Why you should set goals…


setting goals, goals, Womens Health, Devin Berglund, Writing, Writer, Fitness, HealthThere are things I know I have to finish and get done, but then I tend to put them off to the last moment? I just started thinking about these things this week, because of the Health Challenge, I’ve been doing.

The Health Challenge this week was making sure I drink enough water each day. Each day I’ve gotten up earlier and I’ve also felt more energetic and all because I’ve been watching my calorie intake (food journal), drinking more water, and eating greener foods, less sugars and starches, and last, but not least I’ve done some form of exercise everyday for at least 30-45 minutes along with some strength training to build muscle. It’s also helped because I have an accountability partner and others that encourage me along the way. Becoming healthy isn’t achieved through dieting… it’s a lifestyle change. Have you set goals to accomplish today? This week? This month? Start now! Continue reading “Why you should set goals…”

9 of The Best Writing Apps

Are you an app junkie? There is an app for everything these days. Being a writer, we should take advantage of the writing apps out there. We have technology that the writers of old probably never dreamed of. Make sure you check out these writing apps.writing, apps, writing apps, amwriting, Devin Berglund

1. Evernote 

I love Evernote. It’s a great place to save things from the web. It’s also a great place to keep all of your notes and story ideas.

2. Rory’s Storycubes

This is a great app for story prompts. It’s also a fun game to play with family and friends. Love this. They also have a NONE app version where you actually get to roll dice.

3. Pages

Also available on the iPad.

4. Index Card

This app helps you organize your thoughts using index cards. It also syncs well with Scrivener. They also have this for the iPad.

5. WriteChain

This app is great for keeping track of the words you write daily. Log the word count every day so that you don’t break the link.

6. Word

You all know what word does. It’s a great app to have on your iPhone. They also have this for the iPad.

7. Google Docs

Do you work on a bunch of computers? If so, Google Docs is a great way to be accessible to everything.

8. Notes App

This comes automatically on your iPhone and iPad. I love it for jotting down ideas.

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9. Word count Dashboard

This is a great app where you can keep track of your project’s word count. It’s really inspiring. Here is a screenshot from my last project. It’s really cool, because you can set a deadline and also upload a cover. How cool, right?writing, apps, writing apps, amwriting, Devin Berglund

 

 

Did I miss some of your favorites?  Share them in the comments below.

Revising Resources – The Bad & The Good

This was originally a post that was published on my old blog. I was preparing my website articles and posts for Google’s SEO change and realized I hadn’t posted this over here yet. Now, I rarely give bad reviews on public pages, but sometimes there are things people need to be warned about. And I feel this one is important! I was revising my novel and wanted more information on revision, follow my journey. Read all the way to the bottom for some GREAT resources on editing.

Professionalism Is IMPORTANT!!

As you all know, I’ve been through a ton of revisions with my manuscript.

At first, I had no idea how to go about the whole process. I mucked right into the muddy mess with my rain boots. I like the mental picture of a girl with her rain boots, because I can relate. I remember a time in my life (I was probably 8-years-old) when I was stuck in the middle of the muddy garden in my rain boots. The garden had turned to an ocean of mud from all the rain we’d gotten. I was stuck.

 

Holly Lisle, Professionalism, Why professionalism is important as an author, revision, revising, writing, editingI tried pulling my feet out of the mud, but the suction was too strong, so I started hyperventilating. My foot came flying out of my rain boot. I was a crying little island in the middle of a mud sea.

I pulled my other foot out and ran to the safety of dry land, but my boots stayed behind. They were out there for a few days.

I picture revising a novel a lot like that whole scene. (Writing and revising is a lot like gardening.)

You need to get yourself dirty. Roll up your sleeves and get in there.

When I was just starting my revision process I wasn’t sure how to go about it so I looked for books and/or courses on revision. I also interviewed authors on it. (Read below for the author interviews on editing)

A few people told me that I should look into Holly Lisle’s course on revision: How To Revise Your Novel, by Holly Lisle. They told me it was quite expensive as well. I looked it up and found that it was $49.95 per month (5 payments) =$249.75.

