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Paper Hearts: Tour Stop

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If you haven’t heard of the Paper Hearts series, today is your lucky day! NYT bestselling author author Beth Revis surprised us all late last year by releasing a trilogy of advice books perfect for those of us working our way into the world of authorhood. This week we’re celebrating Volume One: Some Writing Advice which Beth was originally posting over on Wattpad, where you can still check out some of the awesome entries from the finished product. And while there’s a lot of great content there, the final version of the book has expanded into every possible area of writing you could dream of, with a special focus on YA.

Not only is it easy to see why the Paper Hearts series would be a fantastic series to any writer’s craft library, but if you’re just starting to build up your reference books the Paper Hearts books are a great place to begin as there is so much great advice between the pages of these books covering the entire writing and publication process, right through to marketing your books after they’re out in the world.

And don’t forget to make your way all the way to the bottom of the post as there’s a great giveaway going along with the tour. Enter for your chance to win signed paperback copies of all three books in the series! And as an added bonus, Beth Revis has been sharing some great tips on writing all week, and now it’s my turn to take part. Be sure to check out the earlier tips as well as to keep following the tour for more writing tips, plus insights into both publishing and marketing. Let’s check out tip #4!

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When building the world of your story, make it dirty. Add in history and scars—and then use those to develop the characters and the plot. Those extra world details can give you direction for your plot, or help you make your character have more background. Show scuff marks on the floor, and then later show how they got there. Show trash in the corner, and then show the character who threw it…or the one who cleaned it up after. Make your world lived in, and every aspect of your story will be richer.

Great advice! Every little detail makes the story just a little bit more real. It makes things come to life on the page for your reader.


 

Bird by Bird meets Save the Cat in this new writing advice book by NY Times bestselling author Beth Revis. With more than 100000 reads on Wattpad, this newly expanded and rewritten edition features 350 pages of content, including charts and a detailed appendix.
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paperhearts1Fight the blank page.

When it comes to writing, there’s no wrong way to get words on paper. But it’s not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won’t make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:

-How to Develop Character, Plot, & World
-What Common Advice You Should Ignore
-What Advice Actually Helps
-How to Develop a Novel
-The Basics of Grammar, Style, & Tone
-Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure
-How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel
-How to Deal with Failure
…And much more!

BONUS! More than 25 “What to do if…” scenarios to help writers navigate problems in writing from a NY Times Bestselling author who’s written more than 2 million words of fiction.

Learn more at BethRevis.com

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Today I am an “Angry Feminist”

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Y’know what? There’s a reason feminists become “angry”. It’s because you wake up and check your facebook/twitter/news station and get smacked with another steaming hot face-full of sexism.
 
This morning it was some scraggly-bearded, hobo-turd in a tweed jacket saying that women aren’t as ambitious as men. That we aren’t “driven”. The only way we’ll ever be happy is marrying and having children.
 
We aren’t driven. Women. All women. That includes me.
 
This pushes me over into angry feminist territory, because I have spent the last five years of my life FIGHTING to achieve my goals, to not give in to the sucking vortex of hopelessness and stress and shitty jobs, while I struggled to write more and write faster and write better. I have been rejected and rejected and rejected and broken down and picked myself up over and over because I WANT THIS SO BADLY.
 
Lately I’ve been killing myself to meet two deadlines that fell on the same date. My house is in shambles, I’m eating out of Tupperware, I’m on the computer until eleven at night. The other day I edited for seven straight hours.
 
I mean, I am literally working my butt off (yes, literally, I forget to eat occasionally and dropped three pounds over the last three weeks). I look like a wizard trying to dress like a muggle because at this point I’m just putting on whatever is left in my closet.
 
So don’t you dare tell me I’m not driven.
 
I just sent off both projects last night and realized my house looks like a bomb went off, and I am a disgusting, unwashed mess and most of all I realized, I AM FIERCELY HAPPY. I love what I’m doing. For once in my life I don’t stand around and wonder, What the hell am I doing here? I don’t have times where I’m watching Netflix or lying around on my phone thinking, I feel like I should be doing something. Those feelings are gone when I’m fulfilled, when I know I’m right where I should be, doing exactly what I’m meant to do.
 
