Guest Post & Giveaway: I’m Kind of a Weirdo, and You Might Be, Too (by Dana Sitar)

Please enjoy this guest post by Dana Sitar author of A Writer’s Bucket List. Then read on to know more about the book and enter the giveaway! ;)

I’m Kind of a Weirdo, and You Might Be, Too
by Dana Sitar

Because Leah has been so generous as to devote a whole week to the launch of my book — *blush* — I think it’s time to introduce myself to you all. I’d love for you to do the same! Tell me in the comments who you are.

Charmed, I’m sure :)

My name is Dana. I’m a freelance blogger and indie author of “A Writer’s Bucket List” and other ebooks for writers. Through these books, plus the blog and community at DIY Writing, I share resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path. I do this because I love talking about writing, and because I realized not too long ago that the things I say are motivational to writers who aren’t sure where to begin or how they can do the (admittedly modest) things I’ve done in my career.

Someone emailed me recently to say, “You and your articles inspire me to be the person that I imagine myself to be and even beyond!”

I cried. Then I resolved to always strive to offer this kind of motivation and inspiration, and whatever resources I can, to budding writers and creatives who need a little extra oomph to move beyond the status quo.

I’m not much a part of the status quo, not even in the writing world. I’m a weirdo, constantly fighting the urge to give into the ease of being normal — first, by becoming a writer instead of getting a “real job”, and now, by forging a kinda unconventional path as a writer.

Many big or small things make me feel like I don’t quite fit in, even among people following the same dreams, and I’m sure there are others like that. We’re dabblers. Not quite novelists, journalists, copywriters — not quite any kind of writer, but a little bit of all of them.

In my writing life, I have been an editor, journalist, reviewer, blogger, author, copywriter, ghost writer, editorial assistant, social media writer, content writer/editor, ebook writer and publisher, joke-writer, and a publishing consultant.

Before that, I was a volunteer manager, an event coordinator, a non-profit data/services coordinator, an office assistant, a research center phone interviewer, and a barista.

I graduated high school with something like a 3.4 GPA, but I dropped out of college after 4 years and about 9 majors.

I write thousands of words every day for blogs and social media, but I can’t get through more than a few hundred words of fiction at a time.

I’m not cat person, like every writer seems to be. I don’t like dogs, either, or, for that matter, plants or children. I prefer to focus on taking care of myself, and I’m not awesome at that yet.

Writers seem to always be morning people, but I’m a night person. I don’t like to do anything that requires me to wake before 7 a.m., and I don’t want to talk to anyone outside of my home until after noon. If you call me at 3 a.m., I will talk to you until we both fall asleep.

I do, however, love coffee, like every normal writer ;)

Through the creation and promotion of DIY Writing and A Writer’s Bucket List, I have connected with bloggers, freelancers, journalists, novelists of every genre, poets, short story writers, newsletter editors, ghost writers, the traditionally- and self-published, children’s book writers, illustrators, and more.

I’ve learned that we’re all complete weirdos, which is pretty cool and very comforting.

I’m so thankful to writers like Leah, and the other DIY Writers in the blog hop, for throwing their support behind this book, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of getting to know all these weird writers. I’m building the DIY Writing community as a place where y’all can come to discover other weirdos and find a space where you’re free to wander and forge your own unique paths.

About the Book

A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket is an inspirational and educational ebook for writers at all levels of their careers. The book is a launching point for all of the possibilities of being a writer, a kick in the butt for those who don’t know what to do next, and a simple guide to help writers forge their own unique career/life paths.

About the Author

Dana Sitar is a freelance journalist and indie author. She shares resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path through DIY Writing (danasitar.com). She has been writing professionally since 2010, blogging unabashedly since 2011, and traveling perpetually since she discovered that one feature article could purchase enough gas for a cross-country road-trip.

Blog: danastar.com/blog

Resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path.

Books: danasitar.com/books

Stories and guides to inspire, motivate, and educate.

