Hey, everybody! I am back with another tarot for writers video. This time the cards were a little sneaky. The true meaning of the setting didn’t reveal itself until the end of the video. I hope you are enjoying these as much as I am making them!
If you are an older writer, just diving into the writing life, you may enjoy my other videos over on YouTube. Just search for Writer Groupie. I should come up.
This video was created using a smartphone and a tripod. If you are an over-fifty writer who would like to get started creating videos, drop a comment below. I will be happy to share what my setup is like-it is really simple.
I would love to get more tech-heavy, but I have to reach a few milestones first. First, I need 100 subscribers. That will get the Writer Groupie name in the URL. Having it that way will make finding the channel much easier.
Then it is on to monetization hopefully. We will see.
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Why do we worry so much about how we are going to write a book? I recently saw a tweet from a youngster who was going to dive into book writing after being a fan fiction writer. He seemed genuinely concerned about this decision. So, while I am primarily speaking to an older demographic, youngsters, listen up and learn.
Here’s five (5) ways to write a book worry free
(1) Practice consistency – meaning do it every day like brushing your teeth or taking your vitamins. The more you write, the better you get and making it a priority and doing it every day will take a lot of worry about it away. Now, if you are like me and worry you won’t be able to do it every day, then pick a schedule for yourself that works. This is supposed to be fun, remember that. But if your weekly Mahjong game is going to get in the way and give you the blues then go around that rock in the road. You can just move the writing to another day or another hour. It is worth the feeling of being worry free.
(2) Plan the amount of time you have to write. The young folks will like this because they are SOOOO busy. But we older, wiser writers know that any time is a good time when it’s something that we love. So, anyway, pick out how many minutes or hours you want to contribute to your book. You can feasibly get anywhere from 500-1000 good words down in an hour. That’s 2-5 pages give or take.
(3) Have no plans. Yes, you heard right. If you try to PLAN the writing in advance then you may find a bit of worry. Like, “what if nobody reads this”? Or, “what if my kids read this”? Or “I’m not good at this”. That’s going WAAAY too far in advance. So, stop worrying and just enjoy this time you have to express your storytelling ability. It is okay to be writing a memoir. It’s okay to be writing Snow White from your perspective. Pretend that no one will ever read it but YOU and have some fun. And who knows? You may find that all the other worrisome thoughts fade away.
(4) Take a notebook everywhere. When you have downtime like sitting at the doctor’s office, write a few lines. At the DMV? Write something. Waiting for a plane, train, or bus? Yep. Time to write. This will stop that old excuse “I DON’T HAVE TIME”.
(5) Find your place. I have written in some pretty weird places but my fav place is in a car on a trip as a passenger. I can really focus in the quiet of a car, or with just a little radio playing. This might now work for you especially if you have a chatty driver. Having a fav place to write makes the experience so much more enjoyable. It will encourage writing.
What if you don’t have a special writing spot?
Don’t worry about it. If all you have is an old beat up desk in a corner, that’s okay. Even if you just use your breakfast bar, it is fine. Just make it YOURS. Put a plant close by, put some tunes on your smartphone and get busy.
While this is not a complete list, it is a good start to kill that old worry-monster. Writing is FUN.
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Do you like journals and planners? What is it about older writers and their books?
I mean, we all like the feel of a book in our hands. We love to write on paper, like in the old days before there were computers. I mean is there anything quite like the sound of a typewriter going long into the night? I love the smell of ink on paper and the rustle of turning pages.
Well, if this sounds like you, then have a listen.
Today, I am chatting about my latest fav thing, which is also not such a new thing, but it is something that you might share in a love of.
It’s JOURNALS AND PLANNERS!
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Where would a writer be without these tools(books, journals, planners) to get words out that we have bottled up? I certainly cannot imagine a memoir writer not having one. Personally, I wouldn’t be without one either, and I have not even thought of writing a memoir.
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Ever wonder why someone is on #YouTube? This is the one you have been waiting for.
All about Writer Groupie and why I haven’t been active in so long and what on earth has brought me back around again.
