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About claire plaisted

Claire Plaisted lives in New Zealand with her husband, three children. She is a Indie Author and runs a company 'Plaisted Publishing House Ltd,' helping Indie Authors get their books online and looking professional. We are happy for people to submit their work for our team to look through.

How to Write Better Stories

Writing Better Stories

K. D. Dowdall

How to Write Better Stories

better stories

A few insights to help you write better stories.

You know that feeling you get when you read a novel and become completely lost in it? You can’t put it down, so you lose track of time. When you finally finish, you wish it would just keep going.

Isn’t that the kind of story you want to write?

Over the past year, I’ve read only a few books that I couldn’t put down…

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The Curse Of The Writer Strikes Yet Again!!!

Great article. I personally wish i could finish a few of my draft manuscripts…

Have We Had Help?


Valles Marinaris aka the Great Rift on Mars

Damn it to hell and back! The curse of the writer has struck once more. A couple of weeks ago, another pure science fiction story announced itself from the farthest reaches of my mind. I swore black and blue that when I published my adventure novella Cataclysm in November, that I would not contemplate another story until next year. So much for good intentions. My mind is already working overtime once again.

When an idea invades a writer’s consciousness, what can he or she do about it but go with the flow, or be driven crazy. We all have our various ways of tackling the problem. Yes, you heard me right, I did say problem. Because until a writer has exorcised the beast from his or her mind, they will know no peace. So what I have to do is get writing…

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How to make your characters likable?

I like making them mean…LOL

Jean's Writing


Is it necessary that every character be likable?

Faceless woman

Need all characters be —

pleasant, nice friendly, agreeable, affable, amiable, genial, personable, charming, popular, good-natured, engaging, appealing endearing convivial, congenial, simpatico, winning, delightful, enchanting, lovable, adorable, sweet, or lovely?

Recently, I just finished a book but didn’t like a single character. However, I did want the main character to succeed. This strange and bizarre book kept me captivated.

So, back to my first question, is it necessary for any or all characters to be liked by the reader?

Faces in a puzzle

This is an issue I’m struggling with right now. In my current WIP, I’m not sure my main character is likable. I want people to like her, emphasize with her and pull for her, but I don’t want her to come off whinny. I hate whining. Even in real life.

How do we accomplish giving characters qualities that a reader can relate to, but…

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Write Better: Writer’s Block

My muses tend to go on holiday aka writers block so I will go and write something different….It is probably why I have so many draft books. 🙂

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First let’s know what we’re dealing with here.

Writer’s Block: The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

Writer’s block is torture. I for one get it all the time. I just so happen to be in one of my block phases now. While I can still pop out a cute little article in just an hour, working on my own book is a whole other story. When you’re in the middle of a book and lost your ending, that really sucks! So that wasn’t the case this time, but you get my point. Writer’s block sucks and we need to get it under control, so that ending comes back to us, in vivid details, to finish our books!

So let’s jump into some things you should try when you’ve lost your train of thought.

  1. Look at books- I find a…

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Mothers Day Sneak Peek

Treat your Mom on Mothers Day…Doterra are a fantastic company and their oils are sublime. My daughter uses them frequently.

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Does anyone want to spOIL their mom or grandmother (or anyone in your life who is a mom) Doterra is releasing these 3 new oils which are expected to sell out fast. (They do every year). Descriptions of the oils are down below. Make sure you put your orders in for this right away, or let me know if you will want to purchase this beautiful gift. Sales begin on the 17th. 😀 Available in US and Canada.


