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Today, I'm brushing the cobwebs off this blog. I didn't intend to take a break from blogging, but it's been a very stressful few months, both good and bad. The CliffsNotes version...
When things get hectic, sacrifices have to be made. And sometimes it comes down to remembering to breathe and put one foot in front of the other. My clients always come first, and I'm sorry to say that this blog, my YouTube channel, and my own writing have been a few of the casualties.
I'd like to say that's all changing, but I've got a while to go before life begins to level out.
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.
Last month, Jade asked a fantastic question:
I thought this question deserved more than a 140-character answer, so here we are. Let's toss betas and critiques into an arena, let 'em fight it out, and see who wins.
First of all, what are these things?
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.
We all know the first draft is shit. (Hemingway said it, not me.) But does that make it any easier to put those stomach-churning sentences to the page? Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t. For those days when you can’t seem to do anything but stare at a blinking cursor, here are five ways to smash through the wall of self-doubt and convince yourself to write that first draft—in all its typo-riddled, repetitive, ambiguity-filled glory.
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]
The Revise & Resub editors have made their picks. There were so many amazing stories submitted, and it was nothing short of heartbreaking to choose one. The good news? We do this for a living, and even if your story wasn't selected, you can still hire us! I saw a ton of brilliant stories I would be absolutely honored to work with, and I loved getting to know you all through our Twitter discussions. I feel like we've formed a little #RevPit family, and to that end, you deserve the family discount.
Anyone who submitted to Revise & Resub is eligible for these deals.
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That includes developmental editing, line editing, proofreading, or a manuscript critique for any manuscript over 50,000 words. There's no limit to this deal. If you go for a two-pass edit, you get 10% off each pass.
$10 Off a Submission Package
My Submission Package includes a full query critique, a synopsis critique and edit, and line editing for your first ten pages. Regular price: $85
25% Off Edit Like a Pro
Edit Like a Pro: Guide to Self-Editing Your Prose is an online course consisting of videos, worksheets, and cheat sheets to take you through the editing process. If you submitted to me, check your feedback email for the 25% off coupon code. If you didn't submit to me, contact me to get the code!
Book before the end of May to take advantage of these deals! Booking requires a signed contract and a deposit. The edits do not have to take place during May, and the project we work with does not have to be the one you submitted to Revise & Resub. The coupon code for 25% off Edit Like a Pro expires 5/31/17.
Ready to do this? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling! I can't wait to work with you.
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.