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Networking Isn’t so Dreadful After All

Networking. I used to always dread that word. It meant a bunch of people pretending to care about each other just to get a job, or a favor, or whatever.

Now that I’ve begun to network as a writer, I see it totally differently. I LOVE talking to other authors and listening to what they have to say. We’re so trapped in this solitary activity that it’s just so nice to hear about other people going through the same things.

Plus I am legitimately interested in what other people are writing about, there are some awesome ideas out there! Other creative types are definitely the people I jive with the most. It’s cool to talk about random hypothetical scenarios with them mid conversation. They don’t think I’m wasting my time spending so much of it writing.

A few weeks ago, I hosted a writers retreat and had authors and publishers come to speak. I was amazed at how close I got with these people over the course of the day. The were so friendly and willing to give advice, and despite the age difference (and professional difference) I felt like they saw me as an equal.

Last night I participated in Kim Chance’s #Chance2Connect on twitter for the first time and was amazed at how friendly everyone was. All types of writers all at different stages in the writing process came together to meet, give advice, and complain about our shared writing woes. I even found a couple potential critique partners!

I highly recommend looking into opportunities like this and putting yourself out there as a writer. It’s scary at first, but so rewarding!

Let me know in the comments if there are online groups or other hashtags you use to connect with other writers!

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Spring 2017 Quarterly Goals

It’s that time of year again!

Let’s review how I did on my winter goals:

1. Write at least 7,000 words of pirate novel

Soooo close. About 1,000 words off 😦

2. finish first draft of chapters 2-4 of pirate novel and send out for feedback

Nope, still need to finish 3 and write 4

3. start a writing blog (OH HEY)

Obviously, a strong success

4. start a youtube channel

Not quite, but this is happening soon!

5. do yoga most days of the week

Started out strong… stopped about a month in

6. clean off my desk and use it

HA

7. stay on top of classes (this means at least a C in tough classes, at least a B in easier ones)

Doing this in most, but unfortunately can’t quite count as a win 😦

8. plan and get speakers for the writing retreat

Done!

9. keep up with treasurer duties for theater club

Yup!

10. finish USG requests for theater club

Done and done

11. go to the career center and talk to someone(s) there

I kinda tried…

12. ask people to be references

Yes!

13. apply to 10+ jobs

Did wayyy more than this

14. direct a successful play

Si!

15. go on a date 😉

Surprisingly…. actually did this. Didn’t end up working out, but hey I’m getting out there

16. hold at least 1 fundraiser per club

Mhm!

17. fix schedule

And yes!

 

For those keeping track that is 10/17 completed, so that is a success for the quarter. It doesn’t feel like it because I considered these all things I really had to do, but I’m trying not to beat myself up about it too much.

And now my spring goals:

  1. Write 10,000 words of novel
  2. Have 5 critique partners
  3. Finish Beta reading
  4. Have 200 twitter followers
  5. Start youtube channel with Daniela!
  6. Take promotional photos for said channel
  7. Do more makeup art for instagram
  8. GRADUATE COLLEGE D:
  9. Talk to someone at career center
  10. Apply to 50+ jobs
  11. Get a job…
  12. Read 5 books
  13. Start doing something physical for health
  14.  Go on a date
  15. Make treasurer survival guide for next treasurer

Aaaaah graduation is scary and getting a job is scary but one way or another I’ll make it through. Comment below with your goals!

Uncategorized, writing, writing advice

My Novel Playlist

Listening to music is what gets me through writing when I don’t want to write. I may not feel like writing but I always feel like listening to music- and the right playlist can get your writing gears spinning.

Here are the songs I’m listening to for my current pirate adventure novel, Hell’s Belles.

