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There are only 2 days to go until NaNoWriMo begins. Who’s psyched up for it? I know I am! I’m so keen. Along with NaNo, is my month off work so I’m super keen. Finally I have the whole month to focus on my writing.

As usual, throughout the month of November I will blog about my progress. As I produce a new blog, please let me know in the comments how you’re going too. I love hearing how everyone is doing. Even if you’re not doing well, it doesn’t matter. It’s giving it a go that counts, if you only get 5,000 words written then that’s still great!!

Here’s¬† recap of my plans for NaNo.

This year I’m writing a brand new story (last year was a rewrite), which is partially planned out. I had hoped to have it fully planned by the 1st but I’ve been so busy at work it just hasn’t happened. I’m not too fazed though. I’ve got about half of the story planned so that’s a start and I can continue planning during November.

My goal, as is everyone’s, is reaching 50,000 words but I’m also planning to go one step further and complete the novel. I’ve been so excited to write this since I had the idea so I’m hoping it’ll flow out of me when I begin. With no work interruptions, I should be able to do a lot better this year with having a lot more writing time.

Okay, so this will be my last NaNo blog until the 1st. I will blog at the end of that day to advise you of my day 1 progress.

For now I must get some work done work as I’ve got lots to do before I finish for a month.

Have a great day or night, wherever you are.

I’m taking a break from my usual blog about writing and instead I’m writing about something close to my heart. Something I’m extremely passionate about. Today I’m writing about domestic abuse. There’s a question that’s been bugging me a lot lately. Before I reveal it though, let me explain why I’m writing this.

The Australian government are working toward putting support in place for domestic abuse victims. I say good on them, abuse victims don’t deserve to be treated this way and they deserve to get away from the monster hurting them and get help to move on. However, the million dollar question bugging me, which many people seem to avoid, is this: are men victims of domestic abuse too?

What is my answer? It’s simple, I said I was passionate about it and the answer may surprise you. I mean, it seems to be a mental attitude that women stick together and stand up for each other. Apparently it’s ‘wrong’ to take sides with the man. Well, I’m different. I’m not a feminist, I believe men are often treated wrongly too.

So my answer is this: Most certainly! There are men who are victims of abuse too. I’ve read a few news articles about men who have been attacked by their female partners but they’re extremely scarce. You’ll mostly see articles about women being abused and how tragic it is. And yes it’s true, it’s extremely tragic and no one should be a victim of abuse. I take both sides but I’m here to help people see it’s not just women. The world today makes it seem as though it’s only women who are abused but that’s wrong.

Men have been victims but so many of them don’t speak up. I can’t speak for an abused man, I’ve never met one but I know they exist. I am married though and I’ve had this discussion with my husband. He said himself if he was abused by a woman he would find it extremely hard to speak up in fear of being laughed at or, worse yet, not believed. How terrible is that? Men are looked upon as strong, reliable and able to handle pretty much anything. The truth is, men have feelings too. They might show them differently to females but they still have them and they have a snapping point too.

They need as much support as female abuse victims. They need to feel that they can talk to someone and not get laughed at and they will be believed. I understand men find it difficult to talk about anything on a personal level but if they know no one would look down on them, I feel it would help them a lot.

Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below. ūüôā

Yep, it’s that time again…well almost. With only a month and a bit until NaNo commences, it’s time to start planning and thinking about what you’re going to write this year.

Who else is taking part? I am, of course. And what’s even better is this year I’ve got the whole month of November off work. After being at my job for almost 10 years (31st October will be 10 years), my long service leave will become available. Perfect timing too, if you ask me.

Every year I’ve loved participating in NaNo but when I work full time, it’s always such a struggle to meet the word count. I make it nearly every year (apart from 2012 when I first commenced, that was a flop) but it’s still difficult. So I’m hoping this year will be different. I’ll get a lot more writing time and will be able to attend functions set up by the Adelaide NaNo group.

The only time I won’t get to write is at the end of November. I’ll be visiting Western Australia when my sister gets married. I may get some writing done over there but I may not. My aim is to reach 50,000 words before I leave (before the 24th November). Can I do it? Well I’m hoping so!

