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Synopsis Do’s And Don’ts

Awesome post from K.M. Allan with tips on Do’s and Don’ts when writing a Synopsis. I’m bookmarking this one for when I finish my current novel. Check it out, because the synopsis is one of the most maligned and misunderstood pieces of a proper book pitch.

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So you’ve done it! Created your characters, planned a world, plotted a story, and turned them into a whole book.

It was hard. It took years. It filled your soul, and it stretched your sanity. It was one of the best things you’ve ever done and one of the worst—or so you thought.

As many writers discover after completing their book, they need to write a synopsis; a process that feels harder than typing “The End” on a 100,000-word manuscript.

Why? Because condensing those characters, world, story, and years of carefully crafted sentences into a one-page summary is damn hard. Like writing a book, however, you can do it, all you need is a little help from these do’s and don’ts…

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Do Give Yourself Options

A one-page version is usually standard, but some publishers/agents do request a two-page option so it’s a good idea to write both. While…

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How often do you unplug? #writinglife

Re-blogging from Story Empire. I wholeheartedly agree with this post from Mae Clair about unplugging. It’s especially important for writers, as “boredom” seems to be in short supply these days. It used to be that boredom and downtime allowed us to reflect, daydream, and work through creative ideas. Now those otherwise quiet moments are filled with tech.

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Hi, SEers. Mae here hoping everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Today, I’m rolling out a topic that’s dear to my heart—unplugging. In our technology-crazed, social media-driven, always-on-world, unplugging is a necessity. Did you know there is even a National Unplug Day in the U.S.?  March 1-2 sundown to sundown has been declared the National Unplug day in 2019 for those pledging to go a full twenty-four hours device free. You can find more information on this website and even download a free tool kit with activity guides and conversation starters.

You know what that means? Unplugging has risen to such a level of difficulty, it’s now viewed as a challenge. How sad is that?

harried woman eating, drinking coffee, talking on the phone, working on laptop at the same time.

Last August, my husband and I attended a family reunion out of state. It was a fun time built around an Oktoberfest theme (my father’s side of the family is German) and while the adults…

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The Rejection Survival Kit

First reblog of 2019!

This is a useful (and timely) post from K.M. Allan on some ways to deal with rejections. I say timely, because Editors LOVE to use the holiday-downtime to catch up on rejecting all of us. It’s their peak time to send out little “gifts” none of us really want. I won’t pretend I watched Gossip Girl, but I love the idea of a “Nope Day” to retain sanity.

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No one likes rejection. When you’re a writer staring at a rejection letter, realizing how much one little word can hurt (and wondering why words have turned against you—you love them!), you’ll need something to make you feel better.

I’ve been through some rejections—a whole year in fact. The first one stung. Others rolled off my back. Another infuriated me. They all inspired me to regroup. I spent 2018 re-writing my MS, changing chapters, events, and characters, and now I’m ready to submit again.

Because I’ve been down this road before, I know what to expect. I’d like to say my skin is thick and I’ll take each new rejection with grace and move through my submission list unattached, crossing off the “no’s” until I get to that elusive “yes”. I want to say there will be no tears, no meltdowns, no thoughts of giving up the…

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Top Blog Posts of 2018

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I have never done a “blog roundup” type of post on here before, but I’m inspired by all the ones I’m seeing in my reader, particularly Rust Belt Girl and K.M. Allan who I read pretty regularly.

But I like to do my own thing, and I’m kinda tired today, so lets just talk about the Top 3 Posts of 2018. Who doesn’t love a good list?

1. Social Media Kills Creativity

This post, by far, got more views and comments than any other all year long. I didn’t realize what a reaction it would get when I wrote it back on that Monday in April. I still contend that “the medias” do more harm than good. It seems a bunch of you agree. Except WordPress, of course. Our beloved WordPress can do no harm.

2. How To Quit Facebook (As A Writer)

Another humdinger.

This one dropped in June, and got a bunch of attention. Noticing a trend? I quit Facebook (and later Instagram) and I still stand by that as a good decision. It can certainly be an effective tool for authors, but I think there are better avenues these days that don’t require giving up so much for a “free” service.

3. Why I Started Reading Less Books

We’re finally off social media. Hooray!

Not sure how this one garnered such popularity. Maybe the sheer irony of an author website talking about reading less? Who knows. All I know is it was popular, and this plan of mine is still working out well since I started back in the summertime.

So what does this say about me and you, my audience? Well, for one thing, we’re totally hermits. Clearly we are digital isolationists who are striving to disconnect from the larger world in order to hone our craft and master the art of the written word. That, and we demand quality over quantity. Social media has quantity covered…

But seriously, I want to thank everyone who takes a few moments out of their week to read my insane ramblings. I’ll be sure to use this as some sort of extremely useful data point when I’m brainstorming new insane ramblings for next year. I mean, I do have a flip phone after all, what the hell else am I gonna do with my free time?

 

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Creating A Writing Style Sheet

K.M. Allan always has great advice. I never knew I needed a style sheet until now. Maybe you didn’t either?

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As mentioned in last week’s blog post, I’ve spent most of this year in editing hell, working through an MS that has been through re-writes, new beta readers, and a total show, don’t tell overhaul.

As my edits for that MS wound down, I returned to the next MS in the series (book two), which I hadn’t looked at for a few months. It’s up to draft five and has been looked over by a handful of betas, most of who pointed out my overuse of the word “that.”

When you face 200 odd pages that need work, you wonder if it’ll be easier to procrastinate and/or consider a different career/hobby/calling.

But not editing the MS to the best of your ability when you’ve spent so long putting words on those 200 pages isn’t why you started this, right? (right?). So, instead, you look for helpful editing tips

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