You get a bonus video this week, and it's a collaboration with the lovely Marisa Mohi. Welcome to Camp Nanowrimo July 2020 edition. In addition to chatting about my plan for this month, I'm starting a new series on my channel called Premise to Publication where I catalog my journey from starting a book to (hopefully) traditional publication.
This video is part of a collaboration with Marisa Mohi, check out her Camp Nano announcement video
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This year has been fun, right?
Today I'm talking about my goals for 2020. I'm recapping quarter one and quarter two of this year while also reviewing what I hope to accomplish in quarter three.
I'm a big proponent of quarterly goals, and I am at my most productive when I work in three-month chunks at a time.
Today I'm discussing the writing craft book 'Wired for Story' by Lisa Cron.
According to the cover, 'Wired for Story,' is the writer's guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence.
Lisa Cron is a story coach and author. She has worked as an agent, as a producer, and as a story consultant. She has been an instructor at UCLA since 2006, and she is also on the faculty for the school of visual arts MFA program in New York City.
So, I'd say she has the credentials, which is always vital for me when I go into a writing craft book.
I get so many questions about ghostwriting after posting my Secrets of a Ghostwriter video (link below) so I wanted to chat with another freelance ghostwriter to get another point of view for you!
TRANSCRIPT of Interview:
Today, I'm here with another Scribbler subscription box for writers unboxing. And this month's theme is themes.
Now I always find theme tricky to nail down from the very start before writing my book. So I'm so excited to see if I pick up any tips and tricks from this box.
I was lucky enough to get an early review copy of Sacha Black's new nonfiction writing craft book, 'The Anatomy of Prose', and today I'm going to tell you my thoughts about the book.
And in case you missed it, I'm linking a chat that I had with Sacha that I just posted on Monday, so be sure to check that out after this review.
Sacha Black is a self-published author who has written a series of young adult fantasy books. She's also published two other nonfiction writing craft books, including '13 Steps to Evil', which is all about crafting villains and '10 Steps to Hero', which you guessed it is all about your hero or protagonist. She also has two podcasts, The Rebel Author podcast, and Next Level Authors.
Hey everyone, I'm so excited to have Sacha Black here today to talk about her newest nonfiction writing craft book, 'The Anatomy of Prose', which releases later this month on May 29th. Thank you so much Sacha for coming and please introduce yourself and let us know about your books and how you got into publishing.
Okay. So I am Sacha Black. Thank you for introducing me. And I am a self-published indie published author. I publish both fantasy at the moment, young adult, but I am moving into adult fantasy. And I also publish nonfiction. Also writing craft books to help authors and writers develop all kinds of things. So I have villains ('13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains') and heroes ('10 Steps to Hero: How to Craft a Kickass Protagonist) and now I've moved into 'The Anatomy of Prose'. I'm also a podcaster. I host The Rebel Author podcast. I do some freelance work for the Alliance of Independent Authors and I am developing a course as well. And I also developmental edit, although not as much as I used to do cause it's quite time consuming. Yeah, I think that probably summarizes an intro.
I have some tips for you about planning your writing, your life, and this is just a little walk through about my process on how I do my planning. And what's even more special this month is that I'm starting a new planning process that I absolutely love. Now, in terms of my planning background, I have always been a planner. I like having a outlook of my day and all of the things I need to do and that's grown especially important as I have gotten older, and I have a family, and I have an author business, and I have my writing, and all of the things.
So today is a collaboration video with fellow authortuber, Marisa Mohi. I have gotten to know her over the past few months and I think she is awesome and we both have similar ideas when it comes to planning. Productivity is big for us and I'm so excited to share this collab with her today.
I can't believe I've been on YouTube for over a year now and I forgot my anniversary.
Now, most people would mark this as a date to remember, and I actually thought I was marking it as a day to remember. I thought I started last year in May, but actually it was April 29th, 2019, and I've given myself a little grace because of what is going on in the world right now. But I also want us to do a little reflection. So a little backstory on my channel other than a few trailers that I've done for my books. I officially started in April 2019 doing authortube videos. And also, it's funny enough that April 29th is the same day that I released my 13th book with HQ digital, and I found that kind of a momentous occasion that I just let pass. So I wanted to talk about why I started. I honestly have no idea. Well, maybe, I do. As I said, I started off with book trailer videos, and I love to edit videos.