Story Planning: Leaving Our Options Open – by Jami Gold…

Something for plotters and pansers here.

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Hang around writers long enough, and we’re bound to hear grumblings from the plotter vs. pantser divide. (Pantsers are those who write by the seat of their pants.) In the endless debate, some claim there’s a “right” way and a “wrong” way to draft our story.

Some act like plotters are the only “professional” way to write…even though plenty of famous authors don’t plot their stories in advance. Others act like pantsers are the only writers who let their characters be true to themselves rather than puppets acting as the author needs for the plot.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints: June 14th 2019

via Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints Rather than simply sharing a snippet from my work in progress, as in past weeks, I decided to have a go at the flash fiction challenge today. I used the exercise to project ahead and begin writing a future scene in my current novella, which has helped me gain a … Continue reading Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints: June 14th 2019

Feel the Fear and Write Your Book AnywaY – Alison Porter…

Just love these sentiments……

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on Heal Your Life:

So many of us know we have healing wisdom to share, but our lack of confidence around writing stops us in our tracks. We dream of writing a book but keep self-sabotaging: we can never find the time. We keep it as a dream, but never make it a reality. You may be an expert in your field, but if writing isn’t something that comes easily, you’ll keep letting life get in the way to avoid making a start. Or you can feel excited about writing but wonder if you truly have anything unique to say when there are so many books already available. There are endless ways we hold ourselves back from bringing our books to life.

So how do you break the cycle? It’s easier than you think. Follow these seven simple steps to see your book idea take shape. Then get out your…

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4 Tips for a Successful Book Fair

Excellent thoughts here for budding authors on how to tackle a book fair.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Elaine Bennett | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksSo far, I’ve never attended a book fair, but will probably do so here in Greece. So, I found this guest post by Elaine Bennett of particular interest. I hope you, too, enjoy it! Elaine is a marketing specialist-turned blogger, currently writing for Bizzmark Blog

4 Tips for a Successful Book Fair

Book fair | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Pixabay

First off, congrats on publishing your work! In the today’s world of fast-paced digital consumption, when too many will rather opt for a quick llama video over a complex, mind-boggling selection of short stories, writing still prevails as an art form that deserves praise. Now that you’re done with the difficult part, writing the darn thing, how you approach your marketing strategy and your preparation for upcoming book fairs may make a big difference in your book’s success.

Book fairs remain very relevant for authors as well as publishers when it comes to promotion, getting…

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Chasing Daydreams

Sharing this as a reminder to never give up on your dreams!

Florida Girl Writes

All of us have a dream or vision of what we want to achieve or who we want to be. Before the kids and marriage, before the real world forces you to face the grueling truth of what it takes to live. Making that dream a vision and turning it into reality takes work.

When you have a dream, you fantasize about the things you want to happen now. Tomorrow, you want to wake up, look in the mirror, and see a version of yourself that you love. Your parents teach you to dream, the world tells you to dream, but when you hit the real world, you get stuck in monotony and mediocrity. You feel guilty you’re not working toward your goal, you feel lazy you’re stuck in one place, so you put your dream off till a better time and the cycle continues without you changing a thing.

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‘Procrastination is the Thief of Time’ Time: Part Three

A problem that needed fixing Yesterday I planned to finish off my accounts - yes it's that time of year again! I was ready to continue my fourth novella in progress, but there it was, staring me in the face on my google calendar, making me feel guilty: 'Update accounts'. I was most definitely not … Continue reading ‘Procrastination is the Thief of Time’ Time: Part Three

Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints: May 3rd 2019

Another Friday and a chance to participate in this wonderful opportunity to engage in random writing or share snippets of work in progress. Such a great idea!

Eight Ladies Writing

Happy Friday.  How was your week?

Mine included a big dress-up event at work that meant standing around in sparkly (although uncomfortable) shoes, talking to strangers, and trying to hear over annoyingly loud music.  On the plus side, dessert was a “donut bar”, so the evening wasn’t a total loss.

Now that that’s over and I’m back in comfortable clothes and bunny slippers, it’s time to turn my attention to other matters – namely, getting some words on the page.  I have blank notebooks just waiting to be filled as well as a brand new package of colored pens.  Now all I need to do is to decide what to work on.

Fortunately we’ve got a brand new writing prompt and sixteen random words just waiting to be turned into an entertaining story.   Our Friday sprints have inspired some fun entries and I’ll be doing my best to add…

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‘Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes’

  Understanding and empathetic Writing my novella series about a fictional high-end shoe shop, which has drawn a number of clients with colourful pasts, I'm reminded of the phrase 'Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes.' It tells us that before we leap in and judge others we must learn to be understanding and empathetic … Continue reading ‘Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes’

Success: A State of Mind

Just love this post. The law of attraction is the subject that drives my latest work in progress.

Florida Girl Writes

Going after one’s dream is a difficult journey, taken by the brave. Filled with obstacles and naysayers, doubt will always surround your vision. It takes mental strength to persevere and stick with your passion. Fortunately, we are in the right place and time to make our goals happen.

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.”

American psychologist Joyce Brothers 1927-2013.

When we were children and asked what we wanted to do when we grew up, we all had an answer. Even if it isn’t something that interests you now, you had a dream and a passion. As we grow and transition into adulthood, our dreams slowly get placed on the back burner while we take care of everyday priorities.

Most of us still try to be who we want to be,
achieving what we’ve always imagined we could. It just…

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‘Time is of the Essence’ Time: Part One

Timelines The phrase 'Time is of the Essence' normally implies that it's necessary to get something done quickly, but for me it has another meaning too: the handling of time in a story line. it's so easy to take this for granted when reading books by other authors, but it really is an important consideration … Continue reading ‘Time is of the Essence’ Time: Part One

What are action beats and how can you use them in fiction writing? – by Louise Harnby…

I’m very keen on action beats, and it’s so good to see their function explained here in such depth.

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Action beats are short descriptions that come before, between or just after dialogue.

Here’s how to use them in your fiction writing.

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The Hero’s Journey and Archetypes

Been doing some more research into the hero’s journey and also character archetypes and found this interesting post. It’s good to see that basic models can be changed or modified in story telling.


We learned in class about Joseph Campbell and “The Hero’s Journey”.  Basically Campbell created a concept of a basic story structure that was found in many stories around the world.  The structure can be found in many narratives, both classic and new.  Here is a link to an outline of the Hero’s Journey:’s_journey.htm

We also learned about archetypes.  These are character types that are found in many stories, and they always have the same basic characteristics.  Here is a link to a list of some classic archetypes:

These concepts can be combined to create a blueprint for your story, and can be altered accordingly to bring an element of unpredictability to it.  For instance, steps in the Hero’s Journey can be moved, combined, or deleted altogether.  Another alteration is for the characters to have the aspects of more than one archetype.  For instance, the Hero could also be…

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‘Riding the Bus’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part Two

Another question In my previous post on this subject, I spoke about the need to identify problems in our writing which, with or without external factors, might well be the cause of writer's block. I focused on asking the question 'Why is this?' and 'What exactly is the problem?' Once these questions have been answered … Continue reading ‘Riding the Bus’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part Two

‘A Proactive Approach’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part One

Creativity is a precious thing I'm often coming across blog posts about the dreaded writer's block theses days. While it's reassuring to know that as a writer I'm not alone in suffering from this malady from time to time, I also feel saddened to read that many writers suffer from it. Creativity is a precious … Continue reading ‘A Proactive Approach’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part One