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  • How to Quickly Create an EPUB File From Word (And Then Edit It)

    Jane Friedman
    Jane Friedman
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here’s the situation: Your book is sitting in a word processing system (such as Word), and you’d like to get that material translated into EPUB format without using the automated meatgrinder process of Amazon or Smashwords. Let’s assume you’re not a coder or programmer, but can figure out some some simple HTML. These are the options I’ve found that don’t involve purchasing software or going through coursework to learn code. Caveat: These methods will really only be helpful if your book is predominantly text, with few images. For Mac Users: The TextEdit…
  • Let’s go to Costco with an anxiety disorder!

    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog
    saradobiebauer
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    When my husband asks me to go to Costco, I feel like I’m being punished for doing something terrible. Not terrible as in I shrunk his favorite shirt in the washer. Terrible as in, “Wench, you burnt my chest hair with a blowtorch! Now, get ye to Costco!” I was hellbent against joining the place, despite several of our friends’ insistence that Costco is “The Happiest Place on Earth” (which is actually Disneyland, but I’ve never had the heart to tell them). Jake talked me into it, but even walking in to get our membership cards, I remember thinking,…
  • My Favorite Digital Tools in 2014

    Jane Friedman
    Jane Friedman
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every month, I put together a newsletter about new digital media tools I’ve discovered. (Subscribe.) Here I’ve rounded up my favorites that I started using in 2014. They’ve enhanced my productivity, creativity, and digital-life sanity. 1. Zoom Zoom is my go-to online meeting service. I use it to host and record roundtables (that later get published in Scratch), to pipe in guest lecturers for my UVA course—especially since it allows screen sharing—and to host virtual office hours for my online classes. I’ve found it nearly foolproof since participants can join…
  • Get a Dog

    Advice to Writers
    JW
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Okay, you’re thinking, what does getting a dog have to do with becoming a writer? More than you’d think. Writing is about talent and creativity, but it’s also about discipline – about the ability to sit yourself down in that seat, day after day, often after eight hours of work, and make yourself do it, day after day, even if you’re not getting published yet, even if you’re not getting paid, even if ABC is hosting an all-star reunion of your favorite cast members from The Bachelor and The Amazing Race. It’s a form of training that’s as much…
  • Why You Must Stand Out as a Freelance Writer to Succeed and 4 Easy Ways to Do It

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    Laura Spencer
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    ©iStock.com/ayagiz They think we’re all the same. Our clients, I mean. Many of them think that freelance writers are interchangeable. That’s the real reason why so many clients and would-be clients haggle with us on prices and treat us badly. They believe one freelance writer is pretty much the same as another. Of course, they’re wrong. But it’s up to us to prove that. To overcome the challenges freelance writers face, you must show your clients how you’re different from the rest. In this post, I give you four ways to stand out. How to Stand Out How are you…
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    Advice to Writers

  • Nobody Becomes A Writer Overnight

    JW
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Nobody becomes a writer overnight. Well, I’m sure somebody did, but that person’s head probably went all asplodey from paroxysms of joy, fear, paranoia, guilt and uncertainty. Celebrities can be born overnight. Writer’s can’t. Writers are made — forged, really, in a kiln of their own madness and insecurities — over the course of many, many moons. The writer you are when you begin is not the same writer you become. CHUCK WENDIG
  • Get a Dog

    JW
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Okay, you’re thinking, what does getting a dog have to do with becoming a writer? More than you’d think. Writing is about talent and creativity, but it’s also about discipline – about the ability to sit yourself down in that seat, day after day, often after eight hours of work, and make yourself do it, day after day, even if you’re not getting published yet, even if you’re not getting paid, even if ABC is hosting an all-star reunion of your favorite cast members from The Bachelor and The Amazing Race. It’s a form of training that’s as much…
  • Examine What Happens When You Read

    JW
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Examine what happens when you read. Young writers tend to forget or ignore what’s actually going on when they’re reading. Which is to say, when one reads, one has oral and visual hallucinations and it’s the writer’s job to control those oral and visual hallucinations. So I’m always trying to make young writers think about what goes on when they’re sitting in a chair and reading fiction. RUSSELL BANKS
  • Don't Write from Experience

    JW
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy. NIKKI GIOVANNI
  • Avoid Adjectives

    JW
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can. It is comprehensible when I write: “The man sat on the grass,” because it is clear and does not detain one’s attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: “The tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully.” The brain can’t grasp all that at once, and art must be grasped at once, instantaneously. ANTON…
 
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    Daily Writing Tips

  • How to Spell Pendulum

    Maeve Maddox
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:13 pm
    A Facebook comment alerted me to a misspelling of the word pendulum that I’d never seen before. Once I began looking, I found thousands of examples. I wasn’t too surprised to find the word misspelled in social media, but it did seem strange to see pendulum spelled “pentulum” on sites selling clocks. Here are a few examples of this misspelling of pendulum: The pentulum swings. Public opinion will out in the end. (Facebook) In some countries, [the] political pentulum can swing wildly between opposite extremes. (political blog) I plan to start researching ideas to re-enter [the market]…
  • Gospel

    Maeve Maddox
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The word gospel entered Old English as a translation of a Latin phrase meaning “good tidings” or “good news”: god (good) + spell (speech, message). “The Gospel” (capitalized) is the “good news” that Jesus Christ redeemed mankind from sin and death. “A gospel” is one of the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) that record the life and teachings of Jesus. By extension, gospel may refer to the entire body of religious doctrine taught by Jesus Christ and the apostles. The word is also used to refer to all the books of the New Testament, or even to all 66…
  • Dysphoria and Other Dys- Words

    Maeve Maddox
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:56 pm
    A reader has asked for a post on dysphoria. Dysphoria is the opposite of euphoria. Whereas euphoria is a feeling of well-being, dysphoria is a state marked by feeling of unease or discomfort. Perhaps the most familiar type of dysphoria comes from pangs of conscience: the bad feeling in the pit of one’s stomach that results from having done something unkind or dishonest. Embarrassment is another kind of dysphoria, as is the sense of let-down that follows the euphoria felt by drug addicts and thrill seekers when the source of pleasure is withdrawn. Some psychologists have adopted the term…
  • Click vs. Clip

    Maeve Maddox
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:57 pm
    The following comment appeared in my Facebook news feed: You have to clip on the picture to see [the complete image]. The context surely called for click, not clip. Curious, I cruised the Web to see if I might find other instances of clip used in a context calling for click. I was surprised by how common the error seems to be. Here are just a few examples that I found: To see a full side-by-side visual comparison of my standard vs responsive design home page as seen on my Android smartphone, clip on the image below. If you would like to utilize the pictures I used in this activity, clip on…
  • Pronoun Mistakes #2: Reflexive and Intensive Forms

    Maeve Maddox
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    A pronoun that ends in -self or -selves is either reflexive or intensive. Reflexive pronouns function as objects, either the direct object of a verb or the object of a preposition: The cat covered itself with the blanket. (direct object of covered) Cat is the referent. The greedy child kept all the cookies for himself. (object of the preposition for) Child is the referent. Intensive pronouns intensify or emphasize a noun or another pronoun: The owner himself washed the front steps. I will deliver the message to Garcia myself. Both reflexive and intensive pronouns refer to a noun or pronoun…
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    Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • 447 GG Weird Ideas About Paragraph Length

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    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
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  • 446 GG Why Don't People Say "Thou" Anymore

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    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
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  • 445 GG Why Do People Say "Like" All the Time?

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    4 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
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  • 444 GG Between You and Me

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    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
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  • 443 GG Done Versus Finished

    QuickAndDirtyTips.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Done Versus Finished (Follow along at the website: http://bit.ly/1uNZgyH) Types of Nouns (http://bit.ly/1vwzG3c) Why Grimm's Fairy Tales Should Make You Think of Linguistics (http://bit.ly/1yzfHOs) Try my iOS game, Grammar Pop: http://bit.ly/14eeMDb
 
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  • 5 Steps to Revising Your Content Marketing Strategy to Attract and Retain Future Customers

    Joe Pulizzi
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is not a how-to post; this is a how-to-think post. What troubles me about the majority of current content creation activities from companies is the sheer lack of strategy and purpose. I see a lot of activities — tweets, posts, articles, infographics, and more — that don’t support a real business goal. Content Marketing Institute’s latest research even found that only 38 percent of all marketers believe they are effective at content marketing. Your business goal that drives your particular content creation strategy should be to build an audience. With a loyal…
  • How to Create Simple Drawings to Clarify Your Ideas and Captivate Your Audience

    Mike Davenport and Henneke
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Struggling to find a stock image for your next blog post? You browse Flickr for ages. You settle on a picture that’s okay. You’d love to hire a professional illustrator, but you don’t have the budget. Not yet. Sometimes you wonder if a better source of images exists. What if you could create your own images to clarify your ideas? What if your custom images could make readers smile and draw them closer to you? Images that make you stand out online? Sound far-fetched? Read on and we’ll show you how anyone — even you — can draw images. No art school required.
  • Seth Godin on Stepping Up and Making it Happen

    Brian Clark
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Seth Godin is the author of 17 bestselling books. He’s the founder of email marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and the charity-driven publishing platform Squidoo. And he’s the selfless dispenser of daily wisdom via the most popular marketing blog on the planet. But if you had to sum Seth up in one word, it might well be impresario. The classical definition of that word refers to a promoter, manager, or conductor of an opera or concert company. The modern definition, set forth by Seth himself when he’s teaching others about the prime entrepreneurial role of the connection economy,…
  • Adaptive Content: A Trend to Pay Attention to in 2015

    Jerod Morris
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Each new year seems to bring with it a new buzz term or two describing a concept that will change how we reach an audience, or how we build and grow a business. Some of these buzz terms pan out and become legitimate, long-term parts of the lexicon because they work and prove important. Others flash then fade like the pet rock. So the question now as we look ahead to 2015 is what buzz concept should you be paying attention to? Because if there is a concept that is starting to pick up steam, and will prove worthy, you’re going to want to get in on it at the ground floor. Well guess what?
  • Take Your Content Marketing to the Next Level at Authority Rainmaker (And Save)

    Brian Clark
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The “what” and “why” phases of the content marketing revolution are over. To effectively gain and maintain your competitive advantage, you need a clear and concise strategy with the exact tactics to effectively execute. More than that, you need the best talent you can get. You’re tasked with finding and assessing the right strategic partners, content production pros, and technical resources to optimize the audience experience that builds your business. Enter Authority Rainmaker. Happening again this year in Denver, Colorado, it’s live content marketing training and networking…
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  • Freshen up your manuscript with this exercise

    Carol Despeaux
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    You may already know I’m a big fan of the online Lawson Writer’s Academy. When I earned my MFA, I was a poet learning how to write prose and put together a complete manuscript. Mission accomplished. And now, through Margie Lawson’s academy, I’m learning writing craft I didn’t learn in my MFA program: How to develop deep point of view, what makes a scene click, the importance of MRUs (motivation response units) and having them in the right order, how to use dialogue cues (Margie’s term) that evoke emotion in the reader, how to use body language effectively and many other…
  • Five ways to build your curious nature

    Carly Sandifer
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m a curious person. My intense curiosity propelled me into a writing career. So when I read Bernadette Jiwa’s post, The Relationship Between Curiosity and Business Growth, my curiosity meter spiked into the red zone. Jiwa tells about going to her local florist one Friday night and being surprised by the sheer number of roses she found in the shop. Buckets of roses filled almost all the floor space. She assumed they were for a wedding the next day and questioned the florist. The florist explained that the roses were for a customer who bought 110 bunches of 10 roses every Friday…
  • Fast first draft writing advice from author Ian Fleming

    Carol Despeaux
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Congratulations to all the NaNoWriMo Writers who have completed their challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November! I wasn’t able to participate this year due to family concerns so I decided to do my own challenge in December. My goal: finish the first draft of my manuscript-in-progress. I’m putting together my plan and compiling bits of inspiration to help me stay focused (they get printed out and pasted around the house). I came across a great quote on how to write fast by author Ian Fleming. Confession: I haven’t followed his advice in the first half of my…
  • Dialogue tips: the fastest way to improve any manuscript

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

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

  • Could you Get Paid to Write?

    Laura Brown
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    It’s a bit dramatic to pick up your first ever copy of The Writer’s Market, which ever year you buy your first one. Suddenly you have taken a step into the world where people write and make money from it. This brings the responsibility of expectations. Paid writers should know how to write: spelling, grammar ... Read more...Related Posts:How to Become a Contributing Writer to a PublicationWhy Aren’t You Writing for HubPages?Being a Web WriterWriting for Content Marketing Sites is Too ExpensiveStop Thinking About Success and Make It Happen
  • A Writer is a World Trapped in a Person

    Laura Brown
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    A writer is a world trapped in a person. – Victor Hugo Found on Paperback WriterRelated Posts:The Words of the World Want to Make Sentences
  • Make a DIY Rotating Goal List

    Laura Brown
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Most of us seem to work smarter and stay organized by keeping a to-do list. The problem is that the projects are in constant flux, and you set out to achieve one thing only to be derailed by another. Sound familiar? Curated from Curbly This seems a sensible way to keep your goals and manage a ... Read more...Related Posts:New Ideas for New Projects to Start this YearWriting a Top 10 Sort of List PostHow to Write a Babysitting ResumeEasy ways to Stay Motivated…Try a New Writing Format
  • The Flash Fiction I Wrote for Inner Writer

    Laura Brown
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The Shoes at the Edge of Tomorrow Today I woke up and the world is broken. I’ve read about people having their shoes knocked off when hit by a train or a bus. But there are no trains, no skid marks, no blood or bodies. Just shoes. Far in the distance the sky is lighter, ... Read more...Related Posts:Why Do I Like Exploring Old Houses?The Delights of Personal Grooming of the FeetNow that I’m dead, I want to tell you a few thingsDo Some WritingParaprosdokians
  • Inner Writer: Why Do You Write?

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

  • Athena Academy

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Athena Academy ​Welcome to Athena Academy, School for the Gifted. You've obviously been brought here for your mental acumen or talents... or because your parents were rich enough to buy your way inside. Definitely for no other reason. You'll be split... Athena Academy
  • Cover Art Critique

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    This is my first attempt at a book cover for one of my ebooks. Please advise.
  • Anybody here ever write themselves sick?

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I did last Sunday morning, and I'm still suffering the consequences. Got three more chapters written, though!
  • Brainwashed character narrative?

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Hey, The protagonist and narrator of one of something I'm writing is CEO of a IT company (it's set in 2100) in a dystopian world where people are brainwashed through every media possible: brain-washings are scheduled regularily: for example, from 9 to 12 on Thursdays, all the screens in the... Brainwashed character narrative?
  • Holidays & expats

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Wondering how many of you are expats away from home this holiday season. What do you miss? Of course there's family. But I also find myself missing other things, like the smells of certain foods, TV programs, and even the cold.
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    The Purdue OWL News

  • Purdue OWL: Understanding Assignment Prompts for December 12, 2014

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Purdue OWL: Understanding Assignment PromptsBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the launch of our latest resource second language writing resource, Understanding Assignment Prompts. This resource provides our users with a guide to understanding and deconstructing university-level writing pro..
  • Tips for Writing in North American Colleges Expansion for December 11, 2014

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Tips for Writing in North American Colleges ExpansionBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue OWL is pleased to announce the expansion of our "Tips for Writing in North American Colleges" resource. This resource, designed as an introduction to studying at North American universities for international students, now includes a glossa..
  • Purdue Writing Lab Fall 2014 Finals Week Schedule for December 9, 2014

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    Purdue Writing Lab Fall 2014 Finals Week ScheduleBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue Writing Lab has announced its schedule for fall 2014 finals week:  Fall 2014 Finals Week December 15 - 19 Heavilon Hall: Monday – Wednesday 9am – 6pm No evening satellite hours Closed beginning Thursday, D..
  • New Resources Type: The Classroom Mini-poster for December 5, 2014

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    New Resources Type: The Classroom Mini-posterBy Joshua M. PaizDuring the Spring 2014 semester, the Purdue Online Writing Lab partnered with Professor Margie Berns' ENGL 516: Curriculum Development in TESOL class. Throughout this partnership, we were pleased to work with so many bright young scholars-practi..
  • Additional Purdue Writing Lab Annual Reports Now Available for December 4, 2014

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    Additional Purdue Writing Lab Annual Reports Now AvailableBy Joshua M. PaizThe Purdue Writing Lab is pleased to announce Writing Lab annual reports from 1990-1992 are now available, as are our summer reports from 1991-1992. These reports provides the reader with a glance into activities at the Purdue Writing Lab. This inclu..
 
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  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #21

    Charlotte Dixon
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Since I have you attention--big news!  You can download a whole book of prompts for free, free, free! I wrote the book for NoiseTrade, which is a really cool site.  I'll write more about it after Christmas, but for now, go check it out.  And don't forget that there are tons more prompts on my Tumblr blog, from whence the following came:  #143 I lost (and found) these things this year: a necklace and a silver fork.  Put those words together with tape and bus and write a sentence.  Now use that sentence as a prompt. #144 A man and a woman sit together at a holiday party.
  • Wednesday Within: How I Get Derailed (You, Too?)

    Charlotte Dixon
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:19 am
    My brain looks like these Christmas lights some mornings. Another title for this post might be Why You Need a Routine.  Or more to the point, why I need one. Here's the setup: A morning in December. After a busy weekend of Christmas parties (we survived hub's resurrected Christmas office gala!) and work deadlines (yes, on the weekend—it was for a special project that I will reveal soon), I woke up at 5:45 as usual.  (My eyes pop open any time from 5:30 to 6.  Don't shoot me, it's just the way it is.) As usual, I went right to my computer, with one quick detour to grab…
  • This is a post about cookies. Yes, cookies. Christmas cookies, even!

    Charlotte Dixon
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    I was tagged by my purple-haired Twitter friend Kristina Martin (we live across the river from each other but have never met in person--one of these days, I hope we will) to participate in a Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop.   My first thought was that I don't do this kind of thing.  This is a blog about writing, for Chrissakes.  I thought that very loftily, I might add, especially since its been quite some time since I baked cookies. But then I realized that I have the perfect cookie recipe to share with you.  And that a Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop sounded like fun.  And that…
  • Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #20

    Charlotte Dixon
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Here's the latest collection of prompts from my Tumblr blog.  And, as always, you can find more prompts right here on this very blog. #136  Even as an adult she still got as excited was a kid at Christmas.  What she liked best about the season was ….. #137  She grew up in a poor, dysfunctional family and had never celebrated his birthday before.  So when her husband asked her what she wanted to do on his special day, she said…. #138  The morning after.  The morning after the big win, the big party, the goal accomplished, the mountain climbed, the book completed, the awards…
  • 10+ Christmas Gifts for Writers

    Charlotte Dixon
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    Christmas is in two weeks.  Urp.  How did that happen?  So, here's my list of suggested Christmas gifts for the writers in your life.  Or for the person who needs to buy a gift for the writer in their life.  If you're like me, you'll offer your significant other a long tiny list of suggestions. 1. A book! Is there any better present than a book?  I think not.  I've got several possibilities, from friends near and far. My suggestions: Emma Jean's Bad Behavior.  My novel, she said modestly.  It's about a woman who loses everything but ends up finding…
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    What Kate Did Next

  • 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…
  • 1000 Miles

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

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

    Guest Column
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. www.awaionline.com. Looking for the “easy path” to making a living as a writer? Set up retainer deals so that you have ongoing work, month after month, and a steady income. Last week I gave you my top three picks for retainers you should set up in the New Year – including how much you can expect to make and how to land them. And today I’m going to give you some best practices you should follow to ensure you land and…
  • Write Better: 3 Ways To Introduce Your Main Character

    Guest Column
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Readers want to know quickly the protagonist’s sex, age and level of sophistication in the world of the story, and they want to relate to the character on an emotional level. Readers’ interest in the protagonist has to be earned, in other words. If we like a character, then we want to see her do well and we’re willing to follow her around and invest our time and interest in rooting her on in her struggle. But it’s important we know some…
  • Reading Selection of the Month: The Vintner’s Daughter

    Brian A. Klems
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Writer’s Digest is particularly proud to highlight our recommended read of the month in December because the author, Kristen Harnisch, is member of the Writer’s Digest community. At our 2012 conference, she made connections that led to her agent. At the 2013 event, she connected with keynote Adriana Trigiani to secure a blurb for her book. And at our 2014 event, we were proud to host Kristen as one of our speakers. Kristen’s novel, The Vintner’s Daughter, is an extraordinary read – something that would make a great last-minute gift for Christmas, or a perfect pick to start reading…
  • Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/ Critique): How to Craft Query Letters & Submission Materials That Get Noticed — Starts Jan 20, 2015

    Chuck Sambuchino
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    When your submission materials – a query letter, synopsis, manuscript, or book proposal – arrive in an agent’s inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent (or the agent’s assistant) will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with a rejection. Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories when submitting materials: they try too hard, or not enough. This all-new Writer’s Digest Boot Camp is designed to help you streamline your submission materials to stand out in a good way.
  • Writing the Unlikable Character (and Why You Should)

    Adrienne Crezo
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ignatius J. Reilly We talk a lot about the importance of writing characters that readers like or can relate to—and by “we” I mean anyone who feels strongly about books, regardless of profession. It’s nice to know when the good guy is good and when the bad guy is bad. That’s what you expect from a story. You want a hero, right? Nope. Not this reader. I love unlikable characters. It’s fair to say that if there’s a no-good, dirty, rotten scoundrel in the lead, I am 100 percent on board. But it seems incongruous, doesn’t it, that a character who is…
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Pros and Cons of Disclosure

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
         “Gideon, how are you? I’ve been worrying about you.”     “Worrying? Why?”     “Because you–I don’t know, you always get into… adventures that never happen to anyone else. There isn’t anything wrong, is there?”     “Wrong?” He laughed. “No, of course not.” What was a bomb in the morning mail to the truly adventurous? Besides, why bring it up now when it couldn’t serve any purpose other than to worry her? Later was good enough. If there was going to be any comforting and soothing…
  • Kumi What?

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads". – Wikipedia. I first learned of kumihimo when I stopped to visit a craft-klatch group that met each morning in a lounge on the ship while I was crossing the Atlantic last month. I had no idea at the time that those few minutes started me on a loop leading to deeper insight into writing and creativity in general.One woman in that group held a circular foam disk with strings of beads hanging around it and a thick beaded cord emerging below from a hole…
  • What Makes YOU Happy?

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

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

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

  • Ilise Benum’s Gift Ideas for Creative Professionals

    Roger C. Parker
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Ilise Benum’s New Business Proposal Bundles make ideal holiday gifts for the freelance copywriter or graphic designer in your life. Ilise Benum Marketing Mentor website is a well known and respected resources. Better clients, bigger budgets. Ilise Benum helps creative professionals, consultants and freelancers who wants better clients, bigger budgets and better projects.  A respected blogger and speaker at leading events, she offers a variety of 1-to-1 assistance and and do-it-yourself resources. As she puts it: With the right advice, accountability and assistance, you can stop taking…
  • Holiday Gift Idea: Nina Amir’s Author Training Manual

    Roger C. Parker
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    Nina Amir’s Author Training Manual is an ideal holiday gift book for the author or writer in your life who wants to write a book. Nina Amir’s Author Training Manual joins Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes, which I recently reviewed, as one of the two most important writing books published during 2014. Nina Amir’s Author Training Manual is  a practical, detailed guide for new authors  It offers advice, examples, and exercises to help you: Develop Marketable Ideas Craft Books that Sell Become the Author Publisher’s Want Self-Publish Effectively About the Author…
  • Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big 2014 Holiday Gift Ideas

    Roger C. Parker
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    Click the image to view Sarah Susanka’s list of tasteful Not So Big holiday gift ideas for your family and friends that really matter. If you’re a long-time Published and Profitable friend or member, you’re probably familiar with Sarah Susanka and herNot So Big books that have changed the way homes are designed and lives are re-designed. I’ve interviewed Sarah on several occasions. My interview with her was one of the most revealing  of the more than 120 Published and Profitable author interviews I’ve conducted. A genuinely profound thinker I discovered Sarah…
  • Language of Content Strategy | Author Interview and Mind Map

    Roger C. Parker
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:43 am
    Click here for a fresh perspective on organizing your content marketing ideas by downloading a mind map of The Language of Content Strategy. I prepared this mind map to help you prepare for tomorrow’s interview with Scott Abel, Content Wrangler and co-author of The Language of Content Strategy. Attend my interview with Scott Abel on Tuesday, December 16th, at 4:00 PM EST. Relevance of The Language of Content Strategy The Language of Content Strategy is one of 2014′s most important content marketing books. It’s a must read for content marketers looking for a fresh,…
  • Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes | Writing Tips for Content Marketing

    Roger C. Parker
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Click the Image to learn more about Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes by downloading a MindManager mind map of its contents. It doesn’t matter how much writing and content marketing experience you’ve had, Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content should be on your bedside table or desk. It offers a welcome combination of perspective, details, and insights from one of the most recognizable names in content marketing. Learning from the mind map of Everybody Writes I created the free downloadable mind map for others who want to…
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    Writing Forward

  • Should You Write a Memoir?

    Guest
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you thinking about writing a memoir? Please welcome guest author Alana Saltz with a heartwarming article on writing memoirs. As a genre, memoir has been growing exponentially each and every year. More and more people are finding the strength, courage, and determination to write about their experiences in a compelling and literary way. The success of memoirs like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Augusten Burrough’s Running With Scissors, which were both adapted as feature films and released in theaters worldwide, help demonstrate that the world is slowly beginning to embrace the genre. I’ve…
  • 21 Ways to Improve Your Writing

    Melissa Donovan
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you ready to improve your writing? It’s not possible to improve your writing overnight, unless you hire an expert to do it for you. People study the craft for years, decades even, and still they strive to make each piece of writing better than the last. Sure, there might be some quick tricks and shortcuts you can pick up and apply immediately, but these only improve your writing in small increments. If you want to become a good writer (let alone a great writer), be prepared to make a long-term commitment to the craft. Improve Your Writing It might take time and energy to improve…
  • How to Make Good Grammar Part of Your Daily Life

    Melissa Donovan
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Make good grammar part of your lifestyle. I recently started relearning how to play the guitar after a rather long hiatus. It’s not like I ever learned how to play it properly in the first place — so I’m a true beginner. And at times, I find it frustrating. I just want to pick the thing up and rip out a song, but I’m constantly tripping over my own fingers, and let’s not even talk about the pain that comes from pressing your fingertips against thick metal strings, repeatedly and for extended periods of time. Writing’s not so different from playing the…
  • Flash Fiction Writing Exercises

    Melissa Donovan
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Try these flash fiction writing exercises. These fiction writing exercises are designed to help fiction writers shave away the fluff and reveal the bare bones of a piece of fiction. We’ll start with one exercise that will help you assess the core structure of a story and then explore a few bonus flash fiction writing exercises that are good for developing concise writing. What is Flash Fiction? Flash fiction is a short story that is extremely brief. There is no official word limit, but generally, stories of fewer than 1000-2000 words would fall under the flash category. Fiction Writing…
  • Write What You’re Willing To Learn

    Melissa Donovan
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Write what you want! Please welcome guest author Tamara Girardi with a post that challenges the old adage, “write what you know.” In mid-October, I attended a literary evening with Jodi Picoult as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series. My immediate impression of Picoult: she was incredibly gracious and pleasant. At a reception prior to the event, she worked the room with a genuine smile, taking pictures and shaking hands. During one conversation, she laughed so loud with an attendee the room took notice. In other words, she was lovely. So was her talk. She focused on…
 
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    We Are Change

  • Pentagon Unveils New Name For ISIS, 25 Times In One Speech

    alecope88
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    We Are ChangeThe Pentagon unveils a new name for ISIS, referring to the group as DAESH. Source: http://www.cnn.com/video/standard/index.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SW_GthqtoYThe post Pentagon Unveils New Name For ISIS, 25 Times In One Speech appeared first on We Are Change.
  • US is militarizing Ukraine to invade Russia

    alecope88
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    We Are ChangePutin’s economic advisor reveals the massive militarization of Ukraine, intended not only to crush Donbass, but to re-take Crimea, and be the puppets to start another world war for further consolidation of the US hegemony over Eurasia.The post US is militarizing Ukraine to invade Russia appeared first on We Are Change.
  • UN General Assembly adopts resolution for Palestinian sovereignty in W. Bank, Gaza, E. Jerusalem

    alecope88
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    We Are ChangeBy Celine Hagbard IMECOn Friday December 19th, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing the Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources. UN General Assembly (image by Uprooted Palestinians blog)The Assembly adopted the resolution with a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States) with 9 abstentions…
  • St. Louis Prosecutor Says He Knew Multiple Witnesses Were Lying to Ferguson Grand Jury, Will Not Pursue Charges

    alecope88
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    We Are ChangeBy Ben Swann Ben SwannSt. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch made his first remarks about the allegations that multiple witnesses before the Ferguson grand jury perjured themselves when testifying about the confrontation between Darren Wilson and Mike Brown.Friday, McCulloch spoke with KTRS 550 and said that “Clearly some were not telling the truth.” McCullough continued that he’s not planning to pursue charges against any lying witnesses.In his first extensive interview since the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, McCulloch…
  • Houston P.D. Orders All Officers Turn Off Body Cameras During Protest

    alecope88
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    We Are ChangeBy Anti-Media StaffRemington Alessi was arrested on Saturday December 13 in Houston, Texas. He was arrested while engaging in a nonviolent protest against police brutality. He gives us his account of what he learned in the back of a squad car.“We’re going to go ahead and turn off the personal video devices going forward, so be sure all officers have them turned off when engaging the protesters.” The words cut through me and chilled my spine as I sat, helplessly handcuffed in the back of a Houston Police cruiser after being arrested in the midst of a protest.As an activist…
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    Work-in-Progress

  • The Writing Life: What It Really Takes

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    I’ve never published this little essay, and the end of the semester vibe in the air has put me in the frame of mind to think about my ancient life and a particular teacher I remember very well. And it’s always a good time to think about how to navigate the writing life, and how talent is perhaps the least of what is needed for a successful journey.  TOUGH LOVE            When I grew up, in Iowa, no one made a point of encouraging my dreams the way parents and teachers are expected to now. When I was ten, watching my first summer…
  • How to Get Your Book Published

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Wow...this post from Jane Friedman covers IT ALL, how to publish your book and how the publishing business works, start to finish, with excellent resources and a nuts-and-bolts approach.If you or someone you know needs the basics, get them right here. 
  • Carolyn Parkhurst's Tips for Twitter

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    So, in one insomniac burst I abruptly joined both Twitter (@lesliepwriter) and Goodreads…and then realized I didn’t know much of anything about either.  Twitter seems like walking the wrong way onto the autobahn or something, so I emailed my very savvy, very funny writing group for some advice.  I was expecting a couple pointers along the lines of “don’t tweet nude photos,” but instead I got this very sane, helpful list of tips from Carolyn Parkhurst, who agreed to let me share them here on my old-fashioned, oh-so-wordy, very-non-Twitter blog (nearly 3000 characters in…
  • The Best Books of 2014

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Here is my annual, highly personal list of the best books I read in 2014, which means that they were not necessarily published in 2014.  Being a free-wheeling kind of gal, I do not present them in any sort of order; nor do I force my choices to fit a numerical conceit (top 10, 5 favorite).  So this is just a list of books I happened to read this year that would immediately leap to my mind if you were to ask, “Read anything good lately?”Also, while I have many close friends who are superb writers and I love to match-make their excellent books with readers, I have chosen not to…
  • Five Flaws to Avoid in Your Poetry (and Fiction)

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    I came across this link on Facebook, a few words from the editors at the Indiana Review about what flaws make them reject a poem.  All good advice, it seems to me, and each bullet point correlates EXACTLY with problems in fiction, so also good advice for ALL of us:2. Over-associating. I’m not a minimalist by any means, but I do believe in earning your fireworks. Your winter breath is not a constellation of fireflies axeing their way through the winter like little lumberjacks. There’s not a hot air balloon filled with jackrabbits in your chest every time she looks at you like a…
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    Wordful

  • How to Start a Podcast When You’re Clueless and Terrified

    Charles Bohannan
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:39 am
    If you’re totally clueless about podcasting, keep reading! I was just there myself, and I’ve quickly put together some good tips to follow if you’re considering your own podcast. Pay attention, because there might be some stuff in here you won’t find anywhere else when it comes to starting a podcast. Start listening to other podcasts Yes, this is obvious advice, but really make sure you do this if you’re not. Immerse yourself in the podcast universe of a few people you find interesting. All you need to do is open the Apple iTunes podcast app (or this…
  • Please Help Me, I’m Stuck

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

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

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

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

  • What You Need to Know to Write a Book Now

    Anne Wayman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    The desire to write a book is something many, perhaps even most, freelance writers share. Often, however, it seems like we writers postpone that book writing project roughly forever. The possible... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 Reasons You Probably Should Write a Book

    Anne Wayman
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Just as there are good reasons not to write a book, there are some darn good reasons why you probably should write one. I’ve listed four important ones here. I’m tempted to say if these... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Real Reason I am a Freelance Writer – Well, One of Them…

    Anne Wayman
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    One someone asks me the reason I am a freelance writer, I usually respond “I’m a very good worker and a lousy employee.” Generally everyone chuckles and we move on to something... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When Should Freelance Writers Ask for Help?

