We’re going to start writing short stories daily this month. Let’s aim for a short story a day, but if that doesn’t work for you, it’s okay. A short story a week is still awesome. Set your goal and we’ll be here to help you reach it!
If you’re not part of the discord, connect with our streamers and they’ll get you in.
Do you have the guide? Our streamers will be happy to link you right to it if you don’t. Make sure to check them all out!
The first of our daily writing prompts is:
An injured horse finds it’s way to the front yard of a woman who just can’t let the animal suffer.
Today we’re going to spend some time chatting with The Unique Lee, a fun twitch writing streamer! Hope you enjoy the interview.
Here’s a bit about the Unique Lee:
The Unique Lee is a mid-twenties half-black queer goth maybe vampire and full-time freelancer. They focus on slice-of-life and romance-driven stories with queer multiracial (sometimes goth) characters living their best lives in a fantasy or urban fantasy setting. Many of these numerous stories have been posted across the far reaches of the internet on various social media platforms.
When not writing their stories they’re drawing them through cartoon illustrations of their fantastical worlds or telling the story in outlandish comics.
They may sometimes be heard yelling in the cornfields of Ohio where they dwell or cry out for help under the mountain of countless lists they continue to produce.
What do you stream? (or write in what genre)
I am a creative variety streamer focusing on digital art and creative writing. I enjoy writing a number of different genres usually focusing on LGBTQ+ themes, romance, and slice-of-life while using multiple forms of storytelling ranging from comics to novellas to games.
I love being able to chat and share my work with others and streaming allows me to do that in real-time. The chat and I get to have meaningful discussions about stories or the nature of the writing world or just talk tropes we’re tired of. Being able to bounce ideas off so many wonderful people is motivating and invigorating for my creative process.
How do you keep your viewers engaged?I keep viewers engaged with both meaningful and everyday conversations and with fun channel point games. Conversations that involve dissecting a trope or popular plot device help keep everyone talking about something they feel strongly about while the fun and relaxing channel point games allow viewers to easily engage with me, the streamer, in a less mentally taxing way. I also maintain a relaxing environment in my chat which allows viewers to feel at peace when talking in chat. Having a relaxed and calming environment allows everyone a chance to work with ease and without pressure.
There is nothing to be told about me. Even I have nothing to say about myself if I were to be honest. Although perhaps, I could start with introducing myself. My name is Cryssalia, a college student of English Major that resides in Malaysia who aspires to be a writer. A Non-binary bisexual, so yes, I am an LGBTQIA+ ally.
I’ve always been passionate with storytelling, built from the love of books since I was only six years old and I dreamed of creating stories that could either reach the shelves or tv. I picked up writing when I was nine, but only became more passionate in the craft when I was fourteen.
I honed my craft from Fanfiction, and in 2018, I begun to pursue original works. It was a struggle, as I was too focus in making my draft perfect, compared myself to other writers and envy them when they are published. It was my biggest mistake, and I lost the joy of storytelling because of my own negativity.
However this year, I have found the perfect writing family and one of them once told me, “It doesn’t matter if it’s self indulgent, just write it!” and it kickstarted my love to write once more. It was my initial drive to write, because I thought it was fun. Now, I’m looking forward to create more stories that I can enjoy with others.
I know when I’ve caught your streams they are always fun. What do you stream? (or write in what genre)
I stream worldbuilding, art, and writing. The genres I’ve written in so far are Dystopian Sci-Fi and Magipunk Fantasy
We’re declaring January Short Story Creation Month
The energetic start to the year is intended to foster a fun, creative beginning and forward momentum to launch 2021 forward together!
To add to the fun of it all there are several Twitch Writing Streamers who will be joining the challenge. We’ll be streaming writing, chatting, and conversation about writing. We are going to make this a fun, active month together!
For the month of January the goal is to create a short story every single day for the entire month. Much like creating a consistent creative flow in November, we’ll be doing that in January. Each short story will need to be between 1000 and 15, 000 words on any genre.
Starting the year off with energy and momentum is a great way to set your year on the right path. This isn’t a planned ‘New Years Resolution’. It’s a goal setting exercise for starting off the year strong. Let’s do it together!
As the Twitch Writers Community continues to grow and thrive, challenges are common. We’ve opted to give life to a challenge we’ve done before.
Join us in January to start the year off with 31 Short Stories – A Short Story a day is a huge boost in creative expression, back list growth, and new worlds to play in.
If you don’t hit 31 short stories, but you’ve been writing daily towards that goal you will end up with more stories than you began with.
Our general guide is
*1000 words to 15k words
*Short story in any genre
For myself, I will be aiming for 5000 to 10,000 words in each story daily. They become great fodder for collections, short story releases, and bonus stories.
1000 word short stories are GREAT for patreon supporters, book collections, bonus stories, and newsletter reader magnets.
Watch this space for an upcoming guide, book of writing prompts, and more!
