My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! Another busy but productive week. I’ve done more writing on short stories along with lots of other stuff. I had one of those moments, when reading over what you wrote the day before, and you think, ‘Wow. Did I write that?’ I’m so thrilled with it, I want to share it here … I give the preceding paragraph so that the line is in context …

 

Distraught yet at a complete loss, she dragged herself up the stairs and crawled back into bed, where she lay listening for hours. Apart from the rhythmic ticking of the clock, which echoed throughout the high-ceilinged house, she heard nothing out of the ordinary. Not even creaking floor boards. Or the house settling.

In fact, the house had become eerily quiet. As if all its animals had gone to ground, sensing a predator.

 

I also got all my paperbacks moved from Createspace to KDP in one easy move … it took seconds! And a little longer to link the paperback editions to the ebooks on my dashboard for a few of them. Nicholas Rossis has a great step-by-step post on making the switch, which you’ll find below. Well worth checking it out. I won’t have a Friday post next week, as I’ll be on holiday … only an hour and a half away but vastly reducing my time on the web, lol. 

This week’s quote came ready-made, so no playing in Photoshop this time, and I love it.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks. Here are this week’s writing links and resources:


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Using Vignettes by little ole me

Choosing a Setting and Getting It Right by Joan Hall

Friday Writing Question … Kind Of by C. S. Boyack

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

How to Move Your Books from Createspace to KDP Print in 3 Easy Steps from Nicholas Rossis

Amazon Releases Amazon Advertising  from Nicholas Rossis

4 Edits that Make Your Story Flow Better by Julie Glover from Writers in the Storm

A Writer’s Resolution Anyone Can Keep by Laura Drake from Writers in the Storm

From Beyonce to the X-Files: Allusion Power on the Page by Margie Lawson from Writers in the Storm

How to Manage Contact Form and Spam Comments on Your Site from Just Publishing Advice

E-publishing is Your Business if You Are A Writer or Author from Just Publishing Advice

Blog Writing Needs Know-how and Imagination to Work Well from Just Publishing Advice

Can Apple Pages Replace Microsoft Word If You Write On A Mac? from Just Publishing Advice

My Sister from Another Mister (Your Ideal Reader) by Staci Troilo from Romance University

Head-hopping: The Romance Editor’s Pet by Tessa Shapcott from Romance University

Character’s Relationships: 6 Tips for Crafting Connections by Anabel Cooper from Romance University

Occupation Thesaurus: Small Business Owner by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Using Vignettes

Hello SErs! Harmony here. I hope this finds you all well. Today, I wanted to talk about using vignettes in your novels. Here is the dictionary definition of a vignette: vignette viːˈnjɛt,vɪˈnjɛt/ n…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday. I hope you’ve all been safe from the hurricane hitting the US east coast this week. We’ve certainly seen some extremes of weather in 2018.

This week, I got lots of writing done and had fun working a short story out of one scene from my novel, The Glade. I completely reworked one scene and have a short story in 5 scenes at 600 words each, making a 3000 word story in total, and it has a whole different twist and resolution … it’s still thriller/suspense, though 🙂 In addition, I have loads of ideas in the works.

I love this week’s quote from J K Rowling, and I love what I did with it in Photoshop even more, lol 🙂

That’s it from me. Have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week’s writing links. Take a look at the video from Nicholas Rossis’ website; it’s a good bit of fun for a Friday!


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Pantsing Toward an Outline: A Hybrid Approach by P.H. Solomon

One of These Things is Not Like the Other by C.S. Boyack

Friday Book Share: Fame 232 by Joan Hall

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

All About Them Books from Nicholas Rossis … A video that’s great fun to watch and listen to 🙂

When to Leave Out the ‘That’ by Kathy Servian from Romance University

10 Building Blocks of a Psychopath by Sue Colletta

Have You Lost Touch With Your Avid Inner Reader? by Jenny Hansen from Writers in the Storm

Similes and Metaphors and the Difference Between Them from Just Publishing Advice

Occupation Thesaurus: Referee by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers … I know I say it most weeks, but this truly is a great resource for making characters with jobs

How to Become a Better Writer with Seven Easy Writing Skills from Just Publishing Advice

