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Free, Live Teleconference for Aspiring Children's Book Authors

Posted by KTDiLeva on August 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (2)

The amazing, Newbery Honor Winning Author, Marion Dane Bauer will be presenting a free, live teleconference called, "The Basics of Writing Successful Picture Books" on Wednesday, September 19th 7:00 ESt.  Also Just announced...In addition to her FREE, LIVE teleconference on picture books, Marion Dane Bauer will also present a FREE, LIVE webinar on Point of View in Fiction. For more information or to register, go to http://www.writingforchildrenlive.com/Marion_Dane_Bauer.html

Book Promotion

Posted by [email protected] on March 1, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (6)

 I just wanted to stop by and let everyone here know that March 4th trhough the 10th SmashWords is having a promotion for their authors.  I added my book, It's Only Natural, to it tonight.  For that period of time a author can promote their book(s) as free, 25%, 50%, or 75% off.  I chose free to try and gain some standing. 

As we all know, trying to promote our books can be quite the undertaking, so any chance we get to bring our work to the public is a good one. 

Have a Great Day!

New Page: Your Links

Posted by Christine on February 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (4)

Hello to all members,


There is a new page on The Writers' Lounge that I'd like to let you know about. It is called, "Your Links," and it is a page to display links to your social network profiles, blogs, websites, books, author profiles, and articles. It is a great opportunity to network, gain readership, show off your work, and get more traffic to your links.


Each member can have up to 10 links! So, submit your links to us, including the names of the links, using the contact us form. We will post your name, and your links as hyperlinks, as long as the websites are appropriate (no nudity, excessive profanity, or violence will be posted).


This is a great opportunity to display your writing for other writers, readers, agents, and publishers to see. The more often you make your writing visible to others, the more comfortable you will be with having your writing published.


So send us your links and make yourself known! :)


Christine

To Freelance or not to Freelance

Posted by [email protected] on January 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (4)

     Many say that a writer should write whatever and whenever he or she gets the chance. How many of you agree with that outlook?

 

For me, I have to say that I do not necessarily agree with that statement. In theory it sounds completely logical, and one would have more chances to be published and possibly make money; but I ask myself at what cost. Yes, one hones his or her skills in different methodology, but if it is not a style you agree with, such as short choppy sentences that read like a business memo (one of my pet peeves).

 

Are you gaining experience, or losing a part of yourself that makes your writing original to only you.? I may be a through-back from centuries gone by, but I feel that writing is not good if the writer is not passionate about what he or she is writing. If the writer doesn't truly believe in the work, then who is going to? I believe in staying fast to one's principles, especially in writing because it is such a personal effort. I know, principles won't pay the bills or make one rich, but I find that I can look at myself in the mirror each morning and not cringe (except possibly because of being an 18 year old trapped in a much older body.)  :roll: To me, that means a great deal more than all the money I could have made writing what I personally consider drek.

 

So, to freelance or not to freelance...the answer to the question is:  do what your soul tells you to do. If you have views similar to mine, than wait till you find a project your passionate about, look into doing articles for journals and magazines that make your senses sing. Write to the editors and ask if there is a story they would really like to see in print for their next issue. If you are in writing to make money exclusively, then 1- boy did you go for the wrong profession, and 2- go ahead and write as much as you see fit, but be careful you don't regret trading passion for dollars.

 

Some fun book articles

Posted by Kevin on January 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello all.  Just came across these galleries over at ew.com.  I enjoyed them and thought others here might also.


Fifteen Scathing Book Reviews:

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20433902,00.html


Twenty Great Last Lines of Books:

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20413402,00.html


Twenty Great Opening lines in books:

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20406194,00.html


Enjoy!


Book reviews and my book

Posted by Christine on January 17, 2012 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey all,


Just to let you know, I've written and published two book reviews today. They can be found on my health blog and my author blog. I am having a blast writing book reviews!


I've been reading the articles in the 2012 Writer's Market. They are very helpful and informative. I plan to check out the market listings as well and maybe submit some query letters. The book came with a subscription to WritersMarket.com, so I plan to register.


I started writing a book today! I wrote a lot (for almost 2 hours straight!), and even though it is not my best work, at least I got started on the book. I wrote 1500 words, which is chapter one. I'm going to move on to write chapter two tonight or tomorrow. I can always go back and edit chapter one at a later date. I really want to write and finish this book project. I think I can do it! I need to have faith in myself and follow through.


