Writing Prompt: Pros and Cons of Ebooks

When reading through one of my old writing notebooks, I came across this prompt our PCW members wrote about a couple years ago. I thought I would share it here and see what your thoughts are on ebooks now that they have gone mainstream and are quite popular.

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Words! Words! Words!


My growing up years in North Dakota were idyllic in the sense that our parents more or less left my sister and me on our own. It was the time in history when kids played outside from dawn to dusk without interference from adults. A quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich at noon and we were good to go for the rest of the day. We were sent into the world with certain instructions however. “Wear shoes!” “Stay away from the river.” “Don’t chase strange dogs.” “Leave your sister alone.” “Be home by dark.” Continue reading

Summer Reading

Can you identify with this? Something happens and you think it is a terrible sign of the coming Armageddon and it turns out to be something great instead. That’s what happened the summer our television was diagnosed with a fatal disease and with no money for repair, we thought it a tragedy. It got too hot to play outside and with no one to go swimming with, I looked around for something else to do. My mother amassed an impressive library, most of which came to our mailbox because she forgot to decline the monthly Doubleday book selections or could not resist the new releases. I read through the entire Nancy Drew collection, Hardy Boys and went on to adult fiction. Some of the reading was hard to understand but I could usually follow the plot. I don’t remember many of the titles or authors but Katherine Marshall’s Christy and Pear S. Buck The Good Earth,  Lloyd C. Douglas, The Robe, Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls, I do recall. Continue reading

Book Review: Your First 1000 Copies by Tim Grahl

Hello There,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, so it’s about time! I thought I’d write a book review of Tim Grahl’s book, Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing your Book.

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What to do … what to do

Don’t feel like writing today? Well, join the club—we’ve all been there.

Who among us has never looked at her computer and said, “I can’t. I just can’t.” turned around and walked away? Who hasn’t choked at the mere thought of plunking down in that chair and trying to write a coherent sentence or stared at a blank screen and wanted to weep?

Well, fellow procrastinator, help is on the way. If you ever wondered “What can I do when I don’t feel like writing?” —read on.

There are, of course, the familiar and comfortable go-to’s. You could make lemon scones and a pot of tea (with caffine!), go to the gym and contort yourself, read a mystery, or —in desperation—wash a load of clothes.

Or you could be really creative. Train a squirrel, knit a Bible cover, inventory and monogram your bed linen or join Ancestery.com and do 200 years of family history.

If none of those things float your boat, how about vacuuming under the couch? It’s been a long time since I did that; it might be an adventure. No? Sew that button on your husband’s jacket. It will be fun to watch him faint from surprise after being without it all these months.

Plant a tree. Take a long walk and run your plot through your mind over and over; you may have a breakthrough. Plan the menus for your Christmas parties—so what if it’s June. Bake that extremely complicated main dish you saw on Food Network. Look up your name on Google. Paint your fingernails green.

I saved the best for the last, however.

Pray for an electric storm to knock out your power. That absolves you of the responsibility for choosing not to write. (Yes, yes, yes I know—pen and paper. But that is so yesterday.)

The long and short of it is that if you don’t feel like writing you can always find an excuse. But Michelle is correct. Sadly, if you are a writer, you MUST write. There is no getting around it. So sit. Fingers poised over the keyboard. Get ready. Set. Go!