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  • Creative Incubation

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. JOSEPH CAMPBELL
  • Test Yourself Against Our Experts

    The GrammarPhile Blog
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    We thought we'd do something a bit different today. We often receive questions directed to our Grammar Experts and reply to them privately. I'm going to share some of these questions today and give you an opportunity to test yourself against our experts. Names have been changed to protect the innocent! After you've completed your answers, please click the link at the bottom of the post to see our Grammar Expert's Answers.  
  • Story Ideas: Obsessions

    Creative Writing Ideas Blog
    17 Jan 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Here are four story prompts involving characters with obsessions...
  • Writing Was Not Meant to Be An Esoteric Secret

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Every writer’s assumption is that he is as other human beings are, and that they are more or less as he is. There’s a principle of psychic unity. [Writing] was not meant to be an occult operation; it was not meant to be an esoteric secret. SAUL BELLOW
  • How to Write a Book Series: 3 Crucial Decisions

    Fiction Notes
    Darcy Pattison
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly To write a series of books, my biggest tip is to plan ahead. You may get by with writing one book on the fly—plenty of people do that. But for a series to hang together, to have cohesion and coherence, planning is essential. Here are three decisions you should make early in the planning process. Decision #1: What type of series will you write? Strategies for a series vary widely. For THE HUNGER GAMES, the story is really one large story broken down into several books. Or, to say it another way, there is a…
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    Advice to Writers

  • Creative Incubation

    JW
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. JOSEPH CAMPBELL
  • Writing Was Not Meant to Be An Esoteric Secret

    JW
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Every writer’s assumption is that he is as other human beings are, and that they are more or less as he is. There’s a principle of psychic unity. [Writing] was not meant to be an occult operation; it was not meant to be an esoteric secret. SAUL BELLOW
  • Move On

    JW
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    One of the great writer’s myths is the one about papering the walls with rejection slips. There are stories of proposals and manuscripts that were rejected twenty-five or thirty times and went on to become published books and even, in rare case, bestsellers. But these stories are so exceptional that when they do happen they immediately become part of publishing lore.      Part of playing the publisher’s game is knowing when you have lost. If you have been flatly rejected by ten well-chosen editors then you will almost certainly be turned down by the next…
  • Writing Is Like Sculpture

    JW
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain. ELIE WIESEL
  • Diana Athill’s 3 Rules for Fiction

    JW
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    1. Read it aloud to yourself because that's the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out – they can be got right only by ear). 2. Cut (perhaps that should be CUT): only by having no inessential words can every essential word be made to count. 3. You don't always have to go so far as to murder your darlings – those turns of phrase or images of which you felt extra proud when they appeared on the page – but go back and look at them with a very beady eye. Almost always it turns out that they'd…
 
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    The Protagonize blog

  • Roleplaying for Writing

    darkliquid
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    As those of you who frequent Protagonize may know, roleplaying can be a valuable tool for writing stories that have a larger number of characters. With a single author taking on the role of one of the characters, you can give each one a much stronger sense of having their own voice and personality. However, roleplaying doesn’t just stop at the writers desk, roleplaying games are a huge industry both on the tabletop and in the computer game industry. Tabletop games in particular are built specifically for telling stories together, with some games making story telling the primary focus…
  • “Writing About Magic,” a book review

    Jackerbie
    6 Jan 2014 | 6:41 pm
    If you are a writer of fantasy, or plan on writing fantasy, having a grasp on magic is necessary to tell a convincing story. Magical systems must make sense, and to contribute to the plot of a story must not be a quick and easy solution to every problem the protagonist faces. Rayne Hall’s how-to eBook, “Writing About Magic,” is a great starting place for those unsure about the workings of magic in fiction. It is also somewhat useful to those more experienced with writing about magic, though more as a refresher and reference than as a guide. The eBook is part of a larger series of how-to…
  • Plotting, Planning, Probably Perspiring

    Jackerbie
    26 Oct 2013 | 3:58 pm
    It’s that time of year again! Those of us in the northern hemisphere are searching for scarves, wrapping our hands around hot beverages, and pretending we’re dragons with each warm breath. Those in the southern hemisphere are… I’m not too sure what goes on down there, could someone fill me in? I’ll just assume the Australian crowd is busy avoiding spiders and drop bears as usual. Whatever the weather in your part of the world, October brings a challenge to all writers: preparing for National Novel Writing Month! For those of you unaware, NaNoWriMo is a month-long…
  • Protagonize, Spam, and You

    Jackerbie
    31 Jul 2013 | 3:00 pm
    BODY GET HEALTHY. MAKE MANY MUSCLE. GREEN HYPER NEED. What fun phrases do you see? This word cloud was generated from the spam text of several dozen advertising profiles on Protagonize. Did you know our community attracted spammers? Whether or not you did, here’s a quick guide to “Protagonize, Spam, and You.” What is spam? Simply put, “spam” is any undesirable and unavoidable content on the internet. The name refers to the well known processed meat product, but we can track its current meaning back to a Monty Python skit. The more you know! Alright, but what does…
  • A Home for Every Orphan

    Jackerbie
    16 Jul 2013 | 3:01 pm
    You might already know that Protagonize has it’s own Pub, but did you know there’s a Protagonize orphanage, too? There is! Sort of. Stores with only one chapter, the root, are known as orphans. You can look at all the orphaned stories when browsing by story type. Just like their namesakes, Protagonize orphans are in need of a little love. Adding chapters to an orphan is often a great way to meet new authors, get your name out in the Protagonize community, and participate in collaborative writing. Even if the story doesn’t end up going anywhere, it’s always nice to see a chapter or two…
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Honorary vs. Honourary

    Maeve Maddox
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The post was intended to be a straightforward look at the fact that although American and British speakers differ as to the spelling of the nouns honor/honour, humor/humour, and glamor/glamour, they agree on the spelling of the adjectives honorary, humorous, and glamorous. I felt secure in declaring that the spellings honourary, humourous, and glamourous are wrong because the Oxford English Dictionaries site lists all three with their “commonly misspelled words.” When I looked the words up in the Oxford English Dictionary, I found that glamourous receives an “also spelled” notation,…
  • Up Style and Down Style

    Maeve Maddox
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Book titles–and newspaper and magazine headlines–are usually formatted in one of two styles: “up style” and “down style.” Up Style This style calls for capitalizing the first and last words in the title or headline and all “major words” in the title. Not all style guides agree as to what should be considered a major word. Most agree that nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions (if, because, as, that, etc.) are major words and should always be capitalized. That leaves articles (a, an, the), prepositions, and coordinating conjunctions (and,…
  • Kn- Words in English

    Maeve Maddox
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    A teaching site offers this rule for dealing with “silent k”: “k is often silent before n.” An easier way to retain this information is to forget about “silent k” altogether. In a word like knot, k is not “a silent letter” at all, but part of the distinct phonogram kn. The symbol kn is just another way to spell the sound /n/. The spelling kn in a word like knave evolved from the Old English spelling cn, in which the “c” represented a guttural sound similar to the sound /k/. For example, the OE words from which our words knight, knot, and knave have evolved were spelled…
  • Forming Plurals with ’s

    Maeve Maddox
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    This reader’s lament prompted the recent spate of apostrophe posts: Could you please do a post on possessives versus plurals? I’m seeing this mistake more and more, to the point where I saw someone use an apostrophe for a plural on a billboard. Because people are easily confused by the apostrophe, I have treated possession separately: The Singular Possessive Apostrophe The Plural Possessive Apostrophe Now, I’ll focus on the reader’s main concern: the use of the apostrophe to form a plural. Some English speakers associate the apostrophe so strongly with the letter s that they…
  • Preceding a Gerund with a Possessive

    Maeve Maddox
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    A gerund is an -ing verb form that is used as a noun. Like any other noun, a gerund can function as the subject or object of a verb, or as the object of a preposition: 1. Gardening is my favorite hobby. (noun, subject of “is”) 2. He likes shooting skeet. (noun, object of “likes”) 3. He loves to talk about hunting. (noun, object of the preposition “about”) 4. Do you mind my asking a question? (noun, object of “mind”) This post is about the use of my in the fourth example. Why precede the gerund asking with the possessive adjective my? Why not…
 
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 426 GG A Language Lover's Trip to England

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    During a short but delightful trip to England, I saw the Rosetta Stone, the White Tower at the Tower of London, ancient alphabet tiles and wax seals, a stained glass window honoring William Caxton, and many more wonders. Hear about them all. Read the transcript on the website: http://bit.ly/1o02vuz
  • 425 GG Why Weird Al's Word Crimes Video Made Me Want to Quit

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Why Weird Al's Word Crimes Video Made Me Want to Quit. Visit the website to watch the video and comment: http://bit.ly/1qArtIJ
  • 424GG There's Something Weird About "For," "Yet," and "So"

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    FANBOYS are a myth and there's something weird about "for," "yet," and "so."
  • 423 GG Is the Semicolon in TL;DR Ironic?

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    "TL;DR" means "too long; didn't read," but the semicolon is usually associated with long or complex sentences. What is it doing in this abbreviation? Note: This piece originally appeared as a Grammar Girl blog post January 22, 2014 and was rereleased as an audio podcast on July 3, 2014. Visit the website to read the full transcript and leave a comment: http://bit.ly/1g1PtiA
  • 422GG Manipulating Words to Make Things Funny

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Why sentences like this are funny: A woman gives birth in the UK every 48 seconds. She must be exhausted.
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    競馬サイトチャンネル

  • 惑星馬探索社PLANET

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    勝手にメールが来るようになった。 完全に迷惑メール。 ほんとこういうサイトは腹が立つ。
  • 的中

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    利用しましたが全然だめですね。 口コミで評価高かったから参加したのに、全滅でした。 利用すべきじゃなかった。
  • 的中ダイヤモンド

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    業者が書き込んだべた褒め口コミが多い。 信用してはだめですよ。 実際は全然当たっていません。
  • 大川慶次郎馬券メソッド

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    大川慶次郎の名前を語ってるけど、全く対したことない。 自分が利用した1ヶ月の期間、全く当たりませんでした。 とても残念なサイト。
  • 予想王

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    全く当たってないです。 お金の無駄。やめた方がいい。
 
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    Copyblogger

  • Announcing: A New Resource for Those Who Need Great Content

    Sonia Simone
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s a common wisecrack around the Copyblogger virtual office. This whole content marketing thing would be a lot simpler if someone else would just write all the content. Whether you’re a writer or not, it’s just a fact that a solid content marketing strategy needs lots and lots of words. Well-crafted, interesting words, assembled into a strategic plan that moves prospects along the path from stranger to happy customer. It isn’t always easy to find the person to write those words. Which is probably why we get so many queries from people asking, Do you know any really…
  • 7 Ways to Simplify Complex Content While Maintaining Sophistication and Nuance

    Yael Grauer
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’re full of information and have a dramatic story for your audience? Good. But here’s the harsh truth: every bit of knowledge in the whole world is completely meaningless if you don’t do this one thing. Before I spill the secret, let me tell you what it’s not … It’s not about having the right intentions. Your intentions don’t even matter. Your burning desire to enlighten those around you thirsting for knowledge is useless unless you can clearly explain the information you’d like to share. The problem is not your amount of knowledge;…
  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

    Samar Owais
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog. What if you can’t deliver? What if clients don’t love your work? What if your past success has all been a fluke? Just the thought of it makes your blood run…
  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. And let’s not forget about other media: videos, podcasts, Google+ Hangouts, photographs, et cetera. Shock is one way to describe our reaction to the tonnage dumped each day. Despair is another — especially for content producers who want to find an audience. The…
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    onewildword

  • Does your protagonist have a life theme or motto?

    Carol Despeaux
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    At the beginning of each year, my writing partner Carly chooses a short phrase or sentence that she uses to remind herself of what she wants to focus on for the coming year. She says she likes to keep the sentence short so it’s easy to remember and can easily be turned into a daily mantra. For the last several years, she’s developed a personal writing theme. To read more about her idea, please read her posts, “My 2014 personal writing theme revealed,” and “Short story writing method reveals New Year’s theme.” I noticed while re-reading Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods,”…
  • How to create a great villain

    Carol Despeaux
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger’s short video below, he answers the question “How Do You Create a Perfect Villain?” Krueger says we have to remember that the antagonist thinks he is the hero of his story. Most characters believe they are the good guys even if they are doing horrible things. Example: in “Star Wars” all Darth Vader wants is to rule the galaxy with his son–he just has a twisted way of going about it. Each antagonist has a story they are telling themselves that makes them feel like a good person every day. Their desires are as…
  • Cultivate conversation with a mini essay

    Carly Sandifer
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You never know where you will find wild words. In a recent post, How to find writerly inspiration while eating a burrito, I wrote about Chipotle restaurant’s Cultivating Thought — Author Series in which it features essays from 11 authors on cups and to-go bags. The campaign was meant to spark conversation and introspection through essays that take about two minutes to read. In the spirit of cultivating inspiration and discussion, consider writing your own two-minute essay. Here’s a list of writing prompts that might spark an idea. 1. What is your personal philosophy? 2. What is a…
  • Develop your characters through dance

    Carol Despeaux
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to Rhay Christou, author and writing teacher at www.MargieLawson.com, for introducing me to this short video below showing a fun and creative way to develop your characters. Actor Kevin Cox offers advice to other actors that can be beneficial for writers, too. He says we should be able to express our character physically. He suggests dancing out your scenes—try different styles of dance like hip hop, ballet, tango, salsa, waltz, etc. Give your dance the attitudes of your character. This will help unlock your body and open up your potential to connect with your character. If you have…
  • How to find writerly inspiration while eating a burrito

    Carly Sandifer
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    The minute I finally learned to read, I was hooked on words. I was like a staggering lost child who had crawled out of the Mohave desert and couldn’t stop gulping water from the first faucet I found. I checked out stacks of books at the library and read anything I could get my hands on, including the back of the Cheerios box as I sat at the breakfast table. So it’s no surprise that when I went to Chipotle yesterday, I immediately glued my eyes to the copy written on my to-go sack as I chomped down on my burrito. “Hope that, in future, all is well, everyone eats free, no one must work,…
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    Writing Forums

  • Writing in first person with dead story teller. Does it work?

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    I have a great idea for something I've barely started, but I feel it will only work if I write it in first person. The only problem is the character dies at the end, and in fact describes his death. Will this work? Can anyone give me examples of this working? Thanks!
  • Job Title Euphemism Game

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Hey guys, The Mods are doing such a good job keeping the junk posts off our boards, but I saw a thread that got deleted and thought of a great word game. The kid had a job interview coming up and was looking for something to put on his business card that sounded better than "Entry Level... Job Title Euphemism Game
  • Unnatural Campus

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    UNNATURAL CAMPUS GM: TheApprentice Co-GM: KingType The Unnatural World: For longer than records here on Earth will tell, there have always been supernatural creatures hiding among the human race and out of sight. Perhaps there was a time long ago when they showed themselves to the... Unnatural Campus
  • Favorite genre to read?

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    What's your favorite genre to read?
  • what would your MC do?

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Respond to the above poster's question with your MC's voice or just stating what they'd do. This helps to get to know your MC. It is fun. I'll start. How does your MC greet their friends?
 
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    The Purdue OWL News

  • New Resources on Video Résumés for July 4, 2014

    4 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    New Resources on Video RésumésBy Joshua M. PaizA few weeks ago, the Purdue OWL launched a new vidcast on YouTube discussing video résumés. We are pleased to announce that today we are launching a series of static resources to extend this discussion of this special class of job ..
  • New Resources for Students and Teachers in Secondary Schools for July 4, 2014

    4 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    New Resources for Students and Teachers in Secondary SchoolsBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to annouce the expansion of the section of the OWL dedicated to writers and teachers in grades 7-12. These new resources focus on pre-writing and were written specifically for this audience. Current resources include an intr..
  • OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel: Video Résumés for June 24, 2014

    24 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel: Video RésumésBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to annouce the launch of our latest vidcast, the Video Résumés vidcast. In this vidcast, viewers are introduced to video résumés and special considerations regarding their creation, content, and d..
  • New L2 Writing Summary and Paraphrase Exercise - Intermediate Proficiency Level for June 23, 2014

    23 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    New L2 Writing Summary and Paraphrase Exercise - Intermediate Proficiency LevelBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest resource. This resource provides our users with exercises devoted to summary and paraphrase writing geared towards second language writers at the beginner proficiency levels. Exercises fo..
  • New Vidcasts on the OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel for June 14, 2014

    14 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    New Vidcasts on the OWL@Purdue YouTube ChannelBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of three new vidcasts on our OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel: APA Formatting: References Lists: Complex Authors, APA Formatting: References List: Books, and APA Formatting: References List: P..
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    academia_research.com » Blog

  • Credible/Non-credible sources

    Elen
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Unreliable sources don’t always contain true, accurate, and up-to-date information. Using these sources in academic writing can result in discrediting writers’ status. That’s why it is extremely important to use credible and reliable sources only. This guide will help you in evaluating whether a source is relevant or not.     What sources can be considered as credible? materials published within last 10 years; research articles written by respected and well-known authors; websites registered by government and educational institutions (.gov, .edu, .ac); academic databases (i.e.
  • Plagiarism Checkers Review

    Katrin
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Plagiarism is the intentional appropriation of authorship. If considered from the viewpoint of academic writing, it is borrowing the works of others, completely or partially and presenting it under your own name or without specifying the name of the real author. We can distinguish the following types of plagiarism: deliberate plagiarism, paraphrasing, patchwork paraphrasing, bluffing, stitching sources, and using a copy of your own work. With flourishing of digital technology, plagiarism becomes a global problem throughout the world. To avoid similarities, various software and online…
  • Application Essay

    Andrew
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    Writing an application essay can be no easy task. Just this small thing can be the very difference between the customer getting accepted into the college or not. Therefore, for you, as for the writer, it is vital to give it your best. And there is more to it than structuring your essay and having a perfect grammar. Choosing a topic and having a fluent and coherent writing is the key to success, of course. With a little bit of planning you will be able to produce the application essay of the highest quality. Here are several tips you should keep in mind that might help you to accomplish this…
  • Disputed Order

    Rachel Adams
    19 Jan 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Silence in the courtroom! The order is disputed How are the disputes usually resolved? This question is essential for every writer, because one can never foresee all the possible reasons for disputes. But we all want to prevent disputes; so, here we go. A person who places an order always knows what he or she would like to get for the money paid. Therefore, they have to make sure that they have given clear initial instructions and requirements to the writer who attempts completing the paper. When something goes not the way it has been expected, a customer wants “justice”. Generally, there…
  • Argumentative essay: when intelligence conquers

    Rachel Adams
    28 Nov 2013 | 1:02 am
    Brace yourself: your argumentative essay is coming Have you ever seen two linguists arguing over a comma or the entire conference panel ready to explode because of some minor disagreement over the referencing style? Such academic disputes tend to grow into an epic war when the participants have not grasped the basics of argumentative writing. Don’t be like them and argue reasonably! Take a stand An argumentative essay aims to persuade a reader to support a certain position or activity. In such an essay, you take a stand. Your position is defined in the thesis statement of the introduction.
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    Writing for the Web

  • How to be a better online reader

    Crof
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Via The New Yorker, an excellent article by Maria Konnikova: How to Be a Better Online Reader. Excerpt: Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book.  Reading “involves factors not usually acknowledged,” she told me.
  • An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web

    Crof
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
    Via The Guardian: An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web. Excerpt: The inventor of the world wide web believes an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.  Sir Tim Berners-Lee told the Guardian the web had come under increasing attack from governments and corporate influence and that new rules were needed to protect the "open, neutral" system.  Speaking exactly 25 years after he wrote the first draft of the first proposal for what…
  • The typefaces of 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Crof
    3 Feb 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Via the blog Typeset in the Future: 2001: A Space Odyssey. The opening paragraph: 2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece – seems an appropriate place to start a blog about typography in sci-fi. Amongst other delights, it offers a zero-gravity toilet, emergency resuscitations, exploding bolts, and product placement aplenty. It’s also the Ur Example of Eurostile Bold Extended’s regular appearance in spacecraft user interfaces. This is a witty and very knowledgeable analysis that taught me a lot about a great movie…
  • How fast is your internet?

    Crof
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Via Net Index: Household Download Index. the introduction: Based on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net, this index compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe. The value is the rolling mean throughput in Mbps over the past 30 days where the mean distance between the client and the server is less than 300 miles. And we learn that Hong Kong, at 70.16 Mbps, whips the rest of us to shreds.Canada ranks #36 at 18.96 Mbps, barely ahead of Malta and Slovakia, and trailing Uruguay (19.34). The US: #30 at 20.33, but even tiny Andorra (#17) beats the Americans with…
  • Against 'Long-Form Journalism'

    Crof
    12 Dec 2013 | 10:06 am
    Via The Atlantic, James Bennet raises good points for webwriters of all kinds, not just journalists: Against 'Long-Form Journalism'. Excerpt: And, in the digital age, making a virtue of mere length sends the wrong message to writers as well as readers. For when you don’t have to print words on pages and then bundle the pages together and stick postage stamps on the result, you slip some of the constraints that have enforced excellence (and provided polite excuses for editors to trim fat) since Johannes Gutenberg began printing books. You no longer have to make that agonizing…
 
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    Charlotte Rains Dixon

  • Writing Tip: The Process Mindset

    Charlotte Dixon
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Years ago, I attended a creativity camp in Taos, New Mexico put on by Julia Cameron of The Artist's Way fame.  (Yes, it was as cool as it sounds.  To say something is life changing is a cliche, but in this case, it truly was.  Fromt that point on, I took myself seriously as a creative person. I also met friends with whom I'm still close.)   My Taos Creativity Camp pillow. Every morning in camp, we listened to Julia talk and did exercises from the Artist's Way and her other books.  Then, after lunch, we were free to wander the grounds of the San Geronimo Lodge, wend our way…
  • Do You Pay Attention to the Physical Aspects of Writing?

    Charlotte Dixon
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    Writing is hard mental work, we all know that.  But it is hard on your body physically as well. Yeah, right, you say.  All I do is sit in a chair at the computer all day. And that is exactly why writing is so hard on you--because it is not good for you to sit all day.   Not even one little bit good.  Our human bodies were made to move, and our ancestors moved all day.  But we don't.  We sit in a chair all day and our bodies don't like that.  Studies have shown that even if you run five miles after work, if you sit all day, you're not healthy. I've experienced this…
  • Writing by Hand Versus Writing on the Computer

    Charlotte Dixon
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    Do you favor writing by hand or on the computer?   This may well be one of those never-the-twain-shall-meet dichotomies.    We all start out writing by hand as little kids, and for many of us that remains the preferred method of composition.  For years I've taken lots of notes by hand before I switch to the computer.  I even wrote half of a novel by hand once.  (I ended up abandoning that novel, so I'm not sure what that says.)   And, for years, I've been a proponent of writing by hand when journaling or free writing.  There's a more direct connection between hand…
  • Book Review: The Novel Writer's Blueprint

    Charlotte Dixon
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    I've got a new book for all you fledgling novel writers out there.   It is called The Novel Writer's Blueprint: Start Writing Your Novel Today, by Kevin T. Johns.  I discovered the book when Kevin emailed me a wonderful query asking if I'd be interested in reviewing it. Since I'd just published a rant post about how often I got approached by people with terrible queries, I leapt at the chance.   Kevin sent me the book, I read it, and now I'm reviewing it. I like this book quite a bit.  It lays out in five steps the system that Kevin believes will allow you to…
  • Guest Post: Attune Your Body to Encourage Creative Flow

    Charlotte Dixon
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:31 am
    I'm thrilled to introduce you to my new friend Kaitlyn.  We met when she reached out to me on LinkedIn after which we enjoyed an afternoon talking about creativity and sipping tea.  I love the work she is doing with creative introverts who struggle to express their true selves and I'm thrilled to host her here today.   Attune to Your Body to Encourage Creative Flow by Kaitlyn Mirison Every person is one-of-a-kind and yet we expend a lot of energy modifying ourselves to fit in or conform to a standardized way of living. And during the self-tweaking process lose touch with our…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • The Open Window

    Brian A. Klems
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You had that dream again. The one where the beast with the drooping hands and wicked fangs stares you down from your window. Except the windows open this time—and you’re awake! What happens next? Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block. There’s a prompt for every day of the year and you can start on any day. Order now from our shop.
  • How I Found My Literary Agent: Cassandra Dunn

    Chuck Sambuchino
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Cassandra Dunn, author of THE ART OF ADAPTING. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics. GIVEAWAY: Cassandra is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random…
  • WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel Winner

    Robert Lee Brewer
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Thank you for all the golden shovels this summer! With more than 700 comments, I felt like I had to “dig out” of a pile of golden shovel amazing-ness. This form seemed to really appeal to everyone, and I can see why, because it’s kind of like a poetic puzzle. My initial short list included 21 poems, but I’m always stuck having to pick one winner. This time around, the winner is Margie Fuston for her poem “When the Moon Fell,” which uses the opening line of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Here’s the winning Golden Shovel: When the Moon…
  • WD Has Awesome Writers’ Conferences in both NYC and LA in August 2014. The NYC Event Has a 50-Agent Pitch Slam!

    Chuck Sambuchino
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    As we do each year, Writer’s Digest is putting on some awesome (and HUGE) writers conferences on both coasts of the country. These conferences bring together writers from all over the country, and lead to all kinds of good things, like signing with an agent, meeting your writer friends for life, keeping your finger on the pulse of the industry, and/or simply recharging your writing bat. Read on for more info. We hope to see you there. EAST COAST EVENT: NEW YORK CITY, AUG. 1-3, 2014 This event happens from Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3, 2014, at the Roosevelt Hotel in…
  • Writing On the Rails: Survival Tips for Traveling Authors

    James Duncan
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    After years of crisscrossing the country by car, plane, train, bus, and even on foot for stretches, one of my favorite modes of transportation remains the railroad. Yes, it can be a little shabby, but not nearly as bad as some bus stations I’ve seen. Plus, it has a great literary history: Jack Kerouac and his Beat buddy Neal Cassady were both railroad employees, and numerous works taking place on the rails continue to thrill us, such as Christie’s Murder on The Orient Express, Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar, and Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train. And that’s just the tip of…
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    The Break Room

  • TBR 220 - Moving Talk - Voicemail (469) 665-9827

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It's safe to assume that we all think that moving is a beating.  In this weeks show, we disect moving and all it's "glory", and detail out all the pain it brings.  Plus, another addition of Taste Buddies, and Dustin brings us some wacky news.
  • TBR 219 - Break Room Centipede - Voicemail (469) 665-9827

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    How would you create a Break Room Centipede?  Find out this week as we answer the QOTW.  Plus, we have our second episode of Taste Buddies, Dustin brings us the worst love songs ever, and Marc mans the news desk.
  • TBR 218 - Rub Another Man's Rhubarb - Voicemail (469) 665-9827

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Batdance!  This week we talk road trips, Marc brings us some wacky news, and we have a new submission to the Double Flame HOF.  Will it get in to the most vaunted movie HOF ever?
  • TBR 217 - Lady Liberty Humping - Voicemail (469) 665-9827

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Feeling unpatriotic?  Then this is the episode for you, where we talk about whether apple pie is the most patriotic snack ever, and also take a trip in the way back machine to review the worst national anthem performances of all time.  
  • TBR 216 - E For Effort

    19 Jun 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Casey Kasem gets a special tribute this week and we throw open the doors to the Double Dead Hall of Fame, plus we tear apart the final episode of Game of Thrones. Listen and subscribe in iTunesRSSFacebookTwitter
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Busting Buttons

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    If there’s anything as satisfying as laying eyes and hands on the first print copy of a book I’ve written, it’s having the same experience with a friend’s book. Especially when I know how hard that friend struggled to make the book happen. Thus I whooped with joy last week when Ellen Dehouske handed me a copy of We Feed Each Other: Nourishment through Friendships, her “memoir of sorts.”Joyful tears filled my heart as I beheld this substantial volume with the strikingly gorgeous cover and lovely layout. I had witnessed many of the labor pains preceding the birth of this book.I…
  • Your Friend, the Comma

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Comma, common. Yes, commas are common, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve respect. Strangely enough, this common little punctuation mark intimidates legions of writers. Others treat it in a cavalier fashion. I admit to being one of the latter. In 1984, I flippantly told Kay DuPont, a national speaker and author of a book on grammar and punctuation that “I punctuate intuitively and put commas where I think I need them.” Was that pity I saw in her glance? When I saw buckets of red ink the Lighthouse Point Press editors sloshed all over my first book, Do’s, Don’ts and Donuts I…
  • Make New Friends: Writing Layers of Meaning

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Make new friends, but keep the old,One is silver and the other gold.This classic friendship song began endlessly looping on brain radio the other day. Inspired by Kathy Pooler’s blog post,A Tribute to My Girlfriends, I sat down to pen a post about friendship. What emerged is far from what I set out to write. I began writing about the fact unlike Kathy, who has remained close with numerous friends for decades, my friends are more situational, coming and going as our respective interests change, and … that paragraph was never finished. Something about the thought didn’t quite ring true,…
  • Brain Thorns

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    “All sentences are not created equal.”That sentence jams a cactus into my brain, triggering wild buzzing and a whirl of obsessive thoughts. Even if the story I’m reading is sweet and beautiful as a cactus blossom, when I hear any variation of “All men are not tall”,  my brain revs up like an angry hornet. I know the intention: to contradict the clearly false idea that all men ARE tall. The literal meaning of that sentence is that no men are tall. Obviously that’s as false as the initial statement. The world is full of men of a wide range of heights. The accurate meaning is…
  • Daily Life Under a Microscope

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    “My life is so ordinary! Nobody would be interested!” This statement vies with the desire to keep secrets and protect privacy as the top reason people give for not writing their lifestories. Poppycock! I’m pretty sure a centipede’s knee would be fascinating if looked at under a microscope and described with flair. Besides, what we take for granted today will be exotic to our great-grandchildren in fifty years. Wouldn’t you like to know what daily life was like for your ancestors 100 years ago? In today’s guest post, Pittsburgh resident Bea Carter put her plain vanilla morning…
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Content Chemistry’s Strategy For Book Marketing Success

    Roger C. Parker
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    If you’re looking for ways to position your book in a crowded field, listen as Andy Crestodina shares his strategy for setting Content Chemistry apart from other content marketing books. In our recorded interview, which for a limited time is available for streaming or downloading for later listening, Andy offers a candid description of the planning, writing, design, and marketing decisions which set Content Chemistry apart from the thousands of other marketing books listed on Amazon. In a matter-of-fact tone of voice, Andy Crestodina discusses Content Chemistry’s background,…
  • How to Become a Content Marketing Supercommunicator

    Roger C. Parker
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Let Frank Pietrucha show you how to become a content marketing Supercommunicator, able to explain the complicated so anyone can understand. If you’re a content marketer, you may have experienced the difficulties involved translating today’s complex technology into language non-technical audiences can understand. If so, you’re not alone. As Frank Pietrucha writes: Communicating technical content to nontechnical listeners has fast become a critical 21st-century skill. Supercommunicator offers content marketers an efficient way to enhance their existing communicating skills,…
  • Joe Pulizzi Shares Epic Content Marketing’s Story

    Roger C. Parker
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Click the graphic to hear Joe Pulizzi share his experiences writing and marketing his bestselling business book, Epic Content Marketing. Epic Content Marketing:  How to Tell a Different Story, Break through the Clutter, and Win More Customers by Marketing Less made its debut ten months ago, at the Content Marketing Institute’s Content Marketing World 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Immediate and continued success Epic Content Marketing was launched to immediate success, with enthusiastic reviews from both content marketing professionals as well as readers. It became an immediate Amazon Top…
  • Want to Write and Market a NY Times Bestselling Business Book?

    Roger C. Parker
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Learn how Jay Baer turned a presentation into Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is About Help, Not Hype, a New York Times bestselling content marketing business book. Jay Baer’s 25 Secrets: How I Wrote and Marketed a New York Times Bestselling Book presentation is one of the most genuine and revealing author stories I’ve  encountered in a long time. It’s an ideal resource for any subject area expert interesting in becoming a highly-successful bestselling author, thought leader, and keynote speaker published by a major trade publisher. I found more genuinely helpful ideas in…
  • Save Time Creating New Business Proposals

    Roger C. Parker
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Put the power of mind mapping to work saving time creating your next new business proposal. The latest installment in my Mindjet Dashboard series,  Simple New Business Proposal describes how to use a simple, downloadable, 6-step mind map template. The map is based on a proposal technique successfully taught and used for over twenty-five years. Better proposals in less time The Simple New Business Proposal mind map template helps you create better new business proposals by focusing your attention on a few of your prospective client’s key concerns  and objectives, showing how you are…
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    Writing Forward

  • A Selection of Poetry Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Poetry Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Today’s poetry prompts come from my book, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, which is jam-packed with ideas and inspiration for writers and includes prompts for fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Some of the poetry prompts in the book ask you to use a list of specific words in a poem. Some give you a topic to write about. Some ask you to draw on your life experience. Some give you images to use as inspiration for a poem. All of the prompts are designed to spark ideas and inspire you to write. And you don’t have to use the…
  • How to Come Up With Writing Ideas When Your Muse is on Vacation

    Melissa Donovan
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Is your muse on vacation? Get your writing ideas here! Have you ever sat down to start a new writing project and then realized an hour later you were still sitting there, staring idly at the blank page? Sometimes writing ideas don’t come easy. In a writer’s ideal world, the blank page is something we always look forward to, a fresh canvas that we can color with ideas and texture with language. When our muse is dancing around, we feel motivated and inspired, so that blank page feels like the start of an exciting adventure. But if our mind isn’t in the right place, if our muse…
  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Report It

    Melissa Donovan
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Report It” from 101 Creative Writing Exercises. Today, I’m sharing an excerpt from my book, 101 Creative Writing Exercises. It’s packed with writing exercises to help you explore all forms of creative writing: fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The book is designed to inspire you while imparting useful writing techniques that are fun and practical. This exercisecomes from “Chapter Two: It’s Personal.” The writing exercises in this chapter focus on writing of a personal nature: memoir, journal writing, and personal essays. I chose this…
  • Best. Thing. Ever.

    Melissa Donovan
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is quite possibly the best thing ever. Enjoy! Thanks to “Weird Al” Yankovic, we writers now have our very own anthem. “Word Crimes” covers a host of writerly pet peeves. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, there’s a LOST reference. All is right with the world. One of my favorite peeves mentioned in the song deals with using fewer or less. The misuse of less is rampant not just among laypersons but writers and editors as well. I think this is way better than the original. What do you think? Are your favorite pet peeves covered in this…
  • The Amazing, Incredible Writing Community

    Melissa Donovan
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The writing community rocks! Today I’d like to share an excerpt from my book 10 Core Practices for Better Writing. This excerpt is from “Chapter Ten: Community, Industry, and Audience,” which explains the benefits and importance of networking with the writing community as well as studying the industry and developing a reading audience. The chapter includes tips, too! “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” — E.B. White Writers are notorious for spending hours in solitude, bent over our keyboards, laboring over prose and poetry.
 
