Monday, August 21, 2017

Do you have a favorite app or podcast that you recommend to writers?


Hey, writers! We have two weeks left of panel questions, which has been a super fun way to discuss writing topics that aren't conducive to a traditional post. It's also been a great way for us to learn about you!

Our panel question for today is, "Do you have a favorite app or podcast that you recommend to writers?"




Shannon Dittemore
I always recommend the podcast Writing Excuses. I always feel so smart after I listen and each episode is short enough that I can cram it in while I drive around town.

Jill Williamson
I used to love Writing Excuses, though I haven’t listened to them in a few years. I don’t have much time in which I can listen to podcasts these days.




Stephanie Morrill
Shan and Jill, your answers made me laugh. Obviously I'm the one who picked this question!

I don't have any apps that I use for writing, other than Google Keep for jotting down story ideas, but I do have lots and lots of podcasts!

Here are all the podcasts (other than the aforementioned Writing Excuses) I subscribe to that benefit my writing:

Craft:

10 Minute Writer's Workshop: This one is put out by New Hampshire Public Radio and, as the title suggests, these are short interviews with writers. Big deal writers like Judy Blume, Jodi Picoult, John Scalzi, Tana French, and so on.

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing: Surprisingly interesting, even for someone like me who doesn't looove grammar.

Helping Writers Become Authors: K.M. Weiland consistently serves up excellent writing advice with loads of easy-to-understand examples. This is my favorite craft podcast.

HopeWriters: If you're a Christian and a writer, this one is fabulous. If you're not, might not be your thing.


Business:

Building a Story Brand With Donald Miller: Though Donald Miller is a nonfiction writer, this podcast isn't really for writers. But it's a lot of marketing and branding advice for entrepreneurs. If you're into that kind of thing, it's worth checking out.

Create If Writing: A weekly podcast for writers and bloggers who want to grow their platform without being smarmy.

The Creative Penn: If you're interested in self-publishing, this is a must-listen podcast. I find the business stuff interesting, but I usually just pick and choose the episodes that I think will apply to me.

General knowledge:

Stuff You Missed in History Class: This is my biggest podcast obsession. These are 30 to 40 minute shows put out twice a week about all kinds of things in history. It was their two-part episode on Executive Order 9066 that inspired the WWII era novel of mine that will come out from Blink/HarperCollins in 2019. (More details on that later!)

Stuff You Should Know: Another great podcast that will broaden your knowledge. Their topics are really varied. I've listened to everything from an episode on toilet paper to one on grave robbing. You just never know what they're going to talk about.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: If you're looking for brief overviews on history, this isn't the podcast for you. But if you want a 6 hour podcast on topics like "The Celtic Holocaust" then I would check this one out. What I've listened to of his is never needlessly graphic, but if you're younger or sensitive to topics revolving around battle or war, I would proceed with caution.

I've tried a lot of other writing podcasts too, but these are my favorites!


What about you? Any must-have apps or must-subscribe podcasts?

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 2017 Word War: Day Five

 Good morning, friends! Shannon here.

Well, we did it! We made it to the very last day of our very last summer 2017 word war! I hope you're getting in tons and tons of words.


What's a word war? 
A word war is when you and another writer (or in this case, lots of other writers!) compete to see who can write the most words in a designated period of time. Sometimes these are also referred to as "word sprints."

How does it work?
Write as much as you're able to today, and when you're done, leave a comment in this post about how the day went. You can share how many words you wrote, stumbling blocks, a favorite line you wrote, whatever you want!

You can also start mini word wars in the comments section of this blog, or on the Go Teen Writers Community Facebook group. (If you apply to join, leave me a comment on the blog so I can get you approved.)

The goal is to buckle down and focus on our manuscripts whenever we can, make good use of our writing time, and encourage each other as we write. Hopefully you'll be meeting new writers and deepening friendships as the war goes on!


How long does it last?
This word war began Monday and will end TONIGHT! It's a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war, so it's never too late to join, and you don't have to participate every day. 

