Story Ideas Writing Tag & BookCon Gifts

It’s been awhile since I did a casual blog, so I figured, why not? I had a few gifts to package from BookCon and needed to do the Writing Ideas Tag that was created by the wonderful Brooke Passmore and Bethany Atazadeh. And I tag…well, everyone! See the tag questions below so you can participate!

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How to Balance Writing & Life #AuthorTubeRetreat2018

 

 

It took me about a month, but I finally got around to editing my collab video from the #AuthorTubeRetreat2018. For this video myself, Anna Vera, Kaila Walker and Natalia Leigh are all talking some of our favorite things we do to to help our balance our writing life with our personal life.

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#AuthorTubeRetreat2018 – a Vlog of Memories

What do I even say? It’s hard to render a writer speechless but I don’t know how to sum up this past weekend with justice.

Let’s start with this: here’s my vlog!

I miss these girls so much already. Never in my life have I been surrounded by such like-minded people, people I was afraid to say goodbye to. All of us have so much ahead of us in our futures so be sure to subscribe to everyone’s channels and show the love!

 

There are many collabs coming so be on the lookout!

#AuthorTubeRetreat2018 – Bean Boozled

As many of you know, Kristen Martin hosted the first ever AuthorTube Retreat at her house! I cannot even put into words how amazing it was to spend the weekend with this amazing ladies because for the first time we all felt fully understood! We could talk about writing, publishing YouTube, anything! The weekend went by way too quickly, and there is a blog to come, but until then behold…BEAN BOOZELED!

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Barnes and Noble Book Signing and Exciting AuthorTube News!

Surprise! I’m teaming up with Brooke Passmore, Natalia Leigh and Caitlin Lambert to do the AuthorTube Book Club! Every month we’ll be reading a book written by an AuthorTuber so we can review it and chat about it later in a live stream. The book for March is Keeper by Kim Chance, so be sure to get a copy so you can read along and chat with us during our live stream on March 30th, 7:30 CST!

And also…

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Social Media Marketing for Authors || Self-Publishing

As promised, today we’re going to be talking about all things social media marketing. I’m going to be going through all the major social media networks and how you can use them as an author to help market your book and hopefully get a few sales out of it as well. Keep in mind, with all social media networks, you don’t want to push your books onto people. You want to interact and grow followers who look up to you as someone they can trust. As you establish yourself as someone who creates valuable content, even if it’s just tweets or Instagram posts, then your followers will see you as someone who would create a book good enough to buy and hopefully fall in love with.

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Keeper Book Tag! Keeper by Kim Chance

It’s time for a book tag! This tag was created by the amazing Kim Chance in celebration of her debut novel, Keeper, which releases January 30, 2018! Check out my YouTube video to see me answer the questions below! And be sure to check out Kim’s channel, because she’s a fellow AuthorTuber!

Find Keeper on Amazon.

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AuthorTube Christmas Tag 2017 (w/ Jessi Elliott & Emily Bourne)

Happy first day of December! I have to say, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays! To get into the Christmas spirit this year on AuthorTube I’ve enlisted the help of Jessi Elliott and Emily Bourne, fellow AuthorTuber’s, to re-create the AuthorTube Christmas tag! Last year Jessi created the tag and this year Emily and I worked with Jessi to create new questions and bring the tag back to life!

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5,000 Subscriber Free Book & #ChanceChallenge

It’s already the second week of September! How is that possible? My last semester of college has begun so things are a little crazy for me, so I wanted to let you know I’ll only be posting once a week until finish classes in December. On another note, by YouTube channel hit 5,000 subscribers! In celebration of having 5,000 amazing subscribers, I wanted to do more than giveaway a book to one person. I’m going to give a book to…well, anyone who wants one.

For five days, starting today, my second novel, I am Mercy will be available for free on Kindle.

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Writing Rituals Tag w/ Kim Chance

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Recently I teamed up with Kim Chance to create a new tag, and that’s the Writing Rituals Tag! We each answered the questions, so now it’s your turn!

Watch Kim’s video: https://t.co/b0734bqUvh

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

I work or have class in the mornings, so I’ve found my sweet stop to start writing is 7pm. My most successful writing days are during the week because on weekends I usually use that time to relax, or mainly have fun. It’s rare when I write on the weekends.

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

I turn my phone on silent and plug it in to charge on the other side of the room. If I’m having a day where I’m getting really easily distracted I’ll turn the internet off on my computer as well.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I’m simple. I usually just read over what I wrote from the previous day. If I see grammar mistakes I’ll fix them, but I never worry about anything other than that. If I see a big problem I’ll make a note of it to fix later in the second draft.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

These days I don’t tend to listen to music as much, mostly because I get easily distracted. If I do need to listen to music, I have a music score station on Pandora that I turn on to help me get into the writing mood.

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

When I have writer’s block I like to read because I feel like my biggest problem when I can’t write is that I literally forget how to form a sentence. I know what I want to happen, but I can’t get the words down. To fix this I read because reading a book reminds me what an actual sentence looks like.

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

Whenever I write I have one book that I always keep by my side and that’s Writing 21 st Century Fiction by Donald Mass. At the end of each chapter, the book has questions to help prompt you to improve your writing so I love using it whenever I feel like a part of my book is too boring. I also have my writing notebook out. This notebook has all my notes on my chapters and chapters and any other brainstorming ideas I’ve had while writing. I use it mostly for characters when I need to reference something about them or their history. I also use it to take notes on whatever research I’ve accumulated that I may need to refer to while writing.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

Whenever I write, without fail, I will have two Word documents open on my computer. One is my manuscript and the other is the outline of my manuscript. I’m constantly looking back at my outline to see what’s going to happen next and I also modify the outline as needed as I write.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

I always have water by my side when I write. I’m not one for snacking because I find it distracts me from writing.

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I usually give myself a goal for the day. I tend to write 1,000 words at a time, so if my goal is over 1,000 words, I take a break every 1,000 words. When I’ve hit my word count, I pat myself on the back and finish up whatever scene I’m writing.

Last but not least, I tag Shaelin Bishop, Kristen Martin, and Lindsay Cummings! And if I haven’t tagged you, do the tag anyway! Happy writing!