Why the World is Awesome

Why the world is awesome in 60 facts…a YouTube video in honor of Geek Week and Earth Unplugged.
#WordlessWednesday

#WordlessWednesday


Above all else…a writer writes. This quote I can attribute to myself.

#MondayBlogs Giveaway

This week, Evatopia is utilizing the #MondayBlogs feature to giveaway away a promo package that spotlights a creative female author, musician, and artisan. That’s right…not one giveaway, but three!

If you’re a creative female indie entrepreneur what are you waiting for? Evatopia will post for you on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and our Google+ accounts. Why? Because we are working to create a network of creative, indie women.

Already, we have cross-promoted Bella Fresca Soaps within author Melissa Pearl’s novel, “I Know Lucy.” Get involved with Evatopia and see how we can help spread the word about your creative endeavor to our readers and followers.

Sounds good? So, you’re wondering how do I enter? It’s simple. Just retweet on Twitter or share on Facebook. We’ll randomly select winners from those who help to spread the love. As they say, “sharing is caring.”

And, as a consolation for those who don’t win, this package is designed to support indie artists (authors, musicians, and artisans), and is therefore priced affordably. Check out our advertising offerings at www.evatopia.com/eva and let us know if we can be of help. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. So win or lose, discover Evatopia…a perfect world of creative women.

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

If you’re a writer, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Sure, you need to write, but you also need to research and edit as well as tell the world about your work. My job is to help alleviate the workload for writers by offering a spare set of eyes to proofread, an editor’s mind to work out the kinks, as well as connect your book to its target audience. But even I need a hand once in awhile. For me, today is the day that I ask for a little help.

I normally write a Monday Blog post that gives some form of inspiration or advice to writers. Today, I’m going to cheat a little bit and pass on a wonderful blog from the people at Buffer. Their post today is useful, timely, and something that most of us with a website or blog can benefit from. So why not pass it along?

Here is a link to Buffer’s article that lists 20 WordPress plugins “You Can Install Today for Easier Sharing, Better Posting, and a More Powerful Blog.” Sounds good, huh?

Buffer Blog

Sometimes, we need to ask for help. If you’re overwhelmed with responsibility, reach out to me.

#WordlessWednesday

#WordlessWednesday

Whether you’re on a beach or a bus, embrace your creative ideas and remember that a writer always writes.

Born to be Wild…or Born to Write?

Born to be Wild…or Born to Write?

Are you born to be wild? Is the weekend your time to cut loose or is finding a quiet corner your idea of a perfect Saturday? If you’re a writer, your imagination can take you, your characters, and your readers to either extreme. One thing is for certain…a writer is born to write.

Let’s explore the reasons why we write. You might find that some are more applicable to your life than others.

Writing for Money

If you’ve decided that you want to make a career out of writing, you must first recognize that there’s a lot of competition. That doesn’t mean you won’t be successful. It just means that you need to approach this career plan like a grown-up. That means you may have to combine your love of creative writing with corporate writing. There are many companies willing and in need of freelance writers to create blog posts, ad copy, brochures, newsletters, and employee documentation. It may be a bit drier than writing a steamy love scene, but you’ll be honing your skills while making some cash.

Writing for Self Expression

You were dumped in a text message. The guy in the check-out line brought 20 items into the express line, and he wasn’t even cute. The dog dug up your newly planted flower bed, but he on the other hand, did look pretty cute when he came wagging his way to you. Ever consider journaling about your emotions? It’s a great way to express your feelings, relieve stress, and work through problems. These passages may never find a place in your books, but it’s still a great way to practice your writing style. Just because you’re writing about an everyday issue, doesn’t mean you can’t use colorful language and make it a great piece.

You can’t help but write.

To me, this is the most important reason that someone decides to become a writer. To not write would be like eliminating water from your diet, squeezing lemon juice in your eyes, that moment when “True Blood” is no longer on the air. You get the idea. It would just be a very bad thing.

When considering why you decided to become a writer, make sure you practice the right reason to write. Every writer has experienced writers block, a bad review, the worry that your income doesn’t match your output. But remember, a writer writes! It’s that simple, and if you need a cheerleader, reach out to me.

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Writers are Readers

Writers are Readers

Writers are readers. Or should I say that good writers are readers?

If you’re a writer and you don’t read, then at the risk of offending some of you, I say that you need to re-evaluate how you spend your time. Everyone is busy, but reading is a necessary part of the writer’s job.

One needs to analyze successful books in order to understand format and structure, plot and pacing, even dialogue and character development. Why do some books become best-sellers? Is it word of mouth? Superior social media skills? Tons of advertising dollars?

All of these reasons might be valid except a book does not rise to the top of the charts if there aren’t a significant number of people reading it. And to build a large audience requires that the masses are responding positively to your work.

To get a large number of people in your corner, you have to be good and you have to know what people like. The good news is that I can’t imagine a better way to spend an hour than with a good book.

Why Smart People Get Stuck

Why Smart People Get Stuck

Oddly enough, some of the smartest people I know suffer the most from writer’s block. Perhaps it’s because they have always achieved what they set out to do, that they won’t settle for anything other than perfection.

There’s one sure fire way to overcome writers block and that’s to write. Easier said than done. Or is it?

Take a minute to answer these questions…

Do you write your topic sentence and then rewrite it over and over until it’s perfect?
Do you need to map out every step of your novel before you start?
Do you reread passages that you’ve written before you’re finished with your project?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re prone to suffering from writer’s block. Although good writing requires outlining, rewriting and lots of editing, don’t make the mistake of stopping your writing flow in order to make it perfect the first time. There’s plenty of time to rewrite…once you get everything on the page.

Let it pour out of you, even if you’re meandering, taking too long, and rehashing the same point. Writing is akin to when you turn on the garden hose. At first, only a few trickles come out, but once that water reaches the nozzle, it begins to pour. When that happens, you’ll feel satisfied that you got a significant number of words down on the page and the feeling will carry over to your next writing session.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to write that first draft and relish in the fact that it will certainly need to be rewritten. Need help with getting started? I’m just an email away.

Character Counts

Character Counts

How do you create a memorable character? Here are some suggestions and food for thought…

1. Think about where they’re from and what they’ve been through. It doesn’t have to make it into the story, but the answer should shape their personality.

2. They don’t have to be perfectly beautiful. Sometimes, an interesting flaw is actually what draws someone to another. One green eye, one blue eye? It works for David Bowie and Kate Bosworth.

3. Speaking of food for thought…consider their eccentricities. Do they eat the same meal every morning? Do they have any peculiar ticks or habits?

4. Who do they hang with? How does your character’s family and friends affect them?

5. Post man, garbage man, man of steel? What’s your character’s job and how does it make its way into your story?

Most importantly, don’t settle for the first idea that strikes you. If your character faces a dilemma, think of ten ways they could possibly solve it before deciding which one will make it into your story.