Posted in For the Aspiring Writer, This Writer's Life

Twitch Writing Community

Did you know that Twitch has a tight-knit writing community?

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I had no idea until just recently and I’ve been watching my favorite gamers stream on the platform for years.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an online article written by author and streamer Scott Wilson on the Writers Digest website that discussed how writers were using Twitch to connect with fans and other authors. It was eye-opening to see how many creative types used the platform that has, thus far, been the major hub for video game players.

Intrigued, I followed the links provided and introduced myself to several writers listed in the article.

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The first stream I landed on was RabenWrites, a writer who was quick to engage me in the chat feature Twitch offers. I found out that the TWC (Twitch Writing Community) is happy to encourage others who wish to stream and not at all standoffish like I expected. RabenWrites, with his dulcet tones reminiscent of a young Bob Ross, answered my questions with grace, all the while mapping out his current writing project onscreen for my viewing pleasure.

I decided to give it a go and jumped headfirst into the streaming process. With my four-year old headset and ancient webcam, I set up a stream via Streamlabs OBS and went live. I shook the whole time, checking my viewer numbers with trepidation every few seconds and didn’t get much writing completed at all.

An hour into my stream, I was raided by AuthorBrianLou who flew into my stream with his paper-airplane wielding crew. My nerves went though the roof! I went from 1 viewer (my husband) to 11 and all were offering words of encouragement in my chat. It was exhilarating and from that moment on, I was hooked.

In the last few weeks, Brian has supported my attempts at streaming with thoughts on how to get my software communicating properly and ideas on how to push my performance anxiety out the window. I have never found another community who was so quick to embrace others in all my 40 years.

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Other quality streamers I’ve found are TravisTavernTalk, BrenNailedIt, CoffeeQuills, and AshleyBPedigo, along with a myriad of others. They each have a different style and offer varying points of interest to the craft. If you are a writer and enjoy conversing with other creatives, please look these folks up. You won’t be disappointed.

Of course if you’d like to check out my stream and giggle at my learning curve, please do. If you get there by way of this article, I implore you to comment and introduce yourself. Even if you are nervous to make yourself known, I’d love to meet you–even if it’s via keyboard.

Happy Writing, fellow creatives!

Posted in Excerpts

Favorite Phrases Thread of NaNoWriMo 2019

Because if it ain’t fun, there’s no use in doing it. Unless it’s crunches.

Below you will find my favorite excerpts from my newest cozy mystery novel drafted during this year’s NaNoWriMo event:

Pearl’s house, if you could call it that, was the picture-perfect embodiment of what would happen if Count Dracula and Sarah Winchester had a baby and it turned out to be a building.

Posted in For the Aspiring Writer, plot ideas

Nearing the Finish Line of Preptober 2019

For those of you participating in this year’s Nanowrimo, we have only a week remaining of Preptober. How are you faring?

Planning, planning, and MORE planning!

This is the time for us to flesh out our plotlines, subplots, character arcs, and every other detail that goes into writing a full-fledged novel.

For those of you that aren’t aware of the term “Nanowrimo”, it’s where you spend the entire month of November churning out a rough draft for a novel. Aspiring novelists commit to writing 1667 words a day in order to have themselves a 50,000+ word manuscript come November 30.

If you are interested in joining me on Nanowrimo 2019, let me know. I would love to support you on your writing journey! Feel free to join me on my Facebook author page to keep up with my progress AND share yours!

Posted in Excerpts

Accidental Angel

Riley Grant, the Lady Boss of the notorious Five Points Gang, does not suffer fools.

Ruthless and cunning, she runs the well-known — and feared — group with a firm hand and doesn’t let anything, or anyone, stand in her way.

When she is double-crossed and wakes up dead, she is politely informed by Purgatory’s HR department that she can either go straight to Hell or become a bounty hunter of souls.

She chooses the air-conditioned version of the Afterlife and gets to work.

Posted in Excerpts

The Carmichael

Workaholic Hannah Carmichael doesn’t have time for a relationship.

She devotes every waking hour to her family’s department store, built several generations back by her great grandfather.

Against her better judgement, she attends a speed-dating event and is appalled when she meets condescending Tyler James.

After their disastrous introduction, she is horrified when she learns that he has been hired by her father to help with the branding of their store.

Posted in Excerpts

Rue Bourbon

Wild-child Evangeline Rowe stumbles into the home of Remy Fuselier, a prominent New Orleans businessman, after a long night of drinking on Bourbon Street.

Trouble is, he hasn’t been able to leave his house since 1866.

Join her on an exploration through the darkest recesses of the Crescent City as she traverses the most dangerous underground culture and fights to understand her new gifts.