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Sarah Gribble: Super Moderator, Administrator
Member since May 4, 2016

Sarah Gribble physically resides somewhere in Ohio, but where her mind resides depends on the day. She writes sometimes. She bangs her head against the wall other times. Her short stories have been featured in a variety of online and print publications. You can find her on Facebook and @sarahstypos or connect with her at sarah-gribble.com.

Website: https://sarah-gribble.com

Recent Writing Pieces

(Kind of crappy) Working synopsis for my next book

This has already been ripped apart by Ania Ahlborn, my hero, so now’s your chance :)  Blake Cunningham’s ancestors founded Cunningham Island, and for centuries

Nov 19
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Testing with a little summary of the new book I’m planning

One sentence summary: Guy with no prospects becomes enamored with a mysterious rich family when they show up promising to revitalize a deteriorating Lake Erie

Oct 11
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Anyone else noticing this?

If I highlight something, it brings up an option to share the highlighted text on social. Just wanted to see if it’s just me with

Aug 17
5
Second test

To see if anything pops up in the list.

Aug 8
4
Awesomeness

This is my awesome something for the group. I’ll await my accolades and awards. This is an edit.

Aug 8
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Recently Critiqued Posts

(Kind of crappy) Working synopsis for my next book

This has already been ripped apart by Ania Ahlborn, my hero, so now’s your chance :)  Blake Cunningham’s ancestors founded Cunningham Island, and for centuries

Nov 19
3
(Kind of crappy) Working synopsis for my next book

This has already been ripped apart by Ania Ahlborn, my hero, so now’s your chance :)  Blake Cunningham’s ancestors founded Cunningham Island, and for centuries

Nov 19
3
Pluck: Chapter 1, part 1

I first saw H on the day I found out my father was dying. That morning before school my mother had sat me down on

Nov 19
2
About Page… it’s really not great

We Are a World-Changing Movement. You passionately believe that the human trafficking and the oppression of others has got to end. Some have called you too

Nov 20
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what the hell am I doing?

what the hell am i doing…?  Story of my life…

Oct 9
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what the hell am I doing?

what the hell am i doing…?  Story of my life…

Oct 9
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what the hell am I doing?

what the hell am i doing…?  Story of my life…

Oct 9
3
Not a clue.

Okay, so I’ve just got the link to this and am very tentatively trying this out, starting here, and we’ll see what happens. I’m probably

Aug 20
4
Anyone else noticing this?

If I highlight something, it brings up an option to share the highlighted text on social. Just wanted to see if it’s just me with

Aug 17
5
Blog Post: How to Find Scholarships

This is a double-post of my weekly Workshop post. Thanks for reading and testing BW 2.0! ************** If you want to win money for college,

Aug 17
3
The Story of Me!!

And a writing piece to the Cafe!!

Aug 20
4
Second test

To see if anything pops up in the list.

Aug 8
4
Cool Poem #1

Roses are red Violets are blue The forum’s awesome and your face is too.

Aug 13
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Does anyone know a publisher?

Hi, im a new and excited writer to be sharing my stories with you all lol their very good and I hope to be publish

Aug 8
6
Haiku for Joe

Hey Mod Team, this is my first test post. I hope you like it. “Haiku for Joe” French wine flows in streams The host calls,

Aug 8
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See Sarah's other Write Practice activity outside of the forums
How to Turn a Writing Prompt You Hate Into a Story You Love

There’s no shortage of writing prompts out there. We even do them with every post here on the Write Practice blog.

Prompts have a place in writing, whether it’s overcoming writer’s block or simply as a warmup to get your brain moving. Writing prompts are awesome.

Until they’re not.

What do you do if you hate the writing prompt you’re given?

Jan 9
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Holiday Writing Prompt: Build Your Own Alien Holiday

It’s that time of year again: the season of a million holiday writing prompts plastering the internet. I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and give you another one. Groan if you like.

