Amp Up the Fun on Your Writing

Amp Up the Fun on Your Writing

If you aren’t having fun writing it, they won’t have fun reading it. Easier said than done? Check out these three quick writing prompts and amp up the fun on your writing.

Find Your Happy
It’s Evatopia’s catch phrase and I hope you Live it. Breathe it. And most importantly, Believe that you deserve it. When it comes to writing, it needs to be enjoyable or it won’t flow from you. That doesn’t mean the craft comes easily, but the journey is what keeps you coming back and doing it day after day. Here’s your writing prompt: Consider when you’ve been happiest. What happened? Now write.

Create Your Writing Zone
Where do you feel most creative? If it’s in your office at your desk, fine. But, if you regularly find that you can’t get into your creative zone, then maybe a change of scenery is in order. If Starbucks and your laptop don’t do it for you, then go back in time. Grab a pad of paper and a park bench. Bring a snack. Get back to basics and remember what brings you joy. Now write. This is one of those prompts that is sure to find a place in your current project.

Do you like your characters?
Be honest. Are these people you would like to go on vacation with? Would they be good to invite to a dinner party? If even you find your characters to be boring, stuck-up snobs, then dump them. (Unless of course, you’re writing a scene about those types.) This isn’t to say that every character should be all sunshine and light. On the contrary, they can be a thief, a cheat, a con artist. They just have to be interesting. Now imagine going to dinner with someone from one of those professions. Ready, set, write!

Do you have a great writing prompt? I’d love to hear it.

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    What Do You Want More of in 2015?

    What Do You Want More of in 2015?

    I wear many hats…wife, mother, editor, writer, publicist, but in my professional life it all boils down to helping creative women pursue their dreams and get the word out about their projects. In doing so, I try to put out content that is useful and informative, but I’d love your input. What do you want more of in 2015?

    Let me know which of these topics you would like to hear more about.

    Under the Shout it Out category…
    Social Media Tips
    Content Marketing
    Email Marketing

    For Writers…
    Copyediting Tools
    How to Grab Your Reader from Page One

    For Artisans…
    How to Build Your Audience
    What Makes You Stand Out

    There’s a lot of mix and match that goes with these topics, so feel free to request more of any of them regardless if you’re an author, musician, product artisan or simply a woman who is overflowing with creativity and wants to unleash it on the world!

    Reply to this post and you’re sure to be heard.

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      Evatopia Power Tweeters

      Evatopia Power Tweeters

      Evatopia power tweeters is an emerging group of authors and readers who share a desire to spread the word about good books.

      Imagine the power tweeters as a group of like-minded individuals who are excited to discuss books, share inspiration, and most importantly, help others. Those who are already adept at using Twitter know that you can attract more eyeballs by truly being an online friend.

      This emerging group of power tweeters is not designed to be competitive. If that’s your game then we just can’t invite you into our playground. But, if you believe as we do that by helping others you also help yourself, then come join us.

      Simply get in touch with Evatopia via Twitter or Facebook and let me know that you want to be a power tweeter. I’ll put you on the list and once we get going, we’ll share each other tweets and cross-promote.

      So what are you waiting for? Join the party!

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      Make This the Best Week Ever

      Make This the Best Week Ever

      Make this the best week ever. What a great concept! And even better, thanks to the wise words of HelloGiggles.com, you’ll find that this seemingly lofty task is actually in the bag.

      Founded by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer and Sophia Rossi, HelloGiggles.com is a positive online community for women (although men are always welcome!) covering DIY and crafting projects, beauty, friendship, sex & relationships, pop culture, pets, television & movies, nostalgia, fandom, tips on savvy and stylish living meant to inspire a smile.

      Because Evatopia’s motto is “find your happy,” I wanted to direct you to this blog post that is guaranteed to take away some of your holiday stress. So what are you waiting for? Go on…say hello to your own giggle and Make this the Best Week Ever!

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      Why Create if You Don’t Promote?

      Why Create if You Don’t Promote?

      I’ve written about content marketing and the need to create posts that are relevant to your business and target audience. Now, I’m going to hit you with another task…content promotion. After all, why create if you don’t promote?

      What’s the point of creating those fantastics blog posts is nobody reads them? Content promotion is just as important as content creation. But how do you do promote your content?

      One recent marketing authority stated that the most successful content creators promote on at least seven social media channels. Wow! That’s a lot — enough to give anyone hives. Or is it?

      Here are a few easy ways to promote a single blog post:

      • Email newsletter.
      • Marketing email to a landing page.
      • Tweets. Be sure to tweet it several times, and ask for retweets.
      • Google+ posting.
      • Facebook posting.
      • Sharing in LinkedIn.
      • Pitch influencers in your industry who can share your content.
      • Pitch bloggers and site owners, and ask them to share your content.
      • Mention your content when you comment on other websites and blogs.

