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  • If Stories Come to You, Care for Them

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If the stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other’s memory. BARRY LOPEZ
  • Authors Attack: Dealing With Negative Book Reviewers

    All Indie Writers
    Jennifer Mattern
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
      In the third episode of the All Indie Writers Podcast, I'm joined by Princess Jones. We chat about extreme cases of authors behaving badly by attacking negative book reviewers. And we offer tips on how you can deal with negative book reviews more tactfully (hint: there is almost never an appropriate time for you to take on a reviewer). You can hear the latest episode below (warning: it contains profanity). Or you can read the show notes for the important takeaways. As always, your questions are welcome. Visit the main Podcast page to submit questions to be answered in a future…
  • Simplify Planning Your 2015 Content Marketing

    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog
    Roger C. Parker
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Learn how a Mindjet Editorial Calendar mind map can simplify your 2015 content marketing. My latest Mindjet Content Dashboard article describes a 3-step approach to creating a 2015 Editorial Calendar. My article on Mindjet’s Conspire blog also includes a sample Editorial Calendar MindManager template for you to download! Editorial Calendar benefits An Editorial Calendar mind map simplifies planning your 2015 content marketing and book promotion in several ways, including: Eliminates searching for topics at the last minute. An editorial calendar gives you a “big picture” view…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- November 21, 2014 Edition

    Lisa Romeo Writes
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    > I love Katie Riegel's "Literary Magazine Wishes"over at The Gloria Sirens. Sample: "A human-sounding 'about' page. Pretentious = no. You don’t have to deride other branches of the literary world in order to do what you do."> Via the New York Times' Learning Network: "500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing". (Yes, 500. Neatly categorized. 500.)> Perhaps a bit surprisingly, for someone who thinks of herself as something of a word nerd, and at the risk of seeming old or out of step, I had to look up the top three new words of the year named by the Oxford…
  • How To Self Publish On Kindle – Best Practices For Kindle Publishing

    The Write One Blog
    Stefanie Newell
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The arrival of the Kindle Direct Publishing platform (KDP) was a major publishing solution for many aspiring and established writers. This is because authors both big and small have an easier opportunity of publishing their work ... The post How To Self Publish On Kindle – Best Practices For Kindle Publishing appeared first on The Write One Blog.
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    Advice to Writers

  • If Stories Come to You, Care for Them

    JW
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If the stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other’s memory. BARRY LOPEZ
  • Go Against the Devils

    JW
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Write against patterns. Go against the devils. Write what you never write. Lie. Validate what you don’t validate. Indulge what you don’t like. Wallow in it. Write the opposite of what you always write, think, speak. Do everything against the grain! DEENA METZGER
  • Go Out and See Something of Life

    JW
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Yes, I get dry spells. Sometimes I can't turn out a thing for three months. When one of those spells comes on I quit trying to work and go out and see something of life. You can't write a story that's got any life in it by sitting at a writing table and thinking. You've got to get out into the streets, into the crowds, talk with people, and feel the rush and throb of real life—that's the stimulant for a story writer. O. HENRY
  • Practice, Practice, Practice

    JW
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn’t matter what we write (at least this is my view) at our age, so long as we write continually as well as we can. I feel that every time I write a page either of prose or of verse, with real effort, even if it’s thrown into the fire the next minute, I am so much further on. C.S. LEWIS
  • Spend Some Time Living Before You Start Writing

    JW
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Spend some time living before you start writing. What I find to be very bad advice is the snappy little sentence, “Write what you know.” It is the most tiresome and stupid advice that could possibly be given. If we write simply about what we know we never grow. We don't develop any facility for languages, or an interest in others, or a desire to travel and explore and face experience head-on. We just coil tighter and tighter into our boring little selves. What one should write about is what interests one. ANNIE PROULX
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Calculus

    Maeve Maddox
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    A reader writes, The other day I heard a radio commentator constantly using the phrase “in that calculus”, something I’d never heard before. [The] commentator was using it in a political context, pretty much as a fancy way of saying “in that situation”; I’d be grateful if you could look into it and cover it some time! Calculus is one of those words like parameter and paradigm that have been yanked from their habitual scientific contexts into the general vocabulary by non-scientists to make their utterances sound more profound. In the context of mathematics,…
  • Stalwart

    Maeve Maddox
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    A reader asks for clarification regarding the word stalwart: I am confused about the meaning of “stalwart” in the following context: “One of the most influential companies in high technology right now may be a 135-year-old industrial stalwart.” According to OED, as a noun, stalwart means “loyalist, hard-working supporter.” Nonetheless, I fail to grasp the meaning of stalwart qualified by industrial as adjective. As a noun, stalwart has more than one meaning; “loyal supporter” is only one of them. Stalwart began as an adjective. The Old English adjective stalworth was applied…
  • An Came First

    Maeve Maddox
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    A reader writes: I propose that “an” was invented to prevent us from having to interrupt the flow of speech. And it still fills that purpose before unaccented first syllables starting with h. This comment suggests that the indefinite article form an developed from the form a as a means of facilitating pronunciation. Unlike Esperanto, English is not an invented language, but the product of more than a thousand years of development. An was not invented to facilitate the flow of language. Neither did it begin its life as “an indefinite article.” It started out as a numeric…
  • Labor vs. Belabor

    Maeve Maddox
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    A reader asks, Can you tell me which is preferred, “labor the point” or “belabor the point”. I’ve heard them used interchangeably. The Google Ngram Viewer indicates that “labor the point,” (“to continue to repeat or explain something that has already been said and understood”) has been around for about 100 years longer than “belabor the point.” A Web search suggests that the two versions are now used interchangeably: The vice president was apologizing for being long-winded and belaboring points, even as he continued to belabor long-winded points.
  • Pronoun Mistakes #1: TV Characters

    Maeve Maddox
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    When it comes to nonstandard grammar in the mouths of television characters, I expect the professionals–like FBI agents, medical examiners, and college professors–to model standard English. When they don’t, I always wonder if the scriptwriter or the actor is at fault. Here are some examples from my recent viewing: Incorrect: You and me are going to [do something about this]. Correct : You and I are going to [do something about this]. This line is spoken by a school counselor played by Whoopie Goldberg in an episode of the television comedy series The Middle. Me is an object form. “You…
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 443 GG Done Versus Finished

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Done Versus Finished (Follow along at the website: http://bit.ly/1uNZgyH) Types of Nouns (http://bit.ly/1vwzG3c) Why Grimm's Fairy Tales Should Make You Think of Linguistics (http://bit.ly/1yzfHOs) Try my iOS game, Grammar Pop: http://bit.ly/14eeMDb
  • 442 GG Make Me a Sandwich

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Based on Versus Based off. Make Me a Sandwich: A Joke About Verbs. How to Pronounce Zero
  • 441 GG Mic or Mike? Simple or Simplistic? Uppercase and Lowercase

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Mic or Mike? Simple or Simplistic? Uppercase and Lowercase. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1qEiW2m
  • 440 GG How to Plan a Novel

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    For NaNoWriMo: How to format a character's thoughts, how to plan a novel, and the surprising newness of the novel format. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/13DNlJ8
  • 439 GG Texting, Coffins, and Death

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Today, with Halloween in mind, I have a Quick and Dirty tip about the difference between a casket and a coffin; and an excerpt from David Crystal’s new book, Words in Time and Place, that goes through the many words we have for death and dying. Finally, I saw something shocking in a formal document a few weeks ago, so I have a tidbit about text messaging and language. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1sXJDC5
 
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    Copyblogger

  • How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

    Brian Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation. You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others. Sound strange? Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy: In this 49-minute episode…
  • Can You Help Us Out? Take Our 2015 Online Business Survey

    Demian Farnworth
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here at Copyblogger Media, it’s safe to say that we’ve been in your shoes. As freelancers, consultants, content publishers, and small business owners … It’s in our DNA. Our founder, Brian Clark, was a recovering attorney in the mid 90s when he discovered the Internet and just knew he could make a living from it. In less than a decade, he went on to build several businesses before he grew Copyblogger Media into a $10 million a year company — started, mind you, from nothing more than a blog that published two articles a week. And just about every other employee…
  • How We Built Our Careers Online (And What You Can Learn From It)

    Jerod Morris
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The two biggest concerns for the average blogger are obscurity and sustainability. In other words … for the vast majority of us who set sail creating content online, we want to first develop an audience; and then, once we have an audience, we want to find a way to earn a living from our content. The first concern can feel daunting enough, because building an audience isn’t easy. The second concern can feel damn near impossible — because despite countless examples of people who have done it, sometimes we struggle to see ourselves succeeding in the same way. Which is silly. So…
  • What You Need to Know to Make a Living as a Blogger Right Now

    Demian Farnworth
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The average blogger only has two concerns. The first is obscurity. She is a total stranger in a vast world loaded with people — unknown, inconspicuous, and insignificant. Odd, considering there are so many people online. But it’s a simple law: We all start at the bottom. One recent study discovered that the average British blogger had only 285 subscribers, received 18 comments a day, and earned about $120 a month. That’s the reward for someone who’d been blogging for two years and eight months. Yes, those surveyed also worked full-time jobs. In an informal poll,…
  • 7 Ways to Find a Topical Market that Will Fuel Your Digital Commerce Business

    Robert Bruce
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Before you get down to business online, you need to find the topic(s) and market(s) that can support that business. And, after answering your questions on digital sharecropping and content curation, that’s exactly what Brian and I get into on this week’s episode of Rainmaker FM. Listen in and check out the seven-part process for finding the topic market that can fuel your online business … In this 43-minute episode we discuss: Why you need to “be the market” you’re serving The innovative power of the traditional magazine rack How to achieve niche positioning within a big topic…
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  • Dialogue tips: the fastest way to improve any manuscript

    Carol Despeaux
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    In this 30-minute video below, author Joanna Penn interviews author and writing teacher James Scott Bell about his book on dialogue, “How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript.” Bell gives some great tips to make your dialogue sing and catch the eye of an agent, publisher and reader: Characters shouldn’t be feeding each other information they already know. Example: Brother to sister: “Look sis, our mom, Linda who is a school teacher is home.” Don’t hide exposition or backstory in dialogue. Readers are savvy, will pick up on it, and won’t be…
  • Start a project notebook for NaNoWriMo and beyond

    Carly Sandifer
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Part of my love (vice) of books includes an addiction to notebooks and journals. I imagine it goes along with my deep need to write, which showed itself on the walls of my childhood home. (Sorry mom.) For each new writing project, I like to select a notebook to track my wild digressions, character ideas, and anything else that could be important for building in themes, plot, or subplots. When I was writing my memoir, I kept a list of research and ideas I wanted to pursue and questions that I needed to answer. I used my project notebook as a place to park them so I could free up my brain…
  • Three posts to keep the words flowing

    Carol Despeaux
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re one of thousands of writers joining in National Novel Writing Month, you’re likely knee-or-neck deep with ideas and currently in that wonderful zone of writing hot. You’re 8,000 or so words into your story and everything’s flowing until…well…until it’s not. But not to worry. When you reach that point where your brain has turned to mush, when you’re asking yourself what the heck you’ve gotten yourself into and where did your normal, real life go….that’s when it’s time to take a deep breath and read these posts below for inspiration in getting back on…
  • Try this mental trick to combat blank page freeze

    Carly Sandifer
    1 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fight the blank page! In previous posts, I’ve suggested ways to pre-plan for National Novel Writing Month, where writers strive to produce a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. While some writers create an outline, nail down character sketches, devise a story question, and outline their novel’s setting, others like to dive in on day 1  and just start typing. Regardless of where you’re at, the blank page can be a terrible thing. You may be saying, “How can I not have a blank page? It starts out that way — blank.” True. But just don’t let it…
  • Use NaNoWriMo month to hone your character’s deep point of view

    Carol Despeaux
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins tomorrow, November 1st, and is the perfect opportunity to hone your character’s deep point of view. What is deep point of view? Author and writing teacher Rhay Christou says, “In deep point of view the character owns the page and the author becomes nonexistent.” Deep point of view will hook your reader and keep them entranced with your character and story. Why is NaNoWriMo perfect for diving into deep point of view? Because we’re focused more on word count and less on structure, it’s a great time to just let go and be in the voice of…
 
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    Word Grrls

  • Make a DIY Rotating Goal List

    Laura
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Most of us seem to work smarter and stay organized by keeping a to-do list. The problem is that the projects are in constant flux, and you set out to achieve one thing only to be derailed by another. Sound familiar? Curated from http://www.curbly.com/users/matt-allison/posts/14240-#how-to-make-a-diy-rotating-goal-list This seems a sensible way to keep your goals and manage a to-do list too.Related Posts:New Ideas for New Projects to Start this YearWriting a Top 10 Sort of List PostEasy ways to Stay Motivated…How to Write a Babysitting ResumeWhat’s Missing from this Blog Post?
  • The Flash Fiction I Wrote for Inner Writer

    Laura
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The Shoes at the Edge of Tomorrow Today I woke up and the world is broken. I’ve read about people having their shoes knocked off when hit by a train or a bus. But there are no trains, no skid marks, no blood or bodies. Just shoes. Far in the distance the sky is lighter, too light, without explanation. The lack of sound, as if it were vacuumed out of the air, surrounds me. It fills my ears, creating a buzz of nothingness inside my head. I smash-kick a shoe out of my way to make it stop. I love ... Read more...Related Posts:Why Do I Like Exploring Old Houses?The Delights of Personal…
  • Inner Writer: Why Do You Write?

    Laura
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    This is from a research project which was posted for HubPages writers. The survey part is still up but there is no longer a raffle for the Amazon gift card.Related Posts:Do you Have to Wait for Inspiration?Make your Writer Feel More like a Writer this ChristmasWhy Aren’t You Writing for HubPages?Horror Writers are Nice Girls TooWriting for Content Marketing Sites is Too Expensive
  • The Words of the World Want to Make Sentences

    Laura
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    The words of the world want to make sentences. – Gaston Bachelard.
  • True Love Stories Never Have Endings

    Laura
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I just watched the Veronica Mars episode where Duncan leaves with his daughter. Veronica pushing the old fortune cookie quote into her mirror was such a great ending for this episode. Sad and yet keeping the hope for more in the future. I’m not an expert on Veronica Mars but I don’t think Veronica and Duncan do get together again. Not so far anyway. As a writer… what would you say is the most romantic quote for missed love? Has a romantic quote meant something to you personally? Post it in the comments.Related Posts:One Word Blog Day: AvatarThe Art of Comment SpamWriters…
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    Writing Forums

  • Poetry Contest #256 -- Theme: "The black, the white, and the grey"

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The theme for this contest is "the black, the white, and the grey" (courtesy of @Darkkin). You are free to interpret the theme however you wish, but please make sure your poem does take the theme into account in some way. All entries are due by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday,... Poetry Contest #256 -- Theme: "The black, the white, and the grey"
  • Winner of Poetry Contest #254 -- Darkkin

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Congratulations to @Darkkin for winning yet another poetry contest (take it easy and let someone else win for a change! ). You can read the winning poem below. Darkkin - please PM me your suggestion for the next contest's theme. Kiss of Frost by Darkkin At the...Click to expand... Winner of Poetry Contest #254 -- Darkkin
  • Monarchy - what does everyone think?

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Ok, so as everyone knows the UK has a monarch the queen as the head of state. It is a rule divided between herself and parliament, thanks to the Restoration, which followed a slight disagreement between two halves of the country, cheerily described by one historian as the most blood-thirsty... Monarchy - what does everyone think?
  • Voting for Poetry Contest #255 -- Theme: "Technology"

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Voting for this contest will be open for about 3 weeks and will end on 12/13. If the poem had no title, I used the first line as the title. The entries can be found here. A big thanks to everyone who... Voting for Poetry Contest #255 -- Theme: "Technology"
  • In your first draft, do you worry about style?

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    This is a question to those of you who write by the seat of your pants.* It is also a question of clarification to anyone who would give the advice of "just write" to someone who is stuck on brainstorming or planning. When you write your very first draft of a scene, what constraints do you apply... In your first draft, do you worry about style?
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    The Purdue OWL News

  • American Sociological Association Updates for November 21, 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    American Sociological Association UpdatesBy Joshua M. PaizWe're pleased to announce that our ASA resources are now up-to-date with the ASA Style Guide 5th Edition.  Content Coordinator Joshua M. Paiz completed this work. 
  • American Sociological Association Updates for November 20, 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    American Sociological Association UpdatesBy Joshua M. PaizPardon our dust. Recently, the American Sociological Association (ASA) released the 5th edition of their style guide. The Purdue OWL staff is currently working towards updating our ASA content to reflect the changes (relatively few) and expansions to..
  • Purdue OWL: PowerPoint Updates, Part 2 for November 11, 2014

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    Purdue OWL: PowerPoint Updates, Part 2By Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that the second round of updates to ourPowerPoint resources are complete and now live on the Purdue OWL. In this round of updated, the following resources have been moved to our new template, as well as havi..
  • Purdue OWL: PowerPoint Updates for November 4, 2014

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Purdue OWL: PowerPoint UpdatesBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce that the first round of updates to our PowerPoint resources are complete and now live on the Purdue OWL. In this round of updated, the following resources have been moved to our new template, as well as havi..
  • The Alumni Annotations for Fall 2014 for October 31, 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    The Alumni Annotations for Fall 2014By Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue Writing Lab is pleased to announce that the Fall 2014 issue of the Alumni Annotations is now available. This issue features a fresh new design thanks to the Writing Lab Secretary Chris Voeglein. To access this semester's issue, click ..
 
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    Charlotte Rains Dixon

  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #17

    Charlotte Dixon
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Here is the latest collection of prompts from my Tumblr page.  For reasons known only in the deep recesses of my subconscious this time around we focus on days of the week. Weird, I know.  Go figure. #117  Sunday.  A day to attend church for many people, a day of rest for others. Some have regular family suppers, others devote the day to reading the Sunday Times.  What do you do?  Your character? #118  Arrggh, its Monday.  How does your main character feel on this day? Does he or she love getting up and going back to work?  Or maybe she worked all weekend so this day feels no…
  • Wednesday Within: Integrity

    Charlotte Dixon
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Here's a little secret about me: if I announce I'm going to do something, at some point I am sure to rebel against myself and not do it.  Does anybody else have that?  What is that about?  You would think at this advanced age, I'd have figured it out and stopped doing it. So all this is by way of saying that last week I didn't get around to writing a personal post.  (My idea around all this being that once a week I could give myself latitude to write about something beyond writing.) Well, come to think of it, I was on an airplane on the way home from Pasadena.  And it…
  • Committed Giveaway, Review and Interview: A Wonderful Memoir on Creativity

    Charlotte Dixon
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    Contest Extended! I want everyone to have a chance to enter, so I'm continuing the contest until Monday, Nov 24! Committed         by Patrick Ross (Before we go any further, be sure to read all the way to the end, because, pa dum, we have us a giveway, yes we do!) Several years ago now, I ran across Patrick Ross's blog, The Artist's Road.  Patrick had just returned from a cross-country trip wherein he had interviewed all manner of creatives and was posting videos and commentaries about each artist.  Well, this was right up my alley, and I started commenting with…
  • My Writing Life

    Charlotte Dixon
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    So, as we all know, it is Nanowrimo, with many of us smack in the middle of scratching out 50,000 words this month.  (I'm not doing it because I'm rewriting my novel but I'm cheering on everyone else who is writing!)  The lovely people at Webeducator asked me a few questions about writing--in celebration of Nanowrimo, they are posting interviews with various writers on their website.  So here are my answers: What were your goals when you started writing?  Just to find a way to make writing a regular part of my life.  I love writing--have since I was a little girl.  It is…
  • Inventive Writing Post Round-up #16

    Charlotte Dixon
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Here's the latest collection of blog posts from my Tumblr blog! #110  Use the words red, candle and chicken in a sentence.  Then use that sentence as a writing prompt. #111  Stand up and look out the window.  Now write a sentence describing what you see.  Use that sentence as a prompt. #112  You’ve just been called up to serve in the army for six months.  What will you miss the most when you are away from home?  Write about it in full, glorious, sensual detail. #113 Off again—this time you’re headed back home.  What does home mean to you?  What do you find there you…
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    What Kate Did Next

  • Easy Living?

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    How are you all? The weather's broken here - you can almost hear the plants in the garden sighing with relief. It was so hot this summer that the car thermometer was still hitting 58 on the school run in September, and two six foot orchid trees grown from plant souq cuttings incinerated. Now the tougher bougainvilleas and frangipanis are bouncing back. Living in constant air conditioning it's a shock, sometimes to go outside into blast furnace heat (particularly if you've been writing about winter). In the house there's European furniture, books, the internet Roberts radio constantly set to…
  • New Tricks

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    How are you all? Back to school and 5.30am starts here, and a regular writing schedule. Yes, 5.30am. Trying to get two children out of the house by 6.15 is a nightmare (school starts at 7am here). There is a lot of coffee involved. But I love that new pencil case, new shoes feel. Even after five years I find myself hankering for autumn leaves and log fires and opaque black stockings, although it is high 40s and humid outside. I want to be cooking stews and French onion soup, but the hot shamal is screeching in the garden heralding sandstorm season. Oh joy. At least the frangipanis are…
  • 1000 Miles

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    How are you all? Just back in the desert after an all too brief month in the UK full of books, old haunts and old and new friends. Boy, it was good to be home. I think it was D H Lawrence who said if you travel long enough everywhere becomes 'home', and I'm beginning to see the truth in that. The children and I covered over a thousand miles travelling coast to coast - no hardship, I've always loved long drives, the possibility of road trips (and yes, there is nothing like coming from a concrete compound in a desert to appreciate that freedom ...). First stop was our last UK home - the…
  • My Writing Process - Blog Tour

    27 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Don't know about you, but I love learning how other writers write. Charlotte Betts kindly asked me to take part in #mywritingprocess, a great blog tour running at the moment: Always a bookworm, award-winning author of historical novels, Charlotte Betts, discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. She lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire. You can find out more about her work at www.charlottebetts.com1) What am I working on?I've just finished a prequel to 'Das Sonntagsmadchen'…
  • Happy Days?

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    The #100happydays project is a good one. It's deceptively simple - find one small everyday thing that has made you happy, and mark it. Gratitude, training your eye and your heart to be thankful for even the smallest thing adds up - it becomes a habit, a good way of living. Why not sign up and give it a go? I've just begun over on Instagram.To say 'Happy Easter' to those of you who celebrate it, here are a few of this week's highlights:Mona Hatoum's show at MathafEaster Sunday at Sheikh Faisal'sI'm also glad to share the announcement that Bloomsburyhave asked me to do a workshop…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

    Robert Lee Brewer
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    For today’s prompt, write an alone poem. Some people covet “alone time.” Others prefer not to be left alone. Many like a certain balance. But this doesn’t have to just be about people. Maybe a forest wishes to be left alone, or there is a product left alone on a store shelf (how the children’s story “Corduroy” begins). 2015 Poet’s Market Get your poetry published! Learn how to get your poetry published with the premiere book on publishing your poetry: the 2015 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer. This essential resource includes…
  • 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

    Robert Lee Brewer
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    For today’s prompt, write a release poem. Maybe somebody’s being released from prison or a contract. Maybe a person is signing a release form. There’s emotional and physical release. Animals capturing and releasing other animals. Trees releasing leaves in autumn. And so on. 2015 Poet’s Market Get your poetry published! Learn how to get your poetry published with the premiere book on publishing your poetry: the 2015 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer. This essential resource includes hundreds of listings for book publishers, magazines, journals, contests,…
  • WD Poetic Form Challenge: Erasure Poem

    Robert Lee Brewer
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It is time for another poetic form challenge. This time, we’ll be doing erasures. Click here to discover what an erasure is. Since it’s a form that uses another piece of text as source material, I’m going to ask that all entries credit their source. Also, this is the one form in which I’ll let folks submit directly to me but only if you use the subject line: WD Poetic Form Erasure. Any variations may be deleted without being read. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) or via e-mail for a chance to be published in Writer’s Digest…
  • 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

    Robert Lee Brewer
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    For today’s prompt, pick a direction on the compass, make it the title of your poem, and write that poem. North, South, West, and East are easy directions. Then, there’s Southwest, Northeast, and so on. Then, there are the directions that are completely invented. Today Is Seriously Your Last Chance to Enter! Writer’s Digest has extended the deadline to their Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards competition to November 21. And the winner will receive $1,000 cash! The winning poem will also be published in a future issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. And the winning poet will receive…
  • Erasure and Blackout Poems: Poetic Forms

    Robert Lee Brewer
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    One form I’ve been meaning to get to for a while is the blackout poem and also the erasure poem. Both are sort of similar with the major difference being in presentation, I suppose. Or it’s kind of like rectangles and squares. You see, all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. The same could be said of erasure and blackout poems. After all, all blackout poems are erasure poems, but not all erasure poems are blackout poems. What is a blackout poem? A blackout poem is when a poet takes a marker (usually black marker) to already established text–like in a…
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • What Makes YOU Happy?

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    This question, “What makes you happy?” is so simple, but who ever stops to consider it? I hope you will, as I have been doing the last couple of days. It could change your life. I found this question in the draft of a book I’m beta-reading for a friend. The book will soon be published, and you’ll learn more about it before long. Meanwhile, although answers to this happiness  question could easily fill a book, my initial list has helped me find a focus to reboot this blog.Let’s take a look at my list. In addition to obvious things like laughing with family and friends, blowing…
  • On Hiatus, Part 2

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    I’m touched by the outpouring of people who contacted me yesterday after reading that terse notice that I’m taking a break from blogging. Thank you for your concern, my friends! I’m deeply touched to realize the extent of the cyber community that has developed among those of us writing our lives. But never fear. All is well. It’s just time to formalize the break that had already begun with  no plan. It’s time to reevaluate the purpose of this blog and what I want to achieve. A month or more offline will be digital detox to restore clear vision and balance.A primary focus for me…
  • Tips for Dealing with Details

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Several pages into a highly recommended memoir, a factual error popped my eyeballs nearly out of my head. Can you find the mistake?In September 1963, the Cuban and Russian governments placed           nuclear bombs in Cuba.In October 1963, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended….In November 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated.In December 1963, I was born….The Cuban Crisis was in 1962! Both that event and the JFK assassination are indelibly burned into my memory. The author can’t remember, I thought, but how could something this obvious slip by the…
  • Accentuate the Positive

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positiveE-lim-inate the negative Latch on to the affirmativeDon't mess with Mr. Inbetween.Who doesn't recognize the value of this sage advice from the 1945 hit sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters? But you may not realize the power of this advice for your writing when applied at the micro-level of sentences. I'm not talking here about avoiding negative topics. I'm talking about the value of rephrasing sentences from negative statements to positive. One of the most compelling examples of this is found in an online article, Kurdish Female Warriors On the Front Lines…
  • Five Powerhouse P's for Your Memoir Opening

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Everyone knows that the first paragraph of a story is the most important and often determines whether a reader will continue or set the story aside. Follow tips in this guest post from Matilda Butler to learn how to gain instant reader connection with a hot opening paragraph. Read the tips, then put them into practice by entering the “First Paragraph” Contest described below the tips. Don’t dawdle about the contest. Entries are due by midnight PDT September 3. It’s only a few words, so you can do it! If you are already nodding your head, then here's the link to the contest rules…
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Simplify Planning Your 2015 Content Marketing

    Roger C. Parker
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Learn how a Mindjet Editorial Calendar mind map can simplify your 2015 content marketing. My latest Mindjet Content Dashboard article describes a 3-step approach to creating a 2015 Editorial Calendar. My article on Mindjet’s Conspire blog also includes a sample Editorial Calendar MindManager template for you to download! Editorial Calendar benefits An Editorial Calendar mind map simplifies planning your 2015 content marketing and book promotion in several ways, including: Eliminates searching for topics at the last minute. An editorial calendar gives you a “big picture” view…
  • Blueprint for Building and Measuring Your Business Success

    Roger C. Parker
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:47 am
    Paul Roetzer’s latest book, The Marketing Performance Blueprint:  Strategies and Technologies to Build and Measure Business Success addresses the biggest challenges facing today’s content marketers of all sizes: the need for more content and greater confidence. The need for more agile and versatile content marketing workers was highlighted in a recent Content Marketing Institute article, A Growing Challenge for 2015: How to Find Trained Content Marketing Professionals. The article reflects a growing concern emerging from extensive research by the Content Marketing Institute and…
  • Bernadette Jiwa Shares Her Marketing Love Story

    Roger C. Parker
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Bernadette Jiwa, a master of engaging brevity, shares an inspiring collection of ideas and tips in her latest bestseller, Marketing: A Love Story–How to Matter to Your Customers. In an age characterized by the increasing technology-driven tactical specialization of content marketing and social media marketing, Bernadette Jiwa consistently speaks to core issues with a quiet, inspiring voice. Her books, like her daily Story of Telling email updates, are masterpieces of brevity. At a time when I’m unsubscribing to many daily email newsletters, replacing them with weekly updates (when…
  • Save Time Writing Better Headlines and Titles | Free Call

    Roger C. Parker
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    Learn how to save time creating better headlines and titles during Published & Profitable’s free book coaching call today. During the first part of today’s book coaching call, I’m going to review the 7 essentials of compelling headlines and titles. Discover. You’ll gain a fresh perspective on analyzing and learning from the thousands of headlines and titles you encounter every day. Create better headlines. What you’ll learn this afternoon will help you efficiently create better headlines and book titles. Free headline worksheet. Attend the call and receive a valuable…
  • Why Sales and Service Are the New Rules of Marketing

    Roger C. Parker
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    In his latest book, The New Rules of Sales and Service, David Meerman Scott breaks down the walls between marketing and sales. To prosper today, you need to take an integrated look at not only how you market yourself, but what you sell and how you sell it. The need for agile selling For too long, marketing tended to be viewed in isolation from product development and delivery. The increasing specialization that has accompanied Internet-based content marketing—with its numerous specialized disciplines and sub-specialities, i.e., SEO, analytics, mobile, adaptive content, user experience,…
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    Writing Forward

  • The Only Four Types Of Writing That Count (And How to Ace Each One)

    Guest
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let’s look at four types of writing. Please welcome guest author Bryan Collins with a post exploring four types of writing. This craft of ours is hard. You’ve got an idea, you’ve finished your research, and you know you’ve got something important to write about. There’s just one problem. When you try to write, the words feel slow, awkward, and off target. Do you want to know a secret? Good writing does at least one of four things: it educates, informs, entertains or inspires. For example: A tutorial shows a reader how they can accomplish a task. A news story tells your reader…
  • Creative Writing Prompts for Crafting Compelling Imagery

    Melissa Donovan
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Creative writing prompts for crafting stunning imagery. Today, I’d like to share a collection of prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, which contains a variety of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing prompts. Some of the prompts in the book are story starters. Some are word lists. The prompts I’m sharing today are simple but provocative images that are designed to spark a writing session. In writing, imagery is the key that can unlock a reader’s imagination. When an image is rendered with the right combination of words, it magically appears in the reader’s…
  • Writing Resources: Wired for Story

    Melissa Donovan
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you wired for storytelling? Are you a storyteller? Do you want to be? Then I suggest you pick up a copy of Wired for Story, ASAP. This is easily the best book on writing fiction that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. The book takes a fresh approach and tackles fiction writing from a scientific perspective. Thus the subtitle: “The writer’s guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence.” Before all you left-brained creatives bristle at the word science, know this: the book is completely accessible. It doesn’t confuse you with…
  • How to Write Better Fiction

    Melissa Donovan
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    A few insights to help you write better fiction. You know that feeling you get when you read a novel and become completely lost in it? You can’t put it down, so you lose track of time. When you finally finish, you wish it would just keep going. Isn’t that the kind of novel you want to write? Over the past year, I’ve read only a few books that I couldn’t put down. Unfortunately, several of the books I started to read didn’t keep my interest past the first few chapters. There was a time when I forced myself to finish every book I started, no matter how boring it…
  • Traditional Versus Digital: The Book Launch and the Aftermath

    Melissa Donovan
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Digital Publishing. Please welcome Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses, with an article that compares print and digital book launches and examines the impact of traditional versus independent publishing on authors’ careers. The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work. The launch of a book is like the birth of a baby: crucial and necessary. There is, after all, no future for an unsuccessful birth. For the author, like anything born into a lifecycle, it…
 
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    We Are Change

  • Bill Passed: EPA Must Take Advice from Industry Shills, NOT from Independent Scientists

    alecope88
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    We Are Change By Daisy Luther The Organic Prepper The Environmental Protection Agency is a federal agency that is charged with the responsibility of writing and enforcing legislation to protect human health and the environment. Established under Nixon in 1970, the EPA is another one of those agencies that sounds like a good idea, until you peel off the shiny friendly top layer to discover the stench of corruption underneath. Up until now, they at least pretended to be there to serve as watchdogs, but it seems like they’ve decided to give up on that silly illusion. Since they are looking…
  • Investigators into IRS scandal may have recovered lost Lois Lerner emails

    alecope88
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    We Are Change By Associated Press WASHINGTON – Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday. Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Republicans who run the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the investigators said at a staff briefing Friday that they have recovered up to 30,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner. A statement from Democrats and Republicans on the Senate…
  • Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool That Can Expose Illegitimate State Surveillance

    alecope88
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    We Are Change By Eva Galperin EFF.org Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet users’ computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computer’s camera or microphone. EFF, together with Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and Privacy International have all had experience assisting journalists and activists who have faced the…
  • Fort Lauderdale Slapped With Lawsuit For Repeatedly Arresting Man Who Feeds Homeless People

    alecope88
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    We Are Change Article by Jackson Marciana Counter Current News After Episcopal minister Mark Sims was charged several times for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, local, prominent attorneys have decided to fight back on his behalf by suing the city. Sims is one of the first to be charged with feeding the homeless under the new city law that prohibits such charitable deeds, unless at specific, government designated facilities. Feeding the homeless in public is now completely illegal under the city ordinances. But local attorneys Bill Scherer and Bruce Rogow say that this law is…
  • What Is Happening In Mexico Right Now?

    Luke Rudkowski
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:16 am
    We Are Change In this video Luke Rudkowski talks about the latest developments in Mexico as protesters are kean on overthrowing their government. The post What Is Happening In Mexico Right Now? appeared first on We Are Change.
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Getting Close: Pushcart Prize Special Mention

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    In the writing world, we celebrate when we can, so while my work didn’t win a Pushcart Prize this year, my story “The Circle” was given a special mention in the list in the back as an “important work” published during the year.  Yay for bridesmaids!!And yay for The Gettysburg Review, the journal where it first appeared, and yay for writer Mark Wisniewski who nominated the story.  And yay for everyone in the Pushcart organization who must work SO HARD to compile this 655 page book, which you should read and support.  And yay for VCCA (Virginia Center for Creative Arts)…
  • "How to Transition from Introverted Writer to Marketing Maniac"

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Many writers struggle with self-promotion, it’s true.  Here’s a pep talk and some good advice on how to promote your work, written by Kathleen Nalley, one of the Converse MFA grads who is doing a great job of getting the word out about her forthcoming chapbook from Finishing Line Press, American Sycamore:"You wrote. You edited. You rewrote. You submitted your manuscript. Finally, the acceptance letter arrived. You celebrated. You high-fived. You fist-bumped. Then, reality hit. You now must promote your work. Before you retreat under your bed in terror, before you have an anxiety…
  • Apply for the FREE Jenny McKean Moore Community Workshop at GWU!

