Friday, March 6, 2015

What Have You Done Today to Make Your Dream Come True?

This quote comes from astronaut Alan Bean, and was applied to writing by author Karen King.




A Speedbo day 6 welcome to our 132 Speedbo writers and our many cheerleaders! It's not too late to join. See our competitors and our prizes here.

 Today's post is secretly habit #3 of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers based on Steven R. Covey's book

  Here are habits #1 and #2 if you missed them.

"If habit one says you are the programmer (you get to choose if you will act or react), then habit two says write the program (the program or mission statement for your writing life), habit three is where you run the program by putting first things first."
 The opposite of putting first things first is to put second, or third or fourth things first.  
 
- Steven R. Covey.


 The problem for most of us is that we have not identified what matters most. As a practical exercise, right now, in the comments, list the top five most important things in your life not in any particular order.

Here are some examples to choose from-but create your own list:

1. God
2. Family
3. Community service
4. Writing
5. Pursuit of education
6. Career/Job
7. Health
8. Money
9. Retirement planning 
10. Church activities
11. Personal development

Now prioritize your list of five with #1 being the most important.  You don't need to prioritize in the comments unless you are comfortable doing this.

Got your list of five?

Now ask yourself where on this list does my writing fall?

 According to where you prioritize writing on your list should determine the amount of importance that you give your writing. Now consider your activities from the last week.  Are you prioritizing your life around what you SAY are important to you? Are you pursuing your writing dream according to where it is on your list or do things NOT EVEN ON YOUR LIST come before your writing?



Managing your writing life (your writing dreams) is not about time management. It's about personal management. If you want to achieve your writing dreams you must have these three essentials of self management:


1. Self-discipline

2. Integrity (walk the talk)

3. Commitment

And what goes hand in hand with the three essentials of self management listed above? 



1. Determining what you can delegate.

2.Cultivating the word 'no.'

3. Learning how to let go. (Just let it go.)
  




 This is a very simple message. It really doesn't get any simpler.

This often quoted NY Times Op piece is fifteen years old and says that eighty percent of Americans want to write a book. I dare to say that probably most of those eighty percent want to have written a book.

Many of our Speedbo writers will write a book in a month. They will beat the odds. They will have written.

But let me tell you the truth about Speedbo. It's not actually all about writing a book in a month.

Speedbo is about making time for your dreams. For thirty one days you get to prove to yourself that in an ordinary person's  crazy, busy, insane daily schedule, there is room to do one thing during each of those days to make your writing dreams come true. 






Now go ahead and share the quote below (copy and paste) on your social media site to tell the world about it.  Then come back and tell us you did it to l have your name entered into a drawing for this lovely dreams mug. 

By the way, we're proud of you!

 By commenting, your name will also be entered into our weekly Speedbo drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card and if you want a critique of a chapter, you can be entered into that drawing too. Let us know. Winners announced in the Weekend Edition. So you must comment by Friday at midnight!




 Originally from Western, N.Y., Seeker Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her career also includes being a library cataloger and a pharmacy clerk.

 Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold eleven short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes inspirational romance for Harlequin Love Inspired and independently publishes sweet romances. www.tinaradcliffe.com


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Turning "It's Horrible" Into "It's Fantastic!"

Good morning, everyone! Audra here. We're looking at racking up lots of words during Speedbo - no thinking, just writing! I couldn't resist inviting Cathy Yardley back to Seekerville this month to give us some tips on what to do with our massive amount of words after Speedbo.  



Generally, writers I work with either love revising, hate revising, or have a love-hate relationship with it -- meaning they feel both!

However you feel about revisions, they're a necessary part of being a professional writer. No one writes a perfect draft on the first go.

But how do you approach revisions?
In the industry, there's a three pass system, and it's survived all these years for a reason: it's very effective.

