What’s Your Blog Purpose?

12389501-authentic-writing-develop-your-writers-voice-and-sellEveryone have a happy & thankful 4th of July weekend!
“Thx a bunch. Ur blog helped me reach many poetry lovers and newbies! Couldn’t hv done that w/o ur site. Appreciate u”
This comment came from a well established artist and poet. It not only let me know that I’m providing an important service with Clara Writers Blog, it also made me appreciative of my followers and readers!
So, my question today is, What’s the purpose of your blog? If it’s solely to make money or to connect to “important” folks of influence? That’s perfectly fine, as long as you are transparent in your dealings with your readers/prospective clients.
By being transparent and authentic in your platform/brand approach and actually providing something of value to others, your blessings will flow from every cornerstone of living a life of integrity and authenticity.
And, get this, those influential people will seek you out:)
Here’s the writer’s quote for today:
“The most important trait of a writer is an authentic voice. Writers have to have faith in their own voice, and their own way of doing things. Originality is the gem that every writer possesses. Originality also brings on the most merciless attacks. The world resents originality in the beginning writer, and then rewards it abundantly once that writer has been successfully published. Cherish your own voice. Don’t try to sound like anybody else. Sound like yourself and take the slings and arrows and keep going.” — Anne Rice

Are You A Superhero Writer?

thquoteHappy Friday evening, writers! I have a question for you. Are you a Superhero Writer?

I’m happy to report that my family reunion/writer’s vacay was off the chain! So much so that I’m currently not quite back to writing full on.   I’m still in a meditative family mode:) and so, I’m going to share another great writing quote, by another great author.

I hope it help stimulate your creative juices and also offer up some good writing food for thought.

If you’d like to share a super-duper hero writing quote with us, please send via my email address or leave in the comment section on the blog. I’m an absolute lover of great motivating quotes/aspirations- You can just refer to yours truly as the “queen” of feel good prose. Hey, just a thought:)

Here’s another juicy writer’s quote for you to savor over the weekend…

“The writer becomes a superhero every time he or she sits down to write. We must excel ourselves with each new writing project, we must fight off our demons and win in order to grow. Writing, in this sense, is series of personal tests. Because to better ourselves and become successful, we must become masters of defeating self-doubt and limiting beliefs (the real bad guys.)” — Rob Parnell, author of The Writer & The Hero’s Journey

Writers, we have to become masters of defeating self doubt and limiting beliefs! Feel free to Join in the the fun and share some of your fav writing quotes with us today.

Exposing Sonya’s Book Secret!

About-RodeoHello Authors! I’m so thrilled and amazed to introduce the latest works from my friend and Marketing mentor, Sonya Carmichael Jones. You see, Sonya’s been keeping a secret, but now I have her permission to expose her book secret to the masses:)

After being off the grid for some time, Ms (newly Mrs) Sonya sent me all of the goings on via e-card. It so happens that Sonya has been busy writing a series of “murder & mayhem” books that have hit the market! This is such good news.

Mavis-is-Dead-6x9-in-683x1024This is just one title in the series. Sonya’s (RODEO CARLSON) books are in full display at her online book club blog. The book-club, for all mystery lovers and writers is here: and introduces Rodeo Carlson author of murder and mayhem stories.

Sonya’s blog is here:http://rodeocarlson.com/blog/ Please visit and support..

My friend, the Marketingbuddha was off social media for a chunk of time, while she quietly went about her business to produce and introduce murder & mayhem to the world. I’m considering taking cues from her on this’silence but golden’ method writing.

What’s your writing method?  Curious to know.

This is my last post for the next two weeks. It’s no secret that my family’s/family reunion is held during the month of June. I’m not taking the laptop:)

The Writing Life

writing2 Happy Friday, creative thinkers! Listen, I cannot tell a lie. I love the writing inspiration I get from reading the words of other writers:) I love it so much that I’m introducing a new segment to the blog, called Writing Tips.

I’m so excited to get started with this new segment, because writing tips or quotes are open for all writers participation. It doesn’t matter where your tip comes from, all quotes will be credited to its owner.

So let’s get started! Send your tips to me at my email address and I will post it soon.

Today’s inspiring quote:

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” — John Wooden

 Don’t you just love this idea?  Great! Looking forward to sharing your writing tips

Pictures From Clara’s Big Day!

Happy Friday, creatives!

