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  • 13 Quotes On Writing You'll Want to Remember

    Solitary Spark
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    When I'm in a writing funk, I find it helpful to remember all of the important and interesting things successful writers said about writing. These experienced creative minds understand the ups and downs of getting ideas onto paper. They understand disappointment and frustration. They completely get all of the obstacles beginning writers face, and it makes me feel better to I remember there are people out there who succeeded when all I want to do is bang my head against the wall.Right now I am in a creative writing slump, so I made a visit to Google. Here are the results of my search. If…
  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: You’re the Expert

    Writing Forward
    Melissa Donovan
    5 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: You’re the Expert. Here’s a creative writing exercise from 101 Creative Writing Exercises, a book that takes writers on an inspired journey through different forms and genres of writing while offering comprehensive writing techniques, practical experience, and ideas for publishable projects. Each chapter focuses on a different form or concept: freewriting, journaling, fiction, poetry, creativity, and article writing are all covered. Today, we’ll take a peek at “Chapter Ten: Article and Blog Writing” with an exercise called…
  • Stop comparing yourself to others and find your own journey

    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers
    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    Constantly comparing yourself to others can suck joy out of creating. Find your own pace and savor the journey.
  • Genres in Fiction Writing: Literary Fiction vs. Everything Else

    Writing Forward
    Melissa Donovan
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    How do you classify creative writing, or do you? In creative writing, we talk about form and genre. Form is what we write: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Genre is how we further classify each of these forms. In fiction writing, there’s literary fiction and everything else. In fact, literary fiction and all the other genres are so at odds with each other that some writers simply say they are either literary fiction writers or genre writers. But what does that mean? Isn’t all fiction considered literary? Yes and no. What is Literary Fiction Anyway? Let’s start with a…
  • How Denise Vivaldo Uses Optimism to Develop a Thick Skin

    Will Write For Food
    diannejacob
    5 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    You’re doing fine until someone makes a snide remark on social media. Then a literary agent says your book idea won’t sell, and two editors haven’t responded to your story pitches. Soon you’re having trouble getting through the day. What you need is a mini Denise Vivaldo on your shoulder. This successful food stylist and food writer is one [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Advice to Writers

  • Most Humor Depends on Specificity

    JW
    5 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Most humor depends on specificity. It’s funnier to say that a cheese steak tastes better when you’re leaning up against a Pontiac than when you are leaning up against a car. CALVIN TRILLIN
  • The Best Moments Involve a Loss of Control

    JW
    4 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    First you look for discipline and control. You want to exercise your will, bend the language your way, bend the world your way. You want to control the flow of impulses, images, words, faces, ideas. But there’s a higher place, a secret aspiration. You want to let go. You want to lose yourself in language, become a carrier or messenger. The best moments involve a loss of control. It’s a kind of rapture, and it can happen with words and phrases fairly often—completely surprising combinations that make a higher kind of sense, that come to you out of nowhere. But rarely for…
  • Go On When You Don’t Feel Like It

    JW
    3 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing to do is shovel shit from a sitting position. STEPHEN KING
  • The Serial Comma Gives Starch To The Prose

    JW
    2 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    If I worked for a publication that did not use the serial comma, I would adjust -- convert from orthodox to reform -- but for now I remain loyal to the serial comma, because it actually does sometimes prevent ambiguity and because I've gotten used to the way it looks. It gives starch to the prose, and can be very effective. If a sentence were a picket fence, the serial commas would be posts at regular intervals. MARY NORRIS
  • Rewriting Is The Essence Of Writing Well

    JW
    1 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Rewriting is the essence of writing well: it’s where the game is won or lost. The idea is hard to accept. We all have emotional equity in our first draft; we can’t believe that it wasn’t born perfect. But the odds are close to 100 percent that it wasn’t. WILLIAM ZINSSER
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • Top Ten Confused Words [C-D]

    Maeve Maddox
    5 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    The words in the following list represent misunderstanding of the words’ meanings and not simply an inability to spell them correctly. This post covers words starting with the letters c and d (the a-b list is here). 1. canvas / canvass The OED and M-W both show the spelling canvas as a variant spelling of the verb ”to canvass,” but Chicago, AP, and Paul Brians (Common Errors in English Usage) all agree that the verb meaning “to survey” is spelled with a double s. The spelling canvas is a noun signifying a heavy cloth. 2. clench / clinch Although both words share their origin, in…
  • CE vs. AD

    Maeve Maddox
    4 May 2015 | 9:53 pm
    A reader takes issue with my use of the designation CE instead of AD in this sentence: “A mix of these tribes migrated to England in the fifth and sixth centuries C.E.” Here is the reader’s reaction: Give me a break with the New Age (CE) crap.  You can’t make-up words and slogans to change history or our calendar.  It’s AD period. Clearly, the reader prefers the traditional Western designation of AD and BC to the equivalent CE and BCE to denote the eras demarcated by the birth of Christ. Contrary to the reader’s belief, the use of AD in lieu of CE to denote the Christian…
  • Pronoun Mistakes #4: TV Talk

    Maeve Maddox
    3 May 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Careless grammar in run-of-the-mill television shows no longer surprises me, but I’m still startled when pronoun errors crop up in quality productions, spoken by characters assumed to be educated. Here are some gleanings from my recent viewing. Note: The third example is an approximation of what was said. However, it accurately illustrates the pronoun error made by the character. Incorrect: That’s why he was so insistent that me and Mrs. McCarthy left him alone so he could come to you.—Father Brown, Series Three of the BBC production Father Brown, “The Invisible Man.” Correct :…
  • The Language Police

    Maeve Maddox
    2 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Lovers of language and literature, especially those with children or grandchildren still in Grades K-12, will find The Language Police by education historian Diane Ravitch riveting, revelatory, and extremely disturbing. The Language Police is an exposé of the practice of systematic self-censoring by textbook manufacturers to avoid offending either the political right or the left. Ravitch, an education historian who has worked in the administrations of both political parties, says she learned only gradually that educational materials are now governed by an intricate set of rules to screen out…
  • Rode and Road

    Maeve Maddox
    1 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    An article on the sports page of my morning paper quoted the owner of the winning horse praising the jockey: Victor road him really well. The reporter was reaching for the past tense of the verb ride: Victor rode him really well. The error is embarrassing, but etymologically speaking, the words ride and road are related. Note: If you’re interested in the scholarly details, explore the entries for ride, road, and raid in the OED. I’m just giving a short version. The verb ride derives from a word that had the following meanings: to sit on and direct a horse or other animal to travel on…
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 464 GG Weird Conditionals

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
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  • 463 GG Most or Almost. Parallel Structure. Follow Suit

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    23 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
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  • 462 GG Everyday. Ain't. Eponyms

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    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
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    9 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
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  • 105 Yoda Grammar (Reissue)

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    2 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
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  • The One Quality All Popular Podcasts Share

    Rainmaker.FM
    6 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Podcasting isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the data suggests that podcasting is only growing. But should you join the bandwagon and start one? Here’s the thing: Podcasting is the only truly mobile medium. With a podcast, you can communicate with your audience while they are driving, exercising, or cleaning the house. It’s hands-free and eyes-free. Unlike text or video. Besides, a podcast allows a level of intimacy unlike any other medium. You are in people’s heads. If you look around, it looks like everyone and their brother is launching a podcast. Should you? Or is…
  • Stephanie Halligan on the Compounding Effect of Daily Content Creation

    Rainmaker.FM
    6 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur has dedicated her life to making the world a better, brighter place … with the power of doodles. She was a Financial Empowerment Consultant and the founder of The Empowered Dollar. During this time, she helped millennials and low-income families fix their finances and feel empowered to take control of their financial destinies. Her latest and fastest growing venture is Art To Self, which she started earlier this year. It is a website and newsletter of daily art and inspiration sent straight to your inbox. Now, Let’s Hack ……
  • Annie Pratt on Resilient Leadership: How to Build a Smart, Agile Business by Crafting an Incredible Team

    Rainmaker.FM
    6 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Turnaround and team expert Annie Hyman-Pratt joins Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer host Sonia Simone to talk about her work on the front lines of team-building and managing extraordinary people in the face of tough company challenges. One of the reasons Sonia founded her own company (with her wonderful business partners, of course) is that the way most companies approach their teams is pretty pathetic. Micromanagement, out of control executive egos, poor decision-making, disrespect, bottlenecks, frustration … we could go on and on. Too many companies, both large and small, have…
  • Use Internal Cliffhangers So People Never Stop Reading

    Rainmaker.FM
    6 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    So your visitor loved your headline. Will she read the rest of the article? One of the best ways to increase your chances is by using internal cliffhangers. A cliffhanger is a scene in a book, movie, newspaper story, or TV show that holds something back from the reader or viewer. More than likely, you’re familiar with the cliffhanger on the macro level, which is designed to keep a person emotionally connected to the content until the next post or episode is shipped. These cliffhangers are external to the content, like the buckle between two train cars. The promise is that if you keep…
  • Are These 4 Common Legal Mistakes Putting Your Content at Risk?

    Rachel Rodgers
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re doing it right, your digital media business is probably an intellectual property factory. Smart small businesses have a content creation conveyor belt and publish new content all day everyday, from ebooks to infographics. And while there is a lot of talk about the benefits of creating content, there is very little talk about protecting it. Yeah, I said it. Your content needs protection. Because your content is intellectual property, otherwise known as original creative works used in commerce. Your content needs protectin’ Have you left your most valuable business asset…
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  • The poem I’m carrying in my pocket today: A call to create

    Carly Sandifer
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is Carry a Poem in Your Pocket Day in the United States — the day every April where people select a poem to carry in their pocket and share with others. It’s one more way to celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month. I’ve been reading the work of Spanish poets recently and found a poem that struck me. “Throw Yourself Like Seed” by Miguel de Unamuno speaks to me about the low points that can affect all of us and the call to return to what makes us feel most alive — our work, which for me means writing. “Shake off this sadness, and recover your spirit;” de…
  • If you want to be a poetic writer, read and write poetry

    Carly Sandifer
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    Part of the pleasure of reading is discovering a word or an arrangement of words that resonate. Like any aspect of writing craft, injecting a poetic influence in your work requires practice. No matter what genre you write, poetry can influence your work. In honor of National Poetry month, consider adding these reading and writing activities to your creative practice: Write a poem a day. Several years ago, I decided to do a project where I would write a poem a day. I didn’t put any pressure on myself to write great poetry. I just set the intention. Some days I wrote poems I liked. Other…
  • Don’t know what to write about? Write about your obsessions

    Carly Sandifer
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    In all the writing classes I teach, this writing lament comes up at least once from a student: “I don’t know where to start.” Maybe they’ve started something and it didn’t pan out. The story didn’t hold their interest. Or they have this need gnawing at them to write, but they haven’t figured out what to write about. Most of us have moments of writer’s freeze. Most of us get stuck at some point because we get into a mindset of being too orderly. But the birth of a story or poem or essay is a messy, disorderly act and imposing too much order in the beginning doesn’t…
  • How one piece of writing can morph into something else

    Carly Sandifer
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    A few of my writing friends and I meet up occasionally to read our work and give each other feedback. One day, I read a poem I’d written about an encounter with a woman who had Alzheimer’s. When I finished reading it, one of my friends said, “I really like that character. I want to know more about her. I think you should write a story about her.” I’m not sure why, but when I get a writing idea, I usually know exactly what format it should take: poem, short story, novel, flash fiction. But I realized that one format CAN evolve into something else. It really made…
  • Writing advice from a Tasmanian cave spider, or how to get your creative juices flowing

    Carol Despeaux
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ok, I lied. This post isn’t really about writing advice from a Tasmanian cave spider—more like life advice. Hang with me for a moment. You’ll see what I mean. After taking nearly a year off from writing poetry, I had an idea to kick start 2015 with the goal of writing two to three new poems a week for the month of January. But I wasn’t feeling very inspired. Some pretty heavy stuff was going on in my life, and I felt drained. Then, a gift arrived in the mail. My blogging partner Carly sent me The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, by Diane Lockward (I hadn’t even mentioned my goal…
 
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    Word Grrls

  • Could there be a Train Around the World?

    Laura Brown
    5 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    The post Could there be a Train Around the World? appeared first on Word Grrls. I think this is a great idea. But, maybe better for a super train than a highway for standard vehicles. There are so many great ideas in the works for trains. Even trains which seem impossible to derail and have accidents. All run faster and work with various green fuel ideas. I’d love to take a trip on a train from London to Toronto. No doubt the tracks could connect to Toronto somewhere along the way through western Canada or around the Great Lakes. What a great trip that would be. Travel to Europe might…
  • Inspired to Capture a Scene in Memory

    Laura Brown
    4 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    The post Inspired to Capture a Scene in Memory appeared first on Word Grrls. What inspires you to capture a scene with a photo? What scene first comes into your mind when you think of something inspiring?  Even if you didn’t take a photo (or it was an illustration, not a photograph) what captured your imagination? What made you want to remember that scene? I like knowing what makes something special, that moment of awe we feel at something breath-taking. What can you pull from your emotions and feelings and pin down with words to describe the scene to someone else? Related Posts:…
  • The Weirdest Book…

    Laura Brown
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:29 am
    The post The Weirdest Book… appeared first on Word Grrls. What would you write for the #DearDiary hashtag on Twitter? This was especially clever, I thought.  Related Posts: Clever Twitter Fiction Writer Regifted Candy Hearts Writers of Old Books Don’t Have Twitter Accounts My Seven Links Things Not to Say to a Writer The post The Weirdest Book… appeared first on Word Grrls - Adventures in Writing.
  • Get in the Road Trip Mood

    Laura Brown
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    The post Get in the Road Trip Mood appeared first on Word Grrls. Find a vintage motel or hotel postcard on eBay. Pick something from your local area so you will know the streets, more or less. Use Google Street View (find the location on the back view of the postcard) see if you can find the motel now. Is it still there at all? If so, is the name the same? Spot the differences between then and now. Source: Caribou Motel Barrie Orilla Ontario ON Canada Vintage Chrome Postcard | eBay Take it on the road and visit the site. Get a photograph and (if you have a site) post the then and ...
  • Living Longer on the Sidelines

    Laura Brown
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
    The post Living Longer on the Sidelines appeared first on Word Grrls. Most predictions of life in the future expect increased life spans where people live to be over 100 years old. However, we have a culture oriented to being young. What will all these old people do and how will they fit into our culture? How will it feel to live an extra 20, 30 or so years, on the sidelines of life? Watch commercials, TV shows and other media. Young people involved in the plot, central to the action. Notice people over 45. Mostly they are extras or being sold insurance policies in commercials. Seldom are…
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    Writing Forums

  • Progress with Novels & Author Related Projects

    6 May 2015 | 6:14 pm
    I've been poking around the journals here and figured I'd start one. I used to maintain one similar to this on another forum, but it's gone pretty dead. Quick information for those who might begin this journal. I'll just sort of fact list to be efficient for those who might care. I write/am... Progress with Novels & Author Related Projects
  • A word to describe how he said: "Whatever you say, boss"

    6 May 2015 | 6:09 pm
    The situation is a gunman was shooting at the MC, but a transmission through his radio told him to desist. How would he say "Whatever you say, boss." Assuming that the gunman is a gritty person that is disappointed by the order, but not enough to disobey it, or simply doesn't care either way... A word to describe how he said: "Whatever you say, boss"
  • Every hobby costs somthing

    6 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    So recently I was talking with a friend of mine (she's an editor with a local paper and has a master's in english) about the cost of having my novel edited professionaly. I understand the risk of losing my investment by paying for editing my first book, but as a hobby I am willing to spend the... Every hobby costs somthing
  • Disregard, please

    6 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    I just read the FAQ and realized that this is a form of advertising, please disregard.
  • Children's Book Question

    6 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    So a typical picture book is less than 1,000. Problem is, this book that I'm writing (half way done) is already 2,500 words! Granted it has not been edited and I can already see where I can slash a lot of words, but at the same time I know that I need to add more words too. I estimate that It... Children's Book Question
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    The Purdue OWL News

  • New Purdue OWL Creative Writing Resource - Poetry Invention for April 29, 2015

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    New Purdue OWL Creative Writing Resource - Poetry InventionBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest creative writing resource, the Poetry Invention resource and activities handout. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for creating and developing new poems. It can be ..
  • New Purdue OWL Professional Writing Resource - Stakeholder Considerations for April 23, 2015

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    New Purdue OWL Professional Writing Resource - Stakeholder ConsiderationsBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest professional writing resource, the Considering Your Stakeholders resource and activity handout. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for approaching audience considera..
  • New Purdue OWL ESL Resource - Email Elements Workshop for April 16, 2015

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    New Purdue OWL ESL Resource - Email Elements WorkshopBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest ESL resource, the Email Elements Workshop. This resource provides students with tips and strategies for crafting professional and appropriate emails. It can be accessed by clicking h..
  • New Purdue OWL Content Coordinator Announced for April 9, 2015

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    New Purdue OWL Content Coordinator AnnouncedBy Joshua M. PaizThe winds of change are blowing at Purdue and the Purdue OWL is utilizing these winds to soar to new heights. Starting this summer, a whole new leadership team will be coming on-line at the Purdue OWL, as both our technical and content coordinators d..
  • New Purdue OWL Technical Coordinator Announced for April 9, 2015

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    New Purdue OWL Technical Coordinator AnnouncedBy Joshua M. PaizThe winds of change are blowing at Purdue and the Purdue OWL is utilizing these winds to soar to new heights. Starting this summer a whole new leadership team will be coming on-line at the Purdue OWL, as both our technical and content coordinators de..
 
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  • From Spark to Story Workshop Report

    Charlotte Dixon
    5 May 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Scarritt Bennett Center I am back from Nashville, y'all.   I went there to teach a workshop with my good writing friend Terry Price.  We called it From Spark to Story, and planned it to be just that: a journey from gathering inspiration, to getting it onto the page, to shaping it into a story.   It worked brilliantly. Well, okay, so maybe I exaggerate just a little.  But the 17 people who were there (20 signed up but several had last minute snafus) seemed to enjoy it and get a lot out of it.  And I know that Terry and I loved teaching it.  Here are some of my main take-aways: --15…
  • From Spark to Story Workshop Report

    Charlotte Dixon
    5 May 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Scarritt Bennett Center I am back from Nashville, y'all.   I went there to teach a workshop with my good writing friend Terry Price.  We called it From Spark to Story, and planned it to be just that: a journey from gathering inspiration, to getting it onto the page, to shaping it into a story.   It worked brilliantly. Well, okay, so maybe I exaggerate just a little.  But the 17 people who were there (20 signed up but several had last minute snafus) seemed to enjoy it and get a lot out of it.  And I know that Terry and I loved teaching it.  Here are some of my main take-aways: --15…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #40

    Charlotte Dixon
    2 May 2015 | 3:21 am
    Hello from Nashville, y'all!  Here's my latest collection of writing prompts from my Tumblr blog. #274  Use the words cat, rain jacket and orchid in a sentence.  Now use that sentence as a prompt. #275  Write about what your main character did yesterday, from the time he woke up until the time he went to bed. #276  Her cat was the most annoying cat in the world, especially when he..... #277  The biggest difference between southerners and northerners is.... #278  Is your main character a walker or runner?  How often does he exercise? Or is he an exercise slacker? #279  Does…
  • Amp Up Your Writing With A Travel Mindset

    Charlotte Dixon
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    I'm in Nashville this week, teaching a workshop called From Spark to Story, with my dear, wonderful friend Terry Price.  I used to come to Nashville at least twice a year, sometimes more often, in order to teach at the Writer's Loft, (now called Write. ) But lately the orientations have fallen at the same time that I'm in France, for my Let's Go Write workshops.  So, um, much as I love Nashville, I chose France. Wherever I decide to go, I love to travel, and it informs and inspires my writing.  (The idea for my just-about-to-be-submitted-to-publishers novel, The Bonne…
  • Guest Post: How to Write a Novel Without Even Realizing It

    Charlotte Dixon
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:09 am
    I wrote a post a couple weeks ago in which I trumpeted the value of writing for even a few minutes every day--and Amanda commented on her success in following that prescription.  I was emailing her to write a guest post before I even finished reading her comment!  And here it is, and I find it very inspiring.  Amanda has appeared on these pages before--you can read the interview I did with her last year here.  Scroll down and read more about her wonderful novels!   Write before you wake up…or, how I got so far into my next novel without even realizing I was writing it.   Recently,…
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    What Kate Did Next

  • Gardening Leave

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Chat with the Editors of YARN: Writing, Editing, and Giving Back

    Guest Column
    6 May 2015 | 4:44 pm
    YARN, the Young Adult Review Network is thrilled to be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. When it launched in January of 2010, it was the first independent online literary journal of short-form YA to publish short stories, essays, and poetry by writers of any age and stature. In five years, it has discovered many exciting new YA voices, including teens, and published them alongside YA luminaries like Cecil Castellucci, Steve Brezenoff, Mitali Perkins, and Sara Zarr. YARN also offers lesson plans for teachers and a blog with excellent advice for writers, penned by the staff. Two YARN…
  • Writing the Memoir that Can Sell – Webinar With Regina Brooks

    Brian A. Klems
    6 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Writing and selling a commercially viable memoir in today’s marketplace can often seem difficult. But even more daunting is knowing how to get the competitive edge so that agents and editors will take your project seriously and be willing to take a chance on you even if you don’t happen to be famous. In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing the Memoir that Can Sell: How to Attract Agents & Editors to Your Story” —  instructor and literary agent Regina Brooks will explain what sells (and why) and how you can get your memoir published. Plus, as a bonus, Marisa…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 304

    Robert Lee Brewer
    6 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    It’s been a month since our last Wednesday Poetry Prompt thanks to a super fun April! For those new to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts, the prompts are posted on Wednesday, but folks share poems, comments, and more throughout the week. It’s a much more laid back version of the poem-a-day challenge. (Also, for screening readers who have not received their poems yet, those are on the way.) For today’s prompt, write a crafty poem. My kids have been running around the house with pipe cleaners, tape, and scissors (ok, they don’t run with the scissors–at least when…
  • What Writers Should Do Right After Publication

    Guest Column
    4 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    For most of us, publishing our work is what we crave most. We probably assume that when we’ve reached this goal, we’re done with a particular piece. Not so. As you may already know, if we want to maximize the benefits of publication, we can do many things after the piece has appeared. Some are obvious (like posting on Facebook and exclaiming on Twitter), some you may already be doing, and a few may be new to you. After you publish any short piece, consider taking steps in two main categories. I do these myself and think of them, broadly, as “external” and “internal.” Guest post by…
  • New Literary Agent Alert: Noah Ballard of Curtis Brown Ltd.

    Chuck Sambuchino
    3 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Noah Ballard of Curtis Brown Ltd.) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Noah: Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency where he sold foreign rights for the agency in addition to building his own client list. He has appeared across the country at graduate programs and writing conferences…
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Seven Secrets about Writing

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Ian Mathie, my Scottish/African writing buddy, recently tagged me on Facebook to share seven secrets about writing. I accept this challenge as great sport, and following Janet Givens’ example in her response to Ian, I’m  posting my reply here as the path to Facebook. Secret #1: Writing is fun! That is, it’s fun if you write about happy memories and ideas and send your inner critic to her room. Write with color. Write outside your usual boundaries. Write with attitude and guts. More guidelines here.Secret #2: Writing can be painful.Dark memories can be searing to write about when…
  • I Want My Grandchildren to Know I Wasn’t Always Old

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I watched as an old woman entered the room, leaning heavily on her cane. Although each step seemed to be a huge effort, her sagging figure was elegantly dressed, and her face, a road map of wrinkles, tastefully made up. She sat heavily in a seat near the door, in the front row, not far from where I stood, waiting to present a book talk about The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing. I begin these programs by asking everyone why they are interested in writing their lifestories. I get a variety of predictable responses: “I have a few memories I want to write down for my kids” ... “I do…
  • Ritergal’s Birthday

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Heavens to Betsy, today is Ritergal’s birthday, and  I just realized she is a teenager, In fact, she has been a teenager for a couple of years. That could explain a lot of things, but I won’t go into that. In honor of her birthday, she’s my guest today, sharing her flash memoir, previously unread and unedited by me:That woman, the one whose fingers I’m using, thinks I’m only fifteen, and she thinks she calls the shots. Little does she know. I’m ageless. For several decades I lurked in a hidden closet of her soul, just beyond her awareness, waiting for the right moment to make…
  • Respecting Your Writer’s Voice

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    “It’s critically important to find an editor who will respect your writer’s voice and not try to change it into her own.” Electric agreement surged through  the room during a Penn Writers self-publishing workshop offered last weekend by acclaimed Pittsburgh author Kathleen Shoop. Heads nodded, and a ripple of “Mmm hmm” rose and fell. I exchanged nods with friends sitting on both sides. Then a memory tempered my thought. Ten years ago a group fondly referred to as “angel editors” banded together to help a mutual friend – I’ll call him Will – hammer a complex memoir…
  • How and Why to Write about JOY

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    This advice to talk about our joys struck home with me when I saw it the other day. Not surprisingly, I immediately thought how it applies to writing – specifically to life writing – and how happy stories spread joy.In The Heart and Craft of Lifewriting, I discuss the way many people tend to shy away from discussing success and joy. “I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging,” some people say. “I don’t people to envy me,” or “I don’t want them to think I think I’m better than they are,” or “I don’t want to make people sad because they missed out.” These are valid…
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    Published and Profitable Writers Tips Blog

  • Ann Handley’s Journey to Everybody Writes

    Roger C. Parker
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Click to hear Ann Handley discuss her bestselling book, Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content. This week’s interview with Ann Handley was informative, revealing, and just plain fun. Ann has an encyclopedic knowledge of authors, copywriting, and the overlap between writing and content marketing, and she obviously enjoys sharing writing tips for today’s marketers. Ann has been writing and editing articles about online marketing for over 15 years. Her first book about writing for content marketing was Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs,…
  • Do You Have Any Questions for Ann Handley?

    Roger C. Parker
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:07 am
    Do you have any writing or marketing questions you’d like to ask Ann Handley, author of Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content? I’ll be interviewing Ann Handley in a free teleseminar interview tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28, at 4 PM Eastern. Tomorrow’s Author Thought Leader Interview offers you a unique opportunity to learn from one of today’s most popular authors and marketing voices. Ann will be sharing writing and content advice and tips, as well as her writing habits and rituals. Positioning your book in a crowded field Our call…
  • Lessons from Adele Revella’s Buyer Personas {Mind Map}

    Roger C. Parker
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Take your writing and content marketing to the next level with this free mind map of Adele Revella’s Buyer Personas. — Authors will see how a 3-part structure helps organize their ideas and position their books, so they can go deeper than competing books. — Content marketers will gain a fresh appreciation for buyer personas and a discover a step-by-step approach to mastering one of content marketing’s most important competencies. Buyer personas versus buyer profiles Many content marketers mistake buyer profiles for buyer personas. But, there’s a crucial…
  • Can Your Book Pass This Simple Test? {Infographic}

    Roger C. Parker
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    View the Writing GPS infographic based on Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes. Then, simply ask yourself: Can I create a similar infographic based on my book? If you can’t immediately answer “Yes,” you should take a fresh look at your book and how effectively you have organized your ideas. Structure and purpose Thought leadership books–books written to position their authors as experts in their field–require a structure that instantly communicates their book’s purpose and the benefits readers will gain from their book. The power of proof When you view the…
  • How to Save Time Preparing Online Book Reviews

    Roger C. Parker
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Use this free Book Review Planner worksheet to save time preparing quality book reviews for your thought leadership content marketing. It’s a great resource for creating blog posts and online book reviews on Amazon.com, Goodreads, and social media. This Book Review Planner is for you, if: -  You’re not using online book reviews to attract new followers and continually engage your market by positioning yourself as an expert in your field. -  You’re concerned you may be spending too much time preparing online book reviews -  You want to improve the quality of your book…
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    Writing Forward

  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: You’re the Expert

    Melissa Donovan
    5 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: You’re the Expert. Here’s a creative writing exercise from 101 Creative Writing Exercises, a book that takes writers on an inspired journey through different forms and genres of writing while offering comprehensive writing techniques, practical experience, and ideas for publishable projects. Each chapter focuses on a different form or concept: freewriting, journaling, fiction, poetry, creativity, and article writing are all covered. Today, we’ll take a peek at “Chapter Ten: Article and Blog Writing” with an exercise called…
  • The Writer: A Short Film

    Melissa Donovan
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today’s post on Writing Forward is a special treat. It’s a short film called The Writer. As you have probably guessed, it’s a about a writer. There are only a handful of films about writers, but not nearly enough for those of us who labor at the craft of wordplay and storytelling. It’s always exciting when a new film comes out that explores what it means to be a writer. And that’s exactly what this short film does. The Writer A writer imprisoned in a mysterious house has everything he needs; food, drink and affection. Yet, he yearns to escape from the harbored…
  • Genres in Fiction Writing: Literary Fiction vs. Everything Else

    Melissa Donovan
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    How do you classify creative writing, or do you? In creative writing, we talk about form and genre. Form is what we write: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Genre is how we further classify each of these forms. In fiction writing, there’s literary fiction and everything else. In fact, literary fiction and all the other genres are so at odds with each other that some writers simply say they are either literary fiction writers or genre writers. But what does that mean? Isn’t all fiction considered literary? Yes and no. What is Literary Fiction Anyway? Let’s start with a…
  • Writing Resources: Telling True Stories

    Melissa Donovan
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. Human beings are built for story. Story is how we perceive the world around us and how we understand ourselves and other people. Through story, we learn and make connections. We use story to map the future and study the past. Stories are the single most effective tools for education, communication, and persuasion, which is why stories are prevalent in advertising and political campaigning. Marketers know the power of story. Stories are powerful because we see ourselves in them. We put…
  • People-Inspired Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Writing prompts for people inspired by people. There are many sources of inspiration in the universe but perhaps none as potent or pervasive as the people who inhabit it. Naturally, we’re all greatly impacted by other people, so it stands to reason that they would inspire, inform, and ultimately, appear in our writing. The people with whom we have relationships affect us emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Whether it’s a lover, child, friend, stranger, or nemesis, other people provide compelling and meaningful inspiration for our writing. Writing Prompts Today’s…
 
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    We Are Change

  • CNN’s Don Lemon Calls Cops On Independent Media

    alecope88
    6 May 2015 | 6:32 pm
    We Are Change In this video Luke Rudkowski tracks down a Baltimore CNN crew after finding out from the police, that the news organization called the cops on them and wanted charges to be pressed on for “impersonating the press” Support WeAreChange by Subscribing HERE http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Like Us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/LukeWeAreChange Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Stalk Luke on Instagram: http://instagram.com/lukewearechange Rep WeAreChange Merch Proudly: http://wearechange.org/store OH YEAH since we are not corporate…
  • May Sponsor Update

    Luke Rudkowski
    6 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    We Are Change Please Login to view this content. (Not a member? Join Today!)The post May Sponsor Update appeared first on We Are Change.
  • Personal Update From Luke On The Road

    Luke Rudkowski
    6 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    We Are Change Please Login to view this content. (Not a member? Join Today!)The post Personal Update From Luke On The Road appeared first on We Are Change.
  • NA Poe, Adam Kokesh and Luke Rudkowski Full Speech on Activism and Life

    Luke Rudkowski
    6 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    We Are Change Please Login to view this content. (Not a member? Join Today!)The post NA Poe, Adam Kokesh and Luke Rudkowski Full Speech on Activism and Life appeared first on We Are Change.
  • The Tesla battery heralds the beginning of the end for fossil fuels

    alecope88
    6 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    We Are Change Source: The Conversation While wind and solar power have made great strides in recent years, with renewables now accounting for 22% of electric energy generated, the issue that has held them back has been their transience. The sun doesn’t shine at night and the wind doesn’t blow year-round – these are the mantras of all those opposed to the progress of renewables. Now the renewable power billionaire Elon Musk has just blown away that final defence. Last Thursday in California he introduced to the world his sleek new Powerwall – a wall-mounted energy storage unit that can…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • Why Converse for Your Low-Res MFA?

    6 May 2015 | 3:40 pm
    I am shamelessly cut-and-pasting (with permission) this wonderful blog post by one of the Converse low-res MFA grads from the fiction program. Rhonda Browning Whitewrites her own blog Read. Write. Live! and when I saw this post, I fell victim to Rhonda’s enthusiasm and knew I wouldn’t be able to contain myself to an excerpt.(For more about Rhonda, head over to this blog post where I brag on a story she got published that was part of her thesis.)Anyway, here’s what she had to say about her experience studying at Converse, followed by information about an Open House for the program on May…
  • Residency Life

    5 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    I was thinking about writing up a report today on the goings-on at Dairy Hollow, but then I realized I must dump the 20+ pages I spent the last few days sweating over, and I’m excited at my new re-envisioning of the material so my report is on hold for now—but look what showed up on Facebook! This link to a blog post written by one of my residency-mates that beautifully captures the spirit of this place:I just returned from my fifth residency at The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and I feel compelled to give my testimony. Dairy Hollow is the place I write best. Edits…
  • No More One & Done...How to Republish Your Work

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    This is an interesting topic and a wonderful blog post:  “The Benefits of Republishing Your Work,” written by Kelly Martineau:One particular thing for which I look, thanks to the advice of poet Denise Calvetti Michaels, is ways to republish or repurpose my essays. Why? Republication naturally occurs for more established writers as their work is reprinted in anthologies, writing guides, and textbooks. However, submitting for republication is great strategy for writers early in their career with a small body of finished work because it enables you to leverage that…
  • Tim O'Brien: "What is relevant is the human heart"

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    I’m doing some research and came upon this speech given by Tim O’Brien in 1999 at Brown University, in which he offers some relevant tips for writing and shares his thoughts on why stories matter. After telling an eloquent and gripping tale of the events that followed in the summer after he got his draft notice (found in a different form in The Things They Carried), he noted:“…Now, what I have told you is, is a war story. War stories aren't always about war, per se. They aren't about bombs and bullets and military maneuvers. They aren't about tactics, they aren't about foxholes…
  • Getting Inspired in Arkansas!

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    I am at a writing residency in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for the next three-ish weeks, and I’ve organized my notes and sorted them into piles and made a list and paper-clipped tiny notecards and…after lunch it will be time to actually dive in and write.So how lucky that I came across this very inspiring article by Matthew Weiner, the creator of “Mad Men,” one of my favorite TV shows, about his long, hard road to getting the show on the air:http://www.fastcompany.com/3045082/my-creative-life/mad-men-creator-matthew-weiners-reassuring-life-advice-for-struggling-artisRead it, and get…
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    Quips and Tips for Writers

  • How to Journal – and a Bunch of Journaling Ideas

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    When I taught grade 8, my students had to journal every day. These journaling ideas and tips on how to journal are based on my experience with my students – and inspired by a... The post How to Journal – and a Bunch of Journaling Ideas appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
  • How to Know What to Blog About

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    On my article about increasing blog traffic, a reader asked about reviving her blog. These tips will help you know what to blog about – especially if you want to take your blog in... The post How to Know What to Blog About appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
  • How to Earn Extra Money Blogging

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    Five years ago, I shared my favorite affiliate programs for writers who want to learn how to earn extra money blogging. Now that I’ve more than doubled my income as a blogger, I thought... The post How to Earn Extra Money Blogging appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
  • How to Find the Courage to Write

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Successful writers know how to find the courage to write – especially when they’re scared! These tips are inspired by William Faulkner’s famous writing quip about killing your darlings, and by The Parable of the Mountain... The post How to Find the Courage to Write appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
  • Writing Motivation for Struggling Writers

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    The Parable of the Poor Farmer is the perfect storm of writing motivation for writers who are struggling to write a book, chapter, page, or even a sentence. My tips on how to stay... The post Writing Motivation for Struggling Writers appeared first on Quips and Tips for Writers.
 
