Today, on one of the writer’s groups that I’m a member of on Facebook, someone wanted to know what you blog about and how you go about it. Here is the direct quote:
“I want to start blogging but I am afraid of my writing skills. Could anyone help me out, how to start with my writing?”
This question has come up a lot and the reason for that is that anymore when you are creating your website, either for your publishing company, your business, or your author website, some aspect of that website will be a blog. If you look at mine, I have pages with content, and it contains a blog which you see on the home page of my blog. Therefore, you really to think about how you want to start and what your content is going to be for your site.
If you are doing a site about writing, such as Faerie Rose Press, then you need to discuss writing, and so far that is what I have done. The other part about blogging is that you want to stay on topic. This means that you don’t want to write about other things such as politics, causes that appeal to you, or other things that interest you and not your reader. If you address in the opening of your site that you are going to talk about numerous things then your readers are going to expect that from you. But if you don’t claim this in the begging when you address what this site is about and you talk about something other than the topic that you stated that you were going to address, then you are going to lose not only readership but followers as well.
The other part in the question about the person, who asked, is afraid of their writing skills. Of course, this is a major point when it comes to writing a blog but it is the same concern that comes up when you are writing a story or a novel, or even a paper for a class. It takes practice and work to hone in on those skills. But most of all you need to find your voice and you have to enjoy doing it. If you don’t enjoy doing it then you really need to ask yourself why are you doing it. Writing should not be a chore it should be something that you enjoy like a hobby, and if you can’t say that it is a hobby then you need to look in the crystal ball or the mirror and ask yourself why are writing. If you look at yourself and you answer, “I don’t know,” or “I thought that it would be fun and then it turned out that it’s not,” then do yourself a favor and talk to someone before you go too deep into the rabbit hole, and you can’t get out.
The most important thing about blogging is that you need to think about what you can do for your reader more than you can for yourself. But also at the same use your blog as away to practice your writing skills even if it has nothing to do with the novel your writing, for this will give you the confidence to write that novel and anything else that you pursue in your writing life. I mean when I first attempted blogs, I was like I don’t know what I’m doing, but once I looked that ugly nonconfidence stick in the face, then I was like I can do this and I have really felt at home, if you would call it that, with this site and this blog. I can say that you will to, and it does take an effort but once you find what you are happy with writing about then you will get that confidence that you need to write that novel.
I hope that this information has been helpful and useful.
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So on Monday I became another year old, and yes I became the big 3-0. Today is my mother’s 55th birthday, and tomorrow we start a new month. That means during this time of change, I am thinking a lot about new beginnings. In the past year, I started my business, Faerie Rose Press, and learning a lot about how to market my business as well as my product my book, The Raven Prophecy. Even though, it is a work in progress, the book is coming together.
On my birthday, I spent the day starting a new draft of the novel. Part of the morning, I worked on designing the first cover of my book. Then I formatted my document, and then I started the work of writing. While I have been working on this draft, one thing came to find, and that was that this is the year that I will put out my novel. I have the support of my family and friends, and that means the world to me right now.
But also I want to pass on what I have learned and what I know to all of you, my loyal readers. So during this time of new beginnings, I promise that I will work on creating new content either daily or on a weekly basis. I also promise that I will keep you updated on how my novel is coming. As well as, I will continue working on discussing the business of writing, the fantasy genre, and all the things are happening with Faerie Rose Press.
In my last post, I talked about how my life has been interfering with my writing but I have also been taking care of my alpaca herd and all that they are dealing with at this time. I can report that the alpacas are getting better, and even though, my mother and I are taking it day by day with the herd. But we feel that we are turning a corner in their health, which is an improvement from a week ago. So that is a huge positive for me right now. Granted, I’m not saying that because my herd is doing better that I’m not going to be monitoring them so that I work on my novel. What I am saying is that I’m working on the balance of taking care of the herd and working on my novel.
I’m feeling quite positive about things, and I hope to be getting back on track with things. So with that in mind here are my goals for the month of September. I’m hoping that my birthday present is coming soon, and that means that I will be working on creating a podcast channel. This is the latest move that I will be taking on, and yes, I am learning about how you create a podcast. I will also be doing more videos on Youtube, marketing on Twitter and Facebook. Everything is a work in progress as I have said from the beginning, but it’s all good. As long as I am learning and taking what I am learning and improving, that means that is where I can pass on knowledge to others that want to get into the writing business.
