January 3, 2018
Instead of a Hump Day Kick Start today, I am posting a link to writer David Gaughran’s blog Let’s Get Digital. He outlines one author’s ongoing rank-stripping issue by Amazon. It’s a serious problem for innocent authors following the rules and it’s costing time, ranks, sales and marketing dollars. Ultimately, it’s just another punishment to authors trying to get any type of visibility in Amazon’s crowded marketplace using legitimate marketing techniques. It’s an outrageous abuse by Amazon’s KDP program—stripping ranks, deleting reviews, jacking with but buttons, burying discoverability in favor for Select authors, and more!
This is a must read!
We need to make a lot of noise over this. We must put on pressure for viable change. Spread the word and let Amazon know how you feel.
January 11, 2016
It’s time once again for the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival. Time to get your writing groove on.
Through the bleakest part of winter–January 11, 2016 thru February 29 2016–the much-anticipated SIXTH Annual Ruby Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning with support, advice, inspiration, and regular writing sprints in our chat room. There are fun prizes for participants all along the way, including books, critiques, gift cards and Ruby-inspired gifts.
Unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you.
No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival can help you reach your goals.
Get more detailed details at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog on the Opening Ceremony here.
Check out the great advice for a successful Winter Writing Festival at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Blog here. Or better still, bookmark the Ruby Slippered-Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival website!
July 7, 2015
This past weekend I went on a writing retreat with my critique partners. Besides being a whole lot of fun, it was super productive. These folks won’t let me skim by with OK writing. They push me to be my best writer-self and that’s an invaluable tool to have in my kit. Writers can NOT write in a vacuum! If you find the right partners, you will be better. I promise.
This site looks pretty darn amazing. I hope you give it a try if you’re not working with other writers. Good luck!
“Ladies Who Critique is a place where any writer looking to find a supportive critique partner/ beta reader can find a compatible match (or several). We are here for writers of all levels – published, unpublished, agented, unagented, aspiring, hobbyists, closet writers or complete newbies! There are no requirements for Ladies Who Critique membership (except that you should be 16 +) and it is completely free – and always will be.”
September 2, 2014
I couldn’t resist. I found so many places that had cool things for writers, I had to post more than just one! Have fun with this one- and poke around on Pinterest, you’ll find some really good stuff.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195132596329855084/- The Color Thesaurus
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195132596329857454/- 113Ways To Describe a Character
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/300967187569576483/- Words Every Author should Know
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/195132596329449223/- Bad Ass Ways of Saying No
May 27, 2014
Do you know how to type? What is you WPM? (words per minute) You don’t know?
Try out these sites- they have tests, free courses and games to improve your accuracy and speed! This is an essential skill to being a writer. If you can’t type very well or you make a ton of mistakes, you’ve lost quality time creating. Enjoy!
February 25, 2014
Have you ever wondered what your story sounds like spoken aloud? Would you like to hear how the flow of your varied sentence structures fit together? Have you repeated words?
All these questions can be answered with this week’s Link Of The Week. It is a text to speech software that uses natural sounding voices and it’s free! (There’s also a paid version but the free one is quite good.) There are a number of uses for this program, check them out.
By the way…..did I mention it was free?!?
November 5, 2013
I have found the best link this week! It’s doubly exciting because many of us are deep into our first full week of NaNo and we can use all the help we can get. Would you like to have a free download of a book called The Ultimate Guide To Better Writing? Yes? Well, look no more because that’s the very first thing you see when you go to this site!
How about an article on mind mapping? Done! What about finding a shortcut to polishing your manuscript? Done! This is a wonderful resource for all of us.
Hope you enjoy!
October 29, 2013
I ran across this site created by author K.M. Weiland and was impressed by it. She has put such a lot of time and effort into helping other writers- it was like finding a forgotten Christmas gift!
I love her discipline and drive- read what she says about her writing routines:
I set aside two hours, five days a week, to write, usually between four and six p.m. I’m a firm believer in Peter de Vries claim: “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” I spend the first half hour scribbling ideas in a writing journal, reviewing character sketches and research notes, reading an article on the craft, and proofreading what I wrote the day before. Then I pick a soundtrack, say a prayer for guidance, and dive in.