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Marianne Richmond: Author, Bbp Participant
Member since August 13, 2013

I'm Marianne Richmond—writer, artist and inspirationalist. My words have touched millions over the past two decades through my children's books and gift products. Basically I put love into words and help you connect with the people + moments that matter. You can find me on my website, Facebook, and Twitter (@M_Richmond21).

Website: http://www.mariannerichmond.com

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Three Truths for Writers to Combat Confusion

When I last posted, we were one week into our move, and now I can hardly believe it’s fourteen days later! I’m still quite unnerved with no familiarity to anchor me (except my family, of course!).

I have found myself turning inward for grounding, seeking that which hasn’t changed amidst everything that has. It’s as if I wonder, “Am I still who I am HERE though I am without my familiar people, environment, office, and coffee shop that helped support my identity? Perhaps you have experienced your own transitions that have left you feeling similar?

How to Start Writing When You Won’t Start Writing

I have a book in mind to start writing. For three years now. I read advice that tells me “just start writing.” And still I don’t start. Because this advice isn’t working for me, I’ve had to come up with some other techniques to power through my paralysis. See if one of these might help you get started on a new work.

What’s your End Game?
by Marianne Richmond in What’s your End Game?
08:00 am on March 19, 2014

Knowing your end game is the best strategy for directing your steps right now. Sometimes we get so focused on current projects and the steady acceptance of others, we fail to ask, ”Is what I’m doing in line with my goals?” Three questions to ask yourself when looking at the writing road ahead.

What is Found Poetry?
by Marianne Richmond in What is Found Poetry?
08:00 am on January 22, 2014

Found Poetry is the literary equivalent version of collage. Much like the visual artist who combines multiple media (newspaper, feathers, coins, sheet music) into collage art, you can do the same with words, pulling concepts and phrasings from various sources to create “found” poems.

Finish This Christmas Story
by Marianne Richmond in Finish This Christmas Story
08:00 am on December 25, 2013

After Christmas Eve service, my family drove into downtown St. Paul and randomly handed out 15 Christmas Acts of Kindness — envelopes into which we tucked $5 gift cards, hand knit scarves or a kid’s book. We looked for people waiting at the bus stop, cleaning a deserted office building or simply walking in the cold. I, of course, was curious about their stories.

Finding Big Inspiration in the Smallest Detail

When the big life answers don’t come in my time frame, I need to turn my attention to and be grateful for the beauty that fills my life in an everyday way—and find inspiration there. The same goes for our writing. While we trying to get the big stuff down—genre, characters, plot, narrative story arc , we need to focus, too, on the smallest supporting cast if you will—the objects and experiences that can either be overlooked OR unearthed, examined and celebrated.

What’s Your Expertise To Help You Sell Books?

I have participated in a lot of bookselling events through the years. Radio interviews and telephone appearances, too. Some have been successful. Sold lots of books from them and made great connections. And others? Crickets. What makes my line of books unique is that some of my back list titles are still selling years after their debut. What I’ve learned, however, is that you can only use the “new book” angle once. After that, you have to get creative with your marketing to keep selling your books.

Are You Personalizing the Inanimate Objects In Your Story?

I just finished my newest children’s book called I’ll Never Let You Go. It’s the story of Edward (a bear) and his best friend Blankie, a fuzzy blue fabric scrap. Yep, Blankie is as real as any human friend with emotions and idiosyncrasies to match. Cuddly, thoughtful, kind, protective… and afraid of thunderstorms.

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