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  • Writing Resources: The Pocket Muse

    Writing Forward
    Melissa Donovan
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A handy little source of inspiration for writing We writers can’t be inspired every day. Sometimes we get burned out. Other times, we have ideas but they just don’t seem appealing at the moment when we sit down to write. Sometimes we need to take a break from a writing project and spend a little time on shorter projects, which can recharge our creativity. Other times, we’re just stuck in a writing slump. That’s when keeping a little stockpile of writing ideas and inspiration inspiration is a good idea. The Pocket Muse I received my copy of The Pocket Muse as a gift a…
  • Examining the Wonderful World of Steampunk: Maritime Terrorists, Time Travelers, and Mad Science

    WritersDigest.com
    Chuck Sambuchino
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    We have been writing Steampunk since 2009; and even after five years, we still face the question of the ages: What is steampunk? Perhaps a lazy, shallow way to look at the genre is to simply call it “Victorian Science Fiction” and that be the end of it. Truth be told, this is merely your first step. While history looks at the 19th Century as the Industrial Age and the late-20th century as the Computer Age, the concept of computing devices were realized by mathematician, inventor, and engineer Charles Babbage as early as 1812. His mechanical computation devices at the time were considered…
  • How to get Featured or Reviewed by Amazon

    Writing By The Seat of My Pants
    Rachel Rueben
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Noelas via Flickr Today marks the end of our Promotional Hacks Nobody Tells You About series and I saved the best for last. When I began this series I didn’t want to include this information because there were no cases of indie authors successfully pitching to Amazon. But there’s always a first time for everything right?  For those of you unaware of what I’m talking about, Amazon has a section on their website called, Editor’s Picks where they review and even feature author interviews.  They also have a blog called, Omnivoracious and an email newsletter that goes out to…
  • Do It Every Day

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Do it every day. Make a habit of putting your observations into words and gradually this will become instinct. This is the most important rule of all and, naturally, I don't follow it. GEOFF DYER
  • Make Your Blog Posts Stand Out

    Working Writers
    Cherie
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    We’re inundated with book marketing today. Everyone is shouting about books on Twitter and Facebook, so it can be hard to get a potential reader’s attention. One way to do that is through blogging, but even then, you have to make your blog posts stand out. Read more… #183744359 / gettyimages.com
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    Advice to Writers

  • When Writing Loses Its Way

    JW
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    When writing loses touch with the beautiful surface of the world, it loses its way. You always want to be in touch with how things look and what people say and what they call their dogs. GARRISON KEILLOR
  • Do It Every Day

    JW
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Do it every day. Make a habit of putting your observations into words and gradually this will become instinct. This is the most important rule of all and, naturally, I don't follow it. GEOFF DYER
  • The Poetic Voice is Difficult to Translate

    JW
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Exile and political upheaval have intervened with the lives of great writers and confronted them with the reality that they might have to express themselves in a language other than their mother tongue. The poetic voice is difficult to translate or even impossible, so your poems will be better in the language you developed poetically. Prose you could probably write at the same level in both languages. I am a writer with a Caribbean Spanish linguistic soul that uses the English language, appropriates the English and submits it to my flavors and my longings. VICTOR HERNÁNDEZ CRUZ
  • The Great Enemy of Clear Language is Insincerity

    JW
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. In our age there is no such thing as "keeping out of politics". All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer. GEORGE ORWELL
  • Punctuation Ought to be as Conventional as Possible

    JW
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements. ERNEST HEMINGWAY
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Every Other

    Maeve Maddox
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Clarity of expression is the writer’s goal, but what is clear to the writer may not always be clear to the reader. Ambiguity is the enemy of clarity. ambiguity (noun): the capability of being understood in two or more ways. ambiguous (adjective): admitting more than one possible interpretation. nuance (noun): a subtle or slight variation or difference in meaning. Ambiguity is not always a bad thing in writing. In literature, for example, ambiguity and nuance contribute to the pleasure of the reader who enjoys an intellectual challenge. In a science text or instruction manual, on the other…
  • Confident vs. Confidant

    Maeve Maddox
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    A reader declares, One of the grammatical errors I’m seeing more and more is confusion between “confident” and “confidant(e)” Could you cover that? On the simplest level, several English adjectives that end in -ent are frequently misspelled with an -ant ending, for example: absorbent ambivalent antecedent imminent incumbent independent virulent Writers who misspell confident as confidant may be pronouncing confident correctly, but have merely failed to learn to spell it correctly. Writers who misspell confident as confidante have a tin ear. Confident is…
  • Amble vs. Ample

    Maeve Maddox
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I came across this comment in a review on the Amazon site: I am too stocked up on my own books to be able to accept any books for review at this time as I’d wanted to give amble time reading if I accepted them for an honest review. I know as well as anyone how easy it is for typos to slip into our writing, so I cruised the web to see if this is a common misuse of the word amble in a context that calls for ample. Judging by these examples from the Web, writing amble for ample is not always a typo: The retreat, with amble time for self discovery, meditation, and guided movement, allowed…
  • There’s A Style Guide for That

    Maeve Maddox
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Authors who specialize in one field of knowledge are sometimes unaware of style guides used in other areas. In writing for DWT, I mostly rely on these three style guides: The Chicago Manual of Style The AP Stylebook Penguin Writer’s Manual Chicago is directed at a broad audience that includes both scholars and entrepreneurs. AP is targeted specifically to journalists. CMOS and AP recommendations don’t often differ, but when they do, the differences sometimes reflect an interesting divide between scholarly and popular usage. I trust the Penguin reference guides to point me to differences…
  • Epidemic vs. Pandemic vs. Endemic

    Maeve Maddox
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The dreadful outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has made headlines like these a daily sight in newspapers and on news sites all over the world: Ebola Epidemic Ravages West Africa Leave endemic Ebola zones – Germany tells nationals Americans fear pandemic as Ebola patients evacuate to Atlanta The element dem in epidemic, endemic, and pandemic comes from the ancient Greek word demos, which meant people or district: epi (among) + demos = epidemic en (in) + demos = endemic pan (all) + demos = pandemic An epidemic is a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a…
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 431 GG Words That Aren't Words

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In this podcast, you get a Quick and Dirty Tip about where to put periods and commas relative to quotation marks, an excerpt from Ammon Shea's book "Bad English," and a tidbit about a 1921 poem called "Alphabet of Errors."
  • 430 GG The Plural of Money. This Is Your Brain on Writing. Egregious

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In this week's podcast, Grammar Girl discusses the plural of money, how to use "egregious," and talks with Ellen Hendriksen from The Savvy Psychologist podcast about the findings from an experiment done by German researchers in Germany who studied people’s brains while they were actively writing. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1AUhYp5
  • 429 GG How to Use the Conjunction “Nor”

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How do you use the conjunction "nor" and why is it so special it deserves a podcast of its own? Neil Whitman explains. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1oOCyOR
  • 428 GG Crash Blossoms

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Why the Associated Press accidentally made people think another Malaysian airplane had crashed, and what it tells us about language. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1rs4BXJ
  • 427 GG 7 French Food-Related Words That Became English

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When the Normans took over England in 1066, they brought their food and their language. We talk about seven interesting French words that made it into English, and guest Clever Cookstr shares some of her favorite related recipes. Read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1octDLT
 
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    Copyblogger

  • A Quick Note About the History of Labor Day That You May Not Realize …

    Jerod Morris
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first Monday of September is upon us, which means that it is Labor Day in the United States (and Labour Day in Canada). Have you ever wondered why North America celebrates Labor Day in September, while many parts of the rest of the world celebrate International Workers’ Day on the first day of May? Turns out, U.S. political leaders in the late 19th century probably wanted to avoid association with the violent Haymarket Massacre that served as part of the inspiration for International Workers’ Day. (It’s a remarkable story, if you don’t know it.) Yes, while we think…
  • The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

    Sonia Simone
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life. People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life. Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession. And yet. Look around us, at this digital world so many of us spend our lives in. It’s made of ones and zeroes, yes. But it’s also made of words. The technology exists because we create words worth sharing Text, video, audio. It all…
  • Two Important Announcements for Writers

    Sonia Simone
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    First, you may have seen yesterday the abrupt announcement that Google is, at least for the moment, discontinuing their Authorship functionality for search results and webmaster tools. For those in our Authority community, as well as those in our Certified Content Marketer program, we’ll be holding a special live Q&A session with Brian Clark on what this means for web writers as we move forward. Just log in to your Member Dashboard to find out how to attend. You’ll also get your usual Tuesday email with all of the instructions. And secondly, if you aren’t in one of those…
  • How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer

    Linda Formichelli
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How sweet it would be to earn $250 per hour — as a writer, no less. Sounds like a crazy dream, right? It’s kind of like your dream to win America’s Got Talent with your nose whistling routine: Fun to think about, but it ain’t gonna happen. Well, I’m going to risk your snorts of disbelief by telling you $250 per hour is the average rate I earn with any type of writing I do, whether it’s copywriting, content writing, or journalism. I’m not special (though my mom thinks so). My writing skills are good, but not Donna Tartt good. And as you’ll see…
  • Save $100 on SMX East in New York

    Jerod Morris
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Search Marketing Expo is the world’s largest search engine marketing conference, and this fall SMX East will take place in the nation’s most populous city. And if you’re planning on heading to New York City for SMX East (September 30 – October 2), we’ve got a way for you to save $100. Just use the code smx100copy at checkout to save $100. You’ll get to hear keynote speaker Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed Founder & CEO, provide insight on leveraging viral content, as well as other sessions like: Defining & Mapping The Native Advertising Landscape Automation…
 
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  • Don’t miss a beat: Get into the heart of your character

    Carol Despeaux
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a previous post I wrote about a little technique I learned from author and writing instructor, Rhay Christou, who teaches for the online Lawson Writer’s Academy. “Develop your characters through dance” highlights a short video by actor Kevin Cox demonstrating how to unlock your body and mind in order to delve deeper into your characters. Another tip I learned from Rhay is called, “Don’t Dance. ACT!” In this exercise, you pick a moment in your scene where your character is having (or is supposed to have) an emotional response to something. Choose one emotional beat. Now get up,…
  • Deep editing: Make each word count

    Carol Despeaux
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    In July, I took Margie Lawson’s Immersion Master Class, an intensive three and a half day workshop on deep editing. My brain is still teeming with all the tips we learned to turn our manuscripts into bestsellers. One day, as we reviewed one of my first-draft chapters in my current project, we came across a short paragraph about a character’s driving skills. In the scene, my character is driving along a dark, windy road in the mountains at night when he comes across my protagonist walking along the side of the road after she’d just seen her maybe-boyfriend sucking face with another…
  • Shake yourself out of a creative brain freeze by taking a walk

    Carly Sandifer
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a love/hate relationship with my computer. I love it for the way it connects me with people and makes it easier to do research and write. I hate it for how fried I am after sitting in front of it for hours at a time. And as much as I can accomplish with a computer, I find that sitting in front of it isn’t the best place to find those epiphanies that can change everything. Some of my best ideas come when I’m taking a shower, going for a swim, driving my car,  and going for a walk. As it turns out, scientists have proven that people generate more creative ideas when they…
  • Step away from your desk and fuel your writing life

    Carly Sandifer
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s easy as writers to hole up in our writing caves. We’re busy operating under the influence of words and we don’t want to be interrupted. But sometimes you have to get out into the world. It’s how you pick up telling details that add more authenticity and authority to your work. And then there are the times when you’re stuck. Stepping out just may spark an idea or epiphany. Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy),wrote on her website about the act of trying to make conversation with a “living human” after a day of writing. She…
  • The writer as double—will the real writer please stand up?

    Carol Despeaux
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reading Margaret Atwood’s book Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on WritingI’m contemplating the writer as double. We all have doubles, in a way, whether we’re writers or artists or scientists. We have our public persona and our private self or what I sometimes call my inside voice and my outside voice. (And, it’s that inside voice, when she gets loose, that often gets me into trouble). Atwood says that this concept of the double started early in her life with superhero worship. Superwoman, Superman, Spiderman, etc. are all strong and kick-ass when in their…
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    Writing Forums

  • What makes that book bad?

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    I just bought a book. It was a mistake. However, it is educational in terms of the kind of bad book that can get published. I'm eighty pages in and have already encountered: - The stereotypical woman who's "book smart" but has emotional irrational overreactions over every little thing that goes... What makes that book bad?
  • What happens if you don't become a bestseller?

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    I just finished reading, How To Not Write A Novel. A funny account of what happens to 99% of all published authors. A true tale of how once in print most books are destined for the bargain bin and the author a life of obscurity. The author has five crime novels to his name, critically acclaimed... What happens if you don't become a bestseller?
  • The Progressive Thread of Progress Brought to you By Progresso

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Today I wrote for 2 hours, read The Sun Also Rises, realized everything I had written was rubbish, cried while refreshing the visitors page on my blog for an hour, suffered various existential crises, looked at cats on the internet, cried some more, and then recapped everything. Morale is low. Lost... The Progressive Thread of Progress Brought to you By Progresso
  • Do you think that it’s a problem if you use quotes or references from TV shows in your story?

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Sometimes there are these situations where your character mentions something that was in the news, or television. I use this so now and then to bring the story closer to my audience and make it more vivid. Do you use the same techniques in your story or do you think it’s unwise to do? I’m looking... Do you think that it’s a problem if you use quotes or references from TV shows in your story?
  • Character Becomes the Enemy?

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Toric lives in a small village in the realm of Asgeir. Asgeir is ruled by many different Earls, all of whom answer to the High King, although the territory in Asgeir is more or less composed of city-states. Toric and his brother, Valius, are part of the Valgard clan, known for being extremely... Character Becomes the Enemy?
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    The Purdue OWL News

  • Purdue OWL: Writing Press Releases for August 20, 2014

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Purdue OWL: Writing Press ReleasesBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest resource. This resource provides our users with a guide to writing press releases. This includes a discussion of the rhetorical situation of press releases, as well as an overview of the ..
  • Purdue Writing Lab Fall 2014 Hours for August 4, 2014

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    Purdue Writing Lab Fall 2014 HoursBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue Writing Lab is pleased to announce our Fall 2014 hours for the Writing Lab and our satellite locations. To view our hours or appointment information, click here.  Please note, the Purdue Writing Lab and its satellite locations are on..
  • New Resources on Video Résumés for July 4, 2014

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

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

    24 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    OWL@Purdue YouTube Channel: Video RésumésBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to annouce the launch of our latest vidcast, the Video Résumés vidcast. In this vidcast, viewers are introduced to video résumés and special considerations regarding their creation, content, and d..
 
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  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #5

    Charlotte Dixon
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Here's the latest collection of writing prompts from my Tumblr blog: #32  She fell down on her knees and prayed.  "Oh God, please...." #33  You have all the courage you need to do what you want.  Now that you know this, what will you do today? #34  A person you love is dying.  From his deathbed, he beckons you to come closer.  ”I know where the treasure lies,” he says.  ”To get it, all you have to do is…” #35  She flew through the air, reveling in the sense of freedom, but when she landed … #36  "The horror! The horror!  Avert your eyes!" But he…
  • Finishing My Novel

    Charlotte Dixon
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Today is Tuesday and I usually post.  (I follow a loose, and I do mean loose, schedule of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday posts.)  I have a half-finished post about getting support, whether its for your writing or physical or emotional issues that I'm working on, but it is not resonating with me. And I just realized why. It's because I'm two chapters from finishing the first draft of my next novel.  And I've set myself a goal of being done with it by the end of this month.  Which happens to be in five days.  And the closer I get to ending, the more resistance I feel.
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #4

    Charlotte Dixon
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Here is this week's collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog.  Enjoy and I hope they help you write long and well. #25 "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." Wordsworth. Sometimes we don't know the breathings of our heart.  Write yours down, now. #26 She always dreaded parties, and this one was no different.  She had to go, no doubt about it, because it was for her boss.  Once she got there, she sat in a corner, until….. #27 Never a dull moment, especially when… #28  There’s never enough. Some people spend their entire lives thinking there’s…
  • Writing Mindset: Art or Business?

    Charlotte Dixon
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    Here's how an author's career used to look: said author would get her first book accepted by a big New York publisher, and said publisher would tell said author not to worry about a thing, marketing-wise.   The happy author would be given a schedule for a tour and appearances and told to focus on what she does best--writing the next book. Here's how an author's career looks now: said author's book may or may not be published by a big New York publisher.  More likely, his book was put out by a small press, or maybe he published it himself.   And said author knows…
  • The Only Way Out is Through

    Charlotte Dixon
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    "If you're going through hell, keep going."  Winston Churchill "The only way around is through."  Robert Frost The only way out is through.   We usually don't want to hear this particular bit of advice, but I have found that it is true.   I thought about it as I was out walking this morning, my legs in some pain.  After struggling with a knee issue for the last couple of years, I've finally found a chiropractor who is helping. Turns out I have one leg shorter than the other, and now a lift in my right shoe to balance things out.  And that, in turn,…
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    What Kate Did Next

  • 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…
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    I've been chunked - and no, that's not some kind of April Fool's Day joke. It's publication day for the RNA's shorter Truly, Madly, Deeply ebooks, and I'm honoured to be with fellow hist fic authors Anna Jacobs and Sarah Mallory in TMD Part 7   or you can find us in the complete Harlequin anthology along with many other bestselling RNA authors.You can find out more about Anna's work here, and Sarah's here.I'm going to be writing about the inspiration for my story, 'The Language of Flowers', over on the History Girls next month. At the moment you can read an interview with the…
  • What Do Writers Want?

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:59 am
    Photo: RNAHere's a question for you: what do you want from your writing? Someone asked me that the other day. As a writer juggling work with life, perhaps a day-job and a family, how often do you step back and ask yourself: 'what do I want?'  It was an interesting question. Why not take a minute and think about it? As I've often said to the children, (quoting that great philosopher Jake from the Tweenies), generally 'I want doesn't get'. Manners go a long way - I believe in please and thank you, and sometimes it's an uphill struggle where we are. But once in a while it is good to remind…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Examining the Wonderful World of Steampunk: Maritime Terrorists, Time Travelers, and Mad Science

    Chuck Sambuchino
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    We have been writing Steampunk since 2009; and even after five years, we still face the question of the ages: What is steampunk? Perhaps a lazy, shallow way to look at the genre is to simply call it “Victorian Science Fiction” and that be the end of it. Truth be told, this is merely your first step. While history looks at the 19th Century as the Industrial Age and the late-20th century as the Computer Age, the concept of computing devices were realized by mathematician, inventor, and engineer Charles Babbage as early as 1812. His mechanical computation devices at the time were considered…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 277

    Robert Lee Brewer
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    How appropriate that today’s post took a while to get on the site. I had already planned on providing an update on the 2014 April PAD Challenge results. They’re coming, and I hope to have a final list in the next 10-14 days. Fingers crossed. For today’s prompt, write a malfunction poem. Yes, I changed today’s originally planned prompt to fit today’s circumstances. Sometimes you just gotta have that kind of flexibility. However, not everyone handles malfunction the same: some roll with the punches, some throw punches, some throw fits, some quit, some try again,…
  • Have You Successfully Marketed Your Self-Published Book? Then WD Wants to Hear From You!

    Chuck Sambuchino
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Calling all self-published / independent book & e-book authors: Tell us about the promotional strategies that worked for you, and you and your book(s) could get even more visibility in the pages of Writer’s Digest magazine. We’re looking for the inside stories from indie authors who’ve developed successful strategies for marketing their own books. If you credit your self-made promotional strategy for your book’s popularity, profitability or sales, we’d love to hear the details of what you did, how you did it, and what you’ve learned. Your…
  • How to Map Out Your Hero’s Adventure in Your Manuscript

    Elizabeth Sims
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    How do the most successful authors of our time construct their stories? If you read them, and if you also read some ancient myths, you will begin to see parallels. You will feel smacked upside the head with parallels. You’ll realize that the top authors of today use storytelling techniques that writers used back when plans were being drawn up for the pyramids. An excellent book about ancient myths is The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. The title says it all. Across cultures and generations, some variation of a hero figures into every beloved story. And the typical story is…
  • How I Got My Literary Agent: Stephanie Wahlstrom

    Chuck Sambuchino
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    “How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Stephanie Wahlstrom, author of THE ACCIDENTAL SOCIALITE. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics. (What query letter mistakes will sink your submission chances?)  …
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • 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…
  • Mystery Solved

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    I couldn’t put words to the vision, perhaps because the vision itself wasn’t clear. Looking across the Godfrey’s living room while  babysitting, I vaguely sensed a phantom group of sophisticated people gathered in a dimly lit, smoke-filled living room much like this one. People lounged on sofa and chairs, some sitting on the floor. They sipped martinis or gin and tonic, discussed philosophy, and ascended to levels of vision inaccessible to mere mortals. These beings were in touch with another realm, larger than life. In touch with the gods? This vision stirred a nameless yearning…
  • Author Interview: Kathleen Pooler

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today I’m privileged to have Kathleen Pooler stop by to answer some questions about her newly published memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead. In any memoir, the author today tells the story of the author back then, and sorting through the jumble of memories and pain to find a meaningful story thread can be a daunting task. Kathy has done a terrific job of finding that thread and turning it into a story that should touch nearly everyone’s life. If you haven’t personally experienced the sort of trauma she did, odds are strong that you know others who have. Let’s hear some back story for…
  • Avoiding Editorial Disasters

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    What I would have to say in the review is "Stop the press and finish the book!”When I agree to review a book, there’s an unstated contract that my glowing review will help promote the book. If I can’t ethically do that, I won’t write the review. I tell the author “I don’t think you want me to review this book. Here’s why.” I made the notes below a couple of years ago to clarify my thoughts before emailing the author of a book I did not review.… focused too tightly on few weeks when marriage finally died. Lacks background information. No sense of bigger picture. Doesn’t…
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Lessons from David Meerman Scott’s New Rules of Selling

    Roger C. Parker
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Click the graphic to find out how David Meerman Scott has redefined the rules of selling in today’s Internet-driven world. David’s SlideShare presentation provides a concise and visual introduction to his latest book, The New Rules of Sales and Service. Invest 7 minutes (or less) Even if you spend less than 7 minutes with the presentation, it will inspire you to reevaluate the relationship between your online marketing and sales of your products and services. The New Rules of  Sales and Service provides the “missing link” between Internet marketing and sales success…
  • How to Position Your Book to Sell More Copies in a Crowded Field

    Roger C. Parker
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    Click the graphic for 10 questions to help you sell more copies of your book by setting it apart from competing books. Using Andy Crestodina’s Content Chemistry: An Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing as a case study, I came up with 10 questions you can use to compare your proposed book to existing books in your field. Positioning your book I wanted to help you write the right book by focusing on your book’s competition as well as your readers and your ideas. I’ve even included a Book Positioning Checklist to help you plan your book from a balanced perspective.
  • Are You Ready for Content Marketing World?

    Roger C. Parker
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    There’s still time to register for Content Marketing World 2014, the world’s largest content event! Content Marketing World 2014 is just two weeks away, which means there’s still time to register and take advantage of the best prices. Content Marketing World 2014 takes place September 8-11, 2014. It’s produced by the Content Marketing Institute, whose blog produces daily in-depth articles about content creation, content curation, conversions, content promotion, SEO, and social media marketing. Speakers from A-Z Choose from over 80 keynotes, sessions, and labs. Review…
  • Free MindManager Template for Planning A Book

    Roger C. Parker
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Save time planning books, ebooks, or white papers with a free Mindjet Book Planner template. The latest addition in my Mindjet Dashboard Series, Using a Book Planner MindMap to Save Time Planning Books, E-books, and White Papers, can boost your writing productivity. Book planning tips plus mind map template The article contains advice, a free template, and examples. Advice. The article describes how to use a mind map to jumpstart your writing progress by organizing your ideas before you begin to start. You’ll learn the questions to ask as you organize your book into sections, and plan…
  • Writing and Design Tips from Marketing the Moon’s Co-authors

    Roger C. Parker
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Get a fresh perspective on writing and designing a bestselling book when I interview David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek, co-authors of Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program. As  you can see from the sample pages at left, design played a major role in positioning Marketing the Moon. The story of man’s first steps on the moon is told through a complex mix of text and graphics. There are several hundred graphics, and each two-page spread is different! Marketing the Moon is unlike any other “coffee table” book you may have seen. It’s contents are…
 
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    Writing Forward

  • Writing Resources: The Pocket Muse

    Melissa Donovan
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A handy little source of inspiration for writing We writers can’t be inspired every day. Sometimes we get burned out. Other times, we have ideas but they just don’t seem appealing at the moment when we sit down to write. Sometimes we need to take a break from a writing project and spend a little time on shorter projects, which can recharge our creativity. Other times, we’re just stuck in a writing slump. That’s when keeping a little stockpile of writing ideas and inspiration inspiration is a good idea. The Pocket Muse I received my copy of The Pocket Muse as a gift a…
  • A Selection of Journal Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Journal prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Today’s journal prompts are taken from my book, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, which is filled with inspiration for writers and includes prompts for writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The journal prompts in the book are found in the creative nonfiction section. They urge you to think about your personal experiences, beliefs, and ideas and then write about them. Some of these prompts could be used to write personal essays. They might even inspire an idea for a memoir, a personal blog, or a weekly column. All the journal…
  • How to Prioritize Your Writing Ideas

    Melissa Donovan
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Which of your writing ideas is leading the pack? There are always too many writing ideas or not enough of them. Some days, we writers are so overwhelmed with ideas, it’s impossible to get anything done. Should you work on your novel? That essay you’re writing for your favorite magazine? You have an original premise for a short story. And you feel a poem coming on. Other days, we just can’t find any inspiration. Prioritizing Your Writing Ideas Prioritizing your writing ideas will help you stay focused on projects you’ve already started. Too often, we writers run around…
  • Are You Dedicated to Better Writing?

    Melissa Donovan
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Better writing starts with you. Today’s post is an edited excerpt from the introduction to 10 Core Practices for Better Writing, a book that aims to impart best practices in the craft of writing. “When I’m writing, I know I’m doing the thing I was born to do.” — Anne Sexton Words. They have the power to captivate the imagination, impart knowledge, express feelings, and share ideas. They are magical, and they are powerful. A writer makes things out of words: sentences and paragraphs, essays and articles, books, poems, stories, and scripts. We use writing to create,…
  • 10 Reasons Writers Should Learn Good Grammar

    Melissa Donovan
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Should you learn good grammar? Every writer I know has a different perspective on just how good grammar needs to be. Some are sticklers who insist on adhering to the highest standards of the literary order. Others are comfortable taking creative liberties and believe that breaking the rules is an art unto itself and a practice that should be embraced. Me? I’m somewhere in the middle. I believe that a writer who is dedicated to the craft will take the time and invest the energy required to master the most basic tools, grammar being foremost among them. But I also believe there are…
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  • Plastic Lawyer Candidate destined to be historic protest song

    Dave Cahill
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    We Are Change Check out this great review by Larry Sinclair Recently I had the privilege of seeing and talking with Dave Cahill and Dave asked if I would listen to and write a review of his latest single Plastic Lawyer Candidate. For those who are not familiar with Dave allow me to introduce him to you. I first met Dave on the 4th of July 2012 in Kintnersville, PA after watching him perform in some of the most grueling heat and sun which was hitting him directly. I teased him about how the sun reflecting off of his red sunglasses as he performed looked like the devil himself. What I nor…
  • Rand Paul: Hillary’s ‘War Hawk’ Policies Led to Benghazi Attack, Rise of ISIS

    Eric Barlow
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    We Are Change www.breitbart.com Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) certainly has a knack for boldness. On Sunday’s Meet the Press, he dubbed U.S. military engagement in Libya “Hillary’s war” and stated the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) is not a result of President Obama’s inaction in the Middle East but the unintended consequence of the U.S. military engagement in Libya. The comments predictably caused heads in the GOP’s foreign policy establishment to explode. The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin called the rhetorical gambit “ludicrous” and said Paul holds the same…
  • California Gun Waiting Period Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

    Eric Barlow
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    We Are Change Federal court decides 10-day waiting period laws violate Second Amendment rights ROSEVILLE, CA (August 25, 2014) – California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this morning in a significant victory for Second Amendment civil rights. The laws were challenged by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation. In the decision released this morning, Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii,…
  • A 92-Year Old Is Held At Gunpoint But Her Response Brings Her Mugger To Tears

    Eric Barlow
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    We Are Change When this brave grandmother is held up at gunpoint, she does the unthinkable. Rather than give into her mugger, she shares powerful words with him that brings the man to tears. Her courage and determination are an inspiration to us all.  Click here to view the embedded video. The post A 92-Year Old Is Held At Gunpoint But Her Response Brings Her Mugger To Tears appeared first on We Are Change.
  • Dutchman returns Holocaust medal after family deaths in Gaza

    Eric Barlow
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    We Are Change www.bbc.com Henk Zanoli, 91, wrote to the Israeli embassy in The Hague to say he could no longer hold the honour A Dutchman honoured by Israel for hiding a Jewish child during World War Two has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza. Henk Zanoli, 91, wrote to the Israeli embassy in The Hague to say he could no longer hold the honour. He said an Israeli F-16 had destroyed his great-niece’s home in Gaza, killing all inside, in the recent offensive. The Israeli embassy has declined to comment on Mr Zanoli’s action.
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Follow Writing Advice--Except When You Shouldn't

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    As a teacher of writing, I’ve offered much advice and have said many things about writing.  Some of them are even on the following list, “Writing Advice No One Needs Again, Ever,” composed by one of my former students [excerpt below]. (Note:  I am NOT the “inspiration” teacher!) And yet, I try to always add into the mix this piece of advice:  The only rule in writing is there are no rules. (I would like to take credit for this bit of wisdom, but I stole it from one of my teachers.)What this means to me is that there are lots of guidelines, and plenty of writers before…
  • "Someone in Nebraska" Published in Potomac Review!

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    I’m so pleased to see my story “Someone in Nebraska” published in the always-fabulous Potomac Review.  I wrote this story while in—guess!—Nebraska, last year when I was enjoying my residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts*. And this rarely happens—believe me!—but this was a story that came fast and furiously, actually after a conversation in a bar.  (So you know it’s good!)Here’s the opening:You have finally met someone—live and in person—who has seen the white light at the end of the tunnel. She’s a bartender in a small town in Nebraska who…
  • Writing in Portugal (Already Dreaming for Next Summer!)