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    The George Washington UniversityJenny McKean Moore Free Community WorkshopSpring 2015 – Creative Nonfiction WorkshopWednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.21 January 2015 – 29 April 2015Led by Brando SkyhorseCome and take part in a semester-long creative nonfiction workshop! To apply, you do not need academic qualifications or publications.  The class will include some readings of published writings (primarily memoir and the personal essay), but will mainly be a roundtable critique of work submitted by class members.  There are no fees to participate in the class, but you will be…
  • My Reading at KGB Bar in NYC

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    I’m looking forward to this event in New York City, where I’ll be reading at the legendary KGB Bar as part of the Literal Latte celebration. Come join us or send your friends/family (though, I should note that I'll be reading for all of FOUR minutes...but what a four minutes it will be!).Literal Latte 20th Anniversary Celebration!Literal Latte ~ Stimulating Minds Since 1994 ~ 20 Years. 20 ReadersNovember 09, 20147:00 pm - 9:00 pmKGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, NYCCome join our celebration of two decades of great stories and poetry! There will be booze, and there will be words….
  • Refreshing Your Perspective: Sandra Marchetti’s Manuscript Critique Services

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    I invited poet Sandra Marchetti to tell us more about her manuscript critique service for poetry books:Could you use a fresh set of professional eyes on your poetry manuscript? Have you been drafting and revising, publishing individual poems, but still haven’t placed your book with a press? There seems to be some secret to winning the contest or impressing during an open reading period that’s impossible to crack. Oftentimes poets believe they will receive intensive, line-by-line feedback on their books from graduate school mentors or in workshops, only to be left wanting. If you crave…
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    Wordful

  • Please Help Me, I’m Stuck

    Charles Bohannan
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    A piddly 9 posts in the past 4 years, and this blog continues to occupy my thoughts…daily. And what are the 7 reasons for that? Wordful.com started over six years ago and I still believe in its potential It’s got a cool, catchy domain name There used to be a small but loyal audience here… …and it even caught the attention of a few prominent bloggers back in the day Very recent redesign and it’s the best one yet It helped me land a job at a Silicon Valley startup I love blogging Here’s the problem Don’t know what to write about anymore. I get a…
  • Write Like This to Get More Readers

    Charles Bohannan
    1 May 2014 | 12:21 pm
    No matter how deep or shallow your subject matter — adapt your writing style to satisfy how people read on the web. Write short paragraphs with short sentences and simple words. Omit needless words. Think casual, assertive efficiency for readers with infinite choices and shrinking attention spans. Avoid huge, wordy paragraphs. They detract most readers because they remove the ease of skimming. Go ahead and test the theory: go on Facebook and scroll around until you open a blog post. Don’t even read it. Just look at it. Your brain will send you an instant signal if…
  • What Ditching My Blog for Three Years Taught Me

    Charles Bohannan
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Three years ago, in early 2011, this blog Wordful dropped off the Internet. I don’t mean it was hijacked or taken down, but the posting slowed down to a point of near-death. Then it just flatlined. The last post was on May 2, 2012. The good news is I’m back, and the first thing I want to do is share some of the lessons learned from ditching my blog like a dropped popsicle on a hot sidewalk : Don’t be afraid of what you want Fear is the biggest reason most people don’t believe in themselves, so they lose sight of what they want, or who they want to be. I started…
  • 3 websites that take headline writing to an entirely new plane of existence

    Charles Bohannan
    2 May 2012 | 5:01 pm
    On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar. —David Ogilvy Ogilvy wasn’t messing around when it came to headlines, and if he were alive today he’d definitely bump it up to ninety cents. Headlines do all the heavy lifting when it comes to attracting clicks and shares, which is why it’s more important than ever to invest in good copywriting. But who actually gets it right? I don’t mean your average headline-writing-formula-right, but rather…
  • How Pete Cashmore Grew Mashable

    Charles Bohannan
    30 Apr 2012 | 7:48 pm
    It’s always cool to learn how the world’s most popular blogs got their start. In almost every backstory, you’ll find a heavy dose of creativity and execution, good timing and touch of the unconventional. Mashable founder Pete Cashmore is one of those bloggers. He started the social media news site from his parents home in Scotland, then quickly expanded to New York and San Francisco (I actually used to work on the same floor at SOMACentral). Now it’s the #2 blog in the world behind the Huffington Post, with rumors of a massive buyout from CNN. The videos below…
 
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    Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

  • 10 Careers for Writers Who Want to Make Money

    Laurie
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Not all writers are starving! This list of writing careers will help you find the right niche and show you how you can make money as a writer. Finding the right career can be challenging for a beginning writer, but there are a surprising number of options to explore. One of the “secrets” you need The post 10 Careers for Writers Who Want to Make Money appeared first on Quips and Tips for...
  • 7 Writing Strategies for Beginners

    Laurie
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    These tips and strategies for beginning writers are from a published writer, world traveler, and blogger of rants, reviews, and writing advice. How do I know Jim Heskett is the right person to offer writing strategies for beginners? Because his voice and personality shines through his writing. His writing is fun. Interesting. Quirky. About these strategies The post 7 Writing Strategies for...
  • Get Paid to Blog for Quips and Tips

    Laurie
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    If you want to get paid for blogging, I have a job for you. I’ve been blogging since 2008, and created seven “Quips and Tips” blogs. I can’t write for them all – I can barely keep up with the comments from readers. Help! I want to pay bloggers to write articles that show readers The post Get Paid to Blog for Quips and Tips appeared first on Quips and Tips for Successful Writers. Related...
  • How to Predict if Your Novel Will Be Popular

    Laurie
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    There’s a big difference between getting your novel published and writing popular novels. This research shows how to predict popular novels. If you can convince literary agents and publishing houses your writing will be popular, you’re more likely to get your novel published. In Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, K. M. Weiland helps authors choose The post How to Predict if Your...
  • 10 Ways Blogging Pays Writers

    Laurie
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Does blogging pay? You better believe it! These benefits for blog writers start with money, and include recent research findings about how blogging pays financially, emotionally, and socially. If you want blogging to pay your bills, you have to approach it like you would any small business. That means you need to be disciplined, professional, The post 10 Ways Blogging Pays Writers appeared first...
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    About Freelance Writing

  • Freelance Writers – When Should You Approach An Editor?

    Anne Wayman
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Unless you have a hot news story that has to be published today or tomorrow, it can pay to think about the editor’s schedule before you submit a query or an over the transom article. This is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Freelance Writer Business Education Costs

    Anne Wayman
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I’ve been trying to figure out how freelance writers learn the business side of writing. I did a bunch of googling and came up with not much. Here’s what I found: According to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sometimes You Simply Can’t Educate a Freelance Writing Client

    Anne Wayman
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    You’ve heard me explain that part of our job it’s freelance writers is to educate our clients. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at how few people who hire freelancers have any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Make Your Writing Proposal Work

    Anne Wayman
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    The words, writing proposal, can seem intimidating to a until you consider how broadly that term can be interpreted. Everything from a multipage document, complete with table of contents, to a brief... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why (Some) Freelance Writing Projects Fail

    Anne Wayman
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    I was reminded recently that often writing projects fail not because of freelance writer doesn’t complete or otherwise screws up, but because of the client. Never getting started Here’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Bad Language

  • Connect with Customers: sign up for Microsoft’s mini-summit

    Clare Dodd
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Connect with Customers – the latest event in our Microsoft business mini-summit series – is almost here. Small businesses far and wide: take note and sign up today. The basics Monday December 1st 2014 9.30-13.30 (including breakfast and lunch) London Sign up for free here Why you should attend Looking to grow your business? Connect with new customers? Join us for an informal networking opportunity, roundtable discussion and expert insight from Microsoft, GoDaddy and Articulate Marketing. In the third event in this popular series, we’re focusing on sales and marketing.
  • How we work: open book project management

    Charlotte Littley
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    At Articulate we strive to be approachable, responsive and ‘no drama’, which often equates to being honest to the point of transparency with our clients. This is why our project management process is totally open. We work collaboratively and write in pairs, but we are also a virtual company so it’s important we keep everyone in the loop about what we’re doing and when. Transparency makes sense to us. By transparency we mean using open book project management so everything within a project is available and viewable for everyone, colleagues and clients alike. Here’s how we do it.
  • The 8 best lists of all time: why lists work and how to do them better

    Matthew Stibbe
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    The listicle – an article built around a list – is a hugely successful format. For example, alongside ‘how-to’ articles, they are the most popular form on Bad Language. It’s not just a blogging thing, either. Historically, lists have been very popular. In no particular order here are a few that have worked: The four noble truths The ten commandments Seven deadly sins Seven wonders of the world The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous The noble eightfold path Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues Ummm, Craigslist This got me thinking. Why do lists work? Others have also observed that list…
  • Why stories sell and feature lists don’t

    Clare Dodd
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    We’ve said it before and we’re going to say it again: features don’t sell, benefits do. Your product might have the fastest gigahoozit, or your service might rank number one in the Totally Amazing awards, but none of that means a thing to your potential customers. Customers don’t care what you have or what you’ve done. Like everyone else, they’re only really interested in stories – most often their own. Stories sell Keith Queensbury of Johns Hopkins conducted an analysis of 108 Super Bowl adverts. He found that, ‘regardless of the content of…
  • Why does marketing pitch the wrong product?

    Katelyn Piontek
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    There is a disconnect between what marketing is telling potential customers and what you and your sales team are actually trying to sell. So why does marketing pitch the wrong product? And are you definitely pitching the right product? The answers lie in the gaping chasm between the two departments. Two sides to every story Marketing isn’t intentionally pitching the wrong product. They simply have a different focus than sales. Marketing is focused on the benefits of a product that attract buyers to your brand. Their campaigns are directed at buyer personas, which represent your…
 
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    Founders' Blog

  • The Ambulance Drone by student Alec Momont

    Robin
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    YouTube Excerpt:  Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use…
  • Health & Wellness in the District of Columbia [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Robin
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    In 2010, the poverty rate in the United States was 15 percent; in Washington, D.C., it was 19 percent. But inequality and poverty are just one part of the puzzle when it comes to the general state of public health in the District. From crime to chronic disease to substance abuse, the District of Columbia — and other major cities like it — must contend with many complicated issues that only stand to magnify one another.  The George Washington University’s online master of public health, MPH@GW, created an infographic, Health & Wellness in the District of…
  • BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk by Ikea

    Robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Over the years, we have done a considerable amount of writing on office ergonomics and found that adjustable desks are traditionally overpriced.  Furniture makers like Anthro and Martin Ziegler charge thousands of dollars for the added luxury of raising a slab of wood up and down a few inches.  Fortunately for the price-conscious consumer, IKEA is entering the Sit/Stand desk market at a lower price point with the BEKANT starting at $489.  Check out the video.  
  • 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:
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    Ben Crowder

  • Sustaining the presence

    Ben
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    From Sustaining the Presence, a great essay by Karandeep Singh in the book Finding God at BYU: The Lord’s University taught me a new tongue, one that enables me to do three things: (1) delineate between spiritual discourse and worldly discourse; (2) recognize when I have slipped from the spiritual into the worldly and rectify the slippage; and (3) check my tendency to hijack the language of the spiritual to suit my convenience in the worldly. And: I returned to BYU for a graduate degree because of the abundance of the spirit on its campus. Partaking of this spirit creates the courage to…
  • Landing on a comet

    Ben
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    A bit late on this, but Rosetta’s photos of Comet 67P are on Flickr. Some are quite lovely:
  • On writing

    Ben
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    As I’ve begun blogging again, a voice in my head keeps demanding to know how I dare have the gall to consider my opinions important enough to post online for (an admittedly small sliver of) the world to see. It’s a persuasive voice, and I see now how often it has silenced me, stifling my words because I am dumb or I have nothing worthwhile to say or I’ll just make a fool of myself or I’ll get in a heated argument and I’m not good at arguments. Its list of reasons is long. While heated arguments still aren’t worth getting into, I’ve been thinking about…
  • Interstellar

    Ben
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Saw Interstellar today. My non-spoilery review first: I liked the first two hours, not so much the last hour. It was an emotionally taxing film for me as a parent, and I was relieved to go home and hug my kids afterwards, but I do think it’s worth watching. Okay, spoilers below. Consider yourself warned. No, really. That should be enough vertical space, I think. I’ll talk first about the things I didn’t like, then about the things I did. Part I It started to fall apart for me after he entered the black hole. I’m not opposed to the idea of hyperdimensional beings…
  • A better OpenType user interface

    Ben
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    I like Kris Sowersby’s suggestions for a more ideal OpenType user interface in document design apps like InDesign.
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    Write to Done

  • Have You Made This Huge Mistake Online (Like Pulitzer Winner Donna Tartt)?

    Mary Jaksch
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    It happened to a gifted writer.In fact, Donna Tartt is so talented, she got the Pulitzer Prize for her latest novel.And yet she made a huge mistake online.I’m writing this to make sure you don’t make the same mistake.Here’s what happened…Just before getting on a plane from Bangkok to Auckland, I hurriedly downloaded a handful of suspense novels at random onto my Kindle.During the flight, I kicked back and started to read one of books called The Goldfinch.I didn’t expect much.But by the second paragraph, I sat bolt upright. ‘Wow!’ I thought,…
  • Scene Stealers: Can Heroes and Villains Fall in Love?

    Vinita Zutshi
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    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 worksWe set the sceneYou steal it, make it your own, andShare your creation in the comments section of this postOf 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 provide.Your story must be 350 words or less.Your work must be original and not previously published.WTD provides an…
  • Is ‘Finding Your Voice’ as a Writer Just Plain Laughable?

    Mary Jaksch
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Have you found your voice yet?I hope not!Because this whole idea of ‘finding’ your voice is pure, well …cow splatter!Why?Because you and I never lost it in the first place!Our writing voice is innate.What do youthink?Are we on the same page here?If so, you’ll understand that I’m not going to give you ‘10 Exercises to Help You Find Your Voice.‘YIKES!There’s so much finding your voice noise out there that it gets confusing and you start to believe that, next to oxygen, finding the right voice is the singular most vital key to your existence.
  • 7 Ways To Keep Writing When You Feel Like Giving Up

    Alison Breen
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Writing can be hard, hard work.While the idea in your head may be clear and vivid, trying to capture it can be a frustrating experience.At times, it may feel so difficult that you may start to doubt yourself.You may procrastinate.You may even abandon your writing project before it is finished. Grit–The Key to Success?Research by Angela Duckworth from the University of Pennsylvania shows that grit may be the most important factor determining your success.Perhaps even more so than intelligence or talent.Grit is about resilience in the face of failure and adversity. It is also about…
  • Facts of Fiction: Why Every Story Is An Escape Story

    PJ Reece
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    “Every story is an escape story.”I hold this bold idea in mind as I write a story.I’ve printed it up and taped it to the wall beside my computer.It serves as a story overview that acknowledges a fact of our human condition:We are all escaping something. This radical notion hijacked my brain after a decade of professionally assessing and writing film scripts.I found myself getting emotionally invested in characters that were somehow imprisoned.I discovered that this is true of every good story.All the best protagonists are trapped in the gravity field of an idea, a…
 
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- November 21, 2014 Edition

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    > I love Katie Riegel's "Literary Magazine Wishes"over at The Gloria Sirens. Sample: "A human-sounding 'about' page. Pretentious = no. You don’t have to deride other branches of the literary world in order to do what you do."> Via the New York Times' Learning Network: "500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing". (Yes, 500. Neatly categorized. 500.)> Perhaps a bit surprisingly, for someone who thinks of herself as something of a word nerd, and at the risk of seeming old or out of step, I had to look up the top three new words of the year named by the Oxford…
  • Acceptance After (Multiple) Rejections: It Only Takes One Yes, One Editor, One

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    On Facebook a couple of weeks ago, a friend had something to say about acceptances and rejections – a good news/bad news post; not exactly an infrequent topic among writers toiling in the upside down world of literary submissions, occasional publication, and hope.  This writer noted that she'd received a third place finish in a literary journal contest, from a publication near the top of her wish list -- after she'd already received 51 rejections from other journals, some of which she admitted she might have been less than enthusiastic about appearing in anyway.I understood this too…
  • Of Print, Pixels, and Publication

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    I've gotten used to posting a link when something I've written has found its way to publication; even when a piece appears in a print journal, there's often an online version too. But not always. Since I'm a writer-who-came-of-age-in-the-time-of-typewriters, there's a part of me that finds a print-only publication quite satisfying. But since I'm also a writer-who-has-adapted-and-loves-the-online-world, it also feels a bit odd."The Nurse We Needed" is a piece of flash nonfiction excerpted from my memoir manuscript, and appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The Healing Muse (volume 14). When the…
  • Writing Ideas, Interruptions, and Sometimes, a Storm of Inspiration

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Where do writing ideas originate? In our minds? Our hearts? A little of both, surely. Do they come along in a flash, or simmer for some time? In my experience, both. But some arrive with a powerful, abrupt interruption to life as usual. And then hold on, refusing to be shaken loose.   About 10 days ago, folks here in New Jersey marked two years since HurricaneSuperstorm Sandy slammed into our coastline, then worked its way north through the state to where I've lived most of my life. BAM, regular life was interrupted. Like many writers, I wrote about it, not once but several times.
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- November 7, 2014 Edition

    7 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    If you're new here, this is the deal: on (many) Fridays, I dish up links I've stored lately. The post is named after the way I like to feed my family at the end of the week--by getting all those leftovers out of the fridge. Enjoy!> Not an outliner, planner, or particularly organized writer? Patrick Madden too is "Against Getting It All Down."> Tired of arguing about the Oxford comma or single spaces after periods? Consider the single quotation mark. Or, please don't.> When a former This American Life producer starts producing podcasts, better find your earbuds. I've heard Serial is…
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    Will Write For Food

  • Q&A: Making Big Money at Pinch of Yum

    diannejacob
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Like thousands of other young women, Lindsay Olstrom started a food blog in 2010 called Pinch of Yum. She was in charge of the content and photography. Her husband Bjork, a techie, took charge of the tech issues and business. Here’s what’s different: Four years later, the site receives more than 2 million page views per [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 17 Super-Useful Links for Food Writers and Bloggers

    diannejacob
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Who has time to keep up with all the tips and irresistible stories on the Internet? Now you do! I’ve saved you hours by aggregating this tomato-sauce colored list of links about food and recipe writing, successful bloggers, book promotion, and freelance writing opportunities — all to read at your leisure, or right now, if you can’t [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Q&A: Change is Scary but Not Listening to Yourself is Scarier

    diannejacob
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Wondering how to transition from a blog whose subject no longer thrills you? Looking for a career change or a way to recharge? Joe Yonan understands the positive power of change and has accomplished many shifts in his career. The award-winning Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post spent 2012 in North Berwick, Maine, on leave from [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thug Kitchen Draws Fans and Ire

    diannejacob
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Paging through a new cookbook never fails to thrill me. So when I got a copy of Thug Kitchen as a gift while attending the Food Bloggers of Canada annual conference, I put my feet up for a few minutes to take a look. It’s a vegan cookbook with great recipes and gorgeous photography. What makes it [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Scariest Thing about Twitter is to Let Yourself be Seen, says Kat Kinsman

    diannejacob
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Kat Kinsman is one of those living-larger-than-life types I adore, dressing in Betty Page with red lipstick and tattoos, speaking often and passionately, and writing about whatever fascinates her, especially on Twitter. Luckily for us, a lot of what interests her is food. Currently managing editor of CNN’s Eatocracy, she’s leaving soon to be editor-in-chief of Tasting Table. With  54,000+ [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Fiction Notes

  • What is Really Necessary to Do Online? Authors You Have Surprising Freedom!

    Darcy Pattison
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now I’m doing a survey of your burning questions for 2015 about writing and publishing. I’ll be answering some of the questions over the next few months. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, it’s a simple 3-question survey. Answers are anonymous. Takes just a couple minutes. Please take the survey now! Today’s online world for authors is confusing! I’ve written about setting up an Author Website.
  • How to Choreograph a Great Action Scene

    Darcy Pattison
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now I recently found a gem of a writing book. For my NaNoWriMo challenge, my current love/hate WIP, I decided I wanted to include more action scenes, pushing it more toward YA and more toward a true action book. OK. Action. That should be easy. Um. No. Until I read this book. Ian Thomas Healy breaks down action into manageable chunks in his book, Action! Writing Better Action Using Cinematic Techniques. The title appealed to me right…
  • Online Video Course: 30 DAYS TO A STRONGER NOVEL

    Darcy Pattison
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now The course is now live on Udemy.com! Each day includes: A quote that inspires Short, practical instruction from Darcy on a specific topic A simple “Walk the Talk” action to take Over the course of the month, you’ll receive the entire text of Darcy’s book, 30 Days to a Stronger Novel (November, 2014 release). We can’t guarantee that you’ll end the month with a publishable novel; but we can…
  • The Power of One

    Darcy Pattison
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now I did a school visit on Friday in the tiny town–only about 700 population–of Gillett, Arkansas. The Elementary School and Early Childhood Center are still located in Gillett, but the district was merged with DeWitt, Arkansas, and all middle school and high schools are located in Dewitt, about twenty miles away. I came at the request of Joli, the PTA President. Young, beautiful, and full of passion for her community,…
  • 6 Questions to Sharpen Your Story Beats and Make Your Plot Sing

    Darcy Pattison
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    NOW AVAILABLE! 30 Days to a Stronger Novel Online Video Course Paperback Book Available now. Video Course Available now. Kindle PreOrder Now Kobo ebook PreOrder Now When you’re writing or plotting a story, one way to approach it is to write out the story beats. A beat is a small action; a collection of beats makes up a scene. It’s sort of like choreographing a dance; you must make character move around, interact and do things. You can write story beats on the fly if you like, but I like doing some planning ahead so the actual writing is easier. If you, too, write story beats…
 
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • The NaNoWriMo Progress Report: How Are You Feeling?

    Cris Freese
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Just about three weeks of participating in National Novel Writing Month can leave even the best, consistently faithful writer sleep-deprived, ornery, and a little nonsensical. But if you’ve made it this far, that’s something worth celebrating. The question becomes, are you writing now just to hit your goal of 50,000 words? Are you simply trying to meet a word count to say you did it? Or are you trying to construct something meaningful and worthwhile, even if it’s something that you won’t let see the light of day for quite some time? In short, how do you feel about…
  • 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Mike Meginnis

    Jessica Strawser
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    BY MIKE MEGINNIS This is a recurring column called “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their careers can talk about writing advice and instruction — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journeys that they wish they knew at the beginning. This is installment is from Mike Meginnis, author of Fat Man and Little Boy. 1. Write for your own pleasure. My goal is always to write sentences, paragraphs, scenes, and chapters that satisfy and surprise me. Trying to guess what other people want will lead you into dead ends quickly —…
  • Have an Agent Critique Your First 10 Pages — One-on-One Boot Camp Starts Nov. 21

    Chuck Sambuchino
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    As many writers know, agents and editors won’t give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven’t got them hooked by then, it’s a safe bet you won’t be asked for more material. Make sure you’ve got the kind of opening they’re looking for! In this invaluable weekend event called “Agent One-on-One Boot Camp: Your First 10 Pages,” you’ll get to work with an agent online (from Talcott Notch Literary) to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel. You’ll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most…
  • Halfway There: Finishing NaNoWriMo Strong

    Cris Freese
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    You’re almost there; you’re halfway through National Novel Writing Month, at least based on the calendar. Whether or not you’re halfway through your goal to 50,000 words (or whatever your goal this month is) may be another story. These next two weeks now become as or more critical than the first two and a half weeks that you’ve spent writing. If you’ve made it this far (and presumably even if you aren’t exactly half way to your goal, you still have a decent chunk of words), then there’s no way you can throw in the towel. So how are you going to…
  • Interview: Joe Hill on HORNS, NOS4A2 and Stephen King

    Adrienne Crezo
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    Joe Hill via Wikimedia Commons BY DREW TURNEY Author Joe Hill worked as a writer for nearly a decade before revealing his relationship to legendary horror author Stephen King. (For the uninitiated, Hill is King’s son.) Hill has stated that he wanted to prove himself on his own terms, and so chose to work under a semi-pseudonym. His three novels—Heart-Shaped Box, Horns and NOS4A2 (pronounced Nosferatu)—are all bestsellers, and his collection of short fiction, 20th Century Ghosts, won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection in 2005. And now his novel Horns is a movie…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • Commentary on commentaries

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it. – Shel Silverstein I’ve mixed feelings about commentaries. I’ve said before that a poem which needs notes to explain it—e.g. Beckett’s ‘Whoroscope’—is basically a bad poem; the poem should stand or fall on its own merits. I do talk about my poetry in some of my articles but they’re not really commentaries. I don’t think I’ve ever dissected a poem for everyone to see. Perhaps I should. I do what I do mainly for newbies. When I was starting out I hated the fact that everyone seemed to…
  • The Bell Jar

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar Of all the mental illnesses that we’ve labelled the one I expect most people imagine they’ve got a handle on is Depression. I, myself, have suffered from depression-with-a-capital-d since I was a teenager but the more I read about other people’s experiences the more I think the following is true: If you’ve met one person with depression you’ve met one person with depression; I’ve heard the same said of sufferers of…
  • The Artist of Disappearance

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ravi was too crushed by the school day to take the risk of any other failure, and heaved his school bag onto his back to slink home with the hope of going unnoticed—which he mostly was. – Anita Desai, ‘The Artist of Disappearance’ The cover states this volume contains three novellas. I’ll deal with each separately. The Museum of Final Journeys In his review for The Washington Post Ron Charles says that “The Museum of Final Journeys is a little toothache of a story that you’ll have trouble putting out of your mind.” It’s as good a description as any without actually saying…
  • Out of the Dark

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everything disappears his books seem to tell us, and also—in small but omnipresent echoes—everything somehow stays. – Jordan Stump in the introduction to Out of the Dark In his introduction to Out of the Dark translator Jordan Stump talks about the title he chose to give to this novel: The French title of this book, Du plus loin de l'oubli, poses a particularly thorny problem, since the English language has no real equivalent for oubli, nor even a simple way of saying du plus loin. The phrase, taken from a French translation of a poem by the German writer Stefan George, is literally…
  • Reading

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The best moments in reading are when you come across something—a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things—which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film I don’t read in bed. I don’t read on the loo or in the bath. I don’t understand people who do. I think the reason is—now I’ve given the matter some thought, because before I began writing this a few seconds ago…
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    Flogging the Quill

  • an interview with yours truly

    Ray Rhamey
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Author Richard Mabry has posted an interview with me in two parts: the first is here, the second here. Many thanks, Richard. 
  • Flogometer for Elizabeth—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Submissions Wanted. 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 Colleen—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Submissions Wanted. 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 shout-out for an extremely talented video guy

    Ray Rhamey
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I had the great luck and pleasure of working with a young man named Adam Ratliff on creating a host of award-winning videos when I was with Washington State  University. Adam is moving on from the university and I want to broadcast that good news to anyone who can profit from employing him, who describes himself as an “adventurous videographer, a tenacious editor, and a creative problem solver.” I can testify that he is all of those things, and more. I strongly recommend Adam to anyone seeking the highest caliber for their creative team. You simply cannot do better. He has a…
  • Flogometer for Carolyn—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Submissions Wanted. 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…
 
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    Founders' Blog

  • The Ambulance Drone by student Alec Momont

    Robin
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    YouTube Excerpt:  Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies. Future implementations will also serve other use…
  • Health & Wellness in the District of Columbia [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Robin
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    In 2010, the poverty rate in the United States was 15 percent; in Washington, D.C., it was 19 percent. But inequality and poverty are just one part of the puzzle when it comes to the general state of public health in the District. From crime to chronic disease to substance abuse, the District of Columbia — and other major cities like it — must contend with many complicated issues that only stand to magnify one another.  The George Washington University’s online master of public health, MPH@GW, created an infographic, Health & Wellness in the District of…
  • BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk by Ikea

    Robin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Over the years, we have done a considerable amount of writing on office ergonomics and found that adjustable desks are traditionally overpriced.  Furniture makers like Anthro and Martin Ziegler charge thousands of dollars for the added luxury of raising a slab of wood up and down a few inches.  Fortunately for the price-conscious consumer, IKEA is entering the Sit/Stand desk market at a lower price point with the BEKANT starting at $489.  Check out the video.  
  • 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:
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    Fritinancy

  • Names in the News: Illegal Petes, Mirai, Pineapple

    Nancy Friedman
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    In Fort Collins, Colorado, a Mexican restaurant chain called Illegal Pete’sis being targeted by immigrant-rights groups that say the name is derogatory and offensive because of “the i word,” as in “illegal immigrant.” The chain’s owner, Pete Turner, opened the first Illegal Pete’s in 1995; he told the New York Times the name “was inspired by the name of a bar in a novel and by his late father, also named Pete, who had a rebellious streak.” “I never intended it to be about undocumented immigrants,” Turner told the Times. “Never. Not once.” Turner, who calls himself a…
  • On the Visual Thesaurus: British Borrowings

    Nancy Friedman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    My November column for the Visual Thesaurus looks at British (or “chiefly British”) words that are increasingly popular among American slingers of marketing lingo. These words—from bespoke to stockist—are often employed, I write, “to sound old, established, or ‘classy.’ Then again, sometimes a Britishism simply fills a gap in the language for which there’s no adequate American equivalent.” Full access to the column is restricted to subscribers. (Hint: a subscription makes an excellent holiday gift!) Here’s an excerpt: Book (verb): Americans traditionally reserve a table at…
  • Word of the Week: Enallage

    Nancy Friedman
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Enallage: Substitution of one grammatical form for another that violates a grammatical rule. Pronounced almost exactly like analogy, but from a different Greek source, , which means “change.” (Analogy can be traced back to , which means mathematical proportion or correspondence.) I learned enallage only recently, but it turns out I was very familiar with examples of it. Mark Forsyth (@InkyFool on Twitter) dropped the word into a recent New York Times column about the rhetoric behind successful slogans. Here’s the relevant passage: The other day I told a friend I was writing an article…
  • November Linkfest

    Nancy Friedman
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    From A-bomb to to zoom: the Weed Blog’s extensive—indeed, staggering—lexicon of slang terms for marijuana. (I discussed one of those terms, 420, in a post published earlier this week.) Speaking of specialized lexicons, check out The D.C. Manual of Style and Usage, Washington City Paper’s entertainingly written and copiously illustrated guide. One of my favorite entries: “Blelvis: A portmanteau of ‘black’ and ‘Elvis.’ Refers exclusively to D.C.’s mostly elusive, semifamous busker; he likely never uses the words ‘portmanteau’ and ‘busker,’ but he can sing every song…
  • 420: The Brand

    Nancy Friedman
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    Last week voters in Alaska and Oregon legalized the sale and use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes. Pending Congressional review, the District of Columbia will soon legalize limited possession and cultivation of marijuana. That means nearly half of the 50 states have decriminalized some form of the sale and possession of cannabis.* It also means that in places where marijuana is legal, so is branding and marketing of dispensaries, retail stories, products, and services. This legitimate market may be new, but some naming themes have already emerged. One of the most…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Review: The Supplement Guide: An Unbiased Review of the Best and Worst Sports Supplements by Tim Mielke

    James Grimsby
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    The Supplement Guide: An Unbiased Review of the Best and Worst Sports Supplements by Tim Mielke is a revised edition of a previous publication, The Book of Supplement Secrets: A Beginner’s Guide to Nutritional Supplements, an insider guide to the pros and cons of the supplement industry, and the common lies bought into by consumers. ...
  • Review: The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta García de la Rosa

    James Grimsby
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta García de la Rosa is a collection of short stories for children featuring the titular Little Nani, an eight-year-old girl who wants to become a great witch. Using her magic spells she tries to help everyone she comes across, making the most unlikely of friends along the ...
  • Decay by Mark Lingane

    Henry Baum
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:18 am
    Decay by Mark Lingane is the second book in his YA steampunk/science fiction series, “The Tesla Evolution.” Set in a war-ravaged dystopian future, Decay follows Sebastian, his friend Melanie, and others fighting off a cyborg threat to kill off humanity once and for all. Sebastian, along with some other survivors, find that they have enhanced ...
  • Lost Library by Kate Baray

    Henry Baum
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Lost Library by Kate Baray is the first novel in the “Lost Library” urban fantasy romance series, which so far comprises three novels and three short stories. That investment in world-building is very evident in these pages: the book is both carefully detailed and fast-paced, which will appeal to more readers than those interested in ...
  • Review: Choices by Staffan R.B. Nordqvist

    Cate Baum
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    There is a trend in self-publishing for the “selfie” book, a written version of the frequently-seen Instagram snap that appears online so often. Choices: A Physician’s Journey On Two Continents by Staffan R.B. Nordqvist is such a book:  a memoir of a Swedish doctor who emigrates to the USA. Sometimes humorous, sometimes hard, Nordqvist makes ...
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 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 November 19th

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For November 19th

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    OUCH! BUT NOT AT ALL SURPRISING TO ME. Amazon Advertising Executive Fired for Refusing To Lie "A former advertising executive for Kindle is suing Amazon for wrongful dismissal. The saga begins in 2012 with the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet. Amazon was seeking launch partners in order to build traction with their Special Offers edition. Credit card company Discover signed on, as they normally participated with pilot projects at Amazon. Then things got interesting..." ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY AT PARTIES! PEOPLE JUST MIGHT BELIEVE YOU! Uber Responds to BuzzFeed Report on…
  • Get Out Of The Trenches, And Get Your Name Out There! By Susan Sundwall

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I write comic cozy mysteries. I am not famous. I'm down in the trenches, trying to get my name and titles out there. My publisher is small and my marketing budget is, too. Can you relate? On more than one occasion I've wondered if I should simply get a job at the bank, and forget this whole writing dealy-bob. It's a tough slog. But, take it from me, good things can happen if you hang in there...
  • IS THIS MAGAZINE HOLDING MY ARTICLES HOSTAGE? Probably!

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I submitted my articles to (a well-known magazine) and, after repeatedly requesting payment, this is what they said: "I had a number of issues with your articles. They need a lot of editing and rewrites before they will be ready. And until I have time to do the editing work needed, I have to put a hold on these articles. I'm writing six articles at any given time for several magazines who are happy to pay me at 40 to 70 cents per word so I'm guessing this is just a sleaze move to not pay. What do you think?
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    Writing Forward

  • The Only Four Types Of Writing That Count (And How to Ace Each One)

    Guest
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let’s look at four types of writing. Please welcome guest author Bryan Collins with a post exploring four types of writing. This craft of ours is hard. You’ve got an idea, you’ve finished your research, and you know you’ve got something important to write about. There’s just one problem. When you try to write, the words feel slow, awkward, and off target. Do you want to know a secret? Good writing does at least one of four things: it educates, informs, entertains or inspires. For example: A tutorial shows a reader how they can accomplish a task. A news story tells your reader…
  • Creative Writing Prompts for Crafting Compelling Imagery

    Melissa Donovan
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Creative writing prompts for crafting stunning imagery. Today, I’d like to share a collection of prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, which contains a variety of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing prompts. Some of the prompts in the book are story starters. Some are word lists. The prompts I’m sharing today are simple but provocative images that are designed to spark a writing session. In writing, imagery is the key that can unlock a reader’s imagination. When an image is rendered with the right combination of words, it magically appears in the reader’s…
  • Writing Resources: Wired for Story

    Melissa Donovan
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you wired for storytelling? Are you a storyteller? Do you want to be? Then I suggest you pick up a copy of Wired for Story, ASAP. This is easily the best book on writing fiction that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. The book takes a fresh approach and tackles fiction writing from a scientific perspective. Thus the subtitle: “The writer’s guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence.” Before all you left-brained creatives bristle at the word science, know this: the book is completely accessible. It doesn’t confuse you with…
  • How to Write Better Fiction

    Melissa Donovan
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    A few insights to help you write better fiction. You know that feeling you get when you read a novel and become completely lost in it? You can’t put it down, so you lose track of time. When you finally finish, you wish it would just keep going. Isn’t that the kind of novel you want to write? Over the past year, I’ve read only a few books that I couldn’t put down. Unfortunately, several of the books I started to read didn’t keep my interest past the first few chapters. There was a time when I forced myself to finish every book I started, no matter how boring it…
  • Traditional Versus Digital: The Book Launch and the Aftermath

    Melissa Donovan
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Digital Publishing. Please welcome Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses, with an article that compares print and digital book launches and examines the impact of traditional versus independent publishing on authors’ careers. The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work. The launch of a book is like the birth of a baby: crucial and necessary. There is, after all, no future for an unsuccessful birth. For the author, like anything born into a lifecycle, it…
 
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    Letters of Note

  • There was a war, a great war, and now it is over

    Shaun Usher
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    On November 11th of 1918, the First World War effectively came to an end with the signing of the armistice—an agreement between Allied and German forces to end, with immediate effect, all hostilies and withdraw troops from the battlefield. Peace, at last, after four years of fighting and more than 16 million deaths. Shortly after the armistice was signed, 26-year-old Lewis Plush—a lieutenant with the American Expeditionary Forces—wrote home to his parents and spoke with great eloquence of his experience. He returned home in February of 1919.(Source: War Letters, edited by…
  • Letters of Note on NPR

    Shaun Usher
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Dear All,Last week in the US, NPR aired a really lovely Letters of Note series that was recorded a short while ago, in which a few people related to various letters in the book were interviewed by Audie Cornish--a couple even read their letters aloud. Those people were: Amy Corcoran, a lady who, as a young girl, received a letter from Roald Dahl; Bill Baxley, who, as attorney general of Alabama in 1976, wrote a succinct letter to the KKK; and Frank Ciulla, whose father was killed in the Lockerbie bombing and whose family received a beautiful letter from Scotland a few years later. I…
  • BOOK!

    Shaun Usher
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Hello!The Lists of Note book is out today and can now be found in shops across the UK. I'm VERY excited. A few things:1. The special edition can still be purchased via Unbound. 2. Waterstones have chosen it as their 'Non-Fiction Book of the Month' across the land. Hooray!3. An extract of the book was published by the Telegraph the other day. 4. A lovely piece was written in the Independent, inspired by the book and our fascination with lists in general. 5. More info about the book and its stockists can be found here. 6. Photos of the book can be found here. Feel free to use them as you…
  • Barbarous Saxons

    Shaun Usher
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    In 1400, a middle-aged Welshman named Owain Glyndŵr spearheaded the Glyndŵr Rising—an ultimately unsuccessful but initially promising independence movement intended to shake Wales free from the ruling grip of Henry IV's England. The revolt started well, and within a few years Glyndŵr, now Prince of Wales, had control of the majority of the country and valuable support from the French; however, by 1407 the English had slowly begun to regain control. Glyndŵr eventually retreated and was last seen in 1412. He remains a hero in Wales.Below are two letters written…
  • Hello!

    Shaun Usher
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Dear All,Hi! It's been a while. I've missed you.I've just returned from a much-needed holiday that seemed to finish before we'd unpacked--quick as a flash; however, the main reason for my recent silence can be seen above. The Lists of Note book. I finally got my hands on a copy yesterday and it's completely lovely, head to toe, cover to cover. You can see more photos over here on Flickr; also, more info about the book can be found on the Lists of Note website.Next week I'll restart the engines around here.Have a great weekend.Shaun RSS Feed proudly sponsored by TinyLetter, a simple newsletter…
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    Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

  • What Happens When Dumb People Read Your Book?

