Thursday Thinking ~BIRTHDAY POST~

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I’m Celebrating!

Yep, today is my birthday. I’m glad you could make it. Come on in and have a piece of cake.  🙂

I’m just going to get mushy today!  😉  Thinking back on 2014, I can honestly say, “What a great year it has been.”.
I won’t hold you long reading today. I know most are trying to finish up last minute things but…

As I wrap up my blogging this year, I wanted to take a moment to thank each of you. You have helped me grow as a writer, I’ve met some new people, gained some valuable friends, and kept on learning. What more could you ask for?  🙂

I hope you will continue to follow along with me in 2015. I hope to pass on things I’ve learned and be a positive influence in the writing community.

Until next time.

Happy Writing!
~t

Don’t Forget…

I have decided to take the last two weeks off this year. I want to take some time for myself, focus on family, and the true meaning of the season. My last bloggy post is today, December 18th.  🙂

 

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Tuesday Tips… Christmas for Writers

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Christmas for Writers

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! And Chanukah. And Kuwanzaa. And whatever you may celebrate. So while you are out there finishing up those last minute ideas… Don’t forget the writers on your list.  😉

I have a Pinterest board where I’ve pinned WRITERS’ WISH LIST in case you need some great ideas. I’m always on the look out to add to it too.  I’m not the only one that does this either. Tara Lazar has one too. Check out her blog post: GIFTS FOR WRITERS to see what all she has too.

Hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season that is filled with warmth and gladness.

Until next time…

Happy Writing,
~t

Don’t Forget…

I have decided to take the last two weeks off this year. I want to take some time for myself, focus on family, and the true meaning of the season. My last bloggy post will be this Thursday, December 18th.  🙂

 

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www. Wednesday… Worse for the Weather Santa – Susanna Leonard Hills Holiday Contest

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Writing Contest Info!

Did you know there is a FAB-U-LOUS writing contest going on right now… YES, THIS VERY INSTANT!!!!… over at Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog???

In short, here’s what the contest is about:
The Contest:  Write a children’s story (children here defined as approximately age 12 and under) in which wild weather impacts the holidays!  Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 350 words
BUT, you need to go over to her blog, you can click HERE, to get all the deets AND there is still time to enter!!! And and AND there are awesome prizes too!

Am I entering??? Of Course.  🙂  Here is my entry…

 

Worse for the Weather Santa

The sun was up and Santa was home.

He looked worse for the weather from where he had roamed.

“USA was the worst,” Santa shook his head as he began.

“The worst of the weather was across that land!

First the Nor’easter came billowing down.

Then the wet, soggy swamp had me sucked into the ground.

The twisters in the mid-west gave me quite a spin.

Then came the howling, blustery upper-mid winds.

I made it through a desert storm of a sandy wall.

Then up and over the snowy mountain tall.

The rain pelted us as we came down our route.

Then turned into fog, thicker than pea soup.

We finished America with an Aloha heat wave.

But I made it through, delivered gifts, Christmas was saved!

So on through the night, away we did fly.

I called, “Merry Christmas to all!” and gave America a kiss good-bye.”

 

I hope you liked that. Yes, I know it’s in rhyme.  ;p   I tried.  hahaha! So, WHAT are you still here for? There are a bunch of stories over there besides mine. AND you can enter too.

Go. NOW! and good luck!!!!!!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

Don’t Forget…

I have decided to take the last two weeks off this year. I want to take some time for myself, focus on family, and the true meaning of the season. My last bloggy post will be next Thursday, December 18th.  🙂

 

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Marketing Monday… Showing Support

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Show Support – Market Yourself by Supporting Others

I know I’ve said this thousands of times, but NO ONE likes to be bonked over the head with a “Buy Me!” attitude. So how can you get your name out there? Show support of others. Yes, talk about them. What have they produced as far as content? Do they give great advice on their blog? What about classes or community awareness?

But you would like to be known better locally too, right? So go to those mom & pop stores, get to know what they carry, and how they come across to their customers and community. What about finding something for your town/city to rally behind? Find a common cause and gather some people together. Make videos, common posts, create hashtags to go with it, and use social media to your benefit.

Chances are, if you start talking and supporting others, they will want to do the same for your. Let’s face it, reciprocity rocks! Another plus is that you will be building a part of your platform. Think of it as a support group. The more people involved the more they can share and communicate with. This will help get your name out there into the public’s eye and social media.

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What suggestions do you have to support others?
I am planning on offering a free mini-commercial for the local businesses in my town. What better way to say Happy Holidays?!?
Are you proactive in your own marketing?
This will help others see that you are not afraid to post and have a good following.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 OH, A HEADS UP!

I have decided to take the last two weeks off this year. I want to take some time for myself, focus on family, and the true meaning of the season. My last bloggy post will be next Thursday, December 18th.  🙂

 

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Thinking Thursday… Gathering Your Ideas

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Gathering Your Ideas…

Well, we made it into December.

Wait?

That calendar can’t be right! December? Wow!!!

What were we talking about? Oh yeah, IDEAS! How did you do during PiBoIdMo? I officially got 30 ideas! YAY! Then I had another one later that day. And a few more since.   🙂   I love it when that happens. Don’t you?

So we have all these ideas. Now what? Do you feel overwhelmed, not sure where to start?

Take a  breather.   Breathe in… breathe out… (repeat as needed)

Feel better? Good.

Now take a look at your list. Has any of them been tickling your brain? Or jumping up and down, shouting, “Me! Me! ME!”? Let those step forward. Explore them. Do some research. Has the story line been done before? *sigh* Probably. BUT (and here is the kicker)…

Can you put your own spin on it?

YES, you can!

Here is where you voice, experience, and spin get to shine.

What about all those other ideas? you ask.

I’ve been inspired by one of Tara Lazar’s guest bloggers. I’m going to write all my ideas down and put them in a clear jar.

On my desk.

Where I can see them!

I don’t want to forget them, even those sucky ones. Who knows, with the right circumstances, one of those icky ones might be the right combination to fit into a story. Maybe they will conspire together, plan an escape, and make an appearance on my page? WAIT! STORY IDEA!!!!!!!!!!! And I say “CLAIM” on it. (all you Walking Dead fans will get this *wink, wink*)

Here’s to all those ideas coming to fruition!

Until next time…

Happy Writing,
~t

PiBoIdMo Day 28-30… by Tracey M. Cox

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It’s the Finish Line

It’s here. The finish line!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ve made it!!!!!!

I love how these days are paired together… it’s a mini writing process to me. 1) Get an idea,  2) Write enough to cover 16 scenes, and  3) Make sure you write for your audience! Seems simple, but we all know the actually process is so much harder than it appears. There’s an art to picture books. I’m so happy that it is my calling.

Here’s what I got out of the final three days of PiBoIdMo:

Day 28
Catching Ideas

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Day 29
Moving Forward

Film.svg.medThe prompt was to write with pictures. I already do this! YAY! Well maybe not from the start. I get it down. Once that first crazy draft is done, I go back over what I have written and begin to visualize my scenes. I ask myself questions like: Does this move the story forward? Is this important to the centralized idea? What is needed? What can be cut? I will do this over an over ensuring that I have enough scenes (spreads) for a book. By doing this I find out what is important to the story line and what is fluff.

Day 30
A Different View

dots-perspective-mdHow do we view the world? Now, how does a child see it? By changing our view point we can get a different perspective on a situation or thing. An adult sees a messy room. A child sees a sea of play toys or a maze to get through. We have to remember how we felt, how we saw, how we yearned for something. By tapping into this, we become better writers for children.

Soooooooooo, how did you do? Did you get 30? I did! I squeaked in 30 ideas in 30 days. I had a lot more last year, but I think getting 30 out is perfect. Even if I hadn’t have gotten 30, I would have still been a winner. Every book starts as an idea. Now, every one of us who went through this challenge is that much closer to writing a new manuscript!

~CONGRATULATIONS~

Thanks for going on this journey with me.   🙂    I hope you got as much out of PiBoIdMo as I did. And thank you for taking the time to read my posts too during this hectic month.

 

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Let me know how you did!
I know I have some really sucky ideas, but they are mine. I also have a few really good ideas that are waiting for me to get moving on.

 

One last thing, there is a contest going on.

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If you have not already voted for someone, I would be honored if you would nominate my blog. If you choose to, follow the directions on this link:  Write To Done  . The name of my blog is: a writers blog by Tracey M. Cox and my url is: http://www.traceymcox.wordpress.com .

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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