If you’re looking for writing inspiration, go no further. These ten images will get ideas percolating in no time. Let these strange and awe-inspiring landscapes from real life inspire your next project!Continue reading “Friday Photo Prompts”
As many millions find themselves in self-isolation, it’s easy feel like we are squandering our time if we are not “productive” enough. Household chores and little fix-it jobs that we’ve left off for weeks or months suddenly seem imperative. But let me let you in on a little secret – since the dawn of time, since you were born, until you the day you die, there will be chores. There will always be dirty laundry and overflowing trash and drippy faucets and overstuffed closets waiting for us to organize them.Continue reading “There Will Always Be Laundry; Make Time for Joy!”
With special thanks to our good friend Joe Jansen, who sent me this poem, and to the website Science and Nonduality where it appeared … here is “Pandemic” by San Francisco poet Lynn Ungar, http://www.lynnungar.com. Pandemic What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? […]“Pandemic,” a Poem by Lynn Ungar — Steven Pressfield
It’s Monday! Borrowed this meme from Ali @ Our Book Boyfriends , who borrowed it from a long list of other bloggers. This meme is an opportunity to update everyone on what I read last week, what I’m reading now and what’s on the old TBR pile. And also, to connect with others in the book community.Continue reading “It's Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR”
These are strange times and they’re only getting stranger. Luckily, I’ve read enough YA Dystopian novels over the years to be prepared. Here’s your comprehensive survival guide to getting through these tough times.Continue reading “Girl's Guide to Surviving in a YA Dystopia”
We’ve all seen posts griping about long lines at the grocery store, hand-sanitizer and toilet paper shortages, resource hoarding and general lack of empathy and understanding. The news is no better. It’s a constant stream of anxiety-inducing updates on confirmed cases of COVID-19, death tolls, the plunging stock market and temporary closures or suspended services.
But perhaps the most surprising thing to come out of this – something the disaster movies missed the mark on – is the human ability to seek levity in the face of imminent disaster.
Warning: Long, picture-heavy post behind the cut.Continue reading “Ducks in the Trevi Fountain: What Covid-19 Can Teach Us About Life, Love and the World Around Us”
There comes a time in every writer’s life where they’re asked to write a synopsis of their book. Not to be confused with sales copy (which is persuasive marketing to get readers to buy your book) the synopsis discloses a book’s entire narrative arc. It divulges to an agent or publisher what happens in your story, from start to finish. And it reveals all the twists and surprises that are held back from your reader. A synopsis needs to convince an agent or publisher that your premise is exciting and marketable. It assures them that character actions and motivations make sense. On the flip side, it can reveal plot flaws, lack of structure or hackneyed or cliched ideas.
The dreaded task of writing a synopsis is not fun or easy, but necessary. Most agents or publishers will ask for a synopsis (in addition to a query letter and manuscript sample) before considering taking on a book. Unfortunately, there is no one “right” way to write a synopsis, but the general consensus is that it should be 500-700 words, single-spaced. So how do you convey everything about your book in a modicum of space?Continue reading “How to Write a Novel Synopsis”