More Subscriptions . . . Apple and Audiobooks?!

I love the ‘News’ app on Apple, I subscribe to it and use it as my main news source (the reason why I love it is because of all the magazine options). Naturally, they have a healthy dose of news sources dedicated to Apple. MacRumors reported on January 4, 2022 that Apple might be entering into the Audiobook space! What does that mean? Well, likely that you will just get all your media sources from Apple. What does that mean for Authors? I am not sure yet, but it is another example of a ‘giant’ trying to acquire as much content as possible. I would venture that in order to attract content and talent away from Amazon/ACX/Audible, Apple might offer better terms for authors. Amazon notoriously creates a very competitive landscape for authors and when working with Amazon’s subscription services, authors are often disappointed with the compensation. I am super excited that another big player is entering the space but I am interested to see what the terms look like for the authors. I wonder when and what Apple’s digital book subscription service will look like, will it be anything like Amazon’s? Check out Amazon’s below:

Kindle Unlimited Reading Subscription Discounted 6M, 12M, 24M pre-paid plans – earn bounty

Writing to write…

I came across an article in the Guardian that reminded me of two things:

1. Write to write.

2. Not everything written is meant to be published, or needs to be published.

The article by Cathy Rentzenbrink does a great job summing these points up.

You do not need to be a “writer” to write. You don’t need to have some profound experience oe a certain educational or professional background to you. You don’t have to have what you might feel is writing talent- just write. Write as much as possible and you will surprise yourself with just how talented you actually are.

Just because you do write something does not mean it needs to be published by a publishing company or even through self publication, the act of writing is often an exercise and nothing more. This reminder as helped me a set new goal for myself this year- I am going to try to write more- here on this blog and just for myself too. Here is to you writing more and more as well!

Work out

One of the best ways to clear your head when you are trying to write is to work out! This is the time of the year everyone is thinking about working out, but you should do it for more then your body, do it for your mind as well. The endorphins generated from working out lead to a clearer mind and sharper recall, which ultimately can help you write better. If your stuck or not, all the data shows that working out, getting endorphins pumping can help! For more on this check out: https://www.apa.org/topics/exercise-fitness/stress

Let me give you some tips on what I like:

I like body weight exercises because they do not require equipment and you can do them right at your desk or where ever you work, I like push ups, squats and planks, I try to do as much as I can through out the day. Sometimes I add resistance with bands, here is a link to some easy bands which help me do more then just body weight.

NETKENS Resistance Band Set 11-Piece Home Workouts Durable P

Get Out of Your Reading Rut!

It happens to the best of us…we say we are going to read, read, read and then once life catches up to us or we aren’t feeling inspired the reading stops. And it may take a while to get back into the swing of things. 

But don’t worry! Follow some of these tips to put you back in the reading mood!

  1. Listen to recommendations.

Sometimes things truly go in one ear and out the other, but try and listen to what your fellow readers have to say! Give one of their recommendations a shot, you might be pleasantly surprised. 

  1. Pick up an old favorite. 

Go back to a book you know you love to put you back into the mood. After you finish it you may be more eager to try something new.

  1. Celebrity reading lists. 

If you have a favorite celebrity like Reese Witherspoon or Oprah take a look at their reading list. It could spark some inspiration!

  1. Judge a book by its cover. 

I know. I know. But sometimes it’s necessary! Take a good stroll through the bookstore or browse a website and just see what catches your eye. You want to look for something that you know you will open!

  1. Try a new method.

If you have only picked up a paperback book, switch it up! Listen to an audiobook or try an ebook out and see if you like it better. 

I get in my own rut from time to time, but I like to use these tips for myself to put me back in my reading game! Try them out and see if they work for you!

Happy Reading!

Start Your Summer Reading List

I don’t know about you but I get most of my reading done in the summer! There’s something about the warm weather and a good book that just goes hand in hand! But before I even crack open a book I make my summer reading list! It’s a great way to get started, and to keep me on track plus sometimes I even forget what I want to read. 

If you know you want to start your summer reading journey but don’t know what to put on your list I am here to help! I will list some out based on genre and if something catches your eye add it to your list! Alright..here we go!

Romance

Teen and Young Adult

Fantasy

Biography

Historical Fiction

Thriller

Happy Reading!

