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My Top 10 Distractions From Writing

Besides having issues with my eyes for the past year, making reading and writing more of a chore, I have a number of distractions that keep luring me away from writing fiction;

youtube1. YouTube.com- I love videos. I don’t have to read. I can watch but I’m not entirely goofing off. I watch many writer based channels.

WritersD- This is the Writer’s Digest youtube page that includes many topics and samples of workshops/courses they provide.

M.Kirin – Self-published author. He has a great sense of humor and covers many aspects of the writing process.

Bruce Jones- Love his channel. He shares classes on self-publishing including marketing and book cover design.

pn2. Pinterest.com- Another addiction of mine. I love Pinterest. My profile has thousands of ‘pins’ but what I love about it is that it’s a search engine with graphics. Not to say they don’t provide some incredible links for writer resources.

Writing Prompts– My pins for all sorts of prompts.

Writing Craft– Pins for crafting stories. 

Writing Marketing- All things marketing for authors.

3. Facebook.com- My biggest reason for this as a distraction is that I connect with friends and family, keep up with news, and find some neat posts. Just this week I found-

21 Summertime Book Promotion Ideas for Self-published Writers

“Ghost Ship” Crewed by Mannequins Washes Up in Florida. (a prompt idea)

Random Name Generator– my sister sent me this link via Facebook to share with my meetup group.

4. Amazon.com – Amazon is not just online shopping. You can watch TV and movies, and you look up tons of books for Kindle.

Amazon Prime TV  and movies provides streaming TV and movies. Some are included in the Prime membership ($99 per year) while others you need to rent/buy.

Amazon Unlimited unlimited reading for $9.99 a month on any device.

Kindle Apps are not just for the Kindle. The apps are free for tablet, iPad, iPhone, android, and computer.

You can find tons of books through Kindle books.

5. Video Games – I love my video games. I like to play Fallout 4, Skyrim, Elderscrolls Online, Dishonored, Thief, and others. When my hands ache from typing, I like to switch to a game controller and be someone else for a while. It was video games that prompted me to write my lengthy Morrowind Fanfiction, which got me into writing and publishing my own stories.

I also get distracted with working on projects such as graphic design, worksheets, homeschool planning, and web design. Too many things, not enough time to do them all.

What distract you? Post in comments below.

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Writer Tech Trouble

pcillustratorThe other day I had some issues with my computer. It’s not a huge problem for me because I know how to take them apart and fix them, or get into the DOS settings and troubleshoot. Since the computer is vital to writers, I felt I’d share some tips that might help you out if you have problems and don’t want to lose your work.

Set your word processor to save every few minutes.

MS Word- autosave tutorial

OpenOffice autosave tutorial

Back up your file to a cloud drive. I also recommend backing up to a USB periodically. I use my Dropbox folder as the My Documents folder on my computer. This way, if I get a crash and need to format or get a new computer, everything is already saved and synced through the Internet.

Dropbox (free) If you sign up via the link, I get more space. If you sign up, you can get more space by getting people to sign up too.

Icloud- (free) If you have an iPhone, you probably already have an icloud account.

OneDrive (try for free) If you use MS Office, you may already have an OneDrive account.

Be sure to have your antivirus software update regularly. This means not only to update ‘definitions’ but also the program itself. Make sure settings scan the computer regularly.

Avast antivirus (free)

AVG antivirus (free)

Install anti-malware. I recommend Malwarebytes or Spybot. You can also install these programs on a USB drive and run a scan from the drive.

Malwarebytes (free)

Spybot (free)

Corrupted files. Sometimes with word processors, the file you save gets corrupted.  

MS Word document recovery.

OpenOffice documents recovery.

Make boot discs for your computer. A boot disc helps with fixing problems with the computer with a simple restart of the system. How to do this will depend on the version of Windows you have, and sometimes even the make/model of the computer.

How to create repair discs for your computer.

How to make bootable USB, CD, or DVD to install Windows using a ISO file.

If you have any questions, please leave in comments or email me at frootbat31@yahoo.com.

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The writer I was yesterday….

july quote

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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Researching death

askamorticianSometimes doing research leads me down the rabbit hole of strange and interesting. I was curious on the decomposition of a body (for writing of course!) and came across Ask a Mortician. Caitlin Doughty is author, blogger, and YouTuber who promotes ‘death acceptance’. But what I find engaging is her videos on death.

She talks about the process of death, of how the body is prepared for burial, but she also covers topics like rituals in other cultures, or history of death. Videos include such helpful information in what you can do with your body after you die, but also the process.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/4NV-5BrC65c

She accept questions, so perhaps if you’re needing a fact to add to your story, you might want to ask her.

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Do you have fun stories on researching for your writing? Post in comments or better yet, blog about and leave a link for me in comments. I’d love to hear about it.

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