So I will leave you tonight with one thought: new beginnings can be great things while they are also scary. But this year I have goals and I want to keep on those goals and I want to do so much more in the coming year.
If you like what you have read, like, comment down below and I will let you know what is going on tomorrow night. Before I go I will let you see the current cover design for the Raven Prophecy.
So once again, life came and decided to setup camp at which point I was pulled away from connecting to all of you and talking about the writer’s journey and all that goes with that. For starters, we had the terrorist attack in Spain. Then things went to chaos at the ranch where my alpacas are, and in the middle of the chaos we had two baby alpacas, which are known as crias, born and those were in my house for a while being bottle fed. So in the last few days it has been utter chaos, and all that I’ve wanted to do is put my energy into getting my alpacas well, and to work on my writing. So when it came to choosing between the alpacas and writing, I chose the alpacas.
But before the chaos came to roost at the ranch, I did register for the Castle Rock Writer’s Conference, which will be Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. So if you are in the area and want to get an idea of how a writer’s conference work, please, sign up at http://castlerockwriters.com, and I hope to see all of you there.
Also I have gained a few followers during the last two weeks on Facebook, for I’m up to 13 so far, which I’m pretty happy about. I also have continued to get views on this site, as well as twitter and Youtube. So far everything is doing well there, for me.
Now to the big challenge, my manuscript for the Raven Prophecy. I’m rewriting what I have, and the reason why I’m doing this is because while I was reading what I had typed on my current draft of my first draft, I noticed that I had a huge plot hole. This plot hole was pretty big and I’m trying to leave any plot holes, if I can help it. But as I’ve said it is a work in progress, and the work keeps on going.
I want to thank you all for your support and continued fellowship. Hopefully some day I will get up a post on the fantasy genre and some other aspects of writing. As I’ve said from the beginning this site, my business, and everything that comes with it is a work in progress.
The last time, I was on here I talked about the writer’s journey, and more specifically my writer’s journey. Now I want to talk about what happens after you accept your writer’s journey.
Once you have started taking a look at your own writer’s journey, the next thing to do is to embrace it. By embracing it mean really think or mediate if being a writer is really what you want to do. Remember it takes time and work to be a writer, and that goes for whether if you are wanting to write just as a hobby or if you want to be published. Either way it’s going to take work.
Work for being a writer, means that you are reading others, looking for inspiration, researching your craft and the other aspects of writing. Once you have thought about this for a while, it’s time for you to figure out what is a good time of the day that you are going to write. Yes, this means that you should be writing everyday. As you move forward with your writing life, you feel guilty at times for not writing daily. I know I do.
The other part about making time for your writing it’s also about dedicating a space about your writing. Your space can be on your kitchen table, in your bathtub (yes, I wrote a paper once in college in the bathtub and there was no water in the tub). But you need to find a space and say that this is your space. My current space is made up of a fish tank stand, with a board across the top, which holds my monitor, my keyboard, my mouse, and a few trinkets that I use for inspiration. I also have an office chair that I bought at an office supply chair. I will have a picture down below of what it looks like.
Once you have your space dedicated, then you need to figure out what sorts of things you are going to have your writing space. Remember, you don’t want to clutter it with a bunch of things you want a few things. But you also don’t want to be distracted by what you put in your writing space. Also during this time, you need to figure out if you are going to write with pencil first or if you are going to go straight for the keyboard. If you go for the keyboard, make sure that it is a comfortable keyboard where you fingers can move easily across it as you type. This is also true if you are going to write by hand, for you want to a writing instrument that is going to be easy for you hold and work with as you write by hand.
Now that you have all of those things figured out, now it is time to write. Work yourself gradually until you can dedicate one to two hours of writing a day. But also make sure that you can also give yourself a break from writing. You don’t want to be burned out, for when you get burned out, that is what brings out writer’s block. I talk more about writer’s block later.
I must also give a quick update on my website. I have just two new pages under the “About Faerie Rose Press.” These two new pages are: FAQ Faerie Rose Press and FAQ Tiffany M. Dew. I also have had new views on my site from the United Kingdom.
Until next time, keep on writing, discovering, and setting up your time and space for writing. If you like what you have seen, leave me a like or a comment.
