Top 10 Apps for Writers and Bloggers

Whether you’re new to writing and blogging or just looking for ways to maximize your potential, there are a ton of apps to help you reach your writing goals, get organized, stay on task and beautify your blog posts or novel layout. These are just a few I’ve discovered over the years that have revolutionized the way I write!

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Photo Prompt Friday: Come Away, O’ Human Child

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

The Stolen Child – W.B. Yeats
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Photo Prompt Friday: Both the Marble and the Sculptor

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.

Alexis Carrel
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Photo Prompt Friday: Photographs That Look Like Paintings

I love the places where art intersects – the conversation that occurs between different art forms. How paintings can inspire photographs and photographs can inspire writing…

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Photo Prompt Friday: Yin & Yang

In Ancient Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang symbolize balance between contrasting, but complementary forces. Light and dark, male and female, summer and winter, old and young, black and white. The following photos beautifully illustrate that concept.

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Photo Prompt Friday: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Angels – unknowable, powerful, beautiful – they’ve long captivated my and others’ imaginations. They have been depicted in many ways throughout time – from chubby-cheeked cherubim to ageless creatures with long flowing locks and feathered wings. Angels can be messengers or avengers, guardians or monsters. For today’s photo prompt Friday, write a story or a poem about an angel or angelic being.

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Photo Prompt Friday: From the Deep

In honor of the month of MerMay, I thought today’s photo prompts should be inspired by the Merfolk. Alternately thought to be alien, strange, beautiful, dangerous, dark, alluring and mysterious, these creatures of the deep have long inhabited the human consciousness. In fact, the earliest legend of mermaids was recorded in Syria in 1000 BC…

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Photo Prompt Friday: Unbelievable Natural Landscapes

There are some places in the world that seem too beautiful to be true. They’re more like locations in fantasy books than naturally occurring phenomena on our planet! What appeals to you about these photos? Is it the vibrant colors? The desolation? The natural beauty? What do you find surprising? Strange? Other-wordly or surreal? Try to incorporate some of these elements into your next story.

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Room to Breathe: Negative Space in Writing.

“Space is the breath of art.”

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright

Nowadays, a lot of us have had the experience of reading a fast-paced, action-packed book that jumps from one disaster to the next with no room to breathe. And according to most writing advice, escalating plot tension is the “correct” way to write. But it is not a reflection of real life. While many events may happen to us in a row, there is also downtime between events for us to grieve or process changes. There is also a baseline “before”, a status quo before things change. Life before the zombie apocalypse /oppressive government regime/ regulation of magic / dragon extinction, etc…

In a book, these “before” and “during” spaces give the reader room to breathe. A temporary release of the tension allows readers to process what they read and to form strong attachments to your characters. Repeat after me: A story needs downtime. A story needs room to breathe.

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