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    About Freelance Writing

  • 5 Proofreading Tips for Freelance Writers

    Anne Wayman
    5 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you’re probably aware that proofreading is not one of my strengths. It was only last week, for example, that I totally missed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Signs Perfectionism Is Killing Your Writing

    Anne Wayman
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    Someone who wants to write a book hired me as a writing coach because she couldn’t seem to get the writing done. We talked for a while and I suggested we set up a series of writing assignments... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ergonomics and the Freelance Writer – I Should Know Better

    Anne Wayman
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    I started writing professionally in my early 30s. I acquired my first computer before I was 35. I’m guessing I was around 45 years old when I first discovered how important ergonomics could be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Yes, You Can Earn Money Writing Poetry

    Anne Wayman
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    By Allison VanNest of Grammarly.com Poets, you’ve probably been told your whole lives that there’s no money in poetry. (Robert Graves, the English author of I, Claudius, famously quipped that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When Writing Clients Run Out Of Money

    Anne Wayman
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    Over in our forum one of our members told story about how a writing client hinted that they might be running out of money to pay him. “What should I do?” He asked. “Do I stop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    articulate

  • Essential business grammar lesson 16: run-on sentences and comma splices

    Clare Dodd
    1 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Run-on sentences and comma splices are both signs of bad grammar. Run-on sentences are two (or more) independent sentences all joined together in one rambling stream of consciousness. ‘To splice’ means to join together at the ends. A comma splice is the joining of two independent sentences using a comma. It is also a mistake and does not correct a run-on sentence. So how do you join two sentences? This is a comma splice, it joins two sentences with only a comma. There are ways to rewrite comma splices, but if we try rewriting the above example, it will, of course, no longer make…
  • Tools for writing: Todoist review – the best to-do list app EVER

    Matthew Stibbe
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:45 am
    I’ve been a slave to Tasks in Microsoft Outlook since the days that Outlook was called Schedule+. Since 2000 alone, I’ve ticked off an astonishing 21,233 tasks in Outlook. Outlook tasks forever? I thought my love affair addiction with Outlook tasks would go on forever. But it got harder and harder to work across phones, browsers, PCs and Macs. And it feels like Microsoft wants to forget about Tasks; it’s not included in their new Outlook app for iPhone, for example. Another drawback is that it is not integrated into the new API and App economy. These days apps gotta talk to apps. So, I…
  • Essential business grammar lesson 15: everybody is single (and other tricky words)

    Clare Dodd
    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    Is everybody single? Sometimes it feels like that, but when it comes to grammar it’s actually true. The word everybody, although it can indicate a large quantity of people, is a single entity. ‘Everybody’ indicates one group of people by defining them as a unit. It is a single word, not a plural, and therefore takes the singular form of verbs. Subjects and verbs must always agree. Everybody is attending the safety training seminar. Not, Everybody are attending the safety training seminar. Trick words There are, in fact, several ‘trick words’ in the English…
  • How to strengthen your brand and build value with your marketing strategy

    Katelyn Piontek
    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind. – Branding pioneer Walter Landor. The physical value of your products may be easy to calculate, but your consumers’ perceptions are what really determine the value your brand and products have in the marketplace. Because of this, your ability to build value into your brand and communicate that value to customers through your marketing is essential to the long term success of your company. The benefits of building a good brand Brand equity is the perception customers have of your products and services based on…
  • Essential business grammar lesson 14: special cases for apostrophes

    Clare Dodd
    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    The English language is famous for exceptions and unusual cases, and it’s no different when it comes to the apostrophe. Normally, apostrophes show possession (eg Dave’s writing) or replace missing letters in contractions (isn’t), but there are special cases that alter this normal set of rules. Its versus it’s ‘Its’ is a possessive pronoun like hers and ours. It shows possession but does not use an apostrophe. This essay has a typo in its third paragraph. ‘It’s’ is a contraction meaning it is. It’s imperative you take detailed notes during…
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    Ben Crowder

  • “In Egypt, for example, archaeologists have even taken to...

    Ben
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    “In Egypt, for example, archaeologists have even taken to reburying objects in the knowledge that they will survive better and longer, for future generations to look at, if entrusted to mother earth rather than to museum cellars or warehouses.” —Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction, p. 14
  • I am not dead

    Ben
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Oh, right, I have a blog. Ha. I have a barrel full of excuses for why I haven’t been posting anything, but I won’t bore you with them. Consider this a “yes, I’m still alive” post. I just finished reading The Crucible of Doubt, by Terryl and Fiona Givens, and it is excellent. I highly recommend it. It’s largely about unwarranted assumptions about the Church leading to unnecessary angst. Lots of good stuff. I wish I’d taken notes while I was reading it so I had a quote for you, but the whole thing is enlightening. I’ve thought about posting about…
  • Life sketches in Family Tree

    Ben
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    I’ve been doing more family history lately (more on that soon), and one thing I’ve started doing is writing simple life sketches for each ancestor and putting them in Family Tree. For example, I took the data for Manuela Gandara Cobo and wrote this: Manuela Gandara Cobo was born around 1811 in Setién (Marina de Cudeyo, Santander, Spain) to José Gandara Valdecilla of Ceceñas (Medio Cudeyo, Santander, eight kilometers from Setién) and Josefa Cobo of Setién. She was the second oldest of five children that we know of (she had an older brother, Manuel, younger sisters Nicolasa and…
  • Alien Egg Sac no. 312, Before the Devastation of Earth

    Ben
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Made in Blender, postprocessed in Photoshop.
  • Spacesnake and Its Prey

    Ben
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Made in Blender, postprocessed in Photoshop.
 
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    Write to Done

  • 10 Easy Ways To Write Headlines That Go Viral

    Philip Kleudgen
    5 May 2015 | 2:40 am
    You’ve written an amazing post.But everybody knows that it’s not (only) about the quality of your content.It’s how you sell it.How do you sell a blog post, a book, a video—any content?By writing an amazing headline that sucks the reader in immediately.Big sites like Buzzfeed, Viral Nova and Bored Panda do it.Upworthy does it. Huffington Post does it.Their articles go viral WAY more often than yours do.There’s no way you could write viral headlines for each of your posts like they do, you might think.Until now.Here are 10 proven tips to help you write better…
  • How to Double Your Readers with This Significant Strategy

    Mary Jaksch
    1 May 2015 | 12:58 am
    In the endless sea of textbooks, essays and lectures, there are obviously more than enough pages about how to write better.Be concrete.Focus on the core message.Evoke emotion.Entertain, surprise, tell a story, omit needless words.Simplify, simplify, simplify.Despite all this useful advice, many aspiring writers fail to heed the most important rule that is guaranteed to double your readers:Trust your material.There seems to be a trend where uninteresting ideas try to covertly pass as interesting. A lot of this writing ends up having a cheesy, gimmicky feel.It’s like raving about the…
  • 10 Best Creative Writing Exercises

    Mary Jaksch
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Here are ten of the best creative writing exercises for you to enjoy.1. 7x7x7 Find the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to page 7. Look at the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit the length to  7 lines. 2. Dictionary Open the dictionary to a random page. Find a word that you do not know how to define. Write an imaginary definition for it. Repeat. 3. First Describe a first. Your first kiss, your first kitten, your first day of school—all will make excellent stories.  4. Magazine Puzzle Cut out interesting words, phrases,…
  • Fall in Love with Writing: Watch these Inspiring Videos

    Mary Jaksch
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:58 am
    At times, we need to fall in love with writing again. The video below will inspire you.Did you enjoy this video by Ira Glass? I loved it!Writing can be frustrating, but it can also be exhilarating.Ira really explains so well what happens.You have an idea.And then you try writing it down.But you can’t quite capture what was in your mind.And because you can never quite capture the idea you had in the first place, you feel frustrated at times.The videos in this post are an antidote to frustration! Watch them and you’ll fall in love with writing all over again. The video below…
  • Learning to Write When You’ve Lost Your Mojo: 5 Tips

    Jackie Johansen
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:53 am
    Have you ever lost the motivation to write?You know what that feels like—projects wait to get started, they stall, or they go unfinished.Your head is filled with a fog, instead of the lightness of inspired ideas.I’ve been there.At times, I feel excited and in the flow — fingers dancing over the keyboard. At others, sitting down to write is heavy and challenging.But losing your motivation doesn’t mean you have to lose heart.Losing our motivation is part of the larger creative process. We wouldn’t have the bursts of inspiration and productivity without the difficult creative…
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    Lisa Romeo Writes

  • Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- May 1, 2015 Edition

    1 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    > Does your throat go dry (or your email go blank) when you need to ask someone to do something that will help your writing career? Check out Kamy Wicoff's excellent tips and get that Yes!> In the final session of nearly every class I teach, I spend time answering any student questions about getting their essays and short memoir pieces published, so Richard Gilbert's "A Teacher's Advice to Students on Revision and Submission" was of special interest -- and not just to student writers!> Any writer over 50 (me!) will probably find themselves nodding at Nikki Stern's post at Brevity on…
  • Back to the Summit: In Conversation About Making a Writing Life

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    In January of this year, along with two dozen others, I participated in the Storytellers Summit, a limited time, online interview series presented by Julia Roberts, coach and creativity expert at Decoding Creativity. While the window for listening to all the 30-minute interviews has since closed, I'm pleased to bring you a link to my interview,  about "The Writing Life," which focused primarily on creating a workable, satisfying writing life amid the conflicting demands and time constraints of an already full life. (Warning -- I say this a lot: If you are going to write, you…
  • Guest Blogger Kate Walter on Finding the Narrative Arc for Your Memoir

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of the perks of signing on to help present a panel at a writing conference is that, even before the conference happens, you sometimes make internet friends with other writers who know your fellow panelists and/or who are also on the schedule with their own panel. That explains how Kate Walter and I crossed paths: we have mutual friends, and upcoming panels at ASJA. Kate is the author of Looking for a Kiss: A Chronicle of Downtown Heartbreak and Healing, due from Heliotrope Books in June. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, and the New York…
  • What Not to Say in Your Cover Letter to a Literary Journal (or possibly, to any media venue, ever)

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    My students often ask me about cover letters when submitting completed works, specifically what not to do. Here, a list compiled from my own limited experience as an editor wading through the submission queue (two years  and counting), along with some contributions from a handful of writer friends who also are journal editors. Yes, all of these treasures showed up in submission cover letters.  Things not to say or do in your cover letter when submitting work to a literary journal (or maybe anywhere):This is not what you normally like to publish….(Then why did you send it?)I am…
  • Guest Blogger Linda K Sienkiewicz on Lessons from AWP on Book Promotion for Anxious Authors

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you've been here before, you might remember that Linda K. Sienkiewicz and I were classmates in the Stonecoast MFA program. We've kept in touch, cheering one another on in our divergent writing endeavors. When I asked for blog posts front the front lines of the AWP Conference, Linda volunteered immediately.Linda writes and publishes fiction and poetry (several award-winning chapbooks), and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She attributes her creative drive to her artistic mother, who taught her to sew, and her father, who let her monkey around with the gadgets in his workshop.
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    Will Write For Food

  • How Denise Vivaldo Uses Optimism to Develop a Thick Skin

    diannejacob
    5 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    You’re doing fine until someone makes a snide remark on social media. Then a literary agent says your book idea won’t sell, and two editors haven’t responded to your story pitches. Soon you’re having trouble getting through the day. What you need is a mini Denise Vivaldo on your shoulder. This successful food stylist and food writer is one [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Keep Up! Read These 17 Useful Links for Food Writers And Bloggers

    diannejacob
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Who has time to keep up with everything going on in our food writing world? You do! Just click on the peachy links below, especially the fun ones. This list first appeared in my last quarterly newsletter, a free compendium of links for food writers and bloggers. If you’d like to subscribe, please sign up here. If [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cookbook Giveaway: The Good Pantry

    diannejacob
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    I don’t know about you but my pantry is out of control. There are pestos, frozen kaffir leaves, and stocks bulging out of freezer drawers. Little jars of unfinished sauces linger in the fridge. Costco bags of nuts, frozen berries, and fish snooze in the chest freezer downstairs. And don’t even ask how many kinds of oils [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are Food Writers Privileged? I Am

    diannejacob
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    There’s been lots of talk on my blog lately about money and food blogging. (See post about Adam Roberts and Amy Sherman’s post.) But one thing people don’t talk about is the privilege of being a food writer, where earning money is a secondary ambition for many – not because they’re hobbyists, but because they don’t have [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Got a Free Cookbook! Now What?

    diannejacob
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Publishers send lots of cookbooks to food bloggers, hoping for publicity. If you choose to write about a book, they might supply images and recipes. If you’re not going to write about it, they might say: how about a shoutout on social media? Do you owe them something in exchange for this free book? If so, what? This [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Ban Cliches: How to Stand Out in Today’s Crowded Market

    Darcy Pattison
    4 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free The number one rejection I hear is this: “The story doesn’t stand out in today’s crowded market.” The SCBWI is creating an opportunity for illustrators to test their art and how it holds up in today’s market. Each month, the “Draw This” monthly art prompt will provide a word for members to illustrate. For years I’ve followed a similar type experience at IllustrationFriday.com. They, too, provide an art prompt of a word. In looking through the weekly images, I started to understand the…
  • Top 20 YA Agents: 142 Sales in the Last 12 Months

    Darcy Pattison
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free What agents are selling young adult (YA) novels? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way to look at the agents for young adult novels. This list includes information on the agent, links to his/her agency and the number of young adult deals made in the last twelve months. Please note…
  • Top 20 Middle Grade Agents: 129 Sales in the Last 12 Months

    Darcy Pattison
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free What agents are selling middle grade novels? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way to look at the agents for middle grade novels. This list includes information on the agent, links to his/her agency and the number of middle grade deals made in the last twelve months. Please note that…
  • Top 20 Picture Book Agents: 234 Sales in the Last 12 Months

    Darcy Pattison
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:23 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free What agents are selling picture books? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way to look at the agents for picture books. This list includes information on the agent, links to his/her agency and the number of picture book deals made in the last twelve months. Please note that the…
  • Full Life? Take a Class

    Darcy Pattison
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    The Aliens Inc, Chapter Book Series Try Book 1 for Free My life is full and overflowing! My son is moving to Denver to go to school. I’m traveling and speaking a lot this month: see the Highlights picture book retreat and the Eastern PA SCBWI conference. In the midst of lots of busyness, how do you keep your focus on writing? I’m taking a class. Athletes stay in shape with zumba classes. Authors stay in shape with writing classes. Classes Give Accountability. Especially when I’m busy, I like to take an online class because it gives me structure and makes me stay focused on…
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  • A Chat with the Editors of YARN: Writing, Editing, and Giving Back

    Guest Column
    6 May 2015 | 4:44 pm
    YARN, the Young Adult Review Network is thrilled to be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. When it launched in January of 2010, it was the first independent online literary journal of short-form YA to publish short stories, essays, and poetry by writers of any age and stature. In five years, it has discovered many exciting new YA voices, including teens, and published them alongside YA luminaries like Cecil Castellucci, Steve Brezenoff, Mitali Perkins, and Sara Zarr. YARN also offers lesson plans for teachers and a blog with excellent advice for writers, penned by the staff. Two YARN…
  • Get Your First 10 Pages Critiqued by an Agent — Next Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts May 15, 2015

    Chuck Sambuchino
    3 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    As many writers know, agents and editors won’t give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven’t got them hooked by then, it’s a safe bet you won’t be asked for more material. Make sure you’ve got the kind of opening they’re looking for! In this invaluable weekend event, you’ll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel. You’ll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct them. The best part…
  • My Writing Wife: The Unusual Writing Partnership of Dylan Landis and Heather Sellers

    Adrienne Crezo
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Dylan Landis / Photo: Lauren Shay Lavin Heather Sellers / Phot by Erin Gilbert In this guess post, authors Heather Sellers and Dylan Landis offer an inside look at their unique collaborative writing partnership through a conversation about their roles, routines and writing process. Do you have a writing partner? How does your process compare and contrast to Landis and Sellers’? Share your stories in the comments!     HEATHER SELLERS: This morning I wake up and pack my shiny black bag: laptop, change of clothes, glasses, pens, binder clips—a whole little office supply store…
  • 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jill Kelly

    Adrienne Crezo
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    BY JILL KELLY Over the last 15 years, I’ve become a prolific writer. I started my writing career in 2002 when I took a first workshop and began writing narrative memoir essays. In 2007 I published my memoir, Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman, which was a finalist for the prestigious Oregon Book Award. Since then I’ve written four novels and published three of them, and I’ve written two nonfiction books and published one. Here are 7 things I’ve learned so far about building a writing life. 1. Write something every day. I write in the mornings after I feed the cats and give…
  • Have an Agent Critique Your Entire Picture Book or the First 10 Pages of Your YA/MG Book: Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts April 20

    Chuck Sambuchino
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The world of children’s books-young adult, middle grade and picture books-has seen more growth in the last ten years than any other category in the publishing industry. Countless articles and op-eds have analyzed the booming success of now-iconic series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Fancy Nancy. But while critics are debating the triumph of a particular series, readers-both children and adults-are clamoring for more books and new titles that will enchant and entertain them. But in such a competitive market, how do you make your book stand out as a quality submission? How do…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #491

    6 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    ViewpointsKnowing of somethingand going through itare two different things. Death – the eventuality – can be accepted at adistance, until it becomesimminent, and turns toan aching preoccupation. At its end it becomesan obsession and thenis realized but therethere is no more philosophy. 9 July 1978   Thinking is not something that most people include on their CVs. At least most people don’t. I’m not even sure than any of the “great thinkers” of our time—the Nietzsches, Kants and Hegels—actually called themselves “thinkers”—bit pretentious really—but I’ve…
  • #520

    3 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    WalkersAlonethey walkedand did not speakthey walkedneither did they touch. His facecreased like unironed shirtand her tired eyes. That is all, so why do I moralise? 23 October 1979   Fodder. Often cannon fodder. It’s a word, like so many words, I’ve used for years and never really thought much about: Fodder, noun: 1. Feed for livestock, especially coarsely chopped hay or straw.2. Raw material, as for artistic creation.3. A consumable, often inferior item or resource that is in demand and usually abundant supply. My current novel is about a writer who spends much of the…
  • #523

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Urban Retreat"I - love - you"Her words came prepackaged, with "sell by" date, exposing me, as if she'd turned on the lamp, caught, fumbling with the wrapper. We substituted sex for loveand never noticed the difference. Just like the real thing. 19 January 1980   Coke, of course, marketed itself as “the real thing”. It’s just words. What does that even mean, real? Have you ever stopped to think how many words you use in a day you really don’t understand? Love has been my whipping boy for years but I expect this was my first attempt to express myself. Just because someone says…
  • #524

    26 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    My First FuneralMy Father's hand was iceand his stance militarily rigid. Somehow that seemed appropriate. A tear clung to an eyebut there was nothing thereto hold on to and it fell. Somehow lapses in characterlike this became acceptable. The priest wore an ancient expressionand held a trilby. That did not seem so right. Looking round I kept coming on the same facelike a cliché‚ or an awkward question. 27 January 1980   This is a complete fabrication. I only remember that there was a first funeral and I would’ve been about nine (so circa 1968). I remember who it was and he…
  • #500

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    CripplesThere is a fine line(an almost imperceptible crack) which Men waver precariously onthroughout their lives, watched, from below, by those who have fallen before them:           trapeze artists,           cripples and          clowns. 23 November 1978   Success. I thought a lot about success back in 1978. Since I no longer had a religion I needed something else. And getting somewhere in life seemed to fit the bill. I wanted promotion. I…
 
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  • FREE SHORT FICTION: Swan Song by Kari J. Wolfe

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    6 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The soloist almost made me cry. Or at least protect my ears from her incessant baying. She had a less than human sound – more like a donkey bray or a toad, perhaps. I waved her away. Tears streamed down my face as I began the mental process of blocking her from my memory. No swan was she. The song I had requested for my tryouts was beautiful. The last six people to sing it (if singing was the correct word) mutilated the melodies, the harmonies, even the words – the simplest part of the song! – were garbled and tone deaf. The next woman came out and, when the music started,…
  • Review: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

    admin
    5 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
    I’m not sure if anyone in existence in the 90s didn’t know who Hannibal Lecter was. In fact, I’m sure he remains one of the favorite villains of all time for a villain who doesn’t really do much until the end of the movie except talk. When the movie The Silence of the Lambs came out, it was a blockbuster success and has continued to remain that way through the years and subsequent viewings. In The Story Grid by Shawn Coyle, he takes the time to dissect the novel behind the movie and, since I am working my way through Coyle’s book, I thought I’d stop and take the time to actually…
  • Horses and Life: Visiting Diva Yesterday

    admin
    1 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Diva I finally worked up the energy and the desire to visit Diva yesterday, something I’m wanting to do more and more now that I’m healing from the accident. I still have issues rotating my right hand, so I can’t give her treats or carrots from that hand, only the left. I also am a bit worried about picking up her feet at this point due to both ribs and wrist not being completely healed yet. I want to be able to do it properly and not teach her bad habits from my own pain issues. So I went out there with the intent to groom and come right back. A part of me wondered if I…
  • Horsemanship and Life: Getting Back On

    admin
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Diva Ok, now I’m not really going to get back on a horse just yet. But what I am going to do tomorrow (thanks honey) is to go back out to Leslie’s farm and play with Diva. I’m fairly confident that I could probably go up to her, halter her and bring her into the barn. But that’s not where I’m going to start. I’m going to start by using Parelli’s Friendly Game and see where she has problems with me and then go from there. The post Horsemanship and Life: Getting Back On appeared first on Kari J. Wolfe.
  • UPDATED: Assignment: Who Are You? (Seth Godin’s Freelance Course)

    admin
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    I wanted to update this assignment as I felt I didn’t go deep enough in answering the questions. What do you want to do? (Not your job, but your work, now, tomorrow, and in the future)* *If you’re having trouble answering this, you’re going to have trouble moving up, because you’ve abdicated your dream to whomever walks in the door next I want to be a storyteller of stories that matter. Stories that help people see situations, people and events differently, that have morals that people can understand without having to resort to religion to rely upon for their thoughts, but…
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  • Flogometer for Bill—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    6 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Submissions Welcome. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • Book clubbing

    Ray Rhamey
    4 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Book clubs are terrific in many ways, most especially in that they buy and read books. I've sat in on a book club meeting that discussed one of my novels, and they were all intelligent and insightful--I had a good time, perhaps mostly because they liked the novel. And that none of them were the women portrayed in a post I came across titled "The 7 People in Every Book Club." It's tongue-in-cheek, but I suspect there's a lot of truth in this. I also think that some of these same people appear in writers' critique groups. What do you think? For what it’s worth. Ray…
  • Flogometer for Juliette—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    1 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    Submissions Welcome. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • Flogometer for Catherine—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Submissions Welcome. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start…
  • Do you BookBub?

    Ray Rhamey
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    I’m finding BookBub to be a terrific resource for both reading matter and research.  BookBub offers deals on ebooks with the cost ranging from free to $1.99, sometimes more. They offer ebooks in the Kindle (.mobi) and Nook/Kobo (.epub) formats. When I get going, I’m a fast and voracious reader, faster and more voracious than my budget can afford if I’m buying print books. But with BookBub I’ve downloaded a bunch of books in the free and $.99 range. Sometimes I get an entire trilogy for free or $.99. Research The first reason I started with Book Bub was to see what was going on…
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  • This Is How

    Nancy Friedman
    6 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    This is how you verb your brand name. “This is how you Sonic.” This is how we verb a place name. “This is how we Vegas.” (Ad for Aria Resort and Casino in San Francisco magazine, May 2015.) This is how you title an advice book. This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike, by Augusten Burroughs. The paperback edition (2013) bore an abbreviated subtitle: Surviving What You Think You Can't This is how you title a finalist for the National Book Award. This Is How You Lose…
  • Word of the Week: Promposal

    Nancy Friedman
    4 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Promposal: A staged invitation to a school dance. A portmanteau of prom and proposal. Promposal isn’t new on the American scene—Urban Dictionary’s earliest citation is dated January 22, 2006—but it’s become a more elaborate, more breathlessly reported phenomenon each year. During the week of April 20, 2015, for example, U.S. news outlets reported that Ibrahim Ahmad, a high school senior in La Center, Washington, was suspended for strapping a fake bomb to his waist while asking his date to the prom. (“The girl said yes. The principal said no,” was the lede on NBCNews.com.) About…
  • Signs of Concern

    Nancy Friedman
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    I enjoy a little word puzzle as much as, or maybe more than, the next public-transit user. But two Bay Area bus-shelter signs, both for worthy nonprofit organizations, go beyond puzzling to confounding. Here’s the first one: SF Environment, Fillmore Avenue, San Francisco, April 26, 2015. “Do You Really Want the City 7 x 7 x 7?” asks this poster. I stood in front of it for a couple of minutes, trying to stitch together “Do you really want the city” and “7 x 7 x 7.”  What could it possibly mean? Mull it over while I show you the other ad. Talking Is Teaching,Grand Avenue near…
  • Word of the Week: Drought-Shaming

    Nancy Friedman
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    Drought-shaming: Calling public attention to the wasteful use of water during a drought. Drought-shaming gained currency in 2015, as California’s dire lack of rainfall reached crisis proportions. But the concept emerged in 2014, when the state emergency was first declared. “Californians Keep Up with the Joneses’ Water Use,” tsk-tsked a headline in the New York Times on July 4, 2014: Some drought-conscious Californians have turned not only to tattling, but also to an age-old strategy to persuade friends and neighbors to cut back: shaming. On Twitter, radio shows and elsewhere,…
  • A Useful Tool: Namecheckr

    Nancy Friedman
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    For many of my naming clients, the definition of “an available name” has expanded beyond trademark and domain to include a wide range of social media—not just Twitter and Facebook but also, in some cases, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, and other platforms. Checking each service was a chore until I discovered Namecheckr, which instantly screens for name availability across 18 platforms, including a few I’d never heard of (Papaly, IFTTT, Dribbble). If your first choice isn’t available everywhere you’d like it to be, try adding a word (go, shop, mobile, or whatever’s appropriate).
 
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    Holt Uncensored Blog

  • Radio Bookmobile, Program #2, April 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

  • How Do You Stay Productive Working from Home?

    Kristen King
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    What does your home office look like? I started working part-time from home in 2003 and full-time from home in 2006. Although I’ve been someone else’s employee for the last 5 years of that, I still use all of the same techniques for staying focused and productive as an employee that I used as a freelancer.  Here are a couple of my favorite tips for productivity when you work from home: Have a designated workspace and keep it holy — Mommy’s desk is not for crafting, storage, kid snacks, or other non-work tasks. Have a designated phone line and keep it holy — work…
  • “You’ll Never Have Time to Write After Kids”

    Kristen King
    28 Oct 2013 | 9:36 am
    Check out today’s post at AmateurParenting.com, all about the power of writing. This post WAS supposed to be sponsored by Grammarly, but they failed to deliver on their promise of compensation, so their sponsorship credit has been removed. Should they decide to keep their promise after all, I will reinstate it. However, based on this unfortunate situation, I can no longer recommend them. I sincerely hope that’s temporary. This post is FINALLY sponsored by Grammarly. Here’s an excerpt: Despite the fact that writing is who I am and as important to me as breathing, I’ve…
  • Distance Learning for Writers: Choosing the “Write” Course

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

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

    Kristen King
    12 Mar 2012 | 11:08 am
    www.inkthinkerblog.com — A Guest Post by David Sumner Photo Credit: Christopher Hill Freelancers are typically over-worked and yet despite our best efforts in keeping on top of everything, those deadlines advance relentlessly. Deadlines can spur us onto bigger and better things or they can become our worst nightmares and cause a burnout. There are many things that can waylay your project timetable, some pleasant, some not so pleasant, such as distractions at home to handling the legitimate concerns of your customers. In this economic climate you won’t have the luxury to work on one…
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • Stop comparing yourself to others and find your own journey

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    Constantly comparing yourself to others can suck joy out of creating. Find your own pace and savor the journey.
  • Comic: The Book Sniffer

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
  • Comic: The Paperless Office

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
      I recently received an Apple Watch for my birthday, which I am loving. Not because it keeps me in touch with the digital world -- in fact, I've turned off notifications for most social media and have decided NOT to check Twitter or FB via my Watch. I mainly plan to use it for fitness tracking as well as tactile reminders (it taps me on the wrist if I sit in my office chair too long) to get up and move around every once in a while. As I hunted around for a place to put the charger, I couldn't help but think how ironic it is that the so-called paperless office often turns into a…
  • Advice For Young Writers, Tea, Books and Office Owls: Three Questions With Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
      Today, I'm delighted to have Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple visiting Inkygirl. Jane and Heidi are co-authors of YOU NEST HERE WITH ME, a new picture book that recently came out from Boyds Mill Press, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. I've also been a longtime fan of Jane's work, especially her fairy tale retellings. I asked both Jane and Heidi to answer Three Questions for me, and here are their answers: Three Questions With Jane Yolen Three Questions With Heidi Stemple  
  • Three Questions With Jane Yolen: Advice For Young Writers, Books, Tea and YOU NEST HERE WITH ME

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    For Part 1 of my YOU NEST HERE WITH ME series, please see Three Questions With Heidi Stemple. Photo: Jason Stemple. I was thrilled to meet Jane Yolen at a recent SCBWI conference, and even more excited when Jane read my f&g of Where Are My Books? and liked it (see photo at the very end of this interview). Jane Yolen is the renowned author of many children's books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Her books, poems and stories have won many awards, including the Caldecott Medal. You can find Jane at her website,…
 
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Seven Reasons Why you Shouldn’t Ask Your Book Editor To Sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement

    Cate Baum
    5 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Choosing a book editor should be based on whether the editor is a sound and clean worker with knowledge and experience in the language you have written in, using curated or affiliated professionals (I’m with the EFA and listed on Blurb, Reedsy, and ALLi – I think these are good places to start). Despite this ...
  • An Interview With SPR Awards Winner Author Hi-Dong Chai

    Cate Baum
    5 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    Hi-Dong Chai, born in Korea and educated in the United States with a Ph.D. in engineering, established himself as an authority in his field with numerous inventions and publications.  He is an inventor/co-inventor of 52 inventions, that were either published in the IBM invention disclosure bulletin or filed for the U.S. patents, and author/coauthor of ...
  • Review: Pit of Vipers by Millie Thom ★★★★★

    T B Markinson
    5 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Pit of Vipers: Sons of Kings Book 2, by Millie Thom, continues the exciting story of Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia. Eadwulf has returned to his homeland and has his heart set on exacting revenge on those who wronged him and his family. When the Danish invaders return, he is put in the ...
  • Review: 101+ Secrets From Nutrition School by Lynne Dorner ★★★★★

    Cate Baum
    5 May 2015 | 3:37 am
    101+ Secrets From Nutrition School by Lynne Dorner is a bright and breezy look at nutrition and wellbeing in 101 + quick tips, with  fun illustrations and references for anyone looking into improving their way of life with food and exercise. If you’ve ever wanted to lose weight without dieting, and you want clearer skin ...
  • An Interview with Author André Akinyele

    Andre Akinyele
    4 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about? Our book, “Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello,” explores multi-Grammy nominated artist Meshell Ndegeocello, one of the most fascinating and creative figures in contemporary music. She’s an artist who defies labels and music genres, continually inspiring many with her profound vision. My co-author Jon ...
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    6 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is one of the top-rated POD publishers in the industry.
  • Paying Markets And Jobs For May 6th

    6 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    New markets and freelance writing jobs.
  • Whispers And Warnings For May 6th

    6 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    MORE ON THE SECOND CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST AUTHOR SOLUTIONS (A.K.A. Xlibris, iUniverse, Trafford, and many more) Author Solutions (Author House, Xlibris, et. al.) SUED AGAIN!! Second Class Action Suit Filed Against Author Solutions Writers Be Warned: The Case Against Author Solutions (Part 2) UPDATE ON THE FIRST CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT
  • I Finally Found Freedom! How I Quit My Corporate Job, Moved To The South China Sea, And Became A Freelance Writer By Walter (Walt) Simms

    6 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Most of my life I've worked in high powered executive jobs. Power dressing, power speaking and power working - all of which came with a powerful lot of stress. I was in my mid thirties, sitting in another corporate office, beavering away for a six-figure salary I was never going to have the time to enjoy. I wanted freedom, freedom like I'd never had. Freedom from the grind of daily life, freedom from slaving away to pay the bills and, most of all, freedom to enjoy some of my time before I completely ran out of time to enjoy!
  • Sending A Book To Large Institutions

    6 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    What are your thoughts on sending a book to large institutions that I plan to pitch to? For example, I am going to pitch to colleges to include my book as recommended reading for psychology/sociology programs.
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    Writing Forward

  • From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: You’re the Expert

    Melissa Donovan
    5 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: You’re the Expert. Here’s a creative writing exercise from 101 Creative Writing Exercises, a book that takes writers on an inspired journey through different forms and genres of writing while offering comprehensive writing techniques, practical experience, and ideas for publishable projects. Each chapter focuses on a different form or concept: freewriting, journaling, fiction, poetry, creativity, and article writing are all covered. Today, we’ll take a peek at “Chapter Ten: Article and Blog Writing” with an exercise called…
  • The Writer: A Short Film

    Melissa Donovan
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today’s post on Writing Forward is a special treat. It’s a short film called The Writer. As you have probably guessed, it’s a about a writer. There are only a handful of films about writers, but not nearly enough for those of us who labor at the craft of wordplay and storytelling. It’s always exciting when a new film comes out that explores what it means to be a writer. And that’s exactly what this short film does. The Writer A writer imprisoned in a mysterious house has everything he needs; food, drink and affection. Yet, he yearns to escape from the harbored…
  • Genres in Fiction Writing: Literary Fiction vs. Everything Else

    Melissa Donovan
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    How do you classify creative writing, or do you? In creative writing, we talk about form and genre. Form is what we write: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Genre is how we further classify each of these forms. In fiction writing, there’s literary fiction and everything else. In fact, literary fiction and all the other genres are so at odds with each other that some writers simply say they are either literary fiction writers or genre writers. But what does that mean? Isn’t all fiction considered literary? Yes and no. What is Literary Fiction Anyway? Let’s start with a…
  • Writing Resources: Telling True Stories

    Melissa Donovan
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. Human beings are built for story. Story is how we perceive the world around us and how we understand ourselves and other people. Through story, we learn and make connections. We use story to map the future and study the past. Stories are the single most effective tools for education, communication, and persuasion, which is why stories are prevalent in advertising and political campaigning. Marketers know the power of story. Stories are powerful because we see ourselves in them. We put…
  • People-Inspired Writing Prompts

    Melissa Donovan
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Writing prompts for people inspired by people. There are many sources of inspiration in the universe but perhaps none as potent or pervasive as the people who inhabit it. Naturally, we’re all greatly impacted by other people, so it stands to reason that they would inspire, inform, and ultimately, appear in our writing. The people with whom we have relationships affect us emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Whether it’s a lover, child, friend, stranger, or nemesis, other people provide compelling and meaningful inspiration for our writing. Writing Prompts Today’s…
 
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    iDefine TV

  • Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference 2015 In Atlanta

    iDefine TV
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    What is the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit? It’s the perfect event for anyone who thinking about starting a business, who has a start-up or a seasoned entrepreneur. Black Enterprise and iDefine TV have partnered. As a media partner we’re proud to help get the word out about the Black Enterprise Entrepreneur Summit taking place here in Atlanta, May 13th -16th, 2015. We’re deeming this to be the MUST attend event of the year. Over a the three day period attendees will have access to various breakout sessions, such as, The Art of Raising Money, It’s Called Show…
  • How To Make It In The Music Industry | Blueprint To Successful Music Career

    iDefine TV
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Wondering how to make it in the music industry? During The International Music Conference in downtown Atlanta on September 13, 2014, we were able to sit down with two experts who dropped a lot of nuggets about the music business. Here’s the perfect blueprint… artists guide on how to make it in the music industry with Alexis Kimbrough and Chester Wilkins. For exclusive coverage from The International Music Conference checkout  iDefine TV on any Roku Player or 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!
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      WriteForKids - Writing Children's Books

  • 10 Rules for Writing for Children

    Guest Author
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    By Guest Author by Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.   So, you dream of writing for children.  But are you willing to invest the time and effort?  Many people believe they can dash off a picture book in an afternoon, when in fact writing for children is a complex art in itself.   Begin by making a commitment to writing well.  Here are a few tips.   Take the time to learn the craft. We were all children, but very few of us can instantly produce a book that will appeal to today’s readers. So it’s important to study the craft of writing for children in this generation,…
  • A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload

    Jon Bard
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    By Jon Bard     Overwhelmed with writing instruction, market leads, helpful tips and “to-do” tasks? Jon has a quick, cheap and effective way to clear your mind and put all the information you need at your fingertips:         This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload
  • Picture Book Shows How One Woman Changed the World

    Laura Backes
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    By Laura Backes Just in time for Earth Day, picture book author Miranda Paul talks about her new picture book, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, how to write impactful stories for children, and why we need more diversity in children’s literature.     Isatou Ceesay speaking to a group of children about her plastic bag purse project in Fort Collins, CO in March, 2015.       This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: Picture Book Shows How One Woman Changed the World
  • Jon Reviews a Very Cool Piece of Software for Writers

    Jon Bard
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    By Jon Bard   While there are some excellent higher-end software tools to help writers flesh out a story, many lower-cost programs don’t quite get the job done.  Here’s an exception:   Fiction Ideas is an inexpensive Windows program that makes coming up with story ideas and plotting your novel or short story easy and fun.  It’s particularly strong at helping you build characters and develop plots.   In this video, I walk you through the program and demonstrate how to build a story step by step using the software.   Here’s our affiliate link to…
  • How to Find the Perfect Literary Agent

    Laura Backes
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    By Laura Backes A good literary agent is your partner for building a successful writing career. But finding just the right agent can be a complicated process.   Author/Writer’s Coach Teresa Funke walks you through the steps for finding a reputable literary agent who can best represent your work.   To download a transcript of this video or learn more about Teresa’s coaching services, click here.   This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: How to Find the Perfect Literary Agent
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    Blair Hurley

  • New Post from Writerly Life

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

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

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

    blairhurley
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    On the Suspicious Friendliness of People in the Midwest
  • New Interview with Me at Nicolaus Writing

    blairhurley
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    Paul Nicolaus just interviewed me about my writing process, my favorite stories, and my thoughts about the moral imperative of storytelling. Check it out here: Brainstorming with Blair Hurley
 
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    Writer's Living

  • 6 Tips For Breaking Into Ghostwriting

    Monica Carter Tagore
    2 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    I started my writing business doing what a lot of freelancers do — writing for magazines and newspapers, creating brochures, etc. And while this was a good way to get started, I found it wasn’t the best fit for me. Mainly because I needed to earn more money than what the projects I was doing were commanding. I wasn’t interested in the model of working feverishly to amass a mountain of freelance projects that paid a small amount individually, but collectively paid OK. I needed better than that. I needed each individual project to pay well. So I got into ghostwriting. As with many…
  • 5 Reasons Your Project Went Off the Rails and What to Do About It

    Monica Carter Tagore
    4 May 2014 | 12:59 am
    Your project was going along quite well and then one day things just went crazy. Or maybe things were pretty bad off right from the start, a fact you realized as soon as you landed the project, and now you feel stuck with a client who constantly complains, keeps changing his mind, and is never satisfied. Whether the bump in the road cropped up suddenly or the discontent has been brewing all along, managing a project where you and the client are at odds can be frustrating for both parties. And, unfortunately, such occurrences can be a fact of life when you run a service business, especially…
  • 50+ Tips to Network and Build Relationships in Your Business Or Career

    Monica Carter Tagore
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    If you’ve been struggling for new ways to get business or are simply interested in adding a new technique to your mix, then check out my new book, Connect and Conquer: Grow Your Business, Organization, and Career Through Online and Offline Relationships. Relationships have been a key to my own business success, and I believe they can help you, also. This is the reality: Your next job probably won’t come from the job boards. But it very well may come from your relationships. Your next business deal may not come from the ad you placed. But it very well may come from the…
  • How to Bring New Money Into Your Freelance Writing Business

    Monica Carter Tagore
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The proverbial feast or famine can strike anytime in a writing business when you’re not paying attention. Or for some writers, it may feel like famine and still more famine. Whatever the case, if you’ve hit a patch where money is running low and no new infusion of cash is on the horizon, you can feel pressed to hit the panic button. What not to do Well, first, hard as it may be, don’t panic. When you panic, you make rash decisions; decisions that can get you further down the hole. Another good reason not to panic is that you don’t want anyone to smell the stench of…
  • 5 Reasons Why Every Freelance Writer Needs a Book

    Monica Carter Tagore
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:35 pm
    If you’re hanging around this site, there is a pretty good chance you make a living writing or aspire to do so. You’ve probably written all kinds of projects for clients — projects to help them market their services, earn more income, and build their brands. But have you thought of doing the same for your own writing business? If you’re like a lot of creative service providers, you might be pretty good at doing the work based on your talent and skill but you’re not as good at marketing what you do. That’s where a book comes in. It’s time for you to…
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    Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified

  • Secrets of a Small Press

    Agatho
    5 May 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Can it really be two months since I blogged? Wow. Well, I always said I wouldn't blog unless I have something to say, so I guess the last couple of months have been pretty thought-free. The idea for today's post came to me after reading about the death of Ruth Rendell, one of mystery's luminaries. This isn't something I'd necessarily say in public, but I didn't like her work. Nor was I a fan of the late P.D. James, either. I found Rendell's work to be cold, and James' to be unbearably snobbish. Both had a tendency to write books that were much too long,…
  • Let's Hear It for the Girls

    Agatho
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    Let's talk about the hugest of the huge best-sellers of recent years and what they have in common. Above are the three ubiquitous books that the world has embraced--selling zillions of copies, spawning films, receiving thousands of reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads... All are mystery/thrillers, of course. But what I find most interesting is the fact that all have the word GIRL in their title. Now, there was a time not too long ago that I wouldn't have dared call any woman a "girl." Having a wife and two daughters, and sharing their experiences, I came to understand…
  • Name a 500-Page Book...

