Hi guys! Sorry I missed my blogmas post yesterday—finals week is super hectic! But I’m back today with another writing-related post for both fiction and nonfiction writers and authors: here’s what your editor does not want to see.
Hey guys! It is officially finals week at my university and I am so pumped for this semester to finally be over. Despite the fact that the last four months have been super boring thanks to useless classes that barely challenged me, I did get something good out of this semester: my teachers recommended some pretty great books to me, and I’m excited to share them all in several mini-reviews!
Throughout my experience as a pretty successful freelance writer and blogger, I’ve gotten a ton of questions from you guys asking what I do and how I got here, and since I’ve been doing it for a year now, I figured I have some credentials to finally answer them.
Hey guys! I can’t believe I’ve already been blogging (and professionally writing) for a whole year! It’s been such a wonderful journey that I’m so excited to look back on today for the first day of Blogmas 2016!
This year seems to have gone by so quickly. There are barely two weeks left in October—which means NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! Is anyone else totally pumped and nervous at the same time? (P.S. Add me as a writing buddy if you’re officially participating!)
Whether you’re here to prep for November or you’re just in the midst of working on your latest W.I.P., I have compiled the most useful prewriting tools on the web just for you (yes, you!). These are all resources that have really helped me in my preparation for my latest creative adventure, so I know they’ll be perfect for you, as well!
“The chapters in this book are a blueprint of how I went from receptionist to business owner in less than seven years and how you can too. Read it. Own it. Take action.”
–Nicole Smartt, From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work
With cute, quirky headings and a blog-esque writing style, it’s no wonder this memoir-slash-career prep book became an Amazon bestseller. It’s a quick read (it only took me about an hour to get through the whole thing), but it’s full of information and an inspirational story. It’s kind of like reading all of the pins on your Career-Prep Pinterest board all at once—it’s full of real-life advice, and Nicole’s story is total motivation to get out there and start working on your career ASAP!
Although we as artists may hate to admit it, all art (including storytelling) requires at least some structure. It’s as simple as the old, “you have to know the rules to break them,” theory. In the words of Jim Krueger, the former creative director for Marvel, “I don’t believe you can be creative without limitations”—there has to be a box if you want to think outside of it.
Story building is a real struggle for me. As a journalist, most of the stories I write are already made up for me—I just have to find the information. But when it comes to writing novels and other creative pieces, the tale has to come from within me, and, unfortunately, I haven’t been stretching my creative side lately as much as I probably should.
As I continue my NaNoWriMo prep (including working on my creativity), I’ve particularly enjoyed this exercise that a writing teacher of mine had us do in class, recently. If you want practice on creating stories, working quickly, and thinking ahead, this can be a really valuable exercise for you, as well!
Telling stories is one of the most important things we do in our lives. We tell stories to sell products and make money, we tell stories for entertainment, and we even tell stories to help us teach difficult concepts and express abstract thoughts. Even those of us who don’t choose to be writers have to be storytellers—but as artists who make stories our livelihoods, we ought to be the best at it.
Whether you’re a work-at-home mom who’s looking for a little more organization in your life, or a college student looking to be a little more productive when not in the library, these are the most vital at-home desk essentials for productive study sessions and effective work habits.
English is a particularly tricky subject, especially if you’re more of a science or math-y person. But don’t let this required general ed course be the bane of your GPA. If reading and writing aren’t your thing, or that 500-word essay is keeping you up all night—let me (the English major, total book nerd, and professional writer) help you out with some ways to overcome college English.