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Travel is on my mind…I just returned from Nashville (more about that later!) and I’m on my way to Iowa in 10 days.  Perhaps that’s why I was so taken by this report from a writing conference in Portugal.  Disquiet is the name of the conference, which was co-founded by Scott Laughlin, currently a Converse MFA fiction student.  On the South85 blog, participant Annie Liontas gives her view of the fabulousness that is Portugal, that is stepping outside daily life, that is, as resident writer Denis Johnson said, “Writ[ing] yourself naked, from exile, in blood”:“After…
  • Free Online Class about Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

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

  • How to Ask for Feedback on Your Writing

    Laurie
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Writing feedback can be both invaluable and crushing. It’s crucial to get feedback on your writing, but it’s equally important to make sure you approach the right reviewer, in the right way, at the right time, with the right questions. In The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make... {If you want to read this article, click the title and bounce on over to Quips and Tips for Successful Writers! Otherwise, go well, my friend.}
  • How to Write a Magazine Article

    Laurie
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    From pitching a query letter to submitting your invoice to the editor, these tips on how to write a magazine article will give you the inside scoop on freelance writing. I learned how to be a freelance writer by reading books such as The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on The Wall... {If you want to read this article, click the title and bounce on over to Quips and Tips for Successful Writers! Otherwise, go well, my friend.}
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Writing for Magazines

    Laurie
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    These tips on how to write for magazines are from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles. These tidbits jumped out at me as some of the most important things freelance writers need to know about writing for magazines. Sheree Bykofsky and  Jennifer Basye Sander’s Complete... {If you want to read this article, click the title and bounce on over to Quips and Tips for Successful Writers! Otherwise, go well, my friend.}
  • 5 Ways to Become a Freelance Writer Who Gets Repeat Work

    Laurie
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Here are five tips on how to become a freelance writer who keeps getting work from editors of print and online magazines. One thing I didn’t realize when I first started freelancing was that good writers don’t have to keep pitching articles. Editors need a stable good writers, and when... {If you want to read this article, click the title and bounce on over to Quips and Tips for Successful Writers! Otherwise, go well, my friend.}
  • 7 Ways to Prevent Carpal Tunnel for Writers

    Laurie
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    If you rely on writing – longhand or keyboard – for your livelihood or pleasure, you need to know how to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Writers, don’t set yourself up for unnecessary health issues in the future! The best way to prevent carpal tunnel is to wear a wrist brace regularly, such as... {If you want to read this article, click the title and bounce on over to Quips and Tips for Successful Writers! Otherwise, go well, my friend.}
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    About Freelance Writing

  • Freelance Writers and Time Management

    Anne Wayman
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Have you ever woken up with a sense of dread because you’re absolutely sure you do not have enough time to get it all done? That’s how I felt this morning – totally pressured and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Ways to Fix Run-On Sentences

    Anne Wayman
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com What are run-on sentences? Contrary to popular belief, they’re not just really, really long sentences. Run-on sentences are actually two independent clauses (i.e.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Finding Freelance Writing Jobs Roundup

    Anne Wayman
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Finding freelance writing jobs is an ongoing challenge for most freelance writers. It’s a subject I write often about. Listed here are some of the best articles I’ve written on the topic.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Writers Set Boundaries In Their Home Offices And Write

    Anne Wayman
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Writers set boundaries in their home office because they must, or they never get any writing done. Interruptions come, it seems, from all directions. First of all, neighbors, friends, and even... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s Not Impolite to Talk About Money and Freelance Writing Jobs!

    Anne Wayman
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Where did we get the idea that it’s rude to talk about money and freelance writing jobs? In fact, come to think about it, where did we get the idea it’s impolite to talk about money in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Bad Language

  • Why your marketing projects run late and what to do about it

    Katelyn Piontek
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    When a deadline is looming, it can feel like you’re running a race with a rock in your shoe, a cramp in your leg and other runners cutting you off left and right. If your marketing projects run late and you feel like you’re struggling instead of finishing strong, it’s time to  reassess your strategy. This post will help you identify the specific obstacles that make your marketing projects run late and help you do something about them. Getting off to a weak start A bad brief will kill your marketing project before it begins. It causes writers to guess at the direction of the content,…
  • Why marketing professionals need professional writers

    Toby Knott
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    Professional copywriters help you cut through the noise. They write pithy, persuasive, remarkable content that resonates with your customers and drives up sales. ‘If you have budget to invest in your website, I would say, “hire someone to write for you.”’ – Rebecca Churt, HubSpot. I couldn’t agree more. Good writing is at the heart of great brands and it is the engine of great campaigns. What professional writers do Copywriters aren’t just word monkeys. They don’t just ‘bang out copy’ or ‘wordsmith’ existing verbiage. No. Professional writers get into the heads…
  • 10 provocative questions that will bend and blow your mind

    Charlotte Littley
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and ponder the world around you. Sometimes thinking about the world around you blows your mind. We’ve come up with ten provocative questions to get those brain cells creaking. We’d love to hear your answers – leave a comment! 1. If anything’s possible, what’s important? We’re often told you can do anything you put your mind to… But if you really, actually, could how would you prioritise? It’s easy to get caught up in the possibilities, but by having clear goals, when you need to prioritise, it’ll be easy to know where to start.   2.
  • How we work: Work traffic planning

    Matthew Stibbe
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Plans are irrelevant but planning is essential. Instead of trying to micro-manage people’s schedules and getting lost in multi-page Gannt charts, at Articulate, we take an agile approach with pair-writing at its heart. We work in weekly sprints and we have stand-up meetings each Monday to allocate work and set priorities. We track progress by measuring, sharing and celebrating deliveries to clients. There. That’s everything you need to know about how we do traffic planning. Naming of parts But let’s unpack that paragraph fully so that you know what it means, how we do it and how to work…
  • The Devil’s Marketing Dictionary (Second Edition)

    Matthew Stibbe
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    Here at Articulate, we take our work seriously. Ourselves – not so much. In this spirit, this cynical reappraisal of some of the common words we use about our work should raise a smile or two, at least among marketing types. It’s inspired by by Ambrose Bierce’s wicked Devil’s Dictionary, which is full of cynical gems, such as the definition of duty as ‘that which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.’ Enjoy! Analytics. Metrics with a PhD. Best practice. What everyone else pretends to do. Blog. A website written by people with…
 
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    Word Grrls

  • Content Designer/ Writer Job Post

    Laura Brown
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Found this posted to FreshGigs.ca Content Designer/Writer Full-Time Our philosophy is and yours should be ‘people using our products come first’. We’re working to create marketing products that people want to use and words play a big part in that. Join…Read more →
  • Content Shock

    Laura Brown
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Let’s fast forward one more time to 2014 and look at the two factors that impact the economics of content marketing — the amount of content available and the amount of content consumed (supply and demand). Of course the volume…Read more →
  • Working in a Library at a University

    Laura Brown
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I like looking at job requirements in the communications industry. This one was posted for a university in Ontario, a non-student position. Requirements: •Grade 12 diploma •Recent college or university graduate (asset) •One, up to two years, in a related…Read more →
  • The Power of Language

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

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

  • Kick start Your Freelance Writing Career: Beyond the Margins Review

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

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

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When I started out in freelancing on the web, the conversation was all about price – price per word, price per hour, price per article. That kind of conversation really hurts writers because it places the focus on the wrong aspect of writing (the word count or time count) rather than the right aspect: the value of your work for clients and for you. Price vs Value – Hard Lessons Of course, I learned this the hard way. Some of my early freelancing gigs were for a copywriting agency which paid a set fee per word. At the time, I was happy to have the work, because it meant I was…
  • Step Away from Your Writing Desk

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

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    15 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been a while since I reviewed Grammarly – about three years, to be exact. In my last review, I concluded that Grammarly was a great tool for new writers and those writing English as a second language. Would anything change this time round? Getting Started with Grammarly Grammarly is a web-based tool, which also integrates with programs like Microsoft Word and Outlook. The main Grammarly interface is a page where you can paste the text you want to check for grammar errors. You can also upload a document into the interface. The two middle buttons on the top menu allow you to…
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  • Around the web, August 27

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Rather than trying to blog each of these separately, I’m going to start posting links as part of a regular “around the web” feature. Should be more manageable that way. Researchers at Michigan State University are working on see-through solar panels — i.e., windows that create solar energy. Great mistakes in English medieval architecture. Matthew Butterick on why he uses Racket (and by extension Lisp). I’ve often been tempted by Lisp, but I always end up coming back to more mainstream languages like Python. A fascinating dot map of race in the United States.
  • Site redesign August 2014

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I know, I know, it hasn’t even been a month yet. But the centered text was grating on me, and one thing led to another. Before: After: Notes on the redesign: New, cleaner look. New home page. Simpler, cleaner, and hopefully easier to find things. (With the last design, the home page was far too long, and even though there was more information, it was harder to find things.)
  • Card on education

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I liked this bit from Orson Scott Card’s August 14 Uncle Orson Reviews Everything column (I’ve edited out some of his bold formatting, and thanks to Liz Busby for the link): The upper division college English students I teach are almost uniform in their ignorance of how to think logically, avoid fallacy, support or refute an idea with evidence, or even develop coherent ideas in clear English sentences. The exceptions are almost all students who were home-schooled, or who come from homes where the parents read books and discuss ideas and facts and history and news with their…
  • Project Gitenberg

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Project Gitenberg is a project to take Project Gutenberg texts and put them on GitHub for better version control and issue tracking. As they say on the site, this allows for cool things like using post-commit hooks to automatically generate EPUB and PDF files whenever a change is committed to the book repository. And pull requests are nice for submitting changes. (Nicer than an email with a changelist? I don’t know. But the coder part of me is excited about this.) Thanks to Tod Robbins for the heads up. If/when I get back into making ebooks, I’ll most likely do something similar…
  • Kilobot

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A team at Harvard has created a self-assembling swarm of 1,024 bots, appropriately dubbed the kilobot: It’s slow — it took eleven hours for the kilobot to form the “K,” for example — but still pretty cool. The Wyss Institute at Harvard has several other interesting videos, including this one on a robot that can self-assemble (via origami-style folding) and then walk away:
 
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  • Overcome Procrastination With These Easy Strategies

    Gail Brenner
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    If you’re a writer, you’re probably familiar with procrastination. It descends like a haze. It takes you over before you know it. And there you are, checking email for the millionth time rather than focusing on the task at hand. Judging yourself or wishing it wouldn’t happen are unlikely to help you. But turning to take a look at procrastination, to understand what it is and how it catches you—that’s empowering and leads to solutions that will get you back on track. Don’t think you’re going to eliminate procrastination forever. Instead, it’s about…
  • 5 Systems You Need to Skyrocket Your Freelance Writing Career

    Michael Ofei
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Do you dream of a freelance writing career? Maybe you want to do creative work, meet amazing people, set your own schedule, and of course, work from anywhere in the world. But is this the reality? Read on to find out what it’s really like and how to create a successful freelance writing career. To be successful, you have to deal with clients, stay on top of your finances and bookkeeping, build relationships in the industry, market your business continuously, and perform all the administrative tasks needed to keep things afloat. With so much to do, do you occasionally feel like you…
  • 10 Quotes to Kickstart Your Inspiration for Writing

    Mary Jaksch
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    In Leo Babauta’s article, 31 Ways to Find Inspiration For Your Writing, he says: Great quotes help inspire me. I like to go to various quote sites to find ideas to spark my writing, turns of phrase that show what can be done with the language, motivation for self-improvement. I’ve collected ten quotes to give you inspiration for writing. Here’s how to use them: Get a notebook or piece of paper and a pen and put it beside you. Now take time to look at each image and then capture any ideas that are triggered in your mind. Make sure you write them down!   Contributed by…
  • What Are YOU Writing?

    Mary Jaksch
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    What are you working on right now? A novel? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script? Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash? Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what you are writing about. Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestseller or give us a link to your best article. Tell us: what are you writing at the moment? Who knows, your piece might even attract the notice of a major publishing house! Here are some…
  • Lost Your Motivation to Write? The One Thing that Helps

    Len Markidan
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Have you ever lost your motivation to write? You have a deadline staring you in the face, and no words to reach it. Feels awful, doesn’t it? People love talking about motivation. The truth is, there’s some great content out there about getting motivated.   But asking “How do I motivate myself?” misses a critical point: What do you do when you’re motivated?   How do you turn motivation into productivity? And more importantly, how do you harness motivation to ensure that you stay productive later? In effect: how to write even when you’re not…
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • Beware of what you wish for. (And what you don't.) -- My Teaching Writing Update.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    For the past seven years, I've tried to keep this blog filled with tips, advice, and resources that will help writers. For the past few months I've relied heavily on some generous guest post contributors and interview subjects (as well as link round-ups) to do the job. My own contributions dwindled because I was extra-busy. Thanks, readers, for supporting the guest bloggers, and sticking around! At first my busy-ness was all about writing, teaching, and editing in fairly equal portions. But lately, that shifted. I hope you'll indulge me a bit while I explain. Then, the plan is to get back to…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-out: Links for Writers, August 1, 2014 Edition

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Image by Eric Crowley vie Flickr/Creative Commons> At Writer Unboxed, Karen Gillespie, on what did and didn't happen when her essay got into the opinion pages at the New York Times> How could I not be impressed with a 14-year-old one-day novelist who writes a clever and helpful blog about writing titled Every Stinkin' Page?> These 11 tips for writing a scene, from John August, originally intended for screenwriters, are helpful for all writers.> LitReactor's primer on punctuation when writing dialogue, is a handy and comprehensive reference.> Chuck Wendig with 25 pointers…
  • Author Interview: Sue William Silverman, on her new memoir, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    First, I read and admired Sue William Silverman'swork. Then I listened to, and learned from her at an AWP panel. Read some more of her nonfiction. Met her briefly at another conference. Read more. Next, I interviewed Sue here on the blog about her craft book, Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir, which I've recommended to many students. That interview remains one of the most heavily trafficked posts here. I'm delighted in so many ways to have Sue back, this time talking about her new book from the University of Nebraska Press.Please welcome Sue William…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers - June 27, 2014 Edition

    27 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    Image: Windell Oskay/Flickr, Creative Commons> A reminder that The Review Review publishes...yes, reviews of  literary journals and magazines at their site. Here's the link to dozens of them. > I've often mentioned Marion Roach Smith's site for excellent guidance on memoir writing. She's gathered the Twenty Top Tips she's featured from memoir authors over the last year.> Not in your future (or budget) to travel far for an organized writing retreat? Then plan and take off on a short, not-so-far-away, affordable one of your own, maybe with someone you love (or at…
  • Guest Blogger Alison Strack on Attending The Sirenland Writers Conference, in Positano, Italy

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Though she's taken an (online) class or two of mine, and we live only a few miles apart, I haven't met Alison Strack "in real life". That's okay, even common lately. I still think of her as part of my local writing tribe. One reason we haven't met yet is she's an incredibly busy super-achiever in her field – Alison works as a neuroscientist and researcher in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Extensively published in scientific journals, Alison has now turned her attention to writing fiction, working on a novel and short stories. She also loves to travel, which is…
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    Fiction Notes

  • Audio Books: Listen to This!

    Darcy Pattison
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    eBook Sale: August 26-31 only $0.99/regular $5.99 Available at these eBook stores Mims House eBookStore Nook Kindle Kobo iBookstore AUDIO BOOK (Unabridged): Now Available! Available at these Audio Book stores iTunes Store Amazon Audible According to the Wall Street Journal, audio books have “ballooned into a $1.2 billion industry, up from $480 million in retail sales in 1997. Unit sales of downloaded audio books grew by nearly 30% in 2011 compared with 2010, according to the Audio Publishers Association.” Some reasons include the ease of listening on smart phones, lower prices,…
  • Storytelling: One Surprising Approach to Plotting

    Darcy Pattison
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    eBook Sale: August 26-31 only $0.99/regular $5.99 Available at these eBook stores Mims House eBookStore Nook Kindle Kobo iBookstore AUDIO BOOK (Unabridged): Now Available! Available at these Audio Book stores iTunes Store Amazon Audible Plotting is probably the hardest thing I do. I can explain to you 29 different plot templates. And I often write about plotting a novel. Theory, I know. And I know that I can plot a story pretty well. It’s just HARD. The problem is that there are a series of inter-connected scenes which build to a climax. The structure of events, though, needs to…
  • Should You Write Fast or Slow? Here’s the Right Answer – And Instintively You Know This is Right

    Darcy Pattison
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    eBook Sale: August 26-31 only $0.99/regular $5.99 Available at these eBook stores Mims House eBookStore Nook Kindle Kobo iBookstore AUDIO BOOK (Unabridged): Now Available! Available at these Audio Book stores iTunes Store Amazon Audible As a hybrid author, I have one foot each in two very different worlds. I am traditionally published and as an author/publisher, I release my own books. The worlds operate at tangents to each other and one point of contention is this question: how long does it take you to write a novel? Independent author Dean Wesley Smith has recently finished a year of…
  • 1.6 Million Reasons Why Your Books Should Be in the iBook Store

    Darcy Pattison
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    eBook Sale: August 26-31 only $0.99/regular $5.99 Available at these eBook stores Mims House eBookStore Nook Kindle Kobo iBookstore AUDIO BOOK (Unabridged): Now Available! Available at these Audio Book stores iTunes Store Amazon Audible Have your books been updated and made for sale as ebooks? Are you on the Kindle store, the Nook store, or the Kobo store? Great. But if you’re not on the iBook store, you’re missing sales. Here’s why. A recent 2014 survey by Education Market Research asked schools about what tablets they currently own. Apple’s iPad overwhelmingly wins…
  • 4 Types of Villain – The Last One is Truly Scary Because He’s So Good

    Darcy Pattison
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    eBook Sale: August 26-31 only $0.99/regular $5.99 Available at these eBook stores Mims House eBookStore Nook Kindle Kobo iBookstore AUDIO BOOK (Unabridged): Now Available! Available at these Audio Book stores iTunes Store Amazon Audible Guest post by K.M. Weiland Ooh, bad guys. Where would our stories be without their spine-tingling, indignation-rousing, hatred-flaring charm? It’s a legit question. Because, without antagonists to get in our heroes’ way and cause conflict, we quite literally have no story. So write yourself a warty-nosed, slimy-handed dude with a creepy laugh. No problemo,…
 
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • An Intimate Look at Working with an Editor

    Adrienne Crezo
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    BY SUSAN VREELAND I have been blessed with a mutually respectful and affectionate relationship with the brilliant Jane von Mehren, my editor at Viking/Penguin for The Passion of Artemisia, The Forest Lover, and Life Studies, and at Random House for Clara and Mr. Tiffany. Due to the exigencies of publishing company shifts, I have lost her. Let this be a tribute to her guidance and support. I loved our exploratory discussions of a fictional idea just as it was taking shape, and appreciated her open-mindedness. In talking about Lisette’s List, she encouraged me to think and invent…
  • 5 Quick Tips for Writing in Multiple Perspectives

    James Duncan
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Writing a novel from one unique perspective can be challenging enough for many writers, but writing a character’s story through multiple perspectives will multiply the challenges, but also the rewards. Adi Alsaid’s new novel, Let’s Get Lost (Harlequin Teen, 2014), is an excellent example of using multiple perspectives to effectively tell the story of one character’s road trip while also keeping the reader enticed and invested for the entire ride. Here, Alsaid offers five quick tips for authors who hope to do the same in their stories. I’ve always been drawn to multiple…
  • Shark Week Is for Readers, Too: 10+ Books to Read this Week

    Adrienne Crezo
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Each year for one week, The Discovery Channel takes over the airwaves with a seven-day onslaught of movies, documentaries, survivor tales and semi-factual mockumentaries about sharks. As fascinating as it all is, readers are left high and dry—where are all the books about sharks? I’ve rounded up several—some classic, some campy, some for kids, some nonfiction—for those of us who want all the thrill of Shark Week, but with somewhat less screen time. (Or supplement your Discovery marathoning. There are no rules in Shark Week.) 1. Jaws It wouldn’t be a list about shark books…
  • 3 Tips for Writing on a Deadline

    Adrienne Crezo
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    BY MARTHA CARR When I was a new writer and no one had commented on any of the words I’d strung together, the idea of a deadline seemed romantic. If I had a deadline that meant someone must have liked something I wrote and someone else must have asked for more. Fortunately, all of that came true and I have had the pleasure of writing for The Washington Post and The New York Times and have had several books published. However, a deadline also means a lot of responsibility and for writers with busy lives a due date can seem daunting, especially when talking about an entire book. One thing…
  • The Rules of Writing According to 20 Famous Writers

    Adrienne Crezo
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Few professions are as solitary yet as full of advice as writing. You do it alone, usually, but everyone you meet is an expert in what writers do, don’t do, should do, always do, never do, can’t do… Even Anne Rice, who shares her thoughts about rules below, once noted that her doctor advised her to change the title of Interview with the Vampire, to which her son, author Christopher Rice, quipped, “And he went on to write 23 bestsellers.” Being that writing is such a strange job, if there are rules, they should come from those who do the job, too. Here,…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • An arranged faith

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd – Voltaire I wrote a poem back in 1996 about beliefs: THE NATURE OF BELIEFSThe thing about beliefs isthey don't need to be true. That's not their job. They're there becauseso many things aren't true. Nature abhors a vacuum. 19 December 1996 The word 'belief' is one I struggle with. Like all words the only way you can explain belief is by using other words and the most obvious synonym for 'belief' is 'faith' which I have less of a problem with. The first definition I learned regarding faith came from the Bible where Hebrews 11:1 says…
  • The Waterproof Bible

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    [T]he only difference between a happy ending and a sad ending is where you decide the story ends – Andrew Kaufman, The Waterproof Bible Back in the good ol’ days there was real and unreal and that was it; it was one thing or t’other. Then all these other realisms started appearing: surrealism, magic realism, hyperrealism, neorealism, pseudorealism. Suddenly it all got very confusing. Confusion, of course, is a state of mind. And if you were looking for a state of mind in which to approach The Waterproof Bible I would aim for this one: Things only get confusing if you let them get…
  • Twilight of the Eastern Gods

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Am I a gangster or murderer?Of what crime do I standCondemned? I made the whole world weepAt the beauty of my land. – Boris Pasternak from ‘Nobel Prize’ This is both an old and an odd book. The copyright says 1978 but its origins date back to 1961 which is when the short story ‘A Summer in Dubulti’ which forms the basis of the first of this novel’s five chapters appeared in print, although the events described date back to the late fifties. Other fragments followed over the next fifteen years which Kadare assembled and buried within a collection along with two other pieces, but…
  • The Awakening

    10 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I would give up the unessential; I would give up my money, I would give up my life for my children; but I wouldn’t give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me. – Kate Chopin, The Awakening Canongate Books have just republished Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening. In her e-mail to me their publicist wrote: First published in 1899, this radical novel sent shockwaves through American society and continues to speak to readers over one hundred years later. Widely regarded in the States as one of the forerunners of…
  • Seven years on

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
      I’ve been doing this for seven years now. Blogging. That’s a long time. There aren’t many people who’ve blogged consistently over that long a time. So allow me a moment to pat myself on the back. PAT. PAT. PATITY PAT. I don’t normally celebrate anniversaries. A lot of people do. But my 100th post slipped by without mention and I’m not far off from my 600th which will probably pass without any fuss or comment. That’s just me. But I’ve been thinking for a while about what my expectations were like at the start and what I’ve achieved since I began devoting so much of my…
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    Flogging the Quill

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

    Ray Rhamey
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Submissions Needed. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • Flogometer for Erika—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Submissions Needed. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • An interesting slant on backstory

    Ray Rhamey
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I came across a cartoon that I think you’ll enjoy. It deals with flashbacks as a way to talk about what backstory can mean in terms of whether or not you can kill off a character in a story. Here’s a sample of a couple of frames: For what it’s worth. Ray Tweet © 2014 Ray Rhamey
  • Flogometer for Terry—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Submissions Needed—just one for next week in the queue. 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…
  • Flogometer for Karyne—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Submissions Needed—just one for next week in the queue. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first…
 
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    Fritinancy

  • Word of the Week: Ammosexual

    Nancy Friedman
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Ammosexual: A person who exhibits an extreme love of firearms, possibly to the point of fetishization. Coined from ammunition and sexual, with sonic overtones of homosexual.  On June 6, 2014, Bill Maher, comedian and host of the late-night talk show “Real Time,” derided proponents of “open carry” laws that would permit guns to be taken into all public spaces, including restaurants and places of worship. Daily Kos has the transcript, which reads in part: Guns aren’t just a tool of last resort. They’re awesome. That’s why people stroke them.  And name them, and take pictures…
  • Name in the News: Charlottes Web

    Nancy Friedman
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    This “Charlotte’s Web” isn’t the beloved children’s book by E.B. White. But it does have a connection to childhood. Some background first: The five Stanley brothers of Wray, Colorado, grow medicinal marijuana in greenhouses and—now that medical and recreational cannabis are legal in Colorado—outdoors. Federal law prohibits them from shipping their product across state lines. But they’re hoping to circumvent that ban through what reporter Dave Phillips, writing in the New York Timeslast week, calls “a simple semantic swap: They now call their crop industrial hemp, based on…
  • Heroes Everywhere

    Nancy Friedman
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The heroic drumroll continues in the world of commerce! Some recent sightings: Delivery Hero, a Berlin-based food-delivery service that operates in 23 countries, was in the news earlier this month when it announced its acquisition of German rival Pizza.de. Delivery Hero was founded in 2011. “Our Hero, Our Values.” Image from DeliveryHero.com. All web content is in English. Last week San Francisco-based ModCloth (“democratizing fashion one indie, vintage, and retro-inspired style at a time!”1) became the first retailer to sign the Heroes [sic] Pledge for Advertisers, a promise not to…
  • Word of the Week: Snowden Effect

    Nancy Friedman
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    Snowden effect: “The increased awareness of the extent and scope of illegal or excessive surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations; the increased desire to be protected from such surveillance.” (Source: Word Spy.) Paul McFedries of Word Spy traces the origin of “Snowden effect” to the title of a June 10, 2013, article in Esquire by Charles P. Pierce. Pierce wrote: It seems as though the surveillance stepped up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. I don’t recall anyone warning about that in the immediate aftermath. If you want to see what effect, if any,…
  • Name in the Wild: Tria

    Nancy Friedman
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I was making a beeline through Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco, short-cutting through the store to get to Market Street, when a brand name stopped me in my tracks. Not just any brand name: a name I’m proud to claim as one of my very own. Tria hair removal laser 4X at Bloomingdale’s. In the more than seven years since I worked with Tria’s creators (a company then called SpectraGenics, later renamed Tria Beauty) on the naming project, the brand has flourished. The company originally produced a single device, the first clinically proven laser hair-removal device for home use. It was sold…
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    Holt Uncensored Blog

  • ‘According to Our Records…’

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

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

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

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

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

  • Reflections on Another Year as a Writer, Part 1

    Kristen King
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    www.inkthinkerblog.com — Let me say up front that I’m not sure how many “parts” there will be to this rumination, but I suspect there will be more than one, so I figure I had better start numbering now. This year, 2009, has been an interesting one for me as a writer. I passed my three-year anniversary as a full-time freelancer, and with that transition came some reflection on where I’ve been and where I’m going.   Contents Copyright © 2006-2014 Kristen King Other Posts You Might Like:Guest Article: Just Do It! NaNoWriMoExtending Your Brand Experience…
  • Extending Your Brand Experience Through Social Networks

    Kristen King
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    www.inkthinkerblog.com – Title: Extending Your Brand Experience Through Social Networks Location: Webinar Description: *** Announcing Part II of the Matrix Group Webinar Series on Social Networking: Extending Your Brand Experience Through Social Networks So you\’ve decided to dive into the social networking world. Now what? Are you wondering how to make sure your social networking initiatives complement your organization\’s image and brand while taking advantage of the unique capabilities of each social network service? Then this webinar is for you. Join Alex Pineda,…
  • Highlights from the 2006 WIW Freelance Success Seminar (Part 3 of 4)

    Kristen King
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    www.inkthinkerblog.com — And the highlights just keep coming from the WIW Freelance Success Seminar! Don’t forget to check out parts one and two. PART THREE Tricks of the Trade, with moderator Lester Reingold and panelists Ann Cochran, Beryl Lieff Benderly, and Chris Gearon Contents Copyright © 2006-2014 Kristen King Other Posts You Might Like:Free event and seminar on writing dialogue this Saturday in…Reflections on Another Year as a Writer, Part 1Guest Article: Just Do It! NaNoWriMoDistance Learning for Writers: Choosing the…Extending Your Brand Experience…
  • Guest Article: Just Do It! NaNoWriMo

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

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

  • Finding Time To Write and Draw: Tips For Busy Parents

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    I continue to be in awe of you parents out there who manage to carve out time for your writing and illustrating in the midst of taking care of children, household chores and (in some cases) a day job as well. At a recent conference, several working parents told me how they were still struggling to find the time to write and illustrate. Having no children myself, I can't offer practical advice, but here are some online resources which might help. If you can offer tips from your own experience or know of other other helpful resources, please do post them in the comments below. Thanks! Some…
  • Writers: Don't rush your submission. Make sure your writing is polished BEFORE you send it out.

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    One mistaken assumption that I've noticed some newbie writers making: Sending out their writing too soon, assuming that the editor who buys their short story (or novel, etc.) is going to be helping them polish the piece anyway. DO NOT DO THIS. Never, ever send an mss out just after you've finished it. Put it away for a few days (a few weeks at least, for a novel). That way you'll be able to reread more objectively, without the rosy glow of "omigosh this is brilliant just wait until publishers see this." I'm a foodie, so often think in terms of food analogies. In this case, it would be sort of…
  • Just finished reading RULES by Cynthia Lord

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Thanks to my sister for recommending this book to me. SUCH a good story. What made the book for me: the main character, Catherine. She is entirely believable, funny and flawed, and I fell in love with her right away. HIGHLY recommended. Here's a great interview with Cynthia Lord about Rules on Cynsations, where she talks about having a son with autism and how she wanted to explore the unique dynamics that exist in a family that has a child with severe special needs. Rules was her first published book! You can find out more about Cynthia at her website:  http://cynthialord.com/rules.html…
  • Why you should savor the journey and enjoy every success along the way, no matter how small

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
  • Cautionary comic for writers (and illustrators!)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • One Size Does Not Fit All for Self-Publishing

    Henry Baum
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    John Steinbeck famously said “In America…the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” I would substitute “The poor” with “Self-Publishers.” As if every author self-publishing is automatically a Hugh Howey in the making. Self-publishing isn’t a get rich quick scheme. For some it is, for most it isn’t. Which ...
  • Ten Tips For Entering Writing Contests Online (With Links)

    Cate Baum
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
      Have a look at our tips for entering writing contests online from SPR editor Cate Baum, with links to some of the best websites offering information on competitions.       Make sure you follow the rules carefully. When we run competitions, there is a 5% hit rate of entrants who are disqualified because ...
  • 10% Off Lead Story Packages All Labor Day Weekend!