    Agatho
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:49 pm
    This all started with Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. My wife read it and said what everyone else is saying, "What a magnificent book, but 200 pages too long." That brings me to the question of the day: Can anyone name a 500+ page book that is NOT at least 100-200 pages too long? I read and liked Kate Atkinson's LIFE AFTER LIFE.  But 100 pages too long. I read and liked Ken Follett's PILLARS OF THE EARTH. But 200 pages too long. So ... if you can name a 500-page book that sustains your interest for 500 pages, please hit the comment button and share the author and title.
  • Exploring B The Supernatural Enhancements

    Agatho
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:39 pm
    I was feeling despair during a recent trip to Barnes & Noble.  First, I was upset that I was being made to pay full price for a hardcover. Barnes & Noble: I want to support you. I really do. And I ended up buying the book I wanted. But when I got home, I checked Amazon -- and the price was $10 lower. Yes, a full $10.  I work in publishing, for God's sake -- I'm not a rich man. That 10 bucks means something to me. I have a vested interest in this business, and I want bookstores to stay in business and thrive. Couldn't you have given me a token 10% off or something? You…
  • Rebecca: Could It Get Published Today?

    Agatho
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Note: There are spoilers in this post. Aaargh. My wife did it to me again. She has a penchant for deciding to read a classic (or older) work and leaving it on her nightstand. I see it there and tell myself, "I'll read just the first few pages," and before I know it, I've read the whole thing while my own book languishes (and Mrs. Agatho smugly comments on her excellent taste in fiction). Last week Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca showed up on that nightstand. A rather large book, I thought, turning it over in my hands. Nice cover art. Let's just see what comes after…
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    603 Copywriting

  • Who Should Write Your Website?

    Andrew
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Maybe you’ve listened to thousands of online adverts and invested in a Squarespace website. Or maybe you’ve gone the whole hog and asked a web design agency to create a bespoke site for your business. Either way, you’ve just been faced with an important question: who’s going to write your website? You’re not the first […] The post Who Should Write Your Website? appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Review: Dave Trott’s Predatory Thinking

    Andrew
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    The post Review: Dave Trott’s Predatory Thinking appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • How to Brief Your Copywriter

    Andrew
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    You’ve just decided to bring on an experienced copywriter to create your marketing materials. Great plan. You’ll see more website conversions, more responses to your mailers, and ultimately an increase in sales. But hiring a copywriter doesn’t stop with making that enquiry. Because there’s one stumbling block that can make your project more difficult than […] The post How to Brief Your Copywriter appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • Chip Shop Awards Entries 2015

    Andrew
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    The Chip Shop Awards. It’s infamous as the go-to marketing awards for anyone who loves a knob gag, off-colour humour, or submitting that “Every Lidl Helps” advert to the ‘Best Parody” category for the fifth consecutive year. But it’s also a damn good challenge to anyone with a good idea that just couldn’t run. That sounds […] The post Chip Shop Awards Entries 2015 appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
  • What Happened to Unmemorable Title?

    Andrew
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you’ve come here looking for Unmemorable Title, you’re probably a little confused. But don’t worry. You’re in the right place. In March 2015, I launched 603 Copywriting – a freelance copywriting agency based in Salford that offers a range of digital, SEO and marketing content-creation services. And that meant that Unmemorable Title had to be folded in […] The post What Happened to Unmemorable Title? appeared first on 603 Copywriting.
 
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Swedish TV show features one of my photos

    Sean McManus
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    One of my photos of the band Whale has been featured in a Swedish TV show called "Stjärnor hos Babben". They had the former Whale guitarist Henrik Schyffert on the show, and the host, Babben Larsson, wanted to use one of my pictures of him in the programme. The picture was shown behind her on a screen, as she performed a stand-up routine, making a joke about Henrik being forced to wear a
  • Further adventures in modern recording

    Sean McManus
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:11 am
    I'm continuing to share my music online and write about my experiences recording it, but if you don't follow me on Twitter you might have missed these updates. My article Adventures in Modern Recording (hat-tip to Buggles for the title) outlines how I got started with recording, and how I'm using Sony ACID and the Alesis io4 in my home studio set-up. I've uploaded two new pieces of music. The
  • Soldering the DIY Gamer Kit in my Code Club

    Sean McManus
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    Thanks to TechnologyWillSaveUs, my Code Club had a set of DIY Gamer Kits to assemble and solder, which we recently did in a half-day session in the school hall. The guide says it'll take about an hour and a half to assemble, but it took me a bit longer than that, and for the children it was the first time they'd done any soldering. We found that half a day was the right amount of time to set
  • Celebrating the Raspberry Pi's 3rd birthday

    Sean McManus
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Last weekend the Raspberry Pi community came together in Cambridge to celebrate the quirky computer's third birthday. It's achieved an incredible amount in its short lifetime, helping to transform education and finding its way into schools, homes and offices all over the world. Perhaps its greatest achievement, though, is the community it's built, and the birthday party gave a real taste of that.
  • See you at the Raspberry Pi 3rd Birthday Party!

    Sean McManus
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    I'm looking forward to this weekend's birthday party for the Raspberry Pi in its home town of Cambridge. The programme of events looks incredible, with talks, workshops, marketplace stalls, discussion areas, a Robot Wars style obstacle course, and show and tell tables, plus a party in the evening. It's going to be amazing. On the Saturday, I'll be helping to run a Scratch hackathon where we'll
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • Writing With and Beyond Uncertainty

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

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

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

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

    Nanci Panuccio
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    image by Richard Holt If you’re like me, there comes that moment when you loathe what you’ve written. You read what poured out on the page in a meteor shower of inspiration. And then everything that felt glittering and brilliant just yesterday now feels trite. Flat. Messy. Implausible. We read our favorite books and think, Jeez, I’ll never write like that. My work’s no good. I’m no good. This is our spoiler talking. And it’s inherent in any act of creation. The Creative Strategy I’m not a Disney fan per se, but I do find comfort in Walt’s break…
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  • Snippet from Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore (on “the people’s minds”)

    Jess C Scott
    4 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    5 more chapters and I’ll have completed reading Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore by T.J.S. George (pub. 1973). Thought I’d share an interesting snippet from the book. I may add a few more snippets when I gather my thoughts for a review later. Conversation between two friends — a visiting Asian editor and a PAP minister (Page 109): EDITOR: I have just come from Djakarta and Manila. Nothing worked there. Here my telephone works, my flush flushes, everything is clean and antiseptic. Singapore is simply great. MINISTER: All right, old chap, what’s bothering you? EDITOR:…
  • PAP: Fascist Dictatorship (1963)

    Jess C Scott
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Excerpt from longer speech below: “The PAP is endangering democracy. . .parliamentary democracy under the PAP has already become Fascist dictatorship.” — Dr. Lee Siew Choh (1963) A couple of quick definitions: Democracy: The word democracy literally means “rule by the people.” (Source: Britannica Kids) Fascism: A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of…
  • Hong Lysa / Operation Coldstore

    Jess C Scott
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    I saw a picture of Dr. Hong Lysa the other day, which reminded me of one of LKY’s quotes: On his iron-fisted governing style: “Anybody who decides to take me on needs to put on knuckle-dusters. If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try. There is no way you can govern a Chinese society.” “If you are a troublemaker… it’s our job to politically destroy you… Everybody knows that in my bag I have a hatchet, and a very sharp one. You take me on, I take my hatchet, we meet in the cul-de-sac.” Source: The Guardian This is a quote from a 2014 blog post by…
  • Amos Yee’s Speech

    Jess C Scott
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    I decided to transcribe the text from Amos Yee’s video so that what he said doesn’t get lost amidst the current lynching being directed at him. This is included in the second half of this blog post. PART 1: A quick summary: 16 year-old Amos Yee was arrested for posting an “anti-Lee Kuan Yew” video. At the time of this posting, you can view a copy of the video. 16-year-old Amos Yee in video Amos Yee was arrested on these charges: Police said Amos will face charges in court today under Section 298 of the Penal Code for utterances against Christians with a…
  • Separating Myths from Reality

    Jess C Scott
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    During this time of mass sympathising, I think it is important to keep certain things in perspective. SEPARATING MYTHS FROM REALITY 1. Both Sides of the Historical Narrative I’ll preface this with a recent comment I saw on Facebook: “Dear friends, it is important for all of us to hear all sides of Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy. ‪#LKY‬ has done many things right but history will record both sides of the narratives.” (– Hani Mohamed, founder/CEO of Alertist) I downloaded The Straits Times’ special 24-page edition to mark the life of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I have also…
 
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  • Why Becoming a Better Person isn’t as Easy as it Sounds

    NeoBluePanther
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:58 am
    Tweet Most of us are continuously striving to be a better version of ourselves, and yet with time we realise that we do not really change, or even if we change the change is not as much as we wanted it to be. If becoming a better person is something we want so desperately, then why is it so difficult to become a better person? Do we really want it? Most of us do not really want to be a better person. We want to believe that we want to be a better person, and that there is something that is stopping us from doing it. We try to find that something in our immediate environment – maybe we…
  • Time Waits for No One!

    NeoBluePanther
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Tweet The trouble is, you think you have time. –Buddha’s Little Instruction Book In his book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey talks about urgent and important activities. As defined in the book, urgent activities are those that demand your immediate attention, while important activities are those that contribute to results and desired goals in the long run. The book emphasises that one of the characteristics of effective people is that they spend a big chunk of time focusing on activities that are important but not urgent. These include things…
  • How Large is Your Circle?

    NeoBluePanther
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    Tweet I love watching movies. Movies not only entertain us, but sometimes they contain a message that can leave a deep impression on us and, as a result, can help us in becoming a better person. When I watched 10, 000 B.C. some years ago, I liked the movie. Some people might find it a bit violent for their taste, and to be honest, the movie didn’t do very well with the critics either. But it doesn’t matter. The point of this post is not to make you watch the movie, but to share with you a quote from the movie: A good man draws a circle around himself and cares for those within.
  • Good Luck for 2015!

    NeoBluePanther
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    Tweet Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week. – Charles Richards 2014 did not end on a great note as I suffered a personal loss in the form of the death of a loved one. Death is inevitable, and a painful reality of life, but every time it hits us with a force that we didn’t even know existed. If there is any universal truth, it is the fact that all who are born, must die, and yet, death is the farthest thing from our…
  • 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…
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  • What Makes Money Vs. What Means Something

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

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

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

    MikeFook
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    We’re an hour away from what is probably going to be Apple’s biggest blunder since the Apple Newton back in 1996 or so. Can’t remember. I did buy one of the damn things though! No wait, we bought two of them! I thought they would be a good database manager for all my real estate contacts. The handwriting recognition wasn’t that bad. Still, it was a badly timed device. Is the MacBook Air 12-inch Retina Apple’s new HUMPTY DUMPTY MOVE? If you’ve seen my video on the topic, you already know my views. I’ll elaborate a bit here. In one hour and some minutes…
  • What Does RISK Feel Like?

    MikeFook
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Reading some other blogs this morning and came up with this gem from Shane Labs who heard from his “mentor” on RISK… You have to take risks that are going to make you feel like you’ve just jumped out of an airplane. Naked. And you’re falling so fast your balls are slapping you in the face. Any questions?
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  • Yeah Write entry #212-Siren by Night

    Shannon Barber
    5 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
      Siren by Night by Shannon Barber Inside the warm night she moves as though swimming. Hands in her pockets, headphones on, dark eyes on the moving shadows and what she knows lives there. She eases through scattered groups of night people virtually unseen. Drawn towards the water and into the deeper part of the night she pauses to listen. In these times the night lives with sirens and the squawking of angry junkies. She wants to stop and weep as her sisters weep. She cannot. She is part of this orange light washed strange world. Part of the dirty street and urban lost. Her steps…
  • To answer a few random questions.

    Shannon Barber
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:27 pm
    This isn’t an FAQ. I have a stash of random questions folks have asked me now and then and I have enough to answer. Okay, let’s do the thing. Also, these are not verbatim because I’m a lazy fucker. Someone asked what my first publication was. It was 1994 and a poem. I lied about my age, I was 17 and told no one. It was an angsty love poem about an older woman with auburn colored armpit hair and how she shot me down when I asked her on a date. What am I looking forward to reading? Old Guy Dad: Weird Shit Happens When You Don’t Die Young by Jerry Stahl, both of Roxane…
  • On you and your feelings.

    Shannon Barber
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Okay y’all. I’m going to say something that will upset some of you and I want you to sit with it. The only people who complain in earnest about diversity are White people. Among the things I’ve heard about books, stories, etc that don’t feature attractive able bodied White people under the guise of “free expression” and the dreaded fear or being PC (note this isn’t verbatim because I’m not trying to throw anybody under the bus): But WHY does X character have to be described as “disabled” That can’t be historically accurate.
  • Yeah Write #211 entry- Super-Fab Heaven

    Shannon Barber
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
      Super-Fab Heaven by Shannon Barber You know you’re dead. There’s really no question about that. In fact, you remember it quite clearly. You yanked an old lady out of the street and got hit by an ugly blue Buick. It wasn’t heroics on your part; you did it because you’d had a bad day at work and seeing an old lady get run down really wouldn’t have done you any good. Not that getting squashed did you any good, but it’s the thought that counts right? This is nothing like what all those ‘near death’ Shirley Maclain wannabe’s say it is. There was no white light, no warm…
  • Solutions and whatnot.

    Shannon Barber
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    I had planned to write about how revisiting Lovecraft has been for me. I reread the Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (Commemorative Edition). (Affiliate link and not the edition I read but whatever) BUT um. Okay so how many times or ways can I say holy fuckballs this is way more racist than I remember? I mean..y’all. No wonder I think I blocked out a lot of it after reading it all as a teen. Wow. No. Fuck. So the upshot is I still love the mythos but yeah. Not gonna do that shit again. What else? I’ve been sick since last week. I missed two days of work which…
 
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  • In praise of sacred spaces: Salisbury Cathedral, UK

    Anne Whitaker
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Followers of this blog will have noticed that I have been conspicuous by my absence in recent weeks. Most bloggers, especially those like me who have been keeping noses to the blogging grindstone for a number of years, feel the need for a break now and then, no matter how much fun it all is. Sitting staring cross-eyed at a visually attractive wall, hand clutching a cup of tea, is a great way of chilling out and revitalising, I find. Throwing in a little therapeutic travel also helps! So, after a week of travel therapy, I am now home. Our last port of call was the historic English market town…
  • The Black Madonna Connection

    Anne Whitaker
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Anne Whitaker:Following on Easter, Jamie over at Sophia’s Children reminds us of the deep, ancient wisdom held in the archetype of The Black Madonna…read, reflect, enjoy…In Jamie’s words “…this Whole Feminine, this symbol of deep wisdom and Unity, of remembrance and healing of what has been fragmented and abused, … is needed right now in the world. She is calling for remembrance and expression in our work places, in our leadership, in the way we understand and express ourselves. The heartbeat grows louder, and the need for it grows as well. As we…
  • A time of waiting…the hours before the Light returns…

    Anne Whitaker
    4 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
    There is a stillness about Easter Eve. Whether you are Christian, hold another faith, or none, the underlying archetypes of the Easter journey are common to all human experience. Iona Cross, Full Moon photo: Anne Whitaker We have all, unless we have led a supremely charmed life, been cast out into the wilderness at one time or another. Life has crucified us all, to a greater or lesser extent. We have been in the Underworld, have known what it is like to go through experiences so severe that we die to our old selves. Then there is the wait, the wait in darkness, fear, and not knowing. Will we…
  • “My hero the villain” – not for the faint-hearted…

    Anne Whitaker
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    Those of a slightly squeamish disposition might be advised to read the first section or two of ‘ My hero the villian’ with their eyes closed – remember “Lord of the Flies?” and how savage children can be ? Those who are over fifty will be reminded of some of the sexist attitudes to girls which prevailed in the middle decades of the last century ! And all of us who have ever been children will remember that one of the sad but necessary entrance fees to the adult world is loss of innocence…. ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding Archie’s mother was…
  • Chip shops and kama sutra: poetry with a difference, Glasgow-style!

    Anne Whitaker
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    It has been some time since I last wrote about a wonderful local initiative bringing children, parents,our wider community and the Great Outdoors together in North Kelvin, Glasgow, U.K – The Children’s Wood, which very happily has recently gained charitable status. Everyone around here is delighted with this achievement. One of the things we can now do is extend our fundraising activities.To this end, The Children’s Wood is teaming up on Tuesday 24th March, 7.15 pm,with our excellent Oxfam Book Shop, 330 Byres Road, Glasgow G12, which is always willing to support…
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  • Interview: Christi Corbett

    Cherie
    1 May 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Christi Corbett was born and raised in Marysville, Washington, a town located about 30 miles north of Seattle. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Communications. Let’s learn more about her. Enjoy this interview.   Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing? My […]
  • Our Most Popular Posts

    Cherie
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Working Writers is 7 years old and has had hundreds of writers stop by with their wisdom and stories. So which posts have you loved the best? Here are the most popular posts of all time: The 10 Best Job Boards As writers we’re always looking for ways to get our writing out there and get […]
  • Bitter Candy by Lily Ableman

    Emma Kunis
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:16 pm
    New recommendation from a reader! Do you have one? Feel free to share  by Lily Ableman     Hilarie Walsh fits in with her high school about as well as a Satan worshipper at a Christian book club. Not only is she the sole middle class girl in a sea of filthy rich kids, but […]
  • Your Writing Career Without A Literary Agent: What Could Go Wrong?

    Guest Post
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Okay, so you never hear stories about literary agents finding the cure for a mysterious illness or single-handedly stopping natural disasters…but they can still be superheroes in their own right! While hiring a literary agent is not a necessity for becoming a successful, published writer, it’s much harder to work smoothly with an editor. Here […]
  • 5 Creative Works You May Not Know Should Be Copyrighted

    Guest Post
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    Do you work hard to create original works that you’re proud of? If so, you certainly want to protect those works from copycats. To get an idea of whether your creative works can be copyrighted, read through the requirements for copyright protection. The two most important qualifications are that the work is original and that […]
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  • LIFE WITHOUT HARRY official release on Amazon: For the Harry Potter fans

    saradobiebauer
    5 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Cover art by Katie Stout Purcell. Today, I re-released my 2013 novel LIFE WITHOUT HARRY on Amazon. What’s it about? Consider it an homage to my love of Harry Potter … Xanax-dependent author Samantha Elliot is on deadline with a literary festival three weeks away when a white owl flies into her windshield and then disappears. This wouldn’t be the strangest thing, if not for the magic wand that soon shows up and the Invisibility Cloak that just happens to make Sam invisible. Then, there’s Paul Rudolph: the office crush who finally asks her on a date. With the help of…
  • “Mouth and the Muscle:” New noir thriller on OMDB!

    saradobiebauer
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    What happened after I saved Max’s life is kind of a blur. The warehouse by the docks smelled like spilled motor oil and spoiled seafood. A big, blue moon reflected off black water. I walked fast, late for a meeting. My partner, Max, and I had been undercover two months by then, trying to bust a guy importing illegal drugs from Canada. We were close. Max was already inside, talking. That was his strong suit. He was the brains; I was the brawn. He looked the part, too: medium height; marathon runner thin; ginger hair that he insisted was “auburn;” and non-prescription glasses he wore only…
  • How antidepressant withdrawal ruined my body and mind (via SheKnows.com)

    saradobiebauer
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Last night, I couldn’t sleep because I thought I was going to die. I said goodbye to my dogs and my husband because some part of me was positive I would not wake up in the morning. Well. I did wake up. Some days, I wish I wouldn’t. This is antidepressant withdrawal. I’ve suffered from depression all my adult life. It moves as the tide; it ebbs and flows, just like my use of medication, most often, SSRIs like Celexa, Paxil or Wellbutrin. I’ve been on some variety of SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) for the past year. Two weeks ago, I decided to switch…
  • New Sherlock fan fiction: You Were Wrong About Him

    saradobiebauer
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:26 pm
    You thought my husband was cruel. He said horrible things to you—biting, personal things. He brought out your worst and made you monstrous. You hated him for it, and for his brilliance, his need for blood and murder and work (always the work) with no pay because he didn’t need the money. You hated him for that, too, his bottomless bank account and the way he wore expensive clothes and that coat. The damn coat. The way he walked with purpose, or rather strutted. You hated my husband because you didn’t know him, not at all. No one did. But me. I didn’t always. I once called him a…
  • Liars’ League: Grieving another me in NYC

    saradobiebauer
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    We’re always grieving something: a person, a place, a different time … a different us. Last Wednesday, New York actress Hannah Seusy performed my piece, THE WAY WE FORGET, at famed literary locale KGB Bar thanks to Liars’ League NYC. From their website: “Liars’ League NYC is a live literary journal featuring professionally trained actors reading original short stories by both emerging and well-established writers. Selected stories are published on our website, performed in front of a live audience at New York’s celebrated KGB Bar every other month, and podcast. “Our aim is…
 
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    Elizabeth Spann Craig

  • Why I’m Serializing Fiction on My Blog

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    3 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    By Joanna Campbell Slan, @joannaslan Building Blog Traffic Reviewing all the blog posts I’ve done over the years, the one that garnered the most attention was a serialized short story I’d done with my sister bloggers at Killer Hobbies. That got me thinking. What if I wrote a short story by myself and offered it in serialized installments? Other Goals Better yet, what if I wrote the story in real time? The idea held a lot of appeal. A serialized story would engage more readers and get them to sign up as blog followers. They might even want to tell their friends about my work and suggest…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    2 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. Writing a Book People Can’t Put Down: The Art of Pacing:  http://ow.ly/M6VIg @mara_fortune 5 tips for conducting an interview with someone you care about:  http://ow.ly/M6WF6 @daveisay @TED @awesomechoi The Truth About Memoirs: Is Yours A Brave Confession Or A Book Of Lies?  http://ow.ly/M6ZjM …
  • Self-Publishing a Series after Its Traditional Start

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig My self-published Myrtle Clover series started out as a traditional release through Midnight Ink.  They published the first book in that series before deciding against a second book in the series.  That’s when I got my rights back (well, the ones that I could get back), and self-published the rest. Now I’ve got the Southern Quilting mysteries which will be dropped by Penguin after the upcoming June release of book five in the series.  I’ve gotten those rights back and will be embarking on the same process soon. These were good decisions for me…
  • 10 ways to tell if your book is ready for publishing

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    by Sarah Juckes, @CompletelyNovel Any writer nearing the end of the writing or editing process may be all-too familiar with the worrying prospect of sending their newly-fledged work out into the big, wide world. With questions like: ‘what if it flops?’ ringing in your ears, it’s easy enough to sink into what I like to call ‘publishing-procrastination’ – where you keep tinkering with your manuscript and changing the odd word, only to then change it back again. Sound familiar? Here are ten things you can do to prove to yourself that your manuscript is 100% finished. Do these,…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. 7 Keys to Building Relatable Characters:  http://ow.ly/LJu8t @MartinaABoone How 7 Literary Authors Collaborated to Launch a Box Set: http://ow.ly/LJunC @Roz_Morris @Janefriedman Review on Pronouns: http://ow.ly/LJu1D from Melissa Gilbert Avoiding Melodrama in Your Story:  http://ow.ly/LJtpD @LaurieTomlinson …
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  • Terry Alderton – The Voices In My Head

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Garry’s guest tonight is Terry Alderton, one of Britain’s most exciting comedians and a man Frank Skinner dubbed “a flipping genius”… only he didn’t say flipping. Famous for his roles in TV hits such as EastEnders and London’s Burning, Terry’s first love was Southend United Football Club – he played in goal for their youth team – but the stage was where he really scored. Terry’s gift for mimicry made him a rising star in what we used to call old school mainstream comedy. But his originality and risk-taking appealed to young club audiences too and in 1999 he was nominated…
  • Deaf Sentence – David Lodge

    Litopia
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Author David Lodge stars as his thinly disguised protagonist, Old Man Bates, who is entering retirement, uselessness, and, worst of all, permanent deafness, in this tragi-comi-tragic tale of David Lodge, starring as his protagonist. Largely good. Picture by clogsilk   >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that…
  • Breaking Bard

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    In the early 80s, Britain’s pubs and clubs were full of angry, funny, working class poets inspired by punk, reggae and protest. This brave new wave of radical wordsmiths made folk heroes of Seething Wells, Garry Johnson, Ginger John, Attila The Stockbroker, Porky the Poet and one of Garry’s guests today Tim Wells – all of whom will be celebrated next month at the British Library’s Taking Liberties event, ‘Ranting poets, 'zines & Angry Kids of the ’80s’.  Tim is also the founding editor of poetry zine Rising and a mean Ska DJ. Who were these funny, chippy backstreet…
  • France A La Mod - or, A Beer in Provence

    Litopia Writers Colony
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    It's Easter, everybody! Time for daffodils... daylight savings... and life-sized chocolate statues of Benedict Cumberbatch. So how about we put aside Ebola, Somalian jihad, narcotraficantes, the heart-wrenching demise of a literary titan-- not to mention the greatest extinction event in the history of planet earth. Let's leave those topics for past and future shows, shall we? (We've got a rip-roarin' summer planned for Litopia After Dark!) Instead let's chat with dyed-in-the-mohair mod Ian Moore, one of the UK's leading stand-up comics.
  • Iguanas On The Roof...

    Litopia Writers Colony
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
      New Class Action Suit Filed Against Penguin Random House Author Solutions’ Deceptive Practices Florida gone wild: Columnist Daniel Tilson gets harassed by police for using Beatles lyric In Florida, officials ban term 'climate change' Marvin Gaye's heirs win $7.4 million for 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism “Blurred Lines”: Society’s Mixed Signals on Copying and Intellectual Property Rights 'Blurred Lines' verdict could alter music industry Oprah Winfrey Wins Tough Trademark Fight Over “Own Your Power” New App Will Filter Obscenities Out Of Your Books -- And It's A Big Freaking…
 
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  • Writer: For Instruction and Encouragement, Read Brainpickings.org

    Joel
    4 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Here’s an example. If you read the piece at the other end of that link, you will receive several blessings: You will meet Ann Patchett, whose wisdom about writing is exquisitely life-giving You will be introduced in passing to Maria Popova, mother of Brainpickings.org, and her contagious love of writing, writers, and you You will learn the awful journey of the butterfly You will learn how to embrace that journey through love and forgiveness You will find out how to get more of these incredible riches every week, and have another opportunity to develop the writer that you are Let’s…
  • 5 Reasons You Should Write a Book Now

    Joel
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I’ve probably told you this before, but so what? When did I ever learn anything from hearing it just once? Listen up, and absorb what resonates with you–and act on it: Credential. If you become an author, you become an authority. Notice “author” in the word “authority”? If you are an author, you are automagically an authority on your topic. So then whether or not you have a PhD, whether or not you have a knock-’em-dead resumé, whether or not you are skinny and beautiful–you are now an author, almost a law unto yourself. If you are service…
  • An embarrassment of riches for readers

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

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

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

  • A Trend Of Violence

    James Kiester
    6 May 2015 | 3:03 pm
    -Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African American high school student, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated community where Martin was temporarily living.  Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York City, after a police officer put him in a chokehold for 15 seconds.  A grand jury decided not to indict the officers involved.Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.  The Justice Department formally…
  • My Thoughts On Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

    James Kiester
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    - Subject: Boxing gloves representing Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao | Date: 04/19/15 | Artist: James Kiester | This picture was drawn by the author of this blog. |I'll admit it, I was wrong. I NEVER thought Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao would finalize a deal.  The powers that be have been trying to put this fight together for six years.  However, not wanting to jeopardize his undefeated record, Floyd found ways to put the kibosh on the match-up.First he wanted Pacquiao to take a fight day drug test.  When Pacquiao refused Floyd tried to imply Manny was trying to…
  • I Can't Like Everything

    James Kiester
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    -I'm a red blooded 21st century American, and as a red blooded 21st century American I Subject: Screen Shot from my Facebook feed | Date: 04/0/15 |This shot was taken by the author of this blog. |spend a good deal of time on Facebook.  Many of my Facebook friends post benign tidbits featuring recipes, TV/movie updates, celebrity gossip, and other dinner party safe topics.However, some of my friend are civic minded people who keep their fingers on the political and moral pulse of the world. These friends will post news and op-ed pieces on gay marriage, war, crimes against humanity, global…
  • The Presidential Muslim Conspiracy Theory - Really?

    James Kiester
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
     - I should begin by admitting that I'm a fan of our liberal president, Barack Obama.  I support gay rights, I think giving people access to medical care is a good thing, and I'm happy to have an occupant of the Oval Office who protects programs for the poor.That being said, I acknowledge that many people don't like the president.  That's totally fine, this is the United States of America.  If someone thinks President Obama compromises too often, or he coddles the poor at the expense of business, or he's soft on family values, they're 100% free to not like him. …
  • Some Things Confuse Me

    James Kiester
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    -Some things in life confuse me.  I'm not talking about an inability to understandcertain parts of quantum physics or not being able to read ancient Hebrew.  Those are things few people have mastered.  I mean there are parts ofSubject: McDonalds' Chicken McNuggets | Date: 10/04/2011 | Photographer: Evan Amos |The copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide.every day life which make me scratch my head and keep me awake at night.  A friend of mine tells me that thinking about such things is what causes my chronic…
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    Stories To Tell Books

  • Printing Choices

    Sarah Hoggatt
    6 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    (This is the thirteenth article in a series by Stories To Tell editor/designer Sarah Hoggatt recounting her experiences in publishing her poetry and nonfiction.) This story starts a few years back at a women’s conference out on the coast. I had been looking over the contents of the book table when I saw a book called Soul Custody by Stephen W. Smith. The title intrigued me but when I picked it up, I had a hard time putting the book down. The book itself was great and I later bought it, but it was the feel of the cover that enthralled me. It was soft and velvety, a pleasure to just hold.
  • Who Exactly Is Your Audience?

    Nan Barnes
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    As an author, your success all depends on connecting with your audience. You’ll need to let them know you have a book of interest to them, get it into their hands, (whether it’s a purchase or a free gift), and then hope they read and “connect” with your words, in their minds and hearts. Let’s face it – not everyone out there cares to read your book. These “connections” only happen with the right audience. Image courtesy of Geoff Lemon on Flickr under Creative CommonsThere are three types of audience. The audience you target will affect many of…
  • Be a Smart Self-Publisher

    Biff Barnes
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Authors who want to self-publish a book, especially those self-publishing for the first time, usually find they need some help in getting their books ready for and into the hands of their audience. Who should they turn to? Let’s look at two very different paths into print to see which is best for you. A Google search will probably lead you to a company offering “supported self-publishing.”  A number of large, well-financed companies led by Author Solutions, a Penguin Random House Company (publishing as Author House, iUniverse, XLibris, Tafford, and Word Clay, among…
  • Genealogy Surprises II

    Sarah Hoggatt
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Back in February, inspired by all the genealogy books I design, I made a search of my own and wrote about what I discovered in Genealogy Surprises. Nearly two months later, I finally called High Point Museum in North Carolina where our ancestral cabin is preserved, a cabin likely built by the younger brother of Anthony Hoggatt, whom I’m descended from, on their father’s land. From my visit to the museum’s website, I already knew they sold a “Hoggatt Cabin” ornament and a CD with information on the Hoggatt family and cabin. The woman I spoke with who runs the…
  • Important Advice for Writers: Back Up

    Sarah Hoggatt
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
      Image courtesy of GraphicStock Flying back home from my retreat, I’m carrying a black shoulder bag with my laptop and book manuscript. Thinking of that bag sitting in the plane compartment above my head, I realize if something happens to it, much of the upcoming book would be lost. I have an old version of the poetry folder stored in Dropbox but only some of the poems are there. None of the edits have been backed up and certainly not the order of the book I spent an entire evening working out. I feel like I’m carrying something precious with me. I’ve been entrusted…
 
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    Lucid Content

  • Cloud Computing Case Study

    Richard
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    This is what this project was about.
  • 12x12x62 Stories and Pictures

    Richard
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    12x12x62 pairs photography with writing. This is from an Instagram and Tumblr project that I launched in March 2014. It involves 12 photographers from around the world taking photographs, or editing existing photographs (as is the case above) and adding 62 words that speak to the image. To see project in all it’s glory, go to Stories and Pictures.
  • The Story Works

    Richard
    20 Jan 2014 | 5:16 pm
    A few months ago, I was asked to participate in a project with D&AD, headquartered in London. The project was called The Story Works. Agroup of writers from around the world were asked to select a film, play, book, movie or advertisement that worked and show how the story worked. My choice was Robert Frank’s The Americans. I decided to choose ten photographs and write an 83 word prose / poem about how the story worked. Here’s one below. Parade, Hoboken NJ   Who sang out of their windows in despair It was Kline, DeKooning, Ginsberg who flew your freedom flag. Those stars,…
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    ProofreadNOW.com Blog

  • When Homophones Come Calling

    Terri Porter
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
  • North, South, West, East … Capitalizing Can Be a Beast

    Terri Porter
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Feeling lost? Rudderless? Unsure which way to turn? Unfortunately, we can’t help you find your way. We are, after all, a proofreading site. BUT … we can offer some direction on directions — specifically, whether to capitalize them. At the most basic level, the standard advice is to lowercase north, south, east and west when used as compass directions and to capitalize them when they are used as part of a proper noun or adjective or refer to regions or geographic areas. So:
  • April Aggravations Tourney Winners

    Terri Porter
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Reflexive Pronouns Crowned Tourney Champ Beating back the persistent Plurals/Possessives in overtime, Reflexive Pronouns narrowly won our April Aggravations tourney. Both had advanced to the final round after Plurals handily beat One Word or Two, and Reflexive edged the upstart Misplaced Modifiers in the Final Four. We couldn’t have asked for a more exciting championship, as the two teams traded the lead throughout both regulation and overtime. But a last-minute surge by Plurals/Possessive’s fell short, and Reflexive Pronouns itself emerged victorious.
  • April Aggravations: Antidote for March Madness Letdown

    Terri Porter
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    March Madness refers to the excitement, fervor and general craziness surrounding the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, during which upsets, buzzer beaters and rowdy celebrations are the norm. That all ended Monday night with Duke edging Wisconsin to claim its fifth national championship. Or did it? For those who simply can’t wait another year, we offer our own version of the playoffs, with a grammatical twist: April Aggravations. Below you’ll find our Elite Eight list of contenders competing for the coveted title of “Most Annoying Grammatical Error Ever,” collected from…
  • Fullproof, er … Foolproof Advice for Avoiding Malapropisms and Eggcorns

    Terri Porter
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
     
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    Writers in Charge

  • How to Write 5,000 Words a Day (my best productivity tips)

    Bamidele Onibalusi
    4 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I sent this to my newsletter a little over a year ago; I still find the tips invaluable, and I am republishing it here with some edits. If you’re struggling with writing productivity, this might be just what you need. — For at least 16 consecutive days now, I’ve been averaging 5,000 words a day; that’s around 80,000 words in a little over 2 weeks. In the past, I’ve had certain, occasional, days where I wrote 8,000 – 10,000 words, but that often meant I was unable to write for the rest of that week. Now, it seems I’ve found a system that can keep me…
  • How I Went from $30 – $200+ Per Article

    Bamidele Onibalusi
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    When I just got my start as a freelance writer, I was willing to take pretty much anything clients will offer me; sometimes, this was $30. Other times, it was $50 or $80. However, gradually and intentionally, over the years, I’ve been able to successful raise my rate per article to a minimum of $200 per article. Surprisingly, doing this wasn’t as difficult as most people would have expected. It was very simple; so simple you probably won’t believe it was that simple. I was able to raise my rates simply by asking. I changed my mindset and gradually started to remove the…
  • Attention Freelance Writers

    Bamidele Onibalusi
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    5 years ago, I got my first client. I wasn’t even technically a freelance writer then; I was definitely not looking for clients but, as a blogger struggling to earn money and make ends meet, I had to pay attention when someone offered me $100 per article. I’d have accepted $30 – $40 per article then, but $100? I’m in! That moment changed a lot of things in my life, and it kick-started my journey as a freelance writer. I’d be lying if I said there hadn’t been challenges. There were lots of them. Despite the challenges, though, I made over $50k in my first…
  • 31 Words Only Dumb Bloggers Would Use in Guest Posts Pitches

    Guest Post
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    By Lesley Vos In this article you’ll learn: three rules of successful guest posting 31 words you better not use in your pitch all nuances to remember for successful outreach Whatever they tell you, guest blogging is still alive. Moreover, it is healthy and wealthy; and it will be like this for a long time if you help it and use it wisely. This article won’t tell you where and how to find blogs to publish your guest posts; dozens of ultimate guides have been written on this topic already, and some of them are so top-notch that there is nothing to add (Examples are guides from Moz…
  • How Much Should You Charge as a Freelance Writer?

