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7 Tips to Being the Author You Were Meant to Be

Some great tips to keep in mind.

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It’s difficult to be an author and carve out your own identity.  There are industry standards, armies of gatekeepers, lengthy histories of each genre, and the constantly gnawing self-doubt.  A negative opinion on our style can hit harder than 100 positive comments.  Especially when we start, we find ourselves standing at the edge of a precipice that we pray we can walk away from.  Here are some tips to help you take the first step and get away from that abyss.

  1. Always remember that styles evolve over time.  They might never reach their final form because you could always find something to add.  We are constantly trying to hone our craft and make each story better than the next.  So, a negative comment early on only means you, like all authors, have a temporary flaw to buff out of your style.  Take it in stride and use it to evolve…

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A Tip For All Writers

Wise words 🙂

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Ray Bradbury’s Greatest Writing Advice

“I’ve had a sign over my typewriter for over 25 years now: Don’t think!

Ray Douglas Bradbury; August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter. One of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American writers, he worked in a variety of genres including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction.

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Ice – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

She didn’t mind if they called her Scrooge and said she had a heart of ice, just because she refused to celebrate the holidays. Really, she didn’t, she told herself as she stared at her gloomy reflection in the iced-over pond in the festively decorated park. They didn’t know about all the painful memories that the holidays brought up for her, after all.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “ice”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/tuesdayuseitinasentence-ice/


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Black Friday Sale For Chronicles of Riss

Get it while you can!

I’m running a Black Friday sale on my Chronicles of Riss book. From now through Cyber Monday (11/30/20) you can get it on Amazon Kindle for the low, low price of only $0.99!

If you want something fun to escape the pandemic with, or know someone who’d like some light, fun Fantasy adventures, this is for you.

Confronting evil sorcerers. Fighting monsters. Dueling metal golems. Searching for a sea monster. Hunting lost treasure. Finding a missing show dog. Competing in talent contests. Helping lost children. These are just some of the widely varied exploits that the young mercenary sorceress Marissa “Riss” Cobalt shares in this second Adventures in Sorcery book. Riss reveals how she ended up as a mercenary and chronicles some of the many adventures, ranging from fun to serious, that she’s had prior to the events of Kismet and Tell.

Get it now!

And don’t forget about the original Adventures in Sorcery book, Kismet and Tell.

And if you need a fun children’s book for Christmas, why not check out The Little Italian Traveling Chair, and let your child travel the world and adventure with young Luca.


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How To Come Terms With…Your Book Is Not Going To Write Itself 😧 #AmWriting

Lucy Mitchell

This is a tough one and can take some writers several years to come to terms with.

You have an unfinished draft novel, sat in a drawer or lounging on top of your writing desk or loitering in your writing file on your computer and the thought of finishing it gives you an uncomfortable gut sensation and you have to reach for another chocolate biscuit to make it go away.

Or, maybe you are like me and are taking part in NaNoWriMo2020 and book writing momentum has sadly left your writer body. After a day off you have fallen behind and the thought of putting in the effort to catch up makes you want to binge watch The Crown on Netflix while flipping oreo biscuits into the air and catching them in your mouth.

The thought of sitting down and ploughing on for another thirty thousand words will not be…

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Another Round of Author Memes

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I was going to do something more interesting.  It was going to be about mental health and the current state of things.  Just to think of others.  Then, the week got rough and I didn’t have the mojo to delve that deep.  Couldn’t decide on a poem or a prose post either, so I’m leaving it for another weekend.  Instead, I bring you some funnies (all found by a Yahoo Image Search):

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Amazon Launches New Author Portal – by Nate Hoffelder…

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About three years back Amazon started beta-testing a new author portal called Amazon Author (not to be confused with Author Central). That new portal officially launched this past week with a somewhat confusing name and a new address.

Amazon’s author portal used to be at authorcentral.amazon.com, but it has now been replaced by a new portal at author.amazon.com. Along with the new address, the portal has a new look and new features.

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Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings & The Similarities With Being a Writer #MondayBlogs

Lucy Mitchell

I’m in the NaNoWriMo trenches and it’s been a tough weekend. At one point things got so challenging I started procrastinating about how the life of a writer feels very similar to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

Here are the similarities with Lord of the Rings and being a writer:

  • Your story is the ring and you secretly believe that in the right hands it could bring you great literary power.
  • When you start writing your book it feels like you are embarking on an exciting and perilous journey just like those hobbits.
  • There is a chance you are already obsessed with your draft book (a.k.a. the ring) and if you’re not careful you could end up spending years in darkened solitude whispering ‘my precious’ to it.
  • You battle against the forces of evil on a daily basis, in your case inner writing demons. Your demons will always find…

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Veteran’s Day – One-liner Wednesday #1linerWeds

“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” – Peter Marshall

Thank you to all the veterans who have served and have done what is right.

This post is part of One-liner Wednesday:

(the above image found on Pinterest)

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