Connect with Dana:

Twitter: @danasitar

Contact: dmsitar(at)gmail.com

Giveaway

Dana will be giving away one copy of the book to a lucky reader! All you need to do is answer a simple question and share about the launch. Enter using the Rafflecopter below! This is open to anyone and will run from today til the end of The Bucket List Challenge (Feb 12)!

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Review & Giveaway: A Writer’s Bucket List by Dana Sitar

I don’t remember now how I came across author Dana Sitar’s blog DIY Writing, but I found myself there and started reading about how she upped and went away without any solid plan and became a freelance writer. I really liked her blog and when I read about A Writer’s Bucket List, I jumped at the chance to be one of the advanced reviewers.

Reading this book was perfect timing for me. It really put things in perspective. Like what I said in my new year post, when I decided to do  the freelance writing thing full time, I wasn’t exactly sure what kind of writer or freelancer I wanted to be. Did I want to focus on article or blog writing? Copywriting? Book reviewing? Editing and proofreading? Or did I want to be in author PR and marketing? Did I want to be a novelist? This book helped me realize that maybe I didn’t have to label myself as one thing.

A Writer’s Bucket List is easy to read, simple, logical, and practical. It’s a great starting point for new freelance writers and it’s a nice reminder for those who have been writing for a long time. The book gave me ideas on what to keep doing, what to stop doing, and what else to do. Most of the items on the list are things that I already have on the theoretical bucket list in my head, but there were some that I didn’t think of yet (and are now added on my list!).

Here’s a short portion from the Introduction which really appealed to me:

Or, maybe you have one of a myriad other tics that makes you so uniquely you. How do you find the right path when the ones others are taking don’t seem to fit?

Over a lifetime of dabbling that has propelled me from being an avid reader of fiction to a prolific creative writer to a leader in non-profits to a blogger to a freelance journalist… I always thought I had to keep trying things to figure out which one was Just Right for me. Faced with a giant intersection of interests, I realized they’re all right. Or,maybe none are right — the point is, I can do whatever I want.

There’s more to the dream of being a writer than the Great American Novel.

Inspired by my favorite bloggers and writers, I’ve accepted my multipassionate writing career as the Real Thing, not the inevitable means to a more traditional end. I’m a blogger. I’m a freelance journalist. I’m a creative writer. I’m an indie publisher. I’m a copywriter. I’m an editor.

I am a DIY Writer — self-defined, self-driven, determined, and willing to try it all.

Whether you’re a new writer or a seasoned writer, I think you might really take away something from this book.

Check out other reviews and posts about the book here. And if you haven’t already, please enter the giveaway below for a chance to win your own copy of A Writer’s Bucket List! :)

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely mine.

About the Book

A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket is an inspirational and educational ebook for writers at all levels of their careers. The book is a launching point for all of the possibilities of being a writer, a kick in the butt for those who don’t know what to do next, and a simple guide to help writers forge their own unique career/life paths.

About the Author

Dana Sitar is a freelance journalist and indie author. She shares resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path through DIY Writing (danasitar.com). She has been writing professionally since 2010, blogging unabashedly since 2011, and traveling perpetually since she discovered that one feature article could purchase enough gas for a cross-country road-trip.

Blog: danastar.com/blog
Resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path.

Books: danasitar.com/books
Stories and guides to inspire, motivate, and educate.

Connect with Dana:
Twitter: @danasitar
Contact: dmsitar(at)gmail.com

Giveaway

Dana will be giving away one copy of the book to a lucky reader! All you need to do is answer a simple question and share about the launch. Enter using the Rafflecopter below! This is open to anyone and will run from today til the end of The Bucket List Challenge (Feb 12)!
 

The Bucket List Challenge: What will you cross off your bucket list in 2013?

Welcome to The Bucket List Challenge! Yayyyyy. The challenge only has one simple rule. Answer the question: What will I cross off my bucket list in 2013?