We are going to begin conducting Author Interviews and expanding our horizons! Check out our first one with Dale L. Roberts! He is an expert in both Fitness and Self-publishing.
With a portfolio that is more than 40 books long, his passion for healthy living is visible in each creation. Now, he turns his passion for helping others toward fellow self publishers with the Self Publishing with Dale Brand. His thriving business is now redirecting to supporting his fellow authors and helping them develop their brand.
Dale L. Roberts is a full-time self-published author, former professional wrestler and personal trainer. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Kelli and cat Izzie. You can find more from Dale at YouTube.com/SelfPublishingWithDaleLRoberts.
Great. You published a book. That’s a fantastic step forward for any publisher. You have more books on the drawing board? Fantastic as well. How do you ensure success? You need to have a plan. While we aren’t going into extensive details in this post, I will list a few things you will need before you launch that book and at least one after.
A marketing plan is an outline for how you expect to share the book with the world. This plan can be extensive or simple, but there needs to be one in place.
You need to have a newsletter, which is promoted in the book. This gives your new readers a chance to interact and learn about you in a way Facebook and Twitter can’t. While you can and should maintain accounts on both social media platforms, it is your newsletter that encourages readers to enjoy conversation with you on a regular basis. You should be actively engaged in these conversations.
Reviews are the social proof that encourages readers to purchase your book. Some books are bought right off the shelf because of the cover, or the blurb, but the reality is it’s the reviews that generate sales from anyone uncertain about the purchase. Getting reviews must be part of your marketing plan without question.
It is a wonderful thing when your books are well received. A good marketing plan includes the above to ensure that happens for a long time to come. You should also have a website because readers will search for you. You should have your social media accounts monitored because some will try to reach you sooner. These are the essentials, but they are far from all you can do to get yourself in the eye of a reader.
Watch for future articles where we will begin to discuss how to get reviews and what to do to get your newsletter set up (and much more)
What are some of your favorite tricks for contacting readers?
Many authors think they have to start with their author career by doing a lot of things. Some argue they have to take this class in creative writing, while others argue they don’t have a grasp on the industry, or my favorite is – they don’t have time.
None of that matters when you desire to become an author. The first thing you do is finish the book. When I say finish the book, I mean the first draft. There are many steps that follow – revisions, edits, more revisions, more edits, proofreading, editing, and the list goes on. Nothing will move forward without the first part – the book.
The best way to know you’ll finish it is to start it and commit at least 2 hours each week to the progress of the story. This could be fantastic. Most prolific writings commit to a daily writing goal. It doesn’t matter if the content created will be removed later, as long as the daily writing goal is reached. Even books filled with the need to edit, are completed books ready for the chain of work that follows.
Another great way to know you’ll finish the book you want to write is to imagine where you want the story to end – write that first. Once you’ve got a clear vision of the end of the book, writing what comes before it flows much easier for many authors, new and experienced.
What else can you do to help your book along? What do you think about ‘writer’s block’? What would you like to know?
We will cover these questions and others in future posts. What else should we add to the list?
This is a guest spot by Tiana LeBeau, a romance author and friend who has been freelancing for many years.
How to become a Freelance Writer
Many people who decide they want a career as a freelance writer never realize that there is a lot more to this career than just writing. In addition to writing, it is important that you learn to market the work you do, that you take care of important business details, and you are aware of current publishing trends.
The competition for freelance writers is intense. While it takes some work to be a successful freelance writer, it is possible if you know the right steps to getting involved in this business. If you’re wondering how to become a freelance writer,
Here are simple steps to get you on your way to a successful career.
Honestly, Assess Your Writing
The first thing you need do, if you want to know how to become a freelance writer, is to evaluate your writing honestly. In a competitive market, you need to make sure that you have excellent writing skills if you plan to break into this market. Busy editors will not look further if your writing includes many errors. When you take an honest look at your writing, find areas that you can improve on. The harder you are on yourself, the better writer you will become. With an assessment of your writing that is honest, you will be able to see your strong points and find weaknesses that you can work on in the future.
Consider Taking a Writing Course
If you are wondering how to become a freelance writer, another important step is to consider taking a good writing course. If you already have a degree in journalism or English, the course may not be needed. If you do not, there are many options for developing your writing skills, both free and inexpensive. Look at WritingClasses.com for some ideas.
Learn to Write Quality Query Letters
The next step to take if you want to know how to become a freelance writer is to learn to write quality query letters. Once you begin working as a freelance writer, you will be writing many query letters. You can search YouTube for a lot of video suggestions on how to create the ideal query letter. It’s free information and training. Enjoy it.
Make Use of Freelance Writing Websites
Last, you need to learn to take advantage of freelance writing websites if you want to know how to become a freelance writer. Many quality sites will help you to develop your writing skills further, and these sites often have many other great resources for those who want to get involved in the freelance writing field. One such site is iWriter, but there are a plethora of others available. iWriter is a good start for new freelancers. Experienced ones may find the first few layers of their process tedious but it provides an effective introduction to the freelance world for a new writer.