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How to write to sound more natural. 5/23/22

For more fantastic information and tips to improve your writing check out the link below.

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/writing-tips/?gclid=CjwKCAjw7IeUBhBbEiwADhiEMc660wY3N1ybmYh5_Pf60K1kDAqjEM0Ac19u7WXLUJ_uQrSAh1_iIxoCcv8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&fbclid=IwAR0VZTrpRcxBykL-tzfVyz6wMCJ0ePwB-JWdhfyDCT3FZLZ6hFksbY_JBXE

Get started on your writing journey!

Writing can almost seem like a chore when you have to do it daily in order to meet deadlines. There are many steps you can take to help ease the burden and ensure that you have quality writing to deliver.

Set writing goals

By setting writing goals you can achieve as little or as much as you want and still stay on track. Writing in the mornings for 15 minutes before work or for two hours on Sunday mornings, or whatever schedule works for you helps to make sure you are meeting your weekly deadlines.

Write Daily and Early

There are plenty of people that express their comfort with writing small portions daily, it helps to make them feel less overwhelmed while also accomplishing a great deal throughout the week. Another great suggestion is to write early, write before your day gets started and there is time for you to forget.

Research and keep track of your ideas

Do some research on the topic you are interested in to make sure you are writing a cohesive piece. Be sure to also keep a pen and notepad with you to keep track of all your ideas, who knows your biggest idea could come to you while you’re at the library doing research on your topic or out with friends and just googling around.

Practice! Practice! Practice!

Be sure to practice your writing and editing skills. Try to use a couple of writing prompts a week or a month to stay sharp and hone in on some new skills. This could be thought of as homework instead of work, which may take some of the pressure off.

Create an outline

Creating an outline can help you set the tone and get the overall picture and feel of what you want your writing to accomplish. Outlines can help create a structured piece of work without it seeming dreadful or becoming overwhelming, simply because you can use the outline as a checklist for your writing.

Tips to improve your writing! 5.16.22

Inspiration for Writing! 5.2.22

http://www.writehereuk.com/how-to-get-inspiration-for-writing-a-novel/

Who would you meet? 4.20.22

If you could meet any author, poet, storyteller, etc. who would it be? This could be anyone from the past or present.

Spring has Sprung Inspiration! 4.11.22

Write about your favorite thing to do in the blooming season!

The Muse or the one who Inspires! 4.3.22

Try this sentimental writing exercise. Write about the person who has inspired you the most when it came to writing. This person could have given you the best advice, read everything you have ever written, or simply provide you with wonderful experiences that lead to your writings.

Some Great Writing Tips! 3.29.22

Going Back to the past. 03.21.22

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would that be?

Send us your short stories! 3.15.22

Want to get your work published? Go to the contact us section and send us your short stories!

Keeping up the habit! 2.28.22

Try these amazing writing prompts to keep you in the habit of writing every day!

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/fun-writing-prompts/?gclid=CjwKCAiA_omPBhBBEiwAcg7smdf6zXU8AHme70rOILP2k1-fuiFl8utVGIjWrnpxYYF-PAR97uL3yhoCf5MQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.dsrmation on Full Moon Publishing, LLC.

Welcome Spring with a Haiku. 2/22/22

Spring is around the corner, write a simple and beautiful Haiku about Spring.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 2/14/22

For a writing prompt on this festive day, write about your best first date!

Personification! 2.7.22

Upon doing research this week for what I should put up for our weekly blog post, I came across this brilliant article via Grammarly, that really should be given a read. It’s very informative and can help you with honing your skills.

Here is a quick snippet of some great things written in the article!

History of personification

“Personification has existed for millennia. For just about as long as people have been telling stories, we’ve been using personification to make the concepts in those stories more relatable. 

One early writer to discuss personification, then referred to as prosopopoeia, was an ancient Athenian orator named Demetrius of Phalerum. At the time of his writing, prosopopoeia was a well-established literary device and could be found in a variety of works.

Early examples of personification include images of Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory personified, on Roman coins and architecture. Personification was used widely in ancient Rome, with virtues and specific Roman cities personified on coins and in art. 

Other early examples of personification, specifically in a literary context, include the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse featured in the Bible. In Revelations, a book describing the events of the Apocalypse, the divine’s punishments for the people on Earth are personified as four men riding on horseback, bringing various tragedies to the world. 