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    We Are Change

  • Secret Courts Takes Away Children from Parents in the U.K

    Luke Rudkowski
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    We Are Change Click here to view the embedded video. Secret Courts Takes Away Children from Parents in the U.K In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to family rights campaigner Paul Manning about his activism that started when his son was taken away from him by the family courts in the U.K. Connect to Paul Manning here https://www.facebook.com/paul.manning.71?fref=ts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7pCdPtsH_8 The post Secret Courts Takes Away Children from Parents in the U.K appeared first on We Are Change.
  • Libya, Israel, Iraq What You Need To Know

    Luke Rudkowski
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    We Are Change Click here to view the embedded video. Libya, Israel, Iraq What You Need To Know In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews legendary Mi5 whistle blower Annie Machon about her analysis of the situation in the middle east and the under reported situation in Libya. To find out more about Annie Check out https://www.youtube.com/user/anniemachonmedia/feed and http://anniemachon.ch/ Check out our 2nd channel http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=LukeWeAreChange Support WeAreChange by Subscribing HERE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=WeAreChange Like Us…
  • British MP Stands up for #Gaza 100,000 show up

    Luke Rudkowski
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    We Are Change Click here to view the embedded video. British MP Stands up for #Gaza 100,000 show up In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to British MP Jeremy Corbyn about the current situation in Gaza and how to deal with Israel. Check out our 2nd channel http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=LukeWeAreChange Support WeAreChange by Subscribing HERE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=WeAreChange Like Us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/LukeWeAreChange Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Stalk Luke on Instagram:…
  • Berlin Woke Up, Now What About Your City?

    Luke Rudkowski
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    We Are Change Click here to view the embedded video. Berlin Woke Up, Now What About Your City? In this video Luke Rudkowski travels to Berlin Germany to cover the expanding and growing resistance moment. This event took place on July 19th and brought together over 5,000 people from all over Germany. This is a video of the people there and the message they have to you. Check out our 2nd channel http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=LukeWeAreChange Support WeAreChange by Subscribing HERE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=WeAreChange Like Us on Facebook:…
  • Operation Give Back London THIS SUNDAY 7/27/14

    Luke Rudkowski
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    We Are Change Click here to view the embedded video. Operation Give Back London THIS SUNDAY 7/27/14 If you are in London THIS SUNDAY tweet at Luke a request and he will come to you and do it. It can be anything just tweet Luke and he will follow you back to get details of where to meet you. It will be Luke’s birthday and since he is grateful for all the subscribers and viewership he has received from you, we want to show you some fan appreciation. This should be an interesting social media experiment, we look forward to your involvement. SEND YOUR REQUESTS TO…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Free Online Class about Laura Ingalls Wilder

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Here’s a great—FREE—opportunity:  an online class on the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder, taught by Pamela Smith Hill, history faculty at Missouri State University. (As you may recall, I have a special interest in Laura, and made a pilgrimage to one of the towns she lived in, De Smet, South Dakota.)"Laura Ingalls Wilder: Her Work and Writing Life" starts on September 22, and you can register now.  (Did I say FREE?)  This is a MOOC, which I’ve just learned stands for “Massive Open Online Course,” something universities are exploring (I don’t know why…to increase…
  • Patience

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I was just remarking to a writer friend the other day that IMHO the hardest thing to learn about writing and the process is patience and the other hardest thing is faith in oneself.  I have no magic answers, but I’m having a little lesson in patience today, with a small cooking project:  Bourbon Candied Cherries.Steve has become interested in baking, but I was able to lure him into helping me make this, since these cherries should be lovely in drinks.  The problem is that we have to let them marinate for THREE DAYS when they look so delicious RIGHT NOW. …
  • Fried Chicken in Frederick, Maryland!

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    You can tell how excited I was about My Salinger Year (yesterday’s post) because I wrote about that before writing about some small food adventures over the Fourth of July weekend.Steve and I have an annual tradition for the Fourth, one I highly recommend:  eat fried chicken.  This is typically the only time of year we indulge ourselves (though I’m more prone to break this rule than he is).  When you eat fried chicken only once a year, even KFC is pretty good, so we’ve sometimes bought chicken from there.  We also make it ourselves [link to recipe below], and have…
  • Ultimate Luxury: Reading "My Salinger Year" by Joanna Rakoff

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    I have a new definition of luxury—beyond my fantasies of all-you-can-eat lobster and all-you-can-drink Champagne—and that is to read a book that feels as though it was essentially and EXACTLY written for you.  Your tastes, your life, your interests:  it’s as if the author had a checklist and spent years writing this book just for YOU.Obviously this is not what author Joanna Rakoff did with her new memoir, My Salinger Year.  But that is how I felt as I flew through the book in the twenty-four hours after getting it in my hands.  The subject matter alone proves my…
  • Yes, Me Again: I'm Interviewed at Readers Lane

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Thanks to Frances Carden for interviewing me for Readers Lane…I got to talk about my books, my writing process, my current projects, and even managed to throw in a  humblebrag about my Virginia State Fair blue ribbons for chocolate chip cookies and banana bread.Here’s where to find the online interview:  http://www.readerslane.com/interview/leslie-pietrzyk/
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    Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

  • 7 Ways to Prevent Carpal Tunnel for Writers

    Laurie
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    If you rely on writing – longhand or keyboard – for your livelihood or pleasure, you need to know how to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Writers, don’t set yourself up for unnecessary health issues... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Hate Writing? 6 Tips on How to Love Writing

    Laurie
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you hate writing, you’re in good company – whether you’re writing an essay for school, an article for Oprah, or a memo for your department at work. These tips on how to love your writing are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Tips for Writers Jealous of Other Writers

    Laurie
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    How do you deal with the jealousy you feel when you listen to authors at writers’ conferences or read Pulitzer-prize winning magazine articles in the New York Times? If you’re not a writer jealous of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Reasons We’re Not Succeeding as Writers

    Laurie
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    My writing has easily paid my bills since 2008, yet I still struggle with my identity as a writer. Here’s my struggle – plus 10 reasons I feel like I’m not succeeding as a writer. Methinks they might... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Tips on How to Write Your Life Story

    Laurie
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    The first tip on how to write your life story is from John Irving, the next five tips are from the author of “Write Your Memoir”, and the rest are from my research on writing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    About Freelance Writing

  • Ampersands, Asterisks, and Hash Signs: Oh My!

    Anne Wayman
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com Freelance writers often work on a wide variety of projects for varying audiences, from casual content marketing pieces to formal business plans. Sometimes, this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Those Pesky Freelance Writing Deadlines

    Anne Wayman
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m up against three writing deadlines! There’s this one, a self-imposed deadline to get an article and a newsletter out for this blog on most Thursdays. Since it’s not quite 9 am... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Organizing Your Freelance Writing Job Search

    Anne Wayman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    If you organize your freelance writing job search you’ll know what sort of followup, if any, you need to do. The first step in organizing your freelance writing job search is knowing what kind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I Don’t Want To Write On Fridays!

    Anne Wayman
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Do you ever hear yourself saying “I don’t want to write on Fridays”? Or maybe it’s some other day of the week you don’t want to write. It might even be “I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 15 – Freelance Writing Business Problems – Are You Working With Or For Your Writing Clients?

    Anne Wayman
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Are you working with or for your writing clients? Think about that for a moment or two. There’s an important difference. When you have a regular job, even if it’s a dream job and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Bad Language

  • How to have better meetings

    Matthew Stibbe
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Do you get to the end of the day and feel like you have nothing to show for it? You’re not alone. Now ask yourself: ‘how much time did I spend in meetings today?’ Include: Formal sit-down project review meetings Marketing status meetings Client phone calls Ad-hoc meetings with colleagues when they drop by your desk Purgatorial phone conferences If the answer is more than three hours, you could be suffering from meetingitis. Meetings are the opposite of work and they make you grumpy. Six painful questions about meetings Now here are the critical questions: Are the meetings…
  • How to mediate between clients and creators more effectively

    Toby Knott
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Life isn’t easy as an account manager in a marketing firm. Acting as the go-between trying to mediate between clients and creatives can leave you feeling a bit like James Dean, here. Client says one thing, creative says another. The client mulls over an idea for months and then suddenly decides they need it by the end of the week, leaving you to break the bad news to the art department or the overworked copywriters. These scenarios probably sound familiar. But these tensions are an opportunity for you to shine. You can inspire your team, set your client’s expectations, pull in…
  • Better together: why you shouldn’t take on content marketing alone

    Toby Knott
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Braving content marketing alone is a bad move. Needing to consistently generate amazing content that stimulates conversations with customers and drives up leads and sales isn’t easy; it’s a full-time, multi-disciplinary job that calls for consistency, sound strategy and collaboration. Not seeing the wood for the trees The biggest problem with going it alone is putting too much emphasis on the ‘content’ and not enough on the ‘marketing’. Content marketing is not just about generating content; it’s a process, and each piece of content needs to fit into…
  • Apple, Google and you: How to create a distinctive tone of voice for your startup

    Clare Dodd
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    Having a tone of voice helps you tell a story. This matters. Marketing isn’t about an individual service or a product feature; it’s about your customer’s story and where your company fits into that story. As Matthew has said, ‘At heart, marketing is talking to buyers about things that matter to them using their words.’ We’ve already covered how to sit down and actually write your tone of voice guidelines: research, templates, balance and more. But that alone won’t guarantee something distinctive. This post is all about that extra edge; the je ne…
  • How to streamline your social media strategy

    Toby Knott
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Firing out a few tweets and Facebook posts with links to your blog is not a social media strategy. A good social media strategy takes planning, consistency and a bit of elbow grease. But by doing it the smart way you can increase leads, conversions and sales without sacrificing too much time and effort. This is how you get more with less. Identify your goals and audience First and foremost, you need to establish your goals and pin down your personas. Want to run lots of competitions? Shout about all the great stuff you’re doing? Use social media for recruiting? Want your customer…
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    Word Grrls

  • The Power of Language

    Laura Brown
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    “One must avoid ambition in order to write. Otherwise something else is the goal: some kind of power beyond the power of language. And the power of language, it seems to me, is the only kind of power a writer…Read more →
  • Ghost Writer Fades to Black

    Laura Brown
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:06 pm
    You just can’t ghost write your way into being a thought leader. via Content Used to Be King. Now It’s the Joker.  | Scoop.it Blog. This is an excellent quote and describes how I have been feeling about the blogging/…Read more →
  • Life Is…

    Laura Brown
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:18 pm
    This was part of a quiz. Which would you answer, take some time to think about it. Hard to choose between life is an adventure and life is a journey, for me. I think the tie breaker is that the…Read more →
  • Move Words Around Like Pieces of a Puzzle

    Laura Brown
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:08 am
    4. Move words, sentences, paragraphs around the page like pieces of a puzzle. The beauty of writing on a computer is that you can move words and groups of words effortlessly. Just reminding yourself of that tends to make it…Read more →
  • Bloated Self Importance on Video

    Laura Brown
    27 May 2014 | 8:32 am
    Each time I see someone with a video post I think of all the people who can’t or won’t be watching it. Video posts are for people with money to burn. In the US the Internet is cheaper. In places…Read more →
 
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    Founders' Blog

  • Structure Sensor – Another Giant Leap Toward NUI

    Robin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have written several posts over the years about NUI Natural User Interface being the next great expedition in computing. When you can reach beyond the 2D limitations of your computer screen and interact with an application beyond the surface, computing will never be the same. This technology is already here but not quite ready for the commercial market. Occipital has taken a giant leap toward making NUI available to the public with Structure Sensor – a mobile hardware device that allows the capturing of objects in 3D. This alone can make shopping online for furniture, cars, boats,…
  • Brazillian Kids Learn English By Chatting with Elderly Americans

    Robin
    9 May 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This story is such a wonderful mix of technology and humanity and connection that we simply have to share.  It really is a simple equation.  Kids learning English need to converse and the elderly just want someone to talk to.  The power of online video is the solution.  Grab a tissue and take a look. Source it:
  • A Healthy Community Infographic

    Robin
    5 May 2014 | 10:45 am
    Source it:
  • All Patients Should Have a Great View – Artist Colleen Darby

    Robin
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:36 am
    Learn more about how this artist is single handedly helping to increase patient satisfaction.  
  • Ted Talk: Joel Selanikio – Improving Technology Distribution Impacts Healthcare Big Data

    Robin
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:55 am
    This is a great Ted Talk for those tech companies disributing their technology on a global level like LitCentral, Inc. The title is a tad ambigous because Joel Selanikio's message is really about evolving software distribution and then reaping the rewards of the data produced by pervasive distribution. In summary, if the limitations of you and your staff are standing in the way of your healthcare technology reaching its full potential and helping people all around the globe, you need to figure out how to get the hell out of the way. There are only 24 hours in a day, and it's simply…
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    Ben Crowder

  • Site redesign July 2014

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Here we go again. Before: After (truncated in the middle): Notes on the redesign: New look, of course, with a font switch to Lato; I wanted to go sans serif. New favicon, simpler and cleaner. I like this one much more than the old one. New nav. I’m experimenting with a simpler scheme where most of the nav happens via the home page. On detail pages (like the Book of Mormon study edition page), the header has a link to the relevant area (Books, in this case), and there’s persistent nav in the footer to Home, About, Blog, and Subscribe, but that’s it. We’ll see how it…
  • Sparkline pedigree chart

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This proof of concept takes the genealogy sparklines idea and puts it on a pedigree chart: The white diamond represents a marriage, and the small circles represent children. The length of the line corresponds to how long the person lived. (Also, the data is very made up.) As I’m writing this, I’m thinking these sparklines might work better on a family group sheet instead of a pedigree chart...
  • A slightly different kind of ebook

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Turns out reading PDFs of old books (from Google Books, Internet Archive, etc.) on my iPhone works out reasonably well. For example: On the left is the fully zoomed out page. Indoors, I’m able to read it without too much difficulty, though my eyes do thank me when I zoom in (as on the right). The problem with zooming, however, is that navigating to the next page then requires more swiping, and, at least in iBooks, you have to zoom in again every time you turn the page. After a bit of this, I got to wondering what it would be like to typeset an iPhone-sized PDF, designed specifically to…
  • No other success

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I recently finished Mindhunters, John Douglas’s account of his work as an FBI criminal profiler catching serial killers. It’s a fascinating book. What stood out to me most was this paragraph towards the end: In all my years of research and dealing with violent offenders, I’ve never yet come across one who came from what I would consider a good background and functional, supportive family unit. On a related note, a passage earlier in the book: At the request of Buffalo SAC Richard Bretzing, I came up that weekend. Bretzing is a very proper, solid guy, a real family man and a…
  • Engineers of jihad

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Via Twitter this morning: according to Engineers of Jihad, a 2007 paper by Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog, there’s a surprising number of engineers in these violent Islamic radical groups. The abstract: We find that graduates from subjects such as science, engineering, and medicine are strongly overrepresented among Islamist movements in the Muslim world, though not among the extremist Islamic groups which have emerged in Western countries more recently. We also find that engineers alone are strongly over-represented among graduates in violent groups in both realms. This is all the…
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    Write to Done

  • How to Maintain Focus when Writing

    Mary Jaksch
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Can you maintain your focus when writing? If so, you’re a wonder! Most people struggle to maintain focus. They feel scattered and find it difficult to stay on track. I recently got an email from one of our readers, Barrett Caton. He said: I tend to over-think things when I write. Sometimes it just feels like a part of my mind is scattered all over the place, and it’s affecting my writing. How can I remove this annoying barrier? Do you suffer from a similar malaise? If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone! The reason we struggle to maintain focus is simple: our brains…
  • How to Write a Book or Blog (The 6 Danger Stages You Need To Overcome)

    Ali Luke
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    You’ve probably had the experience of starting a novel or blog with great intentions… …only to find that, a few months later, you’ve barely made any progress. Maybe you started strong but lost momentum. Maybe you jumped ahead when you should’ve paused. Or maybe you got discouraged and gave up. And you wonder: how to write a book (or blog). I’ve coached many writers in workshop groups over the past few years, and I’ve noticed that there are six key stages when projects often stall or go wrong. Here’s what to watch out for.   Danger Stage…
  • How I Made Over $7500 From One Email as a Freelance Writer

    Pooja Lohana
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Have you ever wondered how to become a freelance writer? Maybe you think it’s a challenge to find clients for your freelance writing business. Maybe you’ve tried your hand at in-person networking events. Pitched editors and marketing managers of companies? But the results are far below your expectations. There’s a much better alternative you might be missing. How I Accidentally Discovered Online Networking In mid-2012, I received a request from an acquaintance to connect on LinkedIn. I already had a LinkedIn account but it was dormant, with just 60-odd connections.
  • Is Your Book Cover Design Stopping You From Being On The Bestseller List?

    Thomas McGee
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Would you like to see your book on the bestseller list? Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing the words “A New York Times Bestselling Author” gracing the cover of their next work? While it is simply not possible for every author to gain “bestseller” status, even new authors’ books can carry the same quality and professionalism as those of established names in the business.   Bestselling Books Usually Have the Best Designs   As you walk through your local bookstore, you’ll see covers ranging from the bold type of John Grisham’s latest thriller to…
  • Scene Stealers – Create a Splash!

    Vinita Zutshi
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Welcome to Scene Stealers, our series of writing prompts designed to flex your creative muscles. We’re thrilled that so many of you are participating in our writing prompt series. (Read the other Scene Stealers here and add one of your own.)   How it works   We set the scene You steal it, make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post Of course, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to share your work, but we hope you’ll do the exercise anyway.   The ground rules:   Your story must begin with the exact wording we…
 
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    Paperback Jack

  • Read All about the Best Party Poker Bonus Code

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    If you’ve ever thought about playing at Party Poker before, then it only makes sense that you should know how to get the best signup bonus deal possible. After all, getting more free cash in the beginning will increase your bankroll and give you a better opportunity to win in the future. So how do you go about getting the best deal? Well, you can read all about the Party Poker bonus code below, including the two different available offers and how to earn the bonus. Two Codes, Two Offers What’s nice about playing at Party is that you’re not restricted to one signup deal. You…
  • Visit PokerStop.com, Online Poker Reviews and News Hub

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:16 am
    The online poker world has grown into a pretty big place, with more news and poker site reviews available than ever before. Assuming you’re looking for a quick way to sift through all of this information and find exactly what you want, then we strongly advise checking out PokerStop.com, online poker reviews, news and strategy central. Okay, so anybody can make this statement without offering something to back it up. So let’s have a more in-depth discussion on what you’ll find at Poker Stop. Detailed Online Poker Reviews Would you sign up at an online poker room after reading…
  • Dangers You Need to Avoid When Playing Online Poker

    johnjenet
    2 May 2013 | 1:47 am
    There are very few opportunities which give people as much excitement as playing online poker. This is an experience that is replete with countless pleasures regardless of whether you are a first time player or a veteran. When you play poker at online casinos such as Unibet, you not only get to earn money, but you can get sites where you play for free without paying anything. However, it is filled with many dangers and risks which gamers are advised to always be on the lookout against. These dangers cannot be ignored unless you don’t care about losing money, or being unable to withdraw your…
  • How to Play Blackjack The Right Way

    johnjenet
    23 Apr 2013 | 6:09 am
    Blackjack is an interesting card game also sometimes referred to as 21. It is a very popular and you too can learn how to play online blackjack like a pro. Online blackjack and live video blackjack are very popular today. If you are new to the game you would have to first take time to learn the rules and understand how the game is played. The game is played among several players or against the dealer. Cards are dealt and the objective is to have a set of cards whose total value equals 21 or is as close to 21 as possible. If your cards value exceeds 21, you bust and can’t win this game. You…
  • What it takes to win in online blackjack

    johnjenet
    20 Mar 2013 | 6:07 am
    Over the past five years, technology has continued to take a different turn with multiple people seeking to expand their businesses online. This is how ground casinos have focused on opening websites that will provide similar services to people who also would prefer to access all casino services without necessarily visiting casinos. Some other private investors and individuals have also gathered information on how they can start similar websites to help them reach out to interested gamblers right from their homes. So what does it takes to win in online blackjack? Odds of winning or losing at…
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    Fiction Notes

  • How to Write a Book Series: 3 Crucial Decisions

    Darcy Pattison
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly To write a series of books, my biggest tip is to plan ahead. You may get by with writing one book on the fly—plenty of people do that. But for a series to hang together, to have cohesion and coherence, planning is essential. Here are three decisions you should make early in the planning process. Decision #1: What type of series will you write? Strategies for a series vary widely. For THE HUNGER GAMES, the story is really one large story broken down into several books. Or, to say it another way, there is a…
  • Take a Creative Risk – You Might Surprise Yourself

    Darcy Pattison
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly I’ve been writing for years. (Let’s not discuss how many exactly!) It’s easy to fall into habits and to think about stories in certain ways. The best creative people, though, insist that they are constantly learning and to do that, they try something different. They take risks. Let me suggest some risks you might want to take: Take a creative risk today! Try a new format, genre, audience, or marketing strategy. Try a different genre. If you’ve only written nonfiction, try a novel. Love…
  • Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic

    Darcy Pattison
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly Have seen this video about grammar by Weird Al Yankovic? It’s a hoot! It was posted on July 15, 2014, and it already has almost 10,000,000 views. If you can’t see this video, click here.
  • Off-Stage Scenes Rarely Work – Unless You Are Scarlett

    Darcy Pattison
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly Here’s a common problem that I see in first drafts: the main action has happened off-stage. Think about Scarlett O’Hara and the other southern women sitting at home waiting; in an attempt to avenge his wife, Frank and the Ku Klux Klan raid the shanty town whereupon Frank is shot dead. But the raid takes place off-stage. Or, think about times when a weaker character stays home, while the adventurous character is off doing something. Sports stories are hard when the POV character is watching the…
  • Getting Your Novel Unstuck

    Darcy Pattison
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly So, I’m writing along on my novel and realize that I don’t quite know what happens next. I’m STUCK! What next? Work on a different section. Often, I look around the story and find something else to work on. Maybe, I can move forward a couple planned chapter and work on developing details of the setting. Perhaps, one character’s backstory is think and needs work. While the brain is busy with a side issue, your sub-conscience has time to reflect on the real problem. In other words, I am…
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • WD Has Awesome Writers’ Conferences in both NYC and LA in August 2014. The NYC Event Has a 50-Agent Pitch Slam!

    Chuck Sambuchino
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    As we do each year, Writer’s Digest is putting on some awesome (and HUGE) writers conferences on both coasts of the country. These conferences bring together writers from all over the country, and lead to all kinds of good things, like signing with an agent, meeting your writer friends for life, keeping your finger on the pulse of the industry, and/or simply recharging your writing bat. Read on for more info. We hope to see you there. EAST COAST EVENT: NEW YORK CITY, AUG. 1-3, 2014 This event happens from Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3, 2014, at the Roosevelt Hotel in…
  • Writing On the Rails: Survival Tips for Traveling Authors

    James Duncan
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    After years of crisscrossing the country by car, plane, train, bus, and even on foot for stretches, one of my favorite modes of transportation remains the railroad. Yes, it can be a little shabby, but not nearly as bad as some bus stations I’ve seen. Plus, it has a great literary history: Jack Kerouac and his Beat buddy Neal Cassady were both railroad employees, and numerous works taking place on the rails continue to thrill us, such as Christie’s Murder on The Orient Express, Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar, and Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train. And that’s just the tip of…
  • 3 Ways to Save Your Backstory from the Cutting Room Floor

    Adrienne Crezo
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    BY SHENNANDOAH DIAZ Backstory is crucial to the novel writing process. It gives your character substance and drive while adding depth, history and realism to your fiction.  It takes a great deal of hard work to develop your character’s backstory. Unfortunately for the sake of the novel, much of that hard work ends up on the cutting room floor. That doesn’t mean all that hard work has gone to waste. There are many ways for you to repurpose those backstories into moneymaking and author platform building opportunities. Shennandoah Diaz is a writer and freelance Branding and…
  • Call for Submissions: Reject a Hit

    Adrienne Crezo
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    In each issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, we ask one reader to step into the role of the unconvinced, perhaps even curmudgeonly or fool-hearted editor. What harsh rejection letters might the authors of some of our favorite hit books have had to endure? We need more of those short-sighted rejection letters! If you’d like to be the one doing the rebuffing, channel the most clueless of editors by humorously rejecting a hit in 300 words or fewer. Then submit your letter via email (no attachments, please!) to wdsubmissions@fwmedia.com with Reject a Hit: [Book Title]” in the…
  • 18 Quotes for Writers from Ernest Hemingway

    Adrienne Crezo
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Today marks the 115th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth. In his lifetime, Papa had quite a lot to say about writing. Here are 18 of our favorite quotes, in no particular order.   1. I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.   2. If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.   3. For a…
 
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    The Truth About Lies

  • The Appointment

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    [T]here's nothing to think about, because I myself am nothing, apart from being summoned. - Herta Müller, The Appointment After Herta Müller won the Nobel Prize in 2009 I, I imagine like a number of others, went out and tracked down a copy of one of her books to see what the fuss was all about. Like many Nobel laureates I’d never heard of her before and felt bad about that. The book I ended up reading was The Passport which I reviewed here. In my article I included the following quote: A year after my departure from Romania in 1987, Jenny came to visit in Berlin. Since the time of the…
  • Smut: Two Unseemly Stories

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    "... How much better ... how much healthier ... had all these persons, these family members, been more candid with one another right from the start. – Alan Bennett, Smut Sex is a part of life, in fact without sex there’d be no life. I’m less curious about it than I used to be but I still find I can be distracted from what I’m doing when some salacious news item passes my way. Little actually shocks me. It just underlines how narrow my own life experiences have been and how poorly I understand people. I’m as puzzled by people who practice auto-erotic asphyxia as I am by people who…
  • Rue End Street

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve had enough of grown-ups lying or not telling me the truth. I’m twelve years old. I can milk cows, for heaven’s sake. – Sue Reid Sexton, Rue End Street CONTAINS SPOILERSSequels are a tricky business. It’s easy to see their appeal, both from an author’s perspective and a reader’s, but they’re fraught with dangers. With a standalone novel there’s little basis for expectations, whatever the blurb says and we all know how misleading blurbs can be. You might wonder if the book might go this way and that—especially if, as the case here, it’s a work of historical…
  • Depth

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Very deep. You should send that in to the Reader's Digest. They've got a page for people like you. ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy One of the last things my first wife said to me before she walked out the door was, “You know, you’re not deep. You think you are but you’re not.” That hurt me more than her leaving me. To this day, some thirty years later, it still stings. The fact is she was right—I wasn’t nearly as deep as I thought I was (what twenty-odd-year-old is?)—but I was (and continue to be) terribly interested in deep things. What exactly…
  • The Book of Unknown Americans

    29 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    I don’t need anyone’s pity. My life has been what it has been. It’s not a wonderful story, but it’s mine. – Cristina Henríquez, The Book of Unknown Americans How to tell a story: Well, you begin at the beginning and work your way towards the end. Easy. Few stories, however, are as straightforward as they first appear. On the surface The Book of Unknown Americans tells a simple enough story: Arturo Rivera relocates his family from Mexico to the United States so his fifteen-year-old daughter, who sustained a brain injury whilst helping him out on his construction site, can go to a…
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    Flogging the Quill

  • Now coming to you from Oregon

    Ray Rhamey
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Part of the reason for no post on Monday is that I'm in the midst of a move to Ashland, Oregon, a lovely place we lived 20 years ago and are happy to return to. We're staying with friends while we look for a house (timing was such that we had to put our household into storage--bummer). But I should be able to continue posting as usual--NOTE: could use some more chapters to flog, the queue is at two (this week's supply). Go here to see what Ashland and the valley it's in look like. It's in southern Oregon and is a high desert climate, not the rainy climate people associate…
  • Flogometer for Tara—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Submissions Needed. 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 about…
  • Flogometer for Kathleen—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Submissions Needed. 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…
  • A question for you

    Ray Rhamey
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    How and when do you feel you should have a professional editor work on your manuscript? Is it before submitting it to literary agents? Or, if you’re self-publishing, before you publish? Or never? Do you think that your own self-editing will do the job? Or do you have a friend or colleague who can do a professional-level editing job on your manuscript? As M.J. Rose, bestselling author (not an editor) says, “If your goal is to sell books, get readers, and build word of mouth -- you absolutely need professional help. If Lee Child, Sara Gruen, Laura Lippman and Jennifer Weiner all get edited,…
  • Flogometer for Naomi—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Submissions Needed. The queue is empty for next week. 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…
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    Founders' Blog

  • Structure Sensor – Another Giant Leap Toward NUI

    Robin
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have written several posts over the years about NUI Natural User Interface being the next great expedition in computing. When you can reach beyond the 2D limitations of your computer screen and interact with an application beyond the surface, computing will never be the same. This technology is already here but not quite ready for the commercial market. Occipital has taken a giant leap toward making NUI available to the public with Structure Sensor – a mobile hardware device that allows the capturing of objects in 3D. This alone can make shopping online for furniture, cars, boats,…
  • Brazillian Kids Learn English By Chatting with Elderly Americans

    Robin
    9 May 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This story is such a wonderful mix of technology and humanity and connection that we simply have to share.  It really is a simple equation.  Kids learning English need to converse and the elderly just want someone to talk to.  The power of online video is the solution.  Grab a tissue and take a look. Source it:
  • A Healthy Community Infographic

    Robin
    5 May 2014 | 10:45 am
    Source it:
  • All Patients Should Have a Great View – Artist Colleen Darby

    Robin
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:36 am
    Learn more about how this artist is single handedly helping to increase patient satisfaction.  
  • Ted Talk: Joel Selanikio – Improving Technology Distribution Impacts Healthcare Big Data

    Robin
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:55 am
    This is a great Ted Talk for those tech companies disributing their technology on a global level like LitCentral, Inc. The title is a tad ambigous because Joel Selanikio's message is really about evolving software distribution and then reaping the rewards of the data produced by pervasive distribution. In summary, if the limitations of you and your staff are standing in the way of your healthcare technology reaching its full potential and helping people all around the globe, you need to figure out how to get the hell out of the way. There are only 24 hours in a day, and it's simply…
 
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    Fritinancy

  • Word of the Week: Belittle

    Nancy Friedman
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Belittle: To make small; to disparage; to scorn as worthless. From our vantage point in the second decade of the twenty-first century, it’s hard to fathom that belittle was once reviled as vulgar and—as late as 1926, in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage—“an undesirable alien.” Such, however, is the well-documented case, as Ammon Shea enlightens us in his eminently readable new book, Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation (Perigee).* Belittle—like ain’t, enormity, split infinitives, and sentence-ending prepositions—is one of those language “mistakes”…
  • The Sanity Defense

    Nancy Friedman
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Twenty-four-hour classical-music radio stations are a dwindling breed, hit hard by competition from online music-streaming services like Pandora and by the stark realities of a graying audience. All the more reason to cheer a healthy and good-humored survivor. “Sanity Now!” KDFC outdoor ad, San Francisco. Love the script typeface. Perhaps your first association, like mine, was the Seinfeldian rallying cry, “Serenity now!” But KDFC has an independent claim on the slogan. The station, which was founded in 1946 and has stuck to classical programming ever since, has had five owners during…
  • Ad Absurdum

    Nancy Friedman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Some days I question my ability to distinguish satire from sincerity. “Gluten free flooring” from Heritage Salvage. San Francisco Chronicle, July 12. In a world where gluten-free shampoo is a real thing*, who knows? Because grain elevators, people! __ * Tip: Keep your mouth closed when you wash your hair. And don’t lick the floorboards.
  • Guest Post at Duets Blog: Fly the Tasty Skies

    Nancy Friedman
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Today I’m guest-blogging at Duets Blog, a publication of Minneapolis trademark-law firm Winthrop & Winestine. My post, “Fly the Tasty Skies,” looks at new airline names borrowed from the produce aisle. JetBlue’s new Mint, which began operations last month, is just the latest entrant in a category that includes Peach, Mango, Vanilla, and Spice. The trend carries over to bank names, too—would you prefer a Tangerine or a Tomato? Jet over to Duets Blog, read the post, and leave a comment if you like.
  • Word of the Week: Workamping

    Nancy Friedman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Workamping: Working full or part time while living in a mobile home. A contraction of “work” and “camping.” Workamping is the focus of “The End of Retirement,” an investigative article by Jessica Bruder in the July/August 2014 issue of Harper’s. Access is restricted to subscribers; here’s the nut graf: They call themselves workampers, travelers, nomads, and gypsies, while history-minded commentators have labeled them the Okies of the Great Recession. More bluntly, they are geriatric migrant labor, meeting demands for seasonal work in an increasingly fragmented, temp-driven…
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    Holt Uncensored Blog

  • Thank You, Roger

    Pat Holt
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel wanted to knock each other’s block off frequently on their TV show, as shown in the provocative documentary Life Itself, that’s just been released. Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert bring it on But their unique chemistry will always be missed, I think, because they brought to the screen two very different (and often opposing) approaches to the art of reviewing. Ebert was the objective critic who emphasized reason over personal opinion. He never gave thumbs-up to a movie without offering evidence — images, themes, plot, dialogue, etc.
  • A Glorious Mess, But a Mess

    Pat Holt
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:48 pm
    When my book group read the novel, The Garden of Evening Mistsby Tan Twan Eng, we were surprised at how breathtakingly beautiful it could be, yet how “boring and muddled” at the same time. Eng’s book was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2012 and won the Man Asian Prize and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. This seemed incredible to us. “What were they thinking?” members of the group asked about judges of these awards — and about critics who praised the novel but never mentioned its serious flaws. Tan Twan Eng This is why I love book…
  • Use Your Words, Not Your Fists

    Pat Holt
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:49 am
    Let’s say you’re the publisher at the New York Times and you know that an executive editor is slamming her fist into the newsroom walls so hard that holes appear in the plaster. These holes are so unsightly that other employees have placed wall maps over them to cover the damage. Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of the New York Times It’s not a rumor — the editor is known for this behavior, and you know it keeps happening. The company has a Workplace Violence Prevention Program* that  states even the threat of violence can be grounds for dismissal, so of course you,…
  • Reading the News Critically

    Pat Holt
    22 May 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I’m not a fan of former Secretary of Labor (2001-2009) Elaine Chao, but I don’t like snarky put-downs masquerading as news stories, either. Elaine Chao with president George Bush Take the front-page article in the New York Times last week by Jason Horowitz about Chao and her husband, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who’s currently up for re-election. “At Harvard Business School,” it begins, “Elaine L. Chao kept card files on her classmates, then later kept tabs on their careers.” Fine. Not sure what it means, and “kept…
  • A Thought While Reading ‘The Goldfinch’

    Pat Holt
    16 May 2014 | 5:43 pm
    I’m not sure The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt deserves the Pulitzer Prize. It’s way too long (771 pages), and the pace mires down way too often.  Early promises aren’t fulfilled, the characters are more adored than developed, and parts of the narrative turn preachy and patronizing. ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown; $30) Yet I loved the reading of it for the most part. Observations and insights are so rich that I don’t really care what the story is about, especially when it comes to themes about art and the flow of people’s lives around art…
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    Inkthinker

  • Highlights from the 2006 WIW Freelance Success Seminar (Part 3 of 4)

    Kristen King
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    www.inkthinkerblog.com — And the highlights just keep coming from the WIW Freelance Success Seminar! Don’t forget to check out parts one and two. PART THREE Tricks of the Trade, with moderator Lester Reingold and panelists Ann Cochran, Beryl Lieff Benderly, and Chris Gearon __________________________________________ www.kristenkingfreelancing.com Finalist in 2006 Writer’s Digest Best Writer’s Website Contest Contents Copyright © 2006-2014 Kristen King Other Posts You Might Like:Guest Article: Just Do It! NaNoWriMoFree event and seminar on writing dialogue this…
  • Guest Article: Just Do It! NaNoWriMo

    Kristen King
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Just Do It! NaNoWriMo by Sarah E. White www.inkthinkerblog.com — It’s almost November, and for thousands of writers and would-be writers the world over, that means it’s almost time for the high-octane, caffeine-fueled novel-writing extravaganza that is National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve never heard of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as it’s called by those who know and love it, it’s a month-long challenge wherein participants attempt to write a novel of at least 50,000 words entirely during the month of November. It’s a crazy feat,…
  • “You’ll Never Have Time to Write After Kids” — Mythbuster Monday at AmateurParenting.com

    Kristen King
    28 Oct 2013 | 9:36 am
    I’m not around Inkthinker much these days, but still blogging away over at Amateur Parenting. Check out today’s post, all about the power of writing. This post WAS supposed to be sponsored by Grammarly, but they failed to deliver on their promise of compensation, so their sponsorship credit has been removed. Should they decide to keep their promise after all, I will reinstate it. However, based on this unfortunate situation, I can no longer recommend them. I sincerely hope that’s temporary. Here’s an excerpt: Despite the fact that writing is who I am and as…
  • Distance Learning for Writers: Choosing the “Write” Course

    Kristen King
    19 Mar 2012 | 11:14 am
    A Guest Post by Diana Nadin So, you’re thinking of enrolling on a distance learning writing course? In my experience, here are some of the things you need to think about before you take the plunge. Before you do anything, you should ask yourself whether you’re the kind of person who can self-motivate. Distance learning can be lonely and there is a temptation to enrol and then put off sending in your first assignment.  But, let’s be honest, if you can’t self-motivate then you’re never going to make it as a writer. Next, do your searches and check review sites. You’re going to be…
  • Practical and entertaining, Shut Up & Write! demystifies the process of writing

    Kristen King
    16 Mar 2012 | 1:03 pm
    The following promotional release landed in my inbox and looks like a great match for Inkthinker readers. Enjoy! -kk Available at your local bookstore or online through indiebound.org, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, other on-line booksellers, www.redbirdstudio.com or ask your local library. Published in print and ebook editions. http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780976474272 http://www.amazon.com/Shut-Up-Write-Judy-Bridges/dp/0976474271 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shut-up-and-write-judy-bridges/1029158217 Inspires and instructs. Includes coaching on: • what it takes to be a writer •…
 
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • My office featured in Andrea Skyberg's Tuesday Studio Tours today!

