Planning out a whole year? Am I crazy? Well, perhaps. But I like to take stock of my methods and change them if they stop working for me. Now, while monthly goals and daily tasks do work, they weren't having the effect I needed for long-term goal planning. I decided I required something more drastic. *Insert dramatic music* I needed to do "Yearly Planning".
If you follow my newsletter and my social media (aren't you awesome!) you'll know that I was invited to be part of a fantasy Anthology book. I'm one of ten writers who wrote a short story on the theme of magic that will be bundled up into this gorgeous book which is coming out THIS MONDAY!! OMG!
Since I don't have a guest post today, I thought I would put in one of the A Writer's Guide articles I received since this series is going to be put on hold for a while, I wanted to share the last few I had. This is part of the series of blog articles called "A Writer’s Guide…". The purpose of this series is to give detailed information on skills and occupations that writers can use when creating characters. Check out today's article by author Jaq D Hawkins is on Carnivals and Circuses.
It's not a secret that I'm not the biggest fan of social media, though I do appreciate its necessity these days. I have also been lucky enough to meet some marvellous people through social media so I try and give it the attention it deserves. However, since I'm a busy little bee most of the time, between bouts of SAD, I need to make sure I'm as efficient as possible and let's be honest, social media can become a huge time suck!
Today, the 15th November is the Day of the Imprisoned Writer. It is an international day that is recognised, annually, as a time when we shine a light on and support writers who have been imprisoned for standing up to those who attack their rights and freedoms of expression, who resist, who fight back with words, against those who would repress basic human rights. This day was first marked as the Day of the Imprisoned Writer in 1981, (the year of my birth), by PEN International Writers in Prison Committees.
Every reader I know has an ever-growing To Be Read list. With the ease of ebook publishing, now more than ever can you get your hands on cheap, easily stored books. We all joke about the mountain of books, both digital and physical, that we continue to build without reading. But as a writer, I want to actually read the books I have, not just collect them. After all, I want people to read MY books when they come out rather than have them languishing on someone's TBR list. So, I needed a plan!
I'm putting up one of the 'A Writer's Guide' articles I have received. Since this series is going to be put on hold for a while, I wanted to share the last few I had. This is part of the series of blog articles called "A Writer’s Guide…". The purpose of this series is to give detailed information on skills and occupations that writers can use when creating characters. Check out today's article by writer Hannah Purnell is on writing Autistic Characters.
I was recently approached and asked to write a Guest Post on the platform "Story Wars". I was totally honoured to be given this opportunity. Before we get to my guest post, I want to introduce you to Story Wars.
For a long time, I never talked about my conditions. There is still a lot of stigma around mental health issues so when I was growing up in the 90s, it wasn't something you talked about. It took until my early 30s before I actually started to admit to people what I was going through. I've even written pieces about suffering with anxiety. To continue to raise awareness about mental health issues, I believe talking about it and sharing personal experiences are important. So, let me tell you about coping with SAD.
Today we welcome writer Alana Boltz who joins us for an Author Interview! Check out her answers to my questions and learn more about her. Big thanks to Alana for being today's guest poster, please make sure to check out her links and details at the end of this post.