Don’t you just love the frames YouTube decides to use as your video cover? that will change once I do he thumbnail and upload it, too, but until then, I’m obvioulsy in mid-word and look like I’m making a goofy face.
I’m restarting my YouTube channel. Last Friday, I uploaded a reintroduction video, so here it is.
I would love it if you would go over to YouTube and leave me a comment or a like. Or subscribe. That would be very appreciated!
I’ll be talking about writing, creativity, and crochet. So if there is anthing specific you would like to hear about, let me know. This week’s video will be about some aspect of writing. Exactly what isn’t decided yet, but it will prolbably be about one of my favorite poetic forms, mainly because I have a catchy hook in my head and if I don’t use it, it will drive me bonkers.
I’ve been talking a lot about what I’m doing as far as crochet is concerned, but let’s not forget that I’m also a writer. There are some things going on with that, too. For starters:
As prevalent as written communication is with emails and blogs and social media, people still get anxious over writing. They put it off to the last possible moment, which really only makes matters worse.
Enter a writing coach.
A writing coach (me) doesn’t do the writing for you, but they help reduce the anxiety so you can get it done. Imagine writing that important press release without so much stress that you panic.
I can help you with that. I can help with all types of writing from business communication, application letters, poems, essays, and other creative writing, both fiction and nonfiction.
I understand that this might not be you right now, but you know people. Let them know this is available. I do charge an hourly rate or a flat-fee per project. Send this to anyone you think might be interested. They and/or you can message me and let’s talk.
A couple days ago, I told you a bit about my editing process, so now I guess I should tell you about my writing process.
This is a more difficult post to write because the process is more involved. I’m going to try to summarize it, though.
I tend to go through five steps, though I don’t think of them like this at the time.
What happens in each step of the process?
I keep a notebook with lists of ideas or summaries of something I want to do. Some of these “notebooks” are files in my computer, though I am a huge fan of keeping a notebook nearby as often as possible.
When I find an idea that I want to work on, I walk around with it my head for a while. How long varies. For one story, I walked around with the main character telling me all about herself for two weeks before she finally told me her name. That story was started, but it hasn’t ever been finished. It will be in the not-too-distant future.
Prepping Otherwise known as planning and research. This is where I figure out if it’s nonfiction or fiction, poetry or prose, long or short. And I do some preliminary research if it’s something I don’t know much about. I limit my research time, though, because I could easily spend too much time doing that and very little writing.
This step is pretty self-explanatory. I will do extra research from time to time if it’s needed. This step also generally takes the longest.
We already talked about this on Tuesday, but it’s worth including here, too. I view editing as part of the creative process as well. In my writing phase, I get the bones of the story/article/post down. Then in editing, I often add new content, so it’s a mashup of editing and writing. In general, it’s shaping.
Sometimes I will listen to music as I do this. Again, it’s something with little or no lyrics and often the same type of music I listen to while editing.
If you’ve been on this blog any at all, you know the answer to this.
The short answer: Yes.
The long answer: Yes, and I have 10 books (including 2 novels and a book of poems), 3 short ebooks, and 3 short stories available under Jen Nipps (nonfiction) and Kat O’Reilly (fiction). I have another book in the editing process with a publisher and at least two more in that series. (One in progress, one in planning stages.)
I’ve had multiple articles and other short pieces published in WritingforDollars, Ada Magazine, the Ada News, Writers’ Journal, World of Myth Magazine, and 4Health Magazine. This doesn’t include various anthologies and other websites and blogs.
Some of the articles that were published in WritingforDollars have been republished in short ebooks through JEN Enterprises Presents and are: Bop Your Way Through Writer’s Block, 3 Keys to the Kingdom, and Why You Need a Writing Practice.
The short stories I currently have available are “They Call Me Malak,” “Sex, Politics, & Vampires,” and “This Is Your Karma.”
I’m keeping track of other things I want to write, so this is not all that you’ll see from me.
I have another update for you if you’re keeping up with the status of RealmWalker: New Beginnings.
I got an email from the editor requesting the full manuscript. I had the full finished when I sent her the first three chapters a couple weeks ago, so I sent that to her today. Here is part of the email reply from her:
from here I’m sending it on for what’s called a Preliminary Read. it’s like asking for a second set of eyes–all in preparation for a Request For Contract.
That doesn’t mean this is a done deal but it’s a step in the right direction.
This is a delight to read!!!
thank you thank you thank you. You have made my day.
I’m pretty sure SHE made MY day.
OK. I might have made her day, too. I don’t know. I’m not there.
I will be sure to let you know when there is more news.
On a related subject, I had a friend say that judging by the title, this is a work of fiction and that they thought I write only nonfiction.
Yes, the RealmWalker series is fiction. I almost said I don’t write a lot of fiction, but that’s not exactly accurate. It would be more correct to say I don’t publish a lot of fiction. Most of what has been published is nonfiction.
All nonfiction and poetry is published under Jen Nipps.
All fiction is published under Kat O’Reilly.
Yesterday, a friend contacted me on Facebook Messenger with a question.
My daughter is interested in trying to publish a book she’s working on. Short stories and poems. She asked if i knew anyone that did that and of course you popped in my head. If it’s not too personal, can you tell me if you make money doing that? And what the process to do so is?
The thing of it is, there’s no simple answer.
Can you make money writing? Yes and no, because it depends on what you want to write and how much you market yourself. As a preliminary, I told her this:
The short answer is that some types of writing can and do make money. I haven’t made much because marketing intimidates the hell out of me. Even the big names have to do self-promotion. As for how to do it, take a look at CreateSpace.com. They’re pretty easy to use. The way I do it with their self-guided process doesn’t cost anything unless I order books.
Yes, I know marketing shouldn’t intimidate me. That’s really not the point here. (Plus I’m working on that and getting better at it.)
One of the biggest things to remember is that writing is just the beginning of the work. How many revisions and edits you go through will vary from project to project. And then there’s the whole publishing process.
Now, like I said in my original answer to my friend, most of my stuff is published using CreateSpace, so I follow the process laid out in their self-guided system. I don’t talk to anyone in customer support, so it doesn’t cost me anything until I order books.
I almost said the work of marketing/self-promotion starts then, but, really, you need to be doing that all along. Be talking about it on your social media platform(s). I mainly use Twitter and Facebook, but I do occasionally post writing-related stuff, especially when I have a new book out, on LinkedIn. The more you talk about it, the more interest you generate, which will (hopefully) translate into sales down the road.
Take a lesson from me: Don’t be shy about marketing and self-promotion. Most of the big names even have to promote themselves. Except maybe Stephen King.
The funny thing (to me) about the timing of this question is that I’ve been thinking about that. Making money writing.
A few years ago, I taught a class through the community education program at the local college. The name of it? “Make Money Writing.” In it, I talked mostly about writing for magazines, the query process, researching articles, finding other resources, etc. I’ve been thinking about moving that online, either as a video course or an email series.
Let me know if there’s any interest in that and which format would be best.
I promised my friend a list of resources. I’ve been thinking about how to narrow that down because I have enough that I could probably fill a book with just links. I’ve decided to just list the top 5. Links will open in a new window. If you have a pop-up blocker, hold the Ctrl key down when you click it so it will open.