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Jobs For Writers


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Being a writer is hard work. There are many people will believe in your gift, and others will laugh in your face. I’m sure writers like Stephen King and J. K. Rowling were laughed at, but look at them now! I would LOVE to be on their level one day and even write for Huffington Post or a great company like it. Speaking of writing for a living, I have been applying to several writing jobs.  Now, I’ve worked as a writer before, but I am looking to do so on a full-time basis. If you read my plea for wanting a career as a writer, I was speaking for us all when I said we wanted to make it through our words. There are many jobs out there that writers can do. To name a few:

  • Content Writer
  • Staff Writer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Fiction Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • TV Writer
  • Contributing Writer
  • Blog Writer
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Technical Writer

These are jobs that I have applied for in various companies. Let’s hope one of these turns out to be a winner. But, if not, I am still writing. My suggestion would be to ALWAYS write. The more you write, the better you will be become in your craft. But, there is one thing a writer should always do as well. That is to:

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A great writer is also a great reader. I LOVE to read as you know if you’ve been seeing my  Goodreads page, and book reviews. I watched a few interviews with Stephen King and he said that he reads all the time. It helps strengthen his writing.

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Writing is already a job within itself, but sometimes we have to get day jobs, too. I used to work full-time, go to school and STILL would write before I went to bed. Lately, I have been writing a lot of samples for the writing jobs that I have been applying for. My point is that writing should always be precedent if it’s something you plan on doing for the rest of your life. As for myself I want to be like Stephen King and just write for a living. In time I have no doubt that it won’t happen. I am going to re-read On Writing by Stephen King just to get inspiration to keep going. This journey can be a lonely road, but I will not stop climbing. If you want a writing job and to continue your own projects, keep striving. Don’t let or allow anyone to tell you differently.

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Being Discouraged


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Hey readers! Happy Thursday! I know you are so excited for tomorrow and believe me, I am too. This week thus far really dragged for me. I was on the internet too much and got hardly any writing done. But, today I am back on it. I am gotten an accountability partner with my writing. I find that I work better on a schedule with someone knowing it. My accountability partners are Beth and Jennifer. I feel a weight lifted off of my shoulders now that I have them.

Discouraged

clear-your-mind-and-soul-of-negativity-step-04In my personal life I am still struggling to find a job. Well, today I applied for tons of writing jobs. I re-vamped my writing resume and now I’m hoping for the best. My goal is to work in research/writing field. Even if I’m a full-time writer of my own books that will be SO much fun and I can do research when I want. My dream is to be traditionally published. So, after I finish this next book, I will work on another project that I will get traditionally published.  But, life happens and it’s hard to stay positive. Maybe I am supposed to write for myself or work for myself. But, it’s hard to get that going when it is hard to get clients. I will keep trying. When you are discouraged just take a deep breath and keep trying to fulfill your dreams.

 

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Holding Yourself Accountable


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Happy Hump day!

I hope that all is well and your Wednesday is going great! It is still the new year, in fact it is the second month in a new year so don’t feel bad about your resolutions not being met just yet. There is still time. There are 11 months left in the year. I’ve been thinking about reflecting on my life ( as usual) and I want to talk about accountability. Lately, I have really figured out what the word means and how it shapes my life. I was sitting in my bed writing and it just hit me like a ton of bricks. I never finish things because I don’t hold myself accountable. Whoa! Now before you trip, I do get things done, but it is usually out of whack or I put things on hold that need to be done. I had to hold myself account for my life, actions and even thinking. In my post  What a Sunday! I was in a bad space and just drained with the days events. But, I read a post or picture that my cousin posted and it said:

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I read this and was like heck yeah! Why am I putting myself through stress of things that are out of my control? This is something that is a constant battle with me and my accountability with life. It’s easy to be sad or a little envious at other people’s success when they have achieved the goals that you want to like marriage and being a parent. I long to have the same things, but one thing I learned is that everything that glitters isn’t gold. Just because it appears to be great, does not mean that it is. But, I recently learned and was told to ” stay in my lane”. I can only focus on what I am doing with my life. My focus is to pay attention to only what I am doing and enjoy the process of my life. I have many things to be thankful for like being a great writer, almost finishing school and working on some writing projects that can take my writing to the next level. It seems that the more you center yourself and put you first, the more success will come to you. There has been plenty of times when I did things for other people without making sure I was okay. Mainly for me, this was an issue financially. When I was good with money I would let fiends and family borrow if they asked. No was not in my vocabulary, but now it is. I have to say no. I can’t get to my goals where I want to be, If I am always doing for other people or allowing them to use me. My friend told me recently that people only do what you allow.  I learned this lesson a lot with dating recently. Man, never again!

