and commitment, I’m now a musician at my church. How does this relate with my writing? Each take practice. Listen and I’ll share.
February 25, 2019
Backstory: Should I or shouldn’t I? While backstory is okay, you don’t want to drag the story. Here you’ll find out when to use it or cut it out.✂️ I mention Sandra Gerth’s book Show, Don’t Tell.
February 22, 2019
When should I publish my book?
Is there a right time to publish a book? Are some months better than others? Does genre matter and depend on the time of year? All will be discussed, but my short answer is TODAY is the day to publish your book. Remember “Just Do it” from Nike? Yeah, just do it. Beware 😳 I share my ❤️ here.
February 21, 2019
My Writing Process
How do I write my books? Where do I start? Do I outline? How long does it take me to write? Well... have a listen.📚📝
February 21, 2019
Professional Editing
Is it worth the investment to hire a professional editor? Here’s my story and what it did for me. Use at your our discretion. FirstEditing.com is mentioned in this episode.
February 20, 2019
How do you know which scenes work best for your book?
February 20, 2019
Character Arcs
Characters arcs, what are they? Do they make a difference in my book or not? I reference K.M Weiland’s Creating Character Arcs.
February 20, 2019
Writer’s Guides
Which writer’s guides are most helpful? Do I even need one? Decisions...decisions. In this episode, I mention guides by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, along with works by K.M. Weiland, Bryn Donovan, Mary Gray, and Nicholas C. Rossis.
February 20, 2019
Showing and telling?
Showing and Telling? Say what? 😳 Should you do one without the other or balance both? I mention Sandra Gerth’s book, Show, Don’t Tell, in this episode.
February 19, 2019
Critique Partners
Critique Partners. What are they and how many do I need?🤷🏾‍♀️
February 16, 2019
A little about me
Hey fellow writers and welcome to my first Podcast! My name is Daria White, and I’m a writer in the making. Listen to hear about me :)
February 15, 2019
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