Thursday Thoughts: NaPoWriMo

NaPoWriMo or National Poetry Writing Month challenges anyone to write 30 poems in 30 days. I’ve done it. Not this year—Or last year.Or last year, but I did write more. You can’t force poetry—well, you can, but it is not going to be as good as the thought out, heartfelt words of inspiration. So, IContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: NaPoWriMo”

Thursday Thoughts: To read or not to read.

I read. Not a lot, but I read. While looking for a new science fiction book, I came across one that sounded familiar. Did I read it before? Nope. I was writing it. I had decided on a premise for my next book, started outlining the plot, wrote some intros and interesting dialogue, and now?Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts: To read or not to read.”

Thursday Thoughts: Tropes

I have to (want to) write a new book. There is only one problem: What’s an original trope?Umm, what the heck is a trope?A trope is the general theme of the plot. There are 7 plots/tropes: Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, The Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, Rebirth. Obviously each plot can beContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Tropes”

Thursday Thoughts: Survey Says?

Do you like surveys? While conversing on an author marketing support group, I realized that I haven’t created a survey to take the pulse of Lines by Leon Nation* since last May. Someone had asked how authors create engagement and deal with inactive newsletter subscribers. In order to retain readers who “have to” sign upContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Survey Says?”

Thursday Thoughts: Book two finished. Kinda.

I wrote the final chapter of book two of my trilogy yesterday. Oh, there is still a lot of revising to do, but with the help of my beta readers, that is coming along well, chapter by chapter. I want to thank my beta readers who not only get an advance look at the book,Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Book two finished. Kinda.”

Thursday Thoughts: Author Newsletters

Do you subscribe to your own newsletter? I do because I want to make sure that my subscribers are getting an attractive newsletter free of glitches. I actually use 2 email addresses, and I have been forgetting to open both, and I wondered why my open rate was lower. So, check your spam folder andContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Author Newsletters”

Thursday Thoughts: Beta Readers

I use the website StoryOrigin to connect with other authors to promote books with each other’s readerships, distributing my free books to newsletter subscribers, managing review copies, and recently, to allow access to my new book thought the beta copy feature. If you are an author and have never used a beta reader, you areContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Beta Readers”

Tuesday Tidbits (Feb 15): Under the Covers

So I admit that by doing this I am revealing that my novella will be a trilogy. If you read The View from Here, you will be aware that as fun and exciting the ending was, it could stand alone or continue. So much has been written about the importance of covers, and how youContinue reading “Tuesday Tidbits (Feb 15): Under the Covers”

Tuesday Tidbits: What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? Newsletters that is.

If you are an author, then you probably have a mailing list. If you have a mailing list, then you probably send out newsletters. If you send newsletters, then you probably struggle at times about how often to want to bother your readership. If you probably struggle at times about how often to want toContinue reading “Tuesday Tidbits: What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? Newsletters that is.”

Tuesday Tidbits: Bad Opening Lines

Yesterday’s Open Book Blog Hop reminded me of a post that I wrote. After scouring my blog, without success, I came to the conclusion that I hadn’t posted it. So, here it is: Bad Opening Lines I’ve always heard that the worst opening line for a book was: “It was a dark and stormy night.”Continue reading “Tuesday Tidbits: Bad Opening Lines”