December 18, 2013 by Kiersi
The other night I had a realization that writing has become a chore for me.
More and more I find myself thinking, I really need to sit down and get in some writing time. And then I don’t. I find reasons not to. I sit in front of my Scrivener files (either the work-in-progress waiting to be finished or the one waiting to be revised) and chew my fingernails. I look at my phone. I set my Freedom app for 30 minutes, essentially kicking me off the internet with no recourse, and instead I find myself goofing around in my journal or cleaning my house while the minutes tick down.
I don’t count it in my “fun time” allocation anymore; it’s work time. And the problem with that? I already have plenty of work to go around! I have more work things that need doing than I know what to do with; I’ve already used up all those work hours for things that make me money. (more…)
Category The Writing Life | Tags: finding the joy,insecure writers,Twitter,writer's block | 14 Comments
June 27, 2013 by Kiersi
“Sunday means get together” by Yassin Hassan (flickr)
Today’s post is going to be a fluffy one. I know, I know, it’s not my usual shtick, but I have a lot to be grateful for (and a lot, lot, lot of non-authoring work that has taken over my waking hours).
This post is about friends.
When I was nine or ten, I started actively chatting with people online. I know what you’re thinking: “What parents would let their ten-year-old daughter chat online?” But this was a different era. This was 1997 or so; there was no such thing as a cyber predator back then, not just yet. Besides, I was a smart kid, and my parents trusted me. I was building bad HTML websites and writing stories and role-playing with my friends. It was a good thing for a brainy child who didn’t have many friends at school. (more…)
Category The Writing Life | Tags: chat,freelance,friends,Twitter,writers | 10 Comments
May 4, 2013 by Kiersi
A few weeks ago I blogged that it takes a village to write a book. In the post, I only mentioned how helpful it’s been working with editors, who have no problem telling us authors where our problems are and helping us fix them.
Today I want to shine the limelight on another essential piece of the puzzle: critique partners.
Often referred to as a “CP” on Twitter (and, of course, the verb “to CP” has developed from there, as grammatically illogical as that is), a critique partner is an essential part of the writer’s toolkit.
What is a critique partner?
In my experience, critique partners are best gleaned from a group of peers–fellow writers in your genre or category. (Note the distinction from beta reader, who doesn’t need any writing experience, just the ability to read and write his or her reactions.) (more…)
Category How-to | Tags: Agent Query Connect,Authoronomy,CPs,critique partners,feedback,She Writes,Twitter | 10 Comments
November 19, 2012 by Kiersi
Today’s post is the first in a series about how authors and writers use Twitter. Rayne Hall is a spectacular fantasy writer and writing instructor.
Tune in tomorrow for “Twitter Bootcamp,” and Wednesday for “What Not To Do on Twitter.”
Fourteen Weird Reasons Why People Have Unfollowed Me On Twitter
More than 22,000 people follow me on Twitter @raynehall… and every day, several unfollow me. Some even tell me why. Here’s a selection of their reasons: (more…)
Category How-to | Tags: Rayne Hall,social media,Twitter,unfollowing | 16 Comments