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Monday Writing Prompts-Away From Home-Part One

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To finish out 2017, here’s part one of a two part writing prompt. For this week, your character decides he or she doesn’t want to spend the holidays at home. Maybe it’s because they’re on their own for the first time, or perhaps they want to avoid the fights that always break out between members of the family.

They book a quiet spot away from the maddening crowd but it’s not a restful or as secluded as they’d hoped.

For now, don’t worry about concluding the story because next week’s prompt will give your more ideas and direction for doing just that. Think of this one as a longer short story.

Have fun and happy writing.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Last Release of the Year

I know it’s not officially winter for a few more weeks but the snow fell on Monday night and it’s still on the ground…not unusual for these parts but I already miss seeing the grass. Yes, even if it is dead looking.

This week I’ve focused on doing a little of this and a little of that. I’m getting my web site revamped soon where I’ll be giving away a free writing related gift so stay tuned. I’m also thinking ahead to the online writing event I’ll be hosting in May. I’m looking for experts and speakers so who would you like to see share their knowledge with us? Leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

I got my final release of the year loaded onto all the sites. Here’s the cover and yes, yet another one I created myself using Canva.

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I still have one back title that I didn’t get revamped but that will be the first one in my 2018 line up. Next year I get rights back to 15 more books which should keep me busy.

I’m hoping to make a promo trailer for my upcoming classes on Skillshare which I’ll tell you about in a separate post next week. And I finally  got my Christmas cards written and mailed. Seems like the holidays come around faster each year, either that or I get more busy…not sure which.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Workshop Free

Happy Friday to you and welcome to the last month of 2017. I’m now workshop free. It’s the first year I’ve taught every month and last month rounded things off with three workshops. I’ll let you into a secret, no matter how much I love teaching, I’m glad for a rest.

Rest did I say?

My December to do list includes, republishing a back title, working on getting my web site overhauled, working on my upcoming Skillshare classes, and brainstorming about an online writing event I’ll be hosting in (probably) May. I do plan to take a break Dec 21st through Jan 2nd to recharge ready for the New Year but I’ll still be posting some Ramblings during that time.

This week I republished one of my older Christmas titles, here’s the cover, and yes, made this one myself.

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Besides that it’s been finishing up with the workshops and working on the new classes so I haven’t done much fiction writing and probably won’t until 2018 when I have a ton of ideas to refine.

And how did NaNoWriMo go for you this year? Did you reach 50,000 words?  My tip is to let whatever you wrote sit for awhile before you tackle the second draft.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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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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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-

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.