This week, I was excited and grateful to be a guest vlogger on one of my favorite YouTube channels, the YA WordNerds. This group of ladies posts videos every day of the week about YA books and writing, and on Sundays, they host a live chat. When they asked if I would guest vlog, I immediately agreed. Yet, when I began thinking about everything that this task would require of me, I started to get a little nervous. The excitement didn’t fade, but I began to realize just how important it is to be asked to guest vlog on someone else’s channel. Here are the things that I kept in mind while I was working on my first ever guest vlog.
Camp NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow. For those of you who have never heard of Camp Nano, it is essentially a virtual writer’s retreat that happens over the course of the month. Writer’s from all over the world set word count goals and spend the month trying to reach them. This will be my first time participating in Camp NaNo, and I am so excited to see how it goes. Today, I want to talk about why I decided to try out Camp NaNoWriMo as well as what I’ve done to prepare. If you, like me, have never participated before, I hope that you consider giving it a try. I mean really, what do you have to lose?
As I discussed last week, having a network of writers to help you through the writing process is essential. Why? Because writing, no matter what the form may be, is hard work. It tries you emotionally, mentally, and sometimes even physically in ways that only other writers will understand. Today, I want to give you some tips on connecting with writers online, because going out into the world isn’t always an option. Before we get started, I want to add a quick word of caution. ALWAYS be safe when initiating conversation with someone virtually. Use common sense, and never give out personal information. Alright, let’s get started. Here are five of the best ways to connect with other writers via the web.
Writing is hard work. You’re going to engage in a lot of antisocial behavior, ride some fictitious emotional roller coasters, and spiral down dark vortexes of self-doubt. The worst part is that not a single person in your life will understand, except… other writers! This is why connecting with writers is so incredibly important. As a writer, you are going to have days where you absolutely despise the writing process, and other times you are going to write something that is so brilliant you just HAVE to share it with someone who will, you know, care. That is where your writing friends come in. Here’s the challenge, though, how are you going to meet people when you are supposed to be locked away working on your project? Today, I want to talk about some of the ways you can meet writing friends in person. Not only will participating in these sorts of events and groups allow you to meet other writers, but they will also benefit your writing as a whole, so you don’t have to feel like you’re taking time from your writing to socialize (although doing that every once in a while is not a bad idea!). So let’s get into it. Here are five ways to connect with other authors.
Next week, I start a new internship, which I am thoroughly excited about. This has got me thinking back to that time of hunting through job posts and filling out applications. I’ve been reflecting a bit on what it takes to stand out from the crowd. I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the best ways to do this is by showcasing exceptional writing skills. So much of the application and even interview processes are dependent on your ability to write! I even had an interview that required a writing exercise to be completed prior to the face-to-face interview. This is good news for us writer folk since we get plenty of practice doing this on a regular basis. However, you may find that writing in a professional sphere is very different than creative writing and writing for fun. This isn’t to say that creative writing cannot be a profession! In fact, I hope to make one out of it someday. Rather, I am referring to the technical writing required by resumes and for most professional positions. In light of all the time I spent writing for job applications, I thought I’d lay out some quick tips for writing for this type of audience. These tips are very general guidelines, however, it is important, of course, to tailor all of these suggestions to the specific job that you are applying for. Which leads me to No. 1.