    Anne Wayman
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I don’t know if my parents intended for me to grow up thinking I had to do everything by myself or not, but somehow I came to adulthood thinking it wasn’t okay to ask for help. I had the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Talk Turkey To Your Freelance Writing Clients

    Anne Wayman
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    In American English to talk turkey  to someone means to be up front, to speak your mind. It also has the sense that we’re speaking firmly – even setting a boundary. Not long ago I was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Bad Language

  • Get our new (free) 10-minute guide to inbound content marketing

    Clare Dodd
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    From the writers of Bad Language comes an ebook so full of inbound marketing knowledge and know-how you’d be crazy not to read it. We like sharing what we know If you’re a regular reader of Bad Language you’ll know that we’re fans of writing, marketing and technology. And where do those three things converge? Inbound content marketing. Here at Articulate we’ve spent the last 18 months reading, experimenting, completing HubSpot certifications and rolling out campaigns using the inbound marketing method. And we’ve learned an lot in the process. So now…
  • Tools for writing: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 first impressions

    Matthew Stibbe
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is an important device for its maker: a showcase for Windows 8.1, a role model for other OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) and, finally, a source of profit. And, more than a tablet that can replace your laptop, it is also a challenge to Apple’s MacBook Air, as Microsoft’s ad confirms. So when mine arrived this week, I was excited to see whether it lived up to its promise. (Full disclosure: Microsoft kindly loaned me the unit and they are an Articulate client but this is my own review.) There’s much to like: Super-high-resolution screen. Text in Word…
  • Connect with Customers: sign up for Microsoft’s mini-summit

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

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

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

  • Mid-month update

    Ben
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Quick mid-month update because I realized I haven’t blogged since the beginning of the month: I’m in the middle of a few projects that I’m fairly sure I’ll finish in time for the January release bundle. They’re keeping me fairly busy, thus the lack of posts lately. But soon!
  • Shadershop

    Ben
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    Shadershop is very cool. It’s Photoshop for shaders, letting you visually manipulate and compose functions in a way that’s easy and accessible.
  • Site redesign December 2014

    Ben
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    I haven’t been as happy with this latest design, so I did what I do every few months and redesigned the site. Before: After: Things of note: I’m back to using Charter. I like serifs. I’m also back to showing the full nav (Books, Design, Writing links, etc.) on desktop. With that, I’ve gotten rid of the “Things I Do” section and replaced it with the Featured Projects section (like I had before). The mobile menu is smoother, thanks to some hardware-accelerated CSS transforms I borrowed from Slack (on their mobile team site).
  • Famgen

    Ben
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    I’ve started a new blog, Famgen, where Meridith and I post about the genealogy research we do. It’s probably not of interest to anyone except our family members and random people doing research in the same areas, but yes, it’s there.
  • Egyptian uniliterals chart

    Ben
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    I’ve missed doing language charts, so I put together one of the Egyptian uniliterals: To go along with it, I’ve also made some worksheets, intended to be printed and filled out: The graded worksheet is a new idea I had, to gradually introduce new characters over the course of the worksheet. Both my wife and I worked through it and by the end we both felt fairly confident in our newfound knowledge of the uniliterals. Oh, and I made all of these in PlotDevice. It’s quite handy, especially for the worksheets where I’m generating the contents programmatically.
 
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    Write to Done

  • Negative Book Reviews Getting You Down? How to Soar Above and Prove Them Wrong

    Barry Carter
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:59 am
    “Just ignore the haters.”That’s what you’re told when your book gets a negative review.You know it’s wise advice, but following it is another matter.It’s a bit like being told “don’t think of an elephant.” All you can think of thereafter is Dumbo.The more you try to ignore bad reviews, the more they eat away at you.My first book got a wave of positive reviews, but when the first bad review came in, it kept me up at night.Most of us have a strong negativity bias­­–we let one bad thing ruin a multitude of positives.Everyone can access the…
  • What are YOU writing?

    Mary Jaksch
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    What are you working on right now?We’d love to know here at WritetoDone!A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script?Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash?Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what you’re writing about.Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestseller or give us a link to your best article.Tell us: what are you writing at the moment?Who knows, your piece might even attract…
  • The Simple Shift That Lets You Earn More from Your Writing

    Linda Formichelli
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    You think of yourself as a blogger…or copywriter…or fiction author…or some other specific kind of writer.I must be psychic, right? But even though you may be a talented writer, you’re probably wondering why you’re struggling to pay the bills.Your prose leaps from the page, you offer amazing value, and you may even have some cool bribe to convince website visitors to join your mailing list.And yet…you’re doing what you love and the money isn’t following.What gives?I’ll tell you what gives. Remember how I used my brilliant powers of…
  • How to Write Better: 3 Secrets of Transmitting Naked Emotions

    Mary Jaksch
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:36 pm
    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Hemingway.Naked emotions?Like I felt when I finally gave up screaming for help.When I sank to my knees and wept by the side of the stream, watching my horse about to drown–and unable to rescue her.I’ll tell you what happened in a moment …But this post is not about the horse and not about myself.It’s about letting naked emotions bleed through your writing.Emotions connect us with each other. In fact, research shows that specific cells in the brain create a virtual reality which connects us directly with…
  • 10 Ways to Promote Your Book on Your Blog

    Steff Green
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Writing a book is an amazing achievement, one you should celebrate and enjoy.Getting your book from a raw mess of words to a polished, publishable entity, complete with a kickass cover and proper formatting, is even more incredible.The day my latest novel The Sunken went live, I did a happy dance.(The cat, asleep in my lap at the time, did not share my enthusiasm.)If you’re at this stage of your writing career, I salute you, and offer you a glass of wine from my own bottle.How to Promote Your BookI have been blogging about music since 2009, and have a small following.Instead of…
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    Will Write For Food

  • Confusion Among Bloggers on Disclosing Compensation

    diannejacob
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    You know those disclaimers at the end of blog posts, when food bloggers write about a product or service and say whether they were compensated? I’ve noticed some confusion (or should we call it denial?) about what constitutes payment. There are two kinds of payment: cash payment and “paid in kind,” which means a company gives you goods [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Working for Free Has Value at Each Stage of a Career

    diannejacob
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    A guest post by Julie Van Rosendaal I’m not being paid to write this. It’s a guest post, a format whose popularity has slipped in recent years as the concept of writing for exposure began to lose its luster. It seemed more popular back when no one was making any money at this blogging thing. [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When Writing Recipes, Do All Ingredients Have a Standard Size?

    diannejacob
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Based on all the great feedback and discussion on last week’s post about recipe copy-editing, I’m asking about writing recipes with non-standard ingredient sizes. Case in point: How big is a lamb sausage? One of the USA of Pizza’s recipes called for “1 lamb sausage link” (not merguez). I purchased the link at a butcher. It weighed 5 1/2 ounces. [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Questions from a Recipe Copy Editor

    diannejacob
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    If a copy editor has ever touched your cookbook manuscript, you will relate. And if you haven’t had the experience yet, you will be intrigued — and possibly worried. Before I start this discussion, however, I want to be clear. I’m grateful for all the goofs our very capable copy editor caught in chef Craig Priebe’s and my new pizza [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Q&A: Making Big Money at Pinch of Yum

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

  • When are 420 One-Star Book Reviews NOT a Bad Thing?

    Darcy Pattison
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:18 am
    MERRY CHRISTMAS! PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz: A Highlights Foundation Workshop Join Leslie Helakoski and Darcy Pattison in Honesdale PA for a spring workshop, April 23-26, 2015. It's a great Christmas present to yourself or a writer friend! Full info here. COMMENTS FROM THE 2014 WORKSHOP: "This conference was great! A perfect mix of learning and practicing our craft."—Peggy Campbell-Rush, 2014 attendee, Washington, NJ "Darcy and Leslie were extremely accessible for advice, critique and casual conversation."—Perri Hogan, 2014 attendee, Syracuse,NY As I’ve watched the growth…
  • Christmas Eavesdropping

    Darcy Pattison
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    MERRY CHRISTMAS! PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz: A Highlights Foundation Workshop Join Leslie Helakoski and Darcy Pattison in Honesdale PA for a spring workshop, April 23-26, 2015. It's a great Christmas present to yourself or a writer friend! Full info here. COMMENTS FROM THE 2014 WORKSHOP: "This conference was great! A perfect mix of learning and practicing our craft."—Peggy Campbell-Rush, 2014 attendee, Washington, NJ "Darcy and Leslie were extremely accessible for advice, critique and casual conversation."—Perri Hogan, 2014 attendee, Syracuse,NY Notes from the Field During the…
  • Merry Christmas from Gillett

    Darcy Pattison
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    MERRY CHRISTMAS! PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz: A Highlights Foundation Workshop Join Leslie Helakoski and Darcy Pattison in Honesdale PA for a spring workshop, April 23-26, 2015. It's a great Christmas present to yourself or a writer friend! Full info here. COMMENTS FROM THE 2014 WORKSHOP: "This conference was great! A perfect mix of learning and practicing our craft."—Peggy Campbell-Rush, 2014 attendee, Washington, NJ "Darcy and Leslie were extremely accessible for advice, critique and casual conversation."—Perri Hogan, 2014 attendee, Syracuse,NY I visited Gilett Elementary…
  • Scholastic Report: Write Funny, Imaginative Stories

    Darcy Pattison
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:54 am
    MERRY CHRISTMAS! PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz: A Highlights Foundation Workshop Join Leslie Helakoski and Darcy Pattison in Honesdale PA for a spring workshop, April 23-26, 2015. It's a great Christmas present to yourself or a writer friend! Full info here. COMMENTS FROM THE 2014 WORKSHOP: "This conference was great! A perfect mix of learning and practicing our craft."—Peggy Campbell-Rush, 2014 attendee, Washington, NJ "Darcy and Leslie were extremely accessible for advice, critique and casual conversation."—Perri Hogan, 2014 attendee, Syracuse,NY It’s often hard to predict…
  • Tone: Is your Romance Sensual or Intellectual?

    Darcy Pattison
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:21 am
    MERRY CHRISTMAS! PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz: A Highlights Foundation Workshop Join Leslie Helakoski and Darcy Pattison in Honesdale PA for a spring workshop, April 23-26, 2015. It's a great Christmas present to yourself or a writer friend! Full info here. COMMENTS FROM THE 2014 WORKSHOP: "This conference was great! A perfect mix of learning and practicing our craft."—Peggy Campbell-Rush, 2014 attendee, Washington, NJ "Darcy and Leslie were extremely accessible for advice, critique and casual conversation."—Perri Hogan, 2014 attendee, Syracuse,NY I am currently reading Eleanor…
 
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    WritersDigest.com » There Are No Rules Blog by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

  • Writing the Unlikable Character (and Why You Should)

    Adrienne Crezo
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ignatius J. Reilly We talk a lot about the importance of writing characters that readers like or can relate to—and by “we” I mean anyone who feels strongly about books, regardless of profession. It’s nice to know when the good guy is good and when the bad guy is bad. That’s what you expect from a story. You want a hero, right? Nope. Not this reader. I love unlikable characters. It’s fair to say that if there’s a no-good, dirty, rotten scoundrel in the lead, I am 100 percent on board. But it seems incongruous, doesn’t it, that a character who is…
  • Slush Pile Showdown: How to Make Your Submission Stand Out — Dec. 18 Webinar (with Query Critique) by Agent Instructors

    Chuck Sambuchino
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    For this live webinar, “Slush Pile Showdown: How to Make Your Submission Stand Out,” literary agents Barbara Poelle and Holly Root are pulling back the curtain and showing you exactly what goes on when an agent reads your query. In their simulated slush pile, they will critique submitted queries live and give insights into which ones stand out and why, how queries could be improved, and common pitfalls to avoid. You’ll get a peek into what it’s like to be an agent sitting down, hoping to strike gold in the slush pile, and learn how to make your submission stand out.
  • How to Pay it Forward Within the Literary Community

    Guest Column
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:13 pm
    There’s something about the holiday season that puts people in a generous mood. From random anonymous acts of kindness to time-honored remembrances, it truly is the giving season. Heck, even the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes during the holidays. So what can writers do to pay it forward within the literary community? Here are a few ideas: Gift your readers. Above all these people are the people that should all be on your “nice” list! There are plenty of ways you can make your readers feel more connected to you and your books. Run contests, offer giveaways, reveal new cover art and…
  • How to Amp Up Your Story

    Cris Freese
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Do you ever write something and immediately find yourself wanting to edit it (or worse—delete it)? Or are you struggling to really develop an idea? It’s tough not to immediately begin the rewriting process or automatically start second guessing yourself. Sometimes, as writers, we can get lost in continually improving a piece, trying to give it that little extra bit of pizzazz. In the following excerpt of Elizabeth Sims’ “How to Develop Any Idea Into a Great Story,” originally in the November/December 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest, you’ll learn four…
  • Go There: Lessons In Writing From Dear Old Dad

    Adrienne Crezo
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    BY ANDREW MARANISS People assume that when your father is a Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author, he must have helped you a lot with your first book. For a while, I thought he might, too. I’d email first drafts of my chapters for “Strong Inside” to my mom and dad, and I soon discovered why the messages I’d get back only contained suggestions from my mother: my father understood from the very beginning that I’d feel a whole lot better about my book if I knew I did it without major input from him. Which isn’t to say that he had no influence. His fingerprints are all over it,…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • The Buddha in the Attic

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Haruko left a tiny laughing brass Buddha up high, in a corner of the attic, where he is still laughing to this day – Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic The last time my wife went back to the States I watched the documentary To Be Takei. I have to confess to not knowing very much about George Takei other than his work on Star Trek, frequent cameos and occasional guest star spots in shows like The Big Bang Theory and his renaissance as a wit on the World Wide Web. I didn’t know that after Japan entered the war in 1942 the Takei family had been sent to the Rohwer War Relocation Centre for…
  • A Little Lumpen Novelita

    14 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I had to do things and not die – Roberto Bolaño, A Little Lumpen Novelita When starting a new book it’s tempting to hurry through the first few pages. You want to get into the meat of the book and I can’t count the number of books when on finishing them and looking over the opening page or two I realise just how much was said in those four or five hundred words. In this novella it’s the opening clause that one needs to pay close attention to: Now I’m a mother and a married woman… It tells us that our narrator is now a grownup, a woman and, most importantly, a survivor. The events…
  • Falling Out of Time

    7 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    [T]here is no there, of course there isn’t, but what if you go there? – David Grossman, Falling Out of Time The blurb describes this book as follows: “Part prose, part play, and pure poetry, David Grossman’s Falling Out of Time is a powerful exploration of mortality, mourning, and the long good-bye that follows the death of a loved one.” It’s an apt description but this description also pinpoints the book’s weakness: it’s neither fish nor fowl nor, as I suppose we need a third creature to pad out our comparison, beast. For my purposes I treated it as a novel in dialogue since…
  • Half Life

    30 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Vanishing twin syndrome usually occurs in the womb. In our case it came about considerably later in the developmental process. – Shelley Jackson, Half Life If, as I did, you struggled with this book (especially its ending) you might want to read Stéphane Vanderhaeghe’s essay ‘How to Unread Shelley Jackson?’ published in Transatlantica. It won’t answer all your questions but it’ll probably help you ask more sensible questions than, “WTF?” I’ll come back to that. For the most part this is… correction, appears to be, a fairly straightforward novel. It tells the story of two…
  • Commentary on commentaries

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

  • Flogometer for Ray—another pass at a first page by me for you to flog

    Ray Rhamey
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Submissions Wanted. Just one in the queue for next week. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective. Note: all the Flogometer posts are here. What's a first page in publishingland? In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page…
  • It's flog a pro time

    Ray Rhamey
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Today is the monthly flog of a best-selling author over at Writer Unboxed. See what you think.
  • Flogometer for Fran—are you compelled to turn the page?

    Ray Rhamey
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Submissions Wanted. Nothing in the queue for Friday, though I will be posting a third pass at a first page for my vampire kitty story then--I hope you'll tune in. 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…
  • “a brilliant and entertaining resource book on the craft of writing”

    Ray Rhamey
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    A new review from Amazon for my new Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling: I'll Use It Every Time I Sit Down to Write You WILL become a better writer by reading this book and implementing the suggestions made by Mr. Rhamey. And they’re not vague or theoretical suggestions, either—they are clear, definitive, concrete, and 100% useful. It’s a brilliant and entertaining resource book on the craft of writing. In my opinion, the best way to use this book is to first read it cover to cover, pretending it’s an online course or weekend workshop. Gobble it up whole, so the cells…
  • How to write dystopian fiction

    Ray Rhamey
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    I came across an article from Writer’s Digest titled “Writing Dystopian Fiction: 7 Tips.” It’s by Brian Klems. As I’m interested in writing dystopian fiction for the YA market, I took a look. And the insights have generated new thoughts in me that I think will help when I get around to tackling it. Check it out. Brian’s tips focus on: Extrapolation of current technology The central theme Taking things to an extreme A “burning fire” message Uncovering a present truth Using examples from the past Coming from current affairs For what it's worth. Submissions Wanted. Nothing in…
 
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  • Words of the Year 2014: Fritinancy Edition

    Nancy Friedman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    “There seems to be no leading candidate for Word (or Phrase) of the Year,” writes Allan Metcalf, executive director of the American Dialect Society, in the Lingua Franca blog. That lack, he maintains, “will make discussion and voting more lively” at the ADS’s annual meeting in Portland next month. No question that the discussion will be lively—it always is—but I beg to differ about “no leading candidate.” It may not be as controversial as the 2013 selection, because, or as social-media-friendly as 2012’s hashtag, but it’s still the clear front-runner. My submissions to…
  • Tis the Tis the Season Season

    Nancy Friedman
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    Here on the ’tis beat, we have a zero-tolerance policy. As Baltimore Sun copyeditor John McIntyre has repeatedly reminded us in his roundup of holiday clichés: “’Tis the season”: Not in copy, not in headlines, not at all. Never, never, never, never, never. You cannot make this fresh. Do not attempt it. Is anyone listening? Not bloody likely. Here’s Henry Fuhrmann, head of the Los Angeles Times copy desks, posting on Twitter. Note the date: It is with heavy heart that I report that the phrase *'tis the season* passed unscathed through the copy desk this week. I blame myself.
  • December Linkfest: WOTY Edition

    Nancy Friedman
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Words of the year from around the globe! As usual, Oxford Dictionaries was first out of the gate, nearly a month ago, with its WOTY choices. And the winner was… vape.  As e-cigarettes (or e-cigs) have become much more common, so vapehas grown significantly in popularity. You are thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year. Which means I may have been just a little ahead of schedule when I included vape on my 2013 words-of-the-year list. (“Hard to imagine a more vapid choice,” scoffed Allan Metcalf,…
  • Word of the Week: Cromnibus

    Nancy Friedman
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Cromnibus: The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 11 and by the Senate on December 13. The word is a portmanteau of omnibus bill (per Vox, “how Congress funds the government when things are working normally”—which in recent sessions is never) and the initials of continuing resolution, (“how Congress funds the government when it can’t come to a deal”). The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature. Also spelled CRomnibus. Omnibus entered English—from a Latin word meaning “for all”—around 1829; it described “a…
  • On the Visual Thesaurus: Brand Names of the Year

    Nancy Friedman
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    My latest column for the Visual Thesaurus looks at the most interesting and significant brand names of 2014. Not, I hasten to add, the biggest or most successful brands, but the ones that were “newly prominent or notable” (per the American Dialect Society’s criteria for words of the year) and exhibited linguistic and onomastic merit. Access to this column is free to all – happy holidays! (But don’t you know someone who’d appreciate the gift of a Visual Thesaurus subscription?) Here’s one of my top 10 brand names: Uber. The rideshare app—based in San Francisco and operating in…
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    Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers

  • Snowman Comic Caption Winner: David Lubar

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
      Thanks to everyone who entered my Snowman Comic Caption Contest! So many great entries and quite a few of them would have fit perfectly...SO hard to choose. Congrats to David Lubar, whose caption I chose for the final comic. David wins a copy of either I'M BORED or NAKED! (his choice), signed by me, inscribed and mailed to anyone/anywhere he'd like, plus a Random hand-drawn/painted doodle by yours truly. Runners-up, each of whom gets a Random hand-drawn/painted doodle: "Darn screen is frozen." - Cindy Williams Schrauben  "Frosty enjoyed nothing more than correcting people's…
  • Comic: Christmas dream

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    Another comic from the archives. 'Tis the season, after all...
  • #BookADay: ALONG A LONG ROAD by Frank Viva (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    #bookaday: ALONG A LONG ROAD by fellow Canadian Frank Viva (Little, Brown). Love the simple palette and gorgeous retro-style art as well as the glossy yellow road (you can't help but want to touch the pages) that runs throughout. More about Frank Viva on his website and you can also find him on Twitter at @VIVAandCO. More info about ALONG A LONG ROAD on the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers website. Find out more about Donalyn Miller's Book-A-Day Challenge on the Nerdy Book Club site, and you can read archives of my #BookADay posts.
  • Comic Caption Challenge (there will be PRIZES)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Any caption ideas for this comic? You can post your answer below, on Twitter (please tag with #inkycaption hashtag) or on FB. There will be PRIZES.
  • Holiday Kidlit: DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW by Helaine Becker & Werner Zimmerman (Scholastic Canada)

    Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Looking for some Canadian holiday kidlit cheer? Try DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: A CANADIAN JINGLE BELLS, a new book written by my friend Helaine Becker, illustrated by Werner Zimmermann, companion to their #1 national bestseller, A PORCUPINE IN A PINE TREE. More info about DASHING on the Scholastic Canada site. More about Helaine: http://www.helainebecker.com/ More about Werner: http://wernerzimmermann.ca/ Also see my other #BookADay posts.
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    Self-Publishing Review

  • Review: The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur

    T B Markinson
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    The Man I Love is an incredible and emotional tale that pulls the reader into the pages and doesn’t let up until the end. Erik Fiskare, a college freshman, is attracted to the world of theater. However, he prefers being backstage. When he first looks into the eyes of Daisy Bianco, a dancer, he feels ...
  • Lies, Lies and More Lies by Vivek

    T B Markinson
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    In Lies, Lies and More Lies, author Vivek sets out to prove that Hindutva is an ideology that doesn’t equate to Hindu fundamentalism. He states in the preface that he is frequently asked: “Does a billion-strong community really need protection?” He says yes they do, and his essays demonstrate why the author believes Hindus need ...
  • Review: Five Days Dead by James L. Davis

    James Grimsby
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    In an uncertain future, humanity finally achieves its greatest technological breakthrough with cold fusion, and with the rise of growing political climates toward conservation, recedes into a technological utopia of the Hubs, interlinked cities across the world. The decision of the majority of the population is solidified by the invention of the Link – a ...
  • SPR Featured in The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

    Henry Baum
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    We’re proud to announce our inclusion in Joel Friedlander’s Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide. A bit about the book: The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide is the first and largest collection of curated and verified resources for independent authors who plan to publish their own books. Produced by a team with long experience in both traditional and ...
  • Why Amazon Reviews Just Aren’t Enough

    Cate Baum
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    With the fall in prices for trad published books, the indie Kindle goldrush may be over, so Cate Baum looks into Amazon’s algorithm and how its search engine works for authors and their books – and why Amazon reviews are not enough to sell a book – and maybe never have been. There’s a lot ...
 
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    WritersWeekly.com - Freelance Writing Ezine

  • BookLocker - Your Book Deserves the Best

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is one of the top-rated POD publishers in the industry.
  • Paying Markets And Jobs For December 19th

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

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    SHOULDN'T AMAZON BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SOFTWARE GLITCHES? I BET THEIR CONTRACT PROTECTS THEM FROM INCIDENTS SUCH AS THIS. Amazon glitch causes some UK business owners to lose thousands "Right in the middle of the holiday shopping season, an Amazon.com software glitch caused local U.K. businesses to lose thousands of dollars early on Saturday..." I GUESS THE FIRST $1.8 MILLION HE WAS AWARDED WASN'T ENOUGH? Ventura sues publisher of 'American Sniper' book "The Star Tribune reports that Ventura's new lawsuit against HarperCollins says publicity about Kyle's claims generated…
  • Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone By Polly Tafrate

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Several years ago, in the "Paying Market Section" of WritersWeekly.com, I noticed a German magazine seeking articles. I'd published one for our local paper about independently operated Saturday language schools, so called because they meet on Saturday mornings throughout the school year. I pitched them my idea, but narrowed my focus to German schools. In turn, they sent me a contract. Last year, another German magazine requested a similar version of this article. I freshened it up and it, too, was published...
  • Ask The Expert For December 19th

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ask the Expert will return after the holidays. Archived Q&A's are featured HERE. Have a question for Angela (writing/publishing) or Richard (marketing)? Contact us here: http://www.writersweekly.com/contact.php
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    Writing Forward

  • Should You Write a Memoir?

