Victoria Strauss, who provides us on the ‘Writer’s Beware Blog’ with information of all kinds, warns us on October 16 and October 19 about two more ‘bad eggs’ that I would like to share with as many writers as possible. Thank you so much, Victoria Strauss, for all your efforts and work to help us!
OCTOBER 16, 2020
BAD CONTRACT ALERT: EMP ENTERTAINMENT AND A&D ENTERTAINMENT
OCTOBER 19, 2020
BAD CONTEST TERMS: T.A. BARRON’S ONCE UPON A VILLAIN FLASH FICTION CONTEST
Lucy Mitchell informs us how to survive with too many fictional characters living in our heads. Thanks, Lucy.
It’s not easy being a writer. We find ourselves drawn to tweed based outfits, berets, Twitter, book shops and attractive notebooks. We stare into space a lot, walk around with pencils permanently tucked behind our ears, get excited over word counts, cover our walls in post it notes and lose ourselves while reading books.
One of the many problems we face is that our fictional characters can multiply inside our head at an alarming rate. Writers often talk about too having many new story ideas but for some of us (me included) it’s too many new characters.
Once a writer has caught the writing bug; written several stories, have a story they are working on and be entertaining a few new story ideas on the side, their head can sound more like a railway station at rush hour.
Head overcrowding is not the only issue, fictional characters can also be noisy, disruptive and demanding. Some fictional characters will sit quietly and await their turn but some (you know the characters I am talking about) will make getting your full attention their main focus in life.
Derek Haines describes to us in his blog post what a book sales funnel is and why we need one. Thank you very much for your advice, Derek!
on Just Publishing Advice:
A book sales funnel follows the same principle as all other commercial sales funnels.
When a potential reader comes across your book, you have succeeded in attracting attention.
But very few will jump immediately to the action of buying your book.
For new authors, especially, you need to fill this gap with elements of interest and desire.
The writer of ‘The Reluctant Cat Owner’s Journal,’ Cary Vaughn, has published a blog post I could not deprive you of enjoying. The author is, of course, a cat daddy and also an unbelievably gifted writer. No matter what the situation with the cats is, Cary masters it, writers about it, and makes his devoted fans (like me) laugh. Thanks so much for this wonderful post, Cary. And speedy recovery to the kitty!
As I’ve mentioned before, Predator Face has a habit of sneezing phlegm onto our walls and floor since the day of his adoption. In my opinion, this has made housekeeping more laborious than necessary.
As I’ve also mentioned before, Predator Face recently lost the ability to breath through his nose, making him sound like a snotty, mouth-breathing toddler with the flu. Not, stertorous. More slurpy, like breathing through a mouthful of gelatin.
At first, his condition was pathetic and sad. But it didn’t take long before the slurpy mouth breathing became a nuisance. For example, I no longer woke in the middle of the night to the adorable rumbling of his purr as he nudged me for attention.
The current year has been a struggle
for many people that I know.
Life has been massively changing
and adjustments had been very slow.
The heat of summer, it was warming
the cold that crept inside of me.
And still, it was not enough to help
give me calm and let me feel free.
So many times I have been lucky
to enjoy the sun, water, and a swim.
Without my generous, golden friend
life to me would have been grim.
As the year progresses past this summer
and slowly will become our fall.
I wish and hope for true improvement
for everyone out there, and y’all!
Lord,, thank you for sending us your angels
to every first-responder, cop, and firefighter
Dear Lord, I kneel, I pray, and beg you,
Please help our future be a ‘lil bit brighter.
As the seasons’ turn and autumn starts
where the heat wraps up and becomes mild
where the shine and bright turns into colorful
and the softest breezes become wild.
Let these colors of the fall be an omen
for us to wrap up the bad things of this year
to search and find the lost hope again.
It was never gone… it was just hidden behind the fear.
(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, September 2020)
Since I write my first drafts by hand for years, I found this article, written by Bryn Donovan, fascinating, and also very assuring that I apparently don’t do my things in a completely wrong way. Thank you, Bryn!
I love writing on paper. Few things spark joy in me like a brand-new spiral notebook—and that’s been true almost my whole life. Writing a novel longhand, at least for the first draft, is my personal preference. I don’t write the whole thing by hand before typing it: I transfer it to Word document on my computer now and then as I go.
Every writer is different, and I’m not going to claim that writing a novel by hand is right for everyone. I know that writing on paper isn’t even an option for everyone.
Besides, writing a novel longhand does have its disadvantages. It’s slower, since you’re going to wind up typing it on the computer later, anyway. And if you’re unable to decipher your own handwriting, which is true for lots of people, writing on paper for your first draft is pretty much a non-starter.
Here are a few benefits of writing a story longhand, though. If it’s doable for you and you haven’t tried it, you might want to give it a go, just to see if you like it!
I am so proud to discover that Sundance, the second book in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series got a new 5-star review. This is wonderful.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2020
The book is less a simple sequel than a parallel story to the first part, which first surprised me, but then I was enthusiastic about that fact. I found it fascinating to read the story from a different point of view and to find the skillfully orchestrated connections to the first book.
One of the things I love about this book is to see Sundance grow up into a strong woman. Also interesting is her education. Even though the book shows many known characters and places, the book still allows the reader to re-explore the world, AJ Alexander created masterfully.
I look forward to reading book number three in the series.
It’s 2020 and ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ is five years old.
I am very proud to have this blog up and its success and progress are significant. I thank all followers and readers for making this such a pleasurable experience and great adventure for me.
There is, however, one thing that I’d like to extend even more: The chance for many other writers to use “Writer’s Treasure Chest” as a promotional platform.
Do you feel like trying how it is to publish blog posts?
Do you have anything important to say?
Would you like to show up on this blog?
Do you have a book to promote?
Use “Writer’s Treasure Chest” and contact me for
a Blog Tour
a “Featured Author Interview”
a “Guest Post”
So many things are possible, and I’d like to give you a chance to introduce yourself and your work here!
For once I used the contact form within a blog post and hope you will use it!
Generally, ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ does have a contact form on the right side, as a widget.
It is always there! Check it out and contact me, I’ll be delighted to work with you on your plans, your guest post, your blog tour or send you the sheet with the interview questions!
I will be proud to have you as a guest on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.