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10 Blogs to Visit Today

10 Blogs to Visit Today

Every Wednesday (well, most Wednesdays), I try to take a few minutes to promote other writers and bloggers through my Wednesday Writer series. Here are ten blog posts I enjoyed recently.

 

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1. Sneak Peek: Opening scene from Scotch Mist: a Dottie Manderson mystery

Are you looking for your next great read? The upcoming instalment of the Dottie Manderson mysteries is due out on 30 April 2018, and is a novella called Scotch Mist. In this post, author Caron Allan shares a sneak peak into her new work.

2. Soundtracks Could Be Uniquely Positioned To Succeed

Do you like soundtracks? Some of my favorites CDs (and yes, I do still listen to CDs, even in this digital era) are soundtracks. I also enjoy soundtrack stations on Amazon Music. Chris Thilk takes a moment to discuss soundtracks from recent movies and how they have have been dominating the album charts.

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Poetry is an important and quick diversion. From Tornadoday comes a dark and haunting poem with notes of abandonment and untimely death.

4. Question of the Day #4

For a fun idea, Sara in Lalaland offers a question about the zombie apocolypse. Be sure to read the comments of how her readers would survive the apocolypse.

 

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5. How To Build A Solid Relationship With Your Readers

The most important thing for any blogger or writer is a strong relationship with your readers. Rachel Poli shares a post about some of the best ways to build this relationship.

6. Ham House, Richmond

Do you like travel posts? The Traveller offers beautiful pictures and details from the Ham House in Richmond. Some day I will make it over the pond to visit great attractions like this one. Until then, I thoroughly enjoy the pictures.

 


7. What’s up Monday

James Edgar Skye, through blog posts, shares his journey both as a writer and as one successful coping with bipolar disorder. In this post, he talks about some changes he made to become more productive.

 

8. But wait, there’s a twist …

Remember The Sixth Sense? For me, it was a deeply profound movie about how we often cannot see what is right in front of us because of being distracted by other things. Paul Greenamyer shares his thoughts on how the movie changed the world of writing.

 

9. “I’m Not A Man But I Love Your Blog”

Dadding Depressed is one of my favorite blogs. Through humor and sober facts, the author uses blog posts to shine a light on a world where many men experience depression in silence. Today’s post offers some feedback from many of his readers. Even if you are not a man, you will love this blog.

 

10. Here is my interview with Douglas L. Wilson

Fiona Mcvie interviews author Douglas L. Wilson and gives us an inside look into the man behind the name.

This is a collection of just a few of the posts I have enjoyed recently. Is there a post you have really enjoyed? Feel free to leave a link and why you liked the post in the comments below.

5 Posts to Improve Your Day

5 Posts to Improve Your Day

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 SELRES_0e3ffaff-72c4-47ee-a850-9110ee4fc52cSELRES_218b801c-e252-4c4e-9248-2b2ce74aac84SELRES_699ddfef-aa3a-4145-beb5-078f0da65bbfSELRES_868a4714-9a0b-4201-9b50-9c5d976e95c0SELRES_e124c60e-aa81-4e01-a032-e5bea1a16bf7SELRES_d512317e-66ba-461c-b5a4-8d815f8e1be3SELRES_b959905f-09d9-4a13-92fd-a7466eb5873dSELRES_5683315f-a5c3-43dc-9d97-ff9d86c0ea70SELRES_641929f0-88b9-4989-905b-288ed142d164SELRES_9ccb10a0-009f-47bb-a8e7-c3c8398b8115SELRES_6d08e0b0-8aa7-4388-91a3-2e384d9be0b2SELRES_1eeba409-5c0f-4869-87c7-5018ffda089dFor today’s Writer Wednesday edition, I have decided to share a few of the blog posts with writing tips that I have enjoyed over the past few days.SELRES_1eeba409-5c0f-4869-87c7-5018ffda089dSELRES_6d08e0b0-8aa7-4388-91a3-2e384d9be0b2SELRES_9ccb10a0-009f-47bb-a8e7-c3c8398b8115SELRES_641929f0-88b9-4989-905b-288ed142d164SELRES_5683315f-a5c3-43dc-9d97-ff9d86c0ea70SELRES_b959905f-09d9-4a13-92fd-a7466eb5873dSELRES_d512317e-66ba-461c-b5a4-8d815f8e1be3SELRES_e124c60e-aa81-4e01-a032-e5bea1a16bf7SELRES_868a4714-9a0b-4201-9b50-9c5d976e95c0SELRES_699ddfef-aa3a-4145-beb5-078f0da65bbfSELRES_218b801c-e252-4c4e-9248-2b2ce74aac84SELRES_0e3ffaff-72c4-47ee-a850-9110ee4fc52c

First up is a post by Writer’s Edit with thirteen ways to help indie authors. As an indie author myself, it is a subject very near and dear to my heart. This post has some great ways that you can help other indie authors and gain their eternal gratitude.

