Monday, April 16, 2018

Organization Tip: Word Count Calendar #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop




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This next tip is great for motivation as well as keeping record…a word count calendar.

A word count calendar is a calendar where you can write down the daily word count you reach inside that day’s box. Do this at the end of the day when you don’t plan to write anymore.

After you turn off the computer, if you end up writing in a notebook and type it up the next day, add those words to that day’s word count. After all, typing up your written words counts. When I do this, I tend to revise, so you’re putting in the same effort and thought.

I like to jazz this up with stickers. I’ve seen writers posting pictures on Instagram of their calendar full of stickers to represent how much they wrote. And I had wanted to do that because it looked like a lot of fun.


I use heart stickers or writing days and thumbs-up stickers for other accomplishments, like sending review requests and recording YouTube Videos.

What I like about combining these two methods is that you have the actual word counts visible and you can add a sticker as a reward. I use bigger stickers for those word counts that are 2,000 or more and smaller stickers for word counts that are under 2,000. Even 500 (and 100) words gets a sticker!

It’s neat to look back on the week and month and see your progress. Or even to see which days resulted in more or less words.


QUESTION: Do you keep track of how much you write?



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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bactine for Criticism (IWSG)


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RECOVERING: I may or may not feel up to visiting on IWSG Day due to recovering from a tonsillectomy. I will visit as soon as I'm up for it, though.


Getting harsh criticism is tough and is certainly hard to swallow. When you get harsh criticism, you could want to bite back and list all the ways they’re wrong. I have a remedy to stop you from doing that.

Get a dammit doll. My mom made me one years ago. People sell them on Etsy, Ebay, and several other places. There’s even a website: www.dammitdolls.com  

Dammit Dolls are for stress relief.



This is the saying:

“Whenever things don’t go so well,
and you want to hit the wall and yell,
here’s a little dammit doll,
that you cannot do without,
just grasp it firmly by the legs,
and find a place to slam it,
and as you whack the stuffing out yell,
“Dammit! Dammit! Dammit!”

When you get a rude critique or nasty review, hit your dammit doll against your desk. Get out all of your frustrations. If you don’t want a dammit doll, punch a pillow or couch cushion until you’re exhausted.

If a reply is necessary, such as through email exchanges with a critique partner, send a reply back to that critic thanking him or her for their suggestions. Even if you have no intentions of using them. That’s it. Kill ‘em with kindness. In any other case, don't even respond or comment. That's when the trolls come out and you could land yourself in a mess.

Get a dammit doll. That is my technique to staying out of trouble when it comes to nasty critiques.


QUESTION: What do you hit to relieve tension?


RELEASE DAY HELP:

I'm looking for bloggers to help me announce the release of Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication

***The release day announcement will contain the blurb, buy links, cover photo, bio, author photo, and hopefully a giveaway, so you can add it to any post.***

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