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Author Blog Challenge – Day 7 Recap

A very special shout-out to Alexander Cherry who came on board with the Author Blog Challenge today, Day 7, as he posted 9 entries over the last two days! What a blogging WARRIOR – woo-hoo!!! If you missed the posts on our Facebook group page, here are a few excerpts from posts for Day 7 of the Author Blog Challenge.

The prompt for today’s posts was about the authors’ outlining process and strategies for staying organized.

ALEXANDER UNWYN CHERRY. My adolescent self recoils at the word ‘outline’ having PTSD-style flashbacks to classes about research paper writing and other composition. They made the entire process so dry and unpalatable… Still, I’ve finally managed to embrace outlining, or at least pre-planning and sketching and all that.

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JEN CHATFIELD. When people read your novel in a few days, saying they absolutely couldn’t put it down, how does that make you feel? If it reads that fast, is that a bad thing? Does it mean my novel is too simple? It’s contemporary fiction, so it’s based in the real world, so there aren’t any new worlds to learn or new vocab or anything like that. There really isn’t much to pore over, other than the decisions made by the characters. So does that mean it leads itself to quicker reading?

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TIA BACH. This week Ray Bradbury passed away at 91. Although I haven’t read any Bradbury, something I plan to remedy, I was completely freaked out by the movie adaption of his Something Wicked This Way Comes. With his passing, I wanted to devote my Fun Facts Friday segment to him.

First some quotes…

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.
It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy.
You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

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PETE FAUR. [C.S.] Lewis is always a rewarding read, and I think this would be true whether you’re Christian or not. He had a disciplined, creative mind; he taught at both Oxford and Cambridge universities. He invariably will help you see religious issues in new ways. He appeals to me personally because he, along with other British Christians, brings an intellectual rigor to the faith that has all but vanished on this side of the Atlantic.

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ASHLEY HOWLAND. Before I had my first book published I did a writing course. I used to write, but would never let people read anything. I also rarely finished a story; the course was great for my confidence. One of the activities that I really loved was to write the same story from two different voices. Or heads and tails, so to speak. This was a really difficult activity. These two pieces have never been edited and only my tutor has ever read them, but I thought I’d include them for fun… Read two versions of “The Ghost Train” here.

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CARO AYRE. I keep finding parallels with writing and gardening. My first writing attempts were rough and far from ready, a bit like a neglected patch of land. Scratching away at the overgrowth is the first step in creating a garden, I find a similar process is required with a first draft. Unnecessary plot lines get chopped out, other threads then get tidied up and pointed in the right direction rather than being allowed to ramble out of control. It is all rather like well pruned roses. Roses need that harsh hack to benefit the plant especially the wall roses that need to be pulled into place and tied down.

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PATTI GOLDENSON. I just wanted to share the prom progression… Okay, what to wear – it’s easier for us because we have the boy, but I am a girl (an old one), so I know what it takes to find the right dress, shoes, undies, make up, nails, hair, etc, etc, etc.  But for us, it was rent the tux.

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JACKIE BLEDSOE. Check out the following 5 causes and the cool fundraising platforms they are utilizing.  All have Indiana connections, yet they are helping people from Africa, to Chicago, to Indiana and cities across the United States.  They are supporting causes fighting AIDS, violence, hunger, bullying, and child homelessness. (1) Project Hood, (2) Skate Across Indiana, (3) School on Wheels Indiana, (4) Meals on Wheels Hancock County, and (5) Angels and Doves.

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KATHI LAUGHMAN. [W]hat is clear, is that as C. S. Lewis reminded us, everything starts somewhere. No matter what we’re doing. We have at least an idea of where we’re headed or why we’re embarking on the journey. That has always been the most influential element of value for me in any plan, regardless of the level of detail. There has to be an expected outcome.  Otherwise, I can’t even begin.

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ALANA MAUTONE. Today the commemoration of the 9-month flood anniversary here in upstate New York continues. Once again, I am not following the prompt for the Author Blog Challenge but following my heart. Who knows, one day, some kind of book will come out of all those posts with the “Binghamton Flood of 2011” label. So much to write about.

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JENNIE PARRY. Each day as I blog, the topic, subject or thought that gets noticed and written about is the one that is the fittest and strongest in my mind, the thought that wants to get put onto paper gets up front and seems to make a lot of noise in my head, and as my fingers hit the key board the words pour out. Even when I only know the topic and not the body I am impressed by what pours out.

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JO HARRISON interview with Ashley Howland. I am currently trying to market my two children’s novels, and when I heard about the [Author] Blog Challenge, I thought that might be a fun and effective way to promote my books. I am also looking forward to reading other authors’ blogs and learning more about writing and marketing.

Thanks to all who posted!

Laura & Marcie

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The Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

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