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Writing can be isolating

“Writing a book is most often a solitary endeavor. It can be isolating. It can be lonely. And, if you’re successful at it, it means you’re signing on for more isolation.”

I can attest to the above quote. When I was writing Reagan Leeds: Run The World for nearly two years, there were many periods I felt very alone, which is not anything I’m not used to anyway. I’ve always been a loner, and as an introvert, I enjoy my own company.

I can remember times of being up until the wee hours of the morning (like right now) working on Reagan’s story, either editing, taking pictures, or shooting out paragraphs. I could leave the surrounding world around me and enter into another one entirely within my mind. I felt my characters’ emotions, and I empathized with what they were going through. Some of my characters made me angry, even though I was the one writing the story. Even Reagan herself wasn’t always my favorite character, but if she were to be real, she had to be realistic and have layers to her personality as we all do in the real world.

I did push myself when I wrote for Reagan and the other characters, but I’d always felt I was a bit PC at times. But now with my new story, Reign in the works, I want to get out of my comfort zone and write the story that I feel is true to life and resonates with me. Many subjects I’m uncomfortable with exploring, but I feel as if I must.

I am not going to rush this new story, and it has been taking me longer than I thought to publish the first chapters, even though I have some that are already written. I want it to be right, but sometimes I trip myself up with thinking things must be perfect. That is one of the problems as face being so alone in my head as I create. I think I make up all these rules to hold myself accountable to, but they aren’t that important. I’m such a perfectionist, and I fear that may hinder me in the long-run.

I am going to task myself with a commitment to write at for at least an hour every other day in the coming weeks. I think it will get better once I have content out there for everyone to read.

All the best,

Camille.

 

Show & Tell

Great tips on how to improve your writing. The vlogger makes some excellent points. Check out the video in the link!

7 Tips to Improve Your Writing

 

“Showing and Telling”. Often in writing, we know when a character is angry or sad. You can write: Sarah was upset.

Okay, great, she’s upset, but is there a better way to show us that she was upset? Did she bang her fist on the table or clinch it? Was her face distorted? What were her movements? Did she run away, slam the door, and storm out the room? These are all things we as authors want to show our audience. I know for the Sims, we can see visually, but don’t rely on pictures only to tell your story. Write as if this was a traditional novel, without any pictures.

Happy Simming!

Writer’s Haven

These are some very helpful sites for a wealth of information for writers. Information includes everything from publishing, copyright, blogging, seminars, courses, writing tips, the list goes on. Check it out!

Creative Writing Now

Now Novel 

Writers and Authors

Writer’s Digest

Write to Done

Writer’s Treasure

2017’s Best Sites for Writers

Writing Productivity Tips

Need some tips to keep you motivated or productive in your writing? What about becoming organized? Check out some of the informative sites below!

Writing Productivity Secrets From Authors

10 Productivity Tips for Writers

50 Words a Day

Motivation Tips

9 Ways to Get Started and Stay Motivated

10 Writing Productivity Hacks

7 Writing Tools to Work Smarter

The Ultimate Writing Productivity Resource

Calmly Writer (Chrome App)

7 Top Tips for Beating Writer’s Block

Banish Writer’s Block

 

 

Encouragement to Keep On Writing

We all get down sometimes when we create stories or share the work we’ve worked so hard on. Maybe people are not paying attention, maybe they don’t seem too interested in what you’re writing. But is that a reason to stop making something you love so much? How do we overcome discouragement? I don’t have the answer because I often feel discouraged too. Maybe some of these tips on not getting discouraged whether writing related or other things in life can help.

24 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Write More

How to Get Reads, Readers & Comments

8 Reasons No one is Reading Your Articles (This is more geared toward this particular site, but it has some useful information that could help in attracting more readers )

Accepting That No one Will Read Your Story (How to overcome it)

10 Reasons to Write Your Story  Even if No One Reads It

Writers Don’t Get Discouraged (Coming from a fellow Simmer)

Why Every Story You Write is a Guaranteed Failure

How to Stop Getting Discouraged

The More We Compare The More We Lose Ourselves

12 Things to do When We Get Discouraged 

 

 

Online Application Resource

Online App Resources. Word processing apps, online thesaurus, dictionary, grammar check, and more.

Libre Office is a free Office Suite similar to Window Office, Word, etc

11 Free Word Processors 

2017 Best Free Online Word Processors

15 Free Web Applications for Writers

Free Creative Writing Courses

25 Free Online Writing Courses

Coursera Writing Courses

29 Free Writing Tools and Resources

Best Free Software for Writers

Quick & Dirty Tips (Grammar)

Quick & Dirty YouTube Tutorial Playlist

Grammar Girl YouTube Playlist

Grammar & Punctuation

Grammarly (I’ve used Grammarly for about four years)

Dictionary.com

Thesaurus

Grammar Tips

Grammar Rules & Tips

Free Online Spellcheck

Free Online Spelling and Grammar Check 

English Grammar

English Vocabulary 

The Writer’s Dig

APPS (ONLINE, ANDROID & IOS)

Here are some useful online apps as well as apps for Android and iOS that may be useful in your writing. You don’t have to be in front of your pc or Mac in order to write! Create on the go!

Online:

15 Great Writing Apps

10 Free Writing Apps & Tools

Darkroom

Barra.com

Hogbaysoftware

Writer

Zoho

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Mobile Apps (Android & iOS)

Best Android Apps for Writers

10 Best Android Apps

15 Voice to Text Apps

ListNote Speech-to-Text Notes (I personally use this one)

Zoho

Writer

 

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