I'll continue to keep you all updated on my writing adventures :)


Christine

Updates 1/16/2012

Posted by Christine on January 16, 2012 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Members,


Just wanted to let you know that you are free to publish blog posts here on this page, and pictures on the photos page. We are here to help each other and the site is here for YOU, so jump right in and use it to your advantage.


The links page is functional, but it could use some more links! Message me through the contact us page or by clicking on the blue "contact us" tab on the left and let me know what websites have been helpful to you as a writer.


Three new pages have been created: agents, publishers, and illustrators. Each page is arranged alphabetically and all of the information is current. In addition, they are all open to accepting new authors.


And don't forget to join in on the discussions in the forum. Happy writing!


Christine

My ebook

Posted by Christine on January 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, everyone. I recently decided that I want to write an ebook. (I'm not going to give away what it's going to be about, yet, but I will tell you it's related to writing.) I brainstormed topic ideas yesterday and decided on a title. Today, I created an outline and typed it up. The outline is 2 1/2 pages and covers 32 chapters! I want a short ebook (the shorter the better!), so I think I may need to eliminate or combine some of the chapters. Or, I could have 32 short chapters, so the ebook would have a large variety of information, but less written for each chapter. I'll just have to start writing and see what happens.

What are you currently working on for writing projects? Have a great day, everyone!

A new book review gig

Posted by Christine on January 5, 2012 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm so excited! A new book is being shipped to me and I'll be writing a review for it. The book is called Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen. It looks really good. It looks like it thoroughly covers all the basics and more about freelance writing (I found this out on Amazon where you can search inside the book).This is the Amazon link. Check it out. Maybe you'll want to get it too. I'll let you know when (and where) I publish the review.

Check out the new "links" page

Posted by Christine on December 30, 2011 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello, all. I'm happy to say, the "links" page is now up and running! Take a look when you get a chance, and let me know if there are any other websites that have been helpful to you as a writer, and I will add them to the page. Thanks! :)

A new vision for "The Writers' Lounge"

Posted by Christine on December 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, fellow writers! I want to let you know that I am working on changing this website. First, you may notice that the name changed; I took out the "about me" page and the page that had my own personal poetry; I created a "links" page; and I adjusted the settings on the "photos" page so that everyone can post photos (as long as they are wholesome). The Writer's Lounge will be less centered on me and more for all of you! My vision is for this website to be a social location for writers to meet other writers, and a helpful resource for writers to learn more about the craft of writing and how to become a professional writer.


On my quest to becoming a professional writer, I had to do a lot of web searches to find websites and information that would answer my questions and help me progress. The Writers' Lounge will have all of those websites, links, and information so that you can more easily obtain what you need. Just so you know, this website will be in a continuous state of growth as new resources are discovered.


I hope you will stick around and learn with us all, as well as share your knowledge and new information you come across on your writing journey. I also hope you will find The Writers' Lounge to be a fun website to mingle with other writers, as well as a good resource for your prospering hobbies and careers. Cheers to making your writing dreams come true and to enjoying the moments along your journey!

Check out About.me

Posted by Christine on May 4, 2011 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Since becoming a freelance writer, I came across http://about.me -- a website that connects my social network profiles, personal and professional websites, and links to my online writing profiles, all in one place! http://about.me is great for personal and professional use. It can be used to promote a business, share updates with friends, and keep track of online profile stats. It's awesome!! :)

Facing Reality

Posted by Christine on January 13, 2010 at 12:37 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey everyone,


I had a life changing event recently.  Nine days after my last entry I was hit by a car while going for one of my walks.  To make a long story short, I broke both of my legs and was bed-ridden for two months.  Rehabilitation followed and it wasn't easy, but I eventually got back to work three weeks later.  The two months I wasn't able to walk was the longest and most grueling time of my life.


Afterwards my life changed, because I realized some truths.  I became more grateful of the simple aspects of life; I stopped dieting and trying to lose weight because it was torture; I loved my husband more; and I realized that work wasn't as important as I thought it was.  I have since stopped working and become a much more happier person.  My goals and values have changed quite a bit.


I also stopped going to school temporarily, but I intend on going back soon.  I have only five classes left to take and then I will have my Bachelor's degree.  It's been a while since I posted here and I just felt the need to give an update.  Take care all!

