My Favorite Writing Videos

This may come as a surprise to you, but I don’t really like videos about writing, specifically.

I find it so boring to watch a video specifically about how to write. I know how to do that, I want to learn something I may not know! Or, more accurately, how someone else’s writing process works.

 

Which is essentially what these videos are. They do teach you things about writing, but it’s more about the personality of who’s speaking, and how they see it.

 

Trust me, these videos are better than I’m making them sound. Let’s get started!

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Types of Beta Readers

Hello writers!

 

So Beta Readers. You probably know what they are. When you finish writing a book, or even a few chapters and you need someone else to read it, you find a Beta Reader.

I’ve been writing for a while, and I’ve found out that there’s different types of Beta Readers for different situations and people.

 

So today I’m going to go over 5 of the most common types of Betas chosen by writers…enjoy!

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To GIF or not to GIF | Writing Chat

So GIFs. I’m assuming you know what they are – considering they are literally EVERYWHERE. Everyone seems to love them.

 

They’re especially popular when it comes to Goodreads, Twitter and Tumblr. And people in the blogging community seem to agree that they also work in blog posts.

 

I totally get using GIFs…when it comes to Goodreads, Twitter and Tumblr. But blogging? I don’t know.

I find when they are added to posts, I get a headache from the repeating images. And the faster\longer it is, the harder it is for me to concentrate on the post.

 

Now, I’m not saying that GIFs are BAD or anything, but there are both upsides and downsides to using them.

 

Personally, I just don’t

understand how someone can

throwing-book

read posts like this.

 gross disgusted cringe eww horrified GIF

 

There is an upside to GIFs for most people! So I’ve got some pros and cons to help you decide whether or not you want GIFs on your website.

 

 

Pros:

They give your post expression! And it’s much easier to make people laugh through video than word (in my experience, anyway). Plus, you could meet like-minded people who know the person\movie\TV show that you’re referencing!

 

Cons:

It could turn people away. Add too many, and people may not even bother to read your post. Or, they could not even know the person\movie\TV show that your trying to reference, and it might just be confusing.

 

 

What are your opinions? To GIF, or not to GIF?


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Girls Summer Clothes – Writing Inspiration

Writers Wednesday

Hello everyone!

So if you didn’t know, every Wednesday I do a post for all the writers out there – writing playlists, tips, chats, etc.

And this week is dedicated to photo inspiration!

 

These are some photos that might inspire a setting, scene, character or something like that for your story. The theme for this week is Girls Summer Clothes.

 

Perfect outfits for your contemporary main character!


#spring #outfits Beige Hat + White Printed Crop Top + Purple Zipped Skirt. For Everyone. Blog @ #DapperNDame Pinterest. dapperanddame.com:


summer outfits lace crop top yellow maxi skirt


summer outfits halter top denim


summer outfits knit crop top black skirt


summer outfits deep v neck spaghetti strap top


summer outfits crop top maxi skirt


summer outfits chiffon lace top slit pattern print skirt


summer outfits burgundy skirt stripes


#summer #fashion / white t-shirt + floral print skirt


Find your Inspiration @ #DapperNDame Pinterest. dapperanddame.com


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Contemporary Writing Playlist

Writers Wednesday

 

It’s summer!

 

…Well, for most of you, anyway. But it’s already warming up (thankfully), so I figured to help bring that summer feeling around, I’d make a writing playlist themed around Contemporary.

 

Let me know what you listen to when writing contemporary! Did I forget any bands or songs?


Echosmith – Cool Kids


One Republic – Counting Stars


Phillip Phillips – Gone Gone Gone


L’Orchestra Cinematique – Top of the World


Walk the Moon – Shut up and Dance


 

 

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(GnuS) Cello – Writing Playlist

Writers Wednesday

You write what you read.

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That is my writing philosophy. And it applies to music too.

You can’t write a contemporary book while listening to some hard-core battle music. It just won’t work.

This week is themed around classical music – specifically, cello. All of these songs are cello covers, which means that these are actually songs, just in cello form. (Simply becuase this is the main thing I listen to when I write).

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Do you listen to any classical music when writing?


Sia – The Greatest cello cover


Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out cello cover


Panic! At the Disco – This is Gospel cello cover


Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness cello cover


Sia – Chandelier 4 cellos cover


Evanescence – My Immortal cello cover


Artist: GnuS Cello



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Castles – Writing Inspiration

Writers Wednesday

Hello!

So if you didn’t know, every Wednesday I do a post for all the writers out there – writing playlists, tips, chats, etc.

And this week is dedicated to photo inspiration!

 

These are some photos that might inspire a setting, scene or something like that for your story. The theme for this week is Castles.

 

All of these are perfect for a fantasy story and are all real places.


I love to travel! My husband is Dutch Indonesian, was born in Indonesia and raised in Holland. Between the both of us, we have traveled all of the continents except Antarctica and Australia. Those are next!:


As of March 2016, Transavia will be offering direct flights to Munich, 12x/week.:


åh. gud. ta. mig. dit.:


The Drachenburg Castle in Germany.:


Disney Castle Took our daughters here when they were young. They much preferred Toads Wild Ride.:


Magical, Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany  photo via besttravelphotos and great stuff!!! http://pinterest-server2.blogspot.com:


Neuswchanstein Castle // Germany. With the snow? Ugh, it's a fairytale come true.:


Medieval castle Cashel, Ireland. The Rock Of Cashel.:


Eltz Castle - Germany “ The Dark Stronghold by Kilian Schönberger ”. I've never before seen a picture of it in fog but always in bright sunlight. This makes it look so much different.:


Evening At Chenonceau Castle, France (by Weston Westmoreland):


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Dystopian Writing Playlist

You write what you read.

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That is my writing philosophy. And it applies to music too.

You can’t write a contemporary book while listening to some hard-core battle music. It just won’t work.

And so I’ve taken it upon myself to make some playlists for specific genres and scenes that just might help. Maybe. Hopefully.

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If I forgot any songs, let me know! I may just make a part two…


Centuries – Fall Out Boy


Heathens – Twenty One Pilots


Ready Aim Fire – Imagine Dragons


Believer – Imagine Dragons 


Pompeii – Bastille


Immortals – Fall Out Boy


Flares – The Script

Houses – Writing Inspiration

Welcome to Writers Wednesday!

Every Wednesday I do a post for all of the writers out there – writing playlists, tips, chats, etc.

This week I’m doing…photo inspiration!

So these are some photos that might inspire a setting, scene or something like that for your story. The theme for this week is Houses (later this month I’m doing Castles, so if you are interested in that, stick around…).

These are all modern houses; perfect for a contemporary story!


This open plan design is also considered as one of the best design and also decoration with the sense of the contemporary Modern House Designs style all the way. Description from ozvip.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images:


Photo of a pavers house exterior from real Australian home - House Facade photo 175998:


Derrière la façade de cette résidence noyée dans la verdure, Kelly Wearstler a imaginé un intérieur précieux comme un écrin XXL. Marbres, ors et laque noire sont les matières premières de ce cocon ultrasophistiqué.                                                                                                                                                     Plus:


so nice:


Whipple Russell Architects developed Summit Home, which is found in Beverly Hills, California:


This is a nice house.love the underground garage idea.:


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