Special Treat for Writerly Friends: Introducing One Stop For Writers!

One Stop For Writers: An Online Library Unlike Any Other

 I had a chance to preview this brand-new resource for writers called One Stop for Writers, and let me tell you right now, Writerly Friends, you not only WANT to check this thing out, you NEED to!  Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi  and Lee Powell have, yet again, made a fantastic resource that every writer will refer to again and again in the quest to craft an amazing story.

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Every once in a while, something comes along that changes things for the better.

And in the world of writers, this is especially welcoming, because we all know just how much sweat, courage and persistence it takes to write a book and then release it into the world.

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Today I’m pointing you toward a new website which I hope will help writers brainstorm stronger characters, craft deeper, more compelling plots, and teach us how to be more effective with our description so we draw readers in.

One Stop For Writers is a collaboration between Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, and Lee Powell, creator of Scrivener for Windows. This powerhouse online library is filled with one-of-a-kind descriptive thesaurus collections, tools, tutorials and much more, all geared to provide the resources you need to strengthen your prose and write more efficiently.

Want to check One Stop For Writers out?

Hop on over to Writers Helping Writers for their Launch Week festivities (October 7-14th)! If you know Angela, Lee and Becca already, you probably can guess there will be some great prizes, and probably a bit of paying-it-forward too!

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A Brand New Year!

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2015…I stand amazed at the incredible times we live in.

This year promises to bring exciting things and I cannot wait to share them with you!

If you’re on Instagram or Flickr, do find me there, as I love sharing pics and often forget to post them here, relying instead on instant gratification 🙂 I had a blast posting #everyhour photos on Instagram during our recent roadtrip.

As always, come over and join in the fun conversations over on Facebook!

A Holiday Wish

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All the best wishes from our home to yours this holiday season!

I hope you’ve found many moments of joy this year and will continue to find more in the days to come. Isn’t this an incredible life we’re leading?!?

It is my wish that, in addition to being my friends and family, you’ll become my loyal readers in the New Year by giving my first book a look-see–I really think you’ll like Charlie and Gabe’s story.  🙂

As the publication date nears, I’ll have so much fun stuff to share with you–I’m beyond excited!  If you want to be sure not to miss anything, you can sign up to get these posts via email–then you’ll be in on all the news, hot off the presses! (see the sign up box to the right)

I thank all of you for being a part of my world thus far and in the days ahead–we’re going to make 2015 SHINE, y’all!

Stay tuned…

A,B, C and 1, 2, 3: A Round up of Readings

Man o man have I been reading some good stuff! 
Problem is, I don’t like to ‘take notes’ while reading a good book…that means that I often end up getting ready to blog about what I’ve read with nothing but thoughts of ‘that was so GOOD!’ to show for it! I’ve been trying to at least stick a post-it note on the page where I read something I’d like to go back to but, truly? When I am really into a book, I just want to read and read–if the book I am reading causes me to disappear into it, mission accomplished!
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I read ‘Sarah’s Key’ by Tatiana DeRosnay–such a poignant, stirring story. I was hooked by this book in that not only did I want to know what actually happened, I wanted to read it from Sarah’s perspective and witness her feelings. 
Likable, appealing characters are THE hook for stories,in my opinion. Make me like at least one or more of your characters, and I will weather just about any story plot in order to spend time with them.
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An advance copy of Harlan Coben’s ‘Shelter’ found its way to me last week. Again with the likable characters…I liked Mickey’s plucky, realistic self right away and wanted to see him through this adventure. An easy read, yet far from a ‘simple’ book, I think the YA audience will enjoy this one to be sure. Mickey and his friends are teens you might find anywhere in America who have bonded amid their circumstances. They give their all and make determined, unselfish choices in order to save another friend’s life. His Uncle Myron is supportive and interesting in his own right. I might have to read the other books this author has written that feature Myron. The ending to ‘Shelter’ was a surprising one and I’m hoping it means we’re going to see more of Mickey and his support cast.
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Here are a few of the many good posts geared toward writers that I have read online as of late–
there are always SO many:

*This is such a well written/well said piece by Christina Katz: Success on Twitter is how strongly you can stand in the stream of popular opinion and still express something contrary because it’s true for you: http://tiny.cc/u1ugq

*An interesting perspective on getting your writing prioritized and going for the day: http://socialmediamercenary.com/why-i-never-do-my-most-important-task-first
*Excellent post by author James Scott Bell about writing back story into the beginning of your story: http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2010/11/great-backstory-debate.html
*Great post for those days you think your ideas have flown the coop: http://theblueinkwell.com/where-do-you-find-inpiration-for-writing/
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