WIP Wednesday: February 2018

I don’t have much of an introduction for this one. It’s already February.

I feel like 2018 is already going by too fast.

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What am I currently working on?

TAKE OVER

The first round of edits is underway for my next Wattpad story. I’m planning on publishing this on Wattpad in April. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, feel free to check out The Scribe which was my first story published in January.

GEORGE FLORENCE

I’ve lost track of how many edits I’ve done on this one. I’m plugging along on it trying to fill in plot holes and figure out the overall series. This one is certainly a process, but it will get there. It will come together. Slowly but surely.

PERPLEXED

This project is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I keep getting farther behind on it. The ideas aren’t as smooth as I imagined they’d be. I’m determined to meet my deadline though!

FREELANCE

I’m finally taking that leap into the freelance world. I’ve spent a good chunk of this month preparing for starting my own freelance business. If you need some extra help, feel free to check out the Let Me Help page on this blog. Even if you don’t, please check it out and let me know what you think. I’m excited to finally dive into this.

What are you currently working on? How is your progress going? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to chat!

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6 Of My Favorite YouTube Channels For Writers

I watch a lot of YouTube. Maybe a little too much. I watch more YouTube than I watch TV.

Most of the channels I watch are video game related, but I do watch some writing related content here and there. Sometimes, watching YouTube videos are the best research and it’s the easiest to find.

1. The Creative Penn

This channel is run by best-selling author, Joanna Penn. She talks a lot about publishing, marketing, and writing in general. Other writers are on some of the videos talking about their own journeys. The Creative Penn is Joanna sharing her own journey and sharing what she’s learned. It’s a lot of great information.

2. Ellen Brock

Ellen Brock is a freelance editor and her channel is all about answering common writing questions. She talks about writing in general, editing, and has Q&As. Her videos are short and sweet and definitely worth taking a look at.

3. Chris Fox

Chris is a best-selling author and discusses mostly marketing and business of publishing. If you’re at that stage in your writing, he’s a good resource.

4. ShaelinWrites

Shaelin is a young author who discusses all things writing and editing as well as reading. She is also a good resource as she talks a lot about her own experiences and novels. Plus she does fun tags and such.

5. Jenna Moreci

Another author and her videos are mostly “how to” videos about writing advice for other writers. She’s definitely got a sense of humor so her videos are entertaining as they are informative.

6. Jorden Roper

Jorden is a successful freelance writer. Her videos are all about making it as a freelancer and a blogger. Whether you plan on writing novels are not, her tips are pretty useful, especially from a blogger’s standpoint.

Do you watch any of these channels? Are they channels you watch that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!

Pressfolios

I already did some shameless plugging for my Bloglovin’ account a few weeks ago, so I thought I would do some more today.

Lately Kris and I have been talking a lot about maybe getting more writing done than just our original stories.

Sure, we have ideas that need to be written, novels that need to be edited, contests and magazines to submit to, etc. But we decided to get a little extra experience in, if we can.

Needless to say I’m on Pressfolios now. I don’t know if any of you have heard of it before because I certainly didn’t. Kris discovered it the other day. It’s an online writing portfolio.

I don’t have much on there now, but I’m sure it’ll grow overtime. I have a few pieces of writing I want to put on there, but they’re not on my computer anymore. So I have to find them and then type them up.

So, not much of an update, but I thought this would be a good thing to tell all my writer friends.

If you’re looking into doing freelance work or anything of the like, Pressfolios is a good place to do it. It’s a simple website and easy to navigate. I would definitely go check it out at the very least.

Goodbye 2013!

New Year

 

 

Today is the last day of 2013. How weird is that? I decided to do something special on here in celebration of 2014. I spent most of the morning going through all my blog posts from 2013. I had a good few laughs at the things that happened and there were also a lot of things that I couldn’t remember that happened. Oh, and I wish I counted all the typos I have made in my blog posts…sorry about that!

Anyway, I thought it would be cool to recap on everything that happened in 2013. I know WordPress sends something about views, stats, posts, pictures, comments, followers, etc. But my report is going to be about everything that actually happened in real life. And I know I don’t post every day or post about everything little thing that happens in my life, we can still get a pretty good idea on what’s been going on.

January:
–I was in the middle of writing The Blank Page.
–Dick passed away. Dick was an old man from my church. He did a lot for the church and the people apart of it. He passed away from a long hard-fought battle of lung cancer. It’s really hard to believe that it’s already been about a year since his death.
–We switched from Verizon to Comcast. My laptop still has internet issues because of this. It’s been almost a year of me fighting with my internet connection, too!
–My flash drive died and I lost everything. All the novels I was currently working on and already completed. All my lesson plans for Sunday school, everything for work, all my homework, among other things. I literally lost everything.

