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  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. I’m going to take a short summer blog break and will go dark until July 12th, when I’ll return with an extended Twitterific. :)  Early wishes for a Happy Independence Day for my blog readers in the States. The Pseudonyms of Icons (infographic):  http://ow.ly/OaSGD @galleycat by Maryann Yin Music…
  • How Writers Can Build A Massive Email List

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    Stefanie Newell
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How Writers Can Build A Massive Email List If you’re a new writer, you’re probably wondering how to build an email list the right way. An email list ... The post How Writers Can Build A Massive Email List appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • The Most Obvious Writing Tool You’re Not Using

    Write It Sideways
    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    Advertise here with BSAI have a confession to make: Even though I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and even though I’ve written about the benefits of this particular tool in the past, for many years now I have largely ignored my own advice. It’s a writing tool suitable for everyone, regardless of skill. It takes very little investment of time or money. It’s readily available and portable. If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about the humble journal. And now you’re thinking, “Um . . . duh.” But bear with me. By…
  • The Simple Trick to Writing Riveting Sentences

    Emerging Writers Studio
    Nanci Panuccio
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: Rebecca Siegel When it comes to writing stories readers devour, it’s all about creating immediacy sentence by sentence.  We can engineer a stellar plot line, dream up characters with compelling conflicts — all the broad strokes – but it’s the accumulation of small word choices that keep a reader spellbound. Writing is all about the sentence. Here’s the empowering thing about that: We’re making choices every step of the way. And an often overlooked choice is the verb. Here are three ways to go from good writing to to great writing, right on…
  • Opinion: Why Authors Need to Step Away from the Internet

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    Publetariat
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    This post by Debbie Young originally appeared on the ALLi blog on 6/29/15. Author and ALLi Advice blog editor Debbie Young makes the case for self-published authors to occasionally turn their backs on the ever-hungry beast that is the world wide web. As indie authors, we sell most of our wares in a marketplace that […]
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    Advice to Writers

  • Character is the Very Life of Fiction

    JW
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Character is the very life of fiction. Setting exists so that the character has someplace to stand. Plot exists so the character can discover what he is really like, forcing the character to choice and action. And theme exists only to make the character stand up and be somebody.  JOHN GARDNER
  • Do Not Feel Guilty About Idleness

    JW
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    If you write, good ideas must come welling up into you so that you have something to write. If good ideas do not come at once, or for a long time, do not be troubled at all. Wait for them. Put down little ideas no matter how insignificant they are. But do not feel, any more, guilty about idleness and solitude. BRENDA UELAND
  • Writing Fiction Is Not Self-Expression

    JW
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Writing fiction is not "self-­expression" or "therapy." Novels are for readers, and writing them means the crafty, patient, selfless construction of effects. I think of my novels as being something like fairground rides: my job is to strap the reader into their car at the start of chapter one, then trundle and whizz them through scenes and surprises, on a carefully planned route, and at a finely engineered pace. SARAH WATERS
  • Talent and Time Are A Writer's Only Assets

    JW
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Beyond imagination and insight, the most important component of talent is perseverance—the will to write and rewrite in pursuit of perfection. Therefore, when inspiration sparks the desire to write, the artist immediately asks: Is this idea so fascinating, so rich in possibility, that I want to spend months, perhaps years, of my life in pursuit of its fulfillment? Is this concept so exciting that I will get up each morning with the hunger to write? Will this inspiration compel me to sacrifice all of life's other pleasures in my quest to perfect its telling? If the answer is no, find…
  • Overcome Self-Criticism

    JW
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I always write a draft version of the novel in which I try to develop, not the story, not the plot, but the possibilities of the plot. I write without thinking much, trying to overcome all kinds of self-criticism, without stopping, without giving any consideration to the style or structure of the novel, only putting down on paper everything that can be used as raw material, very crude material for later development in the story. MARIO VARGAS LLOSA
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Believes is a Verb

    Maeve Maddox
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Some bloggers, academics, and authors with books on Amazon seem to be confused about the verb believe and the noun belief. Here are just four examples: INCORRECT: Manobo Religious Believes and Practices—title of paper published at Academia.edu. CORRECT : Manobo Religious Beliefs and Practices INCORRECT: A recent study examines how religious and spiritual believes can impact our health in different ways.—Science World Report. CORRECT : A recent study examines how religious and spiritual beliefs can impact our health in different ways. INCORRECT: Awakening of Religious Believes of…
  • Formatting Dialogue

    Maeve Maddox
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:17 pm
    A reader has a question about formatting dialogue in a novel: I have some confusion regarding speakers when writing dialog, and when you should start new lines. The logic I remember being taught is that every time the speaker changes in a story we should start a new paragraph. Is that always the case, or is it possible to have a quick line from another character or speaker in a paragraph where another character spoke? When I read a novel for pleasure—as opposed to studying a novel that does not appeal to me—I don’t want to have to work at it. I want to enter the fictional dream and not…
  • Grammar Review #3: Misplaced Modifiers

    Maeve Maddox
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:56 pm
    The error known as a “misplaced modifier” often results in hilarious images. Some of these errors, whether originating in actual writing or invented by clever English teachers, have achieved classical status and are quoted on numerous websites. Here are five of my favorites: 1. With his tail held high, my father led his prize poodle around the arena. 2. Holding a bag of groceries, the roach flew out of the cabinet. 3. Mrs. Daniel sews evening gowns just for special customers with sequins stitched on them. 4. She carefully studied the Picasso hanging in the art gallery with her friend. 5.
  • Conventional Letter Salutations in English

    Maeve Maddox
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:43 pm
    A reader asks if a letter salutation can include more than one honorific. For example: Dear President Dr. Turner The short answer is, “not in English.”   The conventional letter salutations in English are these Dear Mr. Adams Dear Mr. and Mrs. Adams Dear Ms. Adams Dear Margaret Adams Dear Harry (if you know the person well) Dear Dr. Adams Dear Dr. and Mrs. Adams When the name is unknown to the sender, the following are common salutations: To Whom It May Concern Dear Finance Officer Dear Editor Dear Sir or Madam The conventional English honorific for a man is Mr. For a woman, even if…
  • Barbecue vs. Barbeque

    Maeve Maddox
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:37 pm
    We all have our lists of language peeves. Most likely, no two of our lists are the same. The reader whose email prompted this post can’t stand the spelling barbeque: One of my pet hates (I have more than a few) is “barbeque”. When I hear that this spelling…has entered into common usage I become uncommonly angry. I have entered it into the NGram and [discovered] the wrong spelling has gradually gained ground and the right spelling is declining. Is this the future of language? I can sympathize with the pain a fellow language lover feels when faced with one of his peeves, but I…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • The Write Way to Answer Your Most Pressing Questions

    Pamela Wilson
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m going to go out on a limb here. Because what I’m about to suggest might seem a little crazy. But it really works. And I want you to know about this simple habit, because the sooner you adopt it, the sooner you’ll start to see what I discovered. I stumbled upon this weird (and unexpected) benefit while I was developing a different habit. Now the habit is a daily practice for me because of the powerful results it produces. Move those fingers every day The habit I was trying to develop was a daily writing practice. Because here I am, managing the editorial direction of the…
  • Protecting Your Digital Business: A Primer on Small Business and the Law

    Rainmaker.FM
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Litigation isn’t something any of us want to think about, but having to put a plan together when the time comes isn’t an option. Johnny Lee is a Managing Director at Grant Thornton, forensic investigator, and licensed attorney. He shares his expertise with us to help small businesses gain a better understanding of what eDiscovery and records retention is, and why — from a legal perspective — it’s important for us to have a basic plan in place to protect our businesses. Here’s a short primer on handling electronic records, like email, so we can be prepared.
  • Pro Tips on Building an Audience That Will Stick with You

    Rainmaker.FM
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This week on The Showrunner, get a sneak peek at the lessons inside The Showrunner Podcasting Course as Chris Garrett and Christina Canters provide expert advice on the right way to build, and even move, your audience. The episode opens with a reflection on the unique experience Jerod and Jonny shared this week: Jerod stepping into Jonny’s Hack the Entrepreneur host shoes and hacking … Jonny. The occasion? The 100th episode of Hack the Entrepreneur. (And yes, there was an important lesson learned.) Then it’s sneak peek time. With The Showrunner Podcasting Course currently in…
  • The (Unfinished) Story of an Accidental Entrepreneur

    Rainmaker.FM
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    On this episode of No Sidebar with Brian Gardner, you’ll hear a story of one creative who followed his passion and built a company without a business plan. In the journey of every person who wants to build a digital business, there comes a point when you need to make a decision. Usually that decision is surrounded by fear, and in some cases that fear can be crippling. In this 26-minute episode of No Sidebar with Brian Gardner, Darrell Vesterfelt and Brian discuss: The two-minute version of how StudioPress started The fears Brian faced along the way The challenges Brian’s faced…
  • How to Use SEO to Attract and Retain Customers

    Rainmaker.FM
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    What does it take to rank in Google now? And how should SEO fit into your plans of attraction, retention, and conversion? In this episode of The Mainframe, hosts Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: How social and SEO go together, and how listening will help your SEO What SEO means to your overall content strategy Why getting rankings means making real friends Why traffic is just the beginning of your digital business strategy Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the premier digital marketing and…
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    Word Grrls

  • Settling for Less in Print

    Laura Brown
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
    This is about typos and publishing. How many typos did you find in the last print book you read? What about the newspaper? Compare that to web publications, blogs included? Do you see a trend? I can remember when finding a typo in a published book was rare. I wish they were still rare. These days I usually find at least one in each book I read. Often they are obvious typos not just something spell check software could catch but something a human proofreader would have (or should have) noticed and fixed. On the web there have always been ... Continue...Related Posts:Only One Way to ReadWriters…
  • Fingernails are Creepy

    Laura Brown
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Fingernails look creepy to me, especially when they get long and yellow looking. I even think of my own fingernails as more like an animal’s claws, sometimes. I guess they are, really, in a practical sense. What do you think about fingernails? Have you ever written about them? Think of a story featuring fingernails, are they creepy, claws or just ordinary (maybe painted with nail polish)?Related Posts:Why Do I Like Exploring Old Houses?Modern Chain MailTurn Ordinary Objects into a StoryThe Horror of Being PossessedHow to Behave Like a True Princess©2015 "Word Grrls".
  • International Typewriter Day (June 23rd)

    Laura Brown
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Tuesday, June 23, the anniversary date of the U.S. patent filed by Christopher Latham Sholes and company for an “Improvement in type-writing machines” which is a good enough reason to throw a type-party at the midpoint of the year. Source: Welcome to the Typosphere: International Typewriter Day 2015Related Posts:Thumb TypersInternational BookCrossing Day – April 21stDoes Penmanship Still Count?Do you Speak Esperanto?What is #ACanadianThing ?©2015 "Word Grrls".
  • The Lonely Chair

    Laura Brown
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    What’s the story behind these left over, forgotten, lost or broken chairs, couches, sofas? Why do people discard them or lose them? Does anyone sit on them, out there in the wild? What finally becomes of them? Why should anyone care? Source:  Always A ChairRelated Posts:The Dangers of SittingAttacking AnimalsThe Flash Fiction I Wrote for Inner WriterI Fixed My Yahoo! AccountTrading in SEO for Social Media©2015 "Word Grrls".
  • Stranded on an Alien Spaceship for Life

    Laura Brown
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Along on an alien spaceship, headed to the other end of the universe (an unknown) and all the time of your life ahead of you. Forget being stranded on a deserted island… what would you miss from planet Earth, stranded on an alien spaceship for the rest of your life? Source: Unsolved Mysteries: 15 TV Cliffhangers – Rotten Tomatoes Stargate Universe started out so well. I wish they had kept it going (with the alien ship which seemed to have a personality and mind of its own for at least awhile). Then the show got complicated with people jumping around from ... Continue...Related…
 
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    Writing Forums

  • Good?

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    Could the punctuation pass in these two examples, yes or no?... I cannot recast... thank you... a 5-10 inch thick pipe ...meaning the pipe was 5-10 inches thick a 20-30 mile long stretch of highway... meaning that the stretch of highway was 20-30 miles long
  • Movies, Movies, Movies!

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    What are some movies you've seen recently that you'd recommend? I'm always on the lookout for new movies to try and I often like recommending them, too, so I thought it might be cool to have a movie recommendation thread. Some recent ones I'd recommend are- - Blood Diamond - just an... Movies, Movies, Movies!
  • TV Shows

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Over the last couple of days I've been watching the short-lived TV series Firefly, and it's amazing. I just finished all 14 episodes and the movie, and I'd have to say it's one of my favorite shows of all time. Anybody else like this amazing show? If you haven't seen it, I suggest you do.... TV Shows
  • Character Description

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    Many of us who seek writing advice have probably been told to not make a laundry list when it comes to describing your character. Is it necessary to know your character is blonde, has blue eyes? We also know what that looks like so it's not necessary to go into great length to describe it. But... Character Description
  • Hello.

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    I'm pleased to announce you have a new member! One that has had a long standing affair with fiction. It's been going on for as long as I can remember, but it's had it's fair share of issues. I'm passionate about writing but lost the motivation after attending University due to a mixture of... Hello.
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    Charlotte Rains Dixon

  • Five Things on Friday

    Charlotte Dixon
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    It's summertime, in case you hadn't noticed, and my brain is feeling lazy.  So, inspired by Tim Ferriss, who sent out a 5-Bullet Friday to subscribers (I'm one, though I have a little bit of a love-hate relationship with him), I thought I'd write a lazy blog post.  Besides, today is a holiday, or sort of one (for those of you not in the states, tomorrow is our Independence Day, more often known as the Fourth).  So here goes: Book I'm Reading: Little Night by Luanne Rice.  Jury is still out on this one, a women's fiction novel to be sure.  I've read a…
  • Writing In the Summertime

    Charlotte Dixon
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:22 pm
    My outdoor writing space It is hot here in Portland, mid to upper 90s all last week and more of the same this week, with temps predicted to reach into the 100s by the weekend.  We usually get some hot hot weather during the summer, but this is very early for a heat wave and it is lasting a long time. My office is upstairs (I'm in process of moving it downstairs, but that project is taking forever) and that automatically makes it hot.  (We, like many Portlanders who live in older homes, don't have air conditioning.) But it also gets stuffy, the air stagnant, and because it is full…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #48

    Charlotte Dixon
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Ah, yes, better late than never.  It is Saturday, albeit nearly time for Happy Hour in my neck of the woods, and here is my latest collection of writing prompts for you.  I've not been dallying around, I've been teaching all day--a fine group of local students who showed up despite forecasted temperatures of 102 degrees.  The good news is that the temps haven't been quite that high and all the attendees were wonderful.  So here are the prompts: #330 She grabbed the envelope, tore it open and then shrieked in ______________ (delight, horror, sadness, laughter, etc.) #331…
  • Stupid Writer Tricks: 7 Crucial Mistakes Writers Make

    Charlotte Dixon
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    Sometimes I like to tell myself stories, say, when I'm doing the dishes (which my husband might claim is rare) or putting on my make-up and drying my hair.  And it occurred to me recently, that a couple of my favorite stories fell into the category of colleagues doing Stupid Writer Tricks. (Because, in the stories I tell myself, I'm always the heroine who is five times smarter than anyone else--and of course, I never do any of these myself.  Nope, not ever.) And then it occurred to me that these stupid writer tricks warranted a blog post.  So here you go.  In all seriousness,…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #47

    Charlotte Dixon
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    It's Saturday, and you know what that means, don't you?  Darn right, it's time for prompts.  Here's my weekly round-up of them for you, compiled from my Tumblr blog.  And don't forget I wrote a blog post about prompt writing this week, which you can read here.   #323  Country or city?  Which is your character most comfortable in? If its the city, show her on the farm.  If its the country, write a scene with him in the city. #324  If your character could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? #325  Write a diary of what you (or your main character)…
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    What Kate Did Next

  • Exodus

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    "All right, I want something beautiful and it will be done by June"Cheever in Colm Toibin 'New Ways to Kill Your Mother'Desert years are like dog years, I've come to think. At least looking at the passport pictures I've just had taken you'd come to that conclusion. Put it this way - next time we go through the airport I don't think they'll be mistaking my passport for my 13 year old daughter's again. Five and a half years sometimes feel like a lifetime. This is the time of year expats dread - too many goodbyes. This year, many, many good friends who have been here since the very…
  • Letter to a Friend

    10 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    You've been constantly on my mind for the last couple of weeks. By coincidence the protagonist of the book I'm editing has your name, so as my thoughts are with you, I see your name repeated again and again each day. I hadn't even made the connection until today - it wasn't a conscious decision, in 2011, to name her for you (I tend to think the names of characters find you, not the other way around). I don't base my fictional characters on real people, but she is an art historian, like us, and I wanted her to have a quiet grace and beauty about her, and wisdom - the meaning of the name…
  • Gardening Leave

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:33 am
    "Gardens are not made by singing 'oh how beautiful' and sitting in the shade" KiplingThis week the chance to sit in the shade would have been a fine thing, but we've been battered by the worst sandstorms in fifty years. The children's schools closed early (rather like the snow days we had growing up in Devon), and Spring Break began hiding indoors from the choking yellow dust. However, on the other side of the world a big ambition was fulfilled - a beautiful edition of 'The Perfume Garden' has just been released in America and Canada by Thomas Dunne and St Martin's. I'm really grateful…
  • Five Years, Four Stripes and Three Wishes

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:24 am
    How are you? It's been a while. All work no play here, so far this year, editing a new story (more news soon), and the pilot becoming Captain (for any nervous fliers out there, the intense training they go through is reassuring). The last months have also been spent moving with all the fluidity and grace of Lady Penelope after someone rear-ended me. The physio laughed when I said I was a writer, (we have the worst job for backs, apparently). For those of you who have asked over the years when the books will be available in America, exciting news just in from the US: 'Last Rose of Summer'…
  • Swimming Lessons

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:31 pm
    How are you all? First rains in six months here, and the view from the desk window (above), is green and beautiful. The rain has been and gone, a couple of days - but the migrating birds are back, cicadas singing at night, and the garden is blazing with colour. Here we are with the fullest of full moons I've seen for ages, half way through December - how did that happen, where did the year go? It's a good time to take stock, as you change your diary over for the new year - relatively blank and full of potential. Let's not think about the grimly determined hairshirt and porridge…
 
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    WritersDigest.com

  • 2015 April PAD Challenge: Update

    Robert Lee Brewer
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Just a quick update on the 2015 April PAD Challenge. It seems like I usually shoot for July 4th to announce the results, and one thing or another delays that. I won’t go into what delayed it this year, but I will say that I expect the next update to come on July 18 (yes, my birthday). I doubt we’ll have all the results by then, but I do hope to have at least some…and to continue adding afterward. Until then, keep poeming! Robert   The post 2015 April PAD Challenge: Update appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
  • Utilize Guest Posts for Blog Success

    Robert Lee Brewer
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Here we are: the final part of this eight-part series on better blogging for writers. After running through this series, writers should be able to blog at a higher level than most. Of course, there’s more to learn once you get comfortable with the basics. For today’s installment, we’ll look at how bloggers utilize guest posts for blog success. Utilize Guest Posts for Blog Success Before we get too invested in the how and why of guest posting, let’s take a moment to understand the what. Guest posting is the act of posting on another person’s blog. You would be…
  • 6 Tips on Writing for Children

    Brian A. Klems
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    I hadn’t read a children’s novel in an embarrassingly long time when I landed my first deal to write exactly that. Naturally, I went into it with all kinds of notions as to what writing for children entailed. Things like: don’t be too scary, use simpler language, write about whatever it is kids like these days. Fortunately, I soon learned that those rookie notions were totally wrong. Here are six lessons I’ve learned about writing for children that could save you a few headaches.   This guest post is by Katy Towell. Towell is an artist, creative director, and writer in Portland,…
  • Night at the Museum

    Brian A. Klems
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    You hide in the museum bathrooms until the building is closed and everyone is gone. What is the first thing you do? Do you touch everything you possibly can or go exploring in the back rooms? Don’t forget to watch out for security guards! Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. Download from our shop right now!   The post Night at the Museum appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
  • One Writer’s Story: The 20-Year Path to Overnight Success

    Chuck Sambuchino
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    My old man was a talented fella, possessing an almost savant level of talent that made other artistically inclined people a touch jealous, myself included. He could pick up any stringed instrument and within a few minutes of noodling be able to strum a tune. He sang, he painted, he understood, and he could build—and rebuild—anything from a car engine to a computer. After he died, while going through a few boxes in the attic, I found out he was a writer too, and a damn good one. I wasn’t at all surprised. Now, I’ve never been nearly as gifted as my father, but I was born with the same…
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • A Delicious Way to Eat Your Words

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    Thanks to the efforts of his creative wife Vivian, on May 9 this year, about thirty people helped Don Duncan eat his words. We were all gathered at the Whitehall Public Library in Whitehall, Pennsylvania to celebrate the conclusion of The Power of Memoir, an eight-week series of classes  that I had the pleasure of leading. Each week a dozen eager students gathered for two hours to learn a few pointers from The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing. During the class, they read stories based on their assignment for the week. Each week we had a predictably wide spectrum of stories. Some,…
  • Clear the Haze from Pictures and Memory

    22 Jun 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The pictures above have deep meaning for me, and I think they are likely to strike a chord with most viewers, evoking memories of their own. I want my stories to have that effect. I want readers to see themselves in my words, finding new ways to see old situations and become more fully themselves.I recently found this left-hand picture from 1973 in a pile I was sorting through. Something in it stirred me, though haziness dimmed my response. I decided to try restoring it. I scanned it with my Epson V600 scanner using Professional mode on the scanner interface. I used the Color Restoration tool…
  • Dreams Do Come True

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    Dreams do come true – the day dream kind, the wish upon a star kind. I know this because many of mine have. I know they have because I wrote them down. Two examples stand out and show how writing dreams down can benefit life writers. Moving to PittsburghAround 1983 I began dreaming about moving away from what I considered to be the serious career limits of life in Washington’s Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick and Pasco). That was during the hey day of the goal setting movement, at least for me. So I drafted a list of everything I wanted when we moved, even though no move was in sight. That…
  • Check Your Rhythm

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Sometimes you read a story and know something is “off,” but you can’t put your pencil on it. Chances are, the story’s rhythm or “music” is the problem. Most people are aware that rhythm is an inherent facet of poetry, especially classic, rhyming poetry. But if you went to the mall and asked random people if they thought stories have rhythm, the typical person would give you that lopsided, raised-eyebrow look that implies she thinks you’re nuts. “What do you mean, rhythm in a story? Like in a song? Foot-tapping rhythm with a beat?” “Any kind.” You shrug.“Well…
  • Monkeys, Jackasses and Wispy Mist

    21 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    In her blog post, “Jackasses & Monkeys – Inner demons of writing,” Carol Bodensteiner reveals that her inner writing demons take the form of monkeys. She expresses relief on learning that others, such as Kimberly  Brock, have similar problems. In my opinion, Kimberly’s challenge is worse. She is beset by Jackasses.Carol invited readers to share their experiences. I also have demons, as I believe we all do. Like Carol, I battle monkeys, described by Zen masters as Monkey Mind. My monkeys are different from Carol’s. Mine swing through the trees at random, taking my thoughts…
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Creating Templates for Social Media Graphics

    Roger C. Parker
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:41 am
    Creating your own social media graphic templates can boost your productivity, increase readership and shares, while reinforcing your brand. I’d like to share some examples, ideas, tips, and resources to help you explore creating your own social media graphic templates. Graphics are no longer a luxury. Graphics are a necessity if you want to add attraction and engagement to your blog posts and social media. You need graphics not only not only standing elements, like your profile pages, but also for individual blog posts. Old versus new approach Until recently, I would create each social…
  • Content Marketing Self-Publishing Success Story

    Roger C. Parker
    14 Jun 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Just click the image to hear content marketer Anne Janzer share her Subscription Marketing self-publishing story in our recent recorded interview. If you’re a self-employed professional or content marketer looking for ways to build your business and establish yourself as an authority in your field, you’ll enjoy my recent interview with Anne Janzer. Anne held nothing back during this recorded interview. She candidly describes: Why she wrote Subscription Marketing. How she wrote the first draft and what she did next. The reasons she decided to self-publish her book. Her strategy for…
  • Subscription Marketing | New Mind Map for Content Marketers

    Roger C. Parker
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    In time for next week’s interview with Anne Janzer, view a mind map of Subscription Marketing, one of the latest content marketing books to appear. Anne Janzer’s Subscription Marketing offers content marketers a tightly-organized fresh perspective on content marketing. It addresses the importance of nuturing customer relationships before, and after, purchase. Part 1 discusses subscription marketing’s role of content marketing. Part 2 describes different strategies for subscription marketing. Part 3 shares suggestions and best practices for implementing subscription…
  • More Mind Maps of Top Content Marketing Books

    Roger C. Parker
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:21 am
    I’ve added mind maps of 4 more, newly-published content marketing titles to last year’s list of Top 10 Content Marketing Books. The latest titles and mind maps include: Abel, Scott and Rahel Anne Bailie.The Language of Content Strategy. Here’s where you can access the Biggerplate.com mind map. See my previous blog post, How to Profit from the Language of Content Strategy. Listen to my interview with Scott Abel. Rebella, Adele. Buyer Personas: How to Gain Insight into Your Customer’s Expectations, Align your Marketing Strategies, and Win More Business. This is an…
  • Blogging Tip From David Meerman Scott

    Roger C. Parker
    29 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    David Meerman Scott’s recent post, Still More Top Ten Tips for Incredibly Successful Public Speaking, shows the power of a simple blogging strategy tip. Serialization, or the idea of building blog post on one, or more, previous blog posts,  is not a new idea. But, usually, the blogger only provides links to the earlier blog posts. Proving link value What sets David Meerman Scott’s blog post apart is the fact that he not only provides links to the earlier posts, but he proves the value of the earlier blog posts by providing a list of their key ideas. I find the idea startlingly…
 
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    Writing Forward

  • Poetry Writing Exercises: Lost in Translation

    Melissa Donovan
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Poetry writing exercises: blind translations. Language is a funny thing, and translations are neither as simple nor as straightforward as we might want them to be. Years ago, when I was learning Spanish (I never did master it), on an especially warm day, I wanted to say, “I’m hot,” which is a standard expression in English. But when I said the phrase, “Yo soy caliente” to my Spanish-speaking cousin, he laughed and warned me not to go around using that phrase. Apparently in Spanish, this expression has to do with lust, not the temperature. I learned a valuable…
  • A Few Favorite Journal Writing Tools and Resources

    Melissa Donovan
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Journal writing tools and resources. We usually understand a journal to be a place for writing about ourselves, but journals can be used for plenty of other purposes, many of which are especially useful to writers. I’ve had my share of adventures in journal writing. As a teen, I kept a diary. Later, I had a poetry journal. I tried dream journaling, art journaling, and sometimes I keep a gratitude journal. I believe journal writing is a huge boon to writers, especially when we’re not working on a specific project or when we’re looking for our next big project. Today,…
  • 10 Ideas for Descriptive Writing

    Melissa Donovan
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Descriptive writing ideas. Do your readers see what you see? Descriptive writing is the art of painting a picture with words. In fiction, we describe settings and characters. In poetry, we describe scenes, experiences, and emotions. In creative nonfiction, we describe reality. Classic literature was dense with description whereas modern literature usually keeps description to a minimum. Compare the elaborate descriptions in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy with the descriptions in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Both series relied on description to help the readers…
  • What’s in Your Creative Writing Notebook?

    Melissa Donovan
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    A couple of my favorite creative writing notebooks. I’ve been collecting writing notebooks and journals since I was a teenager. Most writers I know tend to accumulate a lot of stationery and office supplies: notebooks, pens, paper clips, and other odds and ends that we can use to manage and organize our writing projects. Over time, these writerly goodies pile up. I now have a sizable collection of creative writing notebooks and journals. Some are completely filled up. Others are still blank. A few are only partially used. Good Old-Fashioned Paper These days, writers use computers for…
  • Grammar Rules: Lay or Lie

    Melissa Donovan
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Find out how to correctly use lay or lie in a sentence. One of the most common grammatical mistakes that we see in both speech and writing is misuse of the words lay and lie. This error is so common, it even slips past professional writers, editors, and English teachers — all the time. Maybe eventually these two words will morph into one and have the exact same meaning, but until then, it’s worthwhile to learn proper usage. For now, their meanings are completely different. Let’s take a look at this interesting word pair and find out whether we should be using lay or lie…
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    We Are Change

  • Analysis: over half of all statements made on fox news are false.

    Jeffrey Phillips
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:23 pm
    We Are Change (addictinginfo)A new analysis by PunditFact found that of every statement made by a Fox News host or guest, over half of them were flat-out false. What’s more, only a measly 8% could be considered completely “true.” In other words, a fancy review of hundreds of hours of video confirmed what many who watch Fox News with any regularity already know: Fox News lies. A lot. Like all the time. Which isn’t to say that exposing Fox News’ irresponsible journalism isn’t an admirable goal. Despite its blatant spin doctoring, Fox still captivates a large portion of the news…
  • Charges dropped against cop who ha sex with cows.

    Jeffrey Phillips
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:18 pm
    We Are Change   (countercurrentnews)When a citizen journalist recently sent us a tip about an officer who was caught having sex with cows, we were admittedly skeptical. But it turns out that the case of former Moorestown police officer Robert Melia Jr. is just as bad as it sounds. In Mount Holly, New Jersey, Officer Melia was indeed caught sexually assaulting a cow, but his sexual crimes did not end with non-humans. Melia was also charged, several years ago, with sexually assaulting three girls. It was during the course of that investigation that police found a video in Melia’s home…
  • Polyagamous trio applies for wedding license claiming protection under supreme court marriage ruling

    Jeffrey Phillips
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:12 pm
    We Are Change (countercurrent news)After the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, a number of pundits and even Chief Justice John Roberts dissented that the ruling could in fact stretch to legalize other forms of marriage, such as plural marriage. Now one family is making a case for just that. On Tuesday a Montana “trio” applied for a three-way marriage license, claiming protection under the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. Nathan Collier claims that under the ruling, he and his wives Victoria and Christine should be allowed to obtain a legal…
  • America Isn’t Getting More Liberal — It’s Getting More Libertarian.

    Jeffrey Phillips
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    We Are Change (FEE.ORG)This week the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” columnists discussed the question “has America become more liberal?” Debater Molly Worthen, a professor at UNC Chapel Hill, is no libertarian, but even she sees what many others have been saying: America isn’t getting more liberal or more conservative — it’s getting more libertarian. A wide range of Gallup polls agree. Take guns. In 1990, just 19 percent opposed “stricter laws covering the sale of firearms.” In 1991, barely half opposed a law that would “ban the possession of handguns.” In 2014,…
  • Spain’s New Law Forbidding Filming Police And ‘Unauthorised’ Protest In Action Since July 1st

    Jeffrey Phillips
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    We Are Change (mindsetsathreat) While all eyes have been on Greece’s upcoming referendum, one very sinister law officially came into effect on July 1st. That law is Spain’s new ‘Spanish Citizen’s Security Bill’. The law has criminalised protest outside government buildings, filming police officers and insulting police officers with fines ranging from 600 to 600,000 euros. The law also cracks down on online activism. It obliges cybercafés and similar establishments to keep records of their clients’ IDs. Non-compliance with this measure could result in fines ranging from 100 to 30…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Yearlong Novel Classes in DC

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    I’m passing along this message from writer Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of three novels, including Man Alive!:Go ahead and play this summer, especially if you're enrolled to start a Master Class with Mary Kay Zuravleff in September! I am currently taking applications for two classes, Writing Your Book in a Year and Transforming Your Draft. Information and application requirements are at www.NoveltyDC.com.Writing Your Book in a Year will take place two Tuesdays per month, 4-7 pm, beginning September 8. Transforming Your Draft will take place two Tuesdays per…
  • Memoir Is Scary...

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    …but I wrote a short piece and am happy to report that it's appearing on Salonhttp://www.salon.com/2015/06/30/this_is_the_greatest_love_story_and_ghost_story/Excerpt:…The houses we passed [in Charleston] were vast, boxy mansions, as lavish and as importantly grand as wedding cakes, with columns and pastel paint and porticos and wrought iron. Maybe it was how our tour guide’s gossipy stories of past and present intertwined melodramatic deaths with mournful ghosts—having learned tourists tip better on ghost stories. Hand in hand on a sunny afternoon, the houses swelling on one side of…
  • Janet Fitch's 10 Writing Tips

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    I found this link on Facebook, via Dylan Landis, and had to share it because the information is brilliant and succinct, Janet Fitch’s “10 Writing Tips that Can Help Almost Anyone”: 9. Write in scenesWhat is a scene? a) A scene starts and ends in one place at one time (the Aristotelian unities of time and place–this stuff goes waaaayyyy back). b) A scene starts in one place emotionally and ends in another place emotionally. Starts angry, ends embarrassed. Starts lovestruck, ends disgusted. c) Something happens in a scene, whereby the character cannot go back to the way things were…
  • How to Fix "Boring" Writing

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I hope you’ve never had someone in a workshop or critique group blatantly declare your work “boring,” but as I know too well, there are many ways your readers can say “boring” without using that word: I lost interest here, the pacing is off, we need more tension, I’m not feeling compelled….and on and on. Yikes.Here’s a great piece written by one of the members of my fabulous neighborhood prompt group, Joanne M. Lozar Glenn, about what to do if you get the dreaded “boring” scribbled onto your manuscript page. After all, we know it’s better to hear the word from a critique…
  • My Book Is Now on Amazon!

    18 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
    In the timeline of exciting things that happen when a book is in the pipeline to be published, the day it shows up on Amazon is right up there for thrills. Somehow, everything feels that much more real, seeing the book up on the computer screen with a price (which I assume will be discounted at some point). And this is its best moment up there, really, before the one-star reviews get posted, berating me for using a curse word or angry because this isn't a book about Heaven; before the used copies show up for a penny each; before I see that readers who viewed my book also viewed some…
 
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    About Freelance Writing

  • 2015 Freelance Writing Stats – What Do They Mean To You?

    Anne Wayman
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    Contently sent over some 2015 freelance writing stats. I’m really in Samuel Clement’s (Mark Twain) camp. He is reputed to have said “There are lies, damned lies and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Writing 5 Minutes A Day – How Much Can You Really Get Done?

    Anne Wayman
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    About six weeks ago I grudgingly accepted a challenge from a friend to work on projects dear to my heart only five minutes a day because I was complaining I was too busy making money to work on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Writing From The Heart Avoidance

    Anne Wayman
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Have you ever started writing a piece then quit because you thought it was too revealing? Or maybe because it brought up emotions you didn’t like? Perhaps you were afraid if you told your truth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Take a Vacation as a Freelance Writer

    Anne Wayman
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com When was the last time you had a vacation—or even a day off? Freelancers are notorious for never taking time to rest, relax, and recharge. Many of us chose to work... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do Freelance Writers Need Blogs?

    Anne Wayman
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    When I come up with an idea for a post here I often google my proposed title. Partly I want to know if the idea is likely to be a popular one and I also want to see if the exact title is shows up in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    articulate

  • Motherfoucault! How to write better academic papers

    Matthew Stibbe
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    “Academics get paid for being clever, not for being right.” — Donald Norman The worst academic writing is notorious for using complicated words, impenetrable theories and name dropping. It makes academia feel like it’s a closed shop or religious cult where you can’t get on unless you know the secret handshake and use the right jargon. Bogus thinking It’s been exposed many times. Take the notorious Sokal affair in which a physics professor submitted a paper, ‘Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity’ that proposed…
  • The high price of cheap content: why £15 blog posts will kill your SEO and annoy your customers

    Matthew Stibbe
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:15 am
    Content is important for SEO, right? Yes. The more content the better, right? Yes. But not just any content. And not at any price. Cheap content could be killing your brand, destroying your search engine ranking and annoying your customers. I got this message from a friend recently: ‘Hi Matthew, you’re a man in the know! Do you have any recommendations for a technical freelance writer. I work for a web development company and we need 2 blog posts per month writing. The problem is we don’t have much budget. We’ve been paying £15 per blog post (500 words) but the quality is…
  • Podcasts as content: is it right for your marketing strategy?

