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March Newsletter

*Looking ahead to this summer:

  • Horror Trilogy: Vallen Files
  • Romance Collection: Fallowell Times
  • Summer Style Magazine
  • New Pen Name: Eleanor Merriman
  • New Imprint: ELM Books
  • Paperwaif Shop
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style inspiration, design ideas, and creative directions for causally simple lifestyles.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

NEW AT STYLES FILES

First look at Miss Mannequin's front cover, a sci-fi horror novel featuring a mysterious host and a cryptic program. Written by Eleanor Merriman.

FIRST LOOK AT VALLAN FILES: MISS MANNEQUIN

With a string of murders, an unraveling company, and a mysterious dollmaker, will Vallan survive the socially engineered environment

Miss Mannequin delves into the socially constructed environment of Vallan where an unlikely threat becomes a host for a perilous software program designed by a cryptic inventor who is intent of disrupting the grid.

FOLLOW. CONNECT. DISCOVER.

@paperwaif

Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

PAPERWAIF’S STORY

Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

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Style Magazine

Design Your Life


Too Cool ’82

Snowflake lines. Frail paper doll vibes. Brat styles. So-called designs that fail every time.

  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
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  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
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  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
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  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.

Back to writing nightmares and no time to put together a decent paragraph…. Some days I wonder who has time for posting, blogging, writing, making videos, taking photos, posting again and again and again! Is it really that surprising that we have become so narcissistic and only care about our latest post and likes, though, I must be the exception since I have the urge to vomit every time that I sit down in front of a screen to share my fails with others (wow, just like high school) – nothing has changed in two decades. Weirder, I was recently informed that if you want people to take note of your work, life, or whatever other insignificant sh*t that you think is important, you must post at least three times a day on your accounts just to be seen. WTF! While not surprised at all – and I did already know this – who the hell has time?! Who has content that is worth posting three times? Does no one else have 400 page novels to edit and book covers to design and people to take care of? Cleaning. Laundry. Caring for everyone else 24/7. Moving every four years. Most days, I can barely breath because I’m frantically trying to get everything done just so I can have five minutes to myself to finish a novel or magazine and even then I’m still interrupted and tend to f*ck up whatever I’m working on. Even when I was in school, it was forty hour work weeks and project after project with no end in sight. Unfortunately, my whimsy, creative side of my mind is constantly fending off my antisocially introverted side which prefers to stay in the shadows while watching the twitter meltdowns, social mobs, and all the emotional trauma over narratives. Suppose I would rather live life outside of a frame that’s created by someone else, so the frames, lines, and images are left to my style magazines where creative directions and style inspiration collide to bring fashion stories to life…. Literally – very much despise that word and yet appropriate at this moment – moving on to pineapples, rainbows, and paradise in due time…..

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LIVING LIKE BRATS

In a world of fake believes and fictional frames, just be you even if its not trendy, cool, or fashionably beautiful. Simple styles with a touch of rough and pretty between the ripped lines and rigid textiles. Living like brats today and moving on tomorrow….

Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style inspiration, design ideas, and creative directions for causally simple lifestyles.

STYLES FILES

Love fashion and style? Lie awake at all hours dreaming up your next collection of casually cool pieces with loving vibes, whimsy palettes, and homebody tones? Me too! So I’ve put together some of my favorite ideas and images and created Style Files. New frames coming soon! Until then enjoy Too Cool ’82….

PAPERWAIF’S STORY

Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

FOLLOW. CONNECT. DISCOVER.

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January Style Edit

Forever editing….

Following a much needed breather and a very slow start to the new year, I finally plotted out 2021, which is already making my heart thump a little faster, knowing that I have some massive work ahead of me and I would like to complete my overhaul of my 2010 disaster by the end of the year or thereafter. After much reflection and pondering the various different ways that I can proceed, I know my frivolous, bouncing off the wall mind will never settle unless I fully perfect each and every novel. While some would say it’s a waste of time rehashing and editing over and over, it’s how I grow, learn and become better even if it doesn’t translate into success within the industry. Unfortunately, I feel as though I’m dealing with an absolute juggernut with marketing and social platforms since I have no interest or time to focus on that element.

