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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.

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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.

Posted in Monday Writing Prompts

Monday Writing Prompts-Scared

 

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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?

 

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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.

Posted in Writing How Tos, Writing Tips

Stronger Writing

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I’ve been sorting through half-finished manuscripts stored on my laptop. And as many of you know, I’ve also been revamping stories whose rights have been returned to me.

These are older stories I wrote 5 or more years ago and revisiting them is teaching me a lot and hopefully making me a better writer too.

I’m learning that your older writing can make you cringe. It can force you to put your hand over your eyes and say did I really write like that and what possessed me to write a scene like that? I should have done this, and I should have done that.

Cringing aside, what it’s showing me is I’ve grown as a writer. I can be self critical. I can strive to do even better.

I can use older writing as an exercise to create stronger more vivid scenes, bring characters to life, and create more authentic sounding dialogue.

I can promise myself that I’ll do better on the next story I write.

So moral of this story, and the purpose of me sharing this with you is to encourage you to check out your older stories and use them as a way to gauge how far you’ve come and how much farther you still have to go to become the best writer you can possibly be.

Try it sometime and I think it will make you a stronger more confident writer.

Posted in Monday Writing Prompts

Monday Writing Prompts-Comfort Zone

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This week’s prompt focuses on a character who decides to take a chance and step outside their comfort zone.

Maybe they always take the same route to work and decide to go on the freeway.

Perhaps they never go to new restaurants and decide to take a chance on the one that’s just opened in town.

Or it could be that your character finally decides to approach the man or woman they’ve seen on the bus or train every morning for the last year.

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

Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-Productive Week

Happy Friday. It’s looking a lot like fall outside.  One of my favorite times of the year…well if you don’t mind having to rake those pretty leaves.

I’ve had a busy but productive week. I got rights back to lots of stories and I’m slowly playing catch up trying to revamp them and get them re-released. So far I have two done and here are the covers…yes, made those myself too.

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My other news and drum roll please…I finished the first draft of my TV pilot.  It was a struggle because it was all new to me but I sat in the armchair in my office, watched episodes of Lost on Netflix and wrote and wrote until it was done.

I say done because it’s far from finished. Let’s just say it’s in its very raw stage right now but as I always say to my students, don’t worry about the first draft because the main thing is to get the story written. I’m now letting it ‘sit’ for a few days and before taking another look at it.

In other creative news, I signed up for a year long art class which I’m really looking forward to and hoping my theory about doing other creative things besides writing will make me a better author. What are some of your other creative pursuits?

Have a good week and happy writing to all.