Over at Writers Ink Services, we’re two more blogs into the Start Writing series, 13 bits of advice to help people start writing that book they’ve always dreamed of.

The second set of blogs focus on the twisty conflicts that keep people reading.

Those sneaky antagonists

Those shifty surprises

If you want to start writing your first book, you need to look for advice and guidance in M.A. Lee’s Discovering series.

The first writing craft book, published in the Spring of this year, is Discovering Your Novel, designed as a weekly journey from original idea to book-in-hand.

More help is coming in the Discovering series, with Discovering Your Characters and Discovering Your Plot. To improve your words on the page, you will want to investigate Discovering Sentence Craft. And most newbie writers have difficulty deciding on their public writing persona. Check out Discovering Your Author Brand to help with these decisions. All books coming soon!

If you struggle with maintaining your focus on writing, you need to change from thinking like a hobby writer and begin thinking like a pro writer. Think like a Pro gives you the seven lessons needed to change your perspective on your writing goals.

The Big Push known as National Novel Writing Month–NaNoWriMo–occurs every year in November. Are you ready? Start tracking your daily word counts and your projects with the Think/

Get your own copy. Highlight. Use sticky notes. Write marginalia. 😉

Pro planner for writers. 

Versions are available in the guiding lamp and the floral editions.

The undated weekly planner to guide your writer’s transformation from hobbyist to professional

It’s the first birthday of the 2 * 0 * 4 Lifestyle planner.

With a focus on the keto / fasting diet and trackers for your healthy habits, 2 * 0 * 4 reminds you that you are also an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual person.

Guided by Luke 10:27 ~ “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”

In seven cover versions: although the Mountain Stream is my favorite version.

Suitable for women and men.

Still only $12. A great deal at a buck a month.

Weekly inspirational quotes, places to write appointments and notes, habit trackers and progress meters, with progress reviews and planning previews to keep you happy throughout the year.

Add a little bliss to life with by living the 2 * 0 * 4 Lifestyle.

Visit my M.A. Lee page to see all the covers available.

cover by Deranged Doctor Design
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I love MS Word.

This love comes out because I just endured several days of Mac people bashing MS / pc people as if the Apple world is divine. [I’m writing this blog in late June. I had a couple of spare minutes; thought I’d share 😉 Then I thought I’d just put the rant up. Here ya go! ]

Apple world is good. Sometimes it’s even great. Divine? Nyah.
Try 25 years with MS Word.
First “computer” I ever used for word processing had DOS. Remember DOS? DIR to find your files. C: and the blinking cursor on a black screen. Yeah. Those days.

Then came Windows! And the world never looked back.

I’ve used MS Word about 25 years and changed as it changed. Mac, didn’t love so much in the early days. Once I shifted to pc, I never returned to Mac (except for the iPhone, which I hate for its planned obsolescence [which intuitive spelling keeps changing to “insolence”—is that telling me something?] and box-tight control of what it wants me to do.)
Over the years with Microsoft and other electronic devices I learned to avoid the shiny new and wait for later iterations. I avoided Vista and all of its crashes. Since I had to buy a new system around `10, I jumped past that issue. Not having Vista on the system prevented the crashes that most people had with it that continued to 8.
I also learned, from watching people trying to bring work from home, using a home software program that wasn’t compatible with the work software programs as well as listening to people complain, that anything labeled “Home” wasn’t worth the price. I’ve purchased professional- or work-level software from that point.

You get what you pay for. 

Last year, with all the viruses and malware and ransom ware and more that was going on, I took a hard look at keeping my security and programs updated. That’s the primary reason that I subscribed to Windows Office 365. I didn’t want the constant hassle.
I’m not a lover of any big corporate entity. I hate monopolies. I hate algorithms that try to shove me into one box when I’ve got fingers in 10 different ones and toes into a few others. But MS treats its products and customers professionally, and that’s what I want. (And I certainly don’t want any entity adding things I didn’t ask for—the way Apple added that U2 album without my permission to iTunes on my computer.) 
I can make Word and PowerPoint do pretty much everything I ask them to do. It’s easy to flip between the programs using the task bar at the bottom of the screen. I lust after those widescreen monitors that allow two screens (3! even) to be open at once. But I’m too thrifty to add the monitor when my magnified glasses and laptop work fine 
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Remember Windows 3.1.0.2? Loved that program. Loved the mouse interface that beat keyboard commands (CTRL + C). Loved the advent of WYSIWYG printers (what you see is what you get).

Change is always happening. Who said that? Herodotus?

Okay. Rant over. Only it’s more like the homily for the day. 🙂 

Over at Writers Ink Services is a blog series offering 13 bits of advice for new writers who want to start writing their novel.

Here are the links to the first two blogs which appeared in August:

The very first starta guidebook to help you start writing

The very first characters

If you want to start writing your first book, you need to look for advice and guidance in M.A. Lee’s Discovering.

The first writing craft book, published in the Spring of this year, is Discovering Your Novel, designed as a weekly journey from original idea to book-in-hand.

More help is coming in the Discovering series, with Discovering Your Characters and Discovering Your Plot. To improve your words on the page, you will want to investigate Discovering Sentence Craft. And most newbie writers have difficulty deciding on their public writing persona. Check out Discovering Your Author Brand to help with these decisions. All books coming soon!

If you struggle with maintaining your focus on writing, you need to change from thinking like a hobby writer and begin thinking like a pro writer. Think like a Pro gives you the seven lessons needed to change your perspective on your writing goals.

The Big Push known as National Novel Writing Month–NaNoWriMo–occurs every year in November. Are you ready? Start tracking your daily word counts and your projects with the Think/Pro planner for writers. 

M.A. Lee says:

I just published The Hazard of Secrets, book 10 in the Hearts in Hazard series of English Regency mysteries.

This is the book that became ever-expanding, blowing past the original length of 55,000 words, climbing on to 78,000 words, and then achieving 109,000 words.

I kept thinking about dividing it out, but events at the beginning cause events in the middle and connect to events at the end.

Two hearts with dangerous pasts ~ Can they keep their secrets, or will murder force them to reveal all?

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