First pass.
The first pass is story level. It's a prototype: seeing if all the moving parts of your draft actually work. Are your characters consistent? Does your plot work as you envisioned? Does the plot actually work with the characters you've created -- that is, are they behaving logically, or are you forcing them to take actions for the sake of where you want the story to go? Does each scene hook the reader, drawing her naturally into the next one?

In the first pass, you do not look at word craft, or even the niceties of scene craft. Why? Because if the scene doesn't work, then you're going to need to either entirely revamp it, or remove it. There's no point in polishing the prose if you're going to cut it. It's a waste of time and effort, and if you're like most writers I know, you don't have a surplus of either.

Second pass.
In the second pass, you know that the story works. Now, you tighten your focus, working at scene level. You should have already confirmed that each scene is there for good reason, forwarding your character’s developmental arc and furthering the plot. From there, you’re going to sharpen, strengthen and layer each individual scene, so it not only serves its purpose, it excels at it.  Is each scene anchored? Does the setting contribute to the mood and emotion? Are the descriptions, well, descriptive? Are character voices – both internal exposition and dialogue – unique and consistent? Does the scene use the best point of view choice? How can you add layers of depth and dimension, heightening the emotion and the conflict, increasing the tension?

Third pass.

In the third pass, you'll be doing your fine polish. This pass is sentence level: you're looking at word choice, grammar, etc.  This is where you catch your grammar tics and typos. Personally, I have an unhealthy attachment to both ellipses and em dashes. In my third pass, I always weed out as many as I can!  You may also notice a repetition of words on a page: for example, “I looked at the sky. It looked like it was going to be a beautiful day. The sky looked like a robin’s egg, a pale, perfect blue.”  Again, nothing technically wrong, but the repetition dulls the writing.  

Do you have to work in this order?
I like to use the analogy of building a house. Your first pass is structural: you're constructing the framework and making sure basics like plumbing and wiring are effective, installing windows and doors. Your second pass is putting up things like drywall, fixtures, flooring. Your third pass is decorative: painting, decorating, cleaning up so it's ready to move in.

Most people who are overwhelmed by revisions tend to try doing everything at once. They're trying to decorate a room, only to then tear open a wall to fix the plumbing they hadn't realized was disconnected! It leads to a lot of frustration and duplication of effort.

Following the pass system as it stands is really the most effective way to go about it.  The trick is to be able to stay in the right frame of mind. It’s very common to wince your way through the first pass, thinking, “This writing is terrible! The dialogue’s flat, and it has no setting! I must fix this immediately!
Try to resist the urge. If you spend an hour polishing a scene, only to discover that the whole scene needs to be cut, you’ll never get that hour back. While it could be worthwhile, simply to practice your craft, think about how much time you have, and remember you’re also developing your writing process for a long term writing career. The more efficiently and effectively you write, the more books you’ll be able to produce!

If you're doing Speedbo:
Many of you are participating in Speedbo this month. Personally, I'm a big fan of writing a "lightning draft" as a first pass. The speed allows you to silence your inner editor (or at least quiet her down a bit!) and move forward.

Sometimes, my coaching clients moan "but it's horrible!" That's fine. In fact, it's supposed to be horrible! Your rough draft is raw material. Revision is the mining process that separates the dross from the gold, and gives you something to polish.

The temptation to go back and "fix" each scene a bit as you go can be overpowering. Also, you'll probably have the sinking feeling that it's all terrible at some point. (For me, this usually hits around chapter seven. Keep in mind, I've published eighteen novels, and I still feel this way!)  Try to resist the urge. It’s just a common loss of perspective. Writing is an act of faith. You need to be able to move ahead despite your anxieties to the contrary. If you have difficulty with this, getting a cheerleader to help remind you to keep moving will help. Use every trick in the book if you need to. But keep moving!

Finally, always keep track of what works for you… and what doesn’t.
It’s important to recognize your own writing process.  If you’re the type of writer who feels she can’t move forward until the previous scene is polished, that’s fine. However, any sort of rush-draft scenario – Speedbo, Nano, Book in a Month, etc. – is probably not going to work well with your particular writing style.  If you’re not sure what your writing style is, I recommend trying something like Speedbo at least once, to try it out.

