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Writing Wednesday; Research…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me back when.

Research:

Everything you write whether it’s an article, essay, blog post or a book it needs to be researched. Getting your facts straight, whether your work is fiction or nonfiction will make your story believable and increase your credibility as a writer.

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Friday Favorites, Flops and Food…

FRIDAY FAVORITES, FLOPS, and FOOD

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful of each, and every minute. Another goal is to find something to be grateful for in each season. Keeping track of my favorites, flops and good food weekly has been a great exercise in consistent blogging, and a way to remember and be grateful.

Favorites

Finally having my website back and working is a favorite this week. I’ve had Go Daddy as my host for 7 years and have called them once a year to renew. That’s it. Never a problem. Until now. Their server got old and was no longer compatible with Word Press, and I needed an SSL certificate. Go Daddy assured me it was a simple fix and I would be up and running in 24-48 hours. It took a month and it was too expensive. The tech folks weren’t nice. I was so disappointed.

Rena and her company The Blogging 911  provides the monthly maintenance on my site and I have to tell you she created some fabulous graphics for me. She creates websites, offers hosting, maintenance and more. I can’t thank her enough for her help with the SSL certificate. My emails were answered quickly, and Rena isn’t just professional, she’s friendly. I highly recommend her! I cannot wait till my hosting contract runs out. Its bye- bye Go Daddy and hello Blogging 911.

I FINALLY have 10,000 followers on Twitter.

I’ll be giving out prizes next week so if you’d like to be in the running leave a comment on the pinned post, follow me and I’ll follow you.

John and I may be the only people that never watched Breaking Bad until now. We binged all 5 seasons in 3 weeks which was sort of long for us. The 1st season was sort of slow but by the middle of the 2nd season we were hooked. If you are thinking of watching this series I suggest watching Better Call Saul, first. We’re on the 3rd season of that now and it takes place prior to Breaking Bad.

Yellowstone is back and is the most watched cable series. The Dutton family, led by patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. and must contend with constant attacks by land developers, clashes with an Indian reservation and conflict with America’s first national park. Kevin Costner is good in everything and doesn’t disappoint in this series. Luke Grimes is good (looking) to watch too😊

Animal Kingdom is back too! So far this season it’s darker than ever.

Then we have the Phillies. We have a love/hate relationship with them this year.

My guilty pleasures; Married at First Sight, Southern Charm and Southern Charm New Orleans and the Young and the Restless have me shaking my head this week.

What are you watching?

Flops

How I’ve made it this far in life until now without ever having a summer cold is miraculous. Summer colds are miserable and painful. Hopefully this is the last one I’ll ever have. The only redeeming thing about this damn cold is having a lot of TV and reading choices.

Writing time has been unfruitful. Lots of ideas came to mind while I suffered on the sofa with tea and tissues. The worst flop of this last week was the ridiculous “Mueller Hearings.” What an embarrassing end to a once bright career, and they practiced!

Food

Being sick all week didn’t leave me feeling much like cooking. The last best thing I ate though was at a viewing party for friend, Pat Nogars’ podcast, Saturday Morning with Pat. She is the most fabulous baker, cook and such an elegant host.

The Sugarbridge Design Center in Paoli, Pa. was the perfect backdrop for the show. On the show was three of Pat’s favorite chefs from suburban Philadelphia restaurants; Sontuosa in Bryn Mawr, Marokko in Ardmore and Savona in Gulph Mills!

All the dishes were delicious, and the cranberry Cosmopolitan was amazing!

Follow Pat Nogar on Facebook to catch the podcast Saturday Mornings at 10 am.

Have a blessed weekend,

Doreen

 

Writing Memoir

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me when I started.

Writing Memoir

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Show Don’t Tell…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me back when.

Show Don’t Tell

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Friday Favorites, Flop and Food? Party Edition…

Friday Favorites, Flops and Food

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful in each, and every minute. Another goal is to find something to be grateful for, and to enjoy in each season. What were your Friday Favorites, Flops and Food this week?

Favorites

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Friday Favorites, Flops and Food Picnic Edition…

 

Friday Favorites, Flops and Food

1 week = 7 days = 168 hours = 10,080 minutes = 604,800 seconds

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful of every minute. Another goal is to enjoy each season. Friday is a great day to take some time to reflect on my favorites, flops and food over the past week.

What were your favorites, flops and what was the best thing you ate this week?

It looks like I’ll be getting a taste of my favorite season, summer this weekend! We are expecting near 9o degree weather in Philadelphia this Sunday!

