Welcome to another fun “Writer’s Corner on the Block” link-up and addition to our post series! I’m so excited that you were able to pop in and we have a lot of great stuff to share with you for this month.
First off, a quick recap of what’s going with PGC… There haven’t been many posts since our last writer’s link-up, due to the fact that college has gotten rather busy and in the way of things. Hopefully that will change as I’ve already got four or five posts wrote and ready to be published, and will be reworking my class schedule to fit around PGC more!
Second, I shared in the last post about what all you were going to find in each of these, but I want to give a quick reminder of it again. (Feel free to skip over this part if you already know what it’s all about!)
I haven’t really shared much in the way of writing or stories on here before, but there’s always a first! Today, we’re sharing another post in the new link-up series for writers, aspiring writers, lovers of words, and readers alike. I’ll be sharing several things in this post, so it’ll be more like a reference/motivational series with a link-up tacked onto the bottom of it!
Several of the things we’ll be covering in this series will include:
- A few new words, along with their definitions and anything else about them I find to share
- An inspirational/motivational quote to help kick-start your writing
- A new playlist or loop track that works well for background music
- An exciting snippet from a story (which could be your story! Read below for more info on how to submit your snippet.)
- Editing and writing tips
- Websites for writers
- Books to read (fiction, non-fiction, etc.) as well as great new reference works or books for writers
- And so much more!
The post content will vary between each one, but it’ll always be full of helpful info and things to inspire you to sit down and pound out words on the keyboard! Each post will (hopefully) go live on the first Monday of each month. It’ll be a good way to start off your month!
Also, at the bottom of every post, you’ll find a place where you can go “link-up” and share your latest accomplishment. Whether it’s the latest chapter in your story, a new book review, some tips you’ve learned, or anything else related to writing, link to your blog posts below!
I can’t wait to see what all you have to share with us and please leave a comment below if you have anything you’d like to see featured in the next posts, a snippet you’d like to send me from one of your stories, or anything else.
Recently, I’ve found inspiration in a rather new place for me… Podcasts! And I don’t mean just for writing either. But, I’ve been doing some sleuthing around on iTunes and found some great looking writer’s podcasts.
This first one I want to recommend isn’t so much for writing, but covers many aspects of life, productiviy, blogging, etc. This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt is a podcast that I’ve listened to on and off for a couple of years now. It’s so motivating to listen to him and Michele Cushatt discuss productivity hacks, writing/blogging hacks, ways to be more creative, and so much more.
A Way With Words is a new podcast that I’ve just started listening to. From the very first episode that I clicked on, I heard a phrase I just loved in the first two minutes. It’s a podcast entirely dedicated to language, old words, new words, how to write, history, how we use them, etc. If you’re looking to break through some writer’s block or are stumped when trying to find the perfect phrase (and just want to skip the metaphor dictionary!) then this just might be what you’re looking for!
Another new one to check out is Teen Writers Publish. It’s all about learning to write, publish and sell your own novel, all before graduation day! While I can’t quite pull this off since I’m already graduated, I, as well as all of you, can get some interesting tidbits out of it.
On a side note, I’m listening to it right now and just learned that Amazon has started opening bookstores! How cool is that?!
This is a new favorite podcast of mine! It’s actually a mini-course (or series) that’s in the shape of nine podcast episodes. In the Story Shop, they’ll teach you everything from how to plan and construct your story to learning to write faster and flesh out your characters. It’s been very interesting so far!
Besides podcasts though, there are so many other ways to gain inspiration as a writer. One of my favorite ways (please don’t consider me crazy!) is to go and people-watch. I can sit about anywhere, see someone walk by, and then try to fill-in-the-blanks and describe their life.
What’s their name?
Why are they here?
Where do they live?
What kind of job do they have?
What events or things are happening in their life right now?
And so many more questions.
The reason that I do this occasionally is because then my mind starts to wander… Which is a good thing! Sometimes, this is when my best scenes or new plots come to mind!
Lastly, I want to share a quote that I just found and had to write down…
“Jamie finally dropped down on the bank of the stream. ‘I can’t walk another step!’ she said. ‘Tucker and his men are way behind us; can’t we take just a little break?’
Simeon hesitated, then nodded. ‘We can stop, but not for very long. By now Tucker has figured out we’re gone and will most likely come after us.’
Levi, flopping on the ground next to Jamie, said, ‘Little sister, you sure know how to handle yourself, don’t you? I was impressed with the way you held up, and how you didn’t hesitate in knocking that guy out! Good job, sis.’
Jamie grunted. ‘Thanks. But right now, my feet and legs are complaining so loud that I can’t seem to care about my courage right now.’
Reuben laughed. ‘Then I think you’ll be glad to know that I think we’ll be coming to civilization soon. It can’t be too far off now.’
Jamie sighed in relief. ‘Good! I was beginning to worry that I wouldn’t see another human being again!’
Levi shrank back in mock surprise. ‘We’re human beings too, aren’t we? Or are we not good enough-‘ he broke off in mid-sentence at the sound of hoofbeats.
Simeon, who had been lounging on the ground next to Levi, sprang to his feet. The others soon followed. Nobody needed to say anything; they all ran for a hiding place. But it was no use. Just before Jamie & Simeon could find cover, Tucker and his men rode into view. Tucker spurred his horse straight for Jamie, which brought Reuben out of cover to try to distract him from Jamie before he could get to her. However, Tucker didn’t care who he hurt; he turned his horse straight for Reuben.
Unable to move away in time, Reuben was knocked to the ground.”
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