On the flipside, I am very independent and enjoy formatting books, designing layouts, and making my own covers just to see what I can come up with. Obviously, if I want to reach out to agents or additional support, those elements of the book making process wouldn’t include me, and those are some of my favorite parts that I enjoy the most. So…. I’m stuck somewhere in between that makes no sense to me when everyday I see another new novel by another brilliant author. Since writing calms my wayward mind that rarely stays at a standstill, I will be restyling and rewriting some of my novels to better fit my current thoughts and style of writing. New titles. New copyrights. New ISBNs. New pen names. Few elements will remain the same but I can’t wait to share the outcome! Until then, styles, magazines, and fashion inspiration from my favorite directions! Coming soon, Too Cool ’82.

xoxo Paperwaif

  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.
  • View the latest style edit from Paperwaif featuring Too Cool '82, an upcoming style guide with brat vibes, snowflake tones, and and offbeat combinations of denim, glitz, and shifts.

Not just another paper doll living in a so-called world….

Coming soon, a mid winter style magazine dubbed Too Cool ’82. With My So-Called life vibes, brat style selections, and the simplest looks of all, stay true to who you are with that favorite ripped tee, the flannel shirt that you just can’t part with, and a handful of vintage pieces that just won’t disappear. The simplest snowflake of all….

Learn about Paperwaif Books, a collection of novels by Aryn Lane, author of The Valley Series and A Moment In Time. Currently sold at the Kindle Bookstore.

PAPERWAIF’S STORY

Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

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Rainbow Frames Magazine

Rainbows Pressed…


PAPERWAIF SUMMER PUBLICATION

Rainbow Frames Magazine

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FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:

PROJECT BLOCK

SUMMER STYLES

YUMSHINE DRINKS

IN THE GARDENS

STORIES DELIVERED

BAJA WANDERLUST

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Up Next: July newsletter & Rainbow edition book covers!


Rainbow Frames, xoxo….

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Rainbow Frames Gallery

Creating smiles & style….


PAPERWAIF SUMMER PUBLICATION

Rainbow Frames Wall Gallery

A page gallery of Rainbow Frames, a digital publication from Paperwaif inspired by vibrant, colorful hues, coolly styled tones, and at home moments. Featuring a last minute road trip to Baja, homegrown directions that smile, and a collection of deliciously light drinks, this issue is fun, lighthearted, and whimsically created from a designer’s perspective but a writer’s mind. Keeping it cool with rainbow vibes and sunkissed views….

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Up Next: Rainbow Frames Digital Lookbook & Paperwaif book sale!


To new creative directions….

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Writing Unplugged

Breaking up is hard to do….. Especially with those creative moments and outcomes that make you so happy and excited to share, but unfortunately Paperwaif.com will be unplugging for a few months while I set up in my new home state, which I am very excited to be moving to! Posting is not my favorite part of my day, week, or month – quite dread it really – and I realized I spend more time fixing my site, posts, lookbooks, etc. than I do writing novels anymore, so I would like to take a moment to actually focus on the passions that started this whole dumpster fire to begin with and truly bring forward work that I am content with – doesn’t happen often in my life. But I have completed my first rewrite for my romance series that is no longer The Valley, and I can’t wait to finally sell it directly on Paperwaif.com as well as other digital outlets. Although stepping away for awhile to focus only on my mental health, writing new novels, and upgrading my website while setting up home and family elsewhere, my adventurous moments and chill lifestyle can still be found at instagram.com/paperwaif…. My original romance series, The Valley and my stand alone YA novel, A Moment In Time can still be viewed and purchased at amazon.com/author/arynlane. Thank you for the support through this challenging time of shifting ambitions and lifestyle changes. xoxo Paperwaif

*Up Next At Paperwaif

  • Horror Trilogy: Vallen Files
  • Romance Collection: Fallowell Times
  • Summer Style Magazine
  • New Pen Name: Eleanor Merriman
  • New Imprint: Paperwaif Books
  • Paperwaif Shop
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.