Throughout the following centuries, cultures around the world continued to use personification and allegory to communicate important ideas through stories and symbolism. One relatively recent historical example is Bharat Mata, the personification of India as a goddess. This personified figure has roots in the nineteenth century and gained popularity through the Indian Independence movement. Bharat Mata is just one of the personified national figures depicted in art and used to symbolize cultural movements. Others include Uncle Sam, the Merlion, and Britannia.”

Be sure to head over to the website to give it a thorough read!

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/personification/

Give this website a try out to read some creepy folklore! 1.31.22

What is your prized possession? 1.25.22

Write about what it is you have in life that you are the proudest/fond of. This can be anything, big or small, expensive or free, sentimental or not. Write about why you like this item so much, what it means to you, and how it makes a difference in your everyday life.

Write about your inspiration! 1.15.22

Write about the piece of work that inspired your own writing journey and what it meant to you during that time and now.

Write about your most successful New Year’s Resolution! 12.29.21

For more ideas and writing prompts to ring in the new year, check out the site below!

More Christmas writing prompts! 12.22.21

Try these festive writing prompts! 12.13.21

Write about the perfect Christmas Day. Include plenty of details.

Write about your favorite Christmas book or movie.

What does Santa want for Christmas? Make a Christmas list that includes whatever you think he might want. Tell why you think each item should be on the list.

Who would you rather have as a friend: one of Santa’s elves or a snowman that magically came to life? Explain your choice.

What do you think Santa’s elves do on their day off? Write a story about an elf that gets into some kind of trouble on his day off.

Finish this sentence in 10 different ways: This Christmas I hope…

How many Christmas gifts do you think a child your age should get? Why do you think so?

Create a new holiday tradition for your family. Write about what you would do and why it would be important.

For more festive writing prompts click the link below!

Writing Prompt! 12.10.21

What is your funniest holiday memory?

Christmas is getting closer! 11.29.21

Let’s focus on the season! Write about your decorating traditions with your family, or perhaps it’s something you do on your own. Do you have any weird quirks when prepping for Christmas? Make it as funny as possible!

Funny Writing Prompts to try! 11.22.21

Try these funny writing prompts for some added humor this week!

  1. “Write a story about a nanny that kept falling asleep
  2. The nanny forgets to close the door and the baby sneaked out while the nanny fell asleep. Describe what happens next
  3. The teacher did not believe that the dog ate my homework. Finish the story
  4. An alien felt so ticklish when landed on the grass. Finish the story.
  5. The mouse stole my wallet and ate my dollars. Describe what happens next.
  6. The cat jumped over the moon and the dish ran away with the spoon. Create a story out of that sentence.
  7. My family forgot that they left me at the airport. They boarded the plane while I was waiting in the boarding area. Describe what happens next
  8. A mother is obsessed with getting followers on Instagram. Describe what she did.”

For more funny prompts click the link below!

https://kidsnclicks.com/funny-writing-prompts/

Festive Writing Prompt! 11.15.21

Write about your favorite movie, book, or episode of your favorite show based on Thanksgiving!

Get those festive and creative juices flowing with these amazing Thanksgiving writing prompts! 11.8.21

  1. “Pretend you are a very smart and special turkey. You can both understand English and write (you type with your beak)! Write a letter to Americans to convince them NOT to eat turkey for Thanksgiving.
  2. Make a Top 10 list of things that you are thankful for in your life.
  3. Most stores used to be closed on Thanksgiving, with many opening early on Friday for the first of the holiday sales. Now, some stores are having their sales on Thanksgiving Day. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad one? Write a paragraph supporting your viewpoint.
  4. You get to write the script for your favorite TV show’s Thanksgiving episode! Write a summary of the plot of the episode you would write. Or, for a longer project, write the actual script.
  5. Write an acrostic poem for one of these words: TURKEY, THANKSGIVING, GRATEFUL, FAMILY.
  6. Families in America celebrate Thanksgiving in many different ways.  What’s something you do in your family celebration that you think probably no other family in America does. 
  7. Who makes the best food or the most food in your family? Write a letter to this family member thanking them for their hard work.”

For more awesome writing prompts, click below!

Thanksgiving Writing Prompts! 11.1.21

The Halloween season may be over, but we’ve got more holidays headed our way! Since we’re still in early November why don’t we try to spend the next week writing about what we were thankful for over the past month! For example, you could be thankful for an evening spent with your kids carving pumpkins, a Halloween Party with your friends, or watching scary movies with your family!

