10 Tips for Surviving Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo (at least April Camp NaNoWriMo) is even crazier than actual NaNoWriMo.

You know why? Because NaNoWriMo is in November. Soccer is over, school is dragging, it isn’t Christmas yet, and you’re just trudging through life like a tree. (What? I stand by that metaphor …) You want something exciting to happen, and if it’s anything, NaNo is exciting.

April, however? I don’t know about you, but by April, my brain is exhausted. It just doesn’t want to do anything anymore. (Hence, the hiatus we’re currently experiencing.)

As you can see, surviving Camp NaNoWriMo is indeed a daring feat. So, here are ten things you can do to make it through the grueling event without passing out. (And yes, only about half of these are serious …)

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How to Use Pinterest as an Author

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Pinterest is one of those things that most people have … but very few people use.

Sure, you dink around on it for an average of ten hours a day and now you feel like you’re attached to your account at the waist (you laughed, you cried, you smiled … you don’t take that kind of relationship lightly). But does anyone actually have a reason for being on there?

Most would say no.

As an author, I say yes.

Let’s talk about that. (Look at me, getting all Rhett&Link-ish!)

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When You Feel Like Giving Up

Hullo old chaps! Long time, no see! What’s cookin’ with you? Speaking of cooking, I made cookies yesterday, and they were yummy but slimy. Don’t ask. I think I put too much … oh, who am I kidding? I have no idea what when into those things!

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This is my pitiful attempt at a professional, inspirational post. Let us note that I suck at inspiration. Seriously, I am really bad at it. I’m like, “Just get over yourself and do something!” However, I’ve been told that my methods of inspiration at a little rough. So … bear with me.

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Some day in your writing life, you will feel like just giving up.

Usually this is during your first draft – known as ‘writer’s block’ – or while revising  – known as ‘editor’s horror’ (No, I did not just make that up … well, yes, I did, but it’s gonna be a thing someday! You wait and see!).

Perhaps you’ve felt like giving up in the past or feel like giving up now. If not, trust me, some day you will want to give up.

Why will you? How can you avoid it? Have I ever experienced any of this? Find out by reading on … or, you know, you could leave now … and then you’ll never know …

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A Quick Blogging Tip

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I admit I came to the computer today with no post to give you. I sat down and logged into WordPress and created a new post and categorized it under “Noveling Advice” … and I waited.

Another glance at the schedule (because maybe my eyes deceived me the first time?) confirmed the fact that today is indeed a day for me to endow you with my other-worldly wisdom.

The problem? I have none.

Therefore, I decided to do a quick blogging tip instead.

Don’t Blog Unless You Have Something to Say

Not even if you have a scheduled post.

Your reader’s attention is more important than a schedule.

Thanks for reading,

~Kellyn Roth

p.s. I promise to actually do something Friday. 😛

Ten Things You Need to do to Survive as an Author (and the Q&A Vlog Part 2)

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Okay, let’s just start with a disclaimer: I’m not being serious. This is a fun, silly post. However, there are grains of truth in it, too. At least, I think so.

Now, today I’m going to tell you of ten things you need to do to survive as an author. Now, in this case, I primarily mean a published author such as myself, but some of the ten things also apply to you who have written a book/are writing a book but haven’t actually published because, unlike me, you’re patient enough to wait for a nice acceptance letter from a prestigious company. 😉

Seriously, though, guys, this is gonna be a fun post. And possibly an informative one. But mostly just a fun one. Because nothing I say here is meant to be taken serious.

At least not very seriously …

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Guest Post: Too Young to Write?

Hello guys! Today we’re having another guest post. It was written by Miss Libby Beth, who … I just met. I mean, I feel like I just met her, but I kinda know her from YWP NaNoWriMo.

At least, I think I do … but I keep getting people mixed up. I even mix up ‘famous’ NaNo folks. I suppose that’s because I’m not on there often enough anymore to know who’s ‘famous’!? 😄

Anyway, you can find her blog (The Author with an Allergy) here. Be sure to check it out for more posts like this one.

{Oh, and I added some comments in … just like this! Sorry, Libby. I’ll remove them if you want!}

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Five Secrets of Description

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Confession: I don’t actually have five ‘secrets,’ per se. But I have a bunch of stuff I think people should remember when writing description.

So don’t actually take my advice.

That’s right.

Just read it, like it, comment on it … then forget it.

It’s best for you and the posterity who would otherwise have to read through your awful descriptions right in the middle of your amazing novels.

Seriously, though, ladies and gents, I’m doing my best here to tell you everything I know about description.

Well, not everything.

Just five things … to keep in mind … when describing stuff.

And by stuff I mainly mean scenery, people, etc.

So. Let’s get going.

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Set-Up for the Plotting Crash Course

(WARNING: Spoilers for The Dressmaker’s Secret. May also be minor spoilers for Ivy Introspective. And possibly for At Her Fingertips, though I’m doing the best I can to make sure they stay out! If you see one that shocks you, give me a good yelling at.)

A few things you ought to know before you start reading:

  1. I don’t know what I’m talking about.
  2. I do realize this isn’t the right day for this post.
  3. I’m immensely proud of myself for my achievements. Ignore me if I sound egotistical; Adele and I are working on it.

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Excited? I know I am! 🙂

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing with Createspace for Intelligent People (Part 2)

I know, I know! It’s been over a month since I promised part 2 for ‘A Step-to-Step Guide to Publishing with Createspace for Intelligent People’ would come out. (You can read part 1 here, by the way.)

I do have an excuse, though. Createspace is a pretty easy-to-use, simple self-publishing site, and if you’re really an intelligent people, well, what are you doing here? 😛

We left off last time with file review. File review just makes sure everything’s in order. It lets you know if you need to resubmit the files. For instance, if there are pictures in the interior that are overlapping where they shouldn’t, or if there is text on the cover where it shouldn’t be, which is anyway 0.5″ away from all edges of the cover, they’ll let you know … not that I ever have troubles with that …

Usually, however, the files are all right by Createspace standards, and you don’t have to start all over again.

When your file review is finished, you’ll probably receive an email letting you know that it’s finished. You follow the link to the proof page.

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Feeling vs. Thinking in Writing

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I know, I know! A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing with Createspace for Intelligent People (Part 2) was supposed to be posted today. But … too lazy and too enthused about this new idea (which, disclaimer, I got from the book Writing With Power by Peter Elbow. I’ve only read the first chapter, but I’m smart enough to draw a whole blog post from it. *nods*)!

Today we’re going to be talking about feeling and thinking in writing.

Both of these are extremely important. By forgetting one or the other we either write something full of craziness or full of stiffness. By combining them, the novel never gets written.

The only way is to do first one, then the other, then a balance (that sounds confusing since I just said you can’t combine them, but bear with me!), then publish. I’ll explain more on each of these steps (or, rather, each of these drafts). I made up the system, but the general idea comes from Peter Elbow’s book.

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