Posts I loved this week

A wonderful week of posts. Check out these beauties!

From The Written Word Remains…I read this lovely post on rereading favourite books. It’s one of my favourite activities and couldn’t help but agree with the author. Great post!

The beautiful photograph is only eclipsed by the incredible writing in this insightful post by Just Ponderin’.

A fantastic post by Kristen Lamb on getting an awesome plot and ready for Nanowrimo.

The Write Practice has this great post on how to create Character Sketches using Scrivener and I absolutely loved it. Awesome post!

November is coming and everyone’s already excited about Nanowrimo. Like Winter Bayne with her usual humour shining in the post.

This awesome post on First Drafts by Mishka Jenkins made me feel so much better because it not only let me know I’m not the only one who struggles with them but she also shared tips and steps on how to move forward.

If you’re stuck like me and need help getting going, check out this post on 11 Novelist-Tested ways to defeat Writer’s Block from Writers Helping Writers.

Super-cute, check out this picture of a baby turtle being carried by mom. A big thank you to Spanishwoods for making me smile with that lovely post.

If you’re considering starting a blog but want to do it with a group of writers, check out this post by Madeline Iva on just that subject from Romance University.

A huge congratulations to Sourcerer, a very talented blog who has just acquired a new contributor, the brilliant, saucy Infinitefreetime. Very, very exciting!

For those who love quotes, these are specially for writers from Jen’s Thoughts.

Finally, here’s a little bit of cuteness to end the post!

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Posts I loved this week

Here are my weekly favourite posts. From those that touched my heart to those that give reviews, they’re all here. Enjoy!

This one definitely surprised me as a way to write better by Emily Wenstrom in The Write Practice.

If you’re considering editing and wonder about options, this post has them for you by Jami Gold.

I’ve already mentioned the Write Practice but they had this great post on exercise and writing and I can’t help but mention them again. Such a great post by Birgitte Rasine from birgitterasine.com!

21 of the Best quotes on Writing from Stephen King. An absolutely delicious post. Check it out on the Positive Writer.

A great post on some very bad advice. I loved this one by Jeff Goins.

We writers are always looking for conflict for our WIP but we don’t want that in real life. Here’s a great post on how to resolve conflict with your loved one from Tiny Buddha.

Funny and endearing, this post by  had me from the get go. Then I noticed how informative it was! A huge thank you to Writer Unboxed for this great post.

A great set of links for writers in this blog. A huge thanks to Geri Walton at 18th and 19th Century.

Kristen Lamb has these five tips for long term writing success that were excellent.

Romance has often been criticized for being formulaic. In this fantastic post, All About Romance argues the pros and cons of following a winning recipe.

Cute or funny, these quotes from famous writers about writing made me laugh–on a Monday. A great post by Interesting Literature.

In this wonderful post, The Procrastiwriter wrote: “You can take long breaks, and the words will be waiting for you.” I just loved it.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan or if you just read the books, don’t miss this gem by Inky Tavern. It’s a thing of beauty.

The latest post Inside the Life of Moi made me laugh. Hilarious and cute, I had to include it here.

The title says it all: “When the Gazillionth Pass through your Manuscript tries to Kill you” by Heather Webb with great ideas in Romance University.

Absolutely delicious, this post had to be included in this list. A huge thank you to Part Time Monster for this one.

Brand new site, for those of you looking for reviews, check out Room With Books.

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To prologue or not to prologue

Prologues have a pretty bad rep. Most editors will tell you to cut them out. If they’re giving the reader crucial information, slide that into the book. If they’re hooking the reader, make it a chapter. Either way, chop that prologue away.

The issue with prologues is that they’re asking the reader to get into the book, not once, but twice. It takes effort. Some readers don’t make that effort. I have to admit, there are times when I’ve skipped the prologue. It’s a chancy business.

If you’re an indie author, you can do whatever makes you happy and go with your gut. They say prologues are out? You put in three. Who cares what they think? After all, you’re your own boss.

However, if you’re interested in what others are saying (here come the links!), I have some posts to share with you.

This one is by Marg McAllister in Foremost Press and breaks down when to use a prologue and when not to. It also explains the uses of a prologue and has examples when it works well.

This one is by Kristen Lamb and has the cons and pros of a prologue with a delicious title: The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues.

This one is by Nathan Bransford and this one by Kristin Nelson where they explain all the reasons against prologues.

Finally, this one by Kas Thomas in his Author Zone in which he candidly explains pros and cons.

I should add that in my first book, I put in a prologue (about 5 lines long) and now, my second, I’m considering doing without.

What about you? Do prologues work for you? Do you skip them (gasp!) when you’re reading or faithfully read every word?

Writing tips

Great posts with fantastic tips. Check out the little blurbs to see if they’re for you. My hope is that they help you find your personal writing muse.

We all get Writer’s Block. From a bad review, a nasty comment or just simply a bad day, doubt can creep up on us and destroy any and all inspiration. If you’re there, check out this post. It won’t magically fix everything, but if nothing else, you’ll know you’re not alone. A big thanks to Positive Writer for the inspirational post.

