Choosing an editor

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Choosing an editor Choosing an editor can be tricky. Sometimes, you just end up with whoever is cheapest or whoever you know. But if you have a choice in the matter, consider it carefully. It’s a business relationship like any other Do yourself a favor, and write a contract. This is a sample copy editing […]

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Descriptions in Fiction Writing

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Descriptions All about descriptions Descriptions are a must. You need them for any type of writing beyond the barest drabbles. Involve the reader in the piece. And that means pulling descriptive prose out of your head. You must commit it to paper or pixels. Scenes Scene setting is covered elsewhere in this blog. However, that’s closely related […]

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Creative commons

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Creative Commons and Whether You Can Use Certain Images What is Creative Commons? Their story is best told by them: Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. But this is not copyright! Instead, the concept exists to work with copyright, in order to […]

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Eavesdropping for fun and inspiration

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Eavesdropping for fun and inspiration So, Eavesdropping? Eavesdropping really works, and it is probably a writer‘s best tool. Once you start listening in on conversations, you will open up a whole new world. Because real dialogue, interspersed with your created dialogue, adds realism. Subtlety First of all, you have got to be subtle. This means […]

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Writing Progress Reports – Coming Soon!

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Writing Progress Reports I hope you’re interested in writing progress reports. Because I will be adding them. I love to write and I try to do it on a somewhat regular basis. For 2018, one of my resolutions (a fancy word for plans) is to write a lot more like the late, great Ray Bradbury. […]

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Happy Holidays, Social Media Style

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Happy Holidays, Social Media Style Happy Holidays! Oh, I do so wish I had written this. It says so much more about Social Media than most can say, and it does it in a breezy, easy to understand style. The main idea behind this rather detailed video consists of a retelling of the Nativity Story. The video […]

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Getting inspiration from employment

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from employment Working Stiffs Employment colors most people’s lives (or the lack of a job). And whether your job is a creative one, or has to do with business, athletics, science, the Internet, or anything else, it can help propel your creative spirit to new heights. Employment as Metaphor So let’s say your characters […]

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Libraries – How to Get Your Book into Them

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Libraries Getting into Libraries Libraries are the unsung heroes of the American (and other countries’) educational system. They are where people look for jobs, listen to lectures, or teach themselves all sorts of things. They are also a marvelous home for your newly-published book. Connections First of all, you probably can’t just write to or […]

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Getting inspiration from childhood

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from childhood Childhood Ah, childhood. What is it about our younger years that gives us such feelings of nostalgia? Is it because things were so much newer then? Or were they simpler? We had fewer responsibilities. Yet plenty of people don’t have lives like that. For those who lost a parent, or were […]

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Creating a Facebook page

February 17, 2018 No Comments

Creating a Facebook page How do you go about creating a Facebook page? Pages versus Groups Why do you want one over another? Why does it matter? Groups, as might be expected, allow for more discussion. However, everyone is on a more or less equal footing in terms of presenting content. And if that is what […]

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