Camp NaNoWriMo Winner

As of Sunday the 24th of July, I successfully passed my goal for Camp!

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I’m really happy about it because I showed myself that I could accomplish something that I didn’t think possible.

In addition to that, I still wrote quality stuff.

You can do hard things.

You can accomplish anything you set your mind to!

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Different Types of Storytelling

There are many ways that people can tell stories.

As a little girl, I would make up stories and tell them to people. In Kindergarten, I got myself to sleep by telling an imaginary audience how my day went . . . but made it so it happened on a pirate ship. The boys who bullied me were the pirates haha.

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Obviously, we can tell stories through writing and I think that’s my favorite way haha.

I’ve always loved to read and have learned a lot through many great books.

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One medium of storytelling that I’ve come to enjoy in the past several months are web comics. Andrea¬†recommended multiple web comics to me and I’ve come to enjoy them and the ways that they tell stories.

Their way of storytelling is such that it has to be made in such a way that the reader wants to come back for the next update, whether that’s a day or two, or if it’s a week.

Great storytelling comes in many forms and I hope people explore other ones beyond just what they write, because there is so much that we can learn from other forms.

If you would like to check out some of the web comics that I like, here’s a list:

Also, big news!

My friend Andrea’s web comic Fur & Fangs goes live on May 3rd! I’ve been one of her alpha readers as she’s prepared it and it’s an awesome story. If you want to check it out after May 3rd, the site is¬†http://www.furandfangscomic.com/

Comment and let me know what types of storytelling have impacted you! See you all next week!

Writing and Illustrating For Young Readers

So on Wednesday I will be attending a workshop at the Writing and Illustrating For Young Readers Conference (WIFYR). I’m super excited because the workshop, entitled Writing Romance in the YA Novel, will be taught by an author that I really admire: Sarah M. Eden.

Sarah is a writer of Regency romance so I enjoy reading her Jane Austen-esque novels.

Needless to say, I can’t wait.

The director of WIFYR was one of my university professors: Carol Lynch Williams.

I want to share a little something about Carol because for me, she’s a lot more than a teacher.

When I was 9-years-old, Carol was one of my favorite authors. She co-wrote a series with another author and I absolutely loved them. My mom took me to our local bookstore to get a couple more books from the series and Carol was there along with her co-author.

Talk about making a child’s day.

I talked with both of them and they signed my books.

Soon after that, I started telling people that I would be a published author someday.

Carol inspired me.

In every autobiography assignment that I had to write for classes, I brought up that event because of the effect it had on me.

Fast forward to November of 2012.

I received an email from the professor of one of my classes for the upcoming semester: Writing for Children and Adolescents.

The email said that we wouldn’t be allowed to write fantasy or science fiction in the class so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay registered for the class, until I reached the end and saw the signature line: Carol Lynch Williams.

Needless to say, I did not transfer to another section of the class.

I couldn’t write what I usually do, but the things I learned help me in my current projects.

To add to that, I met my writing group in Carol’s class.

I honestly can’t thank Carol enough for inspiring me as a child and teaching me as an adult.

Who has inspired you in your writing?

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