Thursday, June 28, 2012

Survive and Thrive As Writers

I like to read.   Okay, so I Love to read.    EVERY writer Must be a Reader.   Everybody says so!
I haven’t figured out how to make it a paying job though.
Not that I’ve made writing a paying job so far either.   But that’s a whole different tangent.  For now anyway.
It’s so much easier to read than write.
Just like it’s so much easier to spend time reading other writers’ blogs than writing on my own.   WAY much easier.   Huh.

But you should be glad!   Since it gives me lots of fodder for posting here.   ….when I get around to actually posting it….. Instead of just reading it, and copying it….and pondering it all myself….   
So for your pondering self  —  I give you a link to a great list I discovered on another blog :

There are some really good thoughts here.    Some aren’t exactly new of course, but they are put in a different enough way that you should go at least look at it.
Which is what we are doing as writers, letting our own voice tell our stories.  No matter how similar or how often told, we are different, so our voices of how we tell will be.

Interesting thoughts, and I agree with the list where it talks about believing in yourself and not depending on others for that belief and all.  But writing is lonely enough to do, and while yes, we have to believe in and depend on ourselves for that belief, it can really help to have a group of friends, especially writers who will understand, to reach out to when we are feeling a bit….’delicate.’       We all have those moments.  I’m sure we do.    Don’t you?     I don’t think I’ve ever met a writer, no matter how successful they are, or were, in their career, that didn’t at some time have a bit of insecurity and doubt.
So it helps to have some kind of support somewhere.   Yeah, I agree that we really have to depend mainly on ourselves, and not let other’s unbelief become a detriment holding us back…. But it does make the lonely hours spent writing a bit easier when you know that at least sometimes, you can reach out and there will be others reaching back.
Besides sometimes our biggest fighter, pro and con, is our own selves.  We beat ourselves up so much is there any reason for anyone else to join in?    (Yes, I have my own bruises.   No, you can’t see.)

There are fellow writers out there that will offer you words of encouragement.
If you need to find some of those people, check out James River Writers in Richmond, Virginia.
In fact, there just so happens to be a Writing Show tomorrow, Thursday, night.  Where there will gathering all kinds of writers to hear, and talk about, how to get published.
And the second Wednesday of Every Month, JRW has a casual meet up that you can come and, well, meet up with other writers!      Just remember to cut some of us some slack, some of us are used to spending time alone with characters.  So real conversations can be a little different for us.

Do go check out the List and see what you take away to help you Survive and Thrive as a Writer.

And come back and give me your thoughts on it.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Getting Published and Interesting Info'

How You Can Get Published

What everyone wants to know, right?
Well, since I seem to hang out with a bunch of writers a lot, that’s what’s underlying our hard work.  I won’t mention what hard work it is complaining, and whining, about what hard work writing is.   Ahem :::clears throat:::

And since not all of you come to Writers Wednesday, James River Writers casual get together once a month, guess I’ll just have to post it here.
Oh, some of the solutions - not the whining.   Although I won’t promise that I’m above whining either.  [Since you aren’t close enough to slap me here. :::Sticks tongue out::::]
Okay, on to being a grown up now.  Mostly.

For those in the Richmond, Virginia area, James River Writers just so happens to be talking about this very thing on This Thursday night, June 28.

For those outside of the Richmond, VA, area, you can check this out —

5 MUST READ Blogs for Indie Authors on #writing, #amwriting, #selfpub, and #indie book sales.Read more!

I already introduced you all to one of the Great blogs that is listed here earlier in some of my blog posts so you know there’s some great info’ here.   Right?   :::Grin::::

So even if you are here in the Richmond area, and even if you are going to the JRW Writing Show, you should still check out the list of those great blogs.   I mean, especially since we already agree at least one of them is Great.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Writers Want

Or at least the ones that come to James River Writers Writers Wednesday and remind me I haven’t posted this yet.

So Marina - and others - this is for you!  **Grin**

And Denise - you and others might find some interesting things here also. **Grin**grin**

First this site is Terrific to search for … well, more things than you’ll have time for in one sitting, or more, I think.
I might have mentioned in a previous blog post, but it’s so GREAT it’s worth putting out again :

This great site to show you to other Great sites!

For getting - understanding - ways to put emotion into your stories…. And HINT, that’s what Every story could use.

Great info’ Emotional Thesaurus … with a free download of companion to the book offer!

Marina especially, here’s the site you’ve been asking for - with the facial expression changer thingy -

And here’s couple sites I discovered while hunting these down that I found interesting and worth exploring :

So — I’ve shared these … what have you got to share?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Stories We Tell

Stories we tell ourselves - and, thus, directly or indirectly, others.

From the book The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown  [see James River Writers website for this years Conference information!]

“We all have stories we tell ourselves.  We tell ourselves we are too fat, or too ugly, or too old, or too foolish.  We tell ourselves these stories because they allow us to excuse our actions, and they allow us to pass off the responsibility for things we have done—maybe to something within our control, but anything other than the decisions we have made.”
“…..And it is past time, I think, for you to stop telling that particular story, and tell the story of yourself.  Stop defining yourself in terms of them.  You don’t just have to exist in the empty spaces they leave.  There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it.  But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future.”

So…. As writers we all have stories to tell.  They might be short, or long, or as poetry, but they are ours to tell.  

What is the story you tell yourself about that writer within you?

Whatever it is… it time to change it?    For the better.

As in previous blog post I made about Noah Scalin comments from March JRW Writing Show [blog post on March 31st if you want to look] - sometimes it’s good, sometimes okay.  And sometimes it’s just done.

The stories we tell ourselves shape our lives and our world….

What are you telling?