Search for Inner Peace

Posted by Christine on May 10, 2009 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm on the search for inner peace.  I am learning about meditation, conscious breathing, and letting go of negativity.  A good book I'm currently reading is called "The Presence Process:  A Healing Journey into Present Moment Awareness."  I've read the first two parts, which are an introduction to the peaceful lifestyle.  Just by reading about and seeking inner peace, I already feel more peaceful and my anger is subsiding.  It is truly a miracle.  I am not at all religious and barely spiritual, but this inner peace lifestyle is for me and is working.  So go out and buy that book if you are interested in meditation and finding inner peace, because it is excellent.  I haven't meditated yet, but I've tried the breathing exercises and it is a wonderful feeling.


I also began walking for exercise and enjoyment.  I walk as much as I can and my aim is for everyday.  I like to walk about 2 1/2 miles at a medium pace.  It's really nice taking a walk down to the park, going around a few times, and then heading home.  So far I've had company on every one of my walks and that makes it fun.  I like to talk and walk.  I haven't mentioned this in any of my blogs, but I am working on losing some weight in a healthy and comfortable way.  The walking helps with my inner peace, because everyone should be mobile.  I was too stationary before, even though I wouldn't really admit it.


10 months until graduation.  Yay!  Then I will be able to become a professional writer finally.  Talk to y'all later.

Wow

Posted by Christine on April 9, 2009 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Wow.  So much has happened these last two months.  My autobiography was published a couple weeks ago.  It was one of my goals for the year - a New Year's Resolution - and I did it early in the year.  I thought the last part (updating the revisions) would take me forever, but it didn't.  I usually don't give myself enough credit, but I am proud of the accomplishment.  If interested, you can check it out on the "books" page.  I've added a couple of topics in the forum, so feel free to jump in and post your thoughts.  I will probably add my commentary today.


Then there's school.  Another wow.  In less than one year I will complete my Bachelor's degree.  I still have a 4.0 which is a miracle in itself.  I don't expect to keep it through the Math and Economics courses that I still have to take, but I will try.  I've been at this school thing for 2 years and 2 months.  That's just consecutively.  I also attended three other colleges before this almost ten years ago.  I am going to be psyched when I complete my B.A. in English!  I know it will help me in my career, now and in the future.  I'm really hoping to get my Masters someday; I just can't financially afford it on my own.  I want to teach online classes someday.


I need to figure out my next writing project sometime soon.  It may just be starting to write articles for Helium again on a regular basis.  I only did Helium for one month.  I enjoyed it, except for reading and rating others' articles, because it is time-consuming and requires a committment.  One of my articles hit #1 status out of 124 articles!  That was a joyous day :).


My current class is "Independent Studies."  It is a two credit course that is not easy at all.  I will have to write a 15 page paper by the end.  My topic is very interesting to me.  There is a "but" though: The assignment due this weekend is kind of tough for me - finding, reading, and writing about 10-15 research sources.  I've really got to get started on it, because it will take some time.  It seems a bit difficult, but I know I can do it.  At this point in my life I feel like I can do just about anything!


Take care everyone!

Updates

Posted by Christine on February 6, 2009 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Hi members and visitors!


I'd just like to post an update of what's been going on.  I recently finished the 2nd revision of my autobiography.  Woohoo!  Now I just need to make the changes in the computer, which evidently there are a lot less than with the 1st revision.  Then I will publish it.  I am soooooo excited about completing my autobiography.  It has been a drag for me trying to get through the revision process.  But now that it's done I can rejoice!  Once it's published I will have a link to it on my "books" page of this website.


By the way, I did end up creating another website for my professional writing here at Webs, like I mentioned in my last blog.  Actually, I stayed up late and did it that night.  It came out really good and I am going to pay to have the ads removed, because they bug me, lol.  I hope to add more to it with the new articles I've been writing lately.  That's another thing....I joined a website called Helium.  In my sparetime when I'm not at work or school I write magazine-style articles.  I'm doing fairly well at them and there are thousands of topics available.  I'm in writers' heaven!


I received my first issue of Writer's Digest today.  I also subscribe to The Writer.  I am very involved in the writing life, so that I will (hopefully) succeed as a professional writer once I graduate.  In fact, I will be graduating in one year.  February 12th, 2009 is my two year anniversary of when I started school.  I can't believe how much I've learned, gotten involved in groups and such, and all the classes I've taken.  I think I've really progressed as a writer.  I had this one teacher who wouldn't accept any "extra" words in essays.  In other words, she was so big on clear and concise language that if my writing wasn't perfectly organized and concise, I wouldn't get a good grade.  I learned a lot from her.