    Katelyn Piontek
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:43 am
    Podcasts have been around for over a decade, but, in the past few years, have been sidling up to the spotlight. In mid-2013, Apple’s iTunes podcast subscriptions reached 1 billion According to Edison Research (PDF), as of 2014, a steady increase in podcast listeners led to 39 million Americans having listened to a podcast in the past month and one in five podcast users consuming six or more per week Last year, the viral podcast Serial had an average of 3.4 million downloads per episode provoking the public’s (and marketing’s) attention to podcasts as a medium This moment in the…
  • Operation Know-it-all: the indispensible guide to choosing good project names

    Matthew Stibbe
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:17 am
    “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” – Phil Karlton Names have power. They indicate tone and the intent. They can, if chosen well, inspire and unify action. They’re an important part of a company’s brand and tone of voice. That’s why branding consultants are so highly paid, if not always highly valued. I have always found Igor’s Naming Guide to be very helpful guidance for coming up with good product and company names. (Read how I picked Articulate as a name for an example. My colleague Katelyn also has some good advice on…
  • How to make time for online marketing in a small business

    Katelyn Piontek
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    When you run a startup or small business, your day starts early. Before you know it, the day has passed and you haven’t squeezed in a moment for marketing like you promised yourself you would. Because of this, your social profiles sit undeveloped and unengaging, your website is static and you haven’t produced new content on that blog you signed up for in weeks, maybe months. If you are going to make time for marketing, you have to create a realistic plan and commit to consistent execution. The key is to plan ahead so you don’t feel as if you’re overextending your resources or ignoring…
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    Get Paid to Write Online

  • Writer Marketing – How to Focus on Value [2015 Update]

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When I started out in freelancing on the web, the conversation was all about price – price per word, price per hour, price per article. That kind of conversation really hurts writers because it places the focus on the wrong aspect of writing (the word count or time count) rather than the right aspect: the value of your work for clients and for you. Price vs Value – Hard Lessons Of course, I learned this the hard way. Some of my early freelancing gigs were for a copywriting agency which paid a set fee per word. At the time, I was happy to have the work, because it meant I was…
  • Kick start Your Freelance Writing Career: Beyond the Margins Review

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Looking for some advice to kick start your freelance writing career? Then you’re in luck! I recently read another ebook aimed at beginning freelance writers (see my previous review here). Called Beyond the Margins, the book is by professional freelance writer Michael Kwan. This short ebook has five chapters covering: Preparing to enter the freelance arena Finding work and making some money Managing and expanding your business Dealing with the day to day grind Moving toward greater independence In other words, it mirrors the stages of the average freelance writer’s career. Each…
  • The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success [Review]

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    I recently had the pleasure of reading The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success. Authored by Laura Spencer of Writing Thoughts and Carol Tice of the Freelance Writer’s Den, it promised to answer the questions most new freelancers have about getting started. The ebook is based on several presentations the pair did on getting freelance work that pays well. Inside the book are 6 chapters covering: 1. How to land your best first markets 2. How to market when you have no clips 3. Marketing strategies for new writers 4. Negotiating good gigs 5. Pro tips and tricks 6. 12 mistakes…
  • Step Away from Your Writing Desk

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    28 May 2014 | 3:46 am
    As a not-so-secret introvert, I love doing everything online. So living thousands of miles away from most of my clients isn’t a big deal. Google Hangouts, Skype and email give us that almost face to face interaction that we all need occasionally. But here’s something even introverts need to accept: if you remain a hermit, you miss out on growth opportunities for your business. That’s why, even if your natural inclination is to shy away from in-person meetings and events, it’s a good idea to step away from the computer and the office cubicle and smell the not-so-virtual roses. One of…
  • Grammarly Review–2014 Update

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    15 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been a while since I reviewed Grammarly – about three years, to be exact. In my last review, I concluded that Grammarly was a great tool for new writers and those writing English as a second language. Would anything change this time round? Getting Started with Grammarly Grammarly is a web-based tool, which also integrates with programs like Microsoft Word and Outlook. The main Grammarly interface is a page where you can paste the text you want to check for grammar errors. You can also upload a document into the interface. The two middle buttons on the top menu allow you to…
 
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    Ben Crowder

  • Occupations in 1292 Paris

    Ben
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    I just finished reading Life in a Medieval City, by Joseph and Frances Gies, and in the notes on page 236 I found this interesting list of occupations taken from the Paris tax list of 1292: 366 shoemakers 214 furriers 199 maidservants 197 tailors 151 barbers 131 jewelers 130 restaurateurs 121 old-clothes dealers 106 pastrycooks 104 masons 95 carpenters 86 weavers 71 chandlers 70 mercers 70 coopers 62 bakers 58 water carriers 58 scabbard makers 56 wine sellers 54 hatmakers 51 saddlers 51 chicken butchers 45 purse makers 43 laundresses 43 oil merchants 42 porters 42 meat butchers 41 fish…
  • Cushion Fort

    Ben
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Drawn and colored in Photoshop.
  • Spondylolisthesis

    Ben
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:36 am
    I don’t think I’ve talked about my spondylolisthesis yet on here, so prepare for some not-very-gory medical stuff. For the past year and a half, if I stayed in bed longer than a few minutes after I woke up, my lower back would hurt and the top part of my body would be shifted to the left. After an hour or so, things would go back to normal. I thought it was a little weird but figured as long as I got out of bed immediately each day, I’d be fine. In December, however, it got worse. The lateral left shift went full Pisa on me (my shoulders were three inches to the left of…
  • Mormon Audiobooks Project

    Ben
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I don’t know how many of you remember my Mormon Texts Project, but it’s coming along well and is in good hands. Today I’ve got a new (but similar) project to propose: the Mormon Audiobooks Project, making old public domain Mormon books available for free in audiobook format. It makes the most sense to do this through LibriVox, an already-established platform for free audiobooks (the equivalent of Project Gutenberg). They have a good process in place that includes book coordination and quality control. Volunteers would sign up through their system and record however many…
  • Projects Soli and Jacquard

    Ben
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    Google ATAP has two interesting new projects: Project Soli is developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology. The sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale and built into small devices and everyday objects. Project Jacquard is a new system for weaving technology into fabric, transforming everyday objects, like clothes, into interactive surfaces. Project Jacquard will allow designers and developers to build connected, touch-sensitive textiles into their own products. Quite cool.
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    Write to Done

  • How To Capture The Hearts And Minds Of Your Readers

    Melissa Chu
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Do you want to capture the hearts and minds of your readers? When you plan a piece, you often have concerns such as: Am I providing enough useful content to readers? Do I have the facts and data to back up my argument? Does my writing make sense and flow logically? While these are important questions, one vital ingredient is missing. A connection. Your readers want to know that you’re in the trenches with them, that you understand what they’re going through. The simplest way forge a connection with your readers is to write a piece that stirs their emotions. Facts are read and forgotten,…
  • 3 Steps to Driving More Traffic & Selling More Books or Products via LinkedIn

    Josh Turner
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:56 am
    The cat’s out of the bag. With over 364 million members and a monthly active user growth rate at 2x the pace of either Twitter or Facebook, LinkedIn is no longer a secret. More and more writers and bloggers are turning to LinkedIn to figure out how to promote their books, content and programs to this massive audience. But what’s the best way to get it done?   Well, there are many tactics for sure…but I’d like to give you a couple that you can get started on right away. Why should you listen to me? In addition to running a world-leading agency and training program specifically…
  • What Are YOU Writing?

    Mary Jaksch
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:07 am
    What are you working on right now? We’d love to know here at WritetoDone! A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what you’re writing about. Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestseller or give us a link to your best article. Tell us: what are you writing at the moment? Who knows, your piece might even…
  • What to Write About To Get The Audience You’ve Dreamed Of

    Will Blunt
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:28 am
    Have you ever thought you nailed a piece of writing? But no one seemed to care. No one shared it. No one commented on it. And you wonder why. If you write enough content, some of it won’t hit the mark—that’s just the way it is. But how can we minimize the risk of this happening? What can we do before we write that will make our writing connect with our audience? The word ‘before’ is the key. Ideation and research are essential to writing compelling content. They help you pack a punch with facts, figures and examples—but more importantly, they help you validate your idea before…
  • Boost Your Creativity: 7 Ways to Be Insanely Creative on Demand

    Angie Dixon
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:14 am
    Wouldn’t you love to be consistently creative? It’s great when our friends and family support us and think we can do anything as long as it involves words, and a keyboard or pen. The truth, though, is that we all get stuck from time to time. Creativity is fickle. Getting past the stuck places can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are seven techniques I use to boost my creativity and get out of a creative funk. I’m sure they’ll help you too! After the first one, they’re in no particular order except for number seven, which is best used as a last resort. Method 1: Keep…
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • Conference Organizer Interview: Donna Talarico on HippoCamp2015, A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    I would like to say that a few years ago, I was first drawn to Hippocampus Magazine because it presented so many wonderful pieces of creative nonfiction. Truth is, as a former rider and equestrian journalist, I simply wanted to know why their logo was a seahorse.Quickly, I came to love the journal for their essays, memoir, and narratives, and discovered many new-to-me writers there. Hippocampus is presenting its first conference this August, three days of  CNF-centric celebration and education. Donna Talarico, founder and publisher, has been busy putting everything in place, but…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- June 26, 2015 Edition

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    > Eleven video recordings are now available online (at no charge), of panels and presentations from the Fourth Annual River Teeth Nonfiction Conference held in May.> As the resident writer in the family, do you "ghostwrite" relatives' and friends' remarks (eulogies, toasts, etc.)? Hey, there's a business plan for that.> Have you seen Manuscript Wish List yet? It's where some agents tell us what queries would make them happy, from the expected ("more upmarket fiction") to the highly specific, (a nonfiction book proposal on women in the circus.")> Susan Shapiro's article, "9 Ways to…
  • Publication Venues Everywhere, How's a Writer to Choose?

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    So many places to submit writing. So many places to (hopefully) see it published. Hundreds, maybe thousands of venues.Overwhelming is the word I hear most often from fellow writers--and the word that buzzes in my brain often enough, too.To combat feeling paralyzed by choice, I just keep moving along, trying to learn, adjusting my submission strategy (not even sure I'd call it a strategy, maybe more a process), making mistakes, figuring out what's important to me (intelligent editing, respect for the work, an indication that the venue won't disappear), what I want to avoid (snooty precious…
  • A List, Fragments, and a Father's Day (Essay) Card

    18 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    Every December 31, I make a secret list: places I'd like to see my essays published in the coming year. Sometimes, it actually happens. That's the case with Hippocampus Magazine, an online home for (only) creative nonfiction, a journal I have always admired.When the editor accepted "Going Through Your Things/Superhero" (an excerpt from my memoir-in-essays manuscript) in late January, she suggested publishing in June to coincide with Father's Day. This somewhat unusual essay began as fragments in my head eight years ago in my father's home office the week after he died. I spent several…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- May 22, 2015 Edition

    22 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    > If you enjoy hearing writers describe how a piece of writing began, took shape, changed, and finally grew into its final form, you'll like Matt Bell's (short) process story, about his short story, "The Receiving Tower." Best takeaway: "Discovering the rest of the story required dozens of iterations of key scenes and images and individual sentences, all of which required a lot of meticulous attention combined with an openness to revision and rewriting."  (Then you can read the story at Bark> A forthcoming blog from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), is…
 
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    Will Write For Food

  • Giveaway: The United States of Pizza

    diannejacob
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    The suspense has been killing me. It’s finally time to to tell you about the cookbook chef Craig Priebe and I co-wrote, The United States of Pizza. It comes out September 22, 2015, and today it’s Number 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Baking list. Chef Craig and I had so much fun writing Grilled Pizzas & [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 Ways to Use Instagram Strategically

    diannejacob
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    A guest post by Cheryl Sternman Rule In our social media ocean, most of us swim, flail, float, glide, and sputter, sometimes all in a single day. We do our best not to drown as we navigate crowded platforms, with varying degrees of success, enthusiasm, and begrudging obligation. We also play favorites. I, for one, [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Giveaway: A New, Up-to-Date Edition of Will Write for Food

    diannejacob
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:31 pm
    At last! I started working on this edition last year and I couldn’t tell you about it until now. The third edition of Will Write for Food, completely updated and with a new chapter on making money, goes on sale July 14, 2015. Today I’m giving away a signed copy. Much has changed since my second edition came out [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Eating Well in Dubai and Egypt

    diannejacob
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    I’m just back from two weeks away, teaching in Dubai and vacationing in Egypt. I have so much to say about this trip and the foods I ate but I will try to condense it into a few paragraphs: 1. Dubai This city is a non-stop party for food writers and bloggers. There are dozens of publications [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Submit Your Writing Now to Lucky Peach

    diannejacob
    26 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Looking for a paid outlet for your food writing? Recently Lucky Peach launched a new website featuring “daily essays, recipes, restaurant recommendations, comics, and other miscellany,” says editor Chris Ying. That means they need lots of content, which is the best news ever for freelance food writers. Here are some guidelines for submission: 1. Write for a [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Fiction Notes

  • 4 Revision Goals: Conflict, Emotion, Surprise, Enrich

    Darcy Pattison
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:21 am
    Abayomi Launches in Brazil Click cover to see the photo gallery. For the next month, my writing goals for my work-in-progress novel trilogy are clear: conflict, emotion, surprise, enrich. The trilogy is tentatively called, The Blue Planets, and is an early-teen or YA science fiction. Book 1, The Blue Marble, has a complete draft; for Books 2 and 3, I have complete outlines. I’m happy with all of it, but I know it needs to go much farther before anyone sees it. For the next month, I’ll work simultaneously on revising Book 1 and the outlines, trying to weave them into a more…
  • Find Your Novel Opening: Quickly, Efficiently–and with MORE Creativity

    Darcy Pattison
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:33 am
    Abayomi Launches in Brazil Click cover to see the photo gallery. I’ve been fiddling with the opening of the second book of a trilogy, Blue Planets, for several weeks, trying to plot, trying to think of new and exciting ways to tell the story. I KNOW the story. It’s bringing it down to specifics that’s hard. Part of my problem is that Book 1 in this trilogy opens with a scene that echoes the movie “Jaws.” That book and movie has a powerful, action packed opening image and scene that sets up the stakes clearly. My Book 1 opening echoes the action, and twists the meaning into a new,…
  • Fowler’s Toad: He Chose Our Pond

    Darcy Pattison
    14 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Abayomi Launches in Brazil Click cover to see the photo gallery. One night In May, I noticed a very loud sound from right outside our window. My husband, Dwight, has a fish pond right outside our kitchen door. The fish pond is used by our outdoor cat for drinking water. The sound was loud! So, on May 26, I whipped out my iphone and taped the noise. http://www.darcypattison.com/notes/wp-content/uploads//20150526-221811.m4a You’ll hear the noise at 7 seconds into the tape, and 12 seconds, 18 seconds and 23 seconds. The sounds came from a small frog or toad. After comparing my recording to…
  • Hope: Send Me Your Good News

    Darcy Pattison
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    Abayomi Launches in Brazil Click cover to see the photo gallery. Writers live by hope. We hope that the next story will break out. We hope that the next submission will sell. We hope that the next revision will be amazing. We hope that the next royalty check will be double. We hope readers will love our stories. Hope. It’s how we live. And I love it when Hope comes to live in tangible ways. Carla Killough McClafferty, inducted into the Arkansas Writer’s Hall of Fame, June, 2015. I went Friday to an awards banquet to honor my friend, Carla McClafferty. She was inducted into the…
  • Checklist for Self-publishing a Children’s Picture Book

    Darcy Pattison
    1 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Abayomi Launches in Brazil Click cover to see the photo gallery. Assumption. I am assuming here that you’ve written a fantastic children’s picture book and the illustrations you’ve done or hired done are amazing. You’ve also assembled an amazing book using InDesign (recommended) or other software. This checklist takes up the process at the point where you have the files ready to upload. The checklist is useful whether you are producing a print book or an ebook, although some items may not apply in one or the other cases. Double-Check the Book’s Production Front…
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • Utilize Guest Posts for Blog Success

    Robert Lee Brewer
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Here we are: the final part of this eight-part series on better blogging for writers. After running through this series, writers should be able to blog at a higher level than most. Of course, there’s more to learn once you get comfortable with the basics. For today’s installment, we’ll look at how bloggers utilize guest posts for blog success. Utilize Guest Posts for Blog Success Before we get too invested in the how and why of guest posting, let’s take a moment to understand the what. Guest posting is the act of posting on another person’s blog. You would be…
  • Develop a Blog Post Promotion Plan

    Robert Lee Brewer
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Somehow we’re already seven posts into this eight-part series on better blogging. It’s funny how time flies when you’re posting a series like this. The same thing happens in April and November for my poem challenges. Anyway, we’re going to discuss why it’s important to develop a blog post promotion plan today. Develop a Blog Post Promotion Plan Whenever I speak on blogging at conferences and events around the country, it’s funny how one of the first questions asked has to do with how to promote the blog. OK, maybe it’s not funny; after all, growing an…
  • The Mastery Path: For Writers Who Want to Be Great

    Cris Freese
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Today we have a guest post from WD author Barbara Baig. Her new book, Spellbinding Sentences, is designed to help writers master the power of the English language. You’ll learn the different qualities of words and the many way those words can be combined to craft sentences that hook readers. Below is a sampling of the type of information that you’ll learn, using Barbara’s concept of The Mastery Path for Writers and practicing to master your writing skills. These days, everybody’s writing. Poems, memoirs, novels, essays—hundreds of thousands of writers are now…
  • Plan Out Blog Posts In Advance

    Robert Lee Brewer
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Last week, I discussed the importance of crafting an editorial calendar for your blog. It helps a blogger plan out content in a general way. Today’s post is about planning out posts on a post-by-post basis. Plan Out Blog Posts In Advance Every blog has its own needs and goals. As such, I consider my advice more guidelines (or principles) than hard and fast rules. For instance, a blog that posts poems or fiction will have a different structure than a blog that delivers news, which will also be different than a blog focused on how-to advice (or sharing opinions). All of this to say that…
  • Focus on the Writing Life: Feeding Your Creativity

    Cris Freese
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Every writer goes through a creative dry spell. And sometimes that point of struggle can leave an author straining her brain for the right idea, plot line, or word. Everyone will give you differing advice on how to handle Writer’s Block, or to enhance your creativity, but few will tell you to take a deep breath and do nothing. Except for this piece of advice. The following is an excerpt from a short section in one of my favorite resources, Crafting Novels & Short Stories: The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction. This book combines the advice andinstruction from best-selling…
 
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #542

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    EmpathyThe man with the strange namepassed her bythinking strange thoughtsin a stranger's tongue. His dark clothes caught her eyefor a momentand then he was gone. A feeling came and wentbut she didn't know its nameand tried forgettingwhat she wouldn't want to understand. 6 November 1982   I wrote ‘A Marriage’ (#541) on 27th June 1982. So it’s been over four months since I’ve produced a poem and a couple of months since my wife left me. And then this little Beckettian number pops out similar in theme to ‘Itch of an Amputated Leg’ (#538) and ‘Heat’ (#530) only this…
  • #538

    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Itch of an Amputated LegI turned up the volumefor 'Waiting for the Man'. Sweat gathered in the furrows on the foreheadof the man pruning rosesand he squinted to see in our room. Mopping his browhe noticed the young Americanwho returned his smile and passed on by. His eyes followed her bare legsand for a moment he remembered... something without words –or thought he did. 24 May 1982   Over the past six months I’ve been posting poems that span my relationship with my first wife. I’ve not posted them all—some were just too embarrassing (in more ways than one)—but when you…
  • #541

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    A MarriageOne day he tried too hard and broke it. He patched it upand it still worked, though not as well. The wheels still went round. No one noticed any changetill one day it fell to piecesand they all wondered why. 27 June 1982 – 23 September 1982   When is something finished? As writers we face this problem all the time. With my poems it’s when they get their number and go in the big red folder. Then they’re done and, with a couple of exceptions, never touched again. Nowadays the time between conception and completion is not long and if a poem sits in my draft folder for…
  • #540

    21 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The Circular LineHer breasts were large and heavy and they hurt herstanding, as she had done for half an hour, while the train drained of people. A side seat came freeand silently she slippedinto states of unconsciousness. No one thought to wake her. No one thought and she had to go round the circle again. 8 July 1982   When I was a kid it was expected that you’d give up your seat on a bus for a woman, any woman but especially an old or pregnant woman as is the case here. Robyn Wilder asked the question on Twitter: PREGNANTS AND MUMS OF TWITTER: Please tell me of the times…
  • Swear it

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
      Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting – Peter Finley Dunne I’ve never been one for swearing. My parents never swore—okay my dad said ‘bloody’ a couple of times (and by ‘a couple of times’ I literally mean twice, possibly three times, in all the years I knew him)—and none of the adults I knew used bad language, at least not in front of the children. Kids were the first and most of their curses were pretty tame—you’d call someone a wee jobbie or something like that—and if you said ‘fuck’ someone would go and tell your mammy on…
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    Kari J. Wolfe

  • Review: FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King

    admin
    7 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    In Finders Keepers, Bill Hodges, his assistant Holly and friend Jerome are back from Mr Mercedes. Peter S has found the jackpot — cold hard cash and a stack of notebooks from a popular author who was murdered 30 years ago. What happens, though, when the murderer gets out of prison and comes looking for his loot? Yadda yadda yadda. I’m not too sure what’s going on with Steve in his older years, but neither this or it’s predecessor, Mr Mercedes, have what it takes to be great Stephen King books. First off, his voice is different. Something has changed that I’m not sure of how to…
  • Q&A with Richard Thomas, Author of DISINTEGRATION!

    admin
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Richard Thomas graces us with his presence today!  His novel, DISINTGRATION, was just released and I was able to get a hold of a copy. It’s fantastic! My review is forthcoming From Random House Alibi: In a brilliantly stylish breakthrough thriller for fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Will Christopher Baer’s Kiss Me, Judas, here is the compelling tale of a man who has lost it all—and is now navigating a crooked, harrowing path to redemption. Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former…
  • Interview with STANT LITORE of THE ZOMBIE BIBLE!

    admin
    30 May 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Stant Litore and I at the Denver Comic Con Stant Litore is the author of THE ZOMBIE BIBLE, a series of FIVE different stories retelling biblical stories and adding just a touch of zombie, as well as the Ansible series and his most recent book is Lives of Unstoppable Hope, a story that tells the story of why he writes the stories he writes. I was able to chat with him for a bit at the Denver Comic Con. 1. How did you come up with the idea for the Zombie Bible? You’re combining two different genres — religious fiction and horror — in a way that recreates some of the existing…
  • A Recipe for Changing the World

    admin
    25 May 2015 | 8:50 pm
    When I was young, I always thought that I was made for something great, something special. That there was something special for me to do and I would change the world to see through my eyes, rather than be the way it was. I was more than a little idealistic back then. Now I’m still idealistic to a degree, but it’s been tempered with being a bit more realistic. You could say I’m even a bit jaded now against the hopes and dreams I had of making things different in the world. I realize that the world is bigger than what it appeared to me as a young girl and I know that one person can’t do…
  • Review: INKBLOTS AND BLOODSPOTS by Michael Bailey

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll find this next name familiar and most definitely no real surprise. Michael Bailey of Written Backwards and his anthologies are some of the best short story reading I have been privileged to stumble across. But this time, it’s not an anthology I’m reviewing; it’s a collection of short stories and poems by Bailey himself called Inkblots and Blood Spots published by Villipede Publications illustrated by the brilliant Daniele Serra. If you’ve ever wondered what literary horror was, and how horror could be literary, you don’t have to look any…
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    The Adventurous Writer

  • What’s Your Africa?

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    Did you know I lived in Africa for three years? Lately, I’ve been longing for a huge adventure like that. The thrill of finding a job overseas, getting rid of all the junk I... The post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Squeeze Us, Jesus – A New Christian Blog

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    8 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    Ta da! I hereby announce my new Christian blog! Finally, I’m blogging about the one thing that means more to me than anything. It only took me seven years of wandering around the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Putting Parables Into Practice

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    This is the month I turn 45! What better way for the Adventurous Writer to celebrate than with a new theme for my blogs? I’ve been “Putting Parables Into Practice” since the new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Bounce Back Babe

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    8 Dec 2012 | 7:04 am
    How do you survive poverty, disease, heartbreak, and rape? As The Bounce Back Babe, I’m all about resilience, survival, adaptation to change, and flowing with what life brings. I love change,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hello! Meet and Greet The Adventurous Writer

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    21 Jul 2011 | 8:34 am
    I’m a full-time freelance writer and blogger in Vancouver, BC, Canada. My degrees are in Psychology and Education, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. My freelance writing career... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Flogging the Quill

  • Flogometer for Emily—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Submissions Welcome. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • Flogometer for Georgia—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    Submissions Welcome. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • Flogometer for CJ—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    Submissions Welcome. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • Flogometer for Max—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    Submissions Welcome. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • Another take on character description

    Ray Rhamey
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    I came across a post titled "11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description" by Rachel Scheller, and I liked much of what she had to say. Might be worth your while to check it out. The 11 points she writes about are: 1. Description that relies solely on physical attributes too often turns into what Janet Burroway calls the “all-points bulletin.” 2. The problem with intensifying an image only by adjectives is that adjectives encourage cliché. 3. Strengthen physical descriptions by making details more specific. 4. Select physical details carefully,…
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    Fritinancy

  • I Got Plenty o' Plenti

    Nancy Friedman
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    And Plenti’s plenty for me, since the name has been claimed twice. In May, American Express launched Plenti, a loyalty program that allows consumers to earn “Plenti points”—one for each dollar spent at 10 brick-and-mortar retailers. The catch: Until some time in the future to be determined, you can redeem those points at only four retailers: Mobil gas stations, Macy’s, Rite Aid, and Exxon. Plenti was designed to be a rewards card, not a credit card. But, rather confusingly, AmEx also offers a Plenti credit card. And because one Plenti isn’t enough, here’s Yoplait’s Plenti,…
  • Answering Your Questions About Naming

    Nancy Friedman
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    I realized just the other day that I’ve never written here about my involvement with the question-and-answer site QuoraI’ve been participating since 2013, answering questions about names, taglines, and verbal-branding strategy. Anyone can post a question, and anyone can answer; the platform is free for users, and the tone is generally civil and helpful. Here are some questions I’ve answered in recent months: Is a company name with four syllables too long? What should I call my men’s shoe brand? If a company name and trademark has [sic] been abandoned by the original company, can you…
  • Word of the Week: Jiggery-Pokery

    Nancy Friedman
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:53 am
    Jiggery-pokery: Deceitful or dishonest manipulation; hocus-pocus, humbug. It was first documented in 1893, but a related term, Scots joukery-pawkery (clever trickery, jugglery, or legerdemain) is attested from 1686. The latter term is a compound of jouk (a sudden elusive movement) and pawky (artful, sly, shrewd, roguish). Jiggery-pokery was in the news last week after it appeared in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in King v. Burwell, the 6-3 decision to allow the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, to stand. Scalia wrote: The Court’s next bit of interpretive…
  • Disruption Backlash

    Nancy Friedman
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
    Remember when the lads from Pied Piper on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” won TechCrunch Disrupt? That may have been a sign that “disruption” in all its grammatical forms had, well, disrupted the shark. On the other hand, maybe disruption was done for when Taco Bell created a position called “Resident Disruptor.” “Disruption” is such a commonplace in tech talk that a 10-year-old San Francisco company—a real graybeard by startup standards—is having a little fun with it:  “We know your socks need to be clean, not disrupted.” Ad for Laundry Locker, Embarcadero BART station, San…
  • Non.com

    Nancy Friedman
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    How are you doing with that search for a .com domain that costs less than $25,000? Mired in frustration, you say? Maybe what you need is a creative alternative. I know, I know: .com is the gold standard. It’s the default. It’s traditional. But it’s not the only option—especially if you’re a small business with a limited budget. Did you know that there are—at last count—302 English-language generic top-level domains(gTLDs), from .academy to .zone? At least 20 of them were released in 2015 alone. Many are administered by Donuts, a registry founded in 2010 specifically to offer…
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    Holt Uncensored Blog

  • Brooke Shields and the Publishing Revolution

    Pat Holt
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This is how actor and model Brooke Shields begins her memoir, There Was a Little Girl (Dutton), about the death of her mother and former manager, Teri, in 2012: “I’d written my own simple and rather short obituary about my mom and had sent in the required $1,500. The following afternoon I got a call from the [New York] Times saying they wanted to print it on the front page of the obituary section. I said they could position it wherever they wanted. Teri and Brooke Shields in the 1970s “They explained that they thought Mom deserved to have a more prominent placement. This…
  • Radio Bookmobile, Program #2, April 8, 2015

    Pat Holt
    6 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    H Is for Hawk Helen Macdonald Doris: This is a beautiful passage from a new book called H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, a British naturalist and falconer. It’s about a period when she the author battling grief after her father died and began dreaming of hawks after the death of her father.  This passage doesn’t mention her grief, but it’s a parallel theme to the discovery that emerges later: The birds she studied with a team of scholars… “were goshawks, and one in particular. A few years earlier, I’d worked at a bird-of-prey centre right at the edge of…
  • Radio Bookmobile, Program #1: March 25, 2015

    Pat Holt
    6 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Well, we lurched around a bit ourselves for the first Radio Bookmobile, just to get the kinks out, but the passages we read from the books quoted below have so much power and authority we simply needed to get out of the way. Here they are, with a brief word about context: ——————————————————————————- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Doris: In spite of many strange and difficult aspects, I count this as the best book I’ve ever read. The scene is…
  • Something Literary

    Pat Holt
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’d think a traditional publishing person like me wouldn’t be intrigued by a tiny collection of iPhone snapshots such as this:Not a “real book,” right?  It’s smaller than a deck of cards, has fewer than 50 unnumbered “pages” and no text at all except the words iPhone Photos  Julie Gebhardt on the back page. And yet I was drawn to this mini-book from the first moment I saw it, for one thing because it’s so cute (note the green push pin, placed there for scale) and is even kind of classy with its oversized spiral binding and heavy photo-card…
  • ‘According to Our Records…’

    Pat Holt
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Of the many chilling scenarios Dave Eggers lays out in his futuristic novel, The Circle (Vintage; 512 pages; $15.95) the one that scares the dickens (not Charles!) out of me popped up in emails recently from two fundraising political groups, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC). Eggers is not a great writer of fiction (a bit clunky and shallow) but his warning about tyrannical forces growing at Internet companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and others is both visionary and truly terrifying. This illustration is not…
 
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • #BookADay: MINRS by Kevin Sylvester (Simon & Schuster, Sept/2015)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    Appropriately enough, I began and finished Kevin Sylvester's MiNRS underground. It was soOooOooOOoo good that I missed my subway stop. Twice. MiNRS is Kevin's upcoming action-adventure sf book for middle grade ... though honestly, I believe older readers will enjoy it as well. The premise: A 12-year-old boy and his friends have to survive in the mining tunnels after their new space colony are attacked during an Earth communication blackout. Love the unexpected plot twists. Loved the action and adventure, sense of real danger. The darker bits are part of what helps set this sf middle grade…
  • Want to support an author's or illustrator's new book but can't afford to buy it? Here's what you can do.

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    The quandary: You want to support someone's new book and as much as you'd like to buy it, you can't. Perhaps you can't justify the cost of the new book right now. Perhaps your author friend is prolific and has multiple books coming out, and you can't afford to get them all. Perhaps you have so many author and illustrator friends that if you tried to buy all their books, you'd need to sell your car first. Or your house. Here are some other ways you can show support for an author's book: First, read the book. How do you read it without buying it? Borrow it from the library. For picture books,…
  • #BookADay: FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES by Suzanne Lang & Max Lang (Random House Children's)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES! by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang is a wonderful celebration of family love, no matter what the size or type. Adorable and goofy family portraits included nontraditional as well as traditional families. Published by Random House Children's Books this year. Suzanne produces, develops and writes for children's television. Max codirected the film adaptation of The Gruffalo (!) as well as the Oscar-nominated adaptation of Room On The Broom. Excerpt from a School Library Journal review: "The loud-and-clear message is that “if you love each other, then you are a…
  • #BookADay: THE BLACKTHORN KEY by Kevin Sands (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:31 am
    One of my favourite recent reads is THE BLACKTHORN KEY, a debut novel from Kevin Sands, coming out from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster this September. Wow. Really, REALLY loved this. When people ask me for recommendations for good, new middle grade novels, I will not hesitate to list this book. It's a quick/easy read with suspense, humor, action and moving moments. Love the character relationships. PLUS there are secret codes, apothecaries and explosions. What's not to love? Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for the advance reader's copy. You can read a synopsis of the book…
  • Three Questions With Donna Gephart: Advice For Young Writers and Death By Toilet Paper

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    10 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    Donna Gephart is a professional nerd. She's written five novels filled with humor and heart for Penguin Random House, including How to Survive Middle School, Death by Toilet Paper and Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen. She's also written some compelling grocery lists and award-winning Post-it notes to her dogs. For free activity/reading guides, lots of fun info and a singing hamster video, visit DonnaGephart.com.  "I'm a big fan of teachers and librarians; let's connect @Dgephartwrites or via carrier pigeon -- whichever is more convenient and poops less." I first met Donna when she wrote for me…
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    Publetariat » Publetariat

  • Opinion: Why Authors Need to Step Away from the Internet

    Publetariat
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    This post by Debbie Young originally appeared on the ALLi blog on 6/29/15. Author and ALLi Advice blog editor Debbie Young makes the case for self-published authors to occasionally turn their backs on the ever-hungry beast that is the world wide web. As indie authors, we sell most of our wares in a marketplace that […]
  • Kindle Royalty Payment Changes Roundup

    Publetariat
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Amazon has recently announced a major overhaul of how it will calculate royalties to be paid on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Select Lending Library borrows. Since most authors seem perplexed at how the new system works, and will affect them, here’s a roundup of reactions from people who’ve done some analysis. Over on the Melville […]
  • The Crisis In Non-Fiction Publishing

    Publetariat
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:51 pm
    This editorial by Sam Leith originally appeared on The Guardian on 6/26/15. When it comes to high-calibre non-fiction, risk-averse trade publishing houses are producing too many copycat ‘smart thinking’ books that promise more than they deliver. But praise should be given to the university presses mid the ambient wails of doom about the publishing industry, […]
  • Key Steps to Writing a Book

    Publetariat
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    This post by Christy Heady originally appeared on her site on 4/15/15. Aside from implementing good storytelling and following stellar punctuation rules, when a writer begins the process of writing a book and wanting a successful writing career he or she must keep a few points in mind. These points are not taught in school; […]
  • New Struggles in Self-Publishing

    Publetariat
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:02 pm
    This post by David Farland originally appeared on his site on 6/23/15. I hesitate to mention problems with self-publishing. In some genres, such as romance or self-help books, the industry is doing great. But for those who are trying to sell fiction, it seems that the markets are contracting, and it appears that things will […]
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Puzzle Trees by Thom Mark Shepard

    Henry Baum
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Puzzle Trees by Thom Mark Shepard is an entertaining coming of age novel with a bit of horror thrown into the mix. Joe Sheffield is an awkward but thoughtful high school freshman whose best friends move away. Entering high school is hard enough without having to tackle it alone. Joe begins looking for the principal’s ...
  • An Interview with Author Thomas Drago

    Henry Baum
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? Queensboro is the follow-up novel to Crow Creek.  The story follows the search for a missing girl and ends with a biological experiment gone wrong. How did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published traditionally?   Since I self-published Crow Creek, ...
  • Review: The Modern Mughal Mentality by Dr. Afshan Naheed Hashmi ★★★★

    Cate Baum
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    In this slim volume, India-born business advisor and entrepreneur, Dr. Afshan Naheed Hashmi presents examples and case studies detailing how Indian businesses have confronted challenges and created successful enterprises, both within India and internationally, using the principles of jugaad. We are told in the preface that the Indian word jugaad means many things and can ...
  • Self-Publishing Success Story: Amanda Hocking

    James Grimsby
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Amanda Hocking, author of Young Adult paranormal romance fiction, gained great attention with her debut in 2010 with the My Blood Approves trilogy, and later smash-hit success with the Trylle trilogy the same year, which reached over 1.5 million sales before signing with St. Martin’s Press in 2012. Hocking has continued to write both series ...
  • Review: Queensboro by Thomas Drago ★★★★½

    James Grimsby
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Content warning for child abduction and abuse of a sexual nature, as well as the use of racist and offensive language. When model fourth grade student Ashley Smith breaks her zero-absence record at Crow Creek Elementary, everyone is immediately on edge. When Sheriff Brad Gleason calls a search, something far worse than anyone could have ...
 
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is one of the top-rated POD publishers in the industry.
  • Paying Markets And Jobs For July 1st

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For July 1st

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Apple Loses Federal Appeal in E-Books Case Supreme Court won't take jurisdiction of state email case Scaife trustees seek dismissal of siblings' lawsuit In high-stakes copyright suit, Cox's "top infringers" beg for privacy Attacks have a history of diminishing debate
  • Surprise! How a Private Online Compliment Turned into An Editing Job! By Stephanie Allen Crist

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    In the final year of my graduate Written Communications program, I was writing the first draft of my memoir about raising three children with autism. I worked the special education discussion groups on LinkedIn to build up my platform. In one of these discussions, a parent "expert" with a chip on his shoulder kept haranguing a guy with a doctorate - a real expert in special education. On a whim, I sent Dr. Lauer an encouraging private message. Little did I know what I was getting myself into!
  • Publisher Won't Show Me Their Contract! Arrrggghhh!!!

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    I am very interested in using a particular POD publisher for my book. But, I can't find a link to their contract anywhere on their site. When I ask them for a copy, they just send more advertising mumbo jumbo. What should I do?
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    Writing Forward

  • Poetry Writing Exercises: Lost in Translation

    Melissa Donovan
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Poetry writing exercises: blind translations. Language is a funny thing, and translations are neither as simple nor as straightforward as we might want them to be. Years ago, when I was learning Spanish (I never did master it), on an especially warm day, I wanted to say, “I’m hot,” which is a standard expression in English. But when I said the phrase, “Yo soy caliente” to my Spanish-speaking cousin, he laughed and warned me not to go around using that phrase. Apparently in Spanish, this expression has to do with lust, not the temperature. I learned a valuable…
  • A Few Favorite Journal Writing Tools and Resources

    Melissa Donovan
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Journal writing tools and resources. We usually understand a journal to be a place for writing about ourselves, but journals can be used for plenty of other purposes, many of which are especially useful to writers. I’ve had my share of adventures in journal writing. As a teen, I kept a diary. Later, I had a poetry journal. I tried dream journaling, art journaling, and sometimes I keep a gratitude journal. I believe journal writing is a huge boon to writers, especially when we’re not working on a specific project or when we’re looking for our next big project. Today,…
  • 10 Ideas for Descriptive Writing

    Melissa Donovan
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Descriptive writing ideas. Do your readers see what you see? Descriptive writing is the art of painting a picture with words. In fiction, we describe settings and characters. In poetry, we describe scenes, experiences, and emotions. In creative nonfiction, we describe reality. Classic literature was dense with description whereas modern literature usually keeps description to a minimum. Compare the elaborate descriptions in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy with the descriptions in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Both series relied on description to help the readers…
  • What’s in Your Creative Writing Notebook?

    Melissa Donovan
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    A couple of my favorite creative writing notebooks. I’ve been collecting writing notebooks and journals since I was a teenager. Most writers I know tend to accumulate a lot of stationery and office supplies: notebooks, pens, paper clips, and other odds and ends that we can use to manage and organize our writing projects. Over time, these writerly goodies pile up. I now have a sizable collection of creative writing notebooks and journals. Some are completely filled up. Others are still blank. A few are only partially used. Good Old-Fashioned Paper These days, writers use computers for…
  • Grammar Rules: Lay or Lie

    Melissa Donovan
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Find out how to correctly use lay or lie in a sentence. One of the most common grammatical mistakes that we see in both speech and writing is misuse of the words lay and lie. This error is so common, it even slips past professional writers, editors, and English teachers — all the time. Maybe eventually these two words will morph into one and have the exact same meaning, but until then, it’s worthwhile to learn proper usage. For now, their meanings are completely different. Let’s take a look at this interesting word pair and find out whether we should be using lay or lie…
 
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      WriteForKids - Writing Children's Books

  • We Need More Diverse Books!

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:51 pm
    By Guest Author by Tracy Bryan   I am a relatively new children’s author, but from where I stand, (way down here looking up) there seems to have been a lot of transition within children’s literature over the last few years.   This isn’t news to any seasoned veteran of the industry, but to a novice like me, it has been quite overwhelming joining this almost circus-like trade. I seem to witness a constant flux in the publication world every week due to major changes in traditional publishing, the rise of Amazon, the growth of e-books and the emergence of vanity publishers. You…
  • Sneak Preview: The Full First Unit of Easy Author Marketing!

