Create – Teach – Motivate (Week 3)

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What motivates you?

Is it joy and happiness, the love of another? Or is it frustration, anger or the need for justice?

There are many paths to motivation, but to create action from that motivation, to actually do something about it, there is two components that are needed in order to ignite that impulse.

Clarity + Emotion = Motivation

Clarity gives you the why and puts you on the right path. Emotion gives you the fuel to move you along that path.

But beware. This equation, when altered can create very different kinds of motivation. Here are a couple of scenarios of how they could play out.

Clarity + positive emotions = hope, excitement, possibilities and dreams.

Clarity + negative emotions = jealousy, hate, guilt, shame.

Emotions without clarity = hopelessness, despair, confusion.

Below is a older post that I hope motivates a little personal power in you. Because in the end…

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17 Secrets Only Book Lovers Are In On

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Are books your therapy? Do you prioritize reading over sleep? If so, you’re a true book lover, and you can likely relate to these literary truths. Here are 17 things that only book lovers will understand.

1. A good book is worth losing sleep over.

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2. And they always get good when you need to be somewhere.

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

3. In the eBooks vs. paper books debate, eBooks are winning.

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

4. But nothing beats the feeling of holding a good old-fashioned book.

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

5. That’s because books are cheaper than therapy.

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

6. Books make you happy…

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

7. … and give you a good excuse to cry…

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8. … and to explore your soul.

17 Things Book Lovers Know for Sure

9. Another thing books save money on: plane tickets.

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10. Because books let you daydream from home.

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11. That makes them the perfect form of procrastination.

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

12. And one of the few forms of procrastination that will make you smarter.

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13. Books are also a…

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20 Symptoms of Writeritis

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This 2-yr-old post was one of my most popular, and for those who missed it, I once again share the symptoms of this incurable condition.

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As some of you know, a pervasive syndrome has troubled a segment of society for centuries. After years of research, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders finally classified these symptoms under the diagnosis: Writeritis. 

Writeritis is defined as a persistent, maladaptive pattern of writing that leads to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by six (or more) of the following within a single month:

  1. A marked craving for increased amounts of writing, and longer periods of time to write.

  2. An unquenchable thirst for coffee.

  3. Repeated efforts to cut down or control word count are unsuccessful.

  4. Withdrawal occurs when writing is discontinued or suddenly reduced. Symptoms include shakiness, moodiness, and/or irritability.

  5. A tendency to rapidly relapse into extreme patterns of excessive rewriting – even after…

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 – Surviving or Thriving?

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This week 8th – 14th May is Mental Health Awareness Week,
and this year the Mental Health Foundation have chosen the theme:
Surviving or Thriving?

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It’s a thin line.

Two thirds of people in the UK say they have experienced a mental health problem, with women, youngpeople, and those who livealone affected most. The survey, completed by The Mental Health Foundationin 2017, also discovered that those over the age of 55 cope best with taking steps to make their lives better, 85% of the unemployed have experienced mental health issues, and that 3 out of 4 low income families suffer compared to 6 in 10 in the highest income positions.

4 in 10 people live with depression and over a quarter of the population experience panic attacks.

Out of 2,290 people surveyed, sadly, only 13% reported…

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Dear me: how fiction authors adapt to writing memoir

Nail Your Novel

If you’ve been following me on Facebook or on my newsletter you’ll have seen I’m taking a creative interlude to work on a collection of travel memoir pieces. It’s a new kind of book for me and it’s raising some interesting challenges, particularly as I’m used to the freedoms of fiction.

So I thought I’d gather together a few other fictioneers who’ve crossed into memoir to discuss the differences.

Let’s meet our novelists-turned-memoirists.

Jean Gill

Jean Gill @writerjeangill has published in a wide variety of genres – historical fiction, fiction in translation, teen novels and a goat cheese cookbook. Her memoir, How Blue Is My Valley, is an as-it-happens account of her first year living in Provence.

Joni Rodgers

Joni Rodgers, who you might recognise from The Undercover Soundtrack and this post about ghostwriters and their soul projects,  had two novels published by small literary publishers, and…

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10 Ways First-Time Writers Can Get Noticed on Social Media

K. D. Dowdall

Writer’s Digest, Emily Sweet, Guest Column, March 8, 2017

The changing literary and book publishing landscape makes it difficult for new authors to breakout. A plethora of new distribution formats, especially focused on self-publishing, opens brand new avenues for writers to get noticed, but also makes it incredibly easy to get lost in the sea of content. Unless you have a pre-existing social platform or public profile that extends beyond the world of books, “discoverability” can be a very elusive thing and it can be nearly impossible to get noticed on social media.