    Guest
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you thinking about writing a memoir? Please welcome guest author Alana Saltz with a heartwarming article on writing memoirs. As a genre, memoir has been growing exponentially each and every year. More and more people are finding the strength, courage, and determination to write about their experiences in a compelling and literary way. The success of memoirs like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Augusten Burrough’s Running With Scissors, which were both adapted as feature films and released in theaters worldwide, help demonstrate that the world is slowly beginning to embrace the genre. I’ve…
  • 21 Ways to Improve Your Writing

    Melissa Donovan
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Are you ready to improve your writing? It’s not possible to improve your writing overnight, unless you hire an expert to do it for you. People study the craft for years, decades even, and still they strive to make each piece of writing better than the last. Sure, there might be some quick tricks and shortcuts you can pick up and apply immediately, but these only improve your writing in small increments. If you want to become a good writer (let alone a great writer), be prepared to make a long-term commitment to the craft. Improve Your Writing It might take time and energy to improve…
  • How to Make Good Grammar Part of Your Daily Life

    Melissa Donovan
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Make good grammar part of your lifestyle. I recently started relearning how to play the guitar after a rather long hiatus. It’s not like I ever learned how to play it properly in the first place — so I’m a true beginner. And at times, I find it frustrating. I just want to pick the thing up and rip out a song, but I’m constantly tripping over my own fingers, and let’s not even talk about the pain that comes from pressing your fingertips against thick metal strings, repeatedly and for extended periods of time. Writing’s not so different from playing the…
  • Flash Fiction Writing Exercises

    Melissa Donovan
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Try these flash fiction writing exercises. These fiction writing exercises are designed to help fiction writers shave away the fluff and reveal the bare bones of a piece of fiction. We’ll start with one exercise that will help you assess the core structure of a story and then explore a few bonus flash fiction writing exercises that are good for developing concise writing. What is Flash Fiction? Flash fiction is a short story that is extremely brief. There is no official word limit, but generally, stories of fewer than 1000-2000 words would fall under the flash category. Fiction Writing…
  • Write What You’re Willing To Learn

    Melissa Donovan
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Write what you want! Please welcome guest author Tamara Girardi with a post that challenges the old adage, “write what you know.” In mid-October, I attended a literary evening with Jodi Picoult as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series. My immediate impression of Picoult: she was incredibly gracious and pleasant. At a reception prior to the event, she worked the room with a genuine smile, taking pictures and shaking hands. During one conversation, she laughed so loud with an attendee the room took notice. In other words, she was lovely. So was her talk. She focused on…
 
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    Grace Notes

  • The Pebble

    Julianne McCullagh
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you watch TV at all (and I watch it all too much) you cannot help but see the jewelry store ad with the penguins. Oh, it's so sweet when the cute boy penguin waddles over to a girl he's been working up the courage to talk to and drops a pebble at her feet. We anticipate a cozy cuddle and the two of them waddling off to happily ever after.Alas, she waddles away. Poor guy. We were rooting for you.In this world of penguin wooing, there is a clever fellow who dazzles his sweetie with gold and diamonds and she snuggles up with him. That's how you find true love, kiddos!Wow and…
  • Merry! Merry!

    Julianne McCullagh
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    It's been a while and I don't know if I still have readers.  but I thought I'd check in, share a few thoughts, and say Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas.Speaking of Christmas and the yearly nonsense spouted about Nativity Scenes and the insipid Happy Holidays greeting we are assaulted with and how the entire national and thus, world, economy depends on buying lots of stuff for an event that no one is allowed to name, I shake my head. I wonder. Then I shake my head some more.Now, I love Christmas. I love the lights and Santa and children touched by magic and mystery and hope and love.
  • St Clare and The Morning Offering

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

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

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

  • Merry Christmas

    Shaun Usher
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Dear All,Hello! Apparently, acccording to many people whom I trust, it's already Christmas in the year 2014. Unbelievable. It's been an incredibly busy 12 months in these parts, but mainly offline: the Letters of Note book continues to blow my mind and is now being published all over the world; the Lists of Note book, just recently published, is also doing beautifully (special editions of both of those books, by the way, are available as a bundle at Unbound—additionally, use the code XMAS14 at checkout to get an extra £10 off); also, the Letters Live events have drawn performers and…
  • I miss my biggest heart

    Shaun Usher
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    It wasn't until her death, in 1886, that the true scale of Emily Dickinson's profound poetry was both discovered and appreciated by family and friends, many of whom had only glimpsed her talents in the numerous poem-filled letters that she wrote. She found an even wider audience in 1890 with the posthumous publication of a volume of her work; a collection of her letters followed in 1894. Her most frequent correspondent, and a person now thought to have been the inspiration for much of her passionate material, was close friend (and, from 1856 onwards, sister-in-law) Susan Huntington Gilbert, a…
  • Dear Person

    Shaun Usher
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    It's difficult to overstate my love for this wonderful letter of thanks, written in 1982 by the late Jack Lemmon. It was sent to friend and fellow actor, Burt Reynolds, in response to a donation made to the Jack Lemmon Burn Center—one can only hope that Lemmon thanked all donors in a similarly amusing manner.This precious letter is currently being sold at auction. Transcript follows.(Source: Julien's Auctions. Images above via Alan Light and Wikipedia.)TranscriptsJACK LEMMONJune 7, 1982Dear Person:It has come to my attention that you sent a contribution of $10,000 to the Jack…
  • There was a war, a great war, and now it is over

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

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

  • 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…
  • What Happens When Dumb People Read Your Book?

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

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

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

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

  • Learning Something New About Writing!

    S.P Bragg
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Spend a little time today reading from one of your books for writers. If you like writing, I'm sure that you have several books devoted to the subject. I actually spotted one a few days ago on dialogue. I have already put that on my wish list for Christmas this year.  I generally set my timer for 15 minutes and use that time to learn something new. :) Also Available...60 Second Writer For Kids What We Are All About When I was little, I loved to stretch out across my bed and write stories. Give me a blank book of paper and a pencil and I was in heaven. Sometimes I think that we forget all…
  • Describing the Flavors

    S.P Bragg
    29 May 2014 | 10:04 am
    You are a chocolate buyer for a high end department store and it is your job to taste every one and then choose which chocolates would be perfect for your store. Focus on flavor and appearance...Wouldn't this be an awesome job!!Photo Credit: Morguefile
  • The Old Sidewalk in Peterborough

    S.P Bragg
    16 May 2014 | 9:40 am
    I have been digging through my old photos and this shot was taken in a rather large Canadian city. This path lead to my grandparents apartment but has sadly been torn down. There was a little old lady that lived in that brick building and if we were visiting Nanny and grandpa, she would always open the door and give us enough change to buy an ice cream cone at the drugstore at the end of the sidewalk. I have lots of great memories of this little sidewalk and the street that was at the end of it. I want you to spend sixty seconds thinking about the little old lady that I told you about.
  • Where Did These Come From?

    S.P Bragg
    14 May 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The last time you looked there was a bed of tulips in your front yard. This morning when you climbed out of bed, there were these odd looking plants. Go out side "virtually of course lol" and touch the leaves and then see if they have a scent. What if they smelled like toast?
  • The Pathway to Where?

    S.P Bragg
    13 May 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Who are these two people? Why are they sitting here and what will they find at the end  of this path?? Think about the possibilities!
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    Nicola Furlong » Blog

  • Red Inukshuk – Textured Art Using Joint Compound

    nfurlong
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Been fooling around with northern lights and inukshuks, that lovely, stark iconic Inuit signpost. Came up with this red inukshuk, a textured painting sculpted from joint compound and bathed in colourful Northern Lights. Used reclaimed cedar planks as canvas. The post Red Inukshuk – Textured Art Using Joint Compound appeared first on Nicola Furlong.
  • The Secret to Creating Memorable Fictional Characters

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

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

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

    nfurlong
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    YOUR HALLOWEEN TREAT: READERS’ FAVORITE LOVES TEED OFF! >>>Another 5 Star Review!
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    Sean McManus's Writing blog

  • Just published! Raspberry Pi For Dummies 2nd edition

    Sean McManus
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:48 am
    The first of my author copies have made their way through the Christmas post, so this is what elevenses looks like for me this morning: a camomile tea, a mince pie, and a flick through the new book. Cheers! This second edition of Raspberry Pi For Dummies has been updated to take account of the changes in the Raspberry Pi hardware and software since the first edition was published in March 2013
  • Christmas fun and games

    Sean McManus
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Here's an animated Christmas card I made using Scratch. Feel free to modify it and send it to your friends! You can learn more about Scratch here. While we're on the subject of Christmas, you can play my Christmas version of Hangman, Snowman, here and play my Christmas Pairs game here. You can send a Christmas greeting on a free ecard from any of my photos here, too. And Virtual Sean has his
  • Making music on the Raspberry Pi

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

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

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

  • Writing to Draw Readers in Emotionally

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Pedro Ribeiro Simõe Flannery O’Connor once said that, as writers, we can’t create emotion with emotion. We need to provide it with a body, to “create a world with weight and extension.” Love on its own, for example, is too broad and abstract for the reader to feel. If we write about something as ethereal as love without anchoring it in the physical world, we won’t connect emotionally to our reader. That’s because emotion exists beneath abstraction and explanation. It lives in the breathing world of the real, a tactile world we create when we selectively give…
  • 7 Ways to Write Better (That Have Nothing to Do With Writing)

    Nanci Panuccio
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    When it comes to unleashing our best, most potent writing, it’s not only about the hours we have, it’s the quality of mind and body we bring to those hours. There’s the skill of writing and then there’s our physiological, mental and emotional state. Ultimately, you can’t separate them. Here are some ways to improve your writing that have nothing to do with writing. 1. Commit to Joy At some point on our road to adulthood, we buy into this idea that fun and pleasure is frivolous, non-productive, even fiscally irresponsible. Too often we don’t give ourselves…
  • Going From Stupid to Cool

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

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

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

  • The Oath of Office (Next GE and Beyond)

    Jess C Scott
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Amongst other (shrewd) observations, former ISD director Yoong Siew Wah writes that “GE 2016 is very much an epoch-making election to watch.” So far I have read some very interesting blog posts and/or status updates on the matter, as curated by The Singapore Daily and whatever I happen to see on online media. It led me to think about certain things on a basic, fundamental level, with regard to how actions speak louder than words. According to The Law Dictionary, an Oath of Office is defined as follows: What is OATH OF OFFICE? A person assuming a position in a public office either…
  • Caning in Singapore

    Jess C Scott
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    I. DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948. It established, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected — a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. Article 5 of the UDHR states: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Amnesty International’s 2013 Annual Report stated the following: Singapore took steps to roll…
  • Book Review: Democratically Speaking

    Jess C Scott
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    * Featured on TRS, SG Daily. When I was growing up in Singapore, I remember coming across a couple of Straits Times articles which pretty much branded Dr. Chee Soon Juan as a troublemaker. It was only after my mid-twenties that I first surfed into the SDP website, of which Dr. Chee is the Secretary General of. The first thing I noticed on the website were the three words under the political party’s header: “COMPETENT, CONSTRUCTIVE and COMPASSIONATE” These are very strong words, which I — in all my youthful naivety — used to take for granted that these were…
  • In Conversation–Catherine Lim and Marina Mahathir (2012)

    Jess C Scott
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    This post is about two years overdue, although the experience of the event is still fresh in my mind :) I was involved with a couple of events during the 2012 Singapore Writers Festival. At the time, I circled a number of programmes in my SWF booklet, since I wanted to attend as many of the events as I could. One that I thoroughly enjoyed was a panel with Catherine Lim and Marina Mahathir. This despite the fact that I had largely been a politically indifferent and apathetic youth when I was growing up in Singapore. This was the text which described the programme: “Marina Mahathir in…
  • To Singapore, With Love

    Jess C Scott
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Tan Pin Pin’s To Singapore, With Love, a documentary featuring Singaporean political exiles, will not be allowed for public screening. The Media Development Authority (MDA) said the film “undermined national security.” The biggest feeling in response I have to the MDA’s statement is disappointment. As a person with a functioning brain, and a person who was born in and grew up in Singapore, I also feel insulted with the MDA’s official stance on the matter. This isn’t a fictitious movie that depicts a disrespectful portrayal of Singapore’s people or its…
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    Get Great Copy

  • Hello world!

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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    Mike Fook Books - Ebooks | Fiction Thrillers

  • Precursor to Recipe For Chaos

    MikeFook
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Here’s a post I just wrote about a rant I did back in around 1996. This was what led to my new book, “Recipe For Chaos,” due to be released 2/28/15. Assuming there IS a 2/28/15. Is that a leap year? Original Rant (click)
  • Intro for Next Book

    MikeFook
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Here’s one of about nine different introductions I’ve written for my next book, Recipe for Chaos. The problem is, there are dozens of ways to write the intro, that I can see. Maybe there are hundreds more. It’s hard to choose The One that will be the most effective in pulling readers into the book. Here’s one possibility.   I’m playing a game. You too, you’re playing a game. We’re on the same general playing field, this whacky blue spinning ball, but we play the game on micro-fields with different environments. No two people share the same…
  • Andy Gets Engaged – Language Alert!

    MikeFook
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    You know how you sort of know somebody, but you don’t. I mean, you guess things, but you’re not really sure just how well you know a friend until you see something that shows you exactly what he’s all about? I met Andy when he and some buddies came from the Pacific northwest – Seattle, Oregon, for herping in Thailand. Catching snakes, that is. He was really adventurous, throwing caution to the wind most of the time, and just going for it. He was brought up well, a respectful guy, brilliant guy, and fun to be around as long as you weren’t going to become a…
  • Woody Allen Bluffs, then Loses

    MikeFook
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Woody Allen gives me a great close-up shot just a block from his home on Central Park West. ©1989 Vern Lovic This was 1989 maybe. It’s been a while. I was walking around NYC with my friend, Ted. We spotted Woody Allen with a woman that wasn’t Mia Farrow. We followed for a bit, took some photos. Ted went across the street and took some photos. Woody turned around and came straight back at me. Taking photos as he came toward me he motioned for me to put my camera down. “I just want to talk to you for a second.” “What are you doing with the camera taking my…
  • A Few Great Articles for Writers

    MikeFook
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Just blew through Twitter this morning which led to reading a few things, some of which you might really like: Tim Ferriss talks about John McPhee – staff writer for The New Yorker, and taking a class with him at Princeton. Also within the post is an article written about McPhee by one of his former students. Quite good. I was happy to see McPhee loves a paragraph from my favorite book ever – Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness. I’ll paste it below. “Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the…
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    About that Writing thing.

  • Stuff I love about Writing.

    Shannon Barber
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I could also title this, “The Sad Barbaric Yawp of the Sweaty angry Writer”. Shouts for help from the author. Apparently when I’m working on something that feels right, I just start sweating. Awesome. It would be fine if I was working at home I could just take my clothes off (I am pretty sure Jerry Stahl said something about writing at 4 am fucked up and naked) but I am at my dayjob and I can’t just take my pants off. I almost got in a fight with an older White dude on my way to work today because he didn’t approve of my conversation with a young Black Poet…
  • Thought and Memory.

    Shannon Barber
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I was just looking at used books and had a little chuckle. I remembered randomly a time when I went to some community something or other, I had wanted to talk to some folks in the Black community about the outreach/sex education work I was doing at the time. I got someone one on one and started giving my spiel. I was interrupted and told that they weren’t interested. And as a snide aside, the person walked away and stopped to inform me I’d pronounced diaspora wrong. This is often what I think of when I try to talk about gate keeping in literature. So often especially right now I…
  • How It’s Going Down

    Shannon Barber
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    First this is a new thing for me: OVERALL FICTION POETRY NON-FIC Pending Submissions: 0 0 0 0 Sent Past 12 Months: 24 15 7 2 Sent This Month: 0 0 0 0 Acceptance Ratio: 26.1%* 20%* 33.3%* 50%* So weird. I do have one non Duotrope submission out. Normally this time of year I have anywhere between 5-10 pieces out at any one time. This current state of affairs is mostly due to a lot of factors. As I said in my shall not be named post, (the first Paris Review thing) I have been settling in with myself and rethinking how I go about this thing. This time last year I had my method down. Spend money…
  • After the Ballad.

    Shannon Barber
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    So the rage fueled thing I wrote about the Paris Review the other day has grown some wings. Mentioned in a Huffpo article by Annie Finch. I am a tad overwhelmed. I’m very tired of clearing messages (fifteen er twenty today) telling me how racist I am and what a shitty poet etc etc. The best though was the accusation that I am bullying the Paris Review. Because obviously a relatively unknown Black writer from Seattle has the power to bully the Paris Review. Okay so here’s the thing and I want this to be absolutely clear because I think some folks have got it twisted. I don’t…
  • Yeah Write #190- Obeisance

    Shannon Barber
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Obeisance It only matters that her eyes are on me as I walk out of the tiny hotel bathroom. I am afraid only because I know those eyes, those are the eyes of a predator sizing up her prey. I am a doe mouse trembling without even the cover of a leaf. She is a cat, fat, amused and hungry. She beckons, I get down and crawl. I kiss the toe of her boot. She moves like my nightmares. One hand pulls my head up and sideways, her other hand makes magic and there is the familiar slick sound of a blade clicking into place. My face burns with shame, fear and deep need. I feel the cold blade through my…
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    Writing from the Twelfth House

  • New Moon on the Winter Solstice

    Anne Whitaker
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
     “The rising of the Sun on the Winter Solstice, out of the darkest day of the year, echoes the birth of the light from the dark void on the first day of creation.” Winter Solstice Winter Solstice 2014 carries a layer of enigma: it occurs at 23.04 on 21st December 2014, just before the New Moon at 0 degrees 06 minutes of Capricorn on 22nd December at 01.37. (UK time) This year’s Solstice thus takes place at the very end of  Moondark, the hidden 2-3 day period each month when the fragile, waning crescent Moon dies into the darkness from which the next New Moon is born. Moondark…
  • How to travel without going anywhere…if Kant could do it, why not you?

    Anne Whitaker
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    As Followers and readers of ‘Writing from the Twelfth House’ will know, I had to give up a busy career and most of ordinary life from the end of 2001 until launching this blog in 2008 – my first step in re-entering the public world. Severe burnout following a prolonged family crisis led to the loss of around 90% of my formerly exuberant energy;  it took a very long time indeed fully to recover and eventually return to part-time work in 2012. Until at last declaring myself fit again – on top of a remote hill pass, way up in the beautiful wild land of Scotland’s far…
  • …Transforming common days into thanksgivings…

    Anne Whitaker
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Growing older has brought me an understanding of the value of living in the day, of being grateful for the texture of blessings that each new dawn brings: all we have to do is be mindful. So, on a very regular basis  now – without denying that life is often difficult and sometimes downright brutal – I remember to give thanks. Give Thanks I live in Scotland, home of many expat Americans. Today, and across the world, citizens of the USA both at home and in all corners of the globe will be gathering in groups great and small, familial and otherwise, preparing for today’s great…
  • Some thoughts on friendship: Anne and Peggy chew the fat…

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

    Anne Whitaker
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    Everybody knows the secular holiday of Hallowe’en. But not everybody knows it derives from a holy day,  All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1, which is followed by All Souls’ day on Nov. 2. The root word of Halloween – ”hallow” – means ”holy.” The suffix “een” is an abbreviation of “evening.” It refers to the Eve of All Hallows, the night before the Christian holy day that honours saintly people of the past. All Saints is a celebration of the communion of saints. The religious connotation of today thus fits well with the third…
 
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  • Interview: Janet K. Brown

    Cherie
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retirement from medical coding. Worth Her Weight will be the author’s debut inspirational women’s fiction, but it makes a perfect companion to her recently released, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant […]
  • Interview: Paul DeBlassie

    Cherie
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Paul DeBlassie III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.  Enjoy this interview as he talks […]
  • Interview: Stenetta Anthony

    Cherie
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Stenetta Anthony is our guest today. She’s been married for 26 years, have seven adult children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grand child. Currently, she is completing a lifetime goal, which was to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education/General Education. She believes that all children are capable of learning regardless of their; physical, emotional, psychological, […]
  • Why a Novella Instead of a Novel?

    Guest Post
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    Guest post : Cathie Devitt is a writer from Scotland. Some writers get caught up with word count, but I reckon that quality is better than quantity. Let me take you on my creative journey with has ended with the publication of my first novella (which is the first in a trilogy). I set out […]
  • The Difference Between Being an Expert and Being a Fan

    Guest Post
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    Have you noticed that it seems these days everyone is an expert? I use an app called ZITE on my iPad and in the morning I flip through all the stories that the app finds relevant to my interests. Out of the maybe 50 or 60 stories it shares with me, I open maybe 5 […]
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    Sara Dobie Bauer's Blog

  • Let’s go to Costco with an anxiety disorder!

    saradobiebauer
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    When my husband asks me to go to Costco, I feel like I’m being punished for doing something terrible. Not terrible as in I shrunk his favorite shirt in the washer. Terrible as in, “Wench, you burnt my chest hair with a blowtorch! Now, get ye to Costco!” I was hellbent against joining the place, despite several of our friends’ insistence that Costco is “The Happiest Place on Earth” (which is actually Disneyland, but I’ve never had the heart to tell them). Jake talked me into it, but even walking in to get our membership cards, I remember thinking,…
  • Dear writers: How to be funny

    saradobiebauer
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Funky Tee / Flickr If there’s one thing most writers agree on, it’s that comedy is hard. As I enjoy being contrary, I disagree. I think comedy is easy, if only you look to the greats and map out their devices. You’ll find most great comic writers use similar tools. I took recent cues from David Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day) and Jenny Lawson (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened). In order to extrapolate what makes each of them “funny,” let’s take a look at the repeated techniques recognized in the works of each. 1. There’s a fine line between two much and just enough, but…
  • I’m obviously going quite mad

    saradobiebauer
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    In the past week, my grandmother died, a friend of mine tried to commit suicide, I haven’t been sleeping, and eating is something forced upon me by my lovely husband. My neighbors already have Christmas decorations up, and radio stations are playing “Silver Bells” seemingly on repeat. I haven’t … no, I can’t write fiction. I’ve tried. I’m constantly on the verge of complete panic, and I’m beyond crying, the necessary water and salt expunged each night during my cold sweats. What does this mean? I’m obviously going quite mad. Madness…
  • Grandma Goes Home

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

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

  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. How 1 writer outlines:  http://ow.ly/FUzlE from Nova Zero Plot Driven or Character Driven? http://ow.ly/FUzlH by Shawn Coyne 5 Ways to Stay a Writer:  http://ow.ly/FUzlL @rogerdcolby Pacing Tips: http://ow.ly/FUzlT @beccapuglisi                An agent or editor who doesn’t love your book…
  • Pruning Your Novel

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guest Post by Jack Smith Revising a novel often calls for a bit of pruning.  Some material must undoubtedly go, anything that doesn’t contribute pretty directly to the plot and your protagonist’s overall arc.  If it’s material you feel pretty ho-hum about, good—it’s gone.  You’re happy to see it go.  But if you feel really invested in it, and you’ve done a lot of work on it, then cutting it can be something of a heart-breaker.  You hesitate.  Should you? What kinds of material?   The following are some candidates for pruning: Characters who are rather peripheral to the…
  • Writing a Convincing Culprit

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    by Harrison Demchick, @HDemchick Have you ever read a mystery where the culprit’s motivations made no sense at all? Or how about one where the culprit is caught because he did something he would never plausibly do? I’ve seen quite a lot of this in the mysteries I’ve edited. Mystery is a genre of logic, and a good mystery is a puzzle waiting to be solved, but where that puzzle so often falls apart, particularly in early drafts (and even for very talented writers), is with the culprit. And the reason is that, very often, the actions of the culprit serve the story rather than the…
  • Twitterific Writing Links

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers. How To Write Your First Book:  http://ow.ly/FQHEZ @sealin 11 best practices for working with an editor:  http://ow.ly/FQHF0 @awsamuel Querying Theme: http://ow.ly/FQHF1  @notjustanyboggs 5 Reasons To Hire A Professional Proofreader: http://ow.ly/FQHF4  @Jen_328 The Top 3 Misconceptions about…
  • Surprises and Updates

    Elizabeth Spann Craig
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig Last week I opened up a crime novel translated into English from Norwegian and saw the logos in the picture to the right. It startled me because I’d never seen a sponsorship before (even one like this, which is sort of indirect).  I wasn’t sure what to make of it.  Have y’all seen this type of thing before?  It distracted me, but I don’t know if it distracted me only because I’m a writer and noticed it.  And I wondered…what if writers were being offered corporate underwriting or sponsorship directly?  Would it have an effect on your…
 
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    Polon

  • See you in 2015

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    And just in case our clients get bored of pulling crackers, eating turkey and drinking sherry during the two weeks we're away, we’ve sent them a Christmas card that doubles as a wordy puzzle. Can you find all the festive phrases? Have a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year, whatever you’ve got planned. We’ll be back in 2015.
  • Six tips for better proofreading

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    1. Are you sitting comfortably? Proofreading is a task that takes concentration. So make sure you’re in an environment in which you can concentrate – even if it’s just for short bursts. If you work in an open-plan office, can you make use of a quiet meeting room or even get some noise-cancelling headphones? 2. Print it out, read it out Now, we don’t advocate wasting paper. But proofreading is much easier to do in print than it is on screen. So while you’re getting the hang of it, print things out to check them. As you get better you can do more on screen. Reading…
  • Txting isn’t killing good writing

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Take a look at the image above. The message says ‘I arrived all right about 4 oclock hope you are all right grand wether’. Is it another example of how modern technology is lowering standards of writing? No, it’s not. As Dr Caroline Tagg points out in the Guardian, the text is from a postcard written in 1907.There was no golden age when people wrote perfectly in informal communications. People have always played around with words. What’s more, as the Guardian article highlights, research shows that children who use textisms have greater phonological awareness. They…
  • What you can learn from Keats

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We’re publishing this in autumn, so it seems fitting to look at the famous opening lines of Keats’ poem Ode to Autumn: In a dozen words, Keats conjures up not just what autumn is or what it looks like, but how it feels. And he does so using metaphors that entice you to explore his ideas.This makes the writing not only beautiful, but very efficient. By the end of the first line, you have the idea that autumn is a season where things have matured to abundance. Thanks to his choice of the word ‘fruitfulness’ to convey this, you are also left with an image of…
  • The business benefits of writing like a human

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

  • Jim Morrison : Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre

    13 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    From Axl Rose to Sharon Osbourne, legendary rock journalist Mick Wall knows them all. A world-class raconteur, Mick joins Garry tonight for an evening of absolute rock nirvana. Mick’s story is a real-life Almost Famous with balls on. And goats. And many, many other substances. What a long, strange journey it’s been! Stopping-off points include The Police, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Dire Straits, Lou Reed, and many more. Currently, Mick has just concluded an investigation into the death of Jim Morrison, lead vocalist of the Doors. Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre: A Biography of The Doors…
  • The Nature of Blood – Caryl Phillips

    Litopia
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:40 am
     A novel that includes displaced persons, new countries, war, Cyprus, the OED, Venice, Blood Libel and Othello – this should be sweet. So why does it all taste so healthy? Caryl Phillips sucks all the sugar out of what should be a thrilling experience. Why? Granola. >>> 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…
  • Bez, A Twenty-Four Hour Party Political Person

    1 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    He’s a threat to democracy, as dangerous as ISIS, and keeps bees. He’s a freaky dancer, a maestro of the maracas and a brewer of fine old, traditional ale. Oh yes - and the icon that is Bez from the legendary Mancunian band Happy Mondays also wants to be your MP. Garry’s guest tonight is Mark Berry, known universally as Bez. By the late 1980s, the Happy Mondays were a central part of the Manchester music scene and personified rave culture. Musically, the band fused indie pop with house music, funk and northern soul. In terms of style and dress, they crossed hippy fashion and ideals with…
  • The Cosmic Trigger

    Litopia Writers Colony
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    Ian’s guests tonight are Daisy Eris Campbell and Jon Higgs who are bringing Robert Anton Wilson’s cult classic The Cosmic Trigger, The Final Secret of the Illuminati to the stage.   Impossible?  Well, when you consider that this nonfiction and partly autobiographical work covers, amongst many other topics... Freemasons, Discordianism, Sufism, the Illuminati, Futurology, Zen Buddhism, Dennis and Terence McKenna, Jack Parsons, the occult practices of Aleister Crowley and G.I. Gurdjieff, Yoga, and many other esoteric or counterculture philosophies... yes, you might well conclude…
  • Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler

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

    Stefanie Newell
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel If you are looking for places to have your book signing, you are not alone! As writers, we sometimes need to step outside of the Internet and ... The post How To Have Your Book Signing At Book Festivals, Bookstores & More! appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • Beta Readers Or Editors? Which Comes First?

