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Facebook Groups for Authors, Writers and Readers

Facebook Groups for Authors, Writers and Readers

Why I have joined some groups for Authors, Writers, and readers

While I’m currently working on the editing stages of my debut novel “Reckless Beginnings”, I have been researching groups on Facebook that I may benefit from. With Facebook being the giant of social media platforms, there are plenty to choose from. Continue reading “Facebook Groups for Authors, Writers and Readers”

Everything books

Book Review NYPD RED 1 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

Book Review NYPD RED 1 by James Patterson

I’ve  read many of James Patterson’s books – this one is the latest and without fail, he delivered. Known for writing fiction murder/mystery,  this series fits the bill. This is the 1st book in the series of five. Published in 2012, this has been on my “To Read” list for some time. It seems that list keeps getting longer. Continue reading “Book Review NYPD RED 1 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp”

On writing

Your view can be your next book – tips for creating story outlines

Your view can be your next book - tips for creating story outlines

 

Look out your window – what do you see?

All the pictures in this post are views from my windows, but they are more than just magnificent views, they are inspirations for story outlines. Your view can be your next book. From these few pictures I’ve posted, there are so many possible platforms for a story.  Take a moment and look out your window – what do you see? Let your mind wander and write the story. Continue reading “Your view can be your next book – tips for creating story outlines”

Author's Corner

Interview With Michele I. Khoury – Author of “Busted”

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Michele I. Khoury – author of “Busted” and write my own personal review of the book.

I must state that I have been communicating with Michele for the past few months, sharing author to author tips and experiences. I consider her more than an acquaintance, to me she is a friend. I did not let our friendship reflect my honest reviews of her book. I remained transparent and taking into consideration, only the book. Continue reading “Interview With Michele I. Khoury – Author of “Busted””

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November Is National Novel Writing Month – Are You Ready?

November Is National Novel Writing Month - Are You Ready?

Are you ready for the challenge

Around this time of year, I find myself thinking about the “National Novel Writing Month” – often referred to  “NaNoWriMo” A creative writing challenge, held during the month of November. This year will mark their eighteenth anniversary.  It is a challenge that has intrigued me for many years. One I hope to do in the near future when I am not overwhelmed with trying to get my debut novel published. Continue reading “November Is National Novel Writing Month – Are You Ready?”

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10 Best Scariest Blood-curdling Halloween Books To Read

 

It’s Hard to believe that Halloween is almost upon us once again. It’s time to decorate the house with ghosts, goblins, witches, and skeletons. Carve some pumpkins, light candles and dress up in costume. As a teenager, one of my fondest memories of Halloween was reading horror stories under the sheets with a flashlight. Always making sure I had found the scariest, blood-curdling book to read. But a question I often ask myself is – “Where did Halloween originate from?” Continue reading “10 Best Scariest Blood-curdling Halloween Books To Read”

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Bringing Awareness To The Organization WRITEGIRL – in memory of Sue Zeidler

Bringing Awareness To The Organization WRITEGIRL
Sue Zeidler

In memory of a friend – Sharing her passion – Bringing Awareness To The Organization WRITEGIRL

I feel compelled to write this and bring awareness to a great organization Writegirl after losing a dear friend this week -Sue Zeidler, who sadly passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. Continue reading “Bringing Awareness To The Organization WRITEGIRL – in memory of Sue Zeidler”

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7 Best Selling Books That Were Rejected

Hearing the word “rejected”

An author never wants to hear the word Rejected.  After spending what may have been many years, working on a manuscript, being told your novel has been rejected can affect your self-esteem and confidence. Many writers begin to question their ability, labeling themselves as failures, not good enough, a bad writer or I don’t have what it takes.  

Some will toss their manuscript in a closet, out of mind, out of sight until they find the courage to re-submit it to another publisher. Others sadly will quit writing altogether. The pain was just too much and they don’t want to experience it again.

Surprisingly, many best selling books were rejected Continue reading “7 Best Selling Books That Were Rejected”

Weekly 7-day writing prompts

Weekly Writing prompts – theme ROMANCE

Weekly writing prompts – This weeks theme – ROMANCE – Be creative

Why use prompts?

Prompts are a great way to explore different writing methods, practice our weaker fields, conquer writer’s block or just think outside the box. They help you to write about different subject matter, explore your creativity and Stimulate your mind. Many times when using prompts, they can become the beginning of a great story that you never realized you had in you. You will be surprised with what you can come up with if guided by a prompt. Continue reading “Weekly Writing prompts – theme ROMANCE”

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The Grueling Task Of Editing A Book – How to Edit Your Book And Make The Task Easier

How to Edit Your Book And Make The Task Easier

When you reach the editing stage in your book

I received the 1st round of editing on my manuscript back from the publisher a few weeks ago,  (Yes I said 1st. There will be more.) I now have the grueling task of spending many hours going through it in depth, noting any additional changes I would like to make. If you want to be absolutely thorough in your editing, plan on this taking a while. Don’t expect to have it done in a week.

Every writer has their own way of editing. I’ve been at this now for two weeks and through trial and error, I’ve discovered what works for me. The process I use keeps me organized and makes the task much easier. Continue reading “The Grueling Task Of Editing A Book – How to Edit Your Book And Make The Task Easier”