TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Tina Field Howe

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Tina Howe, author of the Sci-Fi series TELLINGS OF XUNAR-KUN.

Welcome, Tina!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Author Tina Howe

I have multiple “jobs.” I’m a contract tech writer/web creator/voice over artist/training developer in my day job for a tech company. It’s not normally a full time job, requiring roughly half of my work week on an ongoing basis, which leaves plenty of time for my creative endeavors. The good part is that I work from home so my time is flexible.

The day job supports me in my goal to write full time. Although I’ve written two award-winning sci-fi novels in the Tellings of Xunar-kun serieshttp://www.alysabooks.com/ and Snailsworth, a slow little story children’s picture book http://snailstories.com/, and produced an 8 CD audio book of the first novel as well as an audio book of Snailsworth. I have a third book in the sci-fi series in the works. For the last few years I’ve been focusing on writing screenplays. I’ve written a rom-com, a dark comedy, and am currently finalizing a sci-fi/thriller script while earning an online screenwriting master’s certificate through Screenwriting U http://screenwritingu.com/ .

I’ve been writing creatively on and off, mostly off, since the early ‘80s until the last 10 years when I’ve been very focused on it.

I have many hobbies and interests – that’s why my office is so messy! I’m currently learning Spanish. I also do some graphic design and am designing a logo for a local event. Preparing postcards of local scenes which I will sell at the Crooked River Artisan and Antique Co-Op in Waverly, NY where I’m a member. Archiving lots of old family photos. Writing a script adaptation of a classic author’s work for a new production company. In addition, I sing in a local choral group. In the summer, garden, do lawn work, and landscape, hike, take photos, and work on the deck so I still fulfill my writing goals. I also do talks at schools about the writing life.

My son is grown and is a graphic designer who lives in Pittsburgh, so most of my “mom” chores are past. However, I am mom to two cats and two dogs who are a lot like children. I have a long-time boyfriend with whom I spend time with on weekends. We try to see a movie every weekend (and I watch Netflix at night, when my writing chores are done).

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Purrfect and Pogo

 

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Sammy

 

 

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Jaxx

 

My method of working, after I tackle my day job work, is to meet deadlines and then follow my energy. I work on what needs to be done writing-wise today and also try to see what will be needed in the next few days or weeks and work on that. My interests always pull me toward the important things and I know that one day I’ll be able to support myself with creative/screenwriting.

 

On Workspace

 

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in my office. I have two computers – one is mine and the other belongs to my day job. I can swing back and forth depending on what work I must attend to. Changing gears is something I’ve become accustomed to. When I’m screenwriting, however, I get away from the distractions in my office and work on the kitchen counter or on the deck when it’s warm.

In my office I sit on a big, silver Stayball. If I didn’t have this, I wouldn’t be able to sit as long as I do because my circulation gets cuts off sitting in an office chair (I’ve tried many different styles with the same result).

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2. Where did you get your desk? How did you go about arranging your work area?

I bought a small office table with a keyboard drawer. I use a plastic folding table for my day job computer. They’re set up perpendicular to each other. I try to keep my day job stuff with that computer and the rest – well, you can see! I “arrange” it every few months when I no longer know what’s on the bottom of my piles. By that time that stuff’s no longer relevant anyway.

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3. What are some important things on your desk? Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Just my laptop and its accessories.

 

 

4. What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I love that my workspace is a room with French doors that I can close when I leave. And it has a nice, big window, two tall bookshelves, and a loveseat. In the mid-90s I started to do free-lance communications work and was set up in my kitchen (this was in a previous home in which I didn’t have a spare room). Every time I passed the workstation it begged me to sit and work so work was always on my mind (plus I had no place to sit and eat!). It’s nice now that I can just close the doors.

Some of my favorite things in the space are two Beatles posters my son gave me, a Raiders of the Lost Ark poster, framed family photos, all of my materials from screenwriting classes, and writing reference books. On my desk are photos of my son when he was little, one of my boyfriend and me, and a paperweight one of my oldest gal-pals painted for me when we were in college.

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5. What’s your writing beverage? What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

I begin with black hazelnut coffee in the morning and switch to spring water when that’s gone.

 

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On Writing

 

1. Who is your favorite author? Who inspired you to write?

Ursula K. Leguin is my favorite author and whose writings inspired me to write the first draft of my novel in 1984 (didn’t publish it until much later, however). I love not only her imagination with sci-fi; her ability to create cultures for aliens is amazing. Her father, Alfred Kroeber, was the founder of anthropology but I didn’t learn this until I had had gotten hooked on her books. I must’ve taken to them so readily because, at that time, I was a student of anthropology! I would love to adapt one of her books to a screenplay.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like? Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks?

I begin with catching up on e-mails, Facebook writers’ groups that I’m in, LinkedIn, day job requests. I subscribe to a lot of industry new and posts so I catch up on those. By that time the coffee has kicked in. If my day job is light, I work on a script in process. Right now I’m writing a sample for a job to adapt books.

