Weekly Links: Writer-pa-looza

Weekly Links: Writer-pa-looza

Weekly Links: Writer-pa-looza

Weekly Links This week is a holiday week, and I am very busy with family and food. That is a very nice change for me from the daily doldrums. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and remember to spend time sitting in nature, meditating on your blessings this week. I chose from a variety of sites this week, and tried to include everything I thought might be applicable to a writer of all stages.  From a Twitter friend, @RicardoFayet here is a link : Writing in Third Person vs Omniscient vs- third person limited https://blog.reedsy.com/third-person-omniscient-vs-limited and thanks so much Ricardo

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Introducing the LIST : a once a week listing for writers

Introducing the LIST : a once a week listing for writers

The list – and not the mailing list either- is a great idea for any blog. Now that Halloween is over and everyone is pointing their noses toward the big eating day, Thanksgiving, I am starting a new feature here on the blog. I decided some time ago that one of the features that I love most about podcasts and blogs that I visit is how the hosts and hostesses are so free with the information that they share. We all love news and tips from  the industry, right? Only recently, one of my favs stopped curating the sites, which

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Excerpt for Schooled in Murder, Book Three of Shannon Wallace Mysteries

Excerpt for Schooled in Murder, Book Three of Shannon Wallace Mysteries

Today, I bring you an excerpt from my soon-to-be-released book, Schooled in Murder, book three in the Shannon Wallace Mysteries. SCHOOLED IN MURDER copyright KimSmith 2016 The fear of poverty sat on me like a screaming black cat digging its claws into my guts. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I was a college graduate. I had a degree in English. I should have been a teacher with a retirement account slowly building itself a future. But God has a sense of humor and none of that had happened. If a boatload of green didn’t arrive on the horizon

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Short list for bloggers

Short list for bloggers

A short list of things you can do today to keep your blog posts relevant As a blogger in today’s social media driven environment, I am finding that traffic is fickle at best. Our sites need to be a little more “shouty” and grab attention in a more interesting way in order to compete with the barrage of sites that are getting all the eyes. Most blogs have a sort of “focus”. That’s not my site, however, I say with a chuckle. I try to be inventive and keep things different so readers don’t get bored. I do apologize when

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The inside look at why I like to blog

The inside look at why I like to blog

I sure like to blog. But guess what? My blog traffic has flatlined. The number of daily/monthly visitors has gone off since February. For someone whose best trait is “versatility,” this is troublesome. My thoughts turn to, What am I doing wrong? The truth is that I like starting things. Like getting into Girl Scouts when I was a kid. I started it. But I quit early. Too much participation. And I like growing things. I love to see things get bigger and better. But that leads to the problem here. I don’t like sustaining things. It’s just how I am cabled. If the figures aren’t going in

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