Characters in Conflict: Writing Advice from Kris Bock from Romance University

What You Can Accomplish With Determination by Orly Konig from Writers in the Storm

The Second-Person Point of View can Captivate Your Readers from Just Publishing Advice

Five Ways to Maintain Book Buzz While Writing and Managing Post-Pub Life by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers

Applying TV Lessons to Chapter Hooks from Writers Helping Writers

What is the Subjunctive Mood and When Should You Use It? from Just Publishing Advice

Top 20 Tools for Writers at Every Level by Jenny Hansen from Writers in the Storm

Self Publishing Resources via The Write Stuff

Sometimes It’s Okay to Walk Away by Pippa Roscoe from Romance University


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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One of these things is not like the other

I gang, Craig here today. I had some of this conversation in the blog comments somewhere, and don’t remember where. Doesn’t really matter, it sparked my idea for today’s post. I r…

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Pantsing Toward an Outline: a Hybrid Approach

Hello to all the Story Empire readers. P. H. Solomon here today with a few outlining ideas. We’ve had more than a few posts on this site addressing our approaches to this writing task ( which…

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End of Day is upon us!

Hello everyone. Today, I am thrilled to host author Mae Clair and take part in her cover reveal for End of Day, which I have to say is awesome! The cover for Cusp of Night was great too, and the story didn’t disappoint. I have End of Day on pre-order and can’t wait for it to release. I’ll let Mae tell you all about it …

Book cover for End of Day, mystery/suspense novel by Mae Clair shows old dilapidated church with bell tower and a cemetery in the background overgrown with weeds

Release Date: January 15, 2019
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Supernatural Thriller
Publisher: Kensington Publishing • Lyrical Underground Imprint

BLURB:
The past is never truly buried…

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or something more sinister?

As the descendants of those buried in the church yard begin to experience bizarre “accidents,” Jillian tries to uncover the cause. Deeply empathic, she does not make friends easily, or lightly. But to fend off the terror taking over her town, she must join forces with artist Dante DeLuca, whose sensitivity to the spirit world has been both a blessing and a curse. The two soon realize Jillian’s murky family history is entwined in a tragic legacy tracing back to the founding of Hode’s Hill. In order to set matters right, an ancient wrong must be avenged…or Jillian, Dante, and everyone in town will forever be at the mercy of a vengeful spirit.

End of Day can be read as a stand alone novel or as a follow-up to book one of the Hode’s Hill series, Cusp of Night.

End of Day is available for pre-order through this link
and available to add to your Goodreads to-be-read list here.

Connect with Mae Clair at BOOKBUB and the following haunts:

Amazon | BookBub | Newsletter Sign-Up
Website & Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | All Social Media

 

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Another week is done. I hope those of you who had a three-day weekend last week enjoyed it. It’s been another full and fun-packed week here. We had a large window removed from the lounge wall and got it bricked up. Then it was rendered outside and plastered inside. It’s south facing, so in the summer acted like an oven, and in the winter it whistled and howled in the wind, so loud we couldn’t hear the TV, lol. It meant no lounge for a week, but now we’re all back to normal. It just needs to dry out and get painted. No mishaps on this one! …

The window wasn’t as big as the plastered area; it needed feathering in to the original wall, lols.

After Mae Clair’s post on Monday on Story Empire about copyrighting your work and registering that copyright, I looked into it for myself. While I always place a copyright on my work, I hadn’t thought of registering the book files for proof in case of future dispute. I found a company in the UK and paid a one-off fee of £59 for lifetime and unlimited book registrations with them. It was as easy as anything to get my ten books uploaded and registered, and I now have certificates for them all. I also have a badge for my site, which may or may not deter the poachers. So, a huge thanks for the heads-up, Mae.

Not related to Mae’s advice at all, lols!, the quote this week resonated with me, and I thought the image of the wolf howling at the gargoyle quite fitting for the words. While we have rules and styles and all the rest, author voice is important for a reason, and not all advice is good advice. 