      Here’s your homework assignment…spend an equal amount of time promoting the content you create. Next up on the blog, how to minimize this time for maximum exposure.

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      What is Content Marketing?

      What is Content Marketing?

      What is content marketing? More importantly, why has this term become the latest and greatest buzz? In short, content marketing is providing your target audience with really amazing information — not just selling them stuff, but providing them with interesting, newsworthy and get this…needed information.

      So how do you determine what people want and need? How does one create content marketing? The first rule of thumb is to create something valuable. If you’re an author, you might think that your book falls under this category, but I’m sorry to report that pushing your book is actually “selling you” and that’s not necessarily desirable to every consumer out there.

      Rather than sell yourself overtly, try a soft sell by creating content marketing that is of interest such as something funny. There are certain universal truths. One is that everyone can use a good laugh. On my list of what the average person appreciates (in no particular order): humor, cute puppies, delicious food, and at this time of year…ways to manage the holidays. And you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Posts that apply to this list can be found in the form of graphs, videos, or podcasts that others have created.

      Whether you’re trying to sell a book or a service, create content marketing that has universal appeal and you’ll find a larger audience. To read more about content marketing, take a look at this Forbes article. It sums up the principals nicely and provides excellent examples that you can apply to your own marketing program.

      Got any content marketing tips? Evatopia would love to hear your success stories and promote you.

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      What Makes You Happy?

      What Makes You Happy?

      What makes you happy? Is it something simple like when someone else makes dinner? Is it a reciprocated act when you share a laugh with a friend? Or, is happiness out of your grasp?

      While working with writers over the years, I’ve learned that they often start sentences, “I’ll be happy when…” The end of those sentences is enough to make even the most positive person cringe. “When I reach best-seller status.” Or even, “When I sell a million copies.”

      These are lofty goals and my guess is that while they may make some people happy, these aren’t necessary achievements in order to find happiness. Sometimes, we just need to adjust our perspective and give ourselves the pat on the back that helps us persevere and then we find it easier to obtain those goals.

      I recently found this anonymous quote and it suits this subject perfectly.

      Tranquility is beyond form, it cannot be grasped and held. It is beyond sound but perhaps within sound, yet it cannot be heard. It cannot be seen yet it lies in everything we see.

      Evatopia’s motto is “Find Your Happy.” And if you don’t know the way to happiness, I’ve got a road map and I’m here to show you. Our Los Angeles creativity workshops are getting underway. Stay tuned for more details.

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      Big Brother of Ebooks?

      For this edition of #MondayBlogs, I’m linking to a Huffington Post article that brings up the question of who is monitoring your ebook reads. Imagine a Big Brother of ebooks. The article paints a picture of corporate espionage, but it’s not yet confirmed. So what do you think?

      Here’s the link to the article, “Is Adobe’s eBook Reader Spying on What You Read?”:

      Read Here

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      #WordlessWednesday

      #WordlessWednesday

       

      I love this picture of an old Underwood typewriter. It’s the perfect #WordlessWednesday post because it says so much all by itself. What’s one image that describes you as a writer?

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      Is Nice the Ultimate Four Letter Word?

      Is Nice the Ultimate Four Letter Word?

      “You pick your friends, not your family.” That phrase is usually spoken after one of our siblings does something like wear your favorite shirt and then spill red wine on it. It’s meant to say, “Hey, that’s your sister…so go on and make nice.” But when authors pursue “niceness” the result may sometimes be…dare I say it…boring. Is nice the ultimate four letter word?

      I’ll go out on a limb and declare that characters who are always nice should be avoided, just like four letter words in every day speech. Author Drew Chial makes an excellent argument for why your characters don’t have to be likable:

      “Your character doesn’t need to be someone the audience wants to have a beer with. They’re not running for president. You don’t need to file down their jagged edges. Well developed characters are just as likable as characters that are just like us. It’s more important for your hero to feel like a human being than a delegate for all of humanity.”

      In other words, we all have moments when something really grinds our gears. As adults, we’re taught not to over-react. Even Kindergarteners are told to play nicely. But this is the beauty of being an author. Your character can go bat-shit crazy and that would make fantastic reading. However, there are rules.

      Your character’s actions and reactions should be in keeping with the plot. There should be character development along the way. Their actions should speak to their moral compass. And lastly, they should show change from how they started. This can be in the form of them becoming nice or conversely, developing a bit more of a backbone.

      The movie “The Truman Show” illustrated an idyllic town where everyone was nice and helpful toward their neighbors. But it wasn’t real. The same would be true if every one of your characters was squeaky clean nice. You may wish to have that person as your best friend, but if they really were your best friend, chances are that once in awhile you’d see another side to them.

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