LATEST STYLE GUIDE

  • Learn about A Moment In Time, a young adult novel featuring an elite gymnast, an average boy, and an intruder from the past. Where did she go? Written by Aryn Lane, author of The Valley Series.
  • Learn about A Moment In Time, a young adult novel featuring an elite gymnast, an average boy, and an intruder from the past. Where did she go? Written by Aryn Lane, author of The Valley Series.
  • Learn about The Skyloft, a feel good romance novel highlighting ghosts from the past, new beginnings, and finding happiness. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about The Skyloft, a feel good romance novel highlighting ghosts from the past, new beginnings, and finding happiness. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about The Hardest Truth, a contemporary romance novel featuring a local beauty, a curious outsider, and a past accident. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about The Hardest Truth, a contemporary romance novel featuring a local beauty, a curious outsider, and a past accident. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Hartland Gone, a contemporary romance novel featuring a shaky relationship and a surprising disappearance. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Hartland Gone, a contemporary romance novel featuring a shaky relationship and a surprising disappearance. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Letters To Ashburn, a contemporary romance novel featuring two souls in passing. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Letters To Ashburn, a contemporary romance novel featuring two souls in passing. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Never Forgetting You, a romance mystery novel highlighting a father daughter relationship and the close bond that they share. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.
  • Learn about Never Forgetting You, a romance mystery novel highlighting a father daughter relationship and the close bond that they share. Written by Aryn Lane, author of A Moment In Time.

ORIGINAL PAPERWAIF BOOKS

From a lighthearted romance series based in the heart of Washington state where humble lives and mountain vibes collide, to a darker young adult novel featuring an elite gymnast and a lackadaisical teen, Paperwaif Books has grown while learning and shifting toward new beginnings, starting with an upcoming horror sci-fi novel, Miss Mannequin. New novels coming later in the year….

FOLLOW. CONNECT. DISCOVER.

@paperwaif

Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

PAPERWAIF’S STORY

Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

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Style Edit

living in a frame of style & design

So…. Obviously I’m terrible at connecting, posting, sharing, or even caring, though I can’t shake my designer mind which is so disconnected with anyone around me that I’m wondering if anyone else out there likes style design at all. Where are all of the fashion obsessed individuals that just can’t stop posting? While not really liking fashion or style just to look the part or appear as though I have it all- really can’t stand shopping or sharing my finds- I’ve never been able to ignore my passion for color, textiles, print layout and design, and any element relating to arts despite everyone else trying to convince me that the arts are NOT COOL and not a wise choice for stability. For me, style and fashion has always been about creating collections, stories, and lines that represent a specific direction, then taking that direction and creating a print layout that expresses that style story. Of course, attending fashion design school, we weren’t taught every element of Creative Cloud and I’ve had to gain the skills myself while writing fiction novels that fail every time. Such a wonderful experience and life at that matter…. I’m well on my way to a complete dumpster fire, the worst part being that nobody understands nor cares how much time and effort goes into writing novels and designing digital layouts. Obviously, in the perfect world, I would be working somewhere for someone and I would not be struggling through this all on my own. Unfortunately, life has choices and I chose to better the whole opposed to the one, so all those whimsy dreams of having an opportunity to design elsewhere were flushed down the drain in seconds. All that is left is STYLE FILES, my pathetically sad but fun page where I get to share a few of my ideas that could have been something somewhere….. Slowly updating style files- one of my favorite places to be me and share styles with others- while moving, writing new novels, and completely starting over once again.

Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

Love style and design? Lie awake at all hours dreaming of your next collection, layout, and palette? Feel all alone with your designer mind that just won’t calm down? Your not alone….

Style is. Inspiration from your favorite decades. Vintage pieces that have been lost and forgotten. New favorites that compliment. Stepping outside of your comfort zone. Combination palettes with offbeat tones. Selections that make you feel be-you-tiful….

  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.
  • View pages from Too Cool '82 from Paperwaif, a digital style magazine featuring brat inspired styles, chameleon hearts, and snowflake vibes. Designed with casually cool tones and so-called moments by Aryn Lane.

So-called style essentials….

