Five Links 4/1/2/19
1. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/04/07/new-research-discovers-a-formula-for-creativity-by-ruth-harris/ “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration—at least according to Thomas Edison.
The point is that writers (and geniuses) don’t work only when inspired. Much of the time, the reality is that writing a book or parsing the time-space continuum is a day-to-day slog.
Edison also remarked that he’d found 10,000 ways to fail.
Like Edison, we need to keep our radar operating whether we’re at our desk/in our lab—or not.
Usually we succeed, whether propelled forward by a deadline, word count or sheer cussedness.
But what about the times we’re out of gas or feeling burned out?”
2. http://booksbywomen.org/making-the-cut-by-b-lynn-goodwin/ “Ever wondered why you didn’t make the cut and weren’t a finalist in a contest? There could be lots of reasons. You have no control over the quality of other people’s submissions. All you can do is make yours as strong, professional, and accessible as possible.
I wanted to share some things that help me decide when I am picking finalists for Writer Advice’s Flash Contests. While other contest judges might not agree or might add additional criteria, this is a starting point for making a good impression in a contest.”
3. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/what-is-the-relationship-between-plot-and-theme/ “Sometimes plot and theme are confused as being basically the same thing. Other times, they’re viewed as so distinct they don’t even belong in the same discussion.
So which is it?
First questions first: is plot basically the same thing as theme? To some degree, the answer is yes. Or, at least, intuitive phrasing often links them.”
4. https://stevelaube.com/that-conference-appointment/ “You snagged one of those valuable 15-minute appointments with an agent or an editor at a writers conference. Now what? What do you say? How do you say it? And what does that scowling person on the other side of the table want? You’ve heard the reputation of that agent as being rough and gruff. What if you blow it?”
5. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2019/04/08/beating-writers-block/ “When aspiring writers ask me for advice, the most common question I get is about overcoming writer’s block. I think perhaps the reason this question is asked so frequently is that more than one situation is given the label “writer’s block.” Obviously, writer’s block refers to not knowing what to write, but I think it can be broken down into three separate categories:”
Research & Fun Bits:
1. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2019/04/women-in-sff-month-2019-april-8-12-schedule-week-in-review/ “I’m excited that the eighth annual Women in SF&F Month is underway. Thank you so much to last week’s guests!
All guest posts for April 2019 can be viewed here, and here’s a summary of last week in case you missed any of the essays:”
3. https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2019/04/06/author-inspiration-and-this-weeks-writing-links-27/ “Some more excellent writing links by Staci.”
4. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/progress-brings-a-new-struggle/ “Today wound up being a decent writing day. For those keeping score, it came to 1850 new words.
My followers are all either writers, readers, or both and I’ve never hidden my author struggles from you guys. I figure if I’m facing some issues, you might be too one day. Maybe something I’ve written will help someone else eventually.”
5. http://jenanita01.com/2019/04/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-glenn-miller-roses-mexico-new-books-reviews-and-guests/ “The first was the nomination for the blog for the Versatile Blogger Award by Brigid Gallagher which I was very honoured to receive. I know that many bloggers are now award free. I quite understand, as when you are at full tilt, it is tough to take the time to respond to an award and also to draw up a list of willing nominees.
However… even after six years, I still get a kick out of awards and I have met so many wonderful bloggers through other people’s nominees, that it is well worth the effort. And also it is an opportunity to showcase newer bloggers who are still finding their feet or deserve to have some…”
Some Things More Serious:
3. https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/the-path-to-genocide-starts-with-the-label-of-inhumanity/ “The Holocaust did not start with gas chambers, death camps and mass killings. It started with words. It started with calling Jews inhuman, comparing them with rats.”
4. https://scvincent.com/2019/04/08/notes-from-a-small-dog-a-catalogue-of-catastrophe/ “It hasn’t been the best of weekends around here, I have to say. All this getting up too early and going to bed too late is not good for us four-legses for a start. Neither is being left behind when she goes out every morning.
I used to be able
to go with her sometimes… before my boy’s garden gates stopped closing
properly… then I didn’t have to
at home worrying while she was out, wondering if she would come back at all… I
mean, she’s always come back so far. Never leaves me toolong. But,
you never know, do you? Once they are out of sight, anything could happen… and
plenty of stuff has been happening around here!”
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
2. https://rachelpoli.com/2019/04/07/short-story-sunday-259-look/ ““What do you see?”
Cory narrowed his eyes. He thought about what he saw. He thought real hard. Nothing was coming to mind though. He didn’t want her to think he was stupid, but there wasn’t anything that was popping into his head on what it could possibly look like.”