I promised my namesake and 9-year-old granddaughter, Clara Elizabeth, that I was going to post her great achievement award and pictures from the award ceremony at the writer’s blog today.

Without further ado…introducing Lizzie!

Lizzie was a part of a group of 58 fourth, fifth and sixth grade winners out of 1000. She was 1st place in her school for 4th grade and 2nd place in the district. This award has been given since 1970. The name came from Caldecott and Newbery. She won a  $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble and a ribbon and certificate. Calbery5

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Parents, always encourage the creativity in your child/children. You never know what you’re gonna get:)

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Congratulations, Lizzie!

Congratulations Clara!

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Yes, I’m aware that April is National Poetry Month, but I couldn’t resist sharing this special shout out with you guys :) Happy Friday, creatives!

Today, I’m sending out a big ole congratulations to my nine-year old granddaughter and namesake, Clara Elizabeth. I was informed by her mother, my daughter-in-law, that Clara recently won first place at her school for her book of poems!

The award ceremony is May 18th and I will be posting pictures of the event. In the meantime, I want to share one of her poems (unedited) with my audience!

NIGHT.
Dusk has fell,night has come,
now comes out the dark from hell,
the stars from above light up the sky,
like a dove shining bright,
creepy shadows climb up the walls scaring bacteria out of your jaws, dusk has fell, night has come,
close your eyes,day is done

What do you think? Does this child have creative potential? And what proud parent/grand parent doesn’t think this about their beautiful little darlings? :)

Always treat yourself special…

Introducing Chicago Author and Journalist, Karen Ford

Clara,

“Thank you for your assistance in helping writers reach an audience and for your willingness to introduce me to your audience. ”  k

Happy Mother’s Day come Sunday to all moms of the world! In response to sentiments from my guest author today, I found the greatest authentic quote on my LinkedIn page:

“You don’t need a reason to help people.”  Zora Neale Hurston.  Come get acquainted with Chicago author and journalist, Karen Ford as she provides insights from her  book, Thoughts of a Fried Chicken Watermelon Woman. Make sure to pick up a copy in support.

Karen Ford

Women of an indiscriminate age are seen as faceless, sexless shapes with almost no value save being wives, mothers, caregivers or comic punch lines. But it’s even worse for Black women. There is no place for us in film or television. (It’s ironic that the only middle-aged Black woman prevalent in film today is actually portrayed by a man.) With the exception of traditional gospel music, we’re not part of the music industry. We’re not broadcast or print reporters or columnists. Other than Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan and Toni Morrison, we’re not widely read. So we remain voiceless.

The other side is that the average Black person in America is voiceless as well. When a subject pertaining to Black people comes up, media people reach out to Dr. Cornell West or Rev. Jesse Jackson or Rev. Al Sharpton. Not to denigrate these gentlemen but they do not speak for me or the millions of Americans like me. We are not a monolithic people and I, for one, take great offense at being treated as such.

When a tornado strikes a small town or when someone shoots up a school, reporters talk to the victims. They speak with the people involved. They don’t call their stock individuals who speak for the White folks involved. Why should it be any different for Black people?

Bio:

Karen Ford is the author of Thoughts of a Fried Chicken Watermelon Woman (Total Recall Press 2014) and the blog, Caviar & Grits (www.caviar&grits.com). Ford serves 3rd Vice President of the National Writers Union, UAW 1981, the only trade union for freelance writers. The union is comprised of over 1400 writers in every genre.As a freelance journalist for over 20 years, Ford has written for a number of local, national and international publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent magazine, the Citizen Newspapers, Screen Magazine and Lutheran Woman Today. Her corporate clients have included the University of Illinois, the Chicago Labor Education Project, the Illinois Business Development Authority and the Women in Business Yellow Pages. She has written political ad copy for several local and county candidates and co-authored the book Get That Cutie in Commercials.Karen Ford received her BA with a focus in political science and her MS in public service management from DePaul University. She has a certificate in union organizing from the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and a certificate in teaching community college from the Encore Organization of Harold Washington College. Ford is married with four children and loves to read, dance, cook and travel in her spare time. She lives with her husband in Chicago.

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Thoughts of A Fried Chicken Watermelon Woman  is Available on Alibris.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and BooksAMillion.com.

Author Contact info:
Karen Ford
773-509-5058

 

 

 

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