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  • Does your protagonist have a life theme or motto?

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

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    When I first started writing plays I couldn’t write good dialogue because I didn’t respect how black people talked. I thought that in order to make art out of their dialogue I had to change it, make it into something different. Once I learned to value and respect my characters, I could really hear them. I let them start talking. AUGUST WILSON
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
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    17 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Why Weird Al's Word Crimes Video Made Me Want to Quit
  • Five Good Grammar Habits Every Writer Should Adopt

    Writing Forward
    Melissa Donovan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have good grammar habits? Can you imagine a nutritionist who eats exclusively at fast food restaurants? A personal trainer who never exercises? A writer who can’t be bothered with grammar, spelling, and punctuation? In most professions, best practices and tools of the trade are mandatory. If you want to be a doctor, you have to have a PhD. If you want to land a job in accounting, you need math skills. But writers can easily finagle around best writing practices, especially with the increasing accessibility of self-publishing. Basic grammar skills used to be mandatory–not…
  • Roleplaying for Writing

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

  • Finish Your First Draft

    JW
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The best advice on writing was given to me by my first editor, Michael Korda, of Simon and Schuster, while writing my first book. "Finish your first draft and then we'll talk," he said. It took me a long time to realize how good the advice was. Even if you write it wrong, write and finish your first draft. Only then, when you have a flawed whole, do you know what you have to fix. DOMINICK DUNNE
  • That vs. Which

    JW
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    That is the defining, or restrictive pronoun, which is the nondefining, or nonrestrictive. . . . The lawn mower that is broken is in the garage. (Tells which one) The lawn mower, which is broken, is in the garage. (Adds a fact about the only lawn mower in question) The use of which for that is common and written and spoken language (“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass.”) Occasionally which seems preferable to that, as in the sentence from the Bible. But it would be a convenience to all if these two pronouns were used with precision. The…
  • Value Your Characters

    JW
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    When I first started writing plays I couldn’t write good dialogue because I didn’t respect how black people talked. I thought that in order to make art out of their dialogue I had to change it, make it into something different. Once I learned to value and respect my characters, I could really hear them. I let them start talking. AUGUST WILSON
  • You Are Always Bad Before You Can Get a Little Better

    JW
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I have so little control over the act of writing that it's all I can do to remain conscious. Actual formal considerations are almost beyond my capacity. Before I sat down and became a writer, before I began to do it habitually and for my living, there was a decades-long stretch when I was terrified that it would suck, so I didn't write. I think that marks a lot of people, a real terror at being bad at something, and unfortunately you are always bad before you can get a little better. DAVID RAKOFF
  • Limit Your Vocabulary

    JW
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Upon mature consideration I advise you to go no farther with your vocabulary. If you have a lot of words they will become like some muscle you have developed that you are compelled to use, and you must use this one in expressing yourself or in criticizing others. It is hard to say who will punish you the most for this, the dumb people who don't know what you are talking about or the learned ones who do. But wallop you they will and you will be forced to confine yourself to pen and paper. Then you will be a writer and may God have mercy on your soul. No! A thousand times no! Far, far better…
 
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    The Protagonize blog

  • Roleplaying for Writing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Back-Formation

    Maeve Maddox
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Back-formation is one of several methods by which new words are added to the language. An often-quoted example is the word pea. Before pea was created by back-formation, English had the singular noun pease. Here are two examples of its early use from the OED, (some spellings altered): All this world’s pride is not worth a pease. As like as one pease is to another. The plural was peasen: The leaves of beans and peasen Cherries, gooseberries, and green peasen Over time, as -s shoved out -en as the sign of the plural, speakers came to feel that pease was a plural; thus was born our singular…
  • Apostrophe with Plural Possessive Nouns

    Maeve Maddox
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Most English speakers know that the usual way to make a noun plural is to add -s to the singular: boy/boys, knight/knights, house/houses. They are also aware that the plural of few nouns, like child and ox, is formed with the quaint ending -en: children, oxen. The modern convention of forming a noun plural by adding -s was not a foregone conclusion. Old English formed noun plurals with five or six endings, depending upon which declension the noun belonged to and how the noun was used in the sentence. By the Early Middle English period (1100-1300), most of the OE inflectional endings had…
  • Surplus and Surplice

    Maeve Maddox
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    The fashion term “surplice neckline” recently came to my attention. The term applies to a diagonally crossed neckline that creates a deep v-shaped neckline. The surplice style is thought of as a “faux wrap,” a cross-over design that makes the garment look as if it is wrapped around the wearer. Unlike a wrap-around garment, the faux wrap is sewn in place. Perhaps it is this “extra” piece of cloth that causes some advertisers to misspell surplice as surplus: Dress like a goddess in this gorgeous gown made in sheer chiffon and designed with a surplus neckline Emily West Girls Surplus…
  • Helping Verbs

    Maeve Maddox
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    A reader of the post on the uses of the past participle wonders, How did English come to require helping verbs? Isn’t that unusual among languages? Helping verbs are not unique to English. Also called “auxiliary verbs,” helping verbs are common in analytical languages like English. (An analytical language has lost most of its inflexions.) Auxiliaries are used with main verbs to help express grammatical tense, mood, and voice.   tense: forms or modifications (or word-groups) in the conjugation of a verb to indicate time (past, present, or future). mood: a form or set of forms of a verb…
  • Tortuous, Torturous, and Tortious

    Maeve Maddox
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    All three words, tortuous, torturous, and tortious derive from the Latin verb torquere, “to twist.” Pronunciation: tortuous [TOR-choo-us] torturous [TOR-chur-us] tortious [TOR-chus] The Latin adjective tortuosus means “full of twists or turns.” The Latin noun tortura means twisting, but it can also mean torment or torture; torturing a person often involves twisting body parts. The English adjective tortuous retains the sense of twisting or winding, whereas the adjective torturous conveys the sense of painful. A winding road is said to be tortuous. In medicine, a “tortuous bowel”…
 
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  • TURF

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    情報も高いし当たらないし最悪ですよ。
  • WINNING RACE

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    「より完璧な」とかさらに上をうたったり、弁解してる時点でインチキ じゃあ前回は完璧じゃないもの売ってたんだな!ってこと インチキ!
  • WINBEST

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    高いからいいというわけではなかった… 無理したのに 弁護士は助けてくれるのかな?
  • Winning Horse

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
    今のところ6戦丸坊主 さすがにもうやめた方がいいですよね ここのコメント欄見ても答えは一目瞭然ですけど 一つだけすごく惜しいのがあって期待しようか迷いってて
  • INSIDER

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
    高いのばっか売りつけてくる最低最悪サイト
 
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    Copyblogger

  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message

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

    Beth Hayden
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to work every day. He took a leap of faith and launched an interview-based business podcast called EntrepreneurOnFire. Within its first few months, the podcast became a top-ranked iTunes business podcast and earned a coveted spot on the “Best of iTunes” list. The podcast…
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients

    Henneke
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that blogging is hard work, but what should you do when your efforts don’t seem to pay off? Should you cross your fingers and keep plugging away? Hope that your readership will snowball? Pray that business inquiries will soon flood your inbox? You need a new blog strategy, not…
  • Pamela Wilson Is Now Working With the Copyblogger Team

    Sonia Simone
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am so pleased to announce that Pamela Wilson is going to be working with the Copyblogger Media team on some cool new projects. You may know Pamela from her many Copyblogger posts, or from her business, Big Brand System, where she gives out lots of great business and design advice to help business owners look more professional, cohesive, and successful. She’s an award-winning graphic designer and marketing consultant who’s been helping small businesses and large organizations create “big brands” since 1987. Pamela also has a real gift for taking complex marketing tasks and…
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  • Does your protagonist have a life theme or motto?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Unnatural Campus

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    UNNATURAL CAMPUS GM: TheApprentice Co-GM: KingType The Unnatural World: For longer than records here on Earth will tell, there have always been supernatural creatures hiding among the human race and out of sight. Perhaps there was a time long ago when they showed themselves to the... Unnatural Campus
  • Human falling in love with demons... Overdone?

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Hi all! I get a lot of inspiration from my dreams, and the other night I had a dream about a girl falling in love with a demon who was trying to kill her and eventually marrying him. I thought about working on this idea, making it a horror/thriller type of thing. But the only thing I can seem to... Human falling in love with demons... Overdone?
  • The Not Happy Thread

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The previous thread was getting so large it was noticeably impacting performance. Maybe it was an overload of negativity. So here is a new place to grumble and gripe,and get it off your chest.
  • Why Stephen King Can't Write (according to some guy)

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    I came across this. Any thoughts? I'm inclined to agree with him.
  • Is the motivation to be published enough?

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    I was reading some of the 'Why Do You Write?' thread, and I decided that I wanted to ask a more specific question. I have recently been struggling to find motivation to write, and I thought about why this was happening. Ideally, I would like to write a novel that would be published and read by a... Is the motivation to be published enough?
 
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    The Purdue OWL News

  • New Resources on Video Résumés for July 4, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to be a better online reader

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

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

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

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

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

  • Writing by Hand Versus Writing on the Computer

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

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

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

    Charlotte Dixon
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:03 am
    You're writing a story, be it novel, short story, or memoir, and it needs structure. "But I want to be creative," you cry.  "And following story structure will make my work formulaic." Baloney, I say. Because a piece of creative writing without structure is like bread without yeast.  Or a pen without ink. Or coffee without caffeine in it. Structure is what makes the writing hold up.  I think of it like this:  Picture a clothesline with the string between the two poles all loose and wavy.  No way you can hang clothes on it. Now think of that same string as pulled…
  • Quick Bit: Writing Active Description

    Charlotte Dixon
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Your writing needs description to make the people and places you're writing about come alive in the mind of the reader. Duh. But opinions on how much description vary.  Some like a lot, some like a little.  I fall somewhere in between.  I like a lot of description--and I will admit to finding myself skimming through it upon occasion as well. One way to make certain your description is palatable to the reader is to make it active.  I was reminded of this the other night when reading Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble.  Here's the sentence of active description that caught my eye:…
 
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    WritersDigest.com

  • 4 Things You Should Know About Writing a Cozy Mystery Novel

    Guest Column
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    When you think of mystery novels today, you might think of stories filled with in-depth police procedure and cringe-inducing violence. But you might be surprised to learn that the bestselling mystery novelist of all time is still Agatha Christie—and her timeless mysteries are quaint stories that leave all those gory details to the imagination. True, crime fiction as a whole may have grown grittier by the year since Christie’s Miss Marple character gained popularity in the 1940s, but a subset of modern mystery novelists are finding success by bucking that trend and spinning tales that…
  • 18 Quotes for Writers from Ernest Hemingway

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

    Chuck Sambuchino
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Siobhan McBride of Serendipity Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Siobhan: Siobhan McBride joined Serendipity Literary Agency in 2014. Raised in New York’s Hudson Valley region she studied painting, drawing, and ceramics before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz. She began her career in Publishing as an intern for the literary agency Objective…
  • WD Has Awesome Writers’ Conferences in both NYC and LA in August 2014. The NYC Event Has a 50-Agent Pitch Slam!

    Chuck Sambuchino
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    As we do each year, Writer’s Digest is putting on some awesome (and HUGE) writers conferences on both coasts of the country. These conferences bring together writers from all over the country, and lead to all kinds of good things, like signing with an agent, meeting your writer friends for life, keeping your finger on the pulse of the industry, and/or simply recharging your writing bat. Read on for more info. We hope to see you there. EAST COAST EVENT: NEW YORK CITY, AUG. 1-3, 2014 This event happens from Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3, 2014, at the Roosevelt Hotel in…
  • 7 Things I Learned So Far, by Heather Sellers

    Chuck Sambuchino
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Heather Sellers, author of CHAPTER AFTER CHAPTER) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. GIVEAWAY: Heather is excited to give away a free copy of her book, CHAPTER BY CHAPTER, to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the…
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    The Break Room

  • TBR 219 - Break Room Centipede - Voicemail (469) 665-9827

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

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

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

    19 Jun 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Casey Kasem gets a special tribute this week and we throw open the doors to the Double Dead Hall of Fame, plus we tear apart the final episode of Game of Thrones. Listen and subscribe in iTunesRSSFacebookTwitter
  • TBR 215 - Ass To Ear Surgery - Voicemail (469) 665-9827

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:19 pm
    In this week’s episode we tackle yet another list, re-examine Chinese Democracy, and discover who’s the latest to meet the grim reaper in Game Of Thrones “The Watchers On The Wall”.
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Your Friend, the Comma

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

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

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

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

    17 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    I’m working on a complicated story right now. It’s total fiction, with no basis in my experience, and I’ve fallen into a trap common to writers of any genre, the hamster wheel syndrome. I know better than to do this, but I’ve been editing the heck out of what I’ve already written rather than forging boldly ahead to write the story. I know where it’s going – I’m just having trouble reading the markers along the path. Yesterday I had a Skype visit with Ian Mathie, a prolific cross-genre author who pops out stories like a cat birthing a litter. Already this year Mosaique Press…
 
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Joe Pulizzi Shares Epic Content Marketing’s Story

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

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

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

    Roger C. Parker
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Click the graphic to discover 45 carefully-curated ebooks to download and harvest for fresh content marketing ideas. Curata is a leading content curation firms, helping content marketers save time locating ideas to pass along as part of their content marketing and social media marketing. Carefully curated free resources Curata’s Content Marketing eBooks: The Ultimate List contains descriptions and download links to 45 valuable downloadable resources from trusted resources. For your convenience, Curata has organized the ebooks into categories of content marketing topics, such as: Content…
  • Design Tips for Branding Your Mind Maps

    Roger C. Parker
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Click the graphic if you’re been looking for  ways to make your mind maps stand out from the competition. Recently, Chuck Frey, the publisher of the influential Mind Mapping Software Blog, asked me to share some examples and ideas about using design to brand mind maps to differentiate them from the example. Chuck asked several perceptive questions, which encouraged me to explain some of my recent design decisions and rethink the whole mind mapping branding process. During the interview, I discussed the mind maps I create for my Dashboard Series on Mindjet’s Conspire Blog and my…
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    Writing Forward

  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Report It

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

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

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

    Melissa Donovan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have good grammar habits? Can you imagine a nutritionist who eats exclusively at fast food restaurants? A personal trainer who never exercises? A writer who can’t be bothered with grammar, spelling, and punctuation? In most professions, best practices and tools of the trade are mandatory. If you want to be a doctor, you have to have a PhD. If you want to land a job in accounting, you need math skills. But writers can easily finagle around best writing practices, especially with the increasing accessibility of self-publishing. Basic grammar skills used to be mandatory–not…
  • Creative Writing: Is It Fun or Is It Work?

    Melissa Donovan
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Is creative writing a lot of fun, a lot of work, or both? Creative writing belongs to the arts, and the arts are an odd bunch. People pursue artistic endeavors for  different reasons. For some, it’s a hobby. For others, a livelihood. For most, it’s a hobby they dream of turning into a livelihood. It’s a worthwhile dream and a lofty one too. But what does it take to get there? How much fun are you allowed to have, and just how much work must you do to turn your passion into a full-time job? And if you do manage to make a career out of creative writing, will it still be as…
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    We Are Change

  • Berlin is Inspiring the Next Revolution!