    Jon Bard
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:16 pm
    By Jon Bard Are you ready to change your mind about marketing once and for all?   Great — let’s do it!   Here’s the complete first unit of my new program Easy Author Marketing.   It’s just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s filled with ideas that will inspire and motivate you to take your writing career to the next level.   Click Play and let’s begin this exciting journey.   For more information about the Easy Author Marketing system, click here   This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: Sneak Preview: The Full…
  • Terrified by Marketing? Then Don’t. Do This Instead…

    Jon Bard
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:48 am
    By Jon Bard I get it.  You’re a writer, not a marketer.  You’re not excited by the notion of “hawking your wares” or “pushing your book”.  You think that, every time you ask someone for money, a little piece of your soul dissolves.   In today’s publishing environment, those who get the shakes at the thought of self-promotion have been given two choices when it comes to their fear of book marketing:   1. Get Over It 2. Become extinct.   May I offer a third choice?     Forget about book marketing, forget about promotion,…
  • The M Word Revisited – Marketing’s Most Important (and Overlooked) Element

    Jon Bard
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:26 pm
    By Jon Bard Photo by Sam Howzit. Creative commons licence     Well, well, well.  Looks like my hypothesis was correct:  writers really are freaked out about marketing.   And that’s fine.  In fact, that’s great.  Because it tells me that you understand how important it is, and that you’re desperate for some clarity.  And that’s an excellent place to be!     Today, I want to introduce you to the most important aspect of successful marketing.  And it’s something almost no writers pay attention to.  (Perhaps that’s why most…
  • We Need to Talk About the M Word

    Jon Bard
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    By Jon Bard Let’s talk about something most of you would rather not talk about.   It’s the “M word”……  Marketing.   (cue the sound of wailing, moaning and gnashing of teeth!)   Now, deep down you know that, to succeed as a writer in today’s environment, you have to market yourself and your work.  And you’re probably not too thrilled about that.   Look, I get it.  You want to write, not promote.  If you’re like a lot of writers, you view marketing as being pushy…inauthentic…kind of “icky”.
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    Blair Hurley

  • New Stories Available Online

    blairhurley
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    I’m so pleased to say a couple of new short fiction pieces by me have appeared online. The flash fiction piece “Bats” is available to read at Lumina, and another short piece, “Decide”, is up at a literature blog I love, The Toast. Have you checked these guys out yet? I’d love to have more readers, and I’m proud to be among some wonderful pieces of fiction there.
  • The Art of an Artist’s Residency

    blairhurley
    27 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Readers, this month I have been tucked away in the splendid Vermont Studio Center, busily editing the novel and also trying to produce some new short stories. About once a year I love attending programs like these; there really is nothing like devoting yourself to the quiet, singular craft of writing. You’d be amazed what kinds of work can come out of an experienc like it. I am stunned by how smoothly the VSC is run, by how beautiful the facilities are, and how friendly and welcoming the entire community is. I’ve met a terrific bunch of writers and artists while being here, and I’m so…
  • New Post from Writerly Life

    blairhurley
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Why Television will Suck Out Your Soul. And Be So, So Fun.
  • The Rising Rollercoaster of AWP

    blairhurley
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    AWP! Each year that you attend this massive conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, each year you crack open the wallet and plunge for the airfare to another city you’ve never visited, your emotions are taken on a wild climb, dip, and climb. For those of you unfamiliar, the thing that briefly took over the writerly corner of Twitter this week was an annual conference held in different cities each year for writers and all their ilk. It includes back to back panels led by publishers, agents, and writers, as well as a massive bookfair in which every literary magazine and…
  • New story in Hayden’s Ferry Review

    blairhurley
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    I’m so pleased to report that a story I wrote over a year ago, “That Thing You’re Thinking”, has found a home in the wonderful lit journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review. Be sure to check out their haunting, dreamlike new issue; I’m delighted to be a part of this journal. I wrote this story while at the Byrdcliffe Artist’s Residency in Woodstock, New York. I was working hard on the first draft of my novel but also noodling away at some short stories at the same time. One of these story ideas had come to me while waiting for the train to go to work one morning, and the need to…
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    603 Copywriting

  • The Web Design Survey 2015 – Results

    Andrew
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:06 am
    The results are in. I asked dozens of web designers for feedback on the parts of their job which cause them the most problems. Because if copywriters are going to work with designers, we should know a bit more about the challenges they face. Here’s what our colleagues in website design have to say. The […] The post The Web Design Survey 2015 – Results appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Five Indispensable Tools for Freelancers

    Andrew
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:01 am
    You learn a lot when you start out as a freelancer. About a week in, you realise that managing everything manually and balancing sixteen different spreadsheets isn’t an option. And if you’re operating on a narrow start-up budget, hiring professionals to handle everything might not be viable either. Fortunately, there are a wealth of free […] The post Five Indispensable Tools for Freelancers appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • 5 Free Ways to Make the Most of Your Content (and One Tactic to Avoid)

    Andrew
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:36 am
    Congratulations! You’ve made a very sensible business decision, and you’ve hired a copywriter to create some new content for your company. You’re holding (or, more likely, looking at a digital version of) some professional, compelling content. It does exactly what you need it to. But could you use it for anything new? Once you’ve paid […] The post 5 Free Ways to Make the Most of Your Content (and One Tactic to Avoid) appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • A £5 Blog Post Isn’t an Opportunity. It’s a Trap.

    Andrew
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:05 am
      It’s an established fact that copywriters don’t really like content mills. Of course we don’t. They churn out cheap and cheerful content at a fraction of the prices we charge. That’s not what this post is about. It doesn’t matter to your business whether or not I like a content mill. What matters to […] The post A £5 Blog Post Isn’t an Opportunity. It’s a Trap. appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Mad Men: One Week and 45 Years Later

    Andrew
    25 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    Last Sunday night, Mad Men came to a long-awaited and satisfying end. Copywriters across the world sighed deeply, knowing that their go-to pop culture reference for explaining their career choices to the in-laws had disappeared into the night. And across the industry, writers everywhere have spent the last week thinking about one question. What’s really […] The post Mad Men: One Week and 45 Years Later appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
 
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    Final Draft Communications, LLC

  • EKS&H

    redkite
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    SAMPLE TEXT: “Cost segregation can help healthcare entities reduce the tax burden related to building ownership and the resulting savings can enable them to allocate cash to current activities, such as purchasing equipment, developing new patient initiatives, and expanding their reach. Because of the complexity of this method, owners and managers should work with engineering-based cost segregation and tax professionals who have experience in getting the best results for healthcare entities.” CLIENT: EKS&H TYPE OF DOCUMENT: Article PURPOSE: Inform financial representatives within the…
  • Miratech

    Karen Marcus
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:44 am
    SAMPLE TEXT: “Within the guide, which appears in the magazine’s April issue, Miratech is included in the Enterprise IT Management, Infrastructure Management, and Outsourcing Services sections. With its unique blend of information technology and consulting offerings, Miratech has provided these services to dozens of companies, with excellent results and enthusiastic customer feedback.” CLIENT: Miratech TYPE OF DOCUMENT: Monthly Partner Newsletter PURPOSE: Inform Miratech’s Partners of company news CHALLENGE: Ensure information is relevant and useful for Miratech’s Partners HOW FDC…
  • Samsung

    Karen Marcus
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    SAMPLE TEXT: “With the Samsung smartphone or tablet mobile POS solution, businesses can expand their reach and their sales. The mobile POS solution is flexible, designed for ease of use, and cost-effective. Business security is increased with EMV and PCI PIN Transaction Security (PTS) certification, and the familiar interface is straightforward to set up.” CLIENT: Samsung on behalf of IBM TYPE OF DOCUMENT: Solution Brief PURPOSE: To inform sales people and potential customers about the features and benefits of Samsing Mobile POS CHALLENGE: Communicate complex information in a…
  • Marketing Content

    redkite
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:29 pm
    To help you deliver compelling, relevant information to customers and prospects, FDC provides accurate, efficient copywriting and editing services. View FAQs and more… The post Marketing Content appeared first on Final Draft Communications, LLC.
  • Thought Leadership

    redkite
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Building business means building trust; meaningful content can help you do it by keeping contacts informed, earning their confidence, and encouraging them to connect. Learn about us… The post Thought Leadership appeared first on Final Draft Communications, LLC.
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Raspberry Pi Voor Dummies - Dutch edition just published!

    Sean McManus
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    I was pleased to receive a surprise package this week that contained a copy of the new Dutch translation of Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 2nd Edition. As you might know, the updated book added new chapters on Sonic Pi, RISC OS and Minecraft (more details here). The Dutch edition (Raspberry Pi Voor Dummies) joins the French and German translations of the first edition (Raspberry Pi Pour Les Nuls and
  • New review of Scratch Programming in Easy Steps

    Sean McManus
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:14 am
    The MagPi, the official magazine of the Raspberry Pi, included a short review of Scratch Programming in Easy Steps in its latest issue, which was a lovely surprise. Thank you to the MagPi for its support! You can find out more about the book and its projects here. If you'd like to order a copy for some coding fun over the summer, visit my shop here.
  • Make a Raspberry Pi text scroller using the Unicorn HAT

    Sean McManus
    31 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    I blogged previously about my Scratch project in this month's Magpi. I also have a Python project in this issue, which creates a text scroller for the Raspberry Pi's Unicorn HAT. You can use it to display any message, and I imagine it could be a useful building block for anyone needing to display output from a robot, Twitter or any other data-based project. The Unicorn HAT text scroller To get
  • Learn to make a multiple choice quiz in Scratch

    Sean McManus
    31 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    The June 2015 issue of The Magpi, just published, includes a tutorial I've written, showing how to make a multiple choice quiz using Scratch. It also shows you how to import list data into Scratch. That means you can make games with a huge number of questions, without having to set each one up with a Scratch block. You don't even have to type them all in. My game is a capital cities geography
  • Three new photo galleries uploaded

    Sean McManus
    29 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    I've added three new photo galleries to my website, including photos from Tokyo, New York and South Africa. I've also updated my London photo gallery with some more recent shots. Here are some samples from the galleries. Click them to go through to the full galleries. You can browse the full gallery here. Photo of the face of the Statue of Liberty A Lego sculpture called 'Computer', by Nathan
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • The Simple Trick to Writing Riveting Sentences

    Nanci Panuccio
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: Rebecca Siegel When it comes to writing stories readers devour, it’s all about creating immediacy sentence by sentence.  We can engineer a stellar plot line, dream up characters with compelling conflicts — all the broad strokes – but it’s the accumulation of small word choices that keep a reader spellbound. Writing is all about the sentence. Here’s the empowering thing about that: We’re making choices every step of the way. And an often overlooked choice is the verb. Here are three ways to go from good writing to to great writing, right on…
  • Writing With and Beyond Uncertainty

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    How much should you know about your story before you write it? The conventional advice goes something like this: First, write a one page summary of what your story is about. Know your characters inside and out. Come up with the conflict. Plot out your beginning, middle, and end. Know your theme. Then write the story. The urge to follow this advice is understandable. It’s scary to stare down a blank page. What if we have nothing to say? What if what we have to say is boring? Or foolish? What if nobody likes it? When we do have plenty to say, there’s so much meandering and…
  • How to Create Subtext in Dialogue

    Nanci Panuccio
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    There’s this unforgettable scene in the film Sideways where failed novelist Miles and his romantic interest Maya rhapsodize to one another about their reverence for wine. Except that they’re talking about so much more. An excerpt: MILES … [Pinot}’s a hard grape to grow. As you know. It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s not a survivor like Cabernet that can grow anywhere and thrive even when neglected. Pinot needs constant care and attention and, in fact, can only grow in specific little tucked-away corners of the world. And only the most patient and…
  • Character Questionnaire: the actor’s technique

    Nanci Panuccio
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jan Erik Hjelseth We spend a lot of time thinking about what our characters want. Wanting something, and wanting it bad, is fundamental to developing character and plot. But often what we come up with is what our characters want in the most immediate sense. The concrete goal. Humbert wants Lolita. Anna wants to be with Vronsky. Hannibal Lecter wants brains for dinner. But to dig even deeper into characters, to humanize them, you need to understand where they’re coming from. You need to know why they want what they want. And why they do what they do. You need to tap the invisible drive…
  • How Your Writing Group Is Holding You Back

    Nanci Panuccio
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    Recently, a reader told me that members of her writing group had eviscerated her novel-in-progress. The collective feedback was so disheartening she wanted to ditch her manuscript and quit the writing gig altogether. My heart always breaks a little when I hear stories like this. But it reminded me of all the peer groups I’ve participated in throughout the years, and how delicate that dynamic is. The last writing group I belonged to, a small, stellar tribe of Hudson Valley writer friends, left me energized and on fire after each meeting, hungry to race back to my keyboard and revise.
 
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    Singapore Politics: Blog

  • Catherine Lim, Excerpts

    Jess C Scott
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    Dr. Catherine Lim wrote “A Great Affective Divide” 21 years ago, a sharp and eloquent critique of the PAP ruling party. If only leaders had heeded her advice. Excerpts from Selection of Articles by Catherine Lim Excerpts #1: 1) It is no secret that while the PAP Government has inspired in the people much respect for its efficiency and much gratitude for the good life as a result of this efficiency, there is very little in the way of affectionate regard. 2) While the PAP ideology remains the same, the people have not. Higher education, a more affluent lifestyle and exposure to the…
  • World’s Highest Paid Minister

    Jess C Scott
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Image Source: Martyn See (Facebook) Added supporting links below. He hangs people. He flogs men. He imprisons Muslims without trial. He criminalises gays. He imprisons a 16-year-old blogger. He imprisoned an author. He bankrupted politicians. He shuts down websites. He pulps children’s books. He withholds public funds from opposition wards. He sues bloggers and journalists, and demands from them the highest costs. He pays himself the world’s highest salary for a politician. A very reputable man indeed. Source: Martyn See (Facebook) MARTYN SEE is a Singaporean political blogger and…
  • Book Review: Hard Choices

    Jess C Scott
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:54 pm
    The opening line of this book is as follows: “Singapore’s economic success masks some uncomfortable truths about life in this city-state.” The text is very neatly organised into three sections: I. The Limits of Singapore Exceptionalism II. Policy Alternatives for Post-Consensus Singapore III. Governance and Democracy: Past, Present & Future The chapters cover a wide range of topics, from economics, to inequality, to land mass / population challenges, housing policies, democracy, meritocracy, as well as the concept of defining a national identity. I like how most of the…
  • Singapore: Fascist or Democratic?

    Jess C Scott
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Take Our Poll Fascism (definition): “A totalitarian philosophy of government that [assigns] to the state control over every aspect of national life.” (TWT) 14 DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF FASCISM (short version) SOURCE: Lawrence Britt / Free Inquiry [Infographic / Summary followed by Full Text] 14 DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF FASCISM (longer version) Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each: 1. Powerful and…
  • Political Abuse of Psychiatry (Amos Yee)

    Jess C Scott
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Image by stimu1us on dA. A short excerpt (#1) on the subject of political abuse of psychiatry, viewed in the context of 16 year-old Amos Yee’s current prison-in-remand situation (Points #2-5). 1) “Psychiatric confinement of sane people is a particularly pernicious form of repression. Psychiatry possesses a built-in capacity for abuse that is greater than in other areas of medicine. The diagnosis of mental disease allows the state to hold persons against their will and insist upon therapy in their interest and in the broader interests of society. In addition, receiving a…
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • All the Shit On My Mind Today

    MikeFook
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:11 am
    I just thought I’d brain spew for a few minutes. This is some of the random shit flying through my cranium today, and some of it is recurring. I get to look at it every day. You don’t really want to be me. Right after I bragged about how my body was immune to all injury, I immediately stress fractured my right 5th metatarsal. That was six friggin months ago and I’ll go Postal if I can’t run long distance by the end of this month. My dick swelling has come down considerably. I’m no longer “Donkey Boy” but I am a candidate for a transplant if any of…
  • WHERE Has this Girl BEEN All My Life? Match = Made!

    MikeFook
    13 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    You know how you get struck by the lightning blast of love only once, maybe twice in your life? Yeah, it happened to me when I was 19. Swimming around, bodyboarding with friends at a remote beach on the Northeast shore of Oahu… there she was. I wrote a short story about something that happened to us. Anyway. We’ve all had those experiences. Then, today, from NOWHERE. OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY, this girl was brought to me from across the world, straight into my sweet little MacBook Pro. I don’t even know this girl’s name. But, that doesn’t matter in the least, as…
  • What Makes Money Vs. What Means Something

    MikeFook
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    A woman just read two of my articles on this site: Vultures Eating Kids, and Radiation – Part of God’s Good Plan for the World? She said in her comment that she cried so hard she thought her soul was bleeding. I felt the same thing as I wrote them. There are events going on in the world that are sick beyond measure, and we’re overlooking them on a day-to-day basis just to save ourselves the pain. Much of the world would be a sniveling bunch of misfit empaths if we forced ourselves to wrap our heads around the injustices that abound in astounding number. My job used to be…
  • My Sister’s Dark Flash Fiction…

    MikeFook
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Another one! Love these! Brothers Three, by Laura Lovic-Lindsay
  • Apple MacBook Air 12-inch Retina – Not All Bad as Writer’s Notebook

    MikeFook
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Update – the Spring Forward Apple event just happened (it’s still going on, but all I care about is finished). The MacBook Air 12-inch retina notebook from Apple is a reality. There are some pleasant surprises. Not sure how this shakes out. The dumb thing is still light as fly-paper – at 2 lbs. Here’s what I got from the presentation: 2 pounds 1.1 GHZ processor with turbo up to 2.9 GHZ 10 hour battery on WiFi. They say 9, but they always sandbag gold, space grey, UFO silver – the usual 8 GB RAM (nice) 256 GB SSD (nice) revamped keyboard – keys using…
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    About that Writing thing.

  • Some musings on transgressions.

    Shannon Barber
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    First thing. Here go read my latest. A tiny spec fic thing. Now today’s entry is prompted by the fact that I have a cold. And a comment I got on the linked story. Someone told me (yes they were White) that, my story has “too narrow” of an audience. When I asked for clarification my critic flailed about until I supplied their answer. That story revolves around Blackness. Not Blackness as pain porn. It is not the neck rolling sassy Black lady story so many White people love to hate. It’s not Blackness through a lens of Whiteness. It is mythos created from a love of…
  • Some Erotica and a raw look at what inspires me.

    Shannon Barber
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:37 pm
    If you’ve been here for a while, you know that one of my dear friends, muses and a writer I admire deeply is Remittance Girl. Her story Heat Sink is hands down my pants one of the hottest things I’ve ever read. We know I’m not really hetero but there is something in the tone of this piece that just gets me. That being what it is and the fact that I was feeling uninspired to finish writing something else I decided to write a piece inspired by her piece. So first go read or listen to her piece. I highly suggest listening to it because she has a fantastic reading voice and…
  • Yeah Write #219 entry- Waste Not

    Shannon Barber
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:23 pm
      Waste Not By Shannon Barber The scream cut off after too many seconds. L stands naked in the middle of the tiled room, hands on her wide hips, her mouth pulled down at the corners. “Shit, didn’t know he was gonna be a screamer.” B the other naked woman is frowning too, her bloody arms crossed over her breasts. “I swear to all our Gods you have got the worst taste in sacrifice. Did you even fuck him first?” L’s shoulders hunch up around her ears and she prods the head of the sacrifice. “Well, I sat on his face for an hour that counts right?” B rolls her eyes mightily and…
  • Words and things and whatnots.

    Shannon Barber
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Okay, I have some new stuff for y’all to read. First this. I am over at the Yeah, Write Blog. Sweet! Next up I busted out a wee essay about reaching racial pain threshold and used one of my infamous  metaphors. My Cardigan Has No Pockets. Later this week new flash fiction by me too. Wow. So okay. Someone asked me not long ago if I’m salty about the success of E.L James is it? That fifty shades chick. Look, here’s the deal. I’m pretty well aware of my audience and frankly her super fans prolly wouldn’t like my freaky ass. That’s fine. Fuck yeah, she wrote…
  • Building a World Next to The World

    Shannon Barber
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:46 pm
    I’m having a really awful day so I’m going to talk more about this project I’m doing. I’ve embarked on a serious effort to write this Urban Fantasy novella (?) I’ve had on my mind since 2004. Over on Patreon as I’ve mentioned, I was giving those folks first peeks and then I will be releasing things a month behind. So in July everyone gets a crack at the part I sent out to Patrons in June. Yesterday I put up a free post, get it here where I wrote a letter about how this started, what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. Here’s a taste: I debated…
 
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • 4 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am

    Anne Whitaker
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Latest post on “Astrology: Questions and Answers”: free book! moons-nodes-in-action http://astrologyquestionsandanswers.com/2015/07/04/free-book-the-moons-nodes-in-action/Filed under: Uncategorized
  • ‘the still, sad music of humanity’….Some thoughts and feelings during an awful week for our world…

    Anne Whitaker
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Something I have learned – the hard way – is that some of us are more porous to the experiences of others at an intuitive, non-rational level, than others. This hyper-sensitivity is a gift in some contexts: it can ensure an appropriate, compassionate response to one’s fellow beings, thereby enriching one’s own life, as well as being useful to one’s fellows. Having worked all my life in contexts where sensitivity is essential to being an effective teacher and helper, I can personally affirm the value of such a gift. Prisoners of Conscience window, Salisbury…
  • The miracle of the living soul: Inspiration from Jung

    Anne Whitaker
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    All my life’s work has been with people: as an adult education teacher in many settings, as a psychiatric social worker, as a private counsellor, trainer and supervisor of counsellors, and writer. At the core of this apparent vocational diversity has been, I now understand, the same drive. It is that urge to find meaningful contexts for my own tiny, ephemeral spark of life, whilst offering some affirmation to others that their tiny flame matters too: it is worth struggling to get our light to burn with a purer and brighter radiance. Something ineffable and charged can on occasions arise in…
  • For love of wild landscapes – returning to the North…

    Anne Whitaker
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Rolling stones do eventually run out of restlessness, if they are lucky. I came to rest in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, by an accident of fate – by putting a wrong number on a university application form. ( long story – some other time…) it was a fortuitous twist of fate, since I have been happy here, and have no desire to move again, ever. Standing Stones in Winter But every so often, I need a ‘fix’ of the land where I was born and raised. The land, sea and skyscapes of the North-West of Scotland inspired me from my earliest days. I can still recall lying tucked up in…
  • Preserving wild land and Nature: community versus politicians – Glasgow, UK

    Anne Whitaker
    16 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Our local community in North Kelvin, Glasgow,UK,  has been campaigning for years to preserve a precious piece of wild land in the middle of  the area. The most recent initiative, The Children’s Wood, has won numerous awards in its three years of activism. It operates on the cutting edge of world-wide research which shows that children – and their families – enjoying the Great Outdoors together is wonderfully effective in promoting physical, mental, and community wellbeing. Our local wild space is regularly used all year round by numerous community groups, eg  a number of…
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    Working Writers

  • Book Review: Things a Little Bird Told Me

    Cherie
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:56 am
    I believe Twitter is one of the coolest inventions ever, and a great resource for writers. Recently I read Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind by Biz Stone and really enjoyed it. The book chronicles a little bit about his history (working as an illustrator for a publisher, going to Google, […]
  • Interview: Bonnie Engstrom

    Cherie
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:39 am
    Welcome Bonnie Engstrom to the blog today. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing? I’ve only been writing fiction for about the past ten years. Before that I wrote a non-fiction book about online prayer partners. When I pitched it at Mount Herman no editor […]
  • New Books Released This Week: June 29, 2015

    Cherie
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:13 am
    New books released this week.
  • Interview: Cynthia Ruchti

    Cherie
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    I have the privilege of being on Cynthia Ruchti‘s street team for her latest book, As Waters Gone By. I genuinely enjoyed her book, and have found her writing to get better and better over time. (Not that it was ever bad, it just keeps improving if you ask me.) I think that’s important for […]
  • Social Media—Facebook Scheduler

    Allyson Carter
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today, I want to talk about social media and how this can help us as writers. This will actually be a series that I touch on for the next few months, and I hope you’ll come back for each part. Facebook Pages—Scheduler  This one can be tricky for those who haven’t used it before, but it […]
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • What’s an erotica-writing left-leaning Christian to do?

    saradobiebauer
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Photo by Paul Jacob. I feel conflicted. Due to the whole Caitlyn Jenner/ESPY and gay marriage in the USA thing last week, my dad wrote a lamenting post on Facebook about “the state of things” for Christians in America and got equally applauded and attacked. The big surprise for me was that some of his attackers were my childhood friends. I’m not surprised they disagree with my dad; I’m surprised they were surprised by his post. I mean, my dad is the most conservative Christian I know. The fact that he considers gay marriage, nationwide, to be a bad thing should go without saying. His…
  • Dear Charleston: A Love Letter

    saradobiebauer
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Oh, city of raw oysters and lamplight, Of uneven, brick sidewalks and Rainbow Row. Dear haven of seafood cuisine and champagne, Quiet jazz and Southern charm. You embraced me—our two-year affair— Welcomed a Yankee and called yourself “Home.” In your arms, I felt love: With you, with men, with myself. When lonely, I walked the Battery. When happy, I wandered East Bay. When too hot, I hid in your restaurants. When it snowed, I walked the Market in awe. You were a place of love and loss— But also of joy and never-ending beauty, Of climbing vines and green gardens, The smell of the sea…
  • Evolution of horror films: The Babadook and mad mommies

    saradobiebauer
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you know me at all, you know I love scary movies. I find them therapeutic, as in, “Well, at least I’m not THAT person, being chased by the psycho with the butcher knife!” Really puts life in perspective. In the past week, I’ve watched three horror films: The Babadook, Oculus, and The Others. Two of these movies I watched alone, which meant I couldn’t go pee without first checking behind the shower curtain because YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. Babadook is about a monster that pops out of a children’s book. Oculus is about a damn evil mirror. The Others is about…
  • Picture association with Clockwork Crown author Beth Cato

    saradobiebauer
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    Today … that’s right, TODAY … the much-anticipated sequel to Beth Cato’s Clockwork Dagger is available for purchase all the world over. Because I’m, like, important and stuff, I already read the sequel, Clockwork Crown, months ago, and I’m not exaggerating when I say you should buy your copy now. Just for fun, I decided to pick Beth’s brain in the weirdest way possible: PICTURE ASSOCIATION! I sent her pictures; she sent me the first thing that popped into her head. Most of the images relate to Clockwork Crown, so enjoy this little visual tease and…
  • SPIN: A dark, twisted, time travel novelette by Tiffany Michelle Brown

    saradobiebauer
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    c/o Bald Pirate Photography Thank goodness Tiffany Michelle Brown writes the creepy stuff … because, in person, she’s actually a very cheerful woman, and I fear she might be a serial killer if she didn’t write. Her work has been published internationally in horror journals and will soon be included in a dark erotica anthology. Brown knows her “dark stuff,” but she always finds a way to weave a touch of humor (and sex) into her work. SPIN is the newest addition to her arsenal: a time travel novelette that follows guilty guy Walter as he uses a fantastical record…
 
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. I’m going to take a short summer blog break and will go dark until July 12th, when I’ll return with an extended Twitterific. :)  Early wishes for a Happy Independence Day for my blog readers in the States. The Pseudonyms of Icons (infographic):  http://ow.ly/OaSGD @galleycat by Maryann Yin Music…
  • SELF-e Gets Indie Books Into Library Catalogs

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Porter Anderson, @Porter_Anderson The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition opened yesterday, Thursday (25th June, #alaac15), in San Francisco with something unprecedented being offered at this year’s gathering: Library SELF-e’s first-ever national curated collection is now ready, an array of 200 indie ebooks that librarians can peruse and consider carrying for their patrons to check out and read. Big thanks to Elizabeth for letting me jump onto her blog today to tell you about it. As originally endorsed by indie bestsellers Hugh…
  • Writing With Long Distance Partners

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Morgan St. James, @MorganStJames When I’m asked about writing with a co-author, two questions top the list every time. How do you write long distance? How do you work with another writer? I find many people assume co-authors each write complete chapters or each write one of the main characters. For many co-authors that is true. Participants at conferences, writers’ groups and readings are always interested in my answer. My sister Phyllice Bradner was the first co-author I worked with. When we began to write together in the late 1990’s, both of us were published writers in other…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Descriptions:  http://ow.ly/O435A and http://ow.ly/O435N by Nils Ödlund  @mythicscribes Writing Prompts To Kick Off Your Commercial Fiction:  http://ow.ly/O42ti @angee 5 Google Docs shortcuts for more efficient editing:  http://ow.ly/O7ir8 by Michael Ansaldo @pcworld…
  • Writing When It’s Difficult to Write

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig I pride myself on being a productive writer.  I keep to my deadlines, both self-imposed and contractual.  I write each day and meet my goals. It’s rare I get knocked off track.  But I sure did this week. We had a water main break. Backhoes trenched from the street to our house to replace broken pipes.  We had no water.  Gardenia bushes were dug up (right when they were blooming!) Sewer lines were accidentally dinged with the backhoe (ugh).  To add insult to injury, the break was on our side, not the city’s side, so the repairs…
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    Litopia All Shows

  • The German Mujahid – Boualem Sansal

    Litopia
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    A history of one aspect of the Nazi genocide is brought to present day Parisian suburbs via a massacre in an Algerian village. Extremism, integration, ghettos, religion – all the elements are refashioned to their new context. A memorably good book by an excellent writer and thinker. Fresh. Photo - John Perivolaris Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the…
  • The Golden Years of British TV Comedy

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    From The Two Ronnies to Blackadder…from Benny Hill to Marty Feldman… the golden years of British television comedy produced some of the funniest shows and larger-than-life characters the world has ever seen. Garry’s guest tonight COLIN EDMONDS has dominated British television comedy writing for four decades – and he knew them all… the stars, the monsters, the legends and the lunatics! Click to buy from Amazon If names such as Les Dawson, Lilly Savage, Paul Daniels, Julian Clary, Barbara Windsor and – of course – Bob Monkhouse – evoke fond memories… then you’re going to…
  • The Luzhin Defense – Vladimir Nabokov

    Litopia
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
    1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 Bg7 5. Qd2 c6 6. f3 b5 7. Nge2 Nbd7 8. Bh6 Bh6 9. Qh6 Bb7 10. a3 e5 11. O-O-O Qe7 12. Kb1 a6 13. Nc1 O-O-O 14. Nb3 ed4 15. Rd4 c5 16. Rd1 Nb6 17. g3 Kb8 18. Na5 Ba8 19. Bh3 d5 20. Qf4 Ka7 21. Rhe1 d4 22. Nd5 Nbd5 23. ed5 Qd6 24. Rd4 cd4 25. Re7 Kb6 26. Qd4 Ka5 27. b4 Ka4 28. Qc3 Qd5 29. Ra7 Bb7 30. Rb7 Qc4 31. Qf6 Ka3 32. Qa6 Kb4 33. c3 Kc3 34. Qa1 Kd2 35. Qb2 Kd1 36. Bf1 Rd2 37. Rd7 Rd7 38. Bc4 bc4 39. Qh8 Rd3 40. Qa8 c3 41. Qa4 Ke1 42. f4 f5 43. Kc1 Rd2 44. Qa7 Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction…
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

    Litopia
    15 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Can’t seem to shake the memoirs thing . . . This time it’s James Joyce writing about himself as the character Stephen Dedalus, a precocious, self-regarding artiste who one day is destined to become James Joyce. Not necessary. Photo by ☰☵ Michele M. F. Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great…
  • A Gronking To Remember

    Litopia Writers Colony
    15 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Random House told it should pay to quote Joseph Goebbels in biography Hugo award nominees withdraw amid 'Puppygate' storm Charlie Hebdo Honor Sparks Controversy Amazon sued over Gronking book cover photo Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-in-Fiction Claim 'Huge inequality' in writer earnings Journalists face increasing dangers Courtney Love Is Sued by Co-Writer of Her Memoir Follow ups: Disney Beats 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Copyright Lawsuit Photo of Gronk by Megan Asbeck   >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes
 
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    Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website

  • And While We’re On The Grammar Theme…

    Joel
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Thought for the day If you are using an adverb you have chosen the wrong verb Mark Kelly I picked this up on TheBrowser.com, an interesting aggregator. Its nature seems to vary between dark and negative, and just interesting. I recommend it… cautiously. Mark Twain You may know what Mark Twain said about “very”: “…substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” English has wonderful nouns and verbs. Use them. Question your inclination to include an adjective or an…
  • The Diaeresis: Punctuation Lore From The New Yorker’s Comma Queen

    Joel
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    This is a delightful — and very brief — lesson. Enjoy! The post The Diaeresis: Punctuation Lore From The New Yorker’s Comma Queen appeared first on Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website.
  • Notes

    Joel
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    Pencil (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Notes are about remembering. Sure, “just jot it down”; and “The lightest pencil beats the strongest memory”; and… you get the idea. But notes are so, well, personal. Some like them in pen or pencil; some like them typed. Some like to draw as well as write; others like to include pictures, screencaps, videos, audio files. There is no “right way to do notes,” I think (let me know if you disagree). But there are lots of good ways that I don’t know about. Here is a link to a Lifehacker piece that is marvelously specific about the use, creation,…
  • “Writing Fiction Gives You Freedom,” Says Etgar Keret

    Joel
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Photographic portrait of Israeli author, Etgar Keret (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer the same age as my daughter Shir. I have read a few of his short stories, that are whimsical, loving, and often really strange. Today I heard him being interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” one of my very favorite programs. Among many other fascinating details, he told about his father’s storytelling, and his own relationship with fiction and non-fiction. Here is a link to the podcast; it is worth a listen. The post “Writing Fiction Gives You…
  • Software Discounts for Writers

    Joel
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Once again, some of my favorite software companies have gotten together for a summer discount campaign: SummerFest 2015: Discounted Artisanal Software. The products: Aeon Timeline The timeline tool for creative thinking. If you write anything that happens over time, you need this. Bookends The reference manager you’ve been looking for. DEVONthink Pro Office Your paperless office. A lot to learn, but so much power! Nisus Writer Pro Word processing that’s fast, clean, and powerful. And wonderfully multilingual. Scrivener Your complete writing studio when you’re serious about creating.
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    The Write One Blog -

  • How Writers Can Build A Massive Email List

    Stefanie Newell
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How Writers Can Build A Massive Email List If you’re a new writer, you’re probably wondering how to build an email list the right way. An email list ... The post How Writers Can Build A Massive Email List appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • What Is Authentic Book Marketing?

    Stefanie Newell
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    Yesterday I was sitting at my desk working on something for a client when I received an alert from Facebook saying someone had posted a message to my wall. So I clicked out of what ... The post What Is Authentic Book Marketing? appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • Create A Book Cover That Sells

    Stefanie Newell
    27 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How To Create A Book Cover Did you know that your book cover is the most important aspect of your book aside from great content? Don’t believe the adage ... The post Create A Book Cover That Sells appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • How To Write Your First Book And Be A Success!

    Stefanie Newell
    19 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How To Write Your First Book How To Write Your First Book is an aspiring writer’s blueprint for success! This book is perfect for aspiring writers who want ... The post How To Write Your First Book And Be A Success! appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • Word Count? How Long Should My Book Be?

    Stefanie Newell
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Word Count? How Long Should My Book Be? If you are currently working on your manuscript, you’ve probably wondered how long your book should be or what the ... The post Word Count? How Long Should My Book Be? appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

  • We're Not Stupid!... Are We?

