I might be a little late to the thread here, but I am proud to say that I have joined the ‘Writers for Ukraine – One Million Word Challenge’. And because of that, I’ll keep this post short and to the point – I am asking for money.
If like me, you have spent the last several days going through all your wardrobes, bathroom cabinet, and kid’s clothes looking for donations to send across to Ukraine for the refugees who are in desperate need of aid due to the current invasion from Russia, then please just take a moment to read on. I know I want to do more, to help in any way I can, don’t you?
I have been overwhelmed and so thankful for the way in which my debut non-fiction book ‘The Write Way’ has been received. I have had some really lovely feed back and the books has been a special mile-stone for me, especially in a year following a global pandemic.
The results I have seen from ‘The Write Way’ has been so encouraging and has inspired me with my writing so much. I am so grateful for the support I have received and am now motivated more then ever to continue to produce content and create new and exciting novels and non-fiction guides.
In order to celebrate what I consider to be a successful first indie-publication, I am hosting a giveaway!
This opinion might not be very popular at first, but hear me out here…
We are often told that social media scrolling is the ultimate time suck and whilst this is a valid point, our daily quiet time with Facebook or Instagram ultimately doesn’t have to be “a waste of time.”
Social media opens up a range of possibilities for advertising and reaching new customers or fans via an online platform of viable and visual information. But just as much as it is a way of reaching out to new people and engaging with followers of your brand it is also an opportunity to educate oneself; learn, gain new insights and ideas, and develop on trending or current topics.
That’s right, only by ‘being on social media’ (and by that I don’t just mean having an account you post to once a week) but by actually scrolling, reading, and engaging with like-minded individuals, will you actually get the most out of what these platforms have to offer us.
I am very proud of how the book has turned out, in particular, because the feedback I have already received about the book goes to prove that my initial objective in creating it has been achieved – it inspires!
As an author’s assistant is not only my job but my passion to help other writers on their way to creating and publishing their books.
Over the course of the year, my aim is to continue on from the initial release of The Write Way and to turn my blog and social media platforms into an informative and engaging content cache for aspiring writers and authors alike. As well as continuing the theme of writing prompts, I also hope to provide useful advice and helpful tools and resources for writers to use to increase their productivity and creativity.
It is my dearest wish to grow a community also, which is why I have started the #TheWriteWayToday.
I am in love with motivational quotes and like many people, especially love scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram on a Monday morning before starting work, to get my enthusiasm up for the week ahead.
In particular, I am a big fan of inspirational quotes on the topic of writing – who would have thought, right? However, dreams are also a theme I like to revisit regularly, as for me, writing is my dream and I think we all need that little reminder every now and then that no matter what life throws at us, we can keep moving forward towards our goals.
With this in mind, today’s post is going to be a short and sweet share of some of my favorite inspirational quotes. I hope you find them just as inspiring as I do!
We are now well into April and as many aspiring writers will know, partway through the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year.
Instagram and YouTube are being filled with daily progress reports as would-be authors revise and polish last year’s attempt at a novel in a month or even more ambitiously – attempt a whole new one – and I am wholly envious of these people.
So why, you may ask, am I not partaking in this creative adventure with them?
We all have those times when we want to write but for some reason just can’t. Whether it’s from sheer exhaustion at the end of the day, some form of writer’s block or you simply have too many distractions preventing you from getting words down on the page; it can be a very frustrating situation to be in.
Especially when working towards a deadline.
A deadline can be self-assigned, such as when working towards a personal goal, aka writing a novel. It can be submission-based, such as a competition, or it can be work-related, as with commissions, client-based projects, or (hurray) by a publisher.
It’s getting colder outside and like many others, you are no doubt already feeling the financial strain of a precarious year, Christmas having been hot on your heels and the ever rising cost of heating your home a strain as we move into the full force of winter.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could ensure your hard earned cash wasn’t just flying out of the gaps in the window seals? How do you heat your home without just cranking up the heaters and emptying your bank account topping of the tariff; especially if you are in a rented property?
It can be hard at the best of times to get landlords to make those big investments that would improve living costs, such as switching from storage heating to something a little more economical, especially if they are still in working order. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer cold feet either.
Just over two weeks or so ago, I blatantly claimed that I was allowing myself some grace and not participating in National Novel Writing Month this year, as I already had too much on my plate.
Not only am I trying to revamp my blog, in the mist of launching a second, focusing on my new YouTube channel for writers and finishing off my novel whilst going through the beta reader feedback for it; but there’s a baby’s first birthday and Christmas to prepare for, clients eager for their work and a never ending though gratefully sought after reading list to tackle….so why on earth would I add in the extra stress of writing a novel in a month?
I think we can all agree it’s not a good idea to overload oneself and with NaNoWriMo being notorious for writer’s burnout, it’s probably best to just cheer other writers on from the side lines, right?
2020 seems to have been an un-darned, stinky sock made patchwork quilt of a year – stale, yet oddly nostalgic, making people long for a normality that already seems like distant childhood…
And for the publishing community this is as true as for anywhere else.
With more hours at home we have seen a rise in indie authors this year, for better or worse, and for the kindle and self-publishing market especially, this has meant a flood of new authors vying for our attention.
But what does this mean for traditional publishing or more importantly, what does this mean for you? As an upcoming prospective author, how are you going to stand out and make sure your light shines brighter then everyone else’s? After all, there used to be times and strategies that you could put into place…and yet 2020 seems to be just a free for all.
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