Overwhelmed Writer Rescue By Colleen M. Story

Overwhelmed Writer Rescue by Colleen M. Story.

This is a wonderful book for writers! Any kind of writer. Doesn’t matter if you write books, essays, blog posts, newspaper articles, or just letters. This book can help you get it done.

Many of the suggestions in this book will work just as well for other crafty people.

The  author wants to help you find time for whatever it is you want to do. It written to people who want to find time for writing, and set goals for writing, but it will work for other things.

I liked the bit about time perception. She has a link to a site where you can take a test to find out just how you perceive time. It seems that can make a big difference. I took it. Seems I’m a bit hedonistic, who would have known? Pretty neat test.

The books has tips for focusing faster, saying no, tricking yourself into getting started, and ways to not get too tired.

Lots of good stuff! Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to do more writing.

Book Details:

Book Title: Overwhelmed Writer Rescue: Boost Productivity, Improve Time Management, and Replenish the Creator Within
Author: Colleen M. Story
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 280 pages
Genre: Self-help
Publisher: Midchannel Press
Release date: Sept 3, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 15, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:


Do you feel like you’re always behind? Do less important tasks frequently flood your schedule and sink your creative motivation? Are you frustrated and out of touch with your inner artist?

After 20 years experience in the writing industry, author Colleen M. Story extends a lifeline to pull you out of the sinking swamp of “busyness” and back into the flourishing creative life you deserve.

Today’s demands on writers and other creative artists are overwhelming. Not only must you produce the work you love, but build and maintain a platform and market your finished products to the world—all while holding down a day job and/or caring for a family.

You teeter on the edge. What waits on the other side are burnout, exhaustion, and a complete loss of creative motivation.

“Overwhelmed Writer Rescue” provides practical, personalized solutions to help beginning and experienced writers and other creative artists escape the tyranny of the to-do list to nurture the genius within. You’ll find ways to boost productivity, improve time management, and restore your sanity while gaining insight into your unique creative nature and what it needs to thrive.

Ultimately, you’ll discover what may be holding you back from experiencing the true joy that a creative life can bring.

To read reviews, please visit Colleen M. Story’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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About the Author:

Colleen M. Story has worked in the creative writing industry for over twenty years. Her novels include “Loreena’s Gift,” an Idaho Author Awards first place winner, New Apple Solo Medalist winner, Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, Reader Views award finalist, and Best Book Awards finalist; and “Rise of the Sidenah,” a North American Book Awards winner and New Apple Book Awards Official Selection.

As a health writer, she’s authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women’s Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg’s; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. She finds most rewarding her work as a motivational speaker and workshop leader, where she helps writers remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers.

Colleen is the founder of Writing and Wellness (writingandwellness.com), a motivational site helping writers and other creative artists maintain their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being throughout their careers. Sign up for your free weekly email containing tips for living your best creative life at: www.writingandwellness/newsletter.

To find more information on Colleen and her work, please see her website or follow her on Twitter. She loves to hear from readers—feel free to use the “contact” form on either her website or Writing and Wellness to get in touch with her.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter

Author Interview:

In your book you make reference to time perspective, and how it’s a personality characteristic, just like being an extrovert or introvert. How did you come up with this idea?

I was doing some research and came across a study by a Stanford University professor named Philip Zimbardo. He found that attitude toward time is a personality trait, and defined three basic types:

Past Oriented
Present Oriented
Future Oriented

We all have some characteristics of each, but tend to favor one more than the others. Past people prefer to focus on the past rather than the present or future, and base their decisions on past experiences, as it’s difficult to imagine things being different.

Present people live in the moment, and do everything they can to make that moment enjoyable. Future people are all about creating a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

That’s a very brief overview, and I go into it much more deeply in Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, but the point is that once we determine our unique time perspective, we can use it to become more productive and to more successfully fit our creative work into our busy lives.

In your book you state that dreaming of the perfect writing life can actually stop you from getting it. Why is that?

Most creative people would love to ditch the day job and create to their hearts’ content. They have a picture of the ideal writing (or painting or other) situation, and odds are it is a lot different from the lives they’re currently living.

