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The writer I was yesterday….

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This quote felt right since the past few years left me very uncertain of my writer ability. My confidence waned after I published and found so few wanted to buy my short stories for only a $1.00. If I couldn’t get friends and family to purchase, how can I find strangers online?

I remind myself that I can’t stop writing. After all, the stories continue to rattle around in my head. The characters want their stories told. I just need to muster motivation- or better yet, resolve, to complete and publish again.

One other issue that’s made writing difficult is my eyes. I’ve always had bad vision, but as I get older, and now require bifocals, it’s like looking through binoculars at the world.

I’ve been told the risk of retinal tearing also increased with aging, when I already had the potential of going blind since I was a kid. (I have thin retinas as well as very bad astigmatism, and the shape of the entire eyeball is wrong). Two eye doctors said it was the worst astigmatism they’ve seen in their careers. Needless to say, reading is a chore now.

I figure ‘slow and steady wins the race’ so even if I can get a few hundred words in fiction done each day, it is better than nothing. I hope it will be enough to satisfy the writing gods (and my characters).

Currently, I’m working on the following:

A sequel to Into the Shade, my short story published on Amazon Kindle Singles. You can also find my other short story, Fireflies: A Vampire Story. I have three anthologies I published but don’t have stories in some of them. See my Amazon Author Page.

I have three other short stories all vying for attention, as well as a novel series with vampires, and two e-workbooks I want to publish before the end of the year. I’m not sure if that will happen, but I’ll keep at it.

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Writer Tools

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Here is my compilation of tools to help writers write:

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Write or Die– This online site provides a tool to provoke you to write in ‘freewriting’. Settings include word count, time, but the fun part is consequences. You can choose between spiders, grumpy cat, and a few others. Alarms include alarming and cacophony.

ywriter6mainChapter-by-Chapter is a free program that words with OpenOffice or MS Word to sort documents. I like having my chapters in a single document, and this programs let’s me find/replace but also compile them together into a single manuscript.

Grammarly.com is a browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) and provides grammar checking when you type anywhere in the browser. This includes hints to corrections as well so you learn how to write properly. They also have Grammarly for MS Office

Paperrater.com is an online service to check grammar but also includes spelling and plagiarism. Readability statistics, passive voice detection, and more are also included for submission of up to 5 pages for the free version.

visuwordsVisuwords.com works much like a Thesaurus, but visually. This online free service uses a bubble/mind map interface. Type in a word and see what other words pop up.

Word to Pages helps the self-published author find out how many pages their manuscript has based on words, size font, and page size.

OpenOffice.org is free Office suite software compatible with the MS Office suite of programs. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, 3D drawing, and database.

Google Drive includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, forms, maps, and even click-and-build web sites. This is a free online service that offers many add-ons to each service such as CloudConvert (to change file formats), auto-bibliography, translate, table of contents, and speech recognition. This is just what I found for the word processor.

Coffitivity.com is a site that provides ambience of a cafe to help you write. I use this myself since music can often distract me when writing certain non-fiction. This is free.

Add in comments your favorite tools to write. I’ll be posting in the future the best books for an author’s library.

 

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Writer Wednesday: AuthorLevelUp

michael La ronnI discovered this YouTuber, Michael La Ronn, who provides videos on the topic of writing. He authored a number of published books. Click here for his Author page on Amazon. His web site: Author Level Up lists his videos, but you can just as easily view his YouTube page, or subscribe there.

I like how the videos aren’t saturated with ads, but he provides clear tutorials on subjects such as writing, marketing, and publishing your book. He adds some humor, and you can find some videos, he provides reviews on programs he used.

Here are a few of his videos worth watching;

 

 

Have a writer, blogger, or youtuber that talks about the craft of writing? Post in comments. I’ll share to let other writers know about them.

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A neat idea! Story time YouTube

I discovered this channel on YouTube entitled Scary Fairy Godmother. Coincidently, my writer’s group recently released a fairy tale anthology, but this video channel shows an unique medium to sharing stories- video story telling.

Here is an example: One TRUE Encounter with REAL Fairies….

The YouTuber reads stories with added sound and music, which adds to the atmosphere of storytelling. It reminds me of the times where my father told stories while camping, without a soundtrack.

As writers/authors, you might want to consider adding your own video channel, sharing pieces of your writing as a form of storytelling. You could read a scene from your book, or share one of your short stories.

I’m thinking of doing this myself, telling the stories of my childhood of weird encounters, dreams, or other tales I experienced.

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