    Luke Rudkowski
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    We Are Change Click here to view the embedded video. Berlin is Inspiring the Next Revolution! In this video Luke Rudkowski delivers a speech to over 5,000 Germans that come out every Monday to rally. The main focus of this new, growing and expanding movement in Germany is to end the Fed, highlight main stream media propaganda and put an end to foreign wars of aggression. The actions in Berlin have sparked solidarity actions in Santa Monica CA, Vancouver Canada and NYC. Check out our 2nd channel http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=LukeWeAreChange Support WeAreChange by…
  • ISIL Leader Closely Cooperating with CIA

    Eric Barlow
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    We Are Change www.globalresearch.ca A Russian expert in oriental studies, Vyacheslav Matuzov, said that the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has close ties and cooperation with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). “All facts show that Al-Baqdadi is in contact with the CIA and during all the years that he was in prison (2004-2009) he has been collaborating with the CIA,” Matuzov told Voice of Russia radio on Tuesday. He noted that the US does not need to use drones against ISIL because it can easily have access to the ISIL leaders, adding…
  • Journalist Who Went Into Hiding for 4 Years Vindicated by Wikileaks

    Luke Rudkowski
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    We Are Change Click here to view the embedded video. Journalist Who Went Into Hiding for 4 Years Vindicated by Wikileaks In this video Luke Rudkowski meets Argentinian journalist Tin Bojani? who was on the run, hiding from government officials for over 4 years. Tin went on the run after unidentified government officials ran shacked his house and put a gun to his head when he was working on a story linking Argentinian officials to drug cartels that were running drugs all over the world. The Wikileaks Cable http://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2009/09/09BUENOSAIRES1017.html Check out our 2nd channel…
  • Top White House Insider Turned Whistleblower: Fred Burks

    Luke Rudkowski
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    We Are Change Click here to view the embedded video. Top White House Insider Turned Whistleblower: Fred Burks Elina St-Onge sits down with Former Presidential Interpreter and White House Insider Fred Burks to discuss about how he obtained his position as an interpreter, what made him quit, how the “power elite” try to control us and what is the most effective way we can bring about change into our world. For more information about cover-ups with the most reliable sources, check out Fred’s website: http://www.wanttoknow.info/ To educate and empower yourself to be the change…
  • Turkey PM accuses Israel of ‘state terrorism’ over Gaza

    Eric Barlow
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    We Are Change www.news.yahoo.com Ankara (AFP) – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday stepped up his rhetoric against Israel over its deadly air offensive on Gaza, accusing the Jewish state of committing “state terrorism” against the Palestinians. Presenting himself as the sole world leader speaking up for the Palestinians, Erdogan said that any normalisation in the troubled ties between Israel and Ankara was currently out of the question. “Israel is continuing to carry out state terrorism in the region. Nobody, except us, tells it to stop,”…
 
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Patience

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

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

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

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Thanks to Frances Carden for interviewing me for Readers Lane…I got to talk about my books, my writing process, my current projects, and even managed to throw in a  humblebrag about my Virginia State Fair blue ribbons for chocolate chip cookies and banana bread.Here’s where to find the online interview:  http://www.readerslane.com/interview/leslie-pietrzyk/
  • Easy Come, Easy Go: Who Was in the 1949 Best American Short Stories?

    2 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    I’ve been cleaning out some bookshelves, culling and rearranging and rediscovering, and one book that I rediscovered in a dusty corner is an old edition of The Best American Short Stories…old as in the 1949 edition. I bought it at a used book store a zillion years ago because it contains a story by J.D. Salinger (“A Girl I Knew,” originally published in Good Housekeeping).The editor is Martha Foley (one of the founders of Story magazine) and while the introduction doesn’t outline the selection process, the gist seems to be about the same:  the “best” short stories are…
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    Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

  • 7 Tips for Writers Jealous of Other Writers

    Laurie
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    How do you deal with the jealousy you feel when you listen to authors at writers’ conferences or read Pulitzer-prize winning magazine articles in the New York Times? If you’re not a writer jealous of other writers, I need your advice. One surefire tip for dealing with jealousy is to get deeper into your own writing. Use the exercises in books such as One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft by Susan M. Tiberghien to develop your own distinct writing voice and style. If you’re jealous of other writers, it may be because you…
  • 10 Reasons We’re Not Succeeding as Writers

    Laurie
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    My writing has easily paid my bills since 2008, yet I still struggle with my identity as a writer. Here’s my struggle – plus 10 reasons I feel like I’m not succeeding as a writer. Methinks they might apply to you, too. Productive Writers If you’re paying your bills – but not by writing – read The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less & Create Success by Sage Cohen. Here’s a bit of writing advice from the sage Sage, from an interview on Writer’s Digest website: “Welcome what comes. The poems choosing you are the…
  • 10 Tips on How to Write Your Life Story

    Laurie
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    The first tip on how to write your life story is from John Irving, the next five tips are from the author of “Write Your Memoir”, and the rest are from my research on writing autobiographies, memoirs, life stories, or whatever you want to call them! For a step-by-step guide on writing the story of your life, read Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington. A book like this will keep you focused and motivated to write the most important parts of your autobiography. Not everything is equally important, and you need help determining what is what. Don’t write…
  • 15 Things You Need to Be a Freelance Writer

    Laurie
    14 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Ten of these tips are from a panel of BC magazine editors, and five are my things you need to know if you want to be a freelance writer. It was easy for me to sell my articles and earn a living as a freelance writer for two reasons: 1) I read all the books on freelance writing, and 2) I’m a good writer. The Wealthy Freelancer by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage, and Ed Gandia was the source of both my “secrets” for being a freelance writer. Actually, the truth is that there are no secrets. If you want to be a freelancer, you need to know how to act professionally – with…
  • When to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog

    Laurie
    31 May 2014 | 9:50 am
    Are you the master of your domain? Here’s how to know when to hire a webmaster for your website or blog. I’ve been supporting myself with my Quips and Tips blogs for six years – and twice I hired a webmaster to poke around my domain. I’m a DIY girl, which means I read books like SEO 2014 & Beyond: Search Engine Optimization Will Never Be the Same by Dr. Andy Williams. I know when to hire a webmaster, but I enjoy playing behind the scenes with my blogs. If you don’t have the time or energy to maintain your website, that’s when you hire a webmaster. A…
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    About Freelance Writing

  • Organizing Your Freelance Writing Job Search

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

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

    Anne Wayman
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Are you working with or for your writing clients? Think about that for a moment or two. There’s an important difference. When you have a regular job, even if it’s a dream job and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 14 – Freelance Writers Business Problems – 7 Reasons to Turn Down Writing Clients

    Anne Wayman
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    When to turn down writing clients is one of the lessons every successful freelance writer needs to learn. In the beginning we’re so excited with the idea that someone, anyone, is willing to pay... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 13 – Freelance Writer Business Problems – How To Raise Your Rates

    Anne Wayman
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Is it time to raise your rates? My hunch is that if you haven’t raised them at least once in over a year or two, it definitely is time to start charging more for your writing. Did you know that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Bad Language

  • Better together: why you shouldn’t take on content marketing alone

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

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

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

    Toby Knott
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    There are metrics, and then there are metrics. Katelyn’s already talked about the dangers of pursuing vanity metrics – those that look pretty in a quarterly report yet tell you very little about the effectiveness of your marketing efforts – but what about the essential marketing metrics you really ought to be measuring? Why the right metrics make a difference Simply knowing your page views and click-throughs is not enough; isolated data points might go down well in status meetings, but they can’t really tell you if you’re getting a good ROI from your marketing spend. You…
  • 6 eye-opening marketing insights for non-marketers

    Matthew Stibbe
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Over the last decade, my company, Articulate Marketing, has written marketing content for some of the biggest stars in the tech firmament including Microsoft, Symantec, LinkedIn and others. Across nearly all clients and over many years, it’s become clear to me that product managers (usually technical people) and marketers (usually not) are ‘two peoples divided by a common language’. While my job is to go into companies and talk fluent geek to the techies and then translate it into everyday business English, in this article, I’m going to attempt the opposite: explaining the world of…
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    Word Grrls

  • The Power of Language

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Scrivener: a Great Tool for Professional Bloggers

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    2 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    I think I’m in love! In the past month, I have completely changed my blogging workflow. That’s because I have discovered the joys of using Scrivener. Originally a Mac tool, Scrivener is software for writers. It’s now available for Windows, and that’s the version I’m using. I’d heard about it before but figured it was only for novel writers. Boy, was I wrong! Although I wasn’t sure how it would work for a professional blogger, I found an article by Thaddeus Hunt (one of my new go-to sources for Scrivener information) outlining how he was using…
  • Why I Don’t Need to be a Know-It-All Writer

    Sharon Hurley Hall
    29 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Ask any experienced writer and I’m sure they’ll be able to tell you a tale from their newbie days, where they succumbed to the temptation to keep income flowing by taking every writing job offered. That’s a mistake, but it’s something writers often learn the hard way. Here’s a short story from my early days of freelancing, when I was working regularly for a UK copywriting agency. I never knew what article topics would land in my inbox. I had my specialties (consumer finance, home and lifestyle topics and web and social media) but there were no guarantees. And…
 
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  • Structure Sensor – Another Giant Leap Toward NUI

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

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

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

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    Turns out reading PDFs of old books (from Google Books, Internet Archive, etc.) on my iPhone works out reasonably well. For example: On the left is the fully zoomed out page. Indoors, I’m able to read it without too much difficulty, though my eyes do thank me when I zoom in (as on the right). The problem with zooming, however, is that navigating to the next page then requires more swiping, and, at least in iBooks, you have to zoom in again every time you turn the page. After a bit of this, I got to wondering what it would be like to typeset an iPhone-sized PDF, designed specifically to…
  • No other success

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    I recently finished Mindhunters, John Douglas’s account of his work as an FBI criminal profiler catching serial killers. It’s a fascinating book. What stood out to me most was this paragraph towards the end: In all my years of research and dealing with violent offenders, I’ve never yet come across one who came from what I would consider a good background and functional, supportive family unit. On a related note, a passage earlier in the book: At the request of Buffalo SAC Richard Bretzing, I came up that weekend. Bretzing is a very proper, solid guy, a real family man and a…
  • New Harry Potter short story

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    J. K. Rowling has released a new short story featuring Harry Potter later in life. A sample from the middle: About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror’s black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old. The famous lightning scar has company: Potter is sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone. Requests for information as to its provenance merely produced the usual response from the Ministry of Magic: ‘We do not comment on the top secret work of the…
  • Engineers of jihad

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    Via Twitter this morning: according to Engineers of Jihad, a 2007 paper by Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog, there’s a surprising number of engineers in these violent Islamic radical groups. The abstract: We find that graduates from subjects such as science, engineering, and medicine are strongly overrepresented among Islamist movements in the Muslim world, though not among the extremist Islamic groups which have emerged in Western countries more recently. We also find that engineers alone are strongly over-represented among graduates in violent groups in both realms. This is all the…
  • An update

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I’ve been more derelict than usual in blogging this month, and I have a sorry excuse to proffer for it: I’ve been working on a complete redesign of the site, including switching to a new custom CMS and recategorizing/tagging all 2,500 posts. The recategorization is taking far longer than I anticipated, and until the redesign is fully deployed I’ve felt less inclined to post. But since it may take a bit longer yet, here we are. In reviewing all these old posts, by the way, I’m struck by how much I’ve changed over the years, especially in the last year or two. My…
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  • How I Made Over $7500 From One Email as a Freelance Writer

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

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

    Vinita Zutshi
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Welcome to Scene Stealers, our series of writing prompts designed to flex your creative muscles. We’re thrilled that so many of you are participating in our writing prompt series. (Read the other Scene Stealers here and add one of your own.)   How it works   We set the scene You steal it, make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post Of course, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to share your work, but we hope you’ll do the exercise anyway.   The ground rules:   Your story must begin with the exact wording we…
  • Are You Using This Simple Way To Get More Shares On Social Media? 9 Tools To Help You

    Marianne Manthey
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    They’re all over Pinterest. They’ve taken over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They’re inspiring. They’re silly. They’re sad and they’re happy. Yes, you guessed right – I’m talking about Image Quotes.   Have you seen photographs of inspiring landscapes with a quote neatly overlaid? Or quotes in cool typography over a solid color background? Those are image quotes.   Why Image Quotes Get More Shares on Social Media   1. People love quotes! 2. They help you connect with your readers because your audience can get to know you…
  •       How To Become A Writer

    Mary Jaksch
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:41 am
    Do you want to know how to become a writer? Here is a fun view of the writer’s journey. First, there is the fear… You slowly start to get traction. But where are the readers?   You start to make friends online.   You meet amazing people.   But you still feel that you’re not a real writer…   Sometimes, you just want to hide away.   But within, hidden strength is growing.   Not everyone is happy about that…   But you know that you’re onto a winner!   And finally … You sing your song  - and the world hears you.
 
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  • Visit PokerStop.com, Online Poker Reviews and News Hub

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

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

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

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

    johnjenet
    24 Sep 2012 | 3:23 am
    Roulette, French for “little wheel”, is an immensely popular casino game in which players place bets on which number the ball will fall on once the wheel stops spinning. The game consists of a betting table as well as a rotating wheel with numbers around it. A ball is made to move along a circular track along the outer rim of the wheel while it is being spun. After a spell, the motion of the wheel slows down and the ball also loses momentum and falls into a numbered slot present on the wheel. Patron can place bets on either a single number or range of numbers on the table. They can also…
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  • 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…
  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- June 20, 2014 Edition

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    Image: Windell Oskay/Flickr, Creative Commons> At Writer Unboxed, Juliet Marillier explains what goes on in her (judge's) mind when she's reading through entries in a short fiction contest.> If you've read my blog for a while, you've come across the name Richard Hoffman -- poet, fiction writer, memoir and essay writer. His second memoir, Love & Fury, is just out, and on the Mass(achusetts) Poetry blog, he talks about how he compartmentalizes his work across three genres.> Is it ever a good idea to respond to an editor who sent you a clear and final rejection? No. No. And, no…
  • Three Good Books. Out of Three Hundred. No, Three Thousand. No...

    17 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Last year, when my husband helped me re-do my home office (after 23 years), we lined two-and-a-half walls with floor-to-ceiling, walk-to-wall, black wood bookshelves. I think they look great against the new red walls, and it's a huge change from my previous system for books, comprised of hand-me-down half-height bookcases, used beige office shelves, and repurposed odd pieces of furniture topped with baskets, milk crates, plastic stacking shelves, and clumsy piles (plus boxes stacked in a corner).Would it surprise anyone to learn that it wasn't nearly enough room for my books, even after a…
  • Guest Blogger Kim Ablon Whitney on Writing Niche Novels, Writing What You Know

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    The first thing I wrote that evoked a positive reader reaction was about a trip to the Sunday morning pony rides that turned terrifying, when my favorite plodding mount spooked and ran off. That was in first grade, and I was immediately hooked on writing about horses. Since then, I've been a columnist, reporter, and editor for equestrian magazines, and dozens of essays about what horses have meant to me have run in journals, magazines, and anthologies.Along the way, I've made many friends who also write about horses. Kim Ablon Whitney is one of them. Her novels have earned praise from the…
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    Fiction Notes

  • Off-Stage Scenes Rarely Work – Unless You Are Scarlett

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

    Darcy Pattison
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly So, I’m writing along on my novel and realize that I don’t quite know what happens next. I’m STUCK! What next? Work on a different section. Often, I look around the story and find something else to work on. Maybe, I can move forward a couple planned chapter and work on developing details of the setting. Perhaps, one character’s backstory is think and needs work. While the brain is busy with a side issue, your sub-conscience has time to reflect on the real problem. In other words, I am…
  • 39 Villain Motivations

    Darcy Pattison
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly I’m working on motivating my villain and have found 39 possible motivations. I’m sure there are more, but these should jump start your imagination. They are presented here with a statement from the villain’s point of view. Romance: I want to marry the princess. Revenge – ruin a hero: I want to ruin the King. To distinguish oneself: I want the princess to respect me. To fit in/gain acceptance: I want to attend the princess’ coronation and eat at her table. Justice: The king killed…
  • Synopsis: A Google Example

    Darcy Pattison
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly A couple years ago, Google produced a promotional video, Parisian Love, which advertised its search capabilities in a very simple way. There are merely twelve phrases entered into a Google Search box. And yet–it tells a story and tugs at the heart strings. It evokes emotion. How good is this copy? The video has received over 7 million views! The sound here is minimal, but effective. But it’s really the words that shine. When I think about blurbs for books, this stands as a stellar example of what…
  • The Power of BECAUSE: How I Created a Dastardly Villain

    Darcy Pattison
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    The ALIENS have landed! "amusing. . .engaging, accessible," says Publisher's Weekly I am hard at work on an outline/synopsis sort of thingy for a new trilogy. I wish I could say it’s a true outline or synopsis, but I’m not an outliner. However, I’m not a panster either, to just start writing and write by the seat of my pants. I am a plan-ster, a person who halfway plans and then writes a while, and then plans again from the new and improved position halfway through the story. While I’m outlining (term used loosely, as just explained), I am finding places where I am…
 
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • 18 Quotes for Writers from Ernest Hemingway

    Adrienne Crezo
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Today marks the 115th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth. In his lifetime, Papa had quite a lot to say about writing. Here are 18 of our favorite quotes, in no particular order.   1. I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.   2. If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.   3. For a…
  • WD Has Awesome Writers’ Conferences in both NYC and LA in August 2014. The NYC Event Has a 50-Agent Pitch Slam!