Well, that’s it from me for this week. Have a great weekend, everyone 🙂


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Copyright: Yea or Nae by Mae Clair

Writing a Thoughtful Review by Staci Troilo 

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Plot, Character, and … WHAT? by Laurie Schnebly Campbell from Writers in the Storm

The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit by Josh Lanyon from Romance University

Lay or Lie and how easy it is for Everyone to Get them Wrong from Just Publishing Advice

Occupation Thesaurus: Recruiter by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers … so many great resources on this site 🙂

How to Write a Book for Avid Readers not Simply For You from Just Publishing Advice

What is ISBN and do you Need One if You Are Self-publishing? from Just Publishing Advice

Building Suspense: Meet Your Readers in the Middle and They Will Come by Donna Galanti from Writers in the Storm

5 Powerful Blogging Tools That Will Work for You from The Write Stuff

How to Handle Negative People and Spiteful Criticism Online from Just Publishing Advice

Where’s Your Edge? By James Scott Bell From Writers Helping Writers

The Young Adult Market: Who’s Reading All These Books? From Nicholas Rossis

Five Conflict Making Choices Characters Can Make (Part Three) By Fae Rowen From Writers in the Storm


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Writing a Thoughtful Review

Ciao, SEers. I hope those of you who had a three-day weekend enjoyed the time off work. Did you go boating? Have a picnic? Lounge by the pool? I hope you had the time to read a good book or two. I …

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Copyright: Yae or Nae

An excellent and informative post and a must-read for all authors …

Hello, SEers! Mae here, tossing out a question about copyright. Do you, or don’t you? We all know that from the moment we create an original work, it belongs to us. Should it stray elsewhere, provi…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a good week. Here in the UK, we had a bank holiday on Monday, and fiancé and I went to Mount Edgecumbe House and Country Park. What a lovely day, and my scooter made it all so much easier and more enjoyable. Here’s a pic …

Sadly, on Monday evening, I started with a cold, which has plagued me all week. Viruses seem to love attacking the damaged nerves in my residual limb. No worries … I haven’t included a pic of that! lol.

Many of us knew it was coming, and KDP has now announced that Createspace is to be no more. I have been dreading this and really don’t want to have to get into transferring all ten of my books. The move means that prices will have to go up on some of my print books as KDP charges more to print than Createspace, even though, in their own words, they use all the same equipment. Furthermore, instead of getting my royalty payments 30 days after the end of the sales month, I now have to wait until 60 days after the sales month, much like with my ebooks on KDP. I just hope their platform proves easy enough to use, as previously, I’ve known authors have problems with book cover uploads there. I guess I’ll find out when I release my next book. I don’t know about you all, but what with GDPR and having to change to HTTPS and now this with Createspace/KDP, I feel like I’ve had more than enough for a while.

As I’m on a short-story writing jag at the moment, I thought today’s quote was perfect.

Well, that’s it from me today. Have a great weekend, everyone, and here are this week’s links:


FROM STORY EMPIRE

 

Out of Order by Joan Hall

Creative Grammar by little ole me

Questing Beasts … Friday Group Post

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

 

Malware and Viruses: The Price You Pay for Free PDF Books? From Just Publishing Advice … Having to work so hard to get illegal copies of my books taken down, this post is important to me

How Can Creative Writers Use AI to their Advantage? by Elaine Bennett from Nicholas C Rossis

Occupation Thesaurus: Locksmith from Writers Helping Writers … Loving this series

Affect Vs Effect and why The Effects Affect Your Writing from Just Publishing Advice

Hacking: It isn’t Just for Thrillers Anymore by Piper Bayard from Writers in the Storm

If You Have a Chronic Illness by Maggie Blackbird from Romance University

Publishing Companies to Avoid and Nasty New Author Scams from Just Publishing Advice

Distribution: Should You Go Wide or Narrow? by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

5 Best Free WordPress Plugins to Help Boost Blog Traffic from Just Publishing Advice

Ask An Editor: Positioning Your Book by Theresa Stevens from Romance University

The Slow Method of Proofreading the Right Way from Just Publishing Advice

 


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Tortured Soul Release Week… Another Book Is Born

It’s a big—and busy—week for me. Tortured Soul releases tomorrow. I told you before, it’s the end of the series and a bittersweet time for me. But I’m choosing to focu…

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Out of Order

A few weeks ago, I shared a couple of brainstorming techniques that help me when I reach a dead end while writing. A few other things that help me is to take a walk to refresh my mind or even putti…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week this week. Once again, I’ve had a fairly eclectic time of it with knitting projects, wedding projects, and writing, as well as making sure I get some reading time in. I’ve also done a bit of Google searching for bamboo weapons, lol. This week’s quote amused the heck out of me, and I found the perfect image to go with it on Pixabay. I love Pixabay!

