New Release: The Daily Prompt 2017

The Daily Prompt 2017 - J. C. Cauthon #writingprompts #writing #inspirationDo you have days where you feel like your written words are blocked?

Do you sit down, wanting to write, but find that the words don’t come?

The Daily Prompt 2017 is a collection of writing prompts designed specifically to help you get words on the page.  Each prompt is inspirational in its own way, and with a prompt for each day of the year, you are certain to find something to write every day.

Use these prompts to break the dam that is holding back your words and get yourself in the habit of writing every single day.

Buy now in e-book or print format!

The Daily Prompt 2017: 365 Creative Writing Prompts for 365 Days of the Year - J. C. Cauthon #writing #writingprompts #creativewritingFor more books by J. C. Cauthon, please visit her Book List.

 

Weekly Update: November 26th

A Week in Review: November 26th - J. C. Cauthon #update #wip #holidaysIt has begun.  The beginning of the end.

The end of the year, that is.

For most people, this is the time of year where they want to be with their family and their friends, and they want to be sociable.

I want to take a box of books, some writing paper and pens, and a ration of food, and I want to go into a “seclusion” within my own home.

But, alas, as a now-single mother of four younger children, I cannot.  Besides, it is expected of me to be at the family gatherings, at least.

New Release

I released The Daily Prompt 2017: December digital edition on November 21st.

Don’t panic if you think you missed the announcement.  I never sent it.

I know.  Bad, bad me.  It was the last day before the children got out of school for five whole days, and I had to double-check and make sure I was ready for them to eat me out of house and home for five straight days.  Yes, I spent the majority of that Tuesday at the grocery store, spending money I didn’t have to spend on food.

They go back to school tomorrow, and it looks like a swarm of locusts attacked my pantry.

Moving right along…

Upcoming Release

On November 28th, I will be releasing The Daily Prompt 2017: December Workbook.

This is my very last workbook.  I made the announcement several weeks ago (whenever the last time was that I posted an update) that I was going to be discontinuing the workbooks simply because no one besides myself had purchased any.  No one complained about my announcement, so I will continue through with my decision.

Other Things Worth Mentioning (sorta…)

I’m also deliberating on changing up the way I publish my prompt series again.  This year was a flop when it came to sells.  It was a bad year, all around.

So, in December, prepare yourself for a bit of chaos when it comes to my publications.  I will be releasing The Daily Prompt 2017 full year set, the paperback for the same year, and I am thinking about doing away with the monthly installments and going back to a yearly publication only, so The Daily Prompt 2018 and its paperback edition will be coming out in December as well.

I also think there is another quarterly box set for 2017 scheduled for release in December as well.

Chaos, chaos, chaos…everywhere.

And on that note, it’s Sunday, three-quarters of my children are off with their grandparents, so I am going to go write while I have something that resembles peace and quiet happening here in the home.

New Release: The Daily Prompt 2017: November

The Daily Prompt 2017: November - A Creative Writing Prompt for Every Day of November - J. C. Cauthon #writing #writingprompt #writingreferenceThe Daily Prompt 2017: November hit the Amazon shelves today.  This collection contains thirty brand new prompts, one for each day of November, in one convenient list.  Purchasing it today will give you enough time to prepare for the first day of November.

With NaNoWriMo on the horizon, along with several other write-athons, The Daily Prompt 2017: November is just what you need.  Each writing prompt is sure to spark a story.

Secure your copy from Amazon today.

For more writing prompt collections by J. C. Cauthon, visit her author page.  She releases writing prompt collections every month.

Weekly Update: October 15th

A Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsyWhen I started my weekly updates at the beginning of the year, I never looked forward to Sundays. I always felt like I had failed. I never managed to finish as much as I wanted to, and that always made me feel horrible. It took me a long time to realize that I was an “over-scheduler.” I wasn’t realistic. With four kids and all the daily household chores I have to do, there was simply no way I could write eight thousand words in a single day, read four or more chapters of a book, and finish anything.

It was quite disheartening. Especially since I knew. I knew that before the end of the year, I would be on my own—just me and the four kids.

I had to get to the point where I was finishing things every week.

And this week, I finally did it.

With the exception of my one hour spot on Friday for creating new products for my Etsy shop, I accomplished every single task I had planned this week. All of them. So, without much further ado, let’s go over what I did this week and what I have planned for this upcoming week.

Reading

A Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsyLast week, I picked out two Dragonlance novels to read this week. Brothers Majere was the first book that I chose this week. It is the third book of the Preludes series, and it was written by Kevin Stein. I had actually read this one before, so I knew what to expect, and I found this book to be a quick light read, at least compared to Brother in Arms.

