Goals for December + Random Updates

December is one of my favorite months of the year–it usually is snowing outside (though I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing snow this winter yet and my hopes are high that I’ll wake up some day this month to a white ground) and they joy is amazing with Christmas coming up. So, today I want to talk about my goals for December–it is the last month to complete your bucket list and if you don’t–hey, that’s not a problem, just add it on your next years bucket list. So, now I’ll list my final goals for this year.

  1. Write and/or plan a new book. As a lot of you may know I have been seeking inspiration for nearly a year now. Every sense I finished a book last year and that sucks and doesn’t even make sense I have opened at least 300 documents (I do like to exaggerate but I am serious), writing a page or two before shutting my computer and sighing in frustration. So now I want to brainstorm and setle for one idea and outline that one so I can actually accomplish something. If anyone has any tips  and/or tricks how to fix this (problem), please let me know!
  2. Spread joy on social media. A lot of people have lately been suffering from diseases, depression…, so I want to spread joy and either help them forget about the sickness and/or get rid of the depression.
  3. Study more. Last school you I did fine (my average was a B+) but this school year I haven’t been doing too well, due to distractions and the annoyance of not writing. I even found myself near and F in math so I want to boosts those grades up to an A or B.
  4. Last but not least, read a lot. I have been in a reading slump for about a month now (last month I only read two books!) but I am slowly but surely making my way out of it–with reading contemporary YA. I think that reading contemporary (YA) is a great way to get our of a reading slump – especially when you have depression because they are usually very relatable, honest… And usually the books end with an happy end, leaving you smiling. Of course I am not saying that this doesn’t work for any other genre’s. I also find myself smiling when finishing fantasy or whatever. Also, this is one of my personal tips, so this may or may not work for you.

So those were my goals for this month. Now, some random updates:

  • I finished Snow like Ashes last month (November). I really liked the plot and characters, but sometimes it felt a little bit slow. Let me know if you want me to do a review for it. My overall rating was 3 stars.
  • I got some random ideas (yay) and I think it might be “The Idea” so I am pumped for that.

That was it for today. I hope you enjoyed this (slightly cheesey, I know, this isn’t what I usually talk about) post! Happy writing!

~Luc

P.S: As always, please like and share! Please let my know in the comment or contact section if you have any suggestions or questions; I am an open book!

 

NaNoWrimo? (+Updates and where I have been)

Hello everyone,

first of all, I am sorry I disappeared for about three months. I have been really lazy lately. But I want to start posting weekly, maybe two posts a week.

So, NaNoWriMo, that’s happening right now. You may think that I am doing it–I decided not to. I have had two tests so far this month (English and Math) so I have been studying a lot. I also have French next week. Second, I am laking inspiration. I have no idea what to write. The idea that I had is way to much like Replica by Lauren Oliver. I really want to write YA Contemporary; no clue what it’s going to be about. So I have a question for you guys: How do you get your ideas and how do you flesh them out?

Now I have some tips for some NaNoWriMoers:

  1. Do word sprints. This helps soooo much, really, it does. You set a timer for 15 minutes, turn of the internet and all distractions and just write. Don’t have an excuse like: “Oh, it’s already three and dinner is soon, I better run to the grocery store”. No, just no. Sit down and write for 15 minutes. You’ll be surprised how much you actually get done. My high score was around 1000 words. Also, doing the word sprints with NaNoWriMo on their Youtube channel can help if you want a big community.
  2. Reward yourself. Reward yourself every day, no matter what. Wether it be a book, a cookie, an extra scroll through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr…. Do it. Remind yourself that you are writing 50,000 words in a month. Not something everybody does. Also, even if you only reach 10,000, 20,000 or whatever, give yourself a pat on the back. You at least attempted to write a novel in a month. Not everyone is brave enough to do that.
  3. Don’t give up! This is so important. Even if you feel like your story sucks, keep on going. You never know what might happen; you might have a great idea that’ll make it even better. Your book is great, concidering it is a first draft. Don’t think that you suck. Just don’t. Have confidence in yourself. When you finish it, you can edit and make it perfection. You can do it. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this little post. Please let my know what you would like to see next. How I publish, how I manage not to read that much (I am joking here) or whatever 🙂 Have a great day and remember, reach for your dreams; nothing is impossible. Do whatever it takes, 

Luc

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

Hello everyone,

today I am going to discuss the book “The Marked Girl” by Lindsey Klingele. I did read this book a few months back, but a few of you probably know that this is my favorite book, so let’s jump straight into it.

