Play Time

In a world as fast-paced as ours, I wonder if anybody spends time in the old-fashioned entertainment that we grew up with. I’m talking about board games.
When my son was little we played them a lot, but as he grew older he turned to more electronic entertainment. Sadly, the board games were put away into the closet. Occasionally we might take them out, but for the most part they sat there and collect dust.
There’s some great board games out there that are specific to wordplay. If you’re having a party, they can add  much hilarity and eye-opening antics, will be sure to make your party a success. A couple that come to mind are Cards Against Humanity, What, and The Storymatic.

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As a writer I created a whole new reason to have those word games on the shelf in my office, not in the closet. It’s called ideas.
You’ve heard the term writers block? Maybe you’re not at the stage of suffering from writer’s block, but instead you need fresh ideas. My suggestion is to try one or more of these games. I’ve done this several times and had things turn around in my story, going down avenues I never would’ve dreamed possible.

Grab one of those board games and start using it for your writing; take those cards, shuffle, pull one out randomly and sees what it says
Here are a few examples: (from Storymatic) “A person answering a personal ad” paired with “discovery of a new species” Wow are there possibilities there! (from What) “A co-worker has gone on vacation. His wife calls the office and asks how his business trip is going.

There are other programs and books that will give you writing prompts that work well, too. I find this is a fun way to do to get ideas and dialog. Let’s face it, many of us have board games sitting in the closet, collecting dust. Why not give them the new purpose? Use them not only for entertainment, but also to stimulate the brain– get those ideas flowing. Anything help to get your words on the paper is often welcome.

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I have a bookshelf full of “how-to” books on writing, blogging and publishing, but stacked on top shelf where I can easily reach them are my word games. No longer is dust collecting on them. Instead they are getting used. Even if it’s to stimulate my mind or give me a good laugh. Often when your character does or says something totally unexpected, it not only moves the story forward, but will renew the interest of your reader.

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So, multipurpose those games and cards and start thinking differently. Don’t limit yourself to only adult games. There are times when you can get some of the sweetest, most innocent ideas from a child’s game which will give a whole new tone to your work in progress.

Let’s play and add some fun to our writing!

 

Winter Production

Let’s face it, it’s cold everywhere, even down here in the South!

Then what do you do—moan and groan? Do you cuddling up in blankets and wear thick socks to warm your feet? Or you do something about it?shutterstock_400520170
I’ll be honest, for the first day I was one of the moaners. I hate the cold and that’s why I moved to South Florida; to get away from it. Yet, how can I possibly complain about two or three days of wintry weather when you see what the rest of the country is going through? Throwing on a thicker sweater, I pick myself up by my bootstraps (make that my flip-flops) and decide to be productive.


Just because it was too cold to be outside, doesn’t mean that I couldn’t catch up on my reading. There were a couple of new authors I was dying to read, and this was the perfect opportunity. Even more importantly, this was a terrific opportunity to flush out some characters, write up outlines and continue working on my work in progress.

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So I sat down at my desk, a fake fire roaring on the TV, with my space heater blowing warm air on me and a cat (no make that two cats) hogging the heat. I look over my shoulder and there they are, enjoying the heat blowing directly on them. Wouldn’t you think with all that fur they’d be warm?


I’ve concluded; when it’s cold, your mind stays sharp. At least there is no dozing off, or daydreaming. I try to keep moving, even if it’s only mentally, to keep the juices flowing and keep warm. I’m happy to say I’ve accomplished some work. Trying a new program called StoryShop, I flushed out one or two awesome characters. I even got to know a few of my existing characters little better. A good outline for a whole new series is now ready to go. And I continued working on my newest Storm Voices book.


For all of you who put up with this weather on a day-to-day basis, month after month; my heart goes out to you. I can’t forget the years growing up in upstate New York. I know perfectly well what you’re going through. So, stay warm my friends; read a book, or even write one.

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Let this winter be for the creative minds to explore.

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There are other Places…

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As a reader, and a writer, it’s easy go to Amazon and download a new book. And that’s a great thing. (Thank you Amazon!) What could be easier? It’s like giving a kid the keys to the toy store and telling them to have fun!

But as a writer, I want to reach as many readers as I can. And some do not use a Kindle device or download books from Amazon. That’s why I’m leaving the Kindle Select program and going “wide” with my books. I want everyone to be able to read my stories. You can still get my books on Amazon (Author Page), but…

Now you can also purchase my books through:
Kobo
Barnes & Noble
Ibooks
Playster
Inktera
Scribd
Tolino
24 Symbols
OverDrive
Googleplay (soon)

The easiest way to purchase is to go directly to my website, click on your preferred site and go directly to the book you want.

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Did you know there are also other sites you can go to have access to not only my books, but many other “indie” books. Here are my two favorites:

Books2Read

OneStopFiction

 

No matter how you purchase your books-
keep reading and supporting the Indie Authors!

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A New Year…

Yes, it’s the start of another new year. Plans and goals are written and will be adhered to for, at least, January. Of course, after that, life will get in the way and some (or many) of those goals will be left behind. But the ones that are left? Those are the ones that mean the most to you and often will have the greatest impact on the upcoming year.

Rather than list a bunch of goals that will probably not make it to June, I want to tell you about the 3 writing goals I made, which will make the biggest impact on my writing…

1. Publishing a New Series.

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On January 1st, I hit the publish button for the first book in my new series Storm Voices. I plan on releasing 3 books in the series this year. This series is different for me because I wrote it in the 1st person’s voice, (boy did that take getting used too!). It’s also not the normal cozy mystery I write. Nope, this series has a bit of paranormal flair to it and a romance angle. I hope you’ll look at it and let me know what you think.

2. Breaking the Chains

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This is the year I take my books “wide”. Now they will not only be on Amazon, but also on other sites. This will give more readers the chance to read my books. They can now be found on: Ibooks, Barnes & Nobel, Kobo, Inktera, Playster, Scribd, Tolino, 24 Symbols and OverDrive.

 You can also go to Books2Read.com and OneStopFiction.com to download my books and find many other great Indy books!

3. Growing the Business

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Last year I started Sun, Sand & Stories Publishing. This year I plan to grow it. And the biggest advantage to having my publishing company, is you can go directly to the website (www.VictoriaLKWilliams.com) and purchase books from your preferred store with a simple link. Now you don’t need to hunt through large inventories of books to find mine.

Another way I will expand the business is to offer all my books in print format be the end of the year.

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Like I said, there are many other goals to work on, but these 3 are my big ones, the ones to stay focused on. I wish you luck and perseverance with any goals you set for yourself.