Monthly Archives: January 2021

5 Tips For Retired Writers

Five (5) tips for retired writers.

Welcome to another episode of my podcast. Today I am chatting about retirees and getting started on that book we all want to write.

Check out my latest YouTube video for older writers here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1KfRhGaltQdaRV5GsiByAQ/featured

Writing a book is one of the best ways to make a side income and supplement your retirement. Let’s go through five tips for getting things rolling:

Tip one:

ADDRESS THE TIME FACTOR

We all only have about 12 hours in a day we can add tasks to. We all need to find ways to fit our fun and interesting hobbies in. So, to get it going, try the Pomodoro Method.

  • Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for a tomato,…

Tips for retired writers

Listen in on the podcast to find the other four tips I have for retired writers.

Tips like: How to find your own word count per hour- and why you need to know. How to know what your limits are based on your word count. What starting a blog like this one can do for you. And advice on not giving up on your dreams.

We all need a bit of encouragement these days. I hope you will find these tips helpful. I would love comments and subscribers, so if that feels right for you, join us!

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Day in the life of an OLDER writer

Today I have uploaded a day in the life vlog for you to the YouTube channel. I have been sick with a sinus cold of some sort for about a week, so I couldn’t really record. It is terrible trying to talk and breathe when your nose is sooo stuffy.

No, I do not think it is Covid. I don’t feel that bad-but I am staying home away from everyone just in case. I have been staying away from people in general all this while, which is another reason I do not think it is Covid. Of course, my hubby works, so there is that possibility that he might have come into contact. He is not sick however, so I really do not buy that either. No, really, I think it’s the same crud I get every winter. Sinuses. Ugh. I am treating as such anyway. My desire is to feel better soon. I have SO much to do.

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Writing while sick and quarantining

This video has clips from our fun New Years Day of going to the beach, and I end it with some writing (me writing). It is not very informational, and I promise to get to that soon. It’s winter and it’s cold here in Florida, Yeah, I know. But it was 38 when I woke up this morning. That’s cold by anyone’s standards.

DO check back for new videos and podcasts coming soon. If you like this day in the life style of video I will be happy to make more!

LINKS (not day in the life)

Here are links to other sites you might like:

www.kimsmithauthor.com

And you should definitely follow this channel on Twitter, Facebook, and other podcasting sites like iTunes.

IF you want to see an interview with another author, look at this one:

http://www.writergroupie.net/wgp-eps-82-jack-london-historical-fiction/

Writer Groupie Tarot for Writers : Setting

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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5 ways to write a book WORRY FREE

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Writing a book worry free.

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.

Ready for the fun stuff?

Mead Spiral Notebook, PACK OF 18 DIFFERENT COLORS, 1-Subject College Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks, Included Pastel Color Cute school Notebooks, 70 Pages

(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.

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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.

IF you want to see more of what Writer Groupie has to offer check out this interview:

https://www.writergroupie.net/wp-admin/post.php?post=1297&action=edit

Some of my fav things, journals and planners

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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You can also see the video for this at my YouTube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1KfRhGaltQdaRV5GsiByAQ

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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.

I am writing books though, in 2021, and if you would like to follow that journey, please go to :

www.kimsmithauthor.com

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