So don’t tell me I’m not happy.
 

My husband also makes me fiercely happy, he’s an amazing guy (and he puts up with the human disaster that is me) and it’s not like I don’t want to have a kid someday, but to have some dirt-bag yammer on about how women simply aren’t driven after all of this…well, it’s enough to make a gal angry.

And I’m not the only driven writer I know. I know loads of them, all balancing work and family with their writing, squeezing in time to write between feeding everyone and cleaning the house and working a full time job. They do this because they’re driven. Because they have ambition and passion and they’re not going to give up regardless of how much rejection they face, or how difficult the battle becomes.

So basically I have one last thing to say, and it’s not professional or eloquent in any way, but it needs to be said so…

Screw you neck-beard, dude. Screw you.

And that’s about it.

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How to Beat Writer’s Block

It’s always hard starting a new project. I found out this week that it’s especially hard starting book 2 in a series. When I talked to other authors, they agreed with me, they dread chapter one of book 2.

I have no idea why that is, but I had to go back and watch my own video to make myself start! At least I can convince myself if no one else.

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The Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology

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As someone who’s written a book based on Norse mythology—which is something that Marvel has used very freely—I’m used to getting questions like, “Is this a fanfic?” and, “Did you copy Thor?”

The answer is no, and no again. And also, I thought I’d write you a blog post about Norse Mythology and how awesome it is.

Norse Mythology originates from the northernmost parts of Europe. Most of what we know today comes from medieval texts, written in Iceland for the most part. Marvel has taken it and added what they like to it (which is fine, so have I). For example, in most of the texts, Thor is actually a hammer-wielding ginger. Not a blond, as the movies portray him. Creative license can be used with mythology, since there are many interpretations.

If you’re very familiar with Norse Mythology, this will be old hat for you. But for those who are new to it, here’s a brief run-down of the nine words. A beginner’s guide, if you will:

Basically, the nine worlds are hanging out on this massive ash tree called The World Tree (or Yggdrasil, if you want to get fancy).

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  • Vanaheim

The Vanis are gods associated with fertility and nature, as well as predicting the future. Other than that, the ancient texts are pretty quiet about what kind of world Vanaheim was. We do know that they went to war with Asgard though.

 

  • Asgard

Most people have a passing familiarity with the name, thanks to Marvel. Asgard is the home of the gods. It’s where Odin hangs out. It’s also where the Vikings believed Valhalla was located. There are loads of details in the old texts about Asgard. Suffice to say, that a lot of drinking and partying went on there.

  • Alfheim

Alfheim is the home of the light elves. On the World Tree it sits right next to Asgard. Alfheim is actually only mentioned a couple times in the old texts, but we are told the light elves are “fairer to look upon than the sun”.

  • Svartalfheim

Pretty much the opposite of Alfheim. The dark elves are “black as pitch” and hate the sun. It’s unclear whether the texts make the occupants of Svartalfheim out to be actual elves (like in Alfheim) or Dwarves, as there is some reference to both.

  • Nidavellir

Home of the Dwarves. The Dwarves are master craftsman, and have gifted the gods with things like Thor’s hammer, a ship called Skidbladnir that fits in one’s pocket (very handy) and a golden boar that can run through air and water. There is some debate over Nidavellir and Svartalfheim. Some say they are joined, and occupied by two different races who share the lands.

  • Midgard

Midgard is the visible world. The human world. It sits right next to Jotunheim and under Asgard on the World Tree. When they created the world, the gods fenced Midgard off so the Jotun couldn’t get in. During Ragnarok (the end times), Midgard sinks into the sea and then emerges again.

  • Jotunheim

Clearly my favorite world. Jotunheim is also called “Utgard” in Old Norse, which means “Beyond the Fence”.  Jotunheim is described as an eternal winter, a place full of thick forests and towering mountains. It’s a little wild and a little dangerous. The perfect place to set a story!

  • Muspelheim

Realm of the Fire Giants. The loose interpretation of the word Muspelheim is “end of the world through fire”, and some think the Fire Giants are bound to cause Ragnarok, which is why the Queen in FROST has a mad obsession with killing off every Fire Giant in sight. During Ragnarok, the Fire Giant Surt (the black one) shows up with a flaming sword to slay the gods.

