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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CONTEST and guest post with Amber Skyze!!

Writer’s block…it seems to haunt all writers at one time or another. It can be devastating especially if you have a deadline looming over your head.

Recently I read an article about the 10 rule. 10, 100, 1000, you get the idea. The theory is if you commit to writing just 10 words a day you’ll eventually spark the muse and write longer. A long time ago, way back when I first started out writing non-fiction I read many articles that touted the idea of 100 words a day. It’s something that’s stuck with me for a long time.

I don’t always make the goal, but I do have to say it does work more times than not.

100 words is not a lot in the grand scheme of things. For most it only takes a minute or two. Though, sometimes 100 words can feel like 10k, when your muse has decided to take an overdue vacation. When she threatens to make it a permanent voyage the 10 rule comes in very handy.

The article also advised incorporating the 10 rule into your editing life too. If you’re like me this comes in handy. I do NOT like editing. The issue is by the time I’ve written the book there’s usually new characters screaming at me to write their story. And in all honesty, I’m ready to move on to the next story. This doesn’t work if you want to sell!

Now that I’ve taken the leap into self-publishing editing is a big part of the process. I recently published three books and have four more to get uploaded. They all need editing. I plan to use the 10 rule for these books.

Do you have any tricks that get your muse motivated when he/she wants to take a vacation? If not you could always try the 10 rule. :0)

*** CONTEST ALERT *** CONTEST ALERT *** CONTEST ALERT ***





I’ll be giving away a copy of I Wanna Sext U Up to one lucky commenter.

Blurb:

Tool belt…check. Rope…check. Lube…check. Violet Wand…Check.

Beckett Manning, the host of Room Makeovers is ready to give Riley Anderson more than a remodeled kitchen. He’s about to bring her to the edge of ecstasy and back. Whether it’s hot sex in the bathtub or Riley hog-tied to the bed, he’s determined to show this brazen beauty how sexually desired she is.

A simple text leads to a case of mistaken communication and before long Riley finds herself tied to her bed and being driven to distraction. Beckett knows how to tease and torture every inch of her skin. He also knows his way around an orgasm, which keeps Riley wanting more.

Excerpt:

It’s over, Riley. U r just no good in bed. Boring in fact. I moved my things out earlier.

Riley Anderson read the text for the hundredth time. She’d kept it to remind her of the asshole she’d spent too many years with. The words served as a reminder of her anger and resentment for the jerk who hadn’t had the decency to break up with her face-to-face. No, he had to do it over text.

“Aaargh!” Riley raised the sledgehammer again. She brought the hammer down on the kitchen cabinet with every ounce of strength her arms possessed. “This is for you, dirtbag.” She sent the iron head crashing into another wooden door. “Not good in bed? Why, because I didn’t get off on choking you until you almost passed out?”

Aside from the last year of their relationship when Terry wanted to explore darker sexual activities, Riley had believed they had a great thing going. She thought for sure he would be the man she’d marry. When she’d bought the house, it was with the intention that someday Terry would be her husband and they’d fill the spare bedrooms with children. How wrong she’d been.

The hammer smashed into the wood door of the overhead cabinet.

“Because passing out wasn’t fun? Fuck you, Terry.”

She repeatedly pounded away at the cabinets until she’d destroyed them all. “That’ll fix your ass, Terry.”

She stood back and assessed the damage. She’d managed to tear apart the kitchen in less than an hour. Her arms were sore from the weight of the tiny wrecking ball, but that didn’t matter. She’d accomplished something her ex had only promised her for the last year of their relationship. She’d started the renovation of the kitchen.

Now that Terry had been gone for nine months, she’d do it on her own. She didn’t need him to remodel. Riley was a smart woman. They’d watched the home-improvement channels so much during their relationship, she felt secure enough to do the job alone. She’d be her own fix-it handywoman.

“Guess I’d better go to the home-improvement store and get a move on this.” She leaned the wooden handle of the hammer against the cracked wood of the cabinet and wiped her hands together.

Satisfaction filled her soul.

Riley retrieved her purse and keys from the Formica countertop and headed out the door, one destination in mind. The local chain home repair store.

The ride to the store was a blur. Her only thoughts were what steps she’d need to take to get the work done. She’d have to put in new cabinets. She wanted new appliances. Stainless steel. Granite countertops were a must. Those Formica ones just wouldn’t cut it any longer.

