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.

Ebooks are EVIL!

Ebooks. The essence of all that is evil.

Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration. In truth, ebooks are really great, but they’ll never be as good as a real paperback or hardback book. I love the feel of books in my hands and how they smell. And let’s not forget how you can have your very own library if you collect enough books. My goal in life is to have my own library. But of course ebooks are compact, light, and do give great convenience, but you won’t check me with them too often. $9.99 for a digital copy of a book? No thank you.

 

Awesome Book Alert!

Need something great to read? I hear I am Mercy by Mandi Lynn is pretty good, but I’ve also been told I’m biased so you should go check it out yourself and write a review on it so I know if you like it!

Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YCrVcGt5BI

I am Mercy:

Imagine living every day, knowing your family doesn’t love you. Imagine living a life in a world that looks at you as a curse. In 14th century France Aida is accused of being a witch when the Black Death wipes through her village. Abandoned by her family she is surrounded by death and disease, but when a woman who may actually be a witch tells her how to cure the plague it may mean uncovering a dark magic. But if that means being able to save those you love, wouldn’t you do it? Even if they didn’t love you back?

 

More Books in the Mail! || BookCase Club Feb. 2017

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Books Mentioned in this video:
Revolution 19 by Greg Rosenblum
Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman

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I’m a Professional Writer?

Last week your guys heard me talk about my job a little bit and how I do a lot of non-fiction writing for it. In case you didn’t know I work as a marketing and PR intern at a large hospital in Massachusetts. I’ve been able to learn an endless amount of skills from this job, from marketing press releases, to just the ins and outs of working in a corporate world. Some of these skills I’ve even been able to incorporate into my novel marketing (it would be more helpful of course if I had a little more time to implement these skills).

 

Plotting Novels with OneNote

I love OneNote! It’s great for taking notes in class but also for plotting novels! Who knew? Use it to organize your note on your characters, chapters, and setting. This is only the tip of the iceberg for OneNote, so be sure to explore it thoroughly!

Explore OneNote now! https://www.onenote.com/

Access your OneDrive: https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/

 

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!

 

How Many Books Did I Read in 2016?

Nominate your favorite writing blog! http://positivewriter.com/nominate-your-favorite-writing-blog-for-2017/

How do you do it? Simply go to the comment section of the above link, paste this fancy URL:  https://mandilynn.com/

And tell the world why you love my blog/website! –I have awesome writing videos 😉

My reaction to reading Harry Potter for the first time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErrWv4FoyU8

One year, 62 books, 20,998 pages. 2017, here I come!

One Page a Day Keeps a Writer at Bay—Balancing College and Writing

It’s not a secret that college is just a little bit over-whelming right now, but I’ve still managed to write just a little but every day. And when I say a little, I mean a little. As of right now, even with the semester over, I’m only writing about a page a day. It may not sound like much, but I’m hoping as I get more time to write, I’ll be able to extend that one page farther and farther.