CampNaNoWriMo Vlog – Sending My Novel to Beta Readers!

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Novel Editing: QUESTION EVERYTHING

I’ve found that I’m pretty good at editing someone else’s stories, but not my own. Of course the solution is to pretend I wasn’t the one who write the story, but that’s easier said than done. The first trick to achieving this is to just let my manuscript sit for a little bit so I actually do forget what I wrote, this way when I do go to edit, it’s with open eyes. When I go to edit I want to look for inconsistencies in the story and simple mistakes.

Now this is where things get a little hard. You have to go through your manuscript line by line editing, and almost make it a game to find as many mistakes as possible. If you don’t find many, go through it again. This is going to be a lot of work, but I promise you it will make you a better writer. The more scribbles you have on your page, the better. This way when you hand your manuscript to your editor or beta reader they won’t have as much to edit And can give you better quality feedback. After all, if you give them a sloppy manuscript, they want to edit for you again.

Organizing for Less Stress

My life is pretty hectic and I also have a tiny OCD problem in the fact that I love to organize things. Like, a lot. I love labels and draws and containers, and I LOVE planners. You guys have seen my Erin Condren planner a few times now, but I also have a permanent planner that I use for my permanent schedule like work, classes, and when I go to the gym (because otherwise I wouldn’t go).

How I organize my Erin Condren planner and time management: https://mandilynn.com/2014/10/10/time-management/

Get your own Erin Condren planner: https://www.erincondren.com/

Get printable weekly planners: http://elizaellis.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/free-printable-irma-weekly-planners.html

Grammar at its Finest- Tense & POV

Time for a grammar lesson! Today we get to talk about all the different types of tenses you can write in!

Past tense– most traditional type of tense in writing

Present tense– seen a lot in the YA genre

Points of View!

1st person– I, me, my; talking about yourself.

2nd person– you; written like a letter, talking to the reader.

3rd person– she, he, they; an outsider’s perspective, the narrator.

Things get really complicated after this but this is how in-depth we’re going today to keep things simple.

I used to write in 1st person present, which is really odd for people to read sometimes because it’s not super common. But a lot of YA novels write like that, so that’s how I started writing in 1st person present. These days I write in 3rd person past. My writing has matured and shifted, and so has the genre I write in. Because I’m beginning to write more complex novels, I can’t tell a story through 1st person point of view.

There’s lot of different ways to tell a story. You just have play around and see which tense and POV fits your style and your story. What tense and POV do you write in?

 

Book Unboxing || BookCase Club March 2017

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In this month’s box….
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Blythewood by Carol Goodman

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Marketing Your Novel || Self-Publishing

Oh marketing. It is a headache and a half. There’s so much to do, so much to learn! And the market is constantly changing so once you feel like you understand how it works, you have to change your game plan again. So read some good books on marketing to keep your head in the game.

And then there’s the must have’s:

-social media accounts (don’t do all of them, only choose a few!)

-posting on a regular basis

-a website that links back to everything

-cohesive design

I wrote a guest post on marketing on Teen Authors Journal, check it out! http://www.teenauthorsjournal.com/so-you-want-to-sell-your-book/

Books Mentioned:

How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn

Platform (Get Noticed in a Noisy World) by Michael Hyatt

 

Check out another video on marketing!

I Don’t Like to Read?

Time and time again I hear people say they don’t like to read but they like to write. This blows my mind for a few reasons. The first being that how can you not enjoy reading? Reading is so much easier than writing! Writing requires thought. Reading is mindless; you can transport yourself into another world without having to make it up yourself. Then there’s the fact that your writing can’t get better unless you read a lot. Sure, the more you write the better you are, but if you don’t also read, you can’t learn what makes novels tick. By reading you make it so you’re able to tell the different between good and bad writing.

Must Read Love Stories!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today we’re here to celebrate love, even if it’s fiction love! So cuddle up to your book boyfriend and take read!

Books Mentioned:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Every Day by David Levithan

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Fiction VS. Non-Fiction Writing

Fiction or non-fiction? I’ve done both, but I’m definitely biased when it comes to fiction. I’ve written two novels (hopefully three someday) and although I write non-fiction on a weekly basis for my job, I don’t always enjoy. To me, non-fiction has more rules to follow and it always feels more uptight. I just love the free-flow of fiction and the endless possibilities. So I say fiction is my favorite genre to write in, but what’s yours?

I’ve Failed as an Author

I hope every author out there knows what I’m talking about. Writing and supporting yourself as an author is something that is very hard to do. For myself, I have doubts every day. Am I doing the right thing? Should I give up now and find something else to do? To put it simply, I’m terrified. It’s hard to keep up with everything. Heck, I have no idea when I’m going to finish writing book number three. I also don’t know when I’m going to sell those hundred copies of books in my car. With college and a job, it’s a lot. I just hope if you feel the same way, that this video makes you feel less alone. We just have to keep moving forward!