Q is for Quotes

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I find quotes can be very inspiring, so I’ve collected a few of my favorites to share with you today. Here are a few quotes that I think have a bit of spark to them, along with a few images I use to help share them.

 

“It’s like your batteries get low, and you need to charge them on someone else’s story.”

Margaret Cho

 

“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t write. But don’t let them tell you what you must write either. It’s art, not a grant application.”

Patrick Ness

 

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

Thomas Paine

 

“Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way.”

Queen Latifah

 

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Bernard M. Baruch

Be who you are and say what you feel

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

John Steinbeck

Ideas are like rabbits

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved

“Nothing livens up a den of iniquity like a potted plant.”

Flora, in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Nothing livens up a den of iniquity

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.”

John Wooden

If you're not making mistakes

“To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”

Bill Watterson

To invent your own life's meaning

“So much universe and so little time.”

Terry Pratchett

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P is for Paranormal

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I’ve loved the paranormal genre since before I knew the right word for it. Mixing magic and the fantastical in with modern day has always been a favorite of mine for reading and for writing.

The genre has so many possibilities, which is one of the things I love about it. You can set it in modern day, or just in the modern era. You can have one thing that’s different, or dozens of things. And the sheer number of magical, mythological, or supernatural things that you can add into your world is staggering, from the popular vampires and werewolves, to witches, wizards, ghosts, and fairies. Continue reading

O is for Organizing

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Organization is one of those things about being a writer that you don’t often focus on, but is incredibly important to your ability to be productive.

There are tons of strategies out there for how to organize your work. I have author friends who recommend Scrivener, Scriptito, and Evernote. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but if you’re looking for a way to organize you should check them out. I know tons of people who love them and programs like them.

I’ve organically developed my own organization strategies over the years. Mine encompasses files on my computer, links from the web, images for inspiration, and a myriad of other helpful resources I’ve found for that particular project. Continue reading

N is for NaNoWriMo

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This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, on my blog.  This past November was dedicated to this amazing event, and October was dedicated to preparation for it.  I expect both months will continue to follow that theme each year as I continue with my blog.

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NaNoWriMo is an amazing event put on for writers around the world each November.  In 2014, more than 1,000,000 writers participated from at least 65 countries and wrote more than 3,000,000,000 words.  Yes, more than 1 Million writers wrote over 3 Billion words in just 30 Days.  How awesome is that? Continue reading

M is for Muses

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Muses are an important part of the creative process.  I don’t just mean the mythical goddesses of ancient times who sent direct inspiration to their chosen humans.  I mean all the things and people that inspire us to create art.

Writing is an art just like any other.  It requires equal parts inspiration, creation, and perspiration.  I’ve talked a little about craft and drafting already this month, which addresses some of the perspiration and creation part of the equation.  Today I’ll talk about inspiration. Continue reading

L is for Language

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Language is a fundamentally important part of writing. You can’t have writing without language after all.

But when it comes to writing, language is more than just the words, it’s about the choices you make when there are multiple options. Word choice can completely change the tone or connotation of your sentence. It can also change the audience of your piece as a whole if you make certain language choices, like using profanity. Continue reading

K is for Keyword

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Keywords are what I think of when the average Twitter user thinks of Hashtags. It’s a similar principle anyway. Keywords are what you use to ID what you have and how people will be looking for it. (You might even bring up the dreaded SEO topic with these!)

But how do you know what the most important keywords are (or what hashtags to use)?

Take my first book for example. I can think of tons of keywords to use with it (many of which are hashtags): Continue reading

J is for Journal Entry

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For my Journal Entry today, I’m answering the Image Prompt from last week. I selected the cats in the kitchen image for my inspiration and this is what I came up with in my 20 minute sprint.

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I is for Image Prompt #3

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Since the letter of the day is I and it’s the second Friday of the month, I had to take the sign from above that it should indeed be Image Prompt day, as the second Friday should be.

So today’s challenge is to take a look at the two pictures I’ve provided and use one (or both if you’re ambitious) as inspiration for a piece of writing. Poem, blog post, fiction, whatever you like. I encourage anyone posting the resulting piece anywhere online to leave a comment here linking back to it.

You’ll see my piece tomorrow if you stop back by, since it will be J is for Journal Entry day.

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H is for Hero(ine)

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Hero(ine)s are a huge part of writing and storytelling. You can’t have an adventure without a hero(ine) right?

Right.

Now, to avoid having to do “hero(ine)” for the entire post, let me eliminate the gender issue for now. The hero of the story, as I’m using it today, just means the main character. It doesn’t matter if it’s a guy, a girl, an alien, or a house cat. So when I say “hero,” I just mean that main character, not the main male character.

With that out of the way, it’s a no brainer that the hero is super important to the story. It’s who the story is about, so they’re the reason for the story. That means the pressure is really on to make that character a good one, but there are some things to remember when you’re writing your hero.

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