(or Click & Learn – Useful (Writing) Links)
Often I wish to share some useful links on my social networks, but I just simply feel bad to put them out there because I don’t want them to be lost in an endless sea of other information – mostly due to the fact that I’m not sure how to quickly explain how useful those links are. On the other hand, when I want to find a link on FB, it usually turns into a mission impossible with banging my head against the wall wondering “oh God why didn’t I save that link?!” That’s why today I’ll put 3 truly great links that will stand here till the end of time and that will surely be interesting for writers, but also to all of those who are not merely interested in reading and writing.
Link No. 1: Jenna Moreci on writing (English)
Jenna is a writer. And a cyborg. And a vloger. Anyway, Jenna has a YouTube channel where, once a week, she uploads videos regarding writing and some common writer’s questions. In addition to being incredibly witty and beautiful, Jenna really gives concrete answers and constructive proposals on issues such as: how to know if I’m a writer, how to promote your book, how to write a dialogue etc. For those of you who are not at all interested in writing process, check out Jenna’s most popular video on why writers do weird sh*t. What can certainly serve as an encouragement to all (young) writers is the fact that Jenna wrote only one book and that she earns decent money living from its sales – that right, miracles do happen. Vlog is maybe a bit more related to young adult fiction, but it is very useful for beginners and I guarantee you can learn a lot. For those of you who haven’t clicked on the title, Jenna’s channel can be found here.
Link No. 2: How to find time to write in these difficult times!? (English)
I do not know about you, but to me this is one of the life’s greatest challenges. With so many things that I have during the day (and 101% of them involve sitting in front of the computer and writing), I really almost loathe at the end of the day (or at its very beginning at 6 am) when I’m supposed to sit down and write something for myself. This weekend I attended reading & writing discussion in Belgrade, named ČitamČitaš, where one of the guests was the famous creative writing professor Zoran Živković, so I asked him exactly this question. To paraphrase, the professor told me something like this: in ancient times, the writer could count on his patron, and now the best that one girl can hope for is to marry well. The real challenge is to work from 9-5, come home, cook lunch, deal with children, and just before bedtime, as tired as you are, sit down and write while your husband is waiting impatiently in bed for you to perform your husbandly duties. However, at the end of life, no one will ask about the circumstances. If you want to be a writer, you have to sit down and write. This is precisely what this text reminds you about in a brutal manner (not only from the women’s perspective); if you ignore the bloody image of the beginning of the post, this can really be a slap in the face for those of you who never have time to write.
Link No. 3: Audio books in Serbian language (Serbian, as you may guess)
Phenomenal, phenomenal (and I have to say it for the third time), a phenomenal collection of audio books in Serbian language in one place. As you may be reading this in English, the best benefit I can think of for you is if you are learning Serbian language and want to know all the beauty of Sebian language and its literature. I highly recommend youtube to mp3 converter, transferring files on your phone or USB and enjoying walking, driving or even running! Also, this is a great resource of audio books for children whose attention often wanders or who are just learning to read (book + audio); not to mention that these books will be providing immense joy to all of those who cannot read books at all, such as blind and low vision people.
I really do hope you liked this post, so if you have similar links which can serve others, it would really be great if you could share them in the comments bellow (and no, they don’t have to be related to writing). Honestly, I know that I’ll write another similar posts, but just to show you how far I go with my clairvoyant abilities, I’m guessing that the next post will be the continuation of the Digital Gutenberg series as well as the text that many of you asked for and that concerns book covers (both electronic and paper). At the end of this post, I would like to thank all of those who follow me (you’re wonderful guys!) – and all of those newbies that find this interesting, feel free share this post, like my text, ask questions and invite me to go to vacation together this summer! See you soon!