A-Z – Ideas

Where do ideas come from?

One of the most common questions I’m asked the young writer’s in the group I run at the library is: Where do ideas come from?

For me, they come from all sorts of places!

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A-Z – Holidays

Christmas holidays

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching. I’m going to have three weeks off work and am really looking forward to the break!

I don’t know about you, but I find that holidays are are a good time to catch up on my writing, and my reading! By not having to run around quite so much, deliver kids to school and after-school activities, attend whatever appointments they may have… it’s a time to schedule some serious writing time, and get some of my half finished projects done, or at least closer to done.

Holidays are also great to use as writing prompts!

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A-Z – Goals

We all have goals

This may seem obvious, but we all have goals. For those of us who are writers, it’s no difference. I know one of my goals is to make an income from my writing and books.

If I’m completely honest, that goal seems really, really far away!

Back when I ran my business, we were told by a number of different people that it was great to set huge goals, but then, to make them more achievable, we needed to break them down into bite size pieces.

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A-Z – Funding

Funding your self-published book

I have self published two books for children. Even if I hadn’t needed illustrations, I would still have needed to pay for an editor, cover designer, someone to do the layout, and print copies of my book. I know they can be done by authors, however I know I don’t have the skills for design, and anything I come up with won’t look as good as a professional can make it. And then there’s promotion!

Essentially, publishing a book costs money.

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A-Z – Editing

Editing is important

Editing is important

Any writer knows that editing is just as important than writing! It is something that we need to do to knock our writing into shape. I don’t know you, but my first drafts are quite rough. As I tell the participants in my Young Writer’s Group, a first draft is meant to be bad… it’s the editing that turns it into something that readers will want to read.

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A-Z – Dreams

Dreams!

Dreams!

We all have dreams. One of my dreams is to be able to earn an income from my writing. Every book I write brings me one step closer to that dream.

I also come up with some great ideas for stories in my dreams – when I can remember them! Right now I’m writing two novels that came from dreams, and I have a few more ideas that I have written down to develop at a later date.

The dreams don’t usually give me the whole plot of the story, but they do give me a starting point.

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A-Z – Challenge

My first ChaBooCha winner badge!

My first ChaBooCha winner badge!

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you will already know that I enjoy a challenge to help me get my writing done!

There are many writing challenges out there. Regardless of what their focus is, the aim is to help you get words on the page and get your writing done. For some of us, this is what we need.

I know that I have a number of half finished manuscripts, challenges help to keep me focused to turn them into complete manuscripts.

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A-Z – Blogging

Blogging

Blogging

I was thinking about a topic for B – bookmarks was the obvious one, but most authors will use that. So I thought I’d blog about blogging!

I started blogging way back in the early days, before it was a “thing”. The earliest blog post that I’ve been able to find was in 2008! I have blogged about parenting, running a small business, writing, reading, life, and all sorts of things.

One question I see in a lot of writer’s groups is: Do I have to have a blog?

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A-Z – Advice

Where do you go for advice?

Where do you go for advice?

As I said in my last post, I have been looking for some prompts to help me keep the blogging happening! One of the author’s I follow on Twitter, Beth Stilborn, is using the alphabet as a prompt, and I thought I’d do the same.

I’m not aiming to blog every day, just more regularly than I had been before the Author Blog Challenge.

I hope you enjoy my A-Z posts.

Where do you go for Advice?

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Day 21 – Keeping the momentum going…

Keep the momentum going

Keep the momentum going

Day 21 Prompt is:

This  is it – the last day! So what will you do to keep up your book marketing efforts? What are you going to do to keep the blogging momentum going? What plans do you have to continue your connection with other Author Blog Challenge participants and the new readers you’ve generated for your blog?

Wow! I can’t believe that three weeks has past already, and I’ve been able to blog every day! I admit, having the prompts has certainly helped as I haven’t had to come up with a topic for each post. It has been a good feeling to get posts written, especially as it’s been a while since I’ve blogged on this blog!

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