Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Charles Yallowitz

Hello everyone! This week I'm happy to bring you a fantasy author I've known for a few years now. I asked him to pick three or five questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors…

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, C. S. Boyack

Hello everyone! Happy October! I'm thrilled to bring you a speculative fiction author, C. S. (Craig) Boyack. I asked him to pick a few questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best…

Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

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

Staci Troilo

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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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. ❤

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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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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…

Are You Writing Effective Sentences? | Writing Forward

Here is some great help to improve your writing. Worth a read. ❤ Are you writing effective sentences? Pick up some tips, techniques, and practices to boost your sentence-writing skills. Source: Are You Writing Effective Sentences? | Writing Forward

20 Inspiring Pinterest Boards for Writers

There are some amazing Pinterest boards listed in this post. Check it out. ❤ Find out how the visual platform can inspire, teach, tempt and entertain writers. Source: 20 Inspiring Pinterest Boards for Writers

How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do

I am working on book 2 myself, although I think I have a clue. No matter... if you don't have a clue how to write a book, check out this great post from Goins, Writer. Excellent tips. Just click the…

The Basics of the Seven Point Story Structure: and How to Use It – The Writing Kylie

  An excellent discussion on the 7 Point Story Structure... try it. It might work for you! ❤ The Seven Point Story Structure is named so because it consists of seven important points that build the story from beginning to…