How to use visual inspiration to tell a story

I’ve made electronic visual boards, but now I’m thinking maybe I need to take it a step further by bringing my board from the computer to my wall.

Oprah often talks of using a Vision Board to reach your life goals.

So how about using a Vision Board for the book you’re writing? A board for your Muse?  A board for your character?

Find pictures from magazines, newspapers, paint color samples, images from Google or Pinterest. Use a cork board, poster board, whiteboard, or chalkboard. Or just tape pictures and notes on the wall above your desk. It can be simple or busy. No rules here.

I love the tips in this article by Jill Hedgecock.

Writing Tips: Using Visual Inspiration For Your Stories

Who knows a vision board may be just what you need to push on to the end.

Vision Boards for Authors

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Do people think you’re weird?

Then you might be a writer.

I think this week deserves a little levity. I don’t know about you, but I could use a smile and a bit of encouragement.

My thanks to Jacqui Murray for a light-hearted article for writers.

7 Things Writers Can Do No One Else Can (or Wants to) 

After reading her post, as a Southerner, I immediately thought of Jeff Foxworthy and his “You might be a Redneck if…” comedy routine. (Don’t click on Jeff’s link if you are easily offended.)

7 quirks that are a writer’s superpower.

  1. If you can invent words no one else can understand… You might be a writer. (Writers invent words and move to our own beat.)
  2. If you eavesdrop on diners and stare, unapologetically at strangers… You might be a writer.
  3. If you dress like a hobo one day and a diva the next… You might be a writer.
  4. If a fire breaks out in your home, the first thing you grab is your Kindle… You might be a writer. (A writer always needs something to read.)
  5. If you go around talking to no one… You might be a writer.
  6. If you drop yourself between the pages of a story… You might be a writer.
  7. If you’ve developed alligator hide from so many rejections… You might be a writer. (No one hears the word NO more than a writer.)

Alligator cartoonOkay, now your turn…

What odd superpower to you attribute to being a writer?

Do you have another quirk to add to the list?

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How to write a perfect book review

Have you read a good book lately? But don’t know how to write a glowing review that will do it justice?

Quote by Joyce Carol Oates- A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise.

Well, have I got a great blog post for you.

Rachel Poli breaks down how simple it is to write a book review.

In six steps write book reviews that sound like a pro.

  1. Cover- Good, bad, amazing or eye-catching?
  2. Reason- What inspired you to pick up this book?
  3. Plot- What did you like about the story?
  4. Characters- Did you love, hate or relate to them?
  5. Style- Did the story make sense? Flow and pacing good?
  6. Rating- Why and what rating did you give the book?

You must hop over and read the entire post. Rachel goes into a lot more detail than I did here. Then you can rock those book reviews!

 

A great book review template by Rachel Poli via My Book Review Format.

Do you think this will help you write your next review?

Do you have a special formula to write reviews?

Do you find writing book reviews difficult?

 

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Authors beware, watch out for this scam

Tis the season for scamming everyone with a pulse.

More scammers appear every day, like ants at an all they can eat picnic. These varmints call,  text, email and show up on Facebook and Twitter.

Y’all need to watch out for this scam. A company preying on writers want to sell books and reach readers. Apparently, this particular scam has been around for a few years but I  heard about them until…

Today they tried to hook me. 

Now let me tell you, getting through on my home phone is no easy feat. A few months ago we bought a landline phone with Smart Call Blocker. This phone screens out all robo calls unless I’ve added a number (like a docs office) to the directory.

So, anywho—when the phone rings I expect someone I know and have approved to be on the line.

But today I picked up the phone and a caller identified herself as a Book Scout for the publishing company Readers Magnet. They wanted to republish Tryouts for Ben, for a fee of course. I won’t bore you with her attempt at flattery. Might’ve worked if the connection and her English hadn’t been so horrible. LOL

At first, I tried to be polite and say “no thank you.” But she would not stop talking.

Finally, I said, “NO, I do not want to do business with you.” And hung up the phone before she could continue her spiel. 

Let’s get real Y’all. Publishers and agents do not need Literary Book Scouts or Talent Scouts. A legit company has more writers banging on their door than they can count. So, don’t fall for a “Scout” who calls or writes you. They are scammers. 

And the scamming doesn’t stop there. If you Google scams, you’ll get websites that want to sell you a service or program to avoid scams. REALLY! 

Good grief. Enough already. 

Know more about this company before your phone rings. Read the links below.

Questions of the day… 

Have you been called by a Readers Magnet, Literary Book Scout?

Do you know of another publishing scam we need to avoid?

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Don’t get scammed by companies like Reader’s Magnet 

Complaint Review: READERS MAGNET