 

3. Do you write everyday? How many hours a day do you spend writing? What are some of your worst writing distractions? 

I work on my scripts every day. Sometimes I don’t have a lot of time but I do some work even if it’s 30 min. Sometimes I write for several hours, but I pretty much max out at 4 hours

 

4. Why do you write?

I have to. If I couldn’t write I would curl up and die. I’m very visual and the best way for me to express this is through writing. I also have frustrations – who doesn’t? Writing these into stories and characters is a great way to get them out of my head. All writing is about conflict in some form, so this is a perfect place to dump, while entertaining the reader, of course!

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us? How about a favorite writing quote?

To become a writer, you have to adopt the attitude of a writer. Getting the initial idea is easy but that’s where easy ends. Writing is difficult, even painful at times. It’s especially painful to read the brilliant writing from the day before and say, “Huh?” And then rewrite it, maybe multiple times. But when you look back at what you struggled to put down on the computer screen and finally get it right, it’s like you’ve given birth, and that’s something to be proud of.

 

But you have to work really hard and stick with it. You must get outside opinions. I send my manuscripts to readers who might pick your book off a store shelf. Mostly I try to find strangers who aren’t going to lie that my work’s great just because they love me. You really need that objective opinion.

 

In screenwriting, when I think my script is ready to be seen by someone else, I hire professional consultants with good reputations because they’ll give you the real scoop and find errors before you submit them to producers. Or enter contests that offer feedback. These might not be easy fixes, but if you want to give your script a chance to sell, this is a must.

 

Do research. Writers are readers so read other authors. You can never know too much about writing, grammar, and topics that interest you in general. You need to continue to take classes. You will come to know yourself through writing, and that’s a thrill. Always continue to learn, until you’ve drawn your last breath.

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Tina!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Patricia Canterbury

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Patricia Canterbury, author of Carlotta’s Secret.

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Welcome, Patricia!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

 

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Author Patricia Canterbury

I’m a native Sacramentan, political scientist, world traveler,(I’ve been though out Europe by car; Six countries in Africa; Peru (up the Amazon by myself); China and Mongolia; as well as all 50 States, Canada, Mexico and Cuba,) an art collector and philanthropist.

What I did for a living was as a  State Administrator for State of California’s Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. I was the Assistant Executive Officer.

I love to write mysteries and write them in children, mid-grade, adult, and science fiction, fantasy novels. My hobbies are collecting original art of California artists, reading and writing. My interests are supporting women and children through fund raisers with Soroptimist International of Sacramento and the Los Rios Foundation (supporting the community colleges of the Los Rios District.) I’ve been a member of both organizations for over 25 years. And supporting my local library Foundation as a member of their fund raising arm for nearly 13 years.

I do not have any hidden talents unless it’s taking folks conversations and putting them in books. I’m a terrible eavesdropper.

 

 

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing at my computer on my desk. I do not have a picture to send you. I do some writing, by hand, on the swing in my backyard. Lots of wild things squirrels, ducks (which love the pool), dragonflies, butterflies, birds, an occasional raccoon to observe.

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2. Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I got my desk at a “garage” sale.  My work area is not arranged.

 

3. What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

The only things on my desk are pencils, stapler, and old-fashioned rolodex  and a notepad. There is nothing specific I need around me to write.

 

4. What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

What I love most about my workspace is there is a large sliding glass door which overlooks the pool, roses, grape vines and the window above my desk has a hand-made stained glassed “picture” of Victorian houses given to me when I moved from San Francisco. I don’t have favorite things on my desk or things I use often, except for pens or pencils.

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

I don’t drink anything at the desk. When thirsty I get up and go into the kitchen or living room.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I don’t have a favorite author. I go through bouts where I read everything by a certain author and sit around waiting for them to write something new. I’ve been writing since I was 10 and grew up in a home filled with books. I  find inspiration all the time from new authors, members of my Sisters in Crime Chapter Capitol Crimes, my critique group, books friends give me I would NEVER purchase for myself and end up loving e.g., The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Swallows of Kabul loved them both would never have purchased either one.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I don’t have a typical day. Someone or something will inspire me, an overheard conversation, someone’s name (someone I don’t know and hear their friend call them). I don’t think I have any writing quirks or rituals.

 

3. Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I don’t write on something specific every day but I write SOMETHING every day. I spend from an hour to eight depending on whether I’m working on something new, whether something has inspired me or I have a deadline. My biggest writing distractions are my cats (one is a Siamese with a VERY LOUD, DEMANDING VOICE) and the other is a gray cat who loves to sleep on the keyboard. My husband always knocks before he interrupts my writing and he answers the phone if I’m writing.

 

4.Why do you write?