That said, don’t feel like a failure if you wind up abandoning it because you can’t keep up due to constant revising.  It’s more important for you to figure out what works for you than to force yourself to fit someone else’s method, even if it does seem more efficient.

What’s your writing process?  Do you like fast drafting, or are you polish-as-you-go?  How do you approach revisions?

Rock Your Revisions
Audra again. March will end before you know it and when that happens, we'll all be looking at massaging our work and making sense of the whole bunch of words we've compiled. To help remind us, Cathy is giving away a copy of her ebook, Rock Your Revisions. Seekerville is also giving away two more copies of Rock Your Revisions. Good things come in threes, don't they?

Also, check out the incredible specials she's running in March. Cathy is discounting her one hour plot calls and her editing services. You can reserve the editing rate to use by the end of 2015. Make sure you check out all of Cathy's writing, revising, promoting tools on her website.  




Cathy Yardley is the author of seventeen novels, published with Harlequin, St. Martin’s, Entangled, and Avon. She is also a teacher, editor, and writing coach at her website, RockYourWriting.com. Sign up for her free e-course Jump-start Your Writing Career, and check out her e-books on plotting, revising, and writing every day!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The "Freedom" of My Chains with Carolyne Aarsen


So whenever I see the word speedbo I’m thinking…..speedo….and then my usually overactive imagination transports me to Europe and I think of blithely unselfconscious, overweight men wearing these things. What probably amazed me more than the actual wearing, was the attitude of these men. This is me. Love or leave it. I don’t care. You gotta admire than kind of confidence – the freedom to be whoever they want wear whatever they want wherever they want.

Freedom is something our joint countries were founded on. Freedom of expression, freedom of association and, well, the freedom to wear speedo’s I guess.


As a child, whenever I thought of Freedom, though, it wasn’t Speedo’s that came to mind. To me Freedom meant being completely unfettered. Freedom meant space and openness and the option to make any choice I want. Going to bed when I wanted, eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and doing what I wanted. No restrictions. No rules.


However as I got older I started to realize that true freedom is really about chains. About discipline. I remember reading an interview with a famous pianist who talked about the hours of practice and the discipline it took to become a world-class pianist. Scales and repetitive playing and hours and hours of practice. Doesn’t sound very free, does it? But….but….the practice, the constant repetitive work, the steady practice laid a groundwork which created freedom. The freedom to play simple and complicated pieces of work. The freedom to sit at the piano and let the music pour forth.





Discipline creates freedom.
I have to remind myself of the same thing when I’m writing. I struggle against discipline. The day to day battle to get the words down on the page. To stay focused on the work. These days there are so many distractions for writers that I didn’t have to deal with when I first started writing and all that was available for me was the snail-slow speed of dial up internet. Not only has the internet connection gotten faster the stuff available has increased exponentially. These days I can start checking out the best leather for saddle making remember that I have to transfer some money from my bank account to my credit card and end up watching a video of a baby teaching a dance class all the while thinking as soon as this is over I simply MUST find out why a judge on The View is crying……and then it’s lunch time.

Don’t judge me. I know you’ve done it too.

This is what freedom can look like but we know that it’s not the kind of freedom we writers want to indulge in. We want the freedom to tell our story, to bring our hero and heroine through their character arc, to get to that first kiss, to bring them to the happy ending. The freedom to write. And in this month of Speedbo, we are trying to stick to the goals we have set.

Instead, the siren call of the internet gives us the freedom to take tests to find out what kind of color I really am and what my Hippy name is with a few breaks to beat our friend’s high score in Bejewelled.

As writers we are easily distracted. I claim it’s because our minds are always roaming back and forth seeking ideas, other ways to say what we are saying, juggling story lines of other books we want to write and scenes that are coming up and how we should get there. These are hard enough to deal with. The internet adds an extra lure and creates a huge time-suck that we all know about all too well.

