The Merry Writer Podcast: Episode 001 Out Now!

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Episode 001

In case you haven’t heard, Ari Meghlen and I have started a podcast to go along with our Twitter and Instagram hashtag game, The Merry Writer.

A new episode of The Merry Writer Podcast will be released every Wednesday at 10 am EST.

Are You a Secret Writer or Loud and Proud?

This week, we discussed keeping our creative work to ourselves or being loud and proud with it in the world.

You can find the podcast on all your favorite sites listed below. Be sure to give the podcast a follow and subscribe where ever you enjoy tuning in best.

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Thanks for listening!

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The Merry Writer Podcast Is Here!

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Ready or not, here we come!

I’m so excited to announce this project. This has been in the works for a few months now with my good friend, Ari Meghlen.

I had been thinking of starting a podcast for a long time. However, I faced the same problems and questions as I’m sure most people do when they want to start a new project. “What could I talk about on a podcast?” “Is this something I could handle alone on top of everything else?” “Who would want to listen to me?”

Needless to say, when Ari sent me an email asking if I’d be willing to turn The Merry Writer into a podcast, I didn’t have to think twice about it. I was beyond excited to start on a new journey and work with a dear friend on improving something we’ve already built together.

What is The Merry Writer?

For those of you who don’t know, The Merry Writer is a hashtag game for writers on Twitter and Instagram. Ari started it in July 2018 and I officially joined as her co-host in August 2018. It’s been nearly two years since the game began on Twitter.

This hashtag game consists of writerly and bookish questions every weekday pertaining to the current month’s theme such as your current WIP, editing, or a specific genre. It’s been a lot of fun and we’ve met so many wonderful writers and have built such an awesome community of writers and readers.

So, we’ve decided to take this game to a new level and turn it into a podcast.

What is The Merry Writer Podcast?

Don’t worry – we’re not straying too far from the original hashtag game.

The Merry Writer Podcast is going to mimic the game where, in each episode, we’ll discuss a new question pertaining to writing, reading, and everything in between. This will allow us to discuss our personal experiences and thoughts on the creative world. We can go more in-depth with the questions we ask as opposed to being limited to 240 characters. (Plus, having a real-life conversation is more fun and personal, don’t you think?)

It won’t be just me and Ari all the time

Once a month, we’ll have a guest join us on the show. You’ll get a break from listening to just myself and Ari ramble on and you’ll get a third opinion about whatever the episode’s topic is.

While guests won’t begin to appear on the show until May 2020, you can bet we have ideas and plans are in the works.

Episode 000 is out now!

I’m sure as soon as you heard about this podcast you couldn’t wait to listen to it, right? Of course! (Seriously, if you’re still reading this far, thank you!)

You can listen to our introductory episode below:

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New episodes will upload every Wednesday

After listening to our introductory episode, feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast streaming site so you never miss an episode. Ari and I will also be sharing the episodes on our websites and social media.

Episodes will go live once a week on Wednesdays and we’ve made sure they’re short and sweet.

Can’t wait for next week?

Then please be sure to check out all of Ari’s work if you’re not already following her. She’s a wonderful writer, a hard-working creative, and an awesome friend. Please go give her some love. (Because, really, none of this would have been possible without her!)

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The “Bestest” Leaf [Patron Short Story]

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I Finally Got Scrivener

Scrivener has been a writing program that’s been in the back of my mind for a long time. So many of my writer friends that I’ve met through WordPress, social media, and NaNoWriMo swear by it. Even though I typically reach my goal each NaNo session and claim a “win,” I’ve never taken the opportunity to get 50% off of Scrivener. Until this summer.

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Too Comfortable With Word

In the back of my mind, I knew I would make the leap someday. I’ve seen people post screenshots of their work using the program on Instagram and other social media. I’ve always thought, “That’d be cool to use!”

I mean, the way I write my novels are using Word document and having a large poster with post-it notes along with a notebook or two of outlines and research. It’s a lot and if you use Scrivener, all of that is in one place.

(Who am I kidding, I’m still going to use the post-it notes and notebooks because I’m visual in that sense!)

Also, I’ve been using Word since I’ve learned how to type. I feel like, if I stop using Word, I’ll be cheating on it in some way. All my novels are already on Word and I know how to use it. So, part of me didn’t want to make the switch because I didn’t want to learn how to use something new. I didn’t want to take that time away from actual writing. Not to mention I didn’t feel like moving my novels from one program to another.

Too Much Money

Silly me, I thought Scrivener was too much money. Even though I get 50% off, I thought it would still be about $50 for me because I thought the program was $100. I also thought it was a monthly or yearly subscription. It just wasn’t something I wanted to commit to.

So, after all this time, I looked it up at the end of July, early August when the last Camp NaNoWriMo session ended. I got the 50% off code and decided to check it out.

Apparently, it’s a one-time payment and it’s only $45 which means it was about $22-$23 for me. In other words, I should have made the switch long ago.

Do your research, kids.

