Posts with the Category of: Ideas to stimulate work

A Whole New World

Many of us have great memories of reading books as a child. Our love of reading is part of why we chose to be writers!  The books that we read as kids had a huge impact on who we became as adults.  So imagine that, as a child, your world goes from one workbook, to an entire universe of […]

Sit In On a Workshop!

If you haven’t had a chance to take one of my workshops yet – now is your chance!  The following video gives a good flavor of what’s in store when you join me:Anne Randolph Writing WorkshopAs you will see, it is a mixed bag of participants – everyone is welcome!  So keep an eye on […]

Got Leftovers?

What to do with all of those leftovers?  An American tradition almost as deeply-entrenched as Thanksgiving itself is finding creative ways to use that leftover turkey!  From soup to enchiladas, to sandwiches and casseroles, just about anything goes!   Do you have any writing “leftovers” that you don’t know what to do with?  Pull out […]

Sweet Smell of Success?

It was reported earlier this year that designer and noted bibliophile Karl Lagerfeld was creating a perfume that smells of books.  This is reportedly his response to the digital age of publishing, in which the smell of ink on paper is becoming more and more rare. Of course, the sense of smell is one of the most powerful when […]

Write From The Heart

When someone you’re talking with is really passionate about something, you can see a gleam in their eye. When you’re writing about something you are passionate about, your readers need to “see that gleam” in your writing.  I find that the best way to share my passion is to make sure I am writing about […]

Keep Positive Energy Flowing into Your Writing

I recently received repeated scathing emails from someone who had their writing edited and reviewed for comments and were not satisfied.. One of their complaints was that there were too many good comments made about their work. I choose to make this a lesson about putting good energy into our writing.  It is easy to […]

What Moves You?

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else.  I only try to dance better than myself.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov   I am proud to be included as a featured speaker with Motivational Speakers Worldwide.   My goal is to motivate you to be the best writer you can be, whether you are writing a […]

What Is Your Writing Ritual?

What is your writing ritual?  Before you pick up your pen each day, what do you do to motivate yourself to get started? Do you have a ritual for when you finish, or maybe a reward (an ice cream sundae, a massage, a round of golf)?  What about your challenges?  Don’t be daunted by them […]

Find Your Character’s Motivation

Now that you have done some work developing your character, you can start delving deeper.  Try exploring and expanding the character’s range with guesswork about their home, family and lifestyle.  Develop a backstory – in essence, drop the reader into a trap door of the character’s past. You can even explore what your character dreams about.  All […]

Remembering after two years!

I spent a great weekend at the Author U Extravaganza talking with publishers, writers, and printers.  Eric Kampmann, President of MidPoint Trade Books remembered being a part of one of my writing workshops at a conference in 2009 where he was a keynote speaker.  At lunch, Eric asked me to tell a colleague what his […]