    Bamidele Onibalusi
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    “How much should I charge as a freelance writer?” This is one question that bothers many freelance writers, and you just can’t seem to find an answer to it anywhere. Stop Pitching Clients’ student, Clement Lim recently asked me 4 questions aimed at finding a real answer to this question, and I have decided to publish my answers here so that Writers in Charge readers can benefit. Here are the questions Clement asked, as well as my answers to them: Does writing for big blogs / big clients raise your fee level? “Now I’ve written for Entrepreneur I can charge…
 
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    Productive Writers

  • 8 Simple Steps to Writing Faster

    John Soares
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    We all want to write faster, as long as we can still write well. This infographic lays out eight steps for quickly creating articles and blog posts, but the process also applies to many other types of writing. I have a more detailed post on how to write faster, but I overall agree with the points […]Related Posts:Successful Freelance Writers Write WellWhy Freelance Writers Often Miss Deadlines5 Things About WordPress That Really Bug MeTop Interview Tips for Freelance WritersHow to Coauthor a Book
  • Get More Writing Done By Simplifying Your Life

    John Soares
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Freelance writers’ lives are usually quite busy. But busy with what? Often we are busy doing things that don’t matter, or actually detract from our lives. And that’s why we should practice simplicity. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of […]Related Posts:Be A More Productive Writer by Deciding What NOT to DoShould You Go to Sleep an Hour Earlier?How Stoicism Will Make You a Happier FreelancerSetting Freelance Writing Goals That WorkHey Writer, Do You Make the Best Use of Your Brain?
  • How to Take a Blogging Break and Keep Your Readers Happy

    John Soares
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    I recently took a six-week blogging break while I was on vacation in Costa Rica. Since many of you reading this are bloggers, you know there’s a general consensus that you should should post consistently. However, you also need to carefully examine your priorities for your life and your business. To that end, here are the… Three Main Areas […]Related Posts:Why I Am Taking a Short Blogging BreakWhat I Love Most About Costa RicaThe Best Google+ Communities for Freelance Writers19 Successful Freelance Writers Share Their Top Goals for 2014Why Freelance Writers Often Miss…
  • Successful Freelance Writers Write Well

    John Soares
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you must write well. You don’t have to be a perfectionist, but you do need to write clearly and with very few punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors. You can learn to do this through studying the English language and proper writing and editing techniques. And learning […]Related Posts:Six Copy Editing Tips for Freelance WritersWhen and How a Freelance Writer Should Hire HelpFour Reasons Why Freelance Writers Should SpecializeGet More Writing Done By Simplifying Your Life8 Simple Steps to Writing Faster
  • What I Love Most About Costa Rica

    John Soares
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    I recently returned from a five-week vacation in Costa Rica. I can happily report that I’m tanned, rested, and ready to get back to freelance writing and blogging. Why Costa Rica? For starters, it has a great combination of natural beauty, friendly people, modern infrastructure, and a reasonably efficient economy and government. Also, I wanted […]Related Posts:Why I Am Taking a Short Blogging BreakHow to Take a Blogging Break and Keep Your Readers HappyWhy Freelance Writers Often Miss DeadlinesWhy I Am a Freelance WriterWhy Writers Need Free Time Alone
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • What Makes Money Vs. What Means Something

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

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

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

    MikeFook
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    We’re an hour away from what is probably going to be Apple’s biggest blunder since the Apple Newton back in 1996 or so. Can’t remember. I did buy one of the damn things though! No wait, we bought two of them! I thought they would be a good database manager for all my real estate contacts. The handwriting recognition wasn’t that bad. Still, it was a badly timed device. Is the MacBook Air 12-inch Retina Apple’s new HUMPTY DUMPTY MOVE? If you’ve seen my video on the topic, you already know my views. I’ll elaborate a bit here. In one hour and some minutes…
  • What Does RISK Feel Like?

    MikeFook
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Reading some other blogs this morning and came up with this gem from Shane Labs who heard from his “mentor” on RISK… You have to take risks that are going to make you feel like you’ve just jumped out of an airplane. Naked. And you’re falling so fast your balls are slapping you in the face. Any questions?
 
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    Write It Sideways

  • Stash, Trash or Refresh: The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Boring In-Between Story Parts

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

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

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

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    Advertise here with BSAUPDATE: Please note that both of these positions have now been filled.  Many of you know I’m the managing editor of an online literary magazine that has taken off quite nicely over the past couple of years. Well, our team at Compose Journal has a couple of exciting opportunities available at the moment: we’re looking for a features editor and a fiction director. Before we tell you more about the positions, we want you to know that people have been saying some pretty nice things about us and our work. Things like . . . “There’s a new literary…
  • I Dumped My S.M.A.R.T. Writing Goals, and This Is What Happened

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Advertise here with BSAIt’s a new year: a good time for change, for adopting new writing habits, for setting goals. Haven’t we heard, probably for decades now, that the best way to get things done is to set S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals, and write them down? My husband is one of those business-y types who loves to rib me about this. Me: “There’s this writing course I wouldn’t mind taking at some point.” My husband: “Have you written that down?” Me: “You keep saying that. Please stop saying…
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    Words on a page

  • Don’t overthink your ideas

    Scott Nesbitt
    6 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Ideas are the lifeblood of writers everywhere. But for some writers, ideas can be a source of stress. They worry about how good their ideas are. They worry about whether or not people will be interested in those ideas. They worry about how many eyes will look over the results of those ideas the moment […] Related posts: Lifting ideas from others Looking for ideas in some slightly different places Letting ideas come to you
  • Blogging to WordPress from Google Drive

    Scott Nesbitt
    4 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Since I started using WordPress in 2007, the built-in editor has come a long way. Still, it’s not for me. I’m not the only person who feels that way. I’ve talked to a number of people who prefer to write their posts offline, then paste them into WordPress when they’re ready to publish. That adds […] Related posts: Using Google Drive to share documents with clients and prospects Quick and dirty blogging with TextDrop A (brief) guide to Google Docs for writers
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    1 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    When it makes sense to turn down potential writing clients 8 copywriting formulas that can help you engage the audience for your blog How to write in plain English 8 tips that can help you make your content more scannable How perfectionism stops some freelance writers cold 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
  • A look at some free stock photo sites

    Scott Nesbitt
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear someone quote the old saw about a picture being worth a thousand words I shake my head. While I’m not the most visual of people, I know that the right photo or image can help enhance a blog post or an article. But I can be […] Related posts: 7 open source tools and free resources for writing Writing for free Don’t worry about writing something bad
  • Where do you write?

    Scott Nesbitt
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    A few years ago I read an interesting post at the blog published by the folks at Contented.com. In that post, Rachel McAlpine talks about her setup for writing at the time. Her optimal writing area may surprise you: a shelf in a storeroom, with her laptop resting on a large book. In that post, […] Related posts: Why write using a tablet? Tips for doing telephone interviews How to write good list posts
 
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    Mike Salsbury's Blog

  • Your Own Computer Is Always In the Worst Shape

    Michael Salsbury
    4 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    In my day job, I'm a Windows Desktop Administrator.  There are certain things that tend to be true of the people who do this job, though they're not all true of every administrator or all the time:Our computers tend to get broken trying to reproduce someone else's problemOur computers tend to hold the latest bug-ridden version of software and patches released by every vendor we useOur computers probably perform worse than most in the company's fleetThe main reason this happens is that we spend most of our day trying to reproduce the problems our co-workers are stumped by, and when we're…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 6, Days 1-3

    Michael Salsbury
    3 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.Last month, which ended on Thursday, saw me writing over 45,000 words.  That's less than the record of 56,486 words written in March, or the previous record of 47,660 in February, but still a decent achievement for a guy who spent a week of the month having and recovering from surgery.  While I'd like to have managed a new record word count (and I did, for a week in there), I'm reasonably happy with what I did.This month, I'd like to see that word count improve.  I'd especially like to see it go…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 5, Days 27-30

    Michael Salsbury
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.On Monday, I wrote a post for this site (817 words) and a journal entry (931 words).Tuesday evening I didn't get started writing until late.  I managed a journal entry (549 words) and an article about yeast for Begin Brewing (486 words).Wednesday night I got an unexpected message from an old friend I hadn't seen for over a year asking me to have dinner with him downtown.  Fortunately, I had no plans and was able to do that.  We had a nice evening catching up.  I did absolutely no writing,…
  • What I've Learned from GTA V

    Michael Salsbury
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:58 pm
    I've spent way too many hours playing Rockstar Games' PC release GTA V (Grand Theft Auto 5).  The Steam client says I've spent over 207 hours in the past two weeks playing the game.  That's an overestimate, because I've left the game running (sometimes paused, sometimes not) for hours at a time.  Even if it's a third that figure, that's a lot of time.My writing productivity shows it.  I started playing the weekend of April 18-19.  My daily word counts for the five days leading up to that were 88 (I had surgery that day), 6,224, 2,454, 103 (spent almost the entire day…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 5, Days 20-26

    Michael Salsbury
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    My adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge continues.This week, the only writing I did was journaling on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  (3815 words total)I did a beer review on Saturday for Columbus Beer Scene (449 words) and a post for this site on Monday (392 words).I did no opening line practice, no significant brainstorming on any of the stories, etc.I'm a bit disappointed to say that any free time the rest of the week was spent playing the GTA V game on my PC.  That's something I'm going to need to watch in the future, as I…
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    From Meredith Allard

  • How to Get Published

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

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

    Meredith Allard
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Like everything else with writing and publishing, there are a lot of opinions about how to handle negative book reviews. Here’s one from Digital Book World, one from Write to Done, and my personal favorite from Joe Konrath. I love Konrath’s advice of just ignore them. In my case, I don’t read them at all. You read that correctly. I don’t read negative reviews of my books. I don’t argue with anyone’s right to dislike my work, and I don’t argue with anyone’s right to share their dislike. I certainly don’t like every book I read. As an author, I have the right to choose what…
  • Baking Time: Giving Your Story Time to Breathe

    Meredith Allard
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    When the indie author revolution started several years ago, there was a lot of advice about how authors must do things in order to be successful. One piece of sage advice still making the rounds is how authors must write and publish books as fast as they can—story-time assembly line writing, if you will. The rationale behind this is simple: the more books you have to sell, the more money you’ll make. Makes sense, right? As a result, I felt bad about myself for not writing faster. I kept hearing about these authors who write, edit, and publish a book every few months, sometimes every few…
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    Game On! Crafting Believable Conflict

  • The Trouble with Money

    Diana Hurwitz
    1 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    Money makes the world go around in the most delightful and not so delightful, ways. Somewhere long ago and far away someone traded something of limited value (shell, bead, stone) for something of essential value (food, clothing, shelter). From that seed grew tribal chieftans, pharaohs, kings, queens, aristocracy, industry barons, and Wall Street tycoons.If I had a time machine, I would go back and bump their heads together. What were they thinking?Once humans formed communities large enough to support a parasitic structure, i.e. those who did not have to work or contribute to survive,…
  • Ditherers and Despots: How Decision Making Creates Conflict

    Diana Hurwitz
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    There are several different methods characters rely on to make decisions when it is crunch time.The way a character processes decisions can resolve an obstacle or create one. Let's look at ways temperament affects decision-making.1) The PondererIf Dick prefers to think long and hard, he will examine the information in a detached way. He will choose the direction that makes the most sense logically, even if he encounters resistance. He will make a rational decision and follow the rules, regardless of the cost to others. He will reach a decision by evaluating all of the facts and by…
  • Persuasion Tactics Part 3

    Diana Hurwitz
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Over the past few weeks, we have defined the persuasion plot hole and added tools  and tips to repair it. This week, we add the final implements to our persuasion tool kit.1. Question Their Authority: Jane may have an opinion but may not be an authority on the subject. Dick may not be either, but all he has to do is instill reasonable doubt that she is accurate. He can state facts or invention to support his argument. Jane will be forced to defend her authority rather than her idea. She does not have the time or opportunity to investigate his counterclaims or sources.2. Shoot the…
  • Persuasion Tactics Part 2

    Diana Hurwitz
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    We have introduced the persuasion plot hole and discussed a few ways to repair it. This week, we add a few more options to the writing tool kit.1. Concede Then Deny: Dick can listen to Jane rattle on and agree with her points, but refute her conclusion. This will frustrate Jane into arguing her points all over again or stating them a different way so that Dick will accept her conclusion. He can either fight the conclusion, agree to disagree, end or derail the conversation.2. Cut It Off: If it is clear to Dick that he can't win, his best solution is to cut the the conversation short…
  • Persuasion Tactics Part 1

    Diana Hurwitz
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    Last week, we introduced the persuasion plot hole. Over the next few weeks, we will add persuasion tools to our plot toolkit.1. Ask for More: If Dick wants something, he can start off intentionally asking for too much so he can settle for something in the middle. This makes him seem like a reasonable kind of guy, except the part where he manipulated Jane by asking her to do something she'd never allow to get her to agree to something she mildly objected to. Children are masters of this technique.2. Appeal to Authority: Dick may be getting nowhere in his conversation with Jane. He can play the…
 
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    Raquel Byrnes

  • The Darkest Words

    Raquel Byrnes
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    This is difficult advice to take. Particularly after having characters in your head for years. When I finally get to that moment...I often look for ways to avert their death. But it is to no avail.  If they must die. They must die.On my current WIP I am dealing with a kind of slow death and it is far worse than the "rip the bandaid" off method I've used in the past.They know its coming.  They dread and embrace it. They run towards it at times to my horror. When I finally conjure those dark words on my paper it is both a terrible and wonderful moment.I have to say it is unexpectedly…
  • Grim and the Girl

    Raquel Byrnes
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    So I'm rereading James Scott Bell's Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story because I read that and Writing the Breakout Novel by Maass EVERY TIME I begin a new project. I even have a Maass List where I check off elements of my story and the 14 Sign Posts list to make sure I'm hitting every beat of my novel.I know...I'm a total Planner. My slightly OCD tendencies have been well noted and commented on by my crit partner, the illustrious Erin Kane Spock over at Spock Writes Romance. She is a Pantser through-and-through so you can imagine our conversations.Something…
  • Writing 2's and 3's

    Raquel Byrnes
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Current Desk TopI am currently neck deep in the plotting throes for books two and three of my YA Steampunk series, The Blackburn Chronicles.  Having received a green light on the series and a synopsis request for the second and third book, I began to really wrestle with not what to include...but what to take off the table.Book one, The Tremblers, was such an amazing ride to write. The genre is certainly one in which you can just reach high into the aether for inspiration. From floating cities to underground caverns...it was so much fun!  And the characters were certainly a pleasure…
  • Secret of the Sevens Cover Reveal!

    Raquel Byrnes
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Secret of the Sevensby Lynn Lindquist Release Date: 06/2015Flux PublishingSummary from Goodreads: Everyone at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged kids, knows the urban legend of the Society of Seven. Decades ago, the original members of the secret guild for elite students murdered the school's founder and then perished in the fire they lit to hide the evidence. Or so the story goes. Talan Michaels doesn't care about Singer's past. He's too focused on his future and the fact that he'll be homeless after he graduates in May. To take his mind off it, he accepts a mysterious…
  • Hidden Deep Tour!

    Raquel Byrnes
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hidden Deep (Book 1 of the Hidden Trilogy)by Amy Patrick Summary from Goodreads:Give in to the Glamour…Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she'd be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She's a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he's not supposed to exist.After her father's affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn't mind a first date that didn't suck, but she's determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed.
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    Grant Writing Confidential

  • No Calls, No Bother: “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” and the Grant Writer’s Work

    Jake Seliger
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    In “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” Paul Graham writes There are two types of schedule, which I’ll call the manager’s schedule and the maker’s schedule. The manager’s schedule is for bosses. It’s embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals. You can block off several hours for a single task if you need to, but by default you change what you’re doing every hour. [. . .] But there’s another way of using time that’s common among people who make things, like programmers and…
  • Seliger’s Quick Guide to Developing Facility Grant Proposals and Budgets

    Isaac Seliger
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Developing proposals and budgets for facility grants is fairly easy, even though, as we’ve written before, getting a facility grant is often really hard (but not impossible). Facility proposals and budgets are usually simple to develop because they contain the same elements. Once the basic needs argument is established–for example, a HRSA Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) grant will enable the Waconia Community Health Center to expand, increasing the number of patients served–the proposal action steps are: The applicant must demonstrate site control in the form of a…
  • Links: Grant writing training, Los Angeles, hospitals, skyscrapers, land use, bikes, SAMHSA disfunction, illnesses and more!

    Jake Seliger
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    * A new study says it doesn’t matter how much time you spend with your kids. Anxious and neurotic upper-middle-class parents, consider yourself relieved. I don’t (particularly) recall wanting to wanting extensively to interact with my parents when I was a kid, though maybe my memory is flawed. (Lancy’s The Anthropology of Childhood is also relevant here.) * We’ve updated the Seliger.com FAQ pages. Check it out! There’s even a new question, answered. We’ve also changed our stance, but not our emphasis, on grant writing training. * “Finding the Dense…
  • Batch/Cohort Versus Continuous Training: A Problem with No Solution (and the DOL Training to Work 3-Adult Reentry Program)

    Jake Seliger
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Job training programs, education programs, and related programs can work in two basic modes: batch/cohort (we’ll call it “batch” for this purpose) and continuous. Batch training happens the way most conventional schools function: the academic year starts at a particular time—usually in September—and if you don’t show up by September 5, you have to wait until the next break in the academic calendar (which is usually around January). No matter how bad you want to start school, you have to wait until the next time you’re allowed to start. The alternative is a…
  • Parsing the Department of Education’s “Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions” (HSI) Program RFP–Which Colleges are Eligible?

    Isaac Seliger
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    As we’ve written before, parsing an RFP sometimes seems like deciphering the Talmud. The just-issued ED Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) RFP is a case in point. HSI is a venerable program that provides grants to Institutions of Higher Education (ED-speak for “two- and four-year colleges and universities”) deemed to be “Hispanic-Serving Institutions.” But what is an HSI? To paraphrase President Clinton, it depends on what the meaning of “HSI” is? The RFP states: In addition to basic eligibility requirements, an institution must have at…
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    Emerging Writers Studio

  • Writing With and Beyond Uncertainty

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

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

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

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

    Nanci Panuccio
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    image by Richard Holt If you’re like me, there comes that moment when you loathe what you’ve written. You read what poured out on the page in a meteor shower of inspiration. And then everything that felt glittering and brilliant just yesterday now feels trite. Flat. Messy. Implausible. We read our favorite books and think, Jeez, I’ll never write like that. My work’s no good. I’m no good. This is our spoiler talking. And it’s inherent in any act of creation. The Creative Strategy I’m not a Disney fan per se, but I do find comfort in Walt’s break…
 
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    Literary Agents Advice

  • The future of Ebook prices: a history lesson from the app industry

    Harry
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    Fergus McNeill – thriller author and app developer – has spent years watching the app industry race to the bottom on pricing. Here are his thoughts on what that experience can teach us about ebook pricing. Fergus’s most recent thriller, … Continue reading →
  • What authors really think of their publishers

    Harry
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    Our sister site, Agent Hunter, has just published the fruits of its 800+ author survey. You can see the full write up here, and obtain the full dataset here. The authors concerned were 40% British/Irish, 60% North American. They were … Continue reading →
  • Why you don’t need a big idea to start your novel

    Harry
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    Anyone who’s ever published a novel has had, or will have, this experience: you’ll be at a party, or some other public gathering, and someone you barely know will approach you and say, “So you’re a writer. I’ve an idea … Continue reading →
  • Social Media for Writers: Puzzles & Solutions

    Harry
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:23 am
    Our guest-blogger today is Laurence O’Bryan – a novelist with HarperCollins (more) but also a pioneer in the field of using social media for book promotion. His BooksGoSocial site offers a range of promotional tools to help (primarily) self-pub work … Continue reading →
  • Do you love your publisher? A survey

    Harry
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Are you a traditionally published author? Would you like the opportunity to say clearly and in detail what you do and don’t like about traditional publishing? Then please complete our survey which asks about everything you’ve always wanted to talk … Continue reading →
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    The Vandal

  • Why Do My Readers Love What I Hate?

    Derek Haines
    6 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    I have written more that a few books, but one annoying result of all this writing is that readers seem to prefer the books of mine, which I don’t particularly like at all. Now, this poses quite a conundrum for me, doesn’t it? Should I write for me, or them?It seemed to have started when I decided (under pressure from my blog readers I might add) to write a bloody vampire story. Let’s get something straight here. I have no interest in, or knowledge at all about vampires, but ok, I wrote a silly story. End result; it has attracted a pile of 5 star reviews, sold heaps of…
  • Timeless Posts – The Smart Way To Blog

    Derek Haines
    1 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Blogs have certainly replaced static websites, as the centre of activity for almost all businesses and personal promotion. But of course, writing new blog posts or articles is very time consuming, however keeping a blog fresh with new content is important in making sure that a blog gets repeat visitors.Blog posts are also a vital component of social media, as they are often the very best means of attracting both new and repeat visitors by way of Twitter and Facebook messages with a link back. For my own blogs, this represents around 70% of my web traffic every day.So how can you keep a blog…
  • The Oddity Of Amazon Author Central UK

    Derek Haines
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    As I live in a country that does not have its own Amazon Kindle Store, my default store is Amazon Kindle US, so when I check my ebooks, it is always from their listings on the US store. As an author, I also naturally have my own Author Central page on Amazon, and from there I can check rankings and reviews.But quite by accident this morning, I made a very odd discovery. I went to my KDP Dashboard and clicked on one of my ebooks, but instead of choosing the US store link, I inadvertently clicked the UK store link. What surprised me immediately was that my book’s ranking was a hell of a…
  • You Are With Amazon – Or Die

    Derek Haines
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
    I have been doing a lot of hand wringing recently about moving all of my ebooks into Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Select program, and by doing so, granting Amazon exclusive rights to my ebooks. I wrote about this in my last post, Should I Publish Exclusively With Amazon?Yet my dilemma is small fry compared to the decisions that major publishers have to make each time their distribution contracts come up for renewal with Amazon. The latest battle of the giants was between HarperCollins and Amazon, which followed a similar episode of tooth gnashing, threats and miles of editorial…
  • Should I Publish Exclusively With Amazon?

    Derek Haines
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    I have been self publishing for a very long time, well before the introduction of the Amazon Kindle in 2007, so I think I have been around the block a few times. Over the years, and particularly during the last eight years, I have have had a love hate relationship with Amazon, and in particular with their policy of demanding exclusivity for enrolment in their KDP Select program.While I have been a firm believer in making my books, and ebooks more precisely, available for readers on all platforms, the last couple of years have been disappointing, as I think my faith has been misplaced. I…
 
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    Litopia

  • Terry Alderton – The Voices In My Head

    Peter Cox
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Garry’s guest tonight is Terry Alderton, one of Britain’s most exciting comedians and a man Frank Skinner dubbed “a flipping genius”… only he didn’t say flipping.Famous for his roles in TV hits such as EastEnders and London’s Burning, Terry’s first love was Southend United Football Club – he played in goal for their youth team – but the stage was where he really scored.Terry’s gift for mimicry made him a rising star in what we used to call old school mainstream comedy. But his originality and risk-taking appealed to young club audiences too and in 1999 he was nominated…
  • Deaf Sentence – David Lodge

    Peter Cox
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Author David Lodge stars as his thinly disguised protagonist, Old Man Bates, who is entering retirement, uselessness, and, worst of all, permanent deafness, in this tragi-comi-tragic tale of David Lodge, starring as his protagonist. Largely good.Picture by clogsilk
  • Breaking Bard

    Peter Cox
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    In the early 80s, Britain’s pubs and clubs were full of angry, funny, working class poets inspired by punk, reggae and protest.This brave new wave of radical wordsmiths made folk heroes of Seething Wells, Garry Johnson, Ginger John, Attila The Stockbroker, Porky the Poet and one of Garry’s guests today Tim Wells – all of whom will be celebrated next month at the British Library’s Taking Liberties event, ‘Ranting poets, ‘zines & Angry Kids of the ’80s’.  Tim is also the founding editor of poetry zine Rising and a mean Ska DJ.Who were these funny, chippy backstreet…
  • France A La Mod – or, A Beer in Provence

    Peter Cox
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    It’s Easter, everybody! Time for daffodils… daylight savings… and life-sized chocolate statues of Benedict Cumberbatch.Ian M picking (or is that picking on?) fruit for his bespoke chutneySo how about we put aside Ebola, Somalian jihad, narcotraficantes, the heart-wrenching demise of a literary titan— not to mention the greatest extinction event in the history of planet earth. Let’s leave those topics for past and future shows, shall we? (We’ve got a rip-roarin’ summer planned for Litopia After Dark!) A la Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family…
  • Iguanas On The Roof…

    Peter Cox
    4 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    New Class Action Suit Filed Against Penguin Random HouseAuthor Solutions’ Deceptive PracticesFlorida gone wild: Columnist Daniel Tilson gets harassed by police for using Beatles lyricIn Florida, officials ban term ‘climate change’Marvin Gaye’s heirs win $7.4 million for ‘Blurred Lines’ plagiarism“Blurred Lines”: Society’s Mixed Signals on Copying and Intellectual Property Rights‘Blurred Lines’ verdict could alter music industryOprah Winfrey Wins Tough Trademark Fight Over “Own Your Power”New App Will Filter Obscenities Out Of Your Books…
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    Joel Trains Authors | Write A Book | Your Business Website

  • Writer: For Instruction and Encouragement, Read Brainpickings.org

    Joel
    4 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Here’s an example. If you read the piece at the other end of that link, you will receive several blessings: You will meet Ann Patchett, whose wisdom about writing is exquisitely life-giving You will be introduced in passing to Maria Popova, mother of Brainpickings.org, and her contagious love of writing, writers, and you You will learn the awful journey of the butterfly You will learn how to embrace that journey through love and forgiveness You will find out how to get more of these incredible riches every week, and have another opportunity to develop the writer that you are Let’s…
  • 5 Reasons You Should Write a Book Now

    Joel
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I’ve probably told you this before, but so what? When did I ever learn anything from hearing it just once? Listen up, and absorb what resonates with you–and act on it: Credential. If you become an author, you become an authority. Notice “author” in the word “authority”? If you are an author, you are automagically an authority on your topic. So then whether or not you have a PhD, whether or not you have a knock-’em-dead resumé, whether or not you are skinny and beautiful–you are now an author, almost a law unto yourself. If you are service…
  • An embarrassment of riches for readers

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

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

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

  • Writers of the Future, Guest Posting

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

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

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

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

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

  • Book amnesia

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    5 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Book Amnesia: From the Mouth of Babe My teenage daughter offers a goldmine of ideas with her casual comments. The trick is to filter the precious metal from the sand and gravel, panning to find the very best material. Like me, she loves to read and has amassed a huge collection of books that she proudly displays in her room on a bookshelf like sports trophies. She’s even gone so far as to color code the books on each shelf, so she knows if anything is borrowed or out of place! Recently my bookworm of a child gave me this nugget to consider: I wish I had amnesia so that I could…
  • The politics of Alzheimer’s disease funding

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    Rauner Versus Blunt Funny how two Midwestern politicians can have completely different opinions on the exact same subject of Alzheimer’s disease funding. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri just announced he will make Alzheimer’s disease funding a priority on his agenda. Meanwhile, Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois has now proposed cutting $3.3 million in annual funding to the three primary Alzheimer’s centers in the state, leaving them with ZERO funding for the first time ever. Nada. Zilch. Nothing. Both politicians are republicans whose constituents are separated only by the…
  • Julianne Moore for best actress Oscar 2015!

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Will Julianne Moore win best actress at Academy Awards tonight, February 22, 2015? I just saw the movie Still Alice last night. I’d been patiently waiting for it to reach my central Illinois city. The film finally made it just in the nick of time – the same weekend of the Academy Awards 2015. I’m left haunted by the performance of Julianne Moore as Alice, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed she finally wins her Oscar for what I’d consider a worthy and heartbreaking portrait of an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim. I’m so grateful for this movie and…
  • Book review: Alzheimer’s Daughter by Jean Lee

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    An Alzheimer’s disease memoir and love story Alzheimer’s Daughter by Jean Lee is a triple threat memoir with an unthinkable premise. One parent diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is a crisis, two parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is a disaster. Dual diagnoses and decline at the exact same time is a tragedy of epic proportions. Alzheimer’s Daughter follows adult sisters, Rosie and Annette, as they discover and manage the progressing cognitive impairments of their aging parents. Ed and Ibby Church are a loving couple in their eighties who’ve been married for over sixty years.
  • Goodbye to Colin Firth as perfect Mr. Darcy

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    I’ve always held up Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as the gold standard, but no longer after seeing the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service this weekend. I knew the movie contained violence, and for the most part I enjoyed the movie anyway because Firth’s character Harry Hart’s actions were for the greater good. But that changed with the massacre in the church, which went too far in my opinion. His murderous rampage in that scene was difficult to watch. I closed my eyes towards the end because I just couldn’t stomach…
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  • Can writing a book make you a star? Yes it can!

    Alan Rinzler
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Just ask my author Lenore Skenazy, whose debut book Free-Range Kids – How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) led to her own reality TV show, among many other surprises. We had a lot of fun working on the book together, but I’ll let Lenore tell the story: Here’s my advice to all aspiring writers… Let your 9-year-old ride the subway alone. You won’t BELIEVE what happens next…much of it thanks to a certain storied editor. But let me back up. If you have heard of me, it’s because I did indeed let my 9-year-old ride the subway alone.
  • Toni Morrison: Write, Erase, Do it over

    Alan Rinzler
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    When Toni Morrison talks about writing, I listen. I’ve taken a keen interest in what she’s had to say ever since I began working with her in 1968, when I acquired, edited, and published her first novel The Bluest Eye. More on what it was like working with Toni here. The Bluest Eye was a break-out critical success, highly praised in the New York Times, sold millions and established Toni as an important new author. She went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Beloved and published many other notable books including Sula and Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Jazz, and others. She won…
  • Lessons from a great book jacket designer

    Alan Rinzler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The bright yellow cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is instantly recognizable. The Wall Street Journal called the jacket, designed by Peter Mendelsund, one of the most iconic in contemporary fiction in the U.S. Mendelsund, Associate Art Director at Knopf, now has his own new book, Cover, published by powerHouse Books. It’s a fascinating inside look at the process that goes into creating a memorable book jacket, including the opportunity to see dozens of discarded comps. Authors line up now for Mendelsund to create their covers, but his very first assignment as a cub…
  • Wouldn’t you love an agent like this one?

    Alan Rinzler
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Kimberley Cameron is a great example of how one innovative agent is dealing with the stonewalling risk-averse attitude these days of many mainstream commercial book publishers. “Traditional publishers are rejecting so many quality books we’re submitting, by both debut authors and those with a solid track record of successful titles,” Kimberly told me recently. “We’re convinced these books have a market, so we started a new in-house imprint called Reputation books, with the tag Books we stand behind. We’re publishing new titles and rights-reverted backlist books, and…
  • Women mystery writers break out of the shadows

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

    Chris Jane
    6 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this 5 On interview, Elizabeth Eve King (@ElizabethEvKing) explains why she became E. E. King, the importance of protecting oneself as an author, effective humor writing, and more. E. E. King (Elizabeth Eve King) is a performer, writer, biologist, and painter. Ray Bradbury called her stories “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking.” He added, “I cannot recommend them highly enough.” She’s won numerous awards and has been published widely. Her books are the novel Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife and the short story collections Real…
  • How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula

    Stuart Horwitz
    5 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    by procsilas / via Flickr Note from Jane: Today’s post is adapted from the introduction to Book Architecture by Stuart Horwitz (@book_arch). I founded the company Book Architecture 15 years ago because I was tired of being called a “book doctor”—as if I had some kind of magic pill or syringe I could inject into a manuscript that would cure all of its ills. It doesn’t work that way; at least it doesn’t if you’re not using a formula. Writers everywhere need help building something beautiful, solid, and original, and that takes a method. The method I’d like to suggest…
  • Incorporating Someone You Know Into Your Novel

    Jane Friedman
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    photo by Adam Tinkham Whether or not you believe in that old cliche “Write what you know,” most fiction writers at one time or another are led to create characters who aren’t really fictional at all, but based on someone they know or have studied. Christine Sneed (@ChristineSneed) found herself in such a situation when writing a novel about an artist. She writes: Within two weeks, I was visiting Susan’s studio … She is very modest about her work, despite its moody brilliance, and it wasn’t hard to introduce her into the narrative of Paris, He…
  • New Class From Jane: Online Writing and SEO

    Jane Friedman
    3 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    When I first started working in book and magazine publishing, I had no experience or skill with online writing or SEO (search engine optimization). Today, after 10+ years of writing for digital media, I see how many mistakes I made along the way. (There were a lot!) But I improved slowly over time. Most writers tend to make the same mistakes I did—but they’re not hard to fix, once you learn the basics of how online search works, and how to pay attention to a few critical areas of your website, blog, and social media accounts. Whether you’re an author, freelance writer,…
  • How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book

    Jane Friedman
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    by freeside510 / via Flickr Preface from Jane: Inspired by a recent post at Mike Shatzkin’s blog on literary agents, I’ve put together this comprehensive post that summarizes advice found elsewhere at this site. When writers ask me “Can you find me a literary agent?” they don’t realize it’s kind of like asking me “Can you find me the right spouse?” This is a research process and decision that’s best conducted by you. I think you’ll understand why by the end of this post. Understand Your Work’s Commercial Potential…
 
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  • Finding Authors: The Importance of Establishing an Online Licensing System for Copyrighted Works

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

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

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The actual impact of four- and five-star reviews on Amazon and other retailers' websites is a matter of ongoing debate, but their perceived importance is not.Which explains why, if those reviews aren't accumulating on their own, there's a quick fix--as long as you're willing to hold your nose and open your wallet. Throw a virtual rock these days, and you'll probably hit a service that, for as little as five dollars, will create a glowing review of your product and post it online--even if the reviewer has never used or even looked at your…
  • The Strange and Twisted Tale of Peter Senese, Serial Con Man

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareOn March 31, 2014, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the New York field office of the FBI announced charges against Peter Thomas Senese, founder and director of the I CARE Foundation, which billed itself as a group combating the crime of parental child abduction. From the press release:Since at least 2013, SENESE allegedly defrauded parents whose children were victims of international abduction by falsely representing that he, working with the worldwide resources of I CARE, could rescue their children and return to them to…
  • Naughty-No-No! E-reading App Keeps Young Minds Pristine

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    Posted by Michael Capobianco for Writer Beware If you follow publishing news, you're probably aware of the recent controversy over Clean Reader, a reading app that scrubs ebooks clean of curse words and profanity.Now, in a step toward the future of interactive digital media, bold start-up Inkadinkadu has partnered with a number of major ebook distributors to produce and distribute a new reading app, called Naughty-No-No!. Starting where censorship app Clean Reader leaves off, Naughty-No-No! allows readers to make any ebook capable of being read and enjoyed by pre-schoolers down to the age of…
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  • LB: Time is Running Out to Enter the 2015 People’s Pilot Competition

    TVWriter™
    6 May 2015 | 5:31 pm
    by Larry Brody Time to bear down on your spec pilot script because only a few weeks are left to enter the People‘s Pilot, one of the oldest and most respected television writing contests on the interwebs. Winners, Finalists, or Semi-Finalists of the TVWriter™ contests have been on the staffs of CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, GREY’S ANATOMY, ROME, NTSF:SD:SUV, KILLER WOMEN, ANIMAL PRACTICE, and FX’s upcoming THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER. And those are just the most recent shows. The People‘s Pilot offers $10,000 worth…
  • Herbie J Pilato tells All About the Origin of the Classic Series KUNG-FU

    Herbie J Pilato
    6 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    by Herbie J Pilato Ed Spielman, creator of KUNG FU Writer/executive producer Ed Spielman is a man for all seasons…TV seasons that is, and a few for the big screen as well. Spielman, who is also an author and journalist, is the creator of the Emmy Award winning classic TV series, Kung Fu, the first eastern-western which initially aired on ABC from 1972 to 1975, and starred David Carradine as the Asian-American Shaolin monk from the Far East who journeyed through the Old West. The show’s original 90-minute origin (co-written with Howard Friedlander), debuting February 22, 1972 (on ABC’s…
  • What I Learned Watching 10 Seasons of ‘Supernatural’ In 6 Months

    TVWriter™
    6 May 2015 | 3:26 am
    Um, let us guess – that the show – like every show that isn’t on Netflix – wasn’t made to be watched that way and can’t stand up to scrutiny? Well, let’s find out: by Alisha Grauso Last fall, I set out to do something I should have done ten years ago: watchSupernatural. People had told me for years that it was “right up my alley” and hugely entertaining (if not wholly cerebral), but still, I resisted. It was, well, the CW, and there were just so many seasons. It was hard enough for me to keep up with shows that had just started, let alone…
  • 2 Joss Whedon Writing Secrets, Revealed by BUFFY’s “Spike”

    TVWriter™
    6 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    An actor’s eye view of a legendary writer-showrunner. For that alone, we here at TVWriter™ find this insider type article fascinating: by Doug Elfman James Marsters, who played Spike on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” has still got it. Recently, I saw an online photo of a woman at a fan expo holding her underwear which read, “Marsters can Spike Nicole.” Marsters is in Las Vegas this week for the WizardWorld.com convention ($75-$85), which also features David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, Seth Gilliam and Steven Yeun from “The Walking Dead,” Tom Mison from “Sleepy…
  • LB: 4 Weeks Left to Enter the 2015 People’s Pilot Competition

    LB
    5 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    by Larry Brody Time to bear down on your spec pilot script because there’s just 4 weeks left to enter the People‘s Pilot, one of the oldest and most respected television writing contests on the interwebs. The PP has been around for a decade and a half and is all about original TV series pilots, which have become the preferred type of specs of showrunners, agents and execs because they show how you write when you’re unfettered and unafraid In just the past couple of years, Winners, Finalists, or Semi-Finalists of the TVWriter™ contests have been on the staffs of CHICAGO PD,…
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  • The Rocket Radio

    Dicky Neely
    6 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    When I was eleven I got a Rocket Radio. I think I ordered it with a coupon from a cereal box or perhaps with a coupon from the back of a comic book. In any case the price was small and in about six weeks it arrived. It had a ceramic ear plug and an alligator clip which you clamped onto something metallic. I would clip it to my bed frame and at night I would listen to super power stations from all over the country and Mexico. You could tune in to a different station by sliding the antenna in and out of the nose of the rocket. I kept it all through junior high and high school at a time I was…
  • Straight Talk About Gay Rights--LGBTQ & Churches

    Poor Woman
    6 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Hands Around the God-Box 1994 demonstration (Link to the page with description may be found at the bottom of this post.) *I've posted the trailer below the movie for brevity's sake* I can't say enough about the documentary video I'm about to offer you. It is very personal in content. Parts of it sadden me deeply, while other parts make me want to clap my hands with real satisfaction. Perhaps some of us may have already seen it. No matter. I am posting it for the content, particularly the love I see during certain moments. As progress is slow, and we have a long way to go, I see this film as…
  • Vanessa Kachadurian LA2DC race to raise awareness about GENOCIDE concludes May 7, 2015 at National Cathedral in DC

    Vanessa Kachadurian
    6 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    The cross country race which started in Los Angeles on April 24, 2015, to bring awareness to stopping Genocides, had full participation from runners, bikers and cyclists from all walks of life and religions. They conclude the race tomorrow in Washington DC with our own Fresnan Vatche Soghomonian riding the last leg into Washington DC with the escort of the Armenian Motorcycle Brigade. Cyclist start the LA2DC race to recognize awareness of Genocides worldwide with Congressman Adam SchiffHow to Save 100 Million Lives                         CNN PRODUCER NOTE     On April…
  • America's Cities Under Mob Rule

    Doc Vega
    6 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    In Baltimore, in anticipation of rioting, the police prepared for the inevitable. They were ready for violence, they were ready for mob control, and they were well aware of the elements of radicalism that would attempt to fan the flames of hate. What the Baltimore PD was not ready for was the instructions by the mayor that they would not suit up in riot gear, that they would not use non-lethal measures to defend themselves, and that they were to allow looting and burning without intervening! As a result millions of dollars of property damage resulted, several officers were injured after being…
  • THE RED FLAG ON DISSECTING THE ROOTS OF THE POVERTY OF ALL THE FREEDIES OF THE UNITED STATES BOTH BLACK AND WHITE MALE AND FEMALE

    mary gravitt
    6 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Let America Be America Again Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967 Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed— Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above. (It never was America to me.) O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe.
 