    Cate Baum
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Our Lead Story Package will help promote your book and get it seen by thousands of readers and publishing professionals. This weekend, get to work and take advantage of our checkout code with 10% off $249, making your final price only $224! The Lead Story Package – Buy Here! What you get: A Comprehensive, In-Depth ...
  • Tides: Poems: Life’s Ebb and Flow by Sandra M. Haight

    Cate Baum
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Sandra M. Haight’s latest poetry collection “Tides” takes its inspiration from nature and the cycles of the seasons, and those emotions that tie us to the ground and the sky and everything in between. There is also a spiritual thread to these poems, with a prayer to God here and there, A living thing I ...
  • SPR Announces Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Awards For Indie Writers

    Cate Baum
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Self-Publishing Review today announced a Halloween contest, The SPR Full Moon Awards 2014.  Horror, sci-fi and fantasy categories are open for entries from the end of August until October 1st, 2014 to all self-published and indie writers with a book to promote. All entrants will be given a space in our Book Store, and a ...
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is one of the top-rated POD publishers in the industry.
  • Paying Markets And Jobs For August 27th

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For August 27th

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Links to the stories below can be found here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9386 ADMIT IT. THE HEADLINE MAKES YOU SMILE! CBS Being Sued Over Bert the Farting Hippo "Folkmanis, Inc., which manufactured the original stuffed animal used as Bert, is suing CBS and affiliated companies, alleging that the network has been selling unlicensed Bert the Farting Hippo toys manufactured by a company in China..." YES, EVEN BOOK REVIEWERS GET SUED! Architect sues The New York Review of Books Over Article by Critic Martin Fuller "Mr. Filler wrote a review of a 370-page book on…
  • Joining Forces By Rebecca MacKenzie

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do not underestimate the power of a writing group. I owe the success of my first sale to such a group with a membership of only two. While there may be strength in numbers, there is also strength in commitment...
  • Is This a Real Advertiser or Something That Might Hurt My Blog?

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I have another question for you regarding ads on blogs. I've been asked by an insurance company to place a monthly ad on my blog. I researched the product and I am okay with that. They want to put their hyperlink somewhere near my title, not on a side bar. I'm okay with that, too. My question is, what is a good monthly rate to ask for?
 
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    Writing Forward

  • Writing Resources: The Pocket Muse

    Melissa Donovan
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A handy little source of inspiration for writing We writers can’t be inspired every day. Sometimes we get burned out. Other times, we have ideas but they just don’t seem appealing at the moment when we sit down to write. Sometimes we need to take a break from a writing project and spend a little time on shorter projects, which can recharge our creativity. Other times, we’re just stuck in a writing slump. That’s when keeping a little stockpile of writing ideas and inspiration inspiration is a good idea. The Pocket Muse I received my copy of The Pocket Muse as a gift a…
  • A Selection of Journal Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Journal prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Today’s journal prompts are taken from my book, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, which is filled with inspiration for writers and includes prompts for writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The journal prompts in the book are found in the creative nonfiction section. They urge you to think about your personal experiences, beliefs, and ideas and then write about them. Some of these prompts could be used to write personal essays. They might even inspire an idea for a memoir, a personal blog, or a weekly column. All the journal…
  • How to Prioritize Your Writing Ideas

    Melissa Donovan
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Which of your writing ideas is leading the pack? There are always too many writing ideas or not enough of them. Some days, we writers are so overwhelmed with ideas, it’s impossible to get anything done. Should you work on your novel? That essay you’re writing for your favorite magazine? You have an original premise for a short story. And you feel a poem coming on. Other days, we just can’t find any inspiration. Prioritizing Your Writing Ideas Prioritizing your writing ideas will help you stay focused on projects you’ve already started. Too often, we writers run around…
  • Are You Dedicated to Better Writing?

    Melissa Donovan
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Better writing starts with you. Today’s post is an edited excerpt from the introduction to 10 Core Practices for Better Writing, a book that aims to impart best practices in the craft of writing. “When I’m writing, I know I’m doing the thing I was born to do.” — Anne Sexton Words. They have the power to captivate the imagination, impart knowledge, express feelings, and share ideas. They are magical, and they are powerful. A writer makes things out of words: sentences and paragraphs, essays and articles, books, poems, stories, and scripts. We use writing to create,…
  • 10 Reasons Writers Should Learn Good Grammar

    Melissa Donovan
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Should you learn good grammar? Every writer I know has a different perspective on just how good grammar needs to be. Some are sticklers who insist on adhering to the highest standards of the literary order. Others are comfortable taking creative liberties and believe that breaking the rules is an art unto itself and a practice that should be embraced. Me? I’m somewhere in the middle. I believe that a writer who is dedicated to the craft will take the time and invest the energy required to master the most basic tools, grammar being foremost among them. But I also believe there are…
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    Grace Notes

  • St Clare and The Morning Offering

    Julianne McCullagh
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    photo by Peter Damour, Sacristan, St. Clare Parish *O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month. Amen.*The halls were cool. Large pale ceramic tiles lined the walls, the floors polished by Mr. Jensen, every afternoon, so I thought. We knew to be quiet and respectful in…
  • So Vast and Shattered

    Julianne McCullagh
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    This mosaic is composed of a handful of shapes repeated over and over to form five major faces and several minor ones on the canvas.Artwork by Daniel McCullagh  I've been listening to Leonard Cohen while I drive. He's got several songs that deal with brokenness and being shattered, and the Love that is so vast and shattered that it will reach us anywhere.So, with his lyrics dancing in my head I wanted to write a post on the state off being broken, our lives crashed around our ankles and the redemption and light that can arrive at the end of such a difficult journey, if we pray for…
  • June

    Julianne McCullagh
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    This June marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Seventy years and the blood of those young men is still fresh in our collective memories.Most of those men were younger than my sons are now--my youngest on the verge of his 24th birthday, later this month.My mother would have turned 91 last week. My father died, after a long, long struggle, the day after my son's birthday. He was 94.When I was young, I assumed the rather practical mindset that when people get old you must expect them to die. Well, of course. We will all die. The more days we have lived past say, eighty or ninety, every day is a…
  • Light Breaks Blue

    Julianne McCullagh
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Image courtesy of Frank1030's Flickr stream under Creative Commons It’s dark. He turns right, to the aurora of street lamps along Forest Park Drive, to the diluted light pushing its way through the trees that have arbored this area for generations. Wind whips up under his shirt and slaps his back. Jimmy steps out from the awning. A smoldering cigarette in one hand, an empty beer bottle in the other, he raises his arms over his head breathing in the cold, clean, wet dirt smell. His upturned face receives the sharp needles of rain. A baptism. The wind and rain pick up. A…
  • That Pesky Original Sin

    Julianne McCullagh
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Man, having been wounded in his nature by original sin, is subject to error and inclined to evil in exercising his freedom. (Catechism of the Catholic Church section 1714) One of the many things that has gone out of fashion over the years (it was only whispered in some circles that we were taught that our perfect selves are stained by the deliberate disobedience of a couple running around in a garden) that we return to is the teaching on Original Sin, particularly during Lent.  Why?Years ago, while I was teaching Baptism Prep to a group of parents, many who admitted that they hadn't…
 
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      WriteForKids

  • The Three Commandments of Writing a Picture Book

    Laura Backes
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Laura Backes Many beginners believe writing picture books are a breeze, but it requires a lot of skill to pack a story into a few words. If writing a picture book is your dream, here are some tips to consider before you begin:     1. Keep it simple. You should be able to sum up the plot of your picture book in three sentences. Not every detail, of course, but the broad strokes. Use one sentence for the beginning (naming your main character and the problem or conflict he’ll face in the story), one for the middle (describing the gist of the efforts your character makes to…
  • writeforkids Interview: Newbery Winner Kate DiCamillo on Writing From the Heart

    Laura Backes
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    By Laura Backes interview by Anne Tews Schwab for writeforkids   (Paid subscriber to Children’s Book Insider? See the bottom of the post for bonus content!)     As she gracefully accepted her Newbery Medal on June 29, 2014, Ms. Kate DiCamillo spoke about her mother’s role in the creation of her award-winning book, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, and how her mother influenced the book in general and inspired the use of one word in specific.   The word? Capacious.   This is not a simple word. It is not a well known word. It is not a typical easy…
  • How to Change the World as a Children’s Book Writer

    Laura Backes
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    By Laura Backes At writeforkids.org, we’ve talked about the revolution taking place in publishing today. No longer do you, as an children’s book writer, have to wait months (or years!) for an editor to dig your manuscript out of the slush pile, and decide whether or not it should be published. Now you have options. You have the power to manage the process on your own. You can educate yourself on the craft of writing, you can hire a freelance editor to help get that work into publishable form, and you can easily publish it electronically or even in print. You control the…
  • Lois Lowry on Her Writing Process — and the One Change She Would Make to The Giver.

    Jon Bard
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    By Jon Bard Over our 25 years publishing Children’s Book Insider, we’ve given readers, aspiring authors and lovers of children’s literature the opportunity to interact directly with some of their favorite writers. The result: a number of revealing conversations with some remarkable authors. Here’s what happened some years back when our subscribers had the chance to ask the great Lois Lowry about her career — and the one change she would make to The Giver!       A two time Newbery Award winner (for Number the Stars and The Giver), Lois Lowry is among the…
  • How to Accept Feedback on Your Writing

    Laura Backes
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    By Laura Backes Getting feedback, whether it’s from a writer’s group or a professional editor, is a crucial step in your journey to becoming a published author. In this video, writing coach Teresa tells you what to look for in a critique, how to handle constructive criticism, and how to work with an editor at a publishing house.     Teresa has a treasure trove of resources and products for writers at her website www.TeresaFunke.com.     This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: How to Accept Feedback on Your Writing
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    Snappy Sentences

  • The new Snappy Sentences: From words to strategy

    Sally Bagshaw
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I received my domain registration renewal notice for Snappy Sentences the other day. And for the first time in seven years, I didn’t immediately pay it. I hesitated. I wasn’t sure. You see, Snappy Sentences has evolved. When I first registered the business name in August 2007, I was in the midst of that awful ‘transition’ phase of becoming a freelance copywriter. It’s a well-worn path where you still work for an employer (in this case the Queensland Government) while frantically building up a client base so you can take the leap to independence—essentially working two jobs.  My…
  • Getting content marketing done

    Sally Bagshaw
    22 Jan 2014 | 3:19 pm
    This post was anonymously written as part of Blog Secret Santa. There’s a list of all Secret Santa posts, including one written by me, on Santa’s list of 2013 gift posts. I have to apologise for the tardiness in getting this post up. I’ve been working on some behind-the-scenes things on this site which caused the delay. Enjoy the post! This post is written by a secret admirer from the USA who has always loved all things Australian. AU, the postal abbreviation for Australia also stands for Gold, and for Access and Understanding. Content Marketing and content is all about…
  • SEO and content: 3 ways to improve your site today

    Sally Bagshaw
    7 Jan 2013 | 10:19 pm
    I run a free content strategy meetup in Brisbane for anyone interested in content-related topics. Our December meetup featured Iain Calvert, Strategy Director for Reload Media discussing SEO and content. As a copywriter and content strategist, I am asked about SEO a lot. In fact it’s one of the questions in my client brief! So it was fantastic Iain shared three simple ways to improve SEO by using content. Here’s a summary of his presentation. 1.     Build useful content online Google changes its algorithm daily, but the one thing that remains constant is the importance it places on…
  • Content strategy for small business: A podcast with the Australian Businesswoman’s Network

    Sally Bagshaw
    22 Mar 2012 | 9:33 pm
    A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Cat Matson and Suzi Dafnis for a podcast in the ABN’s series on Social Media for Small Business. The topic was content strategy and small business – how you can take control of your content and some tips on what to focus on first. I really enjoyed the discussion (although it’s always strange to hear how your own voice sounds when it’s recorded!), and was really happy that content strategy was included in the series. Listen to the podcast here: The Power of a Strong Web Content Strategy. The post Content strategy for small business: A…
  • Business Balloon: the best speakers, the best ideas

    Sally Bagshaw
    28 Jan 2012 | 8:56 pm
    Happy 2012! This year is already shaping up to be another exciting one for me, with lots of great projects planned including another trip to the US in May to go to Confab. To kickstart everything I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be speaking at the next Business Balloon day which will be on 14 February 2012 at Iceworks in Paddington (Brisbane). Business Balloon poster Here’s my presentation outline from the website: “First impressions count—and poorly written, inconsistent, or unclear content will erode your brand and destroy the trust of your customers. Sally will take you through…
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    Letters of Note

  • 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…
  • A string of veritable psychological peaches

    Shaun Usher
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:32 am
    In 1932, renowned Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung wrote a largely critical piece for Europäische Revue on the subject of Ulysses, James Joyce's groundbreaking, controversial, and famously challenging novel. From Jung's essay:I read to page 135 with despair in my heart, falling asleep twice on the way. The incredible versatility of Joyce’s style has a monotonous and hypnotic effect. Nothing comes to meet the reader, everything turns away from him, leaving him gaping after it. The book is always up and away, dissatisfied with itself, ironic, sardonic, virulent, contemptuous, sad, despairing,…
  • Don’t let anybody raise you. You’ve been raised.

    Shaun Usher
    28 May 2014 | 7:51 am
    In 1945, weeks after graduating from high school and with no support from the child's father, 17-year-old Maya Angelou gave birth to her only son. Two months later, desperate for independence, she moved out of her mother's home, found accommodation of her own, and began to raise her son. Over the next 70 years, Maya Angelou achieved more than most as a celebrated and award-winning author, poet, educator, dramatist, actress, filmmaker, and activist. The first of her seven autobiographies, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is considered a classic.Eight years ago, she wrote a letter of advice to…
  • Dear USA

    Shaun Usher
    6 May 2014 | 4:33 am
    Dear USA,Today is very exciting, for me at least, for one particular reason: the beautiful US edition of Letters of Note is released at long last, which means that you can finally get your hands on a copy in all sensible American book shops, or by ordering one online. I'm very, very proud of the book and the letters it contains, and think that Chronicle Books have done a grand job with this gorgeous edition.To learn more about the book, see some photos, and find links to online stockists, etc., click here. I cannot wait to hear what you think of it. Please do get in touch when you've had a…
  • Dear One

    Shaun Usher
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Published in 1962, Silent Spring was a pioneering book that alerted the public to the devastating harm being caused by fertilisers and pesticides—a hugely important exposé which, according to many, triggered the modern environmental movement. In 1960, as she worked on the book, its author, marine biologist Rachel Carson, was diagnosed with the cancer that would eventually take her life. Seven months before she died, with her health failing, Carson spent a morning at the coast with her dear friend, Dorothy Freeman, watching the migration of monarch butterflies; that afternoon, she…
 
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    Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

  • 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.
  • You Got Rejected Because ..

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

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

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

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

  • What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

    --Deb
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Here’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. If I were doing something else, what would it be? Or, how about: If I could do anything I wanted, what would it be? Sometimes life imposes changes that you have to make, and this can be hard and frustrating. Heart-breaking. Terrifying. Life changes are scary, people. But, here’s the thing. Change can be scary, but it also opens up the door to so many possibilities you might not even be aware of. I’ve been told by many people who lost their jobs or otherwise had unforeseen Life Changes forced upon them that, after…
  • What Have You Written for YOUR Business Lately?

    --Deb
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Physician Heal Thyself: The Writers’ Edition How can you call yourself a copy-writer if you can’t sell yourself? Here’s a nice little catch-22 for you. How many copy-writer freelancers do you know? People who write sales copy (and other things) for their clients? More importantly—Are they promoting themselves? Everyone is agreed that, if you want to succeed as a freelancer, you need to promote yourself and your business. Ads. Blogs. Personal recommendations. Twitter. LinkedIn. Word of mouth. Links in articles. Websites. Guest posts. You’ve heard them all, right? But, how many…
  • Word Crimes

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

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

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

  • Guest Post – Lessons from Muggs, the Himalayan Cat

    Nicola Furlong
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you’ve ever had to contemplate your beloved pet’s zero hour, you may find comfort and enjoyment in Lessons from Muggs the Himalayan Cat, my guest post today on author Roxanne Rustand’s terrific site. Mugs, the Himalayan Cat I’ve learned a lot from the little guy, for example: Lesson 1) Regal Rules: Ask gently, accompanied by a soft pad to the face, and you shall receive. Please consider pouncing over to the guest post for the rest! The post Guest Post – Lessons from Muggs, the Himalayan Cat appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • Mixed Media Art – Pistachio Succulents, Bamboo & Poppies

    Nicola Furlong
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Happy Labour Day. Created a fun little shadowbox piece of art using hand-dyed pistachio shells, home-grown and hand-dyed timber bamboo, home-grown Chinese Walking Stick bamboo canes & poppy seedpods from the garden. I call it “Bootiful Flowers”. Fun and colourful and no maintenance! Bootiful Flowers – Mixed media art The post Mixed Media Art – Pistachio Succulents, Bamboo & Poppies appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • LAVENDER COTTAGE LOVES HEARTSONG BY NICOLA FURLONG

    Nicola Furlong
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Judith@LavenderCottage raved about HEARTSONG, calling it heartwarming and intriguing. “I could identify with the same problems of misunderstanding or impatience that took place between them and as the story evolved, I desperately wanted to see them succeed in saving their nursery… The book becomes intriguing as Charly and her sisters try to solve the mystery behind the secret that their father is hiding…I’ve always said gardening and drinking tea go hand in hand and when the Sisterhood of Shepherds sit down to tea and fresh scones to discuss the family affairs, you feel…
  • Top 10 Gardening Tips by Nicola Furlong

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

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

  • New photos from China, San Francisco, Blackpool and a hot air balloon

    Sean McManus
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I'm still updating my travel photography gallery. The latest galleries are China, San Francisco, Blackpool (including Dr Who in the illuminations), and Hot Air Ballooning. Here are a couple of samples. Click them to go through to the full galleries. You can browse the full gallery here. Photo of the Shanghai Pudong skyline by day Cathedral of
  • Download ScratchJr for free on the iPad

    Sean McManus
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    The team behind the Scratch programming language has released ScratchJr for the iPad, following a successful Kickstarter campaign which I was pleased to support with a small donation. ScratchJr is aimed at younger children, aged 5 to 7 years old, and has a simplified interface and set of blocks for making scripts. It has some great looking graphics, and the blocks can be used to create some
  • Top 10 Tips: How to design applications for Google Glass

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • What It Really Means To Write What You Know

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

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

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

  • Fifty Shades: William Giraldi / Jennifer Hamady / Lily Zheng

    Jess C Scott
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I was working on an article about quality sexual literature. The article is titled Beyond the Hype of Fifty Shades of Grey, and can be viewed in full at the OpEdNews website: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Beyond-the-Hype-of-Fifty-S-by-Jess-C-Scott-Books_Culture_Sex_Sex-140814-381.html The article features the expert opinions of ten professionals in the fields of academia, psychology, and media communications, who comment on the cultural implications of the series and share their recommendations for quality sexual literature. I received some VERY…
  • Fifty Shades: Lonnie Barbach / Tania De Rozario / Avital Norman Nathman / Russell J Stambaugh

    Jess C Scott
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    My article Beyond the Hype of Fifty Shades of Grey features the expert opinions of ten professionals who comment on the cultural implications of the series, and share their recommendations for quality sexual literature. I received some VERY lengthy and passionate responses, which I have compiled here on my blog, divided into three different posts. I could only feature excerpts in the above article, due to space constraints. Here are the full responses of the guest contributors #4-7! P.S. Check out Part 1 and Part 3 for the full replies of the other guests. 4. Lonnie Barbach, couple’s…
  • Fifty Shades: Russ Linton / Cliff Burns / Nick Shamhart

    Jess C Scott
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:36 pm
    My article Beyond the Hype of Fifty Shades of Grey features the expert opinions of ten professionals who comment on the cultural implications of the series, and share their recommendations for quality sexual literature. I received some VERY lengthy and passionate responses, which I have compiled here on my blog, divided into three different posts. I could only feature excerpts in the above article, due to space constraints. Here are the full responses of the guest contributors #8-10! P.S. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 for the full replies of the other guests. 8. Russ Linton, speculative fiction…
  • The Flag as a National Symbol

    Jess C Scott
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Singapore National Flag A short reflection on the symbolism of a national flag, on Singapore’s 49th National Day (9 August). A flag is just a piece of cloth flown from a mast or pole. Yet, every country in the world has its own flag. This is because a flag is a powerful symbol of a country, its people and most importantly of national pride and patriotism. On Singapore’s National Day, let us give some thought to our national flag. 1. The moon in the Singapore flag represents the youthful nation on the rise. The five stars stand for the nation’s ideals: equality, justice, peace,…
  • A Note About…Mystery Man

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

  • Goal: Climb 10,000 Vertical Meters in August?

    MikeFook
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    There’s no question, it’s the goal. I was thinking 7,000 or something and then a friend chimed in – hey, why not 10,000? So, that’s what it became. I’ve not done that many vertical meters in a month before, or even close to it in the past, but it is not beyond reason. So far so good – I’m at 5,280 meters and climbing again today. As long as the crucial bits (knees, ankles, quads, feet) hold together, I’ll be celebrating at the end of the month. It has been a bit of a struggle to get the climbs in because we’re going through sporadic…
  • Writing Code – Day 2

    MikeFook
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    Just a quick update. Day 2 writing code. I’m learning how to write Objective C and how to use the XCode interface which helps developers build applications for iPhones and iPads. It couldn’t be more ridiculous and abstract. I’d love to meet the clowns that made this language up. I picture a couple of toucans squawking to each other, shaking their heads in unison, and writing this shit down. None of it makes a damn bit of sense to me at this time. This is precisely where I put a stop to the madness a few times in years prior. I’ve come right up to this point and all the…
  • Dreaming About My Old Best Friend

    MikeFook
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    I’ve been having some great dreams about my old best friend growing up. We knew each other from kindergarten I think it was, possibly before that. Just cannot remember clearly enough to remember which age exactly, but we grew up together on the same street. His family was like my second family. We spent thousands of hours together growing up I guess. It might be that I’m missing good friends in general after 10 years in Thailand. It might be that my friend (or I) will die soon. I don’t know… I did have a weird feeling the last time some people close to us died. At the…
  • Reinventing Myself as a Writer… of Code

    MikeFook
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    I was looking at the Forbes list of billionaires the other day. I know I need to stop mucking around and just do this, but it has been such a long time in coming. I’ve constantly reinvented myself over the last 30 years since I became an ‘adult’. 1984-1987 US Air Force – administrative duties, post office mailman, classified information destruction 1988-1991 Freelance photographer, slide duplication and color correction specialist 1992-1996 Psychology student – BA, MA. Working with people in the mental health system in various capacities. Big Brother. 1997-1998…
  • High School Graduation – Freedumb is Yours

    MikeFook
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    This is from part of a chapter in my Kicking Life’s Ass! book, which I renamed to “The Ultimate Life!” If you have kids graduating from high school – read it over and throw it their way. Freedumb As you graduate from high school you’re in the best position you were EVER IN during your entire life. You’re in control of your life. Some of you know you are in control, most of you though, won’t see it. Most of you will follow the crowd. Are your friends going to college? You’ll probably do the same.  Are your friends working at the factory?
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    About that Writing thing.

  • Y’all are not ready.

    Shannon Barber
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I have been sitting on a major secret. I am super proud to announce that Milcah Orbacedo is opening a brand new press called MotherBlazing Books and I am her first author. We are going to do SO MUCH together. There will be special edition print books, ebooks, a brand new website AND TEE SHIRTS. I am so so happy to be doing it this way. Coming up I’m also going to talk about how meaningful it is to me to be bringing my first not published by me print book into the world with someone who really sees who I am and values me for who I am and who I trust and love. This is the publishing I…
  • So many things.

    Shannon Barber
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    So hey. Outside of everything in merica being real fucking terrible right now some good stuff is going on in my writing life. Ready? So firstly new publication news. I have flash fiction in Ex Fic. A tiny story about a prostitute that does not invoke Pretty Woman nor is it anti sex worker nonsense. Go forth and enjoy it here. AND I have tiny prose poetry in Urban Graffiti (I think I told y’all?) my type of romance between cutters. Enjoy. Also the art the editor chose is really beautiful. Kinda NSFW. AND one more little flash piece in Black Mirror Magazine. Get it here. All of these…
  • Dragons, Wights, Giants, White Walkers yes! Brown people Not so Much.

    Shannon Barber
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    First read this where George R.R Martin sort of addresses his franchises race problem. This jumped out at me: In June, a fan asked Martin: “There are a white race, a black race in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, and many other races. Why there is no Asian race (Chinese-like, Japanese-like) in the Game of Thrones show and ASOIAF books?” Martin replied: Well, Westeros is the fantasy analogue of the British Isles in its world, so it is a long long way from the Asia analogue. There weren’t a lot of Asians in Yorkish England either. That is not to suggest that such places don’t exist,…
  • On freelancing research and whatnot.

    Shannon Barber
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Okay first thing. To the person coming in to tell me to “stop whining” about white people, fuck off. You come in trying to cheerfully do something, anonymously grow a spine or stay the fuck out. Okay now new business. I have been doing a lot of research on getting myself more freelance paid work. Given the subject matter I like writing about generally speaking mingled with uh, the dearth of writers of color at a lot of the venues I have been introduced to I’m feeling a little uh, unsettled. I’m not awesome at writing on spec all the time and that is a skill I am…
  • On Ambition and publication news

    Shannon Barber
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:56 pm
    First the publication news. I wrote a poem about/inspired by my dear friend Haddayr and it got picked up at Leaves of Ink. I’ve known Haddayr around the intertubes for years now and there is something about her that just touches me in my soul area and I love her so much I want to hug her until she farts and then we can laugh and yell and probably fall down. This poem was inspired by something she said and I am so so honored it got published. ALSO she is a kick ass fucking writer. Seriously. Essays, fiction. Read her. Next I had an essay edited and published by Antonia Mother fucking…
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    robertbruce.com

  • The Actor

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    To find his character, Sauvageau spent the months leading up to his show in gambling dens all over New York City. His performance was perfect. His bankruptcy is pending.
  • The Introvert

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Ford walked into the forest thirteen days ago. He left a note on his kitchen counter, “I can no longer bear the weight of incessant invitation.”
  • How to Cure Writer's Block

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Lacking a story, the writer turned to bourbon, which turned into two nights in jail and seven new stories in the vault.
  • The Four Stages of Fame

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    For many years, his phone didn’t ring at all. Then everyone wanted him. Then, when they couldn’t get him, they wanted his “type”. And then, when the public had finally seen enough, his phone fell silent, and was disconnected on a sunny Thursday morning in July.
  • Death and Taxes

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Having achieved immortality, the celebrated writer turned his genius toward the more difficult problem of paying taxes.
 
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • Chilling out with Moondark ( ‘what’s that?!’)

    Anne Whitaker
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Chill out time…. As I sit writing this, tucked away quietly in our Quiet Room with some soothing Japanese incense burning, it is approaching the end of Moondark. ‘What on earth is that?’ I hear you say. Moondark is the last three days of the 29.5 day Sun/Moon cycle. At Moondark, the  Moon disappears. Full Moon is the high energy point of the cycle, fourteen days after the New Moon. A few month’s notetaking is sufficient to realise that life is more pressured and charged up at that time. Moondark is the low energy point. It is a time for rest and retreat, not a time to…
  • A psychological approach to the Tarot, Part Two: the clients’ perspective

    Anne Whitaker
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    This two-part article is an attempt to explore the Tarot. The first installment, ‘Introducing the Tarot: a psychological perspective’should have given the reader some idea of the depth from which the tarot can be approached, of issues raised by its practice, and of how it can be used as a valuable aid to self-development. Here, the second part presents feedback from two clients, one female – Anya – and one male – Marc. They were chosen for the way in which they brought together, in their respective accounts, elements of most people’s responses to the tarot creatively and…
  • Introducing the Tarot: a psychological perspective

    Anne Whitaker
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
     Tarot cards, in the richness and variety of their images and symbols, have exerted a fascination over the human mind and imagination for hundreds of years. Just as the origins of the tarot itself are shadowy and mysterious, so participating in a tarot reading can transport both the reader and client to a level of experience which defies the linear world of the rational mind, yet holds it own validity and wisdom. People regard tarot cards with feelings ranging from the wary and fearful, to the gullible and accepting, to the angry and dismissive – they are rarely indifferent. A reading,…
  • The woods are lovely, dark and deep…

    Anne Whitaker
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    We’ve been on a week’s holiday up in the far North-West of Scotland this week. I’ve been getting my old boots on again, feeling the deep joy of walking the land which birthed most of my ancestors. There’s nothing I love better than being in the middle of nowhere, preferably amongst old trees, with a river nearby, and a track leading up the hillside to reveal magnificent sea views at the top. Wind, rain sometimes (this is Scotland, after all!), hawks, fleeting deer. Absence of people. Presence of silence, broken only by sounds of wind and water. How I love tramping…
  • Night Sea Journey – and Return

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

  • Make Your Blog Posts Stand Out

    Cherie
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    We’re inundated with book marketing today. Everyone is shouting about books on Twitter and Facebook, so it can be hard to get a potential reader’s attention. One way to do that is through blogging, but even then, you have to make your blog posts stand out. Read more… #183744359 / gettyimages.com
  • Be an Author Book Bloggers Love

    Cherie
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    I’ve been fortunate enough to interview a lot of authors. Hundreds, in fact. Some were fabulous and I wished I could have crawled through my computer monitor and hugged them. And some? Meh. The problem is the ones that were “meh” are also the ones who seemed to be the most difficult to work with. Authors […]
  • How Much Social Influence Do You Have?

    Cherie
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Part of the challenge in determining what your platform really is involves numbers. It’s not just the Twitter or Facebook numbers you have but the way you use social networking. Someone with 3,000 Twitter followers can actually have more influence than someone with ten times that amount simply because they know how to engage properly. […]
  • Where to Move if You’re a Writer on a Whim

    Guest Post
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    Writers need inspiration to create, and while that can come from music, energy, or a favorite pen, the locale is important too. Traditionally, New York City and Los Angeles attract writers in droves, but now they’re packed with wordsmiths. There are so many other, arguably better places to seek adventure—and your fortune—if you’re looking to […]
  • What Fonts Say About A Logo

    Guest Post
    29 May 2014 | 5:33 pm
    If your logo includes some text, you will need to dedicate some effort to selecting exactly which font to use. This is not small task. The wrong font can destroy an otherwise decent logo. Let’s take a look at how fonts effect logos. Convey A Specific Message Logos are important because they convey some information […]
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • I take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    saradobiebauer
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
  • New Sherlock BBC Fan Fiction: “Promise”

    saradobiebauer
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I’m not one for Johnlock. (I’m an Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes sort of girl. As Benedict Cumberbatch would say, “I like to be the dominant one.”) That said, I think the Sherlock/John Watson friendship is incredible. Here’s a short little ditty about what happens when Sherlock takes a bullet for John and John demands Sherlock make a promise he can never keep. Promise by Sara Dobie Bauer I race around a back alley corner, Sherlock behind me. It’s rare that he’s behind me, but Lestrade held him back to shout a warning as I took off running after our man. The…
  • ATTENTION: Help raise money for Damian’s 19,000 mile bike ride to support mental health

    saradobiebauer
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    I was once thrown into the Salt River by a guy named Damian. I forgave this because he is a cool dude with good taste in movies. Then, I heard he was doing something REALLY COOL that did not involve throwing women into rivers. Damian will be embarking on a one-year, 19,000-mile bike trip from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, all the way to the bottom of the world: Ushuaia, Argentina. He will be doing this solo ride to help raise public awareness of the benefits that regular exercise offers to those battling mental illness. He will raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, specifically…
  • Daniel Radcliffe’s What If: The next When Harry Met Sally

    saradobiebauer
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Wallace is jaded, British, and wandering through life in Toronto when he meets his best friend’s cousin, Chantry. They form an immediate connection through offbeat humor and a general distaste for small talk. They leave the party together, and Chantry gives Wallace her number only to make it quite clear that she has a BOYFRIEND named Ben. Wallace, still recovering from his cheating ex-girlfriend, tosses Chantry’s number. Of course, a little thing like that can’t keep them apart, and they soon become best of friends. But can men and women really be just friends? This is the set up for…
  • I Am a Farmer’s Wife

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

  • Your Novel’s Language: How Can You Beat the Blah?