Trouble is, we also need it to stay in touch and do research. Both important tasks. But if we are truly honest with ourselves we spend inordinate amounts of time that don’t fall under either of those categories. Nor is it vital that we answer every e-mail that comes our way or check out that website on the best way to paint your living room.

What to do? What to do about this pernicious time suck? I know there are a lot of programs out there that can block the internet. I used one called Concentrate but you had to specify which programs you wanted blocked and which internet sites and type them all in and I don’t have time for that because I get bored and feel a sudden need to watch a monkey video. I needed something simple. Quick and Easy.

Enter Freedom. Freedom is a nifty difty little program that runs on Macs and PC’s. It costs all of $10.00 and it gives you a lot of bang for your buck.


It is simplicity itself. After installation, you get it started, tell the program how long you want it running for – I usually go for 120 minutes which is two hours – and hit ok and that’s it. Your internet is off for however long you’ve got it going for.

And the best part?

Good luck in changing your mind! You can’t just turn it off. In order to do that you need to close your programs and re-start your computer. You are stuck in an Internet-free zone until the time runs out!

You are now forced to write! Sucker.

Which is exactly what I need. Normally I start writing I get a bit stuck and even though I know this program is running and without conscious thought and my mouse drifts over to my sidebar all on it’s own where I have all my programs and my internet icon and I hit it and nothing happens and, face palm…..right….no internet….and with a sigh, back to work I go.

Calling it Freedom is perfect. It pushes everything aside. Narrows your focus. Creates a situation of self-discipline where, if we are honest, the true freedom to write lies. It chains you to your word processing program and with that discipline……you are truly free. Nothing is pulling at you, dragging at you, distracting you, making you think there are more important or fun things to do. Because, like those moments of exercise that we force ourselves to do, we know we are happier when we are disciplined.

This little program has more than doubled my productivity. And like Pavlov’s dog, once it’s running my mind is conditioned to focus on the writing because there is nothing else to do. It’s work time, not internet time. It is one of my go-to programs and is always available in my dock. See. Right there below iTunes and above iPhoto.

You can still access your other programs, just not any that require an internet connection. It can be shut off but like I said, to do that you have to close it and do a full restart of your computer and if you’re that dedicated to move onto wasting time, there’s not much any computer program can do for you, quite frankly.

But for those of you dedicated Speedbo’ers, this could be just the thing you need to stay on task and help you achieve your target. It could be the best $10.00 you’ve spent.

I know we’d like to think we can have enough self-discipline to avoid the lure of the internet and maybe you can. Good for you. I am full of admiration and envy.

But for the rest of us mere mortals, we need that extra discipline.

We need the Freedom of our chains.

Good luck in achieving your goals this month and try to get the vision of that chubby European man in his Speedo out of your brain.

(If you want to know where to get this amazing little program that runs on Mac and PC check out the link below.

https://macfreedom.com

Ruthy here! Yikes I forgot to add this last night, but our dear, talented buddy is giving away  THREE SETS of Carolyne's newest books "Her Cowboy Hero" 





and "Reunited With the Cowboy", books 1 and 2 of her "Refuge Ranch" series!



Leave a comment inside to have your name thrown into the newly-purchased, fancy-schmancy cat dish!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Failing Your Way to Success by Sherri Shackelford

Sherri Shackelford
I know what you’re all thinking, “Oh boy, here she goes again!” I see your point, it’s a lot more fun to hear about success than failure. We’ll get to that soon. First, we’re starting with the “F” word. Instead of talking about things that increase your productivity, we’re talking about roadblocks.

The other day I was sitting on a panel of professional writers. When I introduced myself, I said, “I’m here because I’ve failed. A lot.”  

The gentlemen next to me nearly fell off his chair.