Just as every story takes us on a journey, we as writer’s go on our own journey. The journey to find out if writing, and telling story is something that we want to persue. Everyone’s journey is different, but when you decide to go down the road of being a writer, you go on a journey.
It’s a journey to find out what genres we like to write, what we want to focus on with our writing, if it is something we like as a hobby, or if we want to make full time living off of writing.
My journey as being a writer, started when I was about seven or eight years old, when I got to write a couple of small stories. Yes, most of them at this time were fairy tales, but as children that is the start of where we first learn about stories, is from hearing fairy tales. It was also at this time, where I found my first fandom, if you can call it that, Star Wars.
The story is that my dad received the original Star Wars trilogy, this was before George Lucas made is edits to the trilogy for the twenty year aniversary of the trilogy. Either, way I saw all three films and I was hooked. I was hooked with the characters, the dialogue, and most of all it was the story that hooked me in.
Then when I reached fourth grade, I had a teacher that was so into writing, and story telling, that I had writen several stories while I was in her class, and to this day I still have that collection, which every so often I look back at it and say “I wrote this!” I’m saything that out of disgust, but with pride. As writers, we should take pride in what we write, even if it is bad.
Then middle school game, and the writing and telling stories, sort of went out the window, which was really hard for me, because I enjoyed writing and having the time to tell stories. So in my spare time, I wrote stories. I even started a novel, which I called Fantasia. The reason why I called it that was at the time I was really discovering the fantasy film genre in film.
During this time I watched the Princess Bride, Legend which stared Tom Cruise, Willow (which I really didn’t like), Merlin with Sam Neil, The Neverending Story, and the list can go on. Granted, Fantasia was sort of a fan fiction, which started with the prologue of the animated series Gargoyles. But it was first attempt to write a novel. Granted, it didn’t go far since I have to find my starts of the story in my room. But it was a time that I let myself experiment on my own, since middle school, really did not give my that time to write what I wanted to write.
Fast forward to high school, senior year: this is where I got to go back to writing stories, and I was happy. I was beyond happy, for I got to write all sorts of creative fiction, to include fiction. I also took mythology where I got to write my own myth. My writing life was back and I was so happy.
Then I graduated high school, went to college, and during my freshman year was when the first thoughts about the Raven Prophecy began, and ever since this story has been there and I have been working on it for thirteen years, because it never died. As part of my writing journey, I’ve completed, NaNoWriMo a couple of times, and I started writing during NaNoWriMo about three years ago, and I enjoy it.
Yes, I have told my writing journey, but we all have them and they are so different. But whatever your writing journey is, you should own with pride, for it is what made you want to be a writer and made you keep on writing.
It may take time to own up to what your journey is, but embrace it and enjoy it! If you like what I have said tonight, leave me either a comment or a like.
I also want to mentions two things really quick. First, I made my first YouTube video last night, you can find it my searching, Faerie Rose Press. The second item, is that I received on view from Nepal and another view from India, which is still exciting to receive views from another part of the world.
Have a good night all!
Today, was a good day here at Faerie Rose Press. I got my first unoffical client that I got to help with on his writing. So if you haven’t guessed, I took somewhat I wrote yesturday to heart and took a giant leap forward when I said that I would help someone with their writing project.
This comes under the heading of helping others in the writing community, which can sort of be looked as doing community service. As much as we as writers need to focus on our own writing, we also need to help our fellow authors with their writing projects. I feel that taking that step was a huge accomplishment for myself, for a long time that I was terribly shy. But as I continue to come out of my shell, and I feel that I can accomplish more.
One way that I can say for certain that I came out of the shy shell was getting into the alpaca and llama industry, and when I started doing the shows and showing what I have learned from raising them I have come out of that shell, and in some ways if I wasn’t out of my shell then I wouldn’t have mustered up the courage to help my fellow writer, which I found on Facebook.
The other way that this was a good day, was when I looked at my stats for this site, I saw that I got two views from people in India, for me that was awesome. It was just as awesome as seeing the fews from those that are across the US and Australia. So all in all, today was a good day for me at Faerie Rose Press.
Also on the marketing front, I have created an account on Goodreads, and I will be soon starting a Youtube channel. Yes, things are happening, but it’s awesome, for I feel that I’m making strives in what I want to accomplish my business, and one of those items was to help someone with their writing project.
I hope you all had a great Friday too!