Link Of The Week- Your Club For Sprints!

July 5, 2016

This is one very cool site for writers!

Feeling blah? No energy to write? Try joining in on the fun right here, right now!ShakleeBusiness-Typing


  • Join a sprint, and type your words in your web browser.
  • Other sprinters in the same sprint can see your word count, but not your words.
  • If you close your browser, your words will still be here when you return.
  • Auto-save to Dropbox by clicking the Dropbox icon () near the big text box. It’s blue when auto-save is on.
  • Every 100 words you type adds a star next to your name for all to see.

What’s a word sprint?

During a word sprint, you work on your novel/screenplay/blog/etc. while other writers do the same. On myWriteClub, rather than waiting until the end to share your word counts, you can see each other’s word counts grow during the sprint.

How do word sprints work?

  • Sprints start every half hour and last 25 minutes.
  • Each sprint represents a group of people. If you move to a different sprint, the words you’ve written will follow you.
  • You earn stars!
    • = 100 words
    • = 1000 words
  • The progress bars count up to 100 and then start over for the next star.
  • There’s a five-minute suggested break period between sprints, but if you’re on a roll, feel free to keep writing!

Is my work auto-saved?

Yes, your work is automatically saved in your web browser as you type. If you refresh or close your browser, your work will be here waiting for you when you return. However, if your computer bursts into flames or gets thrown out a window, or if you clear your browser’s local storage, you’ll probably lose your work. That’s why you should read the next paragraph.

You can connect to your Dropbox account by clicking the Dropbox icon () near the big text box. Once you’ve done this, the icon turns blue, and your work will be saved once per minute to a new “myWriteClub” folder that will be created for you. The myWriteClub app will not be able to access any other folder in your Dropbox.

Is my work private?

Yes. Only your word count is shared. The actual words you write are never sent to myWriteClub; they are only stored on your computer and in your Dropbox, as described above.”nagato-typing

Link Of The Week- A Place For Creatives

May 3, 2016

This is a place for creatives! They will send you free images you can use every week, send out writing prompts, or be an inspiration to other photographers. Get your muse on and check this place out!


Link Of The Week- Where To Go When They Beat You Up!

January 13, 2015


Hello Musetrackers!

I finished my book and thought it was ready to send out. I’d edited it, had it edited, had a critique group and generally worked on it until I thought it was really good. I was right- it was good, but something wasn’t working. My scores in contests were all over the place. After awhile, I felt pretty beat up. I’m sure all of you have been there once or twice. 🙂

Here’s some good thoughts and advice for the kick off of this new year.



The Very Best Articles on Writing for 2014 (on Positive Writer)



Friday Fun Facts- Gobble Gobble

November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Do you know everything there is to know about this holiday? I think not.thanksgiving_cornucopia

– The author of Mary Had A Little Lamb is responsible for us having a national day of thanks. She lobbied several presidents before finding a sympathetic ear with Abraham Lincoln. Sara Joespha Hale wrote a final letter to him on September 28, 1863 arguing that a day like this would be good for the country after the Civil War. He read her letter on October 3 and the first Thanksgiving happened the following month!

– Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the holiday from the last Thursday of the month to the second to last. He thought this might boost the economy by giving and extra week of holiday shopping. Many states went along with his decision, many didn’t. In 1941 Congress made a ruling (typical) that we would celebrate on the 4th Thursday so sometimes it’s the last and sometimes it’s not.

– Sara Hale’s contributions didn’t stop after she got the holiday. She wrote numerous articles to newspapers providing recipes to prepare for the feast. These items would not have been at the original celebration but they sure tasted good. She’s responsible for yummies such as turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Thank you, Ms. Hale!!

– About 280 million turkeys are sold at Thanksgiving. That’s about $3 billion in sales. Whew!Ttitle9

-There were 102 people on the Mayflower. Only about half of them were what we call Pilgrims. The others were called Strangers and were basically folks that hitched a ride on the ship to the New World.

