Posts I loved this week

What a wonderful week in posts. While we were buried in snow, bloggers out there were busy. A big thank you to everyone who wrote these inspirational posts!

Why Social Media is important to your writing career by Laura Kaye from Writers in the Storm.

9 Habits of Successful Writers on Twitter was a great informative post from Savvy Writers and e-Books online. A huge thanks for those tips.

I’m with Steve Vernon on this one. Plotting works. Check out the post for reasons why.

The Sprint Shack had a wonderful idea for those writers who are stuck with Writers Block. Check it out here.

I always appreciate good humour and this post has just that…plus extra tips from Gene’O and a great music video. A huge thanks to Just Gene’O for that great post!

A very informative post on how to deal with reviews, good or bad from Musings and Marvels but found through Steve Vernon so a big thanks to him for the tip!

This post is a thought-provoking analysis of Jamie Fraser from Outlander and poses the question, Is he a dreamboat or a Douchebag? I loved how unbiased it was and that it made me think. A huge thank you to All About Romance for this excellent post!

I loved this one because it was so wise, insightful and beautifully written. I read it and sighed with delight. What a wonderful post from Open Hearted Musings!

Part Time Monster wrote an incredibly beautiful, moving post about a life-changing decision. The writing not only touched me but it moved me so that I had to include it here. Check it out. It’s so powerful.

A very cute post, 10 Reasons why being a Writer is Like Being Santa Claus made me grin, then laugh out loud. A big thank you to Tara Sparling for that gem.

Heather B. Costa has this lovely post about a commute in London. I’ve lived in London and not only is it just like Heather describes, it can be very lonely and scary. Her post was absolutely beautiful. What a delight to read!

Finally, a little picture to make you smile,

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Posts I loved this week

Inspirational and just plain amazing, this week’s selection of posts left me so glad that I’m a part of this community. A huge thank you to everyone for your wonderful posts!

If you’re looking for a little promo for your book, free of charge, check out this post by Steve Vernon. And help me thank him for sharing that link with everyone!

A lovely idea to help those less fortunate during the holidays from Literary Treasure Chest.

A wonderfully written and very well thought-out alternative to my idea for book piracy from D. Emery Bunn.

If you’re like me and always searching for your next great read, try this selection of carefully chosen books coming out in 2015 from Part Time Monster.

Congratulations to Musings by Mandy for her debut novel’s upcoming release! Scandalous Endeavours sounds and looks amazing!

A great post announcing an upcoming how-to from Just Gene’O for Facebook. If you’re on that Social Media site or want to be, you really don’t want to miss his posts. Not only is he a pro, he shares the secret to his success tip by easy-to-follow tip.

Huge congrats to Luther M. Siler for his upcoming World Unknown Review Volume I!

A really interesting post on how to drive a story forward that’s not plot-driven. A huge thank you to Donald Maass from Writer Unboxed for the great post!

I have mentioned this blogger already but this post had to be included. What a wonderful post by Part Time Monster!

Finally, something to make you smile,

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Posts I loved this week

This week we got a ton of snow but a great set of posts to offset that weather. If I missed something that you found awesome, let me know!

I am in awe of Winter Bayne‘s workout plan. It’s incredibly dedicated (just like her) and thorough. My hat goes off to her.

A huge congrats to Natacha Guyot on her upcoming book! So exciting!

Looking for reviews for your book? Laekan Zea Kemp has accumulated a list of 555 reviewers for indie authors. You heard that right, 555! If you go to the site, give her a huge thanks for sharing that list!

Interesting Literarture had the top 10 poems everyone should read from T. S. Eliot. A fantastic read even for those of us (like me) who can only appreciate poems with mild understanding of their wonder.

Infinitefreetime’s post on his bathroom reno is hilarious. I remember him starting that project a year ago…So funny.

A very interesting post, Sequels I can’t Wait for, was an instant hit with me. I love reading about upcoming books. A huge thanks to My Friend The Writer for this post!

