Games Writers Play- Random Ninjas

Feel like your story is getting old or stale? Fantasy fairy tale book

Feel like it’s going in predictable directions?

Even worse, has your writing ground to a halt altogether?

Remain calm, and try this game writers play

Take a random item, or activity, or plot thread and throw it into your story, whether it fits there or not. Then, try to keep writing in a way that incorporates the ninja or backs you out of the corner that you’ve painted your self into.

Thinking outside of the box or breaking the pattern you’ve built for yourself and for your story is  a good way to freshen up stale plots, get your words flowing and bring new life to the zombie tale.

You can always trim your ninja out once it’s served its purpose, but try going off on a tangent and see if that wakes your story up

Happy writing

Catherine Kane

8/26/16

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”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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

 

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Word Crimes (Music for Writers)

Weird Al Yankovic has a quick lesson for us writers.

Enjoy.

Catherine Kane

8/25/16

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”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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

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In the Company of Writers- Beta Readers

Creative partners working on computer at their deskWe’ve talked about finding your tribe as a writer-

We’ve talked about finding your writing buddy-

Now lets talk about that very special writer friend- the beta reader.

 

A beta reader is a person who reads your manuscript during the process of writing/rewriting/editing it. He’s a different set of eyes who’ll catch things that you miss because the writing is already in your head but not all of it may have made it onto the page.

A beta reader may read for

  • typos
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • sentence structure
  • story line
  • missing parts of story
  • missing points

and other things that would keep later readers from understanding and enjoying your story.

It’s good to do preliminary edits and rewrites on your writing before you send it to the betas, because they’ll catch the stuff that you’ve missed so you can fix it before you head towards the finish of the publication process.

Different betas will be good at different aspects of the process. It’s important to know your betas so that you can ask the ones you need to help you with your different works

When you find a good beta, respect him or her and treat him lke gold- because a good beta is worth his weight in gold

Love your betas and let them help you make your writing better

(Check out  In the Company of Writers

and In the Company of Writers- Writing Buddies)

Catherine Kane

8/24/16

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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Got You Covered

Your cover is your book’s first impression and how you persuade someone to look at your Adventures in Palmistrywork.

Want information on better covers? Check out 5 Steps to Great Cover Art

Catherine Kane

8/23/16

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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Golf, per Simmons (Inspiration)

“Writing is like playing golf – you have to keep working at your swing.”Burning candle

Bill Simmons

Catherine Kane

8/22/16

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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Subliminals on Your Screen

I like affirmations. I like subliminals too. I’ve been working with both of them for almost 40 years and I’ve found them a powerful tool for changing myself and my life in ways that I like.

Most of us has dysfunctional beliefs, ones that don’t do us any good. Those beliefs are caused by people (some well meaning and some not) telling us things over and over that limit us or work against our highest good. Things like

  • don’t show off.
  • money is the root of all evil
  • don’t trust people

These end up as part of our unconscious belief patterns because we’ve heard them repeatedly, and our unconscious mind will do everything it can to make those beliefs true. I’ve found that affirmations and subliminals are two of the best ways to clear out beliefs that don’t serve us, and replace them with ones that do

What’s an affirmation? It’s a positive statement that is repeated over and over to install 54f6a620-f2d8-4bdc-ad37-a97aa1a18800new beliefs in the brain. We got the dysfunctional beliefs through repetition and affirmations help us to write over that belief with one that serves us better.

What’s a subliminal? It’s an affirmation that’s sent in a way that we don’t really notice it. It may be visuals that flash on a screen fast enough that we barely notice them, or an auditory track that’s buried under music or sound effect so that you can barely hear it. The fact that it’s hidden decreases  the odds that your own natural resistance to change will kick in, so change because easier because you’re not fighting yourself@

I like both and have be using them for years, but this weekend , I ran across a program called Subliminal 360 that lets me flash affirmations that I’ve chosen or approved at a subliminal rate on my computer screen while I’m sitting here writing. Very customizable and I can also burn custom auditory subliminal MP3s is I like to carry about with me.

It’s even got topics that apply to writers like mental focus, becoming a writer and writing a best selling novel. Who woulda thunk it?

I’ve been using this over the weekend and have enjoyed it very much. Even feel like I’m beginning to see small changes in my behavior, so good stuff.

If this is the kind of thing that might interest you, you can check it out at Subliminal360

and no matter what, hoping that the changes you want go well for you

Catherine Kane

8/19/16

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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Booksale on Foresight Publications

The summer isn’t over yet. There’s still time for reading. Lots of reading

Want to stock up on books from Foresight Publications?

Click here   and use code word AUG2016  for  25% off print books

Click here and use code word TKD15 for 10% off when you buy 15 or more print books

These deals go for any print books on Lulu, including those from Foresight Publications. The sale ends August 24 so make sure you get your discounts while the getting’s good

Then get yourself a glass of lemonade and a comfortable seat in the shade  and read….

Catherine Kane

8/18/16

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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In the Company of Writers- Writing Buddies

Last week I wrote about finding your tribe, and how it’s good for writers to spend time in the company of other writers. This week, let’s take that idea a little bit further- let’s talk about  a writing buddy.Creative partners working on computer at their desk

A writing person is another writer that you team up with so that each of you can support the other buddy’s writing. He or she serves as an accountability and support system so that you can improve your own writing process. A writing buddy can

  • receive commitments from you to accomplish tasks by certain deadlines and hold you accountable for them,
  • Offer consequences, mild or otherwise for not coming through on your writing commitments,
  • cheer you on when your motivation ebbs,
  • serve as a sounding board to bounce idea off of,
  • make suggestions to help you get unblocked,
  • love your characters when you’ve spent too much time with them and they’re going flat to you,
  • tell you to stop and hydrate/ eat something/ take a break when you’re caught up in creative frenzy,
  • keep writing fun,

and other such tasks that will help you write. As his buddy, you also fill in the gaps that will help him to write better.

You don’t have to have a buddy to write, but some people find them very helpful. When we were in kindergarten, we were taught to use the buddy system and to hold each other’s hand as we ventured forth into the world. You could do worse as a writer…

Catherine Kane

8/17/16

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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Books on the Move

Moving?  Got books?

Silly question.

Check out 8 Tips for Moving When You Have A Ton of Books.

Catherine Kane

8/16/16

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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Inspiration, per Hanley (Inspiration)

Burning candle“The main characters for ‘The Seer and the Sword’ made an appearance one night and then haunted me for over five years before I began to write them down. Does that count as inspiration? For me, characters tend to show up, stay on to help with the work of writing their stories, and then occasionally deign to visit after a book is finished.”

Victoria Hanley

Catherine Kane

8/15/16

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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