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  • 13 Things Happy, Successful and Contented Writers Do on the Weekends

    David K. William
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    How do you spend your Saturdays and Sundays? Many people work through their weekends. But, Saturdays and Sundays should be time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things—to keep your work-life balance in check and spoil yourself with some ‘me-time.’ Happy and successful people understand this and make the most of their weekends.   Articles have been written about what successful people do on their weekends. But, what specifically do happy, successful and contented writers do on the weekend? Do you want to know their secret? It’s the same thing that they do every other day.
  • 11 Reasons Why You Should Write More E-books

    Allen Taylor
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you've ever thought of writing a book, now is a good time. Instead of focusing on traditional print books, however, you should dive into the e-book market. There are several reasons why you should write and publish e-books. Here are 11 of them: You have more control By self-publishing your own e-books, you maintain control over your product, your image, and your brand. You keep more of the pie Author Earnings published a report on how much authors make on book sales. The interesting thing is that while 70% of the revenues from book sales are with print books, authors receive very little of…
  • How to Pitch and Get a Byline in The New York Times

    Jordan Teicher
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    If you’re looking for advice about getting pitches accepted, there’s no better person to ask than the editor of the publication you want to write for. Sure, there are pitch templates. And other writers may be able to offer some counsel, but even they won’t know all the nuances of what a particular pub wants from potential writers. Unfortunately, editors usually don’t have time to explain best practices for pitching on a case-by-case basis, which is why we’ve made it one of our core missions on The Freelancer to get as much insight as possible from editors who work at places…
  • 10 Key Ingredients for Successful Blogging [Infographic]

    David K. William
    4 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    The hallmark of any serious online entrepreneur and creative is having a functioning website or blog. If you’ve visited a blog and wondered how the owner(s) do it to increase their blog's exposure, brand loyalty and success within the blogger-sphere, then this article is for you.   Mark Scheafer of BusinessesGrow.com created a fantastic inforgraphic he titled 10 Maxims for Successful Blogging where he answers the question of how to succeed at blogging. You absolutely have to take note of the graphic if you want to learn the secret ingredients that lead to blogging success. Below you’ll…
  • Does Writing By Hand Make You More Creative?

    Suchi Rudra
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    To pen or to type, that is the question — actually for most writers nowadays, it’s an easy one to answer. Type, of course. Why would you spend all that time slowly, illegibly writing down your racing, caffeinated thoughts down with pen and paper when that just means you are creating more work for yourself since you’ll have to transcribe it all later? If you can even read your own handwriting, that is. When kids are learning to type on iPads before they can even write their own name with a crayon, what use is handwriting anymore? You may as well pick up a quill and scribe away on your…
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  • 3 Tips To Get Pregnant Quickly

    Julia Peterson
    6 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Angie's Diary When a woman starts ovulating, it is the perfect time for conceiving a baby By Julia Peterson
  • The World Changed on Monday

    Nancy Duci Denofio
    5 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    Angie's Diary Grandmother had to be dancing upstairs in her kitchen - her radio blaring By Nancy Duci Denofio
  • Revolt Against Sex Rules without Rules

    Barbara Garro
    5 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    Angie's Diary Good people see all the evil in our world By Barbara Garro
  • Sean Costello

    Paul Collins
    3 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    Angie's Diary Sean Costello spent the sixties in buffalo-hide sandals and bell-bottom jeans, playing drums and By Paul Collins
  • Sweet and Sour – It Takes Both

    Nicholas Thompson
    3 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Angie's Diary If a plantation, one very fair and grand, with a large gate; a security guard has it manned By Nicholas Thompson
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  • The Peanut Line

    Mary Arno
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Spring came late to the bike path this year, but by Memorial Day it was here in full swing. All of the regulars were out: –The serious bikers, with helmets, and the dilettantes, without—though most of the dilettantes with pint-sized … Continue reading →
  • Buffalo Spring

    Mary Arno
    2 Apr 2013 | 8:18 pm
    November: Happy, hopeful April: Dejected. The same snow.
  • Top 10 Reasons why New Orleans ain’t what it used to be

    Mary Arno
    6 Dec 2012 | 7:10 am
    (Or, why the Big Easy is becoming Small and Difficult.) 10. No Times-Picayune. And don’t tell me that three-day-a-week thing is what I go to a daily newspaper for. 9. No streetcars? What’s up with that? How long have you … Continue reading →
  • Thank you, Steve Newhouse

    Mary Arno
    8 Oct 2012 | 8:21 am
    It’s been a week since the jazz funeral for The New Orleans Times-Picayune. For the most part, the “noise” that briefly filtered up to New York and New Jersey from those people down there has quieted down. At the Friday … Continue reading →
  • Warren & Annette & Arianna & Me

    Mary Arno
    22 Aug 2012 | 6:12 am
    Click here for the Los Angeles Times Op Ed that ran Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. I love those articles that run in magazines following celebrities around and giving quantitative information about them: What time they wake up, leave home, take … Continue reading →
 
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  • When Homophones Come Calling

    Terri Porter
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
  • North, South, West, East … Capitalizing Can Be a Beast

    Terri Porter
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Feeling lost? Rudderless? Unsure which way to turn? Unfortunately, we can’t help you find your way. We are, after all, a proofreading site. BUT … we can offer some direction on directions — specifically, whether to capitalize them. At the most basic level, the standard advice is to lowercase north, south, east and west when used as compass directions and to capitalize them when they are used as part of a proper noun or adjective or refer to regions or geographic areas. So:
  • April Aggravations Tourney Winners

    Terri Porter
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Reflexive Pronouns Crowned Tourney Champ Beating back the persistent Plurals/Possessives in overtime, Reflexive Pronouns narrowly won our April Aggravations tourney. Both had advanced to the final round after Plurals handily beat One Word or Two, and Reflexive edged the upstart Misplaced Modifiers in the Final Four. We couldn’t have asked for a more exciting championship, as the two teams traded the lead throughout both regulation and overtime. But a last-minute surge by Plurals/Possessive’s fell short, and Reflexive Pronouns itself emerged victorious.
  • April Aggravations: Antidote for March Madness Letdown

    Terri Porter
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    March Madness refers to the excitement, fervor and general craziness surrounding the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, during which upsets, buzzer beaters and rowdy celebrations are the norm. That all ended Monday night with Duke edging Wisconsin to claim its fifth national championship. Or did it? For those who simply can’t wait another year, we offer our own version of the playoffs, with a grammatical twist: April Aggravations. Below you’ll find our Elite Eight list of contenders competing for the coveted title of “Most Annoying Grammatical Error Ever,” collected from…
  • Fullproof, er … Foolproof Advice for Avoiding Malapropisms and Eggcorns

    Terri Porter
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
     
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  • Four People You Positively Need In Your Writing Life

    The Magic Violinist
    5 May 2015 | 12:51 am
    Writing is generally considered a solitary activity. And while it definitely is, that doesn’t mean that you need to go into this all on your own. Writing is hard work and you’ll probably need help along the way. I know I do. Here are four people in particular that can make your job a little bit easier. 1) A cheerleader There’s no better pick-me-up than someone complimenting your writing. I always love it when a friend or total stranger sends me an e-mail just to say, “I read your book/blog post/story and I really like it!” Writers take risks by sharing their work…
  • 6 Ways to Get Unstuck as a Writer (that Actually Work)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    1 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Maybe you’re stuck at the moment. I hope not, but the truth is, we all get stuck from time to time. And that’s okay. The important thing is to recognize when you’re stuck in a rut and pull yourself back out as soon as possible. But perhaps you’re like me and could use a little help getting unstuck… Being stuck is… When you’re waiting on the muse so you can write, but you want to write and instead you tell yourself it is perfectly okay to wait… No. No it’s not okay. The muse is way too fickle. Don’t wait. Write.  Write with abandon. Unless your fingers are broken,…
  • How to NOT Let Others Sabotage Your Writing

    Marcy McKay
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    As a writer, you have a responsibility to protect your writing from others… There must be something in the air. A writer from my blog recently emailed me about an idea for a novel. It’s brilliant, very high concept, and I told him so. He was quite encouraged. Two days later, he emailed me disappointed. He’d mentioned my response in passing to his wife, who does not care for fiction or stories. Although she didn’t intend to be unkind, her lack of enthusiasm hurt. He hadn’t written one word, but was ready to quit. I’m happy to report he spoke to his wife and she’s now on board…
  • How I Became a Very Productive Writer (and You Can, Too)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    What will you do today? A. Well, I will get up, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, eat, watch TV and go to bed. What will you do tomorrow? A. Uhm… what do you mean? What will you do tomorrow? A. The same thing. Okay. So what part of your day matters the most to you? What are you going to create? What are you going to create that will matter tomorrow and the day after that? A. (Long pause…) I’m not sure. That’s too bad. A. What are you going to do today? Something audacious. I’m going to do my best to connect with others. I want to make a difference in someone’s life…
  • The Audacity to be a Writer

    Bryan Hutchinson
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    You’re a writer. An artist. You write about things that matter to you, and I’m sure you hope those things will matter to others, but even if they don’t, you’re still going to do the work. That’s what artists do. It’s remarkable. But it’s more than that… It’s audacious. You don’t need recognition and approval We might want it,  and from time to time we may even wonder why we’re not getting more of it, but we: Don’t. Need. It. Vincent van Gogh Vincent van Gogh wasn’t recognized as an artist during his lifetime, and yet today there’s no…
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  • Book Review: Trials of Kit Shannon Series

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    I didn’t realise how much I’d been inspired by her character until I was struggling with a decision and I found myself asking: ‘What would Kit Shannon do?’ A truly great read. The post Book Review: Trials of Kit Shannon Series appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Three Hot Drinks for Late-Night Writing

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    A personal favourite. Put a slice or two of lemon in hot water, add some ginger and honey for extra zing and settle down for an invigorating evening in front of the computer. The post Three Hot Drinks for Late-Night Writing appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • How to be a Food Writer

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    It’s easy to want to be everything to everybody, but you have a much better chance of growing your readership if you have a defined audience. The post How to be a Food Writer appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • Interview: Kerry Nietz, Author, Amish Vampires in Space

    admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    When I mentioned that I wanted to write a book someday, [the elderly author] said “Start early, you might get published before you die.” I took that as motivation. It wasn’t long after that that I started calling myself a writer instead of a programmer. The post Interview: Kerry Nietz, Author, Amish Vampires in Space appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
  • What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Writing

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    I consider this one the most important of all: surround yourself with honest, encouraging and insightful people who really do understand your chosen genre The post What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Writing appeared first on Christian Writer | Christian Writing | Christian Books.
 
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    Now Novel

  • Risky business: 12 famously incarcerated writers

    Jordan
    4 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    Each year, PEN International marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer in order to raise awareness about persecuted and incarcerated writers worldwide, but not all writers who have done time have been political prisoners. Here are a dozen writers who went to prison for a variety of reasons: Sir Thomas Malory There is some question about which Thomas Malory wrote Le Morte d’Arthur, one of the most famous medieval versions of the story of King Arthur, but it has long been attributed to Sir Thomas Malory of Newbold Revel on fairly substantial scholarly evidence. Despite his famed chivalry and…
  • 51 must-visit websites for romance writers

    Jordan
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:13 am
    In A Natural History of the Romance Novel, Pamela Regis writes ‘The romance novel has the strange distinction of being the most popular but least respected of literary genres’. Part of what gives romance its enduring appeal – despite the genre’s detractors – is its particularly interpersonal focus: the emphasized emotional worlds of romance characters enable readers to connect and compare fictional romantic relationships with their own. This week, we’ve put together 53 of the best websites for romance writers, a genre-specific companion to our popular guide to the 151 must-visit…
  • Researching your novel: The ultimate guide

    Jordan
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:13 am
    Grounding your novel in good research is vital for immersing your reader in your setting, whether it is a contemporary city, ancient kingdom or imaginary land. This guide will cover a number of resources and strategies that are available for this important step in your novel writing. Who is this guide for? Nearly every story can benefit from research. Even if you are setting your novel in your own hometown with characters who are similar to you, it’s likely that there will be plot points, a character’s profession or other aspects that you will need to research. Some genres will…
  • Infographic – 6 ways to bring setting to life

    Jordan
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:42 am
    Our post ‘6 ways to bring setting to life’ provided practical advice for how to immerse your reader in a believable place. Now you can read, share and save a handy infographic containing those same insights. Did you find this infographic useful? Once you’ve tweeted, repinned or embedded it, read through our other blog posts on this subject: Talking about setting: time Will your novel be set in a historical or contemporary time period? What will the time of year and season be? This post will help you to ask and answer important questions about your novel. Talking about…
  • 11 writers share their writing inspiration

    Jordan
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Countless writers throughout the history of the novel have spoken of ‘The Muse’, a personification of the sometimes mysterious process through which an idea ignites a writer’s imagination, compelling her or him to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys). This week we have a bumper guest post: we asked several writers and lit bloggers whose work collectively spans nearly every genre from historical fiction to sci-fi to tell us about their top sources of inspiration. We hope that their responses inspire you in your own writing and suggest additional places to mine for writing…
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  • Tried for Days

    Derek Rizzo
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    I have tried for days To put my thoughts In wordy ways. Yet, to finish Seems impossible, With days Already full. Pulled this way To chase the green, Torn that way By demons unseen. The paper, the pen Just by my side, But the words the thoughts Have suddenly died. Stress and life, Bills and people, Family, job All leave me with strife. To be clear again In my ideas Free to write And escape my fears, This is the current aim. But I cannot get away from life’s game.   So these words for now Will have to do, ’cause right now It’s all I have for you. Tagged: Arts, busy,…
  • Burned The Bridges

    Derek Rizzo
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    We burned the bridges And boats, Left them in smoldering cinders Upon the shore.   We can not return To the time, The place The home we knew.   The river of time That we crossed, Flows on, Unstoppable, Raging.   We can not Swim upstream, Backwards in time. We chose not to Swim against progress.   Now we’ve come to a place, Without spirit, A Place unnatural, and new, With no rules.   Can we survive? Can we find harmony? Or will we lose ourselves In the machine. Will we remember love. Tagged: Earth, future, Happiness, Inspiration, lifestyle, love, Online Writing,…
  • untitled #2

    Derek Rizzo
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    So it is P.A.D. (poem-a-day) time again, and until this becomes my job, my job is my job, so I will post as much as I can. Let’s start with this entry, and we will proceed from there. Hope you enjoy.     I am still here, For now! For a moment, A twinkle in the eye, Of the Universe. An atom, among Uncountable atoms. There is more Than this shell, This slow-moving organic miracle. There must be breath and consciousness, There must be more. There must be light and nirvana, A place beyond, This place, A dimension Of grace and awareness. There must be a place For my head.. In the…
  • Snowy Mists

    Derek Rizzo
    7 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Where are you In the snowy mists? I can no longer See you.   My mind remembers But my eyes get lost In the snow.   You are gone And we move on. Yet we always wonder If you know…. Tagged: Life, love, mists, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, snow, Snowy Mists, Thebloggingwriter, writing
  • A Sketch

    Derek Rizzo
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Tagged: art, drawing, dreans, future, Happiness, Life, lifestyle, money, sketch, Soul
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    The Red Ink

  • How to Win with Your Facebook Video Strategy

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    4 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    Sometimes it can be tough to know what sort of content you need to be posting to Facebook. The rules and algorithms seem ever to be changing, and what’s accepted as a winning Facebook strategy one day may fall out of favor the next. This is not to say that there aren’t some Facebook marketing absolutes. Video is one of them. Given the radical shift toward visual content—and video content, in particular—it is all but guaranteed that posting video to Facebook is going to remain a powerful strategy for years to come. But how can small business owners ensure they’re getting the most out…
  • Online Job Postings: What are the Warning Signs?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    It’s frustrating, but it’s true: Just because you find an online job description that sounds like it’s suited to your talents, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good job to apply for. Not all jobs are created equal, and sometimes the job posting itself offers some red flags—some subtle warning signs that the job in question is likely not going to be a good one. Anonymous Job Postings For example, you’ll see a lot of potentially appealing job postings on sites like Craigslist, but not all of them come with complete information. In particular, you’ll see job postings listed…
  • Three Ways to Improve Your Resume Keywording

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    In a lot of ways, writing a resume is like writing a website: Content is paramount, and you never want to detract from the story you’re telling—but at the same time, it helps to be mindful of keywords. Keywords help people find the information they’re interested in. If you want the people who are searching for you to find you, keywords are the breadcrumbs you use to lead them in the right direction. Why Keywords Matter A recent Forbes article highlights the significance of keywording in the resume writing process. “When a hiring manager has an open position to fill, he or she meets…
  • 5 Signs You’ve Hired a Bad Writing Company

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    More and more small business owners are outsourcing their content writing needs to the pros—which is smart and sensible, but also potentially dangerous. There are multiple writing companies out there but not all are created equal. It’s important to know some of the signs of a less-than-reputable writing company so that you can avoid getting burned. To some extent, of course, these things will be obvious: A company with a real office and a full staff of salaried writers—like Grammar Chic!—is going to come with a bit more prestige, professionalism, and reliability than a lone guy who…
  • How to Blog Consistently—Even While Running a Business

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    The biggest impediment to regular content creation isn’t a lack of ideas or even a dearth of writing talent. It’s not a lack of understanding about how content marketing works or why it is beneficial. For many small business owners, it boils down to one simple thing: A lack of time. You may not have a single spare moment in your day that you could devote to writing. What’s maddening about it is that you know there are people who do it. You know business owners who not only run successful companies, but also have robust writing habits. They pen their own company blogs with great…
 
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    Derailed Thoughts

  • Fedelta: Parte 15: Reunion

    Rachel Rueben
    4 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:By Peter Kirkeskova Rasmussen via Flickr Through the dirty window only a sliver of sunshine pierced the dimly lit hallways of the abandoned apartment building Detective Amato was now using as a hideout. Leading Cassie through the maze of littered corridors, they came to a staircase that went up 4…
  • Fedelta Parte: 14: Escondido (Hide & Seek)

    Rachel Rueben
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:*Warning Language* New York Penn Station: Photo by Glenn Beltz via Flickr Not wanting to let go, Fiona, held on to her daughter Cassandra as they embraced on the stoop. “Come back home, you hear me?” she said still hanging on. “Got it ma,” Cassie answered, as she let go…
  • Conduct Unbecoming by Dellani Oakes

    Rachel Rueben
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Romance and suspense, who would’ve thought those worlds would go so good together?  I had never even heard of the term romance suspense until I was given “The Ninja Tattoo” and Immediately I was hooked.  Over 15 years ago, I just stopped reading romance because the genre had become too formulaic.  You were either in […]
  • We’re Doing It Again! The Fantastic Blog Hop Returns But Different.

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

    Rachel Rueben
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Originally posted on Cereal Authors:By mhlradio via Flickr Amato went to the rendezvous point at the 52nd street junk yard to meet New York’s infamous investigative reporter, Javier Marín. It was an unusual cool June morning but Amato wasn’t the least bit nervous in fact, he was determined to get this done. Feeling the…
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    S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

  • Thirteen Word Story — Television Tropism

    Tao23
    4 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    (One day, perhaps the descendants of the mechanical beings we are nearly ready to create today will have myths of the creator who rose to power and created, only to be ejected from paradise, leaving Its creation behind in Its place…) Eventually, humans grew sessile, feeding on light of television screens. But robots lived.
  • Thirteen Word Story: Unidentified Flying Headline

    Tao23
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Headline: Savage Planet Tours LLC Fined For Allowing Excessive Vehicle Sightings By Natives
  • April’s Patreon-Exclusive Flash Story For April Is Live — FLOWERS IN THE DARK

    Tao23
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Flowers In The Dark runs close to 900 words — considerably longer than March’s story. It’s also moodier and more serious than March’s story, all about cults and choice and the growth of the surveillance state, and a few other things, some of which I’m aware of. I think you’ll enjoy it.
  • Sneaking Politics Into Your Science Fiction, Hugo Gernsback Edition

    Tao23
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Blah, blah, puppies and science fiction and Hugos and sociopolitical commentary in stories and gee whiz science fiction was ‘pure’ in the olden days and… Ugh. If you follow the genre and/or some of the popular artists of the science fiction field, you’ve seen a bellyfull of blog posts and tweets and Facebooking and so […]
  • Exoskeletons And Cyborging vs. Wheelchair Access: No Arguing Necessary

    Tao23
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Apparently, there’s a bit of a tiff going on between at least one advocate for expanding and maintaining access in public spaces for those who use wheelchairs, and at least one advocate for not maintaining that accessibility, and instead spending funds for accessibility on developing exoskeletons and implants to make wheelchair ramps and the like obsolete. […]
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    Creative Genius 101

  • 6 Writing Techniques to Start a Travel Article by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Strong travel writing should hook a reader from the very first sentence. Here are six top techniques for opening an accomplished piece of travel writing. Technique #1: The Anecdote A tried and tested method of opening your travel essay is the anecdote. A short, pithy story that illuminates some of the greater themes or topics in your larger piece, the anecdote is an excellent way to
  • Poetry in the Palm of Your Hand: 7 Types of Poetry to Write by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Poetry uses the power of words to evoke a large variety of feelings, both happy and sad. There are as many different types of poems and poetry as there are book genres. Let’s take a few minutes to examine some favorites. The first poems we are usually introduced to as children, although at the time we wouldn't know to call them poetry, are nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes are usually brief,
  • 5 Query Letter Hooks to Grab Your Editor’s Attention by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    Every line of a query letter is crucial, but the hook is the first part of the query that an editor will read, making it the most important. Most readers tend to move on to something more interesting if the first few lines of an article don't grab their attention. It only makes sense—and is plainly obvious--that an editor won't finish your query letter if you fail to grab his or her attention
  • Freelance Blogging as a Part-Time or Full-Time Job by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Blogging is a continually expanding profession that offers lots of freelance possibilities. However, be careful about what clients want you to blog and how much they are willing to pay you. Many aspiring freelance bloggers end up working full-time for part-time pay or working part-time for little pay. If you're planning to offer blogging services, don't agree to write a 500-word post for
  • Freelance Copywriting as a Part-Time or Full-Time Job by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    The term "copy" simply denotes "information that a client wants written and published." A client may contract you to create copy for print or digital media, such as for a magazine, a website, a brochure, a DVD, or a sales letter. Because copy comes in all forms and for all industries, the variety is seemingly limitless. All writing needs "somebody" to write it. In industries where
 
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    Jeremy Porter

  • Voters deserve better

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

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

    Jeremy Porter
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    Communication is about more than words, but it can be hard to find the right image. These websites offer millions of photos — for free. When I worked as a graphic designer I relied a lot on stock images. Back then I relied on one website for everything. Now the web is flooded with great photography that’s free — much of it doesn’t require attribution. I’ve kept a list of stock photography on my writing resources page for the past couple of years, but it’s time for an update. There are hundreds of websites now offering free images, here’s the best websites I’ve found.
  • Podcasts for communicators

    Jeremy Porter
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Podcasts are a great way to be entertained, consume information and learn. Here are five podcasts for writers, marketers, and communicators. Podcasts in the iTunes Store ‘Serial’ put podcasts on the radar of millions of people last year. In a few short years podcasts have gone from a niche medium to being on the verge of mainstream. Here are a handful of podcasts that I listen and not only enjoy, but I think help me in my work as a communicator. This American Life If you already listen to podcasts you almost certainly listen to This American Life. It’s the original blockbuster podcast…
  • How to use fewer words

    Jeremy Porter
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Writing shorter can be difficult. Software doesn’t help. Here’s one exercise that will help you use fewer words without losing substance. View image | gettyimages.com Truthbomb: the longer your text is the less likely it will be read. It’s difficult writing short. Journalists and copywriters are trained to write within strict (and sometimes severe) constraints. For the rest of us, it can be the hardest part of writing. It’s a tricky balance: removing words but keeping substance. Kill your darlings You’ve heard it before: “kill your darlings”. It’s something…
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  • The Morning After

    1 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    A couple of years ago in one of my poetry courses we had to write a short work of fiction and a poem that described the morning after a significant event. My prompt was to write about the morning after a parent either (a) backed into their child in the driveway or (b) started to drive with the child in their carrier on the car (I can't remember the exact wording). Despite my attempts, I can't find the short story, which is upsetting because although it was hard to write, it turned out much better than I thought simply because of the difficulty of the subject. I did, however, come across the…
  • 13 Quotes On Writing You'll Want to Remember

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    When I'm in a writing funk, I find it helpful to remember all of the important and interesting things successful writers said about writing. These experienced creative minds understand the ups and downs of getting ideas onto paper. They understand disappointment and frustration. They completely get all of the obstacles beginning writers face, and it makes me feel better to I remember there are people out there who succeeded when all I want to do is bang my head against the wall.Right now I am in a creative writing slump, so I made a visit to Google. Here are the results of my search. If…
  • Book Review: Evensong by Krista Walsh

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:23 pm
    When you step into Feldall's Keep, magic is in the air. Not because magical Maggie is practicing her craft. Or because villain Raul is flexing his own sorcery. Their creator, Storychanger Jeff Powell, has been summoned from the comfort of his city apartment to help the people of his fictional realm. In Krista Walsh's Evensong, Jeff is in the midst of finishing the series and neatly wrapping up the story of Feldall's Keep when he wakes and finds himself surrounded by the characters whose lives he's dictated the past few years. Jeff swears he's dreaming, but the further he dives into their…
  • A Nine-To-Five Hoax

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:56 pm
    A deep breath in strain. By brick vest contained,The worn voices weep. An unspoken grief.Marred yet glowing, beauty is unmaimed.Vocation revocation. Heartless thief.Toil and grind too much time, bones bare and aged.Joints creak as pressure applies. The soul dies.What else to do when a muse is so caged?The heart wants what it wants and tells no lies.The siren’s song is a steady tune. Yet—What intent belies that smile? Sneaking singe.Beauty begins in the mind and once set,A mind wilts without ambition to binge.Follow a dream, give no excuse to pause.I fail to contemplate a more just cause.
  • The Creative Mind: A Paradox

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Have you ever wondered how a musician can go from a superstar, large stage presence to trapped in mousey-quiet during an interview? How an introverted author goes from spending long days avoiding people to talking openly, animatedly about their work to an audience? It may be old news to us creative types, but according to an article from from Fast Company, creative people are a paradox. (creative quote by Sean MacEntee via CC) Creative minds are full of contradictory personality traits that may not appear on the surface. Like the musician who blossoms as they step on stage, we can be…
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  • Content Marketing Thoughts and Rants…Crappy Music and Caffeine for Better Content Writing

    Sean Kopen
    6 May 2015 | 12:21 am
    I wouldn’t say I’m cornered, but there are definitely elements that help the flow of content production. Most of it comes down to focus, because we’re all creative, it’s just how we channel it into something important and stay on task. Writing is one of those interesting professions that requires a constant mental effort. The moment you go into autopilot, your content becomes mushy and uninspiring. So how did I learn to focus better? Remember college or university where you’d stuff yourself in your room for hours to study? Then you’d take the test in a giant auditorium and vomit…
  • 5 things lawyers can learn from copywriters

    Ralph Grayden
    5 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    Lawyers are professional writers. In fact, the average solicitor probably produces more words each day than any journalist, copywriter or novelist. But, while other professional writers are drilled in techniques to communicate their ideas simply and effectively, lawyers aren’t. (At least not always). Instead, they can end up alienating clients by sounding like, well, lawyers. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of five simple tricks from the world of advertising copywriting which we think every lawyer should know. Start with your audience The first thing any decent writer should…
  • 5 ways a good copywriter will help your business

    Ralph Grayden
    4 May 2015 | 2:49 am
    Lately I’ve seen a few examples of organisations – including big ones – rolling up their sleeves and having a go at writing their own advertising or content, without using a specialist copywriter. I know what they’re thinking. Everyone uses words, right? So how hard can it be? Interestingly fewer people seem inclined to view themselves as designers (perhaps the software puts them off). Well, the results I saw spoke for themselves…. And that wasn’t a good thing. It’s true that we all need to write but no matter how good you are at something, nothing beats…
  • Content Marketing Thoughts and Rants… Sponsored Content – Telling You What I Want To!

    Sean Kopen
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    I don’t think it’s a revelation to most people that sponsored content exists. We’ve seen it in media, games and promotions for generations. So what’s different now? Now we’re seeing sponsored content inserting itself into mainstream journalism with any skepticism being met with shrugging shoulders. There are many at the top of the media totem that see sponsored content as harmless. This should be alarming to some as these injected corporate opinions are starting to subtly blend into trusted information sources. Rather than abrupt statements headlined by brand names, articles are…
  • Keep Your Readers Interested with Hooks and Hangers

    Lori Soard
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:39 pm
    More and more marketers are focusing on unique content to promote their websites. Social Media Examiner’s 2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report indicates that 58% of marketing professionals feel that original written content is vital to their social media marketing efforts. Add those statistics to the fact that search engine rankings, visitor engagement and frequency of visits all factor into whether or not your site produces original content. However, writing all that content can be a challenge on the best of days. And, if the content is not exciting, visitors won’t hang around to…
 
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  • 99 cent Book Blast

    Cliff Ball
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Cliff Ball Over 175 ebooks from over 150 authors–including USA Today Bestsellers–are on sale for 99 cents. This promo will last only April 10th, 11th, and 12th. Find paranormal, fantasy, romance, and much more. Don’t forget to tell your friends so they can one-click too! Visit the 99 Cent Book Blast. This is a post from Cliff Ball. Read the original post: 99 cent Book Blast Related posts: Crossreads Book Blast – Timothy Phillips CrossReads Book Blast: Keeper of Reign by Emma Right CrossReads Book Blast: One Night With a Rock Star by Chana Keefer
  • New Release – The Long Journey

    Cliff Ball
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cliff Ball Now available on Amazon, The Long Journey, book 1 of the An American Journey series. Will be available March 30. It’s historical Christian fiction. In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law authorizing the removal of southern tribes to Indian Territory in the west. In 1838, the Trail of Tears occur when the remaining people are forcibly removed and marched a thousand plus miles on foot. George Massey, a twenty year old Cherokee, finds himself being force-marched to Indian Territory during the winter of 1838. Eventually, he gets lost in the…
  • Next Work in Progress

    Cliff Ball
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:57 pm
    By Cliff Ball I wanted to let everyone know what I’m working on next. At first, I was going to write another end times novel, maybe a series, but after a month, I only managed to get four thousand words written (about 10-12 pages on 6×9 page setting on Word). I was struggling to come up with a new way of telling the story that didn’t keep seeming to bump up against actual current events. So I prayed about it. I came up with the idea of putting my Christian western short story, Dust Storm, exclusively on Amazon, and then having it go free for just two days this last Friday and…
  • Enter to win a Kindle or $100.00 Amazon Gift Card

    Cliff Ball
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Cliff Ball Enter to win a Kindle or $100.00 Amazon Gift Card   Sponsored by these great books and authors: Support one the authors and the giveaway by checking out their books!   Enter to Win: a Rafflecopter giveaway This is a post from Cliff Ball. Read the original post: Enter to win a Kindle or $100.00 Amazon Gift Card Related posts: Book Blast: Wacky Wishes by Susette Williams, Illustrated by Jack Foster – Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Book Blast: Winter’s End by Rebekah Lyn – Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Book Blast: Winter’s Past by Mary E Hanks…
  • New Release – Times of Tribulation – Book 7

    Cliff Ball
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    By Cliff Ball Times of Tribulation, the seventh and final novel of The End Times Saga is now available to on Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. The paperback will be available in a week or so. I want to thank readers for sticking with me through the last two and a half years as I wrote this series. The next thing I have planned is a box set for all seven novels, which will include a timeline and the list of characters, and that will probably come out before the end of November. Times of Tribulation follows the entire seven year period as various characters survive the seven trumpet…
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  • The Two Keys to Writing a Menacing Antagonist

    Ruthanne Reid
    6 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    by Ruthanne ReidThis post is by our newest regular contributor, indie author Ruthanne Reid. Ruthanne writes about elves, aliens, vampires, and space-travel, and she is the author of the Among the Mythos series. You can get her novel Christmas Dragon FREE. Welcome to the team, Ruthanne! True menace is hard to write. Spoiler: Writing a good villain is not about superpowers. It’s also not about back story. Both of those can help you write a menacing antagonist, but they can also make your antagonist simply silly, or so sympathetic that readers forget to be scared (I’m looking at…
  • 3 Writing Tips You Can Learn from Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Shanan Haislip
    5 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    by Shanan HaislipThis guest post is by Shanan Haislip. Shanan is a full-time business writer and webmaster at The Procrastiwriter, a blog about being a writer around a full-time life (without going insane). She lives in Connecticut, runs for fun, and is a huge fan of pie. You can follow her on Twitter (@Write_Tomorrow). The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had me hooked since Captain America: The First Avenger (well, since this scene, anyway—I’m shallow). What Writers Can Learn from Avengers: Age of Ultron When I heard that author, director and all-around nerd royalty Joss Whedon was…
  • Baltimore: Finding Humanity in the Midst of Chaos (Writing Prompt)

    Monica M. Clark
    4 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    by Monica M. ClarkMy Facebook News Feed has been rather depressing over the past week. Most of the posts have been about what’s happening in Baltimore—a city forty-five minutes from D.C. and that I visit often. Friends have been writing long statuses and commentaries about their feelings regarding Freddie Gray’s death, the riots, the media coverage, and the announcement that six cops will be arrested. So far, I have posted nothing on the topic because I’ve been overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions.  However, I will say this: I think that in the politics and coverage of the…
  • Writing Villains: 9 Evil Examples of the Villain Archetype

    Joe Bunting
    1 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    by Joe BuntingThis post was originally published in January 2012, and has been updated. You’ve been told your story needs conflict. You’ve been told that each scene needs to have tension. You might have even been told you need to be writing villains, memorable antagonists that can supercharge your plot. Photo by JD Hancock (Creative Commons). Adapted by The Write Practice. But unless you’re writing a fantasy novel, you might not be sure how to do this. You associate villains with Darth Vader and Jafar from Alladin. What do bad guys look like in realistic literature?
  • 3 Unspoken Secrets to Getting Published

    Paul Angone
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    by Paul AngoneThis guest post is by Paul Angone. Paul is a full-time writer and speaker with a passion for inspiring millennials. Snag his new book All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job! that just released April 21st, 2015 and the join the community at allgroanup.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @PaulAngone. Over the last ten years of seriously pursuing writing, I’ve learned just a few insider secrets to writing and getting published. During this span of time, I’ve written thousands of pages, landed a great literary agent, built a thriving online…
 
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    Lauren Sapala

  • Writers of a Certain Age…Is It Too Late?

