Spilling Hot Chocolate over the Latest Drama: AuthorTube

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Amy Brown

It seems that if you go on YouTube and look at either BookTube or AuthorTube channels, most of them are spilling either tea or coffee over issues that some have with the writing community that is on YouTube. But let me preface this discussion with let’s go back to the evens of the summer, that we writers had to deal with. Granted, not every member of AuthorTube, put forth their say or opinion on #cockygate. I feel this alone has brought forth a divide in the community.

Also some of the issues that are being discussed or being shamed upon is other’s creative processes. This one I’m bringing out the red flag challenge on (big time). Let’s face it my creative process is probably not like everyone else’s and that is fine. I don’t want to take on everyone else’s creative process. While I have not fully stated my creative process on my platform, I feel that everyone, whether you are a writer, painter, knitter, singer, or whatever art you create, each person has their own creative process. Whatever that process is, no one, and I repeat: no one should be shamed for that. Yes, some have some out of the box methods and that is totally fine. I feel that this should not be an issue within the writing community.

Another issue that some have raised up with their voices is the difference between quantity versus quality. If there is one writing aspect that could be looked at for this is our beloved NaNoWriMo. No, I’m not throwing NaNoWriMo under the bus, but rather bringing up the mentality that some have in regards to NaNoWirMo in general. Let’s give an example, you plan out NaNoWriMo, you write your project, and then you spend the next several months editing, re-drafting and repeat the process until you have it completed as far as it can go. Then you either try to traditionally publish your work or you self-publish that work in the fall. That way by the time it’s published, it’s time for NaNoWriMo again. That is how you spent the whole year. Now, if your friend took part in NaNoWriMo and completed the first draft, but never touched that work through out the year, then in some cases your friend becomes shamed for not touching their project again.

I don’t like this at all. Let’s face it life happens, yes, we have goals that we have. But also there comes a time when you have to put it on the shelf again for a while. Over this past year, when I was at one of the conferences, someone said that if you wrote that first draft and are afraid of the second draft phase, then it’s fine to put it on the shelf for a while and move on to something else. There is nothing wrong with that. Lord knows I have done that a time or two, and it does help make it a stronger project, due to the fact that I’m reworking the project based on what I know now, versus what I knew then when I first wrote that initial draft. Part of being a writer is to grow, and if no one is going to allow you to grow as a writer, let alone an artist, then maybe it’s time to re-look at the messages that we get from the community.

I’m not saying dismiss the community, but rather view each messenger as a whole and decide if what they are saying is the best use of your time. Let’s all face it, everyone of the AuthorTubers have put out the same type of videos on tips and tricks. While listening to some of them, their message is just like or similar to another person in the community. Therefore, ask yourself do we need to see another video on YouTube on the “Top Five Mistakes that Show you are a new Writer?”

I have seen that video a lot pop up on my feed a time or two. I get it or rather we all get it, there are new writers out there, and part of being a new writer is making mistakes and learning from them. Sorry, no one wrote a perfect essay their first time out in school. Why? It’s because we all had to learn to write the freaking essay and what is involved in writing a freaking essay. It’s true. Sure some one got an ‘A’ on that first essay, but that ‘A’ was more encouragement then saying that essay was perfect.

Now here is where I must admit, sure I follow AuthorTubers, do I take what they say to heart? Not all the time, I would say more like some of the time. I mean over the course of the year, I somewhat lost my trust in AuthorTube due to the fact, that a big portion of them did not speak up about AuthorTube, or about the changes that are currently going on with KDP and Createspace. I mean if most of them can put out the same “Five Tips on Editing your Draft,” then surely they could have put out a video or two on the drama that some of us authors dealt with over the summer.

I hate to say it, but just like most of the United States is divided over politics, the AuthorTube Community is also dived. There I said it, and I feel that those that did not say anything during the cockygate trials are now finding their voice to talk about this subject. I’ll give them a hand in that, for it looks like the drama pot has been stirred up  once again. But the question, is did it need to be brought up before NaNoWriMo? I mean seriously? Did it?

