Fall is in the air (free printable)

Fall is one of my favorite seasons! I love the weather, the smells, the food, apple cider, and pumpkin spice are in season. The colors are vibrant and beautiful, the leaves are falling and you get that awesome crunch, crunch when walking! People’s mood just seems to change to one of warm fuzzy feelings. This is the time of year when you know the holidays are coming and excitement is brewing! 

As a writer and blogger Fall is also the time when I can write/blog about so many different things! Things I don’t write about on a daily basis. There are festivals, parades, decorations and more that are just a part of the season. Use these to your advantage and bring in more readers! There is much much you can include! I’m attaching a download for you to print that has some ideas for the Fall season. Of course, there are others but this will at least be a starting point! Enjoy! 

When you sit down to write and just can’t

Have you ever sat down to write be it a short story, poem, or even a blog post and find you can’t think of anything (even though you had a plan)? You stare at the blank paper or computer screen, willing your mind to come to life? 

You had an idea where did it go? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? I can tell you it has happened to all of us at one time or another. Writers everywhere have a story to tell about the dreaded writer’s block. Even the name sounds iffy. No one wants to think about it much less go through it. So what can help you with getting over that state of blankness? I’m going to share with you a list of things that seem to work for me. Hopefully, some of these will keep you from giving up. 

  • Go for a walk! Yes, a walk being out in nature relaxes you. This helps me forget all about writing or gives me some ideas. There’s something about being outdoors that just makes you feel better. 
  • Take a long hot bath or show! I find my mind stops trying to over work when I’m in nice hot water. My body is at peace which helps me concentrate better.  I slow down and stop worrying. Total relaxation moment! 

  • Read! This will not only get your mind off your own writing but it will allow you to step into an entirely new world. As you envision this work you may start getting ideas. I find some of my best ideas come when reading. I never steal or copy anyone else’s ideas but it helps me get my creative juices flowing! 

  • People watching! Yes, I said people watching! You may be wondering why I do this and that is a very good question. This allows me to see different people’s personalities, moods, the way they dress and move. They don’t realize they are being watched and so are themselves. I am then able to build characters from them. This can even help with a blog post because often times we are writing about people in one way or another. People watching is a great way to beat writer’s block!  

  • Watching TV! Many people see watching TV as a waste of time and while it can be mind numbing it can also be useful. Just like reading and people watching you can get ideas from what you are seeing! The way the characters talk, walk and deal with different situations. You can even get inspiration from the sets. The color schemes or lay out of the city etc. Watching TV can be a great inspiration for writers.  

  • I’m sure this one is going to be my least popular suggestion but here goes. Playing video games! You read that right! Playing games can have the exact effect on you as reading or watching TV. If you play a game that has great character development you can glean ideas from them. You might even be inspired by the look of a character and use bits and pieces of their looks in your writing. Give it a try one time and see if it helps! 

  • Last but not least talking! Talking to someone who’supportive of you and you can bounce ideas off of is a great idea! They can help walk you through what you’re having trouble with and give you a fresh set of ideas. Often times it is people outside of a situation that sees things the most clear! Find someone whom you can turn to when you need a set of ears and are willing to throw things out there for you. I find doing this helps me tremendously! 

I hope some of these suggestions can help you next time you have writer’s block and are ready to hit your head against the nearest wall. Often times we have writer’s block from overthinking, at least that is the reason in my case! If you have any suggestions of your own leave a comment! 

Why you shouldn’t overuse the word said in your writing. Plus a free printable

When I first started writing I noticed I used the word said a lot. If you are an aspiring writer you may have been told not to overuse the word said. It’s true because it can become redundant and is often times not even necessary. Most times in dialog your reader can tell who is talking. It is always a good idea to put the characters names at the beginning of the dialog because it helps your readers keep track of the conversation. If you choose not to put the names at the beginning of the conversation and just let it flow without any tags even said the read will become confused. 

Many authors will tell you they hate the word said but still use it too much in their first drafts and have to go back to eliminate the word throughout the manuscript. I still find myself doing it more then I care to admit. It took me a while to learn not to just plop the word down for the sake of it. In fact, you may hear that you don’t really need dialog tags at all, a lot of times this may be correct. If however, you want to use them or need them there are many words you can use other then said. I often find and I’m sure you may as well that if I read a conversation like the following that it is boring after a bit.  “Where are we going?” Clarrissa said. “To the castle, we need to get to the king”, Alex said. “Well let’s get moving. If we are too late you know what will happens”, Clarrisa said. “Yes, I do and I don’t want that!” Alex said.

I lost your interest after a minute there didn’t I? Imagine if that were riddle throughout a whole text. The reader would most likely put the book down. You as the author lost the very person you’re trying to draw in. The point of writing (for most writers at least) is to get people to read your work. If they get confused or bored, they won’t read. Using said too much is a huge complaint I see all too often. Today I’m going to share with you a printable of 15 words to use in place of said. You can print it out and have a quick reference to use if you need a word fast. There are of course many other words these are just some of my favorites. You can always add to it so you have an arsenal of words to use. I hope you find this list helps you when you need it! 

Hello and Welcome!

My name is Crystal and I want to welcome you to my new blog! I’m so excited to be able to share with you my writing, tips, tricks, and advice! I am not only going to be sharing with you my writing journey but also how you can become an author as well. I hope you all find this blog fun, engaging and educational. This has been a dream of mine for a long time.

I can’t wait to show you all the wonderful world of writing and what being an author is really like. Please drop a comment to let me know you’re here!

 

Articles on how to start a blog

I know this is a writing blog but I wanted to share some amazing articles about how to start a blog for you! These come from my friend and fellow blogger Cate Rosales at Sweetandsimplelife.com

https://sweetandsimplelife.com/start-blog-make-money/

https://sweetandsimplelife.com/start-blog-make-money/

https://sweetandsimplelife.teachable.com/p/becoming-a-blogger/?

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I hope if you want to become a blogger that these articles can help you on your journey. Also be sure to join Cates Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/becomingablogger/

There you will find tips, inspirations, and amazing members that will help you build your blog and start making money. I have just joined her group and have already made some friends!