Writing buddies.

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Hello everyone. Have you found it hard to stay creative during world events and lockdown? At the start of isolation, I found it very difficult to be creative and chatted to others online who were feeling the same. I started a writing buddy system or writing sprint in my book group, to encourage people to keep on top of their writing deadlines and it actually helped me to get back into my writing groove too.

Having others to work alongside, even if it’s virtually, can be really inspiring. Why not ask a friend or colleague if you can work at the same time of day, for an hour or two, over a coffee and see what you can achieve. I bet you’ll be surprised by the results. Some fellow writers don’t like writing at set times, but for me it has really helped me to get words onto paper. I see it as a challenge and I do start working on various projects.

During the buddy hour, some people work on blog posts, marketing, editing, new manuscripts or anything creative and we meet back an hour later to see what we have done. We have had a hundred words written during the hour, to thousands, and lots of exciting projects have been imagined and begun. Working alongside our peers during such stressful times can bring some sunshine and laughter back. Give it a try! Feel free to join in the buddy creative sessions every week day in Lizzie’s Book Club on Facebook. 10.30am-11.30am UK time.



 

10 quotes to make you smile.

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Hi everyone. Happy new week. I hope you’re all well and coping during lockdown. I’ve been writing my 10th book and running my writing buddy sessions in¬†Lizzie’s Book Group. It’s really helping me to get words onto paper and I’ve managed over 30k, so far. It’s exciting to hear of the progression of everyone else’s work too. How are you all?

I thought I’d share some funny or positive quotes to make us all smile today.

Mirror meme by Lizzie Chantree

Creative life meme by Lizzie Chantree

Don't be afaraid meme, by Lizzie Chantree

Logic meme by Lizzie Chantree

A book a day book meme by Lizzie Chantree

Rainbow 2 meme by Lizzie Chantree

Hustle and heart meme by Lizzie Chantree

Creativity blossoming meme by Lizzie Chantree

Rainbow meme by Lizzie Chantree

Caffinated meme by Lizzie Chantree



 

10 inspirational writing quotes.

Inspirirng writing quotes. Pin by Lizzie Chantree

Hello everyone. I thought I’d share some really inspiring writing quotes with you today. I hope they motivate you to keep writing, or reading more gorgeous books.

  1. ‘A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.’ – Susan Sontag.
  2. ‘You will fail only if you stop writing.’ – Ray Bradbury.
  3. ¬†‘Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.’ Anton Checkhov.
  4. ‘A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.’ – Richard Bach.
  5. ‘The scariest moment is always just before you start.’ – Stephen King.
  6. ‘Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.’ – Madeleine L’Engle.
  7. ‘Books are uniquely portable magic.’ – Stephen King.
  8. ‘Write what you know.’ – Mark twain.
  9. ‘As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.’ – Ernest Hemingway.

Dreaming of books meme by Lizzie Chantree

Stay safe and well everyone. From Lizzie.



 

Understanding keywords.

Keywords in reviews. Pin by Lizzie Chantree

Like most authors, I am learning new things about the publishing industry every day and try to share what I learn here, in the hope it helps other writers, book lovers and bloggers.

This week, my post is about keywords in reviews. There are so many great ways to use keywords, including in online book reviews!

For example:

Review 1:

A lovely read. I enjoyed the characters immensely and the way the author used description really drew me in. This is a book I would recommend to friends as I couldn’t wait to get back to my kindle to read the next chapter!

(Reviews literally take 5 minutes to write and 2 sentences is plenty, although a detailed description is wonderful too. They are sometimes the first place readers look to discover a new read and are really helpful to both author and reader.)

Review 2: A review from one of my readers about my contemporary romance novel Babe Driven. This made me smile for days.

I was recommended this book by a friend… Initially I was a little unsure as I am very loyal to¬†Freya North &¬†Lisa Jewell… I’m a bit of¬†chick lit fan!!!
By the end of the first chapter I was completely gripped…
This is a really compulsive read and not easy to put down; but quite light hearted.
The characters are really fun, engaging and believable.
I am really looking forward to the authors next novel… Give it a go!!!!

I’m have no idea if the reviewer knew how helpful this was and I certainly didn’t until much later, but the words in colour are keywords as they relate to popular authors and genres. I have seen that some books put best selling author’s names in their blurb, but I have read this is not advised as online retailers don’t like it, (the authors probably don’t either!)

Review 3:

I loved this¬†mystery novel as it involved¬†romance,¬†intrigue and¬†travel. The characters were so well written that I couldn’t wait to turn the next page! I usually enjoy reading books by¬†LJ Ross and¬†Blake Pierce, but the vivid descriptions and excellent dialogue have turned me into a (authors name) fan!

I hope this helps. I am an avid reader of lots of genres and I always leave reviews, unless I don’t like the book! I love to find books by authors I’ve never heard of before, as reading their work¬†is an adventure.¬†Most authors spend so many hours perfecting their¬†stories, that if I read, enjoy and become¬†a fan of their work, I like the idea that my review can support them on their journey.

 

 

3 writer resource links.

