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Set Your Daily #PitchWars Goals – And Meet Them

July is here, and the #PitchWars hashtag party has begun. Writers are connecting to other writers, making new friends and CPs (critique partners), and the mentors have started their hilarious, fun-loving wars with one another.

As the excitement ramps up, it can be tough to close your browser window and focus on your work. Because hey, who doesn’t love a party? But that submission deadline is looming, and you’ll want your best, prettiest, most polished manuscript to shine like a beacon. You’ve still got work to do, so let’s get started:

I. SET DAILY GOALS
You know how much work needs to be finished before the August 2nd deadline. Take that giant pile of work and *gasp*… use fractions. Break it up into daily workloads you can accomplish...

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Get the Most Out of #PitchWars

Every year, thousands of hopeful writers enter #PitchWars for a chance to work with a mentor and hopefully score some requests in the agent round. This will be my second year entering, and the contest is AMAZING. If you have a polished manuscript, be sure to check out all the PitchWars details and get ready for some awesome fun.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

There are two things you’ll always hear around the #PitchWars hashtag:
1. The Community is the best part of PitchWars.
2. Don’t self reject.

I agree 100% with both of these statements, and they are two of many ways to get the most out of PitchWars. But I want to talk about something else: Personal Goals.

What do YOU want to get out of PitchWars?

Because no matter how your personal experience goes, most of us aren’t going to get sel...

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The Benefits of RPG Writing

Long before I started writing novels or world-building alternate universes, I was drawn into the world of RPG. More specifically: forum-based, post-by-post role-play. For those who aren’t sure what this is, here’s how it works:

Post-by-post role-play is written on a forum alongside dozens—sometimes hundreds—of other writers (handlers). The forum embraces a core theme or universe where the community story takes place. Each thread is a story, and it’s told one post at a time from a character’s perspective.

Signs of a Strong RPG Community:

  1. Active Engagement. Some communities host anywhere from a dozen writers to thousands of accounts. However, the number of users doesn’t matter—the activity does. Peek at the latest posts and the dates they went live...
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Write What You Love

Ever hear this little tidbit of advice everywhere on the internet? 🙂 I’ve seen it several times in regards to fiction novels, a great encouragement for authors who get bogged down by editing, rejections, bad reviews, or even when work in progress is torn apart by CPs. It’s natural to crawl in a hole and shield oneself against the negativity (or in my case sharpen a knife and sink my teeth into editing).

But… even I have days where I glare at my laptop and bury myself in Netflix shows. As I realign my year and writer goals, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about this: write what you love. Then I stumbled upon an article by Joseph Finder and found a fantastic quote.

The most successful writers aren’t the most talented.

They’re the most stubborn.


If you ask my husband whether or not ...

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Why I’m So Quiet These Days

Hi everyone! 🙂

I’ve been a bit on the silent side the last few weeks, both on social media and with any non-work related emails. It started out as a writer break (the first I’ve taken in over a year) to give my brain a rest. From there, the avalanche of life decided to take some hard left turns. Normally at such junctions, I go outside and enjoy the sunshine, work in my garden, do some active exploration to get my head clear. Of course, Washington State decided to give spring and summer a miss this year and head straight into fall, so there is no warmth or sunshine to go outside and play in.

Or, there wasn’t until a few days ago. I digress…

Taking a break had the reverse effect I was hoping for...

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