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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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Dream Deferred


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At times in life, our life shifts into different directions that are out of our control. Today I experienced a shift that totally not only knocked me off my feet, but again the wall so hard that I can’t move. Trying to find a job in the writing and research field is hard enough ( hell, a job period), but finding out that you can no longer get the education to continue to try to be on the way of success is a hard blow. I found out that I can’t finish pursuing my PhD. On this blog, I like to keep it real with my readers and give it to you straight no chaser. I know that set backs and things happen. I also know that it’s not the end of the world and I will be able to finish, but right now, in this moment, I feel like someone has taken my air supply for me to breathe. Due to financial reasons, I am unable to finish school at the moment. I know that many have been where I am, and even more have experienced this same situation, but this is my current reality. The reality that I feel like I’ve failed. Parents raise their children to follow the directions, law and get a good education. I have done all of that and yet it seems like it was for nothing. Being a PhD student has taught me a lot about myself and to endure patience in the inevitable. Even though I only have 3 classes until I start writing my dissertation, I guess patience is something I still have to endure before I am able to go back to school. Ah, the irony!

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Not working in a field or job that is tolerable is the worst kind of agony that I don’t wish on anymore. At first it’s like, ” Okay, I’m going to be fine. I have a savings that will hold me for a while.” Then it turns to, ” Holy shit! I’m out of money, what am I going to do?” The unthinkable of not wanting to feel even more like a failure or lame you turn to those parents who taught you how to make it on your own and tell them not only have you failed, but school is deferred. It’s something like a hard blow to the head on the way down to the floor. Now, I’ve never been hit in the head, but I can imagine the pain that comes with it. I know some of you may be thinking, ” It’s not the end of the world, you will go back when you get the funds.” I hope that does happen. Its just an initial shock. I’m still struggling to find work and I’m no longer in school. I have to take a leave of absence for a while just until things change.

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This is currently how I’m feeling. Determine what the next step is for my life, if there is a next step to take. Im doing all I can by applying for jobs everywhere on a daily basis. My dream of successful writer is still in the works because I am writing or at least I will be. I opened up a manuscript that I had started and read it. It’s a love story and yet I just keep staring at the chapter 3 mark. We will not even go there in the relationship department. Granted, I want to be happy and have a successful relationship that will lead to marriage, but right now I don’t know if I’m coming or going. I just keep asking myself, ” Why do good people get the shittiest hands in life?” I understand the concept of life happening and things are never perfect, but it’s like every time you turn around it’s always something. Well, I think I’m done turning. What can happen if I stand still? Oh yea, nothing, lol. At least if I’m turning, I’m moving, right? Prayer has been my best friend and my journal has been my right hand. In due time I will have a good job and school will resume. The dream is not put off, it’s just a dream deferred.

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Book Review: The Geography of You and Me By: Jennifer E. Smith


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Publisher: Hachete Book Group

Page Count: 337

Genre: YA (Young Adult)

Date Started; 2/28/17

Date Ended: 3/4/17

Purchased: Library Book Sale

Rating: Plot 3 stars, Characters, 3 stars, Ease of reading 5 stars.

Quote from Book: ” The Postcards stopped coming.”

My Review:

This was just an okay read for me. It reminded me of a generic Dear John with a bad ending. I wasn’t a fan of this one like I am with other books that this author has written.

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Excerpt: I’m Your Angel By Krystol


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Coming in August of  2017

Here is an (unedited except)  of my next project. Feel free to give feedback in the comments!

 

“ Angel! I can’t do this with you right now.” I yelled as he was driving through old Baltimore Pike.

“ Miracle, I told you that I was sorry. How many times are you going to continue to punish me?” He yelled back.

The snow was coming down hard and he was speeding. I was scared and my heart started to panic.

“ You had her pussy smell all over you!” I barked back.

“ Mamita, I don’t want us to get a divorce. I am going to get help.” He said.

“ Angel, you had the last time. Just tell me how many more did you fuck?”

“ Miracle, it was just the two times and that was it. I love you and I’m committed to you.” He retorted.

“ How are you committed to me when you fucking cheated twice. We aren’t in high school anymore, Angel.”

I started to cry.

He hated when I cried.

We stopped at a red light and I looked out the window at the Christmas lights. Christtmas was my favorite holiday of the year.

“ Look. I love you. We are not getting divorced. This marriage is going to work and it’s going to last. We had vows, Miracle.”

“ Vows that you broke. Just tell me why? Is it because I work so much?”

“ No. Baby.”

He sighed.

“ She came on to me in the office. I told her I was happily married. We had the Christmas party last year and both were too drunk to drive. She kissed me. I called her Miracle and she played along with it.”

Tears started to roll my down my eyes even harder.

“ Since you were drunk the first time, how the fuck did it happen again?”

This go round I was furious. I wanted to grab the wheel and make him feel the same pain that I am, but I couldn’t kill us.

“ Miracle. Please calm down. I don’t want your asthma to act up.” He said trying to hold my hand.

“ Fuck you and your damn asthma.” I yelled.