So who else is taking part in NaNo this year? Do you have a story in mind you want to write or rewrite? Comment below, I’m interested to read what other people are doing. ūüôā

I know I promised to blog the link to each chapter of my book¬†‚ÄėWriting Tips 101: How To Be A Good¬†Writer‚Äô but I actually forgot. Sincerest apologies!

About a month ago I posted the first lesson on Planning. The next lesson is on plots and subplots.

Check out the lesson by clicking on the below link:

https://www.wattpad.com/147026261-writing-tips-101-how-to-be-a-good-writer-plots-and

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions either post them either here or on Wattpad.

I will post the next link in a few days.

Enjoy!

This past weekend I’ve attended the online Claytons¬†Conference through Romance Writers of Australia. They always hold a face to face conference too (this year it was in Melbourne) but not everyone can attend, hence why they do an online version. It was, in my opinion, just as awesome.

Over the two days, many topics were covered. In time I’ll post reviews on all the forums but for now there was one in particular that stuck out to me…author branding. When it comes to branding, it’s basically making a name for yourself. Think Apple and you’ll know exactly what I mean. When it comes to authors think Nora Roberts, John Grisham, Terry Pratchett. Even if you haven’t read their work, you’re sure to know their name. That’s how you become a brand. People know of you.

I’ve started my branding but I’m not very well known yet. I’m a regular member on Wattpad. I have this blog, albeit it’s still not updated regularly but at least I have it. I also have an author page on Facebook and a Twitter account. So my branding is slowly coming together but there is still a lot of work to do.

If I want to really take it seriously I need to act like I’m a business. I need logos, tag lines, you name it. But I’m keen. I’m¬†really¬†keen because I’m so excited for people to read my work. One thing that was made clear was to have your brand known before your first book is published and that’s what I’m doing.

The only thing is…my name. My author name right now is Lisa Stanbridge. To me it’s boring. It doesn’t have an ‘author’ ring to it. You know what I mean? The names I¬†mentioned above are perfect examples. Some others are Harlan Coben, Sophie Kinsella and Jane Costello. They all have a ring to it. Mine doesn’t.

When question time came about at the end of the author branding topic, I posed that exact question. What do I do if I have a boring name? Bruce, the presenter, said¬†to me my biggest problem would be the¬†spelling of my name. Everyone will get it wrong, and trust me they do! They add a D after the N. Some just change the name all together. It’s very frustrating. As an example he said I could use ‘Lisa Stan’ as a name. But to me, there’s still no ring so this is where the title of my blog comes in. Pseudonyms – to use or not to use?

My answer is…there is¬†nothing¬†wrong with pseudonyms if you want to have a catchy author name. So I have made a decision. As an author I no longer want to¬†be known by my real name. So what will my pseudonym be? Well, I’m still undecided! Sorry for the let down but I promise I’ll advise as soon as I know.

Once I’ve decided, I’m going to change my¬†name on all my social media accounts to be known by that. Bruce mentioned consistency and that’s exactly what I’ll do.

So on that note I will say this: if you’re a writer and you either don’t like your name as an author name, or you just want to use a pseudonym,¬†then go ahead. You still use your real name for contacting agents and publishers but you tell them you write under a pseudonym and that will appear on any books published. So many authors do it.

I will post a proper review on this topic in a few days once I receive the information handbook from the organisers of the online conference.

For now, I shall leave you in peace. Feel free to ask any questions below. ūüôā

So today I started my new book on wattpad – ‘Writing Tips 101: How To Be A Good¬†Writer’. The first lesson is on Planning.

Check out the lesson by clicking on the below link:

http://www.wattpad.com/142439563-writing-tips-101-how-to-be-a-good-writer-planning

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions either post them either here or on Wattpad.

Enjoy!

I’m starting a new book on Wattpad called ‘Writing Tips 101: How to be A Good¬†Writer’.¬†In here I’m going to be¬†sharing what I¬†have learnt in my years¬†of writing. I’m not a professional (yet!) but I know enough that I can share with others.

Every time I post a new part with a new tip, I will post the link in a new blog so everyone on here can benefit. I am open to all questions, suggestions and comments.

I’m really excited about this. I love writing and I love helping people become better¬†writers.

Keep your eyes peeled, I will be commencing as soon as I’ve created a cover. ūüôā