WEEKLY USEFUL WRITER STUFF #3

Books, Study, Literature, Learn, Stack

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Another week has bit the dust and now we’re on the last week of March.  Really?   But, I’ve found more amazing posts/articles to help us with either marketing or our writing skills.  Problem is, it makes my head spin trying to assimilate all this information.  How do I make them work in my current WIP?  And now I realize that I DO have an issue with my main character, Karrin.   Work, work, and more work.  I hope you find them as useful as I have.

THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW

2017 Kindle Book Awards

  This one is actually a contest.  I JUST LOVE CONTESTS!  I’ve entered We Journey No More and the 2nd book in the Excalibur series: The Revenge of Excalibur.   Only costs $25 a book, so what the hay.  The worst part about contests though, is the WAITING. Good luck to all the entrants.

Author Kristen Lamb

Do Some People Lack the Talent to be Authors?

 

The Novel That Isn’t a Novel—Do You Really Have a Story?

She has some top-notch, hard and gritty truths about writing, or lack thereof.  My eyes have been opened and now I have to  figure out what to do with all this knowledge.

Hungry Monster Review

How To Plot A Novel Like A Well-Timed Mechanical Ambush (Part One)

 

How To Plot A Novel Like A Well-Timed Mechanical Ambush (Part Two)

Like Kristen’s posts, these two have me relooking at my plots and arcs.  I’m in the process of doing the one sentence to define your book as detailed in Part One.  Not as easy as it sounds.

 

indiesunlimited.com

Back Matter in Your Book

Writing Description: Then and Now

 

Nicholas Rossis

Grow your Newsletter List the Easy Way

Give your readership a massive boost with Instafreebie

If you don’t have a newsletter, get one started, NOW.  I use Instafreebie, but I have a tendency to just let stuff slide instead of following up or through.  If you have the money, I recommend enrolling in one of Nick Stephenson’s courses on how to start and grow your newsletter. 

Richard Ankers

Useful Sites for the Novice Writer

 

Mystery Thriller Week

WHAT IS A CHARACTER AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?

 

Mountain Moxie Writing

Eliminating Negative Self-Talk in the #Creativity Mindset

She doesn’t post that often, but likes talking about the emotional side of writing.  How to deal with the everyday stress of being an author, the bad reviews, self-doubt, etc.

 

Word Dreams

Unconventional Research Sites for Writers

 

Kathy Steinemann

Exclamation Points! Plague or Pleasure?

This post is spot-on.  I see so many indie authors throwing exclamation points all through their MS.  Bob also loved them.  My first books were full of them until Heather, my editor, told me they were wrong, wrong, wrong.  Now, I very seldom use them in my stories.  She’s actually added some to my MS while she was editing.  LOL.  So, if you are a user of the !!!, please stop now.  It makes you look like a newbie writer.

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Well, that’s it for this week.  Even though a lot of these articles boggles my mind, which doesn’t take much, I really enjoy learning new things.  If you’ve run across any great posts or articles, please list them in the comments and I’ll add them next week.  Until then, have a wonderful week.       Smile

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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2 Responses to WEEKLY USEFUL WRITER STUFF #3

  1. Many thanks for including me here! Like you, I let things slip because of my chronic lack of time (and sleep) 😀

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