    James Kiester
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
    -Right now, almost every blogger, vlogger (video blogger), and columnist is addressing the Supreme Court's virtual legalization of same-sex-marriage. Don't get me wrong, I'm tickled pink (no pun intended) that institutionalized bigotry has been dealt a crippling blow. However, given the number of opinions, buzzing across the internet, on the topic, there's nothing of any intelligent significance I can add to the conversation.Thus, I'd rather address something which has been bugging me lately.  It's becoming increasingly obvious that corporate America thinks the buying public is made up…
  • Goodbye Grocer

    James Kiester
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
    -The shelves had been picked half clean by the time I arrived. Memories of mothers with bee hive hairdos and cat-eye glasses clung to the few remaining cans of instant soup. Subject: Hank's Thriftway | Date: 06/17/15 | Photographers: James Kiester & Dani Cogswell | This picture was taken by the author of this blog. |The morning paper told me Hank’s Thriftway was in the process of closing its doors after 80 years. When I was a child, in Aloha, in the 70s, there was Hanks and the TV Highway Safeway if one wanted to buy groceries at a supermarket. We didn’t even have a local 7-11 store…
  • Must Sees

    James Kiester
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:47 pm
    -During a recent coffee date, my friend, Mallorie, remarked that Carrie Fisher hadn't had any movie roles since the original Star Wars trilogy concluded.  When I pointed out she'd Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. played Marie in When Harry Met Sally, Mallorie said she hadn't seen it.  I was surprised.  Until that moment, I'd thought of the 1989 romantic comedy as one of those films which everybody had seen, such as The Wizard of Oz.So, what makes a movie a "must see?"  While MANY movies mindlessly regurgitate cliches, a must see movie, at least in my mind, is…
  • My Red Nosed Reaction

    James Kiester
    22 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    -On May 21st NBC dedicated their primetime slots to Red Nose Day. I’d seen the $1.00 noses at Walgreens and the commercials, but I didn’t understand what it was. An hour before it hit the air, I put myself into irreverent foodie mode a tweeted that if I wanted a red nose I’d open a bottle of vodka.From the comfort of my cozy bed, I turned the special on. My HD the screen showed Jack Black being guided, through a city in Uganda, by a 12 year old homeless boy. When the boy showed him the best garbage bins to eat from, my heart sank. When the boy begged to go home with Jack, I completely…
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Editors - A Guest Post By Jocelyn Pruemer

    James Kiester
    13 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    -A few weeks ago, I received the following message from a Karen Miranda of AutoCrit."I came across jameskiester.blogspot.com and wanted to contact you about providing some content for your site, or the possibility of contributing. We offer tips for creative writers, cover topics that focus on the insights into fiction writing and discuss the current landscape of publishing. I wanted to see if we could contribute an article/blog post to your site."Without it even occurring  to me that her company makes editing software, I told her, "I'd be interested in a piece on the need for good…
 
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    Stories To Tell Books

  • Facebook for Authors: Profiles vs. Pages

    Sarah Hoggatt
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    This is the first in a series of posts by Stories To Tell editor and book designer Sarah Hoggatt, an experienced self-published author herself, on how authors can best use social media to promote their books. If you’re not already on Facebook, you have certainly heard about it. Most of my friends are on the social media website to some extent and it has become a regular part of my social life. As an author, I also have a page for my company: “Spirit Water Publications,” that is, sadly, sorely neglected. While my logo is posted, there’s no banner and the last post is…
  • The Key to Engaging Readers: Scene Not Summary

    Biff Barnes
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” Mark Twain Image Courtesy of Horia Varian on Flickr under Creative Commons Substitute narrative and narrative summary for lightning and lightning bug and you have a sound piece of advice for writers. Learning the difference between the two, and when to employ one and not the other is a critical step in becoming a good storyteller. Over reliance on narrative summary is one of the surest signs that a story, whether fiction or nonfiction, is written by a novice…
  • Lessons on Self-Publishing From Best-Selling Author Jane Green

    Biff Barnes
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Jane Green is not someone you would think of as a self-publisher. She’s the author of New York Times best-selling novels The Beach House and Second Chance and is generally considered, along with Helen Fielding, one of the founders of the Chick Lit genre. But when Green, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, wrote Good Food, drawing on stories from her life and the food that runs through them. filled with recipes and photos, she decided to publish it herself. Green told Galley Cat’s Vicki Salemi in a recent interview that, even with her status as a best-selling author,…
  • Using Pen Names on Social Media

    Sarah Hoggatt
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    Have you considered using a pen name when you write? When I started my blog, I considered using one so I could write about whatever I wanted without it being traced back to me. However, I realized I would never be able to share what I wrote there with my friends or readers nor did I want to have two writing lives. Since my books were already so personal, I decided my blog could be as well. I can understand, though, someone choosing to use a pen name if they were writing in a genre they didn’t want people to know about or if they had a job their writing might interfere with. If you do…
  • Tribute Books – A Great Way To Honor The Veterans In Your Family

    Biff Barnes
    25 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    I never met my Uncle Cecil. He died June 17, 1944, just over two and a half years before I was born. But I thought a lot about him as we took a few days off over Memorial Day Weekend. That was appropriate because Uncle Cecil, known to everyone in the family as Squeak, along with so many other American soldiers, was killed in Normandy, near the town of Sainte Mere Eglise, eleven days after D-day. We are working on a second edition of Squeak’s War: Letters from the Front Lines of World War II, a book that travelled around the family in a type-written form for more than sixty years before…
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    ProofreadNOW.com Blog

  • We Want YOU ... to Understand Restrictive/Nonrestrictive Clauses

    Terri Porter
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. In the spirit of Independence Day, freedom and such, this first sentence of the Declaration of Independence provides a springboard for a timely discussion of restrictive versus nonrestrictive…
  • Proofreading Quiz: And the Winner Is …

    Terri Porter
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
      Thanks to everyone who took our proofreading quiz last week. Congratulations to Arlene Gregoire, who missed just three of the 51 errors, including some of the sneakiest ones. The mistakes that tripped up most people appeared in the second and third sentences of paragraph 3: decreases/increases insulin and hyper/hypoglycemic. These errors go beyond basic grammar and punctuation mistakes, many of which Microsoft Word will highlight, and require a closer read to ensure the text makes sense.
  • And You Thought Finals Were Done … A Quiz

    Terri Porter
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
      School’s out (or nearly out) across the nation and summer vacation beckons. We thought another proofreading quiz would be a good way to kick off the summer fun. The five numbered paragraphs below are laced with errors — some glaring and some that are less obvious. But they’re all unequivocally wrong. Acceptable variations — such as words with different spellings (e.g., advisor, adviser) or sentences that could be punctuated multiple ways — are not included here.
  • As You Like It ... or Not

    Terri Porter
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    This week we wrap up our three-part miniseries on pronouns by taking on one of the most hotly debated grammar questions — the use of like versus as — and how your choices will dictate which pronouns you use.
  • Pronouns with Comparatives: More than Meets the I

    Terri Porter
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    Mark Twain may not have been talking about pronouns when he said “Comparison is the death of joy,” but the sentiment somehow fits. Just ask anyone who struggles with figuring out which pronouns to use with comparatives such as than, as and like. How can three little words wreak so much havoc with pronouns? The short answer is that all three words can perform multiple functions in a sentence, and when the function isn’t clear, the resulting usage is mixed.
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    James Shelley

  • Early Greek Philosophy (Penguin Classics)

    James Shelley
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    Ever since listening to Peter Adamson’s History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps podcast (http://historyofphilosophy.net/) I was very curious to explore the writings of these early thinkers. In this book, Jonathan’s Barnes translation and editorial arrangement provides a high speed “fly by” of the presocratic philosophers. Context is minimal, but the scope is impressive, especially considering the small size of the volume. Readers will not finish this book ready to write a detailed theory piece on the writings of Anaxagoras (at least, I didn’t), but they will…
  • Interpreting the Bhagavad Gita

    James Shelley
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Mohandas Gandhi, a devout Hindu, found immeasurable hope and meaning in the holy writings of the Bhagavad Gita. “To me the Gita became an infallible guide of conduct,” he wrote in his autobiography. “It became my dictionary of daily reference. Just as I turned to the English dictionary for the meanings of English words that I did not understand, I turned to this dictionary of conduct for a ready solution of all my troubles and trials.” (Gandhi, 1957, p. 265) One who is beyond duality and doubt, whose mind is engaged within, who is always busy working for the welfare of all sentient…
  • Sitting in on the Unending Conversation

    James Shelley
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Ideas make the world. Just as genes inherit their attributes, thoughts are built upon the ancestry of the past ideas. Ideas are extrapolated, inspired and derived. Kenneth Burke, the literary theorist, described human history with the metaphor of the “Unending Conversation” as follows: Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that…
  • Idolatry and the Sin of Literalness

    James Shelley
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    To the modern Western mind, the concept of idol worship seems primitive. “Who,” we ask, “could conceivably carve a wooden statue, cover it with a precious metal, and then pray to it for supernatural guidance?” But as unfathomable as the practice might appear, it might not actually be that unfamiliar to us. There have been many tablets unearthed from the ancient Mesopotamia region (the “Cradle of Civilization,” as it is called) that explain complex rituals to enliven inanimate statues, turning them into embodiments of gods. Two particularly important rituals were the mīs pȋ…
  • Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors by Susan Sontag

    James Shelley
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:09 am
    jamesshelley’s review: “‘Illness as Metaphor’ is highly polemical, and as such, is a suburb piece of polemic. Sontag, herself diagnosed with breast cancer at the time of the writing (a fact she does not disclose in the initial essay itself) compares eighteenth and early nineteenth century discourse about tuberculosis to present day language about cancer. Of course, “present day” for Sontag is 1977. This fact alone makes the book a compelling read — simply considering how much the approach of Western medicine to cancer has changed in 30 years.
 
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  • Talking Skin Tag Removal Creams And Their Effectiveness

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    Skin tags are small, harmless, soft pieces of hanging skin. The have a short, narrow peduncle (stalk) that connects it to the surface of the skin. They can appear virtually on any part of the body, but normally show up in the areas where the skin rubs up against other skin. Typical areas where they can appear are: • Armpits • Eyelids • Under the breasts • In the groin area • On the upper chest • On the neck Skin tags are characteristically small, benign, non-cancerous tumors of the skin that don’t exhibit any type of symptoms. They are also known as a acrochordon. A person…
  • Getting Organized Is Everything With Article Writing

    admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Use this seven-step “building block” process to keep your articles on track, without getting locked into the rigidity of a commanding outline. Here’s the plan that I tend to roll with: * Let’s say you’re writing a piece titled “How to Grow Bigger and Brighter Begonias.” Before you start writing, organize your research material through a system of indexing and filing; you must know where everything is and how to get at it easily. (If your notes or interview transcripts aren’t extensive, you can simply number your notebook pages, then make a list…
  • Get Bibilical When It Comes To Series Creation

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    If you drank a gallon of gasoline and then sat in a hot tub filled with napalm to have a cigarette, your chances of survival would be better than your chances of selling an original series idea to television. The best way to do it is still to work your way up in the world of episodic television by successfully peddling scripts to other people’s shows, then become a staff writer on a series, then a story editor, an executive story editor, an associate producer, a supervising producer, a co-producer, a producer and finally an executive producer. Why, in five or ten years … Despite…
  • Keeping A Strong Balance

    admin
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:06 am
    It was 9:30 at night and I was driving north on a quiet road, hooked to a cell phone. My 6-year-old son, Lucas, sleepy and tearful, was on the line. Do you love writing better than me?” The asked. Peering into the darkness, I increased my speed. I had just walked out in the middle of a blue-ribbon publishing panel so I could be home in time to put Lucas and his older sister to bed. “I love you and my work,” I explained. They’re two different kinds of love. Mommy has lots of love inside.” I listened to his shortened breathing. “It’s just like your…
  • Getting Smart With Sources

    admin
    26 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
    It’s a writer’s nightmare: That magazine you’ve been angling to write for, that editor you’ve been courting so assiduously, finally comes through with a plum assignment. Your big chance to break into some coveted market is at hand at last. And then you can’t deliver. It’s not your fault, of course. Maybe Your source takes a six-month fellowship in Zimbabwe. Perhaps a crucial interviewee gets cold feet about talking to you. Or, worst of all, maybe you start researching your story and discover it’s not the story you sold to the editor — what you…
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • All the Shit On My Mind Today

    MikeFook
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:11 am
    I just thought I’d brain spew for a few minutes. This is some of the random shit flying through my cranium today, and some of it is recurring. I get to look at it every day. You don’t really want to be me. Right after I bragged about how my body was immune to all injury, I immediately stress fractured my right 5th metatarsal. That was six friggin months ago and I’ll go Postal if I can’t run long distance by the end of this month. My dick swelling has come down considerably. I’m no longer “Donkey Boy” but I am a candidate for a transplant if any of…
  • WHERE Has this Girl BEEN All My Life? Match = Made!

    MikeFook
    13 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    You know how you get struck by the lightning blast of love only once, maybe twice in your life? Yeah, it happened to me when I was 19. Swimming around, bodyboarding with friends at a remote beach on the Northeast shore of Oahu… there she was. I wrote a short story about something that happened to us. Anyway. We’ve all had those experiences. Then, today, from NOWHERE. OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY, this girl was brought to me from across the world, straight into my sweet little MacBook Pro. I don’t even know this girl’s name. But, that doesn’t matter in the least, as…
  • What Makes Money Vs. What Means Something

    MikeFook
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    A woman just read two of my articles on this site: Vultures Eating Kids, and Radiation – Part of God’s Good Plan for the World? She said in her comment that she cried so hard she thought her soul was bleeding. I felt the same thing as I wrote them. There are events going on in the world that are sick beyond measure, and we’re overlooking them on a day-to-day basis just to save ourselves the pain. Much of the world would be a sniveling bunch of misfit empaths if we forced ourselves to wrap our heads around the injustices that abound in astounding number. My job used to be…
  • My Sister’s Dark Flash Fiction…

    MikeFook
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Another one! Love these! Brothers Three, by Laura Lovic-Lindsay
  • Apple MacBook Air 12-inch Retina – Not All Bad as Writer’s Notebook

    MikeFook
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Update – the Spring Forward Apple event just happened (it’s still going on, but all I care about is finished). The MacBook Air 12-inch retina notebook from Apple is a reality. There are some pleasant surprises. Not sure how this shakes out. The dumb thing is still light as fly-paper – at 2 lbs. Here’s what I got from the presentation: 2 pounds 1.1 GHZ processor with turbo up to 2.9 GHZ 10 hour battery on WiFi. They say 9, but they always sandbag gold, space grey, UFO silver – the usual 8 GB RAM (nice) 256 GB SSD (nice) revamped keyboard – keys using…
 
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  • The Most Obvious Writing Tool You’re Not Using

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    Advertise here with BSAI have a confession to make: Even though I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and even though I’ve written about the benefits of this particular tool in the past, for many years now I have largely ignored my own advice. It’s a writing tool suitable for everyone, regardless of skill. It takes very little investment of time or money. It’s readily available and portable. If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about the humble journal. And now you’re thinking, “Um . . . duh.” But bear with me. By…
  • 5 Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    12 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    Advertise here with BSAKat Gonso, our fiction director at Compose | A Journal of Simply Good Writing, recently wrote an article called Why You Should Go to a Writers’ Conference … Now. This is a topic I know you’ll appreciate, so here’s a little clip: For years, I talked myself out of attending a writers’ conference. I’m not good enough. What if I don’t make any friends? It’s too much money. Each spring I’d wistfully review the websites and begin writing my Bread Loaf application before snapping my computer shut, crawling into bed, and beginning my…
  • Stash, Trash or Refresh: The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Boring In-Between Story Parts

    Guest Contributor
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Advertise here with BSAToday’s post is written by Alex Limberg. In a thrilling murder mystery, your detective has just found out that the villain and his partner in crime will be meeting in the abandoned slaughterhouse. The scene before and the scene after are packed with suspense. But how does your protagonist pass the two days until the showdown? Will you show him brushing his teeth and going to the toilet? There is just nothing happening! This post will give you a practical roadmap for how to make the in-between sexy. (Also, because I know excess length in stories is often hard to…
  • Here’s the Type of Hate Mail Bloggers Get …

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Advertise here with BSAOver several years of blogging, I’ve received some interesting letters from people. And by interesting I mean rude. These are not written to offer friendly constructive criticism or to politely disagree with me. They’re written to get a reaction, but I usually have neither the time nor inclination to give these people what they want. The following letter, for example, arrived in my inbox last week. “Dan” decided he needed to give me a piece of his mind—with a fake reply address, of course, so I couldn’t respond even if I wanted to…
  • The Duolingo Guide to Writing Productivity

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    Advertise here with BSAOne thing I love about Canada is the opportunity for my children to receive a free bilingual education through the French Immersion program available at many public schools. Some say, “You’ll never use French unless you want to work for the government or be a French teacher,” but actually, I’m not worried about whether my kids use their French in any practical way. What compels me most about a bilingual education is this: learning in another language teaches you more than just the subject matter you’re studying. A successful French…
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  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Mike Baron on finding your theme in writing Tips for developing story writing ideas How do you stay productive when working from home? Use a spreadsheet to land more writing jobs Editing tips that can help you take your writing from good to great Related posts: Blog posts, now a touch of Creative Commons A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week
  • Announcing The Short ebook Project

    Scott Nesbitt
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Over the last few months, I’ve been mulling the idea of writing and publishing a short ebook every six to eight weeks. By short, I mean something along the lines of a the Kindle Singles that Amazon publishes — running about 3,000 to 6,000 words. Why would I want to do this? Masochism, at least […] Related posts: I’m starting a (free) newsletter A short guide to quickly writing an ebook Turning your back catalogue into an ebook
  • Exalting the mundane with your writing

    Scott Nesbitt
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Back in the early 1980s, Harlan Ellison wrote a column titled “An Edge in My Voice” for L.A. Weekly. Part of Ellison’s contract with the paper was that he had full editorial freedom — I write ’em, you run ’em as Ellison said. For the most part, the paper did just that. Until it received […] Related posts: Dealing with readers who don’t get it Writing opinion pieces The makings of a good essay
  • Working with IA Writer for Android

    Scott Nesbitt
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    I know a number of people who live in the Apple ecosystem — they’re almost mated to their MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads. I’ve used Apple products and, while I see what makes them attractive, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. That said, there are a few applications for Apple devices that I […] Related posts: A pair of simple Android text editors for writing A pair of useful Android apps for writers Writing on your mobile device with Write for Android
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    A guide to writing irresistable query letters Don’t have a writing routine? Here are some tips to help you Tips and advice that can help you get the most out of your interviews 6 simple steps to improve your writing skills Think like a journalist to create better content Related posts: A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week
 
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    Mike Salsbury's Blog

  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 7, Days 29-30

    Michael Salsbury
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Lately, though, that challenge isn't going so well.   After writing 47,660 words in February, 56,486 words in March, and 45,443 words in April, I've had a bit of a slump.  Only 31,243 words were written in May. June is only somewhat better, as we'll see in a moment.Certainly, having to deal with some health issues in April and May didn't help,  Having other things going on in "life outside writing" kept me out of the chair and away from the keyboard.  Even journaling has been in decline.
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 7, Days 22-28

    Michael Salsbury
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Last week's word count was a disappointing 5,677.  Sadly, I've done no better this week.Monday, I wrote some more on the Revenant story for the ASL Series (x words) and a journal entry.Tuesday I couldn't make the time and didn't have the mental energy to write, so nothing was written.Wednesday, I watched a video that sparked the post about Michael O'Hare from Babylon 5 (739 words).  I also took notes from a writing book I read that will hopefully help me in the future (650 words)  The O'Hare post…
  • Apologies to the Late Michael O'Hare

    Michael Salsbury
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Note:  I've updated this post to link to the DVD set I'm referring to here and to modify a few phrases that seemed OK to my brain at 1am but in retrospect weren't so well-written.One of my Father's Day gifts this year was a set of DVDs and books commemorating the 20th Anniversary convention appearances by Babylon 5 series creator J. Michael ("Joe") Straczynski and the surviving cast of the series.  One of the videos talks about a promise Joe Straczynski made to someone 20 years ago.The beginning of the video was the usual fan question and answer session with Joe.  Joe was his…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 7, Days 15-21

    Michael Salsbury
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Last week I managed just over 10,000 words.  The previous week it was over 11,000.On Monday, I wrote a journal entry (457 words) and two posts for the Windows Desktop Administration blog (691 and 1026 words).  I also wrote a chunk of the ASL Revenant story (960 words).Tuesday, I wrote more on the Revenant story (1560 words) and a journal entry (390 words).Wednesday through Saturday, nothing was written.Sunday I wrote another section of the Revenant story (511 words) and this post (82 words).JUNE 2015…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 7, Days 8-14

    Michael Salsbury
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Last week was an 11,000+ word week, which could have been better but exceeded several of the weeks before it.Monday, I wrote a post about how to age hops for the Begin Brewing site, based on a conversation I had with a local professional brewmaster (529 words) and a journal entry (557 words).Tuesday, I wrote a post for this blog about the Marx Brothers and lessons they can teach about success (662 words) and a journal entry (451 words).  I also reached out to friends, family members, and some authors I've…
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    From Meredith Allard

  • Hello, Good-bye: Changes Are Good for the Soul

    Meredith Allard
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:05 pm
    One of the benefits of living in the 112 degrees of Las Vegas is the conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel. At least it’s cool in the hotels! I recently finished my first year as a doctoral student in the Teacher Education program at UNLV. I even ended up with a B+ in my Statistics class, which for me is like an A+ for anyone else. For someone who has had to retake every math class she’s ever taken in her life, finishing the first time with a B+ was a definite personal best. Recently, I made another change as well, which was resigning my full-time teaching position. Where at first I was…
  • The Courage to Let Our Light Shine

    Meredith Allard
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s…
  • How to Get Published

    Meredith Allard
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:42 pm
    A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at Writers Block, a group of young people studying the craft of writing. When I asked what the group wanted to learn about, the answer came back overwhelmingly that they wanted to learn more about the publishing side of writing. It took some thinking to figure out how to condense what I’ve learned about publishing into an hour workshop, but I managed to come up with a few thoughts. Here are some of the ideas I shared about writing for publication. There’s nothing earth shattering here, but I think the young writers found it useful because it opened…
  • Remembering the Joys of Writing Historical Fiction

    Meredith Allard
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    I found myself in need of a reminder about why I love to write historical fiction. Lately, with everything else I have to do, I’ve come to realize how much more work writing historical fiction is than other genres. As I’ve been digging myself out from under books and articles about Victorian England for my new novel, I realized that this is my first foray into writing a completely historical story in ten years. That can’t be right, I thought. I write historical fiction. It’s in my tag-line, isn’t it? Then I remembered that I added the word (Usually) so I felt better. After counting…
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • Communication Roadblocks Part 2

    Diana Hurwitz
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    This week, we conclude the discussion of roadblocks to communication. Miscommunication can add hilarity, subtext, conflict, or motive for murder.1.Body Language: If what Dick is saying doesn’t match his body language, Jane will know something is up. Smiling while sad and grinning while angry are sure signs that something is amiss. Jane may change tactics or attempt to understand why Dick is sad or mad. She can ignore the underlying body language or be distracted and not notice, creating an even bigger problem for herself. If she is a detective, she will know that Dick is lying about his…
  • Communication Roadblocks Part 1

    Diana Hurwitz
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Speech is how we communicate our thoughts, feelings, ideas, and opinions.Every species communicates. So far, other than talking birds, humans are the only ones who can speak and write languages. Languages are diverse. There are thousands of languages disappearing all over the globe every year. Speaking is our single most important tool, the one thing in addition to opposable thumbs that gives us an evolutionary advantage. We don’t always use it wisely, which is really good news for fiction writers. There are many different barriers to communication that your characters can…
  • Stirring the Plot: Fish Tales and Whoppers

    Diana Hurwitz
    29 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Fish tales are stories a character relates that have a basis in reality but have been embellished to make the tale more entertaining, to make the teller sound better, or to make the object of the tale sound worse, than they really were. Everyone tells a fish tale at some point, consciously or subconsciously: not to deliberately mislead or harm, but because it is human nature to flesh out stories. A story told often enough becomes a memory, even if it never happened or didn’t happen in quite the way it is related.Dick might relate a conversation that didn’t actually take place the way he…
  • Stirring the Plot: P!nk goes into a bar

    Diana Hurwitz
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I have to thank P!nk (aka Alecia Moore) for inspiring this post with her song, "You and Ur Hand." Superficially, it's a feel good, girl power, bar anthem with a good beat. I imagine it gets frequent club play.I like P!nk, not so much her punk girl persona, rather the woman who sings with her heart in her teeth, whose words and voice give me chills, in a good way. Glitter in the Air and Run Away are a couple of P!nk songs on my frequent play list. Her song "You and UR Hand" is a perfect example of hidden motivation. The premise of the song is: a woman, let's call her Jane, dresses up and goes…
  • Stirring the plot: Inheritance & Entitlement

    Diana Hurwitz
    8 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    In Seville, Spain a vibrant and active 85-year-old duchess, who owns way more stuff than any human needs to, defied her six children and married a 60-year-old man. She had to sign over part of her vast estate to her little darlings to shut them up. Most of us don’t have to worry about estates, entitlements, and trust funds, but I've seen this a lot with elderly parents and their kids (and second marriages). No matter the financial status, children will fight over ugly knick-knacks, and dad’s scruffy robe, and dog-chewed slippers. I’ve heard stories of children who have stolen things out…
 
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    Raquel Byrnes

  • IWSG, I Panicked

    Raquel Byrnes
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to another installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group conceived by illustrious Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh! Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSGSo I'm plugging away on my WIP and usually a third of the way through I stop and go through a few helpful "how to" lists I have compiled over the years. I check to make sure I'm hitting the right action beats and leaving the proper amount of threads...just sort of taking the pulse of my novel, as it were.This normally helps to double check my Type A tendency to need order when sometimes in the midst of writing it can…
  • Was That With An "S" or Not?

    Raquel Byrnes
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    Werkin' the Words...So I'm chugging away on the second book in my trilogy and I'm finding all these little things I SHOULD know off the top of my head...but don't.Place names, most of which are original, sometimes get spelled differently. Placement of rooms or battle grounds. Does mech-hand have a hyphen or not?What about dirigible...zeppelin...blimp...Aero Squad? Was there a space in between there?So I started to really rely on my style sheet. Especially the one I made for The Tremblers (1st book in the series). Sooo glad I did this. If you'd like to look into using one, I suggest a great…
  • IWSG, Shaking in My Boots

    Raquel Byrnes
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:54 am
    Its my first confession via the Insecure Writer's Support Group conceived by illustrious Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh!Okay, so I have been visiting and reading these Wednesday posts for months. I have to say I really did like feeling like I was not the only one who struggled with freak outs and worries.  I never really thought I had any reason to post myself...I have it all handled, right?Uh...not so much. Right now I am struggling so much with confidence. I had no idea that writing a true trilogy...books with a continuing story line and ever growing characters could be so…
  • Writing Helps Series: Useful Books

    Raquel Byrnes
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:39 am
    I've decided to do a series on different types of tools that authors can use to hone their craft, better their writing, ease their frustrations, or are just cool.The first in the series of Writing Helps is BOOKS.  There are so many out there on the writing craft. From outlining to character development, ect. That's not what I am focusing on.These books are practical research or information type of books that really help to sharpen the edges of your work. My recent favorite is The Emotion Thesaurus by Ackerman. I follow the Facebook feed for Writers Helping Writers which is…
  • With Heaviness in My Heart

    Raquel Byrnes
    26 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    Those of you who know me personally, are aware that I lost my mother this week. She went in her slumber which is the most mercy I could have hoped for. For months, I had been traveling to my parents house to help my father care for her as she was in hospice at home. It was both hard and extremely helpful in helping me to say goodbye to the most dynamic and amazing woman I've ever known. We talked and grew closer during those difficult days. I shared with her my imaginary worlds in the books I was writing. And she cheered me on, as she always had, to do what I love.Now as I struggle…
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • Sean Parker Writes about the New Group of Billionaire Hacker Philanthropists and Forms The Parker Foundation with $600M

    Isaac Seliger
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame is a very smart guy, and he recently wrote “Philanthropy for Hackers;” the essay posits that newly minted tech billionaires are “hackers,” like himself, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Google guys, who collectively represent a new wave in philanthropy: The barons of this new connected age are interchangeably referred to as technologists, engineers and even geeks, but they all have one thing in common: They are hackers. Almost without exception, the major companies that now dominate our online social lives (Facebook, Twitter, Apple,…
  • Use Microsoft Word (Until Further Notice)

    Jake Seliger
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:24 pm
    You should use Microsoft Word to write your proposals. There are many other fine word processors out there—I’m personally fond of Scrivener for some tasks—and online tools like Google Docs are becoming more popular. But in the grant world everyone—especially funders—have standardized on Word and remain using Word, because of path dependence. The last couple of generations of Word interchange files easily and seamlessly. They retain formatting and special characters and so forth. As we’ve written about before, proposals should be written by a single person, but they may be…
  • In Grant Writing, Longer is Not Necessarily Better

    Jake Seliger
    14 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    If you’re buying apples, more apples are (usually) better. A faster processor in your iMac is (usually) better. Same for a higher capacity hard drive. But longer is not necessarily better with, say, books. Few readers think, “Gee, this 1,200-page novel is intrinsically better than a 350-page novel.”* They also don’t think a 1,200-page novel is worth three times as much as a 350-page novel. Readers want a novel length appropriate to the story and material. Fiction writers often gravitate towards either short stories or novels. For example, Mary Gaitskill’s…
  • Seliger + Associates Enters Grant Writing Oral History (Or Something Like That)

    Isaac Seliger
    31 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Seliger + Associates has been toiling away in the grant writing salt mines for over two decades, and last week we got hired to review and edit a new client’s draft proposal for a federal program we’ve been writing for years.* They emailed their draft and we were delighted to see that it’s actually based on a proposal we wrote for some forgotten client ten to fifteen years ago. While the proposal has morphed over the years, we could easily find passages I likely wrote when Jake was in middle school. We’ve encountered sections of our old proposals before, but this…
  • Good Needs Assessments Tell Stories: Data is Cheap and Everyone Has It

    Jake Seliger
    26 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    If you only include data in your needs assessment, you don’t stand out from dozens or hundreds of other needs assessments funders read for any given RFP competition. Good needs assessments tell stories: Data is cheap and everyone has it, and almost any data can be massaged to make a given target area look bad. Most people also don’t understand statistics, which makes it pretty easily to manipulate data. Even grant reviewers who do understand statistics rarely have the time to deeply evaluate the claims made in a given proposal.* Man is The Storytelling Animal, to borrow the title…
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  • The Simple Trick to Writing Riveting Sentences

    Nanci Panuccio
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: Rebecca Siegel When it comes to writing stories readers devour, it’s all about creating immediacy sentence by sentence.  We can engineer a stellar plot line, dream up characters with compelling conflicts — all the broad strokes – but it’s the accumulation of small word choices that keep a reader spellbound. Writing is all about the sentence. Here’s the empowering thing about that: We’re making choices every step of the way. And an often overlooked choice is the verb. Here are three ways to go from good writing to to great writing, right on…
  • Writing With and Beyond Uncertainty

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    How much should you know about your story before you write it? The conventional advice goes something like this: First, write a one page summary of what your story is about. Know your characters inside and out. Come up with the conflict. Plot out your beginning, middle, and end. Know your theme. Then write the story. The urge to follow this advice is understandable. It’s scary to stare down a blank page. What if we have nothing to say? What if what we have to say is boring? Or foolish? What if nobody likes it? When we do have plenty to say, there’s so much meandering and…
  • How to Create Subtext in Dialogue

    Nanci Panuccio
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    There’s this unforgettable scene in the film Sideways where failed novelist Miles and his romantic interest Maya rhapsodize to one another about their reverence for wine. Except that they’re talking about so much more. An excerpt: MILES … [Pinot}’s a hard grape to grow. As you know. It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s not a survivor like Cabernet that can grow anywhere and thrive even when neglected. Pinot needs constant care and attention and, in fact, can only grow in specific little tucked-away corners of the world. And only the most patient and…
  • Character Questionnaire: the actor’s technique

    Nanci Panuccio
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jan Erik Hjelseth We spend a lot of time thinking about what our characters want. Wanting something, and wanting it bad, is fundamental to developing character and plot. But often what we come up with is what our characters want in the most immediate sense. The concrete goal. Humbert wants Lolita. Anna wants to be with Vronsky. Hannibal Lecter wants brains for dinner. But to dig even deeper into characters, to humanize them, you need to understand where they’re coming from. You need to know why they want what they want. And why they do what they do. You need to tap the invisible drive…
  • How Your Writing Group Is Holding You Back

    Nanci Panuccio
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    Recently, a reader told me that members of her writing group had eviscerated her novel-in-progress. The collective feedback was so disheartening she wanted to ditch her manuscript and quit the writing gig altogether. My heart always breaks a little when I hear stories like this. But it reminded me of all the peer groups I’ve participated in throughout the years, and how delicate that dynamic is. The last writing group I belonged to, a small, stellar tribe of Hudson Valley writer friends, left me energized and on fire after each meeting, hungry to race back to my keyboard and revise.
 
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  • I Hate Having Advertising On My Blogs, But…

    Derek Haines
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
    It’s the devil of the Internet. How does one make enough return to recover the costs of serious blogging? Sure, there are free blogging alternatives, but when it comes to blogging for real, only self hosted blogs offer the tools that can attract decent daily levels of daily traffic, and hence interaction, and if I may be so bold, attention.In my case, keeping my blogs online costs around $2,500 per year, which includes hosting fees, software and theme purchases, annual upgrade fees, plus the costs of site development by my (absolutely brilliant) WordPress developer.While clicking…
  • You Are Too Scared To Speak Your Mind, Aren’t You?

    Derek Haines
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Not only are you too scared to say what you think, you are too frightened to even comment, like or favourite articles you come across that you earnestly agree with. You have been silenced. Hello, Winston Smith.Why do I say this? Because I have seen and felt the change in what I read on social media, and how people react, or in fact not react at all to anything that could be classed as, well, topical, or involving something that could be remotely seen as political. Political debate and free speech has not been enhanced by social media; it has been strangled, squashed, killed off and…
  • How I Terrorise My Students

    Derek Haines
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    As some of you may know, my prime function in life is to teach English as a second language to business professionals. Because I live in Europe, where English has become the lingua franca or bridge language between the various languages that are spoken throughout Europe, I have plenty to keep me occupied.Teaching language to adults though, presents a challenge because the acquisition of language is of course something that is assumed to be easier for young learners. However, it is not so much that children learn faster. Adults have advanced skills in reading and writing in their own…
  • Depression And Writing

    Derek Haines
    28 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    Some years ago now, I clearly recall my doctor telling me that there was a definitive link between depression and writers. The only problem with his link was that he had no idea at all if writers became depressed through writing, or if depression miraculously manufactured writers.So why was I at my doctor at that time talking about depression? Well, to cut a long story short, within the space of six short months I had lost my parents, both very suddenly, my very best friend died due to a long term disease, another friend was killed on a pedestrian crossing, oh, and just add some spice, my…
  • I Love Mommy Porn!

    Derek Haines
    17 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Ok, I probably went a bit over the top with my post title, and even sacrificed my UK English spelling in the process, but as a die hard self publisher, I have to say that self publishing has succeeded on the back of daring new genres, and especially new romance genres. Every author who is now self publishing should be very thankful to the inroads, smashed down doors and the whole new reading market that these books have created for us all.No publisher in the world would have touched Fifty Shades of Grey if it weren’t for self publishing making it a success. Paranormal romance would…
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  • The German Mujahid – Boualem Sansal

    Peter Cox
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    A history of one aspect of the Nazi genocide is brought to present day Parisian suburbs via a massacre in an Algerian village. Extremism, integration, ghettos, religion – all the elements are refashioned to their new context. A memorably good book by an excellent writer and thinker. Fresh. Photo – John Perivolaris
  • The Golden Years of British TV Comedy

    Peter Cox
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:49 am
    From The Two Ronnies to Blackadder…from Benny Hill to Marty Feldman… the golden years of British television comedy produced some of the funniest shows and larger-than-life characters the world has ever seen. Garry’s guest tonight COLIN EDMONDS has dominated British television comedy writing for four decades – and he knew them all… the stars, the monsters, the legends and the lunatics! Click to buy from Amazon If names such as Les Dawson, Lilly Savage, Paul Daniels, Julian Clary, Barbara Windsor and – of course – Bob Monkhouse – evoke fond memories… then…
  • Electric River

    Peter Cox
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:46 am
    THEY have been called Britain’s answer to the Gaslight Anthem, but on this month’s show Electric River prove that they have enough great songs to stand up on their own feet. The Kent-based trio, who cite Frank Turner, The Clash and the Foo Fighters as influences, are managed by Garry’s other studio guest, Eugene Butcher the man behind modern rock magazines Big Cheese and Vive Le Rock. They perform three live acoustic tracks in a show full of tasty tunes from Loaded 44, the Mutha Luvin Chimps, India’s Ska Vengers, the Dead Shed Jokers, Insane Society with Garry Johnson, Rats From A…
  • The Luzhin Defense – Vladimir Nabokov

    Peter Cox
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:39 am
    1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 Bg7 5. Qd2 c6 6. f3 b5 7. Nge2 Nbd7 8. Bh6 Bh6 9. Qh6 Bb7 10. a3 e5 11. O-O-O Qe7 12. Kb1 a6 13. Nc1 O-O-O 14. Nb3 ed4 15. Rd4 c5 16. Rd1 Nb6 17. g3 Kb8 18. Na5 Ba8 19. Bh3 d5 20. Qf4 Ka7 21. Rhe1 d4 22. Nd5 Nbd5 23. ed5 Qd6 24. Rd4 cd4 25. Re7 Kb6 26. Qd4 Ka5 27. b4 Ka4 28. Qc3 Qd5 29. Ra7 Bb7 30. Rb7 Qc4 31. Qf6 Ka3 32. Qa6 Kb4 33. c3 Kc3 34. Qa1 Kd2 35. Qb2 Kd1 36. Bf1 Rd2 37. Rd7 Rd7 38. Bc4 bc4 39. Qh8 Rd3 40. Qa8 c3 41. Qa4 Ke1 42. f4 f5 43. Kc1 Rd2 44. Qa7 Photo by JasonBrown2013
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

    Peter Cox
    15 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Can’t seem to shake the memoirs thing . . . This time it’s James Joyce writing about himself as the character Stephen Dedalus, a precocious, self-regarding artiste who one day is destined to become James Joyce. Not necessary. Photo by ☰☵ Michele M. F.
 