I write because I have a “million” stories in my head all of which want to come out.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Writing tip find a comfortable place and write, whether it is outdoors on the swing, at a desk, at a coffee shop wherever you’re comfortable and let the words flow.

My favorite quote is part of my signature: Australian Aborigines say that the big stories, the ones in which you may find the meaning of your life, are forever stalking the story teller, sniffing and tracking their prey in the bush. Robert Moss, Dreamgates

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Pat!

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writers Workspace Welcomes LD Masterson

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome LD, mystery, sci-fi and romance writer and author of that fun blog http://ldmasterson-author.blogspot.com/

Welcome, LD!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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LD Masterson

I retired a couple years ago after twenty years as the techno-weenie (Information Technologies Director) for the local American Red Cross.  I also served as a disaster response volunteer on national disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, floods, and the World Trade Center site after 9/11.  Now I divide my time between writing and enjoying my family, especially my four grandkids. Oh, and I’ve shifted my disaster duties from the ARC to my church’s disaster recovery team (old disaster workers never die…).

I like writing genre mixes—paranormal suspense, sci fi mystery—always with a little romance just for fun.  I’m currently querying a paranormal suspense. I also enjoy doing short humor pieces, usually non-fiction because life gives us so much material to work with.

If I have any hidden talent, it has chosen to remain hidden. *sigh*

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Me and a friend

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

I do almost all my writing at my desk. I’ve tried using my laptop in other parts of the house but I just can’t get comfortable. This is my spot.

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Work space

 

2. Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

The hutch desk where the computer sits dates back a couple decades. My husband and I share it, as we do the computer (the piles of papers to the right of the monitor are his). But the desk nearer the window is a recent add-on. I need room to spread out my notes and stuff when I’m working and, being left handed, having space on my left is perfect for me. That desk is all mine.

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Stuff on hutch

3. What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Well, the most important thing is my computer, naturally.  And I have to have a mug of tea handy.  And as you can see in the picture, I rarely work without my partner in crime sitting in her bed next to my chair. That’s my Sophie.

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Sophie

4. What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I have a few things I play with when I’m thinking but nothing special. I keep some goodies on the top of the hutch, like my Boston Red Sox/Fenway Park memorabilia and a picture of my husband and sons all dressed up for our older son’s wedding, but my favorite thing would be the window and the tree right outside.  Birds and squirrels an arm’s length away.  I always keep the window open in the summer and have to put paperweights on my notes so they don’t blow around the room.

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Desk by the window

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Hot tea. Year round. Maybe a bottle of cold water if it’s really hot out but then I go right back to my tea.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Wow, there are just too many. But I guess by shear volume, I’d have to name JD.Robb. I’ve read every one of the thirty-something In Death books.  I love Peabody.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

Oh, I wish I could develop a “typical” day. I thought once I retired, I’d settle into a nice routine with regular writing hours. Hasn’t happened so far. I still let other things get in the way during the day and end up writing through the night. I get a lot done that way but the next morning I’m a zombie. My only ritual is I MUST have a mug of tea when I’m working

 

3. Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

Um, refer back to the previous question.  Some days I write for hours, other days not at all. NOT a good plan, I know. My worst self-distraction would be Spider Solitaire or online Sudoku. My biggest outside distraction would be, “Hey, Nana, can you drive me to/pick me up from/get me a…/etc.” I love doing this but it still keeps me from writing.

 

4. Why do you write?

I’ve got to admit, I don’t enjoy writing. But I love having written. It’s a bit like running, which I did before my knees went bad. I never really found that runners’ high. I just forced myself to keep going. But afterwards, looking back at my distance and time…I loved that feeling of accomplishment. Writing’s the same thing. I force myself to do it because I love going back and reading what I wrote. Even if it stinks and I have to re-write it. It’s so much fun seeing where the story went and what my characters are doing.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Can I share my favorite Peanuts cartoons? I’ve got them posted on the back of hutch on my desk. The pictures are all Snoopy, sitting on his doghouse, typing. The first one is four blocks:

Gentleman, Regarding the recent rejection slip you send me.

I think there might have been a misunderstanding.

What I really wanted was for you to publish my story and send me fifty thousand dollars.

Did you realize that?

 

The second one is just three:

Some nights were dark. Some nights were stormy.

Some shots rang out. Some maids screamed.

Some more editors sent rejection slips.

 

Yup, that’s about it.  Thanks for having me today. This was fun.

 

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writers Workspace Welcomes Helen Dunn Frame

 

through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Helen Dunn Frame, author of the mystery novel, GREEK GHOSTS.

 Welcome, Helen!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

 

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Author Helen Dunn Frame

 

Although “retired” for ten years, I am self-employed as a writer, editor and author, scribing articles, books, letters, e-mails (to keep in touch with people worldwide) and newsletters. Travel is high on My Bucket List, accomplished as often as the budget permits. At six years old my grandmother had me cut out a pattern laid on very expensive fabric, which led to lifelong ability to sew. Most people don’t realize my age as I have a lot of energy, love to dance, and have a ton of projects, and tout being the new fifty. Here’s a bio written in the third person by the man who created my original website years ago to which I’ve added updates.

