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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Advice for Staying Emotionally Strong Enough to Write Well. Wow!

A Change is as Good as a Rest

By Donna Schlachter


"In order to write deep stories that will draw readers in, 
we need to be in prime emotional condition. 
We can’t do that if we don’t take care of ourselves."

  
“A change is as good as a rest”. My father used to say that a lot.

Lately I’ve been really tired. I thought I needed a rest. A vacation. And so I told some friends, “I’d like to take a vacation where I don’t have to travel every day. Where I get to sleep in the same comfy bed every night. Where I don’t have to cook, or clean, or make the bed.”

The next day I learned that my attendance at a set of weekend meetings wasn’t required. But I’d already booked the time off, reserved a hotel, and bought tickets to a museum in the area.

What to do?

Wait a minute. I was just saying I needed a vacation. Yippee!

Suddenly I was re-energized. I buckled down and accomplished a lot in one day. Caught up on my correspondence, cleaned out my email inbox, wrote some blogs that were due, and generally felt a lot better about myself, my schedule, and my workload.
Do you need a rest? Maybe all you really need is a “change”. And while I wish I’d said I’d like to spend my vacation somewhere warm, like on a beach, I’ll take what I’ve been given.

So if you need to make a “change”, my first suggestion would be: be specific. There is nothing wrong with spelling out exactly what you want. Maybe a new car. Well, describe it. Perhaps you need a new house. Write down how many bedrooms, how many levels, even the color if you know it. Maybe lose weight. Decide what your ideal weight goal is.
Next, decide what the first step is to achieve your goal. If you want a new car, perhaps you need to start saving. A new house? Go to open houses in the area you’d like to live in. Lose weight? Decide what foods tempt you and get them out of the house.

Third step would be to visualize your change. Find pictures of that new car or new house. Post pictures of outfits you’d like to wear or the cruise ship you’ll sail on when you can fit into a sleeker swimsuit.

Finally, do whatever it takes to achieve your goal. Need to save more money faster? What can you sell? What service can you cancel? Maybe you don’t need a landline telephone and a cell phone. Maybe you can live without cable for a while. Don’t want flabby skin after you reach your weight loss goal? Maybe you can walk some each day. Get up early and do some stretches. Join a gym.

Whatever your “change” is, you won’t achieve it if you don’t start. So start dreaming today, and tomorrow, put some action behind your dreams.
 
Takeaway: In order to write deep stories that will draw readers in, we need to be in prime emotional condition. We can’t do that if we don’t take care of ourselves.
 
Exercises:
  1. If you’re feeling physically exhausted, could there be a physical reason? What you’re eating? Not getting enough sleep? What changes are you willing to make to improve how you feel?
  1. If you’re feeling emotionally exhausted, check your calendar. Schedule in some down time, some couple time, some family time.
  1. How’s your prayer life? If you aren’t spending time with God now on a daily basis, perhaps now is the time to start. Get a Bible and a reading plan, and follow it. Spending time in the Word on a daily basis rejuvenates like nothing else.
 
 
Check out Donna’s latest release, Calli, here: https://www.amazon.com/Calli-Prairie-Roses-Collection-Book-ebook/dp/B09SD6XPRQ
 
About Donna:

A hybrid author, Donna writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than 50 times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both. 
 
www.DonnaSchlachter.com Stay connected so you learn about new releases, preorders, and presales, as well as check out featured authors, book reviews, and a little corner of peace. Plus: Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for Donna's free newsletter at:
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 Howard-Johnson is the multi award-winning author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (https://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered in its third edition by Modern History Press. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (https://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (https://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The one on writing book proposals is also available as an Audio Book. The Frugal Editor (https://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (https://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (https://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon at https://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Back Matter for Your Children's Books Part One

 


By Karen Cioffi, Children's Ghostwriter

Are you thinking of writing a children’s book? Or, maybe you’ve written one already.

The majority of my clients hire me for picture books, although I’m getting more and more chapter and middle grade clients now.

As authors having a book that will be published, it’s important for them to know a bit about what should go in the back of your book.

Keep in mind that this may vary, depending on the purpose of your book and the topic. And if you have a picture book, it depends if you want any information at the back or if you’d prefer having more pages for story and illustrations.

Note: If you're traditionally publishing, the publishing house will make decisions or help you make decisions about your back matter.

Below are 7 pages you might consider for your book’s back matter, if space allows and the story warrants it.

1. About the Author

This is a page that most authors want in their book. It’s the page where the author can let the reader know a bit about him or her. And, it might be the page you use, if you’re a professional, to show your credentials for writing the book.