The official Synopsis: 

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day LA via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task.

 

Overall thoughts (non-spoiler): I give this book a 5/5 star rating. There is seriously nothing I didn’t enjoy about this book. I love Lindsey Klingele’s writing, her description is amazing and I love how she builds suspense up and the character development was great. And, it ends with a cliffhanger! I love cliffhangers, it makes you really excited for the next book in the series! Now, that is all about I can say for non-spoiler. If you haven’t read the book yet, please go and read and support the author. Then come back and discuss the book with me 🙂

 

Spoiler: Okay, so much happens in this book.

Favorite scene: I really liked the scenes in Hollywood, they were really interesting and suspenseful. And when Liv meets her sister, I thought that was pretty cool that she lives in Hollywood. It just shows how different they are from each other.

The Wraths: Okay, these creatures are sooo cool! I think they make such good villains in the book.

The end: Love it, love it, love it. I can’t say much about it. I love how it ends in Caelum with a cliffhanger.

Thanks for checking by,

Lucas

 

PS: I am very sorry for my horrible review. I have never done any review before… When I read a book and give it 4 stars we will have more to talk about 😉

 

NaNoWriMo 2016?!

Hello everyone!

Today I’ll talk about NaNoWriMo 2016! Yep, you heard me write, NaNoWriMo starts in only TWO months, which means prep time begins. So today I will talk a little bit about my process leading up to the first day of NaNoWriMo. Then when NaNoWriMo rolls around I will post updates every week and in between maybe a few posts with tips and tricks, book reviews, etc.

Prep Tips: 

  1. Write an Outline. This is so important for NaNoWriMo. I myself am a Pantser but I do outline for NaNoWriMo. Why? Well, you have thirty days to write a novel so I wouldn’t like to get stuck and not complete my wordcount goal, aka. win. So with an outline you WON’T get stuck. You have everything planned out. Of course, you don’t need to stick to the outline. You will make stuff up while you go, but if you get stuck you know in which direction you are heading or should be heading. I do chapter outlines, I will leave an example down below:

Chapter One: 

… (what happens in this chapter)

 

Chapter Two:

… “”

 

2. Draw Your Characters! I have never really done this before but I have once and it helps a lot! It puts you in the mindset of the character. Recommend doing it!

3. Write down any idea that comes to your mind or description! This may sound weird because this is normal for a writer, but include this in your outline. If you have an idea for a scene, write it down. If you have an idea of how to describe a scenery, right it down. You don’t know, even if it has nothing to do with your plot/story, maybe you can redo it and include it in your book. If this doesn’t make sense, please drop a comment down below!

Those were my tips! I hope you enjoyed them, please make sure to drop a comment down below if there is any topic that you would like me to cover!

Thanks,

Lucas

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The Rapid Fire Book Tag!

Hello everyone,

I am sorry I vanished for a few months; I was busy finishing up school and on vacation but now I am back and I thought I would start the day with the rapid fire book tag so let’s get started!

  1. E-book or Physical Book?

As hard as it may seem, I’ll go with E-Book. I love reading on my Kindle Paperwhite 2016, it is really convenient–I can have thousands of books on there and carry a two-pound device with me everywhere I go. And plus, the prices are way cheaper. But I do buy a few physical books like Tween fantasy books because they usually have a map in it!

2. Paperback or Hardcover? 

Okay, this one is hard since I read a lot on my Kindle. I love how cheap and light the Paperback’s are, but they get damaged way too quickly so I will go with the expensive and heavy Hardcover.

3. Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

As much as I do love roaming around bookstores, I’ll go with online book shopping, the prices are way better and it is easier to find a book, #LOL

4. Trilogies or Series? 

I’ll go with trilogies. I am horrible at finishing book series that you have to read in order, but with YA that doesn’t happen very often. With Middle-Grade you can read almost every series out of order. Trilogies are nice because they sometimes end with cliffhangers which I love and keep me going.

5. Heros or Villians? 

Heros. I love the way heroes go through obstacles to kill the villains, it is just me.

6. A book you want everyone to read. 

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele, it is soo amazing! OMG! I just want the sequel because it left off with my dearest cliffhangers!

7. Recommend an underrated book! 

I’ll go with the Marked Girl. Way more people should read the amazing 400-paged book and it has JessetheReader, PolandbananasBOOKS and Katytastic in the book trailer 🙂

8. The last book you bought? 

I have no clue, #LOL, it has been a while… I have bought so many books that I still have to read.

9. Weirdest thing you have used as a bookmark? 

Definitely a different book or my phone.

10. Used Books: Yes or No?

No. No explanation.

11. Top three favorite genres? 

Mysteries/Spy, Fantasy and Magical Realism.

12. Borrow or Buy?

Buy. Since I live in Germany all of my friends read German so I have no other choice…

13. Characters or Plot?

Hm… This is a hard one but I’ll say plot. Characters are important to me, but if the plot isn’t interesting, I don’t read the books, even if the character relates to me.

14. Long or Short Books?

I’ll go with both. I typically like about 300-400 paged books, but over 500 pages, nah.

15. Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele (awesome book, go buy it)

Inherited by Freedom Matthews (great book)

Magic – The Crest by Rena Marthaler (okay, this is my favorite mythology/fantasy book! It is short, but OMG! And it is middle-grade.)

16. Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Laugh. I love laughing a lot. And I haven’t read a book yet that made me cry. Score.

17. Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I really like Fictional Worlds, but I love the reality in our world so I’ll go with that. If I could do both each would be 50/50.

18. Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I don’t really listen to Audiobooks, but I do like them so yes.

19. Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

It is a lie if I said I never did it. Period. (I mean, everybody does it or has done it! If not, you should be proud of yourself!)

20. Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

TV Adaptations. I love how there are episodes and sometimes seasons and the cliffhangers….

21. A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The Maze Runner, I think. I didn’t read past the 100th page and I watched a little bit of the movie and that is amazing… Sorry maze runner fans…

22. Series or Standalones?

Hard to say. I love standalones because I don’t need to worry about reading the next book, but I love series when some books have cliffhangers so 50/5o.

 

That was it for today! I hope you guys enjoyed the tag and let me know in the comment section down below what you would like me to do in future blog posts, tags, first drafts etc. Thanks for stopping by!

Luc

 

 

New Books coming this year?!

Hello everyone,

today I want to talk a little bit about my upcoming projects.

So, one that I am currently working on is titled (working titles, please tell me what one you like more):

  • Apocalypses
  • Mercy

 

And now some ones that I plan to work on:

  • (Sydney and Sam 3#)
  • Fallen Love Prequel
  • A Tri0lgy

 

Please guess in the comments down below what you think the books are/could be about! Thanks for checking by,

Luc

Sydney and Sam are back!

Hello everyone!

Who have been following me on Instagram (@lucasjamesauthor) know that I decided to not make Fallen Love a Duology; just one book. Right now it is 21,000 words. But today I am not here to talk about that, I am to tell you about my new project.

I have started a new Sydney and Sam Mystery. You can forget the Zoo mystery because I looked back at it and it was horrible, so I decided to write a real action packed one. This one here is called: The Haunted Circus. Okay, this one contains hypnotizing, haunted clowns and dogs and much more of those things so if you are a clown, I wouldn’t read it when it comes out.

Now I can’t tell you much more, but I will give you a small teaser that no one has seen, unedited, so we’ll see. Please let me know what you think. (I know that some words repeat, but then again, it is a rough draft.)