Dec 11
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How to Take Stock of Your Writing Goals This Year

The new year is almost here, and for most people that means setting new writing goals and pushing themselves to be better, more productive, and happier.

Before you dive into setting big writing plans for 2019, I urge you to take time out to look at your accomplishments and evaluate the writing goals you set for 2018.

Nov 28
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How to Conduct Research for a Book

You might think you don’t need to do much research because you’re writing fiction. (Isn’t fiction just making stuff up?!) You’d be wrong.

Your readers expect to be transported to your setting and to understand your characters so fully, they seem like real people. Little things like using the wrong jargon or having your main character wear the wrong type of bodice can jar your reader out of the story and cause them to lose respect for you as a writer. If they can’t trust you to get the facts right, why should they trust you to guide them through a story?

Like it or not, research is a writer’s best friend. (Next to caffeine, anyway.) So let’s talk about how to conduct research for a book.

Nov 13
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Halloween Writing Prompt: Terrify Readers With Six-Word Stories

Happy Halloween, everyone! Since I write horror, this is obviously my favorite holiday. To celebrate, I crafted several six-word horror stories to tweet throughout the day. And today, you’re going to practice doing the same thing!

Warning: Six-word stories are addicting.

Oct 31
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How to Choose a Color for Your Book Cover Design

No matter how much the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is trotted out, we all do it. It’s in our nature to make quick assumptions about things, especially when we have literally millions of books to choose from. It’s easy to make quick judgements based on book cover design.

Think about walking through your local bookstore or perusing your library’s shelves. You’re looking at spines, and only spines, most of the time. Then one book stands out. You pull it from the shelf and give the cover a read.

Why did you choose that book, in particular? Most likely, the color stood out to you.

Oct 17
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8 Bold Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Writing

Writers face fear on a day-to-day basis. The self-doubt. The fear of failure. And, oh, the vulnerability.

Writing is hard enough with all the self-evaluation and doubt about your abilities. But then sharing your work with other people so they can critique or review it? CRINGE.

When you sink into that fear it debilitates you. If you let fear hold you back, you’re ensuring you never achieve your goals. You’ll never write that book and you’ll never get published. All because you were too scared.

It’s time to stop letting fear control you and get writing.

Oct 3
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Characterization: How to Write a Eulogy to Get to Know a Character in Your Novel

Every great novel has great characters. Great characterization includes a background, flaws, habits, tics, and redeeming qualities. The characters have a life.

There are plenty of ways to get inside your character’s head. You can journal from their point of view, write a character study, or fill out questionnaires about your character. Those methods are awesome but can seem impersonal or just plain tedious at times.

If you need a quicker, more succinct way of getting inside your character’s head, you might consider writing their eulogy.

Sept 19
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How to Create a Monster That Terrifies Your Readers

Halloween is right around the corner and I know a lot of you will be writing some spine-chilling stories to celebrate. What’s the best part of a creepy story? A monster.

When writing monsters, you could rely on the tried-and-true vampires, zombies, and giant, man-killing spiders. There’s nothing wrong with adding to the monster canon, but it does get a little boring after a while. It’s often better to make up your own monster. But how?

Decades have been spent honing the standard wants and abilities of vampires and zombies. How can you make a monster just as good in a much shorter time frame?

Sept 5
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5 Reasons to Use Pictures as Writing Prompts

If you follow any kind of writing blog or social page, you’ve probably seen picture writing prompts before. People love them and there’s no end to sites that provide them. Not to mention the millions of pictures that are out there that aren’t “official” writing prompts. You’ve probably got a ton on your phone that could spark an idea.

If you haven’t taken the plunge and tried writing from picture writing prompts before, here are five reasons why you should.

Aug 21
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How to Sell Books: The Introverted Author’s Guide

For years, I didn’t know how I was ever going to sell books. I’m painfully shy and, unfortunately, have a complexion that tends to redden easily. Like lava-covered-tomato red. The idea of calling someone, sometimes even people I know, gets my heart racing. The idea of standing in front of a small group of people and talking is my worst nightmare. And don’t even get me started on going to conferences and the like. Oh, the terror.