Dreaming is fine… unless it stops you from progressing, and unfortunately, it often does. When we compare the dream we have to reality, we can get discouraged to the point that we don’t work with the life we have.

The truth is that there will never be a time when everything in our lives is done, set, and perfectly in order, and we can just sit back, relax, and do what we want to do. That means we must make the lives we have now work for us, creatively.

Time management skills, especially in today’s fast-paced world, are critically important in accomplishing this. The good news is that these skills are easy to learn, and they can be applied again and again, even as your life evolves, so you can always make room for what matters to you.

What is one thing that you think is making it more difficult today for creative people to get time on their projects?

I’d say distraction is the main thing messing us up right now. We have so many things vying for our attention that we have to be more disciplined and self-directed than ever before to be sure that our time isn’t soaked up on a Facebook feed or YouTube page.

We are exposed to more data and information today than we have ever been in the entire history of the human race. By some estimates, we spend more hours consuming media than we do sleeping!

A Pew Research Center report stated: “There is more information flowing into people’s lives now than ever—much of it distressing and challenging. There are more possibilities for interruptions and distractions….These technologies are said to take over people’s lives, creating time and social pressures that put people at risk for the negative physical and psychological health effects that can result from stress.”

Unfortunately, there are no instructions as to how to manage all this. We have to seek out solutions ourselves. I give readers several options for how to manage these things in Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, so that they can feel less stressed out and more in charge of how they’re spending their time.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

I’m a full-time freelance health writer by day, and a novelist by night, but I’m not always at the computer (just most of the time!). I’m also a musician, and play French horn in several area symphonies and pit orchestras. I also teach private lessons to students of all ages.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

Some writers say there’s no such thing as writer’s block, but I have definitely experienced it, at least when working on a fictional story.

I talk about one experience I had in Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, where I was blocked on a novel. I tried a lot of things to fix it, but only when I took some time away did I figure out what the real issue was.

I use this experience to help other writers find solutions that are more unique and individual to them. Sometimes the standard advice to work on plot or characterization just doesn’t work, and you have to figure out your own creative mind. I’ve got tips to help readers do that.

Boost productivity, improve time management, and restore your sanity while gaining insight into your unique creative nature and what it needs to thrive. Find practical, personalized solutions to help you escape the tyranny of the to-do list to nurture the genius within in Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, available today at Amazon and all major book retailers. Enjoy your FREE chapter here!

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Found Money

By Linda Joffe Hull

Hi there–it’s Linda Joffe Hull, author of the Mrs. Frugalicious mystery series and I have a confession to make. Although it’s commonly advised by my fellow writers to write what you know, I must admit that I knew precious little about the big world of bargain shopping when I began the story of my protagonist Maddie Michaels, AKA wife of TV financial guru Frank Finance Michaels, AKA bargain hunter Mrs. Frugalicious. In fact, I often said that merchants were more likely to raise their prices than give me twenty percent off of anything. When I did happen to chance upon a sale, particularly on something I was looking to buy anyway, it felt like my birthday.

At this point, I’ve done my research on bargain shopping. Lots of it. More important, I’ve been in awe of couponers ever since my first episode of Extreme Couponing, when I watched in amazement at the stockpile rooms filled with toothpaste, body wash, and ramen noodles that cost savvy shoppers less than nothing. Anyone who can pile $400 worth of groceries into their cart and leave the store having spent $9.47, not only has to have super sharp math skills, but the makings of a crack amateur sleuth.

Actually, that’s where I got the idea for the Maddie Michaels, bargain shopper and unwitting sleuth. In book one of the series, ETERNALLY 21, Maddie’s husband, TV’s Mr. Frank Finance, has lost all of their money in a Ponzi scheme. In order to save her family from the financial grim reaper, Maddie starts a bargain hunter’s blog under the alias Mrs. Frugalicious and immediately attracts a growing frugarmy of budget advice seekers. While Maddie is researching frugasm-worthy deals on holiday shopping for teens, Eternally 21 store manager Laila DeSimone mistakenly accuses her of shoplifting. When the universally disliked Laila drops dead soon after, Maddie quickly becomes the main suspect. She must combine her coupon clipping and bargain shopping prowess with amateur sleuthing to clear her name before the world finds out she’s not only Mrs. Frugalicious, but wanted for murder.