The changing literary and book publishing landscape makes it difficult for new authors to breakout. A plethora of new distribution formats, especially focused on self-publishing, opens brand new avenues for writers to get noticed, but also makes it incredibly easy to get lost in the sea of content. Unless you have a pre-existing social platform or public…

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10 Unusual Things I Know About Bookworms

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It’s National Reading Month, which is my favorite time of year, since I am a bookworm. We’re a club with specific characteristics and one thing is certain: bookworms find other bookworms. They simply must, so they can find out about more cool books.

Bookworms have been devouring books for as long as they can remember – for story, for new worlds and new ideas. Their To Be Read piles are taller than a small child. Their favorite authors and characters become friends.

If you are a bookworm, there are things that I know about you that I don’t know about the other readers I meet:

1. I know you read odd things in odd places.
If you are stuck somewhere without a book, you will begin reading any words available – shampoo bottles, food labels, billboard signs. Whatever. Books and magazines are preferred, but in a pinch, any words will smooth your soul.

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The Gift of Sight

The Honest Courtesan

I am a mistress right now.  I love my boyfriend very much, but I am very confused about everything that I have researched about mistresses and wives.  Apparently, I am supposed to be a homewrecker, an evil temptress whose only desire is to take him away from his family.  Nothing could be further from my mind–I even give my boyfriend advice on how to get along with his wife.  The more I look around the net, the more I find sites that tell me how I am going to be disappointed because he will not leave his wife, because he uses me sexually, because I will not have an intimate emotional connection with him.  But I do not want him to leave his wife, and if the affair was ever discovered I would call her and promise her that I would never see him again so that he can be…

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Writing Links 2/2717

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links…2/27/17

Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/02/promising-form-and-content-pt-3-how-to.html A look at openings.

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. https://writerofftheleash.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-case-for-inspirational-romance.html Love is an extension of God’s love for us.
  2. http://www.superauthors.com/2017/02/paying-attention.html Find something positive from day to day. I need to do this more. Today, it was a Shamrock Shake.

Christian:

  1. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/going-with-flow.html Trust the one who is in control.
  2. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/making-it-real-research-before-you-write.html Do you visit the places you write about? Mine would be hard to do, for fantasy. But the historical ones are set near where I grew up.
  3. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/fresh-approach-how-to-surprise-your-reader/ Take a direction they wouldn’t expect.
  4. https://stevelaube.com/book-favor-take-break/ Where do you take a break? Mine’s usually to relax with a book, or two, or more.
  5. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/the-broken-blog.html Do you feel like your books a broken story?
  6. https://stevelaube.com/writing-controlled-fate/ Publishing is subjective and it all depends.
  7. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/4-easy-steps-great-synopsis/ Write your synopsis before you write the book. A friend and critique partner taught me this and it’s invaluable! It seriously helps you to focus on…

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Conflict is More Important than Character

Steven Capps

I know that this is an unpopular opinion. Truthfully, there are countless people who are smarter and more successful than I am, who believe the exact opposite. Up until a few days ago, I believed that of all the elements of a story the concept of character was, by far, the most integral element of a narrative. I am not saying that it is unimportant, but rather the idea of conflict has more power in creating a compelling narrative. It drives tension, creates depth, and is pervasive in every element of skilled storytelling. To kick off this discussion, I want to present my view of character.

Character: The Lens of the Reader

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Characters are representations of people who have a role in a story. I argue that in order to qualify as a character, the person depicted actually has to engage in some sort of activity relevant to the Point of View…

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‘You get an idea and… it just grows’ – interview with book and writing blogger Michelle Dunton

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michelle-intToday I’m at Michelle Dunton’s Youtube channel, talking about ideas, where they come from and how they end up as books. Michelle’s been reading my novels and decided to pick my brains for her podcast. One question of hers I particularly liked: she asked how a first-time fiction author should start writing a book. Should it be the characters, the plot, what? My answer: ‘start with something you can’t stop thinking about’. And from there, everything flows – as it does in this discussion. Do hop over.

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12 Similarities Between Making Pizza & Writing #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

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After spending a considerable amount of time daydreaming about making a delicious pizza, I thought I would try to think up some similarities between making pizza and writing.

