Usually I post positive messages, but as we all learn life isn’t always full of happiness and positivity, things happen, and sometimes the world shows us things we shouldn’t have to see. So if you are in a particularly good mood I wouldn’t bother reading this. But if you do let this message be a reminder to always live your best life now, instead of later. Continue reading A Morbid Reminder of Life’s Finity
An Ode To Writers
Ode to all writers both young and old.
ode to you, because you are brave, just as you are bold.
whether you write for few, or you write for many, you never know if your work will sell for a million bucks or just a few pennies.
you spend hours, days, and months, thinking your thoughts through and through, being a writer is frustrating, yes it’s true,
so ode to all writers for being exactly what you are;
Strange, mysterious, amazing, wonderful, you.
A Fellow Writer
#Pitmad is almost Here! But Before you get too excited, you might want to know exactly what it is. Pitmad in collaboration with #Pitchwars, is a contest hosted entirely on Twitter. For one day, the contest allows you to pitch your novel to actual agents and publishers. Awesome right? Want to know how? Keep reading, the rules are simple. Continue reading Are You Ready For #PitMad? Better Yet, What is PitMad?
You know that feeling when something doesn’t go your way, the crushing despair and disappointment you feel, when you are notified of bad news. It feels like someone has taken a stab at you in the dark, there’s a sudden, and unexpected pain. You clamber helplessly and try to correct your footing. For a terrifying moment there’s panic and fear.
You have a strong spirit, so quickly you gather yourself, and let the disappointing news set in. It feels like someone has pulled your bleeding heart from your chest, and crushed it, as you watch while your life essence succumbs nothingness.Your soul has been extracted from your body, and is no longer more than just a breathing, living shell…
Dramatic; I know, I enjoy drama, but I hope you never experience having your heart ripped out unexpectedly in front of you, please do be careful, and try to refrain from such things, as I’m sure it would be very unpleasant.
It’s unfortunate that as overly dramatic as these feelings may seem, it is indisputable that disappoint never gets any easier, not the 2nd, the 3rd, or even 100th.
It’s what you chose to do afterwards that’s important.
It’s okay to take your disappointment to heart.The harder you hurt, the stronger you’ll be when you rise and heal again. Moping is fine, but don’t mope in despair forever. Don’t be too discouraged, and don’t let disappointment get the best of you. Always have the courage to pick yourself up and try just one more time.
If you’re feeling down right now here’s some great epic, moping music to comfort you in your despair. Feel free to listen on repeat. Seriously, it’s a good song.
Thought of The Week: “Anything that you believe in is worth fighting for.”–
Sure, it’s easy to drown yourself in what seems to be constant doubt, whether you’re worried about what other people will feel or say, or just because you’re deciding to step out, and take a stab at something that you’ve never done.
It’s okay to be afraid, to put your heart out there for something that, not everyone agrees with, or understands. The painful truth is, not everyone will understand. Even those closest to us don’t always support the decisions we make, but only we know, what’s best for us.
Sometimes our potential to be great becomes restricted by thoughts and negativity imposed on us, not just by ourselves, but by others. That is why it’s important for us to push past all these success crippling fears, and doubts.
Silence thoughts of those who would attempt to sway you from your goals and dreams, and dare to go after what you believe.
At the end of the day, when they lie in their bed and close their eyes, they are not you.
Your thoughts, your feelings, your goals, your beliefs, are all apart of what makes you, you. If something is important to you, whether it’s a thought, dream, project, idea, etc, then it’s definitely worth whatever it takes. Don’t let anyone stand in your way. No matter what anyone says keep striving at it; one day it will all be worth it.
As of right now, you have a little less than 5 hours left to submit your manuscript to a mentor of your choosing, for a chance of being selected as their new mentee.
What is Pitchwars, what is a mentor, what is a mentee you might ask. Well let me tell you; PitchWars is the largest writing community and contest on the internet, that immediately thrusts your work in front of hundreds of agents and publishers, with just a single tweet on twitter.
The Contest was originally created by Brenda Drake, Author of THE LIBRARY JUMPER, and THE FATED Series, in 2012, and has since become a great success, with many of those chosen as mentees, going on to become represented, and published Authors.
Sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime right? Well it is, here’s the process. But only if you think you’re ready to take your work to next level.
- You will have to do a little research on those who are mentoring, to see who would be a perfect fit for your manuscript. Luckily, each mentor or team of mentors, is separated into groups by genre and category (read carefully and make sure you make the best pick) List of Mentors here. 2017 Mentors Blog Hop You will be able to choose up to 4 mentors.
- Once you have chosen your 4 mentors you will then have to go here and fill out this form at the bottom of the page. PitchWars submission form Do exactly as the form says, you will need to query the mentors, so hopefully you have a query ready that you can just copy and paste into the box, if not you can craft one up on the spot. You can also check out this post for advice on querying (How To Query A Literary Agent)
- Before you submit you are also going to need to have your first chapter–and prologue if you have one— in a document ready to upload, separate from your full manuscript. Do not send your full manuscript. If the mentor is interested in reading more of your work, he or she will ask for it.
- Then you hit submit! And it will be time for you to play the waiting game among the many other writers hoping to be chosen for such an awesome opportunity and experience.
If you are chosen, you and your mentor will become very close over the next two months working to whip your manuscript into elite shape, just in time for the pitching madness to begin.
There’s still a few hours left for you to submit, Hurry, mentors will be accepting submissions until 10 pm EST. Good Luck!
Thought of the week: Stop waiting for the opportune moment to arrive because the perfect moment may never come. Don’t let a great opportunity pass you by because it isn’t the right time, or because circumstances aren’t as optimal as you’d wish they’d be.
Of course, it’s wise to put your best foot forward and do things in a timely fashion, but don’t let your standards limit your chances of success. Do as much as you can to take matters into your own hands. Be brave, take chances, create your own opportunities.
It may not get you exactly where you want to be, but it will get you at least one step closer to your goals.
No one likes to accept rejection. In all honesty it sucks. No one wants to be told that they are not good enough. A “No,” can literally feel like a slap in the face. Continue reading Handling Rejection Like A Pro.