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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I'm Moving! Hope You Follow Me

I finally took the plunge and migrated over to my very own site

I have loved meeting and interacting with everyone here. That's why I hope you'll follow me over to my new online home

I've been working really hard on it, and I hope you agree with me that it looks great. 

I'll keep this blog up, but I won't be updating it. All new posts and updates on the Writing Resources page will be on the new website. 

See you there?


Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Features #4

Tons of good stuff this week!

Inspiration/Research


National Novel Writing May Challenge by Sommer Leigh at Sommer Leigh


Writing Advice


The Hunger Games 2) – The Beat Sheet by Larry Brooks at StoryFix

The Value of Reading Your WIP Out Loud by Ava Jae at Writability


Setting the Mood with Your First Lines:Part Two by Pepper Basham at The Writer's Alley

When You SHOULD Use Passive Voice by Liz Bureman at The Write Practice

Creating the Lie by Sherrinda Ketchersid at The Writer's Alley

It's OK to Leave Stuff Out. In Fact, It's Better. By Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

7 Ways to Write a Stand Alone Book With Series Potential by Brian A. Klems at Writer's Digest

Why Reread a Story You Already Know? By Mooderino at Moody Writing

Three Tips to Write Like Kurt Vonnegut by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Why Writers Must Be Observers by Ava Jae at Writability

Why Writers Should Read: Part 3 by Mary Vee at The Writer's Alley

Building Your Author Platform

Every Writer's Dream: Interview withJeff Goins by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice


** A Must-Read** How To Build Or Improve Your Writer Platform by Robert Lee Brewer at My Name Is Not Bob


Publishing


A Primer On Ways to Publish by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

Where Will Self-Publishing Get Quality Control? By Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

Harlequin Fail by Ann Voss Peterson at The Newbie's Guide to Publishing

What exceptional writing articles did you come across this week? 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Forget About Word Count (Sometimes)

By: Yesenia Vargas

Writers (me included) tend to be a bit obsessive about word count.

Too much. Too little.

Daily, Hourly. Weekly. Yearly.

I have always thought that a good way to reach your long-term writing goals was to set word counts. And it is.

But it's not the only way.

It's actually harder for me to get back into my writing groove after a long break because of word count goals. Writing becomes a chore, and I dread the feeling I get when I won't meet that goal. I can't even get started writing.

That's why sometimes it's better to just forget about word count and simply write.

When it's hard to pick up that pen and you end up staring at that blank page...Or put your fingers on the keyboard and stare at the blank screen....forget about word count and just write. Remember why you love writing in the first place.

For the stories that get your heart racing and make you feel better when you didn't know something was wrong.

A lot of the time you will find that you will meet that word count and then some without even realizing it. And writing will be a joy again.

When you are at that place again, set those word count goals again. Adjust them if you need to. Or don't set them at all if you find that you work better without them.

What works better for you? Word count goals or no word count goals? A little of each?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Beautiful Blog Nomination

Thanks, Lauren Waters, for the cool nomination :) It's an honor.
 
The Rules: 

The Beautiful Blogger Award is for those blogs that are creative, original and add to the blogging community. You’re supposed to bestow it on seven people and here’s the “rules:” I say, no worries if you’re a rule-breaker, then just put the award on your blog.
Link to the creative, beautiful genius that bestowed it upon you. List seven random things about yourself. Send said award to seven (or how ever many you want) other creative, beautiful geniuses. Tell those lucky people that you’ve done this and give em’ the rules.
7 Random Things About Me:
  1. I feel a need to be productive all the time, such as when I'm supposed to be relaxing and watching a movie on the weekend.
  2. Right now, I'm eating a strawberry Greek yogurt with granola :)
  3. When I was pregnant, I had a net loss of weight instead of gain. Go figure.
  4. I have seven brothers and sisters.
  5. I love to bargain hunt, especially for books.
  6. I want to grow my own vegetable garden, even though I hate eating vegetables.
  7. I'm currently working on my new website, yeseniavargas.com. You should check it out sometime. Not now, though. It's not pretty right now :D
 And the baby just started crying, so I gotta go. Come back Wednesday for a new post and Friday for links to this week's best writing advice finds.