5 Things that Have Helped My Writing in 2018 | Writing Video Wednesday

Hey everyone! I’m back with Writing Video Wednesday this week, and today, I wanted to talk about five things that have helped my writing in 2018.

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Transcript from the video:

Hey everyone, what’s up? It’s author, Sara Crawford. I am here today with a writing video for you.

So we are a little over halfway through 2018, which is totally crazy. I can’t believe how quickly the first six months of the year have gone by. It’s been an interesting year for me in terms of writing. So today I’m going to tell you about five things that have really helped my writing in 2018 so far.

Number one is going to be Write. Submit. Support. This is an online class that was offered at The Writing Barn. It was for six months, led by New York Times Bestselling young adult author, Carrie Jones. Every month, we had a class where we would all get together on a Skype kind of thing, and we talked about craft. We also had to turn in pages of something we wrote to Carrie every month along with a craft book analysis and another piece talking about a book that we read or a show or some kind of literary experience that we had. We also had support buddies. We were broken into partners and we were supposed to e-mail back and forth with our support buddies, and then there was a Facebook group where we could all kind of chat with each other.

This class has been immensely helpful for me. Carrie has been amazing. I had to deal with some hard decisions. I had to part ways with my literary agent, and everyone in the class was super helpful. It has really just been incredibly beneficial to me as a writer.

They are offering another class that’s going to be July through December. I’m pretty sure there’s still time to register for it so if you’re interested, I will leave a link to The Writing Barn website down below and you can check it out.

More about Write. Submit. Support

Number two is going to be tracking my progress. So I am a freelance writer, and I write a lot of web content and different things throughout the day for money. But it used to be if I was just working on work stuff all day and I never actually got to my novel, I would feel guilty and I would feel like I wasn’t writing every day. But I started tracking my word count, and I even track the stuff that I write for work so that at the end of the day, I can look back and even if I’ve only worked on work stuff, I can say, “oh, hey, I wrote 1500 words today” or “2000 words” or whatever it was, and it’s been really helpful to count that as writing that day because it is writing, and it’s paying the bills so that I can write my novel.

Number three is going to be morning pages. This is a concept that Julia Cameron talks about. Every morning, the first thing you do is get out your journal and write three pages of stream of consciousness, and it’s supposed to clear your consciousness for the day and kind of set the tone. I haven’t been doing this lately, but I did do this a little bit last month, and it was really helpful so I’m going to get back to doing that.

More about morning pages.

Number four is going to be the software, Scrivener. I used Scrivener a few years ago. I was actually at The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas in 2015 studying with Nova Ren Suma and some other writers that were there told me about it, and I started using it and it’s super helpful, but for some reason, I just kind of stopped using it. As I was kind of reworking the draft of book three in The Muse Chronicles, I decided to go from Microsoft Word to Scrivener, and that has really been helpful because you can kind of lay it out in sort of outline form on the left side of the screen and it’s just really helpful for me to see the whole novel sort of laid out that way.

More about Scrivener.

And number five is going to be the software, Write or Die. I think I’ve talked about Write or Die a little bit before on this channel, but it’s basically a software where you open it up, and you start typing, and if you stop typing for thirty seconds or longer, it starts playing really annoying sounds and flashing up pictures of spiders and stuff. Or you can have it on reward mode where every time you hit your goal, it flashes pictures of puppies or it will be like, “Good job!” I mean, it doesn’t actually say, “good job,” but it plays celebration noises. So it’s super fun, and it really helps me to get stuff done. I actually even started using it for work because I feel like if I’m racing against the clock, I will get a lot more typing done and be less tempted to go mess around on Twitter or Facebook.

More about Write or Die.

So yeah, those are five things that have really helped me as a writer this year. What about you? What are some things that have helped your writing? Please let me know. I would love to hear about it in the comments. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more videos about writing or music. Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you in the next video.