Granted, I started this month by posting that in order to get ready for NaNoWriMo, we need to go down the path without any drama. Part of that drama came from the events of cockygate. I think that I said, but if I didn’t, NaNoWriMo was to be our time to put away the drama and to focus on what we like doing the best, writing. Could we have that? No freaking way! There’s a reason why there is a children’s table during the holidays. As well as sayings such as, “Can’t we all just get along?”

This year, has shown us one thing, and that is clearly the answer: NO! I mean it’s a real shame. It is a real shame! We are writers, and we say that we want to help others, but if those on YouTube can’t get it together and acknowledge issues within the community then what’s the point of having this community on YouTube or any other platform?

Am I giving up on this platform? No, I mean to say that live up to what I said that I would do, and that is to help writer’s achieve their writing goals. I don’t shame or dismiss any writer based on their status in the community, their creative process, or anything else that could get them shamed by others in the community. We are writers, all competing for the same job, which is to help our readers escape from the real world for a few chapters at a time from the front cover to the back cover. But if we cannot help or even recognize others in the community then we no longer become a sea of voices joining together, for we become sea of voices trying to over topple one another.

While this post was more about community then about writing. I hope that you have a great writing day, even if that means venting out frustrations.

 

 

 

 

Housekeeping Items for NaNoWriMo

The final week of prep-work for NaNoWriMo has began. That’s right, we are one week away from the start of NaNoWriMo 2018. During this last week of prep that is to be done, there a few little house keeping items that we writers need to take the time to look into.

The first one is making sure that our writing spaces are clean and ready. This may seem like a no-brainer, but there are some writers that tend to overlook this important detail. That’s right, the space that we have dedicated to our writing can get over looked. It can get looked over due to the fact that we see it every time that we sit down to write. Furthermore, in making sure that our writing space is clean and ready it also means, making sure that we have plenty of pens, pencils, or whatever writing utensil is sharpened. Making sure that there is plenty of light and or electricity.

The second thing to make sure that is in pristine condition is ourselves. This means making sure that we are healthy and that we are 100% at our best. Let’s face it, when we are sick then we can’t put worth our best foot forward or put out or best work. I know, for I’m just getting over a current spell of an illness, which included me not having my voice for four days. As part of the prep, for making sure that we are healthy includes making sure you take whatever precautions that you feel are appropriate, even if this means getting a flu shot, or taking the right dose of vitamin c.

The third item that goes into working on the prep for NaNoWriMo, is making sure that you have all your notes, inspirational items, music, and anything that you need to get in the mood for writing in one space. This means having a folder on the computer or in real world that contains all of these items. Also once you create this folder on the computer, adding it to your favorites, so that you can access the folder quickly, without the complication of having to remember where you put the folder.

This fourth item which is a bit of a continuation of the third item, is making sure that your computer is healthy as well. The health of your computer should be a priority as anything else that is in our arsenal for writing. Part of the health of the computer, is making sure that any files that are no longer are either deleted or sorted on an USB flash drive or even on a CD. Further more, making sure that your desktop is cleaned up. The one reason for slowness of a computer booting up, is a cluttered desktop. Making sure that your desktop is cleaned and uncluttered, is one way to make sure that you computer starts up without any problems.

The fifth item that might go without saying, but it probably should be. Make sure that any other projects can either be completed or put a pause on until after NaNoWriMo. That’s right, if you want to be 100% focused on your NaNoWriMo project, make sure that all other projects are put on a shelf until a later date. Granted, if you are in school, this may not be an option, but if you are not in school is this may be an option. Although, it means to turn the attention away from one project and onto another, but it also means prioritizing one project over another. Let’s face it sometimes we have to make sacrifices for the sake of projects. Good or bad, choices have to be made. This does mean that you put your project before family or friends. Remember during NaNoWriMo is also Thanksgiving as well as Black Friday.

I hope that this helps get your ready in the last few days of October to get ready for NaNoWriMo. I hope that you have a great day!

