Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-NaNoWriMo Mid-Point

cropped-writing-828911_640.jpg

 

Another week has flown by and it’s now two days past the mid-point of NaNoWriMo. While I haven’t been writing fiction for this year’s challenge, I’m doing well with the two non-fiction titles I’m working on. I know it’s supposed to be write a novel month but I say anytime any sort of writing gets done that’s a good thing.

As well as writing the two books, I’m also putting together some new classes on the same subjects. One set of classes I’ll be offering on my own site and the other set will be on Skillshare. I’ve decided I’ll release two new classes a month there throughout 2018. Now I’ve announced it here, you guys need to hold me to it!

I got my three Christmas stories revamped. I say revamped because that’s what I’ve been doing to all the back titles, but strangely enough I liked these three so much I only need to tweak them here and there. I wrote them at the end of 2012 and I’m not sure if it’s at the point my writing improved (compared to the other stories) or what. I guess I’ll see when I work on the next back title.

Two of the November workshops are now completed and the other Nov class ends on the 30th and then I’ll have six weeks until the start of first one for 2018. I’m hoping with some extra time I’ll get some serious work down on my other projects.

For those in the US, Thursday is Thanksgiving, Friday is Black Friday so I hope you have a happy holiday and grab some great deals.

To everyone, have a fun week and happy writing to all.

 

Advertisements
Posted in Monday Writing Prompts

Monday Writing Prompts-Let’s Dance

dance-me-to-the-end-of-love-2915150_640

 

Holiday season is just around the corner and for your character that means, party season too. He or she would love to join in when the music starts and people head to the dance floor but they don’t want to look foolish.

The solution, take a few dance classes and that’s what your short story should focus on.

What happens when they attend their first class? Do they discover they really have a talent for it? No talent whatsoever? Do they meet someone there? Do they run into someone they know?

Have fun and happy writing.

Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-Setting New Year Goals

cropped-writing-828911_640.jpg

If you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo, how are things going? I intended to write some posts about it this week but got too busy but I’ll try and write something inspiring next week.

This week has focused on setting goals for 2018. I’ve decided writing classes will feature heavily.  I want to put together something for both freelance writers and aspiring novel writers.  I get lots of questions about freelance writing and I’ve never written about it or written many posts on the topic.

I also want to expand this site. I know I keep saying I want it to be a great writing community but I’ve promised myself that in 2018, I’m going to make it happen.

How about you? Have you made any plans for 2018? Do they include writing a novel or taking a chance on becoming a full time freelance writer? I’d love to hear what you’ll focus on.

I have three Christmas stories I’m currently revamping and hope to have them done by this time next week. I’m way behind with my reading list but now that the nights are getting longer and it’s stay inside cold, I should gradually get caught up.

What are you planning to read this coming winter? Any books you’d love to receive this holiday season?

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

Posted in classes, Sites Helping Writers

Introducing the Book Fairy Godmother Mentorship Program

princess-869722_640

 

In January 2018, I’ll be launching a new coaching/mentoring/critiquing event called the Book Fairy Godmother Mentorship Program. It’s a six month program that will run through the end of June.

Here’s what it will include-

A one hour one on one introductory planning meeting via Skype.

During this time I’ll get to know more about you and the book you’re planning to write. We’ll talk about setting up a writing schedule for you, iron out any initial problems and set in motion your plan to get your story written and completed.

Every week we’ll have a thirty minute meeting via Skype during which time we’ll have our progress report. We’ll talk about what’s working and what’s not and discuss your challenges and how I can help keep you on track.

Every month I’ll send you a checklist of things you’ll need to do and go through each step with you. As the months progress I’ll also go over what you should have done from the previous month’s checklist so we can keep tabs on your progress and should you be falling behind, how we can get you caught up.

We’ll gauge how things are going and if anything needs to be changed or tweaked.

Once your story is completed I’ll give you a full critique (I’ll also critique your synopsis too). This will be the usual in depth critique which will focus on all aspects of the story telling process, plot, characters, dialogue, POV etc. You’ll get feedback on what’s working and what needs improvement.

During the six month program you can e-mail me as often as you want and ask questions about any problems you’re having whether it be regarding your story or staying motivated.

As an added bonus you can pick two of my writing how to e-books and two writing classes of your choice.

There will also be a second bonus where you’ll be given access to my upcoming novel blueprint or freelance writing blueprint masterclass (your choice depending on if you’re working on fiction or non-fiction) that will be launched in March 2018.

As I want to give writers in this program lots of attention I’m limiting the debut launch of this program to only five people.

