It’s Been A Little While, Hasn’t It?

Okay, by now writers know the deal – life gets busier than usual sometimes, especially when you’re trying to use every spare minute you get to write for your book instead of for your blog. Not to mention if you have a bill-paying, lovable full-time job! So, hello again:-)!

quote1 I’ve had this quote that I’ve wanted to share for a while now:

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And on another note, with the growing anxiety of sleeplessness and heavy thinking, I came to conclude/wonder a few  mornings ago when it was still dark outside and I couldn’t fall back to sleep:

My brain is like an energizer bunny, it keeps going and going and going and going (always planning things, even in sleep mode)  – I wonder, is this behavior akin to the brain of a writer? Or am I just naturally, endlessly, and perhaps a bit insanely thoughtful?

Hmmm… ponder, scratch head, ponder some more…

Happy Writing for 2013!

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Happy 2013 writer folks! And what a busy start of the year it has been! I’ve barely had a chance to have some time to myself – needless to say that my writing had taken a stand still. Until now, that is. I’m back to inserting writing into my routine:

  • on my train ride to/from work
  • during lunch breaks
  • throughout various times at home.

As you continue to write as well, I hope you’ll find great inspiration throughout your days to construct meaningful writing. Remember that developing a routine helps, but if that’s difficult for you to do, try to bring a notebook with you at all times to write down anything that comes to mind. And remember, there are different parts of the writing process that count:

  • taking research notes
  • people watching and jotting down movements/action
  • listening in on conversations to gather information for character traits/personalities
  • watching movies to determine how plot lines are connected
  • having a conversation with someone else in the role of your characters to see how a scene plays out
  • anything else you find helpful that you want to share?

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Resources For the Self-Publisher

With self-publishing such a hot trend right now, I thought I would share some great resources that self-publishers can use throughout the whole process. From ebook conversion, to book printing  and distribution, and much more, check out these resources for the self-publisher.

Writing Competitions

I received an email today about Writer’s Digest’s Annual Writing Competition, and thought I’d share the link to those who may be interested.

Competitions are great ways of getting noticed, although the fees can be a drag sometimes. See  a few more contests at the sites below:

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Editing Wizard

 

We all know that editing is a very biiiiig part of the writing process. A couple of weeks ago, one of the blogs I follow, Caribbean Book Blog, wrote a post on an editing wizard called Autocrit. Well, today I tried it out for the first time, and I’m impressed! As a guest I was limited to analyzing only 500 words of my manuscript, but I was able to get results for overused words, sentence variation, and clichés & redundancies. While I may not use every recommendation given, I liked the word overuse section because it really gave me a look at just how many times I was using particular words.

Becoming a member of Autocrit gives more freedoms like analyzing more words at a time and emailing an analyzed report. I’m definitely considering membership for at least a year. Not to say that this wizard can replace a personal editor, but I believe it can be a good addition to analyze my own work as a writer even before the editor sees the completed manuscript. Check it out and tell me what you think!

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Inspiration

Last week I went with a friend to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The cherry blossoms are in bloom, and they’re such beautiful sights. I love it! although my really bad allergies don’t seem to agree.

Anyhow, I thought I’d share a few pics here to inspire your writing. Beautiful things sure do inspire me…

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