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Guest Post by Jack Smith You have an interesting and compelling premise for your novel.  Your logline is snappy and fetching.  Your characters are complex with complex relationships between them.  Your plot is lock-step, every thread tied up.  Your setting is interesting. Yet the writing itself isn’t working—it seems drab.  A sample of ten to fifty pages will most likely not get past the agent or editor.  Great idea, but needs considerable work.  Give this thing some flair. And so now is the time to do some major fine-tuning on the language itself. What can you do?  There are…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Tropes: combine them for more originality:  http://ow.ly/AKmhp Pitching Tips:  http://ow.ly/AKjDi @Eric_Haywood @scriptmag ‘Retail stonewalling’ and Amazon sightings in bookstores:  http://ow.ly/ASeoa @Porter_Anderson  @TheFutureBook Why Creative Side Projects Are Good for You:  http://ow.ly/ASzNo…
  • Keeping Our Books Current

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig My thirteen year old daughter uses an iPod device for most of her communications (which only works when on wi-fi) but also has a basic phone for when she’s away from wi-fi or needs to make calls. But she rarely uses the phone. She discovered recently that she had voice mails on it.  But she was having a hard time accessing them. Sadly, I was doing something else every single time she brought this up over a period of several days.  This is something I try hard to avoid as a parent.  My goal is to be 100% focused on my children as they are speaking…
  • How to Use Backstory to Keep Readers Reading

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by K.M. Weiland, @KMWeiland Backstory is a weapon. And just like any weapon, it can end up doing more harm than good to those who wield it without proper experience and care. But in the hands of a writer who knows exactly what it’s capable of and how to wield it to advantage, backstory can take even ordinary stories to extraordinary places. Arguably, the most important function of backstory is its ability to hook readers’ curiosity. Forget explaining the protagonist’s past and what motivates him. Try not explaining it. When we let readers know there’s something delicious and dark in a…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Screenwriting Lessons: ‘The Social Network’: Handling Exposition: http://ow.ly/ApZcW @gointothestory Don’t forget your name. That’s what sells books.  http://ow.ly/ApZLL @venturegalleries 5 Things Learned While Writing a Novella:  http://ow.ly/Aq009  @YAMisfits Scare Quotes Are Not All That…
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    Polon

  • The business benefits of writing like a human

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Red Rock Cafe isn’t a posh joint. No lobster on the menu here. No Michelin stars. Just a welcome little hut sandwiched between a rocky outcrop and the railway near Dawlish, South Devon. But on this sign the Red Rock Cafe is using language a lot more effectively than many big brands. What’s so great about this writing? First of all, it’s friendly and polite – full of hellos, pleases and thank yous. It’s also funny. The story about the waitress running off with a train driver suits the cafe’s location right by the railway line, and is a lovely…
  • ‘That’ or ‘which’?

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In British English, which and that are equally correct in many cases – as in this example: As the Oxford Dictionary on ‘that’ or ‘which’ explains, it’s to do with things called restrictive relative clauses and non-restrictive relative clauses. In the sentence above, that and which introduce a restrictive relative clause. The clause contains essential details about the vase – the fact he broke it – that it wouldn’t make sense to leave out. You can use that, which, whose, who, or whom to introduce a restrictive relative clause. And you…
  • What do copywriters do all day?

    7 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Today, copywriters work across more disciplines than ever – branding, advertising, digital, corporate communications and more. It’s not like the days of Mad Men when a copywriter could only be found working alongside an art director in an ad agency.We work with marketers, designers and web developers. So sometimes we’re writing a corporate magazine. Sometimes we’re defining a tone of voice for a brand. Sometimes we’re writing award entries. But whatever we’re doing, the work has something in common.For us, writing is a craft that involves taking time and care to create something…
  • Don't dangle your modifiers

    28 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    First, a bit of background. A modifier is a word or phrase that changes or adds to the meaning of another word or phrase. For example, I could write: As well as being true, this sentence is grammatically correct. The modifier here is ‘after weeks of procrastination’.The problem comes when you try and link two parts of a sentence that don’t have the same subject. Take a look at the following example. In this example, the modifier ‘driving through the forest’ is left dangling because grammatically it can't refer to anything except the bear, which would be absurd. If you wrote this…
  • The power of metaphors in web writing

    4 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Metaphors and similes are a quick way to make your point clear and memorable. So when we were writing content for online marketing consultancy toinfinity’s new website, we made use of the metaphor its director, Al, used to sum up succinctly what SEO can do for a business: We could have just said that SEO takes is slow to start but pays off in the longer term. However, I just don’t think the idea would have been as memorable.Using Al’s metaphor leaves readers with a vivid picture of a powerful supertanker. We’re showing them clearly, through the story the images build in their own…
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    Litopia All Shows

  • Iron’s Den

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Iron Maiden are one of the world’s most successful heavy metal bands with more than 85 million albums sales to their name. Dennis Stratton was their guitarist right back in 1979. He played on and co-produced their self-titled debut album and their first three hit singles. Here he chats exclusively with Garry (who wrote Maiden’s authorized biography Running Free) about life on the road in those early days – the laughs and the tension, and his enduring friendship with the band which, like him, was forged in the East End of London. Den is honest about his fall-out with manager Rod…
  • Two And A Half Stories A Day

    Litopia Writers Colony
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    From litigious street-artists to litigious Angolan generals... Donna and Peter proudly present your suits du jour! Now with added dystopian designer stubble. Links to stories: Amazon Sanctions Customers To Get Back At Hachette Amazon Takes on Disney’s Superheroes  Blood Diamonds author faces $1.2m lawsuit Guild battling bosses over byline quota at Pioneer Press  Editors For ‘Survivor’ Return From Strike Over Right To Form Union  Terry Gilliam’s ‘Zero Theorem’ Slammed With Copyright Suit  Premier League warns fans not to tweet goal videos  Judge Orders…
  • Colossal Ape Terrorises Wikipedia

    Litopia Writers Colony
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    So you’re minding your own business in the jungle one day, when suddenly - this monkey lurches out and grabs your camera. And shoots some selfies. So the question is – who owns the copyright? No, this isn’t the silly season (although it may sound like it). Join us to explore a fascinating legal issue. Links to other stories featured in this show: Wikipedia In Weird Monkey Selfie Battle Northestern Uni files suit against author for copyright infringement Senator Quits Montana Race After Charge Of Plagiarism Tennis Writer Suspended for Plagiarism Allegation Mob Kills Woman And 2 Girls…
  • Robert Coover – The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.

    Litopia
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    Like a precocious fireballer at top of the prospect rankings … a kid who has shown so much promise and from whom so much is expected … who has three plus pitches and is working on a fourth … whose intangibles are as off the charts as his athleticism … who is putting it all together at AAA and knocking at the door … who will make men look like boys … and who ends up THE OPPOSITE OF ALL THOSE THINGS – that’s this book. Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning…
  • Neville Staple - Original Rude Boy

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Specials were one of the most important, vital and influential bands to come out of the post-punk explosion, the band who created the 2-Tone movement. The Coventry-based Ska combo had eight Top Ten hits including ‘A Message To You Rudy’, and the chart-toppers ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Too Much Too Young.’ And right at the heart of them was Garry’s guest tonight Neville Staple, the roadie who became a star and then went on to have seven more hits with his next band The Fun Boy Three. Although badly hurt in a car crash a couple of years ago, the irrepressible Nev continues to work…
 
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    Nitpickers' Nook

  • Avoid sounding too excited

    Columbia Books, LLC
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Don’t allow your enthusiasm for a subject to undermine your authority when you speak about it. You will be more persuasive when you avoid these faults: Speaking too fast. Listeners don’t trust people who talk exceptionally fast. Speak at a moderate pace to hold your listeners’ attention. Being too animated. Hand gestures and inflection are important to convey your enthusiasm. However, if you look like you are trying too hard to make an impression, that will distract from your message. Not taking a break. It’s easy to become caught up in offering an explanation and forget to stop for…
  • Grammar lesson: Among vs. between

    Columbia Books, LLC
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Between applies to a group of two. Example: “Let’s keep this between you and me.” Among applies to a group of three or more. “He felt he was among friends.”
  • Know when to call it quits

    Columbia Books, LLC
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Recognize the signs that a group brainstorming session has reached the point when further discussions would waste time. Look for the following indications that you should end the meeting: The group reaches its predetermined goal. Establish a time limit or target number of ideas so participants remain motivated throughout the experience. End the session after meeting the goal, or add time if the group is still generating good ideas. The rate of new ideas being generated slows to a crawl. Once the initial excitement of the experience winds down and most people stop actively participating,…
  • When to step in

    Columbia Books, LLC
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Strike a balance between micromanaging and having too much of a laissez-faire attitude toward employees’ performance. Apply the “Rule of 3” to know when to take action. After three instances of performance problems, step in to coach or discipline the employee. Of course, in the case of egregious problems you need to act right away. The Rule of 3 applies to the types of performance issues that many managers allow to fester. On the other hand, when an employee has showed mastery of a task three times, you should delegate more responsibility or set new goals that will build on the skills…
  • 4 ways to focus on the speaker

    Columbia Books, LLC
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    To listen well you must resist the urge to pipe in your thoughts and experiences about the topic before the speaker finishes making his or her points. Practice following—rather than leading—the conversation with these four strategies: Encourage. Silent nods and other gestures of support indicate that you want to hear more. Inquire. Phrase questions so the speaker continues talking about the topic. Elaborate. Express your comments based on the speaker’s perspective. Redirect. Whenever possible, turn the conversation back to the speaker and away from you. — Adapted from “Dr. Ray…
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

  • 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…
  • This Is Mork Signing Off

    James Kiester
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    -I won’t rehash his biography, or list his extensive library of cinematic roles.  NBC Nightly News has already done that.  I’m not going to talk about his struggle with addiction, speculate on the causes of his depression, or try to discern the motives for his final solution.  A special episode of 20/20 will undoubtedly do that.  All I can do here, is to record my reaction to the August 11th suicide of, the comedy genius, Robin Williams.Photo courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. In 1980, my father organized the parking garage for the, then brand new, Marriott Hotel,…
  • A Tradition Of Hate

    James Kiester
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    -On June 12th, 2014, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped, and later killed, in Gush Etzion, in the West Bank, as they were hitchhiking to their homes.  Under the assumption Hamas (a Palestinian Sunni Islamic organization, with a military wing known as the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades) committed the crime, the Israeli military began bombing Gaza.Since then, rockets have killed multiple civilians and destroyed infrastructure on both sides.  As the death toll has risen, diplomats have appeared on Meet The Press, and other talk shows, to explain their  solution to the…
  • Review: The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs

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

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

  • 2nd Thoughts Before Choosing My Canvas To Print Your Family History Book

    Biff Barnes
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Ancestry has found a new home for My Canvas. There has been a good deal of celebrating in the genealogy community. At Stories To Tell we are always happy to see more opportunities for people to share their family history. But this is a good time to ask whether My Canvas, the best known place to publish a family history, is really the best way to create a family history book. Image courtesy of geralt on Pixabay There are two reasons My Canvas seems an attractive option to people who want to publish a family history, but don’t know much about how book publishing works. Ancestry’s…
  • Six Writing Tips to Add Drama to Your Story

    Biff Barnes
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Every writer is looking for ways to enrich the characters, deepen the conflict and build a more dramatic story. Here are six great tips from around the web to help you do just that: Courtesy of Mats Halldin on Wikimedia under Creative CommonsThree Guidelines for Writing Villains from The Write Practice Story Structure: A Graphic You Can Use from Story Fix Boost Story Conflict By Exploring The Dark Side of Your Hero’s Best Qualities from Writers Helping Writers Painting a Scene vs. Dramatizing a Scene from Fiction University 3 Steps to Taking Your Character Further and Deeper –…
  • My Canvas Retirement: The Best Alternative to Preserve Your Family History

    Biff Barnes
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    If you are looking for ways to share your ancestor stories and family history, there are a growing number of online sites offering easy ways to do it. They provide templates with which you can upload everything from a single anecdote to a full book. These service providers also promise to store your stories either on-site with a cloud-based system. Image courtesy of Chris Potter on Flickr under Creative Commons We always encourage people to share their stories, but advise caution when embracing a net-based solution. The latest object lesson is Ancestry.com’s decision to shut down its My…
  • Get a Library of Congress Number for Your Book

    Sarah Hoggatt
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    One of the questions we are frequently asked is, “What is a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) and how do I get one?” A LCCN is distributed for free by the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and corresponds to a created record in their system that libraries across the country can look at if they want information on how to catalogue your book. If you open up any mainstream book to the copyright page, you’ll find several lines of information on the bottom starting with the words, “Library of Congress Catalogue-in-Publication Data.” In addition to the…
  • Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Professional Book Design

    Sarah Hoggatt
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    You’re in a bookstore or at an event looking at a book and it’s so poorly designed that it’s distracting to you and you choose not to buy it. I’ve had this happen so many times that I want to write the authors and tell them about our book design services before they print their books again. Whether a book is designed by a mainstream publisher or is self-published, the design needs to look clean and professional. Image courtesy of ChangeOrder on Flickr under Creative Common             Look at that book you’re…
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Omitting Parts of Verbs

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    As the summer winds down, we thought we'd post a short article and perhaps cause you to laugh (or at least chuckle a little). Hope you enjoy today's post.
  • A Great Moment in American Literature

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Rather than a grammar post this week, we chose to devote the post to a great moment in American literature. Whether you're in a lofty Manhattan skyscraper or an out-of-the-way home office in the Australian Outback, we hope you'll find a quiet moment today to enjoy this moving excerpt from Cross Creek, a book about early 20th century life in the Florida "scrub," by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
  • Tribute to the Left(-handed World)

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today is International Left-Handers Day. Left-handed people are in their right minds. "Left" is the past tense of "leave." "Leaves" are foliage. Clear up your confusion with today's vocabulary test. 1. cade:(a) on or toward the left side of a ship; (b) given or left by a will; (c) left by its mother and reared by hand; (d) a Chinese cabbage forming an open head with left-winding white stalks and green leaves. 2. sitzmark (a) a depression left in the snow by a skier falling backward; (b) a pleat made by forming two folded edges one facing right and the other left; (c) the paint left on a…
  • More Questions for Our Grammar Experts

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    We're often asked how to punctuate requests properly and politely. Today's post addresses this issue.
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    James Shelley

  • Adaptive You

    James Shelley
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a spin class instructor, I have conversations about fitness many times a week. I’ve noticed that we tend to describe fitness as a state or as an end goal — “I’m getting fit,” “That person is really fit,” or “I’m really out of shape.” I wonder if our language and terminologies about “fitness” are unwittingly bewitching us? Objectively speaking, it is far more accurate to describe “fitness” as a spectrum or a continuum, rather than a state of being. No matter how “fit” you are, you could always…
  • The Inescapable Qualitative

    James Shelley
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    To say that the quantitative is superior to the qualitative is to make a qualitative assertion.
  • The Merits of Red Tape

    James Shelley
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    My city is gearing up for municipal elections in October. Several campaigns are already well underway. Many lawn signs are already staked in the ground. The slogan for one would-be mayor’s campaign is, “Opportunity for all…Not red tape!” The sentiment aims at one of the biggest frustrations many of us have with bureaucratic institutions: the myriad of procedural bottlenecks that seem to hamper forward thinking and efficiency. But I, for one, am a reluctant supporter of red tape. It is a necessary, self-regulating ingredient in democracy. Imagine the consequences if it…
  • Journaling Feels Juvenile

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

    James Shelley
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    You can only consider yourself free of judgement if you refuse to condemn those who judge you.
 
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    Helping Writers be in Charge

  • 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…
  • How to Start a Freelance Writing Business in One Hour a Day

    Guest Post
    3 Dec 2013 | 8:27 am
    It takes time to build up a freelance writing business from scratch, particularly if you are trying to create an income stream that covers your outgoings and enabled you to freelance full time. For that reason, it’s common for budding freelancers to start their careers in their spare time and keep a regular salaried 9-5 job for “guaranteed” income. Moonlighting after hours as a freelance writer is a great way to get started in the business without giving up your job security (it’s what I did!). However, it also means that you will have a lot less time to devote to your writing,…
  • 6 Reasons You Will Never Succeed As A Freelance Writer

    Guest Post
    15 Nov 2013 | 12:51 pm
    By Shuchi  If you have been on the freelancing battleground for quite some time and haven’t made much headway, it might be a sign that something is amiss. It could be something that you are doing wrong (which is actually very good news because you can always fix it with a little effort), or it could be something more serious, i.e. you are in the wrong place and freelance writing really isn’t the career for you. Now, this article in no way intends to demean or discourage anyone who wants to make a living out of writing, but after having worked with a large number of writers at my…
  • How I Went from $15 to $450 per Article in Under 90 Days

    Guest Post
    1 Nov 2013 | 12:19 pm
    By Dan Stelter So let me start out this story to make it clear the point is not to brag.  Instead, I’m sharing it because I know what it’s like to work for ridiculously low article rates and wondering how in the heck to get out of it! It’s not a pleasant place to be – the constant complaining, haggling, and the low self-esteem that comes from paying yourself less than you feel you deserve. Let this story inspire you do take a risk to get to a better place in your freelance writing career. How I Got Into the $15 Stuff Ironically, no it wasn’t with a content mill.  I never worked…
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    Florida Writers Conference Blog

  • Three Tools for Writers I Use Every Day

    Mary Ann de Stefano
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every day it seems there’s a new app or other technology being pushed as “essential” for writers. I’m attracted to shiny techie things, and I try just about anything new, although I’m finding it harder and harder to keep up will all the innovations. After trying out the new stuff, I find I keep coming […]
  • Join Bestselling Author Marie Bostwick for a Writing Workshop You Won’t Want to Miss

    Florida Writers Association
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What would you say if someone offered you the chance to get advice and tips from a bestselling author on starting a novel or finishing the one you have in progress? If you’re like most of us, the answer would be a resounding yes! Interested? If so, you’re in luck because that’s just what internationally […]
  • Better Late than Never

    jamiebmusings
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Originally posted on The Christ-Directed Life:It’s amazing how often we procrastinate on the things that impassion us.  I write professionally as a social media manager and copywriter for my day job, but I also dabble in freelance journalism. However, writing for the sake of writing rarely crosses my mind anymore. Money motivates our choices…
  • Exercise Wednesday: Talking to your future self

    Chris Hamilton
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    In just about every form of storytelling that involves time travel, there’s a situation where a character winds up talking to their past selves. We even used that as a writing exercise at one point, imagining your character talking to a past version of themselves and dispensing wisdom. Today, we flip it. Instead of writing […]
  • Publishing on a budget, part 1: Editing

    jamiebmusings
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hello again! You might have seen the post last week talking about the expenses that come with being an independent author. Since it might appear daunting to read this and see some of the figures, I wanted to follow up the post with some ways to cut expenses. Here are some of the things I’ve […]
 
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    Productive Writers

  • Watch Me Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

    John Soares
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    ALS is a very serious and debilitating disease that leads to loss of motor-nerve function and frequently results in death. Unfortunately, Steve Bachman, one of my childhood friends, has ALS. Steve is an intelligent and brave man who openly discusses ALS on his excellent blog. My Challenge to You As I mention in the video, […]Related Posts:Hey Writer, Do You Make the Best Use of Your Brain?5 Things About WordPress That Really Bug MeMy Criteria for Keeping a Print BookProfitable Freelance Writing for NonprofitsBetter Time Management through NOT Watching TV
  • The Science and Psychology of Why You Procrastinate

    John Soares
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Do you know the science and psychology of why you procrastinate?  Hey, we all do it. The goal, though, is to do it less and less so we can become more and more successful as freelance writers or whatever it is we do for a living. I’ve laid out 50 ways you can overcome procrastination […]Related Posts:Beat Writer’s Block and Procrastination With My Kindle EbookHey Writer, Do You Make the Best Use of Your Brain?Don’t Let Writer’s Block and Procrastination Stop You!Why Freelance Writers Often Miss DeadlinesMy Main Goal in Six Words
  • Why I Am a Freelance Writer

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

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

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

  • Goal: Climb 10,000 Vertical Meters in August?

    MikeFook
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    There’s no question, it’s the goal. I was thinking 7,000 or something and then a friend chimed in – hey, why not 10,000? So, that’s what it became. I’ve not done that many vertical meters in a month before, or even close to it in the past, but it is not beyond reason. So far so good – I’m at 5,280 meters and climbing again today. As long as the crucial bits (knees, ankles, quads, feet) hold together, I’ll be celebrating at the end of the month. It has been a bit of a struggle to get the climbs in because we’re going through sporadic…
  • Writing Code – Day 2

    MikeFook
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    Just a quick update. Day 2 writing code. I’m learning how to write Objective C and how to use the XCode interface which helps developers build applications for iPhones and iPads. It couldn’t be more ridiculous and abstract. I’d love to meet the clowns that made this language up. I picture a couple of toucans squawking to each other, shaking their heads in unison, and writing this shit down. None of it makes a damn bit of sense to me at this time. This is precisely where I put a stop to the madness a few times in years prior. I’ve come right up to this point and all the…
  • Dreaming About My Old Best Friend

    MikeFook
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    I’ve been having some great dreams about my old best friend growing up. We knew each other from kindergarten I think it was, possibly before that. Just cannot remember clearly enough to remember which age exactly, but we grew up together on the same street. His family was like my second family. We spent thousands of hours together growing up I guess. It might be that I’m missing good friends in general after 10 years in Thailand. It might be that my friend (or I) will die soon. I don’t know… I did have a weird feeling the last time some people close to us died. At the…
  • Reinventing Myself as a Writer… of Code

    MikeFook
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    I was looking at the Forbes list of billionaires the other day. I know I need to stop mucking around and just do this, but it has been such a long time in coming. I’ve constantly reinvented myself over the last 30 years since I became an ‘adult’. 1984-1987 US Air Force – administrative duties, post office mailman, classified information destruction 1988-1991 Freelance photographer, slide duplication and color correction specialist 1992-1996 Psychology student – BA, MA. Working with people in the mental health system in various capacities. Big Brother. 1997-1998…
  • High School Graduation – Freedumb is Yours

    MikeFook
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    This is from part of a chapter in my Kicking Life’s Ass! book, which I renamed to “The Ultimate Life!” If you have kids graduating from high school – read it over and throw it their way. Freedumb As you graduate from high school you’re in the best position you were EVER IN during your entire life. You’re in control of your life. Some of you know you are in control, most of you though, won’t see it. Most of you will follow the crowd. Are your friends going to college? You’ll probably do the same.  Are your friends working at the factory?
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    Zach Everson

  • MapQuest publishes my feature article on visiting Boston child-free

    Zach Everson
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Remember that article I started live-writing in front of an audience? Last week MapQuest published it: “Enjoy a child-free visit to your hometown: After a four-year parenting bender, it was... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • ‘An Idiot Abroad’ season 1 flash review

    Zach Everson
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Only four episodes in, but “An Idiot Abroad” is easily the best travel TV show I’ve ever seen (disclosure: I don’t watch many travel TV shows because most of them suck). [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • ‘Slacker’ flash review

    Zach Everson
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    “Slacker” was a good film, but I don’t regret falling asleep for the last 30 minutes. [Select the headline to view the full story.]
  • It’s been a good summer for my neighbor anyway

    Zach Everson
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
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  • The most-Boston lede ever

    Zach Everson
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Conducting background research (“Googling” to the layperson) for my article on my Boston trip for MapQuest, I came across “Lifers seek new trial in Charlestown case” by John... [Select the headline to view the full story.]
 
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    Whispered Writings

  • (786) 607-0603…or how to ruin every chance you had of ever doing business with me

    Anon
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Yesterday afternoon I received a call stating that this company was verifying my information that I had recently posted on an online directory. Although the woman on the phone barely spoke English, I tried to go through the routine...then the sales pitch began. I was not interested and ended the call. If it had ended there, everything would have been fine. But it didn't.
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

    Anon
    17 Jan 2014 | 3:09 pm
        The novel is sold separately. Print  Kindle  Filed under: Writing tips Tagged: education, fiction, K-12, K12, language arts, Sheila Turnage, teacher resources, teaching, Three Times Lucky
  • Welcome to Self Publishing 101

    Anon
    17 Jan 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Originally posted on Moondust and Madness:      Self-publishing my life story literally changed my life! For the past 15 years, I’ve been a freelance reporter for a monthly newspaper. As a journalist, I cover heartbreaking stories all time and get many exclusives. People often voice surprise at how empathetic and easy I am…
  • New agent seeking clients

    Anon
    14 Jan 2014 | 11:21 am
    New agent seeking clients Passing this along to all of my peeps. Filed under: Writing tips Tagged: agent, author, fiction, literary agent, publishing, writer, writing
  • To develop a daily writing practice think “slow”

    Anon
    14 Jan 2014 | 10:57 am
    Originally posted on onewildword:After a year of focusing on my business and taking care of various family members, I’m working on re-developing a daily writing habit. It feels a bit like learning a new job. I notice resistance to the actual act of sitting my bum in my chair and writing. I also notice…
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    Write It Sideways

  • 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…
  • Stop Asking Yourself If You Have Writing Talent

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    24 May 2014 | 6:20 am
    Today, I’m over at the award-winning blog Writer Unboxed to discuss writing talent and whether or not it’s an innate ability or a skill to be developed. Here’s a short excerpt of the post, “Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question Hemingway. Austen. Dickens. Woolf. Carver. We know these names well, these masters of their craft. Were they born with an elusive writing gene the rest of us just don’t have? We not-yet-famous writers sometimes ask ourselves, “Do I have talent?”—the implication being that talent is what…
  • Still here. Still writing. Just taking a breather.

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Today’s post is written by founding editor Suzannah Windsor. First, it’s great to be back. I’ve really missed sitting down to write something personal to you—especially to those of you who have supported my writing in many different ways over the past five years. Maybe you thought Write It Sideways had come to an end because nothing new has been posted for a while, but I was really just taking a breather from blogging to focus on other things and figure out where we go from here. In the past few months, my life has been anything but quiet: I moved overseas. Many years ago,…
  • Writing with Profit in Mind? Your Book has Already Failed

    Guest Contributor
    16 Dec 2013 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is written by Nicolas Gremion. If your primary motivation for writing is making money, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Outliers like James Patterson, Stephen King, and Nora Roberts often skew our perception of how lucrative publishing really is. In fact, very few authors actually make a living off their writing—the rest see marginal income from writing, at best. There are a number of reasons for this, but perhaps one of the foremost involves what I like to call the “Field of Dreams Syndrome.” Too many authors work under the misconception that if they…
  • Make NaNoWriMo the Gift that Keeps on Giving

    Guest Contributor
    2 Dec 2013 | 3:00 am
    Today’s post is written by Amanda L. Barbara. For writers just cooling down from NaNoWriMo, it’s tempting to lose steam as the holidays approach. Your weekend calendar is filling up with parties and family get-togethers, and you probably feel like you deserve a victory lap after a month of such high productivity. But whether or not you actually hit your goal of 50,000 words, December does not have to be the lost month between NaNoWriMo and your New Year’s writing resolutions. You can maintain that sense of urgency as you finish your manuscript, delve into editing, and set yourself…
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    Words on a page

  • What’s the perfect length for a blog post?

