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This July, I'm participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. But unlike most, I didn't set a word count goal.
If you're not familiar with Camp NaNoWriMo, it's just like November's National Novel Writing Month, except instead of setting their sights on 50,000 words over the course of the month, participants set their own goals. They may want to write 20k words—or 80k. It's all up to the writer.
This July, my novel is not my main focus, for a few reasons. I'm spending a lot of time building my business. I'm in the early stages of house hunting. I'm spending more time in the woods, hiking and backpacking (which has been a huge contribution toward my continued sanity). I'm also querying a previous work. And I'm taking care of a new puppy and spending as much time as possible with him.
Oh, you haven't seen pictures? You must not follow me on Twitter.
We're all afraid of something. Sometimes those fears are rational, and sometimes they're not. But I think we can all agree that our fears hold us back. We become so afraid of what might go wrong, we don't chase all the amazing things that could go right. Writers and artists, in particular, can easily get tripped up by our fears—of rejection, failure, not measuring up to our standards or someone else's. Sometimes getting over a fear is a slow process. And sometimes you just have to count to three and do it.
Query Swap Twitter Event Coming June 1, 2017
Originally Published at StuffWritersLike
Most of us write with the intention of being read. That’s not always the primary goal. Perhaps we want to simply write the stories burning inside us. Perhaps writing is cathartic or even (dare I say) fun. But in our core, we are storytellers. We want to reach humanity with our words. And to do that, we’ve got to find a way to put our words and stories in front of those who will read them and be moved by them.
Thankfully, we live in an age of constant communication. The Internet provides infinite outlets to reach potential readers. But it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of websites and forums. It’s best to focus our attention on a few effective tools to meet and engage readers, remembering that the goal isn’t to reach as many people as possible, but to get to know people and to earn their trust through honest engagement. No one will take the time to read your writing if they don’t trust that you have something to say. [Click to Tweet]
There is so much going on right now!
Live #AskEditor sessions, the Death & Pestilence anthology release, a live Camp NaNoWriMo write-in, and the final days of the Edit Like a Pro introductory sale.
Submit your completed manuscript for a chance at a month of free editing!
Yeah, you read that right. This is a chance to work with a freelance editor for a month to make your manuscript beautifully polished and ready to knock agents' socks off! (provided your dream agent wears socks)
Okay, take a moment. Process. Breathe.
Let's get into some details.
Everyone is looking for ways to grow their social media followings and maximize their time. Especially writers. Every second we spend dealing with social media is time away from what’s really important—our work.
Whether we’re trying to network, sell books, share expertise, or simply connect with other writers and readers, many fiction writers turn to blogging. It’s a natural move. We write—it’s what we do. (Anyone else read that in the GEICO voice?) But fiction writers face an unexpected challenge when it comes to blogging: writing in our own voice.
I have twenty-five thousand Twitter followers. Thousand. I can't even comprehend that. I'm trying to imaging twenty-five thousand people. Twenty-five thousand real, breathing, listening, reading people.
While I understand that every single one of those people are not reading my tweets—many are even spam accounts—that is a whole bunch of people who are. And that is truly amazing to me.