Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Writing Challenge Motivation


I have a confession to make; I can be lazy when it comes to writing. I have moments where I want to write, but when I sit down at the computer, the feeling goes away. There's been days, even weeks where I've gone without writing.

I started working on my latest WIP back in June, and by mid August I estimated I had only completed 2 chapters. Sure that seemed like good progress, but for me it wasn't much. I needed some motivation, a kick in the butt to get me writing.

Thanks to writingchallenge.org I found my motivation. They host monthly writing challenges where you try to complete 500 words a day or 1 hour of editing. You keep track of your progress on the site's participant log and on Twitter using their hashtags.

I'd been thinking of entering a writing challenge because it'd be a great form of motivation and plus it'd be fun. When I came across writingchallenge.org I decided to give it a shot and see if it helped. So in September I began my writing challenge, each day I wrote 500 words on my WIP, sometimes I'd exceed the limit.

The challenge proved to be a great motivation and by the end of October, I finished my book. Having a goal to complete each day made me want to sit down and write, for the first time in months I was excited about writing.

Since the writing challenge, I've been writing and editing more. I make it a priority to try to write every day and not go more than one week without writing. I'm hoping to release my latest WIP in March and if I stick with my plan like I did in the writing challenge, I should succeed in my goal.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Author Spotlight--Frederick Crook

Greetings everyone.

I'm pleased to have Frederick Crook as a guest today. Today he'll be sharing with us, his latest release Campanelli: Sentinel. So please give a warm welcome to Frederick.


Blurb:

It is  2110 and migration to the colony planet, Alethea, has depleted Earth of billions of people. As a result, migration has been declared illegal by all world governments. Human trafficking becomes highly profitable for organized crime and their influence reaches beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Many starships returning from Alethea are diverted from the scrapping process and secretly refurbished, allowing the population to shrink further.

Frank Campanelli is a blind Chicago Police detective who depends on his fully functional bio-electronic implants to see and do his job. After assisting on a botched infiltration of a top human trafficking network, he and his partner, Marcus Williams, are transferred into the CPD's Organized Crime Division to head the newly formed Sentinel group and bring down the Ignatola family business.

Excerpt:

       Frank took manual control of the car and set its alert status to 'Condition Two'. The car's computer sent out its signal to traffic lights and other computerized vehicles, clearing the way for them. The blue lights flashed and the siren whooped and warbled to warn pedestrians and non-computerized vehicles of their presence.
       Campanelli adjusted his lenses to zoom in just enough that he saw the leading edge of his vehicle's hood and beyond. This gave him advanced warning of upcoming pavement hazards. He kept his thought commands on visual adjustments, putting them back to default when the car was in traffic and zooming forward again once the road was clear ahead. Frank's full-service lenses had an advantage over the standard bio-electronic breed. His fully encompassed the surface of the eyes to give him the benefit of peripheral vision. When he magnified his view, it was not merely like looking through binoculars, it was kin to being physically thrust forward a few feet, albeit with some distortion at the edges of his field of view. With this advantage, Frank Campanelli had the reputation of being a rather insane driver, but from his point of view, he simply saw more detail than others and drove to match.
       As it was Saturday morning, the traffic was light. As a result, Frank could get the car up to eighty miles an hour at times, broken up by sudden slowing and lane changing to avoid a vehicle or road hazard. This unsettled Marcus Williams to no end, forcing the veteran to increase his serotonin levels as he held on to the door handle and center console while plastering his feet into the floorboards.
       The engine whined and whistled with acceleration, alternating with the crying of rubber whenever the brakes were hit hard or the steering yoke was twitched to go around something.
       Marcus was just glad they were not in pursuit, otherwise Frank would be in a real hurry.
       Campanelli slowed at the corner of State and Madison and hung a tight left. The powerful car accelerated like a shot, but the siren went quiet. Marcus dared to open his eyes and saw that the road ahead was deserted of pedestrians, cars, and potholes.
       The siren sounded again as they approached the intersection at Dearborn. Dodging around a CTA bus, Frank made the turn and accelerated again, though only briefly as they were close to their destination.
       Suddenly, the siren quieted and the motor would down to its near-silent normalcy. Marcus opened his eyes in time to see the blue lights cycle one last time before going out. The light at West Washington Street still turned green for them, indicating that Frank had set the car to 'Condition Four': 'No lights, no sirens, just an officer in kind of a hurry', as it had been explained to him once by someone he could not remember.

 
 Author's Bio

Frederick was born in Chicago in 1970 and now lives in Villa Park with his wife, Rae and their three miniature dachshunds. He began writing fictional works all through high school, earned an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Electronics in 1994 and the Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University in 2005.
       In 2009, Frederick began writing his first novel, The Dregs of Exodus, which was self-published in late 2010. This was followed up with another novel, The Pirates of Exodus in 2012.
       Throughout that year and early 2013, he continued writing and published four short stories in eBook form for Kindle and Nook. All of these stories share the same premise, but all are independent from one another, though the short eBook, Campanelli: The Ping Tom Affair and his third novel, issued by Solstice Publishing, Campanelli: Sentinel, share the same main characters.
       He loves writing and enjoys meeting and talking to readers at book signing events.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Campanelli-Sentinel-Frederick-H-Crook-ebook/dp/B00PMET6JA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416403905&sr=8-1&keywords=Campanelli%3A+Sentinel

Author's Website

http://frederickcrook.wix.com/crooksbooks