Back at it…YouTubing that is

Do you ever run out of stuff to write about…yeah me neither but sometimes, I get tired of typing so I’m restarting my channel on YouTube. Yep that’s right, I’m sharing spur of the moment thoughts about all things pertaining to a writer’s life in hopefully under three minutes!

Check it out. Subscribe or just like a video or two. I hope to inspire you to keep pushing and letting the words flow. And maybe make you laugh a little along the way.

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Letting Creativity Flow

Okay passion-fy family, my words have been flowing and my motivation to push my writing and creative desires further are getting stronger and stronger by the second. And let me give a quick shout out to my personal board of directors for giving me life and tell me to quit it with the excuses. So here’s a quick download of my next steps:

Third Book is 97% Completed

I promise y’all, I thought I was finished until I uncovered another chapter in my brain dump of this novella/novel (It’s teetering closer to a novel now) but now I’m wrapping this sucker up. I plan to have this completed by mid-September so I can get it over to an editor (or two) and start pitching it by the end of September. I’m not playing folks. I can’t play anymore because I have at least four more stories dying to get out and I can barely stay focus on this one. But it’s coming I know. A two-year hiatus in publishing isn’t too bad…wait, I was published recently by Z Publishing. If you missed that news, catch up with the previous post.

YouTube Restart and Podcast Launch

I’ve been asked by several writers if I’m going to start back up on the vlogs, and the answer was yes until life happened (baby, moving, motherhood, wifin’, career change, and the list goes on). But I’m for real this time and I’m even going to partner with another fellow YouTuber to start a new channel. Videos are in progress so make sure that you’re following my channel to stay updated on the latest uploads. While you’re there, check out some of the oldies too.

Pushing the Ps: Pitching, pushing, producing

I’ve hit the producing part in the first two sections. But the other two are a bit more complicated for me. For pitching, I’m actively searching for a passionate literary agent. And I don’t someone necessarily into the topics I write about (even though that would be ideal) but someone who is as passionate about their job and role in my career as I am about writing. I’m looking for my Puff Daddy. I want my next piece to get picked up and I know that having someone like that on my team could be a career changer.

Now in regards to pushing, I’ve got to get the word out about my current and previous projects. As a writer, I’m an introvert. I like to do things behind the scene and if someone notices the final project, if not, that’s cool too…but that’s THE WRONG thought process if I want to live off of my books one day. So, to combat my introvertedness (it’s a word, I promise), I’m pushing myself to not only promote my books and passion pieces more on social media and other channels but also send out copies to people who I would love to read my book — no matter how unlikely it is that they get it. Faith always has the final answer.

Stay tuned…

With passion,

DNC

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Diary of an Exhausted Black Female Writer: The Drama of NaNoWriMo

I’d be lying if I said I’ve been focused thus far for NaNoWriMo 2017. I was supposed to give you guys my weekly update, starting with week one last week, but I was disappointed at my lack of dedication and focus. And the worst part is that I have no idea why I’m so lackadaisical. I literally have had time but my mind won’t function properly. Or maybe my fingers don’t feel like typing. I have no clue but plenty of excuses as you can see.

So I’m forcing this post out because it’s time for a change. After listening to Gary V. keeping it 110% this morning on The Breakfast Club, I’ve got to file away these million-and-one excuses and get back to my passionate grind.

Let me summarize what Gary said:
Stop looking at others and thinking they are lucky to be where they are. Refocus that attention on applauding their plight, shifting to positive energy and see if that energy reflects back on you. You may have to cut out some important people in your life – his example was your mother – that may be holding you back. They probably don’t even know that they are doing so with their contradictory or deconstructive language, so you must take it upon yourself to leave them where they need to be for you to succeed. Lastly (but not really because he dropped so much more knowledge that you’ll have to tune in for the dets), if you’re not loving what you are doing, you will not be successful at doing it. If you are not willing to get your hands dirty, stand outside in the rain or snow for eight hours to get what you need, stay late night after night, make sacrifices that others aren’t willing to make, then you WILL NOT succeed.

That’s it folks. #RealTalk. A true wake-up call for me. I love writing. I’m exhausted from life’s up and downs, but damnit, I can’t stop. You can’t stop. Keep forcing yourself to push through the dark or slow times. You have one lifetime to shine your extraordinary light. Let’s do it together.

With passion,
DNC

FYI, word-count for this month is only 700 but at least I’m writing something. What are you doing? #challengeyourself #writethroughitall

#Writerslife Proposals, Pitching, Queries…oh my!

This week, I stopped by one of my favorite podcasts, Writing Excuses, and caught this great one on all of the above.

They really tackle some of the old vs. new outlook on pitching, proposals and queries.

Even if you’re not at this place yet, it’s great to keep these thoughts, tips and tricks in your back pocket.

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Stay passionate!

-DNC