    Stefanie Newell
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:39 pm
    View On YouTube | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel If you’ve ever wondered which comes first between a beta reader and editor, this video will answer your question. Learn who should look at your manuscript and ... The post Beta Readers Or Editors? Which Comes First? appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • Creative Writing Tips and Techniques For Creating Characters

    Stefanie Newell
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Writing a story that’s interesting and draws the reader in is hard work. There are five main elements to creating a well-written story: setting, plot, characters, conflict and theme. It’s always good to brush up on your creative ... The post Creative Writing Tips and Techniques For Creating Characters appeared first on The Write One Blog - .
  • How To Self Publish On Kindle – Best Practices For Kindle Publishing

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

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

  • Metamorphosis Of The Season

    James Kiester
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    -As I've said before, I'm a touch on the frugal side. Don't misunderstand, I don't hoard cash and deprive myself by limiting my diet to nightly broth and bread the way a certain Dickens character did. I like to eat well and enjoy life, but I hate to waste money in silly ways. Mass produced Christmas cards are things I hate spending money on, especially with the knowledge they'll be stuffed in boxes or thrown in trash cans just after the beginning of the new year. Yet, I feel its important to remember the people in my life during the holidays.Fortunately, I'm creatively inclined. Thus, for the…
  • I Don't Wanna Grow Up

    James Kiester
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    -This week I watched NBC’s live presentation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan. Sadly, I cringed every time a character stepped across a “body of water” on the cartoonishlyPhoto courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. painted set, and scoffed at the silliness of a poison cake. Every time Christopher Walken, as Captain Hook, ordered someone to walk the plank, I pictured him helping Robert Wagner give a similar sentence to Natalie Wood in 1981.I was mid eye roll when I caught myself being hyper critical of the play. It was SUPPOSED to be a cartoon-esc fantasy for children, and I…
  • Don't Forget THANKSgiving

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

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

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

  • Being a Writer in the Digital Age

    Ben Kostyack
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Believe it or not, being a writer in a time of rapidly-evolving technology is not easy. Even though we have unlimited information at our fingertips, the information can be useless in the long run and even a distraction at some times.Image courtesy of Pixabay   As I finish high school, I realize that the writing world I will be entering is not the same one as the one people entered twenty years ago. With Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and countless other forms of social media at the ready at any time of day, we are becoming more connected than ever. In some ways, this is…
  • A Place to Play – A Writer’s Notebook

    Sarah Hoggatt
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    This is the fourth article in a series by Stories To Tell editor/designer Sarah Hoggatt recounting her experiences in publishing her poetry and nonfiction. As writers, we usually don’t get to see into each other’s creative process. We see the final product or perhaps a semi-polished version read aloud in a writer’s group, but rarely do we get a peek at the raw material. My rough drafts come out of my writing notebook. To make it, I decorated a composition book with a collage of pictures meaningful to me and covered it all with contact paper to protect it. There are pictures…
  • What Authors Can Learn From the Dodgers’ Tommy Lasorda

    Biff Barnes
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    I played for Hall of Famer Tom Lasorda in 1968 when he was still managing the Dodgers’ Pioneer League team in Ogden, Utah. Tommy would walk through the clubhouse calling out to players, “You gotta believe! Do you believe!” The players responded, “I believe, Skipper.” Image courtesy of the Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame Sound silly? Tom’s teams won three championships during his three years at Ogden. When he move to the Big Leagues in Los Angeles his teams won two World Series championships in (1981 and 1988), four National League pennants and eight…
  • Lessons Learned from Printing My Books

    Sarah Hoggatt
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    This is the third article in a series by Stories To Tell editor/designer Sarah Hoggatt recounting her experiences in publishing her poetry and nonfiction. As great an experience as publishing is, I learn a lot every time I go to print, lessons I put into practice with subsequent books. I thought these lessons would be for myself alone until a high school student approached me asking if I would mentor her for her senior project. She reminded me a bit of myself at that age except even brighter and more put together. So I took what I learned and shared those lessons with her. It was a gift to…
  • What Are Your Recommendations for the Best Books of 2014 List?

    Biff Barnes
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    It’s the season for Best of 2014 Lists. In the world of books they are coming at us from all directions. Here are some of the most prominent: New York Times Book Review, The 10 Best Books of 2014 The Economist, Page Turners: Best Books of 2014 NPR Editors’ Recommendations, NPR’s Book Concierge Returns Time Magazine, Top 10 Fiction, Top Ten Nonfiction, Top Ten YA Good Reads Choice Awards Winners Revealed How did your favorites stack up? Is there a book you think should have made the lists that didn’t? Leave a comment with your “best of 2014” recommendations.
 
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Common, Ordinary, Everyday Adjectives

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
     Are you guilty of using "everyday" as a noun? Don't do it. The one-word form is only an adjective, as in "an everyday occurrence." Never write, "I exercise my brain everyday." Now, see how you do with the rest of these adjectives.
  • You Want an Apostrophe with that Name?

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    When we proofread documents for our business clients, we often find that writers don't know how and when to use an apostrophe. Today, let's explore some rules about using an apostrophe when writing the names of organizations and products that contain words that could be considered either possessive or descriptive terms.
  • Number Nine...Number Nine...Number Nine

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

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Which verbs are correct?
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    James Shelley

  • Have You Ever Heard of This Poem?

    James Shelley
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    I am looking for a poem. I have very scanty details. All I know is that is Italian, and that it is told as a conversation between two dead soldiers, from opposing sides of the conflict, who are buried underground beside each other. From what I can gather, they reach the conclusion that buried in the earth they are equals, and that it is only the living men above the ground that make the differences. Do you have any leads that could help me locate and identify this piece? Update (11/27/2014): Thanks to @gothick for kindly sharing the question on Twitter, @claireellent offered this great lead:…
  • Essence of Justice

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Fundamental Mistakes That Set Bloggers Up to Fail

    Guest Post
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:57 am
    By Carol Tice Are you dreaming of making big money from your blog? The trouble is, most bloggers never go beyond dreaming. They imagine they’ll post about whatever strikes their fancy each day, and readers will magically appear. Next, those readers will spend thousands buying your products or services. Even if you have no idea what those items might be. And you’ll be rich! It seldom works out this way. Why? Most bloggers neglect to do a few important things that lay the groundwork for a high-earning blog. In essence, they’re hoping the luck fairy will wave her wand, and…
  • How Oliver Emberton Used Quora to Build a Popular Blog in Less Than One Year

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

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

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

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

    jamiebmusings
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    By Anne Hawkinson It’s flu season, right? I haven’t had the flu in years (knock on wood), but a cruel, icky virus reared its ugly head and rendered my computer out of commission. Unable to function, down for the count. One day I’m working merrily along, making good strides on my story. The next, I’m dead in the water […]
  • Exercise Wednesday: The hug

    Chris Hamilton
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever had a hug that’s like a cool bottle of water on a hot day? An embrace, either expected or not, that makes the walls you worked so carefully to construct, crumble into dust the instant the arms wrap around you. Have you ever placed your head one someone’s shoulder and felt like […]
  • Why you should leave your comfort zone…

    jamiebmusings
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    I’m usually what’s called a pantser (someone who just sits down and writes with no idea of where the story will go). When I decided to write a novel for NaNo last month, I realized there were a lot of problems with that method for me. One, I usually have zero idea of what I […]
  • On Plagiarism

    jamiebmusings
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Plagiarism has become a hot topic lately. There was the case of the German author who won an award for her book, despite the evidence that she had lifted material from another title. Then there is the bizarre case of the author in a legal battle with a person who allegedly added a few sex […]
  • Exercise Wednesday: What Kate (or Ted or Jackie) did

    Chris Hamilton
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week a character cheated. Cheating always results in something that came next. Today is what comes next. The stereotypical response is anger–rage. A lover scorned. Key-scratched cars. Public call-outs. A summons from the best divorce lawyer in town. An elaborate ruse to make people thing the wronged party is dead and your character did […]
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  • How the Internet Can Hurt Your Freelance Writing Career

    John Soares
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    As a freelance writer and a human being, productivity and happiness are top priorities for me, and I was already aware of the negative effects of the Internet on my own cognitive processes and ability to feel fully alive when I read The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains in the summer of 2010. […]Related Posts:Why I Don’t Have a SmartphoneWhy You Need Much More Time OfflineThe Top 27 Ways to Boost Your Writing WillpowerWhy Multitasking Makes You a Less Productive WriterHow Content Shock Hurts Freelance Writers
  • How to Coauthor a Book

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

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

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

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

  • Precursor to Recipe For Chaos

    MikeFook
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Here’s a post I just wrote about a rant I did back in around 1996. This was what led to my new book, “Recipe For Chaos,” due to be released 2/28/15. Assuming there IS a 2/28/15. Is that a leap year? Original Rant (click)
  • Intro for Next Book

    MikeFook
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Here’s one of about nine different introductions I’ve written for my next book, Recipe for Chaos. The problem is, there are dozens of ways to write the intro, that I can see. Maybe there are hundreds more. It’s hard to choose The One that will be the most effective in pulling readers into the book. Here’s one possibility.   I’m playing a game. You too, you’re playing a game. We’re on the same general playing field, this whacky blue spinning ball, but we play the game on micro-fields with different environments. No two people share the same…
  • Andy Gets Engaged – Language Alert!

    MikeFook
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    You know how you sort of know somebody, but you don’t. I mean, you guess things, but you’re not really sure just how well you know a friend until you see something that shows you exactly what he’s all about? I met Andy when he and some buddies came from the Pacific northwest – Seattle, Oregon, for herping in Thailand. Catching snakes, that is. He was really adventurous, throwing caution to the wind most of the time, and just going for it. He was brought up well, a respectful guy, brilliant guy, and fun to be around as long as you weren’t going to become a…
  • Woody Allen Bluffs, then Loses

    MikeFook
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Woody Allen gives me a great close-up shot just a block from his home on Central Park West. ©1989 Vern Lovic This was 1989 maybe. It’s been a while. I was walking around NYC with my friend, Ted. We spotted Woody Allen with a woman that wasn’t Mia Farrow. We followed for a bit, took some photos. Ted went across the street and took some photos. Woody turned around and came straight back at me. Taking photos as he came toward me he motioned for me to put my camera down. “I just want to talk to you for a second.” “What are you doing with the camera taking my…
  • A Few Great Articles for Writers

    MikeFook
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Just blew through Twitter this morning which led to reading a few things, some of which you might really like: Tim Ferriss talks about John McPhee – staff writer for The New Yorker, and taking a class with him at Princeton. Also within the post is an article written about McPhee by one of his former students. Quite good. I was happy to see McPhee loves a paragraph from my favorite book ever – Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness. I’ll paste it below. “Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the…
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    Novel Dog

  • What readers pay, what writers make

    Steve White
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    I thought it would be fun to break down the dollars and cents of an ebook sale. Who gets what? What’s Amazon’s haul? What does that legendary 70% royalty really add up to? Suppose you live here in Washington State in the bucolic Pacific Northwest, and you buy Outrageous Fortunes from Amazon.com (the numbers for other ebook retailers would be similar). The price is $2.99. But you notice that your credit card is charged $3.30. That’s the down side of Washington State: a sales tax near ten percent. So you have blessed the people in Olympia with 31 cents, so they can keep the…
  • The Writing Process Blog Tour Continues

    Steve White
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Thanks to Claire Gebben for inviting me to this tour. Claire was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland in Moreland Hills, Ohio, and penciled her first novel at age ten. Her writing has appeared in Shark Reef, The Speculative Edge, Soundings Review, The Fine Line, and ColumbiaKIDS e-zine. The Last of the Blacksmiths is her first novel. Now, on to me. What am I working on? Hair of the Bear is the sequel to New World. It’s in the final editing stages and will be available Real Soon Now. These books take place in a fantasy wilderness derived from American folklore and…
  • A Writer’s Commencement Speech

    Steve White
    4 Sep 2013 | 6:19 pm
    Last month, I graduated from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts with my sparkly new MFA. My fellow grads were kind enough to elect me as their commencement speaker. Among other things, I said this: There are benefits to a writing career. Nicholas Taleb, in his book Antifragile, says that in most careers – teacher, banker, janitor – the unexpected is bad news. (He calls this the “turkey problem”: most turkeys are fed and cared for, day after day – it’s very predictable… until Thanksgiving, when those turkeys confront the unexpected.) Most professionals don’t like…
  • The Promised Confrontation

    Steve White
    1 Apr 2013 | 11:22 am
    [This is another snip from my talk on “suspense” at Write on the Sound in 2012.] It was a powerful moment for me when I realized that we don’t read fiction to find out what will happen. We read to find out if what we expect will happen actually does. A key to suspense is to create expectation in the reader – preferably the expectation of “something good.” Readers love upheaval, reversal, conflict, turmoil, transformation… readers love confrontation. Example: Chekhov’s gun. (That is, “If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle…
  • Write or Die, etc.

    Steve White
    27 Dec 2012 | 11:23 am
    I’ve found a couple of great writing tools lately, and I want to pass them on. Both are by a guy called Doctor Wicked. Normally I would hesitate to recommend anything from someone with a name like that, but it’s the internet age, and apparently, that sort of thing is okay now. One is a proofreading program, what I would call a bot editor, called EditMinion. You paste your work in, and it makes suggestions. It’s borne of the universal frustration created by the mentally challenged spelling and grammar checkers found in Word and similar programs, and designed specifically to…
 
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    Byzantine Roads

  • Steelers Black and Gold Hot Buttered Rum!

    Lou
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    My Wife is the biggest Steelers Fan. For the last couple years it’s been a tradition at Christmas to make Hot buttered Rum. So Let’s put them together for Steelers Black and Gold Hot Buttered Rum!   A Few Years ago, we discovered the inky goodness that is Kraken Black Spiced Rum. We’ve refined the recipe and just realized that now’s the perfect time to release the Steelers Black and Gold Hot Buttered Rum recipe to warm you for the Playoffs! Batter: 2 Sticks Butter 2 cups Brown Sugar 1 pt. Golden Vanilla Ice Cream Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon Teaspoon Nutmeg Melt butter in a…
  • Homemade Winter Herbal Tea

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

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

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

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

    Scott Nesbitt
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Another year is winding down. And, as is my custom, I’m taking time off over the holiday season to rest, recharge, and plan. To fill the gap over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting roundups of my favourite posts from the last year. I hope you enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much […] Related posts: Favourite posts from 2013: writing Favourite posts from 2013 Taking a break
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    Should you bill by the hour or by the project? How to avoid unpaid revisions A short post on the importance of writing like a human The whys and hows of hosting your writing website How to stay focused on your writing 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
  • Don’t obsess – do it!

    Scott Nesbitt
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    It’s far too easy to sweat the small details of what you’re writing. It’s far too easy to overthink your writing. It’s far too easy to worry about choosing the right word, the perfect word when hammering out your first draft. It’s far too easy to focus on the title of what you’re working on, […] Related posts: The dangers of overthinking your writing A few thoughts about writing online Focus
  • Tips for rapid writing

    Scott Nesbitt
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    There comes a time in the career of every writer when you’re looking at the wrong end of a looming deadline and don’t have anything close to being ready to send out. Or you might be working at a corporate job (either as a full-timer or as a contractor) and you’re asked to write something […] Related posts: Plan your writing, the analog way Tips for doing telephone interviews Creating an effective outline
  • A few links for the end of the week

    Scott Nesbitt
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    A 28-day training plan that can help you improve your writing Advice that can help you write a book in your spare time 5 well-paying web writing jobs that you may be overlooking How to deal with scope creep on a freelance writing project How to get well-paying freelance writing gigs Related posts: A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week A few links for the end of the week
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    Mike Salsbury's Blog

  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 1, Days 8-12

    Michael Salsbury
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    I am continuing my adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge of the past couple of years.I've definitely fallen off the proverbial wagon pretty early on here.  My last post on this subject was 6 days ago, so I'll cover what little I've written since that time.It's important to note that I do not include email or work-related documents in my totals.  I have no idea how many thousands of words I've written in that arena since Dec. 14.Today, I thought it would be fun to do some Amazon reviews.  I wound up writing 27 of them.  That worked out to…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 1, Days 5-7

    Michael Salsbury
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:36 pm
    I am continuing my adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge of the past couple of years. On Thursday evening, I was exhausted from not having slept well all week.  I did a little bit of brainstorming around a couple of stories I want to write, but nothing generating actual words I could count for this challenge.Friday I had the day off.  My wife and I ran errands much of the day.  I came home exhausted again and rested much of the evening. No writing activity took place at all that day.Saturday, I slept in.  When I got up, I brewed a 2.5 gallon…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 1, Day 4

    Michael Salsbury
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:54 pm
    I am continuing my adoption of Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge of the past couple of years.  This is a way to very publicly follow Robert Heinlein's famous five rules of fiction writing.Today at the office, I worked from 7:40am to 3:40pm without a lunch break.  I was home a little after 4pm.  Sat down and read some more of the Harry Harrison ghost-written The Saint book and rested a bit.  Then mixed up a batch of starter wort for the Gulden Draak yeast I captured Sunday.  It seemed to be doing well last night but stopped overnight, so I…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 1, Day 3

    Michael Salsbury
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:29 pm
    This marks my third day in following Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public challenge (or as some might say, stealing his idea).  Dean's a good guy.  I'm pretty sure he'll forgive me.  (But if not, Dean, you have my email address...)Tonight, I was worn out after a day at work.  There were Adobe Flash Player patches to push out to 2,000 systems, a Google Chrome update to finish up on, and a few stragglers for another software product to update.  All this on top of the usual demands on a desktop administrator's time.During my lunch hour, I began doing a…
  • Writing in Public - Year 1, Month 1, Day 2

    Michael Salsbury
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    As we discussed yesterday, my goal for the next 12 months (and beyond) will be to mirror Dean Wesley Smith's Writing in Public Challenge.  Each day I'll let you know what writing I did, if any.I wrote a post on Randy Ingermanson's Snowflake Pro software that went up on my How To Write Fiction web site tonight.  That post was 1,881 words and many screenshots long.I also wrote a post for this blog about converting your blog from WordPress to Blogger, which is where I'm hosting this blog now.  It'll save me around $100 a year, free me from worrying about keeping the…
 
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    From Meredith Allard

  • Do You Have Any Tips for Writing the Second Novel in a Series?

    Meredith Allard
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:58 pm
    As of yesterday, I officially survived my first term as a doctoral student. One term down, only seven to go! I have a few weeks to replenish my brain cells with some much needed rest, and then in the middle of January it’s back to it. For now, here are some thoughts I had while writing the second book in the Loving Husband Trilogy, Her Loving Husband’s Curse. Whenever I have a new writing task ahead of me, something I haven’t done before, the first thing I do is seek information from writers who have traveled that road before. There’s a benefit to searching out tips and hints…
  • A Trail of Breadcrumbs…Otherwise Known as Foreshadowing

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

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

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

  • Examples of Tone

    Diana Hurwitz
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    Last week we talked about what tone is, and isn't. This week we'll try to define it with examples.You are writing a Romance.Let's say Dick, your narrator, is at a company picnic in a park. The sky is clear. The grill is smoking. His coworkers are drinking beer and it is mid afternoon. How does Dick feel about being there? If he is an extrovert and happy with his job, he is lightheartedly milling around, joking, laughing, and downing brews with the best of them. He has a great time, until he learns something that turns his happy place into a not so happy place. Like the fact that his rival,…
  • Watch That Tone

    Diana Hurwitz
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    A child learns early on to recognize tone of voice. The mother's soft, sweet coo means she is happy with him. The low growl utilizing his middle name means he pushed the boundaries a tad too far, but what does tone have to do with fiction?Tone is the emotional atmosphere the writer establishes and maintains throughout the entire novel based on how the author, through the point of view character, feels about the information she relates. You may not have thought about how you actually feel about your story. Take a moment to consider. Are you writing about ghosts with a wink and a nudge or…
  • A few of my favorite things, too

    Diana Hurwitz
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    I made a list of my favorite things for 2014, checked it twice, and realized there are a few more that deserved a nod to tempt the lovers of gothic or historical mystery. They have solid construction, fun characters, and enjoyable story worlds.1. Anna Lee Huber's The Lady Darby series is historical mystery with a dash of romance. Artist Kiera was married to an older anatomist and forced to illustrate his gruesome dissections. The series follows the widowed Kiera as she assists the handsome Sebastian Gage in investigations, offering insights based on her unsusual…
  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    Diana Hurwitz
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    There is nothing I love more than finding a new author who blows my socks off and keeps me up reading well past my bedtime.With Christmas on the way, I'll tempt you with a list of my favorite finds from 2014:1. Susan Kaye Quinn: Third Daughter, Second Daughter, and First Daughter.A bollywood steampunk trilogy, how is that for a combination? I enjoyed the world-building, interesting plot lines, and delicious descriptions.I enjoyed Quinn's other series: The Mindjack Trilogy, a dystopian YA set in Chicago. In a world where everyone can read minds, how do you fight back?And the Debt…
  • Narative Summary

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

  • Some Holiday Fun...

    Raquel Byrnes
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    So excited for Christmas this year! Shopping done. Cards sent. Presents wrapped...mostly.   I don't even have to cook! We're going to have family on Christmas Day and that always means lots of love and hugs so color me happy!Just thought I'd share a couple of fun things for you to peruse during your sleepy holiday vacation.The first is the always entertaining, Age of Steam blog. Where they have crazy pictures and videos of a favorite Victorian Holiday pastime...bed races!  So fun!The second is a heads up for anyone interested in getting free review books. The publisher of my…
  • Building and Feeling; What is Lacking Post NaNo?

    Raquel Byrnes
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:58 pm
    So it is two weeks post NaNoWriMo and I am still reeling from the whole thing. I had my students participate and am floored at how many met and exceeded their writing goals. A couple hit 50K without breaking a sweat. My hat is off to them!We're now entering the editing phase and one of the things I'm finding is that in the daze and craze of writing as much as you can...some things fall through the cracks.  Its evident in my students' work and also in my own.The two biggest deficits are world building and character development...So the kids and I all wrote either fantasy or science…
  • Book of Ivy Blog Tour!

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

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

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

  • The Department of Labor’s “American Apprenticeship Initiative” (AAI) Shows Some Forward Thinking by the Feds

    Jake Seliger
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    We’re interested in the Department of Labor’s “American Apprenticeship Initiative” (AAI) because it uses a word that rarely appears in the education media, federal grants, or foundation priorities: “apprenticeship.” Apprenticeship has the ring of an out-of-circulation word, like “aesthete” or “monocle.”* Apprenticeships were common until the 20th Century, when either formal education or industrial blue-collar manufacturing jobs largely replaced them in the United States. But the number of manufacturing jobs has been declining for…
  • We Might Start Seeing RFPs Again, Now That the Latest Spending Bill Passed the House

    Jake Seliger
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Sharp-eyed readers of our email grant newsletter know that the last few months have seen few juicy federal RFPs appear. That’s not because we’re not looking for them—we are—but because Congress’s deadlock has meant that few federal agencies have been eager to put on RFP processes for programs that until funding for this fiscal year is assured. But as of December 11, Congress finally passed a spending bill—and it doesn’t even appear to be a Continuing Resolution (CR), which has been the primary way Congress has conducted business over the last half decade. You…
  • Cultural Sensitivity, Cultural Insensitivity, and the “Big Bootie” Problem in Grant Writing

    Jake Seliger
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    This post is going to start in an incredibly boring fashion and then twist: Virtually every human and social service proposal, regardless of the target population, should at least nod to cultural sensitivity and related matters. Many RFPs specifically require applicants to address how project staff will be trained in cultural sensitivity and diversity to provide what is usually termed “culturally appropriate and specific services.” But sometimes the impulse towards cultural sensitivity can go terribly wrong. For one example of “cultural sensitivity gone wrong” check…
  • Grant Writing Confidential Goes to the Movies 4: Titanic Edition and Sink-the-Ship mistakes

    Isaac Seliger
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Titanic is not actually one of my favorite movies, but I’m going to use it to illustrate a critical aspect of grant writing: you’ve got to know when you’re about to commit a sink the ship mistake. We’ve written about aspects of this before (see here, here, or here), but the issue is worth emphasizing because it arises so often. We all remember the hapless Titanic passengers, whether it be the swells in first class epitomized by the beautiful Kate Winslet or the proles in steerage personified by Leonardo DiCaprio. As least as depicted in the movie, they all bought into…
  • Department of Education Grants Are All About Going to College and Completing A Four-Year Degree

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

  • Writing to Draw Readers in Emotionally

    Nanci Panuccio
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Pedro Ribeiro Simõe Flannery O’Connor once said that, as writers, we can’t create emotion with emotion. We need to provide it with a body, to “create a world with weight and extension.” Love on its own, for example, is too broad and abstract for the reader to feel. If we write about something as ethereal as love without anchoring it in the physical world, we won’t connect emotionally to our reader. That’s because emotion exists beneath abstraction and explanation. It lives in the breathing world of the real, a tactile world we create when we selectively give…
  • 7 Ways to Write Better (That Have Nothing to Do With Writing)

    Nanci Panuccio
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    When it comes to unleashing our best, most potent writing, it’s not only about the hours we have, it’s the quality of mind and body we bring to those hours. There’s the skill of writing and then there’s our physiological, mental and emotional state. Ultimately, you can’t separate them. Here are some ways to improve your writing that have nothing to do with writing. 1. Commit to Joy At some point on our road to adulthood, we buy into this idea that fun and pleasure is frivolous, non-productive, even fiscally irresponsible. Too often we don’t give ourselves…
  • Going From Stupid to Cool

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

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

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

  • Spying On Smart Phones Using mSpy

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Spying has become much necessary in the current generation as people use smart phones largely and get indulged in different practices. It can be like children on chat or unwanted use of internet without the knowledge of parents and employees in leaking privacy information or engaged with unwanted websites or chatting while at work. There are a number of spying software that has come up in helping parents and employers. With the use of the software parents can always maintain the safety of their children and employers can effectively manage the work from employees. It has also become a huge…
  • Install Highster Mobile App And Track Mobile Phones

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The increased use of smart phones with internet connectivity has given chance for children to get into lot of troubles with their activities as well as employees in offices. Tracking Employees When employees use their smart phones in their work time, they do not concentrate much in their work. This is because they spends their time in making calls, chatting, spending time in social networking websites, watching porn sites and many more. This can hinder the development of work as well lead to lot of issues. Also, there are many concerns about company information and client details being shared…
  • Monitoring Cell Phones Using PhoneSheriff

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Mobile applications have turned out to be much helpful for people in different aspects in the present days. Parents always have worries about their children as they grow. This is because the present generation is completely addicted to the use of internet and mobile phones have made life even convenient for their use. Especially, school and college students use the smart phones largely. There is an interesting application that lets parents with tracking options of the cell phone. This can be done even when the parent is out through online.From business perspective, apps like phonesheriff are…
 
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    Literary Agents Advice

  • How to format your eBook

    Harry
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:27 am
    If you’re heading for the New Year resolved to self-publish your book on Kindle Direct and other e-platforms, then good for you! We want all our writers to have access to readers and we’re not snobby about self-pub. Self-publishing is … Continue reading →
  • NOT delusional – a success story from client Fleur Smithwick

    WW Office
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Some of us watch X Factor and we cackle and point and use the word delusional, but as aspiring authors, we are all a little delusional, and so we should be. You need to be able to tell a story … Continue reading →
  • Season of Mists and TBR Lists

    Harry
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:07 am
    A POST FROM OUR EDITOR SUSAN DAVIS Please please read my book! No not mine. Although that would be nice. But to judge from Twitter and its sister sites, everyone and his granny has written a novel and would do … Continue reading →
  • Editing a novel: how the process actually works

    Harry
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    There’s a lot of talk about the editor’s role in creating works of fiction. That talk has tended to concentrate on: The declining importance of actual old-fashioned editing in modern publishing – simply because sales & marketing grew in importance … Continue reading →
  • Good opening sentences: how to write ‘em, how to edit ‘em

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

  • Sneaky Bastards!

    Derek Haines
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    As many do I suppose, I check Google News once a day or so. It’s not my favourite news source, as I have a long list of news and newspaper sites I check most days, but it covers a lot of territory.However, in the last few days I have noticed something that is really starting to irk me about Google News. Well, not just irk really. More like annoy me greatly. It is something that proves that Google is purely an advertising company and nothing else, and that they are becoming increasingly aggressive.Let me start at the beginning of this nasty little story of Internet manipulation and the…
 
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    Kathleen H. Wheeler

  • Book excerpt: emotions of grief or relief?

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    Brought to Their Senses, Chapter 1: grief or relief? With open arms, Elizabeth invited grief into the mourning room she had prepared for the occasion at hand. She had dusted off the memories, cleared the cobwebs of denial and anger, and readied the linens of acceptance for a belated retreat. Grief, however, declined her hospitality and instead sent a distance relative named relief for a visit. The unwelcome guest took up permanent residence and could not be persuaded to leave. The post Book excerpt: emotions of grief or relief? appeared first on Kathleen H. Wheeler.
  • Quote on parenthood

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
      I came across this enlightening quote on parenthood from actor Peter Krause: Isn’t that the truth? After struggling to raise your own children, it’s so much easier to understand what a hard job parenting is and how easy it is to make mistakes as a parent. This hindsight makes forgiving our own parents a much simpler task! Just food for thought on a gray Sunday afternoon. Do you agree with this quote on parenthood? The post Quote on parenthood appeared first on Kathleen H. Wheeler.
  • Book Review: The Prince of Tides

    Kathleen H. Wheeler
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    I just finished reading The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy and absolutely loved it. The book was an emotional roller coaster for me with the laugh-out-loud antics of the Wingo siblings, the sadness of the physical and emotional abuse dished out by the Wingo parents, and the sheer terror of the criminal act committed against the permanently down-on-their-luck family. I appreciated how the three siblings remained devoted to each other throughout the family’s hardships and the inevitable collapse of their parents’ stormy marriage. I totally enjoyed the bizarre tiger tale, the white porpoise…
  • The family saga novel deconstructed

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

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

  • How to Quickly Create an EPUB File From Word (And Then Edit It)

    Jane Friedman
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here’s the situation: Your book is sitting in a word processing system (such as Word), and you’d like to get that material translated into EPUB format without using the automated meatgrinder process of Amazon or Smashwords. Let’s assume you’re not a coder or programmer, but can figure out some some simple HTML. These are the options I’ve found that don’t involve purchasing software or going through coursework to learn code. Caveat: These methods will really only be helpful if your book is predominantly text, with few images. For Mac Users: The TextEdit…
  • Requesting Permissions + Sample Permissions Letter

    Jane Friedman
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    wilhei55 / via Flickr If you’re an author in the unenviable position of requesting permissions for your book, then one of the first things you’ll probably need is a standard permissions letter request form. Just about every traditional publisher provides their authors with such a form (be sure to ask if you haven’t received one!), but if you’re a self-publishing author, or you’re working with a new or inexperienced house, you may be on your own. To help you get started, I’ve created a sample permissions letter you can customize; it will be especially…
  • Updated & Expanded: How to Get Your Book Published

    Jane Friedman
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The No. 1 most popular post at my site is Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published. After nearly three years, I’m happy to say I’ve expanded and fully updated it. If you already know the ins and outs of how to get a book published, then I hope you’ll share this post with a friend who might be new to writing or book publishing. It’s especially handy for times when you’re asked, “How do I get a book published?” and you don’t even know where to start. My advice is geared toward the beginner who needs to understand the basic steps involved—from…
  • My Favorite Digital Tools in 2014

    Jane Friedman
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every month, I put together a newsletter about new digital media tools I’ve discovered. (Subscribe.) Here I’ve rounded up my favorites that I started using in 2014. They’ve enhanced my productivity, creativity, and digital-life sanity. 1. Zoom Zoom is my go-to online meeting service. I use it to host and record roundtables (that later get published in Scratch), to pipe in guest lecturers for my UVA course—especially since it allows screen sharing—and to host virtual office hours for my online classes. I’ve found it nearly foolproof since participants can join…
  • Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Successful Author?

