WordPress workshop – fix thumbnail and tag-lines for Facebook

If you are anything like me, you occasionally (OK often) make a goof when publishing a wordpress post. You know the moment, you hit the publish button, and then spot the glaring typo in the first line!

If you are anything like me, you have suffered infinate frustration when you can not figure out why your new corrected details are not showing up when you try to post to Facebook.

Maybe you have fixed the typo but it still shows when you paste to Facebook. Or you have changed your thumbnail image five times, and the old one (that your really don’t like) is still there – even though you have deleted the damn thing from your post, and your media library…and your machine out of sheer desperation!

So, if you ever find the wrong image showing in your thumbnail in Facebook, or the title, or the tag text that accompanies your post…here is a super easy way to fix.

Facebook Object Debugger

Paste your post url in here, and see what pops out. Scroll down to check what it has now.

To correct the details, hit the ‘Fetch New Scape’ button at the top.

Done 🙂

A relieved blog writer, and corrected a post – Win!

Writing – the measure of success

I can’t claim to have any success as a writer, after all, I’ve never had anything published, but it seems to me that the moment you do publish, you are soon to be measured against a fantasy measuring stick.

I hope I never lose sight of the fact that I love writing, and I keep things in perspective. Both the good reviews and the bad.

If even one person enjoys our work, and even if that one person is ourselves, shouldn’t we be allowed to feel a success?

A very thought provoking article below, and well worth a read.

Should I Just Give Up on My Writing?

Book 2 draft finished – Yay!

It has been a long weekend here (public holiday Monday). So I enjoyed an extra day at home, and I am very pleased to be able to say, I have finished the draft of book two.

Now, the long and painful editing process can begin! Hurrah!

It was beautiful weather, so we (Ok, my husband) did some gardening. And since it was so nice,  we did also get out and about too.

Happy little parrot, taken in Darlington Village where we live.

Happy Parrot

The tree frogs are back in the pond 🙂 I terrified the poor thing when I was filling the pond up!

Slender tree frog

The very sweet Norwegian lady who lives next door brought me this lovely bounty of greens from her garden. Spinach, mint, added a couple of apples, and a lemon picked from my tree – perfect juice.

Jucing

The Parkerville Tavern, is as good a country pub as you will find anywhere in the world. Live music playing, nice warm weather, and some tasty food (Just balancing up the healthy juice above).

Parkerville Tavern

There just happens to be a emu in the field next to the Tavern…

Emu

Happy writing everyone 🙂

8 Sci-fi Movies you have probably never seen

I always like to hear of new sci-fi whether it is books, or as in this case, movies.

I have not seen any of these films, but the descriptions are intriguing so I will definitely be checking them out.

http://whoisthemanfromkrypton.com/2015/09/sci-fi-recommendations/

Scrivener workshop – using a writing target word count

I am typically not a great planner when it comes to my writing work. I get the job done in a random fashion that bounces about from the start, to the end, to the middle, and all over the place. As a poor planner, scrivener has a number of features I have found invaluable to assist me in getting on with the task of writing a book. The project target feature is a great little prompt to help you keep on track with your writing targets, and to celebrate your progress along the way.

Accessed via the menu. Project | Show Project Targets

scrivener - show project targets menu

When I am writing, I have no pressing deadlines other than the ones I set myself. I usually pick a date and see how it comes out for the daily word count.

I write scifi, so I always pick a genre specific target for the whole book of 90K. Generally, I write 10k more than I intend, but hack about 10k out during editing.

This is the main Manuscript target box you see when you select the above menu option. It just floats like this over the top of you project, or as in my case, I drop it over the bottom corner of my second monitor.

scrivener - Show project targets dialog

It’s super easy to set up.

Select the options button at the bottom to show the next dialog. Here you can set your proposed date, writing days etc.

scrivener - show project targets - options

You can play around with the options to suit your preferences, but a few things worth noting.

