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Why I Don't Do NaNoWriMo and Other Life Choices

NaNoWriMo

This word strikes panic,fear, and joy all at once.

For those of you not in the writing loop, it stands for National November Writing Month, whereby hundreds of thousands of writers attempt to write 50k words in one month.

Several best selling books have come out of the manic, frantic, mind breaking month that is NaNoWriMo.

And thousands of people leave it feeling broken and won't try writing again for years--if ever.

It's the sort of thing that can be incredibly rewarding as equally as it can be devastating. I've seen and spoken to both sides of the isle, and personally have mixed feelings about NaNo.

I've tried NaNo before--several times as a matter of fact--and each year I came up with exactly one sentence. But you know what I did during the months that weren't November? I wrote and completed books. I've found (for me personally) that trying to put pressure on myself only results in me not doing it. Maybe it's because I've completed novels outside…
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YA AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: TARYN BASHFORD

Happy Halloween writer family!

What's that?

Why yes, it has been a while since I've updated! I'm sorry! Life happened along with some international travel and a litttttle bit of a writing nervous breakdown.

Apparently nervous breakdowns result in being able to only handle the bare minimum of life, and the firs thing to get chopped is writing! Who knew!?

But now that I'm back in action and you're all stuffed full of candy and possibly in a sugar coma, here's some fun reading for you all with a super special guest!

That's right friends, you get to hear words from someone else that isn't me!

I'd like to introduce you to Taryn Bashford, an amazing woman from Down Under whose YA book, The Harper Effect, was recently published!

Taryn is an AMAZING advocate for reading, libraries, and teens. She also happens to be the mom of teens, and if that doesn't help make her a great candidate for YA writing, I don't know what is!

So without further adieu, here's…

BEING AN INDIE AUTHOR & WHY IT'S NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY

Oh hi guys! I see you found me!

What's that? You were wondering where I was?

Well you seeeee....

*Que in musical number sequence and a montage of Katie getting her creativity blocked, running away to Oregon where she didn't find herself or creativity but she did find a lavender field, coming back home, and finding her writing again and bunch of new friends on twitter*

I WAS SOOOOO BUSY YOU GUYS. SO BUSY.

And now I'm back! Mostly! Hi! Hello! If you haven't been here before let me give you a brief overview:

THIS BLOG IS FOR ALL MY BLOG SERIALS THAT SEEM TO MULTIPLY BUT NEVER FINISH (why!?), WRITING ADVICE, SOMETIMES BOOK REVIEWS (I suck at them I'm sorry in advance) AND SOMETIMES LIFE UPDATES.

We good? Kay cool!

Today we're going to talk about a subject that's going to hurt.

A. LOT.

So if you don't know how to pull your big person writer pants maybe grab a drink or four and join me on this fun topic of:

WHY IT'S SO FREAKING HARD TO BE AN INDIE AUTHOR AND WHY P…

MAKE YOURSELF A BRAND, DARLING: A Writer's Definition

"What's your platform?"

"How many platforms are you on?"

"Do you have a platform?"

Those words asked by agents or online publishing houses strike panic and confusion into the hearts of new writers and groans and throwing-myself-off-the-cliff actions from semi-seasoned authors.

PLATFORMS

What does that word mean!? What is a platform!? Why do agents care about this? Should I care about this?


WHY ARE SO MANY WRITERS SUDDENLY RUNNING AWAY? WAIT!



When an agent or online publishing house is interested in you, they're going to ask you these questions at some point. You might not know what that word means. Let me enlighten you.

Platform is a fancy way of saying "oh hey, are you on IG, twitter, snapchat, Facebook, blogs, and/or (but hopefully and) YouTube?"

What they're really asking is this: Are you popular? Do you have a bajeezus ton of followers? Do you have thousands of people who worship the words you write and will willingly fork over 7 to 24 do…

How To Handle Agent Rejections (that doesn't require feeding your manuscript to a dragon)

Hello Friends! Did you know it's the last week of March? Because I sure didn't! If you follow me on twitter you know that I'm constantly reading and speaking with other writers--published, unpublished, self published and everything in between. And I noticed a trend of people talking (and posting) about something I was going to be posting about anyway--rejection.
apparently it's rejection season
(lucky us!)


So today on my blog we're going to talk about a spin on an writing subject that never seems to get old: Getting rejected by agents (or even online publishing houses). Most people bemoan getting rejected--but I want to be more for you. I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW TO GET OVER THE STING OF REJECTION.

Now, if you have thin skin maybe don't read this. In fact, maybe don't read any of my articles. But if you've been rejected time and again and have the skin of at LEAST an armadillo and are feeling particularly hurt this time around then hang around to read this!

Beca…

FRACTURED FAIRYTALE: CINDERBOY CH. 3

Hello my reader and writerlings! It's been forever and a day--or so it must seem! But really it's only been....um....3 weeks. So that equals to practically forever and a day, but not quite!

But you're not her to talk time schemantics! You're here to read! And thank goodness for that or I'd be out of a job!

........Kinda.

If you're new to the show and need to catch up (I mean, you could just start here, but you'd be missing some prime fairytale set up and snark and awkward flirting) you can read chapters 1 and 2 here and here. Go on, I'll wait while you catch up.

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You good?  Great!


When last we left Agate he had gotten thoroughly lost in the Dark Woods, his clothes had been tattered, and he was contemplating visiting a singing village to find his way to the castle where the Dark Prince was hosting a ball. His ears were saved from this fate when an attractive but obviously lying man comes to his rescue, professing to be his fairy godmother. Agate does n…

FRACTURED FAIRYTALE: CINDERBOY CH. 2

Hello! Happy New Year! Merry Everything! How are you!?

Did I cover everything? Okay cool.


WELCOME BOYS AND GIRLS to the second installment of Cinderboy! I'm SO glad you've joined me in this fractured, mashed up fairytale journey! I hope you enjoy the ride, because let me tell you, I did not read 50+ million fairytales (and own the same amount of books on said subject) for nothing!

For those JUST joining us, you can read the first chapter here: Cinderboy Part 1

When last we left our poor Agate, he had taken up his coat and gone dashing into the DARK FOREST, of which is aunt Wentle is the ruler. Will he make it to the ball in time? Will he get help with his wardrobe? And will we ever know how he got his hands on poison lace (honestly I have no idea how he did either)? FIND OUT IN THIS INSTALLMENT (probably)!



CINDERBOY: CHAPTER 2

(In which Agate meets his not-so-fairy-godmother)



My first mistake in going into the Dark Forest was that I went right, instead of left. And everyone knows tha…