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Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #14

OK, then. So we’re back in business thanks to a handy computer tech quite close to my house and the miracles of overnight delivery! Just in case you were thinking about it, I highly advise not having the screen on your laptop go out in the middle of hosting a blog challenge! Thanks to all who chipped in to keep the flow going. You did mighty well!

So in my absence, Alexander Cherry raised an interesting question on the Day 12 Feed:

Isn’t this supposed to be something “authors, aspiring authors, and would-be authors” are all supposed to participate in? This seems to exclude the latter two categories.

Well, yes. It is a challenge meant to involve authors/writers at all stages of the authoring/publishing process. And as I went back to look over the writing prompts thus far, no fewer than 8 of them are topics that writers at any stage can address; and, coming up, there will be at least 6 more questions that apply equally to all authors, published or “pre-published.” Of course a published author will naturally have come further than a person who’s still working on or developing their book. The thing to keep in mind is that virtually every prompt is a topic the author who gets to the point of publishing will have (or should have) considered.

Remember also that the Author Blog Challenge isn’t just about writing to the prompts. It’s also about reading others’ posts to perhaps learn from their experiences. So the authors who aren’t yet published are, in many ways, receiving some advance insights into the aspects yet to come.

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to have that conversation, Alexander!


Speaking of all the authors at various levels in the Author Blog Challenge, while the weekly conference calls started off well, participation has dwindled to … let’s just say that very few of you are participating. So unless there is an outpouring of interest in continuing the calls by 2 p.m. today (June 13 here in the Western U.S. of A.), we will suspend tonight’s call. Please know, I’m more than happy to resurrect the calls if you all express an interest, going forward!


OK, for obvious reasons, we’re behind on the Daily Recaps. I will carry on with Day 9 and catch up as soon as I am able. Watch this space for updates!


If you’d like to see ALL the writing prompts that have been released to date, please visit the PROMPTS page.


Winner for Day 9 – Kebba Buckley Button. She wins a gift from Circe Denyer: When There Are Two. This is a digital copy of an original poem set against an original photograph. This is a love poem using a leaf that occurs in nature to depict the oneness of two people in love.

Winner for Day 10 – Dorothy Ruppert. She wins a gift from Bonnie Paulson: a digital copy of Bonnie’s apocalyptic thriller, Into the EndAfter being weakened by countless natural disasters, America opens its airspace for aid. But instead, what is left of the devastated west coast finds itself nearly obliterated from above. The key may belong to tests designed by a Pacific Northwest psychologist, Rachel Parker.

Winner for Day 11 – Pete Faur. He wins Marcie Brock‘s Empowering Women Writers 52-Week Project Tracker (see, no sexism here!), which is essentially a blank calendar with writing-related images and quotes to inspire your writing progress. $12.95 value.

Thanks to Kathi Laughman for the Day 12 donation, a special report, “5 Keys to Non-Fiction Writing Success Every Time You Write.”  The report provides an overview of a 5-step writing process with an example log of more than 50 working title templates for blog posts, articles, books (chapters), and special reports. This writing process creates a framework that allows the writer to always be able to begin writing. And once a writer begins, they can soar!


Onward we go with the 14th writing prompt of the challenge…

What has been the biggest surprise about writing/publishing your book? What has been the most enjoyable or most memorable aspect?

Writing Prompt #13:

What has been the most challenging part of your book process: writing, building the book, printing, distributing, marketing, etc.? What do you wish you’d known before you began?

Writing Prompt #12:

Describe your process for choosing and designing your book cover. Who created your cover? How did you find him/her? What do you love about your cover? What might you do differently next time?

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie


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.

God Placed Her in My Path – Lessons Learned from the Furnace of Bipolar Disorder. This is the story of my experiences in raising a child with bipolar disorder. Dorothy is donating the chapter titled “Over-vigilance.”