This is an important element if say you’re in the healthcare profession. You’ll want the reader to know that you are qualified to give the information in the book.

This page can be used in any children’s genre you’re writing in, including a picture book.  

2. Afterword / Author Notes

On this page, you’ll be able to explain why you wrote the book, how you came up with the idea, and/or what inspired you to write it.

If you're publishing a picture book and have the room on the Author page, add the Afterword there. Every page counts in picture books.

This is another page that’s appropriate for any genre, if page count allows.

3. Additional Information

Depending on the topic of your book, you may want to offer additional information that is fact based.

For example, I’ve worked with a number of mental health professionals and they usually want to give the reader, parent, or other mental health professional helpful tips relating to the topic of the story.

Or, it could be you’ve written a wonderful fiction story about a dinosaur and want to give some facts about dinosaurs in the back of the book.

Another example is a four-book fiction picture book series I have, The Adventures of Planetman. The books are about protecting our environment. The back of these books each have fact-based information that shows children how they can be a super-hero for our planet.

Whatever the reason or purpose for additional information, you need to be sure you have the room for it. Standard picture books usually don’t.

Additional information pages are an excellent idea for chapter books and middle grade books.

An example of this is my middle grade fantasy set in ancient China, Walking Through Walls. I provided the reader with information on the Ming Dynasty period and also interesting information on Chinese dragons as a dragon was mentioned in the story.

This type of information allows the reader to become more involved with the story. It also gives the parent and teacher more room for conversation with the young reader. And, if you need to add more pages to your book, it’s the perfect filler.

4. Reading Comprehension

Most standard children’s picture books don’t include a reading comprehension page(s). They just don’t have the space.

But if you’re writing a chapter or middle grade book and would like to boost its chances of being picked up for school classrooms and libraries, then definitely include this in your book’s back matter.

Reading comprehension pages help children understand what they just read. These pages ask questions that make the child think about the story and how it can relate to them.

Stop back next month for the rest of this article: numbers5-7 and more about picture books.

This post was originally published at: https://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com/2018/09/23/childrens-books-and-back-matter/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Cioffi is an award-winning children’s author and children’s ghostwriter, rewriter, and coach with clients worldwide. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Writers on the Move, and an author online platform instructor with WOW! Women on Writing.

Karen’s children’s books include Walking Through Walls and The Case of the Stranded Bear. She also has a DIY book, How to Write Children’s Fiction Books. You can check them out at: https://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com/karens-books/

 If you need help with your children’s story, visit: https://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com.  

A feature in the right column of this blog lets you subscribe to #SharingwithWriters so you don’t miss any of Karen’s posts on writing for children.  

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MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER Howard-Johnson is the multi award-winning author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered in its third edition by Modern History Press. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The one on writing book proposals is also available as an Audio Book. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon at http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Lighthouses Through Life Writing Prompts Free PDF

Lighthouses Through Life Writing Prompts Free PDF

The writing prompt posts on the 15th of each month are for writing groups, quick writes, flash fiction, and class for teachers. 

People need "lighthouses" through life in areas such as friendships, mentors, teachers, relatives, and helpers. Let your light shine! Help someone! 

Crystal of Castle View Academy in Northern Ireland was a lighthouse to me when she began painting lighthouses, so I could get ideas for this month's prompts. 

“Don’t forget that maybe you are the lighthouse in someone’s storm.” – Unknown

Lighthouses Through Life Writing Prompts Free PDF

Perhaps an physical lighthouse has helped a ship or boat you were traveling on at some point. Did you know a "daymark" refers to the colors of the lighthouse to help mariners tell the difference between them during daylight? Did you ever wonder why they were different colors or had stripes? I did but I thought people had different ideas at different times through history. This is the link is to the free instant PDF  download for this month's prompts. 

Lighthouses Through Life Writing Prompts Free PDF


Have you seen "Up" the movie? One quote from it is

"Adventure is out there."

— Up (Movie)

Simple yet profound. I never thought about hot air balloons finding lighthouses. What else might rely on lighthouses? 

