The Classifieds (Games Writers Play)

Every story has a goal. That’s what makes it a story. If you write a story where nothing happens and the characters don’t do anything, there’s not really a story thereRomantic woman using laptop

Many stories have MacGuffins/McGuffins. Per our friends at the Meriam Webster dictionary, a MacGuffin is “an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance” It keeps the plot in motion, which makes your story an interesting read.

Having problems figuring out where the action in your story comes from? Finding your conflict seems a little weak or unconvincing? Then try writing a classified ad for a MacGuffin or goal. Sit down with a piece of paper or blank screen and your basic character or concept in mind and try writing an ad that opens the door to a stronger challenge or bigger adventure. Looking at it from this different angle may unlock new ways of looking at the story and get your action rolling

and it’s fun

so , if your story is stuck, trying advertising for adventure

Catherine Kane

3/24/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

 

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Publishing and Sexism

cat sitting looking at laptopEvidently, there are still certain areas in publishing where men are taken more seriously than women. For a startling experiment, click the link.

Sexism in publishing: ‘My novel wasn’t the problem, it was me, Catherine’

Catherine Kane

3/23/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

 

 

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Out of Order (Writing Quick Tip)

Having problems writing? Finding yourself stuck on a particular section? Then think about writing your article or book out of order.

If you have a beginning, end and route to get from one to the other in mind, you may find hands with laptop typing in nightthere are points where you get stuck on the journey.

Don’t worry. Mark that section in some way so that you’ll know where to come back to and zoom on ahead to write a future section that speaks to you more or is clearer in your mind. Some sections are just juicier than others and, when you’re stuck, it can be easier to write that section when you’re writing it as a bridge between two other scenes that are already written

It may take a little extra time in your edit to smooth the boundaries between the out of order scenes, but it’s usually still less time than you would spend staring at a screen and not writing

So if you’re stuck while you write, try writing out of order and see if that makes the pieces come together

Catherine Kane

3/22/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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Position is Everything- Remember to Stretch

awhile back, I did a series of post on ergonomics for writers- about how the position you write in can hurt you or help you. And there’s another thing related to that which can save your body when you write

Remember to stop every now and again and shift your position or stretch.

When we write, we all have a tendency to lock ourselves into positions and disregard our bodies while we pound the keys. That’s understandable but can lead to aches, pains or even more serious problems like carpal tunnel syndrome  from being stuck in a position that strains muscles joints or other parts of the body.

If you notice that a good writing session leaves you stiff and achy (or to prevent getting to that point) stop and take a stretch break every so often

  • Push away from the desk.Romantic woman using laptop
  • Stand up
  • Stretch your hands high over your head
  • Bend over and let your back stretch out
  • rotate your wrists in one direction and then the other
  • stretch out your fingers
  • You might even want to walk to another room for a moment

If you find that you get so into your writing that you forget to stretch, set a timer and give yourself a stretch break to keep from getting all locked up. Your body will thank you and it may actually help you to write better

(Want to see the previous posts? Check out

Position is Everything…

Position is Everything- From the Ground Up

Position Is Everything- Get a Leg Up

Position Is Everything- Got Your Back

Position is Everything- a Fare Well to Arms

Position Is Everything- It’s All in the Wrist)

Catherine Kane

3/21/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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Procrastinating, per Bloom (Inspiration)

“My writing process, such as it is, consists of a lot of noodling, procrastinating, dawdling, and avoiding. “Burning candle

Amy Bloom

Catherine Kane

3/20/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Computer Down Again…

12170008_10153699837464375_2092518322_oComputer locked up this afternoon. Opened up and ran fine all morning but when I got home after work, it had locked up and the password to get in was no longer accurate

I can modify it by going to a certain site online- how’s that a help if the computer won’t let me in?

Spent several hours trying things.

  • rebooted the modem
  • turned computer off an on multiple times
  • pushed buttons hard

And all the time I’m wondering how many things I might have lost. Did the chapters I’d written in 2017 vanish into the breeze?

Finally went to my tablet to go online to rest the password. First time didn’t work, but, after a certain amount of cussing, praying and bated breath, the second one did

And I’m back online again

And now’s the time to email a copy of the current manuscript to myself, to have abackup, just in case…

These times are sent to try us….

How’s your writing going?

Catherine Kane

3/17/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

 

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Add Color to Your Writing

Here’s a reference to a rainbow of  different colors you can use when you write cat sitting looking at laptop

Name Every Shade of the Rainbow With This ”Color Thesaurus”

Catherine Kane

3/16/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Words Have Power

Throughout history, people have always known that words have power, and recent events have shown us even more clearly that this is the case. Words have

  • the power to clarify
  • the power to obscure12180792_10153705594124375_16463828_o
  • the power to inspire
  • the power to deceive

That’s one important reason to learn different words , chose your words carefully and chose the right word for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Some great ways to build the power of your words?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary page on Facebook  – let them send you a word of the day and enjoy what they have to teach you about words.

The Grandiloquent Word of the Day on Facebook – encounter words you wouldn’t normally see but that may be just the word you’re looking for .

Free Rice .com – Have fun. Play games. Learn words, grammar or other things. Feed people who’d otherwise go hungry around the world

Three great references to learn more words and give your writing more power.

Enjoy

Catherine Kane

3/15/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

 

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When the Computer Goes Down…

The plan was to get a lot of writing done this weekend. Blog posts. More chapters on the book. Outlines and ideas for future projects.

but then my computer went down…

AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

whew

and that’s when the scary questions arose12170008_10153699837464375_2092518322_o

  • would I lose the 3/4 of the book I’d already written?
  • would I be able to meet my other writing deadlines?
  • could the computer be fixed?
  • how much would it cost?
  • would it be cheaper to buy a new one than to fix the present magic carpet?

I turned it off and on again multiple times. I checked the internet connection. I rebooted the modem. I prayed.

and after 3 hours, I called my local computer repair site and asked their advice. They told me to bring it in. Placing it on the counter, the man in charge pressed the on button

Once

And everything came back online

Magic!

(They didn’t charge me anything either)

I asked the man with the magic fingers what happened. He said that often happens to computers as they get older, usually because of a flicker in the power source, and I was the second one he had that day. No advice on anything I could do to prevent it

so it’s a mystery.

But I’m back online and working on catching up on the writing I’d planned to be doing

May your computer never go down, but if it does, may there be someone with magic fingers in your life too…

Catherine Kane

3/14/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the  Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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Writing, per Fisher (Inspiration)

Burning candle“I always wrote. I wrote from when I was 12. That was therapeutic for me in those days. I wrote things to get them out of feeling them, and onto paper. So writing in a way saved me, kept me company. I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn’t know. “

Carrie Fisher

Catherine Kane

3/13/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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