I LOVE these ideas, I'll be making one of them tomorrow with a mosquito net and cushions for the kiddos. The milk bottle nook is amazing too... After a school day, my boys need some quiet time on their own. We live in rural Arizona in a spread out ranch style house, so space isn’t… Continue reading Behold the Wonder of a Book Nook — Parent Co.
Look, there’s only one way to get better at anything, and that’s by doing it a LOT. Earlier this year I wondered whether I could write 10 000 words in a month, so I signed up for the 10k challenge on What Inspires Your Writing and I made the target, actually I wrote even more than that! I needed the encouragement and motivation of the challenge to keep me going. Now here’s another one a bit less intimidating and achievable, and so worthwhile trying if you’d like to improve your writing skills. Go ON, take that leap!
Hallelujah, it’s raining Club members! And I am positively thrilled.
It’s a cleansing rain?a cloudburst on a sunny spring day that leaves the grass greener and the air crisper.
And it’s a rain that offers a fresh start. Opportunity. Myriad possibilities.
Can the same be said for your writing life?
It can now. Join us for the launch of the Page-a-Week Writers Club!
It’s a no-pressure writing program geared toward the busy writer?she who does not always have time to write. It’s also aimed at the unfocused writer?he who may need a frequent nudge and an occasional prompt.
You’ll write on your schedule, at your pace. You’ll get encouragement in your e-mail inbox. Soon, writing regularly will become a habit.
You can choose to share your work and accept feedback. You can meet and network with other writers, if that’s your thing. Or you can work in…
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A grand bit of craic: my writing prompt submission was posted earlier this evening over on Brave and Reckless’ Blog. TANKS, I’m deloited!! (Do you think that living in Ireland has rubbed off on me a little bit after thirteen years?
I am really excited and pleased by the amount of submissions I received for the Moon Ate the Dark Writing Prompt Challenge. I intend to post all of the submissions on Brave and Reckless. Please give a warm welcome to this group of new and experienced writers!
C’mere to me, I was just knackered like. I’d been up all night, and besides I was feelin’ fat. It was ‘that time of the month’ – again. I literally just shut my eyes for a moment there and did a massive yawn. I tell ya, I breathed in so deep, I could taste salt off your seas from all the way over here.
Janey Mack! When I opened my eyes all I could see was this blindin’ brightness. I thought to meself, ‘You Eejit, ye’ve gone and swallowed up the whole night!’
But then I blinked and saw it was only himself…
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I needed this, thanks Clare Daly for the proverbial kick in the rear…
I should preface this post with the fact that no, I’m not yet a published author but I have learned some stuff along the way and as I rocket through the first draft of my new book, I realise what a completely different experience it is to the first. So, here we go. Here’s the things you need to stop doing right now on your first novel:
Yes, easier said than done but press that release valve, breath out all that stress and tension you’ve been holding in between your shoulder blades. Truth is, it doesn’t matter if its rubbish. It’s your rubbish, your search for the truth and even if its not clear or apparent in the first draft, you will find it later. You have to write the unsophisticated words before you find the elegant ones (and often they’re the best anyway). So…
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For nearly a month I have been holding something very special to me close to my heart. I won an award but I haven’t been bold enough to show it off. Either a) I’m a little nervous that if I do someone will come and knock me back into my place. I think that’s indicative of a deeper problem. Or b) I’ve tried to wear a cloak of humility and discovered it’s shrunk a little and now I want to cast it aside, for which I hope you will forgive me. Or c) Timothy Pike has written this post in ‘What Inspires Your Writing’ and I now feel brave enough to share it.
It feels good to be proud of something I have done, now I would love for others to enjoy my story.
A huge thank you to Timothy for sharing this and creating the ChapterBuzz challenge, as well as to all those who voted for me.
Author Liberty Henwick Congratulations to Liberty Henwick! This talented crime novelist won the “Fan Favorite” award for her story-in-progress, P.S., during March’s 10,000-word writing challenge on ChapterBuzz.
Here she is to tell us how she does it!
Want feedback on your story? That’s what ChapterBuzz is for! Your readers can tell you what they think, allowing you to craft the perfect novel.
P.S. is the story of magazine journalist Jennifer Pendergast, who inadvertently uncovers a crime ring in Johannesburg that leads her into a dangerous poaching arena. As she follows the trail, she realizes that everything she loves will be at stake?and fights hard not to become a victim herself.
Here’s how P.S. starts out:
Jennifer Pendergast had twenty-two pairs of heels?one pair of shoes for each working day of the month plus two extra. And twenty-two different lipstick shades?which she picked not according to their colour…
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I could see the little number counter clocking higher and higher down on the left hand side of the screen in Word so I just couldn't stop. I finally completed Chapter Six last night and this concludes the first section of my book, as well as the 10k March writing challenge - and I'm delighted! I am just… Continue reading WooHoo! It’s done, all 10,000 words of it!
I am reduced to drinking espresso, they are quicker to make. I am learning what it is to squeeze the necessary tasks of life into what I really want to be doing, ALL the TIME. I didn't imagine that my head would be crammed and attention arrested so entirely with this book writing process. I have… Continue reading Chapter Two -Arm wrestling with a novel, and life.