Some writing blogs out there are probably talking about fancy writing techniques and here at BlondeWriteMore we are talking pizza!  Sigh..

For noting: After writing this post I raced off to stuff my face with pizza…you have been warned!

Here are those 12 similarities:

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Do writers really put you in their books? #amwriting #writing

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Some writers (A) are very open about putting people they know in their book, whether it is revenge (never be mean to a writer), or for less nefarious reasons (I admire you, I love you, I like you, you are fun, you are interesting).

Some writers (B) deny all, even vague, linkage between real people and the fictional characters in their book.

I’m going to let you into a secret. If you know a writer . . . you are almost certainly, okay definitely, in their book!

So, are these writers (B) lying? Are they seeking to mislead you?

No, not really, it’s more of a—subconscious inclusion—that a writer cannot possibly help.

The thing is, that a writer crafts their story out of their imagination, which is made up of everything they have ever seen, everything they have ever heard, and everything they have ever read. And while much of this input is from…

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Dark Angel: Hecate and the Dark Night

Jessica Davidson

Twilight falls, the moon rises, and hidden in the darkness, a dog howls. You have crossed the threshold to the underworld, the realm of Hecate. It takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the gloom and you find yourself in a fearful place. The dead, the lost and forgotten, the compulsive, secret fantasies, and transgressive irrational desires. How could you have ended up here?

Moonstruck

Hecate reveals your shadow. She shows you who you really are, when you’re not pretending to be civilised and rational and normal. She is at home here in the darkness, and wants you to feel the same way. Hecate watches over the darkest nights of your soul and teaches you to see through your fears. With her help, you can deepen, grow in wisdom and become less rational and naïve. You can become whole.

Secret Psycho

Everyone has darkness in them but we tend…

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Creative Complaining

Cynthia Reyes

Amazing how people can lie, when asked a simple question: “How are you feeling today?”

“Great!” they reply, when what they really mean is: “Horrible! Really horrible!”

Why do they lie?

“No-one wants to listen to a complainer,” says a woman I met in my pain management program at the hospital. “After a while, people don’t want to be around you.”

“Everybody’s already got their own troubles,” says a woman who’s living with cancer.

“What’s the point?” asks a man who recently lost his job. “Even if they listen, they feel helpless.”

And finally, from an elderly woman: “I just don’t want my children to worry.”

They had given up on telling the truth. Even people who find dishonesty repugnant, would sooner lie than admit the sad truth about how they’re feeling on a given day.

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In my group at the rehabilitation hospital, most people I asked admitted they’d…

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35 Things You Don’t See When You Buy A Book #AmWriting #Writer #Author

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The idea for this post came to me after I did some research on the ‘overnight literary success myth.’  I have always been intrigued by the term and the notion that success JUST happens to authors. Surely there is more to overnight literary fame than meets the eye?  Once you type this myth into Google you can expect to see an array of interesting articles and blog posts on the subject.

This research into the myth of authors being hailed as ‘overnight literary successes’ led me onto the iceberg” cliché, which I found in a fab article. It was an article from the Huffington Post:

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12 Things Writers Need To Pack For Their 2017 Writing Journey #SundayBlogShare #Writer #NewYear

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Before we all buckle up and head off on our 2017 writing journey, let’s agree on some useful stuff to pack. I don’t want us to get into our journey and discover we forgot some important items. We don’t have time for tears!

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Trauma, subpersonalities, the lie and constant change. Musings for the years end.

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Some traumatic experiences are such that there is no one who is equipped to help us heal. This is okay. We can still find ways to heal. The village will be involved, but it’s unlikely that any one person will know how to meet our needs.

What is not OK is when we are told we must get help from this or that professional because sometimes (with some frequency) those professionals are hacks to our trauma.

Healing, more than anything, becomes an exercise in learning to trust oneself. This is especially important when there are people about who want to force us to do things that are counterproductive to healing. Unfortunately the medical and psychological establishments perpetuates many such treatments.

My village has been patch-worked together from all over the world. I’m profoundly grateful for the internet given I would not have healed otherwise.

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7 Author Ideas for an Amazing Live Book Launch

Nicholas C. Rossis

Mary Kleim | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post by Mary Kleim, who works in the digital sphere. She is also a guest blogger who shares her online marketing experience on sites dedicated to creativity, self-development, writing, and digital marketing. Connect with Mary on LinkedIn.

I particularly like how she combines an online launch with a real-world event – something you don’t read about too often.