    Scott Nesbitt
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    That’s a question I’ve been hearing, and have been asked, a lot lately. And, to be honest, I don’t think there is a perfect length for a blog post. That goes against some of what’s considered conventional wisdom, I know. Take, for example, what a speaker at a blogger’s meetup told the group. He said […] Related posts: Writing a blog post series How frequently should you blog? A few guidelines to follow when writing a guest blog post
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Stephen King on simplicity of style 10 uncommon habits that can help make you a better writer A look at three pros and cons of freelance writing Yes, there are benefits to writing something bad How to get paid on time 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
  • Fighting the paralysis

    Scott Nesbitt
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    The paralysis that fear causes. Fear of messing up. Fear of failing. Fear of taking the wrong step, of making the wrong choice when you’re writing. The paralysis strikes when trying out for a gig and you want to impress the folks offering the gig. Or you’ve got the gig and you want to continue […] Related posts: Opportunities, fear, failure, and taking chances Get it as good as you can get it A few thoughts about writing online
  • (Video) conferencing with clients and collaborators

    Scott Nesbitt
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    The traditional image of a writer is a person isolated in a cold and dimly-lit garret, typing away at what they hope will be the next great novel or book. The only contact they have with the outside world is with an editor, and only by telephone or post. While most writers do work solo, […] Related posts: Using Dropbox to share documents with clients and prospects Incorporating video into your blog posts Tools I run my business with
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    6 copy editing tips for freelance writers A guide to extending the life of what you write and publish online A few simple ways in which you can back up your opinion 5 tips that can help you write quickly and effectively How to write a book in your spare time Related posts: A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week
 
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    From Meredith Allard

  • Here’s My Blog for The Huffington Post

    Meredith Allard
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    The nice people at The Huffington Post were kind enough to publish my article on their Gay Voices page about why straight allies should be willing to speak out on behalf of LGBT issues. I added it here too in case you missed it. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything. I’m simply sharing my opinion on the matter. I felt like I needed to have my say on the issue, which is why I wrote my novel That You Are Here in the first place. Here’s the link to the article on The Huffington Post’s website. If you have a moment, stop…
  • Thank you, Robin Williams: A Lesson in Gratitude

    Meredith Allard
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I’m writing and posting this quickly before I change my mind, so, as Anne Lamott said in her own post on the same subject, this isn’t going to be proofread to perfection. I don’t usually comment on the passing of famous people since I’m not sure what I can add that someone more articulate than I am hasn’t already said, yet I find I can’t let the passing of Robin Williams go without saying at least a few words. I’m going to date myself here—in fact, I’ll give you a precise date: I’ll be 45 in 17 days on August 30. I was a kid in the 1970s when Robin Williams first appeared…
  • Q & A: That You Are Here Tour

    Meredith Allard
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    I’ve been doing quite a few interviews while That You Are Here is on tour. I’ve been having a lot of fun answering the questions, so I thought I’d post some of my responses here. Quick round: Coffee, tea or…what’s your vice? I love both, but I’ll normally go for coffee. Favorite Movie? Dead Poet’s Society Favorite Color? Purple Favorite book/author? David Copperfield by Charles Dickens How do you feel about bacon? I’m a vegetarian, so bacon is a no-go for me.   The REAL questions: Tell us a little about yourself. In addition to writing novels, I’m also the…
  • When a Book Changes Your Life

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

  • Spicing Up Your Prose Part 2 of 6

    Diana Hurwitz
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    This week, we continue to add delicious rhetorical devices to your prose spice shelf.Asyndeton omits conjunctions and speeds up the sentence using three or four beats.Dick ran, laughing, hysterical, howlingfrom the library.Balance offers two propositions of equal value joined by a comma or semicolon. The second half mirrors the first half but changes a few words.Dick asked not what Jane could do for him1, but what he could do for her2.Chiasmus repeats a sentence or clause but reverses the order in the second half.When the water gets rough, the rough get in the…
  • Spicing Up Your Prose Part 1 of 6

    Diana Hurwitz
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Variety is the spice of life and these rhetorical devices sound like exotic spices. We know how they taste but have forgotten the names.These spices should be sprinkled in carefully. They enrich a sentence or paragraph when you want a little punch. You shouldn't overwhelm the reader with them and should be mindful of clichés. You earn a gold star for using them effectively. You earn two gold stars if you remember their names.Abstraction advances a proposition from generic to specific.Jane opened the book1, a thick tome2, a collection of poetry3.Alliteration repeats initial consonants in…
  • Redundant Words

    Diana Hurwitz
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Redundant words are so common they are hard to recognize. Redundancies use two words when one will do.  They are found in newspapers, broadcasts, and magazine articles.A character would use redundancies in conversation. Few speak that formally.Search for them all. Choose which ones to keep and which to kill.Cutting some of them feels like amputating a limb. Yes, this rule is frequently broken . You will find redundancies everywhere. You decide.Here is a short list to get you started:absolutely essentialabsolutely perfectabsolutely positiveactual factadvance…
  • Profanity

    Diana Hurwitz
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Oh, the hellish question! Dare you use profanity in your writing? 1) It depends on your target audience.Will they be offended? Do you care? The more explicit terms should be left out of cozy mysteries.2) Does it fit the context of the plot?If you are writing about nuns in England in 1300, I doubt they used the F-bomb. You might have a salty old nun who muttered the occasional "bloody hell" but only after the reign of Bloody Mary I (queen regent from 1553 to 1558).I wrote a series set in 3500 BC. Trying to write without some form of expletive, insult, or curse word…
  • Jargon

    Diana Hurwitz
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Jargon consists of words that relate to a specific group, profession, or event.actionable intelligencebait and switchbehind the eight ballbest practicebounced checkbrain trustbull marketcircular filecore competencyface timefall guyfile thirteenfood chainfree lunchgame changerhead counthired gunin the loopin the red/blackin the runningout of pocketpush backput to bedtime framevalue addedMedicine is full of Latin words that sound intimidating but mean relatively little. Thyroiditis (root word thyroiditis meaning inflammation)Myeloma (root word  myelo=marrowoma meaning…
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    Raquel Byrnes

  • Cosplay and Writing

    Raquel Byrnes
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    I recently had the opportunity to help organize a Steampunk Formal for my daughter's high school prom. It was tons of fun and allowed for many creative projects. From a giant clock to transforming NERF pistols into copper-patina colored weapons. My daughter was inspired by my research for the YA Steampunk novel I recently wrote and I have to say that it was such a wonderful bonding time.Plus, as a writer, I often do tons of research, but when I try to share it with others I can literally see the glaze pass over their eyes...sigh.  So this was awesome for me both as a mother and a…
  • Guess NaNo's Theme...

    Raquel Byrnes
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    This morning I woke up to a guessing game. What is NaNoWriMo's theme this year?  From the looks of it...some sort of fairy tale or perhaps, as one commenter put forth, grandmothers and their wallpaper?  What about you?Are you participating this year in the challenge?NaNoWriMo Theme
  • 9 Rules For Slashing Your Baby

    Raquel Byrnes
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    This week I begin the second round edits of my steampunk WIP, The Tremblers. Everytime I go to take a knife to my just finished masterpiece I try to do it with some definite structure in mind. I'll share with you my rules for self editing your manuscript.Rule #1 in editing anything is to take a break.  Two weeks or more. Work on something else and let it percolate. You'd be surprised how things float up from the subconscious if you just give yourself some breathing room.Rule #2 is to scrutinize your verbs. Are they active or passive? Did you say she "began to shout" or she…
  • Civil War Stealth Weapons!

    Raquel Byrnes
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    So I've been neck-deep in my Steampunk novel for the past several months. Finally finished it and sent it off...which is great because I get to start blocking out Book Two in the series!  Yay!  I love...LOVE to do research. Its one aspect of my job that I feel keeps me from being a recluse. Currently I'm exploring stealth weapons of the civil war. I know, right?  They had submarines!  Okay, they had one, the H.L. Hunley, and it boasted technology that was otherworldly for that era.It was the first underwater craft to sink an enemy ship. But the real draw about this…
  • Secrets Out!

    Raquel Byrnes
    27 May 2014 | 12:30 am
    This week the second book in my Noble Island Mystery series came out! Set on the same mysterious Noble Island as the first book, this one delves into the strange and secretive ways of the island's Romany people. Secrets at Crescent Point is a Gothic Romance with intrigue and thrills, I know you'll love Raven and Siyah's adventure!Here is an official blurb...Leaving Noble Island amid scandal and accusation, Raven vows never to return, but when her sister’s fiancé goes missing, Raven has no choice. Shunned by the island, if she is to unravel the mystery of Niklos’s disappearance, she must…
 
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • New York City is Having Trouble Giving Away Free Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Slots—And an Early Head Start (EHS) Note

    Jake Seliger
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    We’ve written many City of New York Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) proposals—as well as various Head Start, Early Head Start and other early childhood education proposals—so we read with interest Katie Taylor’s recent NYT story “In First Year of Pre-K Expansion, a Rush to Beat the School Bell.” New York City is apparently having a tough time giving away valuable free stuff. They City and its legion of grantees have to hire “enrollment specialists”—who we like to call “Outreach Workers” in proposals—to convince people to take the free…
  • Many Proposals Are Swimming Against the Tide: An Example From HRSA’s New Access Point (NAP) FOA

    Jake Seliger
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Take a look at the laundry list of stuff that HRSA wants New Access Point (NAP) applicants to somehow improve (the quote comes from page 38 of the 101-page FOA): Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Prenatal Health, Perinatal Health, Child Health, Weight Assessment and Counseling for Children and Adolescents, Adult Weight Screening and Follow-Up, Tobacco Use Screening and Cessation, Asthma – Pharmacological Therapy, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) – Lipid Therapy, Ischemic Vascular Disease (IVD) – Aspirin Therapy, Colorectal Cancer Screening, New HIV Cases With Timely Follow Up,…
  • GWC Goes to the Movies Part Deux: Young Frankenstein, In the Heat of the Night and the Ferguson, MO Riots (or is it Rebellion?)

    Isaac Seliger
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    In Mel Brooks’s hilarious 1974 send-up of classic Universal Pictures 1930s horror films, Young Frankenstein, the incredibly goofy Kenneth Mars (as Inspector Kemp) says to the mob with pitchforks and torches: “A riot is an ungly thing . . . und, I tink that it is chust about time ve had vun.” I thought of this scene as I watched the chaos in Ferguson. From a grant writing perspective, I agree with Inspector Kemp. The human tragedies and political/police incompetence are hard to watch. Having an urban riot televised endlessly in the new 24-hour news cycle will, however,…
  • GWC Goes to the Movies: Casablanca and a WSJ Opinion Piece on the Wobegon Illinois Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI)

    Isaac Seliger
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Faithful readers know I love movies, and this is the first in a new series: “Grant Writing Confidential Goes to the Movies.” Today, let’s talk about perhaps the best film ever made, Casablanca,* and Claire Groden’s recent opinion piece in the WSJ, “An ‘Antiviolence’ Boondoggle in Murder-Plagued Chicago.” Groden recounts the disappointing impact and sad tale of woe surrounding the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI), a $54 million grant program sponsored by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. NRI was supposed to reduce the astounding level of youth…
  • Lots of Crap Required in an Early Head Start (EHS) Proposal, but Here’s What’s Missing: Shit. Literally.

    Jake Seliger
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The latest Early Head Start FOA is blessedly shorter, in both FOA and the required narrative, than it used to be. But it’s still astonishingly detailed. Applicants must discuss attitudes towards discipline, staffing plan minutia, approved curricula, snacks, parent contact, daily plans, transportation, and on and on. One conspicuous point that should be obvious to anyone who has spent time around very little kids is absent, however. If you have dozens of kids under the age of three, the primary staff activity isn’t going to be reading or counting or structured art or whatever.
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • 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…
  • What It Really Means To Write What You Know

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

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

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

  • Average novel wordcount. (And when is YOUR novel too long?)

    Harry
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    You’re writing your novel, it’s getting longer … and you’re just getting a wee bit worried that you might, possibly have over-achieved? Worry no more. This guide will tell you quickly the average word counts for every category of novel, … Continue reading →
  • How to Start Writing a Novel: the ten things to do right away

    Harry
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    You want to write a novel? Keen to get going? OK. Fine. Just make sure you do not write your first sentence. Not now, and not any time soon. I mean, you’ll get there soon enough, but first up, you … Continue reading →
  • How to edit a novel

    Harry
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    I recently completed my fourth Fiona Griffiths novel – as yet untitled. The book is good. It’s got a good crime, contains a nice locked-room mystery, has one good (shocking) sequence midway through the story, and a proper all-action denouement … Continue reading →
  • Story Structure: beginnings, middles and ends in the novel

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

    Harry
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Some thoughts from Harry Bingham, an author published by both Hachette and Amazon … Unless you’ve been off on a long space voyage, you will have noticed the furore surrounding the contract dispute between Amazon and Hachette. The precise nature … Continue reading →
 
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    Rosanne Dingli's Blog

  • Hopes and expectations

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    I could just as easily title this post "Learning from someone younger", or "Receiving enlightenment from a youthful sage". Without going into the identity of the young person who is the fount from which this blog springs, I am riding on a mere glimpse, today, of how an author can truly benefit from listening.We talk, we rant, we deliver workshops to those who would listen. We write reams and reams of words. We read the writings of wise ones who went before - in a book world that was vastly different, of course, pre-2009 - but emerge more or less unaltered.Then a young person says something,…
  • Reading for pleasure - an encounter with Margaret Sutherland

    9 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    It took me a long time to figure how to breathe new life into my blog, but it did not take long at all for Margaret Sutherland to respond positively and accept my invitation to be here. Her patience and lovely disposition match her elegant, insightful writing. Prolific and comprehensive, her fiction takes the reader from country towns in Australia to the vast world inside the heart.Here's how she sees that world:Hello, Margaret! Tell us a bit about your novels - why do dogs figure so significantly in your recent fiction?Dogs have been part of my life for several decades. A new dog usually…
  • The year in review

    22 Dec 2013 | 5:22 pm
    Pic: johnmannophoto.comThe year speeds up towards the end, like many things nearing their finish. The older one gets, the faster time goes... and it doesn't only seem that way. Time really progresses at a faster rate, it's out of our control, and I'll not go into the science to prove it. You know what I'm talking about. A saucepan lid, a spun coin, or spinning top will gather speed as it girates towards the end of its agitation.And agitation seems to be the key word around Christmas and Year's End: we swear we won't do it again next year, and yet we fall into the same pattern. It's fun while…
  • Technology that changes time?

    6 Dec 2013 | 1:15 am
    Like something out of Dr Who, life has changed dramatically in the last decade. Even time has shifted and morphed. You know this - it's suddenly Christmas when you are still fishing Easter egg silver wrapping from between the sofa cushions. It's your birthday again, before you have successfully re-gifted that green sweater and those dangly earrings.Suddenly, it takes longer than five hours to read a book. [And it's not so much fun doing it under the covers with a torch, either.]But the most amazing thing that's happened since you were little is that single days have morphed into seasons. What…
  • 4 aspects that make you a brilliant reader

    26 Nov 2013 | 6:34 pm
    You're a reader, I'm a reader ... everyone's a reader, baby - that's the truth. Well, in our bookish world everyone is. But readers ain't readers - they come in all varieties. And there are aspects that distinguish the ho-hum from the brilliant.So - are you a brilliant reader? And what makes one shine?1. You understand genresReaders who understand genres, categories, and ways in which books are grouped in libraries, in bookshops, and on book retailers' sites find books easily. When they finish one book, they can quickly find another to start on, by similar authors, in a similar category, in a…
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    Indie Author News

  • Featured Indie Book: Rain Clouds and Waterfalls (Piper Templeton)

    Alan Kealey
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Novel told in short stories Rain Clouds and Waterfalls by Piper Templeton. Rain Clouds and Waterfalls: Each short story is interconnected with the others,...
  • New Indie Book Release: Love Discovered in New York (Danielle Allen)

    Alan Kealey
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Love Discovered in New York - Danielle Allen Contemporary Romance (August 2014) Love Discovered in New York is a sexy, contemporary romance novel about how past hurt can keep...
  • New Indie Book Release: Unhinged (Timberlyn Scott)

    Alan Kealey
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    New Indie Book Release: Unhinged - Timberlyn Scott Contemporary / New Adult Romance (183 pages - August 2014) "I absolutely LOVED this story. I was hooked right from the beginning... The...
  • Indie Author Interview: Julia Ibbotson

    Alan Kealey
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Indie Author Interview with Julia Ibbotson - Author of the Contemporary Romance Novel Drumbeats. Julia Ibbotson is the award-winning author of The Old Rectory and is an author and academic. She and...
  • New Indie Book Release: The Gray Horizon (M. Kircher)

    Alan Kealey
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    New Indie Book Release: The Gray Horizon (The Horizons Trilogy) - M. Kircher YA Paranormal Dystopian (386 pages - August 2014) The Gray Horizon is a YA dystopian novel with the emphasis on putting...
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    Kathleen H. Wheeler

  • Kids say the funniest things sometimes

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    Kids says the funniest things sometimes, so I just wanted to share some wisdom I heard from a 15-year-old last night: Growing up is 90% learning to eat foods without ketchup. My response after hearing this and giggling? Wow, that other 10% of growing up covers a whole lot of stuff.
  • Time for reading!

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:06 pm
    I’ve recently finished two books after making some time for reading, something I’ve been missing while working away on my own novel the last year. My nonfiction selection was Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias. I always enjoy the heartwarming and inspirational stories in the Chicken Soup series, and this one especially since all the stories revolved around dementia. I especially enjoyed reading stories by my friends Jean Ferratier and Wendy Poole, whom I became acquainted with previously when we all had stories published in Chicken…
  • Gone Girl a tornado read

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    23 May 2014 | 3:56 am
    I just finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and I can’t believe this novel sucked me in like a tornado through a trailer park! How could I care enough about what happened to these despicable main characters – Amy and Nick – to finish reading this book? Oh how I grew to loathe them both as they were exposed to be self-absorbed, immoral, and foul-mouthed jerks. And yet I had to push on, hoping they’d both get what they deserved in the end. I can’t remember another book where every character was so unlikable – not a good guy or girl in sight really. Regardless, I enjoyed the…
  • Think Alzheimer’s only affects the elderly?

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    26 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    If you think Alzheimer’s only affects the elderly, think again. This video called “My Name is Lisa” does a great job of showing just how far and wide Alzheimer’s reaches. No one is immune. What do you think about this video?
  • Great movies about family relationships

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    25 Jan 2014 | 11:06 am
    I’ve been so busy lately, but I made time to see two great movies about family relationships recently. I highly recommend them both as worthy of your time and money. Nebraska was my favorite of the two movies. I thought this was a fantastic portrayal of how adult children must face the difficulties of aging parents. It runs you through the full spectrum of emotions in two hours – it’s a comedy, a drama, a horror story – all wrapped up into one. And then there’s a sucker punch at the end that really got me all teared up-well done! The best thing about it was how…
 
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    Jane Friedman

  • How Can We Generate Rewards for Reading? [Smart Set]

    Jane Friedman
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to the weekly The Smart Set, where I share three smart pieces worth reading about the publishing and media industry. I also point to issues and questions raised, and welcome you to respond or ask your own questions in the comments. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams Publishing’s Future: When Editors Eat Robots by Porter Anderson This is a provocative overview of a talk by publishing industry futurist and consultant Richard Nash (formerly of Byliner, Small Demons, and Soft Skull). Some of the choicest quotes are:…
  • My Latest Thoughts on Marketing for Writers

    Jane Friedman
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    My latest interview, with advice for writers on websites, blogging, social media, and marketing, is now live over at Social Media Just for Writers. Frances Caballo asked me wide-ranging questions such as: What are the elements of a successful website and blog? How important is blogging for a writer’s success? Should writers participate in online forums? And there’s much more. Click here to read the full interview. The post My Latest Thoughts on Marketing for Writers appeared first on Jane Friedman and was written by Jane Friedman.
  • How to Measure Whether Your Social Media Activity Is Worthwhile

    Jane Friedman
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today I’m a contributor over at Writer Unboxed, discussing how social media can be used more effectively. My suggestions rely, in part, on categorizing your activity within distinct stages (though they certainly overlap with one another). Here’s a bit of what I have to say: Regardless of your stage of activity—but especially during marketing campaigns—you should measure traffic to your website from social media. Does it make up a high or meaningful percentage of visits? If you don’t know, this is a significant gap in your knowledge that is preventing you from really…
  • Who Can Effectively Challenge Amazon in the Book Business? [Smart Set]

    Jane Friedman
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to the weekly The Smart Set, where I share three smart pieces worth reading about the publishing and media industry. I also point to issues and questions raised, and welcome you to respond or ask your own questions in the comments. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams [How to Give] Amazon a Headache by Mike Shatzkin Industry analyst Mike Shatzkin floats an interesting idea, partly inspired by how Google and Barnes & Noble recently partnered for same-day delivery of books (a big yawn for industry observers.) What…
  • What Does It Mean to Protect Authors’ Interests? [Smart Set]

    Jane Friedman
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the weekly The Smart Set, where I share three smart pieces worth reading about the publishing and media industry. I also point to issues and questions raised, and welcome you to respond or ask your own questions in the comments. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams More Fights About Terms by Brian O’Leary Publishing consultant and analyst Brian O’Leary discusses the decisions that publishers, physical bookstores, and online retailers make—every single day—about acquiring, shelving, displaying,…
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  • Haters Gonna Hate: The Smear Campaign Against Absolute Write

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware NOTE: Before writing this post, I thought a lot about linkage. I didn't want to increase traffic to propaganda blogs and websites by linking to them--but I did want readers to be able to see the kind of nastiness involved. So most of the links in this post are to cached versions.FULL DISCLOSURE: I've been a member of Absolute Write since the early 2000's, and was a moderator there for several years. Last week, I received an email from the owner of a website that, among other things, posts lists of resources for writers.One of the website's users…
  • Computer Down

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareToday I thought I'd be writing a blog post and catching up on Writer Beware correspondence. However, that is not to be.On Friday, my desktop computer (on which I keep most of my Writer Beware files) was working fine. Turned it on this morning...and it won't start. So it's off to the computer repair shop. I do have Internet access via my laptop, so if you've written to me in the past week and I haven't responded (I am, as always, several days behind on correspondence), please contact me again, either via my website (if you want to reach me at my…
  • Blue Ash Publishing: New Self-Publishing Service from Writer's Digest

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAs many of you may know, earlier this year Writer's Digest terminated its involvement with Abbott Press, the white-label self-publishing imprint created and powered for it by Author Solutions, Inc. Although Abbott Press remains online, all reference to Writer's Digest and its parent, F&W Media, has been removed. (Interestingly, there's no reference to Author Solutions, either, unless you dig pretty deep into the Abbott Press website--deeper, probably, than many authors will go--and Abbott Press does not appear anywhere on AS's list of…
  • How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareI know I've written about this before. But I'm seeing an increasing number of these kinds of "services," and they are all worthless. What am I talking about? Agent middleman services--services that, for a fee, purport to contact agents on your behalf with the aim of snagging representation and, hopefully, a publishing contract.A particularly egregious example: Bookmarq.net's Finding a Publisher service. (All errors courtesy of the original.)Agents in New York or London receive thousands of query letters a year in the first stage of the…
  • Writer Beware's Self-Publishing Page Renovated and Updated

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I've completely re-worked the Self-Publishing page of Writer Beware, to better reflect the rapid changes in the self-publishing marketplace. New features include an introduction that provides an overview of how technology has transformed self-publishing, pointers on making the decision to self-publish (or not), an expanded list of cautions for self-publishers (including common scams), and many new links to articles, experts, and statistics.Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please post them here, or email me.
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  • Peggy Bechko: Six Tips to Creativity for Writers, Artists and Readers

    Peggy Bechko
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    by Peggy Bechko A writer writes – right? And what could be more important to writing than creativity. So, here are just six tips to being more creative. 1. Keep a journal. Don’t think this is ‘written in stone’. Some people love them, some people hate them, even writers. If it’s something that works for you, jot things down. Doesn’t have to be all the time, every day, every hour. Any time is good. Not at all works as well if you’re the ‘hate it’ kind who’d rather simply be writing a story, an article, a screenplay and not bothering with a journal. 2.  Write everything…
  • WGAW’s Strongest Statement Yet Against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

    TVWriter™
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Found on the Interwebs In a statement the other day, Writers Guild of America, West president Chris Keyser got on the FCC’s case in a demand to “put a stop to this spate of merger madness,” speaking for the WGAW as the Guild submitted its formal opposition to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable, um, “madness” indeed. The whole document is 71 pages of legalese, a language totally alien to writers and other creatives. But here’s the official gist:
  • Calling All Writers—Games Are the New Frontier

    TVWriter™
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    We keep tellin’ ya: TV writers don’t have to just write TV. Take this teeny little opportunity, for example: by Mary Lee Sauder I live a strange double life, stuck between the diametrically opposed worlds of writing and gaming. When I go to an English class and mention that I’m a gamer, people treat it as a non-sequitur and the chatter moves on to the latest in an ever-growing list of efforts to get John Green to come to campus. But when I go to a game studies class, the conversation (not to mention the gender distribution) completely flips, and I get blank stares or…
  • Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/1/14

    TVWriter™
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Jordan Belfort (the “inspiration” for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) is developing a series described as “a MAN MEN-style TV show about the excess of WALL STREET in the 1980s for Brett Ratner’s company. (Cuz if there’s one thing TV needs in the 21st Century teens it’s a show projecting the values of an infamous drug consumer and convicted con artist. Nice to have such a bright light to help us get through these difficult times, eh?) Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (SURVIVING JACK)…
  • Peer Production: ROOMIESS

    TVWriter™
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. What can we say? This new web series is just so darn cute that we can’t help but wish it the best. And the theme song – whoa, it’s perfect ’60s TV. Or contemporary Disney Channel. They’re the same thing after all. TVWriter™ minion prediction: This show and its creators, Edward Kiniry-Ostro and Sal Neslusan, are gonna end up in the Big Time. Soon. Get in on the ground floor HERE.
 
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  • The Last Beach Heather

    Con Chapman
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    At the end of each summer they would cross Uncle Tim’s Bridge in Wellfleet and clip some beach heather—sea lavender, some people call it. Soft, pink-purple flowers, that she would dry upside down and then put in a pitcher or a vase, to give some color to the apartment over a grey Boston winter, as a remembrance of summer. One winter it wasn’t enough, and he moved out. There were periodic attempts to reconcile but he had settled down, and she still wanted to be wild in her ways, to prolong their bohemian days. Never one to save, she’d spend her paycheck on a harpsichord concert, or…
  • This Labor Day American workers working more and making less

    Dicky Neely
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
  • PoB-Discovery: Master of the House and Lady Ariane

    JMac1949 Today
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    -Master of the House- The Lady Ariane left for Switzerland the next morning and Mike found himself in the company of two architects and a crew of interior designers and master craftsmen.  They were an affable bunch who welcomed him into their circle.  One of the interior designers was a flirtatious Italian lady in her late thirties or early forties who decided to take Mike under her wing.  Antonia drove a classic red 1966 Alfa Romeo Spyder and with the top down they made a quick trip to Libourne to buy clothes and luggage for Mike.  In addition to his usual jeans and denim work shirts,…
  • At the Painful Memory Erasure Lab

    Con Chapman
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology replaced negative memories of electric shocks in mice with the pleasurable one of mingling with mice of the opposite sex. The Boston Globe After working as an experimental subject for six months–half my lifespan–I was ready to relax a bit.  No more running round in mazes, responding to stimuli all day for me; these were supposed to be my golden months fer Christ sake, a time to reflect on what I’d accomplished on behalf of the institution of higher leaning I’d served so well. But my plan to glide to a soft landing in the eternal…
  • No White Dress For Rasha

    Safe Bet's Amy
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Meet Rasha Abo Oda’s new baby and her sister, Noor.  Rasha couldn't be with us today because she was killed by Israeli artillery rounds while giving birth at Al Wada Hospital in Gaza. Noor said of her,  “I still can’t believe that my sister died. She wanted to wear a white dress to my brothers wedding, now she’s wearing a white shroud.”  Sign the petition: http://www.holdisraelaccountable.org/
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    The Web Writer Spotlight - Shining the light for aspiring and inspiring web writers

  • 5 Ways You Are Wasting Productive Time Online (And How to Stop It)

    Scott Huntington
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Have you ever gone online to look up some piece of information and before you know it, it’s three hours later and you haven’t written a single word? The internet is a great resource for writers because of the nearly limitless access to information, but it can also be a great source of distraction. Click bait headlines wish to attract your visits in order to make money putting ads in front of your eyeballs. Notifications pop up and demand your attention to deliver messages that usually don’t even matter. Even weather.com has distracting stories like “Kayaker’s SHOCKING Catch!”…
  • 10 Fun Tips on Writing by Joyce Carol Oates

    Staff Writers
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    "I've never given up. I've always kept going. I don't feel that I could afford to give up." ~ Joyce Carol Oates, born: June 16, 1938, in Lockport, New York Joyce Carol Oates, three time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, has published more than 100 books of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry over the past 50 years. Her literary achievement and distinction has led some critics to label her (perhaps out of envy) as "a word machine."   But, writing hasn’t always been easy even for someone as…
  • 10 Golden Types of Web Content to Specialize In

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

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

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

  • Finding Love in Human Nature

    Joyce White
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazine Evolution favors us, but compared to man, We’re built inside out and upside down with an ugly face Finding Love in Human Nature Joyce White
  • You Don’t Beat the River

    Kenneth Weene
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:19 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazine “Not a chance in hell. It may not be brain surgery, but you don’t beat the river.” You Don’t Beat the River Kenneth Weene
  • Aimed Toward the Light

    Cynthia Emily Griggs - Niswonger
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazine I am rapidly brushing up on a year since several people in my life have passed Aimed Toward the Light Cynthia Emily Griggs - Niswonger
  • Over Mount Fuji (17)

    Joel Huan
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazine Two samurai appear, poised and ready to pounce. As they swing their katanas across his mid-section, he screams and closes his eyes. Then, silence Over Mount Fuji (17) Joel Huan
  • The Rise of Small-press PoD Publishers

    Gerry Huntman
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - eMagazine Small-press publishers have existed since the creation of printing, and in fact, before. However, with the rise of large presses The Rise of Small-press PoD Publishers Gerry Huntman
 
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Omitting Parts of Verbs

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    As the summer winds down, we thought we'd post a short article and perhaps cause you to laugh (or at least chuckle a little). Hope you enjoy today's post.
  • A Great Moment in American Literature

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Rather than a grammar post this week, we chose to devote the post to a great moment in American literature. Whether you're in a lofty Manhattan skyscraper or an out-of-the-way home office in the Australian Outback, we hope you'll find a quiet moment today to enjoy this moving excerpt from Cross Creek, a book about early 20th century life in the Florida "scrub," by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
  • Tribute to the Left(-handed World)

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today is International Left-Handers Day. Left-handed people are in their right minds. "Left" is the past tense of "leave." "Leaves" are foliage. Clear up your confusion with today's vocabulary test. 1. cade:(a) on or toward the left side of a ship; (b) given or left by a will; (c) left by its mother and reared by hand; (d) a Chinese cabbage forming an open head with left-winding white stalks and green leaves. 2. sitzmark (a) a depression left in the snow by a skier falling backward; (b) a pleat made by forming two folded edges one facing right and the other left; (c) the paint left on a…
  • More Questions for Our Grammar Experts

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    We're often asked how to punctuate requests properly and politely. Today's post addresses this issue.
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  • How To Become A Better Writer Every-Single-Day

    Bryan Hutchinson
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
    Every writer wants the process of writing to be easy. We want our writing to pour forth as if from an inexhaustible reservoir. We all want our first and only drafts to become bestsellers. And we want our readers to not only get us, but to never get enough of us. When we show up for readings, Madison Square Garden wouldn’t be big enough to hold all of our loyal fans. Deep down inside we know what we really-really want. We all want to become bestselling authors. And that’s all well and good, but before that happens, before the bright lights and throngs of readers eager to get your autograph…
  • Why Writers Self-destruct and 5 Ways To Thrive Instead!

