Saturday, October 18, 2014

MFRW Monthly Quote - October 2014 #MFRWauthor

"The secret of the creative life is often to feel at ease with your own embarrassment. We are paid to take risks, to look silly. Some people like racing car drivers are paid to take risks in a more concrete way. We are paid to take risks in an emotional way."        
-Paul Schraeder

Emerald is an erotic fiction author whose short stories have been featured in anthologies published by Cleis Press, Mischief, and Logical-Lust. She serves as an assistant newsletter editor and Facebook group moderator for Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW), and she selects and posts the monthly inspirational quote on the MFRW Marketing Blog. Her first solo books, If... Then: a collection of erotic romance stories and Safe: a collection of erotic stories, are out now from 1001 Nights Press. Find her online at her website, The Green Light District.

Friday, October 17, 2014

#MFRWauthors Participate in #NaNoWriMo... Are You?

Are You NaNo-ing?

November is National Novel Writing Month. You'll see it referenced on Twitter as #NaNoWriMo and lots of authors will be talking about it over the next few months. National Novel Writing Month is a 501c3 nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes everyone's story matters so each November, they host this huge writing event. Many authors find it motivational. For me, it's a challenge that pushes my word count higher for the month. While I can average 30,000 words/ month, I've written 50,000 words during the past two Novembers. The program can work!

National Novel Writing Month organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.

In 2013, 310,095 people participated in NaNoWriMo.

NOW is the time to sign up. You can do that here. You will definitely want to set up a profile and bookmark it because this is where you will go each day or so to update your writing stats. You'll also earn badges - they're like smiley stickers teachers used to give you in elementary school. NaNo is all about the fun!

THEN spend the next few weeks preparing...

  • Connect with participating authors. You can do this on the NaNo website.
  • Participate in the NaNo forums on their website. Gather good ideas!
  • Blog about your goal. Tell others to gain support and serve as motivation.
  • Insert a NaNo word count widget on your blog.
  • Plan out your story so not to waste time later when you should be writing.
  • Let your family know your writing schedule for November. It will alter your normal schedule and you'll need their support/ cooperation.

CONNECT with other MFRW Authors who are participating. After you register, leave your username in the comments field below and go find the others on the NaNo website. Let's be buddies! Look for me - I'm registered as PalomaBeck.

Great News!
There's some fabulous NaNo sponsors this year. Here's my two favorites.

Two free paperback copies of a finished book for NaNoWriMo winners.

CreateSpace is proud to support Wrimos. We invite you to explore easy and rewarding independent publishing, take advantage of free tools, or choose from our everyday low priced professional services. In addition, NaNoWriMo winners can get two free paperback copies of their finished book.

50% off Scrivener for all NaNoWriMo winners, and 20% off for all participants

Scrivener is an award-winning word processor and project management tool for the Mac and Windows that has been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike.

As a NaNoWriMo 2014 winner, you will be eligible for a 50% discount on Scrivener’s regular license on either the Mac or Windows platform. For those who participate and don’t make their 50,000 words, use the code NANOWRIMO for 20% off until December 31, 2015. A special NaNoWriMo extended trial version is available now.

Monday, October 13, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons, Write a Book @KittyB78 #MFRWauthor #amwriting

Life sometimes gets in the way for us writers. Doubly so for the marketing aspects. But, overcoming adversities is not just for authors, but for all humans. Each day we face new choices. Some will affect us for years to come, and will bring dire consequences. But, that is how we {like our characters} grow and become stronger, wiser people. We face our lives one challenge at a time. Sometimes we will make the wrong choice, but as long as we learn from our mistakes, we will grow stronger and work toward the goal of creating a better life for ourselves.

Inspiration can be so difficult to see during the hard times, but it's because you're emotionally involved at that point and unable to see clear and objectively. Take a step back and look at all the good you have in your life. Friends, lovers, family, children, the stark beauty of nature. Look at all the blessings in your life. Simply waking up in the morning is a blessing.

If you look for the negative, you will find negative. If you look for the positive, you will find the positive. Your outlook determines so much of what you discover in life. Is this not the same for each of our characters? Don't their decisions and the events of their pasts mold them into who they become? Don't they have the same choices to make?

These books are a huge help in understanding your characters strengths and weaknesses.
The Positive Trait Thesaurus Writer's Guide to Character Attributes
Negative Trait Thesaurus Writers Character eBook

Life will always knock you down. Learn to roll with the punches and get back up. Then go again.

About the Author
Catrina Barton is a real go-getter, who in 2006 turned her avid reading addiction since three, into a vigorous passion for writing. Especially New Adult Romances. Drawing on her knowledge as a Kung-Fu Instructor she makes her fight scenes both realistic and action packed.

When not indulging her fertile imagination to craft stories for your reading pleasures she enjoys hiking with her family and amateur belly dancing.

Proud member of many writing and marketing groups. An active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Her love of writing and her family rival her exhilaration from helping fellow writers. That's why she created her blog: Kitty's Inner Thoughts.

Fave Personal Quote
"An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."


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