5 Posts to Improve Your Day

via 13 Ways To Help An Indie Author With Their Book Release

 

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Next up is a post from Yuan Yuan Writes about benefiting from constructive criticism. Our writing is like our children so when someone criticizes it we may quickly become angry or defensive. This post has some great tips on how you can turn this negative into a positive.

via Taking Constructive Criticism Like a Pro

 


 

The following post by Claire Smith addresses one of the biggest struggles all writers face: writer’s block. There will be days when writing is the last thing you want to do. In this post Claire gives nine tips to keep writing.

via 9 Tips To Write When You Just Can’t Even

 

 

John J. Vinacci’s post answers the question on where he gets his story ideas. It is a great question to mediate on from time to time and John would love your feedback as a comment to his post.

via Where Do You Get Your Story Ideas?

 

 

 

Last, but certainly not least, is a post to add a little fun to your day. This short story by Liz Jeffries is a fun and brief diversion. Oh, and it includes chocolate. What could be better than that?

via Some Short, Short Short Story Fun For a Wednesday Night. Warning: Mentions of Chocolate

Writer’s block? Try this unique solution.

Writers Block

The one thing I love most about blogging is that I am constantly being presented with new and exciting ideas – ideas that would never have entered my head in a million years. Are you dealing with writer’s block? For my Writer Wednesday post this week I am sharing what may well be the solution you need. Click through and read the post, give it a try, and come back to this page and share your results. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Music for Writing

Music for Writing

To say I love music would be an understatement. As a child I spent hours recording songs as they played on the radio. Much of my allowance went to buying cassette tapes. Waves of excitement would wash over me as I hit record every time a new song came on the radio. When I got older I became obsessed with CDs and built a pretty enviable collection. Digital music came along, and my collection was growing exponentially until the option of music subscriptions. With some now, like Amazon’s Music Unlimited, you can listen to pretty much anything you want whenever you want. I buy much less music as a result.

This blog post is not about collecting music. Maybe I will devote another one to that topic later. Rather, I would like to rattle on a little about using music while writing.

Are you a writer? Do you play music while writing? If so, what music do you turn to?

My music tastes are very eclectic, largely decided by the mood I am either in or want to be writing about. If I am dabbling with a bit of romance, Adele or Dido might be my artist of choice. Dealing with confrontation I may turn to something a little angrier. Two of my fallbacks are Linkin Park and the heavier tracks from Evanescence. A mellow passage might turn me to Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan or Enya. Looking to be happy or humorous, I may call on Michael Bublé.

Editing, we all know how painful it can be, typically points me to something without words so I can concentrate fully on butchering my work. My favorites are piano based, but there are many orchestral ones as well. There is a techno old favorite, David Arkenstone’s In the Wake of the Wind, that has been with me for decades. The soundtracks to A Beautiful Mind and Pride and Prejudice are also calming favorites.

I am not stuck in the past as many of the above references might imply. Streaming today’s pop, alternative and country stations frequently create the right mood or desire. Much of today’s music draws me, but a good playlist is like comfy slippers and a well-worn cardigan. Hence, I find myself returning to old friends often.

Perusing my digital playlists, I seem to be drawn to certain themes. Many of the songs in my collection have “home,” “breathe” or “rain” in the title. It remains a puzzle as to what that means. Still, I am fascinated by the fact that I am drawn to songs with similar subjects.

At times, rare as they may occur, I may turn off all music. Sometimes the voices in my head need to speak clearly for me to get through a particularly challenging passage. The silence does not last long. While it helps to focus momentarily, I tend to find myself drifting mentally or inclined to walk off and do other things. The music comes back on and I can (mostly) focus again. Music helps to drown out some of the lesser voices that are not needed in the moment.

Music is an important part of my writing ritual. What rituals are important to you?