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

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

    Lauren Sapala
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    I joined my first writing program in San Francisco in 2006 and it was great. But—it was just that, a writing program geared toward including a lot of members. The structure was based on a community numbering around 50 different writers. I got a lot of work done in the program (started and finished my first novel), but I didn’t make the close friends I was hoping to find there. This was to be expected. It was a big program with new writers coming and going all the time. At any given meeting there might be 20 writers sitting around a huge conference table all diligently concentrating on…
  • The Real Secrets I Learned from My First Writing Program

    Lauren Sapala
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    In 2006 I was living in San Francisco, working at a private detective agency, and thinking about picking up writing again. I had moved to San Francisco in 2004 and I had quit drinking in 2005. For the past couple of years I had felt lost and confused. I didn’t really know what to do with myself if alcohol wasn’t going to be a major part of my life. I’d used it for a long time to numb myself and block my emotions—especially those emotions I felt around writing. But working for a private detective exposed me to a goldmine of stories. Our surveillance guys sent me reports every day and…
  • Why I Stopped Writing for Seven Years

    Lauren Sapala
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    During my senior year of college I took my last creative writing class. At the end of the semester I met with my professor for a final conference on my progress. At that time she told me that she recommended I pursue something else. I wasn’t cut out for writing, she said. Really? I asked. I was half shocked that it could be that easy to kill all of my hopes and dreams in ten seconds, and half already resigned to the fact that she was probably right. Couldn’t I get any better? I asked. You know…with practice? No, she said. I don’t think so. That was in the spring of 2000 and I didn’t…
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    Milo James Fowler

  • Brains and Bullies

    3 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Bullying is a disgusting topic. When I came up with the idea for my story "Brains," I knew the tale had to be nasty but in a palatable way. There was a message I hoped to get across, somewhere in between the gross-out teenage pranks.  Truth be told, I've never lit up a paper bag full of crap, left it on a neighbor's doorstep, and then doorbell-ditched. I may have done some doorbell-ditching
  • Attempting a New Marketing Strategy

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Believe it or not, I'm not a big fan of promoting myself. I go through bouts of marketing my work via social media, but my heart is seldom in it. If I'm going to be sitting in front of a computer, I'd rather be writing, editing, and submitting my work for publication. Not begging people to read my stuff.  The online community of bloggers, writers, and hybrids is a supportive, encouraging
  • Captain Bartholomew Quasar - The NOVEL

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    This is really happening. My first published novel. Awwwww yeeeeeaaaahhh. =) 80 episodes of rollicking space opera serialized over 16 weeks, emailed to subscribers every weekday. An eBook edition included with the price of admission. A print edition forthcoming, available wherever books are sold. All courtesy of Every Day Publishing. Of the eight novels I've written so far, this one was
  • Get the Latest Kindle Edition in 5 Easy Steps

    12 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    I update my Kindle titles often. Sometimes I add a new story to a collection once the rights revert to me, or I get a better idea for the cover art and make it so. But my readers who bought an earlier edition are never left in the lurch. They can update their Kindle copy anytime. Here's how:  On Amazon, go to Your Account. Click Manage Your Content and Devices. If it says "update available"
  • Charley vs. RealiTV

    5 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    This is the story of a little story that could: "Charley vs. RealiTV," a 1,000-word piece of flash fiction that survived 26 rejections before finding a good place to call home. I've always enjoyed watching The Twilight Zone: the spooky storytelling, the quirky camera angles, the unreal encounters. With "Charley vs. RealiTV," I decided to move a 1960s Twilight Zone-style episode into the 21st
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    Write Line Blog - Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services

  • Friday Roundup 5.1.15

    Lorin
    1 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Happy Friday!10 Novels to Lose Yourself InHow to Craft Characters Scene by SceneInfographic: Memorable Animals from LiteratureCharacter Cue: Whose Line is it Anyway? An Easy Exercise to Strengthen VoiceTake your writing from good to great with these editing tips
  • Friday Roundup 4.24.15

    Lorin
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Enjoy your weekend!12 Literary Coffee Mugs All Book Nerds Need In Their Lives, Because We Could All Use A Pick Me Up SometimesHow To Become a Better Reader in 10 Steps18 Things All Writers Wish They Could SayInspiration Friday: Quotes about writingMastering Words: Ways to Evolve as a Writer
  • Prompt-A-Palooza #58

    Lorin
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Have a great week, all!Her way or the right way...Every night, the cats lurked...It glowed like a miniature sun...At the bottom of his glass...It ripped right down the middle...They'd taken all of his favorites...The letters, impeccably arranged...
  • Friday Roundup 4.17.15

    Lorin
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Enjoy the weekend!Are These Filter Words Weakening Your Fiction?28 Things Anyone Who Grew Up Loving Books UnderstandsHow to Choose Your Novel’s Title: Let Me Count 5 Ways8 TIPS FOR CREATING GREAT STORIES FROM GEORGE R.R. MARTIN, JUNOT DIAZ, AND OTHER TOP STORYTELLERSHistorical Worldbuilding: A Conversation with Kameron Hurley and Ken Liu
  • Picture Prompt #18

    Lorin
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Picture Prompt concept is simple yet challenging, so get those fingers ready! This prompt can be done with any photo you find interesting, but preferably one you haven’t had a long time to study. It’s a fun exercise for a writing group as well, especially if everyone reads his/her piece to the group.Ready?Here’s the prompt: In just thirty minutes, write a complete story based on the photo below. Photo Credit When you’re finished, come back and share your experience in the comments. (Or even your story!)Did you like this exercise? What was the most challenging part…
 
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    Words & Music

  • The Hardest Thing

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

    3 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    The good people at the Tree of Creativity published my flash fiction piece "Awakening the Third Nostril" today, just in time for Flash Fiction Friday.
  • Suicide

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    Suicide has been on my mind a lot lately. Not my own, fortunately. The protagonist of the novel I'm writing is the daughter of a woman who commits suicide. In the news, Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor of Missouri killed himself last month, allegedly due to a "whisper campaign" about his Jewish heritage. As if that reasoning wasn't bizarre enough, yesterday Schweich's former spokesman, Spence Jackson, also killed himself.Then there was co-pilot who flew a plane into a mountain. What he was actually comitting was murder, but I bet he thought of it as suicide. People can be…
  • Hiatus

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    "Just about a year ago I set out on the road." Unfortunately, the road has come to a fork and following Yogi Berra's advice, I'm going to take it. Loyal followers of my blog (Hi, Mom!) are going to have to get their fiction fix elsewhere for a while. I'm grateful to everyone who's stopped by to look and listen the last sixteen months. And, especially to anyone who commented, shared, or followed me.I need to work on another project for a while.My novel, The Goddess of Love, has reached a critical point. It's not going to knock anyone off the bestseller list but I'm cautiously optimistic about…
  • The Little Things You Do

    8 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    I wrote and first recorded this song in 2009 with my band Late Model Humans and included on our Fallen Angels album. I'm very happy with that version as it shows off the talents of my bandmates nicely. It's hard to believe that was six years ago. Apparently time flies even when you're not having fun. I'm in a more solitary place than I was then so this arrangement fits the songs sentiment (which still rings true to me) in a way that better matches my mood. Also, I got a new stompbox with a nice delay that gives the solo arrangement a kick.The lyric comes from an experience I had waiting for…
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    Write Kids' Books!

  • Reader Feedback – why you need it, and how it helps

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Have you heard the expression, "a camel is a horse designed by a committee?"  It's because they're lumpy and bumpy and funny-looking and inefficient, and, well, you get the picture. One thing that's NOT meant to be "designed by committee" is a children's picture book.  But I sort of went and did it anyway.  I created a page using Google Forms to help me collect feedback from pre-readers about a Jewish children's picture book I wrote. And you know what?  It really helped.  Here’s the biggest thing I learned: Even the greatest book in the world is still written only…
  • How to be a bolder, more confident writer (hint: don’t baby your book!)

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Once upon a time (don’t worry; this is a true story), when my older kids were little, my dad took them out to the park.  I came along after a while and saw he was pushing my son alarmingly high on the swing.  “Daddy,” I said, completely on edge, “that’s WAY too high.” “That’s okay,” he said.  “You can always make more.” In that moment, a) I knew he was going to ruin my son’s life by pushing him too high, and b) my father knew it was perfectly safe and I was being a silly first-time mom (albeit one with two kids, but it was still early days). (The fact…
  • How to write an author bio that will sell children’s books

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    Have you ever READ an author bio? Probably you have.  That’s because you’re a writer, so you’re interested in other writers.  At least, I know I am. Here’s the thing:  you’re not a kid.  Let’s be honest:  it’s not kids who will be reading your author bio. Most kids couldn’t care less about who wrote the book, unless they’ve finished one and are looking for more of the same.  So it’s probably parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians who will be reading the author bio.  There are two kinds of people who are reading your author bio:…
  • Happy Spring with a FREE CHILDREN’S BOOK COVER TEMPLATE

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Around here, the weather is finally losing its chill (yeah, it gets chilly here in the land of sun, surf and palm trees!) and I just felt like celebrating.  We’re in that blessed period between “too cold” and “too hot,” and I feel great.  Hope you do, too. You probably know already that a great bookcover has the ability to move me.  You, too, right?  That’s how we choose books, though sometimes we don’t like to admit it.  That’s also why I’ve put together the Indie Children’s-Book Cover Contest for independently-published books.  (Don’t…
  • Illustrating your kids’ book on a shoestring budget: YES, you can! (here’s how)

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:55 am
    Your book is perfect… now, do you know where are the pictures are coming from? The other day at my SCBWI meeting (have you joined yet?), I mentioned my easy technique for creating a Kindle book from Microsoft Word, and I said, “you just take the words and pictures and pull them together in Microsoft Word.”  To which someone asked, “yeah, but where do the pictures come from???” Everybody’s ears perked up.  Where DO the pictures come from? You see, most of us are writers, not illustrators.  Some of us couldn’t even draw stick figures, even if our lives depended on…
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    Writeaholic Inspiration

  • Proof That There is Money to Be Earned From Short Ebooks

    Ruth Barringham
    6 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Recently I was doing a Google search for writing markets to include in my latest newsletter for writers.I came a cross jobs for ebooks writers so I clicked through to see what they were.The jobs were advertised on freelancing job websites.I didn't use these jobs in my list of markets because they weren't high-paying, but I was amazed by them all the same.Nearly all were looking for someone to research and write a short ebook of around 5,000 words.I thought "Only 5,000 words? That is really short! I've read article on people's blogs that are longer than that (take a look at Steve…
  • How to Earn Money as an Affiliate Marketer

    Ruth Barringham
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:26 pm
    There are so many ways to earn money online from your writing that sometimes it can be hard to choose which one. Or if you're like me, you do quite a few.One of the ways to earn money is from affiliate marketing. This means selling other people's products for commission.The fastest way is to join an affiliate network rather than an individual affiliate program for just one product or one company.The reason for this is because from a network, you can advertise multiple products from multiple companies all from one account so that  your income accrues faster.But to be successful it takes…
  • My Writing Day

    Ruth Barringham
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Being a writer is one thing, but knowing how to structure your writing day is another.In the end it all comes down to what's best for you and how much time you have.Structuring your writing day depends on many factors including how much time you have to write every day, family responsibilities (school runs, young children, meals to prepare, etc) and wether or not you already have another job.Personally I transitioned gradually into becoming a full-time writer. I went from full time work to part time work to writing full-time.I also changed the way I live by moving from a large house in a city…
  • My Affiliate Program is Back

    Ruth Barringham
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:11 pm
    A few months ago I did away with my affiliate program for my products.Why?Because too many people were signing up and only using their affiliate link to buy products for themselves.This is annoying because not only are they looking to get something half price (my affiliate program pays 50% commission) but also because they weren't promoting my products to others, which is the whole point of the program.I always offer my new products at really low prices to subscribers. I do it all the time, so there's no need for anyone to try and get a 50% discount because my reduced prices for subscribers…
  • New Great Offers for Writers to Help You Finally Get Your Projects Started AND Finished

    Ruth Barringham
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Today I have several new offers for you from Writers' Store and Writers' Digest.Their products are already helping thousands of writers all over the world and really are great to own and to use.If you've been promising yourself that there's a novel you're going to write or a screenplay your going to finish or any other writing project that you just can't seem to get around to completing, then download (or buy and have shipped) any of these (or other) writing resources and FINALLY get things started and finished. Save $20 on Character Writer 3.1 software at the Writers StoreWhat’s the one…
 
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    Assignment Help

  • 7 Must-dos Before Submitting Your Essay

    admin
    6 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    You have ended your essay writing by now and getting ready to simply hand it over to your professor. Stop right there! You are about to undone all your hard work. Believe it or not, taking some time to go through the essay once again can save you from a poor grade. There are certain important things that every student must do before submitting an essay in order to eliminate unwanted errors in the copy. Get these 7 points right and a good grade awaits you. 1. Rest in peace (RIP) The completed work should be rested for a while as the writer engages himself/herself in some other activity to…
  • How to Avoid Financial Crisis during College Life?

    admin
    5 May 2015 | 9:31 pm
    College years are the best years of a student’s life. It is the time when you like to party hard, do self-introspection and study diligently as well. However, there is one issue which if not addressed can spoil the good memories of your college life: huge expense. Yes, college life is expensive. And if the expenses are not managed well, then it can leave you in huge debts. Students despite being aware of this choose to experience an adventurous lifestyle rather than a practical one. They spend recklessly and keep taking loans to maintain their standard of living. By the time they…
  • 10 Negative Phrases That Can Hinder Your Success

    admin
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:11 am
    Each one of us must have heard the famous phrase, “failures are the pillars of success”. But we actually get dejected with our failures. We try to evade our responsibilities, plunging into the pool of negative thoughts. But some people did not hesitate to chase their dreams even after repeated failures. Walt Disney, Mahatma Gandhi, Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Hawking, the list is endless! They proved that winning or losing depends on your mindset than anything else. While we blame our failures on the small things, these people struggled with all the adversaries and eventually…
  • Go for a Talented Custom Essay Topic Writer in Australia

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:57 pm
    All essay writers cannot write on all topics. A few of them only manage to work on custom essays. If you want to hire an Australian essay writer for working on a custom essay, the writer needs to be an extremely talented one. Custom essay writing Here are some characteristics that signify a talented Australian writer: Choice of topic - Custom essays are best written when their topics are chosen wisely by the writers. Usually, such essays are written regarding subjects like psychology and history. The better the essay topic, the better is the customization. Utilizing customizations : The…
  • 3 Key Factors to Upgrade your Coursework Quality

    admin
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    In order to get an ‘A’ in coursework writing, simply fulfill the ‘rubric’ requirements – it is nothing but a fancy word to describe ‘what your tutors want from you in coursework writing’. Coursework, assigned by tutors, is an important element in every academic program that a student takes. Not because it puts a questions mark on your critical thinking and writing skills, but it also decides your final grades. So be careful when you see a coursework assignment coming in your way. This daunting job (coursework writing) requires you to dig carefully…
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • Virtual Book Tour Guest: Interview with M.K. Theodoratus, author of 'The Ghostcrow'

    5 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hooked by comic books at an early age, M. K. Theodoratus’ fascination with fantasy solidified when she discovered the Oz books by L. Frank Baum with his strong female characters. She has traveled through many fantasy worlds since then. When she's not reading about other writer's worlds, she's creating her own. Most of her stories are set in the Far Isles where she explores the political effects of genetic drift on a mixed elf human population. Lately, Theodoratus has been setting her stories in an alternate world of Andor where demons stalk humankind.A sixth grade English assignment started…
  • Virtual Book Tour Guest: Interview with 'Anzard' Christopher Conroy

    5 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Author Christopher Conroy currently lives in Los Angeles, California, but was born in Ireland and raised in Canada.  He grew up in a large family consisting of seven children, and a mother and father who by his own description were “loving, moral, fun and pure magic.”  Conroy says he was heavily influenced by John Steinbeck growing up, and also likes Jack London and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but that the “main influence for ANZARDcame from that magical place in my mind where I write.”  For More InformationVisit Christopher Conroy’s website.Connect with Christopher on…
  • Summer Fire: Love When It's Hot Boxed Set (Book Blast Event)

    5 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
      About The Boxed SetTitle:  Summer Fire: Love When It's Hot (Boxed Set) Author: Gennita Low, Stacey Mosteller, R.J. Lewis. L. Wilder, Victoria Danann, Kym Grosso, Cat Miller, Mimi Barbour, Clarissa Wild, Teresa Gabelman, Linda Barlow, Helen Scott Taylor, Victoria James, Mona Risk, Patrice Wilton, Joan Reeves, Danielle Jamie, Terri Marie, Lorhainne Eckhart, Brandy L. Rivers, Nicole Blanchard Publisher:  dba 7th House Publishing, Imprint of Andromeda…
  • {Virtual Book Tour} A Book Chat with Laura Liddell Nolen, author of 'The Ark'

    4 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We're thrilled to be hosting Laura Liddell Nolen on her virtual book tour today! Lauragrew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent lots of time playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. They supplemented their own stories with a steady diet of space- and superhero-themed movies, books, and television. The daughter of a comic book collector, she learned how to handle old comics at an early age, a skill she’s inordinately proud of to this day. Laura began work on her first novel, The Ark, in 2012, following the birth of her daughter Ava, a tiny rebel and a sweetheart on whom…
  • Virtual Book Tour Guest: Interview with Mathieu Cailler, author of 'Loss Angeles'

    4 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mathieu Cailler is a writer of prose and poetry. His work has been widely published in national and international literary journals. Before becoming a full-time writer, Cailler was an elementary school teacher in inner-city Los Angeles. “I came to writing in a rather circuitous way. I always penned jokes for stand-up comedy appearances but later realized it wasn’t just comedy that applealed to me, but all writing.” A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, Cailler was awarded the Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction and a Shakespeare Award for Poetry. His chapbook,…
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    Wylie's Writing Tips

  • Paint word pictures

    Ann Wylie
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    ‘You’ll have your hand on your head with a knot under it’My grandma and namesake, Annie B. Vrana, was an Oklahoma farm woman and one of the most colorful people I’ve known. When she spoke, she painted pictures in your head.In living color Make your message more vivid with colorful language. Image by FuturillaWhat I didn’t know then that I do know now is that word pictures increase understanding. Because Grandma talked in pictures, we could literally “see” what she was saying.Here are some of my favorite Grandmaisms. See how she made concepts concrete…
  • Master the Art of the Storyteller

    Ann Wylie
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Learn to engage readers with wordplay, metaphor, storytelling and moreMy husband likes to quote Anonymous, who said: “If a man speaks in the forest, and no woman is there to hear him, is he still wrong?”It ain’t fluff. Learn to write creative messages that paint pictures in your readers’ minds so they understand your points faster, enjoy them more and remember them longer.The corporate communication writer’s corollary: If you cover your terribly serious and important stories, and nobody pays attention, does your message still make a sound?But at Master the Art of…
  • Big stories, tiny words

    Ann Wylie
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    The Times’ word length averages 4.9 charactersWhen I recommend to my clients that they limit their word length to 5 characters per word, they roll their eyes and chortle.Word to the wise Don’t overwhelm readers with long words.But when I tell them I know they can do it, because The New York Times does it every day, they sit up and take note. (The Wall Street Journal also accomplishes this feat, day after day, rarely rubbing its head against the 5-character ceiling.)And that’s important. Because every syllable you include adds a fraction of a second of processing time. Those…
  • Please remember this

    Ann Wylie
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:09 pm
    A click is just a click … a share is just a shareThe other day, I was discussing ROI with a group of ridiculously talented, impossibly young PR pros in their first year at a big agency. They report ROI to their clients in clicks, shares and likes.What’s in a click? This is a mouse. It is only a mouse. It cannot read your blog post. It cannot buy your products, services, programs and ideas. Image by Felix Padrosa“As a business owner,” I told them, “if I invest a dollar in your services, I want to receive my dollar back, plus a quarter. That’s a return on…
  • Do you give journalists a headache?

    Ann Wylie
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Make their lives easier with multimedia pitchesNearly seven in 10 journalists believe their jobs have gotten harder over the past five years, according to a 2014 survey by media platform ISEBOX.It’s tough out there! Journalists are working harder, according to an ISEBOX survey.You don’t want to be part of that problem, do you?Here’s how to avoid being a journalist’s worst nightmare:1. DO the math.Most journalists produce at least five articles per week. (Two in 10 write more than 10 articles a week.) But they receive at least 20 pitches a week.What sets your pitch…
 
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    Woelf Dietrich

  • Review of Little Mouse by R.A. Williamson

    Woelf Dietrich
    4 May 2015 | 6:23 pm
    The sheer awesomeness of this story forced me to write this review. Little Mouse is about a little girl and her attempts at coming to grips with her parents’ separation. The tale focusses on her trying to make sense of the ugly things grownups do and showcases the emotional vulnerability and dependency of children. Mia […]
  • Subscribe to my Mailing List and Get Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones for Free

    Woelf Dietrich
    4 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    I’m trying something new today. As a way to entice you to subscribe to my mailing list, I’m offering Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones for free. But wait, there is more awesomeness in store for you. Not only do you receive a free story, you’ll also be first to hear about new and upcoming releases. You might […]
  • #Art of Fantasy 16: Frank Frazetta

    Woelf Dietrich
    4 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    I’d say it’s about time. I’ve been so loud on this blog about how much I love Frank Frazetta, how his art inspired me, and yet I have neglected to do an #Art of Fantasy post dedicated to him. I have a good reason, though. As a kid I used to leave the juiciest food for […]
  • #Writers Beware: Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story | David Gaughran

    Woelf Dietrich
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    The thing about dreams is that they are precious to those they belong to. As writers we of course love to write, but we also want to make a living from our art. Feed our families. Find a loyal readership to share our words with. Some of us dream of making it big. J.K. Rowling […]
  • On Writing Workshops

    Woelf Dietrich
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    I just completed my third writing workshop. It made me want to share something with you. Before I started this little adventure online, I never socialized or involved myself in a writing community. I never belonged to a writer’s group, offline or on. I read books and wrote my stories and admired talented authors from […]
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    The Proof Angel

  • What is the plural of octopus?

    The Proof Angel
    6 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    This one is more complicated than you might think. Take a deep breath before you find out more here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: plurals
  • A quiz on common literary devices

    The Proof Angel
    5 May 2015 | 2:02 am
    Here is a bit of fun, or a challenge, depending on your point of view. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Grammar & usage Tagged: quiz
  • Managing the business of being a writer

    The Proof Angel
    4 May 2015 | 1:55 am
    In the old days, a writer could focus on writing. The processes of producing and marketing the book would be handled by the publisher. Even if you have a publisher these days, you will need to handle at least some of the business aspects of being an author yourself. This collection of posts may help: Before you write to agents, here is how to plan for when you get the call in response. Some authors are making the leap from traditional publishing to Indie, because self publishing may now be your best choice. And another: consider self-publishing. 7 dirty little book publishing secrets that…
  • The history of the English language in an infographic

    The Proof Angel
    3 May 2015 | 2:19 am
    This is a nice summary of the chequered history of the English language. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: English language
  • Three ways to introduce your characters in the first few lines

    The Proof Angel
    2 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    Beginning a piece of writing is always difficult. So is introducing a new character. Introducing new characters at the beginning is particularly hard. Find out how to approach the problem here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: new characters, writing resources
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    eBooks India

  • A Conversation with Piyush Nagpal, Co-Founder of Readers’ Club of Delhi

    Hiten Vyas
    5 May 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Readers’ Club of Delhi is a one stop shop for writers and poets, and readers and lovers of their work. At Readers’ Club of Delhi, you can find a whole host of things such as book reviews, insightful articles about the literary scene, inspirational quotes and a space for authors to share their work. We caught up with Piyush Nagpal, one of the co-founders of Readers’ Club of Delhi to find out more about this exciting platform. 1. Hi Piyush and welcome to e-Books India! Thanks very much for joining us. We’re thrilled to be interviewing you. Can you please tell us a bit about you, and…
  • 5 Tips for Writing a Compelling Author Bio

    Georgina Roy
    5 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Your bio is the first glimpse your reader’s will have of you, whether they’ve read it after reading your book or before that. The result is the same – it’s the first impression the readers will have into who you are, not just as a writer, but as a person as well. You stop being just a name and a surname, and become someone they feel sort of familiar with, because they have read the story, book or article that you’ve written. That’s why it’s very important that your biography is well written, and below, we’ve gathered a few tips and things to keep in mind when you’re writing…
  • An Interview with Vineet Vaidya, Author of Staring at Infinity

    Hiten Vyas
    4 May 2015 | 1:22 am
    We interviewed author Vineet Vaidya about his book entitled Staring at Infinity. Read on to learn what Vineet had to say about how he came about to become an author, and about his work. He also shared some inspirational words to help budding authors out there. Welcome to e-Books India, Vineet! We’re very happy to have you with us. Please tell us some more about you. Where do you come from, what work do you do, and how did you become an author? Thanks! I belong to Himachal Pradesh and came to Delhi after schooling, have stayed across different locations in India, including Jamshedpur,…
  • How to Price Your Freelance Writing Services to Get the Payment You Deserve

    Kavitha
    1 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    If you are new to the world of freelancing, there are many things you will need to learn. Most people can only get some expertise in this cut-throat field of freelance writing by stumbling time and again. But if you understand your own value as a service provider and have a clear vision of what you are setting out to do, then you can get the payment you deserve as a freelance writer. Below are a few tips to help you set a value on your services. Price a value range for your services The most important thing you need to do first is to understand your own expenses, how many hours you plan to…
  • 5 Traits All Great Writers Have

    Kavitha
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    You often wonder what makes a writer great. Some achieve fame overnight, while others get it posthumously. Some writers approach the purely whimsical, while others deal with burning social issues of the time. There have been great writers in every age all over the world, and the one thing that binds them together is that they have produced masterpieces that are still talked about and read today. There are no simple rules to be a great writer, but all great writers share a few simple traits that help them to achieve greatness. Read on to learn what these are. 1. Attention to detail Great…
 
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    StoryShelter

  • I Am Here: Book Promotion

    Melisa
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Do you want to help promote the great new book - I Am Here: The Untold Stories of Everyday People? These ideas will help! The post I Am Here: Book Promotion appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • I AM Here: Book Trailer

    Kerri Lowe
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Book Trailer for I Am Here: The Untold Stories of Everyday People The post I AM Here: Book Trailer appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • 7 Thought-Provoking Lines From Our New Book

    Kerri Lowe
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    Here we are at the office with the proof copy of our brand new book: I AM HERE: The Untold Stories of Everyday People (buy it now!). This book is a collection of personal essays by people just like you with amazing life stories to tell (we bet you have a few up your sleeve […] The post 7 Thought-Provoking Lines From Our New Book appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • 8 Great Reasons to Use StoryShelter

    Kerri Lowe
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:38 am
    Wondering how you can use StoryShelter to enhance your life? It has many uses that you haven't realized yet! Here are 8 Great Reasons to Use StoryShelter. The post 8 Great Reasons to Use StoryShelter appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • An Adorable Homemade Valentine’s Gift

    Kerri Lowe
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:19 am
    This week, in honor of Valentine’s Day we asked What is the best gift you ever received? What is the story behind it?  If you’re looking for an adorable homemade Valentine’s gift, then look no further than the inspiration from this story by Alex Wagman.   Check out how other people answered this question on […] The post An Adorable Homemade Valentine’s Gift appeared first on StoryShelter.
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    WritingThoughts

  • 5 Common Traits Writers Share (and More Importantly, Will You Be Happy as a Writer?)

    Laura Spencer
    1 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    ©iStock.com/aleksandr-mansurov-ruPeople often ask me how they too can become a freelance writer. How do I answer this question? Usually, I give would-be freelance writers a skills-based answer–somewhat like what I share in this post, Can Anyone Be a Writer? 6 Basic Skills that Writers Need. While that post gives a good answer, it overlooks the more important question of whether you will like freelance writing. The longer I stay in this business, the more convinced I become that freelance writing success depends (at least partly) on job satisfaction. If you don’t like writing, you…
  • What You Need to Know About Writing Certifications

    Laura Spencer
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    ©iStock.com/cacaroot Should freelance writers get a certification? Will having a certification help you to get more jobs or higher pay? There’s no question that in some industries a certification is a definite advantage. In accounting, for example, being a Certified Public Accountant often means earning more money. In the IT fields, having a certification can also help with your career. And there are plenty of IT certifications to choose from. If two similar candidates apply for the same position, a certification could provide the competitive edge needed to get the job. Does it work…
  • Is Your Boss Terrible Even Though You’re a Freelance Writer?

    Laura Spencer
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    ©iStock.com/HASLOO If you said “yes,” there’s a problem. The problem is that if you’re a freelancer, you’re the boss. And you’re messing that up or you wouldn’t be so unhappy. Many writers start freelancing so they don’t have to work for a terrible boss. But they wind up hating freelancing because they don’t treat themselves well. Some freelancers make bad bosses. They expect more from themselves than most managers would. If you recently started freelance writing and you find it harder than traditional employment, it may be because…
  • 3 Questions You Must Ask Before You Begin to Blog

    Laura Spencer
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    ©Laura Spencer Every year millions of blogs are started. And every year millions of blogs are abandoned. Clearly blogging does not live up to expectations for a lot of people. Something went wrong. It’s a shame, really. Yet, if used properly, blogging can be a valuable tool. Unfortunately, many new bloggers do not know how to blog properly. If you’re thinking about starting a blog, this post poses three questions you need to answer first. If you liked this post, you’ll probably also like 6 Winning Blog Post Ideas for Your Small Business. Question #1 What Is My Purpose? This…
  • How to Have a Better Blog, Starting Today

    Laura Spencer
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    ©iStock.com/Oko_SwanOmurphy Whether you maintain a blog for your business or as a freelancer, there’s always room for improvement. You can have a better blog. And you can start taking steps to make your blog better today. This is especially true if your blog has been around for a few years. Mature blogs tend to develop problems that new blogs don’t have to worry about (yet). Of course, some bloggers just abandon their mature blogs and start over from scratch. Once in a while, that approach is justified. But more often, a mature blog can and should be fixed. If your blog has an…
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    Author Angelique Voisen

  • Blog Tour: Devious Minds tour by KF Germaine

    Angel Voisen
    4 May 2015 | 12:00 am
     Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine  Release Date: April 23  Book Tour: April 27 - May 8  Genre: New Adult Comedy  Hosted by: SBB PromotionsA New Adult ComedyWhen Sydney Porter transfers to Northern University, she’s ready to put her past behind her. Landing a job on campus as an irreverent radio personality, she uses the anonymity to air all the campus dirty laundry—earning the infamous Sunday Lane more than a few enemies. But her true passion is spinning records, even if Drunk Earl is her biggest fan. Sydney’s junior year kicks off with the promise to be…
  • Sexy Me Down #MySexySaturday #Saturday7 #MSSAuthors #MSS90

    Angel Voisen
    2 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 90th week of My Sexy Saturday.This week’s theme is Sexy Me Down and this is like doubling down in gambling.  In line with this week’s theme, I’m posting a 7-sentence snippet from my MM paranormal short, Maelstrom. In this scene, Mael ponders why he keeps continuing with his affair with Ulfric.Teaser:Had the clash and collision of their heated flesh been worth it?Privately, Mael knew the answer.Like a druggie growing addicted to his choice of poison, he’d begun to look forward to nights with Ulfric. It might all be rough and tumble, fucking without finesse to…
  • Blog Tour: Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner

    Angel Voisen
    1 May 2015 | 12:00 am
      New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. Say My Namefeatures Jackson Steele, a strong-willed man who goes after what he wants, and Sylvia Brooks, a disciplined woman who’s hard to get—and exactly who Jackson needs.I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.  Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . .
  • Book Spotlight: Seduced by Two Warriors by Ravenna Tate

    Angel Voisen
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    SEDUCED BY TWO WARRIORS -Voyeur Moon 4***Click HERE to purchase directly fromEvernight Publishing***BLURB: Gia Falconetti was taken by the Tyranns in the first wave of invasions on Earth, and sent to the holding cells. But she was lucky. She got away from the men who had taken her as their sex slave. When the opportunity comes to work in the Ministry on Sera, writing down her experiences for the people of both Sera and Addo, she jumps at the chance to help others understand what is truly happening on Voyeur Moon. Addonian warriors Thane and Rune have come to work in the same department…
  • Pre-order Available: Marius' Toy (Immortal Mates 1)

    Angel Voisen
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:59 am
    Pre-order links are up for Marius' Toy:Liquid Silver Books (20% off) / Amazon /Available: May 18th 2015 from Liquid Silver Books!Blurb: Clan Romulus and Clan Remus. Two brothers and two werewolf clans separated by centuries of bloodshed and strife.After centuries of bloodshed, Clan Romulus, the most powerful werewolf clan in modern Rome, has finally emerged victorious in the war against their rival pack. As  Romulus’s second-in-command, Marius only believes in two ironclad rules—protect his mate and uphold the honor of his pack. When his mate, Julius, rescues an injured and…
 
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • BIRDS IN "EL PARAISO"

    Beatriz
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    BIRDS IN “El Paraiso”A vermilion flycatcher flutters around the shrubs, brightred breast, black head, couldnot be more beautiful jumpingfrom branchto branch, hiding in the tall trees inthe distance, coming closer to my window.  A red slash against the blue sky, impossible not to admire.  Two grackles walk back and forth across the street,their long black tails sweeping  the cobblestones, determined and purposeful.  Sometimes,one of them perches himself on the dome above the house and calls outto who knows who - a…
  • UNVEILING THE MIND

    Beatriz
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    ART SALON AT THE HOUSE OF THE TWO URNS1239 North Greenview, ChicagoMAY 3rd at 3 p.m.Join us for a potluck dinner, the unveiling of a sculptural fence by Miguel Lopez Lemus, and a talk about my art work, writing, and experiences in this country.The House of the Two Urns is an urban B&B replete with sculptures and paintings and books. Let your eyes and ears feast on the delightful and thought-provoking art and conversation.Bring your friends and family!Here is a preview of a poem you might hear Sunday May 3rd:Women Who Sleep On Stones               …
  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Reflective Journaling

    Beatriz
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
         Another form of discovering a story or a poem inside you is reflective journaling.             With reflective journaling, you write about your own life, but  you’re not locked into daily chronicles that outline your activities or what you had for dinner. You might write about something that happened when you were a small child. You might even write about something that happened to someone else — something you witnessed or have thoughts about that you’d like to…
  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Journaling your way to writing

    Beatriz
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Journal writing is an art unto itself.  But how often do we actively use art in our journals?  We writers are passionate about our journals and notebooks, those sacred spaces where some of our best ideas manifest.  So it makes sense to rig our journals so that they inspire us as much as possible. And what’s more inspiring than art?  Let’s look at some ways we can fuse art with journal writing in order to cultivate inspiration and creativity. The Art JournalArtists keep journals just like writers do. But instead of filling their journals with words, artists fill…
  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Journaling for writers

    Beatriz
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
         There are days when writing ideas, stories, essays, poems, are nowhere to be found. That does not mean we have to go a day without writing.  The more we write, the better our writing becomes. That’s a fact.  Practice breeds proficiency.       Commitment sets successful writers apart from unsuccessful writers.  When we are committed to the work, our chances for success increase exponentially. And one of the easiest and most creative ways to commit to our own writing and produce better writing over time is to keep a writing journal. …
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    Kindle Me This

  • How to Become a High Achiever

    Elizabeth Yetter
    6 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    I read a lot of self help books because I have a strong desire to continuously improve myself, especially now that I am in my 40s. The latest book I read was Peak Performance Principles for High Achievers by John R. Noe (1986). While a good book, it is filled with quite a bit of […]Continue reading...
  • How to Increase Your Intelligence

    Elizabeth Yetter
    5 May 2015 | 3:34 am
    Writers want to be able to increase their intelligence for many reasons, but mainly they want to be able to put their extra brain power into writing better books. This post is not geared just for writers. Just about everyone wants to be able to increase their intelligence, and I hope my research is able […]Continue reading...
  • How Long Does it Take to Write a Book

    Elizabeth Yetter
    4 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    If you search through all the books available on writing, you will find that many of these books include a writing timeline in their title. Examples: How to Write a Novel: in 30 Days or Less – Write your book in 1 hour or less each day How To Write 30 Books In 30 Days […]Continue reading...
  • 8 Hacks That Will Help You Write Your Books Faster

    Elizabeth Yetter
    3 May 2015 | 11:56 am
    Some book projects just seem to drag on and on with no end in sight. The solution? Try out these quick writing hacks today and see how your word count improves. 1. Dismiss the Negative “You’ll never make money writing books.” “You’re wasting your time.” “Why don’t you get a real job?” Being a writer […]Continue reading...
  • What You Need to Know About Writing Short Kindle Books

    Elizabeth Yetter
    2 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    Thinking of writing a few Kindle non-fiction short books? Here is what you need to know right now before you get started. You Will Not Become a Millionaire Overnight If you do your research and aim your book to a specific group of people, your chances are pretty good that your book will sell well. […]Continue reading...
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    All Indie Writers

  • Quick Tip: Add Static Content to Your Blog’s Homepage

    Jennifer Mattern
    5 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Last week I suggested adding your latest blog content to your writer website's homepage. That might make this week's quick tip sound a little strange. But this one is for bloggers: Consider adding static content to your blog's homepage. In last week's post we were looking at freelance writer websites and author websites, where the blog is an add-on and static homepages are the norm. Adding dynamic blog updates there can be helpful for SEO and drive more visitors to your blog content. On the other hand, it's common for bloggers to make their main blog feed their homepage. The entire homepage…
  • This Target Market Mistake Could Cost You Money

    Jennifer Mattern
    4 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Is your marketing helping you reach the best freelance writing prospects? That depends on your target market and how successful you are at reaching members of that group. One of the biggest mistakes a new freelance writer can make is having no target market. That's when you simply take any gig that comes along, whether or not you enjoy the work, whether or not you want your name associated with that client, and whether or not it pays you a professional rate. That said, having a target market isn't a cure-all. Let's talk about a common mistake on the other side of the spectrum. MISTAKE:…
  • The Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Networks

    Jennifer Mattern
    2 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    For this week's short share we have an interesting one on timing your social media updates from SocialCaffeine.com. What do you think? Obviously the actual best times to post on social networks won't be the same for everyone because of community and niche differences. But how close does your experience come to these recommended times? I've done the most testing on Twitter. My main account does best from 9:00 - 10:00 am and from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. But other accounts of mine, and ones I've managed for clients, have very different optimal posting times. What about you? Courtesy of: Social Caffeine
  • It’s Writer’s Worth Month 2015!