Feburary:
–About a week after my flash drive died, I finally got back into writing. I started writing Take Over (as The Blank Page was lost and I was too discouraged to re-write it). I worked on Take Over for the entire month.
–I got my driver’s license.

March:
–I prepared myself to write Saving Each Other for Camp NaNoWriMo in April.
–I continued writing Take Over.
–I sent my picture book Asking Bobby to a publisher.
–I came up with the idea of starting a vlog.

April:
–Wrote Saving Each Other for Camp NaNo and finished it. Began the second part, Seeing Things. I also finished Take Over and began writing The Blank Page again.
–I wrote one haiku a day for the NaPoWriMo, but finished after April.
–I finished my first vlog, but decided not to post it
–I began writing Far Away in a notebook
–I was interviewed by Briana Vedsted
–Did a Booky Questions and Blog Hopper survey
–I made a goal to finish The Blank Page in May, which never went through.

May:
–Attempted to write The Blank Page and the three novels that are written in that novel. None of them got finished.
–Made a writing and editing schedule which stuck for a little while.
–I was nominated for the Sunshine and Super Sweet Blogger awards.
–I began editing Diary of a Lover while my mom began to edit Take Over.

June:
–Finished the fourth draft of Diary of a Lover. I tried to print it out to let Kris edit it, but the printer broke.
–I began to edit Hunter because I didn’t want to start a new project before the next session of Camp NaNo in July.
–My sister Lisa moved out with her boyfriend, my two cousins moved in with my grandparents, and I graduated with my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
–Began to write a Pokemon FanFiction that is still not finished.

July:
–I decided to write Cybertra for Camp NaNo, but ended up not finishing it in the end. I ended up not being into the story anymore. Needless to say, I lost that NaNo session.
–Kris and I tried out a new writing schedule, but after going on vacation for a whole week, the schedule died.
–Decided to do contests and post stories into books such as Chicken Soup for the Soul.

August:
–Sam, a boy I babysit for, wanted me to write The Babysitting Adventures of Rachel which is about the two of us. I never wrote it, although I had plans to.
–I thought a lot about my future. School, work, writing, etc. Wondered where I was going to be in a few years and how I was going to get there.
–Comet, my uncle’s dog, was put down due to cancer.
–I had a tough time writing so I wrote a silly prompt and it ended up sparking a few new ideas.
–We began to remodel Lisa’s bedroom so Kris and I could have an office. It is now complete and we call it the “Blue Room.” Don’t ask why, we planned on calling it our office.
–I finally got a new flash drive.
–I continued editing and outlining Hunter and began to write and outline Hunted, the sequel.
–My co-worker was laid off due to low enrollment leaving me with a promotion, but it was only me and one other teacher with all the kids.

September:
–Work started as me being a teacher and school started which was my first semester at a new school for my bachelor’s.
–Gloria, a member of my church, passed away.
–I asked for information about Smashwords and got a lot of nice feedback along with others. I still have to finish researching Smashwords, PubIt!, CreateSpace, and Kindle Direct Publishing.

October:
–I prepared for NaNo in November. I planned out the novel using sticky notes, index cards, and a big poster board with Kris.

November:
–I hit 50,000 words on Detective Florence for NaNo 17 days into the month. I am still currently working on the novel. I have a little over 70,000 words so far.

December:
–I won NaNo and I talked about focusing more on my writing
–I lost my teaching job. The preschool closed due to low enrollment and no money. I am still jobless.
–I survived my first semester for my bachelor degree.
–I got the new Pokemon games and a Kindle for Christmas!

So there you have it. A breakdown of everything that happened to me in 2013. But as I looked through my old blog posts I realized probably about 90% of everything I started was never finished. I know I say this all the time, but for 2014 I’m really going to buckle down and get something published. Or get something ready for publication. No more goofing off.

My resolution for 2013 was to read 50 pages a day and write 1,000 words a day. I stopped keeping track long ago, but I know I did not make the reading goal. I most likely didn’t make the writing goal, either. I doubt I wrote 365,000 words this past year. While there were some days I wrote 10k, there were so many other days that I didn’t bother to write at all.

My resolution this year is…

–Finish editing a novel or two
–Read more
–Freelance: Enter writing contests, send stories into magazines, etc.
–Finish what I start

That last one is for everything, not just my writing.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 2013 and I wish everyone the best in 2014! 🙂