💗Pink Pepper💗 (Sweet, Spicy, Fresh, Slightly Fruity)-Aids in Digestive Issues, Great for Disinfecting, Supports Immune System, Energizing, Uplifting, Increases Alertness, Decreases Muscle & Joint Pain

💚Green Mandarin💚 (Tart, Bright, Crisp)-Very Helpful for Nausea, Great for Disinfecting, Supports Respiratory Function, Promotes Clear Skin, Toning & Tightening Effect on Skin, Supports Tissue Regeneration, Reduces Scarring, one of the absolute gentlest oils of all time

🧡Star Anise🧡-(Spicy…

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Should you go to a book fair as an author? #AuthorToolboxBlogHop #AmWriting #WritersLife

Book Fairs…Should you attend. YES

D.E. Haggerty

london book fairAlthough everyone says you should ask the difficult question, the question of whether you should attend a book fair is not a difficult one. The answer is easy: yes or maybe YES! Before I get into the nitty gritty of why you should attend, let’s talk numbers because authors LOVE numbers. How much does it cost to actually attend a book fair? I recently attended the London Book Fair. As I live on the continent, my costs included hotel and train travel. That’s not entirely unusual, however, as you can’t count on an awesome fair like the London Book Fair happening around the corner. So, here are my numbers:

Train travel (Eurostar) = € 160

Hotel = € 117

Fair = € 52

These costs are not necessarily representative of your travel to a fair. First of all, I decided to attend LBF way late, which meant my train travel…

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Do you focus on the eyes to see the character?

Windows of the soul…yes totally. Another thing to think about when writing

Jean's Writing

Do you believe the eyes are windows to the soul?

Whether you believe this cliché or not, eyes are important. How you describe the eyes of a character can reveal a lot to the reader.

“Eyes that sparkled like sapphires glanced my way.”

This sentence tells us only that the person is blue-eyed.


“Cold, blue eyes locked with mine. A chill rippled down my spine.” 

Tells us the character has blue eyes and may be dangerous.

“Her blue gaze froze me in place.”

Lets us know the character is a woman and she ain’t happy.

“Lines crinkled at the corners of her sapphire eyes as they danced with mischief.”

This last one, again indicates the character is a woman and she may be laughing at or with another character.

If a body part is as important as William Shakespeare contended, we need to make certain our readers see into the heart…

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: Tales of Spring by, Phyllis Staton Campbell

Campbells World

Hello to all.
Campbell and I are back with another interesting contribution to the Author’s Corner.
Here, Author Phyllis Staton Campbell shares with us some thought provoking Tales of Spring.
If you enjoy these let Phyllis know.
You can comment back here in the comments or see her contact info when you keep reading after her tales are done to learn all about her many books, and how to find them.
As always, thanks for stopping by. Come again any time.
Now, here’s Phyllis and her Tales of Spring.


By Phyllis Campbell
Our special March-April, 2014

As I write this, in early January, we’re in the grip of the coldest weather we’ve had here in twenty years, according to the Weather Bureau. Spring seems like a distant dream, perhaps a fantasy.

Although maybe not considered a hobby, I and many others have an interest in legend and…

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14 Things Every Writer Needs Before They Sit Down to Write

Thigns every writer needs…

Novelty Revisions

1. A large chunk of time set aside in which only writing is ideally permitted to happen.

2. Coffee, tea, some form of synthetic stimulation to help you get into “writing mode.”

3. A browser plugin that only blocks the websites you’re inclined to visit when you’re supposed to be writing. (That way, you can still look up words and such.)

4. A laptop charger, extra paper/pens/pencils, a backup plan if all these things fail.

5. Patience.

6. A general idea of what you’re going to work on, even if you’re not sure what you’re in the “mood” for.

7. Some sort of timer (e.g., on your phone) so you don’t have to stop writing to check the time.

8. Snacks!

9. Some kind of short-term plan or list of goals, to be accomplished before your butt leaves the chair.

10. Your preferred form of background noise, even if it’s…

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The 3 Steps to Writing Humor: Channeling Erma

We all need a good laugh at times. Writing humour can be hard, sometimes it comes naturally to a writer, at other times it just happens. Read this, live, learn and laugh.

A Writer's Path

by Diane Laney Fitzpatrick

We writers all have our heroes. Depending on your genre, personal taste, and even reading experiences that go back as far as grade school, your writing hero might be Edgar Allen Poe or Tolkien, Hemingway or Jane Austen, Mark Twain or James Patterson.

But ask a humor writer to list his role models and you’ll almost certainly find Erma Bombeck.

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