Delete those Words!

One thing I love to do is research on YouTube. This week since I’m in the #editing phase of my newest manuscript (cutting repeat words or phrases) I’m looking to YouTube for inspiration and motivation. Here’s what I came up with:

10 WEAK WORDS You Should CUT from Your Novel  -Abbie Emmons

Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel -Meg LaTorre, iWriterly

29 Words to Cut From Your Novel -Vivian Reis

Writing Tips – Kill Duplicate Words -Dan Gookin
#writinginspiration #writingcommunity

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Show vs Tell: YouTube links for writers

I’m in my editing phase of my latest manuscript, going back to review some “show don’t tell” videos on YouTube. Here are some helpful links:

How to Write Compelling Dialogue: A Proven Process -Jerry B. Jenkins

Craft Chat: Show vs. Tell -Alexa Donne

How to Show, Not Tell: The Complete Writing Guide -Diane Callahan

Please tell me in the comments on Facebook what videos have been helpful for you!

#writing #writingtips #justwrite

Write During Your Favorite Time of Day

Hi writers! I’m wrapped up in a heating blanket by the fire in chilly Connecticut. Everyone is still sleeping and the snow outside is making for an extra peaceful morning. It’s my favorite time of day! Look at my #Writing nook today! I had to share!

My book is due to the editor next week so I’m editing my manuscript, watching YouTube videos on “show versus tell”, deleting repetitive words and nuances and adding scenes. It’s getting there! Tell me what you’re up to today!

My daughter’s JV game was cancelled today so I don’t have to be Soccer Mom (in the cold) or Mom’s Taxi service today! #writingtime #michellespray To comment and join the conversation visit the post on Facebook @SprayBooksEtc #justwrite #youcandoittoo 🌸

How To Support your Writer “Person“?

Although this video is geared toward NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is a very strict writing deadline for the month of November or 1,667 words per day, this is very helpful video in knowing how to deal with your writer “person”. How do you deal with this stranger who hasn’t showered in four days and wakes up at the crack of dawn to start writing? Thank you NaNoWriMo for posting this cute video. Are You participating in NaNoWriMo? #writingcommunity #writeyourstory

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Partners and your Writing Schedule

Hi writers! What are you up to with your writing? I am up to 27,000 words in my WIP. I have a mid November deadline with my editor to finish, so I’ve been working furiously. Four weeks to go!

Question for you.. I belong to the 5am Writers Club on Twitter yet my husband seems to take it personally when I’m not in bed when he wakes up in the morning. Do any of you have this issue and how do you overcome it? His quiet time is at night when everyone’s asleep, mine is in the morning (when everyone’s asleep.. same thing) when I have the most energy. I also compartmentalize and figure out plot holes, twists, problems etc while I’m sleeping and can wake up refreshed with ideas and a plan. I LOVE mornings. I love the freedom of being able to sit with coffee before the sun comes up in peace. Especially with a special needs son at home and being mom’s taxi service for sports and all their different buses (oh and distance learning certain days) ..nights just aren’t possible for me. I’m fried by 7pm. And most days, my husband’s not even home from work yet by 7. What are your thoughts, suggestions .. encouragement?! Quote via leroywarden1 on Instagram. Are you on Insta too? 🌸

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What Kind of Writer are You?

Pantsers, Plotters … what we can agree on is that the story needs to follow some sort of structure. To outline or not to outline?!?

Below are two methods to download/get you started #writing your story. 1) Abbie Emmons’ 3-Act Story Structure and 2) Sarra Cannon’s Plot Your Novel Series Links on my FB author page @spraybooksetc Let me know what you think! #writeyourstory #keepgoing #michellespray #amwriting #writingcommunity #5amwritersclub #plotterorpantser

Getting Interrupted: Writing During Quarantine While Everyone’s Home

“The great enemy of writing isn’t your own lack of talent … it’s being interrupted by other people.” — Joyce Carol Oates. Well, ain’t that the truth!?

Besides life (you know, getting in the way) what have you been up to? I’m getting ready to release a new children’s book AND I’m also writing my novel again!

I’m chopping the project down to small chunks, writing one incident at a time. This way, although I may be interrupted (all day every day) I don’t have to worry about chronological order. I only have to concentrate on one scene at a time. Who’s in it? What do they want? What’s the body language? What’s the dialogue? More specifics can be added later but this is your starting point for the scenes within your chapters. #justwrite #keepwriting #michellespray

My Story, Your Story #youcandoittoo #michellespray

After #writing my first book on my scoliosis journey @ Growing Up with Scoliosis by Michelle Spray, I tried to put it to bed and never speak of it again … but it followed me. I’m proud that it has helped countless families nationwide over the past two decades. Since then, I became primary caregiver to my grandmother who battled #alzheimers for nearly a decade. I lost myself in her journey and wrote about that too @ Lost Memories Found Hope.

Shortly after that, I gave birth to two special needs children and my life for the next decade consisted of new syndromy words, hospitals, surgeries, specialists, divorce, and job loss.

Recently, I’ve started to open up about their journey’s in the form of (my new creative and emotional outlet) my children’s books @ BookShelf123. Like my scoliosis, I tried putting their diagnoses aside, but I realized that writing about these helps me as well as families going through the same things. My heart fills up when families write to tell me how much I have helped them!

I hope you’ll follow me on my journey and I hope it helps you to know that #youcandoit #youcandoittoo #michellespray #WRITE your story! #writeyourstory #WritingCommunity On Facebook!