In book two, BLACK THURSDAY, Maddie finds herself in the midst of the Thanksgiving holiday frenzy with a houseful of her (estranged) husband’s family and a live, on-camera, midnight shopping assignment at a big box store for the local news. During the shopping mayhem, a member of her Frugarmy ends up flattened beneath a pallet of toasters. Once again, Maddie, finds herself investigating a murder. When the victim turns out to be Contrary Claire, the number one online heckler at mrsfrugalicious.com, Maddie gets more than entangled in the Thanksgiving weekend mayhem.

In Sweetheart Deal, the newly released third book in the series, Maddie is now the star of reality television’s The Family Frugalicious. She, her (now soon to be ex) husband and family head south of the border to cover bargain destination weddings at a Mexican resort. Things get real when timeshare salesman Alejandro Espinoza makes a play for Maddie one evening and ends up dead in the pool the next. When the show’s producers extend the trip so Maddie can investigate, Mrs. Frugalicious gets in way more agua caliente than she ever bargained for.

Maddie’s budding career as Mrs. Frugalicious starts as a lark, gains steam, and becomes a great deal. Along her rollicking way however, she’s almost killed, is left for dead, not to mention nearly lands her in prison. To be honest, Maddie’s adventures, landed me, her author, in a bit of hot water of my own. As a writer, I’m sometimes invited to talk about my process or my books at libraries, book stores, TV, and in one notable case, a radio show. The show in question wasn’t in my hometown. I was simply given the call letters of the station, a phone number, and a time I was supposed to call in. I did as I was told, and the next thing I knew I was on the radio, live. The deejay introduced me, not as Linda Joffe Hull, creator of the Mrs. Frugalicious mystery series, but as a money saving expert!

On a financial advice show, no less.

There I was, with my high SAT verbal but painfully deficient math scores, live on the radio, as a couponing expert. I was panicked to say the least.

Luckily, the deejay asked me the one question I’d grown quite accustomed to answering:

What are your top ten money saving tips? 

I’m not fiscally clever enough to be an extreme couponer, but, luckily, I have picked up a few invaluable tricks for us regular folk to save a few bucks. Since these tips passed muster with the radio folks, I thought I’d pass them along to you:

  1. Clip those Sunday coupons in multiples, but only for items you are going to buy anyway. Not only is it found money, you’ll be recognized as a couponer at the register and rewarded with additional and better discounts by Catalinas—those coupons that are automatically generated when you check out.
  2. Always check online for specials before you go to a mall or retailer where you’re planning to shop. You’ll be surprised at the discounts waiting to be printed out.
  3. Download the shopping app for your favorite grocery stores and you’ll save on additional unadvertised coupons and specials.
  4. Know how much the items you buy most frequently cost when they are on sale. Stock up when the prices are cheap.
  5. Couponers most often cite shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, razors, and deodorant as the items they pay they least for. The trick is, you can’t be brand loyal.
  6. If you aren’t brand loyal, do buy store brands. They cost less.
  7. Try and organize your schedule to grocery shop on double or triple coupon days.
  8. Don’t toss those money mailers without looking through and saving interesting items. Why not save 10-25% on services you need anyway?
  9. New, improved versions are often more visually pleasing, but always more costly. As long as the technology hasn’t changed, last year’s model is this year’s deal.
  10. Thinking of making a non-necessary impulse purchase? Don’t. Wait thirty days and see if you still want it. Chances are, you’ll have lost interest, or can find it for less.

Follow these tips on a regular basis and you could save you up to $100 a month. Add that up over a year’s time and it translates into (wait, gotta check my calculator) $1200.

That’s a vacation taken with found money, or in my case, way more than enough to go out and accidentally buy something else at full price!

