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Blog Prompt for May 2017

I will be posting regular blog prompts for those who enjoy writing but find it difficult to come up with something to write about for their blog.

I haven’t decided to do this weekly or monthly, so for now, it will be monthly and we will see how many participate, how this idea is received.

MayPrompt 2017

My answer:

For myself, my choice of drink depends on when I’m writing. If in the morning or through the day, I drink coffee with sugar-free Hazelnut creamer.

If at night, I sip a mix of Rum, diet seven up, with a splash of V8 splash juice added. It tastes like punch…but has a punch. Get it? I call it- Splish Splash.

I write better at night, with alcohol, because it quiets the inner editor and the muse delights in having a party.

Winking smile

If you wrote about this prompt, add a link back to your post in comments below, or just add a comment with a link back to your blog.

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Marketing Tips to Share

WWWmarketingI realized, the other day, that many tips offered in the form of marketing such as ‘get a Facebook page’ or ‘use Twitter’ forget to tell you that both Facebook and Twitter also require marketing. In fact, many ideas seem to include getting out there in the World Wide Web, but if you do, you should understand a few things;

There are tons more tips, which I will add in future posts. I think marketing also requires engaging posts, and the audience who shares, so if enjoy my posts, please let others know!

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Odds and ends of inspiration

keyboardThe other day, my son asked me what I was doing. This is his ‘lead-in’ to asking me to do something for him. I admit, I decided to show off, (and deter him from asking) explaining exactly what I was doing-

Me: “Well, I was reading up on Vimana, the flying temples from the Sanskrit Epics of India”

My son: What?

Me: Well I’m not exactly sure how I found this article, its inspired me to make a story about it.

I see a little light spark in his eyes, his realization that yes, his mother is a storyteller and has a wild imagination. I shared with him the ghost stories I happened upon. I also showed him the odds and ends I found that day-

Here is the Potoo Bird from the New World, who are in the same Family as Nightjars and Frogmouths. Aside from the goofy appearance, it illustrates one of the better forms of camouflage by sitting on a branch and appearing as a branch. I’m not sure if I’ll include this into a story, but the bizarre eyes really caught my attention. Maybe it will inspire an alien or character.

This graphic I found in a search for Halloween decorations, and I started to think how it could inspire a story. Would the glasses be found, and no body of the victim? Could the injury spark a story for a character? Oh the possibilities!


And then I found this; a prompt about your characters discuss you. It was fun considering I have a number of stories ‘in the works’, and so the tone and attitude changed depending on which characters. The site offers lots of neat prompts.

Keep track of how you find your inspiration, and feel free to share in comments some of the more unique ways you’ve found your spark of creativity.

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Marketing book link party

learnpclogoOn my own quest to find the tips and tricks to selling books, I found these links and thought I’d share;

Help! My Book Isn’t Selling. 10 Questions You Need To Answer Honestly If You Want To Sell More Books. and

Marketing Your Way To A #1 Amazon Bestseller With Rachel Abbott by The Creative Penn

FAQs About Money by Holly Lisle

Great Ways To Market Your Indie Book by So Much to Write So Little Time.

Promoting Your Writing by Writing World (includes tons of links on the topic.

101 Web Marketing Ideas and Tips by SEOpedia

4 Steps to Making Your Own Book Trailer by Selfpublishingteam.com.

I hope these help those wanting to get the word out on marketing their writing. Feel free to post a link in comments if you wish to share your writing. Winking smile





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