    Agatho
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The question I am asking myself this week is: How much do I really take readers' IQ's into account when signing and then publishing a book? The truth is, I do, quite a bit. The average IQ is 100, and that's the level I aim for. Of course, I want the book to be well-written, with a good plot and great characters. But even though my own tastes run to the avant-garde, I rarely sign up such titles. Many, many times I've thought, "Wow, I like this. But people won't get it. It's too challenging, too demanding. That's what literary fiction is for."…
  • Technology, Blah Blah Blah

    Agatho
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I just finished editing a manuscript, and I realized that my eyes tend to glaze over when a writer gets into discussions of technology. It's not that I don't like technology; in fact, I love it. What I DON'T love is lazy writers' tendency to use technology as a substitute for good detection. And I'm seeing a lot of this lately. There's a fictional (or perhaps it's nonfictional) assumption that you can simply click on Google and find accurate answers to any question you may have, including personal information about just anyone (for a price, with a…
  • The Perpetual Discussion: Reviews

    Agatho
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Many years ago, a mentor said to me, "You'll know you've been in the business a while when you care a lot more about sales than you do about reviews." I've partially achieved that state, but reviews do matter to me. After working on my books for so long, I want the world to like them as much as I do. Then again, I prefer to have the last laugh when I see a 2-star average on Amazon but very nice sales figures. (Not that I publish James Patterson, but take a look at the Amazon reviews of You've Been Warned. They are execrable, but I'm sure the book sold…
  • Small Presses: The Future?

    Agatho
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    A couple of days ago I had to have a conversation following the completion of one of those forms you have to fill out in your life. One of the questions was about occupation, so I listed myself as "editor/publisher." The form had nothing to do with business life at all, but when people hear that I'm a publisher, they often ask questions about the business. This particular woman told me that her husband had recently signed a contract with a small press after several years of frustration with "getting noticed" by the establishment. I sympathized with her because, of…
  • So Much Revelation! So Little Space!

    Agatho
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    I just finished a classic mystery published by The Crime Club in 1931. The title: The Midnight Mail, by Henry Holt. I like to dip my toes into classic waters a few times a year, and I'm usually happy with the choice I've made. I've always liked Holt and have read quite a number of his books. So I expect them to be good, and this one was. Holt does something in this book that I find remarkable every time I see it done. What's more, I see this particular thing done so rarely, it becomes all the more remarkable for that reason. So what is this thing, you ask? Let me explain.
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    Punctuality Rules!

  • Review: The English Tenses

    --Deb
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    No, no. This isn’t a grammar-filled post to explain all the intricacies of verb tenses in the English language. How could it be? English is complicated and it would take an entire book to explain it all–far more space than a single blog post. Which is exactly the point, because I’m here to tell you about just such a book. Title: The English Tenses: Practical Grammar Guide Author: Phil Williams Publisher: English Lessons Brighton, 2014 Published in the UK, this book addresses a problem for people learning English as a second language–how to recognize and use the…
  • Raise Your Hand If…

    --Deb
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Okay, raise your hands if you .. … Wish you had more time to write. … Wish you were a better writer. … Wish you could get other people to read your writing. … Wish writing came more easily. … Wish you had more ideas. … Wish you had time to blog about solutions to these problems. … Wish you had solutions to these problems. And … isn’t this what freelancers are FOR? To help out with problems like these?
  • I’m Guesting at the Whine Seller

    --Deb
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    If you didn’t see it, I’ve got a guest post up at The Whine Seller. The Importance of Saying What You Mean: aka The Difference a Writer Can Make.
  • I Salute You

    --Deb
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Here’s a question for you: When you write an email, do you include a salutation? You know, the “Dear John,” or even something as simple as a person’s name at the top. I was reading an old blog post on Linda Formicelli’s excellent Renegade Writers site the other day that was discussing whether or not to use an editor’s first name when sending a query letter. This made me realize that, most of the time, I don’t bother starting my emails with names at all. I usually just jump right into the meat of the message. I addressed this back in 2008, when I…
  • Being Carded

    --Deb
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Let’s talk about business cards, shall we? It’s true that a lot of business is done electronically, these days, and it’s not like we pay polite visits that require calling cards anymore. (Though, let’s pause a moment and reflect on a society that used to have time to ramble from house to house on any given morning, leaving a bread crumb trail of finely printed cardboard behind to mark each stop.) No, these days, we’re busy. Time is of the essence and some days, we’re lucky to send a text message. And besides … business cards? Isn’t there an app for that? Just a swipe on…
 
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    Nicola Furlong » Blog

  • The Secret to Creating Memorable Fictional Characters

    nfurlong
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Quick, what do Scarlet O’Hara, Hercule Poirot and Lisbeth Salander have in common? They’re fabulous fictional characters. Okay, that was waaay too easy. Now, even quicker, what’s the secret to creating reader interest? Ah…hmmn…let me see… Unlock the clue today in my guest blog post at Ink from an Earthen Vessel. #amwriting #writingfiction The post The Secret to Creating Memorable Fictional Characters appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • Youdunit Whodunit, How to Write Mysteries by Nicola Furlong on Sale

    nfurlong
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:50 pm
    YOUDUNIT WHODUNT! How to Write Mysteries on Sale Today! Huge Discount – Only 99 cents on Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk. Okay, so you LOVE murder mysteries? Well, why not WRITE one? YOUDUNIT WHODUNIT! is my short, practical, how-to guide to crafting mysteries. But what’s inside this jam-packed little ebook? Here’s your FIRST CLUE: Maureen Jennings, author of the best-selling Murdoch Mysteries, says author Nicola Furlong “…is witty, thorough and she certainly knows what she’s talking about.” Look, there’s more! A SECOND CLUE: “You’ll pick up useful insights…
  • Textured Steampunk Fine Art Using Joint Compound

    nfurlong
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Created a little 10×10 inch piece of textured fine art called Hummingbug for my great nephew, using thick joint compound, steampunk impressions of gears, keys and other funky objects and layers of wild colours. Micah’s Hummingbug by Nicola Furlong Micah’s Hummingbug by Nicola Furlong (close up) Micah’s Hummingbug by Nicola Furlong (side view) Love the colours & funky reliefs? Check out more textured art. The post Textured Steampunk Fine Art Using Joint Compound appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • Readers’ Favorite Loves Teed Off! Mystery by Nicola Furlong

    nfurlong
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    YOUR HALLOWEEN TREAT: READERS’ FAVORITE LOVES TEED OFF! >>>Another 5 Star Review!
  • Author Nicola Furlong’s Six Clues to Shameless Self-Promotion

    nfurlong
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Struggling with self-promotion? I’ve got six fab clues which will help you sell your books. 6 Clues to Shameless Self-PromotionCheck out my guest post at FastFingers.com and good luck! The post Author Nicola Furlong’s Six Clues to Shameless Self-Promotion appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Making music on the Raspberry Pi

    Sean McManus
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    In the run-up to the publication of the second edition of Raspberry Pi For Dummies, I've created an infographic to help you with making music on your Raspberry Pi. It shows the note numbers you need to use in Scratch and Sonic Pi. Both are covered in Raspberry Pi For Dummies, with Sonic Pi being a new addition to the second edition, with a chapter of its own. You can find out more about Sonic Pi
  • What's new in the second edition of Raspberry Pi For Dummies?

    Sean McManus
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Later this month, there is a second edition of Raspberry Pi For Dummies coming out. A lot has changed since the previous edition was published in March 2013, including the launch of the Model B+ earlier this year and the introduction of NOOBS, which makes it easier to install the operating system. For this second edition, Mike and I have checked and updated the whole book to account for the new
  • Discover my two new Scratch programming tutorials

    Sean McManus
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The first half term of the new school year has now finished, and with it the first few weeks of a whole new set of Code Clubs. I've written two new articles to cover two of the key challenges that Scratch presents to new programmers: Finding and debugging the top 5 errors in Scratch programs: There are several errors that new Scratchers tend to make. If you're on the look-out for them, it'll make
  • Download my Scratch demo files in the Raspberry Pi Store

    Sean McManus
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    I'm pleased to say that you can now download the examples from Scratch Programming in Easy Steps for free in the Pi Store on the Raspberry Pi. You can find them filed under Tutorials there. I've also included the PDF sampler from the book and some of my 10-block Scratch demo cards. I hope that this will make it easier for readers to download and experiment with the example files, and will also
  • Planting poppies at the Tower of London

    Sean McManus
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is an installation at the Tower of London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. It fills the moat of the Tower with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each of which represents a British military death in the war. Last week, I was pleased to be able to spend the morning as one of the volunteers assembling and planting the poppies in the moat. The
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • Going From Stupid to Cool

    Nanci Panuccio
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Maurice via Compfight In February of last year, I attended a weekend west coast swing dance intensive with dancer, choreographer, teacher extraordinaire, Robert Royston. The weekend was ultra light on footwork and dance patterns and high on technique; the physics of movement, partner dynamics and connection, how to spin from a low to high center of gravity, musicality, and a multitude of other technical issues. The techniques were subtle, but new and awkward for most of us, including the most advanced dancers. On the last day of the intensive, as we were wrapping up, Robert said something to…
  • What is Writer’s Voice?

    Nanci Panuccio
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    We hear it prescribed in workshops and countless writing books. “Find your voice!” We’re encouraged to develop a “unique voice.” Literary magazines say they’re looking for “fresh new voices.” But what is writer’s voice, exactly? Years ago, during my first semester as an MFA student, my mentor told me the first draft of a story I sent her lacked voice. So much so, that she didn’t want to offer any further feedback until I understood how to incorporate my voice into my fiction. I already knew the story was awful. I’d felt…
  • Getting Under the Skin

    Nanci Panuccio
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    photo by Aristocrats-hat It’s one thing to understand a character. It’s another thing to become them. Readers crave the latter. In my early twenties, at Columbia University’s Summer Writing Program, I was fortunate to have novelist and short story author Ethan Canin critique my first completed short story. The story centered around a love triangle of sorts: two friends, both Julliard piano students, and their mentor Joshua who becomes smitten by one of the girl’s musical powers. Ethan’s major criticism was that my story was plot-driven rather than…
  • The Difference Between Plot and Story

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    umjanedoan via Compfight My first writing workshops in NYC included a few lawyers with novels-in-progress based on real life cases they’d defended throughout their careers. They were writing what they knew. Intricate and wild criminal cases brimming with drama and excitement. Endless twists. Mega suspense. Their plots were riveting. But there was no story. No character development. No emotion driving the novels forward. They had built a scaffold. But not a world. Many of the stories I edit suffer either from too much plot, or not enough. A plot-driven story is full of action, which is…
  • 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…
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • SMASHING IT and TV Addiction

    MikeFook
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Admit it – your TV owns you. You’ve been owned by Hollywood and they’re all making money off your misguided ass. How many people that are really SMASHING IT across the world do you think are addicted to TV, like you are? Cool photo ©2014 Baily Weaver at FLickr. How many senators? Presidents? CEOs? How many elite athletes? How many of our top scientists? How many of the world’s top adventurers? Politicians of any sort? How many kings and queens? Seems to me that people of this caliber… cannot afford to waste their time with TV. Seems to me that ANYBODY that is…
  • Mike Fook Podcast – Day 1

    MikeFook
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    Just on a whim I threw up a podcast about some knob that left me threatening Youtube comments a while back. I installed the podcast creator and it shoots it up to iTunes, so if you’re looking for it, in a day or so you’ll find it there. Heck, it might even be there now if Apple has its act together. Search under “Mike Fook Podcast” as the keyword phrase. They tell me this is the link – but it has the wrong image and podcast name – click. I was sitting here this morning trying to figure out how I can start cranking out content immediately, and be doing…
  • Never Fight with Anyone Who Has Less to Lose Than You Do

    MikeFook
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I went through some of the comments on my books recently. I found a couple that weren’t so good, but no zingers like I used to find after just getting started publishing books where I had edited them myself. There were some bad sentences in those books. Still, the comments were from some disturbed people. Disturbed authors and wannabe authors that were coming to grips with the fact that my books were going to push them down in the Amazon results. Sick comments on your books bring immediate wrath and uncontrollable mental agitation, cogitation, and violence. If I knew some of the…
  • If You’re Really Creative – Should You Be Writing Books?

    MikeFook
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    Hmm, write books, or work with venomous snakes in Southeast Asia? (Trimeresurus venustus – The Beautiful Pit Viper)   I can’t play an instrument. Can’t read music. Can’t compose music. I can’t write screenplays or musicals. My brother can do all of these. I can’t sing. I can’t win writing contests online. I can’t write short-stories that blow people away. My sister does all of these. I can run. I can bike. I can climb stairs. That’s what I do well. What I do VERY well is create things. I am an idea factory. I can churn out ideas all…
  • Whiskey Helps Me Buy Shit

    MikeFook
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve said it at some time during the past, I know. I labor over decisions in which I have to spend a lot of money to buy something that isn’t absolutely essential for my own, or my family’s well-being. A few nights ago I learned something. Whiskey helps me buy shit. I have been looking at the line of Suunto Ambit2 and Ambit3 sports watches for, oh about a year. I haven’t been able to pull the plug and buy one because: I’ve never paid more than $75 for a watch in my life. I could buy a computer for the price I could buy a Suunto watch for. There are no stores…
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    About that Writing thing.

  • Yeah Write #188- Tempted

    Shannon Barber
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Tempted I see my bus pull away from the curb fifty feet away. I am too tired to even try to run. “Fuck me.” I realize I said that out loud when Big Ed the 85-pound crackhead giggles. “Well if you’re gonna twist my arm.” I laugh. “Hey Big Ed, how are you?” I plop on them nearby bench; he stands a few feet away, smiling. “Waitin’ on the man, you know how it is. I was wondering where you was at. New bus schedule is a bitch ain’t it?” I give him a cigarette. “Yeah. You stay safe.” He thanks me and scurries away. I watch the other crackheads and play a game with myself,…
  • Craft notes- experimentation in Flash fiction

    Shannon Barber
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    So I want to talk about craft and some things I’ve been experimenting with in terms of flash fiction. If you’ve read me for a while you know I like to screw around with literary things. Lately (as in the past six goddamn months) I’ve been really interested in remaking of individual myths and as usual vagina dentata. Another thing I’m really interested in experimenting with is the idea that plot doesn’t have to be the Western idea of what plot and a story story has to be in order to be good or interesting. So first a little piece I wrote on my phone- wait let me…
  • Write like a motherfucker forever.

    Shannon Barber
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Since I have been digging myself out of my shit filled emotional hole I’ve been writing a lot. I’ve also done a couple of things I’ve never done before. On some issues I have a mean sense of humour and I’ve been interested in using that to write up some non fiction. I wrote a satire thing, very angry, mean. And I sat on it for a while because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then the other day I was organizing my work and decided to just do a thing with it. So I put it up on Medium and I’m kinda proud of myself. I’ve also been toying with some horror…
  • So hey.

    Shannon Barber
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Apparently I’m still a writer. I have a new thing at Xojane. More self care and stuff. Lately I’ve had what you could call a mega crisis of faith in myself and stuff. I fell down the deepest of “every word I write sucks” holes and have had a bit of a hard time pulling out of it. Not to say that I’m not writing because I am. In fact I’m working on some pretty exciting to me stuff and yet, I’m feeilng some type of way about showing people I don’t know my work. I go through this every now and then. It’s a combo of losing faith in my own work…
  • Yeah Write #184 entry- Star.

    Shannon Barber
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
      Star by Shannon Barber No one needs to tell the Matrons when the time comes. As a group they are a whisper of rainbow pastel wimples and the susurrus of silken fabric as they move. I can hear them under the soft bleating of the metabolic unit hooked to my belly. It whirs, it feeds this body and keeps it comfortable. Here in their House of Passing Time the Matrons attend to dying star prophets. I am dying. I open my eyes when the pink wimpled Matron comes to perch on my bed. Her brown face reminds me of dimly of my Mother, the deep Cupid’s Bow of her pert mouth. “Do you dream…
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • Some thoughts on friendship: Anne and Peggy chew the fat…

    Anne Whitaker
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    I have been reflecting on the importance of having inter-generational friendships, in relation to the type of society in which we live which is riven by a huge paradox. Thanks to the Internet-expedited social media revolution,  never in human history have we been so inter-connected at so many levels worldwide as we are now. This fact co-exists with a rising tide of human loneliness, especially amongst older people, who in terms of life experience are probably the richest members of our human community. Good Friends Today I have decided in my own small way to bridge this paradox, by using…
  • A ‘Time Slip’ Tale: Mediaeval church music 1980s to 1990s

    Anne Whitaker
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    Everybody knows the secular holiday of Hallowe’en. But not everybody knows it derives from a holy day,  All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, which is followed by All Souls’ day on Nov. 2. The root word of Halloween – ”hallow” – means ”holy.” The suffix “een” is an abbreviation of “evening.” It refers to the Eve of All Hallows, the night before the Christian holy day that honours saintly people of the past. All Saints is a celebration of the communion of saints. The religious connotation of today thus fits well with the third…
  • Oh no – not more Tudors!! Reincarnation Tales for Hallowe’en (ii)

    Anne Whitaker
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    I was in my twenties; about to leave my lecturing job, my flat in Bath, and return to the Outer Hebrides to “ be a writer”. A few weeks previously I had met artists and astrologers Gloria and Seamus. Since their delivering of one of my greatest ever shocks, in the shape of an unsolicited and stunningly accurate horoscope reading, we had become friends. They intrigued me, as well as being warm hearted, kind people. They subsequently introduced me to their friend Jake, an author and expert on astrology amongst other Arts. Seamus had joked that we had to be careful of Jake – he was…
  • Reincarnation Tales for Hallowe’en i) : Beware the noonday sun – uncanny events in Lecce, Italy

    Anne Whitaker
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    The first in this series of four posts on the intriguing topic of Reincarnation can be found HERE Lecce, Italy: September 13th 1986 This first one took place in the mediaeval town of Lecce, known as ‘the Florence of the South’, on 13th September 1986. I still recall what happened very, very clearly. My husband Ian and I were on a bus trip with a voluble female Italian guide in her thirties, determined to cram as much local information as possible into the heads of the ignorant Brits in her charge. As a result, not helped by the heat, we reeled off the bus somewhat brain damaged for our…
  • Do we come back ? Some thoughts on Reincarnation in the week of Hallowe’en…

    Anne Whitaker
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    When I first came across this quotation, it made me chuckle…trust Henry Miller! “Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant.” Henry Miller Definition of reincarnation: “(in some beliefs) the rebirth of a soul in a new body.” (p 1216, The Oxford English Reference Dictionary, Oxford University Press 1996) Huge statue of Shiva, god of death/rebirth In Nature’s great cyclic pattern, from the tiny to the vast – gnat or galaxy – the same basic stages apply: seeding, germinating, sprouting, flowering, ripening, harvesting, dying back in…
 
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • Grandma Goes Home

    saradobiebauer
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    What do you do the morning after you lose someone you love? Even if that death was for the best, following months (years) of illness, suffering, and grief? We lost Grandma Schwind last night: the last remaining grandparent in my family, the matriarch. She left us at 7 PM. She navigated her way past the pain, the hospital bed, and all the other old, sick, and suffering at her nursing home to see Heaven and Papa and her beloved son, lost much too soon, Barney. Last night, Grandma went home. It’s a relief really. Ten minutes prior to The Call from Ohio, I was having trouble eating. I was…
  • Quotes from a Matt Haig alien: Remember how to live

    saradobiebauer
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    I love British author Matt Haig for The Radleys, Dead Father’s Club, and now, The Humans, perhaps my favorite of his books—which is saying something. The Humans is about an alien who comes down to earth in the body of Professor Andrew Martin to erase the solving of a mathematical equation that could alter the course of human history. However, the more time the alien spends among “the humans,” the more he becomes human. Instead of a book review, here are favorite quotes that trace the alien as he becomes more human but also quotes that speak to us as humans. PS: Buy the damn book.
  • Halloween Horror Story: How It Died

    saradobiebauer
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    In honor of Halloween, I offer you my newly released horror story, “How It Died,” published by Blank Fiction Magazine. I hope everyone had a night of horrors. Maybe ghosts followed you home and dark creatures lingered in the corner of your eye. I hope you kept the pumpkin lit and danced around the fire. Halloween is the night when the dead come to visit. Were you ready to say hello? How It Died by Sara Dobie Bauer Published by Blank Fiction Magazine My first and last November in Boston, I attended what Americans call Thanksgiving. My attendance was due to my romantic affiliation…
  • Gina’s Team gives me reason to hope (and live)

    saradobiebauer
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    I’ve thought about giving up. No longer creating. No longer caring. It’s on these, the darkest days, that I end up at Perryville Prison or on a road trip to Prescott or, say, to a sober-living halfway house in downtown Phoenix. It’s on these darkest days that Gina’s Team has saved my life. Gina’s Team was named for Gina Panetta, a young mother who died while serving time in an Arizona prison. In her memory, we actively promote education and self-sufficiency for incarcerated women and men in Arizona at no cost to the prisons. My title at work is “Book Nerd,” and this title…
  • Urban Midnight: Embrace your inner psychopath

    saradobiebauer
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    A chat with the director. There’s a secret I hide. Few people know this secret, and they have kept quiet for the past twelve years. They can now break their silence, as I make this astounding announcement: I used to be an actress. When writer pal Rasheda Poe asked me to be in her short film, I hedged. I was vague. I told her I wasn’t “actually an actress.” This is untrue. In high school, I was Theater Student of the Year as a senior. I earned my varsity letter as a thespian. In college, I minored in acting. My last stage show was in 2002, and I haven’t acted…
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Examples of using kernel ideas to write your book:  http://ow.ly/EqgzV @bob_mayer The missing author mystique–authors and social media:  http://ow.ly/EGq4O @Porter_Anderson @writerunboxed   Writing a Novel? 6 Visual Storytelling Techniques to Borrow From Film and TV http://ow.ly/EqgzZ @CSLakin 6 Ways To…
  • Free Help With Graphic Design

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig I’m design-challenged.  I learned this early.  My father was a teacher and when I was in elementary school, one of my father’s friends (also a teacher) knew I was very creative and asked me to create a back-to-school bulletin board for her students. I loved the huge box of art supplies that she brought over.  Tissue paper, construction paper, markers, stickers, stencils.  I loved it.  But I didn’t know what to do with it.  I ended up making a tissue paper flower that was about 6 inches in size.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out…
  • Creating Strong Characters—Some Typical Challenges

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Guest Post by Jack Smith To write a publishable novel, you must cover a lot of bases.  This means handling a number of fictional elements seamlessly.  Chief among these is creating a strong protagonist, one that is believable as well as compelling. It’s one thing to speak of a strong character in the abstract, another to create one in a novel.  If you’re like most writers, you continuously face any number of challenges, and since each novel is different, each set of challenges is different. There are, of course, some standard character issues every writer eventually faces. And so…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. 3 Methods to Trigger Story Ideas:  http://ow.ly/E0a5y @galleycat When we get a bad review–top 5 most scathing book reviews :  http://ow.ly/E0a7s @guardianbooks The 5 Screenwriter Stages:  http://ow.ly/E0arf @scriptshadow What to do with your manuscript after NaNo:  http://ow.ly/E09Ig @Rachellkent A Book…
  • Conflict and Series Characters

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig I was driving carpool from the middle school last week when a couple of radio hosts started talking about Facebook and vacation stories. One of the hosts said he really hated Facebook because people always put up beautiful vacation pictures of their lovely families and everyone looked as if they were incredibly happy and having an amazing time. The radio host went on to point out that no one wants to hear a happy vacation story—that these friends of his should just keep their experiences to themselves.  People only want to hear a story about a…
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    Fuel Your Writing

  • DesignCrowd Discount Coupon – Exclusive to Fuel

    Joel Falconer
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Looking for some amazing book cover? or need some stunning digital art or illustration to accompany your next peice of writing? Maybe you just need a beautiful logo design for your blog? Well, you’re in luck. The team over at DesignCrowd – one of the worlds favorite design crowdsourcing platforms – are offering some great deals on new design project. Head over to the DesignCrowd coupon and discount page to nab yourself an offer. You can post a project quickly and easily on DesignCrowd, all you need to do is write a brief and the army of designers will start submitting…
  • DesignCrowd are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – June Only

    Joel Falconer
    14 Jun 2014 | 1:25 am
    We know that many businesses will be looking to start this financial year with a kick! Start fresh and jump onboard with DesignCrowd. Perhaps you’re thinking of rebranding or making some visual changes to modernise your business? If so, the good folks over at DesignCrowd, the design crowdsourcing platform are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – For 1 week only, you can save up to $500 on design projects! They’ve heavily reduced project fees and add-ons. Combine multiple projects and save BIG! Checkout all the other DesignCrowd Discount Coupons on the newly launched offers page
  • Cracking Skulls! The Last Gasp Logo Design Contest

    Joel Falconer
    27 May 2014 | 6:18 pm
    This was post was originally featured on Fuel Your Creativity By Clancy Clarke In February this year the infamous Last Gasp Book Shop in San Francisco launched a logo design contest to: “Design an original Last Gasp skull logo and claim your place in history” Last Gasp has never really had a set logo, but rather allowed artists and authors to create their own interpretation of the Skull and Crossbones – according to the team at Last Gasp: “The result has been amazing and varied logos from the likes of Robert Crumb, Mark Ryden, Junko Mizuno, Spain Rodriguez, and many…
  • Finishing That Novel

    Christopher Jackson
    30 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    We have talked before on how to get over the finish line of your novel, but as it’s something that a lot of writers struggle with (I know I do – I can never finish anything!), we thought you could use some more help. The brilliant io9 recently featured a collection of _____ strategies to make sure you can finish your novel. http://io9.com/5958162/strategies-to-make-you-finish-that-bloody-novel
  • Monkeys With Typewriters & Why I Hate NaNoWriMo

    Robert Smedley
    21 Nov 2012 | 5:00 am
    There are some people currently elbow deep in the afterbirth of NaNoWriMo. They’re struggling with both hands to pull that slippery, oddly-shaped idea they have out of the tight dark crevasse of their mind and bring it, stumbling and blinking, into the sunlight in time for December 1st, when at last – at last! – they can slap a ribbon on it and show the quivering mass of a month’s frantic creation off to their electronic friends. I am not one of those people. I don’t like NaNoWriMo. I don’t think it encourages the best practise of writing in many people.
 
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    Litopia All Shows

  • Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

    Litopia
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    One man goes against the system he helped create and the results are not encouraging. Koestler fictionalises the Moscow Show Trials of the 1930s, where parts are fused onto the whole and the whole is broken into parts. A masterful novel. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great novels as…
  • The World According to Mal Peet

    Litopia Writers Colony
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    Mal Peet is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest British writers alive. His books have won many awards, and reviews range from the merely enthusiastic to the ecstatic. A deeply creative writer, Mal joins us tonight to chat about the writing process, tar-grouted macadam, nano-drones and Tolkienism. Oh, and also his newly publishing book, THE MURDSTONE TRILOGY… which isn’t a trilogy at all. Click to order from Amazon Is there a formula for writing the next George “Rolls Royce” Martin swords-and-sorcery, high-fantasy epic troll opera? Mal says yes… and what’s more, he…
  • Three Faces of War – Very Special Forces

    Litopia Writers Colony
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    On this day in 1918 – the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at the 11th hour – the hostilities of the First World war formally ended. This is Remembrance Day, aka Poppy Day. But why poppies? Well, contrary to popular belief, poppies have been associated with war since at least Napoleonic times, when a writer first noted how poppies grew over the graves of soldiers. It is theorized that the damage done to the landscape in Flanders during WW1 greatly increased the lime content in the soil, leaving the poppy as one of the few plants able to survive. At the war’s conclusion, it was an…
  • Three Faces of War – The English Lady

    Litopia Writers Colony
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    She does her job with typically understated bravery. To meet her, you might think (for a moment) that this headscarved and very English lady is, perhaps, a headmistress, a rose grower or possibly something a bit nebulous in the arts. But this is Lindsey Hilsum. The woman for whom the expression sang-froid might have been invented. Specialising in remaining imperturbable under fire, and always meeting her deadline. As International Editor for Britain’s Channel 4 News, she reported from Belgrade in 1999 when NATO bombed Serbia, from Baghdad during the 2003 US invasion, and covered the…
  • Three Faces of War – The Assassin

    Litopia Writers Colony
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Making a welcome return tonight is journalist-turned-investigative-historian, Tim Butcher. Tim specialises in covering awkward places at difficult moments: Kurdistan under attack in 1991 by Saddam Hussein, Sarajevo during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, the Allied attack on Iraq in 2003, Israel's 2006 clash with Hizbollah in southern Lebanon among other crises. All good preparation, then for tonight’s skirmish with Ian... But it’s not all fol-de-rol and bon mots  ce soir. Tim’s new, widely-praised book is a quest to find history's most famous terrorist before Osama bin Laden...
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    Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website

  • An embarrassment of riches for readers

    Joel
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    For $10/month or less, you can get access to a library of hundreds of thousands of books. There are at least three such libraries: Kindle Unlimited (Amazon); Oysterbooks.com; and Scribd.com. All three let you try their service for a free month. I tried all three. There is lots of overlap among them, in terms of titles. But just recently, Scribd leaped out in front of the pack by adding a collection of 30,000 audio books. I listen to audio books all the time, and have a $24/month subscription to Audible.com that I’d like to drop. If the Scribd library can satisfy my exploratory…
  • Music to focus by

    Joel
    31 Jan 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The Brain Club is a monthly meeting in San Francisco founded by my friend Phil Dixon. Their presentations are video-streamed. Here is yesterday’s, by Will Henshall, on the subject of focus. More precisely, on the types of music that actually help you focus on the task at hand—say, the book you are writing—and the types that do not. Will, a musician and scientist, has founded a science-based company that lets you play the “right kinds” of music via your web-connected devices. Check out his site here. Video streaming by Ustream The post Music to focus by appeared first on…
  • Word Trippers

    Joel
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:59 am
    Barbara McNichol has written Word Trippers, a short book that will help you distinguish between lie and lay, less and fewer, affect and effect, and more. Watch her brief promotional video (below), then head over to her site for more information. I, who am pretty good at such distinctions, get a lot out of Barbara’s book every time I dip into it. The post Word Trippers appeared first on Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website.
  • To Write A Good Book, Answer These 3 Questions

    Joel
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:37 pm
    1. What is the question my book answers? 2. Who cares? Who is seeking the answer to this question? 3. Where do I find that caring audience?  If you are writing a non-fiction book, it answers some question. “How do I play the guitar?” “How do I find the right midwife?” “What are some low-capital businesses I can start?” Your answer is simple, methodical, and action-oriented. You give some background, some definitions, then lay out the steps the reader needs to take. Then you answer frequently asked questions and list resources for digging further. Next, you…
  • Note-taking for the writer

    Joel
    12 Jan 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I’m listening to author Amy Tan being interviewed on City Arts and Lectureson NPR. The wonderful interviewer–I missed his name–asked, “Why do you write?” To my surprise, she said she discovered that writing has enabled her to explore her life purpose. One kind of writing is note-taking–jotting things down as they happen, whether event descriptions or thoughts and ideas. (I wrote this in NotePower, a blog I’ve stopped keeping about notes.) One kind of note-taking is called “journaling,” or keeping a diary. People do this for a variety of…
 
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    The Write One Blog

  • How To Self Publish On Kindle – Best Practices For Kindle Publishing

    Stefanie Newell
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The arrival of the Kindle Direct Publishing platform (KDP) was a major publishing solution for many aspiring and established writers. This is because authors both big and small have an easier opportunity of publishing their work ... The post How To Self Publish On Kindle – Best Practices For Kindle Publishing appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • Write A Book For Kids That Sells! A Formula That Works!

    Stefanie Newell
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    What constitutes a great book for kids? This is perhaps one of the most asked questions by children’s writers looking to write a book for kids that will grab their attention and keep them enthralled. In this ... The post Write A Book For Kids That Sells! A Formula That Works! appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How To Get Book Reviews For Your Book!

    Stefanie Newell
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Getting book reviews for your book before and after the release is essential to your success. This video will share why it’s important to secure book reviews ... The post How To Get Book Reviews For Your Book! appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How Writers Should View Their Competition!

    Stefanie Newell
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel This video shares how writers should view their competition. It provides tips on how to assess your competition’s strengths and apply it to your own brand and ... The post How Writers Should View Their Competition! appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How To Deal With Negative Book Reviews

    Stefanie Newell
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel As writers, we’re all eventually going to deal with the dreaded negative book review. The key to dealing with negative book reviews successfully is learning how to ... The post How To Deal With Negative Book Reviews appeared first on The Write One Blog.
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

  • Don't Forget THANKSgiving

    James Kiester
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    -The candy has been eaten, store bought costumes have been boxed up, and Jack-O-Lanterns have been composted.   Halloween is over, and the masses have turned their attention to Christmas.Wait a minute.  Halloween…  Christmas…  Halloween…  Christmas…  There’s something between those, right?  Oh yeah, Thanksgiving is November 27th.As soon as we doused our porch lights, and quit handing out candy to tot sized superheroes, Target began airing jingles about, “A Marshmallow World,” and stores were decked for Santa’s visit.  While I…
  • I Voted - Now Shut Up

    James Kiester
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    -Here in Oregon, we vote by mail.  Last week I received my ballot, dutifully filled it out, and sent it in.  While I've made my series of educated choices, and signed on the dotted line, I still find myself inundated with fact bending campaign commercials every time I watch TV.Subject: A voter returns his vote-by-mail ballot in the 2006 General elections in Lane County, Oregon. | Date: 10/22/2006 | Photographer: Chris Phan | This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. If I'm not being subjected to mixed messages about "genetically…
  • My Heroes Have Always Been Human

    James Kiester
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    -Dirk Benedict (born March 1, 1945) is a television actor who played the characters Lieutenant Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica and Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck in The A-Team. I vividly remember watching both shows as a kid. I remember the excitement I felt as I watched him blast the feldercarb out of the bad guys, first in space, the as part of the Los Angeles underground.Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. This weekend I had a chance to meet one of my childhood heroes at Rose City Comic-Con. While giddy as my 12 year old self, I carefully prepped for the…
  • Musicals, The Maligned Movie Genre

    James Kiester
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    -Mayor Shinn, of River City, shakes his fists from his podium as he reminds the townspeople of how much money "Professor" Harold Hill has taken from them for instruments, uniforms, and instruction books, promising to create a boys' band. When he loudly demands to know "Where's the band?" Hill is saved by the town's boys who have Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. learned to play Beethoven's Minuet in G on their instruments. Although their technical expertise leaves much to be desired, the boys' parents are enthralled. The somewhat ragged boys' band marches out of the town hall. As…
  • I Want To Live In Springfield

    James Kiester
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    -As I write this, FOX owned FXX Network is running every chapter of "The Simpsons" -- all 552 episodes, plus the movie -- in a 12-day marathon. What began, in 1989, as a series of family based animated shorts for The Tracey Ullman Show,  Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. has evolved into a 25 year chronicle of the, fictional, town of Springfield. While I haven't watched the entire marathon, needing at least enough time to catch the premiere of DOCTOR WHO's 8th season and True Blood's grand finale, I've caught enough stretches of the marathon to know that I want to live in…
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    Stories To Tell Books

  • Who Should Publish My Book? (Part 1) Ingram Spark

    Biff Barnes
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Your book is almost ready to publish. You have lots of questions. Print? eBook? Both? How can I make sure that I get the widest possible distribution and easiest order fulfillment services? What publisher is best for my needs? In the next few posts we will look at some of the options you might consider. If your book is intended for a limited distribution to family and friends like many family histories or memoirs you’ll want what is often called private printing. (We’ll explore private printing in an upcoming post.) If you have commercial aspirations for your book you have many…
  • If NaNoWriMo Writers Are the Hare, What About the Tortoise?

    Biff Barnes
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    We’re a third of the way through National Novel Writing Month? It’s estimated that approximately a half-a-million people are banging away at their computers to knock out the first draft of a novel. The annual event might be well advised to make Nike’s famous slogan “Just do it!” the month’s theme. Pulp mystery writer Mickey Spillane could be its poster boy. I once saw Spillane on the Tonight Show. Johnny Carson asked him how long it took him to write a book. “Depends on how bad I need the money,” said Spillane. “What's the fastest you ever…
  • A Veterans Day Goal - Preserve Your Veteran's Story

    Biff Barnes
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Veterans Day is the day Americans officially honor the service of our military veterans. What better way is there to honor them than to preserve the stories of their service? That preservation can take a variety of forms. The Library of Congress Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center is preserving oral history interviews with veterans. The project website provides specifics on how you can participate and offers guides to the interview process. A quick web search of veterans history” will provide listings for many state and local veterans history projects which support…
  • Want to Be a Writer? Find What You're Good At

    Ben Kostyack
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Today's post is by our intern Ben Kostyack, a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D. C. Welcome Ben! In my creative writing class I recently encountered my most dreaded sort of writing: poetry. I decided a long time ago that it took a certain type of person to write poetry, and I wasn’t that type. I’ve always thought that it took a certain amount of emotion from loss or heartbreak to write poetry, none of which I’ve experienced a lot of. In middle school I was forced to write poetry about a time I was scared (the assignment was given around Halloween). I wrote…
  • What Now? 5 Things to Think About When Self-Publishing Your Book

    Biff Barnes
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Your book is almost done. You are completing the final revisions of the manuscript. If you are self-publishing for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions about the next steps in the process. Courtesy of Wikipedia Have you had the manuscript professionally edited? As Guy Kawasaki advises in his outstanding guide to self-publishing APE: How to Publish a Book, “…you still need someone to review your manuscript with a magnifying glass and a professional eye to optimize your content and to kill virtually every typographical, grammatical, and factual error.”…
 
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Number Nine...Number Nine...Number Nine

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    November was the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar. Nine is the atomic number of fluorine. We're obsessed with nine today. Can you tell?
  • Names of Government Bodies (Be Nice Now!)

