The Ultimate Guide to Planning for NaNoWriMo – by Savannah Gilbo…

Some useful tips for those tackling NaWriNoMo this year. Thank you, Savannah Gilbo!

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Happy #Preptober everyone! 🎃👻

I love this time of year. You get to dress in cozy layers, drink hot tea and coffee all day, decorate for Halloween, and consume all things pumpkin spice and cinnamon!

But besides all that, it’s also a month of intense preparation for any writer who’s planning to participate in NaNoWriMo.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a worldwide write-a-thon that occurs every year during the month of November.

On November 1st, participants start working towards the goal of writing 50,000 words by 11:59 pm on November 30th. That might sound crazy, but it’s a pretty popular event in the #writingcommunity.

Thankfully, there’s still PLENTY of time to prepare!

Why do you need to plan for NaNoWriMo?

The first few times I attempted to write a novel during NaNoWriMo I crashed and burned miserably. I did a lot of things wrong, but…

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Plot vs. Character in Storytelling – by Melissa Donovan…

I recently heard an author say, “When you know your characters, they write the story.” I think that’s applicable to Melissa Donavan’s article here.

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on Writing Forward:

Fiction writing: plot vs. character.

Have you ever struggled with a story idea only to give up because it seems like every plot has already been done?

Maybe you focus on character development to make up for a weak or formulaic plot. Or maybe you focus on plot, only to end up with characters that feel flat, stereotypical, or unsympathetic.

Some stories are plot-driven: they take us through twists and turns that keep readers glued to a story. Others are character-driven: readers keep turning the pages because they’ve become attached to the characters and need to find out what happens to them. But some of the best stories strike a balance between a compelling plot and intriguing characters.

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Paperback Giveaway! Bookstore for Horse Lovers

It’s a celebration now, all right! To honor the global launch of The Bookstore for Horse Lovers, we are giving away a number of fiction and non-fiction horse books signed by the authors!

HORSE BOOKS WRITTEN BY HORSE LOVERS!

We are horse lovers and authors. Each featured author incorporates the nobility, beauty, and unique relationship between horse and human in their writing. Horses have had a profound effect on each of our lives. Thank you for letting us share our stories with you.

WHERE WILL THE STORY TAKE YOU?
There are a number of ways to win, but only one lucky winner will be chosen on Wednesday, September 9th.
You must be 18 years of age to enter.
You must love horse books.
The giveaway begins at 9AM EST on September 1 and ends at midnight September 10th.
One winner will be chosen.
Grand prize: assorted and autographed paperback/hardcover copies of fiction and non-fiction books from our authors.
The winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries collected during the Entry Period
The winner will be announced on our Instagram @booksforhorselovers on Friday, September 11th.
This giveaway is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook.

The link to enter is: https://kingsumo.com/g/jfsuls/bookstore-launch-celebration

Good luck!

Thoughts on Interior Dialogues #amwriting

Thoughts on interior dialogue – enjoy, courtesy of Connie J. Jasperson.

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

It’s a fact that in the early stages of craft development, beginning authors can rely too heavily on thoughts as a way to insert information into a narrative. Most of the time, conversations can convey all the information the protagonist and the reader need.

A fact that may surprise you–most people do not speak words in their minds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our random thought processes are often comprised of complex images of what we plan to do or create, arguments and interpersonal problems we’re occupied with, and flashes of memory.

And cognitive studies (verified by Descriptive Experience Sampling) have shown that 1/3 of people experience abbreviated inner speech, where an  entire complex thought is represented by a single word.

For most people, inner monologues are composed of short bursts of sentences that we “hear” as if spoken aloud.

Researchers say that most of…

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Sharing Writer Beware®

Writer BewareFor those who don’t know of Victoria Strauss’ blog, Writer Beware®, this Reedsy Recommended Best Writing Site of 2020 is a collection of information for writers concerning writing scams and potential problem publishers. I’m sharing this information today because it troubles me when authors pay for services they may, or may not, receive. It seems to me the area I’ve seen authors have the most trouble with is editing services.

Many times I’ve spoken to authors who have asked me to read their books, and I’ve mentioned their books could use editing. Then, they sadly inform me they paid their publishing company for editing services. Not every book is perfect, and I don’t expect it to be. But I do expect writers to get what they pay for.

Since I am far from knowing everything, I wanted to share the link to Writer Beware® so writers can at least check and see what others have to say. And good luck, everyone out there. The first step is putting pen to paper…or fingers to keyboard…or spoken words to device, and if you are considering publishing options, you’re already ahead of most!

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Help for Homeschoolers!

Teacher's Tack for Believing In HorsesI want to offer help for parents and others struggling to homeschool children, a job most people are not trained to do. My solution also helps fill a void for horse crazy kids missing their horse activities due to the current COVID19 shutdowns.

Teacher’s Tack for Believing In Horses is available for free here as a PDF file. This teacher’s guide accompanies my book, Believing In Horses, an inspirational story about a strong-willed girl in a military family who commits to saving unwanted horses. My brother, Eddy Ormond, developed learning plans and fun activities, complete with a full homeschooling module to help children learn in an interactive way.

Eddy brought more than 15 years of elementary school teaching experience to this project. Teacher’s Tack debuted at the State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference, received praise from educators throughout the U.S., and has been used globally even as far away as South Africa! Eddy worked with me while I wrote the book and helped create situations that would appeal to a young audience. His involvement in the book inspired him to create Teacher’s Tack, an educator’s perspective on how to “teach” Believing In Horses and make learning fun.

And don’t just take my word for it that Believing In Horses is good for children. Recognition has included:

• Parent Tested Parent Approved Official Winners Seal of Approval

• National Education Association’s Read Across America program selection

• PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) excerpt in its annual assessment, and

• Inclusion in CommonLit’s digital library of reading passages and curriculum materials. CommonLit is an education nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s literacy nationwide.

Believing In Horses is available for free in eBook or paperback at libraries. Copies are also available at Amazon or via my website.

Next month, I will share free educational resources related to Believing In Horses, Too. Stay safe, everyone, and let me know if I can help with an interview or answer questions for your readers.