Friday, 29 March 2013

Weekly Inspirations #11

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Here is a round-up of all the links that I have tweeted this week. Have a great weekend.


Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin: Yes, I Need to Write Faster via

Good advice RT How to avoid the dreaded adverb:

3 tips to inspire you - syndicated from via

How Storytelling Is Like Tantric Sex via

Writing - Old vs New via

Word count per day. Everyone’s different. What’s your target?  via @lawrence_wray

"7 Great Writing Tips For Bloggers" | |  via @GeoffTalbot

Writing - Find The Ones Who Will via

Writing Game #13 - Salted Chocolate Peanuts via

A Series of Series via

Writing Game #14 - Five Synopses via

Friday's How She Does It with Meg Benjamin via

3 Tips To Help You Contact Book Reviewers via  via @RachelintheOC

Why Not Blogging Is Stupid by aka Rachel Thompson // what do you think?

The Fifth Commandment: Know Thy Worth What we can learn from the alligator  via @A_K_Taylor

Writing - The Lombardi Method via

Writing - Credentials via

17 Links I Loved To Pieces via

Check out Jenna Storm's Fantastic Forty Interview on Jane Wakely's blog via

Tuesday's Inspiration ala Helen Van Slyke via

The Key to Successful Storytelling via

4 Questions To Consider When Deciding Whether To Traditionally Publish Or Self-Publish via

Writing A Novel - Final Creative Piece: Blurb Outline and First 500 Words via

Writing Game #15 - Wacky Places via

The Absolute of Writing via


Creativity requires the courage 2 let go of certainties. Eric Fromm via @pauljsmith

Writers and artists are magicians. They have a real magic wand to conjure up images in the mind's eye @KhaledTalib

For some writers, a nightmare can be a good thing @KhaledTalib

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

10 Things That Become Important When I Need to Write

I don't know about you, but when it comes to sitting down to write there always seems to be something that I just have to get done first. None of these tasks are of vital importance and all could quite easily be performed at other times during the day, but I still manage to use them to procrastinate. Here's my top
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  1. Clearing out my inbox
  2. Checking and updating twitter
  3. Reading other blogs
  4. Catching up on programs I have recorded
  5. Exercise
  6. Reading another chapter of a good book
  7. Cleaning the kitchen
  8. Washing/hanging clothes
  9. Changing the bed sheets
  10. Sorting the mail

How about you? What mundane tasks suddenly take on vital importance when you need to write? I'd love to hear that I am not alone in this, you can reply in the comments below or contact me directly here.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Don't Look Back: Leave Editing Until The End

"Don't look back until you've written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in ... the edit." Will Self
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I have never had a problem with leaving the editing until the end, but I do still struggle with the internal editor who tells me what I'm writing isn't up to par. I wrote last week about the fear of being judged and I think this is a part of that.

The best way to cope that I have found is to never read back over the previous days writing when I am working on a novel. If I did, I would be so concerned with making it better I would never move forward. As I mentioned last week, if I suddenly decide to change something that happened earlier on in the novel, instead of going back and making the change I will insert a comment (highlighted in red so it's easy to spot) and then continue as though the change has already been made. It's really important for me to maintain forward momentum otherwise I find the project becomes stalled and it can be really hard to get going again.

How about you? Do you edit as you go or leave it all to the end?

Friday, 22 March 2013

Weekly Inspirations #10

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Here is a round-up of all the links that I have tweeted this week. Have a great weekend.


7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset via

Failure Thickens Your Skin & This Is GOOD | |  via @GeaoffTalbot

(Images) 20 Fascinating Picture Quotes To Awaken Your Success -  via @QuotesNSmiles


Triberr Poised to Take the Blogging World by Storm via

The Clock is Ticking---5 Tips for Tighter, Cleaner Writing via

As Your Business -  via @eBookBuilders

Your final edit toolkit. Compilation of tips from all the leading short story authors we've interviewed.  via @BathStoryAward

Reflections Of A Writer’s Life: Hemmingway was not the only author to reflect on the loneliness of a writer’s ...  via @DarciaHelle

Five tips for querying magazines, agents, anyone - by

The Photo by guest

Visiting MuseItUp Publishing's blog today...writing process pet peeves via

Write…or DIIIIIIIIIE via

6 Ways To Alienate Amazon Customers via

Building an Author Platform Through Blogging via

Writing Game #11 - Character Evolution via

Bianca's Blog: Yes, TV is Good for your Reading List:

The Writing World: with Hunter S. Jones

10 Questions with Amazing Fantasy Writer James A. West. ()  via @RyanLSneider

Barbara Taylor Bradford: 'People think I do very little work, but I do 12 hours a day' - Features - Books -

How She Does It With Zoe Dawson via

how to be fearlessly creative via

New website for , beta & more. 'Words Unlimited' stop by today!

from A to Z April : tips revisited:

How do you get "into the zone" for your writing projects?

Who’s the Enemy Here? 5 Common Mistakes that Will KILL Your Novel via

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Selective Process via

Wednesday's Writer's Tip - Words become Sentences via

Lynnette Labelle: Pros and Cons of Being a Pantser  via @LissaBryan

Freelancing using Twitter  via @doreenmartel

Write, Write, Write! -

Your Story Opening: Shock vs. Seduction | Top tips from Chelsea Quinn Yarbro via

Camp NaNoWriMo And The A To Z Blogging Challenge via


"There is nothing impossible to him who will try." - Alexander the Great via @GreatestQuotes

There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say, "Watch Me " ~

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~ Abraham Lincoln via @RockChristopher


Progressive Book Club – Save the Cat via


You have been warned.  via @LukeRomyn

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