Throwback Thursday: Should You Write a Fancy Outline for Your Novel?

REBLOGGED! #Throwback Thursday from ryanlanz.com. It’s that time of year again. #NaNoWriMo is here and I have a lot of writing to do, but most likely not enough time to make that and the rest of my life happen. 😦

A Writer's Path

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Jean M. Cogdell

Maybe- Maybe not.

It’s your book, you make the rules.

Different strokes for different folks. Me, I’m trying to be more organized in my writing this year. Only time will tell if I’m successful. LOL

However, I find outlining is a bit of a mystery.

Outlining an unwritten book is weird because you don’t know what will happen. It’s not the same as outlining a book read for a class assignment. No the formal process of outlining a book idea is as foreign to me as Spanish or French. I know just enough to embarrass myself.

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I’m More Grateful Than I Seem

REBLOGGED! #MondayMotivation. Thank you, Linda Mims for writing this truly rebloggable post! 🙂

The Long and Short Stories of Life

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Some of you have been on this blogging journey with me for a long while and you will recognize this post from a couple of Thanksgiving’s ago. Since THE DAILY POST prompt today is GRATITUDE, I thought I’d dust this one off and present it again. Thank you for your kind indulgence.


If I don’t appear to live a grateful life, it’s because I’m busy! So busy that I often wonder how I could’ve had time to work a 9 to 5. Most mornings when I rise, I place my feet on the floor and walk to the bathroom never once doubting that I amsupposed to be Alive! I’m not ungrateful, it’s just something I take for granted.

I know people who wouldn’t dare get out of bedwithout thanking God, reading a few pages from their devotionals, and meditating. Not me. I’m deep in thought, mentally preparing for…

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Staying out of Twitter jail – a guide for bloggers and authors

REBLOGGED! Advice for making Twitter Land more enjoyable.

Dark Dates

Book bloggers are, in my opinion, some of the most generous people you could come across – selfless not only in promoting authors, but also in supporting one another. But, as this often comes in the form of sharing one another’s posts / reviews on Twitter, this can cause problems: the notorious ‘Twitter jail’, or ‘shadow ban’, where your tweets are hidden because you post too many links.

Now, I am not sure I understand the logistics of this, and it’s easy to argue against the unfairness – Twitter is, after all, a place where Nazis run free, so you’d think a few blog links would hardly be cause for outrage – but given that seems to be happening, how can you avoid it? How can you still use Twitter to share the content you want to, without falling foul of the site’s often vague and nebulous rules?

Understand the…

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Introverted Socializing (Damn It, I’ve Joined The Matrix)

REBLOGGED! I’m so glad Antwan has joined Twitter aka The Matrix. It’s not as badly invasive as stinky, old Facebook though. #DidIJustSayThat Lol

Eye of the Writer

Dear World

Please Kill Me,

Greetings, and happy Thursday my acidic authors of audacious adventures, (#SayThat5TimesFast #DidYouDoIt? “HAHAHAHA!!!!” #MadeYouTalkToYourself), how the hell are ya?

In any case (O.J. or otherwise) I’m glad to have you here (and unarmed) for another roundabout convo with Uncle Keyboard and His Caffeinated Digits.  Today, I have somewhat of a P.S.A. That’s right, some somber news, that’s fit to print–but oh…HOW I LOATHE THE LOSS!!!!

That’s right kids. They got me!

*drops to knees* 

*shakes fist at satellites*

“Damn you! God, DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!!!”

*rips open shirt*

Anyway…

Yep, it’s true. After years of avoiding the madness that is the #DirtyBlueBirdy, I’ve finally been caught by the tepid grasp of influence and power. SHUNNED FROM THE DARKNESS OF SECRETS AND PRIVACY! CAST OUT INTO THE STORM OF PUBLIC OVERVIEW!!!!

*drops to knees again*

*punches ground*

“God DAMN YOU!!! DAMN YOU…

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How Million Yen Women Inspired My Revised Author Wish List!

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On Twitter, I discovered this hashtag: #MSWL. For those of you who don’t know, it stands for Manuscript Wish List. There’s even a website dedicated to this where agents and editors can share with writers what kind of manuscripts they specifically want in their inboxes!

Groovy, baby. Just groovy.

