Weekly Update: February 4, 2018

J. C. Cauthon's Weekly Writing Update - http://www.jccauthon.com #amwriting #plans #nonfictionwritingGood morning, everyone!  Once again, I must apologize for falling off the map and disappearing.  A lot of decisions had to be made at the end of the year (2017), and with the holidays, the continual cold (winter is definitely not my favorite time of the year), and with the continual colds that plague my children every winter, it took me a but longer to make those decisions than I had planned.

As of December 31, 2017, there will be no more workbooks released, no more monthly prompt sets released, and the yearly edition will be released the month before the year begins.  For example, The Daily Prompt 2018 was released in December of 2017.

I am, once again, toying with the idea of releasing genre collections throughout the year.  I tried this in 2016, and although the books gained some popularity, the collections were not well-planned beforehand, and the idea fell apart.  This time around, I plan for each genre to have at least 300 prompts per released book to make it more substantial, and they will be published throughout the year, but I still have a lot of planning to do.

Other than that, there has not been a lot happening under my J. C. Cauthon “hat.”  That’s what I call my many pen names.  My fiction “hats” are all starting new projects this month as well, so don’t forget to check out those blogs if the genres interest you.

Toodaloo for now!  I’ll check in again next week–hopefully, with more news.

New Release: The Daily Prompt 2018

The Daily Prompt 2018 - J. C. Cauthon #writingprompts #writing #inspirationDo you have days where you feel like your written words are struggling to break the surface?

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

The Daily Prompt 2018 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 damn 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 #creativewriting

For more books by J. C. Cauthon, please visit her Book List.

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.)

World-Builders Series: Week 8: Vehicle Creation

How to Build Your World: Vehicle Creation - Jessica Cauthon #writing #worldbuilding #writingworksheetWorld-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.

Vehicle Creation

Over the last seven weeks, we have been creating our story worlds. We started with the large pieces, the lands, and we have been progressing into all the smaller parts that make each world different from the next. Last week, we worked on creating cities, towns, and buildings. I hope that you had fun with that segment. This week, we are going to work on transportation. Some worlds will be fairly straight-forward. Stories set in the present-day or in the past of human history will have very strict regulations on what sort of vehicles will be available. For fantasy and science fiction worlds, however, you get to be creative. Your beings may race across the country on horseback like the riders of Middle Earth, or they could ride giant cats or fly through the air on large birds. In science fiction, you could have hover cars, teleportation devices, portals, the Ring system like was used in Stargate, and so on. There are so many possibilities.

World-Builders Series: Vehicle Creation - Jessica Cauthon #worldbuilding #writing #writingreference

So, grab a copy of the worksheet above, print off one or two, and let’s give it a go.

Use this worksheet as much as you want, share it with others, and create all the means of transportation that you want. Please do not claim this worksheet as your own, and give proper credit to me by linking back to my website. Thank you!

This concludes the World-Builders series. I hope that you have had fun building your story world from the ground up, literally. Please share this series with your friends, and best wishes to you on your writing journey!

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