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The Writer Within You

Today, I want to discuss something important. I want to talk about the writer inside you.

If you read one of my recent blog posts, then you know next year I want to focus purely on writing.

For too long, I stayed in the circle of my comfort zone, and I need to break away from its fence.

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And if you also want to write, I challenge you to the same. Once I asked everyone want type of writer they want to be. Do you want to be the writer known for one major series like J.K. Rowling, or do you want to be a prolific writer like Stephen King?

Before, I said I want to be a prolific writer because I have too many story ideas. In fact, I read an article titled “What Does it Mean to Be a ‘Prolific’ Writer?” on HuffPost.

The article said, “what I believe is the deeper definition of “prolific,” that is, the author’s existential need to continuously create parallel worlds out of the raw material of his imagination.”

When I read that, I decided that’s what I want to do. Of course, being a full-time fiction writer is the dream, but it doesn’t pay bills, sadly. Well, it can, but it’s not easy. Until then, I’m going to work on being a Technical Writer and freelance when I can. I’ve already talked to the man in my life about this, and he agrees I need to make more time to write.

Sometimes, I wish I was a faster writer, like a writer who can turn out a book every 2-3 months, but then my stories may suffer.

For now, I’m going to keep moving towards this goal. I’ve outlined my writing plan, and so far I have seven books to write, including some short stories.

I was never that writer with over 1M reads online, I never got asked to turn my books into a comic, but I’m determined to keep traveling towards my end goal.

The protagonists of our stories need to step out their comfort zones, so maybe we should as well. Great people in history fought on, despite the odds around them, and you can, too.

As the great Lisa Nichols says,

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For those who don’t know who Lisa Nichols is, she is a motivational speaker who started off poor, on welfare as a single mom at twenty-seven. Now, she is a millionaire who travels all over the world and encourages people to follow their dreams.

The funny this is, in high school, her English teacher said her writing was so bad, she wouldn’t be able to get a job. Well, she proved that teacher wrong. She is a New York Times bestselling author of the book “No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love.” 

Surprisingly, a teacher in high school said the same thing to me, and now look, I’m a writer trying to get an agent next year!

So, please remember, don’t let other people shape your life. For too long, I’ve let other people shape my decisions, and I can’t do it anymore.

If you write, and I mean love to write, you know there is a writer in you. Let that writer out so your creativity can shine =)

Freedom!!

To end this post, can you tell me what your writing goals for 2018 are? Are you going to step out of your comfort zone?

Also, I made this yesterday! I hope you like it =)  This is the best image I’ve made so far!

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(note: images used in this post are not mine. I don’t own any of the stocks)

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Life, Updates, and Your Safe Writing Space

So…

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I want to say, sorry for being MIA for the past month. Life isn’t easy for me right now, and I want to tell you what’s going on. For starters, I’m working on the following:

  1.  Still switching careers. This hasn’t been easy, but I’m determined to get there.
  2. I started a new writing venture, so I’ll be busy with that =)
  3. Clash of Tides is still going through beta! I got some great feedback, so I’m making notes for the rewrite and hoping to start that soon.
  4. 9/Nine Realms isn’t dead! I’m changing the first few chapters, and I want to continue writing the story soon.
  5. I want to self-publish a book of horror short stories, so I’m also working on that.
  6. I’m still learning web development and graphic design.
  7. As always, I’m practicing the craft of writing to be the best writer I can.

Yeah…it’s a lot, but I’m determined to make 2018 the year of change. For a while now, I’ve felt stagnant, and I want the upcoming year to be better. I want to leave behind my old thinking process and move to a year of growth.

If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve left some of my social media profiles behind, but don’t worry, I plan to use them again soon. I know it’s essential to grow our platform, and once I get my new venture done, I will return to the world of social media.

As for my stories, they are being uploaded in bulk to Tapas. So if you’ve been waiting to read the end of Clash of Tides, it will be posted soon. I will not post the rewrite online, as things will be changed and edited for submission.

Now, for today’s topic, I want to talk about Perfection and a Safe Space. As writers, especially beginning writers, we want to think our work is good, but sometimes reality is different. Everyone who reads this blog knows my writing journey has been full of ups and downs and all around. I’ve been writing for almost four years now, but I still haven’t published a book. To be fair, for the first two years, I mostly wrote fanfiction, but  I was still writing and working on my craft.

Today, I wished I was further along on my writing journey. I don’t want to just be a good writer, I want to be a great one, to be a perfect…and that’s when I stopped myself. In this world, there is no such thing as perfect. We all know the dream is to be a best seller, but more than likely, that won’t be the case.

So, before we even submit our work to agents or post online, we need to remind ourselves, “I am not perfect; I am going to make mistakes.”

Remember, when you post your stories online or submit to agents, nothing is going to be perfect. The best thing to do is forgive yourself. All you can do is keep working on your craft and improving your skills. You won’t reach perfection, but you will keep growing your skills. In the end, all you can do is read, practice, and keep writing.

