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Author Archives: Loni Townsend

Jack’s Story

Backstory can sometimes be out of place and unnecessary. When I first conceived Isto, I had planned to dive into the history of each of the guardians with a short little flashback of when they first accepted the choice. Over two years ago, I wrote Nicholas’s, less than 1K telling of his loss and desolation…

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Failure

April ended yesterday, and with it, Camp NaNoWriMo. I had high aspirations for Camp, but it turns out it wasn’t meant to be. For a while, I had blamed the fact that I didn’t want to get up in the mornings. Then I slowly came to realize that it was not so much that I…

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Literally a Gone Girl Review

Title: Gone Girl Author: Gillian Flynn Format: Audiobook My rating: 3.75 stars Gone Girl was an interesting story. I can’t say that I enjoyed it, but I can’t say I disliked it either. I would rate it well, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone I know. It’s hard to put a finger on my…

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Redoing the site

I’m thinking of redoing my website. Now that Thanmir War is not undergoing heavy revisions and I’m in the process of writing Isto, I think it might be time to make my website somewhat more “bookish” themed. I’ve been researching marketing and one of the articles I’ve come across is directed at author websites. I…

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Camp is Underway

April is here, and I’ve put aside my editing and started writing again. It feels good. Much of my preexisting writing—little scenes which I’ve scribbled down over the years—won’t work anymore due to plot changes and must be rewritten from scratch. A couple can be salvaged, such as Nicholas’s acceptance of when he first became…

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Query Shark Analysis

I wrote a blurb for This World Bites. Actually, as it was pointed out to me, I wrote a list of events, not a blurb. In other words, it sucked. But the girls in my facebook writing group set me straight and gave me some very helpful feedback, such as definitions. I’d always thought a…

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Description and Transitions

There are different flavors of readers out there, this I know. Some prefer lush, detailed descriptions of settings, characters, and any other item that come across the page. And then there are those in the other camp who gag and go cross-eyed when they are subjected to that level of attention. Heck, I had the…

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Preparing for April

I have my chronological outline for Isto. Now, I’ve organized my playlist. It has a few new songs on it and a couple of songs have been dropped. Isto Playlist on Pinterest Here is the order they were intended to be played in (which isn’t the order they appear on the board): Dashboard – Modest…

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The Beat Sheet

In my post about my second draft journey, I mentioned Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. Well, I’ve decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo during April and have chosen to do something I’ve never done. Plan. Blake Snyder has a beat sheet that pretty much every big movie hit follows. He says a good screenplay…

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