Write on, friends!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 2017 Word War: Day Four

Hey, writers!

It makes me a bit twitchy to not be able to be writing with you all! Technically, I'm making progress on a writing tutorial, but it's just not the same as working on fiction.

How's the word war going for you so far?




What's a word war? 

A word war is when you and another writer (or in this case, lots of other writers!) compete to see who can write the most words in a designated period of time. Sometimes these are also referred to as "word sprints."

How does it work?

Write as much as you're able to today, and when you're done, leave a comment in this post about how the day went. You can share how many words you wrote, stumbling blocks, a favorite line you wrote, whatever you want!

You can also start mini word wars in the comments section of this blog, or on the Go Teen Writers Community Facebook group. (If you apply to join, leave me a comment on the blog so I can get you approved.)

The goal is to buckle down and focus on our manuscripts whenever we can, make good use of our writing time, and encourage each other as we write. Hopefully you'll be meeting new writers and deepening friendships as the war goes on!


How long does it last?

This word war began Monday and will end tomorrow night. It's a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war, so it's never too late to join, and you don't have to participate every day. 

Hope you have a productive day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 2017 Word War: Day Three

Hey, writers!

I love seeing you guys support each other during the word wars. It's my favorite part of these weeks!

Since I finished my first draft back in July, and I'm still in the midst of my six week break between drafts, I'm mostly working on "other writing stuff." Including putting together the blog schedule for the rest of 2017 (if you have requests for posts, leave them in the comments!) and all the other writing-related-but-not-actually-writing tasks that get shoved off my list.




What's a word war? 

A word war is when you and another writer (or in this case, lots of other writers!) compete to see who can write the most words in a designated period of time. Sometimes these are also referred to as "word sprints."

How does it work?

Write as much as you're able to today, and when you're done, leave a comment in this post about how the day went. You can share how many words you wrote, stumbling blocks, a favorite line you wrote, whatever you want!

You can also start mini word wars in the comments section of this blog, or on the Go Teen Writers Community Facebook group. (If you apply to join, leave me a comment on the blog so I can get you approved.)

The goal is to buckle down and focus on our manuscripts whenever we can, make good use of our writing time, and encourage each other as we write. Hopefully you'll be meeting new writers and deepening friendships as the war goes on!


How long does it last?

This word war began Monday and will end Friday night. It's a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war, so it's never too late to join, and you don't have to participate every day. 

How is your word war going? Share in the comments.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 2017 Word War: Day Two

Jill here. It's day TWO of our August word war.

How goes it?

As I mentioned last month, I'm doing things backwards right now. I'm in the middle of a major rewrite on King's War (Kinsman Chronicles, book three), and I'm cutting words. My editor would like me to cut at least 50,000 words from my 194,000-word story.

(☉_☉)

But I've been working very hard, chip-chip-chipping away at this beast. I've cut just over 15,000 words so far and I still have a ways to go. I'm also at the Oregon Christian Writers' Conference this week (early bird class by Michael Hauge and evening keynotes by Frank Peretti!), so I'm sneaking away each day to make sure I get in my WORD-CUT-WAR time.





What's a word war? 

A word war is when you and another writer (or in this case, lots of other writers!) compete to see who can write the most words in a designated period of time. Sometimes these are also referred to as "word sprints."

How does it work?

Write as much as you're able to today, and when you're done, leave a comment in this post about how the day went. You can share how many words you wrote, stumbling blocks, a favorite line you wrote, whatever you want!

You can also start mini word wars in the comments section of this blog, or on the Go Teen Writers Community Facebook group. (If you apply to join, leave me a comment on the blog so I can get you approved.)

The goal is to buckle down and focus on our manuscripts whenever we can, make good use of our writing time, and encourage each other as we write. Hopefully you'll be meeting new writers and deepening friendships as the war goes on!


How long does it last?

This word war began yesterday and will end Friday night. It's a come-and-go, write-when-you-can style of war, so it's never too late to join, and you don't have to participate every day. 

How is your word war going? Share in the comments.