On Wednesday, my other half and I  had a day off together. We also had a moment ‘When DIY goes wrong’ …

My fiancé came in and asked, ‘Have you seen the new artwork outside?’

I hadn’t …

THE POSITIVES 🙂

1. We’re still getting married

2. The pot was nearly empty

3. It’s not gloss paint but exterior wall paint, so the power washer returned the fairly new tarmac back to black (with a bit of effort)

4. This mishap gives me oodles of wind-up credits with my fiancé … a rare thing!

5.Oh, and only the paint pot slipped, not my fella … I suppose I ought to have put that at the top of the list! *he he he*

6. Warped as I am, this made my day … when I shared that little gem with Paul, he gave me a grim-faced ‘thanks’, but he did have a smile behind his eyes … after all, we do share the same kind of humour. And he even waited before starting the power washer so that I could take this pic!

 

On another–more serious–note, I’m now on Bookbub. I’d love for you to follow me on there. You’ll find the big red button on my side bar. Please do click on it 🙂 Here’s my writing links for this week, have a good weekend …


FROM STORY EMPIRE

The Other Path by C. S. Boyack

The Importance of Subscriber List Maintenance by P.H. Solomon

 

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

How to Focus on Your Story’s DNA by Jenny Hanson from Writers in the Storm

Occupation Thesaurus: Parole Officer by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers

What is RSS Feed? It is Old Tech But Still Useful from Just Publishing Advice

The Ins and Outs of Internal Dialogue by Lori Freeland from Writers in the Storm

Why You Should Pull Out the Manuscript from Under Your Bed by Kelsey Browning from Romance University

The Art of Skipping Around or Writing Out of Sequence from Writers Helping Writers

3 Ways to Search in Scrivener by Gwen Hernandez from Writers in the Storm

Our Books were Banned for No Reason by Adam Rowe, Forbes, via Don Massenzio via Nicholas Rossis’ blog

How to Select the Best Amazon Book Categories for your Book from Just Publishing Advice


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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The Importance of Subscriber List Maintenance

Hi to all the Story Empire readers! P. H. here for this week’s Wednesday post with a bit of marketing news. For those with a newsletter, there were some recent major issues with one of the bi…

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The other path

Craig here today to talk about something most writers don’t discuss. We always write about our ongoing projects, maybe share a new trick we’ve picked up, that sort of thing. Today, I wa…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday. Another week done with. We had family stay on the weekend, doing post bereavement house clearance ready for putting the property up for sale to pay for my nearly-mother-in-law’s ongoing care. By Monday morning, it felt like the end of the week, lol. So, as you can imagine, I am so ready for this weekend! 🙂 I’ve been hands-on creative this week with knitting and also making a start on a Wedding Postbox … pics will follow … and also digital image creative, making my first ever virtual box set, which I feel so proud of. Now I just have to get enough flash fiction words to fill it, lol 🙂

This week, I finished scheduling all my Story Empire posts, which has me sorted until after January 2nd next year. I feel quite proud just now. I just wish I could get this organised more often! 🙂

Self-confidence, or lack of, seems to have been a common theme around my usual online haunts this week, so I found this quote and put it together with the used-up eraser image, which I thought quite apt for the sentiment. This week, I’m inviting comments on the quote if you’re willing. (Well, I always invite comments, but you know what I mean.) I’ll close by saying, ‘It doesn’t matter what other people think of you. What matters is what you think of you.’ Have a happy weekend, everyone 🙂


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Part 7 of The Seven Basic Plots by Staci Troilo

Cooking, Writing, Scribbling–It’s All Good by Mae Clair

Writing Question: Advice by Joan Hall

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Your Book Isn’t For Everyone by Julie Glover from Writers in the Storm

Nail That First Line by Laura Drake from Romance University

New Amazon KDP Updates And Features You Might Have Missed from Just Publishing Advice

Gifting E-Books on Amazon from Nicholas Rossis … once again, this feature isn’t available in the UK, grrr.

