10,000 Hours

Alexis Daria

Some people have always known they wanted to write, while others came to it later in life. I’m in the first group, although art was my first and main creative love for most of my life. Still, even as I pursued art in high school (fine arts) and college (computer arts), writing was a constant. This week’s #RWchat topic is “your evolution as a writer,” so I’ll mark the different eras, like Picasso, but if he had the internet.

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Writer, Interrupted

content warning: mentions of self-medication, psychiatric disability.

When Evolution Isn’t Always a Straight Line

I have a gap in my resume. It makes writing bios difficult, trying to cover a gap that yawns across the summer of 2006 to a January day in 2014. I didn’t go on a backpacking trip to Europe or volunteer with the peace corps or pursue personal enrichment. Well. I kinda did, but not in the fun drive a bus across the country sort of way.

I was institutionalized.

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Coming Sept. 24th…Evolution

Evolution

None of us start out as a perfect writer. Choosing a career as an author is an exercise in constant improvement and discovery—embracing your natural strengths and working on the areas where you are weak.

Whether the difference between your early and current work makes you groan or makes you proud of how far you’ve come, you’ve been on a journey. On Sept. 24th, we’re talking about that journey as a group. Join us, and celebrate how far you’ve come.

Coming Sept. 17th…Editing & Revising

RWchat 9-17-17You worked your ass off getting to “The End”—but it’s not really the end, is it? Whether you’re working off your own revision notes or suggestions from an editor, there’s still a ton of work to do to get your work in publishing shape.

On Sept. 17th, we’ll be talking with #RWChat writers about how they tackle edits and revisions. Bring your insights, bring your frustrations, and come join us at 7 PM Eastern / 4 PM Pacific.

Coming Sept. 10th…80/20 Rule

romance writer twitter chat 80 20 rule

Social media is a prominent aspect of book marketing, but sometimes it can be tricky to figure out what to post. Some writers may be more comfortable with marketing posts, and less comfortable with sharing parts of their lives, while others are happy to chat but nervous about promoting their books. Common wisdom suggests the 80/20 rule for social media—80% social or personal posts, and 20% marketing or promo related posts. Let’s talk about what this looks like in the next #RWchat. Join us Sunday September 10th at 7pmEST/4pmPST.