Good Endings: What Should Yours Include?

What a great writing site to help us find. Lots of great writing advice on writers helping writers. Reblogged from

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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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Locally Grown Book Marketing for Indie Authors

Timely information (new to some of us) regarding alternative methods of marketing. Reblogged from

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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.

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How To Start That First Chapter The Right Way [NaNoWriMo]

Great post fore new/beginning/struggling writers. Reblogged from

Rachel Poli

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.

How To Start The First Chapter

There are so many different ways to start a novel. There’s no certain way that…

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Comma Power

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

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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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15 Incredible Before & After Street Art Transformations That Are Simply Stunning…

You won’t believe this art work! Buildings transformed into 3D murals. Reblogged from

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“Before” pictures follow underneath each “after” mural.

1. “Knowledge Speaks – Wisdom Listens,” Athens, Greece

Wild Drawing

2. “Juliette Et Les Esprits,” Montpellier, France

Patrick Commecy
3. 3D Mural In Poznan, Poland

Waldemar Wylegalski
4. “Renaissance,” Le Puy en Velay, France

Patrick Commecy
5. Giant Starling Mural In Berlin, Germany

Nika Kramer
6. “Au Fil De Loire,” Brives Charensac, France

Patrick Commecy
7. Photorealistic Mural, Glasgow, Scotland

8. An Entire Town Was Painted Over In Palmitas, Mexico

Germen Crew
9. Full Moon Hostel, Bristol, UK

Paul Green
10. “Topart,” Budapest, Hungary

11. Tiled Steps On 16th Avenue, San Francisco, California

12. Diving Dog Mural, Mechelen, Belgium

Bart Smeets
13. “Porte Des Lavandières,” Aurec Sur Loire, France

Patrick Commecy
14. Racoon Mural Made Of Trash And Found Objects, Lisbon, Portugal

15. “Let’s Keep The Plants Alive,” Bialystok, Poland


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