Writing

One Link to Rule Them All

Fabulous time savers for busy writers (and other media professionals). Make life easier by minimizing the places you need to go to update links.

I admit it. I’m a teensy bit behind. I’ve been seeing all sorts of new links all over the place and hadn’t really paid attention in my mad dash to finish editing my latest novel (which turned out beautifully by the way). While helping with the herculean task of launching my book, I was searching for ways to streamline this process.

Is there really one link to rule them all? I wish I could say, heck yeah!! But alas, I can’t.

BUT I can say one for your social media platforms and one for your book links. Two links to rule them all didn’t sound as exciting (or as Tolkien). So, let’s move on and look at minimizing your upkeep and save you some time.

NOTE: I was NOT paid for any of the information in this post, I simply like the products.

One Link to Rule Social Media

My FAVORITE discovery is LinkTree. Quite literally, you can connect all your social media platforms and content to one link. That means that you can post that ONE link on your profiles for Instagram, Tik Tok, Facebook, YouTube, OverShare, and MindLost (okay, the last two are fake, but you get the point).

Why is this so awesome? When you need to update your links, you only need to update ONE place. You will never have a bad link again. Unless, of course, you forget to update your precious…Link Tree that is.

If you have a new podcast, novel, or video that you want to highlight, post it to your Link Tree. When I added the link to the pre-orders page for my new novel, Link Tree was already aware of what it was and added the copy for me.

There is a similar product rising through the ranks, but I have not checked it out yet, but here is the link to HYPAGE if you would like to do your due diligence. They also have a FREE plan.

This is what mine currently looks like. I want my new book to be the most visible, so it’s at the top. In a month, I may want something else there.

Click here to see my link tree: https://linktr.ee/robinwoodsfiction

Want your own? Click the logo at the bottom of the tree and you can setup your own for FREE. Did I mention that? The Basic Plan is free. Woo hoo!

They have paid plans with advanced features, but I’m running with the freebie for now.


One Universal Link for Books

This is what my Storm and Solace page looks like.

If you are an author and want to simplify your link life—use an universal link. It is much like a link tree in that, you can post the universal link everywhere and only need to update one source. Or, as Books2Read says, “One link for every reader everywhere.”

For example, if you click on my universal link for Storm and Solace, you will see every outlet my book is available to date. Click here now to view mine as a sample: https://books2read.com/StormAndSolace

How do you get a universal link for your book?

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Guest Post: Starting Your Children’s Book

By Author Ellwyn Autumn

person reading a book
Photo by Lina Kivaka on Pexels.com

Getting Started

So, you want to write and self-publish a children’s book? Good for you! You’re just itching to transcribe your idea to the page. But there’s one obstacle, you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

First things first, write your idea whichever way is most comfortable for you: a list, a word web, notes. It doesn’t matter, just get it out before you forget.

I suggest going to the source after you’ve written it down. What does that mean? Read children’s books. Go to the library and check out a few. Take notes on what you like and dislike about the books.

You might also want to look at my article ‘4 Elements Good Picture Books Need’.

Many people think creating a children’s book is easy. Let me tell you from experience, it isn’t. It’s fun, it’s fulfilling, but easy is not a word I’d use to explain the process.

Finding Support & Inspiration

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New Release—Picture This: Creative Writing Photo Prompts & Inspiration

Picture This: Creative Writing Photo Prompts & Inspiration by Robin Woods | 144 prompts with 422 combinations (Over 50 original full color photo prompts with NO stock photography). Empower your creativity.

I’m very excited to announce the pre-order release of PICTURE THIS: Creative Writing Photo Prompts & Inspiration (The digital cousin of Prompt Me).

I’ve had tons of requests for color photo prompts, so this is for you—over 50 of them! Plus written prompts, fun facts, tips, and master lists.

All for the bargain price of $4.99. Thank you so much for all of the support. 😀😁 https://amzn.to/2B4qBsc


Sample from “Use These Phrases” and “Choose Your Path”:

Dive in and explore a variety of different prompt styles designed to inspire you and spark your inner muse.


