Self-Review – Cynthia

April 21, 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

April 21, 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

April 21, 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

April 21, 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

April 21, 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

April 21, 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

April 21, 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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Self-Review – Revved Up

April 21, 2018 No Comments

Review – Revved Up Revved Up rocks. It’s the kind of story I tossed off rather quickly and then it kind of took on a life of its own. Background This story started because I had stayed at my childhood home and noticed something odd in the front yard. And the truth is, it was […]

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Writing Progress Reports – Coming Soon!

April 21, 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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Beta Reading for Indie Writers

April 21, 2018 1 Comment

Beta Reading Beta reading is both an art and a science, I feel. There are good ways to do it. And there are not so good ways. But as an independent writer, the best way to get beta readers to help you is to become a beta reader yourself. Here I’ll address common issues and […]

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