Julie Strier: Writer

Author of fast-paced, action-packed fiction

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State of the Writer: December, 2017 and Year End Reflection

Happy New Year! It’s officially 2018 and I started the year off right by getting up early and writing. For me, having a daily writing habit is the single best thing I could do for my writing. Once I get my butt in the chair and put my hands on the keyboard, the rest sorts itself out.

Over the past year, I’ve lost a few things and gained several more because of writing. One of the biggest things I lost was a mantra I used to have: “I want to be a writer,” or “I want to write.” I don’t think I’ve uttered those words since May, 2017 when I began writing every morning. It’s a radical notion, but by doing the thing I wanted to do the most in this world, and by practicing it daily, I no longer feel like a wannabe. I write every morning, no exception. I am a writer.

So what did I gain in 2017?

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State of the Writer: November, 2017

November is my favorite month. Not only does it officially signify fall, and we get to have Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), but it’s also the month in which my daughter was born. And, November is National Novel Writing Month. So, it’s a good month all the way around.

November was also good for my writing. As a recap, I typed 21,405 new words in October, for a total of 125,593 words since May 2017. Manuscript-wise, I was working on chapter 25 of my current Work In Progress (WIP).

Although I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo this year, I did promise to try to push my writing output as a way to celebrate the month with my fellow writers. So how did my November stats stack up?

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Writing Podcasts (and Other Cool Listens)

Despite only living 14 miles from work, my commute often lasts 45 minutes to an hour, and that’s just one way. I used to fill this time with music, and while I still find that singing my face off is a great way to get me pumped up for the day, I’ve started to use this time to listen to podcasts and educate myself on the business and craft of writing.

What is a podcast? It’s basically a digital radio show where people talk about their interests. They can be educational, entertaining, interesting, or just downright strange. And while podcasts are often just audio, some feature a video component as well. To listen to podcasts, just look for a podcast app on your phone, or search Youtube.

Because of how long I’m in the car, I have a variety of go-to podcasts, depending on my mood. So, here’s my list of my Top 7 Podcasts (of the moment), five on writing, and two that I just find interesting.

Top 5 Writing Podcasts

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State of the Writer: October, 2017

Another month of writing has passed, which means it’s time for another installment of State of the Writer, where I talk about what I worked on the previous month.

As a brief recap, I ended September with 26,237 new words, for a total of 104,188 words for the year, and I was on chapter 15 of my current novel.

So how did I do in October?

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State of the Writer: September, 2017

I’ve decided to start a monthly segment of my blog called State of the Writer, where at the end of each month I review what I’ve worked during the month.¬† Consider it one part a peek into the writer’s life, one part practicing in public, and one part holding myself accountable.

The stats leading up to September are as follows:

May-August 2017

  • Developed a daily writing habit where I started writing at 5 am. Every. Single. Day.
  • Wrote 84,625 words
  • Finished 3 drafts of my first novel, Dangerous Contracts

September 2017

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