Occupation Thesaurus: Tattoo Artist by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers … one of many great resources on this site

Kindle Unlimited Has A Problem: It Can’t Count Words from Just Publishing Advice

5 Ways to boost your confidence as a Writer by Colleen M Story from Writers in the Storm

Crafting A Body Language by September C Fawkes from Writers Helping Writers

Best 17 Free Online Photo Editors and Image Editing Software from Just Publishing Advice

How to Convert to Epub and Mobi from Just Publishing Advice


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Cooking, Writing, Scribbling–It’s all good

Hi everyone. Over on Story Empire today, Mae Clair has a fun post about scribbling, cooking, and writing. Well worth a look …

Hi, SEers! Mae here to talk about cooking and writing. At first glance these two things may seem to have little in common, but after applying some thought, I began to recognize a pattern. The again…

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Basic Plots: Overcoming the Monster

Hello everyone! Happy Monday. Today, over on Story Empire, Staci Troilo brings us the last in her great seven-part series on the seven basic plots … well worth checking out …

Ciao, SEers. Today we’ll be discussing the last of the Seven Basic Plots as defined by Christopher Booker. If you’ve missed the others, you can find them here: Rebirth, Tragedy, Comedy, Voyage and …

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! It’s been a productive week here with lots of jobs and lots of writing achieved. Still no hip x-ray, grrr … that’s been a good while waiting now. I will say that as long as I’m careful, it’s not too bad most of the time, just the odd bit where it gets me, lols. My partner and I had a nice afternoon in Mevagissey on Saturday (which is just under an hour away from us). Here’s a picture of boats in the harbour, taken on my phone …

We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Recently, I bought a small self-folding mobility scooter, which meant I got right out to the end of the harbour wall for the first time ever! Usually I have to stop at the inner harbour.

As well as writing more on the short stories, I have scheduled four Story Empire posts which take me up to my mid-December commitment. A couple more, and I’ll be sorted until January 2019! 🙂 As usual, below, you will find this week’s writing links. Have a good weekend.


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Guess Who? by little ole me … going deeper with character description (and having a little fun along the way!)

This Crazy English Language by Joan Hall … an amusing post on pronunciations and spellings

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Cleaning Up POV by Ann Griffin from Writers in the Storm

Facebook Deceived Us and now we have Social Media problems from Just Publishing Advice

The Perk of a Side-Writing Project by Tasha Seegmiller from Writers in the Storm … apt for me at the moment with a novel on hiatus but lots of short stories flowing! 🙂

Finding Ways to Progress Your Writing Career by Laura Yates from Nicholas Rossis

Affirmations Anyone? from The Write Stuff … I’ve stolen one of Marcia’s quotes for this week, lol, and just had to share her post here!


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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This Crazy English Language

Hello everyone! Today, over on Story Empire, Joan Hall has an hilarious post on the English language … well worth checking out! 🙂

Hi SE Readers. Thought we would have a little fun today. I’ve often heard English is the hardest language to learn. That seems strange to me because I grew up speaking it, so it comes natural to me…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! This week, I started making wedding crutches … I’ll show a tutorial on here at some point. So far, I’ve transformed one grey and scuffed crutch into something beautiful using satin ribbon, strong adhesive double-sided tape, and organza flowers. Now I have to get cracking on the other one–I just have to wait for the ebay seller to get back from holiday so that I can order more flowers, lols!! I love getting a chance to express my creative side 🙂 As well as that, I’ve written more flash fiction stories and have made a start on another short story using the following Storymatic prompts …

  1. Person who takes shortcuts
  2. Person who needs to remove a tattoo right away
  3. Fever
  4. Rest area

I love these! I also fell in love with this week’s quote at first sight. I’m sure many of you would agree with the sentiment 🙂

When I added up the word count on the five stories I’ve completed already, I have roughly 20,400 words! At this rate, I’ll have enough for another book before long.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Here are your links for this week:


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Two Sources of Writing Help by P.H. Solomon

Keep the Pressure On by Craig Boyack

Five for Friday: Hilarious Book Dedications by little ole me

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Adding Depth to a Character by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

Is Amazon replacing POD via Createspace? from Just Publishing Advice … I’m not happy with this as I use CP rather than KDP for all my print books.