The Power of Fan-Fiction

While I have not talked much about fan-fiction on this site, I feel that we should for I have already been engaged on the topic by another blogger, Chrissy’s Writing Challenge. Here posts are usually short and sweet, and I don’t mind for each blogger tends to write their blog in their own unique way.

In her post about the topic of fan-fiction she said the following:

 I like the idea of using characters that you know and love and writing about them but it always seems a little like stealing.

Yes, I commented back on her post, and while I could copy the whole comment that I left her I will let you click on the link above, which will take you to the post. However, I will summarize by stating that fan-fiction is not necessarily stealing for it is more of away for a show to build a presence from one person’s perspective.

I also noted that show runners and show writers tend to look at fan-fiction as away to see how much of a presence the show is getting online. Granted, as writers we all should note that the Fifty Shades of Grey series was originally a fan-fiction piece based on the Twilight Saga. Also the show Gargoyles had one of the largest fan-fiction communities than any other show, and due to this community they used to have a convention for the show.

Yes, a convention just for one show. Furthermore, their big kick off event was either writing, reading, or discussing fan-fiction based on the show. If that doesn’t tell you the power of fan-fiction I don’t know what will.

I have written a few fan-fiction pieces for the following: Gargoyles, Hocus Pocus, The Young and the Restless, and fairy tales.

While some may see it as stealing ideas, I see it as a way for one to get their own view of how a show or story should be going, even though, show runners and show writers will tell the story the way that they want to tell it. But it’s still away to make creativity happen. Also most writers started off as fan-fiction writers before they published their own works.

But it should also be known that some show-runners and writers have been known to read fan-fiction pieces to see how others view the show. Not only do they read it and encourage it, but I have heard one or two say at conventions that they are flattered by all the fan-fiction that come from viewers.

It must all be said that at times, fan-fiction can raise the bar as far as ratings, and that is alright, as long as they are inspired to write to keep the ideas being generated onto the page. So it must be said that I’m on the side of the writer who feels inspired by what they see or hear that they want to write a piece and that they want to join in on the community.

Also based on fan-fiction, that is how some theories for shows are conceived from, and some of the theories are not that bad. If you want to see a community that has a tone of theories right now, look no further than Game of Thrones. Yes, we fans of the show are eagerly awaiting for season 8 to begin, but in the mean time all we can do is theories and speculate about what is going to take place.

While others put down fan-fiction, I feel that it should be embraced as it is a story on its own right. Even though, it has characters that they did not create but some writers have created their own characters to encounter such known characters like Batman. There is merit to fan-fiction and the biggest merit of all is that it builds community and it brings others together.

Now I will give one piece of advice when it comes to writing fan-fiction and that is know your subject, which means do your research. If you don’t know the world that you are writing about, then your piece will fail. When it comes publishing fan-fiction, the best piece of advice is change characters names and other details. Furthermore, it’s up to you if you want to share with readers that it’s fan-fiction or it’s an original idea.

On the last note, we as writers all have to start somewhere and if it’s with fan-fiction so be it. I mean I started with fan-fiction and I think that it’s one of the best things that ever came into my life.

I hope that you have found this helpful when thinking about the value of fan-fiction. I hope that you have a great writing day!

 

Reluctance to Share Ideas

Hello again! I just posted up some details about my NaNoWriMo project for this year, which has probably the working title of The Bird that Sings. While I posted this information up, I was also a little reluctant to do so, and that I that I’m afraid that someone could take my idea. But as writers we all feel this way. I’m going to jot down five reason why we are reluctant to share our ideas with others.

One reason for this reluctance is due to the fact that we do not want others to take or steel our ideas. Granted, we all think that we have original ideas and that is such a great feeling or understanding that we have. But let’s face it all premises have been used one time or another. It’s just that we want to make it feel new and refreshed, which is something hard to make happen.