  • Helheim

The daughter of Loki, Hel, is the ruler of the underworld. It is under some debate if the goddess Hel is a personification of the underworld. She is said to live in a vast mansion with many rooms, and has the power to resurrect the dead (as she does with the god Baldr).

So Norse mythology is pretty badass. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Er…tree branch. If you haven’t looked into it much, I suggest checking it out. If that seems like a lot of work, you can always read FROST when it comes out.

By Thor’s hammer, that was a subtle pitch!

Frost Front Cover

 

 

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Why You Should Wattpad

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There’s a lot of buzz about Wattpad lately. On twitter, on people’s blogs, in Publisher’s Weekly. A lot of people are wondering what Wattpad is exactly, and more importantly,  As a writer, should I be on Wattpad?

As someone who has used Wattpad to build up a core of dedicated readers, and met thousands of awesome people who love books just as much as I do, I’m inclined to say yes. Heck yes, actually.

But there are a few things I always hear people say when they’re thinking of joining, concerns they have. I thought I’d cover a few:

Q) Is writing free stuff really going to sell books?

A) This is a valid question. The thing is, there’s no yes or no answer. I’ve had people tell me sales increased after they posted the first book in a series to Wattpad. I’ve also had people tell me they don’t think it’s working. It depends on the types of readers you get, it depends on what your book is like, it depends on the phase of the moon.

Okay, not that last bit. But you know what I mean. That’s a bit like saying, “If I publish a book, will people buy it?” Well, maybe they will. Hopefully. But there’s really no guaranteeing either way, is there? Some people might tell you putting your work for free on Wattpad won’t sell books, but I’m sure someone like Anna Todd would heartily disagree with them.

But should you throw your work up there expecting it to make the difference between working a full time job, and writing for a living? I’d advise against it. It’s about your mind set. Do it to connect with readers. To form a community, or just to boost your ego a bit (the reader comments can be really lovely) but don’t do it thinking you’re about to become the next NYT best seller. You’ll be disappointed.

But where are my stacks of cash?

                                          But where are my stacks of cash?

Q) Will people steal my work?

A) Good question. The answer is once again, not exactly what you want to hear. The answer is, “It’s possible”. I’ve had people take my most popular story (FROST) a number of times. It’s never actually people trying to make money from it (not that I’ve experienced). It’s generally teens who don’t seem to realize just how bad plagiarism is. And it’s been pretty easy to get them taken down.

Wattpad has a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism. If it’s someone on the site who’s taken your work, you simply report them and their account will be deleted, sometimes within the hour. If it’s off site, it can be a bit trickier, but my firm (but polite) emails usually work. When they don’t, Wattpad has been known to get involved. They don’t want to see people’s work getting ripped off either.

Should you let the possibility of theft stop you from posting your work? I don’t believe you should.

Q) If I post my manuscript on Wattpad can I still query it to agents?

A) Technically you can still query it, yeah. BUT (there’s always a big but, isn’t there?) for a lot of agents, once it’s out there, they consider it published. I would feel free to post the first chapter if you really want. But not much more than that if you want to be sure. If it’s a critique you’re after, there are forums on Wattpad where you can find another writer and swap beta reads with them.

If you don’t have a spare novel to throw up there, and you don’t have time to write a new one just for Wattpad, put up some old short stories. Or snippets of poetry. Some people even keep a sort of “blog” over there, like an online journal that people actually read.

There have been writers that have queried after they put their novels up on Wattpad, and went on to get book deals. Taran Matharu is one of them. But like so many success stories, he’s the exception to the rule. Not the rule.

So there you go, another wishy washy answer. For myself, I haven’t put anything up there that I intend to query later on. Y’know, just in case my dream agent decides that once it’s out there…it’s out there.

Why it’s Worth it:

My experience on the website has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve met some awesome people on there. The comments on each chapter are overwhelmingly supportive and positive. If I’m having a crappy day, I’ll read through them and find myself grinning like an idiot. I get messages over there, from people that tell me “You inspire me”. That still shocks me.