    Chuck Sambuchino
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    As we do each year, Writer’s Digest is putting on some awesome (and HUGE) writers conferences on both coasts of the country. These conferences bring together writers from all over the country, and lead to all kinds of good things, like signing with an agent, meeting your writer friends for life, keeping your finger on the pulse of the industry, and/or simply recharging your writing bat. Read on for more info. We hope to see you there. EAST COAST EVENT: NEW YORK CITY, AUG. 1-3, 2014 This event happens from Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3, 2014, at the Roosevelt Hotel in…
  • What Is a Perfect Ending?

    Adrienne Crezo
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    During a ThrillerFest panel moderated by author Nancy Bilyeau (Joanna Stafford series), authors Brenda Novak (Whiskey Creek series), Chelsea Cain (Gretchen Lowell series), Ben Lieberman (Odd Jobs) and Michael Sears (Mortal Bonds) discussed book and series endings, and how they hope readers feel after reading them. Here are some highlights.   This column by Adrienne Crezo, managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine. You can find her on Twitter as @a_crezo. Brenda Novak: “I’m not a plotter, so oftentimes I’ll find out at the end who the villain is right along with the reader. ……
  • Symbolism and Literary Themes: Distracting or Necessary?

    Adrienne Crezo
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    On Friday, a ThrillerFest panel moderated by WD contributing editor and author Steven James (Jevin Banks series) discussed whether or not literary themes and symbols interfere with a story. Here are the highlights from the panel, which included A.X. Ahmad (the Ranjit Singh trilogy), Linwood Barclay (A Tap on the Window), Carla Buckley (The Deepest Secret), Chevy Stevens (That Night), Mike Pace (Dead Light) and Jamie Freveletti (Dead Asleep).   This column by Adrienne Crezo, managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine. You can find her on Twitter as @a_crezo. James: What is the…
  • Where Thrillers Are Born: Authors on How They Got Their Story Ideas

    Adrienne Crezo
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    On Friday, author Sandra Brannan (Liv Bergen Mystery series) moderated a ThrillerFest panel including authors Linwood Barclay (A Tap on the Window), Laura Benedict (Bliss House), Linda Fairstein (Alex Cooper crime series) and Reavis Wortham (Red River Mystery series). Here are the stories of how their book ideas began.   This column by Adrienne Crezo, managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine. You can find her on Twitter as @a_crezo. Laura Benedict On Bliss House: “Haunted houses aren’t born, they’re made. Rainey Bliss Adams [my main character] talks about how people imprint…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • Smut: Two Unseemly Stories

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

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

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

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

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.” – Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone’“I have no understanding of love,” he said miserably. “I have never made claim that I do.” So says the protagonist of Mitch Cullin’s new novel. And yet this is a book all about love. Well, loves. Different kinds. But let’s start with one of my loves: Sherlock Holmes. I’m a big fan. I’ve watched everything that’s ever been televised since I was a kid from Basil Rathbone on including the spoofs like Without a Clue although the man I think of as my…
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    Flogging the Quill

  • A question for you

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

    Ray Rhamey
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Submissions Needed. The queue is empty for next week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first…
  • Flogometer for J.R.—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Submissions wanted. Only enough in the queue for this week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page…
  • Those gremlins we call typos

    Ray Rhamey
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    We all make them. And, too often, we discover them after they’re out there, either on the Internet or in print. I came across a fun article that lets us know we’re not alone—“History’s Most Heinous Typos” is a quick and fun read. Here's  one of biblical proportions: "Let the Children first be killed" (rather than "filled," Mark 7:27, from a 1795 edition known as the "Murderer's Bible") For a chuckle, Ray Tweet © 2014 Ray Rhamey
  • Flogometer for Sam—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Submissions wanted. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start about…
 
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    Founders' Blog

  • Structure Sensor – Another Giant Leap Toward NUI

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

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

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

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

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

  • Guest Post at Duets Blog: Fly the Tasty Skies

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

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

    Nancy Friedman
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    The leaves of Citrus hystrix are used in many South and Southeast Asian cuisines; they’re sometimes called by their Thai name, makrut, but in many English-speaking countries they’ve long been called kaffir lime.That’s changing thanks to a protest “against the racial and religious slur of ‘kaffir’,” writes Tiffany Do in SF Weekly(“Citrus-Based Racism Leads Market to Change Product Names”). “Kaffir,” which comes from an Arabic word meaning “unbeliever,” was appropriated by English colonizers in South Africa, where it was used as a slur and a term of abuse against…
  • On the Visual Thesaurus: The Names of Frozen Desserts

    Nancy Friedman
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    My latest column for the Visual Thesaurus looks at the names of sweet, cold summertime treats, from generics like “ice cream,” “sherbet,” and “sundae” to brands like Good Humor, Eskimo Pie, and Häagen-Dazs. Access is limited to subscribers for three months; here’s a taste: Popsicle: The Popsicle website claims this frozen treat was invented by accident in 1905 by 11-year-old Frank Epperson when he left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on his porch overnight. (The site doesn’t specify where this took place; Epperson’s 1983 obituary said San Francisco,…
  • Word of the Week: Anglish

    Nancy Friedman
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Anglish: A form of English “stripped clean of the last 1,000 years of non-Germanic influence, while also being brought up to date in terms of modern syntax, grammar and spelling.” (Source: Tom Roswell, guest-blogging at The World in Words.) Also known as New English. Its complement is Anglo-Norman Conventional Written English, or Ancwe. Scholars and linguistic hobbyists have dabbled in Anglish for more than a century. Tom Roswell writes [punctuation sic]:  The Anglish movement has roots way back in the late 1800s when Elias Molee advocated an English purged of its Romance components. He…
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    Holt Uncensored Blog

  • Thank You, Roger

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why I’m leaving Amazon’s KDP Select program

    Todd Keisling
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    On Friday, Amazon launched a new service called “Kindle Unlimited.” It’s a subscription service where, for $9.99 a month, a consumer can have access to over 600k Kindle titles, as well as their audio equivalents. You can get up to 10 books at a time. Authors who have titles enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select program ...
  • Amazon Releases Kindle Unlimited with One Major Problem

    Henry Baum
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    There’s been a lot of fanfare about Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited program – a service where you can read any book for $9.99 a month. Well, not any book. Indie authors hoping to be a part of this program face one obstacle: you need to be in the Kindle Select program, meaning it requires exclusivity ...
  • Places To Share Your e-Book

    Lesley Vos
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Your e-book is ready, and it is time to share it with your readers. Here’s some specific online platforms for promotion of your e-book: Addicted To Ebooks For those authors who have their free books on Amazon already. Use Addicted To Ebooks to promote your e-book: write a description, add a comment, and share the ...
  • An Interview With Author Thomas Drago

    Cate Baum
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Thomas Drago is the author of Crow Creek, a strange and wonderful tale about a sinkhole and the town around it. Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? Crow Creek takes place in a fictional Southern town.  The local Sheriff is investigating a recent suicide and finds himself in conflict with ...
  • Interview with Author Ariel Ceylan

    Ariel Ceylan
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Ariel Ceylan is a senior at William Paterson University and has written several fantasy books. How did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published traditionally? I self-published because I was frustrated with traditional publishers. I wrote my first book when I was 13 and I felt that I was ready to publish, ...
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    The Write News

  • Barnes & Noble to Spin Off Nook Business

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Barnes & Noble plans to separate its Nook business. The company recently partnered with Samsung to make the devices. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
  • Computerworld to Cease Publishing Print Edition

    21 Jun 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Computerworld plans to cease publishing its print edition. The website will continue with a redesign. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
  • Michelle Lee Named Editor-in-Chief of Nylon

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:27 am
    Michelle Lee has been named editor-in-chief of Nylon and Nylon Guys magazines. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
  • Meredith Rollins Named Editor and Chief of Redbook Magazine

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Meredith Rollins is now editor and chief of Redbook magazine. She was previously executive editor of the Hearst title. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
  • Rihanna's CFDA Gown Challenges News Outlets

    4 Jun 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Mainstream media had trouble covering Rihanna's racy CFDA gown. The gown was see through and impossible to show on television. Read more on writenews.com Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Archives | News Feeds
 
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is one of the top-rated POD publishers in the industry.
  • Paying Markets And Jobs For July 16th

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For July 16th

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Links to the stories below can be found here: http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9379 THIS ARTICLE LISTS "15 COMPANIES WHERE INTERNS MAKE BIG BUCKS" These Interns Make More Money Than the Average U.S. Family "Unpaid internships are controversial, sometimes illegal. Yet some interns get paid very well..." ISN'T THIS HOW MOST CITY COUNCILS WORK, TOO? Detroit Free Press sues U-M, alleging regents regularly violate Open Meetings Act "The news organization said regents make many decisions in private before once-a-month public sessions that amount to little more than a…
  • How I Launched My Food Writing Career By Emily-Jane Hills Orford

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Just like you and every other author on this planet, I have my successes and failures. In the end, perseverance continues to pay off...
  • Can I Legally Use Clipart In My Book?

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Can I use Microsoft clipart in or on my book?
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    Writing Forward

  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Report It

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

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

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

    Melissa Donovan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have good grammar habits? Can you imagine a nutritionist who eats exclusively at fast food restaurants? A personal trainer who never exercises? A writer who can’t be bothered with grammar, spelling, and punctuation? In most professions, best practices and tools of the trade are mandatory. If you want to be a doctor, you have to have a PhD. If you want to land a job in accounting, you need math skills. But writers can easily finagle around best writing practices, especially with the increasing accessibility of self-publishing. Basic grammar skills used to be mandatory–not…
  • Creative Writing: Is It Fun or Is It Work?

    Melissa Donovan
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Is creative writing a lot of fun, a lot of work, or both? Creative writing belongs to the arts, and the arts are an odd bunch. People pursue artistic endeavors for  different reasons. For some, it’s a hobby. For others, a livelihood. For most, it’s a hobby they dream of turning into a livelihood. It’s a worthwhile dream and a lofty one too. But what does it take to get there? How much fun are you allowed to have, and just how much work must you do to turn your passion into a full-time job? And if you do manage to make a career out of creative writing, will it still be as…
 
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    iDefine TV

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • You Got Rejected Because ..

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

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

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

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

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

  • Word Crimes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nicola Furlong – What’s on Your Bucket List?

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

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

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

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

    Nicola Furlong
    14 May 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Really fortunate to guest post on a fab blog today with a wonderful name: Dames of Dialogue. Here’s a kernel of a seed snippet: Where do you find inspiration for your writing? The Sisterhood of Shepherds bloomed when I decided to dodge out of the mystery genre and plant myself in contemporary fiction. I realized I wanted to write something heart-warming rather than heart-breaking, and two themes naturally occurred to me: family and gardening. I have five sisters and two brothers and felt it was time to explore the joys, trials and noise of family life. I am also passionate about digging…
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Avoiding the race condition bug in Scratch

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

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

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

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

    Sean McManus
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    There was a story in the news this week about a program that had apparently passed the Turing Test for artificial intelligence. This test basically says that if a person can't tell whether they are chatting to a real person or a piece of software, the software exhibits artificial intelligence. Having heard John Humphrys on Radio 4 chatting to the program, I have to say I wasn't convinced the
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • What Is Your Story About?

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

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

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

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

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

  • NLB: Censorship and Intellectual Freedom

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

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

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

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

    Jess C Scott
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Joe Perrone Jr. Thanks so much to Joe Perrone Jr. for inviting me to this Blog Hop on the Writing Process. Joe Perrone Jr. was the first author to be interviewed on this blog! Joe’s Bio: Joe Perrone Jr. worked as a sportswriter for the Passaic-Clifton, NJ, Herald News, as well as a freelance advertising copywriter. Joe was also a professional fly-fishing guide for ten years in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and has had several fly-fishing short stories published in the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. The author is perhaps best known for his Matt Davis Mystery Series. Roscoe…
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    NeoBluePanther

  • Are the days of the 10,000 hour rule over?

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2:46 a.m.

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

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

    MikeFook
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    You know how you think you know what is real, what is possible on the earth in life, in terms of experience? I mean, all of you reading this probably have a pretty good grasp on “REALITY” and what that means, what it encompasses. I did too. Until last year. Late afternoon in a 5th floor room of a basic hotel in Surat Thani, Thailand. Laying on my side on the double bed, MacBook Air computer going and I was looking for something on Craigslist Thailand. I was laying at an angle, body and head facing the large window. The sky was cloudy, there was a light rain. There had been no…
  • MacBook Air 11 vs. MacBook Pro 13 Retina – Should You Upgrade?

    MikeFook
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Some of you are wondering – “Should I upgrade my MacBook Air 11 to the MacBook Pro 13 Retina?” I’ve had the MacBook Air 11 inch computer for about a year and a half. I’ve had the MacBook Pro 13-inch retina screen computer for about two weeks. I had often thought about upgrading from the 11-inch to the 13-inch retina, but the money was an issue, and even more so the issue was – is it worth it? If it was definitely worth it, then the money doesn’t remain an issue – right? Without owning them both and comparing them side by side in my office where I’ll be…
  • New Computer and New Book

    MikeFook
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm
    A dead bird that must have fallen onto the see-through plastic roof at my wife’s workplace. This just might be part of the cover for the new book. The Macbook Air 11 inch died when I overloaded it with files to the point where I cannot even boot it up. I can’t do anything with it, it is essentially a $1,200 light aluminum brick. I could have bought another hard drive (SSD) for $250 and installed it, making my present SSD an external drive. I didn’t want to spend $250 and not get anything I really want. I don’t want a new drive and external drive. I have external drive…
 
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    About that Writing thing.

  • Writing Process Blog Tour.