Fight/Action Songs:

I Burn, Jeff Williams

This Will Be The Day, Jeff Williams

Ep 1 score- Ruby Rose, Jeff Williams

Red Like Roses Part II, Jeff Williams

Die, Jeff Williams

Forever, Distant Cousins

Everyone wants to Rule the World, Care Bears On Fire

Like Other Girls, Atomic Kitten

Everything Louder Than Everything Else, Meat Loaf

The RWBY soundtrack by Jeff Williams is generally a goldmine for music-  highly recommend the show and soundtracks 🙂

Sea/Piratey Mood Songs:

Girls With Guns, Tommy Shaw

Planning the Revenge, MediaTunes

One Day, Hans Zimmer

Raising the Sail, Phillip Glass

The Medallion Calls, Klaus Badelt

The Black Pearl, Klaus Badelt

To The Pirate’s Cave, Klaus Badelt

He’s A Pirate, Klaus Badelt

yeah pretty much every Pirates of the Caribbean song lol

Love Songs:

One and Only, Teitur

Can’t Behave, Courtney Jaye

Burning in Love, Honeymoon Suite

Cupid, Taylor Phelan

In Her Arms You Will Never Starve, Copeland

My Junk, Cast of Spring Awakening

Me On You, Sleeper Agent

Emotional Songs:

Wings, Jeff Williams

Skinny Love, Birdy

Time After Time, Quietdrive

Run Forever, Dave Thomas Junior

How Did This Happen, Amber Rubarth

Breathe, Ryan Star

Harden My Heart, Quarterfish

Breatheless, Dan Wilson

Rebellion/Angst Songs:

Teenagers, My Chemical Romance

Foolin, Def Leppard

Blow it Out, Great Wolf

From Shadows, Jeff Williams

And Then There Were None, Cast of Spring Awakening

Baba O’Riley, The Who

Character Specific:

White Snow, Red Wanting Blue

Midnight Kids, Nulore

Best Friends, HOLYCHILD

Cold Hard Bitch, Jet

More Adventurous, Rile Kiley

Pierre, Ryn Weaver

Words As Weapons, Birdy

Good Job, Sleeper Agent

 

I found most of these on spotify’s weekly suggestions for me, so I highly recommend that too. Hope you all find that perfect playlist, and happy writing!

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How to Outline Your Novel

The first step to writing your novel after you get that award winning idea, is to make an outline for it. *cue groaning*

I know. ‘Outlining is boring.’ And why do you even need to outline anyway? I’d rather just have everything come to me organically.

I had these thoughts too. I also never used to get very far in my novels. I’m here to tell you what I do to make outlining more fun, and how it’s imperative to your novel.

Instead of just writing a boring bulleted list, get out your markers and flash cards. Color code your main plot, sub plots, and characters that go through an arc, and start making cards as you think of them and place them in order on the floor.

This way, you can visually see how much time you are spending on each plot point, and where you are missing some pieces in you plot. This helped me so much in coming up with the middle of my story and getting from point A to point Z.

This way is just so much less stressful, and you can work on it as you come up with ideas. When you’re done, it should look something like this:screen320x480.jpeg

Happy writing everyone!

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Why Writers are the Best Friends

1. They read a lot

Studies have shown that reading books increases your empathy for others like crazy, nothing like a walk in someone else’s shoes to get some perspective

2. They are dedicated

If they are as dedicated to your friendship as they are to their novel, you’ve got yourself a true friend. Someone who spends hours editing the same paragraph will put a lot into a relationship

3. They understand when you’re busy

A writer spends their free time doing work- they get it if you lead a busy life. They’re the friend you can pick back up with after months as if it was only a week

4. They appreciate life

They’ve written about several, so they know how to appreciate the little moments in life and find joy in nature and just spending time with friends. They describe it all the time after all

5. They know the scoop on the good books.

Need a book recommendation? Your writer friend has 50. And they’ll be brutally honest about them too.

6. They’re there when you need them

Writers have to depend on others to help them edit and get their work out there, so they are totally willing to return the favor and will be there when you need them.

Give your writer friends some love today, they deserve it!