#ReadIfYouDare2020

If you’re looking for something to do in wake of canceled costume parties and treatless doorsteps, I present you with a bookish alternative.

Read if You Dare: A Bookish Halloween Party. Saturday, October 31 from 6PM-Midnight (PST).

Read if You Dare

Saturday, October 31 | 6PM-Midnight (PST)

This open house style event will be hosted via Twitter. I’ve got lots of fun & games prepared so fellow bookworms and bloggers can mingle, talk about the books we love, and and maybe fit in a little extra reading before the month is over!

If you’re not a fan of horror, no worries! Pick whatever you like to read. You’re still welcome.

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Working 9-5: Why I’m Live-Tweeting my Wednesdays

For the first time last week, I shared my virtual workspace via Twitter. An open invitation for my friends and followers to experience A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer was released on social media, along with a 9am-5pm schedule.

Working 9-5: Why I'm Live-Tweeting My Wednesdays

My plan: to Live Tweet my regular old workday on Wednesdays. But why?

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A Day in the Life

Have you been wondering how a graphic designer like me spends their day? Are you tired of working from home all alone? Did you ever think a regular workday would be exciting?

I invite you to join me for A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer. I’ll be sharing my workday with you via Twitter tomorrow (August 12) in a “productivity crawl” from 9am to 5pm (PST).

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to participate, but you will get a glimpse of my workspace, pick up a few tips and tricks on productivity, and hopefully get some much-needed social out of social media. Use this time to get stuff done in your own way.

A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer. Work 9-5 PST with @ElzaKinde on Twitter. Wednesday, August 12.

Wednesday, August 12

9AM to 5PM (PST), hosted by @ElzaKinde on Twitter

9AM – Event Begins
9:30 – Research & Prep
10AM – Focus Time
11AM – 20 Minute Break
11:20 – Focus Time
12:30 – Lunch Break
1:30 – Event Resumes
1:45 – Check & Respond to Emails
2PM – Low-Focus Work + Entertainment
3PM – Stretch Break
4PM – Event Resumes
4:30 – Last Push
5PM – Event Ends

I hope to see you there!

Nobody Buys an Idea

I always need a little time to process after a writing conference. After three days of enjoying WriteOnCon workshops, podcasts, Q&A panels, and blog posts, my brain has finally come up with some takeaways!

WriteOnCon 2020 Afterglow: Nobody Buys an Idea

Today, I’m sharing one of the little eureka! moments that I had as the information sank in this week. Perhaps it’s something you’ve needed to hear, too.

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Show & Tell – WriteOnCon

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I’m going to WriteOnCon! If you’ve never been before, WriteOnCon is an online writer’s conference designed specifically for KidLit writers. This year, it’s being held Friday, February 21 through Sunday the 23rd.

This is one of my favorite resources for inspiration, information, and encouragement in recent years. I always come away full of new ideas and fresh vigor for my writing projects.


Are you planning to be there? If so, what are you most looking forward to?

Hot Tips for Attending Online Writing Conferences

We know there’s a difference between writing and being good at it, but how do we get from one to the other? That’s a mystery all writers tangle with. A question we want an answer to. But rather than asking some no-name blogger who hasn’t finished their manuscript, you really should consult a pro.

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Writing conferences were created for that very purpose. There are a variety of draws. Workshops for honing your craft, keynote speakers you’ve dreamt of meeting, Q&A panels where you get answers from someone who actually knows what they’re talking about. And recently I’ve discovered the wonder and accessibility of online conferences. All the same perks, plus you don’t have to change out of your pajamas. It’s a win-win, so long as you know how to prepare.

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For Writers – WriteOnCon Afterglow

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A couple weeks ago, I got to attend WriteOnCon, an online conference specifically for writers of children’s books, middle grade, and young adult. Was it Amazing? Yes. Why? I’m glad you asked. Here is a Top 5 Countdown of my favorite takeaways from the event. I hope you’ll learn from my experience, and maybe even mark your calendar to join me next year.

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For Writers – WriteOnCon

Events for writers are a lot of fun. I’ve been to a few conferences, participate in NaNoWriMo with regularity, go hang out with a small group of writing friends once a month, stalk writerly accounts on social media, and live with a writer/author who lets me steal books from her organized-by-rainbow-order bookshelf whenever I want (yes, I consider this an event). But I’m probably the most excited about a new conference I’ll be attending this year called WriteOnCon. Why?

 

  • This event is actually for ME! All of the conferences I’ve ever attended have been for writers of “grown up books”, where if someone asks a question regarding YA or younger audiences, they get a glazed look and a wishy-washy non-answer. And while I strongly believe that good writing advice can be applied to any genre, I’m VERY excited that WriteOnCon is a conference for writers of children’s books, middle grade, and young adult. I’m guaranteed that the advice is coming from people who know what they’re talking about, and that it will directly apply to my own writing and future publishing goals.
  • I get to stay home! Much as I love to pull out my minty combat boots and tuck a formal turban, it’ll be a relief for this introvert to stick to pajama pants while rubbing elbows with professionals and peers this time around. That’s right, it’s an online conference.
  • I can afford to pay for my own ticket! I’ve had to be the tag-along, plus-one, and unofficial sherpa for most of my conference attendances, but because this is an online ordeal, the cost per head is a lot cheaper. A LOT cheaper. Like, I can afford to buy Starbucks with the change, a LOT cheaper.
  • I’m a little starstruck! Don’t let the price tag fool you. There are some seriously quality speakers showing up at this thing. Just check out this lineup… Jess Keating, Margaret Dilloway, Melanie Conklin, Cindy Baldwin, and Gail Carson Levine? I’m in.

 

Have I convinced you? Well, you’re just in time! The conference runs from this Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11. There’s a fantastic article on the WriteOnCon website about how you can get the most out of this online conference (right here), and registration starts at just $5.

Busy that weekend? Extended admission is available if you need a little extra time to peruse, re-watch, read up, and soak in all that information.

 


Planning to go? Let me know! I’d love to meet fellow readers and writers of middle grade.

SDCWG Conference Afterglow – Coming Clean from Procrastination

Procrastination is my middle name, figuratively speaking. So when I attended the San Diego Christian Writers Guild fall conference and heard Lynn Vincent speak, I felt as though she’d somehow been watching me.

According to Lynn, there are 3 P’s that writers need to banish:

  • Perfectionism
  • Procrastination
  • Paralysis

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SDCWG Conference Afterglow – Creating Characters, Not Bios

During the San Diego Christian Writers Guild Fall Conference, I attended a workshop held by Susan Meissner called “Writing The Novel Readers Can’t Put Down.” And while all of the advice she shared was solid, I found her tips on creating layered and lovable characters was especially thought-provoking.

A relatable character is the first step to any great story. If we feel a connection to the protagonist, we’re far more likely to care what happens to them. You can have action, suspense, and drama, but if I don’t care about the protagonist, there’s no tension pulling me in and making me wonder what will happen next.

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