How to write down story ideas so you can remember why they were brilliant

Nail Your Novel

ideas1I have a friend who is a graphic designer, and he’s as adept with words as he is with images. Recently he said to me: ‘I don’t know how you get a book finished. I have all these ideas but my imagination’s like a rope that frays into too many ends.’

(You see what I mean? He should definitely write.)

‘Do you make notes?’ I asked.

‘Yes, but when I look at them they’re dry and dull.’

Aha, my friend. You’re making the wrong kind of notes.

The wrong kind of notes?

Years ago, I used to keep a dream diary. I found it a few months ago and expected the entries would be indulgent nonsense, without the meaning, resonance or early-morning mind that makes a dream a good experience. But no; in those fragments the experience came back, just as odd and wondrous. Now I’m not going to…

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Lot 28 (A Lucky Marks Mystery) – G.W. Pomichter

Although this is not the first book in the Lucky Marks Mystery series, it is the first one I have read. (I now have the “first” book in my possession, and will be starting it soon!)

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Lucky Marks is your classic detective: smart, funny, and a devil-may-care attitude. Lucky finds himself working for a film studio where he is responsible for looking for the skeletons in the actors and actresses closets before the journalists find them. While working there, he gets put on the trail of a director who seems to be a little too interested in his younger actresses. Under-age and no-way-legal actresses, that is.

It does not take long for a dead body to appear on set, and then it gets even more interesting. With a studio full of actors and actresses who could all be suspects, it is time for Lucky to put his skills to the…

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Baby Girl Box Set I-IV by @ElleKlass

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Today’s team review comes from Heidi, find her here!/heidi.simon.921?ref=bookmark

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Heidi chose to read and review Baby Girl Box Set by Elle Klass


Baby Girl Box Set Books I-IV

By Elle Klass

Review by Heidi Lynn

First, I would like to thank Rosie Amber and Elle Klass for providing me with this box set so I may bring you this review.

Baby Girl by Elle Klass was full of kidnapping, neglected children, crime, fake identities, two great loves, poverty, death, loss, reinventing yourself, missing person, secrets, hit n run, mystery, suspense, homelessness, body guards, proposals, glitz and glamour. This book had me at the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen.

Cleo and Einstein’s story touched my heart. I loved their first kiss, the first time they explored each other and their blossoming relationship. To see where they both came from to now was amazing. Yet, heart…

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How to Hashtag Blog Tweets.

#Twitter Lessons

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Howdy folks, it’s me, it’s me, Ronovanee. Okay, so it’s Ronovan, but Ronovan didn’t rhyme. Hugh is letting me hijack his blog for a moment. Just don’t tell him I did it, cause he doesn’t know I snuck in. Remember, everything that follows are my opinions and not Hugh’s, so if you disagree, it’s all on me. OOOooooOOo I rhymed that one for real, oh what a thrill. o,O (All images created by me. My apologies in advance.)

I want to start off by saying blogging isn’t a game of numbers for me. I know for some it is and you can tell who those people are. They are the sad people that belittle others who do things because they believe in them instead of doing them for gaining followers and views. In the words of the masochistic dog to the flea, “Bite me”.

What is Hashtagging?

Many people like…

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This sounds so intriguing. I am definitely planning to add it to my bookshelf.

Lit World Interviews

The Lady of the Pier

  • Title:  The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb
  • Author: Effrosyni Moschoudi
  • File Size: 2152 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: Based on the print edition (ISBN 1500175544).
  •  Publisher:   Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Publication Date: July 2nd, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon
  •  Language: English
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  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Genres: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

*The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which follows*

What’s it all about?

This story begins in Brighton, England in 1937. Destitute and seeking a new start, Laura, and her mother leave London to find a new home where Laura’s sickly mother can recover from the ills of living in the city. Once there, life blossoms for the lovely Laura. Soon after her arrival, she meets Christian, a stagehand at the West Pier Theater. Laura falls in love…

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25 Bible Verses and a Prayer for Rest

25 great Bible verses.

Truth in Palmyra

By: Heather C. King

Well, friends, our family pushed through the month of July with all of its busyness and made it to the other side.  To August.  And to rest.

And we’re ready for rest.

I’ll be taking some time to relax with my family, to regroup and refresh.  Here are 25 verses and a prayer for rest to share with you while I’m away.

Be Back Soon!

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  • Genesis 2:2-3 ESV
    And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
  • Exodus 20:8-10 NIV
     “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 

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Jen’s Editing Tips: Kiss Your As’s Goodbye

An article about a blunder many writers (including myself) are prone to use. Jen’s Pen Den is a great site for writers. You might also want to check out her editing site. I’m a fan.

Jen's Pen Den

For today’s editing tip, I thought I’d focus on a simple word that can ruin a sentence.

Jen's Editing TipsIt’s a word that might not be as fancy and obvious as some, but as you begin to use it more and more, it’s hard to ignore.

Hopefully as I carry on, you catch it. I promise, it’s right in front of your eyes as you read this. It’s as clear as a summer day. As clear as a sparkling window. As clear as (insert cheesy simile here).

Have you caught it yet? No? Well, as you keep reading, I’m sure you will.

It’s a word many writers like to use as a way to connect and transition their sentences. Even I love it as I sit down to work. It’s as addictive as peanut M&M’s!

But, as you might’ve noticed by this point, this word becomes a problem the more you use it. It’s redundant, wordy, and as annoying as rush hour traffic. In fact…

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Mother’s memories

Here is a fabulous idea for mothers everywhere that have daughters and/or granddaughters. (If the daughter is out of fellowship with the parents or has passed on, but the grandmother is still alive, this can be a good tradition to begin with them.)

But I Smile Anyway...


I’m home, with mum and dad, and the first thing mum did, after lunch, was to get her old sarees out, from her wedding… Beautiful silks, chiffons, embroidery and prints.


“I’m not being morbid,” she says, “but let’s go through things, so I know what you like, and , you know, when the time comes, there’ll be a package of stuff for you, that means something!”
Sarees from her wedding, with stories behind many of them too…


See that green embroidered one? She was taken to the shops by her in laws to choose something. She fell in love with that one. It cost 600 /= Kenyan shillings… About £6 in money now.
She was told it was too expensive, but, rumour has it, Pops was there and overheard the exchange…
Miraculously the Saree appeared in her gifts after the wedding.
She is convinced he went back and got it…

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