Media Writing Prompt | October 2021

What if you found an ancient sword in the middle of a lake? Watch this clip below: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-45763186 Now write a story or poem inspired by this clip. Let your creativity take you wherever it will or keep reading for muse stimulators if you would like suggestions. Muse Stimulators: Who was the original owner?How did… Continue reading Media Writing Prompt | October 2021

Monthly Writing Prompt – October 2021!

The edge of the platform begins at the tip of your toes. You stare down into a seemingly endless abyss. There's a roaring sound in your ears. Goosebumps raise on your arms, and your heart races faster and faster. This is it. This is the moment. This is the moment your life changes forever. **Muse… Continue reading Monthly Writing Prompt – October 2021!

Word Prompt | September 2021

Stimulate your Muse with this one-word prompt! I recommend going somewhere quiet with your laptop or pen and paper and thinking about this word for at least 3 minutes. Ambition What images come to mind? What emotions? What memories? What desires? Now write. Happy Writing! ~MJ

Monthly Writing Prompt – September 2021

What a better way to begin a new month than with a writing prompt? I hope you enjoy this one! A song is playing. The rhythm tingles into your limbs, stirring emotions deep within. A memory springs up, a painful one. It weaves its way from a blurry whisper into a vivid imagining that feels… Continue reading Monthly Writing Prompt – September 2021

Monthly Writing Prompt – August 2021

Hello everyone! Here is another writing prompt to help stimulate your muse! Hope you enjoy! ***Writing Prompt*** There is red in the air. From every angle, it's all that can be seen, or is just all that you can see? Beads of wet liquid are running down your skin. Your awareness pushes away from the… Continue reading Monthly Writing Prompt – August 2021

Monthly Writing Prompt – July 2021

It has been a really long time since I posted anything to this blog and a lot has taken place in that space but I am back and ready to put fingers to keyboard again! I want to begin with something small: A writing prompt. I host a local writers critique group in my area… Continue reading Monthly Writing Prompt – July 2021

Adding Art to Your Book

Most authors plan to have an elaborate cover for their book.  We've all heard the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover" but.... we all judge books by their covers, so making sure we have a good one for our own is at the top of our pre-publishing checklist. What about art throughout the… Continue reading Adding Art to Your Book

Content – When To Cut

You've worked diligently on your manuscript for months, maybe years, every word is where it should be, all of your scenes written perfectly to tell the tale. Right? Wrong. As you go back through to tighten up your book, it's natural to find a few things that don't flow. Maybe an idea you weaved in… Continue reading Content – When To Cut

Revisiting Inkitt

Inkitt, the online publishing platform where authors can upload their book and get readers, reviews, and feedback for free! Inkitt might even offer you a publishing deal if it looks like it has best seller potential--based off of reader analytics collected every time your readers click on your book. It sounds amazing. So how is… Continue reading Revisiting Inkitt

Dialogue Tags and Reading Culture

The greatest literary works are drowning in dialogue tags, but a lot of authors today are ditching them where ever they can. Why? Shouldn't we follow the example of the greats? It depends. To really understand why this norm has changed, you really need to understand the changing culture of reading as a pasttime. Books… Continue reading Dialogue Tags and Reading Culture