My Writing Life #3: What’s in a Name?

I’ve been a bit behind schedule when it comes to posting and in order to get back on track, I will be posting twice in the my writing life series. The first one being this one and I will hopefully post the second one tomorrow, no later than Thursday.

Today I wanted to talk about you guessed it, pen names! I’ve mentioned before in the About Me section of this site that I myself use a pen name in order to protect identity and privacy, but also to protect my family. The other reason that I made the decision to use a pen name was because my real name is so long and my last name can be hard to pronounce  and hard to spell. So for me, choosing to use a pen name just came natural to me.

Choosing a pen name on the other hand, was a whole other story.

For some, writers will choose names that have nothing to do with their real names or lives while others will just shorten their names. Then there are those, like myself, who choose to use their initials. I think I also mentioned on the About Me section (these days I feel lucky enough just to remember what I did yesterday) that the initials I chose to you were the first letters of mine and my mothers first names while the last name is my grandfathers first name. Thus, B.J. Roy was born…so to speak.

While using a pen name might make sense for some, like myself, it’s not meant for everyone. My suggestion for anyone who is thinking about using a pen name is to take the time to think this through. Choose a name that has some meaning to you, but is also easy to say and spell. Most importantly, make sure that you will be happy with your name as once you are known for that name, you are kind of stuck with it.

That’s all for now!

B.

 

My Writing Life # 2: Scrivener

I was supposed to post this Friday, but with my childhood cat dying and getting a new kitten, things here at my house have been kind of hectic and to be honest, this is the first time I’ve been able to get some free time in order to do anything that involves writing so here we go!

Ever since I started writing, I have been doing so long hand with nothing more than a battered old notebook with the cover torn off and a pen that was probably missing its cap. This was something that I have done for years because it was so easy for me to pack it up and take it with me wherever I went. However, as I began taking the planning stages more seriously, it became more difficult to take my writing with me while out and about.

Enter Scrivener.

This program practically saved my writing. I heard about this program through several different writing groups on Facebook and decided to download the free trial. Within a day of me downloading this program andscreen-shot-2017-02-14-at-10-27-55-pm exploring it, I bought it and have been very happy with it ever since.

I use this program to not only write my book, but I also use it to outline as well. Instead of chapters, I name the folders after what I want to happen in that particular chapter and then I name the scenes after a characters POV. Doing it this way actually helps me to keep track of whats going on in my novel and I find it easy for me to go back and forth whenever I need to check on something.

For more information and pricing, you can check out the Scrivener website here

 

Murphy’s Destiny #1: The Idea

Before I begin with the second installment of the my writing life series, I must apologize for my absence for the past week or so. Between work and having a tooth pulled, I haven’t felt much like writing and in fact, I don’t think I’ve written more than three or four sentences over the course of a week.  Yesterday,  I took a turn for the better and managed to hack out around four or five pages.

Now, on to the series…

My current writing project is a fantasy and to be honest, this is my first attempt at writing in this category. Before now, I mostly wrote mysteries and thrillers that were….well, lets just say they weren’t that good. Anyhow, the idea for this book which I have proudly names Murphy’s Destiny, started out as a piece of fan fiction I was thinking about writing based on some characters of mine that I created through the popular computer game, Guild Wars 2. It never got written due to the fact that the stories that I had worked up for those particular characters kept changing and evolving.

What started out as a simple piece of fluff, quickly become something much, much more and I quickly found myself reading anything and everything I could get my hands on that had to do with writing fantasies. When I first started this project, I thought about separating the book into a series or at least into a trilogy, but after writing the plot for the first (and eventually only book) I realized that I didn’t have enough information to make up multiple books.

So, here I am sitting at my computer writing about what I consider to be my baby and I have to say that I haven’t been this excited to write in about a month or so. You must understand, see, that it isn’t because I’ve lost interest or don’t believe in my book because I do very much, it’s just that I found myself doubting my ability as a writer and thinking that maybe my story wasn’t good enough or strong enough to make it to publication.

Now that I’ve done told you all about my book, I think I post this and do some writing before I call it night.

Until we meet again,

B.

My Writing Life #1: Introduction

Power of Words So I thought a great way to kick off this blog (after hours of playing around, I finally got things where I want them) would be to start with a series that I like to call My Writing Life. The idea for this series is to share my journey as a writer while I write my first novel, Murphy’s Destiny. I am not going to go into too much detail about the book since this post is only introduce you to the series. Once a week I will write a post highlighting my current week as a writer, starting with how I got the idea for the book, which will be coming next week. I am really looking forward to this series and sharing my experiences with all of you.

I look forward to next time.

B.