“ Please stop crying.” He said as tears started to stream down his eyes.

“ We don’t need this shit.” I said.

“ Who the fuck is we?”

Cars started to pile up behind us and were blowing the horn.

“ Angel, I’m pregnant!”

Before I could say anything he stared at me and his foot hit the gas on the car.

“ Angel, look out!” I screamed.

I could hear the crash, but after that it all went black.

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Stephen King ( my favorite author)

Thoughts and Tips: I wrote this prelude with the thought of NEEDING a dramatic beginning in order to grab my readers attention. I hope I did a good job. My style of writing is to always have a problem with a solution. I like to write about things that people can relate. My love is YA then Adult or New Adult as some readers may say. The names Miracle and Angel came to me because I used to have a big crush on someone and I always called him my angel. He never knew that, but it always stuck with me. I look forward to see what Angel and Miracle are going to become. Do you?

 

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Promoting My Latest Book


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I had a story to tell and I was told to tell this story. So, here it goes! I noticed that my writing style was shifting about 4 years ago. I was reading more Stephen King and different psychological thriller books. Before you knew it, I was hooked! Yes, I had to try my hand  at another psychological thriller. Trapped is a book that will take you to a different place in life. We met Candice who  is a girl trying to live her life and want the best of it. Her parents  look like the part, but at home, it’s a different story. Being an only child, most kids needs attention or someone to play with. Candice had that in her best friend Damon. At home, things were SO rocky because Candice was dealing with a great deal of physical and emotional abuse that it took her emotions to a different place. Have you ever in life wanted bad things to stop so that good can come in and do damage in the best way?  Candice archives just that! Well, sort of.

I really enjoyed writing Trapped because I was able to have a different story to tell. In life we want to win so bad that we will do anything to make it happen. At times I was Candice. I know what’s it like to want love from someone and they don’t see your existence or choose to not go there for whatever reason. But, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Readers who love the written word, if you are into psychological thrillers, give this one a try.

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Synopsis:

Nineteen years old, psychology major, Candice Hertz worked hard on her studies. After losing her father to cancer, Candice decides therapy would help with her loss. The therapy session turned into a nightmare. While reliving her past, Candice recalls the traumatic experience of being physically abused by her father at age twelve. Unable to deal with the memories, Danielle, another memory appears and become who Candice can’t. Danielle becomes Candice’s vehicle for revenge on those who caused her pain. Will Candice be cured from Multiple Personality Disorder or will she remain trapped with Danielle forever.

Pages: 314 pages

Copies: Paperback and Kindle

About The Author:

Krystol Diggs, the award winning published author & writer for multiple news & magazine outlets, has captured the attention of readers around the world with her thrilling & captivating stories of love, loss, and life. Krystol, of The Krystol Meth(od) has written numerous books & screenplays, including “Through Her Eyes”, her first book published in 2008, and “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It”, a screenplay that won 2nd place in the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Screenwriting Competition in 2014. You can find Krystol in 2015 getting her Ph.D in Educational Psychology at Walden University, highlighting as a Reporter for CNN iReport and releasing another published book titled “Trapped” and adapting a property for the producer of the film ” I DO, I DID”, Cherie Johnson.

Purchase:

https://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Krystol/dp/1503350681/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1486353848&sr=8-2&keywords=Krystol

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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!

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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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Unprofessionalism


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Happy Sunday, readers! Did everyone have a great day? I know the game was on so I hope your team won and if you betted, I hope they paid up with NO excuses. I was sitting here thinking about how a few clients have been treating me lately. Unprofessional!! With the new year, I promised that I would be positive, but I had to address this. Unprofessionalism is something that I will no longer tolerate.

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This has become the biggest pet peeve to me so far in the new year. I am usually the passive one and I’m like, ” oh okay, that’s fine.” But, I have to be more aggressive. When it comes to trying to have a writing career and offering writing services, a back bone must in place. It does not matter what it is if it’s someone is supposed to call you back and you hear from them 3 days later, that is unacceptable. People only do what you allow. Never let anyone to be able to make it seem like you need them when they came to you. Your time is valuable and you are an asset to your career and the job you are being paid to do.

I don’t want to seem upset or mad, but I am a bit bothered by the way people have been treating me lately with those that I have and am currently working with professionally. As I am reflecting on what is currently going on in my life, I just notice that I have to make changes with how I allow others to treat me. Now, they may not know they are doing it or think it’s okay. Don’t allow others to dictate how business goes. Instead, business should be professional and respectful on BOTH parties. Working with other people can be fun and rewarding, but the way someone treats you or how their actions are toward you can put a sour taste in your mouth if it is rude of their actions.  Have fun, but be professional and assertive.

 

 

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How Can I Carry The Weight Of The World With Just Two Hands?


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If you look closely the picture resembles someone who  make look exhausted. Well, this is how I have been feeling for a while with my life. As the new happens, reflection is still on my mind. When I think about last year and my past, I noticed it resolved around the needs of everyone else expect myself. Well, not this time, not for me. The world is filled with so many other problems, I have decided not to carry everyone else’s problems.

