Day 7 Word Count NaNoWriMo 2015

Today was an art-class day. When I got home after class, I decided to spend time catching up on the November 30-Day Sketch-A-Day Challenge. I didn’t sit down to start writing until after 11 pm. So I only wrote 262 words in about 20 minutes. I could stay up until 1 or 2 am, but then I would just sleep Sunday morning away. It is better for me to go to bed by midnight and get up around 8 – 9 am to start writing. I’ve been known to crank out several thousand words when I dedicate a full day to the task.

Today, I wrote 262 words. Daily goal unmet 😦

Total words: 13,149

23 days to go.

Platform Building for Artists

Happy Halloween!

Since today is the 31st (an odd date), it is an ‘art’ day.

Today is also the last day of the WD 2015 October Platform Challenge. I can’t believe how quickly the month has flown by. When I started, I didn’t think I had any reason to start a platform because I am not yet published. I have since learned, thanks to this challenge, that I still need to start my platform, especially since I am also trying to build an art business–which leads me to today’s topic.

Based on a quick search on Google, artists also need a platform. According to a 2013 article on Examiner.com, Tumblr is the best blogging platform for artists. I do not have any personal experience with Tumblr. I tried to investigate, but you can’t even look around without signing up for an account.

Here are a few other sites/articles that might be useful if you’re interested in building an artists platform:

https://www.lightspacetime.com/
20 Free Art Portfolio Websites to Market Your Art

http://www.finearttips.com/
7 Ways to Grow Your Artistic Career with Social Media

The following is specific to Minted stores, but still provides good overview of how the different platforms might be useful if your goal is to sell your art: http://www.minted.com/julep/2015/10/08/socialplatform/

If you’re an artist, do you have a platform? Please share your experience or insights by entering a comment below.

Are You a NaNoWriMo Newbie?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is nearly here. Are you ready? If you’re a NaNoWriMo Newbie, chances are very high that your answer is, “No!”

Not to worry. There’s plenty of time. You have seven days.

Your best resource is the NaNoWriMo website. Heed the advice on its NaNo Prep page. It’s there for a reason!

Also this year, published authors have taken over the @NaNoWriMo Twitter handle. Coaches are available right now to provide words of wisdom and support.

This will be my sixth NaNo. I’m not an expert, but I’m no longer a newbie. So I’ll offer up a few bits of my wisdom:

  • Get a buddy (either on NaNo or live). Misery loves company 🙂
  • Write every day.
  • You don’t have to finish the story – the goal is 50k new words, not a finished novel.
  • Keep writing.
  • It doesn’t have to make sense – the goal is 50k new words.
  • Turn off your inner editor.
  • If you hit a wall, turn around and go the other way (i.e., write something else—just get down new words). Word count is key to success!
  • Keep writing!

If you can swing it, consider dictating your novel. Speaking your novel is much faster than typing for most people. I have used Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 13.0.

Last, and most important: When you think you won’t make it, keep writing!

Two Sides of Me

I’ve decided that since there are two sides to me–writer & artist–I will alternate the focus of my posts. On weeks where Saturdays land on an even date, I will blog a writing topic. On weeks were the date is odd, I will blog an art topic.

Now, some might think that there was some intentional, psychological scheme at work here. Odd number because artists are odd. But not at all. Today is the 17th and I wanted to write about art. That’s all there was to it. The fact that artists are odd had nothing to do with it 🙂

Today’s topic: Acquiring inexpensive art. I recently discovered a new art site that has inspired me to create something new nearly every day. The site is Daily Paintworks. There are hundreds of talented artists showcasing their work. The site also runs an auction. Many of the paintings are smaller works, which makes them very affordable. I just acquired “Wondering at Twilight”, a beautiful abstract from Kerri Blackman. It looked great on the screen, but the physical piece is even more vibrant. I love it!

So, I am busily creating small pieces that I hope to offer up for sale soon. The little guy below is not one of them. I created him to test a new set of watercolor pencils. I only spent a few minutes on him just to see how they worked. Pretty well, I think. I’m off to the studio (aka living room) to create something!

5-minute watercolor pencil study

5-minute watercolor pencil study