 

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Thoughts


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Happy Tuesday! I hope all is well. Just had a few things on my mind that I wanted advice on. I appreciate everyone that comes by and reads my blog, so I think of you guys as my online family. Anyway, I had a post a few times about getting organized and staying on track. My own methods have not helped one bit!

Procrastination

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This is my ugly cousin who always shows up. No matter what I want to do or have plans on doing. I will watch youtube, fiddle on the internet or Facebook. It’s crazy. I think about if I’m ADD all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I get things done, I just do it on my own time. I’m wondering maybe planning doesn’t work for me?

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My office area is a mess, but I know where everything is, lol. Can anyone relate to this? Of course you can! I’ve read articles where they state ” messy” people are the ones that are the most intelligent. I heard that Albert Einstein had a messy work space and look what he became to be. Don’t get me wrong, I like for this to be neat, but I like my own area and space. I could not live with someone who was OCD. They’d hate me. My mother is OCD (hasn’t been diagnosed), and she hates my messes around my apartment.  I was thinking about things that I can do to not procrastinate so much. It’s crazy how technology takes up so much of our time. Any ideas?

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Was 2016 A Hit or Miss?


Man oh man!

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You know? This year has been a struggle, but I have learned so many lessons from it. There were more misses then hits, but that’s okay. This year has taught me so much about myself and what I deserve in life. In order to grow and move forward you must have to know where you have been to get to where you are going. That last sentence might sound like gibberish, but here me out. This year I have felt all over the place with no direction in all aspects of my life.

Writing

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For 2016, you would think that I was bi-polar when it came to my writing. I was so up and down about the craft. One minute I was enthused about finishing a project and then the next I made excuses for why I wasn’t writing. I had things to say like life got in the way, or I’m focusing on school or getting a job. Don’t get me wrong, these are somewhat valid reasons, but if writing is my life I need to make time to do everyday. However, I did participate in Nano and finished. This experience was a rewarding one because I never finished Nano. I even published the book!

Blogging

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Let’s face it. This blog took a major back seat this year. I feel so bad for it too. My YouTube channel was booming and I lost this blog. It is good to be back and have some perspective of what  want to do for 2017. I think it was hard to figure out what to blog about. I am not just a writer or student, but I also love to read as well. I will consider this my website more so than a blog even though I will still post. I want to sincerely apologize to all of my followers for my inconsistency.

 

Love

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Shall we even go there? Man, this area of my life is so misconstrued it’s not even funny, lol. You guys know that I have tried to have relationships and it was just not successful. The last guy was a fluke, just like the ones before him. I tried online dating and it is just unsuccessful for me at the time. There are two people that I know who have met their husbands on online dating sites. what I am finding is that I am not meeting real, mature men. The ones that I am meeting are very immature, some even slow and others just not what I want. When men become men, they should put a way all childish things. If you are over 30 years old and the first thing you want to do is come to a woman’s house and not even attempt to court her, GET YOUR LIFE.  I am so over it, lol. Yet, I have hope that the right man will come around sooner rather than later.

Reading

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I am so happy.  I read a lot this year and even completed my Goodreads reading challenge! My challenge had 30 books, but I surpassed that and read 50. There were so many new authors and books that I’ve read. Check it out.

 

School

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This battle is an ongoing one. Classes are going well and I am passing every one that I take.   However, I have hit my max with loans. What does that mean? It means that I have no money for school. I can qualify for a GradPlus loan, but there are somethings on my credit that need to be paid before I can do it. I still have hope because I am 4 classes away from starting my dissertation. I will finish!

No matter what happens next I will continue to give it my all. I will not give up and keep the faith because I know that God will prevail. He knows my heart and my desires. I look forward to what’s ahead. Bring it on 2017! I will not have more hits then misses in the new year.

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Book Review: A Little Something Different By Sandy Hall


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Title: A Little Something Different

Author: Sandy Hall

Number of Pages: 274

Synopsis:

The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel―an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common―they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. You’ll be rooting for Gabe and Lea too, in Sandy Hall’s quirky, completely original novel A Little Something Different, chosen by readers, writes, and publishers, to be the debut titles for the new Swoon Reads imprint!

