Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Writer Good or Die.... new ebook by Scott Nicholson



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Check out this great free download for writers. It has many great author contributions by author's like Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero. Scott Nicholson shares some wonderful tips and information for new and seasoned writers in his new ebook.

And did I say free. What writer can't use free tips and information. Get your copy today.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Check out this new blog for new writers



Check out a new blog I have found by author Joi Davenport. She is young, fresh, and talented. You will want to bookmark her site for daily inspiration and to follow her journey to publication.

Visit at http://inkstaineddiary.blogspot.com and browse her first few entries. They are entertaining, insightful, and honest. You will definitely enjoy them. Check it out and let me know what you find.

Happy writing.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Join The Morning Nudge for a daily writing lesson.....


Join the Morning Nudge for great advice, tips, and writing help daily in your in box.


Click the link below to join.


It just doesn't get easier than that.
Check it out and let me know what you think.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spring



Spring is here and how I love the fresh air and sunshine. I am busy working on a fresh looking blog for new writers and a new look for the blog for parents too.

But what I really want to do is write for children, so guess what?Less time to blog and more time to actually write, that's right. I am rescheduling my life. More writing time.

How are you managing your time? Are you spending time doing things that will not help you reach your goals? Are you listening to your heart or the voices of those around you demanding your time?

You can do both if you stay organized. Give yourself a block of time to write. Schedule it on the calendar. Reorganize your priorities for this next quarter and watch your writing soar.

Let me know how it works for you and check back soon for the new look and new links to a fresh new blog.

Happy Spring and Happy Writing !!!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Check out The Verb....



I want to pass on a great site for information, contests, and writing advice online.


Elizabeth Guy has a great site and free monthly newsletter filled with useful information, tips, and other advice for new and experienced writers.

  • Check out the site and sign up for her email newsletter. You will find all kinds of concise and useful advice to help your writing career move forward.

http://www.readingwriters.com

Be sure to let me know what you find.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Great Article by Beth Ann Erickson Happy Easter and May God Bless Your writing dreams.

Feature Article


“What if My Whole Writing Career Has Been Wrong?”


Beth Ann Erickson


I've been writing professionally for nearly 15 years. I've seen a lot of ups and downs, triumphs and disasters.


As an industry, freelancing has transformed more times than I can count, the big-wigs of yesteryear have been replaced and today's big-wigs will invariably be a fond memory someday.
Overall, freelancing has been good, helped me achieve many of the objectives I set out to achieve.


One thing I didn't expect, however, is how easy it is to fall off track. I share this story with you in the hopes that you don't fall into the same trap(s) I did.


Back when I was working with my Creative Mindset Group, I always emphasized the importance of Polaris. If you're unaware with this concept, here's a quick explanation: Sailors worldwide could navigate earth's vast oceans (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) because they fixed their heading based on the position of Polaris, our North Star.


Polaris is positioned directly above the North Pole. This means that despite the earth's continual rotation, Polaris is the only star that doesn't appear to move across the night sky. Instead, it remains fixed in its position, allowing reliable ship navigation.


So, theoretically speaking, no matter where you are (in the Northern Hemisphere), if you can't find your way, all you need to do is look up, find Polaris, and you'll be able to navigate your way back on track. Cool, eh?


Now, time for my quick story.


I begin my writing career with a message in my soul and a song in my heart. Along the way, I discovered that making a living as a freelancer was a little more challenging than I expected.

Turns out, I'm not only expected to know how to write, I must spin a great yarn, I must persevere in a tough profession, and most horrifying of all, I must learn to sell my writing.


It's a tall order.


So, setting my ultimate dream (my Polaris) aside, I embarked on the long process of perfecting my craft (still have a ways to go on that count, I'm sure), keeping my mindset strong, and mastering various components of the persuasive process, i.e. marketing, just to name a few challenges.


That's about the time things started going a bit amok for me.
While I rather enjoy exploring these techniques, they are mere tools to propel me towards my ultimate goal... my Polaris. However, none of them are my “official” Polaris.


Sadly, for far too many years, my life rotated around these exact activities. I studied writing, I immersed myself in mindset issues, I lived, breathed, and ate everything I could get my hands on when it came to mastering marketing techniques. In fact, I even became a professional copywriter for a time.


Ah, the incredible detours we take.
Bad part was that my ultimate dream, my Polaris,languished, patiently waiting for me to come to my senses.


And here's where it gets really interesting.


I firmly believe that we're born with in in-born navigation system, a way we can instantly know when we're on a path contrary to our Polaris. Whenever I'm working on a project that is in harmony, something that is leading me closer to my ultimate goal, I feel great. I'm in the creative zone. I love it. Challenges hardly feel like challenges because I find the whole process so invigorating.


When I'm working on a project that isn't in harmony with my Polaris, I feel a resistance, an annoying niggling feeling that makes it hard to write. I have to force myself to the computer to get moving. The whole process has a dark pallor about it.


When I experience these negative sensations, I know I need to reevaluate the project and examine whether it will enhance my ultimate goal, or whether I should pass the project on to another writer who may find joy working on it.


I know. Easier said than done.


It's hard to turn down projects. It's only the daring who have courage to run after their own dreams, especially when you've got a few dollars at stake.


My theory is that talented people are capable of a lot. However, just because you have the ability to do something doesn't mean you should. We have a finite amount of time per day. How will you spend that time; writing something truly heart felt and empowering, or slaving over a project you took on for the sole purpose of earning a few bucks. The old adage is true: You earn every cent when you take on a project solely for the money.


Somewhere along the line, you'll have to decide whether you'll follow your personal Polaris, your life purpose, or allow yourself to be side tracked by the myriad of possibilities that could, in essence, be valuable, but may leave you wondering at the end of your career, “What if my whole writing career has been wrong?”


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Beth Ann Erickson is the “Queen Bee” of Filbert Publishing. She’s also the author of numerous titles as well as the Creative Mindset Newsletter. Pick up the first seven copies today here. She’s also a busy copywriter, speaker, and publisher of Writing Etc., the free e-mag for writers.
P.S. You can use this article free of charge on your own website or zine. Just don’t make any changes and be sure to include the entire byline. Enjoy!
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Visit Beth's website at www.filbertpublishing.com

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