Rape Prevention

I have spent the entire morning listening to the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  She was impressive.  She was obviously nervous and really didn't want to be there.  The traumatic event she suffered leads me to a question: With the vast amount of sexual abuse that has been paraded in front of us as … Continue reading Rape Prevention

How to Maintain Your Motivation on a Large Writing Project

Thank you, Ryan, for sharing this post. It is much needed since I am getting ready to start my revision/editing process. Many thanks to the contributor, ARHuelsenbeck, for sharing this timely insight with your readers. Reblogged from https://ryanlanz.com

A Writer's Path

by ARHuelsenbeck

When I resigned from my teaching job four years ago, I resolved to do things around the house that I hadn’t had time for while I was working, like tackling our “garage of doom.” Our house, built in 1979, was showing its age, and our heavy wooden garage door looked shabby and decayed. I told my husband the garage had to be cleared out before we could order a new door.

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When The Embers Die

I was watching Dateline Sunday night when we got home from church.   A man had been accused of killing his wife.   They were a Christian family, attending church faithfully, the children involved in youth activities, their mother in ladies' Bible study groups.   The couple had been married for about twenty years.  The oldest child was in high … Continue reading When The Embers Die

Easy Tips For Building The Best Home Library For Your Kids

Great advice for child development and parents spending time with their kids. Also important info for developing a child’s imagination and a love of all forms of literature. Thanks for sharing. Reblogged from https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Stepheny is a content writer at FeedFond. She’s a loving mother to her two children and is passionate towards child psychology. To read more of her articles, visit FeedFond.com.

Easy Tips For Building The Best Home Library For Your Kids

Kids' library | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksBooks definitely were an enjoyable and joyful part of our childhood and many of us still hold onto our childhood collections. However, technology has advanced today from books to online reading platforms. It’s a more convenient option to search for reading materials online.

So, is it possible for our children experience the ecstasy of getting lost at Book-land? Read on for simple ways to build a home library for your kids for this to actually happen!

What Books will you Choose?

It’s important to choose the correct books for your inbuilt library. You obviously want your children to make the best of it. Here…

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Author interview: Did you like Divergent? You’ll love Reactance

Loved “Reactance.” Need to earn some money from my writing so I can buy more books. Next on my list is “Apparent Power” by Dacia Arnold. If I could craft fiction as well as she does I’d be on my way to being a best-selling author. In my opinion, Dacia will hit that mark within the next two years. She’s that good.

What Inspires Your Writing?

Dacia M. Arnold is a Colorado-based author who’s been hard at work on an adult dystopian trilogy that takes place in post-apocalyptic Denver. The first in the series, Apparent Power, is due out in December from Immortal Works Press. It’s also Dacia’s first full-length novel!

Be sure to get on Dacia’s mailing list to be the first in line for the big launch, and you’ll also get updates on Shifting Power, the sequel planned for a fall 2019 release.

But first, the appetizer. Reactance is the thrilling novella that kicks off the DiaZem series, and the premise is positively electrifying:

When a dormant gene awakens in a quarter of the world’s population, conductors of electricity are at the mercy of the DiaZem who rule over them. After her father is killed in a thwarted plan to eradicate the population without the conductor gene, Sasha Bowman channels her bitterness…

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The Pitfalls of Writing Non-Fiction

Great advice for non-fiction writers. Reblogged from https://ryanlanz.com

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

I don’t write non-fiction but I know something about it if, for no other reason, than I’ve found it necessary over the years to read a goodly amount of it. Subjects can be highly arcane to mundane; but, the one thing that is critical is research. It is essential that an author be able to convey his or her material in a coherent fashion. Anyone can write a book on just about any topic but, in order to be successful and not fall to ridicule, an extensive knowledge of that subject is required.

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Literary Style in Storytelling

Thank you so much for re-posting this. The concepts of style and voice have mostly been a mystery to me, a nebulous inkling never made clear–until now. Reblogged from https://karendowdall.com

Pen & Paper


I am reblogging Melissa’s excellent post form 2016, it is that good!

Literary Style in Storytelling Posted by Melissa Donovan on December 13, 2016



What’s your literary style?Today’s post includes excerpts from What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing, chapter five:

“Narrative Style, Voice, and Tone.” Enjoy! Literary style is the aesthetic quality of a work of literature—the distinct voice that makes each author unique. It’s the way we string words together, the rhythm of our prose, the catchphrases that pepper our language.

Literary style includes every element of writing in which an author can make stylistic choices from syntax and grammar to character and plot development.

Seasoned writers have cultivated a style of writing that can be identified by a snippet of prose alone. For example, a common English literature test gives you excerpts from several authors whose works you’ve studied. The challenge is to identify…

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Words Gone Wild: KDP Keywords Revisited – by David Kudler…

Lots of great advice in original article, which the story reading ape links to. Chris, thanks so much for sharing this vital information. I continually struggle with keywords on Amazon. I’m sure there are others who do as well. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on The Book Designer:

You learn something new every day! In this case, I recently had to revise my understanding of how Amazon handles keywords.

I’ve talked about keywords before; they’re an essential piece of metadata that determines how easy it is for the right reader to find your book. They are in many ways the key to discoverability. It is best to think of them, not as single words, but as search phrases — that is to say, groups of words that your ideal reader is likely to search for.

Put a different way, what question is your ideal reader likely to ask to which your book is the answer?

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