3 top writer resources. Pin by Lizzie Chantree

Happy Thursday everyone. I’m currently working on the first edits of a book about networking for writers and creatives and hope to have more news to share here soon. ¬†I thought I’d add some useful resource links for creatives today. Amazon and Facebook ad design and creation can cause stress and worry, so here are two tutorials.

There is also a link to a quick start guide to using Canva. This is a lovely design tool for many social media applications. Have a great day! From Lizzie.

How to make Amazon adverts. AMS ads via Kindlepreneur.

How to make Facebook adverts.

Quick start. Canva design guide.

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Pinned Posts on Twitter.

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Happy whatever day it is everyone! I have mixed my days up twice recently due to the lockdown and isolation. I think many days are merging into one. I’m so thankful of all of my writing friends and blog followers, who are keeping me writing, posting and sane!

Today’s post is about Twitter¬†and¬†pinned posts. I really enjoy interacting with people on Twitter, but unless you are actually chatting and networking there, it’s probably a bit of a waste of your time. I have noticed lately that a lot of people leave a pinned tweet for a long time. A pinned tweet, is the first tweet you see when you open someone else’s page on Twitter. There is an option to ‘pin’ any of your own original tweets to the top of your profile page.

Many think that if you leave this pinned tweet, then it collects retweets and the numbers of retweets look good if they are high. The problem with this, is that if someone like me, (who often visits the pages of my Twitter followers and likes to Rt their work), has to scroll through lots of tweets to find one about their work, I give up and move on. I can retweet the pinned tweet, but if I have already done this, I can’t do it again. This is such a wasted opportunity. I always update my pinned tweet at least once a week, but often every few days or hours. That way, anyone visiting my Twitter page has fresh content at the top of my page, that they don’t have to page down or waste their time looking for. Everyone has busy schedules and this saves them time and makes the opportunity of a new retweets more possible for me.

Check out some Twitter feeds you know and see if you agree. You can find my page here @Lizzie_Chantree It’s full of bookish news and chat.

Romance reads.

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Do more of what makes you happy.

Be happy pin by Lizzie Chantree

Hello everyone. It’s times like these that make me think that I need to be doing more of what makes me happy. Sometimes I overthink things, or don’t plan enough time into my days for things that don’t relate to work. The thing is, that I love my job, so that in itself makes me happy. I do know that I pack too much into my days sometimes and during lockdown, my workload has doubled, due to home commitments and trying to offer support to others where I can.

I was talking to a friend online the other day, who isn’t able to work right now. She managing to enjoy lots of family time with children who would normally be at work or college. She is doing whatever she can to make the best of the awful situation the world is in, even though she is worrying about her business, clients and family. My other friend works for the NHS. She is doing as many shifts as she can and still has her own family to care for. I’m totally in awe of her skill and dedication, even though I worry about her too! Such inspiring women.

I have been trying to stay upbeat and positive and make time to bake with my family, go for walks with our dog, play card games and chat online with friends and family. My husband is a key worker (non NHS), so there is added stress with him travelling to work. We feel so lucky to have a garden, when we know others don’t and sometimes creativity can be hiding under the bed when anxiety from the news seems overwhelming.

I think the key is to stay as motivated as possible, to still have goals, even if they might have taken a sidestep and to connect with others online or via the phone, so that isolation is kept firmly at bay. We have managed Skype, Zoom or FaceTime group chats with friends and family so far. We’ve had a bake along, a cocktail making night, a quiz night (luckily my nephew organised that) and a cheese and port night without port as we didn’t have any. Lol. Stay safe and well everyone and find time to do a little of what makes you happy.

Gifts ideas for book lovers.

10 gift ideas for book lovers. Pin by Lizzie Chantree

Hello everyone. Today I thought I’d share some amazing gifts I’ve found for book lovers. Add them to your birthday, Christmas, or wish lists! There are many more fun and creative ideas for book loving family and friends,¬†hereimage.png

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Beautiful ceramic gift ideas from Denby Pottery. One day flash sale today only! Up to 50% off of selected ranges. 

Monday marketing. 3 quick tips.

Lit happens meme by Lizzie Chantree

Hi everyone. Happy new week. How are you all? I hope you are all safe and well and managing to stay inspired and creative somehow, even in isolation. As it’s Monday, I thought I’d share a few quick marketing tips with you.

Today’s ideas are about our websites. Now is a good time to update your websites or blogs and make them stand out from the crowd. Are you optimising your sites?

  1. Is your author bio up to date and on brand? Does it reflect the genre you write in or your products?
  2. Are there any online learning courses you can find to help optimise your website to ¬†reach more customers? You can also help by adding keywords to your blog and website post text. Think about words people might use to search for a product like yours and add it somewhere naturally in the text. I have underlined examples here. Don’t add too many as this gets confusing, but using keywords in titles, metadata, page URL’s and about once every 100-200 words might help boost your visibility. After adding keywords to my Pinterest page to link to this blog, my website views are up 50% in a few days. Keywords do matter.
  3. Make sure your website is mobile friendly and can easily be viewed from phones. This is a popular way to view websites and it might benefit you if your website is easily downloaded and viewed on phones and iPads.

Have an amazing week and stay safe and well. From Lizzie.