Check out these fun Halloween Prompts! 10/25/21

Super Fun Halloween Writing Prompts for the Spooky Season! 10.19.2021

“Creepy Halloween Writing Prompts

Prompt 1: It’s late at night, and you hear footsteps in the cellar—but you’re definitely home alone . . . or so you thought.

Prompt 2: You’ve put that doll in the cabinet, in the closet, in the attic, but no matter where you tuck it, it always shows back up on the sofa. On Halloween night, you come out to find it watching you . . .

Prompt 3: A bad-tempered businessman is driving home after a long day of work. He thinks he sees his kids trick-or-treating and stops to pick them up—but those aren’t costumes.

Prompt 4: A young woman goes to her grandmother’s house for tea on Halloween night. They have a wonderful time together, sharing stories, joy, and the best times of family. The next day, the woman learns her grandmother has been dead for a week and no one could get ahold of her to tell her.

Prompt 5: Aliens have just landed on Earth—and boy, did they pick a weird day to come. How do they respond to Halloween, supernatural or otherwise? Do they decide this place is just too bizarre and get the heck out . . . or do they stick around and join in the fun?

Prompt 6: On Halloween night, lovers get to come back and spend the evening together one more time. One couple from the Roaring Twenties decides to come back from the grave to help their extreme nerd great-grandchild or the kid will never get married.

Prompt 7: A little boy’s lost in the woods, but at least his faithful dog is with him. As they look for the way out, the dog defends his master against terrifying monsters and animals. Finally, the boy arrives safely on the other side, beautiful green field, no more fog or night. Then the dog goes home . . . where his owner, the little boy, has died. The good doggy guarded him all the way to his final rest.”

For more awesome writing prompt ideas, check this cool website out!

15 Haunted Halloween Writing Prompts

More Fun Halloween Writing Prompts! 10.11.21

These awesome Halloween prompts can be done by anyone! This would be a fantastic activity for kids and make for a fun new Halloween tradition!

Write about your favorite childhood Halloween Tradition! 10/03/21

We want to know what your favorite Halloween tradition was as a child! And, we want to know if you still carry on this tradition with your own kids, family and friends or perhaps your pets! Let us know!

Writing Prompts based off the Spooky Season! 9.27.21


Check out this list of Halloween writing prompts to get those gears spinning all October long!

Writing a Novel! 9.20.21

Some people work best with a checklist when it comes to things like their job, household and even hobbies. If you are someone who strives and does your best work when in an organized environment, the above site may offer some critical advice to you when writing your novel.

We need your submissions! 9.13.21

Fall in love with the season and write! 9.7.21


Send us for any writings you have about fall or the halloween season and they could be featured on our website and social pages!

Halloween is creeping up on us! 8.31.21

Send us your spooky stories!

Childhood Dreams! 8.23.21

Writing Prompt Practice!

Write about your childhood dream, this could be a dream about the career you would have, if you have a family, or if you got the car of your dreams. Write about your childhood dream vs the reality that is your life now. Are you sad or happy something’s didn’t happen the way you wanted when you were a kid, or are you doing exactly what you wanted?

Accepting Submissions! 8.16.21

We are still taking submissions for Appalachian Ghost Tales! Send submissions via this website or through our FB Messenger. We want short stories, real life ghost stories, old folklore passed down from generation to generation. The stipulation is that it has to take place in the Appalachian region or be told by, or be about someone or something in the Appalachian Region.

Do you want to start reading, but not sure where to start or what book to pick up? 8.10.21

Check this one out from a must read author!

The Reivers by William Faulkner

Author: William Faulkner. Start Here: The Reivers

Experts will insist you must read The Sound and the Fury, a real bear of a book. A brilliant novel, sure, but also one that drops you into the deep end on page one and then proceeds to hold your head under water for 300 pages. Instead of tackling what can be a frustrating and difficult read, start with Faulkner’s final novel, The Reivers, which discards most of his heavier literary gambits to tell one of the most straightforward stories of his career, a lightly comedic picaresque about three unlikely car thieves in a small Mississippi town. That doesn’t mean it’s not a brilliant novel—it was award the Pulitzer Prize, after all—but it does mean you’ll get an intro to Faulkner’s sensibility and obsessions without having to parse his peculiarly Southern style.”

For more must reads, give this site a visit!