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Thanks to Andrea Skyberg for featuring my Office Cave in her Tuesday Studio Tours today. Find out why my office looks NOTHING like the rest of the house, how my hero husband Jeff helped enhance my office, my envy of those who have appealing-sounding creative rituals, music I'm listening to (including Ookla the Mok) and a sampling of my new OfficeCrazyDanceBreak playlist, the most useful tool in my studio, and advice for those who want to make a personal space where they can be creative. Plus LOTS of photos! Thank you, Andrea!
  • A comic for those who think it's easy to write children's books

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Originally posted for PiBoIdMo.
  • Tips for SCBWI conference newbies, second-timers, plus a CHALLENGE for the many-timers

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    Only a couple of weeks until the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles! If you haven't yet registered, you're out of luck....they just announced that the conference is now sold out. However, you can follow along virtually via the #LA14SCBWI hashtag on Twitter as well as the SCBWI conference blog. If you're a conference newbie who is nervous, I encourage you to browse my SCBWI Conference Newbie comics. I created these when I was a nervous newbie as well! So many people think I'm an extrovert, but I'm actually very much an introvert and was terrified (to the point of sweating palms, pounding…
  • I enjoyed Weird Al Yankovic's WORD CRIMES video much more than the original song

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
  • My workshop at CANSCAIP'S "Packaging Your Imagination" conference Sat. Oct. 18, 2014

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Registration's now open for CANSCAIP's Packaging Your Imagination conference on Saturday, October 18th, 2014. I'll be giving a workshop for beginning writers and illustrators called "Lightning Rods, Agents & Book Deals: Building Your Personal Brand." However you feel about the word "brand," everyone has a personal brand. You DO have control over it (yes, even the shy and introverted) and it can have a big effect on how successful you are in achieving your personal and professional goals. Some keys, I've found: Be authentic, find your niche and don't try to do everything. Come to my…
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Author Interview – Jen Minkman

    Jen Minkman
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Jen Minkman was born in the Netherlands. In her home country, she is a trade-published author of paranormal romance and chicklit. She is also a self-published author of poetry, paranormal romance and Dystopian fiction. Tell us something about your books. The basics: what are they about? The Island Trilogy is a compilation of three stories ...
  • Review: The Art of Troubleshooting by Jason Maxham

    Cate Baum
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Jason Maxham, one of life’s polymaths, has put together a system to troubleshoot and fix just about any breakdown. Interviewing engineers, mechanics, mathematicians and IT experts, Maxham firstly philosophizes on the way things are put together and operate, and our expectations as an operator and how they relate, to form strategies on the best approach ...
  • Toronto International Book Fair Launches Self-Publishing Award

    Henry Baum
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Via the Toronto Star: Canada’s first awards for self-published books will be presented at Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair, an exhibition for print and digital books that launches in November. The Creation of Stories: Canada’s Self-Publishing Awards are open to all Canadians who have produced a book between July 1, 2013, and September 1, 2014, ...
  • Review: Intelligent Design: Revelations by J.M.Erickson

    Cate Baum
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Mars – A Noah’s Ark of a civilization headed by Master Architect Janus, is a highly civilized race, making a last-ditch attempt to save Earth’s many species from extinction – more than sixty million years ago, as dinosaurs inhabit the Pale Blue Dot mankind now calls home. The Master Architects, a race something like mythological ...
  • How Do You Develop and Use a List of Your Readers?

    James Moushon
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    One of the pieces of information authors are finding invaluable is a list of their readers. If you want to announce a new release, a promotion or a giveaway, the instant access to a list of your readers is priceless. It could mean an instant jump in rankings and an increase in reviews both critical ...
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    24 Jul 2014 | 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 23rd

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For July 23rd

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Links to the stories below can be found here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9381 THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE! A Look at Copyright Myths We Need to Work Together to Kill. Now. "Copyright myths remain a common plague on small press publishing, self-publishing, and freelance writing and art despite the ease of accessibility to reliable sources online..." WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS. TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING IS *NOT* A GOOD DEAL FOR MOST AUTHORS. Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors "Chief executive of 9,000-member UK…
  • I Earned the Same as My Full-time Salary, in a Quarter of the Time! By Amanda Eastep

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In 2012, I made plans for my freelance writing career to grow to full-time over a three-year period. The plan included keeping my full-time "day job" so I wouldn't have to worry about paying the mortgage. This also afforded me the ability to refuse grasping at the low-paying and "low-hanging fruit."
  • Am I About to Get Ripped Off? Yes!!

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    I can see giving up ownership to my work if I was getting paid, but giving up both ownership and pay? Is that wise?
 
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    Writing Forward

  • A Selection of Poetry Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Poetry Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Today’s poetry prompts come from my book, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, which is jam-packed with ideas and inspiration for writers and includes prompts for fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Some of the poetry prompts in the book ask you to use a list of specific words in a poem. Some give you a topic to write about. Some ask you to draw on your life experience. Some give you images to use as inspiration for a poem. All of the prompts are designed to spark ideas and inspire you to write. And you don’t have to use the…
  • How to Come Up With Writing Ideas When Your Muse is on Vacation

    Melissa Donovan
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Is your muse on vacation? Get your writing ideas here! Have you ever sat down to start a new writing project and then realized an hour later you were still sitting there, staring idly at the blank page? Sometimes writing ideas don’t come easy. In a writer’s ideal world, the blank page is something we always look forward to, a fresh canvas that we can color with ideas and texture with language. When our muse is dancing around, we feel motivated and inspired, so that blank page feels like the start of an exciting adventure. But if our mind isn’t in the right place, if our muse…
  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Report It

    Melissa Donovan
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Report It” from 101 Creative Writing Exercises. Today, I’m sharing an excerpt from my book, 101 Creative Writing Exercises. It’s packed with writing exercises to help you explore all forms of creative writing: fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The book is designed to inspire you while imparting useful writing techniques that are fun and practical. This exercisecomes from “Chapter Two: It’s Personal.” The writing exercises in this chapter focus on writing of a personal nature: memoir, journal writing, and personal essays. I chose this…
  • Best. Thing. Ever.

    Melissa Donovan
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is quite possibly the best thing ever. Enjoy! Thanks to “Weird Al” Yankovic, we writers now have our very own anthem. “Word Crimes” covers a host of writerly pet peeves. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, there’s a LOST reference. All is right with the world. One of my favorite peeves mentioned in the song deals with using fewer or less. The misuse of less is rampant not just among laypersons but writers and editors as well. I think this is way better than the original. What do you think? Are your favorite pet peeves covered in this…
  • The Amazing, Incredible Writing Community

    Melissa Donovan
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The writing community rocks! Today I’d like to share an excerpt from my book 10 Core Practices for Better Writing. This excerpt is from “Chapter Ten: Community, Industry, and Audience,” which explains the benefits and importance of networking with the writing community as well as studying the industry and developing a reading audience. The chapter includes tips, too! “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” — E.B. White Writers are notorious for spending hours in solitude, bent over our keyboards, laboring over prose and poetry.
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    iDefine TV

  • Can Passion, a Video Camera & Widows Movie Maker Create Video?

    iDefine TV
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Passion, drive and ingenuity can create a video. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to run into a buddy if mine’s mentee. This fellow is in high school with a dream of going big in music. He’ll be a junior this coming school year. What I like about TJ is his ability to ask questions with the intention to gain understanding and knowledge. Like last summer he asked me about video cameras and videography. He shared with me what he was on a mission to accomplish. Now, let’s fast forward to this summer. I run into TJ and he tells me he has purchased a couple video cameras off…
  • YouTube To Delete Independent Artists & Labels From Site

    iDefine TV
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Have you heard or read about the major change YouTube is in the process of making? If you’re an independent music artist or independent music label, then you’d want to pay close attention. Above is the screenshot of the YouTube Is About To Delete Independent Artists From Its Site article found on Forbes. It actually says in a matter of days they will be removing independent music from its site. It will be interesting to see how this looks and how this will actually work for YouTube. Don’t you agree? The bigger picture is this… isn’t it time for the indie music…
  • WEBINAR: Bulletproof Your Marketing… Video Marketing Strategies….

    iDefine TV
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Free Webinar Here’s what we will go over during this webinar… The POWER Behind Doing Video The Most EFFECTIVE Style of Video To Build Your Credibility, Expert & Authority Status Why You SHOULD BE Doing Video Like Yesterday We’ll Share A Powerful STRATEGY To Developing Effective Video Content… You Don’t Want To Miss This. SIMPLE… Yet Powerful! How To Get Started With Video To GROW Your Bottom Line How To Get Help To LEVERAGE What You Are Good At, So That Others Will Know, Too Register Today! Thank you visting iDefine TV
  • Are You Attending The Opportunity UP Conference?

    iDefine TV
    13 Dec 2013 | 4:32 pm
    Have you heard about the Opportunity UP Conference? How about Daymond John, co-founder of FUBU and Shark from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank? Are you seeking small business marketing advice or need access to investors to grow your business? Then you must attend the Opportunity UP Conference in Atlanta, GA. It’s an event poised to be the most impacting three (3) day conference you will ever attend. It’s for any entrepreneur who may be seeking small business marketing advice, angel investors or simply network with potential new partners or co-founders. Each day is set to take you…
  • How to Kick Fear in the Teeth

    iDefine TV
    26 Sep 2013 | 2:57 am
    Is fear kicking the s*@#!& out of you? Are you constantly seeking small business marketing advice because you’re uncertain or fearful of what you think can take your vision to the next level or that you may fail? You’re not alone. Just like you, we all want to win. Who doesn’t want to raise their glass in the air in celebration of a major accomplish? Often time it is fear, worry, doubt and past failures that can get in the way of the success of an entrepreneur. Right? We’ll here’s an article you must read that will help you gain control and wrangle your fears…
 
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    Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

  • You Got Rejected Because ..

    Agatho
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    ... you referred to your manuscript as a "fiction novel." ... your book was previously published by an e-book publisher and now you want a print version of it. ... the first paragraph of your cover letter had misspellings or grammatical errors. ... you sent me a boilerplate email telling me you are "seeking representation." I'm not an agent. ... you want me to publish something that you have already self-published (badly) on Amazon. ... your manuscript was 150,000 words. ... I don't like or trust your agent. ... your book has no marketing handles, no easily-told…
  • Let's Hear It for Pulp

    Agatho
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I am in the middle of editing a manuscript that I really like. It's fast-paced, with a good lead character, some well-defined supporting people, and plenty of twists and turns. It's a mystery, but it's pushing into the thriller category. I just hit the halfway mark and it hit me: I'm editing pulp, and I'm loving it. I can't say I've ever made a study of pulp. A quick scan of the Internet shows me that there are sites devoted to worshipping it. Just from some fast reading, I think the term originated with magazines and short stories (alas, a dying art due to…
  • Look at Your Protagonist

    Agatho
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:48 pm
    WARNING: Very light spoiler regarding GONE GIRL. But written in a way that doesn't give too much away. One of the things I struggle with (perpetually) is how to edit protagonists. On the one hand, I like a flawed and imperfect protagonist. And books with such protagonists can be quite successful, as GONE GIRL has demonstrated (though I even wonder about this, as the "imperfect protagonist" comes about after a massive switcheroo from being a highly sympathetic protagonist). The side of me that likes new, interesting, and experimental fiction feels energized and challenged by an…
  • Deep Thoughts (or Not) on the State of the Industry

    Agatho
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Quite a while between posts, I know. I try to blog only when I have something quasi-interesting to say, and this has been a pretty busy spring. The house is having some good successes this season in terms of sales and publicity, and I've just bought two books, so I'm feeling in touch with my mojo.  All of this does get in the way of blogging, but I couldn't do THIS if I didn't do THAT, so here I am. This week I'm thinking about all the problems with Hachette and Amazon, and how all of this interacts with vanity publishing. Because I'm not sure that all of the…
  • Thoughts on Journalism and Mysteries

    Agatho
    9 May 2014 | 10:27 am
    I have some good news and some bad news for journalists who want to write mysteries. The good news is, journalists seem to have a lot of luck getting agents.  There must be the perception that "journalists can write" (a valid perception, I think) and can tell a story (after all, that's part of the craft). Now, for the not-so-good news. I've been seeing a lot of first efforts lately by journalists whose manuscripts take the "journalist for a small-town newspaper who begins investigating a crime" tack. I haven't been buying any of these.  It's not…
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    Punctuality Rules!

  • Word Crimes

    --Deb
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I never thought I would love Weird Al Yankovic, well, at all, but right now? I think he’s wonderful! If you haven’t seen/heard this yet, you absolutely must. No, seriously. You must hear this!
  • Get it Out There

    --Deb
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:03 pm
    So, say you’ve been writing for years. You’ve pretty much mastered the niceties of punctuation, you know your grammar and can parse a sentence with the best of them. Your vocabulary would blow away the SAT people, and you read, read, read just like all the writing books recommend. Yet, you still can’t get people to read your work. Queries get returned with “not interested, go away” stamped on their envelopes. Articles come back with “Are you kidding?” Your book has been out on submission for so long, you think it’s run away and is sitting in…
  • Has Communication Really Changed?

    --Deb
    20 Feb 2012 | 8:26 pm
    I was watching Downton Abbey the other night, and there’s a scene where the Dowager Countess, played by the wonderful Maggie Smith, is trying to work her wiles on a bureaucrat via telephone, and at one point looks at the receiver and says something* like, “Is this a a communication device or a torture device?” This is a perfect line in the show, because the Dowager Countess has already expressed her distrust of new things, shielding her eyes from the imagined rays of electricity emitting from the chandelier in season one. But it also made me think of how communication has…
  • Have You Seen My Writing Mojo?

    --Deb
    31 Jan 2012 | 2:50 pm
    Where did my Mojo Go? Have you seen it? I’ve been looking all over for it. For whatever reason, I seem have lost all my motivation to write. I put it down before the holidays because I was so busy with other things and now I can’t remember where I left it. It was a modest little Mojo–more the warm, cozy, satisfying kind than one of those bright, jangly ones that you have to mind all the time. It didn’t squeal, “Look at me” every time I tried to turn my attention to something else. It just snuggled up and made me feel good inside when I played with it. So…
  • Why Is Writing Harder Than it Used to Be?

    --Deb
    15 Dec 2011 | 6:18 pm
    Has writing gotten harder? In those halcyon days when you were younger (last month, maybe?), it all seemed so easy. You sat down with your computer or your notebook, positioned the cursor or the pen at the ready and … words flowed. You didn’t have to work at them, you didn’t have to struggle to get them out, they just ran out of your fingers and onto the page in a steady stream. If anything, it was hard to keep up! So, what happened? Have you been reading too many “This is How You Write” blogs? Maybe you’ve been so diligent at reminding yourself of the…
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    Nicola Furlong » Blog

  • Top 10 Gardening Tips by Nicola Furlong

    Nicola Furlong
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    GARDENERS – KINDLE FREEBIE TODAY! >>>Top 10 Gardening Tips
  • Nicola Furlong – What’s on Your Bucket List?

    Nicola Furlong
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    A girl driven by an astonishing dream…a piebald horse gifted with a remarkable destiny…the unlikely pair galloping towards the chance of a lifetime. I’ve just been enraptured by a BBC radio production of National Velvet. The wonderful story steered me to thinking of my bucket list. No, I don’t want to ride in the Grand National, but since I’ve already checked off mushing in the Canadian Arctic, what’s left? Here’s a hint: What’s covered in maple leaves and flies through cold air on a ridiculously thin edge? Find out in my new interview on the…
  • Heartsong by Nicola Furlong Now Available as Nook Book

    Nicola Furlong
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Really glad to have HEARTSONG, my fun, family tale about the Shepherds and their struggles to succeed in the plant nursery biz, now available for the Nook. So, all you Nook book folks, time to drop by and smell the blossoms at the Sweet Shepherd nursery. Join sisters Faith, Hope and Charly for some laughs, tears and great treats! One recent reader gave it four stars saying, “This is a delightful read about a family sharing their lives, problems, and a greenhouse business, suitable for young adults as well as adults. There is an element of mystery as Charly and her sisters try to trace…
  • Heartsong Featured on BookGoodies

    Nicola Furlong
    28 Jun 2014 | 11:17 am
    Heartsong is featured today on BookGoodies, a great site that highlights the best in books. If you’ve read my fun tale about a family blooming in the plant nursery biz, love to have comments. If not, perhaps the excerpt will germinate a seed of interest? The post Heartsong Featured on BookGoodies appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • Nicola Furlong – Guest Blogger Mustard Seed Author’s Corner

    Nicola Furlong
    28 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Am very fortunate to be a guest blogger in the Author’s Corner, part of the Mustard Seed website. Have a gander and grab the chance to read an excerpt from my new women’s fiction novel, HEARTSONG. The post Nicola Furlong – Guest Blogger Mustard Seed Author’s Corner appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
 
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Top 10 Tips: How to design applications for Google Glass

    Sean McManus
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    At this month's Londroid Meetup at Skills Matter, there was a chance for developers to learn more about how to create successful apps for Google Glass. It presented an opportunity to see the devices, but most importantly, a chance to hear from Google representatives about what Google has learned about making Glass apps through trial and error. Senior developer advocates Hoi Lam and Timothy Jordan
  • Avoiding the race condition bug in Scratch

    Sean McManus
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    When I discovered Scratch, I was fascinated to see that the language enables you to put scripts on different sprites, or multiple scripts on the same sprite, that appear to execute at the same time. This is a bit like threading, an advanced programming technique that enables you (in very basic terms) to have different bits of a program executing in parallel (at the same time). There is a special
  • See my photos and read my review from the UK Google Glass showcase

    Sean McManus
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:26 am
    At the weekend, I visited Google's showcase for Google Glass in London, following the recent announcement that Glass was going on sale in the UK for the first time. I was concerned that there would be huge queues and little opportunity to try the devices, but we experienced no significant wait and had plenty of opportunities to try what we wanted to on the devices. The event had a relaxed feel to
  • Designing the Scratch game Shaun the Sheep Football

    Sean McManus
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:56 am
    I blogged last week about the fantastic Shaun the Sheep character and prop sprites that Aardman has made available for Scratch games, and how you can extract them to use them in your own games. I've now published my own Scratch game using them, Shaun the Sheep Football (also embedded at the end of this blog post). Screenshot: The pigs shoot at the goal in Shaun the Sheep Football Once I'd
  • How to create a Shaun the Sheep Scratch game

    Sean McManus
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:48 am
    If you're looking for a fun project this summer holiday, why not make a Scratch game starring BBC TV's Shaun the Sheep? Aardman, the talented team of animators behind Shaun the Sheep, have released a set of Scratch sprites you can use to put Shaun, Shirley, the pigs and some of their surroundings into your Scratch games. It's all part of Shaun's Game Academy, a programme to help people to learn
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • What Is Your Story About?

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo credit: Stéfan “So what are your stories about?” someone at a party recently asked. “Hmmm,” I said, mentally scanning my most recent collection, grasping for a cogent response. “Loss. Regret. Grief. Disillusionment. It’s hard to explain. I actually have no idea what my stories are about.” If you’re anything like me, you routinely trip over this question. It’s challenging to understand, let alone, articulate what we’re writing about. To sum up a story or book in terms of its aboutness feels reductive and abstract, a hollow…
  • What It Really Means To Write What You Know

    Nanci Panuccio
    3 Jun 2013 | 11:38 am
    Mathias via Compfight   It’s a myth that writers write what they know. We write what it is that we need to know. ~ Marcie Hershman “Write what you know” is one of the most misunderstood mantras. And one of the most limiting rules to write by. Here’s how writing what we know can limit us: We write exactly what happened, play by play. Or we’re exhaustively descriptive, cluttering our scenes with objects simply because they were there in the room. Unable to move beyond the literal truth, we confuse the facts of our experience for emotional impact. And when our…
  • Beyond Your First Draft: The Drama of Desire

    Nanci Panuccio
    23 Apr 2013 | 5:30 am
    Trey Ratcliff via Compfight If we have no desire we will die; if we have no conflict we will go to sleep. ~Jiddhu Krishnamurti Desire is the heartbeat of your story or novel. It’s what keeps readers emotionally invested scene by scene, sentence by sentence. That’s why we need to resist leaning on exposition – scenes where characters are talking about what already happened, or talking about another character who isn’t in the room. Readers want trouble to happen, not be remembered. They want problems confronted, not just thought about. A scene should never merely impart…
  • Thinking of Boston. And You.

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Apr 2013 | 5:16 pm
    Noukka Signe via Compfight   I’d been planning to publish a post this week about desire. About how, even when someone does something terrible beyond our ken, we can still understand, connect with, even sympathize with the desire behind it. Then bombs detonated during what should’ve been a celebratory marathon in Boston. A beaming 8-year old boy hugged his father at the finish line and moments later, died. A man’s legs were blown off and still, still, he kept trying to stand. I can’t shake those images. And then I think of all of you who are writing about profound…
  • Beyond Your First Draft: Exploring Point of View

    Nanci Panuccio
    2 Apr 2013 | 5:26 am
    Caroline Donahue via Compfight Of all the things I see tripping writers up, point of view is the most persistent. Point of view is one of the most important narrative choices you’ll make. It’s the soul of your story. And it’s one of the organizing elements that help you make other essential story decisions. But it’s often misunderstood and misused. Point of view isn’t about first, second or third person. That’s a common misconception that keeps many writers on the surface events of their story rather than deep into the emotional structure. Point of view is…
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    Jess C Scott :: Singapore Politics, Etc.

  • A Note About…Mystery Man

    Jess C Scott
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Some of you may have noticed that I have been considerably slower this year with writing, blogging, and general social media activities. The reasons are both personal and professional. On the personal level, I got into a challenging (i.e. long distance) yet fulfilling relationship with Mystery Man at the end of 2012. This has had a profound influence on my outlook on life. Professionally, as an independent publisher, a number of my books in the “erotica” or “erotic fiction” genre have been systematically banned or deleted by retailers because they deem the content obscene or…
  • NLB: Censorship and Intellectual Freedom

    Jess C Scott
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    “And Tango Makes Three” is a children’s picture book which features the true story of two male penguins that raised a baby chick in a New York zoo. Here is my short commentary on the Singapore National Library Board’s (NLB) recent actions to destroy three books (including the aforementioned title) that were deemed unsuitable for young children, because of “non-traditional” family themes. Image by Nam Y. Huh/AP I would like to take this opportunity to direct NLB to the American Library Association’s (ALA) page on censorship and freedom of information.
  • The Importance of Preserving Cultural Heritage

    Jess C Scott
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:10 pm
    I am currently reading The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, which is recognised as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature. This led me to think about two of my favourite books of all time — Lolita and Anna Karenina, by Vladimir Nabokov and Leo Tolstoy respectively. I read these two books when I was in my early twenties (I read the second one while recovering from a massive wisdom teeth operation that I thought I would not survive). Reading the material made me respect the cultural heritage of Russia — that their citizens produced such profound and…
  • Book Review: Beyond Suspicion

    Jess C Scott
    13 May 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Towards the end of Once a Jolly Hangman, Alan Shadrake shares some details about his arrest in Singapore. There is one paragraph where he says: “Was I in danger of being arrested? I consulted well-known Singaporean Francis T. Seow, a former president of the Law Society. His advice: as long as it’s all correct, you have nothing to fear.” We can thus hold Francis Seow to his word, in the sense that the research in his book, Beyond Suspicion? is based on facts, not fiction. This was yet another book that I would have thought was a tragicomical political movie script or novel,…
  • Book Review: Once A Jolly Hangman

    Jess C Scott
    3 May 2014 | 10:05 am
    * Also on The Online Citizen and The Real SG. The contents of this well-researched book were so depraved and disturbing, that it took me several weeks to (1) finish reading the book in its entirety, and (2) gather my thoughts about it in order to write a cohesive review. I would have thought that the book was a work of fiction were it not for the ‘non-fiction’ label at the back of the book in the print version. Back in 2013, former ISD director Mr. Yoong Siew Wah mentioned “the callousness of the Singapore government” on his blog. This callous and insensitive aspect…
 
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  • Are the days of the 10,000 hour rule over?

    NeoBluePanther
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Tweet Recently, I came across a few articles that suggested that the 10,000 hour rule, made famous by Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book, Outliers, was no rule at all. You can read some of these articles here, here, and here. The 10,000 hour rule gained immense popularity because the idea seemed to make sense, and it gave hope to many who wanted to become an expert in any field. I was no exception, and this idea that practicing something for more than 10,000 hours can make me an expert in a field appealed to me. So, when I read these articles destroying the 10,000 hour rule, I decided to dig…
  • 35 Great Novels That are Free on Kindle

    NeoBluePanther
    9 May 2014 | 12:59 am
    Tweet Till date, I have never read a complete book on an electronic device of any kind. But, that is about to change as I recently acquired a Kindle device. One of the advantages of Kindle is that the eBooks are cheaper than their printed versions. In fact, there are many great books that are available for free on Kindle. Here, I have compiled a list of 35 great novels that are available for free on kindle. Now, you have no excuse not to read them. 1. Don Quixote  by Miguel De Cervantes 2. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan 3. Robinson Crusoe by  Daniel Defoe 4. Gulliver’s…
  • To Buy, or Borrow?

    NeoBluePanther
    26 Apr 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Tweet To Buy, or Borrow? Recently, one of the authors I follow on Twitter tweeted something about people borrowing her book to read, instead of buying it, being heartless. Being an aspiring author, who hopes to sell a lot of books someday, I could understand where the author was coming from. But, being an avid reader too, I could not help but wonder whether it was possible to buy all the books that one wanted. So, I decided to make a case both for and against this dilemma that every book lover faces. A Case for Buying Buying a book is one of the best, if not the only, way to appreciate the…
  • Five Steps to Stick to Your Resolutions

    NeoBluePanther
    12 Jan 2014 | 1:54 am
    Tweet The first few days of 2014 are gone. The next few days are going to be testing times for your new year resolutions. Most people will forget their resolutions just about this time, and start waiting for the next year to form new resolutions, which they are definitely going to keep. Here are five steps that may help you avoid becoming one of those people. 1. Spell out why you have chosen your resolutions If you made a resolution, and you are a reasonable person, then there must be a reason for your making that resolution. What was the reason? You need to think hard and long, and spell out…
  • Happy New Year, 2014!

    NeoBluePanther
    1 Jan 2014 | 8:21 am
    Tweet 2014 is here, and, let’s face it, it will be gone just as quickly as 2013 did. You may find it weird to be talking about the end of an year that has hardly begun, but if you have lived long enough you would have realised that dates and months and years are mere numbers, and like all numbers, they deceive us. That said, I must also say that I like New Year’s day a lot. It is a day that promises a new beginning. No matter how bad things were in the year that went by, the New Year’s day comes bearing the promise of a fresh start. It is true that, if we want, any day can be the…
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • When Shit Hits The Fan (SHTF) – Tomorrow

    MikeFook
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    My brother had a website that supplies people with tons of different items one might need when shit hits the fan (SHTF). What is SHTF? It’s a point where society breaks down. Polite society. It’s a situation where there will be fighting for food, for safety, for items of value like lighters, matches, gasoline, and of course water. When most of think of SHTF, we think about war. World war. Maybe we think about the financial markets collapsing. Some of us think about the day when someone launches a missile with a nuclear weapon to destroy a city in a foreign country, this starts a…
  • Figure Out Your Trigger for GSD

    MikeFook
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    I think all writers have something that pulls them out of procrastination and launches them into Getting Shit Done (GSD) mode. I know what mine is. I wonder if you know what yours is. Most of the time I don’t need one. I just decide to do something and do it. I’ve created over 100 websites this way. I’ve written 25 books this way. I got a 5 year master’s degree in psychology in 4 years. I’ve studied and passed a dozen or so Microsoft exams to become a product expert and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. I’ve passed a number of real estate exams in…
  • Stephen King’s Tips on Writing – Worth a Read!

    MikeFook
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Just a quick link to share with other writers. I thought I’d read everything coming out of Stephen King’s lips. Then my sister threw me a link to this on Facebook. Wow. I’ve read these tips three times now and I’ve pinned the tab in my browser so I can read them another ten times over the coming weeks as I dive into my next book project. Even if you think you’ve read all his tips – read these. There is something new about them, and then they also add tips from other authors, so it’s a nice article. Stephen King’s Tips on Writing
  • 2:46 a.m.

    MikeFook
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    I’ve never written a blog post in the wee hours. I’m never awake. Tonight I feigned sleeping at 7:30 p.m. so my four-year-old would sleep faster. She did. Then I did too. I awoke at 11:30. Been up since. I’ve had a beer and listened to dozens of great songs by The Prodigy; The Smiths; The Cult; The Cure, and heaps of other bands that don’t start with The. I’m amazed tonight at how much I love words. Lyrics, titles of songs, chats I had with my brother on Facebook tonight. I LOVE words. I love clever conversation. Wittiness… I love that. When I contemplate…
  • Here is How Amazon Will Discount Books and Kill Author Income

    MikeFook
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Amazon offers all you can read for $9.99 per month. Here are some of the details. Does it add up? If you’re an author, you might be wondering how in the world Amazon is going to pay you a fair rate for a read of your book when someone taking advantage of this deal might grab 8 books in a month. At $9.99 per month, that’s a little more than $1 a book. How’s that sound to ya? Will Amazon also take a cut of that? Sure they will. What will an author get – $.50 a read? Wait, I’m assuming we can opt into the program as independent authors. If we can’t, then what…
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    About that Writing thing.

  • Dear Authors an Open Letter to Writers

    Shannon Barber
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Dear Authors, I recently finished reading Ghost Story by Peter Straub.(This is an affiliate link sorry) Overall it was an entertaining yarn. I’m not super familiar with his ouevre but some of what I’ve read was pretty good. And then this. Okay look, can we stop with the mystical magical negro? Also can we not denote said mystical magical negro with some heavily antiquated shuck n jive, minstrel (yeah the one Black man in this book…minstrel..you know) every old black man is a blues man who speaks in raspy jazzy baritone with a lot of I be’s and shit. Fuck. Really?
  • Writing Process Blog Tour.

    Shannon Barber
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    So a new homie Sarah Crawford invited me to participate in this. You can see her contribution over here. Okay let’s go. 1. What are you currently working on? I am mostly in the process of figuring out how to do my freelance stuff and do my fictions and not completely freak out. One of the things I’m having trouble with is writing some really heavy shit (See here) and remaining engaged but not getting pulled into bullshit or lingering on it.  Because I write about hard shit from a very personal in my feelings perspective, dealing with the hate mail and the rage directed at me…
  • 20 Years.

    Shannon Barber
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I realized a few days ago that as of next month, I have been trying to get published/getting published for 20 years. 20 years. My first publication (I lied) I was 17 and it was a long angsty poem about an older lesbian with auburn colored armpit hair and a very sweet smile. While I am so full of angst about trying so hard to figure out where my work fits in with the literary world, I’m taking a minute to remember back then. It was the mid 90s and when I could afford it I would buy copies of Poets and Writers or I would sit with them at the library and copy the names and addresses of…
  • On Feels, decisions and shit I find questionable.

