I've always felt so grateful to the authors that take the time to connect with me through social media. In my mind, I'd always thought they were on an unattainable level. In this event, I want to get to know the authors; to see them for the people they are and not just as creators of your favorite book.
Note: For each post, links are left to the author's social media. If you know an author whose book has affected you [in my event or just in general,] please use one of those links and leave a nice message to them! Something as simple as "I'm such a huge fan of your work" can go a long way - you'd be surprised.
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Most aspiring writers spend a fair amount of time in the “trenches” waiting upon critique partners, agents, editors, reviewers, you name it, there’s always something. During that seemingly endless limbo of being pre-published, it’s frustrating to think that the fruit of your creativity is being held hostage until a gatekeeper declares it *publishable*.
Well, I’m here to remind you that that doesn’t have to be the case. Who says you have to wait for a short story, book, or article to be published before connecting with readers and making an impact? If writing is the thing you do best, your super power if you will, then go forth and wield it for good. Opportunities to sling those words abound in a multitude of forms. Maybe one of these will speak to your power:
· Editorial letters on issues you’d love to see addressed (Bike lanes? School reform? Immigration laws?).
· Fundraising/grant-writing for schools and other worthy organizations.
· Heartfelt notes sent to celebrate good tidings or sympathize a loss.
· Online kudos for your favorite restaurants and other businesses (or books!).
· Comments on petitions, or maybe an entirely new petition.
· And, of course, blog posts!
See what I mean? Endless possibilities.
And while you’re drafting those pretty sentences, consider this: If you’re writing for publication, you’ve no doubt learned a few things about evoking emotion in readers. So why not evoke emotion in real life, where it can immediately touch another human being? You have the chance to reach people in meaningful ways much more personally than through mass-produced greeting cards.
So, the next time you’re consumed with waiting, unsheathe your pen and figure out a way to bolster the people you hold dear. Take the time to include a note in the next birthday card; jot a few lines to explain why you’re thankful for someone; compose a “gift” essay for the person who has everything. The recipient of your words will feel better and chances are you will too, because *doing* usually beats *waiting* hands-down.
How's this for a fun, motivational post? YAY! I consider myself to be a writer and I love the iea of doing things while you wait. It makes waiting less... scary.
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I’ve lived all over the world, raised in a family with eleven brothers and sisters. I spent my early childhood in Hawaii and the rest of my growing-up years trying to figure out a way to get back there, with stops in South Korea, Michigan and Germany along the way. Before writing fiction, I tried my hand at many things, including war game simulation and youth development research. But I decided it was much more fun to work on stories than statistics.
These days, I still love Hawaii, but have found my home under the moody skies of the Pacific Northwest.
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