Category: A to Z Challenge 2016

May 09 2016

Reflections on the #atozchallenge, being a blogger, the blogging community, and an unpublished book

Reflections Post I’m reflecting on who I want to be as a blogger after completing my fifth A to Z Challenge. I want my blog to be smart, insightful, and always fun to read. I like “thinking posts” and getting opinions from my readers. Books and writing are my niche, so I focus largely on …

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May 02 2016

#atozchallenge #mindblown post

I commented all over the place. Every now and again, someone had a post that blew my mind. Alex J. Cavanaugh – Origins of Science Fiction Terms and More! Interactive Map A small book with a ‘touch-screen’ paper interactive map. First appeared in Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem in 1961. My comment: Interactive …

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Apr 30 2016

#atozchallenge Z is for Zak @thezakkhan #Writing #Editing #NaNoWriMo #WLCAuthor

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples Z is for “Zak” Book: How To Build Good Writing Habits by Zak Khan @thezakkhan My dice roll: 241 (ebook location out of 499) Lesson: Regular, Positive Criticism Find someone to give you honest …

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Apr 29 2016

#atozchallenge Y is for #Writing for Young Adults #WriteTip on YA Series Fiction

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples Y is for “Young” Book: Writing for Young Adults by Sherry Garland My dice roll: 33 Lesson: Writing Series Fiction Publishers of YA series try to appeal to the broadest audience possible. Ten tips …

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Apr 28 2016

#atozchallenge X is 10 #Writing #WritingPrompt Idiom War and #azchat reminder

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples X is 10 in Roman numerals Book: 10 Step Creative Writing Activity book: Command your Imagination by Tiffany Hilliard My dice roll: 16 (ebook location out of 21) Lesson: Idiom War writing prompt activity …

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Apr 27 2016

#atozchallenge W is for Writers #WriteTip Wired for Story by @LisaCron

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples W is for “Wired” and “Writer’s” Book: Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron @LisaCron My dice roll: 221 (ebook …

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Apr 26 2016

#atozchallenge V is for Villains #Writing Character Traits @RayneHall

#atozchallenge V is for Villains #Writing Character Traits @RayneHall Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples V is for “Villains” Book: Writing About Villains by Rayne Hall @RayneHall My dice roll: 371 (ebook location out of 1091) Lesson: villain character traits …

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Apr 25 2016

#atozchallenge U is for Understanding POV #Writing Point of View #WriteTip

#atozchallenge U is for Understanding POV #Writing Point of View #WriteTip Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples U is for “Understanding” Book: Point Of View: Understanding Which P.O.V. is Best for Your Story and Using it Effectively by Alfie Thompson …

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Apr 23 2016

#atozchallenge T is for Story Tension #Writing #WriteTip

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples T is for “TENSION” Book: HOW TO DEVELOP STORY TENSION: 13 Techniques plus the Five Minute Magic Trick Guaranteed to Keep Your Readers Turning Pages by Amy Deardon My dice roll: 117 (ebook location …

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Apr 22 2016

#atozchallenge S is for Save the Cat #Writing #Logline #ElevatorPitch

#atozchallenge S is for Save the Cat #Writing #Logline #ElevatorPitch Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples S is for “Save” Book: Save the Cat by Blake Snyder My dice roll: 300 (ebook location out of 2914) Lesson: Logline (Elevator Pitch) …

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Apr 21 2016

#atozchallenge R is Writer’s Resistance and @RosanneBane #WritersBlock #smell #coffee

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples R is for “Resistance” and “Rosanne” Book: Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance by Rosanne Bane @RosanneBane My dice roll: 139 Lesson: Getting neurons together for a writing routine …

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Apr 20 2016

#atozchallenge Q for Quick Guide to Character Flaws #Writing @RoseFblog

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples Q is for “Quick” Book: Write Away: Quick Guide to Character Flaws by Rose Fischer @RoseFblog My dice roll: 72 (ebook location out of 193) Lesson: Character Flaws Figure out what keeps getting a …

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Apr 19 2016

#atozchallenge P is for Plot #Writing Outline the Journey of the Hero by @stephaniedraven

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples P is for “Plot” Book: Plot Your Book In A Month…With Scrivener by Stephanie Draven My dice roll: 578 (ebook location out of 2246) Lesson: Outline the Journey of the Hero You do not …

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Apr 18 2016

#atozchallenge O is for Orson Scott Card #Writing Openings #WriteTip Beginnings @orsonscottcard

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples O is for “Orson” Book: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card @orsonscottcard My dice roll: 95 Lesson: Beginnings of novels Beginnings of novels must reveal information that promises an …

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Apr 17 2016

Blogging lesson on the purpose of img alt #atozchallenge extra post #html

For those of you who already know about this, here’s a music video instead. THIS POST ALSO APPEARS ON THE A TO Z CHALLENGE MAIN BLOG I am not a coding expert. I learned all of this by watching other people, Google searching, and trial with lots of error. (Ha ha) But here’s an important …

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Apr 16 2016

#atozchallenge N is Novelsmithing #WriteTip Animal Characteristics to Describe People @SheppardDavid

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples N is for “Novelsmithing” Book: Novelsmithing, The Structural Foundation of Plot, Character, and Narration by David Sheppard @SheppardDavid My dice roll: 1646 (ebook location out of 2581) Lesson: Use characteristics of animals to describe …

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Apr 15 2016

#atozchallenge M is for Manuscript Revision by @hollylisle #WriteTip for Weak Words

Click for my theme details  26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples http://hollylisle.com/one-pass-manuscript-revision-from-first-draft-to-last-in-one-cycle/ M is for “Manuscript” Book: One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle by Holly Lisle @hollylisle My dice roll: 6 (ebook/pdf location out of 8) Lesson: Weak Words Is …

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Apr 14 2016

#atozchallenge L is for Writer’s Lab #Prompt Protagonist Failure

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples L is for “Lab” Book: The Writer’s Lab: A Place to Experiment with Fiction by Sexton Burke My dice roll: 112 Lesson: Writing Prompt about a protagonist who fails A protagonist normally achieves a …

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Apr 13 2016

#atozchallenge K for Kress #Writing #WriteTip Character Changes, Motivations, and Actions @nancykress

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples K is for “Kress” Book: Write Great Fiction – Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress @nancykress My dice roll: 77 Lesson: Changing Goals and Emotions Character changes must be the result of story …

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Apr 12 2016

#atozchallenge J is for James Scott Bell #Writing Plot Ideas from Issues that Outrage @jamesscottbell

Click for my theme details 26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples J is for “James” Book: Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell @jamesscottbell My dice roll: 39 Lesson: Ways to get plot ideas This section of the book gives 20 …

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