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If You’ve Ever Been in a Car Wreck…

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If You’ve Ever Been In A Car Wreck…

If you’ve ever been in a car wreck you know the adrenaline fueled, terrifying feeling of not being able to think clearly and wanting desperately to feel safe.

You might be injured. The police and emergency medical techs arrive. Damaged vehicles are towed. A few years ago, I was involved in an accident that totaled my beloved Mustang. At that time, I had no idea that because the car was a classic, its parts were saleable. I had no idea I had choices and honestly have no idea what happened to that car.

There are choices!

Junk yards will pay you for your damaged or totaled car if its parts are in demand. Car dealerships will only pay you for a total or damaged car if you use it as a trade in and they’ll only give you wholesale value, if that.

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They work exclusively with eco-friendly partners who recycle vehicles with care.

During an already stressful time when you may be dealing with physical injuries, you have no better options than

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Friday Favorites, Flops and Food/ Five Year Edition…

Friday Favorites, Flops and Food

1 week = 7 days = 168 hours = 10,080 minutes = 604,800 seconds

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful of every minute. Another goal is to enjoy each season. Friday is a great day to take some time to reflect on my favorites, flops and food over the past week.

Favorites

Did you hear that big sigh? What a busy week I’ve had. There’s so much to reflect on.

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Writing Wednesday; Let’s Talk About Excuses…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. Information I wish someone had shared with me back when.

Let’s Talk About Excuses for Not Writing

We all have them. Some of us call it procrastination and others call it writers block. Then there’s: • I have so much going on right now • There’s no time • I’m waiting for inspiration • You’re tired • It’s too hard to get published

You can call it whatever, but it’s an excuse!

Writing is HARD work and let’s face it nobody likes hard work day after day after day. If it was easy everyone that had a great idea for a book would sit down and write that book. Listen to me, you’re different. You’re a real writer, however, so you will be the one that sits down and writes your book. It isn’t too late; and you aren’t too old. You can do this, I promise.

Consider this, the average time to write a book is one year.

Writing only one page every day for a year would be 365 pages, or approximately 91,250 words. If you write two pages a day, you’d have that book written in six-months! Think about dividing that time up any way that works for your schedule. Maybe you can only write on Saturdays. Seven pages, every Saturday keeps you on track to finish in a year. The most important thing is to find a schedule that works for you and then being consistent no matter what!

Keep an accountability journal.

Most great things start with a plan. Do you have a business plan for your book? You may need a proposal when it comes time to find an agent or a publisher. A proposal is similar to a business plan. I suggest writing the plan as you go and tweaking as needed. An accountability journal is a simple but extremely useful tool. Use a notebook, a journal or a calendar. Write down what you want to accomplish at the beginning of each week and evaluate at the end of the week. Include any ideas or concerns you have in the journal too. If you’re like me great ideas will come to you and by the time you sit down to write you’ve forgotten the great ideas you had. Don’t lose your journal, it’s an awful feeling☹

Find a writing group, a critique partner, attend a community education class on writing and attend a conference.

Staying in and writing by yourself is so much more comfortable than risking failure, but you must get out there and find supportive, like minded people. The first few times will be difficult however, I promise you, once you get out of your comfort bubble and take those steps it will build your confidence, make your writing better and you will gain some awesome friends.

Develop better writing habits its never too late to learn a new way.

No matter where you are in your writing career, it’s never too late to take a step back and reevaluate your plan. Most importantly you need to keep on writing and never give up!

Happy writing, Doreen #keepmovingforward #neverquit #WritingWednesday

 

Have you written a book and have no idea what publishing route is best for you? Are you struggling with platform building? I am a book coach and would be happy to offer you a free ½ hour consultation. For questions or to schedule your free consultation: doreenb8@verizon.net

So what is a book coach or consultant?

A book coach is knowledgeable in all things writing, publishing and marketing. The most important thing your coach can offer is to provide you with the tools you need to feel confident and motivated to create the best and most successful manuscript possible, to make the best publishing decision and to guide you in making the most effective marketing choices for you and your book. The services are affordable, and packages are available from as little as one session to sessions throughout the entire process.

Ghostwriting services also available.

email for a free consultation.

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Friday Favorites, Flops and Food…

 

 

Friday Favorites, Flops and Food

1 week = 7 days = 168 hours = 10,080 minutes = 604,800 seconds

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful of every minute. Another goal is to enjoy each season. Friday is a great day to take some time to reflect on my favorites, flops and food over the past week.

What were your favorites, flops and what was the best thing you ate this week?

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