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A WRITERS JOURNEY ǀ Networking: A Different Approach

by Samantha House ǀ  @samanthahouse In person, unless I know you, I can be on the shy side. Therefore I find it incredibly difficult to ‘network’ or interact face to face. I’m more than happy to help any one else out if I can, but find it pretty difficult to ask for help myself. Case in point, I was having trouble with a blog post and asked my brother for help. His reply, “Why don’t you ask someone who actually reads? Like that group you belong to on Facebook.” It wasn’t like I hadn’t thought about doing this, but I didn’t want to impose. Instead I chose to ask someone who, although supportive of me, really couldn’t have helped. So I plucked up the courage and did. I posted the link to my blog post and asked for feedback, the good and the bad so that I could improve. And the…

A WRITERS JOURNEY ǀ What is an Alpha Reader?

by Samantha House ǀ  @samanthahouse Most people have heard of beta readers, but not as many have heard of alpha readers. I myself had not heard of an alpha reader until recently and it turned out I actually had one without realising it. Therefore I think it is important to clarify what an alpha reader is. For starters, an alpha reader is the person you trust to read your manuscript first. Hence the title, alpha reader, alpha being the first letter in the Greek alphabet and in more general terms meaning at the top (alpha male/female etc.). After writing on your own to the best of your ability, the alpha reader comes along and works with you to pick up any grammar and punctuation mistakes as well as any loose plot threads and character development issues. They point out what they loved and what didn’t really work for them as a…

A WRITERS JOURNEY ǀ OMG…You’re a Writer?!

by Samantha House ǀ  @samanthahouse I write because that is who I am. I write so that I can better understand the world around me and my place in it. One of the biggest issues (apart from procrastination) that I have had to deal with is my reaction when people find out that I write. People have been very supportive when they initially found out and have asked lots of questions. The first question is usually, what do you write about? That stumped me for a bit as I found it very hard to tell people about things I had only put down in words. Eventually, after having talked to a few people I managed to refine my answer to this: It’s a story based on balance and how one thing out of whack throws another thing out and eventually everything falls apart, but that sometimes that is how a new…

A WRITERS JOURNEY ǀ An Introduction

by Samantha House ǀ  @samanthahouse Hi fellow word lovers! My name is Samantha and I’m from Mandurah, Western Australia. I’ve recently joined the Her Heart team as a features contributor. Here is a brief run down on what you can expect from me. My articles will focus on the writing journey, from the decision to be a writer to the ultimate goal of being published or whatever goal you have for your writing. I’m here to encourage you in your writing endeavours and I’ll share the little tips and tricks that I’ve picked up from fellow writers, as well as the mental and sometimes physical impact writing can have on you. Some examples of the topics I’ll write about are how to deal with telling other people you’re a writer (something that took me a long time to get confident about), networking with other writers if you have a quieter personality…

#poetsagainstplagiarism

Poets on Instagram are taking a stand for creativity and the protection of intellectual property. Led by the Writers Universe, poets and writers from all over the globe are making it known that plagiarism is not acceptable. Why is it happening? Plagiarism is not a new phenomenon, and given the ease of access to new material, and the ease of reposting it, it is no surprise that it is happening on Instagram too. What is surprising however is how often plagiarism is occurring. After discussing plagiarism with members of the community it became clear that many see the issue as a high priority for feature page owners. One community member described plagiarism as being “rampant” and shared that they had been affected by it on more than one occasion. It is so pervasive that our magazine even had a submission on Instagram that had been plagiarised from one of our…

Keeping Your Account Safe from Hacking

It was a cool morning in November, 2016, Aishanee woke and checked her Instagram account as she normally did. She had been using her account, nicknamed the Ink Alcove, to post her poetry for almost a year and had over 500 followers. Later that day she received an automated message from Instagram telling her that she had successfully changed her password. Alarmed, she quickly clicked on the Instagram app to find that she could no longer access her account and that all of the poetry she had created and the connections she had made, had been stolen. Like thousands of others, Aishanee lost her Instagram account to hackers. The knowledge that her account had been hacked left her feeling “bad and sad.” A sentiment that has been experienced by many who have been victims of hacking. Unfortunately, hacking is not a new problem on Instagram. There are many ways that…

Stories to Sip ǀ Something of Value

by Guest Blogger, Clementine Marie ǀ @cindybluwho I’m slightly obsessed with this quote by Alan Watts: “It’s as though someone has taken a bottle of ink and smashed it, creating many patterns, the pattern is very dense in the middle but gets more intricate the further out we move. We are those complicated little bits at the end but still apart of the whole.” I love this quote so much because it shows that there is literally no difference between me and you. When you try and pinpoint any of those exact differences, you are pointing to either physical traits or the ego. This is where the importance of writing comes in, specifically within the Instagram poetry community. Poets are special people. I always like to think of them as being born with an extra sense. This sense is the ability to express that we – TOGETHER – are the entire bottle of…

#IGPoetSecretSanta ǀ Give the Gift of Poetry

We believe in the power of poetry to surprise and delight. We believe in the magic of poetry. We believe in the power of poetry to surprise and delight. We also believe that poetry should be shared, and shared widely.  This is the essence of the #IGPoetSecretSanta challenge. This week we are asking poets everywhere to write an uplifting, inspiring and positive work and to gift it to a stranger for the holiday season. To participate all you need to do is write a poem that fits the theme, print it on paper and then leave that poem somewhere that it will be found.  This could be on a table at a coffee shop, on a seat on a bus or train, inside the pages of a book or magazine, on the desk of a colleague, or in a neighbors letterbox. Let your creativity guide you! To participate online, take a photo…

The Instagram Poets Toolkit

You’ve been writing poetry for years and now it’s time to unleash your words on the world! But you aren’t quite sure how to put it all together, so that it is attractive and easy to read. To help you we’ve complied a list of methods, apps and sites utilized by the community. This is designed to be a jumping off point for those new to Instagram. We know that there are many other applications available, with varying degrees of complexity, so feel free to leave us a comment if you think that we have missed something. This information was kindly volunteered by the members of the Her Heart Poetry Community, and are currently being used to post to Instagram. Words Fontcandy InstaQuote Textgram Fotor TextonPS Phonto Pro-Tip: For intricate and complex work, you can also create your posts in InDesign, Publisher, PowerPoint and other design based software. Then you…

Mirakee = Miracle?

“The most exciting social network for poets and writers…” or so the adverts keep telling me. After seeing that familiar purple background on a number of feeds, Her Heart jumped into action and downloaded the Mirkee app ǀ @mirakeeapp so that we could give you our thoughts. Pros Very Easy to Use The interface of this app is very easy. The entire process to post has been streamlined and getting your words on a post, and then setting it to your requirements can be done quickly with little or no hassle. There are a variety of font and background colour options and preset combinations to choose from. It is very intuitive and you can be up and running within minutes. Potential Early Adopter Benefits It already has 10,000+ downloads. The potential for early adopter benefits are huge with such a new application. If this survives it’s first year, there is…