Month: August 2018

NaNoWriMo Plot Point Scrivener Template

NaNoWriMo Plot Point Scrivener Template

The Manuscript Shredder’s NaNoWriMo Plot Point Calendar is now a Scrivener Template

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

Why cite Stock Photos?

As writers we want and should get paid for our work. Photographers feel the same. So if this is true why do so many of them “give” their work away on sites like Unsplash and Pexels?

They do it for exposure.

We writers are also familiar with this scam. Giving away a free book in hopes of a review or to sell the sequel is one of the most common pieces of marketing advice for writers. How disappointed were you when 100 free downloads resulted in zero new reviews? Especially since posting a review would costs nothing?

Citing stock photos also costs you nothing.

How to Cite your photos

Citing Photos in WordPress is easy if you get your photos from Unsplash

When you download a photo, a popup appears with the citation information.

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There are two options, but the easiest and cleanest in WordPress is to click the “copy”

Now, upload your photo

Using the “Visual” editor, click on the photo to add a caption:

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Click on the speech bubble and paste the text into the box.

What if I am using Adobe Spark?

One of the best features of Adobe spark is the easy access to searchable stock photos right in the program, but the source information for these photos is a little hidden.

First step is to identify the photo that you are using for your graphic

At the top of each photo is a small oval with three icons

Click on the “i.”  This stands for info. An information box will popup:

Click “view original source.” This will take you to the photo’s page on Unsplash where you will be able to follow the steps above. If the photo comes from another source, there will likely still be citation information available with the photo. Unfortunately, many of these sites do not embed the links meaning you will have to add them manually if you want to include them.

Citing stock photos is a free way to support photographers, and it only takes a few seconds. Give credit where credit is due. Cite your stock photos

citing adobe spark stock photos in By Devanath Source pixabay

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Monday Writing Roundup-August 13

Monday Writing Roundup-August 13

Monday Writing Roundup. Links to five writing/publishing articles from the previous week that I have found helpful.

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

Cue Panic, It’s Release Day

So I’ve finally started listening to everyone and put out a book based on my website. 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.)

Your novel this

What’s different about this book?

I’ve taken the familiar contemporary plot structure (Save the cat, Story Engineering, etc) and mapped it out over 30 days, explaining what you should be writing about each day, as well as what mistakes to avoid.

Isn’t that a little rigid?

Frankly, yes, but this book is intended for the first-time novelist who needs a map into this uncharted territory. I wanted a guide that will introduce beginners to “the rules” of novel writing with the intention that once they understand the basic structure, then they will be able to more effectively break from those conventions as their own artistic style emerges.

Who should read it?

The first-time novelist or the veteran looking to learn more about plot structure or pitfalls to avoid in their next novel. This book is an expanded version of my NaNoWriMo series of blog posts with a few added chapters for getting started and editing.

Where can I get it?

Right now it’s only available at Amazon in ebook format. You can purchase it or read through Kindle unlimited. I elected to skip the print for now because the complex formatting required for the worksheets and tables.

Here’s the link

*If you’d like a copy, buy can’t afford one. I’m still looking for people willing to post reviews. Just email me michelekellerauthor(at)


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 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 […]