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If you find posting on websites where you’re ranked against other writers is too much, then find yourself a Safe Space. You’re probably wondering what I mean by Safe Space. Well, a space where you can post your writing, not feel overly judged, and not question your own writing worth. To me, a Safe Space is a place where you can write and not have your self-doubt grow over your confidence.

There’s nothing wrong if you want a Safe Space while you’re perfecting your craft. The important thing is you find betas you trust, who you can work with without having drama.

So for all of you, how did you get over the perfection problem? What is your writing Safe Space?

Growing Your Platform

Hello, all!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted something, but I wanted to update today. Like with everything going on, I’m in the midst of making changes and growing my platform.

Next year is finally the year I’ll be submitting my first manuscript to agents. It’s scary, nerve-wracking, but it’s something I want to attempt.

With that being said, recently, I’ve thought a lot about a writer’s platform. In the past, we’ve spoken about our social media presence, but what about our publishing presence? By publishing presence, I mean the number of written pieces you’ve actually published. Sadly, for me, I haven’t published anything yet, and that’s a fact I want to change.

To those of you who will be submitting to agents in the coming year, it’s best to focus on the following:

  1. Grow your social media presence now. For example, if you only have 200 followers on Twitter, then try to get 500 (I’m working on this too). The same applies to your blog and any websites you use for your writing
  2. Go to conferences and start networking with agents
  3. Start submitting your work to magazines and contests for publication (I’m also doing this now)

Like before, we can all agree that growing a platform is hard and takes time, but this is just a reminder about how important it is. One writer I know is giving themselves five years to grow their platform.  If you haven’t started developing your platform, start now.

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Here is one contest that’s run by Writer’s Digest: Short Short Story Competition

Here is another website that publishes 100 word stories: [100 word story]

I feel it’s easy to get caught up in thinking platform is all about the internet, but we need to remember that online magazines and print magazines are still relevant in the writing world.

Today, I’m going to end with this:

I laid on the hot sand, with your arm draped over me.
You asked me, “When do you want to enter the water?”
I replied, “I don’t need to; I’m already swimming in your arms.”

Of course, if you have any thoughts about today’s post, please let me know.

Question: How many of you are already published writers (authors)? Do you have any advice for the rest for us?

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Please follow and thanks for the support!

Supporting Fellow Writers and Updates

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How is everyone doing?! I know it’s been a while since I posted a real discussion, but I’m back! Real quick, I want to give you some updates on what I’ve been working on.

  1. Preparing for my trip to Tokyo this month. I leave at the end of the month, so I’m practicing my Japanese^^
  2. There have been many changes at work, so that’s been bothering me. I don’t know what will happen, but I’ll take it one day at a time.
  3. I’m trying to get a full-time writing job. Yes, I’m working on a career change right now to be a full-time Technical Writing until I get an agent, so I’ve been working on that.
  4. Writing and preparing my stories for submission. This is an ongoing process and takes time. I’ll be submitting Clash of Tides next year, and hopefully, 9/Nine Realms, too.
  5. Working on my artwork. I would love to make a comic for Clash of Tides^^
  6. Lots and lots of beta reading! I’m doing manuscript reviews right now, so that’s also taking my time.
  7. Lastly, I’m taking classes to learn web development: HTML5, CSS, and Javascript. Basically, I’m trying to switch careers into something new, and I want more skills. What I do now isn’t a career, it’s horrible, so I want a change.

Whew…so, that was a lot. Now since you all know what I’ve been doing, let’s discuss today’s topic. So recently, I asked a writing and art community how they felt about supporting a fellow artist. For example, let’s say you enjoy a writer’s work, follow them and read their stories. Would you want that writer to also read your stuff?

Well, the responses were a little shocking, and the conclusion was that most writers wouldn’t support a fellow writer. Well, unless they liked that fellow writer’s work. Honestly, it makes sense, but I’ve always supported my fellow writers whether I liked their work or not.

For me, even if I don’t like the other writer’s work, I can at least provide some feedback on why I didn’t like it.

I know everyone doesn’t have time to support their fellow writers. So if you are a new writer starting out, don’t expect anyone – least of all other writers – to support you. Most likely, they won’t.

Honestly, I don’t want to jump to any conclusions on this, and I would love to get everyone’s thoughts.

Question: Do you think writers should support each other? If yes, please tell me why. If no, please explain.

Lastly, what are you working on right now?

Thanks for reading

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Contest Winner!!

Hey, everyone!!

Before I announce the winner, I want to thank Thomas for being a judge and for helping with the contest. I also want to thank everyone who submitted their story. This was my first contest, and I had a good number of submissions, so all in all, I felt it was successful. Now enough rambling! It’s time to announce the winner!

The winner is…

Lanterns in the Sky by Pagan Malcolm!

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If you didn’t win, please don’t feel discouraged. Remember, always keep on writing because you never know what can happen. It’s always best to focus on improving your craft than feeling defeated.

