Writing

Guest Post: Yoga for Writers—Refresh

By Sarah Nelsen

I would like to welcome Sarah Nelsen back to my blog for the Part 2 of a 3 Part Series: Yoga for Writers. Sarah is an amazing person with a heart to help people. She is a multi-certified yoga instructor who went as far as moving away from her friends and family for a year and a half to pursue an international credential in another country. Yes, she is that serious about her craft. So, enjoy Yoga for Writers—Refresh.

These modules can be done in any order, but If you missed one of them, here are the links:
Part 1: Yoga for Writers—Rest
Part 2: Yoga for Writers—Refresh (This post. Keep reading or bookmark for later.)
Part 3: Yoga for Writers—Release

Read on to see the importance of breaks or just skip to the short video tutorial and get to it.

Sarah Nelsen practicing yoga. Yoga for Writers—Refresh.
Sarah Nelsen practicing what she preaches: Yoga for Writers—Refresh

Working at a Desk is Hard on Your Body

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Guest Post: Writing Romance

I would like to welcome Brooke E. Wayne to my blog. Brooke is a close friend, writing partner, travel buddy, and confidant of mine. We regularly bounce ideas off one another to keep each other inspired. She has a fabulous take on how to write romance in three acts and twelve beats.

In fact, she even allowed me to use some of her poetry in my creative writing workbook, Prompt Me Romance. Brooke’s specialty is romance, so I asked her over her to share some of her expertise. Here’s how to write romance, utilizing the classic three act structure, broken into twelve beats to drive your story forward.

Author Brooke E. Wayne

WRITING ROMANCE: THREE ACTS,  TWELVE BEATS

“The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” ~ Vladimir Nabokov

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Guest Post: Yoga for Writers—Rest

By Sarah Nelsen

I would like to welcome my dear friend, Sarah Nelsen, to my blog. This is part one of a three part series: Yoga for Writers. Post one is focused on the need to take short breaks to rest so that we can optimize our productivity and increase our creativity. If you work at a desk, you need Yoga for Writers—Rest.

These modules can be done in any order, but If you missed one of them, here are the links:
Part 1: Yoga for Writers—Rest (This post)
Part 2: Yoga for Writers—Refresh
Part 3: Yoga for Writers—Release

Sarah is one of the kindest and most gentle spirits of anyone I have ever met. When I pitched the idea of writing a few posts specifically designed to help writers, she jumped at the chance. I am so grateful for her heart to help people. She is a multi-certified instructor with a wealth of knowledge.

Read on to see the importance of rest breaks or just skip to the short video and get to it.

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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.

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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
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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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