Sydney jerked back as the black dog started running towards her. She wasn’t expecting it to do that; she had thought that the criminals had hypnotized the dog, but she was beginning to realize that dogs couldn’t get hypnotized since they thought everything that moved was just a toy.

Sydney wished that Sam was here; he probably would’ve gone up to the dog and calmed him down with his bravery, but Sydney was just a mouse compared to Sam.

So Sydney decided to run. That was her only hope, even though she wasn’t that dumb to know that dogs were faster than her.

Sydney sprinted across the lawn, trying to see if any sticks were lying on the floor. It was hard to see, even in the full moon moonlight, casting across the lawn.

Now and then Sydney heard a bark, and they seemed to get louder by the second, but she didn’t care; all she wanted was to get home.

She didn’t know anymore why she wanted to do this late night investigation with Sam out of town for the weekend, visiting his grandparents at their farm in Texas. He has warned her to not do anything without her, and now she was beginning to realize why he had said that.

 

Thanks for checking by!

Luc

How do you write?

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk a little bit about the topic how do you write. I get this questioned as a lot, so let’s begin.

How do you write? – The answer to this question is: There is no such thing as “how do you write” because everyone can write. There is no how do you write. Everyone, and I mean everyone has a story to tell, and what they should rather ask is “How do you find time to write” or “How do you write as a kid”… I can answer both of those questions.

“How do you find time to write?” – As an adult, it can be very hard to find time to write, but if you think about it is way easier to find time than you think. For example:

  1. Wake up an hour earlier.
  2. Stay up an hour later.

Those two are the simplest ones. As a kid, like for me, it is easier, because I have more free time, but then again, here in Germany we only have school until 1:00 PM.

 

“How do you write as a kid?” – Easy: you read a lot, you write a lot. If you don’t like reading, then I wouldn’t think of writing a book, because it will–sorry if I am saying this–most likely not be good. Why? Because if you don’t read, you won’t know the art of telling stories. And if you read a lot, then you’ll know what makes a good book, words you can use…

Thank you for checking by! Please let me know if you any other questions!

Luc

Writing the first draft of your first book!

Hello everyone,

today I want to talk a little bit about writing the first draft. So, let’s begin!

  1. Write the first chapter. This can be very hard because you want the first sentence, the first paragraph to capture the readers attention and sometimes if the first page is just boring text about the characters, they will put it down, but if you, for example, write a lot of exciting things at school, it will be a little bit more interesting. And as well, a great first sentence is actually when someone says something.
  2. Write the rest. This is usually easy, but if you get stuck, then just skip the scene or chapter and move on and when you are done with the book, you can go back to it and write it.
  3. Let it sit. This is very important. You should not begin with the second draft, because you will feel overwhelmed, so take at least a one week break before you get back to it. It is important to get back to it with a fresh mind. PS: If you are in NaNoWriMo and finish early like I did, and you didn’t meet your word count goal, then go over the manuscript and add stuff or delete. This is your second draft!

So that is it for today! Please let me know in the comment section if you have any questions!
Thanks!
Luc

My outlining process

Hello everyone!

A lot have been commenting on Instagram and on my blog that they want to know more about my outlining process, so I want t0 tell you a bit about it. First, I’ll tell you everything I need to outline:

  1. Flashcards
  2. Optional: A computer or paper/notebook…
  3. Highlighters
  4. Pens
  5. Sleeves
  6. An idea

 

So, now let’s begin!

  1. I come up with an idea. This can be very hard to find something new, but eventually, an idea will strike when you don’t think it will, so always, I repeat, always bring a notebook to bring with you!
  2. Write a short synopsis on a flashcard. This is just an overview of the story.
  3. Come up with characters. After I come up with characters, I write their full name on a flashcard and on the back write their description.
  4. Make a chapter outline. For this, you can either use a computer or a notebook. This is where you write a short synopsis what happens in each chapter. This is really helpful.
  5. Last I highlight important information like names, descriptions, an important scene…

 

So that was it for today! If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll answer them either in a blog post or reply.

Thanks,

Luc

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