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The Idea Generator — Wednesday Prompts and Inspirations

Published February 16, 2015 by M. Natalia Arocho

Leslie Leibhardt Goodman

chalkboard-3-AMaybe you’re a writer or perhaps an avid reader who wonders where writers get their ideas. I started thinking about this recently when I spoke to a friend who challenges herself to come up with one new picture book idea every day. Every day! How many picture book manuscripts did I think of last year? Easy answer. Twelve. My goal has been one new idea I develop into a manuscript each month.

Like other writers, I stay tuned in to life. I also pay close attention to everything my daughter tells me. (She’s nine, and although most parents have learned to tune out the nonsensical babblings of their kids by that age, I find her “babblings” spark story ideas. After all, she’s close in age to the group I’m writing for, so the things she takes notice of and gets curious about are the topics I need to focus on. I…

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The Idea Generator — Wednesday Prompts and Inspirations

Published February 16, 2015 by M. Natalia Arocho

Leslie Leibhardt Goodman

chalkboard-3-AMaybe you’re a writer or perhaps an avid reader who wonders where writers get their ideas. I started thinking about this recently when I spoke to a friend who challenges herself to come up with one new picture book idea every day. Every day! How many picture book manuscripts did I think of last year? Easy answer. Twelve. My goal has been one new idea I develop into a manuscript each month.

Like other writers, I stay tuned in to life. I also pay close attention to everything my daughter tells me. (She’s nine, and although most parents have learned to tune out the nonsensical babblings of their kids by that age, I find her “babblings” spark story ideas. After all, she’s close in age to the group I’m writing for, so the things she takes notice of and gets curious about are the topics I need to focus on. I…

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Watch: Scandal

Published February 3, 2015 by M. Natalia Arocho

YES! love me some Scandal! #TGIT

Fangirls Are We

scandalSo, I’m a little late to this party, but sure am glad I came. After having countless people recommend the show to me for quite some time, I finally decided to sit down and watch Scandal this past weekend. Holy cow, is this a quality television show. I’m now addicted, in love with Olivia Pope, and have lost all hopes of productivity until I finish every episode.

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What We Forget While Writing

Published January 11, 2015 by M. Natalia Arocho

Fiction All Day

There are plenty of things that we forget about while writing. Plenty of important details that slip our minds. At first you might think I’m referencing that time you forgot to pick your child up from school because you were writing a particularly engaging chapter, but I’m actually talking about things we forget in our actual story. I’m talking about things that pop up in our lives on a daily basis that, because they aren’t remarkable, we don’t think to mention.

I’m talking about:

  • Weather
  • A phone call from a friend
  • Needing to go to the bathroom
  • Needing to eat
  • Having to blow your nose or sneeze
  • Tripping over your own feet
  • Losing power
  • Having your car break down

And the list goes on.

That’s not to say these things should always be in your book. I don’t want to hear about it every time your character has to pee, or munches…

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Punctuation–A Writers Curse

Published January 7, 2015 by M. Natalia Arocho

I very much dread editing and grammar has never been my strong suit. I’m the idea person!

✨Colleen Chesebro✨The Faery Whisperer ✨

The more books I read, the more I want to check my own punctuation constantly when I write.  As a writer, I feel a responsibility to tell my story the best I can.  Punctuation is a necessary tool in getting your meaning across to your readers.  The most important thing to do is have a few cheat sheets.  I found one!

Pinterest is a great source of information on writing.  I found this graphic first and then went to Steam Feed where the graphic originally came from.  This is one of the best graphics I have seen and great for quick editing.

A Blogger’s Ultimate Guide to Avoid Looking Stupid: Punctuation [infographic]

Thanks for stopping by today.  We have gale warnings posted for the Gulf Coast and freeze warnings are in effect for tomorrow morning.  Wind chills are predicted in the single digits.  A perfect time to stay inside and WRITE. SmileSignature

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The Three “Acts” of a Writer’s Journey—From Newbie to Master

Published November 3, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Great insight to writing

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Pirate Code=Writing Rules. Clearer now? :) Pirate Code=Writing Rules. Clearer now? 🙂

The mark of a great storyteller is they make our job look easy. The story flows, pulls us in, and appears seamless. Many of us decided to become writers because we grew up loving books. Because good storytellers are masters of what they do, we can easily fall into a misguided notion that “writing is easy.” Granted there are a rare few exceptions, but most of us will go through three acts (stages) in this career if we stick it through.

Act One—The Neophyte

This is when we are brand new. We’ve never read a craft book and the words flow. We never run out of words to put on a page because we are like a kid banging away on a piano having fun and making up “music.” We aren’t held back or hindered by any structure or rules and we have amazing…

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Lessons Learned: Blogging 101

Published October 20, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Kyaru (and Bunnies)

And so, Blogging 101 coasts to a graceful end. In comparison, my participation is more like Princess Mia’s rainy drive up San Fran’s hilly streets: lots of stops, starts and sobbing. Will there be a Hector Elizondo waiting to rescue me when it all gets to be too much? One can only hope.

It was a great learning experience though, and I can see from my stats how much my little blog has flexed its wings. I kid you not, when I checked my stats mid-course, I fairly widdled in my pants with glee. I’ve seen different points of view, galleries of beautiful pictures and met some awesome people. Along the way, I picked up a few easy-to-do pointers, so if you’re new to the blogging world and you want a quick lowdown of what works, read on.

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