Blogging Tools That Really Support You And Your Blog [Blogging]

Check out this post from Rachel Poli. She tells you what tools you need to become and stay a successful blogger. Thank you Rachel.

Rachel Poli

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One thing I never knew about blogging when I first started was how time-consuming and how much hard work needed to be put into it.

When you first start blogging, you pretty much start off with nothing. It’s just you, your computer, and WordPress. You don’t know what to write about, you don’t even seem to have anyone listening. Not right away, at least.

You don’t need anything to start blogging. All you need is a few ideas and your will to get started and continue.

Still, the more you blog, the more you connect with other bloggers, and the more you research, you learn a lot. You realize there’s a lot out there to aid in your blogging.

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February & March 2018 Writing Submissions

Thanks so much Rachel Poli, for providing us with the February & March Writing Submissions.

Rachel Poli

2018 February and March writing submissions | writing contests | creative writing | RachelPoli.com

February 2018

Genre: Flash Memoir (17 words)
Theme: The year 2017
Website: Gotham Writers
Deadline: February 19, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Story published on website

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: The Best Advice I Ever Heard
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

Genre: Short Story (New writers only!)
Theme: N/A
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Poetry or Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Dream Quest One
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: $5 (poem) | $10 (fiction)
Prize: First for Poetry – $250 | First for fiction – $500

LitMag Fiction print submissions and online submissions open on February 1, 2018.

March 2018

Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, or poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Mud Season Review
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $50

Genre: Poetry
Theme: Food
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2018

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Character Basics: Physical Appearance [Character Development]

Another great post by Rachel Poli: describe your character’s physical appearance!

 

Rachel Poli

We’re all unique from one another, we all look and appear differently. Yes, people have identical twins or doppelgangers hanging around in other parts of the world, but we’re all made up differently.

Our appearance ranges from different hairstyles, body size and shape, the clothes we wear, and much more. There’s a lot to think about when you’re trying to paint a picture of multiple people in your stories for your readers.

How to describe your characters' physical appearance | Character development | Creating fictional characters | RachelPoli.com

Features To Think About

  • Height and weight
  • Body type
  • Eyes/eyebrows (shape, color)
  • Hair (style, length, color)
  • Skin (looks, feels, color)
  • Face (shape, facial hair)
  • Nose/ears
  • Mouth/teeth
  • Arms/hands
  • Legs/feet
  • Distinguishing features (makeup, scars, freckles, etc.)
  • Clothing style

When creating your character, it’s good for you to know most, if not all, of these features. Of course, your readers don’t need every nitty-gritty detail. I mean, you don’t typically describe your characters’ eyebrows, do you?

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Character Basics: Choosing A Name [Character Development]

I love this post by Rachel Poli about choosing a name for your character.

Rachel Poli

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What’s one of the first things you do to create your character? You come up with a name.

Well… Sometimes it’s difficult and I’ll admit I’ll throw in a random name and keep it bolded until I change it later.

For the sake of this post, we’re going to pretend the first thing we always do is name our characters.

A name is the most important thing you can give to your characters. It’s their identity and it separates them from everyone else inside the story and outside. Give them a name your readers will remember and appreciate. When you hear the name Harry Potter, you instantly know who I’m talking about, right?

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7 Helpful And Fun Ways To Create Characters

Rachel Poli provides us with 7 helpful and fun ways to create characters. Thanks, Rachel.

Rachel Poli

Creating characters isn’t always as easy as it seems. Sometimes the characters come to us and other times we have to chase them down.

I do think the creating of characters one of the most fun parts of writing a novel.

Characters go places we’ve never been. Characters can do things we’ve never dreamed of doing. Characters can be similar to us or they can be vastly different.

But how do you create characters that are similar but not exactly the same as the people around you? How can you create characters that have more experience than you in a given field?

7 helpful and fun ways to create characters | Creating fictional characters | Character development | RachelPoli.com

1. Randomize Everything

I have two apps on my iPad: Name Dice and Lists for Writers. The Name Dice is exactly how it sounds. You tap the screen and the dice roll. The first die shows the first name and the second shows the last name. When you’re stuck…

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December/January 2017/2018 Writing Contests

Thank you, Rachel Poli, for all your efforts once again to inform us about the December/January writing contests.

Rachel Poli

December 2017

Genre: Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: The Writing District
Deadline: December 30, 2017
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $50

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Family Matters
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Essay
Theme: Topics are on website
Website: ExpertAssignmentHelp
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $450

January 2018

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Christmas and Holiday Collection 2018
Website: Chicken Soup For The Soul
Deadline: January 10, 2018
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: The Empowered Woman
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: January 10, 2018
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: The Miracle of Love
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

Genre: Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $1,000

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Blogger Prompt Chain

Do you remember, September 9, 2017 I published a blog post which was supposed to be the start of a ‘Blogger Prompt Chain’. Today I discovered Rachel Poli, one of the invited writers, has taken the chance to publish an amazing letter to her sister. Please read it on her blog – and I’m enthusiastic that the chain has been started. Thank you, Rachel, you rock!!

Rachel Poli

Blogger Prompt Chain

I was tagged by the lovely A.J. Alexander to do this Blogger Prompt Chain, which she created. The idea is to create a “chain” of stories written by writers and bloggers all over.

I think this is a wonderful idea and I was more than happen to be invited to participate.

Rules:

1. Pick one of the five given writing prompts (picked from here)
2. Set up the Blogger Prompt Chain banner and publish your story under the banner.
3. After your story, continue the chain by forwarding an invitation to five bloggers or writers. (In case a writer doesn’t have a blog, guest posts can be offered)
4. Don’t forget to link the writers to your blog and back to the one who invited you.
5. Publish the five writing prompts and rules!

Prompts:

a) The End of The Bucket List
Write a story about a character who…

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