 

Helen Dunn Frame combined many skills including professional writer, marketing/public relations specialist, and accomplished businesswoman during her business career. Her love of travel culminated in the fascinating mystery Greek Ghosts, published by iUniverse in 2003, into which many threads of her personal experiences were woven.

In Costa Rica, where she has spent most of her time since 2005, she authored an anecdotal book full of data to help Baby Boomers jump start their due diligence in order to find their paradise for retirement. Retiring in Costa Rica or Doctors, Dogs and Pura Vida, second edition, and Greek Ghosts are available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

Helen, a former real estate broker specializing in retail and restaurants in Texas, became Editor of Coldwell Banker Costa Rica’sVista Magazine in 2008. It not only listed properties and businesses for sale and rent, but offered information about the country, its people, as well as living and investing in Costa Rica. Subsequently she contributed to the Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties website and wrote articles for the Weston Magazine Group in Greater NYC, contributed articles to online sites, and to The Tico Times, now only available online.

A graduate of the Journalism School at Syracuse University she has been published in Costa Rica, England, Germany, and the United States.

Living abroad and traveling at least once in 50 countries as well as having a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from New York University, has given Helen a deep appreciation for the value of diverse cultures. In addition, over the years she has developed various skills in Spanish, German and French.

 

 On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

My office (second bedroom that has a futon for guests) has a three-part, large louvered window, the original outside wall. Another similar window is on the current outside wall across a hall. It faces a beautiful garden which I view from the office. The house was renovated from a small Tico one so it has lots of character. The room also includes a horizontal 4-drawer file cabinet (jammed full of files including writing samples), a futon, and a traditional desk. Years ago, a water leak in an apartment damaged about 60% of my hard copy files. When I made an insurance claim, the rep wanted to know why I just didn’t send prospects copies of my samples from my computer, apparently not knowing those hiring want to see a published version. My reply:  “Hon, we didn’t have computers before you were born.”

The computer desk came with the rental. The owner made me a separate little table on which I have a keyboard and Track Ball at the proper height.  My current laptop (hate those flat keyboards and “mouse” because I’m a touch typist) no longer has a screen. It’s hooked to a flat screen TV in order to have a monitor. This laptop cum desktop computer gets replaced by a new laptop in November.

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2. What are some important things on your desk? Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

My desk is arranged so I can reach some supplies and files, get to two printers and much used reference books (including Spanish verbs and bilingual dictionary), as well as the lamp, landline and Magic Jack phones. Of course, the usual tools (pencils, pens, markers, scotch tape, stapler, tissues, clock, sharpener, paper cutter, note paper, blank DVDs and CDs, bug spray, hand lotion, petroleum jelly, and more) are also within an arm’s reach. People complain about my penchant for organization, but having everything in its place facilitates my production.

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3. What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

The view, not having air conditioning or heat, having two ceiling fans and a vertical floor fan for when it’s warm are some of its great features. My favorite items are a sterling silver letter opener in the shape of a sword, my son’s first jigsaw puzzle that I made into a hotplate, and a paperweight with a flower inside it. My escort to a fraternity ball in college gave it to me the sword as a favor and my deceased son bought the paperweight with his allowance as a young boy.

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4. What’s your writing beverage? What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

During the day I drink two cups of coffee, then a glass of 50% cranberry juice, followed by glasses of sun tea made outdoors. It’s poured over ice, flavored with lemon or lime juice without sugar. I rarely have anything alcoholic when I’m writing.

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On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author? Who inspired you to write?

Frankly I can’t recall who inspired me to write. I really began creating in the Long Island City High School when I was an editor of the school newspaper. While I was seventh in my graduating class, one of the advisors asked me to write the Valedictorian’s speech. He felt the boy who was number one was not capable of penning it. I still use a word I learned then: pinpoint.

Citing a favorite author is difficult. . One writer I read regularly was Art Buchwald who could speak as well as write with such humor, an ability few writers enjoy. If you were to look at the shelves occupied by books to read, you would find Austin, Cornwell and Brown among other known and lesser known writers. It pinpoints that I’m catholic (lower case meaning universal) in my reading tastes.

Fortunately my parents did not censor what I read as grew up, not being educated, Long before becoming a teen, I would go to the storefront library branch in Woodside, Queens, and read the entire row of books on a shelf. Throughout junior high and high school, I would read about a dozen books a week, including an occasional book banned by a teacher as being too adult. One author from that period was Noel Streatfield who wrote books including Skating Shoes and other “shoe” titles (listed on Amazon). Currently I read many newsletters, forums, articles and columns.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like? Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks?

