Posted in Monday Writing Prompts

Monday Writing Prompts-Cyber’s the Word

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Cyber’s the word for this week’s writing prompt.

It has to appear in your story at least five times. It could be part of the narration or even slipped into a line of dialogue.

Maybe your character is looking for Cyber Monday deals, committing a cyber crime or even preventing one. Perhaps they’re meeting someone for the first time in cyberspace. Mystery, romance, sci-fi…the choice is yours.

Have fun and happy writing.

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Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-A Lazy Black Friday

Found any great Black Friday bargains today? I have to admit I’ve spent a lazy afternoon looking for a good buy or two.  I’ve been tempted by a few items but so far I’ve been good.

I thought I deserved some time off as I’ve spent most of the week working on two new classes, well actually they’ll be 24 classes in all that I’ll be launching over at Skillshare next year. One will focus on freelance writing and the other writing a novel. I’m excited about them and hope they’re going to be as popular as I think.

I also got a back title loaded to most of the sites. Here’s a look and yes, it’s another cover I made myself-

Baby it's cold outside

I have two more Christmas stories that I’ll be releasing in the coming weeks. Next up (fiction wise), is a full make over of a story that I published about five years ago. It was my first attempt at a western romance and I’m now thinking it might fit into one of my ongoing series.

A couple of you asked about the pilot I’m working on. I haven’t forgotten about it, it’s written and once I get these projects out of the way, I’ll be working on its second draft.

Not sure if that’s going to be this year but it’s on the to do list for 2018.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

Posted in Monday Writing Prompts

Monday Writing Prompts-Black Friday Sales

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I couldn’t let this one go by…Friday is Black Friday so the topic of this week’s prompt is your character is looking for a bargain on this busiest shopping day of the year.

Does she or he find what they’re looking for? Do they get a bargain? How willing are they to do just about anything to snag a deal?

Does someone else snap up the bargain before them?

Or maybe something else catches their eye.

Are they shopping in a store or even online?

Have fun and happy writing.

 

Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-NaNoWriMo Mid-Point

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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.

 

Posted in Monday Writing Prompts

Monday Writing Prompts-Let’s Dance

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.