A Lesson Learned from Listening

A Lesson Learned from Listening

Let’s Fill Our Holidays with the Gift of Charity I have been struggling lately with the commotion of Christmas consumerism. It had been a lean year with car troubles and unexpected life challenges that has left me in the less than “Gift giving” mood.  I was in church today and there were two things that stuck out to me. One was a fun surprise, and the other was a very touching story. My husband has been away for work and the last few weekends…

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Being True To Myself

Being True To Myself

My Story I choose to move forward and draw strength from my hard past. I have been thinking a lot lately about where I came from verses how I am today. My first thought would be that I am so much better off now, but the second thought would have to be; I am who I am today because of what I went through. I am originally from Sothern California. I have lived in Lake LA in the Antelope Valley…

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Christianity and Literary Torture Scenes

Christianity and Literary Torture Scenes

Christianity and Literary Torture Scenes I am a Christian, as I stated before in my sister blog post: Christianity and Literary Sex Scenes. I was raised to believe in doing what is right, and to distinguish that which is right from wrong. I do not condone the torture of any living persons or animals of any kind. With that being said, I want to make you aware that as an author, you are essentially the Creator of your world. As…

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To Each Their Season

To Each Their Season

 Decorations    I am a huge advocate for decorations around the holidays, but I also believe in the old adage To Each Their Season. My favorite holiday is Halloween. I love all aspects of it from the historical traditions to the special effects of haunted houses and creativity of costumes. I often state that Halloween is a lifestyle choice, not just a holiday. It makes me cringe when I see other types of decorations in stores way before their intended…

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Finding a New Perspective.

Finding a New Perspective.

What do we do when we run out of things to write about? Some information has recently come to light that I thought I would share with all of you. Time is linear, but writing a story does not have to be. Often we get trapped in writing from beginning to end. There, however, is no set rule in writing and we can “write around” the story. Here are a few ways you can “write around” a story without getting…

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Good Words Build Books

Good Words Build Books

Good Words Build Books Good words build characters and scenes. Sometimes scenes can get wordy with too many adjectives, but the right words can amplify your message. Here are some fun and powerful words you could use in your writing to replace common ones. Good = Kind Agreeable, benevolent, charitable, gracious, kindhearted, thoughtful, etc. Good = of High Quality Admirable, invaluable, distinctive, incomparable, superior, valuable, worthy, etc. Look/ Seem like Echoes, mimics, mimes, reflects, represents, signifies, simulates, etc. Said Accused,…

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What Inspires Your Creativity?

What Inspires Your Creativity?

What inspires you to write a good story?   Fall has arrived bringing change and new goals for writing. I have gained a lot of inspiration from some of my favorite authors such as, Anne Rice, Robert Zielinski, and Andy Wier. I have also learned to draw inspiration from film and television. I was recently inspired by some of my favorite CW shows, such as, Arrow, The Flash, DC Legends, and Supernatural. They have awaken the inner storyteller in me….

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The Easy Road and The Hard Road

The Easy Road and The Hard Road

Which Path Will You Choose? Setting Goals can be overwhelming but they are not impossible. Goals help you save time and heartache. (Especially if you have to cut out large chunks of the story because the scenes took your plot in a new direction.) Goals can be stressful if they are set too high or underwhelming if set too low. We can do hard things! Nevertheless, where do we start? Here are three things to keep in mind when setting…

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Know Your Weaknesses and Build Upon Your Strengths

Know Your Weaknesses and Build Upon Your Strengths

Know Your Weaknesses and Build Upon Your Strengths   Taking a good look at oneself is hard, but it is necessary in order to learn and grow. Mistakes suck, they really do. I hate them just as much as the next person, but mistakes only hold you back if you don’t reflect and move on. Here are a few examples and tips to help you in the right direction to becoming a better author. Self-Awareness This is a challenging, but…

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(Marketing) Production

(Marketing) Production

Production The word Production is mainly used in the film industry. It is a word that describes the Project at hand. In this case, the Project is literary works such as a book or other articles. Congratulations! You have survived Pre-Production. You have gotten your book completed and boy was it a challenge, well, the challenge has just begun. Here are three simple ways to help you towards the right direction. I have a book, now what? Social Media Platform…

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