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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…

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Track your Writing to Success

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

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Tools & StrategiesTrack 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…

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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…

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NaNoWriMo Preparation – Ready to write?

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

This entry is part 21 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWriMo 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…

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NaNoWrimo 2015: Sign up today!

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

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWrimo 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…

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Goosebumps – Lessons from RL Stine books

Goosebumps author RL Stine books deliver when it comes to horror for middle grade readers.
This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Goosebumps books provoked controversy Goosebumps books capture the imagination of middle-grade readers, particularly boys. For me, that alone is enough to make them good books. However, the Goosebumps books have been the topic of discussion among writers, readers, and teachers ever…

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Good Housekeeping writing contest wants memoir

Good Housekeeping magazine writing contest calls for memoirs about mothers.

Good Housekeeping writing contest focuses on mothers This year the Good Housekeeping writing contest seeks stories about mothers for their memoir contest. It’s all about mom this year with Good Housekeeping’s “Every Mother Has a Story” nonfiction memoir theme. The Good Housekeeping writing contest wants nonfiction essay manuscripts that have a mother at the center…

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Magazine essay contest seeks your story

Major magazine essay contest for writers by Ladies Home Journal.

Magazine essay contest – Ladies Home Journal 2013 Looking for a major magazine essay contest to enter? Ladies Home Journal is interested in the best decision you’ve ever made. That’s the topic for this year’s LJH Personal Essay Contest. When it comes to writing contests, this is a major one.  The deadline is December 6,…

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Procrastination help for writers who procrastinate

Most writers are in need of procrastination help.

Procrastination help is needed to combat the blank page Many writers fall into the mind-numbing, anti-productive state of procrastination. It’s an easy place to live — especially today. Even the most productive writers, except for maybe Stephen King, often fall prey to its allure and require a healthy dose of procrastination help. Today is Anti-Procrastination…

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Picture book ideas – Where are they?

PIck up the trail of picture book ideas often found in fairy tales.
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthIn search of picture book ideas November is a month swarming with picture book ideas. Why? Well, it’s Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) and there are hundreds of children’s book writers focused on the single task of coming up with ideas for…

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Nano Prep – Planning for NaNoWriMo

Nano prep helps create a successful NaNoWriMo event.
This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNano Prep readies you for NaNoWriMo Nano prep definitely helps prepare writers for the approaching annual writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. With hundreds of thousands of writers signed up for this year’s event, you can bet many are busy developing strategies and battle plans to…

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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Innoculate yourself against writer’s block

NaNoWriMo defeats the fear of writing.
This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWriMo 2013 – The best prescription for fear of writing NaNoWrimo 2013 is the single most effective cure for writer’s block. Hands down. Everything else is swept away except you and the keyboard. It’s all about the words, words that appear on computer screens and…

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Dealing with death, loss, and writing

Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

My mom died. There, I’ve said it. There’s no turning back. Today I want to talk to you about the entanglement grief brings to an already knotted writing life. Dealing with death is not an everyday topic here. When it comes to this blog, I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to inserting…

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Writing tension into a scene

Writing prompt to find tension in a scene
This entry is part 43 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 43 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Writing tension exercise Teasing tension out of a scene is a major task for a writer. Today’s visual writing prompt exercise involves a photograph of a happy family sitting at a picnic table. The object of the this week’s writing exercise is for…

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Jimmy Hoffa in the news and in books

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Jimmy Hoffa and the story of his life and disappearance is a bit like crabgrass: it’s recurring and you can’t seem to get rid of it. Once again the teamster boss makes news with the FBI on the hunt again for his body. I remember Jimmy Hoffa He was hard to miss back in the…

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