  • Roughed up boots
  • Flannel shirt from the other side of the closet
  • Military inspired jacket
  • Flirty, floral dresses
  • Lace tights, shirts, and minis
  • Not just your boyfriend’s beanie
  • Nineties overalls
  • Worn in tees
  • Cozy oversized sweaters
  • Just a touch of glamour

celebrating styles that shine….

  • Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy tones, celebratory styles, and a winter escape to a mo
  • Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy tones, celebratory styles, and a winter escape to a mo
  • View Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy styles, a new thriller novel, and a winter escape to a mountain haven.
  • View Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy styles, a new thriller novel, and a winter escape to a mountain haven.
  • Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy tones, celebratory styles, and a winter escape to a mo
  • View Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy styles, a new thriller novel, and a winter escape to a mountain haven.
  • View Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy styles, a new thriller novel, and a winter escape to a mountain haven.
  • View Shine On, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring glitzy styles, a new thriller novel, and a winter escape to a mountain haven.

Styles that shine from afar. From a little white vintage dress sewn at home to newer styles that shine under the dusky hour, celebrate you with delicate lines and glitzy tones. Shine on like its ’99 with frothy tones, icy lines, and moonshine designs that inspire your latest celebration….

Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

Shine on with celebratory tones, icy vibes, and a glittery palette inspired by snowdrift moments and moondust lines. Under a veil of fluttering flakes shine on like its ’99 with vintage party dresses, floaty designs, and simple pieces that highlight you….

Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

style love affairs that never end….

  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

In the closet with Paperwaif featuring styles, designs, and lines inspired by the smoky mountains in North Carolina. Simply cool dresses, chill rompers, cozy sweaters, and casual separates that are perfect for an autumn walk through the woods. Combination pieces and affordable looks that feel super cozy but beautiful at the same time….

  • Cover page from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page twenty-two from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page twenty-three from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page thirty from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page eighteen from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page thirty-two from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page nineteen from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page fifteen from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page twenty-four from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page sixteen from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page twenty from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page twenty-one from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page thirteen from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Page seventeen from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.
  • Back cover from A Carolina Affair, an autumn magazine from Paperwaif featuring an east coast love story, a collection of fall styles, a DIY home office for the cozy homebody, and budget friendly beauty picks. Inspired by North Carolina.

Living in a love affair with homebody styles, casually cool tones that embody a walk along autumn, and cozy lines which feature simple pieces for the minimalist at heart. With a warm palette, fall tones, and designs that simplify, a style affair grows with each pencil stroke…..

and a moment from the nineties….

Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

Style must haves from a nineties teen….

  • Plaid shirts. Plaid pants. Plaid tights. Plaid hats.
  • Floral satin dresses
  • Pleated school girl skirts
  • Ditsy print textiles
  • Old flannels and baggy overalls
  • Bold and romantic styles

then through the rainbow….

  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.
  • View Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif. Featuring casually cool styles, a sunkissed road trip to Baja, and homegrown directions that smile and inspire.
  • View Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif. Featuring casually cool styles, a sunkissed road trip to Baja, and homegrown directions that smile and inspire.
  • View Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif. Featuring casually cool styles, a sunkissed road trip to Baja, and homegrown directions that smile and inspire.
  • View Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif. Featuring casually cool styles, a sunkissed road trip to Baja, and homegrown directions that smile and inspire.
  • View Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif. Featuring casually cool styles, a sunkissed road trip to Baja, and homegrown directions that smile and inspire.
  • View Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif. Featuring casually cool styles, a sunkissed road trip to Baja, and homegrown directions that smile and inspire.
  • View Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif. Featuring casually cool styles, a sunkissed road trip to Baja, and homegrown directions that smile and inspire.

Styles that smile while living in a rainbow frame. With whimsy lines, sunkissed designs, and frames that grows with each idea, Rainbow Frames represents the carefree lackadaisical environments that inspire free spirits who love a lazy morning, an adventurous afternoon, and a just-chill evening. Dreaming of a colorful palette, a collection of chill styles, and designs that energize….

To Be Continued….