    Jane Friedman
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    At conferences, I’m often asked by writers if they “have what it takes” to be a successful writer. I usually interpret that question as: “Do I have talent?” So in this flowchart, I try to answer that question. Click here to view it at full size. The post Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Successful Author? appeared first on Jane Friedman and was written by Jane Friedman.
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    Writer Beware

  • Evaluating Publishing Contracts: Six Ways You May Be Sabotaging Yourself

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareAs I've followed the discussion (for instance, here, here, and here) over the past couple of days about literary ezine The Toast's demand that writers surrender copyright (the demand was first reported by me, and The Toast has since announced that it's eliminating the demand from its contracts), I've been struck by the number of comments from writers who seem to think that a bad contract clause is not so very awful if (pick one) the publication is great; the people who run it are great; the bad contract clause is not always enforced. (See especially…
  • Rights Grab: Transferring Copyright

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareEDITED 12/17/14 TO ADD: The Toast has announced that it will change its contract terms. See the end of this post.The Toast is an online literary magazine that publishes stories, articles, artwork, reviews, and more. Launched in mid-2013, it's associated with some respected names and apparently draws a sizeable audience.It also offers, in Writer Beware's opinion, a very problematic agreement for freelancers.Contributors to The Toast are paid a flat, one-time fee of $50 on publication. No further compensation is due, even if The Toast re-publishes the…
  • Alert: Questionable Terms of Use in HBO's Game of Thrones Compendium

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareUPDATE 12/18/14: HBO has changed its terms of use to partially address the concerns below. See the addendum at the bottom of this post.If you're an artist and a Game of Thrones fan, you may have heard that HBO is inviting contributions to "the ultimate compendium to Game of Thrones."What exactly is the Compendium? According to the FAQ:The Game of Thrones Compendium will be the world’s first collaborative, crowd-sourced compendium. The end result will be a printed and bound edition. Every entry chosen for inclusion in the printed book will receive…
  • Don't Do This: Wrong Ways to Try and Escape Your Deadbeat Publisher

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThe other day, I received this email:Dear Writer Beware, A couple of years ago, I published my mystery novel with [insert name of well-known deadbeat publisher here]. My contract won't expire for several more years, but I'm very unhappy with [deadbeat publisher] and would like to get out from under it. Can I change my title and publish on Amazon and hope [deadbeat publisher] won't see it?I often receive such questions from authors who've tried and failed to get their rights back from their scammy or incompetent publishers, and are desperate to…
  • MeGustaEscribir: Author Solutions Inc. Expands Into Spain

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

  • Felicia Day is writing her memoirs

    TVWriter™
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    The Princess of Peer Production is telling all? Whoa! (Or is it “woah?” My generation can never remember.) by Jonathan Grass Huntsville native turned Internet and TV personality Felicia Day has written a book….about herself. The book, titled “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost),” will be released around August 2015. The writer and comedian announced her upcoming memoir via social media last week. This seems fitting seeing as how Day has made a strong name for herself by creating or starring in online shows. She’s most noted for her work on…
  • Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/21/14

    TVWriter™
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Paul Sofer (SUPER TROOPERS) is writing the pilot for a TBS comedy called QUALITY TIME, about”four adults who have been friends since college. They’ve managed to maintain their juvenile behaviors and friendships…but are now being pushed into having children….” (Know those times when you read about a new show and think, “I could do that!”? Well, this isn’t one of those times. Not at all. Lotsa luck, TBS.) James Dormer (STRIKE BACK) is developing a 13-part version of BEOWULF…
  • Creating Movie Characters That Jump Off The Page

    TVWriter™
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    NOTE FROM LB: Back in the day, Robert Gregory Browne was my writing partner on over a dozen scripts for the animated series DIABOLIK, which was a major show on, of all things, French TV, and which eventually made its way to the U.S. Since then, has been writing best-selling novel after best-selling novel, giving us hits like Kiss Her Goodbye, Whisper in the Dark, Kill Her Again, and many more, all of which you can find on good ole Amazon.Com. For old times sake, or maybe as an early Christmas gift (you never know with writers who are as unpredictable as the plots of their books), Rob has…
  • Confessions of NYT Bestselling Author Gone Indie

    TVWriter™
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    More practical advice about a most impractical business: by Eileen Goudge Let me begin by saying I’ve never met an author who was an overnight success. It just sounds sexier when you put it that way and makes for good press. So if you should happen to Google my name and come across an old article about my “meteoric” rise from welfare mom to millionaire, take it with a grain of salt. Yes, I was on welfare, years ago, at an especially low point in my life. And yes, I wrote my way out. But it didn’t happen overnight. Behind every successful writer is a stack of journals or boxful of…
  • TVWriter™ Top Posts for the Week Ending 12/19/14

    TVWriter™
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    Here they are, the most viewed TVWriter™ posts during the past week: Peggy Bechko: Writers, Writing and Writer’s Gifts For The Holidays Peggy Bechko: Characters and Skills Best Day Jobs For Aspiring Screenwriters More About Writing Strong Scenes What the Golden Globes 2015 nominations say about TV right now And our most viewed resource pages were: Writing the Dreaded Outline THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR The Teleplay THE PEOPLE’S PILOT The Logline Big thanks to everyone for making this such a great week, and don’t forget to read what you missed, re-read what you loved, and, most importantly,…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Our Salon

  • Holiday Greetings Poop???

    JMac1949 Today
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    http://time.com/3634443/cards-against-humanity-poop-black-friday/ Inspired by PDub’s post Feces - Inasmuch as I am about to complete the move to the pirate ship and I’m not sure about what kind of access I will have to the internet over the next few weeks, I take this opportunity to engage in the mandatory Holiday Greetings Poop.  I ran into this warped article about how Cards Against Humanity sold 30,000 boxes of holiday bullshit on Black Friday and couldn’t help but smile. http://mentalfloss.com/article/60779/time-artist-sold-his-own-excrement-price-gold It isn’t the first time…
  • My Life in Letters

    Zanelle
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    My Life in Letters    A friend I met in the seventies sent me a box of letters from the last thirty years.  At first I was very excited and grateful.  The letters we exchanged were always beautiful, philosophical and detailed.  As I sat down to look at the box I was brought back to my divorce and subsequent times.  That was not fun.  Then I read about my daughters and how they roamed around the world for so long.  I am glad they did but I realized I was a crumby role model.     My daughters want to read the letters in the box.  I have read a few over the phone and they are…
  • Ignacio's Very Special First American Christmas

    Con Chapman
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    This is a story of a teenaged boy whom I will call Ignacio.  He was brought to America from a village in South America to live in a small town for a year as a foreign exchange student. He lived with the Cash family.  Mr. Cash owned a feed and grain store, and Mrs. Cash was a homemaker.  They had three children, a boy about Ignacio’s age and two girls, one older and one younger. Mrs. Cash wanted to climb the social ladder in the small town where they lived.  The family could not yet afford to join the town’s sole country club, and she was concerned that even when they had accumulated…
  • The Pathology of Denial, Racism, and White Privilege

    Ron Powell
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person is faced with a fact, or reality, that is too painful to accept, and rejects it instead. A person is "in denial" when he/she insists that a given fact or reality isn't so, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. As human beings we are hard wired for denial to protect us against severe psychological and/or emotional periods of extreme anguish or anxiety as in the case of of the death of a loved one or coping with an…
  • BabaluLibre!

    Jonathan Wolfman
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Ricky Ricardo, reservado, eternamente!....Babalu! [Ricky, Ricardo, booked, forever!...Babalu!] 
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    The Web Writer Spotlight - Shining the light for aspiring and inspiring web writers

  • 12 Reasons Reading Widely Is So Important For Writers

    David K. William
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    “The person who won't read has no advantage over the one who can't read.” — Mark Twain. It’s always surprising to hear some people say they don’t like to read. For those of us who enjoy reading, though, books are a welcome escape—a chance to transport into another world, go on adventures and experience other people’s reality without actually moving. A good book makes you laugh, cry, chuckle and or think. You feel as though you are one with the characters; like the world within the pages is one with the real world around you. That is only part of the many delights of reading. For…
  • 7 Little Things to Do Early in the Morning for a Truly Productive Day

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

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

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

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

  • The River is Everywhere

    Joyce White
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine I was born under a bridge, just feet from the Mississippi, the ghosts of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn The River is Everywhere Joyce White
  • Do You Converse With Angels?

    Joyce White
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Angels are our behind-the-scenes team. They help us be who we were meant to be Do You Converse With Angels? Joyce White
  • “Lie to Me” Writer Analyses Its Three Seasons

    Barbara Garro
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Season One: Best writing, story line, cohesiveness of characters working in trust and harmony “Lie to Me” Writer Analyses Its Three Seasons Barbara Garro
  • The Maybelline Prince

    Fran Lewis
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine A mysterious fire and the carnage are irreparable. The site horrific and the end result would take the life of the home and the person who lived in it The Maybelline Prince Fran Lewis
  • Christmas Traditions

    Nancy Duci Denofio
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Angie’s Diary Angie’s Diary - eMagazine Where did the traditions of the Christmas stocking and tree begin? This is only a few of the stories handed down from before the birth of Christ. Christmas Traditions Nancy Duci Denofio
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    The GrammarPhile Blog

  • Common, Ordinary, Everyday Adjectives

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
     Are you guilty of using "everyday" as a noun? Don't do it. The one-word form is only an adjective, as in "an everyday occurrence." Never write, "I exercise my brain everyday." Now, see how you do with the rest of these adjectives.
  • You Want an Apostrophe with that Name?

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    When we proofread documents for our business clients, we often find that writers don't know how and when to use an apostrophe. Today, let's explore some rules about using an apostrophe when writing the names of organizations and products that contain words that could be considered either possessive or descriptive terms.
  • Number Nine...Number Nine...Number Nine

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

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Which verbs are correct?
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    Positive Writer

  • Surviving Criticism without Losing Confidence in Your Writing

    Marcy McKay
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:13 am
    When it happens, you feel like the flesh has been ripped from your body, leaving your heart exposed, helpless and raw. Shame courses through your veins. You question your talents as a writer. You wonder if you should start over, or quit altogether. The only detail you’re quite sure of is how wounded you feel. The nightmare experience I’m describing is… Criticism If you’re going to let another living, breathing human being read your writing, then you must learn to deal with this challenge. Especially, if publication is your ultimate goal. Family, friends and complete strangers will…
  • Why No One Is Paying Attention To You (And How to Change It)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Everyone wants to know how to get more attention for their work, but not everyone is willing to do what it takes. The question you have to ask yourself is a simple one, and yet, it’s profound and can change everything. Are you willing to do what it takes? If yes, continue. If no, then stop reading now. I am glad you chose to continue reading. What follows is some tough love, but if you are serious about getting attention then you’ll want to read this. Not all of what I listed below will apply to you, but if one or two do then you’ll have something tangible to consider and work on…
  • Nominate the Best Writing Blogs for 2015

    Bryan Hutchinson
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:11 am
    I need YOUR help! Last year I started the year off right by listing the 25 Top Writing Blogs, and I’m going to do it again in 2015. This time I’d like your help with choosing the best blogs. I’m also going to expand the list to the Top 50. How can you help? I’m glad you asked…. It’s easy to help create the list: Post a link to your favorite writing blog in the comments. Optionally, it would be even cooler if the link you provide goes directly to your favorite post on your favorite writing blog. You can nominate 2 writing blogs. Blogs with more than one nomination will be…
  • Why You Need To Do Something Stupid (To Succeed As An Artist)

    Bryan Hutchinson
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:53 am
    Too many of us stop before we get started. So we tend to believe it’s the starting that is the hardest part of, well, getting started. But it’s not. Not by a long shot. There’s something else that holds you back from giving us your best work. Something devastating. And at one point or another, we all must figure out how to overcome it or live the rest of our lives in mediocrity, obscurity, and, even regret. If you never start we’ll never get to read, view, or listen to you, and that would be a shame. So what can you do about it? Do. Something. Stupid. If you think about it a…
  • Two Kinds of Scared Writers (and How to Overcome the Fear)

    Guest Post
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Note: This is a guest post by Harrison Demchick. Harrison came up in the world of small press publishing, working along the way on more than fifty published novels and memoirs, several of which have been optioned for film. Also an award-winning, twice-optioned screenwriter, and the author of literary horror novel The Listeners, he’s accepting new clients in fiction and memoir at Ambitious Enterprises. Join him on Facebook. Let’s admit it: We’re all a little bit scared of the writing and publishing process. Especially if we’ve never done it before. We feel it as we stare at the…
 
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    Now Novel

  • Talking about setting: Place

    brendanmc
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    Some beginning writers may think of place and setting as the same thing, but place is one of several elements of setting. While it is not possible to entirely divorce place from elements such as time, geography, and cultural context, we can focus on developing place as one aspect of a strong setting. Some writers create such a powerful sense of place that their fiction seems inexorably bound up with those places. The Bronte sisters and the English moors, James Joyce and Dublin, Flannery O’Connor and the American South and Chinua Achebe and Nigerian village life are among the writers and…
  • The elements of setting

    brendanmc
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    When we think of setting in fiction, often the first thing that comes to mind is place, but setting has many other elements as well. If your setting is fully realised, then your story will be as well, and the overall effect will be a more immersive novel. It’s important to consider how setting will affect your character as well. You might think about how different settings affect you. How do you feel in a crowded subway versus being alone in nature or sitting in your house with your family? You are not immune to your surroundings, and your characters are not either. Beginning writers…
  • How to create a book cover

    brendanmc
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:31 pm
    We are working on a very interesting project at Now Novel, which we cannot tell too much about (ok, you got us, Bridget is publishing a new book which tells you about how to write a book). As it turns out, we don’t know everything about publishing a book and so had to call on the experts for some help. Luckily we have Peter Barlow,  who amongst his other talents is Designer of Books at Now Novel, and  he helped us out with our questions. We found it extremely helpful so of course we couldn’t withhold it from you and we decided to post it. Enjoy! The function of a book cover The most…
  • How a Novel Ends

    brendanmc
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Roderick Thorp was part of a small group of novelists who came together on a monthly basis in the late eighties in Los Angeles to chew the fat. Rod had made a breakthrough success at the age of twenty-seven with the novel The Detective, which became a very successful movie that starred Frank Sinatra. Rod’s novel Nothing Lasts Forever was the source material for the tremendously successful movie Die Hard and its numerous sequels. This group of novelists, founded by yours truly and the great thriller novelist Andrew Kaplan (War of the Raven), also included Ib Melchior (Robinson Crusoe on…
  • 7 ways to write a plot outline

    brendanmc
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Writers are often told they should outline their novels, but far less often are they told how many approaches to outlining there really are. These seven approaches to outlining offer a number of alternatives that can appeal to writers’ strengths and help them shore up their weaknesses as they plot their novels. The traditional approach The traditional approach does not mean that you have to use something as rigid as an alphanumeric outline, but you should create a reasonable way of dividing your novel into sections. Most likely this will be chapters. Then, write a summary of what will…
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    thebloggingwriter

  • Flowing

    Derek Rizzo
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Flowing lazily, through a hazy day, Flowing languidly, in a detached way Flowing beautifully Through the waves of life. Flowing smoothly on the edge of a knife. Flow with me Flow slowly, confidently, Through life, Ever-green.   Tagged: day, evergreen, flow, flowing, hazy, lazy, Life, literature, living, love, Online Writing, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Reading, Soul, writing, writing. author
  • The Traveler

    Derek Rizzo
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Out here, on the road traveling, alone. Wondering silently, who’s waiting?   Those who love me, wait silently, for my return.   I’m tired of the dusty road. Want warmth and home, out here traveling, silently I roam.   Sing the song, play the game, do my work with aplomb; Oh I can’t wait to be home.   There my shelter lies. There my heart lives and dies. There you lie, waiting, Loving.   Soon I will be there. Lying beside you; Loving. Tagged: Happiness, Home, Life, lonely, love, Online Writing, Poem, poems, poet, poetry, Soul, The Traveler,…
  • The Holiday Season is Here

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

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

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

  • Six New Time-Saving Features of Microsoft Word

    Freestyle Editorial
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    If you work on proposals, chances are you use Microsoft Word®. In fact, a Forrester report found that over 90 percent of companies run some version of Word, while less than 8 percent run any of its competitors. That’s right, despite some occasional quirkiness and ill-conceived components (remember Clippy?), Word continues to be the dominant [...]Read More »
  • Halos and Pitchforks: The Power of a Positive First Impression

    Freestyle Editorial
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The adage is old, but when it comes to proposals and presentations, it’s as important as ever. In fact, even the briefest of first impressions can become the lens through which a prospect views all of your remaining messages. That’s right, the first messages [...]Read More »
  • How Sequencing Can Improve Persuasion—and Win Rates

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

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

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

  • Cold E-mailing a Potential Employer—Effectively!

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    Whether you’ve just submitted a job application, are thinking about submitting a job application, or simply want to inquire about open positions at a company, sending a “cold” e-mail can often be advantageous. You may not really know the person you’re e-mailing, but it never hurts to be proactive and to try to establish some level of connection. Of course, there is no guarantee that your e-mail will get a response, or have any effect at all—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. In fact, there are some steps that any jobseeker can take to enhance the effectiveness of a…
  • 5 Non-Negotiables for Your Resume

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Earlier in the year, the Grammar Chic team blogged about six elements that need to be removed from your resume right now. Today, we’re going to take the opposite approach, and list a few things that you should never, ever, under any circumstance take off your resume. Let’s be clear: Your resume should be a fluid thing. You should revise it routinely, and you should amend it to reflect the specifics of whatever job you’re currently applying for. Even as your resume goes through changes, though, certain parts of it should remain consistent—including each of the following: Before your…
  • Assembling Your Content Marketing Dream Team

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Looking to assemble your own content marketing dream team? The social media equivalent of The Avengers? You’re going to need talented folks who wear a number of hats—including each of the following key players: A good listener. Content marketing is, by its very nature, a social endeavor. It’s not something you do in isolation, and it’s not just about broadcasting your own platform or message. Content marketing begins with actually hearing your followers and fans; learning what matters to them, and how that plays into your brand; tracking feedback and measuring online reputation; and…
  • SEO and Content Marketing: The Perfect Match?

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Some online marketing pundits lend the impressions that content marketing has effectively replaced search engine optimization (SEO)—that you can do one but not both, and that content marketing has basically killed SEO, or at least exhausted its usefulness. A Complex Relationship There is a grain of truth in this, of course. Changes to search engine algorithms have made content quality the key metric for search engine success, whereas many of the older, exploitative SEO strategies have been heavily penalized. If you want to boost your search rankings, then, writing compelling content works…
  • Content Marketing Like the Pros Do It

    Grammar Chic, Inc.
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    Small business owners, are you using content marketing tools as effectively as you could be? Consider the following two points. One, more and more small businesses are embracing the merits of social media and content marketing; in fact, more than 90 percent of all businesses now use social channels for marketing purposes, and nearly as many say that these channels are important to their marketing success. And two, the majority of small business owners say that, while they believe content marketing is important, they’re not necessarily confident about how they’re doing it; they’re not…
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    Writing By The Seat of My Pants

  • Gifts for Indie Authors

    Rachel Rueben
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Fabrizio Lonzini via Flickr It’s the holiday season and everyone has their list of wants. Knowing that many indie authors are living on a shoestring budget, I knew those: “What to get a Writer for the Holidays” articles just won’t do.  Let’s be honest, many of them are silly and rather unrealistic. I mean, who wants a $25 t-shirt with literary quotes that will just wear out in 6 months? I don’t. Besides, you could get some pretty sweet stuff that can help with your writing career for that same amount. I’ve considered the problems the typical indie author has like; social…
  • How To Know If Your Book Will Sell Before You Publish: Finding Out What Readers Really Want

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

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

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

    Rachel Rueben
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Eat Money (Lynne Hand) via Flickr Not long ago, Kickstarter became a household name when it became the go to place to raise money for independent artists without a corporate sponsor.  Crowdfunding websites have raised money for films, music albums, and yes, even books.  Now flash forward to 2014 and even mainstream artists like Kenny Loggins and Zach Braff have used the site to raise quite a bit of money for their own pet projects. However, there is a new kind of crowdfunding popping up in the publishing world and it would be wise if authors learned the difference between the two if they…
 
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    Creative Genius 101

  • 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
  • Top 10 Most Embarrassing Spelling Mistakes Made by Popular Politicians by Brian Scott

    Brian Scott
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    For politicians churning out multitudes of sound bites, press releases and Tweets in our 24-hour news cycle, the probability of making a spelling or grammar mistake is high. Some are inconsequential, others are laughable, and a few are downright embarrassing. Take a look at these famous flubs from the last few campaign cycles. 1. The Obama Campaign's "Congrssional Budget Office"—In a video
  • How to Pitch Story Ideas to Online Magazine Editors Without Annoying Them by Brian Scott

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

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

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

  • My five favorite articles of 2014

    Jeremy Porter
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    These five articles are my favorites published this year. A mix of persuasion, narrative, messaging, purpose and language. Rather than publish the typical end of year “most popular” article list, I thought I’d share my five favorite articles of 2014. Here they are in no order. Know the three modes of persuasion I never thought I’d read Aristotle, but after reading The Political Speechwriter’s Companion I picked up Aristotle’s Rhetoric. In this article I describe Aristotle’s three modes of persuasion: ethos, pathos, logos. I think every…
  • Message grid: Political Message Quadrant

    Jeremy Porter
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    The Political Message Quadrant helps campaigns define the candidate, define the opponent, and create and messages that tell a story. View image | gettyimages.com This article is part of a series on creating key messages. I recommend reading the article on how to create key messages first. The Political message quadrant is as it sounds — used by political strategists and communicators. It asks four questions that the campaign must answer: What will I tell voters about me? What will I tell them about my opponent? What will my opponent tell voters about his or herself? What will my opponent…
  • Message grid: Point, Message, Support, Action

    Jeremy Porter
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    The Point, Message, Support, Action message grid helps align calls to action to messages and helps spokespeople connect ‘facts’ to messages View image | gettyimages.com This article is part of a series on creating key messages. I recommend reading the article on how to create key messages first. Cumbersome name aside, the Point, Message, Support, Action grid is a nice way to organize your messages, associate them to a specific call to action and include supporting evidence. The structure Point — what are you trying to say? Message — how will you say it? Support —…
  • Message grid: Claim, Fact, Example

    Jeremy Porter
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    The Claim, Fact, Example format makes it easy to organize key messages under values. But it may result in long messages and prompt rational argument. TV cameras at a press conference   This article is part of a series on creating key messages. I recommend reading the article on how to create key messages first. A colleague pitched me the Claim, Fact, Example message grid as a format that helps reinforce the brand’s core values. That alone wasn’t appealing — all narrative and messages must express values. But, this format does…
  • Message grid: Ill, Blame, Cure, Consequence

    Jeremy Porter
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    This four-part structure is a one way to deliver your key messages. The problem-solution narrative is great for campaigns and startups. #450407572 / gettyimages.com This article is part of a series on creating key messages. I recommend reading the article on how to create key messages first. Ill, Blame, Cure, Consequence is different to the other message grids I’ve used because it’s not intended as a message grid at all. It’s a logical format used in argumentation known as “stock issues”. It’s also useful narrative structure that I’ve used…
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    Karen Karbo

  • Shelf Awareness Reviews The Diamond Lane

    Karen Karbo
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Discover: A reissue of a smart early-’90s-era comedy of manners about familial, romantic and Hollywood entanglements. Shirl, the widowed matriarch of the FitzHenry family, has undergone brain surgery following a freak accident involving a ceiling fan. Amid the trauma, Mimi–Shirl’s aspiring-screenwriter daughter–tracks down her long-lost sister, Mouse, a documentary filmmaker flitting around Africa, who hasn’t... Read More
  • Nancy Pearl Reviews The Diamond Lane

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

    Karen Karbo
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Largehearted Boy is a music blog featuring daily free and legal music downloads as well as news from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture. In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate... Read More
  • The Legend of Il Palio

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

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

  • Exciting Update!

    R. Minerva
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Hello Friends and Clients and Friend-Clients! Just wanted to tell you that a new site is in the works! A very fresh, very awesome site that will be updated every weekday. I’m busy working on the details but the New Year (it’s sooo sooon!) will bring fabulous blog posts right into your very eyeballs. The internet is magic, is it not? Annnd… you’ll be able to purchase a reading directly from the site! No clicking over to Etsy. Here’s a list of articles/topics I’m brainstorming at the moment: -Individual tarot card interpretations -LGBT view of tarot……
  • Tarot Tip #56: Predicting the Timing of Events

    R. Minerva
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #55: Smudging and Cleansing

    R. Minerva
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #54: Crystals for Tarot Readers

    R. Minerva
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
  • Tarot Tip #53: Grounding and Centering

    R. Minerva
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Follow the Pinterest Board. Questions about the Tarot? Ask away! I’ll answer your question and if I choose it as part of a Tarot Tip post, I’ll credit you and link to your blog/business/Etsy shop! Ask me on Twitter @RandiMinerva Or e-mail me your question: randiminerva@gmail.com Get your tarot reading here.
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  • Serious About Brand Sales? Don’t Send a Journalist to Do a Copywriter’s Job

    Mary Rose Maguire
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    Do you want to increase sales for your business? I’m about to take a very strong stand on business writing and specifically, clear up misunderstandings regarding copywriting. I have finally reached my limit on “content marketers” taking swipes at copywriters. And for the record, the two are not the same. If you own a business… If you’ve been overwhelmed with messages about how you need to include content marketing in your marketing strategy… This article is for you. I was motivated to write this after reading “Serious About Brand Publishing? Don’t Send a Copywriter to Do a…
  • When I get stuck, here’s how I break through

    Josh Earl
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    The little group of Jamaican children kept glancing at me. And pointing. And giggling. I was 17 at the time, and visiting Jamaica as part of a church group on a mission trip. We helped to convert an old warehouse into a church/school building, and it was the pre-teen future pupils who were getting such a kick out of me. Finally, one ventured over. “Are you Screech, from Saved By The Bell?” he asked. So … I’ve never been the most athletic guy. It’s probably best I was homeschooled, or I would have spent a lot of time reading the stickers on the back of the locker doors. I’ve…
  • 8 WAYS TO GET AN INTERVIEW FOR YOUR BUSINESS CONTENT

    Elma Glasgow
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Interviews are a fantastic way of gathering raw content for case studies, news stories, testimonials and other business copy. Interview know-how is an essential tool in a journalist’s kit of tricks. Whether you prefer a good grilling by Jon Snow or the comedy banter of Graham Norton, people develop their own technique, yet the basic skills are the same. So if you are considering interviewing a local business leader, a high profile customer or long-serving staff member, take a few tips from us. We can help you transform a list of questions into a story that is personal,…
  • How a simple tool helps me write headlines with confidence

    Josh Earl
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:16 am
    In many cases, the success of a blog post or sales page rests on the strength of the headline. Says David Oglivy, among the most successful copywriters of all time: On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar. – David Oglivy That’s a lot of pressure. It seems like every time I sit down to write a headline, that quote springs to mind. The next thing that pops into my head is usually an anecdote from some random blog post about someone who changed a comma in a headline…
  • 5 Travel Brands With Super-Sticky Content

    Dustin Walker
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:18 am
    (And What We Can Learn From Them) These are the online travel brands that pop. They’re the ones that lure swarms of qualified traffic and keep their audiences salivating for more. In other words, these brands are ‘sticky’. What exactly do I mean by that? Sticky content resonates with an audience. It keeps them on your website and pulls them back for seconds and thirds. Think compelling photos, unique videos, engaging copy and ultra-useful articles. But true stickiness goes beyond all that. The travel websites that are able to build up hordes of fans have an in-depth understanding of…
 
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  • 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…
  • Crossreads Book Blast – Hope Deferred by Elizabeth Maddrey

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

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

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

    Guest Blogger
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    by Guest BloggerThis guest post is by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta. Elisabeth teaches writing for Harvard Extension School, is the founder of Poetry for Strangers, and the author of two books, The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers and The Fairy Tales Mammals Tell. You can find her at elisabethsharpmcketta.com. Listening to my nearly four-year-old daughter tell a story always teaches me something about writing. Before she starts a story, she knows how she want her story to end (“The purple raccoon and I were up in the tree, having a tea party with the dog!”). Knowing how her story will…
  • 10 Essential Quotes on Becoming a Writer (plus one of my own)

    Joe Bunting
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    by Joe BuntingI first wanted to become a writer because I read those great books (you know the ones: Great Expectations and Harry Potter and Les Miserables and On the Road) and thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do this all day, to spend your afternoons having conversations with interesting characters and dealing with the deep challenges of the soul?” I didn’t begin actually writing regularly, though, until much later. First, I wrote a few songs, about twenty actually—terrible things, but they were thrilling to write. Then, because I thought I was going…
  • 4 Ways I Deal With Nasty Critiques on My Writing

    The Magic Violinist
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    by The Magic ViolinistNo matter how thick your skin is, it’s always tough to hear something negative about your work. You’ve worked so hard on your writing for so long, made so many edits, and now your critique partner is saying there’s even more to change? Luckily, there are a few things you can do to handle critiques in a more positive way. Here are four tips. 1. Don’t take critiques personally You have to remember that your critique partner, or CP, is doing this to help you, not hurt you. She’s trying to improve your writing, not tear it down. This isn’t a…
  • 7 Questions that Will Transform Your Writing in the New Year

    Guest Blogger
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    by Guest BloggerThis guest post is by Jennie Nash. Jennie is an author and book coach. You can visit her at jennienash.com. Also check out her Author Accelerator program, an affordable accountability and feedback system that helps writers answer these questions and write a rough draft in six months. The Write Practice members can get a free week trial by writing to Matt@authoraccelerator.com and asking for The Write Practice free trial. One of the single most powerful things you can do to improve your writing in the New Year has nothing to do with writing itself. I’m a book coach who…
  • What To Do When Your Narrator Knows As Much As God

    Monica M. Clark
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    by Monica M. ClarkThis is part three of a series of posts based on Walter Mosley’s advice in This Year You Write Your Novel dedicated to exploring different narrative voices.  I have already discussed the first-person and third-person narrators. Today we will conclude the series with the elusive, seductive, all-knowing omniscient narrator. The Omniscient Narrator Is All-Knowing When you write using the omniscient voice you are essentially speaking from the point of view of God. This narrator knows everything. He doesn’t just know what John, Jessie and Jyoti are thinking, but also…
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    Lauren Sapala

  • How Far Is Too Far? The (Alleged) Crime of Self-Indulgent Writers

    Lauren Sapala
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Whether we’re writing memoir, fantasy, young adult or literary fiction, there’s one judgment we writers recoil from more than any other. One thing we can’t stand to be called. One thing that makes us cringe to even think we might be approaching it. It’s the crime of self-indulgence. What constitutes a self-indulgent writer? Is it someone who includes too much world-building and back story simply because they’re interested in following every thread? Or is it someone who becomes too emotional when writing pieces of their autobiography and comes off as melodramatic? Writerly…
  • Each Writer Has a Unique GPS: Are You Using Yours?

