Posts I loved this week

Truly genius, this week’s posts are classy and informative. Is it me or do they keep getting better?

A fantastic idea that started at Considerings passed on via Gene’O, I loved everything from the idea to the posts on it. I really hope we get those 1000 blogs and start something. Compassion is a beautiful goal. A huge thank you to Gene’O for including me.

Getting an editor is a personal choice. David J. Delaney talks about his in this fantastic post.

This one is a great post for creating a balanced character, not 100% evil or 100% good rather a realistic mix. Check out all the tips and how-to’s at Writers Helping Writers.

I don’t spend that much time on Twitter but this post on annoying Tweets made me laugh. If you’re looking for a chuckle or spend time with that famous Blue Bird, check it out on Writer Unboxed.

A huge, HUGE congrats to Luther M. Siler who’s now in print!  Skylights is available right here and it’s in print for your reading pleasure. And yet another congrats for the completion of The Benevolence Archives: The Sanctum of the Sphere! Awesome week!

If you’re a writer, Write To Done has their top 10 Blogs for Writers 2015 out. They have strict guidelines for their selection, links and brief descriptions with pros for each, so I was in heaven.

This one was just a lovely, lovely post to read. I read it early in the morning before heading to work and it sent me off with a goofy grin on my face. There’s something really special about Part Time Monster‘s writing. I’ve noticed it before and this post has it right in spades. The writing is honest, fresh, refreshing and has a thread of vulnerability that grabs me every time.

It’s funny. I cringe when I see someone get hurt in a movie but, if they hurt an animal, I have to walk out and, if it’s a dog, I walk out crying. Stories like this need to be passed and shared. No animal should suffer at our hands. A big, huge thanks to Izzy for that supportive post. Keep up the great work!

I’ve ranted about Scrivener before. Check out 3 features that make it ideal for a First Draft  from the Spring Shack and see even more reasons for loving that program.

Finally, cute and lovely, this post both cheered me up and made me smile. I loved everything from the pictures to the concept because it’s so true. Thank you for that gem, Margarita Morris!

 

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Posts I loved this week

10 Amazing Pictures of Libraries was a post that I adored. Not only was it a countdown (something I love) but it had great pictures and they were of books! The only thing better would be to be there in person. A huge thanks to Interesting Literature for that wonderful post!

All About Romance, one of my favourite book sites, picked the top books of 2014 and they’re not to be missed. Here is the post if you’re looking for the best of last year in romance. And if you’re looking forward, here’s their post on Eagerly Awaited January books.

The annual report from WordPress for this humble blog. I loved all the stats and numbers.

Another countdown of romance books comes from Book Chick With Kick and it counts down the best 20 from 2014. If you’re like me and can’t get enough great books, check it out. She’s also included the cover, links and summaries to help you find another great read!

Margarita Morris shared what she read in 2014 and I loved it. One because I love hearing what someone likes to read and also because it gives me ideas for books. Yeey!

Need to waste some time? Check out this site with free Jigsaw puzzles that you can do on your computer. For free!

I love annual reports and none is more thorough than Sourcerer’s. It describes how the year went, then analyzes it with graphs and goals for the upcoming year. And while you’re there, check out this new announcement and this one and this one from Sourcerer! My favourite authors and bloggers are all in Sourcerer! This is going to be sooo good!

A fantastic take on those tough reviews, this post by D. Emery Bunn made me admire him even more. What an absolutely awesome point of view!

If you, like me, love coffee, reading and meeting new bloggers don’t miss this great share link-up from Part Time Monster. Good times coming our way!

Check out this book review by Infinitefreetime and see exactly why reading this blog is an obsession for me. When I write a review, I think about the book and that’s it. Infinitefreetime manages to bring his quirky humour into it and turn the review into a story I can’t stop reading.

And finally, here’s hoping 2015 makes your dreams writing or reading or blogging come true!

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Posts I loved this week

It’s the end of November and, like our American neighbours, I’m feeling incredibly grateful for everything I have, a job, a wonderful husband and two very silly and loving dogs. In that list, I also have the gift of a wonderful community of bloggers and writers who support and inspire me. Thank you so much for these wonderful posts!

Such a beautiful and uplifting post, I loved this one by Rachel Mankowitz. Dogs are such a gift…I just need to remember that when mine wake me up on the weekend. 🙂

Very cool announcement from Infinitefreetime about his books! All kinds of goodies in this one!

This one is a great post on how to build your book from Live to Write – Write to Live. It even includes tips with Scrivener (a favourite of mine).

A wonderful thank you from Melissa Barker-Simpson. It’s no surprise because she’s so kind, but did you know she’s an amazing author? I loved her books. Loved them!

This is what’s coming up on Sourcerer, point by point. This is one blog I never miss. And this post was no exception. Updates are so exciting!

Margarita Morris had this beautiful version of the very popular: If we were having coffee.

A very talented author, photographer and graphic designer, David C. Cassidy just revealed the cover for his next book The Dark. It looks absolutely awesome. Check it out here.

Part Time Monster had this great countdown of posts they’d like to write. Great ideas mixed into a great post, I absolutely loved it.

