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Monday Writing Roundup-August 20

Monday Writing Roundup-August 20

Monday writing roundup: writing exercises, book piracy, and more.

Citing Photos in WordPress from Adobe Spark

Citing Photos in WordPress from Adobe Spark

Citing stock photos is a free way to support photographers. The quickest and easiest way to cite stock photos from Adobe Spark in your Wordpress posts

Monday Writing Roundup-August 13

Monday Writing Roundup-August 13

Today I’m starting a new series called the Monday Writing Roundup. Here I will post 5 links to writing/publishing articles from the previous week that I have found helpful.

Invigorate Yourself with These Creative Writing Projects

Writing with Rasmus

Writing with Rasmus shares his favorite writing resources:


The Story Reading

The Story Reading’s article is a clean, concise description of Filter words and how/ why to remove them.


Stacy Jaine McIntosh

Stacy Jaine McIntosh shares a list of hastags for writers for those of us who are still mystified by marketing:


Raimey Gallant

why-book-marketing-is-a-numbers-game_twitter.jpgOne of my favorite book marketing experts, Raimey Gallant gives some great tips on marketing strategies for authors

Outlawed openings: can they work?-author toolbox

Outlawed openings: can they work?-author toolbox

Most writing advice blogs will tell you to never use dreams, flashbacks, or waking up to begin your story. But can they work?

Your Novel This Month Release Day

Your Novel This Month Release Day

Your Novel, This Month is a beginner’s guide to NaNoWriMo, or writing a novel in a month (any month. It really doesn’t have to happen in November.)

Publishing Pitfalls IWSG

Publishing Pitfalls IWSG

August IWSG

Today is a crazy busy day with the release of my book. Yes, it’s today!!!!!

Here’s the link

your novel this

Ok, enough of that.

The awesome co-hosts for the August 1 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover,Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!

August 1 question – What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

Actually, since today is the release of my first self-published book, I’m going to ask all of my IWSG people to give me advice.

I feel like I’ve done the best that I can with the tools that I have, but the problem falls in the grey area of how much can I justify spending to release this product? Can I really justify spending thousands of dollars on marketing when the chances of a positive return on investment are slim to none? These are the questions I am currently wrestling with and I’d appreciate some real answers from real writers.


Did you hire an editor? What stage? Did you feel it was worth the expense?

Did you have a professional cover designer?

How much and where do you spend on marketing?

Targeted ads or social media book blasts?

What about thunderclap or other social media strategies?

What kind of marketing was effective? What was a bust?

Did you do a blog tour? Was it worth the time?

Did you pay for web hosting?

What other author expenses do you have? Which ones are necessary?

These are just the few that I’ve thought about, but since I’m a newb, I’m sure I’m missing most of them. Let me know where you felt your writing budget was best spent. I’d love to know about your experience


To continue on this bloghop
ISWG bloghop link

Working with a Cover Designer

Working with a Cover Designer

What it’s really like to work with a Cover Designer This week I am excited to talk with the author P.J. Friel on her experience working with professional cover artist Damonza for her debut paranormal romance A Twist of Wyrd. Ms. Friel, who designs covers for […]

Using Enneagrams for Character arcs

Using Enneagrams for Character arcs

Using Enneagrams to map out your character arcs will create realistically flawed characters and make their transformations feel real.

Hire The Manuscript Shredder

Hire The Manuscript Shredder

Get Shredded!

The Manuscript Shredder is always looking for new pages to get her claws into. 

Opening pages are the gateway to getting an agent’s attention. If these aren’t hitting the mark, your story will never get out of the slush pile. This is where The Manuscript Shredder can help.

Hire me to critique your opening pages.

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  • plot
  • pacing
  • characterization
  • world building
  • conflict
  • dialogue
  • prose
  • narrative distance
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Scene Structure

Scene Structure

Structuring your scene correctly is the secret to writing an engaging story. Make sure your scenes have these essential elements