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  • And While We’re On The Grammar Theme…

    Joel
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Thought for the day If you are using an adverb you have chosen the wrong verb Mark Kelly I picked this up on TheBrowser.com, an interesting aggregator. Its nature seems to vary between dark and negative, and just interesting. I recommend it… cautiously. Mark Twain You may know what Mark Twain said about “very”: “…substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” English has wonderful nouns and verbs. Use them. Question your inclination to include an adjective or an…
  • The Diaeresis: Punctuation Lore From The New Yorker’s Comma Queen

    Joel
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    This is a delightful — and very brief — lesson. Enjoy! The post The Diaeresis: Punctuation Lore From The New Yorker’s Comma Queen appeared first on Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website.
  • Notes

    Joel
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    Pencil (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Notes are about remembering. Sure, “just jot it down”; and “The lightest pencil beats the strongest memory”; and… you get the idea. But notes are so, well, personal. Some like them in pen or pencil; some like them typed. Some like to draw as well as write; others like to include pictures, screencaps, videos, audio files. There is no “right way to do notes,” I think (let me know if you disagree). But there are lots of good ways that I don’t know about. Here is a link to a Lifehacker piece that is marvelously specific about the use, creation,…
  • “Writing Fiction Gives You Freedom,” Says Etgar Keret

    Joel
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Photographic portrait of Israeli author, Etgar Keret (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer the same age as my daughter Shir. I have read a few of his short stories, that are whimsical, loving, and often really strange. Today I heard him being interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” one of my very favorite programs. Among many other fascinating details, he told about his father’s storytelling, and his own relationship with fiction and non-fiction. Here is a link to the podcast; it is worth a listen. The post “Writing Fiction Gives You…
  • Software Discounts for Writers

    Joel
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Once again, some of my favorite software companies have gotten together for a summer discount campaign: SummerFest 2015: Discounted Artisanal Software. The products: Aeon Timeline The timeline tool for creative thinking. If you write anything that happens over time, you need this. Bookends The reference manager you’ve been looking for. DEVONthink Pro Office Your paperless office. A lot to learn, but so much power! Nisus Writer Pro Word processing that’s fast, clean, and powerful. And wonderfully multilingual. Scrivener Your complete writing studio when you’re serious about creating.
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  • I Won 1st Place in Writers of the Future

    J.W. Alden
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Yesterday, the official 1st Quarter results for Writers of the Future were announced. If I'm in your twittersphere or book of faces, you may have heard the good news already: my name somehow crawled its way to the top of the list. I won 1st place!In my last entry, I wrote about the mysterious call that bore the news of my finalist status, and how I almost didn't answer the phone. This time I was ready for it. When I saw "NO CALLER ID" on the display, I braced for impact--not for good news, but for bad. I prepared myself for disappointment. I haven't posted in the Insecure Writer's Support…
  • Writers of the Future, Guest Posting

    J.W. Alden
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Writers of the FutureA funny thing happened yesterday. I received a call on my cell phone marked "NO CALLER ID." Now, here's where I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of phone conversation. In most cases, I'll gladly take a text or a tweet instead. So usually when I get a call like this, I send that sucker straight to voicemail. This time, however, I picked up. And man, I'm glad I did."This is Joni from the Writers of the Future contest," the voice on the other end said. My breath caught a little. "I'm calling to tell you that you're a finalist."Woohoo! The story I entered in this year's Quarter 1…
  • Read "Item Not As Described" in Kasma Magazine

    J.W. Alden
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    In 2013, I sold Item Not As Described to UFO Publishing for the second entry in their Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series. This was my first short story sale at pro rates, and as such, it will always hold a special place in my heart. So I'm happy to report that it's now been reprinted by Kasma Magazine.Item Not As Described is a humorous fantasy story. The basic premise is: if an online auction site like Ebay existed in an epic fantasy world, what would the customer support emails look like? Read the story here (for free) to find out. And check out that…
  • Read "Möbius" in Nature's Futures

    J.W. Alden
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The latest issue of Nature is out, and if you turn to the "Futures" page, you'll find a story of mine called Möbius. You can also read it for free online, along with all the other science fiction stories in the Futures series. As a science enthusiast, I'm thrilled to have my work featured in one of the most respected science journals in the world. Getting into Nature's Futures has been a goal for a long time.Normally with these heads up posts, I like to write a little about the story behind the story. This time, however, I was invited to write a guest post about Möbius on the Futures…
  • Read "The Dragon Weeps" in Sorcerous Signals (and Mystic Signals)

    J.W. Alden
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    The Dragon Weeps is one of the first short stories I ever cobbled together when I started taking this writing thing seriously. Looking back now, it seems so long ago. When I think back to those fabled days of yore (aka 2012), I think, "Man . . . a baby wrote that." I'm such a different writer now. My entire process has changed, from the way I approach ideas, to the way I shape the stories themselves. What a difference two years makes.But The Dragon Weeps has a special place in my heart. It was my first real attempt at fantasy, and it ended up spawning an entire world that I still like to…
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  • What It Means to Write Realistic Dialogue

    Jane Friedman
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you’re writing a scene with dialogue, it can be tempting to have the conversation follow a very logical flow, what writer Samsun Knight describes as a “call and response” method. But that’s usually a mistake. When people talk to each other, they rarely answer each others questions directly, and non sequiturs are common. Knight says: In reality, nobody ever talks to anyone else. What speech actually achieves is a communication between one person and that person’s idea of the other. Most of the time there is no difference, no discernible difference, between…
  • How Self-Published Authors Can Distribute to Libraries

    Porter Anderson / @Porter_Anderson
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    iStockphoto / padchas Note from Jane: Today’s guest post from Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) explains the terms of a new program—a partnership between Library Journal and BiblioBoard—to help distribute self-published ebooks into the library market. My own self-published book, Publishing 101, is enrolled in the SELF-e program. The problem self-published authors have run into at libraries has been a lot like the problem they run into at bookshops: no way to break through the barrier of mainstream competition, no way to stand out. Many librarians are eager to offer…
  • 5 On: Nathan Bransford

    Chris Jane
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this 5 On interview, Nathan Bransford discusses (among other things) the ongoing emphasis on author platform, publisher and author marketing responsibilities, and in what way being a literary agent influenced his writing. Nathan Bransford (@NathanBransford) is the author of How to Write a Novel (October 2013), Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow (Dial, May 2011), Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe (Dial, April 2012), and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp (Dial, February 2013). He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and now works in finance.
  • How Authors Can Evaluate Hybrid Publishers

    Jane Friedman
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    This week, I’m a guest on Beyond the Book, a podcast series on the business of writing and publishing. Chris Kenneally and I discuss the growing field of so-called “hybrid” publishers, and how authors can smartly evaluate them. A brief snippet from what I had to say: A lot of authors right now, or at least the trend that I’m seeing, is they think that they can design their own covers or use templated interiors. I think that is OK for some projects. But if a hybrid publisher is really just slapping on a template cover or design, and they’re not really going through a…
  • The 4 Hidden Dangers of Writing Groups

    Jennie Nash
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    photo by ToGa Wanderings / via Flickr Note from Jane: Last week, I ran a comprehensive guest post on how to find the right critique group. To help add to the nuance and complexity of that issue, I’m happy to feature the following guest post by Jennie Nash (@jennienash), the Chief Creative Officer of Author Accelerator. Writers love the idea of writing groups. Writing is, after all, a very lonely pursuit. You sit alone in a room wrestling your ideas onto the page, struggling to fend off the constant attacks of doubt. Your regular friends probably don’t quite get what you are doing and…
 
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  • Author Solutions Lawsuit Update: Class Certification Denied

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn April 2013, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff Anderston & Stewart filed a lawsuit against Author Solutions Inc. and its parent company, Penguin, alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and violation of various statutes and consumer protection acts. Penguin was later dismissed from the suit.In February 2015, having completed discovery, Giskan Solotaroff filed for class certification with a lengthy Memorandum of Law that unpacked a lot of information about ASI's business model and internal operations.That certification has now been denied, in a…
  • Almond Press Short Story Competition: Writing for "Exposure"

    24 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn my last blog post, I discussed how to recognize and avoid profitmaking writing awards--fake awards that exist not to honor writers, but to enrich sponsors. If you're looking to win writing awards and enter writing competitions, though, the profiteering fakers aren't the only risk you face.For instance...the short story competitions run by Scotland's Almond Press.* Almond's output is tiny--founded in 2012, it has published just three anthologies of stories collected from its annual competitions--but it boasts some impressive sponsors, including…
  • Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them

    9 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you may have guessed that I'm not a big fan of writing contests and awards.Partly this is because so many are a waste of time, with minimal prizes, negligible prestige, and zero cachet on your writing resume. Why not spend your energy on something that can get you closer to building a readership--submitting for publication, or publishing on your own? There's also the risk of bad things in the entry guidelines--for instance, the Emerging Writer Awards, where simply submitting constituted a…
  • Finding Authors: The Importance of Establishing an Online Licensing System for Copyrighted Works

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Posted by Michael Capobianco for Writer BewareThe U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently held a public meeting on “Facilitating the Development of the Online Licensing Environment for Copyrighted Works.” The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the National Writers Union, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors submitted a paper for consideration listing what, in our estimation, are the points that any online licensing system must recognize if it is to be effective.“Discoverability” is a key component of any such system, which requires not only that…
  • Warning: Raider Publishing International

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn 2012, I posted a warning about Raider Publishing International. Founded by former (and disgruntled) PublishAmerica author Adam Salviani, and presenting itself as an independent publisher, Raider is basically a self-publishing service in the Author Solutions mold, with some added (and highly dubious) bells and whistles.Raider began to become a problem in 2012, with mounting author complaints. Here's what I wrote at the time:Over the past few months, I've begun receiving a steady trickle of complaints about Raider, where before I only received…
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  • Troy DeVolld Dishes About His Career in Reality TV

    TVWriter™
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    For the past decade or so, writer-producer Troy DeVolld has been a pivotal presence in the world of reality TV…and a frequent contributor to TVWriter™ as well. Thanks to this podcast, we now have the chance to listen to this master storyteller spin what could be his most exciting tale yet – his life: Click HERE to hear Troy on the GIRLZ IN THE WOOD PODCAST
  • Surviving When Your Script Goes into Production

    TVWriter™
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    If you’re writing for TV, you know you’re a professional when you realize that your goal is to create scripts that aren’t just for reading but for shooting. Most of us find watching our work being shot both exhilarating and frustrating. Here are some tips for surviving a situation that, if you’re lucky, will endure for the rest of your professional life: by Mark Sanderson If you’re blessed enough to actually sell a screenplay or get paid for an assignment job, your script will move into the important development process where hopefully your project marches toward…
  • HAPPYISH Creator Shalom Auslander Works Out His Demons on TV

    TVWriter™
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    Are you one of those writers who feels tortured by inner demons and write to expunge them and illuminate the darkness of their souls. Yeah, mate, us too. But just in case you need further validation, HAPPYISH creator Shalom Auslander shows us that we aren’t alone: by Eric Volmers Shalom Auslander was at his home in Woodstock, NY when Showtime president David Nevins called to talk about developing his new show, Happyish. He asked Auslander, a TV newbie, where he planned to set up his writing room. “I said ‘I’m in the writing room, what are you talking about?’” says…
  • Herbie J Pilato: Why I Found SPY Offensive

    Herbie J Pilato
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    by Herbie J Pilato Except for the overt, excessive, grotesque, and bloody violence that pervades and apparently has to be part of every movie-going experience today (drama or comedy, horror, adventure or otherwise), everything visual about SPY is beautiful, including it’s dynamic leading leading, Melissa McCarthy, and her co-stars Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Jason Strathram, Bobby Cannavale, and Peter Serafinowicz. Unfortunately, their beauty gets lost each and every time one of them opens their mouths. As a result, what could have been one of the most perfect adventure-secret agent…
  • Is the Copyright Monopoly Based on a Huge Lie?

    TVWriter™
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    Inasmuch as we seem to be featuring good ole timey values today, it seems appropriate to talk about a new value and its place in the pantheon of things. (Similar to the interweb of things except not.) Stay with us now because this is cool: by Rick Falkvinge The copyright monopoly is based on the idea of an exchange. In exchange for exclusive rights, the copyright industry supplies culture and knowledge to the public. It turns out that the entire premise is a lie, as untethered creators are racing to provide culture and knowledge anyway. The copyright monopoly was reinstated in Great Britain…
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  • Researchers Lose Radio Frequencies Used to Track Wildlife

    Johnny Robish
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Researchers Lose Radio Frequencies Used to Track Wildlife:  Park officials say researchers at Yellowstone National Park have lost their license for a set of radio frequencies which are used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk.  Scientists say all attempts to convince the animals to download and sign-up for the OnStar system have so far failed. http://www.johnnyrobish.com Study Looks at Dating Out of Your League:  A study on attraction conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that the longer you know someone, the more of a chance you have with…
  • Time and the Wanderer

    M. C. Sears
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    This long journey through a life always in transition Days turn to night providing a rest for all but me I’ve been a loner a wanderer now I can’t fit in The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust ~ acrylic on canvas, M.C.S.
  • The Romance of Country Living

    Stephen Brassawe
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Even here a morning like this arrives on rare occasions. Seventy-two degrees Fahrenheit (22.2° C.). Low humidity. A slight, intermittent breeze. Perfectly clear sky. There was much that I had intended to do today. Now, I cannot remember a single item. They have all disappeared into the misty realm of next week. Instead, I have sat in the mini-park by a small fire—as opposed to the massive bonfires that I prefer—and reminisced with myself about the ordeal of running this place since my return from Mexico at the beginning of 2013. At that time my mother was living in town. The place had…
  • 48 years

    Lois Wickstrom
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    My husband and I just celebrated 48 years of marriage. I feel incredibly lucky. Lucky that I met him. Lucky that he has been my friend this long. Lucky that we still enjoy the same things, and doing things together. Lucky that we are still both alive and healthy. But knowing that we have taken care of each other, and can do so again if necessary. We have managed to survive when we both lost our jobs and had to survive on food stamps and unemployment. That marriage vow about for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, wasn’t written for people of typical marriage age. It was clearly…
  • Right Wing Holds Own Truths to be Self-evident

    Ted Frier
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Gordon Wood is one of my favorite historians of the early American colonial era, whose Radicalism of the American Revolution provides an insight into the American character as well as the natural antagonists of a political democracy that most of us take all too much for granted. And in a recent New Republic, the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University attempts to explain "How the Complete Meaning of July Fourth Is Slipping Away." Wood says that July Fourth, 1776, is not only the most important day in American history, but because the United States later emerged as "the…
 
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  • 10 Little Ways to Immediately Improve Your Writing

    Staff Writers
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    If you want to write as best as you can, respond clearly and powerfully to your readers’ needs and make your every word tell—whether you are writing a short story, blog post, business letter or e-mail – you need to mind how you write. William Strunk Jr. in the classic book Elements of Style said: “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that…
  • 10 Times it's Okay to Quit

    David K. William
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Is there something in your life you want to quit? Your job maybe? You’ve probably heard the advice many times that you should never quit. “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again." It’s true that the people who succeed are those who get back up on their feet when they fall or are knocked down, and keep going. When you quit, you forsake your chance to win the race you were in. As yet another popular mantra goes, "Winners never quit and quitters never win." So, yes, you shouldn’t just give up your dream because the dream is difficult or close to impossible to achieve. You have to…
  • Why You Need To Make Time For Yourself (And How To Do It)

    Staff Writers
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Do you get enough time for yourself? Although there are social biases against being alone and introversion, taking time for yourself can work to everyone’s benefit. Many writers, thinkers, founders and creatives from Michelangelo to Goethe and Confucius all made time for themselves to reconnect with the essence of life and produce their masterpieces. Happify, a website dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities, put together a fantastic infographic that shows you just how much cultivating the “art of solitude” and building in some "me" time…
  • The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

    Staff Writers
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
     “The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why so many — from Marcel Proust to Mahatma Ghandi to Emily Dickinson — have found richness in stillness. Ultimately, Iyer shows that, in this age of constant movement and connectedness, perhaps staying in one place is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before.” Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? In The Art of Stillness, Iyer investigate the lives of people who have…
  • 10 Reasons Why Some People Feel Like They Never Have Enough Time

    David K. William
    27 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Do you feel like you're overwhelmingly busy? Like you always don’t have enough time and your schedule is ever growing? Many people today feel that way and constantly lament about a lack of time. If you are like them and you barely have time to do even simple tasks like cooking a meal or completing your daily to-do list, something is wrong. Here are ten reasons why some people always feel like they don’t have enough time and what you can do to avoid it. 1. They don’t rise up early. The modern world we live in runs largely on a 9-to-5 schedule. Waking up early gives you an advantage over…
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    Angie's Diary

  • The Best of Love

    Joyce White
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
    Angie's Diary Love is a double-edged sword that can cause elation and fear at the same time. By Joyce White
  • Perversion

    kelseedell
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Angie's Diary Angelic eyes crushed and deprived. Solemn sadness you suddenly realized By kelseedell
  • What’s in a Flag?

    tucsonmike
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    Angie's Diary I am being cynical, because it is my First Amendment right and because I can By tucsonmike
  • One Minute

    Biola Olatunde
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    Angie's Diary One minute the sky is bright silver; my hands flash over the keyboards By Biola Olatunde
  • Twin Powers

    LV Gaudet
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Angie's Diary In Twin Powers, David Pereda has created a world of international intrigue By LV Gaudet
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    ProofreadNOW.com Blog

  • We Want YOU ... to Understand Restrictive/Nonrestrictive Clauses

    Terri Porter
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. In the spirit of Independence Day, freedom and such, this first sentence of the Declaration of Independence provides a springboard for a timely discussion of restrictive versus nonrestrictive…
  • Proofreading Quiz: And the Winner Is …

    Terri Porter
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
      Thanks to everyone who took our proofreading quiz last week. Congratulations to Arlene Gregoire, who missed just three of the 51 errors, including some of the sneakiest ones. The mistakes that tripped up most people appeared in the second and third sentences of paragraph 3: decreases/increases insulin and hyper/hypoglycemic. These errors go beyond basic grammar and punctuation mistakes, many of which Microsoft Word will highlight, and require a closer read to ensure the text makes sense.
  • And You Thought Finals Were Done … A Quiz

    Terri Porter
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
      School’s out (or nearly out) across the nation and summer vacation beckons. We thought another proofreading quiz would be a good way to kick off the summer fun. The five numbered paragraphs below are laced with errors — some glaring and some that are less obvious. But they’re all unequivocally wrong. Acceptable variations — such as words with different spellings (e.g., advisor, adviser) or sentences that could be punctuated multiple ways — are not included here.
  • As You Like It ... or Not

    Terri Porter
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    This week we wrap up our three-part miniseries on pronouns by taking on one of the most hotly debated grammar questions — the use of like versus as — and how your choices will dictate which pronouns you use.
  • Pronouns with Comparatives: More than Meets the I

    Terri Porter
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    Mark Twain may not have been talking about pronouns when he said “Comparison is the death of joy,” but the sentiment somehow fits. Just ask anyone who struggles with figuring out which pronouns to use with comparatives such as than, as and like. How can three little words wreak so much havoc with pronouns? The short answer is that all three words can perform multiple functions in a sentence, and when the function isn’t clear, the resulting usage is mixed.
 
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    Positive Writer

  • How to Make Your Writing Critique Group Flourish

    Marcy McKay
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 pm
    When you’re in a critique group that works for you, it’s the best. They encourage you, provide accountability, as well as teach you how to be a better writer… Insights from the right people are an invaluable gift to a writer.  (Click to Tweet) When you’re in a critique group that doesn’t work, it’s the worst. You dread seeing these people and having your work torn to shreds. Some folks are so damaged by the process they quit writing altogether. It’s a shame. It’s also… Unnecessary. Your writing can flourish with the right format, even if you live in the remotest parts…
  • Why Write? Overcome The Critic (and The Dude!)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:22 am
    Drumroll, please! I present to you the champion of the “How Writing Has Positively Influenced YOUR Life” writing contest: “Why Write” by Troy McLaughlin. Join me in congratulating Troy in the comments below. I have a friend who loves to write. I’m more along the lines of Hemingway, bleeding on the page. Not literally, but it’s still painful. Pain. It’s doled out by the critic and the dude. Whether it’s the critic, saying I misspelled or omitted a word or some other grammar mistake. Or the dude inside my head who says “this sucks”, “why try”, or “nobody is…
  • Everyone Needs a Dream Champion

    Bryan Hutchinson
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:06 am
    This is the 2nd Place winner for the “How Writing Has Positively Influenced YOUR Life” writing contest. It’s by Lana Pecherczyk. Help me congratulate Lana in the comments. I will post the winner of the contest in just a few days. Stay tuned. For most of my life, I’ve been good at one thing – art. The world around me saw my work, and said I should do more of it, so I did. But when at the age of eight, I said I wanted to write stories, and even though we were poor, my mother came home with a blank notebook and a pencil saying I should follow my dreams, no matter where they take…
  • How Writing Daily will Positively Influence Your Life

    Bryan Hutchinson
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:36 am
    Today I begin presenting the winners of the “How Writing Has Positively Influenced YOUR Life” writing contest with 3rd place, by Cole Nemeth. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. Over the following few days I will be posting all of the winning entries. Stay tuned, and help me congratulate Cole in the comments. For as long as I can remember I have been writing daily and it has most definitely had a positive influence on my life. As a child I would write in my journal, create short stories and poems, and write out my homework assignments. As an adult, I continue…
  • Mini Writing Contest and Drawings for Amazon Gift Cards

    Bryan Hutchinson
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    I am offering a new drawing and mini writing contest. It’s easy to enter both events, all you need to do is write an honest review of the book The Audacity to be a Writer. 3x $25.00 and 1x $100.00 Amazon Gift Cards. Here’s how to enter… I promised that I would be creating more events and contests, and what better way to start doing that than using the book for which the proceeds are meant for exactly that. How To Enter: Review Drawing: Post a review of The Audacity to be a Writer on its Amazon page to enter into a drawing for a $25.00 Amazon gift card. 3 Amazon gift…
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    Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books

  • A guide to the business of writing

    Abidemi Sanusi
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    It’s the New Year and you've made a resolution to be a serious writer, i.e., earn money from your writing. But before jacking in the day job, think. A freelancer’s life is not a bed of roses. It takes grit, determination and – in a lot of cases – dry seasons of financial hardship before acquiring clients. The post A guide to the business of writing appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Book Review: Reinventing Rachel, by Alison Strobel

    Abidemi Sanusi
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    The first inkling I had that Reinventing Rachel was not going to be a mundane read was an Amazon review with the words: “Very disturbing”. And to call it a prodigal story would be doing the novel a disservice. It’s more than a prodigal story. It’s a story for any Christian who has ever wondered: What if I’m wrong about Christianity? Does prayer really make a difference? The post Book Review: Reinventing Rachel, by Alison Strobel appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Writer’s block: all in your head?

    Abidemi Sanusi
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Some argue it's an excuse for lazy writers, while others argue it's a real issue that many writers grapple with. And then, there are some (usually, non-writers), who believe it's part and parcel of the writer's lot, a romantic ideal, so to speak, of the 'tortured creative'. Writer's block: an excuse for lazy writers or is it all in your head? The post Writer’s block: all in your head? appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • How to deal with disappointment as a writer

    Abidemi Sanusi
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    There are many great things about writing. But the rejection slips? Not so much. Here's how to deal with disappointment as a writer and bounce your way back to writing success. The post How to deal with disappointment as a writer appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Three great planning tools for writers

    Abidemi Sanusi
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Writing, like most things in life, is 2% inspiration and 98% perspiration. The good news is that, with the right planning tools, the perspiration part need not be too painful. Here are three useful planning tools for writers. The post Three great planning tools for writers appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
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    Now Novel

  • What is literary fiction? How to develop a literary writing voice

    Jordan
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:04 am
    What is literary fiction? A valid question. People often make distinctions between genre and literary fiction although the division is not always as clear as it might seem at first glance. Perhaps the best definition of literary fiction is this: Literary fiction is fiction that concerns itself with subtleties and complexities of language, theme and symbolism and tends to be character-driven rather than plot driven. Often, literary fiction makes more demands on its readers than genre fiction in that it requires a higher level of engagement with and reflection on the text and its social or…
  • How to write a series: 8 novice mistakes to avoid

    Jordan
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    Series are particularly popular in genres such as fantasy and mystery. Learning how to write a series presents several pitfalls. Here are some points to keep in mind: Fantasy and science fiction series differ from mystery series: Mystery series tend to tell a single self-contained story in each novel although the novels have a recurring main character. Thrillers like Tom Clancy’s books about Jack Ryan are generally similar to mysteries in this sense. Then there are books such as John le Carre’s George Smiley spy novels that are loosely linked and contain the Karla trilogy within a…
  • Best poems from the 21st Century: 3 lessons in how to write a book

    brendanmc
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:55 am
        Many prominent novelists have also been poets: the Canadian author Margaret Atwood has been a prolific writer of not only novels but poetry and essay collections too. Poetry tends to have a smaller readership, but the best poems from the 21st Century provide valuable lessons in how to write a book. From using vivid imagery to using myth and the universal to comment on the personal, reading some of the 21st Century’s most famous poems and understanding the devices they use will help you improve your own writing. Here are 3 poems to think about, along with suggestions for…
  • Infographic: How to build a book audience

    Jordan
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Our previous guide on how to build an audience for your fiction included practical tips on using social media, getting active in your local book-reading community and more. Now you can read and share some of the key pointers included in that guide via the concise infographic below: Click image to view full size These are practical tips for writers who have already released their work and want to find a wider audience. Yet if you are near the mid to end stages of the writing process, you might be more interested in finding beta readers who will help you tweak your writing and smooth out any…
  • How to build a book audience: 6 smart methods

    Jordan
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    How can you build a book audience for your writing? These six foolproof methods will take you from creating a core audience to expanding well beyond that initial group of readers: Work as your own book publicist If you are self-published, you already know this is vital to finding a readership. If you are starting out with a traditional publisher, you may be surprised to learn how much heavy lifting you are still expected to do yourself in the promotion department. Even authors who have placed books with major publishing houses that have their own marketing departments may receive only…
 
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    The Red Ink

  • Your Content Marketing Firm Should Always Be Improving

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    Last time, we talked about the ways in which you can tell if a content marketing firm has the skills and resources to meet your needs. Today, we’re going to come at it from another angle, discussing the importance of getting a content marketing firm that’s always improving—and how you can tell if your firm fits that bill. Continuous improvement is something that all companies say they strive for, and in many instances it’s true. Still, in content marketing circles, continuous improvement is especially important. That’s partly because the industry is changing so much and so rapidly;…
  • Finding a Content Marketing Firm to Meet Your Needs

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:46 pm
    No two companies have the same content marketing needs—and, as luck would have it, no two content marketing firms offer quite the same areas of specialization. That means there is likely a company out there that can meet your content needs—but it also means you’re going to have to do some research to find it. But how can you tell? When interviewing a new content marketing firm, how do you ensure that it has the resources and the skillsets you require? How can you be certain that your content marketing goals will be met? You probably can’t, quite honestly—but there are a few…
  • How to Nail Your (Surprise!) Phone Interview

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    For jobseekers, a phone interview can sometimes be just as intimidating as an in-person one, perhaps even more so; when you’re speaking on the phone you have no way of making eye contact or of “reading the room,” nor to pick up on facial cues or other social signifiers. In short, you feel like you’re in the dark—and that can be stressful! For many job applicants, though, a phone interview is going to be a necessary part of the process. Here’s what happens, and is happening more and more: A hiring manager gets your resume, reviews it, and finds it to be promising. So then he or she…
  • 5 Benefits to Hiring a Ghostblogger

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:56 pm
    By now, you’ve surely seen the statistics: More than 80 percent of consumers say they’re more likely to do business with a company that’s in the content production game. That’s not so surprising, when you think about it: A commitment to content creation proves your passion to assist customers. It exhibits thought leadership. It offers authority but also extends helpful service—a winning combo that your small business can’t afford to ignore. There are different ways to create content, but blogging is the most direct and most value-adding of them all—yes, we would argue, even more…
  • Who Are Your Brand Ambassadors?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Who’s on your company’s social media team? Hopefully you’ve got some good content writers and strategists there in the office with you—or else, you’ve found a good content marketing team to contract. Remember, though, that your team doesn’t merely consist of paid employees. Even your social media followers are, in a significant way, part of the team. Not All Followers Are Created Equally Some of your social media followers are probably just along for the ride—happy to “like” your company profiles but not necessarily willing to help you spread the word about your brand.
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • Pinterest for Authors: Cool People & Boards to Follow

    Rachel Rueben
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Not long ago, I wrote an article about Pinterest but never really got into the nitty gritty because I was new to the platform and had no clue what to do on there. Recently, I’ve been finding it easier and more fun to use than Facebook or Twitter. There aren’t that many annoying restraints or constant algorithm changes—yet! Also, I can save time on all my social media accounts by sharing interesting pins to Facebook, Google or Instagram, sites that all favor images. So let’s start today by using the search engine to find cool people and boards. Search Terms That Could be Useful In a…
  • How to Increase Your Book’s Odds at BookBub

    Rachel Rueben
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Many indie authors call Bookbub the golden standard of online book advertising and I can’t say I disagree. Over the years their competitors like Pixel of Ink have either stopped accepting submissions or have gone under. Meanwhile Bookbub has only continued to grow with no signs of slowing down.  In fact just two weeks ago, Bookbub announced they’ve secured seven million dollars in funding to take their company global. This is great news for indie authors who want to reach more readers and make more money from advertising. Facts You Need to Know BookBub has a subscriber base of over 5…
  • Selling Your Licensing Rights: What Authors Should Know

    Rachel Rueben
    31 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Photo by ThinkPanama via Flickr In the past few months, the story of Harper Lee and the controversy surrounding her sequel to “To Kill a Mocking Bird” had authors talking again about how it seems everyone is on a mission to rip authors off.   In fact, things have gotten so bad that the Author’s Guild has started a new campaign for what they’re calling a fair  contract initiative which they hope will help authors achieve a fair and balanced return for their work. Even though I’m not a big fan of the Authors Guild, I do believe this is a worthy cause.  So in…
  • Audio Books: What Indie Authors Should Know

    Rachel Rueben
    17 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Over the past few months indie authors have been discussing audio books and many of us have questions such as; how do you make one, should even you make one, and where do you promote them? So I went on a quest to learn the ABCs of audio books but before I begin let me be clear.  When I refer to audio books I am talking about both MP3 files as well as CDs.  Yes, there are people still listening to CDs! 90’s humor! Pic by Nick D. Clements via Flickr Major Misconceptions About Audio Books Despite what you’ve heard, audio books aren’t for the blind or small children who are struggling…
  • What To Do When Someone Pirates Your Ebook: Part 2

    Rachel Rueben
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    By lamont_cranston via Flickr I had no intention of making a part 2 to my last post but when the Becca Mills story hit the internet, I felt I needed to go further with the series.  For those who don’t know, Becca Mills is an indie author, whose book was removed from Amazon by a false DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) compliant.  As the drama unfolded, many indie authors, including myself, learned several surprising things about the role retailers play in copyright disputes. Because what seemed to be an easy open and shut case turned into weeks of back and forth between the…
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    S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

  • Old School Reading: Joe Haldeman

    Tao23
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    This is a linked collection of short stories — the adventures of a government assassin in a smallish interplanetary empire. The links are interludes in which the assassin is interviewed and prepared for the next mission through hypnotic suggestion — Haldeman is known for war stories that have more to say about what lies beneath […]
  • “Half Sour, Half Sweet” Is About Finding Hope In The Depths Of Regret

    Tao23
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    This is a story that comes, in part, out of my own life and experiences. Unlike David Brown, I am not yet seventy years old and I did not miss out on the love of my life. But I do know what regret is, and I do know what it is to wonder if my […]
  • New Monthly Microfiction At Patreon: “The Mangrove At The End Of The World”

    Tao23
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    I’ve been posting a piece of microfiction each month for Patreon patrons (a whole buck a month is the minimum pledge to see them) since March. This month’s offering is a vignette about a young man fishing in a place that makes the familiar Earth seem very alien indeed. It’s about hope and death and […]
  • Thirteen Word Story: “Paleolithic Baggage”

    Tao23
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    They transcended flesh and argued about which pure energy was the superior one.
  • Thirteen Word Story: They Walk Among Us

    Tao23
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Wearing the skins of the homeless, scouts for the alien invasion spied, invisible.
 
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    Jeremy Porter

  • Three ways research helps communication

    Jeremy Porter
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Research is critical to persuasive communication. Rather than seeing it as an impediment, organizations should see it as invaluable. Focus group in Nigeria Photo: Community Eye Health Communication is always better when it’s based on research. Yet many campaigns and organizations balk at the idea. “We don’t want to do research for research’s sake.” “We don’t have time.” “We already know what people think.” It’s not uncommon for clients to find reasons not to do research rather than reasons to do it. It’s seen as an embuggerance. Often there’s no budget…
  • Things polluters say

    Jeremy Porter
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    Why polluters use the words they do Alberta tar sands Photo: Dru Oja Jay Listening to the BBC World Service Newshour this morning I heard that the Ugandan government opening up oil extraction. When asked about the scale of the projects, the Minister of Energy and Minerals, Irene Muloni, said, We’ve confirmed in place 6.5 billion barrels of oil, and about 500 billion cubic feet of gas in place. We are looking about recovering about 1.4 billion barrels of oil from this 6.5 billion. Read that answer again. Does anything stand out? For me it’s “recovering”. Here, Ms. Muloni describes…
  • Why the facts don’t work — a case study on climate communication

    Jeremy Porter
    28 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    The climate movement needs to change its strategy, forget about persuading everybody, and focus on telling a story. It needs “moral genius”. The wrong message at the 2014 People’s Climate March Photo: South Bend Voice Years back, a preacher traveled to Detroit to speak to churchgoers. He said, The trouble isn’t so much that we don’t know enough, but it’s as if we aren’t good enough. The trouble isn’t so much that our scientific genius lags behind, but our moral genius lags behind. The year was 1954. The preacher was Martin Luther King, Jr. Those…
  • Voters deserve better

    Jeremy Porter
    5 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Here’s some advice politicians and their staff would do well to take: stop giving voters the impression you don’t care. U.S. Congress Photo: Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov There’s a perception among many voters in the U.S. and other western democracies that politicians don’t care about them. It comes through loud and clear in the hundreds of focus groups I’ve been involved in. It’s not hard to see why. Last Thursday morning I was listening to a candidate on the radio running for the vacant House seat in Staten Island, NY. The host, Brian Lehrer, often gives candidates an…
  • “Unconcerned, unrepentant, and unchanged” — three words that show what communicators can learn from a Boston lawyer

    Jeremy Porter
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Painting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as “unconcerned, unrepentant, unchanged” is a skillful example of rhetoric, persuasion, and a potent key message. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev court drawing Image: Reuters Lawyers have a way with words. Evidence isn’t always enough for a prosecutor. The prosecution’s lack of evidence is not always enough for a defense attorney. Language, rhetoric, and persuasion are just as important to convincing a judge or a jury. Communicators can learn a lot from lawyers. The good ones tell compelling stories in vivid language that persuade their audience…
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    Solitary Spark

  • Bittersweet Beach

    27 Jun 2015 | 11:51 pm
     Written in one of my classes for creative writing in 2013.Bittersweet Beach     It was something I avoided for months. The pain in my chest grew and devoured, the kudzu-like vines suffocating my heart at each mention, thought, or vision of her name. Countless times we'd vacationed here—laughing, spending, relaxing—yet the recent past lingered, shadowing our every move. The innocent brown eyes staring up at me had no clue why everything had suddenly gone silent. Yawning and wiggling, she stood in my lap, placing her large paws on the window's edge to look out in…
  • Book Review: The Red Sea by Edward W. Robertson

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Dante and Blays are once again off on adventures in Edward W. Robertson's new trilogy, The Cycle of Galand. I'll be honest: I am a huge fan of Robertson's Breakers series and would probably rate it at the top of my favorites list. When I saw he had a new book, I figured I'd give it a shot, but it wasn't until I was finished with The Red Sea that I realized this is a sequel to his other series I never read, The Cycle of Arawn. If you haven't read the prior series, do not be deterred. I thoroughly enjoyed The Red Sea and now that I'm starting The White Tree, the first of the prior…
  • Word Prompt: Summer Sails

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
     
  • Literary Devices: Anagram

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:35 pm
  • The Sobering Creative Decline in American Children

    13 Jun 2015 | 12:31 am
    Spend a few hours around a child and it quickly takes you back to the carefree days of innocence. Oh, to be young again! No bills to pay, no responsibilities, no planning for the (immediate or long-term) future. What I'd give to play house, make mud pies, and spend hours with my imagination without a care! Well, okay, I do that last part a bit now as a writer, but you get the idea. Children still play with dolls. They still color and draw. Imaginary friends remain their fellow troublemakers. Research as of 2012 suggests, however, that their level of creativity has dropped in the past decades,…
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    copywritercollective.com

  • 5 Writers Who Have Been Imprisoned

    Noemi Tasarra
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:08 am
    There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. ~Aristotle Some of the best writers – literary geniuses, even – have more than their fair share of mischief and periods of madness. While some were able to get off with nary a scratch (figuratively and literally speaking) – thanks to either their criminal lawyer or their specific circumstances, others have had to serve time in jail. Here are some of the most popular writers who have been imprisoned. You might be surprised – or not. St. Thomas More   Known best for his book “Utopia”, which he wrote in 1516, St. Thomas More…
  • Don’t try to sound different, try to sound authentic.

    Sean Kopen
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    “We don’t want to sound like just another boring service provider.” A small electrical company told me when discussing their website content. “We want to come across unique and appealing to homeowners, not just more corporate talk.” My first thought was, ‘Are you just another boring service provider?’ I can understand a desire to stand out, but what would I want from an electrician? I want professionalism, collaboration and the ability to get the job done. If you pass that test, perhaps I’ll call for a quote. What’s really important to me is that what you say in…
  • The 5-Step Process of Creating Synergy Between Content Marketing and Social Media Marketing

    Kimberly Crossland
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:37 am
    You have the content. You have the social media profiles set up. But somehow, nothing seems to work. You run in a circle of publishing and posting without avail. Your social media marketing isn’t driving you business, and neither is your content. What’s happening? Chances are, there’s a lack of synergy between content marketing and social media marketing that’s costing you opportunities. Here is a super simple five step process to align your content and social strategies for bigger success online. 1. Get to Know Your Buyer Drop that pen! Before you create any piece of content, do…
  • Copywriting Tips For Advertising Learned From Guinness Beer

    Kimberly Crossland
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:17 am
    If you’ve ever spent time in Dublin, chances are you’ve been to the Guinness Storehouse. According to the fast-talking cab driver who whisked us from one side of the city to the other, the Guinness Storehouse is the biggest tourist attraction in Dublin. A few weeks ago, my husband and I touched down in this delightful Irish city. Not wanting to miss out, we fell into that tourist trap – and I’m glad we did! The Guinness Storehouse is a multi-level museum. You start at the bottom where you learn about the basics of beer brewing – hops, malt, barley and water. It’s the water…
  • Is SEO Dead?

    Kimberly Crossland
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:54 am
    Yesterday, while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed I saw this headline: “The Top 4 Reasons SEO Is Dead” It’s not the first time a major marketing strategy has been deemed “dead.” Some people have touted that email marketing is dead (it’s not) andtelevision is dead (it’s not either.) So why do so many people keep suggesting that popular, effective marketing tactics are dead? Probably because it’s been beaten, pounded, kicked, and dug into the dirt by so many “black hat,” poor attempts that it’s diluted the real reason it existed in the first place. Television…
 
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    The Write Practice

  • Contractions List: When To Use and When To Avoid

    Joe Bunting
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    by Joe BuntingI had a conversation with a fellow writer recently about contractions, when they’re appropriate to use and when they should be avoided. But first, what are contractions? Is there a contractions list? What Are Contractions? Contractions Definition A contraction is a combination of two words—almost always a noun with a verb—linked with an apostrophe into one, shortened word. Examples of contractions include it’s, wasn’t, haven’t, and hundreds more (see our contractions list below) We use contractions every day, usually without noticing them. Why?
  • Are You Writing with a Fear Filter?

    Guest Blogger
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    by Guest BloggerThis guest post was written by Brian Rella. Brian is a writer and avid horror fan who recently launched his first book, Monsters & Demons, a book of twisted fairy tales which you can purchase on Amazon or get your free review copy on Story Cartel. You can also follow Brian on his blog and on Twitter (@Brian_Rella). When asked why he wrote horror stories, Stephen King once said that he wrote about the things that scared him the most. He went on to say, writing horror stories was therapeutic in a way; a method to overcome his own insecurities and phobias. Isn’t…
  • What to Do When You Run Out of Creative Steam

    Ruthanne Reid
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    by Ruthanne ReidHere’s the thing about creative energy: it can dry up. Writing is an amazing act of courage and creation, and it takes a lot out of us. All too often, we run out of steam, and usually at the worst possible moments—when we have a deadline, a story to finish, a publisher breathing down our necks, or even just our own internal editor’s demands. The good news: it happens to us all. The better news: there’s a way out. Read on. Why Our Creative Energy Dries Up I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a crazy, hectic week filled…
  • When You’re Stuck in the Writing Process, Do This.

