Frameworking, how I write books and serials

I’ve been planning on doing something like this for a while. I actually have a Scrivener file on my computer with two, not one but two, versions of me starting a book about the topic of how I write and plan my stories. I also did a presentation on this topic (of which I’ll link an adapted version in this post later) back in Jan 2017, so I’ve been working on this in one form or another for nearly 3 years.
What is ‘this’ exactly? Frameworking is a method I created that isn’t really planning a story, but is more a way for people who pants (who go in without a plan) to keep their thoughts straight and prevent saggy middles in their story. It’s basically a way to make sure you pace your story well, even when you have no idea what your story is actually going to be about. It’s like a frame that you can hang things on (like when you have Christmas cards or something, or pretty things), in this case, you ‘hang’ your story ideas onto it.

With NaNoWriMo coming up soon, and watching people stress out about their story and story ideas, but also because I had to set up my new story, my next serial (the final Lughnasadh Elite Academy novella is with my beta readers right now), this seemed like a great time to talk about it.
Instead of writing long blog posts about it, or do a whole book or something, I decided to sit down and film myself talking about frameworking. The whole thing ended up being nearly 2.5 hours long. I’m not kidding. But then, people who watch my YT videos know that I can ramble, though these are low on rambling and just high on information. The idea was for it to be two half-hour videos, the first one being about the theory behind frameworking and also about how things like the 3 act structure and a romance beat sheet work (though I keep for some reason call it ‘romance structure’ in the video, not sure why), and the second video would be me applying the theory to my new serial and show what I do and how much I set up when I start a new serial (or any story). They ended up being about 1.5 and 1 hour long, I managed to cut it down to 2 hours and 11 minutes and I’ve split it into 8 parts in total, each with specific topics and goals in them. Which makes it easier to watch them and to find specific information that you would like to revisit later without having to sit through everything again.

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Birthday Bash Giveaway!! The 3-1 giveaway!

On September 1st, I'll turn 31, and to celebrate that, I want to do a fun giveaway for you all!

The idea is simple, if you win, you can choose 3 ebooks or 1 paperback copy of anything that I've written. This means that you can choose books from E. Engberts, Emily Engberts, Emmy Engberts, Layla Heart, Skylar Heart and Rosa Swann. Which ones you choose is your choice!

The giveaway is open worldwide, so no matter where you're from you can play along!

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WIP and Updates: Radish, serials and publications!

Time for a new update! While I keep hoping to do these posts more often, I keep getting distracted, but today I've got a lot of cool things to update you on! Lots of updates on old and new stories and I'm exploring new avenues to reach new readers! Books that are being published on Radish, books that are back on sale and updates on upcoming books.

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Smashwords Read an Ebook Week March 3 – 9!!!

Before I totally forget about this, ALL books by my pen names are available in the Read an Ebook Week promotions on Smashwords!!! These prices are Smashwords only!!

In general, all books and box sets are 50% off with the code EBW50

But, first in series by Rosa Swann are all FREE this week! And so are Shattered by Skylar Heart and Her Elysium by Emmy Engberts!!! Loads of stuff to pick up!!

In order:

E. Engberts – BASE Status: Online – 50% off!!

Emily Engberts – Second Chance at Christmas – 50% off!!

Emily Engberts – A Card for Valentine's – 50% off!!

Emmy Engberts – Her ElysiumFREE!!

Emmy Engberts – The Other Dress – 50% off!!

Rosa Swann – Mated to the Alpha series – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – The Baby Pact Trilogy– First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – Second Chance Mates series – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – Making a Family series – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – Omegas' Destined Alpha series – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Rosa Swann – The Vampire's Past Trilogy – First FREE, rest 50% off!! (including box sets!)

Skylar Heart – ShatteredFREE!!

Skylar Heart – Unraveled – 50% off!!

 

Don't forget that this is the last week you can participate in the Omegaverse Mates World giveaway where you can win six paperbacks from the Second Chance Mates series, the Making a Family series and Omegas' Destined Alpha series! Don't forget to sign up: New Year, New Style, Giveaway 2!

 

ALSO!! The Baby Pact is FREE this week on Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and iBooks!!! Grab your copy if you haven't read this series yet!!

At the end of the week I'll announce the next giveaway! I'm looking forward to it already!!

 

Have a great week!

BASE Status: Update (BASE Status 2) – E. Engberts

After the new Flowers and Keyboards serial starting up again, I couldn't leave this one behind. So, here is the second book of the BASE Status series!

This will update twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday!

Some people who may have clicked around here or on the Engberts website, may already have seen that, just like Colour Her, this book is also available for pre-order (everywhere but Amazon because of stupid Amazon rules) while it's running as a serial. The tentative release date for BASE Status: Update as a full book is the 9th of July.

If you've not read the first book, BASE Status: Online, you can buy a copy or read the first draft as a serial through here: BASE Status: Online

With all that out of the way, let's get to the story!

Augmented reality like you’ve never experienced before!
No more need for headsets or other devices to dive into a virtual world, everything comes right from your BASE unit!
Try out this brand new experience with Shades of the Spirit World!

After saving Helheim Fallen Online from certain company destruction and a lot of people from harm, Willow’s life seems to be going in the right direction. She has a job, her best friends in the guild she plays in and plans for the future. A future that she never thought she’d be able to get not even six months ago, a future that was kept from her because she’s autistic.

Now an update to the BASE (Bioelectrical Augmented Synapse Enhancement) unit and platform open up a world of opportunities for her. It promises a full virtual reality experience but as an augmented reality instead, something she’s been wishing for for years.

The new game that’s going to be released at the same time as the update, Shades of the Spirit World, at first just seems like a fun way to spend the time. It’s not the most complicated or involved of games, but it looks beautiful. That is, until some strange things start to happen in the AR world. Some AI are showing very human traits, more so than anything she’s seen before.
And when there are reports of AI going rogue and killing other AI, something the game hadn’t been programmed to do, things start to get really interesting. Read More!

New Year, New Style Giveaway 1!!

Today we're starting with the first of many giveaways to celebrate this redesign of my writing life!

If you want to know about the why and how of this redesign and giveaway, take a look at yesterday's post! New Year, New Style!

Enter below to win paperback copies of the three Young Adult books I released last year:

Her Elysium

The Other Dress

BASE Status: Online

The first two are romances and the last one is a science fiction novel. They all revolve around queer and neurodiverse characters who get into (and out of) a lot of trouble.

 

Here are the books you can win!

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