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: December 4

So, I’m realizing here lately that I am not doing so well with the remembering to update everyone on what has been happening here this week.  This was on my list of things to do, but somehow, I missed it.

The Daily Prompt 2017

The Daily Prompt 2017 comes out this week.  It includes every creative writing prompt from the 2017 monthly series.  This book will be available at Amazon, and you will be able to purchase it in e-book format and in paperback.

Another Year of Blog Prompts

This is taking me longer to complete than I care to admit.  I have been working on the graphics for the daily prompts that I share on the blog for almost two months.  It’s a simple copy & paste job with a little bit of fiddling to make it fit in the margins of the background graphic, and for some reason, I just can’t seem to plant my behind in the chair and get it done.

I will have these ready to roll out in time for 2018, so don’t worry–you won’t miss a single day of writing.

That’s All, Folks

Other than that, it has been a fairly quiet week here in my home office.  The house is decorated for Christmas, the kids are ready for school to be out, and there is a somewhat winter chill in the air.  (There are days where I actually have to wear my winter jacket in the morning.  I’m in t-shirts by the end of the afternoon, however.)

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.

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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Book Review: Rise of the Fallen

Rise of the Fallen by Donya Lynne

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was a pleasant read, plot wise. I downloaded it to read because it was supposed to be a romance/paranormal novel, but I think it should have been an erotica novel. The sex scenes were very explicit, and were not really my cup of tea, so to speak.

But there was a decent story here. We have Micah, who is a centuries old vampire, and he’s been through hell, love-wise. His first mate died (don’t think the book ever said how) back when he was a young vampire, and someone he mated with recently left him because apparently the mating thing didn’t go both ways(yeh, didn’t understand that either), so he’s bereft. Along comes Sam, and tada! love at first sight, or bite.

The plot is decent, but there is a lot going on in the background that is never really explained. And there is a chapter between two male vampires that I found to be a bit unnecessary for this book. Questions about Traceon, Tristan, All the King’s Men. They just weren’t explained. Little tidbits of information were tossed in here and there, but nothing that really told you anything important.

If you need a quick read or just need to relax for a bit, I’d suggest reading this book, but don’t expect all your questions to be answered or to have closure when you reach the end.

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