Author Toolbox: The Wonders of World Building

Since Alice has made her debut in the world, I have learned many things. Some lessons have not been the best experiences of my life (case in point: #CSLewisCarroll), but others have been incredibly exciting.

One such lesson was the discovery that I might just have a knack for world building. I found out when my dear friend Rebecca Cahill asked me to write a guest post for her blog, The Page Unbound.  I was more than happy to oblige, until she told me the topic she’d like me to write about:  World Building.

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Author Toolbox: Let’s Talk About Typos

I’ll be the first to admit it:  autocorrect and I have a love/hate relationship. It LOVES to ‘correct’ my sh*t, and I absolutely HATE it. If you follow me on Twitter, you are probably well aware of this fact.

However, that does not mean all editing is bad. In fact, solid editing is probably one of the most important aspects of publishing your work. Unfortunately, the process can be long and (after what feels like the 700th time through your manuscript,) tedious. But, regardless of how arduous the process is, you should never, EVER discredit the edit.

Which is a lesson I learned the very hard way.

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Author Toolbox: Building Your Social Media Platform

Recently I was approached by the fabulous Raimey Gallant about a Blog Hop idea she had to help build up other authors. Since I had so much fun participating in her 2016 Nano Blog Hop, I jumped at the opportunity to join in!

So, from now until the end of the year, I will be working alongside a roster of other rocking authors to help provide content centering on building a strong author platform. Each month I’ll be adding another ‘tool’ for you to add to your own personal Author Kit, using things I’ve learned from building my own platform. I’m excited to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, and to see what the other authors have to share as well! (For a full roster of #AuthorToolboxBlogHop participants click HERE)

Are you ready? Let’s go!

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Practice makes perfect, or so the saying goes. And while I’m far from perfect, seeing how my writing has progressed from years past shows just how much I’ve learned. This is a short story I wrote for an assignment for a creative writing class years ago, just another step in an ongoing process. Enjoy!

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I Believe In Books

Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was curl up under a blanket with a good book and get lost in the story. 20 years, a few careers, and two kids later not much has changed (I am snuggled up under my microfleece throw as   I speak). Although I don’t have as much free time any more, I still manage to find the time to read. The reason for this is simple:
I believe in books.
There is something magical that happens between when you pick up a new book for the first time and when you fall in love with  its characters. It is something most people don’t even notice, but so profound that once you finally put the book down, you feel like a piece of you has been changed forever.

  1. Sometimes, you learn something new about yourself that you hadn’t understood before. Maybe, after reading, you will have found a new interest that you had no idea about, or perhaps you found a different perspective on an aspect of life that you hadn’t known you needed. Other times, you will put the last book of a series down and feel like you have just lost a good friend.
  2. Books are powerful. They teach us things in a way that no school, or teacher, or even parent can. They nurture empathy by literally putting you into another character’s shoes while you experience what is happening in their world. They bolster critical thinking as your mind follows the plot and makes guesses as to what will happen next.
  3. Books encourage problem solving as you try and think of ways their characters can resolve their conflicts. They expose you to diversity that you may not see in your day to day life, and expand your understanding of the world around you. Books help you celebrate, laugh, cry, cheer, fight injustice, love, hate, lose, and win.

To me, books are so much more than just a simple story or an entertaining pastime. They are doorways to adventure, learning, and self-discovery. A good book will not let you put it down without changing you in some way. It doesn’t have to be huge, but once you turn the last page, your life will have forever been altered. Just by reading it.

That is why books are magical.

That is what I hope to create.

That is why I write.