That Montreal Girl has a series of posts on how-to photography that blow my head off–She even has examples to show what she means! Check them out here or here.

False Awakening is on sale and if you haven’t got your copy of this awesome book, this is your chance. Check it out here on Callum McLaughlin.

Part Time Monster has a weekly post that counts down favourite things. It’s something I look forward to because I love countdowns. This week’s was particularly cute. Check it out here.

Writers in the Storm has this great post for writers who use Twitter. It has the 12 best Hashtags for writers.

If you’re looking for a neat blog to follow, check out this post by Just Gene’O where he explains what’s what in this awesome blog. Pretty neat. Just saying.

Very, very exciting, Melissa Barker-Simpson released her latest novel The Fifth Watcher. Have I mentioned how much I love her writing? Check it out here.

A great post for those trying to get an agent, this one has examples of successful queries and explains why they were successful. A huge thanks to Aussie Writers.

For the bloggers out there, three tips for getting your post noticed from Steve Vernon.

Finally, a little thought on writing.

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Pay-It-Forward-Friday: Gene’O

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

My focus today is Gene’O, a blogger, writer and photographer just to name a few. He also happens to have a M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Creative English. He’s also one of those people I’ve mentioned above.

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Gene’O describes himself as a: “Compulsive writer, amateur photographer, and blogaholic.”

He’s is a contributor to several fantastic websites:

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(Parttimemonster.com)

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He also runs his own site and is active on other media:

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His sites are filled with goodies like incredible photographs, writing resources, great posts, helpful tips for Social Media and more. I follow them and the day doesn’t go by when I don’t find something worthwhile on them. Why not check them out?

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Posts I loved this week

This week brought out a great round of very funny posts and some that were just inspirational. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

A very positive and encouraging post by D. Emery Bunn on how to get an audience, I loved it.

If you need a laugh, check out this post from Infinitefreetime. All I’ll say is that it involves a cat. Oh, I laughed and laughed.

Someone else is praising Scrivener, this post is a great start tool and it even includes a tutorial! Thanks to Jeff Goins.

If you need another good laugh, check out this post by Inside the life of Moi. A lot of work went into this post and a lot of good writing. Man alive!

A great insightful post on how-to for Twitter from Just Gene’O. Check out this blog if you haven’t yet, it’s absolutely fantastic.

If you’re like me and can never have too much laughter in your day, check out this post with hilarious questions and answers by I Am not The Batman. Ha! Still chuckling over that.

A great post with editing tips, this one is thanks to Robin Gianna from Romance University.

Beautiful, beautiful photographs at Part Time Monster.

Another funny post, this one is by Pecked to Death by Chickens. I love anything that makes me laugh and this one did so in the early, dark morning before heading to DayJob. Hilarious.

A great list of links by category for writers with everything from agents to editing links, this post is a great reference by Writer Unboxed.

Very, very sad but Outlander is done for this half-season. It will restart in April (though not the 4th for us Canadians) and have 8 more episodes but we have to wait until then to see the story continue…sigh! Still, here‘s the Mid-Season finale recap from Penny Dreadful Books.

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Sigh! Until Spring, Jamie!

Posts I loved this week

A very exciting week in posts with everything from news to terrifying content.

I rambled on last week about Sourcerer‘s new contributor (Luther M. Siler) but here’s another reason to check out this awesome blog if you haven’t done so yet, WordPress Tricks. Those are some of the goodies you get from Sourcerer. Awesome, eh? I know! And, by the way, if you’re interested in joining Sourcerer, check out this post. This is a great time to join because they’re growing.

I love funny posts and this one is hilarious. What happens when Just Ponderin’ gets the Christmas catalog with steps on how to run the perfect holiday feast. I laughed out loud.

Okay, I don’t usually link to this type of post but I had to make an exception because the post is brilliant. However, it’s also terrifying. It’s on how to spot if someone is a psychopath by one simple question from I am not the Batman. I won’t lie, I was a shaking mess when I read it. Yikes.

