We are currently in the northern part of Nevada. It is so hot here we don't need the water heater turned on to get hot water for showers, washing dishes, etc. Likewise, our society (including our politicians) are so heated up with their own agenda that we have people fighting and killing each other over [...]
Well, we are home everywhere we go since we take our home with us. Yesterday we took an excursion into Memphis to see some sights. We got up late due to not being able to sleep well the night before. By the time we got there and found the downtown welcome center it was almost [...]
Let me start off by saying I believe all sex crimes should be punished to the full extent of the law. I have no tolerance for abuse, especially when it involves a child. However, we have a society that thrives on notoriety and convenience. There is also a tendency to teach our young people to [...]
What a great writing site to help us find. Lots of great writing advice on writers helping writers. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com
Extract from a Writers Helping Writers article:
What’s the right ending for your novel? This isn’t a simple question to answer, because there are many factors to consider. But the first thing you want to think about is the story’s genre.
Let’s take a simple example. Suppose your story centres around a startling event like a murder. Should the murder be solved? If you’re writing a cosy mystery, yes. If you’re writing a political thriller or a police procedural, you probably have to solve the murder, but it’s not mandatory. If you’re writing a contemporary or experimental novel, you might not present any concrete answers about the murder—you might use the event to explore other questions.
So if you’re struggling to identify what your ending should be, the first place to look is the genre expectations. All stories provoke curiosity and raise questions. That’s what keeps the reader’s attention through…
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Timely information (new to some of us) regarding alternative methods of marketing. Reblogged from https://howtoebook.org
Book marketing to national media has becomes increasingly competitive. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in how effectively indie authors have been able to leverage their communities and local media.
Don’t get caught up in Amazon ranking and social media schedules.
As an indie author, part of your focus should be local. Build your brand. Reach new readers. Nurture relationships with super fans that will support you for the long haul.
Establish yourself as a must-follow local indie author if you live in a vibrant, civic-minded part of the country. Incorporate this into your long-term book marketing plan.
Great post fore new/beginning/struggling writers. Reblogged from https://rachelpoli.com
What’s the hardest part about writing a novel? It’s different depending on who you are, how you write, and what you write.
Still, you may have all the ideas and you may even have a quick outline, but beginning a novel can be tricky. It is, after all, one of the most important parts of your novel.
There are plenty of readers out there who not only read the book’s blurb on the back, but they already read the first paragraph or so of the first chapter.
Why? Because they want to get a feel for the writing style. They want to see if they’ll be hooked into the story right away.
If they are, they’ll buy it. If they’re not… well, maybe the next reader who is enticed by the blurb will be into it.
There are so many different ways to start a novel. There’s no certain way that…
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Thank you for sharing this. I grew up with the old grammar rules, which I find hard to break. But sometimes breaking the rules adds interest to a sentence. Don’t you think? Reblogged from https://justcanthelpwriting.wordpress.com
I have been thinking about the inordinate power of commas.
I had an intuitive understanding of this power from my manipulation of my own prose as a fiction writer. But I credit Martha Kolln’s textbook, Rhetorical Grammar, for making concrete, as an object of explicit study, what my instinctive ear told me. I never succeeded in passing on to many students a real, self-conscious understanding of how vital such a simple little mark can be to communicating precisely what we want readers to hear: there never seemed to be enough time to think much about style in the classes I taught. But if I had it to do over again, I would indulge myself by finding that time. I’ve worked hard not to be the natural Grammar Curmudgeon I am, but by golly, punctuation is a tool! We’ve all seen those fun exercises where simply moving a few…
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You won’t believe this art work! Buildings transformed into 3D murals. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com
“Before” pictures follow underneath each “after” mural.
1. “Knowledge Speaks – Wisdom Listens,” Athens, Greece
2. “Juliette Et Les Esprits,” Montpellier, France
Be sure to SHARE this incredible art with…
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My husband and I have been to this place. It is amazing. Actually, all of Newfoundland is amazing. Some of the friendliest, most fun-loving people in the world are in Newfoundland. Their music is entertaining with no political agenda. Enjoy the photos. Reblogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com
These ideas for bookworms are so cool and imaginative. I spend my falls and winters mostly in a semi-warm climate so most of these wouldn’t help me. But I love candles. I can no longer drink coffee (even decaf), but I could put my favorite (Red Zinger) tea in the mug. I like ceramic mugs to wrap my hands around. The rest of me may be warm but early mornings find my hands cold. Thanks for sharing. Reblogged from https://mccullum001.wordpress.com
Book lovers live for the fall — for chilly afternoons filled with tea, books, and cozy nooks. We celebrate cold rainy days that force us to stay indoors with a good book. We enjoy watching the colorful leaves float outside our windows, a cup of coffee brewing in the kitchen and the smell of cinnamon in the air. And since I’ve waited all year for this turn of season, it makes sense that we should be prepared! Check out these accessories that every bookworm needs for fall.
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The writing prompt from ChapterBuzz this week was this: Your main character looks up at the night sky and begins pondering life. Thinking back, this character whispers to him or herself, "To this day, I still regret that." What had happened? Here is my response to the writing prompt: Fawn looked up at the night sky. [...]
Vital information about changes at Amazon’s Create Space store. Reblogged from https://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com
Image from ShutterStock.
CREATESPACE ESTORE IS CLOSING
Beginning October 31, 2017, customers will no longer be able to purchase paperbacks directly from the CreateSpace eStore.
If you have a link to your CreateSpace eStore and a customer clicks on it, the customer will be redirected to the corresponding page at Amazon.com.
According to CreateSpace, the reasons behind the change include:
- It’s much easier to search for books across Amazon’s site than it is to search for books on CreateSpace.
- Amazon offers a much better checkout process than CreateSpace does.
- Amazon offers better shipping options, including Amazon Prime.
- Amazon sends out tracking notifications for orders placed through Amazon.
- Amazon’s storefront is a much more familiar interface for customers.
- Several customers have requested the features described above.
Unfortunately, when a customer clicks on a link to a CreateSpace eStore and is redirected to Amazon, authors will earn Amazon.com royalties (not eStore…
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