Writers and Writing Communities

Hey Reader,

I’m always excited when I’ve found a new person who is doing something for other in relation to writing. It’s always great to find YouTube channels of authors who are posting videos with advice on writing, or bloggers who are gathering tools for others to use with their writing.

That said, I’m going to share some of the helpful people/communities I’ve found that have helped me get excited and keep writing.

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The Little Things

Hey Reader,

Last week, I gave you some inspirational-sort of videos to get us all into the mindset of writing for the summer season. Today, I’m going to give you a few different methods that I have to get into the writing-mood.

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An Origin Story

Hey Reader,

For our last little video for the week, I’m throwing in something fun. Earlier I shared “If I Should Have A Daughter” by Sarah Kay, which was an amazing spoken poem in a TED Talk. Now I’m going to show you all another one, written by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, which is all about coincidences/fate and friendship. I just think the whole story it tells is uncanny and a good way to end the week. Watch it (I challenge you)! I hope you like it:)

Be ready next week for some more in depth posts, maybe even some of the new stuff I was talking about last week.

As always, good luck:)

Thank you for reading, and don’t stop writing!

Kelli Crockett

Success Stories

Hey Reader,

Since I’ve been doing videos for you all this week, as a way to kick off the summer and inspire everyone to get in the mood for writing, I figured I might as well finish it out. So for the rest of the week, you’ll get a few more videos to get back in the groove of writing.

So today’s video is on a young writer’s success story. I don’t know if it is just me, but when I hear about someone getting a ridiculous book deal or a novel blowing up in the media, it just makes me want to write more. Because if someone else can accomplish something they worked so hard for, especially in the difficult world of publishing and marketing, it makes me think that I can get to my own goals to. It’s always inspired me to see other people reach their goals… so this video is falling into that category.

Watch it! (I challenge you)

 

As always, good luck:)

Thank you for reading, and don’t stop writing!

Kelli Crockett

Last Little Blog!

Hey Reader,

Again, sorry for all of these little blogs in a row. The video that I found for today is more related to life than writing, but it’s a spoken word poem. It’s called Look Up, by Gary Turk. I love this video so much because it tells a story when you watch it all the way through, especially when it calls into question a lot of the things we think of as normal in our societies today. It’s awesome! Watch it! (I challenge you)

Tomorrow is my last two finals, and the last day of school, so after tonight I’m back for a while:)

Thank you for reading, and don’t stop writing!

Kelli Crockett

If I Should Have A Daughter

Hey Reader,

There’s this awesome spoken word poem/TED Talk in the video below! Sorry about giving you short posts with videos for the last/next few days. I couldn’t get big posts done but I still wanted to post. Finals end on Thursday, so you’ve just got to hang in there with me until then. I love this poem so much that I’ve memorized it– that’s how many times I’ve watched it.

Anyway, the poem is called If I Should Have A Daughter by Sarah Kay, and it’s the first two or three minutes of the video. So inspirational, too. A teacher in middle school told me about this poem back when she read some of my writing, and ever since then I’ve been telling as many people about it as I can. After the poem is a TED Talk about poetry, which is also amazing. It makes you look at poetry in an entirely different way. Watch it! (I challenge you:))

Thank you for reading, and don’t stop writing!

Kelli Crockett

How To Write A Book

Hey Reader:)

This is a video I came across about two years ago…? Yeah, about two. Three? Probably three.

Anyway, I saw this just when I was starting to get serious about writing, when I first started this blog (the pre-wordpress days), and when I was still in the middle of planning Deception. This video was made by Kaleb Nation, before he wrote Harken, and I still go back and watch it all of the time because it’s a good inspiration to me. In fact, every morning during the Deception days, I would get up at 5:30 in the morning, watch this video, and write for an hour before getting ready for school. It’s one of many things that kept me going through 125,000 words of my first book.

Seriously, you just need to watch it. If you know what it’s like to try and take on the task of writing a book, even if you’ve only written a chapter, this is the most relatable thing ever. I’ve probably watched it… fifty times by now? A hundred. Probably a hundred…

My challenge for you? Try to take something away from it. Even if you don’t write novels, even if you aren’t writing right now, try to take something away from it to help you write later on. Comment what you think!

Also, throughout the summer I’m going to be expanding my posts into more inspirational things and tools for writers, as well as a few other things to try and help you all in your writing as well. That said, the posts will vary in length (at least that way I can get something out everyday). If you have any ideas for writers, anything you might want to share on my blog, I’m definitely open to anyone who wants to do a guest post!

As always, good luck:)

Thank you for reading, and don’t stop writing!

Kelli Crockett

(disclaimer: I do not own any rights to this video. It is linked from YouTube for non-profit reasons)

I’M BACK:)

Hey Reader,

I’ve been gone for like… a month? Dear lord. Just writing a blog post right now feels weird.

I do have a good excuse. You know, end of the school year and exams and that crazy beta reading… but you all deserve more than excuses. (I think I heard someone say once that excuses are like butt holes– everyone has one. Don’t know why that just popped in my head)

I’M SORRY. I miss the blogging and everything, too. AND I’M BACK.

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