Sharing is Caring

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope you are well and writing. I am a believer that sharing is caring and I want to share some great information with you Freshman Writers.

Today’s post is a collection of some of my favorite websites for writers at all levels. As writers, we will continue to learn and grow in order for writing to improve. You can also (if this is your thing) end up teaching other beginning writers or at least give them advice to help get them started.

In keeping with this tradition, here my list of favorite websites that I go to for tips on writing. Some are new and others are classics that I love visiting over and over again. Check them out, see what gets your attention and get to writing.

Keep learning and happy writing!

Women on writing

Writing world

Freelance Writing Gigs

WM Freelance Writing Connection

The Renegade Writer

Freelance Writing at About

Mridu Khullar

Funds For Writers

Problogger

Media Bistro

Fav Friday

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s Fav Friday item is a retreat. A few weeks ago after speaking with my spiritual director about the stressful dayjob, he recommended that I go on a women’s retreat locally.

I haven’t been on a retreat since my son was three and that was six years ago! So, this weekend I’m heading to a retreat center right after work tomorrow. Kiddo will be with his father while I enjoy a whole weekend to myself trying to find my peace and spirit again.

I have a lot on my mind and I haven’t been able to write except for my posts here. So I thank you Freshman Writers for coming back to check in. It motivates me to keep writing for you. 🙂

That being said, I will be sharing my experience with you and let you know how it went. I hope that if you need a break from everything that you consider going on a retreat just so you can recharge and reset yourselves.

Happy Weekend Freshman Writers!

Taking Rest

Hiya Freshman Writers and happy Tuesday! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s post is about a topic that I find myself going back to frequently. Mostly, due to my own challenges in getting enough rest.

This past weekend found me enjoying four days of doing mostly nothing, including writing, which is why there was no Fav Friday or editorial yesterday.

For me, the greatest challenge is making sure to keep my plate 85% full. I tend to get overwhelmed when I have so much to worry about. And I do. I’m a single working parent with a full-time AND part-time job. Granted, my part-time job is online, but I tend to get glued to my computer and not give myself enough time to simply rest.

So, this weekend, I did that. I went to a couple of barbecues, but I slept in a lot and took several naps. I also stayed off the computer most of the time. I tweeted and responded to emails from my blackberry, though.

Not only trying to take rest, I’m also cutting things out. I recently dropped out of a writing class that I’d been wanting to take for the last couple of years. Yes, it bothered me to drop something I’d enjoy, but I couldn’t focus enough to do even the first assignment! You see, exhaustion and stress have been wreaking havoc on my eating and sleeping habits. Mostly coming from the day job though partly from stressors stemming from single parenthood.

Bottom line, I need a break. So, this past weekend was the beginning. Next weekend, I’m off on a women’s weekend retreat. It’s local enough for me to get to, but far enough away from everything that I can enjoy my time away.

So Freshman Writers, what’s stressing you and how are you taking rest?

Happy Writing!

Fav Friday

Hiya Freshman Writers! It’s that time of the week again for you to read up on favorite items that keep me writing.

Today’s Fav Friday item is a simple one: a travel-sized notebook. My little notebook goes everywhere with me especially since I travel daily for my job. This way, when I get fabulous (and not-so-fabulous) ideas for projects, I have a place to store them until I can get to my computer to write.

I went to Borders bookstore for my notebook, but you can get your own writing notebook from any stationery or school supply store. Get a notebook that you’ll be inspired to write in. I chose a rainbow-colored, lined notebook. Choose whatever works for you and get to writing!

Have a great weekend!

Catching up

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. First, I’d like to apologize for not posting the Fav Friday item last week. Overwhelmed with the day job and home issues, I’m back on track today. So I’d like to give you a two for one deal this morning.

What would have been my Fav Friday item is my subscription to The Writer Magazine. I love this magazine for its straightforward advice about the work of writing. Not only does it provide info on various genres and forms of writing, but it is also offers exercises to boost creativity and get you writing. I’ve had my subscription for a year, but purchased individual magazines here and there up until I found I was getting it more often.

Now, the editorial. Ever find yourself so overwhelmed that you have to take a break in order to catch up? That was me in the last week. I found myself having to deal with one task at a time until completion. This was hard for me because I’m used to multi-tasking regularly.

But, I just could not seem to catch up with myself. I felt like I was rushing through everything and still not getting anything done. So, I took a break from writing and even reading about writing. I’ve been focusing so much on learning the craft and using writer-speak all the time, that I forgot everything else.

