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New Release! 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.

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.

Photo Writing Prompt: 5 Photos to Inspire You

With my upcoming Prompt Me: Sci-Fi & Fantasy release this February, I want to celebrate by releasing a series of photo writing prompts over the next couple of weeks. Here are five of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

 

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New Release! Prompt Me More

I am thrilled to announce the release of my ninth title, Prompt Me More, the second Prompt Me Workbook and Journal. My life has been a whir of activity and this has been the perfect creative outlet. I hope you enjoy the prompts–I have a special affection for the photo and dialogue prompts in this book.

Well, there is no more need for preamble. Here’s the info you have been waiting for:

 

This workbook is sophisticated enough for adults and clean enough for teens.

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Writing Resource: Words for Tastes & Aromas

I haven’t offered a free resource in a little while. so here is my latest offering.  Often writers forget to incorporate all five senses, make sure you include taste and smell, in addition to what  your characters touch and see. Here is a cheat sheet to help you add sensory details involving the most overlooked senses.

Tastes & Aromas

Here is a downloadable PDF for personal use: Tastes & Aromas

Do you have any sensory words that you love to use?

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Check out the resources and master lists in the Prompt Me Series here on Amazon.

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Writing Resources: My Fave 7 Free Design Resources

Finding good resources that are truly free can be exasperating.  I can’t tell you how many times I have clicked on a link claiming to provide something free, but they weren’t actually free.  All of these resources are free–no email address required!

  • Formatting a Manuscript: How to format your manuscript article by Jodie Renner . This will save you (and your editor) time and frustration.
  • Spacing: How many spaces after a period? Okay, so this isn’t an actual resources, but it will provide you with information about how to space your manuscript.
  • Book Interior Template: If you are going to be formatting your own book, save yourself hours of grief and write directly into the template.  Create Space has a wonderful set of free templates (my publisher even uses them).  Make sure you choose the size that is standard for your genre.  I use the 5.5 x 8.5 template for Young Adult Lit.
  • Book Cover Template: Generate a free Photoshop book cover template.  You need to know how many pages your book will be in order for the spine to be the correct size.
  • Fonts: Make sure all of the fonts you are using are free for commercial use.  Font Squirrel is one of my favorite sites because they are all “free for commercial use.”  I also love dafont.com, but you need to be careful, shareware is not always free for publishing/commercial use.
  • Paper Textures: I LOVE the free paper textures and backgrounds on this site!  If you don’t have time to take pics of your own, these are fabulous. I used one for my haiku below.
  • Postcard Template: I use the Photoshop templates on VistaPrint. Simply click on the “More Pricing and Quantities” link under the size you want. The downloadable templates are located on the tab under “Full Upload Specifications.”

I hope you find these helpful. Do you have any free resources that you love?

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Writing: 8 or Eight? Rules of Using Numerals in Text

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When writing numbers, it is sometimes tricky to figure out if you need to write 23 or twenty-three. I have compiled some rules for you that apply to almost all of the styles.

The General Rules

  1. Be consistent with your style.
    Whether you write 1800’s or 1800s, pick one and stick with it. See the rules for the style guide in which you are following.
  2. Never begin a sentence with a numeral, spell it out.
    8 criminals escaped during the prison transfer. Incorrect.
    Eight criminals escaped during the prison transfer. Correct.
    Though, it is often better to rephrase the sentence and not begin with a number.
  3. Spell out centuries and decades (unless you use the entire year).
    Prohibition during the 20’s strengthened organized crime. Incorrect.
    The flappers of the Twenties were scandalous! Correct.
    The eighteenth century was a time of change. Correct.
  4. Spell out small numbers.
    One monkey fell off the bed, leaving six uninjured monkeys. Correct.
  5. Hyphenate compound numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine.
    Twenty-two and fifty-one
  6. Don’t mix numeral styles in a sentence. (Yes, this may mean breaking another rule, but it is better to have that consistency thing we talked about earlier).
    I walk one mile a day 14 times a month. Incorrect.
    I walk one mile a day fourteen times a month. Correct.
  7. If you have numbers next to one another, spell one out for clarity.
    The talent show had 8 8-year-olds perform during the assembly. Incorrect.
    The talent show had 8 eight-year-olds perform during the assembly. Correct.
  8. Use numerals for figures.
    1.5 gallons or 9.2 liters
    48 days
    124 canisters