I’m not a “real” author yet. That would have never been possible a few years ago, before I joined Wattpad. There would have been no way to actually gain readers.

I’ve even become part of a group that hosts twitter chats every Monday. We (quite cheekily) call ourselves “The Wattpad4” and I pretty much talk to them every single day.

I wouldn’t have met them if it wasn’t for Wattpad.

So if you do sign up, here’s my advice: Don’t go into it to gain “fans”. Don’t make it a numbers game. Don’t make it about sales. Sign up for the community. Join the clubs, chat with people. And if you happen to sell a few books while you’re at it, chalk it up as a bonus.

I’m sure there are questions that I’m missing. If anyone has any, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Because I’m incredibly long-winded, this will probably turn into a two part post eventually.

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FROST Announcement

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Yesterday I hinted to my “secret” FROST facebook group that I would have big news. Then I ran away snickering because I’m cruel like that. But today I finally get to announce it.

FROST has a release date, and a new home. And eventually a new cover.

Pretty much everything is new and exciting, and I’m like some kind of giant magpie over here,  I can hardly contain myself because of all the new, shiny stuff. So without any more ado, or posturing, or flailing, or any of the stuff I love so much…here we go:

FROST will be published by Patchwork Press on September 1st, 2015.

That’s the other big announcement, by the way. I will not be going it alone! Patchwork Press will be launching the FROST series, with at least three books in the series planned.

Here is a bit of an expansion on my statement from the site:

“I`m so excited to make this announcement. And proud. And excited. Okay, mostly excited. I`m so happy to be joining the ladies at Patchwork Press and I look forward to working with them on the launch of the FROST series.

The book started out on Wattpad’s online community, born from a simple question of “What would you like to read next?” propelled by reader`s speculation and suggestions all the while I was writing it. So it only makes sense that it would be championed by a press that is run by readers and writers. By a community.

On Wattpad, the book seemed to explode. I went from 2k readers to 50k in under a year, and the book has racked up over 10 million reads. It’s been years since I’ve updated it, and right now it’s somehow sitting at #15 on the “What’s Hot” list.

As much as it sometimes makes me scratch my head, the answer is always readers. It’s the community. Wattpad readers don’t just love to read, they love to TALK about reading. They get excited. They spread the word about the books they love. I’ve never found a more involved, exciting, encouraging reading and writing community.

And with the upcoming launch, and the support of Patchwork Press, I hope to expand this community even more.”

Check out the rest here.

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12 Signs You Might be a Writer

Afraid you might be a writer? You are not alone, there are many others with this difficult condition. Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:

1) Frequent Daydreaming.

You may drift away in the middle of an important lecture at work, or phase out in the middle of a boring conversation. You can’t help but dream up fantastic, twisting plots and heroic protagonists whenever you get a spare second. People may accuse you of not listening, or having your head in the clouds.

2) Everyone is a Potential Character.

You stare for too long at that old bag lady walking by with her shopping cart, and your knobby-kneed neighbor makes you jerk your little notepad out of your pocket and start scribbling. Strange people fascinate you, and every word out of their mouths is whisked away into your memory bank for future dialogue.

3) You Spend More on Books Than on Essential Items.

You don’t need food that badly, and that sweater is hanging on by its last threads, but it will be fine. That new book is coming out on Monday, and you can survive on Mr.Noodles for a few more days.

4) Office Supplies Make You Strangely Excited.

You spend too long in the aisle at Staples, and the clerk is starting to eyeball you. But you’re not causing trouble, you just want to run your fingers over the blank pages of that beautiful white notebook, and test out the new ball point pens they got in yesterday. You’ll just sign your name a couple times on the sample page. The clerk can sell it later when you get famous. He’ll be grateful then, won’t he?

5) Neil Gaiman is Your Brad Pitt.

Wait, who is Brad Pitt?

6) You Would Rather See a Book Signing Than a Rock Concert

Because writers are your rock stars.

7)You Don’t Sleep

Your brain is too stuffed full of brilliant ideas, and you have to keep getting up to write them down.

8) You’re Slightly Mad

From lack of sleep, food and obsessing over a single thing for 90% of your life. For a complete list of WHY you are mad, click HERE.