First Page Critique by Laura Drake from Writers in the Storm

Polishing or Demolishing Your Craft by Lucy Score from Romance University

Occupation Thesaurus: Massage Therapist by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers … am loving this series!

Writing Through Life Catastrophe by Susan Donovan from Writers in the Storm

 


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Keep the pressure on

Over on Story Empire today, Craig Boyack has an awesome post on plot tension. Please do hop on over to check out the full article …

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When a Character Hijacks You

Cross-eyed penguin giving 'a look'

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Hello everyone. I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and great start to your week.

As you’ll know if you’ve read my Friday Week in Review post, which you can find HERE, I have finally finished my short story called IMPACT. It came in at about 6100 words in the end. 

I had intended for it to finish much sooner, but an unexpected–and unplanned for–character popped up from a hole in the ground–literally, lol. His appearance opened up a whole other realm of possibilities, and suddenly, the story went in another direction. It was supposed to end near this scene …

‘Why’d you do it?’

Jake shrugged, unable to answer for a moment. Then he said, ‘It gives me a rush.’

Gill snorted. ‘So, why not climb rocks or jump out of planes or something?’

That one stumped him. ‘I don’t know,’ he said with unusual honesty.

Into the void the long silence left in its wake, Gill said, ‘Oh, well, I don’t suppose it matters now.’

‘No.’

Which killed that conversation.

Eventually, Gill reached for his hand, and he took it, the both of them holding tight to one another. A while later, she snuggled up to him and rested her head against his shoulder. Even though he’d never admit it out loud, Jake welcomed the contact.

Gradually, so slowly that they didn’t notice it at first, the daylight dimmed and the air warmed until, finally, the light at the end of the tunnel snuffed out, and then the electricity failed, plunging them into total darkness. Jake fumbled for his mobile and navigated to the torch app. He saw no point in worrying about draining the battery. In the pale beam, Gill looked ashen.

And then my unexpected visitor turned up quite out of the depths of my imagination (and the depths of London’s underground tunnels). Which took the story in this direction instead of ending where I’d planned …

Just then, a round metal grate moved upward and sideways, tumbling with a clatter and a clang to the pavement by Jake’s side. Gill screeched. Jake jumped. A yellow-hard hat rose from the black depths, head torch shining. It shone right into Jake’s face, blinding him. He covered his eyes with a hand and squinted. The tunnel worker looked at them, bemused. Then the absence of moving traffic and the usual city noise registered. The guy stared at Jake, who said, ‘A huge meteor just struck Earth. You should’ve stayed down there, mate.’ He nodded toward the open manhole.

The man grinned. ‘You’re having a laugh, right?’

In a high-pitched voice, Gill said, ‘He’s telling you the truth. Why else would we be sitting here like a pair of morons?’

Sweat ran down Jake’s brow and dripped from his chin. With his jacket sleeve, he dabbed at his face. Then he looked at the workman, ‘You felt how hot it is?’

The guy’s eyes widened. ‘You’re not winding me up?’

Silent, Jake used his 4G to navigate to a news channel, and then he held out the device to the bloke half in and half out of the hole. How long would the internet and cell service keep working? Jake shook his head and watched the workman. As the guy read, his grin faded. All at once, he wobbled and nearly fell off the rungs. Jake lunged forward and grabbed his arms. The mobile fell to the ground. Panicked, Jake let go of the guy and grabbed for his phone. The screen had cracked, but the device still operated. A yelp reminded him about the workman. ‘Shit.’

The guy had managed to pull himself up and out and now sat with his feet dangling into the access tunnel, glaring at Jake. ‘Thanks, mate.’ Sarcasm laced the words rather than gratitude.

Jake stared. ‘What?’

‘You dropped me for the sake of your bloody phone. Cheers.’

Jake cringed and flushed. ‘Yeah. Sorry. Habit, you know? It cost a fortune.’

By his side, Gill snorted and said, ‘You’re worse than a teenager.’

