WINNERS CIRCLE!

CONGRATULATIONS TO AMY G.,
WINNER OF AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY
OF HOME FIRE BOOK III !

CONGRATULATIONS TO DOROTHY H.!  HER NAME WAS DRAWN AS WINNER (FROM THE LITTLE LOG HOUSE SHOW DRAWING )OF AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF HOME FIRE: THE BIG YEAR! 


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Writer’s Workout

Fiction:  Planning it Out

By Nancy Ann

 

            When you are ready to start a work of fiction project, taking the extra step to plan it out first is very helpful.  Begin by going through your idea notebook or folder.  (You’ve been keeping one, right?)  Once you’ve decided upon a story line, using writing worksheets are handy for keeping your story straight and consistent.  

            Feel free to use my own writing worksheets attached below.  Print and complete them with all of the information that comes to your mind.  Don’t try to edit or second guess your ideas, just write them down.  You’re free to use or discard any of your thoughts at any time.  If you try to “edit” your notes, you may end up omitting the perfect adjective!  So write down what comes to mind, using the back of your sheet, if necessary.  It’s better to have too many notes than not enough. 

            My worksheets will help you develop your characters and plot, establish your settings, and help add sensory details for any given scene in your book.  Use these worksheets to help you with all of your stories and books.  They are fun to fill out and will make you think about who your characters really are, where they came from, what they look like, how they think, and so on.  You will also find yourself encouraged to give detailed thought about your setting, which will lend to the imagination of your reader.   

            Having your ideas written down in one organized location makes for very easy reference.  Try it out with your next project!

Nancy’s Notes

Building Confidence

By Nancy Ann

            Some writers are happy just to write.  But if it is your goal to make a living as a writer, or to at least generate some income from your writing, you will need to sell your product.  This means that you will need to put yourself out there for the public to see.

            If you are shy, don’t let that hold you back.  Many known writers are introverts, yet they have taken steps to help them boost their self-confidence.  Here are a few steps that can help you increase confidence in yourself:

1)      Wake up with a positive attitude.  Some mornings I wake up with the “I don’t want to go to work!” attitude.  I didn’t’ like starting my day like this, so what I did was change my attitude before my feet even hit the floor.  As soon as I caught myself grumbling about going to work, I quickly reminded myself that I am thankful for the job that I have and how fortunate I am that my employer allows me to choose hours that accommodate my ambitions as a writer.  Now, I rarely wake up with a bad attitude.

2)      Let your positive thinking boost your success.  Think of the goals that you have set and achieved, or that you are on your way to achieving.   Allow yourself to be successful!  You don’t have to wait until your book hits the best-seller list.  If you set a goal to complete a rough draft in X amount of time and you reached that goal, consider that a first step toward success! 

3)      Avoid naysayers and negative people.  The world is full of them.  I have found that many of the negative people that I have encountered tend to have no real ambitions and seem to like to keep others at their level by trying to convince them that they will never achieve their goals.  The good news is that the world is full of positive people, too.  Seek out positive and ambitious people.  You will find that most of these people are successful.

These are just a few simple steps that anybody can take to boost their self-confidence.  As you can see, much of it depends upon having a positive attitude, which in turn, will make you feel more confident.

            I encourage you to think positive, be confident, and to keep moving forward!

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