Since I started blogging…

I have read more than 200 children’s books
Met at least 200 people online
Learned nearly 200 things about writing
Edited my book close to 200 times.

Okay, that might be an exaggeration…

But on Monday I put up my 200th post
And almost 200 people have been following these posts.
(Have I mentioned that I love you people?!)
Yay! Sounds like a reason to celebrate!

I can’t give out 200 presents. Sorry!
But I am going to give away two,
Yes, 2 ten-dollar gift cards from Amazon. Woo-hoo!
So two lucky readers will be able to order one of the 200 books on their wish lists.

What do you have to do?

1. You must be a follower.
2. Tell me your best piece of writing advice in 200 characters or less (take that Twitter!)

A winner will be randomly selected on Friday, April 23. And if I’ve hit 200 followers by then, I’ll give away an extra ten-dollar gift card! So there could be three winners!!

Thank you for joining me on this journey. I absolutely love this blogging community. If it wasn’t for you readers I doubt that I would have made it to 200 posts. Here’s hoping we’ll all be around for 200 more!

27 thoughts on “200

  1. Sherrie–You are a rock star! Congratulations on doing 200 posts! Your interviews are so good. I actually came over to your blog and took notes before I wrote interview questions for my upcoming series. 🙂

    Advice: Keep track of all of your research when you are writing nf, hf, or fiction. If you look something up to verify it fits in your stories timeline, copy the source and save it in a file.

  2. I know how you feel! I'm happy to be part of this community, too, and 200 anything is quite an accomplishment.

    So far, my best piece of writing advice has been to remove sensory tags (smell, feel, see) because it deepens the POV. Most people don't think “I see that orange wall.” They just think “The wall is orange.” I have Roni over at Fiction Groupie to thank for that.

  3. Awesome contest, Sherrie!

    Whew, just ONE best tip? Oh, the pressure….

    That elusive quality of voice comes from opinion and association–so keep a running list or journal of the things your character knows, loves, hates, remembers, feels inspired by. Let those opinions and associations bubble up when the character describes people, places, actions.

  4. Fun contest and hope you get to 200 followers! Will be soon with your awesome blog.

    The imagination works slowly and quietly.
    Brenda Ueland.

    This is one of the best tips for me because I tend to rush myself.

  5. Congrats!!

    My best piece of writing advice: Live life to the fullest, then put your butt in the chair.

    (But don't enter me in the contest…I feel like I've been extra lucky lately and would rather share the wealth!)

  6. Yay! But I'm your biggest fan! LOL.

    “One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”

    ~ Annie Dillard

  7. You are so very awesome, Sherrie! Two hundred is a good lucky number to have–and I know you are getting sooo close to realizing your writing dreams too.

    My favorite advice comes from Jessamyn West: Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.

  8. Congrats on 200 posts!

    I believe every new day, whether reading writers blogs or working on your own, is a chance to improve. Never stop learning!

  9. Well one more follower for you – I hope you make it to 200.

    My best advice: Love your writing like you love your husband: treasure and cherish it, fally madly for it, endure the hard parts with love, and in the end, know that the journey is the best part.

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