I Finally Got Scrivener

I’ll admit, I haven’t used it much yet. I’ve mostly been exploring what I can do on the program and am working toward moving some of my novels over onto it. Needless to say, I haven’t really sat down and “wrote” using Scrivener just yet. I’m looking forward to starting something new with it though. I’ll be continuing my mystery and other novels, but I might try to start something new so I can learn the program as I go along with a new writing project.

I think I need something fresh like this to get myself back into the habit of writing again. I think, between Scrivener and NaNo coming next month, this is a good opportunity for me to get back into that routine. I’m looking forward to it.

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Writing Is Like… Playing

Remember using your imagination out loud in front of your parents or friends and not caring about whether people are watching you or not? Yeah, I miss those days too.

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You’re Using Characters

I’m almost 26-years-old. I still have my action figures from when I was young. I still have my stuffed animals too. In fact, I still collect stuffed animals. I’m always creating characters in my head and having conversations with them. That’s one of the things I love about writing. I’m bringing my characters – some I made up or fan fiction – come to life. I can give them a voice and give them an adventure.

You’re Using Your Imagination

We all talk to our imaginary friends. We all wish we were someplace we’re not. We all wish we had superpowers or something of the kind. Writing allows you to take your imagination to new heights. It allows you to bring it to live and live the life you want, even if it’s just for a little while.

You’re Sharing It With Others

By writing down you’re imagination, you’re sharing it with others. Whether you get it published or just post it on your blog, others are reading it and being absorbed into your world. You’re teaching others morals from your story. You’re sharing life lessons and how to be imaginative with children. You’re allowing people to love reading. In the end, it brings us all together.

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5 Quotes From John Green

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1. “You can love someone so much…But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.”

2. “Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.”

3. “Lucky Charms are like the vampires of breakfast cereal. They’re magical, they’re delicious, they’re a little bit dangerous and bad for you.”

4. “I try to live life so that I can live with myself.”

5. “Not that smart. Not that hot. Not that nice. Not that funny. That’s me: I’m not that.”

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Patron Short Story: Sunset [July 2019]

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Writing Is Like… Painting

I’m no artist when it comes to painting or drawing or even coloring sometimes. I tend to stick with doing rainbow patterns when I color unless I’m working on a cartoon character whose colors I know. There’s a lot of work that goes into a painting and the like as is writing. There are a lot of similarities between the two, as far as I can tell.

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The Blank Page Or Canvas

We all get that creative block once in a while. Sometimes we don’t know what to write, don’t know where to go next in our writing, or there are too many things we want to try writing all at once. The problem is, we’re having a lack of vision for a particular project or we have too many visions and don’t know where to start. I feel like painting can be the same way. What do I draw? What colors do I use? What style do I want to choose?

There’s a reason that pencils come with an eraser and keyboards come with a backspace.

It’s Abstract

Bouncing off of that, if you start with a paintbrush and make a mistake, you can either start over, attempt to fix it and turn it into something else, or work with it and make the painting look abstract. No two people view the same painting just as no two people read the same book.

Pictures and writing can be abstract in a way that we all interpret what we see differently from the person before and behind us. Poetry is a good example of this as well. The words flow together like a paintbrush’s stroke on the canvas.

In The End, Something Beautiful Is Created

Whether writing a book or painting a picture, something beautiful is always created in the end. The hard work pays off. This bit of practice will make your next project that much better than the one before it.

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Time To Write: Drive [Creative Writing Prompt]

Last week’s writing prompt was a General prompt. Check out some stories from fellow writers here:

This week’s writing prompt is:

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Write a story about the word above – Drive.

If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your post in the comments below and I’ll share it next week. Please be sure to link back to my blog so your readers know where you got the prompt!

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Writing Is Like… Dancing

I used to dance when I was in upper elementary school and lower middle school. I had stopped for a couple of reasons and never went back. Though it’s something I do often when no one’s looking and should I ever get the money to spare and find an adult dance class, I wouldn’t mind trying to get back into it – provided my bad knee allows me to.

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The Words Flow

No, don’t tell me you have writer’s block or that you stare at a blank screen for hours on end. Once you start writing, it’s difficult to stop. The words just flow straight from your mind to your fingertips and onto the page or screen. It’s a good feeling when you have a steady stream of words going onto the page. Even when you write a piece of dialogue or connect something to the plot, it’s a great feeling. Writing is hard, but it came sometimes write itself and make a little bit of sense.

Your Fingers Dance

That sounded much better in my head. When I see “your fingers dance” written down now it sounds stupid, but I don’t know how else to say it. It’s true – when you write, especially on the computer – your fingers are dancing. They’re tapping against the various letters on the keyboard and even if you write pen to paper, your hand and wrists are still moving right along.

We Write To Music

Some of us write to actual music. I tend to listen to instrumental or classical while I write. If I have anything with singing or lyrics will I totally get distracted and start singing along and actually start dancing. Then nothing gets done. But still, listening to music while writing isn’t bad and I know a lot of people do it. But also, whether you listen to music or not, the tapping on your keyboard is kind of like music anyway.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll sometimes start singing or rapping in tune with the way I’m typing. I can’t be the only one who does that.

Right?

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