So Here’s What Happened This Week (January 25, 2013)

WHAT I DID: Submitted a short story to Jack and Jill magazine. Wrote a blog article. Created a new Wannabe Pride Facebook page! Worked on my new middle grade novel.

WHAT I READ: MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins. LITTLE LEAGUE CONFIDENTIAL by Bill Geist.

COOL LINKS I FOUND:

Three Ways to Change Your Thinking Today 

Self-Publishing Stories: Anatomy of a Kindle Success

Selling Books: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need

Are you an Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur? You Should Be All Three 

Decoding Query Rejections 

How Can Goodreads Help Your Book Take Off?

 

How the Hell Do You Use Pinterest?

How the Hell Do You Use Pinterest?: The Long Awaited Sequel to “How the Hell Do You Use Twitter?”…

According to the Pinterest website, the goal of the social networking site is to “connect everyone in the world through the “things” they find interesting.”  

Pinterest is an online bulletin board. It’s essentially a photo-sharing website where you “pin” photos and other images to a virtual bulletin board. It’s a way to save and categorize images and interests. The images are known as “pins” and a pin is an image that can be uploaded from a link or website. These images can be funny, poignant, inspirational, and can relate to any type of hobby or interest you can think of. You can save images by using the “Pin It” button. The Pin Feed is on the main page and consists of the images, or pins, from the people and groups that you follow. There is even a WannabePride page!

A quick how-to guide on using Pinterest:

* Launched in March of 2010, Pinterest is still invitation-only. It’s not hard to get an invitation, though. Chances are that some of your Facebook friends have probably already sent you an invite.

* Set up your profile page, where you can add a picture and a brief bio.

* The best way to immediately get started using Pinterest is to add the Pin It! button on your toolbar. If you use Google Chrome, all you have to do is locate the Pin It button on the Pinterest website and simply drag it up to the toolbar. I’m not sure if it works the same way for Internet Explorer.

* Create your own “pinboards” based on your interests. You can name the board anything you like, for example: “Sports” or “Baseball”, “Inspirational”, “Cooking” or “Recipes” – basically anything that interests you. You can even just name a pinboard with your own name.

* To “pin” an image, you just have to find a cool, interesting, or funny image somewhere in your travels through the interwebs. When you see an image you like, simply click the Pin It! button on your toolbar above. Select which Pinboard you want to save it to. You can add a brief description. You can even use #hashtags like Twitter.

* Each pin added using the Pin It button links back to the original site it came from.

* In addition to finding and adding your own pins, you can repin images from other boards on Pinterest. For instance, if you find a particular image that you find particularly inspiring from say, I don’t know….the WannabePride pinboard, you can repin it to one or more of the boards that you have created.

* You can also comment or “like” other pins.

* Pinterest cannot pick up text, only images. If the text is right on the image, it will be included in the pin. Most pins do have writing on them.

* You  can add a comment to a “repin”, but the originator’s comment will also still appear by default.

* You can elect to receive email notifications to see who has “repinned” one of your pins.

* If you simply “like” a Pin, it won’t show up in the newsfeed of those who follow you (unlike Facebook), but there is a page where you can see all the pins you’ve “liked”.

* There are Pinterest apps available for iPhones and Androids.

* The Pinterest logo on top left will take you to the main Pin Feed page (like a Facebook timeline). Explore and have fun!

 **A word of warning: the copyright rules for Pinterest are murky at best. There’s really no legal protection for you for “re-pinning” images for which you have no copyright. It is also possible that Pinterest can claim that they own any original images you might create and pin yourself. Pin at your own risk!! **

Helpful Pinterest Links:

How to Use Pinterest –  A YouTube tutorial 

Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide 

Pinterest’s Tips and Tricks and FAQS 

So Here’s Happened This Week (January 18, 2013)

What I Did: Worked a little on new baseball middle-grade novel. Started working on a short story for submission to Jack and Jill Magazine. Agent requested 50 pages of RAIN ON THE WATER and another agent requested FULL manuscript of SINGLES VS. BRIDEZILLAS!