  • I have some chapters which are potentially going to get chopped and / or are just bullet notes, so I tick the count documents in the compile only option to avoid muddying the count. You set the ‘include in compile’ against each folder (chapter). If you are not using this ‘include in compile’ feature then untick this.
  • Deadline – I like to play about with the target date and see what the word count per day pops out at. If you know roughly how many words you can achieve a day, you can work out a sensible target date.
  • I like to allow negatives. Sometimes when you are editing this can be a little disconcerting, but I still like to think about my overall target. If I chop out 500 words I just have to work extra hard to make my day’s count!
  • The writing days picker is good if you know you have definite days of the week you don’t write. I tend to just leave as is, and then write over-target on good days.
  • I use the default  reset the session count at midnight, but if you are a late night writer, you may prefer the reset on project close or one of the other session target options.
  • Tick the show target notifications if you want a happy little bong when you meet your target!

Once you are done in the options, click Ok, and head back to the main dialog.

Now Hit the Edit button. (It will then become Apply)

scrivener - edit target count

The manuscript word target can now be edited. After you have set the target words hit Apply. Your target session count will pop out.

Note: you can change words to pages or characters if you prefer. I like the default basic word count. (Click on words next to your manuscript target count)

I tend to jump in and out of the options to change the project deadline based on the total manuscript target until I get a realistic target per day.

I’m sure a target glaring at you from the corner of the screen will not work for everyone, but if you have not tried this feature yet, then you may want to give it a go. Writing a book is a long process and anything that helps you to celebrate the progress and the little wins along the way can only be a good thing.

I would love to hear from anyone already using this, and whether you find it useful or not. And anyone thinking of giving it a trial for the first time, let me know if it helps! 🙂

Divided Serenity Book Cover

Divided Serenity out now on all Amazon stores, and free with Kindle Unlimited.

5 Stages of the Writer’s Twitter Break #Writer #Amwriting

So funny 🙂

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1. Awareness – You have been at it (writing) for several hours / half hour / a good ten minutes and you get the ‘Writer Twitter urge’ – very similar to itching a spot. Fingers start twitching and you take a couple of sharp breaths to try and ignore it. Just like an itchy spot you can’t ignore the ‘Writer Twitter urge’ – you become aware of your desire for a spot of tweeting – cue your Writer’s Twitter Break!

2. Justification – This stage is where you justify the need for a Writer’s Twitter Break. Writers always feel guilty for tearing themselves away from their work, it can be heart wrenching to step away from an awkward draft.

So any breaks have to be justified – sigh!

So you will say the following things to yourself before you open up Twitter:

  • “I am writer and I need to…

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100 Interesting Facts about Famous Authors

Some great (and funny) facts about famous writers 😉

Interesting Literature

100 fun facts about writers and their fascinating lives

On Twitter we recently reached the 100,000 followers milestone. (Hurrah! And do follow us @InterestingLit if you’re also a tweeter.) To celebrate the occasion, we’ve gathered together one hundred of our favourite facts about famous authors. We hope you enjoy them! Where there’s a link on an author’s name, we’ve linked to our post about that particular author (usually part of our five fascinating facts series – indeed, if you like these facts, check out that series).

Virginia Woolf was the granddaughter of novelist William Makepeace Thackeray.

Aldous Huxley was the great-nephew of Matthew Arnold.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, lived next door to Mark Twain.

Evelyn Waugh’s first wife’s name was Evelyn. They were known as ‘He-Evelyn’ and ‘She-Evelyn’.

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Writing – where do you start

I have been writing for so long now that it is hard to remember where I started, but writing does start somewhere—it starts with a daydream.

Daydreaming is awesome.

There is something wonderfully fresh about a new daydream. When the blank space opens up to allow the industry of imagination to begin. The ideas that take hold can go in many directions.

That’s OK.

When it starts you have no preconceived  ideas or constraints.

dog dreams

You know it’s the one

Life is full of daydreams.

Some are better than others. Some are worthy of a second look.

You know it’s the one when your conscious and subconscious keep coming back for another visit.

You explore it, you examine it. After a while you just know it’s right.

It's the one

You have to start somewhere

When you find a new story, it is so hard to know where to begin.

Do you plan? Plough right in? Decide the end? Character profiles?

Aaaarrrhhhh!

chasing dreams

Finding your flow.

After a while you stop worrying about the plan, the beginning, the ending, your characters, because they all just sort themselves out.

You strap in, get ready, and prepare to enjoy the ride.

wild ride