About Linda Joffe Hull:

That Linda Joffe Hull’s father thought it well advised to read Kafka in general, and The Metamorphosis in particular, to his then eight-year-old daughter is a question better left for the therapist’s couch. As a result however, Linda was bitten by the literary bug.

Always an avid reader, she ignored the corresponding compulsion to write receiving a B.A. in Economics from UCLA, embarking on a career in sales and diving headlong into the all-encompassing job of motherhood.

Thanks to the encouragement of her family and the support of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers she finally gave in to the unavoidable urge and finally sat down in front of the computer.

Linda is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri, but currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband and children. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and is currently on the board of Mystery Writers of America.

You can visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and of course her website. Be sure and check out her newest book, Sweetheart Deal.

Cover of Sweetheart Deal by Linda Joffe Hull

Book Reviewer Yellow Pages Blast


Book Reviewer Yellow Pages cover.Being listed in this book is very helpful for anyone who wants to do book reviews. I get a lot more offers from Authors since I signed up to be included, and those offers are much more likely to be the kinds of book I actually like to read.

I intend to be included in every copy of this book, as long as I’m reviewing books. I love getting the chance to read some books that I might never even hear about otherwise. And I also love sharing the great books I find.

It is also great for all you Authors out there too,  because it will help you find people who want to read and review your book.

Book Reviewer Yellow Pages: A Book Marketing Guide for Authors and Publishers Christine Pinheiro

Book blogging today has grown into a serious business. It is a necessary marketing tool to promote books and the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages—now in its sixth edition—is the definitive guide to this informal network of book reviewers. -Author David Wogahn, President of Sellbox.com

This book is designed to make book marketing easier. The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages is a popular book promotion reference guide for authors and publishers. Use this guide to learn about book tours, author etiquette, and how to write a good pitch to grab the interest of a book reviewer.

Updated every year, this reference lists hundreds of book reviewers, their contact information, submission guidelines, and genre preferences.


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Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

Foreword by David Wogahn

I wrote my first eBook in 1991. In those days, like today, it wasn’t hard to do if you had something to say and a computer to produce it. But what was hard, was marketing those early eBooks. Even if you advertised the book on a service like CompuServe, Prodigy or AOL, how would you ever find people willing to tell other people about your book?

I “discovered” the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages more than five years ago; April 29, 2011 to be exact (then called The Indie Book Review Yellow Pages). Newspapers and magazines were still employing book reviewers and “book bloggers” were considered an anomaly, given the same respect that big publishers were giving the new-fangled eBook formats like Kindle.

Fast forward to today and those same reviewers—if they are still writing reviews—most likely have started a blog (and in fact might even be in this book). An indie author trying to get reviewed by a traditional media outlet is an exercise in futility. It’s also fair to say that eBooks have made the big publishers huge profits and now form a permanent part of their publishing operations.

Book blogging today has grown into a serious business. It is a necessary marketing tool to promote books and Christy Pinheiro-Silva’s Book Reviewer Yellow Pages—now in its sixth edition—is the definitive guide to this informal network of book reviewers.

Collectively they rival the promotional power of the large circulation newspapers and magazines. Individually they can help niche books break-out to a wider audience. And that’s what book marketing is all about: helping thousands of small products in scores of categories seek and find their own passionate audience.

How I met Christy is a testament to modern book marketing, itself a lesson for new publishers. As a long-time reader of the pioneering eBook news website Teleread.com, I came across an article saying that her second edition was available for free. Free is still a popular way to connect with readers but in 2011 it was the fastest, sure-fire way to get your name and book noticed. Everyone had Kindles to fill-up and as a book marketer and author, who couldn’t use a free directory?

By the time the fourth edition was published in 2013 it had grown to a 778 page tome. Seeing an opportunity for constructive feedback, I took to Amazon reviews to voice my ideas about what makes this guide book so important for my clients, and where I thought it could be improved. I’m happy to say that Christy read that review, contacted me, and took many of those suggestions to heart.

