Monday, 21 October 2013

Don’t Miss The Writers Helping Writers AMAZING RACE!

Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi at Writers Helping Writers (formerly The Bookshelf Muse) have added two more books to their Descriptive Thesaurus Collection: The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes and The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws. To celebrate, they are hosting a race, and not just any old race, either. It's the...

 
Writing is hard, isn't it? Create the perfect hook. Make your first page compelling. Craft an amazing 25 word pitch. Knock out a query that will blow an agent's mind. On and on it goes. And sometimes, well, you just wish someone would help.

WISH NO MORE!

From October 21st until October 27th, Writers Helping Writers is posting an OPEN CALL for writers. You can fill out a form, requesting help with critiques, book visibility, social media sharing, blog diagnostics, advice and more.

An army of Amazing Racers are standing by (ME INCLUDED!) waiting to help with your submissions. How many people can we help in a week? Let's find out! Did I mention there are Celebrity Racers too--amazing authors and editors who know their way around a first page. Maybe one of them will pick your submission to help with!

Each day this week, there's an AMAZING giveaway, too. So stop in at Angela & Becca's new Writers Helping Writers website and find out how to take advantage of this unique, pay-it-forward event for writers. I'll see you there! 
Photo Credit: Tharrin

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

#NaNoWriMo: Links, Resources, Articles and a Nonfiction Alternative

Re-blogged with permission from , originally posted on her blogOctober 7, 2013

NaNoManiaIf you need a helping hand with getting that novel written, NaNoWriMo is just about to start again with a new look and new energy! From their official web site:“National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.”
The Writers and Artists blog has published a great article by author Roz Morris , on how to nail NaNoWriMo. It is a must read guideline! https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/2013/09/could-you-draft-a-novel-in-a-month-here-s-how-to-nail-nanowrimo There is another great article on their site from author Jenni Davis on how she fared through NaNo and it’s benefits for her. It’s realistic.
CommuniCATE is also publishing articles to prepare you through October. Check the hashtag #nanoprep on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook for more resources and support. NaNo also has a better blog than previously seen. Go there for encouragement. Plus if you have funds to give, please donate! NaNo helps many Indie authors. Their books are excellent or you can donate any amount you can afford.
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If you are a memoir or non-fiction writer like I am, NaNoWriMo may have you feeling like a fish out of water! Non-fiction writers and people who want to finish works in progress, do have a forum at NaNoWriMo, but you can’t enter the competition. You are called a “Nano Rebel.” I like that term. I also appreciate their all-inclusive policy. You can search for the forum on theNaNoWriMo web site.
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Even better than NaNo Rebels, Nina Amir, a teacher and writing coach runs ”Write Nonfiction in November.” It is much simpler, there is a great blog which is informative and has a Facebook page for group support. If November is just not long enough, get involved in Write Nonfiction Nowwhich Nina runs all year. I have gotten to know Nina over the last year and she shares excellent content and is a great lady.

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Writing Retreat in Phuket - Kicks off NaNoWriMo!




Are you working on a novel, desperately trying to 'find' time to write and never quite
The retreat will take place at the quaint and peaceful 
Baan Chayna Hotel in Surin Beach. 
getting there? 

As most of you know, november is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I've decided to kick it off with a writers retreat. You don't have to be a NaNoWri-mer, only a writer looking for support and inspiration... and a little quiet time to write!
Here's the plot... 

Surround yourself with other fiction writers who are equally as determined to get writing! It's the perfect jump start because - 
  • you'll participate in interactive workshops that spark creativity
  • there will be guaranteed solitary writing time 
  • you'll be in tranquil, remote surroundings that will help clear your mind
  • inspiration will abound breaking through even the worst writers block 
  • your word count will soar every day
If you've never done NaNoWriMo, maybe this can be your first year, but it's not required. All that's required is that you have a work in progress, whether it's an idea, an outline or even a few pages or chapters. The goal is to help you move the process along.

The retreat includes daily workshops along with time for solitary writing and a few fun activities thrown in for extra inspiration! 

I will be facilitating discussions on plot and character development, point of view, dialogue, and establishing your author platform.

I'm thrilled to be joined by guest facilitator:

Jo Parfitt, who has written 30 books (published by a range of publishers), is a journalist, teacher, editor and publisher and mentors others to write and publish books and articles. Her company Summertime Publishing was founded in 1997 and she has helped more than 150 authors get published. Her sessions will help you overcome writers block and show you how to add SPICE to your writing.

For more information visit here. I'd be happy to send you a full schedule and registration information. Just email me at anne@globalwritingsolutions.com