How to Create Your Own Formula for Writing Success

Meg Dowell Writes

Professionally, I’ve been writing since 2013. Personally, I’ve “been a writer” since first grade. I’ve had a lot of time and many opportunities to figure out exactly what works for me and what doesn’t.

I know my best time of day to write blog posts, which hours of the day I struggle to focus the most, which projects are going to take me the longest, and how to appear much more confident in pitch emails than I actually am.

I know exactly what works for me. But what works for me might not work for you.

I love giving writing advice. But I’m not here to force my methods on you. It’s my mission, as a blogger, to help you figure out how to succeed as a writer — in whatever ways work for you.

So here’s how you can take some important steps to create your own “success formula” as…

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Photo Challenge #147

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

hands-2 – Natalia Drepina

Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.


If you are an artist or photographer, use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

You have 1 week to complete this challenge.

Please credit the artist!

When you’re done, TAG the post Photo Challenge and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, and add your link to the Link Button. Also don’t forget to link to this post or copy your post’s URL into the comments. We can read your post sooner that way.

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Reading Links 5/9/17

Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author


Reading Links…5/11/17

Traci Kenworth


  1. Asimov’s and others.
  2. Soul renting.
  3. Out from DAW.
  5. Which one will she choose?
  6. Some diverse authors.
  7. What will the transition bring?
  8. Will he be able to acquire the rare toy?
  9. Could his mission change the course of WWII.
  10. Two mercenaries accused of switching sides.
  11. A dark science fiction space opera set in a world of aliens, war, politics, and slavery.
  12. Check this out! I like how it expresses the title.
  13. An empty wasteland where only the strong and most cunning survive.
  14. New discovery by Michael Chricton and more.
  15. Why was a titanic robot buried in pieces around the world?
  16. To catch evil, it takes evil.
  17. Haunted by his past, hunted in the present.
  18. An enemy leaves her father mortally wounded.


  1. Two reads on sale till…

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Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 33 – CLEAN & SHARP

🎃Word Craft: Prose & Poetry🎃

Happy POETRY Tuesday everyone!
Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, and let’s write some poetry.

All hyper-links are in purple.

Image credit: Pinterest – Famous Poetry Quotes

You can write your poem in one of the three forms defined below:

HAIKU in English



You can do one poem or try to do one of each. It’s up to you – YOUR CHOICE. The instructions follow below:


The haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables, and line three has 5 syllables. Haiku is a mood poem, and it doesn’t use any metaphors or similes. 5/7/5. Read my post on How to Write a Haiku in English.

Wikipedia explains:

“”Haiku” is a term sometimes loosely applied…

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9 Steps To Editing Your Novel

Rachel Poli

One question I tend to ask myself when editing my novels is:

Where do I start?

I make a list of notes to edit as I write. Sometimes I’ll write a scene and make a note whether it’s really needed or not. Sometimes I make notes about the characters or the pacing of the story.

Yet, even though I have that list, I begin editing and I find myself just reading. I’m reading like a reader, not editing like an editor.

But first drafts are always terrible, right? So there’s a lot to go through, a lot to think about, a lot to change. It takes a long time and a lot of extra drafts and trees.

So, I’ve decided, in an attempt to get myself a little more organized with my own editing, I’d come up with a process for it. Maybe this will work, maybe it won’t. But…

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Falling Water

Dutch goes the Photo!

Welcome to Week 56 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

This week I had no problem coming up with an idea for the challenge, as it came to me rather quickly.  Many of you may know that I enjoy photographing water, as it is always a subject of inspiration.  So for this week’s challenge I propose Falling Water!  There’s nothing like the sounds and sights of water following the course laid by gravity and I’m sure that you will go with the flow!

As you well know, the only request I have is for you to have fun with the theme and just let your creativity flow like the water.  There are many ways, in which water can fall, so I’m curious to find how many you will cover.

Here’s one of the images that came to mind when I thought of this week’s theme…

Chapman-Falls-IMG_0902Chapman Falls

Chapman Falls are located…

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Cucumber and poppy seed salad

Ten More Bites

Cucumber and poppy seed salad

This salad of cucumber and red chilli tossed in a zingy-sweet dressing takes minutes to prepare.

I like to give it a little time in the fridge – half an hour is enough – for the cucumber to get cool and crisp, and the chilli heat to work its way into the dressing.

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