Here are the two things you should know about the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages:

  1. It defines a standard of etiquette. Christy’s 10 rules for author etiquette should be required reading for every author, regardless of whether or not book bloggers are part of your marketing mix. I confess it is so solid that I based a section of my own book, Successful eBook Publishing (Sellbox, 2012) on her advice. The blogosphere would be a better place if every author took her admonitions to heart in all their book promotion interactions.
  2. It codifies the essential facts about a book blogger, so you don’t have to. Shouldn’t we be able to just “Google” book bloggers and fire off emails to reviewers? Nope. In reality it isn’t that easy. Trying to find the pertinent information so you can approach the reviewer who is right for your book (see point 1) is going to take you hours! There are no standard website designs for review websites, and you will need to visit each one (again, see point 1). Here is where the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages shines. Your small investment will pay big dividends in saving time in finding the relevant reviewers, and their contact information.

But one thing still remains the same, as it did for me in 1991. You simply must get people talking about your book if you are ever going to be a successful author. A book no one talks about is even worse than a book that doesn’t make money.

And that’s where this wonderful community of book bloggers comes into play. Let the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages be your Michelin Guide to the Wild West World of book review bloggers.

David Wogahn

President, Sellbox.com

Publisher, PartnerPress.org

Author, Successful eBook Publishing


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Want To Know Where A Word Came From?

Cover of Wordcatcher by Phil Cousineau.In Wordcatcher Phil Cousineau tells us all about words.  He talks a bit about words in general but mostly about particular words.

This book reads almost like a set of short stories. The section on each word is fairly short, and it sounds like he is telling you what an old friend has been up to, instead of trying to teach you something.

So you end up learning something just because he makes it seem so interesting.

The words he chooses are pretty neat too. Abracadabra starts it off, and he tells us where the word came from, what it has done, and what is so neat about it. Then we learn about absurd, argonaut, boondocks, Canada, canoodle, flizzen, lagniappe, skedaddle, urchin, and zemblanity, and many more.

That’s a whole lot of words. And a lot of history. And some fun reading.

I enjoyed it. I’m gonna keep it as a reference too. You never know when you might need a weird word.

About the Book:

Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about “bedswerver,” the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend? Author Phil Cousineau explores the obscure territory of word origins with great erudition and endearing curiosity. The English poet W. H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class for 20 students. Two hundred applied to study with him. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked the ones who actually loved words. So too, with this book—it takes a special wordcatcher to create a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins, and any word lover will relish the stories that Cousineau has discovered.

About the Author:

PHIL COUSINEAU is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with art, literature, and the history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.”

This book is published by Viva Editions as are several other great books I have reviewed including Crafting Calm, Girlfriends Forever, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.


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Heralds Of Spring In Northeast Arkansas

Heralds Of Spring In Northeast Arkansas

Right now it is pretty hard to believe it is actually spring. It snowed here this past week and it has been cold outside.

There are a few things that indicate spring is here though.

The Corkscrew Willow started putting out leaves a few days ago! It will be fully dressed for summer before long.

Peony shoots coming up.

One of the Peony plants is starting to come up already! I can hardly wait for the blooms. They are usually big and gorgeous!

Purple grasses, or weeds.

This purple stuff is coming up everywhere too. My yard doesn’t have it thick enough to look like a purple carpet but some places do. I think it is pretty when it comes up thick.

I’m not sure if it is a weed or some kind of grass but either way I like it.

And of course we have had Daffodils and Jonquils for a while now. Some of those are finished blooming already but a few are still going strong.

White Jonquils in my back yard.Daffodils in my yard.
















I’ve also seen a few Tulip trees blooming on the way to town. Those are really lovely!

So if it would just warm up a bit it would really feel like spring here.

How is spring coming along in your area?

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It’s Never Too Late

It’s Never Too Late

Clocks keeping time.

Not too long ago I ran across a quotation that really inspired me.

It was “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” by George Elliot.

I have no idea why that resonated with me so much. Maybe because my hubby has been talking lately about things he didn’t do.

I wrote the quote down to show to him too. I’m not sure what he made of it. But to me…it is saying…don’t be sorry for what you weren’t…just start being whatever it is you want to be.