In order for writing to have life and be found credible by the reader, you need to feed it. How do you feed your writing? Live your life. As simple as that sounds, it isn’t. You’d think that I’d be able to do that since I have so much on my plate. Only trouble was my plate was too heavy and I couldn’t focus on anything except the weight and pressure coming from it.

The good thing is that I recognize that. Another good thing, the plate has gotten a bit lighter. I’ve made decisions, completed tasks and have decided to take time to relax away from the day job. By taking small steps, Freshman Writers, I’ve found that I’ve got a much more positive outlook. I feel like I can accomplish goals.

So Freshman Writers, what do you do to catch up when you’ve fallen behind? What advice/tips would you like to share with other writers? What works for you?

Happy Writing!

Fav Friday

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. TGIF!

Today’s Fav Friday item has been keeping me on task somehow and still writing. This week, my favorite item is determination.

As writers, and whatever other roles we play, we get knocked down, hard. We come up against challenges that force us to change our plans, our habits, even our thinking. But, determination is what keeps us evolving and moving forward. Yes, we fall and our ideas may not pan out, but the fact that we keep on trying to achieve our writing dreams is enough to show how determined we are to succeed.

determination is a tool that you can use to your advantage. Feel what you feel, get angry when something doesn’t turn out right and THEN get to work. Be determined to set your writing goals, work towards them and get them done!

Happy writing!

Fav Friday

Hiya Freshman Writers! Time for Fav Friday again. This week, I gave you my recommended reading list as well as a great quote by Emerson.

Today’s Fav Friday item is not something you can see, hear, taste or touch. But, you can feel it when it hits. It’s inspiration. Others have called it the Muse. Whatever you call it, you know when it comes. You stop where you are and look for a pen and paper or (if you’re like me) you enter a note on your cell phone. Since I have a blackberry this is what happens with me.

Inspiration can hit us anytime. Much of the time for me it happens when I’m doing something or dealing with something unrelated to writing.

For example, a couple of days ago I had a difficult moment with kiddo. I was so annoyed with him and thought about the lesson I was trying to teach him. Then I thought “Hey! This would make a great idea for a children’s story.” So, I took out my trusted blackberry and wrote one sentence that would remind me of the event.

Other times inspiration hits when I’m washing dishes or doing laundry or even sleeping. I tend to dream a lot and can remember all of them. Sometimes when a dream is very interesting or highly detailed, I get up and write briefly about it. I’ve also been known to wake up in the middle of the night with stories, articles or journal entries. And when I write them out, I can get to bed.

So here’s to inspiration or the Muse! Happy Friday!

Fav Friday

Hiya Freshman Writers! Welcome to another edition of Fav Friday. Hope this finds you well and writing.

Today’s Fav Friday item is Stephen King’s book, “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” If you don’t have this book, Freshman Writers, go out and grab a copy. This book, while being a memoir, is a hilarious look at one writer’s journey. From beginning to end, you’ll also  find great tips and tidbits on the world of writing.

Yes, King is a fiction writer, but the same advice found in his book applies to writers of all genres and types. I’m actually giving it a second read this week as I’ve been doubting my own writing abilities. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be encouraged after checking it out.

“On Writing” is a book that will have you laughing at King’s antics and misadventures while giving you comfort that you’re not going through this alone. This is a book you’ll want to highlight and cover with notes in the margins. Not only will you enjoy King’s vivid descriptions of his boyhood, adulthood and writer-hood, but you’ll find that you can appreciate your own writing journey.

Happy Writing!

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King

ISBN: 0671024256

Publisher: Pocket Books – A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Fav Friday

Hola Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s Fav Friday item is a website that I love visiting often for information, advice and resources for writing. It is one of my go-to places to read about various issues that writers face as well as ways to succeed as a writer.

It is the Freelance Writing page at About.com and is the work of a writer I’ve admired for a long time, Allena Tapia.

Allena writes reviews, op-eds and articles all about the world of freelance writing. Definitely, a place for beginning writers to find advice on everything from getting started as a freelancer to growing your freelance writing business. Check it out and you’ll find great information from a professional.

Be sure to subscribe to her newsletter so you can get all this great info right in your inbox.

Happy Writing!

Fav Friday

Hiya Freshman Writers! Welcome to another edition of Fav Friday. Today’s Fav Friday item isn’t a thing; it’s a person (or persons).

This week’s editorial was about pushing through difficult projects/writing challenges. The Notable Quotable reflected that as well.

What helps me get through writing challenges are my friends; people that I can rely on to give me a pep talk or ego boost when I need a reminder that I am capable of writing and writing well.

So my Fav Friday item is friendship. When you have friendship, Freshman Writers, you are very rich indeed.

Happy Easter weekend and happy writing!