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How Fifty Shades Of Grey Is Like The Measles

How Fifty Shades Of Grey Is Like The Measles

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There’s been a lot of buzz about Fifty Shades of Grey, a poorly written book that became a best seller. This weekend — for Valentine’s Day — it hits the big screen as a romantic love story. Here’s are my thoughts about it.
How Fifty Shades of Grey Is Like The Measles

 

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How to Plan and Launch a Successful Book Launch Event

How to Plan and Launch a Successful Book Launch Event

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If you’ve been wanting to plan an event to launch your book, this presentation will give you some tips on whether your book is a good candidate for an event launch and how to orchestrate it.

How to Plan and Organize a Successful Book Launch Event


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Resources for Writers

Want to write something brief and get it published immediately? Join Helium.com! Other writers will rate your article, and you will rate theirs, and this is a good way to build a bank of published pieces.

Need some prompts to exercise your writing muscles? You’ll find hundreds here at Creative Writing Prompts.

Don’t know where to submit your work? Head over to Duotrope, a one-stop shopping site for publications that accept fiction and poetry. This fantastic tool filters submission sites by genre and allows you to track the responses you receive. Easy breezy!

Want to figure out how to make money by writing? Subscribe to Funds for Writers and get regular updates regarding freelance jobs and contests.

Concerned about your grammar? Get help from The Grammar Girl for some quick-and-dirty tips.

Want some basic information about writing and citation? Take advantage of this online writing lab from Purdue University!

Looking for a writer’s group? Check out this comprehensive listing, by state!

Want to know how to write a book that is what publishers want? Join the Get My Book Out! program, written and delivered by The Book Professor, Nancy Erickson!

Want to improve your writing? THEN SIT DOWN AND DO IT!!


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Do it NOW!

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So, you like the thought of writing a book, and you have an idea that keeps rolling around in your head, but that’s all your great idea does – it lives in your head. Wouldn’t you like to get that book out?

It’s hard to start a book. You have so much to say, need to organize your thoughts, you have a full-time job that gets in the way and children to care for after work, and by the time you have time to write, you’re too tired to write. Don’t worry! There is a solution.

One of the best ways to write a book is in small time boxes. I recently heard that you can get your daily allotment of physical exercise in ten-minute increments, done several times a day, which sounds a lot more manageable than slogging it out on a treadmill for an hour. Writing is like that, too.

Do you have fifteen minutes? Sure you do. Plant yourself at your computer or on a park bench or in the front seat of your car and WRITE SOMETHING — maybe it’s a childhood memory you want to capture, or the description of the crisp, fall air that will set a scene, or a conversation you overheard that would make great dialogue. Get it down, and do it now!

I normally feel like I need to clear my head before I start writing, and maybe you’re like that, too. Here’s a tip on how I move myself from overactive brain mode to writing mode in under a minute:

1. Sit down, close your eyes, and take a deep breath.
2. Picture an inanimate object that you find simple to describe. It could be a paperclip, your favorite mug, a pen, a shoe, a penny, etc.
3. Now let the words pop that describe that object: shiny, hard, silver, twisted, blue, slick, sharp, and on and on.
4. Once you’ve exhausted your vocabulary, open your eyes and start writing something that will contribute to your book.

You don’t need hours to write, you don’t have to have all your menial tasks finished first, you don’t even need to be at your computer. All you really need is fifteen minutes and the back of a napkin. If you practice this several times a day, you’ll develop a writing habit and will build the bricks of your book that you can be pieced together.


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