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Though you may have your own private names for some governmental agencies, you'll want to use the formal, proper names in your professional writing. Here's some help when writing your next proposal for that grant for ten million from Uncle Sam.
  • Can You Pick the Correct Verb?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Which verbs are correct?
  • Words Religious

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    People have said that the best advice is to never discuss religion and politics. Well, maybe. Today's post is not about religion itself, but about words having to do with "religion." What to capitalize. Names of religions, denominations, communions, and sects are capitalized, as are their adherents and adjectives derived from them.
  • Words and Phrases People Often Mangle

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
     Mark Twain said something like "Say nothing and they'll just wonder if you're a fool. Open your mouth and you'll remove all doubt." If he were living today, he would certainly not aim that remark at you, because you're reading the GrammarPhile blog and that makes you smarter than the average bear (we hope!). You always want to appear intelligent, don't you? Study these words and use them properly. Mark Twain would be proud of you.
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    Self-Publishing Experts

  • Crowdfunding: A Creative Way to Fund Your Book

    Lisa Shultz
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    This article was contributed by Polly Letofsky. One of the greatest revolutions in the past few years of this self-publishing boom is the advent of crowdfunding. Here’s the hard truth—up until just a few years ago big publishing companies had full control over the content that got out into the world by saying yes or no to writers and their works. They also had full control over the presses and all the distribution channels. The revolution of publishing means that as writers we can now get any content we want into the world, with full access to printers and distributors. And the last…
  • How to Know if Your Book Will Be Successful First

    Andrea Costantine
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Are you someone who dreams of sharing what you’ve learned, created or discovered but worries that you don’t have what it takes to write a book? You know the positive impact you can have and you’d do write your book if only you knew people really wanted it. Does that sound like you? You are absolutely not alone. Over 80% of Americans say they would like to write a book. What holds them (and maybe, you) back is the stomach-turning fear of being a flop. Nobody wants to be the author of a book that doesn’t sell. Stuck between a rock and a hard place I felt that same way after I wrote my…
  • Perfectionists Rarely Publish or Promote Their Books

    Lisa Shultz
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    There may be a point where you stall in the publishing or marketing process of your book. Deep down inside, you want to give birth to your book, but the fear of exposing yourself in such a public way terrifies you. You may become overwhelmed with the fear of judgment and criticism. You may feel naked and vulnerable. These are normal feelings for both the first time author and even for seasoned authors with each new book creation. You may suddenly doubt yourself and wonder if your book is good enough or if you are good enough. You may begin to think your book is not perfect enough and begin to…
  • Book Contests

    Lisa Shultz
    31 Jan 2014 | 9:56 am
    As your book approaches launch or soon afterwards, you may want to consider entering it into a few book contests. Usually these contests are for the year your book is published, so you should check deadlines and be aware of them. There are pros and cons of entering contests. If your book does well and wins an award, you can add this accomplishment to your marketing efforts. If you attend the awards ceremony, you can add pictures of you receiving the award to your website and post on social media giving you increased exposure, credibility and an excuse to shout out to the world again about…
  • E-Books & PDFs & Apps—Oh My!

    Lisa Shultz
    21 Jan 2014 | 6:42 am
    Did you know that 50% of Americans now own a tablet or e-reader device? A new Pew Research Center survey shows that e-reading has been rising along with tablet ownership. This is encouraging if you are considering publishing your book digitally. But which would be a better way to go: e-book or app? Let’s take a look at how they compare. An advantage to reading e-books on a digital device is the flexible text which allows the font size to vary and reflow to fit the screen. Additional features such as highlighting, note-taking, read-along audio, and a built-in dictionary are important to…
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    James Shelley

  • Essence of Justice

    James Shelley
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The introduction to Plato’s Republic invites us to eavesdrop on a conversation about one of humanity’s dearest questions: what is justice? The three characters in the debate are Thrasymaschus, Socrates, and Glaucon. I say that justice or right is simply what is in the interest of the stronger party… what is good for someone else, imposed at the expense of the subject who obeys him. (Thrasymachus, in Plato, Republic 338c, 343c) Thrasymaschus argues that every state has a “strongest element” that determines what is right and wrong. Right and wrong, therefore, are…
  • On Justice

    James Shelley
    8 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This coming week (November 10-14) the Caesura Letters spends a few days reflecting on justice. Justice is one of those ideas that is easy to shrug off… until someone punches you in the face. With Plato to provoke our thoughts, we’ll unpack and reconsider the concept of justice, approaching this epic theme of moral philosophy in the terms of every day life. As the aforementioned punch in the face reminds us… the idea of justice is something we all do, in fact, have some opinions about. Subscribe to the Caesura Letters now.
  • Race is a Verb

    James Shelley
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Speech is the shadow of action. (Democritus, quoted in Diogenes Laërtius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, IX.7.37) In his critical theory of race, Kendall Thomas, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, proposes that: “race” is a verb, and that we are “raced” through a constellation of practices that construct and control racial subjectivities. (Kendall 1993:1806-7) In other words, your “race” is not something you are, it is something people and society do to you. It is a categorization made by others. Since “race” has disintegrated as a…
  • To Have It All

    James Shelley
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Beginning on Monday, I am publishing another mini-series on the Caesura Letters. This two-week bloc is about the theory, concept, and seemingly ever-elusive nature of contentment. Read more here.
  • Science of Happiness

    James Shelley
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    On observing our bookstores and cinemas, one might fairly conclude that the ‘Science of Happiness’ has become our new religion.
 
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    Helping Writers be in Charge

  • How Oliver Emberton Used Quora to Build a Popular Blog in Less Than One Year

    Agota
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Oliver Emberton’s articles have been read over 9 million times in the last year, and featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, TIME, and many more. Yet he started writing entirely by accident only 2 years ago. How did he go from Internet nobody to wildly successful blogger? The evil genius that started it all It all started with a website called Quora. “Quora was what got me into writing in the first place. At the time it was just a place to hang out, a place where I found a lot of unknown but fascinating people answering the questions of strangers. I decided to try writing a few answers of my…
  • The Writer’s Guide to Winning E-Negotiations (The Art of Persuasion)

    Lanre Solarin
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    There’s only one message that runs through the veins of this blog and that is, “How to help Writers Get Paid What They’re Worth”. Various tactics have been shared that help us as freelance writers boost quality and confidence but the truth is that the “How to” of getting paid your worth is never complete without learning one of the most important ingredients in business success. This ingredient is what has made businesses grow from zero to hero within a period of time… It’s this same ingredient that allows internet entrepreneurs live the kind of lifestyle they choose… And…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Getting Freelance Writing Jobs

    Karol K
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    It’s July 2008 as I’m sitting in my room, holding my shiny new Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and making up my mind about staying at the univ to become what the western world calls a Doctor of Science. Sounds like a life-defining career choice, doesn’t it? October that year is my first month as a serious scientist, with a room on the top floor of the building (given to me by pure chance, still counts though) and a schedule of lectures that I needed to give (instead of sitting in the back and being bored – my usual). Fast forward one year later, and it turns…
  • 11 Months, an Abandoned Blog, and a Hero’s Return

    Bamidele Onibalusi
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    September 13, 2013. That’s a little over 11 months ago, and it was also the last time I personally “published” an article written by me for this blog. Around then, I was on a quest to write a guest post a day for other blogs, and I did for quite a while, but that also stopped around November, 2013. My emails to my newsletter stopped around then as well, except for one final email I sent on the 22nd of December, 2013 – it was my birthday then – to gift an ebook to my subscribers. That’s it. I recently went through my period of longest silence since I’ve been blogging. I…
  • The Top Skill Bloggers Need Now to Skyrocket Their Success

    Guest Post
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:58 am
    By Carol Have you been wondering how to make your blog stand out? At this point, there are umpty-million blogs out there. Every niche has tons of bloggers. There is no wide-open field you can claim — and if you spot one, it’s probably there because that’s a topic nobody can earn from. Now, it’s a matter of competing successfully with other blogs on your topic to grab readers’ attention. Especially as a startup in a niche full of already successful bloggers with huge mailing lists, it’s tough. But it can be done. When I started my freelance writing blog in…
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    Florida Writers Conference Blog

  • What NaNoWriMo has taught me about writing

    jamiebmusings
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You’ve probably seen a hundred posts out there about NaNoWriMo at this point. There’s a plethora out there ranging from ‘it’s the greatest’ to ‘it’s the worse thing ever invented.’ I can’t speak to the more negative side as I am firmly on the side of participation (if someone wants to). Here are some of […]
  • Exercise Wednesday: The island and the chalkboard

    Chris Hamilton
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I can’t confirm this, and my Google search was fruitless, but I’ve heard that one interview at a large company in the Silicon Valley consists of a simple question and your answer. You’re on an island and you have a piece of chalk and a blackboard. What do you do? That’s the question. That’s the prompt […]
  • Writing with Distractions

    jamiebmusings
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    By CP Bialois Hello and good morning everyone! One of the most common battles people have is accomplishing a task surrounded by distractions. While it’s a shared problem, it’s different for writers or artists in general. We range in our ability to deal with what the world throws at us as some have no problem […]
  • Five Things a Beginning Writer Needs to Know

    jamiebmusings
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The indie author world is a fun place filled with amazingly supportive people who are generous with their advice and social media shares. There are so many out there who push themselves to the limit to do so while still working on their own stuff. It’s a great community, but as with most things in […]
  • Exercise Wednesday: Freedom!

    Chris Hamilton
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s been a long time now, but I can still remember how the last day of school felt in elementary and junior high school. I was too young to work a job, so the summer held endless possibilities. Reality, of course, was more mundane. I had to weed three rows of the garden every day and clean […]
 
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    Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring

  • How to Be Visible in Google Search

    Maryan Pelland
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    If you want attention for your product in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ or any other venue, whether you like it or not, your social media marketing has to include a way to be visible in Google search. Here’s why. Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average (visualize them here http://www.internetlivestats.com/google-search-statistics/), which translates to over […] The post How to Be Visible in Google Search appeared first on Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring. Related posts: Google for Your Social Media Marketing Don’t Get…
  • Google for Your Social Media Marketing

    Maryan Pelland
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
      Why Google+ is a FANFREAKINGTASTIC Place to Grow Almost all major brands are knee deep in social media. They have a plan, a strategy, a social media co-ordinator, and a daily, if not hourly presence on the major social media marketing player sites like Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and you know the rest. Social media […] The post Google for Your Social Media Marketing appeared first on Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring. Related posts: Writers and marketing – 8 perfect ways to sell your writing Don’t Get Buried in Google Search Results: Do…
  • Conquer Audiobooks—a New Market to Expand Your Author Reach

    Maryan Pelland
    3 Dec 2013 | 2:47 pm
    Jamie Sheffield, our guest writer, is an author, adventurer, traveler who excels at connecting with people and sharing his publishing experiences. We caught up with him for a discussion about his experience having one of his books made into an audiobook.   Jamie, tell me a little bit about yourself? I live in the upstate […] The post Conquer Audiobooks—a New Market to Expand Your Author Reach appeared first on Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring. Related posts: Author Solutions’ Publishing Practices Investigated Vook: An Author Tool in Search of an Audience…
  • Fiction Writers Can Eff Around with Almost Anything If It’s True

    Maryan Pelland
    24 Nov 2013 | 9:27 am
      I’ve neglected my blog readers as I’ve spent a ton of time this month creating strong web visibility for two new clients. I apologize, but the new SEO fascinates me and I’m immersed. Dragged myself out of it last evening and watched two interesting movies on the same topic to see how two sets of […] The post Fiction Writers Can Eff Around with Almost Anything If It’s True appeared first on Ontext social media marketing and author mentoring. Related posts: Writing Your First Book Without A Ghostwriter or Substantive Editor Will Eff You Up Tips for Writers…
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    Productive Writers

  • How to Coauthor a Book

    John Soares
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Collaborating with a coauthor on a book or other writing project is often an excellent idea; however, it can also lead to major problems. I’ll examine the benefits of coauthoring first before moving on to point out the potential perils. 3 Reasons Why You Should Coauthor The Coauthor Has Expertise or Knowledge You Don’t This is […]Related Posts:Profitable Freelance Writing for NonprofitsHow I Chose My Freelance Writing NichesThe Best Way to Bid a Freelance ProjectMy Nightmare Freelance Writing ClientMy 11 Questions About Publishing Ebooks on Amazon’s Kindle
  • Time Management and Productivity Twitter Hashtags

    John Soares
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Effective time management and high productivity are very important to me and most readers here at Productive Writers. That’s why I put together this list of the most important relevant hashtags for Twitter and Google+. You can use these hashtags for your own tweets and Google+ shares, or you can use them to search those […]Related Posts:Twitter Hashtags for Freelance WritersThe Top 10 Twitter Rules for Writers You Better Not BreakThe Best Google+ Communities for Freelance WritersTop 10 Ways to Be a More Productive Freelance Writer8 Time Management Techniques for Successful Writers
  • The Top 27 Ways to Boost Your Writing Willpower

    John Soares
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    How strong is your willpower? Do you do what you should, when you should, whether you feel like it or not — whether it’s for your writing or any other task large or small in your life? Do you have strong self-control? Perhaps the most important factor that determines whether or not you are a […]Related Posts:My Main Goal in Six WordsComprehensive Guide to Setting Freelance Writing Goals8 Time Management Techniques for Successful WritersShould You Go to Sleep an Hour Earlier?Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Writing Productivity and Your Health
  • Sleep Deprivation Hurts Your Writing Productivity and Your Health

    John Soares
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    I’ve frequently stressed the importance of good health to your career as a productive freelance writer. Sleep is especially crucial, not only to your ability to concentrate on your writing projects, but also so you have enough energy to get them done on time. I wrote an extensive post about how lack of adequate sleep […]Related Posts:Are Your Sleep Habits Hurting Your Writing Career?Should You Go to Sleep an Hour Earlier?8 Time Management Techniques for Successful WritersBetter Time Management through NOT Watching TVComprehensive Guide to Setting Freelance Writing Goals
  • Does a Freelance Writer Need a Post Office Box?

    John Soares
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Why would a freelance writer or any other home-based worker want a post office box? Well, as a freelancer who has a home address and can easily get home delivery, I’ve chosen to have all my mail go to my post office box. Here’s why… The Advantages of a Post Office Box #1, If You Rent If you’re […]Related Posts:Your Ideal Freelance Writer Home OfficeThe 8 Top Ways to Legally Lower Your 2013 Freelance Writer Tax BillMy Criteria for Keeping a Print BookThe Freelance Writer’s Guide to Avoiding Paper BurialHow Freelance Writers Can Keep Editors Happy
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • SMASHING IT and TV Addiction

    MikeFook
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Admit it – your TV owns you. You’ve been owned by Hollywood and they’re all making money off your misguided ass. How many people that are really SMASHING IT across the world do you think are addicted to TV, like you are? Cool photo ©2014 Baily Weaver at FLickr. How many senators? Presidents? CEOs? How many elite athletes? How many of our top scientists? How many of the world’s top adventurers? Politicians of any sort? How many kings and queens? Seems to me that people of this caliber… cannot afford to waste their time with TV. Seems to me that ANYBODY that is…
  • Mike Fook Podcast – Day 1

    MikeFook
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    Just on a whim I threw up a podcast about some knob that left me threatening Youtube comments a while back. I installed the podcast creator and it shoots it up to iTunes, so if you’re looking for it, in a day or so you’ll find it there. Heck, it might even be there now if Apple has its act together. Search under “Mike Fook Podcast” as the keyword phrase. They tell me this is the link – but it has the wrong image and podcast name – click. I was sitting here this morning trying to figure out how I can start cranking out content immediately, and be doing…
  • Never Fight with Anyone Who Has Less to Lose Than You Do

    MikeFook
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I went through some of the comments on my books recently. I found a couple that weren’t so good, but no zingers like I used to find after just getting started publishing books where I had edited them myself. There were some bad sentences in those books. Still, the comments were from some disturbed people. Disturbed authors and wannabe authors that were coming to grips with the fact that my books were going to push them down in the Amazon results. Sick comments on your books bring immediate wrath and uncontrollable mental agitation, cogitation, and violence. If I knew some of the…
  • If You’re Really Creative – Should You Be Writing Books?

    MikeFook
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    Hmm, write books, or work with venomous snakes in Southeast Asia? (Trimeresurus venustus – The Beautiful Pit Viper)   I can’t play an instrument. Can’t read music. Can’t compose music. I can’t write screenplays or musicals. My brother can do all of these. I can’t sing. I can’t win writing contests online. I can’t write short-stories that blow people away. My sister does all of these. I can run. I can bike. I can climb stairs. That’s what I do well. What I do VERY well is create things. I am an idea factory. I can churn out ideas all…
  • Whiskey Helps Me Buy Shit

    MikeFook
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve said it at some time during the past, I know. I labor over decisions in which I have to spend a lot of money to buy something that isn’t absolutely essential for my own, or my family’s well-being. A few nights ago I learned something. Whiskey helps me buy shit. I have been looking at the line of Suunto Ambit2 and Ambit3 sports watches for, oh about a year. I haven’t been able to pull the plug and buy one because: I’ve never paid more than $75 for a watch in my life. I could buy a computer for the price I could buy a Suunto watch for. There are no stores…
 
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    » Byzantine Roads

  • Homemade Winter Herbal Tea

    Lou
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Since the country seems to have started winter early and with a vengeance, here’s a little something recipe for Homemade Winter Herbal Tea to tide you over as I work on my daily writing practice. Keep Warm Guys! It’s a soothing and aromatic winter tea we’ve made for years. It’s great by itself, or sweeten with a little honey. Spike it with rum or whiskey if really, really needed. The original recipe was taken from a magazine, but I can’t give credit: it’s been lost to the ages. But the recipe is simple enough, I think I’m in the clear. We use our own…
  • Why I’m not NaNoWriMo -ing This Year

    Lou
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    I See in WordPress that I have a few more followers this week! Thank you and I hope you stick around. Since I haven’t been updating the site, I thought I’d do a quick post this week and maybe start getting back on a schedule. So. What am I doing this month? Well, for the first time in almost a decade, I’m not failing at Nano. Instead, I continue to work on a daily writing practice, and am coming close to pulling the trigger on a couple novellas, and my journal-ling is going great (Obviously, since I’ve decided to get back to publicly posting,right?). I’m not…
  • Leafless Video Game Intro

    Lou
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Jamie has been working on a couple of projects for her senior Thesis, the main one of which is Team Jomie and Leafless. This video will probably be the Kickstarter Intro, and I thought I’d post it here first: Leafless: The Making of an Indie Game – Episode 1 from Karl Allsop on Vimeo.     The post Leafless Video Game Intro appeared first on Byzantine Roads.
  • Six Things I Love About Scrivener ( For Linux)

    Lou
    1 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Do a quick Google search, and you’ll see most writers have a real love/hate relationship with scrivener. For every scribe raving about how their productivity has gone up since switching, you’ll find another who’s decided the learning curve was too steep or it didn’t do what they needed it to do (Not true- it just couldn’t do it easily). I’ve used Scrivener for the past year or so, and as I’ve gotten used to its strange peccadilloes and eccentricities, found that yes, as advertised, my productivity is going up and I’m finding it easier to develop…
  • Family Trip to Imaginary London

    Lou
    17 Feb 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The Family and I at COSI’s Sherlock Holmes Exhibition. As fas as traveling Science Exhibitions, this was one of the Better ones. Nice use of Artifacts and story telling. Really fun, even if light on the Cumberbatch. First room, Conan Doyle and the true life Inspirations. Second Room, the underground Arcade, where a variety of exhibits led you through Victorian Tech and Society, leading to a coded message from Sherlock to meet him At Baker Street… Then A quick jaunt to the crime scene to collect clues. And a trip around London to perform experiments in Blood Splatter analysis,…
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    Write It Sideways

  • Video Book-Coaching Session with Jennie Nash

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    I’m so excited today to be able to share with you this 30-minute video session with book coach Jennie Nash, and to be part of a special offer she’s extending to readers of Write It Sideways: a free week’s trial of her new book-coaching program, Author Accelerator. Jennie and I first connected years ago when I reviewed one of her novels, and for the last couple of years we’ve worked together on the masthead at Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. I even had the pleasure of having Jennie as my editor for a couple of interviews I conducted for the journal, and her…
  • 7 Tension-Building Tips for Writing Action Scenes

    Guest Contributor
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Today’s post is written by Joan C. Curtis. She’s the author of four business books and a new mystery, The Clock Strikes Midnight The best writers know how to create action scenes that cause readers to fly through the pages, dying to know what happens next. As a reader, I lose myself in the action and forget to notice how the author had me spellbound. I savor the moment until I’ve turned the very last page. As a writer, I wonder how that author did it. How did he or she create such effective action? For some writers creating action scenes comes easy. For others the task is…
  • I Got Published in “The Writer” Magazine

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    I’m happy to share some exciting news with you today: an essay of mine was purchased by The Writer a few months ago, and it appears in the November issue. The piece is called “Stand out”; the cover line is “Make your mark in literary journals.” Although “Stand out” is not available online, the November issue is on newsstands now. For the past four years I’ve focused most of my writing efforts on the short story form. It’s not that I’ve given up on writing a novel, but this detour into writing, editing and publishing literary…
  • Sorry! Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    So, the other day I mentioned to my hubby—who is also my technical guru—that one of the online forms at Compose didn’t seem to be working. As he prodded into both of my sites, he also discovered a glitch in the contact form at Write It Sideways. In fact, there were hundreds of email messages I hadn’t received from my readers, and they were sitting there in my system. Some of them were more than a year old. How could this happen? How hadn’t I noticed? I suppose there were a number of factors: I was still receiving dozens of messages every day that related to my…
  • How to Write Better Short Stories and Get Published in Lit Mags

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    A couple of days ago, I published a post at Writer Unboxed called How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags. Some commenters said they bookmarked the article as a reference for when they have a polished short story to send out to the world of lit mags. Others were grateful for that little push they needed to get started either writing or submitting. If you aren’t interested in short stories because you consider yourself a novelist (or an aspiring novelist), you’ll want to also read my article What Novelists Should Know About Short Fiction. And here’s a couple…
 
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    Words on a page

  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    The dos and don’ts of a freelance writing contract Some style tips for ghostwriting blog posts for business clients A short guide to enhancing your freelance writing career Advice that can help you overcome the inertia of perfectionism 10 careers for writers who want to make money 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
  • Note taking tools: a graveyard for ideas

    Scott Nesbitt
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    As I’ve said countless times in this space, and elsewhere, notes are essential to the serious writer. And, over the years, I’ve taken notes in a variety of ways: in physical notebooks, using plain text files, and digitally on the various mobile and smartphones and tablets that I’ve used. A good note taking tool is […] Related posts: A look at some Linux tools for writers Thoughts about effective digital note taking Some useful research tools for writers
  • Going off on a tangent

    Scott Nesbitt
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Doing an interview can be a lot of work. Researching your interview subject, coming up with questions, and sometimes getting your subject to open up. But it can be worth it in the end, when you wind up with some great information and quotes. Something I like about interviews is what can happen unexpectedly. I’m […] Related posts: Conducting an effective email interview Incorporating video into your blog posts Tips for doing telephone interviews
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    5 weak words that you should avoid, and what to use instead Should you post you freelance writing rates on your website? 5 ways to fix run-on sentences A quick guide to using commas How to prioritize your writing ideas. I hate the word prioritize but there’s some good advice here 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
  • Tools for collecting and organizing contact information

    Scott Nesbitt
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    Even though I’m not the most social creature, I do meet quite a few people from time to time. Mostly professionally. And because some of those people are potential collaborators, subject matter experts, or interview subjects, I like to keep in touch with them. My problem is, and always has been, collecting and organizing all […] Related posts: Read-it-later tools that can help you do research Bookmarking tools for writers Some useful research tools for writers
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    From Meredith Allard

  • A Trail of Breadcrumbs…Otherwise Known as Foreshadowing

    Meredith Allard
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I managed to take some time to see Gilcrease Orchard, a real-live farm right here in the desert in Las Vegas. I’m very nearly finished with my first semester as a doc student. While I seem to have survived relatively unscathed, I wonder if I’ll have as much luck next term when I’ll be taking a research statistics class. Let me put this in proper perspective–I haven’t taken a math class (that’s maths for my British friends) in 25 years. That’s not an exaggeration. I counted. You Doctor Who fans out there will know what I mean when I refer to the…
  • An Interview with C. W. Gortner

    Meredith Allard
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Here’s my interview with C.W. Gortner. If you love historical fiction, particularly Tudor fiction, then Gortner is your guy. C.W. Gortner holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California, as well as an AA from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the international success of his novels. His books have garnered widespread acclaim and been translated into twenty-one languages to date, with over 400,000 copies sold. A sought-after public speaker. C.W. has…
  • Another Rejection Letter? Here’s an Editor’s Point of View

    Meredith Allard
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    You mean I have to do work for a PhD? Who would have thought? The truth is, I’m enjoying my work for my doctorate, but it certainly is time consuming. I knew it would be, but crazy me I signed up anyway. I needed a new challenge, and this is it. I’m researching the teaching of writing (no great surprise there) and it’s fascinating. I’ll share some of my findings soon. The new novel is coming along. Somehow I’m managing to steal a few moments here and there to scribble out a few words. Luckily for me season 5 of Downton Abbey is on so that’s giving me the…
  • Advice On How To Be Happy

    Meredith Allard
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 pm
    I was standing in Starbucks yesterday morning when I saw this list from author Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) hanging from the community board.  I think his advice is as appropriate today as it was over a hundred years ago. I’ve been pretty busy lately and I haven’t had time to slow down, so reading this was a good reminder of what’s really important. Enjoy. 1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.  2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and…
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • Narative Summary

    Diana Hurwitz
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    There is an art to narrative summary. Ideally the information should be related through the point of view character's lens, not an info dump, like this:The city was founded in 1779 by tea and sugar plantation owners who commissioned elaborate mansions on top of the hill with a view of the inlet that was large enough to dock their ships. Small villages soon cropped up along the periphery to house the tradesmen needed to service their needs. Over the centuries, the spaces between were filled until it became a crowded, mish-mash of squalor and grandeur.This passage provides the information, but…
  • Sound Effects

    Diana Hurwitz
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Imagine watching a movie with no sound effects. It would not be satisfying.You, the author, are the sound effects creator and sound mixer for your verbal movie.Rhetorical devices and sentence structure add rhythm and emphasis to your prose, but there is also the task of decsribing the sounds in your setting.You must decide when to add them and which words to use.Onomatopoeia is the rhetorical device that provides sound words such as: whine, chirp, buzz, roar, clatter, clank, harrumph, giggle, guffaw, chortle, snort, twang, thwack, ring, clang, boing, knock, screech, hoot, bay, and bark.Sound…
  • Trolls & the NYT Bestsellers

    Diana Hurwitz
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    What do trolls and the New York Times bestseller list have in common?More than you might think.It is often stated that bullies act out of a lack of self-esteem. But it is postulated that the opposite is also true: early humans that were good at convincing others of their superiority were perched at the top of the social hierarchy and demeaned others to keep their lofty position. Their followers aped their behavior and adopted their opinions.Malicious internet trolls tend to be narcissistic, perhaps sociopathic. They need to lash out at other people to make themselves feel better. They…
  • Interjections

    Diana Hurwitz
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Interjections are exclamations or parenthetical words that add color to your dialogue or internal dialogue. They are set off from the rest of the sentence with a comma or set of commas. They can be followed by an exclamation point. However, if the sentence is doing its job, you shouldn't need it.Interjections express a gamut of emotions: surprise, doubt, fear, anger, hate, happiness, joy, glee, disgust, or sarcasm. They insult, incite, and ignite.Here are a few examples (minus profanity, which is another topic).All rightCoolFar outAs ifYeh, rightDig itYoFair enoughOuchDang itFor real?DuhNo…
  • Revising Rhetorical Devices

    Diana Hurwitz
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Rhetorical devices are rich, fragrant, heady flavors. In cooking, a talented chef knows the right amount to add and what dishes a spice complements.Writing rhetorical devices takes the same deft hand. As with compound or cumulative sentences, the rhetorical devices should be placed with precision and intention. They should be used at a moment requiring poignancy, pathos, joy, fear, tension or horror. The bulk of your construction should be simple and compound sentences. If not, your devices become so overwhelming, you reader chokes on them.As you read through each chapter, underline…
 
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    Raquel Byrnes

  • Book of Ivy Blog Tour!

    Raquel Byrnes
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)by Amy Engel Release Date: 11/04/14Entangled TeenSummary from Goodreads:After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.This year, it is my turn.My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my…
  • Coming Up For A Peek

    Raquel Byrnes
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Hello to all you NaNo warriors! Just popping out of my cave to see how everyone is doing on their writing adventure. I, for one, am woefully behind on my word count.  I know, I know...its still only halfway through.  I can do it....  At least I will try my darndest.For those of you floundering, tiring, or just plain overwhelmed here is a really cool link to tons of Pinterest stuff on NaNoWriMo.  Everything from writing tips to inspirational quotes can be found there.  Its a great stress reliever too!Meanwhile I am trying to push forward through my "architect"…
  • 50K or BUST!

    Raquel Byrnes
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Here we are at the start of the NaNo adventure and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed already. I've done my share of plotting, outlining, and graph making. I think its just that putting in my word count...currently 3197...well, 6% doesn't  seem like all that much of a headway.I have to remember that normally I take months to write a book so this is good progress...I shall chant this over and over to myself.To make things a little more interesting I've posted the above chart for you "Discovery" writers or "Pantsers" as my crit partner calls herself.Hope you are all doing well with the…
  • All 4 Steampunk Fantasy serials in 1!

    Raquel Byrnes
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Raven (Chronicles of Steele #1)by Pauline Creeden Released Date: 10/2014Summary from Goodreads: This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume!Human life has value.The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count,…
  • 4 Inspirational Sites for Writers

    Raquel Byrnes
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    I thought as all of you either head into NaNo or work on your current projects that you could use some helpful sites that I've come across. Here are 4 of my favorite sites for writing inspiration...Writing Questions Answered is a site for new authors but I find it very helpful and uplifting. Here's a taste of the great motivation you encounter there...Write About Dragons is a website dedicated to the craft and arcanum of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. If you've always dreamed of being able to create fantastic worlds and write compelling stories about such things as magical cats and…
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • Department of Education Grants Are All About Going to College and Completing A Four-Year Degree

    Jake Seliger
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Certain things about grant writing can only be learned by reading between the lines: that requires reading individual RFPs carefully, reading many RFPs, interacting with various organizations, interacting with program officers, and the like. This is a post about reading Department of Education (DOE)* RFPs, which means reading “between the lines;” whatever else a particular DOE RFP may require, they really want kids to graduate from four-year colleges. Almost every DOE program—whether it targets four year olds, eight year olds, or eighteen year olds—has to claim that…
  • Everyone Is Now In Job Training: The “Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative)”

    Jake Seliger
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Last month Isaac wrote about how the Jobs Plus Pilot Program show that HUD is getting back into jobs training. Now we’ve run into another odd job training program, and it too has an exhaustive name: Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative). The program offers funding to “to provide information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN [which I defy anyone to pronounce]) and professionals who serve such families,” just like many other…
  • Seliger’s Quick Guide to the Concept of “Program Income” in Developing Federal Grant Budgets

    Isaac Seliger
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Almost all federal budgets require applicants to complete the ever-popular SF-424, which has been the cover page for federal grant applications since the Carter administration. The “SF” stands for “Standard Form,” but at the link you’ll find many variants of this “standard” form (don’t ask why). Regardless of the version, the SF-424 includes sub-forms, including the SF-424A, which is a summary of federal “Object Cost Categories.” The “Program Income” Object Cost Category is found near the bottom of every SF-424A. The…
  • Another (and Exhaustively Named) Insider RFP: CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), Support and Alignment Network (SAN)

    Jake Seliger
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    We may be seeing an increase in “insider” RFPs. By “insider” RFPs, we mean RFPs that don’t allow any random nonprofit to compete. HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) program (explained at the link) is an example: a nonprofit already has to be a CoC member to get a Cut of the Cash (which is another sort of “CoC”), which naturally creates barriers for new organizations that wish to try to do things better or at least differently than the existing funded organizations. The grant system as we presently know it got started in earnest in the ’60s…
  • Grant Writing Confidential Goes to the Movies Part 3: Ghostbusters (Who Ya Gonna Call? Program Officers!)

    Isaac Seliger
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Ghostbusters was Jake’s favorite movie when he was a child. He watched the video at least a hundred times and it remains a classic of its type.* As Ray Parker put it in his incredibly catchy, eponymous Ghostbusters theme song, “When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!” There’s a Koanic simplicity in this advice: when you have a problem, call the expert, not someone pretending to be the expert. I was reminded of this over the summer, because we wrote proposals for clients applying to several federal grant programs with…
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • Going From Stupid to Cool

    Nanci Panuccio
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Maurice via Compfight In February of last year, I attended a weekend west coast swing dance intensive with dancer, choreographer, teacher extraordinaire, Robert Royston. The weekend was ultra light on footwork and dance patterns and high on technique; the physics of movement, partner dynamics and connection, how to spin from a low to high center of gravity, musicality, and a multitude of other technical issues. The techniques were subtle, but new and awkward for most of us, including the most advanced dancers. On the last day of the intensive, as we were wrapping up, Robert said something to…
  • What is Writer’s Voice?

    Nanci Panuccio
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    We hear it prescribed in workshops and countless writing books. “Find your voice!” We’re encouraged to develop a “unique voice.” Literary magazines say they’re looking for “fresh new voices.” But what is writer’s voice, exactly? Years ago, during my first semester as an MFA student, my mentor told me the first draft of a story I sent her lacked voice. So much so, that she didn’t want to offer any further feedback until I understood how to incorporate my voice into my fiction. I already knew the story was awful. I’d felt…
  • Getting Under the Skin

    Nanci Panuccio
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    photo by Aristocrats-hat It’s one thing to understand a character. It’s another thing to become them. Readers crave the latter. In my early twenties, at Columbia University’s Summer Writing Program, I was fortunate to have novelist and short story author Ethan Canin critique my first completed short story. The story centered around a love triangle of sorts: two friends, both Julliard piano students, and their mentor Joshua who becomes smitten by one of the girl’s musical powers. Ethan’s major criticism was that my story was plot-driven rather than…
  • The Difference Between Plot and Story

    Nanci Panuccio
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    umjanedoan via Compfight My first writing workshops in NYC included a few lawyers with novels-in-progress based on real life cases they’d defended throughout their careers. They were writing what they knew. Intricate and wild criminal cases brimming with drama and excitement. Endless twists. Mega suspense. Their plots were riveting. But there was no story. No character development. No emotion driving the novels forward. They had built a scaffold. But not a world. Many of the stories I edit suffer either from too much plot, or not enough. A plot-driven story is full of action, which is…
  • 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…
 
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    Charlotte Morganti

  • Today’s Review: The Novel Writing Intensive

    morganticharlotte@gmail.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Eleven other writers and I participated in the Novel Writing Intensive on Whidbey Island in mid-October. This three and a half day retreat combines seminars, focused critiques and one-on-one consultations. The seminars and critiques were led by well-known authors Steven James and Robert Dugoni. Participants were also offered consultations with the authors and with Pam(...)
  • 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(...)
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    Write Edit Seek Literary Agent

  • Good opening sentences: how to write ‘em, how to edit ‘em

    Harry
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    At the wonderful post-Festival knees up in London last Friday, we ran a brief and for-fun exercise in giving live feedback on opening sentences. Because people enjoyed the event and because not everyone had their sentence read out, here goes … Continue reading →
  • Why screenwriters should write for the market that actually needs their services

    Harry
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    On the whole, writers are paid poorly and there is a vst over-production of supply. So professional novelists, for example, earn an average £11,000 for their year’s work, yet even so agents reject 999 in every 1000 manuscripts that come … Continue reading →
  • For self-publishers who want, you know, a book

    Harry
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    We recently posted a long and comprehensive piece by David Gaughran which is your navigation guide to the world of e-publishing. The post is all about how to get your book up on to Amazon, how to format it right, … Continue reading →
  • Amazon-Hachette: by your words shall we know ye

    Harry
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Amazon-Hachette: all fighting, no fun, right? We thought it was time to lighten up, so we’ve created two beautiful images, word clouds in both cases. The first one is based entirely on material taken from the Authors Guild, in the … Continue reading →
  • The winds of change

    Harry
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    The publishing industry has, apparently, weathered the erevolution with remarkable ease. The transition to e-books appears to have broadly levelled off, at around 1/3 of the trade fiction market. Publishers remain profitable. Sales remain comfortable. The change seems to have … Continue reading →
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    The Vandal

  • Time For The Vandal To Go

    Derek Haines
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    I have never totally agreed with the concept of giving ebooks away for free. My experience with free ebook promotions is that they have a very limited effect on real ebook sales or sales rank, and zero effect on book sales. I know that there is a train of thought that a free ebook giveaway is beneficial when launching a new title, but in my experience, all it achieves is giving away thousands of free copies, which probably won’t be read. A more detrimental side effect is that free ebooks tend to attract troll reviewers, who seem to take delight in trashing any ebook they get for…
  • Can You Spot Bad Spelling?

    Derek Haines
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    I read an Amazon Kindle review recently, which made a point of criticising a book for its spelling mistakes. The review was less than complimentary, and I immediately classified it as one written by one of the infamous one star troll reviewers, who unfortunately still inhabit Kindle reviews. However, when I checked the preview read, I couldn’t find any spelling errors at all.But then the penny dropped. The book was written in British English, and therefore used British spelling. It took me a little while, but I found a few more troll reviews that mentioned ‘awful spelling’…
  • Is This Really Self-Publishing Success?

