Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SCRIVENER - LOTS TO LEARN


SCRIVENER - LOTS TO LEARN



So, I just bought Scrivener. It wasn't really an impulse purchase since I've been hearing about it for quite some time now, but I did decide rather quickly to buy it last night.

Once it downloaded and I opened up those tutorials, my body flooded with regret.


No! Why did I buy this?



I'm not a person who learns by reading long, detailed piles of information like that.

I instantly hated Scrivener.

 I learn better by seeing and doing. Thank goodness for Youtube and people like Vivien Reis for her great tutorials. Like these... How to Outline Your Novel in Scrivener and this one How to Get Started Writing Writing with Scrivener

It doesn't seem as scary to me now. I'll probably never read through that long tutorial but may watch some more videos. I'm sure I'll learn the most by messing around with it.

I know there are a lot of people who swear by Scrivener. I'm going to be brave, roll up my sleeves, and get in there.  Maybe one day I'll be one of those people who shout about its greatness from the rooftops. I guess we'll see, won't we?

Now to go play around and create a story...

Watch out!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Getting myself out there

Getting myself out there


So I've been experimenting with ways to get myself "out there." 

But what is out there anyway? I guess it's where the readers are but I don't know how to find them. 

It's like I'm in the movie TROLLS (which I thought was super cute, btw) and I'm a Bergin who's searching for the trolls. They're out there, but I need to find a way to reach them. Only, I don't need to eat them to be happy. I'm more like the Bergin, Bridget, who just wants to be friends with the trolls. I just want to share my stories with those who might enjoy them. But I feel like I'm standing on the edge of a cliff, shouting into nothing. 

HELLO! IS ANYONE OUT THERE?



I recently started over, writing under a new name. My twitter follower count was set back at zero and though I found followers with my previous profile, they didn't seem to be readers. I never had much success gaining too many followers on Facebook so starting over there doesn't seem as painful. Instagram was never my friend. I don't think I'll bother. 

I've started using Wattpad, though my mom was the only one to read the chapter I posted. I don't really understand the suggestions on gaining more readers either. If there are so many readers on Wattpad (from what I read 90% readers 10% writers, then why do I have to interact with other writers to get reads?) If you understand, please feel free to explain it to me. I want genuine readers, not yet another way of gaming yet another system without really finding my people.  I'd rather have real followers than the appearance of 5,000. 

I also tried one of those Twitter services that will tweet your book with claims of getting hundreds of clicks. Well, I got two. Even though it wasn't expensive, it wasn't worth what I spent. 

Where are the readers hiding? That's the honey hole I'm searching for. 

Have any suggestions for me or social media platforms that reach readers? I'd love any and all help I can get. 

I'm going to use this blog to be honest and post my questions, mistakes, successes, and useful information I find along my way. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SO BEGINS THE BLOG


SO BEGINS THE BLOG


I've been struggling to get a blog post up on my website. And I know why.

I like to tell stories, but I don't like creating blog posts. Supposedly, to gain a following, I have to do it, though. Regularly. And it's supposed to contain "great content," whatever that means.

But who really cares what I have to say. I'm not an expert. I'm just someone who is passionate about telling stories. I might not be good at it, but I love it.

I'm not a success who has any pearls to offer. No one is clamoring for my secrets of success. But I'm happy. I'm at a place in my life where I'm finally doing what I love. I'm not going to let anything or anyone stop me. I'm not going to worry about not being considered a "real" writer if I'm not traditionally published. I'm not going to care if my books are in bookstores. I don't like leaving the house, and I'm sure there are others like me who prefer to do their shopping online. I hope I'll make readers happy and they'll enjoy my stories. I don't care about getting rich or famous or being critically acclaimed and winning awards. The best reward, for me, will be the day a reader tells me how much they loved my book.

There are so many blogs out there and so much advice, how is this really supposed to help me grow a following? I'm willing to give it a try and put in the work I don't like to do to get some attention to the work I love.

And maybe this blog goes out and joins so many others in the void of nothingness. If anything, it might serve as a reminder as I move along on just how far I've come when I need to turn around and remember.

So here it goes...