#WritingTips

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Using Action and Foreshadowing in your Opening Hook

Hello everyone in the blogosphere. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Welcome to my new followers! May you find my content to be of value as you learn and grow during your writing life and author journey.

In today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys, I answer two questions about the writing life that I saw in the writers life twitter chat last night. One of the answers I’m sharing is in response to a question posed in the same chat a month or so ago. The questions are as follows:
Can you use an action as your opening hook?
Do you need to write a second hook if you use foreshadowing in the beginning of your story?

For more information on using action in your opening hook, check out the article linked here:

Begin Your Novel with Action: A Good Rule?

I answer both questions and I even add a third tip that’s related to the second question in the podcast episode and accompanying YouTube video. To watch the video, visit:

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Calling All Creatives!

If you are an author, creative artist or an entrepreneur who creates innovative products to meet your customers’ needs, I’d love to hear from you. I’m looking to fill my calendar for 2020. If you’d like to share your inspirational story with my listeners and YouTube viewers, there’s no time like the present to schedule a date and time for a special guest interview. If you’d like to be a guest on Inspirational Journeys, there are several ways you can contact me. You can email me at annwrites75@gmail.com, fill out the contact form below with Inspirational Journeys in the message box or send me a message on social media at the following links:
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Song of the day: I Won’t Let Go by Rascal Flatts

Today’s song is dedicated to those who have lost loved ones or whose loved ones weren’t able to be with them this Christmas for whatever reason. Please let this song give you courage and know that if you’ve excepted Jesus as your Lord and savior, that He is always with you and He won’t let go.

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Huggs,
Ann

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Song of the Day: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Michael Buble

The song says it all! Have yourselves a merry and blessed Christmas.

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Song of the day: Answer the call by Shanna Jackman

This song goes out to all the 911 and lifeline dispatchers around the world. If you need to hear a friendly voice when you’re fighting for your life, they’re the angels who don’t always wear their wings. Say a prayer for these people as they answer calls for help day and night.

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Personal reflections

Song of the Day: The Locket by Marie Osmond

Hello everyone,
Today I have a special song for you from my Songs that Resonate with me playlist on YouTube. As you listen to this song, here’s something to think about. Does it make you think of your own parents or grandparents? In Honor of grandparents everywhere, here’s a special song for you.

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Songs that resonate with me play list

Today I have started a play list of inspirational songs that resonated with me on an emotional level. Here’s a song to encourage you and give you a lift when you’re feeling down.

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Christmas Greetings to the Blogosphere

Dear readers, fans and fellow bloggers,

Today I have a special treat for you. I’m sending you a living Christmas card. May you be richly blessed this Christmas season and in the new year.

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#AmReading, indie author promotions

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Book Review of The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse

Hello everyone,
Today I have a special book feature for you. It is a children’s chapter book that will delight the hearts of kids of all ages. The author shares the message of giving and being kind to others During the Christmas season and throughout the year, in a fun and engaging way. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have. Be sure to share it with the children of all ages, in your life.

Book title:
The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse

Written by:
Susan Borrie

Description:
Celebrate the Christmas season with the lovable and hardworking Mistletoe Mouse. After he befriends Molly Dolly, a doll who is left behind on Christmas Eve by Santa’s elves because they did not have her ready in time to go on Santa’s sleigh, the pair join forces and, with the help of an express reindeer, work to make terrible Christmases terrific.

During the following year, Mistletoe Mouse experiences one misadventure after another as he and Molly Dolly save the show when a little girl cannot sing her solo, comfort a grandmother whose grandchildren are caught in a blizzard, and teach boys and girls who cannot afford gifts for their parents how to make something even more valuable than presents.

Whether he is dangling from a tree, covered with seaweed, confronting a stranger, or scampering through a skyscraper, Mistletoe Mouse tackles every Christmastime surprise and challenge with energy and imagination.

The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse is a traditional and wholesome tale that is sure to please children of all ages.

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Author Bio:

Susan Bourrie enjoys reading and writing poetry and stories whose main characters are humorous and heroic. She stopped taking the world seriously in elementary school when an aptitude test said she was supposed to grow up to be a poet or a forest ranger. Since people groaned at her rhyming verse and there were no forests where she lived, she became a mother, children’s librarian, and teacher of reading and writing for future teachers. She could not, however, stop rhyming and wrote and created Admiral Seasalt, Mortimer J. Readabook, light verse, and song lyrics when no one was looking. She writes for children of all ages including parents and grandparents who need hugs and hope.
Learn more about Susan and her work by visiting her website at:
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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Wendy Ledger returns to talk about the Sharpest Claw

Hello everyone, today, Wendy Ledger is my returning guest. Last time, she talked the first book in her Cats of the Afterlife series.
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INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

WENDY LEDGER RETURRNS TO TALK ABOUT THE SHARPEST CLAW!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
WENDY LEDGER
WHEN?
Tuesday, December 10 2019
WHERE?
Podcast:

YouTube:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR WENDY LEDGER

Wendy Ledger is the author of three books, Joy Returns!, Kate and the Horses, and The Loudest Meow: A Talking Cat Fantasy (Book 1: The Cats of the Afterlife Series). Book 2 of this series, The Sharpest Claw, will be available this fall. Wendy lives in Northern California with her husband and their three cats.

