Fall Poems

Fall is my favorite time of year.  While I work on my cozy mysteries, I thought I would share some poems I have written in between edits.  Enjoy!

Witches and Goblins beware.

I’m on patrol in the air.

I hang from a droid constructed of a sheet and duct tape.

Proudly embarking on my journey over the landscape.

Up in the sky I fly over the crowd.

Small gusts of wind blowing my shroud.

“I’m here to protect,” I proclaim.

When I hear the children in costume exclaim –

“There’s a ghost in the sky!”

“Look at it fly.”

I look around for the ghost that they see.

But the only one in the sky is me.

 

 

Apple cider, pumpkins and festivals galore

Fall is knocking on the door

Come in my old friend and let me partake

Before winter arrives and I put away my rake.

– Carole Lynn Jones

 

I would love to hear your short fall poems.  Comment me back.

Happy Writing!

 

 

 

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Start A Story

Where do you get inspiration from?

How do you start a story?

I find my creative juices flow with a great opening line.

Below are some opening lines I have thought of.

Let’s hide it in here, no one has been in here for eight years.

Brandon Schmidt wanted to be popular in the worst way.

After five days of nonstop rain, the morning sun held the promise of a great day.

I’ve looked everywhere where is my guinea pig Penny?  

Feel free to comment back to me with some opening lines you have thought of or use one of my opening lines and write a short story.   If you do, I would love to hear it.

Thanks for reading this short blog and Happy Writing!

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A WRITER’S WEEK

Mondays are for writing. Sit down, write, write some more.

Tuesdays are for writing. Sit down, write, write some more.

Wednesdays are for … (you get it..)

Thursdays are for editing. Sit down, drink coffee and edit.

Fridays are for writing. See above.

Saturdays are for writing AND snacking on chocolate.

Sundays are for writing, reading, updating social media AND exercising off the chocolate you ate on Saturday.

With spring knocking on the door, here are some thought‑provoking questions. I hope they keep you motivated to reach your writing goals.

How many hours do you spend writing?

Where do you write?

Do you quit when you reach your daily word count?

How much time do you spend editing?

When do you edit?

How much time do you spend finding a market for your work?

How much time do you spend reading?

How is all of the above working for you?

Feel free to send me your answers I would love to hear from you regarding the above.

Happy writing!

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Query Organization

While we are all sure that the first agent or editor we query will fall in love with our writing and immediately sign us, the truth is, we may have unorganized file folders, notebooks, charts, post-its and other jotted down notes for queries we have made for our beloved writing.

What is the best way to manage those queries.  Recently a friend gave me a printout of an article that Writer’s Digest posted on January 25, 2017. I have attached a link.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/track-pitches-and-queries

This is a small step to organize in the new year, but one I find very helpful.  You can tailor the sheets to your own needs.  The downloads are an efficient, quick way to organize your queries so you can get back to what you love most – WRITING.  Also great should you not receive an offer on your first attempt.  🙂

Thank you again Writer’s Digest-Tyler Moss!

 

 

 

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Memoir (FREE contest) “Dear Lucky Agent”

Below is a link from Writers Digest (such a helpful website and tool for writers) to a FREE contest “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest for writers of Memoir.  Contest deadline December 31, 2016.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/28th-free-dear-lucky-agent-contest-memoir

Judged by Agent Jennifer Wills @WillsWork4Books, Chuck Sambuchino

They are also currently doing a contest for writers of historical fiction.

Happy writing,

Carole

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WHERE TO PUBLISH?

You’ve spent countless lonely hours writing.

Taken numerous classes.

Revised and revisited.

Enlisted the help of critique partners.

Your polished manuscript is finally ready.

Where do you send it?  Should you be agented?  How do you gain an agent’s interest?  Should you self-publish?  How do you go about doing that?

Your mind spins with questions.

The industry of helping new writers become authors is a industry itself.

I am finding there are many knowledgeable professionals and books to guide you.

Below are a few of the ones I am researching for my manuscripts.

Agent Query – http://www.agentquery.com/

Writers Market – http://www.writersmarket.com/

Manuscript Wish List -this is also on Twitter under #MSWL – http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/

Also, I recently came across this blog and it is wonderful – https://janefriedman.com/

Please feel free to comment me with your suggestions.

Happy writing!

 

 

 

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Inspiration

Today I will…

These three words are a part of my daily vocabulary.  I grew up in a family who made daily lists of things they needed to accomplish.  In recent years, I’ve noticed that I have passed this trait on to my children (perhaps a good quality to have?)

Where does inspiration and ideas for writing comes from?  Since I am a list maker, below is my list (not necessarily in order of significance):

1.  Family

2.  Friends

3.  Social media

4.  TV

5.  Environment/nature

6.  Online writing prompts

Since I can’t share my family and friends with you and I am sure you have enough of your own social media to keep you busy, above are a few pictures I have taken and below are several links to some of the online writing prompts that help inspire me to write.

Enjoy!

Writing prompt inspiration – –

The Writer’s Digest

Reader’s Digest

The First Line

On the Premises

I hope this post inspires you!

Where do you receive inspiration from?

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