I love all the writing and editing tips that are out there right now, as they really help with my writing skill, and I am sure they help other aspiring authors too. Here are some great sites that I have collected and found useful (also, I wrote a previous blog post with a bunch of tips here)
Writing Excuses is an awesome Podcast hosted by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells. I started right at season one, and have jotted down so many tis already. Their tagline is “15 minutes long, cuz you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” Sold.
I typically write by hand and count my words, but here is another tip via NaNoWriMo regarding this style.
I headed out to Squamish, BC a while back for the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference. I was really looking forward to this event since I am trying to learn more about marketing for my art business, but also for my day job, were I run all the social media. Another reason I was so excited was that I had never been to Squamish before, and I was pumped to check it out. I was advised to drive down the long way from Kamloops, via highway 99 and that was the best advice I could have gotten for this trip! What a stunning drive!
The CIMC was really interesting, and the speakers were such great sources of information. My favorites were Christina Crook (Joy of Missing Out) and Vicki McLeod (Main Street Communications), Katie Schaeffers (brand.LIVE), The panel on Influencer Marketing and Kristin Auger (Salesforce). All their insights were fantastic and I felt like I definitely came away with a different mindset regarding my work. And, I am definitely going out to buy The Joy of Missing Out. The venue was at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park and it looks like they are going to have it there again next year.
View from my room
The stunning view from my breakfast spot in the hotel
The conference had special rates going for certain hotels and I stayed at the Executive Suites and I would HIGHLY recommend them, what great service all around, from the front desk to the restaurant servers. They had so many stories and information/advice on Squamish. I travel a lot, and nothing is better than when people are passionate about where they live or actually care about giving great service and showing the tourists around town, etc. It makes the stay so much better, as I am sure all of you can agree.
Since I was there for the conference, I didn’t get out for a major hike, but I did go out to the spit, and rode the gondola before I drove home.
I cannot wait to head back to Squamish one day and do all the hikes out there!!
Sometimes, you just need random inspiration or advise or distraction from the world. Reading is good, drinking is fun, yoga, running, meditation, colouring, drawing. Whatever you use to recharge or de-stress, sometimes its just nice to lose yourself on the internet. Pinterest, reddit, social media, Netflix, there is so much to chose from, and, so I thought I would collect some of my favorites (articles, websites, people, books, etc) and share them with you, for those moments when you need to zone out. Some of them have nothing to do with art and are just cool or funny. So sit back and grab some coffee, whiskey, wine or tea and enjoy!
OK, I thought for those of you looking for a little inspiration you could check out my Pinterest boards. I looooove me some Pinterest. 💛💛
For Artwork that is more about fantasy worlds/characters etc. I love this for inspiring my fantasy writing.
Business of Art
I also follow some great people who are chalk full of advice or are just darn interesting.
Susan Dennard – Writer of quite a few popular YA books, but I love her emails, she is so honest about writing and always gives great tips.
Next up is Wil Wheaton. I just love his honesty on writing, acting, art, creating and depression/anxiety. I suffer from social anxiety so what he posts really resonates. Anyway, just a great guy to follow. Also his podcast is awesome too.
It’s good to keep your mind creative and sharp, so I try to do writing prompt excersises. I follow Promptuarium, a site that has hundreds of writing prompts. I try to write hard for 20mins to 1/2 hr using one of the prompts. Just to give my brain a workout. I got this idea from Susan Dennard who wrote about how she’s training her brain to write better.
I’m sure that you have heard about Austin Kleon and his Show Your Work book/idea. It’s brilliant. Follow him.
If you have some awesome Pinterest boards or fav’s you follow, let me know!!