Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Guest Post: 4 Ways to Write with Kids



Trying to write with kids in the house is difficult. They demand so much of your time, energy and concentration that getting anything productive done seems like a huge hurdle. However there are ways to write even with kids running amok. Here are a few ways to write with kids:

1.      Let Them Help – Children always want to help their parents work, even when that work seems dull to us. Give your children a chance to learn and experience a little of what you are doing by providing them with a task. They can create their own story book with just a few sheets of paper bound together with yarn. Have them write and illustrate their story. By the time they are finished you will have gotten some writing of your own done. 

2.      Set Aside Time –The best way to get anything accomplished is to set aside a specific time for it. With writing it is best to find out when you are at your most productive and set aside that time every day just to write. No matter what else is going on, get into the habit of writing then. Once your children realize you have a strict schedule, they will be less likely to bother you during writing time. If you can, try to provide them with a productive task of their own like reading time or just quiet play. 

3.      Make Your Space – Another important factor in productive writing is having your own space. Create an office area that is out of the way. Plopping down in the middle of the kitchen is usually not the best idea for a work space. Instead, find a quiet nook that you can keep neat and organized. Only you should touch the stuff there and it should be declared a ‘no kid zone’. The better organized and separate you are, the less likely you are to get distracted and frazzled.

4.      Plan Ahead –Even in the times you are not writing you can plan what you are going to write. Keep a small notepad with you so you can jot down ideas and plot points. If you can, try to write down everything before you ever sit down to write. This only takes a few minutes at a time, so you do not have to really concentrate on it for long periods, but it will help get you started quickly when you do have time to really write. It is much better than staring at a blank page and wondering what in the world you are going to write about.

These are just a few of the ways to make your writing life more productive when you have kids to think about. Keep your writing a priority in your life and do not make excuses. There is always time to write if you make the time. Set strong boundaries and let your children know that this is important to you. It is something that they will appreciate as they have to start setting their own priorities in life! 


Author Bio
Sara is an active nanny as well as an active freelance writer. She is a frequent contributor of http://www.nannypro.com/. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Interview Friday with Virginia Templeton from Madison Montgomery's Hot Sexy Romance Novels

Joining us today is Author Madison Montgomery's main character Virginia Templeton from her mini romance novel series. 

EVERY MAN WANTS HER and IT’S NEVER ENOUGH are hot sexy short stories by Madison Montgomery. 


EVERY MAN WANTS HER is the first book in a series of short romantic novels about Virginia Templeton and her adventures in love. Madison Montgomery likes writing strong, female characters who get what they want no matter what, and created Virginia as a prime example of that character – beautiful, smart and confident. 

The second short sexy story in the series IT’S  NEVER ENOUGH, has just been released. The third story STEPPING UP HER GAME will be released in six weeks .   

Virginia Templeton is a Diva...a very sexy woman who uses her good looks and dirty tricks to manipulate people and situations to her advantage. She knows what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it no matter the cost or who it hurts in the process. Virginia uses men until they bore her and then tosses them out like yesterday’s fashions, or a worn out pair of shoes.

Virginia Templeton was a character from one of Madison Montgomery's screenplays and she decided to bring her out as a fabulous diva who fits perfectly into today’s Romantic Hot & Steamy Genre.
 

  Character Interview with Virginia Templeton


VS: Virginia, you are a powerful woman who knows her way around a man’s world. What would you say has been the biggest challenge(s) for you in Every Man Wants Her and It’s Never Enough by Madison Montgomery?

Templeton: I love a challenge but as a woman, I need to stay strong. I refuse to have any man make my decisions.

VS: I noticed that when I read both your mini novels. You are a very sensual woman, Virginia and seem very comfortable in your own skin. What tips can you share with the rest of us women so we can be as comfortable as you?
 
Templeton: Every woman should try to remember that without women the world would be quite boring so I try not to think too much about who I am. I do what I want and hope for the best, and if it doesn’t work out, screw it …there’s always tomorrow. 

VS: An interesting outlook on life and it does show in both books too. Which character in either book would you say is the hardest to deal with?

Templeton: I can take a lot so dealing with someone tough doesn’t bother me. In the books I’m in, I just move on if I don’t care for someone. I try not to dwell on anyone or anything for long periods of time. Sometimes the tough guys melt and the weak links tend to put forth quite an effort to please me and I like that!

VS: I wonder if you feel lonely at times because you don’t let yourself get attached to the other characters. Is there anything you hate about yourself that you wish author Madison Montgomery would change about you?

Templeton: Nope!

VS: WOW, you really do have strong personality as a character in a romance novel. What is the most daring thing you would be willing to try or have done in a relationship?

Templeton: To date nothing like that has ever happened. I pretty much control my own destiny.

VS: What would you say is the number one mistake most women make in their relationships?

Templeton: Trying to be like someone else…that is never a good thing.

VS: We know you love men and having them wrapped around your finger. What is the one thing you love about men and hate about men?

Templeton: I love a man who wears jeans and a crisp white shirt and if a man smells great, there’s nothing I won’t do.

I try not to think about hating men because if I do, it all goes back to my absent father and drunk stepfather.

VS: I didn’t know that about you. One might think you have “daddy” issues. In your first book, Every Man Wants Her you are trying to divorce your husband, however, you don’t totally hate him. What was it about him that made you fall in love with him in the first place?

Templeton: His money…and I didn’t love him.

VS: That’s a little cold, but okay. You also seem willing to sleep around on your husband, which character do you wish you could have a relationship with that you haven’t yet?

Templeton: I pretty much get any man I want, but I love the idea of so many men out there to choose from.

VS: It’s been very interesting getting to know you a bit better Virginia. Thank you for coming, but before I let you go, what do you hope author Madison Montgomery will write about next?

Templeton: I never get in Madison’s way. She also has her own mind and she hates me to tell her what to do…so I don’t.


The World of Ink Network will be touring author Madison Montgomery’s debut erotic romance short story collection throughout October and November 2012. These mini novels are about a powerful woman named, Virginia Templeton.

The main character of these steamy mini novels, Virginia Templeton knows other women want her life and men just plain want her, but she’ll have to play her game carefully to get everything she wants.

About the Books:

Every Man Wants Her - Virginia Templeton can turn heads in any room and get the attention of any man she wants. She’s married to a rich, powerful businessman, but she wants a divorce. She owns a luxurious condo building, complete with a dashing man to enjoy on the side, but he wants another woman. Who is the winner or is there one?










It’s Never Enough – Virginia Templeton finds sometimes what you want in life and have is never enough. This very sexy woman who uses her good looks and dirty tricks to manipulate people is out to take advantage…Beware!


You can find out more about Madison Montgomery and her erotica romance short stories during her World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/99nlnhf 

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com