Blog Talk Radio for Writers

Blog Talk Radio with Rachel Thompson of Bad Redhead Media fame and writing critic Bennett Pomerantz discuss issues of importance to writers. Today they are interviewing moi!

I hope you’ll tune in at 3:30 p.m. west coast, 6:30 p.m. east coast.

Here’s hoping that I don’t develop a case of hiccups!

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What Impresses MFA Programs

I believe with all my heart that anyone who wants to write should write. Writing can take on so many forms from novels and screenplays to poetry and even graphic novels. To excel at writing, you need a combination of desire and experience. The desire comes from your heart, but the experience needs to be garnered…perhaps from a MFA program in creative writing. What impresses MFA programs and how do you get accepted?

The first thing you’ll need is a sample of your work. You can imagine the importance behind this one piece of writing. Don’t rush it. Take the time to properly outline, consider strong dialogue, character development, plot arcs, and pacing. To ensure that it is the best it can be, consider finding other people to read and critique your work. Evatopia offers critiquing services as well as editing to help draw your best writing out of you.

You may also be asked for personal references. This means you need to plan your application in advance so that you have time to develop relationships, allow others to read your work and perhaps, take on an internship with a company that is willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

When planning to enter a MFA creative writing program, you’ll also need to consider what discipline you’re interested in studying. Do your interests lie with fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, plays? Take the time to explore the possibilities and make sure your writing sample is geared to your desired course of study.

Evatopia offers information on many film schools and writing program throughout the country. Check out our links under “Education.”

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#WordlessWednesday

#WordlessWednesday

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Stephen King
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Amazon vs Libraries?

Amazon vs Libraries?

I love to read. When I was a child I loved going to the library and even today, I love taking my own children there. To me, those visits instill that love of reading that is so important. As you can imagine, I also have a close relationship with my Kindle and don’t particularly like leaving home without it. So you can imagine my concern when an article in Forbes suggested it was going to soon be Amazon vs Libraries.

Could I even make such a choice?

Amazon’s new service, known as Kindle Unlimited, is a subscription service that gives readers “unlimited” access to 600,000 titles. This surpasses many library’s collections. And, at $9.99 per month, it could be argued that individuals could absorb these costs to save countries the financial burden (in the UK, £1 billion a year or $1.7 billion in the U.S. goes to supporting the library system).

But if this were to happen, where would we gather as a community to read? Where would we go to peruse shelves of books? Already, most individual book stores are closing.

Don’t get me wrong…I want to give Amazon a big hug for helping indie authors get on the map. But as the saying goes, “Can’t we all get along?”

If you would like to read the complete article in Forbes, here is the link:

Amazon vs Libraries

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Why the World is Awesome

Why the world is awesome in 60 facts…a YouTube video in honor of Geek Week and Earth Unplugged.
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Above all else…a writer writes. This quote I can attribute to myself.

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#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.

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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.

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#WordlessWednesday

#WordlessWednesday

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

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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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