HELLO MY FRIENDS. Today I have a TON of exciting news and updates to share with you…so much that I had to put it into a blog post rather than a P.S. or a newsletter. A lot of this has been brewing in my busy little mind for a while and I’m SO PUMPED to finally tell you what’s happening.
Thus, I’m going to spend this whole post talking about 1) my exciting announcement *distant shrieking* and 2) my hopes/dreams/plans for this blog + my writing + life stuff because part of this blog is to share my journey with you all <3
So…Critique Services? What’s That About?
I have a confession to make:
I love editing.
Yes, I might be crazy. And no, I don’t shriek with delight when I have to implement edits into my own stories. My love for editing lies mostly in the area of finding the things that need to be changed to improve a story.
Thus, over a year ago, I was naturally drawn to this thing called beta reading. I’ve beta read half a dozen novels and novellas since December 2016, and I LOVE IT. I love reading unfinished stories and finding areas that can be strengthened or working with other writers to find solutions to the things that don’t quite work in their stories.
As I did this more and more last year, an idea popped into my brain.
What if I could become a freelance editor one day?
My little entrepreneur mind really liked the idea. After all, what’s the next best thing besides writing your own stories? —> HELPING OTHER PEOPLE WRITE THEIRS. And to be an independent author and a freelance editor one day? It made me giddy.
As I pondered how to do this one day, I kept coming back to the idea that people were critique partners or such before they were editors. Beta reading is akin to critiquing, so I figured I should do more of that. I usually do a lot of beta reading (I think my last break was in October…no, July? xD), but that’s usually just from writers I know well. So I thought…what if I publicly advertised that I want to beta read for people?
And so my idea of free critique services was born. I critique peoples’ novels for free, gain experience and credentials, and eventually become a paid editor.
If you can’t already tell, I’m ridiculously excited about this! This is a big step toward something I really want to do and absolutely love doing already. So if you have more questions or a novel that needs critiquing, head on over HERE
1. The Future Of This Blog
Since September, I’ve been slowly working on making my blog more “professional”—custom domain, email list, and soon, a home page. I’m also working on tweaking my header. Just a little bit though, since I got a ton of positive feedback on it during my end of the year survey 😉
Will I be changing the content of the blog? No. I’m going to try and stick to what I’ve been doing—one inspirational post, one writing tip post, one “writing life” post, and one whatever-I-want post every month. Just because I want to go “more professional” doesn’t mean I won’t keep using caps and emojis and run on sentences (and parenthesis). It’s part of my blogging style and feels more authentic to you guys, I think.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ll be taking down the RSS feed redirect from Blogger—meaning, if you followed my blog via blogger, posts will no longer show up in your Blogger feed in a few weeks. You can get all my posts via email by signing up HERE
2. The Future Of My Writing
aka, what I think about 24/7 (heh)
So…I obviously want to get published—independently, at that, unless I have a radical change of heart. The big question is: when?
And the big answer is: I don’t know.
I don’t know because I don’t have a novel anywhere near ready for publication. I have a little goal in the back of my mind of fall 2019, but last time I made a plan like that, life squashed it in a matter of months.
But I will be publishing one day, even if I don’t know that day. I firmly believe that God has put stories on my heart with the purpose of getting them out into the world. While I may not be able to do that in a matter of months, I can keep refining what He’s given me. I can learn more about character, plot, theme, prose, beats, etc. I can keep getting feedback on my writing and growing my platform.
3. Just The Future
Nope, this isn’t the part where I tell you my life plan, because—spoiler alert—I don’t know it. It would be cool if I did…but I don’t.
But I will add really quick what my vision is: to use the talents God has given me to reveal the beauty of His love and the brightness of His Light. That’s what I strive to do with my words, and I’m hoping to add on to that—become a freelance editor, mentor other writers, do graphic design on the side (completely self-employed…I blame my dad for inspiring that mindset 😉).
I can’t wait to keep sharing my journey with you all here on the blog. Thank you for reading and following along with me!
What are your dreams? Where do you want to go with your writing/whatever you’re good at? (and do you have a book that needs critiquing? 😉) (and make sure to follow my blog via email if you haven’t already!!!)