Category Archives: Helpful Links

My brain has left thoughts lying everywhere this morning. It’s looking as cluttered as this house.

I’ve been trying to think about what I want to say this morning, because I have something to say this morning with all these thoughts, and then it occurred to me I didn’t have to say anything. I can just link to the blogs that helped get my thoughts going this morning.

Making a Living as a Writer. Lots of great ideas here from Catharine Ryan Howard, a self published author. Her blog is pretty interesting too. She has plenty of posts about her experience self publishing. (And she’s out of Ireland for my friends who aren’t US-ian or Canadian.)

Maureen Johnson’s Manifesto (discovered via Amy Rose Davis). This is why “branding” and “marketing” is dangerous, and exactly why I’m not gonna do it. At least not like that.

What Not to do as a Writer’s newest mistake. If you’re going to do something you believe in, then do it right. Go for it.

Also, I’ve updated my About Page. I’ll probably be doing this a lot for a while. Fiddling with this and that as I get a different sense of what I want to put out there and what needs to be said.

Most importantly, I’ve set a date for when I want to release my first book. I’m going the Indie Publishing route, and I’ll be honest– I’m terrified. I think I’ve been avoiding talking about it and looking for excuses to NOT say it because I’m scared. There is a possibility that I will fail. And by “fail” I mean, never get this book off the ground. Either not finish, or worse finish and then not have a person care.

But I do believe in this story, and so I have to be sure to say it. I’m telling family (they haven’t really listened or understood), friends (thank you for the support), and even told one of the tenants here at my job who now stops in every other day or so to make sure that I’m writing or at least have written something. Perhaps I should have shirts made? “I’m writing a novel. If I’m not writing when you see this shirt stop me!”

Reading through the various blogs this week, a sort of theme managed to emerge, and it was something I was thinking about anyway.

It’s the idea of a writer’s platform.

Anyone out there groaning yet? It seems like the sort of thing that would be groan worthy if you were going to groan about something. Kristen Lamb went straight for it this week on why we need a platform.

It seems like something that gets said a lot, and so it’s easy to lose the message, but what I’m taking from it is that you need to know what makes you stand out. Which, to me, means that you need to first know why you’re doing what you’re doing, and then you’ll be able to figure out what makes you different from other writers and bloggers.

This is something it’s good to do anyway as far as I’m concerned. With all the blogs and writing advice floating around, it’s easy to get lost in what you think you should do rather than finding the fit that’s best for you. I know I get a little anxious sometimes when I think of all the ways I don’t measure up to all the people whose tweets and blogs I follow.

Of course, another issue I’ve noticed while perusing is that a lot of blogs start to sound the same after a while. Jody Headlund tackled that issue this week with her own entry on how to avoid becoming just another writer’s blog.

Jane Friedman also had a good entry on how you don’t have to blog, tweet, or be on Facebook. She links to others who have found unique ways to connect to people. It’s another good reminder that the same formula isn’t the best fit for everyone which is why I think it’s important to ask yourself why and be honest about what you like to do.

After reading Friedman’s article,  I accidentally happened across this one on interesting social network connections. Some good links and good ideas on ways we can connect. And look, a Linked in group! So there are writers on Linked-in.

A couple other links I thought were interesting (and by that I mean one is freakin’ hilarious.)

Being a true storyteller involves being a puppetmaster. I’m sure we’re all aware of this, but still highly entertaining.

Heater Syndrome in writing. Actually a neat little trick to try out.