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

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

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

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

    Shannon Barber
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:04 pm
    So we know I adore Antonia but this will be a combo review and love letter. I’m having a very emotional week for a lot of reasons and I just finished reading Spent: A Memoir. Wow. Okay first of all the hardback is really physically beautiful. For my fellow tactile book nerds, the cover has this beautiful artwork and is glossy. It feels nice under the finger tips and the little half dust cover is gorgeous. And then you open it and start reading. As soon as you start reading, you realize that this memoir is not tidy. It is not full of sunshine and flowers. It is not a story of a woman who…
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • Places of Healing – returning to the Orkney Isles

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

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

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

    Anne Whitaker
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    Anne Whitaker:I’m really enjoying following Robert’s quirky, fun, informative blog, and found reading this post very useful – apart from anything else, it confirmed my own dark suspicions about writing book reviews! Originally posted on 101 Books: Sure, you’ve already got a great book blog. Your mom loves it. In fact, your book blog is so good that more people than your mom and brother read it. That’s step one to blog success—more than just family members! But how does your book blog stand out in the middle of all the thousands of book blogs on the intertubes? Well, I…
  • Solstice Celebration with Rabindranath Tagore

    Anne Whitaker
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Tonight I sit gazing out of my third floor window. It is 10.30 pm but midsummer light still glows, painting striped bands across a pale blue wispy sky. Birds are  singing. The river runs through the park below our house; it sounds as mellow as I feel, having had a precious, relaxed day: morning coffee and deep talk with a friend; lunchtime theatre with my husband, then lunch in the local Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, UK, watching the world go by, all of us enjoying a glorious summer’s day. Home, then a long rest with tea and a brilliant book. After that, supper with my brother and…
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • STEAMPUNK REVIEW: The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

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

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

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

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

    saradobiebauer
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is a thirty-seven-year-old British actor who closely resembles either an otter or space alien. I’m really not sure if he was even considered mildly good-looking until 2010, when he premiered as title character Sherlock in the BBC’s modern adaptation. Co-creators of the show Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have famously been interviewed as saying the BBC didn’t think Cumberbatch was sexy enough to play Sherlock. Now, oddly enough, he’s considered one of the sexiest men on Earth, with a trove of maniac fans known as “Cumberbitches.” Empire Magazine…
 
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • Integrating Writing Into Life

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

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

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Unfortunately, protecting ourselves against scams is a very important topic for writers.  And I think that, sadly, we’re easy prey since we’re eager to publish and want so much for our story. Today, I’m sharing resources that help us avoid bad contracts, publishing scams, shady agents, etc. First of all, Preditors and Editors  (the unusual spelling is intended). This site maintains lists of recommended (or “not recommended”) agents, publishers, contests and more. If you worry you’re potentially being scammed or wonder if the agent you’re…
  • Weighing Writing Choices

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig I’ve always been very jealous of writers who have spectacular, manuscript-worthy dreams.  Those writers who wake up with ideas for their works in progress or for new stories, falling out of their beds to find a pen and paper. Although I often get story ideas in those drowsy moments right before I fall asleep, my dreams have always been a source of consternation for me.  They’re pedestrian visions of forgotten locker codes from decades ago, anxious and imaginary wanderings through unfamiliar cities with no map to guide me.  They’re even…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Writing a Great Proposal in 8 (Not Particularly) Easy Steps:  http://ow.ly/yO2yT @literaryeric Writing Under The Influence of Music: http://ow.ly/yO2uI @mcmuhlenkamp The Backstory Battle:  http://ow.ly/yO2Zg  @AnthonyEhlers Character Change:  http://ow.ly/yO31c @HeatherJacksonW 7 Ways to Tighten Your Prose: …
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    Litopia All Shows

  • American Pastoral - Philip Roth

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

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

    Litopia
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    The Messiah is coming! His arrival is imminent! That’s the bad news... The good news is his arrival and social schedule are narrated with a combination of enthralled immediacy and distrustful distance by a Nobel Laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer. And yet, is it ‘all that’? Some readers will be super-pumped, others might not catch messiah fever. All the colours of the rainbow.
  • A Heart So White - Javier Marías

    Litopia
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Did we like this novel? What does it mean to like? What is our past, really, if we continue to relive it? And relieve it? And relive it? And – you get the point, but I'll say it again. And again. And – you have just sampled the experience of reading Javier Marías' massively successful novel. Eat this book! It's good for you! Now, wasn't that satisfying?
  • Seven Days in the Art World - Sarah Thornton

    Litopia
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    'They believe what they say in the moment they say it.' And then the moment is gone, and someone's stuck with a desiccated horse's head or a painting of Jesus framed in piss. In this episode we learn about the high prices and low motives of the contemporary art world while schmoozing in Basel, getting lost in Venice, and, once or twice, encountering genius along the way. Going once, going twice, going three times . . . sold!
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    Nitpickers' Nook

  • Make a ‘Thank you’ meaningful

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

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

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

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

    Columbia Books, LLC
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    When you say “No” to someone who passionately shares an idea, you deflate the person’s enthusiasm at best. At worst, you deliver a spirit-crushing blow. Instead, formulate answers that are interactive rather than dismissive. Respond by constructively investigating the idea. Examples: Respond with a “Let’s explore” answer if the idea shows promise. Listen and discuss the idea further. Maybe the timing isn’t right or the idea needs more development, but you offer the person an opportunity to contribute. Besides, with some modifications, the idea could work. Create a “What if”…
 
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  • 10 Things I’ve Learned As A Self-Published Writer

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

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

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

    Stefanie Newell
    28 May 2014 | 12:36 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel How to get a copyright is among the most frequent questions new authors ask. It is also an important question. While many writers do not run the ... The post How To Get A Copyright For Your Manuscript! appeared first on The Write One Blog.
  • How To Write A Book Online With The Best Resources Available

    Stefanie Newell
    8 May 2014 | 7:13 am
    Any form of writing, whether it is a novel, an eBook or a piece of non-fiction work, is not any easy task if you are very much particular about getting the end result spot on. ... The post How To Write A Book Online With The Best Resources Available appeared first on The Write One Blog.
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    Blogito Ergo Sum

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Putting Genealogy in a Historical Context at IAJGS

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

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

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

    Biff Barnes
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:11 pm
    One of the first things an editor learns is the importance of a good style manual. When tricky questions of grammar, punctuation or usage arise, it’s good to have a “bible” to refer to get the definitive answer as to the “correct” way to write something. Courtesy of scnal on Diviant Art under Creative Commons) Today I got a good reminder. Correctness is not always absolute, even with the best of style manuals. My problem was simple. I wanted to create a possessive of the name Julius. My client had written Julius’s. My recollection was that no additional s…
  • Clearing the Clutter – Journaling for Writers

    Sarah Hoggatt
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:56 pm
    [This blog is from a new contributor, Sarah Hoggatt. You will be seeing more of her ideas about writing in upcoming blogs! Welcome, Sarah.] Whenever I know someone is coming over to my house, I make sure the space is cleaned up. I do the dishes, vacuum, and put the clutter away. I want to make the space inviting. As a writer, I do the same thing for my readers. We all have a great deal of clutter in our thoughts that tends to get in the way of what we write and I like to clear it away beforehand so my readers don’t have to deal with the junk amidst the gems. Image courtesy of Pixaby. I…
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Polite Requests

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

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

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

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

    11 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you know someone who won't get out of bed for fear of crossing paths with a black cat or being hit by a meteor? We're glad you braved the day and came to work. Do watch out for ladders, though. Walking under a ladder is unsafe all year long.
 
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    Florida Writers Conference Blog

  • When you favorite author is less of a person than you’d like

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

    Florida Writers Association
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have a book that you want to promote? Whether you have traditionally published or went the indie route, there are plenty of options for you to explore within the FWA and at the conference. Let’s talk about all of the member benefits. You pay the annual fee, so you might as well get your money’s […]
  • Whose Voice is it, Anyway?

    Guest Blogger
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Anne Hawkinson Countless workshops, articles, and conversations on the topic of writing inevitably touch on the voice of one or more characters in a story. Big or small, loud or soft, the list is practically endless.  Bottom line is, every character has to have one or you have no way to tell them apart […]
  • Exercise Wednesday: A series of words with the power to destroy

    Chris Hamilton
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Literarily, I should have known this quote long before now, but I didn’t. Maybe you didn’t either. But it’s an amazing quote and an amazing writing prompt. Philip K. Dick is the author of, among other things, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, a landmark science fiction novel that evolved into the movie Bladerunner. The sentence […]
  • Why Indie and Self-Published Authors Matter

    Guest Blogger
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Indie and self-published authors matter yet are often ignored as viable players in the publishing industry. We matter to the big publishers and retailers because we are groundbreakers, innovators, creators and consumers. From our ranks you will find the next Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking.  We matter to readers because from our books they will […]
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    Productive Writers

  • 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 ClientProfitable Freelance Writing for NonprofitsComprehensive Guide to Setting Freelance Writing Goals
  • Join the Freelance Writers Den Now!

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

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

    John Soares
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    Increasing numbers of scientific studies show that we need to spend far less time online and more time offline, preferably outside getting exercise and engaging directly with the world rather than immersed in the Internet and fooling around with our smartphones. It’s one of my key themes here at Productive Writers. Not only will offline time […]Related Posts:Be A More Productive Writer by Deciding What NOT to DoTop 10 Ways to Generate Great Freelance Writing IdeasThe Best Freelance Writing LocationsHow the Web Changes Your Brain and Hurts Your LifeTop 10 Ways to Be a More…
  • The 11 Top Event-Networking Tips for Freelance Writers

    John Soares
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    Many freelance writers attend networking events in order to get the word out about their services and to land new clients. Networking is all about making quality connections with other people. In this post we’ll examine how you can make good impressions on the people you meet face-to-face and increase the probability that you can do business together. […]Related Posts:My New Freelance Writer Business CardTop Interview Tips for Freelance WritersHow Freelance Writers Can Keep Editors HappySuccessful Freelance Writers Do These Small Things EarlyFind Your Freelance Writing Niches…
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • 2:46 a.m.

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

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

    MikeFook
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    You know how you think you know what is real, what is possible on the earth in life, in terms of experience? I mean, all of you reading this probably have a pretty good grasp on “REALITY” and what that means, what it encompasses. I did too. Until last year. Late afternoon in a 5th floor room of a basic hotel in Surat Thani, Thailand. Laying on my side on the double bed, MacBook Air computer going and I was looking for something on Craigslist Thailand. I was laying at an angle, body and head facing the large window. The sky was cloudy, there was a light rain. There had been no…
  • MacBook Air 11 vs. MacBook Pro 13 Retina – Should You Upgrade?

    MikeFook
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Some of you are wondering – “Should I upgrade my MacBook Air 11 to the MacBook Pro 13 Retina?” I’ve had the MacBook Air 11 inch computer for about a year and a half. I’ve had the MacBook Pro 13-inch retina screen computer for about two weeks. I had often thought about upgrading from the 11-inch to the 13-inch retina, but the money was an issue, and even more so the issue was – is it worth it? If it was definitely worth it, then the money doesn’t remain an issue – right? Without owning them both and comparing them side by side in my office where I’ll be…
  • New Computer and New Book

    MikeFook
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm
    A dead bird that must have fallen onto the see-through plastic roof at my wife’s workplace. This just might be part of the cover for the new book. The Macbook Air 11 inch died when I overloaded it with files to the point where I cannot even boot it up. I can’t do anything with it, it is essentially a $1,200 light aluminum brick. I could have bought another hard drive (SSD) for $250 and installed it, making my present SSD an external drive. I didn’t want to spend $250 and not get anything I really want. I don’t want a new drive and external drive. I have external drive…
 
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    Words on a page

  • Creating an editorial calendar for your blog

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

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

    Scott Nesbitt
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Good advice about writing text for hyperlinks 47 things to consider when setting your freelance writing rates A few simple ideas that can help you promote your writing business 12 solid tips that can help you write faster A look at how influential writers engage their readers 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
  • Quickly building your online presence

    Scott Nesbitt
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Every so often, writers who are just starting out approach me for advice. I try to share the dubious fruits of my experience even though sometimes what I say isn’t what they want to hear. Take, for example, someone I was talking to recently. That person is just embarking on their writing career, and wants […] Related posts: Other ways of promoting yourself and your work online A few thoughts about writing online The elements of a good writer’s website or blog
  • What makes a good review?

    Scott Nesbitt
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    I’ve written about reviewing in this space quite a bit over the years. The conclusion that I’ve come to is that good reviewing is a dying craft. Actually, I came to that conclusion before I started blogging. Sadly, that still seems to be the case. There are a number of reasons for that, which I […] Related posts: Writing shorter reviews Getting ready for a (document) review Favourite posts from 2013: books
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    Mike Salsbury's Blog

  • You are what you create…

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

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

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

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

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

  • In Praise of Day Jobs

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

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

    Meredith Allard
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    In Leo Babauta’s post about how he conducts his business, he talks about the mistakes he’s made as he’s built his business. I’ve made more than my fair share of mistakes as well. I learned that I need to stop worrying so much about what others say or do, and I learned that I had to take the advice that feels right and forget the rest. There are a lot of proclamations out there about the right way to be an indie author. Do this! Don’t do that! Your book will die a slow and violent death if you even consider the other thing over there! Like other authors, I’ve read voraciously…
 
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • Purple Prose

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

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

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

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

    Diana Hurwitz
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    When revising, it is important to look at each sentence for subject-verb agreement. This is one of those skills that comes naturally over time. There are a few tricky circumstances to double check.1) A singular subject requires a singular verb. A plural subject requires a plural verb with a few exceptions. I sing. You sing. We all sing for ice cream. The little girls all sang for their supper.2) If the subject has two singular nouns joined with and use a plural verb. Dick and Jane are ready to go home.3) If the subject has two singular nouns joined with or or nor, use a singular verb.
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • The Pestiferous Stink of Politics in Grant Writing: ORR’s “Residential Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children” (UAC) Program

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

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

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

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

    Jake Seliger
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Last week, a client got a federal funding notification e-mail for a proposal we wrote a few months ago, and and the client started celebrating… until an hour later, when the Federal department sent a second e-mail, recalling the first and saying our client hadn’t really been funded. That hurts, but it’s also not the first time something like this has happened to our clients. It’s a truism that, in any business, until the contract is signed and the money obligated, nothing counts. There are innumerable stories in the venture capital world about analogous shenanigans,…
 
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    Storyteller

  • Just Like Riding a Bike

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

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

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

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

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

  • What Is Your Story About?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Giants hitting each other with hammers

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

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

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

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

    Harry
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Over the years, there have been countless bold (and sometimes barmy) predictions about the future of the publishing industry – and of course the industry is still evolving at a rate unprecedented since Guttenberg first looked at a wine press … Continue reading →
 
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    Indie Author News

  • New Indie Book Release: Beautifully Done (Riley Mackenzie)

    Alan Kealey
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Beautifully Done - Riley Mackenzie Contemporary Romance (311 Pages - July 2014) The Beautifully Awake Series --which includes Beautifully Awake (October 2013) and Beautifully...
  • New Indie Book Release: Beacon of Sound (R.M. Garry)

    Alan Kealey
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Beacon of Sound (The Noir Dera) - R.M. Garry Paranormal Romance (240 Pages - July 2014) Beacon of Sound explores how the illusions we create in our lives can harm us in the...
  • Featured Indie Book: Plantation Nation (Mercedes King)

    Alan Kealey
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: YA Historical Fiction Novel Plantation Nation by Mercedes King. Plantation Nation explores the Civil War with the POV of a female soldier, and presents the...
  • Featured Indie Book: What's Left of Me (Amanda Maxlyn)

    Alan Kealey
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Romance Novel What's Left of Me by Amanda Maxlyn. What's Left of Me is not your typical love story. This is a story with real emotion...
  • New Indie Book Release: Tapout (J. C. Valentine)

    Alan Kealey
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New Indie Book Release: Tapout (Wayward Fighters) - J. C. Valentine New Adult Romance (366 Pages - July 2014) Tapout (Wayward Fighters) focuses on young love, redemption, self-discovery, and...
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    Litopia

  • A True Novel

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

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

    Peter Cox
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Feel like making glove?? That’s not a typo. This week we discuss perhaps the best passage in any of Philip Roth’s novels, the ‘glovemaking scene’ (again, not a typo) in American Pastoral. And we do this with American lit scholar and Gloversville, NY native, Menachem Feuer. Also, we discuss the definition of a schlemiel, a person […] The post American Pastoral appeared first on Litopia.
  • Skinhead Truth Romp – Roy Ellis, Mr. Symarip

    Peter Cox
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Tonight’s guest on the Garry Bushell Talk Show is the legendary reggae star Roy Ellis, also known as Mr Symarip. Roy is one of the genuine icons of sixties reggae in the UK and his band Symarip were famously the first to target the emerging skinhead youth cult with their best-loved song, 1969’s Skinhead Moonstomp. […] The post Skinhead Truth Romp – Roy Ellis, Mr. Symarip appeared first on Litopia.
  • Satan in Goray

    Peter Cox
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Messiah is coming! His arrival is imminent! That’s the bad news. The good news is his arrival and social schedule are narrated with a combination of enthralled immediacy and distrustful distance by a Nobel Laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer. And yet, is it ‘all that’? Some readers will be super-pumped, others might not catch messiah fever. […] The post Satan in Goray appeared first on Litopia.
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    Author Alden

  • Read "The Unworthy" in Fantasy Scroll Magazine

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

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

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

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

    J.W. Alden
    5 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    I'm a bit late with this post, since the application period has been open for quite some time, but I thought I'd share some information about this year's Odyssey Writing Workshop at Saint Anselm College.As many of you know, I attended Odyssey last summer, and it was an incredible, transformative experience. It improved my writing in ways that it would have taken me years to accomplish on my own, and it introduced me to a group of writers that will likely be on this journey with me for years to come. Odyssey marked a big turning point in my fledgling career as an author. I made my first…
 
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    Kathleen H. Wheeler

  • 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…
  • Still Alice will be a movie with Julianne Moore!

