Goodreads Abstract Clarity Character Quiz!

Hey everyone! I just finished creating a new quiz on Goodreads! Now you can test your knowledge of the characters found in my short story collection, Abstract Clarity! To take the quiz, click the link below! Good luck!

https://www.goodreads.com/quizzes/1127020-abstract-clarity-character-quiz

If you’ve yet to purchase a copy of Abstract Clarity and wish to do so, you can purchase a paperback copy or Kindle copy by going on https://www.amazon.com/B.W.-Ginsburg/e/B01MU5Y0YL/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1501952519&sr=8-1

To view all the Goodreads quizzes for my books, click here!

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

 

 

 

My First Published Book, Rest in Piece!

As many of you already know, I am officially a published author! My first book, Rest in Piece, is available on Amazon.com in two formats: e-book and paperback. I thought I would give you all some information on each format and why you may be interested in reading my novel!

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT:

“Louise, though young, has never been one to believe in the supernatural, fantastical, or surreal. However, when she sees something unusual in a puzzle left by the previous residents of her new home, she begins to wonder if there really is something to the stories that only some have read about in books.

Louise soon realizes that she needs to save Catherine Adams, a girl who disappeared twenty years ago. With the help of angels and loved ones, Louise will be able to do something that she would have never imagined possible.” B.W. Ginsburg, author of Rest in Piece

Rest in Piece Photo Contest Update 2

Attention readers:

For anyone who wants to participate in the Rest in Piece Photo Contest, I have some news for you! In addition to sending me your pictures via my email address if you have it or through the contact page on this blog or Getting Through Anxiety, you may also post your pictures for the contest on your Instagram page and let me know that you will be participating by sending me a message on my Instagram over at b.w.ginsburg48. I hope that by providing you with these options, it will make it easier to participate if you so choose. Below is a reminder of the rules and information for the contest. Thank you!

Have you purchased either the e-book version or paperback copy of my new book, Rest in Piece? Would you like to display your copy of Rest in Piece in a creative way and maybe win a contest to show your creativity and help me get the word out about my work? If so, you can send me an image of your copy of Rest in Piece creatively displayed or you can post it on your blog and let me know about it. I will check out your picture and then select a winner based on creativity! Your creative image will be displayed with all the contestants’ AND  I will also design an award for you on PicMonkey if you win! Winning such an award would be a great way to show just how creative you are!

The Rules:

  • If you’re someone who already has my email address and has purchased my book, send a photo of you creatively displaying your book to my email.
  • If you don’t have my email address and you can, send me the picture via the ‘Contact’ page on either my Rest in Piece blog or my Getting Through Anxiety blog.
  • If you do not wish to use either above methods of getting your picture to me, feel free to post the picture on your blog and paste a link in the comment section of this post so that I can view your picture.
  • UPDATE AS OF 3/24/17: To make things easier, in addition to these methods, feel free to post photos for the contest on your Instagram page. Let me know on my Instagram at b.w.ginsburg48 if you will be participating by using this method so I can check out your photo.
  • DO NOT email or post any pictures that can be deemed as inappropriate. I will not post these on my blog and they will surely not be eligible to win.
  • The deadline for this contest is April 28th 2017. Please make sure to submit your entry before this date.
  • Have fun and be creative!

For more information, feel free to contact me through the contact page on either my Rest in Piece book blog or Getting Through Anxiety. Or you can simply ask any questions in the comment section of this post. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF THE CONTESTANTS!

To purchase a copy of Rest in Piece visit: Amazon.com.

Special thanks goes out to everyone who has supported my writing.

Writing Tips: Powering Through

If you’re a writer, you’ve undoubtedly come across the problem of getting stuck. You know, when you’re writing along and everything is smooth sailing until all of a sudden, you don’t know what to write next? You try to continue on, but right then and there, nothing comes to mind. So, you do the wise thing and you step back, giving yourself a break.

While giving yourself a much needed break is most likely the right thing to do, we have to be careful not to let that short break extend itself into a long period. Sometimes the longer we wait to continue a story, the less likely it is that we’ll ever finish or have the same momentum that we would have had if we got back to writing the story sooner.