Her latest book is entitled, The Sharpest Claw: A Talking Cat Fantasy (Cats of the Afterlife, Book 2).

Book Description:
Kittens are evil.
At least that’s what Jem, a calico cat, thought. And she had proof. In the afterlife, she had watched kittens take over what used to be her home on earth, claiming her people and her cat companion, her best friend ever.
It wasn’t right. In fact it was dangerous. These kittens were two-faced, violent, manipulative, and cunning. They had fooled everyone else into believing they were adorable. Only Jem knew the truth. But how could she convince the others? How could she make sure these kittens got their rightful comeuppance?
Witness the epic battle of wills between a calico cat and a pair of kittens in Book 2 of the Cats of the Afterlife series.

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Excerpt:

Two cats, one calico, one orange, sat on the cold stone steps of 14 Redwood Lane, a home off a country road in the afterlife. They had just returned from earth. It was evening, past dinner. The house was dark. It looked like the loneliest place ever.
“Do you think it’s odd,” Jem, the calico cat, asked, “that the other cats aren’t here to welcome us?”
She thought of Queen and Lola, the petite tortoiseshell and the vivacious ragdoll, inseparable, often bossy. Surely they’d want to be here to make some sort of proclamation about their return. And where was Leo, the black cat, who was everyone’s friend? Or Minerva, the grey cat who seemed to know everything? This certainly wasn’t the homecoming Jem had expected.
“Do you suppose they’re mad at us?” the calico cat asked. “I mean, we didn’t tell them that we were going.” As Jem talked, she grew more worried. “Maybe they felt left out. Maybe they’ve abandoned us.”
Marmalade, the orange cat, considered that for a moment. “I think, if anyone is angry, it would be Alasdair,” she said. “I really should have notified him and gotten permission before we left.”
Alasdair was Marmalade’s supervisor. Through his work, he decided what many cats do in the afterlife. The orange cat thought that he was extraordinary. Jem didn’t really know him. But it seemed to her that Marmalade loved Alasdair more than any other cat. That annoyed Jem to no end.
“I don’t think he’d particularly care, one way or the other,” the calico cat replied.
For a moment, Jem thought Marmalade was going to swat her. The orange cat’s paw twitched, then settled back down on the ground before she spoke. “You’ve never spent time with him. He is my respected colleague who I should have consulted before traipsing off to earth with you. Furthermore—”
“Why does there have to be a furthermore?” Jem cried.
The orange cat opened her mouth, but before any more words spilled out, she stopped, lifted her nose to the air and took quite a big sniff. “Mountain lion,” she whispered to Jem. “No more dawdling! Invite me in.”
Jem shivered. It was rather cold out here. And she certainly didn’t want to be eaten by a mountain lion. It would be an unfortunate ending at any time, but it would be particularly sad after you made a decision to come home. Yet the house looked so unfriendly.
Marmalade butted the calico cat’s side with her head. “Would you please get going?” She gave Jem one final push towards the door, which opened when the calico cat tumbled against it and fell across the threshold into a sudden blaze of light.

Connect with Wendy at the following links:

Website:
http://www.wendyledgerauthor.com

Twitter:

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/wendyledgerauthor/

Wendy’s Writing Resources:

The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson:

Plot Whisperer

The Story Grid Podcast by Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl:
https://storygrid.simplecast.com/

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody:

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As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
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Inspirational Journeys presents: Audio/video weekend wrap up

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,

Today I have great news! I have finally received a sponsor from Anchor. I won’t get paid for this sponsorship, due to the fact that Anchor is partnering with the Add Counsel to give podcasters the opportunity to be the voice for their chosen charities, but it’s a new milestone in my list of milestones for 2019.

Aside from my newly acquired sponsor, Today’s podcast episode is my weekend wrap up. In this audio/video episode, I share the following goals that I have accomplished:
1. I updated my podcast logo with Jen’s help.
2. I updated my podcast description, so that the copyright for the previous cover art is taken out. I also made the description fit my brand.
3. I updated the introduction to my podcast and incorporated the tagline: “Writing from the heart, adds value to your life”.
4. Sent out my email newsletter.
5. Wrote the introduction to My upcoming poetry book, at 1 AM, no doubt.

Along with an announcement about what’s coming up tomorrow, and a challenge and a bit of writing encouragement to all listeners and viewers, There’s a special surprise at the end. To listen to the podcast episode, visit the following link

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Blessings,
Ann

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