2Kto10K Rachel Aaron Inspiration!

Last weekend, I attended the Nebraska Writers Guild’s Fall Conference (I’m currently acting as their Social Media Chairperson and sit on the board). One of the classes was inspired by Rachel Aaron’s book, 2k to 10k: How to write faster, writer better, and write more of what you love. If you haven’t seen her blog post on the topic, check it out!

The class focused primarily on the increased word count each time you write. Exactly what I needed because I’ve been struggling lately. And by struggling I mean, I only managed to increase my current WIP’s word count by 92 words in a week. A WEEK!!! That’s as a full-time writer. I was more than stuck. I was desperate. So this class couldn’t have come at a better time.

Rachel’s technique involves a pyramid of knowledge, time, and enthusiasm.

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Mood Boards and Book Aesthetics to Promote Your Book

A Time Of Elusion book aesthetic

They pop up all over Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter. And with good reason. Social media is very visual-focused, so why not engage with readers/potential readers by showing them images connected to your book?

We all know to show not tell, right?

Mood boards and book aesthetics let an author do just that to introduce characters, settings, themes, or an overall “feel” for the book. I put together a short video that explains the difference between the two, how to utilize them to help with an upcoming book launch or expand your reader base, and gives a quick tutorial on putting them together.

If you’d prefer to scroll through the screenshots, then scroll on scroller!

Mood Boards

These primarily appear on Pinterest and can be created for books, movies, or even just a color. Continue reading

Let’s start at the very beginning

A quick google search of how to become a writer can lead down a rabbit hole, inescapable by the mere mortal. I once fell down it and worried I would never see my husband or loved ones again. Here’s a quick example of what I ran across on the internets:

  1. Write about what you know
  2. Write about what you don’t know
  3. Write for an audience
  4. Write for yourself

Articles, blogs, and even wikiHow are full of information on how to become a writer. To bad not a damn one of them agrees. But there’s an excellent reason for this. People who find success in a chosen area rarely follow the same path. A look at a few powerhouse writers of our day shows the drastic differences. Fifty Shades Of Grey started out as E.L. James writing fan fiction about Twilight. J.K. Rowling accepted loads of rejection before someone picked up Harry Potter. Our differences are what make us individuals, and our journey as writers should be as unique as we are.

Now that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t research our craft. We may not all take the same road, but a few words of wisdom can guide us along the way. I found the following tips the most useful, not only as I started out but even still today. Continue reading