Are you a Part-Time Writer Looking for Inspiration for 2014? You’ve Come to the ‘Write’ Place!

I’m starting of the year with a guest post from Nikolas Baron, from Grammarly.com. Have you heard of them? It’s a great site for writer’s who need help proofreading their work. From blog posts to essays, they’ve got the tools you need! But first, get inspired to start 2014 off the ‘write’ way!

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The Part-Time Writer

part_time_writerBeing a writer is, for many, a lifelong dream. Writing for payment is a thrilling accomplishment, but it’s usually soon followed by the realization that most writers do not make a living from writing alone. In fact, many writers pursue a separate, unrelated career while writing part-time, whether as a hobby or as a secondary source of income. For the part-time writer facing deadlines, a quality online spelling, grammar, and plagiarism checker can be a valuable tool. Saving time is just one aspect of creating success as a writer, however. Writing takes dedication, patience, and a willingness to learn the craft.

Being a writer is an admirable goal, but it’s not a realistic one. How does one become “a writer”? There is no pill, no bottled potion to be ingested, that will magically bring about the transformation. Becoming a writer begins with picking up a pen; but, having taken that first crucial step, the aspiring writer will discover that the journey has just begun. First, the writer must decide what type of writing he or she wants to do. Fiction or nonfiction? Short stories?

Articles? Novels? Each type of writing requires a unique skill set, and there is a distinct path to follow to the individual definition of success for every writer. It’s important to study the craft and read within and outside the genre to become a well-rounded reader and a better writer. Wanting to be a writer isn’t enough. It’s important to decide upon a genre and a style that best suits the writer’s individual dream. Becoming a writer is a dream. Transforming an abstract desire into a concrete success takes deeper thought.

Once the budding writer has decided upon writing mystery novels, for example, the next step is to set some goals. Novices may want to keep the goals reasonable, setting themselves to the task of writing for a set amount of time per day or obtaining a certain word count, depending on the time that can be found in between other obligations. Some professionals suggest that writing every day is critical to success, while others claim that a certain amount of time must be invested. The truth is somewhere in the middle. Time and discipline are important, but the definition of success is an individual one that only the writers themselves can create. Goals create personal milestones, giving the writer a measuring stick against which to check progress. Setting the goals is entirely up to the writers themselves.

Time can be a precious commodity in our fast-paced world. Between work, family obligations, hobbies, volunteer work, and other commitments, the idea of finding time to write might seem out of reach. However, it can be done. It may be necessary to write out a simple schedule, noting work, family obligations, and other time constraints, and then consider the blocks of time that are not already committed to other pursuits. Television viewing might have to be sacrificed. Getting up a little earlier in the morning, for a morning person, or staying up a little later in the evening, for a night owl, might be an option as well. Moreover, a shorter lunch break might provide some time to indulge the muse.

Time, however, is not always the only consideration. Many writers need to “warm up” to the page, to shift gears from their day jobs into the mental work of writing. It is necessary not only to find time to scribble a few words on a page but also to find long enough blocks of uninterrupted time suitable for writing. Indeed, protecting the quality of one’s writing time is as important as finding time to write in the first place. If writing is not a priority and if the commitment is not as firm as the Saturday-morning golf game or the monthly martini lunch with the girls, it will never get off the ground.Marjorie Facklam, author of numerous children’s books, began writing while raising her five children, with several still in diapers. If a harried mother of five can find time to research and write rhyming science picture books like Bugs for Lunch while chasing toddlers and maintaining a household, any writer can find time in their schedule. Often, the question isn’t one of time, but of commitment.

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nick-Grammerly Guest posterAbout the Author:

Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown childrens’ novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing. His free time is spent biking, travelling, and reading.

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Guest Post: Author Stewart Perrilliat shares his book, Kingdom Principles for Everyday Living

Over the years, I have come to understand the significance of the number 40. Scientifically speaking, 40 weeks is the length of time it takes for a mother to carry an unborn child from conception to delivery. Biblically speaking, 40 is the number associated with a period of testing before a breakthrough.