I know  that I have felt that way, and it’s not due to lack of the use of words but due to the impostor syndrome that we all face. Impostor syndrome in case you do not know its where you feel that you should not be a writer. But the only way to over come impostor syndrome is to write and feel like you belong with everyone else in the room. If you want a great example of this, watch the movie, Catch Me If You Can.

Based on a true story, Catch Me If You Can shows that if you look the part even if you don’t know anything that you can look like everyone else does in the room that has the same position that you want. While the others may have worked hard to get there, you have to work harder to get their so that you can show that you know what you are talking about. It all comes back to that old adage write what you know, and one way to write what you know is to research what it is that you want to know so that you can be just as smart as the others in the room.

The second reason that we are reluctant to share or even talk about our story ideas, is that we don’t want to wrongly judged for the topics that we want to tackle. Yes, some ideas depending on who you share them with will get you either strange looks or insults. This should not be the environment that we should have to deal with in today’s world, but on other if we are stronger than others in the room to take on those ideas than we should be able to wither the storm for it gives us that drive to make that magic happen.

The third reason is fear. We have the fear that we are taking on a bigger project then what we want to take on. But if you came up with the idea then there is a reason for it. Just as another adage states there is a reason for everything. Then there is a reason for the idea to find you in the first place, and we should take that idea and see it for what it is a gift. Yes, a gift and while we may feel fear to accept the gift then we should run with that gift and make something of it.

Fear comes in many shades and colors, but the color that we chose to view it can show that we can concur our fear and seize the moment to make what we want possible. We just have to take that step forward and to concur that fear.

The fourth reason that we are reluctant to share our ideas is that we don’t want to be claimed as either copycats or plagiarism. Let’s face it if we are labeled as either can make anyone cringe where they sit or stand. Once you are given these labels it is hard to shake them off for anyone, and it will make your work as an author twice as hard as anyone else. We all at some point in our lives have been stuck with a label that we have worked hard to get rid and every time that a new label is put upon us it just makes it harder for us to fight those labels. So avoiding labels is a fight and a challenge, but it can be done with hard work. But being given the label of copycat or plagiarist is one that no writer wants even on their worst day.

The fifth reason that we are reluctant to share ideas is that we don’t want to be put down or discouraged from tackling one a story idea. This is the toughest one to over come, but it can be done. Just like any of the other reasons for the reluctance, it takes hard work to over come these. But this one we have to put our best foot forward and just write the idea out and when it is all said and done, we can be proud and say look what I have done. Then you tell that the non-sayers to read what you wrote and ask them to tell you then were they right to tell you not to take on that story idea. When they answer no, they were wrong then you can proud that you proved them wrong.

Granted, you can take proving them wrong as a challenge and one that should be accepted. Then you can also say when you have proved them wrong don’t ever say that I cannot take on the story that I want to tell. I see the fifth reason as a great motivator for writing that story and finishing that novel. It should be seen as both a challenge and as an obstacle to getting that story written. Once the obstacle has been overcome than any story idea that you have should be tackled and seen out to the finish for you made one story idea that you were told that you have no business writing completed and you can go on to the next.

Yes, there may be other reason why there is a reluctance to share ideas, but sharing ideas is also how we build our communities and gain a knowledge base that we can add to our credit. If you have other reason on why writers are reluctant to share ideas, please, comment down below. I would love to read your reasons.

I hope that you have found this post helpful when it comes to overcoming the reluctance for sharing story ideas with others. I also hope that you have a great writing day!

 

NaNoWriMo Project 2018: The Bird that Sings

Since the last time that I was on here, I have been busy working away on the planning phase for my project that I’m going to be working on during the course of NaNoWrimo. Granted, I mentioned my project in the latest update blog for Faerie Rose Press, which not may ready. That’s fine, I get it, who want’s to read or talk about updates when there is so much more to talk about in the world of writing. But I feel that I should give my new project a presence and a proper post of it’s own by its own right.


