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Standing At The Crossroads

A crossroads can be a tricky place. Which way do you go? What if one path is blocked? Do you have a plan?

Before I set out on my PitchWars adventure, I had a plan. I knew what I wanted, where I wanted to go, and what personal goals needed to be accomplished. For the most part this plan has worked out, a few goals were accomplished, and I even landed  in a few surprises along the way.

With the list reveal only days away, I find myself standing at a crossroads now. And guess what? I have a plan. Okay, I have many plans.

  • What happens if I get chosen as a mentee? That one’s easy. I squeal in excitement, read my edit letter, go through whatever feels I need after reading, and then get to work on my submission piece, Secrets of Sgådnor...
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Final Preparation for #PitchWars

Are you in the home stretch preparing for #PitchWars? With the submission window less than a week away, hopefully you’re not still scrambling to get that last scene written, or restitching a plot hole together. By now I hope everyone can see the finish line and be ready to take a deep breath and relax while the mentors dive into their busy weeks.

If you’re on the home stretch, here’s a few tips to help get you organized. Please note: I am not a mentor. This is my own take on getting ready so, you know, grain of salt. 🙂

  1. Get your PitchWars folder setup. Wherever makes sense on your machine, you want to have a folder labeled for PitchWars. When you’re done, it will likely contain a spreadsheet and 4-5 word documents...
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Managing Time as a Writer

Managing time is not a rodeo I’m unfamiliar with, but this past week has definitely challenged my schedule.  Between family obligations, out of town visitors, writing, editing, and critiques, I’ve been sleeping less and wrapped around my kindle a lot more than normal. On top of it all, I still have a paid job I need to keep on top of. Over the course of nearly a decade of contract work, here’s what I’ve discovered:

  1. Make time for yourself. No matter how exhausted you are, or how many projects are brewing on your plate, downtime will help clear out the numbness and cobwebs. When working on several projects at once, an agile, refreshed mind is a must.
  2. Eat real food. I can not stress this enough...
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Standing Out in the Crowd

Whether you’re a national corporation or just creating your brand, standing out in any crowd is a tough thing to do. Especially with so much focus on assaulting the world with millions of names, logos, and products, it can be difficult to wave your hands and scream “pick me”, and be noticed.

A few things to know:

I. Your brand will be viewed subjectively. Everyone has an opinion. Even with this article, some will crinkle their noses and click away from the site. Bye! Others will stay and be drawn by my words (haha), the layout of the site, or the pretty banners at the top. This is where knowing how to find your audience comes in. Don’t walk into a saloon peddling tea and cookies. The same goes with writers and their stories...

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Don’t Beg & Bully, Engage Your Audience

As I slowly weave my way into the writing world, the biggest thing that stands out to me is the marketing. Truth, it’s a minefield out there and in the modern, digital age it’s even tougher to take your story, hold it up high, and have anyone notice you’re there.

Go to the grocery store and stand in line. I dare you to look in any direction and not be assaulted by advertisements. Yes, assaulted. It’s why half the time I get my groceries delivered. But I digress…

Be the solution. Don’t assault your audience, engage them.

Keep it simple. Remember the 90s when every advertiser was screaming at you from a web page? Banners flashed neon pinks and yellows, marching ants paraded around the border. Don’t be that guy. Seriously, stop trying to blind everyone.

There’s a trend happening in advertisin...

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