Are you at a standstill with your writing? 3 quick steps to zooming forward

I have been with Dream!Play!Write! for a couple of years or so now and I really get a lot from this site as well as Timothy Pike’s other writing venues: ChapterBuzz, Page-a-Week Writers Club (well, I’m still trying to figure out how to post on this one), and the Published Author VIP fb page. Connecting with other authors is helpful and keeps me motivated (until I hit a roadblock). These tips should also prove helpful for authors struggling with said roadblock. Reblogged from

What Inspires Your Writing?

It happens to me, too. Every now and then you find yourself with little to no motivation to write. And sometimes that feeling lasts for a loooooooong time. It can be very discouraging.

But you refuse to give up on your dreams. You know deep down that you have a vision for your life?you know, that awesome life you’ve always imagined?and it involves writing, for sure. It involves being a successful author!

Others have done it, you think. Why can’t I?

You most certainly can. And here are 3 ways to wrap up your pit stop and get back on that racetrack!

1. Know that you’re not alone. Our Facebook group, Published Author VIP, is the perfect place to bond with other writers. Being around others who are continually finding ways to move forward?and sharing their secrets?is very motivating. Inspiration loves company! Stop by today

2. Start a success…

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Why Pinterest May Be The Greatest Website For Writers

Ryan, thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve been on Pinterest for years and had no idea! Reblogged from

A Writer's Path

by Teagan Berry

There are countless social media sites out on the internet, each of them offering us different means to share our thoughts and life with other people. For authors, social media can help us out in many different ways. Book promotion, connecting with fans, networking with other authors… and that’s just to name a few.

A little while ago I was introduced to a site called Pinterest by a fellow author and let me tell you, I will be forever grateful to her for it. In this post, along with another one I shall be putting up in a couple days, I hope to give you a few reasons why I believe Pinterest is so useful for authors. Right now, I’m going to focus on the private side of Pinterest, and what it can do for you and your specific writing.

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I am enthralled with this book. Can’t wait for it to actually be printed. This is one great author of suspense and thrillers. Reblogged from

Dacia M Arnold

Thanks to social media, I realized I began my blog, two years ago! My Very first blog post was about writing my book, which was super fun to revisit.

I wake up each morning and check my stats on my blog, book, Twitter and all my notifications on FaceBook. Understand that my mood for the day is not based on numbers, but I do use them to gauge my relevance in the literary world. Lately, I have been reaching more people and slowly adding to my following. And because I am a huge nerd, numbers really get me going. Seeing a measurable increase gets me motivated to do more. With my book steady at #1, and my blog views as high as they have ever been, I am feeling a little more accomplished as a writer.

SO…. In honor of my 2 year anniversary, I’d like to do a…

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The End!!!

If you want a great read, write down the name of this author and her book “Apparent Power.” When it is released for print you will be glad you did. I have followed the progress of this book, now in it’s final stage of first draft. It is filled with suspense and intrigue, a real page turner, keeping the reader on the edge of the seat. Reblogged from

Dacia M Arnold

I wrote it! The outcome is set (well as set as a first draft can be). And I will not give it away! I am still waiting to hear what my beta readers have to say. But I am pretty darn proud of myself considering I had no idea what it would even look like until last week.

I have, for the first time in my writing career, penned the words “THE END”! How did this even come to be? I plan on taking a much needed break from the book, as many professionals suggest. My original timeline was to begin editing in July.

So, hurray for huge victories. Thank you for everyone that has took time to listen to me about “my book” and even asking what it’s about so I can practice my elevator speech. There is still a long road ahead to publishing. My crap writing needs…

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How to Simplify and Authentically Grow Your Blog Without Spending Money

What a great post for simplifying your sharing opportunities and growing your readership.. Reblogged from

Suzie Speaks


Blogging is now a viable career option and there are endless examples of bloggers who have monetised their site to the point where they can quit their 9-5 job and live the dream.

Consequently, the bloggosphere (blogisphere? blogosphere? There really should be some clarification on this) is filled with ‘Earning Reports’ (which I often ignore), along with a bajillion things that we should all be doing to optimise our traffic and increase engagement to our sites. I apparently need an email list, in which I should offer incentives. I should be part of an Instagram pod or tailwind tribe. I should be self-hosted and have a professionally designed site, I should have paid advertising across all of my social media. I should be building up my social media accounts by following and then unfollowing people.


No wonder so many bloggers are feeling overwhelmed or disappointed with the fact that…

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Writing Tracking Scenes: Happens More Often than One Expects

More great information from thestoryreadingape on writing tracking scenes. Reblogged from

Legends of Windemere

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We’ve all been there.  Stalking an enemy until we find the perfect chance to strike or discover their hideout.  Then the author falls asleep or gets bored and throws the entire scene into chaos.

Having one character follow another can be tedious, especially if it lasts for a chapter.  I’ve seen it done different ways too.  Some authors only have villains do tracking, so it’s in the background.  Others have the trackers so far away that they can talk and the physical act is secondary.  Then there’s avoiding such scenes entirely.  I like having some tracking scenes since Luke is a forest tracker.  Pointless to give him the skills and never have him use them.  I tend to fall into that second category, but there are ways to make it interesting.

  1. Have the prey throw in some tricks like crossing water and backtracking.  This makes them appear…

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