    Shannon Barber
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    I have a little stash of micro/flash fiction sitting around and as I am thinking about submitting it I keep running into things. For one, when I write flash fiction apparently something I like to do is to play with conflict that is outside of the Western literary idea of what plot is.  I didn’t even really realize it until I read this. The problem is that 90% of the rejections I have gotten for these stories (especially the ones that are completely outside of Whiteness in an explicit way) is that they are not understood, that the readers don’t “feel” anything, that…
  • New Things

    Shannon Barber
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:52 pm
    So my first article at XOjane went live over the weekend and you can read that here. I also have a kink essay to finish, a new article for Luna Luna to get ready and more for XOjane. Now while I am really into these non fictional someone likes me (OH MY FUCK YOU LIKE ME) things happening something else has happened that I’m not so about. So I’ve written about it, meditated about it, steamed about it. I feel like this is a level up moment. The thing is I am really fucking angry but beyond being angry I just- okay I just don’t understand WHY the need to make shit personal…
 
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  • Exploring Jupiter in Leo

    Anne Whitaker
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    New post just up on Astrology: Questions and Answers blog: http://astrologyquestionsandanswers.com/2014/07/27/questing-fire-meets-creative-fire-exploring-jupiter-in-leo/ Check it out! What does Jupiter in Leo year hold?.Filed under: 01 - New Posts: January 2014 onwards Tagged: astrology questions and answers, horoscopes, Jupiter in Leo
  • Night Sea Journey – and Return

    Anne Whitaker
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “One does not discover new land without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time” Andre Gide It is 530 am: birds are singing their hearts out in the park near our home. I can hear the river running. It’s been a wonderfully warm, sunny summer in Glasgow. Usually the rain capital of Scotland, we are being granted heat and warmth for what promises to to a joyous, welcoming Commonwealth Games here in the city.  I feel vital, alive, engaged – full of gratitude for my sense of well-being. So my wish is that those of you out there currently going through dark…
  • Places of Healing – returning to the Orkney Isles

    Anne Whitaker
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    The Orkney Isles (http://mappery.com/Orkney-Islands-Map) As some of you will have gathered from Facebook posts and pictures in June this year, Ian and I returned again recently to what has become one of our favourite places. I’ve been asked by a number of people to re-publish this post, to remind them of Orkney’s beguiling qualities. I’d also like new Followers of the blog to know about Orkney. So – here it is. Enjoy, and let me know what you think. Better still, go there! (No, I don’t have a retainer from the tourist board…) History “ Scratch Orkney, and…
  • Neptune calling! Some thoughts on how to manage a Neptune transit…

    Anne Whitaker
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    I had a very deep and powerful question appear on my Astrology: Questions and Answers blog from Allegra (not her real name ). The title of this post sums up its content. It’s aimed at astrologers, non-astrologers, readers interested in knowing more about astrology beyond the Sun Signs – and all spiritual seekers! I hope you find it useful.  Astrological Neptune http://astrologyquestionsandanswers.com/2014/07/12/a-scorpio-asks-how-do-i-help-my-deepening-spiritual-life-along/Filed under: 01 - New Posts: January 2014 onwards, Astrology Article Archive 1 – "Not the Astrology…
  • Sick of politics and politicians? Read this poem!

    Anne Whitaker
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    I have got to the stage in life where I am so sick of politics and politicians that I only vote – I always vote – because I know that women fought and died for me to have that vote. But it does seem these days that in ‘mature’ democracies such as we have in the UK and the USA, power, influence and money are increasingly concentrated in the hands of those who are not much in touch with the needs of our planet or the will of the people. Sectarian polarisation seems to be growing worse, and not just in the turmoil and bloodshed of the Middle East: look at the stasis existing in…
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  • I Am a Farmer’s Wife

    saradobiebauer
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    I take all the credit for my husband realizing his dream. No, but really, I met this lovely girl named Kate through prison book club. She was not an inmate but a volunteer. I met her for coffee to prep for her first steps into Perryville Prison, and she mentioned she worked at an organic farm. My husband, Jake, was totally into farming at the time. Well, I mean, he liked growing things in our backyard. I even bought him a couple classes at Desert Botanical Gardens just so he could see, for sure, what he thought of this whole planting things in the ground thing. I asked Kate if I could bring…
  • STEAMPUNK REVIEW: The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

    saradobiebauer
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Thanks to Urban Dictionary, I can better explain steampunk. (Ah-hem.) Steampunk literature “is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan, ‘What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.’” AH! See, I get it now! I didn’t get it until I got the chance to read my very first steampunk novel, The Clockwork Dagger by Arizona author Beth Cato. There was some further confusion when I realized a “clockwork dagger” is not actually a shiny knife covered…
  • An H and Five Ws with debut steampunk author Beth Cato

    saradobiebauer
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Beth Cato writes about wild adventures on airships. She writes about mechanical gremlins and sexy (sexy) stewards with long hair. She is a Steampunk Goddess. She is also soft-spoken, beautiful, and fond of spending time with neurotic other writers, namely me. Our husbands set Beth and I up on a blind date over a year ago, because we were both “artists.” We fell into friendship easily, because indeed, we were both “artists” with quite a lot in common (including a love for British TV). When the news came that her debut, The Clockwork Dagger, had been picked up by Harper…
  • How to write a novel in 41 days

    saradobiebauer
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    So how do you write a novel in 41 days? Real answer: I have no idea. But here’s my best guess. See, I wrote a short story two months ago called “I Like Your Neck.” It was about an awkward newbie vampire named Celia who falls in love with the smell of her neighbor’s blood. I sent the story off to a magazine, and the editor wrote me back. She said the story was great, but they couldn’t use it. Furthermore, she said “I Like Your Neck” should really be a novel. At the time, I was disgruntled, because I’d just given up on a novel, and I really didn’t want to dedicate another…
  • Arizona Face of Foothills 2015: VOTE FOR ME

    saradobiebauer
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I entered this model search on a whim. I got an email about it, and thought, no, thanks. Then, I looked at the past winners … and none of them looked like me. In fact, most of them were about nineteen and blond. For shame! So I entered. I like to think I represent the over thirty, non-blond, quirky demographic. Now, I made one mistake. I didn’t realize there was an open casting call where you get 1000 free votes for just showing up. This means I’ll come nowhere close to winning, which is fine. I’m just glad my face is up there in the running, looking different.
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • Setting: Context & Picture

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Guest Post by Jack Smith When we think of a novel, we think of a story.  We think of characters moving through time, growing due to conflict, coming ultimately to some sort of realization, undergoing some sort of change—maturing in some way.  We think of plot.  We think of theme. We also think of setting.  One thing that makes some novels memorable is a richly developed sense of setting. A novel must have some sort of setting, or physical environs, where characters move and have their being.  Two questions come up.  1.) How important is setting in a given novel? 2) How do you go…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Clean Your Desk for Productivity (but Keep It Messy for Creativity): http://ow.ly/zpSju @99u Name generators:  http://ow.ly/zpQAb From Clever Girl Helps Book Marketing with Videos:  http://ow.ly/zpQmO  @trainingauthors  @KatieDavisBurps Copyright Warnings – Hold Onto Your Rights:  http://ow.ly/zpZHX @susanspann 5…
  • Resources for Writers—Industry News

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig I’ll be the first to admit that reading industry news can be…stressful.  I’m one of those people who avoids confrontation at all costs, so I rarely weigh in, although I follow trends and news very closely.  I form opinions and those opinions evolve as circumstances evolve. But it’s vital that we keep abreast of developments. News stories help us make smart decisions with our career paths and contracts.  So I thought I’d provide some reputable sources here for news and information.  Some of these sites frequently display bias toward…
  • Integrating Writing Into Life

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Lex Thomas, @LexThomasAuthor We all have our demons. Mine is writing. It’s been with me since I was little, this compulsion to create. A nagging feeling like I shouldn’t be living in this moment, I should be recording it. When life is calling, when reality is demanding my attention, that urge to write it down can be a horrible feeling. I feel as though I’m being pulled in two, because an idea requires so much thought and time and energy to become realized. As much as I feel a responsibility to my waking life, to my loved ones, to the care of my home and body, to my simple day to day…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Create a Compelling Character, Addendum: His or Her Unique Perspective: http://ow.ly/z9jTA @CockeyedCaravan Authors Will Soon Be Able to Sell their eBooks on Facebook:  http://ow.ly/zkGvj @Goodereader Where To Set Your Story and Tips for Researching Locations:  http://ow.ly/zlTFh @LovelyAuthor How can we ease the…
 
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  • The Greatest Escape

    Litopia Writers Colony
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    You may think you know about World War Two… but you don’t. Tonight you’ll find out why. Featuring blistering contributions from our special guests Peter Grose, author of The Greatest Escape, and journalist & WWII maven, Neill Denny. Scintillating conversation and scorching debate… from Boy Scouts to Gaza, from Obamacare to Style Nazis (what?). Provocative, informative, addictive. See you next week, Litopians! Download the show as an audio file Subscribe in iTunes If you enjoy Litopia's FREE shows, please help us to keep going by making a donation!
  • Pukes of Hazard – Rebellion Special

    Litopia Writers Colony
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    In a Rebellion-themed special edition, Garry is joined by punk ukulele-pluckers the Pukes, who have risen from London pub strummers to festival stalwarts. There are brand new songs from the Old Firm Casuals and The Boys, the new single from Louise Distras and quality tracks from Operation Two Fold, Infa-Riot, Madball, Section 60, Speakeasy and the Skoisters. Of course no show would be complete without some 2-Tone nostalgia, this time from The Selecter. Remember – we’re keen to discover, play and support new bands and new talent – send us a music submission via the link on the website!
  • The Devil – Leo Tolstoy

    Litopia
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    St Matthew is going to poke out your eyes. Or some such. After what seemed like a millennium of exile from the Motherland, we go back to the heart (and other parts) of Russian literature with a Tolstoy short story. Brilliant.
  • American Pastoral - Philip Roth

    Litopia
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Feel like making glove?? That's not a typo. This week we discuss perhaps the best passage in any of Philip Roth's novels, the 'glovemaking scene' (again, not a typo) in American Pastoral. And we do this with American lit scholar and Gloversville, NY native, Menachem Feuer. Also, we discuss the definition of a schlemiel, a person who could never make a glove. And Franz Kafka makes an appearance at the end – another person we can safely assume was not versed in the art of glovemaking, IN ANY SENSE OF THE WORD. Get that hand out of your pocket and put your headphones on. *heat*.
  • A True Novel - Minae Mizumura

    Litopia
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    A novel that says it’s based on Wuthering Heights is taking a risk – because Wuthering Heights is a crazy effective soporific. But the further it strays from the original, the better A True Novel becomes. Don’t underestimate your originality, Minae Mizumura! You’ve produced an eminently entertaining read. In a nice turn, this very long book is actually quite short. Picture by Toshihiro Gamo
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  • Quick tip: Improve your proofing skills

    Columbia Books, LLC
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    If possible, don’t edit your writing right after you draft it. Instead, sleep on it and edit it first thing the next morning. With some distance between your first draft and proofing, you are likely to catch more errors.
  • Make a ‘Thank you’ meaningful

    Columbia Books, LLC
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Even if you are polite enough to say “Thank you” throughout the workday, you can turn those two words into powerful recognition for your employees. Spend a few minutes this month showing staff members how much you truly appreciate them. Say “Thank you” with actions like these: Put it in writing. Send your staff member a letter on professional-looking stationery. You don’t need to write much, just a few lines saying specifically why you are glad that this person works with you. Mention details such as the actions, skills or attributes that the person brings to the workplace.
  • Ask questions that empower

    Columbia Books, LLC
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If your employees have low accountability, you might be part of the problem. Questions can help you empower employees, but they can also take their power away. Examples: Questions that ask “What’s wrong?” don’t empower. Examples: “Why are you behind schedule?” “What’s the problem with this project?” “Why are you so far behind the rest of the team?” “Why did you do that?” Questions that ask “What’s right?” and “What do we want more of ?” empower team members. Examples: “How do you feel about the project so far?” “What key things need to happen to…
  • Words in action: “Censure” vs. “censor”

    Columbia Books, LLC
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Censure means “to criticize strongly.” Example: “The organization faces internal censure for its unethical business practices.” Censor means “to review and suppress anything that is deemed objectionable.” Example: “The station censored her speech before airing it.”
  • Boost performance with journaling

    Columbia Books, LLC
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Journaling has surprising benefits for professionals. Whether you use pen and paper or an online platform, journaling can help you tune in to yourself and your habits—and chart a path for improvement. Take a few minutes—no more than 10—to write down your thoughts when: A training session or learning opportunity ends. Jot down everything you learned to cement it in your brain. Also, use your journal to look back and refresh your memory. The workday is over. Reflect on what went well and what didn’t. Not only does that give you a sense of accomplishment for your successes, but it allows…
 
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    The Write One Blog

  • Book Marketing On Facebook – 3 Methods To Boost Exposure

    Stefanie Newell
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Book marketing on Facebook creates a unique opportunity for authors looking to gain maximum exposure for their books. Imagine creating a post that’s shared to your target ... The post Book Marketing On Facebook – 3 Methods To Boost Exposure appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How Writing A Book Can Advance Your Career

    Stefanie Newell
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Are you a professional looking to advance your career by writing a book? Author Stefanie Newell is interviewed by Eric B. Horn and shares exactly how writing ... The post How Writing A Book Can Advance Your Career appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • 10 Things I’ve Learned As A Self-Published Writer

    Stefanie Newell
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    The last six years as a self-published author have been transformative for me – both personally and professionally. I’ve accomplished a lot in the course of six years. I have also had a ton of highs ... The post 10 Things I’ve Learned As A Self-Published Writer appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How To Have A Successful Book Signing

    Stefanie Newell
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel If you’re wondering how to have a successful book signing this video will cover all of the basics. If you’ve stumbled upon this post, you likely have a ... The post How To Have A Successful Book Signing appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How To Get Started Writing Webinar

    Stefanie Newell
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel WEBINAR: How To Get Started Writing   Who: Aspiring writers (both fiction and non-fiction) looking to bring their book idea to fruition What: You will learn how to make time for writing, how to ... The post How To Get Started Writing Webinar appeared first on The Write One Blog.
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

  • Review: The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs

    James Kiester
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    -Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. As an experiment, writer: A.J. Jacobs attempted to obey the laws of the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He followed the Ten Commandments, ate Kosher, wore a full beard, avoided wearing clothes made of mixed fibers, and loved his neighbor.  The result was the book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs .I've spent the last few weeks reading this book, and generally speaking I liked it.  The chronicle was full of humorous moments and thought…
  • A Quick Question Of Happiness

    James Kiester
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    -If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it,If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap) Most people grew up singing this diddy in school and summer camp.  Few people think about the words though.The song implies that it’s possible to be happy, but not know it. If you’re happy and you don’t know it, are you happy?  I’m not sure.If happiness is simply the lack of sadness, fear, and anger then it may be possible to be…
  • News Burnout

    James Kiester
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:01 pm
    -Subject: BC Television Promotional Photograph of Ron Cochran presenting the news program "Ron Cochran and the News" | Date: 01/31/1953 | Photographer: ABC TV | This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice. "There's a local paper rolled up in a rubber band,One more sad story's one more than I can stand,Just once, how I'd like to see the headline say,Not much to print today can't find nothing bad to say,Because...Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town,Nobody OD'd, nobody burned a single…
  • Punching Boxing Fans In The Wallet

    James Kiester
    7 Jun 2014 | 3:33 pm
    -Anyone who's read this blog in the past knows that I'm a big boxing fan.  I  listen to boxing news & talk all week, rent boxing documentaries from Netflix, research the upcoming fights, make my picks through a free boxing pool/challenge, and watch the bouts intently each weekend.  While I love the sport, I must say I hate the business.NBC, CBS, & FOX have sports channels which are trying to gain a seat at the boxing table, but ESPN2, HBO, & Showtime dominate a typical televised boxing weekend.  The weekend begins on Friday evening with ESPN2's Friday Night…
  • The Obsolete Amendment

    James Kiester
    28 May 2014 | 4:40 pm
    -Title: Arms | Date: 12/31/2007 | Photographer: Hrs | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Last Friday night, around 9 p.m. PST, 22 year old Elliot Rodger stabbed his three roommates in their shared apartment, then drove five blocks to a sorority house to kill the women inside. When they didn't open the door, he marched around the corner and opened fire at a random group of students, killing two sorority members and injuring a third. When a grieving father, Richard Martinez, blamed his  son’s death on “craven, irresponsible…
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    Stories To Tell Books

  • 5 Tips for Organizing Your Family History Book

    Biff Barnes
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    We’re in Salt Lake City for day two of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) annual conference. The attendees are a wonderfully serious and enthusiastic group who have asked us some great questions. One of my favorites was, “Do you have the app to make days 48 hours long so I have time to get my family history written?” I had to admit that our crack R & D department is still working on that one. By far the most frequently asked question was, “What’s the best way to organize my family history?” There is no single best…
  • Marketing: Go Where Your Readers Are

    Sarah Hoggatt
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Now you have a book in your hands! It’s been written, edited, designed, and printed. What a glorious feeling! Congratulations! And then the question sets in: what do you do with it now? There are many places you can market your book such as bookstores, events, in magazines, and online. I have found the most success when I have the closest direct contact with readers. Ask yourself, “Where are the Courtesy of Marko Ercegović, EXIT Photo Team on Wikimediapeople who would be interested in reading this book?” Is your book about the Civil War? Try the Civil War reenactment…
  • Putting Genealogy in a Historical Context at IAJGS

    Biff Barnes
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    We are getting ready to head to Salt Lake City for the annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies which begins July 27th. It’s always fun to talk with enthusiastic people about genealogy and their family history. But what we are especially interested in about this conference is one of the activities for participants. The Conference Blog explains: One hundred years ago, the second day of our conference, marks the outbreak of World War One. The anniversary of the “War to End all Wars” will be a major focus of our conference, with…
  • Why Does It Take So Long to Get a Book Into Print?

    Biff Barnes
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Why does it take so long to get a book into print? That’s a question a lot of first time authors ask. There are plenty of good reasons that the process takes so long, but a humorous look at how a book gets edited, designed, published, publicized, distributed and marketed is much more fun. Enjoy the video published by the Digital Marketing Team at Macmillan titled From the Typewriter to the Bookstore: A Publishing Story. Self-publishing can shorten the timeline, but a self-published book follows the same path if it is goiung to look professional and have a good chance of competing with…
  • Dare to Share: The Power of Story

    Sarah Hoggatt
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    When I’m enthralled by a good speaker or a great book, it’s usually because I’m being told an intriguing story. I love a good story. As humans, story is one of our most powerful tools of communication. A good story gives us new perspective, helps us gain understanding, lets us know we’re not alone, and passes along tradition and familial heritage. Courtesy of umjanedoan on Flickr under Creative Commons            One of the powers inherent in writing is being able to voice what can be difficult for other people to…
 
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • More Questions for Our Grammar Experts

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Here are some more questions we've received from readers who are unsure about something they're writing. See their questions and test yourself against our experts. After you've completed your answers, please click the link at the bottom of the post to see our Grammar Experts' answers.  
  • Polite Requests

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    We're often asked how to punctuate requests properly and politely. Today's post addresses this issue.
  • The Subjunctive Mood Adds Elegance

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Want to be known as an eloquent speaker and compelling writer? Use the subjunctive mood more. Use it to express a wish, a demand, a requirement, an exhortation, or a statement contrary to fact--as well as in a number of fixed idioms.
  • Don't Break the Law with Legal Numbers

    27 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
      Here are some writing tips from the leading legal writing style guide, The Redbook / A Manual On Legal Style by Bryan Garner. Our topic today is numbers. The Redbook generally follows AP in the basics: spell out one through nine and use numerals for 10 and above. Here are some other rules from The Redbook:
  • Test Yourself Against Our Experts

    18 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    We thought we'd do something a bit different today. We often receive questions directed to our Grammar Experts and reply to them privately. I'm going to share some of these questions today and give you an opportunity to test yourself against our experts. Names have been changed to protect the innocent! After you've completed your answers, please click the link at the bottom of the post to see our Grammar Expert's Answers.  
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    James Shelley

  • Journaling Feels Juvenile

    James Shelley
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Writing a journal feels juvenile. That is the beauty of it. Even as you write the words, you cringe in anticipation of how an older, wiser version of yourself will probably ridicule you later. You can almost hear the self-criticism, faintly echoing in from the future. That’s why the thoughts seem childish as soon as you transcribe them into alphabetic forms. Maybe this is exactly why journaling is important. It is a glimpse (or whisper) of your future perspective penetrating the present. You see your thoughts not only as you feel right now, but also as you might recall them later. As…
  • Judgement

    James Shelley
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    You can only consider yourself free of judgement if you refuse to condemn those who judge you.
  • Volume VII – Author’s Notes

    James Shelley
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I am pleased to announce the release of Affecting Cause — the seventh volume of the Caesura Letters. This is another quarterly compilation of thought experiments, propositions, and ideas, presented in hopes of inspiring new perspectives on life. As in other volumes, Affecting Cause gathers the last three months of the Caesura Letters  into thematic ‘bundles’, which dance between the arts, sciences, and humanities. This volume is divided into seven parts, exploring ideas about morality, balance, energy, mystery, crowds, leadership, and selfhood. Get ready for the…
  • Critique of Pure Happiness

    James Shelley
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    This coming week (June 23-27, 2014) I am publishing a series of pieces on the Caesura Letters about happiness. Although dissecting happiness seemed like a rather counter-cultural idea at the outset, I was taken back by how many great thinkers and theorists over the years have said, in their own unique ways, “Pursuing happiness for the sake of happiness can’t make us happy.” I’m looking forward to the conversation this week. Join us.
  • Politics is Toxic. Get Over it.

    James Shelley
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:14 pm
    There’s a popular narrative that goes along these lines: the population is disillusioned with all the negativity of schoolyard, partisan politics. Therefore, if politicians would just clean up their act, citizens would re-engage with democratic process. But what are the grounds for this proposition? Has there ever been a period in history when the political arena has not been engulfed in backbiting, backrooms, and backscratching? Democratic governance has never had a golden age. And it never will. It can’t. And even if we achieved this hypothetical state of democratic glory, we…
 
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    Florida Writers Conference Blog

  • Sister Counties Score High in FWA’s 2014 Collection Winners!

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    – by Su Gerheim Kudos to east central sister counties Seminole and Volusia! Seminole County scored the highest number of winning authors in FWA’s Collection #6 – The First Step. Of the sixty winners, nine of them live in Seminole county! Woohoo! And one of those nine made it to the top ten! Mark McWaters […]
  • Shameless Commerce: Discounted Collection Books, Clothing FREE Sneak Peek, FREE workshop

    Florida Writers Association
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Collection #6 coming soon! Our newest FWA Collection book, The First Step: Florida Writers Association Collection, Volume 6, makes its debut at the FWA Annual Conference in October. Pre-orders are now being taken for this volume of sixty winning FWA member stories and also featuring an original short story by New York Times and USA […]
  • With a Sigh of Relief….

    jamiebmusings
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Originally posted on Creativity From Chaos:I put words on the screen. Today, is the second in a row, that I have written before getting to my social media circus. I have only written a little – over 500 each day -but it is writing. It is a return to the ritual, and relaxation. It…
  • Exercise Wednesday: You made a huge mistake

    Chris Hamilton
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week’s exercise is brought to you by spam. Not the miracle meat in a can; the kind that clogs up your email, allowing you the mirage of productivity as you find a few you can at least delete without reading. In my inbox this morning, I received an email with the subject line You […]
  • When you favorite author is less of a person than you’d like

    Chris Hamilton
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Marion Zimmer Bradley was born in Albany, NY. There aren’t many famous people from around where I grew up, so when someone from there makes it, you take some pride, even if you aren’t fans of their work. Ms. Bradley had many fans, for a number of reasons. She was a pagan, and helped pushed […]
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    Productive Writers

  • Why I Am a Freelance Writer

    John Soares
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Why Am I a Freelance Writer? This is an important question that all freelance writers should ask themselves. We’ll all give different answers, but we need to know what motivates us to pursue a career that can have a high level of uncertainty and significant amounts of frustration. Here are my top five reasons. #1. I […]Related Posts:How to Get More Freelance Writing AssignmentsTop 10 Ways to Generate Great Freelance Writing IdeasFour Reasons Why Freelance Writers Should SpecializeHow I Chose My Freelance Writing NichesHow to Make the Best Use of Your Travel Time
  • How Freelance Writers Calculate Their Hourly Rates

    John Soares
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    You’re a freelance writer because you want to make money. However, you need to be clear on how much money you want to make, how you will go about earning it, and all the factors that affect your earning power. Two crucial concepts for understanding the relationship between your time and your compensation are your […]Related Posts:How to Align Your Writing Income with Your Career GoalsThe Best Way to Bid a Freelance ProjectMy Nightmare Freelance Writing ClientComprehensive Guide to Setting Freelance Writing GoalsProfitable Freelance Writing for Nonprofits
  • Join the Freelance Writers Den Now!

    John Soares
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    The Freelance Writers Den is now open to new members.  All beginning and intermediate freelance writers will benefit immensely from joining the Freelance Writers Den. Just in case you haven’t heard about the Den, it’s a top-notch membership site with several hundred members. It’s run by seasoned veterans Carol Tice and Linda Formichelli and it includes […]Related Posts:How Content Shock Hurts Freelance WritersTop Interview Tips for Freelance WritersThe Best Way to Bid a Freelance Project19 Successful Freelance Writers Share Their Top Goals for 2014How to Make the…
  • Does Your Freelance Writing Niche Have Busy Seasons?

    John Soares
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Many freelance writing niches have particular times of the year when there’s more work available. You need to determine the seasonal rhythms of your niches so you are front and center of your existing clients and potential clients when it’s time to hand out those choice assignments. Freelance Writing Niche Seasons: Examples Freelance writers who specialize in […]Related Posts:How to Get More Freelance Writing AssignmentsFour Reasons Why Freelance Writers Should SpecializeWhen a Freelance Writer Gets Only Silence from an EditorHow I Chose My Freelance Writing NichesHow I…
  • Why You Need Much More Time Offline

    John Soares
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    Increasing numbers of scientific studies show that we need to spend far less time online and more time offline, preferably outside getting exercise and engaging directly with the world rather than immersed in the Internet and fooling around with our smartphones. It’s one of my key themes here at Productive Writers. Not only will offline time […]Related Posts:Be A More Productive Writer by Deciding What NOT to DoTop 10 Ways to Generate Great Freelance Writing IdeasThe Best Freelance Writing LocationsHow the Web Changes Your Brain and Hurts Your LifeWhy Writers Need Free Time Alone
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • When Shit Hits The Fan (SHTF) – Tomorrow

    MikeFook
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    My brother had a website that supplies people with tons of different items one might need when shit hits the fan (SHTF). What is SHTF? It’s a point where society breaks down. Polite society. It’s a situation where there will be fighting for food, for safety, for items of value like lighters, matches, gasoline, and of course water. When most of think of SHTF, we think about war. World war. Maybe we think about the financial markets collapsing. Some of us think about the day when someone launches a missile with a nuclear weapon to destroy a city in a foreign country, this starts a…
  • Figure Out Your Trigger for GSD

    MikeFook
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    I think all writers have something that pulls them out of procrastination and launches them into Getting Shit Done (GSD) mode. I know what mine is. I wonder if you know what yours is. Most of the time I don’t need one. I just decide to do something and do it. I’ve created over 100 websites this way. I’ve written 25 books this way. I got a 5 year master’s degree in psychology in 4 years. I’ve studied and passed a dozen or so Microsoft exams to become a product expert and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. I’ve passed a number of real estate exams in…
  • Stephen King’s Tips on Writing – Worth a Read!

    MikeFook
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    Just a quick link to share with other writers. I thought I’d read everything coming out of Stephen King’s lips. Then my sister threw me a link to this on Facebook. Wow. I’ve read these tips three times now and I’ve pinned the tab in my browser so I can read them another ten times over the coming weeks as I dive into my next book project. Even if you think you’ve read all his tips – read these. There is something new about them, and then they also add tips from other authors, so it’s a nice article. Stephen King’s Tips on Writing
  • 2:46 a.m.

    MikeFook
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    I’ve never written a blog post in the wee hours. I’m never awake. Tonight I feigned sleeping at 7:30 p.m. so my four-year-old would sleep faster. She did. Then I did too. I awoke at 11:30. Been up since. I’ve had a beer and listened to dozens of great songs by The Prodigy; The Smiths; The Cult; The Cure, and heaps of other bands that don’t start with The. I’m amazed tonight at how much I love words. Lyrics, titles of songs, chats I had with my brother on Facebook tonight. I LOVE words. I love clever conversation. Wittiness… I love that. When I contemplate…
  • Here is How Amazon Will Discount Books and Kill Author Income

    MikeFook
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Amazon offers all you can read for $9.99 per month. Here are some of the details. Does it add up? If you’re an author, you might be wondering how in the world Amazon is going to pay you a fair rate for a read of your book when someone taking advantage of this deal might grab 8 books in a month. At $9.99 per month, that’s a little more than $1 a book. How’s that sound to ya? Will Amazon also take a cut of that? Sure they will. What will an author get – $.50 a read? Wait, I’m assuming we can opt into the program as independent authors. If we can’t, then what…
 
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    Words on a page

  • Why the library is still an important resource for writers

    Scott Nesbitt
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    For some people, the library is a redundant institution. With the web acting as a global library, why do you need a bricks and mortar repository for books? You can arfue that you can mine more diverse material, and faster, online than at the local branch of your public library. That’s all true. Well, to […] Related posts: Some useful online resources for writers Reading, writing, and writers Writers, promotion, and enlightened self interest
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    How to build an author website in one hour 9 simple writing habits that can help you complete a book. Or any other writing project A look at the common elements of good storytelling When writing for the web, don’t be afraid to break the rules of grammar Is the future of content well written? 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
  • Following guidelines

    Scott Nesbitt
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    In the days before the internet was on computers, finding markets for your writing could be a bit of a challenge. It took a bit of work, that’s for certain. What was probably the bible for that was The Writer’s Market, an annual compendium of thousands of publications in the U.S. and around the world. […] Related posts: How to write good list posts Favourite posts from 2010: blogging A few guidelines to follow when writing a guest blog post
  • Creating an editorial calendar for your blog

    Scott Nesbitt
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Last week, I gave a short talk about the whys and hows of creating an editorial calendar for your blog at a meetup of the New Zeland Blogger Network in Auckland. I’ve posted the slides and notes to Slideshare. Here are the slides for the talk: Creating an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog from Scott […] Related posts: The pros and cons of scheduling blog posts A few links for the end of the week Using Google Calendar to manage your (writing) schedule
  • Writing shorter reviews

    Scott Nesbitt
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    As I’ve said in this space time and time again, good reviewing is rapidly becoming extinct. While there are some great reviewers out there, there are many more who aren’t. You wind up with lazy, shallow reviews that read like they were written while riding the bus. Some of that can be attributed to space. […] Related posts: What makes a good review? Getting ready for a (document) review Experiments in shorter-form blogging
 
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    Mike Salsbury's Blog

  • You are what you create…

    mike
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    There is a sushi restaurant in the OSU campus area here in Columbus that allows patrons to essentially custom-design their own sushi.    (For those who are curious, it’s called Fusian.)  You pick the wrap, the fillings, and even the sauces.  You then pay for and eat your creation. On the way out, I noticed the sign at the left.  For the employees and patrons of the shop, it’s a clever way to say “you are what you eat” and, since what you eat there is something you get to create, if you are what you eat then you are also what you create.  I would…
  • Godspeed, Aaron Allston…

    mike
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    It is with sadness that I learned of the death of best-selling author Aaron Allston on February 27, 2014.  Aaron was an accomplished game designer and author.  He’s known for having written a number of Star Wars novels, and several original novels. I first met Aaron at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus some years ago.  I had some time between games and decided to sit in on a writing seminar, hoping to pick up some pointers.  This became the first of many times I sat down to learn from him. Aaron taught me (and a roomful of others) how to analyze our story plots for…
  • A.P.E. by Guy Kawasaki

    mike
    16 Sep 2013 | 4:28 pm
    Back in the late 80′s and early 90′s, I was a dyed-in-the-wool Apple and Macintosh bigot.  If Apple made the product, I was convinced that it had to be better than anything else out there.  Guy Kawasaki was Apple’s “Chief Evangelist” responsible for spreading the word about Apple’s products, so he was someone I grew to like and respect.  Although I’m no longer the Apple bigot I was in those days (I primarily use Windows and Android, though I do own an iPad), I still think Guy is pretty cool and still listen to what he has to say.  When I learned…
  • Lester Dent’s Formula–The 2013 Version

    mike
    14 Sep 2013 | 9:32 am
    I’ve had the good fortune to correspond with and watch video lectures from successful author Dean Wesley Smith.  Smith makes the suggestion that aspiring novelists and short story writers should look at the “Lester Dent Master Plot Formula” as a good starting point.  To be clear, he wasn’t suggesting that you should write formulaic or fill-in-the-blanks stories.  If he was, I’d have ignored the advice. I’ve looked over some of my oldest stories, and while I know we writers are our own worst critics, I am usually good about stepping outside myself to evaluate my work…
  • Building a Story in Scenes

    mike
    9 Sep 2013 | 4:45 pm
    I’ve been writing for a few years now, but I’m still perfecting my writing process.  I learned recently that using pen and paper helps me brainstorm faster and more completely.  I’ve also learned that although I can write a story organically, it is much harder and slower than if I develop a rough outline and break the story down into individual scenes before I start writing.  Since it may help others, I want to share that part of my process. What is a Scene? A scene is a set of characters, in a given location, doing the same thing, over a continuous period of…
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    From Meredith Allard

  • When a Book Changes Your Life

    Meredith Allard
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Meredith Allard:I got back yesterday from my second trip to London. I had a great time and had the chance to see a few sights I missed on my first trip. I admit I felt a lot like Cora from Downton Abbey–“I’m an American. I don’t share your English taste for discomfort.” I mean, seriously, air conditioning isn’t a new invention, and ice isn’t even an invention. It exists in nature (though some polar bears might argue that fact). Still, I love London and I’m glad I had the chance to look around again as I begin writing my new novel, which just…
  • In Praise of Day Jobs

    Meredith Allard
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    A cute picture of a cat proofreading a manuscript. I know, I know… this is the opposite of what everyone else talks about. I’ve talked before about how most posts about publishing are directed toward one goal: leaving behind that dreadful day job (Bad day job! Bad job!) and making a living as a writer. It doesn’t surprise me that quitting the day job is the focus for so many authors. We like to judge things by their dollar value (or pound value, or yen value, or whatever you use where you live). The general belief is that when you quit your day job because you make enough…
  • The Business of Being an Author: What is Success?

