How writers can benefit from historical non-fiction

I’ve managed to make a video this week! I’m pretty happy with it, too, which isn’t necessarily a given when producing stuff all on your own. 😀 (we all suffer for our art don’t we) This week, we’re talking about historical non-fiction. Having already done a video on this topic before, I was kind of discouraged by the low amount of views. But, since then, I have received so much encouragement to continue on this route, especially since it’s not as common of a subject on Booktube or Authortube. So here’s hoping that there are more people out there who, like me, love this genre and find it very useful when researching for our own writing.

Feel free to give it a watch, and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments!

The Age of Innocence – Discussing a Forbidden Romance

I’ve finally done another classics discussion video! This time around, we’re taking a closer look at Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, Pulitzer Prize winner and renowned classic. It is, at its core, what I’d call a forbidden romance. But it’s also a tragedy, an identity crisis, and humour-filled display of how to avoid a scandal in 1870’s New York.

Needless to say, I adore this book. I’m not really talking about this in my video, but Edith Wharton’s prose is so unique and humorous that I actually laughed from the very first page. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. So – back to the video. As usual, I talk about the story in great detail before going into my analysis and discussion. I believe that anyone, regardless of whether you’ve read it or not, should be able to enjoy the video (if you don’t care about spoilers).

If you decide to give it a watch, do let me know your thoughts! And don’t forget to subscribe, of course ❤

Real talk about community, branding and content

Here it is; my video where I talk about the Authortube community and the risks of negativity, as well as my vision for my content and how I see my channel going forward. It might not be the that writing-related, but I do find it necessary. Sometimes, you need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Am I following my original plan/vision? If not, what are my reasons for leaving it? I found that those reasons weren’t really good enough, so it’s time to take a good look at how I can make my brand and content into something that is representing me as a creator.

Feel free to give it a watch and gasp at my real talk. Don’t forget to like & subscribe as that helps me out a lot.

I believe it’s time to change things up

I’ve been thinking quite a lot lately about doing some substantial changes to my platform. The whole marketing thing is a trial-and-error practice, and I’ve recently come to the realisation that I’m not following my original vision in the way I do things. This would of course not be an issue if I was happy about the route I was taking, but as it is now, I’m not. Not entirely.

People are (usually) not interested in just one thing. I would say that I have a couple of interests that make up the majority of my time and headspace, and that is 1) writing/reading, 2) history and 3) gaming. History used to be my number one as that was my major at University, and when I was still a student there was no time for leisure writing/reading. Now that I’m working on my manuscript, that takes the number one spot whereas history and gaming are leisure activities. But that is everyone’s life: people have more than one interest and they split their time between different things that they enjoy and that they identify with.

So why am I talking about this now? Well, the content I make for Youtube and my blog have been pretty straight-forward – it’s about writing. There is something special about making writing vlogs as I work on my manuscript. I still enjoy it, don’t get me wrong, but I’m thinking long-term about how I can grow as a content creator. At some point, I’m going to finish my novel and go into full-on marketing mode. I don’t want this to cause a drastic change in my content, or worst case scenario, run my channel into a dead-end. On top of that, I also feel like I want more of me in my videos, and by me and mean that I want to define my personal brand. Therefore, I have decided that I need a little bit more versatility in my content.

I won’t be going into too much detail here. But I’m planning on making a vlog this week where I discuss my plans for my channel/platform. I do hope it all goes well.

Have a lovely Tuesday people ❤

Time to write some character descriptions

I’m on my third draft, and I’m worrying about this now. Truthfully, I was terrified of writing character descriptions for quite some time. Every time I tried I just felt awkward. I couldn’t care less about a characters hair colour, eye colour or body type – but then again, how else could I describe them? I looked up different descriptions from various types of books and compiled them to get a better overview. Physical attributes, personality traits, metaphors. There are so many ways to describing a character. So, I did a bit of research, and I present my result in this video.

Also, Niles is making an appearance, being his usual, spoiled self.

Enjoy!

Time to let loose a little bit

So my new tag video is up! Honestly, I had a lot of fun doing this. Is it intellectual? No. Is it educational? Not really. But is it fun? Yes! I will do the occasional “fun” video, but of course, everyone knows I prefer the pretentious intellectual stuff. I hope you’ll enjoy the video! 🙂

Summer recollections and Winter madness

Every morning when I wake up, I am immediately surprised that it’s December. Seriously, where did October and November go? Usually by this time I have already started getting tired of knitted jumpers and woollen coats (which is depressingly early in Sweden given the fact that winter lasts until May here). Not this year, though! I’ve only just started wearing them! Also, I can clearly remember the hot summer we had, and all the things that came with it. Like how difficult it was to sleep because of the heat. I remember swimming in the ocean and it not being too cold for once. I remember all the spiders on the boat during our sailing trip. Every single one of them.

My point is, summer was yesterday. Today is December and we’re already half-way to Christmas.

People around me are buying Christmas presents, decorating their homes and baking seasonal treats, and here I am, completely baffled and nowhere near the Christmas spirit that they seem to emulate. I’m just running around in circles trying to make sense of my second draft.

I suppose the reason why I’m feeling stressed by this is that I had hoped to be much further along in editing my manuscript than what I am. I had set a goal for myself to start finding beta readers in the beginning of January, and I honestly don’t think that will be possible anymore. I’m still changing things on an almost daily basis, therefore it would be impractical to let anyone read it. It’s always sad when you realise that you can’t reach a certain goal, but I’m also very much aware that when it comes to writing, patience is key. Not just any key, I mean a sneaky key that likes to play hide-and-seek.

I’m not going to beat myself up over it because that won’t make it go any faster. I’m just surprised, and a little taken aback at how fast the months fly by, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this! Anyway, this post was just a side note (i.e. distraction), since I’m supposed to be working on planning this week’s Youtube video. Speaking of which, I should really get back to that.

I hope everyone else is having a great week (and that you’re not panicking about the upcoming year-end)!