    Lauren Sapala
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    During a recent coaching call one of my clients asked me if it’s important to have each scene meet a specific goal that contributes to the overall story. He said he was a bit worried, because sometimes he felt he “just needed to talk on the page” and so he didn’t start every scene with a preconceived goal in mind. He wanted to know: Do writers need to outline their goals before they even start writing? Of course, the answer to that question comes back to writing vs. editing. But…it also comes back to finding your own inner guidance system as a writer. When you are in that…
  • The Way You Think Is Directly Linked to Your Writing Success

    Lauren Sapala
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    This is a touchy topic because most writers aren’t even aware they have a problem with it. It’s something we all do, but that we examine very rarely. And when we try to change, our resistance kicks in big time and freezes us in our tracks. It’s the curse of limiting beliefs. A limiting belief is a perspective on some part of the world that you take to be unquestionably true, and that has rooted down into your psyche at the level of the subconscious. It’s a cognitive blind spot that blocks and disconnects you from your true potential. And every writer has them. Some of the most common…
  • Essential Skills for Writers: Having the Courage to Make Up Your Own Rules

    Lauren Sapala
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Recently I was reading through one of the many writing blogs I subscribe to and I came across a list of do’s and don’ts for writers. Some of the advice came from editors, some from agents, and some from famous, bestselling authors. One of the “rules” said (and I’m paraphrasing): “Any time two characters are sitting around talking about another character the scene is dead.” I instantly panicked. Because in the novel I’m writing right now, I’ve written a few scenes in which two of the characters are sitting around talking about a third. I thought about going back and cutting…
  • Why Indie Writers Market Better and What You Can Learn from Them

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

    harmamae
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Whoa, haven’t blogged for a while! What’s been going on? Well, for one thing – I moved. A huge undertaking, as it turns also. Secondly – I got a new job. I now work in, wait for it… a library! How appropriate! (Where did I work before? Well, actually I sold computers for Microsoft. Turns out having a history degree is surprisingly flexible, and not just for honing your writing skills ) Anyway, while I was moving I came across this, which I decided to share with you all. It’s my old high school binder! I (or some of my friends) lovingly inscribed quotes from books and other things…
  • Tell Me About Your Favourite Bookstore

    harmamae
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last Friday The Guardian published a wonderful list of bookstores worldwide – including one from Canada, woohoo! Any book-lover knows there is no shortage of lovable bookstores out there, so which is your favourite? I’d have to say, from The Guardian‘s list, I want to visit the bookstore-in-a-van that sells Portuguese books translated into English. Leakey’s, in Scotland, looks worth visiting too. Shakespeare & Company, in Paris, is not included in this list – I have a feeling it might’ve been too cliche to include such a famous landmark. But in case…
  • Do Spoilers Spoil Stories?

    harmamae
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Spoilers ruin everything. They rip out ask the suspense and enjoyment, they wreck – Wait, you’re saying people actually like a work MORE if it’s been spoiled for them? Are you serious? This is what Derek Thompson argues in “In Defense of Spoilers.” Apparently, anticipation of a twist can take away our enjoyment of the parts of the movie or book that don’t lead up to the twist. Or maybe we just like predictability. Anyway, research by psychologists has shown people rate stories higher when all the plot twists have been spoiled for them ahead of time. Okay, okay,…
  • Useful Words English Doesn’t Have

    harmamae
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Anyone who’s ever started learning another language has come across words that just don’t translate into English. My favorites are ‘saudades,’ from Portuguese (meaning a feeling of longing, melancholy or nostalgia), and ‘gezellig,’ from Dutch (meaning a nice atmosphere, but also belonging and time spent with loved ones). Today, Slate published an excerpt from Lost in Translation that lists many more. My favorite is ‘tretar,’ which apparently means a third refill of coffee in Swedish. This sounds like a very useful word! Go check out the original…
  • Why Own Unread Books?

    harmamae
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Unread Books, by Paulina Van Vliet. All rights reserved. I used to never buy a book I hadn’t read. That was what libraries were for – I didn’t want to buy something that might be garbage. Only after I knew the quality of the book would I buy a copy for myself. However, I have started seeing the error of my ways. Two recent blog posts brought this to my attention. The first – ‘The Virtue of Unread Books’ – argues that unread books are not merely pages on a shelf, but collectively they express an idea. When you stockpile books you’ve already read, Scott James argues,…
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    Milo James Fowler

  • In the Mirror, Darkly

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The first time, he explained it away saying he made faces while shaving because it was the only way to reach stubble under his nose and around his jawline. Yet Maureen could have sworn he’d been horrified by his own reflection. Maybe he’d just discovered another gray hair. “Hon?” She leaned against the bathroom doorframe and watched him scrape his face with the razor, shoveling the foam like
  • Noveling Update

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Time to check the status of my novels currently out on submission and those I'm spending quality time with in the revision trenches: Westward, Tally Ho! (65,000 words; written way back in 2006; YA Western/Humor) is on the query and small press circuit simultaneously. 115 agents and publishers queried so far, and most say westerns don't sell or they don't publish humor. I've had 4 partial
  • Five Years Later

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you'd told me five years ago that one of my stories would be sharing a table of contents with the likes of Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), Hugh Howey (Wool), George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones), and David Brin (The Postman), I would've thought you had me confused with somebody else. Five years ago, I sold my very first short story and started this blog, figuring a writer should post
  • Interview with a Soul Smuggler

    30 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Who is Mercer? Coyote. Soul Smuggler. A body-hopping, phantasmal anti-hero. A disenfranchised spirit doomed to inherit the earth, cursed by both Heaven and Hell. An enemy of God, but no friend of the devil. Believe it or not, the folks at Pulp Literature were brave enough to sit Mercer down for an interview not too long ago. Despite his curt answers and surly manner, they kept
  • Hang on for the Ride

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Three can be a real crowd, particularly when you're crammed into a cellar full of preserves in mason jars, down in dark so black you can't see your own hand in front of your face, and when you try, you end up bumping into somebody's unmentionables. But when that cellar door stands between you and certain death at the claws of a giant, rabid hound, well, then you thank the Good Lord for that
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  • Friday Roundup 12.19.14

    Lorin
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Have an awesome weekend, folks!What Are the REAL Odds of Being a Successful Author?5 Things to Stop Doing (If You Really Want to Finish Writing Your Novel)11 Christmas Presents Perfect For the Fictional Characters On Your Holiday Gift ListHOW TO BE A PRODUCTIVE WRITER – 5 HABITS FROM NANO [INFOGRAPHIC]Top 15 Reasons Why Books Make the Best Gifts
  • First Page Feedback: Dead Blue

    Lorin
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Copies of Lorin and Brenda's feedback are available for download in the Resources for Writers section under Extras. If you're interested in submitting your first page (up to 250 words) for feedback, please email a Word doc or text file copy to erin_anderson@free-expressions.com. Feedback sessions are also open for QUERY LETTER submissions (up to 400 words)! Email a Word doc or text file copy to erin_anderson@free-expressions.com to participate.First Page Feedback: Dead Blue by Ruth H.Original:Since he’d been four, or maybe three, his mother’s love was given…
  • Prompt-A-Palooza #50

    Lorin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Have a great week!He brought all his dreams here...The end of the beginning...Awash in lilacs and the silver of night seas...She was the Post-It queen...An unintentional celebration...The grass made a shushing sound...I couldn't decide on a chair...
  • Friday Roundup 12.12.14

    Lorin
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Have a great weekend!What Kind of Reader Are You?: INFOGRAPHICThe New York Times Reveals Best Book Covers of 2014Novel Writing: 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your CharactersThe Power of Myth8 TIPS FOR CREATING GREAT STORIES FROM GEORGE R.R. MARTIN, JUNOT DIAZ, AND OTHER TOP STORYTELLERS
  • FIGHT CLUB – ANOTHER LOOK

    Kelsey
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I recently reread Fight Club. There are a lot of stunning things in that book—haunting imagery, a deliberately hazy narrative that directly reflects the madness of the narrator, a sharp-as-knives voice—but I found the end note from author Chuck Palahniuk to be one of the most interesting aspects. First, in his signature dark style, Palahniuk describes his experience with a Fight Club fan. The kid appropriates the first and second rules of fight club (y’know, that you don’t talk about it), and Palahniuk  responds, “I wrote that book.” The kid says, “There was a book?”…
 
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  • Copywriting slogan competition shortlist

    Jack
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    Back in February we ran a slogan competition to come up with a world-beating slogan for Copywriter Collective. We received all the entries in the Spring but it has taken us a long time to get everything together and decide on a shortlist. Our apologies. We’ve just been too busy working for clients. Copywriter Collective supplies international creative copywriters to companies and advertising agencies around the world. So we need a line that communicates the expansive service we offer. Here is the shortlist (Perhaps inevitably, often more than one person has suggested the same slogan):…
  • Desk for rent in Amsterdam

    Jack
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    We have a desk for rent in Amsterdam. It’s slap bang in the middle of town on the Rokin opposite the torture museum, which you can pop into during your lunch break for a bit of light relief. The office is small with three rooms and a large meeting room that you’re also free to use. Most importantly for writers and creatives, it’s quiet, so you can work in peace. Plus, it has all the amenities like a stella coffee machine, printer and a nice plant. This desk is much nicer than the one we have for rent. We just put this one here because it is more eye-catching. Look at…
  • Dream teams, now you can hire creative + copywriter teams from Copywriter Collective

    Copywriter Collective
    16 May 2014 | 6:08 am
    Sometimes you need more than just copy or just art direction. You need the full package: a whole creative team. That’s why Copywriter Collective is now offering just that. We’ve invited some incredibly talented creative dream teams to come and join us, and they’re available to work for you right now. Check out what they can do below, and get in touch to see how a little creative teamwork could transform your marketing effort. WHY HIRE CREATIVE TEAMS THROUGH US? Worry-free hiring.  We don’t just take on anyone at Copywriter Collective. The teams we represent have been thoroughly…
  • Is a copywriter the missing link in your marketing chain?

    The Collective
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Hire a copywriter on a monthly basis: Save money and get better results No company would hire an accountant on an ad hoc basis, or get a different one every month to do their accounts. So why should it be different with copywriting? If you regularly need a freelance writer, subscribing to a set number of hours each month can bring a lot of major benefits to your company. Better value for money By guaranteeing the copywriter a certain number of hours each month, we can offer you a discount on the regular freelance rates. So you get the same top copy for significantly less per hour. More…
  • Make the right impact with native English copywriters

    The Collective
    30 Jan 2014 | 4:34 am
    It can be tempting to use non-native English copywriter to write copy in English. But if you want your advertising and marketing to make a real impact you need writers who know all the nuances and subtleties of the language. That means native speakers only. Here at Copywriter Collective we have an entire international network of freelance English language copywriting talent. And the writer you need is just a phone call away. Proven native English copywriting All our English language copywriters have proven track records – many worked full-time in the UK’s most famous agencies and for…
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  • Between Jobs

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    When I say, "I'm between jobs" it's predicated on the expectation that I'll find gainful employment again at some point. I have no doubt I will. But...It's not just jobs I'm between, it's realities. My last one ended and my new one hasn't started yet. I'm groping my way through the dark space between them with my feet sinking in quicksand. This is no time for aimless flailing. That's the surest way to get sucked under.I started in my current line of work a long time ago and have hated every minute of it. Speaking of quicksand. It seems to me the best thing to do when you've lost your way is…
  • Review: Kissing Point by Peggy Ahwesh at Microscope Gallery

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    With more than 50 art galleries, Bushwick’s art scene has to be the most vibrant in the city and one of the most densely populated art spaces in the world. Among the current exhibits in the neighborhood is Peggy Ahwesh’s Kissing Point, on view in Microscope Gallery at 1329 Willoughby Avenue.The geographical place known as the Kissing Point is the border between Israel and Palestine. The artist explains the exhibit’s title in these words: “Erotic undertones flavor the meaning of the term, offering the potential of interaction and a flirtation with ‘the other,’ giving these…
  • An Open Letter to the Moon

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    Dear Luna,First, thank you for the light you’ve brought to my life, especially during some pretty dark times. I shudder to think how black my life might have been if you weren’t there.You don’t have the brilliance of the sun. In fact, some people think of you as nothing but a pale reflection of her light. I’m not one of them. Unlike the sun, I can look at your face as long as I want and ponder your uniquely beautiful characteristics. I know you've heard this a lot but you really do have an incredible face. I get lost looking at it. You’re closer to me too and there’s a lot to be…
  • UPDATE: CANCELLED Mike's Musical Monday - Live!

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    UPDATE - THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. MAYBE NEXT WEEK. Mike's Musical Monday is taking to the road tonight. I'll be playing at Lovecraft on Avenue B at 4th Street in the East Village.I'll be performing "Mostly You" and "I Love You So Bad it Hurts."
  • 2 O'clock on a Thursday Afternoon - Fictional Humans of New York (FHONY)

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    It’s 2 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon and I just opened my first beer. I don’t have a job. A lesser man might feel like a failure. A better man, too. Fortunately for me, I’m neither one so I’m going to enjoy the beer. I’m going to enjoy listening to Elton John. I’m going to enjoy looking out the window, watching the geese flying over the Harlem River and the dead trees swaying in the cold wind, knowing I don’t have to go out there. I’ve lost a lot of people this year and, obviously, the job. That’s a lot of space to fill up. A blank page can be the most intimidating…
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    Out of the Lockbox

  • Thanksgiving and Some Announcements

    Mary DeSantis
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Hello folks, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has a wonderful day full of food, friends, family, and fun. (This post is brought to you by the letter ‘F.’) I’m having lunch with my family and dinner with friends, and I’m just looking forward to the day. And now the announcements. A few weeks ago I posted that I had a story published. (YAY!) That story went on to win the editor’s choice award for this month at Fiction Vortex. (YAY!) I’m over the moon, and I hope everyone who read the story enjoyed it. Which brings me to announcement part two. I am also…
  • Good News! (No, the wicked witch is not dead.)

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

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

    Mary DeSantis
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)IMDB blurbA deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.I haven’t watched this in years. It kind of terrified me as a kid. I think I want to watch it again now. I think there’s a lot to get out of this as an adult. This isn’t a story of pure good. The good guys aren’t picture perfect heroes. And the villain, well, have a look. The music is actually beautiful. The first part is heartbreaking/heartwarming. Then Frollo starts singing, and things get a little odd.I saw…
  • MCS #23: Hercules

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

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    Covers are hard.  If you’re like most people, I hope you don’t even try to do them yourself.  But even if you hire a pro, it’s easy to wander off the path of good judgment into the jungle of horrific, embarrassing covers. That’s why we need objective feedback.  Which is where Joel Friedlander, the Book Designer, comes in.  Every month, he hosts a cover contest.  It’s free to enter, and if you have a cover you love, you really should.  It won’t boost book sales directly, but it’s worth it, I promise. Remember:  every single buyer is judging your…
  • Drat, foiled again (or the spineless truth about CreateSpace).

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    I told you a couple of weeks ago all triumphantly how I created a kissable cover and got around Amazon / Createspace’s arbitrary minimum-page requirements for having a proper spine on your book.  I succeeded that time with my 100-page chapter book No Santa!  But guess what???  When I tried the same magic again yesterday with an 88-page nonfiction book, Createspace stopped me in my tracks with their silly arbitrariness. I worked long and hard to create a BEAUTIFUL (if I say so myself) cover, and submitted it along with my interior.  Here’s what the full design looks…
  • Holidays overwhelming you? Here are 3 easy ways to jingle readers’ bells.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    How can you even think about writing with a holiday coming up? Writing may be the last thing on your mind at this time of year.  So let’s get right to the point with three quick MUSTS you’ve just got to have in your children’s holiday book.  Don’t worry, they’re simple, too. It doesn’t matter what holiday, either.  Easter, Chanukah, Shavuot, Eid, they’re all totally different… but the best books have so much in common that you’re going to succeed no matter what you’re writing about. 1) STORY.  Do you love a great story?  So do kids.  Unless…
  • 12 nights of Chanukah fun: a mega Jewish holiday picture book roundup

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Before you read any further, you should know:  these aren’t exactly reviews.  They’re BETTER. (That’s also why I want you to read this even if you don’t celebrate Chanukah.) What could be better than reviews? As writers, we’re at work even when we read for fun (even when we read to our kids), and that’s a serious job.  We have to examine each book not simply for whether or not we enjoyed it (like ordinary readers do), but analyzing it to figure out IF it works and HOW it works. That’s the only way we can make our own writing better. Working while we read (for…
  • 15 gifts writers will scream for: the essential 2015 Write Kids’ Books gift guide.

    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    You’re here because you’re a writer or know a writer, or both.  Either you’re looking for the perfect gift that will draw gasps of delight or screams of satisfaction (is that even a thing?), or you’re hoping to pamper yourself in the middle of this season of selflessness. Either way, here are 15 great ways to give yourself permission to go for it. 1) Paperback room fragrance / cologne by Demeter If you haven’t tried Demeter perfumes, colognes and fragrances, you should.  They’re mindblowingly “real” scents in varieties you’ve never imagined:  Tomato, say, or…
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  • Writers Who Procrastinate Have Skinny Kids

    Ruth Barringham
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    It was the famous author, salesman and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, who said "Timid salesmen have skinny kids."In other words, if you don't make sales, your kids don't eat.And it's the same if you're a writer.You need to make sales if you want to feed your kids.Read more »
  • It's the Weekend. Time to Write

    Ruth Barringham
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    This weekend, instead of doing the usual chores, why not get that novel written, write that screenplay, start that blog.Whatever it is that you've been promising yourself that you'd get done when you get "a round tuit" make this weekend the beginning.And the reason to start this weekend is because of all the amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for writers.Below is a list to help get you inspired and get you going. Final Draft 9 on Sale for $99+ at Writers Store, now-12/31/14Get your copy of Final Draft from The Writers Store, the Industry’s #1 screenwriting software source for over…
  • How to Be Better Than the Rest in Just 30 Minutes a Day

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

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

    Ruth Barringham
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Because the New Year is fast approaching (Holy crap! November already?), I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I've achieved and what I've failed to implement this year with my writing, and what I plan to do next year.And what I also thought was that I don't need to wait till next year to implement my plans/goals for 2015, I can start them straight away.Why not?I know of one blogger who begins his New Year resolutions on his birthday every year because he considers this to be the start of a new year in his life instead of January 1st, which makes perfect sense.But we…
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  • Dissertation Topic Ideas: List of 15 Practical Ideas

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Dissertation is the final assignment you submit before receiving your final grade. It is a formal extended document based on research work. This work is carried out on an individual basis, although usually with some tutor support and direction provided. The dissertation question is established in substantial research for the project requiring the collection of primary data. Choosing a dissertation topic is one of the crucial choices in terms of your professional career. The reason is it determines the first major piece of research for which you will be known. The topic you choose will be with…
  • How to Write a Perfect Dissertation: A 5 Steps Guide

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:51 am
    A dissertation is lengthy piece of academic writing undertaken by a student as a part of his academic coursework usually to obtain a degree. All Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees require the submission of an essay on a compulsory basis. Some universities and colleges in the US insist on bachelor’s dissertation too. While this is the formal understanding of PhD, for most of the students, academic life means endless wait to complete dissertation, perils of delay, blow-hot blow-cold relation with the supervisor and the perpetual hand to mouth condition because of lack of scholarship. 5 easy steps…
  • Dissertation Methodology: The Backbone of Dissertation Writing

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:17 am
    If you are pursuing a research-based Masters course or Ph.D., you are likely to be asked to present a dissertation. One of the key factors to successfully present your research is the dissertation methodology. It can be described as vital part of your dissertation writing that explains how you carried out your research, such as from where you manage to collect the data, what kind of data collecting techniques you used, and so forth. Importance of dissertation methodology Let’s see why dissertation methodology is crucial in dissertation writing. Dissertation methodology is the way to…
  • 5 Top Tips to Proofread Your Assignment

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Proofreading makes your copy flawless; it enables you modify your content to perfection. Every student wants to write an error-free assignment. Unfortunately, no one is perfect. We all forget to put articles like ‘the’ or put an ‘ed’ at the end of a verb, no matter how carefully we do the writing. But the examiner never forgets to cut marks for these silly mistakes. So you need to learn the techniques for effective proofreading. Five effective ways to proofread assignments Here are five top methods to effectively proofread your assignments: 1. Proofread after 24 hours:…
  • Top 10 Universities in US

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:20 am
    If you are interested to study in US, it is no surprise because US beholds the image of being the leading destination for international students. You will be amazed by the sheer volume and variety of universities in the US, but can get puzzled when asked to choose from a lengthy list. To make things easy for you, here is a comprehensive guide on 10 best universities in the US. Rank 10# Duke University It was founded in 1838. It merged with Trinity College in 1924. Location – Durham Specialty – Duke University underwent both physical and academic expansion when it got merged with…
 
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    The Writer's Life eMagazine

  • A Dangerous Marriage by William W. Blunt Book Feature

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Title: A Dangerous Marriage Author: William Blunt Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 332 Genre: Fiction Format: Ebook/Paperback  Purchase at AMAZON In A Dangerous Marriage, Julia Davenport’s social life has drifted into a backwater. Then she meets Peter Medea at a business reception in New York City. She is drawn by his aura of power and erotic magnetism and is lured into a hasty marriage. By indulging her compelling emotional and physical needs she finds immediate gratification, but at a devastating cost. Her romantic adventure turns out to be fraught with conflict and…
  • Interview with Imam Omar Hazim, author of Islam in the Heartland of America

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
      Title: Islam in the Heartland of America  Genre: Religion/Spirituality  Author: Imam Omar Hazim  Publisher: Xlibris  EBook: 279 pages  Release Date: January 28, 2011  ISBN: 978-1-45685-798-1 "The purpose of this book is to inform and educate the general public of how Islam is taught in a mosque in the heartland of America. It includes the Friday khutbah (sermons) by Imam Omar Hazim and several other Imams (Spiritual Leaders). The hope is to help to clarify some of the misconceptions and distortions about the religion of Islam.
  • Guest Post by Australian SF Author Greg Byrne

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    Sitting at the keyboard produces a certain way of thinking for me. The keys are there, my fingers are there, and my muscular desire is to make the two work together. When I’m at the keyboard, I think like a writer, a producer of words, sentences and stories. It’s almost like being in that chair at that desk in front of that screen starts that muscular memory of writing. It’s hard to escape.However, one of my favourite parts of writing is the time spent away from the keyboard. The story is still in my head so I remember what characters are doing and what their particular goals and…
  • Interview with L. Nicole Murray, author of AUTUMN'S CHILD

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    L. Nicole Murray is a creative writer by passion, training, and profession. She is a ColumbiaCollegegraduate with a degree in Fiction Writing and Marketing. Nicole’s dual Gemini personality helps her pursue creative writing as a personal profession. Nicole explores the creative landscape of the mind to craft fiction out of real emotion. She currently writes short stories, novels, poems, and screen plays. Autumn’s Child is her first novel.Social Links:Website: www.lnmwriting.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/pages/LNMCreative/190967300934743Twitter: www.twitter.com/LNMCreativeInstagram:…
  • BuzzFeed Announces 17 Best YA Book Covers 2014

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    I think over the years people have become enamored with YA book covers.  When the YA genre popped on the book scene a few years ago, it was the covers that attracted me to these books.  And the great covers are still coming in.  BuzzFeed has announced their top picks for best YA book covers for 2014.  Of the ones they chose, these are my favorites.   
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    Wylie's Writing Tips

  • 30-3-30 redux

    Ann Wylie
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:12 pm
    What does Clay Schoenfeld’s rule look like today?Back in the mid-20th century, academician and communication theorist Clay Schoenfeld recommended the 30-3-30 rule. That is, you should present your message as if one-third of your audience will give you:Don’t we wish? Most of our Web visitors spend 10 seconds or less on a page.30 minutes. These folks are readers, and don’t we wish there were more of them!3 minutes. They’re not reading the text. Instead, they’re flipping, skimming and scanning for key ideas. To reach them, you need to lift your ideas off the screen…
  • Get clicked, read, shared and liked

    Ann Wylie
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Polish your Web writing with Shel Holtz and me in Santa FeWould you like to learn to make your Web pages, blog posts and social media messages measurably easier to read and understand? Build buzz with digital storytelling? Help people find your content?If so, please join Shel Holtz and me for a two-day Web-writing Master Class on Feb. 11-12 in Santa Fe. And if you register quickly, you can still save $300 with our early bird discounts, which end on Dec. 15.Get the Word Out On the Web Polish your Web pages, blog posts and status updates; discover the latest channels and apps; and reach readers…
  • What makes it great?

    Ann Wylie
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    New York Times spider story shows and tellsThe best stories ride up and down the rollercoaster of abstraction, showing for attention, then telling for meaning, then repeating the process again and again.Said the spider to the fly How can you make complex scientific, business or technical stories more interesting and easier to understand? Show as well as tell. Screen shot from The New York Times video.This New York Times piece does exactly that, adding color to a complex scientific piece with:AnalogyWordplayColloquialismsExamplesDescriptionHumorNarrative lineUnexpected Complexity in a…
  • Pass the dollar-bill test

    Ann Wylie
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:09 pm
    If it looks easier to read, more people will read itOne technique for making sure even a long story looks easy to read is to use Edmund Arnold’s dollar-bill test.Dollar wise Break your print copy up into chunks no larger than a dollar bill to encourage readership. Of course, placing actual dollars in your copy won’t hurt. Especially if they’re as cute as this one. Image by Kade ChanArnold, a journalist and design consultant for more than 50 years, said that no chunk of copy should stretch longer than and wider than a dollar bill.Break copy up.To keep copy chunks short and…
  • All-time low

    Ann Wylie
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Americans average 19 minutes a day readingThe average American reads for pleasure less than 20 minutes a day, according to a new study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.At that rate, it would take most readers nearly a month to finish Divergent.Time is not on our side Depending on where they live, Americans spend 13 to 29 minutes a day reading.How people spend their timeDepending on where they live, Americans spend their time:Engaging in leisure activities: 4 hours, 27 minutes a day (Utah) to 6 hours, 8 minutes a day (West Virginia)Watching TV: 2 hours, 3 minutes a day (West Virginia)…
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    Woelf Dietrich

  • Writing Markets for Speculative Fiction Writers

    Woelf Dietrich
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    The other day I asked some friends of mine on Facebook about the advantages of still writing for online magazines–specifically speculative fiction magazines. My question was less prompted by a search for bragging rights than it was about searching for ways to find more eyeballs on my work. My query resulted in two confirmations: 1) […]
  • Dwarves, Dragons, Wizards and Elves: Thinking About the Standard Fantasy Setting

    Woelf Dietrich
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    I found this article useful. It makes you think about how we view recurring characters in fantasy, the giant impact Tolkien had on this genre, and how we should use more creative freedom in generating our stories. There are no limits on how high our imaginations can soar. There are no limits on worldbuilding, on […]
  • I’m new on tsū

    Woelf Dietrich
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I discovered tsū over the weekend, mostly because I saw people talking about it and I decided I didn’t want to be left out in the cold in case tsū is some kind of wonderful. I don’t know yet if it is, but it’s fun to try new things and so I did.  If you click this […]
  • Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones is Live!