One thing that I play around with are the subplots. I love taking a chance with a risky theme or a quirky character in a subplot. But there are limits, because I don’t want to destroy a good story with a terrible subplot. Here is an excellent guide for those subplots. A fantastic article from Live Write Thrive.

We’ve been told prologues aren’t good, but why? Kristen Lamb details the pros and cons in her excellent post: the seven deadly sins of Prologues. So enlightening!

Everyone has their own way of writing, but if you’re into plots and outlines, here‘s a guide on how to do that well. A big thank you to The Beginning Writer for the great post!

If you’re dreading that first scene and just can’t find the words, here‘s a few tips on how to do just that from Jodie Renner. A big thank you to Crime Fiction Collective for the great post!

For those of us who are having trouble getting into that chair and writing, a great tip to find that focus before you write from Writerology.

Finally, one quote to inspire you,

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And one to make you laugh,

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Posts I loved this week

So, every week I go hunting for good posts…and this week, they seemed to come out of the woodwork. They were everywhere! Bloggers are working their tails off to keep their posts fresh, relevant and interesting. Check out these post. They’re absolutely incredible.

A great blog I just discovered, Zenhabits.net had this older post but it’s so good, I cheated and added it to this week. It’s on finding focus for writing. Awesome.

I really liked this post from Outmanned because I too have tried putting mayo in my hair…and, be warned, it doesn’t work. Like she says: no condiments in my hair! Then stick around and read this beautifully written piece on what we pass down through the generations. Talk about a gifted writer.

Of course, Infinitefreetime did it again and created some great posts this week. This one and this one. Do not miss them. Really. So funny.

This one is also funny. From Bill Ferris, a post on how to get over rejections that made me laugh out loud. And the reasons just kept getting funnier.

A big thank you to The Writing Catalog for this post. It’s a great editorial about writers, it has great insight into the world of writing. It comes from the blog Therefore I Geek. Check it out to see where you fall.

If you’re looking to be inspired, check out this post by Jeff Moore on the Everyday Power Blog. It has 28 amazing quotes by Rumi. Moving, inspirational and eye-opening, they made my day. Or this great motivational post by Jen Owenby. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you Jen!

On plot development, I read this awesome post by Emily Wenstrom. I loved the idea of a 3-D conflict and, when I applied it to a scene in my novel, it really enriched it. I’m going to try and use that in my plot development.

And on editing, don’t rush out your work! Edit and re-edit until that manuscript shines like a diamond–or possibly more. D. Emery Bunn has a much more eloquent way of saying it it in this post.

This one is a great heads up for all who blog or write. Live to write – Write to live‘s Wendy E. N. Thomas wrote this post on ‘Nothing gets deleted on the internet – know this‘. It really hit home because I blog and I need to remember that what I post is both public and permanent. Have you heard about the controversy surrounding Lynn Shepard’s post? Enough said.

I worry and, when I do, my writing freezes and comes to a stop. This week, Mishka Jenkins had this amazing post on worrying while writing. Even better, she has these amazing resources to find inspiration. Check it out here.

I also really enjoyed this post by Kristen Lamb on the difference between Introverts and Extroverts. I used to think an extrovert was someone who spoke a lot and an introvert was someone who was quiet. Okay. I had no idea. If you don’t know where you fall, check out the post.

I’ve always heard, in writing, less is more. But I write novels not novellas and they have to be a certain length. Here’s  an amazing post about how to ensure that novel has that length. A big thank you to Kris Bock for the amazing resources and great post!

If those run-on sentences are giving you grief, Shanan had this great post on her site The Procrastiwriter with grammar links. It’s an excellent one to keep on tab for those sticky semi-colons too!

And finally, one cutie of a post by Winter Bayne. Loved this post, especially the bit about seizures.

Posts I loved this week

Early March and there are a lot of talented writers writing their way through this relentless winter. I loved this week’s selection of posts!

Outmanned wrote a post that terrified me. I just kept wondering how she does it. How does she do it? I would have been crying on the floor. My hat goes off to her! And a big congrats on her award!

Another big congrats to Scott Bury, fellow Canadian and very talented author who’s book, “One shade of red” is out. Check it out in David C. Cassidy’s blog. David C. Cassidy is another very talented Canadian author who also does some amazing photography, book covers and featured Scott in his blog. Way to go guys!

I tend to love countdowns in just about anything but this one is particularly awesome. Jeff Moore‘s Top 10 Most Popular Posts. Check them out.

Live to write – Write to live just blows my mind. Week after week, they consistently come up with amazing posts. Not only are they well written, they’re full of great information that just hits the spot. This week Lisa J. Jackson wrote a particularly awesome post with great ideas! A big thank you for that great post. Then Jamie Lee Wallace wrote this great post about being creative (with help from John Cleese!). So positive and instructional! Awesome!