If you wanted to be a writer…but never got around to it…well it isn’t to late to start! No matter how old you are.

If you wanted to go to college and couldn’t or didn’t for some reason. Go now!! When my hubby was taking classes there was a lady there in her 90’s and she was having a ball! Unless you are past being able to think at all…it is not too late!

Of course there might be things you can’t do once you reach a certain age. I for sure am not gonna try to be a ballerina at this point! And I would have to get in shape if I wanted to take up cross country running or something like that. But I could still take ballet lessons. That might make the getting in shape easier in fact.

So just about any dream is still valid in some shape or form. You would just have to figure out how to do it.

So go ahead! Be what you might have been! It is NOT too late!

I wrote this post in response to the weekly writing prompt Presented by Tales from The Nursery and iNeed a Playdate.
It is a great help to having something to write. If you need a prompt too then be sure to check it out!

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What’s So Hard About Blogging Anyway?

What’s So Hard About Blogging Anyway?

Newspaper article about blogs.Yea you think it is easy don’t you? It sure looks easy when it is someone else doing it.

Sort of like building a house. A master carpenter and crew and put up a really great house in a couple of weeks if they want to do it quick. And it actually is well built.

But it isn’t that easy if you don’t know what you are doing.

It is the same with just about anything. It takes time to learn everything you need to know to do it well.

And even then it isn’t always easy. For me the hardest thing about blogging is coming up with something to write about.

I could just write about my house or whatever is going on with my family but I’m afraid some family members might get ticked off and never speak to me again.

Besides that I mostly don’t think what goes on around here would be all that interesting to other people. Or at least I’m not a good enough writer yet to make it interesting.

So I started doing reviews. Those are pretty easy once you have an item or book. You just have to tell what you like about the item or book.

I really want to start doing more posts that are not reviews though. Which means I have to figure out what to write about. I’m not sure why but this is incredibly hard for me.

Once I have a subject I seem to be able to come up with something. It may not be good but it is better than nothing. At least I hope it is better than nothing.

If you are a blogger who has the same problem you should check out the Because Prompts Are Fun weekly prompt and linkup over on Tales From The Nursery. You may find the prompts as helpful as I did!

What about you? Are you a blogger? Do you write at all? How do you come up with ideas for what to write about?

Practice Makes Perfect?

Practice Makes Perfect?

Pickture of someone playing piano.

People always tell you to practice whatever you want to be good at. That practice makes perfect!

However I once read somewhere that”practice without correction just makes you perfectly wrong”.

So I guess that means if I practice doing the housework wrong I’ll get really good at doing it wrong. I think the person who said that was actually talking about sports though. Or maybe playing an instrument.

I’m pretty sure that if you practice swinging a golf club wrong you will just get better at swinging it wrong…you game won’t improve at all.

I’m hoping that I haven’t been practicing writing wrong. Because it has been almost 2 years now and I hope I’m getting better at it.

I’m better at writing a lot of words anyway. Whether all those words are any better at getting idea across…dunno for sure.

When I first starting blogging almost two years ago I could barely string 50 words together and I thought that was something! These days I sometimes manage to write well over 300 words all by myself!

Of course if it really takes 10,000 hours to master a skill….then there are still about 7000 hours left to go.

That’s a lot more writing to do. Maybe by that time I’ll be ready to write that book my hubby keeps telling me I need to write. He hasn’t told me what it should be about yet though…



The Hungry Freelancer by Beth Jones Review

The Hungry Freelancer by Beth Jones Review

The Hungry Freelancer by Beth Jones I have been thinking about trying to find more ways to make money writing. So when I saw this book about freelance writing I wanted to read it.

The Hungry Freelancer : How to Break Into (and Succeed In) the World of Freelance Writing by Beth Jones is a pretty good resource for anyone thinking about freelance writing.

Freelance writing covers just about any kind of writing where you are not working directly for someone else for a long period. That pretty much covers anyone who makes money writing without being an employee.

The author says that it is quite possible to make a living doing freelance writing projects. But you have to actually do the work. She says you should write something every single day…if only one paragraph. This will help you improve your writing skill.

