I had a great opportunity to speak at a local middle school on Friday. It was a great experience and though I was the one “leading” the class, I learned something too. It was fun having the kids think outside the box and hearing their ideas about different topics. I touched on the 3 basic avenues I use to help me write. 1) Choose a 1-word topic, 2) Free-write in bubble format or a journal entry about that topic, 3) Write 5 next steps for the characters. I think the key with #3 is that if you think of a next step that is completely out of character for that person, still write it down. That’s one thing about this exercise. It is best to keep writing and not critique your writing. That way you can get your creativity on paper where you can actually see it and come back to it later. If you, in the future, want to use that “out of character” next step for a different story, you will already have it written down and can use it accordingly.
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Friday, June 6, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The following words in this blog entry I wrote by hand first, but then I got to thinking, “This is a good conversation piece.”
Okay, I’m writing right now because I really just want to form letters. Weird, right? Have you ever done something many times without even realizing what you’re doing it, let alone why you’re doing it? My desire to start writing just now got me thinking, there are many different reasons why I might write, either on paper or electronically. I might want to form letters (weird, but that’s how this entry got started). I might want to get an idea across in an essay-type format. I might want to write down an idea so I don’t forget it. I might want to work on making my writing easy to read. Or various other reasons. Hmmm. . . Does that translate to other things in life?
A person might have a variety of reasons to go back to school. Maybe to change careers. Get a better paying job. Possibly because they feel like they have to for one reason or another.
Can you think of a few other areas of your life where you might have a few different reasons to do one task?
Monday, November 25, 2013
I have wonderful news! Major Market in Escondido has my books! This is the first store to carry my books, so if you’re in the area please check out my Christmas display!
God is so good! I see this as another way to praise Him and show His love to those who I might not even meet in person. It is so exciting!!!!!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Wonderful News, Readers!
I was talking to another local author at the last book event I attended and she told me that Major Market likes to support local authors. It sounded kind of too good to be true, so I didn’t do much about it . . . till today. I finally decided, with my third book coming out, that I really wanted to sell my book and get it out there in the market for my target audience to see, read, and enjoy. I took a step of faith, trusting God that everything would work out in his timing. Well, as you might have guessed He worked everything out exactly as He had already planned it. I walked into Major Market this morning and spoke with the manager, Sharon Hendrix. She is really nice and immediately showed me back to the book/gift section. I was really excited I was even being considered. Yay!
She mentioned about a display and of course something like shouldn’t be too hard to find, right? . . . Wrong. I traveled to closest office supply store and they actually said that if I can come about three weeks ago they would have had some old displays I could have. Unfortunately, they had already thrown them out. No luck! . . . Finally, after going to various other office supply stores and yes, even dumpster diving, we finally found a display that was available. “Just let us know when done with it and we’ll come back.” “Oh, that’s okay,” they said. “I’ll move the books and you can have it now.”
Thank you, Lord! You worked it out perfectly!!!!!!!!!! Another thing that Sharon mentioned in our short interview was that I will be able to do a book signing! Woohoo!!!! That is great, right? Well, keep following my updates and I’ll let you know the minute I have a date and time! . . . Oh, happy reading! J
Sunday, August 4, 2013
I have an awesome opportunity to join other local authors at the Paradise Hills Public Library on September 21, 2013! It is a Saturday and the event is from 10 am- 1 pm. I hope you will stop by if you’re in the area. I would love to meet you and hear about your reading and writing endeavors.
The third book in The Mystery of M series will be available by Christmas, but you might just get a sneak preview if you come to the Paradise Hills Library event. Hope to see you all there!