She pulled into a parking spot and turned off the car.

“Time to buy a new kitchen.”

Confidence radiated from her as she stepped into the large store. She felt proud. She had a project to do while she was on vacation. It’d likely take her longer than the week, but it would be a start.

“Excuse me.”

Riley turned to see if the man behind the sexy baritone was talking to her. She was surprised to see a gorgeous man holding a microphone walking toward her, a cameraman following closely behind him.

“Yes,” she whispered. Dear God, please don’t be from the news. The last thing I need is to be on the local news looking disheveled.

“Hi, I’m Beckett Manning. I’m from Room Makeovers. Are you remodeling any rooms in your house today?”

Holy shit! Riley’s jaw must have fallen to the floor. She’d seen the show a couple of times. Beckett looked ten times hotter in person. When she decided it was time to change the eighties-style kitchen, she’d begun watching all those makeover shows on the cable channel. Terry had watched with her, promising they’d do the kitchen soon. Soon never came. The only thing Terry had managed to do was cheat on her with some bimbo. Years of promises vanished out the window along with Terry’s things.

18 comments:

Stormie Kent said...

The excerpt was great and really made me want to read more. I think I will try that 100 words to edit idea... this morning. Thanks for the good advice.
stormiekent@yahoo.com

Tina Donahue said...

Love the excerpt, Amber!!

I've never gone by the word rule, I've always gone by pages. I get 5 pages in 7 days a week (except for Christmas Day) no matter what.

If I don't finish, I don't get to go to bed. So, I make certain I finish. :)

The 5 page a day rule works best for me.

Marie Rose Dufour said...

I love the 10 rule and try to follow it every day!!! Good luck on the new release!

Debby said...

I like the 10 advice. I have no muse though.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Amber Skyze said...

I like the 5 page rule too, Tina. I need all the help I can get. :)

Thanks Stormie, Marie and Debby.

Kaye Manro said...

Nice discussion here. I think the 10 rule sounds great and so does the 5 page rule.

And congrats on the release, Amber!

Tore said...

This sounds like a very hot read. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Tessie Bradford said...

I try to use the 100 rule, plus a time rule. When I'm able to write, I determine how many hours (usually 2-3) I'm going to keep my bum in a chair and concentrate!

Love the excerpt, Amber!

jean hart stewart said...

I agree, you gotta write steadily. The only time I deviate is when I'm tied up with edits (like now) but that kinda counts, doesn't it?

Amber Skyze said...

Good luck with the edits Jean.

Thanks Kaye and Tore!

Tessie, I'd like to keep my bum in the chair for 2-3 hrs. I'm afraid I'd never be able to write full time. I get to 2k and I'm done for the day no matter how long it takes me to write it.

Harlie Reader said...

As an aspiring writer, I will definitely keep the "10" in mind.

Great blurb and excerpt. Congratulations on the new release.

Marika
maw1725@gmail.com

Amber Skyze said...

Thanks Harlie and keep at it. :)

Kathryn Merkel said...

That 10 rule might be what I need to get started putting my thoughts down on paper. I will definately be giving it a try.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

Amber Skyze said...

Good luck Kathryn! :)

Patti P said...

Thank you. I can't wait to see where this goes. I am not a writer so I don't know how the 10 rule works but I am sure that it can be applied in other ways to other things. I will keep it in mind when I need motivation. Maybe 10 minutes walking or 10 sit ups??? Trying to get rid of all the cookies I ate this past week.
musicalfrog at comcast.net

PaParanormalFan said...

Thank you to the Sweet N Sexy Divas for hosting Amber on your Blog & Thank you Amber for taking the time to share this HOT excerpt from your new release, “I Wanna Sext U Up”.
I'm not an Author, but I sure Love to read & Your new release sounds HOT!!! & I love the Cover. This book is definitely on my To Buy List.
Again, Congrats & I wish you well.
Take Care & Have a Safe & Happy New Year,
Renee' S.
paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

Amber Skyze said...

Patti what a great idea. Seeing as how I need to incorporate some exercise into my life this 10 rule would work for that too! :) Thanks for the suggestion.

PaParnomalFan thanks for your kind words. :)

Amber Skyze said...

Thanks to all who stopped by and commented. Random.org chose Kaye Manro.

Kaye, I'll be contacting you. :)