On Writing: Let’s Talk About Outlines, aka TIME FOR A SHOUT OUT

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On my post for writers to post their questions, Victoria Crowley of VictoriaScotiaCrowley.com asked:

“Outlines. Let’s talk about outlines. How can outlines can be a useful tool for writing a book? And what’s the best way to use them?”

Outlines.

Outlines are like a warm heater in a cold cabin after coming in from the snow. They take a while to thaw you out, but once you get the hang of them, they warm up your fingers and gear you up to type all the way to the last page.

I love outlines. They keep this undiagnosed-ADHD author focused and super excited to move the story along.

Source: On Writing: Let’s Talk About Outlines

This year I’ve made it a point to be much more intentional about the INTERACTION side of blogging, the side I’ve never really had time for/didn’t prioritize. (Let’s be honest; there is always time for the priority.) That’s one of the reason I’ve launched READER APPRECIATION MONTH on my website, which is an opportunity for you – my reader! – to get a free gift! Click here to read more!

Besides reaching out to readers, I’m also getting more active in reading other blogs, blogs written both by followers and other bloggers out there. This includes a lot of things I’m just beginning to learn about, including leaving comments, liking posts, and even taking the time to allow readers to have a voice as well as promoting the writing of other bloggers!

I enjoy following authors, as being an author is an unshakeable ambition, and there is just so much to learn, read, and write! One of these authors I follow is Andrew Toy, and you can read all about him and follow him yourself on his site, http://www.adoptingjames.wordpress.com/.

Andrew reached out to his readers one day, inviting them to post a question about the writing process in the comments, questions he committed to addressing in individual blog posts. I asked about outlines, and that was what he addressed today! If that excerpt above intrigued you, read the whole thing by clicking HERE.

I took furious notes and was encouraged all over again about the DOABLE feat of writing a book. Thank you, Andrew, for the post, and to all the other bloggers out there in this community I’ve begun to explore. I hope to interact with more of you in days and blogs to come.

DON’T FORGET: JANUARY IS READER APPRECIATION MONTH! IF YOU ARE READING/FOLLOWING/SUBSCRIBED TO THIS BLOG, I WANT TO GIVE YOU A THANK YOU GIFT. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW TO GET YOUR GIFT!

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Reader Appreciation Month

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If you are getting this notification in your inbox right now, THIS POST IS FOR YOU. In celebration of the New Year, I am launching my first ever Reader Appreciation Month, happening all of January 2016, and exclusively offering YOU a gift, as a reader/subscriber/follower of victoriascotiacrowley.com.

You may have already received a message from me via email, facebook, or website. This is the official blog post with that same information!

Hello and Happy New Year on the eve of 2016!

THANK YOU for following/subscribing to/reading my blog! It was incredible to sit down for a couple hours and explore who all of you are. Writers, musicians, world-travelers, spiritualists, realists, teachers, and researchers – I am honored to be virtually followed by such a diverse, intelligent, and dynamic crew.

As a way to say THANK YOU and celebrate the New Year with all of you, I want to offer you a gift. I am offering this to all followers and subscribers of victoriascotiacrowley.com as of Dec. 31, 2015 as an exclusive thank you gift for reading my words: A PERSONAL AND CUSTOMIZED MOTIVATIONAL POSTER! I will take 6-8 photographs that capture your favorite “I LOVE LIFE” moments, incorporate them into a poster design you get to customize, and tie all of this together with an original motivational piece written by yours truly. 

All you need to do is:

1) FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM WITH FOUR EASY QUESTIONS TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR POSTER (http://goo.gl/forms/8IM7NTsu8L)

2) SEND ME AN EMAIL AT crowleyvictoria@gmail.com WITH YOUR NAME IN THE SUBJECT AND

3) ATTACH 6-8 PICTURES THAT CAPTURE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS

and I will have your personal motivational poster to you in high quality digital form within days.

I’m going to leave this offer up for all of January, which is now Reader Appreciation Month at victoriascotiacrowley.com!

I have chosen to only produce these posters in digital form not only as a way to save money but also as a way to encourage all of us to support local printing shops, should you want your poster in print form. 

If you end up loving your poster and this project generates a strong response, I plan on making these motivational posters available after January with MORE custom designs and a different originally written motivational piece each month!

 SO THANK YOU FOR READING! AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!