The project that I have declared formally to take on for NaNoWriMo this year, is called The Bird that Sings. The Bird that Sings, is set about fifty years in the future, after a great war and as a result of the war girls are now known as “Birds.” Some birds are more special than others and one of these special birds is a girl, Sarah. Sarah is being groomed to become the next high priestess. Being high priestess means that you are a powerful figure that you take on for as long as you life.

Sarah as she is being groomed to become high priestess, cannot talk or even be touched. Her skin is basically not allowed to be touched my anyone or anything. If someone touches her, then they are sentenced to death. A price that Sarah feels is unjust, and she wants to be touched and to touch. She wants to speak or sing what is not right about the world, and the only way that she can do that is to kill the current high priestess. But is she willing to take that chance to get what she wants?


That is what I have so far, granted there are other ideas that I’m currently working on for this project, and I can’t wait to get started. So far I have the premise, the characters, the scope of the word that Sarah lives in on page one and before page one. I have also in the course of planning this project I have designed a cover as well. Here is the cover for The Bird that Sings:

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Granted, this is just a draft of the cover and it is one that I have also designed. It’s not as flashy as some of the over covers that I have designed, but for now it will do but as the project continues I may redo the cover or I may keep with this cover. We shall see.

I hope that when you declare your project for NaNoWriMo, that you take the time to drill out or think writing a synopsis and thinking about what a possible outcome for the story, and a possible cover. When you drill out some if not all of the information for your novel, then you have a greater chance of making what you want a reality.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope that it gives you some ideas of what you can put out when thinking about NaNoWriMo project for this year.

 

 

Latest Updates from Faerie Rose Press

Today I wanted to give an update on all things Faerie Rose Press, Elderwood Publications, and Moonspinner3 Books. It’s been a while since I have written up one of these type of posts and while I’m in the middle of getting things ready for NaNoWriMo 2018, I thought that I would give updates on what things have been going on for Faerie Rose Press.

Let’s start with I’ve updated the look and feel of the site. Let’s start off with the header. Yes, the header is one that I designed myself, which encompasses Faerie Rose Press and Elderwood Publications on the outside and Moonspinner3 Books (the parent company in the middle) and below that my photo. I designed this header in mind so that it shows the world that I have created from the very beginning and to include over the past year. I have put this same header on the Faerie Rose Press (@FaerieRPress) twitter page, and the Facebook pages for Faerie Rose Press and Moonspinner3 Books, as well as my author page (Tiffany M Dew).

Granted, I have not made a page for Elderwood Publications and the reason for that is that I have not gotten around to it and I’m still deciding on that, but for now all updates for the most part are being put on the Facebook pages for Faerie Rose Press, Moonspinner3 Books and my author page.

The second and most noticeable change to the website is the look and the color scheme. Yes, it has a black background, with a hint of green. This does not meant that I’m getting away from my purple headings on some of the posts, it was just that I wanted to change up the look of the website. The number one reason why I made the change was due to I wanted something that could show that each day that I take on this adventure, the site is maturing a bit while the content is still the unusual looks at some of the topics.

Now one last update on the site that I want to give is that I also updated the Welcome to Faerie Rose post. I thought that since the site has been up for over a year and while I was sprucing things up, I felt that I would update the Welcome address for this page also. This update is a reflection of where this page has been over the course of the year and where it is going into the future.

Granted, now that I’m done talking about the site and the changes, lets get on to the most exciting part, the writing.

First off let me start my saying that I’m ready to go into what I’m doing for NaNoWriMo this year. I have a title, a draft covered designed and ideas. Oh the ideas are just pouring over me like water in a shower. I’m so happy and excited to take on this new project and to share some of what is going into this project.

Although, the title might be considered a working title, so far the title is (drum roll if you please)….The Bird that Sings!!!

Yes, it is called The Bird that Sings, and here is the cover that I have designed:

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What I have so far for The Bird that Sings, is that it is set in the future. There is a war that took place and like there are results in every war there are results of this war as well. One of the biggest results is that the females are now known as “birds.” The boys are really non-existent in this word. Any ways, certain birds are deemed far more worthy than others, and one such bird is Sarah.