    Meredith Allard
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Most articles about publishing focus on selling a ton of books with the ultimate goal of leaving behind the lousy day job to make a living as an author. That’s a great job if you can get it, and I’m thrilled whenever I hear of authors–indie or traditional–who find fantastic success. I would never argue with success for any author because it means more success for others. Fifty Shades of Grey sold 30 million copies? Awesome. Now there are a lot of readers out there looking for more books to read. The more I read about e-book sales, the more I realized that the books that sell…
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • Colloquialisms

    Diana Hurwitz
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Colloquialisms are words or phrases that we use in conversation or informal situations. An example would be the different ways people refer to carbonated beverages: cola, soda, soda pop, and pop.Another example is cooked batter: pancake, griddle cake, flap jack, Johnny cake, and short stack. They can be words (gonna), phrases (hang on), or aphorisms (when the going gets tough, the tough get going). A few examples of colloquialisms include: bat out of hell beating a dead horse bigger than a barn bump on a log couldn't care less crazy as a loon deader…
  • Purple Prose

    Diana Hurwitz
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Purple prose consists of passages so cloying, over the top, or dramatic that they create speed bumps for the reader. It employs an abundance of adjectives and dense descriptive detail. Purple prose should be weeded out when found, unless that is your preferred writing style. In which case, you may deter some readers and agents. The worst offenders are romantic scenes, because writers try to avoid clinical terms for the acts of love and body parts. A lot of slang words are too crude and don't fit the mood of the piece. Purple prose can be a product of weak description…
  • Idioms

    Diana Hurwitz
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Idioms are colloquial metaphors. They say one thing but mean another and cannot be taken literally.If a couple breaks up, that means they stop seeing each other, not that body parts go flying. There are thousands of idioms that enrich our language. The trouble begins when a child, foreign person, or alien takes one of our idioms literally. "We'll have you for dinner," does not mean the person will be eaten by cannibals.There isn’t room here to list the busload of idioms, but I offer a few examples: at lengthburn offby the waychin upcommon touchfly awayin step withlay asideleaf…
  • Clichés

    Diana Hurwitz
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Clichés are overused metaphors and often employ the words like and as. Agents and editors hate clichés. However, clichés are so deeply imbedded in our language, we don't know we are using them. Personally, I applaud all those creative people who came up with the phrases that give our language its biting wit, sappy compliments, colorful swear words, and delightful put downs. Our world would be boring without such gems as:Dead as a doornailLike a cat on a hot tin roofHot as snotSure as shootin'Detractors call clichés predictable, annoying, a symptom of lazy writing, and bordering on…
  • Verb Phrases

    Diana Hurwitz
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Let's review a verb's purpose and explain what a verb phrase is. A verb tells the reader what happens. The action can be modified by an object, assisted with a helper, or modified by a verb phrase. Verb phrases are often used in idioms, colloquialisms, or slang.1) A verb object is the item upon which the action is committed.Jane drove (subject/verb) the car (object). Dick threw (subject/verb) the ball (object).2) A verb can be modified with a helping verb:Forms of to be: am, are, be, been, is, was, were.Forms of to do: did, do, does. Forms of to have: had, has, have.Qualifiers: can,…
 
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • Links: The Fugitive Life, Broadband, Parking Hell, Birth Rates, Transit, Sexting, and More!

    Jake Seliger
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    * If you read nothing else today read “Financial Hazards of the Fugitive Life, which concerns Alice Goffman’s brilliant book On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. It will be cited in our future proposals. * Big Cable says broadband investment is flourishing, but their own data says it’s falling. It will no doubt come as a shock to discover that Comcast and Time Warner are lying. * The remarkable Neal Stephenson interview. * “Check out the parking lot: Hell in LA.” * “Birthrate among teens fell to record low in 2013.” This is likely to mean…
  • The Pestiferous Stink of Politics in Grant Writing: ORR’s “Residential Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children” (UAC) Program

    Jake Seliger
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    As we’ve said before, politicians at every level usually like it when nonprofits in their districts get grants. They like it so much that they’re happy to take credit for a nonprofit’s grant writing effort, which they usually have nothing to do with. That being said, politics usually have little to do with grant writing, at least at the level experienced by most nonprofit and public agencies. As you might have guessed from the way we keep repeating “usually” in this paragraph, this post is about exceptions to that principle. Ages ago, before I graced the world,…
  • One Foundation Grant Can Lead to Another: A Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Funding Story

    Jake Seliger
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    A few years ago we conducted foundation grant source research and wrote ten foundation proposals for a national membership nonprofit that wanted to do a complex education study. One of the national foundations we identified, and wrote a proposal to, awarded the client $200,000. The award is terrific but not the end of the story—if it were, we wouldn’t be writing this post. The funder then referred our client to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest foundation in the world, who awarded our client a still larger grant. The study was completed and the American education…
  • The Mystery of LAHSA Homeless Census Numbers, HUD and Data Implications

    Jake Seliger
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The LA Times’s story “County’s homeless population difficult to quantify” tells us that there are 54,000 homeless people in L.A.—or are there? Apparently “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says it lost confidence in the survey methodology” used by our friends LAHSA—the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority—and consequently HUD knocked 18,000 homeless people out of L.A. county. So there are 54,000 homeless in L.A. County, or 36,000, or any other number you care to make up. It’s almost impossible to accurately define the…
  • Issues Facing Old-Line Nonprofits Differ from Those Facing New Nonprofits: Think Bambi Meets Godzilla

    Isaac Seliger
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:51 pm
    We’ve written various posts on the challenges of starting a new nonprofit (like this one), mostly because we get lots of calls from fairly new nonprofits or folks trying to get one off the ground. Last week, however, I got a call from an agency in a large east coast city that’s been operating for about 200 years. I’m not making this up. The nonprofit originally was an orphanage that morphed into a broad-based children’s services agency.* Though the caller was delighted to recite the exceptional history of his nonprofit, I didn’t get excited, as we we’ve…
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    Storyteller

  • Just Like Riding a Bike

    Thomas Wilson
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    We’ve all heard the expression that it is just like riding a bike.  Generally referring to something that once you learn how it is something you never forget how to do.But do you remember those daunting steps towards that initial goal of learning how to ride your bike.  How you first had to learn to ride with the training wheels on the bike, teetering from side to side as the bike gained its stability from bouncing against the training wheels.  Do you remember how scared you were of your new favorite toy once the training wheels came off?The most terrifying part of coasting…
  • No Rules Of Engagement

    Thomas Wilson
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Read an E-Book WeekGet a FREE E-Book!“No Rules Of Engagement”  By Thomas Wilsonhttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/85282
  • Whisper

    Thomas Wilson
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Read an E-Book WeekGet a FREE E-Book!“Whisper”  By Thomas Wilsonhttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/38922
  • Election Question

    Thomas Wilson
    2 Jan 2014 | 9:39 pm
    I feel it is important for people to vote as much as I still believe the true power of our country and the major reason it is so great is because of its people.  Patriotic?  Yeah, just a little.I hear from people all the time that they believe their vote does not count.  That it doesn’t matter who they vote for.  I hate hearing about the horrible feelings people have about our government even though I can’t say I am impressed with the job they are doing for this country.It dawned on me that with today’s technology a major television station or I would even be more…
  • Bigfoot, Jack-a-lopes, and New Years Resolutions

    Thomas Wilson
    1 Jan 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Three things among many that I don’t believe in.I don't believe in Big Foot!Someone asked me yesterday what my New Year’s Resolutions were going to be.I said I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.They asked me in a very concerned sort of way, “You don’t have any goals or ambitions for the coming year to become a better person?”That’s different.  I have tons of goals and ambitions along with trying to become a better person as I grow, learn and mature.I don't believe in Jack-a-lopes!  From my way of thinking about it – This is a ongoing process that…
 
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • What Is Your Story About?

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Photo credit: Stéfan “So what are your stories about?” someone at a party recently asked. “Hmmm,” I said, mentally scanning my most recent collection, grasping for a cogent response. “Loss. Regret. Grief. Disillusionment. It’s hard to explain. I actually have no idea what my stories are about.” If you’re anything like me, you routinely trip over this question. It’s challenging to understand, let alone, articulate what we’re writing about. To sum up a story or book in terms of its aboutness feels reductive and abstract, a hollow…
  • What It Really Means To Write What You Know

    Nanci Panuccio
    3 Jun 2013 | 11:38 am
    Mathias via Compfight   It’s a myth that writers write what they know. We write what it is that we need to know. ~ Marcie Hershman “Write what you know” is one of the most misunderstood mantras. And one of the most limiting rules to write by. Here’s how writing what we know can limit us: We write exactly what happened, play by play. Or we’re exhaustively descriptive, cluttering our scenes with objects simply because they were there in the room. Unable to move beyond the literal truth, we confuse the facts of our experience for emotional impact. And when our…
  • Beyond Your First Draft: The Drama of Desire

    Nanci Panuccio
    23 Apr 2013 | 5:30 am
    Trey Ratcliff via Compfight If we have no desire we will die; if we have no conflict we will go to sleep. ~Jiddhu Krishnamurti Desire is the heartbeat of your story or novel. It’s what keeps readers emotionally invested scene by scene, sentence by sentence. That’s why we need to resist leaning on exposition – scenes where characters are talking about what already happened, or talking about another character who isn’t in the room. Readers want trouble to happen, not be remembered. They want problems confronted, not just thought about. A scene should never merely impart…
  • Thinking of Boston. And You.

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Apr 2013 | 5:16 pm
    Noukka Signe via Compfight   I’d been planning to publish a post this week about desire. About how, even when someone does something terrible beyond our ken, we can still understand, connect with, even sympathize with the desire behind it. Then bombs detonated during what should’ve been a celebratory marathon in Boston. A beaming 8-year old boy hugged his father at the finish line and moments later, died. A man’s legs were blown off and still, still, he kept trying to stand. I can’t shake those images. And then I think of all of you who are writing about profound…
  • Beyond Your First Draft: Exploring Point of View

    Nanci Panuccio
    2 Apr 2013 | 5:26 am
    Caroline Donahue via Compfight Of all the things I see tripping writers up, point of view is the most persistent. Point of view is one of the most important narrative choices you’ll make. It’s the soul of your story. And it’s one of the organizing elements that help you make other essential story decisions. But it’s often misunderstood and misused. Point of view isn’t about first, second or third person. That’s a common misconception that keeps many writers on the surface events of their story rather than deep into the emotional structure. Point of view is…
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    Charlotte Morganti

  • Welcome to my waystation on the blog hop

    morganticharlotte@gmail.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Two weeks ago Kristina Stanley, a fellow finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada’s Unhanged Arthur award, added me to the writers who are participating in a fun blog hop. In this version of the hop, we answer four questions about our writing. So here goes: What am I working on? Two things: First, I’m(...)
  • Today’s Review: The Last of the Blacksmiths, by Claire Gebben

    charlottemorganti
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The Last of the Blacksmiths is a historical novel, inspired by a story of one of the author’s ancestors. It transports you to 19th century Germany and America, as you follow Michael Harm, a farmer’s son who is cursed, or blessed, with wanderlust, and longs for more than a life of plowing and planting fields(...)
  • Today’s Review: The Art of Character, by David Corbett

    charlottemorganti
    15 Jan 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Like most writers, I have several books in my bookshelves on craft. In truth, more than several books – at last count the number was north of fifty. David Corbett’s recent book, The Art of Character, is hanging out, not on the shelves with the others, but on my desk, an easy grab-distance away. Why?(...)
  • About the writer’s fear of public speaking…

    charlottemorganti
    29 Nov 2013 | 4:17 pm
    Let me tell you about Newt, a shy young man in Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. Newt adores Lorena, one of the saloon women. The narrator says Newt “was painfully aware that if the chance for personal speech ever did arise he would have no idea what to say. On the rare occasions when he had(...)
  • Celebrating Literary Citizens

    charlottemorganti
    15 Aug 2013 | 7:58 pm
    I’ve been thinking about literary citizenship the last while. Probably because I recently spent ten days on Whidbey Island, hobnobbing with writer buddies, sitting in on the afternoon Profession of Writing sessions that are so popular during the NILA residency, celebrating with the seven graduates who received their MFA degree on August 10th, and marveling(...)
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    Write Edit Seek Literary Agent

  • Story Structure: beginnings, middles and ends in the novel

    Harry
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    This meditation on story structure in the novel comes from William Kowalski, author of Eddie’s Bastard, The Hundred Hearts and other novels. The excerpt is taken from his ebook/PDF, Writing for First Time Novelists. The full text of that ebook … Continue reading →
  • Giants hitting each other with hammers

    Harry
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Some thoughts from Harry Bingham, an author published by both Hachette and Amazon … Unless you’ve been off on a long space voyage, you will have noticed the furore surrounding the contract dispute between Amazon and Hachette. The precise nature … Continue reading →
  • Why Hachette is scared of Amazon – and why Amazon wants better terms

    Harry
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    In a sister post to this one, I’ve discussed the Amazon-Hachette dispute more generally. This post looks at one specific and underaddressed issue: namely the financial aspects of the current brawl. It’s pretty clear why the Big 5 Publishers are … Continue reading →
  • The 30 screenplays that every screenwriter has to read

    Harry
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    I recently wrote a post listing creative writing books that I thought writers would do well to get their mitts on, and another one on a list of recent novels that sketch out where the leading edge of contemporary fiction … Continue reading →
  • What do authors earn? (or: don’t give up the day job)

    Harry
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Authors have always earned badly, but the latest data from the Authors Licensing & Collecting Society confirm that was bad has grown much worse. The median income of a professional author in 2013 was just £11,000. The last time we … Continue reading →
 
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    Litopia

  • Pukes of Hazard – Rebellion Special

    Peter Cox
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    In a Rebellion-themed special edition, Garry is joined by punk ukulele-pluckers the Pukes, who have risen from London pub strummers to festival stalwarts. There are brand new songs from the Old Firm Casuals and The Boys, the new single from Louise Distras and quality tracks from Operation Two Fold, Infa-Riot, Madball, Section 60, Speakeasy and […] The post Pukes of Hazard – Rebellion Special appeared first on Litopia.
  • The Greatest Escape

    Peter Cox
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    You may think you know about World War Two… but you don’t. Tonight you’ll find out why. Featuring blistering contributions from our special guests Peter Grose, author of The Greatest Escape, and journalist & WWII maven, Neill Denny. Scintillating conversation and scorching debate… from Boy Scouts to Gaza, from Obamacare to Style Nazis (yes – […] The post The Greatest Escape appeared first on Litopia.
  • The Devil – Leo Tolstoy

    Peter Cox
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    St Matthew is going to poke out your eyes. Or some such. After what seemed like a millennium of exile from the Motherland, we go back to the heart (and other parts) of Russian literature with a Tolstoy short story. Brilliant. The post The Devil – Leo Tolstoy appeared first on Litopia.
  • A True Novel

    Peter Cox
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    A novel that says it’s based on Wuthering Heights is taking a risk – because Wuthering Heights is a crazy effective soporific. But the further it strays from the original, the better A True Novel becomes. Don’t underestimate your originality, Minae Mizumura! You’ve produced an eminently entertaining read. In a nice turn, this very long […] The post A True Novel appeared first on Litopia.
  • The Passion of The JK Rowling

    Peter Cox
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Edinburgh resident JK Rowling gives a million quid to campaign against Scottish independence from Britain. And is promptly labeled a specky bastard, a ginga and a squeaky wee bitch. Way to go, ScotsNats! In this episode, we cover some of the issues behind the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence (not currently on the news agenda […] The post The Passion of The JK Rowling appeared first on Litopia.
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    Author Alden

  • My London WorldCon (LonCon 3) Schedule

    J.W. Alden
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    In a couple of weeks, I'll be attending LonCon 3, the 72nd annual WorldCon (and my first). Last week, they officially announced their programming schedule, and I'm pleased to say I'll be on a couple of panels. In addition to participating in the stuff below, I'll be bouncing around the con in a dizzy haze, pulling my hair out trying to decide which awesome thing to see at pretty much any given time.Feel free to keep an eye out for me if you're going. My wife will be with me in London, but she's a muggle, so I'll be attending the con all by my lonesome. In other words, friendly company…
  • Read "The Unworthy" in Fantasy Scroll Magazine

    J.W. Alden
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:10 am
    The second issue of Fantasy Scroll Magazine hit the interweb today, featuring a flash piece of mine called "The Unworthy." Along with my story, you'll find great stuff by Mike Resnick, Brandon Barrows, and many other fine folks. They also pack each issue with author interviews, book and movie reviews, and more.You can read the issue for free at the link above, but if you'd like to support the efforts of a brand new fantasy and science fiction magazine, you can purchase a copy for your mobile reader device of choice, or even set up a subscription."The Unworthy" is a fantasy story of mine told…
  • Kickstarter Watch: Fantasy Scroll Mag

    J.W. Alden
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    If you read my last post, you may be familiar with Fantasy Scroll Mag, a new science fiction and fantasy magazine that will be publishing a story of mine called The Unworthy in one of its first issues. Fantasy Scroll Mag is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to support the launch of the magazine. This, of course, makes them perfect fodder for the next installment of Kickstarter Watch!In their own words, Fantasy Scroll Magazine publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short stories, with one mission in mind: to provide high quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking…
  • Sale Braggage: "The Unworthy" Sold to Fantasy Scroll Mag

    J.W. Alden
    18 Feb 2014 | 9:59 am
    I am pleased to share a little good news from this past weekend. A story of mine called The Unworthy has been accepted for publication by Fantasy Scroll Mag, an upcoming speculative fiction magazine run by the creator of the Fantasy Scroll writing blog. From their website:Fantasy Scroll Mag is a quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. We are a brand new publication and our mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. We plan to publish our first issue in the first half of 2014 and we…
  • Kickstarter Watch: Unidentified Funny Objects 3

    J.W. Alden
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:27 am
    In the first of what may become a regular occurrence here on the site, I'd like to point you lovely people in the direction of a speculative fiction market currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. This particular market may be familiar to those of you who pay attention to my little corner of the internet: Unidentified Funny Objects 3.UFO3 will be the third in an annual series of speculative humor anthologies edited by Alex Shvartsman. The first two are hilarious (if I do say so myself), and still available for purchase. I've been a big fan of these books since the first was released,…
 
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  • How Authors Can Build Their Audience on Instagram [Guest Post]

    Guest Poster
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We gladly welcome back our friend Adrienne from Design Roast (who previously showed us how to promote our work on Tumblr) back to the blog! One of the fundamental rules writers strive to follow is “show, don’t tell.” While this is meant to prevent clunky exposition (or the dreaded exposition monologue), it’s also a great piece of advice for the modern writer on social media. Although it might seem more natural for authors to flock to word-based sites like Twitter to promote their work or build their fan base, an image-based site like Instagram can also serve as a great promotional…
  • The Author Monthly Planner: A Freebie to Organize Your Writing and Marketing Life

    Toni (the Geek)
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    My house is a mess. We’re stuck in this cycle where, for at least one week every month, one member of our family is sick (I blame Olivia for bringing home the germies from daycare, BTW). While being sick doesn’t rate highly on the ol’ fun-o-meter, it did give me an awfully convenient excuse to skip out on my regular cleaning routine. After catching Olivia practically wading through a pile of books in her bedroom, however, I decided that enough was enough. It was time to get back on my game. So, I made a to-do list. A looong to-do list. Pretty reasonable, right? The result?
  • Tumblr 101 for Authors [Guest Post]

    Guest Poster
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following is a guest post by Adrienne from Design Roast. Tumblr is a must for any author looking to build a following of readers. It is a platform to promote your writing within a tight-knit community, as well as a place to dynamically tell the world about you and your books through videos, quotes, photos, reblogging, links and just some straightforward text too. The most popular way to share on this site, however, is through the creative use of animated gifs. What do all of these forms have in common? They’re short, easily digestible content. Today, a variety of literary figures can…
  • 3 Book Marketing Projects to Tackle in 2014

    Toni (the Geek)
    8 Jan 2014 | 7:19 am
    This is my year. No more excuses. 2014, I will OWN you! Sound familiar? The ringing in of a new year forces us to think about what we’ve achieved in the past twelve months — and how we can do things a bit better this time around. After the fireworks die down and the champagne stops bubbling, we sit down and make those dreaded…you guessed it: New Year’s Resolutions. The funny thing about resolutions, though? Their success could be determined by a simple coin flip! That’s right, less than half of us will actually stick to our resolutions — and that means…
  • The Vin Diesel School of Facebook

    Shannon (the Author)
    11 Nov 2013 | 5:00 am
    Vin Diesel — the less attractive dude in the Fast & Furious movies — has 46 million Facebook likes. Forty. Six. Million. The actor joined Facebook in April 2009, a time when only one person had over a million likes (President Barack Obama). Vin was the second. His page quickly skyrocketed to #1 — passing major corporations like Coca-Cola who were undoubtedly spending truckloads of cash on social media. Facebook was so confounded by this (Vin Diesel? Seriously?) they called him up to their offices demanding to know what in the [bleep] he was doing. So what’s his…
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    Jane Friedman

  • 7 Industry Experts Discuss Book Marketing and Promotion

    Jane Friedman
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Summer 2014 issue of Scratch (my magazine for writers) is now available. Inside, you’ll find a roundtable I hosted on book marketing and promotion, with an all-star lineup of industry folks with a wide range of experiences and viewpoints. Here’s a little snippet, featuring Rachel Fershleiser of Tumblr, talking about the author’s role in the marketing process: With the number of books in the marketplace, it’s going to take all of us. It’s going to take the marketing and publicity department at your publisher, your agent, your best friend, your local bookstore,…
  • Ebook Subscription Services: Good for Authors? [Smart Set]

    Jane Friedman
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to the weekly The Smart Set, where I share three smart pieces worth reading about the publishing and media industry. I also point to issues and questions raised, and welcome you to respond or ask your own questions in the comments. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions by David Gaughran Novelist David Gaughran overviews Kindle Unlimited (KU), the new ebook subscription service from Amazon, and what it means for self-publishing authors. Self-pub authors who distribute exclusively…
  • Writers Are Opening Up About Money—And That’s a Good Thing

    Jane Friedman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Historias Visuales / via Flickr From a recent op-ed at the New York Times: Writers may always have worried about money, but now seems a particularly fertile time for writing about it. … This spate of talk about writing and money has opened up broader conversations about who can afford to enter the profession today, and who gets shut out. My magazine Scratch is mentioned, and my Scratch co-founder is quoted: Manjula Martin, the cofounder of Scratch, told Op-Talk that “there has always been this tension for writers around how to make a living and how to make art.” However, she said,…
  • Why I Left My Mighty Agency and New York Publishers (for now)

    Claire Cook
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Olivander / via Flickr Note from Jane: Today I’m beyond honored to feature bestselling author Claire Cook (@ClaireCookwrite), who has just released Never Too Late, from which this post is excerpted. Claire has a fascinating story to tell about her decision to leave her agency and traditional publisher, and chase after her publishing dreams. As the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only thing constant is change.” I was cruising along, represented by a powerful literary agent from a mighty agency that I both liked and respected, published by a series of big New…
  • What Is the Future of the Physical Bookstore? [Smart Set]

    Jane Friedman
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to the weekly The Smart Set, where I share three smart pieces worth reading about the publishing and media industry. I also point to issues and questions raised, and welcome you to respond or ask your own questions in the comments. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams The Problem of Reinventing the Bookstore by Nate Hoffelder Over at The Digital Reader, Hoffelder summarizes and comments on several designs meant to “reinvent” the bookstore. What should a bricks-and-mortar bookstore in the digital age look…
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    Writer Beware

  • A Marketing Pitch from Author Solutions

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareI've written before about Author Solutions' relentless efforts to get authors to buy the company's "marketing" services. Here's an example that was recently passed on to me (with the author's name and other identifying information redacted).Note the poor quality of the English (a lot of AS's staff are in the Philippines; English is a second language), the implied specialness of the offer (50% management discount, just for you!), the "hurry up and buy" pressure (supposedly only eight books will be able to get in on the deal; first come, first…
  • Self-Publishing and Author-Agent Agreements: The Need for Change

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEarlier this week, I ran across a blog post by best-selling author Claire Cook  about the process by which she decided to become a hybrid author, ditching her high-powered agency in the process. It's an interesting story--but what really caught my eye was this:And then one day on the phone my agent informed me that in order to continue to be represented by this mighty agency, I would have to turn over 15% of the proceeds of my about-to-be self-published book to said agency. Not only that, but I would have to publish it exclusively…
  • Warning: Green Shore Publishing

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you've encountered Green Shore Publishing, you might be intrigued by an enterprise that describes itself as "The UK and Ireland's New Standard in Book Publishing," and touts both its success and (in the little video on its home page) its extreme selectivity.But wait: Green Shore Publishing isn't exactly what it seems.First clue: the Packages page, where you learn that you must pay between £300 and £1,500 for the privilege of publication. OK, so not really a publisher, then.Misgivings growing, you move on to the Testimonials page, where three…
  • On Trolls and Fake Bad Reviews

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareWe've all read about the abuse of reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.I'm not talking about soliciting your friends to write glowing testimonials for your books, or buying five-star reviews in batches from paid review services. I'm talking about people who post bad reviews for revenge, punishment, or intimidation. And there's a lot of that kind of thing out there, from angry readers one-starring ebooks whose prices they deem too high, to academic authors employing fake names to slag their rivals, to (alleged) packs of bully reviewers on Goodreads…
  • Agenty Advice to a Hopeful Writer, From a Non-Agent

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
     Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareDear Hopeful Writer,Today I received your snail mail query, beginning:Dear agent, I am seeking your representation on my [title redacted] novel. It has 600,000 word count, with the theme: betrayal, revenge, suspense, la femme Nikita, romance, mystery, women fiction, detective and blackmail.Please consider this well-meant advice.- Oh dear. You formatted your query (and the chapters included with it) in Lucida Italic. Perhaps you thought this would make you stand out. Well, it does--but not in a good way. Agents expect standard formatting--which…
 
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    TVWriter.Com

  • OMG! Bruce Campbell will Star in EVIL DEAD TV Series

    TVWriter™
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    The Bruceman Himself The only thing that could possibly be as exciting as Bruce Campbell’s announcement on Twitter that he’s going to star in the TV series he, Sam Raimi, and Ivan Raimi are developing would be the return of FIREFLY (with Alan Trudyk in the cast). Maybe. Here’s the tweet:
  • Leesa Dean: Having a Hard Time Finishing a Script? This Might Be Why

    ChilltownTV
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 69 by Leesa Dean I am a perfectionist. You might not know it from my work, but it’s a trait that I and a lot of other writers/creatives share. Being a perfectionist can drive you crazy and can set up situations where you never ever finish anything. Which will also drive you crazy cause never finishing is like failing. Argh. It is not atypical for me to write over 20 drafts of a script and continue to pick at it, even after I’ve submitted it or started production. Some people never finish. They’re like Sisyphus. Pushing that script up a…
  • Cartoon: Creative Housekeeping

    TVWriter™
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    You know who you are: Another gem from Incidental Comics!
  • The Candidates in the 2014 WGAW Board Election Are:

    TVWriter™
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
  • Break Into TV Writing, The Time is Now

    TVWriter™
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    The following article is designed to lift your soul. (Unless it’s a parody; we really can’t tell.) by Carl Slaughter What kind of alternative universe is this where there are too many writing gigs and not enough writers? “BROADCAST NETWORKS ARE OPEN TO PITCHES…BUT WHERE ARE THE AVAILABLE TV WRITERS? … A non-writing producer told me he has never gotten so many “not available” answers from TV lit agents when inquiring about writers.” This quote from Deadline Hollywood is from a few years ago and the number of networks and shows has continued to explode. Not only has the…
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  • To Art James - Here is what I have for you - comments and all - which ones do you want?

    Keiko Alvarez
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    http://open.salon.com:80/blog/goat_gouda_blueberry/2009/07/18/my_first_new_blog_mess_up  ;  30-Jul-09http://open.salon.com:80/blog/goat_gouda_blueberry/2009/07/18/my_first_new_blog_mess_up/comment  ;  31-Jul-09http://open.salon.com:80/blog/goat_gouda_blueberry/most_read  ;  31-Jul-09http://open.salon.com:80/blog/goat_gouda_blueberry/top_rated  ;  31-Jul-09http://open.salon.com:80/blog/goat_gouda_blueberry/editor_picks  ;  31-Jul-09http://open.salon.com:80/blog/goat_gouda_blueberry/2009/10/10/rulers_are_12_inches_long_not_11_grow_shaggy_lock_dreads  ;…
  • Perry still grandstanding on the border; this time with Sean Hannity

    Dicky Neely
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Kinda reminds me of ole G.W.in full regalia aboard the carrier in front of the "Mission Accomplished" sign.
  • Sabine of the Sea

    Maureen Andrade
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    I am a Seal Woman, and my name is Sabine. I’ve been here for three generations, riding the waves on the sea and nesting in crags on the rocky shore. I live with the seals, who regard me as a strange little girl, but they are accepting. Once, I was a woman: a captain’s wife, taken out to sea on a fishing boat called Riches. Fishing on the northern sea was new when I was a woman; it hadn’t occurred to anyone to plumb the depths of these waters before then. It was loose living in those days, I learned from the man I married. He had blonde hair and gray eyes; and he took me here from…
  • A Session With My Poetry Coach

    Con Chapman
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    It was the form letter that sent me over the edge.  “Thank you for submitting your poem to plangent voices,” it began.  “Please excuse the form letter, but due to the volume of god-awful submissions that we receive, we do not have the time to crush the spirit of each writer personally.” elena gotchko:  Had her capital letters surgically removed in 2009. Signed–elena gotchko, editor-in-chief, the lower-case poetess who I’d help to catch on with the little rag in the first place!  I thought to myself, if I couldn’t call in a personal favor from someone like elena, who I…
  • Latest UnFun AIDS Theory Going

    Jonathan Wolfman
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Daily Kos shares yet one more piece of evidence suggesting that a job requirement for Republican office holders is the ability to make up absolute rubbish and call it science, especially when the lunacy has to do with sexuality, rape, lgbt citizens. Here’s a statement from Minnesota Republican House candidate, Bob Frey. It’s about AIDS. Mind you, I haven’t changed a word. “It does certainly need to be addressed for what it is. It’s not about the gay agenda but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle.
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    The Web Writer Spotlight - Shining the light for aspiring and inspiring web writers

  • 10 Golden Types of Web Content Niches to Specialize In

    David K. William
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    What type of web content niche do you specialize in? Web content is generally the reason why people visit websites. The two main types of Web content published are: Text (the written content that's on the web page) and multimedia (the non-textual content on the page, such as images and video). As web writers, we focus primarily on textual content.  If you are looking to make the leap into Web writing or you are a seasoned content writer and just want to take your writing career in a different direction, specializing in a few web content niches or sub-sections can sharpen your skills and…
  • 7 Signs You’re Not Ready to Quit Your Day Job

    Leah Rutherford
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    So things are going pretty swimmingly in your freelancing life - the opportunities keep coming in, the extra income is awesome and you’re starting to wish that you had more time to fit in your independent work. Maybe you’re even thinking about cutting back your hours at your day job, or taking the plunge and striking out on your own. Quitting your job to pursue your talents and passions is not a decision to take lightly. In most cases, the choice is final; there’s no magical undo button. Take a look at the following seven warning signs that could mean you’re not ready yet. If you…
  • What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

    David K. William
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Making a living from your creative abilities is hard. If you can do anything else for a living, you probably should. For example, it’s hard to make a living as a freelance writer. One reason it’s hard is because quality publications like TIME.comstick to their own staff writers and avoid hiring many freelance writers. Other publishers want the services of freelance writers, but don’t want to pay for the services. You may recall the incident a while back where award winning investigative journalist Nate Thayer revealed an e-mail correspondence he had with Olga Khazan, an editor at…
  • How to Pitch Articles to Major Web Publications

    David K. William
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    A pitch, known as a query letter in book publishing, is a tentative suggestion to a print or web publication about an article, story, feature, report, review or essay you would like to write for the publication. It can be a letter sent to an editor to propose your idea for an article, a phone call to an editor about a story idea that highlights your research and communication skills or even an e-mail to an editor that demonstrates your ability to organize thoughts and information in a clear, logical and engaging manner when writing a piece.   Anyone can pitch a story. You don’t even need…
  • Where Web Content Writers and Publishers Find Free Images Online

    Staff Writers
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    As an online content creator and/or publisher, you know the value of including images in your content. Images add an aesthetic, visual component to your posts that helps better illustrate your message and attract reader attention. A picture speaks a thousand words. It can tell a story and capture a feeling in ways that words alone can’t. Simply using the right image can transform your post from drab to fab very quickly. However, many of us are not photographers and we find we have to use someone else’s photos to illustrate our posts. When a picture is owned by someone else, it is…
 
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    Angie's Diary

  • How to Write Like Bram Stoker

    Seth Tan
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineMake things appear to be normal then throw in the weird stuff. Dracula seems to be quite a nice guy at first but on occasion gets high when he sees blood.How to Write Like Bram Stoker Seth Tan
  • St. Frances of Clinton

    Michael Domino
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineMy Cousin told me about the plaque honoring St. Frances of Clinton, and I just had to go see it for myselfSt. Frances of Clinton Michael Domino
  • It’s a Shadow, Not a Wrinkle

    Nancy Duci Denofio
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineWomen when they reach forty are beginning to see some signs of age, usually around their eyes, and if they smoked around their mouthIt’s a Shadow, Not a Wrinkle Nancy Duci Denofio
  • Our Island

    Nancy Duci Denofio
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineYou’re asleep as I leave – you would know my need to walk close to the edge of the oceanOur Island Nancy Duci Denofio
  • Loving the Fates

    Joyce White
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineMost of us use our imagination because it feels good and it brings us joy.Loving the Fates Joyce White
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • More Questions for Our Grammar Experts

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Here are some more questions we've received from readers who are unsure about something they're writing. See their questions and test yourself against our experts. After you've completed your answers, please click the link at the bottom of the post to see our Grammar Experts' answers.  
  • Polite Requests

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    We're often asked how to punctuate requests properly and politely. Today's post addresses this issue.
  • The Subjunctive Mood Adds Elegance

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Want to be known as an eloquent speaker and compelling writer? Use the subjunctive mood more. Use it to express a wish, a demand, a requirement, an exhortation, or a statement contrary to fact--as well as in a number of fixed idioms.
  • Don't Break the Law with Legal Numbers

    27 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
      Here are some writing tips from the leading legal writing style guide, The Redbook / A Manual On Legal Style by Bryan Garner. Our topic today is numbers. The Redbook generally follows AP in the basics: spell out one through nine and use numerals for 10 and above. Here are some other rules from The Redbook:
  • Test Yourself Against Our Experts

    18 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    We thought we'd do something a bit different today. We often receive questions directed to our Grammar Experts and reply to them privately. I'm going to share some of these questions today and give you an opportunity to test yourself against our experts. Names have been changed to protect the innocent! After you've completed your answers, please click the link at the bottom of the post to see our Grammar Expert's Answers.  
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    Positive Writer

  • Why Failure IS an Option for Writers (and everyone else!)

