How I Make Time for Writing
The greatest challenge I face as a writer is time. I am sure it probably affects every author and is most likely the hardest obstacle to overcome. Lots of self-help for authors materials make good suggestions, most recommend a strict schedule where ample time is devoted to your writing. If you can follow their ten easy steps and their time management regime, you can crank out a novel every six months. . . bologna.
The problem with our craft is that just because “writing time” is penciled in on the calendar does not mean that ideas and creative flow will cooperate. It just does not work that way. Most writers, me included, have full time occupations and sometimes, a day off needs to be just that. However, if we don’t set aside the time, when will we write?
I have proven to myself time and time again that I am at my worst when I feel pushed. Writing a story doesn’t just involve the length of time one spends typing it, it also encompasses the amount of time spent thinking about it. When I am writing, I find my mind wandering to my story while I am working, playing, cooking. . .sometimes while I am sleeping.
I am not always in a position to dart to my computer and write down my new “great” idea as it occurs to me. I have found that the most productive thing I do is take notes. I have notebooks everywhere and as I get ideas, or even hear a piece of dialogue in my head, I write it down.
When the time to write presents itself, I gather those notes and the ideas become fresh again, making my time at the computer more productive.
The Wraith of Carter’s Mill
The Curse of the Carter Women
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Publisher: Books, Authors and Artists
Date of Publication: March 31, 2015
Number of pages: 436
Word Count: 110,800
Cover Artist: Carolyn Holland
The Wraith of Carter’s Mill chronicles five generations of women from the turn of the century to present day. It depicts in startling detail the result of an old curse and the wraith that haunts the family. Sensitives, The Guardians and The Forgotten tell the tale while the fourth shocking segment, Carter’s Mill provides the back-story. It reveals the shameful truth behind a century of sorrow and the curse of revenge that plagues the Carter women.
Zeb, the Carter family patriarch, is a hard, callous man. He runs his thriving sawmill, farm and family with an iron fist. When he commits an incredible act of cruelty, he ignorantly brings a terrible curse down upon all his kin. Martha Thompsons’ prophecy proves true as the family falls into ruin, and the women pay the price.
Almost a century after Zeb’s death, a Carter daughter is born with notable yet uncanny gifts. It will be up to Shyanne to unearth a long buried family secret and set an old wrong back to rights. Will she find a way to lift the curse and banish the accursed wraith that haunts her? If she fails, she risks losing her own little girl to the dark entity forever.
A small North Carolina community, where everyone knows everyone sets the perfect stage for this suspenseful drama. Rich in history and southern culture, The Wraith of Carter’s Mill harkens back to a time when life was simpler, and superstition was part of everyday living.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/5sO-swDNQPY
About the Author:
C. Evenfall grew up on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. In many ways, her community was isolated from the outside world, and time simply stood still. The old ways of “doing things” surrounded her, and she was both fascinated by the rich history and influenced by it.
As with any such place, the area was rich with ghost lore and old tales of “people done wrong.”
C. Evenfall, a child seen and not heard, hovered as close as she dared, listening to the old stories when the adults got together talking about old times. She also spent many nights with the sheet pulled over her head in childish fright.
A paranormal encounter when she was just six years old, experienced by two other people at the same time, convinced her that ghosts really did exist. C. Evenfall has been seeking answers ever since. Her fascination with the unexplainable, coupled with her love of history and southern culture and the role women play in both, have inspired her to write The Wraith of Carter’s Mill, a series of novellas. Each inspired by tales from her childhood and the family members who passed them down.
Life has taken her many places, but today, C. Evenfall resides with her husband in the same fishing village where she grew up. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, gardening and the outdoors in general. She forgives his skeptics’ dismissal of things that go bump in the night and loves him dearly in spite of it. They complement one another perfectly.
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