MonthMay 2012

This Week in Favs….

Playing on the Zune: Place for My Head by Linkin Park On the Craft Official Philosophy of Character Death by Veronica Roth 6 Ways to Never Run Out of Ideas by Ed Cyzewski, guest post on Rachelle Gardner’s blog 25 Things to Know About Writing the First Chapter of Your Novel by Chuck Wendig Leave Yourself Notes: Ways to be a More Productive Writer, Part 5 on The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy Plotting for Success by […]

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Structure of a Scene, Part Two – Motivation Reaction Units

I feel like Sheldon during A-ha moments 🙂 Last week I shared my ‘A-ha!’ moment with Scene & Sequel. It’s one to read, read, read on a particular topic until it’s in your brain, but it’s entirely another to be shown said topic and actually understand it.     Hmm….I do think that was a classic Show vs. Tell example! *smiles*     Anyway, so back to Motivation Reaction Units (MRU), another fun technique I learned about in Margie Lawson’s […]

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This Week in Favs…

Social Media and Author Websites Social Media is an Imperfect Sales Tool. Use it Anyway. by Nathan Bransford Six Sinister Blog Time Wasters by Stanford on Pushing Social The Bodacious Blogger’s Essential Ingredients by August McLaughlin 7 Tips for Turning Your Blog into a Book by Brian A. Klems on Writer’s Digest blog How Much Interaction Should Authors Have With Readers? by Jodi Hedlund 5 Habits That Make Me a More Creative Blogger (and Writer) by Judy Dunn on Cat’s […]

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Structure of a Scene, Part One – Scene & Sequel

Photo Credit One of the awesomely cool things about taking an online writing course is the fun new ways you learn about old techniques. I love it when something you already know clicks in your head because now you fully understand the concept. And you can point out what you’ve learned in every published book you read.   In Margie Lawson’s Deep Editing course, she referred to an article by Randy Ingermanson (the ‘Snowflake Guy’) called, “Writing the Perfect Scene.” […]

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Thank You

In place of my regular weekly round-up post, I’d like to take this time to say THANK YOU to everyone for their thoughts and prayers over the course of this past week. While it has most definitely been tough, and the wounds have yet to heal, the kind words, thoughts, and gestures have meant the world to both me and my husband they are priceless in helping us and our family get through this difficult time. Next week will be […]

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Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ!

Today is going to be very difficult – it’s my mother-in-law’s funeral. And while I thought about not posting today, I remembered all the random acts of kindness she did for everyone around her and felt today was the best possible day to honor her memory. Today we’re blitzing the writing community with Random Acts of Kindness!!A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This […]

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A Difficult 24 Hours

My apologies, but today’s regular post, This Week in Favs, will not be available. Wednesday night, around 10:30pm, my husband received a call from his sister. His mother was rushed to the hospital, unresponsive and without a heartbeat. Around 7am Thursday morning, we said good bye. This was sudden, shocking, and surreal since my mother-in-law had not been sick. She was young, full of life, laughter, and love, and was the type of mother who took care of everyone – and […]

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A Writer’s Vocabulary Journal: Owning the Perfect Word

If you’ve ever spent countless amounts of time looking for the perfect word, you’ve probably smacked yourself in the head when it finally came to you.   Most of the time, when I’m banging my head up against a concrete wall, it’s not only because I can’t locate the perfect, but it’s also because my personal vocabulary has become a bit meh. After we leave school, most of us don’t take time every day to look up interesting words we’ve […]

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Song of the Week – Paradise by Colplay

It’s Monday again! *throws confetti* I apologize, you must excuse my enthusiasm for Monday. My theory is that Monday hates me, so I figure if I glorify its arrival I’ll be killing it with kindness and it’ll start being kind to me and never show its face again. Think it’ll happen? Nah…but it’s worth a try, right? Moooving on….. This week’s song was picked for exactly what the lyrics say: “Dreaming of paradise.” We all escape. Some with books, with […]

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This Week in Favs

Now that I’m back and hitting the ground running with finding the balance, This Week in Favs will now feature only the Top 25 Writing Links from the past week. Enjoy!!   :0) Social Media, Author Websites, and Marketing “Marketing the Self-Published Book: Tips that Work” on The Chipper Muse “10 Tips to Help You Keep Your Head While Vlogging” on Jenny Hansen’s blog, More Cowbell On the Craft “What’s in a ‘Strong Female Character’?” on Talk To YoUniverse “Make Your […]

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