I can't believe it: I've finally published a story on my own! I've wanted to 'get myself out there' in my own right for a while now. Don't get me wrong: I love being part of anthologies and will continue to do that. But I also wanted to be an author publishing in my own... Continue Reading →
I thought everyone had an internal dialogue too. An interesting blog
My day was completely ruined yesterday when I stumbled upon a fun fact that absolutely obliterated my mind. I saw this tweet yesterday that said that not everyone has an internal monologue in their head. All my life, I could hear my voice in my head and speak in full sentences as if I was talking out loud. I thought everyone experienced this, so I did not believe that it could be true at that time.
Literally the first person I asked was a classmate of mine who said that she can not “hear” her voice in her mind. I asked her if she could have a conversation with herself in her head and she looked at me funny like I was the weird one in this situation. So I began to become more intrigued. Most people I asked said that they have this internal monologue that is running…
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The #AuthorToolboxBlogHop is well worth becoming part of! I highly recommend it. Not only have I learned a lot, but I have gained followers that I may not have even reached before.
Welcome to the third year of the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, which is a monthly event on the topic of resources and learning for authors. Feel free to hop around to the various blogs and see what you learn! The rules and sign-up form are below the list of hop participants. All authors at all stages of their careers are welcome to join. Non-writing publishing peeps (editors, book-marketing specialists, book-cover designers, picture-book illustrators, etc.) are welcome, too.
1. Theme: this is a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging and social media tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful. Sharing of your experiences as it relates to these topics is encouraged but straight journaling with no takeaway for authors is not what this hop is about. Can you…
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I can relate to the need to research
Readers (and friends and acquaintances and strangers you meet during tennis matches) often have ‘funny’ ideas about what it’s like to be a fiction writer. These ideas are mostly so far off base it isn’t even funny (No, actually, I don’t spend the entire day staring at my screen trying to think up things to do!). Take researching a novel as an example. Most readers understand that writing historical fiction involves hours and hours of researching. But what about chick lit or other guilty pleasure type novels? Surely, no research or perhaps only a bit of research is required to write one of those? Um, no. I think most readers would be shocked by the amount of research writers put into their writing. (Of course, there are always exceptions. I, for one, almost never read a novel with a hero or heroine who is a lawyer as most writers have…
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A post in the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop series, arranged by Raimey Gallant Featured Image for the whole post by Werner Moser from Pixabay I bet I'm not the only one who decided on 31st December 2019 that they were going to make changes, improvements and commitments. As usual, one of mine was to improve my blog posting... Continue Reading →
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 →