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About melodyparsifal

Hoping to achieve my first novel. I am a dyslexia writer. Blissfully married with two cats

My Online Presence: web design with WordPress and Social Media

They advised that every writer needs a website. And granted, this may come before the actual first/debut book you’ll publish. So how have I done so far, and what have learnt?

First up is my experience in the past. Back at university, I learnt about web design and online social media platforms to increase my art portfolio. Guilty, I am an art major, not a literary or author bestseller major. It did teach me how to build up a website at least. And well…my art portfolio has been put on the shelf, for many reasons I won’t go into. So there is it, my previous experiences before this year on audience building as a writer.

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WordPress. Well, if you haven’t noticed it, this is on WordPress. I have used it before and spent a good six months building the page before launching to the world. My time was spent in designing, choice of colours (yeah I got new design after Graphic Designer friend feedback on the look) and of course, what the hell does someone put as a writer’s website?! That part would be what you can see on mine, have a click around with what I have added, categories and worked on as individuals pages. It’s a large subject to discuss so I may pin a future blog more specifically on my WordPress website.

Newsletters. Every website requires a Newsletter! Okay, so again whilst researching my Website Design, it also influenced my choice of signing up to create a Newsletter account. I went with MailerLite. Again, as this a part of my WordPress website building, I’ll have this added to a future blog post-to-do list!

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Next up! Twitter. This stuff was a pure accident to get going and flapping about on how to hashtag. I rushed my time out to set up my Twitter account. Connecting my writer’s Gmail account and website. All I can say is please research what hashtag you want to use and say. The downside for Twitter and dyslexic person, spelling error! They are just mean to not give me the right to edit a tweet I put out there! Still having a Twitter webpage to Plan a tweet through the schedule, that’s with a capital P to empathise the importance of Plan!

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Then there was the Facebook page. Eek! When I researched my website ideas, I knew I was gonna need one of these pages. But most I knew, and still do, is that writers already got their book out and published. I am still working on the community vibe here. So I won’t tell you how to be an expert here. I can safely say that I have built a Facebook page and there were not many complications to working the platform.

Instagram. This one out of the three was the easygoing platform for visual ideas, and building an online presence for me. That, and the fact my cats already have their own Instagram page. Yes, before you get confused. When coming up with a Writer’s Pen Name, I yelled my cats’ names together when they got crazy playing cat and mouse. Three days saying the name out loud, and it stuck! So I knew what I already was getting myself in for with my writer’s Instagram account, in demands for photos than posting text. And I worked my way around hashtags and following accounts. Now Facebook and Instagram are intertwined together, so I have discovered Creator Studio, so I can schedule not only my posts separately but linking both accounts together. Don’t ask me how I did, the tech-ie on connecting! That was a challenge for me if I am honest.

LinkTree. Ooohh, I love this concept! So many links and online presence, to make a list of them on Bio to get more people to see them. Yet this beauty! I thank the Twitter writers that I follow for giving me this knowledge, my LinkTree.

Finally, though doubt it’s my last social platform building. Pinterest. Simple, and the reason why I love it. I can create boards to build Visualisation. Both for myself as a writer and my aesthetics to my working novel. Let me explain. Most people are visual learners since leaving school…or still in school. Visualising a scene or character can bring them to life! As it is my most recent social media platform, again I cannot quote technical experts set up. Then again, I am not an expert in web design either.

I hoped you have enjoyed another reading in-between your own novel writing. I’ll add a comment section, share your thoughts on anything that you enjoy or dislike about these online platforms and presence to help each other out.

Meet my pit crew

Ever felt like when you are on roll with your writing time and don’t want a break? You know, like you are the fast racing cars, and need a pit crew to get fresh tires and fuel in you? 

I wrote this post, thinking about how everyone gives advice on time away from the writing or recovery of different writer’s blocks. Well, I think about sharing the tips on how I survive hardcore writing sessions. When you got a day job, and you found time in your week, or month, you do probably a hardcore session. It doesn’t matter the length of time, be it two hours or some of you who are more driven in longer sessions. Today, I am sharing my pit crew. Granted, these ain’t people or given me flat tires a change over… but the post title was a cheesy kinda fun to write.

