We’re in home improvement mode at my house. While I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, for example, we started painting walls.
Our house has a bit of an odd construction. It has a gambrel roof, which you can read all about here. The long and short of things is that this roof style is something not seen much in modern construction, and certainly not often on houses (it’s mostly barns and warehouses).
Adding to this oddity, the house is built into a hill, with the main living areas on the top floor and the bedrooms downstairs in what is technically a daylight basement.
Because of the roof style, our main floor is mostly one big open room, with a bump out in the middle of one wall for the full bath (why there’s a full bath on a floor with no bedrooms, I don’t know). Otherwise, it’s a big open space with high ceilings and a lot of surface to paint, including a 30-foot-long stretch of wall.
So, we started with that long wall.
And I’m amazed at how much of a difference a coat of paint can make. The house seems brighter, even though the walls went from a stark white to a greige. Sometimes, just polishing up one element can be a real game-changer.
We find that with writing, too. Maybe it’s your characters that need polishing. Or maybe you want smoother first drafts. Or perhaps, it’s a bigger change: like quitting your day job and writing full time.
Just like there are tools for painting, there are tools for writing. And The 2022 Write Stuff StoryBundle can help you with everything I just mentioned and a whole lot more.
Here’s a bit about the bundle from its curator, our own Kristine Kathryn Rusch:
In the 21st century, the writing world changes daily. New tech, new ways to promote, new ways to think about publishing. One thing that doesn’t change? How to tell good stories. The other thing that doesn’t change? The difficulties of living the writing life. In the Write Stuff Bundle for 2022, we have all of those topics covered, from how to live the writing life to the latest greatest tech.
This fantastic StoryBundle contains several offerings from WMG, including A Freelancer’s Survival Guide to Starting Your Own Business (a three-book bundle) by Kris and a pop-up workshop from Dean Wesley Smith on Clean First Draft Writing. Add in eight other writing tools on topics from blockchain to publishing pitfalls, and this bundle has you covered.
Click here to learn more about it.
So, go on. Grab some new tools and put that finishing touch on whatever aspect of your writing needs polishing.
You might just see your words in a whole new light.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.