Okay, I haven’t really sat down and thought about my bucket list, but there are a couple of things that I already know I want to cross off this year. Wait, make that three things that I MUST cross off this year.

The first one is related to writing, the second is related to health, and the third is related to my other obsession hobby: blog customization. Read on about the top 3 (for now) on my bucket list. And if you haven’t yet, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of A Writer’s Bucket List!

What I want to cross off my bucket list this year:

Enter a writing contest. This is going to be a real challenge for me because I especially want to submit to a short story contest and I have never finished a short story. One of the items on my bucket list is to write 10 short stories this year. Hah. Pretty big for me, but I have to start learning to write these things. Maybe one of them could be a contest entry, yeah?

Complete the Insanity workout. This has been on my list since last year and I finally started it last Feb 1st. It’s still early in the workout program, but I’m pretty sure I can do this. Yay.

Revamp my blogger design site Color It You. I want to redesign the site and maybe offer blogger templates that I designed. I change my blog layout and design all the time. I think it’s time to take this a step further. I would love to help out other bloggers, whether they’re new or even seasoned freewebsite.us owners, by sharing what I’ve learned over the years.

So those are my three little things I want to accomplish this year. What will you cross of your list? :)

About the Book

A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket is an inspirational and educational ebook for writers at all levels of their careers. The book is a launching point for all of the possibilities of being a writer, a kick in the butt for those who don’t know what to do next, and a simple guide to help writers forge their own unique career/life paths.

About the Author

Dana Sitar is a freelance journalist and indie author. She shares resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path through DIY Writing (danasitar.com). She has been writing professionally since 2010, blogging unabashedly since 2011, and traveling perpetually since she discovered that one feature article could purchase enough gas for a cross-country road-trip.

Blog: danastar.com/blog

Resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path.

Books: danasitar.com/books

Stories and guides to inspire, motivate, and educate.

Connect with Dana:

Twitter: @danasitar

Contact: dmsitar(at)gmail.com

Giveaway

Dana will be giving away one copy of the book to a lucky reader! All you need to do is answer a simple question and share about the launch. Enter using the Rafflecopter below! This is open to anyone and will run from today til the end of The Bucket List Challenge (Feb 12)!

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A New Book for Writers: A Writer’s Bucket List by Dana Sitar

Last January I posted my list for 2013 and I mentioned being inspired by the book A Writer’s Bucket List to create my own, er, bucket list. Well, the book is officially launching and I will be doing features about it the whole week!

Plus, one of you, my lucky readers, will have a chance to win your very own copy!

Read more about the book and this week’s features. Then find out how you can win a copy of A Writer’s Bucket List!

Here’s what I have lined up for the week:

  • My blog post for The Bucket List Challenge
  • My review of the book
  • A guest post by author Dana Sitar
  • A giveaway for one copy of A Writer’s Bucket List!


About the Book

A Writer’s Bucket List: 99 things to do for inspiration, education, and experience before your writing kicks the bucket is an inspirational and educational ebook for writers at all levels of their careers. The book is a launching point for all of the possibilities of being a writer, a kick in the butt for those who don’t know what to do next, and a simple guide to help writers forge their own unique career/life paths.

About the Author
Dana Sitar is a freelance journalist and indie author. She shares resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path through DIY Writing (danasitar.com). She has been writing professionally since 2010, blogging unabashedly since 2011, and traveling perpetually since she discovered that one feature article could purchase enough gas for a cross-country road-trip.

Blog: danastar.com/blog
Resources, tips, and tools for writers in search of a path.

Books: danasitar.com/books
Stories and guides to inspire, motivate, and educate.

Connect with Dana:

Twitter: @danasitar
Contact: dmsitar(at)gmail.com

Giveaway

Dana will be giving away one copy of the book to a lucky reader! All you need to do is answer a simple question and share about the launch. Enter using the Rafflecopter below! This is open to anyone and will run from today til the end of The Bucket List Challenge (Feb 12)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway