Not Putting All My Eggs One Basket

Happy July! It’s the third day of July and things are going smoothly. I’ve started working on one of my other sites that has just been sitting idly by and not doing much of anything. It’s called Collected Keepsakes and it’s all about the world of collecting. I’ve actually had the site since 2013, but I never really did much with it until now. My husband and I are both avid collectors and love flea markets and yard sales.

My goal with that site is to see it become a wonderful tool for collectors of all kinds. Whether they collect stuffed animals or vintage cars. I want them to be able to come to my site and find places to buy and sell their collectibles, find sites to learn more about their pieces, and even a way to determine how to tell if what they have is worth anything or not.

One of the things I’ve really been trying to do is come up with ways to promote both my blogs without coming off as a spammer or something worse. My problem is that I convince myself that what I’ve written isn’t good enough or interesting enough to bring them in, and I fail myself. I have to stop doing that. I am getting better at networking, though. I had the opportunity to chat with Joe Elliott of OneManWiki.com. Smart guy, SEO type, blog designer. I was pleasantly surprised when he actually responded to my email. I figured he’d be another one of those, “respond to this email–would love to hear from you”, then get a robotic response in return. But no, this guy was real. Check him out.

My lesson for today is to stop second guessing myself. If I can’t trust myself to produce quality work, how can anyone else? I have to keep moving forward and that means I have to invite others to come see what I’ve done, not just expect Google to bring them around. I have to believe in me!!!

Happy Writing!!!

Creating Success From Failure

So as you can tell, my experiment with a daily prompt post isn’t going well. But I’m not going to let that stop me from continuing on. I just have to revamp my first attempt and figure out how to keep going forward. I know I can do this, I just have to find what works. I’ve already figured out what doesn’t work.

My problem was that I quickly realized that in order to do a daily prompt post, I was limiting myself to only doing those. I don’t want to do that. So, I’m thinking of doing a full set of prompts, but only posting them once a week and finding something else to do the rest of the time. I’m still thinking about doing a Thursday Throw Down, but it won’t be part of the writing prompts. I also want to do some book reviews again and need to be able to do that on just about any day I want.

There’s an old saying that failure is NOT an option. However, I believe that failure is necessary in order to succeed. You can either choose to let failure beat you, or you can let it teach you to be better than you were before. When you learn from your mistakes, you grow as a writer and a human being.

So here’s to the future, the failures, and to ultimate success. I refuse to give up and that’s the one lesson I’ve learned over the years that I will take with me for many more to come.

Making the End the Beginning-Weekly Writing Prompts

Weekly Writing Prompts

A weeks worth of ideas for the fiction and non-fiction writer.

Good morning and happy Tuesday. I hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s first prompt and I hope I can keep them coming from day to day and week to week. And hopefully, like this week’s theme, this is only the beginning.

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Teachable Tuesdays—Quotes, verses, ancient writings meant to inspire, allowing you to free the soul within.

What feels like the end
Is often the beginning”

Think about your favorite story and how it ends. Now take that ending and make it the beginning of a whole new story. Don’t just carry on the original story, create a new one that may not have anything to do with the first story at all. Good luck!!!

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If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to listen to your ideas. Also, if you’ve written anything from the prompts here and want to show them off, let me know. I’ll post your story here, complete with a short bio and a link to your site. If I like the site enough, I might even do a piece on your site as a whole.

Also, if you’ve written an e-book and want a review done, let me know. I’ll be more than happy to add your book to the site and give you an honest review. I don’t want to create any enemies, but if your book isn’t to my liking, I will let everyone else know. Just saying. 🙂

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Help me get the word out about what’s going on here. I’d love to see more people coming by and checking out my prompts. But more than that, I’d love to know someone out there is actually using them. Thanks for stopping by and as always:

Happy Writing!!!!!

A New Creation Myth–Weekly Writing Prompts

Weekly Writing Prompts

A weeks worth of ideas for the fiction and non-fiction writer.

Hello and welcome to our first posting of WWP. I’ve decided to attribute a special “theme” to each week to make it a little easier to follow. For our first time out, I’ve decided to make this one about “Beginnings”. What better place to start than at the beginning?

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Mad, mad Mondays—Anarchy, chaos, anything goes. You’ll never know what I’ll put here

Every culture has a story of how the world/universe began. Create your own creation story for a race of mythical beings. How did their kind evolve? Who were their “first beings”? What circumstances caused them to become the creatures we know today?

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With this being the very first post in my experiment, I know I’ll have to work at making sure to add more to the posts. Each posting will be a little more practice for me in my journey to become a successful writer once again.

One thing I have to remind myself (and every writer should live by), is that no matter how many times you get knocked down, you have to get back up and try again. And if you’re the one knocking you down, fight back!

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If you ever write something from one of our prompts and would like to share it, let me know. I’ll be more than happy to post your piece, along with a short bio and a link to your site. If I like it, I might even do an entire write up the place.

 

Happy Writing!!!!!

Creating a New Idea For Stale Writing

So, here’s the thing, I’m still working on finding a way to make money writing. I’m getting a few leads here and there, but I still need to keep myself writing. This blog really is more of a “writing assignment” for me. A place to practice my craft while still keeping myself moving forward. Here, I work on post titles, writing style, my own personal voice. Things like that. It also helps me with my typing skills.

One of the very first things I did as a writer online, was to create a newsletter column of writing prompts for a friend of mine. I had a blast and got pretty good at it. So now, I think I’m going to do it again. I’m going to redo my prompt writing in a newsletter format. Not sure how just yet, but I think that’s the direction I should go. I love creating writing prompts, and sometimes actually use them.

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Weekly Writing Prompts

A weeks worth of ideas for the fiction and non-fiction writer.

Mad, mad Mondays—Anarchy, chaos, anything goes. You’ll never know what I’ll put here

Teachable Tuesdays—Quotes, verses, ancient writings meant to inspire, allowing you to free the soul within.

Wonder What Wednesdays—One word prompts, titles, character ideas…I wonder what we’ll do.

Throw Down Thursdays—In this corner VS. In that corner. Meet some of the coolest writers in the industry.

Freewrite Fridays—This is where I give you something to write about from you memories, past experiences, and fantasies. Just let your words flow.

Weekend Warriors—Did you write something from one of our prompts? Want to share it with the world? Let me know and I’ll post it on my site, along with a short bio and a link to your personal site.

I hope this takes off, but I also know it’s going to take me getting out there and promoting my site. I suck at that. I thought about posting the prompts on my Tumblr account, but might do something similar on that site. Don’t know yet, but will let you know.

Let’s see how this goes. Happy writing!!!