It’s a new year, and a new chance to make videos for writers. I love to write, and I love those who write also. I hope you will enjoy this real-in-your-face video about me and my choice to shoot again and upload to this channel even though my situation is not perfect. Not that having a perfect situation is required. See other videos shot recently to find testimony to that fact. I am trying. That’s all one can do, right?
But if you listen to all the hoopla all you have to do is create videos, upload them, create a buzz for them, and voila! You’re an Internet hit. Well, on #YouTube anyway. They say you don’t have to have fancy cameras, or gear. Not even good lighting if you use a sunny location.
SO, HERE’S THE DEAL
Word to the wise: you ain’t gotta be perfect to start a #YouTube channel-you ain’t even gotta be purty.
The link mentioned is for this site: www.writergroupie.net I will upload quite a lot of videos for a while in hopes that this channel grows to the numbers it deserves. I am trying so hard to get 100 subscribers so that the channel can get its own name.
If you have suggestions on what you would like to see in the form of how to videos or vlogs or like that here at #YouTube, please let me know.
Welcome to another episode of my podcast. Today, I reflect on my accomplishments from 2020 and what 2021 may hold.
You know that the end of a year is a time of reflection on what the year has brought, and a great time to do a little planning on how you want the next year to go. Well, this is that podcast.
To be honest, once I got over into the podcast, I discovered that I have accomplished far more than I had thought. It became apparent that I wasn’t completely lazy and non-productive. I do hope to bring more items to the table next year, and I discuss my anticipations in this podcast as well.
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I took this image as I went on my daily walk. It represents to me that old saying, “when pigs fly”. It has been a bit of a SOW-er year. We’ve been stuck in the mud. We’ve all been cooking and eating like a pig. *(I could go onnnnnnn)*
Also, just so you know, I have a whole site devoted to my writing, and you can see it here:
Anyway, I will be back with content in 2021 that will consists of both videos and podcasts once again. Recording a podcast is the easy thing, creating the video and accompanying blog post is what takes so much time. But I do love to do it, and I do love that you love it too. Please bear with me. The sound sucks at times, and the video is terrible too, but I promise I will get better. I just have to find my groove again.
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This is the third installment of my tarot for writers experiment. So far so good. I really love doing these. I am going to try to come up with a way to record them where the viewer can see the cards easily. Right now, I have no way to record except my phone and the tripod I have is sort of “eh”- so excuse my simplistic way of production right now. Maybe if we grow the channel into something bigger, we can afford to do better things.
It is Christmas week this week and I hope that you take some time to enjoy it. I know we are all at home all the time anyway, but there is just something special about this WEEK. Eat too much good food, sleep too much, watch too much Netflix, and just enjoy life in general. That is my wish for you!
Today I am reading for a story/book written in multiple POVs. There is a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker and all their fortunes await! I thank you for being my guest today!
Share this channel with your friends and let’s get people checking it out! Call it a CHRISTMAS present to me!
I will be uploading a podcast very soon all about what this year has brought and what I hope to accomplish in 2021. If you like goal setting and all that, be sure to check it out. And if you have suggestions for future videos, please let me know. It is so hard to come up with new content! I am likely going to have to consult my guru, Pinterest. Yeah, you know. The one EVERYONE goes to for ideas? Yeah, that one. Anyway, don’t forget to like the videos, and if you haven’t subscribed, please do that!
For the channel, I still have not decided on how I want to present these videos, and I still haven’t decided how to title my blog post for them. So, excuse me while I am in the throes of new things. Maybe soon I will get thumbnails, banners, etc. all in order. Just another thing for 2021!
Anyway, here is the next video over on the YouTube channel called Tarot for Writers. This is the second one I have put up, and I have added cards to the video where you can click to go get another reading. This one is all about a multiple POV story. If that sounds like you, I hope this video helps you.
I am having a lot of fun doing these. I hope you are enjoying them. If you are, would you please go out and like and subscribe to the channel? I am going to do my best NOT to have a long period of no content. I don’t like it when that happens any more than you do, so believe me, we are on the same page.
This week, I will have TWO of the readings to go live (Christmas is coming!) and then I will upload once a week thereafter. Probably on Fridays, as that seems to be a good way to kick off my weekend.
If you have any desire to follow me around doing a vlog, let me know. I do go on daily walks and the bird life is fun to see. I wouldn’t mind doing vlogs, but it needs to be something my fans will watch.
