Monday, June 16, 2014

A Collection of Goodies


The onset of summer is the perfect time to share an assortment of goodies, don't you think? Perhaps these links will help make your writing journey a bit easier. :)


Have you ever attended a writing conference? Kristen Lamb shares the benefits in Why All Writers Should Attend a Writing Conference

Do you write for children? Write to Ignite's First Annual Summer Writing Contest is accepting submissions through June 30, 2014. Check out the details here.

How important are critique partners? In Critique Partners and CovenantSusan J. Reinhardt addresses the significance of finding ones you can trust.

How are your time management skills? Jennifer Brown Banks of Pen and Prosper offers insight in this post, What Every Writer Should Know About Time.

Searching for character names? Check out Behind the Name, a handy site that features the etymology and history of first names. For a fun and interesting twist, give their Random Name Generator a try.

Diversify! That's Susan Sundwall's advice to writers who like to make money. (Don't we all?:) Susan should know, she has oodles of published works to her credit. Check out her tips and links here.

Is motherhood an extreme sport? Rhonda Schrock weighs the possibilities in a recent post on her blog, I am sure she'd welcome your input.


What's on your agenda this week?

Happy writing,

Karen

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22 comments :

  1. My sister would DEFINITELY say that motherhood is an extreme sport LOL

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  2. Most of the names in my books are completely made up, but I did have to research the ones for my current manuscript. (And then I still added my own twist.)

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  3. Keith,
    It sure is! It's not for the faint of heart, I'm thinking. :)

    Alex,
    Isn't it fun to create names for characters? It's great to put your own spin on things. :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  4. Great links. I'm always looking for new sites to research the meanings behind names for my characters.

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  5. Thanks for the links. I'm going to check out Behind the Name right now!

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  6. Hi Karen! I checked out two of your links here, very encouraging! At this point, I have scrapped book plans and am trying to get smaller things published in magazines. Maybe start up a speaking career. Are you aware of any blogs or blog groups that discuss Christian speaking? It does seem like you know a lot of people, so I figured I'd ask.
    Thank you for your always interesting links :)
    Ceil

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  7. Natalie,
    Hope you have fun using the site. Thought it was interesting. Enjoy your break! :)

    Susie,
    You are welcome! :) I think you might like that site; it's got some interesting features.

    Ceil,
    I can't think of any right off the top of my head, but if I do, will let you know! :) Seems to me someone I know belongs to a group or blog. I think small is always good, and Susan's advice is great! )

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  8. Thank you these links. I'm going to check out time management and the writing contest.

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  9. You always keep me so busy! lol Thanks for the links.

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  10. Thank you for the links. I need to take some time and do some serious searching through them.

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  11. Thanks for posting the links. I agree that diversity is very important.

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  12. Thanks for these links, Karen :-) I'm going to take time to check out the one about time!

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  13. Medeia,
    You are welcome! Hope they are helpful! :)

    Lisa,
    Trying to keep you out of trouble, that's all. LOL Hope you find a few good ones!

    Cecelia,
    I hope that you find something of use to help the writing journey! :)

    Diane,
    You are welcome. Diversity is key, I think, to being successful too. :)

    Kenda,
    You're welcome. The time post is a good one! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  14. Wow, Karen!! How kind of you to mention me. Thank you heaps.

    I always know who to go to when I need resources. You are a resource all by yourself. I appreciate your help!

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  15. Hi Karen - spreading your bets is definitely the best - and I think shorter is the way forward ... at least to start with - once one's up and running - then there's time for other larger projects ...

    It's great you're opening your doors for others ... I have to say I rely on my blogging friends for direction when needed - not often as my brain is constantly darting about ... and at the moment I'm rather overwhelmed - still better to be busy than not ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  16. Rhonda,
    You are welcome. It was definitely mention-worthy! :) You always have something good to share. Thanks so much, always appreciate your support!

    Hilary,
    I think you have a good point there. There are so many possibilities, aren't there? I too, rely on blogger/writer friends to help on this journey. What would we do without them, right? Try not to feel so swamped - it'll all sort itself out in time, you know? :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  17. A writer's conference sounds overwhelming! Maybe I will get brave one day.

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  18. I have attended writer's conferences in the past and found them so inspiring. Some are better than others- but I love being surrounded by others who love reading and writing books. So many interesting conversations. :) I look forward to checking out the links. Thanks for sharing.
    ~Jess

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  19. Another great set of links, Karen. Thank you. I tell everyone I know if they need links, they need your blog.

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  20. Sandi,
    Big conferences can be, this is true. You could see if there are any small regional ones in your area. They are less intimidating, and you still get a lot out of them. :) I've been to several smaller ones too and they were great!

    Jess,
    You can learn so much, can't you? I always come away with good info. I think it helps to have a mindset where you try not to get swamped - just take as much in as you can and go from there. :)

    Joylene,
    Thanks so much! Hope they are helpful. :) You are so sweet, thanks for passing the word along!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  21. One thing on my agenda is to check out some of the articles you've linked to! Love conferences. They energize.

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  22. Lee,
    They do energize, don't they? Even small ones can provide a big boost.
    Happy writing,
    Karen

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