ReBlog – @simplymarquessa The Girl Next Door – #Fiction

Reblogging this for your reading pleasure.

The Girl Next Door

Please don’t think I’m creepy but I can’t help it. She moved in last week and I have been watching her almost every single morning. It’s not like I go out…

Source: The Girl Next Door – #Fiction | Simply Marquessa

ReBlog – How To Use Foreshadowing As A Writing Tool: Part Two

ReBlog – I still need to work on this. Mine is being read wrong.

By Terry Odell

This is the second of a two part article about foreshadowing. If you missed Part One, you can find it here. With­out proper fore­shad­ow­ing, what you’ve got is a deus ex machina. A magical event that appears, implausibly, out of nowhere.

In Lee Child’s Gone Tomorrow, I’m impressed by how he uses every detail. When a fellow passenger rambles on about the different kinds of subway cars in New York, it’s not idle conversation. That tidbit shows up front and center later on. And even the little things, that might not be plot points, such as the origin of the use of “Hello” to answer the phone will appear, letting the reader know that the character was paying attention, too.

Source: How To Use Foreshadowing As A Writing Tool: Part Two | Kobo Writing Life

ReBlog – How To Use Foreshadowing As A Writing Tool: Part One

ReBlog – I’m trying to use foreshadowing. Trying.

By Terry Odell

When you write, you’re likely to be throwing a lot of obstacles in the paths of your characters. You’ll be giving them skills to solve their problems. Whether or not your readers will believe what they’re reading depends, to a great deal, on proper foreshadowing. Without proper foreshadowing, what you’ve got is a deus ex machina. A magical event that appears, implausibly, out of nowhere.

Prepare the reader. Johnny Carson said, “If they buy the premise, they’ll buy the bit.” So, you have to sell the premise early on. You can’t stop to explain a skill set at the height of the action. You have to show the character using those skills (or fears) early on, in a ‘normal’ setting.

Source: How To Use Foreshadowing As A Writing Tool: Part One | Kobo Writing Life

ReBlog – Let’s Connect!

ReBlog- A place to share you links!

Hello my fellow bloggers and followers! I’ve been wanting to create a networking post for awhile now. Today is the day! The longer I blog, the more I realize how saturated the blogosphere rea…

Source: Let’s Connect! – lifexperimentblog

ReBlog – 5 Steps to Landing a Good Literary Agent

ReBlog – The dreaded Query Letter

Before you begin the querying process, you should answer these questions to make sure you are prepared.

●  Is your book complete?  Literary agents know how difficult it can be for a writer to finish a novel, especially a first novel.  Querying them before you are done not only wastes their time, but yours as well (believe me, I know!)

Source: Mike Wells Official Website: 5 Steps to Landing a Good Literary Agent

ReBlog – How to Find an Independent Editor to Review Your Work

ReBlog – I like mine but it never hurts to read up on a subject.

How to Find an Independent Editor to Review Your Work

When the writing process ends, the editing process begins but first you actually need to find an editor to read your work. That set of objective eyes fresh eyes that haven’t been staring at those words for days or weeks or months is crucial to perfecting your work, and there are tons of qualified independent editors out there who can review it.

Read more from the source: How to Find an Independent Editor to Review Your Work – The Writer’s Circle

ReBlog – Which point-of-view should you use to tell your story?

ReBlog – I want to try first person. It seems fun. I see another children’s book in my future.

This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/The world is full of would-be writers. Research conducted by independent, Michigan-based publisher, Jenkins Group, projects that a full 80 percent of people living in the U.S. say they would like to write a book. Quite ironically, this is the same percentage of Americans who failed to either buy or read a book within a single calendar year. What gives?

Source: Novel Publicity – Which point-of-view should you use to tell your story?

Editing – Progressing Slowly

No posts

Motivation has left me. But this is my progress from today and yesterday.


Word count now 52,065 – Goal 47,462 – Actual place from original document 48,172
Day 38 – Chapter 41
Words added to original document 3,893 – Word gain of 50.

I’m still ahead. I’m not going to make my goal of being done by the end of May. So, I’m thinking of revising it to when my kids are gone at ‘summer camps’ I’ll work on my book. Everyone is getting busy and it’s taking longer to get feedback from people. I wanted to take the summer off and hang with the tiny people but I hate to leave this unfinished. I only have 12 chapters left. So close!

Dance Recital

I have to cut this short because I have to travel an hour away to get dancers tights for Saturdays recital. Dress rehearsal at the venue tonight and pictures. Should be an interesting night. I have some post ideas churning in my head but I forget to write them down as they come to me in the middle of the night while I can’t sleep.


ReBlog – Wattpad Wednesday featuring author Lindsey Summers

ReBlog – I love this feature on Darly Jamison’s website.

This week I’m excited to introduce a Watty Award-winning author who has found a massive following on Wattpad, an online writing and reading community. She’s an extremely talented writer and is also one of the nicest people I’ve had the privilege to meet! Her first story The Cell Phone Swap took the writing platform by storm and is all set to be published next year under the new title Textrovert!

Lindsey Summers, otherwise known as DoNotMicrowave on Wattpad, currently has more than 187,000 followers and The Cell Phone Swap has nearly 77 million reads! Her current work in progress is a romance called Bottled Promises and is already well on its way to be her next big hit.

Please click the link to read more.

Source: Wattpad Wednesday featuring author Lindsey Summers | Darly Jamison

ReBlog – How to read with a writer’s eye

ReBlog – I need to learn how to do this.

This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/This next suggested step for wannabe writers is, in some ways, the easiest to do. In other ways, it is the most difficult. You’ve been doing this, at least in part, pretty much your entire life. Now you’re going to do it with an eye toward discovering yourself as a writer and ensuring that this new self is as amazing as it can be.Writer, you’re going to read.

Source: Novel Publicity – How to read with a writer’s eye

Field Day and no motivation


Field Day

I spent all day yesterday at my oldest school, helping with field day. It was a nice sunny warm day unlike last year which was chilly. I forgot to take my allergy medicine so standing outside in the grass lot behind the school led to much sneezing and sniffling on my part. My eye is a lovely red shade for my forgetfulness yesterday.

No Motivation

I don’t know if it’s the bought with my allergies from yesterday making me so tired and unwilling to work on my book. Maybe it’s the idea of going to work to only clean tonight that’s dragging my willingness to work away from me. I’ll post tomorrow if I eventually get motivated to edit today.

ReBlog – Distraction-Free Writing Tips and Tools

ReBlog – I have this problem.

Get off your iPhone; it’s time to write!

Source: 5 Distraction-Free Writing Tips and Tools – The Writer’s Circle

ReBlog – Should You Go the Traditional Route or Self-Publish?

ReBlog – I go back and forth with this one.

By far, the most common question other writers ask me is whether they should go the traditional publishing route (i.e., get an agent and then work with that agent to sell their book to a big publisher) or to self-publish their books like I’m doing now.

Source: Mike Wells Official Website: Should You Go the Traditional Route or Self-Publish?

ReBlog – Author Websites: How To Make Yours Original

ReBlog – I love sharing interesting writing stuff.

All successful author websites have one thing in common: originality. Here’s how to add that element to yours to make sure you stand out from the crowd.

Source: Author Websites: How To Make Yours Original – Reedsy

ReBlog – How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life

Creating a scene list changed my novel-writing life, and doing the same will change yours too. Includes examples of the scene lists from famous authors.

Source: How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life