7 Author Ideas for an Amazing Live Book Launch

Kindle | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksWhen you are about to release your writing into the world, you want to attract as big an audience as you can. But how can one prepare for an eBook launch and turn it into a success? One idea is to combine both a real-world event and an online one by inviting people to a venue such as a library or a bookshop on the day of the launch.

Having a good strategy can help you prepare…

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The Hidden Benefits of Writing Whilst Emotional #SundayBlogShare #Writers

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Once you try writing whilst emotional (weeping / sobbing / on the brink of crying / blinking away tears) you will discover a number of hidden benefits.

I stumbled upon this crazy badass writer technique whilst writing my debut novel. My first chapter makes me cry. No BWM readers – its not because my draft sounds so bad it makes me tearfulnor is it because my first draft is jam packed with sob inducing typos – sigh! There is one really sad part which I wrote a few weeks ago and every time I read what I have written I start to weep. God help my future readers – I just hope they know what they are letting themselves in for when they buy my book! Does anyone know whether fiction books contain emotional health warnings?

During one of my literary breakdowns, after reading my first chapter, I decided…

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The Japanese Museum of Rocks That Look Like Faces

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In Chichibu, Japan, two hours northwest of Tokyo, there’s an odd museum; perhaps the only one of its kind. It’s called the Chinsekikan (which means hall of curious rocks) and it houses over 1700 rocks that resemble human faces.

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How to Use the Holidays to Sell More Books

A great resource to have around.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Written word media recently published a great post with ideas on how to take advantage of holiday marketing trends to sell your books. With Christmas fast approaching, I figured this is a great time to have a look at the main points:

1. Between mid-November and early January, everyone loves to shop

From early November through early January, everyone is in a buying mood, so this is the perfect time to sell more books. Here are a few noteworthy dates within this range that are significant online shopping days, with ideas on what tactics and messages will resonate with customers:

When to promote during the holidays | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Info by Written World Media

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2. Focus on Amazon

Focus on Amazon – over half the shoppers will use it for their holiday shopping. Emphasize links to your books on Amazon. Your prospective customers will already be shopping on Amazon, so make it easy for them to…

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Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Indifference

Nicholas C. Rossis

Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Read for free with KU

Last month, I mentioned the launch of Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, here is the next installment from the book. It lists beats you can use to convey:

Indifference

Indifference can be hard to convey through a beat because you’re really describing the lack of a physical reaction. And you can have your characters shrug only so much before they start looking like they’re having a seizure. Some useful beats are:

  • She looked down at him through laced fingers.
  • She steepled her long fingers together.
  • He absent-mindedly cracked his knuckles.
  • He dismissed her with a commanding gesture.
  • She pressed her hands to her cheeks.
  • She made a steeple of her fingers.
  • She sent an indifferent glance about the room.
  • He cast only the slightest of glances to the woman before focusing back to [object].
  • He yawned.

Shrugs

  • She…

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Holiday and seasonal #BookMarketing. Some tips.

Lit World Interviews

Hi all:

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I tend to find articles, books, podcasts, etc, that sound interesting in my day to day life, or in my visits through the internet and social media (much the same thing these days) and although I don’t have time, I decide to save them for later, for that perfect occasion when I’ll need just that piece of advice or tip. Yes, that perfect day rarely arrives.

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Over a year ago (towards the end of 2015), having subscribed to Sandra Beckwith‘s newsletter (here is her website in case you’re interested. She has plenty of free content on marketing and promotions, and although she works more in non-fiction, it’s well-worth having a look), I saw that she was offering a service throughout the following year. For a very small fee (I’m…

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What to Do if You Have Just Decided to Write a Book

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Lucy Adams of BuzzEssay.

What to Do if You Have Just Decided to Write a Book

Writing a Book by Lucy Adams | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: pixabay.com

Every person has something to say. If you feel your “something” is worth a whole book, don’t hold yourself back. The gift of writing is invaluable, so sit at the nearest table and start writing, taking into account these tips provided by Lucy Adams, one of BuzzEssay’s writers.

#1 Keep it a Secret

No matter how enthusiastic you may be, don’t tell everyone that you’re going to write a book or have already started writing. Very often, having just made a list of tasks or planned to do something, people rush to notify all friends and acquaintances. Then, the initial enthusiasm wears off and you’ll start hiding from well-meaning friends and relatives who ask when the release is. And when the book is finally out…

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