A better post (and happier news) is the new book from Laekan Zea Kemp, The Boy in her Dreams. A huge congrats to Ms. Kemp for this accomplishment!

If you’re doing Nanowrimo, here‘s a post on how to get ready from The Sprint Shack.

Exciting news for everyone who blogs. Just Gene’O is going to undergo a big change. It’s focus is going to be every type of blogger: “geek bloggers, food bloggers, mommy bloggers, diarists, and every other type of blogger you can think of, as well as writers and book lovers.” Everything from passing information to tons of content about blogging to fun features. Just Gene’O is going to be fantastic! I can’t wait.

Steven Pressfield has this great post: The Second Act Belongs to the Villain. I thought it was absolutely superb.

I love nothing more than honesty and sometimes, when people get upset, they’re really honest. This is what got me in this great post by Nina Kaytel. She was upset and wrote this wonderful post about appreciating every kind of book.

The Write Practice has this great post on how to use Scrivener to sketch a setting. If you’re a fan of Scrivener or curious about the program, check it out.

This post by KJ Charles got me thinking in a good way. How do I react to bad reviews? And is it worth reading reviews? KJ has the admirable attitude of not reading reviews. I found that so interesting. I’m totally botching the description, check out the post.

Finally, the cutie, pattotie puppy…Awwww! So squeeshy.

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Posts I loved this week

A great mix of funny and resourceful links this week. Check them out!

A great post on first drafts and how to go about getting them done by Margarita Morris. This is her second post on ‘How I write’ series that has been absolutely fascinating so far.

Does Writing Advice really work? is a great post by Bottled Worder that shakes up a few myths.

There’s something about how these posts are written that just draws me in time after time. Check it out on Part Time Monster.

Five Facts About Fear for Writers. A great post with fantastic insight from The Write Practice.

Oh so funny, this post made me laugh from Infinitefreetime.

A great post on silencers for those who write mystery from Romance University.

How to write a book: The 5-Draft Method by Jeff Goins.

How Best-Selling Writers Sabotage Themselves is a great read even if I’m nowhere near there because it’s fun to pretend. A great post by Live Write Thrive.

I’m editing Amy’s Courage so this post was just perfect. Finding Problems vs. Fixing Problems from Jami Gold.

An eye-opening, chilling post on what can happen with publishers on Dear Author. A huge thank you to Winter Bayne for the link.

Another incredible photograph from Sourcerer. Many thanks to Gene’O for that post!

Hilarious review of Outlander’s first episode. I laughed so hard at this one. A huge thank you to Auralee Wallace at Penny Dreadful Book Reviews.

Why you should self-publish by Chuck Wendig from Terrible Minds.

51 Resources for writers from Positive Writer via Jen Owenby. A fantastic find!

Posts I loved this week

A fantastic set of posts this week as we start September. These are awesome!

With her own set of posts she loves this week, Live to Write and Write to Live is a blog not to be missed. A huge thank you to Jamie Lee Wallace for her awesome post!

A great post on how to write better dialogue on The Write Practice. And while you’re there check out this post on Mondegreens, a great way to add humour to your story.

Do you have an author platform? Here’s a post with 12 rules you need to know to build one on Writer Unboxed.

A great post that made me stop and think, this one is by Jodie Llewellyn.

For those who are curious about Scrivener but need a little help getting started, here’s a link to a video course that will teach you the program step by step from Helping Writers Become Authors.

I never, ever get poems…but this one is incredible by Callum McLaughlin.

The Best Websites for Indie Authors according to Molly Greene.

Some great tips and tricks on how to create genuine characters for your novel from Live Write Thrive.

Top 30 websites for Indie authors from Author Marketing Experts.

If you’re considering getting a business plan, you’re doing awesome. Don’t take my word for it, check out this post by Jami Gold on why and when writers need a business plan.