    Derek Haines
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    I just read this article announcing that self-published titles are enjoying a lot of success on the best seller lists. Here is the headline of the article on Digital Book World announcing this monumental success for self-published authors. Self-Published Ebooks Keep Ahead on Best-Seller ListUm, but when I read it, something seemed awfully wrong. Here is an image grab from the article. The top two self-published titles are a miserable $0.99 each! So the authors get to collect only 35% of this, due to Amazon’s penalty on ebooks below $2.99. For ebooks above $2.99, Amazon pays 70%…
  • What Are The Most Popular Plots?

    Derek Haines
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Booker Prize list of nominees is probably a very good place to start investigating popular plots for a book. The infographic below tracks the themes of this years longlisters and it is immediately obvious that Death and Love occupy the top two positions. If you look carefully though, you will find the one surprising little theme that gave me a chuckle. Yes, I think I will definitely include and Escaped Tiger in my next book.Mind you, I’m rather disappointed by the absence of evil aliens and time warping spaceships. Maybe next year!Booker Prize Infographic from Delayed Gratification,…
  • The Advantage Of Self Publishing

    Derek Haines
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Self publishing offers many advantages to an independent author, however one of the most important benefits is often overlooked. In years gone by, once a book was published, that was it. It either sold well and then new editions were printed, or if it didn’t sell on its first release, that was the end of the book’s life, except for perhaps a few copies that made their way into libraries or second hand book shops.Now though, a book or an ebook can not only be kept on sale indefinitely, it can also be changed, modified, merged or improved at any time. The cover can be updated,…
 
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    Indie Author News

  • New Indie Book Release: Zoey And The Nice Guy (Carter Ashby)

    Alan Kealey
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Zoey And The Nice Guy - Carter Ashby New Adult Romance (300 pages - November 2014) - "Really good and sometimes funny story that makes some of the bad get chased away...
  • New Indie Book Release: Phoenix (Wayne Marinovich)

    Alan Kealey
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Phoenix - Wayne Marinovich Action Thriller (320 pages - July 2014) Phoenix deals with the ever controversial subject of man’s influence on Climate change. What would happen...
  • Featured Indie Book: The Evolved (KT Webb)

    Alan Kealey
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Fantasy Novel The Evolved by KT Webb. The Evolved is a cross genre novel that includes elements of mythology combined with historical fiction. The...
  • New Indie Book Release: Love Always (Sheena Binkley)

    Alan Kealey
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Love Always (Love, Life & Happiness) - Sheena Binkley New Adult Romance (296 pages - November 2014) Love Always is the fifth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness...
  • Featured Indie Book: Images Eternal (Toni Decker)

    Alan Kealey
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: New Adult Paranormal Romance Images Eternal by Toni Decker. Images Eternal draws from myths of Immortality in a new way and the cultural folklore of the...
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    Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website

  • An embarrassment of riches for readers

    Joel
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    For $10/month or less, you can get access to a library of hundreds of thousands of books. There are at least three such libraries: Kindle Unlimited (Amazon); Oysterbooks.com; and Scribd.com. All three let you try their service for a free month. I tried all three. There is lots of overlap among them, in terms of titles. But just recently, Scribd leaped out in front of the pack by adding a collection of 30,000 audio books. I listen to audio books all the time, and have a $24/month subscription to Audible.com that I’d like to drop. If the Scribd library can satisfy my exploratory…
  • Music to focus by

    Joel
    31 Jan 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The Brain Club is a monthly meeting in San Francisco founded by my friend Phil Dixon. Their presentations are video-streamed. Here is yesterday’s, by Will Henshall, on the subject of focus. More precisely, on the types of music that actually help you focus on the task at hand—say, the book you are writing—and the types that do not. Will, a musician and scientist, has founded a science-based company that lets you play the “right kinds” of music via your web-connected devices. Check out his site here. Video streaming by Ustream The post Music to focus by appeared first on…
  • Word Trippers

    Joel
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:59 am
    Barbara McNichol has written Word Trippers, a short book that will help you distinguish between lie and lay, less and fewer, affect and effect, and more. Watch her brief promotional video (below), then head over to her site for more information. I, who am pretty good at such distinctions, get a lot out of Barbara’s book every time I dip into it. The post Word Trippers appeared first on Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website.
  • To Write A Good Book, Answer These 3 Questions

    Joel
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:37 pm
    1. What is the question my book answers? 2. Who cares? Who is seeking the answer to this question? 3. Where do I find that caring audience?  If you are writing a non-fiction book, it answers some question. “How do I play the guitar?” “How do I find the right midwife?” “What are some low-capital businesses I can start?” Your answer is simple, methodical, and action-oriented. You give some background, some definitions, then lay out the steps the reader needs to take. Then you answer frequently asked questions and list resources for digging further. Next, you…
  • Note-taking for the writer

    Joel
    12 Jan 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I’m listening to author Amy Tan being interviewed on City Arts and Lectureson NPR. The wonderful interviewer–I missed his name–asked, “Why do you write?” To my surprise, she said she discovered that writing has enabled her to explore her life purpose. One kind of writing is note-taking–jotting things down as they happen, whether event descriptions or thoughts and ideas. (I wrote this in NotePower, a blog I’ve stopped keeping about notes.) One kind of note-taking is called “journaling,” or keeping a diary. People do this for a variety of…
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    Author Alden

  • Read "Möbius" in Nature's Futures

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

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

    J.W. Alden
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    When I transitioned my blog away from weekly "content" style updates in favor of a more traditional author site, I knew this would mean posting less. I did not, however, anticipate leaving the poor thing in a lurch for months at a time! I can't believe my last update was in July (not counting Beth Cato's visit in my last post).I'm afraid I can't fall back on the old "nothing has been going on, so I had nothing to write about" excuse, either. This has been a very eventful year for me. Monumental, even. So with this post, I'm going to attempt to cover some of the major happenings in my life…
  • 5 Surprises As a Debut Novelist (A Guest Post by Beth Cato)

    J.W. Alden
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This morning's post comes from the awesome Beth Cato, whose debut novel The Clockwork Dagger comes out on September 16th. Everyone go buy it!Beth hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a number-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham.Beth's short fiction can be found in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other magazines. The Clockwork Dagger is her first novel. The sequel, The Clockwork Crown, will be…
  • 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…
 
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    Kathleen H. Wheeler

  • The family saga novel deconstructed

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Novels must be categorized. A novel must be categorized for publishing purposes, fitting nicely into some classification for marketing efforts. To sell it, you have to know where it belongs in the scheme of things apparently. So I’ve set to work making sense of my book, determining where it fits in the publishing landscape, and it seems to fall best into the category of family saga. What is the family saga novel? The family saga is defined as a genre of literature that follows generations of a family through historical events, changes in social circumstances, or the gain and loss of wealth…
  • The first winter snow

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I’ll admit it, I hate winter and snow . . detest . . . loathe . . . despise . . . abhor. Get the picture? And snow before December really gets to me. It’s not fair, it’s too early, I’m not ready. The gorgeous autumn leaves aren’t even gone yet! And then here it comes . . . . snow . . . falling already in November—dusting the grass, and the cars, and the multi-colored leaves I’m still admiring. The mere sight of winter snow makes me colder, and I’m always cold anyway! I sat watching the winter snow gently falling from the windows of my sunroom this afternoon…
  • Quote about family relationships: Leo Tolstoy

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Sweeping generalizations are discouraged for writers, yet some of the greatest authors have used broad statements to their advantage. Take the quote about family relationships in the opening line to Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett) This brilliant quote seems to fit for the most compelling family sagas of any era, even though Tolstoy penned this introduction to his novel 137 years ago. Tolstoy’s observation still holds…
  • Announcing my author website redesign!

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    My new author website redesign is finally up and running, and I’m so happy to announce this update! As an author moving forward with the publication of my first family saga novel, I decided my website needed to reflect my commitment to this endeavor. I’m pleased with the results and the professional new look and feel of my online author’s home. Thanks to all my visitors for your patience over the last few months as I’ve tweaked and changed the website around. Sorry if all the construction has been a little confusing. With the simple navigation now in place, you should be able…
  • Glen Campbell, God bless you!

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Glen Campbell has earned my admiration and respect for his selfless efforts to raise awareness for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. What a courageous man to consciously decide to share his struggles years ago when he was first diagnosed. His farewell song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is so bittersweet, sad and beautiful at the same time. Bravo to Glen Campbell! May God bless him and his family as his final act plays out. The post Glen Campbell, God bless you! appeared first on Kathleen H. Wheeler.
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

    Alan Rinzler
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The tired old stereotype of a mystery writer as some hard-boiled noir guy with a cigarette in one hand and a tumbler full of whiskey in the other is obsolete. Over. Done. Make way for Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization of women mystery writers who are achieving commercial and literary success. Ever since Sara Paretsky’s debut novel Indemnity Only in 1982, a steady flow of increasingly popular women mystery writers has emerged, including Patricia Cornwall with her Scarpetta series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhane Alphabet series, and many others. For the love of mysteries I’ve…
  • Eavesdropping for story ideas and other tips from a veteran novelist

    Alan Rinzler
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Today we have some sage advice for writers from a proven practitioner of the art and craft of literary commerce who’s had a successful career as a writer for more than 50 years. Warren Adler has published more than 32 novels and short story collections, including The War of the Roses, which was made into the devastatingly funny movie starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. That story grew out of an overheard conversation, incidentally. More on that below. Adler studied writing at the New School with fellow students Mario Puzzo and William Styron. Here’s Warren: I’ve spent my whole…
  • How authors support their writing dreams

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:53 pm
    A few aspiring authors get to stay home and write all day. Think of them as the 1%. The rest need to worry about putting food on the table before they can focus on their literary dreams. Even the most successful writers I’ve edited, past and present, took whatever work they could find along the way. Claude Brown was a mailman in 1964 when I discovered his monumental manuscript for Manchild in the Promised Land overflowing a sagging cardboard box under my desk at Macmillan where I had just landed a job as a junior editor. Claude introduced me to his friend Toni Morrison, a young textbook…
  • Ever wonder what a developmental editor could do for your book?

    Alan Rinzler
    20 May 2014 | 10:35 pm
    More and more writers are hiring their own developmental editors, whether they plan to self-publish their book or hope to land a literary agent and go for a book deal with a traditional publisher. To give you an idea what a professional developmental editor could do for your book, here’s a checklist of some of the essential services we deliver: • Help to get you started Provide early feedback and creative suggestions when you’re still figuring out what the book is about. Help with focusing the plot, structure, literary style, and deciding which issues or aspects of the story to include…
  • Ask the editor: Breaking the “write what you know” rule

    Alan Rinzler
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Q: I have a terrific story to tell, but it didn’t actually happen to me. Is it possible to write with authenticity about something you haven’t experienced firsthand? A: Many great books are written by authors who seem to have nothing in common with their character’s experiences. Different gender, culture, time in history, geographic location. Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage, an amazing description of a bloody hand-to-hand combat and death during the infamous Civil War battle of Chancellorsville without ever having any experience in the military or violent conflict of any…
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    Jane Friedman

  • 5 Free WordPress Themes for Writers

    Jane Friedman
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note from Jane: On Monday (Nov. 24), I’m teaching a live, 2-hour online tutorial on how to get your website up and running with WordPress. You don’t need have any previous tech experience—just a willingness to learn. Click here to find out more. If you have a WordPress-based site, then you know that one of the first choices you have to make (and then live with) is your choice of theme. A theme drives the aesthetics of your site—how it looks and feels—and thus its personality. But a theme also affects the functionality of your site. Some themes have more page or post…
  • Finding More Readers Through Wattpad

    Anne Pfeffer
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by Anne Pfeffer (@AnnePfeffer1), an author of several YA and new adult novels. As the author of three indie novels, I was looking for ways to expand my base of readers. This blog’s very own Jane Friedman suggested that I try Wattpad, an online writing community where authors post their work for free. In April 2014, the site reported 35 million unique visitors per month, which is a lot of exposure for one little indie book, if you can get people to find it. The problem is, they also have over 1,000 story uploads per day, so the fight for reader…
  • Advice for Undergrad Students Pursuing a Creative Writing Degree

    Jane Friedman
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Even though I’ve been actively teaching in the university setting for more than 10 years, I’ve nearly always been in front of non-writing majors. (Right now, at the University of Virginia, I teach media studies majors.) However, my undergraduate degree is a BFA in creative writing, and recently the AWP approached me to write an essay offering advice to undergraduate students pursuing that same degree. You can now read it over at AWP’s site. Here’s a little bit of what I had to say. “If it were up to me, every undergraduate writing program would help their…
  • Stephen King Still Fears Failure. How About You?

    Marcy McKay
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Oscar Oliva OA / DeviantArt Today’s guest post is by freelancer and author Marcy McKay. The November 2014 issue of Rolling Stone interviews the master of contemporary fiction, Stephen King. The Q&A covers a myriad of interesting topics for writers: the author’s typical working day, his literary legacy, as well as how alcohol and drugs affected his writing back in the day. However, one quote in particular shivered through me. It might change your thinking, too. The interviewer casually asked him, “You still fear failure after all these years of success?” King replied:…
  • How to Reveal Character Emotion Without Venturing Into Cliché

    Jane Friedman
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    John Thornton Williams One of the most important goals of any fiction writer is getting the reader to connect on an emotional level with the story’s characters. But how do you accomplish this without being clumsy—without saying, directly, “Joe felt so upset he wanted to die,” which takes you right into the heart of cliché? John Thorton Williams offers this suggestion: [Take] into consideration how a certain character would experience a particular setting or image based on his/her emotional state. Something as simple as a car parked on the street surely looks different to…
 
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    Writer Beware

  • MeGustaEscribir: Author Solutions Inc. Expands Into Spain

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareToday I'm highlighting a post by author and self-publishing expert David Gaughran. Like Writer Beware, David has been following Author Solutions Inc. closely over the past few years, and has written a number of important, in-depth articles about ASI and its operations.From David's blog: Penguin Random House is speeding up the international expansion of its vanity press operations, while also seeking to integrate them more closely with the traditional side of the business – hoping to counteract flat growth for Author Solutions at a time when…
  • Scam Warnings For Freelancers

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIdentity Theft This week, freelance writer Heather Boerner (who has published with such well-known venues as The Atlantic and The Washington Post) alerted me to her experience with a scammer.Heather discovered the scam when she was contacted, out of the blue, by an individual who claimed to have hired her through a freelance jobs bidding website called oDesk. From an article about the scam by one of Heather's colleagues, Paul Raeburn:[Heather] quickly realized that she had been the victim of identity theft. Somebody--a fake Heather--had gone to…
  • Alert: Cookbook Marketing Agency

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAre you thinking of creating your own cookbook--or have you already created one? Good news: an apparently new venture called Cookbook Marketing Agency is here to help.Cookbook Marketing Agency (CMA) is a global book marketing agency, publisher and branding consultancy. Along with our partners, we have helped thousands of authors, as well as other publishers increase their book sales potential.Sounds pretty impressive--if not very specific. That's OK, though, because CMA is ready to offer you a whole menu of assistance, including a promotional…
  • Solicitation Alert: LitFire Publishing

    7 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEDITED 11/11/14 TO ADD: Either as a result of this post or of the accompanying discussion at Absolute Write (which includes a lot more speculation and information about possible LitFire staff names and aliases), changes have begun to appear on the LitFire website. I've therefore appended a bunch of screenshots at the bottom of this post. A few weeks ago, I began hearing from writers who'd been solicited, out of the blue, by a company called LitFire Publishing. In some cases by phone, in others by email, a LitFire "consultant" claimed to have…
  • Kindle Scout: The Pros and Cons of Amazon's New Crowdsourced Publishing Program

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareYesterday, Amazon's brand-new crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, opened for voting by the public.The concept is pretty simple:Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing. Authors can submit their full manuscripts of 50,000 words or more (including cover art,…
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  • “Good writers are hard to find”

    TVWriter™
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    So sayeth the television industry. No, not the U.S. industry but worldwide. Everybody in power says they’re looking for good writers but just can’t find them. Over here at TVWriter™ we think it’s all about definitions, as in “What are those so eagerly seeking “good writers” really looking for? Sparing no expense, we’ve scoured the globe for more info on this situation. Here’s what we think is the most interesting take, direct from…Mumbai: by Ritwika Gupta MUMBAI: The heartbeat of any television programme lies in its story and content.
  • Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/23/14

    TVWriter™
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman David Arata (CHILDREN OF MEN) is adapting yet another comic book into a TV series. This one’s called FROM HELL and is going to FX. (Yeppers, comic book nerds, the print version of FROM HELL was written by Alan Moore. Anybody know if he signed off on this? If they’ll be using his name? Yer pal munchikins really wants to know.) Jeff Eastin (WHITE COLLAR) has renewed his overall writing and producing deal with Fox TV. (So we can expect more mediocrity to land on our teeny little cellphone screens. Ain’t…
  • Humanitas Prize Finalists Announced

    TVWriter™
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    From the lips of the Humanitas Foundation to, um, God’s ears? (Well, ours anyway.) by Team TVWriter™ Press Service 40 years ago, the Humanitas Prize was created to honor television and film writers “whose work explores the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens.” A worthy goal if ever there was one. This year, 31 writers, including some genuine Big Names, are finalists in eight interesting – and quite specialized – categories for the 40th annual Humanitas Prize. These writers are competing $90,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual…
  • Are TV Showrunners Paying Too Much Attention to Fans – or Too Little?

    TVWriter™
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Well, well, lookee here, kids. The interwebs, which we’ve always seen as empowering fans, may in fact be taking away their power instead. Seems that all this fan attention has turned showrunners into diva-like creative gods. Personally, we don’t see anything wrong with writer-auteurs…but we may be a little biased: TV Writers and Showrunners Increasingly ‘Mute’ the Fans by Drew Grant Back in the day, television writers would get feedback about their shows in one of two ways: from the occasional review in a publication, or from the ratings. Then around the late ’90s,…
  • TVWriter™ Top Posts for the Week Ending 11/21/14

    TVWriter™
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Here they are, the most viewed TVWriter™ posts during the past week: LB: Glen A. Larson Prolific TV Series Creator RIP Peggy Bechko: Pop! Goes the Writing The Horrible Bosses of Hollywood Peggy Bechko: The Wounds Our Characters Carry Cassandra Hennessey: The Meaning of “Too Many Cooks”…? And our most viewed resource pages were: Writing the Dreaded Outline THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR The Teleplay THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR: Enter THE PEOPLE’S PILOT Big thanks to everyone for making this such a great week, and don’t forget to read what you missed, re-read what you loved, and, most importantly,…
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  • Rocky, St. Thomas and Me

    Con Chapman
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Impressed by a Thomas Aquinas quote he came across in a newspaper editorial, Nelson Rockefeller asked a staff aid to arrange a meeting with the 13th century saint. Review of “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller” by Richard Norton Smith, The New York Times Book Review “This Aquinas guy is the real deal!” I’m living the nightmare of every political intern; off on a wild goose chase to track down a quote or an expert that the candidate read or heard or saw somewhere, he’s not sure which.  Maybe from a passing train on a whistle-stop campaign, maybe in Little Italy when he…
  • Dark is the night...

    Dicky Neely
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
  • Arty Shot of the Toilet Shed

    Myriad
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    My original title was NEW KITCHEN, JUST LIKE THE OLD KITCHEN, ONLY MORE OF IT.  But I thought my new title would get your attention. Here it is - the arty shot of the toilet shed.  At the re-use material place. Where I went to buy my new (to me) kitchen cabinets (at a third of the price of cheap-o new ones, and more of them) And the same style/color/etc. of the ones already in my kitchenette  Which I've decided is too dinky even for a non-cook. So I went shopping.   Reno guy said he could work with these, so we went in his truck to get them.   Then Rob the reno guy tucked them in...
  • From the Rubaiyat

    Ron Powell
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    "I sent my soul through the invisible Some letter of that afterlife to spell And, bye and bye my soul returned to me and answered, I myself am heaven and hell...." From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
  • Luring the Recluse

    Con Chapman
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    A 17-year-old Hungarian girl lured chess champ Bobby Fischer out of seclusion with a letter that began “I would like to sell you the world’s best vacuum cleaner! Now that I have your interest, turn the page.” Endgame, Frank Brady Fischer: “That is one bitchin’ cool vacuum you’ve got there!” CORNISH, New Hampshire. I have come here, like so many other disaffected youths before me, to meet The Great One, The Master; the man who looked into my soul in 1951–even though I wasn’t born yet–and understood me, the way my parents and sometimes even my friends don’t! I know, I…
 
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    The Web Writer Spotlight - Shining the light for aspiring and inspiring web writers

  • 7 Little Things to Do Early in the Morning for a Truly Productive Day

    David K. William
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:42 pm
    What time do you wake up in the morning? It’s a good idea to get an early start to the day. You may find it difficult to shake off the morning haze, especially if you are a self-proclaimed night owl, but waking early is highly recommended. Many successful people believe in an early start to the day. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher woke up every day at 5 a.m., Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes up at 4:30 am, renowned architect and educator Frank Lloyd Wright was up at 4 am, author Kurt Vonnegut woke at 5:30 just to name but a few. In one interview with George Plimpton,…
  • 25 Powerful Quotes about Perseverance to Inspire You

    David K. William
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Whatever your dream is, the temptation to give up is a common one, especially when starting out. However, reminding yourself that failure and setbacks are temporal can be all the motivation you need to keep forging ahead and not give up. Whether you are looking to have your article published, your manuscript accepted or grow a loyal readership, you need perseverance to get through the inevitable tough times that stand between you and your dream. And don’t be fooled. Everyone goes through tough times, including web writers. Nobody is exempt. We all face obstacles and want to quit sometimes.
  • 7 Books Bill Gates Wants You to Read That We Actually Love

    Staff Writers
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Ever wondered what books the richest, most successful people in the world read? Well, you don’t have to wonder any more. Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, often opens up and shares his current list of favorite books on his blog, along with brief descriptions of the books and sometimes his personal review. Check out these seven books Bill Gates recommends you read that we actually love. The books include novels, inspirational books and a few great business manuals. Enjoy! "My Years with General Motors"  by Alfred Sloan. This classic was published in 1963 and became an instant…
  • 15 Things Mentally Strong Writers Don't Care For

    David K. William
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mentally strong writers are not bothered by mundane things that many of us are hung up on. They have a marked assurance about them that gives them an edge to succeed. If you want to boost your happiness and success as a professional writer, then you’ve got to cultivate mental toughness and fortitude. Look at the most successful writers around. You will notice how confident, content and at ease they are with who they are and what they do. What keeps them confident, focused and bound for even more success is that there are certain things that mentally strong writers just don’t care for. 1.
  • 6 Ways Sitting in Front of Your Computer All Day is Killing You (And What to Do About It)

    David K. William
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Sitting is so much a part of our modern lifestyles that we often don’t realize how inactive we’ve become. For those of us who work online or in a work-at-home setting, sitting at a computer for hours on end working seems natural to our way of life. Add all the time you spend on your couch and in your car and odds are you’re probably leading a sedentary lifestyle without even knowing it. Hopefully, you already know sitting for long periods of time is really, really bad for you. Prolonged sitting ranks second after smoking as the world’s top risk factor for non-communicable diseases.
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    Angie’s Diary

  • Art Heists, Murder and Revenge!

    Susan Fleet
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine In 1990 robbers stole paintings worth $500 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston Art Heists, Murder and Revenge! Susan Fleet
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Thyroid Disease

    Fran Lewis
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Understanding this tiny gland and its importance: A comprehensive Handbook to guide you on Your Doctor’s Visit and your Search for Better Health. Table of Contents The Thyroid Gland Your thyroid gland? Where it’s at? What’s its Function? Some Thyroid Facts Hyperthyroidism Hyperthyroidism symptoms and treatments What if your diagnosis is Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism symptoms and […] Unlocking the Mysteries of Thyroid Disease Fran Lewis
  • Mo’ohtavetoo’o

    Konrad Tademar
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine On the 146th anniversary of the death of Chief Black Kettle (Mo'ohtavetoo'o) and his wife at the Battle of Washita River on November 27, 1868 Mo’ohtavetoo’o Konrad Tademar
  • Keep Your Business Profitable

    Barbara Garro
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Technology is pushing progress into the millennium more rapidly than conventional thinking can make or keep your business profitable Keep Your Business Profitable Barbara Garro
  • Fashionable Fall and Winter Colours

    Ella Andrews
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Interior designers gain inspiration from unconventional sources, such as photography or old architecture Fashionable Fall and Winter Colours Ella Andrews
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Number Nine...Number Nine...Number Nine

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    November was the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar. Nine is the atomic number of fluorine. We're obsessed with nine today. Can you tell?
  • Names of Government Bodies (Be Nice Now!)

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Though you may have your own private names for some governmental agencies, you'll want to use the formal, proper names in your professional writing. Here's some help when writing your next proposal for that grant for ten million from Uncle Sam.
  • Can You Pick the Correct Verb?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Which verbs are correct?
  • Words Religious

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    People have said that the best advice is to never discuss religion and politics. Well, maybe. Today's post is not about religion itself, but about words having to do with "religion." What to capitalize. Names of religions, denominations, communions, and sects are capitalized, as are their adherents and adjectives derived from them.
  • Words and Phrases People Often Mangle

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
     Mark Twain said something like "Say nothing and they'll just wonder if you're a fool. Open your mouth and you'll remove all doubt." If he were living today, he would certainly not aim that remark at you, because you're reading the GrammarPhile blog and that makes you smarter than the average bear (we hope!). You always want to appear intelligent, don't you? Study these words and use them properly. Mark Twain would be proud of you.
 
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  • The Audacity to be a Writer

    Bryan Hutchinson
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    You’re a writer. An artist. You write about things that matter to you and I’m sure you hope those things will matter to others, but even if they don’t you’re still going to do the work. That’s what artists do. It’s remarkable. But it’s more than that… It’s audacious. You don’t need recognition and approval We might want it,  and from time to time we may even wonder why we’re not getting more of it, but we: Don’t. Need. It. Vincent van Gogh wasn’t recognized as an artist during his lifetime, and yet today there’s no argument that he was an…
  • 4 Pieces of Well-meaning Writing Advice to Beware of!

    Shanan Haislip
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Writers get well-meaning advice all the time. Whether you’re a poet, a novelist, a business writer, or the editor of the New York Times, there will always be people telling you how to do what you do, but this way. Their way. Should you always listen? Good question… Write What You Know I don’t know about you, but I have lived a basically pleasant, average life. I believe everyone gets dealt their measure of unhappiness and discord, but I was never abducted by Somali pirates, I’ve never contracted a rare disease, traveled the world, had a whirlwind love affair with the son of a…
  • 36 Writing Tips to Put Your Butt in the Chair

    Bryan Hutchinson
    8 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    I have days when I find it entirely too difficult to get in to my writing groove. On those days I’m uninspired, unmotivated and well, bleh! Maybe you have days like that, too? The challenge is to put our butts in our chairs and write anyway – good, bad or ugly, come rain or shine. It’s easier said than done. Right? Well, let’s work on that… If you love writing (and I know you do!) and you’re not willing to compromise, then I’ve got 36 darn good tips to help you write every-single-day. Are you ready to put your butt in the chair? You’re a…
  • The Secret to Taylor Swift’s Success as a Writer (It’s Yours, Too!)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    In an age when music stars are seeking our attention with the way they (barely) dress and with shocking antics, there comes along a refreshing singer- songwriter who refuses to conform to sensationalism. So what is the secret to Taylor Swift’s success? What makes her different? Whether you’re a fan of hers or not, you probably are a fan of an artist’s work, the art, taking center stage rather than tabloid accounts of their personal life. The message Taylor Swift is sending is clear: The work matters. Your art is what is most important. (Click to Tweet) Perez Hilton recently…
  • How to Supercharge Your Novel by Infusing It with Color and Sounds

    C.S. Lakin
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:23 am
    Editor’s note: Today’s post is a guest post by C. S. Lakin, a multipublished best-selling novelist and writing coach. She works full-time as a copyeditor and critiques about two hundred manuscripts a year. She teaches writing workshops and gives instruction on her award-winning blog Live Write Thrive. Her new book—Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Techniques to Supercharge Your Writing—is designed to help writers learn the secrets of cinematic technique. You can buy it here in print and as an ebook. The famous writing instructor Sol Stein said in his book Stein on Writing:…
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  • Enough of the Small Talk: Write Your Book with Help from the Christian Writer’s Guide

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Enough of the small talk. It's time to write the book you've always wanted to write - with help from the Christian Writer's Guide! The post Enough of the Small Talk: Write Your Book with Help from the Christian Writer’s Guide appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • How to Promote Your eBook: Lessons from the Trenches

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    In which I share my experience of how NOT to do a free ebook promotion. The post How to Promote Your eBook: Lessons from the Trenches appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Trust Me: You’re Doing Great

    admin
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    I’ve been feeling really sorry for myself lately, and last weekend’s event brought me out of my funk, so to speak. The post Trust Me: You’re Doing Great appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Book Review: Amish Vampires in Space, by Kerry Nietz

    admin
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Now, you may think that the idea of an Amish community in space being hunted down by vampires is rather far-fetched, but Nietz’s writing makes it entirely plausible and fun. The post Book Review: Amish Vampires in Space, by Kerry Nietz appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • How to Create Relevant Fiction Characters

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    My favourite word while character building is ‘Why?’ If I don't know why a character is acting in a certain way, I can't sell that character to a reader. Even when it's a character that I 'love to hate', my audience still needs to know where that character is coming from. The post How to Create Relevant Fiction Characters appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
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  • Doris Lessing’s top 10 tips for explaining

    brendanmc
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Explaining things in fiction requires giving readers just enough to go without telling them too much. A writer like Doris Lessing who effectively strikes this balance can teach us a great deal about explaining things to readers. Born in present-day Iran and raised in present-day Zimbabwe – the countries were then called Persia and Rhodesia respectively – Doris Lessing’s published her first novel, The Grass is Singing, in 1950 when she was 30 years old, and she wrote more than 50 books throughout her life. She penned both realistic novels as well as fantasy and science…
  • How to take charge of your plot, writing a story from beginning to end

    brendanmc
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Some writers swear by writing on the fly and letting themselves be guided by their characters or by instinct. However, it is possible for all types of writers to take charge of the plot and steer it in the desired direction from the opening sentences to the final paragraph. The first thing to keep in mind is that while structure, story and plot are all related to one another, they are not the same thing. Structure is something that can be shared by hundreds, thousands or even millions of stories, but the stories themselves can be very different. This is why most movie screenplays can follow a…
  • How to understand your characters’ motivations

    Mbali
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Some readers say one of the things they love most about books is having the opportunity to become someone else for the duration of the novel or to understand how others think. In order to create characters convincing enough to offer your readers this experience, you need to fully understand the characters’ motivations. Convincing character motivation is key for other reasons as well. Understanding the motivations of your characters will ensure that the actions that they take make sense. Books with poorly developed character motivation may feel contrived; the characters seem to exist…
  • NaNoWriMo Challenge: Why Writers Should Go Through It

    brendanmc
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:19 am
      Well, here it is November again and once more the National Novel Writing Month has started. Is this the year you’re finally willing to commit and get that novel written? If you need a bit of inspiration in deciding to participate in NaNoWriMo challenge, read on. We’re about to give you several good reasons why you should go through with it. Is this the year you’re finally willing to commit and get that novel written? If you need a bit of inspiration in deciding to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge, read on. We’re about to give you several good reasons why you…
  • The secrets of writing humour

    Mbali
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    It is said that humour is the most challenging type of writing, but humour is also an excellent skill to add to your writing toolbox. Whether your writing is primarily comic or you are simply trying to inject some levity into an otherwise serious work, learning how to write humour is an important skill. Why is learning to write humour so important even for writers who do not write primarily in the genre of humour? There are a number of reasons. Humour writing teaches you a great deal about skills like pacing and word choice, and what you learn from humour writing can be applied to other areas…
 
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    The Gryphon Clerks

  • Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2015

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    It’s SJV Awards nomination time again, and I have several eligible works. However, I’d like to focus on one work in particular, my short story “Gnome Day“. That link takes you to the full text of the story here on my website. The story is included in my collection Good Neighbours and Other Stories from HDWP Books, but the publisher has given permission for me to make it publicly available. If you enjoy it and think it’s good enough for an award, please nominate it by sending an email, with the information laid out as below, to sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz. Make sure…
  • Books Like Mine

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In many ways, there are no books like mine. I deliberately don’t imitate other people too closely. I’m not writing generic commercial fantasy; that’s been done by plenty of other people, and I have no interest in it. At the same time, nothing that’s readable at all is completely unlike everything else. If you’re a fan of my books, here are some others that resemble them a bit. I’ve noted the ways in which they resemble them, so that you can avoid the ones that are like my books in ways that you put up with, rather than in ways that you actively enjoy. These…
  • Untold History of the Gryphon Clerks

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I’ve hinted at some of this before, but there’s a substantial history to the world of the Gryphon Clerks novels which sets up some of the conflicts and opportunities that are explored in the series. I thought I’d post it as a summary here for fans to enjoy. Many centuries ago, the elves kidnapped a group of humans from our world – somewhere in the Mediterranean region, and before people there were literate, so a very long time ago in our world’s timeline. They made them slaves, in order to have someone to do the work that their own discontented lower classes…
  • How to be a Light Hybrid Author

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I recently participated in a thread on Google+ started by someone who was arguing for leaving self-publishing in favour of trad pub. Now, I’m not sure if he’s genuinely naive or just trolling, but his view of trad pub is, let’s say, rosier than the facts justify. I’ve set out my views on traditional publishing before, but to summarise: the main remaining benefits of traditional publishing that I can see are wider exposure, including print distribution to bookstores, and some residual (and rapidly vanishing) extra credibility. The two are intertwined. There are many…
  • Lost Books

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As I gear up to publish Beastheads, the next Gryphon Clerks novel, and my short story collection Good Neighbours and Other Stories, I’ve been reflecting on the books I haven’t published. It’s sometimes pointed out that one of the problems with self-publishing is that there’s nothing to stop people publishing novels that should never have seen the light of day, “practice” books that are useful for learning, but will only put your potential audience off your writing if anyone reads them. In the biz, these are known as “trunk” novels, because back…
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    thebloggingwriter

  • The Holiday Season is Here

    Derek Rizzo
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I know the holiday season is here, not because of christmas sale commercials, or the ridiculously early arrival of decorations, I know the holidays are coming because Sierra Nevada’s Celebration ale is on store shelves. This wonderful beer by the “Sierra Nevada” brewing company, is perhaps my favorite beer. It is unfortunately only available during the holiday season, so it’s a long wait, but when I see it in the store my holidays begin. It is a hoppy beer, that to me, tastes like the smells of the holidays. I swear it tastes like the combination of holiday smells like…
  • A Fall Tree

    Derek Rizzo
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    He sees the reds, the golds, the greens and myriad oranges in between. The cold skin tightens, frosty air awakens his mind, as he views the trees of fall. He exhales and thanks those above, in a crisp breath, For a chance to see The beauty of a Fall tree. Tagged: Autumn, Fall, fall color, fall trees, gold, green, Happiness, leaves, orange, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, publish, Reading, Thebloggingwriter, Tree, trees, world, writing
  • Little Feet

    Derek Rizzo
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, The rain, on the window falls.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, The clock chime echoes through the halls.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, The sound of little feet.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, Here comes the kitty fresh from sleep.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, Claws scratch the wood in the hall.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, The little mouse will fall.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, Click the little feet.   Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter, Back to sleep     Tagged: cat, clock, kitties, kitty, Little Feet, mouse,…
  • A Lonely Chair

    Derek Rizzo
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Sitting in that chair over there, You seem lonely. I wish I could, not sit and type. I wish my tale would ripe, and I would be free to speak, play, listen. Maybe my presence would soothe or Is it by choice, you sat in that chair over there. Tagged: alone, chair, Life, listen, loneliness, lonely, Online Writing, play, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, write, writer, writing
  • Buddy

    Derek Rizzo
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Buddy dressed hurriedly, haphazardly A fast comb A quick check   Food.., shoveled like coal Juice.., orange, cold Funneled into a Waiting throat   The grapefruit colored sun Spreads its waking fingers Over the dark, slow-moving Morn.   Wiping the crusty,  grimy Still-dream from blue eyes,  still finding their focus. The near sleep slough falling slowly away   Buddy headed out. There a shed lonely and dark, like a sentinel on the wall of night.., his destination. A silver clasp his only obstacle.   The dark poured out The door was open Inside… the thin flexible…
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    The Red Ink

  • Are You Sabotaging Your Own Job Search?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    What might seem like a great job search strategy at the time can prove to be less than productive down the road. In fact, what seems like a smart approach might actually be doing you more harm than good. That’s a tough thing for jobseekers to hear. Searching for employment is, after all, a rather daunting and even discouraging thing, and it can be hard to figure out what’s right and what’s not amidst the sea of job search advice. Nevertheless, it’s important to ensure that what you’re doing is as smart and as pragmatic as you think it is—and to remove from your job search arsenal…
  • Don’t Let These Content Marketing Myths Hold You Back

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    What you don’t know about content marketing can hurt you—or at the very least, hold you back. At Grammar Chic, Inc., we are constantly talking with small business owners about their own content marketing endeavors—and are sometimes surprised at the sheer number of businesses that have yet to really jump on the content marketing bandwagon. What’s frustrating is that the reasons for holding off on content marketing are usually pretty flimsy—based on myth rather than fact. Let us give you some examples of what we’re talking about here. All your content has to be long, thorough, and…
  • A 7-Point Checklist for Your New Business Blog

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    Another holiday season brings with it the promise of a new year; new opportunities; new marketing endeavors; and, for many small business owners, a new blog. We all know by now that companies need blogs to thrive in today’s marketing environment; that the production of original content is crucial for obtaining online visibility, and that a blog is really the best avenue for doing so. Still, not all companies have gotten on the blogging bandwagon; some are looking to finally start blogging in earnest, while others may need a fresh start after previous, failed attempts at effective blogging.
  • Spruce Up Your Website for the Holiday Season

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Look: We understand that it’s only now mid-November… that Thanksgiving is still a couple weeks away, and for some of us Christmas seems pretty far off. Never mind that the malls already have their garlands and their Christmas music, that store shelves are fully stocked with yuletide candies and toys. Some may not be quite ready to think about the holiday season just yet, and that’s fine… … unless you happen to be a small business owner. In which case, now is the time to start planning your holiday marketing and promotional campaigns. And that includes sprucing up your website.
  • Ramp Up Your E-mail Marketing for the Holiday Season

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Business owners, have you ever found yourself thinking: I should really send out a marketing e-mail to all the people on my e-mail list—but is now the best time? When it comes to e-mail marketing, timing is certainly an important concern—but we’re here to tell you: The time to get busy with e-mail marketing is now. The holiday season is fast approaching. People are shopping. They’re working to meet their year-end goals. They’re spending money. Their inboxes are becoming full with special offers, promotions, and ads—and you definitely want to have your brand right there in the mix.
 
