Who is your tribe?

I don’t know about you, but I both read and write best when I’m alone or when the people around me leave me alone, which is in their best interest as well as mine while I’m engaged in that activity. I’m not anti-social, by any means, but delving into a book (or writing one) is like solitaire. It’s a game best played in solitude.

The flip side is that while I’m not actively involved in the place in my head where my characters live, I’m alive in this world and both want and need to be around others. This article points out how important it is for writers to get together with other writers. It resonated with me, and so I’m happily sharing it with you.

Are You Networking with Other Writers?

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Writing may be a solitary activity, but we need people in our lives who are just like us to keep us going. People who understand us, and will put up with our quirks and weird behavior.

That’s where networking and meeting people come in handy. It’s one thing to bump into friends at a conference, but it’s completely different when you’re at a small local event, or bonding with someone over coffee or lunch.

I’ve written in the past about the importance of connecting with other writers on social media, but it’s more important to find them in real life. Here are a few places to find your fellow word nerds and ink slingers.

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SOMETIMES, A LITTLE PUSH IS ALL YOU NEED.

I’m writing my third book in the TETRASPHERE series, and I’m close to the end, where the action heats up and my characters are about to face their greatest challenge; so why would I need a push? The story is going well, I see the next scene in my head, and I’m focused. So what’s the problem?

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The bog. If you write, you’re almost certainly familiar with it. You need a new problem to solve, a new action scene, a new twist for your readers, and you’re drawing a blank.

Maybe you’ve reached a point in your story where the characters are saying, “Let’s just finish this. I’m tired of all the drama and want to get on with a normal life.” Or is that you talking? Where’s the fun in ‘normal’?

How do writing prompts give you that little push you need? My husband the tennis-pro would call it cross-training. Doing something different improves the overall performance of any sport writing you’re already immersed in.

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I found this great information from a blog I follow: Ride The Pen, and I’m sharing it with you. You’re welcome.

 

63 Fun Creative Writing Prompts

Welcome to the creative writing prompts page! This is going to be so much fun, and all while you improve your story writing skills.

You can find all kinds of creative writing exercises here. All of them are fiction writing prompts, and they cover almost every genre, plus you can find creative writing prompts about dialogue, characters, plot, for writer’s block, and much, much more…

Interesting writing prompts

This is not the usual stuff. I tried to make these writing prompts intriguing. Most of them are complete scenes and even mini-stories.

You can have them. Yes, you own all the rights, even if you base your entire novel on them and get it published and earn a million dollars for the movie rights. They are all yours.

To become a really good story writer, there is only one thing you need to do: Write! And these creative writing prompts should inspire you to write. They should fire your brain up and make your fingers itch.

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I’d love to hear from you! If you find this helpful, please comment!

 

 

 

Lord, Help My Unbelief

A timely story for Halloween. Demon possession, a failed exorcism and then….

A Life Sanctified

This is a post from my friend Ben Nelson, author and blogger, who writes almost daily on his blog Another Red Letter Day.  Ben has this beautiful way of taking stories from the Bible and writing them in first person – becoming a character in the story – and this is one of my favorite stories.  In fact, he has a book out the walks you through 40 days with Jesus.  It’s remarkable.  Please enjoy.

There is no way to get rid of this kind of
demon except by prayer.
Mark 9:29

Help My Doubts

Father of a Demon-Possessed Boy

I remember the doctor saying to us, years ago, “Keep a record of his bad days.” My son—my eight-year-old boy—Enoch and I visited the doctor often in those first days. It’s been another eight years since we stopped going to doctors. For seven of them, we’ve found it easier to record the…

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Congratulations to the winners!

Although TERRA’S CALL didn’t win an award this time, I’m happy to say it was a finalist, and I’m thrilled to have met so many of the wonderful folks who won! Writers come in all shapes, sizes, ages, shades, and belief systems, and when we’re together in a nurturing environment like that at the Florida Writer’s Association conference, positive energy fills the rooms.

We celebrate the drive to write that links us and determine to make the motto of the Association our own: ‘Writers Helping Writers’. Every one of us, whether published or not, pours our heart into our writing. This Association pours their heart into celebrating what we do and giving us tools through excellent workshops and lectures to become better writers and to tackle those things we’re reluctant and often unequipped to handle. In my case, that’s marketing.

I hope you’ll take the time to look at the list of winners and read some of their excellent works. I know I will. How exciting that I KNOW them personally now! And now, I’m off to write the third book in the TetraSphere series!

Click here for a list of the winners and their work!

To see the books I’ve written that are available now, go to ptlperrin.org.

Beta Readers, It’s About the Book – Not You

I love this checklist for Beta Readers, and for me as an author! Thank you, Ashleigh Giannoccaro!

If you’re one of my Beta Readers, this should make it easier for you. I really do want your honest feedback. I promise I won’t cry too much. The blotchy look doesn’t look good with my blue hair.

A Writer's Path

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by Ashleigh Giannoccaro

For me over the last five (now six) books my beta team has proved to be one the most valuable resources. Sometimes we need that unbiased opinion to separate us from our ‘book babies’ so we can see the faults. These are often the first eyes on your work and they give their time and effort to help you make it better. I want my beta team to rip it to shreds so I can sew it all back together better in the end. It’s not about me, it is about putting out the best book possible.

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When Hope is Lost (A Lesson from Birds) …

I love reposting Felecia’s blog posts because they’re always relevant, always full of hope and life. In this case, she reblogged a post that spoke to her, and so I’m reblogging her reblog. It speaks to me because people I love are in painful places. They need to know this.

A Life Sanctified

I like birds.  God sometimes uses them to slow me down … but that’s a whole other post.

I think you’ll love this Guest Post by Brandon Andress which was originally published on September 14, 2016 on his site www.brandonandress.com.  Please pay him a visit, he’s rather gifted with the written word.

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I have begun the process of changing my mind about birds.

Sure, you may not find a stranger first sentence than that, but those closest to me know that I have this unreasonable phobia of the feathered friend. It has something to do with a mother bird dive-bombing my head to protect her nest when I was five. And no, to answer your question, I was not bothering her nest. I was simply going next door to a friend’s house. But, there is no reasoning with a mother bird. Anyway, my neurosis aside, I am slowly taking…

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