    Bryan Hutchinson
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    In The Color of Money, the only movie for which Paul Newman ever won a Best Actor Oscar, there’s a scene near the end where he’s playing against the once infamous real-life pool player Steve “The Miz” Mizerack, and after Steve loses to Paul, Steve says, “I didn’t deserve that.” And without the slightest hesitation, Paul’s character, Fast Eddie Felson, replies, “Yes, you did.” The reason Fast Eddie said, “Yes, you did.” is the same reason too many writers the world over self-destruct, fail and quit writing. When I used to coach and teach pool-billiards the first…
  • Become A Better Writer with 51 Mind-blowing Resources

    Bryan Hutchinson
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Let’s face it, we all want to become better writers. Don’t we? I know I do. I strive to become a better writer every day, and in order to improve I’ve discovered the secret is in having awesome resources at your disposal. What follows are a list of links to resources I’ve found pretty darn useful. Most are remarkable blog posts containing brilliant tips, tricks, and top secret, secrets. The following resources are not in any order The numbers are only to give an appearance of organization, so it’s not necessary to get more excited about #2 than #32. Unless, of course,…
  • How To Become A Prolific Writer While Holding Down A Day Job

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

    Bryan Hutchinson
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    The odds are if you write in public you want people to read your work. Seems like a reasonable assumption. I mean, if we don’t care if anyone’s reading our work, then we should stick to personal journals that we keep hidden under our pillows. You can hide your work if you want to, and if you hide your work you’ll never let yourself down. But if you’re interested in getting your work noticed don’t fall for the myths presented in this post. Here’s the thing, a lot of us (and I mean A LOT) who start out blogging and publishing go through the phase of, ‘no…
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    Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books

  • The Importance of Prayer in a Writer’s Life

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The usual reason for feeling like I do is the sense of responsibility. I don’t want to send people the wrong way through my writing, so I absolutely want to write what is on God’s heart. The post The Importance of Prayer in a Writer’s Life appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Book Review: All My Belongings, by Cynthia Ruchti

    admin
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    The author takes her time setting the scene and allowing the reader to really get to know the characters, before hitting them a completely unexpected curve ball. The post Book Review: All My Belongings, by Cynthia Ruchti appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Mentoring: Pay It Forward

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Margaret Daley, award-winning author of 90 books (5 million sold worldwide and counting), shares her passion for mentoring and why she believes all writers, no matter what stage they are in their writing life, should mentor other writers and be mentored in turn. The post Mentoring: Pay It Forward appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Interview: Lin Ball, (Ex) Writer, Torch Trust

    admin
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I always consider that newspaper journalism – writing to order and to deadline – was the best training I could have had for a career in writing. The post Interview: Lin Ball, (Ex) Writer, Torch Trust appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Book Review: Foundations21 Study Books ‘Jesus’ and ‘Prayer, by Claire Musters

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Does the world need another Bible study book or discipleship course on Jesus? The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) clearly thinks so. The post Book Review: Foundations21 Study Books ‘Jesus’ and ‘Prayer, by Claire Musters appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
 
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  • Actor’s studio method for increasing drama

    Mbali
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Method acting is an approach to the craft in which actors attempt to stay in character for the duration of a film shoot or the run of a play. Many aspects of method acting can be applied to writing fiction as well to ratchet up dramatic tension. What is method acting? Method acting was developed in Russia by Constantin Stanislavski in the early 20th century. Along with several other American actors, Lee Strasberg was trained by members of Stanislavski’s company when they toured the United States in 1923. He went on to adapt Stanislavski’s teachings for American actors. In 1947, a…
  • Titles that sing

    brendanmc
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
          Although it is said that you can’t judge a book by its cover, most of us would have to admit we have been attracted to or put off a book by its title. A good title is essential for your novel, but how do you choose the right one? For a lucky few works or writers, titles come easily. They present themselves in a line of prose, or the writer thinks of the title before even beginning the novel. However, choosing the right title can be a struggle for many other writers. Even when a novel does have what seems like an acceptable title, a writer may find that over the…
  • 7 reasons writing a book makes you a champion

    Mbali
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    Many people talk about wanting to write a book “someday,” but few progress beyond that point. Anyone who has written a novel knows the enormous effort – both physical and mental – that goes into finishing a book, and here are seven reasons you can feel proud of your own efforts. • You will accomplish something few people ever will. Writing a book is up there with running a marathon, travelling the world and other someday-but-not-today long term projects that people talk about but not many actually attempt or manage to complete. You will show that you know how to…
  • Who is the unreliable narrator?

    Mbali
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    The character who is an unreliable narrator can be one of the most powerful tools available to a writer. The unreliability may be obvious to the reader throughout the novel, may be revealed gradually or may come as a single revelation that results in a major plot twist. An unreliable narrator is a character who tells the readers a story that the reader cannot take at face value. This may be because the point of view character is insane, lying, deluded or for any number of other reasons. The phrase “unreliable narrator” was first used by the literary critic Wayne Booth in the early…
  • The Rise of Book Blog Tours

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

  • 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…
  • Makers of Magic: New Project

    Mike Reeves-McMillan
    29 May 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I’ve been working on this one for a little while now, but I decided it’s time to announce it on my blog. Makers of Magic will be a single-author themed anthology, thirteen stories in twelve settings (two Gryphon Clerks ones), each with a different kind of magic-user as a character. Mostly, the magic-using character will be the protagonist, but sometimes the antagonist, or maybe even a secondary character. A single-author anthology unified by theme rather than setting is unusual. I’m sure someone else has done it, but I’m not aware of any. The reason I’m doing it…
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    A Blog for the Comma Man

  • How Sequencing Can Improve Persuasion—and Win Rates

    Freestyle Editorial
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    When it comes to proposals and presentations, order matters. In fact, studies have found that even with outstanding, prospect-focused content, changing just its sequence can have profound effects on a prospect’s understanding, recall, and impression of your key messages. So this week we’re discussing the connection between memory and order—and what it means for the [...]Read More »
  • Repetition: Making Prospects Remember Your Key Messages

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

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

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

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

  • To Engage or to Ignore: Responding to Your Social Media Followers

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Technical though it might seem at times, content marketing is really a very relational discipline. The entire point of businesses creating content and sharing on social media is to develop relationships with clients—relationships marked by loyalty and enthusiasm. You want to let customers and clients see that they can trust you, and in turn ensure that they remember your brand for all their future needs—and for that matter, that they recommend your brand to friends and family. This makes engagement key—but engagement is a two-way street. When your readers start responding to your tweets…
  • Resume Buzzwords: Do They Mean What You Think They Mean?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    “You keep on saying that. I do not think it means what you think it means.” That’s one of the most famous, most frequently quoted lines from the classic film The Princess Bride—and while it wasn’t actually used in reference to resume writing, it might as well have been. Frankly, there are many job applicants whose resumes use words that they believe to mean one thing, but in fact mean something else altogether. We’re not saying that these jobseekers are ignorant or illiterate, or that they’re using the words incorrectly, strictly speaking. While they may have the definition of…
  • 6 Things to Remove from Your Resume Right Now

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Sometimes, less really is more. It’s true of graduation speeches. Some would argue that it’s true of cilantro, of Christmas music, or of cologne. It can even be true of your resume. That’s not to say that there isn’t some merit to a nicely detailed, filled-out resume. As you tell the story of your career, crafting a true narrative from your list of accomplishments and professional credentials, you want to be thorough, and you don’t want to leave any significant experience out of the document. With that said, not everything you see on a resume is helpful, and not everything serves to…
  • Proofreading 101: 5 Things to Watch

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    You may not have been an English major, and you may find the task of revising your own written work to be frankly tedious—but proofreading is a skill that no executive, entrepreneur, or professional person should be without. Just as it is important to have some basic skills in writing and in accounting, so too is it imperative for business owners to have a command of some proofreading basics. There will be times, of course, when you must write something—your website content, a Facebook post, a company press release, or a blog entry, for instance. Even if you outsource all of the above to…
  • 6 Reasons Your Facebook Fanpage Isn’t Gathering Likes

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    For social media marketers, the Facebook “like” is one of the most valuable currencies there is. A like may not be an end in and of itself—the ultimate goal is to develop customers, converts, and brand ambassadors—but someone who likes your company page is that much closer to seeing your content, engaging with it, sharing it, and forming positive associations with your brand. The like isn’t everything, but it’s certainly important. So when you invest time and energy into your Facebook Fanpage and don’t see it picking up too many likes—well, that can be frustrating. There could…
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • How to get Featured or Reviewed by Amazon

    Rachel Rueben
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Noelas via Flickr Today marks the end of our Promotional Hacks Nobody Tells You About series and I saved the best for last. When I began this series I didn’t want to include this information because there were no cases of indie authors successfully pitching to Amazon. But there’s always a first time for everything right?  For those of you unaware of what I’m talking about, Amazon has a section on their website called, Editor’s Picks where they review and even feature author interviews.  They also have a blog called, Omnivoracious and an email newsletter that goes out to…
  • Creating Successful Blog Tours & Social Media Events

    Rachel Rueben
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By MKHMarketing via Flickr Let’s be real, social media events and blog tours have gotten a bad rep mainly, because authors have an unrealistic expectation of sales. Now add shady bloggers to the mix and you got a disaster on your hands. I’ve heard all the stories about authors paying money for blog tours only to have said blogger disappear with their money.  Same with social media events, I’ve seen people on Facebook and Twitter charging authors anywhere from $50 to $500 for a share or tweeting blitz and that is way too much! You’d be better off buying advertisements or promoting…
  • The Art Of The Pre-Launch: Putting It All Together

    Rachel Rueben
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Contemplative Imaging via Flickr Pre-launches are a confusing issue for indies, many mistake pre-selling as pre-launching however a pre-launch is the issuing of a book for industry purposes and not necessarily for public consumption. Actually, a pre-launch is a powerful tool and can get the ball rolling when it comes to sales and reviews.   In fact, a pre-launch is a business plan for your book.  Simply clicking publish is not a pre-launch.  Many authors think that uploading their book to Amazon is the sum total of indie publishing when in fact, it’s only the beginning of the…
  • How To Publish And Get Featured On Barnes & Noble

    Rachel Rueben
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Grilled Cheese via Flickr It’s the second largest book retailer after Amazon depending on who you ask. There’s no doubt the past few years has been rough for Barnes and Noble with plummeting Nook sales, store closings, as well as many layoffs.  But in spite of all that, B&N has begun to gain some steady footing by reorganizing their company and hiring a new CEO.  So despite the rumors of Barnes & Noble’s demise, they’re not going anywhere, anytime soon. Why not go Exclusive with Amazon? Not long ago, I had a friend ask about my print book and when I told her it was…
  • The Indie’s Guide to Researching Potential Book Promoters

    Rachel Rueben
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    By Paurian via Flickr In the age of the indie author it’s pretty cool to have multiple avenues to promote our work. However not all services are created equal and sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s on the up and up when it comes to value and integrity. Today, I hope to show a few techniques that I’ve used to check out services claiming to promote books to the moon.  Whether it’s advertising, newsletters or blogtours, I’ve got you covered. Newsletters In my opinion newsletters are the hardest to research because many promotional sites won’t reveal their numbers. Those…
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    Derailed Thoughts

  • We’re Doing It Again! The Fantastic Blog Hop Returns But Different.

    Rachel Rueben
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Fantastic Blog Hop is here again, but this time bigger and better than ever!
  • Fedelta Parte 12: Hangman

    Rachel Rueben
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:By mhlradio via Flickr Amato went to the rendezvous point at the 52nd street junk yard to meet New York’s infamous investigative reporter, Javier Marín. It was an unusual cool June morning but Amato wasn’t the least bit nervous in fact, he was determined to get this done. Feeling the…
  • Fedelta Parte 11: The No Tell Motel

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

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

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

  • Seriously Eclectic, Short Stories Edition

    S. A. Barton
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Double vision!     The upside of having an eclectic vision, or, put another way, of being a scatterbrain: variety!  I love variety in just about everything.  Music, food, my reading, my writing.  The downside: lack of focus.  Focus has its advantages.  It’s easier to finish things when you’re focused.  Finishing stories can be a […]
  • A Real-Life Serial: Self-Publishing Impatience

    S. A. Barton
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
      This is what I published 2 years ago (plus a couple of days).  You can click through and read it, it’s a short-short and it’s free.  It was my 26th; my 1st was published in January 2012.   Looking back, it hasn’t been that long. A bit more than 2 1/2 years I’ve been self-publishing. […]
  • Relax, Writer!

    S. A. Barton
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Poor Bodhidharma is really getting a workout.   I have a certain amount of trouble relaxing. Burning some nice incense is one of many ways I attempt to deal with that; as you can see, my incense burning dish really gets a workout.   It’s more than a problem relaxing. It’s a manifestation of my […]
  • Six Word Story, After Editing

    S. A. Barton
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    I wrote this six word story earlier today on Twitter, and I realized that I had made a mistake. A critical mistake.   I semicolon-ed where I should have comma-d.   It makes a difference. It makes a BIG difference.   Even when what you’re doing is only six(ish) words long, editing is very important. […]
  • Positive Rejection

    S. A. Barton
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
      Perhaps I’ve been fortunate in not — so far — having received a rude or discouraging rejection. I hear that some do.   The closest I’ve gotten was, upon my third or fourth (fifth?) rejection from a particular zine, one that added (paraphrased from memory) ‘this is a great example of what we’re looking […]
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    Creative Genius 101

  • How to Pitch Story Ideas to Online Magazine Editors Without Annoying Them by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    With more people working part-time and looking to supplement their income with freelance work, it's important for creative-types to learn how to pitch, communicate, and correspond with editors the right way, especially if they dream of becoming full-time freelance writers. A difficult but essential writing rule I had to learn as a budding freelance writer was to communicate and interact
  • To All Big Mouths: Junk the Jargon and Write in Plain English by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Jargon is a specialized writing style often abused by big business, certain trade industries in the legal and medical fields, federal and state governments, and institutes of education. Jargon contains "workshop words," vague figures of speech, hackneyed expressions, and pompous writing that communicators use obsessively to communicate with their peers and colleagues. Many communicators who are
  • The Query Letter: Advice for the Aspiring Writer by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    17 May 2014 | 8:31 am
    Freelance writing can be an exciting career choice or a creative way to make extra money on the side. The daily chore of freelancing involves seeking out new editorial markets, whether print magazines, online ezines, news journals, etc. If you have an idea for an article, the most common method to procure a writing assignment is with a well-written, compelling, and persuasive query letter.
  • 10 Fascinating Facts about William Shakespeare by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    1 May 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Few figures in history have had a lasting effect the way William Shakespeare has. Simply stating the man's name is enough to make a connection to literature, drama, and the written word as a creative tool rather than just a means of communication. But even with a legacy as robust and celebrated as time has awarded William Shakespeare, other trivial facts make this historical giant even more
  • 10 Style Guides for Writers, Authors and Editors

    Brian Scott
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Style guides provide writers and non-writers with a manual of rules for writing, formatting and creating documents. They govern consistency and uniformity. Many of us have used a style guide in school, such as APA Style, MLA Style or Chicago Manual of Style, to format and cite sources for a thesis, dissertation or research paper. You may have used a style guide when you composed an article for
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    Your Story Coach - Advanced IM Coaching

  • Why Non-Authoritative Links Don’t Help Your SEO

    Jesse
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:14 pm
    When ranking your website, you have several options that can add value to your website. The internet has expanded so much that Google is beginning to make some serious changes to the way they rank websites and how they determine a website is worth ranking high within the SERP’s. Many of the older techniques used to rank websites are no longer working as well as they use to because many of these techniques are now considered black hat or grey hat. Google has shifted its focusing paying closer attention to people who have links for authoritative websites and those producing high quality…
  • 3 Things You Need To Understand Before Trying CPA Marketing

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

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

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

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

  • One idea, a lifetime of better writing

    Jeremy Porter
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Words are easily forgotten, but feelings and emotions are seared in the minds of everyone. Understanding that is the key to better writing. Audience Photo: Beatrice Murch A few months ago a remarkable woman died. She was a poet, a dancer, a film producer, a playwright, and a civil rights activist. And she said, I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou knew a thing or two about communication. This idea can cure many communication problems. Jargon is one of these problems.
  • Three notes you must hit when making a political TV ad

    Jeremy Porter
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Can you guess which of these political ads works? The major political parties are off and running in New Zealand’s federal election. National Party election ad 2014 There’s no formula for creating a great political ad, but there are notes that must be hit: a coherent narrative, an appeal to emotion, and a strong message about what the party or candidate stands for. Yesterday the two major political parties in New Zealand released their first TVCs for the upcoming election. They couldn’t be more different. National The National Party’s first 2014 election ad. Labour The…
  • Earth isn’t dying; people are

    Jeremy Porter
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    Milton Glaser has a new logo to raise raise awareness about pollution and extreme weather. The logo is fine, but what about the language? Milton Glaser’s logo Image: Milton Glaser “It’s not warming. It’s dying.” That’s the message from the man behind the ‘I Love NY’ logo, Milton Glaser. The message comes with a logo and buttons to buy. Glaser says that ‘global warming’ is not good language. On that, he’s right, but reframing it as ‘global dying’ is worse. In an interview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Glaser said,…
  • Comparing two brands — Lyft and Uber

    Jeremy Porter
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Lyft and Uber are new services seeking to disrupt the taxi industry. Similar services, but what about the brands? Taxi Photo: Pierre Gimond A brand is the expression of values and purpose. When companies offering the same service launch within a short period, the brand matters even more. Lyft and Uber are two such companies. They are well on their way to changing how we get somewhere when we can’t use a car or public transport. Their cars may eventually outnumber traditional taxis. Both services make things easier for the customer. There’s no need to stand on the…
  • Doing an interview? Know your numbers

    Jeremy Porter
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:12 am
    Don’t waste a good media opportunity by not preparing. Know your message, and always make sure you know your numbers. Photo: Matthew Keefe Before speaking to a journalist you must prepare. Even if you’ve done hundreds of media interviews, don’t get complacent. Think about the questions you will be asked. If the most important part of the story is numbers — make sure you know them. This is basic public relations advice, but it’s advice the Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, seemed to forget. When a reporter asked her the most basic question about plans to build more…
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    Randi Minerva

  • Tarot Tip #45: On a Serious Note

    R. Minerva
    26 Aug 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 #44: Inappropriate Questions

    R. Minerva
    21 Aug 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 #43: Do You Really Need Another Tarot Deck?

    R. Minerva
    5 Aug 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 # 42: Fancy Tarot Spreads

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

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

  • Public perception – How General Mills Shot Itself in the Foot Over and Over

    Scott McKelvey
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The New York Times broke the news about new General Mills legal terms on April 16. Here’s a portion of the “announcement” from the General Mills website: We’ve updated our privacy policy. Please note we also have new legal terms which require all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration. Basically, if you download a coupon, “like” one of their product pages on Facebook, enter a contest, or interact with the company in any number of ways, you forfeit your right to sue the company. Your only recourse…
  • Social Media Marketing: What’s Working Today?

    Kathryn Aragon
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Are you comfortable using social media to market your business? Or do you have some insecurities about what’s working and what’s not? A new study by Software Advice may give you perspective. It’s the Social Media Content Optimization Survey, presented in partnership with Adobe, and it shares marketers’ best practice when it comes to optimizing social media content. Key Findings Most marketers (84%) regularly post on at least three social media networks, with 70 percent posting at least once a day in order to build brand recognition and better engage audiences. Only a third (35%) of…
  • Does Your Marketing Content Need a Squeegee?

    Scott McKelvey
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Back in my radio days, I remember being forced to add excruciatingly long, high-speed disclaimers to the ends of commercials. I think the record was a 15-second disclaimer in a 60-second commercial. Think about that for a second. 25 percent of the advertising investment was spent creating the perception that the other 75 percent of the commercial was BS. Commercials like that were in dire need of a squeegee. Marketing content is capable of providing a window into your organization. It allows people to see who you are, what you do, how you operate and your company values. This window needs to…
  • 4 Reasons Your Optin Form Isn’t Converting

    Kathryn Aragon
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Most marketers agree that the secret sauce in marketing is your list. In years gone by, you only had to buy a list. Expensive, yes, but relatively easy. Today, with email as your primary vehicle and anti-spam laws in effect, you have to build your own list. How? By convincing visitors to share their email address with you—when they know you’ll likely send them tons of emails and when their inboxes are already overflowing with unread emails. This, my friends, is a challenge. Simply uploading a form won’t cut it. But, then, you probably already know that from experience. This is where…
  • COPYWRITING EXPLAINED. A STORY OF ONE SKILL.

    Gill Andrews
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What’s your passion? If you are lucky, it’s what you do for a living. If you are less fortunate, it’s just a hobby. Is it painting? Running marathons? Breeding penguins? Not the penguins? Then I give up. But IF you have a passion, I know one thing for sure: you are constantly trying to get better. You want your paintings to be displayed in the galleries they bring school kids to for an excursion. You want to be the next winner of the Iron Man. You want those penguins to be the shiniest and the most black-and-white penguins the world has ever seen. (Oh right, not the penguins. But I…
 
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    The Write Practice

  • 10 Books for Back to School Moms and Dads

    Joe Bunting
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    This post is sponsored by Story Cartel. Story Cartel is a great place to find new books by indie authors. It’s Labor Day, and by tomorrow, the kids will be all back in school. That means more reading time for the kiddos, but more importantly, more time for reading for busy moms and dads! That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 great books for busy parents who finally have a bit more time on their hands. So if you or someone you know are looking for a great read now that fall is finally here, make sure you pass this list along. Or if you’re just looking for a…
  • That Feeling You Get When You Finish a Writing Project

    Joe Bunting
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    It feels something like this. I just finished a very important writing project, a proposal for a new book I’m ghostwriting. It was a tough project, one that took a month longer than expected, and included a journey around the world, dozens of hours of research, a few exhausting back-and-forths with my client, not to mention many long days huddling over the keyboard, trying to make the words come out right. Yesterday, I read through my finished proposal and then sent it off to my agent. Man, it feels so good. Remember This Feeling During the Writing Process How do you feel when you…
  • Want to Write Better Dialogue? Break the Rules

    Guest Blogger
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This guest post is by Jeffrey Whitney. Jeffrey is a carpentry student who writes in his spare time. His novel in progress, about four families dark secrets who live in a mythical town in the midwest, is coming out soon. Thanks for writing with us today, Jeffrey! Want to write good dialogue? Then you’ve got to break the rules. Photo by Pedro Ribeiro Simões When you and I talk, we sometimes break the rules of grammar. (I know, it’s a shock, but it’s true.) To write good dialogue, it’s not so much that we are breaking the rules, per se, it’s just that there are rules for dialogue…
  • Writing Prompt: Ocean View

    Marianne Richmond
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    PRACTICE I spent this past weekend in Capitola, CA — a cute, ocean town of surfers, shoppers and sun-seekers.  Today, your writing prompt is to write about the beach.  Use this setting as the backdrop for your practice.  Is there a dialogue happening in one of these houses?  A romance between the two on the shore?  Perhaps a mystery that evolved the night before. Write for fifteen minutes. When your time is up, post your practice in the comments section. Please be sure to offer feedback to your fellow writers as well!   Capitola by Don DeBold   The post Writing Prompt:…
  • Finagle’s Law: A Writer’s Guide

    Liz Bureman
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Sometimes you have a bad day. Sometimes that bad day stretches into a bad week, or a bad month, if you’re really struggling. Usually, that’s not fun for any parties involved. However, if you’re an external observer, and the action is taking place in a book or movie, disaster can be the whole reason you’re paying any attention. If disaster is inevitable, it’s because of a concept called Finagle’s Law. The Hindenburg Disaster Finagle’s Law vs. Murphy’s Law Finagle’s Law, in its most general form, is the idea that anything that can go wrong…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • 5 Secrets to Hitting Your Writing Goals

    Lauren Sapala
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Making a to-do list sounds like a great idea…at first. But because you’re a writer, your to-do list probably ends up including about a hundred items or more. When your brain sees this gigantic roll of tasks it starts to shut down. Your eyes glaze over and you suddenly need a nap. This is why a lot of people don’t do well with to-do lists. But then, there are those people you know who effortlessly glide through task after task, crossing each item off with a thick and final black line. Where do those people come from? And how do you get to be one of them? This is how: Ruthlessly…
  • Self-Doubt: The Writer’s Constant Companion

    Lauren Sapala
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Every writer experiences self-doubt countless times. It crops up when we’re writing our first draft, revising our tenth draft, pitching our work to an agent, even showing up at a book signing. Whether you’re Stephen King or a writer who just discovered their calling last week, you’ll still experience self-doubt. Why does this happen to us? Because every time you move out of your comfort zone doubt creeps in. When self-doubt shows up it clamps its steely fingers around our ribcage, worms its way into our stomach and makes our guts boil, and then settles down into the back of our…
  • Self Publishing or Traditional? Why It Doesn’t Matter.

    Lauren Sapala
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Traditional versus self-publishing has been a hot topic for quite some time now, with authors divided vehemently between the two. I have clients who are self-published and wouldn’t have it any other way. I also have clients who went the traditional route via agent to publisher and would never dream of doing it different. When we think about our writing career and the publishing industry today we tend to focus on all the differences, and which way is better. We can become obsessed with which way is the “right way” for us. The truth is that it’s hard for all of us. Sometimes that gets…
  • The Two Most Powerful Behaviors of Successful Writers

    Lauren Sapala
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    The thing about writers is that we are rarely working on just one project at a time. We’re writing our new book—the one we’re madly in love with and staying up late to scribble on—and we’re revising the manuscript we finished before that. We’re also working on a short story or two, maybe some poetry, and trying to journal every day. And blog posts…don’t forget about blog posts, or email, our social media presence and then, of course, there are all those books we need to read. Writers are busy people. This might be why every time I tweet something out about the evil internet…
  • Why Writing the Next Bestseller Should Be Your Lowest Priority

    Lauren Sapala
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    I’ve run into a particular type of writer’s block with many of my clients that I call “reader anticipation.” It means that the writer is so focused on anticipating what the reader wants, or how they will react, that they freeze up during the creative process and can’t move forward. One of the strongest triggers for writers seems to be reading a book that we fall in love with. After reading something phenomenal by William Faulkner, Stephen King, or Elizabeth Gilbert we’re consumed with admiration and wish we could write something just that perfect, and just that successful.
 
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    Alma Alexander: Duchess of Fantasy » BLOG

  • Not Safe For School

    Alma Alexander
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    50 great books you’ll never read in school It’s that time of the year when reading for pleasure will give way to burning through that syllabus, Emily Temple writes at Flavorwire. She selects some great books you’ll (probably) never read in high school, but should still read. For example: Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace Well, for one thing, it’s way too long to assign. And it’s complicated. And full of drugs. And probably impossible to teach. It’s best to read this book by taking three months off from everything else, which is just not possible in a traditional school.
  • The REAL Little House on the Prairie

    Alma Alexander
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The TV incarnation of the Ingalls family in The Little House on the Prairie. Photo: Rex Features Rejected by publishers when it was written in the 30s, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography unveils the experiences that informed her children’s books, Alison Flood writes in The Guardian. Pioneer Girl, the story of her childhood, was rejected by editors in 1930. It contains stories omitted from her novels, tales that Wilder herself felt “would not be appropriate” for children, such as her family’s sojourn in the town of Burr Oak, where she once saw a man became so…
  • You rejected WHAT!?!

    Alma Alexander
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Evan Hoovler has selected for Blastr examples of a number of unfortunate publishing decisions. The poster child for misguided rejections is Harry Potter. Author J.K. Rowling received rejection letters for the first book in the series from a dozen publishers before the eight-year-old daughter of the chairman for the relatively small Bloomsbury Press took to the story so much that she begged her father to publish it. The rest is history — the series has sold close to half a billion copies. But there are a lot of other bad decisions. e.g. The Time Traveler’s Wife: The 2003 novel…
  • In the Whoverse

    Alma Alexander
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    With the newest Doctor Who in place, it seemed a good time to revisit a piece I did for SFNovelists.com about MY Doctors, including my favorite, David Tennant. I think that part of the Tenth Doctor’s appeal to me lies in the simple fact that Tennant makes absolutely believable one simple fact – he is not “a tame lion”. This is an elemental being. He can do anything. And if he doesn’t, it’s because he practices severe and brutal self control. He is gentle, he is kind, he is funny, but he is also terrifying, and there is NO APPEAL against his judgement once…
  • Magical paths

    Alma Alexander
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Oh, the stories waiting to be told… 28 magical paths begging to be walked, keeping in mind a quote from J. R. R. Tolkien: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.“ Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium – Image credits: Kilian Schönberger Mount Rainier, Washington, USA – Image credits: Danielle Hughson See all the paths at Bored Panda ~~~~~ The largest public sci-fi library in the world is under threat If you’re a SF/Fantasy fan, there’s no…
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  • New Theme: Goran

    Thomas Guillot
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have a new free theme to announce today: Goran! Goran Designed by yours truly, Goran is a functional, responsive, multi-purpose theme that’s a perfect option for your business website. Learn more about the free Goran theme at the theme showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Projects Around the World

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re inspired to see bloggers doing things they love and using this platform to make their voices heard. Here’s a look at some interesting projects around the globe. Russell Chapman: Telling the stories of Syrian refugees Image by Russell Chapman Last year, photographer and writer Russell Chapman documented the conflict in Syria and spent time in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. His book, Syria: Refugees and Rebels, compiles images of his time there. Russell is currently working on a project to tell the stories of Syrian refugees rebuilding their lives in Jordan.
  • Ferguson: Ten Bloggers Speak Out

    Ben Huberman
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many details about the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, remain unclear. What is beyond doubt is the intensity of reactions to this story — in the media and in neighborhoods all over the US (and beyond). Here are ten personal perspectives on this event and its aftermath, from writers representing a diverse cross-section of the WordPress.com community. Image by Shawn Semmler (CC BY 2.0)   Gukira Writer and scholar Keguro Macharia reacts with his usual incisiveness to one of the signature chants of post-Ferguson protests : If “Hands Up, Don’t…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Isola

    Ben Huberman
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Whether you’re a personal blogger, a designer, or an artist, Isola gives you a bright, clean space to showcase your work. Its minimalist design stays crisp across devices and screens of all sizes, with generous white space to keep the focus on your content. Isola, a free theme, comes with numerous customization options, from featured images and custom header images to sleek post formats. Let’s take a look at three sites that are already using it to great effect. Design_That’s_It Leon Scott, who writes thoughtful posts on design and technology on his aptly-named…
  • Ten Illustrators To Follow Now

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    From sketches to digital art narratives, here’s a visual journey into the worlds of ten illustrators on WordPress.com. Brad Young The drawings at Brad Young Art capture life’s little moments. From pen and ink to watercolor, and gardening to food to neighborhood spots, it’s easy to get lost sifting through Brad’s mix of doodles and sketches. “Macchiato,” Brad Young Art Sarah Goodreau Sarah Goodreau, an illustrator living in Amsterdam, has a distinct style marked with the warmth you’ll find in children’s picture books, as well as the mystery of…
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    In Medias Res

  • Round 1 - Challenge Accepted

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We have an official release date for my novella Yakuza Territory (futuristic crime noir follow-up to Immaterial Evidence). Intrepid detective Charlie Madison's next adventure will be available from Musa Publishing on November 7. So you know what that means: time for final edits. This past week, I finished the first round and sent the new, improved version back to my editor. Have I mentioned
  • A is for Apocalypse, C is for ... ?