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
1. https://mjmallon.com/2019/04/06/welcome-author-marlena-smith-rrbc/ “Welcome to Day 1 of my RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour! I am so excited to have you join me! A huge THANKS to RRBC and to my awesome host!!
To kick this tour off, I thought some Q&A would be fun, your chance to get to know the author!
1. You have been writing for a long time now, since you were a child. What were some of your first storyideas?
Yes, my earliest memory of writing comes from 2nd grade. I wrote a story about my mother and received the honor of…”
2. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-sunday-interview-getting-to-know-author-ann-chiappetta/ “Ann is an artist and often refers to her love of
words as a natural compensation after losing her vision in 1993. Once a
designer of acrylic displays and furniture, Ann trained her creative senses to
flow over from the visual to the literary arts. Years later, she has become a
poet and author, honing her talent in various mediums, including web content
for nonprofits, regular bylines for online literary publications, poetry,
anthologies and guest editing in online literary journals, just to name a few
projects of which she
4. https://owlnpussycatbookpromo.blog/2019/04/07/curl-up-with-a-good-book-once-an-angel-hell-wants-to-keep-him-heaven-wants-to-save-him-by-amanda-mackey/ “Angel turned Demon, Nathaniel has been sent to Earth to tarnish pure souls, then banish them to Hell so Lucifer may recruit them into his army. What Nate doesn’t expect is a chance meeting with Maya at a coffee shop in Mt. Vernon, Washington. He’s drawn to her innocence and purity. At first he wants to lead her into temptation so she may join him in Hell but as he gets to know her, he realizes he also wants to protect her. With a deadline looming and the King of Hades claiming Maya for himself, Nate fights against his evil nature in a desperate bid to keep her safe.”
5. https://mariacatalinaegan.com/2019/04/08/bulwark-by-brit-lunden/ “Clay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong, and will Jenna ever come back to him. He’s troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange. A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize that his life as he knows it will never be the same.”
Book Corner 4/12/19 Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Freelancer’s Survival Guide
The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. WMG Publishing Jan. 13, 2013.
Amazon’s blurb: Third Edition
Most people become freelancers without any idea of how to run a business. They learn in the school of hard knocks. Kristine Kathryn Rusch has taken the school of hard knocks and made it into one of the most useful business books written in years. Included are these indispensable topics:
•How To Negotiate Anything: Freelancers must negotiate everything from the rent they pay to the contracts they sign. Here’s how to negotiate on your own—and when to hire someone to negotiate for you.
•Online Networking: In addition to tricks and strategies for online networking from Rusch herself, this Guide also includes advice from such online networking experts as Neil Gaiman, Michael A. Stackpole, and Mitch Wagner.
•The Importance of—and the Difference between—Goals And Dreams: Freelancers often confuse their goals with their dreams. Rusch offers practical advice on how to meet your goals, and the importance of dreaming big
•How To Survive Failure—and Success: Success, more than failure, derails many freelancers. Rusch explains how to turn your failures into successes—and how to optimize the success when it finally happens.
…And so much more.
“The bible for the self-employed.”
—John Ottinger III,
teacher and editor of Grasping for the Wind
“A soup-to-nuts guide for business. Don’t be without it.”
President, Indigo Ink Communications
“The Freelancer’s Survival Guide is packed with all the practical info they don’t teach in business school. I’m recommending this guide to all my small business clients.”
Internet consultant, Cornell MBA
“For anyone who has been cast adrift by the recent financial crisis, this book is your life raft. Rusch takes you step-by-step through the process of owning and running your own business. A great guide for new and long-time freelancers alike.”
author and owner of Mandala Graphic Design
“Kris Rusch is an old pro and she knows her subject backwards and forwards. There is a wealth of valuable information here for anyone trying to go it on their own down the freelance road. Worth the cost and then some.”
New York Times Bestselling Author
“Essential reading for anyone considering a career outside the domain of corporate America. Along with decades of experience as a freelancer herself, Kris Rusch brings unique and vital insight to the question of how to succeed as a small business owner.”
—Steven Mohan, Jr., writer
My review: I found the book to cover a broad angle of different professions not just writing. It goes through the steps you need to set up to have a successful business, to keep a successful business, and how to sway with the wind when the world’s caught in a tornado. I wish it’d focused more on writing but Kristine Kathryn Rusch has owned multiple businesses and passed on her experiences of each. A solid book.
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The Writer’s Wheel 4/9/19 Your Purpose
Do You Know Who You Write For?
