Writing is exercise! The more you practice, the better you become. Spend too much time away from a project - or from writing in general - and it will be difficult to get back in the zone. It's just like skipping a week or two at the gym; the longer you wait between workouts, the more painful it is to get back in the game. Remember, writing is supposed to be fun. So enjoy. And keep practicing on a regular basis!
Writing coach Debra Eckerling trains individuals, experts, and entrepreneurs, so they can organize, articulate, and complete their writing projects. Debra excels at project management and motivation, and helps people at all levels become more productive and achieve their goals. Since written and verbal communication skills are essential for business and personal success, Debra also does "cross training," teaching one-on-one and group classes in blogging, social media, and live networking. Training also available by phone and Skype. In 2002, Debra founded Write On!, which is now a website and Facebook page for writers of all abilities, genres, and specialties. With expert columns, ...
Motivation. Inspiration. Project-management. Idea-generation. Troubleshooting. I can help you prioritize your writing goals, come up with a plan, and put words on that blank computer screen ... so you reach the finish line! Complete those half-finished writing-projects - or finally get started - whether it's for a book, a script, a blog, an article, or anything else! Personal Training for Writers Evaluation and Personal "Workout" Plan: The initial meeting is a one-hour consultation/evaluation, where we create your mission statement, determine goals and benchmarks, and come up with a customized plan/production schedule. The intro package includes a 20-minute follow-up session. $97. Cross Training - Social Media "Workout" Plan: One-hour ...
For more of Juice’s tips, listen to the show.
Listen to J Blair Brown’s interview with me on her Blog Talk Radio show.
* * *
Read the May Write On! Newsletter.
In our continuing effort to help writers jump-start their careers, Write On Online is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Write On! Query Contest.
There will be four categories … and four winners: Fiction Book, Non-Fiction Book, Screenplay, and Teleplay Query.
The winner the Screenplay category will have his or her query letter read by Los Angeles literary agent David Boxerbaum of APA.
The winner the Teleplay category will have his or her query letter read by John Martini, producer at BBC Worldwide Productions.
Each of the four winners will choose one of the following books from Michael Wiese Productions as their prize:
1. Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath by Linda Seger
2. So You’re A Creative Genius … Now What? by Carl King
- There is no fee to enter this contest
- Email your query to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com by Tuesday, May 31
- Queries should be 1 page
- No attachments; paste text in the body of the email
- Include name, email address, address, phone number, and category at the top of your submission
- By submitting, you are agreeing to join the Write On! email list
Winners will be announced on Monday, June 6, on Write On! Online, and in the June Write On! Newsletter.
Submit your query today!
Write On! April Challenge: Challenge Yourself: It’s April! Whether you plan to write a screenplay in a month for Script Frenzy, take the Poem-A-Day Challenge for National Poetry Month, or come up with something spectacular and ongoing to do during the month of April, you can win just for declaring Your April Challenge! Four winners will be chosen at random to receive a book thanks to Michael Wiese Productions. For prizes, details, and to post the way in which you will Challenge Yourself in April, go here. Remember to check in throughout and at the end of the month.
On the Air:
On Tuesday, the interviewer, became the interviewee. Listen to my BlogTalkRadio interview on Livin’ the Dream! with J Blair Brown.
Also, on Wednesday, March 16, I joined Karen Worden and David Branin to interview Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way, The Vein of Gold, The Right to Write) on a special episode of Film Courage with Karen Worden & David Branin on LA Talk Radio. Listen to the podcast here.
Read Mark Coker’s Write On! guest column: The Five Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.
During the show, Mark added an additional “secret.” Pay close attention to the ebook cover.
An ebook cover should:
- Look professional
- Be visually pleasing
- Look good as a thumbnail image
- Be a visual representation of what you are offering
- Augment the readers enjoyment of your book
For more insight from Mark, listen to the show.
Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords, a leading ebook publishing and distribution platform. The free service helps over 14,000 authors around the world publish and distribute over 35,000 original ebooks. Coker is the author of the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book), the Smashwords Style Guide (how to create an ebook), and Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wild and wacky world of daytime television soap operas.
* * *
Remember, post your Goals for April to be entered in a drawing to win an iscript.
Read the March Write On! Newsletter.
The next meeting will be on April 13 on Blog Talk Radio.
Happy Writing! Write On!