    The Magic Violinist
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    “Failure is not an option.” We hear it all the time. People have even made T-shirts with that motto. And by saying it’s not an option, we associate failure as a negative thing. But what if it were an option? What holds us back when we’re writing? What causes us to stop in the middle of a sentence and hit the backspace button? For me—and for many of you, I’m sure—there are three things: 1. I’m stuck. 2. I’m bored. 3. I’m scared. Which one used to stop me the most? If you thought number three, you’re right! Early on in the stages of writing—before I found these fantastic…
  • Doubt Is The Writer’s Troll (How To Defeat It!)

    Jackie Johansen
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    Note: This post is by Jackie Johansen, she is a writer who combines personal development with actionable writing strategies. She is the creator of the ebook, Is Writing a Struggle? How to Author the Words that Inspire the WorldGet it free at FinallyWriting.com. I begin writing by feeling inspired, motivated and with an idea that is pushing on my insides, full of potential, wanting and needing to be expressed. The words start flowing, and my fingers dance across the keyboard. However, inevitably, my fingers begin to slow-down and eventually they come to a complete stop. I feel deflated,…
  • Interview with Seth Godin, The World’s Greatest Blogger!

    Bryan Hutchinson
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    In November 2012 I asked Seth Godin if he would answer a few questions in an interview for the launch of my new blog, Positive Writer. Positive Writer has grown considerably since then thanks to you and so today I’m reposting this interview in case you missed it: -~- American Way Magazine calls him, “America’s Greatest Marketer,” and you probably know him as the world’s greatest blogger. Seth Godin is the Author of 14 bestselling books, founder of Squidoo, and he’s an inspiration to countless marketers, bloggers and writers around the world. Seth says…
  • 5 Kick In The Pants Tips About Guest Blogging You Need To Know

    Guest Post
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    Note: This is a guest post by Jennifer Brown Banks, she is an award-winning blogger, ghost writer, and popular relationship columnist. She enjoys cooking, karaoke, and reading. Visit Jennifer at Pen and Prosper. It’s certainly no secret to today’s writers that guest blogging provides a great way to build their platform and amplify their “voice.” Top bloggers like Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and Darren Rowse, in fact, highly recommend it. Still, very few writers reap the potential benefits of guest blogging, due to their approach and a lack of awareness of how to “work smarter, not…
  • How To Become A Prolific Writer While Holding Down A Day Job

    Bryan Hutchinson
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    One of the most frequent questions I receive is: How can I write and hold down a day job at the same time? There’s a common belief (and a few myths that support it) that you can only do one or the other. But that’s not true. I have a day job, and I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing and publishing. Maybe you’re kind of stuck in a place where I once was and you’re only writing when you feel inspired and can fit it in here and there. I figured out that if I wanted to be a writer who actually writes and publishes, I needed to take my writing seriously and give it the…
 
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    Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books

  • My Silhouette Style: Where Faith and Fashion Writing Meet

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a fashion writer, I want to show people that fashion is fun, exciting and meant to reflect a person’s God-given personality, and not about ‘showing all’. The post My Silhouette Style: Where Faith and Fashion Writing Meet appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Interview: Claire Musters, Author of the Foundations21 Books: Prayer, and Jesus

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    I do feel called to be open and honest in my writing and hope that the way I share some of my own struggles helps others to be real about theirs. The post Interview: Claire Musters, Author of the Foundations21 Books: Prayer, and Jesus appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • We’re now on Pinterest!

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    To put it in layperson’s terms: Ready Writer Mag is for writers, and writers tend to be voracious readers. So if 70% of our audience are on Pinterest, then it makes sense for us to set up shop, there too. The post We’re now on Pinterest! appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • How Your Synopsis Can Keep Your Novel on Track

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:14 am
    When I was writing Eyo, I got carried away with creating a complex 10-year-old character, because I thought I would gain literary credits for doing so. When I got in over my head, I went back to the synopsis. The post How Your Synopsis Can Keep Your Novel on Track appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Writing Descriptive Prose: A Few Tips

    admin
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    I struggled with descriptions, because I thought they were too difficult. And, if truth be told, I was worried about adopting tired cliches - ‘the tawny specks in her drowning eyes’ is an extreme example, but one that gets the point across. The post Writing Descriptive Prose: A Few Tips appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
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    Now Novel

  • The Rise of Book Blog Tours

    brendanmc
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:23 am
        Nobody can dispute the power of social media. The digital age is well and truly upon us, and anyone who digs their heels in and clings to the old ways will be left “holding the bag”. But where to start? Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr…the list is endless and can be very daunting, particularly for those of us who are not exactly “techno-savvy”.   In the publishing world, physical book tours are expensive, time-consuming and sadly, too often, just not worth it. This is tragic, because as an author, there is nothing better than being able to…
  • How to incorporate flashbacks and flash forwards in your novel

    Mbali
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    The flash forward is less familiar to most readers and writers than the flashback, but both serve the purpose of moving the reader and the protagonists forward or backward through time. To use them effectively, it is important to have a clear sense of their purpose, integrate them smoothly into your writing and use them sparingly. Flash forwards and flashbacks are technically called prolepsis and analepsis. The former may be best-known from the story A Christmas Carol in which Ebeneezer Scrooge travels ahead in time with the Ghost of Christmas Future and witnesses his own funeral. Generally,…
  • First drafts: what they should and shouldn’t be

    Mbali
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    A first draft should have neither too much nor too little importance attached to it. It is a place to work out ideas and explore your story’s potential, but it is generally not the right place to worry about rewrites or line edits. Writers approach first drafts in a number of different ways. Very few writers produce polished first drafts, and the ones who do tend to be experienced authors. However, even most experienced writers extensively rewrite and revise their first drafts. The way that you approach your first draft will differ depending on whether or not you plan and outline ahead…
  • Writing wabi sabi

    Mbali
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Wabi sabi is a concept borrowed from the Japanese that has to do with accepting impermanence and imperfection. Applying this concept to writing can lead to a way of seeing the world that results in greater creativity. The words are difficult to translate directly because they express a state of being that we lack precise words for in English. However, in addition to impermanence and imperfection, they carry with them a sense of simplicity, of melancholy and of passing time. Designers, artists, writers and others have used wabi sabi principles in approaching their work since Leonard Koren…
  • The 8 laws of Foreshadowing

    Mbali
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    Adequate foreshadowing is crucial in a successful novel as a tool both for building suspense and for adequately preparing the reader for future events. The eight tips below can help you to foreshadow effectively. • Make sure the incident needs foreshadowing. Not every event does, and overuse of foreshadowing can have an unintentionally comic effect because you will end up giving too much significance to even the most minor events. Remember that foreshadowing should be saved mostly for major events throughout your novel. • Consider the primary purpose of a piece of foreshadowing.
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  • Sunlit Thoughts

    Derek Rizzo
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Sun-baked brown, burnt hill. Dead, Crunchy, Greying, Pine needles. Shield me, From the Chaotic sound Of the world, Packed into Their cars Gliding by. I am Ponderous In the sunlight. Watching the world Pass, In a warm, Beer laden haze. Where Do they go? Why Must they rush? A smile, A sip, And my mind Moves to other Sunlit Thoughts. Tagged: Arts, beer, cars, Derek Rizzo, Earth, Life, literature, North Carolina, Online Writing, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, sun, Sunlight, sunlit, Thebloggingwriter, thoughtful, world, write, writing
  • The Music Of The Band

    Derek Rizzo
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Scream and wail! Send that beautiful Music Through the air.   Make me close my eyes, And sway along. Make me abandon All inhibition, and dance.   Let me forget for a while. Light my day With a thoughtful smile.   Sing to me Of shared pain. Remind me through song, Of forgotten happiness.   Transport me To another realm. Where emotion, and the soul are guides.   I want to Float here. In the waves Of your music.   Free my mind, Allow it to wander untethered. And for this, I will always give homage To your creation.     Tagged: band, concert, dance,…
  • excuse me

    Derek Rizzo
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I’m sorry, can you not see that your shit is encroaching on me? Are you not aware of the rules of civility rules we all try to live by? Those rules, are for us all to live. Not for nice people to give and give. So we choose today to take a stand and defend our little piece of land, our homes our space and remind you kindly, to your face, If you are sweet and nice, you show your grace. Those that don’t should get outta our space. So we’re very sorry that we have to say, you are no longer allowed to mess up our day. Tagged: civility, excuse me, Life, lifestyle, Poem, poems,…
  • 16 Jun 2014 | 1:05 pm

    Derek Rizzo
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:05 pm
    There are two eyes, dark and lustrous. They have burned their image into my soul. They now reside there permanently, so when I close my eyes, they are all I see. They shine with a dark light They resonate with mystery. I want to uncover the clues, follow each tendril of those mysteries, until I find the trail that leads me, home to her soul.
  • Milestone

    Derek Rizzo
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    I reached One Hundred followers yesterday, and I wanted to just thank all who read and follow this blog. I will try to continually upgrade my work and put reading worthy content on here. Thank you again and here’s to the next One Hundred.   I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who landed in Normandy Seventy years ago and to thank all those like my grandfather who fought against the evil that was the Nazis in WWII. This world is still not perfect, but imagine how awful it would be if not for all those who took up arms against an evil dictator. Thank you!
 
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    A Blog for the Comma Man

  • Repetition: Making Prospects Remember Your Key Messages

    Freestyle Editorial
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Think about your most recent proposal or presentation. Did you use clear, simple messaging? Great. Did you limit your focus to the three (plus or minus one) main benefits your service/product will provide to your prospect? Even better. Did your prospect remember them? Don’t be so sure. According to two studies at Indiana University, information [...]Read More »
  • Three Is a Magic Number (for Proposals and Presentations)

    Freestyle Editorial
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Chances are your organization has lots of compelling features and benefits. Most do. But when crafting a proposal or presentation, how many should you highlight for your prospect? Five? Ten? According to cognitive psychologists, it’s probably less than you think. That’s why this week, in continuing our discussion of simplicity, we’re examining your prospects’ short-term [...]Read More »
  • Four Reasons to Keep Your Content Simple

    Freestyle Editorial
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    Your prospects are bombarded with persuasive messages—400 a day, according to psychologist Kevin Dutton. Moreover, research shows that 81 percent of those messages contain more written or verbal content than is necessary, encouraging audiences to tune out, gloss over, and move on. It’s time to streamline. So before allowing the kitchen sink to be tossed [...]Read More »
  • Five Tools for Averting Proposal Disaster

    Freestyle Editorial
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    We all know that proper planning and communication can go a long way to preventing last-minute proposal chaos. But let’s be honest: Every proposal writer, no matter how prepared, has felt the stress of a down-to-the-wire proposal submission. It’s a terrible feeling, and according to a recent study from the University of Washington, that stress [...]Read More »
  • Seven Tips for Working with Subject Matter Experts

    Freestyle Editorial
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Marketing and proposal writers are used to overcoming obstacles. Shifting deadlines, fluctuating workloads, snarky executives, and poorly written Requests for Proposals: they’re just part of the job. But as we found in our recent business writing survey, one challenge continually stands above the rest—working with subject matter experts. That’s why this week we’re exploring seven [...]Read More »
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    The Red Ink

  • Is Weird Al the King of Content Marketing?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    It’s been more than three decades since the release of the first Weird Al Yankovic parody album, and in that time the satirist/all-around goofball has amassed a number of honors and achievements. He has been a consistent presence in pop music; has released a number of widely known music videos; has released his own movie, a flop at the time but a cult classic today. It has been said, on more occasions than one, that an artist knows he has made it when he becomes the subject of a Weird Al parody. For all of this, it comes as a mild surprise that one of Weird Al’s greatest achievements of…
  • The Resume Secrets We Tell Our Friends and Family

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    The Grammar Chic, Inc. resume writing team provides professional insights and editorial assistance to jobseekers across the country, day in and day out. As you might imagine, though, the questions about proper resume construction don’t end when we clock out for the day. Friends and family members, aware of what we do for a living, are constantly asking us to offer a little free advice—and naturally, we are all too happy to comply. So what exactly do we tell them? Do we give them the straight dope—insights we’d withhold from paying customers? Not at all. We really just reveal the basic…
  • 7 Telltale Signs of Awful Blog Content

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
      Have you ever been on Google, seen a link that looked interesting, clicked it—and then immediately hit the “back” button, repulsed by what you saw on the page? It happens sometimes, and the culprit is usually bad content, plain and simple. As a consumer, you tend to know bad content when you see it—but do you ever stop to evaluate your own content, checking it for the telltale signs of awfulness? When it comes to your own blog content—blog content you’ve slaved over, devoted your precious time to—noting awfulness can be a bit trickier. We’re here to help. Painful though…
  • What to Do When Nobody’s Reading Your Content

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    If a tree falls in the woods and nobody’s around, does it make a sound? And if you produce unique, compelling content for your business but nobody reads it, does it make a difference? We’ll tell you the answer to the second question—and it’s a resounding no. For all the hype out there about the SEO benefits of content creation, the truth is that content only benefits your company if it’s engaging enough to be digested and shared by human readers. If you’re looking over your analytic reports and you find that all that content you slaved over is failing to win the attention of…
  • 6 Ways Facebook is Hurting Your Job Search

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s been said before that what you post on Facebook can ultimately determine the efficacy of your job search—that in many cases, what you post (or even what you don’t post) can cost you a job you might otherwise have landed. Consider this, though: According to a recent study, reported by Inside Facebook, a staggering 77 percent of all employers use Facebook to find candidates, while more than 20 percent will scrutinize Facebook profiles in order to screen candidates. Given these statistics, it is surely worth saying again: When you’re searching for employment, you must be careful…
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • Should Indie Authors Approach Book Clubs?

    Rachel Rueben
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    An author Skyping into a book discussion. By Cesar Astudillo via Flickr It’s an area most indie authors ignore when promoting their work, and it’s a shame because many readers love to connect with authors. Whether it’s on social media, podcasts or live and in person, readers want to know more about the people behind the books they enjoy.  Made popular by the suburban housewife, book clubs are everywhere and not only that, there book clubs in schools, libraries and even prisons. There are two routes you can go, approach an online book club or make an arrangement to meet with them live…
  • Noise Trade: Letting Others Decide Your Book’s Worth

    Rachel Rueben
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Noisetrade began as an indie music site where up and coming musicians could give away their work for exposure. However there was a twist, unlike most freebie sites, customers could tip artists. It was sort of a pay what you can thing.  Recently, Noisetrade got into the book business, and indie authors like Hugh Howey, are all onboard.  You see, all the cool authors are doing it but should you? The Good, the Bad, the What? According to the site, authors upload their ebooks and readers get to download it for free and if they (the readers) feel moved, they’ll tip you.  Noisetrade only takes…
  • How to get Featured on Kobo

    Rachel Rueben
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Via Wikipedia Commons Kobo is quickly becoming a retailer to be reckon with, with over 12 million registered users on its site, I believe it’s time indie authors start paying more attention to them.  Since the acquisition of Sony’s ebook library  (U.S. & Canadian only) Kobo is likely to continue growing.  And although they don’t have a large share of the American market, (that honor belongs to Amazon) they do command 20% of the global ebook market. So how do you make your run with Kobo successful? Easy, you take advantage of Kobo Writing Life, which includes a blog as well as…
  • How to Find Interview Opportunities

    Rachel Rueben
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Jim Parkinson via Flickr When I was marketing my novel, I would often find myself envious of all the media attention some authors received.  Little did I know the author had a team of helpers to scour the earth for interview opportunities.  Another fact I didn’t know was that sometimes these teams were hired by the author and not their publisher.  In fact, many authors spend their entire advance (if they get one) on marketing their book. You can hire an assistant as well, so that it doesn’t feel awkward asking for an interview. Just write the pitch letter for your assistant and…
  • Assistants: They’re Not a Luxury Anymore!

    Rachel Rueben
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    By E-Lame via Flickr Last year, I briefly mentioned the subject of hiring an assistant to deal with the promotional aspects of publishing and was stunned by the ignorance.  Many authors figure only the rich can afford such luxuries, while others are control freaks and couldn’t imagine handing over any aspect of their business to someone else.   However that’s total BS, if you are finding yourself overwhelmed by social media, email lists, and blogging then an assistant is exactly what you need! I’ll admit, it took me a long time to become comfortable with farming out work to…
 
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    Derailed Thoughts

  • Fedelta Parte 11: The No Tell Motel

    Rachel Rueben
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:By Jason B. via Flickr Nervously Amato looked out of his window, before answering the door. He wasn’t safe as long as his heart was still beating. They wouldn’t quit until he and Cassie were dead which made his situation dire. It was just the manager wanting his money. Quickly…
  • Psst…There’s a Contest Going on

    Rachel Rueben
    29 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Free book! Shout it from the roof tops, share it on Facebook, and tell your mama!
  • Fedelta: Chapter 10: Identity Crisis

    Rachel Rueben
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:Photo by Jared Asato via Flickr As the morning sun struggled to pierce through the grey clouds, Detective Amato tried to make sense of what happened in Xavier Park. 24 hours ago it would have been inconceivable that a woman was able to take down one of the Mob’s up…
  • Fedelta Parte 9: Closure

    Rachel Rueben
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:56 am
    It's the end of the road for one of the Finetti siblings. Find out which one in Fedelta 9: Closure
  • Fedelta Parte 8: A Miracle Behind Crime Scene Tape

    Rachel Rueben
    13 Feb 2014 | 2:49 am
    Is it too late to save Cassie? Find out in Fedelta Parte 8: A Miracle Behind Crime Scene Tape
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    S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

  • Coming Soon: Adventure Club — A Free Short-Short

    S. A. Barton
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
      In the next few days, I’ll transcribe this one over to my ebook template and publish. It’s going to be free, and it weighs in at about 1200 words. There’s a little more about it over on my Patreon page — but the long and the short of it is, it’s science fiction, set in […]
  • Political Theater Invites Mockery — TX Governor Rick Perry Edition

    S. A. Barton
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    I like to imagine what’s going through the head of a politician posing for a photo op. My thoughts are usually not kind to the politician involved.    
  • Imagination, the News, and Especially Flight MH 17

    S. A. Barton
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    (I don’t want an image at the head of this one. The news has more of those than I’m happy seeing, thankyouverymuch) I often have strong reactions to news stories. Between having the active imagination of a fiction writer and cultivating the empathy I need to keep the urge to become a perpetually raging anger-beast […]
  • The Ebook Cover That Covers No Ebook…

    S. A. Barton
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    …because it’s a mock cover for my Patreon campaign.   I had fun making it. This week has been very busy at home, and I’ve had much less creative time than usual. So I needed to create something. I think the cover came out well, with an unearthly quality that’s in line with my usual […]
  • Turn of Phrase: Soda Pop Bottles and/or Gophers

    S. A. Barton
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:37 am
    I’d love to have an image here, but I can’t find a decent non-copyrighted one. If you’d like to see the machine described, plug “Vendo 81″ into your favorite search engine’s image search.   This is a sentence fragment from a short story I’m working on; the protagonist is seeing ghosts of vending machines past. […]
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    Your Story Coach - Advanced IM Coaching

  • 3 Things You Need To Understand Before Trying CPA Marketing

    Jesse
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    There are many things you need to know about marketing before getting started which applies to both beginners and those that are experienced. First, there are several different types of marketing networks that all provide you with something different. Next, it’s important to know the type of traffic different advertising networks are providing because some will be more useful than others. If you’re looking to make money by joining an advertising network as a publisher than you need to know what will earn you money when working with that network. For example, CPA networks will actually pay…
  • 3 Reasons Why Beginners Need Internet Marketing Training

    Jesse
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Internet marketing is growing each year and there are new and improved ways for people to make money online. As a matter of fact, some people have made some incredible money buying and selling products online. They know the science behind internet marketing which is why they have been able to succeed. However, no matter how good these people are and as internet marketing keeps growing, it’s important to still know the fundamentals involved. Even the most successful people in internet marketing started as beginners and they learned the tricks as time went on. If you are looking to get…
  • 3 Reasons To Invest In Internet Marketing Training

    Jesse
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The internet has forever changed the face of business, marketing and communication. To that end, internet marketing training has become essential to all interactive marketers across the globe. It helps to prepare those who want to explore the world of marketing products and services to the online world. Before we look at the reasons to invest in internet marketing training, you’ll first need to know what internet marketing is. In precise terms, internet marketing is a name given to online marketing strategies that help businesses to get people searching the online web to look at what they…
  • 3 Effective Ways to Do Facebook Marketing

    Jesse
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Facebook marketing has gained a lot of popularity in the modern times, since the advent of this online social networking service in early 2004, many successful business owners have used it as a platform to market their business and connect on a one-on-one basis with their customers. Facebook marketing is a simple and much easier way where you are capable of meeting millions of people across the globe and using it as a platform to market yourself. Here, you will be on the positive side of scaling to better economic growth. The most important thing that you should put into consideration is to…
  • FB Echo Review & Bonus By Jason Fladlien

    Jesse
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Here is a FB Echo review of Jason Fladlien’s new Facebook software! Also get details on a killer FB Echo Bonus worth over $5,000! FB Echo review If you want more information on Facebook check it out here: Facebook
 
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    Solitary Spark - A Creative Writing Blog

  • Practicing 2nd Person: Escaping the Horde

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    You cringe at the sound of your boots hitting the pavement and look around quickly to gauge the scene. So far so good. The old bus's door squeaks closed behind you, shutting you off from your only shelter and setting your body in high alert. The wind blows quietly from the west, waving your long red hair in your eyes and you quickly pull it back to clear your vision. Cars are piled over the horizon you're scanning, their wreckage hiding dangers you know are sitting in wait. The woods on each side of the highway are empty, but you know it's only temporary. A distant moan startles you, setting…
  • Immersed (in) Recollection

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Shadows stirring, reflected through clear tideFlush of smooth notes sway slowly on airA soft flowing blanket, graceful  ripple dancing against cool porcelain. Droplets scorch paths down pouting curves. Burning, haunting melody. Flashback. Tears.*Nonet form.
  • Book Review: Regulation 19 (Deadlock) by P. T. Hylton

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    From technology to fashion to body of law, the world around us in constantly changing and that is no different for Frank Hinkle. After spending eight years in prison, Frank is released into his hometown to search for his missing brother and quickly finds things have changed, but not in the way he expected. Frank must find the truth behind the town's drastic laws and Unfeathered nightmares in order to find his brother and save his family.Although a convicted murderer, Frank is not a natural born killer. He loves his family and regrets not seeing his nephew grow up. It's easy to like Frank when…
  • The Importance of Place and Setting

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    When writing a novel or short story, it can be easy to forget that the reader does not see the setting showing clearly in the your mind. Building the setting and putting the reader in that moment and place takes careful consideration. Speaking as both a reader and writer, tossing someone into a scene that they cannot picture or place in the timeline of the novel is like dropping someone in the ocean and telling them to swim to the nearest island. But where are they? How do they find a sense of direction? Readers need guidance and one of the ways to drive their fear, desire, anger, or…
  • Completion and Continuation

    5 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I'm done! Late nights spent with busy fingers and a sleep deprived brain produced a July 1st conferral and, more importantly, eight chapters and a complete outline of the novel growing in my mind. Next challenge? Finish it! When I set to outline the rest of Dead Highway (working title), I quickly found that it would have to be a Stephen King novel type length or split into a series. Chapter by chapter, each brief summary moved my characters forward, but in the end I was left with an undeniable truth: my characters were far from finished.The biggest challenge I will face is not what I will…
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    Randi Minerva

  • Tarot Tip # 42: Fancy Tarot Spreads

    R. Minerva
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Subscribe to the newsletter here. Get your tarot reading here. Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com  
  • Tarot Tip #41: The Mundane Stuff

    R. Minerva
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #40: Cards and Characters

    R. Minerva
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #39: Meditation

    R. Minerva
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • For Frida Kahlo on Her 107th Birthday

    R. Minerva
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
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    copywritercollective.com

  • Thoreau probably approved of your procrastination, & other observations on the power of delay

    Hillary Weiss
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You know that feeling when you find a quote, and it smacks you across the brain like a ton of thought-provoking bricks? On my internet travels last week, I stumbled upon a particularly awesome line from writer, transcendentalist, and neckbeard enthusiast Henry David Thoreau:
  • Do Thoughts Come Before Feelings, And Does It Matter to Copywriters?

    Chris Marlow
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that it’s axiomatic in the direct marketing world that thoughts create feelings? And that it’s not the other way around? Feelings don’t create thoughts… thoughts create feelings. I must confess that over the years I’ve accepted this as true. And I’ve allowed this “truism” to serve as a foundation of my creative concepting whenever convenient. For instance, if I’m selling a weight loss product, I might logically say to myself, “I will attempt to influence my reader to think about a time in their youth when they felt lithe and beautiful.” I might use the…
  • The secret to mesmerizing sales copy

    Chris Marlow
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    You’ve been there. We all have. It’s a day like any other. You get in the car and you’re driving down the street to the grocery store. Suddenly out of nowhere you wonder if you left that pot of water on the stove. Geez… it could boil dry. Before you know it your mind goes to “what if” scenarios. The pan bottom is melting into the burner. A flame starts. The curtains catch on fire. Flames are licking the ceiling. The kitchen is filling with smoke, billowing into the living room. And the dog… OMG! The dog! He might be unable to breathe from the toxic fumes or… or… He might be…
  • Discover the right keyword phrases: think like a reporter!

    Lesley Langelaar-Thomas
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Do you have an awkward feeling that your website’s keyword phrases¹ could be better? Can your target audience easily find your website? Looking for some handy tips? Well, I am certainly game for any new SEO (Search Engine Optimization) copyediting or writing² suggestions. In creating the right keyword phrases, SEO consultant Jill Whalen’s advice is to think like a reporter. In her handbook “The Nitty-gritty of Writing for the Search Engines” she advises SEO copyeditors to ask the questions reporters do (who? what? where?). Why? Because the answers to these questions are often the…
  • How to move your business forward in 30 Minutes a day

    Christina Gillick
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    At the beginning of my copywriting career, I realized if I didn’t do something every day, I would never succeed. Because I had a full-time job, it was too easy to come home and crash on the couch if I didn’t have a solid day-by-day plan. Freelance writers face a lot of hurdles, and sometimes it can feel like they’re too high to jump over. By doing something every day to move your business forward, you’re gradually knocking a few inches off your hurdles at a time. Eventually, they’ll be short enough to just step over so you can move on to the next level in your copywriting career.
 
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    The Write Practice

  • Euphony and Cacophony: A Writer’s Guide

    Liz Bureman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    I love words. A lot of us get into writing because we love words. We love words strung together in sentences; we love that those sentences blend to form an amazing story that we immerse ourselves in. Sometimes it’s just the sound of the word that enraptures us, or maybe it’s two words put together that, when combined, are the epitome of sonic euphoria. When that happens, we experience euphony. Photo by PhotoZoo Definition of Cacophony You’ve probably heard the word “cacophony” before, right? It’s descriptive of loud, obnoxious, aggressive noise that…
  • Want to Write a Book? Do This First

    Joe Bunting
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    Whether you’re writing a book or a blog post, it’s tempting to just dive into your writing project. However, you will likely save yourself time and create a better end product if you settle on a solid premise before you start writing. Photo by Photo Atelier What is a Premise? The definition of premise is: “A proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion,” according to Dictionary.com “The fundamental concept that drives the plot,” according to Wikipedia As you can see, there are different definitions for premise depending on whether…
  • 9 Things I Did To Become A Full-Time Writer

    Carlos Cooper
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Three years ago, I was like many of you. Just starting out. Not a clue which way to go. I had an idea for a book and that was it, but I wanted to become a full-time writer. Fast forward a couple years, and I’m doing this for a living (on top of being a stay-at-home dad). I make a living writing fiction, but everything didn’t converge until four months ago. So what did I do to get here? photo credit: streetwrk.com via photopin cc If you don’t want to hear a bit of my story, and think I may be tooting my own horn, feel free to read some of Joe’s stuff HERE. He’s…
  • How To Write When You’re Really Tired

    Joe Bunting
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Just last night, I arrived back home from the Middle East, where I was working for the last two weeks. I traveled over 7,400 miles over thirty-two hours, and honestly, I’m exhausted. Photo by Umberto Salvagnin (Creative Commons) However, I also have a lot of writing to do. I’m working on a new ghostwriting project with someone who has been doing conflict resolution work in the Middle East for over twenty-five years. Deadlines are fast approaching, and I don’t have much time to rest. How do you write when you’re tired? How do you focus when you really just want…
  • Three Truths for Writers to Combat Confusion

    Marianne Richmond
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    When I last posted, we were one week into our move, and now I can hardly believe it’s fourteen days later!  I’m still quite unnerved with no familiarity to anchor me (except my family, of course!). I have found myself turning inward for grounding, seeking that which hasn’t changed amidst everything that has.  It’s as if I wonder, “Am I still who I am HERE though I am without my familiar people, environment, office, and coffee shop that helped support my identity?  Perhaps you have experienced your own transitions that have left you feeling similar? Through…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • 5 Best Blogs for Creative Introverts

    Lauren Sapala
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Inspire Portal by Jo Malby http://inspireportal.com/ Described as “wisdom and wellness for conscious creatives,” Inspire Portal is built for readers looking for inspiration, healing, creative juice, and self-empowerment. Articles range from Roddy Doyle’s Ten Rules for Fiction to How Tai Chi Can Improve Your Writing to 10 Creative Benefits of Spending Time in Nature and much more. As Jo says, “Inspire Portal is a place to inspire your work and world, awakening you to who you really are, behind the protective layers and masks that hide your glorious, innate being.” If you’re a…
  • How to Unravel the Impossible Knots of Your Plot

    Lauren Sapala
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Writing the beginning of your book is the fun part. The characters are bright and vivid. The storyline is relatively simple and you don’t have to explain much—yet. But for many writers, as the plot progresses, things get increasingly difficult. That’s where they get stuck. Much of the time, it’s not the actual story that is bogging us down. It’s our attachment to writing it in a certain way. We might feel that we have to write it in chronological order, or that we have to write this character’s back story before we can tackle that one’s. Yes, it’s true that the way we pictured…
  • The Sticky Spot for Writers: Writing those Pesky Transition Scenes

    Lauren Sapala
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    One of the stickiest places for writers is when they want to move their characters from Point A to Point B in a story. Sometimes Point A and B are physical places. They might need to get their character from California to China. And sometimes A and B are two points in time, as when their character has to go from high school graduation to an end-of-the-summer scene. These transitions can be tough for writers. Number one, because there isn’t a whole lot of emotional investment in the transition. It’s just a necessary part of moving the plot along. Number two, most writers tend to overwrite…
  • Why Pushing Ourselves Makes Us Less Productive

    Lauren Sapala
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    How many times have you beaten yourself up for not doing more? And how much of the time do you disregard your small accomplishments because they’re not the big goal you promised yourself? Have you noticed that when you bring this mindset to the writing of your novel you end up feeling tired, discouraged, and sometimes hopeless? There’s a reason for that. It’s because this type of mentality blocks you in the present moment. When you’re blocked in the present moment, you start brooding over the past and obsessing over the future. Our culture tends to think of time as linear. It moves…
  • 3 Reasons You Should Attend a Writers’ Conference

    Lauren Sapala
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
    The idea of a writers’ conference can be intimidating. Especially for the more introverted writers out there. Many writers type themselves as creative souls drawn to the weird and magical side of life. And so they automatically assume they’ll be out of place at an event where the focus is on business and networking. It’s time to check those assumptions. Here are three solid reasons you should attend a writers’ conference: It Will Help You Level Up Most conferences open their doors to writers of any skill level. No, you don’t have to be signed with an agent to attend a conference,…
 
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    Stories and Stuff

  • Do You Use ‘Alot’ A Lot?

    harmamae
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Hopefully you realized there were two spelling of ‘a lot’ up there in my title, and hopefully you also realized one of them was not grammatically correct. Why not grammatically correct, you ask? I don’t know - the spaces lobby argued we should all use the space bar on our keyboards more often? That is why I was SO HAPPY to see someone finally speak up in defense of ‘alot’. James Harbeck argued today in Slate that just like ‘ahold’ and ‘awhile’ were finally somewhat accepted in English, ‘alot’ is likely here to stay. Whether…
  • J.K. Rowling is Not Dead – But Why Does She Want You To Know What Harry’s Up To?

    harmamae
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Hogwarts Coat of Arms, by Jmh2o. CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1 J.K. Rowling, as the infamous Rita Skeeter, wrote a follow-up to Harry Potter. Harry has a new scar. He and Ginny might be having problems. Ron’s hair is thinning, while Hermione’s hair is – still not behaving. And so on. Heresy, you might cry. The Harry Potter series is finished. Who does this J.K. Rowling person think she is, going back and adding stuff? This is just as bad as the time she declared Ron and Hermione should’ve never gotten married, and that Harry was Hermione’s One True Pairing after all. She went and wrote a…
  • In Defense of Typing

    harmamae
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    Whoa, whoa, whoa! Was not my last post about handwriting? How handwriting stimulates creativity and word productivity? Very true, but since then I’ve run across the article, ‘The Joy of Typing,’ which strikes back at the idea that typing reduces the quality of your thought. Typing, the author Clive Thompson argues, does not make us stupider. Handwriting is great for note-taking, he goes on to say, because it prevents us from robotically recording every word we hear, and instead makes us think about how to shorten what we’re hearing into something we can write down. But typing is…
  • I Handwrite My Fiction, But I’m Not Stuck in the Dark Ages – I’ll Prove It

    harmamae
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Remember back in November I said I managed to spew out 50,000 words in a month in order to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Well, I may not have mentioned those were handwritten words, so really my total of 50,000 was a guesstimate. I have recently been occupied in typing these words up. And the result… well, do you think I over- or under-estimated? Over. Definitely over. I’ve hit 46,000 words and I still have a third of the manuscript to go. Which leads to the question – why on earth would I use such an inefficient method of writing? I mean, handwriting?
  • Paris is Always a Good Idea

    harmamae
    23 May 2014 | 9:31 pm
    “Paris is always a good idea.” - the internet would like to believe this quote is by Audrey Hepburn* It’s been a while since I updated, hasn’t it? And definitely for some of those weeks I didn’t have a good excuse, but I’d like to believe a spontaneous trip to Paris is a good enough excuse for a least a couple of them, isn’t it? How cliché! A spontaneous trip to Paris to “find myself” – well, not really find myself, but at least learn new things about myself. Specifically, how brave I am to travel alone. And what it feels like to…
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    In Medias Res

  • My Last Summer Job is DONE

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    This summer, I set three goals for myself: lose some weight and get back in shape, polish up After the Sky and get it out to agents, polish up BackTracker and get it out to agents. As I mentioned last week, After the Sky is now making the rounds amongst various literary agents specializing in science fiction & fantasy, and I'm close to being 15 pounds lighter + tighter. This past week, I
  • Summer of Edits 2014

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I'm a goal-setter. Big goals, little goals, I like having a finish line in sight, something I can strive toward and better myself along the way. One of my goals this summer has been to lose a little weight and get in better shape. I'm happy to say I've made progress, shedding most of the flub around my middle through diet (cutting down on calories and eliminating cookies and ice cream for the
  • Write1Sub1 Update + Shadow of Death Giveaway

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Seeing Ray Bradbury at the Escondido library in the fall of 2009 was a surreal experience I'll never forget. He spoke about being a "lover of life," and that, for him, writing was always a labor of love. He told us that night, "If you can write one short story a week—doesn't matter what the quality is to start, but at least you're practicing. At the end of the year, you have 52 short stories, and
  • Meet Captain Quasar & Pay It Forward

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When my publisher introduced me to the artwork of Ryan Downing and said he'd be taking care of the cover for my Captain Quasar novel, I was stoked. Ryan's got mad skillz, and I knew Quasar & Company would be in good hands. What I didn't know was that I'd be invited to offer so much input during the initial stages of the creative process. Ryan emailed me over half a dozen times to make sure he
  • Survival of the Fittest

    29 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    You don't expect to step out on your balcony and get yourself shot. But that's exactly what happened to Jason Peters' wife when she went to hang up their laundry on the clothesline.  She hadn't been outside for more than a split-second before Jason saw the splash of crimson on their sliding glass door and heard the report of Sanders' rifle across the parking lot. She stumbled inside in wide-eyed
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Friday Roundup 7.25.14

    Lorin
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Links, links, links! Have a great weekend!In case you somehow missed "Weird Al" Yankovic's Word Crimes!It's really hard to be original. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - The Original Handwritten ManuscriptTwitter Etiquette 1017 Industry Experts Discuss Book Marketing and Promotion
  • On writing, editing, and making a living at it all...