The same gentlemen assured the audience that “writing should be fun” and “if it’s not fun, you should quit.” Um. Really. What kind of professional author gives that advice? No one tells a professional nurse, “Quit if it’s not fun!” Sure, there are days when I really enjoy my job. And then there are days when I want to curl up in a ball and hide under my desk. I’m pretty sure there’d be no healthcare if we told nurses and doctors to quit “when it’s not fun anymore!”  

If you’re a writer and you’re having fun every minute of the day, more power to you. If you’re not, join the club!

If writing is your hobby, by all means, write only when it’s fun. If writing is your profession, then sit yourself in a chair, plant your fingers on the keyboard, and work through the pain. Also, if you want to be more productive, get used to failure.

But not too used to failure.

I’m not the best writer out there. (Some of you are elbowing each other and saying, “uh huh!”) I’ve critiqued with unpublished writers who were far more talented. Fear of success has derailed as many writers as fear of failure.

Failure can become just as addictive as anything else. I’ve taken my turn as the ‘victim’. We’ve all met *that* writer, the one for whom nothing ever goes their way. Terrible writers get contracts and brilliant writers get passed over. The system isn’t fair, so why try harder?

The Stairway to Success
The system is not fair. What system is? The publishing world is flawed. Certain stories inexplicably sell 100 million copies, while perfectly wonderful stories languish in oblivion. Not. Fair. Sometimes it feels like everything and everyone is against you. Feel bad, then move on. Don’t create a self-fulfilling prophesy. If a parade is coming down the street, and you run out in front of it, that doesn’t mean the marching band is following you.

Is failing in your productivity telling you to work harder, or letting you know you’re in the wrong place?

This is the most difficult category of all. Sometimes, we don’t know what’s good for us. In my twenties, I wanted to work in healthcare. I wanted a fulfilling job that also paid money. Turns out, I don’t like sick people. I should have been fulfilled, instead I was sort of annoyed with all the, “Blah, blah, blah, I’m sick.” I had gotten exactly the job I wanted, and I hated it.

Which was embarrassing. People were confused. “Why did you go to school for a job you hate?”

Just stupid, I guess.

You know what’s even dumber? Hanging out in a profession you loathe. Life is short. I’ve been to four funerals since September. Even if you do something you enjoy, it’s not going to be sunshine and daisies 24/7. But if it’s rainclouds and thunder 24/7, it’s time to rethink.

If you’re hitting a brick wall, if you’re muse has deserted you, if productivity is simply a word in the dictionary, rethink your strategy. Maybe you’re targeting the wrong genre. If you heard xyz was selling like crazy, so you started writing xyz, but now your muse has taken a slow train to China…You know where I’m going with this.


Is failing in your productivity goals telling you to dig deeper?

If you have twenty stories that have great starts, but you’ve never finished a single manuscript, then take a plotting class. Chances are, you don’t have enough conflict to maintain your story, and something deep in your brain knows it.

If you plot like crazy, but can’t get past the middle, invite your closest friend to coffee and have a heart-to-heart conversation. Chances are, something mental is holding you back. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear that people will laugh, fear that you’ll get bad reviews. Ask your bestie if she has any insight. I can always spot what’s holding others back, but I don’t have that kind of insight for myself.

How does a person use failure as a launching pad to productivity?

Remember that article from a few weeks back, the one with the successful cupcake woman who sold icing? She totally failed first. She lost her money and her business. She rethought her strategy. She figured out the things she liked about cupcakes, and the things she didn’t like. She figured out how to monetize her idea.

She could have thrown her hands in the air, but she didn’t. (also, throwing her hands in the air would be gross)

You don’t ‘find’ time to write, you ‘make’ time to write. If you’re failing to find writing time each day, figure out why you don’t think you deserve that time. No one has more hours in the day than someone else. People who are far busier than me are way more productive.

