Welcome to the blog tour for The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare with M.G. Buehrlen who has delightfully provided a guest post today on all of us wayward souls. So please, sit down, make yourself comfortable, embrace your happy-place and get ready for MG to delight you with her wit and verbosity.
Top Ten Writing Necessities
When you’re writing a novel, there are a lot of weapons you need in your arsenal. Here are my top ten must-haves that get me through a first draft, those dreaded revisions, and final edits.
Caffeinated beverage of choice
Sweet elixir of life. My caffeine vehicle is usually coffee, sometimes soda, and on the rare occasion tea. When you’re writing, especially at all hours of the night, you need brain stamina. Caffeine will get you there.
Again, whatever vehicle you choose, it’s allllll goooooood. Cookies, cupcakes, Sour Patch Kids, sprinkling powdered sugar directly into your pie hole… It’s. All. Gooooood. Your brain runs on glucose. Glucose comes from carbs. So eat up! Your brain will thank you.
Tempting, tantalizing distractions like Twitter and Facebook and minion gifs on Google will suck you into the black oblivion of GETTING NOTHING DONE. Don’t go there. Turn off the Internetz and get to work.
Comfy pants (or let’s face it, no pants at all)
This kind of goes along with the no distractions necessity. Clothing is so restrictive, man. It gets bunched and there are TAGS and stuff. All you really need is a Snuggie and a good recliner to hammer out those chapters.
Why do authors post photos of their kitties and puppies (and ferrets) so much? Because they are our Sidekicks of Awesome. There’s something about their little, warm, furry bodies that help produce the ultimate creative comfort zone. This is a must-have. Do not miss out on this step.
Someone to play the butler
This could be a barista at your favorite coffee shop, or if you’re like me, your significant other. It works kinda like this: “Hey, honey, I just met my word count goal! Bring me a fruit roll-up!” Then said fruit roll-up appears. It’s Ahhhhmazing.
Shower or bathtub
Not for cleansing, oh no. This is where beautiful, usually elusive, never-before-thought-of ideas seep from the plumbing like liquid gold. Many an author will say they do their best plotting in the shower. I’m a bathtub girl myself, but either one works. Budding writers, go forth and submerge yourself in H2O!
Some writers do well with insomnia. Not I, my friend. If I’m stuck on a scene, hitting the pillow and starting fresh the next day is the only way to get through it. Plus, is there anything better than sleep? No. The correct answer is no.
Being A-OK with your body odor
Even though sleep is a necessity, and so is a refreshing romp in the shower, there are times when you have to forego both to get that draft done. You’ll go days without bathing or changing your clothes. You’ll stink. But you won’t mind because PROGRESS! Words are flowing! You can’t stop now!
Patience of a saint
The book isn’t going to write itself. As George Harrison said, it’s gonna take time. A whole lot of precious time. Try to relax and enjoy the ride. The process is the best part, after all.
Thanks so much, Cuddlebuggery, for having me on the blog today! xoxo
Don’t Forget to Check Out the Book!
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.
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