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February Newsletter

MOVING ON WITH POSITIVE NOTES


Paperwaif Notes & New Beginnings

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Starting over once again- seems to be a not so productive pattern of mine since one side of mind is a perfectionist, the other side a complete free spirit- I have decided my novels, website, and style directions need reconstructing before I can move forward with new projects, so I have already begun to fully rewrite my stories with different characters, backgrounds, settings, titles, and even pen names. I was not satisfied with my original ideas and have had nearly a decade to knit pick every little detail of my story lines and writing style and grow as a writer. I would like to put my best foot forward starting today and can’t wait to finally share novels that I am content with. This time around, I’ll be sharing ideas and excerpts as I go- my prior novels were so embarrassingly wrong that sharing just felt utterly humiliating. Hopefully, this bizarre path will some day make sense and create a body of work that isn’t a complete dumpster fire. Moving on to pineapples and rainbows….

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Browse Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style sketches, magazine pages, and design collections by Aryn Lane. Inspired by current trends, past moments, and new beginnings.

PAPERWAIF’S STORY

Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

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Style Magazine Gallery

SNOWFLAKE TONES AND PAPER DOLL FRAMES

Too Cool ’82: A So-Called Life

A late winter fashion magazine featuring so-called styles, snowflake tones, and brat inspired lines that embody simple lifestyles. Inspired by my nomadic on-the-go life, my obsession with a minimalist mindset, and my love of feminine but edgy collections.

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STYLE FILES


Learn about Paperwaif Books, a collection of contemporary novels by Aryn Lane, author of The Valley Series and A Moment In Time.

PAPERWAIF’S BOOKS

Learn more about Paperwaif Books, a shelf featuring a collection of contemporary novels and a young adult love story. Coming up…. Completely new rewrites to satisfy my vision for my novels and a new horror science fiction novel, Miss Mannequin: Vallan Files Part One.

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Learn about Paperwaif's journey from an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating directions that highlight positivity, homegrown styles, and whimsical moments.

PAPERWAIF’S STORY

Beginning with an unrealistic dream to a lifelong obsession with writing, designing, and creating, Paperwaif has become a creative outlet focusing on positive goals, style lines, and book vibes. Offering digital magazines and contemporary novels, Paperwaif’s story grows with each page turn.

FOLLOW. CONNECT. DISCOVER.

@paperwaif

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Self Publishing Gunk

More than frail paper dolls….

So You Want to Write A Book

Self Publishing And Independent Challenges….

Obviously I have not been interested in posted lately and my latest style magazine, Too Cool ’82, is dragging along since I like to try new ideas that require some research and I don’t like sharing until the pages are exactly how I want them. And I have one too many things going on personally, including a move across the ocean, mental breakdowns, complete frustration, and all around disgust of my current loves- writing and designing. Don’t even get me started on social media and the fact that I lack any interest in sharing or becoming a ‘star’. Suppose I should have been a truck driver.

Nevertheless, I thought I would compile a list of the things that I have learned from being in the creative dumpster for over a decade while I continue to focus on my many rewrites. If someone would have given me a breakdown of the good, the bad, and the ugly prior to trudging down this unbearable path that has left me addicted, stressed, and waifly made, I may have run the other way. While loving writing or designing- the ideas just have to get out of my head or I’ll drive myself insane- it is not my life. My life is moving around, traveling, catching a sunset on a mountain top, and taking care of others 24/7, which obviously leaves little time to truly focus on my professional goals that others appear to achieve easily. Having done self publishing the most difficult way possibly, while still looking at agents, I have learned a few things from myself and others. I have never been a social person in any form, social media included, so jumping into something like writing seemed like a good fit until I realized how much time was spent on getting noticed through social channels, ads, etc. While some individuals may love that part, I began to wonder at what point do I finally get to go back to writing. A few things I learned along the way…..