The number 40 is an indication that God is ready to birth something new out of pain or challenge. According to the Bible, Noah was in the rain for 40 days and nights before God brought a refreshing promise for His people.

When the Children of Israel were ready to cross over into their promise, the spies who preceded them took 40 days to scout out the land. However, because of disobedience, their 40 days turned into 40 years before they entered into the land of promise.

Goliath, who was killed by David, challenged the Children of Israel for 40 days prior to their victory over the Philistine army.

Before He began His ministry, Jesus, while being tempted by satan, fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness.

I have experienced my own personal 40 days of trials and tribulations. However, because I did not lose my confidence in God, I was able to realize the significance of the number 40 and receive God’s blessings for me after my test. These truths concerning the number 40 inspired me to write this devotional.

In modern times, 30 days is used to complete various programs or to create a new habit. At the beginning of the year, Magazine cover stories often read, Thirty Days to a New You. For the purpose of this devotional the true number for the manifestation of a renewed life is the number 40.

Therefore, this devotional will afford you an opportunity to develop a more intimate relationship with the Lord and transform your life. As you read this devotional, it will give you hope and renew your strength. On those days when doubt and disbelief abound, I encourage you to remain consistent with your 40 day cycle of reading Kingdom Principles for Everyday Living: 40 Practical Principals for a Fruitful Life.

I challenge you to apply yourself and expect a breakthrough by the time you have complete this devotional. I encourage you to not only read through the devotions in this book, but to read the related scriptures and commit them to memory. This process will increase your knowledge of God, and strengthen your faith towards Him.

God’s will for us is to increase in every area of our lives by being doers of His Word. I pray that this devotional draw you closer to God and give you the incredible power to break into your promise.

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The book is a 40 day devotional. It’s a great book for men and women. This book is designed to help those who are struggling with a consistent prayer life. It’s easy to read and very fruitful.

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About The Author

Minister.  Father.  Servant.  Evangelist.  Author.  Stewart Bernard Perrilliat is a gifted individual who has a passion to see broken lives restored and renewed through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  A native of Oakland, California, Stewart grew up in a community that was plagued with a number of challenging institutional socio-economic ills.  Nevertheless, Stewart escaped the lures of the streets and became a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp before becoming the Founder and CEO of Perrilliat Enterprises, a general contracting and engineering firm based in Northern California.
Stewart began his ministry call as a Street Evangelist in 1995, and since that time he has been used by the Lord to win countless souls into the Kingdom of God.  He attributes his success as a Street Evangelist to his ability to present the gospel in a manner that meets people at the place of their need.  His call has become the central focus of his life and ministry.  Though Stewart is a gifted entrepreneur, he is first and foremost a service-driven person who is passionate about seeing people live their life now through having a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Stewart’s teaching gift empowers people to apply Biblical principles to improve and enhance their lives.  His approach is known for being encouraging, practical, and inspirational.  He is also known for motivating others to reach their highest potential.

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Guest Post- Delaney Diamond- What Makes You Feel as Hot as a Romance Novel Heroine?

I’m talking about physical attributes—not inner beauty. In romance novels, we often read about characters that epitomize physical perfection. In reality, it’s hard to live up to those standards. The only people who seem to have perfect hair, teeth, skin, and bodies are models. But they require a team of stylists and strategic airbrushing.

Even worse, they’re constantly scrutinized because their salary is based on their looks. They’re forced to maintain unrealistic weights and eating habits that the average Jane (as in, me) would never agree to. I’d rather be plump than hungry, you know what I mean? If I want the loaded mashed potatoes, I’m eating the doggone loaded mashed potatoes, and I dare anyone to take the fork out of my hand. Still, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably very critical of your appearance. As women, we not only pick ourselves apart, we pick apart other women.

Many romance novels describe the heroine as downright perfect—with a great body, great hair, intelligent, successful, eats her vegetables and spends all her free time volunteering for various charities. Outside the pages of those novels, life is not so rosy.

There are also the novels that depict the heroine as an “average Jane” who the hero finds irresistible. She may not see herself as beautiful, but he does. It may be her smile or her hair. Or a combination of both. Whatever it is, he can’t get her out of his mind.