My days are far from typical and have no rituals or quirks. Some days I write, others not, giving myself permission to enjoy relationships, attend Club meetings, and do all my chores. Here’ an example of one day.

Not having a car, I got up at 6:30 and walked in to the center of town for a quarterly lab test at 8 a.m. Breakfast was eaten at a neighborhood Soda (small family run restaurant that serves typical food), followed by shopping at a convenience store, before returning home to answer these questions. The Talk and Dr. Oz were broadcast on TV while I prepared and ate my main meal. Then it was back at the computer to accomplish some of the things on my To Do List that needed to be done before going to the States. I found a few moments to post on my business Facebook page. To keep limber, at regular intervals I stand up from the computer and walk in the house or garden.

 

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Tweaking my latest manuscript continues as uploading it to Create Space and ordering a hard copy proof is a priority before the trip. In the evening I recorded Wheel and Jeopardy to view later to solve puzzles and answer questions as part of my effort to keep a keen mind. This particular day I participated in an online seminar.

Afterward I relaxed while watching programs of interest (not sitcoms because I abhor canned laughter) whether on TV, online, or those I recorded with WinTV. If a newspaper, magazine, or copy of something I’m writing, like this interview, is available, I read or edit them during commercials.

 

9. Do you write every day? How many hours a day do you spend writing? What are some of your worst writing distractions?

As noted before, writing doesn’t happen every day and the number of hours varies. It all depends on deadlines. My two dogs will usually lobby for their lunch about noon by standing on their hind legs, putting their paws on my ergonomic desk chair, and wagging their tails. However, when I’m concentrating, I’m really disciplined.

 

10. Why do you write?

While writing is five percent inspiration and 95% work, it’s easy for me and provides joy, happiness and contentment. Creating marketing materials and promoting the books are also fun. I’m never bored or depressed, and never have writer’s block.

 

11. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us? How about a favorite writing quote?

My personal writing quote is: “Revenge is mine, said the writer, author, and editor.” This warns people that they can show up as a character in a book or be quoted.

For several years my byline graced a column aimed at beginning writers. Someone recently suggested creating a small e-book with them because the website is dark. One tip that will appear in it is “keep the word “I” to a minimum.” Write from the reader’s point of view. A friend, Carolyn Howard-Johnson has a number of e-books designed to help writers. Find them on Amazon. She also provides pointers online with “Sharing with Writers” and “Feedblitz.” In the meantime, look for my next book on the same site soon called “Secrets behind the Big Pencil,” a fictional book that features elements of reality that was inspired by an actual scandal.

 

Website: www.helendunnframe.com

Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/helendunnframe.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RetiringInCostaRicaOrDoctorsDogsAndPuraVida

 

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Jennifer S. Pitts

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Jennifer Pitts, fellow SCBWI member and author of that fun blog Scribbles from Jenn 

Welcome, Jenn!

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Writer Jennifer S. Pitts

After careers as a waitress, shoe buyer, teacher, and principal, I finally settled on Writing Mom, both of which are harder than any of the other careers I’ve held, mostly because in those other careers the workday came to an end. In my current career… let’s just say I’m on call 24/7. I love cruising! It doesn’t have to be any specific destination, just put me on a large ship, in a big body of water, with all the food you can eat, and I’m happy. Our family also enjoys RV’ing. It fulfills my husband’s desire to bond with the outdoors while allowing me to have most of the comforts of home. Thanks to him, our family has visited most of the national parks in Arizona, California, Utah, and Wyoming. I actually blogged the A-Z Challenge 2012 on some of our RV and Cruising destinations. 

I have am currently on the sixth, and hopefully, final draft of my middle grade fiction book. I thought it would be done much sooner, but as Geri the Cleaner, from Toy Story 2 says, “You can’t rush the art.” One dayI’d love to write a picture book, but before I do, I’ll have to master the task of brevity, that is not one of my strong suits.

I recently took an online quiz asking which superhero I was and got Wonder Woman, obviously they don’t know how long I’ve been working on my book. In the real world my hidden talent is displayed on the tetherball court which is why I asked, and received, my very own ball and pole for Mother’s Day last year. I’m currently seeking new victims, opponents since none of my family cares to play with me anymore.

 

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

Until last month, I did all my writing at my desk in a small room off the kitchen.

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Jenn’s Workspace

However, after we acquired a loveseat for our bedroom, it has become my new workspace. It’s brighter, quieter, and is usually accompanied by my biggest fans.

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2. Where did you get your desk?

Growing up with a single mom, we spent a lot of time in thrift stores, which I still love doing today. My desk, hutch, love seat, and Keurig were all thrifts store finds. Initially, the desk didn’t fit, but my handy husband chopped off a few inches, swapped around the return, and Voilà, it did!

 

3. How did you go about arranging your work area?

I don’t really arrange things; I mostly move the mail out of the way before I work.