Again, Jake apologised. ‘You’re right. I am married to this thing.’ Sheepish, he turned it off and slid it into his coat pocket. The light from the helmet gave enough illumination for now.

Then an idea occurred to him. He looked at the workman. ‘Did it feel cooler down there?’

The guy nodded.

Jake said, ‘Do you think it’s worth us going into the tunnels?’

‘Um, yeah, it might be.’ He gave it some more thought. ‘Yeah, yeah. I reckon. But we’ll need food and stuff. The heat pulse will last for hours. And then it will get cold. Freezing, in fact.’

Dumbfounded, Jake stared at the bloke. ‘How’d you know all that?’

The workman shrugged. ‘That stuff fascinates me.’

Jake grinned. ‘Well, it’ll come in handy now.’

I always love it when characters take over the story in this way, which is why I’m a pantser rather than a planner. I have made outlines and plans before, but somehow, my stories always end up taking their own direction. Does this happen to you? Do you prefer to plan or go with the flow or a bit of both? 

That’s it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you on Friday for my next week in review and writing links.

© Harmony Kent 2018



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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone! Happy Friday. I’m only pretending to be here today, as I’m away from home until Saturday, lol. Due to my short trip, my cut-off for new blog posts was Wednesday evening rather than Thursday evening this week. I’ll answer all your lovely comments as soon as I can, and the place I’m staying at should have Wi Fi so I can keep up to date remotely. I’ve had a productive week this week and have finished the short story ‘Impact’ at last. It came in at about 6100 words, but I can see scope for a possible novella or even a full novel somewhere in the future. Right now, I have far too many coals in the fire! So, it will sit in my ideas file. I’ve also had a dabble with more flash fiction, with the goal being to write each story in precisely 500 words–no more, no less. On top of that, I’ve got lots of other things sorted out and jobs done. Today’s quote resonated with me, both from the distant past and more recently … no matter what others might say, keep on writing!

Here are the writing links for this week:


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Book Signings and Author Swag by Mae Clair

Basic Plots: Rags to Riches by Staci Troilo

Friday Cover Share: Devour by Kurt Anderson by Mae Clair

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Does Your Book Cover Work in Thumbnail Size? from Just Publishing Advice

10 Tips for Pitching Your Book by Oliver Rhodes from Romance University

Overcoming Common Obstacles to Become an Author by Sally Keys from Nicholas Rossis

Occupation Thesaurus: Landscape Designer by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers … loving this series!

Picking a Book Title from Just Publishing Advice

4 Simple Marketing Strategies for Promoting Your Book by Elaine Bennett from Nicholas Rossis

Tools for the Visual-Spacial Writer (And the rest of us!) by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

What is Passive Voice and How to Stop Using It from Just Publishing Advice … a post after my own heart and everyone MUST read! 🙂

5 Ways to Exercise Your What-if Muscle by Jenny Hansen from Writers in the Storm

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Basic Plots: Rags to Riches

Hello everyone, over on Story Empire, author Staci Troilo has the sixth in a seven part post all about the seven basic plots. Well worth checking out …

Ciao, SEers. We’re up to our sixth of the Seven Basic Plots as defined by Christopher Booker. If you’ve missed the others, you can find them here: Rebirth, Tragedy, Comedy, Voyage and Return, and Q…

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About the Recent Fire

Hi everyone, mixed news this morning. Many of you will have heard about the fires in Athens, Greece that started yesterday. Nicholas Rossis has an update on his blog … while he is safe, many have lost their homes and their lives …

Many of you have contacted me to ask about the recent fires. As you may have heard, we had two big forest fires raging not 30-40 minutes from our house. One from the North (Kalamos) and one from th…

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A Bit of a Giggle

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week so far.

I had a bit of a giggle just now while writing, and had to share it with you all. 

The importance of that tiny little mark called an apostrophe …

When you want who’re, you better make sure you don’t get whore! Lol

It kinda changes the whole sentence!

Have a good rest of your week, all, and I’ll see you on Friday 🙂 


Story Empire (Co-authored)

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Sneak Peek: The Switch

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday. I hope you all had a good weekend and your week is going well so far. As promised on Friday’s post, which you can find HERE, today I’m giving a sneak peek from my WIP THE SWITCH. This is from the prologue and is completely unedited as yet. I’d love to know what you think … does it set the mood?