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Twitter Chat Schedule – #WritingHarvest

Twitter Chat Schedule!

Ever wanted to make more writing friends?

Writer friends have strong connections that you won’t find in some people. Have you ever been talking about your writing or book ideas to friends and family just to see their eyes glaze over. They enjoy that you are excited, but they just don’t get you like other writers. So come join us in the #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat. We are family a great group of writers who want to change the world with their words.

I created #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat last November during the harvest. It gave me the idea that as writers, we should be harvesting our words. We should be writing as much as we can.

Who: Are you a writer? Then come join us! Invite all of your writerly friends.

Where: It’s all held on Twitter at the hashtag #WritingHarvest. We meet monthly!

Not sure what a Twitter Chat is?

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#WritingHarvest Schedule

March 14th at 3:00 PM Pacific Time (OVER)

April 18th at 3:00 PM Pacific Time (OVER)

May 16th at 3:00 PM Pacific Time

• June (I will be on Vacation)

• July 25th at 3:00 PM Pacific Time

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Running & Writing in Viva Las Vegas

Devin’s Las Vegas Update:

I’ve been running tons and writing tons. Also feel like it’s been a while since I last gave you all an update on living in Las Vegas.

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Just got back from Florida. I did the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Disney World. Went there for a week and enjoyed family time with my parents and brother. It was really nice.

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A picture I snapped from the air looking down on Vegas when I got back.

List of things I’ve done since being in Vegas

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10 Tips For Hosting A Twitter Chat

SodaDo you want to host a Twitter Chat?

If you don’t know what a Twitter Chat is, check out this post first. And be sure to check out when our schedule to see when the next #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat is.

1. Find a perfect hashtag. Make sure the hashtag isn’t being used.

2. Pick a date.

3. Get the word out. (It’s smart to make sure you have enough time to advertise it so enough people hear about it.) I started advertising and getting the word out about it about 4-5 weeks before I scheduled the Twitter Chat.

4. Start planning for it. Start by, writing up a page of questions. Aim for at least 10-12 questions that relate to your topic.

5. Make sure it is under 140 characters. That is – make sure your question is under that amount so you can include the hashtag and so others may retweet it, if they like. Continue reading “10 Tips For Hosting A Twitter Chat”

A Twitter Chat? What is That?

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Have you ever heard of a Twitter Chat? (are you a writer? If so, check out our #WritingHarvest Twitter Chat Schedule)

If not, you’ve come to the right place. Read on. Continue reading “A Twitter Chat? What is That?”

What Not To Do When Editing Your Novel

You DON’T Want To Do This, while Editing…

What Not To Do When Editing Your Novel (1)Editing a novel can be a lot of work.

Many people don’t know how much work really goes into the books on the shelves at bookstores.

People don’t see the thousands of hours spent in a dark room editing, cutting words, rewriting them, doing all that before a deadline, and then doing it all over again.

I thought I’d share with you all some of the things I learned from editing my book The Mason of Hearts this last time. These are the things a writer shouldn’t do while editing their novel. I am going to be fully truthful with you here.

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How To Prepare For A Novel Writing Intensive

 

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Next week I will be headed to Washington for a Novel Writing Intensive. I am totally excited about this, so I thought I would tell you all what I am planning on packing.

Have you ever gone to a writing retreat or intensive? Have you ever wondered what you should pack? Or do, to prepare for it? If so, read on.

1. Do Your Writing Homework

• Read the speaker’s blogs, books, and more.

• Take notes.

• Implement what you’ve learned into your own writing.

2. The Essentials

• Make sure you book your accommodations and transportation ahead of time.

• Also, print the booking papers ahead of time. (such as: tickets, accommodation bookings, play bookings, ect.) Continue reading “How To Prepare For A Novel Writing Intensive”