My Three Goals for Winter Break

Hello, lovely writers!  I just got home from college yesterday, and it’s so nice to not have HOMEWORK assignments or EXAMS or PAPERS.

Without further ado, I’d like to share with you my plans for my Winter Break.  That way, I have to actually stick to these plans, because I’ve told people about them!  Accountability, you know?

Okay, goals.

1. Edit every day.

I have a project that I really really want to work on.  It’s a YA Urban Fantasy featuring sassy characters, baby dragons, and a lovely platonic relationship.  It’s about two years old now, and it’s in the “slightly edited, but still needs a lot of work” phase.  So this Break, I’m planning to edit for 30 mins (or more) every day.

Because here’s something that NaNoWriMo taught me: writing projects work the best with consistent love.  So I’m pledging to write/edit 30 minutes every day that I am physically able to.  I want to finish this book.  I want this story to get out into the world.  I want to give it the time and love it deserves.  And I have the time to now, so I just have to make myself do it.

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2. Blog More

The end of the semester was a bit crazy, and I didn’t have the time or energy to put into this lovely new blog I have here.  But no longer!  I  have free time, and I’ll be working on a novel every day, so I will have lots to say (hopefully).  I love blogging, and I really do feel like it helps keep me accountable to write more regularly.  So stick around, follow this blog, and you’ll probably hear from me once or twice a week.  YAY!

3. Read ALL THE BOOKS!

Good writers are good readers.  I have a TBR pile that’s a mile long, and I’ve been slacking on my reading lately (again, exams don’t give much time to read).  Like this one famous writer dude said, writers need to read.

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// If I don’t see you all until the new year, I hope your holidays are full of joy and happiness. //

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A New Site (and a NaNoWriMo update)

Hello, writers old and new!  I’m so glad you’re here.  You may recognize me as Beth from my old website, ateenagelookonthewritingprocess.wordpress.com – this is my new domain!

I have three reasons for dragging you over to this website instead of using my old one:

1.  I’m not really a teenager anymore.

Okay, technically, I’m still a teenager.  But I’ve also been an adult for over a year, and I don’t really see myself as a teen anymore.  It seemed silly to keep calling myself a teen writer when I really am an adult adult.

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2. My old site was kinda long.  Like Really Long.

It’s a lot easier to tell people, “My Website is ‘A College Writer dot wordpress dot com’ than the entirety of my old blog’s url.  You know what I mean?

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3.  I wanted a chance to redecorate.

You know.  I’ve been using the same blog for two and a half years.  I wanted a fresh start.  (You’ll notice, however, that some of my most recent posts have migrated over to this site.  It felt very empty with no old posts.)

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So here we are.  In another two and a half years, when I graduate college, I suppose I’ll have to change blog name again.  But I think that I’ll be ready to redecorate again at that point anyways.

 

// some housekeeping notes //

  1. If you’re following my old blog, and would like to keep up with my blogging (which will now be over here), feel free to hit that “Follow” button.  Thanks!
  2. If you want, I’d love for you to drop by the guest book and introduce yourself!  Let’s have this website be a true community of writers, and get to know one another.

 

// finally, an update on NaNoWriMo! //

I’m really quite spectacularly behind.  To be specific, I’m 5,000 words behind.  Oops.  However, I’m having a blast writing this novel.  It’s gone in some exciting and unexpected directions, and I just hosted a write-in on Friday.  Hopefully I can have some 3,000-word writing days in this coming week to help me catch up.  It’s exciting and time-consuming and thrilling.

Also, the first year I did NaNo, I threw literally any words on the page.  But this year, I’m trying to actually follow a plot.  So the writing is going a little slower this year.  That’s okay though, I’m really happy with what I’m writing, and I’m okay with a little bit of quality over quantity at this point in my writing journey.

Thanks for checking out the new blog!  I’ll be back later this week with more thoughts on rough drafts and characters and writing and all of those wonderful things.  Until then, happy writing!

Why I Blog

I’ve been a blogger for over two years now.  I have nearly 100 followers (love you guys!) and I’ve written 119 posts.  So I thought that now would be a good time to share the why behind this blog.

Here’s four things I love about this blog:

1. Getting to talk about writing

I don’t actually talk about writing with my friends that much.  It feels a bit personal, complicated, messy.  It’s just… not something I talk about with people that much.  And I don’t currently have any writer friends in “real life.”  So it’s fun to get to share things that I learn about writing with people who want to hear them.  It’s fun to get to shout to the world that I discovered how the heck to write setting, or what close POV really means. (Non-writers just don’t get it, do they?)

2. Instantly Rewarding

When I write a novel, I spend months or years writing and editing before anyone else reads it.  It’s a really long process, and while the writing itself is enough of a reward, it takes forever and a day before my writing is ready to be shared.

But with blogging, it’s so fun to see people enjoying my thoughts and words soon after they’re written.  I love posting something right before going to bed, and then waking up in the morning to an inbox full of emails saying “so-and-so liked your post.”  It’s wonderful to know that people are enjoying things I have to say.  It makes me feel like my voice matters.

3. Inspires me to keep writing

I’m not quite sure how this works, but keeping a writing blog motivates me to keep writing novels.  When I write blog posts, it’s a reminder to myself that I am a writer.  I have stories to tell.  I have a voice.  I have stories burning inside me.  Sometimes I’ll even write lil pep talks to myself in my blog posts, and that’s such a powerful thing to do.

4. Community

I can’t tell you how cool it is to find like-minded people who understand.  You folks know the joys and struggles of writing.  You know the pain of writer’s block and the joy of finishing a draft.  I love being connected to people who understand.  And when you beautiful folks comment on my blog posts and share your thoughts?  You give me hope and happiness.

So.  Thank you, readers.  Thank you, followers.  Thank you to the people who like and comment and share.  You help keep me motivated and positive.  You help me be a better writer.

That’s why I blog.  For you.