Today I'm participating in Crystal Rain-Love's Fool for Romance Contest. At the end of the day, I'll draw one name from among those who have (1) left a comment here (2) followed my blog (3) friended me on FB and (4) liked my FB Fan Page, Someday Is Here. Just a few clicks will enter you to win a basketload of goodies and even a KINDLE! My contributions to the goody basket are a CD of my books Where Is Papa's Shining Star? and Finding Papa's Shining Star, a bottle of Moonlight Paths body lotion from Bath and Body Works, and a cute pink compact mirror engraved with the information about my upcoming release (April 15) The Showboat Affair written as Gwyneth Greer.
So hand on mouse and start clicking!
Each week at The Word Place, I try to share some information about writing that I've found interesting and/or helpful. I subscribe to four writing magazines--Writer's Digest, The Writer, Writer's Journal, and Poets and Writers. I justify the price of the subscriptions two ways; (1) I don't eat out at fancy restaurants where one meal would equal the cost of at least one magazine and (2) often, when I renew, I am offered a free subscription for a friend, and it's always nice to pass along a goody to a writing friend.
But today I want to mention three magazines which are also good resources for writers. Sometime ago, I had a mail offer of a free year of Better Homes and Gardens, which I jumped on. Whether or not I renew, I have twelve issues chock full of pictures to give me ideas for story settings. The second magazine, Budget Travel, is a definite keeper. I may never travel to all the places profiled in the magazine, but I can dream--and use them as settings. In the back of each issue is a Free Travel Info page with a postage-paid card on which to check off which places you'd be interested in receiving information from. It's like giving myself a free gift every month! And who knows when I'll hit on the perfect setting for my next tale while browsing through these tourist brochures. The third magazine is Reminisce, a reader-written periodical full of wonderful pictures and stories from yesteryear. A picture of four twenties-era children sparked the idea for my 2009 NaNoWriMo novel, Keeping Promises.
What other magazines can you think of that might spark ideas for characters, plot, setting, etc.?
I forgot to mention my own special contest! Go to my website and click on 'Excerpts' to read the first chapter of my upcoming release, The Showboat Affair. Then email me with the answer to this question: Where did Nick and Jean first meet?
One winner will be drawn from all those who respond for a CD of the book plus another surprise goody or two (or three).
TOMORROW: Visit Lynne Roberts to continue toward the prize!