None of this is really news for writers. “Writer” and “extrovert” don’t often appear in the same sentence. Day-to-day our hermitic proclivities aren’t really a problem. We happily plug away at our keyboards in a dark room somewhere and don’t have to deal with another soul.

Until we want to sell our books.

Aug 8
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How to Sell Books Using Email Marketing

Self-publishing is on the rise, but places like Amazon aren’t marketing platforms; they’re sales platforms. You can’t just upload your book and think it’ll sell. You have to do the heavy lifting to get the word out.

Email marketing is the number one way to connect with your audience, which means it’s the number one way to sell books.

But what should you send to your audience? How do you turn email subscribers into loyal readers?

Jul 25
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How to Sell Books on Twitter: The Twitter Starter Pack for Writers

For some of us, engaging on social media is tricky. Writers tend to be introverts by nature, so putting ourselves out there can be intimidating or seem like a useless waste of time. (It’s neither, and you need to be on social media in this industry. It’s just how it works now.)

Then there’s the other side of the coin, those writers that are on social constantly, using it as a procrastination technique to keep from writing. (Don’t do that.)

As a little starter pack, I’m going to give you a few Twitter hints and a list of hashtags that will help you connect with other writers, agents, publishers, and, most importantly, your readers.

Jul 11
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How to Write a Book Description That Will Captivate Readers (And Sell Books!)

What is the first thing you check on a book (after the cover art)? I would bet, whether you’re at the library, at a bookstore, or shopping online, it’s the book description. What does that mean for you as a writer? You need to know how to write a book description, preferably a great one.

Nothing sells a book like a well-written description.

Jun 27
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How to Write a Book Like Stephen King

Ever wondered how to write a book like Stephen King? He’s called the King for a reason, and it’s not just his last name. Stephen King has written in just about every genre imaginable, has sold over 350 million copies of his books, and has had work adapted to movies, miniseries, and comics.

Whether you’ve read him or not, you know who he is and I would be amazed if you haven’t experienced his work in some form or another.

Jun 13
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How to Write a Book Using Microsoft Word

If you want to write a book, you’ll need book writing software that’s up to the task. Yes, you can invest in dedicated book writing

May 30
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How to Write a Book from Multiple Perspectives

Writing from one person’s perspective is hard enough. Writing from multiple perspectives can seem downright impossible. But it can be done.

I wrote my last novel from three different perspectives. It was difficult. Sometimes it was stagnating creatively. But sometimes it was fun and kept me engaged in my own book when I wanted to give up.

So if you’re ready for the challenge, here’s how to write a book from multiple perspectives.

May 16
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What’s in a Name? How to Come Up With Character Names

Names — character names or the names of people in real life — are a big deal. Parents-to-be pore over baby name books for months looking for that “perfect” name. Even naming a pet can take time. You want the name to be perfect, to mean something, to be unique but not too “weird.”

Naming a character, especially in a longer piece of writing, can be just as agonizing and is definitely just as important.

May 2
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How to Keep Writing While Traveling

With warmer weather comes thoughts of escape. Beaches, mountains, and yet-to-be-explored cities call to us. We get that itch, that need to run away and relax somewhere without our bosses nagging us. Or maybe you need to hang upside down on a roller coaster or meet Cinderella. Regardless, it’s vacation time!

For a writer, taking a week or two off from writing can be detrimental. You obviously don’t want to keep up with your 1,000-words-a-day writing schedule, but there are simple ways to feed the muse while on vacation and make it easier slide back into your routine when you return home.

Apr 18
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Writing Your First Novel: How to Fix an (Accidentally) Autobiographical Novel

Some of you may be participating in our 100 Day Book program, writing your first novel on your own, or kicking around the idea of starting that manuscript.

Writing your first novel is hard. It’s a struggle. It’s a learning process.

And it’s often autobiographical, even if you don’t mean it to be. And that’s okay.

Apr 4
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