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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksWriting tips, the future of reading and books, and a little pinterest love were on my mind this week. I hope you enjoy this latest batch of writer’s links here on No Wasted Ink.

Six Provocative Ways To Become A ‘Real’ Writer

Write Faster (and Better, Too)

10 Tips for Writing a Book

My Inspiration Pinterest Board

How to Blog: Essential Do’s and Don’ts for Author-Bloggers

Are you optimistic about the future of books?

7 (Bad) Habits of Highly Successful Authors

The death of the….Kindle?


Turning Screenplays into Graphic Novels

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksI thought it was time for a link’s day of simple, general purpose writing articles here on No Wasted Ink. So here we go! Enjoy.

Scrivener: Why I Love It!

The Rules of Writing #RomFantasy

Playwriting vs Novel writing

OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps

How Reading Literature Cultivates Empathy

How to Absorb a Book into Your Bloodstream

The Writer’s Resume – It’s About Getting an Interview

Sherman Alexie’s Top 10 Tips for Writers

When Writing Looks Different: Navigating a New Season in Your Writing Life

Borrowing, Stealing, and Building Upon Other People’s Writing Ideas

Writing Space: Modern Chrome Home Office

Modern Chrome Home Office

There is something that calls to me when it comes to iron work and leather. I love the combination. My current desk is iron, glass tops and softened with espresso wood and a leather chair. This office reminds me a bit of my own with its modern elements, punched with accents of chrome from the lamp and knickknacks. I also like that it has a second desk area set up off to the side. If you have a child that needs to do homework or is being homeschooled, this would be an ideal set up for you as the parent and teacher to supervise their work. The ottoman in front of the main desk is great for either a seat for a client or guest or to be used to spread out index cards or notebooks on.

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksHere we are, another Monday of No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links! I have a nice grab-bag for you to sort through, most of the links deal with the nuts and bolts of the craft of writing. The podcast I featured is for all you science fiction and fantasy readers and writers. Be sure to check it out.

Running From Talent: And Your Next Chapter

A Brief History of Punctuation

How authors from Dickens to Dr Seuss invented the words we use every day

PODCAST: Jonathan Strahan Discusses the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

7 Letters to Write Before You Turn 70

7 Deadly Sins of Writing

9 Qualities of Good Writing

My Mother, My Writing Student

The Author’s Wardrobe, For Real

Demystifying Deep POV in Five Minutes (or less)

Author Interview: Nikki Broadwell

This week’s author writes fantasy with a bit of time-travel and romance stirred in. If you like myth and dragons and magical boats, you’ll enjoy this indie author. I’m pleased to introduce Nikki here on No Wasted Ink.

Author Nikki BroadwellMy name is Nikki Broadwell and I live in Tucson, having relocated from Portland, Oregon two years ago with Jim, my husband of nearly thirty-five years, and Buddha our standard poodle. I love the dirt road that leads to our house, the Catalina Mountains in the distance and the myriad trails that wend their way between our house and those rocky peaks where I can walk my dog off leash!

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved to write but I became serious about it around eleven years ago. I took a writing workshop in order to get some ideas about structuring a fictionalized memoir about my father’s experience in a Japanese prison camp during WW2.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I called myself a writer after the bug took hold of me and wouldn’t let go–so probably when I was about half way through Wolfmoon Trilogy.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

The book I’m working on now, Gypsy’s Return, is a sequel to Gypsy’s Quest and follows the heroine, Gertrude from Milltown, Massachusetts to Far Isle, a place in a dystopian future where corporations rule.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wrote a trilogy entitled, Wolfmoon, but at the end of the third book we don’t know what happens to Gertrude, one of the main characters. Gypsy’s Quest is her story, told in the first person.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’ve been told that my writing is very visual so I guess it would be called cinematic? Besides description, I love dialogue and so a good portion of my stories unfold through conversations.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

The Gypsy series refers to the main character’s heritage as well as a magical boat name Gypsy, that could also be called a character.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message is about saving the earth for future generations. I know, that sounds didactic, but the message is revealed through action, story and character development.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Not really, although some of my own concerns about oil exploration are a part of the themes in the books.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

I love Kurt Vonnegut, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, A.A Milne, Lewis Carroll, Margaret Atwood, Joanne Harris, Tom Robbins and many many others. I have always been an avid reader. I like the themes these authors explore in their stories and their disparate writing styles.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

I’m sure I’ve gleaned all sorts of information from reading these authors, but not any one person stands out for me. But I do think that Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, started me on the road toward fantasy writing.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

Viola Estrella designed the cover for Gypsy’s Quest as well as The Wolf Moon, and my redo of the cover for The Moonstone. I plan to hire her to do Gypsy’s Return as well. She is very good. I highly recommend her work!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you decide to go the indie route, make sure you have your book well edited before you put it out in the marketplace. And don’t let anyone tell you how to write or what you should write about–follow your own muse.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I feel honored every time someone reads my books and has something nice to say. Having people enjoy my books is paramount!

Gypsy's Quest Book CoverNikki Broadwell
Tucson, Arizona

Gypsy’s Quest
Airmid Publishing
Cover Art: Viola Estrella