Monday, August 26, 2013


There is nothing worse than a missed opportunity. You’ve vowed to capture the nuances of a special event for your book, only to realize “later” is too late. The impermanent idea has vanished. To counter losing those golden, fleeting thoughts, keep a small notebook handy at all times.

 1.     Daily thoughts or ideas often lead to major stories.

2.     Believable scenes can be captured whether you’re at the movies or the grocery store. There are many narratives in our day-to-day that might fit into a storyline.

3.     Getting the names correct from individuals who’ve rendered service is imperative, especially if their contribution is referenced in your book.

4.     Dialect in the raw can be logged when you over-hear an interesting or peculiar speech pattern. Authors’ thirst for unique characters.

5.     Mind maps are useful when developing characters, plots and so-on.

6.     Once in a lifetime, on-the-spur interviews can transpire if you are prepared.

7.     Noting triggers from places or even smells, may afford you the perfect theme for the inception of a new book.

8.     Jot down the names of shops, parks and streets for later use.

9.     Dreams often generate pathways to our creative genius.

10.  Putting a spin on an existing idea is what writers do. Find a way to reinterpret the concept and make it your own.

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What brilliance have you captured by keeping a notebook handy?

Monday, August 19, 2013


These days, writers absorb almost everything they can to hone their skills. Talent, coupled with perseverance plays a significant part, as does being resourceful!

Elizabeth Bowen, noted for saying, “Bring all your intelligence to bear on your beginning,” points out an important fact: all writers start a project in the same manner, from scratch.

Check out the following websites to get you on your way!


This is a virtual writing group with members from all over the world.

References, forums, writers’ groups are all at your fingertips.


Responses to questions you have to know the answer to.


Instantly edits your manuscript with nothing to download.

The Oxford Dictionary Online

Helpful resource for better writing and concepts.

Publishes Christian books.



There is a load of information involving the use of various languages.








Monday, August 12, 2013


At this stage in the game, most authors are cognizant they must wear alternate hats, from writer, to marketer, in order to ensure a successful book launch.

Your book signing doesn’t necessarily have to be at a library or bookstore; in many instances, your home will do just fine. It’s all about being creative and making the event engaging for attendees.

Invitations should be simplistic in wording. Outline the event, date, time and location and activities. But who comes to a book signing? And who should you invite?

1)     College friends/professors

2)     Your child’s teachers.

3)     Parents of your child’s classmates.

4)     Church members.

5)     Close friends/acquaintances.

6)     Family.

7)     Coworkers.

8)     Social media contacts.

9)     Organization affiliates.

10) Neighbors.

11) Friends of friends.

What is your method for sending out book signing invitations?



Monday, August 5, 2013



Anyone who says writing a book is easy doesn’t know much about the industry. The process of writing, with all the hours invested in typing, research, rewrites, and revisions, not to mention the daunting task of the markets and rejections; it’s enough to send you down quits Ville.

Landing a solid reading audience is what every writer desires. To have life breathed into the pages you’ve labored over is, let’s face it, the ultimate goal. But remaining encouraged in the face of disappointment is tiring.

It is up to you to define your talent and worth.  Don’t leave it in the hands of someone who refuses to see your journey. Sidestep situations that pull you away from your love of writing.

Learn to Relax. You chose this profession for the love of writing.  Keep that in mind. Avoid pressuring yourself to produce the next bestseller. Write what you feel.

Step away for a break. Know when to back away, especially when a phrase isn’t quite working.  Take a deep breath and walk to a calm place.  Thoughts generally come to an unobstructed mind.

Choose the right environment to write. If you can pump out several pages at Kopplin’s Coffee, opposed to writing off the shores of the Lanikai Beach, then by all means, honor your preference. Some authors play music according to the theme or time period of their work. Do what’s right for you.

Lighten the mood. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, running on the same level of robustness. Sometimes embracing laughter frees your mind and negates unwanted energy.


Talk with fellow authors. Your problems are monumental when you feel no one else understands what you’re going through. A chat with other authors can be enlightening. You may find they’ve undergone similar circumstances.


Focus on your writing goals. Countering the negative opinions of others is crucial in this business. Stay on track by honing your craft and all that comes with it. Nothing else is needed.


Keep your fingers moving. No matter what problems crop up, keep writing. Life happens. Don’t allow it to stifle your career.


Fear listening to fear. Too many hours have gone into your work to start backing down because of anxiety.  At your own pace, continue moving forward.


How do you beat the writing blues?