10) You Both Love and Hate the Internet

Because it’s a time-sucking vortex. It allows you to interact with fans, helps with questions and provides hours of entertainment when you SHOULD be writing.

11) You’ll use ANYTHING For a Bookmark

Bills, money, pencils, other books…if your cat would sit still long enough you’d shove him in there. As long as it marks your place while you make lunch. Occasionally an actual bookmark will be put to use.

12) You Narrate Things Occasionally

This dinner is burnt, I say angrily, as I throw the pot roast in the sink. I’m not eating it. Oh look, my husband comes in the door and looks at me strangely. Why am I talking to myself? he asks.

If you feel that you match one or more of these symptoms, you can report to any bookstore or library for treatment. You cannot be cured of writing, but you can manage the symptoms over your lifetime so you remain sane, healthy and happy.

Mostly sane, anyways.

If you have any symptoms that are not listed, please report them in the comments below.

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Cover Reveal: Polaris Awakening

So very excited to announce the cover reveal for Polaris Awakening!

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ZEUS PROTOCOL 000101:
REBOOT, SCAN.
DANGER DETECTED.
THREAT LEVEL: UNKNOWN.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: INCREASE MILITARY PRESENCE.

 

There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.
Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.
ZEUS PROTOCOL 000099: ENGAGE THREAT.

 

 

Series: Polaris Anthology #1
Published by Patchwork Press
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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What Does Your Muse Look Like?

 

Hopefully your muse isn't this terrifying, unless you're writing horror, then she should scare the bejesus out of you.

Hopefully your muse isn’t this terrifying, unless you’re writing horror, then she should scare the bejesus out of you.

 

What does your muse look like? What does he/she sound like? Do they have a tangible voice? Mine does. You might think me quite mad after this blog post, and I could hardly blame you. But my muse is a young man, he’s a bit earnest sounding, very British, and he talks while I’m trying to write.

It’s a bit annoying, actually.

But he does talk, and so I write it down and get on with it, or nothing would ever get done. It’s only been recently that he developed more of an actual “voice”, around the same time that literary agents began telling me that they loved my voice. The first time I’ve actually HAD a writing voice. Because voice is such a dastardly hard thing to pin down, isn’t it? It develops only when it wants to, and sometimes it seems, quite suddenly. Before that you’re confused, floating around, trying out first this voice and then that, like you’re trying on hats.

And then something clicks, eventually – sometimes years and years later – and you’ve found it. That sweet spot, that “just right” feeling, that place where the words actually flow instead of being jerked out of you painfully, one syllable at a time.

There are some of you who have woken up one day, and to your shock, found your muse fully clothed and substantial, standing at the foot of the bed, tapping her foot impatiently, demanding that you get up and write. Tell me, what does he or she look like? How do they sound?

Have you found him or her yet, or is your muse still a vaguely fuzzy blob that hovers over one shoulder as you try on hats?

I imagine mine looks something like this. And he likes tea and biscuits an awful lot.

I imagine mine looks something like this. And he likes tea and biscuits an awful lot.

 

 

If you know what your muse looks like, post a link to the photo in the comments below, or create your own blog post and let me know, I’ll link back to it in the bottom of this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Reasons You Should Have Writer Friends

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Over the past few years I’ve made a few good writer friends. One I met in person when I tried to start a writer’s group. The group crashed and burned, but something beautiful bloomed out of the ashes. A friendship formed. God, that’s melodramatic. She’s going to laugh at me if she reads this.

Other friends I’ve met on the awesome networking/writing website, Wattpad. I have people I Skype with, people I swap beta reads with and email back and forth with. Some of these people know me better than a lot of my real life acquaintances.

And of course, I’m fast friends with a terrific group of writers and vloggers called The Word Nerds. We beta for one another, share our triumphs and our difficult days, and promote one another. We keep up a consistent string of emails that never really die out. We are in constant contact with one another. (I’ll leave a link to the Words Nerd’s Vlog below, if anyone is curious about our videos).

Having writer friends is essential. It will make you a better writer, it will boost your confidence and soothe your soul. And a lot of the time, it’s vital to your sanity.

