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Journaling and Free Writing

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I figure that because this post is about journaling and free writing that I will free write it*. So, sorry in advance if it makes no sense or if the grammar is so atrocious that it makes you want to poke your eyeballs out! Anyway, it is the tenth day of the A to Z Challenge and the topic for J is journaling, but since my journaling consists of free writing, that is also the subject! For a list of all the topics CLICK HERE!

The way I journal is by opening my Scrivener file called “freewriting” and creating a new “text” file and labelling it with the date and then I just type type type type type! I usually start with what has happened in my life since the last time I had written anything, even the mundane such as “I made a cup of tea and put too much honey in it and I was disappointed but I drank it anyway”. And then I go on to talk about what my goals for the day are and for the week and for the month and for the year. I literally do this every single day. Sometimes the goals are the same and sometimes they have changed drastically from one day to the next but I find that typing them out every day helps to ingrain the feeling in my mind of what I want to accomplish. I don’t know if it really helps, but I sure hope so!

Type type type type… That is what I type when I am unsure of what to write next but I need to keep the fingers moving and the thoughts flowing! Next I will write about the project I am working on whether that is a blog post or a short story or a novel. I will write about what I wrote last and what I plan on writing and where I want the story or post to go and when I want to have it done by and well just anything I think of as I go!

I use free writing as a way of getting my thoughts about my personal life out as well. I will retell a argument or a situation and I will pick it apart and vent and try to come up with a solution to a problem. Sometimes there is no solution aside from getting it out of my head. It is therapeutic. Seriously, try it. It can really help!

Blah blah blah blah, Ahh yes! I always end a journaling session with this: BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

 

*I went back and fixed my spelling after because sometimes my fingers don’t work properly when I am typing that fast and I didn’t want you to have to deal with ‘words’ like draisticlay (drastically) 😛

My Versatile Blogger Award Nominees

The Versatile Blogger

Fellow blogger and writer Sally A. Moore has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you very much 🙂

Basically, the VBA is a game of tag. I have been tagged and now I must tag 15 other blogs/bloggers that I enjoy. I also have to list 7 things about myself.

So, in no particular order, here are my 15 nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award! These are all people (or groups of people) that inspire and inform me on my writing journey…

1. Ksenia Anske: She is a lovely/crazy Russian whom loves vodka, ballet, and socks. She also has great advice for writers and is exceptionally open about her writing adventure! She also gives away her books for free! (Remember when I said she is crazy?)

2. Katie Cross: A self-publishing powerhouse! Seriously, she blows me away with the ideas she comes up with for marketing her book series (The Network Series).

3. Raven Oak: She posts helpful tidbits about Scrivener every Saturday as well as other entertaining and informative posts!

4. Matt Price (Matt’s Tech Corner): Okay, so he is my husband… But seriously his blog is great! He even writes about me sometimes 😉

5. Lori Lesko: Honest and open about her writing journey.

6. ProBlogger: They post some really great tips and advice for running a successful blog.

7. K.M. Weiland: Gives lots of helpful tips for writers.

8. Rachel Thompson: Lots of helpful social media tips for writers and really any entrepreneur.

9. Kate Tilton: She has some great book reviews as well as give tips to writers. She also is all about connecting readers and writers.

10. ReadWriteMuse: They post a great variety of writing related information and anecdotes. Love it!

11. Quill Pen Editorial: Some good tidbits about editing now and then 🙂

12. Jason Cantrell: Entertaining and sometimes informative posts about his writing and life adventures.

13. Ann Bisky (Bisky Scribbles): She hasn’t posted much recently (hopefully she will get back on that!), but she is quite entertaining when she does!

14. Angelina Williamson: I just like her writing style. She talks openly about her writing journey.

15. D. Emery Bunn: And another blogger who blogs about writing! He also does reviews and interviews and such.

Please make sure to check out each of these bloggers!

And now my list of 7 things about me!

1. The first book I wrote was a short picture book in elementary school about a frog that was trying to get home for Christmas. I gave it to my Gramma and she always kept it in her china cabinet in the dining room. Now that she has passed away, it still sits in the same china cabinet at my parent’s house until one day when I own a house and it can sit in my Gramma’s china cabinet in my dining room.

2. I have had the same favourite band for 15 years. For those who know me, this doesn’t come as a shock. (PS, the band is Linkin Park!)

3. My favourite book series is The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Sometimes I wish more of my friends and family had read them but then other times I am selfishly happy that I have it for myself.

4. When I was a teenager I thought I would never want kids. Then I thought I would only want boys. Then I thought one of each. Now I really just want girls. I think that’s because everyone I know that has had a baby recently has had a boy.

5. I have about 11 unfinished first drafts of novels. Seriously, I need to actually finish something…

6. I used to hate the idea of an e-reader, but now I do about half of my reading on my kindle. I still prefer paperbacks though! (I also like hardcovers but they are expensive and not very portable.)

7. Sometimes I doubt myself so badly that my fingers become completely immobilized and I cannot write a single word.

Thanks again to Sally!

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award nominees:

  • Display the Award Certificate (go ahead and steal it from my post)
  • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you – that’s me!
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers
  • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself

Scrivener! Ooooh, Wow!

scrivener logoI love Scrivener. Honestly, I do. I have had Scrivener for almost two years now (Two years in October to be exact. Well, not really exact because I don’t know the exact date. Exact.) aaaand I don’t know how I survived without it. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. Anyway, some of you may be asking, what is Scrivener?

Scrivener is a word processor on steroids. (cliche alert!) Instead of all of your writing being in one continuous uncategorized document. Or in multiple documents that get confusing when you have more then one or two open. Scrivener has all of those separate documents in one document except they are still separate, but together. Gooood description, Leetah… Anyway, you have your main ‘draft’ or ‘manuscript’ folder and then folders within that for chapters and then text documents for scenes. You can even make a text document be a folder and hold subscenes. Subscenes? Sure why not.

And on top of all this folder craziness, there is also a folder for your research. Now you can keep it all together within one document so you don’t have to spend hours searching for that one bit of information that you cannot remember where you saved it. And you can view your research at the same time as the document you are working on with the split screen function. Freaking awesome.

There are so many functions that Scrivener offers. And I honestly don’t even use them all, but that is another great thing about it. You don’t have to use every function. You can pick and choose the ones that work for you. For example, I love the ‘Project Targets’ pop up that I keep open at all times to check out my progress toward both my total word count goal and my session word count goal. Others may haaaate seeing how many words they still have left to go. But I hate not knowing!

I even use Scrivener for my website content. I am typing in it right now! I have year/month folders and within those I have my blog posts. I also have a ‘not yet posted’ folder for posts I have gotten ahead on. Or that I have just scribbled down an idea for. I just realized that I have not taken advantage of the research folder for my website content Scrivener document. How silly of me. Note to self: USE THE RESEARCH FOLDER.

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I truly believe that Scrivener is an indispensable tool for writers.

What writing tools do you use that you couldn’t imagine writing without?

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