Sarah before the war had originally been given the name, Heather, but she is forced to ignore this name and forced to answer to Sarah. Sarah is worthy in that she is chosen to become the next high priestess. The role of high priestess means you get to rule over everything and every body. Also it means that you can never touch anything or anybody for that matter as well. If someone touches Sarah’s skin, that person even if it’s her handmaiden will be sentenced to death. Also Sarah has taken a forever vow of silence, which can only be broken upon her becoming the next high priestess.

So far I have in my notes that Sarah knows what she will become and there is nothing stopping it or at least she thinks. But further Sarah wants to be touched, for she wants to have that connection with someone, even though it is forbidden.

This is what I have so far for The Bird that Sings, and I can’t wait to get started writing it. Please, let me know what you think about the cover or the idea that I have for the story. Granted, right now I’m writing down this continuous list of ideas that are coming to me for this story.

As for the other stories, yes, unfortunately they have been put on the shelf due to NaNoWriMo and will get done at some point. But I will try to finish one book at a time and hopefully with the energy that I have for The Bird that Sings, it will be finished. First draft and taken through the hole process.

I fully know that I have a writing ADHD problem and it needs to be dealt with. But in someways I know that I can’t help it for ideas just come to me, and when ideas come to me, I just want to grab on, but I don’t seem to get them past the first draft. So I need to get there and I’m really, really going to try that with this project.

This is something that I must grow upon and mature so that I can put out some books.

Now granted I wanted to give one more update and that is in the last couple of weeks, this site has more than 100 followers, and as I said thank you then, I’m going to say thank you again. I mean your support means the world to me and I could not continue on without your support. I thank you a million times over for you finding this site and finding something on here that you enjoy and that you are finding helpful on your writing journey.

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This thank you, goes out to anyone and everyone that continues to find this site and I hope that you keep coming back for more. I’m not done giving out advice, suggestions or helping others along their writing journey. Whatever your reason for coming, thank you and that means the world to me. Also don’t forget as a gift that I have posted on here is my Prepotober Work Book.

This workbook is coming quite handy for my own prepwork for The Bird that Sings. I hope that you are also finding it handy as well.

Well that is all for the updates, I hope that you all have a fantastic writing day!

Welcome to Faerie Rose Press Part 2

d86be4ce65bf82512775609ba751b966--fairy-silhouette-free-silhouette-cameoHello and Welcome to the world of Faerie Rose Press! Last year, I started this website and this has been a love and a sincere joy to able to share what I know and what I am currently learning about the writing process. Each day I learn something new and with everything that I learn is give me more knowledge and insight on how writing is like creating magic.

I have always said that since day one, that this site would be changing through growth for nothing is set in stone. I have been flexible in what I have posted and the way that I have presented the information. Furthermore, I have presented the content on this site in a way that may not have been presented or addressed like no one else.

My goal has always been to be able to encourage others to go find and take on their own writer’s journey, and to make their journey their own. This even means making mistakes along the way and to acknowledging the weak stories that we may have written.

Granted, in the year that this site has been created, I have published four short stories and a poetry collection on Amazon, and I have been working on several novels. I know this is where I need to work on one novel at a time. But I still have the goal to finish one of my novels and to get it published. But I’m not only writing, I’m also creating book covers for what I have written.

Also in the same year, I have created a sister division of publishing, Elderwood Publications. The parent company for both Faerie Rose Press and Elderwood Publications has also been created, Moonspinner3 Books. Faerie Rose Press is for works of fiction written in the genre of fiction. Elderwood Publications is for works of fiction in other genres.

Through every step that I have taken through this year, I must say a huge thank you to s-l300 (2)all of you for your continued support. This is regardless if this is the first time that you visit this site, or the hundredth time. Thank you and I hope that you find something that helps you through out the days that you consider as your writing days. Just remember to create magic  through the use of imagination and to use that imagination to unleash your creativity. Further more take time to create, write, grow and to inspire.