Finally, this wonderful post about self-care for writers from Writer Unboxed that had me reading it twice. It’s certainly advice I could use, so I thought I’d share it.

And just to make you smile,

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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.

Ode to excerpts

How I love excerpts. Let me count the ways,

1. They’re free. They require no financial commitment. No risk. You don’t have to pay a thing and yet, you get to sample. Awesome.

2. They’re small. No need to worry that it’s 500 pages and you don’t have to the time to read it. An excerpt is small, a couple of pages at most. It’ll take maybe a couple of minutes and you’re either hooked or not interested. Easy.

3. They’re fun. I hesitate to try horror or drama, but in an excerpt, I’ll try anything. Anything. Yes, even a cooking book.

4. They’re usually really, really good! The author picks a piece that’s tasty and interesting. Either we’re about to meet the hero or they find out something terrifying or you laugh. In any case, the excerpt is a good piece of the pie, worth savouring.

5. I get to find a new author I love. Authors that I love to read are like precious jewels. I hound their sites waiting for their next release. I read and re-read their books over and over. I write their release dates on my agenda and wait impatiently for that next book. They’re a treasure and a girl can never have enough of them. If an excerpt can give me a new author to love, I’ll be over the moon.

Want to try some? Hm? Don’t they sound yummy? Well, here are a few excerpts to wet your tastebuds. Hope you’ll find a new, fantastic author!

* Fool me Twice by Meredith Duran. Historical romance.

* It Happened one Wedding by Julie James. Contemporary romance.

The Benevolence Archives by Luther M. Siler. Science fiction.

The Escape by Mary Balogh. Historical romance.

Prophecy of Stones by Mishka Jenkins. Paranormal romance.

Oranges for Christmas by Margarita Morris. Fiction.

* Irrevocable by Skye Callahan. Erotic romance.

* Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh. Paranormal romance.

Dreamwalker by Deidra Alexander. Paranormal fiction.

The Scientific Method by Joey W. Hill. Paranormal erotic fiction.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Fantasy.

* It’s in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis. Contemporary romance.

* Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt. Historical romance.

Have fun and enjoy! 😀

Posts I loved this week

This week might have been hectic for me (house selling and hunting) but post-wise, it didn’t disappoint me. What an amazing set of beautiful posts. A big thank you to everyone for those inspirational articles.

I loved this post because it’s just so beautifully written. It sounds like summer and feels like a story. One of those I just didn’t want it to end. A big thank you to Katey Writes for the wonderful post.

If you struggle with dialogue or are looking to spruce it up, here‘s a great post on how to write great dialogue. It has easy steps, and better still, examples!

A great post uniting writing and soccer (genius!) by Jevon Knights. The great suggestions and tips made me really glad I had read it. Plus, did I mention it has writing and soccer? YUM!

Few things move me more than hearing someone’s dream. In this version of ‘If we were having coffee’ Just Gene’O shares his. And it’s truly beautiful. Like all dreams are.

A big happy birthday to Infinitefreetime! From Sourcerer and all of us. He celebrated by making his book The Benevolence Archives free. If you don’t have a copy yet, it’s a great book!

On that same subject, check out this review by Winter Bayne. Without giving anything away, she writes a fantastic review. What’s good, what she liked, what she’d want more of, it’s all in there. Plus a bit of humour. And, while we’re at it, here‘s another fantastic review of a very useful book for authors. Thanks so much, Winter!

This one made me stop and think. A great post on off-peak posting by Sourcerer. So, so smart and I would have never thought of it on my own. A big thanks to him for that insightful post!

If you’re into the Classics, check out this post about Charles Dickens. So well written, so insightful and just a pleasure to read–she even put quotes! I loved each and every word. Thanks for that wonderful post, Margarita Morris!

A beautiful, inspirational piece on writing by Cristian Mihai titled: ‘What if I fall?‘. For those days when becoming an author seems like an impossibility.

If you’re struggling with Writer’s Block, this one is for you. It has 10 ways to beat it that are simple, hands on and have to do with writing. A great big thank you to Shannon Donnelly for that great post!

I loved this post from Sourcerer. It’s a countdown, a confession and an insight into the mind behind the blog. Absolutely awesome post!

I love those Wordless Wednesdays and they’re everywhere! Check out this post by Part Time Monster and this one by Sourcerer.

The Write Practice has this funny post for those writers who tend to hide away. Light and witty, it made me smile. Thank you Carlos Cooper for that great post!

This post has 5 tips for guest blogging on Pen and Prosper. A gold mine of information, this blog is not to be missed. Check out the resources on the side under ‘Sites for Information and Inspiration’. Marketing tips for authors, led me to Training Authors for Success and the post: 12 Must-Follow Blogs for Authors. Daily blog tips is another amazing resource, this time for bloggers.

A big congrats to Callum McLaughlin for his awesome accomplishments. Check them all out here and see the reason we all think this blog deserves all those awards!

I loved this one because I needed to read it. I forget to write and throw those expectations out the door. They sneak and creep their way back in and sink my writing. A fantastic article and one I desperately needed to hear. Thank you so much, !

Finally, this beautiful post on how to write that so-important first kiss by . A definite must-read for us romance writers.