Catch this one at the very start. It’s a brand new blog by Gene’O. Fantastic already!

This one has a bit of math and a great kick for indie authors. I loved it so a big thank you to Shawn Coyne at Steven Pressfield.

Total self-indulgence, here‘s a great review of Outlander S1 Ep 2.

If your book is published but you want to pitch it to an agent, this post is for you by Chuck Sambuchino in Writers in the Storm.

Finally, super-interesting on how to research for a book. I loved this post by Margarita Morris.

If we were having coffee…

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my work load is about to go through the roof and I’m worried about it and I’d tell you our house hasn’t sold and that worries me more than I’d like to admit.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m actually enjoying editing Amy’s Courage because I’ve added a new character–an adopted dog–that I simply love. My sister was teaching in Mongolia and sent me this picture of a homeless dog she was feeding. 5_Lucie the Mum

Her name is Lucy and she’s a stray dog trying to feed her puppies. I couldn’t get her out of my mind. So, I’ve put her in my book where I get to spoil her to my heart’s content.

I’d tell you I’m looking forward to fall. After the winter we just had, it’s insane that I can’t wait for the cold weather again. I probably have penguin DNA or something.

I’d ask you how you’re doing and what you’re reading…

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If we were having coffee is a blog post feature from Just Gene’O. He’s having a linkup today here.

My usual Saturday Post: Posts I loved this Week will be here tomorrow…with a teeny, tiny surprise.

Posts I loved this week

Though it had its losses, this week in posts was absolutely awesome. Check them out below!

I love diverse, complicated characters. Here‘s a great post on how to create those nifty, deeply layered personalities in your books by Nicohle Christopherson in Writerology and, before you leave the site, check out this other post. It’s got tips on how to take a character who appears nice and move them over to the ‘nasty’ side of things with just a slight personality change. Awesome post by Skye.

Super-interesting and certainly a stand out post, I loved this one by Alianne Donnelly because it was gutsy, eloquent and full of passion.

Robin Williams passed away this week and this particular post about him was so beautifully written that it moved me to include it here. It has incredible poetry and wonderful prose from I Am not the Batman.

7 reasons why writing a book makes you a champion, what a lovely message by Now Novel.

Just an indulgence on my part, this post has 50 weird town names in Canada you won’t be able to pronounce from Reader’s Digest! Hilarious–at least to me.

A fantastic blog by a wonderful person, Gene’O is reorganizing things. I’m so excited because I know there are good things coming our way on this blog, Just Gene’O. Just look at what he’s planning!

Great tips for your blog posts, this one is from Jeff Bullas and his site is oozing with awesome posts on how to improve traffic.

Yet more reasons to switch to indie publishing from an author who’s been traditionally published, , via Jane Friedman.

A lovely twist on waiting so that it becomes a gift. I needed to read this post by  in Writer Unboxed because I hate waiting.

I don’t have a publishing contract, I simply envy those who do, but this post is for those of you who do because there are hidden dangers inside those contracts. This is a post on what to look for in your contract by Susan Spann a pro on Writers in the Storm.

From Hannibal Lecter to Jaws, the villain can make or break a story. This post is about creating a fantastic one for your story on Live Write Thrive.

A great post on images and where to get them by Jamie Lee Wallace on Live to Write – Write to Live.

If you write historical fiction or romance, you might want to check out this post on No Wasted Ink. It has a great list with explanations of each site and what they can give you.

Maybe it was the coffee, but this post has some of the best tips for breaking Writer’s Block  I have seen. A huge thanks to Succeed at Writing for this post!

A list of 12 things every indie author needs to know by Knite Writes. I knew some of them but others were complete surprises.

A great post by Mishka Jenkins, it has four different ways of creating a plot with their pros and cons.

Writing tips from J.R.R. Tolkien that are not only wise but uplifting. I loved this post from Writers in the Storm.

Finally, a huge congrats to Winter Bayne, a fantastic author, on her publishing contracts and her new look!