…Susan Toy outlines 10 Ways to Kill Your Writing…Part Two…

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

Here’s Part Two of Susan Toy’s feature on Seumas Gallacher’s blog. “Ten Ways to Kill Your Writing” continues.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:


…I’m delighted to run a five-days consecutive series of posts from my terrific pal, Author, Susan Toy, for every author to enjoy and prob’ly learn lots from… here’s PART TWO :

10 Ways to Kill Your Writing

This 5-part article is from a talk I gave at the Calgary Public Library Writers’ Weekend Feb. 4, 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading this series that is very kindly being hosted by the ONE, the ONLY, SEUMAS GALLACHER!

Part 2

  1. Copy others and don’t search for and develop your own voice

When I first began writing creatively, I had already enjoyed a long career in bookselling and as a sales rep for publishers. During that time, I got to meet everyone – and I mean everyone!

Gail Bowen was one author I worked with who became a friend and I wanted to be just like her – writing mysteries…

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Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Blog Tour

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

This is a fun blog tour to raise awareness about piracy. No, it probably won’t stop piracy and won’t prevent crooks from stealing, but I think it will educate some readers who might not realize that downloading a “free” ebook from a shady site hurts authors. Not only do these pirating sites harm authors, but they harm readers too! Readers are opening up their computers to viruses and taking a risk with their personal information in many cases. I like the idea of giving away a free ebook as a way of saying “thank you” to the readers out there who download books the right way. What do you think? Hop over to Maegan’s blog to learn more.

Originally posted on Maegan Provan, Author:

You know, you hear about authors having their books stolen all the time, and you pray it never happens to you. Yesterday, the latest website to illegally distribute books from hard working authors was exposed. The community rose up and has done a lot to have those books removed. Of course, the sad fact remains that that won’t be the last website to provide illegal downloads of books.

Tricia pointed out to me that simply holding copyright doesn’t mean as much as it should. Anyone can still come in and take your hard work simply because they want to. If you don’t have the money to hire a lawyer to fight the person that stole your work, you are out of luck. She also made an excellent point. People think that because we are published, we are all like J.K. Rowling, rolling around in money and on the cusp of a…

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…Susan Toy outlines 10 Ways to Kill Your Writing… PART ONE…

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

It’s DAY ONE of Susan Toy’s five-part series on Seumas Gallacher’s blog. I hope you enjoy 10 Ways to Kill Your Writing: Part One.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:


…I’m delighted to run a five-days consecutive series of posts from my terrific pal, Author, Susan Toy, for every author to enjoy and prob’ly learn lots from… here’s PART ONE :

10 Ways to Kill Your Writing

This 5-part article is from a talk I gave at the Calgary Public Library Writers’ Weekend Feb. 4, 2012.

Thanks to all of you for reading this series that is very kindly being hosted by the ONE, the ONLY, SEUMAS GALLACHER!

Part 1

Since you’re taking time to read this series, and if you promise to stick with me right to the end, you will receive a very special gift, because I’ve been asked to talk about . . . 10 Ways to Kill Your Writing . . . and for today only, your very special gift includes 3 bonus ways!

First watch this video . . . Inside the Writer’s Mind

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The Best Writing Advice

There’s a lot of writing advice out there, some good and some not so good. As writers, we have to pick and choose what works for us. Stephen King has a ton of great writing advice floating around out there, but this particular gem resonated with me this week and helped me overcome some serious barriers to getting my book finished.

“You think you might have misspelled a word? O.K., so here is your choice: either look it up in the dictionary, thereby making sure you have it right – and breaking your train of thought and the writer’s trance in the bargain – or just spell it phonetically and correct it later. Why not? Did you think it was going to go somewhere? And if you need to know the largest city in Brazil and you find you don’t have it in your head, why not write in Miami, or Cleveland? You can check it … but later. When you sit down to write, write. Don’t do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off.” ~ Stephen King, Everything you need to know about writing successfully.


This advice might not mean much to some of you, but for me, it’s incredibly helpful. Here’s what happens when I break my train of thought:

Mr… Mr…. What did I name that drama teacher I mentioned back in chapter three? I’d better check my spreadsheet. Fredericks. That’s right. Mr. Fredericks. While I’m taking a break, I might as well check my email. Oh, look! Susan has a new blog post. That looks intriguing. I’d pop over and check it out. Better leave a comment too while I’m here. And Tweet. I should tweet this. Oh, it looks like I have some new followers on Twitter. That’s nice. I’d better check out their profiles. Well, this lady has a book that looks interesting. I’d better add it to my Goodreads shelf. Okay, now back to writing. But, while I’m already on the internet, I should go ahead and check Facebook. You know, so I don’t get distracted again. What an adorable picture of Grumpy Cat. I swear she gets cuter every day. Oh, there’s a message from Maegan. She says she sent me an email. I’d better go check…

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what one of my writing sessions looks like. I know some of you are wondering what the hell’s wrong with me. But for some of you, my writing session might look kind of familiar.

Today, I wrote 3600 words. When I got hung up on something, I made a note in parentheses and highlighted it. I can always go back later to find out how far L.A. is from the Mexican border. I can always go back and look up the name of that girl who sat next to my main character in History class. Or the name of the drama teacher (it’s Mr. Fredericks, by the way). If I’d stopped writing to look stuff up, well, I might never have written 3600 words today.

What is the best writing advice you’ve received?


Guest Post on Guest Author Etiquette by Chris the Storyreading Ape

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

This is an excellent article by Chris the Story Reading Ape. Learn the proper etiquette for guest posting. Or pick up some tips on how to set up your own promotional blog.

Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:

(Today is a post from Chris the Storyreading Ape.  Enjoy and check out his site.)