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • How To Know If Your Book Will Sell Before You Publish: Finding Out What Readers Really Want

    Rachel Rueben
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Question Mark, Ipswitch by ed_needs_a_bicycle via Flickr Before I begin, I have to give a hat tip to Steve Scott and his book, “How to Discover Best-Selling eBook Ideas,” which inspired this post. After reading his book, I asked myself how could I apply what I learned to the fiction market and ended up with a few surprising ideas.  And no, it has nothing to do with KDP Select, nor will it require the blood of a goat. With the proliferation of the internet, it has never been easier to access book lovers.  I mean, they’re everywhere!  I believe if indie authors would just take the…
  • Podcasts That Feature Indie Authors

    Rachel Rueben
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    By Alan Levine via Flickr It’s not easy finding a podcast that will interview a self-published/indie author. Trust me I know, I just spent the past week researching, emailing and tweeting podcasters.  And I was pretty surprised to learn that there are still lots podcasters that won’t touch an indie book.  I was even more stunned to learn that there are podcasters charging fees for an interview.  By the way, it’s unnecessary to pay for an interview, because most podcasts make their money from advertising, not from charging their guests. I’m not saying these businesses…
  • Old School vs New School Crowdfunding: Which One Should Authors Consider? Part 2

    Rachel Rueben
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    By chris@APL via Flickr Last week, I discussed traditional crowdfunding and today, I’ll be explaining the new way the publishing industry is using that same model to test a book’s profitability. They (the publishers), do it mainly to get out of hardest and most costly parts of publishing, which are acquiring books as well as marketing them. Think about it, if a publisher doesn’t have to actually commission a book, then there’s no risk involved. It’s the perfect model for them. However for an author, it may not be such a great deal but you didn’t ask me all that did you? Don’t…
  • Old School vs New School Crowdfunding: Which One Should Authors Consider?

    Rachel Rueben
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Eat Money (Lynne Hand) via Flickr Not long ago, Kickstarter became a household name when it became the go to place to raise money for independent artists without a corporate sponsor.  Crowdfunding websites have raised money for films, music albums, and yes, even books.  Now flash forward to 2014 and even mainstream artists like Kenny Loggins and Zach Braff have used the site to raise quite a bit of money for their own pet projects. However, there is a new kind of crowdfunding popping up in the publishing world and it would be wise if authors learned the difference between the two if they…
  • Keywords & Subtitles: They’re More Important Than You Think

    Rachel Rueben
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A man of few words by Jason Mrachina via Flickr It was brought to my attention that one of my posts “How to get Featured or Reviewed on Amazon” had an incorrect address, that has now been updated.  I apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.  Over the past few years, I’ve encountered article after article, lauding the importance of key words and categories. However, these articles were only centered around Amazon and its search engine but recently, I discovered the importance of keywords on Wattpad as well. It makes sense, because some readers are very genre…
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    Babz Buzz

  • Babz Buzz 034

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 034In this edition Babz talks about: Year in Review Table reads Comedy Characters Songs Progress not Perfection Story Reading scripts Note from Babz: This show had to be a bit more personal for me. I'm a lot more comfortable with you, my wonderful friends, and thus I really wanted to just chat with you all and I hope that's ok. REMEMBER: if you need to talk very business specific, I'm here. But with all this business, there must be LIVING! Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having…
  • Babz Buzz 033

    30 May 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 033In this edition Babz talks about: Padre Mike Maples Spec scout Tracking board Jeanne V Bowerman Screenwriting tips Richard Botto Stage 32 Craft Voice Writer Arena Second act Three musketeers Adaptations Gay Comedy Tanya's Tips Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow Babz on Twitter. Creative Commons license:…
  • Babz Buzz 032

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 032In this edition Babz talks about: Pitches Being an agent Wordsmiting Deals Public Domain Prequels Story Ideas Thrillers Drive Profanity Like...you know? Noah Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow Babz on Twitter. Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Music provided by Incompetech…
  • Babz Buzz 031

    28 Dec 2013 | 10:16 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 031In this edition Babz talks about: Pitches Jeanne Bowerman Ed Beach Vince Flynn * Babz apologizes for saying Vince Vaughn. Mitch Rapp Writing action Protecting your rights Getting Paid Agents Studio System Marketing Story structure Visual Screenwriting Winning the lottery Microbudget Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow…
  • Babz Buzz 030

    29 Sep 2013 | 8:48 pm
    Play Babz Buzz 030 In this edition Babz talks about: Steve Wells Coverage Wordsmithing Tracking Board Networking Press Releases Marketing Market-Ready Dollar Options Facebook Nova Chris Lockhart Scapple The Biz Discuss this show here. Joining Writer Arena is free and easy. You can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn for easy registering and login. If you are having trouble registering please contact me. Check out the current scripts Babz is looking for here.  Like Babz on Facebook or Follow Babz on Twitter. Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works…
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    S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

  • Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards

    Tao23
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Originally posted on Ekostories:Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014. “I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and…
  • Thirteen Word Story: Desperate Restraint

    Tao23
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Somehow, they restrained themselves until their children traveled among the stars. Then: self-destruction. ————- I remember the Cold War, going to school in a designated nuclear shelter, the uneasy jokes about getting nuked, Reagan joking about nuking the Russians, ha-ha, ho-ho, we’re all going to die so let’s yuk it up black humor style. But […]
  • Words about writing from one of the masters

    Tao23
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Originally posted on Michelle M. Welch:I finally got around to catching up on my Twitter feed this morning, and it served me up this fantastic interview with Ursula K. LeGuin. (Ignore the click-bait headline; the interview goes into so much more than Amazon.) LeGuin is one of my absolute idols, one of the few…
  • Reviews And What The Hell Do I Actually Write?

    Tao23
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The author, reflecting on the ain’t-easiness of being green. The other day sometime between now and a thousand days ago, I got a review for a number of stars I won’t reveal, from a person whose identity or online alias I won’t reveal, on one of my stories which I also won’t reveal. Because writers […]
  • City of the Future

    Tao23
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Originally posted on pundit from another planet:rogerwilkerson
 
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    Jeremy Porter

  • Three things Democrats must do to win

    Jeremy Porter
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    It was another bruising election cycle for Democrats. There are three things Democrats must fix before 2016 or it will be more of the same. Capitol Hill Photo: GPS One year ago I made the case that Democrats should settle on a narrative and align themselves with President Obama. They did neither. Seven Senate and fifteen house seats lost and with them, any hope of Obama being able to achieve anything like what he set out to do. The strategy for Democratic success in 2014 was, I thought, straightforward: show that Republicans are hurting people. Americans elected Obama twice but the…
  • If you do one thing, kill passive voice

    Jeremy Porter
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The easiest way to improve your writing is by writing in the active voice. Passive voice hides the villain, the problem, and the solution. Pollution doesn’t happen by itself Photo: Arnold Paul The rules of writing often resemble religion. There are scores of things writers are told they cannot do. Never start a sentence with “and”; use the Oxford comma; don’t use the Oxford comma; use the rule of three. For me, one sin rules them all: the passive voice. When I edit something I usually look for passive voice. Converting passive voice to active is often the quickest…
  • What companies say and don’t say about their 4G LTE networks

    Jeremy Porter
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    The carriers providing 4G LTE coverage essentially offer the same service. Here’s how they sell the mobile internet and what they don’t say. Photo: Esther Vargas When a company has the same product as a competitor it basically falls to branding experts, communications strategists, and copywriters to make sure the product sells. We see it in political campaigns. The product each candidate is selling — sincerely or not — is to represent their constituents’ interests in government. Policies and values are the way candidates differentiate themselves. Differentiation is…
  • One reason this ad campaign might work

    Jeremy Porter
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Environmental organizations often mistakenly frame nature as separate to people. This campaign avoids that mistake, but does it work? Nature is Speaking Credit: Conservation International The main mistake environmental organizations have made is talking about the environment as something separate to us — something that exists around us. It’s a mistake because we are a part of nature. We eat the food, breathe the air, and drink the water that nature provides us. Framing nature and the environment The “environment” frame is so entrenched that if you asked a hundred people on…
  • Why you probably don’t have a narrative

    Jeremy Porter
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Campaigns and organizations that rely on messages in place of narrative risk saying nothing. Messages deliver narrative, but they are not the same. Jonah Sachs’ Story Strategy Map Earlier this year I walked into a meeting with excitement. I was quickly deflated. It was a meeting with the campaign manager of a political campaign. It was clear within a few minutes I couldn’t help them. I had hoped to talk about ideas for the campaign narrative, but the campaign was operating with a false sense of urgency and they only wanted to discuss tactics. I was assured they had…
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    Karen Karbo

  • Nancy Pearl reviews The Diamond Lane

    Karen Karbo
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Marcie Sillman talks with revered librarian Nancy Pearl. One in a series of regular book reviews on KWOG.org.
  • The Diamond Lane Playlist

    Karen Karbo
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I sat down to begin The Diamond Lane (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1991) it was called The Young and the Desperate, and was about my then-tribe, thirtysomethings from my film school graduate program who were mostly in the process of not breaking into Hollywood. My class at USC had graduated a few stars, but mostly... Read More
  • The Legend of Il Palio

    Karen Karbo
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    The A.V. Club and Basil Hayden’s Bourbon have been doing a series of parties around the country celebrating cocktails and craftsman. Called This is My (Fill In Name of City Here), their idea was to get a bunch of really photogenic creative folks in one place, then film them as they powered down some fine... Read More
  • Julia Child’s savory life lessons inspire Portland writer Karen Karbo

    Karen Karbo
    5 Dec 2013 | 6:13 pm
      By TRISTA CORNELIUS/Special to The Oregonian My friend is taking a recipe-writing class, and her instructor presented an elaborate example. The class declared it terrible. “Guess where it was from?” my friend chided. “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” I said, not at all surprised that Our Lady of the Ladle — as Time... Read More
  • In Conversation: Glamour Magazine

    Karen Karbo
    17 Nov 2013 | 4:22 pm
    Friday, 11/ 1/2013 12:00 PM Life Advice From Julia Child That Goes Way Beyond the Kitchen by Maggie Mertens If there’s one thing I’ve learned here at Glamour, it’s that when amazingly successful women share their stories, the result is downright inspiring. So I was thrilled to see Karen Karbo’s fourth, and final, book from... Read More
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    Solitary Spark - A Creative Writing Blog

  • 10 Common Literary Devices (With Examples)

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    There are certain literary devices that I use often in my writing because they are simple and seem to make it flow. I never bothered to intentionally use them when I wrote in the past, but now I find that they just add that extra something. A literary device has to do with the sound, repetition, meaning, and description of words or phrases. Used wisely, these devices can really enhance your work and create a deeper level of meaning that readers will enjoy decoding. Try some of these in your next poem or story. (Mini Magnum by hobvias sudoneighm via CC) Alliteration. This is one of the easiest…
  • Photo Prompt: Gateway to the Past

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A photograph from Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
  • The Stairwell

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Week after week I saw him. He slowly descended, step after step, holding onto the railing for dear life as people absently rushed past. The elevator in our crumbling complex had failed some time ago and now this stairwell buzzed with activity. People raced and skipped over steps and puddled landings to reach their destination before the dank smell settled firmly in their noses. But not him. I watched him from the top one morning. Briefcase in one hand, the other attached firmly to the rusty rail, he creeped down the concrete steps with wide eyes and slow breaths. His once pressed suit…
  • Ten Excuses I Use to Avoid Writing

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    The past few months have been very busy and writing has completely taken a back seat in my life. I always find an excuse to avoid writing. When I took a weekend trip to the lake, I read a book instead of working on my novel. Right now? I'm writing a blog post instead of becoming reacquainted with my characters. I am writing a blog post about avoiding writing instead of working on my novel. It makes little sense, but here's the thing: writing is hard. Writing takes time and effort and concentration. It's frustrating, infuriating, painstaking. It means taking a part of yourself and opening it…
  • Book Review: Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    After suffering much loss in past years, Penny Farthing and her family find themselves reeling from yet another blow: a family friend is on trial for murder, murder he claims he committed for Penny and the clockwork heart that saved her life. Penny's world quickly starts falling apart when the family's factory is bombed and her parents go missing. With her brother Nic and their close friends Violet and Sebastian, Penny and her failing ticker race to save her family before her clockwork heart finally runs out of time.As a new entry in the steampunk genre, Ticker paints a fascinating world…
 
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    Randi Minerva

  • Tarot Tip #56: Predicting the Timing of Events

    R. Minerva
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:30 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 #55: Smudging and Cleansing

    R. Minerva
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:30 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 #54: Crystals for Tarot Readers

    R. Minerva
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 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 #53: Grounding and Centering

    R. Minerva
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 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 #52: Tarot Specialties

    R. Minerva
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 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.
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    copywritercollective.com

  • Great copywriting is about great sentences

    Mike Robinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    That great copywriting is all about appealing to the emotions shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise to anyone. However, writing great copy is often easier said than done, with many traps awaiting the inexperienced writer. But why is emotion important? Well, if you get an emotional response from your reader then you can sell to them – they’ll generally only use your stats and facts to back-up that initial decision. Indeed, as copywriting legend Eugene Schwartz once wrote: ““No sentence can be effective if it contains facts alone. It must also contain emotion, image, logic, and…
  • The 4 Things You Must Include in Your White Papers to Engage, Persuade and Convert Leads

    Rachel Foster
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:55 pm
    One of my freelance projects involves finding interesting technology resources and recommending them on a client’s blog. I read a lot of technology white papers and often pass over quite a few duds before I find one that is valuable enough to share. The main reason that I will refuse to promote a technology company’s white paper is because the document is nothing more than a 10-page sales pitch. For more information on why a sales-focused white paper isn’t doing you any favours, see “The Biggest Mistake That Technology Companies Make with Their White Papers (A Rant)”. However,…
  • Short Vs. Long Copy: 5 Guidelines to Help You Decide

    Will Hoekenga
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:32 am
    It’s easy to find advice on how long copy should be. It’s hard to find specific advice on how long copy should be. You’ll see things like: It’s OK for it to be long, but not too long. The more expensive the product, the longer it should be. Well, it depends. And you know what? There’s a reason why you usually don’t walk away with a definitive answer to this very common question. There isn’t one. Having said that, anytime I talk to fellow copywriters, they all seem to have some set of personal guidelines for how long to make something. I happen to think I have a few guidelines…
  • Easy Copywriting

    Matt Ambrose
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:48 pm
    I’m about to share some information that could destroy my business. What I’m about to tell you could cause sales of my new eBook to plummet, shakes of the head from peers and derision throughout the industry. I could even be banned from future conferences and subjected to a writ forbidding me from speaking of copywriting ever again. I’m so nervous about what I’m about to say that I even phoned my indemnity insurers to check if I’m covered. They say I am…but I’m also nuts. But it’s something I feel people have to know. They’ve been fooled by this myth we’ve created in the…
  • 4 Copywriting Techniques Every Good Storyteller Already Knows

    Will Hoekenga
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:14 am
    Did you know that some great writers like Fitzgerald and Joseph Heller were copywriters before they became famous novelists? Storytelling and writing to sell have much more in common than you might think. Not every good storyteller makes a good copywriter, but every good copywriter should be a good storyteller too. Use the storytelling techniques in this article to help you write great copy. 4 Copywriting Techniques Every Good Storyteller Already Knows Quick: What do F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salman Rushdie, and Joseph Heller have in common? Yes, they’re all renowned novelists. But would you…
 
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    The Write Practice

  • 10 Writing Tips from Ursula Le Guin

    Joe Bunting
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    by Joe BuntingAt the National Book Awards a few nights ago, Ursula Le Guin was honored with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a fancy sounding award that basically means she’s the bomb (she really is). I’ve been reading Ursula Le Guin for a long time, since I first discovered The Earthsea Cycle, which re-invigorated my love for fantasy. She’s also famous for her science-fiction, especially The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, and was one of the first to show the world that women can not only write great science-fiction, they can…
  • 5 Rules of Writing From Pixar

    The Magic Violinist
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    by The Magic ViolinistI love Pixar. There hasn’t been one movie they made that I didn’t like. My family goes to see the new Pixar movie every summer right after it comes out. Photo by JD Hancock (Creative Commons). Adapted by The Write Practice. So when I saw this picture on Pinterest sharing Pixar’s twenty-two rules of storytelling, I saved it right away, and I go back to it constantly for inspiration. Pixar’s Writing Rules With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite rules with you. Here are my five favorite writing rules from Pixar: 1. You gotta keep in mind…
  • In Medias Res: Definition and Examples for Writers

    Liz Bureman
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    by Liz BuremanOne way to tell a story is to introduce the reader to the environment of the story. Descriptions of foliage and dirt roads, or of skyscrapers and clanging subway gears, can get the reader acclimated to the setting and can be a way to introduce the protagonist as a product of their surroundings. But sometimes you just don’t have the patience for that. You want to hit the ground with the plot running at full speed, and once you’ve gotten the reader’s attention and piqued their curiosity, then maybe you explain what’s going on and how things got here.
  • Are You Writing From the Right Point of View?

    Monica M. Clark
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    by Monica M. ClarkI’m at a turning point with respect to my manuscript. It’s written and revised but, strangely, the male point of view (POV) is in the third person while the female POV is in the first-person. I did this to help me keep their voices distinct while I was writing, but now I’m thinking about changing it. Photo by Sherman Geronimo-Tan (creative commons). Adapted by The Write Practice. As you can see, I have struggled with the point of view question. It’s so important, but how do you really know which is right for your story? To help myself (and now you), I turned to my…
  • 10 Questions to Find Your Unique Writing Voice

    Joe Bunting
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    by Joe BuntingWhy is it that when you love someone’s writing, you want to read every book they’ve ever written? Why is it that some readers will buy all of J.K. Rowling’s books, even if she’s writing in a completely different genre than the Harry Potter series? And for us writers, how can we go from “unknown writer” to “published author”? It’s all about your writing voice. Photo by BdwayDiva1 (creative commons). Adapted by The Write Practice. What Is a Writing Voice? Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you must find…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • Why Indie Writers Market Better and What You Can Learn from Them

    Lauren Sapala
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    If you’re a Gen X, Gen Y, or even one of the Baby Boomers, you grew up surrounded by traditional advertising. And chances are, you can’t stand it. That’s because traditional advertisers use a very simple formula that most artists find to be a huge turn off. They push one agenda (buy our product) and try to blanket the biggest population they can with it using the power of persuasion. When writers and artists talk about how they hate marketing and advertising, they’re usually talking about this very method. It feels smarmy, insincere, and pushy. It’s the thing that drives writers and…
  • 3 Signs the Inner Critic Has Sabotaged Your Writing and What to Do about It

    Lauren Sapala
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Every writer has the voice of their inner critic somewhere inside their head. It might be a judgmental parent, or a toxic friend, or even someone from a long-ago writing group who made one hurtful comment about your story that stuck with you forever. We all know the inner critic when that voice shows up. The problem is that we don’t know what to do about it. The reason most writers can’t conquer the inner critic on their own is because it’s impossible to see around your own perspective. You can’t get outside of your own head. This is why our beliefs and the way we feel about ourselves…
  • The One Mistake Writers Make that Can Ruin their Characters

    Lauren Sapala
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Some writers call it a burst of inspiration. Some writers call it “being in the zone.” It’s that magical shift that happens when your characters start speaking and acting with their own free will. That point of no return when they run off on their own wild ride and you really have no choice but to follow along. If this is what we all want from our characters, then why does it seem like it’s so hard to get there? As a writer in the early stages of beginning your story, you have probably read a few different writing guides. You’ve also probably jumped around on the internet a bit and…
  • The Most Important Thing You Could Hear before Starting NaNoWriMo

    Lauren Sapala
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    I first heard about NaNoWriMo in 2009, and at that time, I didn’t know what to think about it. It seemed like a crazy thing to do. As I talked to more writers about their feelings on NaNo I realized how many loved it…and how many hated it. I couldn’t say that I felt either, but I was suspicious. Did it work? Was it worth it? And maybe most importantly, were the results any good? Five years later I get it. NaNoWriMo does work, on many different levels. But it also depends on what you’re looking to accomplish. There are a lot of writers out there who think that nothing Nobel…
  • 3 Ways Writers Can Stay Creative and Protect Their Mental Health

    Lauren Sapala
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Writers put a lot of pressure on themselves when it comes to producing. We’re told that successful writers produce at least a couple of novels a year, and in between our big projects, we should always be producing short stories, flash fiction, or blog posts to submit and publish. Because of this, sometimes we lose sight of one of the most important reasons we write. Writing is about self-expression, not just a way to further our careers. Being called to write is a gift given to us so we can explore our inner landscapes and create new worlds out of that internal terrain. When we focus only…
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    Milo James Fowler

  • Hang on for the Ride

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Three can be a real crowd, particularly when you're crammed into a cellar full of preserves in mason jars, down in dark so black you can't see your own hand in front of your face, and when you try, you end up bumping into somebody's unmentionables. But when that cellar door stands between you and certain death at the claws of a giant, rabid hound, well, then you thank the Good Lord for that
  • Starlight in SUPERPOW

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    As promised in the November Transmission (my newsletter), all members of The Crew have been entered to win a copy of the SUPERPOW anthology, which includes my story "Starlight." It's about a girl with galaxies in her eyes. Here's how it opens:  There were stars in her eyes. Not from thoughts grounded in a different space or time; not from a nostalgia she alone could use to summon forgotten
  • #99centnovember

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This part-time-but-feels-like-full-time writing career may pay only enough to cover one out of every twelve mortgage payments, but it's not all about the money. It's about finding readers. Sure, I like to be paid for my work, and I only submit it to paying publications and publishers, but once the rights revert to me and I make my stories available on Amazon and other venues, I can afford to
  • Prepping for Blastoff

    2 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    It's been a year since Musa Publishing accepted Yakuza Territory for publication, and this Friday the 7th, it will finally hit virtual shelves all across the Interwebs. Rounds of edits are done. The galley has been proofed multiple times. And the final product is lookin' mighty fine, if I do say so myself. And I do. This is my third outing with Charlie Madison, private investigator. In Girl
  • Creepy Freebies 2014

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    > Join THE CREW and never miss another giveaway. It's finally here, folks! To kick off the festivities, I'm giving away TWO of my story collections: Alienated:    Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble   |   iBooks   |   Kobo   |   Smashwords Unseen Things:    Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble   |   iBooks   |   Kobo   |   Smashwords And joining me in the madness, here are 11 talented authors you
 
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Friday Roundup 11.21.14

    Lorin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Enjoy the weekend!NaNoWriMo Tip #15: Consult Cheat Sheets50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter20 OF THE GREATEST OPENING LINES FROM OUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS AND WINTER-THEMED BOOKS12 AUTHORS WITH RECOGNIZABLE FACESHow to Succeed at NaNoWriMo: Advice from Hugh Howey, Marissa Meyer, and Others
  • Prompt-A-Palooza #48

    Lorin
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Have a nice weekend!They fired into the silent night...A subtle chafing of water against stone...Slips of haiku, fluttering to earth...The train came from the wrong place...She'd summoned him...He wouldn't take the money...I knew I was made for better things...
  • Friday Roundup 11.14.14

    Lorin
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Enjoy the weekend! 13 Great First Pages in LiteratureTemporary Literary Tattoos!50 Novels Featuring Famous Authors as CharactersNon-Fiction Books Everyone Should Read: INFOGRAPHIC5 Reasons Why Love (of Writing, Reading, Words!) Is Meant to Be Shared
  • Picture Prompt #14

    Lorin
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The Picture Prompt concept is simple yet challenging, so get those fingers ready! This prompt can be done with any photo you find interesting, but preferably one you haven’t had a long time to study. It’s a fun exercise for a writing group as well, especially if everyone reads his/her piece to the group.Ready?Here’s the prompt: In just thirty minutes, write a complete story based on the photo below. When you’re finished, come back and share your experience in the comments. (Or even your story!)Did you like this exercise? What was the most challenging part about it? Did…
  • Prompt-A-Palooza #47

    Lorin
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Have a great week!The one with the broken tusk...A hand with an all-seeing eye...His dreams drove him...The light pouring over her like water...Dictionaries stacked against the door...A chair on its last leg...All the words were written wrong...
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    Words & Music

  • Days

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    I found an old friend over the weekend: the twelve-string guitar I used on this song. But I've been losing more old friends than finding them lately. Some of them are coming back but others never will. And with some of them, I don't know yet. The first thing people feel when they lose someone is sadness. So at least I'm feeling things in the right order. The next, and more satisfying feeling, is appreciation. If losing someone makes you sad, there must be something about them that you're going to miss. That's what this song is about: Appreciation.Days was written by Ray Davies and recorded by…
  • Mostly You

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    I wrote this song last week. It reminded me of The Kinks' "Too Much On My Mind," at least lyrically, so I added the harpsichord. Just a little something to pass the time.I didn't get much sleep last nightThere's too much on my mindMostly youMostly youMostly you but other things tooLike ugliness is so cheapAnd beauty is so deepBut mostly youMostly youMostly you but other things too A love I can't disguiseIs burning in my eyesFor mostly youMostly youMostly you but other things too
  • The Harasser And The Harassed

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    "We insult her every day on TVAnd wonder why she has no guts or confidenceWhen she's young we kill her will to be freeWhile telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumbWoman is the nigger of the world." John LennonI. Sexual HarassmentOn Tuesday a video titled "10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman" was posted to YouTube. Within 24 hours it had been viewed more than 6 million times but it didn't take 24 hours before the woman in the video,Shoshana Roberts, became the target of rape- and death-threats. It's worth watching.The carefree harassment from such a wide array of men…
  • Too Much On My Mind - Mike's Musical Monday

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    After John Lennon, my favorite songwriter is Ray Davies of the Kinks. This song was recorded for the album Face to Face, released in 1966. It's a real gem of an album with classics like Sunny Afternoon and Dandy but it's this one that's become my theme song over the past few weeks. I love Nicky Hopkins' harpsichord on the original so I tried to throw in a little of that. But it's mostly about the words and the mood.There's too much on my mindThere's too much on my mindAnd I can't sleep at night thinking about itI'm thinking all the timeThere's too much on my mindIt seems there's more to life…
  • The Immeasurable Treasure

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    If I spent every moment of the rest of my life with youIt wouldn’t be enough If I knew everything there was to know about youIt wouldn’t be enoughIf I tasted the flavor of you alone on my tongueI would always be starving for moreIf I could read every thought that flickered across your mindI’d want to know so much moreIf the sound of your laughter echoed always in my earsI’d need to hear more and more and moreIf you touched me just once, with your fingers or your lipsI’d carry that sensation to my graveIf I looked one time into your eyes and saw love for me thereI would never…
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    Out of the Lockbox

  • Good News! (No, the wicked witch is not dead.)

    Mary DeSantis
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    We interrupt this blog hiatus to bring you a special news bulletin.Today is a good day. It’s a published short story day!Yes, my fantasy short story, To Forever – approx. 2300 words, is live at Fiction Vortex today. I’m super excited! Yes, that excited! Anyway, this is the part where I wave and bow and say “go read it. It’s good. I promise.” Well, of course I think it’s good. I wrote it. Seriously, though, this is one of my favorite short stories I’ve ever written, and I’m so pumped to be able to share it with the world. Fiction Vortex blurbs it as a story about a young…
  • Official Lockbox Blogging Hiatus

    Mary DeSantis
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Hi folks,Yes, it’s true. I’m taking a break. I had every intention of getting back on the personal blogging wagon, but it’s not the time. I need to focus on writing and some other stuff. Blogging at the Lockbox needs to take a back seat.I will still be blogging about books over at Kit ‘N Kabookle, and if I get any kind of news, I’ll post it here. As for the Disney posts and any other stuff, I’m not sure when I’ll pick it back up, but you’ll be the first to know.Take care.Lots of love,Mary-Keep up with me on Twitter @desantismt.
  • MCS #24: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Mary DeSantis
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)IMDB blurbA deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.I haven’t watched this in years. It kind of terrified me as a kid. I think I want to watch it again now. I think there’s a lot to get out of this as an adult. This isn’t a story of pure good. The good guys aren’t picture perfect heroes. And the villain, well, have a look. The music is actually beautiful. The first part is heartbreaking/heartwarming. Then Frollo starts singing, and things get a little odd.I saw…
  • 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…
 
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    Write Kids' Books!

  • CLOSING SOON! 3 free (LEGITIMATE) contests for indie kids’ writers.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    In the age of spammy contests, with scammy reviews and prizes being awarded left, right and centre (and preying on our eagerness to help our books stand out), it’s nice to know that there are still a few legitimate places you can send your books.  These are folks you can trust to evaluate your book honestly against the best of what’s out there in children’s literature today.  It’s a tough game, but at least you know it’s not rigged. Is your book a winner? Consider submitting it to one of these three free contests.  (I already have, in 2 out of 3 cases.) But…
  • DEALING WITH DIFFICULT TOPICS: 3 Good Christian Children's Books About Death

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:09 am
    (Guest post by Sheila C. Skillman.) There are several appealing children's books on the market either helping parents to explain death to young children, or targeted directly at children for their reading pleasure, which incorporate an explanation of death. But surprisingly few of these are specifically Christian books. However, I am able to recommend three such books which are very engaging. 1) Water Bugs and Dragonflies by Doris Stickney was published by The Pilgrim Press in 1982. This is a very small, slim book, containing a story which starts below the surface of a quiet pond among a…
  • $5 to illustrate your book? Yes, please! (a fiverr artist speaks up)

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    My post How to get your children’s book illustrated for $5 on fiverr inspired a veritable poo poo storm of hostility, not just from non-fiverr illustrators, but from many others in the children’s book world.  That made me sad enough that I wrote a follow up post , Why hiring a fiverr artist for your kids’ book WON’T destroy the universe which inspired a poo poo storm of its own. So when fiverr artist Eka Saputra, from Indonesia, stopped by to share his views in the Comments section, I felt he deserved a post of his own to hopefully bring some sanity to this stinky storm. Here’s…
  • GUEST POST: Writing Children's Books: Using Proper Fonts

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    (Guest post by Irene Watson.) Writing a children's book is hard, but so is illustrating and designing it. Yet everyone seems to think he or she can create a children's book. Plenty has been written about why children's book authors need feedback from children on the story before they publish a children's book. But just as important is getting feedback on illustrations and from the adults who might actually be the ones who read the book to children. No matter how good the story might be, more than with any other type of book, how a children's book looks is going to determine whether kids or…
  • How to be a Super Blogger in 2015 (or why you should give up now).

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    You may have noticed that I don’t just write children’s books.  And I don’t just write adult books. A lot of what I write is here before you on this site.  For better or worse, I’m a blogger.  I’ve been at it for almost a decade. When I started, I was a mom with a newborn, and that newborn turns 10 this winter.  She’s not the same, and neither am I.  And neither is the state of the blog world. Here’s my “state of the blogger” analysis of what’s going on in the blog world. Good news, bad news The bad news Blogging is very 2005.  When people…
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    Writeaholic Inspiration

  • How to Be Better Than the Rest in Just 30 Minutes a Day

    Ruth Barringham
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    There are all different kinds of writers.But mostly, there are only 2 kinds.Writers and wanna-be writers.The real writers write every day.The wanna-bes don't.And somehow there seems to be far more wanna-bes than actual writers.But this is good news for you.Read more »
  • If You Don't Make Your Processes Easy, You Won't Do Anything

    Ruth Barringham
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I've just finished reading a book on Essentialism and it was quite an inspirational book that changed the way I look at life and work.One of the things it talked about was the fact that, if you want to do something, you need to make the processes easy or you won't do it, or if you start, you won't finish it.And I thought that this was so true.This idea not only applies to many things in life but also to writing for a living.And I'll explain.Read more »
  • My Writing Failures of 2014 and Writing Plans for 2015

    Ruth Barringham
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Because the New Year is fast approaching (Holy crap! November already?), I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I've achieved and what I've failed to implement this year with my writing, and what I plan to do next year.And what I also thought was that I don't need to wait till next year to implement my plans/goals for 2015, I can start them straight away.Why not?I know of one blogger who begins his New Year resolutions on his birthday every year because he considers this to be the start of a new year in his life instead of January 1st, which makes perfect sense.But we…
  • 2 Special Offers and 2 Free Offers That You Won't Believe

    Ruth Barringham
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Today I have 2 special offers for writers to tell you about plus 2 free offers.The special offers are really great.The free offers are fantastic. In fact one is so amazing you won't believe it.It's a copywriting course by one of the world's best copywriters.This course usually sells for over $700. But you can download it absolutely free.Read more »
  • Can I Please Stop Wasting My Own Time?

    Ruth Barringham
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    I've read quite a lot of books and articles on Time Management because, as a writer, time is money.The more time I spend writing, the more money I make.The time management information I read, often talks about not letting other people undervalue and waste your time, which is relatively easy to do.Like when someone says "Have you got a minute?" and you know that whatever they want always takes an hour instead of a minute.So you stop them by saying "Not just now. I'm really busy. But I've got a few minutes spare at 4 p.m. Shall we talk then?" And usually it's…
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    Assignment Help

  • 5 Kinds of Teammates You Need to Avoid

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:56 am
    When you are managing a team or working within a team for a project, you may come across different personalities with various traits. As a team member or a leader, your first responsibility is to deal with relational difficulties. There are people who are difficult to handle, they slack off the pace of work or are bad in their behaviors.   5 stereotype teammates you don’t want to work with Let us understand the types of teammates you need to shun and also the possible solutions if you are forced to work with them for the sake of your project. Arrogant: Arrogance is a defense…
  • What are the disadvantages of the Greenhouse effect?

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:46 am
    The Green house effect is the chief cause of climate change which in turn is the primary factor responsible for climate change. Before we understand the main disadvantages of global warming, it is essential to understand what the green house effect is. The Greenhouse effect explained: Greenhouse effect is the mechanism by which thermal radiation from earth’s surface is reabsorbed by greenhouse gases and redirected in all directions. Some of the major green house gases are water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane and ozone. Most of these gases are poor absorbers of solar radiation,…
  • All about Skin Cancer: Causes, Treatments and Prevention

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Cancer is a potentially life threatening disease of the body cells in which body cells multiply in an abnormal manner, invading other parts of the body. There can be different varieties of cancer depending upon the type of tissue cells from which they arise. Skin cancers are the cancers which arise from the skin cells. The Skin Cancer Action Week is being celebrated in Australia between November 17 and 23, 2014, in order to raise awareness and help people prevent cancer of the skin through some simple means. Skin cancer epidemiologynational skin cancer action week Skin cancer is one of the…
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Comprehensive Case Study

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease better known as COPD is a chronic obstructive disease of the lungs due to which the victims complain of chronically poor airflow. Most of the smokers suffer from this disease. Although it is not reversible, with proper care and management it can be kept in control for a long time. In Australia, it is estimated that lung diseases account for at least 10 percent of the total number of diseases and lung cancer represents 40 percent of the deaths annually. Lung cancer and COPD are popular among older Australians. Lung diseases and respiratory problems…
  • How to search experts who can write my essay for me?

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Can someone write my essay for me? This question is commonly enquired by every student at college and university level because students are asked for to present numerous essays on various topics related to the coursework. But this is not the exact answer; the accurate answer would be when students initiate the process of essay writing, they frequently stumble on many stages that essay writing consists, resulting students yearn for expert help in their essay help. When essay writing becomes only a burden, not an academic writing, this is when students want someone to write my essay, and pass…
 
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • Interview with Glenn Bassett, author of The Manager's Craft

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Title: The Manager's CraftAuthor: Glenn BassettPublisher: Organization DiagnosticsPages: 216Genre: BusinessFormat: Paperback/KindleAlmost any job or profession you can think of has a set of specific requirements for knowledge and skill that must be mastered. Managing and supervising the work of others is an exception. In part that is because the job of managing requires a range of social and technical skills that can vary widely depending on business circumstance. An infinite diversity of technologies, materials, markets and work skills can figure into the mix of the manager’s job. The…
  • Interview with David S. Brody, author of Oath of Nimrod

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Title: Oath of NimrodAuthor: David S. BrodyPublisher: Eyes That SeePages: 283Genre: Historical SuspenseFormat: Paperback/Ebook A mysterious race of North American giants. An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound. A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons. Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer-Gunn? The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian…
  • Interview with Joel Craig, author of Welcome to Nursing HELLo + Win Prizes!

