January 22, 2019
Found this neat little gem.
YearCompass is a global movement that mobilizes people to sort out their last year and plan their next one in order to have a greater awareness of their lives. New Year’s resolutions don’t work; planning your year does.
YearCompass is a booklet that helps close your year and plan the next one. Using questions and exercises rooted in psychology it takes you through the past year, then helps you turn your dreams into achievable goals.
Best part…it’s FREE! It’s not too late to start planning and executing your ideas, projects, and ambitions.
Check it out. https://yearcompass.com/
January 15, 2019
I saw this website called The Written Word on social media recently and bookmarked it to look at later. Glad I did. It’s an onomatopeia dictionary. I had no idea I needed one, but clearly I do. What a fun, handy site.
Onomatopeia is a word formed by imitating the sound or action something makes. Think hiss, buzz, boom, argh, bay, arf, cackle, drone, splat, clink, etc. As writers, we strive to have readers experience our stories as if they are actually there. We do this with creative uses of words. The sounds some words make aid in visualizing what’s happening. Such as a cat caterwauling just before its lightsaber ignites with a pssshhew and engages in battle. Ffffkrrrrshhzzzwooooom..woom..woooom!
August 21, 2018
Here is a quick, easy blog from Grammarly on the difference between a simile and a metaphor. There is even a quiz to help test you on your knowledge.
August 14, 2018
I accidentally stumbled over this while looking up a particular rule on writing numbers. It’s a number-to-word calculator. If you aren’t entirely sure how to write a number out, this tool might come in handy.
April 10, 2018
Here is a one-stop info shop for today’s publishing scams. This Reedsy blog touches on vanity presses, scams, contests and more authors should avoid. They also give some helpful tips on how to sidestep these pitfalls. Check it out!
November 14, 2017
Here is another gem from the Art of Manliness. What to Do If You’re Being Followed. Not only is this great tactical information for everyone, it’s excellent research for writers. This blog post helps you identify if you are being tailed, the reasons for someone to follow you, how to lose someone on foot and by car, and how to make yourself less followable. You’re welcome.
May 16, 2017
One of my Ruby sisters, Shelley Coriell, has an awesome and simple characterization trick which really hones in on a character’s goal/motivation/conflict. The eight-line Persona Poem is a quick exercise meant to draw out your characters and make them dimensional, no rhyming necessary. I’d never heard of this technique and just had to share it on MuseTracks.
I think you’ll find this as handy as I do.
Check out the blog post on The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood.