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It’s All About Pictures, Y’all

I have been thinking recently about how much we put out there concerning our WIPs. I know a variety of writers who feel completely alright sharing any and all writing online and others who never talk about their WIPs.

I’ve always been okay posting my writing, but not with this most recent WIP. The best way I can put it is that I’m possessive over it. I’m keeping this very close to my heart and am hesitant to put anything about it online.

Because of this, I’ve had the idea that one of the weeks during the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest won’t require you to put up a query/pitch/excerpt/summary of your WIP – none of that. Instead, it’ll be all about pictures or music, your choice. I know that a lot of you keep folders of pictures and/or music that remind you of your WIP. So, start collecting and picking out the pieces you love most to showcase them during the fest.

If you still haven’t signed up, go here and leave your e-mail. Of course, you’re free to just jump in each of the weeks, also.

And, what do you think? Do you feel okay sharing your WIP online? I’m really curious to see what you think. 🙂

Warm Fuzzies!

Details, details, because I know that’s what you’re looking for. 😉

Warm Fuzzies Blog Fest

What is the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest? First and foremost, it’s a celebration of who we are as writers! We all have doubts and moments where we struggle with our writing. Come join this blogfest for a pick me up and to connect with other writers who totally get it. Push aside the worries and focus on how awesome we all are. 😀

How will the blogfest work? There are four weeks during the fest. Each week there will be a different theme and prize. I’m still working out the kinks for the weekly contests and prizes but here are a few hints:

  • How are our characters like us? Often, as writers, we get kicked when we’re down. A query will be rejected at the same time as we encounter writers block or we’ll lose a contest at the same time as getting back a negative critique. This week we’ll get a few laughs by how bad our MC’s have it. Because when we really look at it, being a writer really isn’t that bad- at least we’re not them 😉
  • Did you make friends today? Just like in kindergarden, we’ll make new friends! One week will be super interactive. You’ll connect with other writers and write a creative piece of flash fiction together.
  • What have you written that’s given you the warm fuzzies? Everybody has a scene they’ve written that’s given them the happy buzz. What’s yours? We’ll share our favorite moments in writing and celebrate how when it’s good, it’s reeeaaally good.

As for prizes, among others, I have a 30-page edit from an editor, a full blog makeover, and an artist who’s up for creating a personalized illustration for your Warm Fuzzy scene for you. There’s also a super secret prize lined up for each week.

So, how do you sign up? Stick your email in a comment on this post. That way I’ll be able to shoot you an e-mail the week and day before the contest as a reminder.

*Tentative start date is Monday, October 17th.

(P.S. You guys cracked me up on the last post! I’m still keeping my WIP a secret, but I’ll let you know that yes, it does take place in the desert and yes there are dogs. 😉

The Warm Fuzzies Blogfest!

Here it is folks, news about the blogfest that’s in works! I’ll be hosting the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest in the middle of October. I know this is a month away still, but you’ll just have to be patient and wait. 🙂

Warm Fuzzies Blog Fest

This blogfest is a celebration of writers. Being a writer can be exhausting- we put a lot of work into our writing and sometimes, we just need a pick-me-up. The end of October and beginning of November will be a party. We’ll get to know other writers, work on our writing and of course, win some pretty cool prizes.

And isn’t that button above awesome!! Seriously, I love it. The wonderful Janice who also hosts The Blog Bakery made this for me. Janice is offering a complete blog make over as one of the prizes. See, I told you – awesome prizes. 😀

Starting mid-september I’ll start putting up instructions for the blogfest. I hope y’all are as excited as I am!!

* For those of you who have not signed up for Rachael’s Writers Platform Building Campaign you need to do so now! Tomorrow is the last day to join!!!

We Interrupt Our Regular Programming…

…for a rant!

Why are writers in such a rush to be published?  I know, I know, it’s the dream.  We all want to hold our lovelies in our hands, smell the pages, sign them for all our fans, give them as presents on Christmas, and of course, highjack our friends for long car rides and tell them to READ IT!  Yes, it’s the dream.

It is my dream too.  I want all those things sometimes so bad I think I could cry or throw up (yes, seriously). But I started walking down this road only six months ago and only wrote my first novel a year ago. My first book was horrible, terrible, but I learned a lot. My second was a middle grade book that I had a ball writing. My third was a full length YA. And now, I’ve begun another YA.

I can’t believe how I’ve improved with each book I’ve written!  The old adage is right, if you want to get better at writing, you have to write.  No excuses.  Just get it done.  Don’t stop at book one, write a second, third, fourth…

No, I’m not saying don’t query the first or second because I’m sure going to, once I feel they’re polished, but I’m also saying, what’s the rush?  You’re probably not starving because you haven’t sold any books.  That’s what other jobs are for.

The moral to my rant: don’t be in a rush, just write, perfect your craft, and make connections with other writers (yes, make friends, just like in kindergarden).  But the biggest thing you should focus on is to enjoy writing.  Love writing.  Be happy you can do this at all.  Every single second of it.  Fall in love with your characters.  Drown in the worlds you build.  Plan more ways to thwart your characters and figure out how to get them out of it.

So go! Write! And never, for a second, take for granted our ability to do what we love.

Follow Follow Follow Follow…

Yes, I’m singing the Wizard of Oz song. 🙂

I feel terrible I haven’t been posting regularly. I’ve done a ridiculous amount of traveling this past month and feel as if I haven’t slowed down once to concentrate on my writing and blogging, and especially with keeping up with all of your blogs!

Speaking of your blogs, I looked at all of the blogs I’m subscribed to on Google Reader and realized just how many I follow. Honestly guys, I try to get to all of them but sometimes it’s quite difficult.

My question to you: are you a follower and reader? If you are, comment below and I’ll be sure to stick you in my ‘favorites’ folder (this is the folder I always make sure to read and comment on).

Here are some things coming up in the next months that you just might want to stick around for. 😉

  1. Some awesome book give-aways
  2. An even awesomer blogfest with (as of right now) three great prizes to be won!
  3. And following me on my move to Nashville. Yay!

So, do you want to be in my favorites folder?? I know you do! (Make sure your name links to your blog or else stick it in your comment. 🙂