Improving Art

I would like to think I have improved with art over the years. True or not true, it has been fun drawing my characters.

I have always loved drawing, but when I started writing I found more of a reason to do it. Drawing my characters makes them feel more real to me as I write, and gives me time to think them out.

The drawings below are the redo’s of old art, quickly re-drawn and coloured. As you’ll see, their clothes have changed a lot since then, but they are still characters that are dear to me.

So how about all of you? Do any of you draw as well as write?

How To Make a Free Author Website, & My Writing Updates

Writers Corner:

Here is a video on making a free WordPress website for author. It is not very long, but I hope it still helps. I plan on doing a longer one when I can find a free screen recording software that works for me.

Author Website Checklist:

  • Homepage 
  • Advertisement of a book on Homepage
  • “Contact Me” page with email form.
  • “About Me” page. Show who you are; add pictures of you, your dog, or your favourite writing spot.
  • Books page. Make it easy for people to see past books and current books.
  • Social media links. Consider a Facebook page, twitter, GoodReads, and Tumblr.
Featured Writers Resource:
    • Fantasy Map Generator. This one was created by someone participating in NaNoGeMo. It even comes up with great sounding names as well.

Life Updates:

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Tada! Here is my group of adorable misfits. From left to right they are: Antiiss, Fynlan, Ballgare, Albaen, Edmi, Heafieon. Under normal circumstances they would have never talked, and maybe not even gotten along, but their mission brings them together to be the most awkward group of friends you’ll see.

I am so glad I finally drew them all together!

The Re-Writing Trap and Novel News

Novel News:

So, story time. Last Thursday I went to the dentist to get a check up done, and ended up getting my wisdom teeth out. The surgery was not planned at all, so the day after it I was lifting straw bales at work and in the store the days after(my job doesn’t believe in sick days).

After working hard with lots of pain, I was like a zombie by the time I got home. That means no writing. It was an incredibly hard week for me, so I don’t really have any updates at all in regards to my novel I am writing.

I am feeling way better now, though, so hopefully starting now I can be super productive again!

Wisdom teeth, I do not miss you!


Writers Corner:

Today I am talking about the re-writing trap that many authors fall into. Sorry if I talk slightly strange in this video; my mouth is still a tiny bit sore from getting my wisdom teeth out.

 

Woad Updates: New Concept Art

I have been drawing lots for Woad lately. Some have been good…some not so good, but here they are so far!

Mostly, I have been working on creating my own creatures, and also world building. Most these drawing are related to the area where my main character, Antiiss, lives.

Please tell me what you think! I would love to hear any suggestions. : )

The Purest Blood Merchandise

Merchandise for The Purest Blood is now available on Society 6! It has everything from phone cases, to tote bags, to blankets!

All money(if any) I make on there will go to the novel I am working on called Woad so I can get it professionally edited. I was not able to do that with The Purest Blood, but I am hoping I can save up enough for Woad.

If you are interested in taking a peek, use this link so you can get free shipping from now until Feb 7, 2016.

(Thanks to @alliepennauthor for helping me find out about Society 6! You can find her awesome store here. Please go take a peek; her art is beyond amazing.)

Haze: A Practice Novel

cover copyVery soon as a way to practice writing, I am going to be posting a novel chapter-by-chapter onto the website, Wattpad.

In the past I have found that posting on there is a wonderful way to learn more about writing since the community is so helpful, so I am going to do it again in hopes of learning even more.

I would love to become a better writer, so I hope this will be a way to help me do that.

Haze is a Victorian-inspired world that has a fantasy twist and is full of Irish and Scottish mythological creatures. It follows Ellamae and her bother Aldwin as they try to clear her name from the series of murders she was framed with.

If you would are interested knowing more about Haze, I do have the synopsis up on Wattpad and this website already.

What about all of you? Do any of you have a Wattpad? Have you ever posted a novel for free before? If so, do you find it helpful? I would love to know your thoughts.

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Woad: Character Concept Art

Hey everyone!

So I have been working hard on my upcoming novel, Woad, and while doing that, I have also been creating new character pages!

Here, you can see the infulances that go into my characters’ culture. Antiiss is very celtic and viking ispired, Solicia comes from a village that is inspired by Mongolian nomads(such as the Dukha), and so on. All these characters have grown up through very different kinds of lives; and culture has played a large part in that.

Now, I am working on designing more characters; partially because I do not want this novel to fall under the cliche where all the characters in the novel are the same age. I want the novel to have varied ages to make it seem more real.

What about all of you? Are any of you bothered when every character in a novel seems to be the same age?

Why “The Purest Blood” Was Free, and News

Thanks to everyone who picked up a free kindle copy of The Purest Blood! I really appreciate it. It is back to full price now, and I “sold” 17 copies, which might not seem like much, but it is a start!

When you make sales on Amazon(even free sales) it moves your book up pages. For example, if someone has one sale and I have two, my book might end up a page before theirs; increasing the chances of getting more known. So, even free sales count!

Some people(though not with mine) saw their sales going into the hundreds when it was free, which is great for your book.

So, long story short, that is why The Purest Blood was free for a short time.

 

Thanks for reading,
Cheyanne Murray

Free Kindle Book: The Purest Blood

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The Purest Blood will be free Oct 31-Nov 04 2015.

I am already getting people say things along the lines of “Why would you ever give your book away for free?!” but trust me, I do have a reason.  If I am completely honest, the major reason is marketing. As of right now, my book has no reviews on GoodReads, and one in total on Amazon.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do not mind if I don’t make money off my book, but the fact that no one has considered reading is sort of heartbreaking. I would love to give it at least the smallest chance at getting a little known; even if the reviews are not what I want.

Wish it luck; and if you do read it, please don’t forget to review! 🙂