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Write What You Know

You can view my inspiration for this post here: “Write What You Know” Does Not Mean What You Think It Does — After reading the above article and pondering for a while, I realized that I had already written what I knew.  My character, Aziza, from my manuscript BLOOD OF ISIS is a reflection of myself.  When creating… Read more »

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“The Addictive Blog” Award

So…I just was nominated for my first blog award!!! Info’s below 🙂

“The Addictive Blog” Award

Image So I’ve never thought about having someone addicted to my blog before, what an interesting concept. There are definitely blogs I’m addicted to, I like to keep it a secret but I guess the secret will be out now 🙂 I was nominated by Katy at Katy Brandes Writes, and you can check out her post here. I really like her blog, I started following about a month ago and loved it! Although I have not checked out her novellas yet…they sound amazing & are on my to-reads (an unfortunately very long list) . THANK YOU KATY!!!

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How do you know when your MS is ready to query?

So over at WriteOnCon the lovely literary Lara Perkins from Andrea Brown Literary, posted about how to know if your MS is ready to query.  Now this is something I’ve read a lot about, sometimes I hear only “when it’s finished” and sometimes people give more detail that still isn’t very helpful, but Ms. Perkins provided a wonderful checklist:

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THE OTHERWORLDLY CHRONICLES Blurb

THE OTHERWORLDLY CHRONICLES Sixteen year old Eva Alexandra hates her name. Her mother is always telling her that it is the “name befitting of a princess”, however Eva Alexandra is no princess…or so she thinks. In Redwood City, California life is good; the weather is always wonderful and its inhabitants enjoy life in the beautiful… Read more »

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Aziza Harper Thoughts (1)

This part of my characterization workshop for the main character of my completed manuscript BLOOD OF ISIS.  Aziza’s thoughts in the post occur during the opening lines of Chapter One before Aziza’s mother calls her name. — I’ve been traveling my whole life.  It’s hard never having friends and always being the new girl.  Combine… Read more »

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Aziza Harper – Thoughts (1) (Characterization Exercize)

This part of my characterization workshop for the main character of my completed manuscript BLOOD OF ISIS.  Aziza’s thoughts in the post occur during the opening lines of Chapter One before Aziza’s mother calls her name. — **revised 8/14/2012** I’ve been traveling my whole life. It’s hard never having friends and always being the new… Read more »

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My Olympic Writing Goals

I just read this article on “Measuring Your Achievement by the Olympics” by Joanna Penn…a fellow writer whose blog I am subscribed to (I’ll be sure to post a list of great writer sites later :).

In the article Joanna talks about how we can use the Olympics to set our goals.  If you think about it right now there is some athlete (many I’m sure) who after watching the London 2012 Olympics have been inspired to train harder.  For all we know that person could become the next Gabby Douglas or Michael Phelps.  And if that person, no matter how far along they might be, can train so can we.

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This is hilarious…make sure you go to bottledworder’s blog to check out parts 2 & 3. Whimsically Yours, PnC

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“Just Do It”

When I first became interested in being a professional writer, I heard this title or categorization being thrown around.  At first I didn’t understand it then I was like, “okay”, so I started using this title as well.

Until I realized how silly I sounded.

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Set Unrealistic Goals

Set Unrealistic Goals is one of my three mottos listed on my writer site patricecaldwell.com.

This post is a part of my “how to write a book” post series however its advice can be taken outside of the writing world.

I’ve always thought it very interesting that when we are younger we are told to “dream big” or “be whoever we want to be” but as we get older it turns into “be realistic”.