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    16 Nov 2013 | 6:52 am
    I’m thrilled to learn that “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova will make it to the big screen to help spread awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, and even more thrilled to see such a top notch actress as Julianne Moore involved with the project. This early-onset story will go a long way in educating the public that this disease is not just for the elderly and that a cure must be found. How about you, are you excited to hear this novel will be made into a movie?
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    Self Publishing Team

  • How Authors Can Build Their Audience on Instagram [Guest Post]

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

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

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

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

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

  • Writers Are Opening Up About Money—And That’s a Good Thing

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

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

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

    Jane Friedman
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This past weekend, I attended the World Domination Summit (WDS) in Portland, which attracts 3,000 creative people who are concerned with answering the question: “How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?” They are guided by three values: Community Service Adventure Speaking personally, I’m really into the first two, as well as the third when it’s tied to travel and experiencing new cultures. (Some of the attendees are really into physical adventure.) The weekend was full of insightful and passionate talks by accomplished people from around the world.
  • The Latest Trends in the Indie Author Market [Smart Set]

    Jane Friedman
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to the weekly The Smart Set, where I share three smart pieces worth reading about the publishing and media industry. I also point to issues and questions raised, and welcome you to respond or ask your own questions in the comments. “To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” —Terry Tempest Williams 2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunities for Indie Authors by Mark Coker Every year, the founder of Smashwords, a major ebook distributor for self-published authors, crunches the company’s sales data and points to trends in the digital book…
 
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    Writer Beware

  • Warning: Green Shore Publishing

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

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

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
     Posted by Michael Capobianco for Writer BewareIt’s a tough time to be an author advocacy organization. As you may or may not know, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has been catching a lot of flak about signing on to Douglas Preston’s letter asking Amazon to stop treating Hachette’s books differently from those of the other big publishers by refusing to accept pre-orders, refusing to discount prices, and slowing the delivery of Hachette books to Amazon customers. SFWA wasn’t alone in signing the letter. Various prestigious authors, including Stephen King,…
  • Writer Beware Has a New Logo and a New Look

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIntroducing Writer Beware's brand-new logo! It was designed by awesome artist James F. Beveridge, and hopefully will help us to build more of a brand identity. After sixteen years, it's about time, right?Over the next few weeks, I'll be updating Writer Beware's various online presences to include it.I've already re-designed this blog, within the limits of available Blogger templates (while I would love to switch to Wordpress, I can't figure a way to do so without losing all our wonderful followers). I hope you find it more attractive and…
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  • JOHN OSTRANDER: OLD STAR TREK TECH

    TVWriter™
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    by John Ostrander I’m a Star Trek fan. Not a rabid fan, but a fan. I‘ve at least sampled all the shows and some I liked better than others. I’ve seen all the films and some I really liked; the first Trek film – not so much. I even enjoyed the two most recent films although I have a nephew who may disown me for saying so. I’m not a big tech sort of guy…but I do have a major tech gripe with the series. The original communicators very much influenced the design of cel phones – mine still flips open, thank you very much, and I don’t know how many times I’ve asked Scotty to…
  • RIP Jerry McNeely

    TVWriter™
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    by Team TVWriter™ Press Service Sad news about a name familiar to TV viewers of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Jerry McNeely, Emmy-nominated television writer and creator of series including “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law,” died last week in Tarzana, California at 86. He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for several years. Jerry was one of TV’s busiest writers in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, writing multiple episodes of “Dr. Kildare,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Ironside,” “The Name of the Game,” “Owen Marshall,” “Trauma Center,” “Our…
  • Big Deal Entertainment Website Looking for New Writers

    TVWriter™
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Well, biggish anyway. But TVWriter™ likes Under the Radar Mag cuz it, you know, thinks big. by Christopher Roberts Under the Radar is actively seeking experienced new writers to write for our print magazine, digital magazine for tablets/smart-phones, and our website. We’re not only looking for music writers, but are also on the hunt for writers who want to write about any of these entertainment mediums: film/DVDs, TV, comic books, and books.Interested parties should please email music samples to austin@undertheradarmag.com. Three important points: We’re only looking for…
  • Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/22/14

    TVWriter™
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman David Hollander (HEARTLAND) is adapting  Nicholson Baker‘s novel, The Fermata into a series for Paramount Television. (The book, written way back in 1994 is about a guy who can stop time and uses this ability to embark on a series of sexual assaults adventures. So it could be fun – or something quite the opposite of fun after it’s been televisionized.) Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (BONNIE AND CLYDE) are developing a Universal TV comedy series about pro soccer player Robbie Rogers “the first…
  • Peggy Bechko: Writers Revealing What Characters Don’t Want To Show

    Peggy Bechko
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    by Peggy Bechko Oh, come on, you know your characters are just like you. They say one thing and think something else entirely, try to conceal you’re really doing that – and then give it all away with a flick of an eye, a gesture or some muted (or otherwise) sound you make. Yep, that’s reality. Us humans evade, lie and maneuver (just for starters). We do it to protect ourselves, to protect others, out of embarrassment or an assortment of other reasons. Now, knowing this it becomes a challenge for the writer. In a script for a movie the writer sets the scene, the mood, tweaks details to…
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  • I Fall in Love Too Fast

    Con Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    That’s my problem, he thought to himself as he turned off the music to his headphones. He had been listening to Chet Baker and in a moment his state of mind had turned from mellow moodiness to irritation. The romantic background that the sounds had provided on his morning walk to work now struck him as . . . inappropriate. He needed to get his mind in a frame to be alert, even anxious, not placid and pacific. He dealt with money, and no one wanted a complacent, dreamy-eyed romantic making investment decisions. But it was true, he thought. He fell in love too easily. Until he learned to do…
  • THE RED FLAG ON HOW A 9/11 EVENT IS BEING FOSTERED IN EUROPE

    mary gravitt
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    President Obama is performing what John J. Mearsheimer in Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics (2011) “Strategic Cover-ups.”  Strategic cover-ups can take two forms.  Leaders can lie about a policy that has gone badly wrong.  The motivating reason for the falsehood is to protect the country’s interests, not to shield the individuals who are responsible for the policy failure, although that is usually an unintended consequence, Leaders can also lie to hide a controversial but smart strategy, and because they fear that it will meet serious public resistance…
  • Keith Olberman tap dances on tony Dungy's Head

    Keiko Alvarez
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, wasn't drafted until the seventh round in this past May's draft by the St. Louis Rams. Now just like any other NFL rookie, he's embarking on a training camp journey to make his team.However, not everyone around the NFL embraces the Rams' historical move of selecting the Missouri product. Former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy said he'd struggle with the sure-fire scrutiny."I wouldn't have taken him,'' Dungy said in this Tampa Tribune article. "Not because I don't…
  • The Saddest non-Secret in the Near East

    Jonathan Wolfman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The wealthy Muslim nations could have, years ago, and could now, pour billions into the West Bank and Gaza and they do not do it . bc a sad non-secret in the Near East is that wealthy Arabs look down on the poorest ones in every bit the most terrible ways that other upper classes sneer at lower class peoples. . bc those wealthiest Muslim nations are comfortable using their poorest co-religionists as thorns in the side of Israel and as canon-fodder.      I am certain were that to change Israel would contribute heavily to a regional economic uplift package for Gaza and for the WB.    …
  • To the Veterans of Boston Disco

    Con Chapman
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
                   The Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Tribute Party drew a far more diverse crowd than just veterans of the disco era.                                                                               The Boston Globe I doffed my disco hat as the national anthem of disco, “Love to Love You, Baby,” slowly swelled over the crowd gathered in Boston’s City Hall Plaza, voted America’s Ugliest Public Space for 46 years running! Boston City Hall: “Uh, I think you got it upside down.”…
 
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  • 7 Signs You’re Not Ready to Quit Your Day Job

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

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

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

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

    David K. William
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    From left: Dean Baquet, new executive editor of the New York Times; Jill Abramson, ousted executive editor; Bill Keller, Abramson’s predecessor, who was reportedly paid more than she. Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times via Associated Press; June 2011. Not too long ago, The New Yorker reported the high profile firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. Abramson was allegedly let go in part because she demanded more money after she learnt she was being paid less than her (male) predecessors. From the outside, it may appear her ouster was sexist and a harsh and humiliating process…
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  • The Wind Reverses Suddenly

    Konrad Tademar
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineElectromote inspired tangential conspiracies dwarfing that petty flaw called reasonThe Wind Reverses Suddenly Konrad Tademar
  • Waiting for Late-Blooming Genius to Flower

    Pat Bertram
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazinePoets often make a sudden advance with the death of their parents, as though a curfew has suddenly been liftedWaiting for Late-Blooming Genius to Flower Pat Bertram
  • Francesca Pelaccia

    thewriterslife
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineI’d like to say that it didn’t take long to get my novel The Witch’s Salvation published, but it did. It took me three years to finally see it publishedFrancesca Pelaccia thewriterslife
  • The Upside of Down: Misfortune Renders Opportunity (3)

    Neidy Lozada
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineThe biggest illusion in a person’s life is that things just happen; that one has no control over the eventsThe Upside of Down: Misfortune Renders Opportunity (3) Neidy Lozada
  • Prophecy by Stephen H. King

    Fran Lewis
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Angie's Diary Angie's Diary - Online MagazineAlyssa having a dragon tattoo and a special pendant given to her by her mother, which is hidden, makes them more suspicious that the wordsProphecy by Stephen H. King Fran Lewis
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Polite Requests

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

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

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

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

    11 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you know someone who won't get out of bed for fear of crossing paths with a black cat or being hit by a meteor? We're glad you braved the day and came to work. Do watch out for ladders, though. Walking under a ladder is unsafe all year long.
 
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  • Doubt Is The Writer’s Troll (How To Defeat It!)

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

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

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

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

    Bryan Hutchinson
    26 Jun 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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  • Interview: Claire Musters, Author of the Foundations21 Books: Prayer, and Jesus

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

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

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

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

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    With so many demands on our time, it may seem like keeping a journal is another thing on the never-ending to do list. But, once you get in the habit, you’ll find that scheduling in time to work on your writing project won’t seem like such an impossible task, because you already have the discipline from writing a daily journal. The post Why All Writers Should Keep a Journal appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
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  • The Rise of Book Blog Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Three Is a Magic Number (for Proposals and Presentations)

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

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

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

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

    Freestyle Editorial
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, many professional services firms are submitting more proposals and dedicating more time to their research, development, and customization. For instance, in the legal field, a recent NexisLexis® study found that 42 percent of firms have increased their proposal volume over the last 12 months; only 7 percent have decreased. While [...]Read More »
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    The Red Ink

  • What to Do When Nobody’s Reading Your Content

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

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

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Grammar Chic has a long and distinguished (humor us) history of gleaning content marketing lessons from popular TV entities; see previous entries on Mad Men, HBO, and Netflix for further evidence. It goes without saying, then, that, as TV approaches its biggest night—the Primetime Emmy Awards—we can’t help but make a few stray observations. Certainly, there are several entries in this year’s list of nominees that illustrate key concepts in content marketing. Read on, and we’ll show you what we mean. Content Marketing and This Year’s Hottest Shows For your consideration… First,…
  • 5 Reasons Your Website Isn’t Converting

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    In theory, your business website should be a 24/7 sales machine. Customers and potential customers should be able to access the site at any time, educate themselves about the value you provide, and ultimately order a product or service right then and there—or at the very least, be able to reach out to you by e-mail or by phone to set up a consultation, or to ask for more information. Would you say this is true of your business website? Is your website like a highly productive sales representative—or does it just sort of sit there, an online placeholder for your company? An even more…
  • 4 ‘About Us’ Page Myths

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Spend any time at all browsing small business websites and you’ll quickly realize that not all websites are created equal—and neither are all ‘About Us’ pages. That’s very much as it should be. After all, every small business is unique, so why wouldn’t every ‘About Us’ page be, too? Taking a cookie-cutter approach to your company’s ‘About Us’ page will only obscure what makes your business special. With that said, there are certainly some general policies to follow—and some blunders to avoid. Unfortunately, not all ‘About Us’ pages are written with these best…
 
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • Noise Trade: Letting Others Decide Your Book’s Worth

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

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

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

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

    Rachel Rueben
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Jason Howie via Flickr It’s a problem that many social media admins and page owners complain about all the time and that is complete strangers wanting favors. Don’t think it’s a problem? Just go to Twitter and type the words Please RT or Help Me into the search engine and you’ll find an endless feed of begging. Now, I’m not shaming anyone because I used to do it too, thinking that was the way social media worked.  Unfortunately, I listened to the social media experts who told people to ask, ask, ask which got me absolutely nowhere.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I lost a few…
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    Derailed Thoughts

  • Fedelta Parte 11: The No Tell Motel

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

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

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

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

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

  • Turn of Phrase: Soda Pop Bottles and/or Gophers

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

    S. A. Barton
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:? I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe Sir Terry Pratchett may have had an excellent point when he surmised that OUR species of Hominid survived, while all the others didn’t, because we were Story Telling Apes, or…
  • README

    S. A. Barton
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:16 pm
     The license below does NOT refer to the image above, which is a free use image from Morguefile. The license below refers ONLY to the written work below IT: the text of README by S.A. Barton. In other words, if you do choose to spread this story around, distribute it in its entirety, unchanged, attributed […]
  • Off-topic and Defying Conventional Wisdom: I Feel Like Blogging About My Breakfast.

    S. A. Barton
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:21 am
    Because it was delicious, and I feel like writing something right now.  So: the family-sized breakfast sandwich I made, from bottom to top: –1 loaf of Italian bread, split lengthwise, liberally smeared with butter, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, pepper, salt. Grilled until surface is crisp (In my case, on a hot electric skillet. More power […]
  • Google Built My Car — Thanks!

