Hey, everyone! Happy Tuesday!
It’s hard to believe we are in the last few days of November. It’s been a busy catch-up month, and the catch up for me will pour into December.
How did NaNoWriMo go? Did you win? :3
It’s only Tuesday, and yet again, drama already started on that particular website that grinds my gears. Long story short, someone started a thread for POC (People of Color) in fiction. However, their tone was so aggressive. It’s sad because people were already starting to get turned off from the good they were trying to do. I told them I remembered their last thread started drama (which it did), and their approach may drive supporters away. Of course, I got attacked yet again for not agreeing with people online.
When it comes to online writing sites, be very selective of the ones you join. If I didn’t have such a following there, my account would be deleted so fast. Starting discussions about POC in fiction is a great thing, but we have to be tactful in how we start such conversations. Calling out people of a certain race to not join in with their experiences isn’t the way to help anyone. Martin Luther King preached love and acceptance, and I wish more people online did the same. Needless to say, I’ve decided for my own sanity to take a break from it. Real life is already full of enough drama.
Now since my mini rant is over, I want to share how you can save money and still improve your craft.
Recently, Udemy had a sale on Writing Fiction classes for $10, so I figured that would help me learn something new. A literary agent teaches the class, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Udemy.com is just one of the websites that provide cheap or free classes for users to take. While no, the classes aren’t accredited; however, they are still useful for honing up your skills. Surprisingly, they are decent in length. I am still trying to finish up my “Writing With Flair” class.
- Used Writing Books
Buying used writing guides off Amazon is another way you can save money. I know most people use e-books and free guides online, but having a physical is always nice, too.
- Community College Courses and Workshops
If you are low on money, consider taking a class at your local community college or a single day workshop. A writer’s workshop may also help with getting feedback on your stories.
- Ask a Trusted Writer Friend
As much as we love our friends and want their help, I advise only asking a writer friend you trust. Someone who will be honest with you, but also won’t praise everything you write. You need serious critiques with constructive criticism
I hope this post was helpful, and you got some ideas on how to save some money while learning your craft.
Until next time, have an awesome day! Oh, before I forget, does anyone have any good recommendations on where I can get feedback for my work? I really want to get some feedback, so I know what to address in the second draft of my stories. Thanks!