It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by already. A year since I put my foot down on my anxieties and took the plunge, pressed the button and launched Scarletwriters for the first time. Now, this site isn’t a year old yet; it’s my second launch, but I have been blogging consistently for a full year regardless. And a crazy year it has been. So, here’s a little roundup of the opportunities this blog has afforded me in my first year.
If you’ve followed me from the beginning, you would have noticed not only do I love to read, but I also love to write. Writing has been one of my greatest passions since I can remember, and I hope to one day become a published author – we’ll see how that dream goes. What you may not know is that for a while I actually fell out of love for reading for pleasure. As a teenager, I became pickier and pickier and didn’t really give things I chance. Though to be fair, I grew up during the vampire/dystopian craze, and I wasn’t a huge fan of those sorts of books, to begin with. Throw in advanced English classes with boring as heck literature and I simply couldn’t be bothered to read a book. I wanted to write not read.
As odd as it is to be a child born in the late 90s, maturing in the peak of technological advancements and the rise of the internet, I always hated social media. I had a Facebook for a brief time in middle school, but the point eluded me, so I soon deleted it. Why did I want people to know everything I was doing, who I was dating, and where I was? Why did anyone care? Throw in all the creeps they warned you about in school and the cyberbullying – no, thank you. I never saw a point in it all.
But to become a successful author, one must have a website, a following, a network. To gain those things, one must also be aquatinted with social media, make it a dear friend. In the age of technology, it’s the only way to get ahead when it comes to creative endeavors. Therefore, around this time last year, give or take a few weeks, I launched my blog and signed up for some of the most used social media accounts.
This is what I’ve learned in the last year as a social media virgin.
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (Which you definitely should) you’ll know that I went to Northern Virginia on Saturday to the NoVA Teen Book Festival in Arlington. I’ve never been to a book festival before, but now that I have I’m totally hooked. It’s so great to talk to other book lovers and get to meet some amazing authors. I also learned more about writing, the process, and publishing than I thought I would. It was such an inspiring experience; so I’m going to share with you some of the best highlights:
We’ve all been there…struggling through the first draft a story or an outline, frustrated by hiccups and plot-holes we can’t seem to overcome. Then it hits us, the shiny new idea in all its luminescent, half-formed glory. Our writer’s spirit is reinvigorated! Our passion swells in our heart and pushes us forward! We chuck the old story to the side and grab hold of the reins to drive into a new world, new characters, new concepts……only to end up right where we were a month or two ago with the old story. This frustrating cycle continues on and on for weeks, months, years until we’re crying in the corner wondering why we can’t get anything finished, questioning if we’re really meant to be a writer.
Fun fact: I used to hate outlining. I loathed it. As a student, when I was told to outline a paper or a short story, I would hiss like a cat being put in bathwater. I knew my story; I knew my topic; I knew what I was going to write about; I didn’t need to outline it. And if I didn’t know, well, I’d just wing it until I figured it out. I used to hate editing as well, but that’s a story for another time.
Ah, procrastination. My old friend who really doesn’t understand when they’ve overstayed their welcome.
Hey guys, I haven’t done one of these in a hot minute. After NANOWRIMO, the holidays, and the all the mess that comes in January I ended up putting my WIP (Work in Progress) away for a little bit to brew in the background. I was having some character and plot issues with it, so I needed to let it breathe before I tackled it again. Now, I’m ready to get back into it! I’m excited for what the story could be, so I hope you’ll follow me along on this crazy journey.
Between growing TBRs, new book releases, and life, in general, it can be hard to stay on top of the books you want to read. I’m still weaning myself back into regular reading after a long slump, so I know it can be overwhelming and the feeling of being behind other book bloggers can feel suffocating. That isn’t conducive to wanting to pick up a book and read anytime soon. So, to counter the fast-paced world of books, I decided to make a list of books I would like to get through in 2018. I don’t have to get through them all, but they are ones I want to read most this year. Maybe you’ll find some new ones to add to your TBR as well.
A new year brings new book releases, some old, some new, but all of them exciting. This year some of my faves are returning to the publishing world, and I couldn’t be more excited. There are also some new discoveries I can’t wait to dive into. If you’re looking for some new books to add to your TBR, you won’t be disappointed by this list.