    Lorin
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    I had the good fortune to be featured on the BIZ WOMEN ROCK podcast, an amazing series of interviews with entrepreneurial women all over the world, conducted by my equally amazing friend Katie Krimitsos.Our topic? Well, pretty much everything related to my work as editor, story development coach, workshop producer and, yes, AUTHOR. What was illuminating for me--and, I hope for you--was Katie's take on it as an entrepreneur. Her questions made me stop to think about my journey as part of this mercurial business (publishing), and I think brought some compelling information to light. Some…
  • Prompt-A-Palooza #44

    Lorin
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Writing prompts! Enjoy all!Teach a man to wish...On the night of the everlasting sun...At rest on the wire...A peach bleeding juices...Campfire nights...She stood against the storm...An ocean filled with neon stars...Have a great week!
  • Friday Roundup 7.4.14

    Lorin
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Happy Independence Day!The Five Laws of Library Science: INFOGRAPHICWHAT WRITERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PANELS AT CONS & CONFERENCES (NSFW Warning)31 Places Bookworms Would Rather Be Right NowWrite Faster (and Better, Too)Your Hook: the On/Off Button in Your Proposal
  • Friday Roundup 6.27.14

    Lorin
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Have a great weekend, all!7 Ways to Beat Writer's BlockNew British Museum bookshop features a 'wheel of books'Library Cards From Around The US!Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From BirthWriters: What Are You Afraid Of?
 
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    Words & Music

  • Breaking Dishes - Mike's Musical Monday

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    I wrote this song a long time ago. It's a testament to my lack of personal and artistic growth that I still like to play it sometimes, and it still makes sense to me. I take some consolation in the fact that my grammar's improved.You're always kissing somebody goodbyeYou act like someone tells you what to doGod moves in mysterious waysBut he ain't got nothing on youHe ain't got nothing on you, babyHe ain't got nothing on youSurrounded by miserable ambitionAnd loneliness that's becoming traditionThese ropes are cutting into my chestAnd ain't we just like all the rest?Well, ain't we just like…
  • Raymond - Fictional Humans of New York (FHONY)

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    Raymond was born at the bottom of the heap and that’s where he was determined to stay. It isn’t easy to push or claw your way up through the fetid flesh that festers among the inhabitants of the bottom rung but for most bottom feeders it’s worth the struggle. Not for Raymond. He preferred the warm comfort and familiarity of that part of humanity that stays close to the street and the sewer. Down there, among the artifacts of poverty and disease, swimming in saliva and urine, was Raymond’s natural habitat.One day, a large, sturdy hand reached down into the muck and grabbed Raymond by…
  • Catskill Sketchbook #2

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    You can take the man out of the Catskills but you can't take the Catskills out of the man. Or something like that. Lately, you can't even take the man out of the Catskills. I spent four nights last week in the town of Phoenicia and it turns out like a cheesy horror movie where some entity takes over the souls of the visitors to a small town. The thing is, for those of us who have given up the resistance, everything really is beautiful. I get the feeling Washington Irving fell under the same spell and expressed it in his classic Rip Van Winkle:Adirondack chairs"The great error in Rip’s…
  • I Love You So Bad It Hurts - Mike's Musical Monday

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Love is wonderful. All things considered, it's the most wonderful thing there is. But it has a downside. You can fall in love with someone who doesn't love you back, or is an asshole, or who dies on you and leaves you all alone with your love. You can fall in love with someone who is incompatible for any number of reasons: geographical, chronological or ideological. You might fall in love with someone who's already in love with someone else, or you may already be in love with someone else, either of which is a bit of a sticky wicket. You might also fall in love so deep that it overwhelms your…
  • Blue - Fictional Humans of New York (FHONY) #10

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    There were three of them and they were all good kids. Funny how time changes things. Only one of them would make it all the way to adulthood without losing his goodness. His name was Wes but everyone called him Blue because of the way he held his breath when he didn't get his way.The day this happened was one of those sticky July days in Manhattan where the only way to avoid the stench rising from the streets is to go indoors. So the three of them - Blue and Brandon and Cheeks - went into the Duane Reade on the corner of 48th and 6th to breathe the clean, manufactured air and to cool down.
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    Out of the Lockbox

  • MCS #23: Hercules

    Mary DeSantis
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hercules (1997)IMDB blurbThe son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it. Now that that’s out of the way. K, I’m done. Really.If you can’t tell, I love this movie. Meg is kickass. Pain and Panic are hilarious, and Hades is possibly one of my favorite Disney villains ever. I mean really. See what I mean? Also, mushroom cloud. Enough said.“Somebody call IXII!”That’s 911 in Roman Numerals. I was so pumped the day I figured that out, and my friend was pumped the day I told her.“The Big Olive…
  • MCS #22: Frozen guest post

    Mary DeSantis
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Frozen (2013)Welcome to this week’s Morning Cartoons Saturday. For the first time (in forever), I’m hosting a guest. She’s here today to talk about Disney’s newest hit animated feature, Frozen. Please welcome Amarilys Acosta.Five Frozen Quotes That Got Me Thinking I’ve been a fan of Disney Princess movies since forever. Even now that I’m older, the last three that have come out—Tangled,Brave, and Frozen—have managed to strike a chord with me. I can still identify with many of the things these princesses go through and empathize with the story presented in the movies. So, below…
  • MCS #21: Fantasia 2000

    Mary DeSantis
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fantasia 2000 (…1999…)Video time. Enjoy Last week: FantasiaAnd join me next week for a guest post about Disney’s newest animated feature, Frozen.Thanks for reading.Mary@desantismt on TwitterFollow My Blog With Bloglovin-Kit ‘N KabookleMy book blog
  • I'm back, and I look like Snape.

    Mary DeSantis
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I officially graduated! I now have a masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.SHU, I will miss you, but I will be back for the alumni retreat, so I’ts okay.Now for my thesis reading.
  • Going Away

    Mary DeSantis
    22 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hey folks,So as you may have deduced (after all my posts about my thesis being passed in and passing and me passing out), I’m graduating! I’ll be away next week at school, culminating with receiving my MFA on Sunday, June 29, sometime between 3:30 and 4pm. Feel free to clap in my honor during this time.K, the clapping part is a joke, but the rest isn’t. Since I’ll be in class and doing all sorts of other fun stuff next week (like thesis reading, genre dinner, experimental agent-pitching, etc.) I won’t be posting. And then I’m treating myself to the first week in July away from the…
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    Write Kids' Books!

  • The truth about celebrities… and their kids’ books.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Should celebrities write children’s books? Whether we believe they should or not… that doesn’t seem to be stopping them. Does the fact that they are rich and famous give them greater insight to children’s literature than the rest of us?   The celebrities… and their books Peeking inside a few recent children’s books by celebrities, you can see that celebrity status doesn’t necessarily make for a talented or insightful writer… but it also doesn’t mean they’re not. By My Brother’s Side by Ronde and Tiki Barber, illustrated by Barry Root  This one gets a resounding…
  • 10 success tips your writing teacher never told you (but Jeff Gunhus will).

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:57 am
    Quick:  what’s the opposite of success? You guess it – f… f… f…. Oh, shoot.  I can’t bring myself to say it. And neither should you.  We may be lying in the gutter, as they say, but we can still lie back and stare up at the stars. If you want to get inspired, and actually create books that find readers, your best bet is to listen to people who are already successful.  Especially if they’re Jeff Gunhus, who’s made his own success in self-publishing. (Here’s my interview with Jeff Gunhus from a little while ago.) Jeff had the best motivation of all to…
  • How are your books selling? A $5 book that can turn sales around.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have a head for business? You should.  If you’re a writer, of any kind, your business – like it or not – is writing. It doesn’t matter if your books are full of butterflies, fairies, nymphs, talking animals and whimsy.  Once you’re done writing them, if you expect them to do anything other than just And the best guide I’ve seen so far to building a writing business is a hefty tome (479 pages) with the hefty title Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success). With a thousand-dollar title like that, you’d expect to pay maybe $17…
  • Time off to (not) write.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Everyone knows writers write.  Right? But since I became an Orthodox Jew a looooong time ago, writing hasn't been an option at least one day out of every week. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, and on holidays, I don’t write, either with a pen or computer. Please don’t underestimate how hard this is.  It’s CRAZY hard.  And it’s never gotten easier, the longer I’ve done it. An island of peace and reflection For observant Jews, the goal of the Sabbath isn't just "not working" but "not creating" -- as God did after making the world. It's hard enough for the busy…
  • Need inspiration? 15 wild quotes about children and reading, from Maya Angelou and more.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
      Some of these may make you smile, some of these may make you laugh, or stop and think.  I hope they will all inspire you to keep doing what you’re doing. (Click the image above for a full-sized version you can save and share.) “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”  — Maya Angelou "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald "Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — Betty Smith in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943…
 
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    Writeaholic Inspiration

  • Act Like a Publisher

    Ruth Barringham
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The world of publishing has changed, especially for self published authors.Gone are the days when you could leave all the publishing details up to your publisher (if you were lucky enough to have one).Now writers not only write their own books but publish them as well. And if there's one thing that I've learnt over the years, it's that if you want to be a successful writer you need to act like a publisher.Read more »
  • $8 Domains and 75% off Hosting Plans

    Ruth Barringham
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    This is just a quick reminder that today is the last day to take advantage of HostGator's Summer Sale.They are offering up to 75% off some of their hosting plans and only $8/year for a domain name.But this offer ends on Sunday 27th July 2014.If you're thinking of starting up a new website or looking to change hosting or registration companies, now is a good time to do it.I use HostGator myself and until midnight tonight you can get75% off all new Shared hosting packages with 1-6 month terms.45% off all other Shared hosting packages.50% off all VPS packages.45% off all Dedicated server…
  • Most Ridiculous Song Lyrics Ever!

    Ruth Barringham
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    This is something that is not educational but it sure is funny so I wanted to share it with you. Go and get a box of tissues first though to wipe the tears of laughter from your eyes.Depending on your age you may or may not remember this band. They had a string of hits and record albums for years and did really well.But I always thought that not only did they have a stupid band name but also their songs were the most ridiculous I'd ever heard because none of the words made sense. It was always as though they got drunk (or stoned), wrote down a load of crap and put a catchy tune to it.And…
  • How to Write a Great Online Article

    Ruth Barringham
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    If you want people to read the articles that you publish online, then you need to do 3 things.You need to hook them in, keep them reading and spur them into action.But how do you do this?Well, although there is no exact science, there are certain things you can do.And here are the 4 main ingredients of a great online article:1. A Headline That Gets Attention.Your headline is important. It's no good writing a great article with a mediocre heading. You'll get far more readers with a great heading and a mediocre article. Headings matter. Make sure yours has a great hook.2. An Intriguing…
  • How to Make Money As An Online Writer

    Ruth Barringham
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    This is what many writers dream of doing; earning money by writing articles and publishing them online. But how can you make money if all you're doing is writing a few blog posts and articles?Well for a start, you're well ahead of others if you can already write.Many people dream of earning an online income but can't write.So here are 3 simple steps to help you earn money online.Read more »
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  • How to Write a Perfect Dissertation in 5 Easy Steps?

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    How to Write a Perfect Dissertation in 5 Easy Steps?   The given article will guide you on writing a good dissertation. Students are requested to read the article carefully to clear all confusions about dissertation writing. How to Write a Perfect Dissertation ? : Source Myassignmenthelp.com   Think -Start thinking about the topic you are going to write by keeping in mind the scope of your dissertation. If you are choosing a general topic write something which is unknown to all. Plan and research-Now that you got your research topic do a proper planning for your findings related to…
  • Cheap Essay Writing Services: Help for Students Studying Social Science

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    When it comes to writing a well planned and researched project on social science, the main problem of students begins. Students have no clue from where to start and where to end. In fact, this is a situation hen students do not have any option in front of them, but to submit their work. Moreover, students find Do my Essay services to come out from this situation. Social science is the subject that needs to proper time and consideration. Cheap Essay Writing services can help students to submit all their projects on time without any delay. In fact, the writers assist students to simplify this…
  • Check law assignment samples before hiring a writing company

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Now a day, the educational system is changing with a rapid speed. Students have to work hard to match with the expectations of their teachers and supervisors. In fact, some students pass with the flying colors but some students have to put all their efforts to get passing marks. Unfortunately, both the situations are challenging for individuals. Therefore, to save energy and time, students prefer taking assignment help UK. It is observed that more and more law students are searching for university assignment help. To write a good paper on law lots of research is required. Thus, most of the…
  • Why Nursing Assignments are Important?

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Students who are pursuing nursing as their main subject, it is important for them to give due attention on the subject. There negligence can become a reason of the big mistake. Therefore, while writing nursing assignments, students should be attentive and alert. In this subject students have to read about the patient’s safety, ways to take care of patients and more. However, if the basics of students are not cleared that cannot write the best project. Also, it is expected from students to make a thorough research before they write any document. Time is a major concern with students. As…
  • University assignments important part of student’s life

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    University students have to show full dedication towards their studies if they want to have a bright future. In fact, students in university have to work extra to win good grades. Sometimes, they are so engrossed in their life that they cannot take out sufficient time for their writing work. The situation becomes worst when they have to write a series of assignments on different subjects. University assignments have to be completed on time in a given time. Students who are powerless to complete this task have to compromise with their grades. Therefore, students look for assignment writing…
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • Psyche-Soul-Ology by David Roberts Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Title: Psyche-Soul-OlogyAuthor: David RobertsPublisher: iUniversePages: 202Genre: PsychologyFormat: EbookPurchase at AMAZONPsyche-Soul-ology: An Inspirational Approach to Appreciating and Understanding Troubled Kids is a companion text to At the Mercy of Externals: Righting Wrongs and Protecting Kids, 2nd Edition. Dr. Roberts presents a spiritually based application of his theories and the Roberts FLAGS Model detailed in his first book. His use of the term Psyche-Soul-ology focuses on the importance of addressing both the minds and souls of troubled kids. Of utmost importance is the need to…
  • The Treasure of Kefer Shimon by Clifford Stevens Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Title: The Treasure of Kefer ShimonAuthor: Clifford StevensPublisher: iUniversePages: 344Genre: Men's AdventureFormat: EbookPurchase at AMAZONThe Treasure of Kefer Shimon is the story of a young American priest given a secret assignment by the Vatican to track down the source of three ancient scrolls that have come into the possession of the Holy Sea. If the scrolls are genuine, they will cause a revolution in Biblical studies. Along the way he makes many startling and shocking discoveries deliberately kept hidden for centuries. Filled with historical fact masterfully woven with…
  • Falling for Her Pirate by Amber Lin and For Her Spy Only by Robyn DeHart Book Feature

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Title: Falling for Her PirateAuthor: Amber LinPublisher: Entangled ScandalousPages: 189Genre: Historical RomanceFormat: EbookVengeance is a dish best served in bed... London, 1820 After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone—and exquisitely desirable. And now that Nate has saved her life, she's at his complete mercy...Captive.All Juliana…
  • Vlad Dracula: The Dragon Prince by Michael Augustyn Book Blitz - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Title: Vlad DraculaAuthor: Michael AugustynPublisher: iUniversePages: 286Genre: Historical FictionFormat: Ebook Purchase at AMAZON Most of the vast audience attracted to the subject of Dracula know him only in his fictional, one-dimensional form: vampire! Yet the truth behind the historical character--voevode, warlord--of 15th C. Romania is at least as equally fascinating as any contrived account of his supernatural persona.   Vlad Dracula faithfully follows his life story as hostage, fugitive, prince, and prisoner. His principality of Wallachia was caught…
  • Interview with Darla M. Grese: 'Kelli taught me more than any book or article could teach'

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Darla M. Grese is a twin sister who lost her better half to side effects from prescribed medication. As a U.S. Navy Veteran, she is an advocate of Veteran X and Veteran Hope programs that address mental illness, PTSD, and unintentional addiction issues. Both programs are sponsored by the VeteranAffairsMedicalCenter and focus on Veteran recovery and independence. She raises money for “Team Kelli” and annually participates in the Out of the Darkness Walk at Mt.Trashmore in Virginia Beachhttp://www.sos-walk.org/sos/).  While continuing to bring awareness to this cause, being a loving…
 
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    Wo3lfMad

  • In Which I Attempt Poetry

    Woelf Dietrich
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I have something different for you today. I don’t normally write poetry, mainly because I think I suck at it. My strong suit is popular fiction about gods and demons and angry werewolves, but now and then, for some unexplainable reason, I’ll venture into poetry and I’ll play with it, and sometimes I’ll pour my […]
  • Devil-beasts and Cosmic Dissonance: A Review of The Widow’s Son

    Woelf Dietrich
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I grew up reading westerns and it formed a big part of my education. Hell, I even have a Pinterest board on guns used in the Old West. My staple of reading material included, of course, fantasy and sci-fi, but this review is not about that. As I grew older and began asking questions about […]
  • Michael Crichton’s Method for Plotting Out a Story

    Woelf Dietrich
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:15 am
    I’m generally a pantser. My words tend to zigzag behind my thoughts as they try to keep up. When I reach a plot point or scene where I’m unsure of the direction I stop and take a short walk, or I go through my research again. Sometimes a walk is enough to dislodge what is stuck, […]
  • Update on #MakeKensDay Book Bomb

    Woelf Dietrich
    8 Jun 2014 | 2:59 pm
    A quick update on #MakeKensDay. Calling it a success is too mild a statement to explain the results. People tweeted, blogged, facebooked, google +ed,  and shared like crazy. We even had a boost from bestselling author, Larry Correia, when he blogged about the book bomb. Thank you Larry! At one stage Godhead’s Amazon ranking was at […]
  • #MakeKensDay: The Ken Mooney Book Bomb | Prose Before Ho Hos

    Woelf Dietrich
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    I always whine about time. Even I get sick of hearing myself complain. Yet, it feels like time is moving faster these days. So, I try to write faster, but first I have to do this thing, and then that thing. Okay, done. Let’s get writing. Hold on, phone is ringing. Quickly! Answer it before […]
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    The Proof Angel

  • Using capitals for acronym

    The Proof Angel
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    If you get confused about when to use capital letters, you may want to avoid this post about using capitals for acronyms. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: acronyms, capital letters
  • Phrases you should avoid

    The Proof Angel
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
    If you suffer from wordy writing, this post has a list of troublesome phrases & suggests substitutes. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: self editing
  • Getting round to it

    The Proof Angel
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    When I was a child, seaside souvenir shops started to sell a small china saucer called a round-to-it. The decoration explained that this was the ideal gift for the person who was always going to do that vital job when they got around to it. I wonder how many arguments that joke caused? There are always going to be tasks that get put off. Sometimes it is because we would prefer to do something else. Other times we want to do it, but we feel we should be doing something else first. Establishing a regular tine for the task can be a good way of solving the problem. Here is a post about how to…
  • How to find and work with a designer

    The Proof Angel
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    There is no question that a book cover is crucial. Read a little more about finding and working with a designer. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book production, designer
  • Could parallelism help you?

    The Proof Angel
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Sometimes, creating a pattern in the words you use helps to create a balanced sentence, enforcing your logic. This is known as parallelism. Find out more about it in this post. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: language, rhetoric
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    eBooks India

  • 5 Lessons Writers Can Learn from Gandhi

    Pranay Kanagat
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most inspiring and motivating people of our time. But, did you think he could inspire you budding writers too? You might want to have a read, if you want to know how exactly Mahatma Gandhi’s quotes are remarkably helpful for budding writers to improve on their writing skills. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win.” Every writer can learn the art of not giving up from Mahatma Gandhi. When you start writing, you are bound to be ignored, laughed at, ridiculed and made fun of. The key is to know that somewhere…
  • 5 Tips to Make More Time for Writing

    Pranay Kanagat
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Are you trying hard to work on your next story, but falling short of time? Are you finding it difficult to devote some meaningful hours to your writing, and you feel bad about it? Don’t worry, this happens to the best of us. Here are a few time management tips that will help you spend some time daily on your writing. Set a Time First of all, you need to identify a certain time of the day when you ideally would want to do your writing. It may not be easy to follow the schedule daily, but it helps to have a schedule ready, so that you know when you are supposed to be writing. The schedule may…
  • How to Finish the Novel You’ve Started

    Hiten Vyas
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    © Veronika Rumko Having a novel that you’ve started but haven’t finished isn’t going to bring you any rewards. By not finishing your novel, you not only deprive yourself of a big pat on the back for a great job done (one which most people will never do), you also deny the world the ability to benefit from your creativity. Read on to learn how to finish the novel you’ve started: Focus on the novel If you intend to get your novel finished, this alone won’t help you to do so. Strong intention needs to backed up by persist attention. With razor sharp focus, concentrate on getting your…
  • Can Watching Soaps Help Your Writing?

    Hiten Vyas
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    You either love them, or you hate them. I’m talking about soaps of course. ¬One thing is for sure though. Those soaps, which have the highest viewings (think of Days of Our Lives, Coronation Street, or Pavitra Rishta) are massively popular for a major reason – they entertain and get people away from their daily lives. If you’re wondering how to write a killer story, that readers just can’t put down, then you might want to watch some episodes of the top soaps. Below are reasons why doing so can help your writing: Relatable characters Soaps usually have numerous characters in them and…
  • What Rap Music Can Teach You about Poetry

    Pranay Kanagat
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    When you listen to a rap song, have you ever wondered the amount of thought and effort that goes into the writing of the lyrics? Sure, there are some very average rap songs being dished out in the music industry today, but that does not mean all rap songs are mediocre. There exist rap songs today, that have a very deep message and well written lyrics, which when analysed, can teach you a thing or two about poetry. Here are a few things rap music can teach you about poetry. Thought Behind The Words One of the major things that makes rap a lot like poetry, and in fact, teaches you about poetry,…
 
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    StoryShelter

  • Three Things You Must Add To Your Summer Bucket List

    Kerri Lowe
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Whenever my head starts to go sideways into negative thinking about what I haven't yet accomplished this summer, I remind myself one thing: It ain't over 'til it's over. So if you're feeling down about the days gradually getting shorter - don't worry! There is still plenty of summer left to complete a good chunk of items on your summer bucket list. The post Three Things You Must Add To Your Summer Bucket List appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Unleash Your Sexy with Diana Antholis

    Kerri Lowe
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    This week I talk to Diana Antholis, a mind-body specialist, personal trainer, and founder of Unleash Your Sexy: a wellness blog for women. The post Unleash Your Sexy with Diana Antholis appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Oren Lyons 

    Kerri Lowe
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    The post Oren Lyons  appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • How to Share Selectively with Groups

    Melisa
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    With groups you can enjoy reading more stories by your friends and family and have the capability to share some of your stories with a selection of people. The post How to Share Selectively with Groups appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Sad Love Stories

    Kerri Lowe
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Love doesn't always last forever. And sometimes it never even manifests at all. If you want to read some sad love stories to make you feel better about life (or give you an excuse to cry!) - we've got 'em. True tales from brave souls who thought, "It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all." The post Sad Love Stories appeared first on StoryShelter.
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    WritingThoughts

  • The One Question to Ask Yourself BEFORE You Become a Freelance Writer

    Laura Spencer
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    So, you want to be a freelance writer. That’s great. Freelance writing can be a rewarding career choice. I should know. I moved from a technical communication department twelve years ago to freelance writing and I’ve never looked back. Freelance writing has been good to me. Unfortunately, some people become freelance writers for all the wrong reasons. In this post, I discuss the one question every would-be freelance writer should ask. I also examine the possible answers. Before you commit to freelance writing, you should ask yourself one very important question: Why Do I Want…
  • What Freelance Writers Need to Know about Guest Posting

    Laura Spencer
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Guest posting has been a somewhat controversial topic lately. I listed guest posting in my list of bad writing gigs a few weeks ago and sparked a discussion. One reason guest posting is currently looked down on is the huge quantity of spammy guest posts that have flooded the content arena. In this post, I’ll take a closer look at guest posting. First of all, I’ll discuss the definition of guest posting. I’ll explain why I think guest posting is often (but not always) a bad gig for writers as well as website owners. Finally, I’ll discuss the right way to go about…
  • 5 Surprises New Freelance Writers Face

    Laura Spencer
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    Freelance writing is full of surprises–some pleasant, some not so pleasant. Many freelance writers simply don’t know what to expect from freelance writing. Much of what has been written about freelance writing is incomplete. It highlights certain aspects of writing or certain problems and glosses over the rest. When I started freelancing several things took me by surprise. Even though I had read all I could find about freelance writing, I was still unprepared. I don’t want other new writers to go through that. In this post, I share five things about freelance writing that…
  • 4 Reasons Why Freelance Writers Need to Take a Break

    Laura Spencer
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:13 am
    “I’ve been freelancing for over seven years and in all that time I’ve never had a day off, not even a weekend.” Those words made me sad when I read them on a forum for freelance writers. I know firsthand that not taking a break can exact a heavy toll on a freelance writer. Of course, I can relate to the writer’s statement. As a freelancer, I’ve had my share of weekend working and working vacations. Sometimes you have to do that to meet a deadline. I also understand the financial pressures that freelance writers face. If you don’t work, you don’t…
  • Announcing The Step By Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success

    Laura Spencer
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    Getting started as a freelance writer can be scary. There’s a lot to learn and you may not know where to turn for answers. Did you ever wish that an experienced writer would sit down with you and share what they know? Unfortunately, coaching and mentoring services can be costly. If you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, they might be out of your reach. Fortunately, now you have another alternative. I’ve teamed up with veteran freelance writer, Carol Tice of How to Make a Living Writing to create an ebook just for freelance writers, The Step By Step Guide to…
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    Angelique Voisen

  • Cover Reveal: The Wolf and His Moon Prince

    Angel Voisen
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Blurb:A werewolf and a hard soldier, Rin is the right man for the right job. Tasked with bringing back the fabled Moon Princess for the crown prince of Yamato, Rin is delighted when the princess turns out to be a prince. Rin is used to training potential royal playthings for his master, but Midori baffles him. Both Rin’s human half and wolf half badly want Midori, and it’s a supreme test of his will to surpass his desire for the prince’s future plaything.Midori is initially sceptical of the crass and forceful Rin, but he can’t deny his scorching attraction to the steely-eyed…
  • Blog Tour: Chasing Perfection by M.S. Parker

    Angel Voisen
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Synopsis They all think they can sleep their way to the top - blondes, brunettes and redheads. That is, until they meet me. My name is DeVon Ricci and I’m an asshole. At least they all seem to think so. But I don’t give a shit because they never last long. Two or three weeks tops, then they're gone. Not that it matters. There’s always another talent waiting to take a seat on the casting couch, but I've yet to find what I'm looking for. I know what I want and I won't settle for less. I'm always chasing perfection.The embodiment of the American dream, DeVon Ricci had come to America from…
  • Book Tour: Shoulder Pads and Flannel by Jo Ramsey

    Angel Voisen
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    High school football star Guillermo Garcia can count himself among the popular kids—for now. Although he secretly dates Evan Granger, who is openly gay and badly bullied for it, Guillermo doesn’t dare let his teammates, classmates, or close-knit family learn about his sexuality. But Guillermo witnessed an attack on Evan, and now the school bullies plan to out Guillermo in retaliation. In their small town, word spreads rapidly, so Guillermo must make a quick choice—come out now on his own or risk having someone else do it for him.Contemporary LGBT Fiction, Published by Harmony Ink, an…
  • New Release: Sugar-free Beta (Wolves of New Haven, #1)

    Frances C
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sugar-free Beta (Wolves of New Haven, #1)Publisher: Evernight Publishing Buy Links: Evernight Publishing | BookStrand | ARe | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords |Reviews: Portia from MM Good Book Reviews says: This is the start to an awesome new series...It was told with the right mix of attitudes. This story has sexy wolf shifters, feisty mates, crazy Alpha’s, excitement and danger in it. It gives you that and so much more. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading it and kept it all the way to the end. BlurbDerrick Starr is a sad…
  • Team Taste the Rainbow Blog Hop (12-18 July)

    Angel Voisen
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Welcome to the Team Taste the Rainbow Blog Hop   For today's blog hop I’m going to share why I write LGBTQ romance. I'm also posting a short excerpt of my upcoming m/m romance paranormal novelette, Sugar-free Beta (Wolves of New Haven, #1).Additionally, I'm giving away a free copy of Sugar-free Beta, so remember to enter your name in the giveaway. Being bi with a strict Catholic upbringing and growing up in Singapore  is one of the reasons why I write LGBTQ fiction. Ten years ago, LGBTQ relationships here aren’t as accepted or as open as it is now. Present-wise, there…
 
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • THE SOURCE OF STORIES: Writing from experience and imagination

    Beatriz
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    So far we've looked at the source of stories and how to begin them.  Today we'll look at how to tell a story.You can write a story in any order you want.   You don't have to start at the beginning. Furthermore, you probably don't know what the beginning will be when you start writing.  Organizing, structuring, editing, revising come later, after you've got the whole story out on paper.  Story is the causal connection between scenes.  Which brings me to the most important ingredient in any story: the scene.  If you don't have scenes, you don't have action; nothing…
  • THE SOURCE OF STORIES: Writing from our experience and imagination

    Beatriz
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Last week we looked at where stories come from.  This week we'll focus on how to begin.  What do we do when confronted with the blank page or screen?  Even if we have an idea of what we want to write, we need a place to start, we need a push.  Here are some possibilities:* Prepare a list of one or two random words and use each one for a 5-minute free writing practice.* Open a book at any page and take the first sentence as a prompt to begin the writing practice.* Make lists of body parts, communal dinners, collective nouns, vestigial organs, things seen out the window, and…
  • THE SOURCE OF STORIES: Writing from experience and imagination

    Beatriz
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
                         We need to ask ourselves these three questions: 1. Where does our material come from?2. How do we begin?3. How do we tell a story?Here are some answers for the first question:Our material, our stories come from a combination of experience / bearing witness / imagination.  Experience needs time and distance. We cannot write about an event, an incident, an experience right away. We need to allow time and distance to convert the raw materials into a subject matter.  We need to digest it first; then we…
  • THE SOURCE OF STORIES: Writing from your experience and imagination

    Beatriz
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Whether we know it or not, whether we want it or not, we all write from our own experience.  Our stories are founded on the life we led and continue to lead, on everything we’ve learned in the process, and on the spaces in between.  Some writers take that material and relate it almost verbatim; others create very different worlds and characters.  In other words, some write memoir, others write fiction.  One of these essential elements is the writing of scenes – the building blocks of stories. FIRST STEP:Have manageable goals.Establish a plan of action * Will…
  • SOME INSTRUCTIONS FOR CRITIQUING

    Beatriz
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Now that you have drafted your story or essay, you need someone to read it and giveyou feedback:  1.        A good piece of writing requires the following:  -           a defined objective-           a skillful use of language and style-           a compelling voice-           a workable structure2.        Determine…
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    Kindle Me This

  • Outlining Fiction Saves Time

    Elizabeth Yetter
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    So many people hate the idea of creating an outline for their novels and short stories. I believe it all goes back to the drudgery of school and teachers forcing us to create these immaculate outlines complete with roman numerals. Guess what? My outlines look nothing like that. I use regular old numbers (1, 2, […]Continue reading...
  • How Flexible Should You Make Your Writing Schedule?

