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I love National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Every November writers worldwide are encouraged to get 50,000 words of a writing project done. No need to worry about editing or getting it exactly right -- just get it done! This year is my third NaNoWriMo. 2017 - saw Passage to a New Life take shape... Continue Reading →
Thank goodness someone after my own heart! via Adverbs: Why You Need These Delightfully Descriptive Words In Your Life (#AuthorToolboxBlogHop)
What great tips! No excuses for writer’s block now.
Welcome to the last Author Toolbox post of 2019!
Previously I’ve written about writer’s block, and how free-writing to random prompts can help break it. But where do you find these mysterious prompts? This month I’ll share my favourite writing prompt resources. For anyone doing Nanowrimo, they may help if you get stuck!
1) Random Word Generators:
Does what it says on the tin. There are websites, like Random Word.com, which provide a random new word with each refresh.
Like ‘illuminism’: belief in an inward spiritual light!
There’s a definition below the word too: Not only is it a great way to get writing prompts, it also helps you learn new words!
2) Story Cubes:
Story cubes are great fun. Each dice has 6 pictures on it, and there are 9 dice in a set. Roll all 9, and pick 3 dice for the beginning of your story, 3…
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We've all been there. No inspiration to write, but desperately wanting to at the same time. While I don't always apply the following tips myself, when I remember to I certainly find them useful. So we sit down to write, using whatever medium seems appropriate, waiting for the inspiration. Some of us might even change... Continue Reading →
It is vital to look after yourself if you are to be useful and productive. Some tips from author Carmen Suarez
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A few years ago, I had to go to the doctor’s office because I was experiencing so much wrist pain I had to get it checked out. At that time, I learned everything I needed to know about carpal tunnel syndrome and because it sidelined me for quite a while, I decided to start making some changes quickly to avoid ever going down that road again. I developed some really easy habits that I do every day that I wanted to share with everyone who writes, stares at a computer all day or is on the phone regularly.
A lot of writers, and creative people in general, tend to
overwork themselves especially when they’re in that zone or experiencing that
ever elusive “light bulb” moment. We’ll write
for hours without stopping — we’re also prone to over-due it when we’re
experiencing some sort…
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An approach to Pitch Wars from author Rebecca Chaney
So this week, after much umm’ing and ah’ing, I decided to submit my middle grade manuscript to Pitch Wars.
For those unaware, Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where mentors select a writer and work with them over a three month period, offering suggestions to improve their manuscript, query letter, and pitch for a subsequent agent showcase event. More details of the program can be found here.
I’ll be honest, I was undecided about entering this program for the reason most writers hesitate: lack of belief that my writing is good enough. But that is also why I DID want to enter. What I do believe in is my story’s (and my writing’s) potential. I’m just not sure how to reach it. I know my story is not where I want it, but I’m not sure how to get it there.
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A quality blog post from Brigitte Kirady via Quality vs. Quantity Writing: Why I Refuse to Rush My Novel (#AuthorToolBoxBlogHop)
I can't believe that I am writing a blog about writing a blog. I'm no expert, that's for sure. Actually, I would go as far as to say that I am technically challenged (I've just contacted an author friend of mine to tell me what my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook addresses are). But I think... Continue Reading →