To the winner, I just need your email address so I can send you your Amazon gift card. You can either email me or post it in the comment section =)

Thanks again, everyone!! I’ll be hosting another contest when I reach the 2K follower mark. Also, I plan to post a new blog post this week. It will be about more issues in the writing community. This time, I’ve noticed that many popular writers online don’t feel the need to rewrite and edit their stories.

Question: As writers, do you feel that first drafts should always go through a rewrite?

Let me know!

 

1500 Followers Writing Contest!

I still can’t believe it! This blog has reached over 1500 followers, and as such, I want to do something fun for everyone. The focus of this blog is in writing, reading, and the writer’s journey. So to celebrate all things related to writing, I’m holding my first writing contest!

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The prize is a $25 Amazon gift card for the winner. My hope is the winner will find new stories to read and check out some of Amazon’s indie’s writers who need support.

What is the writing contest you ask? Well, I decided to do a novel writing contest based on the first three chapters of a story.

I’ll be looking for the following:

Do your first three chapters engage the reader?
Does the writing flow well?
Do you have a hook, established a hint of backstory and a specific setting?
Is the writing free of many spelling and grammar errors? 

When writing a novel, it’s important to ask those questions. The first few pages of a book are critical in getting readers interested, and if it doesn’t capture the readers’ attention, then it’s hard to grow a readership.

For the contest, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been writing or what genre you write in. I’m just looking for those four criteria.

If you want to help judge the contest, please let me know. Of course, if you decide to help judge the stories, you can’t submit your own work.

If you want to join the contest, please comment with the following:

Your Name
The title of your story
Summary
URL where we can read it

I know some writers don’t post their stories publicly, so if you want to keep it private, that’s fine. While judging the stories, I can also leave you a review if you’re looking for feedback.  Please let me know if there is a passkey to access your work. You don’t have to post the passkey in the comments section. If anyone wishes to email me with a link to their work, that’s fine too. You can email me here: Email Me.

I’ll announce the winner on August 26th!

I hope you’ll join my contest! Submissions are accepted until August 12th. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Let’s get writing (or editing)!

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(Please note: I know some of you have given me awards, and I’ll posts those next! I’m just so swamped with things on here! But I promise I’ll do it.)

Building Yourself Up (For Writers)

Hey, everyone! Before we begin, I want to say,

Winter is here

Just kidding! But I am excited about Game of Thrones tomorrow, but no, I really wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented on my last blog post. The amount of support and advice I got was overwhelming. I feel much better about my decision to try and get traditional published or even self-publish, so instead of anxiety now, I can focus on finalizing Clash of Tides for querying.

So, today I wanted to discuss building yourself up. As writers, we are always trying to improve our skills, grow our readership, and just maintain a presence online.

We already know how the greats did it: Stephen King, J K Rowling, and many other authors. However, in today’s world, lots of people are building up their brand.

Of course, as writers, it makes us feel better when we read about other writers getting rejected and still succeeding. But what about business owners, musicians, and other artists that start from nothing? Well, there are plenty of stories about them. During the last few days, I’ve researched people that are inspiring, who help me to keep moving and not give up.

So today, I want to talk about a company that changed how we read, buy books, and even look at publishing: Amazon.

I’m not sure if any of you know this, but Jeffrey P. Bezos started Amazon out of his garage at 30 years old. Yes, out of his garage at only 30 years old.

This information is taken from http://www.fundable.com:

 1994: Jeff Bezos quits his job and launches Amazon out of his garage.
Within 30 Days, it is doing $20,000 per week in sales.

1995: Bezos raises an $8 Million round of funding from Kleiner Perkins.

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 per share.

1999: Bezos is named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for popularizing online shopping.

2009: Bezos acquires Tony Tsieh’s Zappos through a stock swap.

2013: Bezos acquires the Washington Post.

If we look at these dates, it took Jeffery 4 years before he really got noticed for Amazon. Along the way, it wasn’t always an easy journey. Think about it, if he gave up on starting Amazon, where would we be today? Of course, I’m sure someone else may have made self-publishing a thing, but Amazon is now a legend in the online world. Honestly, I feel that’s how it is with writing. It’s a long, never ending road of working hard and waiting for our stuff to get noticed.

Growing your readership and improving your craft takes time. So please, to new and old writers (and this may sound strange coming from me), please don’t get discouraged. For new writers, at a minimum give yourself 1-2 years to build up your craft and presence online. Seriously, don’t rush the process like I did. If you ever need someone to beta read for you or help you with your stories, I’m just an email away. I started this blog to help other writers, that’s what I want to do. If another writer offers to help you, take them up on that offer. Really, you have nothing to lose.

The most that will happen is they won’t get back to you, but if they do, that could be some valuable feedback. I started this blog to help other writers, so I’m here if you need me.

Lastly, I’ve almost reached 1500 followers! Once I do, I plan to hold a writing contest! The prize will probably be a $25 Amazon gift card, but hey, that is some free books. More details to come.

Question: How long did it take you to build up your craft and presence online? From what I’ve noticed, it takes about 1-2 years to build up a readership.

(I haven’t forgotten about the comments. I will respond to you.)