Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three Steps for Filling That Blank Page #writingtips

Three Steps for Filling a Blank Page
K.N. Lee

What is your goal when sitting down for a writing session? It should be to do whatever it takes (within reason) to fill the blank page! That doesn't mean to ramble nonsensical words and try to string them together into something coherent. It means that you should find new practices that'll urge you out of that writer's block or moment of desperation. 

Lately I've been struggling to stay focused and meet my word quota, but after utilizing my tried and true little writing tricks, the inspiration and the words are flowing once again! I wanted to share three of my tactics. They've always worked for me, so I hope you can benefit as well.

Three Steps

1. Write from another character's POV
Sometimes changing it up a bit will inspire you. Give that character that makes you draw a blank a break, and write from one of the other main character's point of view. This is effective when writing from 3rd person. If writing from 1st person, the second tip should be helpful!

2. Work on a different scene
Stuck on a part of the story with nowhere to go? Move on to that awesome battle or love scene you've been thinking about...or dreaming about. You'll be surprised by how this opens up your mind and keeps the story flowing.

3. Write a jot list with your ideas for dialogue and scenes
Jor lists are great! You simply write out everything you'd like to capture with your story. Sometimes writing out what your character's motivations are, or their backgrounds, your goals for the story, and so forth will fire you up and put you back on the right path.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Let's Make a Movie! ***King Hall by Scarlett Dawn***

Let's Make a Movie! 

***King Hall by Scarlett Dawn***

Let's make a movie for New York Times bestselling author, Scarlett Dawn! 

King Hall (Forever Evermore #1)

A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…
King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. 
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life. 
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.

Now, for the cast!

Chris Hemsworth

King Kincaid: 
Colin Farrell

Karen Gillan 

Robbie Amell 


Adam Lambert

Jennifer Lawrence 

Awesome cast!!! Check out the book now so that you're ready for the movie ;)
Scarlett Dawn

Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her family.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Introducing Nefretiti Morant's new novel, Miss Calloway!

Introducing Nefretiti Morant's new novel, 

Miss Calloway!

Author Bio

Nefretiti A. Morant was born in the United Kingdom to Barbadian Parents.   Nefretiti always loved reading and writing poetry.   In 2004 she graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors in Psychology.  Nefretiti worked for New York City's Department of Social Services for ten years before deciding to pursue her passion for writing full time. 

In 2012 Armed with lots of ambition and a desire to create beauty with her words she started a poetry blog on her popular website; www.nefretitim.com. Within three years she built the publish powerhouse E-books By Nefretiti, Jamani Publications; writing eight books and publishing ten.  Offering realistic, inspiring and feel good reading; she has has solidified her brand within the literary and internet community.

Nefretiti’s inspiration for writing comes from her belief in positive thinking and her desire to inspire individuals from all walks of life.  The Queens, New York native currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Steven Woodford **Author Spotlight & Interview**

Steven Woodford **Author Spotlight & Interview**

Why do you write? 
Because I can’t sing!
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? 
I have had a remarkable life and have recently become friends with four writers who shamed me into sitting down and getting it done.
Do you write full-time or part-time? 
Part time;  I do volunteer work for a Key West AIDS organization and have a house, a garden and pets to take care of; therefore, writing only when I set an unbreakable rule for undisturbed writing for a minimum hour a day.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? 
Writing is from 10-12 a.m.  And if something “urgent” comes up I set aside another hour (two is better) later in the day after the “emergency” passes.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?  Computer
Where do your ideas come from? 
My twisted imagination, my life experiences and/or LOTS of research into specific people and places.
What is the hardest thing about writing? 
Getting everyone to leave me alone to work.
What is the easiest thing about writing?  
Finding a character who is so “real” to me that he or she simply takes over and puts the words on the screen.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?  
About one year.
Do you ever get writer’s Block? 
No; I call it laziness.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block? Stare at a blank screen (or piece of paper) until a word or a sentence comes to you; write it down , even if it has nothing to do with what you thought you were going to write, and see what follows.  If you are awake a word or two will come to you and others will follow like lemmings.

Steven Woodford, author of SHORTS, auto-bio collection from a life in the deep south, the upside and downside of New York City, falling in love, suffering the death of love (both figuratively and literally, teaching middle school for 28 years, spending 30 years as a NY theatre and music critic and then……….finally………coming to rest, mid-flight, in the Florida Keys.

Connect with Steven Woodford:

Facebook: StevenWoodfordAuthor
Twitter:         @AuthorWoodford
GoodReads: Steven Woodford

Short stories of three generations of a southern family, focused on a gay boy who grows up in a redneck town, moves to NYC, deals with love and loss, teaches theatre and becomes a music and theatre critic, rubbing elbows with celebrity in spite of prejudice.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Phantoms of Dusk **COVER REVEAL**

Oh my goodness. My magician just made magic for me. I am struggling not to share my latest book cover for my late summer/early fall release, Phantoms of Dusk. Struggling! Oh what the hey, here it is! Now, let's all collectively applaud Jennifer Munswami from JM Rising Horse Creations.

Prepare yourselves for Quinn's induction into the elite secret agency known as the Phantoms of Dusk.

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