Transitioning from fanfiction

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Transitioning from fanfiction If you first wrote in someone else’s universe, and now you want to claim your own, you may be transitioning from fanfiction. Going from fan fiction writing to wholly original writing It’s more than just ‘filing off a few serial numbers’. How writing fanfiction can help you It teaches you how to […]

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Writing Better Accents

June 24, 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

June 24, 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

June 24, 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 – Middling Reviews

June 24, 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

June 24, 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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Writing Progress Report – First Quarter 2018

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Progress Report – First Quarter 2018 First quarter 2018 proved to be a good time to write. Since this is the first of my writing progress reports, here are the details. I write all the time or at least I work on something to do with writing. The process generally runs from idea to percolating […]

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Self-Review – Untrustworthy

June 24, 2018 1 Comment

Self-Review – Untrustworthy Untrustworthy is my first-ever published novel. Background Much like a fan fiction novel called Reversal, it begins with a dream. And that makes perfect sense, as a dream inspired it. And the dream, originally, was of seeing scenery change before my eyes (I have had this same dream before, and have written […]

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Writing Needs Editing Part 2

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Editing Part 2 More Editing Editing Part 2! So last time, we looked at some general issues surrounding editing. Although the process may seem daunting, it still must be done. For this post, I will assume you have done the tasks outlined in the first part. If not, then this methodology will still work. But […]

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Writing Needs Editing Part 1

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Editing Part 1 What’s this All About? Editing in a Nutshell If you don’t do any editing, don’t expect people to read your work. Unless you normally write six-word horror stories, you are going to need an editor. Everybody needs this service. However, you should edit your work before handing it over to a professional. […]

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