Writing is a lonely art. In the end, it’s just you and the keyboard.
At the same time, connecting with other writers has its value– it’s good for morale to know that another person has spent five hours digging through the Social Security database looking for the perfect character name. 🙂
Here is a list of 7 things I’ve been up to lately, all involving my writing buddies!
1. Interview Another Writer
Or let people know that you are available for interviews. I recently sat down with Rowena Wiseman of Out of Print Writing for a chat. She’s from Australia, but thanks to the glory of the internet, we met through Instagram! Check out the interview here.
2. Attend a Lecture IRL
As luck would have it, as I was finishing Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, I realized that the author was coming to town. I went to his lecture with fellow Johns Hopkins Writing Sems grad, Jessica Bylander (the playwright behind the DC Capital Fringe Fest’s Ambien Date Night). Michael Chabon was excellent, and if you signed up to my e-mail newsletter, I sent you a full rundown of his lecture.
3. “Show up” and Leave a Quick Book Review
How do you “show up” for other writers? By participating in what ever crazy scheme they’ve got going on– enter their contest, share their kickstarter, or leave them a book review on Amazon or Goodreads.
Right now, Bryan Hutchinson of Positive Writer is running a simple contest. His book, The Audacity to be a Writer, is a collection of 50 inspiring essays. You’ve probably already read at least one of these essays (ahem, maybe one by yours truly), so it would be easy to leave a quick review.
Bryan is giving away three $25.00 Amazon gift cards to people who leave a review on Amazon and then post a link to it in the comments section of his post. If he picks a quote from your review to feature on PositiveWriter.com, you’ll get a $100.00 Amazon gift card. Pretty sweet! The contest ends on July 1.
4. Find a Social Media Platform that Fits.
Lately I’ve discovered the joys of Pinterest. It makes more sense for me– I’ve already got all the index cards, so now it’s time to pin them! Plus, I’m discovering lots of other writers through fun images in an otherwise text heavy world. Follow Better Novel Project’s board Writing Articles from Better Novel Project on Pinterest.
You can connect with other writers by pinning their content, of course, but you can also join forces with group boards. Mandy Wallace has fantastic group boards, including The Writer’s Sandbox, Writing Prompts, and Bloggers Anonymous. If you are active on Pinterest, please let me know in the comments so that I can follow your stuff!
5. Reach Out and High Five a Fellow Writer
Back in December, Ashley R. Carlson stopped by and wrote a guest post about how she used the master outline in her writing. Great news! Self-Publishing Review awarded Ashley 1st Prize for Fiction and the Grand Prize for all categories for her novel, The Charismatics. Congrats, Ashley!! *high five*
6. Spread the love with #amwriting stickers.
After giving away these #amwriting stickers for Better Novel Project’s anniversary, I kept getting requests for more of them! You can help support Better Novel Project by grabbing one for $3, like writer Kailen Nourse (pictured below). Maybe a handsome stranger will recognize it on your laptop at a romantic café… or something. 🙂
7. Ask for Help when Something Means A Lot to You.
I am still over the moon about winning Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writer’s Award 2015. I reached out to you guys and asked for your help via nominations, and you really came through. THANK YOU! A big welcome to all the new readers who found me through the magazine! *waves* I hope you stick around, say hi, and tell me YOUR writing updates. 🙂
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