    Jennifer Mattern
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Every year Lori Widmer of Words on the Page hosts Writer's Worth Month. In Lori's words, the mission of Writer's Worth Month is "to reach freelance writers and help them gain confidence in the value of their skills." In other words, it's about helping you earn more and build a more successful writing business. To do this, Lori features a series of posts -- both her own and those from guests. She showcases lousy job ads and shows you better examples in her "This Job, Not That Job" series (which goes beyond this month). Writers share stories about their "A-Ha moment" when they realized their…
  • Selling E-books on Your Author Website [Podcast with Princess Jones]

    Jennifer Mattern
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:19 am
    In this week's podcast I'm joined by Princess Jones (with whom I had a previous and entertaining conversation about crazy authors attacking book reviewers). In this episode we discuss some of the issues around selling your e-books (and physical books) directly through your own website. You can listen below or check out the show notes on the official page for this episode. Enjoy!
 
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    Denise Drespling

  • Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to See Made Into TV Shows

    Denise Drespling
    6 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    For some books, a movie just isn’t enough! Here are my top 5 books I’d like to see become TV shows instead of movies. Original article: Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to See Made Into TV Shows©2015 Denise Drespling. All Rights Reserved.
  • Tuesday Talks: Hard to Pronounce Names

    Denise Drespling
    5 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    What do you do when you come across a name that’s hard to pronounce? Here’s how I handle it! Original article: Tuesday Talks: Hard to Pronounce Names©2015 Denise Drespling. All Rights Reserved.
  • BookTube Video: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

    Denise Drespling
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    I gave 4 stars to The Kiss of Deception. Here’s my review. Original article: BookTube Video: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson©2015 Denise Drespling. All Rights Reserved.
  • Tuesday Talks: Book Cover Design

    Denise Drespling
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    A good book cover design is critical. Here are 5 things all good covers need. Original article: Tuesday Talks: Book Cover Design©2015 Denise Drespling. All Rights Reserved.
  • When Books Become Movies: Wild

    Denise Drespling
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
      Wild Review. How did the movie compare? Book Accuracy The book was a deeply emotional and rather dark tale, where a lot of that is missed in the book. Otherwise, it’s pretty accurate. The alley scene wasn’t in the book, there were a lot fewer toenails lost in the movie, and I think the amount of pain and frustration Cheryl went through with her boats and her heavy pack are lost a bit on the screen. A bunch of the encounters with people she meets on the trail are also cut short or are altogether missing. Overall, the movie felt like an accurate summary of the book.
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    A Writer's Journey | A Writer's Journey

  • Cuisine a la Card

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

    Nat Russo
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The post Are You Using Pinned Tweets? appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Twitter recently rolled out a new feature for profile pages that allows you to keep your vital content visible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This feature is known as Pinned Tweets, and it’s an important part of your content delivery strategy. And you’re not using it.   You read that correctly. It’s one of the single greatest content delivery features Twitter has graced us with, and you’re completely ignoring it! How do I know? Allow me to explain (in an admittedly roundabout way).
  • Whiskey, Wine, & Writing (& Me!)

    Nat Russo
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:16 pm
    The post Whiskey, Wine, & Writing (& Me!) appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Hello friends and readers! I had the great privilege of being interviewed by the beautiful people at Whiskey, Wine, & Writing last night on Google Hangouts. We covered everything from Self-Publishing to…MORE SELF-PUBLISHING!  [What else did you think I’d be talking about? ] If you get the chance, head on over to the link above and give it a watch. And since they took the time to make this awesome graphic (below), I’m going to share it even though the event is in the past.
  • Link Globalization

    Nat Russo
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    The post Link Globalization appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Did you know there is more than one Amazon.com store? Don’t worry. If you didn’t know there is an amazon.co.uk, or an amazon.de, or even an amazon.co.jp, you’re not alone. In fact, many are unaware there are at least 13 international Amazon storefronts. But until you’re aware of this (and do something about it) you may be sending potential customers to the wrong store, losing untold sales in the process! Link globalization is something you need to be aware of if you’re attempting to…
  • Out of Office

    Nat Russo
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    The post Out of Office appeared first on A Writer's Journey. Hello friends! If I’m slow to respond to comments through my various media outlets over the next 10 days, it’s because I’m out of office with limited access. I promise I’ll get caught up around the 18th-ish of March. Cheers! The post Out of Office appeared first on A Writer's Journey.
 
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    terribleminds: chuck wendig

  • Andrea Phillips: In Praise Of The Small Press

    terribleminds
    6 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    Andrea Phillips is one of those writers I’ve known for a good while, now — we fought in the Transmedia Wars of 2018 together. We played live-action Ultima on the rings of Saturn. We ate fudge. Well, she made fudge? And I ate it? Because she really makes very good fudge. Whatever. Point is, I consider her a genuine friend. And now she has a book out — Revision, about a young woman who discovers that edits made to a Wikipedia-like site actually change reality — and it’s with Fireside, who I adore. Here, Andrea talks about working with Fireside and her experience…
  • In Which I Critique Your Story (That I Haven’t Read)

    terribleminds
    5 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    This past weekend, I bopped by San Antonio, Texas to punch a couple bulls, hide a bicycle in the basement of the Alamo, eat buckets of tacos, and also work as faculty for this year’s Paradise Lost writing program. I got to hang out with some fellow pro-grade writers (Delilah S. Dawson, Robert J. Bennett, Marko Kloos) and work with some semi-pro up-and-comers, all under the vigilant stare of the madman known as Sean Patrick Kelley. The program had both a retreat track and a critique track, and I did a couple sessions of critiques with a handful of writers each time. Now, whenever I do…
  • Miriam Black Knows How You’re Going To Die

    terribleminds
    5 May 2015 | 4:27 am
      The time has come, folks. Everyone’s favorite psycho psychic is back – The Miriam Black e-books have returned to sale! In Blackbirds, she has to undo a murder that she causes; in Mockingbird, she must hunt the serial killer stalking the students at a girls’ private school; in The Cormorant, she falls into a trap set for her — one that puts her mother’s life in mortal danger. (Print copies will stagger their releases over the next several months — Blackbirds will come out 8/25, Mockingbird 10/20, Cormorant 2/23, Thunderbird on 4/5.) And not only…
  • Your Favorite Obscure Star Wars Character?

    terribleminds
    4 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    FOURTH THE MAY BE WITH YOU. — Yoda. Ahem. So! Hey. Star Wars. Of all the films, shows, books, and so forth, I gotta know – Who is your favorite obscure Star Wars character? (They don’t need to be all that “obscure” — just not one of the “main cast.” No Luke, Leia, etc.) Me, from the original trilogy, I love me some Nien Nunb. I don’t know why. I like that the joy he expresses when they win. I like his workman’s attitude. He seems like the kinda Sullustan you’d want on your side. Or at your barbecue. He just looks like a good…
  • Flash Fiction Challenge: A Story In Search Terms

    terribleminds
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I saw a great tweet this week. Search History: Cat armor Buy armor for cats Cat jousting tournaments How to stop armored cats Cat army how to stop national guard phone # — Alone Shark (@AbrasiveGhost) April 26, 2015 Search terms tell a story. We’ve seen it used in advertisements. It sometimes plays as a joke on Twitter. This is your challenge. I want you to take six to ten search terms. And I want you to tell a story with them. A narrative progression. That’s it. Short, simple, easy. It can be funny, scary, tragic, whatever. This time, there are stakes. Prizes. I’ll give…
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  • YES, My Site Got 100% Score with SEO Tool

    5 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Happy and proud indeed any conduct tests with SEO Tool to get the maximum score of 100%. We all know that one way to test for credibility in improving SEO website or blog is using SEO Tool, which we encounter online.Now I will share techniques to get a high score in the test with SEO Tool. I will give an explanation of this in a simple, easy to understand and easy to apply to your website or blog.Read more »
  • Free Mobile-Friendly Blogger Template May 2015

    3 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Here is free mobile-friendly blogger template that you can download. Besides a look good, this template also has very good speed, so it can improve your SEO; Ripple Clean and Responsive blogger template created by Arlinadesign, and I highly recommend using this template.Read more »
  • Pay Per Click Advertising

    2 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    Pay per click advertising is also one of the most popular ways to monetize your blog or website. This actually a marketing strategy that placed by search engine and online marketer that hope for increasing traffic and increasing number of customer that will lead them to greater profit. You can use this for your advantage.Read more »
  • Making Your Own eBook to Earn Money

    1 May 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Making an eBook can be a good way to get money from the internet. This is actually an effective way to do as long as you can write a book very well and provide useful information for the readers. An eBook does not have to be informative, but it can be amusing as well. This is why you have two options, whether to write a fiction or a non-fiction one. Reading a book through the internet is more popular today since people are becoming paperless in their daily habits.Read more »
  • Selling Space for Advertisement

    1 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    If you have a website or a blog and want to use it as another source of your income, then you can find yourself lots of different ways to get the money you want. Selling space in your web or blog for advertisement is one thing that you can try. You may notice that there are many blank spaces on your web or blog that you don’t have any idea what to do it. Read more »
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  • What I learned from Re-Writing my Novels - guest post from Samantha Bryant

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

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

    Anne OConnell
    4 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Now with three self-published books under my belt I thought it might be a good time to share a few of my favourite self-publishing tools that I have in my repertoire. There are hundreds to choose from and these are a select few that keep cropping up each time along with a couple new ones I found (or that just evolved) as I prepared to publish Deep Deceit. Photo of me and Burj al Arab in b/g by Katie Foster, book covers all designed by Creation BoothKindle Formatting Template from Shelley HitzIt was about three years ago that I started following Shelley Hitz and getting her newsletter,…
  • Book List Websites

    Anne OConnell
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:29 am
    The launch week activity has wrapped up and we're taking a breather before continuing with the virtual tour so I thought I'd take the opportunity and use this post to share with you some of the free book listing websites I've found and successfully posted on (some accept only ebooks and some are for print).Here are a few you might like to add to your own book marketing strategy:Authors Den"Where authors and readers come together."Author Marketing Club"Join thousands of authors who want to promote their books. Free book marketing resources and tools."Book Hitch"A search engine for books."Book…
  • The Deep Deceit Book Launch Tour Continues!

    Anne OConnell
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    It was a busy launch week for Deep Deceit. I'm thrilled to report that on the second day of the Kindle give away, it landed on the Top 10 Amazon Best Seller List on Amazon.ca for mystery and suspense!  The tour cranked up and if you missed any of the stops, here's a re-cap of where we've been so far:Book Readers Heaven - kicked off the tour on March 8th.Thank you Glenda Bixler for your launch day review. If you like to peruse reviews to find your next good read, definitely put this blog on your favorites list! She's started to review poetry too :)Arabian Tales and Other Amazing…
 
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  • The 2-Step Process to Make Guest Posting 100x More Effective

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

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

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

    Kevin Duncan
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    His screams still haunt me. My childhood friend was standing ten yards away from me when it happened. At 17, he had a bright future ahead of him. College. A wife. Children. All these things were on the horizon. Each now in jeopardy. It shouldn’t have happened. He had dodged so many bullets before, you would have thought he’d learned his lesson. Alas, my friend thought he was invincible. He was mistaken. From my vantage point, you could see the moment he realized he’d made a horrible decision. Seconds from impact, the look of fear in his eyes spoke volumes. “This is…
  • Be Memorable: Why I Wrote An 8,000-Word Blog Post (and Why You Should Do Something Just As Crazy)

    Kevin Duncan
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    In the time it takes you to read this sentence, Gwyneth Paltrow will have done something pretentious, Taylor Swift will have broken up with another boyfriend, and 21 new blogs will have been created. You see, supposedly, a new blog is being created somewhere in the world every half second. Every half second. How can you succeed as a blogger when approximately 172,800 new blogs are created each and every day? How can you compete? How can you get noticed? Exclusive Blog Post Bonus: Want a PDF checklist for “Be Memorable: Why I Wrote An 8,000-Word Blog Post (and Why You Should Do…
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  • heARTlines festival launch! Come for the party!

    cristyburne
    1 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Come one! Come all! Come for the OPENING of  the 2015 heARTlines Festival of Children’s Literature and Book Illustration exhibition. The exhibition opening will be held at the Mundaring Arts Centre from 7-8.30 pm on Friday 15 May and you can RSVP your attendance with the Mundaring Arts Centre. More on the festival Held from […]
  • Communicate to inspire (your plaice or mine?)

    cristyburne
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Yesterday at Scitech nearly 100 science communicators gathered to network, share ideas and hear from some of Australia’s exciting and most influential scientists and communicators. Highlights of the day included an opening address by the funny, inspiring and very switched-on Professor Peter Klinken, WA’s Chief Scientist. 5 quick quotes from Professor Klinken at #comm2inspire: Scientists need to […]
  • HeARTlines, diving for treasure, and digging up dinosaurs

    cristyburne
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am
    How’s 2015 treating you? I’m loving it! I’ve just finished reading The Luminaries, which is AMAZING and totally worth the months of dedicated reading it took me to finish. I’m also: – writing a fast, funny chapter novel (at least my children think it’s funny), – preparing for the 2015 heARTlines festival of children’s literature and […]
  • Takeshita Demons fan art: nukekubi nightmares!

    cristyburne
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:29 am
    How’s your 2015 shaping up? Invented anything crazy yet? I’m writing a manuscript with my five-year-old, which is quite an entertaining process. He has some off-the-wall ideas, which is just what I need for this book! If you’re feeling creative, why not give yourself ten minutes to play on paper. Maybe try drawing something crazy-fun, like these awesome […]
  • 2015: Finish your book or eat grilled crickets

    cristyburne
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    You read it here first: This year I am finally going to finish that book. You know. The one I’ve been writing for THREE YEARS!! It should never have taken this long. I have all the excuses, and it has been a fabulous learning journey, but at the end of the year day, it’s time to […]
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  • 13 Week Novel--Week 10: Getting Past the Slump

    5 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Well, it's Week 10. We should all be close to the end.I'd like to take this time to remind all of us that this is not perfect. It may not even be good. But it's a draft that we can work with in the revision.Is your brilliant story wilting in the middle? Image: Lynn Friedman on FlickrBy this point in the novel, I'm skipping scenes, or just writing summaries, or just writing something terrible that I want to erase right away. But I don't erase it. I tell people I want to delete it, but I don't delete a damned thing until I revise. Not even he worst crap.I have fragments of things all over the…
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 9: The Middle

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Yes, I know it's not the middle of 13 weeks, but it's probably the middle of your story right now. Or maybe a little past the middle. The part where focus diffuses, where the plot strays, where the story gets claustrophobic or entirely hijacked by something just introduced. The part where the writer begins to question herself. Thus, allergies kick in, stomach flu comes on, or migraines take over.Excuses.Here's the remedy. Now get back to work. Image: National Museum of American History SmithsonianI've had one of those weeks. I just wanted to write, but stuff kept coming up and my trip back to…
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 8: The Chaos of Figuring Out a Novel

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    If you started this 13 week process with a new book project, you're probably still in the happy I'm gonna get this novel done! phase. For me, this lasts until, approximately, page 78. It's funny that this number has a hold on me. I started two novels before I was 12 years old and stopped writing them both on page 78. I still find this number to be one where everything comes easily—I don't know what it is, but it flows without much effort."Almost all interesting systems are chaotic..." says Martin Sharman. I'd include writing a novel in that. Image: Martin Sharman, "Quantum Ripples…
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 7: Setting as Character

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:02 pm
    6 Ways to Develop Setting as CharacterSetting is critical to your story. To any story. To feel like we really are someplace, whether that place is on the moon, in ancient Mesopotamia, the White House, or Tucson in 1965.Is your setting overwhelmed by words? Image: din bcnLast week I may have implied that a writer should not bother with setting during the first draft. A writer doesn't need to do all sorts of research and build up setting during the first draft, unless it helps him immerse himself in the story.But a writer should pay attention to setting as it affects the story and the…
  • 13 Week Novel--Week 6: Deeply Knowing Characters

    6 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    For the novelist, the first draft is all about character and plot. Sure, setting, voice, dialogue, and all the other elements come into play because all of it is part of storytelling and without that we wouldn't be having much fun. But the reality is that if a writer pays too much attention to anything more than character and plot, he will slow down.How well do you know your characters? How well do they know themselves? Image: Richard John PozonPersonally, I love language, and writing with impact and beauty and emotion drives me to write to a large degree. I have to stop myself, though, from…
 
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    The International Freelancer

  • The Top Content Marketing Myths That Are Hurting Your Writing Income (Part 10 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are certain content marketing myths that repeatedly keep coming up in journalism circles that keep journalists wary of approaching new clients in this field or experimenting with the idea. Here are the most persistent ones and why I believe them to not be true. The post The Top Content Marketing Myths That Are Hurting Your Writing Income (Part 10 of 10) appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • 7 Things You’ll be Expected to Write as a Content Marketing Writer (Part 9 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    As I discovered after clients hired me to write service pieces, trend stories, and profiles, it’s not. In fact, I haven’t written a single blog post in the entire time I’ve been doing content marketing writing and were I offered the chance to do so, I’d probably still say no. So if content marketing writing isn’t just writing blog posts, what does it involve writing? I made a list. (You know how I love my lists.) If you’ve been looking into the idea of being a content marketing writer, here are some of the things you can expect to write. The post 7 Things You’ll be Expected to…
  • How to Get Hired When You Apply for Content Marketing Work (Part 8 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This shouldn’t come as news to you but finding work as a content marketing writer is an entirely different process than finding work as a journalist. Even though the skills you’re eventually going to fall back on eventually to do the work are the same, the role you’re playing as a content marketing writer is entirely different to the role you play as a journalist. This is important to think about. Because it is what will drive your marketing. When you want to find work as a journalist, you need to focus on your experience and the story you’re pitching. What do you need to focus on…
  • 6 Website Tweaks That Will Ensure Your Content Marketing Success (Part 7 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you do have a website and would like to get more content marketing clients while reducing the time spent marketing, add these six simple tweaks to your to-do list to ensure your content marketing success. You’ll be overbooked before you know it. The post 6 Website Tweaks That Will Ensure Your Content Marketing Success (Part 7 of 10) appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • 7 Mistakes Journalists Make When Applying for Content Marketing Gigs (Part 6 of 10)

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today I want to turn my focus to some of the common mistakes writers, and experienced journalists especially, make when they’re pitching for content marketing gigs. Are you making any of them? The post 7 Mistakes Journalists Make When Applying for Content Marketing Gigs (Part 6 of 10) appeared first on The International Freelancer.
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  • How Crazy Egg Tripled Their Email List and Increased Brand Loyalty

    Kristen Dunleavy
    5 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    When Kathryn Aragon began her role as content manager at analytics company Crazy Egg two years ago, she faced a big problem: Crazy Egg’s email subscribers weren’t happy about getting emails every day. Their irritation turned into a negative brand perception that needed to change – and fast. Crazy Egg’s blog, The Daily Egg, was producing a slew of great content, so in the beginning daily emails made sense. Kathryn’s job was to use email marketing to deliver that content, increase brand loyalty, and drive more traffic to Crazy Egg’s website while boosting its email list along…
  • Grow Your Email Audience With LeadPages + AWeber

    Olivia Dello Buono
    4 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    Landing page testing and optimization are among the most valuable things you can do to grow your email audience. But how often do we find ourselves struggling to get started? Thankfully, there’s a tool that makes testing easier than ever. It’s called LeadPages. How It Works LeadPages lets you create and test mobile-optimized landing pages, forms and automation links with ease. With LeadPages, you can build a customized landing page, complete with your brand’s font, images and colors. You can even split-test your landing page to test which headlines or colors are most effective in…
  • #AWeberLife: Talking Blogging With SimpleSeasonal.com

    Olivia Dello Buono
    1 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    When raising a family, it’s easy to fall back on pre-packaged and take-out foods. After all, it’s convenient, easy and quick – three tempting buzzwords for every modern parent. But for Dan and Rachel Hanawalt, they knew that by opting for convenience they were sacrificing their health. “My husband and I came to the realization that we needed to make some real changes to our lifestyle,” said Rachel. “Both of us began to understand that our bad health choices were beginning to hold us back.” So they set out to make a change, adopting healthier dietary habits in order to live a…
  • 10 Twitter Chats Every Blogger Should Follow

    Brandon Olson
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    The Twitter stream moves at an alarming 9,000 tweets per second. How in the world are you supposed to gain exposure for your blog when the news feed becomes outdated within seconds of posting your tweet? One of the best ways to break through the noise on Twitter is by participating in Twitter chats. It’s a great way to increase your knowledge of a specific topic, build connections with fellow bloggers and gain exposure for yourself and your blog. What Is a Twitter Chat? A Twitter chat is a regularly scheduled online discussion that takes place on Twitter around a specific hashtag.
  • The Anatomy of a Good Video

    Jason Moore
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Video is great. Why? Because it lets you show and tell, rather than just tell. And that showing and telling can go a long way towards marketing your business. According to a study by EyeView, they found an increase of 80 percent in conversions from visitors watching a video on a landing page – and that’s only one of the many benefits of using video. However, making a video is more than winging it with your laptop camera, or whipping out your iPhone and recording something on a whim (although, I will admit that iPhones have pretty good cameras and mics – but that’s a topic for…
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  • Writer Wednesday—Who’s Your Daddy?

    Robin Tidwell
    6 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Okay, who’s your publisher? Are they legit? Do you know the difference? There are so, so many kinds of publishing these days, and unfortunately, some of those publishers are only out to make a quick buck and take advantage of writers. The first type is traditional publishing, or trade publishing. This is the kind where […]
  • Prep Monday—Getting Organized

    Robin Tidwell
    4 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Between kid activities and my business and a few other things, I’ve barely had a chance to get down to the farm lately; except yesterday, when I took my mom down to see the place. She’s visiting from Colorado, and won’t be back until fall at least, so we took the opportunity while we had […]
  • Fan Friday—Planning Weddings

    Robin Tidwell
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I have to say, this is the first wedding I’ve planned mostly via texting. And I hate texting. I mean, it has its uses, such as when you need a quick, short response—and I don’t mean “k.” Like a yes-or-no question answer, or a time confirmation. Beyond that, just pick up the phone and call […]
  • Writer Wednesday—How Do You Get Your Name “Out There?”

    Robin Tidwell
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I got to thinking today, and reading social media, and there are tons of ways to get your name noticed—and, by extension, your books. So I decided to list these, in no particular order. Some will work better than others, some might not work at all, but I know authors who have used them all. […]
 
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  • Boxing with Engelbrecht

    Davide Mana
    6 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Sometimes I feel stupid. What, you say, only sometimes? Yeah, laugh all you want. Consider this – back in the ’90s I got myself a copy of Cawthorn & Moorcock’s Fantasy, the 100 Best Books. It was a great read, and an excellent tool for discovering new books to read. I therefore started working through the list, checking out the books I already knew (about half of the list), and beginning a hunt for the remaining titles. Of them all, one was so weird, I suspected for years the authors had simply made it up as a prank. The book was Maurice Richardson‘s The Exploits…
  • Back to school (but did I ever leave?)

    Davide Mana
    5 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    Yes, I know, I already told you about MOOCs, and I’m probably boring you to death. Fact is, my own MOOC curriculum is expanding fast, and I’m currently as busy as I was when I was studying for my degree – with two substantial differences. First – I’m not paying a fortune in taxes. Second – I’m studying quietly at home, basically improving my culture instead of watching old movies or silly TV shows on the telly. And I can see a pattern emerging. Right now, I’m following a writing course with the Open University a course on the history and…
  • The Ten Virtues of Tea

    Davide Mana
    4 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    So my next short story will be set in India (aha!) and will be a steampunkish mystery caper sort of thing somewhat related to my GreyWorld project. So far I only have an idea or two, a single character sketch and a deadline – and a very strict deadline it is, because the story will be submitted to a publisher. Also, I have a theme: my story will deal with tea. And I like this, because I am a tea drinker, and drinking tea is part of my writing process… because it’s a good way to take a pause, and think about something else. So, as part of the research work for my story, I…
  • WriAStoADaMo?

    Davide Mana
    3 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    And so it looks like I did the right thing at the right time without knowing. Sort of a serendipitous thing. Fact is, I found out yesterday about the Write a Story a Day initiative – which is sort of the short-story equivalent of NaNoWriMo. Now, of course, I blew it from the beginning – I wrote a short story in three days. Ah, what sad a failure I am. And yet… Really, what intrigued me most is the blog post through which I learned about the Story day thing – and that’s Anne R. Allen’s recent 13 Reasons Why You Should Write a Short Story This Month. Now,…
  • Writing on spec – the end (?)

    Davide Mana
    3 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    And so it’s done. 3500 words, ten scenes. From open call to final draft in 48 hours. Not bad at all, if I do say so myself. I still need a title1 and a final revision (is it possible to turn up the volume a little on the action scenes and make the finale even more dark? Maybe add 100 good words cutting 10 useless ones?) But I’ll send it along to the editor before midnight anyway. Will it sell? Who knows. It was well worth the try anyway. In the meantime, I have learned that the turret in a submarine is called the sail of the sub, and it comes with two sail fins – the…
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  • How I Made a Repository of my Writings, and Why

    Dylan Kinnett
    3 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    If you have a lifetime of writings, it can get difficult to sort through it all. I'd like to describe a the system I use to keep track of what I've written. Suggestions for improvement are welcome!
  • View from a broken window

    Dylan Kinnett
    3 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
  • Creative Changes

    Dylan Kinnett
    2 May 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Some creative projects take longer to finish than others. Opportunities arise in the meantime, and after seizing a few of those, things begin to pile up. It's time to finish a few projects and move on.
  • “Set List” for Upcoming Chapbook

    Dylan Kinnett
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    I’m nearly finished with the work to create the new chapbook called “Portraits and Landscapes.” This project has subsumed an earlier one, so there are a few pieces from that (now basically abandoned) project in the list of contents below. It’s interesting how that can happen, sometimes: one project gets delayed by another, because they’re … Continued
  • Composing with Words the Way John Cage Composes with Sounds

    Dylan Kinnett
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:31 pm
    In about two days, I plan to get on stage to perform a written work in front of a live audience and read, not from a script, but from something more like a score. I'm not the only person engaging in this literary experiment. There are about a dozen of us. What are we doing?
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  • Author survey: Society of Authors responds

    Harry Bingham
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    Our survey into what authors thought about the firms that publish them has aroused considerable interest on both sides of the Atlantic. A useful Bookseller article garnered an interesting set of responses, but obviously, for reasons of space, some of those comments were truncated. So here, in full, is the response of [...]
  • Grumbling, but not quitting: what authors really think of publishers

    Harry Bingham
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    At the start of March, Jane Friedman and I launched the English-speaking world’s most comprehensive survey of what authors think of the firms that publish them. We invited the views of traditionally published authors only, whether or not they had also self-published. We sought to create a survey that was both balanced [...]
  • Do You Love Your Publisher? A survey

    Harry Bingham
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    Authors need publishers – but our experiences of the publishing process can be quite mixed. What’s more, it’s oddly rare for publishers to ask authors, at the end of a particular publishing journey, “How did you find us? What did we do well? What could we have done better?” In my own (17 year, 15+ [...]
  • Hunting agents, Getting book deals

    Harry Bingham
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:14 am
    A guest post from Liz Monument – who found her agent through Agent Hunter. Read more at: www.lizmonument.com   Like most novelists, I’ve been writing since childhood. And like most novelists, it took several drafts of several novels before I reached a publishable standard. My ‘first’ novel is actually the seventh [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Alice Lutyens

    Harry Bingham
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:58 am
    This is an interview with literary agent, Alice Lutyens. Alice has worked at Curtis Brown since 2003, fresh from completing her English degree at Edinburgh University. She is the Audio Manager responsible for handling all the sales of their titles to independent audio publishers. She also has her own list of authors, varying from zesty [...]
 
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  • Speaking of Royals . . .

    rolandrhicks
    2 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    In honor of the birth of yet another royal baby – a discussion between William Hanlin and General McClellan concerning the French princes on McClellan’s staff – and royalty in America: . . . the door swung open and three … Continue reading →
  • The Ice Cream Truck and Baltimore

    rolandrhicks
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    What happened to Freddie Gray? I have no idea. Obviously. I do, however, have an inkling. As would anyone ever transported by police, sheriffs, marshals, Correctional Officers, or any one else in law enforcement who transports more than one prisoner at … Continue reading →
  • Thank you Paul Kirchner

    rolandrhicks
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Filed under: Commentary, Prison and 'the System', This Book Ain't for Reading Tagged: criminal justice system, freedom, leaving prison, prison, prison memoir
  • The Falcon, and History, and Reviews, and Stuff

    rolandrhicks
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Thank you so much for allowing me to read “The Falcon.” I have been reading Civil War fiction for over 50 years, and I can scarcely if ever remember reading a book that did the subject more justice than did … Continue reading →
  • Adventures in Writing #342, The Underwear Bandit

    rolandrhicks
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:29 pm
    A metal table, headphones on listening to the Red Sox, flying through an early chapter of The Ceremony of Innocence, I was oblivious to my surroundings. For a solid ten minutes before two bags of potato chips, a box of … Continue reading →
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    Josh Spilker

  • A Tangent about Passion (Or The Idea I Didn’t Do)

    Josh Spilker
    4 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Hey, remember the suggestion I mentioned in this post? You know, about making an up/down vote as an aggregator of stories or poems? What happened to that idea? I took this idea kinda seriously, drew some mock-ups and started working on it. I talked to a few people about web development for it, explored some […]
  • You’re Reading This 5/2

    Josh Spilker
    2 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    what would you do with a failing literary journal? here’s what i would do: thanks for asking.just wrapped up challenge #3 on I Can’t Stop Thinking About Diet Coke…it was about doughnuts! #4 is coming soon.my friend austin asked me to put together an emo playlist w/ my favorite songs. so i did. has the american dream run out […]
  • What To Do With a Failing Literary Journal? (Or What Should A Lit Mag Be?)

    Josh Spilker
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    This question popped up on Facebook a few months ago: “I have an ailing college literary journal on my hands–focused on print. does anyone have tips?” This is (essentially) what I wrote on Facebook: #1 Stop printing more than once per year. You’re burning money this way. #2 Take some of that money and hire […]
  • You’re Reading This 4/25

    Josh Spilker
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    hey, you probably don’t want to read anymore, so you could listen to these podcasts instead. Two Book Minimum and Lit Up look especially good. kanye west as the antihero. really excellent interv with Atticus Lish at The Quietus. HIs book has gotten some ‘positive’ reviews and i’ll tackle it after my library fast is […]
  • Library Fast Update !!!

    Josh Spilker
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:03 pm
    I started off 2015 with a library fast. That’s right, no books from the library. I’m supposed to be reading only what’s on my shelf. How am I doing? Okay. I’ve only read books from the library. But so far, that hasn’t been too many books. You can see my full list here. The goal […]
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    The Art of Writing - Austin Miller

  • SteamWorld Heist: Bringing Steampunk From Underground to Outer Space

    Austin Miller
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    An Interview with the creator and owner of the up and coming game--SteamWorld Heist.by Austin MillerA foreward:Image and Form has changed quite a few things up since their original hit, SteamWorld Dig. Brjann says that "A big, tragic-and yet to be revealed event" has forced the heroes (the steambots) to take action, this time in space. As you can tell from the video, SteamWorld Heist is a skill and turn-based combat game with a variety of strategies and tactics involved, mot notably--the ricochet shot. The game is in 2D side perspective with a focus on team effort "upon entering enemy ships…
  • Compulsion Games is Making a Comeback With an Eerie 1960's Twist

    Austin Miller
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    From compulsiongames.com We Happy FewInterview With Alex Epstein—Narrative Director of Compulsion Gamesby Austin MillerYour website has the basic narrative premise laid out, but there's still a lot to be said. Could you indulge us a little more on the actual storyline and its characters?Thank you for asking. That is a Super Secret Secret Squirrel secret. I can tell you that … nope, I can’t.Contrast is still one of my favorite games to release on the PS4. It seems to have received laudable reviews from both media and gamers (especially in regards to its artistic style and storytelling).
  • Animation Guru Pablo Navarro Stops By!

