Author: rwoodsfiction

Young adult fiction writer, Robin Woods, was born and raised in San Jose, CA where she earned a BA in English and a MA in Education from local universities. In addition to writing, Robin has been teaching high school English for over two decades and works as a college professor. Her love of working with teenagers and her love of books inspired her to begin writing in the teen genre. When she is not torturing her English students or chasing her two small children around, she is sitting in a local coffee shop plotting new ways to kill a character.

New Author Checklist: 10 Things to Do

So, you published your book? That is amazing! You should take a minute to revel in the accomplishment. Really. You did something a lot of people dream of doing but never do.

Now, I would take a second to bookmark this page. I’ll wait. Done? Great.

First of all, you don’t need to do everything on this checklist today. I would advise doing one item a day for the next several days.

This is pretty much the list of what I wish I’d known when I started back in 2010. I had to “just figure it out.” There are so many more resources out there now–and so many more doors are open to indie and small pub writers.

So, here we go!

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Increase IQ with Creative Writing

Increase Your IQ with Creative Writing | Article on www.RobinWoodsFiction.com

The fact is, that most everyone wants to be smarter. If you are a life-long learner, like me, then it is fun to find new ways to stretch yourself.

But can you actually increase your intelligence? The answer — YES!
And you can do it through creative writing.

Here are some facts about intelligence to help you understand (from American Scientific Magazine my inspiration for this post).

Facts About Fluid Intelligence

  1. Fluid intelligence is trainable.
  2. The more you challenge yourself, the better your brain will work.
  3. Anyone can increase their intelligence. Yes, everyone.
  4. Exercises don’t need to be traditional.

So, how does this apply to you? According to American Scientific, you can do five things to train your brain.

Amazon Bestselling Prompt Me by Robin Woods | www.RobinWoodsFiction.com

Application Through Creative Writing

1. Seek Novelty

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5 Photo Writing Prompts to Inspire

I’ve been hoarding pictures again and thought I should share a few. May they be a muse to your writing fancies.

Prompt 1

Bloody hand in a pool with reflection of trees. Photo Writing Prompts by Robin Woods.

(I took a whole series of photos for Prompt Me Again. This one was much better in color, so I saved it for the blog. My friend Jenn was such a good sport and repeatedly did the “dead man’s float” for me over and over again. Don’t worry, it’s stage blood (peppermint flavored). :)

I scanned the crowd around the pool as dread flowed over me…

Prompt 2

Florence, OR bridge on a foggy day. Photo Writing Prompts by Robin Woods.

The fog only became thicker as night drew near…

Prompt 3

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How To Calculate Reading Time

Have you noticed the growing number of articles that offer a reading time? Recently, I’ve even seen some people put a reading time on FaceBook posts. You may have wondered about the easiest way to add a reading time to your blog posts and articles. Or, maybe not. Ha. If you did, here are the easiest methods.

The average person reads 200 wpm (words per minute). So, base your calculations on this.

There are two methods.

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New Release! Prompt Me Romance

I’m super excited to announce the release of Prompt Me Romance. This creative writing workbook and journal is clean enough for teens but sophisticated enough for adults. Whether you are just starting out or have a string of published books, there is something in here for you. All new photo prompts, first person, third person, fill-in-the-blank, master lists, and much more.

I was thrilled when it debuted on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” and may have done a really awkward dance in my living room (but there is no way to prove it–all video mysteriously “disappeared”). So check it out. I have samples and a freebie master list below. Enjoy!

 

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Author Interview with Ellwyn Autumn

Welcome to my blog interview with novelist, Ellwyn Autumn, author of The Kamyla Chung Series and Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission.

Ellwyn Autumn is an American author/blogger/ghostwriter and a certified teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education. She writes children’s picture books, middle-grade novels, and Young Adult fiction. Ellwyn’s first self-published novel, Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission, was a finalist in the 2016 Reader’s Favorite International Book Contest. Her Kamyla Chung picture book series addresses difficult issues facing young children. Kamyla Chung and the Classroom Bully is on Jedlie’s Certified Great Reads List and earned Story Monster Approval.

Ellwyn discovered her passion for writing in second grade when she had to write a book report for school. She was so excited to write the report, until her mother told her that she had to write about someone else’s book and not her own story. Ellwyn became indignant and decided that once she finished the book report she would most certainly write her own original story. She has been writing ever since!

She lives with her family in Pennsylvania. She loves all things magical, curling up with a good book, writing stories, and almost anything with chocolate in it.

Hello, Ellwyn,

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was seven years old.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My son inspired my first published book. When he was little I used to tell him and his friends that I was a secret agent for Santa Claus. Shortly after I envisioned, Agent 12-25, and the story came to life.

What genre do you consider your book(s)? 

Children’s and fantasy.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

It depends on the day. During a good week, usually several hours every day. This may also include marketing.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

That’s a good question. I like rhyme and alliteration.

Do you have a specific writing style? 

I try to weave humor and sarcastic characters, that have a certain vulnerability, into my stories. I want to show the humanity beneath their salty exteriors. I strive to write stories that will make people laugh and empathize with the characters as they overcome difficult obstacles.

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Prompt Me Again: Creative Writing Workbook & Journal

It is my pleasure to announce the newest edition of the PROMPT ME SERIES. Woo hoo!

Prompt Me Again is full of new prompts and ideas to get (and keep) you writing.

I had a ton of fun taking all the new pictures. I went so far as getting into a pool fully clothed (with my friend, Jenn) and capturing some eery images. I also found myself wading through waist-high grass (in flip-flops) while getting eaten by mosquitos to nab the perfect sunset pic. And…it was all worth it.

As an aside, both of my editors faves are the “Fairy Tale Mash Up” and the “Facial Expression” reference chart. Regardless, there is something for everyone in the book.


Here is a glimpse of what you get in this new installment.

Clean enough for teens and sophisticated enough for adults. 

Add it to you TBR list on Goodreads here.

Prompt Me Again on Amazon.

prompt me series by robin woods 2019

Because you asked…more Prompt Me books are in the works.

Current Projects: Prompt Me Romance (Feb. 2019), Prompt Me Classroom, and Prompt Me Kids Edition.

 

New Release! Prompt Me Sci-Fi & Fantasy: Workbook & Journal

I am so pleased to announce the release of the third installment of the Prompt Me Series! Prompt Me Sci-Fi & Fantasy is now available on Amazon or any other online retailer. Creating this book has been a blast, the pictures alone were an adventure. My daughter and I had fun amongst the redwoods for the fantasy based pic below. Others had me flat on my belly trying to capture the strange beauty of giant sand dunes. But pictures aren’t the only type of prompt in this workbook. Trust me when I say, there’s something for every type of writer. Enjoy!

This gives you a glimpse at the variety of pages in this book.

Prompt Me Sci-FI & Fantasy: Workbook & Journal by Robin Woods

If you would like to put this on your “To Be Read” list on Goodreads, here is the link:

Prompt Me Sci-Fi on Goodreads. (more…)

Photo Writing Prompts: 5 Pics to Get You Writing

It’s less than two weeks until the release of Prompt Me Sci-Fi & Fantasy. So here are five more photo prompts to keep you going until then. Happy writing!

Prompt 1

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Photo Writing Prompts: 5 Photos for your Creative Mojo

The countdown for Prompt Me: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Workbook and Journal continues. Here are five more photo prompts AND a full page from the workbook to tide you over. No, I’m not giving you a full page of prompts, but I am giving you a mini “How To” with a sample story. Enjoy!

Prompt 1 

The following prompts do not appear in the workbook.
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