    S. A. Barton
    28 May 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Recently, there has been some media excitement about Google’s newest vision for a self-driving car. This vision does not include a gas pedal, brake, or steering wheel so you can take the controls in the event of an emergency. It appears to involve trusting the computer–whose reflexes, trust me, are indeed faster than yours, even […]
 
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    Your Story Coach - Advanced IM Coaching

  • 3 Reasons Why Beginners Need Internet Marketing Training

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

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

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

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

    Jesse
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Facebook offers a free platform to market your business to a wider audience. Millions of people frequent facebook daily to either connect with their friends or their favourite brand. But to successfully market your business on facebook there are important things to do to ensure you are doing things right to avoid harming your business. For success in facebook marketing you need to not only set up a page and invite followers but you need to engage with them. Setting Up Your Facebook Business Profile Before anything else, the first thing you need to do is to set up a great profile. One way you…
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    Jeremy Porter

  • 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…
  • Words that beat ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ — a guide

    Jeremy Porter
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    For people to care about global warming it needs to be made relevant. This guide shows the language that’s simple and uncontroversial. Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast. Photo: Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen In Nebraska, there’s a father thinking about his children’s health and education. In Oregon there’s a mother thinking about the pressures of her job. In Virginia there’s a couple thinking about the bills they will struggle to pay. And when asked if they think global warming or climate change is happening, none of them…
  • The missing contenders in ‘climate change’ vs ‘global warming’ fight

    Jeremy Porter
    4 Jun 2014 | 2:56 am
    The climate change vs global warming language debate ignores better words like health, pollution, creating jobs, and extreme weather Smoke stacks in Florida. Credit: Kim Seng Climate change/global warming is an issue riddled with poor communication and an emotion deficit. Those talking about global warming continue to ignore the best advice and use language like “emissions”, “impact on the climate”, “carbon emissions”, and “parts per million”. So it was with great interest I read the new report from Yale which suggests “global…
  • One year – my five favorite articles

    Jeremy Porter
    26 May 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Just over a year ago I set out to create blog to help people communicate better. In that time I’ve received a lot of great feedback, learnt a lot, and reached readers in 128 countries. First, my most read articles How to brief your ad agency (18% of all page views) Dealing with difficult questions from journalists How to write a victory and concession speech A good ad should have a single idea Rhetorical devices — index cards for speechwriters My 5 favorite articles (in no particular order) These articles are the ones I enjoyed writing the most, I think are the best, and have…
  • The power of “because”

    Jeremy Porter
    14 May 2014 | 7:51 am
    A lot of human behavior is automatic. We often comply with requests even when the reason is ridiculous. That’s the power of “because”. the power of because Three questions — can you guess the level of compliance? Question 1: “Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine?” Question 2: “May I use the Xerox machine because I have to make some copies?” Question 3: “Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine because I’m in a rush?” The Xerox Study This was an experiment conducted social psychologist Ellen…
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    Solitary Spark - A Creative Writing Blog

  • Immersed (in) Recollection

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

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

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

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

    8 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    I had to write many short stories in one of my courses last year. This is one.Mother Knows Best     Once the sound of rushing water met my ears, I released a breath I'd been holding for days. My pounding heart eased to a slow, steady beat as I kicked off my shoes, dropped onto the couch, and finally let the tension drift away. The worn leather wrapped me in a cool cocoon, a sharp contrast to the heat building in my cheeks. It's odd how months of worry, stress, and heartache can evaporate once it's done. When they're gone. My face flamed, ashamed.      A friend…
 
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    Randi Minerva

  • Tarot Tip #41: The Mundane Stuff

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

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

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

    R. Minerva
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
  • Tarot Tip# 38: Good Readings and Quick Readings

    R. Minerva
    1 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

  • 4 Tips to create content and marketing wins

    Leigh Ann Hubbard
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In addition to writing and editing for clients, I’m often hired to advise them about Internet marketing and public relations. So I thought I’d make you my pretend client for a moment and share a few related tips structured around some recent wins. Welcome aboard.  1. Pinterest Win This Pinterest-minded graphic, which I made for a TheSurvivalDoctor.com post, generated over three times more traffic from Pinterest in the first two days than each of the last four posts had received on average over the past month. Tip: Regularly use the social media you target. Don’t just jump in when you…
  • Is content king?

    Christina Gillick
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Everyone says, “Content is king,” but what does that really mean? There are two different views … 1. Quantity People who believe in this strategy say that the more content you write, the more website visitors you’ll get because of the sheer volume of keywords on your site. However, every time Google makes an update to its algorithm, this group loses search engine rankings and traffic. This group has to always worry about whether their business will weather the next Google storm. I think there’s a better way … 2. Quality Write the best possible content you can – even if it takes…
  • How Hummingbird affects SEO writing

    Lesley Langelaar-Thomas
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    SEO copywriting continues to evolve. SEO copywriters have already had to adjust to Google’s Penguin and Panda updates. How will the most recent search algorithm update, Hummingbird, impact SEO copy?   Why the Hummingbird update? Google anticipates that more people will use mobile devices for voice search and natural language queries. Why? Smartphone use is growing rapidly. In some countries mobile traffic has already surpassed desktop and other countries are expected to follow soon. So instead of just matching up individual keywords, Google wants to interpret and understand a…
  • 4 common copyright mistakes that could cost your business

    Leigh Ann Hubbard
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Years ago, while editing an article written by a doctor, I discovered that much of it had been copied from another site. Dismayed, I contacted the doctor’s publicist, who was serving as liaison, expecting an apology and a commitment to making things right. Instead, he argued with me. “This is a common subject,” he informed me, “and there are only so many ways you can say things.” That’s kind of like a jazz musician saying, “This is a popular form of music, and there are only so many ways you can arrange notes.” Yet the belief this publicist expressed is a widespread one.
  • 6 Freelancing Truths I Didn’t Believe (But Now I Do)

    Christina Gillick
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I first discovered freelance writing, I had my moments of, “This is too good to be true!” I didn’t doubt you could work from home, on your own terms, and make six-figures a year. But, I did doubt it was as amazing as everyone made it seem. I worried about finding clients, dealing with feast-or-famine, marketing myself … my list went on and on. Then, I started improving my mindset by thinking positively, reading motivational books, following a proven path, and focusing on one thing at a time. When I did that, the pieces sort of fell into place. I remember, more than a year ago,…
 
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    Cliff Ball

  • Crossreads Book Blast – Hope Deferred by Elizabeth Maddrey

    Cliff Ball
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    By Cliff Ball Hope Deferred By Elizabeth Maddrey About the Book: Christian fiction for women. It’s been a tough year. Twin sisters June and July and their husbands spent the last year trying to start a family. Now, as the sisters work with fertility specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, each must determine what treatment is right for them in the midst of overwhelming options, none of which promise immediate results. Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams? LINK to PAPERBACK Elizabeth Maddrey began…
  • Now Available: Times of Judgment

    Cliff Ball
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:07 pm
    By Cliff Ball Times of Judgment – Christian End Times Thriller book 6, is now available in paperback and ebook. I published it to Kobo a couple of days ago, but it still hasn’t showed up yet. This is the end of the main part of the storyline, but I will have one last novel that encompasses the whole seven years with other characters who have to survive the Tribulation Period. Times of Judgment, book 6, goes through the last three and a half years of the seven year Tribulation Period. The world leader gets “assassinated” and Lucifer teams up with him shortly before…
  • Times of Judgment – Coming Soon

    Cliff Ball
    23 May 2014 | 7:12 am
    By Cliff Ball Currently, I’m writing Times of Judgment, the sixth novel in The End Times Saga. It’ll be available (hopefully) by June 9th, or a couple of days earlier. It’ll cover the last half of the Tribulation Period, where the Bowl Judgments from Revelation 16 will affect the whole world, unlike the trumpet judgments that affected 1/3 of the part of the world they were affecting. Judgment Cover Lucifer joins forces with the Patriarch, after his second attempt at trying to usurp God’s authority, and they try to rule the rest of the population with an iron fist.
  • $.99 sale for Times of Turmoil

    Cliff Ball
    7 May 2014 | 6:50 am
    By Cliff Ball Until Saturday, Times of Turmoil will be $.99 on Kindle and Nook. Next week, starting on Sunday, Times of Trial will be $.99 on both sites too. The links to Amazon are universal. In this first novel in The End Times Saga (prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial), we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and…
  • Audiobook Giveaway for Christian Fiction Series

    Cliff Ball
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By Cliff Ball Want to win free copies of my Christian fiction series, The End Times Saga in my audiobook giveaway? I’m giving away 10 free coupons of each novel to download the audiobooks from Audible. The contest is open from March 23 to April 11. I’m giving away the first four novels plus the short story, Jon Ryan. Just sign-up to win using the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post. In Times of Turmoil, the first novel in The End Times Saga, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see…
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    The Write Practice

  • Snark

    Liz Bureman
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    I have a soft spot for sarcasm. This is probably no surprise to anyone who has been following the Write Practice since the early days, but I often say that the primary love language of my family is sarcasm. It’s nothing too cutting; we understand where the line between sarcastic and downright hurtful is. This is probably why I love the word “snark” as much as I do. Photo by Makelessnoise Definition of Snark Fun fact: snark is a portmanteau of “snide remark”, which is one hundred percent the best definition of snark. Snark is also a writing tool that you should…
  • A Writer’s Guide to Stop Panicking and Get the Most from a Critique

    Emily Wenstrom
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Even when you ask for it, when people critique your writing it can feel like a dagger to the gut. It can knock out your confidence and even cause you to question whether you should ever bother picking up a pen again. Photo by star5112 When a group of beta readers critiqued the manuscript for my first novel, I felt like I was on the cusp of a true panic for days. Was my manuscript too problematic to be fixed? Was I terrible writer? Maybe I wasn’t really a writer at all and should just give up. But critique feedback can also help you make your work even better—not just in this…
  • This Quote from Picasso Will Make You Want to Start Writing Right Now

    Joe Bunting
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs. Pablo Picasso Yes, we talk about technique here. And measuring. And the literary canon. But sometimes you have to put down your ruler, roll up your sleeves, and let your gut write for you. What are you waiting for? You don’t need my permission. LET LOOSE And watch as art creates itself right in front of you. PRACTICE Today, let your instinct and your brain conceive something wholly new. Write for fifteen…
  • You Must Remember Every Scar

    Joe Bunting
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post was first published in September 2011. “The only requirement,” to be a writer, said Stephen King, “is the ability to  remember every scar.” Photo by AtomicJeep (Creative Commons) I have a few scars (and you do, too). There’s that girl in the eighth grade, my father’s illness in the seventh, and there was that boy earlier than that who told me to shut up every time I spoke to him. When did I learn to fear my voice? The true writer enters into wounds. Sometimes she enters into her own, often into the wounds of others, and occasionally even into the wounds…
  • Storyboard Your Novel

    Liz Bureman
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My sister is in San Francisco this week, scouting the area, making connections, and hopefully moving in the next few months. My parents and I have shared that we would be very surprised if she was still in Pittsburgh come Halloween. She’s been to the Bay area a few times and has loved it, and I honestly think she’d do really well there. I also selfishly want to go to California to visit her (as I’m sure my parents do as well). Who doesn’t love California? The reason I think she’d do so well out there is that she has the creative mind that seems to thrive in San…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • How to Unravel the Impossible Knots of Your Plot

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

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

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

    Lauren Sapala
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
    The idea of a writers’ conference can be intimidating. Especially for the more introverted writers out there. Many writers type themselves as creative souls drawn to the weird and magical side of life. And so they automatically assume they’ll be out of place at an event where the focus is on business and networking. It’s time to check those assumptions. Here are three solid reasons you should attend a writers’ conference: It Will Help You Level Up Most conferences open their doors to writers of any skill level. No, you don’t have to be signed with an agent to attend a conference,…
  • How to Radically Boost Your Creativity and Self-Esteem in 5 Minutes

    Lauren Sapala
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:48 am
    Pursuing a career as a writer is tough. We all take the same risk. It’s that risk your parents warned you about when you told them you had decided to major in Literature instead of Accounting. To pursue our dreams writers usually give up the comfort zone of a conventional lifestyle. Maybe we said no to an office job, a house in the suburbs, or a college degree. Or we decided that a traditional marriage and having children just wasn’t for us. Or maybe we wanted all of these things and now we’re trying to balance job, house, and kids, and write a book (or a series!) at the same time.
 
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    Stories and Stuff

  • Do You Use ‘Alot’ A Lot?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Summer of Edits 2014

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

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

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

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

    22 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    Once upon a time, I was a 15-year-old writer with too many ideas. Some of those ideas coagulated into Trouble on the Range, which I felt the need to share with family friends who lived out of state. Every time I finished an episode, I stuck it in an envelope, slapped a stamp on that puppy, and sent it hurtling through snail-maildom all the way to Arkansas. This went on for a few years until the
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Prompt-A-Palooza #44

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

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

    Lorin
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Have a great weekend, all!7 Ways to Beat Writer's BlockNew British Museum bookshop features a 'wheel of books'Library Cards From Around The US!Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From BirthWriters: What Are You Afraid Of?
  • Friday Roundup 6.20.14

    Lorin
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:57 am
    Have a wonderful weekend!7 Ways to Beat Writer's BlockCameron McAllister's top 10 amazing machines in children's booksDamian Dibben's top 10 time travel booksDo You Suffer From Fragile Writer Ego?The Best Hemingway Novels
  • Friday Roundup 6.13.14

    Lorin
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    Friday the 13th! Ooooooooo!Full Moon On Friday The 13th Won't Happen Again Until 2049Top ten books for Father's DayA Facebook Employee Gets to Die in Game of ThronesBook Sculpture - ABC's 42 Birthday30 of the Best Parents in Literature
 
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    Words & Music

  • I Love You So Bad It Hurts - Mike's Musical Monday

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Death is just another oneOf those thingsLike air and pop musicThat cannot be avoided   Sleep doesn't replicate deathAny more than it answers the question:Why am I so tired?When I was just a boyAnswers weren't just availableThey also made perfect senseAnd love was the easiest one of them allBecause it answered everythingEven death
  • The Furthest Adventures of Joe & Skirl - Flash Fiction Friday

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Her cheeks were enough to give an atheist pause for thought. Could anything that wasn’t divine produce such things? Of course, Joe’s rational mind told him; of course the deliberate force of evolution could fashion the perfect roundness and softness of Victoria’s cheeks. But his heart was not convinced. His heart believed she’d come straight from the clouds and that the shy smile that played, constantly, with the corners of her lips, could be angelic, or devilish, but could not be explained by something as mundane as science. No, there had to be things in this life that were beyond…
  • Catskill Sketchbook

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    Bell on the deckThe Catskill Mountains are a magic place. Washington Irving's famous tale Rip Van Winkle begins this way: "Whoever has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Catskill Mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are seen away to the west of the river, swelling up to a noble height, and lording it over the surrounding country. Every change of season, every change of weather, indeed, every hour of the day, produces some change in the magical hues and shapes of these mountains."  Here are a few of my sketches from a visit to the…
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    Out of the Lockbox

  • MCS #22: Frozen guest post

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

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

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

    Mary DeSantis
    22 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hey folks,So as you may have deduced (after all my posts about my thesis being passed in and passing and me passing out), I’m graduating! I’ll be away next week at school, culminating with receiving my MFA on Sunday, June 29, sometime between 3:30 and 4pm. Feel free to clap in my honor during this time.K, the clapping part is a joke, but the rest isn’t. Since I’ll be in class and doing all sorts of other fun stuff next week (like thesis reading, genre dinner, experimental agent-pitching, etc.) I won’t be posting. And then I’m treating myself to the first week in July away from the…
  • MCS #20: Fantasia

    Mary DeSantis
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fantasia (1940)Ok, so this movie bored me to tears when I was a kid. It was music and picture with no story or dialogue, and I was a kid.Now, I appreciate it a bit more, and I’m sharing my two favorite Fantasia moments this week.First: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice It was the closest to a story, and it featured Mickey Mouse.Second (and possibly most importantly): The Sound Track Come on, this guy was adorable. I think I can attribute my interest in musical instruments to this guy.Check out the rest of the Fantasia shorts on YouTube. They’re all there.Writer’s Lockbox…?Umm, well…
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    Write Kids' Books!

