A Short Story Collection One Week at a Time

Our CEO talked with Chad Brummett of New Mexico Living about our short story collection – it’s our Short Story Subscription. The stories come from a variety of New Mexico authors.

Short Story Collection

The stories are written by a variety of authors, all of whom have come to our Short Storyathon. Many of the stories remain in the Amazon Hot Reads for weeks! You can purchase the subscription for yourself or a friend.

Hear the interview here:

See the full article here: https://nmliving.com/2020/06/11/get-short-stories-from-local-authors-through-a-subscription/?fbclid=IwAR3Rip68_RK64D-sjdgJr8jXlD-QPvhzDXy53fneHTTwFXQtzEdr-EMPp9Q

And, get your subscription here.

Subscription box for creative writers – Plot Box

The new Plot Box is coming! This is a monthly Subscription box for creative writers and it’s aimed at all the things that we as writers need to keep us motivated and writing.

The new and improved Plot Boxes are being hatched. It’s been through beta testing with some paid subscribers and I got some great feedback from! It also went through a special marketing team at the University of New Mexico. They gave some great ideas to make the boxes better.

What will it have? There will be different levels depending on how much you want to spend.

There will be all sorts of things like:

  • Discounts to things you need, like Scrivener
  • Snacks
  • Discounts to events
  • Books on writing
  • USB mug warmer
  • Reading lamp
  • Kit to make your own idea board
  • Earbuds
  • Stress balls
  • Activities to up your creativity
  • Water bottles
  • Prompts of various kinds
  • Gum
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Bookmarks
  • Lamps
  • Trophies
  • Tea
  • Pens
  • Fun notebooks
  • Pencils
  • And whatever else I come up with.

As a writer, I know what it’s like to keep writing and motivated. So, I’ll be looking for all the ways to keep us all writing. 

This week I’m specifically researching boxes, and I really like EcoEnclose. Boxes made from 100% post-consumer and post-industrial waste. I definitely want to be eco-friendly!

Update! We realized that a subscription box would be too expensive each month, so right now we have the Plotfinder Package. We’ll have some great gift boxes for writers in late 2019, but not a subscription box. Thanks everyone for the feedback – that was definitely valuable in us creating something valuable for you.

Writing Box Subscription!

The Idea for the Writing Box

When I started Plot Duckies, I wanted to find a way to help as many creative writers as possible. Events are great, but I wanted to do more.

I was looking for help on running an idea hack session for my business. Turns out ABQID runs idea hack sessions! It’s like a brainstorming session only better. (I’ll create another post about how old fashion brainstorming isn’t the best way to come up with new ideas.)

For this session, it was TJ Cook, two target customers, and me. We ended up with some amazing ideas and two of those ideas came out on top.

One of those ideas, a writing box. A subscription box that would have helpful and fun things for creative writers. Wow, I love that idea!

The writer subscription box

Now I’m running with the box idea. What I’ve done so far:

  • I created a survey for input on what people might like, as well as what issues I could help them with.
  • I’ve created the first prototype of the box.
  • I’ve done a ton of work on costs and pricing.

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What Comes in the Box

This is what I’ve narrowed it down to:

Box 1:

  1. Chapter 1 of “Feed Your Creative Writer” A how-to on creativity,
  2. Welcome card with access to private Slack group and information on what to do with everything in the box.
  3. Fun 8 1/2 X 11 notebook,
  4. Dividers for your notebook,
  5. How-to outline your novel, and getting started
  6. A fun pen,
  7. A five-minute timer,
  8. and a plot duckie.
  9. There’s even a discount code for the writing platform Scrivener!

I’ll also use the pain points of the first five Beta testers to add additional items to the box so it’s as helpful as possible.

Future boxes all include a new chapter of how-to on creativity, a notebook (various sizes), a pen, a helpful outline or information on a writing topic like questions to ask your characters. I’ll also be on the lookout for coupons and great deals on things writers love.

Box 2 will specifically include a workbook on finding time to write. Members of the Slack group can let me know what they’d like to see in upcoming boxes.

The price will probably be $25 a month plus shipping.

What I learned creating the prototype

  • I really, really wanted to include a fun mug, but I found it would make the subscription too expensive (Darn it!) I might offer it as an add-in or a one-time order. Why? Because I love shopping and I’ve found some cool mugs.
  • That there are a few ways to set-up a subscription plan and some want more money than others to do all the hard work in the background.