This book covers just about everything you need to know to become a freelance writer and make a living at it. Including the downsides.  One of which is that if you don’t work every day you won’t make money on the days you don’t work…so how much you make depends on how much you do.

The author talks about how to get started, how to find clients, and the days when you just don’t want to write anything at all.

The books contains a list of resources where you can find writing jobs too. The book was easy to read and understand and I learned a lot.

If you are thinking about taking up freelance writing I recommend you read this book first. Especially if, like me, you are not really sure you want to try to make a living at it.

The book can be read on an IPad, Kindle, IPhone, or Android and You can buy The Hungry Freelancer on Amazon.com.

Beth Jones has done a lot of freelance writing. Her work has appeared on USA Today, eHow, eHow Home and Garden, White Fence, Hoyt Station, and in local newspapers. For more information visit her blog about freelancing or her Facebook page.

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Use Your Words by Kate Hopper Review

Use Your Words by Kate Hopper Review

Use Your Words by Kate Hopper.Use Your Words A Writing Guide For Mothers by Kate Hopper is a really good book for any mother who wants to learn how to write about her life and children.

Actually it is good for anyone who wants to learn to write. It is however, addressed to mothers, and is about writing about motherhood.

It doesn’t matter if you only want to write for yourself or for publication. If you have written before or never have. This book can teach you how to do it or how to do it better.

I liked it.

From the Press Release :

Award-Winning Writer Teaches Nuts and Bolts

of Writing Creative Non-fiction about Motherhood


USE YOUR WORDS: A Writing Guide for Mothers by Kate Hopper is the first book to focus on the craft of writing using motherhood as the lens. According to an October 2011 article in Ad Age, there are 3.9 million mommy bloggers. Unlike other writing guides for mother writers that focus on journaling or how to fit writing into a busy life, USE YOUR WORDS is a writing workshop between covers. Each chapter contains a lecture, a published essay by a contributing writer, and exercises that will serve as jumping-off points for the readers’ own writing.

When award-winning writer Kate Hopper began writing about what she felt was the central experience of her life, motherhood, she found that some people weren’t taking her writing seriously. Through her years of blogging and teaching, Hopper discovered that mothers crafting memoirs and essays deal with issues of identity, loss and longing, neurosis and fear, ambivalence and joy. She found stories of transformation in how the authors see themselves in relation to the world in which they live.  As she says in her introduction, “Last time I checked this was the stuff of which real literature was made.”

Together, the chapters of USE YOUR WORDS teach the skills beginning mother writers as well as more advanced writers to hone their ability and turn their motherhood stories into art. Topics include:

  • an overview of creative nonfiction as a genre
  • the importance of using concrete details
  • character development
  • voice
  • humor
  • tense
  • writing the “hard stuff”
  • reflection and back-story
  • structure
  • revision
  • publishing

Essays and poems by a wide variety of mother writers including Cecelie S. Berry, Anne Greenwood Brown, Jill Chirstman, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Chitra Divakaruni, Ona Gritz, Beth Kephart, and Catherine Newman illuminate Kate’s lectures, helping readers understand the art of creative nonfiction and to read and think like writers.

USE YOUR WORDS reflects Kate’s style as a teacher, guiding the reader in a straightforward, nurturing voice. As one student noted in a class evaluation: “Kate is a born writer and teacher, and her enthusiasm for essays about motherhood and for teaching the nuts and bolts of writing so that ordinary mothers have the tools to write their stories is a gift to the world. She is raising the value of motherhood in our society as she helps mothers build their confidence and strengthen their game as writers.”

Kate Hopper holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She teaches writing online and at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Kate has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and a Sustainable Arts Grant. Her memoir, Small Continents, is about the power of stories and learning to live with uncertainty in the wake of her older daughter’s premature birth. Her other writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Brevity, The New York Times online and Literary Mama, where she is an editor.

For more information including an author interview visit Viva Editions.

Check out my reviews of other books published by Viva Editions including The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Girlfriends Forever, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.

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