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What do you get when you take a bunch of writers, assign them each a letter of the alphabet, and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme? The end of the world, of course. A is for Apocalypse, a new anthology released this week, is filled with 26 stories by writers whose diverse styles and themes provide something enjoyable for every discerning reader. Here's the opening to my story "C
  • By Invitation Only

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    My creepy tale "The Invitation" appeared at The WiFiles last week, the first time this story has been published even though it's been accepted for publication three times over the past three years. Unfortunately, those prior two publications folded before "The Invitation" could greet the masses, but now it's finally available, and you can read it for free right here. In other news, my story "
  • Captain Quasar vs. the Moon Bandits

    10 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Guess who's back at Every Day Fiction? That's right, Captain Bartholomew Quasar and his very hairy (and often cantankerous) sidekick, Hank. Here's how their latest misadventure opens: Bartholomew Quasar cringed as an incinerator beam took the top off the boulder he crouched behind. Cody 52 pulse pistol at the ready, he blinked back perspiration and scowled beneath the desert moon's scorching
  • Full Requests are the Best

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    After sending out queries to over 100 agents and small presses, after 7 of them responded favorably and asked for partial manuscripts, after those 7 eventually declined stating there really isn't much of a market for YA western comedies these days, I finally received my first full request for Westward, Tally Ho! But not from an agent. From a small press. The editor liked my query and first three
 
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Friday Roundup 8.22.14

    Lorin
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Here are a few links to kick off the weekend!Fairytale’s Most Wanted: The Five Most Well-Known Character TypesLEGO Libraries and BookstoresThere is No Horse & Cart. On Finding Success as a Writer.Thirty Years On: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and the Legacy of MortalityThe Perfect Title
  • Friday Roundup 8.15.14

    Lorin
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Have a wonderful weekend, all!Crap someone should have told you writers by nowWe’re Holding Out for a (New) Hero: How Heroes and Villains are EvolvingWriting VillainsLibrary Cake!10 Creepiest Books
  • Friday Roundup 8.8.14

    Lorin
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Happy Friday!The Unbearable Lightness of WaitingAvoid Backstory Plot HolesThe Truth About PatienceBalancing Your Writing Career4 Things I Learned From Writing on an Emerging Mobile Story Platform
  • Friday Roundup 8.1.14

    Lorin
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Enjoy the weekend!Pulse on Pacing: How Smooth Transitions Keep Your Story MovingThe 4 Different Types of Conflict in DialogueWrite Emails that Don’t Drive People CrazyBlog No-NosThe Tyranny of Motive
  • Friday Roundup 7.25.14

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

  • Heat Wave

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    According to the NY Post: "The summer of 2014 has been one of the mildest on the books — and could be the first summer in a decade without a heatwave." We can't have a summer without a heatwave. There's always that one that's "burning in my heart."In 1963, the songwriting team of Brian and Eddie Holland, and Lamont Dozier, came up with this gem of a tune. It was their first (of 35) top 10 hits. A lot of people have covered it over the years including Linda Ronstadt, The Supremes, The Who, and Bruce Springsteen. Now, here's another another one to throw on the fire. Whenever I'm with her…
  • Wildwood Sketch Pad

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    "The beach is a place where a man can feelHe's the only soul in the world that's real." - Pete TownshendI spent last week on the beach in Wildwood, NJ, a place I've gone for vacation since before I can remember. Even more than the beauty and fun of a week at the beach, I enjoyed the break from life's routine. Such experiences can't help but readjust a person's focus, and the endless horizon of the Atlantic Ocean, stretching toward the "old world" of my ancestors can't help but provide perspective.Lying on the sand, staring up at the sky and clouds, I found my thoughts drifting to the…
  • Humans Need Not Apply

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
  • Gone Fishin'

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
  • West Point Sketchbook

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    This is a really short sketchbook because it only has one sketch. I wasn't in West Point, Orange County, NY, USA, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way for very long but I defy anyone to set foot on the campus of the United States Military Academy there and not come away impressed. This guy, and some of his fellow eagles, stand guard on the parapets overlooking the Zulu Time rooftop bar at the Thayer Hotel on campus.Both Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant studied there (the academy, not the bar) and their armies killed a combined total of 750,000 Americans. An impressive feat, no matter how you…
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    Out of the Lockbox

  • 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…
  • MCS #21: Fantasia 2000

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

  • Look what came in the mail today!

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Know how sometimes you second-guess yourself? I wasn’t sure I wanted to do a print edition of my new book, The Seven Day Manuscript Machine:  Edit your children’s book to perfection in under a week.  (Thanks to the steampunk cover, my children have taken to calling it The Seven Day Time Machine!) But then I thought, why not?  Costs nothing but about a million headaches formatting the thing. I’m so happy I did.  The proofs came today and they are absolutely beautiful. An ebook is definitely still a book.  But it’s not a BOOK like a book is a book.  If you…
  • Three FREE graphics programs writers need in their arsenal.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    Need a quick tweak for an illustration or cover?  It doesn’t have to be a pain.  I promise, I’ll make this as easy and low-tech as possible. Ideally, a professional would handle anything image-related, from changes to illustrations to adding text to your covers.  But for small fixes, you’re not stuck with Windows Paint.  And even if you’re not planning on doing a lot of image manipulation, there are good reasons why you need a reliable paint program to turn to from time to time. Obviously, you don’t want to spend a ton of money, which is why I’ve gathered this…
  • Inspirational infographics about kids, books and writing.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Feel free to borrow and use any of these on your own site, facebook or elsewhere.  I’d love a link back if you could include one.  Will update this page as new infographics and quotes are created. Click each graphic to see full-size.   “There’s more summer in September than in June.” – Sara Lapell “When I say to a parent, ‘read to a child,’ I don’t want it to sound like medicine, I want it to sound like chocolate.” – Mem Fox “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”…
  • Are editors and agents sick of YOUR book? 11 things they don’t want to see.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Is your story perfect? Wait!  Don’t hit the send button just yet. Before you email (or snail mail) that manuscript, make sure you aren’t sending an editor (or agent) a book she’s already sick of seeing. It’s not like it’s tough to read their minds.  Editors, agents and other publishing professionals are out there giving interviews.  They are sitting down with bloggers and newspaper / magazine writers, mostly begging us (as writers) to please not send them certain books. Which books? Let’s listen to what they’re saying for a minute.  Can you hear them all?
  • Two, (no, three!) heartwarming indie books.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A lot of people send me books. A lot. But I don’t write a lot of reviews.  It turns out, I’m much too picky. I know all too well that reviews are the lifeblood of any independent writer.  In theory, I’m happy to help.  But I won’t review just anything.  Like my mother always said, “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Two books arrived recently that were actually just right for us to read and review (check out my review guidelines before sending anything).  Another is a series that has been waiting far too long, so I’ll…
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    Writeaholic Inspiration

  • "I Can Write A Book In A Weekend" And Five Other Annoying Things Beginners Say

    Ruth Barringham
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Since every literate person can write, most people think they can be writers. Interestingly enough, we all can speak quite well, but few of us would deem ourselves ‘speakers.’ However, this prevalent belief encourages beginners to say the oddest things that make professional writers want to cringe (or preferably strangle them with a thin wire). If you find yourself saying the following, please stop:1. “I can write a book in a weekend.”I’m certain you can mutilate a couple hundred pages with words; however, that doesn’t mean that anyone will want to read them. Yes, I know there are…
  • Getting All the Little Jobs Done Relieves Stress

    Ruth Barringham
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Don't you just hate all those little jobs that need doing, piling up and never getting done?And without even knowing it, these little jobs that are left undone, can build up stress.We think it's not bothering us, but they're all there in our subconscious, niggling away.So this week I decided to get all those little jobs out of the way.And guess what?It feels great. Really great.Read more »
  • Writing News and Weekend Reading

    Ruth Barringham
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Another hectic week is over.The weather is grim and it won't stop raining so it's a good time to kick back and catch up on some writing news and weekend reading.Read more »
  • My Week of Non-Stop Writing

    Ruth Barringham
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    This has been a busy week for me. I've been writing non-stop.Well, it's not just been writing but researching and gathering material.I'm currently working on my next ebook for writers and I've decided to add two bonus products as well.By the time I'm finished, this will be one massive offer with everything you need to start writing and making money.Read more »
  • Why It's Important To Have Weekly Planning Meetings With Yourself

    Ruth Barringham
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    "Every minute spent planning saves ten minutes in execution." ~ Brian TracyWorking from home is far different to going out to work every day.The biggest challenge I find is self disciplin. It's so hard to keep working on my own without a boss standing over me telling me what to do and giving me deadlines.But without deadlines I find I waste too much time. And in order to have deadlines I have to have a weekly  meeting with myself to figure out what I want to achieve during the week, what I need to do to achieve it and how long it's all going to take.And this is why weekly…
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    Assignment Help

  • The nursing assignment help that gets a solid Ace

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Assignments are issued to everyone in their student life and they have to do it again the required points in academics. They should also be well versed in time mapping and management. There is this lot of students who cannot relate to the assignments and they end up in not completing it. This depreciates the academics badly. Their placements will also tremble because of this. What is nursing assignment help? This is a service which helps students achieve in assignment writing skills. These train them to manage time and academics very well. They are also very helpful in making sure that the…
  • Nursing assignment help at affordable prices

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Assignments are like the past and parcel of student life and they are very much dependent on what the students writing skills are like. These skills include having the ability to write material which includes the best of information. There are some students who fail to achieve this. For such students is the necessity of nursing assignment help. What is nursing assignment help? Nursing assignment help is the process of guiding in finishing assignments. Usually students who learn slowly are not that capable of writing assignments, for them such classes are started. They nurse such students to…
  • Will you do my assignment for me?

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Schooling has everything to do with the assignments and their submission. These assignments are the ones which demand a lot of skill in literature and writing activity. Some students fail to achieve the necessary goal in academics because they fail in assignments and they just cannot afford that in academics as that leads to a lot of depreciation. What is do my assignment for me service? The students are usually prone many problems during schooling and assignments are one of them. They cannot complete it due to some reason restricted to the. But some are not that capable. For such students…
  • Do my assignment for me, please?

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Assignments are like the past and parcel of student life and they are very much dependent on what the students writing skills are like. These skills include having the ability to write material which includes the best of information. There are some students who fail to achieve this. For such students is the necessity of nursing assignment help. What is do my assignment for me service? The students are usually prone many problems during schooling and assignments are one of them. They cannot complete it due to some reason restricted to the. But some are not that capable. For such students this…
  • Get help and learn to write a good law essay with the help of many essay writing sites now

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    Are you preparing for any kind of law competition or any kind of law examinations? Then you need to prepare a lot of things and need to study a lot. There are many places where you need to submit assignments also along with giving exams. But you may not have that time to spend after writing essays on law along with studying for your exams. Here comes a new service that can actually help you in this field. These are various educational or tutorial sites that provide services like” Write My Law Essay” for you. These sites with the service of “Write My Law Essay” service not only writes…
 
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • My Journey to Being a Published Author by Kim Boykin

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    My Journey to Being a Published AuthorBy Kim BoykinWriting for me has never been a problem; I produced three novels in a span of three years and then two more a few years later. But trying to get published is like trying to solve the Rubik’s cube in 5.5 seconds. It seems impossible, but it’s not. Most everyone will tell you, to be traditionally published, the first and most important step is finding an agent. While I love my agent, I disagree. After I finished The Wisdom of Hair fourteen years ago, I signed with Jane Jordan Browne. Jane and I had a lot in common, she was kind of like an…
  • Interview with Jennifer Field: 'The most difficult part for me was when I would write myself into a corner'

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jennifer Field lives in Massachusetts and works full-time in the Bridal Industry. With a daytime job surrounded by simple romance, it is her love for adventure that makes her who she is. She has a love for all things 80’s and has a very mild Diet Coke addiction. As an avid mountain climber, it is not unusual for Jennifer to be hanging off a 5.9 in the Adirondacks or the Shawangunk Mountain ranges. During the off season of climbing, also known as winter, she attends the New England Center for Circus Arts where she studies static trapeze (think Cirque rather than circus). She is an only child…
  • Interview with Cecilia Tan, author of Slow Satisfaction

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Cecilia Tan is "simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature," according to Susie Bright. Her BDSM romance novel Slow Surrender (Hachette/Forever, 2013) won the RT Reviewers Choice Award in Erotic Romance. Tan is the author of many books, including the ground-breaking erotic short story collections Black Feathers (HarperCollins), White Flames (Running Press), and Edge Plays (Circlet Press), and the erotic romances Slow Surrender, Slow Seduction, and Slow…
  • Interview with Donna Galanti: 'Finding success in writing is continuing to learn the writing craft'

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning Road.She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna dreamed of being a writer when she fell in love with the worlds of Narnia and Roald Dahl attending school in a magical English castle where her dark imagination ran wild in an itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included). She now…
  • Guest post: "The Dark Inside: A Different Perspective," by Donna Galanti, author of the Amazon bestseller 'A Hidden Element'

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    After I published A Human Element, the story before A Hidden Element, I couldn’t let go of the characters. Readers wanted a sequel but I always felt it was a single tale to be told. And yet, the characters in the first book wouldn’t let me go. And one morning I woke up with a vision for book 2, A Hidden Element, and I wrote that book.  And still, I couldn’t let these old and new characters go. I wanted to know more about what their dark lives were like before their stories in the books, and so I wrote a short story collection about them, appropriately called, The Dark Inside.I’ve…
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    Wylie's Writing Tips

  • Numbers count

    Ann Wylie
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Numerals in headlines quantify value, draw readers Next time you hit the Safeway, take a look at the magazines displayed at the checkout counter. Chances are, you’ll find that they’re packed with numerals. By the numbers Headlines with numerals perform better in email, social media, magazines and on the Web. Photo by Clyde Robinson There’s a good reason for that: Headlines with numerals, like Top 10, promise quantifiable value. And that draws readers. “Numbers sell,” writes Richard Riccelli, president of Post Rd, Inc. If you’re writing a tipsheet or service…
  • World of words

    Ann Wylie
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Only 7 countries studied achieve basic literacy rates On average, adults tested in the latest worldwide literacy study can read a few paragraphs and locate a single piece of information in them. But they struggle to find information that requires drawing even low-level conclusions from what they’ve read. Laugh, and the world laughs with you Read, and you read alone, suggests the latest global assessment of adult literacy. Image by Casey FleserOr so says the 2013 Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, or PIAAC. About the study PIAAC is a large, every-10-years…
  • Write for the world

    Ann Wylie
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    How to reach readers in the face of global illiteracy How can you write for adults who can barely read? That’s what two Chicago academics — William S. Gray and Bernice Leary — set out to learn in 1935. Breaking bad In a world where many adults can barely read, how can we reach readers with words? To discover what makes prose readable for adults with low literacy rates, the University of Chicago’s Gray and St. Xavier College’s Leary studied 48 passages of about 100 words each, taken from books, magazines and newspapers most widely read by adults. To establish the…
  • ‘Every sentence is a little drama’

    Ann Wylie
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    How to build plot, scene and character with verbs Things that make your copy more creative: Storytelling. Human interest. Wordplay. Concrete details. Verbs. Verbs? Yes, verbs, writes Constance Hale. And … action! Help your story take off by choosing just the right verb.“What I want writers to understand,” writes the author of Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let verbs power your writing, “is that every sentence is a little drama. There’s a subject, a predicate; there’s a protagonist and a predicament.” Verbs, in this equation, are the predicament — aka, the muddle…
  • Catch Your Readers in New York

    Ann Wylie
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Meet me in the Big Apple, Oct. 28-29 Would you like to learn to write copy that moves people to act? Master a structure that’s proven in the lab to work better than the inverted pyramid? Make every piece you write measurably easier to read and understand? If so, please join me at “Catch Your Readers,” a two-day writer’s Master Class on Oct. 28 and 29 in New York. See readership soar In this writing workshop, you’ll learn to help readers 1) pay attention to your message, 2) understand it, 3) remember it and 4) act on it. That, after all, is a writer’s…
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  • 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 […]
  • In Which I Attempt Poetry

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

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

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

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

    The Proof Angel
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    The deadline is approaching for submission of unpublished, début novels to Writers’ Village? If you have a Word document ready to go, you might win a £500 bursary and a chance to be assessed by a literary agent. If you aren’t going to be ready for the deadline of 30th September, why not aim for the next round in December? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: Writers Resources, writing competition
  • Why it is so hard to spot your own typos

    The Proof Angel
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    It isn’t carelessness, or lack of skill. It is just how our brains work. Read more here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: Reading, typos
  • How to create a digital file

    The Proof Angel
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Do you have a pile of printed matter, which would be more useful in an electronic version? Want to avoid retyping the whole thing? This post explains how to create a digital file from a paper one. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: digital file
  • Are you losing your way with your writing?

    The Proof Angel
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:26 am
    Are you discouraged about your writing? You aren’t the first, and you won’t be the last, either. Here are some tips to set you on the right path. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: inspiration
  • Unusual retreats

    The Proof Angel
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    Do you long for a quiet place to work? We’ve just moved house, & I’ve got a proper office at last. At least, it will be a proper office when the rest of the house is finished. At the moment, anywhere that is habitable is crammed with stuff! Here are some inspiring places created for thinking. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: a place to think
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  • How to Write a Romance Novel

    Moumita Goswami
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:16 am
    A romance novel could propel you towards the path of fame because this is one book genre that never goes out of fashion. Readers seem to get perverse pleasure when they read about the emotions and feelings of others. They love to delve deep into the characters and match their feelings with their own. Contrary to popular belief, even men read romance novels. This genre is not limited to women alone. Otherwise writers like Danielle Steel wouldn’t have sold more than 800 million copies. Having said this, women far outnumber men when it comes to reading romance. This is because they tend to be…
  • How to Run a Blog in the Passive Guy Way

    Hiten Vyas
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Passive Guy runs the very popular blog called The Passive Voice, which is dedicated to areas including writers, authors, self-publishing and traditional publishing. As a writer, there are a number of things you can learn from Passive Guy, in order to create a blog that is popular, regularly visited by readers (both existing and new) and has high levels of engagement. Read on to learn about some of the key characteristics of The Passive Voice, which makes it stand out from the rest, and might just help you do the same with your own writer blog. Share the latest news Passive Guy is very…
  • 5 Indie Publishing Lessons from Dean Wesley Smith

    Hiten Vyas
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Dean Wesley Smith is a USA Today bestselling writer and has been in the publishing industry for 30 years, during which time he has published over a hundred novels. The number of short stories he has published goes into the hundreds and hundreds in numerous genres. Dean is definitely someone who you could say has been there, done that and has got the t-shirt. And he continues do so. In fact, he is an inspiration to writers, both new and experienced. Read on to learn 5 writing lessons from Dean Wesley Smith. 1. Have the mind-set and attitudes of a publisher In this modern era of publishing,…
  • Are Online Writing Courses Worth It?

    CS Rajan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Writing courses can be a valuable resource for writers, both new and experienced ones. Writing courses aim to help writers in many ways, from providing direction and writing strategies to improving word usage and vocabulary. They also help to improve writing quality and style, depending on the type of course you take. At the very least, writing courses force you to write regularly, even when you don’t really feel like it. Attending classroom sessions of writing courses is not possible for many aspiring writers in today’s busy, multitasking world. This is where the flexibility and…
  • How to Build a Writer Brand

    Moumita Goswami
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    You are a writer and not a corporate entity, so is there really a need for you to brand yourself? This is a confusing question for any writer. Some say that they don’t see the need to brand themselves because their work matters the most. And there are those other, probably more worldly wise writers who do a lot to create their brand. If you are still not sure whether to brand yourself or not, think from your reader’s point of view. Today many a reader thinks, “Should I spend my time connecting with this author?” before they think, “Should I spend my time and money on reading this…
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    StoryShelter

  • Get Up, Stand Up: Liz Peinado Arrested in Ferguson.

    Kerri Lowe
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    When I read that 24-year-old Liz Peinado was arrested in Ferguson after peacefully protesting, I knew I had to get the story for myself. Liz is the director of after school programming at The North Campus, an organization that brings world-class education to underprivileged students in North St. Louis. Listen to Liz's story behind the arrest (it's pretty bizarre!) and what she's doing with North Campus to make a difference in her community. The post Get Up, Stand Up: Liz Peinado Arrested in Ferguson. appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Get YOUR Story Published in a Book!

    Kerri Lowe
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Do you have an amazing true story that needs to be shared with the world? Now's your chance to get your story published through StoryShelter! The post Get YOUR Story Published in a Book! appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • What Free Sites are Happy, Successful People Spending Their Time On?

    Kerri Lowe
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Everyone wants to make their lives easier and happier. To help with this, we've put together the Top 25 personal growth resources online - they're all free! The post What Free Sites are Happy, Successful People Spending Their Time On? appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude

    Melisa
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Numerous studies have verified the many benefits of gratitude. Learn how we have the power to improve our lives by simply appreciating life's blessings. The post The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Creating A Vision for Your Life with Style-Shaker Brittany Witkin

    Kerri Lowe
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
    This week I talk to Brittany Witkin, wardrobe therapist, founder of The Style Shaker, and creator of The Ultimate Closet Guide. She recently left her job at Neiman Marcus and moved to San Francisco to do her business full-time. Brittany is a burst of energy and a ball of light. You may call her "Pollyanna," but she doesn't think a glass half full mindset goes far enough. Brittany's glass is not just half full, it's perfectly mixed and garnished. The post Creating A Vision for Your Life with Style-Shaker Brittany Witkin appeared first on StoryShelter.
 
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  • 12 Important Reasons Why Social Media Is Worth Your Time

    Laura Spencer
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Whether you’re a writer, an author, or a small business–you may have wondered if spending time on social media is worthwhile. My answer to that is a qualified yes. Social media is worth your time, but only if you use it wisely. Unwise use of social media adds just another time-consuming task to your already busy day. As I’ve discussed before, many businesses make mistakes with their social media use. In this post, I’ll share 12 important reasons why I think social media is worth spending time on. I’ll also add a few tips on how to use it effectively for business.
  • 14 Top Sites to Help You Learn More About Grammar and Writing Style

    Laura Spencer
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Grammar mistakes can make you look bad. A misspelled word here, a dangling participle there. That’s all it takes for your would-be client to decide that you’re sloppy and move on. That’s why it’s so important to proofread anything you publish. Of course, it’s hard to catch your own mistakes. There’s nothing more annoying than rereading an old post or article and discovering a mistake you didn’t see the first time around. But sometimes, you don’t realize you’ve made a mistake because your grammar skills are rusty or weak. In those…
  • Why I Love Editing

    Laura Spencer
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    We writers love to hate our editor. Saying “the editor goofed it up” is one way to escape the blame for a poorly written piece. In some ways, editing is the least favorite of the writing-related professions for many writers. Some writers hate editing even if they are asked to do it themselves. I’ve met writers who won’t accept editing projects. Not me. I happen to love editing projects and I’m always glad when I’m offered one. Likewise, I appreciate the efforts of a good editor. Whether you like editing or not, there’s a lot of demand for good…
  • Do You Promote the Content You Write for Your Clients?

    Laura Spencer
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    With many writing assignments ending up online, traffic is significant factor. But is it the writer’s responsibility to drive visitors to the client’s site? As a writer, you may have faced this question yourself. If you’ve dealt with this issue, I’d love to hear how you handled it in the comments. Personally, I often share something I’ve written for a client using my own social media accounts. However, sharing through my social accounts isn’t always the best way for a client to get the most traffic. In this post, I’ll explore the issue of building web…
  • The One Question to Ask Yourself BEFORE You Become a Freelance Writer

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

    Angel Voisen
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Today, I'm happy to welcome Author J.L Jarvis. Welcome, J.L! Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us your latest release, Highland Passage.  Blurb In this Scottish time travel romance, Mackenzie Cooper has had it with romance. On her way home from another blind date arranged by her well-meaning sister, she is caught in a snowstorm. While maneuvering the twists and turns of the icy road, Mackenzie loses control of her car and crashes into the rocky hillside.When a rugged Scotsman pulls her to safety, Mackenzie is sure she must be hallucinating. Through the storm’s fury, he takes…
  • Cover Reveal: Missing (The Brannock Siblings #3) by Jessica Wilde

    Angel Voisen
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Missing (The Brannock Siblings #3) by Jessica WildeRelease Date: September 21st Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22430814-missing   SynopsisThere are two things in this life that Gus Brannock truly loves; his family and his job. His family is growing and he wants what his brother and sister have before the job he's worked so hard for takes its toll. The woman he's got his eye on, however, isn't interested in being with a man who risks his life every day. When the unexpected friendship with the sassy red head he used to hate turns into something Gus just doesn't…
  • My Sexy Saturday Bloghop #57 (Aug 29 2014)

    Angel Voisen
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Welcome to the 57th week of My Sexy Saturday.This week, we’re traveling the universe as we give our wonderful sci-fi romance, of any subgenre, a nod to entertaining us with their wonderful stories. Have you ever wondered just what those sexy sci-fi girls are thinking when they write those fantastic stories? Well, here’s your chance to see just how good they are at weaving their unforgetable stories.Link back to My Sexy Saturday blog. This week, I'm posting a 7-paragraph snippet of my current unnamed m/m sci-fi paranormal romance (I love experimenting with genres). “The mobile fighter…
  • Book Blitz: Demonspawn Academy By DJ Liamson

    Angel Voisen
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Demonspawn AcademyBy DJ LiamsonGenre - M/M Paranormal Sci-FiDark Hollows PressPublication Date - 7/11/14Brief synopsisChance Bane wakes up with no memories of who he is and soon finds out he's been engineered to become a demon hunter. On his first mission with Demonspawn Academy, he's tasked with charting a topography of Hell, assuming he can find an entrance to Hell first. He's assigned to fellow demon hunter Riley Than, and when his emotions are super charged from demon hunting on their first mission, Chance experiences feelings he didn't know he…
  • #MFRW Book Hooks (August 27 2014)

    Angel Voisen
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by the MFRW Authors Blog Welcome to This Week’s #MFRW Book HooksThis week I’m posting 6 to 8 sentences from my upcoming m/m/m erotic paranormal romance release, Poisonous Parlay, from Evernight Publishing.Excerpt Adriel’s vision finally flickered to darkness. Vaguely, he felt himself being dragged and thrown over someone’s shoulder like a sack of flour. Gods, what a fool he was.What possessed him to slip under Lionel’s protection and foolishly venture out on his own? Would Lionel even reach him in time before the pirates’ ship sailed to god…
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • THE SOURCE OF STORIES: Writing from your experience and imagination

    Beatriz
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Today I want to share with you an exercise to find out what you might want to write about:1.  Draw a big circle.  In the middle write WHAT FASCINATES ME?2.  From the circle draw lines with all possible answers of what fascinates you.  Are you curious about the monarch butterfly?  Are you fascinated by the names of winds or hurricanes?  Do you want to learn more about the seven wonders of the world?  Write down all your interests.3.  When you're done with that, choose one of those and freewrite for a while.  Every day spend a few minutes writing…
  • THE SOURCE OF STORIES: Writing from your experience and imagination

    Beatriz
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    So far, we've looked at where to find the stories, how to begin them, and how to tell them.  Today we'll look at a few other important elements in crafting our stories.1. Write in layersAn interesting story or essay needs more than one story line or thread.  It needs depth, resonance, transcendence.  Layers will give you that.2. If you want to write genre fiction, study the genre.  Then, use it as a vehicle to explore what you want to communicate to your readers.3. Integrate both lobes of your brain: the right and the left, the creative, artistic side with the…
  • CREATIVE WRITING ESSENTIALS - PART 2

    Beatriz
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    THE LEAD the most important sentence in any essay or story is the first one.  First sentence induces the reader to go to the second and so on – until the reader is hooked.  This is the lead.How long should it be?  No pat answer.  But beware that readers want to know very soon what’s in it for them.  The lead must do real work:  details that tell the reader why the piece was written and why he or she ought to read it.  But don’t dwell on the reason.  Give the reader a little more.Continue to build.  Every paragraph should amplify the one…
  • CREATIVE WRITING ESSENTIALS

    Beatriz
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
      Before you start writing your story or essay or poem, take a few minutes to answer the following three questions to keep you focused:  who am I? why am I writing this?who will read this?Then, you can begin.   The subject of a story or essay is always a question:  for example, What is it like to be homeless in the 21st century in the richest country in the world?  What will we find in the Gulf of California  How will I survive my family’s illness?  Find the right question and you find a worthy subject.  Then the answer will…
  • THE SOURCE OF STORIES: Writing from experience and imagination

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

    Elizabeth Yetter
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Being a full time writer, you always need to be on the hunt for new book ideas. It doesn’t matter if you write fiction or nonfiction, real life events inspire fiction and nonfiction. Hot Searches First, take a visit to Google Trends and scroll down through the items that are trending. Today, for example, I […]Continue reading...
  • Get a Proofreader Before Publishing Your Kindle Book

    Elizabeth Yetter
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    I had just spent the last 2 hours skimming through nonfiction Kindle books to review and, so far, I can’t review a single one of them because they are so poorly written. I know it sounds harsh, but if you can’t proofread your book or hire someone else to proofread it for you, maybe you […]Continue reading...
  • Writing and Television Don’t Mix

    Elizabeth Yetter
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I don’t subscribe to cable television for a reason – it soaks up too much of my time. Instead, I have Netflix and I can plan to watch a show now and again without feeling like I have wasted a day watching commercials. Recently, while my teens and I had to do some visits, I […]Continue reading...
  • Getting Blog Post Ideas from Books

    Elizabeth Yetter
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    As bloggers, we are always looking for new ideas to blog about in our niches. One of my favorite ways to come up with ideas for blog posts is by reading through books in my niche. Where to Get the Books First, I visit my local Goodwill shop about once or twice a week to […]Continue reading...
  • The Ebola Virus and Volcano Threat Has Boosted the Survivalist Trend

    Elizabeth Yetter
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The ebola virus has a lot of people scared. Top it off with the possibility of the Yellowstone super volcano erupting, and people are scrambling to boost their food reserves. Survivalist methods are also being sought out and people are downloading survivalist Kindle books to get ready for any tragic event. Writing Homesteading and Survivalist […]Continue reading...
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • The Electric Wit and Tender Heart of Robin Williams

    Bernice Landry
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Like millions of others, I knew Robin Williams as a famous actor and comedian extraordinaire. I was also familiar with some details of his personal life, like that he had a house in San Francisco, was married more than once, and was a recovering addict. Other than that, I didn’t know much about him.On the other hand, I’m not sure how much the details circulated by the gossip and celebrity industries tell us about a person. It seems like the more minutiae we are peddled — what the celebrity eats, who he is seen with, behind-the-scenes gossip about his quirks and idiosyncrasies — the…
  • Psst! Hey, Peter Mendelsund! Illustrate my book cover, why don’t you?

