Writing Sites

Hello, just wanted to pass along some helpful information to those seeking help with their WIP.

First, I’ve been using software called MasterWriters that all you creative writers out there may find helpful if you haven’t heard of it already. It has a Dictionary, Thesaurus, Phrases, Parts of Speech, Rhymes, Pop Culture, Word Families, etc. I’ve used it for a while and find it very helpful. When I had a problem with the software regarding the font size, the gentleman was very helpful in solving the problem, and he did. He was kind, patient, and courteous. So, check out MasterWriter and see what you think.

Second, if there’s anyone who needs help with becoming a better writer, check out Be A Better Writer. This particular post helps with writing a premise.

On my writing journey, I discover helpful information and sites and pass it along to those who are looking for help in certain areas. It takes hours learning about the art of writing: publishing, social media, how to build an author platform, etc. Learning about the craft of writing is never-ending.

Have a great day and happy writing!

 

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Are Your Characters One Dimensional?

I wanted to pass along some great information and tips regarding character development. No matter where you are on your writing journey, developing deeper and likable characters is what draws readers.

Are your characters all the same?

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Since Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, from The Bookshelf Muse, moved to a new site, WritersHelpingWriters, they held an amazing race last week by paying it forward and helping writers. There were authors and others who stood by to help critique queries, synopses, and to offer help with marketing, etc.. They also gave away some neat stuff. So, thank you Angela and Becca.

K.M. Weiland, one amazing author hopped on board. She’s posted 10 Things To Build Likable Characters, so you might want to hop over there and check out her site. She says, “Make me like your character and I will follow him to the center of the earth.” Great advice.

We must create these kinds of characters if we want to gain a fan base and have our story be a success. We must dig deep and discover who our characters really are, especially our MC/Hero, when no one is watching. What do they like? Dislike? Hate? What’s their passion? Their deepest desire? Their main goal? What do they want/need to accomplish?

And we can’t have our MC stand back and watch the action. He/She must roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. They need to fail. They need to get back up. They need to fail again, and again, until they finally get back up in the end, hopefully learning a valuable lesson and becoming a stronger person than what they were before we met them in the opening paragraph.

I learned a lot from Angela’s and Becca’s Amazing Race and thank them for putting in some grueling hours. And I’d like to thank Author Elizabeth Spann Craig for doing some critiquing for me.

I hope you will find these sites and the information helpful.

Have a wonderful week!

 

Don’t Walk, Run . . .

. . . to the Writers Helping Writers website!

Formerly, The Bookshelf Muse, is under a new site: Writers Helping Writers. Check it out. If you buy Angela Ackerman’s and Becca Puglisi’s books: The Positive Traits Thesaurus and The Negative Traits Thesaurus, you won’t be sorry. These books are soooo awesome and helpful to any writer needing descriptions, character development. The Emotion Thesaurus is simply the best.

Happy writing!

 

More Writing Sites

Wanted to pass along a few more good writing-related sites.

Scrivener has a new product called Scapple. I haven’t had a chance to look it over completely, but Scrivener is great, so I’m thinking Scapple will be, too. You can check it out at Literature and Latte. They’re offering a 30 day free-trial, and I believe if you find that it doesn’t work for you, it will just stop working after 30 days. We writers can use as much help as we can get. So head on over and check it out.

And one last site that you might find helpful is the Writers Knowledge Base. This is a search engine for writers and they have gobs of links to writing related articles, so check it out, too.

Hope these sites will be beneficial for you.

Keep writing!

*Keep smiling*

I hope you have a great day!

 

Do You Let Your Characters Tell Your Story?

You’ve probably heard that every writer needs to find their Voice. But what exactly does this mean? Have you found yours? If so, how did it happen? I’m sure others would like to know.

There’s a good article posted at The Bookshelf Muse, written by Jodi Renner. She offers insight into Voice. Please check it out here.

I’d also like to send warm congratulations to Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi from the Bookshelf Muse on their books The Positive Trait Thesaurus and The Negative Trait Thesaurus. Great books that every writer should have in their library. Their first book, The Emotion Thesaurus, was a great help. 

Angela and Becca have just moved to a new site at Writers Helping Writers. Awesome! Hop over and check them out.

Have a great day!

Happy writing!

 

Let Your Light Shine

As you step into the new year, on an unknown path, take a dream or two off the shelf of your heart, dust them off, and plant them in an eager world waiting for blessing from you.

I believe we were all born with a talent that is capable of changing our world in a positive way and it only takes the first small step to make a big difference in the lives of others.

May good health and blessings rain down on you this coming year as you (re)discover new possibilities that will allow your light to shine so that others can benefit from your talent.

Happy 2013!

Happy writing!

The Truth of the Matter . . .

 . . . Children are so full of wonder and curiosity, yet they look to us for survival: to meet their every need. They depend on us to show them truth in a world where truth is sometimes hard to find. They look to us to show them that life is worth living, that they can grow up and become all they are meant to be. Their hearts beg being seen by us, and their voices beg being heard through all the noise.

Do we love them for who they are~right where they are? How many times do we look them in the eye, and say, “You matter to me because . . . “

They love us unconditionally. Should we not love them the same? Do we show them that no matter how many times they mess up, we still love them?

Sometimes we can learn from them . . . “out of the mouths of babes.”

 

Sometimes . . .

Life can be compared to golf . . . sometimes you just need a mulligan.

 

Take Courage

This flag stands for freedom

This flag stands for freedom

Stand strong . . .

Never abandon your principles . . .

Take courage even when it’s hard . . .

Trust in God . . . if we do, we’ll never be disappointed.

May God bless America.

 

 

Beware . . . of Sending Your Material Off

. . . of sending your material off. Be aware of scammers who prey on the vulnerable, or those who are anxious to get their work published. Check these sites out first:

Preditors & Editors

Other Info Preditors/Editors

QueryTracker

Happy writing!