As a writer, I’ve always had a wish list of my own and it was simple:

  1. Find an agent or publisher
  2. Get published
  3. Sell books
  4. Quit day job
  5. Write for pay all day, every day! 🙂

Unfortunately, my journey toward becoming a best-selling writer hasn’t been simple to achieve. In between going to college to have a career to support my oldest son (almost two decades ago it was just the two of us); working full-time as a teacher; writing a book or two while pregnant, vomiting, nursing, crying, and living “the dream” (fake it until you make it) I didn’t think it would EVER happen. Sure, I independently published a book and had my first novel published (unfortunately, the publisher went out of business shortly after), but it wasn’t enough to quit teaching. Heck, it wasn’t even enough to make a car payment. Or a cell phone payment. Or even enough to buy a box of Tic Tacs (ha, ha — okay, I exaggerate it was enough to buy 12 packs of Tic Tacs!)

So, lately I’ve been submitting short stories, picture book manuscripts, and trying to complete another novel in order to return to that above wish list. And as time marches on, I get anxious, depressed (I may share more on that at another time), and feel hopeless that my dream to work as a full-time author will never come true.

And after watching “Million Yen Women” (it’s based on the manga series, “100 man yen no Onna tachi” by Shunju Aonoon) on Netflix, I have a new wish list. 🙂

I won’t spoil the series for you because I hope that you take advantage of the fresh satisfaction of watching it soon. Oh, so very soon.

I enjoyed it and highly recommend it. Especially to other writers because even though Japan possesses different cultural views in comparison to those in the United States of America, both countries share a similar perspective when it comes to the publishing industry and marketing.

The main character, Shin Michima, is considered a poor novelist, but one day that begins to change when he’s visited by five beautiful women who live with him. Each women has a role to play, but their purpose for being there is shrouded in mystery. Oh, and he’s not allowed to ask them ANY questions or enter their rooms. Now, why would Shin want to allow five, strange women into his home? Well, they pay him a million yen for every month they live there! As the story unfolds, you learn a lot about what it often takes for a writer (even one who is considered a failure, like Shin) to become a hot, best-selling superstar!

My (Revised) Author Wish List

  1. An Ally with Connections, like Hitomi. She’s the daughter of a deceased, famous novelist.

    Hitomi Tsukamoto

    Hitomi Tsukamoto

  2. A Dedicated Following (even one person would suffice — not including my husband –I love you, bae, but you can’t count!)

    Dedicated Following

    Nanaka Hiraki – pop singer and actress

  3. A Ride or Die Editor like Mr. Sakurai. He’ll guarantee a bidding war for your book. He’ll push to have the right amount of copies sold! Sakurai san

  4. A Manga-styled Harem (if I wasn’t married, of course — heh heh). So, we’ll go with someone to kick my behind whenever I fall into self-pity. Every writer needs a Minami Shirakawa in their inner circle. She’s loyal, she won’t settle for anything but your best, and she’ll give you her all. She’s my favorite character in the entire series! 🙂

    Minami Shirakawa

    Minami Shirakawa: my fictitious BFF

    A Fan Club that Hosts and/or Attends all of My Events!you need a fanclub

Have an author wish list? Share yours in the comments!

 

 

#TribeTuesdayWPChallenge: Will You Come Out And Play On Tribe Tuesday?

REBLOGGED! Oooh, this looks like fun, but I don’t know what I have to bring to the table. Yet.

Simply Marquessa

Photo credit: carlaarena via Foter.com / CC BY-NC

I thrive on writing challenges.

From the first WordPress Blogging Universitycourses to NaNoWriMo‘s (50K words in 30 days) and to the A to Z Challenge (26 themed post during the month of April), writing challenges get my juices flowing. During the last A to Z Challenge, I pushed myself hard to finish the day’s letter of the alphabet before the clock struck midnight and though I was running on fumes, the sense of accomplishment each night and exchanging with other WP participants kept me going. It was almost like magic.

But now, I want to thrive on “life enhancement” challenges…

I tried to apply the challenge concept to my non-writing life with my 52 Things in 52 Weeks and though I did accomplish a number of items (and I still will), my list was more tasks and “to-do” driven.

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The Virtual Fantasy Con Is October 15-21

REBLOGGED! Fellow fantasy and science fiction fans should tune into this. 🙂

AM Justice

From October 15-21, 2017, I will be participating in the Virtual Fantasy Con, a Facebook event involving over 100 fantasy authors, bloggers, podcasters, artists, and other magicians. My booth will be open for business 24-7 during that time, with a contest for a grand prize that includes some free books and a $25 Amazon gift certificate. The Con is running its own contests, including a Truth or Lie competition that runs across the all the virtual booths of all the authors.

I’m inviting friends old and new to come hang out with me in the booth, so come on by and learn about them and the work they’re doing. The list is still growing, but here’s the schedule so far (all times Eastern US):

Sunday, October 15, 12-1 pm. Graeme Ing

Graeme is the author of Ocean of Dust, a YA fantasy that sails through a–you guessed it–sea…

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