Link of the Week – Naughty Girls Writing Naughty NaNoWriMo Event

November 18, 2014

NGWN+Promo+November+2014+with+textYou may or may not know this, but I have an alter ego. I also write steamy, dangerous sexy stories under the name Harlowe Wilde. Harlowe belongs to a great group of saucy gals called the Nice Girls Writing Naughty. And, yes, we have a blog. This week’s link serves a dual purpose. One, to introduce you to the Nice Girls. Two, to offer you some awesome tips during the Nano season. Tips that can help you along any time of the year.

Nice Girls Writing Naughty is holding a NaNo Event, now through November 26th. Lots of great advice and encouragement for your writing pleasure, as well as daily prizes can be had. To sweeten the pot, there is also a grand prize up for grabs – a $25 gift card to ARe. Tomorrow, Wednesday the 19th is my, or rather, Harlowe’s day. Stop on by to see what awesomeness we can spread.

http://nicegirlswritingnaughty.wordpress.com/


8 Tips for Writing During the Holidays

November 28, 2012

Song of the Day: Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

We’re all slaves to the grind. For those who celebrate the holidays, it is especially so around this time of year. Braving the malls, planning festivities, wrapping gifts, baking, visiting friends and family (including those you’d rather not), mailing greeting cards and packages, tree trimming, searching for the perfect holiday dress or ugly sweater—the list goes on and on. This on top of all the *INSERT QUOTATION MARK FINGER WAGS* regular responsibilities we bear to our families, jobs, and home. It can all be overwhelming.

So who has time to write?

Here are 8 tips to keep the home fires burning, so to speak.

Set a realistic goal. It can be 100 words a day, 5,000 words for the month, or editing a chapter a week. A little can go a long way in the end. Whatever works for you. The important thing is to do something writerly, regularly.

Waiting for the cookies to bake? Before the next batch goes in, list the next chapter’s plot points.

Caught in line for gift wrap, post office, or customer service? Use your phone’s note pad feature to jot down story ideas, a dialogue exchange, or transitional paragraph. Don’t have a Smartphone, or ,if you are like me and still learning how to use it? Keep a small note pad with you.

Waking up early or going to bed late is laughable. But for some, it is conceivable. Let’s face it. You’re not getting any sleep. You’re too strung out on finding that perfect gift for that one person (read: in-law) who is impossible to please.

Use a voice recorder to capture your brilliant prose while you gift wrap.

Be inspired. The holidays bring out the best and worst (think Black Friday freak-out frenzy buying) in people. Watch and listen to those around you. From everyday heroes to Grinchy no-goods, great attributes abound for a cast of characters. Also take time to really appreciate the magic and beauty of the season. Record details or how you feel when you see a magnificent snow-covered landscape, a yard decorated Griswold-style, dressed storefront windows, children laughing on an ice rink, the twinkling lights wrapped around a palm tree on an empty beach. Don’t let that emotion or setting get lost in the hustle and bustle.

Change your venue. Got a half-hour to spare? (Stop laughing, it could happen.) Head to a coffee shop, get comfortable on a park bench, sit in your car, or wherever is not a normal place for you to write. Sounds odd, I know. But sometimes the change stirs the muse. Pop in your headphones, open your notebook or laptop, and give yourself over to writing.

Be held accountable! This is a fantasmic trick to use any time of year. Grab a few writing buddies, either in person or virtually, set your goals, and report your progress. It is amazing how productivity increases when you have to answer to your unforgiving friends.

Okay, so not everyone is a type-A personality like myself. But even I don’t manage all these tips at once. However, I adapt to the ones that work best for me. And I bet your ugly holiday sweater you can, too.

What do you do to keep writing during the holidays? Please share!

 


Pinterest for the Author

October 3, 2012

Song of the Day: Unity by Shinedown

I’m a visual person. I learn, imagine, and write visually. So it might come as no surprise that I love to whittle away time on Pinterest. Of course that might just be an oxymoron, as I don’t have much time to whittle.

The images and photography I have seen on Pinterest are amazing, breath-taking, heart-wrenching, useful, arousing, and inspiring.

But Pinterest is another social media site. And like all social media sites, there are opportunities for authors to market themselves.

Here are a few tips for making Pinterest work for you.

Indentify yourself! Fill out the About Me section. Don’t forget to add links!

Mine reads:

Author of dark, steamy, and adventuresome historical romance.

http://www.jbrayweber.com

Visitors to my page will discover who I am and where to find out more.

*Optimize driving traffic to your page by using keywords and board categorization.

Ex: Board Title: Pirates Categorization: Film, Music, Books

This narrows down searches, making it easier to find images.

*Title and describe boards to segment target market and/or audience.

Ex: Romantic Suspense, Fashion, Holiday Ideas, Recipes, Books on Writing Craft, Movies That Inspire Me, etc.

These different boards likely have different audiences. Take it further and describe the boards. Ex: Board Title: Gothic, Steampunk, and Fantasy Description: Images encouraging the fanciful illusions of my paranormal muse.

*Pin imagery that reflects you, your personality, and your brand.

*Use boards to your advantage – generate storyboards for WIPs, create boards dedicated to each of your books, add music videos that inspired books or characters, develop boards of your favorite authors; the possibilities are endless.

*Link book covers to your website or directly to buy sites like Amazon.

*Engage – repin, like, comment, respond, and follow

*Cross promote using social media integration. Pinterest has made it easy to like, tweet, and share pins. Plus, it is a great way to build an audience.

*Pin what’s trending. The reasoning? More exposure, of course.

*Quality over quantity – don’t pin for the sake of pinning. Oh, it’s easy to do. Pinning can be quite addictive. But as authors, this goes back to what defines you and your brand.

*Credit the sources.

It’s all about exposure and engagement! Stop by my page. http://pinterest.com/jbrayweber/

Do you Pinterest? Got any Pinterest tips you’d like to share? How about Pinterest questions? Let me hear from you!