This workbook is great for:

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Writing Resource: Superpowers & Abilities

Writing Resource: Superpowers & Abilities by Robin Woods #superheroabilities

I was contemplating superpowers the other day. Yeah, those are the types of things I ponder in the pre-dawn hours of the morning. I still can’t decide what superpower I would choose, probably telekinesis because looking into someone’s mind would be icky and I would trip if I had super speed.

Then, I had the terrifying thought–what would actual superpowers do to a human body? I found it rather creepy that a Ted Talk on “If Superpowers Were Real: Super Speed” popped up in my feed that morning.

Uhhh. Thought Police anyone?

Well, I posted the Ted Talk videos below, but I have a little more for you. Writing Marvelous Superheroes, here we go…

Super-powered Basics

The thing that separates heroes from villains is what they choose to do with their powers and this all comes out in the origin story.

Once they choose, those superheroes generally fall into three archetypes:

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Prompt Me Wins!

Prompt Me made it on the Best Writing Books of All Time List

I’m happy to announce that my book, Prompt Me: Creative Writing Journal & Workbook, made it to BookAuthority’s Best Writing Books of All Time.

BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honor to get this kind of recognition.

Thank you for all your support!
The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

What is BookAuthority?

BookAuthority is the world’s leading website for nonfiction book recommendations, helping people find the best books on any topic.

It covers topics that range from startups, marketing and finance, through javascript, artificial intelligence and bitcoin, to fitness, history and personal development.

BookAuthority serves millions of book recommendations every month, was ranked #1 on ProductHunt, and has been featured on CNNForbes and Inc.

How are books ranked?

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Prompt Me Horror & Thriller

This past March I attended my first convention as a vendor and asked for suggestions as to what my next topic should be—the winner? Horror. This book is packed full of a large variety of styles of prompts, not just traditional story starters.

I have included one of the story helping generators I created for the workbook below (and a photo prompt). So dive in and have some fun writing some creepy stories just in time for Halloween!

PROMPT ME HORROR & THRILLER by Robin Woods #creativewriting #writingprompts #amwriting https://amzn.to/30kdEWY

Are you a budding Stephen King or want to be? Whether you are an adult or teen, this book is for you. It has hundreds of prompts and a healthy amount of charts and references to help ignite your creativity.

PROMPT ME HORROR & THRILLER by Robin Woods #creativewriting #writingprompts #amwriting https://amzn.to/30kdEWY

Buy on Amazon
Add to GoodReads

This workbook is great for:

  • Writers who need to banish writer’s block 
    Teachers who need bell activities
  • Someone who wants daily writing prompts
  • Homeschool parents who want fun curriculum
  • Screenwriters who want inspiration for scripts
  • People who need a gift for a writer or English teacher
  • Anyone who wants to ignite creativity and improve writing
  • This workbook is clean enough for teens and sophisticated for seasoned writers.

Here is a sample page. What is your nightmare?

Nightmare Generator from PROMPT ME HORROR & THRILLER by Robin Woods #writingprompts #creativewriting

Need some inspiration? Check out the rest of the Prompt Me Series
Photo prompts, story starters, master lists, and more.

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New Release: Prompt Me Reading Log & Analysis

This last school year I took on a new endeavor: homeschooling two elementary kids. Overall, it went really well, but there was one area of frustration. My kids hated answering lists of questions and didn’t always want to discuss the chapters they’d read. My solution? I wrote a book.

Prompt Me Reading Log & Analysis by Robin Woods

Drawing on my two and a half decades of classroom experience teaching literature–I came up with several prototypes using my kiddos for guinea pigs. Don’t worry no harm came to any children. ;o)

My kids both love making lists and drawing pictures. So, I incorporated what not only my children like, but also what worked in my high school classroom.

There’s room to log 10 books chapter-by-chapter. And, you never have to chase a bunch of papers around! All their notes stay in this easy to use workbook.

Prompt Me Reading Log & Analysis by Robin Woods | Sample pages
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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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