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

Right Thing to Do – Wednesday’s Words by Morgan Ashbury

Those who know me, know I don’t like to upset. I don’t talk politics outside of a few close friends (and never at the dinner table) and try to avoid controversy. But there is something I felt needed to be shared. It might be preaching to the choir, but downloading and sharing books that you haven’t paid for is THEFT. Morgan Ashbury explains legitimate ways to get “free books” and how when they’re stolen it hurts not only the authors who create the books (and their families), but readers as well. Authors are not rich like the fictional Richard Castle. If we give it to you for free, enjoy. If not? Well, read Morgan’s tale as she explains the right thing to do. Time to get off the soapbox and turn it over to Morgan who is far more eloquent.

From Morgan’s Wednesday’s Words of January 25, 2017  …Free stuff is a great resource, too, isn’t it? When you have the opportunity to snatch up free stuff, it’s a bonus. I like it myself. Some places where I go to shop have “rewards” programs, and there’s nothing better than buying that roast of beef at the grocery store, or filling your car’s gas tank, on your “points”. It really makes me feel as if I’ve ‘won’ for a change.

There is, however, one category of “free stuff” being offered on the Internet that is not free at all. In fact, it’s worse than these items not being free because they are, in truth, stolen property. And, since I am a published author, you may have guessed that one category is books….


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Wednesday’s Words by Morgan Ashbury: January 25, 2017

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

Welcoming 2017 with a resolution. What’s yours?

New Year’s Resolutions. They are meant to encourage us to start off the next year in a positive frame of mind, to make the new year better than the outgoing one.

I came across what is for me as a writer, the best New Year’s resolution and one I hope to adopt for the upcoming year. So with acknowledgement to Linda S. Clare who voiced the resolution, “In 2017, my goal is going to be to fall in love with writing again.”

Read more about my thoughts at http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/2016/12/new-years-resolutions-whats-yours.html. Then be sure to go to Linda’s site and see the story behind the resolution. http://lindasclare.com/2016/12/the-best-writers-resolution/

~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

Out and About with Fiona Mcvie

Some interviews are fun… some reveal yourself. Some are both. Fiona Mcvie is a  mum and granny. Her “About” section mentions a love of reading and baking. She is also a great interviewer. Stop by her blog to see mine.

I pulled one question as a teaser, selected because of the nearness of All Hallow’s Eve.

Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone and why?

The rest of the story  is at  https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/here-is-my-interview-with-helen-henderson/

Hope you’ll stop by for a visit.

~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. …