If you’re interested in learning more or have any questions you can contact me at susanpalm2010@gmail.com.

Posted in Monday Writing Prompts

Monday Writing Prompts-NaNoWriMo Participant

cup-2884023_640

 

I thought it might be fun to write a short story based on what’s happening right now…NaNoWriMo.

Your character is taking part for the first time and decides to venture into a local coffee shop to write at least 2,000 words in an hour.

Do they achieve their goal? Like any great story they should have something or someone that gets in their way.

What stops them from reaching their goal and how do they react to it?

Have fun and happy writing.

Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-NaNoWriMo Begins

cropped-writing-828911_640.jpg

 

I was going to say it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…well at least it does when I look out of my window but alas it’s only the beginning of November.  I have a feeling this winter’s going to be a nasty one. It’s that’s true, probably sometime in January you’ll hear me ranting and raving and longing for a warmer climate.

NaNoWriMo is in full swing. Are you taking part and if so, how are things going so far?

If there’s anything I can help you with, tips to keep you motivated etc. Just leave a comment or drop me an e-mail …always happy to help. And I do have a class over on Skillshare on the topic if you need some easy to use tips.

I had every good intention of posting a couple of articles here this week, but three workshops kicked off on Wednesday and I got started on two writing projects and now it’s already Friday. Can I hear some people cheering about that!

I’m planning out new classes to teach and some fun ideas for my writing/coaching business…I’ll share more about all this with you very soon.

I’ll keep this Ramblings brief because I need to get a student’s critique back to her.

Wishing you happy writing and a successful weekend of NaNoWriMo. Remember to have a fun week too.

Posted in Monday Writing Prompts

Monday Writing Prompts-Scared

 

hand-2593743_640

It’s almost Halloween so you’ve probably guessed the focus of this week’s prompt.

It’s all about being scared.

 

It doesn’t have to be horror story scary but your character needs to face something that increases their heart rate. It could be a visit to the dentist, taking a driving test, or even asking for a pay increase at work.

Of course you could turn it into more of a true horror story if you want.

Lots you can do with this one so have fun and happy writing.

Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-The Countdown to NaNoWriMo Begins

Oh no, it’s snowing, breezy and cold. I always try to find an upside to everything and today I’m telling myself it means I’ll spend more time inside writing!

NaNoWriMo begins on Wednesday. Who’s taking part? I might try and finish my mystery and also I have a brand new project. Someone asked me to recommend some novel writing books and yes, I’m going to list my favorite ones here very soon but it got me thinking. When I think it usually turns into a new project. I’m going to write my own how to write a novel book. I’ve already written how to write a romance but I know not everyone wants to write on of those so hopefully this one will be for the rest of the aspiring authors out there. I’ve sat down and outlined it and I want it to be the go to book for people who want to write a book. A tall order I know but I hope to make it the sort of book people will still read for years to come. So possibly that might be my other NaNoWriMo challenge. I know it’s non-fiction but the idea is to write and write and write.

I’m also teaching three workshops beginning on Wednesday… the last of the year

Here’s the line up if anyone’s interested-

If you’re thinking about writing a romance novel or just want to refresher course then this class if for you. A two week, how to write a romance novel offered through the Outreach Chapter of RWA.

http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#NOV

Maybe you’d like to finish off the year with some new synopsis writing skills, if so then my Synopsis Boot Camp is perfect for you. It’s a two week course offered through Low Country Romance Writers

http://lowcountryrwa.com/workshops/2017-online-courses/#NOV

And finally if you’re thinking about becoming a short story writer in 2018 then learn the tricks of the trade with this month long workshop offered through Yosemite Romance writers-

https://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/2017-class-descriptions

 

And I even got another story revamped and added a new chapter and just in time for Halloween, here’s the cover-

 

I am Jane

 

 

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-Blog a Day?

 

cropped-writing-828911_640.jpg

The end of another work week. I say that but I write on weekends too. How about you? Are you a seven day a week author?

I’ve been thinking about writing related topics to post on this site and whether or not I should do my own version of NaNoWriMo and post a blog every day. Maybe not every day but weekdays. Any topic or question you’d like to see me tackle?

I got started on a project that I’ve been thinking about for a few months. I’ve had students ask me about freelance writing so I’ve decided to create a class and write a book on the topic. This week’s been spent making notes and outlines and I hope to have both the book and class finished by mid November. Stay tuned.

Besides that, it’s been revamping stuff and setting goals for next year using 2018 planner I ordered.  Anyone else write down goals for the year?  It often helps me stay focused although most of the time only a half get achieved but as I always say aim high.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.