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/the-ideal-first-novel-for-10-must-read-authors/

Activities to Jumpstart your writing! 8.3.21

These activities can jumpstart your writing

  1. Exercising
  2. Divert your attention to something else
  3. Write about anything
  4. Ask for help
  5. Just accept that you may just not be ready to progress further right now
  6. Sleep
  7. Read authors that inspire
  8. Let your subconscious do the work and keep occupied with other things

Sometimes you just need a break! 7.27.21

When you’re stuck writing and just can’t seem to break through that sturdy wall blocking your writing try these 7 things to forget and reset.

  1. People watch
  2. Meditate
  3. Read someone else’s work
  4. Start a new workout routine
  5. Start cooking
  6. Start a new show or watch a movie
  7. Spend time with friends and family

Your work is important, but so is your mental health. Take a break, reset, enjoy loved ones and life.

Familial Advice! 7.19.21

Write about some of advice you received from your mother or father when you were younger and how you still use that advice today, or how that has shaped some of the biggest decisions of your life.

Fun Summer Day! 7.12.21

Use one of you fondest summer memories to write a poem or short story!

We want to read your projects!

Send us your short stories, poems, or tales and they could be published on our blog, our social media pages and sent out in our next newsletter!

Week three of writing prompts! 6.30.21

  1. Write about something you should congratulate yourself on
  2. Write about someone you trust
  3. Write about your favorite friend or family member to visit
  4. Take a short walk around your block and snag some pictures. Then go home, analyze those photos and write about them.

Week three of writing prompts! 6.20.21

  1. Take a friendship you have that means a lot to you and write about that
  2. Humans by nature are eavesdroppers, maybe write about something that you know that you were never supposed to be aware of.
  3. Addiction is a tough subject to tackle, because some people may find it painful to write about their or a loved one’s addiction, while some may find it therapeutic. If you can write about addiction and how it has affected your life and your family.

Writing Prompts 6.10.21

Let’s focus on writing prompts for a couple of weeks. It’s interesting how one questions could possibly form a very intriguing piece of work. These prompts can lead to a poem, short story, or maybe a short biographical story.

Here is a few to consider:

  1. Think back to a recent dream you had and try to figure out what inspired it
  2. Think about that time that you met someone for the first time and realized that you were in love.
  3. Go back to the past and write about an event that had you truly terrified. This could be something on a global, national, or personal scale.

The Life of Edgar Allan Poe 4.13.21

Edgar Allan Poe, a dark poet whose writing and personality continue to inspire new writers, films and even tv shows and music had a rough start in life, but never the less made a mark in American history and is known as one of the best writers to have ever lived. Coming from a family of actors, Poe lost his parents when he was just three years old, he was then raised by John Allan, his foster parent who never officially adopted him. Poe Attended UVA in Charlottesville in 1825, a successful student who was eventually forced to leave because of bad debts and inadequate financial support from Allan. Poe and Allan’s relationship would fall apart, and Poe would soon leave for Boston to join the army. He would be honorably discharged, but because of financial reasons Poe gained dismissal by ignoring duties and violating regulations. During his time in the army and after Poe would become a published author. Though he would still struggle financially until his accepted and editorship at the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, VA. Poe would make this move with his aunt and 12-year-old cousin Virginia, who he would later marry. After Virginia died of tuberculosis in 1847, he would have numerous affairs before settling down to get married again. Just a couple of days before his second marriage, he would arrive semi-conscious in Boston and died four days later. Poe is remembered a renowned author and critic, as well as a troubled soul.

That’s just a brief history, to read more about how his writings helped shaped the literary world, visit this site. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/edgar-allan-poe

The Importance of taking a Break 4.6.21

Believe it or not, when you’ve hit writers block, maybe the best thing to do is to take a break, and let the responsibility escape your mind for a while. This gives you the opportunity for a reset, and gives your brain some time to relax, and this could potentially end up being what breaks that writers block. But, regardless if this fixes the block or not, you deserve a break and to give yourself some slack. Depending on your deadline, depends on how long your break should be. If it is your own deadline that you have set, you could take a few weeks or months off to kind of get yourself back. However, if it is a work related deadline, maybe see if it can be pushed a couple of days, and if not, just take many breaks throughout the day to clear your head by practicing a calming activity like walking or reading. 