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    JOEL CRAIG is a nurse who works at a busy hospital in Los Angeles and lives with his husband, Donovan. They have been married twice with the second time finally being legal. In addition to writing about nursing, Joel is also an actor, having appeared in the films, Sideshow and Sordid Lives. Currently he is acting in the web series, What’s My Intention? He's working on his next graphic novel, Vampire Nurse in Hollywood. His latest book is the graphic memoir/nonfiction, Welcome to Nursing HELLo: A Graphic Memoir.For More InformationVisit Joel Craig’s website.Connect with Joel on Facebook…
  • Never Say "Someday" Again by Jonathan Bissell

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Never Say “Someday” AgainBy Jonathan Bissell What if you woke up tomorrow morning and your dream had become a reality? What if you’d finally gone to culinary school and become a chef? What if you’d turned all those blog posts into the book you had always wanted to write? What if you’d quit that soul-crushing job you were stuck in and started doing the work you were destined to do? Or what if you’d taken the plunge and begun that new business you’d been talking about for years?If you’re like most people, the thought of having your dream come true is exciting, but it also…
  • Interview with children's book author Debra Mares: It's This Monkey's Business

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For Independent Author Debra Mares, violence against women is not only a topic in today's news, it's a topic in her crime novels, cases she handled as a county prosecutor, and now it will be the topic in her first children's book It's This Monkey's Business.  Debra is a veteran county prosecutor in Riversidecurrently specializing in community prosecution, juvenile delinquency and truancy.  Her office has one of the highest conviction rates in California and is the fifteenth largest in the country. You name it - she's prosecuted it -…
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    Wylie's Writing Tips

  • Crack the case

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    How to organize a case studyA colleague in health system marketing counsels his case study writers to “Get the patient to the hospital.” Wrong! When it comes to case studies, it’s about the client’s problem and results, silly, not your solutions.Make a case for yourself The best case studies focus on the client’s problem and the results, not on your organization’s solution. Download this poster for a step-by-step look at how to organize a successful case study.Here’s how to use the feature-style story structure to organize a case study.I. Introduce…
  • Get clicked, read, shared and liked

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Polish your Web writing with Shel Holtz and me in Santa Fe, Feb. 11-12Would you like to use fill-in-the-blanks templates that virtually write your blog posts for you? Reach clients and customers through images, infographics and Instagram? Write content for the mobile Web?If so, please join Shel Holtz and me for “Catch Your Readers Via Social Media,” a two-day writer’s Master Class on Feb. 11-12 in Santa Fe.Multiply friends, fans and followers Polish your blog posts and status updates, discover the latest channels and apps, and reach readers with social storytelling at this…
  • Check it twice

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    How to write a good list“I love lists,” writes Adam Savage. “Always have. When I was 14, I wrote down every dirty word I knew on file cards and placed them in alphabetical order.”I’ve got a little list Write lists for flippers and skimmers, as well as for real readers. Image by Kaity HemgesbergThere are lots of things to list — organizational accomplishments, steps for getting the job done, dirty words. Here’s a list of three ways to list things right:1. Got a list? List it.Lists are easier to read and scan than paragraphs. So if you have a series of…
  • Don’t personalize, localize

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Avoid ‘Ann, your e-zine is here’It just makes sense that calling out to your recipient by name in the subject line would grab attention and drive opens and click-throughs. Right?Location, location, location Adding your recipient’s name to an email subject line reduces opens and click-throughs. Add her location, though, and increase engagement.After all, 94% of businesses believe personalization is critical to their success, according to a recent Econsultancy survey. Shouldn’t it help with email, too?Wrong, say the authors of several major studies of email subject line…
  • ‘He said it right’

    Ann Wylie
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Make your leads concrete and creativeWho said TV was bad for you? My West Wing binge watching is paying off with great writing tips. Here, some insights on approvals — and the right way to start a story:What Would Josh Do? What writing tips can you learn from West Wing? Image by Philip Cummings“CUT TO: INT. MARS BRIEFING REHEARSAL — DAY The TelePrompTer shows the name ‘Galileo’ on it and Sam’s head pops up. The crewmembers of the NASA Public Affairs are around the place.“SAM Who wrote this intro?“SCOTT TATE I did.“SAM You’re from…
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  • Why do I write the books I write? – Venture Galleries

    Woelf Dietrich
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    I have a post live at Venture Galleries today. It’s about honesty in writing and about the books I write, and why I write them. Also, I’m publishing my short story, Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones end of this month. I’ve made some changes, fleshed it out some, and had critical eyeballs scrutinize it. Still […]
  • R.A. Salvatore and Why He Loves Writing

    Woelf Dietrich
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Every now and then I find an article or a video clip or something else that inspires me creatively, specifically when it comes to writing. It’s fascinating to read about authors and how they started in this profession, how they write, what emotional challenges they conquered, etc. I soak in this information, hoping that something would […]
  • 90 sites to advertise your book

    Woelf Dietrich
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Originally posted on James Calbraith:As far as I’m aware, this is the most comprehensive list of book promo sites anywhere on the internet. The list was compiled from various online sources, most notably – Rachelle’s Window (go there and thank her! :) she also lists Alexa rankings for the sites) and my own research. As…
  • Let’s Get Digital 2 Is Out!

    Woelf Dietrich
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Originally posted on David Gaughran:I’m very excited to announce the release of the new updated and expanded 2nd edition of Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. If you purchased the old 1st edition of Digital, you can grab the 2nd edition for free (instructions below). You won’t actually be able…
  • I’ve Been Summoned

    Woelf Dietrich
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Early last week I received a tweet from Jessica West summoning me to a Blog Hop aptly titled, “I’ve Been Summoned”, which, as a consequence of being so tagged, resulted in today’s post. The summons entails me answering a few questions and then tagging the next hapless victim or two. I thought perhaps I could […]
 
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    The Proof Angel

  • What Is literary fiction and why does It matter?

    The Proof Angel
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:16 am
    If you have ever wondered what people mean when they talk about literary fiction, this post will enlighten you. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: literary fiction
  • Read this before you design your own book cover

    The Proof Angel
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    Authors often make terrible book cover designers. Sometimes that is because they are too close to the project, and forget that the cover needs to sell the book to strangers. If you are thinking of designing your own cover, you might find it helpful to read this author’s experience. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.  Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: book cover, book design
  • Comic Sans: What’s all the fuss about?

    The Proof Angel
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: comic sans, Typography
  • Graphic Design Tutorial: Typography and Design

    The Proof Angel
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    People with no experience of design & typography often pick a font because they like the shape of the letters. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to the design process than that, as this video explains. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: design, Typography
  • Are you an author looking for PR services?

    The Proof Angel
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:04 am
    Are you thinking you need to hire a PR service to promote your books? According to this post, you would be better off using your money elsewhere. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: indie publishing, PR, self-publishing
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    eBooks India

  • The Formula for a Thriving Self-Publishing Business

    Hiten Vyas
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    First things first: the world needs the publishing industry. If you want to be a successful author, or even just a happy one, you need to avoid adopting the mindset that treats the conventional publishing industry as the enemy. One can argue that it’s just a business for them, but it’s a business that has helped both authors and readers for two hundred years. With that out of the way, it’s true that getting published the conventional way can be likened to squeezing a camel through a pinhole, so if you want to be published on a consistent basis, you have to do it yourself. If you don’t…
  • How to Write Historical Fiction Books for Kids

    Hiten Vyas
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    One of the challenges of writing historical fiction is that you have to do a literary juggling act of sorts – you have to tell a good story while still maintaining a semblance of historical accuracy. The difficulty is further compounded if you’re writing historical fiction for kids, because now you have to make it simple and interesting enough for kids. If you find yourself in this precarious situation, rest in the knowledge that you are not alone and countless other writers have faced the same dilemma. Thankfully, there are a few things that can help make the process a little bit less…
  • Interview with Advaita Kala, Bestselling Author and Screenwriter

    Hiten Vyas
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    She’s a novelist at heart, famed for writing the bestselling novel entitled Almost Single, and has since moved into the world of scriptwriting. Her name is Advaita Kala. We interviewed Advaita to find out more about her passion for writing, her book Almost Single and to learn about her experiences with writing screenplays for Bollywood, and for the Airlines television series, which was launched on the Star Plus TV channel this year. You have a varied and fast-paced background, having lived in numerous cities. Can you please tell us some more about it, and how you came about to pursue a…
  • What Writers Can Learn from Russell Simmons

    Pranay Kanagat
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    Writers, you must be wondering: “What can we possibly learn from a hip-hop celebrity?” The answer may surprise you. Russell Simmons is a successful business magnate, and has a host of successful brands and lines to his credit. Here are a few things that helped Russell succeed in life, which may be of great help and inspiration to writers around the world: Sometimes you have to start alone: One thing that any successful person will tell you is, never be afraid to start alone, because you may have to do it at some point or the other in your life if you want to make it big. According to…
  • Interview with Bestselling Author, Ruchita Misra

    Hiten Vyas
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    She currently lives in London and is an author in the romantic comedy genre. Her first novel entitled The (In)eligible Bachelors was an instant bestseller for which she was awarded the ‘Awadh Samman’. Her latest novel entitled I Do! Do I? appears to be heading in the same direction. Her name is Ruchita Misra and she answered some of our questions in an interview, telling us about how she got into writing, about her novels The (In)eligible Bachelors and I Do! Do I?, and about her interests in blogging. Ruchita also kindly shared some tips for all you writers out there who want to write…
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    StoryShelter

  • Share Your Happiest Childhood Memories!

    Kerri Lowe
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    For the #WeeklyWriting Contest we asked about  an “aww” inducing subject…your happiest childhood memories! Read the winning response and share yours on StoryShelter! Read the rest of Barbara’s winning story!   Want to read more cherished childhood memories or add your own? What are you waiting for?! Answer here. The post Share Your Happiest Childhood Memories! appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Thanksgiving Day Quotes – From Inspiring to Funny

    Melisa
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Here is a collection of Thanksgiving Day Quotes from famous people that range from inspiring to funny. Enjoy! The post Thanksgiving Day Quotes – From Inspiring to Funny appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Thanksgiving Games for Groups – Try the Fun & Easy Game: Gratitudes

    Melisa
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    It's that time of year again - Thanksgiving! For most people, this is a joyous occasion to gather around family and friends and celebrate all that we are thankful for. I started to think about the spirit of Thanksgiving and how to come up with a game that really focuses in on the spirit of gratitude. Thus, Gratitudes™ was born. The post Thanksgiving Games for Groups – Try the Fun & Easy Game: Gratitudes appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • We Learned the Hard Way…

    Kerri Lowe
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    We asked the question: "What lesson did you learn the hard way"? Read what people had to say or share your own story! The post We Learned the Hard Way… appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Weekly Writing Contest

    Melisa
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Calling all writers! We are excited to announce that we are now having a Weekly Writing Contest! Just answer the question of the week for a chance to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Also have the chance to get your writing published in our upcoming book. The post Weekly Writing Contest appeared first on StoryShelter.
 
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    WritingThoughts

  • 21 Hard Decisions Freelance Writers Face

    Laura Spencer
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    ©iStock.com/Ralwel Ralwel When you picture the life of a freelance writer, what do you picture? Do you imagine waking up late, taking a few calls from your editor in the comfort of your own home office, and wrapping work by 4:00 p.m.? That’s the way some movies and books depict the writing life. If you’ve never written professionally, you may have the wrong idea about freelance writing. The movies can make freelance writing look easy–glamorous even. The reality is quite different for most freelance writers. At its roots, freelance writing is about making decisions. Hard…
  • Reduce Your Number of Bad Freelance Writing Clients in 3 Easy Steps

    Laura Spencer
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    ©Laura SpencerDon’t you wish you could avoid working for bad clients? The Internet is filled with horror stories about bad freelance writing clients. If you read freelance writing blogs and forums, as I do, you may start to think that almost every client is a bad one. You’ll read about: Clients who never pay. Clients who contact you at all times of the day and night. Clients who are never satisfied. Clients whose projects never end. Clients who disappear. And these are just a few of the horror stories out there. If you’ve been a freelance writer for any length of time, you…
  • Secrets You Need to Know About Writing Longer Blog Posts

    Laura Spencer
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    ©iStock.com/jurgenfr Should you be writing longer blog posts? As I explained in an earlier post, longer blog posts often attract more page views and social media attention. For that reason, many blog owners are asking for them. Don’t be surprised if you get a client request for a longer post. Writers need to know the difference between writing an effective longer blog post and writing a short blog post. Most of all, writers need to understand that simply adding more words to blog post doesn’t make always make it better. In this post, I’ll discuss longer blog posts and…
  • Why Writers Need Feedback and How You Can Get the Feedback You Need

    Laura Spencer
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    © Laura Spencer Feedback. For many freelance writers, the very thought of hearing from a client after a project is complete is enough to make them cringe in fear. Yet feedback is exactly what you need if you are to improve as a writer. In this post, I discuss how feedback helps writers and explain why clients often don’t provide feedback.  I also list some techniques that you can use to encourage your clients to give you feedback. How Feedback Helps Writers If you’ve ever worked with a good editor, you have some idea of how helpful feedback can be if it’s done right.
  • Could You Write a Viral Blog Post?

    Laura Spencer
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    ©iStock.com/MohamedMaaz If you write blog posts for pay, you know how important social sharing is. For bloggers, social shares are like television ratings–the higher, the better. To get your post in front a lot of people, there are some steps you need to take. As someone who has created blog posts for pay for over seven years, I’ve had many posts that received hundreds of social shares. In this post, I’ll share what makes a blog post popular and what writers must consider before they agree to write a viral post. Define Your Expectations What do you consider to be a popular…
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    Angelique Voisen

  • A Sexy Thanksgiving: My Sexy Saturday Week 69

    Angel Voisen
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 69th week of My Sexy Saturday.This week’s theme is our sexy Thanksgiving. We know what you’re thinking. Thanksgiving is about families. What’s more sexy than family? This week, I'm posting a 7-sentence snippet of Fat-free Alpha (Wolves of New Haven 5). In this scene, Carlos, the pack alpha finally realizes how much Reed, his estranged mate and only family, means to him.TeaserCarlos remembered Reed’s words and the solemn expression accompanying his mate’s face. “I meant what I said, Carlos. After you, I’ve never taken another mate. I belong to you…
  • NaNoWriMo Week 3 Check-in, Cultivating Positive Psychology and Cover Reveal for Blazing Glory

    Angel Voisen
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    So its now week three of NaNoWriMo. Just a week to go to hit that 50k-word mark. How’s your progress going? I’ve just managed to hit the 34k-word mark, but with some deadlines for my day-job I have to meet, it’ll be a sprint to the last 16k words. The GalleyCat’s tip #13 today is to practice positive psychology. The TED video in the link talks about ways to cultivate happiness. Yesterday, after being weighed down by a load of work for my day job I’ve decided I was too burned out to do any writing for NaNoWriMo, so I did something I thought was inconceivable. I took a break.
  • New Release: Fat-free Alpha (Wolves of New Haven 5)

    Angel Voisen
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Buy Links: Evernight Publishing | ARe | Amazon | BookStrand | B&N | Smashwords | Kobo |Blurb: Carlos Medina has his hands full controlling his unruly pack, especially when his wolves are plagued by some sort of health condition preventing them from acting like proper predators. Not that Carlos is a shining example. With his high cholesterol levels, he can’t deal with both his health and an invading enemy wolf pack. The enemy offers a one-on-one fight to the death, and Carlos accepts to save his wolves. When he finds out his opponent is the man who shattered his heart long ago,…
  • New Release: Defective Desires

    Frances C
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Buy Links: Liquid Silver Books | Amazon | ARe | Kobo |Blurb: Anemic vampire Codrick Conell Cornelius didn’t know that a blind date would lead to a near-death experience from a burning dirigible. If the fall doesn’t kill his near-human body, the gorgeous Biff Buffington will.Cod has endured centuries of humiliation being the last vampire of his cursed line. When he finds out the local supernatural community wants him dead, he has nowhere else to go. When Biff offers him an unlikely alliance, Cod is terrified of trusting a man who’s able to turn his…
  • My Sexy Saturday Week 68: Feisty Mates & Bacon Sundaes

    Frances C
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 68th week of My Sexy Saturday.This week’s theme is I’m too sexy. We’re not talking about those arrogant boys who really aren’t sexy. We’re talking about those who are and those who are a little over the top about it. Sure, sometimes there is that arrogant hero, or heroine, who will tell you they are too sexy for whatever task put before them. Then comes the fall. And we love to read about the fall.For this week's hop, I'm posting a 7-sentence of His Bacon Sundae Werewolf. In this scene, bad boy and lone werewolf Jules finally discovers his new mate isn't as meek…
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Journaling your way to writing

    Beatriz
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
         Journal prompts are a great way to kick off a writing session when you’re feeling uninspired.  We all have days when writing ideas are nowhere to be found, but that doesn’t mean you have to go a day without writing.  In fact, on those days when my muse is being elusive, I like to either work through some writing exercises to stretch and strengthen my writing muscles–or I evaluate my writing goals.  Often, this means I spend time making notes about my writing goals to see how far I've come as well as where I’m going and how much work…
  • ANOTHER READING; this time with video

    Beatriz
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Chicago Calling
  • READ A REVIEW

    Beatriz
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Review of "Unveiling the Mind"
  • DO YOU WANT TO LISTEN?

    Beatriz
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    CHICAGO CALLING: READING FROM MY NEW COLLECTION
  • I WRITE; THEREFORE I AM: Memoir Writing

    Beatriz
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    One of the first questions we encounter when we think about writing memoir is what are the rules?  In other words – how much can we make up?  Can we trust our memory?  Writers and teachers of writing debate these questions often. There are as many answers as there are writers and teachers.  My personal philosophy is that it is ok to make up details, embellish or fill in information we don't remember.   A memoir – as differentiated from autobiography – is a meditation on an aspect of one's life.  It requires interpretation.  Therefore, the small…
 
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    Kindle Me This

  • Free Kindle Books on Writing for November 15, 2014

    Elizabeth Yetter
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Getting free Kindle books never gets old. Here are the latest free Kindle downloads for books about writing. 1. How To Write A Novel The Easy Way Using The Pulp Fiction Method To Write Better Novels by Jim Driver. 2. A Handbook For the Productive Writer: 33 Ways You Can Finish What You Started by […]Continue reading...
  • Writing and Publishing Textbooks for Kindle

    Elizabeth Yetter
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Textbooks are a hot item to write, and can be written for self learners and for classrooms. Traditionally, textbook writers would seek employment with textbook publishing companies and were given jobs to write about certain topics within their expertise. With Kindle publishing, writers can now employ themselves and write textbooks to self publish. Use What […]Continue reading...
  • Train Yourself to Be a Novelist

    Elizabeth Yetter
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    So you want to be a novelist? You can spend your entire life dreaming about what it is like to be a novelist, but you will never know what it is really like until you take that first leap into writing. Keep a Journal of Ideas All writers get ideas, notions, and snippets of possible […]Continue reading...
  • Baby Proof Your Writing Area

    Elizabeth Yetter
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Working at home, writing books, blogs, and articles, is a great way to bring in money while staying home with the little one. The only trouble is, you need to baby proof your work area so that you can have baby or toddler in the same room or area as you while you work. Here […]Continue reading...
  • Self Publishing on Amazon

    Elizabeth Yetter
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Self publishing is the fastest way to get a book on the market and, after having been publishing on Amazon’s Kindle platform for over a year, I feel it is also the easiest way to get published. With Amazon’s direct publishing, you can publish your book for the Kindle platform and sell your book globally. […]Continue reading...
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • Beethoven, Sara Davis Buechner, and the Archetype of the Hero

    Bernice Landry
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Before he picked up his baton to signal the beginning of Bizet’s Symphony in C, the conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia, Bernhard Gueller, looked around the podium for a microphone.The symphony we were about to hear, Gueller said as he turned to face the audience, was written by a teenager, perhaps as a test or an assignment for school. We will probably never know, since it was lost for decades until a musicologist happened upon it, immediately admiring its youthfulness and optimism.But Bizet, he continued, is known for really only one composition: Carmen. When he finished Carmen, said…
  • The Hand That Holds The Mirror With James Risen

    Bernice Landry
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    New York Times investigative journalist James Risen, who won a Pulitzer Prize for documenting the CIA’s secret history with President George W. Bush in his book “State of War”, and who faces criminal prosecution for refusing to reveal sources on a story involving Iran’s nuclear program, is apparently not in danger of running out of shocking, disillusioning and depressing material any time soon.His latest parry, “Pay Any Price”, is a series of essays that looks at the aftermath of 9/11, including President Obama’s tenure. Here Risen doesn’t chronicle the convoluted hunt for al…
  • The Twin Masks of Comedy and Tragedy With Peter Mehlman

    Bernice Landry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Since you never know what will happen on a travel day, we didn’t set up anything special for our first night in New York, but, of course, that didn’t stop us from going out. After consulting listings for every kind of event imaginable, we decided on a reading, discussion and signing event at the Barnes & Noble close to our airbnb apartment on the Upper West Side.Though the author, Peter Mehlman, was unknown to us, since he was listed as a producer on the TV show “Seinfeld” — and one who had written some of the most recognized episodes — I was curious to see how his particular…
  • Art, Love, and the Fullness of the Moon With Tom Stoppard

    Bernice Landry
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Meaningful art is like a mirror, or a system of mirrors, that reflect themes, experiences and ideas, back to the audience. But, of course, there is more than one type of mirror. Some mirrors clarify. Others distort. Some concentrate and distill. Others diffuse and radiate.When it comes to the great themes — love, death, sex, artistic creation — it is interesting to see how artists use their craft to manipulate these mirrors. If they are very good they orchestrate entirely unique combinations that create both intimacy and distance at the same time.I was lucky enough to check out a few…
  • The Slow Bloom of Bountiful Ideas With Steve Himmer

    Bernice Landry
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    The taste of something new is almost always disorienting. It may inspire wonder or exhilaration, or it may be alienating, off-putting or even maddening.I experienced many of these responses, and in unpredictable combinations, after I happened upon the fascinating and original book “The Bee-Loud Glade”, the first novel by writer Steve Himmer.The book is about a solitary and feckless man named Finch, who, after being laid off from his job posing as various online aliases to promote plastic plants, is hired by The Man — a Master of the Universe called Mr. Crane — to sign a contractual…
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    All Indie Writers

  • Authors Attack: Dealing With Negative Book Reviewers

    Jennifer Mattern
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
      In the third episode of the All Indie Writers Podcast, I'm joined by Princess Jones. We chat about extreme cases of authors behaving badly by attacking negative book reviewers. And we offer tips on how you can deal with negative book reviews more tactfully (hint: there is almost never an appropriate time for you to take on a reviewer). You can hear the latest episode below (warning: it contains profanity). Or you can read the show notes for the important takeaways. As always, your questions are welcome. Visit the main Podcast page to submit questions to be answered in a future…
  • All Indie Writers: New Design, Newsletter, and Other Updates

    Jennifer Mattern
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    As of late last night, All Indie Writers is sporting a new look. And I hope you like it. Today I'd like to go over a few key site updates to make sure you can still find everything you're used to. New Look, Same Basic Layout The new look for All Indie Writers was built on the same theme as the former green and black design. So most things will be accessible in the same ways -- breadcrumbs are still in the header, most of the navigation links are the same, you still log in using the same link at the top right corner of the site, and you can still search the site by clicking the same…
  • Podcast E-book Giveaway Results

    Jennifer Mattern
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    In episode two of the All Indie Writers Podcast, I put up a copy of Alicia Rades' new e-book for a giveaway. Anyone sending me a question about blogging to be answered in a future podcast episode would be entered in a drawing, and one person would win a copy. I promised the results would be posted today, so here you go: The Winner(s) Only three people sent in questions for the giveaway. They were: Anne Wayman KeriLynn Engel Emily Fowler Because of that, I changed my mind on the drawing. Instead, because there were so few entries, I decided to buy them all a copy of Alicia's e-book. And I…
  • Princess Jones to Guest Co-Host the All Indie Writers Podcast

    Jennifer Mattern
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    Just a quick announcement: Princess Jones will be my first guest co-host on the All Indie Writers Podcast, co-hosting the third episode scheduled for Thursday, November 20th. As mentioned in the first episode (listen below if you missed it), I'll bring on occasional guest co-hosts for casual, frank discussions rather than taking the traditional route of bringing on interview subjects. In the upcoming episode, Princess and I will discuss negative book reviews, some of the craziest reactions authors have had, and how you can deal with negative reviews without following their examples and…
  • Ask a Blogging Question. Win an E-book.

    Jennifer Mattern
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Episode two of the All Indie Writers Podcast is now live. You can check out the show notes at AllIndieWriters.com/podcast/2/. In this episode, I'm running a giveaway for a free copy of Alicia Rades' The Beginner's Guide to Writing Quality Online Content.  To enter, all you have to do is ask a blogging-related question for me to tackle in a future podcast episode before 5:00pm eastern this Monday, November 10th.  You can do that in one of three ways: Email me at jenn@allindiewriters.com (include "Podcast" in your subject line somewhere). Submit your question using the form on the main…
 
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    chicagoliterati.com

  • Writers Writing About Comfort Food: Eggs

    Hillary Johnson
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    “No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the  crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the  extraordinary thing that was happening to me. … How could I seize and apprehend it?”... Read More ›
  • Writers Writing About Comfort Food: Coffee

    Jade Alektra
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
      The smell of coffee and with it comes a stream of memories:   I have had late night conversations on the nature of reality over a cup of this. I have lost my mind with one constant companion. I... Read More ›
  • Two Parts- A Review of Essay Fiesta

    Wyl Villacres
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    This is a review in two parts. This is also a discussion on story telling. They come together, trust me. Essay Fiesta takes place every third Monday at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. It, like a vast majority of... Read More ›
  • One-Bedroom Above a Bar by Sophie Leigh Nagelberg

    Chicago Literati
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    "We met at a restaurant—he was in the kitchen; I was still in undergrad waiting tables. One day, he yelled, I talked back, and we ended up having beautiful hate-fueled sex in the walk-in cooler..."
  • WRITE CLUB gives thanks, Story Club South Side talks about their other talent and more in this week’s Live Lit Roundup

    Chicago Literati
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    Tonight  Come celebrate Essay Fiesta‘s fifth birthday tonight at 7pm at The Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625). Featured readers include Megan Stielstra, Keith Ecker and more. Music will be provided by the Funky Hot Grits. Don’t miss this show! // Free show //  .... Read More ›
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  • How I Won NaNoWriMo in 15 Days

    Denise Drespling
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
      This is the true story of how I won NaNoWriMo in 15 days while being a full-time employee, graduate student, freelancer, blogger, wife, and mother (and still had time to read). It started as a kind of dare, a bet, a deal. “You can’t do it in half the time.” Ha! I laugh in the face of absurd challenges! At first, I was kind of thinking that it wouldn’t happen, but when I realized I was ahead anyway, it seemed much more doable to eek out the last few thousand words to hit 50k on the 15th. I know that 50,000 words in 30 days is hard enough. So, how in the world did…
  • Book Review: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

    Denise Drespling
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
      I’ve often played with this idea in my mind that if one little thing in my past had changed, my whole life would turn out differently. That little thing could be a decision, a certain person I met, an instance of being in a certain place at a certain time. Sometimes I’ve longed to go back in time, to change one thing and see what becomes of it. This novel plays upon that idea in a way that my imagination loved. Plot Well, which one? There are actually several plots happening throughout this story because each time Ursula dies, she goes back, relives part of her life, and…
  • BICFOK, FTW! – The Key to Finishing Your Book

    Denise Drespling
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Nope, it’s not a curse word. If someone shouts, “BICFOK” at you, you shouldn’t be offended. (Unless they’re not a writer—then they might have meant something else.) But you should do what they say because BICFOK is an abbreviation for what all writers need to do to get the work done: Butt In Chair, Fingers On Keys Pretty simple, right? Yet, there are so many things out there to keep our butts out of our chairs and/or our fingers off the keys. Here’s some common distractions and how to eliminate them. The Internet The internet is both treasure chest of…
  • Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

    Denise Drespling
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
      Plot Parts of the book felt somewhat disjointed for me and I found out later that some chapters were written as short stories. So, while there were plotlines that ran the length of the book, I was a bit frustrated with some scenes and situations that felt like a big plant with no payoff. Major things happened that seemed to have no purpose later in the story. The main plotline was intriguing, as the man Jack seeks out Nobody Owens, the boy who escaped his attempted murder, to finally put him to death. I do wish the plot was a bit… more. There wasn’t always something to make…
  • Crazy Week of Releases and Writing

    Denise Drespling
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ever have one of those weeks where everything happens all at once? Well! On top of the FOUR Halloween events the kid had last weekend, it was also the start of NaNoWriMo, and I had three different releases! On November 1, a video and two of my short stories were released. First, here’s some cuteness. The kid in her Twilight Sparkle costume, made from scratch by yours truly. In this video, recorded for the Facebook group, The Dragon’s Rocketship, I battle it out with co-host Thomas Manning to see which is really better–print books or ebooks. There’s even a writer…
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  • Review: Quirky Claus by Sebastian White

    Nat Russo
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    The post Review: Quirky Claus by Sebastian White appeared first on A Writer's Journey. I’m not going to lie. My first reaction whenever a writer asks me to read and review his/her book is usually “I don’t wanna do this…I don’t wanna do this…I don’t wanna do this!” And I really need to get my attitude in check, because I’ve been blessed, lately, with a slew of awesome independently-published books. Quirky Claus is one such book. It’s not often that I’m delighted while reading a book I’m reviewing, but delighted…
  • Serve the Story

    Nat Russo
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The post Serve the Story appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Many of you who follow me on Twitter have seen this tweet that I send out periodically: It’s all about the story. When deciding what to cut, ask yourself: does it serve the story? #writetip Those of us who have been writing for a while have this ingrained in our DNA. Make no mistake about it, though. We didn’t start our writing career that way. Like any other element of the craft, this is something we had to learn over time. Writing is a like a muscle. The more you write, the stronger you get. “Also, the…
  • Erindor Press October Giveaway

    Nat Russo
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    The post Erindor Press October Giveaway appeared first on A Writer's Journey. October is here! I don’t know about you, but Fall is my second favorite season (Winter is my first…I’m odd like that). In honor of these gloriously lower temperatures, changing colors, and anticipation of the upcoming holidays, I’m offering a chance to win a signed copy of Necromancer Awakening, or a digital edition for your Kindle reader/app. Also, for the next 7 days, BOTH of my books are on Kindle Countdown Sale on Amazon! I know e-books can be a little pricey at times, so for the…
  • 5 Writing Tips From Robert Pruneda

    Nat Russo
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The post 5 Writing Tips From Robert Pruneda appeared first on A Writer's Journey. It’s with great pleasure that I hand over the reigns to my friend and fellow author Robert “Sharky” Pruneda for today’s post. Robert is the author of Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare, is a gamer like myself, and is an all-around scholar and gentleman! Oh, and if that weren’t enough selling points, he’s a fellow Texan! In today’s post, Robert shares 5 writing tips I wish I would have known when I was starting out.       ROBERT…
  • RBSS Interviews Nat Russo

    Nat Russo
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    The post RBSS Interviews Nat Russo appeared first on A Writer's Journey. A few weeks ago I had the great privilege of chatting with Melissa Vandover from Reaching Best Seller Status. Those of you who have followed me for a while may be surprised to discover I have a voice! All kidding aside, this is one of those rare audio interviews I do on occasion, and I had a blast doing it. It was originally supposed to be a video interview, but Skype kept dropping the connection whenever I was in video mode, so we had to resort to desperate measures. Melissa was an extremely charming host, and she…
 
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  • My dog wouldn’t look at me when I snapped the photo.

    m.e. welman
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I asked my dog, “Did you dig that hole you are sitting in?” His response, a lowering of the eyes and silent turn of the head. I believe they call this an admission of guilt. The post My dog wouldn’t look at me when I snapped the photo. appeared first on When I should be writing, I'm here.
  • Today in Oh, Jobs!

    m.e. welman
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Craigslist, you never let me down, do you? Just when I was giving up hope for a devilishly entertaining job posting a la the Bohemian Chic people (who were on Indeed.com), this gem amongst gems pops up. And it is, indeed, a gift. Posted under Writing/Editing jobs in Los Angeles, I present to you the ‘Win $20,000 If you Can Write A Winner Sales Letter.’ Yes, prospective writing and editing job hunters, you read that right ‘Winner Sales Letter’ and not the correct, ‘Winning Sales Letter’. But there’s so much more contained in this $25 posting, so…
  • Today in Oh, Jobs! bad grammar found on Career Builder. Oops.

    m.e. welman
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Know what I get a kick out of? Bad grammar, usage and misspellings in job postings for writers and editors. It’s so, what is the word, ironic? Today I present to you a job posting from Career Builder (Workway) for a Content Manager/Writer. This person should be detail oriented, they say so, and have good proofreading and editing skills. Too bad the person who posted this didn’t possess those traits. See, the sentence I have highlighted below should read “Professional Staffing is in partnership with a leader in the National Title Industry whose core business…”…
  • Stock photo conversations.

    m.e. welman
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    “Boris, like this with my eyes?” “No. Look away, behind my right shoulder, that’s it. Vacuous yet smoldering with the eyes, yes, off in the distance, like that my little sugar plum.” “Am I smoldering yet?” “Perfect.” “Remind me who will buy stock photo of woman in heels in rubble again?” “Plenty of rich people, many photo needs in the world. Now stretch out your right leg a bit more. You are a gazelle, nimble over the decay of society.” “It’s stretched.” “Give us a bigger stretch my little…
  • Today in Oh, Jobs!

    m.e. welman
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Craigslist, you are forever an entertaining website. Truly. Look what I found today in the Writing/Editing jobs section of LA’s Craigslist. If you look past the egregious disrespect for employment laws (recent grad? recent headshot? height, weight, etc?) and delve into the heart of this job posting, it comes down to one thing: You want someone to be an Ivy League grad/write/edit/market/be in good physical condition/shop/prepare meals/travel/research/be your ‘wingman’/be on-set during production/accompany you to tennis and mountain biking/live with you, therefore eschew…
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  • I Am A Racist And I Am A Sexist And Probably Some Other -Ists, Too

    terribleminds
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    This is one of those posts I’m a little bit afraid to write, which at least is the sign of an interesting post, and occasionally the sign of a post that needs to get written. I’m hoping — ha ha heh heh ahem gulp fingers crossed — it’s the latter. (It’s also a way long post, so, erm — sorry?) Hi, I’m the Internet’s Chuck Wendig, and I’m a racist. And also a sexist. And probably a handful of other “*-ists,” too. I know. You’re saying, “Chuck, but you’re a feminist. And you speak out on Twitter against…
  • Flash Fiction Challenge: Superheroes Plus

    terribleminds
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    Last week’s challenge: Oh, We’re Gonna Use These Photos, All Right. First up — a point of administration. I never picked the random winners from the three-sentence challenge, so I’m doing that — *checks watch that doesn’t exist on my wrist* — right now. Three winners: Brenda (sleepingseeker) mandybroughton Taylor Johnson You three — email me at terribleminds at gmail dot com. Now, onto this week’s challenge. I want you write a superhero story. Except — then I want you to mash it up with another subgenre. You can choose one on your…
  • Jessica Leake: Five Things I Learned Writing Arcana

    terribleminds
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting. Through her late…
  • We Can Do This The Easy Way Or The Hard Way

    terribleminds
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    About 2, maybe 3pm every day, I hit a wall. Hell, it’s not just a wall. It’s a mountain. NAP MOUNTAIN. With craggy peaks of sweet torpidity, with mighty spires of somnolence. I hit the mountain, and find a small mountain town called Sleepysburg, and there my body is just like, “Fuck this, fuck all of it, fuck you, just — just give into the glorious miasma of lethargy.” And then I lay in the marshmallow streets and stick to the taffy-molasses puddles and – Well, you get the metaphor. I nap. I fucking nap hard. Sometimes it’s a 15 minute power nap.
  • How To Motivate Yourself As A Writer

    terribleminds
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Writerly motivation is a tough nut to crack. I go and I write a single tweet, I get immediate feedback. Maybe nothing happens, or maybe some people respond. Could be I get some retweets, some LOLs, some digital high-fives, a troll or two. Social media is great because it’s a dopamine rush. I’m a chimpanzee who pokes the button and gets an immediate testicular tickle. Writing a book is nothing like that. Writing a book is you spitting in a tin pail once a day. And you won’t even let anybody see it until it’s full. “NO, IT’S MY SPITBUCKET, YOU CAN’T…
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    Creative Writing Prompts for Writers

  • Fantasy #4

    Missy
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    At the store, there’s been a sale on a popular kid’s toy. All the toys are gone except one. **Who gets the last toy? Why was that one left behind?** The post Fantasy #4 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Dystopian #2

    Missy
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Two men are walking through the woods. A heavy leather bag bounces between them. Each has a hand on one of the straps because it’s so heavy and neither of them can carry it alone. **What’s in the bag? Who are these men?** The post Dystopian #2 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Thrilling #4

    Missy
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Balloons bob in a lazy row on the front fence of the house. From deep inside the home, laughter can be heard. **What’s happening in the house?** The post Thrilling #4 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Criminal #4

    Missy
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    She gets a phone call. On the other end of the line, the voice sends a shiver through her. It’s one she hasn’t heard in 15 years at least. **Who’s on the other end of that surprise phone call?** The post Criminal #4 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Sci-Fi #4

    Missy
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    For her birthday, a young girl receives a junior metal detector. She wants to find treasure in the backyard, and her parents indulge her fantasy. They expect to be treated to some dirty pennies and pieces of unidentified metal. **What does she find on her first day with the detector?** The post Sci-Fi #4 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
 
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  • How to Make Money with Facebook

    Nurdin Budi M.
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    Facebook impact on the way people react to each other. The effect has been felt by the people in a higher level of communication, so communication between people not only through text, but also through photos, status, and links to web sites and widened a on other things.Nowadays, everyone knows that social networking can be used as land for the money. Facebook can be used as an online business, whether it be a good or a service. Facebook can also be used as a customer engine on the website and create a link in it.So how do I make money with Facebook is more detailed? The first trick…
  • Social Media for Marketing Web

    Nurdin Budi M.
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Social media is a great way to market and improve a website. We all know that social media is a communication tool that is widely used by the public to interact between friends or even strangers who are not one country with them.For people who want to have a website, especially the rise of web traffic they have to refresh the network with the various layers of the world community to work together to facilitate a good relationship.Share a variety of brands of products or services you are selling to them through social media, as this is the main reason you should do if you want to give them a…
  • Tips to Increase Blog Traffic with Targeted Trending News

    Nurdin Budi M.
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    You must have been well aware that content will help in improving blog traffic and this has also been done by many bloggers to build their blogs in order to be the best.Although sometimes a little insert a topic which is very controversial or strange to get the attention of readers of the blog.In addition to using tricks that have been common in the above, there are several ways to increase traffic to blog with easy, by using the trending topic or news that are much sought after and reported by others, are as follows:1. Creating a celebrity news Celebrity popularity has fairly high in…
  • Building Traffic with Social Media

    Nurdin Budi M.
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    So if you currently have a website and you are regularly providing content on a daily basis. Then you also have done various advertising programs and also has an ad on your website. So what else should you do to make the website better?If you are doing things above then this is the time you do one more step that really will make the website go up, build traffic, especially in high volume. This will not happen if you just keep quiet and do nothing and just wait in front of the computer or in a chair alone.Below are several ways to set up a website and increase traffic using social media:The…
  • Algorithms in Search Engines and Determinants Algorithm

    Nurdin Budi M.
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Why Search Engine Algorithms in Search Engines Important? For SEO experts, it may already be familiar and have become a common discussion, then what about those who are beginners and do not know more than them? Yes they sometimes mistranslated on an algorithm of search engines.This article will help you to explain about the algorithm and some of the terms commonly used by many SEO experts increase traffic to their blog or website.Every online business must understand and have the main tool that will be used to make the business accepted and get the best traffic on the internet. So what is an…
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  • Finding Your Writers' Voice

    Anne OConnell
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I've just finished leading a writing retreat in beautiful Phuket Thailand and am buzzing from the high that hanging out with fellow authors always leaves. On day one we talked about the start of the journey towards finding your author voice. As we opened with an exercise where participants interviewed and introduced each other, one writer introduced another by saying, "Her inner artist is very protective of her own blank canvass." It was the beginning of the shedding of egos, the recognition that to be a writer you have to say 'I'm a writer!' very loud and very clear and... then just get down…
  • Author Interview with Sophia Bar-Lev - Pasta, Poppy Fields & Pearls

    Anne OConnell
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    It gives me great pleasure today to interview another one of my new author friends who I met on D'vorah Lansky's Book Marketing Boot Camp Facebook page. What an amazing group of dynamic authors, many of whom are now on virtual book tours. Sophia Bar-Lev is the author of Pasta, Poppy Fields and Pearls and she and I are doing interview swaps today so make sure you pop by her blog and read my interview with her as well.So... Sophia, please tell us a little bit about your book and what it's about.Pasta Poppy Fields and Pearls is a 'Boomer Fiction' novel featuring four very different women from…
  • The Wrap-up Paralysis

    Anne OConnell
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:31 pm
    I’ve been trying to write the closing scene of my next novel for months. I’ve been talking about it in my writers’ group ad nausea, setting and breaking deadlines weekly and agonizing over it in my sleep. I’m a master procrastinator so I put it off by going back and doing the first edit and then the second edit for which I’m using AutoCrit for the first time. In my mind I was making progress! It wasn’t until today, while I was answering questions for an author interview that will post this weekend on a fellow indie author’s blog, that it finally hit me. One of the questions…
  • Guest Blog - Mari Barnes, Author of My Peace Place

    Anne OConnell
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I'm very pleased to host Mari Barnes today as part of her virtual book tour for her book, My Peace Place. Mari is participating in D'Vorah Lansky's Book Marketing Boot Camp, which is where we 'met'. Take it away Mari!Eye on the WhyI read this recent post from a discouraged new author: My friends don't seem very excited about my new book. Does no one read anymore? I've sold 4 whole copies so far.That did more than ring a bell—it set a gong clanging in my mind. I remember those days too well. Some friends and family weren’t even reading gift copies of my book, much less actually…
  • 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!
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  • How I Went From Unknown to Boost Blog Traffic Writer in Six Months (and How You Can, Too)

    Kevin Duncan
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    (My apologies for the pretentious-sounding title. Gwyneth Paltrow is my new headline writer.) Six months ago, this blog didn’t exist. I had 30 followers on Twitter. I had a measly 22 followers on Google Plus. I had zero email subscribers. In short, I was about as popular as a guy who understands every obscure reference in a Dennis Miller rant or MST3k episode. And yet, somehow, I just wrote a post for one of the most popular websites in the world. Scratch that… I was asked to write for one of the most popular websites in the world. They contacted me and I said yes. “How the…
  • Do You Make These 7 Blogging Mistakes?