Lighthouses Through Life Writing Prompts Free PDF


Lighthouses themselves take quite a battering during storms, but stand strong. Sometimes a friend who helps us might be experiencing some sort of storm, yet they are able to carry on and help another. Did that ever happen to you?
Lighthouses Through Life Writing Prompts Free PDF

Did you ever think about how the inside stairway in a lighthouse has the same shape as a nautilus shell? I'm sure you have heard the phrase that progress is not always in a straight line or orderly fashion.  Is climbing a stairway like this something that makes you think? If you didn't know what was at the top, what would you think might be there?  
Lighthouses Through Life Writing Prompts Free PDF


What desolate places lighthouses might be, such as this one on top of lots of rocks. Just think of working in such a location, back in the day when a lightkeeper had to keep the fire burning. Now people don't have to live in lighthouses, but can rent, perhaps

Lighthouses Through Life Writing Prompts Free PDF

There are six text prompts, and eight picture prompts. As always, there is a coloring page for any children who might attend writing group with a parent, for whatever reason. 

Lighthouses Through Life Writing Prompts Free PDF
Good luck with your writing! These prompts may be used for quick writes, beginning, ending, or actual full writing pieces depending on where the winds may blow.

Happy day, 

The prompts are on Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Sharing with Writers and Readers Blog and post the 15th of each month. 

Adding Color Writing Prompts post and free instant download

Camping Writing Prompts  post and free instant download

Comedy Writing Prompts post and free instant download

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January Any Year Writing Prompts post and free instant download

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March Days Writing Prompts post and free instant download

Motherhood and May Writing Prompts post and free instant download

Music Writing Prompts post and free instant download

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MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER Howard-Johnson is the multi award-winning author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (https://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered in its third edition by Modern History Press. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (https://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (https://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The one on writing book proposals is also available as an Audio Book. The Frugal Editor (https://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (https://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (https://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon at https://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Wanna Be a Critic? Or Get Noticed by One? IWOSC to the Rescue!




EVERYBODY'S A CRITIC!
Get Your Writing Noticed by Top Critics -
Or Become One Yourself

Wednesday, May 25
7 pm Pacific on Zoom

The old saying that "everybody's a critic" is more apt than ever. 

Writers must maneuver a world of hidden dragons that impact how their novel, script, or essay is received. Trends, platforms, inclusion, diversity equality / equity, social media presence, political polarization, and cancel culture influence our work in ways we can't avoid. Look at recent firestorms over J.K. Rowling, Woody Allen, Dave Chappelle and others. No one's work stands above the fray!

In addition to pleasing the critics, we'll also discuss the qualities that separate top critics of  books and other media from the mediocre - and what you need to know if you aspire  to join their ranks.

Here are some of the issues our panelists will address:

  • How does diversity, equality/equity, and Inclusion change the game for writers and their stories and films?
  • How do writers get the attention of the critics that matter?
  • What are the ethics of fair and unfair reviewing?   
  • Regarding cancel culture: is it possible (or even desirable) any longer to separate the art from the artist?
  • Is there even a role for the professional critic in today's world?
  • How can we break in and become a professional critic ourselves?


IWOSC's panel of experienced writers are:

RAY RICHMOND is a leadingentertainment journalist, critic, columnist, and author. His most recent bestselling book: the coffee table bio Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life
HERBIE J PILATO is a writer, producer,director, singer/
songwriter, and entertainment executive. He's written many books on iconic TV shows and personalities, and hosts his own TV show, Then Again with Herbie J Pilato.
DEBRA LEVINE is an internationallypublished arts journalist and commentator for institutions and television. She's also the founder and publisher of arts•meme, the fine-arts blog.
SAM BUNTZ writes in many venues: essays and think pieces for media outlets and his blog (The Muted Trumpet) as well as books, short stories, and songs (His group is the Carmelittles).
MEKEISHA MADDEN TOBY is a seasoned TV critic and journalist who writes for outlets like People, CNN, Shondaland, more. Her podcast TV Madness with Mekeisha Madden Toby has been broadcast since 2010.
Moderator TELLY DAVIDSON, IWOSC’s Director of Programs, is also a film and television reviewer. He's written Culture War: How the 90s Made Us Who We Are Today (Whether We Like It or Not). 


Free to IWOSC Members;  Non-members $15
Deadline for advance registration is noon the Tuesday before the meeting. 
We will not accept RSVPs after this time!
Register now for this panel
IWOSC Wednesday Panel
Monday, May 25, 2022
7 to 9 pm Pacific
 

The Zoom link will be sent to you after your RSVP & payment (if needed) is received.. Please allow up to a week for this, as the process is not automated. 

Save the link, or put it in your calendar.
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 Howard-Johnson is the multi award-winning author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (https://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered in its third edition by Modern History Press. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (https://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (https://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The one on writing book proposals is also available as an Audio Book. The Frugal Editor (https://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (https://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (https://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon at https://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.