 

4. What are some important things on your desk?

I love quotes and how they are able to get the point across in a few simple words.I recite the one below almost every day before I begin writing.

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5. Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Coffee, water, my Emotion Thesaurus, and music.

 

6. What do you love most about your workspace?

That it’s a work in progress, like me.

 

7. Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

Toys! Since I write middle grade my toys remind me to make time to play every day. I especially love the look alike Chibi my girl made for me and listening to the conversations between my Chibi and Mr. Spock. Vulcan logic can be very helpful in overcoming writer’s block. I also have a Staples Easy button nearby. I like to press it whenever I finish a scene, even though it rarely was Easy; pressing it makes me feel like it was. Another thrift store treasure is my antique typewriter. It actually works and everyone under twenty finds it fascinating.

 

8. What’s your writing beverage? What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Coffee! Hot when it’s cold and cold when it’s hot.

On Writing

9. Who is your favorite author?

My favorite often depends on my mood.  Like most writers, there are many authors whose books I enjoy: Octavia Butler, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Lowry, Kate DiCamillo, Beverly Cleary, Sid Fleischman,Khaled Hosseini … the list could go on and on. More than likely whoever you like, I like them, too.

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10. Who inspired you to write?

As a lifelong reader, I always imagined how wonderful it would be to actually create the stories that make kids laugh and cry. However, the person who actually lit the spark that had been smoldering inside me for several years was, Alexis O’Neil. I met her at a UCLA event. She encouraged me to join SCBWI and thus began my wonderful, yet precarious, journey as a writer.

 

11. What’s your typical day as a writer like?

With two active teens in independent study programs, I don’t have a typical writing day. My goal is to write four hours a day, Monday thru Friday, but often that doesn’t happen, so my writing often spills over to the weekends and sometimes, the wee hours of the night.

 

12.Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks?

Before I begin writing, I like to close my eyes, recite a few prayers and inspirational quotes, before listening to what my characters have to say to me for this day.

 

13.What are some of your worst biggest writing distractions?

My teens are my biggest distractions and my biggest joys.

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14. Why do you write?

I write because I love sharing the stories roaming around in my head. I rewrite because the stories in my head don’t always come out right the first, second, or even third time.

 

15. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us? How about a favorite writing quote?

Recently, I learned it took J.R.R.Tolkien over a decade to write The Lord of the Rings. I’m not saying my WIP is the next Lord of the Rings, but hearing that inspired me to keep moving forward as did this quote from Richard Bach,

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A big THANK YOU, to Nutschell who, even though I’m pre-published, still allowed me to share my writing space with you because, as she said, I am a writer!

 

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writers Workspace Welcomes Ciara Knight

 

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Ciara Knight, author of the #1 Amazon bestselling series, The Neumarian Chronicles.

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Welcome, Ciara!

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I never know what to say about myself…I’m just me. LOL. Okay, well, I have three boys, a male dog, two male cats, and a husband. Yep, I’m the only girl at home. Which is funny since I grew up in a house with all girls.

I’m a little bit of a dare-devil and geek. I think if I could dress in cosplay while competing in Amazing Race, I’d find my little bit of heaven on earth. icon wink Wednesday Writers Workspace Welcomes Ciara Knight

 

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I love to travel, not the kind that you spend all your time on an air-conditioned motor coach, but more with backpacks and trains. I love video games, cupcakes and I’m a Browncoat. icon wink Wednesday Writers Workspace Welcomes Ciara Knight

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On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

My back deck. Ah, I’ll let the picture show you why.

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Ciara’s Workspace

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My husband bought it for me. icon smile Wednesday Writers Workspace Welcomes Ciara Knight I called my best friend to organize it for me. I lack the appropriate organizational skills. She says I’m more of the creative genius type and she loves me for it.

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Ciara’s Workspace

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

Coffee…did I mention coffee?

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

My kitty cats. They tend to help me write by sitting on my laptop and batting at my fingers.

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Did I mention coffee yet?

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On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite writer, but I think Sherrilyn Kenyon, Agatha Christie, Jules Verne, and Richard Ford since they are all authors with learning disabilities like myself.

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Ciara and Sherrilyn Kenyon

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I get up and get the kiddos off to school, hit the gym, shower then snag my large coffee. At that point, it’s writing and/or editing time. I work until lunchtime, sometimes through lunch, and then end around 2:15PM to get kiddos from the bus. I do all the family things until after dinner then I work a few more hours.

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

Yes, everyday that I can.

I work around six hours a day. My worst distraction is my husband. LOL He works from home, also.

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4. Why do you write?

Because it’s what I was born to do. Being a child that was unable to read or speak clearly, I escaped into my imagination. Now, I can share my stories with others. I went to college, worked for several years, but it never felt right to me. Writing isn’t a choice, but my fated job.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I wish I had words of wisdom, but it’s just a tough game. If you want it, go for it, but you’ve got to REALLY want it. There are too many sacrifices you’ll have to make for you to not want it bad enough.

