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Five Links 3/9/2020 Traci Kenworth

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Five Links 11/23/19

Traci Kenworth


1. “For the last month, my writing has stalled. Spectacularly. It’s not time, opportunity or commitment that I lack, it’s motivation and self-belief

Like myriad writers, I am prone to introspection, anxiety and low self-esteem. No sympathy required here; I count myself lucky that I manage these personality traits – and that they do not manage me. However, it does mean that I have to push myself hard and set realistic goals and achievable targets.

Regardless, my writing habit is strong and on a good day, feeling wildly optimistic, I can fly through 1,200 words – and words that I still like the next day – other times, just conjuring 500 can be a colossal challenge. Nevertheless, I keep chipping away and so far I’ve managed to write and publish two novels in this way. 

So why now do I find myself mired by indecision about whether to finish my Work in Progress or not?”

2. “ used to be an “all or nothing” achiever.

This meant that went I went all in on something — such as National Novel Writing Month, for example — I really went all in. And I would do everything I had the time and resources to do in order to make sure that I completed every task, every goal, no matter what.

But this mentality had a darker side. If for whatever reason I could not even come close to meeting a goal I had set for myself — especially if starting was the issue I found myself struggling against — I just quit. I wouldn’t even try. If I couldn’t give 100 percent to the cause, I wasn’t going to give anything at all.

There is a reason I was not a great student. When it came to studying for an exam, I would either abandon all other obligations and necessities and study every waking moment until test day, or I wouldn’t even bother printing out a study guide. It was always one extreme or the other, every single time.”

3. “In attempting to declutter, I am culling my book collection. Parting with beloved tomes is one of the hardest parts of decluttering for me since I enjoy books so much! I’m keeping copies of all the books I’ve written and the many I have had the honor of representing. Because I tend to buy nearly every book that interests me, I have a massive stack to review.

Re-reading bestsellers from the past has made me think of writers and researching. By “bestsellers,” I am not necessarily referring to books that students are assigned to read in school as the best of the best in literature, although, of course, those are always good choices. Instead, I refer to books meant for entertainment and leisure for the audiences of that time. Books that accompanied readers to the beach, or whose primary purpose was to make readers forget their worries so they could become absorbed in the concerns of characters making bad choices, being victimized, and fighting for their lives. Plots in which good may or may not overcome evil because no character is so exemplary that a reader can root for her without reservation. Regrettably, unlike in Christian fiction, characters’ relationships with God tends to be none, not addressed, or set aside. This realization caused me to appreciate Christian fiction anew, by the way.”

4. “No getting around it, the holiday season is here. Next week is Thanksgiving, families are gathering, and stores are already playing Christmas music. The joys, the stresses… here they come.

What does this mean for writers? This season can easily lead to frustration for people trying to juggle a busy life on top of their writing. The time available for your writing dwindles and you start to feel behind and get stressed that you’re not meeting your goals or deadlines.

It’s time to make a Holiday Writing Plan.

Let’s face this time of year head-on with a strategy that will take us through to January 2nd with the least”

5. “NaNoWriMo is in full swing and sliding toward the finish. We have slightly less than two weeks left. My manuscript is inching toward completion. I have crossed the 50,000 word line, but the book is less than half finished. Many scenes that currently exist will likely be cut, and new scenes written that better show the story.

A lot of new authors are discovering words like “subtext” and wondering what that means. Subtext is a complicated aspect of the story, existing in the depths of the inferential layer of the Word-Pond that is Story.

Since nothing has changed since I last wrote on this subject, here is the reprise of the post Subtext, first posted here in March of 2018.”

Research & Fun Bits:


2. tools promise to make our life easier. But first you have to choose which one to use. And God knows there are plenty of them around nowadays! I counted four posts on the subject on my blog alone, with dozens of links to promising tools. So, wouldn’t it be if someone organized that information into an Infographic, letting you compare what they can each offer with simple single-line tips?

That is exactly what WikiBuy did, with their Infographic, “Free Tools To Sharpen Your Writing Skills.” I’m sharing here, in the hopes of helping you discover your”

3. “During the time I’ve been blogging, I’ve found many ways of getting readers to interact with me. Today, I’m going to share with you what I believe are the five most important and easiest ways of generating comments.

In one of her recent blog posts, blogging expert Janice Wald says that search engines such as Google and Bing are attracted to blog posts that contain at least 30 comments. Why? Because they show that the blog is active.

Janice goes on to say that value-added comments can bring in lots of extra traffic and boost the post’s SEO ranking too. Comments help lengthen a blog post, and search engines are attracted to long posts rather than short ones.”