– The term Turkey Shoot came from a practice in the late 19th century. They would tie a turkey’s leg to a log with only his head showing from behind and then hold competitions for marksmanship. (Ewwwwww- that’s not even sporting!)

– Did you know turkeys have heart attacks? When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fiels of turkeys would drop dead. (Whoa!)

– There’s fossil evidence that show turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

– The Guinness Book of Records records the heaviest turkey weighed in at 86 pounds!

– Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.Turkey3







Link Of The Week- Get Your Muse On!

February 18, 2014


What do you do with the blank screen? How do you get around the….blankness of it all? Well, here’s a whole slew of artists from different walks of life sharing their secrets on how to get past this stumbling block.


Talk Back: Writing goals half-time!

July 8, 2013

On my Kindle: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Talk Back – Tell us how you write!

And here we are, half way into the year, and I ask: are you on your way to meet your yearly writing goal? Are you ahead? Not quite there?

As usual, I am in the not quite there team but not as bad as it could. My writing goal for this year is definitely process-oriented and totally in my control. I had planned to finish the manuscript I had started (done) and submit it to agents (done). I also planned to start the sequel (done), finish it (half-way there) and edit it (it looks like I will be about to do this by the holidays).

I had also hoped to edit another manuscript I have under my bed, returning to my roots with a sexy paranormal romance, by the end of the year. But as I look at how long it takes me to write and edit, I see that it won’t happen. I may have time to write a paranormal romance novella which would be very cool.

All is well though because mainly my goal was to write for an hour a day on most days, squeezing time before and after my day job, and I have done just that. The habit is here to stay.

So your turn now, how are you doing with your goal this year so far?

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox


Writing: am I wasting my time?

July 1, 2013

I apologize if this is a repost for those of you who receive blog posts by email or view them via a blog feed reader. We did some reshuffling last week to ensure you don’t miss out an inspiring guest post but we are back to regular scheduling now.

No seriously, am I?

I spend painful tiny writing sessions at the crack of dawn adding 50 words to my story then another 50 and another 50 until maybe I hit 500-800 before it’s time for me to get to my day job, and I wonder, why on earth do I do that?

Do you ever get that feeling?

I question myself over and over, realist to the possibility that this manuscript is perhaps just practice. That no matter how I submit it down the ladder of agents, trad-publishers and small publisher, it might never be good enough to actually be read.

And that the 250 hrs I spent are just gone from my life.

I just sit there at times in front of the blank page or staring at lines of unedited work wondering, why continue to do this if there are no guarantees?

It’s really hard to find the answer to that question, isn’t it?

Because there are easier ways to spend our extra time, easier ways to earn a living, or be creative and certainly not something to do in a quest for fame. So why?

There are so so many people we meet who confess they have a book in them. Is it a way to express ourselves to the world? To put some order to our jumbled thoughts, inner voices and dreams.

Maybe I am wasting my time, I truly don’t know. But I could also waste it on mindless TV, Facebook addiction, hours of Angry Birds or snarky gossip with so-so friends.

At least I’ll have something out of it at the end, right? Even if its unfit for public reading!

And at least those voices inside my head will finally have found a home.

Happy Writing!

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox


Talk Back: Are you a happy writer?

April 1, 2013

On my Kindle: Blood Brothers: The Sign of Seven by Nora Roberts

Talk Back – Tell us how you write!

I do have to ask: what makes you a happy writer?

We had this meme from Chuck Wendig (and the associated blog post) circulating around the internet last week and it did get me thinking.

I can’t seem to find moments when I am truly happy with writing anymore. I remember the excitement I had when I finally told myself it was ok to try to write, and when I had, oh I don’t know 3 chapters written or so, I felt soooo happy.

I had spent most of my life dreaming of being a writer and believing that, because I never went to school to study writing, I could never get a book published, see a real book with my name on it in a big bookstore.

And I wish I could say that I was completely happy when it happened (and yes I was happy) but by that time I was so wrapped up in the crazies of the business side of it, that I was not as happy as when I sat down to write those words the very first time.