The History of the Writing Tool 3.31.21

The History of the Pen

The word Pen is a general name for a writing tool that uses pigment in a liquid form to leave marks on surfaces. The liquid pigment, ink. The history of writing tools starts in Ancient Egypt where scribes invented reed pens to replace styluses and clay writing. The reed straw, designed with a pointed end that was slit, let the ink slowly escape to leave marks on papyrus. This pen didn’t last long, especially when people started using quills. Quill pens, constructed of molted flight feather of very large birds, made in a similar way to reed pens. It was in Ancient Rome that metal nibs for dip pens were uses, but they didn’t gain popularity until they were eventually mass-produced in the 19th century. By the end of the 19th century the first ballpoint pen was introduced, when modernized, it became more practical, popular and cheaper than a fountain pen.  However, ink is as old if not older than the pen. The first uses of ink dates back to 23rd Century BC in China. They make plan, animal and mineral inks to paint on silk and paper.

So there you have it, a brief history of the pen and the ink that makes it all possible. It just goes to show, that when you have something to write you will create and do anything possible to leave your mark.

Let’s Talk About Tech Baby! 3.24.21

Obviously in 2021 we aren’t writing books by hand anymore, or event typewriters. We have all of this amazing tech to help us push along and get these books written, so let’s discuss some must haves for writing an awesome, flawless book!

  1. Speech Recognition! Everyone speaks faster than they type, so this is a productivity hack for any professional writers. Dragon Speech Recognition is a software that can transcribe a novel, browse the web, and help you navigate your socials and appointments.
  2. Scrivener! This is a must have for anyone who writes long works and enjoys writing and jumping around chapters. It allows you to organize, annotate and file your work.
  3. Get in touch with potential buyers! To help get you noticed by a publisher, a large email list will help. And that’s where ConvertKit comes in. This program allows you to segment your subscribers into lists and allows you to set up an automation email blast to any new subscribers. Each subscriber is a potential buyer!
  4. Freedom! If you lack self-control when it comes to browsing your social media feed and getting distracted from work, you can download Freedom which blocks time wasting sites for a set period of time.
  5. Grammarly! This is a must have and not just for writing books, but when sending emails or texts via your computer or smartphone. Grammarly can catch spelling and grammatical errors and underlines them in green to easily alert you of your mistake.
  6. ProWritingAid! This free software is a grammar guru, mentor and style editor all in one. This will help you to better understand grammar.
  7. Ginger! This is an awesome software to use if you want to translate your documents, or have your work read back to you, so you can hear the flow of your writing.
  8. Ulysses is designed for Macs specifically with its clean easy to use interface to keep your document free from distractions, cloud sync, live preview, library for all texts, etc.…
  9. Moleskine Pen + Ellipse! Connect the pen to your computer, tablet or smartphone. This allows you to keep practicing that penmanship, without having to retype everything later.
  10. Typewriter Keyboard! For a keyboard with a more nostalgic feeling check out the Das Keyboard
  11. Parc Slope Laptop Stand! Your wrists will thank you with this one.
  12. Get a pen that can write on anything! And for that you can check out the Fisher Space pen or the Yoropen. But if you don’t want to spend that kind of money on a pen, we understand, just carry a notepad and regular pen around for when you get that brilliant idea!

To read more on these products and software options, check out this link-> https://thejohnfox.com/2018/06/the-best-software-and-tech-for-writers/

Tips for a Productive Workspace 3.17.21

  1. Create a workspace free from distraction. Set your office/workspace up far away from the TV, playrooms, and any other high traffic rooms. Don’t let animals in and keep your workspace quiet to allow for maximum concentration.
  2. Declutter! One way to amp up your productivity is to declutter your work area so you don’t have to go fishing through pens, papers, clips and knick knacks looking for something vital to your project. Give everything a place and keep it there.
  3. If you do work from home, some people work better when they know the whole house is in order and all of their chores are complete for the day. If these tasks will be sitting on you distracting you whilst you work, opt for completing those tasks prior to your project.
  4. Try bringing in a plant, a fountain, or a small Zen garden. These will need your attention occasionally but won’t be a total distraction and can be used as a small, quick escape to clear your mind momentarily.
  5. Try a calming or refreshing air freshener or scented oils, to help you stay relaxed.
  6. As we have preached before, set smaller goals and develop a smaller to-do list. Taking on small tasks at a time greatly increases productivity and makes the entire project more manageable.
  7. Be sure to take meaningful breaks. If you find yourself stuck or unmotivated, grab lunch, a cup of coffee or go for a walk around your neighborhood, or all three and comeback once you have cleared your mind.

Goals 3.10.21

Short- and Long-term goals

Goals are an important part with any journey, and that includes writing. Some people do well with short term goals, while others strive for the long-term goals.