Annie Lower’s top 3 tips from the show:
1. Give yourself permission to write crap… not just permission to write crap, but to embrace the crap.
2. Rid yourself of the burden of perfection. It’s paralyzing – you’ll never live up to it. Release it. Love the imperfections – they are diamonds in the rough.
3. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite and yet again, rewrite. Did I say rewrite? REWRITE.
And the links Anne mentioned:
* * *
Also, enter the February Challenge: Favorite Screenplay. Submit your 200- to 400-word essay about your Favorite Screenplay in the body of an email to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com by Monday, February 28. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 8, on Write On! Online, and in the March Write On! Newsletter.
The next meeting will be on March 9 on Blog Talk Radio
Happy Writing! Write On!
It’s Award Season! Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced this year’s Oscar nominations. Here are the Best Original and Adapted Screenplay nominees:
Best Original Screenplay
Another Year – Screenplay by Mike Leigh
The Fighter – Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Inception – Screenplay by Christopher Nolan
The Kids are All Right – Screenplay by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech – Screenplay by David Seidler
Best Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours – Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network – Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 – Screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit – Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone – Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
What was your Favorite Screenplay from last year? Why? Write it up, 200 to 400 words, and enter the February Challenge!
Thanks to Michael Wiese Productions, we will have 4 winners. Each will choose one of the following books from MWP as their prize:
Submit your 200- to 400-word essay about your Favorite Screenplay in the body of an email to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com by Monday, February 28. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 8, on Write On! Online, and in the March Write On! Newsletter.
* * *
Please note: I will send an email confirmation within a few days of receiving a submission. If you submit and do not hear from me, please message me on Facebook, Twitter, or send an email to my alternate address. Thanks!
The hardest part of blogging is getting started!
Many see blogging as time-consuming, and spend more time procrastinating than they would have spent blogging. If you are prepared – if you have a vision, a mission, and do your homework beforehand – blogging will be a cinch.
1. Name your blog. Is it a personal blog? A blog to promote your writing? Your business? Brainstorm at least 10 names, preferably 15 to 20. Pick a name that you will be happy with as well as a tag-line/mission statement! Choose your favorite headshot—it’s very important for readers to see your face—and a logo and/or book cover if you have one. (Don’t have a logo? Find some clip art to use until you can have a more professional version designed for you.) You want text and graphics that people will identify with you. “Branding” is key.
2. Determine content. What are you going to blog about? What types of articles? Are you going to write essays and interviews? Or use your blog for news and showcasing your products and services? There are no wrong answers. Just get a sense of what you want your blog/website to be.
3. Decide on a production schedule. How long will your blog posts be? Posts that are 300 to 500 words are certainly acceptable, and anything over 1,000 words should be broken up with bullets and bold text. How often will you blog? Start with once or twice a week. A big part of the blogging-overwhelm is that people think they should blog every day. Ideally, yes. Or mostly. But eventually. Daily blogging is something you can build up to if you’d like, but consistent blogging – a new post every Tuesday and Thursday – is even more important.
Now that you’ve figured out the what of your blog, go to WordPress.com or Blogger.com, and sign up. Whichever site you choose, will walk you through the set-up process.
Remember, you can always add content to your site, change the layout, upgrade to a custom theme, add new pages, get a customized url. These are enhancements. The most important part of starting a blog is to actually start.
Listen to the January Write On! Meeting on Blog Talk Radio. Michele Wallerstein, author of MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career, answered member questions about finding an agent.
Some advice from Michele Wallerstein from the show:
- If you can’t move to California, find events, conferences, and film festivals, etc., in your area, so you can meet people and network
- At the beginning of your career focus on one genre and have three good scripts ready to go in order to get an agent/secure a writing job. Once you are a name, you can venture into different genres.
- As long as your agent is working for you, keep him/her. And be nice and respectful your agent’s time.
- Start with a small agency. Once you’ve made it, the big agencies will try and steal you. If you are happy with your agent, stay.
- If you write screenplays and novels, you may to keep them separate, and have a different agent for each.
* * *
Also, enter the January Challenge: Excuses. Submit your 200- to 400-word Excuses in the body of an email to Debra@WriteOnOnline.com by Monday, January 31. Please also include your name and the type of writing you do along with your submission. For prize info and more information, go to Write On! Online.
The next meeting will be on February 9 on Blog Talk Radio.
Happy Writing! Write On!