Since none of us are perfect (if you happen to be perfect, keep it to yourself), we’re tearing a page out of the romance heroine play book and seeing ourselves the way a romance novel hero would.

As for me, what makes me feel hot are my legs. I’ve been told I have a nice pair. I love showing them off in dresses and shorts when the weather is warm.

Now it’s your turn. What one thing would you notchange about yourself and makes you as hot as a romance novel heroine? To help you with the answer, think about these questions:

1.      What would the hero notice first about you?
2.      What do you tend to get compliments on?
3.      What physical attribute do you play up to make you feel sexy?
4.      What do you, personally, think is your finest attribute?
Please, no answers like “my personality.” You’ll automatically be disqualified from the contest. We’re talking physical attributes—something someone can actually see. No one can see your personality from across the room. I want you to be a little vain today. So pay yourself a compliment!





Blurb: 

 Renaldo da Silva’s near-perfect life in Brazil comes to a halt when he finds out about his wife’s betrayal. Now he doesn’t want to have anything to do with her. But because he needs her help finalizing the biggest deal of his career, he’s forced to make her a multi-million dollar offer and delay their divorce.

Sabrina da Silva can’t forgive herself after a reckless night destroys her marriage. She agrees to help her husband and then disappear from his life for good. But with passion still smoldering between them, it’s not easy  for either to walk away. Will passion be enough to overcome the ultimate test of their love? 
Excerpt
From his position next to a window, he had a good view of the street. He held his breath the minute he saw Sabrina descend from a taxi. She looked amazing. Vibrant, as if she hadn’t suffered at all since they’d been apart. She wore a fitted, short-sleeved maroon dress that hugged her body in all the right places, accentuating her womanly curves and reminding him of how she used to feel in his arms. 
He loved her in red tones—maroon, burgundy, rose. They underscored the color of her skin—barely darker than his—in a flattering way. Had she worn that dress on purpose to influence him? The short hemline gave him an eyeful of long, honey-colored legs that looked stunning in a pair of heels the same color as her dress.
Her hair had grown since she’d moved to Brazil, now below her shoulders in a display of neatly arranged spiral curls. The highlights in her chestnut hair shone like burnished copper under the sun’s rays as she left the sidewalk and made her way inside the café. She turned heads as her tall body glided forward with a level of confidence that reminded him of the first time he’d set eyes on her in the bar in Chicago. She’d been striking then, and she was striking now.
Despite what she’d done, he couldn’t take his eyes off of her, tracking her movements like a starving man who had a mouth-watering tender cut of grilled steak dangled in front of him. Being without her had been difficult, because the disgusting part of this whole ordeal was that he couldn’t stop thinking about her. He still wanted her, ached for her. He could feel the tension taking control of his muscles.
He’d like to think the more time they spent apart, the easier it would be to forget her and the hold she had on him, but that hadn’t happened. His craving for her had never faded. He needed to maintain control where she was concerned, but it was impossible because her presence always evoked strong emotions in him.
He couldn’t evade the traitorous thought of her sensuous curves stretched out in their bed, or the resulting raw heat of desire that pulsated through his body. He could see her now, taking him deeper, matching him stroke for stroke.
His weakness for her was reprehensible. He reminded himself he’d had to replace their bed because she’d defiled it by inviting another man into it. It had been the first thing to go after he’d tossed her out that night. But look at her. She still had the power to stir him, regardless of what she’d done. He hated that. Hated remembering how good it had been.

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt from Second Chances! You can pick up a free copy of the prequel, The Ultimate Merger, from Amazon, B&N, and other online retailers.
Giveaway:
I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card and an ecopy of any one of my previously published titles (excluding Second Chances). All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me what makes you as hot as a romance novel heroine. I’ll post the winner’s name in the comments at the end of the tour by 11:59 PM EST on November 16, 2012. Comment at each stop of the tour. Each time you comment increases your chances to win.  Visit the Second Chances Virtual Book Tour post on my blog for the tour schedule.