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Julianna couldn’t decide between the blue and red dress. She hadn’t been on a date in eons and had started to wish she had said no to the outing. Trying to push the negative thoughts that kept popping up in her mind away, had failed. However she knew, that continuing to be a hermit forever was out of the question. Could she be a hermit forever? No, no, she would push forward. As her lively grandmother had always said, “Without steps forward, you are just a statue, letting life stir and live in circles around you. Step off of your safe pedestal and into the movement of life.”
She looked at the dress again,”Red. Red it is…”
Writer’s Block?? — Forget about it!!
Hope you are enjoying these Writing Prompts I have been posting the last few weeks. The more you practice writing the more you will be on your way to finishing a manuscript! Those who can write— DO! Writer’s Block?? — Forget about it!!
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I thought I would share some effective websites and podcasts that have helped me over the years with my writing career. I have shared these with many people and it has been awhile since I have shared a few with my blog readers. My first book Junior Size Faith did well enough, nevertheless what I didn’t do is write a sequel to that book. You will find that this is ONE of the biggest mistakes that any new author makes. It is repeated again and again as a theme of WHAT NOT TO DO through most of the sites I am going to share here. Write, Write and Write some more! When you are done writing—WRITE SOME MORE! I am working on a series of urban fantasy projects now and a few are being tested by beta readers. YaY!
Now, on to my list~
First off, if you have not found Joanna Penn’s website the Creative Penn (with a double n) then you are missing a lot of helpful information that can start you on the road to publishing. She also produces a podcast on YouTube where she interviews other helpful authors that can inspire you to write, along with helpful tips from finance to writing platforms. If you have been at this awhile, I am sure you have heard of Joanna!
A great blog site for authors to get the ‘down and dirty’ of the differences between the big publishing houses and self-publishing is J. A. Konrath’s blog site for Newbie to Publishing. A wealth of information for anyone wanting a crash course for Newbies in this business.
I am going to offer this next site with a little bit of trepidation, not because these guys give bad information but because they have the worst potty mouths this side of a Navy Pier. HOWEVER, they are helpful when it comes to creating worlds, formatting, author interviews, and genre hopping (Which I know, they don’t really indorse but whatevs). Johnny B. Truant’s YouTube channel is a trove of info and if you are not easily offended then you can check them out as well. Within these podcast/videos whatever you want to call them, the guys have different podcast for the different projects they have going on so you can fiddle around and see what interests you @ The Self Publishing Podcast Website.
Another YouTube channel I actually just stumbled on the other day is the Rocking Self Publishing podcasts. Simon the host has a great British accent, which isn’t helpful in itself but I like it! He has placed abundant content on his site that is enormously helpful for us authors. If you haven’t subscribed to this channel I highly recommend to check it out.
I am sure I have left some other helpful sites out, if you have one that you refer to often please share it below. Add your email and follow my blog, just hit the FOLLOW BUTTON and enter your email~~ easy peasy.
Who is doing the NaNoWriMo ???? What are writing buddies and how do you find them?
A Brunette’s Reflection Word of the week challenge– drum roll please…. Verisimilitude. Can you wiggle this word into your work week? Hope you have fun with it! The last word was exculpate. This week I was listening to something on the web and heard the word verisimilitude. I thought for sure I knew the meaning so I did a quick search and I was wrong! Gasp— okay, maybe I wasn’t that surprised I was wrong– Whatevs… The definition of
Example: Being close to the truth.
Example: The fictional book I read had a thread of verisimilitude running through the story.
Can you use this word this week??
Writing 101 on YouTube
I think every author struggles with this at some point in their projects. This is s great short video by Cy Porter explaining 1st, 2nd and 3rd person.