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Five Tips for Improving your Writing

If you’re wondering how you can make your writing better, here’s a blog post that will give you five simple tips to make your readers want more. Once you’ve read this post, feel free to come back here and share your own writing tips.

5 Simple Tips To Take Your Writing to the Next Level

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Writing Tip: My Grammarly Experience

Hello everyone, how is everybody on this lovely and blessed Sunday evening/Monday morning, depending on where you are in the world?

 

Today I want to talk to you about a fabulous writing tool that I just started using and why I recommend it for all you writers out in the blogosphere. As a professional writer, I often edit my work to as fine a point as I possibly can, to make my pieces shine. However, there will always be things that all writers miss, no matter how many times they go over the work with a fine-toothed comb. Whether you have an editor or not, there’s a tool that I have heard a lot about, yet haven’t started using, that is until now.

 

This tool can be found at Grammarly.com. You can use the browser add-on or you can download the app for Windows, IOS, Mac OSX, and the plugin for MS office when you sign up for a free Grammarly account.

 

When I uploaded my most recent articles for a client, Grammarly pointed out a few things that I missed and that MS Word’s spellcheck totally passed over. All I can say is that I love this tool and I plan to use it for all my writing, including this blog post.

 

Please note the best way for you to use Grammarly, if you use speech output software, also known as a screen reader, is to upload your documents to the Grammarly site. You will not only get suggestions for misspelled words and grammar mistakes, but this tool also gives you examples to show you the correct way a sentence should be written.

 

My tip for you: if you haven’t already, upload your written documents to Grammarly, before sending it to a publisher, client or your blog. You’ll be glad you did!

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The muse is speaking to me through my internal music

Hello my lovely peeps,

Today I am feeling really energetic and creative. I have a feeling I am going to get some writing done. Let me tell you how I came to this revelation.

 

Have you ever had one of those days when you can feel the chill of a story that’s been hidden inside you for who knows how long, just waiting to come out? How about hearing a melody in your head that isn’t necessarily a familiar one, yet you can’t shake it no matter how you try? Today I am hearing a melody within me, and I just feel a story coming out of it, but I can’t put my finger on what the tune is trying to tell me. As I was going to eat lunch, I heard the muse tell me “look at Journey to the Mountain Top”. I’m not sure, but I have a distinct feeling that this mysterious melody is telling me something about my second novel.

 

What do you think? Could this be my novel calling out to me, or the makings of a different story? Have you ever experienced this feeling right before you start a story, or when you’re in the throes of a novel? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments below. Remember dear writers, our words are our instruments and our songs are the stories we tell.

Happy writing and God bless you on this beautiful Friday afternoon.

 

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A Nostalgic Feeling that lets me know Fall is in the Air

Hello everyone, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’ve had a crazy busy couple of weeks.

 

Do you ever have those days when you feel nostalgic for a time when you were younger? If you have, it can be a good feeling, bringing back memories you long to relive over and over again.

 

Today is one of those days for me. As a matter of fact, I felt that way last night after choir practice, because we were going over the songs for our Christmas program and this practice session brought back memories of Christmases past. However, today I was thinking back to my school days. Not the time when I was already in the throws of the busy school day schedule, but the time when school started for me. Now my daughter is in school, and sometimes when school starts, I feel like I am the one who is making that two-hour drive to school for my first day. At least that’s the way I felt after she started Pre-k. Today I’m thinking about heading back to school and getting settled into a routine again, meeting up with old friends and making new ones.

This is a sure sign that Fall is in the air for me. Even though Fall hasn’t actually started yet, there is a slight shift in the atmosphere, like Autumn is hanging in the balance. It’s af though the world is waiting for the temperatures to start dropping and each day to start getting a little shorter, until the Winter solstice in December. Even though it’s hot outside and the AC is blowing cool air into my house, I get this laid-back comfortable feeling, where all I want to do is sit back and read a good book. The air feels different, and I can picture the cooler days ahead, where I can sit with the door open and listen to the wind chimes outside on the porch, or sit on the porch in the middle of the day and let the breeze blow through my hair while I sway in the porch swing. This is my favorite time of year, when the temperature is cool, but not too cold, and I can find some good books to read/listen to on either my phone, iPad, or my Echo Dot. This is also a time to write, plan for NaNoWriMo, and start revisions for another book of my own. During the lazy days of summer, I get some writing done, but I don’t do as much as I would when the weather is cooler, and full of inspiration. However, as the seasons change, more ideas come out of the woodwork, so to speak. This is why I am feeling so nostalgic today. I’m ready for the quiet time of year when I can get into my creative zone without all the noise surrounding me.

 

With that being said, I have a question for each of you out there in the blogosphere. What makes you feel nostalgic? Does this feeling signify the start of autumn for you? Here’s a question for you writers out there, do you feel you get more writing done during this time of the year or do you get a lot done no matter what season you’re in? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Happy reading and writing, and God bless.

 

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How Do You Know If You’re Doing This Right?

Novelty Revisions

Have you ever had one of those days?

You know the one — that sunrise that comes too early; the sunset that seems to take an eternity. Everything you try, you can’t seem to get right. No conversation ends the way you want it to. Even silence and solitude make you feel guilty, not restored.

There’s too much time to think about what you’re supposed to be doing — and whether or not what you’re trying to do is even pushing you in the right direction.

How do you know if this writing thing is even where you belong? If you haven’t “made it” by now, is it too late? Are you doing something wrong? If you are, what does the “right” thing even look like?

How do you know if this hectic life is meant for you?

The problem is … you don’t.

You don’t know if you’re writing…

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CORRECTION! updated ebook link for A Journey of Faith: a Stepping Stones Mystery

Hello everybody,

For those of you who wish to purchase A Journey of Faith, I wanted to let you know that I am republishing it with the help of a friend of mine who specializes in formatting books to be self-published. It is now available in the Amazon kindle store once again, and I will give you the updated link at the end of this post.

Please note if you’ve looked at my meet the author page, you may find amazon links that don’t necessarily work. However, due to the fact that I am visually impaired I have difficulty changing the links on my page. Therefore, I will give you the correct links to my book(s) in individual blog posts, so you can purchase and enjoy them for yourselves.

Happy reading and God bless you all. The Kindle link for A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery is as follows: