Bored & Brilliant Silver Sky Press Style

Bored & Brilliant Silver Sky Press Style

Hello! Welcome to the Bored & Brilliant challenge Silver Sky Press style! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’ll want to catch up HERE. Last post I introduced Manoush Zomorodi’s galvanizing book and challenge. As promised I’m back with a report on challenge 1 and motivation for challenges 2-7. Challenge 1 was a simple observation. I tracked my digital usage with the Moment app and the results were fairly mild. My daily average: 10 pickups and about…

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8 Ways to get out of Your writing rut

8 Ways to get out of Your writing rut

In Minnesota winter consists of two things. Cold and snow.  So, naturally, when I have to drive out in that snowy, wintery yucky, boo-hoo-ness, I spend my ride trying to avoid two things.  Death by car crash, and getting stuck!  Fingers crossed I continue avoiding both this winter. Though I’ve successfully avoided getting my car stuck, I have been feeling stuck in a ditch in my writing. We’ve all been there right?  Uninspired, not sure which way to go.  Trying…

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Bored & Brilliant

Bored & Brilliant

Writers dream of 5 star reviews and critics proclaiming, unanimously: BRILLIANT! We want to dazzle our readers with brilliant characters, brilliant plot twists, and brilliant words that leap to life as if an incantation of magic. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. We all want to be brilliant. So what’s the secret? Well, according to Manoush Zomorodi’s new book, the answer is boredom. Linking boredom and brilliance seems paradoxical. But think about it – you aren’t the only one who has their best…

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Brooke’s Best Books of 2017

Brooke’s Best Books of 2017

As promised I have also created a list of my top books of 2017.  Unlike Kayla, I had a bit of a rough reading year, spending too much time reading books I didn’t love and not reading as much as I would have liked.   Thankfully, I still met my goal of reading 40 books last year, and of those 40 I have pulled out my top 7. Are you ready?  Can I get a drumroll?  Let’s do this. 1.) Meg…

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Kayla’s Top Reads of 2017

Kayla’s Top Reads of 2017

If great readers make for great writers than I should be well on my way to literary greatness. I love to read.  My tombstone will probably be inscribed with: SHE READ A LOT OF BOOKS. And I’m ok with that. Last December, Brooke made end-of-the-year introspection fun by looking back on a big year of reading and selecting the titles that made it into the hall of fame: see her 2016 top books HERE. This year I wanted in on…

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How to Fill Plot Holes

How to Fill Plot Holes

As much as I am in love with my current work in progress, I am aware that it has a few major problems.  This novel truly is my tester novel, where I am making every writer mistake out there from spending too long on the first draft to under-developed characters to impressively poor world building. Now that you all want to hire me to market your novels as well as I am marketing mine let’s continue. I have learned so…

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Fear of the Filled Page

Fear of the Filled Page

One of the most common fears a writer can have is fear of the blank page.  The stomach clenching, heart racing, sweaty palms fear that comes with the pressure of literally taking nothing and turning it into something.  It can strike at any time, trying to write an e-mail to your mother-in-law or while penning the draft of your 23rd novel.  Hopefully, many of you have been kicking this fear to the curb during NaNoWriMo, and have now filled all…

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How Outlining Saved My Novel

How Outlining Saved My Novel

When I sat down to write the first draft of my first book, I had my protagonist and a handful of scenes firmly in mind. I had a beginning and an ending, and three fun scenes of my character kicking ass and being sassy. I knew who was going to live, who was going to die, who was going to be maimed for life, and a few key points along the way. The rest of the story, I assumed, would…

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Kayla Goes to Fall Lit Events Part 3: The Future!

Kayla Goes to Fall Lit Events Part 3: The Future!

Welcome to the third and final installment of Kayla goes to fall lit events. Instead of telling you about cool events that I’ve already been to, I’m going to tell you about the ones that are coming up and why you should get your butt off the couch this fall and get out to the literary community of the great and glorious Twin Cities, long may they prosper. October 27: Spontaneous s Combustion Vol2. Authors were given story prompts on Oct…

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Kayla Goes to Fall Lit Events Part 2: Twin Cities Book Festival

Kayla Goes to Fall Lit Events Part 2: Twin Cities Book Festival

Welcome to part two of three! If you missed part 1 you can find it HERE and if you want to review last year’s post about why fall is an amazing time of year in the TC book community you can click HERE. I am thrilled, delighted, elated, positively jubilant to tell you all about this year’s Twin Cities Book Fest. It was rad. Ok, deep breath, dial down the excitement. It was just that cool, though, I’m telling ya….

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