Ten Quote Tuesday (#19)

Quotes to get you started writing. I need to stop and write. Check this out, I think you’ll like it.

A Writer's Path

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Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes and writing prompts to nudge awake the sleeping muse. If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.

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Laying a Foundation, Building Scaffolds, Writing a Novel by Guest Author Audrey Driscoll

Very interesting

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

audrey-driscollSo I’ve finally started writing another novel. (No, it’s not a NaNoWriMo project; you can’t get word-count updates when you write longhand). To date I have 20 pages of scribble, and when I look at them from a certain angle I get a feeling of total futility.

The thing about writing with a pen on paper is that I’m not tempted to go back and read what I’ve laid down so far and either start tinkering with it or give up. As I push the pen, though, I keep thinking, “This isn’t going well. In fact, I think this might just be crap.” I compare the plodding feel of the writing with my plot aspirations and get that “Let’s crumple now” feeling.

But wait! I tell myself. This is a first draft. It’s supposed to be imperfect. In fact, it’s not so much the novel I want to write as…

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Making Promises to Your Readers

Great blog that gives valuable information. Even if you are a writer for many years, it can only help remind you.

A Writer's Path

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You may not know it starting out, but every time you begin a story, you make promises to your readers. Even if you aren’t aware what promises you’re making, your readers will be bothered if you don’t fulfill them.

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Tuesday Tip

This is a great list. I must for all writers is editing.

Write of Passage

tip#1When you start writing, you begin with an outline. When you start editing, you begin with a checklist.

Writers are often warned about the many mistakes they can and will make in their first drafts, but what about the mistakes they can make editing? During this stage, you can miss errors or introduce entirely new ones. You won’t catch all your mistakes in one pass and you shouldn’t try. Like painting a wall, editing requires several layers.

Layers. You know, like an onion–or ogres. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it, they both have layers. The editing process is less overwhelming when broken into layers or steps. As a former copy editor, I was taught to make three passes. The first pass was for content and structure alone (except for any glaring, obvious punctuation), saving the final two passes for grammar and punctuation.

There are several types of editing. I’ve broken it down into two.

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Magic Writer’s Newsletter-October 2014

This newsletter is for children and their parents. Each month I will publish my Magic Writer’s newsletter. Included in this newsletter will be an activity, a coloring page, and Book recommendations. Starting in November , I will include book recommendations for the Tweens (ages 9-12). . I will also have a word for the month, and a writing activity. I would love to have the children’s writing and any drawings that go with it sent to me at carlawebb2014@gmail.com .I will post these stories on my website and /or on this blog. My purpose in doing this is to encourage children to write and to share their writing. There are many steps to the writing process. Each newsletter will highlight a step in the writing process.
Join me in encouraging our children to explore the magical world of books and to let their imagination soar!October 2014-newsletter for magic writier-Revised #2 (Autosaved)#4

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David’s Story

Cane Frog /Toad largest frog in Florida

Cane Frog /Toad largest frog in Florida

Observing the great outdoors is a favorite pastime for our family. The other morning, as the sun was beginning to rise, my husband saw a mother opossum with her babies clinging to her body. We have seen armadillos, raccoons, a 7-foot alligator floating in the water behind our home, and an array of birds. Max and Pepper, our little Shih-Tzu dogs, love chasing tiny lizards and frogs that find their way into our lanai. Unique sighting have a way of becoming a story. This is a second hand account of what transpired in our house on Tuesday, July 24th. David, the oldest son, was alone. He went into his bathroom. Here you need your imagination… From the corner of his eye, he spotted something big on the side of the toilet. David jumped up, shocked to find a monster-size frog. It was trying to crawl out the bowl! Without a thought, he ran to get a plastic bag to catch it. When he tried to herd it into the bag, the creature started swimming to the bottom of the bowl. Then David leaned over to grab it with his bare hand, but it escaped through the hole. Frustrated, he flushed and flushed and flushed. As he is talking, I can imagine the fate of the amphibian. Flushed down the pipes, into the sewer, and spit out into the Gulf of Mexico sounds harsh. Now this poor baby is glowing neon green. Many questions are unanswered. How did this frog find its way into David’s bathroom toilet? What happens to him? Does Nemo show up to help? Being a storyteller, I will follow my newest character, Neon Frog to know the rest of the story!