Important Tips – How to Be a Successful Writer!

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Stay writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on” ~ Louis L’Amour

Write … on the good days.
Write … on the bad days.
Write … when your happy.
Write … when your sad.
Write … in the morning, and/or
Write … in the afternoon, and/or
Write … in the evening, and/or
Write … in the night time.

Just Write!

That’s it. The one thing every single successful writer will tell you is that they write – a lot – whole bunches & bunches of words.

All the other things you’ll need to know about editing, publishing, marketing etc. you can research and learn … when you’re not writing!

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Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend – are you writing? ☺

~ Penny

The Written Word

fon-knigi-25170Did I get your attention?

How about YOUR written word?

Okay, NOW that I have your attention, let’s spend just a few minutes there. Why do you write? You’re thinking to yourself well that’s a simple question but … in the marketing business one of the first questions you ask a new small business owner is why they’re doing what they’re doing (besides wanting to make money, that is, lol). You would be surprised at how many cannot answer that question very clearly, first time out.

So, here’s the question again. Why do your write? Well: 1) You enjoy writing creatively. 2)You have a message to pass on 3) You love to read a certain genre of book and now wish to try your hand at writing and publishing same.  4) You want to be published and make money.

Okay let’s assume that number 4 is a given (unless you’re independently wealthy in which case please contact me.)

Seriously, depending on how you answer that question really dictates the manner in which you should continue with your “finished” work. (Have a “pro” edit it first, please – worth the fee.) If you’re an independent sort, becoming an Indy Author could be a good thing. More research to learn how to self publish is needed, as well as more research on how to self market (once self-published) also will be needed. No pain, no gain (an old saying but true). Your self published book will not sell itself (sadly) unless you’re already a known and popular Indy author. And even they know they have to stay “out there” and market.

If you really don’t wish to do the extra work as an Indy Author then the traditional method of finding a Publishing firm who will do all the above, is the way to go. Again the saying “no pain, no gain” enters the picture because there is an incredible amount of individuals vying for the same thing you want. To be previewed and accepted by a Publishing house. This takes time and persistence as well. In the process you will learn more than you wished to know about policies and procedures as well as who to and how to submit your work.

Either route is time consuming and a serious commitment. It just isn’t going to happen overnight. You have huge volumes of competition (lots of other ‘would be” authors).

If you have the passion to not give up, to keep pursuing and you believe in your “written word”, you will achieve. Don’t forget failure is just another step on your way to success.

Key words to remember: Passion, Persistence, Determination. A sincere never give up attitude. And I’ll add one more thing … Get help. Don’t be shy, ask others (who are published) how they did what they did. Some of these published authors will take the time to answer you because they remember being there too.

I hope my words have been of value to you.

Have a great weekend coming up and as always take care of you.

With affection,

~ Penny

Nothing is more Energizing than Crafting Creativity!

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Name your format. It does not matter an iota which thing you fancy when it comes to exploring creativity. There is room for all kinds of imaginative inventiveness. No limits actually – if one thinks about it.

Isn’t that a most wonderful thing? There is simply nothing more fun and energizing than being creative, with thoughts, with ideas, with words, with music, with paint, with clay, with wood, with cameras, with building things, with technology, with inventing, modifying, improving, changing and all the time being creative in the process.

Creativity by its very definition is to bring into being, to make, to fashion, to build, to contribute a piece of you is being creative. The essence of the thing. You and your amazing imagination.

So to all you creative types out there (basically that would be just about all of us, I’m thinking), I wish you a most prosperous day, week, month, year, lifetime of creative expression and accomplishment.

Just doesn’t get any better than that, when you think about it!

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Thanks for stopping by,

~ Penny

 

 

A Review and a Special Thank You!

Among the first of my blogging friends (we started following each other a little over a year ago) is Stefan (Maxima) and while we live in different countries, neither the distance nor the language has prevented us from being great online friends. From the very beginning I was drawn into the poetic and loving nature of his posts and poems.

The photographs he takes (many are from the roses in his flower garden) are beautiful. His music unique and special. All parts of his blog are produced for the effect of pleasing and entertaining his daily visitors – most especially his poems of love!

Recently Stefan published his first book of love poems. He has put the same care and beautiful sensuality into each page. I encourage you to visit his blog and find out more about his book “Don’t Let Tears Kiss My Face”, click here. Emotionally sensual and vivid, a delight to the mind and eye. Available soon through BookRix to all of those who wish to read and purchase. Congratulations Stefan, well done!

I would like to personally thank Stefan for posting an interview with me, this past Friday, promoting the children’s book, ‘The Shy Butterfly”, written by myself and illustrated by Debbie Edwards.

Your support is greatly appreciated Stefan, I thank you from ~ my heart to yours, dear friend.

~ Penny

The Saga of Glory Rose!

The Saga of Glory Rose

When she was just a little girl she’d gaze up at the sky

viewing sun and clouds, the moon, the stars, and wonder why.

Why she lived upon this place, and how she came to be.

She wondered as she wandered, so curious was she.

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On the day that she was born, a very early sign,

a birthmark on her tiny arm was there for them to find.

The mark shaped as a rosebud, “My Glory!” someone exclaimed,

And so they called her Glory Rose, and this became her name.

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Rosebud tattoo began to fade with each new passing day,

Finally very few recalled why she was named this way.

And yet her name defined her in everything she tried,

her love of life and need to learn, she lived her living – wide.

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She went her way and as she learned she spread her learning too,

Glory Rosy was glorious to all of those who knew.

She troubled over little things; none too small, too few.

“Please, take the time,” they’d hear her say “… before the time takes you!”

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One day there was a mighty storm it blew in from the west.

The rivers flooded with the rain, ‘Mother Nature’s’ test.

One of the homes was swept away before all could escape

Raging waters swelling, they were no longer safe.

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Glory Rose, not waiting, ran along the torrent’s wend.

Keeping pace with floating house until the river’s bend,

she dove into the waters, swam to the floundering home;

its timbers being tossed and torn, midst the swirling foam.

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Among this chaos, trapped inside, she found the family bound.

Glory Rose untangled them and brought them safe and sound,

to the swollen rivers shore, where they could then be found.

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Energy never flagging, as back and forth she came

until each were safe from harm, the river could not claim.

Just as she finally headed home, there came a giant surge

Glory Rose herself engulfed, within the river’s purge.

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Town folk lined the river’s edge and hoped she’d reappear,

They held their breaths and waited, her death they greatly feared.

But Glory Rose still struggled, breaking through the pounding waves,

After being there for others, herself she then did save.

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The saga told of Glory Rose began that very day,

Her bravery was amazing, but what did she have to say?

Well …

She laughed it off and then replied, “I lived up to my name!”

She then went on to live her life – pretty much the same.

No danger was too great, to save the others living

She saved herself,

she cared enough, 

to live – while she was giving!

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“It’s a very good thing to take care of others,
Just remember to take care of you too!”

Penny L Howe, 2013

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Ligo Haibun Challenge – The life of a Morning Glory

The two prompt words for this week’s Challenge are “oblivion” and “morning glory“. I have chosen “morning glory“.

Morning Glory

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Just as sunshine spreads over early morning horizons, beautiful trumpet-shaped blossoms of morning-glory vines burst open, pollinated by early rising birds and industrious insects. By late afternoon the morning-glory blossoms fade and die, new flowers appearing on the ‘morrow.

There seems a special magic to the hard working morning-glory. Their entwining vines hardy in dry earth and lovely blossoms giving forth rich mixtures of greenery and various hues of colored flowers.

The morning-glory flower makes the most of its day, for one day is all it has. To me a specialness in this. A point nature is making here. Will I make the most of my “lifetime’s day” on this planet? Will I enthuse a richness in my manner of being? Can I be hardy as the vines, even on the toughest of days? Will there be a fullness of beauty, an openness of expression in the sharing myself with others, so they too may share and so on?

Yes, I can do this. I shall be as the “morning-glory” in my human life!

I, a morning-glory
blossomed, open and sharing
my “one day” – all days

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Thank you,

The honorable mentions for the final two weeks in the July Ligo Haibun Challenges are:

Ese’s Voice
Peripatic Eric
Oh Pithy Me
Yarnspinner
Angie Inspired

13682519091 (1)Congratulations! And to all who entered, the quality of your written haibun is so good that selecting honorable mentions has become very difficult. This also means I am really looking forward to reading and sharing each of your new creative haibun in the coming weeks.

And please don’t forget to check out the two other co-hosts of the Ligo Haibun: Nightlake and Managua!

join us – become a haibuner! Write your own original haibun – a few paragraphsligo_circle_of_appreciation2 (prose) based on your thoughts, experience, or take, from one of the two prompts given (“oblivion” or “morning glory”), include a haiku (short free verse poem – such as the one above – that imbues the essence of your written piece (the several paragraphs). For more information click on the Haibun Challenge section at the top of this page.

Enter your written piece, after publishing it on your blog, by clicking on the little blue box and following the directions!

Thank you for your interest, have a pleasant day and better tomorrow,

~ Penny

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