WARNING: Now don’t be silly, and go hardcore sessions back to back or expect to do these on a regular basis. Why am I warning you? Cause even writers who do an excessive amount of writing can be exhausting as much as hardcore sessions of gaming or binge-watching Netflix. Those sessions require snacks and break in-between too. These products are not prescriptive by doctors and I am UK based. Again, a terrible salesperson, cause I am not expecting you to buy this because I use it. I just want to share some knowledge, and maybe you too can make your own pit crew too.

Anyway, first off the list. Eyes. Now, eyes are important when it comes to working. I have prescriptive eyeglasses, but even then it is not enough. Why’s that? Simple, try to do a hardcore session on a laptop, and even your eyes will tire out. So I use Optrex Double Action ActiMist Dry and Irritated Eyes Spray. On the rare occasions of a week’s worth of zoom classes and pandemic life demanding more hours online, I need this spray for my tired eyes. And that is before I do a writing session. Also, another tip is to lower your screen brightness. Or if your programs/applications allow Dark Mode. The moment my first phone had that as a setting, I have gone to the Dark Side, and never looked back!

Also, even though on Google Doc, you can only use Dark Mode for mobile devices. I clicked on Page Set Up on my laptop, and reverse my colours. Very effective and easier on the eyes.

Screenshot of one of my Work in Progress set as ‘Dark Mode’! No spoilers!

Another effect with my eyes. Again, depending on your own needs. This one may or not relate to you. If you weren’t aware till now, I am dyslexic. Worst sense of humour, they named the cause, even though the common trait is around spelling and jumbling letters! Ha! Thank you, Rudolf Berlin in 1887 for coming up with that damn word! To stop words from jumbling up all the letters between the first and last letter of each word, I need a tint. Let me explain, there are a lot of different resources. From overlay ruler when reading textbooks to set my computer for white backgrounds to have a yellow glow or just plain yellow highlighting my text. These tints can come in different colours depending on the sharpness of the letters, which doesn’t blur or make the letters jumbled up. Mine is yellow, since I was thirteen years old, I had my yellow overlay ruler to each novel I read. Once, I had my parents ordering my eyeglasses to have the yellow tint in my prescription. But I gave up after my next prescription, I did not want my whole world tinted yellow, everyone would be in The Simpson Universe through those glasses.

This is an example of what a overlay would look like in a textbook.

Finally, snacks! Well, that obvious but the amount of time I would do a gaming session, and forget the time of the day goes by. Yeah, it’s the same in a writing session. I am fortunate to have a desk with drawers that I stock up on snacks. Be that chocolate, salty or *gulp* the diet low-sugar snacks. Also a bonus, quick access to tea. As a Brit, I am more fuelled on the stuff, tea is a must! I swear, I would tell Doctors to use tea than IV transfusion. And I am sure coffee-lovers would feel the same. If you need a space in your home away from distractions and any interruptions, you need fuel in your pit crew!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my pit crew. Have you got your own pit crew? Hit the Like button, Comment and Do share yours down below or anything else you think you help other writers.

This is part of a series of selective posts, check out the first post, Where will my writing be…

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Where will my writing be one year from now?

Okay, so I tend to be on-and-off again on writing. The final push to actually get serious was when I told people. The many times where I hear positive responses on how well I verbally tell-a-tale, it got me thinking, ‘I got to write this down’. So what does this mean? Well, if anything, all those education courses I enrolled on, and even in my current day job consist of one important thing – Deadlines.

So where will my writing be in one year?

Well I shall like to think on a shelf somewhere, and not the kind where I put a pin in the idea, and switch off the writer persona inside me. This time, I want it on an actual shelf, maybe even my own bookshelf in my home. If I give myself the year to do it, I shall have enough time to conceive my partner, why, I do need to buy another bookcase! Anyone who reads this, can either be a starting bookworm, an intermediate bookworm or an expert bookworm in their collection of books and bookcases. And I am sure, till this very day, we still have to conceive the other half. And if you happen to be the loving partner of a bookworm, let them buy that damn bookcase!

In conclusion, let’s get that damn book of mine on a bookshelf!

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Next in this series of post, check out Meet My Pit Crew and I have written before…