Sometimes after taking a short break, the best thing to do when writing is to just power through. Spend some time thinking of what to write and work through the writer’s block. It may not be easy, but it is possible. I’m not saying to put too much pressure on yourself or to just write out of the sake of writing (that most likely won’t end well), but I am suggesting that you think of ideas and WRITE! There are always going to be times when you’re writing and things get a little prickly and start moving a little slower. The worst thing you can do during these times is to give up on the story (if you’re happy with it is, that is) or to just step away for a while and never return.

So here is my advice: if you feel stuck and don’t know exactly what to write next, take a few days to just think about where you want to go with the story and how you want to write it. Try not to worry too much. After a few days of thinking, get back to work and try to power through!

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Thoughts On Writing: Word Limits

I’m not a fan of word limits – at least not when I’m writing my own stories. I understand that if an employer or teacher asks you to, you need to follow their limits, but otherwise I think you should write until the story tells you it’s finished.

As many of you know, I’m putting together a collection of short stories. I mentioned in a recent post, that according to the internet, some of my shorter stories are actually considered ‘novellas’. I understand the need to set labels on these things – how else would professional magazines and literary agents work with writers? – but at the same time, I think that too many labels make things more complicated than they need to be.

I’m not going to limit my short stories to what the internet defines as ‘short’. I’m going to write the story how I want and if I feel that it’s short enough to fit into my collection, I will place it with the other stories. In fact, I’m planning on titling the short story book and then putting ‘a collection of short(er) stories’. I don’t necessarily think a person needs to do that, but at least my readers will know what to expect.

When in school, I was never a fan of word limits. I understand that these assignments were to challenge the writer and to teach that in some writing positions, you will need to learn to limit yourself. I completely understand this and as I said, when being employed, you must respect this. If your employer pays you to write within certain limits, you should do it and do it well. If a teacher asks you to write within their limits for a paper or project, then you do so. These are different circumstances.

For yourself, however, and for your readers, write until you feel satisfied with the story. Don’t rush it or cram your thoughts into what is the defined ‘short story’ just because you might be putting together what you call a ‘collection of short stories’. Write until it feels right!

You are the one that needs to be proud of your work. Wouldn’t you rather not label something exactly as the internet says is the ‘right way’ rather than sacrifice your talent as a writer just to fit into a boxed definition?

If you want to call a ‘novella’ a short story, then go for it (unless of course you are writing for a company that demands you label the story under their definitions). If you want to call a ‘novella’ a story, then go for that to. Do what feels right to you!

 

Rest in Piece Photo Contest – The Poll!

For more information on the contest, click below. THANK YOU!

https://restinpieceblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/rest-in-piece-photo-contest/

Taking Your Time And Leaving Pressure Behind

I recently started a new story. My hope is that after writing a few short stories, I will compile them into a short story collection. However, since I don’t really set limits to how long my stories are, it is possible that one of these stories will be longer than a ‘short story’ or of course, I may start a story and it may not go anywhere. That’s besides the point though. The point is that I’ve started a new story and a new writing project.

As many of you know, I recently published the e-book and paperback version of my novel, Rest in Piece, which I must say I don’t regret for a moment. I have had a good amount of sales so far (though there is always room and hope for more!) and I have had pretty good reviews. I will say one thing though, having a book published puts pressure on you to write another one that’s just as good, if not better.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not going to pretend for a minute that I’m some amazing writer or that my book is a bestseller. Still though, it’s out there and people have read it. I loved publishing my own book and I love that people have spent their own hard earned money on something that I wrote! I worry though – what if that’s the only book I can produce? What if it’s the only good book I have in me? I think it’s something that every writer and author worries about – no matter how many copies you’ve sold or how ‘famous’ you may be.

I think the most important thing is to take your time while writing. It can be difficult, but don’t worry about publishing your work right away. Try to concentrate on writing a good story and that’s it. Also, try not to put too much pressure on yourself. I know it can be hard, but putting too much pressure on yourself just takes away the fun of writing and that’s one of the best parts of putting words to paper – to be creative while having fun!

So next time you’re writing, try not to worry about whether or not your work will be good enough to publish. Instead just enjoy yourself and write the best you can. Then after that, you can decide the best route to take!