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Friday, June 14, 2013

YouTube: Finding fun videos on writing!

Videos on Writing: FUN! (And educational!)

For class this week, we were given the assignment of finding videos on YouTube that focused on writing or writers. I hit the gold mine, let me tell you!

While I already knew about UtopYaCon, I had never heard of another conference called WriteOnCon. This conference has educational videos (that I’m guessing were presented at the conference) all over YouTube. Easy access!

There are many, many different types of videos on there. There are some from writers on...well...writing. Then there are others that focus on the publishing aspect of writing. There were dozens on there! More than I could actually watch in one sitting. (P.S.~ I’ll be watching more sporadically now that I know they’re there)

So, let’s begin with the first one that I came across. It’s entitled Romance in YA by Lisa Schroeder.

This video was so much fun! This successful author gives sage advice on all things YA Romance. While the advice she gives should be common knowledge, there are many times that it’s not. Hey, we’re all human. We will all make mistakes during our journey through the writing world. Since my first book was a Young Adult Romance, I was thrilled when I came across this video.

I learned a lot just from her advice. Plus, there are cupcakes. Yes, those sweet, delicious treats that are so irresistible...sorry, started drooling. She gives great advice, which I will post here, just in case you don’t want to watch the video.

C= Connection of some kind
U= Unattractive is okay!
P= Perfect is not okay!
C= Their interests complement each other
A= They admire desirable traits in the other.
K= Keep it believable & real
E= Encompass a wide range of emotions

She goes into more details as she produces each of these lessons, so if it sounds like something that might interest you, by all means, please watch the video. Personally, I found it very enjoyable. And informative. made me want a cupcake...

Okay, I was only supposed to pick one video, but I wanted to put another one up as well. This one is by Beth Revis, a NYT Bestselling author.  This is the one that really touched me. It’s about failure... and the lack thereof when it comes to writing. Watch it. Learn it. Embrace it.

If you are having your doubts about writing, are worried about never making it “big,” or are just scared to death of putting yourself out there, this is the video for you. It’s a pick-me-up and will give you that boost that you need to keep going. I hope you enjoy!


Meredith said...

I participated in WriteOnCon last year and from experience I can tell you it is fantastic! It's so much more than videos. There are live chats with agents, editors, and authors. You can post your work for agents to review/critique. I blogged about the upcoming conference recently. It is a lot of fun (especially if you are active on Twitter).

Meredith’s Musings

Ruthi Kight said...

Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for the info! Until I posted this, I had never heard of it, but I plan on looking into it more. I would love to be able to go! Thanks so much for leaving your link as well! I'll check it out!

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