Create Yourself Writing Workshop Inspiring New Writers

Another week has passed and a lot of work has taken place; some productive; some not so productive.  
Create Yourself Writing Workshop Inspiring New WritersThe special news I want to share with everyone is that the Create Yourself Writing Workshop is moving along.  It has been narrowed down to 8 members who are actually working or ready to write their books and I am so proud of them and the group as a whole. 
We are still open to new members coming in but we would prefer that you participate, comment and share your work with the other members so you will get used to putting your work out in public.  It is a closed group now and not showing any posts in the main Facebook news feed.  
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Create Yourself Writing Workshop Inspiring New Writers1Much to my embarrassment, I tried testing out a “new to me” Facebook app (22Social) and I realize now, I should have tested it further before recommending it to my readers.  I am not saying there is anything wrong with the app, I now feel that it is not a good fit for my readers who are mostly writers and not marketers.

Once again this shows to me that the proven way of creating relationships and friendships online, taught by Lynn Terry in her course Social Marketing Results is what works.

Now to quote my friend, Mary Austin From Magic Mary Austin’s Internet Marketing Tips…

“I believe there is a special place in hell for designers who created grey text.”  I totally agree with Mary and also wonder, “What clown(s) came up with the idea of using grey text on a white background?”

Australian_Shepherd_agility_croppedIt may be these older eyes but I know I’m not the only one that has problems reading blogs with grey text on white.

For a while I could remedy the situation by highlighting the text and reading that way. Now there are some blogs, in addition to the grey text, they have decided to use a plugin that prevents you from highlighting the text so it cannot be copied.

I just want to read the blog, not steal your work.

I am sorry to say that I will no longer be jumping through hoops to read a blog like that. So, you may want to take a second look at your blog(s) and see if you may be missing out on some traffic because of the font color. 

Since I’ve gotten somewhat off track this past week, I want to post a writing prompt for my readers.  Feel free to post your interpretation of the writing prompt in the comments section or if you are in the Create Yourself Writing Workshop, post it in the group.  


Do you have a favorite novel or author?  Do you study their writing and try to emulate them?

Work At Home BluesIf you enjoyed this post, please comment and share with everyone.  Let me know how I’m doing.  Take action and start working on your book.

Join us in the Facebook Group (Create Yourself Writing Workshop), along with subscribing to my list to receive encouragement and valuable information every two days.


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Monna Ellithorpe Writer, Published Author, Teacher, Blogger, Marketer. I have been writing in journals, diaries and creating short stories since my teen years. It wasn't until the death of my beloved husband in 2008, that I realized my purpose in life was to write. It was then I started to seriously pursue a career in writing and marketing.

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28 comments on “Create Yourself Writing Workshop Inspiring New Writers”

  1. Sue Bride Reply

    If someone really wants to copy your content then they can just download the post so blocking highlight and copy does not serve any purpose.

    A comment added to a post shared on social networks captures more attention, It is much quicker to be able to copy a few words that sums up the article, and makes people take notice, than to write your own commentary. Preventing this by blocking copying is counterproductive as we need readers to take notice and come and visit our blogs.
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  2. Lesly Federici Reply

    Well, you never know about apps and programs until you try them out So don’t be too hard on yourself. I’m really excited about the writing group. I find it to be very inspirational! Thank you so much for everything you are doing 🙂
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    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Lesly, Thanks for visiting and commenting. True. Something that looks awesome can turn out totally wrong. Sometimes it’s not wrong, it just isn’t for that person at the time. Thank you again and I love having you in the writing group.

  3. Terry Reply

    So agree.. some blogs are just too hard for these older eyes to read. I tend to skim those but those with bright green and pink… I can’t even see !
    Good luck with your 8 people sharing writing. That is not my focus right now or I would join you !

  4. Willena Flewelling Reply

    I haven’t come across many blogs where you can’t highlight the text, but on a blog like that, you also cannot highlight your own COMMENT to copy and paste. That might not seem like a big deal, but sometimes our internet connection is touchy, and my comments disappear into cyberspace. On days like that, I like to copy my comment so I can paste it on my own computer so I don’t have to start all over again!