    Monica M. Clark
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    by Monica M. ClarkHave you ever felt like you needed help with your writing process, but didn’t know where to turn?  Perhaps you’re new to this writing thing, or you’ve been too scared to tell anyone what you’re working on. Or, if you’re like me, you’ve spent so much time in the writing process, so much time writing, editing, pitching, and educating yourself on the process that you truly believe you’ve done all you can possibly do on your own. What should you do now? Network. Networking is Not a Dirty Word No one likes the word “network” because it seems…
  • What I Mean When I Say I Am A Writer

    Joe Bunting
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    by Joe BuntingI’m beginning a long season of travel. Yesterday, I got home from California, where I had a few meetings and spent time with family. In July, I’ll be in Portland for World Domination Summit (if you’ll be there, let me know!). In August, there’s Plywood Presents in Atlanta, and the Tribe Writers conference in Nashville, where I’ll be speaking (you should come!). What this means for me is that I have to explain what I do for a living a lot. It’s not easy, at least for me. I am a writer, yes, but what does that really mean? When I Say…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • An Interview with Ev Bogue

    Lauren Sapala
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    Today’s post is an interview with Ev Bogue, one of my personal writing heroes. I started reading Ev’s work about five years ago and it shifted my perspective on everything. Just like when someone hands you a tape of new music with lyrics that speak directly to you, I felt stronger in my own creative convictions every time I read his writing. Ev Bogue is the person who gave me the courage to start my own blog, and then my own business. I’m greatly honored to feature this interview with him. Lauren: You write and publish books that teach people tech skills, ranging from how to learn…
  • Limiting Beliefs Kill Creativity, Writers Beware

    Lauren Sapala
    27 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    I worked as an office manager for many years, for many different companies. It was my job to make sure people had the workspace they needed when they were hired. When I started working for a successful, affluent company I noticed something very interesting that happened with a lot of the new employees. When I told them they could have whatever they wanted, they didn’t believe me. Now, of course, I meant within reason. And this was limited to items for their desk and/or cubicle. But that still opened up a huge range of possibility. I told them they could choose between a PC or a Mac—brand…
  • How Important Is It to Be a “Famous” Writer?

    Lauren Sapala
    12 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    For many years it was my dream to be a famous writer. Like, a REALLY famous writer. My idol was Jack Kerouac, and while that was partly because I loved the beauty of his writing (and still do) it was also because of the recognition he achieved. Never mind the fact that fame only contributed to his tragic downward spiral, that’s a story for another day. The point is that I wanted what he had—status, notoriety, and success. I knew that if I had those things I would be happy. But a funny thing happened on the way there…I noticed that when I concentrated on using my writing to gain…
  • Writers of a Certain Age…Is It Too Late?

    Lauren Sapala
    6 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    I met a woman in my first writing program who told me about her 40th birthday. She said it was the best and worst birthday she ever had. She was so happy when she turned 30, she remembered. She had a big party on the beach and all her friends came. But ten years later she found herself sobbing all alone in her bedroom the night before she turned 40. “I hadn’t done the things I really wanted to do in this life,” she said. And the thing at the top of her list was writing. That was why it was also the best birthday she ever had, she explained to our group. Because the next day she scoured…
  • The Way We Create Writer’s Block for Ourselves

    Lauren Sapala
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The biggest source of my writer’s block has never had anything to do with the actual writing. What really blocks me is how I feel about myself as a writer. I have good days and bad days. On a good day I get some pages down, read them over and find they’re not half bad. I’m excited about my story and entertain hopes that I could get readers excited about it too. On a bad day though…I start the comparison game. That little nagging voice in my head tells me I’m too old to publish a debut novel (F. Scott Fitzgerald was only 21). Or that my life needs to be more interesting (Elie Wiesel…
 
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  • Worldview and Writing

    harmamae
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    I thought I left off my last post on a rather hopeful note. Turns out people start worrying the minute you acknowledge the world is not a bed of roses, even though we all agreed on that point millennia ago. I think it’s just facing the fact that life is just a precarious teeter on the edge of misery, that’s so nerve-wracking for people to hear. Most of the time we are thankfully and blissfully comforted by being blinded to this. Most of the time, we don’t have to think about this. And if you straight out say life is a vale of tears, you could very well be dealing with…
  • Writing the Tragedy – As Hard as Living It

    harmamae
    30 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    The place my writing comes from inside me is dead right now. Probably not permanently, but dead for now. I’ve always thought of writing – and reading – as a kind of escape from reality. I’ve blogged about this more than once. There’s a contrary theory of literature that says the good stuff comes from the bad experiences – the emotional turmoil – the realization that reality actually is incredibly ugly. This theory may be right, but I don’t have enough distance from the ugliness to put it in words yet. Maybe I never will. And I know the joy in…
  • When a Hurricane of Clichés Equals a Great Movie

    harmamae
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Today, I’m going to talk about Casablanca. If you want to know more about why I care about Casablanca, check out my previous post, ‘Writing Reality – Or Escaping It‘. “Thus Casablanca is not just one film. It is many films, an anthology… And this is the reason it works, in spite of aesthetic theories and theories of film making…Two clichés make us laugh. A hundred clichés move us. For we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, and celebrating a reunion.” – Umberto Eco (Travels in Hyperreality, and “Casablanca, or, The Clichés are…
  • In Jane Austen, Nice Guys Finish First

    harmamae
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Girls go for the bad guys, they say, and nice guys finish last. If so, then Jane Austen has achieved an amazing feat of literature by creating nice guys you want to cheer for. Nice guys many females claim they’d like to date. Nice guys who aren’t boring, but actually readable. I realized this while reading several people online insist Frank Churchill and Henry Crawford are far more interesting than their romantic rivals (the nice guys who actually get the girl, in other words) – George Knightley and Edmund Bertram. This is craziness, of course. You’d have to be pretty…
  • Writing Reality – Or Escaping It

    harmamae
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A quick thought for today: Writers write what’s real. They try to connect with some reality in the readers’ experience, and inspire emotions that complement the work they write. They try to represent the world as it truly is. That is one theory of writing’s purpose, anyway. The problem is, reality really bites. I wanted to improve as a writer this year. I gritted my teeth and tried to dredge up something of reality – bad experiences as well as good (though I’d be the first to admit my own real problems may barely phase anyone else.) I wrote down some stuff that for me was…
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    Milo James Fowler

  • Trying My Hand at an Anthology

    28 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    You've seen it happen: actors think they can direct; directors think they can act; editors think they can write; writers think they can edit an anthology.  Well, I've decided to test the anthology waters with just a toe or two.  For a while now, I've noticed something about most of the top-tier publications that I've either broken into or am still attempting to break into: they publish
  • Heading Out on the Query Circuit

    21 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    My defective detective novel is just about ready to be queried in a big way. So far, I've attempted to snag the attention of various agents with science fiction, horror, a thriller, and a western, but this will be my first attempt with a humorous mystery that takes place in the real world, circa 1930. Historical fiction? Not really. I did a little homework when necessary, but there's not a
  • Catching a Runaway Train

    14 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    "Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Runaway Train on Zeta Moon 3" is included in the June issue of Beyond Science Fiction. Here's how Quasar's latest misadventure opens: In all his years as an intergalactic starfarer and awe-inspiring hero from Earth, Captain Bartholomew Quasar had experienced more than his share of fantastic, unique, and hard-to-classify situations, all of which he'd
  • Does the World Need Another Writer?

    7 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Easy answer: nope. There are already too many good novels and stories out there we won't be able to read before we die. Why make it even more difficult for readers with so many books, so little time? Does the world need another artist? Musician? Plumber? Teacher?  When I discovered the band mewithoutYou thirteen years ago, I became a fan for life. But does the world really need
  • Announcing the B is for Broken Anthology

    31 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    My story "Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Carpethrian Call of the Wild" is included in the latest anthology from Rhonda Parrish, B is for Broken. Following the success of A is for Apocalypse, Parrish continues her line of alphabet anthologies with a whole batch of talented writers I get to call ToC buddies: Brittany Warman - C.S. MacCath - Sara Cleto - Samantha Kymmell-Harvey - Megan
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Friday Roundup 7.3.15

    Lorin
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Have a great weekend!Times of Change, Times to BreatheONLINE IS IRL - Chuck Wending NSFW5 Important Tips on How to Pitch a Literary Agent In PersonQuiz: Which Fictional Home Is For You?Openings: Intrigue Versus Engagement
  • Friday Roundup 6.26.15

    Lorin
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Happy Friday!Neil Gaiman How Stories LastThe Evolution of the Internet Novel, 1984 to Present: A TimelineWriting for the Soul: 5 (Less Conventional) TipsThe Most Commonly Used Words in English5 Lessons About Productivity We Learned from Successful Self Publishers
  • Friday Roundup 6.19.15

    Lorin
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Enjoy the weekend!Traits of a Writer on Track for SuccessUsing Tricks From Other WritersHow to Sell Your Screenplay (for Absolute Beginners)7 Tips For Writing About TraumaLunacy
  • Friday Roundup 6.12.15

    Lorin
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Have an awesome weekend, folks!Getting Unstuck: The Krafton MethodBibliotherapy Could Help With Stress Management11 Books To Read While Hiking That Are Totally Worth Their Weight In Your BackpackWhat 50 Years of Writing Have Taught Me12 Lessons Learned From a Debut Author
  • Friday Roundup 5.29.15

    Lorin
    29 May 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Have a great Friday!4 Tips on Balancing Your Writing Life vs. Your Personal Life10 authors who excel on the internet10 Most Addictive Books of 2015 (So Far)10 rules for making it as a writer, by Dennis LehaneSomething Deeper
 
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    Words & Music

  • Flash Fiction Friday - Janie's Dad

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    The moment was on them before they had time to give it the consideration it deserved. Something had to be done. The status quo was untenable.  Janie’s automatic reaction to change had always been resistance but this time around she recognized its inevitability and embraced it as heartily as she was able. The old man was going to die. There was no way around it. Time was short.He’d been a good enough father, as such things go. He hadn’t given her the love she wanted but he had so little to give. He gave what he could. He gave all he could spare. What more can you ask of a man…
  • Better Things

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
     "Here's hoping all the days ahead won't be as bitter as the ones behind you." Ray DaviesA friend once told me that I was the youngest 50 year old she'd ever met. I took it as a compliment at the time but now I'm not so sure. It's no fun to be out of sync with your own life. I watch my friends fit comfortably into the slots of their lives but I can't find the way to fit into mine. It's like I've been too young for too long and now have to catch up to myself.The advantages of youth are obvious: physical beauty and strength; fountains of energy; the ability to bounce back quickly and fully…
  • And....We Are Back

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    "I'm calling all the shots tonight. I'm like a loaded gun." - AerosmithAnd we're back. By “we” I mean me. It’s not the royal we. It’s more of a disagreement between otherwise compatible pronouns. My invisible (or at least carefully concealed) staff and I are ready to shake off the shadows and submit again to the antiseptic sunlight.Three months ago I put the blog on hiatus to work on my novel The Goddess of Love and generally rearrange my brain. I'm not sure yet which one, but I feel cautiously optimistic that at least one of those projects is coming along well enough to un-hiatus…
  • More's The Pity

    28 May 2015 | 5:05 am
     Mia madreRude awakeningThe screen door slamsMary’s nowhere to be seenWake up, againThe body slugsAching for Sicilian shoresMary, where are you?I could use a virginal perspective right about now  This could be the generation that kills the mythThe internet’ll do that to youPeople used to believe in love tooMore’s the pityThey’ll be wiser in their own wayAnd more fairThey’ll never know what they’re missingMore’s the pityShe was here a moment ago Or was it longer than that?Long enough to raise the deadOr pull the thorn from a lion’s pawLong enough to turn water…
  • The Hardest Thing

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    The hardest thing I've ever done was nothingIt's hard not to speak - don't say thatIt's hard not to touch - you can look but you better not...It's hard to let sleeping dogs lieWhen you want to play fetch It's hard not to have another beer It's hard not to thinkNot to think of youNot to think of what I should be doing to youIt's hard not to say how much I loveNot to say how much I hateNot to say how much I hurtNot to say how lucky I am to love and hate and hurtThe hardest thing to do is sit stillWhen universes of possibilities tap me on the shoulderAnd say, "Come on in, sucker. The water's…
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    Write Kids' Books!

  • 5 ways breaking rules makes your writing more powerful (a guest post)

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    We’re getting ready for our big family vacation in Canada, so I’m turning over the steering wheel to the capable hands of author and speaker Dawn Goldberg Shuler, who’s here to talk about… 5 Reasons to Break Writing Rules As a lifelong writer, former English teacher, and writing coach and communication consultant for the last ten years, most people think that I write perfectly, no mistakes in grammar, structure, punctuation... it's all perfect. Nope! I don't write perfectly at all. Actually, I don't know that I ever write anything that an English teacher wouldn't get her red pen out…
  • The top-secret way to write more when you have young kids

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    School’s out! Summer’s here, and if you have young kids, you know what that means: kids in your hair.  All day long, and by evening, you’re sapped by family activities and running around.  Running, running, running.  They’re running you into an early grave… and you’re running on empty. Where can you find time to write? Some days (is this just me?), the thought of sitting down at the computer after a busy family-filled day is utterly, completely depressing.  I know there are disciplined writers out there who put in their 1000 words a day come hell or high…
  • How strong is your story's opening? Turbocharge it with this 5-point checklist

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Did you ever watch a space shuttle launch?  It was an awesome thing: the thundering noise, the heat, the deep bass rumble.  Why do they have to put so much energy into launching ships into space?  They have to start out with a ton of power so the ship has enough velocity to make it all the way into space. And that's what your story has to do, too. Adding rocket fuel to your book Pour a ton of thrust into the story's opening to carry readers all the way through to the end.  Here's a quick 5-point checklist to make sure your opening covers all the bases. If you're writing a…
  • How to have fun collaborating on a kids' book–with a kid

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Hand in hand in hand in hand.  Collaborating on a meaningful book project together – why not? The image is so beautiful.  Jodi Picoult writes with her daughter.  So maybe you’re wondering:  why can’t you write a children’s book with your son, niece, granddaughter, cousin, or any other kid you happen to have nearby? (Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha Van Leer, who have written two books together.) The answer is a resounding yes.  YES!  Absolutely, you can.  You can write a book together, and have tons fun doing it.  Sure, you’ll both…
  • What do you need to know about the magic of threes?

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Close your eyes and think of a number between one and ten.  Umm, now open your eyes so you can read the rest of this post. Did you pick seven?  If not, you probably picked three or eight. According to this mathematician, seven was the favourite number from among 44,000 people worldwide.  But the second favourite – maybe not the winner, but the first runner-up – was three.  And I think you will be, too, when you see how much three (3!) has to offer us as writers. Why are threes so powerful?  Physically, three is the lowest stable number that stands up on its…
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    Writeaholic Inspiration

  • The Complete Online Course is Now Free to Download

    Ruth Barringham
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    The Complete Online Course is a huge ebook that teaches you how to write HTML code.It’s a course I wrote years ago after having learned how to do it myself.The course I learned from cost me several hundred dollars and I sold The Complete Online Course for less than $50 so it was a real bargain, especially considering that it also teaches how to make money online.But now time has passed and things have changed so I’ve now made The Complete Online Course a free download so that it can help anyone who needs it.And although some of the information in it is out of date now, most of it is still…
  • Get Ready. Get Set. Write!

    Ruth Barringham
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Lately I've been experimenting with different ways to increase my writing output.I read an ebook about a writer who went from writing 2,000 words a day to 10,000 words a day just by going out to write every day instead of trying to do it at home.She found that even though sitting in a cafe was noisy, there were no distractions and no demands on her time which freed her up to just write.The reason I want to increase how much I write every day, is so that I'm more focused and more productive while I work.I find that when I can sit down and get plenty of writing done in a short space of time,…
  • How I'm Becoming The Organised Writer

    Ruth Barringham
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    For me, self discipline is the hardest thing about being a writer.The writing part is easy.Actually sitting down to do the work in the first place is hard.It's too easy to be distracted by other things when you're working from home, all alone, with no boss looking over your shoulder telling you what to do.It's even harder on days when I'm tired or feeling unwell or if I have a project in the garden that I'm dying to get started on.The way that I've gotten around this problem is by being a highly organised writer.I have set times every day when I must work, whether I feel like it or not.That…
  • Free Podcasts That Are Helping Me to Double My Writing Income

    Ruth Barringham
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I started a part-time cleaning job a few months ago so that I could get more exercise.I clean two local banks which takes me less than 2 hours a night.I've got my routine working so well that I don't have to think very much about what I'm doing.So now I listen to audios while I work.I plug my ear buds in and listen to audios about writing, marketing, wealth, time management, blogging and more.And I find that not only do I get my cleaning done faster AND better than before, but I take home a few nuggets of useable information every week.So I look forward to going to work every night because I…
  • How to Have More Ideas For Your Writing Than You'll Ever Need

    Ruth Barringham
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It's one thing to say that you want to earn all your income from your writing, but how do you know what to write about?And how do you come up with enough ideas?You might think that you need to constantly sit and deeply ponder possible writing topics, but the opposite is true.Rarely does anyone have great ideas while they're writing.It's more likely for great ideas to occur when you're away from the keyboard.It's at these other times when you're not writing that you'll have "eureka" moments.That's because it's our subconscious mind, not our conscious mind, where great ideas are born.But you…
 
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    Assignment Help

  • 5 Qualities That Set Expert Assignment Writers Apart

    admin
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:44 pm
    When it comes to choosing assignment writers, it is always better to judge them beforehand than to repent afterwards. But it’s never an easy task to identify an able assignment writer. Students often remain confused how to assess a writer. A careful and inquisitive eye can, however, make things simpler for you. Here we present you five important suggestions which can help you to identify an authentic and competent assignment writer. 1. Experience “The only source of knowledge is experience” ~ Albert Einstein Whom would you prefer — a novice writer or a professional? Obviously the…
  • 7 Simple Tricks to Maintain a High GPA

    admin
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    Just like salary in a job, stock prices in share market or scores in cricket match, a grade point average (GPA) is an indicator of your success in college. Since after graduation your GPA would have the greatest influence on your academic as well as professional careers, you better gear up to maintain your GPA scores (to at least 3.5). So, how to save your GPA from falling? Forget about those bookish tips that you have already tried and got no results. Here are few brand new and much easier ways to stay consistent with your GPA grades. Implement these seven tricks in your academic life and…
  • 15 Easy Techniques for Students to Improve Memory

    admin
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:19 am
    You can recall the book in which the protagonist goes abroad. The book has won an award too. But you cannot name it…. It has simply slipped out of your mind! Being a student, if you are considering this memory lapse as normal, you might be making a big mistake. You need to do something to counter these lapses as they can become much bigger with time. Your cognitive skills definitely need a boost. Remember, one of the interesting things about human mind is that no one has the perfect insight on how to get the best out of it. But you can elevate it to some higher level by using certain hacks.
  • Learn Five Essential Skills Before You Start College

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Your college life is about to begin. You must be super-excited. The rapid transition from high school to college is always thrilling and fun-filled. This is the first time you are going to stay away from your parents. Yes, it means you will enjoy plenty of freedom and a scope for adventure! But college life also means additional responsibilities. To avoid unwanted pitfalls in the coming four years of college, we provide you five essential skills that you need to learn before gearing up for the next phase of your life! 1. How to manage money? Till high school, most of your expenses were…
  • 8 Practical Ways to Motivate Yourself to Study

    admin
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:41 am
    Do you need motivation to study? You will get it, right here, right now.But, first of all, no offense meant, let’s just face it: there is a section of students who are extremely productive at unimportant things and hate studying. Wait, there is also another kind when it comes to studying; they want to play video games, read gossip magazines, hang out with friends or watch their favorite movies. No matter what genre you fit in, these motivational techniques will turn you towards studying. Stay tuned. Your problem named ‘procrastination’ is about to get solved. Follow these simple yet…
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles by Zack Zaibak Feature!

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Title: The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful SmilesAuthor: Zack ZaibakPublisher: iUniversePages: 152Genre: Medical/DentristryFormat: Ebook  We are often judged by how we look, and the first thing people notice is a smile. In The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles, author Dr. Zack Zaibak tells how modern cosmetic dentistry can transform ordinary smiles into stunning gorgeous ones. Dr. Zaibak, honored by the Consumers Research Council of America for the last five years as one of America’s top dentists, discusses important issues relating to dental health and improving your teeth, your…
  • Interview with Daniel R. Mathews, author of The Demons of Plainville

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About The AuthorAn avid reader of science fiction, horror, and fantasy, Daniel R. Mathews is a novelist and nonfiction writer whose books feature LGBT youth braving danger with honor and dignity, including his personal memoir, The Demons of Plainville, and debut horror novel, The Unseen Kingdom. For the past two decades, Mathews has worked as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified ground instructor, meteorologist, and a member of the web development and Internet technical support community. He currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.   Connect with…
  • Boys of Summer by Lucien N. Plante Book Feature

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    Title: Boys of SummerAuthor: Lucien N. PlantePublisher: iUniversePages: 254Genre: Historical FictionFormat: Kindle In the Darkness, Mike slid over the side of the ship and in to the water, without knowing direction swam away from the ship into the darkness hoping not to hear the sound of a rifle or the pain of its report. Without knowing where he was Mike hoped he was swimming for shore, hoping he would not end up as fish food. He had escaped the Yankees. This is a story of how our Country grew and how we grow. A story of hard work, hard thinking and true love. Some time…
  • Aeromancist by Charmaine Pauls (Book Cover Reveal Event)

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    About The BookTitle:  AeromancistBook 3: Seven Forbidden Arts SeriesAuthor: Charmaine PaulsGenre: Paranormal Erotic RomancePublisher:  Mélange BooksPublication Date: July 6, 2015 Preorder Book Buy Links: Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/Aeromancist-Seven-Forbidden-Arts-Book-ebook/dp/B010766W5S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1435450290&sr=1-1&keywords=aeromancistBook Description:Passion always comes with a price.All he could offer was thirty days of passion.He condemned her to a terrible fate instead.Now he’ll do…
  • Profile: Author Barry Hornig

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Were you on line at Studio 54? Did you ever swap drugs for gold in Tangiers? Or try on a dog collar at the Botany Club? Ever marry a countess or a Playboy playmate? Meet Barry. He did all of that and a lot more. He’s had many ups and downs and has probably forgotten more than you’ve fantasized, but this book is what he can recall…Thus goes the pitch of Barry Hornig’s candid, compelling, revealing, and ultimately inspiring memoir, Without a Net: a True Tales of Prison, Penthouses, and Playmates (Köehler Books, 2015), which, from idea to polished manuscript, took him eight…
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    Wylie's Writing Tips

  • Color bind

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Yes, Communicator, you can make your copy more colorfulHow can scanning old news headlines, getting a quick education from Wikipedia or asking your BFF and research assistant Google a question or two save a boring story?By helping you add concrete detail to your message in 30 minutes or less.One of my favorite editing assignments is to turn dry, abstract message into colorful copy — without going back to the subject matter expert for an interview.Here are some simple approaches you can use to find juicy details that transform your story from “meh” to masterpiece, along with…
  • Make Your Copy More Creative

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Learn to grab attention and leave a lasting impressionWould you like to engage readers with feature-style stories? Spice up headlines, leads and soundbites with wordplay? Tap “the most powerful form of human communication”?If so, please join me at Master the Art of the Storyteller, a two-day creative-writing Master Class on July 29-30 in San Francisco.Time for a recharge? Creative messages paint pictures in your readers’ minds so they understand your points faster, enjoy them more and remember them longer.Fill your toolbox with tricks.In two days, you’ll have time to…
  • How is editing like closet tidying?

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Audition your words to go in, not outWhen Lynn Wylie, aka Best Sister Ever, sent me an Unfancy blog post arguing that all you need to look great every day is a capsule wardrobe of 37 items per season, I scoffed.Come out of the closet When cutting clutter from copy, as well as from closets, change your focus from what goes out to what stays in. Image by Rubbermaid ProductsAfter all, Dear Reader, Aunt Ann is a maximalist. I love Jessica Harper’s quote in Pennies From Heaven: “It’s not the money; it’s the stuff!” My jewelry box is seven stories high. When someone…
  • Shatter the pyramid

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Another communicator takes on the featureToo many communicators married the inverted pyramid when they were 19, have made a lot of triangular babies and have remained monogamous for all these years. Problem is, the traditional news structure doesn’t work well with humans.If only all pyramids were this colorful Add color to your copy with a feature instead of a news structure. Image by *Psycho Delia*But Janelle Davis, for one, has started to flirt around with other structures. During my Catch Your Readers Master Class in April, the public relations strategist for the American Academy of…
  • Are you giving your readers e-somnia?

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Bedtime screen reading keeps folks up all nightHere’s one more obstacle to reaching readers online: Reading that email or blog post before bedtime can literally cause your readers to lose sleep.One more thing that’ll kill you The blue light from an electronic device may increase your readers’ risks for cancer and heart disease. Image by James Royal-LawsonAt least, that’s what researchers from Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital say.The researchers observed folks reading an e-book on an iPad for four hours before bedtime. Then they watched the…
 
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    Woelf Dietrich

  • #Art of Fantasy 24: Pascal Blanche

    Woelf Dietrich
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:23 am
    I’m venturing into science fiction territory with today’s showcase. Although I prefer fantasy generally and given that I created #Art of Fantasy for, well, fantasy,  when I saw Pascal Blanche’s work I instantly knew I wanted to show you. Pascal is a 3D French artist, and I may not be fond of 3D art, but […]
  • Review of Dana Leipold’s Burnt Edges

    Woelf Dietrich
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:16 pm
    I had the good fortune of critiquing Burnt Edges by Dana Leipold during a writer’s workshop and then later received a copy to review. People who know me know I don’t write reviews for stories I don’t like. I’m just not a professional reviewer. A story needs to move me to get me to write […]
  • #Art of Fantasy 23: Marat Ars

    Woelf Dietrich
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I am somewhat late with Monday’s #Art of Fantasy post, and I’m sorry, but I have reasons. I’ve been tag-teamed by both Bronchitis and Laryngitis and have battled these asshole viruses for over two weeks now. And last week they got in a sucker punch which threw me solidly on my back. The good news […]
  • Kōsa Press Presents: These Broken Worlds Cover Reveal

    Woelf Dietrich
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    Oh, man, I’m excited. Today I’m revealing the cover for a mini-kosalogy Kōsa Press is releasing in middle July. It’s called “These Broken Worlds” and serves as a precursor to “Interspecies”, the anthology (or Kosalogy) that Kōsa Press is publishing closer to the end of the year. The idea behind the mini-kosalogy stems from our […]
  • #Art of Fantasy 22: Anton Kokarev

    Woelf Dietrich
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:16 am
    There is no shortage of talented artists on the internet, so when I search for candidates for my #Art of Fantasy posts I choose those that bring more to the table than mere talent. I look for a style, like a writer’s voice, that speaks to my soul, or at the very least makes me […]
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    The Proof Angel

  • Keeping track of your to do list

    The Proof Angel
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:56 am
    Are you a fan of to do lists? I am, particularly if I need to do a lot of small tasks. On those occasions, not only does it stop you forgetting one of the tasks, but it also gives a sense of achievement when you cross them all off. Instead of feeling you’ve messed around doing nothing al morning, you can see the long list of useful things you have done. For longer tasks, it can be more complicated. You need to mark off some kind of progress, but you can’t cross it off the list, because it isn’t finished yet. If that is your problem, then try this circles system. It lets you…
  • Creative book marketing

    The Proof Angel
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:31 am
    Most authors don’t like marketing their books. When you have to keep plodding away at a task you don’t like, it gets very tedious. Try this list to help you liven things up a bit. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book marketing
  • Competitions for writers in June and July

    The Proof Angel
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Don’t be deceived by the beginning of this list. It gives the impression that you have several days before the first competition deadline this month. If you look further down, you will see that there are some with closing dates of 1st July. So don’t delay, look through the competition list today. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: writing competitions
  • How to approach the beginning and end of your book

    The Proof Angel
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:25 am
    Are you struggling to write a decent beginning and/or end for your book? This exercise might get the ideas flowing. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book planning
  • Producing audio books

    The Proof Angel
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    To reach the widest audience, you need to present your book in as many formats as possible. This post explains about making an audio book with Amazon ACX. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: audio books
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    eBooks India

  • A Conversation with Ryan Biddulph, Author of the Blogging From Paradise eBook Series

    Hiten Vyas
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today we have a very special guest join us at e-Books India for an interview. His name is Ryan Biddulph, a professional blogger and author of the Blogging From Paradise eBook series. Ryan is literally living the bloggers dream, running his blog from exotic destinations. Read on to learn what he had to say. Welcome to e-Books India, Ryan! We are absolutely thrilled to have you join us with for this interview. You have an interesting life story, which has led you to becoming a successful blogger. Can you please tell us a bit about your journey and how you got into blogging? I got into blogging…
  • 7 Ways in Which London Can Inspire Your Story

    Kavitha
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Britain, especially London, has a rich history of literature, much of which is still relevant today. Whether it’s Shakespeare or Wodehouse, Christie or Dickens, British literature is firmly entrenched in the world’s conscience today. It is not too much to say that London is the epicentre of great literature to a large extent. Below are 7 ways in which this magnificent city can inspire your story. 1. Great literary locations A large number of works have been inspired by London in the past and today, and imaginary places have become real. Whether it is 221 B of Baker Street or the Drones…
  • 11 Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Indie Authors to Follow on Facebook

    Hiten Vyas
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Are you a fan of urban fantasy books or paranormal works? If so, we’ve compiled a list of 11 top authors who write in these genres that you can follow on Facebook. And this isn’t just any old list. They are indie authors who are some of the most inspirational individuals around. They are entrepreneurial writers who have taken on the responsibility of writing their own books and ebooks, and publishing and marketing them, either by themselves or through small press organizations. Read on to learn who these 11 authors are.   1. Angela Wallace Angela Wallace is an award-winning author of…
  • 5 Overlooked Ways to Market Your Books

    Kavitha
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It has become really easy these days for authors to get in touch with their readers via social media and connect with them on a one-to-one basis. As effective as social media, or attending book events, or promotional support via a publisher (if you have one) is, there are also some other small and inexpensive ways to make an impact on your book marketing strategy. Below are five such methods. 1. Give away free books It is a good marketing strategy to give a few copies of your books away. It helps in creating interest in your books, not just among those who receive them but also those who…
  • How to Write Strong Male Characters

    Kavitha
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Developing a character is essential in story-telling. Male or female, it is likely that without strong characters, your story will suffer. Writing strong characters is a skill that can be developed with a little observation and some practice. When it comes to male characters, very often authors tend to be unable to portray a well rounded character. Female authors can especially have some hesitation in understanding how men would react in a given situation. Here are a few ideas that might help you develop good and interesting male characters. First, let’s take a look at what not to do when…
 
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    WritingThoughts

  • Special Offer: Free Udemy Writing Course for 50 Readers

    Laura Spencer
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Today, I have something special for you. Whether you are just starting your freelance writing career or trying to brush up on your writing skills, taking a writing course might just provide the career boost you need. I’ll write more about the importance of training in a few weeks. But for now… Our friends at Udemy have offered a free business writing course, Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer to the first 50 readers who redeem this offer. (This course is normally valued at $299.00.) To get the free writing course, follow these steps: Click the link with the…
  • You’re Not Alone: Getting the Work Help You Need

    Laura Spencer
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    ©Laura Spencer Freelance writers and other small business owners tend to work alone. It’s a stereotype, but I know plenty of writers who would rather work by themselves. You probably do too. For many writing projects, working alone is no problem. For smaller projects or projects with a comfortable deadline, it’s actually more efficient to work alone. Some projects are better handled by teams, though. That’s where getting help to get more done comes in. In this post I describe three different ways that freelance writers can get help. This is the fourth installment in my…
  • Want to Be More Productive? Clean Your Mess!

    Laura Spencer
    12 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    ©iStock.com/DemidNo matter who you are, you only have twenty-four hours in a day. Since we all sleep and eat, to say nothing of needing downtime, the hours we can spend on work are far fewer. Whether you plan on an eight workday, or something more or less, every hour counts if you want to maximize your productivity. Losing a few minutes here and there can add up. What’s one of the biggest setbacks to productivity for many of us? Surprisingly, it’s organization. Each time you stop to look for something you can’t find, you’re not being productive. And if you’re in…
  • 4 Crucial Tips to Help You Plan to Be Productive

    Laura Spencer
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    ©iStock.com/Vlady9 What will you do tomorrow? If you have no idea, you’re probably not a planner by nature. Unfortunately, good planning is an important part of being productive. Fortunately, you can change your habits and use planning techniques even if you don’t normally plan. In this post I share four critical tips that will help you to get more done. You can use these tips for writing tasks, general tasks related to running your business, or just about anything you need to do. At the end of the post I also include some calendar tools that can help you plan your writing. This…
  • How to Get More Done and Earn More $$

    Laura Spencer
    29 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    ©iStock.com/sapfirr Do you want to earn more money? Of course you do. If you’re like many small business owners, there’s only one obstacle in your way–time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but how we spend those hours has a direct bearing on how much money we earn. Most freelance writers and other small business owners tackle the problem of not having enough time the wrong way–by trying to write faster. As I’ve mentioned before, writing faster isn’t always a good idea. Writing faster is definitely not a good idea if it means skipping important…
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    Author Angelique Voisen

  • Keeping It Sexy #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSSAuthors #MSS99

    Angel Voisen
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 99th week of My Sexy Saturday.This week’s theme is Keeping It Sexy and we’re thinking about all the wonderful things that lovers do to and for each other. I’m once again a snippet from my MM paranormal short, Tor’s Dragon.Teaser:He pelted kisses down the column of Kelas’ throat. Tor nibbled and sucked. He left a trail of bite marks down his collarbone, chest, and ribs. He enveloped Kelas’ aching member again, pushed him into coming, before returning to his position between his legs. By then, Kelas’ entire body writhed and pleaded. Tormented beyond his limits,…
  • Book Spotlight: Vanquished by Allyson Young

    Angel Voisen
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I'm happy to welcome Author Allyson Young on my blog. Allyson is here to share her latest release, Vanquished, with us.  Blurb: In the future, Earth negotiated a treaty with the Shadalla, only to wage another war with the Juxtant. Together, humans and Shadalla defeat that mortal enemy, but corruption and greed always prevails.Vayne Palldyn, Sovereign of the planet Nibiru, is determined that his species not become extinct, and will take revenge on those who unleashed that genetic bio weapon. His kind has kidnapped human women before, and despite the Treaty none returned to…
  • Book Spotlight: Alpha's Tutor by Fel Fern

    Angel Voisen
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Free Read: All Romance EbooksBlurb: A small town boy moving into the big city is a dream come true for shy teacher Remy Carlson. Dreams are good until reality rams its ugly head. Barely able to make rent, Remy believes it’s too good to be true when he’s offered a tutoring job by the city’s most eligible billionaire bachelor and alpha werewolf Ethan Drake. Remy’s swore to keep to his professional boundaries. He adores Ethan’s daughter, and couldn’t imagine a more perfect job. But after growing up stifling his dark desires, Remy longs for something different. Handsome and…
  • Interview with Author Heather Hambel Curley

    Angel Voisen
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    I’m excited to share an interview with Author Heather Hambel Curley on my blog today. Heather is also here to share with us a teaser from her latest release, With Me Now (The Lazarus Society 1). Welcome Heather!1.    Are you a pantser or a plotter?  I’m definitely a pantser.  I can probably count on one hand (with fingers left over) the amount of times I’ve plotted out my books.  I think it reminds me too much of forced outline writing in college!  I like to just sit down with music and write until I stop.  Or fall asleep (FYI:…
  • Release Blitz: Take Me (Southern Nights, Book 3) by Ella Sheridan

    Angel Voisen
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
            A nightmare coming to an end…Peyton Harrison came to Claywater to bring her kidnapped son home. The last thing she expects is to run into Gabe Harrison, the man who abandoned her before her son was born. Her body might want to take up where they left off, but her heart remembers Gabe’s betrayal all too well—and everything she’d risk for momentary pleasure.A past catching up to them…Gabe always knew he’d share the love of his life with his twin brother, Sam, except he’d found that love far too young. He did the honorable thing and walked…
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • COMING THIS FALL!

    Beatriz
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    GARTLER WRITING STUDIOgartlerwritingstudio@gmail.comComing this Fall!   Enjoy the summer but plan ahead for the fall – that season of yellow and red leaves, cool afternoons, the promise of snow. Fall is the perfect time to start a new project or finally sit down and finish what you started.  It only takes 5 minutes to register for a workshop.FROM JOURNAL TO MEMOIR: six sessions every other week.Journaling your way to writing memoir – be it short personal essays or a book-length narrative. The various techniques in this class will bring the past into sharp relief, allowing for…
  • WHAT YOU SEE IN THE SQUARE

    Beatriz
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    The senior citizens sit on benches and twirl their worry beads absentmindedly. They stare in the distance. The men, at least. The women feed the pigeons or sit next to the men, attempting to chat. Some simply stare too. Pigeons walk around our feet, jump on a chair and try to grab our potato chips or chocolate cakes. Their feathers flutter around, fall on our heads or inside our coffee cups. Disgusting pigeons! Aggressive little birds ubiquitous as clouds.At the square there are so many older people. With canes. Some smoking. White-haired. Doing nothing. There is very little grass, mostly…
  • LAWLESSNESS AND EARTHQUAKES

    Beatriz
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:24 am
    The lawlessness baffles me. Cars parked anywhere, anyhow, blocking sidewalks, crosswalks, corners. Pedestrians have no rights. Watch out or you'll lose your head! Trolleys and buses are ridden without paying. No control whatsoever. Smoking is theoretically banned indoors but everyone smokes in cafes, bars, restaurants. An ashtray disguised as a cup is provided. The despair is more palpable than it used to be. Yet, nothing changes. Why is it so trying for me to spend more than a day here? The apartment is too small, too cramped for three women. Did you know that there is no Greek word for…
  • WALKING AS THERAPY

    Beatriz
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:43 am
    Walking is an excellent antidote to boredom, obesity, the simple annoyances  of daily life.This morning I embarked on my first power walk in Athens.  Armed with my iPod and water, I went left from the front door (usually we go right to the trolley stop or the shops).  Soon I was immersed in a mess of cars, buildings, broken sidewalks. But I persevered. Avoiding being run over by motorcycles I made my way to a park.  Success I thought. Yet, not so good.The park must've been built on a ridge because it is all steps and up hills (or down hills), no grass but clay; trees…
  • HERE I AM AGAIN...