    Woelf Dietrich
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    And Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones is live. Of course the timing is perfect for Cyber Monday. Personally I don’t think it’s a bad story. Then again, I might be biased. Fortunately for me you can tell me if Bullies is a good story and that way we can cure me of my bias. And […]
  • Cover Reveal: Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones

    Woelf Dietrich
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I accidentally wrote a short story called Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones. Date of release is set for 1 December 2014. This tale is a bit different to my usual genres of fantasy and the supernatural. It’s about bullying and about how it feels to be bullied. The plot description is pretty succinct: A tale about […]
 
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    The Proof Angel

  • Writing opportunities for the New Year

    The Proof Angel
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:12 am
    Just to make a change from Christmas preparations, here is a list of writing competitions for January and February. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: writing opportunities
  • So what is a denouement?

    The Proof Angel
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:49 am
    Those who analyse creative writing sometimes use long words. Like denouement. So now you know. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Resources for authors Tagged: creative writing, denouement
  • Christmas presents for book worms

    The Proof Angel
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
    Still looking for something a bit different? Here are 23 wordy presents. I’m not convinced about the library ticket socks!! Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: book worm presents, wordy presents
  • Bookish Christmas trees

    The Proof Angel
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    We are planning to put our Christmas tree up today. Somehow it is difficult to get the timing right. We don’t want to put it up too soon, in case too many needles drop off before Christmas day. Then, all of a sudden, It nearly is Christmas, & the days are occupied with all sorts of rushing around. One solution is to have an artificial tree, but as these pictures show there is no need to make it from plastic. How about recycling some books into your Christmas decorations? Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.Filed under: Bits & bobs Tagged: Christmas tree,…
  • Do you sell digital products? Then you need to know about this change

    The Proof Angel
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:03 am
    I know this isn’t very Christmassy, but if you are an indie publisher in the UK, it is important for you to know about this change. In an attempt to stop organisations like Amazon putting their transactions through countries with low VAT rates, the tax regulations about digital products are changing. From 1st January 2015, if you sell a digital product, it counts as a sale not in your home country, but the country where the customer lives. That may not sound like much of a change, but: Before the change, if you are a UK trader with an annual turnover below the £82,000 VAT registration…
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    eBooks India

  • 5 Signs Your New Book Business Might Not Succeed

    Hiten Vyas
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Starting any type of venture has large amounts of risk involved. Starting a book business is no exception. In order to run your business, and progress through the numerous stumbling blocks along the way, a lot of dedication, persistence and confidence is required. Usually, if you’re able to write books for a distinct market of readers out there who want what you write, are able to market your books well, sell them and continue the cycle, you’ve made a good start. However, if the underlying reasons for you running your book business are not quite right, your chances of truly succeed…
  • Why All Newbie Authors Should Guest Post on Other Blogs

    Hiten Vyas
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    It’s understandable if writers don’t want to write for other people for free. After all, would a lawyer dole out legal advice for free? Or would a dentist provide free dental care? When you write for a living, it is not out of the norm to expect a fee for writing content. However, if you’re a newbie author, things could be different. There are a number of good reasons why you should give away free content by way of guest blog posts. Such as: It builds your professional network This is essentially one of the bigger benefits of guest blogging – it provides opportunities to expand your…
  • Interview with Bestselling Author, Sudeep Nagarkar

    Hiten Vyas
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    When it comes to the literary scene, Sudeep Nagarkar is a national sensation. The author of 5 bestselling books, whose most recent novel entitled You’re The Password to My Life is selling like hotcakes, we caught up with Sudeep in an interview. We found out about Sudeep’s background, his humble beginnings as an author, about his most recent novel, and how deals with being one of the most successful authors in India at the moment. If you’re interested in writing a contemporary romance story, then you’re in luck because Sudeep very kindly shared expert tips on how you can do so! Read on…
  • 5 Top Literary Agents in India

    Smitha Abraham
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Literary agents are a small pool in India; they probably have been around only for 6 to 7 years. But literary agents in the West enjoy more clout and visibility. But the scene in India seems to be undergoing a change for the good. “I think literary agents serve a very useful purpose both for authors and for publishers, especially in an emerging and expanding publishing market like India where there is a fast evolving readership that is eager to read new writers, and a number of first-time writers who want to get published,” says Udayan Mitra of Penguin Books India. Debutante…
  • How to Write, Publish and Sell an eBook in a Week

    Georgina Roy
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Over the last couple of years, digital eBook publishing has allowed independent authors to sell their books online with great ease. It has even created a following for self-published eBooks, for many readers like to download books at cheap prices, thus helping the digital publishing revolution. This opens up many possibilities for self-publishing and if you take the right steps, you can publish and eBook (and sell it!) real fast. Step one: Market research Spend some time on the Amazon Kindle marketplace, browsing top sellers, along with book descriptions, reviews, everything. Gather all the…
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    StoryShelter

  • Crying Over A Spoon

    Kerri Lowe
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    This week we asked about your most prized possessions – from engagement rings, to photographs, lost teeth to – silver spoons? Yep! Our winner this week is Carol Graham with a heartwarming story about the broken spoon that lifted the floodgates of tears…and how a simple restoration can mean the world. Click here to read […] The post Crying Over A Spoon appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Best Online Journal Ever – Now on StoryShelter

    Kerri Lowe
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The Best Online Journal ever is now available on StoryShelter. The My Journal feature lets you write your stories your way. And it's Free! The post Best Online Journal Ever – Now on StoryShelter appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • Holiday Traditions – How much is too much?

    Kerri Lowe
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:51 am
    Holiday traditions can bind families together and create beautiful memories for years to come – but they can also be stressful. This week we asked you to submit your favorite holiday tradition stories and we got a very interesting one from Connie Gross. Despite the loveliness of having the “Perfect Christmas,” it comes at a […] The post Holiday Traditions – How much is too much? appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • The Shrewd Shopper – A 93% Discount Story!

    Kerri Lowe
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    This week we asked about the best bargain you’ve ever gotten and though there were some super heartwarming stories, we decided to reward our $25 gift card to shrewd shopper, Bertram Mullin. He figured out how to get a $900 treadmill for $60 – a 93% discount!   That’s just a warm-up… To read how the […] The post The Shrewd Shopper – A 93% Discount Story! appeared first on StoryShelter.
  • A Thanksgiving You’ll Never Forget!

    Kerri Lowe
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    This week, in honor of a foodie's favorite holiday, we asked StoryShelter users to share their favorite Thanksgiving memory. We chose one of the funniest, most suspenseful stories (though I suppose we all could see where this one was going...) as the winner of our #WeeklyWriting contest! The post A Thanksgiving You’ll Never Forget! appeared first on StoryShelter.
 
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    WritingThoughts

  • Book Review: Freelance Business BootCamp – The eBook

    Laura Spencer
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Most freelance writers don’t come from a business background. That can hurt you because when you freelance you’re basically running a business. Even if you do come from a business background, chances are good that you don’t know what you need to know about running a business. I have a business degree, and I still had a lot to learn when I started freelancing. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a resource designed to offer the information that freelancers need to know? Well, now there is. In this post, I take a closer look at Freelance Business Bootcamp – The eBook…
  • Why You Must Stand Out as a Freelance Writer to Succeed and 4 Easy Ways to Do It

    Laura Spencer
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    ©iStock.com/ayagiz They think we’re all the same. Our clients, I mean. Many of them think that freelance writers are interchangeable. That’s the real reason why so many clients and would-be clients haggle with us on prices and treat us badly. They believe one freelance writer is pretty much the same as another. Of course, they’re wrong. But it’s up to us to prove that. To overcome the challenges freelance writers face, you must show your clients how you’re different from the rest. In this post, I give you four ways to stand out. How to Stand Out How are you…
  • 9 Reasons I’m Thankful for Being a Freelance Writer

    Laura Spencer
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    ©Laura Spencer We freelancer writers are known for self-examination. To succeed, we must learn to make the best of our strengths and overcome our weaknesses. We must also persist in the face of likely rejection of our writing. And in the face of uncertainty. Nothing less than total honesty about one’s self and one’s abilities helps a freelance writer to get ahead. But no self-examination list is truly complete without adding an inventory of the good things in our lives. Yet, we often forget about the good things, especially when things are tough. There are plenty of good things…
  • 21 Hard Decisions Freelance Writers Face

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

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

  • A Sexy Saturday Ride #MSS 73

    Angel Voisen
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to the 73rd week of My Sexy Saturday.Since this week is all about sexy rides, I’ve decided to post a 7-sentence snippet of my latest release Blazing Glory. In this scene, Blaze and Levi are riding out to finish off a horde of zombies and decide to have a heart-to-heart chat in the car. Teaser“How about you?”“What about me?”“Hasn’t anyone ever told you a relationship takes two, bear?” Blaze asked in a mocking voice.“Can’t say I know, because you’re honestly the first one I had.”The expression on Blaze’s face was priceless. “What?”Levi shrugged. “We bear…
  • Book Spotlight: Always (Wesson Rebel M.C. Series) by Shyla Colt

    Frances C
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Always (Wesson Rebel M.C. Series)By Shyla Colt Genre: Contemporary Romance (contains racy themes, coarse language, and some F/F)Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMm3pY0aaoYBook DescriptionI never understood the phrase there’s a thin line between love and hate, until Dallas Wesson and I, became us. The beautiful green-eyed biker with the broken soul tantalizes me with glimpses of the man behind the vest. He‘s gravity. I have no choice but to return to him, regardless of what it costs me. Our story is messy, unconventional, uninhibited, and insane. Still, it’s real, and…
  • Book Spotlight: Luring the Vagrant's Heart (Leopards of Leopold 1)

    Angel Voisen
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Buy Links: Siren PublishingThis title is offered at a 10% discount. Offer ends midnight CST, December 25thBlurb: Casey Hart and Desmond James are desperate cats on the prowl. The death of their old king and lover didn’t just fracture both their hearts, but also their pard. Leopard pards don’t function like wolf packs. The king, queen and their consort operate as a triumvirate. The arrival of Lars Marsden, a powerful, inked and biker rogue panther is just the answer to their prayers.A road vagrant who refuses to be tamed, Lars wants nothing to do with the alluring leopard queen…
  • New Release: Blazing Glory (Havoc's Crew 1)

    Angel Voisen
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Buy Links: Evernight | ARe | Amazon | BookStrand | B&N | Smashwords | Kobo |Blurb: No one can hold a candle to Blaze. He's the only pyromancer in Havoc's Crew, and everyone knows Havoc’s Crew is the best magic outfit in Lyon city. When an accident leaves Blaze disfigured, all he wants to do is disappear. When a wave of zombies threaten the city its up to him and bear-shifter Levi Black to clean the mess up, but the shifter seems more interested in him than the mission. Blaze isn't the kind of man Levi would normally take on any of his runs,…
  • New Release: Descent & Desire (The Gifted 2)

    Angel Voisen
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Buy Links: SCP | ARe | Amazon | BookStrand | B&N |Blurb: There are no guarantees in war, especially when one’s fighting a losing battle with monsters. An anomaly born to a family of seers and healers, Kathryn Axel has only been allowed to live because of a prophecy, and prophecy demands betraying her friends and sacrificing the man she loves. In the middle of a war, it’s easy enough to lie to her friends. It’s harder to lie to a man she has to watch die. To protect Gavin Calligari, Kathryn keeps her distance, but each step he takes forward make her take a step…
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    GARTLER WRITING STUDIO

  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Journaling for writers

    Beatriz
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Here are 5 journal ideas for creative writers:1) People-watch. The people around you can become fictional characters or the subjects of poems. You can go beyond mere reporting and write what you imagine as well. What do you think that woman's name might be? Where do you think she lives? Is she having an affair with that man, or are they just business partners? What is she thinking right now? What is she hiding in that big purse? Any of this can be the beginning of a story or poem. 2) Listen. Eavesdrop in restaurants, in stores. Listen to your own family and friends -- really…
  • THE ELUSIVE MUSE: Journaling your way to writing

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

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

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

    Beatriz
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    CHICAGO CALLING: READING FROM MY NEW COLLECTION
 
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    Kindle Me This

  • Offline Resources for Generating Book Ideas

    Elizabeth Yetter
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Most of the time, the best book ideas come from offline experiences and places. In fact, I suggest making every moment of your life an opportunity for a book idea, whether you are in the grocery store or sitting in the doctor’s office. Museums One of my favorite museums to visit isn’t the Smithsonian. It […]Continue reading...
  • The Writer’s Quick Guide to Color Psychology

    Elizabeth Yetter
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    More and more Kindle book writers are taking an interest into the psychological affects of colors when designing their books colors. They are also finding out that colors play a strong psychological role in their writing when they describe characters and scenery. This brief guide to colors will give you the information you need for […]Continue reading...
  • Fabulous Christmas Kindle Books of 2014

    Elizabeth Yetter
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    While it is too late to start working on a Kindle Christmas book for this year, you can always begin working on one for next year’s holiday madness. Just looking through the titles that are already available can kickstart some great ideas. 1. The Christmas Bake Off by by Abby Clements. Currently a free download. […]Continue reading...
  • How to Overcome Book Writing Anxiety

    Elizabeth Yetter
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    You have decided to write a Kindle book and suddenly you are struck with anxiety. The decision to write a book can be overwhelming at first, but with these tips you will be able to regain control over your feelings and get to work. Settle Down and Breathe People write books all the time and […]Continue reading...
  • Ads in Kindle Books: Marketing or Spam?

    Elizabeth Yetter
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    There is a fine line between marketing and spam, so how do you know when you have crossed that line? Excessive Links As an avid reader of Kindle books, there is nothing more annoying to me than a book filled with links to the author’s blog or website. Link to your site on the title […]Continue reading...
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • Beware the Forces of Dehumanization in Storytelling, Part 2

    Bernice Landry
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    If an author writes to connect to an audience, then how much should she or he try to anticipate what an audiences wants, or what will sell, as the book is being written?Well, this is a complicated question, I believe.Writers need audiences, of course. And, since no one lives on air alone, artists need to be paid for their work. So this commercial reality should be kept in mind when writing, one would think.Or should it?Well maybe it is not quite as simple as that. Most writers want to engage as many people as they can—that is a given. There is an entirely human desire to be understood and…
  • Beware the Forces of Dehumanization in Storytelling, Part 1

    Bernice Landry
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Once upon a time, as I was innocently sitting at my desk, I noticed that I had absolutely nothing to write about.What to do?Well, I did what I always do: I fished around in what I call my “character drawer”, where I have some faceless, sexless, colorless, ageless dolls. And, at random, I picked one out.Then I ascribed my doll traits. I made him a “him”, 6'1", and dark. I put a stubbly beard on him, and a Calvin Klein suit. I called him conservative, but edgy.Then, since my poor character had nothing at all to do, of course I had to give him a plot. For that I looked inside my…
  • Beethoven, Sara Davis Buechner, and the Archetype of the Hero

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

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

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

  • Taking a Holiday From Your Blog (Podcast)

    Jennifer Mattern
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
      Today marks not only my last working day of the year, but also the last All Indie Writers Podcast episode of 2014. Episode 5 picks up where episode 4 left off, with more tips on keeping your blog active even while you take a holiday. In this episode I share tips on not only keeping your blog fresh with new content while you take time off, but also how you might manage comments during a break. Then I tackle a question from a writer wondering if freelance copywriting is still a viable career option (given that many clients now want do-it-all service providers). And I share some…
  • Targeting and Pitching Bloggers: With Pro Blogger Darren Rowse

    Jennifer Mattern
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post is the second in a two-part series with Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net. This was originally published on May 6, 2008 on my now-retired public relations blog, NakedPR.com. That blog is being completely dismantled while I re-evaluate plans for the brand, with key content being preserved on other blogs I own. While this post was originally written for a target audience of PR professionals and business owners, the material is equally valuable to bloggers. This version of the post has been slightly edited to remove dated links and references. If you missed the first half of this post…
  • Quick Tips: Prepare Early for a Successful New Year

    Jennifer Mattern
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The New Year will be here before you know it, and there's no time like the present to prepare for it. Recently I shared three things to do this December to close out the current year. For this week's quick tips, let's expand upon that with some easy things you can do now that will have you ready to hit the ground running after the holidays, getting your New Year off to a successful start. Here are five super-simple things you can do ahead of time to kick 2015 off right: Update your client files (archiving things you won't need any time soon, updating contact info, or creating new files for…
  • Bloggers vs Journalists: With Pro Blogger, Darren Rowse

    Jennifer Mattern
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    This post is the first in a two-part series with Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net. This was originally published on May 1, 2008 on my now-retired public relations blog, NakedPR.com. That blog is being completely dismantled while I re-evaluate plans for the brand, with key content being preserved on other blogs I own. While this post was originally written for a target audience of PR professionals and business owners, the material is equally valuable to bloggers. This version of the post has been slightly edited to remove dated links and references. The second half of this series will be shared…
  • Get 40% Off My Marketing Boot Camp E-book This Holiday Season

    Jennifer Mattern
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    Just a quick announcement: If you haven't gotten your copy of my e-book, The 30 Day Marketing Boot Camp for Freelance Writers, yet, now would be a great time. I'm running a sale through the holidays, offering 40% off the usual price. That means you can get it for just $5.97. To get the discounted price, enter code HOLIDAYS on the order page before clicking the "buy now" button. If you're not sure about purchasing a copy, you can also find links on that page to download the full table of contents and a free sample to give you a better idea of what to expect. In addition to the e-book itself,…
 
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    chicagoliterati.com

  • Elena Colas reviews Essay Fiesta’s December show

    Chicago Literati
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    "It was a cross-section of the Chicago live-lit scene, bringing comedians, essayists, playwrights and editors under one roof."
  • Froelich’s Ladder by Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

    Chicago Literati
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    “Yes, a ladder! It’ll be amazing, Harald—the tallest ladder you’ve ever seen! Not just the tallest ladder in Oregon Country—possibly the tallest ladder in the entire world! And not just a ladder—a piece of art! Can’t you picture it?”
  • The Silent 1% by A.J. Sørensen

    Chicago Literati
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    "One moment Matilda was living on a shoestring budget, collecting coupons; the next she was riding in a private jet to Paul’s yacht in Fort Lauderdale. And the gifts never stopped coming..."
  • Ectopistes Migratorius by Christine Rice

    Chicago Literati
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    "Mr. Murphy has brought his briefcase over my head to shield me but I push it away to stand, lift my arms to welcome this flock -- the Ectopistes migratorius -- reborn out of extinction to cow my enemies."
  • Escape by Dipika Mukherjee

    Chicago Literati
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    "Tess feels, more than sees, green. Grass under gently falling rain, and a jade bangle glistening on the slender arm outstretched to catch a drop. She has to close her eyes until the vision disappears."
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    Denise Drespling

  • 3 Ways to Achieve Your Goals

    Denise Drespling
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    photo from Flickr via Creative Commons from angietorres The new year is coming. It’s a time when you’ll hear people make sound and determined resolutions that they keep for a month or two, then forget all about. But we’re not going to do that. We’re going to be smart and not make resolutions—we’re going to set goals! The biggest difference between a resolution and a goal is measurability. Two of the most popular resolutions I’ve heard are losing weight and quitting smoking. Great things to strive for, but saying broadly, “I’m going to lose weight,” isn’t enough. For a…
  • Book Release: Winter Wishes Anthology

    Denise Drespling
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    I’m excited to announce a brand new anthology out just in time for winter and the holiday season! The Winter Wishes Anthology features short stories by 18 authors, and all the proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. The stories are aimed at a young adult audience. I even have a story in the book! And, AND!! I did the cover :) Here’s a preview of my story, “Super,” about a teen struggling to cope with her superpowers and the temptation to use them for wrongdoing:      Most people probably think having a superpower is all amazing and gives…
  • Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

    Denise Drespling
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
      I read this book for book club, which means I went into it completely blind. I hadn’t read the book jacket and knew nothing about it at all. This is how I love to read, with all surprises intact. It’s inevitable that even the description gives something away, but in this case in particular, I’m so glad I went in blind because it made everything so unexpected. Plot Heart-wrenching, heart-breaking, and just ahhh. There’s a fabulous love story, plenty of pain along the way, and a beautiful journey of life and its biggest questions. Were you in their position, what…
  • Stay Happy and Stress Free This December and Every Day

    Denise Drespling
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    photo from Flickr via Creative Commons from BK Are you feeling the holiday stress yet? Gifts, decorating, baking, parties, and let’s not forget the ever-present Elf on the Shelf. It’s easy to get carried away with all these little things that can lead us to feel “less than” this time of year. Even without those trappings, this is a difficult time of the year for a lot of people. Depression and stress will soar, just as our holiday spirit is meant to. We’ll be surrounded by people, but feel lonelier than ever. I’ve always believed that suicide rates also…
  • Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

    Denise Drespling
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
      I read Beauty Queens by Libba Bray a while back and really liked her quirky voice and well-defined characters. Everything I loved in that book was done even better in this YA mystery set in the 1920s. Plot It’s sort of a mystery, but not in a typical sense. There is a murderer out there, and Evie and company work together to figure out what’s going on and who’s behind it, but there’s also plenty of paranormal supernatural stuff happening around the story, too. The Diviners are those with a special gift to see beyond, like Evie’s ability to touch an item…
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    A Writer's Journey | A Writer's Journey

  • So You Want To Start A Blog

    Nat Russo
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    The post So You Want To Start A Blog appeared first on A Writer's Journey. You know you want to. You’ve considered doing it for a while now, but something always stops you. Maybe you’ve already done it once or twice, but it didn’t feel right, so you swore you’d never do it again. It made you feel uncomfortable. Or worse, it turned you into a slave and you couldn’t handle it. All your friends do it, and they look at you funny when you say “I’m not judging, but I just don’t get it.” You’re tempted, but a trusted friend,…
  • Review: Quirky Claus by Sebastian White

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Holidays!

    m.e. welman
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    The post Happy Holidays! appeared first on When I should be writing, I'm here.
  • Today in Oh, Jobs!

    m.e. welman
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Ah, youth. Freshness, vitality, vibrancy of spirit and mind; a body that rebounds and heals quickly, flawless, dewy skin and a mind that should* snap like a trap. (*Youth does not always mean smart.) On the flip side of that youthful energy and spirit is a lack of experience that, alas, only comes with age and time. But hell, most all employers don’t give a banana about that experience thing as much as they want some youngin’ they can not pay too much and boss around a lot since youth usually equals less responsibility outside the workplace. How do employers who want to hire the…
  • My dog wouldn’t look at me when I snapped the photo.

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

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

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

  • Effective Content Marketing Strategies

    Prachi Kulkarni
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Are you looking for some information- rich and effective content marketing strategies to grow leaps and bounds or to start your small business with appropriate tactics of content marketing? Before dealing in the content creating business, it is vital you should know the right way. There should be some guidelines or strategies to be followed to deliver valuable and target oriented content that can be called the bedrock of your business. To know more about the strategy let’s sail across the page down. What is Content Marketing? Content marketing is an apt digital tool of writing and…
  • 25 Quotes that will Inspire you to write better content

    Prachi Kulkarni
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Who said that the job of a content writer was easy? Despite being good at it, there are moments when a content writer feels totally inadequate and totally spent. It is quite challenging to maintain creativity through the job. He or she mus also be willing to take up challenges that may be thrown their way. In order to stay on the top of the game, it is important that the content writer stays motivated at all times. Reading some quotes may help in this regard. Some of the most attention grabbing quotes that rise to the occasion are - “The writer must be in it; he can’t be to one side of…
  • 5 Content Writing Secrets that bring your visitors back

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

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

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

  • Flash Fiction Challenge: Random Song Title Story Challenge

    terribleminds
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    Last week’s challenge: randomized title challenge! This week is easy enough: I want you to pull up a random song. You can do this on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, whatever music service or library you choose. Then I want you to take the title of the song it randomly chooses and make that title your story title. You aren’t required to take inspiration from the song’s music or lyrics, though that’s certainly an option. That’s it, really. I am going to make this the last flash fiction challenge of the year, so I’m going to open up the word count a good bit —…
  • Storm Grant: Five Things I Learned Writing Lost Boys 2.0

    terribleminds
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Trapped outside the world, unlikely hero Thaddeus Wright must partner with sexy Secret Agent Peter Pan to save a new generation of Lost Boys. Thaddeus Wright would love to forget his childhood. A bi-racial bastard orphaned at four, he was the very definition of sin, according to the strict and disapproving grandparents who raised him. Twenty years later, Thad works with at-risk youth as both coach and counselor. Even after his grandparents’ spare-the-rod, spoil-the-child parenting, Thad just wants to help people. But when three young boys he coaches go missing, he’s the prime suspect.
  • Art Held Hostage: Why Sony Not Releasing “The Interview” Is Scary

    terribleminds
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    You’re probably caught up to speed, but in case you aren’t: Hackers, which may or may not be connected to North Korea, found Sony’s new film, The Interview, quite disagreeable — so much so that they hacked the unmerciful shit out of Sony (thus releasing emails and scripts and other internal company information, which our news media flocked to like a pack of starving vultures) and threatened terror attacks in the style of 9/11 if the film was released. Some big theater chains understandably capitulated, and then Sony folded like a paper airplane, too. Sony won’t…
  • What The Hell’s Happening With Kindle Unlimited?

    terribleminds
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    A very quick unpleasant injection of (self-)publishing prattle – So, Kindle Unlimited is Amazon’s subscription service, yeah? Those who subscribe get access to a variety of e-books that they can click and download for one monthly price. Something-something Spotify, blah-dee-dah-dee Netflix, whatever. I like the idea as a customer, though I’ll admit a cynical sphincter-clench at the very idea of subscriptions for e-books — e-books are already so fantastically inexpensive that I can’t help the hesitation at seeing the ceiling drop even lower. I feel like Indiana…
  • Nerdtivity: A Winner, And Time For You To Vote

    terribleminds
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Well, well, well. HAPPY NERDTIVITY AND SWEET GEEKMAS TO ALL. So, Kevin and I? We picked our favorite. So many good options but this one was like a meteorite of pure awesome striking us each in our manly mega-beards. That up there, that’s #4 in the list, and it’s our favorite of the bunch. Of our winning entry, Kevin says: There is so much to love in this scene, but what makes it tops for me is the stuff in the background. The Dark Lord of the Sith is an ominous portent but he’s completely destroyed by the friendly Abominable Snowman cannonballing out of the sky.
 
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    Creative Writing Prompts for Writers

  • Dystopian #4

    Missy
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    After years of the government watching every move of its citizens, they’ve finally come up with a program to secretly insert microchips in newborn’s feet to track them electronically. A group of rebels finds out about the chips. **Talk about how the rebels find out about the electronic devices. How do they try to educate the public about the government’s activities?** The post Dystopian #4 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Emotional #5

    Missy
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Sitting in front of her computer, the woman has tears coursing down her cheeks. Her fingers hover over the keys while she sobs quietly. Why is she crying? Are they tears of sorrow or joy? The post Emotional #5 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Thrilling #5

    Missy
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    Out of the corner of her eye, a woman sees a flash of light. On closer examination, the flash of light becomes a dozen lights headed toward her. **Where is she? What is behind the lights?** The post Thrilling #5 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Dystopian #3

    Missy
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    The year is 2172. The young woman trudges home to her shack. In an hour, the militia will be locking the tiny village down. She has to get home quickly, but can’t seem to make her legs move any faster. **Why and how does the militia lock the village? Does the young woman make it home in time?**     The post Dystopian #3 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
  • Fantasy #5

    Missy
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    On Christmas morning, you wake up with no expectations of a gift. You live alone, and you’re not dating anyone. When you enter the kitchen, you see a tiny wrapped gift sitting on the table. **What is the gift? Who could have left it there?**   The post Fantasy #5 appeared first on Creative Writing Prompts for Writers.
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  • A visit Just Now From The Other Side

    Bibi Tinsley
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I have had a very wonderful experience. A bit about the last seventy-two hours first. I'm in the process of creating a website and business with some wonderful women, and I've been immersed in Google analytics, getting email services set up, uploading photos, and other activities of such types. Near midnight, I suddenly remembered that I'd been meaning to write a post to the Facebook site of Selacia (www.selacia.com), a marvelous teacher, who also is a good friend. I wanted to write a few sentences, and then the following flowed out:"Hello to my fellow DC'ers! I'm coming into a refreshment…
  • Reporting From The Home Front

    Bibi Tinsley
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
    Good golly, I haven't written anything here in over a month. There is good reason for this. I'm currently taking several classes in addition to my Mastering Alchemy work, and there have been significant changes on the home front. Misty, our sixteen year-old Japanese Chin, passed away on September 28. It's still challenging to write/talk about her, but I will say it was if a child died.  My heart exploded into billions of pieces with the event of her passing over; however, I can report that it is rearranging itself in a much more expanded, spacious and compassionate manner. Last week we…
  • Look Deeply & Remember

    Bibi Tinsley
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Magical Nuummite. Shamanic traveling stone. Holding Ancient Earth Wisdom blog RSS See more
  • Postcards From The Mountain

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

    Bibi Tinsley
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Co-Creating With The Elementals
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    Be A Better Blogger

  • New Christmas Tradition: Update And Republish Old Blog Posts

    Kevin Duncan
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    According to data I made up just now for the purpose of this blog post, only 3.6 people read your blog during the holidays. Why? Well, people are busy this time of the year. There are trees to decorate. Year-end projects to complete. Shoppers to wrestle at Wal-Mart. Who has time to read blogs when there are stale fruitcakes to distribute? And what about ugly Christmas sweaters? Those things won’t wear themselves, you know. I guess what I’m trying to say is… If you have completed what will one day go down as “the world’s greatest blog post,” now is not the…
  • Pitfalls of Success: The Importance of Time Management for Bloggers

    Kevin Duncan
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    So… You focused on growing your email list. You networked. You guest blogged on some awesome websites. You made a conscious effort to respond to every single blog comment. You thanked people on Twitter. You happily said “yes” to any interview or roundup request. You put in the time. You worked hard. You went above and beyond to make your blog successful. And now? That plan you mapped out for your blog months ago… The milestones you hoped to reach… Those goals you prayed would come to fruition… They’re starting to happen. Great, right? It’s more…
  • 5 Timeless Tips to Making Friends with Popular Bloggers

    Paul Back
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Note from Kevin: This post is written by my friend Paul Back of Earn A Living Blogging. Paul is a passionate blogger from Australia who has learned from some of sharpest minds on the web, and I’m thrilled to have him sharing his thoughts on a topic dear to my heart — making friends with influential bloggers. Read Paul’s ideas and, when you’re finished, be sure to leave him a comment! You researched for hours. Wrote your heart out, edited your prose until it was lean, powerful and actionable. Your post isn’t as good as a popular blogger’s – It’s better. Clearer.
  • How I Went From Unknown to Boost Blog Traffic Writer in Six Months (and How You Can, Too)

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

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

  • Super models: science and robotics meet the arts

    cristyburne
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    As well as being an amazing scuba instructor, experienced Japanophile, and all-round-fabulous-woman, my lovely friend Sophie Sakka is a humanoid robotics researcher. When we first met, Sophie was teaching a robot to jump. Now, she’s launched a non-for-profit organisation aimed at bringing robotics and the arts closer together, and within the reach of ordinary people. I think Sophie’s terrific, and wanted […]
  • Writing for museums: Meet the crown dragon

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

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

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

    cristyburne
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Term 3 is nearly over! It’s time to celebrate, so come on down to the Riverton Library on Thursday 9 October to talk dreadful writing and spooky stories. We’re aiming to have loads of fun, including a bit of theatre, some games and some writing. This will be a fab morning and it’s totally recommended […]
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  • 2 things I learned about the novel process while I wasn't writing my blog.

