Long time, no write. I haven't been blogging. Covid19, family lovelies, personal drama -- can't escape that when you're living with an ongoing depression diagnosis. There's so much to get in the way. Like editing late spring releases. LoL. Covid-19 - not your garden variety virus! Mercy Nation--Diamond Dogs Bk 3, Caracas Cowboy--Wild Horse Bk …
Some golden advice from seasoned author and life-expert Florence Witkop. (Who says she’s not a diplomat?)
Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings on the subject below–no battles to ensue. I promise ;^)
I’m a writer. Now that’s normally not too important in the grand scheme of things. But writers are communication professionals and that changes everything.
A few of us have been known to use our ability to communicate for more than just writing.
Like for giving political opinions whether that opinion was asked for or not.
But most of us also, like everyone else, love our families.
So when family discussions turn to politics, like many experienced writers, I try to shut up in the name of family love and unity. Like the one writing this post.
It’s for the best because, where politics is concerned, sometimes silence truly is golden.
So I try. Sometimes I actually succeed.
What about you? What do you do — or don’t do — that’s really, really hard but that you try to do anyway because — well — just because?
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Just checking back to let you all know the mattress is AWESOME!
After a year of getting to know my Boll and Branch lovely, I have to say letting go is the way to go. So if you’re holding on to old stuff–just because it’s familiar and it would be a hassle to get something new–consider the why behind the behavior.
1) If it’s broken–fix it or toss it.
2) If its no longer serving its purpose–whether its pooped out or you’ve changed–get rid of it.
3) If it brings you down mentally–or makes your body ache–gots to GO!
I’m no psycho therapist, obviously, but being on the user end of mental health techniques, I have to fully endorse reassessing the why behind behaviors. Review the new things you’ve welcomed in 2019 and apply that magic 3–not magic but common sense. At least according to the gleeful Grinch who shook things up in the most delightful way.
No, my husband is not Jim Carrey. He doesn’t have a shaggy, lime-green Grinch suit, but his insistence on taking away my Christmas comforts—all year comfort—has me cranky. Grinchy. In the mood to grouse, gripe, suspect everything, inspect and find shortcomings where none exist.
The man STOLE my mattress. You know when anyone says they just want to go home, they’re really talking about their bed. That’s their bed. Not some foreign thing that feels different, smells different, sleeps different—you get the idea.
But now, my pillow topped lovely bought at a Monkey Ward’s super sale—if you remember Montgomery Ward’s brick-and-mortar stores we should talk—is tossed out. Donated. (To whom I have no idea. Who would take a 27 year old mattress?)
The springy wonder where I bounced…
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Yes, it’s Black Friday with all the crazy deals and the scramble to make good on them, but wise words are always the best bargain.
Here’s my talented friend, multi-published author Florence Witkop with something to seriously consider. This season and all year round.
Please, consider following her blog and mine as an early New Year’s Resolution. You can never have too many friends. (Although the jury is out about pie. I broke my diet SO badly yesterday. Ugh.)
The church I attend serves a community Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of people. And we deliver meals to those who can’t make it in person.
This requires huge effort on the part of the congregation. My part this Thanksgiving was pies. I promised two pies. Then, when I heard they might run short, I increased that to four pies. Good enough, I thought.
So two days before Thanksgiving I set to work making pies.
There are a lot of lost pie pans after the meal! I bought the disposable pie pans so no one would have to worry about getting them back to me. Since disposable pie pans are smaller than regular ones, I ended up with extra filling. A lot extra.
I got more pie pans and filled and baked them. I ended up with ten pies. I decided to bring eight to the church and we’d have the…
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Do NOT pad those scenes. Listen to muti-published Winged Publications powerhouse, Florence Witkop. Always sweet and to the point, she has the right advice for writers who need to know.
How to make a story longer when you’ve already figured out the storyline and it’s too short?
It’s not easy but it can be done. I know because when I segued from short stories to novels I just about went crazy figuring out how to do exactly that.
The answer isn’t to pad your scenes. Readers will see through that right away. Nor should you add more scenes and/or chapters just to make the book longer. Again, readers will know what you’re doing and throw your book across the room without finishing it.
What you must do is figure out a longer storyline and make sure that that the added scenes become integral to the story instead of just being tacked on.
It’s hard but it can be done. Close your eyes and think what else could happen during the course of the story that will add to the story…
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Are you reading a novella or wanting to write one? Check in with Winged Publication’s own Florence Witkop for the scoop on how its done.
A novella falls into what used to be a creative desert between short stories and full length novels. No more.
People don’t always want to give the time to reading a novel that it requires, especially since novels are getting longer and longer and longer until sometimes a reader can measure a book’s thickness in inches! And yet, , though they don’t want to spend so much time, they often want a story with more depth than is possible in a short story.
Enter the novella. Here’s what it is and what to know when writing one:
- It’s normally between 20,000 and 30,000 words long though different publishers may have different length requirements that better fit their own business model.
2. It’s a straight-line, single subject story.
3. If plot twists or sub-plots are essential to the story they will be kept to an absolute minimum and will not be…
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So you want to write a blog? A good one.
Where there’s a will, there IS a way. The internet only improves with quality content and engaging bloggers. But there’s often a lot of bruising that comes with trying something new. Who wants to sign on board to be beat up in a public forum or worse — ignored.
So, if you don’t fancy being that guy, check in with Cristian Mihai at The Art of Blogging. The bite-sized breakdown of what makes a good blog post is there to smooth the way. For you and your readers. (Mine, too ;^)
You don’t want to miss it!
There are more blogs in existence than ever, yet more and more people are seduced by the idea of sharing their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world.
As a matter of fact, it does seem as if there’s a war out there. Everyone is fighting for attention, there are so many things to learn and master. So many social networks, marketing techniques. There’s even an awful lot of content on blogging itself, which makes it even more frustrating.
How do you write a great blog post?
I wouldn’t be asking if I didn’t know the answer. Or would I …
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