Author Guest Post Etiquette

My thanks to Charles for inviting me to discuss Guest Author Etiquette (although, an APE discussing etiquette does seem a bit odd, however, since there’s no food involved let’s give it a try and see what happens…

First, there is the obvious question from authors with their own blogs all nicely set up to tout sell their own books…

WHY should I promote other authors and their books on my blog – I want people to buy and review my book(s)?”

The Answer?

By featuring other authors and their books on your blog, it will bring new visitors and followers to you; and your books (which are probably on display somewhere nearby, e.g., in widgets showing the covers, embedded with the purchase links, on the column beside the article)

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Spellbound – Tricia Drammeh

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

Just discovered this awesome review of Spellbound on Jo’s Book Reviews. And guess what? She reviewed Firebound and Unbound too! I’m honored and amazed by Jo’s kind words. What a wonderful surprise.

Spellbound: https://josbookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/spellbound-tricia-drammeh/

Firebound: https://josbookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/firebound-tricia-drammeh/

Unbound: https://josbookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/unbound-tricia-drammeh/

Originally posted on Jo's Random Book Reviews:

The lives of Rachel and Alisa, one of the popular girls and the school outcast, will never be the same once new boy Jace moves into town. Though both girls are instantly attracted to him, it’s Alisa, the loner, who gets taken home to his family – not as a date, but as the girl who helped him fight off hunters, monsters who devour magic.
Jace’s mother reveals that they are Spellbringers, a magical race descended from Faes, and they’re in town seeking an innocent; a Spellbringer who doesn’t know about their own heritage. Sadly for Alisa it isn’t her, but that doesn’t stop her from befriending – and falling for – Jace. even though his older brother certainly doesn’t approve.
Then, at the school dance, Jace finds the one they’re looking for, the innocent. It’s Rachel. Their hearts and minds touch and there is no question that they belong…

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Become One with The Subject of Your Compassion | #1000Speak for Compassion

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

Another beautiful post about compassion. Visit Connie Flanagan’s blog to read her post and to find out more about #1000Speak.

Originally posted on Everything Indie:

I am writing this post today as part of the 1000 Voices for Compassion campaign by bloggers all over the world. The goal is to have 1000 bloggers speak on compassion today, February 20, 2015 . Here is my contribution to this amazing project.

1000 Voices Speak for Compassion

IMG093I am one person, and my life is small. I live alone with two cats, one IMG_0001whom I adopted as a stray, and the other whom I adopted from a nursing home that sadly had to get rid of its therapy pets due to allergies. (If adopting them was an act of compassion, then it was one from which I profited.) My acts of compassion, like my life, are also small.

I work in a bookstore. Some of my customers use wheelchairs, and some others have “brand new people” in carriages or strollers. It’s a small thing for me to ensure that the floors are clear…

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Speaking out for compassion, charity, and confidence by joining #1000Speak

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

Another excellent post about Compassion, this one by Linda Taylor. I’m often stunned by the lack of compassion in our society, but then someone comes along to restore my faith. Let’s celebrate compassion by supporting 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. #1000Speak

Originally posted on LindaSTaylor:

I just discovered the 1000 Voices for Compassion Facebook page, and the call for those so moved to participate in one day of good, healthy, loving ‘speak’ in the world. If you’re not a blogger, you can write a post or essay about compassion and go to http://1000speak.wordpress.com/ for help to get it posted, or email 1000Speak@gmail.com to be guided. Or you can tweet on Twitter under the #1000Speak hashtag to participate.

The fear today is that compassion has gotten lost in the world’s present nature of anger with rage, arrogance with greed, and superiority with dominance. But fortunately I have found it hiding in many places. I was recently blessed with an abundance of compassion during a recent illness. Not only the cards, flowers, phone calls, and offers to help, but the people in the hospital who went well beyond their work requirements. They are the quiet people, doing…

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To Writers Who Struggle with Self-Compassion #1000Speak

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

Please enjoy this brilliant post by Christy Birmingham. Do you want to join the 1000 Voices for Compassion movement? Read Christy’s post to find out how. #1000Speak

Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

1000 voices speak up for compassion The #1000Speak for Compassion movement is here, February 20, 2015.

I am proud to take part in the #1000Speakmovement for compassion and here is my contribution with this post. I thought about what to write and then got hard on myself, judging whether the concept I came up with would ultimately meet readers’ expectations. Then I thought of this Faulkner quote:

The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with. ~William Faulkner

Okay, well, now that’s a little depressing, isn’t it? I mean, if we can never make the idea as perfect in written form as it is in our minds then why bother? Aha, but isn’t is so worth trying to get out to the reader those amazing ideas, to try, to ponder them, to meld them into words? Isn’t that a wonderful challenge to take on?

I think so. If I didn’t…

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The Power of Wattpad: Jaw Dropping Info & Crash Course

Tricia Drammeh, Author:

Please take the time to read this post by Leona Henry. She explains how to use Wattpad and ways to maximize your efforts on this popular site.

Originally posted on Leona's Blog of Shadows:

Wattpad is a game changer for authors, espeically YA authors if used right. It has 35 million active users, most of which are young adults. Non-YA authors can benefit a great deal, too, there are millions of speculative fiction readers on Wattpad.

Here is one success case featured in The Guardian article: “Brittany “The Book Slayer” Geragotelis is a Wattpad superstar. Her first serial on the platform, Life’s A Witch, gained more than 19m reads and lead to a six-figure, three-book deal with Simon & Schuster.”

Excerpt from the author’s bio:
“After 10 years of rejection from the publishing industry, she began to post her original novel, Life’s a Witch, on the online writing site, Wattpad, hoping that others would enjoy reading her book. A year after the first upload, the book had received 19 million reads, which caught the attention of Publisher’s Weekly, The Huffington Post and…

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