Choose Your Free Book Writing Software For Your New Book – by Derek Haines…

Chris, thank you for sharing this valuable post. I went to the original source and shared on my social media, but felt it worthwhile to also reblog from here. You share so many great tips for us. You are greatly appreciated. Reblogged from

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on Just Publishing Advice:

Book writing software to help you be more creative and productive

Many new writers and authors start out using a word processor such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs. But word processors are not designed to help the creative writing process.

Word processing, spreadsheets and a desktop publisher are for commerce and administration and are not the best tools at all for creative thinkers.

When you decide to write a book, you would be much better advised to look for writing software that is more distraction-free and explicitly designed for writing a book.

There are a lot of software packages available for writers. However, some such as Scrivener, Ulysses, