Posts Tagged ‘Blog of the Week’

Guess what? It’s a new blog of the week. You remember, that time when I pick a random blog I follow and love and write about it here. Then direct you all to go and immediately follow. 🙂

This blog of the week is long overdue, and not just because it’s been months since I’ve written one. No. This person has such an amazing blog that’s been on my list to highlight for so many months now I’m embarrassed I haven’t done it already.  Her blog is smart, funny, honest and informative, from her posts on navigating twitter to her priceless advice on plotting acts one through three. Not to mention she’s having an awesome 200 follower give-away. So who is this mystery blogger I haven’t revealed yet?

None other than Laura Pauling.

She’s sweet, loves MG and YA and is going to go far in her writing career. Overall, she’s awesome. So I suggest you go over and follow now because you know you want to be part of the awesomeness before everyone else knows about it. I mean how else do you gain bragging rights when she gets big?

Okay, so go check her out, but before you do, let me know of any great or fantastic writing blogs you’ve come across.

Now I’m off to hide my pencil. If I don’t, I won’t be able to find it later. ;p


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I’m sorry this is going up so late today, but somehow the day turned into a very busy one. Plus I fell asleep for an hour, which I didn’t mean to do. I guess I’ve been overworking myself lately. Lol. Anyway, it’s time to announce the blog of the week.  This weeks winner is:

Cat Woods

Cat has been MIA for the last couple of months because of an ever-increasing work schedule, but soon discovered without her blog, her daily writing suffered. So Cat is back. *Blows party horn*

I recommend Cat’s blog for several reasons.

1. She is the first writing cheerleader I’ve ever had.  She’s the first person to take time to actually critique something I had written and, when I started this blog, this was the first reader I had.  She’s a very supportive and patient person and the least I can do is give her a shout out.

2. Her blogs are full of everyday life, seamlessly woven in with writing tips.  Check out her recent post on make a “family tree” of your plot/characters and you’ll know what I mean.

3. She answers questions and isn’t afraid to talk about some of the mistakes she made as a total “newbie” writer.  In fact, she is on the moderators on AQ and will help you with your Query if you ask, and trust me, you do.  She not only has great insight, but has an agent to back it up. So you might want to listen to her advice because she’s legit. ;p

Okay, I’ll stop gushing over this awesome writer and mentor to let you check her out for yourself. Plus, my pencils seems to have rolled away….

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It’s that time again.  To name the blog of the week.  And this weeks winner is…..


The Other Side of the Story


Janice Hardy is the amazing MG writer behind this awesome site, where she provides helpful insider information to those of us who are still twirling in “I still to finish my Wip” land.  I chose her blog this week because I’m in the middle of rewriting and revising and as a result am a little biased.  But my bias does not change the fact that she offers some great advice on how to edit by showing her readers to include: emotional clarity, how to re-work scenes instead of throwing them away, and the mother of all evils, how to format your MS.  I know I’ve worried about that one.

So if you get a chance please go and check her out.  You know you’ll want to eventually so might as well get it over with now. Ooh and don’t forget to check out her books The Shifter and Blue Fire.

Now I’m off to find what’s left of my pencil.  I burned after that last rewrite, but if you have a blog that totally rocks and would like to share it, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out.  Hey, it maybe the next blog of the week.

Oh and one more thing….I’m in search of a crit partner, so if you’re looking or know of any great groups that are just let me know.

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It’s Thursday, yay, and that means at midnight hundreds of people will be smashing into theaters to watch the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiere, unfortunately I won’t be one of them. But, I do get to name the blog of the week for this week and the winner is:

Jami Gold

First off, I want to say Jami is one of the best people to follow on twitter, so if you’re not following her do it.  She’s very friendly and one of the most supportive people I’ve come across.

I actually had planned on naming her blog last week to go along with the end of her “How to Create a Strong Character” series, but I didn’t, so now I, even though it has ended, I encourage you to go over to her blog and read up on her ways to create a three-dimensional MC.  These posts went far beyond the standard give your Main Character flaws advice we run into over and over.  No, she really digs into what makes a person and encourages readers to use techniques such as masks, contrasting and goals to really let readers know who your MC.

Her blog is very insightful and if you have any questions all you have to do is ask.  Jami is more than willing to offer support to others and as both an insightful writer and friendly person I recommend this blog to everybody.

For those of you who are going to see HP tonight have fun and I’m so not jealous.  It gives me more time to look for my pencil.

Also, if you have short story or poem you would like to share, I’d be happy to post it on my blog, just contact me at ejeglin@yahoo.com.

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It’s Thursday, which means one more day until the weekend! Yippee! And it’s time for the blog of the week.