  “Creativity is an act of defiance.” ~ Twyla Tharp

 

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Angela Ackerman

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Angela Ackerman,co-author of one of my favorite writing books, THE EMOTION THESAURUS. Along with Becca Puglisi, Angela has also co-authored two other wonderful writing books – THE POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS and the NEGATIVE TRAIT THESAURUS.

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You can find Angela (and Becca) sharing writing tips and techniques at writershelpingwriters.net 

Welcome, Angela!

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Author Angela Ackerman

I am a full time writer and mom to two crazy and hilarious teen boys living in Canada. About two years ago I switched city living for semi-country living, which is a great backdrop for many of my stories. I write middle grade and young adult contemporary mysteries, but right now, all of my writing time is going into producing books for writers like The Emotion Thesaurus. I love to travel and have been to some interesting places. Not sure I have any super-interesting hidden talents, but I am a decent cook!

 

On Workspace

 

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

For the most part, I write from my office. As you can see, I have a great view of the woods, and quite often deer stroll through my yard. This house also came with a chipmunk (dubbed “Lightning” by the previous owners) who lives in the woodpile, and his tree acrobatics keep me well entertained.

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Angela’s workspace

 

2. Where did you get your desk? How did you go about arranging your work area?

I bought this desk at Staples, and the window was the best spot to place it. I have built in bookshelves and the third wall is actually an open balcony, so I didn’t have a lot of options, but the view more than makes up for it!

 

3. What are some important things on your desk? Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I tend to keep a lot of note paper around, because I am notorious for note taking. Being an author means running a business, and my day is pretty packed with marketing as well as writing. Notes keep me on track. I also keep my business plan right within reach, so I am always reminded to stay on task. I have a great library of books on writing craft that I like to have handy.

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Writing books

4. What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I draw inspiration from the weird, so I have a keychain voodoo doll collection hanging in my window, and an army of zombie gnomes to keep me company.

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Angela’s Zombie gnomes

5. What’s your writing beverage? What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Coffee. Always coffee!

 

On Writing

 

1. Who is your favorite author? Who inspired you to write?

Oh, tough question! Favorite author? Just one? This is like asking me to pick a favorite son! Okay, I would have to say the late Robert Jordan is one of my favorites, but it was both Stephen King and Terry Brooks who inspired me to pick up a pen. Love all three!

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like? Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks?

I start the day usually messing around a bit while I drink that first cup of coffee. I play some Clash of Clans, do my rounds on Twitter and Facebook, and check my email for anything important. I do a bit of marketing too, and analyze our efforts and visibility as well as look at possible opportunities for further visibility. Once it’s time to get down to business, I set a Pomodoro timer or turn on Rainymood and start writing. I often write until 4 or 5 pm, and then my brain gets the dumb and I focus on more social media or spend time with the family.

 

3. Do you write everyday? How many hours a day do you spend writing? What are some of your worst writing distractions? (You can provide a picture of this if you want—like if you have cats or games that distract you)

I write monday to friday–I love it, I love sharing the worlds inside my head. Some days are bigger “marketing” days, so it’s more blogging type writing than book writing, but each weekday I write. The books Becca and I are working on now (two Setting Thesaurus books) are very research-heavy, so depending on the setting we’re working on, there might be more researching than actual writing. My biggest distraction is probably social media, but it’s one of those necessary evils as I really need to do it well in order to find my audience and foster relationships.

 

4. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us? How about a favorite writing quote?

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This might seem like an odd quote to draw inspiration from, but it reminds me how amazing stories often misdirect the reader. When you read this quote, you think it’s going one place, but it takes you somewhere else entirely. I think one of the most incredible feats is surprising the reader.

Thanks so much for featuring me today! This has been super fun talking about my writing process!

 

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August Spotlight Week Giveaway Winner

Happy Monday everyone!

This past August, the spotlight was on Author Nancy Ellen Dodd and her helpful writing book THE WRITER’S COMPASS. Now it’s my pleasure to announce the winner of last month’s Spotlight Week Giveaway!

Congrats to BEV BAIRD for winning a signed copy of THE WRITER’S COMPASS!

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I’ll email you in a few minutes to give you instructions on how to claim your prize.

In the meantime, I’d like to wish everyone a happy, productive week!

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TWN WWW 300 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Mina Burrows

 

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Mina Burrows, author of that fun blog, Books for Paranormal & Mystic Minds.

Welcome, Mina!