    Kevin Duncan
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Mistakes. I’ve made a few. As a teenager, I failed my driving exam because I didn’t tell the instructor to buckle his seat belt. In college, I once stayed awake 48 straight hours so I could study for finals. This was back before I discovered the magic elixir known as coffee. As an adult, I paid good money to watch “The Glass House” starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. And as a blogger I’ve made more mistakes than I can count. I’m in good company, though. All bloggers have made their fair share of mistakes. What separates good bloggers from complacent…
  • The Horrors of Repetitiveness (Or, Do All Your Posts Sound The Same?)

    Kevin Duncan
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    As I walked down the hallway towards my college dorm, I could already smell it. “Not again,” I thought to myself. “Please, Lord, not again.” As I reached for the door, I took a deep breath. I knew the horrors which awaited me on the other side. Fred, my roommate, was a psychopath. I didn’t want to admit so at first, but I couldn’t deny it any longer. I had seen too much. Endured too much. Smelled too much. Oh, that smell. That horrible, nauseating smell. If I was lucky, the worst would already be over. The stench would remain, of course, but at least I…
  • The ONE Person Who Can Give Your Blog Clarity and Increase Engagement

    Mandie Sanders
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by my friend Mandie Sanders of Rambling Mandie. She’s a former marketing and social media strategist who said goodbye to Corporate America so she could travel and do the things she loves. She’s an amazing writer and designer, so you’re all in for a treat today. Read about how you can give your blog clarity and, when you’re finished, be sure to leave Mandie a comment! What kind of an audience do you want for your blog? You want a mob of fanatical fans who eagerly check their inboxes for your latest post, right? Fans who are actively…
  • Copyblogger Deletes Facebook Page, Darren Rowse Creates a Second (What Does This Mean for You?)

    Kevin Duncan
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound only thousands of gasps spread out all over the world can make. No, Joe Biden didn’t say anything silly. We have Copyblogger to thank for this one. Copyblogger’s announcing it was killing its Facebook page surprised many people. For one thing, the Facebook page had over 38,000 fans. To put that into perspective, Copyblogger had 32,835 more fans than the Facebook page for NewsRadio, the greatest TV show of all time. The other reason the announcement surprised many people is because barely a month ago Darren Rowse of ProBlogger and…
 
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  • I have done nothing wrong by having a brain that functions and a body that lives.

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Do you believe that women are equal to men, should have equal rights as men, and should be allowed to fight for those rights?Yes.Then you are a feminist.
  • Sometimes

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Sometimes I wish people would read this because sometimes I feel it is very important. Sometimes I feel that I am very important.
  • Oh so very I don't know

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    A little thing here and there... like a small girl with a large dog...
  • My Oral-B was made in Ireland 

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Huh.I am starting to like things like this. I am starting to hate art.They are too similar. 
  • Hi I don't speak German

    5 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Lortzingstraße-A young boy with his two friends. Has a laser pointer. Bounces the light on and off my nipple, screaming something in German. I need cigarettes. And a map.Mariannenstraße-Two young men on a coffee date. One looks at me. No, he is looking at the waiter. The one on the left has an attractive nose. The one on the right has a larger nose, but seems to have a better disposition. They are young. When they lean forward their faces are eclipsed by the chair across from me. They have gel in their hair. I put my hair up and wonder if I have shaved my armpits recently...Two…
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    Cristy Burne

  • Writing for museums: Meet the crown dragon

    cristyburne
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Want to be paid to learn new things? Be a science writer! I recently worked as a writer on the Australian Museum’s TYRANNOSAURS – MEET THE FAMILY exhibition, now touring New Zealand. Prior to this job, if you’d said “tyrannosaur”, I’d have screamed “Rex!” and started running. I knew they had teeth, I knew they […]
  • Another reason I love science: blood, guts and fine dining in Tokyo’s themed bar

    cristyburne
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ever feel like the night life in your city just isn’t cutting it? Check out my review of Alcatraz+ER, a science-themed Tokyo pub, originally published in Cosmos magazine. I dare you to read it and not secretly wish you could be there. I still have nightmares… Pub crawl – Alcatraz meets E.R. Ever felt it might […]
  • Laurie Oakes on political journalism in the digital age

    cristyburne
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Will they still need us? Will they still feed us? Laurie Oakes spoke tonight at Curtin University on political journalism in the digital age. It was terrific. I’ve never identified as a journalist (I’m a writer), so I don’t suffer from the same issues that besiege modern journalists, but I can look around and see the […]
  • Dreadful writing, bloodcurdling thrillers, fun and games

    cristyburne
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Term 3 is nearly over! It’s time to celebrate, so come on down to the Riverton Library on Thursday 9 October to talk dreadful writing and spooky stories. We’re aiming to have loads of fun, including a bit of theatre, some games and some writing. This will be a fab morning and it’s totally recommended […]
  • Writing science: Avian AIDS, French beetles, ocean modelling and parasite genetics

    cristyburne
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    When I’m not writing children’s fiction, I’m writing popular science, and right now I’m thrilled to be working with SciTech as a consultant editor, collaborating with the ScienceNetwork WA news team and content editor to increase our readership and spread the word of Western Australian science. This is a mission I’m close to: to paraphrase Todd Sampson, saying you’re not interested in science […]
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    Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN

  • RN2Writer has MOVED!

    Elizabeth
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    You folks are awesome! Thanks to YOU, subscribers and casual readers alike, RN2WRITER has moved to a new home on the web. Please check it out: http://rn2writer.com. I’ve been blown away by the response to this blog. It turns out nurses really are interested in using their skills to help patients through freelance writing. Fantastic! […] The post RN2Writer has MOVED! appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • 3 ways docs can waste their social media dollars

    Elizabeth
    6 Feb 2014 | 10:26 am
    If you’re a cosmetic surgeon, concierge doctor, dermatologist or other physician in private practice, you need to be using social media channels to reach current and prospective patients. You also can quickly throw money out the window if you pick the wrong channels or use them inappropriately. Here are three ways doctors can waste money […] The post 3 ways docs can waste their social media dollars appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • New report pinpoints opportunities to plant a digital flag for your brand

    Elizabeth
    4 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
    I’m slowly reading through “Engaging patients through social media: Is healthcare ready for empowered and digitally demanding patients?,” a special report issued by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Throughout the month, I’ll be sharing some insights from the report that relate to health and medical content creators. The reason I’m reading “slowly” is because the […] The post New report pinpoints opportunities to plant a digital flag for your brand appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • Free Blog Editorial Calendar on Heart Health

    Elizabeth
    31 Jan 2014 | 9:01 am
    February is the month of love, Valentine’s Day — and heart health. Each February, the American Heart Association sponsors American Heart Month. And if you’re blogging twice a week, like I suggest, you can fill February’s blog chock full of valuable posts on how people can keep their hearts healthy. Here’s a free blog editorial […] The post Free Blog Editorial Calendar on Heart Health appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • What ‘introvert’ really means. And why you want one on your team.

    Elizabeth
    30 Jan 2014 | 7:36 am
    OK, so, I’m feeling a little fed up. I’ve just read yet another article about ‘introverts’ by an author who clearly had no clue what introversion really means. I won’t link to the article because my purpose is not to publicly disparage another writer. My purpose is to set the record straight regarding what introversion […] The post What ‘introvert’ really means. And why you want one on your team. appeared first on Healthcare Content Marketing Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
 
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    Leave the Frigging Marshmallows

  • 7 Dangers of First Person Narrators

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Since the narrator tells the story, he can drastically alter it with his voice, with his point of view, with what he knows and has privy to, and with the technical limitations of his role—the limitations that you, the writer, set up for him. Last time, I offered 6 questions to consider about your narrator. This dealt mainly with third-person narration. I also promised to clarify some of the pitfalls of using a first person narrator.In previous posts, I asked you to think of the narrator as one of your characters. This may be more intrinsic when working with a narrator who is also…
  • Who is Your Narrator?

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    You've carefully thought out your characters and planned the plot and structure of a novel. Then, once your characters get moving and start revealing new aspects of themselves that you never expected, everything changes. They'll start doing things in your story that you hadn't planned and you'll find yourself going back to rework your plan. Again.That's okay.You are not the puppet master. You are a novelist. Image courtesy of Matthijs and altered.)As a writer of novels, you have to give up control. Planning gives you direction and helps you move through the story so you don't…
  • 27 Things You Know as a Writer in Middle Age

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    1. You know that writing is not a romantic endeavor. It's a struggle. It's sacrifice. It's not a party and drinking doesn't help. It's real love.Michael Douglas as Grady Tripp in the 2000 film adaptation of the novel The Wonder Boys. Grady is on page 2,611 of his second novel. 2. You know that it takes a lot of sitting and that leads to back pain. Back pain makes it difficult to sit for a long time. You have to exercise.3. You know that you just need to write the damned story. Be clear. Write well. Don't worry about being "unique" or "new". You're mostly like other people and a little…
  • Issue 02 of Four Chambers has been realeased.

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Jake from Four Chambers asked me to pass this along...Four Chambers—what certain members of the community are calling Phoenix's pre-eminent literary magazine (but only in jest)—has just released its second issue. The magazine—which measures a satisfying 6” x 9”, is exactly 152 pages long, has relaxing margins, and is printed on a luxurious 70# Husky White in an pleasantly legible 10 pt font—features 13 short stories and 62 poems from 64 authors—about 50% local—including but not limited to the following names you may or may not recognize: Allyson Boggess; Dexter L. Booth;…
  • How Procrastinating Helps You Write More

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Procrastination is critical for a writer. Sometimes we get trapped in our writing schedule and our deadlines and our goals and our word counts. That can mean death to a novel. We get hung up on “Writers write”. Gawd, how many times has someone said (or written) that snarkily in response to someone discussing writing?Really, it pisses me off.You want to know when I've done the most and best writing? Those periods in life when I walk a lot, when I read a lot, when I get the chance to talk about writing.Want to know when I don't write pages and pages or particularly well? When I'm…
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    The International Freelancer

  • 3 Ways That Low-Paying Assignment May Turn Out to Be a Good Deal

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I started realizing the sanity of what six-figure freelancers like Kelly James-Enger have been advising for years: Don’t look at the per-word rate of an assignment, but the per hour cost. This works even better for you if you’re familiar with a topic or if you’re a fast writer. Here are some other ways in which that seemingly low-paying assignment might actually turn out to be a good deal. The post 3 Ways That Low-Paying Assignment May Turn Out to Be a Good Deal appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • The Six Numbers No Freelance Writer Can Afford to Ignore

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    There are a few numbers that no freelance writer can afford to ignore because it provides you with insight into your business and make clear your shortfalls and the areas you need to improve upon. The post The Six Numbers No Freelance Writer Can Afford to Ignore appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • The Only Two Things You Need to Know About Negotiating Better Rates

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Not only can you negotiate, but you should. In business—which is what your writing is if you’re reading this blog—you have to get the best deal for you while still making your client feeling like he or she won. Negotiating is a delicate balance. You don’t want to make the client feel cheated or that she’s lost at the negotiating table, but you also want to get as much as you possibly can. The post The Only Two Things You Need to Know About Negotiating Better Rates appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Finding Work-Life Balance as a Writing Parent

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    I feel qualified to write about work-life balance as a freelancer because I’m a happy parent and a happy freelancer (for the most part). I love both my work and my kid and allow them both space in my life without having them compete with each other. I started thinking about work-life balance issues even before I became a parent, back in the very early stages of my pregnancy. And here’s what I’ve learned since then. The post Finding Work-Life Balance as a Writing Parent appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Moving, When Your Office is Also Your Home

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    When your office resides inside your home, moving impacts not just your personal and family life but a large portion of your work life as well. How do you make sure that you remain productive and sane as much as possible when you’re moving house? Here are some lessons from my most recent move. The post Moving, When Your Office is Also Your Home appeared first on The International Freelancer.
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  • Common Email Marketing Mistakes: Why Your Emails Aren’t Getting Results

    Kristen Dunleavy
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Picture this: You’ve just hit the send button on a new email campaign for your business. You’ve got killer content, a great call to action and an attention-grabbing subject line… or so you think. As you watch your analytics, it becomes clear that your email isn’t getting the results you want. What went wrong? Whether your open rates are suffering or you’re not getting enough click-throughs, there are lots of common email marketing mistakes that even experienced marketers make. The good news is that they can be easily fixed to increase engagement. The mistake:…
  • 12 Days of Holiday Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

    Olivia Dello Buono
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    The holiday season is almost upon us! Aside from spreading the yuletide cheer, your customers have only one thing on their minds: shopping. This time of year marks a lucrative opportunity for small businesses: it’s forecasted that consumers will spend over $616.9 billion this season (that’s a 4.1 percent increase over holiday 2013 sales). Since we believe it’s better to give than to receive, we’re gifting you this handy list (don’t worry – we’ve checked it more than twice!) to help you engage your audience and optimize your holiday marketing efforts:…
  • AWeber On the Road: Meet Our Team

    Olivia Dello Buono
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s no secret that the AWeber team has racked up their share of frequent flyer miles. This month, we’ll be popping up in cities like Chicago and New York to learn from and network with industry thought leaders. PRNews’ Measurement Conference: November 20, Chicago IL Join industry-leading PR professionals as you learn the best practices in PR measurement, real-world case studies of successful measurement strategies and interactive learning. Team: Brandyn Bissinger, Andrea Carter How To Use Facebook To Double Your Email List: December 4th, 12pm ET Learn how a marketing…
  • Grow Your Email List Anywhere with AWeber’s Atom Mobile App

    Kristen Dunleavy
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Owning a business is a 24/7/365 proposition – so is growing your email list. Miss an opportunity to sign up a prospect for your newsletter, and you’re missing out on a potential sale. Sure, there’s the old-fashioned pen and paper method for collecting names and email addresses on the fly, but we all know how time-consuming and error-prone that can be. Here at AWeber, we’re all about making email marketing as easy as possible for our customers ? even from their mobile devices. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce Atom, AWeber’s newest mobile app that…
  • Are Your Customers Ready to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday?

    Monica Montesa
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    For some, baking cupcakes is simply a hobby. For others, it’s the foundation for a sweet business idea. At least that was the case for Joanne Jarin, founder of The Lucky Cupcake Company in Pipersville, Pennsylvania. “I started working for a local caterer under the wing of his pastry chef, [and] after a few years of learning and building my confidence, I left my job and started working on my business plan, selling cakes and cupcakes from my small home,” says Jarin. “That was almost 5 years ago, this May. I am now working on opening my second shop in Spring 2015 at…
 
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    Robin Writes

  • An interview with Robin Tidwell

    Robin Tidwell
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    Originally posted on bookbrowsing:Robin’s writing career began at the age of eight, when her grandmother insisted she read Gone with the Wind before taking her to see the movie. Inspired by Margaret Mitchell, she began scribbling little booklets of stories, and was the editor of her elementary school newspaper and a columnist in high…
  • An interview with Robin Tidwell

    Robin Tidwell
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    An interview with Robin Tidwell.
  • QOTD—Book Pricing

    Robin Tidwell
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “How do I know what price to put on my book?” As a former bookseller and a current publisher and author, I can tell you two things for sure: If your book is priced over $15, it won’t sell. If your book is priced below $8, you won’t make any money. Now, I’m speaking of […]
  • Writer Wednesday—Repeat

    Robin Tidwell
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ve mentioned, once or twice, that the fourth book in the REDUCED series will be coming out in March. And it will. Consider this the official announcement! RECYCLED ended with: The dark clouds came from the west, boiling and black. The wind whipped across the land, shoving aside everything in its path, everything that wasn’t […]
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    Karavansara

  • A Steampunk Movie

    Davide Mana
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    And today, a steampunk short. Because we like steampunk, don’t we? Enjoy! Related articles Steampunk Sculpture Class What If Steampunk Occurred In A Different Place And Time? Steampunk steams into Cape Town Home & Office : The Official Steampunk User’s Manual
  • Writing Prompt – We have seen the elephant

    Davide Mana
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    A belated writing prompt. It does give me a few ideas for a story.
  • Word-count as quality?

    Davide Mana
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    And I like big things the size of them impresses me [Styx] I’ve been told that – when it comes to ebook pricing – selling anything shorter than 100 pages for 99 cents is, basically, shortchanging the readers. I find the idea somewhat silly, especially when, to support it, I am told that generally speaking short fiction can’t be as good as long fiction. Quite simply, I’ve been told, there’s not room enough, in a short story, to tell a good, satisfying tale. Now this of course is incredibly stupid – it denies the worth of sort fiction by claiming that…
  • Dead modem

    Davide Mana
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    And so my modem died on me yesterday night. I’ll be offline for 24/72 hours while I wait for the new one to be delivered. As the guy said, I’ll be back.
  • It’s over (almost)

    Davide Mana
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    And so it’s finished. Clocking in at close to 68.000 words, my pulp/fantasy novel of high adventure set in Shanghai and parts east in the year 1936 is done. Well, actually I’m doing the final revision – or the post-revision revision, if you will. I did my writing in Scrivener, and it was a really pleasant experience. But now I’m exporting it and I’m making a LibreOffice .odt file for my editors to be able to go through it at their leisure. While I am at it, I’m also taking a few hours to check the text for typos and spelling mistakes (why not lighten the…
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  • I’ve written a haiku poem that appears on the giant jumbotron billboard in Baltimore.

    Dylan Kinnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    I’ve written a haiku poem that appears on the giant jumbotron billboard in Baltimore.
  • I’ve written a haiku poem that appears on the giant jumbotron billboard in Baltimore.

    Dylan Kinnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    I’ve written a haiku poem that appears on the giant jumbotron billboard in Baltimore.
  • Litblog Roundup 9

    Dylan Kinnett
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    I’ve never really bothered to define what I mean by “litblog” for this series. That’s intentional. Whatever it is, it might be worthwhile to add to that definition a bit. To the mix of “blogs” this week, I’d like to add some new things to the mix: Twitter feeds, collections and authors on Medium, and Tumblrs. I’d include Longreads in the mix, but at the time of this writing, their site seems to be having difficulty, so maybe next week. There are plenty of roundup posts out there already about which hashtags to follow on Twitter if you’re…
  • Litblog Roundup 8

    Dylan Kinnett
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. I’m trying a variation of the format for this edition of the Litblog Roundup. Here are some interesting things, without much comment or categorization. These links are paired with excerpts from their posts. As one of these posts suggests, a writer should experiment for a reason. My reason for this experiment is frankly to save time. With the time I saved, I could add more to the roundup! Let me know what you think of this approach, in the comments. The Integration Of Poetry And Life The…
  • Litblog Roundup 7: Amazon, #HaleNo, Set Fire to the Stars

    Dylan Kinnett
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. Amazon is the subject of a lot of conversation in the blogosphere lately. The new version of the Kindle e-reader is out, with reviews. Amazon is launching a crowd-sourced publishing platform called Kindle Scout. The company’s finances are declining at the moment. There’s also the matter of the legal battles between Amazon and publishers which has caused some to wonder whether publishing as we know it will continue to exist at all. Last week, an author named Kathleen Hale came under fire for…
 
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    Author Sarah Daltry » News/Blog

  • Here There Be Dragons

    sarahdaltry
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    In consideration of so many things, it’s seeming best to maintain the hermit lifestyle. I find I’m so much happier that way. I figure I can check in here maybe weekly or so to give some boring updates about my life and my thoughts on things so people don’t worry. Today is the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is basically super exciting. I’ve also now finished all of Game of Thrones and have only the final London Season Christmas special left of Downton Abbey. Then I will have to wait until something comes on TV that I want to watch. (I can just keep…
  • Welcome to the Future – A Brave New World, Isn’t It?

    sarahdaltry
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    This is from Fahrenheit 451, not Brave New World although both apply in many ways. Maybe the so-called “death of dystopian fiction” is simply our way of saying that dystopias are merely redundant now. Why read about one when you can look around you?   Things Remembered: Beatty’s Speech.
  • Dust is live!

    sarahdaltry
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    Who makes YOUR choices? “I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw – parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.” In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people. When the princess, Alondra, falls for…
  • A Butterfly’s Wings

    sarahdaltry
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’m a fairly private person, which people find strange as I’m very outspoken about certain things. However, my struggles with depression and suicide, as well as my experiences with sexual violence may make someone uncomfortable to talk about as they’re not pretty things, but I talk about them because someone should. I don’t want others who have similar experiences to feel like their stories or voices are somehow less than those of people who are unable to understand. With that said, I’m still very private and I like my own space. I need my own space and my…
  • Between the Shadow and the Soul: Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

    sarahdaltry
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Between the Shadow and the Soul Susanne Winnacker 21st Century Cologne On the day of her sixteenth birthday Nela receives her Binding – a tattoo that’ll punish even the thought of magic with burning pain. In a world where the Brotherhood still burns witches at the stake, Nela has learned to fear her magical powers. But her powers are growing and refuse to be ignored. When Nela meets Darko, he shows her a hidden world of magic she can’t resist. Darko hates the Brotherhood with blind fervor for destroying his life. Except for revenge, there’s only one thing that keeps him going: the…
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    Agent Hunter |

  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Alex Christofi

    Harry Bingham
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
        This is an interview with literary agent, Alex Christofi. Alex read English at Oxford, worked at RandomHouse and is now an agent for Conville and Walsh. His agency website is here, his Agent Hunter profile is here and his Twitter feed is here!       Q. What books/authors [...]
  • Meet the agents: An interview with Jo Unwin

    Harry Bingham
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    This is an interview with literary agent Jo Unwin. Jo has been an actress, a literary scout, an agent and now runs her own agency. Her agency website is here,  this is her Agent Hunter profile and finally, her Twitter feed! Q. What books/authors do you love [...]
  • Why should any successful self-published author turn to traditional publishing?

    Harry Bingham
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    There have been numerous recent examples of highly successful self-published authors turning to traditional mainstream publishers for the next stage of their careers. Examples include: James Oswald. Offered his first book free on Amazon, by way of a taster for his second book which was priced at £2.99. He sold 50,000 copies in a month [...]
  • Meet the agents: an interview with Nelle Andrew

    Harry Bingham
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    This interview is with literary agent Nelle Andrew of PFD. Her full profile can be found here. She’s also an author, writing as Nelle Davy, and her Amazon page can be found here. Her page on the PFD website can be found here.   Q. What books/authors do [...]
  • Opening pages: 7 ways to make an agent groan

    Harry Bingham
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    At our recent Festival of Writing in York, we host a number of panels with literary agents that give writers the chance to meet, talk and ask questions. We end those panels with a scary-but-brilliant session called Sushpile Live where some very brave writers stand up, read the first few paragraphs of their work, then [...]
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    Long Tail Writing

  • Overcoming Creative Writing Fear

    James Livingood
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Writing fear comes in so many different flavors. Each fear can paralyze a writer and freeze their word counts. Many of these fears are why writers tend to think about writing a lot, instead... The post Overcoming Creative Writing Fear appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Ups and Downs of Writing

    James Livingood
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Writing is not as technical as one may expect. Instead, the act of writing is considered artistic. Many find this classification very true for two reasons: they are a starving artist, and there are... The post Ups and Downs of Writing appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • The Value of Editing, Copy-Editing, and Criticism

    James Livingood
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Writing is more than simply adding words where none existed before. Writing is more than tone, taste, and direction. A major part of writing is in the mechanics. These parts of writing are but... The post The Value of Editing, Copy-Editing, and Criticism appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • The Importance of Grammar

    James Livingood
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    My first short story was nearly my last. I took a lot of time and passion with the endeavor. Bit by bit, word by word, I felt the prose shined beautifully. However, wanting to... The post The Importance of Grammar appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • The Hidden Danger of Writing

    James Livingood
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Writing has an interesting hidden danger lurking within. Many new writers / word artists expect the potential danger of not finding clients or needing time to build a platform. However, many new writers don’t... The post The Hidden Danger of Writing appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
 
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  • Herzog, Hamilton Burger’s Revenge, and My 2 Soups

    rolandrhicks
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I just spent ten days putting together a nonfiction book proposal for 2 Soups & a Fish, my narrative of prison, the criminal justice system and, the ultimate target – sports talk radio and NFL pre-game shows (how I get there is a real hoot). Those ten days really brought me back as I flipped through […]
  • The Eleventh Minute of the … Have You Forgotten Yet?

    rolandrhicks
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Perhaps if we take  a moment to remember that today is Veterans-Armistice-Remembrance Day; that at eleven past eleven this morning in 1918 The War to End All Wars ended; and then take another to really read Siegfried  Sassoon’s poem – written in the trenches – we would stop churning out veterans. HAVE you forgotten yet? … For the […]
  • Halloween Thoughts From William Hanlin’s World

    rolandrhicks
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    In glades they meet skull after skull Where pine-cones lay–the rusted gun, Green shoes full of bones, the mouldering coat And cuddled-up skeleton; And scores of such. Some start as in dreams, And comrades lost bemoan: By the edge of those wilds Stonewall had charged– But the Year and the Man were gone. When William […]
  • Ebola, the Eastland, and Government

    rolandrhicks
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I think its safe to say governments, particularly in the form of the lower houses of law-making bodies, are usually reactionary, very rarely proactive. For the simple reason that being reactionary is a very public way of ‘solving a problem’ while proactive measures are pretty damn hard to trumpet after they work. “Hey, the bill […]
  • A Litigator, A Psychotic Kitchen Supervisor, and A Memoir

    rolandrhicks
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Why now? Why this moment to pull the trigger on a memoir that ostensibly could have been written four years ago? Why so damn resistant to the advice of award-winning, best-selling authors? Why so resistant, period? Questions I’ve been asked repeatedly over the last month or so. My standard reply is “Hey, it feels right, won’t […]
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    Josh Spilker

  • The Question of Genres // On “Save The Cat” and Stories

    Josh Spilker
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Here’s a trick question. What do you think of genres?  Why is it a trick? Because that’s the wrong question. Or we have a wrong perception of what that word is. Because what do we immediately think of? Westerns or rom-coms, which are genres. But stories can be similar but have wildly different settings or […]
  • Writing Fiction? 21 (or 22) Things A 21-Year-Old Should Be Doing

    Josh Spilker
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    You love words and love writing them down. You like to read and want to read your own book one day. You were born in the 90s. Here are 21 tips for any 21-year-old (or young writer) thinking about writing fiction. 1) Write a novel. Any novel. When I was 21, I wanted to be […]
  • What’s Going on With Amazon and Literary Fiction? 3 Articles That Explain It.

    Josh Spilker
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Because of the big Amazon-Hachette publishing fight, there’s been lots of talk about what fiction writers and authors in general should do. This has been going on for awhile, but I found these three articles really helpful and insightful about the pros, cons and general atmosphere. 1. “The War of The Words”  at Vanity Fair. […]
  • The Everyday Object That Could Be A New Publishing Platform

    Josh Spilker
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Most us get one of these every day. Or have the option to get one. We give it one glance and throw it away. Yet it could be a new publishing opportunity. What is it? The receipt.   The co-founder of Twitter and the CEO of Square, Jack Dorsey, has called it a new type […]
  • 5 Great Art of Fiction Quotes From 5 Great Authors

    Josh Spilker
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    If you’re not regularly checking  the Paris Review archives for Art of Fiction interviews, you should be. They’re valuable not only for the writing insights, but for their look at the authors as personalities. After skimming through a few interviews with notable names, I really enjoyed these quotes from Don DeLillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond […]
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    The Art of Writing - Austin Ray Miller

  • Smart Contracts: A Step Towards Dystopia or Utopia?

    Austin Miller
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    image from occupycorporatism.com It's not often I take the time to blog about non "literary" types of writing. However, after listening to Karl Schroeder's claim (author of Lockstep) on Wired's A Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, that the future of contract law (and other legal fields) would be in the hands of the internet and even potentially in the hands of A.I..--my interest was undoubtedly peaked. First off, what are Smart Contracts?For those of you who are not accustomed with current legal and technological trends, which is probably many of us (sorry to…
  • Lucky Peach Magazine: What you Don't Know Might Kill you

    Austin Miller
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Image from I just Read About That Why David Chang's (owner of Momofuku) quarterly journal is a much appreciated dose of amphetamine for food journalism.By Austin MillerBob Dylan famously stated "He not busy being born is busy dying" in his 1964 song "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)." The same could be said for the state of journalism on many fronts—including food journalism. So whether the food "journalist" you have been following are lacking critical insight or you find yourself in a literary slump—let me help you connect with something that will help you get busy "being born" once…
  • How to Defeat Writer's Block

    Austin Miller
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Image taken from deviantART Why all Authors Should Also be HistoriansIt’s a fact—all writers get stuck. But what should we when the painstaking proverbial writer’s block hits us over the head? Should we slip into a Requiem for a Dream type of depression? Or do we saddle up like John Wayne and brave the elements? One idea is to brainstorm—they say that the creative side of our brain works non-linearly. The most conducive environment to brainstorming is indeed one of chaos—the less linear, the more creative. I’ll leave you to your own devices as you try and figure out your own…
  • Dr. Takahiro and the Electric Cauldron

    Austin Miller
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    From DeviantART A Short Story by Austin MillerWhen Dr. Takahiro first set foot on planet X2 he pinched the meat of his left arm. It was an old habit of his, something he did to reassure himself that he was not simply ambling about in a state of subconciosness. “Why do you hurt yourself Professor?” asked Tonto, Takahiro’s research assistant. Tonto was a university issue android that was built to look like an average human but with above-average knowledge of the sciences. His name came about after the professor stumbled across an ancient earth series called The Lone Ranger. After…
  • The Writer's Guide to the Galaxy: How to Write and Publish an E-book in 50 days

    Austin Miller
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Image taken from Wiki Commons After going through the writing and publishing process I have learned many important things I wish I would have known beforehand like, how NOT to format your manuscript. I could have avoided some major hiccups, so recently I have taken it upon myself to create an "e-book" (or .pdf file if you will) that contains a basic breakdown of everything you know in order to write and publish a legitimate novel in under 50 days. That's right--write and publish a novel in under 50 days! The download is free of course, all you have to do is click the following link:The…
 
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    M.C. Simon Writes

  • HOW I MET FENG SHUI

    MCsimon
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    WWW’s FRIDAY (Let’s Feng Shui) Don’t you know what WWW means? It is simple… Wonder Woman’s Week How I met Feng Shui More than twenty years ago, while all my friends were falling in love with their boyfriends or with an actor who was looking gorgeous in magazines… I also fell in love. One day I was invited to visit the home of an old lady whom I was admiring a lot. She was always so stylish and no matter of the circumstance, an adorable smile was always laying on her face. Whenever I saw her, I wondered if she discovered the secret to happiness. When I entered…
  • Beginning to play with Energies

    MCsimon
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    WWW’s THURSDAY (Playing with Energies) Don’t you know what WWW means? It is simple… Wonder Woman’s Week Playing with Energies The word energy came into my mind today. Being the owner of a Master’s Degree in renewable energies, I enjoy this domain a lot. Yet, I will not write about these technologies. Now, my mind is more playful and not at all technical. I almost imagine myself playing with energy. These times we are living in, there are many people who know how to play with the energy around them or around others. I tried to find a proper definition for energy,…
  • Book Tour – The Light Who Shines by Lilo Abernathy

    MCsimon
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    BOOK TOUR KINDLE DAILY DEAL The Light Who Shines by Lilo Abernathy Title: The Light Who Shines Author: Lilo Abernathy Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance / Mystery Amazon Rating: 4.7 Stars Amazon Reviews: 153 Regular Price: $4.99 Sale Price: $1.99 Sale Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014 (One day only)   I am the light who shines… BOOK BLURB When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it’s obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run;…
  • Man on the train

    MCsimon
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    WWW’s WEDNESDAY (The Weekly Joke) Don’t you know what WWW means? It is simple… Wonder Woman’s Week Man on the train There was a man and a woman riding in a train compartment. At one moment in time the man suddenly started to laugh. “Are you laughing at me?” the woman asks. “No” he answered. After some time the man started to suddenly laugh again. “Are you laughing at me?” she asks, this time upset. “No” he answered. After some more time the man started to laugh out loud, louder than before. “Sir, are you laughing at…
  • Newsletter Oct 30 – Nov 12, 2014

    MCsimon
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    BI-MONTHLY NEWSLETTER Oct. 30 – Nov. 12, 2014 To all new readers, thank you for subscribing to the newsletter. And to existing readers, thanks for being near us.   In this issue: Articles – What’s NEW? Dr. B’s advice Blog Tour – DREAM VACATION by JJ Di BENEDETTO What are we working on? NaNoWriMo or NaNonFiWriMo??? Guest Posts Announcements Contact us   ⬆ 1. Articles – What’s NEW? Weekly Thought  11/9/2014 – 11/15/2014   “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the…
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