And the blog this week is….

Nathan Bransford

To be honest, I actually had another blog lined up for this week, but then this week started and Nathan blew me out of the water by declaring this week  Harry Potter week in honor of the Seventh movie release.  So what does this mean, it means that all week Nathan is discussing what we can learn from JK Rowling as an author.  Which book is the best and why.  And how exactly JK got it right.

Nathan’s blog has other wonderful things to offer, like the 250 word critiques he posts on his blog for his readers every week, and an entire series of blogs dedicated to querying,  but he was an agent up until a few days ago, so I wasn’t really considering him for blog of the week.  At least not yet.  But if you know me, you know I’m a sucker for Harry Potter. Really Ron, Fred, George, Sirius and Lupin, but whose keeping track? And it would have  caused a spiritual dilemma within my psyche to deprive my readers the chance to join in on a JK Rowling/HP discussion.  So please go and check out his blog by clicking here.

And I’m off to find my pencil.

Just a reminder, I am accepting short story submissions and poems to post on my blog, so if you have a short story or poem you would like to share e-mail me at ejeglin(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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Today is Thursday, which means it’s time to name the blog of the week.  Oooh I have chills.  Can you feel them?

So the blog I’ve chosen this week……

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

I love her blog because she doesn’t just write about, well, writing.  She touches on topics many of us, especially new writers, barely give a second thought to while we painstakingly draft our first, second, third….novels; marketing and social networking.

She provides insightful advice to writers about, not just the importance of building a platform, but how to build a platform.  She also talks about the right and wrong way to market oneself.  All those comments you’ve left, you know the ones that say exactly the same thing, well, those are spam and people don’t like it.

Her blog teaches the importance of putting the work in to connect with the writer community in order to show people who we are.  People don’t care about you if you don’t care about them.

And, on top of all her wonderful advice on marketing and connecting to and with your peers and potential readers, she also has invaluable posts on the craft itself.  She discusses everything from the importance of setting, to reusing unwanted work on your blog.

Of course her blog wouldn’t be complete if she didn’t give at least one shout out to her book We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide To Social Media. But don’t be too discouraged, you don’t have to buy the book in order to read her blog and learn from her wisdom and experience.  Although I daresay buying it would be worth the investment.

Overall her site is just a fantastic place to really learn and gain an overall idea of what it takes to not only write, but find a place in the over saturated internet.  So go check out her sight and let me know what you think.

Don’t forget, if you find a fantabulous blog you just have to share with the rest of us, just drop me a line and I’ll check it out.  I’m always looking for new finds.  Also, my interview with Natalie Whipple of Between Fact and Fiction will be up tomorrow, so look out for that.  Until then, I hope everybody has a great day/evening/week, and in the mean time, I’m off to find my pencil.  Which Herby claims is still hanging around the Wallabies behind his house.  If you find it Herby please send it to me.  I’m desperately lost without it. ;p

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Okay, so I know today is normally Road Trip Thursday, but really it should be Wednesday, so I’m fixing that now and making Blog of the Week my new post theme for Thursdays.  Oh, and I should have started with this, I’m back.  And thank you to everyone for your concern and for reading my short story over at Glass Cases.  It means a lot and it was nice to know people care.

Anyway my blog of the week for this week is….Between Fact and Fiction.

Three reasons why I love this blog:

First, I love Natalie Whipple’s design, it’s so awesome.  Before you read anything about her you have an idea of what genre she writes for. And who doesn’t love large-blue (my fave color) block letters surrounded by childhood doodles?  If you don’t, you’re reading the wrong blog.

Second she has an agent, Mr. Nathan Bransford (I’m so jealous), and blogs about her journey through the agented world of writing as well as being the founder of the Happy Writer’s Society, whose goal is to rekindle the joy of writing in writers who have lost it.

Last, she’s real.  I love writers who are down to earth and include little humorous tid-bits about their day. Especially embarrassing ones or ones that don’t put the author in a particularly good light.  These are the things that help us connect with each other and why I love Natalie’s blog.  In fact, her latest post reveals just how juvenile she really is when she makes a flatulence joke.

So click the link.  Check out Between Fact and Fiction and make mistakes so you can blog about them later.  If they’re embarrassing enough, I just might feature you in my next post for Blog of the Week.

Until then, goodbye.  My pencil seems to have accumulated a pile of dust since I’ve been here last and is in dire need of cleaning.

Oh, if you follow, write, or come across a great or well written blog, I would love to hear about it.  Just leave link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out.  Who knows, maybe they’ll be in the next installment of Blog of the Week! ;p

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