Archive | February 2017

Experience the thrill of your novel taking shape! Make March a writing month

Write like my life depends on it in the month of March!!!

What Inspires Your Writing?

Before warm weather hits full force and spring fever sets in, take a month to write a solid chunk of your book.

You’ve heard of it, now make sure you’re officially registered for it: The 10K Word Count Writing Challenge, starting this Wednesday!

Your mission: write 10,000 words. That’s a handful of paragraphs each day?and if you can do that, you’ll have taken a major step toward becoming a published novelist.

If you have an outline, character sketches, even words already written, bring them along. As long as you write 10,000 new words in March, you’ll be a Challenge finisher.

You could also be the recipient of a writing award. Will March 2017 go down as the month you became an award-winning writer?

It’s exciting to see your own novel take shape. In fact, I’m excited to see your novel take shape!

Get your words on, writer:

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues—What Doesn’t Work and What Does

To Prologue or Not to Prologue?
Thou shalt not if . . . (read to find out what Kristen Lamb has to say about the subject).

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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We writers have a vast array of tools at our disposal to craft stories readers will love. But like any tool, it helps if we know how to use it properly. Theme is wonderful. It can keep us plunging a story’s depths for years when used correctly. Applied incorrectly? It just makes a story annoying and preachy.

Description! Love me some description! But pile on too much and we can render a story unreadable.

The same can be said of prologues. Now, before we get into this, I want to make it clear that certain genres lend themselves to prologues. But even then, we are wise to make sure the prologue is serving the story.

So, to prologue or not to prologue? That is the question.

The problem with the prologue is it has kind of gotten a bad rap over the years, especially with agents. They generally hate them…

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Dear Writer: STOP Releasing So Many Novels!

Marvelous quote from Michael Cristiano’s post “What’s the rush for? Take your time. Be the aged cheddar of the publishing industry: digestible and dependable and a classic. Be the brie: smooth and double-creamed served with red pepper jam. Hell, be blue cheese: an acquired taste but oh-so-prolific. Just don’t be processed cheese. Got it?”

Thank you, Michael. Because with three sons (teenager and two toddlers) and a husband I have been stressing myself out in between working full-time and trying to write, publish new stories, AND re-publish a novel when it was abandoned after publisher went out of business! Oy!

A Writer's Path

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by Michael Cristiano

As I’m sure you know, dear readers (or Mom… Hi, Mom!), I’ve come to a couple realizations over the past year or so since the release of my first novel. The biggest revelation, the one where I decided to go back to writing for myself, I’ve written about extensively already, and you can read that post here…

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Building Your World With Maps

Hallelujah! I had created a map of the world of Reath, for my “Prelude to Morning” dystopian-science-fiction hybrid (lol) and I think I need to redraw it on a bigger scale like this awesome author did! So inspiring. Thank you, Burks! Thank you!

E. Paige Burks

Maps are hard. Especially for people like me who have trouble visualizing what the heck even goes on a map. My most basic map of Gexalatia, from years ago looks like this:

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Awesome, right? (It’s okay to say no!)

Gexalatia has come a long way since its early days. Now it looks slightly better, like this:

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Definitely starting to be flushed out a bit.

So what should your map have on it?

1. The easiest place to start was the countries.

So the overall land/continent is called Gexalatia. So far Gexalatia consists of Ymber to the north and Siccita to the south. Once I decided that, building around the two countries wasn’t too difficult.

2. Every country obviously needs a capitol city!

For me, the capitol cities are Regius Carmen in Ymber and Celo Cavus in Siccita. I chose to put them at opposite ends of the map for no…

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How to Be Taken Seriously as a Writer

Note to self: “Don’t downplay your accomplishments”! #MotivationMonday

A Writer's Path

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by Kate Colby

So writing is your creative calling, your life’s purpose, your ultimate joy. Congratulations! You’re part of (in my totally unbiased opinion) one of the best groups of people in the world. You know it, I know it — and yet, your friends and family don’t.

After all, what’s so special about being a writer? Literally billions of people on the planet write every day. It’s a basic life skill, one of the first we learn. And as a career? Psh! You might as well steal a cardboard box from behind your local grocery store and get comfy on the street.

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Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Me Win on Cover Wars!

And the winner is . . . Charles French! Groovy, baby. 🙂

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Thank you to everyone who helped me in this Cover Wars contest at authorshout.com.  I know that I was a bit of a pest with my posts about voting for me, so  I do apologize if I went overboard.  To all who helped me with voting and with excellent suggestions on how to reach people–Thank you!!! I have received a great deal of aid from my wife, family, friends, and friends from the wonderful community I have found at WordPress.

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I also want to thank Judy Bullard at customebookcovers@cox.net for her wonderful work on my book. I will certainly work with her again, and I give her my highest recommendation.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

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Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

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#BlackLivesMatter

This thoughtful post is almost a year old and still highly relevant.

L.S. Engler

I usually don’t like to get too political on my blog. The current state of things is such a confusing mess that even I’m not sure what my thoughts are, and there are things like our current racial division in the U.S. that makes me feel upset, confused, and generally voiceless. I’m a white girl who grew up in rural Michigan, so it sometimes feels like I just don’t have a good perspective on things. On the other hand, I live just outside of Chicago, where the murder rate from gun violence is just absolutely staggering. I have family members who work in law enforcement, so the attacks on police grip my heart with a very personal kind of terror, while the reports of young black people being straight-up murdered just for being young and black is heartbreaking. It’s all so awful that I’m often just stunned into complete silence…

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