  • How are your books selling? A $5 book that can turn sales around.

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

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

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
      Some of these may make you smile, some of these may make you laugh, or stop and think.  I hope they will all inspire you to keep doing what you’re doing. (Click the image above for a full-sized version you can save and share.) “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”  — Maya Angelou "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald "Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — Betty Smith in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943…
  • Basics, Part 3: Are you choosing words that zoom, screech, soar, sing?

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    You’re a writer, right? And writing is all about words?  (Come on, let me hear you nodding.) So picking the words to go into your kids’ book should be simple… but it’s not. In the first post in this series, Basics, Part 1: What is a children’s book? I laid out the most simple definition of a children’s book:  Pages between covers Aimed at young readers Usually illustrated All about story In Basics, Part 2: Does your book measure up?, we looked at the first part of that definition:  pages between covers.  How many pages, exactly?  How many words? …
  • Christian without the Cringe: 5 ways to craft stories with spirit

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Are you Christian?  If so, you’re right up there with 76% of Americans who believe in some form of Christianity But I’m not. Our family is Jewish, and I’ve written about writing Jewish children’s books a few times before.  I thought it would be both fun and fair to my non-Jewish readers to offer a bit of breadth and invite a friend to talk about her approach to writing Christian children’s literature. Polls show that more than 90% of Americans believe in God.  They may not all be deeply devout, but many are, and that means hundreds of thousands of parents looking for…
 
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    Writeaholic Inspiration

  • How to Make Money As An Online Writer

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

    Ruth Barringham
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:14 am
    South Africa's Nobel-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer diesAmazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And AudiobooksAmazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential library of over 600,000 titles for just $9.99 per month.http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/16/amazon-tests-kindle-unlimited-a-netflix-for-ebooks-and-audiobooks/PatreonPatreon enables fans to give ongoing support to their favorite creators. A place where writers can upload…
  • From Presentation to Pilot to Series + Essential Tools of Writing a Comedy

    Ruth Barringham
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Have you ever wanted to write comedy but just didn't know where to start or how to write it?To help you, here are two of the latest comedy writing courses offered by The Writer's Store.They both have discounted prices, but not for long.Comedy series are well thought-out worlds constructed to play out over 100 or more episodes. In this webinar, Paul Chitlik will lead you through the process of creating a world, designing characters to populate it and coming up with stories to keep it vibrant and funny. ON SALE! $59.99 (ends 20th July 2014) From Presentation to Pilot to Series: Get Your Comedy…
  • Books to Inspire, Books to Enjoy

    Ruth Barringham
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    If you're looking for an inspirational book to help you to write, or you're looking for a good book to curl up with, below is a list of books available now from The Book Depository.All have discounted prices and all are available or free worldwide shipping.And it's not just these books. The Book Depository discounts all it's books and offers free shipping worldwide on all orders, which is great because often the shipping costs can be more than the price of the book.On Writing (Paperback)by Stephen Kinghttp://www.bookdepository.com/On-Writing-Stephen-King/9781444723250Why I Write (Penguin…
  • Pre-Order Writing Market Books for 2015 & Other Resources for Writers

    Ruth Barringham
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    The Art of the Query: Winning an Agent From the Very First PageThe Art of the Query: Winning an Agent From the Very First Page - In this live webinar, instructor and literary agent Michelle Brower will show you how agents go through their slush pile and how they make decisions based on query letters. The webinar will cover query dos and don'ts, and will also have examples of successful letters that have made the cut. Michelle will show you how to win over an agent, as well as identify common pitfalls. Pre-order the 2015 Market Books and Receive Free Shipping at Writer's Digest ShopPre-Order…
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    Assignment Help

  • Cheap Essay Writing Services: Help for Students Studying Social Science

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

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

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

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

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    It is true that students are tired of writing series of work on science. In fact, it is serious time for them that they find an alternate solution to deal with this problem. Though, there is no rebuffing in the fact that science is an important subject of academics. So, students should take this quite seriously. Therefore, scores of students think of choosing Australian Essay Writing Service provider as their savior. These writing companies in Australia provide Help with Essay to students of different age group and educational background. Moreover, they make science as an interesting subject…
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • Interview with JR Holbrook, author of Next O&W Train from Tennesse

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    ABOUT NEXT O&W TRAIN FROM TENNESSEE Title: Next O&W Train from TennesseeGenre: Historical FictionAuthor: JR HolbrookPublisher: XlibrisEBook: 123 pagesRelease Date: March 30, 2012ISBN: 978-1-46918-802-7  James Holbrook is the great-great-grandson of Nancy Moody. Nancy Moody was the daughter of Charlot Moody and Johnathon Moody-Johnathon Moody was killed in the Civil War-Nancy Moody being the mother of Armeldia Moody and the grandmother of Raymond Wright, Selby Wright, Clara, Cora, and Edith. This is the second short story of James Holbrook, who also…
  • In the Spotlight: When Shmack Happens by Amber Neben

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Title: When Shmack Happens: The Making of a Spiritual ChampionAuthor: Amber NebenGenre: Christian nonfiction/inspirational stories/sports autobiographyPaperback: 172 pagesPublisher: Neben Px4 (March 18, 2014)ISBN-10: 0991303008ISBN-13: 978-0991303007Purchase at:Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/When-Shmack-Happens-Spiritual-Champion/dp/0991303008/ Book website: www.whenshmackhappens.com Amazon UK and Amazon EUHave you ever been through a hard time in life? Ever wondered why bad things happen? Amber Neben has you covered. The 2x Olympic cyclist for Team USA knows a thing or two about shmack-…
  • Interview with Catherine Hemmerling and Joan Avery, authors of Tempting Her Reluctant Viscount and Love's Justice - Win Prizes!

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
      Title: Tempting Her Reluctant ViscountAuthor: Catherine HemmerlingPublisher: Entangled ScandalousPages: 225Genre: Historical RomanceFormat: Ebook A pretend courtship…a real scandal London 1814 Hope Stuckeley has lusted after the handsome and charismatic Michael Ashmore, the Viscount Lichfield, for ages—never mind that she’s never actually spoken to him. When the two join forces to investigate a London stock market scandal, pretending he is courting her gives her the chance to prove she’s more than the bookworm he takes her for. After years of service as a soldier…
  • Don't Let Your Writing Project Get Derailed by Connie B. Dowell

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Don’t Let Your Writing Project Get DerailedBy Connie B. DowellIt’s so easy, isn’t it? You start a writing project, perhaps a novel or a term paper or even a big report for work, and you’ve got tons of time to complete it. In fact, you’ve got so much time that you’re bound to produce the best novel/term paper/report your audience has ever seen. Yet somehow you find yourself just a short time before your deadline and scrambling to complete the first draft, let alone revision. As a writing center professional, I encounter many students who want to know how to revise with only a short…
  • Interview with Colette Harrell: 'Life is never predictable. You have to learn to roll with the waves life's storms send you'

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Colette (Ford) Harrell the author of the debut novel The Devil Made Me Do It is passionate about the written word. Holding a master’s degree, she is a director of human services. Her creation and implementation of a health and energy medical program stands as a best practices model. Her philosophy of service is compassionate care through a spirit of excellence. A motivational speaker, she specializes in customer and human service workshops on state and national levels.  She is cofounder of COJACK Productions, a Christian entertainment company. As an active member of her church,…
 
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    Wylie's Writing Tips

  • Survey releases, step by step

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:12 pm
    How to organize research stories It’s not the survey, silly. Most survey releases fail because they focus on the survey, not on the survey results. Here’s how to organize a successful survey story that focuses on the findings, not on the poll: The results are in The best survey releases focus on the results, not on the survey itself. Download this poster for a step-by-step look at how to organize a successful survey story. I. Lift your survey results off the page in the display copy. Highlight a fascinating finding in the headline. Tell the story, don’t just tell about the…
  • Show and tell

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Map out your story on Ann’s roller coaster grid The best stories show, then tell, then show, then tell, again and again and again. And the best pieces mix up their concrete details with stories, statistics, scenarios and more. How does your story shape up against that standard? To find out, use this grid to map out your story. On it, note which kinds of concrete material you use in and where. This will help you analyze your copy for common problems. For instance: You’ve got 14 statistics and no anecdotes? You might want to go out and find a story. You want to hit several types of…
  • Time to tweet

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:10 pm
    When will you get the most action on Twitter? Timing is important, says Jakob Nielsen, “the king of usability”: “Once [tweets] scroll off the first screen, they’re essentially 6 feet under.” Time to tweet Download this poster for at-a-glance tips on timing Twitter right. Nielsen’s preferred tweeting time is 9:01 a.m. Pacific, because that encompasses working hours from California to the United Kingdom, where most of his audience members live. He posts a minute after the hour so his tweet will show up above those of people who set their software to post at the top…
  • Start your story with a statistics lead

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Grab reader attention by writing with numbers Stumped for a story starter? Try a statistics lead. Yes, writing with numbers can be tough. A bunch of boring figures can make readers’ eyes glaze over wherever you place them. Strength in numbers A startling statistics lead can surprise or challenge your readers. Image by qthomasbower But startling statistics — underline the word “startling” — can make a great lead. When writing your next lead, surprise and delight readers with a statistics lead like these, from two intranet stories: Statistics leads show size and scope. Are you…
  • Give your copy a makeover

    Ann Wylie
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:08 pm
    WWAD? Find out with our before-and-after service Ever wonder how Ann would have written your release, article, post or page? Find out with Ann’s writing makeovers. She’ll rewrite your message, showing you how to reach more readers. How it works Send us your writing samples in Word, and we’ll: Rewrite your headlines, decks, leads and links. Show you how to make your paragraphs, sentences and words tighter and clearer. Demonstrate how we’d eliminate the passive voice and improve readability. Reveal how to break your copy up to make it look easier to read. Show you how to lift your ideas…
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  • Devil-beasts and Cosmic Dissonance: A Review of The Widow’s Son

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

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

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

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

    Woelf Dietrich
    14 May 2014 | 4:56 pm
    George R.R. Martin needs no introduction. His series, A Song of Ice and Fire, have sold many millions of copies and have been translated into over twenty languages, the fifth book alone, into 40 languages. HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on this series, is similarly a huge hit. In fact, it is the biggest drama and most talked about […]
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    The Proof Angel

  • How to use the ellipsis

    The Proof Angel
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    It took a long time for me to notice that the ellipsis consists of 3 dots. I picked up that a row of dots means something has been missed out, but it never occurred to me that there was a name for the mark, or conventions for its use. I would just use a random number of dots. In case you are as misguided as I used to be, this post explains the use of the ellipsis. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: ellipsis, punctuation
  • Keeping it simple

    The Proof Angel
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    We often hear that we should keep our content simple. It is easy to lose sight of the reasoning behind that plan. Remind yourself with this post. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Writing resources Tagged: Plain English
  • Book benches

    The Proof Angel
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    I like this idea. We need more interesting street furniture to brighten up our urban areas. These seats based on classic books will certainly do that. This link has the maps you need to visit the benches. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: street art
  • Carry out an autopsy on your writing

    The Proof Angel
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    We all have weaknesses. That makes us human. If you are aware of your weakness, you have more chance of doing something about it. Some people only review their writing to look for ways to improve that piece. That is a very important task, but if you only focus on one piece at a time, you are probably missing a trick. If you look at your work more generally, you will probably be able to spot consistent weaknesses and bad habits. By working on improving those areas, all your work should improve. You will still need to review & re-write your material, but the process will be easier if you…
  • About beyond

    The Proof Angel
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Changes in usage often creep up on us gradually. This post tracks the change in the use of beyond. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: beyond, usage
 
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    eBooks India

  • How Not to Create Characters

    CS Rajan
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    © Gino Santa Maria Good characterization is the main reason a story sells or bombs. Characters are the people we want to read about and care about when we pick up a book. The most wonderful plot and the most brilliant dialogues cannot save books that feature weak and uninteresting characters. Here are some things to avoid when you create characters: Characters who don’t serve a purpose in the story Have you ever wondered why an author put in certain characters in the book you were reading? Some books seem to have an endless list of characters who drift in and out of the book, without…
  • 5 Writing Lessons from William Shakespeare

    CS Rajan
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    William Shakespeare, also known as the Bard of Avon, or ‘the greatest bard who ever lived’, was the greatest playwright and perhaps the most beloved writer in the English language. He wrote over 35 plays, 150 sonnets and several long poems as well. Many of the common phrases in use in the English language today are a legacy from Shakespeare. About 400 years later, we still read his works, make movie adaptations of his many plays and quote him on a daily basis without even realizing it. As his fellow playwright and rival Ben Jonson said on his death, “He was not of an age, but for…
  • 5 Ways to Inspire the Way You Write

    Hiten Vyas
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    © Ashwin Kharidehal Abhirama So often the plots, sub-plots and characters for your stories are conjured up through your imagination. Indeed, it can safely be said that writers have the greatest imaginations around! Having said this, if at times you’re finding it difficult to take a story forward, either through your imagination or just writing your way through a block, then remember there are other sources of inspiration. Below are 5 ways to inspire the way you write: 1. Work If you have a fulltime day job and don’t work from home, then it is most likely you spend most of your time at…
  • 5 Tips for Writing a Book Proposal

    Hiten Vyas
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    If you want to be a traditionally published book author, you need to accept that writing the book itself is only half of the equation – the other half is getting a convincing a publisher to print and distribute your book to the market. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just writing a really good draft and waiting for agents and publishing companies to come knocking on your door. You have to write a book proposal and convince them that your book is marketable. If you want your proposal to be compelling and convincing, here are 5 tips to keep in mind: 1. Acknowledge the Publisher’s…
  • 5 Writing For the Web Tips

    Pranay Kanagat
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Writing for the web may seem like an easy task, but in fact, it is not as easy as it seems. Most new web writers today tend to ramble on a bit, as they are expected to do in novels. This is a strict no-no in web writing. Moreover, to write well for the web, you need to understand what today’s internet users want and expect. Here, we list five tips that will help you understand what writing for the web is all about. 1. Prioritize Information When writing for the web, it is highly important that you prioritize your information. You need to understand that writing for the web is very…
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  • Oren Lyons 

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

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

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

    Kerri Lowe
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Darlena Cunha's personal essay, This is What Happened When I Drove My Mercedes to Pick Up Food Stamps, was front page on the Washington Post last week when I interviewed her. It was an exciting moment and the true beginning of a wave of interviews that would include CNN, NPR, and dozens of other spin-off pieces, responses, and articles on newspaper websites and blogs. The post Driving that Mercedes: An Interview with Darlena Cunha appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • An Interview with Memoirist Monica Wesolowska

    Kerri Lowe
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    This week on the Live Like You Mean It Podcast I talk to Monica Wesolowska, author of the acclaimed memoir, Holding Silvan: A Brief Life. The true story of losing her first-born child, Holding Silvan is a sad, yet joyous book of the life that was. Monica discusses her writing process for the book, why […] The post An Interview with Memoirist Monica Wesolowska appeared first on StoryShelter.
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  • What Freelance Writers Need to Know about Guest Posting