    Bernice Landry
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Well, what do you know? Apparently the publishing industry is not even close to dead. As we are reminded by the recent release of two books, “Cover” and “What We See When We Read”, by guru designer Peter Mendelsund, there are whole departments of smart and talented people devoted to the ancient art of book cover illustration. And these designers are not historical re-enactors in period costume wielding ancient, cryptic tools — but living and breathing professionals working on lofty floors in Manhattan highrises! Designing real printed book covers (on real paper!) that do not even…
  • The Landscape of the Self in Georgia O’Keeffe

    Bernice Landry
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    The other day I had the urge to look up some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, and, as I admired her unmistakable work, I wondered if anyone had written her biography. And, of course, there were a few, but I decided to check out “Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe” by journalist and writer Laurie Lisle, originally published in 1980 and recently re-released.That O’Keeffe was a pioneer in the realm of visual arts is incontestable — one need look no further than her striking, sensual flowers, her stark bones against the vast desert sky and her impressionistic…
  • The Artist in Disguise in Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

    Bernice Landry
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Once upon a time there was an African-American candidate running for President of the United States. His election campaign rang out with promises of hope and change. People came by the tens of thousands to watch his powerful, moving speeches.Here was a candidate who understood the power of narrative. Though still young, he had written an autobiography detailing the experiences of growing up bi-racial in America. Known for the power of his critical thinking and his hard-won self-awareness, this candidate seemed particularly promising after eight years of the George W. Bush administration —…
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  • Want to be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger? Do These 3 Things

    Jennifer Mattern
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Are you tired of competing with countless other bloggers for every advertised gig you find? Do you wish you could reliably earn $100, $200, $500, or even more per article as a freelance blogger? If you’re looking to build a more stable and higher-paying freelance blogging career, you can. Opportunities are practically endless, if you know how to look and how to make yourself stand out. Consider giving your freelance blogging career a boost by doing one or more of these three things. 1. Research Real Professional-level Blogging Markets If you want to move beyond the $25, $50, or sometimes…
  • Free Action Plan Template for Writers and Bloggers

    Jennifer Mattern
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    For this week's free resource for writers, I'm giving you an action plan template loosely based on my own action plan format (though mine are usually scribbled out on 5x8" index cards). Here's a bit of background on what an action plan is and how you can use this template. And near the end of the post you can find a preview and download link. What is an Action Plan? We talk a lot about setting and reaching your goals here at All Indie Writers. And usually that focus is on longer-term goals like yearly plans and career goals. But an action plan is something you might use to reach smaller goals…
  • Quick Tip: Back up or Clone Your WordPress Site with the Duplicator Plugin

    Jennifer Mattern
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    No matter what kind of website you run, frequent backups are a necessity. With WordPress sites and blogs that's especially true because of the frequent core, theme, and plugin updates you have to perform. Having a fresh backup means you can revert all, or a part, of your site if something goes wrong during the update process (or if you're ever hacked). Whenever I would run plugin updates my process was to log into my server's control panel and quickly back up my plugins folder, theme files, and database. While it's quick and easy on a case-by-case basis to do it that way or even use a…
  • 3 Times to Lower Your Freelance Writing Rates

    Jennifer Mattern
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    I can hear it now. "Wait. What? Jenn, for years you've been encouraging me to raise my rates. And now you're saying I should lower them?" Not exactly. Nine times out of ten, I'd still encourage the freelance writers I meet to raise their rates. But after doing some thorough and careful evaluation of my own rate experiments this year, I'm thinking about lowering mine, at least for a few project types. And I think it's important to look at legitimate cases for lowering your freelance rates so we can all make better, more informed decisions. Remember. Pricing is one of the fundamentals of…
  • When Your Client’s Baby is Ugly

    Princess Jones
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    I use the baby analogy a lot when I’m talking about freelancing. So often we freelancers forget that the project means a lot more to the client than it does to us. That’s because it’s their baby. They created--gave birth--to it. They nurtured it and put in the hard work to get it where it is today. And then they realized they could only do so much for it and handed it over to us to give it a push to get it to the next level. If the project is the baby and the client is the mother, then you’re the nanny, tutor, or little league coach. I personally like to think of myself as the…
 
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  • Up in Here: Jailing Kids on Chicago’s Other Side offers few insights into juvenile detention in Cook County

    Cassie Sheets
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Mark Dostert’s experience as a children’s attendant in Cook County’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center is the subject of his memoir, Up in Here: Jailing Kids on Chicago’s Other Side from University of Iowa Press. Unfortunately, the author’s account of his... Read More ›
  • Announcing the winner of this week’s #sixwordstory contest!

    Chicago Literati
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    For this week’s #sixwordstory contest, we asked you to tweet us stories about #sleepwalking. While we received many amazing submissions, we can only choose one. Read the winning #sixwordstory below. 
  • Alex Nall discusses his new comic book, the CHI*PRC and how memory informs his art

    Abigail Sheaffer
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Alex Nall, our resident cartoonist and a fixture at the CHI*PRC, just released his new comic book: Aloof#1 this past weekend. He was kind enough to share an excerpt from the book and answer a few questions about how Aloof#1 came to be. Read our... Read More ›
  • Teaching Comics- Chess Wizards Tuesday

    alexnall
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    ‘Teaching Comics’ is a ongoing series that highlights cartoonist Alex Nall’s experiences as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools. You can view more of his work at alexnall.tumblr.com
  • Teaching Comics- Clown

    alexnall
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    ‘Teaching Comics’ is an ongoing series of comics that explores cartoonist, Alex Nall’s experiences as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools. You can view more of his work at alexnall.tumblr.com  
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  • 7 Tips for Making Interesting, Well-Rounded Characters

    Denise Drespling
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo from Flickr via Creative Commons from Louish Pixel Falling in love is a glorious process. Remember how it felt when you just met someone and learned all about him? How he seemed to do no wrong and you wanted to be with him every second of the day? Then one day something happened. Something he did or said made you see that there was no perfection there after all, but a regular person whom you choose to love anyway or to leave behind. Creating characters can and should be a lot like this. You imagine a scenario and build a grand hero. Smart, strong, good looking, witty—your hero has…
  • Book Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

    Denise Drespling
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    This book kinda snuck up on me. I picked it up because I had The Raven Boys, book 1 of Maggie Stiefvater’s series, The Raven Cycle and enjoyed it, and I have a copy of Shiver (book 1 of The Wolves of Mercy Falls) sitting around that I’ll get to one of these days. I was never a huge horse person (though I have nothing against them), so I went into The Scorpio Races with kind of an “ehh, let’s see” attitude. I enjoyed it in the beginning, then all of a sudden, I desperately needed to be reading this book. It’s now been several weeks, and it has stuck with me.
  • I’m Prepared to Fail

    Denise Drespling
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    photo from Flickr via Creative Commons from BasicGov   Sometimes I think about giving up. It’s usually one of those days where, for whatever reason, I’ve encountered some form of rejection (or perceived rejection) in regards to my writing. But not always. It’s just as easy to think my book is awesome, that I’ve got something, then troll through the interwebs and see other people getting published, or—what trips me up even faster—I realize that it is going to be incredibly difficult. Nothing about this path is easy. Writing well takes time to learn the craft and it takes a LOT…
  • When Books Become Movies: The Giver

    Denise Drespling
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
      I gave the book 5 stars, and while the movie had considerable differences, I really enjoyed it as well. I think the changes added, rather than took away from, the story, especially when it come to making it seem like a future society. The book was published 21 years ago, so you certainly can’t blame Lowry for not foreseeing some of the coolness we have today, like holograms. Book Accuracy There were quite a few differences. The movie was definitely modernized and futurized from the book, which was written in the 90s. Most of it was fun improvements that made it seem more like a…
  • Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Denise Drespling
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I finally read the modern classic, The Giver, and I’m so glad I did! I bought a pretty edition with all four books in the quartet and can’t wait to read the rest! Kinda surprised to read that Lowry didn’t think there needed to be other books after this one. The ending is the perfect setup for a sequel. Plot Every page was like a sucker punch. Just when you think, “Okay, maybe this society isn’t so bad. Look at how nice they all are to each other, look at how they care for each other, aw, isn’t that nice”—wait, they do WHAT?! Yeah, pretty much…
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  • Honesty In Writing

    Nat Russo
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The post Honesty In Writing appeared first on A Writer's Journey. There are many bits of common writerly wisdom that I tweet on a regular basis using the #writetip hashtag. Some of these nuggets are mine and others are parroting the masters. Most are widely held to be axiomatic, but some are confusing or enigmatic. Such is the limitation of 160 characters. One of the more confusing writetips deals with honesty in writing. Above all else, be honest in your writing. Readers sense fakes a mile away. #writetip Whenever this one comes up in the rotation, I get a flood of questions. I get…
  • The Road To Dar Rodon Hits Two Bestseller Lists

    Nat Russo
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    The post The Road To Dar Rodon Hits Two Bestseller Lists appeared first on A Writer's Journey. I’m proud to say that The Road To Dar Rodon landed on two Amazon Bestseller lists less than twelve hours after publication! It’s hard to wrap my head around this. Thank you all so much for your continued support, and thank you for the kind words you’ve all shared with me about this new story. Many of you reading this are writers yourselves, so you know how surreal it can be to release a piece of art into the world and have it accepted by people you don’t even know.
  • This Week Only!

    Nat Russo
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    The post This Week Only! appeared first on A Writer's Journey. This week only, for less than the price of a cup of coffee, you can read the #1 International Bestselling Fantasy, Necromancer Awakening. This special price will end on Thursday, so download your copy today! See what the critics have been raving about!     From The Back Cover “Knowledge in the absence of wisdom is a dangerous thing.”  Texas archaeology student Nicolas Murray has an ironic fear of the dead. A latent power connecting him to an ancient order of Necromancers floods his mind with impossible images…
  • 4 Things Every Writer Should Know About Beta Readers

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

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

    m.e. welman
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    The next time you are searching for a freelance job in the writing, editing and/or proofreading arenas, please keep in mind that the Editorial Freelancers Association has a list of common rates for your work. Yes, you are worth every penny.
  • Anna Faris makes me laugh.

    m.e. welman
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
  • Words totally fail me in today’s Oh, Jobs! So here’s the screenshot.

    m.e. welman
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:22 am
    The link is here. Don’t apply if you’re 21 or even like 28 years old. You’re not ideal. Here’s the EEOC page on prohibited practices in job advertisements. Psst, you broke some laws here. See what happens when the adults aren’t consulted? Good luck, Thrive Market, whoever you are.  
  • Saudade, thanks to Duran Duran.

    m.e. welman
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    I find the human brain a wondrous and strange organ. All those folds (named the gyri and sulci — there’s your Jeopardy question for the day) gray matter, white matter, neurons, dopamine, serotonin; all that makes us who we are, encased in a skull that isn’t, but should be, made of titanium. Makes you wonder how we’ve survived as a species. A very strange thing about our brains, tucked away somewhere in all those gyri and sulci, (see? real world application of your Jeopardy knowledge) is how certain elements of our lives like sounds and smells can evoke a string of memories or…
  • Today in Oh, Jobs!

    m.e. welman
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    My only question, is there another kind of blog other than an internet blog? Found in Craigslist under writing/editing jobs. Internet Blog Seeking Ad Sales Executive (Los Angeles) compensation: 25% sales commission telecommuting okay Nationally known Internet journalist seeking dynamic consumer advertising sales executive to join its Los Angeles-based Internet team. Position will take charge of consumer sales as well as drive business and product strategies for well-known blog about all things Los Angeles. Marketing knowledge a plus. Position can be full- or part-time. Feel free to work…
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  • 5 Content Writing Secrets that bring your visitors back

    Prachi Kulkarni
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Despite making a lot of efforts, sometimes visitors start bouncing off from the site. Browsing monthly traffic reports clearly indicates whether your visitors are able to find you, whether it is through email, organic search, blogs, social media, word of mouth or banner ads! It is very difficult to ascertain from which source visitors are coming. Irrespective of the source from where visitors are coming, the visitors get attracted with the content being published. The major reason behind bouncing off of visitors is the realization that what they were looking for is not available in the site.
  • How your Blog Plays an Essential Role in your Business

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

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

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

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

    terribleminds
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Some of you are probably like me. No, not in that way. I’m told this condition is one of a kind and that surgery will correct it enough so that small children and pets no longer tumble into catatonic states upon seeing me. No, I mean in the way that you sometimes struggle with what to write. Writing is a craft and storytelling is an art so the one part of you wants to just unbuckle all the straps affixing you to this mundane world so that you can leap into the chasm of madness that is creation. You and the Muse will art-fuck until the world explodes into pure narrative. And yet, this…
  • The Eerie Resonance Of The Southern Reach Trilogy

    terribleminds
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Tomorrow lands the newest by Jeff VanderMeer: Acceptance. It’s the third and final book in the whoa-dang-wow Southern Reach trilogy. Now, there’s this meme going around Facebook which is rara avis in that I actually like it (most Facebook memes are thought-excrement) — while some have simplified it as ten books you love, the original meme is, ten books that have ‘stayed with you.’ I like that. Stayed with you. Clinging to you like a smell. I’ll do a proper post about this later in the week about my ten books, but I want to explain to you one of the ways…
  • Flash Fiction Challenge: Let Fate Choose Your Title…

    terribleminds
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Last week’s challenge: And, Action! By now, I suspect you know how this works. But, just in case? You will choose two random numbers. (Use a d20 or a random number generator.) Each between 1-20. Then, those random numbers go to the items in the columns at the end of this post. One for each. That earns you your title. You might end up with Elegant Alleyway. Or the Black-Hearted Eight. Or the Lupine Last Call. You can add “The” to the fore of the title, and make the second part plural, if need be. And that’s it. You’ve got, ohhh, 1500 words this go around. Due…
  • Blightborn (Heartland #2)

    terribleminds
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    And the second book of The Heartland Trilogy is now out in the world. Your procurement options are: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound It is also available on Kindle Unlimited (which you can try for free). Feel free too to check out the books or add it on Goodreads. What’s It About? This is the second book in my YA Heartland trilogy: a cornpunk agripocalyptic dust-topia where a handful of teens from the earthbound Heartland decide to take the fight to the rich masters who float above their heads in grand island cities called flotillas. For folks who like: Star Wars, Bioshock, John…
  • 500 Ways To Write Harder

    terribleminds
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    How To Buy Buy Direct From Terribleminds ($2.99) Buy As Part Of Seven-Book, $20 Bundle ($20.00) Amazon ($2.99) B&N ($2.99) Book Description “Chuck Wendig’s Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey is full of the kind of writing advice I wish I’d gotten in school. Practical, brutally honest, and done with the kind of humor that will make it stick in your brain. Whether you’re a veteran writer or new to the craft, you’ll find something useful in here. Plus he says ‘fuck’ a lot, so, you know, there’s that.” – Stephen Blackmoore, author…
 
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  • Postcards From The Mountain

    Bibi Tinsley
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:32 pm
    co-creating with the elementals In May, 2014, I asked the Sylphs to bring a message to the hummingbirds.  earth * air * fire * water * love elements andelementals crystals The Crystal Beings are conscious, and they want very much to communicate with us...Subscribe to the blog here Lithium Quartz Calcite A Lady's Friends Green Kyanite Amazonite Sylphie My Salamander Nuummite 1 Nuummite 2 Nuummite 3
  • Bird Clan Shaman's Blessing

    Bibi Tinsley
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Co-Creating With The Elementals
  • The Real Hummingbirds

    Bibi Tinsley
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    I think I'm nearing the end, or rather, I should say the temporary end, of my obsession with photographing hummingbirds. Yesterday evening, just at twilight, I took out my camera, and something amazing happened. the hummingbirds came as they always do. When I first started shooting them in May, it was catch as catch can - they were so very shy. Now all I need do is stand in place, and my little friends come to say hello.Well, they looked just like they always do, until I looked at the photos on my laptop. These are shape shifters! There is something about the light at sunset that brings out…
  • Latest Photos

    Bibi Tinsley
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    One very determined little guy! Angel got dusty!
  • Holy Passageway

    Bibi Tinsley
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Holy Passageway, July 30, 2014By Bibi TinsleyThis review is from: Angels and the Keys to Paradise: Ancient Egyptian Codes to Open Your Door to Heaven (Paperback) This is a remarkable book. Stewart Pearce presents a means of accessing Source, or God, or whatever one wishes to name The All That Is. He begins with a marvelous and true story describing how he was initiated into the ancient Egyptian Codes just a short time ago. He has a rare and sublime gift of crafting words, so that the reader is able, if willing, to share the experience as it is being read. All wonderful books…
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  • Sharp Smartphone Remove Super Thin Bezel Design

    Nurdin Budi M.
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    The latest news today, sharp which is a well-known technology companies will also be issued a Smartphone, even reportedly, a Smartphone that they do not spend half the battle with a super-thin bezel design. With a super-thin design, a product they believed would be able to compete with other mobile phone vendors, might even beat them.Mobile Aquos Crystal that's his name. This Smartphone will be sold throughout the world not only for local only, so you all from all over the world can enjoy this super slim mobile phone. Sharp is a Japanese based company that was always known around the world.
  • Reset Windows 8 / 8.1 Without DVD

    Nurdin Budi M.
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    To reset windows 8 most people think of having to use a DVD or flash disk to perform the process. This process is very inconvenient especially if the DVD or flash disk you do not have or are not with you at the time. However, a different way if you know how to reset windows without a DVD then it will be much easier.It takes a few easy steps to reset the windows. Here is how:Search or a search on the drive contained Windows 8 installation. Find the file to install. WIM (Windows Imaging Format) on the sources folder then copy to a new folder on the disk in drive C. The next step is to…
  • Windows 9 Released In September 2014

    Nurdin Budi M.
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    Microsoft is currently the newest Windows release Windows 9 This is due to a lot of negative feedback about the quality of Windows 8 were deemed unsatisfactory by many parties. With a variety of user input windows and also with the input of new technology in the near future Microsoft is reportedly will release their latest product is Windows 9, precisely in September 2014.In the month of September 2014 is actually only part of the test only. To the Microsoft official expenditure has not given an official explanation.Windows 9 with code windows Threshold will surely be the latest and most…
  • How To Quickly Turn off Windows 8.x With Keyboard

    Nurdin Budi M.
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    Windows 8.x more rampant and popular for computer users; in general, you can turn off the windows by using the mouse. So what if your mouse is broken, what can you do?In addition to using the mouse, in fact Microsoft has also included a function that can turn off the windows via keyboard computer well. It's just a different way 8.x for Windows.Here's how to turn off the windows with the keyboard:Press the Windows key + X to display the power tools. Press the U button to display the option menu Shut Down or Log Out. From here you can select from four options. Press U to Shut…
  • How to Enable Fast Forward / Slow Motion on YouTube

    Nurdin Budi M.
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    YouTube is a video site that is very well known throughout the internet users. With this site you can see and watch videos from around the world that have been posted by various internet users from around the world.Maybe sometimes you want to watch video on a slow mode or vice versa. At the time certain you have a specific purpose in view YouTube videos, and it will greatly help to facilitate your goals are.For those of you who already know this would be very easy. But for users who are new and new this would be more complicated. Actually, everything is simple and easy if you can learn it…
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  • 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!
  • Writing Process? What Writing Process?

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

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

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

    Kevin Duncan
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’re doing everything you’re supposed to do. You’re writing posts readers seem to enjoy. Your traffic is increasing. A popular blogger has noticed you and Tweeted one of your posts. You’re putting in the time day after day and week after week to make your blog successful. And, little by little, you’re seeing results. So why do you feel empty? Why is apathy overtaking you and your blog? Why did the joy you felt from blogging just a few weeks or months ago dissipate? Where did your enthusiasm go? It’s not supposed to feel this way. Right? Discipline without…
  • An interesting anecdote could be the antidote for your ailing blog post

    Kevin Duncan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    He had never before heard his friend scream. “What happened,” Dennis asked his friend. George, who was on the ground holding his ankle, fought to catch his breath. “A snake bit me,” George shouted. “It was a rattlesnake.” “This isn’t good,” Dennis thought to himself. The two of them were hiking in a remote area. They were at least four hours away from the nearest campsite. “What do you need me to do,” Dennis asked. “I need an antidote,” George responded. “I’ll be fine if I’m treated in time, but if…
  • Be Memorable: Why I wrote an 8,000-word blog post (and why you should do something just as crazy)

    Kevin Duncan
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the time it takes you to read this sentence, Gwyneth Paltrow will have done something pretentious, Taylor Swift will have broken up with another boyfriend, and 21 new blogs will have been created. You see, supposedly, a new blog is being created somewhere in the world every half second. Every half second. How can you succeed as a blogger when approximately 172,800 new blogs are created each and every day? How can you compete? How can you get noticed? BONUS CONTENT: Want a convenient PDF checklist of this post? Click the image below. “Write great content,” they say……
  • How to write a blog post: The definitive 8,317-word guide your mom will understand

    Kevin Duncan
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    We all do it. Whenever people are talking about a topic, and we have no clue what they’re talking about, we play the game. We smile. We nod our head. We hope no one notices we are slowly backpedaling out of the room so we can Google the foreign topic on our smartphone. And when we return to the conversation ten minutes later, we proudly share the information we learned. Usually, the conversation has switched to a different esoteric topic, so after everyone gives you a puzzled look you smile, nod your head, and begin the dance anew. When you’re new to blogging, a lot of the…
  • What Weird Al Yankovic can teach us about blogging

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    The barista has a look of anger and annoyance that I believe is meant to cover up her embarrassment. At a local concert last week she was dancing suggestively with my friend's father, as my friend played the banjo in said concert.It was quite amusing to everyone because this particular father is much older than most parents of the people in our generation.I believe he is "pushing eighty," as they say.The barista looks about twenty-five.His son, my friend, was also mildly embarrassed by this incident.It was all the talk that evening: the relatively old man with the relatively young…
  • cafes=humanity?

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A man is walking his son who, seconds before, I saw in a wheelchair.The man is walking him, holding him under the armpits, and his whole body moves right, left, right, left...The waitress asks the boy, in the tone of voice you would ask an infant, "Did you like your iced mocha?" The man answers, "yes" for the boy.I see some people in their twenties walk by the window. They are attractive and dressed like train hoppers, if you can imagine what that looks like. I know because I know one. I want to go outside and ask them, "Who are you?"I want to spend time with them.I want to…
  • More nonsense about nothing in particular

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    I have been having many thoughts, but instead of writing them down they just pass through my brain, and later on I wonder if I have been having any thoughts at all.It is a sleepy day in this house.Even the dog is sleepy.There is a slight chill and I have the urge to complain about it, but there is no one to complain to.I have been sneezing. The dog has been sneezing. Sometimes I feel like the dog and I have become one entity. She leaves all her hairs on my comforter. I am cloaked in remnants of her fur as I sleep.Maybe this is why I have been sneezing. And perhaps she is allergic to me…
  • When a friend of your mother comes up to you two and exclaims to her "She's as pretty as a doll" like you don't even exist and you are seven and you think: are my cheeks rosy and my hair in curls? Am I made of plastic?

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Every time someone calls me demure I want to spit in their face.
  • Coal miners I guess?

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I got a new book and it is quite a bit more lovely than the last one. It uses very short sentences. Sometimes it has as little as three sentences per page. It is a very nice book.I wrote a little short story today but you can't see it because maybe I want to publish it and everyone is very exclusive about those kinds of things. Maybe I think it is a pretty decent piece of writing. I will most likely no longer feel this way in a couple of years. If you are working but no one is watching you work, are you really working? If you are working but you like working, are you…
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    Cristy Burne

  • 10 things our puppy taught me about freelance writing

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    We recently adopted a rescue puppy from Wish, and for the first time since I was a kid, I’m sharing my life with a pooch. It’s terrific. I expected the joy of seeing my kids learn to love and care for a dog. What I didn’t expect is that this floppy-eared creature could teach me so much about […]
  • 3-step CPR for your feature film script (or my over-edited novel)

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Is your script missing something? Does your story meander? Or maybe you can’t seem to find your rhythm? Join the club! CPR for your script: form and structure I’ve been working on the same *insert-swearword-here* manuscript for nearly three years. My draft has been through a zillion carnations and reincarnations. It’s been called The Cockroach Book, The Half-witch Wars, Exploits, Ranger […]
  • How to drink tea: more than just a cuppa

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    When I write, I drink tea. When I need comfort, I drink tea. When I’m catching up with friends, I drink tea. And I’m not alone. If you’re a fellow lover-of-tea, or you want to know… what teas to serve with fried eggs, or how to store your tea, or what to serve when Prince Charles […]
  • 10 questions your TV pitch should answer…with producer Amanda Higgs

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

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

  • Next?

    inertsilence
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I must admit I feel a little lost these days. I’ve been grinding through life satisfactorily so far because I’ve had tangible goals. Finish high school, finish college, get a “real” job, and so on. However, I don’t have anything now. The quest log is empty. There is little for me to aspire to and I find my motivation quickly declining. It probably doesn’t help that my current job doesn’t offer much in the way of advancement, but hey have to start somewhere (and pay the money lenders). It is rather depressing though because I am motivated when I am…
  • The Hermit

    inertsilence
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I took a week off of work this week. Finally. It went by fast, even though I didn’t go anywhere or do anything in particular. What really tickled me was the call I just got from my landlord. Apparently the neighbor called them because they haven’t seen my car move in a long time and they haven’t seen me. I must admit I had to take a little bit of offense to this, but it also made me laugh. If I ever needed confirmation of how much of a hermit I am, I think I finally have gotten it. I appreciate the solicitous nature of making sure that I was still alive though, it reminds me…
  • Beginnings

    inertsilence
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    I’ve always enjoyed writing. I haven’t always done it on my own time, but it’s something I have always been drawn to do. Hell, my job involves writing and editing. I spent most of my time in college taking writing classes. So obviously something must speak to me from the written word. That’s a big reason I started this blog. You’ll notice I have a few “fiction” things posted. Things like, The Endless Times: Chapter 1 and The Interview: Part 1 for example. What I’ve found though, especially with writing fiction, is that I have a ton of…
  • The Martian by Andy Weir

    inertsilence
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Title: The Martian Author: Andy Weir Published: February 11, 2004 Publisher: Crown Publishing (Random House) Pages: 384 (Kindle Edition) Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction Well, I normally edge towards so called “literary fiction” which this book certainly is not. Guess what though. A fun read. Sure, I like navigating my way through complex “literary” types of books, the classics, modern classics, all that snooty stuff. What I’ve found out though, is those books aren’t any “better” than their less “snooty” cousins. It’s just a…
  • Overheating, Please Refrain From Use Until Cooldown

    inertsilence
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Ever have one of those days where you can’t think. I mean, you can operate your body. Move around. Perform most daily functions. However, any sort of higher level thinking is completely ineffective. That’s how I feel right now. Just a cold marsh over my brain devoid of any noise or movement. I walk through the paths of my mind and all I hear is the soft crinkle of dead leaves and branches. Where is everything? Just a dark fog covering all pathways. The only logical thing is to continue into the darkness. Don’t get me wrong, my mind is spooky. Dangerous? Probably not. At…
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    Once upon a time

  • But why?

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    It remains a hotly debated topic among them. Was it an act of foolishness or valor? Is there any truth in all the silly rumors? The phenomenon was unprecedented. She was truly a pioneer. Humans think it is just a joke, but birds at the farm still wonder – why did the chicken cross the road? Appears on the blog 55WordStory on the theme PerplexedImage: , via Wikimedia Commons
  • Break free

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    He navigated his bike through the narrow dirt road between soaring mountains and steep gorges. This road trip with his buddies was like a dream. Looming landslides didn’t intimidate him. Barrage power point slides did. Sitting among his rambling colleagues in the board meeting that day, he felt like a nomad waiting to break free. Appears on the blog 55WordStory on the theme Nomadic Image: Amit Pande
  • No exceptions

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    It was 5 am on a damp Sunday morning. He was the first one to get there. But others would be there soon. The fights were unavoidable. They all wanted one but it was always in short supply. No other fish would do. A Bengali not eating Hilsa is like a fish living without water!As published in the blog 55WordStory on the theme "SolitaryImage: Kirti Poddar via Wikimedia Commons
  • The end

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    They finally bumped him. It was breaking news. Facts were sketchy, but news channels looped the story all night. Schedules were adjusted to accommodate programming on his life story. Experts were lined up for panel discussions. There was no shortage of creativity in newspaper headlines the next morning. Some called him scum. Few others, Bhai. As published in the blog 55WordStory on the theme "SmutImage: POA(Phot) Sean Clee/MOD, via Wikimedia Commons
  • No escape

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Image: stu_spivack (Flickr) , via Wikimedia CommonsShe was a nervous wreck. Waiting was as agonizing as the experience itself. Three more to go before her. In a bid to escape her misery, she closed her eyes and let her imagination take flight. Skinny dipping on the sandy beaches of Hawaii. Rays of the warm winter sun cutting through the chill to kiss her cheeks on a sunny morning in the hills. The delicious sensation of eating a spoonful of chocolate mud pie ice cream sundae. It wasn't helping. There was no escape. She braced for the worst and mustered all her…
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    Health & Medical Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN

  • Welcome to RN2Writer!

    Elizabeth Hanes
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The only blog devoted to helping nurses and other healthcare professionals forge a second career as a freelance writer. Find fulfillment, make money and help more people than you ever imagined! I’m Beth, and I’m a nurse. But I make my living as a freelance writer. In fact, I make more money — and help […] The post Welcome to RN2Writer! appeared first on Health & Medical Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • Your Friday 5: Can you use that image? What is a SOW? Tips for Freelance Nurse Writers

    Elizabeth Hanes
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    (Almost) every Friday, I offer five tips to help freelance nurse writers amp up their careers. Ready, set…go! Tip 1 (Monday): Where do your opportunities lie? If you’ve been following along, you know we’re in the middle of doing a SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) analysis of ourselves. This exercise helps you plan your continuing education activities, develop […] The post Your Friday 5: Can you use that image? What is a SOW? Tips for Freelance Nurse Writers appeared first on Health & Medical Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • Your Friday 5: SWOT Yourself, Workflows & More to Amp Up Your Freelance Writing Career

    Elizabeth Hanes
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Every Friday I’m sharing five tips to launch, amp up or maintain your freelance health writing career. You should implement one tip per day, Monday through Friday. Have fun! Until today, I’ve focused the Friday Five posts on nurses who are just starting down the freelance path. Today, I’m offering some tips to those of […] The post Your Friday 5: SWOT Yourself, Workflows & More to Amp Up Your Freelance Writing Career appeared first on Health & Medical Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • Your Friday 5: Taxes, Email Management and More to Help You Launch Your Freelance Writing Career

    Elizabeth Hanes
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Every Friday I’m sharing five tips to launch, amp up or maintain your freelance health writing career. You should implement one tip per day, Monday through Friday. Have fun! Tip 1 (Monday): Identify Your Strengths Over the next few weeks, I’m going to walk you through a common marketing analysis called SWOT: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, […] The post Your Friday 5: Taxes, Email Management and More to Help You Launch Your Freelance Writing Career appeared first on Health & Medical Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
  • How Freelancing Works: Breaking Down the Process

    Elizabeth Hanes
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Maybe you’ve been following the RN2Writer blog or newsletter and have been thinking: I really don’t understand how the whole shebang works. Fair enough. Let me give you a brief overview of how freelancing works. It’s a lot like baseball In freelance writing, you play multiple positions on the team. You’re the pitcher. But you’re […] The post How Freelancing Works: Breaking Down the Process appeared first on Health & Medical Writer | Nurse Elizabeth Hanes RN.
 
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