Well, that's all for now.  I'd love to hear your comments.

Today in the moment

Posted by Christine on January 18, 2009 at 8:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay, so I guess I just feel like blogging.  Right now I'm reading One Year to a Writing Life:  Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft.  I hope it works!  I've only just begun, but the first chapter was about journal writing, and I'm up to the second chapter, which is on personal essays.  It is inspirational and has writing exercises I can do, and I do some of them.


My current class is called Introduction to Visual Literacy.  It's not that bad and is actually pretty interesting.  I'm learning a lot about the brain, mind, eye, senses, and communication.  My teacher is really nice and all A's so far.  Going to school and having a full-time job is a lot of work, but it's nice to be busy and it's going to be worth it for the diploma.


Well, the autobiography is still not done yet.  I've been busy with reading, journal writing, and school assignments.  I'm not motivated right now to revise it, but I know I will sometime.  I've actually had a nice and relaxing weekend, sometimes not doing much of anything.  But believe me, If I feel bored I do things, but sometimes I just need to do nothing.  Does that sound weird?


I'm really pleased about this website and the activity on it from my friends and others.  My plan is to keep it updated and fresh.  I'd love to have a professional website as well.  That is something I should do to showcase my writing more to potential employers.  I wonder if I can have two websites through Webs....


Have a great night everyone wherever you are!

Relief

Posted by Christine on December 24, 2008 at 11:33 PM Comments comments (2)

The title of this blog is exactly how I feel right now.  Let me explain....


I am in the midst of the second revision on my autobiography and will hopefully self-publish it very soon.  I have set up the format, style, and exterior of the book on the computer; I just need to finish the interior.  I really haven't had much freetime lately to work on my hobbies.  Actually, I have time; I just don't have the energy.  The reason being is that I've been extremely busy and overwhelmed with my accounting job that it drains me and I just want to do nothing when I get home.  That will change though, because I am being relieved of some of my work responsibilities.  Plus, this weekend is a four-day weekend for me, so I am going to de-stress and catch up on my leisure activities.


So, I feel relief, because this is the night before the first day of that four-day break.  I also have a week-long break after this Sunday from school.  And, Christmas is tomorrow and my birthday is next week.  And, I will be finished with school in about one year.  So, I have events to look forward to.  Life is beginning to look up.


Well, I better go, because it is late.  Thanks for letting me vent.  :)

My Not-So-Ordinary Life

Posted by Christine on October 11, 2008 at 12:47 AM Comments comments (1)

I am writing an autobiography.  The title is the title of this blog.  Yes, I'm writing about the 27 years of my life.  It is a great experience that I recommend to everyone, regardless of age.  I have written 31 pages so far and the first draft is almost complete.  I intend to self-publish it like my other two books.  It is very exciting to be writing an autobiography!  I've also begun journal writing again and that is a lot of fun too.  And I read and I'm taking a class towards my degree.  In fact, in less than 1 1/2 years I will have my bachelor's degree in English & Professional Writing.  But, back to my autobiography...I know I have forgotten a few things, but I am going to re-read and revise it, hopefully adding more.  It is a wonderful writing project and I always need to be busy with writing something.  So, I encourage those who read this to begin your own lifestory.  Let this be a calling for you to start your dream of recording your life that others will be able to read in the future.

Challenges of Writing

Posted by Christine on April 2, 2008 at 12:27 PM Comments comments (0)

The biggest writing challenge for me is finding topics to write about.  Where do topics come from?  Do they fall from the sky?  Not usually, but sometimes they do just pop into my head.  Inspiration:  Paying close attention to my thoughts and interests helps my imagination.  That's mostly how I come up with writing ideas.


Another method is through research.  There are websites that provide writing topics and all you have to do is choose one that fits your momentary needs.  There is so much to write about.  Topics are everywhere; we just need to be aware and open to them.


Write what you know.  That's general advice for writers alike and it works.  The other week I desperately needed to write, so I thought of that advice and I started writing a memoir.  It helped my confidence in my abilities and satisfied my need to write.  It also led to more writing about different topics.


It is good to write on a regular basis.  That habit makes it easier to approach writing and keeps the momentum flowing.  The act of writing prevents a block of ideas from occurring.  There are infinite ideas out there to write about.  Regular writing, open-mindedness, and being attentive will help make those ideas come to you.  Write on!


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