    Austin Miller
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    By Austin MillerA short conversation with Pablo Navarro where we wax nostalgic about Argentina, discuss his current projects, and his moving to Spain.Pablo Navarro is the Character Animator for critically acclaimed films Nocturna (2007) and Chico y Rita (2010).What are you working on currently and are there any projects you'd like to announce?Well, yes fortunately I’m working on something, right now I'm directing the animation for a high quality TV series, micro episodes of one minute each. I usually do not work for TV unless the project is appealing and will have a high standard of…
  • The Grandfather Paradox

    Austin Miller
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Image from Wikimedia For any author or serious student of literature-- it's important to be familiar with the various theories and ideas authors use to explore humanity. For science fiction, the Grandfather Paradox is just that theory. The basic idea is as follows: Image from trinhmanhdo.com Interestingly enough it's not scientists who have conceived of the Grandfather Paradox but a writer in 1943, a thinker by the name of René Barjavel. Now, if you start to study the Grandfather Paradox closely you'll see that there a plethora of…
  • What "The Rat Pack" Can Teach Us About Academic Prose

    Austin Miller
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Image sourced from Agentpalmer.com By Austin MillerThe Rat Pack EffectIf you're anything like me you tend to binge on specific artists. You go through periods, days, weeks, or even months where you become obsessed and want to get your hands on everything X or Y has ever produced. There's no need to feel ashamed of this tendency. For one thing, I believe it's a healthy disease to have, and secondly--it's probably Netflix's fault anyway. As of late, my drug of choice has been none other than The Rat Pack. The Rat Pack (as many of you know) consists of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis…
 
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    M.C. Simon Writes

  • Balada: The first four stanzas, of the call that summons the Reapers of Ragnarok

    M.C. Simon
    6 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    BALADA: The first four stanzas, of the call that summons the Reapers of Ragnarok Book Details Title: Balada: The first four stanzas, of the call that summons the Reapers of Ragnarok Series: Balada: A Symphony of Eternity Author: Solea Razvan… Read the rest
  • Sugar Detox

    M.C. Simon
    5 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Sugar Detox By Tony Milton Book Review As I already stated in “Losing Weight/Lifestyle Changes“, one of the main goals I have for the first round of challenging myself towards a better and healthier lifestyle, is to cancel any consumption… Read the rest
  • Fighting Against Adverbs

    M.C. Simon
    4 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Fighting Against Adverbs It’s been a long time since I’ve noticed a real war between writers and adverbs. I am sure you heard about it, also. Lately, we cannot even talk about a war because it was almost transformed into… Read the rest
  • Writers Pay It Forward

    M.C. Simon
    3 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Writers Pay It Forward *** NOTE: This thought is addressed to ALL the writers/bloggers/readers I have met or will ever get to meet. I am hoping that… you will read until the end… even if it is longer then you… Read the rest
  • The Fairy Woods Children

    M.C. Simon
    1 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The Fairy Woods Children By Adriana Yamane Book Review   Book Details Title: The Fairy Woods Children: A story of magic and adventure, from where the two worlds meet Author: Adriana Yamane Genre: Fiction, Inspirational and Initiatory Format: Ebook and… Read the rest
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    Powerful Views

  • The Wooden Ledge

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

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

    Karan Gandhi
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    The trials & tribulations The never ending inflation The tension the worry Amidst the flurry! The sickness, this disease The cough & the sneeze Where shall I flee? To set myself free! O, what shall I do? In this world untrue O, where shall I go? For life to bestow! They said, just smile Try it for a while Just say ‘Cheese’ And you’ll find all your keys! Does it work, I enquired Is it really required? I was in depression Asked irrelevant questions! But try, I must Lest life turn to rust Let’s give it a shot To untie this knot. I arose and smiled Squealed like a child I…
  • Let Life Take Over…

    Karan Gandhi
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The pressures this trauma The anxiety and the drama, The fast local trains Humongous traffic in by-lanes. Where should I run To get a glimpse of the sun, Where must I flee For fresh air to breathe! At the sea shore My heart I pour, My legs you caress You speak to my stress. A tinge of white and blue Kissing the golden hue, Be it morning or night What a pretty sight! Come touch the sea It’s glory you must see, Come and surrender Feel the breeze tender. Within the wet sands In natures hands, Come, look at the grace Let nature embrace. Far from the towers The political powers, Distant from the…
  • Beautiful Blue Eyes

    Karan Gandhi
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Beautiful blue eyes Looking to the skies Seeking relief I am done with grief! Masked in blue jeans Driving to lush greens Time to ponder I will not wander. Be still my soul While I am sole Blessings of the world Come to me twirled. Time to introspect Back in retrospect Thank the creation For this incarnation. In moments spare I’ll continue to stare The universe profound With miracles abound. Nothing to complain Or swear in vain Give thanks and be wise Through my blue eyes!Filed under: Photoliscious, Poet In Me Tagged: blue, eyes, Photography, poetry
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    Write to Done

  • 10 Easy Ways To Write Headlines That Go Viral

    Philip Kleudgen
    5 May 2015 | 2:40 am
    You’ve written an amazing post.But everybody knows that it’s not (only) about the quality of your content.It’s how you sell it.How do you sell a blog post, a book, a video—any content?By writing an amazing headline that sucks the reader in immediately.Big sites like Buzzfeed, Viral Nova and Bored Panda do it.Upworthy does it. Huffington Post does it.Their articles go viral WAY more often than yours do.There’s no way you could write viral headlines for each of your posts like they do, you might think.Until now.Here are 10 proven tips to help you write better…
  • How to Double Your Readers with This Significant Strategy

    Mary Jaksch
    1 May 2015 | 12:58 am
    In the endless sea of textbooks, essays and lectures, there are obviously more than enough pages about how to write better.Be concrete.Focus on the core message.Evoke emotion.Entertain, surprise, tell a story, omit needless words.Simplify, simplify, simplify.Despite all this useful advice, many aspiring writers fail to heed the most important rule that is guaranteed to double your readers:Trust your material.There seems to be a trend where uninteresting ideas try to covertly pass as interesting. A lot of this writing ends up having a cheesy, gimmicky feel.It’s like raving about the…
  • 10 Best Creative Writing Exercises

    Mary Jaksch
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Here are ten of the best creative writing exercises for you to enjoy.1. 7x7x7 Find the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to page 7. Look at the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit the length to  7 lines. 2. Dictionary Open the dictionary to a random page. Find a word that you do not know how to define. Write an imaginary definition for it. Repeat. 3. First Describe a first. Your first kiss, your first kitten, your first day of school—all will make excellent stories.  4. Magazine Puzzle Cut out interesting words, phrases,…
  • Fall in Love with Writing: Watch these Inspiring Videos

    Mary Jaksch
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:58 am
    At times, we need to fall in love with writing again. The video below will inspire you.Did you enjoy this video by Ira Glass? I loved it!Writing can be frustrating, but it can also be exhilarating.Ira really explains so well what happens.You have an idea.And then you try writing it down.But you can’t quite capture what was in your mind.And because you can never quite capture the idea you had in the first place, you feel frustrated at times.The videos in this post are an antidote to frustration! Watch them and you’ll fall in love with writing all over again. The video below…
  • Learning to Write When You’ve Lost Your Mojo: 5 Tips

    Jackie Johansen
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:53 am
    Have you ever lost the motivation to write?You know what that feels like—projects wait to get started, they stall, or they go unfinished.Your head is filled with a fog, instead of the lightness of inspired ideas.I’ve been there.At times, I feel excited and in the flow — fingers dancing over the keyboard. At others, sitting down to write is heavy and challenging.But losing your motivation doesn’t mean you have to lose heart.Losing our motivation is part of the larger creative process. We wouldn’t have the bursts of inspiration and productivity without the difficult creative…
 
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    joelmarkharris

  • 5 Tactics To Help You Beat Writer's Block

    Joel Mark Harris
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
      Are there days that you just don’t feel like writing that article, that story or that thesis? I know I have days when I don’t feel very motivated. I don't want to get out of bed. The world seems too large and too scary.    These last couple of weeks I’ve had so much else going on that’s been really hard for me to sit down and write a blog post (although I did somehow manage to finish a draft of my third novel.)    So here are 5 tips to write even when you don’t feel like it. If you’re just
  • The Number 1 Modern Myth

    Joel Mark Harris
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
        Just recently employees of the electronic superstore Future Shop drove into work only to find their store was locked and the manager informed them that they had all been laid off.   In total, without prior warning, 1,500 people lost their jobs. Just like that. Can you imagine dropping your kids off at work, getting a coffee, fighting traffic and then finding the doors to the work were locked?   All of a sudden these people were out on the street with only a couple of weeks of severance and
  • Why You Shouldn't Become A Better Person

    Joel Mark Harris
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
        The Modern Worker   Stephen King has one and only one talent: he is the best at writing engaging and suspenseful books.   He can’t even write a screenplay which rely on the same principles as books but are slightly different. Even by his own admission the movies he directed were terrible. He gets other people to handle distribution, sales, and marketing.   Yet Stephen King is worth about $400 million. Clearly his lack of talent in other areas of his life hasn’t hurt him financially.   We
  • How Spiderman Almost Became Homeless

    Joel Mark Harris
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
        In the mid-90s Marvel Comics, the company responsible for, Spiderman, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Captain America went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.   It was partly due to mismanagement and partly due to the slumping industry   A new company bought Marvel Comics and formed Marvel Enterprise.   They decided to diversify but the most important decision they made was to reboot their franchises using Hollywood. They started with Men In Black, Blade, and then Spiderman.   You would have
  • Do You Have a High Creative Quotient?

    Joel Mark Harris
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
      Human beings are naturally creative so it’s funny that most companies try to stiffer that creativity with rules and regulations. This often leads to what I call the ‘Zombie syndrome’ where a company hires a person’s body but not their mind.   Most companies do this unintentionally of course, but people who aren’t allowed to express their creativity at work become disengaged and alienated from management. They feel their opinions or feelings don’t’ really matter.   Creative expression doesn’t
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    Text and Academic Authors Association Blog

  • Jaksa receives TAA Textbook Contract Review Grant

    TAA
    4 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    Joseph Jaksa, an associate professor of criminal justice and graduate program coordinator at Saginaw Valley State University, has received a TAA Textbook Contract Review Grant for his textbook, Security 101: An Introduction to the Private Security Industry, to be published by Carolina Academic Press. “I am extremely grateful to TAA for this grant award,” he said. “The award afforded me the opportunity to have a highly qualified attorney and legal professional review my contract, make relevant recommendations, and represent my best interests while negotiating an agreement…
  • Featured Member: Textbook author shares how to maintain enthusiasm, organize production process

    Maureen Foerster
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Robert W. Christopherson is Professor Emeritus of Geography at American River College (1970-2000). He is the author of the leading physical geography texts in the U.S. and Canada all published by Pearson Prentice Hall. He and his nature photographer wife Bobbe have completed twelve expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions since 2003, gathering information and photos for his books, Geosystems, 9/e, Elemental Geosystems, 8/e, Geosystems Canadian Edition, 4/e, and Applied Physical Geography, 9/e. Here Christopherson shares some of the secrets to his success, including the value of…
  • The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: May 1, 2015

    Libby Becker
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    The semester is rapidly coming to an end, with some of you already finished. Have you given thought to your summer writing goals? Do you write more or less during the summer months? I love this quote, “Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious.” I’m not really sure if writing will ever feel as natural as breathing, no matter what amount of writing I do. However one thing is for sure: not writing does make me anxious. I have to get the thoughts out of my head and onto my computer screen (and sometimes paper). It’s like the throbbing pain…
  • 5 Strategies to move your writing forward after rejection

    Libby Becker
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    Rejection can be devastating and even crippling for a writer after pouring hours, months, or even years into a manuscript. Having strategies in place to help you cope with the sting of rejection will help move your writing forward. Here are five such strategies to use: Allow yourself to be upset. No matter how far you are in your career, rejection will always hurt. The key here is to only allow yourself a short, defined amount of time to be upset. Take the afternoon off. Go for a walk. Sit at your favorite coffee shop and read. Talk to a colleague. Whatever it is you have to do to feel and…
  • 3 Steps to consider when crafting an article introduction

    TAA
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    The introduction is perhaps the most important section of an article, but unfortunately it can be notoriously difficult to write. To help make the process less painful and more productive, Meagan Kittle Autry, the Director of Thesis and Dissertation Support Services at NC State University, shared advice for writing exceptional introductions in a recent TAA podcast entitled How to Write an Introduction That Will Get Your Article Accepted. According to Kittle Autry, there are three key elements to consider when writing an introduction that can impact the success of your article being selected…
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    Write Nonfiction NOW!

  • You Aren’t Too Tired to Write

    Nina Amir
    6 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Photo courtesy of andresr|stockfresh.comDuring a group coaching session today, a client asked me if fatigue was a reason not to write. She was worried she might produce low-quality work if she wrote when tired. I told her to throw that excuse out the window. In fact, she might write better when feeling tired.It’s true that you typically are more productive and effective when you feel fully awake. When you are alert and energetic, you can focus your attention and apply your energy to the project at hand: composing your manuscript.Write When You’re TiredHowever, studies show that when it…
  • The One Thing You Must Do to Become a Nonfiction Writer

    Nina Amir
    4 May 2015 | 12:28 am
    Photo courtesy of fotek | fotolia.comI could teach you a lot of things about becoming a successful nonfiction writer. Scan through the posts on this site, and you’ll find a plethora of topics I’ve covered to provide you with a nonfiction education. I’ve written about everything from article and book ideation and structure to pitching agents and publishers to platform and promotion. However, none of this matters if you don’t do one thing and one thing only: write. To become a nonfiction writer, you must write.The majority of aspiring writers and authors complain that they don’t…
  • 8 Reasons Nonfiction Writers are Special

    Nina Amir
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    Photo courtesy of alexmillos | stockfresh.comI consider nonfiction writers special. They possess unique qualities and skills and have a particular set of needs. Yet, in many ways, nonfiction writers get overlooked.More people want to write fiction. Therefore, novelists tend to get the most attention, for example, at writing events. And their needs are addressed more often on writing blogs and podcasts.The majority of book buyers purchase nonfiction titles, however. That’s why bookstores tend to stock about 30 percent fiction and 70 percent nonfiction titles. That means a huge opportunity…
  • How to Make Time to Write

    Nina Amir
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Photo copyright kikkerdirk | stockfresh.comIf your manuscript remains unfinished because you don’t have enough time to write, you aren’t alone. “Lack of time” is the reason most-often mentioned by those who say they want to write a book but haven’t achieved this goal. However, time isn’t you problem.Your problem involves priorities and attention. You believe some activities are more important than writing and you focus on other goals or actions at the expense of your book.How to Lose Found TimeThis past week I spoke with a client of mine who had been too busy to finish the last…
  • 6 Steps to Creating Your Author Brand

    Nina Amir
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:31 am
    Photo courtesy of iqoncept | stockfresh.com.Branding seems like an activity best suited to companies, like Nike, Audi, Best Buy, Rolex, or Amazon. Books and words brand nonfiction authors, right? And they do so in an authentic and organic manner.In fact, authors do need brands, but most writers don’t think about branding—or don’t want to think about it. Those writers who do bother to brand themselves typically wait until they become authors or have been published for a while.In both cases, this is a mistake. Serious nonfiction writers who want to succeed as authors should include…
 
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    Unique Web Copy

  • Use Commas. Don’t be a Psycho.

    Angie Papple Johnston
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    While it’s funny, it’s not. Using commas in your writing helps readers process what you’re saying and makes reading easier. What’s an Oxford Comma? An Oxford comma, which is commonly called a serial comma, is the last comma in a series of commas that divides up your words. You can choose to use Oxford commas on your website, in your blog or in your printed materials, but the key is to be consistent. Don’t use them in some places and skip them in others. The Oxford comma is red: I like cooking, my family and my pets. She went to the bank, school and David’s…
  • 5 Printed Mistakes that will Leave You in Stitches

    Angie Papple Johnston
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Sometimes it’s good to break away from the ordinary and have a good laugh at someone else’s expense. They’re (mostly) anonymous, so I think that makes it okay. 1. Just what are you teaching these children? 2. …And this is the alternative? I’ll take the books. 3. On second thought… 4. These poor kids. 5. See? This is what happens!   The post 5 Printed Mistakes that will Leave You in Stitches appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
  • How to Check Your Grammar in Word

    Angie Papple Johnston
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/QXLBoR-hw1E” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> The post How to Check Your Grammar in Word appeared first on Unique Web Copy.
  • How Often Should You Blog?

    Angie Papple Johnston
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s no hard-and-fast rule about how often you should blog, but it’s a good idea to put new pages or posts on your site whenever it’s feasible (economically and time-wise). It’s a good idea because Google loves fresh content much more than it likes stale, old stuff that leaves your site looking worse than an old, abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. But really, how often should you blog? Blogging: It’s Not for Sissies Okay, blogging isn’t really that difficult as long as you know: What to say How to say it How often to say it How many words to…
  • NON-DISCRIMINATORY Indiana Businesses: Unique Web Copy Supports You

    Angie Papple Johnston
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:44 pm
    If you are a non-discriminating Indiana business owner, Unique Web Copy supports you. In fact, we support you so much that we’re offering a fantastic deal on website copy, blog posts and all other business writing services to businesses that understand everyone in this country deserves the same service. If that sounds like your Indiana business, let’s get in touch. Unique Web Copy does not write anything that could be inflammatory, promote hate or encourage illegal discrimination under the laws of the District of Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois,…
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    Edit911 Editing Service

  • Release Your Inner Book! Win a $2900 Prize Package!

    Edit911
    6 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    Edit911 is delighted to partner with BookBaby & Writer’s Digest in a contest to release your inner book! Edit911 is offering $500 of FREE editing as part of this $2900 giveaway by these giants in the publishing industry.The complete prize package includes:Writer’s Digest 1-Year Subscription ($55.92 value)Suite of Writer’s Digest BooksYou’ve Got a Book in You ($19.99 value)The Author Training Manual ($19.99 value)The Writer’s Idea Book ($19.99 value)90 Days to Your Novel ($16.99 value)Revision and Self-Editing for Publication ($17.99 value)2015 Writer’s Digest Conference…
  • 7 Reasons Your Business Should Have a Blog

    Edit911
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Blogging is a valuable tool in social media marketing and awareness these days. Each day of the week people entire keywords into search engines seeking answers to questions regarding work, life, products, and your company might just have the answer. If you have an online blog, they will find you in the search engine results and this helps drive business to your website. Here are 7 reasons: 1. A blog is a direct communication channel to your clients, even when you are not open.Clients can read your blog and determine if you provide information that is relevant to their need. A blog is a…
  • Writing a Novel vs. That Movie in Your Head

    Edit911
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Does this sound familiar to you?You watch a lot of movies and TV. You have a great imagination. For fun, you close your eyes and make up your own stories, seeing them play out. You might even listen to some music for a soundtrack. You grab your favorite actors for the roles of the heroes and villains. You make up big action scenes in slo-mo. You use fighting moves from your favorite video games.At some point, you realize the movie you’re making in your mind is actually pretty good. You’ve got some original stuff in there that other people might like. You’ve got some twists and turns.
  • Top 10 Editing Tricks of the Trade

    Edit911
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    This is my own personal list. Every editor has his own list, but the following are my tried and true tricks of the trade.1. Examine the paper’s general settings.These are things such as page size, margins, spacing, font, font size, etc. Many of these items are so much easier to take care of first. Plus, if you have on Track Changes, changing some of these general settings for an entire paper will create a plethora of notations that will slow down your editing. 2. Use Track Changes. The aforementioned Track Changes (under the Tools drop down menu in Microsoft Word) is the most useful…
  • 10 Surefire Tips for Securing Capital Investment

    Edit911
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    1) Protect your idea with a patent/copyright/trademark. Depending on your business venture, you will need to take precautionary steps to protect your idea. This may involve filing a patent, copyright, or trademark. In any of these cases, it is important that you develop quality documents, easy to read figures, tables, and graphics so that the reviewer can determine the merit of your work. Venture capital investors may want to review these documents and along with your business plan, this might be the first impression of you and your capabilities. Please remember that these protections do not…
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    Nelson Lowhim; Writer's Muse

  • Just Writing Things

    nlo
    2 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
  • The Library

    nlo
    1 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I love libraries and I especially love public libraries. You probably can’t imagine my joy when, as a child, I entered a library and was told that I could check out as many books as I wanted. I was certain that they were fools and proceeded to check out more books than I could've ever read. This habit plagues me to the day, by the way; I've more books than I could possibly read in my remaining life (and books I want to read, at that), and yet I still buy more and more books. Why is this? Some sort of addiction? Consumerism gone wrong (or possibly a self-righteous kind)?But I digress. My…
  • Something in the air

    nlo
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    There’s something in the air these days. I’m not talking about the plethora of grassroots movements all aimed against the organized/age-old iniquities of the day; the result of which might be a more focused anger aimed at these halls of powers and their iniquities. This, of course, is a welcome change to the parade of hagiographies we see on the left and right of the mainstream media when they talk about the halls of power (except, apparently, when a sex scandal is involved).Nevertheless, I would like to focus on that: the odd need to never doubt those in power (to include all…
  • Tom Bensley; The Time I was Haunted by the Internet

    nlo
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:28 pm
    The Time I Was Haunted by the InternetBrowsing the message boards on IMDB.com has been a longstanding addiction of mine. The people who post there are mostly a bunch of wannabe critics denouncing popular movies and trying to start a bit of online fisticuffs, but occasionally a topic will inspire people to tell stories. Posters write searing, honest accounts of childhood abuse or open up about their experiences in failed relationships. When I was haunted by the internet, it was 2007 and I was reading through a particular topic on the board for Paranormal Activity. The topic was encouraging…
  • Artifical Intelligence as Foreign Policy

    nlo
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:07 am
    As all my readers know by now, my latest book—still in the stages of being chipped at, edited, if you will—deals with several aspects of rebellion, with its latter stages dealing with advanced artificial intelligence (AI). Now, unlike some other books, I don't deal with AI that's self aware or have consciousness, as this is too hard to define for humans, to say nothing of machines. Instead, I try to think of a slow creep of AI, automated, into the decision making arenas of the world, and from there the AI simply manipulates the material world in a malevolent way.The basis of the…
 
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  • Book Marketing: Creating & Using Infographics For Social Media

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

    Judith Gaines
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    This Is How I Work Thank you to Laura Brown (@thatgrrl), whose recent post by the same title inspired me to tackle these questions and share them with you. Her inspiration cascaded from David Kelly (@LnDDave). So let’s get started. I’m Judie Gaines and this is how I work. Location Central North Carolina. 2 Hours from the … Continue reading This is How I Work →
  • Book Marketing: How to Take Readers on a Guided Tour of Your Work

    Judith Gaines
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Last year I viewed a webinar hosted by a leading professional advertising organization about the neuroscience of marketing. I’ve also spent some time reading up on studies by behavioral psychologist about what makes us do the things we do … and how to use this basic nature to guide marketing. Over and over, the same … Continue reading Book Marketing: How to Take Readers on a Guided Tour of Your Work →
  • Write On Target

    Judith Gaines
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Writers seem to have a natural ability to beat themselves up when they are slow to show progress on a story or novel. There’s a lot to overcome along the way: Finding time Fighting doubts that make you hesitate with each word Discouragement when it seems to be taking too long and your other writer friends are turning … Continue reading Write On Target →
  • Rewarding Readers

    Judith Gaines
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    DIY Book Marketing The landscape of selling and promoting books is littered with advice, often in conflict with itself and often with strong opinions. Frankly, there’s a lot of ways of doing things right, but keep in mind that what works for one author or book may not work for you and your books. So … Continue reading Rewarding Readers →
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  • 6 Inspiring Ways To Get Outdoors; Because Nature Boosts Your Creativity

    cathy presland
    6 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Nature boosts your creativity and your well-being Many of us work from home — which means that when then weather turns nice, we are not tied to office hours and we can move away from the keyboard and get into nature. And there’s something magical about those first days of spring — wherever you are in the world, there’s a reawakening; the promise of something new unfurling. We know at an intuitive level that nature re-energises and refreshes us — but what about the science? It’s proven In 2012, a ground-breaking study found that after only four days of…
  • 17 Morning Rituals To Set You Up For A Perfect Day

    cathy presland
    4 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Today’s article is written by our Editor, Cathy Presland. What are your morning rituals? An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. (Thoreau) I’m a morning person. I love the daybreak, and I get my best work done in the first part of the day. I’ve always been the first one up on holiday, rushing everyone else out of bed so we can get on with the day (yes, I know, it can be a bit annoying!). But, more recently, I’ve felt a bit sluggish in the morning; I do wake up but it can take a couple of hours before I feel really energised and full of life. I’ve…
  • How Do You Organize Your Bookshelf? (fun quiz!)

    cathy presland
    1 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    How do you organize your bookshelf? It’s Friday so why not a little lighthearted entertainment, with this fun quiz. It is a serious question though — how do you arrange your books? Do you order by categories (that’s me), colour, size (I kinda do that as well!), author, or are your shelves a completely random mess (well, let’s call that the ‘artistic’ method). Or maybe you have gone digital? I know some of my friends have. Whatever your method, this fun quiz on ‘how to organize your bookshelf’ will sort your Penguin from your Picador.   If…
  • How To Create Shareable Social Media Content (Part 2: three keys to shareable content)

    cathy presland
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    This is the second of a two-part article. The first part of how to create shareable social media content is here. Sharing can be courted Creating content is all very well, but we need to understand that getting in front of people is at least as important. What you want to create is shareable content. In the first part of this series about getting creating content that gets shared on social media, we looked at how to get that sharer-friendly foundation in place on your website. And today, we look at how to make that content more sharer-friendly; how to encourage people who are already on your…
  • How To Create Shareable Social Media Content (Part 1: the right foundation)

    cathy presland
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Make your social media content more sharer-friendly You want to get attention; you have a website; and you want to get people to find you online and talk about how great you are at what you do. But how? One of the easiest and most accessible ways to go about this is through social media. Social media is made for content marketing. And if you have content then the nest step is to learn how to make that content shareable. It’s hard to reach out one by one to get the word out about what you do. Networking is all well and good if you are looking for a small number of clients. But a better…
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  • What Makes Us Writers || Guest Post

    Sarah Faulkner
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Sarah here. I'm so excited we get to welcome Anne Marie Schlueter of AM Station today!  Please show Anne lots of friendliness, and if you like what you see here, head over to her blog and check it out!Writers.We have a complex job. But is it really a job? It’s more of who we are. It is part of our essence, a part of what defines us. So perhaps it is more appropriate to say that we are complex people.But are we really?We understand the world in ways that others overlook. We can be still and silent and just watch and listen. Not many people can do that. We are aware of the sounds and…
  • Novel Spotlight: Dauntless

    Sarah Faulkner
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Happy Monday! Or not so happy Monday, depending on how much you take after Garfield.Today we have a novel spotlight.  The book came out about month ago and has gotten tons of 4 and 5 star reviews. I happen to know the author through two mutual friends, which I think it cool. Let me introduce you to Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman.Buy on AmazonView on GoodreadsThough once a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest," her band of followers soon become enemies…
  • When You're Too Frustrated to Continue || Guest Post

    Sarah Faulkner
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Today I'm very excited to have a guest post for you all. Please show a warm welcome to Jessica Wolf from Simple Scribbles. (scream)photopinlicense)Writing is hard. No one ever said it was going to be easy. If it was easy, everybody and their mother's brother's dog would be doing it. Like E.B. White once said, “Writing is hard work and bad for the health.”There are times when I hate writing. I mean, I really, really hate it. There are times when I want to delete everything I've ever written and forget about it all.Recently, I finished the first draft of my first novel, The Carpenter's…
  • The Importance of Community & Ch1Con Book Giveaway

    Sarah Faulkner
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    This post and GIVEAWAY is brought to you by Chapter 1 Young Writers Conference. Inklined is participating in the Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour, which spans a number of writing-related blogs and includes a ton of original content from the Chapter One Young Writers Conference team. I’m super excited to be a part of it.Founded in 2012, the first Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Ch1Con) took place in Chicago with six teenagers in attendance in person and countless others attending via an online live stream. It was an experiment limited to members of the Scholastic’s Write It community and their…
  • 777 Tag from Ink Castles: My Novel Excerpts

    Sarah Faulkner
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hi guys! Skye from over at Ink Castles tagged me in the 777 tag. Here's how this tag works. You go to your WIP. Go to page 7. Find the seventh line on the page, and post seven sentences.  I'm so glad Skye tagged me, because if she hadn't, I probably would have done it anyway.I've decided I want to do this the fun way, though. So I will be coming excerpts from all the novels I've ever written (3 & 3/4.)Novel 1: High Fantasy about RebellionDear Zeldea,This is my daughter.  I would keep her if I could.  I heard about your own exciting news.  Congratulations.   I…
 
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    Inward-Facing Writers

  • Outgoing Introvert? What’s that?

    JELindholm
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Remember, introversion isn’t synonomous with shy.  Or socially awkward for that matter.    Simply put, it has to do with the way we receive and process information, and what we need to do to recharge and refresh ourselves. In “10 Things Only Outgoing Introverts Would Understand,” Robert Locke digs deeper into the issue to give… Continue Reading Outgoing Introvert? What’s that? The post Outgoing Introvert? What’s that? appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • 3 Absolutely Essential Blog Writing Tips #mondayblogs

    JELindholm
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
    When I was little, I was a young European boy. I trampled through the forests of Europe and danced through the verdant, hilly fields of Europe.  I even ate food in Europe.  European food.  And slept in a soft bed in the comfy European night under the European sky.  And do you know what I… Continue Reading 3 Absolutely Essential Blog Writing Tips #mondayblogs The post 3 Absolutely Essential Blog Writing Tips #mondayblogs appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • Introversion? Or something else?

    JELindholm
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:43 pm
    My first vlog.  Enjoy… The post Introversion? Or something else? appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • The INFJ Lifestyle #Mondayblogs

    JELindholm
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In an ongoing quest to understand myself, I’ve been doing research into the INFJ personality type (which is so INFJ, by the way).    I learned some stuffs that I thought I should share.  I’ll take it letter by letter, and to make sure you don’t quit early on me, I let you know that… Continue Reading The INFJ Lifestyle #Mondayblogs The post The INFJ Lifestyle #Mondayblogs appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
  • 21 Simple Tips to Improve Your Writing

    JELindholm
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:05 pm
    My little bookie-book is now available in a couple of formats, from several different companies.  All the links are below. Reminder:  The book is really a three-week course on finding your writing voice.  If you are just starting on your writing journey, or if you a struggling with what you want to write and how… Continue Reading 21 Simple Tips to Improve Your Writing The post 21 Simple Tips to Improve Your Writing appeared first on Inward-Facing Writers.
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  • For Your Love: How Eric Clapton Invented Not Selling Out in Rock and Roll

    zag102
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    I’m going to make a bold statement. In 1965, Eric Clapton invented not selling out in the modern rock and roll context. He did so when he quit The Yardbirds due to their release of a pop song called ‘For Your Love’ because he did not want to play pop music. To my knowledge, this is the first instance of a rock and roll musician turning down money and fame for the sake of musical integrity. Now, I could be wrong. I’m aware of that even as I make the bold statement I made above. The problem is identifying when selling out became an important concept in rock music or popular music in…
  • Why PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s Death Penalty Moratorium is the Right Move

    zag102
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf placed a moratorium on the death penalty recently in the great state, perhaps by all accounts, all of them, perhaps, the greatest state, of Pennsylvania.  Despite the fact that the death penalty has only been carried out three times since 1978 in the state, it has been a minor controversy. The current status of the moratorium is, although in effect, weaving its way through a bureaucratic maze. Regardless of how it comes out, it’s the right move. The Background Governor Wolf entered office as the first Governor in PA history to unseat a sitting governor. Since…
  • Ruin Your Favorite Poem in Two Words or Less

    zag102
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Stop what you’re doin, cause I’m about to ruin, your favorite poems in two words or less. Not unlike DNA or mid-game Jenga every word in a poem is carefully placed such that even the slightest change can drastically alter everything. Words are important. Words matter. To demonstrate… Title: A Dream Deferred Author: Langston Hughes Words Changed: dream, sun What happens to a fart deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the bum? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags…
  • Hipsters and Jocks: Two Cliques and the Folly of Cliques in General

    zag102
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    In the high school lunch room of life there are two groups I would argue are among the most hated. These two groups are those that if all other groups were asked who they find most annoying would probably appear in the most top 3s. There’s no polling on this issue (I’ve looked) but it’s not unreasonable to think this is true. Anecdotally, in my travels as a social group day walker I’ve found two groups, jocks and hipsters, more often the target of irrational hatred than any other group. So let’s take a moment to analyze these groups and try to figure this out. First let me explain…
  • Stop Calling It Caving: How Democratic Reactions to the DHS Resolution Are Counterproductive

    zag102
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    So Republicans failed, they gave in, they gave up, they caved, they blew it, they wussed out like a bunch of cowards. At least that’s how a lot liberal news outlets treated it when Republicans decided not to shut down the Department of Homeland Security for a side issue. Huffington Post described Speaker Boehner’s actions as, “blinking.” Slate described a scenario where Republicans, “cave” which is a scenario that is good for every single person in America. This is sadly the same descriptions used by the most radical and destructive Tea Partiers and far right…
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  • Creative writing in 2015: here’s what you need to know

    Idrees Patel
    4 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    There are few things constant in the world, and creative writing is not one of them. Sure, it may not look like it on the surface. After all, creative writing is one of those things which stays evergreen, supposedly. Books on creative writing written decades ago still have relevance in the present. Creative writing advice from years ago is still useful today. It’s the reason why I wrote Creative Writing 101 in 2010, and it’s the reason why that resource remains the most popular on Writers’ Treasure, as well as still being evergreen content. Outdated? Of course not. But…
  • Check out our writing services

    Idrees Patel
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Many tasks are difficult for writers. As in, even many parts of the entire writing process are difficult. In fact, nothing is easy in writing. Not even the pros find it easy. All they do is make it look easy, but ask them whether they found it difficult in the beginning and the answer will most certainly be in the affirmative. Content writing, editing and proofreading, and publishing. All these three tasks sound confusing, but they’re not. Broken down into small chunks, they’re doable. Millions are at least doing it. Few, though, are doing it the right way. The reasons for that…
  • The #1 writing advice: write the truth

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

    Guest Author
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    This is a guest article by Jessica Millis. If you want to write a guest article of your own be sure to read the guest article guidelines. The end of the chapter. A mystery that most writers who are still working towards getting their first publication have yet to solve. Having read through many poor, good, great and superb chapter endings over your years of reading, you most likely have already experienced techniques that are of the great variety and those which are of the poor. It’s quite hard to deny those urges to continue reading more of a great book although you know it’s quite late,…
  • How to create characters readers really care about

    Guest Author
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    This is a guest article by Alex Limberg. If you want to write a guest article of your own be sure to read the guest article guidelines. Some writers claim they know their characters even better than their spouses. It’s great when your spouse doesn’t just exist on paper, and even greater when you can create real, three-dimensional characters. The more real your character seems, the more your audience will root for him. Your readers will be more involved in the story emotionally and live with him through his fears and joys. This makes for a much more rewarding reading experience. This post…
 
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  • The King is Dead – The Passing of an Arthur

    AdamAH
    4 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    It’s always a sad thing to hear of the passing of an artist whose work has made a lasting impression. It seems that every year more and more names shuffle off this mortal coil, leaving us with our own perceptions of their public face, but more so the faces of the roles they played. This morning I found out that British actor Nigel Terry passed away at the age of 69. Many people might not know Nigel Terry at first mention. He was not necessarily a Titan of the big screen. However, he did appear in a few historical/fantasy dramas, most notably John Boorman’s 1981 film Excalibur. I used to…
  • Quiet and Contemplative – Essentials for Writing Historical Fiction

    AdamAH
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    There is a truth which I have forgotten lately. With the day-to-day workings of my modern, connected life, I’ve been missing out on something essential, something that in the past has always helped me to nurture my creativity, and better my historical fiction. What is it? Quiet. Yes. That illusive modern-day grail, that has the power to slow us down, to help us think, to regroup and empower ourselves. Now that I write that, it really does seem obvious, not ground-breaking at all. But it is, and I’ve found that without taking some calm time to contemplate the past, my fiction suffers. Like…
  • The World of Children of Apollo – Part V – Etruria

    AdamAH
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    In the previous installment we visited Rome, the centre of the world when the Roman Empire was at its greatest extent. We will now leave that ancient city for an even more ancient landscape. What we know today as Tuscany, the central and western region of Italy, was then part of the larger central Italian kingdom of Etruria. This region plays a large role in Children of Apollo, as it is the ancestral land of Lucius Metellus Anguis’ family. For them, the family estate is a place of childhood memory, of escape, and of mystery. Their roots run deep in that ancient land. Chimera of Arezzo I…
  • Humour in the Ancient World

    AdamAH
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Laughing Legionaries An Abderite saw a eunuch and asked him how many kids he had. When that guy said that he didn’t have the balls, so as to be able to have children, the Abderite asked when he was going to get the balls (Philagelos, #114) Is that funny to you? A little? Or does it make you scratch your head and wonder if I’ve gone off the deep end? It’s not my joke, thankfully. In truth, I’m not a very funny person, but I do enjoy a good laugh, as many of us do. The joke above is actually a Roman joke about 2000 years old. Yes, that old. It’s one of 250-odd jokes in the oldest…
  • Book Reading – Chariot of the Son

    AdamAH
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Hello everyone! Well, I’ve done it! I’ve gone and posted my first foray into video book readings. If you watched the video above, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to share it around. Yes, I know. I’m a bit awkward, and not entirely video-friendly (or is it that video is not friendly to me?). But, if I don’t try new things out, and take some risks, new adventures will remain out of reach. With time, I promise I’ll find my video groove. Lest we forget, these stories were a part of an ancient oral tradition, and were meant to be spoken aloud. What would ‘the poet’ think of…
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  • Three Ways to Be Known as an Expert

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    6 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    One of the great things about the Internet is that it levels the playing field for all professionals and businesses. Used effectively, the Internet can allow a single person to make a name for them globally. I have talked about Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging, but today I want to offer up three additional places that are perfect for you to establish a name for yourself. Why is this important? By making a name for yourself you are also able to market your book and any books you have on the horizon. Branding and marketing go hand-in-hand and the following three venues are FREE and well regarded…
  • What Shall I Write About Today?

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    4 May 2015 | 9:22 am
      If you are following the Halo Publishing blog you know that I frequently talk about the importance of writing blog articles or articles for your LinkedIn profile. That is all well and good, but if you struggle with a topic, all of the great intentions in the world are just that; intentions. And trust me – I am right there with you. Sometimes you wake up and your mind is a total blank. So that is when I rely on a few little tricks that I’m going to share with you today. When you don’t know what to write about, write about this: Consider setting up a schedule of “themed days:”…
  • Halo Publishing Blog is Now Part of Alltop.com

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    2 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Alltop is a comprehensive news aggregation that collects the most current articles and posts from around the globe. I am excited to announce that our blog, Halo Publishing Blog has been accepted as part of the Writing page. Visit Alltop for news in a wide variety of topics, but also for the latest information on writing, visit Writing.Alltop.com and find a variety of valuable articles and information, including the latest from Halo Publishing Blog!
  • 5 Tools for Writers You Might Enjoy

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    1 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    I’m always up for new toys; fun pens, neat notebooks, or the latest technology; toys are the best. So when I stumble upon tools designed for the writer, I just have to check them out. Let me start by saying that I am not a spokesperson or an affiliate for any of these products. I have either used them myself or learned about them from fellow writers. One Old School Tool First off – starting simple, did you know that there is actually a BEST lead pencil? Yep. It is the Ticonderoga wood pencil. The wood cased, black core pencil is strong and durable; just what you need for your creative…
  • Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Experience

    Lisa Michelle Umina
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Gone are the days when LinkedIn was only viewed as a place to look for a job, hopefully, you have discovered the power this business social network offers, but if not, let’s review how you can best use LinkedIn to promote yourself as well as your publications. You Decide How You Will Be Known LinkedIn is the only site where you have the opportunity to establish a name for yourself. A brand that YOU select – not one defined by your title or your college degree – but how you truly want to be known to the world. Before someone meets with you, they “Google” your name. And if there is…
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