Archive for August 4th, 2017
Poetry from #ExcerptWeek on The Write Stuff! 😉
This afternoon, I’d like to welcome Balroop Singh to The Write Stuff. Balroop is sharing an excerpt from her book, Emerging from Shadows, and I know you are going to enjoy it, and will share it far and wide. Welcome, Balroop!
THE SECRET OF BEING ALIVE
Torrential thoughts stir the ghosts of past
Throttling pain feeds on grisly graves
Pushing past away, I continue to thrive
In the rhythm of throbbing life
Life that seems scrupulously seamless
Having sustained stormy waves
Craves for calm waters and sunshine
Nurturing the hope… clouds would subside
Swaying droplets of indifferent love
Stand sprinkled all around
The charade of connection continues
Evoking detest, dissent and disenchantment
Sharp shards of shattered emotions
Pierce as I try to gather those sensations
Wilderness walks with me
Yet a dim, discrete light beckons…
Rise from those dumps of depression!
Bury those personal regrets deep…
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OMG! How could I forget the Curated Content? Good stuff here, WordPressers! 👍👍
Happy Friday, wonderful SEers! The end of the week is always a reason for celebration. I hope your first days venturing into a new month have been filled with fun, good books, and prolific writing.
Speaking of writing, the SE authors have cobbled together a new collection of writing links. Before sampling the latest, take a moment to check out this week’s featured posts—Drip Campaigns by Staci Troilo and my own “It’s in the Stars . . . or Not”
Then enjoy a Friday Fix with . . .
- How to Tweet Like a Pro [Lab] (a must read for Tweeters)
- Book Blurbs (five tips to improve them)
- Monday Marketing. 3 Quick Tips (how fast does your website load?)
- Plotting (steps to go from beginning to end)
- Character Development (tips for creating compelling characters)
- How to 101 (outstanding resource list from Chris, the Story Reading Ape)
- Showing Versus Telling
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#ExcerptWeek continues with #Fantasy… and the offer of a free book! 😉
THE FIVE KINGDOMS epic fantasy series (think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings) has a new entry!
THE SPY AND THE LADY is now available.
Ex-spy, Rustam Chalice, never could resist a lady in peril, and this one’s up to her pretty eyelashes.
Getting into the outlaws’ camp isn’t so tricky, but how come the rogues don’t seem that motivated by promise of a rich ransom? And why does the lady not appear enthusiastic about escaping?
“Unhand the lady, you ruffians!”
Was that pompous enough? Exiled spy, Rustam Chalice, slipped into the role of arrogant nobleman with the ease of donning a cloak. When he’d ridden into the forest…
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Writing blurbs (which we all LOVE to do – 😀 ) short and to the point! 😉
Almost as feared as the dreaded synopsis, the book blurb has the power to turn wonderful writers to jelly. But the blurb is the hook, along with the cover, to reel those readers in. You need to make sure that you entice your reader, that you intrigue them without giving too much away. Longer than the elevator pitch, but shorter than a synopsis, the book blurb is key to whetting a reader’s appetite.
So how should you approach it? Here are some quick tips on getting that blurb up to scratch.
Keep it short. This is NOT a synopsis. You want a couple of two to three line paragraphs. Too much and you risk giving too much away and turning off your reader. Too little and you might miss the mark.
Mention your main character(s). It’s important for your reader to know who the book is about.
Be precise. There…
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#ExcerptWeek continues! 😉
This morning, I’d like to welcome Judith Barrow, who is sharing an excerpt from her latest book, A Hundred Tiny Threads, which is now available for pre-order. I know you’ll enjoy this one, and will remember to share hither and yon, as you can. Thanks so much, and thanks, Judith, for taking part in #ExcerptWeek. Welcome!
Gritty family saga set in Lancashire in the 1900s and Ireland at the time of the Black and Tans.
Winifred is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother. When her friend Honora – an Irish girl, with the freedom to do as she pleases – drags Winifred along to a suffragette rally, she realises that there is more to life than the shop and her parents’ humdrum lives of work and grumbling.
Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood echoes…
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Many thanks to Edmark Law for the Friday giggles! Check out his blog for his brain-challenging posts! 😉
Once upon a time, there was a king who wanted to go fishing. He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days. So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen.
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