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Writing Update Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 2

Amanda Staley’s Writing Update
Volume 1 Issue 2

June was an odd writing month.  My schedule got turned upside down.  I didn’t dedicate near the time I was expecting to writing, blogging, and social media interactions, but that’s not to say I didn’t get anything done!  I remembered a part of my writing process I had managed to get away from; outlining.

While outlining the remaining scenes and ideas for Dissonance, I finally discovered exactly how the book should end.  I had been toying around with the ending for several months, but I hadn’t made any decisions.  I am pleased with how the book will end, as it leads the way to the rewrite of the first 15 chapters of the sequel (Reverie) and introduced a secondary character to the third book (tentatively named Harmony).  Now, I only have the remaining few chapters in the middle to write out, and then this draft will be call completed.

While June was an odd month, I am optimistic about July.  I am working on a more rigorous schedule for writing, blogging, marketing, etc.  Hopefully, one that I can’t manage to weasel my way out of.


Malcolm Stone was born into an affluent family in the Boston area.  His influence has afforded him the opportunity to follow his passion of being a pianist.  His musical career is starting to gain momentum, when his wife is murdered in their home.  After her death, the truth of their relationship is discovered.  Malcolm has endured years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his beloved wife.  His alibi can not be confirmed, and he is tried for her murder.  Dissonance is a story of heartbreak, forbidden love and intrigue.

Top 5 Blog Posts Outlining and the End is Near

Expansion Time

Stuck in the Middle with You

Stumbling at the finish line

Lucky 7’s blog hop

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”– Henri Matisse

First Draft Progress Report



Total Word Count:         56,960

Goal:              80,000 – 90,000

Finished Chapters:              29

Next Steps:

Finish writing the remaining 6-10 chapters, then take a break before editing / rewrite

Goals for July:

  • Finish writing 3-4 chapters
  • Start a preliminary edit on completed sections
  • Start outlining the rewrite of Reverie
  • Get author photo taken for book covers / social media
Anticipated Release:     Winter 2014
Read a sample of Dissonance

Featured Author

This month I would like to recognize fellow Google+ Coffeehouse member, blogger, and writer Elizabeth Hein.  I met Elizabeth through Google+ and she has given me the gift of her friendship and insight from her experience.  I have enjoyed getting to know Elizabeth and looking forward to reading her second book How to Climb the Eiffel Tower, available October 2014.

Elizabeth Hein grew up in Massachusetts within an extended family of storytellers. Her childhood was filled with excellent food and people loudly talking over each other. After studying psychology at the College of the Holy Cross, she and her husband embarked on the adventure of parenting their two beautiful daughters. Motherhood led Elizabeth to start a small business, home school one of her daughters for several years, and learn more about competitive swimming than she ever knew possible. She and her husband now live in Durham, North Carolina.

In 2002, Elizabeth was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood. During her extensive treatment, she met dozens of other cancer patients and developed close relationships with several of them. These friendships were the inspiration for How To Climb The Eiffel Tower. She learned that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing experience, yet it does not necessarily change a life for the worse.

Elizabeth Hein writes women’s fiction with a bit of an edge. Her novels explore the role of friendship in the lives of adult women and themes of identity. She has published one other novel and several short stories. She is currently working on a novella and another novel. Elizabeth enjoys interacting with her readers and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and her blog.

How to Climb the Eiffel Tower

Lara Blaine believes that she can hide from her past by clinging to a rigid routine of work and exercise. She endures her self-imposed isolation until a cancer diagnosis cracks her hard exterior. Lara’s journey through cancer treatment should be the worst year of her life. Instead, it is the year that she learns how to live. She befriends Jane, another cancer patient who teaches her how to be powerful even in the face of death. Accepting help from the people around her allows Lara to confront the past and discover that she is not alone in the world. With the support of her new friends, Lara gains the courage to love and embrace life. Like climbing the Eiffel Tower, the year Lara meets Jane is tough, painful, and totally worth it.

Don’t forget to mark this remarkable book on your Goodreads shelf as a to read.  While you wait are waiting, why not read her debut book Overlook.

Join the Conversation on Google+ at the Writers’ Coffeehouse

The Writers’ Coffeehouse is a small (160 ish member), but growing community I created on Google+ to facilitate discussion amongst writers at all levels in the trade.  The discussions range from hot topics in the publishing industry, questions writers may have, tips and tricks or just general support for each other.

Last month the Coffeehouse was filled with conversations, read the most interacted with discussion posts:

1.  So, any of you going to camp this July?  Fancy writing a novel in a month? – Christine Campbell asked about Camp NaNoWriMo

2.  What does everyone else do to keep fit and active? – Teagan Kearney

3.  What kind of writer are you striving to become? – Stephanie Lennox

4.  Vashti Q-Vega posed a question to the group about an author interview gone wrong and what she should do.  Read about the discussion.

5.  Weighing up my options – for those of you who have self-published, how have you gone about distributing print copies of your books? – Zenobia Southcombe

6.  Do you write everyday or are you a binge writer and cram all your writing into a day or two? – Amanda Staley

7.  Does Facebook seem like an appropriate place to share blog posts you have done? – Nicole Hubbard






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