You maybe wondering, what am I talking about? Okay, here we go. 2017 is about me or just about you. If you make other people’s problems your own. Let me break down a few examples of what I am talking about. I will relay them to my life and things that have kept me stagnant by choice.

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  • Gossip: This is so easy to get involved in without even trying. As women or at least some women always want to know how others are doing. For example, if you have been out of high school and you hear the head cheerleader is now flipping burgers. Gossip is when someone is telling you someone else’s business just because. They are not out to help the person who is doing less than or struggling.
  • Money: This is a huge one for me. If you don’t have the means to help others, stop doing it when you don’t have. I am totally guilty of this. But, it’s a new year so I am done with that. People always try to take advantage of your kind heart. Well, if you are like I was, NO is your favorite word. I would help my parents and friends who were in financial trouble and when I did that, it left me in the hole. When it was time for me to need the help, the one was around.  Never again. Be smart, be wise. Give when you are able to. Make sure you are taken care of first. Now, you may loose friends and family over this, but that is okay. Don’t make it so easy for people to be able to come to you.
  • Favors: Favors can be asked of you from anyone by doing anything. This can be money, doing a job, performing a task, etc. This is another one that I have stopped doing. Why? Well, I am trying to continue to establish my writing career and I’m in school for my PhD. In a way, I don’t have time to do favors for people. It takes time on what I really need to be focused on. Don’t get me wrong, if it’s something minor or you choose to assist, go for it. I will give you an example, I have an uncle who lost his job and wanted help with a resume, etc. I wasn’t as busy that day so I gave him a price for me to re-do his resume, etc. You must be thinking, why would you charge your uncle? Easy, I am not working right now and writing is my livelihood until something better and bigger comes. So, I charged him $60. Now, what pissed me off was that he had the full amount that I was asking for when I saw him because he pulled the money out. Do you know he only gave me $20 and said he’d give me the rest next week? At this time my blood is boiling and I’m ready to cuss him out something serious, lol. But, I kept my cool and said okay. I finished the work and EVEN applied for jobs for him since he had no computer. He got e-mails and callback galore for jobs i applied for him on his behalf. That was about 6 months ago. I never got the rest of my money and when I called he ignored me and didn’t answer my calls. Til this day I have no wrap for him. My point is doing for people who will take advantage of you is the ultimate no no in my book. It can be family or friends. I don’t care. Once you do me dirty, I have no wrap for you.

No matter if your heart is huge or you are cold due to being burned many times, you can’t carry the world. Sure, you have the best intentions to help others, but sometimes you just can’t. Focus on yourself and when you can do, by all means go for it. But, when it comes to your sanity and at times your pockets, you must learn to say no. This goes for emotional and mental stability as well. I have sometimes would hear my friends or people I know talk about the drama in their life that when we were done talking it drained me. I was so busy focused on their issues that my life was having a back seat. Don’t let this be you. Be the best you that you can be. After all you come first. Put yourself there.

Reading, Writing Tips

What Helped Me Get Started With Writing


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Hey fellow writers and readers! I am asked this question ALL the time about what got me started with writing. For me, I always enjoyed watching movies. Seeing the way that stories were told fascinated me. I wanted to tell my own stories. Before I started film school, I was writing. Here is what I did.

  1. Writing Utensils: Now, this may sound silly, but I had to figure out what was comfortable for me. Typing on a computer, writing in a notebook, or writing with pen and pencil. At first, it was writing with a pencil. I could always erase the mistakes. As I got older, I went from pen to computer. Now, for you it maybe different, you may want to write everything first in a notebook and then convert to a computer. They even still sell typewriters as well. Figure out what your best writing utensil is.
  2. What to Write: Deciding what to write can be easy for some, but hard to others. You have so many ideas going on in your head. This is totally fine! Write them all down. Get a journal is that just for ideas and ideas alone. I have a small one and let me tell you, it works wonders especially if I am out and about and something just ” pops” in my head.
  3. From Ideas to Story: This part will be the most rewarding yet challenging part. Breathe. Don’t panic. Take it slow. Make an outline or jot notes of what your story is going to be about. This can take a few days up to a couple of weeks. You have to have as much information as possible without going into too much detail. For example check out my character profile blog that will help you.
  4. Once I made the character profile, I was ready to write. The words came to me. It won’t for everyone, so don’t try to rush the process of writing. What worked for me when I got started was a chapter a week. I would re-read over and over and made changes until it was perfect. Don’t do this! You will have time to edit and change things when the story is done. Just write until the story is finish no matter what you think it’s crap or not.
  5. Read. Whether you have been writing for a long time or not, reading will help you. It categorizes the genre you think you want to write in and brings newness all around it. Now, I don’t mean read books and then mimic the same story. What I mean is to read to get perspective. See how other authors write and produce page turners. I love to write fiction in different genres such as contemporary, romance, literature, psychological thrillers, horror and young adult genres. I am ALWAYS reading books.  But, read books on writing as well. I recommend On Writing by Stephen King. He talks about his writing style and how he got started. It is so inspiring.

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