    Regarding the writing prompt… I love love love Diana Gabaldon’s writing, and I wouldn’t know where to begin to emulate her!

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    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Willena. Same here. I have not come across a lot of blogs that you cannot highlight but it helps and also helps to be able to copy your own comment. I agree, I love Diana Gabaldon too. I just don’t seem to have the time to read like I want to.

    • Sue Bride Reply

      I try to remember to copy my comments too Willena, especially with blogs that have the log in with a social network function.

      • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

        Hi Sue. Thanks for visiting. Don’t you just hate it when you forgot to copy a well written comment and something goes wrong? Grrrrrr. Have a great day.

  5. Dr. Erica Goodstone Reply


    I love the quote about the grey text and that she doesn’t want to steal the copy, just be able to read it. I don’t like attempting to follow someone on twitter who makes me go through hoops because they are paranoid. I don’t like coming to a blog that makes me sign up for a program I am not interested in just for the privilege of leaving a comment.

    I work hard online and my time is valuable to me. I like it to be easy and accessible. And you have reminded me to always have someone check out anything new that I add to my site to make sure it is working in a way that adds ease of access, not difficulty, for my readers.

    Thanks for another great post.


    Dr. Erica
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    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Erica, I know it probably sounds childish sometimes but it is just to hard to create ways to read a simple post and I just won’t do it any longer. Not sure sometimes if I should mention it or not. Yes, we checked your new addition and it worked perfectly. Have a great day.

  6. Jacs Henderson Reply

    Lovely to have a sample of your week Monna, with the ups and downs of business and writing online. Really pleased to hear how your Group is focused now, and looking forward to the books you all produce.
    I have purchased and read Susan’s books from Amazon, and I love when you know the author, because the writing really comes alive, and it’s almost as if they are reading to you,
    Keep up the great work 🙂
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    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Jacs, Thanks for visiting and commenting. I an so happy and proud of my group. We have our first book published from a member already. Can’t wait to share it with everyone for him. It is cool when you know the author. I have a couple of books like that.

    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Mandy, Yes, some fonts are too small. They need to remember that some of their most active readers may have trouble reading with older eyes. Have a great day.

  7. Liz Delaney Reply

    I love reading your posts Monna. Glad the workshop is successful. I enjoy blogging and you never know – may one day become a published writer, but not at the moment. Blogging has become a favourite activity of mine so love learning new stuff each day. Your posts help. Thanks again Monna.
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    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Liz, Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. The workshop is very new but working well. We already have our first published author. He is just awaiting the final Amazon approval. Have you thought of creating a book from your blog posts? Think about it, K? It’s another form of information to get out to people. Have a great evening.

    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Erika, Thank you very much. I am looking forward to working with you on your book too. True, the first one is the learning, not really hard but the second is always easier.

  8. Nate Reply

    Hello Monna,

    I haven’t published a book yet, but it’s been a pleasure watching you grow with yours. One of these days I plan on writing one, that’s after I tackle my current projects. Thanks for the great post!
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    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Nate, Thanks for visiting and commenting. It has been a journey to this place but one I am loving. Working with other writers to finally get started on their dreams just makes me so very happy. Have a great day.

  9. Adrienne Reply

    Hi Monna,

    I see that Susan has stopped by and already left a comment.

    Sounds like what you’re doing is wonderful for writers. All I do is blog so I’m no where along those lines but I so admire those that are. I am writing an eBook at the moment and this will be my product I’m releasing. It’s almost done now but nowhere along the lines as what everyone is doing here I’m sure.

    You guys keep up the great work and have fun.

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    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Adrienne, Thank you for visiting and commenting. Blogging and writing an e-book; you are also a writer. It is your choice when you make the crossover to published. The group is for anyone interested in writing; blogging; e-books, etc. You are welcome to join us. Have a great day.

  10. Susan Cooper Reply

    That is so cool. I’ve published two books to date with more on the way. I think the hardest part is learning the how to’s the very first time. Once that’s done it is so much easier.

    Thanks for the update on that product. It’s good to know. 🙂
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    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Susan, Thanks for your visit. Congratulations on your book. I agree, once you get past the publishing of the first book, the second is always easier. Have a great day.

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