Short term goals can be achieved quicker and can help to divide up the main goal into more manageable goals. This not only helps give a sense of accomplishment that everyone needs in order to progress, but it also makes it more time manageable and helps to ensure that your brain has plenty of rest. If you are a long-term goal person and you find yourself stuck, try to divide up your ultimate goal into 5-10 smaller manageable goals. These small goals can be achieved by completing them day by day, or week by week.

However, if you find yourself with a week’s worth of time off and you don’t have any other obligations, perhaps running for the main goal would help push you along, and if not finish your task, get you very close to the finish line.

The most important thing to remember is to give yourself grace, time and understanding. Any task worth doing, is worth doing right the first time. And if it takes you a little longer to put the last polish on the book, it will be worth it in the end.

Getting ready for that first interview 2.24.21

Interviews are a big part of your marketing effort, but they come with a lot of anxiety. A great way to get your name and title out to the public is to do interviews, whether it be on television, radio shows, or newspaper and magazine articles, it can pretty intimidating. Below are a few tips to help you be more prepared for your first interview as a published author.

First off, you will get some basic questions and these normally revolve around yourself, your past, your influences and why you decided to write the book. These are best if you speak naturally and unscripted, as these are answers that you have known whole-heartedly for a while.

Second, you may have some tough questions come up, and the best way to prepare for these are do some research not only in your field, which is being a published author, but maybe some changes to the genre in which your book belongs. Genres in movies and books are constantly changing, like clothing styles and design trends. Keep that in mind and note the changes that have taken place that include more diversity, a political stance, and/or economic growth or decline that may have significant impact in your field. The more you know about what is going on in the world and how your book relates to that, even the tiniest bit, will relay a sense of knowledge and confidence to prospective buyers.

Lastly, if you are totally uncomfortable being interviewed and not knowing what questions the interviewer plans on asking, you can either ask to see the questions the interviewer has prepared, or develop your own questions and submit to the interviewer. If the interviewer agrees and send you their questions, this gives you a good chance to practice and know how you will respond to every question, so you will come off as more confident and enthusiastic. If you prepare your own questions, just remember to make them meaningful, do not give the interviewer a list of softball questions to answer. Listeners/readers want to hear your thoughts and what drives you, so be ready to open up and be honest.

Always remember that your body language says a lot, you want to appear likeable yet confident, and happy that you are there representing your book. Be courteous and respectful to those around you, because those interviewing you have a large audience they influence, which is a big potential for the sales of your book.

Developing the Idea 2.9.21

Let us talk about coming up with an idea, today. From research and observing interviews it seems that all authors have something in common. They write something that is an interest to them. They are passionate about what they are writing and that passion clear to the reader. There are a few things you can do to help you develop your idea, if you happen to find yourself stumped. Take a bit to think back about all the things that have had the biggest impact on your life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most of the time, whether it be good or bad, your story will resonate with someone who have shared similar experiences. Just be authentic. Another route could be to write about someone else and their story or struggles. You could write about a family members experiences, or a friend’s dream, or maybe write about your goals and dreams and turn them into a great work. Ask people you know what type of books they like to read and maybe start of writing single chapters at a time and ask for their approval. This is a good way to get constant feedback on your story while still developing it. Not to mention, sometimes taking on smaller tasks as opposed to one gigantic task makes it easier to carry out. Maybe you have a long-standing interest in certain topics, this can include true crime, music, art, business, or anything else and take your interest and transform that into a work of fiction, non-fiction, or an informational work. Maybe you do a web show or podcast, you must feel passionate about that topic, try creating a book based off the information and experience you already have. One interesting way to start a book is to look around at all the people in the world, people are all so beautiful and mysterious, and we all have fabulous stories. If you see a gentle human working at the flower shop one day, try to give them a narrative of your own. Their back story, their life and why they are where they are now. Maybe this person used to work on Wall Street, but the stress and anxieties of the job left them wanting something peaceful. A job where working with flowers is a constant relaxer and a place to get to know those around them. Maybe they traveled the world and the town where the flower shop resides was their favorite place on earth, and they couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. Or perhaps they are in the witness protection program trying to start over and not be noticed by those looking for them. There are a multitude of ways to come up with a great idea, but if you’re having trouble coming up with an idea, just give it time. The right idea will present itself. It’s better to write wholeheartedly and passionately about something that is truly interesting to you than to dread writing about a topic that you truly aren’t that invested in, and readers can tell the difference. Either way, when you have your book written, send it our way and we would love to read it.