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What’s Your Motif?

Motifs? Most writers don’t really know what they are, but they can make the difference between an okay book and a terrific one. Since we’ve just discussed the topic theme in recent posts (by looking at some of my favorite movies), now would be a good time to look at motifs. Not many writers consciously plan out motifs to use in their novel, but sometimes they come naturally into the story. Motifs are symbolic elements packed with inference, but they don’t have to appear in your story as an actual item. Motifs can be a word or phrase, a concept, an image—just about anything that can be repeated with significance and symbolism. The weather can be a motif, for example, if each time something terrible is about to happen, “lightning” strikes. Continue Reading…

The Positive Side of Rejection

Today’s guest post is from author and blogger Angela Ackerman, whose insightful wisdom can be found at The Bookshelf Muse.

I bet a few eyebrows jumped up at reading the title of this post. In fact, right now people are crossing their arms and expelling a bitter laugh or two as they recall the soul-eating, BP-oil-spill darkness that accompanied their last rejection. Something positive? What, it came in an email so no trees had to die to deliver it? Come on, Angela, get real.

Okay, first of all, saving trees is a good thing. 🙂 But that’s not what I mean. All rejections, paper or otherwise, have a positive side. Continue Reading…

Pay It Forward in Community to Reap Blessings

 Today’s guest post is from Melissa Foster, founder of the World Literary Café community. We’ve been delving into the concept of being a part of a community (or communities) in order to not just promote and sell our own books but to find joy, significance, and fellowship on this oftentimes grueling life journey as a writer. Listen to what Melissa has to say. She’s founded a thriving, successful community that has great results in promotion and sales, and she’s dedicated to helping writers find a place for their books in the face of changing publishing trends. Much of what her community does involves mutual cross-promoting.

Are you part of a community? If so, what does community mean to you? What do you gain? What do you give back? These questions are what’s sailing through my mind as I write this post, and I hope, after reading, that you’ll take the time to share your thoughts with me and Susanne. Continue Reading…

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