What I Read:  CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins

Cool Links I Found:

FOR ACTORS:

When is the Right Time to Get an Agent

WRITERS

Understanding Your Agent 

How To Get Your Book Noticed In Today’s Changing Marketplace

5 Surprises About Self-Publishing 

Don’t Be A Dreamer, Be A Planner

What Authors Want: A Third of Published Authors Want to Self-Publish 

My Life as a Pantster – Guest Blog

Today Wannabe Pride welcomes writer Rebecca L. Fisk who explains what it’s like to be a “panster” (as in writing by the seat of your pants) as opposed to being a “plotter” (as in planning out your plot as an outline or treatment before writing). Welcome, Rebecca!

 

Hello. My name is Rebecca, and I’m a Pantser. I often get ideas in random places, although my internal Muse seems to prefer to strike hardest while I am otherwise occupied – the shower, right before I drift off to sleep, maneuvering through rush hour traffic – I am frequently scrabbling for a pen and a piece of scrap paper or my phone’s voice memo recorder button.

The latest idea smacked into my consciousness as I was doing the dishes, elbow-deep in soapy pots and pans. I let it sift around my brain pan for a few minutes. It was formed from a combination of things my friend and I had laughed about at the pub the night before, and a picture I had snapped. I laughed to myself as I thought how I would actually construct a story using the bizarre images running around inside my head. It was a crazy idea. Terrible, really. Not even worth mentioning…

 I raced to my laptop. I typed the first sentence. Then another one. I wailed on the keys for a bit and ended up with the first few scenes of what has officially become a new WIP. I have no idea where this story is going to go. The name of a major male character popped into my head as I typed the sentence where he is introduced. I sent a text to my best friend that said, “I need a girl’s name.” He offered a few suggestions, nailing an amazing one on the first try. It fits the female MC perfectly. I won’t tell him what the story is about just yet, and he hasn’t asked, because he knows I’ll go on about it ad nauseum when I’m ready to do so.

I’ve never written an outline. I’ve completed several short stories, two of which placed first in a couple reader’s choice contests for fantasy fiction. I’ve completed the second draft of a fantasy NA novel and am waiting for more feedback before I do the third draft and then begin seeking agent representation. I’ve got 30K into a YA historical fiction novel, and now I’ve started a new WIP.

I don’t write outlines, because my brain doesn’t work that way. When I write, the words seem to come from some place outside of me, flowing through my fingers, appearing on the screen before I’ve fully registered them. Creating a specific plan ahead of time seems impossible, because the ideas and characters and interactions appear when they are ready, each one flowing into the next, ideas and plots merging and marrying accordingly.

I allow each story to unfold at its own pace. I keep notes for each book, including research or development ideas, and I make decisions to either include or exclude them as appropriate. I didn’t know how my fantasy NA novel was going to end until I was about 50K in because it kept veering further than what I ever thought possible. Many people cringe at the idea of the “runaway story” but I have to confess, the story knew where it needed to go far more perfectly than I ever could have planned.

I love being a Pantser. I don’t waste time creating an outline only to find that the story is better served by altering dozens and dozens of plot points. The plot unfolds itself to me in much the same way it would if I were reading a book written by someone else. My characters do things that surprise me, in both really amazing, and really horrific ways. They grow in the manner of infants becoming children, who become teens, who finally turn into adults, and all the miraculous events in between. The dialogue between my characters feels more natural and real when I just let them TALK as opposed to planning their conversations. Granted, I can always go back in and rein them in later. Character rants aren’t always as charming as you might wish they were. Contra-intuitively, I’ve also found there is less “me” in a story I haven’t planned out. By not asserting a preconceived influence, the story truly becomes the tale of the characters, and their world, not me, or mine.

Pantsing adds a little bit more magic to an already magical process.

In case you have gotten the idea that I’m a little too carefree about this whole thing, let me assure you I’m a firm believer that being a Pantser doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to present sloppy work.

I’m in school right now, studying to be a Graphic Designer. I have a professor that is constantly saying, “You ARE like magicians. It doesn’t matter how you create the magic, as long as the final result makes the audience say ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’.”

The process by which we create the magic isn’t important. Whether you plan every word, every nuance, and hire the most expensive editor you can find, or you just close your eyes and bang on that keyboard…it’s the final presentation that matters most. We’re all doing our best to make the audience say “ooh”, and maybe our work will even elicit an “aah” or two.

What I would love to see is a collaborative work by a Pantser and a Planner – although the experience might be quite similar to watching two spiders duke it out in a glass jar!

More ramblings can be found here on my blog Running Amok, And Other Very Serious Adventures

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I am @wishywash27 on twitter  

 Thank you for reading, and many thanks to Linda for having me on her blog!