Where I’m going

The best option I’ve found: Adding Woocommerce to my website and purchasing their subscription piece. Luckily, I’m familiar with WordPress and adding Woocommerce shouldn’t be too difficult. However, it means taking some time to learn, purchase an SSL certificate, etc.

So, as soon as I have everything set-up, I’ll have it connected to this website!

If you want a Writer Box Subscription

It’s all ready! I’m looking for 5 beta testers that will get the box at a discount. Send me a message through the website, and I’ll get back to you with the code. The box is live at yourstoryinabox.com

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Creative Thinking could be one Long Night Away

I love finding new research on creativity and creative thinking! There’s so much out there to know and I want to make sure to share it with you.

This latest from Scientific America suggests that we can be more creative when we’re tired. That might lend well to the whole idea of things like the National Novel in a Month, when writers take the month of November to write 50,000 words. Many of those writers are full-time workers and end up writing into the night or early morning, losing some sleep along the way.

But how does this help you? Working on that novel or short story? Schedule an early morning or late night, at a time you know you’ll be a little tired, and start writing. Give yourself a writing sprint for 5 or 10 minutes and go from there.

Did you try this? How did it work for you? I’d love to know! Please comment or email with your input!

Have a great creative writing day!

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Keep Creative Writing!

I know you hear it from fellow writers that you should write every day. So you probably know that you should.

If I can do it, you can too

As a startup business owner, freelance technical writer, roller derby player, business mentor, etc. I have a hard time eeking out the minutes to write every day, but I do it anyway. Sure I lose some sleep, but we get better at something through practice, constructive feedback, and change. And my goal is to be a better creative writer.

Find a writing deadline

Even while in the depths of planning the first big writer’s event for Plot Duckies, I’m currently working on a novel re-write, a new ebook, and I joined a flash fiction writer’s challenge by NYC Midnight. By having a deadline, it pushes me to make sure I get the writing done.

It also helps if I consider myself my own client. How many times have you finished a project for your boss or a client? How many projects have you finished for yourself? So, just like a boss or client, give yourself a valid deadline and stick to it. Then give yourself a reward if it gets done.

Finding other Writing Options and Deadlines

If you are looking for a deadline and way to get your writing reviewed there will be a submission and review period as part of any of upcoming Plot Duckies events.

Or, if you are looking for different types of writing opportunities, I highly suggest signing up for C. Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers newsletter. You can get the free version with some super helpful writing contests and more, or you can go for the $15/year subscription that shares a lot more.

About NYC Midnight’s Challenge

The challenge is “a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short stories (1,000 words max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments.”

If you missed signing up for this one, their next challenge will be the Short Screenplay Challenge.

If you’d like to read my flash fiction submission for the challenge (under 1,000 words) that was written within 48 hours – it will be in the next blog post “Alexandria and The Egg“-that I’ll share on August 5. My assignment was: Genre: Fairy Tale, Object: Crystal Ball, Location: Barn. I’ll tell you now, it’s pretty rough, but in order to become better writers, we have to start sharing and getting feedback.

Get out there and get input

And that’s another thing. Share your writing and be willing to hear feedback. let’s all grow as writers. Feel free to leave comments for any feedback you have for my story!

If you’d like to keep up to date on Plot Duckie Events, sign up to our Duckiemail below.

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Decision Made! First Event at Hotel Parq Central

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I was reserving this next blog for my review of the Albuquerque Hyatt. However, after visiting I realized what a terrible idea that was. The whole reasoning behind the event is to get out of the norm of a conference, and the Hyatt, well, it’s pretty normal (as per that first picture on the left)

So, I’ve narrowed the event down to one place  – the Hotel Parq Central. Possibly haunted (although no official sightings), definitely comfortable, and definitely a little different. We’ll have our own building to start with (for the first nine who sign up).

I’m currently pricing out the four-day event, hiring on a couple of published authors, looking at pulling in some student ambassadors and using my skills as an instructional designer to pull together an educational, fun, and helpful writer’s event.

If you are a writer in the earlier stages of your writing (i.e. you want to get published but you don’t feel your work is there yet), or if you’re an established writer, but want to explore new ideas – Then consider marking off your calendar for Nov 9-13 and to making it to Albuquerque.

More to come soon!

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Checking Out Another Writing Conference Location

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Another hotel I wanted to check for my writing conference (aka Write. Learn. Play. event) in Albuquerque was Hotel Andaluz. It was built and opened by Conrad Hilton in 1939 as the first hotel in Albuquerque and was renovated in 2008.

