Motivation & Inspiration

How To Overcome Challenges And Get A Book Deal

How To Overcome Challenges And Get A Book Deal

When we're growing up, books are just wonderful stories. We fall in love with them, we live inside of them, and we wonder what kind of genius it takes to create such brilliant worlds full of incredible words.

But when we grow up we realize how hard it is to actually write a book. Because of our own journeys as writers, we see how much blood, sweat, and tears each novel truly represents.

The more I've learned about publishing on my own writing journey, the more I've wanted to know about the heartache and drafts behind all of my favorite stories. I want this because each time I learn about another author's journey to achieving their dreams, I feel inspired to keep working towards my own.

For that reason I'm starting an interview series on this blog so we can all be inspired and learn about the awesome stories behind awesome stories.

How To Become A Published Author: Kristen Ciccarelli's Story

How To Become A Published Author: Kristen Ciccarelli's Story

I get emails from you guys all the time about how you don't think you can do it. You walk into the library or Barnes & Nobles and you never believe your story will sit on those shelves.

When you're stuck in that funk the important thing to realize is you're not alone. With every book you've ever read there was likely a time the author didn't believe that story would ever sit in your hands. As writers we all struggle with self-doubt - the important thing is to not let that self-doubt control you and stop you from going after what you love.

3 Tricks to Keep Writing When You Want to Give Up

3 Tricks to Keep Writing When You Want to Give Up

Alright writers. We’re halfway through National Novel Writing Month and I don’t know about you, but the strain that hit me on day 3 is drowning me now. Unless you’re superhuman, I’m guessing that the same strain is hitting you because it hits every writer who tries to finish a novel.

It’s called “The Murky Middle.”

TMM is the moment when the excitement and momentum of starting a new story fades and the idea of continuing seems pointless.

The NaNoWriMo Success Series: 5 NaNoWriMo Books that Became Best Sellers

The NaNoWriMo Success Series: 5 NaNoWriMo Books that Became Best Sellers

Alright writers, NaNoWriMo 2015 has officially begun! If you were with me during the first half of the NaNoWriMo Success Series you were able to plan your story, plot, and characters so that you could hit the ground writing on November 1st. (If you haven’t, it’s still not too late to start!)

Now I don’t know about you, but the strain of writing ~1,667 words everyday has already hit me and it’s only day 3. When I open my word document and prepare to get through the next 30 days of this month, it helps to know that other writers have gone through this exact same process and had incredible success.

If you’re feeling down or stressed or just in need of a little motivation, read about the NaNoWriMo Success stories below to learn how you can get motivated and become a success story of your own!

Make NaNoWriMo Work For You: Introducing The NaNoWriMo Success Series

Make NaNoWriMo Work For You: Introducing The NaNoWriMo Success Series

I am one of those people who began writing as soon as I learned how to read.

If you don’t believe me, I can prove it to you. Tucked away with childhood keepsakes is my first masterpiece: “The Black Champion.”

Now this “novel” was essentially fan-fiction that incorporated my 3 favorite things at the time: The Parent Traphorses, and Bollywood Movies. It was written during a time when computers still used floppy disks, and when I printed it out I was sure it was going to be the first of many stories to come.

Fast forward 15 years and I was still telling people that I hadn’t finished a book since I was 6. It wasn’t because I didn’t write—I wrote all the time! I would start stories, get about ~50 pages in and then life would get in the way. Or I would have the perfect idea, but struggle to get off of page 1 because I needed the writing to be just right.

As writers, everything is working against us. Our lives, our family, our friends, our classes, our jobs, even ourselves. That’s why every writer, no matter what age or genre, should participate in NaNoWriMo.

Why I Write: Telling a Story that Matters

Why I Write: Telling a Story that Matters

Okay.

If you came to this post for some quick tips or well-formatted writing advice, I will save you the scrolling/frustration and tell you that that is not what this post is. You can get that herehere, and here, and on anything I write in the future, but this post is a little different.

I do believe that what I have to say here can help you enrich your own stories and become a better writer, but you will have to bare with me because I can’t skip to the lesson without the proper exposition.

This isn’t the post I planned on writing this week, but much like Jon Stewart’s inability to tell jokes, I couldn’t bring myself to write about anything else when I heard about the hate crime in Charleston, South Carolina.

What started as a headline turned into a tragedy I couldn’t escape. I watched as my inbox and newsfeed became overwhelmed with the brutal massacre of 9 black parishioners during their weekly bible study.

Instant Gratification: Why All Writers Should Experiment with Short Shorts

Instant Gratification: Why All Writers Should Experiment with Short Shorts

Growing up, I was always jealous of my brother. He was popular, athletic, and could make friends anywhere he went. And I mean anywhere—we moved to a different school his senior year and he was still voted prom king.

Imagine living with a person like that.

Now that I am no longer a child I think I have a much healthier, less resentful relationship with my brother. But I still get jealous. While he’s not scoring the winning touchdown or waving the “Prom King” sash above my head, he is a musician and compared to a novelist like me, that gives him instant gratification.

7 Kick-Ass Writing Tips from 7 Best Selling YA Authors

7 Kick-Ass Writing Tips from 7 Best Selling YA Authors

If you’re like me, you have a People’s Magazine advertisement for the Divergent Series taped onto the wall where you write. You don’t keep it there for inspiration. You keep it there to bully you. Because when you sit down to write and 5 minutes later find yourself doing “research” on Pintrest for your “Dream Wedding” board, you look at your wall and see a 26 year-old-author worth $20 million who sold her New-York Best Seller to Summit Entertainment before she graduated college.

She mocks your “research” and shames you back onto Word. If you’re emotionally stable (i.e., not like me), you look at success and see opportunities to learn. What would Veronica tell me about details? What were her tricks to revision? In an attempt to be a less-dysfunctional human, I’m going to look at some of the best selling YA authors and learn their best tips.