Brother in Arms is Book 2 in the Raistlin Chronicles, and it was co-written by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin. Most readers won’t find this book as heavy as I found it to be, but I’m also an older audience than is intended for theA Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsy book, and I was able to see more of what each outcome meant for the twins and for their half-sister. I love reading about the Majere twins, and it never mattered to me that Raistlin turned into a twisted beast of a person—I still loved them both. For the most part, however, I found that most of this novel felt like a forced plot, and a lot of the secondary characters felt like cardboard cut-outs. I am happy to have gotten a glimpse into more of the twins’ histories, but I will not be revisiting this book like I have so many other Dragonlance novels.

A Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsyThis week, I am reading one book from Dragonlance and another fantasy novel that I apparently forgot I purchased. I dug through my Kindle e-book purchases this week, and I found many books that I purchased almost four years ago that I still haven’t read, so I picked one of them as A Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsymy second book for this week. Call of the Herald is by Brian Rathbone, and it is the first book in The Dawning of Power Trilogy. I purchased this one back in 2013, and it’s high-time I read it. I will also be reading Chosen of the Gods by Chris Pierson. It is Book 1 of The Kingpriest Trilogy. I have never read this Dragonlance novel, but I am hoping that since it is by an author I have never read that it will be a good read.

Writing

I made a lot of progress with my writing over the last week. I chose one project, and I stuck with it, which is a rarity for me. Since the first monthly edition of The Daily Prompt 2018 series will be coming out in December, I knew I had to get that whole series finished up and ready to go as soon as I could. I did not finish it this week, but I made a lot of progress. All of my prompts are written, proofread, and they have all been assigned to their day of the year. I also set up all the title pages, copyright pages, front and back matter, and covers for the monthly, quarterly, and yearly e-book collections. I can’t start on the monthly workbook editions or the yearly paperback edition until I have finished setting up all the daily entries.

For The Words

I held off on posting new items to my shop this week. I wanted to focus more on creating the new items instead of feeling like I was constantly rushed to get one item all set up and posted by the end of the day.

This week, I will begin posting items again. All items this week will be stationery items, but if my creation time goes according to plan this week, I should have some planner-type projects to list and perhaps a NaNoWriMo word tracker.

Goals for the Upcoming Week

So, I’m looking forward to this week. How about you? I have a lot of goals that I am hoping to reach.

I want to read Call of the Herald and Chosen of the Gods by Saturday evening.
I want to finish setting up and proofreading the daily entries for The Daily Prompt 2018.
I want to pull the digital versions of the monthly editions, quarterly editions, and the yearly edition of The Daily Prompt 2018 by Friday afternoon.
I want to create at least two new planner spreads and nine new stationery sets for the shop by Friday afternoon.
And I want to list five items in the shop this week.

I better get cracking.

World-Builders Series: Week 1: World and Land Creation

World-Builders Series: World and Land Creation
World-Builders Series: Special Item Creation
World-Builders Series: Race Creation
World-Builders Series: Creature Creation
World-Builders Series: Deity Creation
World-Builders Series: Character Creation
World-Builders Series: Building Creation
World-Builders Series: Vehicle Creation

Over the last year or so, I have had several people ask me how I create my fantasy and science fiction worlds when I write. At first, I was stumped. How do I describe the methods I use to create my world maps, my races and creatures, my cultures? I would try, and I would try hard, but in the end, I only ended up with a glassy-eyed conversationalist who had long since zoned out. So, one day, I looked at my process, and I decided that I would stream-line it, create templates that would not only help me but would also help other writers and even game players who had to create their characters for the worlds they and their friends played in.

For the rest of the month of October and all of November, I will be sharing the eight templates that I use to build my worlds. Some of the worksheets are thorough, walking you through the ins and outs of what you need to create, and others serve more as jumping-off points. You may use only one to create a character, but you may use several of them to create a land, and all of them to create a world. It all depends on how in-depth you want to be when it comes to your world.

World and Land Creation

This week, I will begin with the big picture: world and land creation. Every story has a world. You can’t have characters, races, creatures, or societies without a world to put them in. Your story world may be small, or it may be very large. That’s okay. You can make it whatever size you want it to be—it’s your world—and you can use as many of the following worksheet as you want to create your story world.

If your story world exists from beginning to end in one small area, then use one of the Land Creation Sheets below to get you started and draw how you see your world. Your story map does not have to be pretty. It can be squares and circles with squiggly lines or it can be as epic as the map for Lord of the Rings. It really doesn’t matter as long as you know where everything is in your world so that you can describe it. You don’t want to say that Five Points if west of Valkin in chapter four of your book only to have your characters traveling east from Valkin to reach Five Points.

Readers do notice stuff like that.

If your world is massive, such as my story world for the Chronicles of Ithmere, you can use multiple copies of the Land Creation Sheet for each realm or country within the world. I used ten of these sheets to help me visualize my fantasy world of Ithmere, and then I drew the map below so that I could see the world dynamic. This map is rough, and it’s really not that pretty, but it helps me “see” my world, which, in the end, makes it easier for me to write my world and make it feel real.

Use this worksheet as much as you want, share it with others, and build your worlds. Please do not claim this worksheet as your own, and give proper credit to me by linking back to my website. Thank you!

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