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I Gotcha’ Covered with Quotes

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My mother always told me, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Wise advice.  I should have followed it more often. 

The Bible gives a good reason for keeping silent. Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise.”  To be successful, you should probably have a wise look on your face, not a scowl.

There certainly is a time to be silent.  

There’s also a time to speak:  to encourage, enlighten, or empower. If you don’t have anything nice to say, and there’s a need for wise words,  I have a Plan B.

Quote someone else.

Quotes are the rage of social media, with all the cool graphics  that make us laugh until we cry, and cry until we run our mascara. They make us want to buy a dog and/or a gun and read labels for fear of ingesting anything with lotsa’ initials. Most of the time we share them or like them because we were moved to emotion.

Quotes play a part on influencing humans.

  • invoke action
  • inspire
  • empathize
  • motivate
  • sympathize
  • advertise
  • celebrate
  • humor
  • convict

Why waste the energy on a lengthy discourse when you can cover the territory with a one-liner?

Today’s Cool Tool helps create your own graphics using borrowed words or your own words of wisdom.  Introducing Quotes Cover.


At QuotesCover.Com click on CREATE QUOTES PIC in upper right hand corner.


On the next screen you choose a QUOTE or PROVERB from their lists or type in the CUSTOM WORDING box.


I’ve read the article,  “Get Thee to a Writers Conference” several times and wanted to use James Scott Bell’s quote.


Five choices on the next screen.  I chose VIRAL STATUS UPDATES. I’m a Facebook junky.


I chose SQUARE.



The options aren’t like  Word’s environment, where you choose text font and size.  You click “NEXT” and they randomly change your image’s text and color.


Are you ready to go viral?



It automatically puts the text of your quote as your status.  If you want to add your own status update, save your graphic to your computer, then upload as you would a regular picture.

Want to make your Facebook Cover inspirational?


They provide an easy to understand tutorial.

I’d previously blogged about two other quote-making Cool Tools, Quozio and Recite This,  and I’m sure you remember my very exciting tutorials. Quotes Cover has a feature they don’t, it allows you to upload your own backgrounds.


Since  I’m all about using COOL TOOLS to make COOL QUOTES, I take pictures  of unusual things to use for backgrounds.  This pink ceiling is in a historic building in St. Augustine, Florida.

Pictures of fences, streets, brick walls, clouds, sand, stucco walls, asphalt streets, doors, and windows are filling up my files.  (Note to self: label pics as I upload to find them easily.)

When you upload your own photos, choose VIRAL STATUS then LANDSCAPE.


My picture of a stairwell in St. Augustine.  Doesn’t everybody take pics of steps while on vacation?

Using  Bing,  I typed in “quotes about stairs” and clicked to http://thinkexist.com to choose.  Vance Havner is a man worth quoting, so this was perfect for my picture and my life goals.


You can’t change the font size, but you can use the little boxes to manipulate text size and move the text box.

Tip for the advanced: The Quotes Cover environment only allows horizontal pictures.  It cut off most of my door because my picture is vertical. I used Windows Live Photo Gallery to rotate my picture first, then uploaded it sideways.

Of course, I had to tip the text box sideways, too, and lean over my computer to create these graphics, but it worked.  After saving, I simply rotated it upright and massaged my neck for a few minutes before finishing this blog post.


Put an asterisk in front of words you would like highlighted.  When you upload your own background, they allow you to add special effects by clicking a button.


It’s a random process of clicking until you’re satisfied.


Quotes Cover helps you create a graphic to encourage, enlighten, or empower.

Becoming a Character Who Creates Unforgettable Characters


I’m always amazed that talented authors will share their writing secrets.  For free.

I  attended a few sessions of the Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland, WA in November. Image tables of books, hordes of writers and workshops with all the information you need to become an overnight best-selling sensation.  OK, everything is true except that last part. I made that up because we all have that dream, right? 

Success doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it happen quickly.  Writers must always learn, grow, and improve. 

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My Cool Tool for today was shared  by Darlene Panzera, author of several titles including the Cupcake Diaries, in her workshop “Building a Novel.”

Novelists should  develop unforgettable characters that become friends with the readers and become a part of their favorite memories. The task shouldn’t be too hard for a people group considered by others to be “characters.”

Darlene said, “Great characters have impact on the world around them and cause change in others.” Those changes become subplots.

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To develop her characters, Darlene creates Character Cards. Each main character has their own colorful card with pics and critical details. That way you don’t accidentally change someone’s eye color, the name of  your heroine’s cousin,  or the kind of car she drives.

She provided a list of details that can be included while creating your characters.

Role in Story:
Mannerisms, Habits:
Self Image: I am __________
How do Others View Character?
Brief Past History:
External Conflicts:
Internal Conflicts:
Biggest Fear:

What will be your character’s arc over course of story?  How will character   grow, become wiser or change?
What motivates character?  (Core value)
Goal: What does the character want?
What is the character’s problem or need?
How does she feel about it?
Why must character reach goal, come to decision, or find new insight?
How does character view others?  Attitude?
Who are friends and why?
Who are enemies and why?
Where does character live?
Home – Interior and Exterior:
Religion or lack of it?
Favorite food/color/music?
Hobbies/interest/special skills?
Most embarrassing incident in past?
Best thing happened to them?  Worst?
What influences of history would bear directly and indirectly on the character’s daily existence?
What are the major events or attitudes in the character’s life that have made him react to life in specific ways?
What is their family like? 
How much influence do they have on the character?
What is their favorite spot in home or town?

After you’ve created your characters in your imagination, they may take over in ways you hadn’t imagined.


Readers live vicariously through believable characters and overcome obstacles, heal  hearts, and fall in love.  And, when they close the back cover and step back into their real worlds, they’ll bring those experiences with them.

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A collage is another visual Cool Tool Darlene has used. This is great start for the brainstorming stage of your novel. Cut and paste to create the world your characters will live in, using news headlines, locations, cars, houses, hobbies, and bits of interesting dialogue. It spurs on creativity during each stage of the writing process.

Imaginary friends aren’t just for children – they’re unforgettable characters created by novelists.

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