Book Review: 5 Steps to Better Blurbs

Title: 5 Steps to Better Blurbs
Written By: Julie C. Gilbert
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any

Introduction:

If you have trouble with writing blurbs (and what author doesn’t?), you need to read this book. Continue reading

When the Writing Gets Tough…

…the tough get writing.

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

1 Writing Tool

Today is the hardest of the bunch. I can only share one writing tool. ONE?

#1 Writing Tool

Day 3The 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.

Grand Prize:

  • 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

Second Prize:

$10.00 Amazon Gift Card

Third Prize:

$5.00 Amazon Gift Card


Quote Trail

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:

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2 Pieces of Writing Advice

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

Day 2Fiction, 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

3 Writing Books

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.

Day 1What 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:

  • 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 5,000 words by Erika Mathews

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Book Review: How to Train Your Cat to Promote Your Books

Title: How to Train Your Cat to Promote Your Books
Written By: Rayne Hall
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 and up
Warning: The author does write horror books, so some of the pictures in the book contain a plastic skull or covers from the author’s books. There is also a reference to witches.

Introduction:

This book is great for cat lovers, even if you don’t write books. There are some great tips for training your cat. Even if I don’t ever use the tips for promoting my books, I’m seriously considering using it for training a couple of our cats. Continue reading

5 Secrets of Story Structure: A Review

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Introduction:

Structured story plots have been a problem for me in the past, but I never knew what to do about it, so I just kept plugging along. Then I came across this book and will not have that problem any more (as long as I follow the tips I read about). Continue reading