Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Plotter, Pantser, Explorer #mfrwauthor

Week 11 of the #MFRWAuthor 52-week Challenge

First stop on this week’s blog hop. The topic is “My writing process.” The answer, whatever works. No labels, no worries. Hope you’ll stop by and read the rest of the tale, then visit the other authors.

One of the first things I get asked when someone learns I am a published author is “Are you a plotter or a pantser?” To avoid the impassioned defense of whatever method the questioner uses or the inevitable proselytizing to change to their side, I’ve developed a response, “Yes.”

How do I justify being both a plotter or pantser? Or anti-plotter, discoverer, or whatever the latest process is.

Read the rest of it on Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Plotter, Pantser, Explorer

Out and About with Cynthia Woolf

The first interview of the year is up. I’m dishing secrets with Cynthia Woolf. You’re invited to stop on by and see the answers to questions such as “Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?” and “advice for aspiring writers.” There are also a couple of special questions answered just for my readers.

Hope you’ll stop on by and leave a comment. The post is at http://cynthiawoolf.com/?p=6732

~till next time, Helen

Characters Meet and Greet – Name Tag Anyone?

When you walk into a large party or business meeting with dozens of people in attendance you never met before, do you have trouble remembering the names that go with the faces as everyone is introduced? I sure do! Thank goodness for BIG name tags is all I can say. (Yes, I stole these lines from Veronica Scott in her 10/24/16 post for Romance University.)

Read more of why an author can need a name tag at Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Characters Meet and Greet

~till next time, Helen

World Building by Janet Lane Walters

World building is something every writer in every genre needs to pay attentio1n to. Sometimes it’s to build a town similar to the one we live in, or it could be a fantasy world where magic rules and dragons fly. Read an informative article by Jane Lane Walters of tips and traps on world building. Be sure to read all the way through. The ending is one every writer can relate to. And then go back to read parts 1 and 2. Or pick up one of Janet’s books.

~till next time, Helen

Books We Love Insider Blog: World Building For All Genres Part 3 Janet Lane Wa…: The next area of World building to consider is Characters. There are a number of areas where people help weave the world web. …

Help Your Friendly Neighborhood Author

Recently I read a message where a reader asked how they could help their favorite author.  Educate readers was brought up in the discussion. But other than educate them how to leave a review with a note at the back  of a book, there wasn’t too many other ideas on what help an author should request.

Mystery author Heather Weidner summarizes seven ways a reader or fan can help us, their neighbor. Review – Tell – Share – Buy – Nominate – Blog. If you like a book, she gives some quick ways you can help spread the news (and help out your friendly neighborhood writer).

Read the rest of the article here.

~till next time, Helen

Secrets Readers Don’t Know About Authors by Terri Herman-Ponce

As a prelude to my upcoming post on how readers can help writers, here’s some secrets from Terri Herman-Ponce revealing what readers don’t know about authors. My favorites are 3 (white wine), 6, 11, and 14.

Written with humor as well as truth, here’s the article:

A lot goes on behind the scenes in getting a book published. Stuff that readers don’t know and probably don’t need to know. Because, let’s face it, all a reader cares about is a story that takes them out of the real world and into another that, when well done, leaves them wanting more even after they’ve reached The End.

But, because I like to have fun, I figured I’d share some secrets readers may not know about authors. It’s a way of poking fun at an author’s reality (at least mine!). So let’s peel back Oz’s curtain, shall we? …

Click here to go to the rest of the article and the list of secrets readers don’t know about authors.

~Till next time, Helen