  • Do thorough research on everything from social media to formatting an e-book before even starting your outline for your story
  • Make a decision upfront- self publishing or reaching out to agents. This was something I wobbled back and forth on for years since the logical direction pointed toward agents, but be prepared that 99.9% agents with dislike your work no matter what and you will see the exact same response on your e-mail nearly every single time. If your goal is to have your work in the stores with movie deals and others fawning over how amazing your book is, then an agent may be the way to go. That was never my intention- I just wanted to write stories and design covers and share them with those who might be interested. I went to school for design, which I love more than anything, and I fell into writing books by way of compromise even though I love piecing together stories, so I don’t have the degree that people want to see. I’ve never had the financial means or support to attend a prominent school or schools, and my dreams of working in the fashion industry were dead on arrival and flushed down the drain when I came to accept that life is truly unfair and I was going to have to put others goals and happiness above mine just so we could survive. Choices can make or break you.
  • Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, or…. Again, before posting your novel anywhere do your research on every outlet out there because they are different and offer different directions. Kindle seems like an obvious place to start since they offer certain things, which I did, but I don’t think I would have gone that route again, especially if you’re writing novels in certain genres like romance or thriller/science fiction. Unfortunately, I’m not interested in historical romance or anything more specific. On Kindle alone, there are million upon millions romance, thriller, and fantasy novels, which make it nearly impossible for your work to be seen unless you have really great marketing skills and a large following. And there are a lot of other options out there, including your own website.
  • Don’t waste a ton of money on ads. Yes, the exposure can help for certain individuals or work but not necessarily. You may just be dumping money that could be better spent elsewhere.
  • While you may stress about certain aspects of your book, possibly your cover design or the perfect sentences, many readers aren’t focused on the two words in your 300 page novel that didn’t make the spellchecker. This was a part that I struggled with everyday. Instead of focusing on my storyline and jumping right in, I would get bogged down with every sentence or word that irritated me, and time would be wasted on many rewrites. Just stick to your story and don’t obsess or you’ll drive yourself insane.
  • Start your story with your very first word. This was an issue that troubles me today even as I try to avoid the easiest writing trap. Readers are intelligent and don’t need everything to be explained. I am very introverted and spend 99.999% of my life in my mind and not talking out loud, so when I first began writing I had a lot of inner voices and explanations about what was going on or what a particular place looked like. While I like to paint a portrait through my storylines, readers may not want every detail to me known. Leave some mystery. Don’t try to explain every character and background in the first chapter- It’s just too much to take in and doesn’t leave anything to the imagination.
  • Simple glitches…. Names that are too alike. Starting sentences with So, Then, Also, etc. Cover designs that are too busy or don’t represent your story. Separating perspectives. Go with shorter chapters- I’ve heard this many times from people who don’t have the time or patience to read thirty pages in one sitting. Make precise timelines, so the reader doesn’t have to wonder what or when something has happened. While agents will claim to hate this or that, there are millions of readers out there and rarely are they alike. Ignore the negativity, the disappointing comments, and trudge forward with what you know and love.
  • Expect to hear how amazing everybody else’s books are, though they know you also write books but won’t give you the time of day because you’re not on a celebrities book club list. And expect the comparisons to keep coming. If you choose to write contemporary novels and write about what you know- which I did because I felt it was the simplest place to start when I had no formal background- get used to those around you comparing every little detail of your novel to your life and not being so kind about it. Expect and understand that others, even those close to you, have no idea how many hours you work, stress, cry, and thoroughly breakdown because your work just isn’t good enough, yet you’re expected to smile when others easily reach their goals. Expect that others who don’t even write books or other works, will get labeled ‘writer’ when you can’t even get acknowledged as someone who works at all.
  • Be prepared that no one will care about your work that took you months, possibly years to perfect and share with others. While you may feel passionately about certain things and love what you do, others might not care at all- they may not even consider your passions and jobs that you put so many hours and effort into, a ‘real’ job. Most days you might feel like you’re on an antisocial introverted, writer’s island that others can’t relate to. But…. If you love to write, write. If you love to design, design. If it didn’t work the first time around, try again, and if you need to rewrite the entire book just to be happy, then rewrite it. Maybe you’ll never be world famous, well respected, or even sell a copy but at least you tried.

*Just a few things I’ve learned from going it alone on the dark, cold isolating road which doesn’t always inspire. My opinion only.

*Paperwaif Books