Library Location: 5922 Rancho Hills Drive, MS 17, San Diego, CA 92139
Friday, July 12, 2013
Back in October 2012, I wrote about a time I was eating a bowl of grapes. From my exact position, I thought I had eaten all the grapes, but when I looked from a different perspective I saw that there were more grapes still in the bowl. I was reminded of this story just this week when I was enjoying another bowl of grapes. This time the bowl was wider and flatter so all the grapes were plainly visible. While I was eating I realized that this wider perspective is how God sees our lives. He has a grand, wide perspective and he can see all that goes on. Nothing falls through the cracks. On the other hand, sometimes we as humans only have a very narrow view of life. We might not see all that God is doing because of our narrow perspective. I think it is a good idea to take some time to step back and look at especially difficult situations from God’s perspective. When we do we will get a wider, more complete view of what He has for us.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
We received notice that our power would be shut off for a few hours in the morning today as well as also this afternoon. I made sure my computer was charged so I could still work on my story. It is times like this that I am thankful for my laptop computer. If I was still using a desktop I wouldn’t be able to work on my story right now. Well, I think this is a good time to share what you are thankful for. Add a comment to this post and let me and others know what you are thankful for. Happy Saturday! And to the fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day!
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Hi Blog Readers!
I had a great time meeting with some excited readers/writers this last week at a few local middle schools. I shared some techniques for starting to write and what to do when you get really stuck. It was a great time and I enjoyed meeting the excited students. It was especially cool to sign an autograph to a girl who already loves my books. I hope to see you all at the next book fair! Keep checking this blog for more information!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
I have an awesome opportunity to speak to middle school students tomorrow. I am looking forward to sharing my ideas and techniques with the students and hope to inspire them to write and enjoy writing. I will be attending two local middle schools tomorrow morning. I pray that God will use me for His glory and that we (myself and the students) will have a blast!
Friday, May 31, 2013
Hi Blog Readers!
I have great news! I have another opportunity to meet you at RB Alive coming this weekend to Rancho Bernardo! I am really excited to see what God has in store this year. Hope you are able to attend. I will be near/in Webb Park, so look for the author booth. I’ll be wearing my signature western hat and would love to meet you!
Have a great weekend!
RB Alive Information:
Who: Shari Lynn Brown – local author
Where: RB Alive Street Fair
When: Sunday, June 2nd, 10am-4pm
Where: RB Alive Street Fair
When: Sunday, June 2nd, 10am-4pm
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Encinitas Street Fair was a great opportunity to get my book out for the public to see. Though I didn’t sell any books at the event I gave away some bookmarks, business cards, and other free stuff! I am on the lookout for a bookstore that carries local authors. If any of you know of a place, let me know. Happy Reading!
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Encinitas Street Fair in California is another way for me to open my book up to new readers. If you have already bought my book, feel free to come by and say hi. If you bought my book online, I would be happy to personally sign it. I will have in the Read Local Section of the fair, at I Street and the 101. Hope to see you there!
I have great news! If you are interested in purchasing my book from Blurb.com they are having a special sale right now through May 2, that’s next Thursday! Here's how: just use the code SHARING10 at Blurb Bookstore's checkout and get $10 off a book. If you or someone you know is interested, don’t wait any longer. Follow the link in the right panel of my blog and check out my book. Enjoy! And Happy Friday!
Monday, April 1, 2013
Hi All! Hope you are doing well! I have been busy working on the third book as well as continuing to work full-time and train/ride my two horses! Whew! God is good! I am enjoying a great time in my life!
What makes a good story? That depends on who you ask. A young child might say a story with lots of pictures. The pictures need to have bright colors to draw their eye! Someone else might say that the cover is what grabs them, if they pick up the book and don’t see what they are looking for in the cover, they will put it back and not even read the summary.
What makes a good story? First, you need to know who your audience is. I am targeting 11-16 year old people who are looking for a little mystery and adventure. My covers include a few intriguing elements from the book that will grab the attention of the audience.
I ask my editors what they think of the cover, what grabs their attention, what might stick out and actually detract from my purpose? These are all things that go into writing, finalizing, and publishing a great story.
What are some things you think of that might be helpful to other writers out there? All thoughts are encouraged!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I was encouraged yesterday by one of my soon-to-be readers. I had mentioned my book to his 9 year old and she said she couldn't wait to read it! She loves to read! Well, the next day I saw her, yesterday. I mentioned the book again and she jumped up very excited! Stories like this encourage me to continue with my writing. I love it!
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