So, there you have the latest on my channel. And you have the latest on my endeavors to entertain and astound you.
We are starting a new thing (TAROT for WRITERS) on the channel over at YouTube beginning today. It is a Goal, Motivation, and Conflict tarot card reading for all things writer. For example, you may need a muse-tweak for a villain. Or a sidekick character, or maybe even a setting. Likely we will be doing this once a week, as I am really enjoying it first of all, and I need content on my channel secondly.
If you have suggestions for something you would like to see on Writer Groupie, drop me a comment below. I am considering interviews again, as Zoom now has made video chatting very easy, and more people are getting into it.
What’s Coming to WRITER GROUPIE?
Writer Groupie will put out a call for interviews when that is something that I am ready to go back to.
There will be a podcast soon talking about end of year accomplishments and likely another one for new year goals. I hope you are ready to see and hear me because in 2021 I will definitely be AROUND. I will provide for you once again, blogs, videos, and podcasts. Thank you for being a fan and follower. This would be a very lonely time without you along for the ride. And I do have so many new things coming in 2021-I am pretty excited! Tarot for writers is only one of them.
This should be live on or around the 18th of December so… a very happy week of Christmas lies ahead!
Hope you are all ready for Santa Claus to come!
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Welcome to another episode of my podcast. Today I am venting about weird pricing on Amazon and book scams.
Hey everyone! I hope this finds you all doing well. I checked on a few of my paperbacks and found some very terrible pricing up on Amazon. This led to a bit of a rant on the podcast, so excuse me for venting, but there is a lesson for all of us in this.
I posted this on YOUTUBE, TOO!
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Happy week after Thanksgiving – hope the calories were removed from your feast and you are enjoying a chance to work on your writing goals for the end of the year.
I have been working on the second round of revisions for my work in progress a contemporary romance and it has been going well. Well, as well as they can go during a pandemic and a holiday week.
But I am anticipating going out into the world with this book early next year. I hope you will be excited to read it! But there will be more info on that to come. ESP to my newsletter subscribers. So if you are not a part of the Zanies- go on over to kimsmithauthor.com and sign up.
But, for now, here at the podcast I wanted to answer the age old question on editing a novel since I am so busy with all that and more.
Well, first of all, are you editing or revising? Those terms are used interchangeably but they really are not the same thing.
To edit is to look at all the minutiae of a novel. The spelling, the punctuation, the grammar, the sentence structure, the chapter stuff, etc. To revise a novel is to fix plot holes and create more three dimensional characters and develop settings and descriptions etc.
I am revising.
I do the edit stuff at the very last. To me story and what makes it sellable comes first. I can fix missing words any time but to make sure a subplot is concluded satisfactorily, for instance, is so much more important.
But as in all things, there are opinions on this and that just happens to be mine. There are a lot of ways to go about revising your book. You do not have to follow anyone’s way to do it.
Just know that all first drafts suck and you will need to revise. We all do. It’s just the nature of the beast.
My hardest to revise area is setting and description. I mean how do you know when you have done the job and not overdone it? We all like sensory details but pages of it isn’t really necessary.
Unless you are Stephen king and creating a mood. He is the master mood setter.
Okay so moving on.
Telling the reader where the characters are (in a physical way) and keeping the action moving is pretty vital. Recently in a discussion I told someone that I was not one who described my characters appearance preferring instead to allow the reader to “see” them as they chose.
The other party was a little surprised at this saying how they liked that bit to help visualize the people in a book.
Description needs to be done cleverly, y’all. Don’t tell us about them looking In a mirror and appraising themselves. I mean we may do that to ourselves but reading it just sounds weird.
I mean do you think, oh look, I have brown hair and blue eyes and my teeth sparkle? No, you do not. You might ask if you have anything in your teeth, tho.
One final note I’d like to mention is to check out the list of characters you have when revising. Sometimes we give way too much page space to some minor person who never comes back in the book. That will be a great place to cut down on word count.
Okay, that’s enough for today I guess. I am promoting my short story collection of sweet and sexy romances this week. If you are interested go to Amazon and check out a sweet and spicy Christmas.
Namaste for now – kim
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