Incredible People and Their Blogs


Incredible People and Their Blogs.

Some blogs you may be interested in – Including a mention of mine.

Thanks so much Wendy – Check out her blog for some inspiring and heartfelt blog posts. http://searchingforthehappiness.wordpress.com

Write soon

Sandra

I Won to Write


And The Winners Are…...

Hi Everyone

A-Z of Writing – D is coming soon.

I just had to share that I have won a prize for entering a blog competition.

Being a writer I am absolutely thrilled to win a Hamster Diaries notepad and postcards.

Now let me see, what can I write in the notepad:

  1. Ideas for How to books
  2. Ideas for Children’s Picture books
  3. Things that are on my mind (This could take up the whole notepad, so maybe just write down my top 3)
  4. Shopping lists  (A bit boring but essential)
  5. My favourite blog posts
  6. My top 10 websites to visit
  7. My friends birthdays and contact details
  8. 5 Positive things for that day
  9. 5 to dos for that day
  10. 3 ways to de-stress
  11. 10 Things that make me feel relaxed (This includes loud music, because of the quirky person I am, it chills me out)
  12. 5 things that make me feel good

Hummm! I am sure there are a few titles in there for future blog posts.

Whatever I write, it doesn’t matter, the fact that I am writing makes me feel good.  I want you to feel good too – so get out your notepad and pen and let your imagination run wild.

What do you like to write about in your notepad?

Write soon

Sandra

B is for Brainstorm (A-Z of Writing)


 

Hi Everyone

Whether you are writing a lot about a variety of things or you haven’t picked up a pen in ages, sometimes it’s difficult for your brain to come up with what to write next. Some may refer to this as writer’s block. I prefer to think of it as creative block

The answer to this is to brainstorm. Pick any topic, place, phrase, thing, season, time and start brainstorming. That is, write everything that springs to mind relating to that one particular thing and that should give you ideas for plot, characters, setting and scenery.

For example, if I choose a hot summer’s day, I have already got the weather, the season, as well as the fact it’s daytime. I could also have any of the following:

  • Picnic
  • Stream
  • Grass
  • Children playing
  • Swimming
  • Sunbathing
  • Butterflies
  • Flowers
  • Bees
  • Magic
  • Seagull
  • Beach
  • Pebbles
  • Sand
  • Rocks
  • Sea
  • Surfing
  • Drowning
  • Man saved a boy
  • Long lost son but didn’t know it
  • Became friends with boy
  • Lifeguards sacked after ignoring warning signs
  • Newspaper
  • Media attention
  • Publicity
  • Journalist
  • Story
  • Money
  • Fame
  • Fortune
  • Tragedy
  • Boy dies in car crash
  • Organ donor

I could go on and on, you see how one idea can lead to another and indeed I went away from the initial thought and my story began to take shape. I didn’t pre-empt that, I just let it flow.

So when you are feeling a bit down, get pen and paper and just go with the flow, it’s amazing what you can come up with and if you are still not happy because you cannot see the bigger picture from your ideas that have been flowing, store them up to be used at a later date. A good place to store them, is in a notepad that you will refer to over again or on index cards, that way you can mix and match them.

Good luck with the writing and let me know how you get on.

Write soon

Sandra

 

What E-Books would you like to read?


Hi Everyone

My quirkybooks.net website is due to change dramatically during this year.  It will become an online E-Book store.  But what type of books would you like to see?  Please let me know using the above poll.

Thank you.  Write soon.  Sandra

Make Your Writing Resolutions Count


Hi Everyone

It is important to approach the new year with confidence.

Knowing you are making progress with your writing will not only enhance your chances of being published but it will also increase your self-belief.

You need to make a minimum of 5 writing resolutions, number them in order of importance and give yourself a time scale to complete each one.  Work your way through the list.  You should aim to complete at least 3 of them, that’s one, every 4 months.  By the end of the year you should have accomplished at least 1 of them.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Write a book – 1 year
  2. Write 1 more new blog post  – Once a week
  3. Write a minimum of 1 letter to a friend – Once a Month
  4. Write at least 1 diary entry – Every day or every other day
  5. Brainstorm writing ideas – Once a week

Now add some of your own and figure out which of them:

  • You have the largest passion for.
  • Mean the most to you.
  • Will give you the highest sense of happiness if you achieve them.

Make sure they are your priorities.

These factors will be your motivation to success.

Good luck.

Write soon.  Sandra

Write at the last minute


Hi Everyone

It’s that time of year again, when it’s busy, busy, busy.

And yes, even the most prepared people, I include myself in this category, can still end up becoming very stressed until the last minutes before Christmas Day.

I started my Christmas shopping in July but I still need to wrap them.

One of the worst things I can get at Christmas, is the writing blues, as I am so busy with Christmas prep that I become frustrated with not writing enough.

It’s important to keep the mind flowing and the writing fluid.  It’s doesn’t matter what you write, just do it.  Here are some tips:

1)  Write a short message in each of your Christmas cards to family and friends who haven’t seen you in ages.  Give a brief summary of key moments in your life this year.

2) Write individual messages on all of your gift tags.  Use your imagination to come up with something better than just Happy Christmas.

3)  Create lists of tasks to do each day.  Prioritise them and give yourself a timescale.  Check each one off and modify as necessary.

4)  Keep a diary of Christmas events and appointments, you may need them to spark ideas for future stories.

5)  Ensure pen and paper is handy as you never know when a new story may spring to mind.

Happy Christmas.

Write soon.

Sandra

 

 

 

Five ways to write and excite at Christmas


Hi everyone.

It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog.

I don’t know about you but it seems every year I prepare earlier and earlier for Christmas and I still end up rushing around like a mad woman trying to get presents, sticky tape, food, stamps and the list goes on.

Speaking of food, here are some writing ideas to add food for thought and create a Christmas sparkle, or twinkle or whatever you want to call it.

  • Write a small hand book of sexy discoveries about your partner.  Wrap it in red paper and deliver it in a way I will leave to your imagination.
  • Make your own advent boxes for the twelve days leading up to Christmas, then write a sexy message in side each one and ask your other half to open one a day.
  • Get some post it notes and using a glitter gel pen write one thing you love about yourself or someone special on each one and attach them to the Christmas tree.  This will boost your confidence or enhance that tingling feeling of love.
  • Be imaginative.  Personalise each gift card with a special message.  It can be sexy, caring, funny or erotic.
  • Make your own Christmas crackers and write your own message to go inside them.  Fill the crackers with all things naughty and nice!

And enjoy a Happy Christmas.

Write soon.  Sandra

 

 

 

Super 8 ideas for stories


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Hi Everyone.

Whether you are a regular cinema goer or just love watching Steven Spielberg films, Super 8 looks as though it is going to take the cinema world by storm. From it’s breathtaking special effects, to it’s edgy production, are you up for watching it?  Or would you rather be writing your very own, Super 8 stories.

Here are 8 Super ideas you could use to create a Super 8 of your very own:

  1. What if the sky fell down?
  2. Your pet hamster turns into a vampire.
  3. You believe you are a human but find out you are an alien.
  4. You befriend a Zombie.
  5. You are 80 years old and accidentally cast a spell, which puts you in a 22 year old body.
  6. Your Skype camera switches itself on and engages with  your contacts without your knowledge, filming you the whole time.
  7. You wake up one morning dressed as a circus clown.
  8. Your house is taken over by giant ladybirds.

Write soon.

Sandra

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