Who do you write for? Yourself? Others? Telling a story has no right or wrong audience. Your first reader is obviously yourself. Then you move on to cps and betas. An agent. Editor. Publisher. Readers everywhere. Do you know who your target audience is? You shouldn’t say everyone. If you’re writing for teens, for instance, there are the 12-14 demographic and the 14-18 one. MG is usually 8-12. Picture books for younger. Adults are 18+. Once you’ve identified your reader, consider your purpose for writing for that age group.
Do you want to inspire children? Entertain teens and adults? You’ve got to look at your stories and see where they fit. Too young? Too old? Can they be changed to your target audience or will it kill the story? If it can’t be changed, you’ll either have to look into a more appropriate audience or box the story. You wouldn’t want to put a story full of sex into a MG’s category. Likewise, you wouldn’t want talking animals in an adult book unless these are intelligent animals brought about my science ala Dean Koontz’s The Watchers.
Do You Know Your Purpose?
Why do you write? What do YOU get out of it? I like to think I write to entertain. I have no lofty ambitions that I know more than other people and want to educate them on things. Though from time to time, I do write stories that I do share that are important to get the audience to see from the point-of-view of the victim. I think those are important stories. Writing them is a challenge as you don’t want to become too preachy.
Instead, you just want to show your audience a scene and pull them along slowly and let them consider what to think as they go. You can’t slap them in the face with right and wrong, they won’t react well to that. Challenge their thoughts, their feelings. Let them open their eyes.
Have a great week, take care, and God bless! I go in for my second surgery on Wed. I hope to bounce back faster without the steroid shots.
A few weeks ago, Mark Ulyseas asked me to contribute to his poetry and writing magazine, Live Encounters (Mark has an adventurous history as a ghostwriter, advertising copywriter, newspaper columnist, photographer, traveller, author and he wears a great hat).
To begin with, I didn’t have a clue what I’d write about, but a contribution in the March issue caught my eye: My Phone, My Life by photographer Jill Gocher.
Aha, I thought. I do have something to say. With full respect to Jill, whose photos are enchanting, here it is. Although I adore the internet, I am Not A Phone Person.
In the piece, I mention a conversation with a friend, Caroline. When she read the article she said: ‘You missed out the part where I was banging my fist on the table and shrilly screaming “When I win the lottery I will buy you a…
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Hey, SE Readers. Joan here today with the second part of my post On Becoming a Writer. If you haven’t read the first part, you can do so by clicking here.
If you follow or read this blog, there is a reason. Everyone here, both authors and readers, have a common goal. Either you are, or you want to become a writer. Some of you are just beginning, while others are published authors multiple books. Some even have the privilege of being on a best-selling author list.
I’ve written this post more for those who are in the beginning stages, but I hope everyone can glean something useful from my words.
Becoming a published author is possible. In fact, with today’s self-publishing methods and electronic format options, it’s easier than ever. With any dream, it takes hard work to achieve your goals. And writing is hard work.
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How does it make you feel
to see someone
to hear them poison their mouth
with self-hate language
or disrespect their soul
does not your intestines cringe
do they not wrap themselves around the wrongness there
the diseased spirit of a person defeated
does not your stomach turn into knots
does not the human in you cry out
if you were outside your own body
and observing yourself
poisoning your mouth with self-hate language
and disrespecting your soul with insecurities
do your intestines cringe?
do they wrap themselves around the wrongness there?
do you recognize the diseased spirit of a person defeated?
does your stomach turn into knots?
when you are self-hating yourself
does the human in you
It’s National Poetry Month!!
Grab your copy of I am Soul for just 99cents in ebook for the…
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Hello, my friends! I hope it’s been a happy day so far.
This week I was inspired by my friend, Annette Rochelle Aben to try a Shadorma. The Shadorma is alleged to be a Spanish poetic form but no one knows for sure where it originated from. It’s made up of a stanza of six lines. It is a syllabic poem with a meter of 3-5-3-3-7-5. It’s a fun and simple form with an enjoyable ebb and flow to the lines.
It’s the first of the month! Poet’s choice of words!
*The catch is that we can only use the synonyms to these words in our poems.
Colleen hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called, Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challengeevery Tuesday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree or Cinquain poem. She is an author…
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Another Friday and the week has not slowed down at all. We did have a visit from the lot clearing service. We had a bunch of what we call in Texas, cedars ( The rest of the world calls them junipers) on our lot. They were in sorry shape, and we had them removed. We also need to trim the neighbors and bushes to make room for the fence that we are going to put in. The fence has been approved, and permits paid, so we are just waiting for the contractors to submit their bids. Of course, the contractors are all worth a billion dollars and could care less about new work, so we wait.
Once the fence is in, we will proceed with the landscaping plan. The yard is about three times…
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