Where Dreams Meet the Business of Writing

How to make blogging for fun part of your usual blogging routine. Effective ways to change blog format with links to examples. The post Blogging for Fun: How to Make Blogging Exciting in 2021, 7 Ways appeared first on Mostly Blogging.

Blogging for Fun: How to Make Blogging Exciting in 2021, 7 Ways — Mostly Blogging

Some of my fondest childhood memories involve swimming. The daycare taking us all to Muir beach. A car full of neighborhood kids headed to the big public pool a few towns over. Daily swimming lessons with neighborhood friends in the summers. Slowly climbing the “big diving board,” staring down at the water as everyone behind […]

Five Reasons to Write Every Day — Janet Mary Cobb

TouchPoint Press

“They will haunt you no matter where you run to. It will never let you go. They will never let you.”

M.T. Maliha’s Waverly Estate series continues on October 23 with the release of Waverly Estate: The Murmur. The first book in the series, Waverly Estate: Ghost Dance will be $0.99 for a limited time leading up to the new release – making now the perfect time to catch up with the series!

M.T. Maliha goes back to the true origins of the series and reflects on the crumbling, abandoned mansion on the Hudson River that inspired her.

Wyndclyffe by M.T. Maliha

They tell me she’s worthless, nothing more than a magnet for the curious who scale barbed wire or crawl beneath rusty gates to get a better look at her decaying bones. I wonder how many of the inquisitive, drawn to her austere spine and crumbling spires, can…

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Hello Rebels, welcome to episode 61 of The Rebel Author Podcast. This week I’m talking to Honorée Corder. We’ll be discussing tips and tricks to help you write your book in 15 minute time blocks. In this episode we cover:  How to use 15 minute time blocks to write Common mistakes when trying to use…

061 How to Write a Book in 15 Minutes with Honorée Corder — SACHA BLACK

Writing is a viable source of income. In the modern day and age, you don’t just have to knock out a book and hope it reaches a bestseller list – there are multiple types of businesses you can put together to make use of your writing talents. And it’s that freedom that’s got you thinking… […]

What Writers Need To Know About Going Full Time — SpookyMrsGreen


Is there a simple way to make the plot of your story irresistible, so that your readers keep turning pages, desperate to find out what happens next?

Yes. Every irresistible plot contains seven key elements that help catch the reader’s attention and hold it to the very last page.

These keys are so universal that you’ve seen them hundreds of times before, even if you didn’t recognize them. In fact, you’ll actually find these plot keys hidden in the spelling of the word FICTION.

F is for Flaw

In a well-crafted story, something is already wrong even before page one. It could be a dysfunctional relationship, an unhealthy situation, or an unresolved trauma haunting the viewpoint character. Or all three at the same time.

Creating a character who is perfectly fine at the start of the story robs you of opportunities to put your character in deeper and more complex…

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Five Ways to Support Author Friends

by Melissa Face

I was chatting with a fellow writer and friend the other day about how my book collection has grown throughout recent years to include the works of many friends. I now have a whole section on my bookshelf I can point to and say things like, “I know her! We work together! She is my friend!”

Even though she shared my enthusiasm, my friend said, “But one of the tough things about having a lot of writer friends is that you often feel obligated to buy a lot of books.”

She’s right. Writers are usually not raking in the dough from our first (and sometimes second and third) published works, yet we are often the ones supporting one another, attending events, buying each other’s books, and generally being good literary citizens.

Even though all authors will agree that yes, we want you to buy our books, that is only one way to support your author friends. Here are a few more:

  1. Buy the Book – There’s no need to sugar coat it. We definitely want you to buy our book. And if our book isn’t your favorite genre but you still want to be supportive, buy it and save it for someone who will love it. Books make great gifts.
  2. Write a Review – If you read our book and have something nice to say, take a moment to write a review on Goodreads or Amazon. Positive reviews help with visibility and book sales, and they provide a little encouragement to the writer.
  3. Attend an Event – There are many ways to be supportive of someone, and showing up in person (or online) is huge. If it’s an in-person event, go and take a friend with you. Book events are typically festive and lively these days, and many are held in less conventional locations like coffee shops and breweries. Presently, many events are being held via Facebook or Instagram live. So even if you have a conflict, share the event link on your platform. Authors appreciate likes and shares so much!
  4. Share on Social Media – In addition to sharing events, take a moment to share your author friends’ social media posts. Tell your online friends what you liked about something, comment on a book photo, or share an article your friend wrote. In addition to writing, we often serve as our own marketing reps and publicists, so anything our friends can do is helpful. Plus, sharing a post is completely free.
  5. Talk About the Book – Word of mouth is still very influential when it comes to book sales. If you enjoyed a book, tell your church friends, Woman’s Club, Rotary Club, and by all means, your book club members. I have heard many stories about small conversations leading to larger speaking engagements. It happens, and it’s because of people like you!