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Mina Burrows

Hi Nutschell.  Thanks for having me.  I live in South Florida, and I am married with two kids.  I basically break myself down into three parts: family, work and writing.  Like most people, family is a huge part of my life.  I mention this because my family, for me, represents who I am as a writer and a person.  Oh and they also keep me crazy busy.  Another part of my life is that I’m a digital marketing consultant and run a small agency with a hand full of clients.  It’s hard work at times, but the flexibility to be with my family is priceless.  And finally, the third part of my life is that I’m a fictional writer.  I write mostly paranormal romance, but I’ve ventured into other genres like YA, children’s picture books and new adult.  I guess I write what I feel like.  As far as hobbies, I’m an insatiable reader and a wannabe gardener.  My hidden talent doesn’t sound like one, but it is.  The one thing I’m insanely good at is being resourceful.  It sounds crazy, but I’ve always had the ability to find incredible uses for useless things.  As much I’d loathe a post-apocalyptic world, you’d probably want someone like me in your tribe, rebel group, commune or district.  LOL!

 

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

This is a picture of my desk.  I run my business here as well, but when I have an hour to spare, and I’m not exhausted from my day, I write here.

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2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

If you can believe, my husband who is a pack rat, picked this desk up at a garage sale.  He paid $18 bucks, and it’s a battered pottery barn desk.  Impressive, huh?  Yeah, he has all sorts of mad skills.  Anyway, as far as my work area, I try to keep it clean to help me stay organized.  The desk is covered with items I’ve accumulated from my family and kids to inspire my writing.  For example, my daughter started recently changing the monster high doll on my desk which I don’t mind.  I appreciate her creativity, and she helps me with mine. icon smile Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Mina Burrows

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

The most important piece thing on my desk is my laptop.  After that it’s an internet connection and then iPhone/iPad.  Technology is my lifeline, and it sucks when any of these items goes down.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

My desk is near a window, and I love being able to glance outside throughout my day.  My spider-monkey action figure from Ben 10 is a must from my son.  I think I like that show more than my kids do.  My raven reminds me of Poe, who is one of my favorite authors.  I use my raven to remind me to be brave, authentic and to always strive for exceptional work.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever reach my raven’s expectations though.*sigh*

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Coffee.  Water.  Wine.  Usually in that order and throughout the day.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Jane Austen.  I picked up Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion as a random purchase decades ago not knowing a thing about the author or the book.  After that I was hooked, which goes to show you that great literature doesn’t need to be taught…it just needs to be read.  Writers like classic authors, Austen, Shelley, Stoker and Poe, and more recent traditionally published ones like Dean Koontz, Julie Garwood, Jennifer Ashley and Kresley Cole are some my favorite authors.  From a self-published perspective, I adore writers like Elizabeth Reyes and really just any indie writer has been an inspiration to me.  I read all types of books, so I come across all types of writers.  The writing journey itself is such an arduous task that I can’t help but be inspired by authors and their personal stories.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

My day starts off with trying to get as much client work done as possible, so I can do my own writing.  I feel like I’m always in a hurried state to get to what I really want to be doing, which is writing and spending time with my family.

 

3.  Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try to write every day, but there are days when that’s impossible.  When I do write, I do as much as possible i.e. a scene, chapter or edit on a current project until I’ve exhausted myself or until the duty of being a mom calls.  I feel like social media and blogging is a huge distraction which is why I’ve slowed down blogging and socializing online.

 

4. Why do you write?

When I first started writing, I had a story that haunted me as a kid until I wrote it down.  Once I finished writing the stories (mostly short stories) I’d put them away and forget about them.  It wasn’t until later when I wrote my first novel that I understood my real purpose.  From then on, the stories kept coming.  “Scribo ergo sum” –yeah, “I write, therefore I am?” pretty much sums it up.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Working out helps me free my mind to think about plots and it also helps with stress.  There are days why I’m my writing flows easily and others times when it’s like I’m trudging through the dessert.  I go with the flow and write when I can and pray that it doesn’t suck.  Whenever I doubt myself and think I’ll never measure up, I remember the quote by Judy Garland. “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

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This week the Spotlight was on Nancy Ellen Dodd and her amazing writing book, THE WRITER’S COMPASS.

If you want to know more about this book , you can read my BOOK REVIEW here.

Also, check out my fun interview with author Nancy Ellen Dodd.

To end our Spotlight Week, I’m giving away a SIGNED COPY of THE WRITER’S COMPASS.

 

The Writers Compass Spotlight Week Giveaway: THE WRITER’S COMPASS by NANCY ELLEN DODD

To enter the contest, tell me  why you’d like to win the book

I’ll put all your names in my magical drawing box and pick the winner.

I love encouraging people to unleash their imaginative and creative sides, so the more creative your answers are, the more chances you have of winning. If your comment/answer tickles my fancy, I’ll add another slip of paper (or two) with your name on it to my drawing box.

Also, if you tweet about this giveaway, or share it on Facebook, I’ll add more 2 slips of papers with your name on it.
AND if you FOLLOW ME on Linky OR on Facebook’s networked blogs, I’ll add 6 more entries with your name into the drawing bowl.

The contest is international and will run until August 30, 2014.

 

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