Women are notorious for saying ‘yes’ to everything and putting everyone else ahead of their needs. I’ll tell you what, my husband doesn’t give a flying leap whether or not the PTA President likes him. He’s not volunteering for the party if he doesn’t have the time. Be like my husband. Say, ‘no’. Your value is not dependent on how many times you say ‘yes’.

It’s okay to take time for yourself.

Really.

I give you permission.

Go and be productive.

Did you spot anything that may be sabotaging your productivity goals?

Leave a comment for a chance to win one of two copies of The Engagement Bargain.
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The Engagement Bargain
Make-believe betrothal 

Rock-solid and reliable, confirmed bachelor Caleb McCoy thought nothing could rattle him—until he discovers he needs to pose as Anna Bishop's intended groom. After saving her life, his honorable code bid Caleb watch over the innocent beauty. And a pretend engagement is the only way to protect her from further harm. 

Raised by a single mother and suffragist, Anna doesn't think much of marriage—and she certainly doesn't plan to try it herself. But playing Caleb's blushing bride-to-be makes her rethink her independent ways, because their make-believe romance is becoming far too real… 
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Sherri Shackelford is an award-winning author of inspirational, Christian romance.
A wife and mother of three, Sherri’s hobbies include collecting mismatched socks, discovering new ways to avoid cleaning, and standing in the middle of the room while thinking, “Why did I just come in here?” A reformed pessimist and recent hopeful romantic, Sherri has a passion for writing. Her books are fun and fast-paced, with plenty of heart and soul.
Sherri is currently working on three more books for her Cimarron Springs series. Her current books include: Winning the Widow’s Heart, The Marshal’s Ready-Made Family, The Cattleman Meets His Match, and The Engagement Bargain.  




Monday, March 2, 2015

ARE YOU ALL READY FOR SPEEDBO???????!!!!!!!!!!!

ARE YOU READY FOR NO LIMITS????!!!
I have a LOT to accomplish this month and I hope you all do, too.
I've got a novella to finish...about 10,000 words.
A novella to revise.
A novel to revise
and...my fondest hope...
A new novel to begin. All before March 31st.

If anyone wants to tell us their goals in the comments, go for it.
Remember you are working for YOURSELF!

The challenge is against yourself.
Not like NANO where you have one set goal, the same goal for everyone.

Nope, here at Seekerville we just want a month dedicated to writing.
Progress.
Goals.
NO LIMITS!
LET THE SUN RISE ON SPEEDBO!!!!!!!!
YOU CANNOT FAIL!
Whatever you accomplish is yours!
You can do better than you ever dreamed possible
 But whatever you do, you are writing.
You are putting words on paper.
YOU ARE SPEEDBO!
Leave a comment--tell us your goals if you want--to get your name in a drawing for
a $25 Amazon gift card.
AND THEN GET BACK TO WORK!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Weekend Edition


 
Speedbo has officially begun. Congratulations to our  123 PARTICIPANTS. (See them here.)

You can do it! We believe in you.

If you have not signed up, you can sign up, now through March 31st by sending an email to seekers@seekerville.net with your personal goal listed. Sharing your goal is only for accountability. Seekerville will not be sharing your goal with anyone. Complete rules can be found in the Speedbo 2015 tab above.


STARTING LINE UP AMAZON GIFT CARD WINNERS ARE MEGAN BRUMMER & MARY GARCIA.

THIS WEEK IN SPEEDBO WE HAVE A $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD & A ONE CHAPTER CRITIQUE UP FOR GRABS. TWO SPEEDBO WINNERS. A PACK OF BOOKS TO ONE CHEERLEADER!

YOU MUST COMMENT TO BE IN THE DRAWING. LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT THE CRITIQUE. WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN THE NEXT WEEKEND EDITION. PRIZES MAILED OUT APRIL 1. DURING SPEEDBO WE WRITE!