Previous Experience

I had been here before for an event. This was back when I volunteered to do some writer work for the Creative Startups accelerator program. I liked working in this space and felt it might do well for creative writers.

The positives

I was greeted by Sheila who showed me around to talk about the hotel.  The mezzanine and their library are freely available for anyone to relax and work, the rooms are very nice, and it’s within walking distance to restaurants and downtown. I could easily imagine myself sitting in one of the big leather chairs, writing a short story.

The not so positives

The casitas here (the little rooms in the lobby) are so cool, but they use them as their bar area, as well as the outdoor space that’s available, so drink purchases would be required to work in either of those spaces. The music throughout the hotel open space was pretty loud, although I was told reluctantly that we could ask to have it turned down.

Also, I’ve worked with event planning and training events for many years, so having someone say to me in a serious manner, “Well, make sure you don’t schedule it over Thanksgiving” struck me as a bit condescending.

One more location to check

Hmmm… Well, I have one more place to check out. The Hyatt Albuquerque. I know, it’s just a Hyatt. It doesn’t have a historic or Albuquerque vibe, but I want to give the big place a chance. Soon I’ll make my decision!

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Finding the Best Location for a Writing Conference

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I’m sure you know that having the right ambiance for writing is important. If the space is too noisy it can be distracting and as a writer you’ve probably done your own search for the best place to write.

That’s why I decided to personally visit any hotels I book for events. I wanted to know that I could feel happy writing there, and hope that attendees would feel the same way.

The right choices

I first narrowed my choices down. I considered some of the iconic Route 66 motels in Albuquerque, but I found them too noisy and there were no great spaces to sit and write. Then I focused on hotels and narrowed the list down to places that have a presence/ambiance and were close to restaurants and downtown so we could access the train and other options.

Hotel with History

First up was Hotel Parq Central. This hotel was originally built in 1926 as a hospital to serve the people traveling and working on the Santa Fe Railroad. The facade is a beautiful Spanish Colonial and kept original while the interior was completely gutted and rebuilt in 2010.

The minute I walked in I loved it. Bright, clean, quiet and elegant.

I was greeted by the event coordinator, Noelle. Not only was she friendly, but being a creative writer she immediately understood what I was trying to achieve.

Great Spaces

She showed me around to the breakfast room. They have free continental breakfast and the room is left open all day. I’d love to spend some time in the center chair working on my novel!

They even have a separate building that was once the Head Physician’s residence with its own library and porch. In addition, there is a gorgeous lobby and a sunroom. There’s also a 24/7 hot tub, and an outdoor patio that will have heaters in October 2017 (luckily our weather in Albuquerque is pretty mild).

Next Up

I’m already in love, but I have to give the other two places a chance (I’ll be checking in on the Hotel Andaluz and the Hyatt Albuquerque)

I’ll have a decision on this soon. Personally, I can’t wait! This is going to be fun, exciting, and productive!

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What to do about Boring Writing Conferences

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I was at a writers conference, my mind so numb from sitting down all day that I finally had to go for a walk. The inspirational muse had not bitten all day.

I came across a park where a gathering of neighbors was creating handmade ceramic leaves. The leaves were then affixed to the walls of their park. I was honored that they invited me to join them.

Creative Activity Breeds Creativity

The creative endeavor of designing my own leaf through a project I had never done before gave me new energy. Mid-activity I suddenly had an idea for a new story. A young girl on the search for a distant relative who might have secrets to reveal. A whoosh of dry leaves blowing around her as she walks down the New York city streets.

I stopped to take notes in my writer’s notebook that I carry with me everywhere. Then I finished up the ceramic leaf and made some new friends that day.

Inspiration

On my walk back to the conference, I realized that the experience was exactly what I needed; that and good instructors/facilitators for writing. And that’s when I decided to build a different kind of writer’s workshop.

An event where writers can have time to work on their projects, get feedback and instruction from published authors (who also know how to teach), and have fun activities that actually spur creative ideas. Since then, I’ve read a ton of scientific research about creativity and how to relearn to be creative.

I now have events coming up in Albuquerque throughout 2017 (and Santa Fe in 2018), and I would love your input on what you would like to see. Feel free to comment below or email me, what would you like to see in a creative writer event? Dream Big!

Thanks! Sonja

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