Old Nellie startled awake in the most unpleasant way. Not that nice slow awakening from drowsy to gradual alertness, but the kind that happens all in one go. The sort that leaves you in no doubt that you are not alone in your dark room.

The shadows moved.

The air temperature plummeted.

Working Cover for The Switch, Harmony's current WIP

Working Cover for The Switch

Nellie’s breath smoked in the frosty air.

It can’t be yet, she told herself, heart hammering. It’s too soon. Twister season is months off. Despite this, she couldn’t deny the evidence of her eyes, old and rheumy as they were. A dull ache settled in the middle of her chest and radiated outward, down her left arm. Terror held Nellie in its icy grip.

All she could think of at that moment was her niece, far distant in the UK. She ought to have taken her out of the will. The poor girl didn’t need dragging into this. Aware of her impending death, Nellie clung to the thin hope—already fraying around the edges—that Jody would simply sell the property and keep the money. What reason would the girl have to move all the way out here to Montana? A youngster such as she wouldn’t want to live out in the middle of nowhere like this.

From the corner, dark eyes blinked, and a laugh sounded. The old woman gathered what strength she could and yelled, ‘Be gone! Your time has not come. Leave us in peace.’

A voice filled with gravel rumbled through her mind, causing a rock slide in her brain, ‘I’ve grown stronger. This time, I have no need to wait so long.

The awful words echoed in her skull, the last thing she heard as a devastating hemorrhagic stroke flooded her brain and cut off the oxygen supply. Agony filled the last of her awareness when her weak heart joined in the assault and attacked her.

Cold, cruel laughter boomed around the building, even as death came to claim his latest victim.

© Harmony Kent 2018


Story Empire (Co-authored)

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Twitter: @harmony_kent

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Book Signings and Author Swag

Hi everyone. Today over on Story Empire, author Mae Clair gives us some tips and tricks for any of us who have done or might do book signing events ….

Hi, SEers! Mae here today. It’s been a while since I’ve done a book signing, but I’ve been thinking about ordering new swag and that got me thinking about my last signing. I’m not an expert—I’ve on…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! For some reason, this has felt like a loooonnng week, lols, and I’m so glad it’s nearly the weekend. My birthday came and went, and now I’m another year older, and as a certain Mr J Howell commented last week, I can now vote!! **crying laughing**. One of my presents was money for a nice pair of earrings, which I’ve allocated to my wedding-day accessories. I’ve got a pair on order, and here’s a sneak peek (you can click on the pic to make it bigger) …

that’s as much as I’m giving away on that front! Busy working, I haven’t finished the short story yet (the one I mentioned last week with the meteor and the shoplifter), but I did get 1200 more words written on it as well as three blog posts scheduled ahead of time, so I’m content for now. Happily, I have learnt that even blog posts still count as writing! Oh, and I did write another 2300 words on the scary story I started earlier this year–The Switch. It seems that putting it on hold while I gathered more steam has done the trick, and I hope to crack on with that over the next month or two. I’ll share the unedited prologue with you on Tuesday next week 🙂 As per the quote, Stephen King would be proud, as I’ve done loads of reading … I dove into one of my birthday books that I’ve been waiting for! In my down time, I read and read and read, lols. Anyway, that’s my news for this week, and so on to the links from around the web …


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Write What You Want by Joan Hall

On This Day by little ole me … dates for 2019 as well as looking back historically for novel ideas.

Writing Question by P. H. Solomon

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Spy Novels: How to Nail the Character of an Espionage Hero by Piper Bayard from Writers Helping Writers

Looking for a Free Book Cover Creator? from Just Publishing Advice

Occupation Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers … I love this series

Sometime vs Some Time or Sometimes Grammar Confusion from Just Publishing Advice … An-easy-to-understand article.

SSL Security and Social Share Accounts from Nicholas Rossis

Uniqueness V. Productivity in Writing by Paula Hicks from Nicholas Rossis

How To Use Deep Point Of View Without Tying An Anchor To The Pace Of Your Novel by Lisa Hall-Wilson from Writers In The Storm


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

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