Making time for writing… that might very well be the hardest part of being a writer. For me, it’s hard to make time simply because so much other stuff is going on around me. Just like the photo, lol. More than that, I also have other things, non-writing things, that take up a lot of my time. With all that going on in my life (and I’m sure your life too… unless I’m the only busy person in the world…), how is anyone supposed to get “non-urgent” things like writing done? Continue reading “Making Time for Writing”
My school is out! Yay! Joy to the world! Sorrow!
Okay, I’m not going to miss my Biology quizzes, but I will miss my textbook. I won’t miss the last day before submitting an essay, but I will miss the research. I shall not miss– um, yeah, okay, I liked everything about Anthropology. I shall not miss the business and lack of time, but I shall miss the learning! Annnnnd the structured schedule. And my professors. Annnnd my group mates.
Okay, okay. The truth has come out. *sniffles* I like school. I shall miss thee, school! Farewell, my treasured friend! Until this fall when we meet again!
Annnnnnd I’m terrible at old English. Eek.
However, in the absence of school work, I will have plenty of time to work on my stories. Or so I think. Because I also have… plenty of other things to take up my time to. Lol. Continue reading “Summer Time Is Here!”
And today’s letter is B! I’m not going to go through make every B bold, becuase… this is a long(er) post and it would take a while. Anyways. The topic for today is Better your writing! One thing I’ve learned in life is that you always need to be improving your skill as a writer. If you want to write good quality five star books, well, you’ve gotta be upping your game constantly. Here are some resources that have helped me to grow.
Short Story Contests
Often times, if you can find a short story contest where the judges will give constructive criticism, you can learn a lot. There was a group that did that and my writing grew so much. There was a contest every weekend and I entered almost every weekend. Unfortunately, the person who ran it became too busy to keep it up and our little writer’s group disbanded. I wish I could find something like that again. (If any of you know of such a thing, please let me know!!)
I don’t mean writing groups that you just… talk about writing with. I mean writing group as in you show your writing to each other with the expectation that it’ll get ripped to shreds. Okay, maybe not quite that much, but you get the point. A group where you are pushed and where you can push others. Where you’re doing more than simply and lackadaisically “talking” about writing. I’ve never had one… I’ve always had to do my editing and criticizing for myself or beg it out of friends, but some of my friends have been apart of such a group. And they credit a good deal of their writing growth to it.
One place I’ve found that I’m dying to try is Inked Voices. I may or may not super want to do it. I may or may not be saving my money for college and wondering if $75 a year is too much to pay for this super neat platform… I may or may not be shuffling around on the line of “buy-or-not-to-buy”… (be advised; if I get profits from my books, you can bet what the first thing I’m going to buy is… after the celebratory treat-my-family-to-an-ice-cream).
Another one is Scribophile. However, unlike Inked Voices, there is a free account and it is not so much as a “writing group” as it is a “everyone critiques everyone”. I recently got the free account. The best thing about it is that it does give you critiques and you have to critique others. And unlike Figment and Wattpad, both of which I joined to get critiques from, there is a spotlight and your work does not leave the spotlight until you get three long critiques. Unfortunately, the premium account is only ten dollars less than Inked Voices: $65.
Okay, guys… listen here. Everything gets better with practice. Even writing. Your brain is a muscle and the more you use it, the better you’ll get. I suggest writing. And more writing. And more writing. Then look over your work and push yourself. What can I do better? Is this character actually realistic? Then go and… you got it, write some more!
I don’t remember who said this, but I’ll always remember hearing this: “To learn, you must be willing to learn.” If you don’t want to learn, you won’t. It’s as easy as that. Once you are willing to learn, you can learn anything from anywhere and everyone. You can learn from books, from bloggers, from reading good fiction…
Go ahead and do it!
What are your favorite resources to learn about the art of reading?
Do any of you have songs that just speak to you when you write? That makes it seem easier to write and helps you to focus on the story line?
Today, I thought I’d share some of my writing songs with you.
Also, anything by Adrian von Ziegler, who focuses on Celtic and fantasy music.
For happy, cute scenes I love to play this song:
Or something like this:
For more exciting scenes, I love:
I figure this is about enough songs to put in one blog post. I’ll do another blog post sometime soon. I put together a playlist on youtube with even more songs if any of you are interested. Click here to see it.
Thanks for checking out this post, guys! You all are the best! Watch out for wooden nickles. 😀
Wow. 2017. I had to type that like twice before I could untrain my fingers to type “2016”. How are you guys? Happy for the new year? Not so happy for the new year? Meh about the new year?
I’m excited for the new year. Everything is… new. I’m starting a new semester with new classes, I’m very close to entering a new aspect of writing, I have new story idea floating around in my head just begging to be let out. There’s gonna be new opportunities, new friends to be made, new places to explore… newness everywhere! There are new chances to take in the in the New Year–chances to do better than last year. It’s just… exhilarating!
But anyways, I came here to talk about my writing goals for the New Year.
G O A L S F O R 2 0 1 7 :
- Finish edits from my editor. I haven’t gotten my manuscript back yet, but as soon as I do, I want to finish up the editing and make Listening to Destiny all nice and shiny.
- Start querying agents. As soon as I’m done with the edits for Listening to Destiny, I want to start querying agents. I want to get on the road to publishing as soon as possible and prove to all the naysayers that I actually can do this. Ya hear me, naysayers? I can do this!
- Get this new idea out of my head and down on paper. There is nothing more exciting, or annoying, than having a new idea floating around in your head. I think that I can go far with it, I just need the gumption to get it out of my head and keep writing even when the writing gets tough.
- Write at least 30 minutes every weekday and an hour every day on the weekend. Sure. I’m gonna be busy. Some days I’m not gonna wanna do that. But I can. And I will. I gotta get back on track with my scheduled “writing time.
- Blog once a week. That’s a new goal for me as this is a new blog, but I definitely want to be blogging regularly, and I think once a week is a good starting point.
I think these are doable, but challenging goals for my new year and I can’t wait to get started on them! Thanks for reading guys! Watch out for wooden nickles.
P.S. What goals do you have for 2017?
Definitely what I’m looking forward to!