It took me quite a while to find my happy writing place again. It meant a lot of pulling out from writing groups, a lot of time thinking about what writing means to me and a total different mind-set where happiness comes from accomplishing my allocated daily writing time and spending time in a woken dream with my characters and none thinking about selling, reviews and money.

In Mr. Wendig’s words, for me happiness is when I “care less.” When I just write, have fun and leave the rest to the universe.

How about you? When was the last time writing made you truly happy? What do you need from your writing to find that bliss?

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox


Talk Back: Do you track your writing progress

March 4, 2013

On my Kindle: A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

Talk Back – Tell us how you write!

Do you track your writing progress? Experts tend to say that to keep a habit it helps to track it. Do you agree? Or is this obsessiveness getting in the way of your creativity?

I can be quite an obsessive person when I tackle projects and yes I tend to track things. Perhaps too much, which tends to make me worry more about the tracking then the actual project. But some tracking has its use.

I’ve done various form of tracking. I have used a wall calendar to write down my word counts each writing day. That was nice to look at the wall and see how much I was doing each month (and that blank spot guilted me into writing every day).

I also used a running list of word counts with one column for the daily words and the other a cumulative sum of words, which was really motivating.

Now my focus is much more on making sure I spend an hour a day – 6 days a week – on my manuscript so I’ve again changed my tracking method.

My trusty writing tracking bible!

I now have a huge log book that is really pretty and will last me for years. I log each writing session with the date, the type of work I’m doing (writing, editing, polishing) and the time spent on that session.

So far so good. It helps!

How about you? If you track your progress, how do you do it? What works and what haven’t worked? And if you don’t, do you find it easier to just focus on the work?

Please let us know. It’s so nice to hear from you all!

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox


As Good As The First Time… by Candi Wall

October 28, 2012

My Bliss Track for the week – Watching my children jump in the huge pile of leaves we spent hours raking.

My Bitch Track for the week – Why is there always that one person at a party that has to get so drunk no one else can have a good time?

So hubby and I went to dinner the other night at a restaurant we’ve loved since the day it opened. The first time we went, we sat in our chairs, having food-gasms over everything from the wine and salads to the HUGE prime rib that covered his plate. I had steak tips, sautĂ©ed onions and mushroom and a slightly spicy rice pilaf. I ended with a huge slice of cheesecake and hubby had the molten lava chocolate explosion thingy.

Let’s just say, we just about rolled our overstuffed selves out the door.

I was satisfied. I was hooked. I was coming back for more.

Then a funny thing started happening. We don’t eat out very often, but around our fourth visit, we noticed the servings weren’t as large. The lettuce wasn’t as finely chopped or fresh. The ultra thin curls of Parmesan cheese that used to top my caesar salad were just crumbles instead. We ate and left satisfied – somewhat. But it wasn’t the mind-blowing, euphoric satisfaction we used to gain from this restaurant.

And instead of screaming out this restaurant’s name the next time we went out, we questioned if we wanted to go there or if we wanted to try somewhere new!

Ruh roh Raggy.

Then – as with everything – I started thinking about writing. About how often this happens with authors I fall head-over-heels in love with. And how easy it could be to become lazy.

When the restaurant owner opened the doors, he/she had passion in their heart. They were pouring everything they had into the endeavor. They were willing to spends HOURS and HOURS perfecting what they were going to give to the public. Sound familiar? Then, over time, the restaurant gained a following. “They love me! They really love me!”

So what happened then? COMPLACENCY.

Complacency can kill a restaurant, and it can kill a writing career. Don’t let your characters wilt. Don’t downsize the intensity or conflict. Don’t rush to give a product  that might make your readers think about going elsewhere. Remember, as you perfect your craft and write more and more novels, to keep writing with your heart. Keep writing with the passion and drive that you had when you first started out. Yes, as we write and learn and become more sure of our talents, we can complete a novel faster and cleaner, but in doing so, it’s easy to lose the passion that drew our readers in the beginning.

There’s the thought for the day. Write with the drive and passion you had when you started out. Make it as good as the first time, and you won’t have to worry about your readers going elsewhere to eat!