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Hello Dear Writers!
It's Wednesday and this week I'm focusing on mindset--in fact--I'm working on something pretty amazing for this spring to help you get into the mindset that IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING!
But let's back up.
When I was 16 I saw Back to the Future. It was in the middle of the night as I worked in the movie theater and we watched the films before Friday to make sure the reels were spliced together properly--this was long before digital and theaters still had projectionists.
I went only because I was in love with this boy, Chris, with who I worked at the movie theater with. He was my everything and he wanted to go watch it so I went. I had no idea the impact it would have on my life.
In fact, it CHANGED MY LIFE forever.
Because as a creative we ALL have the thoughts that both Marty and his father shared---WHAT IF THE TELL ME I'M NO GOOD?
This is normal and sadly is why so many people...
It's writer Wednesday and I want to know how you are doing? I really do, so please message me on social media or email me and let me know how I can support you.
I feel like this is going to be a bumpy, bumpy, week.
I kept saying all week---thus far---it's like being on the airplane, once they close that door there is nothing you can do, so there is no use worrying about it----but there is and it's IMPOSSIBLE not to.
I honestly didn't write this blog ahead of time because I wasn't sure how I would feel today or how you would feel, or what would be the state of the world, but I do know this...being CREATIVE has saved my life many times over.
A personal story, I lived alone when I was 13-almost 16. ALONE--my mother left me and so it was me and my Pomeranian--by ourselves for almost 3 years. I was afraid to go into the system and I thought something was wrong with me or why would she do this? Right?
She paid the rent so luckily I...
Hey, writers!! Are you doing #NaNoWriMo this year?
Yay, so am I. Every year I write blogs about doing it, articles, and I share tips because I want YOU to be successful. Well, this year is no different!!!!
Here are some quick and easy tips!!
This month I'm going to focus on how to write a draft fast and complete NaNoWriMo, which is coming up in just a month.
Today is Sept 30th! Wow, how fast this year has flown by has been crazy, but here we are.
NOW, onto some things you can do to get ready to write your novel fast.
If you are signed up for NaNoWriMo or in any groups for that challenge, you will learn there is now a thing called "Preptober," which is for prepping your book.
This is not my style at all.
When I first starting doing NaNoWriMo, you couldn't have any more than a title on November 1st, when we started, and I'm old school, so I never know what I'm writing until that day when I sit down.
That's just me, and it is the method I'm going to teach you in my course, but you can do what makes you happy as long as you finish a novel.
The five steps that I use to prep are these.
1. Decide WHO your story is about & WHAT will happen to...
Even for your novel!
and finish that work in progress.
In film and especially television writing the "beat sheet" is something that is needed to show your showrunner or director the beats of the script so they can approve the story before you spend hours and hours writing it.
It helps them "see" it. It also helps you see the big picture.
The beat sheet is an outline of your story in beats. What happens in the story beat by beat.
You open your notebook, notecards, or even Word/Scrivener (I like to use Scrivener for this) and literally write out the beats like this.
Scene 1--this happens
Scene 2--this happens
Now, you may not know what happens in perfect order--so then just write what you want to happen out. This is why I love using post-its and or notecards and the stickies in Scrivener
Scene-character finds out....
Scene--character makes this decision
If you are doing it...
Good morning writers,
I hope you are amazing!
I also hope that you are writing down your writing goals for the week ahead. I find that when I have my plans or goals written out in a list I tend to stick to them and actually make them much more than when I say, “I’ll write whatever whenever I have time.”
That’s why for me #NaNoWriMo is so great. I always get an entire novel drafted. It pushes me to stick to daily word count goals.
Here are some quick and easy tips to make those writing goals work for you so you will accomplish more and get that draft done faster.
Hello friends, as many of you know I have been blogging for a super long time, but I wanted to connect my blog with my course website to bring you lots of great articles and videos just for swinging by.
Since this one is my first on this site, it's short because I want to make sure that it's working.
If there is anything specific you want me to cover about writing, storytelling (in any medium), illustration, blogging, social media, query letters, etc..you get the idea, if you want me to blog about it, let me know! :)