Five for Friday: Books You Never Forget

Check out this post from Mae Clair from The Story Empire blog with Five for Friday: Books You Never Forget.

Story Empire

Hello, SEers, and welcome to another Five for Friday. For “Mae Day,” I want to trot out five books that greatly influenced my life as a writer. We all have them, right? Those books that left a lasting impression, and are responsible for pushing you into putting words on paper.  This is a quick look at mine. At the end of the post, I’d love to hear which books impacted you.

Book cover for the Wicked Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House by Mary Chase shows an owl, with wings spread above a chimney, backlit by a full moonThe Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House
By Mary Chase

This is the book that started it all for me—the one that made me want to be a writer. I think I was in third grade when I read this story. The main character, Maureen, is a dreadful nine-year-old girl who manages to creep into a boarded-up home where she discovers seven portraits of elegant women in long flowing gowns. This book had everything that I still love…

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Check out this helpful post from Staci Troilo’s blog with author inspiration and some great writing links.

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici. Well, I started this week with the best of intentions, then I was derailed almost immediately.

I’d like to thank the Arkansas DMV for mastering quantum physics. I didn’t think it would ever happen, but I stand corrected. If you want to know where time ceases to advance and experience the sixteenth circle of hell, I invite you to walk through their doors.

I got hit with a bunch of editing projects I wasn’t expecting, and I have a few more on my schedule down the road that I’m growing anxious about, so of course I wrote even faster than usual, cognizant of losing drafting time to these current and future projects.

If you believe that, I have some land in Florida I’d like to sell you.

For some reason, the words wouldn’t come this week. I’m on book two of a five-book series, and I just…

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Every Type of Feedback and Criticism Writers Will Face (and How to Deal With Them)

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with Every Type of Feedback and Criticism Writers Will Face (and How to Deal With Them)

Novelty Revisions

Most writers cringe at the idea of criticism. Yet they desperately crave feedback.

Some feel they need to hear they are doing something right. Others want to know everything they are doing wrong, so they can go off and figure out how to do better.

It’s a tough part of the process to navigate. But if you know the different types of feedback you are likely to receive once you start putting yourself out there, you’ll be much more equipped to deal with it. So here’s your not-so-quick guide to handling feedback and criticism in publishing.

Helpful, gentle, constructive feedback

This is the kind of criticism everyone hopes for but doesn’t get from everyone (or anyone). It generally involves a healthy balance of helpful feedback that is presented in a kind and teachable manner, both in its positive and negative aspects.

In one of my writing internships in college, we…

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Diary of an Author With Multiple Sclerosis – March 2019

Check out this intriguing post from Author Steve Boseley’s blog with the topic: Diary of an Author With Multiple Sclerosis – March 2019

Author Steve Boseley - Half a Loaf of Fiction

Diary of an Author with Multiple Sclerosis

March is over, and time for a recap on what has happened in the last four weeks, both with my writing, but also with my health. If you’re here for the writing updates and info on what I’ve learned, that bit comes first, as it should. I can’t lie, MS is a huge part of my life, and has been for twenty years, but writing has become an increasing part of my life as well over the last handful of years and I choose to focus on that part of my life first.

I’ve often considered not continuing to update these diary posts, asking myself ‘who is going to be interested in my life?’ Well, I don’t know, but this blog, whilst predominantly about writing, is also about some of the other things that play a part in my life, from music and drawing, to reading and health. As such…

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A Non-Overwhelming Writing Routine To Gain Control Of Your Endless To-Do List

Check out this helpful post from K.M. Allan’s blog with A Non-Overwhelming Writing Routine To Gain Control Of Your Endless To-Do List

K.M. Allan

Writing is one of those activities where, no matter if you do it full time or crammed into lunch breaks, there’s a never-ending to-do list attached.

You’ve got to fill in plot holes, plan character arcs, script whole conversations, research how to poison people without drawing the attention of authorities, and then find the time to put words into sentences that sound good and have a little magic to them.

Being organized helps, but even the best planner in the world can get overwhelmed when the to-do list feels endless.

Recently I’ve felt this way; realizing I have so much to do and being overwhelmed by it. It seemed easier to put the writing off—but spoiler alert—binge-watching The Umbrella Academy makes zero progress towards my own writing goals (who knew, right?).

Getting organized is one way to get back on track. A writing routine is another. An organized writing routine…

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known about Blogging when I Started Out

Check out this great post from the Art of Blogging blog with 5 Things I Wish I’d Known about Blogging when I Started Out

The Art of Blogging

The twenty-second of April, 2012. A day forever etched in my brain (and on my skin). The day I decided that I was going to fight for my dream of becoming a writer. The day I decided to start a blog.

I’ll be honest with you: I had no idea what I was doing. I knew I wanted to write, to share my stories with others, and that there was this thing called blogging that could offer me this chance.

However, in my early days of blogging, I had no idea what great blogging meant, or what to do to become successful as a blogger.

So, here are five things I wish I knew about blogging when I first started out.

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When You Just Feel Like Writing – From Amanda Linehan’s Blog

I wrote a post called When You Just Feel Like Writing… back in September 2018 on a day when I wanted to write a blog post but didn’t really know what to write about. So I decided to bring that back today because, well, I feel like writing a blog post but don’t really know what to write about. 

It’s definitely Spring here in Maryland. Obviously, the calendar tells us that, but I mean that it really looks and feels like Spring.

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