Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Fabulous links to investigate provided by the amazing Staci Troilo. ❤

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Ciao, amici! How was your week? Mine was busier than usual.

I was wondering… what’s your opinion on self-care? I admit, I’ve been really bad about that, especially since I had kids. I’m the first one to want them to eat well, exercise, see a doctor if they’re sick or injured. That’s what mama bears do, right?

Well, yes, it is. But neglecting one’s self isn’t a great idea. It will eventually catch up to you. I’ve been learning that the hard way for several years now, but I try to muddle through anyway. This week, though, despite being incredibly busy, I had to take a day off. I got one of the worst migraines I ever had. I’ll spare you the description of the unpleasant symptoms, but I was down for the count. I couldn’t work. Usually I lose half a day and then soldier on. Couldn’t do it…

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7 Ways To Get More Readers To Your Blog

Hugh shares some great tips about blogging. I hope you hop over to his blog and say hello. ❤

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I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked how to generate more readers, comments and followers.

Make no mistake about it, with limited amounts of time, millions of other blogs to read, readers have a vast choice of not only which blogs to follow, but which posts to read and/or comment on.

Here are seven tips I have implemented as a blogger which have got me more readers, followers, and comments left on my posts.

Eyecatching Post Titles

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I don’t know about you, but I always look at the title of a blog post first before deciding whether to read it or not. The title of the post has to really grab my attention and make me want to click the link to open it. If the title has no appeal, then I move on. Take, for example, these…

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How to Deal with Writer’s Block by DG Kaye

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Do you ever suffer from Writer’s BLOCK? Here are some great tips from Author, D. G. Kaye (aka Debby Gies). See if these tips help you power through toward success.

No Wasted Ink

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A common problem many writers encounter is the dreaded writer’s block. It can hit us smack in the middle of our writing. We’re happily writing along until, boom! The creative well runs dry.

Because our craft is guided by mental focus and inspiration, it’s not difficult to imagine that sometimes we might get shut out from our creative energies. When life issues get in the way, I know I’ve certainly fallen victim to this freeze out of creativity while life is testing me with unforeseen circumstances that can take the wind right out of my writing sails.

When we implement self-imposed deadlines for our work, the mental pressure we put upon ourselves to accomplish our goals often have us scrambling to force our creative abilities.

Many writers have found their secret formulas for helping to get the creative juices, or their muses and mojos flowing…

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Writer’s Tips: #Editing, #Formatting, #Bookdesign, helpful links

Author, and Sister of the Fey, D. G. Kaye (Debby Gies) shares some helpful tips and links for writers for book design, self-editing and repurposing our unused writing. Click the link to read more... Source: Writer's Tips: #Editing, #Formatting, #Bookdesign, helpful links

The Unspoken Communication Between a Writer & Their Draft Novel #AmWriting #Writer #Writing

Lucy Mitchell shares some “writing” symptoms writers experience with a draft manuscript. Sound familiar? LOL! Enjoy! ❤

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I have been itching to cover this important and thought-provoking subject for a while.

To the non-writer a draft novel is just a folder stuffed with paper. They don’t see it as a living thing. If you asked them whether a draft novel was capable of communicating with a human, the non-writer would probably laugh, roll their eyes or frown before asking whether you had been in the sun for too long.

To the writer their draft novel is a living thing. It communicates with them regularly, even when they are trying to avoid it. A draft novel senses when the writer is ready to write and it knows when the writer is actively trying to avoid it.

Once you start delving into this strange phenomenon of unspoken communication you will see why a writer’s life is so exhausting.

With so much unspoken communication going on between you and your draft…

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Loving Me A Giphy! #BloggingTips

Did you know that we can share GIFS from GIPHY.COM to our WordPress comments? I didn’t either, but thanks to Ritu, we can learn how. ❤

PLUS: you can share in a post! It’s fairy magic!

 

 

But I Smile Anyway...

You know I have my faithful Bitmoji avatar which I use on most of my posts. I do love her!

She’s got the feisty nature I might not really portray in my day to day life!

But I wasn’t feeling fulfilled…

I was getting jealous of those bloggers who were using GIFS within the body of their texts.

And it is possibly something most of you know how to do, but if you’re anything like me, you would be in awe of those little moving pictures too!

So I discovered how to add GIFs to my posts!

Isn’t that just the coolest?

Then Colleen, the Fairy Whisperer, asked me how I managed to get the GIF in my comments, and I knew I had to share my newfound knowledge! You can’t call me a selfish blogger!

So, here is a quick step-by-step guide to how to add a GIF from…

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Raw Literature: Does Writing Need Competition

Do we improve under the pressure of a competition? Does writing to a set of rules make us a better writer? Or are we after the ego boost of someone else saying, directly or indirectly that they liked our work? Here’s what Geoff LePard says. ❤

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By Geoff Le Pard

I entered a competition recently. A short story, up to 3000 words with a thriller theme. There was a small entry fee, offset by the promise of some critiquing come what may from a writer whose judgment I trust. Even so, I didn’t really need the critique; I had the story idea anyway; I publish a lot of short fiction on my blog. Why enter a competitive arena? Does it enhance the quality of the writing? The experience?

We are encouraged, as nascent authors, to stretch ourselves. To write, write and write. To offer our work up to publications. To seek out critiques, if not critics. In many, if not all these cases, we are competing with others, at least for attention if not some other prize: acclaim, publication, money.

Do we improve under the pressure of a competition? Does writing to a set of rules…

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How to Use the New WordPress Editor & Microsoft Word Template for Blog Posts

Trying new things can be fun. I've written these instructions to help my fellow bloggers with instructions on how to use the blog post feature in Microsoft Word and how to use the new WordPress Editor. ❤ First, Here are my instructions for using the blog post template in Microsoft Word and importing into WordPress: … Continue reading How to Use the New WordPress Editor & Microsoft Word Template for Blog Posts

Show, Don’t Tell: Your Indispensable Mini-Guide. With Downloadable Cheatsheet | Ride the Pen

This post is long but I believe it is a MUST read. Showing can be hard but if you learn a few tricks in your word choice you can convey a message to your readers that will make them want to read everything you write! ❤ Show, don't tell: Everything you need to know in … Continue reading Show, Don’t Tell: Your Indispensable Mini-Guide. With Downloadable Cheatsheet | Ride the Pen

Filter words and phrases it’s best to avoid in writing fiction

Kathy Steinemann shares an excellent article about using writing filters, from Anne R. Allen's blog... I always learn something valuable about writing from Anne's blog. I printed this out to refer to. ❤ This article provides a list of writing filters, with practical examples of how to replace them. You’ll also find exercises that can … Continue reading Filter words and phrases it’s best to avoid in writing fiction