Here we go again: NaNoWriMo 2019

  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 →

7 Awesome Writing Prompt Resources! #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

What great tips! No excuses for writer’s block now.

The Dragonspire

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!

7 awesome writing prompt resources: Author toolbox blog hop

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.

Example word, Random Word Generator: Illuminism 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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Take Care of YOU Simple Habits for the Writer, Creative, Everyone! #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

It is vital to look after yourself if you are to be useful and productive. Some tips from author Carmen Suarez

Creative Simplicity

*Below is not a transcript of video.

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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Pitch (More like a Friendship) Wars

An approach to Pitch Wars from author Rebecca Chaney

Rebecca Chaney

Hi all,

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.

There are two more reasons I decided…

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