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UGH, you have sent in your manuscript or query letter and this time you did everything right. You took a class on writing the perfect query, you had your first pages reviewed, you sent to beta readers and STILL---the phone pings, you know you have an email, you go to it to see that big NO staring you in the face.
Once again, you have been REJECTED!
UGH--it's part of the life of a writer, but it's still the worst!
That said, it happens to ALL OF US. Every writer has been rejected.
Every person has been rejected. Remember your first crush who didn't like you back? Rejection. Remember trying out for soccer even though you aren't athletic? Rejected. Remember sending out those college applications and getting the skinny envelope in the mail?
Rejection sucks and there is no other way to say it but you have a choice, you learn how to use it to your advantage and learn from it or you let it defeat you.
If you are still reading this, I know that you aren't...
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...
Have you ever dreamed of writing a novel but believe that you don't have the time? Well, I'm here to tell you that you can do it!
I've been writing novels during NaNoWriMo since the early 2000s because um, it's amazing. It's like running a marathon in sprint time.
Really the best thing I ever started doing for myself and I do it every year. I also usually do CampNaNo in the summer and it's taught me so much about myself as a writer and how to draft quickly which comes in handy if you do any work-for-hire or ghostwriting.
Now, will you have a perfect ready to submit novel after 30 days? Not unless you are super lucky and if you are--OMG awesome!!! I wish that for everyone but what you will have is a FIRST DRAFT and or a revision.
**I love to rewrite from scratch my novels at about the 4th revision and that way I leave out all the crap that doesn't move the story forward.
Some people like to take their time and I once had a mentor tell me to slow down BUT the...
Happy Wednesday Dear Writers,
today, I'm talking about something new that I am creating for all the women writers out there who want a special place to go talk about writing, career, characters, movies, books, share some wine or coffee, and hang-out with other female writers.
A new membership just for US!
In May I launched a membership for writers and it's really been great but we aren't connecting as I had hoped and I realized that it was the model of the membership which is focused on craft masterminds and not as much as the social aspect.
I went back to the 10 years that I have been coaching writers and more than 90% have been women, and as a woman writer, it's important to me that WE HAVE A SAFE FUN SPACE to connect, share, support, and grow together-no matter what stage of our writing career we are in.
I love men, some of my closest friends are men but I think for this we need our own Ya-Ya-Sisterhood so to speak.
This is the official...
Do I Need To Copyright My Novel/Work? The answer is NO.
But before I get into it here I just want to invite you to subscribe to my email list where I will send out freebies, information about courses, my membership for writers and you will get tips and tricks before others! YES I WANT THIS
So ONTO the COPYRIGHT issue.
The other day in a massive FB group a new writer posted the question when do I need to copyright my book? And as FB is always a place for arguing it got heated so I decided that it was needed to write a quick blog about it to help you!
The answer is that you do NOT need to copyright your work.
There are many reasons.
1. No one is trying to steal your story. It's great that you think it's so perfect that lines of people are waiting for you to show it so they can steal it--this simply isn't true.
2. There are only 5 stories anyhow---in other words, there are NO NEW STORIES----so no...