A Twitter Chat? What is That?

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Have you ever heard of a Twitter Chat?

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How To Get Inspired To Write From A Camera

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Be sure to join in on the #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat on October 25th. There will be 3 sessions on Novel Writing (planning, finishing, and editing). Get more information here.

Also, love journaling? Check out my post on journaling, over at the Rural Housewives Blog, today.

I had a sharp imagination when I was a child—I believe I still do today. But when I was young, my imagination seemed so much more real.

I remember my siblings and I would stay out in the woods for hours on end, as the evening slowly set in. I’m still greatly inspired by nature, and am always looking for new ways to capture the feeling I get when I’m innature, so I can use it in my writing.

As adults, we live busy lives. But if we are constantly busy, we will miss out on all the story ideas around us. And if we don’t write them down, we do forget them.

Some of us also find ourselves stuck for story ideas because, instead of looking to the world we live in for inspiration, we see the rushed, unromantic lives we’re living.

But it all depends on the point of view. Look at your life through the lens of a camera, and then suddenly things will start to look different.

Have you ever gone on a trip and been amazed by the beauty of your surroundings? Do you wish you still had the sharp imagination you had when you were little? Do you wish there was a way you could keep track of the story ideas you get when you’re on trips, or visiting new places?

Here are a few tips to help you dig deep into that child-like imagination to capture story, character, and setting ideas through photography. [Read more...]

What Not To Do When Editing Your Novel

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Be sure to join in on the #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat on October 25th. There will be 3 sessions on Novel Writing (planning, finishing, and editing). Get more information here.

Editing a novel can be a lot of work.

Many people don’t know how much work really goes into the books on the shelves at bookstores.

People don’t see the thousands of hours spent in a dark room editing, cutting words, rewriting them, doing all that before a deadline, and then doing it all over again.

I thought I’d share with you all some of the things I learned from editing my book The Mason of Hearts this last time. These are the things a writer shouldn’t do while editing their novel. I am going to be fully truthful with you here.

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Are You Currently Writing A Novel?

Have you ever struggled to plan your novel?

Do you ever feel like you won’t be able to finish it?

Struggle with writer’s block?

How about getting stuck in the messy middles?

What if there was a writing workshop, where you could connect with other writers and get answers to your trouble spots and also meet life long writing friends?

Perfect, right? And what if I said it was on Twitter? Awesome, right? You don’t even have to leave the house.

Do you have Twitter? If so, awesome. If not, no worries… you can find out how to sign up here.

You Are Invited: #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat

On October 25th, we will be covering three sessions on writing that novel.

1. Start Your Novel Planning, brainstorming  10-11 AM
We will cover the process of planning, brainstorming, and starting your novel.
2. Writing & Finishing the book 1-2 PM
In this session we will cover messy middles, writer’s block, and finishing your novel.
3. Editing Your Book 5-6 PM
In this last session of the day, we will cover editing processes and how to make your book shine.

Host: @devinberglund (Have any questions you’d like covered for the #WritingHarvest Tweet Chat? If so, tweet me@devinberglund with the #WritingHarvest hashtag and your questions and I will see your questions.

Hope To See You There on October 25th!!!

And if you can’t make it to one, there are two others. You will also be able to follow the chat if you search #WritingHarvest

I am so excited about this. It will be a lot of fun.

Take a break from working on the novel and chill for an hour throughout the day to get helpful information!

How To Prepare For A Novel Writing Intensive

 

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Next week I will be headed to Washington for a Novel Writing Intensive. I am totally excited about this, so I thought I would tell you all what I am planning on packing.

Have you ever gone to a writing retreat or intensive? Have you ever wondered what you should pack? Or do, to prepare for it? If so, read on.

1. Do Your Writing Homework

• Read the speaker’s blogs, books, and more.

• Take notes.

• Implement what you’ve learned into your own writing.

2. The Essentials

• Make sure you book your accommodations and transportation ahead of time.

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5 Secrets to Planning A Rocking Blog Schedule

 

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I’ve been asked a lot recently about how to go about getting content up consistently, so I thought I’d write a post for you on how to plan your blog schedule. Along with a FREE (YAY!) Printable Monthly Blog Planner, which is actually the same one I use.

Have you ever been swamped for time and missed your blogging schedule deadlines? How about writing the blog post the night before you scheduled it on your planner? Or even the day you wanted it to publish? If so, you are in the right place and I want to share with you my 5 secrets to planning a rocking blog schedule.

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5 Things I’ve Learned From Submitting A Short Story

Yesterday, I submitted a short story to a publisher for a possibility to be published in an Anthology. I am so excited. *crossing my fingers* But, it got me thinking that I would share the things I learned from submitting it – with you all.

IMG_77631. Write everything down.

I’ve found over time, that I write my best stuff when I write it out longhand on paper and then import it into the computer. Some people are also the same way, while others are completely the opposite.

My point with this step is make sure you write everything down. It doesn’t have to be perfect at the beginning.

Never written a short story?

2. Get a group of supporters. 

I love that I have a group of supporters. They really are wonderful. Another good term for them is “people who are willing to give you a kick in the butt and remind you to work on it”.

It’s nice, when you are going about your life and you are reminded by people of your projects. It makes you live up to your word and stay accountable. If you said you were writing a short story.

Write it.

Finish it.

Ship it.

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How to Write Short Stories

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If you didn’t see last week’s post “7 Secrets To Getting Your Novel Beta Reader Ready be sure to check it out. I have a free editable document – a beta reader questionnaire. Here is the link.

Have you ever wanted to write a short story? Writing short stories is actually a lot of fun, but they can also be a lot of work. I actually find them a lot harder than writing a novel.

“But, Devin… isn’t a short story, supposed to be easier? Since it’s shorter?”
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Behind the Scenes of My Business

IMG_7646This blog post is a part of the ‘Behind the Scenes of My Business’ Blog Tag started by April of Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing the behind the scenes stuff of our businesses.

Here are the questions and my answers for this topic:

Question 1: What’s your two to three sentence bio? (You know, what the heck do you do?)

Devin Berglund is a creative fiction writer and blogger, photographer, entrepreneur, social media & marketing manager. I’m also a dreamer, wanderer & all-time enjoyer of life.

I love crafting stories that change lives. I recently finished my first book The Mason of Hearts. It is the first in a Fantasy Adventure trilogy and I am working toward agent representation.

Question 2: What’s the favorite part of your job?

The favorite part of my job is that I love what I do. I love helping people do things to make their business shine. Using my gifts to do good and change the world.

Question 3: What’s your least favorite part of your job?

Least favorite part is not having more time to get more done. Or not being able to work on more projects at a time.

Question 4: What are the top three tools you use the most in your work?

My Macbook Pro, Iphone (and the apps), Notebooks & pens [Read more...]

7 Secrets To Getting Your Novel Beta Reader Ready

Wow… that was a mouth full. Try saying that 7 times fast… Beta Reader Ready… Beta Reader Ready… Beta Reader Readdddeerryyyy…. haha!

IMG_1500After going through intense editing and sending my book to my lovely critique partner, I dove into another few edits.

But what do you do once you’ve passed those mile markers?

Get Your Book Beta Reader Ready, that’s what! (I am still having problems saying that only once). 

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