SAME OLD STUFF? GET INSPIRED! - Some Links for Inspiration
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I’ve discovered some fun websites and even gleaned an idea from one to use in a book.


Maybe they’ll inspire you with ideas for characters and plots or provide fun tidbits to include in your stories. They are also just interesting  to explore.

This site offers a wide range of lists with a short piece about each item on the list. You can click on headings like Recent, Popular, Randon, and Bizarre. 
I found the following topics:

10 Underwater Animals With Astonishing Abilities
10 Disgusting Animal Habits That Will Make Your Skin Crawl
10 Notable Last Survivors Of Historic Events
10 Real-Life Inspirations For Famous Literary Characters

This is an e-card site, but you don’t have to register to access the vast amount of info. The home page lists such things as Happenings, Holidays and Events and This Month in History for the current month. But click on “Bizarre and Unique Days” at the left of the home page for a list of stuff you probably never knew about March and other months. For instance, yesterday, March 1, was “National Pig Day” and “Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.” And what about tomorrow, March 3? You and your dog and cat will be happy to know it’s “I Want You to Be Happy Day” and “If Pets Had Thumbs Day.”

Today, March 2, is “Old Stuff Day.” This day requires that you break out of your same ol’, same ol’ rut and make exciting changes.

let today inspire you


Take one step toward your dream. Get started on that book that’s been brewing in your mind and heart. Today, shake off your habit of thinking about writing and actually write. Jot down the three most important characters in your story, what they look like, talk like and what they want more than anything. Tomorrow write 500 more words about the important events and actions that will happen in your story.


Want to write for kids? Whether you want to write fiction or nonfiction, check out my workbook, Write a Marketable Children’s Book, Not Your Typical How-to Write Guide. 

Co-written with Shirley Raye Redmond, it reveals the step-by-step approach that Shirley Raye and I used to break into children’s publishing and to keep selling. 

You must write a marketable book in order to sell it, and this workbook teaches:

how research the market.
how to craft your story to target the market.
how to establish editor contacts.