Sometimes even I get lucky

This is great. I had never thought of inviting people into my writing in this manner. I have learned something from this. Thank you for sharing. Reblogged from https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Entertaining Stories

Today was supposed to be my last real writing day this weekend. I took it in that spirit, and cranked out 3200 words this morning. I forced myself to stick with Serang, because I want to get through the middle slog.

This was with an hour delay to update iOS, and Apple Pages, which is my word processor.

Our fictional caravan spotted the bandit’s fire before trouble began. They chose their ground and compelled the bandits to come to them. This led to a big fight, and Serang had to fight with an alternate weapon or two when she lost her staff. Turns out she’s pretty good at combat improv.

The caravan leader decided to make a forced march to get out of the bandit territory. All in all, that’s a pretty great writing day for me.

Then something miraculous happened. Old What’s Her Face came home from work and…

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I Can Do All Things

Kristeen has been battling cancer for 18 months, and I’m sure it feels like an eternity to this young wife and mother. But she is getting stronger and more confident. Reblogged from https://kristeennicolegillooly.wordpress.com

Kristeen Nicole Gillooly

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“There is nothing wrong with my legs.”

“There is nothing wrong with my legs.”

I was sitting in my shower chair, praying… praying for all that I’ve been through. For the second time today I thought to myself, “this is the price I have to pay. This is the price I have to pay for living.” Then I looked down at the bracelet that my Aunt Jackie gave me when I first got diagnosed. She bought one for herself as well, and she was still wearing it when I saw her for Thanksgiving. It reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I suddenly felt the need to stand up, to get out of my chair and just stand up on my own two legs. With His strength. With Him standing with me, I could finally get out of the chair that I’ve been relying on for…

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STEP OUT, BE BOLD, BELIEVE BIGGER!

Great positive message. I love this. If you’re feeling down on yourself, think you’re a big zero, and will never amount to anything–that was me when I was growing up. I didn’t know God then, didn’t know He had a purpose and a plan for my life (Jer. 29:11). But if God gives you a talent it’s because He expects you to use it (for His honor and glory, not your own) Reblogged from https://gcdiaries.wordpress.com

The Godly Chic Diaries

For someone reading this, something has been pending. You’ve been waiting on a YES. You’re about to get it. God has blown the door wide open in your favor…

I believe that every promise God has given me is for ME, and I trust Him with every fibre of my being. How about you?

There are doors that will specifically open just for you. But will you be ready! Will you be courageous enough to walk through them, Will you believe that you were created for this?

Oftentimes we blame others for our lack of opportunity, but most times we hinder ourselves. We let self-doubt, fear and uncertainty guide us. NO MORE!!! Let’s choose to live a life walking in faith. Believing in ourselves and believing more in the God that created us.

So don’t sit on the sidelines watching others step out in faith, thinking that it is not…

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Seriously flawed standards

Timely news for indie authors. This is a lengthy post but worth the read if you’re a beginning self-published author, or considering self-publishing. Reblogged from https://rantingalong.blog/

Two on a Rant

Now, on a serious note.

I happened upon a writer on Twitter and Facebook:

Dakota Willink

Her Twitter introduction:  “Amazon Int’l Bestselling Romance Author | Survived my 1st publishing with coffee & wine | Music Lover | Star Wars Geek Since Birth.”

She explains how non-writers are scamming the system at Amazon

and

graciously allowed me to reprint (aka copy/paste) her post.

The “Stealing” of Ideas, and How “The Hunger Games” Was ...

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I need to tell a story – it’s going to be a long one, so settle in if you’re interested in hearing it.

I began writing my first book in 2013. I self-published it on December 27, 2015. I was new to the business and I literally knew nothing. I made my own cover, which I’m embarrassed of now. But hey – I was brand spanking new and was learning as I went. And yes, there were typos galore in this first book. My January 2016 sales…

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My Very Heartbeat

This precious friend has suffered debilitating cancer, still struggles with it, yet keeps writing and singing praises to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Reblogged from https://kristeennicolegillooly.wordpress.com

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I am a sinner.

I don’t deserve this life.

I could be dead, but I am breathing.

I am alive because someone else took my place. Jesus is my Savior, and I love Him with all my heart.

I have been humbled by my cancer.

I have been reminded that life is precious, that life is given and taken away by God Himself. There is a great respect that comes with finally accepting the reality of that fact.

Use me, Lord. Allow me to be productive with this day that you have given me, this opportunity to give you the glory for all that You are and all that You have done.

Oh Lord, I love you like no other.

I love you more than my very heartbeat.

“I found the one my heart loves.” Song of Solomon 3:4

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Make Your Readers Cry: Writing Emotional Scenes

Allison, Thank you so much for this post. Writing/displaying emotion is one of my pitfalls. It doesn’t come easy. And I have read and watched the Hunger Games books/movies. Looking forward to future tells. Reblogged from https://theryanlanz.com

A Writer's Path

by Allison Maruska

I watched The Hunger Games last night. I read the book before the movie came out, and I’ve seen the movie a few times. So I obviously knew what would happen. Still, a certain scene got me.

By that, I mean it made me weepy.

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Writing Tips For Great Scenes

This is timeless, great advice for all writers, even those who have been successful for years. Sometimes we get stuck and the characters don’t cooperate, won’t tell us their secrets. Reblogged from https://kmallanblogwordpress.com

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If the thought of writing a novel freaks you out, first, know you’re not alone. Second, this seemingly huge task is not as overwhelming as you think it is.

Sure, you have to come up with characters, plot lines, unique ideas, master show, don’t tell, and learn how to use commas properly. And it could take months or even years to write all the words you’ll need to tell the story, but it can be done. How? By writing scene-by-scene.

Breaking your novel into smaller sections of work is Productivity 101 and will allow you to concentrate on just one specific scene and not think about what else you have to do to get your book written. That’s my first tip for a great scene. For the rest, keep reading…

Writing Tips For Great Scenes

Know What Kind Of Scene It Needs To Be

As a general rule:

  • The…

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Lily: A Short Story, has reached the last 50!

I definitely want to read the rest of this story. Great writing, Stevie Turner. Love the cover with the young lady painting. Reblogged from https://stevie3.wordpress.com

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One fervently hopes this is the last time I’ll need to ask for votes for a while.  Thanks to all who have voted so far.  Apparently ‘Lily: A Short Story’ has now amassed 58 votes and has moved up into the echelons of the last 50 covers for the AllAuthor Cover of the Month contest.  The next and final round will narrow it down to the last 24.

Er… can I please ask for your votes again by clicking on the AllAuthor link below?  Thanks so much!

https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/3485/

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6 Submission Mistakes

These are very helpful tips for submitting manuscripts. Some I already knew; some were new to me. I think it is important to share this information so others who are struggling with rejections may learn what to do and what not to do. Reblogged from https://kmallanblog.wordpress.com/

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The hard work isn’t over when you type “The End” on your final draft, nor does it finish after months of editing.

If you’re a writer who wants to see your manuscript published traditionally, you’ll need to work on a submission package for agents and publishers. If you want to give your MS the best chance of standing out in the slush pile, that should include avoiding these 6 submission mistakes.

Not Checking It Every time You Submit

You might think it’s over the top to double-check a submission before hitting send if you’ve read it a million times and know for sure it’s correct, but you know what? That’s what the typos want you to think.

Those little gremlins are always there, tricking your eyes. I sent off three submissions last week, and on the third one, I still found a typo even though I was positive the…

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