    Beatriz
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Still somewhat jet-lagged, trying to adjust to time and space, to idiosyncrasies and customs.  It's not that I forget, it's that they always shock my system.  What to do, what to do.  Fashioning a calendar of activities to keep the mind active, the body in motion.  Athens looks the same as last year. I don't see any difference nor do I see signs of doom as predicted in the US media.  So far, so good.Met Maria at one of my favorite spots: Syllabi Café - owned by Philipos, musician and singer.  The café is also a bookstore, a tiny bookstore.  One…
 
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    Kindle Me This

  • 5 Reasons Why Book Research is Still Better Than Internet Research

    Elizabeth Yetter
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Given the choice between doing my research in books and doing my research online, books win out all the time. Internet research can be tedious. There is a lot of just online that you have to weed out when doing keyword searches. Also, facts are unreliable online. Few people list their sources and those that […]Continue reading...
  • 7 Things Writers Can Learn from Scientists

    Elizabeth Yetter
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    The best way to learn how to succeed is to learn from the great minds of the past and the present. These seven scientists can teach you how to be a better writer. 1. Keep a Notebook of Ideas Albert Einstein is famous for keeping notes. One of his notebooks is a prize above all […]Continue reading...
  • How to Increase Your Daily Word Count in 8 Easy Steps

    Elizabeth Yetter
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Writers are forever looking for ways to increase their daily word count. This is nothing new. Writers are often paid by their word count. The higher their daily word count, the higher their income. Step 1 – Prepare the Night Before The first step to increasing your daily word count is to plan ahead. The […]Continue reading...
  • When to Use Your Free Promo Days on Kindle

    Elizabeth Yetter
    31 May 2015 | 3:34 am
    When you publish your book on Kindle and sign up for the KDP Select program, you are given 5 days every 90 days to promote your book for free. According to some, there is a right way and a wrong way to schedule these free days. Giving Books Away for Free At first, it seems […]Continue reading...
  • 6 Things to Remember When You Self Publish a Kindle Book

    Elizabeth Yetter
    29 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Deciding to join the self publishing arena is a big deal. You are becoming one of the many self employed people looking to make a living doing what you love. Here are a few things to think about when you make the big leap. 1. Publishing is the Easy Part Self publishing books is easy. […]Continue reading...
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    All Indie Writers

  • Quick Tip: Sort and Filter for Easier Email Management

    Jennifer Mattern
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    A frequent productivity complaint of writers is that social media can become a big distraction from their writing. That hasn't been an issue for me recently. But something else has: email. Today is my first day back to work after about a week off. It wasn't planned time off. I simply decided to take some personal time, after clearing up client projects early. Normally when I take time off, I'll still load my new email messages at least once a day to weed out any junk that got through. It makes answering more important messages easier when I'm back to work, and takes very little time. This…
  • Quick Tip: Keep Your Book Marketing as Creative as Your Writing

    Jennifer Mattern
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:15 pm
    I've been ranting for the last week or two about atrocious examples of marketing from companies like Upwork, Freshbooks, and Canva. So it feels like a good time to change gears and get back to the things writers should focus on rather than avoid. This week's quick tip for writers is a bit of a lead-in to Friday's podcast episode. There, we'll explore ways indie authors can sell more books through better marketing (picking up tips from from another group that's mastered creative marketing -- indie musicians). Tip: Keep Creativity in Your Book Marketing Here's the thing. When it comes to…
  • 7 Ways to Speed Up Your Website (Infographic)

    Jennifer Mattern
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Whether you're a freelance writer with a professional site, an author with a site to promote your books, or a blogger, website speed and stability matters. So for this week's "short share" feature, let's look at some tips for speeding up your WordPress websites. This infographic comes from MadLemmings.com. Courtesy of: Mad Lemmings How many of these tips have you used to speed up your website? I'll vouch for both the P3 WordPress plugin and Pingdom's site speed tool. I use both of them regularly to pinpoint potential problems, and they're great. If you use something else, I'd love to hear…
  • More Unique Content for Newsletter Subscribers and a New Blog Post Schedule

    Jennifer Mattern
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    For most of this year I've stuck with a five-posts-per-week schedule here on the All Indie Writers blog. While there have been a few exceptions due to personal days and extra time off required to take care of our cancer kitty during a couple of rough weeks, that schedule has been pretty consistent. I've decided that it's time to change that schedule. Originally my plan was to cut back to 3-4 posts per week and spend the extra time on another site of mine. Instead, I've decided to put that extra time into more unique content for newsletter subscribers. In other words, starting this week,…
  • 8 Blog Post Ideas to Fall Back On

    Jennifer Mattern
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Do you ever get blogger's block - feeling like you've already blogged about everything in your niche and you can't come up with new blog post ideas? I do. I'd bet most bloggers do from time to time. No matter how much you've written, you probably haven't really tapped your niche, even if it's a narrow one. So when these dry spells happen, how can you come up with blog post ideas to keep your blog fresh? Here are some suggestions (using the "making money online" niche as an example): Update Your Old Posts If you're writing about ways to make money online, you've probably covered topics such as…
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    Chicago Literati

  • Getting Frank with Caitlin Moran: A Chicago Literati Exclusive

    Abigail Sheaffer
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Equality isn’t some fabulous luxury we can gift ourselves when we’re feeling morally flush. Equality is not…humanity’s cashmere bed socks. It’s not a present, like champagne. It’s a necessity, like water. For if we look at a map of the world—where every nation struggling with poverty, child mortality and political instability is marked in red—it’s notable its bright, red, shaming rash coincides almost identically with the most unequal countries in the world. Deny your women education? Imprison your gays, lesbians and transsexuals? Treat your working classes like expendable…
  • Live Lit Roundup for the week of June 29th, 2015 .

    Chicago Literati
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    Tonight 7 Stories presents “Birthright” tonight at 8pm at The Orphanage (643 W 31st St, Chicago, Illinois 60616). Lily Be, Nestor Gomez and Emily Roth are just a few of […]
  • Braless with Barbie by C.B. Riley

    Chicago Literati
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    My entire voyage across the seas of puberty can be traced back to a single day in 1998. […]
  • Forbidden Fruit by Owen Rodriguez

    Chicago Literati
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    And all the glory fades into the dirt. Seeping into the ground and spread out to bloom in […]
  • Something To Be Burned by Caira Lee

    Chicago Literati
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    Something To Be Burned I. “All the fagots will be dressed in drag at the ball tonight” To […]
 
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    A Writer's Journey | A Writer's Journey

  • The Problem with Adverbs

    Nat Russo
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    The post The Problem with Adverbs appeared first on A Writer's Journey. If you’ve been studying the craft of writing for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly come across countless writers who think adverbs are evil. As you can see from the previous sentence, I don’t think they’re evil. But I do think you need to exercise caution when using them in your fiction. We should start by defining what they are. Then I’ll talk about the problem with adverbs in general and offer a demonstration of why they can be problematic. What’s an Adverb? If…
  • Steel and Bone

    Nat Russo
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The post Steel and Bone appeared first on A Writer's Journey.     Shovel the coal and stoke the boilers as nine steam punk authors explore islands of mystery and adventure across the seven seas.   The Clockwork Seer by Katherine Cowley: On an island of oddities, a young clairvoyant struggles for normalcy, but deadly automatons have other plans.   Sindisiwe by Scott E. Tarbet: A slave girl in Zanzibar escapes a beating when a stranger in the marketplace proves her past is more than just a fairy tale.   Stand and Deliver by TC Phillips: Neither shackles, slave labor, nor the…
  • Necromancer Falling Teaser Trailer

    Nat Russo
    19 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The post Necromancer Falling Teaser Trailer appeared first on A Writer's Journey. I know, I know! Things have been very quiet around A Writer’s Journey lately, and I apologize for that. But I think you’ll appreciate why. Because of my limited writing time, I had to make some difficult choices between writing new articles or completing Necromancer Falling, the sequel to my metaphysical fantasy Necromancer Awakening. I’m happy to report I recently completed the 1st draft, and I’m preparing to go into the revision process within the next couple of weeks. …
  • Seeking Beta Readers

    Nat Russo
    9 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The post Seeking Beta Readers appeared first on A Writer's Journey. * * * BETA READERS WANTED * * * If any of you are interested in beta reading Necromancer Falling in JUNE of this year, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: betareading@erindorpress.com PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFO:– Whether or not you have experience beta reading, and in which genres. (What I’m getting at here is this: “Do you enjoy Fantasy?” If the answer to that question is no, you’re going to hate Necromancer Falling.  )– Your preferred file format for the manuscript. (MS Word? PDF?
  • Cuisine a la Card

    Nat Russo
    3 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    The post Cuisine a la Card appeared first on A Writer's Journey. I’d like to take an unusual detour this week to discuss a unique new card game that I discovered several weeks ago. The game is called Cuisine a la Card and is being developed by InMotion Software by way of a Kickstarter campaign. But don’t let the word “Software” fool you! Cuisine a la Card is a competitive and unique deck building card game that you play on a tabletop.  If you’ve ever watched and enjoyed a cooking competition show (Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, Chopped, etc),…
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    terribleminds: chuck wendig

  • Flash Fiction Challenge: Six Random Titles

    terribleminds
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Click this link. It’ll give you six random titles. Click it only once. And choose one of those six titles as the title of this week’s flash fiction. Flash meaning: under 1000 words. Your story is due by Friday, the 10th, at noon EST. Post at your online space, link back here. Easy-peasy, poke-and-squeezy. Click, pick, and write.
  • John G. Hartness: Five Things I Learned Writing In The Still Of The Knight

    terribleminds
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    Murders are happening outside Charlotte’s hottest nightspots. A new vampire society has set up shop in the sewers. And Jimmy Black’s about to run afoul of the Master of the City. If Jimmy weren’t already a vampire, the week ahead would be the death of him. Between murder, monsters, pesky vampire ethics, and territorial disputes, Jimmy is about to discover how far he’s willing to go to save the world and one friend’s soul. There are no easy choices, even for vampire geeks. The boys are back with all-new monsters to battle, puzzles to unravel, and asses to kick in…
  • Katie Pierson: Five Things I Learned *After* Writing ’89 Walls

    terribleminds
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    Blue-collar Seth can’t escape his small Nebraska town. Wealthy Quinn has no choice but to leave. They keep their unlikely new romance a secret: it’s too early to make plans, too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, Seth and Quinn find themselves fighting bare-fisted for their beliefs—and each other—in the clear light of day. Timing matters. Agents clamor for it now, but realistic, historical young adult fiction was kryptonite to agents and editors from 2008-2013. The following captures my experience of peddling ’89 Walls during an international…
  • Blackbirds Is A Kindle Deal, SDCC, And More

    terribleminds
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    - Blackbirds is now a Kindle deal. Not just for today, but, in fact, for the month of July. It’s $1.99 right now, in fact. If you love me, you’ll tell people. If you hate me, you will rage-stitch a sampler of my face, fling it into the nearest urinal, and micturate angrily upon it. Which is your call. Your destiny is yours, pal. As Miriam herself is wont to declare: what fate wants, fate gets. - I would also be remiss if I didn’t then go to note: if you like it, you can then pick up the sequels, Mockingbird and The Cormorant. (The book order, for those who don’t know,…
  • The Secret Behind Making Me Care About Your Characters

    terribleminds
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:13 am
    (ha ha ahem, let’s try a less controversial blog post today, shall we?) I maybe hate your character. And it’s not the character’s fault. IT’S YOUR FAULT, YOU MONSTER. When I talk to you about your character, and you start to tell me, “Well, she has to find the DONGLE OF MAGIC to fight the WIZARD OF BADNESS and then she tames HORBERT THE MANY-HEADED DRAGON,” I immediately start to cross my eyes. I emit drool. I have a small seizure and then fall into a torpid grief-coma. Grief over what you’ve done to the human condition. And what you’ve done to…
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    Blog - The Bibi Blog

  • Lunar Soul Wisdom: A New Moondance

    Bibi Tinsley
    20 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Part Two of the Lunar Soul Wisdom Series (http://www.lunarsoulwisdom.com)
  • Simon Parkes: The Hobbit, DNA, & Humanity's Choice

    Bibi Tinsley
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Simon Parkes is a true Galactic gentleman. Kerry and I sat down with him (via Skype), and had a very illuminating experience as Simon answered our questions. His answers were surprising and uplifting. Simon Parkes http://www.simonparkes.org LUNAR SOUL WISDOM http://www.lunarsoulwisdom.com The Kitchen Table Ascension Podcast http://www.thebibiblog.com/archivedshows The Kitchen Table Ascension Podcast on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kitchen-table-ascension-bibi/id969384300?mt=2 Kerry Keegan http://www.kerrykeegan.com Bibi Tinsley http://www.thebibiblog.com Simon Parkes is a…
  • Simon Parkes Upcoming Interview

    Bibi Tinsley
    26 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    UPDATE!THE PODCAST MP3 OF THE  INTERVIEW IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE  It will soon be available as a viewable video on our YouTube channel."Simon Parkes is a life long experiencer of aliens, shadow people, elementals and ufo's, these include Mantid (Mantis) beings, Draconis Reptilian, Feline, small and tall Grey creatures, Crystalline beings and other creatures that can't be identified.  Simon was an elected Politician and served a full term of office, he is currently taking a break from politics but is likely to resume later this…
  • A Special Request

    Bibi Tinsley
    24 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Kerry Keegan and I are experiencing ongoing expansion and joy as we continue to immerse ourselves in THE KITCHEN TABLE ASCENSION PODCAST. I am reaching out to ask you to please go to our iTunes link, and rate the podcast. iTunes will show podcasts as "recommended" after they receive a certain amount of feedback from listeners.No need to write anything (unless of course, you'd like to do so) - all we ask is that you click on the stars to show your appreciation! You can do that HERE, or by clicking on the image below. Thank you very much!!!
  • An Experience of Vietnam and Cambodia From Susan Tinsley

    Bibi Tinsley
    22 May 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Susan is currently traveling in Asia. She took these photos in Vietnam and Cambodia this last month. SUSAN TINSLEY...shares a love for photography and travel. Her desire is to both capture and share the beauty and magic of the earth through image. She is currently located in Los Angeles, California but can be found adventuring around the globe.NOTE: Click on the photos to render full-size; scroll over the bottom of each for more info.  Luang Prabang, Laos Luang Prabang, Laos ANGKOR WAT ANGKOR WAT HALONG BAY HALONG BAY HALONG BAY TINH LAO CAI TINH LAO CAI Siem Reap SIEM…
 
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    SenaTechno

  • Marketing Twitter Become a Power of Your Website

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    With the development of technology has now advanced age and the subject of the modern world to improve the well-being that have been found to be perfect. Why is that? Therefore, in today's marketing world has positive influence by providing different platforms and are already available on the internet. So that the businessman can utilize social media as a tool to help in the marketing and sales worldwide. There are several tools to improve online marketing. However, at this point a lot of social media which is found as a first step to promote the most appropriate site and very easy. This,…
  • How to Choose The Most Appropriate Font for Websites

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    With the times, a lot of the font list that is growing more. Currently there are hundreds of thousands of different fonts in every day. With the font, then we can use these fonts for your website. However, on the other hand we choose the most appropriate fonts for websites is not easy. However, when we have the desire to try to use, then we can do well. Lots of experts bloggers who always design to create fonts with a more unique style models. So it would be easier to help the beginner bloggers who are still in need and can not make it. The benefits of using fonts on the website can avoid the…
  • Selling Ad Space in Your Blog for Earning Money

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    A simple way to earn money from your blog or website is by providing an ad space for those who want to advertise their products. While you have experienced putting AdSense to your blog and earn money, now you can reverse it by providing an ad space for advertising. Surely this is not easy because firstly you need to have a high traffic website or blog first to make the advertiser want to use the space in your website for advertising their products. Without a high traffic website, your ad space will not be used by any advertiser.Read more »
  • Things to Consider When Looking for the Best Web Design Company

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    Websites are the calling cards of every online venture that you should be proud of! It should provide relevant information along with pleasant viewing to all its users, achieved through quality web development and designing services. With advancements in the field of internet marketing and web technologies, now the market is over-flooded with avowedly best web design company. Therefore, selection of a good web designing company has become a tricky task. However, there are many determinants based on which a probable decision is reasonable as well as worth the value of your hard earned money.
  • Search Engine Optimization for Businesses - Back to Fundamentals

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
    People who are beginning a business online for the first time hear terms like optimization and feel they may be obtaining involved with something that's highly technological as well as finest left to the professionals. They assume that Optimisation could be the domain of specialists like web developers. Whilst there are great deals of different aspects of internet site promo and also online search engine advertising that the standard Joe will certainly not equal start to think of or be aware of, there are a number of fundamentals that any kind of company operating on the web ought to make…
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    Writing...Just because!

  • Scotia Sinker Author, Alison DeLory, Shares her Writing Secrets

    Anne OConnell
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    It gives me great pleasure today to interview my new favourite children's book author, Alison DeLory. I must admit, I'm a bit biased as Alison and I have known each other for years, both did public relations at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, NS (where she now teaches) and even shared an office during a PR co-op work term! Her first children's book was Lunar Lifter and she is now celebrating the recent launch of her second, Scotia Sinker. As Alison explores this new genre, she continues her work as a university professor, freelance writer, editor and communications consultant.
  • Persistence is Tough

    Anne OConnell
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:34 pm
    As I sat down to start writing this blog about being persistent, I mentally stumbled because, well… persistence is tough. Especially during the lull that inevitably comes after the flurry of a book launch. Actually, it’s not a lull, it often feels like a crash and burn! How can I write about persistence when all I want to do is hide away and curl up with a good book?Love those Sugar HighsIt’s like the crash after a sugar high. My new book, Deep Deceit, came out with a bang! It reached the Kindle Top 10 in mystery/suspense on Amazon.ca during launch week. Heady stuff. The problem is,…
  • Mother's Day Tribute

    Anne OConnell
    9 May 2015 | 6:59 pm
    MT and me at my graduation from MSVU in 1990I would like to wish a very happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, especially the amazing woman who brought me (and 4 older brothers and sisters) into the world. We call her Mother Theresa or MT for short. Her name really is Theresa so it wasn't a stretch to nickname her after the famous nun who healed the sick and cared for the poorest of poor. We think our MT is pretty special too. It's hard to describe how I feel about her without getting a big lump in my throat. She fills my heart with love, she's my best friend, my confident, my…
  • What I learned from Re-Writing my Novels - guest post from Samantha Bryant

    Anne OConnell
    2 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Please welcome author Samantha Bryant as a guest on my blog today to share a little insight into her journey to launch her debut novel. What I Learned from Rewriting my NovelsSamantha with fellow superheroWriting a novel is a learning process. Rewriting one, even more so. Whenever I am working on a rewrite, I get mad at my earlier self for not being more careful with continuity and pacing. "What idiot wrote this gobbledygook anyway?" I shout to the heavens. Oh yeah…it was me. I've been through the writing/rewriting cycle a few times now: for two, as yet, unpublished novels, for Going…
  • Springtime Books Re-Launches Summertime Titles

    Anne OConnell
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Book launch for @Home in Dubai at Central Perk, Dubai (2012)I'm writing a bit of a different blog today that puts the spotlight on the publisher of my first book, @Home in Dubai - Getting Connected Online and on the Ground. Jo Parfitt of Summertime Publishing was among the first to see a proposal I had written for a book I had in mind called 'A Year in Dubai'. I'll never forget the rush when she told me she thought I had a great idea and then how my bubble burst when she suggested I shelve it! She quickly brought the light back when she asked if I would write about life in Dubai from a bit of…
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    Be A Better Blogger

  • Storytelling: The Ridiculously Easy Way To Get Inside A Reader’s Head

    Kevin Duncan
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    “I think we’re in a horror movie,” I told my wife. As we checked the windows and barricaded the doors to our mountain cabin, my wife turned to me. “Promise me,” she said. “Promise you what?” I asked. “Promise me you will blog about this one day.” “That is a very strange request given the circumstances,” I responded. “It’s almost as though this conversation isn’t really happening and I’m adding it for dramatic and/or comedic effect.” “You are very talented and handsome,” she replied.
  • Top Blog Quotes By 101 Amazing Bloggers (and One By Me)

    Kevin Duncan
    12 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Everyone loves a good quote! Or, at least everyone should. Otherwise Shakespeare died in vain. The following is a list of top blog quotes from 101 of the very best bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of reading in blogs, interviews and social media. I also added one silly quote of my own, so I would look cool by association. Enjoy! Michael Hyatt on giving up: Failure isn’t final until you quit.” [tweet this] Michael Hyatt Darren Rowse on awesomeness: 99.9% of great bloggers are not awesome on day 1. Their awesomeness is the accumulation of the value they create over time.”…
  • The 2-Step Process to Make Guest Posting 100x More Effective

    Ahmed Safwan
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by the very talented Ahmed Safwan of Smart Marketing Boost. Ahmed has written for the likes of ProBlogger, Kikolani, and Firepole Marketing, and now he’s here to talk about a topic near and dear to my heart: guest posting! Traffic. Traffic. Traffic. That’s what you’re craving for, right? After all, you can’t build a business using your blog without traffic. And you were told to guest post to get traffic. Jon Morrow did it, and he built a successful business. Danny Iny did it. Even in the old days, Brian Clark did it on Problogger…
  • Bet On You

    Kevin Duncan
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    What is the biggest risk you’ve taken? The question took me by surprise… “What’s your biggest regret?” That one I’ve heard. “What five items would you want with you on a deserted island?” Heard that one, too. “Would you rather be mauled by a bear or watch a buddy-cop movie starring Nicolas Cage and a monkey?” Heard that one earlier in the day. But my biggest risk? No, that was a new one. As I laid in bed that night, trying not to focus on the Nicolas-Cage-themed nightmares I would soon be having, my mind drifted to my senior year of…
  • Overcoming fears and kicking off the International Bloggers Association Network-a-thon

    Kevin Duncan
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    “Hello. My name is Kevin Duncan. And yes ladies… I’m single.” Several years ago, before I met and married my lovely wife, this was how I introduced myself in a speech to an auditorium full of strangers. At the beginning of my speech, I was supposed to simply state my name, my marital status, and the church I attended. Those were the instructions we speakers were given, and it’s the script followed by everyone who spoke before me. I guess you can say I tweaked the script a bit. Years earlier, the notion of speaking to an auditorium would have terrified me. Like…
 
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    Leave the Frigging Marshmallows

  • 8 Reasons Why Good Books Are Rejected

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Your novel is brilliant. You know it is.So why aren't any agents picking it up?This is not a post about delusions of the quality of one's writing. It's about why you send your book out to 10 agents and another 10, and then 10 more, and you still haven't gotten a nibble.It takes sending a book out to more agents than you would imagine before you find the right one. And that's what it's about: finding the right person, the one who will be as committed to your book as you are.You're not represented ...yet. Persevere. Image courtesy of:  on flickr.Last month at the Pima Writers'…
  • 5 Ways Your Dialogue Tags Suck: Dialogue Diatribe #2

    11 Jun 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Dialogue tags shouldn't be difficult. Trust me. As an editor who reads the work of new writers, dialogue tags can get really screwed up and entirely disrupt the flow of a story.Don't take this lightly.In my last post on dialogue, I explained the mechanics of dialogue. Today I want to talk about the tags themselves.Make your tags invisible. Image:José María Pérez NuñezThe thing with dialogue tags is that when people begin writing fiction, they often begin to see that they are writing he said and she said and it feels like a lot of repetition. As writers, we're taught to avoid using the…
  • The Courage to be Average Before Brilliant

    31 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    I'm writing to you today from the Pima Writers' Conference in Tucson,Arizona. The ice broke on the Santa Cruz River on Friday. There is no water in the river; it just means the temperature reached over 100 degrees for the first time this year. It's been that way for two days now and it'll be that way today, too. Ugh. Take me to a writing oasis! Refresh the writing soul. Image: Dean TerrySo here I am in the Proscenium Theater amid writers of all ages. I run two writing groups and am working to develop a non-profit writing resource in Tucson, and there is not a single participant here that I…
  • 13 Week Novel—Week 13 Activities: A Clean Finish

    25 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Hello. How is your week going?Well, it's an exciting time—we're in our last week of the novel draft.Get ready to write this! Image: Insomnia Cured HereOr maybe that's not so exciting. If you are like me, you contemplate not bothering with the resolution in this draft, because how can you really resolve anything if the whole book will change in the revisions? Any resolution you write will be thrown out anyway. Why not just start the revision process?I admitted these thoughts to someone in my writing group—someone who has ghostwritten many books. He said that his wife closes cabinet doors…
  • 13 Week Novel—Week 12: Thinking about the End

    18 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    It may seem pre-mature to start thinking about the resolution of your novel when you have just been writing 2500 words a weekyou're barely over 100 pages! But with this plan, you've written a crappy first draft in 13 weeks, so you have approximately 32,500 words. It's short; around 130 pages. That's the intent.When you write a whole story really briefly you have the skeleton to work with in the next drafts. And the drafts that follow. You have something to work with so that you can build a more complex and interesting story, so you can develop the intricacies and explore emotions with greater…
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    The International Freelancer

  • Passive Income for Writers

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:02 am
    Photographers and artists sell prints to their work. And writers? What can we sell? How can writers generate passive income? Let’s talk about some of the ways. The post Passive Income for Writers appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • The Real Reason You Haven’t Cracked the Nationals Yet

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    If you’re not getting enough work as a freelancer or finding it impossibly hard to crack the nationals, it’s for one, two, or all of the following three reasons. The post The Real Reason You Haven’t Cracked the Nationals Yet appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Why Sending Queries is Important and How Not to Give Up

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    Today, I’m going to talk to you about why these 30 queries matter (and why I’m urging you to do them even after the course is over) and how to not give up even when things get rough. The post Why Sending Queries is Important and How Not to Give Up appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • When It Comes to Pitching, Should You Aim High… or Low?

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    Instead of discussing whether to aim high or aim low, let’s talk about when it’s best to do each of those things. The post When It Comes to Pitching, Should You Aim High… or Low? appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • The 6 Essential Traits of Query Letters That Work

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Take each individual query apart and you’ll start seeing certain patterns, certain styles, certain traits that they all seem to hit and make them query letters that work. The post The 6 Essential Traits of Query Letters That Work appeared first on The International Freelancer.
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    Email Marketing Tips

  • Reputation Matters: How to Make Sure Your Emails Get Delivered to the Inbox

    Mohammed Ahmed
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    For most brands, reputation is everything. After all, how others perceive you can have a huge impact on your relationships. And no matter what your unique brand personality is, at the end of the day, you want your reputation to be positive. But have you ever stopped to consider how your email sender reputation is doing, too? If your email reputation stinks, it’ll affect the kind of relationship you have with your subscribers too. Every email you send, every subject line you write and even the email address you send from all contribute to your reputation – and that plays a huge part in…
  • Case Study: How Vault Brewing Uses Email Marketing to Connect with Their Local Community

    Kristen Dunleavy
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    Vault Brewing Company isn’t like other brewpubs. Inside Vault’s Yardley, Penn. headquarters (which happens to be housed in a turn-of-the-century bank), you won’t find TVs, top 40 music or even traditional bar fare like burgers and fries. What you will find is an upscale dining experience with a woodfire grill in full view of the bar, live jazz music and small batch beer tastings every Tuesday. Owners and brothers John and James Cain treat every interaction with their customers as an opportunity to create a unique, personal connection and gain feedback. And they use email marketing to…
  • What’s Your Marketing Superpower? [Quiz + Giveaway]

    Olivia Dello Buono
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    Want to win a book package from some of the biggest names in digital marketing? Of course you do. You’re in luck – we’re giving away 3 exclusive book collections, featuring ASCEND Digital Marketing Summit speakers. (Not familiar? Check out the lineup here.) To find out which package is right for you, take this short quiz – then enter to win a curated collection based on your results. For the official rules, click here. And be sure to join us tomorrow, July 1 at 2pm EST for a special #AWeberHour Twitter Chat featuring Noah Kagan of SumoMe, Ardath Albee of Marketing…
  • 3 Tips To Help You Get Your July 4th Email Opened

    Monica Montesa
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Barbecues. Beach trips. Stand-still traffic. Fireworks. As the U.S. prepares to celebrate another year of independence, there’s another holiday trend Americans can expect to look forward to: July 4th-themed emails. Whether you plan to host a huge sale, offer exclusive discounts or simply take an Independence Day spin on your typical content, getting your emails to stand out in the inbox can be a doozy – especially when there are hundreds of other businesses tying the holiday to their emails too. So what can you do? Fortunately, it is possible to increase the chances of getting your emails…
  • How to Optimize Your Marketing for Higher Conversions [Twitter Chat]

    Brandon Olson
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    We’ve got a fantastic lineup of speakers at our upcoming ASCEND Digital Marketing Summit in October. To introduce you to these incredible speakers, we’ve organized three special #AWeberHour Twitter chats. Our first chat will be Wednesday, July 1, from 2-3 p.m. ET. We’ll be chatting with three conversion optimization experts who will be sharing ways you can get higher conversions by optimizing your marketing efforts. The top chat contributor will receive some AWeber goodies, so be sure to participate! Our Guest Panelists Oli Gardner, @OliGardner Oli is co-founder of Unbounce.
 
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    Robin Writes

  • Work Wednesday—What We Do/Did

    Robin Tidwell
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    This week, because of a charity festival we plan for all year and work (a lot!) on the last weekend in June, we didn’t get down to the farm until Monday. I figured we’d leave the STL area around 7:00 a.m., but thanks to working 40 hours over four days at the festival, I didn’t […]
  • Prep Monday—Prepping for Pets

    Robin Tidwell
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    This is one of the rare weekends that we take our dogs with us to the farm. They get all excited, especially the little one, about going “bye-bye truck.” Yes, I’m the one who NEVER used baby talk with my kids, but sure do with the little dog. Keep calling her a puppy too, even […]
  • Work Wednesday—Making Progress

    Robin Tidwell
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    When we first began looking for property out in the boonies, we’d planned on buying vacant land and building up our homestead exactly the way we wanted it: As many acres as we could afford to buy with cash; Water, preferably live; Mostly trees, with or without a clearing in the middle; And access to […]
  • Prep Monday—Dealing with Illness

    Robin Tidwell
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The worst part of this little experiment of mine was the fact that I was the only test subject. That’s two whammies: I was, what seemed at the time, deathly ill, and I had no one to practice on besides myself. Quite frankly, I was too sick to even give two tiny whoops. It started […]
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    Karavansara

  • Riding the Leviathan

    Davide Mana
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:44 am
    World-building. So far I’ve had it easy – most of my fantasy is historical fantasy, after all, and the action takes place in historical settings or pretty close to them. World-building means a good history reference book (or five) and a few pages of notes on what’s hiding in the cracks of what we consider historical. I’ve worked like that on the Aculeo & Amunet stories (set in the Third Century AD), on my novel The Ministry of Thunder (set in 1936 China), and on my current Le Corsaire project (set in the Mediterranean area, in the 1950s). And the Corsair stories…
  • Other People’s Pulps: Italian Speculative Classics

    Davide Mana
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Genre fiction is often considered as a second-class form of literature, if literature at all. This stigma was particularly strong in Italy, where a cultural tradition dating from the late 19th century – and probably influenced by catholic culture – considered science and technology, as well as imaginative fiction, as unworthy of serious consideration. In this realist desert, few authors and publishers flourished. Here’s a collection of classic covers and illustrations from that heroic age, courtesy of the Acheron Books Pinterest boards. Enjoy!
  • Writing Prompt – A man of distinction

    Davide Mana
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Let’s continue with our character studies – this one is inspired by a chat i had with my friend Claire. This fine gentleman is actor Conrad Veidt, photographed by legendary Edward Steichen. What does his picture suggest us in terms of character?
  • Free Scrivener guide

    Davide Mana
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    A good introduction to Scrivener, by way of MakeUseOf Your Guide to Scrivener
  • Companions on the road: Thor Heyerdahl and Kon-Tiki (1)

    Davide Mana
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    This is the first part of a two-part special. catching up on my movies, I finally got around to watch the 2012 Kon-Tiki, about the 1947 Heyerdahl expedition across the Pacific Ocean, from Peru tu Polinesia. The movie had been high on my to-view list, but had somehow slipped my memory. What had not slipped my memory, though, was the 1950 documentary, written and produced by Heyerdahl himself, and that had caught my imagination when I was a kid . And so I thought – why not watch the two back-to back? And then blog about it. It would be personal, but fun. So, here’s the first post…
 
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    Agent Hunter

  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Gemma Cooper

    Harry Bingham
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Gemma Cooper represents authors who write for children, from picture books to young adult, fiction and non-fiction for the Bent Literary Agency. You can find Gemma’s page on the Bent Literary Agency page here, her twitter feed is just here and of course, her Agent Hunter profile is here! What books/authors [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Paul Feldstein

    Harry Bingham
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
      This is an interview with literary agent Paul Feldstein. Paul  has over 35 years of experience in the publishing industry. Prior to founding the Feldstein Agency with his wife Susan, he was Managing Director of Trafalgar Square, the leading U.S. distributor of U.K. publishers, until the company was sold in 2006 to IPG. In addition to running [...]
  • Agent Hunter gets even better

    Harry Bingham
    20 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Folks, you wanted it, we’re delivering it. Our agent profiles are already good – of course – but they’ve lacked a bite-size summary up top where you can get a quick one-minute feel for each agent in our database. We’re now in process of changing all that. We’re writing up full profiles of every agent [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An interview with Michael Alcock

    Harry Bingham
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
     Michael Alcock began his publishing career at Oxford University Press, and was publishing director at Macmillan, Aurum Press and Boxtree before founding his own literary agency in 1997.  Michael Alcock Management merged with John Johnson Authors’ Agents in 2003 to form Johnson & Alcock. The Johnson and Alcock agency home page is here, Michael’s Agent [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Louise Burns

    Harry Bingham
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
      This is an interview with literary agent Louise Burns. Louise is an agent at the Andrew Mann literary Agency. You can follow her on Twitter here and her Agent Hunter page is here.   Q. What books/authors do you love in commercial fiction? (Crime, women’s) Give us some examples and [...]
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    Long Tail Writing

  • Why Write? Why Do You Write?

    James Livingood
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
      Video Transcript: Hey YouTubers! This is Long Tail Writing. *Bad Beatboxing* Okay I really can’t do any intro music I’ll try and find something a little bit better than trying beatbox it, which… Anyway. So, this video is just […] The post Why Write? Why Do You Write? appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Difference Between Author Platform and Business Plan

    James Livingood
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
      Transcript: Hi! This is James Livingood and I am want to just take a moment and build this video and show you what’s required in order to build your writing platform. A few things need to be mentioned before […] The post Difference Between Author Platform and Business Plan appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Stop Book Ads, Start Building Back Catalogs

    James Livingood
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    I believe we need to stop advertising inside of books. Furthermore, I believe we need to stop book ads in Facebook and other social media. Let me preface my frustration: I’ve found a lot of different websites and books out there telling […] The post Stop Book Ads, Start Building Back Catalogs appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Books added (with Audible.com sample)

    James Livingood
    14 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    I’ve changed the menu and added a new books area. This new area will make it easier to find my books. Furthermore, this area includes an Audible.com sample and links to my fiction work. The hope is that users that […] The post Books added (with Audible.com sample) appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Constructing a Book’s Financial Track

    James Livingood
    4 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    After a book is written, it needs to run the race to get into reader hands. The idea of this article is not to win the race, but to study the track. Many indies either ignore the effort or run […] The post Constructing a Book’s Financial Track appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
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  • Dignity

    rolandrhicks
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    A sitting judge in the U.S. Supreme Court just wrote the following in his dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges: “Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And […]
  • A Prologue from Pre-Trail Detention

    rolandrhicks
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    My client pushed back on a protesting plastic chair until he leaned against a cinderblock wall the color of watered-down pea soup. He waved at the table in an ‘it’s all there’ motion, folded his arms and waited. I flipped open a tattered, coffee stained file folder, it contained a creased, equally stained police report. […]
  • The Box

    rolandrhicks
    20 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Someone, somewhere, sometime last week asked me to explain ‘plea bargaining’. My first attempt was fairly pathetic and I was about to bag it with a ‘I can’t talk about it’ sigh of self pity when the perfect image hit me – the box. Then the whole thing fell into place and it goes like […]
  • Speaking of Royals . . .

    rolandrhicks
    2 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    In honor of the birth of yet another royal baby – a discussion between William Hanlin and General McClellan concerning the French princes on McClellan’s staff – and royalty in America: . . . the door swung open and three men, two in magnificently tailored uniforms, the other dressed like a private, strode into the […]
  • The Ice Cream Truck and Baltimore

    rolandrhicks
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    What happened to Freddie Gray? I have no idea. Obviously. I do, however, have an inkling. As would anyone ever transported by police, sheriffs, marshals, Correctional Officers, or any one else in law enforcement who transports more than one prisoner at a time. In Connecticut, the DOC transports inmates with court dates to local jails for […]
 
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  • You’re Reading This

    Josh Spilker
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    don’t forget yr sunglasses this holiday   from the blog:thoughts on ‘selected tweets’ by tao lin & mira gonzalez, pt 1an interview with my twitter parody account (YES SOME1 MAKES FUN OF ME ON TWITTER)reading stuffwhich books didn’t change your life???…at guardianmy new fave site is Sad YouTube and they have free e-books…PRESS SHOUT-OUT:: Pre-order cool kid Rachel Bell’s […]
  • Thoughts on ‘Selected Tweets’ by Tao Lin & Mira Gonzalez, Part 1

    Josh Spilker
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    ‘selected tweets’ by tao lin and mira gonzalez 1. This came in the mail and I immediately thought, “this is a small book” 2. Started reading this book and then thought “this book is longer than I thought” 3. Started reading Mira Gonzalez tweets first, not sure why 4. Started ‘dog-earing’  individual pages with funny […]
  • An Interview with My Parody Account, @jspilkerminus

    Josh Spilker
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
    I have two Twitter accounts–@joshspilker and @joshspilkerplus. Since I contain multitudes, one Twitter account would not do. I use the @joshspilker to talk about “normal” life, mostly sports, local restaurants, politics, marketing and spiritual stuff. Then I use the @joshspilkerplus as my “creative” account or something and that one is where I try out “funny” […]
  • You’re Reading This

    Josh Spilker
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    throw the bones out of your watermelon & try this: @Seinfeld2000 breaks down the Taylor Swift / Apple Music tumblr post AN OPEN LETTER TO CHRIS BOSH (A LITERARY PROJECT) 10 great writers everyone forgot…at LitHub How to host a reading…at Atticus Review Interv w/ Amanda Johnson of Black Poets Speak Out…at Real Pants PRESS […]
  • Status Update

    Josh Spilker
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    based on my desire to get tacos from a food truck in an empty kmart parking lot, my cultural impact has ‘peaked’ — Josh Spilker+ (@joshspilkerplus) June 25, 2015
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  • Standing On A Whale (Book Review)

    M.C. Simon
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Standing On A Whale By B. J. Tiernan Book Review   Book Details Title: Standing On A Whale Author: B. J. Tiernan Genre: Psychological Thriller Format: Paperback Length: 414 pages Publication Date: June 9, 2014 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform… Read the rest
  • Into The Woods

    M.C. Simon
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Into the Woods   Book Details Title: Into The Woods Author: Carla Godfrey Genre: Contemporary fiction Format: Ebook and Paperback Length: 48 pages Publication Date: October 22, 2015 Publisher: Draft2Digital Kindle Price: $0.99 Paperback Price: $6.99   Synopsis Due to… Read the rest
  • United States Air Force Pilot For Kids!