5. “When I was about seventeen years old, my father asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I said: “I’d like to write novels.” 

His response was less than encouraging. “It’s really hard to write a novel, you know,” he said. “You’d need to do a considerable amount of research, and that’s not easy.” He went on to say that, in essence, people like us didn’t write novels. 

I was a little deflated, I have to admit. But, to be fair, my father had a great respect for authors. He really did think you had to be extra-special to become one – though I’m sure he wanted me to get a ‘proper’ job and that was at least partly why he said what he did. I don’t blame him for his response: in those days, not many people became authors and there wasn’t the huge range of entry points – novel-writing courses, MAs in creative writing – that there are now. 

So, anyway, what was I going to do? I went off to university to study a subject I was inspired by, Linguistics, and I continued to nurture my love of language with no clear idea of what I was going to do with it. In those days (further off than I care to say!) you studied the academic subject you wanted to, with no imperative to attach any long-term plans. You enjoyed yourself as much as you could, with a little learning thrown in.”

Some Things More Serious:




4. “I don’t think there is a writer in this world who particularly enjoys being rejected.

There are some who seek it out, who make it a point to accumulate as many rejections as possible to both increase their chances of success and prove to themselves that “failure” is a necessary part of the journey.

But we all secretly wish it didn’t have to happen — and that it didn’t happen to so many of us in such a variety of unappealing ways.”

5. “Do you accept yourself for who you are, or are you the type of person who doesn’t feel comfortable in their own skin? In other words you are always trying to be someone else? Feeling comfortable and accepting yourself is important if you want to lead a fulfilling and happy life. Let’s take a look at how you can achieve these feelings. 

Your first step is to ask yourself a couple of questions:”

Teaser Fiction & Poetry:






Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. “Everyone leads a unique life; a life that could be penned down in a book. In Shibaji Bose’s novel ‘Till We Meet Again’, we come across one such ordinary, young man Aryan, whose only aim is to cross the threshold of being an average. After his father’s untimely death in a political riot, Aryan finds himself the man of the household. He somehow has to let go of his inhibitions and hold his breaking family together. In the midst of it all, he encounters life like no other. This is a tale of an ordinary man living an extraordinary life. Will he be able to fulfill his much-needed duty? Or will the average tag remain his only identity?

I wish I had read this book earlier. It’s inspiring, bold and has a wide spectrum. I loved the overall narrative tone of the story. It’s so motivating. Each of the women in Aryan’s life taught him something; Rhea taught him to let go of the past and move forward, Kavya’s sensuous and unapologetic nature made him bold, Priya taught him the lesson of life, and Ahana held his heart and made him shed his shell. It’s amazing that he met so many women and they were all different from each other. Even his mother is such a strong character in the book. I enjoyed the character development, even the minor characters had their rightful place in the novel. The political growth displayed throughout the narration was splendid. The ending was fulfilling; it did justice to the plot. It was realistic until the very end.”

2. “The relationship between Ani, the inimitable Small Dog and her two-legs, first came to light in ‘Notes from a Small Dog: Four Legs on Two’. Their poetic adventures continued in ‘Laughter Lines: Life from the Tail End’. In this new collection of poems, their daily life together takes centre stage. From the perfidy of humans who insist on bathing dogs, to the unpunctuality of writers at mealtimes, the relationship between two legs and four is explored in verse. The Small Dog reveals her continuing fascination with chicken, tennis”


4. “This is a most generous post. Staci dedicated her Story Empire post to her fellow SE members today. Check it out and meet some pretty cool authors.”

5. “his is not a normal poetry book. It is an exorcism of the soul. A poet will write about the highs and lows of their life in excruciating beautiful ways. Wrapping their pain with a ribbon to either be kept as a secret or presented. L. Bachman has gathered some of her most emotionally raw verses selected from a nineteen-year period of her life and is the first volume of complete non-fiction to date.

With bruised white knuckles, created by a humbled self-diagnosed battered and broken being on the road to healing and coping from a painful childhood. This is a display of work created to express personal struggles and surviving through periods of insomnia, moments of love, depression, anxiety, and healing.

Cover to cover you will read the inner workings of a reclusive introvert that has spent her lifetime trying to answer her own questions about who she is, what part she plays in life, and trying to heal from things she couldn’t. You will see into the mind of the woman known as L. Bachman through over thirty poems left up to the reader to interpret with an introduction by author KJ. Taylor.”

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I write YA as Traci Kenworth. I also write romance as Loleta Abi.

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