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    Yeah. I haven't been posting. I've been involved in novel writing. Too involved to actually complete a post. I've started several, but never got around to completing them, or proofreading, or any time consuming sort of thing like that which requires effort.I was busy having writing epiphanies. Too busy for blog posts.(Image: http://www.anna-om-line.com/)That's a good thing. That I'm in a period of resuscitation of this thing. But I like actually forming a complete idea on all these little pieces I talk about. It's helpful for me, as a writer, to think about writing in a coherent…
  • Describing Setting: An Exercise

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Someone in my writing group today was having difficulty moving her character from one location to the next. Yes, we had a writing group on Black Friday. We're writers and we like to spend Thanksgiving weekend writing.She said she always gets stuck when transporting a character from one place to another. After several suggestions, including “Don't just write your characters walking around” and “Why not just put her in the next place?” and “Don't worry about it now. Get through your draft and come back to it later,” she informed us that she felt she needed to write that walk from…
  • 7 Dangers of First Person Narrators

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

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

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

  • 5 Reasons Your Queries Bring Home Rejections And Not Assignments

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    You know you’re not supposed to start your letters with “Dear Editor,” follow proper formatting protocol, and always send your queries to the correct person, right? You’ve no doubt also mastered the art of kicking out embarrassing grammar goof-ups, know more about your word processing software than you do about your fiancé, and have learned the dangers of the begging routine (also known as the my-mom-thinks-it’s-fantabulous syndrome). Why then, do most of your neatly-crafted, queries come boomeranging back from cyberspace bringing home unwanted rejections? Some more things to…
  • How to Get Freelancing Work When You Have No Clips

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    What do you do when you have no clips to share with editors and potential clients? Try the following. The post How to Get Freelancing Work When You Have No Clips appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • Writer Beware: Why Not to Sell All Rights to Your Work

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    As employees of newspapers and magazines, we may not have the opportunity to retain the rights to our work, but as freelancers, success is just one of the reasons why we should. It seems unlikely that a short story or essay we wrote could ever become a movie plot, but think of Brokeback Mountain (which stemmed from a short story) or Coyote Ugly (from a magazine article). If you were the author of said pieces, wouldn’t you want a share of the movie pie? The post Writer Beware: Why Not to Sell All Rights to Your Work appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • 6 Mistakes That Cost You Money and Assignments

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Avoid these common pitfalls and you’ll not only earn more from each sale but also ensure that you’re developing working relationships with editors who’ll come to you with regular work. Are you making these mistakes with your writing and do they cost you money? The post 6 Mistakes That Cost You Money and Assignments appeared first on The International Freelancer.
  • 10 Ways to Make More Money as a Freelance Writer

    Mridu Khullar Relph
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:45 am
    Most writing books and magazines tell readers, “If you write for $1 per word or higher-paying national publications, you can earn six figures a year.” But let’s face it, whether you’re experienced or not, for the average freelancer, regular assignments from Cosmopolitan and The New Yorker are hard to come by. Is writing for national consumer magazines or landing a three-book deal with a major New York publisher the only way to generate a good income? Not so. In fact, there are many ways a writer can boost the bottom line and bring in more cash. For now, here are ten quick ways to make…
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  • 3 Small Message Editor Updates That Make a Big Difference

    Kristen Dunleavy
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    What’s your biggest email marketing obstacle? If time is your issue, you’re not alone. Lucky for you, these Message Editor updates were created to help you get beautiful emails out the door fast. Here are a few cool things you can do with the new and improved Message Editor. Style your emails your way If you’ve ever edited a Word document, you can create an email newsletter. The standardized font toolbar is the same one you’ll find in most word processors, so formatting and styling emails is ridiculously easy. Need to switch up your content fast? You can click into any content…
  • Webinars for Small Businesses: Your Checklist for Success

    Kristen Dunleavy
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s a reason why 62 percent of marketers use webinars – well, there’s a few of them. They’re cost-effective, convenient and arguably the most engaging way for small businesses to educate new and prospective customers. But hosting a webinar isn’t easy, especially if you’re new to the game. These tricks will put you and your small business on the road to creating AWesome webinars. Plan ahead Webinars require a lot of planning. First, think about logistics. Choose a webinar platform you can trust (more on that later) and get cozy with it. You’ll need to know it inside and…
  • Creating a DIY Digital Marketing Plan for Your Small Business

    Monica Montesa
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a small business owner, you want to make sure you’re in the best position to attract new customers. One of the best ways to do so? By kickstarting a digital marketing plan. Online marketing is more than just signing up for Facebook and creating a website (although those are two important aspects of it!). It’s also a great way to promote your business without breaking the bank (i.e. no more roadside billboards) and can be easily measured. Already having palpitations over the thought of starting a digital marketing plan? Fortunately, it’s less complicated than you think.
  • Overcoming Common Email Marketing Obstacles

    Monica Montesa
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    If you’re having more trouble with email marketing than you anticipated, that’s okay. You’re not the only one. From difficulty growing your email subscriber list to not having enough time to create an engaging follow up series, the challenges are abundant. To help you get over some of the most common email marketing obstacles, here are some tips to keep in mind: When you have no time: If you’re a one-person show or the ringleader of a small troupe, prioritizing your responsibilities and managing your time is essential to success. But make sure email marketing is at the…
  • Now Available: Custom Email Templates

    Monica Montesa
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Building an email marketing template from scratch is no easy feat — unless you’re a pro coder, of course. That’s why we provide our customers with an easy-to-use message editor and a collection of over 700 free pre-designed HTML email templates to make sending emails effortless. While these features can help you build an awesome email template, we understand there are times when you simply need a little more. Maybe you’d like to change a color scheme or get a template that complements your brand or website. Whatever it is, we know you have specific email marketing…
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    Robin Writes

  • Writer Wednesday—What Works, What Doesn’t

    Robin Tidwell
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    When it comes to sales, authors are always trying new things; sometimes there is success, sometimes not. Often, you can do the same thing and it works once, but not again. Let me explain: a year or so ago, several times, I’ve had “free” book offers on Amazon Kindle. I know people who have had […]
  • Prep Tuesday—What We’ve Found

    Robin Tidwell
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    This weekend, we went back to look at the “barn property.” You have to understand something: where we’re looking for land is covered with county roads, CRs, and they all have numbers. And you know how well I work with numbers! So we could call them CR-124 or CR-131 or whatever, and we’d be, literally, […]
  • Prep Monday—What Would You Do?

    Robin Tidwell
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Let’s say you find some land and you’re ready to move out and on to self-sufficiency and full-time preparedness. Where do you start? What do you hope to accomplish? Now, I realize not everyone can do this—there money and time and ability involved. But let’s say all of this is covered; what do you do […]
  • Writer Wednesday—Radio

    Robin Tidwell
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    Say THAT three times fast—I dare ya! My first radio gig was back in the ‘70s. I was “caller number” whatever and had to sing the Big Mac song. Scored a Big Mac, too. Awesome, right? My second one was this morning. At 6:00. Yawn. See, I’ve been plugging . . . er, promoting . […]
 
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  • The Ministry of Thunder OST

    Davide Mana
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I mentioned in the past that – despite what Raymond Chandler said about people working with the radio on – I use a lot of music as background when I’m writing. This means that my stories have a sort of soundtrack. Yesterday, thanks to my brother, I discovered I can share my soundtracks pretty easily – using a free service called Kaseta.co. So, here goes – the official soundtrack for my novel The Ministry of Thunder, courtesy of the fine guys of Kaseta. A selection of the tracks that were playing in background as I wrote and revised, and some songs that I…
  • Revising

    Davide Mana
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Great post by Violette Malan about revisions – I look forward to the next installments… Revising and Editing Part I: The Big Picture
  • Writing prompt: Foxy Lady

    Davide Mana
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Painting by Bertha Lum   According to some unconfirmed rumors, between the (virtual) pages of The Ministry of Thunder hides a fox woman. So, what about her? Why not try and tell her story?
  • Meet the Shanhui

    Davide Mana
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    According to Chinese bestiaries, such as the Guideways Through Mountains and Seas, a strange creature exists in the wild, which is called the Shanhui … There is a beast here at Penal-Law Mountain whose form resembles a dog but with a human face. It is adept at throwing things and laughs when it sees people. It is called the Shanhui. It moves speedily like the wind, and if seen by people is an omen that great winds will blow throughout the world. Now this passage stuck with me as I was looking for creatures for my story, The Ministry of Thunder. What caught my attention, I think, was the…
  • The Ministry of Thunder is up and running!

    Davide Mana
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
      It should have been easy – pick up a drunk Italian in a fifth-rate Shanghai dive, and then deliver him unharmed to an Irish guy in Foochow Road. A small simple job, just what Felice Sabatini needed to pay his way out of town. Nice and smooth. But this, of course, was before the guys in black pajamas, with their throwing stars. Before the knife-fight in the back of a runaway rickshaw. Before the gunfight on the bank of the Foochow Creek, and the dragon waiting in the depths of the river. Before the Irish guy turned out to be a Chinese woman, and beautiful. They said it would be…
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  • Litblog Roundup at the End of 2014

    Dylan Kinnett
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    For the final Litblog Roundup of 2014, I have an exciting announcement to make. The Litblog Roundup is moving to a new home. Starting in 2015, it will appear as a regular feature, or “beat” on a new website devoted to literary conversation called Real Pants. I’m excited to be a contributor to this new project, along with writers Leesa Cross-Smith, Elisa Gabbert, Justin Taylor, Amber Sparks and many more, as well as a handful of HTMLGiant alums: Kristen Iskandrian, Mike Young, and Mark Cugini among them. The site will launch in Janurary at realpants.com and you can follow on…
  • Litblog Roundup 12: the New, New Republic, #NaNoWriMo Wrap-up, and More

    Dylan Kinnett
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. The New, The New Republic Today in Tabs, and yesterday, has coverage of recent developments at the venerable publication, The New Republic. I can’t do a better roundup, so I’ll quote two entire paragraphs. Established white dudes in journalism felt a disturbance in the Forceyesterday afternoon, that soon erupted into a full-fledged Clone War. History’s luckiest roommate, Chris Hughes, whobought The New Republic in 2012 had apparently,in his trademark passive-aggressive style, allowed…
  • Litblog Roundup 11: Literary Obituaries, Broadsides, and Communities

    Dylan Kinnett
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:12 pm
    It seems there’s nothing quite like an obituary to get people talking. For example, an obituary can encouage some blog entries about that obituary, and then some social media posts will link to the blog entries about the obituary. It’s enough to say that two obituaries were noteworthy this week: about crime novelist P.D. James and Pulitzer-Winning Poet Laureate Mark Strand. David is to Goliath as Everything is to Amazon There’s an ongoing story of David and Golaith, where the role of Golaith is played by Amazon and the role of David can be played by pretty much anything…
  • ND Nightstand: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

    Dylan Kinnett
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    New Directions Publishing announces a new blog series: ND Nightstand. They ask their favorite authors what their favorite books are. Related Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti via ND Nightstand: Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
  • Litblog Roundup 10

    Dylan Kinnett
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. Attentive regular readers of the litblog roundups will remember that in my last of these posts I promised an overview of good, lit-blog style content from  Longreads.com. Those readers will note the absence of that overview here, because I’ve decided to do that in a different post. Ursula Le Guin’s Speech The most popular topic on litblogs this week was a speech that Ursula Le Guin gave at the National Book Awards. For example, The Rumpus adds that in her speech she “blasts the…
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  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot…

    sarahdaltry
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    I know. That’s too much. I’m not a big holiday cheer kind of person, although I’m no Scrooge. I’m simply irritated by endless marketing and consumerism, but I still like the holidays to some degree. Well, I like eating cookies and I enjoy church. Plus even now I can’t sleep on Christmas morning, which is silly but I get up at dawn, put on fuzzy pajamas, and make coffee and it’s like tradition. I do like a lot of holiday stories and movies, though. It’s hard not to love It’s a Wonderful Life and I admit I even enjoy Home Alone at this time of…
  • Last Minute Christmas Shopping?

    Karen M
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I am so excited to announce that Backward Compatible is NOW available in audiobook! For fans of Scott Pilgrim or The Guild comes a story of Xbox, Denny’s, and awkward beginnings. Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close. It is a time of chaotic hormones. Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release. During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game’s secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path. Pursued by other…
  • Christmas Shopping for Fictional Characters

    sarahdaltry
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    I put together these Christmas lists for my characters for a blog and thought I would share. It gives you a good sense of who they are (also, yes, I have all this stuff). Alondra (Dust): The full Harry Potter series The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Game of Thrones on DVD The Princess Bride on DVD Enya – Caribbean Blue Imagine Dragons – Night Visions Final Fantasy X Skyrim Katie (Backward Compatible): Talking plush Dalek Firefly on DVD Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Fable III Dragon Age: Inquisition World of Warcraft Burt’s Bees pomegranate lip balm Fuzzy socks Lily (No Such Thing as…
  • An Artifact from a Dead Age

    sarahdaltry
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    That’s me. I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately and I realize I simply do not belong in the world as it is. I love video games, but without them, I would be a Luddite. Sure, I use social media and this blog and all that, but the truth is, I hate it all. I am so uncomfortable with it. I only do it because I feel like I have to, to prove I’m a real person, to somehow be this person everyone else needs or expects me to be. Who and what I really am are continually called into question because everyone needs to classify every piece of a person. It’s usually easier to…
  • That Movie that Just “Gets” You

    sarahdaltry
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
     You ever watch a movie and think, “Did the filmmakers somehow travel into my brain when writing this?” For me, that movie is Guardians of the Galaxy. Oh, wait. No, that’s nothing like my life. Really, though, that movie for me is Pieces of April. (Yes, it’s on Lily’s Christmas list, but I’ll be honest – a significant part of No Such Thing as Perfect was influenced from personal experience as Lily, Jack, and Alana all share certain traits and experiences with me. They’re kind of like three slightly fictionalized pieces of my own life).
 
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    Agent Hunter |

  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Silvia Molteni

    Harry Bingham
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    This is an interview with literary agent Silvia Molteni. Silvia began working at Peter Frasers and Dunlop in 2011 and now is building her own list of clients and is looking for children’s and YA/crossover fiction (literary/commercial, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, psychological thrillers) and non-fiction. Silvia is also looking for books in translation (Italian, Spanish [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An interview with Clare Hulton

    Harry Bingham
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    This is an interview with literary agent Clare Hulton. Clare attended Durham University, and after some time spent working at various publishers including Macmillan, Penguin and Ebury she established her own literary agency in July 2009.  Her Agent Hunter page is here, and her agency page is here. Q. [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Eve White

    Harry Bingham
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
        This is an interview with Eve White. Eve  set up her eponymous agency in 2003 after working as an actress for 20 years. Her Agency website is here, Her Twitter Feed is here and last but not least her Agent Hunter page.         Q. What books/authors [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Kate Burke

    Harry Bingham
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
      This is an interview with literary agent Kate Burke. She has previously worked as a commercial fiction editor and now works as a literary agent for Diane Banks Associates. Kate is currently on the lookout for some new writers to add to her client list. Her Twitter is here, the Diane Banks Associates [...]
  • Meet the Agents: An Interview with Alex Christofi

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

  • First book, First day, new author! Think Like a Skinny Person (Lite)

    James Livingood
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    This 99c Kindle is my first book, so I am hoping it does well. In this book I discuss some of the tips that helped me lose 75lbs. Those tips came from skinny people around me. This all started with […] The post First book, First day, new author! Think Like a Skinny Person (Lite) appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Social Media Pain

    James Livingood
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
        Social media is a major pain. Everyone appears to tout how important social media is, and all the major accounts prove it. 3,000 followers, hundred likes, fan of this and of that. However, when looking into conversion ratio, […] The post Social Media Pain appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
  • Overcoming Creative Writing Fear

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

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

    James Livingood
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Writing is more than simply adding words where none existed before. Writing is more than tone, taste, and direction. A major part of writing is in the mechanics. These parts of writing are but makeup such an integral portion. Here […] The post The Value of Editing, Copy-Editing, and Criticism appeared first on Long Tail Writing.
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  • Because They Can . . .

    rolandrhicks
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    The New York Times published a, well, amazing piece yesterday: At Rikers Island, Union Chief’s Clout Is a Roadblock to Reform. It’s ostensibly about the head of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, a political bully right out of Tammany Hall –  except he’s black and it’s 2014. The article fits snugly into everything published over the past months […]
  • The Alanis Morissette CIA Torture Report Award of the Day

    rolandrhicks
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    The Alanis Morissette CIA Torture Report Award of the Day goes to – the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show on WEEI in Boston. A twenty minute comic routine revolving around rectal feeding; openly and loudly doubting that keeping someone up for 180 hours is torture; finished off with ‘the bastards deserve it anyways’ until they smoothly, […]
  • Of Grand Juries and Justice and The Great Santini

    rolandrhicks
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    I’m exhausted – mentally and physically – by the endless jabbering about the recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island.  “The grand jury was flawed”; “the grand jury was wrong”; “the grand jury did a great job,”; yada, yada, yada. The public’s general complete and utter misunderstanding of what a grand jury does […]
  • Happy Birthday Johnathan Swift

    rolandrhicks
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    It’s Jonathan Swift’s birthday …. We could use a crazy Irish writer like him right now to offer A Modest Proposal on everything from Ferguson to, well, everything. “It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all […]
  • Tweeter, Justice and Ferguson

    rolandrhicks
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Weaseling out of things is what separates us from the animals.  – Homer Simpson I did something I almost never do around midnight Monday night – I commented on breaking news using a hashtag. #FergusonDecision. I never do that, for many reasons. But, I watched St. Louis County Prosecutor McCullough’s presentation with such . . . incredulity . . . I […]
 
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    Josh Spilker

  • Most Popular Posts of 2014

    Josh Spilker
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Here are the most popular posts from 2014. There’s a lot of interesting stuff. And to keep up with everything, join up for Weekly Writing Goodness. It’s easy. It’s fun. You get discounts and cool stuff to read. Totally worth it. Let’s see the top posts and see you next year… Which Alt Lit Writer […]
  • Indie Writing, “Alt Lit” and 2014

    Josh Spilker
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
      There was this writing thing called “alt lit.” I use it in the past tense because it’s over. I ran a literary review website that took some tropes of older indie writing and styles to the extreme, gently mocking it, but hopefully evenhandedly reviewing books and writers. But it’s gone, too. For better For […]
  • What do you think of this blog?

    Josh Spilker
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Tell me what you like, don’t like and anything else in just 3 short questions. As a thank you, you’ll get What Kmart is Like Now for free. Snap yes!
  • The Writing Tool That’s On My Christmas List

    Josh Spilker
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm
    This past week I was doing my Internet thing, clicking from this to that and saw this phrase: “a notebook that syncs to the cloud”. Wait, what? Just that premise made me click through. The notebook is called Mod Notebooks. What’s the idea? Write in your journal or notebook and fill it up. After you’re […]
  • How To Make Write

    Josh Spilker
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    What stage of the process are you in? (via)
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    The Art of Writing - Austin Ray Miller

  • Black Science: Nitty, gritty, and far from...

    Austin Miller
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Image sourced from comiclist.com Black ScienceAuthored by Rick Remender (creator/writer of Fear Agent and Deadly Class), Black Science is a refreshingly twisted take on the ever common literary theme of time travel. It's been a long time since I've read any science fiction that has cojones and puts just as much emphasis on its characters as it does the science and action of the narrative.The protagonist Grant Mcckay is a bit of an antihero, on one hand he is the genius charismatic leader of a band of anarchist scientists, on the other hand he's a self centered *insert expletive* who has no…
  • Smart Contracts: A Step Towards Dystopia or Utopia?

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

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

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

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

  • One Question for GOD

    M.C. Simon
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
      Hi God! It’s me here. Lately, I was thinking a lot about you. I was wondering about You and my life up to now. Beyond any doubt, I enjoyed the ride! You gifted me with so many emotions for … Read the rest
  • 13 Writers Talking About Writing

    M.C. Simon
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Ever since I have declared to my heart that I am a writer, the path of ups and downs had started. One day I feel like I am flying in Heaven and the next day the Abyss is opening up … Read the rest
  • Hypnosis and Mental Illness

    M.C. Simon
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Hypnosis and Mental Illness By Lisa Scott   1 out of 5 Canadians will suffer from a mental illness in their life time. That’s about 4.5 million people. Only 43% of depressed adults will seek help. There are many mental … Read the rest
  • 3 Things You Should Do Before Using Feng Shui

    M.C. Simon
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    To use the ancient technique of Feng Shui, we first need to know what it’s about. I will presume that you already know what Feng Shui is, and at the same time you already possess some knowledge of it. I … Read the rest
  • Who is a Writer?

    M.C. Simon
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Do you somehow think that a writer is someone who writes books; eventually best sellers? Wrong! Let me explain who is a writer! First, let us see what the definition says: a writer is a person who uses written words … Read the rest
 
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    Powerful Views

  • O Mount, Your Splendor!

    powerfulviews
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Mountains blue With drops of dew Laden with ice Nature’s disguise. Your beauty amazes I have no phrases To define your glow The splendor of snow. Upon your turf Where mountaineers surf You welcome them all To the highland call. At your peak With a golden streak In conditions dire You stand and inspire. Thanks a million Rather, thanks a zillion You protect and keep Without any sleep. You keep us shelter Whether cold or swelter You guard and defend To the very end. The help the protection The unconditional affection Thanks dear mount Your blessings we can’t count!Filed under: Photoliscious,…
  • Will we ever learn…?… #PeshawarAttack

    powerfulviews
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    While I was browsing my twitter account, I happened to see a series of tweets on the Peshawar school siege which happened earlier in the day. I explored online to read more about the incident, and the facts were nerve wrecking.  At least 132 were killed and 245 injured in the barbaric and inhuman act by the terrorists. The Taliban took responsibility of the cowardly act stating recent Pakistani army operations on their families as the reason behind this siege. What has humanity come to? If we don’t think twice before attacking innocent, unarmed and blameless children, then we seem to be…
  • You’re Not Just a Car!

    powerfulviews
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:16 am
    Car in steel With metallic wheels Take me there To the junction where My destiny lies Let’s be wise. Let us ponder Before we wander The reason we met My voyage you set You speed like a jet You’re the fastest I bet! You’re not just a car You’re my sparkling star You fill me with pride Take me far and wide O, leave me never Be with me forever…Filed under: Photoliscious, Poet In Me Tagged: Car, destiny, life, Photography, summer, Travel
  • Friendship is a season!

    powerfulviews
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:43 am
      My cherished my adored Look through the ford At the subsequent turn Carefully discern Three glasses of wine They are for our dine. Red, Sparkling and White They style our evening bright! The Cava and Champagne With the music plain Wines are reasons To celebrate seasons. Come share with me The glasses three While I spend with thee Our moments free Let’s raise a toast This bond we revere most. It’s not the wine It’s not the dine My companion my friend Before the evening ends Let’s celebrate without a reason Our friendship is the season!Filed under: Photoliscious, Poet In Me…
  • Reflections Speak A Thousand Words…

    powerfulviews
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
      O reflections in the sea, Beautiful more than eyes can see! Your figure speaks a thousand words Better than poetry, prose or verse Thank you for this scenic beauty To conserve and adore is our duty.Filed under: Photoliscious Tagged: beauty, nature, Photography, reflections, Travel
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    Freelance Writers' Lounge

  • 6 Easy Steps to Break Into Freelance Writing With No Experience

    Sania Lali
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Do you want to make money online with your writing skills but don’t know where to start? If yes, this post is just for you. Over the past couple of weeks, a lot of people have asked me how they could get online writing jobs without any experience. In response to your questions, I decided to write a [...] The post 6 Easy Steps to Break Into Freelance Writing With No Experience appeared first on Freelance Writers' Lounge.
  • 7 Effective Ways to Become a Better Writer

    Sania Lali
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Want to become a better writer? I’ll show you how you can transform your writing with just a few easy steps. Contrary to popular belief, writing isn’t a talent you’re born with. It’s a skill you develop over the years. You know those favorite authors of yours? Their writing is actually as bad as yours. [...] The post 7 Effective Ways to Become a Better Writer appeared first on Freelance Writers' Lounge.
  • 19 Blogs that Pay $100 or More for Guest Posts

    Sania Lali
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    Whether you’re a newbie freelance writer or a professional blogger, one of the greatest ways to build your portfolio is through guest blogging. Not only does it give you a great amount of exposure, but you can also make money in the process! It’s a total win-win situation. That’s why I always emphasize the importance [...] The post 19 Blogs that Pay $100 or More for Guest Posts appeared first on Freelance Writers' Lounge.
  • 8 Jackpots for Finding High Paying Freelance Writing Jobs

    Sania Lali
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Finding high paying freelance writing jobs can be a real challenge. The bad news is that there are thousands of people applying to the same job ads, so you need to be REALLY good in order to be noticed in the freelance world. The good news is that at Freelance Writers’ Lounge, I’m here to [...] The post 8 Jackpots for Finding High Paying Freelance Writing Jobs appeared first on Freelance Writers' Lounge.
  • 10 Best Content Writing Websites for Freelance Writers

    Sania Lali
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Looking for freelance writing gigs? You’ve come to the right place. Finding good freelance writing jobs can be a tough task for writers. I’ve made accounts on numerous websites promising to provide steady work but only a few were actually worth the effort. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the websites that I think [...] The post 10 Best Content Writing Websites for Freelance Writers appeared first on Freelance Writers' Lounge.
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    Write to Done

  • Negative Book Reviews Getting You Down? How to Soar Above and Prove Them Wrong

    Barry Carter
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:59 am
    “Just ignore the haters.”That’s what you’re told when your book gets a negative review.You know it’s wise advice, but following it is another matter.It’s a bit like being told “don’t think of an elephant.” All you can think of thereafter is Dumbo.The more you try to ignore bad reviews, the more they eat away at you.My first book got a wave of positive reviews, but when the first bad review came in, it kept me up at night.Most of us have a strong negativity bias­­–we let one bad thing ruin a multitude of positives.Everyone can access the…
  • What are YOU writing?

    Mary Jaksch
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    What are you working on right now?We’d love to know here at WritetoDone!A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script?Maybe you’ve just finished something you’re really proud of? Or you just can’t tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash?Here’s your chance to share and discuss with each other what you’re writing about.Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestseller or give us a link to your best article.Tell us: what are you writing at the moment?Who knows, your piece might even attract…
  • The Simple Shift That Lets You Earn More from Your Writing

    Linda Formichelli
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    You think of yourself as a blogger…or copywriter…or fiction author…or some other specific kind of writer.I must be psychic, right? But even though you may be a talented writer, you’re probably wondering why you’re struggling to pay the bills.Your prose leaps from the page, you offer amazing value, and you may even have some cool bribe to convince website visitors to join your mailing list.And yet…you’re doing what you love and the money isn’t following.What gives?I’ll tell you what gives. Remember how I used my brilliant powers of…
  • How to Write Better: 3 Secrets of Transmitting Naked Emotions

    Mary Jaksch
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:36 pm
    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Hemingway.Naked emotions?Like I felt when I finally gave up screaming for help.When I sank to my knees and wept by the side of the stream, watching my horse about to drown–and unable to rescue her.I’ll tell you what happened in a moment …But this post is not about the horse and not about myself.It’s about letting naked emotions bleed through your writing.Emotions connect us with each other. In fact, research shows that specific cells in the brain create a virtual reality which connects us directly with…
  • 10 Ways to Promote Your Book on Your Blog

    Steff Green
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Writing a book is an amazing achievement, one you should celebrate and enjoy.Getting your book from a raw mess of words to a polished, publishable entity, complete with a kickass cover and proper formatting, is even more incredible.The day my latest novel The Sunken went live, I did a happy dance.(The cat, asleep in my lap at the time, did not share my enthusiasm.)If you’re at this stage of your writing career, I salute you, and offer you a glass of wine from my own bottle.How to Promote Your BookI have been blogging about music since 2009, and have a small following.Instead of…
 
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