Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Courage

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This week, I’m sharing a quote from one of my favorite movies, Practical Magic.  This quote I chose this week, is one makes me think about how fearful it is to walk your own path, when in most cases you’re trying to fit in.  As the school year starts and as adults out of school, be open that ‘normal’ isn’t bad and neither is ‘different’ – courage is to walk your path.

What courageous brave activity are you taking on this week? Let me know in the comments below, love hearing from you. If you enjoyed the quote, simply hit the like button.

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The Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, it is a weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes that inspire them. Go check it out and join in the fun.

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Writing your novel this summer? Here are 6 no-fail tips for self-publishers

Great tips for those, like myself, who are writing this summer with the intent of self-publishing.

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As summer kicks into full gear, many are taking the time to write that novel or memoir they’ve been planning to get to for years. If you’re aiming to self-publish, it’s important to put your best foot forward.

At BlueInk Review we’ve written professional reviews of thousands of indie books and talked to countless authors. And we’ve seen too many of those authors make the same mistakes. It’s time to put down the umbrella drink, buckle down and focus on the frequently overlooked essentials.

In the coming months, resolve to:

Hyre a kopee editer to currect your spilling, gremmer and punctchatiaon.

Have some trouble reading that? Let us recap in better English: Hire a copy editor to correct my spelling, grammar and punctuation.

You might laugh, but this is the kind of spelling we come across far too often. If you ignore all the other resolutions, we…

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CONTEST You say… Calling All Writers!

Have you heard about this fantastic Short Story contest at eBook Me Up yet? I feel like I’ve been overwhelming social media as I can about it. It’s an event I’m hosting, and I’m very excited my idea is coming to fruition.  To learn more about the eBook Me Up Contest Logosubmission details click HERE, we are looking for more submissions before the deadline May 31, 2015.

I had this idea well over a year ago, as I started participating in various blog prompts and became more active in my writing and the blogging community of talented writers. From years of writing, the short story is a love of mine. I had a writing coach that told me once if I could master the short story I could master the novel. At the time, I had blinders on for the novel, so I ate up opportunities to better myself with short stories. Then I was hooked; I love the immediate satisfaction of a good solid short story. The orchestrated sentences and words that move it forward in a flash without the preverbal fat of unnecessary scenes. Short stories are great for building up your writing skill sets. This is why I choose it as my first hosted  contest.

My goal is to host a contest for writers that would showcase talents and enable the further publication to those writers. It could be a forum for a writer to write a short story that could link back to a novel or other work in a similar genre. It gives a writer experience and practice. It’s in a forum for beginners and advanced writers, and the genre is open (excluding Erotica). This is where the original contest prizes were born from, helping writers be seen and published. The top 10 entries will be published in the short story contest anthology. The first 3 winners will have further showcases in the anthology along with Cash Prizes! Also there are no losers, all those who submit will get an e-copy of the anthology.  To find out more about the contest or submit click HERE.

I realized pretty quickly there would be more details I needed to sort out along the way. The first is I wanted a legitimate contest, not my own personal bubble, so I secured some GREAT judges. In fact, I won’t be a judge in this contest unless there is a tie, and I’m needed, otherwise I’m a host, facilitator, e-publisher and proud owner only.

Have you met the Judges?

Below is a brief on the judges, more on the Judges you can find their full biographies and social media contacts HERE.

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Diane Lee is the published author of the Love & Other Stuff series and Queen Bee at Delicious Publishing. A former English teacher, she now works part-time in corporate learning and development.

 

 

 

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Laura Roberts writes about sex, travel, writing, and ninjas – though not necessarily in that order. Laura is also the founding editor of the literary magazine Black Heart.

 

 

 

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Melissa Barker-Simpson has published six books, each of which form part of a series. She is also an active collaborator to the blogging community.

 

 

 

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Rene Averett is a writer, blogger, editor and creator of Pynhavyn Press, a small writers’ press for primarily digital publishing. Her well-known blog is full with recipes, healthy eating tips and a little bit about her weight loss success.

 

 


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Andrea Laurel is a certified combat active firefighter with the Plantation Fire Department and later became a certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. She loves to read and is looking forward to this new experience.

 

 

I’m beyond thrilled these lovely ladies are apart of the eBook Me Up Short Story contest.  They each bring a diverse background that is sure to add to the contest flavor.

If you’ve once thought you might enter a contest but haven’t, this is the one! If you’re a seasoned professional and looking for fun with great return, enter this contest.  Lastly, if you have writer friends that would have interest, point them here and share this blog with them.  Help us out in making this a well robust contest!

I’m thrilled with the entries so far, and I’m looking forward to more entries.

 

What’s in a Name? More than you think.

It’s interesting how names come about in literature and other facets of life. Do you ever wonder how names come about in writing and whatnot? I read an interesting fact today. It was about how Clark Kent came to be Superman. If you know me very well, you know I have a great affection for superheroes and Superman is my all time favorite.

What was interesting to me is that in 1934 Superman was endowed with the strength of 10 men but he couldn’t fly. After being turned down by 15 syndicators, The Man of Steel took the air and acquired the needed strength to become a super legend. Some say Superman’s success is within the storyline of his secret identity whose name was derived from two popular actors of the time Clark Gable and Kent Taylor. And hence Clark Kent was born via secret identity to Superman. The interesting fact images-1makes the debate of which came first the chicken or the egg come full circle.

I often think about names for my characters and what they mean and represent as I develop them. The on other whims, I’m drawn to a quick name without consequence. It also depends on my mood and how developed I will make the character. I’ve used a variety of methods in coming up with names via character or fictional objects and places.

Did you know how the name ‘Wendy’ was invented by J. M. Barrie for a character in his 1904 play Peter Pan. The poet W. E. Henley, a close friend of Barrie’s, had a four-year-old daughter, Margaret. Because her father always refer to Barrie as a “friend” she would try to imitate him by saying “fwend” or “fwendy–wendy.” Sadly, Margaret died at the age of six but her expression lives on in Peter Pan and to all the Wendy’s that have followed.

I’ve loved this story for years and more so with my youngest, which I tend to think wanted to be a lost boy at one time. Nonetheless, I’ll always believe in fairies and Tinkerbell is by far the best fairy of all, plus her name is awesome.

Lastly, it’s also how writers name lands in the worlds they build. Did you know how L. Frank Baum came up with the name the Wizard of Oz in his classic tale of Dorothy Gale from Kansas? He began telling a group of children in 1899 about this story. A little girl asked him about the name of his magical land with the scarecrow, tin men, and cowardly lion. He looked around the room for inspiration. He happened to be sitting next to a filing cabinet with the drawers labeled A-G, H-N, and O-Z, which gave him a quick answer: OZ.

It’s interesting how writers come up with names for their stories, be it places, persons or things. Some use name generators or play with everyday words. Some use baby name books and search census data on popular names. Others view the meaning of names in order to select a name based on a character trait. If you read sci-fi or paranormal romance, you probably scratch your head on how to pronounce several names from time to time. I find it fascinating how writers come up with names. Also, these few facts and stories are quite interesting to behold for sure.

How do you come up with your character names? Is there a special formula? Any annoyances as a reader?