Monday, February 23, 2015

Getting Into the Writing Zone ||| Guest Post

Hey everyone! You might remember that in my last post I mentioned that Andrea Marie had approached me and asked if she could write a guest post for Inklined. Well, she's here today, so everyone please give her a warm Inklined welcome, and don't forget to check out her blog, where you will find a guest post I wrote.

Andrea Marie on

Getting Into the Writing Zone


Hey guys! This is my very first time guest posting, and I’m especially stoked since this is for Inklined, an amazing writing blog! Anyway, I am here to talk about Getting into the Writing Zone, which is what I call that period of time when all you want to do is write, write, and write some more.

There are a bunch of different ways to get into it-the ones I find the most effective are what I’m going to discuss right now. However, it really depends on you; all of us have our own writing styles, rituals, and the like so some ways could work for you and some may not.

So first of all, I give myself a pep talk (I think this is weird, I’m not sure) and tell myself that I should just go ahead and write and enjoy doing it. I tell myself that I write because I want to, not so that people will know about me or my friends will think I’m cool (because honestly, they don’t). Finally, I tell myself to actually write and not just keep thinking about writing.

Sarah here. To listen to the music on Pandora that gets
me into a fantasy writing zone, click here!
Secondly, I have this playlist on my phone called ‘Writing Motivation Music’. It all started about a week or two ago, I was stuck at 4k words, and I just couldn’t push myself to hit that 5k milestone. I opened my phone and started playing Alive by One Direction, and before I knew it, by the end of the song I was almost halfway through 4k! Again, music may work for some people-I personally like upbeat songs-while some people may get the motivation to write when there is silence.

Aside from music, I really like going on the Internet and watching writing videos to keep me on track and to push myself to write. Basically I go to YouTube, watch a few videos on writing, and then I go back to my writing! Some Writing YouTubers I suggest are Word Nerds, Mandi Lynn, Katytastic, Kristina Horner, and Andrea Heckler. Their videos just want you to go back to writing as soon as you finish the video you’re watching!

Another great way to get into the writing zone is to read writing blogs. I recommend blogs like this (Inklined, duh) to be read when you’re stuck in the middle of a scene, a chapter, or anything and you want that push to keep going. The online writing community, especially the bloggers, are seriously so, so helpful when you need motivation and inspiration. After a few minutes of surfing through all these blogs online I just get this urge to shamefully stop what I’m doing, head off to my laptop, and write because I saw this pep talk post saying I write well and that I should be writing now.

Finally, turn off all distractions. If you really want to go deep into the writing zone and write for long amounts of time without getting distracted, be sure to turn off your phone-or put it on silent-, turn off the WiFi on your laptop, and turn off the TV. Getting into the zone needs a lot of discipline, but it’s worth it when you’re typing away and finally get a good look at the word count, and you’ve written over a thousand words in one sitting!

So I hope you enjoyed this post, be sure to share it with your writing friends just because, and check out Sarah’s post on my blog!

Keep writing!

xx

Andrea Marie


Andrea Marie is a teenage writer, and now, a sort-of blogger. She is currently working on the first draft of her novel, while juggling her time with school, her school newspaper, practicing the electric guitar, and her reading time. You can find her on her blog, http://helloimateenwriter.blogspot.com/, where she rambles about anything from weird writing habits of hers or talking about Pitch Perfect for the 836493th time.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

On Approachability || Being a Public Figure Online

I've been blogging for three years. During that time, I've gained 121 followers and published 215 posts. In my eyes, I'm just this teenage girl with big dreams and internet access. It still floors me that people read my blog! I average 5-7 comments per post. I am by no means an internet celebrity.

And yet, when I look back at the blogs I loved before I started blogging, I'm shocked. I have more followers now than my favorite blog, Go Teen Writers, did when I started reading it. The blogger I most looked up to when I started blogging, Lily for Lily's Notes in the Margins, is now my closest writing friend. One thing I've learned about the internet is that it levels the playing field.

There are people who've said before that Inklined is one of their favorite blogs. This shocks me!  But more than that it honors me. The other day I was reading a blog called Opal Swirls. I'd just nominated the blog for a tag. Wild Horse, the blogger, said, "So when I was reading Inklined (a blog I used to be waaaay too scared to comment on) I was excited to see Sarah had a tag, about books."

Now I will confess. I used to be too scared to comment on Cait's blog, Paper Fury. But the idea that someone might be too scared to comment on my blog is crazy!  I love comments. When people comment on my blog, it delights me.

So you have people like Wild Horse, too scared to comment. And then you have people like Andrea Marie. A few weeks ago, Andrea commented saying she'd love to guest post on Inklined and have me guest post on her blog. To my memory, Andrea has never commented here before. I'd never read her blog. But she had the guts to put herself out there to me.  Because this is the internet. Anything can happen here.

For instance, I've interviewed a NYT Bestselling author on this blog, Jennifer Neilson author of The False Prince. I've been retweeted by another NYT Bestselling author, James Dashner. But I initiated both of those interactions. The reason James Dashner saw my tweet was because I tagged him in it. The reason Jennifer Neilson allowed me to interview her was because I emailed her and asked if she would be open to an interview.

I have my email address sprinkled all over this blog. I also provide my readers with links to my Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ profiles. By making those things publicly available, I'm giving you permission to contact me on any of those forums. You'll notice there isn't a link to my Facebook page. That's because I almost never accept friend requests from people I don't know in real life. I don't really want readers of my blog to approach me on Facebook, and so I don't link to my Facebook profile. But because I give you my email, I'm giving you permission to email.

On the internet, we are all accessible to the public. And if the public wants to Tweet at us, follow us on Pinterest, or comment on our blog, we need to be open to that.  And even if you're just a lowly fangirl, you are capable of tweeting at and following your favorite bloggers, writers, and actors too.

We are all on the internet for a reason, and that is to feel connected to other people. So you never have to ask permission to reach out and make connections.

Have you ever felt scared to comment on this blog or anywhere else? Is there an article you want me to read or something your want me to blog about. Tweet or email me! I promise I won't bite (unless you smell like chocolate. Then all bets are off.)

Thank you so much for reading!
And if any of you just really love my blog, shoot me an email and let me know. I'd love to chat with you!