    M.C. Simon
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    United States Air Force Pilot For Kids! How To Become an Air Force Pilot By Eric Z Book Review   Book Details Title: United States Air Force Pilot For Kids! How To Become an Air Force Pilot Series: Leadership and… Read the rest
  • Feng Shui For Writers

    M.C. Simon
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Book Details Title: Feng Shui For Writers Series: How To Master Your Life Author: M.C. Simon Genre: Non-Fiction Format: Paperback and Kindle Length: 152 pages Publication Date: June 16, 2015 Publisher: IML Publishing Kindle Price: $7.99 Kindle Paperback Price: $29.26… Read the rest
  • Read ‘Feng Shui For Writers’ Free Download

    M.C. Simon
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    After almost a year in the making, ‘Feng Shui For Writers’ has just been published. Author M.C. Simon is delighted to share with you a FREE copy of her Kindle eBook direct from Amazon. The fully illustrated, comprehensive ‘Feng Shui… Read the rest
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    Powerful Views

  • Thank You Dear Rains!

    Karan Gandhi
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    Drip and drop They just won’t stop Mounts and hill-tops Experience your slop! You come down as grace With drips on our face Your descent from space On all cultures and race! Plants and the trees You mask with your breeze Cold winds at the seas They result in a sneeze! The pakodas and tea Are the happiness key You charge us no fee For our pleasure and glee! Massive are your blessings In God-sent evenings Savoring and relaxing Your presence so calming! Both, poets and authors Are inspired by your showers The earth receives answers Through rains and its waters! Our hearts so long To sing your…
  • Thank you so much

    Karan Gandhi
    29 May 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Dear Friends, I am overwhelmed with your appreciation on articles and poems posted on this blog. Your encouragement means a lot to me, and inspires me to write more. Today, I’d like to introduce you to my website http://karangandhi.org/. While the blog has a collection of my poems, views and reviews; the new website is primarily covering Perspectives & Thoughts on Leadership, Human Capital Management, Strategy, Learning & Self Improvement. I hope that you relish reading this website as much as you enjoyed my blog. A few articles posted on the website are: Attitude of Gratitude…
  • You’re a Golden Sun

    Karan Gandhi
    20 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Your golden rays, They always amaze No words to praise, Your supernatural glaze. You light our dawn, A new day’s born We finish our yawns At the sunny green lawns. You continually slog Be it mist or fog, No attention you hog What a thankless job! These mountains and skies They shine through your eyes, The lows & the highs You bestow at sun-rise. You bless us with heat Your glimmer so neat, In by-lanes & streets You confer so sweet. Red, orange and yellow They unite to say hello, Your touch so mellow You’re a jolly-good fellow! During monsoons and winters We miss your splinters,…
  • The Wooden Ledge

    Karan Gandhi
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    I stood at the edge Of a wooden ledge, Gazing in infinity Looking for divinity! My attention drew To the mountain blue, Time swiftly flew In the scenic view! The lush green trees The enchanting breeze, Life got me to freeze That moment I seized! I don’t want to go Back to the show, I coveted the glow Those moments to grow! I wanted to stay With nature play, Away from the fray Underneath the rays! With responsibilities steep And commitments to keep, I sat in my jeep It was time to sleep! I looked up high To the transparent skies, With tears in my eyes I said good bye! I’ll surely return…
  • What Color Am I?

    Karan Gandhi
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
                  What color am I? I blinked an eye Can you notice the hue Do you have any clue?   Come close and see You must look at me Come discern my shade Look what’s portrayed.   You’re green he said No, you are red He’s blue someone shouted It’s yellow undoubted!   They grumbled they fought Their heads went hot They quarreled and teased Their opponents squeezed.   I looked with dismay They were immersed in fray Not ready to blink They just wouldn’t think!   I prayed, please halt It’s all my fault! Come close,…
 
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    InkCrafts

  • 15 Sure-Fire Ways to Land Freelance Writing Clients in 2015

    Anagha Avinash Patil
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:38 am
    The old school strategy to land freelance writing clients goes like this: – ‘Content is KING’ – Write catchy, productive content – Publish it on the web – Hope for the client to nod YEP. A couple of years later, the perspective shifted to breaking the ice to create a productive client base and network [...] The post 15 Sure-Fire Ways to Land Freelance Writing Clients in 2015 appeared first on InkCrafts.
  • An Interview with Brian Scott of FreelanceWriting.com

    Sania Lali
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Brian Scott is the mastermind behind Freelance Writing, one of the most helpful websites I’ve come across on the internet about online money making. His blog not only includes the latest paid writing opportunities but also offers great advice and tips on writing and earning money online. Recently, I decided to interview Brian Scott to learn more [...] The post An Interview with Brian Scott of FreelanceWriting.com appeared first on InkCrafts.
  • A Simple Guide to Writing Irresistible Query Letters

    Sania Lali
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:18 am
    Admit it. You’ve seen other people’s guest posts and articles published on high authority sites and thought: “One day, that will be me.” After all, you’re a great writer. You can write awesome articles. But for some reason, your query letter never gets a response. You’ve always wondered what it takes to get your pitch [...] The post A Simple Guide to Writing Irresistible Query Letters appeared first on InkCrafts.
  • How to Start a Profitable Blog in 6 Easy Steps

    Sania Lali
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:46 am
    You know, most people take blogging as a joke, right? They think it’s just a hobby or a fad. If you try to tell them you can make money blogging, they just nod skeptically and say, “Sure, give it a try.” It’s not that these people don’t want you to chase your dreams. They do. [...] The post How to Start a Profitable Blog in 6 Easy Steps appeared first on InkCrafts.
  • Are You Making these 7 Job Application Mistakes?

    Sania Lali
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:38 am
    Let’s face it. Nobody wants to go through hundreds of resumes when hiring. It’s a tedious and time consuming job and most hiring managers want to get it over with as soon as possible. That’s why most resumes end up in the garbage after just a glance. In this post, I’ going to discuss some [...] The post Are You Making these 7 Job Application Mistakes? appeared first on InkCrafts.
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    Write to Done

  • How To Capture The Hearts And Minds Of Your Readers

    Melissa Chu
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Do you want to capture the hearts and minds of your readers? When you plan a piece, you often have concerns such as: Am I providing enough useful content to readers? Do I have the facts and data to back up my argument? Does my writing make sense and flow logically? While these are important questions, one vital ingredient is missing. A connection. Your readers want to know that you’re in the trenches with them, that you understand what they’re going through. The simplest way forge a connection with your readers is to write a piece that stirs their emotions. Facts are read and forgotten,…
  • 3 Steps to Driving More Traffic & Selling More Books or Products via LinkedIn

    Josh Turner
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:56 am
    The cat’s out of the bag. With over 364 million members and a monthly active user growth rate at 2x the pace of either Twitter or Facebook, LinkedIn is no longer a secret. More and more writers and bloggers are turning to LinkedIn to figure out how to promote their books, content and programs to this massive audience. But what’s the best way to get it done?   Well, there are many tactics for sure…but I’d like to give you a couple that you can get started on right away. Why should you listen to me? In addition to running a world-leading agency and training program specifically…
  • What Are YOU Writing?

    Mary Jaksch
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:07 am
    What are you working on right now? We’d love to know here at WritetoDone! A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what you’re writing about. Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestseller or give us a link to your best article. Tell us: what are you writing at the moment? Who knows, your piece might even…
  • What to Write About To Get The Audience You’ve Dreamed Of

    Will Blunt
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:28 am
    Have you ever thought you nailed a piece of writing? But no one seemed to care. No one shared it. No one commented on it. And you wonder why. If you write enough content, some of it won’t hit the mark—that’s just the way it is. But how can we minimize the risk of this happening? What can we do before we write that will make our writing connect with our audience? The word ‘before’ is the key. Ideation and research are essential to writing compelling content. They help you pack a punch with facts, figures and examples—but more importantly, they help you validate your idea before…
  • Boost Your Creativity: 7 Ways to Be Insanely Creative on Demand

    Angie Dixon
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:14 am
    Wouldn’t you love to be consistently creative? It’s great when our friends and family support us and think we can do anything as long as it involves words, and a keyboard or pen. The truth, though, is that we all get stuck from time to time. Creativity is fickle. Getting past the stuck places can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are seven techniques I use to boost my creativity and get out of a creative funk. I’m sure they’ll help you too! After the first one, they’re in no particular order except for number seven, which is best used as a last resort. Method 1: Keep…
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  • The 6 Most Common Mistakes Authors Make (And How To Fix Them)

    Joel Mark Harris
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
      1) Not Getting Enough Feedback   It can be hard to find good people to read your book and give you helpful feedback, especially if you are, like most writers, on a tight budget.   It takes a lot of time and effort not only to read but to make notes and catch mistakes. It can be dangerous to get a friend or a family member –especially your mom – to read it if they’re not willing to give you the cold, hard truth.   A good editor will cost you anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000 but I know most
  • How To Get On The Best Sellers' List

    Joel Mark Harris
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
      The publishing business can often seem like the mafia.   Nobody really knows what’s going on behind closed doors and in order to get into their secret society it feels like you need to wack somebody—probably an employee of Amazon.   For example, you would think hitting the New York Times Best Selling list would be straight forward. You sell the most copies of your book in a certain amount of time then you get on the list.   Not so fast.   The New York Times takes in several factors when they
  • The Number 1 Reason Netflix is A Giant Killer

    Joel Mark Harris
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
        Hollywood studio executives may be patting themselves on the back for Jurassic World, which had the second largest North American opening ever, just narrowly behind The Avengers, and worldwide opened with an impressive $511 million box office.   But despite this recent success, studio executives should be worried that this model of releasing films is dying.   Netflixs has just announced it’s releasing the next Brad Pitt movie in select theaters and simultaneously online.   This has, of
  • 3 Ways To Become World Class At Anything

    Joel Mark Harris
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
      Humans have such a huge potential that mostly goes unrealized. Many of us cruise along in life without thinking about how we can be more efficient with our resources – time and money.   We waste so much time on the internet and social media in particular that could be better utilized in other areas of our life.    According to a survey done by a marketing firm, we check our phones on average 150 times a day.   That’s over a thousand times a week!   Not only is that time wasted but it
  • 3 Types Of Fear Creatives Need To Overcome

    Joel Mark Harris
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    I just finished reading a thriller novel about a group of soldiers that take a medical cocktail to eliminates fear. This medicine is supposed to make better, fearless soldiers.   Of course, in the book, this medicine is used for evil – the soldiers are used as suicide bombers – and it’s up to the good guys to stop it.   But it got me thinking about what that this could be used for in everyday life.   Broadly speaking, there are 3 types of fear that writers face. Creative fear, fear of failure
 
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    Text and Academic Authors Association Blog

  • Develop a master publisher and writing contacts list for your textbook

    Kim Pawlak
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    Since 1987, when Robert Christopherson signed the contract for the first edition of his now best-selling textbook, Geosystems, his textbooks have gone through five different owners, and he has had 14 different editors and hundreds of editorial assistants. “Such dynamics in the publishing landscape is quite typical of the industry,” said Christopherson, who textbooks are now published with Pearson. It has always amazed me when there’s a new editor, and I ask, ‘Did you get the filing cabinets of the other guy? Did they give you a memory stick with the files on it of all the…
  • The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: July 3, 2015

    Libby Becker
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    Writing is like exploring a new place you’ve never been to before. As with exploring, writing can be exciting and fast paced, but it can also be scary and difficult, or it can cause you to pause and reflect. Some explorations are done alone, while others are done with a companion or a group, just as writing can be done in solidarity or in a group setting. By exploring or writing with others, they are there to push you, to focus you, and to help you along the way. You might tread carefully along the path unsure of where it is taking you or what might be around the next corner. Just as often,…
  • Amazing, unforgettable, and well worth the trip: 2015 TAA Conference

    Erika Landry
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Erika Landry Amazing, unforgettable and well worth the trip, this is how I would describe TAA’s 2015 Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. I can’t give you just ONE conference takeaway—my takeaways are limitless—but here are just a few: Life-changing mentoring sessions with excellent scholars and mentors Networking opportunities with other doctoral students, colleagues, and professors One-of-a-kind friendly TAA staff and volunteers Scrumptious delicacies at every turn As a doctoral student, I attend conferences quite often and this was one of the best. I…
  • Join us for the 7/23 TAA Webinar, ‘Why You Should Consider Self-Publishing & Print-on-Demand’

    TAA
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    Learn why self-publishing and publishing on demand are very reasonable alternatives, by joining us Thursday, July 23 from 1-2 p.m. ET, for the TAA Webinar, “Why You Should Consider ‘Self-Publishing’ and ‘Print-on-Demand'”, presented by Robert Hoyt, M.D., author of Health Informatics: A Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology Professionals, published by Lulu.com. Hoyt will share the myriad advantages not associated with a professional publisher. Learn how to: Select several publish-on-demand publisher Compare and contrast the advantages and…
  • Tips, strategies, takeaways & fun-filled tweets from #2015TAA

    TAA
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:29 pm
    The  28th Annual Textbook and Academic Authoring Conference (#2015TAA), held at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa June 19-20, was a huge success! Attendees enjoyed sessions ranging from Reaching Your Productivity Peak: Technology Maximizing Your Research and Publishing to Innovations in Digital Book Technology: Brainstorming Textbook Applications. Below are the numerous tips, strategies, takeaways, and fun-filled tweets from us and attendees. See you next year in San Antonio, June 24-25! Would you like to present a session at TAA’s 29th Annual Conference on Textbook &…
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  • How to Know When to Press the Brakes or the Gas

    Nina Amir
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
    Copyright Jarungthip Jarin|123RF.comIf you’ve been following me for a while, you know that when it comes to blogging I’ve been singing the same song for a long time. The song has simple lyrics: Blog often and consistently if you want to get any traction in the search engine results pages. But there’s a time to press the gas pedal gas and produce more content quickly and a time to put your foot on the brakes and focus your attention on other necessary tasks. For me, the time has come to put on the brakes. I am not going to stop blogging! I am going to cut back on how often I blog.
  • Nonfiction Writing Prompt #44: Speak Your Way to Successful Authorship

    Nina Amir
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:25 am
    Most writers don’t want to become speakers. That’s not surprising since many writers are introverts, and Americans tend to fear public speaking more than death. However, speaking provides a powerful path to successful authorship. That’s why I want to challenge you to become a speaker as well as a writer. It’s not as difficult as you think. Most successful nonfiction authors are speakers as well. Speaking not only provides a source of income, but this activity helps the authors sell more books and enhance their expert status. Speaking also provides a fabulous way to build author…
  • Where to Find Your Author Community

    Nina Amir
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:15 am
    It’s not enough to just write a good book. Today, authors need help promoting their work after launch. In this guest post, Sandra Beckwith (@sandrabeckwith) from Build Book Buzz shares five places you can create the all-important community necessary to help your books sell well.  Photo courtesy of Robert Churchill|123RF.comAn author in a Facebook group I belong to recently complained that she was having trouble getting attention for her free e-book download. Part of the problem, as we discovered in the discussion that followed, was that she didn’t have an author network that could…
  • The Hats Every Self-Published Author Must Wear

    Nina Amir
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    Copyright Nattawat Khodkaeo|123RF.com“Self-publishing is easy. Writing is hard.” I hear these statements all the time, but I think someone got these beliefs backward. For writers, writing is easy. Self-publishing can be hard. You see, writers write. That’s what they do—or you do. Yes, sometimes you get stuck or don’t feel inspired or good enough to write, but, in general, you can write. Admit it. When it comes to self-publishing your book, though, that’s another story entirely. This task might make you anxious. You may worry that you just can’t do it. It may feel like too big a…
  • Jazz Up a Nonfiction Writing Career with Seasonal Promotions

    Nina Amir
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:35 am
    Writers often miss annual promotional opportunities. In today’s guest post,  Carolyn Howard-Johnson (@FrugalBookPromo), The Frugal Book Promoter, shares her strategy for using holidays an seasonal events to sell more books and make more money as a writer. Copyright Zoltan Szarvas | 123RF.com Have you heard of The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans? It was originally self-published. Evans believed in himself (and his book) when big publishers didn’t. When it did well, “lo and behold,” as they say in the Christmas stories, someone saw the light. Seasons Material Sells The motto…
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    Unique Web Copy

  • Tattoo Fail: Their vs. There

    Angie Papple Johnston
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s cool that they’re keeping it all in the family. “Their is no better friend than a sister…”   “…and their is no better sister than you.” The post Tattoo Fail: Their vs. There appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
  • Drive Thru Corrected to Drive Through

    Angie Papple Johnston
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:50 am
    Does it count as vandalism when you’re just fixing an intentionally committed mistake? (Just for the record, I didn’t do this.) The post Drive Thru Corrected to Drive Through appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
  • “Nobodies Perfect” – Funny (but Permanent) Spelling Mistake

    Angie Papple Johnston
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    Nobodies perfect… but some people have more obvious issues than others do. This probably wouldn’t be too hard to fix, though.   The post “Nobodies Perfect” – Funny (but Permanent) Spelling Mistake appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
  • How to Find the Right Neighborhood in Hoboken

    Angie Papple Johnston
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    If you’re a Realtor(R), you probably understand how important it is to populate your site with informative, engaging blog posts. If you can’t afford to hire a real estate writer, you can put together great posts yourself — and here’s one you can use as a springboard. People devour information such as “How to Find the Right Neighborhood in Hoboken,” and you want to be the only Realtor for miles in any direction that’s passing out this kind of valuable information. Feel free to take this post and modify it to meet your service areas. Make it your own,…
  • Sample Realtor Blog Post About Luxury Condos in Hoboken

    Angie Papple Johnston
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    If you’re a Realtor(R), you probably already know that it’s a good idea to build up your blog. Your potential clients want to know everything about the area, and a post about luxury condos (in Hoboken, for this example) is a great way to draw in traffic and show off your unique knowledge of the area. Try the same on your own blog… but make sure you change all the important details. Don’t forget to find great anchor text to link to your homepage and internal pages, too.   Luxury Condos in Hoboken, NJ A house in the suburbs isn’t for everyone. If you’re like…
 
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  • Moral Courage

    nlo
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Recent events have me rethinking my stance, rethinking even my views on how I react to certain moods of my fellow world citizens, especially when geopolitics arises, and rethink how I view myself with regard to courage and knowledge.Now, I'm not speaking of the kind of courage which led me to sign up for 7 years in the Army. That is certainly one kind of courage, but not the courage of which I speak. No, the courage I speak of is that of the individual standing up to the crowd [1] and to a greater power for a good that requires sacrifice not only in the physical sense but in a moral one as…
  • The Heart is a Bloody Protagonist

    nlo
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
    The average heart beats 2,869,776,000 times in a life time. Give or take. I’m aware that at least 1 billion of these heart beats are forever gone for me. The story of I, the story of any human, is one which should include this bloody protagonist and its trials and tribulations. It doesn’t. Not usually. On a daily basis, unless it troubles us, we ignore it. A lesson for life, that. But we also have some other aspects of this final countdown of beats until the final one. I’m at 1.8 billion left. Seems like a lot, but a million go by in a couple of weeks. Yeah, and there’s even some…
  • Quick note: something in the air.

    nlo
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    One more note on something's in the air: Jade Helm. [1] And so it goes. Chomsky has spoken about similar levels of paranoia and the symptom of outlandish conspiracy theories that come about because people have a healthy distrust for the government, and yet they refuse to combine this critical analysis (or perhaps I'm being too generous, perhaps it's only a heuristic) to other forms of informations, though even I admit that it's hard to discern such matters. Nevertheless, I already mentioned that I recently came across my own data point of a Jade Helm believer, and I was too stunned to…
  • Thoughts on Batman movies and the world as it is.

    nlo
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    If one reads up on the recent golden age of TV (I’m not so sure about that, but it is better than that which came before), they also hear about the handful of somewhat serious movies. Of course, the prattle in the mainstream media focuses on the big movies, trying to tie in why something not as superficial as most movies did so well. Where they err is when they make some claim that a certain movie is deep. One such series is the Batman series. Heath Ledger’s performance aside, I’m of the thought that the entire series is a little overrated. This alone is worthy of a thesis level expose,…
  • Artist and the Art

    nlo
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:46 pm
    In every man woman and child there lies an artist. For some it's a lifetime of obsession. For others, it's something they find when they're doing something else which they don't particularly like (if you're doing something you do like, then that usually absorbs your passions, something vital for an artist). Vonnegut says that we should all at least do something artful at some point in our lives. I agree. Perhaps when the robots take over, they will allow us this much. But, that being said, being a writer is only one kind of artist, and I am often impressed with the more direct lines to…
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    Judith Gaines

  • Getting Inside Your Characters

    Judith Gaines
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    All writing projects come with some form of research and fiction navigates this pursuit to some interesting destinations. Recently, I spent the day as Jade Weekes, the main character of my art mystery series, crisscrossing The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Becoming your character and looking at the world from their point of view … Continue reading Getting Inside Your Characters →
  • What Rush Can Teach Writers About Relevance

    Judith Gaines
    30 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I posted the article below a little over four years ago. It still rings true, even more so for me, after seeing Rush perform last week in Greensboro NC. The show covered 40 Years of music by three talented musicians who are also writers, composers and artists among their many passions. What lessons can writers … Continue reading What Rush Can Teach Writers About Relevance →
  • How to Look Like a Pro Day One on Twitter

    Judith Gaines
    14 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Don’t be an egg. Customize your header, add a profile picture and make your bio relevant to your audience. Studies show that using your face as your profile image increases followers & engagement. Character counts. Keep tweets under 110 characters. This increases the likelihood it will be re-shared. RT’s tack on up to 20 additional characters to … Continue reading How to Look Like a Pro Day One on Twitter →
  • Flipboard for Authors & Bloggers

    Judith Gaines
    12 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    If you follow me on Twitter, you know that lately I’ve been playing with Flipboard, an app that allows you to aggregate online content into custom digital magazines. This content is composed of websites, news sites, blogs, and social media. Flipboard launched on iOS in 2010, went through rounds of development which included the addition of … Continue reading Flipboard for Authors & Bloggers →
  • Book Marketing: Creating & Using Infographics For Social Media

    Judith Gaines
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I think it was around 1993. Having settled down to the computer, a super fast P-90, I opened AOL and navigated to my favorite site, a web forum for Highlander fans. It was early social networking: all text, lots of imagination (like you wouldn’t believe), and key words ruled if you wanted to find anything. … Continue reading Book Marketing: Creating & Using Infographics For Social Media →
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  • The Benefits of Meditation: For Writers and Other Creatives

    cathy presland
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Especially for Writers Most of us have heard about the benefits of meditation in general, but did you know that meditation is particularly helpful for writers? It’s a wonderful tool that can help you become the brilliant writer you’re meant to be. Writers’ brains are busy places, akin to shopping malls or cluttered attics. It’s one of the reasons we need to get our ideas down on paper. Just a like a spring cleaning, there is a sense of cleansing when we’ve completed a story. As a writer, you understand that sometimes this busyness causes problems; you get pulled in too many…
  • Writing Inspiration: 12 Strange and Simple Tips From Famous Authors, Living And Dead

    cathy presland
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Writing Inspiration Every successful writer was once an amateur. Everyone started from zero. It’s a hard thing to remember when you’ve lost your mojo; playing the distraction game, tidying your office, or browsing Facebook. Avoiding the expectant page because the words just won’t come. But remember it, you should. Every writer who you’ve read, re-read, and praised was once in the same position that you are now – until they published, and people bought, and celebrated, their work. So if you’re trawling the inner recesses of your imagination for a spark of inspiration to get you…
  • 7 Business Networking Tips For Authors And Experts: How To Build Your Brand With Ease

    cathy presland
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Do you network? Now that you’ve published your book, you stand out as an expert in your field. and it is time to let everyone know about it. And business networking events provide you with the perfect forum to do just that. In essence, business networks provide forums for people to promote what they do. They are a way of sharing information, supporting each other and getting referrals and leads that will ultimately grow your business. It’s time to go out and make the most of them. How does networking make you feel? We’ve all heard the term ‘networking’. And we…
  • 4 Ways To Find Your ‘Hook’ And Get More Publicity For You And Your Book

    cathy presland
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    A Successful Book Launch You want your book to be successful, to sell, and you know that a strong launch is one of the most important aspects of the whole process. If a tree falls undetected, yes, it has still fallen – but if no one hears about it — or in your case about the book you spent the last year or two writing, then you’re in trouble. Maybe you think your publisher will do all the marketing? Well, they can definitely open doors, but they will only put the resources in if you have a decent platform they can leverage. The Author Publicity Game Chances are, whether you…
  • How To Write A Book Even If You Think You Don’t Have Time (21 actionable lessons from working with hundreds of authors)

    cathy presland
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    How Hard Can It Be? There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. Very hard, according to Hemingway. And most writers find themselves stuck at one part of the process or another. Whether it’s not knowing where to start — that mush of too many ideas. Or whether it’s getting to, what I call the 80% stage. You can’t see your way to the end, and you wonder if anyone will want to read it anyway. Both of these, and more, are common places to get stuck. But it doesn’t have to be like that. I’ve worked with hundreds of authors and…
 
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  • How to pick out a character for your novel

    Guest Author
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This is a guest article by James Thompson. If you want to submit a guest article of your own be sure to read the guest article guidelines. Believe it or not, but the profession of your novel characters play a major role in making your novel a big hit. Using clichéd professions such as doctor, lawyer, detective, or an actor won’t suffice — unless it’s the only relevant choice. The profession of the characters, especially the main character, is what sets the scene for your book. Readers prefer reading something “fresh”. How often do you read about a wizarding profession? (I’m…
  • How to write tight sentences

    Guest Author
    20 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    This is a guest article by Drusilla Richards. If you want to submit a guest article of your own be sure to read the guest article guidelines. Many bloggers and writers today have trouble writing tight sentences. So, what really is a tight sentence? It’s a sentence(s) that is clear, concise, and written in a manner that makes every word count. So, if I’m going on and on giving “background information” such as where, what, why, who, and you know all that stuff, before I get to the point, then clearly — my sentences are not “tight”… similar to this sentence. Yikes! Loose…
  • Creative writing in 2015: here’s what you need to know

    Idrees Patel
    4 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    There are few things constant in the world, and creative writing is not one of them. Sure, it may not look like it on the surface. After all, creative writing is one of those things which stays evergreen, supposedly. Books on creative writing written decades ago still have relevance in the present. Creative writing advice from years ago is still useful today. It’s the reason why I wrote Creative Writing 101 in 2010, and it’s the reason why that resource remains the most popular on Writers’ Treasure, as well as still being evergreen content. Outdated? Of course not. But…
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    Idrees Patel
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Many tasks are difficult for writers. As in, even many parts of the entire writing process are difficult. In fact, nothing is easy in writing. Not even the pros find it easy. All they do is make it look easy, but ask them whether they found it difficult in the beginning and the answer will most certainly be in the affirmative. Content writing, editing and proofreading, and publishing. All these three tasks sound confusing, but they’re not. Broken down into small chunks, they’re doable. Millions are at least doing it. Few, though, are doing it the right way. The reasons for that…
  • The #1 writing advice: write the truth

    Idrees Patel
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    First off, this isn’t your typical Writers’ Treasure article. It’s even more brilliantly readable, and it has a completely different subject and tone. It’s not theoretical, and it’s not applicable to creative writers. But for all other kinds of writing, it’s the truest advice I’ve ever written. Interested? Let’s start the session then. It’s 2015, and although writers have improved the quality of their writing a lot, other aspects of it have fallen by the wayside. You might be able to avoid the common mistakes and learn to write…
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  • Preserving the Past – Some Thoughts on the Importance of Historic Places

    AdamAH
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:54 pm
    I’m talking about something a bit more personal for this post. Recently, I went back to my home town with my family. We were in the area and so we thought it might be fun to take a drive through the old neighbourhood. It’s kind of weird passing by primary and secondary schools where you spent so much time, and then happily pushed them from your mind. All that feel like another life. Our last stop was the last house my family owned. It was the oldest house in the area (over 100 years old), and belonged to the original landowner who had settled the area. This is a picture of the house: As…
  • The Links Between History and Mythology – A Guest Post by Luciana Cavallaro

    AdamAH
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Today I have a special guest on the blog. Luciana Cavallaro is the author of a series of mythological retellings from the perspectives of some fascinating women in Greek myth. When I read her book, The Curse of Troy, I knew that I wanted to have her write a guest post for Writing the Past. Luciana has a wonderfully unique style, and she gives these accursed women of Greek myth a voice that you may not have heard before. So, without further ado, a big welcome to author, Luciana Cavallaro! First, I’d like to thank Adam for inviting me to be a guest blogger. I’ve been following Adam’s blog…
  • A Head for War – Top 10 Ancient and Medieval Battle Helmets

    AdamAH
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Ancient Warriors – painting by Arturas Slapsys Some of the very first things that interested me in history as a young boy were weapons and armour. Boys will be boys, and so it’s no surprise that this is what drew me into the ancient and medieval worlds in the first place. I remember getting a used book called The Art of Chivalry, which I flipped through over and over again. I was mesmerized by the images of broad swords and gothic armour, the shields, the lines, and the hack marks from various battles. If there is one piece that has been common to most ancient cultures, it’s the…
  • Ancient Everyday – Getting Social with Sponges

    AdamAH
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:36 am
    Do you use a bathroom? Of course you do! Everybody does. They might vary in design or level of fanciness, sure, but every person on earth, and throughout history, has had to do their business. And they usually have done in a certain spot, be it a bush, a hole in the ground, a pot, or some form of toilet. And people, usually, have used something to clean their bits and pieces afterwards. Ok, maybe not so much in the Middle Ages (hygiene was less of a thing then), but certainly in the ancient world. I’m not usually one for bathroom history, but when it comes to the Romans I have to admit that…
  • War without the Shooting – Sport and Strife in Ancient Athletic Competition

    AdamAH
    31 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.        (George Orwell, “The Sporting Spirit”, Tribune, 14 December 1945) I was reminded of the above Orwell quote in a book I’ve been reading lately, entitled The Ancient Olympics, by Nigel Spivey. No, we are not going to be talking about modern warfare or guns, those are not my thing. However, Spivey’s use of the quote is apt for his book, and for the purposes…
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  • Celebrate the Independence Being a Writer Affords

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
      As we join together in the United States to celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, it occurred to me that writing offers a certain level of independence. Independence from: A boring corporate job A same ol’ same ol’ town A safe and predictable existence Like actors, writers are able to put on the hat of a different character, in a different world, with a different life and escape from the safe and normal. Housewives, accountants, educators, corporate professionals and more can benefit from the independence that writing offers. So whether you have finished and self-published that…
  • Creating a Landing Page to Promote Your Books

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Earlier this week we talked about the importance of purchasing URLs (website addresses) that will help market your self-published books. Today I want to talk a little bit about what to put on those pages. Rather than build out a website, one of the most successful marketing tools on the Internet today is a long form landing page. It is a page of content that is chockfull of key word phrases, bullet pointed lists of content, customer reviews, video and more. The website, Search Engine People defines a landing page as: A landing page is web page that provides further information after a…
  • What is Your URL Strategy for Marketing?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    You may not be aware, but one of the best ways to help readers find you on the Internet is by purchasing specific web addresses, or URLs, that include key word phrases. For example, do you own www.YourName.com? Often we think that the only URL we need for our business is the one that is the same as our company name, but the reality is; there is power and flexibility in owning and developing a variety of URLs. When readers search for us on the Internet, they may not know or remember the name of our company. But if we met in person, they might remember our name. Owning the URL for your name…
  • Do You Struggle to Find the Perfect Word?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    Have you ever struggled to find just the right word or phrase? You try to avoid the obvious but you also don’t want to use a word so obscure that it doesn’t resonate with readers. I have found a few resources and techniques that might be able to help. The first is a color thesauruses by Ingrid Sundberg. She has done an amazing job of creating a colorful index of word choices to help describe colors. Here is just a brief example: Never again will you describe the curtains as yellow when they may be more butter-like. K.M. Weiland offers five ways to find the right word without using a…
  • Is an Affiliate Marketing Program Right For Your Self-Published Books?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    You may have heard about the affiliate programs that help you make money while you sleep and wondered what they are. In this article, I’d like to share a little information about what affiliates are and how you might consider using them to sell your books. What is an Affiliate Marketing Program? An affiliate marketing program is a program designed to use other people to help sell your books. Typically, you want to connect with people, businesses or websites that have high traffic so that your book has visibility. In exchange for these people/websites promoting your book, they receive a…
 
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    Writer's Edit » Writer's Edit

  • How To Write A Novel In 30 Minutes Per Day

    Writer's Edit Team
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Writing a novel is no easy feat, least of all while writers juggle various commitments like day jobs, family and social lives. Which is why we’ve put together the ultimate guide on how to write a novel in 30 minutes per day. No matter what your life’s like, everyone has 30 minutes to spare. Use […] The post How To Write A Novel In 30 Minutes Per Day appeared first on Writer's Edit.
  • Book Review: ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte

    Jessica Rhodes
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We revisit the timeless classic that is Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'... The post Book Review: ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte appeared first on Writer's Edit.
  • Poetry and Reading Classic Literature with Poet Danijela Kambaskovic

    Kyra Bandte
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Deputy Editor Kyra Bandte talks with poet Danijela Kambaskovic about reading classic literature and more... The post Poetry and Reading Classic Literature with Poet Danijela Kambaskovic appeared first on Writer's Edit.
  • 8 Fascinating Podcasts Every Reader and Writer Should Know About

    Laura Marshall
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Eight amazing podcasts that will help you become a better writer and reader... The post 8 Fascinating Podcasts Every Reader and Writer Should Know About appeared first on Writer's Edit.
  • Book Review: ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan

    Daniel Murphy
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Dan reviews the Man Booker winning novel 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North'... The post Book Review: ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan appeared first on Writer's Edit.
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  • Audiobooks are Awesome

    James Livingood
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:14 pm
    So I nearly have “Summer Sword” audiobook complete, which is sounding fantastic. Furthermore,  I’ve started prearranging for for “Frankenstein: IT Support” audiobook. I also already bought the required music for Frankenstein and I am really excited. Nothing makes a book come to life like being read and hearing the music to compliment the reading. I am going to start audio production of Winter Bell hopefully over the next week or two. I will also (hopefully) be releasing a collection audio book on Audible. Instead of just 1 hr per story, it will be a collection…
  • Summer Sword Book Trailer

    James Livingood
    31 May 2015 | 9:28 am
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  • Updated Website! (Books and Theme)

    James Livingood
    14 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    I’ve just updated the website to include books, audio book samples, and a cleaner look. Hopefully these modifications will make finding fun stories easier. In addition, I’ve included a link to the non-fiction side as well. I’ve also been releasing a number of updates to the mailing list. The next update will have a sample chapter of Summer Sword… so subscribe soon before that goes out! (Subscribers are also automatically entered into each of my contests) The post Updated Website! (Books and Theme) appeared first on .
  • Pale Rider Promotion, Magic Factory next, then Summer Sword

    James Livingood
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
      As you can see on the website, I am working through a promotion for Pale Rider: Zombies versus Dinosaurs. That promotion officially wraps up at the end of this Friday. After Pale Rider is the Magic Factory promotion, which will occur in a few weeks. After that, I am looking towards building the “Summer Sword” / “Winter Bell” books. To hear about these promotions, new books, and more – please subscribe to the newsletter! You can either use the pop-up or join in the Audible.com promotion. The post Pale Rider Promotion, Magic Factory next, then Summer Sword…
  • Evil clown says “Hello”

    James Livingood
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The post Evil clown says “Hello” appeared first on .
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  • What's in a Name?

    14 Jun 2015 | 1:20 am
    One drawback of working on a series of books in a make believe world is that I find myself constantly trying to think up names for places and characters. Really, I could use anything, but something inside tells me that I need to think it through a little more than that.
  • Great Characters are born not written

    31 May 2015 | 1:09 am
    Developing great characters is the most difficult part of writing, in my mind, and is one of those things that both agents and publishers latch onto quickly. It is inconsistent, though, and I have had agents say "Your characters are weak," and "At least the characters are really strong," all about the same characters! So, ignoring agents entirely, here are my thoughts on not how you write about your characters, but how you find them in the first place.
  • We Love 1976

    26 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    My new book, The Stink, is set in 1976. It was the year the water ran out, the dustmen went on strike (again) and of the Notting Hill Riots. But I also remember it as the year when we had a huge amount of fun and grew up a lot. So, why did I chose it as the backdrop for my book?
  • The Stink Website is Launched

    26 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    Just launched - the Official website for The Stink, the forthcoming book from C.C. Hogan. Story background, band profiles, excerpts AND the whole of chapter one! Don't forget to sign up to our news letter to hear when the book is released for Kindle and Paperback.
  • Fantasy Recipe: Beef and Carrots

    26 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Here is another good old Tavern Favourite for those writing about taverns in your fantasy novel. Boiled Beef and Carrots is a bit of an English tradition, though one that has fallen out of favour. Properly cooked it is delicious and perfect for that tavern on winter nights with your dragon parked outside.
 
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