Finding balance is always a struggle for me. Kristen Lamb is definitely a go-getter and she has a great post on balance. I found this one thanks to Winter Bayne, another awesome writer and definitely another go-getter (check out her to-do lists!). Big thank you for the suggestion!

Here’s yet another example of why I love Infinitefreetime. Just check out this post. Hilarious! It’s tiny and yet soooo funny. I have no idea how he does it but I suspect genius has something to do with it.

K.M. Weiland wrote a delicious post titled: The lie your character believes. Ohhh. Just that title had me going. I thought: how absolutely amazing to create a lie, a piece of denial for a character. I loved it. I was thinking of my character, Amy. She believes she can’t handle her fear. The plot in the book, makes her face that fear. This great post is part of a great series on Character Arcs. Check it out here.

I’ve mentioned Sourcerer before and Gene’O because I believe he’s incredibly talented and that blog is amazing, but I’d like to mention his personal blog this week, The Writing Catalog. Gene’O wrote a powerful and gripping post this week. It really hit me because it was so honest and emotionally raw. I find honesty online is both rare and incredibly refreshing.

Speaking of honesty, check out Jodie Llewellyn’s very honest post on fear. I started reading and couldn’t stop. Her fears were exactly my own! I loved that post.

Posts I loved this week

Here are the posts I loved this week!

Jamie Lee Wallace wrote an excellent post for the blog: Live to write – write to live. It had everything from great tips to advice, to a great quote to great links on ideas for blog posts! Excellent post! http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/weekend-edition-writing-is-not-for-sissies/

I liked this one from The Writing Catalog. How do we compose? Do we do it in our head or do we need a pen and paper (or computer)? http://gno112.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/question-for-writers/

Kristen Lamb wrote this How-to post for authors. I really liked it. It has some great tips on how to get writing and stay there. http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/journey-from-aspiring-dreamer-to-hardened-professional-author/

Absolutely awesome, James speaks is a blog not to be missed. I certainly was glad to check it out this week with its incredible posts. http://jamesneed.com/2014/02/10/resistance-creates-pain-accetpance-creates-peace/

Short but sweet. I loved this one and it happened to be posted on the day when I needed it so much! http://everydaypowerblog.com/2014/02/10/you-too-can-become-great/. But check out the Everyday Power Blog. It’s filled with goodness!

I really liked this post by Jen Owenbyhttp://jenowenby.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/whispers-of-the-heart/. It posed a question I’ve asked myself before. How well do writers have to understand their characters? Even their villains? She puts it much, much better than I do.

For fans of Game of Thrones, there’s this awesome post from Sourcerer. Great video! http://sourcererblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/best-cast-comments-ever/

Living with Izzy had a great happy-ending story (I love those!) about the dogs in Sochi. Loved it!

I cried with this one…I’m such a sap for a love story…I just love them. And Outmanned wrote such a wonderful post. I cried. I hope you enjoy it too.

Finally, this great one by J. A. Hennrikus on Social Media. I thought it made so much sense. http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/my-8020-rule/

Hope you liked them as much as I did. If not, what were your favourites?

Some blogs I love

I follow some blogs religiously. They’re just simply awesome. Some are good for a laugh, some are great writers, some inspire me and others are just beautiful works of art.

http://infinitefreetime.wordpress.com is just awesome. I read it every day. It’s not only funny and addictive but it’s also well written and fresh. Love it. I bet you can’t read an entry and turn away.

http://feetfromshore.wordpress.com has absolutely stunning pictures. Don’t miss the one about rain. I couldn’t believe the shots. How does she do it? Is it the camera? To me, someone who has trouble not cutting people’s heads off when I take a picture, the shots were incredible. Totally worth going and checking it out.

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com. I follow Kristen Lamb’s site because she tells it like it is and it’s very helpful to know what’s what in writing. It’s not always easy to find the truth about writing and she delivers. She also has great tips, ideas and hints for writing issues. I get those all the time!

http://pennydreadfulbooks.me. I follow her because she writes great reviews. You can tell because she doesn’t simply give every book perfect and she writes so eloquently. Good reviews are hard to write. Why did you like it? What exactly makes this a good read? What’s outstanding about this author’s writing style? To be precise and clear takes talent. Plus, I get to see what books are out there and I’m always looking for a good book…and did I mention she reviewed Olivia’s Choice?

http://everydaypowerblog.com simply inspires me. There are days when I want to pull out my hair, when work sucked and the car needs gas and I’m cranky and need sleep and I can’t think of one single word to write…and this blog gives me a boost. The rest of the time, I just read it and feel grateful.

http://tarissahelms.com is a great blog I follow because it both inspires me and just makes me smile. I love the stories in it. And…

http://rachelmankowitz.wordpress.com I won’t miss because the stories are just too good to miss…plus she loves doggies so that’s always a winner with me aaand she includes pictures of her pooches! It’s a definite must check out in my book. (mental note: take more pictures of Ocean for blog).