Website Wonders

30 Jul

Website Update: Minutes Before Sunset hit 100 adds on Goodreads with a 4.7 star rating! 

So I want to share more websites I’ve come across for writing and/or writing tips. But I’m really interested if any of you have done any from the first list. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to reblog, so I’m clarifying this part is NOT me. I’m simply curious to see how others feel about this list, because I found it to be very unique in terms of writing tips. Granted, I’m only putting the tips down–not the explanation, so you should probably go to the article 😀

This is from (and here is the link to the article)

10 Things To Do To Become a Better Writer in 10 Days:

1. Spend one day being a troll.

2. Spend one whole day being silent.

3. Spend one day as a student of reality.

4. Spend one day with the lyrics of your favorite songs.

5. Spend one day writing and re-writing a single scene.

6. Spend one day on research.

7. Spend one day watching children.

8. Spend one day crying.

9. Spend one day laughing at things nobody thinks are funny but you.

10. Spend one whole day being grateful.

Shannon again. Whether or not you’ve read the article, what did you think of these tips? 

Personally, I really liked numbers 3, 6, and 7. I liked 3 and 6, because I think research is really important, but it can also be fun, and I think a lot of people forget that it can be fun. (That’s why I try to share websites like the websites on my post Writing Tips: Setting: Picking a Location.) I think 7 is great, because children can teach everyone a lot. Sometimes, as adults, we think too hard about things. I, personally, love learning when I’m around kids, because they remind me of the obvious–something that can truly morph writing, especially when writing about younger people.

But number 10 is perhaps the most important. Be grateful. I like that, and I value it.

So I wanted to thank everyone with a little piece of comedy from Rebecca Johnson (@johnsonr)


One last thing!

Today is my last post during July! So I wanted to take another moment to thank everyone for this wonderful month of sales and ratings of Minutes Before Sunset during the time it will always be Goodreads Book of the Month

Thank you 😀

I’m still giving away free copies in exchange for review, and I’m doing interviews as well–so feel free to email at any time, and I’ll get right back to you!

Seconds Before Sunrise is still on the way, and the future seems…well…seconds away! I cannot wait for it, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the writing tips.

Have a great week,


9 Responses to “Website Wonders”

  1. Charles Yallowitz July 30, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    3, 7, &10 are great. Not sure about 1. Congrats on the goodreads rating.

    • Shannon Thompson July 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      I’m curious if you read the full article about 1. I did, but I’d have to agree with you. I don’t see why destroying yourself (or reputation) or hurting someone else’s should be encouraged. But, nevertheless, I also understand the point of how it can hurt you if you hold back because of it.

      • Charles Yallowitz July 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

        Actually, I was looking at the post through my new phone and couldn’t get the other site open. I read it afterwards and I still don’t know about it. Seems unnecessarily cruel and awkward.

      • Shannon Thompson July 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

        I agree. I think you have a nice way of explaining how I read it too.

  2. laurie27wsmith July 30, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Great post Shannon. In regards to re-blogging, I’m on that lady’s page now and it’s not a wordpress blog, they’re easy to do just click on reblog located on the header. You did okay, the link is there, that and the brief explanation is all you need.

    • Shannon Thompson July 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

      I’m glad someone can explain it to me! Thank you. I’ve been trying to figure out the whole reblog thing for a while now, but I guess this is okay too. I’d hate for another blogger to feel like I took their stuff and didn’t credit them.

      • laurie27wsmith July 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

        My pleasure Shannon, it can get a tad confusing out there at times. It certainly helps spread the word around when you reblog and believe me I don’t think many bloggers would complain about you doing it.

  3. sonya solomonovich July 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Great! I occasionally teach grammar to high school students and the “killed by zombies” thing will be very useful. Actually I’ve already been using “killed” a lot in my examples — high school students are very bloodthirsty 🙂

    • Shannon Thompson August 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      haha! That’s funny. I think I would’ve liked that rule in high school. It always made my day when teachers went a step further to make it fun.

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