Samples using the above rules

  • The plant grew five inches in a week.
  • The company had to pay five million dollars in the settlement.
  • The family lives at 808 Eight Street in a charming white house.
  • The actress earned eight million dollars for her sixth film.
  • Twenty-eight days after the accident, her cast was removed.
  • John J. Loud patented ballpoint pen on October 30, 1888. -OR- John J. Loud patented ballpoint pen on 30 October 1888.

Notes on MLA for my darling students:

  • Numbers zero through nine should be spelled out.
  • The numeral for 10 and above may be substituted.
  • John J. Loud patented ballpoint pen on Oct. 30, 1888. (You may abbreviate the names of months that are less than four letters)

Check out this grammar cheat sheet:

https://blogging.com/grammar-cheatsheet/

Sources:
Purdue Writing Lab
Grammar Girl
DailyWritingTips.com
GrammarBook.com

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7 Easy Twitter Tips

My Twitter Rules

1. Don’t make everything a sales pitch.twitter-logo-bird

2. Be a generous retweeter.

3. Follow people back (the real people, not the robots).

4. Do NOT Direct Message (DM) people unless you have a question specifically for that person–not even to say thanks for following.  Thank people publicly (you may get retweeted and pick up more followers, too).

5. Have some “retweet bait.”  You need non-threatening tweets that people can retweet while they get to know you:  quotes, giveaways, writing advice articles, trivia, etc.

6. Tweet something personal.  This does not mean over-sharing (you can keep your toenail fungus to yourself).  You should however,  share updates on your writing (like your new word count), or if we should go see the movie you just watched.  Humorous events are always faves.

7. Did I say that auto-tweets are from the devil? Yeah, nuf’ said.

Now go forth and tweet…without offending everyone out in the Twitterverse 🙂

**I use www.JustUnfollow.com to help clean up my non-followers list.
**I use www.HootSuite.com to schedule my tweets into the future.

For more tips, check out my FOR WRITERS page: https://robinwoodsfiction.com/for-writers/

Writing: Symbolism of Flowers

Adding Depth to Writing and Understanding

I am currently preparing to teach The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Before I begin the unit, I spend some time going over the symbolism of flowers (and colors), since Fitzgerald beautifully threads this information through his novels. I tell my students that this will help them understand the literature with more depth. If you are a writer, why not go for that added layer of meaning?

Commence with the Wooing (fanning self) FLOWERS Symbolism

Then, I address the boys and say, “Gentlemen, take special care with this information. I am helping you woo women. Giving a girl flowers is one thing, choosing specific flowers and being able to tell your intended why–is priceless.” [insert girls giggling and sounds of agreement here]

Older Meanings Rock!

I have gathered the meanings and symbolism over the years and compiled them on this list. Most of the meanings listed are from older texts, especially from the Victorian Era, thus some of the meanings have changed in recent years (I blame the florists), but I stick with the older meanings.

Downloadable PDF: FLOWERS Symbolism

 

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Writing: Author Central Links

Do you have an author profile on Amazon? 

When you publish a book, Amazon does not automatically create an author page for you.  You or your publisher must upload/add your information into the Amazon template online.

I recently had to dig around trying to find the links for the foreign Amazon sites. Yes, you have to create each author page individually. Anyway, I thought I would provide the links, so you don’t have to waste time trying to find them. As of today, there are four Author Central Hubs.

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If you have never done it before, you will need:
1. An amazon account, email associated with the account, and the password
2. Your current author pic
3. Any extra pics or video clips you would like posted
4. A well polished bio
5. Links to your social media, such as Twitter, etc.

If you would like a sample, click here for mine.

So, without further ado, here are the links to all of the available Amazon Author Central Sites:

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