    Elizabeth Yetter
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    One of the biggest draws to starting a full time writing career is the idea that you can set your own flexible schedule. The truth of the matter is, you can either be flexible and write part time or you can maintain a schedule and write full time. If you want to succeed at being […]Continue reading...
  • The Everything Guide to Writing Children’s Books – Book Review

    Elizabeth Yetter
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The Everything Guide to Writing Children’s Books: How to write, publish, and promote books for children of all ages! (Everything®) By Wallin Luke and Eva Sage Gordon Summary The Everything Guide to Writing Children’s Books provides a basic overview to writing children’s book and publishing them via traditional publishers. Pros Gives a good description of […]Continue reading...
  • Writing for the Educational Market – Book Review

    Elizabeth Yetter
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Writing for the Educational Market: Informational Books for Kids By Laura Purdie Salas Summary Author Laura Purdie Salas teaches readers how to become a writer for the educational market. Pros Provides excellent information on the differences between educational publishing and trade publishing. Great information on studying the market. Shows you how to create an introductory […]Continue reading...
  • 10 Things You Need to do Before You Write Children’s Books

    Elizabeth Yetter
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Writing a children’s book takes pre-thought and preparation. It is not as easy as it seems, even though we have all read children’s books that made us think we could do better than the published author. Here are the ten things you need to do before you begin writing for children. 1. Interact with kids. […]Continue reading...
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • The Artist in Disguise in Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Bernice Landry
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Novelists write about every kind of character imaginable. Or do they?Sometimes, I wonder.No matter how a writer may strive to shape his or her characters into mundane or average peopleit seems to me that some spark of the creative imagination that bore them, some impression of the sculptor’s hand, often remains.To take one of a multitude of examples, one of my favorite writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is not known to write about artists. But I would say that Florentino Ariza in “Love in the Time of Cholera”, with his feverish vow to stay true to his love Fermina Daza, even as the…
  • President Obama, Lost Protagonist in a Disjointed Story

    Bernice Landry
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Once upon a time there was an African-American candidate running for President of the United States. His election campaign rang out with promises of hope and change. People came by the tens of thousands to watch his powerful, moving speeches.Here was a candidate who understood the power of narrative. Though still young, he had written an autobiography detailing the experiences of growing up bi-racial in America. Known for the power of his critical thinking and his hard-won self-awareness, this candidate seemed particularly promising after eight years of the George W. Bush administration —…
  • In the Garden of Good and Evil with “Rectify”

    Bernice Landry
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
    I recently saw a movie that followed the typical superhero formula, twisting and turning in all the right places, with very attractive movie stars and an outrageous special effects budget. Along with its box office entertainment value I think it was also supposed to deliver a strong moral premise, judging by some of its preachier dialogue.As I left the cinema I pictured the film’s writers in some windowless office, leafing through notes from the director, with pink arrow-shaped stickers indicating “place moralizing HERE.”Too often movies and other narrative works seem to employ moral…
  • Shakespeare and the Summertime of Imagination

    Bernice Landry
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    Flowering trees drop blossoms on the pavement. Rows of tulips cup the midday sun. Even the moon, more starkly visible in winter, seems more richly rounded and hauntingly mysterious.Though the calendar may say it’s springtime — summer in all her extravagance had arrived.When summer rolls around, I often think of live performances of Shakespeare. For as soon as the flowers spring to life, so do the many festivals and outdoor summer stocks and community playhouses — ranging from intimate seaside stages to the star-studded New York Shakespeare in the Park.Nothing beats a performance of…
  • Down and Out, Then Paranoid With George Orwell

    Bernice Landry
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    While many of his contemporaries are no longer read except by specialists, it seems that references to the paranoid fantasies of George Orwell are more common than ever.When I encounter one of these references (to Big Brother, Thought Crimes, The Ministry of Truth, etc.) I often think it would be good to re-read “Animal Farm and “1984” and be reminded of exactly what Orwell said. Did his books anticipate NSA vs. Edward Snowden and GPS tracking devices in our iPhones — or were his messages more subtle than a passing glance might suggest?But as I…
 
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  • Vote to Decide August’s Monthly Writing Challenge

    Jennifer Mattern
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As you might know, we kicked off monthly writing challenges here this month. July's challenge was a productivity challenge where participants would use a time tracker or a word count tracker to see where their time was really going (such as "wasting" thousands of words a week on emails -- guilty here). The idea was to find out where we're using our time less than optimally so we could make changes moving forward to squeeze more writing into our working hours. These challenges are run on the forum (register for free if you're not already a member of the community). There are new sections added…
  • The Horror Writers Association Opens Its Doors to Indie Authors

    Jennifer Mattern
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As of today, indie authors can qualify for either active or affiliate member status with the Horror Writers Association (HWA) based on earnings from their self published books. Previously, the only way to earn these member statuses from your books was to work through a traditional publisher. I'm particularly happy about this change for a few reasons: I'm an indie author myself and have been for the better part of a decade. It's nice to see professional organizations, and other authors, become more accepting of different business models. I've been a long-time supporter of indie authors in…
  • Recommended Resource: NameSilo for Domain Registrations

    Jennifer Mattern
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    If you've been a long-time reader, you probably know I run a lot of websites. And you might have seen me mention that GoDaddy was my registrar of choice (or at least the one I used and recommended). For years, GoDaddy had the best deals. While that might not matter much if you only need to register a few domains at a time, the savings can really add up when you have to renew dozens or even hundreds of them over the course of a year. So I stayed with GoDaddy even though I wasn't a fan of their advertising strategy and some of the behavior from its owner. As of this week, I've started moving my…
  • Quick Tip: Speed Up Your WordPress Blog by Identifying Slow Plugins

    Jennifer Mattern
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I constantly run speed tests on my websites and blogs. I tweak settings, monitor changes after updates, and look for ways to keep making improvements. There is always room for improvement, and I find that my biggest speed issues tend to surface after running updates. If you're having speed issues with your WordPress blog, chances are good the problem stems from your theme or one of your plugins. If that's the case, there's a simple tool you can use to pinpoint the culprit, and it happens to be one of my favorite plugins: P3 Plugin Performance Profiler. This plugin evaluates the load time…
  • Ten Reasons to Launch an Author Blog

    Jennifer Mattern
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If you’re an author, you've probably heard that you should consider having a blog. Some authors swear by them. Others swear them off as a distraction and waste of time. But the marketing value of blogs is undeniable, and they can be effective promotional tools for both nonfiction and fiction authors. In a future post we'll take a look at some of the ways you can simplify the author blogging process to reap the benefits without letting it take over your writing schedule. But for now, let's look at what some of those benefits actually are. 10 Reasons to Launch an Author Blog Not convinced…
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    chicagoliterati.com

  • Tweet us your best Winona Ryder fan fiction for this week’s #sixwordstory contest!

    Chicago Literati
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Winona Ryder is an icon. That’s why we’ve decided this week’s #sixwordstory contest on Twitter should be themed #winonaforever. In six words, tweet us your best Winona Ryder fan fiction. Let’s see what you come up with!  We can be reached at @chicagolitetati.
  • Q&A with Jessie Ann Foley, author of new novel The Carnival at Bray

    Kristen Nathan
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    After finishing Jessie Ann Foley’s first novel The Carnival at Bray, I had the opportunity to get in touch with her for a Q&A. I took the opportunity to pick her brain about her writing process, influences for the story, and even got to find out a little bit of what she loves in her…
  • Reach Nirvana at The Carnival at Bray

    Kristen Nathan
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I have become quick to write off young adult fiction novels in the last few years, which made me pleasantly surprised at how lost I got in the adventure that is The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley. Foley’s debut novel is already a Helen Sheehan Prize winner, which a reader will quickly understand…
  • Read the winning #horrorhaiku and vote for tomorrow’s #sixwordstory contest!

    Chicago Literati
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This weekend on Twitter we asked you to tweet us a #horrorhaiku for our #weekendhaiku contest. While we read many spooky submissions, we were quite taken by this haiku below. Be sure to vote for tomorrow’s #sixwordstory contest!
  • Live Lit Roundup for the week of July 28th, 2014

    Chicago Literati
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    Monday July 28th, 2014 8:00pm // Come out to ComedySportz (929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657) for the third installment of Impress These Apes. This episode features veteran apes being paired with new contestants for a unique and unpredictable challenge. Don’t miss another night of side-splitting comedy! Get tickets.  Tuesday July 29th, 2014  6:00pm // The Moth proudly presents Chicago StorySLAM: “Altered” at Martyrs’ (3855…
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    Denise Drespling

  • Book Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

    Denise Drespling
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you didn’t know, Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. His father’s influence is clear in his writing and it felt very much like reading something written by King himself. And me being a big King fan, that’s good news! And if you’re wondering about the title, it’s pronounced like Nosferatu. But you won’t find any vampires, here. At least not in the traditional sense. Plot It starts out strange and shocking and gets weirder as things go. Though the book is a little longer, the plot flies as fast as Vic does on her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, with plenty of…
  • Never Lose Your Work Again! Use These 4 Levels of Protection

    Denise Drespling
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    photo from Flickr via Creative Commons from Gino What would happen if your computer shut down right now? Think about for a second. What would happen if it spontaneously caught on fire? How much work did you just lose? Panicking yet? How about we make sure that even in the worst-case scenario, you would lose next to nothing? 1. Your Software Ever had a program crash on you in the middle of writing a scene? Or had your computer die before you could hit save? Chances are, your program has an auto save feature. If you’re using Word, check the auto save options (File > Options > Save). Word lets…
  • When Books Become TV Shows: Orange is the New Black

    Denise Drespling
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
      I recently read and reviewed the book, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman and gave it a 4. This was a book I read for book club and during our meeting, instead of just discussing, we decided to watch the first episode of the first season. In hindsight, it may not have been the best option to view a show with R rated content in a public setting, but hey. If you can’t be a rebel in the library, where can you be one? (And it was the library director’s idea, so I wasn’t too concerned.) Book Accuracy I gave it a 2 on accuracy, because well, it’s only loosely the…
  • Giveaway: The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

    Denise Drespling
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We all like winning stuff. I know this because I myself enter contests and giveaways and occasionally win stuff. For the release of the third book in the Miriam Black series, The Cormorant, Chuck Wendig did a Twitter contest. You tweeted about the book, you were entered into a random drawing. Apparently, I was random enough! I won a really sweet copy of The Cormorant in which Chuck not only scribbled his name, but also gave me a Miriam Black-style death prediction. Looks like I’ll be staying away from those plague badgers. (What the heck is a plague badger?!) This giveaway is not for my…
  • Book Review: Clear Skies, Deep Water by Beth Peyton

    Denise Drespling
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
      This is the charming memoir of Beth and her husband, Jeff, as they faced one of the most difficult times in their lives and found comfort in a small town on the lake. Plot What starts out as humorous—watching Beth and Jeff blend families together after divorces—becomes heartbreaking. I enjoyed the stories of life on the lake, but when Beth started describing their horrific year—losing both mothers and their business—I was in tears. Characters The people in the book are written in a way that makes them real and interesting. They felt so real to me that when…
 
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  • 4 Things Every Writer Should Know About Beta Readers

    Nat Russo
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The post 4 Things Every Writer Should Know About Beta Readers appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Writing is not a solitary endeavor. Not by a long shot. When a writer finishes a draft of a story, it is usually impossible for them to be objective about what they’ve written. Beta readers take a recently completed story and view it with a level of objectivity that the writer does not possess. But if you’ve never worked with a beta reader before, you shouldn’t jump in blindly. Beta readers can help you bring focus to your story in ways you never imagined. But they can…
  • Eddie Izzard on Talent

    Nat Russo
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    The post Eddie Izzard on Talent appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Many of you are aware that I had the opportunity to see Eddie Izzard in concert last week as part of his “Force Majeure” tour. What I didn’t mention on social media that night, however, is that I had the great privilege of attending a Q&A session with him after the show.   Most of the questions that evening were the usual, non-professional interview type questions: What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self if you could go back to the past? What inspired you to become a…
  • Necromancer Awakening $0.99 Sale

    Nat Russo
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:58 am
    The post Necromancer Awakening $0.99 Sale appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Times are tough, and sometimes a book that costs $2.99 is just too far out of reach. As a former Pizza Hut employee and bingo ball caller, please believe me when I say I understand that completely. I’d like to help, at least for a short period of time, because I believe in this story, and I want as many people as possible to experience it! I’m happy to announce that Necromancer Awakening is on sale now for $0.99 on Amazon. I’ll leave that price up until sometime tomorrow night (Monday…
  • Point of View – The Basics

    Nat Russo
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The post Point of View – The Basics appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Choosing the right point of view (PoV) for your story is the most important—and sometimes the most challenging—decision you will make before you begin the writing process. It isn’t a decision to take lightly. Through your story’s point of view, your reader will experience your world, your story, your characters, and your very purpose for writing the story to begin with.   It’s a good idea to become familiar with the various point-of-view options before you set about creating your…
  • 8 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

    Nat Russo
    8 Jun 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The post 8 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Nothing strikes fear in the heart a writer faster than these two words: Writer’s Block. Whether you’ve been writing for 20 days or 20 years, you’re likely to find yourself staring blankly at the computer screen eventually.       But what’s the solution? In my writing journey, I’ve come across at least 8 things you can do right now to break through that feeling of emptiness and helplessness. 1. Find A Picture Until I tried it, I never would have believed how helpful…
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    Sheep Noir

  • When my love for reading was almost derailed

    Mabel Thandi
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    At the age of 11 I was a shy little girl, naive but armed with a form of curiosity that refused to be appeased. I was excited, having just transferred to a brand new school where I was to start Grade 6, it was Standard 4 back then. I am not sure but maybe because of my shyness and quiet nature (let us go with that naive narrative) it seemed that my it was assumed that my intelligence was dubious at best by my English teacher on the first day. In the first week we were told to choose any book from the classroom’s bookshelf to read during class and take home. I chose the book that had topped…
  • Cape Town’s top six spots if you are a book lover

    Mabel Thandi
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    Here is another one of Sheep Noir’s totally subjective lists. I believe that if you love books the Cape Town CBD is very kind to you and has several diverse spaces where you can find your regular dose of happiness. The Book Lounge The basement of the Book Lounge The independent book store, Book Lounge is a magical space on the fringes of Cape Town CBD and District Six. What sets it apart from the large franchises (which I will not name) is that they do not get a million copies of a book and shove it into your face but they are rather selective, choosing their books based on merit. What is…
  • The 7 awful characters that haunt book launches and talks

    Mabel Thandi
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:35 am
    If you attend lots of book launches you will no doubt bump into some characters that will relentlessly irritate you. At least one of the seven characters listed below are likely to pop up at a literature event. There are of course many more I could include, but here I have chosen to focus on the ones that irritate me the most. Like the people who attend book launches to openly critique books and authors they have never read. The restless ones who keep walking up and down. It seems like microphones, confined spaces and (sometimes) free wine attracts them, so beware. We can only hope that you…
  • Bookclubs That Work

    Mabel Thandi
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
    I am part of a book club and I love it. This is probably weird as they are quite a contentious issue among book lovers online, many feel it is a waste of time as it mostly turns into nights or days out sipping on some lovely wine. I think my book club works because of several factors that the original members in the group thought out well. It is noteworthy to state that I am the youngest and newest member in the group and the oldest member recently celebrated her 75th birthday. Here is a breakdown of why we got it right: A quality versus quantity balance: There are 8 of us: A group that is…
  • Revisiting The Quiet Violence of Dreams

    Mabel Thandi
    14 May 2014 | 3:55 am
    When you re-read a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in yourself than there was before. -Clifton Fadiman, editor and critic (1904-1999) Tears tumble down my face and catch me off guard. I try to reel them back in but they eagerly roll out and start to soak the 609 page book I am holding. I am not sure why I am crying. Is it the bleakness that Tshepo in K Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams has to endure? Is it his many experiences as the constant other that resonates with me? Is it a realisation of the horror lying in my own dreams? Or is it…
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  • Yes, vegan risotto can be creamy good.

    m.e. welman
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Vegan risotto with tomatoes and basil by m.e. welman. If you follow this blog (or not) you may know I am a vegan. And you may also know I used to cook for a living. Here’s one of my then meaty creations, Carbonada Criolla tacos–a riff on an Argentine dish with pumpkin aioli. Two and a half years (plus 25 pounds thinner) I am still a vegan but I no longer cook for a living. After my husband’s stomach cancer, we decided to go vegetarian and then vegan for our health. I’m also a contributing editor at Vegtosterone.com, my husband’s site for guys who want to be manly…
  • Should freelance writers reveal how much money they make?

    m.e. welman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Yes, this is the property of Disney. There’s an article in the New York Times Op-Talk section about writers sharing their money woes. While I do believe in honesty in most everything (exceptions being when I have to talk to my in-laws, strangers who bring up topics like religion or politics and eating food a friend has cooked) I do think that revealing one’s income can do freelance writers a great disservice. The New York Times article highlights one such freelancer, Nicole Dieker, and her Tumblr where she posts her monthly income for all to see. I think this is a good idea to…
  • What if you’ve written a turkey?

    m.e. welman
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    More importantly, what if you’ve written a turkey of a book and you don’t know it? It happens all the time. Just peruse Wattpad, Smashwords, Amazon or any other self-publishing site where works are sold or given away for free. There are plenty of truly terrible books and stories out there and an equal amount of authors who are clueless to this fact. What then, makes for a bad book? Let’s start with the easy and painfully obvious stuff: The work has not been properly edited by a professional. There are grammatical errors and misspellings galore. The cover was done by someone…
  • An excellent site for budding screenwriters

    m.e. welman
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    My friend, George, sent this my way. The site is Done Deal Pro and it’s an excellent resource and tool for screenwriters, both budding and bloomed. Besides updates on deals and development news, there is a great contest section. Fresh voices and ideas are always in demand. Keep writing!
  • Weird Al parodies Robin Thicke with Word Crimes. Better than Strunk & White.

    m.e. welman
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Weird Al may be the new Strunk & White with his parody Word Crimes, but it’s even shorter than the original, rhymes and is to the tune of Blurred Lines. So I have to say it’s a lot better than Strunk & White. “I saw your blogpost. It was really fantastic. That was sarcastic. Cause you write like a spastic.” Enjoy and okay, #Yankovic
 
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  • How your Blog Plays an Essential Role in your Business

    Prachi Kulkarni
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In the age of social media blogging has taken a place of importance. Those who want to express their personal thoughts and feelings or are in search of a platform for communication, they are resorting more and more to blogging. Blogs help to interact with many others, other bloggers and those with similar thoughts and mentalities. Blogs have various other functions too. They are not just matters of entertainment but also a medium for venting out thoughts. Nowadays along with social media blogs are used for business and business communications. Various companies are taking on to blogging to…
  • 6 Killer Tips to Write an Attractive Press Release

    Prachi Kulkarni
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    In this age of social media press release seems to be out of date as people are leaning more towards news that come fast and with drama. However, a powerful and attractive press release can still hold a reader glued to it even in this age of social media. An experienced and smart writer would know how to make a press release writing attractive enough to get plenty of readers hooked on to it and get the message spread throughout various channels. Press release writing requires time, skill, research, some creative talent and a will to make it attractive. Here are some tips on how to write an…
  • How to Write a Compelling ebook That Goes Viral

    Prachi Kulkarni
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Books have always been a source of joy and pleasure for book worms from the time printing presses came into being. From ages and even till some years back, libraries had been the haunt and source of every kind of books for the bookworms. With advancement of technologies in the modern era, where everything is going digital, books have gone digital too. People now slide through the pages of e-books and internet is the source for these. Notes, reviews and recommendations are available on the digital pages itself instead of the printed papers. The days of print are fast depleting. Thus ebook…
  • Google Panda 4.0: Gives preference to high quality content websites

    Prachi Kulkarni
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:23 am
    Here comes Google Panda 4.0: The latest updations by Google namely Google Panda 4.0 has brought a great sense of revolution for professionals in writing business. With consistent launch of different versions; Google is succeeding in its objective of presenting only quality content writing websites throughout its search engine.  Post launch of Google Panda 4.0 on 21st May, 2014, Google would deem every other website that would showcase low and poor quality content. Several websites have found themselves in low ranking category due to the presence of poor quality content on their website.
  • Top 15 SEO Content Writing Tips for New Writers

    Prachi Kulkarni
    27 May 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It is an art to write appealing and highly informative contents. Though, it is not a skill that can be learned by attending few classes, one can work upon his or her existing style of writing in order to learn how to write information packed, highly robust content. Using such content is a sure way to bring about a marked improvement in a website’s or blog’s ranking with various search engines. Content writing tips Following top 15 tips for SEO Content writing can help you in writing contents that will help in improving search engine rankings- 1)  Write Effective Headlines or titles: The…
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  • Blightborn: Heartland, Book #2 — Out Now!

    terribleminds
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    And the second book of Blightborn is now out in the world. It exists in hardback (~$11.39), paperback (~$9.99) and Kindle e-book ($3.99), and audio (~$8.99). Your procurement options are: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound It is also available on Kindle Unlimited (which you can try for free). Feel free too to check out the books or add it on Goodreads. What’s It About? This is the second book in my YA Heartland trilogy: a cornpunk agripocalyptic dust-topia where a handful of teens from the earthbound Heartland decide to take the fight to the rich masters who float above their heads in grand…
  • A Survival Kit For Your Very Own 3-Year-Old Monkey-Demon

    terribleminds
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    “Ha ha ha, those terrible twos,” they said. A lie. A CRUEL AND CALLOUS LIE. Sure, you have a two year old and you think, jeez, what happened to this kid. You had an adorable little marshmallow running around gooble-gobbling, and then one day things changed and out of nowhere you had this irritable little creature — like he had sand in the elastic of his diaper always turning him surly. But you think: I only have a year of this. They call this the Terrible Twos, so I just have to weather the storm for one year. One. Year. The only way through is out, you think. You breathe a…
  • Strong Like Wendig

    terribleminds
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    So, as you may know, I’ve been running. For about a year now. I like it. (Cue the peanut gallery asking that question, WHAT ARE YOU RUNNING FROM, to which I respond, THE INEVITABLE EMBRACE OF THE REAPER, thanks.) I think it’s time to incorporate some strength training alongside of it. Here’s the thing, though. Whenever I try to BECOME STRONG LIKE BULL, I seem to cause myself some pain. Not significant pain, but the day or two after doing upper body, f’rex, I seem to suffer neckaches and headaches. Anything below that? Backaches. Which tells me I probably need to…
  • Flash Fiction Challenge: A Story In Three Sentences

    terribleminds
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Last week’s challenge: Superheroes Plus! This week’s challenge is an old favorite — one that’s easy to describe, yet difficult in execution. I want you to write a single story in three sentences. Not a snapshot. Not a vignette. A complete story. Beginning, middle, and end. Three sentences. Easy to half-ass — but challenging to execute with elegance and power. But, life’s too short not to give it a go, so: you are challenged. *throws down glove* *fires starting pistol* *Tasers you or whatever* Ahem. The way to do this is easy: Go to the comments below and…
  • FYI: HWA Opens Doors To Author-Publishers

    terribleminds
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Apparently, the HWA (Horror Writers’ Association) now allows self-published authors. Qualifications are: Self-publishers who have generated $2000 in earnings within two years of initial publication date can qualify for Active (voting) status.  Those who have earned $200 within two years of initial publication date can qualify for Associate status.  More details can be found at http://horror.org/joining-the-hwa/  (please note the criteria have not yet been updated). That seems inline with what they ask of other authors, mostly. I’ve already seen a few twitches and paroxysms of…
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  • Sci-Fi #3

    Missy
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Three men wear suits of specially-treated fibers suitable for the intense climate of the outer planets. They are searching for evidence of water or plant-life since their planet is about to become a vast wasteland. **What’s happened to Earth? What planet are these men investigating?** The post Sci-Fi #3 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Dystopian #1

    Missy
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    The end of the world happened with the mass destruction of the power plants and a virus that runs rampant throughout the entire population. **Talk what is happening three years after the end.** The post Dystopian #1 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Fantasy #3

    Missy
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Over the landscape, a winged creature floated. It swooped down and grabbed a large cow with its sharp claws. No people could be seen because they knew it was feeding time. **Talk about the winged creature. What world does it inhabit?** The post Fantasy #3 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Emotional #3

    Missy
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    A young girl climbs on her bike. Tears are streaming down her cheeks. She’s not going to live with her mother anymore. She hates her. **Where’s the girl going? What happened with her mother?** The post Emotional #3 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Criminal #3

    Missy
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    The detective is closing in on a suspect. He knows the man killed his wife. He just can’t prove it. There’s a piece of evidence that could clear the suspect, but the detective knows the husband committed the crime. **Does the detective withhold the evidence to build a case?** The post Criminal #3 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
 
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  • Soul Writing: Is It Real?

    Bibi Tinsley
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Answer: The experience must resonate with an inner knowing. This knowing is not something that can be 'proven', or understood intellectually. To prepare for a Soul Writing session, I will get a favorite crystal, light some incense, or put on some sacred essential oil, and last, light a candle. These are all tools to invite myself into a faster, finer, higher vibration.Early evening, Sunday, July 27, 2014We say to our dear one that nothing occurs between embodied souls on your earth plane without prior agreement.So, my question is, am I the same soul that didn't come through in the only…
  • Family

    Bibi Tinsley
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    This is Angel. We've known each other now for just a little over five weeks, but it feels like forever. I must come from The Hummingbird Planet. This is Pineapple. He and I are also related... *hummingbird hugs to all*
  • My Friend Pineapple

    Bibi Tinsley
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    I love our hummingbirds!
  • Authenticity

    Bibi Tinsley
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Authenticity. I want to live from this place always. I published a blog post recently that had a good bit of this post's information in it (see it here) - but the truth is much bigger than I let on there. I suppose I wanted to be careful about posting channellings, or received information, or whatever one wants to call it publicly. Why? I can't find a good reason! If this is about authenticity, and speaking/expressing from my soul's truth, I feel I must share the following.I am currently taking my second class in Soul Writing from Joanne DiMaggio and A.R.E. Joanne is wonderfully…
  • Road Trip!

    Bibi Tinsley
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The Bibi Blog's source feed address is changing, and I want to make sure I don't lose any of my subscribers!Here's the new link: The bibi blog  New posts coming soon!  Check out Soul Writings!
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  • One Thing You Should Consider for Your Account Security

    Nurdin Budi M.
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    When you open an e-mail, social network, internet banking, shopping or other pages that require you to fill out your account password, it is actually all browsers will store information on your computer.Read more »
  • Journey of Life

    Nurdin Budi M.
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    People find that way of life to be passed is long, but the way it will not seem long if we always have a plan in the course of our lives. Tried everything we have planned and always try, even though the failure will happen, then we will always be given the spirit; because the journey of life to something that is both successful plan and plan failure.Read more »
  • Safe Browsing with Chrome Incognito Mode

    Nurdin Budi M.
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    When you browse the internet using someone else's computer, you should be careful; don't forget to sign out of your account, remove cookies or remove website history; because information was left behind can be used by people who are not responsible.Read more »
  • When Social Media is Used Properly

    Nurdin Budi M.
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:52 am
    When something becomes a big thing as social media Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Forsquare and many more, it will be a lot of exposure to negative things that seemed to illustrate that social media not useful for a positive life.Read more »
  • Content is The Best Marketing Ever

    Nurdin Budi M.
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    Many ways taken by providers of information on the internet to increase its website traffic; they use all means in order that the desired can be immediately achieved; It doesn't matter whether it's negative or positive ways; and they forget that the essence is actually to be done into oblivion. I also did the same thing and I regret using the wrong way.Read more »
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  • Using Facebook to Target Readers

    Anne OConnell
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    If you're building your author platform and haven't started a Facebook page yet, what are you waiting for? It's the most effective way to pinpoint target exactly who your readers are. Check out this infographic from Qwaya!
  • Writing Process? What Writing Process?

    Anne OConnell
    28 Jun 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Ah, the ever elusive 'writing process'. I've been a writer for years but as an author I’m a fairly new having published my first book in 2011 and two more since. Over the past three years I’ve been happily writing away, working towards my dreams of being a famous novelist, and feel pretty good about a strong ‘author voice’ that seems to be developing. The more you write the closer you get to finding the voice that’s uniquely yours, pulling bits and pieces from those you admire and drawing from your own experiences and mental meanderings. I think the same goes for landing on a…
  • Juggling Genres… Brilliance or Pure Folly?

    Anne OConnell
    26 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Variety versus boredomI love to write but don’t want to get boxed into one genre. Does that create problems? Absolutely! Does it keep things interesting? You bet!I consider my specialized skill to be simply…. writing. Do some writers have a particular niche they focus on? Most do and many ‘experts’ warn not to switch about as it makes it difficult to market your services (or for book marketing). That’s probably the biggest downside to switching genres. For authors, once you have a following, switching genres can alienate your readers. But sometimes you just need a change, right? If…
  • The Author-Preneur – Are you Ready for it? Book review: APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

    Anne OConnell
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    “Starting your book is only the first five miles of a twenty-six mile marathon that’s one-third of a triathlon.” APE: Author, Publisher, EntrepreneurIf you’re a self-published author or are contemplating taking the plunge (for whatever reason), be prepared for the demand of being an ‘Author-Preneur.’ Actually, it’s not a bad idea to do it even if you’re traditionally published. Start switching your mind-set from, ‘I’ve got to sit down and get a chapter done today’ to ‘I’ve got to sit down and write a chapter today AND post a tweet about my progress, share a sneak…
  • ‘Writing essentials’ by Morgen Bailey

    Anne OConnell
    23 Mar 2014 | 8:47 pm
    I am pleased today to host a guest blog by author mentor, Morgen Bailey. Morgen was extremely supportive when I launched my first novel and I'm delighted to have her share her insights on what it takes to be a successful writer.Morgen BaileyTake it away Morgen!  Writing Essentials by Morgen BaileyAmerican science-fiction novelist Jerry Pournell is reported to have said “I think it takes about a million words to make a writer. I mean that you're going to throw away.” I started writing for fun nine years ago and more seriously six years ago and with seven NaNoWriMo novels,…
 
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  • What Weird Al Yankovic can teach us about blogging

    Kevin Duncan
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Weird Al Yankovic is a blogging muse. Yes, I realize “Weird Al” and “blogging” are words you usually don’t see together very often. In fact, add the words “peanut butter,” “Canada” and “porcupine,” and you would have quite the game of Mad Libs. This shouldn’t be so. In fact, it’s my belief Weird Al Yankovic and blogging go hand in hand! Why? Because there is much we bloggers can learn from the life, habits and career of Weird Al. Things like… 1. Weird Al turned a hobby into his profession and livelihood…
  • How to kill engagement and stop those pesky blog comments

    Kevin Duncan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following takes place in an alternate universe. It’s one where bloggers hate reader engagement and hate receiving comments, but in a cruel twist they cannot simply “turn off” their comments. Instead, they’re forced to use other means to discourage engagement… Comments. Ugh, am I right? Just the other day, I received a comment from a female reader who told me she loved my blog and thought I was cute. She also said she was going to share my post with her 41 million Twitter followers. Thanks, @taylorswift13, but no thanks. Who needs that kind of drivel? Sure,…
  • There is no magic formula for achieving blogging success

    Kevin Duncan
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a scenario I made up just now for the purpose of this blog post, people often ask me about the magic formula for blogging success. “What’s your secret,” they will ask me. “What is the one trick I need to know,” they will continue. “Is it your hair? Follow-up question: Can I have a lock of your hair,” they will plead. “Drink this…it’s not spiked with knock-out pills,” they will promise. “People,” I will tell them, after waking up, groggy, while tied to a chair. “There is no magic formula. Now, please, let…
  • Is your shirtless man in a cape costing you blog readers?

    Kevin Duncan
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Were my eyes deceiving me? “Surely I can’t be seeing what I think I’m seeing,” I told myself. “You are seeing it,” I responded. “And stop calling yourself Shirley.” “It’s a beautiful house,” I had told the Realtor ten minutes earlier. And it was. It was built in 1868. Eight rooms in the house had access to a fireplace. It had pine floors. It was over 4,000 square feet. It had almost an acre of land. And it had come down $70,000 in price. I was strongly debating whether or not to buy it. How could I not? It was beautiful. And…
  • Writing sponsored posts: Where to draw the line when blogging for passion and money

    Irwin Lagman
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by Irwin Lagman of i-writes.com. In it Irwin talks about a topic of which I lack experience: writing sponsored posts. Specifically, how you can use them to monetize your blog without alienating your readership. Read on and, when you’re finished, be sure to leave Irwin a comment! Passionate bloggers are the ones who make it big. They are the ones who get massive traffic, high conversions, and great engagement on their sites. That’s because their passion drives them to create valuable content and give their readers what they want.
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  • "A woman's mystery lies in her silence" and other bullshit.

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    This saying is infuriating. I don't even know if it's a real saying but it doesn't matter because you get the idea. It's stupid, dated, and really fucking upsetting for anyone with a vagina.Let me tell you something. Some people still respond positively to this notion. I've (accidentally) had stellar results from being silent. It's unnerving. They think you must secretly be a genius if you keep your mouth shut. I've spent time with people I really did not enjoy, and have stayed silent out of anger or discomfort. I've clammed up for fear of saying something offensive like "please stop…
  • This is a completely true story that no one is going to believe.

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Like most people, I lived in the dorms my freshman year of college. The particular dorm I resided in was close enough to one of the academic buildings that I could walk to it, which I preferred to taking the bus. The bus reverted everyone back to being ten years old and trying to navigate bus politics. Nobody needs that shit.So, the building I'm referring to was located about a ten minute walk from my room, and the class I was in started at 5pm and let out at 7:30pm, which is also right about the time it gets dark in the winter. Students heading to this building were almost always…
  • Boycycles

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I'm not afraid to tell you that I've had a large collection of boyfriends in the past twenty-one years of my life. I'm using the term "boyfriend" in the loosest, most forgiving way. Here is the pattern:1. Boy and I meet. Very exciting.2. Spend approximately one day together.3. Spend exactly one night together.4. Become wildly obsessed with each other, disregarding some pretty basic things like:                                                     …
  • Shamelessly reliving my teenage years.

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    In seventh grade I was friends with a girl named Lola. We were neighbors, which I'm assuming is how we met, but I can't remember the specifics now. I was a weird and awkward child. With the perfect vision hindsight allows, it's pretty obvious that Lola befriended me for the sole purpose of making her look better in comparison.  It should have tipped me off that she has almost as few friends as I did, yet I was homeschooled and she went to the public school in the next town over. I've blocked out most of the worst memories of her, and even now as I try to remember them, my brain…
  • Happy Camp

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    My mother emailed me last night to tell me about Auntie Dee passing away. She was in Greece. My mother, not Auntie Dee. Actually, she's my great aunt. More like a grandmother.Auntie Dee had a heart attack in her sleep. She was in a nursing home in Northern California, where all the relatives on my mother's side live. My memories of Auntie Dee are strange. She had a good sense of humor. My first memory of her was when my mother and I visited her home before the nursing home, a place called "Happy Camp." I'm not kidding. I'm also not kidding when I say Happy Camp is as dismal a place as…
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  • 10 questions your TV pitch should answer…with producer Amanda Higgs

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    After graduating film school, Amanda Higgs followed her own advice: she worked hard, and she stuck to her passion. “It took ten years to get my first production credit,” she says. “If I’d known it would take that long, I probably would’ve quit.” But Amanda doesn’t strike me as a quitter. Her number-one message is work […]
  • 12 ways to read a picture book…with Ernie Bond

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Meeting Dr Ernie Bond feels like meeting an old friend. He’s super-friendly, down-to-earth, and shares a passionate love of children’s literature. “Ooo! Ooo!” he says. “This is not referred to in the text at all! This is not in the text!” Ernie is an expert in visual literacy: the art of reading images, and he’s in Fremantle to speak […]
  • Why I ran away with the circus (and how you can too)

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    I adore science and innovation: thanks to science, I have light bulbs, a fridge, and a sense that the world is a wondrous place and incredible things can happen. And yet, I don’t work in science.  Why not? Because I found something that I love even better! Science communication :-) Do you have a science degree, and an itch in […]
  • Are you afraid of the dark? Books to help overcome fear

    12 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Monsters under the bed? Ghosts in the hallway? A looming feeling of anxiety or fear? Two of these things are (probably) fictional. The third is something that many of us, especially children, often deal with. I am morbidly afraid of falling. As a kid I would have recurring nightmares: falling out of trees, falling off […]
  • How you can make the most of a writers festival or conference: Part 3

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    How can you best prepare for a writer’s conference or literature festival? This is what worked for me… It’s crunch-time I’ve prepared my presentations and printed my business cards. I’ve worked out what I want from the 2014 Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore, Time to put all that into action. Once you’ve done all your preparation, go forth and […]
 
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