#Writing Tip from the Keyboard of KaylaAnn: Care for your body

Awhile back, I wrote about the importance of rest and relaxation to a writer. The post below piggybacks on that, which bears repeating.  We should take care of ourselves – mind, body, and spirit.

With that being said, this will be my last entry for 2017.  My plan is to take the next few weeks to rejuvenate so 2018 will kick off with a blast.

May you all have a wonderful Christmas and blessings for the new year!

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KaylaAnn

“What? Care for my body? How does that have anything to do with writing?”

Well, take a minute and hear me out.

It is common for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and basically any go-getters out there to work toward their goal without stop, without rest, and without realizing the strain they are putting on their bodies because they are so focused on their goal. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with desiring to accomplish your goal. In fact, it’s a good thing! Having goals and dreams worth pursuing is great.

However, we must also remember that we are only human. We are not Wonder Woman or Superman with everlasting endurance and health. It is possible that when we work too hard and forget to rest that we strain both our bodies and our minds.

For instance, I am a type-A personality for sure. I also work toward multiple goals…

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How to Successfully #Write a Blurb: Tips from Andrea Lundgren

Very helpful and insightful!

Andrea Lundgren

Writing blurbs can be considered the ultimate challenge. You’ve finished a full-length story–now write a brief statement that encapsulates your tale in a few paragraphs, using language that will entice, interest, and intrigue a would-be reader.

Oh, and keep it consistent with the story inside so that the two match. Simple, right?

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Unless you’re a born salesperson, blurbs can be a challenge, which is why I offer blurb coaching as an option to where you don’t have to “go it alone.” But there’s also a basic formula you can follow to at least get your blurb started.

  1. Answer the Who, What, When, Where, and How questions. I wrote about how these can help you focus a novel here, and they come even more in handy when working on your blurb. There isn’t usually room to cover all your answers, but you do need to know who the story is…

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Giving #Thanks: Putting Action to Our Words

As we express our gratitude,we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where we’re filled with gratitude and emotion over all the things the good Lord showered on us. Some  give back to their communities, volunteering time and resources to help the less fortunate.  While others share a meal with family and friends remembering times past. And yet there are those in hospitals, nursing homes, living alone, on the streets, or hidden in alleyways – forgotten or neglected.  Please remember these loved ones in your prayers and with your presence this season.  Let’s turn our words of thanks into a blessing for others.

How to not lose your mind while #editing

This is excellent advice!

Bernadette Benda

Editing a novel. How shall I describe it?

Editing is like polishing silver, except with a blindfold, and the blindfold is on fire, and you are banging your head against a wall trying to put the flames out while still polishing the silver.

giphy (28) pretty much how it is

But it’s all worth it. I promise. (I really, really, really promise the editing is worth it).

But how – how do you not lose your mind while editing?? I got a few tips…they may be helpful…

*grins and shrugs*

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Write clear and concise notes.

This probably depends on your editing process…but if you’re like me, you take a lot of notes. A LOT.

As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am notorious for leaving undecipherable notes that make no sense to me or anyone else that Elrond himself would not be able to decipher. Or, I write notes…

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100 #Word Quips to Make You #Laugh and Brighten Your Day

Struggling with the time change?  This might be a good pick me up! 🙂

Melanie V. Logan

Everybody needs a good laugh every now and then.  And life with my husband can certainly provide the best medicine.  Below are my humorous accounts of such events.  Enjoy!

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Usually when my husband and I run errands, he drives.  But on this particular warm Saturday, he asked me to take the wheel.

As we cruised along, he complained about everything – the route I took, how fast I

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Why #writer’s guilt sucks

I’ve certainly been there. A way to overcome the guilt may be to document it. Write a paragraph about what the guilt feels like…thoughts…etc. That may be good stuff to use when writing a character for a scene, and it’s being productive.

The Wondering Scribe

Hello Peepz,

Have you ever felt bad for not writing? Or, in an opposite mood, felt guilty for wanting to write? Have you disliked yourself for writing a certain thing? I have too, and it sucks.

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#Family Values: Foundation for Living in a Changing #World

Sometimes I feel like we’ve lost sense of family and community…

Melanie V. Logan

A Family is a Circle
Where we Learn to like ourselves
Where we Learn to make good decisions
Where we Learn to think before we do
Where we Learn integrity and respect for others

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