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5 NaNoWriMo Preps (Easy-Peasy)

5 Nanowrimo Prep Tips

November (and National Novel Writers Month or NaNoWriMo for short) is coming faster than you think. Sure, it’s July and warm weather calls you outdoors, but November is the month in which many writers get their official start – it’s looming just a few short weeks (17) ahead. Have YOU begun to do the prep work for a killer Nanowrimo?  What can you do to prepare?  Here are some good suggestions on prepping for Nanowrimo.

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The Character Motivation Thesaurus

Character Motivation Thesaurus

Writers Helping Writers is an amazing website I’ve recently stumbled across, and their Character Motivation Thesaurus is an excellent resource I just had share with all of you!

You’ll find the entry linked below and be sure to check out their list of Character Motivations.  Also be sure to follow Becca Puglisi on Twitter at @beccapuglisi and Angela Ackerman at @AngelaAckerman … and bookmark One Stop for Writers because they have an amazing amount of resources on their other site as well. 

The Character Motivation Thesaurus

“This thesaurus will help you unravel some of your biggest story questions by specifically focusing on what your character wants (outer motivation), why they want it (inner motivation), how they might achieve their goal, and what stands in their way.”

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The Top Five Reasons I Stop Reading a Manuscript

Five reasons on why a literary assistant might put down your book on a first read. Take a moment to read and the be sure to follow Christine Herman on Twitter at @christineexists

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On any given day, I do a ton of reading. There’s my for-fun book on my commute to and from work. The unpublished manuscripts I read in the office as part of my job as a literary assistant. My after-hours beta reading for friends. And, yeah, okay, the occasional after-hours work reading, too — assistant life is busy!

So I’ve read a lot of books, many published, many unpublished (for now!). And today, I figured it might help those of you in the query trenches — or those of you who someday want to be in the query trenches — to talk about the most common missteps I see in requested manuscripts when I’m working as a literary assistant.

There is a lot of advice out there that focuses on how to make your query and first chapter shine — I’ve written some of it! But you must have a…

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5 Deadly Sins of Show Don’t Tell

5 Deadly Sins of Show Don't Tell

Every once in a while you find something on Twitter that is so useful, so mind blowing, and awesome that you just have to share it.  Retweets are great, but sometimes its not enough.

I’m friends with a lot of writers.  Some are doing it for fun, others are in the Indie Publishing space and others are Traditionally Published.  All of them have fallen on the sword of ONE of these deadly sins as outlined by the fantastically talented  PS: you should be following her & her website!

Behind the break you’ll find a “little” info-graphic I put together on her latest ‘rant’ on Twitter (you can find it here) which I think might help you better understand the phrase “Show, Don’t Tell” which editors and agents have been screaming to the sky since time immemorial.  If you like what you see, give it a share and be sure to point people towards Naomi.

Special thanks to Naomi for allowing me to make this graphic for everyone to share, enjoy and make good use of – may it help all of our writing to be more showing and less telling.

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5 Ways You’re Using Twitter Wrong

5 Ways You're Using Twitter Wrong

5 Ways You’re Use Twitter Wrong

When I got onto Twitter, I had no idea how anyone made good use of it.  I’d click that “home” button and find this endless stream of 140-character thoughts. Most of the tweets were advertisements, and almost none of them were of any real interest to me.  After years of using Facebook (and before that Myspace), Twitter felt like the vacuum of space into which advertisers were just yelling to no real effect.

If you’ve felt the same way, you’re not alone!  I’ve spoken to quite a few indie/aspiring/traditional authors who are unsure why they even bother with Twitter. Most of them insist they keep one because they know they will need one when they finally hit the big time (think: JK Rowling) but right now they feel as though they are standing at the edge of the void screaming into nothing.

They get on Twitter, and instead of making a killing in sales, they just end up talking to the same dozen people they always talk to, sharing their cover photos, and they can’t figure out what’s going wrong.

What are you doing wrong on Twitter?  Let’s look!

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Did you say Fantasy RPG Fitness App?

MarchQuest Fantasy RPG Fitness App
Adventure in their world – get fit in ours! MarchQuest Fantasy RPG Fitness App

By Gandalf’s snowy white beard, I sure did!

Today I intend to review the new IOS app “Marchquest” by Loreful, but before I get into what I like (and what I hope to eventually see from this app/game/fitness tool) I want to get a bit real with you.

Now, when I say real I mean true confessions of a gamer geek and outcast kid™ kinda real, because I truly believe that the best fantasy stuff comes from hard places.  Just ask Robert Jordan or JRR Tolkien, war is hell & life in general can be too.

So saddle up MarchWarden, let’s chat about the ways we save ourselves and apps geeks will love – click that read more link below!

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12 Ways to Blog Better

12 ways to improve your blog

I spend a lot of time in my day job looking at ways to leverage social media and reach a wider audience.  As an aspiring author I can’t help but to notice that this is something that my fellow authors think a lot about too!  Obviously, the day will come when I’ll have to reach the masses with a book I hope will sell like hot cakes and building up my audience before that day comes can’t hurt!

So, in the interest of sharing good information with our blog readers and other aspiring authors here’s my running list of a dozen great ways to pimp your blog!

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