My Review:

This was the first book that I read by this author. I was a little hesitant at first but excited. What made me want to pick up this book was that it had creative writing in it. I am a writer and have an MFA in creative writing. It definitely peaked my interest. Lea and Gabe are two students in a class who start to fall in love. The book was a quick read, but at first I was confused because there were so many different perspectives. As I kept reading I understood the concept. Sandy wrote a great book and I look forward to reading more from here. The only con that I have is  I wish it would have continued and we could see what happened after the fact. The characters that I really enjoyed was of course Gabe and Lea, but I also liked Victor’s character. He brought a different perspective on the book that I thought was hilarious. I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in reading it!

My Rating: 4 stars

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Monday, oh Monday!


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Happy Monday, everyone! I know it’s been a while since I have blogged anything. But, I did a MukBang video which is really popular these days on YouTube. I tried my hand and do a breakfast one. Check it out here.  So, what has been going on? For me, I let’s see, there is so much to catch up on.

Reading:

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Guys, I am so excited to say that I read 5 book in the month of July! I could not believe it. I made an August TBR video of what I will be reading next month and it is an ambitious TBR.  I am currently reading Rebel Angeles by Libba Bray and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagaharia.  They are some clunkers, but they are coming a long nicely. I am also going to be doing JaneAustenians, which is a group on good reads where we are reading Jane Austen’s book. The first book that will be read starting today is Pride & Prejudice. I had tried to read Northanger Abby by Jane Austen, but I couldn’t get into it. Hopefully, Pride & Prejudice will be good since I LOVED the movie. Check it out. The video is on youtube go to ReadByZoe. I love her channel.

Writing

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I have to have the photo to keep writing so I can continue to motivate myself. I am making an to-do list ( I’ve done for the millionth time) and today so far has been a productive day! I am going to attempt to write a chapter a day in order to get this book completed. With the book I am writing, I will be trying to get an agent to get traditionally published. My goal is to be a NYT best selling author.

 

What have you been up to?

 

 

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How Do You Focus?


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It has been a tough couple of days. I broke up with my boyfriend. I won’t go into details, but I will say that he was not the one and I deserve better. Anyway, I am trying to focus on getting a job and writing. It has been forever since I have written anything or finished my work in progress (w.i.p).  I am just having a hard time getting motivated and trying to put my mind back to writing. I feel good when I blog because I am at least writing something, you know?

I have been reflecting on my life and where I am headed these last few days and a lot has been on my mind. Between the tears and feeling like I should be more ahead with my age and my life, I have decided to just focus. But, how does one get started? It’s funny, because once I do start, I will be fine. It’s just starting that is the issue, lol. I spoke to my life coach about how I’ve been feeling lately. I hope that she is able to give me some insight and I feel better. Feeling like you don’t know which way is up is hard. I know everything will be okay, but I need to “see” that it will. If I’m unable to see that I worry. But, not anymore, my mindset is changing. All I can do is keep trying at all of my goals and my dreams.

Confidence

This picture speaks volumes to me. It’s all about how I see myself and my dreams at the end of the day. I know that I will make it. I am determined to make something of myself while I am still living. Life is too short. So tell me, what do you do to get focus with your life?

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Is It Imperative To Reward Yourself?


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Hey readers!

As I packing up my desk today for my last day in the office ( I will still help out from time to time), it made me feel so bittersweet. I had my bag and putting my office dishes ( mugs, etc) and I couldn’t help but to take a deep sigh. On the verge of tears, I held it tougher because I couldn’t believe that the 10 month program had gone by so fast. I was happy but I also had a panic feeling. What’s next? What do I do now? I spoke to my boss who was watching me pack up and she was complimenting me on what a great job I did working for her, but then she said something that really made me think. She said, ” Krystol, although I do hope you find another job you will not be happy until you are making money doing something creative. Make something your own and make money from it.” I was at a loss for words. Here I am applying for jobs day in and day out knowing that I would not truly be happy. Since I’ve been blogging more, I notice that I am able to get out more content when I write what I want. Then she said, ” When the time comes you will figure out what you want to do and you will be happy, but in the meantime don’t forget to reward yourself. Reward myself? I thought quietly.  I had heard another boss tell me to do that too. But, honestly, how do you do that? Spa trip, vacation? New books? Well, the new books part sounds fun!

