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

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

The Perfect Gift for Authors is Free

Recently, I chatted about 7 Ways to Help Your Local (Or not-so-local) Author. In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, I want to continue in that vein, inspired by Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s post, about The Perfect (Very Frugal!) Gift for Authors. Of course there is the word play on “frugal. She is the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers.

Frugal or free doesn’t mean without value. What can be one of a writer’s most cherished items is a review. Per Carolyn, “It’s free and it’s a full-of-love gift.” Go here to read the full story. Writers On The Move: The Perfect Gift for Authors is Free! She provides a few steps on how to ensure the author gets the most benefit out of your generous gift. Be sure to check out her books as well. Besides the HowtoDoItFrugally series, Carolyn is also the author of a novel and several books of poetry including her most recent, Imperfect Echoes.
 
And for other ways to help your favorite author? Mystery author Heather Weidner summarizes the ways as Review – Tell – Share – Buy – Nominate – Blog. Her suggestions are at heatherweidner.com/blog/2016/8/28/7-ways-to-help-your-friendly-neighborhood-author.

Carolyn encourages that the holidays are “a time to let your spirit of giving overcome any reticence you may have about contacting a favorite author.” 

I promise you, there is no gift greater for authors than hearing a positive comment from a reader. Whether you give a book, leave a review, or attend an author meet and greet, to all the readers out there– you are appreciated. 

~till next time, Helen