How authors including JK Rowling need to hire sensitivity readers for touchy subjects in their books | The Independent

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Authors… what do you think? I touched on the issues of acceptance and bullying in my debut novel. I walked a fine line not to alienate a particular group of people. Yet, some of these biases are culturally based and add a sense of reality to your characters. As authors, can we express our views through our characters? I’d like to think that fiction and freedom of speech go hand in hand. Do you think we need to hire sensitivity readers?

Before a book is published and released to the public, it’s passed through the hands (and eyes) of many people: an author’s friends and family, an agent and, of course, an editor.

Source: How authors including JK Rowling need to hire sensitivity readers for touchy subjects in their books | The Independent

What We Can Learn from J.K. Rowling’s Series Grid | Better Novel Project

Another great post from Christine’s blog at the Better Novel Project! ❤

Christine’s note: This is a guest post by C.S. Plocher, a freelance editor, and blogger at writelikerowling.com. She co-authored a chapter about Series in Stuart Horwitz’s Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula. C. S. Plocher is kind enough to offer a free chapter download for Better Novel Project readers! If you are struggling with the first draft of your novel, I recommend you follow in the footsteps of J.K. Rowling and begin with series. Series Is the New Plot “Series” is what author Stuart Horwitz says should replace plot. In his book Blueprint Your Bestseller, Stuart explains why he dislikes the word plot: For one thing, it is a term with nearly unlimited associations. It’s hard to get anybody to focus on what is actually going on in their book while they are worried about whether their plot is good. For another thing, plot is singular, as if it somehow references everything. As such, you can’t work with a plot. Series, on the other hand, is much more manageable. It is “the repetition of a narrative element (such as a person, an object, a phrase, or a place) in such a way that it undergoes a clear evolution.” Instead of trying to chip away at one big beastly plot, you’re working with individual series and weaving them together to create a story tapestry. Sounds much more feasible, doesn’t it? J. K. Rowling thought so. She used series to develop and organize Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Series in Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix Order of the Phoenix weighs in at a hefty 250,000+ words—talk about trying to wrangle a beastly plot! How did she keep it from crumbling into chaos? The answer is found in a one-page outline she released to the […]

Source: What We Can Learn from J.K. Rowling’s Series Grid | Better Novel Project

#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – Alan Rickman

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

First – Here’s who joined in last week:

Ronovan Writes

Always a Writer

Pearls before Swine

The V-Pub

New 2 Writing

Ramblings of Simple Life

Cathy Lynn Brooks

Rebirth of Lisa

The Bee Writes

Equine Guided Growth Retreats

Zen & Pi

Thoughts & Entanglements

Unexpected in Common Hours

My Journey with Hijab

Randoms by a Random

On the Land

Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

The Writer Next Door

Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed

Alberta Ross Writes

Daily Echo

Silver Threading


THANKS FOR BEING PART OF TEAM AWESOME! YOUR QUOTES ARE THE BEST FOUND ON PLANET BLOG!

This week, I must dedicate #WQW to Alan Rickman, of Harry Potter fame. His passing leaves another empty hole in my heart for a fine actor. His portrayal of Severus Snape will always be firmly rooted in my mind… “Always!”

Image credit: The Pensieve,
words by J. K. Rowling

Wikipedia shares:

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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Wikipedia
Died: January 14, 2016, London, United Kingdom
Spouse: Rima Horton (m. 2012–2016)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like the new format. Please make sure to visit the writer’s who shared their quotes, and don’t forget to share your favorites! ❤

#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – J. K. Rowling

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.

On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs. I am still looking for one of our regular participants who will do the weekly wrap-up for me. It is a great way to bring traffic to your blog! Please let me know in the comments if you are interested.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Please be aware that I do NOT receive any emails from WordPress. I use the reader exclusively. Please make sure that your pingback works on my Wednesday post so that I can find you. ❤

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to our first 2016 Writer’s Quote Wednesday! Can you feel the magic? I can! This year is wide open for all of us to attain our wishes and goals. All we have to do is actively participate. It doesn’t get any better than that!

My love of all things magical is never far from my thoughts. I want to experience the magic and joy in life everywhere. I could not think of a better place to start than with the enchanted words of J. K. Rowling. (Click her name to visit her website).

I have read and reread the Harry Potter series so many times I cannot tell you the exact number of times that I have read each book. I do know that my love of fairies, elves, and great fairy-tale kingdoms go back much further than that. The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlotte’s Web, Watership Down, Lord of the Rings, and countless other books helped to fuel my imagination in all things mystical and magical.

Rowling created a mystical world of wizards and witches that spoke to so many of us, young and old alike. The power behind her writing is simple story telling. She writes the journey of a hero much like a modern day fairy tale. We all can find something to relate to in regards to the characters in the series. That is the power of magic. We have it inside of us all. The power to create characters that reach out and touch us to our very core. That is MAGIC!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is coming November 2016!

GET READY!

 

Don’t forget to share what your special brand of magic is with a quote from a writer that inspired you!

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – J. K. Rowling

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Be ready to participate with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.

Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy) the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

I hope to inspire all the writers out there to try a new genre in writing. You never know what will happen! Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would be writing a book about magic, fairies and the mystical arts. If you start writing, go with it and see where it takes you.

My quote this week is from J. K. Rowling:

Step inside the website of J. K. Rowling. On biography.com you can learn more about this fascinating author who wrote one of the most popular book series and film franchises in history. Here is a video to give you a brief glimpse of how J. K. Rowling created Harry Potter: (If you want inspiration… you have got to watch this video!)

What amazing quote captured you this week?

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