Clarion Countdown Day -26: Self Reliance Writing Challenge

Today the Domino Project is starting a 30-day writing challenge that might be just perfect to intro the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon. The challenge is based on the work and thought legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson, which is supported by a re-release of Emerson’s work Self Reliance.

In Emerson’s words;

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

The idea is to be inspired by daily posts by thinkers and doers, and to participate by creating something that you will publish online. Conversations about the challenge can be followed via Twitter’s #trust30 hashtag.

So if you want to stretch those creative muscles, sign-up for the #Trust30 challenge!
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.
 
 

Clarion Countdown Day -27: Choose your software

In preparation for my Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon, I’m publishing a writing-related post every day.

This is the preparation phase. It’s 27 days to the kick-off of the Write-a-Thon, which means it’s the perfect time to evaluate all the things you need to complete the task.

Got the story idea? Check!

Got the plot set? No? There is still time to dive into some great writing-related websites and get some plotting advice. (Trust me, this is the stage I am at at the moment and I will be writing about my experiences with plotting later on in the countdown.)

Got the perfect environment ready? Got your office and PC desk tidy? Don’t have those…? Then, got the living room sideboard turned into a writing desk with your paper and pen ready? Not going traditional…? You got your spot on the sofa reserved and your laptop ready? Check! Remember to tell the kids/partner/house mates to be quiet during writing time. :)

Now, are you using software that does your writing justice?

Naturally, some are happy to use the old word processor, in whatever shape or form it comes. But some of us might be helped by checking out DailyWritingTips’s 25+ Pieces of Writing Software You Should Know About. It’s a great list of writing-related software that might be of help to you. The categories listed are Collaborative Documents, Word Processors, Fiction, Organising and Formatting, Minimise Distractions, Scientific Writing, Improving your English, Typing, Blogging and Journaling.

Personally, I’ve just downloaded the 30-day trial of Scrivener, which is also in the list under Organising and Formatting, but really it’s a fully integrated package and could be listed under Fiction quite as easily. I will write the whole thing in Scrivener, but I must say, I already look forward to using all the extra options for organising the software provides.

Whichever tool you prefer, you should be able to find a package that fits your needs and preferences in the article.

Write-a-Thon here I come, fully prepared!
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.
 
 

Clarion Countdown Day -28: Making readers happy

Why would you want to write?

You should want to write to make your readers happy! Or… just more angry.

Of course, full credit to Julian Smith here.
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.
 
 

Clarion Countdown Day -29: How FireFox 4 can help you focus on your writing (not social media)

Are you doing online research while you’re writing or while you’re plotting your story?

If you’re like me and have all sorts of handy add-ons installed in FireFox to keep track of your Twitter feed and RSS reader, you might get yourself into this situation:

Full credit to Debbie Ohi at Writer Unboxed.

So how can the new FireFox help? They’ve got their add-ons organised in a hideable (which apparently isn’t a word!) add-on bar.

First check if your add-ons are displayed in your top navigation bar. If they are, right-click on the navigation bar, click on customise and drag the icons back to the icon dock. Then when you’re ready to focus on your writing, hide the add-on bar by deselecting it in the ‘View-Toolbars’ menu or use the shortcut CMD+/ (CRTL+/).

Happy writing!
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.
 
 

Clarion Countdown Day -30: Connecting with readers

After the post yesterday in which Colin F Barnes was gracious enough to lend me his voice to tell you that I am participating in the Clarion Write-a-Thon 2011, today marks the start of my Clarion Countdown, in which I bring you a series of on-topic and off-topic snippets that might interest you if your participating in Clarion too.

Today some advice on establishing yourself as a writer. Before a writer even starts, it’s important to consider your audience. What’s your story about? Who’s going to want to read it? And importantly, how are you going to connect to people who might become your readers?

Lauren Carr over at Self-Publishing Review talks about a writer she met at a book event and who she wanted to introduce to her husband to have him speak at one of her husband’s classes:

“What are his credentials?” my husband wanted to know. That’s a legitimate question. He couldn’t invite a speaker to his class who just woke up one day and decided he wanted to write a book without any experience, study, or whatever in the subject.

The author had no bio listed on his publisher’s website. All that was listed was his name. Nothing else.

He had no website. No email address to contact him to ask for information about him. We tried so hard to locate him or learn something about this author that I even tried googling for his phone number, but nothing came up. He had no online presence whatsoever.

Writing your bio is as important as writing your book. Readers want to know who you are.

So my advice: get on writing your writer’s bio now. Get a blog and put your bio on there. Connect to future readers. And make sure that when you’re ready to send your baby into the world, there will be people read to catch it!
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.
 
 

I’m a Clarion writer!

Today marks ‘one month to the start of the Clarion Write-a-Thon 2011′ and I was going to write a sappy post on how I was officially announcing that I’m participating. But then this happened:

Clarion announcement

Which is an awesome way to announce it.

So, yeah, here’s what I’m doing and if you want to support Clarion and give me a good reason to complete my goal, you can visit my writer’s page here.
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.