That’s the way the saying goes, isn’t it? Okay, maybe not, but it still applies in my mind. Some people think writers have the easiest job in the world. They get to do something they love with little to no effort and just publish books and make some money.
*insert annoying wrong buzzer from random game show*
Nothing could be further from the truth. Well, maybe I shouldn’t go that far, but a career in writing, or even a side job in writing, isn’t a bed of roses. Unless those roses still have the thorns on them. Continue reading →
Today is the hardest of the bunch. I can only share one writing tool. ONE?
#1 Writing Tool
The tool I have found most useful of late is the WriteMind Planner. You can see a full review of it here.
Some of the things I find most useful about the planner are:
One, localized place for all my notes
Easily moveable pages (plus it’s fun to freak your family out by tearing a page out of it and putting it back in. Only works once, though)
The word count calendar (probably my favorite feature since I’m a bit obsessive about keeping track of my word count)
The character sheets have helped me keep my characters straight and consistent throughout the book
The scene pages keep my outline steady and I can tailor them to fit the way I do it
There are a few highlights of my favorite writing tool. What is your favorite writing tool?
And an update on the giveaway! There have been so many people entering that we’ve added extra prizes.
Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus
$5.00 Amazon Gift Card
Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn
$30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum
Free Edit of up to 5000 words by Erika Mathews
$10.00 Amazon Gift Card
$5.00 Amazon Gift Card
If you visit each blog, you will find three words on each and when you put them all together, it creates an entire quote. Once you gather the full quote, you can put it in the correct spot in the giveaway widget for another entry.
Here is my part of today’s quote: to do is
And you can continue on by clicking on the blog button below:
Today’s post in the countdown is to share 2 pieces of writing advice. Unlike the last post, this one will be rather short. But hopefully you find some of it helpful.
#1: Never stop reading
Fiction, non-fiction, whatever you want to read, but especially your Bible. Reading can give you ideas for a plot, style, and so much more. Reading your Bible can help you stay focused on what is most important: God. Continue reading →
Welcome to the 3-2-1 Write! Blog Party! When Rebekah and Kate asked me to join, I was super excited because this theme is right up my alley. I hope you enjoy the party as much as I do.
What is the party? Me and five other authors are partnering together to share our 3 favorite writing books, 2 pieces of advice, and 1 favorite writing tool. We’re also doing a couple of giveaways. The grand prize winner gets a paperback copy of The Emotion Thesaurus and a $5 Amazon gift card. Then there will be 6 other prizes given out. One commenter from each blog will be chosen to receive an eBook compiled by Rebekah Morris and Kate Willis. You can enter the grand prize giveaway here. When you enter you get the chance to win a great prize package:
I’m trying something new. I have a release tour coming up for Savior, Like a Shepherd and I’m allowing bloggers and those on Social Media to join in! I’d love for you to join the tour and help promote my latest book. Details and sign-up form are here or below.
I’m really excited to invite K.M. Weiland to my blog today. I have a review of her book, Outlining Your Novel, as well as an interview.
I got this book for a birthday or Christmas present last year and finally got around to reading it. Now I wish I had read it sooner. It helped me tremendously. As I read the book, I did the checklist at the end of each chapter for the novella I planned to write in November. Originally, I thought it would take me the whole month to write the book, but because of the steps I took using the tips in this book, I wrote all 23,183 words in just 17 days.
K.M. Weiland definitely has a way of putting things that is helpful, clear, and witty. The way she wrote these tips using both good and bad examples from her own experience was exactly what I needed. Continue reading →