I have been watching SO many 2017 favorite videos on YouTube that I am beginning to question my life choices. But, it has given me the idea to do this post.
So, behold my favorite writerly things of 2017.
Hands down, this is the champion of my 2017. And if you know me, you know about my stalker-ish obsession with this program.
Seriously, it's bad.
Things I love about Google Drive:
1. It's on the cloud, so no working about my computer dying and losing everything.
2. You can have downloaded copies of everything on your computer and/or tablet, so if you don't have the internet, no problems. It will update when you connect the device to the internet. (Even comments, as the lovely Dawn discovered)
3. This guy allows me to create, edit, and access all of my files on all of my devices. Yup, Apple to Windows. *dies of shock*
So, I am able to create content where ever I am, on which ever device I have access to. Which is super helpful with how much traveling I do, and the fact that my hubs and I share a laptop.
4. It also allows me to share my documents/folders with people. So my lovely writing tribe has unrestricted access to my writing. They can read, edit and comment on the documents (you can restrict access to just viewing if you want to, you can also revoke permissions).
If I update my MS, their's is updated too. They can also see each other's comments (well, that's the way I set it up).
If you haven't already, check this out as a system to store your writing.
Slick Write is new to my editing rotation, but oh my, it has become a quick favorite.
Honestly, it doesn't look like much. But, whoa does this do a lot. It will give you sentence length summaries. Show you what type of sentences you have written. Show you adverbs, adjectives, hidden verbs... the list is endless.
And the best part.... IT IS FREE!!!
I was toying with purchasing an editing program subscription, but when I stumbled across this I quickly put away my wallet. I have yet to play with it for a long period of time, but I have high hopes.
Other editing sites I use:
My writing music of choice is electronic, repetitive and not everyone's cup of tea.
I listen to a lot of live stream radios on YouTube. I find that they are a great way of finding music that I don't have and that suits my mood without having to create a playlist. Plus no advertising - bonus.
Below are some samples of live streams that I listen to.
My favorite sprint hashtag
My favorite writing games (where you post every day using the hashtag)
So, that's it guys. I hope you enjoyed this - it was a little different to what I normally post.
Enjoy the last of your 2017 (if there is any) and I hope to see you all in 2018.
Until next time...
Thankfully, this is something that is starting to be talked about in a healthy and normative way. We are beginning to go beyond the "toughen up" attitude and
If you are depressed or aren't coping PLEASE reach out. It is ok to feel this way during holidays, but make sure that you get the support you need. These numbers are free and completely confidential.
1. Identify and deal with moods
One of the biggest learning curves (and successes) I have had for my mental health was teaching myself to identify and deal with my emotions in a positive way. In the past I would ignore emotions, eat them or drink to numb them. Not exactly the smartest plan, because they were always waiting for me. I hadn't dealt with them, just swept them under the rug to build into an unmanageable mess.
Now, in no way am I saying that you should react to every emotional when it arises. That's not practical or helpful. But we all need to find safe and constructive ways to express our feelings.
Things I do:
2. Make time
Too often it feels like we have more to do than time in the day, and generally it is because we do. The things that aren't important will be there tomorrow, the world will not fall apart because we did not send that email or run that errand. When we try to do everything, the things that do matter fall to the way-side, forgotten.
Personally, I am a big believer in planning, schedules and timetables. My life isn't as busy as it used to be so my planning has shifted from time allocation and prioritizing to a list of tasks to complete that day (ranked by importance). Whether you schedule every minute or just have a to-do list, any sort of planning this will help you make time for the important things.
No one finds time. We make time.
Things I aim to make time for:
Try adding at least one of these points to your daily routines. Work will still be there, the dishes will wait for you, but your mental health won't - so give it some priority.
3. Build confidence
On days and events centered around family, it can be tough to ask for the things you really need (like some alone time). The thing that helps me is confidence. When I am confident I feel empowered, and that my needs are not less important than anyone else's.
Things I have done to help me build my confidence:
4. Manage stress
Stress is a giant pain in the ass.
5. Care for your body
A happy body is conducive to a healthy mind. Nothing brings our moods down quicker than our bodies feeling blah. Be good to your body - its the only one you have.
Until next time: take care of yourselves
Ok. So, you've fixed all the big picture problems... right? If not, check out some tips on the big picture edits here.
Now that's sorted, we can look at the smaller details.
(Disclaimer: I am not an editor. These are simply pieces of editing advice I have found to be useful)
5. Scene by Scene
6. Imagery and Metaphor
8. Copy-editing and Proofreading
I hope that you found this helpful, and please remember that this in no way replaces a professional editor.
Until next time: happy editing.
Editing got you down? Don't know where to start?
I hear you.
This post will be broken into two parts - big picture and the finer details. While I am a huge "edit as I go" kind of gal, I don't recommend this approach for everyone. It is a massive time suck. I do it because I like the learning process and enjoy refining my craft. However, the way I edit also opens you up to deleting paragraphs, scenes and chapters of words that you have painstakingly gone over.
So, if deleting all your hard work doesn't sound like something you would like to do (let's be honest it is as enjoyable to a rusty spoon to the eye) then perhaps take the more regularly recommended path of editing AFTER you've finished your draft.
Because, you know, logic.
Below are a few suggestions that I have used and found helpful. I am in no way an expert, and this in no way replaces a professional edit (I've said this a bunch of times before - GET A PROFESSIONAL EDIT).
Ideally, each step would require a read through and edit before going onto the next step. What can I say, editing isn't easy. But the more time you spend fixing your word baby, the less time (and money) your editor will need to spend on polishing your manuscript.
You only get out what you put in folks.
I have listed the common glitches for each section, as well as some questions or actions you can do to try to fix the problems.
1. Plot and Structure
2. Character Development
3. Point of View
Part Two: Editing - Finer Details
Until next time: Cut it like it's hot