Journaling Basics

Whether you are an avid journal writer or you’re starting because of a new year’s resolution…welcome! Every now and then it’s good to go back to the basics. These are in no means an ‘How to’ on journal writing- just more of a way to get you started or to hit refresh. 

You don’t have to put pen to paper. 

More of the traditional way of journaling is to keep a notebook and pen handy and simply write! But now there are so many more options. You can dedicate a notes section on your phone to journaling, a file on your computer, or you can download an app to use on your tablet! Whatever will feel more comfortable and will keep you journaling.

Keep realistic expectations.

The best way to start something new, or keep something going is to establish a routine. Set realistic expectations for when you want to journal. It is also easier when you link it to something you do everyday. For example, on the train ride commute to work, while you’re having your morning coffee, or when you’re getting ready for bed. Create a healthy habit for yourself. 

Write about gratitude. 

When in doubt write about gratitude. It can be life changing for mental health when you take the time to write about what you are grateful for. And you can start small with the things in front of you and go from there. 

Try something new.

Go outside the box and make your journal personal and messy! Add pictures, or scraps that you have found throughout the day, like a good newspaper article for example. Re-read and write in the margins! 

Write for you. 

This may be the most important of the journaling basics. Remember why you started it, and write for yourself. No one has to read it and it will not be graded or criticized. Think about what goals you have for yourself and your journal and work towards that. 

Happy Journaling!

Reading Resolutions

Hello 2021!

What a year, am I right? But, now it’s time to welcome the new year the way most people do- with great resolutions! It is the time to reflect on the previous year and see where you want to take the new year. Here are reading  themed resolutions that you can start in 2021:

  1. Listen to more audiobooks.

Take a break from your average reading time and pop in an audiobook. It gives you the opportunity to multitask. Listen to your book at the gym, in the car, or while you cook!

  1. Take notes while you read.

Expand your mind and think about what you’re reading. Write down your thoughts or quotes. Then you can come back and read your notes later!

  1. Read books on your reading list or create a reading list.

Lists are beautiful! It gives you a reminder of what you want and something to look forward to. If you’re like me, you need a list or else you will forget what you even wanted to read in the first place.

  1. Write more book reviews.

Did you love it or dislike it? Either way write a thoughtful book review to give other people a look inside the book. It is helpful for potential readers and authors!

  1. Try a different genre.

I know trying new things can be scary, but you might like it! Go outside your comfort zone of historical romance and try a new mystery!

Modify the resolutions to fit you! It always helps to write them down and keep it in a spot that you can use as a daily reminder. 

Writing resolutions post coming soon! So make sure you give us a follow:)

Happy New Year!

Spark Creativity!

Creativity: the use of imagination or original ideas. 

Take risks, think in a way that’s outside the box! I wanted to look into how someone can spark more creativity in their life, and came across a very interesting article. 10 Psychological Tricks That Will Boost Your Creativity. In this article they discuss how you have to seek out things that inspire you, rather than waiting for something inspirational to happen. 

I personally loved all of the tips mentioned, and will be sure to try and introduce them into my own life. Creativity is endless! We just have to find the right recipes for ourselves to keep our creativity flowing!

What To Do With Unfinished Work

With this blog we encourage writers to write, and keep writing. That is how you get better and find your inner most thoughts and ideas. But what happens when you write and write and don’t finish? What do you do with the work?

Well…we have some tips for you on how you can use your unfinished work to your advantage!

  1. Combine them.

As a writer, many of your pieces may have the same tone, setting, or even characters. Go through your old works and see what pieces can fit together. I never said this was going to be an easy task…but it could be a fun one!

  1. Learn from them. 

While this task might be the easiest, and the most obvious it can still be a challenge. Ask yourself why you never finished a certain piece. Then keep asking yourself questions. See if there is any similarity to your answers with your pieces, then devise a solution. 

  1. Finish them.

Pick up from where you left off. Sometimes all an unfinished piece needs is time! Clear your head and try to keep the momentum going! There is no better way to grow as a writer than to finish your work, leaving no rock unturned!

I challenge you to try these tasks. And in the future, before you are about to throw in the towel, ask yourself why you are stopping. And NEVER delete your work! It is unique to you and can help you grow. It was part of your adventure and can become your beginning if you work at it. 

Happy Writing!