Here’s why you need to make friends with fellow writers:

1) They understand what the heck you’re talking about.

When you start ranting about how the book you’re reading uses ridiculous dialogue tags, or how someone on facebook uses “than” when they should use “then”, other writers will understand exactly what you’re talking about. The non-writers (or pen-muggles, as Chuck Wendig calls them) won’t understand what you’re making such a fuss over.

It’s good to have someone who is able to commiserate with you, rather than look at you like your bat has left the belfry.

The pen-muggles, they're everywhere.

The pen-muggles, they’re everywhere.

2) Nobody else truly understands what rejection means.

Of course other people are going to know how rejection feels. Lots of people have been told they need to work harder, or fired from a job, but there aren’t many jobs that come with a string of constant rejections. It doesn’t matter if you’re traditionally published, indie or self, there is always going to be someone telling you that you stink. That your writing sucks, that you should quit, that you should keep your day job.

Only someone who has heard those words before knows how that feels.

We regret to inform you that you suck.

We regret to inform you that you suck.

3) They’ll talk you down.

This relates to number two. When you get that rejection, or that negative review, sometimes it hurts so much you think about doing something silly. Maybe you want to reply to a negative review, or to a rejection from an agent. Maybe you want to rant on twitter or Facebook. Maybe you’re going to quit trying, or change your mind about what publishing path you’re going to take for all the wrong reasons.

 That’s when your writer friends step in. They tell you not to quit/start drinking/write a nasty comment on that review. Then they tell you that other person didn’t read it properly/doesn’t like literature/obviously has the IQ of a goldfish. Whatever it is you need to hear. And sometimes it comes in the form of “don’t you dare” or “put on your big-girl panties”, because they love you, and they don’t want you to make a dumb move for your career.

 Writer friends will save your sanity. They’ll quietly (and out of the public eye) patch up your wounds and have you ready to jump back into the fray in no time.

They said WHAT?

They said WHAT?

4) You can brainstorm with them.

There’s nothing like a really great brainstorming session with your writer buddies. Getting stuck on a plotting problem? Suffering writer’s block? Sit down and hash it out with your friends. No doubt they’ll have a suggestion to move things along, to get you going again.

Not only that, but if your plot has holes, or just sucks in general, a good writer friend will give you the heads up.

5) They’ll beta read for you.

Your manuscript is going to need some serious polishing before you send it off to agents/publishers/self pub it. You need a beta reader with some serious skills. Every writer has their strengths, and getting a few of your writer friends to beta for you should cover all the bases of grammar/ spelling/plot and character development. You want a good mix of everything. And your friends won’t beat around the bush, they’ll tell you what you need to work on because they know how important feedback is. They know because they’re writers.

6) They’ll go with you.

There’s that bookstore down the street you really want to go to, but your non-writer friend doesn’t want to spend an entire eight hours there (what is wrong with her?) and you need someone who will sniff the books with you. Put the book signal in the sky, it’s time to call your writer friends.

I go to a writer’s conference every year, and my writer friend goes with my every time. It’s nice to have someone to go with when you’re meeting new people.

And I want to go to Comicon/Dragoncon/Leakycon….so many cons! Want to know who I’m going to end up going with? Yup, more writers.

I wonder how many of these can I carry in one trip...

I wonder how many of these can I carry in one trip…

7) Because they get you.

It’s sort of the same as number one, but it’s true enough to say twice. Nobody else is going to understand the caffeine and chocolate overdose you had last week, or the tantrum you threw when your computer crashed and ate half your manuscript, or that corny joke you keep telling about bad punctuation.

Your writer friends will think your “I’ll put you in my novel” t-shirt is cool, and help you pick out a bag that fits all your books, and talk about your characters like they’re real people. They’ll be understanding when all you want to do is sit in a corner and read, and they’ll agree that books are better than movies.

Now that I’ve said all that, I encourage you to tell your writer friends how awesome they are. Or if you don’t have any, get out there and make some new friends. Go to writer’s groups, or workshops. Sign up for conferences or join a writer’s website. Put yourself out there and you’ll find them. There are lots of us out there.

Oh, and before I forget, if you want to check out who exactly the Word Nerds are, you can go HERE.

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