This may sound silly, but I started to look up ways to reward myself for finishing what was a hectic program. AmeriCorps is no joke. Working 1700 hours, plus trainings on Friday that can be daunting at times, workshops that you present and retreats where you ” bond” with others in the program. It was an experience. Would I do it again? No.  I say this only because I felt this program is something for those between the ages of 18-25. It was not for me, but I did learn a lot about myself and a few extra pointers along the way. So, it was not in vain if that makes sense. To reward myself, I am going to treat myself to a $40 book spree.

What does this mean?

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Well, I will buy all of the books that I want for $50 bucks! I think I am going to order on book outlet and have a party. They always have the best books for cheap. That and thrift books.Com! I LOVE that site. Did I mention that all of the books are VERY cheap, too? I may just do thrift books because once you order $10 worth of books, shipping is free.  I know I said I was on a ban until I read half of what was on my shelf, but it does not hurt to splurge a little, right? After all it is MY reward! I think I will get every book that Colleen Hoover and Libba Bray has written. See…I’m going over budget already! Any who, it has been said to me to always reward yourself when you complete a task. I think that if the reward is not beneficial to you, then the task is irrelevant.

Let me know in the comments, is it imperative to reward yourself?

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Is It Wise To Dream Big?


Happy Monday!

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Hey Readers! So, I was sitting here evaluating and thinking about life. I was thinking about my goals and things that I wanted to do with my life. We are often taught to set a goal and stick with it. Make sure that the goal is obtainable and we can try to reach it. Well, I have many goals. In fact, I think that I have too many goals that I try to reach at the same time. But, then I just realized that there is nothing wrong with having a lot of goals, but to do one thing at a time.  It’s funny, my writing mentor and many other people have told me that I try to do too much too fast. Lastly, I have to agree with them. With school, trying to find another job and attempt to write again, the world is in my face. Not in a sense that people are in my face, but that I have so many opportunities that I can grab. Then again, my focus is every where except for one place.

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I had once read a book called, ” The Magic of Thinking Big” by Dr. John Swartz. This book really helped me with coming to terms that I have to make things happen in order to see success. Then it dawned on me I needed to get myself together. I had to start believing in my gifts and really utilize them. One thing that  I used to always do was tell people my ideas and my dreams. Some would think it was wise while others would say, ” Krystol, there is no way that you can do that or yea you and everyone else wish they could be that successful.” After talking to myself for what seemed liked hours, I decided to stop confiding in others about my life and my dreams. After all, it is all about me, right? Not in an egoistical kind of way, but just, about me in a sense that this is my world, my fate that I decide if things happen. Granted, I know that God works in mysterious ways, but faith without works is dead! People or those who were once like me, I have a message for you: Get off your lazy ass and get your shit together! So what someone tells you no, find someone who will say YES. Or better yet, create YES for yourself.

To Dream Big or Not Dream Big? That Is The Question

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I say go for it. If people are not riding with you on that train, then kick them off. I have come to the realization that I need to kick people off. Start worrying about yourself and not  everyone else. This goes for co-workers, friends, family, and even foes. It’s funny how people on social media are so quick to blast their lives and things that they think are good. I can’t be like the rest. I have to be different. Different stands out and I want to stand out in a way that I am able to make it for myself. My mindset is that I am the acceptation to the rule. For those that actually really my blog posts this is for you. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do what you want to do in life. Always have people in your corner who believe and want the best for you. Start saying no to leeches, users, fakes and phonies. If you have a dream(s) see it through. I recently read a writer’s blog I forget her name, but she wanted to live in Ireland. She had written a book that had Irish word usage, the town, etc. She had written the book about ten years ago and once she decided that she wanted to live in Ireland, she started to get prepared. In order to do so she started to save money  and became very frugal. It took her eighteen years, but she is now a homeowner to a cottage in Ireland and has moved there from Philadelphia. She had a dream and she went for it. Sure, there were obstacles along the way, but she never gave up on what she wanted to do. Her story really inspired me. I want to be a successful in all areas be it novels, films, and TV. My other goal is to be a researcher in educational psychology. It just dawned on me that I am really good with research. Quantitative research is not my favorite, I’d very much prefer Qualitative research, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers right? Today, I have taken an oath to do what is important to me and be selfish. I say no when I usually say yes and I have started to save money again. I maybe moving soon ( don’t know where) once I find a job so I have to be prepared. To answer my own question, Is it wise to dream big? Hell Yes! Go for it, reach for the stars!