Category Archives: writing

#dSavannah #HolidayGiftGuide2016

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Well, y’all may have noticed I haven’t posted in a while.  I even got kicked off the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop list (as I should be). Let’s just say I’ve been busy. And I haven’t had the brain power to blog. I still don’t. But, the holidays are upon us, and although I can’t financially support all my friends who are creators, artists & writers, I can certainly tell you about them, in my Holiday Gift Guide, 2016. Enjoy. And #SupportCreatorsWritersAndArtists. And give some really awesome gifts in the process. 1 #Artist Diego Jourdan Pereira Adult #ColoringBooks! (incl. #GrumpyCat) amazon 2 #BrunswickArtist #Painter Gene Threats his site 3 #YAWriter Mike Grosso #YA #Debut #Book “I Am Drums” B&N Bonus: email him with a … Continue reading

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#IWSG: Your First Piece of Writing

A book I "wrote" and "illustrated" at a mere 10 years of age.

The question from this month’s #IWSG newsletter is: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published? As I say in my bio, “I’ve been writing so for as long as I can remember, as long as I could hold a pencil, or pen, or marker.” Seriously. I have a full drawer in my file cabinet that is just my writing, or ideas for stories. The first folder is dated 1978, so I was merely seven at the time I wrote those “poems”, and I’ve saved them all these years (almost 40!). And… all of it is collecting dust. Well, moldering. In organized files. Because I’m that way. Or I was… … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 8)

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Once again, it is time for me to ramble on writing for the Insecure Writers Support monthly post. In the past, I have written about things you should be doing as a writer. However, this is the: What *NOT* to do Edition. There are jillions of articles on what to do if you want to be a writer, but not too many on what you should NOT do. So using my vast knowledge of all of those things (which means, either YES I have done it, or YES I have had it done to me), I shall impart my words of wisdom. DO NOT visit a big bookstore and get discouraged because it is filled to the brim with other books and then think “what … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 7)

Insecure Writers Support Group

It’s time once again for my ruminations on the art and craft of writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. (And if you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, you’re probably doing it wrong.) (Just kidding. If you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, please share your secret with the world.) Anywho, I’ve previously told you that we fight writers’ block; to write with balance; to read and write; The Ten Commandments of Writing; getting used to disappointment; and learning how to deal with criticism (a dreaded “C” word). Today, I want to chat with you a little bit more about the business of writing. Many, many authors think that if they do the hard work of writing a book, all of their dreams will … Continue reading

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The Questions with Joy Ross Davis: writer

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Poor Joy. I feel so terrible. I asked quite a while back for people to answer The Questions and Joy kindly answered. Like three years ago. And, my life… happened, or stopped happening, as the case may be. Back then, Joy only had one book out, Countenance, “a suspenseful yet heartfelt story full of intrigue and unexpected revelations, where magic is made in the kitchen and angels can fall in love.” Now she has, erm, eleven! books listed on Amazon! Which just goes to show what can happen if you put your mind to it, and write. You’ve waited long enough for them, so here are Joy’s answers to: The Questions 8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now? When I was 12, … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 6)

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In my last episode in this series, I told you that you need to get used to disappointment as a writer. And to develop thick skin. In this episode, I want to talk about the dreaded C word: criticism. I can’t tell you how many writers I’ve run across who think the words they’ve written were handed down by God himself (or Goddess herself) and not one single word should be changed. This topic came to me because a writer in one of my online groups was complaining about how much she hated criticism of her work. I get it. We slave over the storyline and characters, and it’s our baby, and we want everyone to love it. My very own book, A Spicy Secret, … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – I is for… (pt 1)

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… insistent Hello my dear and faithful readers, I am (obviously) posting late for ye ole letter “I”, and I’m sorry to inform you all that it will also be a lacking post, because I am exhausted and hurting (which I will [possibly] explain in a later blog post) and upset (which I will explain further in a minute), but because of my, erm, je ne sais quoi, stubbornness, rather my insistence in not breaking my #AtoZChallenge chain, I am writing. It also – {string of expletives that would make a sailor blush} – seems that everything is conspiring to keep me from writing tonight! Which is why I am upset!  (There is apparently no good synonym for “upset” which starts with “I”; the only … Continue reading

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