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Writing Ambitions

Big ambitions lead to big results for writers

Writing ambitions lead to big results Do you dare to dream big? Are you a writer full of writing ambitions? If you are, I say kudos to you. I’m a firm believer in setting big goals in order to obtain big results. The great thing about setting goals that may seem outlandish or out of…

Track your Writing to Success

track your writing with a wordcount spreadsheet
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Tools & Strategies

Track your writing progress Are you a busy writer? Do you have multiple projects? Do you yearn in vain for that one method, app, or spreadsheet that will feed your need to manage your muse? Well, Jamie Raintree’s Writing & Revision Tracker is for you. I admit, I’m one of those writers who loves writing…

How to Write a Novel in Three Days

How to write a novel fast

How to write a novel fast How to write a novel in three days sounds a wee bit preposterous, doesn’t it? But it can be done and is done by quite a few writers these days. The trick is in learning how to do the things you need to do in order to commit to…

Writing to Music Helps Words Flow

How to write to music

How writing to music affects the writing process Writing to music is an effective writer’s tool. Many writers not only enjoy the rhythm of words but the beat of music. When the two are combined, those writers often find themselves in an altered state. So many embrace writing to music. The words come fast, the…

NaNoWriMo Preparation – Ready to write?

Prep Tips for Nanowrimo
This entry is part 21 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

NaNoWriMo Prep Tips NaNoWriMo preparation¬†is heavy on the mind of many writers right now. November 1st is a few days away, so now is a good time to take inventory and do some NaNoWriMo preparation to make sure you are ready for the upcoming intensive month of writing. Why not use the image below and…

Readathon Reading

Readathon reading of old vintage books. Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon material
This entry is part 31 of 31 in the series Read-a-thon

Readathon reading for Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon Running late on the readathon reading for today but I do have a few books selected to get me started. I usually grab some older books from the rows of bookcases, but not today. These are from the the closest TBR file next to my desk. I’m showing nine…

NaNoWrimo 2015: Sign up today!

NaNoWrimo 2015 Journey Starts Now
This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

NaNoWrimo 2015 begins now NaNoWrimo 2015 officially begins November 1st, right? So why do I say the annual writing marathon begins now? Procrastinators need read no further; but for the rest of us, there are plenty of things that can be done to make ready for this huge annual world-wide event. Pencils must be sharpened,…

24 Hour Readathon – Sign up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Dewey's 24 hour readathon 2015
This entry is part 30 of 31 in the series Read-a-thon

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Dewey’s 24 hour readathon is Saturday, October 17th this year, and I’m getting ready. How about you? I love this readathon. Not only do I spend hours upon hours reading, I am immersed in an event with hundreds and hundreds of other readers around the world. Last time there were 1500…

Audio Books Made Easy course

Audio Books Creation
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Kindle Publishing

How to make audio books Audio Books Made Easy, now that’s a course I’d like. Audio books are definitely a trending format when it comes to books. I think for most of us, we feel that creating them is definitely out of our wheelhouse. I know I have felt that way even as I listened…

Audio Books – A good publishing format?

Creating audio books is the new format for Kindle publishing.
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Kindle Publishing

Audio books on the rise Audio books are a rising tide in publishing these days for a variety of reasons. For anyone publishing, they are an additional revenue stream. For readers, they are a new format for consumption. Me? If I went on personal experience, I probably wouldn’t think too much about them. I’m one…

Piktochart Online Tool to Create Pins

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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Kindle Publishing

Piktochart for Authors Piktochart provides an easy way for authors to start using Pinterest to promote their books.

Readathon Events – Of surveys, mini-challenges, and furry friends

Readathon events that include cover games
This entry is part 29 of 31 in the series Read-a-thon

Readathon Events and the mid-event survey Now you might think that all a participant does in a readathon is read. You would be wrong, particularly if you are engaged in the 24-Hour Dewey’s Readathon. Why there’s a plethora of things to do to keep those fingers turning pages. There are surveys, such as the one…

Readathon Challenges, Readathon Conversation

Gather a readathon snack stash to get you through the readathon challenges
This entry is part 28 of 31 in the series Read-a-thon

Readathon challenges are fun not simply for something to do, but also because you are in the midst of an entire community all reading and talking about books, readathon challenges, and the very act of reading. With 1700+ participants this year, there are people chatting on Twitter using hashtag #readathon, sharing readathon challenges on Facebook…

Readathon Book Stack

Book stack for Dewey's 24-hour readathon 2015
This entry is part 27 of 31 in the series Read-a-thon

Readathon Book Stack for Dewey’s Readathon Readathon book selection, gathering, and stacking is an important pre-readathon objective if one is to be ready at the stroke of the reading hour. The result is the “readathon stack.” This becomes an image that is propagated on social media so that all will know what books will be…

How Dewey’s Readathon led to a new book publication

Book Club Guide for Xingu by Edith Wharton
This entry is part 7 of 31 in the series Read-a-thon

Readathon leads to publication Readathon rituals are good. Mine led me to publish a new book this past year. I’ll share all the info, but first things first: April 25, 2015 is the day when readers from around the world gather virtually to read together for 24 hours. (Sign-up here.) Why participate in Dewey’s Readathon?…