  We Have Winners
 Giveaway rules can be found here. Please drop us a line to claim your giveaway at seekers@seekerville.net. All prizes not claimed in 8 weeks go back into the prize vault. We wish we could contact all our winners individually, but we'd rather write books! And P.S. -if we forget to send our your prize DO let us know after 8 weeks per our rules.

Did you claim your giveaway from LAST WEEK?



Sandra Leesmith helped prepare you for Speedbo by comparing the pursuit of success in writing with the pursuit of success in her favorite sport, pickleball. Winner of an autographed book by Sandra or a Seeker available ebook of choice is Elizabeth Van Tassel.


Wednesday  Love Inspired author and Seeker, Tina Radcliffe brought you Part 2 of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers (based on the Stephen Covey best-seller)." Winner of a Seeker book of choice is Sandra Kern.


 "BETTING ON HOPE and Putting Faith in NEW HORIZONS Along the Road to Becoming a Hybrid Author." Debra Clopton visited Seekerville Thursday! Debra discussed her latest endeavors, the cost, the casualties and the rewards of the journey. And the books that make it all worth the trip! Olivia is the winner of one book, winners choice, from her back list.


Friday was the March Contest Update!  Congrats to our DIVA EILEEN BARNES! Winner of a Seeker Book of choice is Melissa Jagears.


Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Today, Mary Connealy will be kicking off a month of #NO LIMITS SPEEDBO.An uplifting, encouraging, pep-talk to get you going on your word count and an article SHORT enough to give you NO EXCUSES.(and to give Mary no excuses either). There will be a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter.


Tuesday: What's the one thing all successful people have in common? They fail. A lot. They fail more than the average person. Successful people fail more often because they're not afraid of taking risks. They aren't derailed by failure. Instead, successful people use failures as a launching pad to success. Today, visit with an expert on failure, Sherri Shackelford, and learn some tips and tricks to overcome your fears and increase your productivity with her post, "Failing Your Way to Success."  There will be a giveaway of two copies of The Engagement Bargain.


Wednesday:Love Inspired author Carolyne Aarsen stops in to talk about "The Freedom of Chains," how discipline allows you freedom to write. Stop in and chat with this wonderful, hard-working author you'll be entered for one of THREE SETS of Carolyne's newest books Her Cowboy Hero and Reunited With the Cowboy, books 1 and 2 of her "Refuge Ranch" series.


Thursday: Cathy Yardley is back in Seekerville today to discuss revisions: when to do them, and how to do them. Also, why you might not want to revise as you’re doing a fast Speedbo draft! She’ll also give away a copy of her book Rock Your Revisions.


Friday: Tina Radcliffe is your hostess with a Speedbo Appropriate post called, "What Have You Done Today to Make Your Dream Come True."  Stop by for an appropriate kick in the pants and equally appropriate giveaway!


Seeker Sightings


Ruthy's long-awaited "Year of Weddings Novella" is on sale now! TNZ Fiction > A Year of Weddings is just the bounce-into-spring story we've all been waiting for! When high-stakes Philadelphia lawyer Greg Elizondo inherits his mother's vintage bridal salon, he has to face the store's possible demise... until third-year law student Tara Simonetti walks in the door, ready to work. And work she does, leaving the mark of her job on Elena's Bridal... and Greg's heart! And Ruthy's giving away some e-copies on her Blog. Head over, leave a comment about weddings and you're in: Easy-peasy!

 AND Seekerville is giving away  5 copies of All Dressed Up in Love: A March Wedding Story (A Year of Weddings Novella Book 4) - for any e-reader, but you have to say you want it!!!  Winners announced in the next Weekend Edition.




 






Missy Tippens will be featured on Script Chics March 19-25. So mark your calendar, NOW! The Chicks will be reading and discussing her RITA finalist book, A House Full of Hope. Also, Missy will be doing a giveaway that week, so be sure to drop by!





Random News & Information 

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How To Build Your Readership Six Ways (Without Social Media) (the Future of ink)


The Reason Your Author Platform Matters (Badredhead Media)


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