Writing Better Accents

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Writing Better Accents Accents can be tough to write. However, not to worry. Because New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward has some wonderful advice amidst the humor. Distinguishing Each Accent So, can you tell the difference between someone from the Bronx and someone from Brooklyn? And what about Chicago versus Detroit? Or Swedish versus Norwegian? […]

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Getting inspiration from TV shows

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from TV shows TV shows can be a great source of inspiration. And they can go beyond TV Tropes and even into something (almost, let’s not kid ourselves, folks) profound. So, what do I mean? TV Shows For the most part, we see three kinds of television programs: Comedy Drama Nonfiction And then […]

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Self-Review – Cynthia

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Review – Cynthia So Cynthia is a fun although ultimately sad story. You see, Cynthia is a Great Dane. And to her sorrow, her master is succumbing to Alzheimer’s. This short story was written for the second volume of The Longest Night Watch. All of the proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association. I love the […]

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Reviewing – Bad Reviews

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Bad Reviews Reviewing – Bad Reviews – lousy reviews are tough to write! However, you need to write the occasional less than wonderful review in order to establish and maintain credibility. Not every novel is a stellar one. Not every effort is perfect and pristine. This blog post is about reviewing badly-written works. But if a work […]

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Reviewing – Middling Reviews

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Middling Reviews Reviewing – Middling Reviews – fair to middling reviews are harder to write. Because there is definitely a skill involved. But you are probably going to write more of them than any other type of review. Why? Because truly superlative works are uncommon. As always, kindness should be your guide. The work isn’t […]

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Reviewing – Positive Reviews

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Positive Reviews Reviewing – Positive Reviews – these are the lifeblood of any independent author. We live for them! But how can you make them even better? Caveats Don’t provide a positive review in exchange for a positive one you just got. And don’t provide one in the hopes that you’ll get one in return. […]

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Getting inspiration from names

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from names Names While names have meanings, you can even get inspiration simply from how they sound. What’s Gertrude like? How about Lakeisha? Or maybe Stefan or Juan? Popularity The popularity of what people call their children changes over time. This can depend upon movie stars, politicians, or even religious figures. When I […]

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Speculating about the future

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Speculating about the future Speculating is fun. However, future predictions can be notoriously inaccurate. I’m still waiting for my flying car, for example. However, some predictions have been eerily on the nose, such as cell phones, which are a lot like Star Trek’s communicators. So here’s a few idea on how to essentially build your […]

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Getting inspiration from life events

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from life events Life events Life events can be extremely inspiring for writers. They can range from baby showers to quinceañeras. Or they might be religious commitment ceremonies like confirmations. Weddings and Marriages are a special case I’ll cover weddings and marriages at a later date. They generally entail much greater pageantry. Intimacy versus Spectacle […]

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Writing Various Ages

May 27, 2018 No Comments

Writing Various Ages Ages change if we write about more than a year in a character’s life. And we can also find we are writing a clash of them, as parents and their offspring collide, or teachers and students collide. Infants and Toddlers The very young can change in rather rapid and surprising ways. Fortunately, […]

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