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

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

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

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

    Laura Spencer
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:19 am
    Is freelance writing easy? Having worked as a freelance writer for a dozen years, I’d have to say, “no.” There are plenty of obstacles and pitfalls that freelance writers face. Of course, long-term freelance writers learn to overcome the obstacles, often through trial and error. Some of those lessons you’ll learn along the path to successful freelance writing are pretty hard. You may even want to give up. But, what if there were a better way? What if you could easily sidestep some of those pitfalls and meet the challenges head on? You’d want to do it, right? To…
 
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  • Book Tour: Shoulder Pads and Flannel by Jo Ramsey

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

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

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

    Frances C
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    BlurbDerrick Starr is a sad excuse of a dominant werewolf. Unlike most werewolves, he’s sworn off meat and has an abnormal preference for sweets. He’s also in bad state. His lover just left him and he’s just learned that he has type-two diabetes. An unexpected act of kindness triggers his meeting with Jack, a submissive wolf on the run from his abusive Alpha. When Derrick finds out that Jack is his fated mate, will he be able to do what it takes to protect and claim what’s rightfully his?A M/M paranormal erotic romance novelette coming from Evernight Publishing under its Romance…
  • How to Be in the Top 5% of Bloggers

    Frances C
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    From Copyblogger: How to Be in the Top 5% of Bloggers: New Research Results by Sonia Simone (Andy Crestodina)We’ve said it so often you’re probably sick of it.Content marketing doesn’t work unless the content is genuinely worth reading.Routine, phone-it-in content won’t get you the audience, the leads, the prospects, or the conversions you need.Andy Crestodina over at Orbit Media Studios is one of the content marketers who really gets it. When I found out that Andy had conducted a survey of more than 1,000 bloggers about the specifics of how they work, I knew that I wanted to get a…
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • THE SOURCE OF STORIES: Writing from experience and imagination

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

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

    Beatriz
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Now that you have drafted your story or essay, you need someone to read it and giveyou feedback:  1.        A good piece of writing requires the following:  -           a defined objective-           a skillful use of language and style-           a compelling voice-           a workable structure2.        Determine…
  • PREVIEW OF TUESDAY'S MEMOIR/PERSONAL ESSAY WORKSHOP

    Beatriz
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    You can start today to write your memoir - be it short like a personal essay or long like a book. Here are some guidelines and exercises to get you going:                                                         1.  Basic writing exercises:I remember/I don’t rememberI’m looking at/I’m not looking atI’m thinking of/I’m not thinking ofKeep the pen moving.  Don’t cross out anything.2.      Life is not…
  • SOME IDEAS FOR IGNITING YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY WRITING

    Beatriz
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:53 am
    We all have families.  We all have stories from our families.  Here are some ideas to get you started on that essay or memoir:1.  Think of a family story you have told or you have heard and decide what the THEME of the story is.  Make some notes.  2.  Write the story briefly without straying from the theme or explaining who the people are nor giving any background information.3. Now while you imagine you are talking to a close friend, write your thoughts about the story assuming your friend knows the story already.  4. Now write the story again incorporating…
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    Kindle Me This

  • Outlining Fiction Saves Time

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

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

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

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

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

  • President Obama, Lost Protagonist in a Disjointed Story

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

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

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

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

    Bernice Landry
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:21 am
    When you set out to watch the Showtime series Homeland, whose cast of characters includes CIA operatives, high-level politicians, double agents, assassins and terrorists, you know the show is likely to be suspenseful. And, if it’s any good, it’s going to be suspenseful a lot of the time. Because suspense is a required texture for a good spy story. A spy story without suspense is like sex without romance — all mechanics and no foreplay. And since the show has been loved and fêted by viewers and critics alike, it’s also likely to have strong and complex characters and a…
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    All Indie Writers

  • Quick Tip: Speed Up Your WordPress Blog by Identifying Slow Plugins

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

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

    Jennifer Mattern
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    For this week's quick tip, I'd like to bring up an oldie but goodie -- a tip I've been passing along to freelance writers for years, coming from my background in PR. Instead of using the same writer's market lists that most other freelancers are also using, find new prospects in media directories instead.  How Media Directories Are Different Media directories are similar to writer's market directories in that you can find a list of publications, sorted by industry, and sometimes including editors' names and direct contact information. They're used by PR professionals for media relationships…
  • Melissa Breau on Writing and Editing

    Jennifer Mattern
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was recently contacted by fellow writer, Melissa Breau. She was in the process of making some changes in her business, and as a result she no longer wanted to publish some of the content on her professional blog. Melissa made the suggestion of archiving her old content, written mostly for authors, here at All Indie Writers. I took her up on that offer. As of today you can find Melissa's content in the archives here. Most can be found in the Indie Publishing section of the blog although a few are archived elsewhere (such as in the Grammar & ESL category). You can find them all in one…
  • Get APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur FREE From BookBaby

    Jennifer Mattern
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Each week I try to release a new freebie developed just for All Indie Writers readers. But this week I want to do something a bit different. I want to pass along an awesome deal that came through to my inbox this morning. If you're thinking about becoming an indie author, no doubt you've heard about APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch.   If you don't have a copy yet, I highly recommend it. And there couldn't be a better time. Right now, you can get a copy of APE (mobi, epub, and/or pdf -- your choice) for free from BookBaby.com. The only catch? You…
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  • How to be a writer in the year 2014

    Cassie Sheets
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    1. Write a lot of lists. Lists are cool. Lists are in. Lists are super easy to digest, and take very little of a potential reader’s effort, thought, or time. Throw a few funny gifs in there, and ignore the sinking feeling in your stomach when you realize gifs will eventually replace even the measly word…
  • Announcing this week’s #sixwordstory contest!

    Chicago Literati
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    For this week’s #sixwordstory contest on Twitter we want you to tweet us a story set at a beach. Use the hashtag #beachstory and be sure to make your details distinct yet succinct. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!   
  • Read the winning #superherohaiku and vote for tomorrow’s #sixwordstory contest!

    Chicago Literati
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This weekend on Twitter we asked you to tweet us a #superherohaiku. Read the winning poem below and be sure to vote for tomorrow’s #sixwordstory contest. 
  • Live Lit Roundup for the week of July 21st, 2014

    Chicago Literati
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Monday July 21st, 2014 7:00pm // Join your hosts Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast in celebrating Ernest Hemingway’s birthday at The Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625) for a Hemingtastic Essay Fiesta featuring Ozzie Totten, Debbi Welch and many more powerhouse performers! Free show.  8:00pm // Come out to The Pleasure Chest (3436 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657) for another…
  • Join Story Sessions for a retreat at the Little House of Glencoe on August 16th

    Chicago Literati
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Story Sessions invites you to join them at the Little House of Glencoe for a cozy summer retreat full of sunshine, potluck snacks and storytelling. The retreat goes from 12:30pm to 5:00pm on Saturday August 16th. Join Jill Howe and Rachael Smith for an awesome day that includes writing workshops, a storytelling circle, and delicious homemade goodies to…
 
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    Denise Drespling

  • When Books Become TV Shows: Orange is the New Black

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

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

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

    Denise Drespling
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
      After reading through the first five books in the series and looking forward to the last book, I was pretty excited last summer to see City of Bones come to the big screen. The trailers, clips, and pics all looked amazing. The movie, however, was less amazing. Book Accuracy The movie was pretty close. The more “fantasy” a book, the harder it will be to capture every detail, but a few things were changed that had me baffled. The entire ending scene happened in a different location that didn’t make sense. It actually went against the book because in the book, certain…
  • Finding Your Writing Voice – Part 3 of 3

    Denise Drespling
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    Voice. We’ve talked about what it is and why it’s important. We’ve talked about how your writer’s voice differs from your character’s voice. But what we haven’t talked about is how to get your voice to come out. The simple and complicated answer is: practice. I think there is also an element of discovery. You have to know who are before you can starting fully being it. So first, take a look at what you write. Look at your favorite pieces. What sort of tone do they have? What style comes out of you naturally? When you are really tired and in that silly place in your mind, what kind…
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  • 4 Things Every Writer Should Know About Beta Readers

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

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

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

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

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

    Joyce Chua
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    1. Supporting characters are pretty darn important. Yes, your protagonist is king. No protag, no story. But no novel is complete without a host of supporting characters that will influence your protag’s decisions and/or complicate matters for her. Unless your protagonist lives in a bubble, chances are her life is sometimes a consequence of the […] The post 5 Things About Supporting Characters appeared first on AvidAuthor.com.
  • I Love Short Stories – Blog Party

    Admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    Welcome to I LOVE SHORT STORIES blog party! Because hey, everyone loves a short story or two, right? How else are we going to endure a bus ride that’s neither long enough to read a chapter of a novel, nor short enough to scroll through Facebook? Short stories are quick, digestible tales that you can […] The post I Love Short Stories – Blog Party appeared first on AvidAuthor.com.
  • 5 Must-Read Writer Blogs

    Joyce Chua
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    1. Nathan Bransford Even though he’s left his job as a literary agent (the middle person between writers and publishers who do everything from scrutinise publishing contracts to offering feedback on a writer’s manuscript). I used to call him Agent Extraordinaire. Because not only does he dish out great writing advice on his blog, share […] The post 5 Must-Read Writer Blogs appeared first on AvidAuthor.com.
  • 8 Ways To Prepare For Writing Your Novel

    Joyce Chua
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    1. Invest in a good notebook. Take it everywhere with you. Jot down everything that strikes you – you don’t know when something might end up in your novel.   2. Read as many books as you can in the genre you are writing. Because duplicates, who needs them? Forbidden love between an angel/werewolf/vampire/mermaid and […] The post 8 Ways To Prepare For Writing Your Novel appeared first on AvidAuthor.com.
  • Plot VS Premise: Mapping Out Your Novel

    Joyce Chua
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:17 am
    But before we dive into that novel, there is just one little thing we have to get out of the way: do you have a plot? You might get offended. You might roll your eyes and say, Well duh, of course I do!  But consider these examples and pick out the plot and the premise: […] The post Plot VS Premise: Mapping Out Your Novel appeared first on AvidAuthor.com.
 
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  • Should freelance writers reveal how much money they make?

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

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

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

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

    m.e. welman
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    This one has such amusing baloney written all over it, that I had to share. As a writer of fiction (it was what I spent years on in school) I find this ad so incredibly smarmy that I can only imagine it being written by someone who is searching for writers to create something for them, really, really cheaply. A fishing expedition, if you will. They do want you to “pitch” them. The job? Create fictional characters that “folks” just have to follow on social media. Because you know, even dogs have 400,000 followers sometimes. (Psst, at least the dogs are real).
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  • 6 Killer Tips to Write an Attractive Press Release

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

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

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

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

    Prachi Kulkarni
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    While choosing content writing agency, we are facing too many difficulties like they provided user friendly content, they are aware about our products, etc. factors raise on your mind. Feel free read this article; you will never fail this problem again If you are looking for the best content writing services, there are a few important aspects that you need to consider. The most important function of content in today’s world is to stay at par with the changing technology and search engine preferences. The content you create has to be written in a professional manner and optimized in a way…
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  • One Week Till Blightborn

    terribleminds
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    You have one more week to pre-order Blightborn because, Lord and Lady, it’s out in a week. Which means you have one more week to: a) get my short story, “The Wind Has Teeth Tonight,” for free with your pre-order and b) maybe win a Kindle Paperwhite or some free books. Details on the pre-order contest here. You can pre-order right here. (It’ll be out in Kindle, paperback, and hardcover from the first day of release.) You might be saying, “Hey, but I haven’t read Under the Empyrean Sky yet.” To which I say –> HEY LOOK HERE IT IS. I will also…
  • Max Gladstone: “First Drafts Suck”

    terribleminds
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    First drafts suck. Does that sound too fierce for you? Too general? Let me try again: my first drafts suck. And in all probability so do yours. That piece where as you wrote “The End” you heard angels sing to you from on high, and saw Gabriel hisowndamnself descend from shining clouds to thank you for your contribution to world literature? Odds are it sucks. Trust me. I’ve been there. I don’t mean that there’s nothing in what you’ve written that works. I don’t even mean that the piece you finished and feel great about doesn’t hum with inimitable…
  • Kindle Unlimited: Author-Publisher As Second-Class Citizen?

    terribleminds
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Having talked a little about Kindle Unlimited the other day, I thought it was worth calling attention to this article by noted hybrid author, Michael J. Sullivan, over at Digital Book World. Relevant passage (though you should read the whole darn thing): Historically, Amazon has been good about treating self-published authors and traditionally published authors equally. There are some exceptions (for instance traditionally published titles can be pre-ordered, and most self-published authors cannot get this feature. Again there have been exceptions made for best-selling self-published…
  • Gender-Flip Geek Icons! Race-Flip Nerd War! Gay Batman! Raaaaar!

    terribleminds
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Thor’s a lady. Captain America is a black dude. Ms. Marvel is Muslim. Spider-Man is a Hispanic kid. Groot is a tree. Adam Christopher and I, along with artist Wilfredo Torres, have reimagined the original patriotic superhero — The Shield, once of Red Circle comics, now of the Dark Circle reboot — not as Joe Higgins, but, rather, as a full-figured ass-kicking woman. It’s exciting stuff. I’m like, It’s not enough! It’s addictive. Let’s see Idris Elba as James Bond. Or Emily Blunt as Jane Bond. Hey, Japanese Batman. Or flip the Luke and Leia roles…
  • To Kindle Unlimited, And Beyond

    terribleminds
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    You want to talk about Kindle Unlimited. I know you do because folks have tweeted me, asking me about it. I even got a couple e-mails. A whole couple. Almost a few. (People, when will you learn I’m no expert on anything?) First up, if you want to talk about it, I will point you to Mike Underwood’s post here. Also, this GigaOm article is worth the direction of your uncertain, questioning gaze. (If you don’t know the core gist of the Kindle Unlimited service, it’s this: unmoored from the Prime Kindle lending library is another service which you can pay $9.99 a month for…
 
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  • Emotional #3

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

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

    Missy
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
      The phone rings but when the woman answers all that’s heard is heavy breathing. She rolls her eyes and hangs up the phone. It rings again immediately and a creepy voice says, “You’ll regret rolling your eyes at me.” **How is the caller seeing her? Is he outside the home?** The post Chilling #3 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Horror #3

    Missy
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The young man escapes from the subway station at a dead run. His tie is strangely tight around his neck as he gasps for air. **What happened in the underground station?** The post Horror #3 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Fantasy #2

    Missy
    17 May 2014 | 12:02 pm
    On a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, lives a tribe of people who have never seen modern technology. They worship a mysterious deity who gives them magical powers. **Write about the island and the tribe. Does technology intrude one day?** The post Fantasy #2 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
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  • Authenticity

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

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

    Bibi Tinsley
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Hummingbird and Helpers have showed up now to teach me how to get back my original voice. My Soul Voice, When we first played in the embodiment game of density, we didn't speak to each other at all in the manner we do nowadays. There was no vocalizing of our midstream via words. No, communication  occurred on multi- multidimensional levels. This was before the Fall, and the brain was very different. The fifth chakra was placed in the throat area so that we could sing! Imagine a world of tones, colors, and being so aware of the infinite size of our emotional bodies that we used feeling as…
  • New Photos

    Bibi Tinsley
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    This one always has a smile for my camera.This sky was insane, but I really don't think chemtrails were involved.
  • Elementals And Hummingbirds

    Bibi Tinsley
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    co-creating with the elementals In May, 2014, I asked the Sylphs to bring a message to the hummingbirds. 
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  • One Thing You Should Consider for Your Account Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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