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Reblogged – Description Lists for Colors

Incredible resource for writers. Be sure to save these images–you’ll want to refer to them later!

World of Horror

Today I want to introduce some complete lists of colors for using in your writing.


Here’s another one:


Eye color:


Hair color:


Hope you enjoy these lists!

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#FridayBookShare – ‘Writer’s Market 2017’

Welcome to another edition of Friday Book Share.

#fridaybookshare readers books recommendation

The Book: Writer’s Market 2017: Deluxe Edition

Okay, so this isn’t the typical book that would be included in a Friday Book Share, but it’s one that I procured recently – and one that I believe every writer should own and updated copy of.

First line of the book

What’s the most important secret to freelance success?

Not terribly enticing.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

The most trusted guide to getting published!

Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer’s Market 2017 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published.

Beyond the listings, you’ll find all-new material devoted to the business and promotion of writing. Discover the secrets to writing better queries and selling more articles, tips for a great conference experience, and insight into developing an effective author brand. Plus, you’ll learn how to write and curate content to grow your audience, connect with book clubs, and make promotions and publicity work for you. This edition includes the ever-popular pay-rate chart and book publisher subject index, too!

You also gain access to:

  • List of professional writing organizations.
  • Sample query letters.
  • A free digital download of Writer’s Yearbook, featuring the 100 Best Markets:

Includes exclusive access to the webinar “7 Principles of Freelance Writing Success” from Robert Lee Brewer, editor of Writer’s Market.

Introduce the main characters using only three words

  • Helpful
  • Money-makers
  • Publishers

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)


Since I ordered the deluxe edition, I got…


Go me.


One of my favorite features is the section that helps freelancers determine pricing.


But I’m also a fan of how they have their Book Publishers section set up:



Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Writers. Whether you write poetry, nonfiction, historical fiction, literary short stories, or any of the other many forms of the written word, this book will be your best friend if you want to get your work published and potentially make some moolah.

Your favorite line/scene

The Consumer Magazines section, for sure. This is where I look to decide where I’ll submit my short stories.


Do you own a copy of the Writer’s Market? Have you found it helpful in your writing endeavors?

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

NaNoWriMo: Scarier than Halloween and Just as Much Fun

Look what day it is…

november 1 nanowrimo

It is officially National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo.

Not sure what I’m talking about? As I explain in Palmetto Publishing Group’s blog post:

NaNoWriMo begins November 1 and runs until 11:59 p.m. on November 30. The goal? To write a 50,000-word novel in this span of time.

If you plan on participating (as I do), following are some tools and resources to help you along the way.

Join Me on This Magical and Chaotic Journey

I committed to participating in NaNoWriMo 2016 in August, so even if I wanted to bow out, it’s a little too late for that now. For that and many other reasons, I want as many of you as possible writing alongside me – and I hope to provide you all with some support, encouragement, and laughter along the way.

First, join my virtual Facebook event, which can be found here. But if you want to stay away from Facebook (or if you don’t have an account), that’s okay! There are several other ways you can connect with me:

  • Buddy up with me on the official NaNoWriMo site! My profile can be found here.
  • Follow me on Instagram and/or Google+, where I’ll occasionally post about my NaNoWriMo progress.
  • Follow me on Twitter, where I’ll be regularly tweeting my frustrations for the world to snicker at.
  • Check out my “NaNoWriMo Resources” Pinterest board (shown below). I pin a variety of articles and images, ranging from motivational quotes to shut up your inner critic, to questionnaires and checklists so your characters will be as complex and realistic as possible, to useful facts such as how a person’s body will react when hit or punched in a specific spot.

For the Writer Who Gets Distracted Easily

I fit this category to a T. I’m a master of procrastination and distraction…and I was stoked to discover Cold Turkey’s tool for writers, which “runs fullscreen and basically turns your computer into a typewriter until you reach your specified goal.” That goal can be time- or word count-based.

Even better news? It’s free! But if you want a little something extra, for a one-time payment of ten bucks, you get bonuses like soundtracks and themes.

*Please note that I am an affiliate with Cold Turkey, and if you choose to purchase, I will receive a kickback (which I’ll use for books…obviously).

For When the Dreaded Writer’s Block Invades

Offical (and Super Helpful) NaNoWriMo Resources

Word SprintsWord sprints are timed bouts of writing that can be amazing for getting your muse ready to rumble. NaNaWriMo offers personal and group sprints. I plan on scheduling a couple of group sprints – I’ll be sure to let everyone know the details well ahead of time so you can join in!

Pep Talks. This collection of pep talks is no joke. If you become frustrated or overwhelmed during this process, visit the pep talk page and get amped up to write again.

ForumsThere is always tons of action on the NaNoWriMo forums – take advantage of it!

Enough Procrastinating. Let’s Write.

I leave you with a passage from one of Daniel José Older’s pep talks. It resonated deeply with me – maybe it will strike a chord with you, too.

Writing begins with forgiveness. Let go of the shame about how long it’s been since you last wrote, the clenching fear that you’re not a good enough writer, the doubts over whether or not you can get it done. Sure, the nagging demons will come creeping back, but set them aside anyway, and then set them aside again when they do. Concoct a hot beverage, play a beautiful song, look inward, and then begin.

Are you ready to get started? Set aside some time later today – at 4:00 p.m. EST, specifically – to participate in a virtual NaNoWriMo write-in here. If you can’t make it today, comment below with how you plan on becoming a NaNoWriMo 2016 winner!

Coming Soon: Freewrite Review!
May 16, 2016, 2:21 pm
Filed under: Product Reviews, Writing Tips | Tags: , , , ,

As some of you know (via Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter), I received my Freewrite last week and am terribly excited about it.

freewrite boxWhat the hell is a Freewrite? From the website:

Freewrite Smart Typewriter

Distraction-free tool for writing composition

The Freewrite combines the simplicity of a typewriter with all of the modern conveniences of 2016.

  • E Ink screen with frontlight

  • Full-size mechanical keyboard feature Cherry MX keyswitches

  • Internal capacity for over one million pages

  • Document cloud sync through WiFi

  • International language support

  • Rugged construction with aluminum body and stowable handle

Hopefully I’ll have a review of the device posted soon.

Why not now? We’re having some:

technical difficulties

Which means I’ll be able to provide a review of both the Freewrite itself and the company’s customer service. Blessing in disguise.

What writing tool has you stoked?

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