As an author, I have found my network of friends to be invaluable.I am grateful to everyone who has shown up and said kind things about my work, both in person and online. If you have another idea for supporting friends in the literary world, type it in the comments section. I’d love to read it!


Melissa Face is the author of I Love You More Than Coffee, an essay collection for parents who love coffee a lot and their kids…a little more. Her essays and articles have appeared in Richmond Family Magazine, ScaryMommy, and twenty-one volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Read more at melissaface.com.

i love you more than coffee


I Got Nothing #IWSG

August 5 question – Quote: “Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don’t write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be.”

Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

The awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey!


I Got Nothing

Apparently not even good grammar, according to the first thought that came through my mind as I reflected on what to write about for this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group post.

I usually try to write my post to answer the monthly question. But this month? Not a thing. I’ve never had a piece I was writing morph into a different animal than I had planned. At least not yet. Someday it may happen, but not in time to help with out with this question.

And seeing as how my writing has gone the past few months – or should I say NOT gone? – I don’t have much to add on that topic either. On the first of the month, I always go through and tally up the words I’ve written the month prior. In July I didn’t even hit 5,000 words. It may truthfully be a tad bit higher than that, since I don’t count what I write in my weekly newsletters. But those few extra words aren’t going to add massive numbers to that monthly count.

And queries and submittals? I did write one essay to submit. When I added it to my queries/submissions list, I saw that the last one I’d submitted was in May. In May I submitted one piece. June and July – zero. Zilch. Nada.

You’d think with all this extra time at home, with my day-job work hours so drastically cut since March, that I’d be racking up the numbers in the word count game.

Not so.

But hey, looking at the bright side (can I toss any more clichés into this little missive?), at least thanks to the nudging from the Insecure Writers Support Group, I now have 304 more words I can add to my August word count tally.

Thanks Insecure Writers Support Group!

There are some authors whose craft books are automatic purchases. Doesn’t matter the topic, I’m buying it because I know it will be crammed full of amazing tips and tricks. Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are two of those authors. If you’ve been living under a rock then they’re the Craft Thesaurus authors, the first…

via How to Use Character Occupations to Deepen Your Characterization — SACHA BLACK


Today I’m writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s blog hop. The first Wednesday of each month, we write in inspiration to a question posed by the group’s administrators. We don’t need to write in response to the question posed, but I like to use their query as the springboard for the monthly post.

This month’s question is:

Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours,
something readers would never know from your work?

The awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!


Rockhound Hoarder

What? You want me to spill my secrets? Right here in print?

Now, most months I play along with IWSG’s Question of the Month. But this month, I think you are taking things a little too far, Insecure Writer’s Support Group. If I have secrets that I am not going to tell my best friend, I’m certainly not going to put it out here in the virtual world to live forever.

However, as horrified as I was when I initially read the question, I did give it some thought. What can I share with you here that won’t be cause of future embarrassment? What tidbit can I share about myself that won’t get me in trouble with anyone?


Yes, I will admit to this secret obsession. I love rocks.

Big rocks. Little rocks. Pretty rocks. Interesting rocks. Shiny rocks. Dull rocks.

I love rocks!

Almost every trip I make, I haul rocks home. Sitting in my center console are rocks I collected the year I lived in Arizona. I moved to Texas twelve years ago and the rocks remain. They were pretty. One was shaped like a miniature pyramid. One had pretty stripes. One had…well, you understand that they’re all fascinating in their own wonderful way.

I come home from visiting my dad in Arkansas…yep…there’s rocks in the trunk to put into my flower bed out back.

Trips to local creeks with friends here in Texas…fossils! Gotta bring some of them home!

This isn’t a new fascination. I remember family hikes we took when we lived in Glendora, California. On Saturday mornings we’d drive up to the foothills of Mt. Baldy. I wore a zippered sweatshirt with those two large pockets in the front. And by the time we were headed back to the car, I was loaded down with my loot for the day.

So there you have it. A secret about me that I haven’t shared with any of you – until today. Sorry it wasn’t a juicer secret.

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