#Showcase Sunday: The Threads of You | My World With Words

Two words to describe this post by Belinda – Simply beautiful!

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“I finished unpacking last night. My house is a home, but the one thing missing is you. I hear your laugh, see your smile, admire your new haircut in the faces of strangers. I can’t stop for a…”

Source: The Threads of You | My World With Words






#Showcase Sunday: The Wicked Web | A.C. Melody

I love when great writers provide amazing tips and free reads! Be sure to check out this free read and the rest of AC’s blog! You will find amazing resources! Please comment directly on the original post via the source below.


Welcome to my new blog series, The Wicked Web, where you can find Free stories, written by yours truly. Each one is broken down into short episodes. All of the material is mine and has never been e…

Source: The Wicked Web | A.C. Melody

Beauty And The Blog Beast #52things52weeks #simplymarquessa #amblogging

Having a blogging or posting schedule is both a beauty and a beast.

As part of my 52/52, I planned to take one day each month to map out a blog schedule for four weeks at a time in order to better organize my fiction writing time. It’s worked out really, really well.

With my decision to post previously published posts (with edits and updated gifs) and sticking to my weekly features that focus on “less words”, I’ve managed to plan further than four weeks and even have a number of rough drafts saved that I can easily revisit and finalize (the reason why some of the links on my 52/52 page appear but are not yet functional).

The beauty of having a blogging/writing schedule is that it takes the guess work out of what to write and when to post. You can sit down, look at your schedule and simply write towards it.

It’s also helped me realize that I want to “simplify” so I will no longer be posting:

  • #SuperSoulSundays (Twitter trend) after March 2017;
  • #MusicMondays (Twitter trend) after May 2017; and
  •  more than one post per day after March 2017 (unless I really, really feel it’s exceptional).

My writing is already deeply rooted in music so I don’t need to share what is inspiring me in stand-alone posts. And posting more than once a day in order to participate in certain Twitter trends is time consuming.

But there is also a beast of a problem when it comes to a having a schedule, that is, if you are an “endless editor” like me.

When I’m “blogged up” in advance, I often find myself re-editing posts that are already “scheduled”. While waiting in a check-out line or waiting for an appointment, there I am, “tweaking” a scheduled post that I should not be touching again. I’m working on breaking that habit.

If I had to offer blogging advice, I would definitely encourage you to:

  • have a blogging schedule; but
  • not to plan far too advance.

If you participate in the WordPress daily writing prompts, my advice will not work for you.

But if your blog posts are “planable”, you can save lots of time and energy by jotting your ideas down on a calendar, drafting posts towards them, all the while leaving you the flexibility and spontaneity to post about current events, if you like.

Do you have a blogging schedule? How far in advance do you plan? Do you stick to your schedule?

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Building An Email List #writerslife

I need to build an email list.

That’s the consistent message I’m hearing loud and clear from all the books and blogs I’ve been reading about self-publishing. From what they all say, it’s essential for future marketing, book promotions and giveaways.

And regardless of whether it’s in print or on your own, since it takes a long time to build those kinds of lists, aspiring authors should start long before they think about publishing.

I’ve also been reading how agents want to see aspiring authors with a certain level of followers on different social media platforms.

Like I said at the beginning of my WordPress journey, I wasn’t interested in the number of followers I had. But I guess that if I want to increase my chances for success as a writer, I have no choice to get more interested in “numbers”.

So I’m starting now.

You may have noticed a few changes:

  • the Mailchimp pop-ups to sign up for my mailing list and
  • that I’m signing off on my fiction posts with a “click here to sign up” , “If you liked this piece and want to see more like it, please click on “Like” and/or “Comment” and share with others who would also enjoy it” or
  • a combination of the two.

If you’d like to sign up, please do. I promise not to bombard you with a deluge of emails.

And over the next few months, I’ll be posting a variety of “Tell A Friend”, “Please Like My Facebook Page“, “Follow Me On Twitter” posts.

When you see these, I’m hoping that you will sign up for my different “calls to action” to help me on my journey to being an author!


M  xoxo

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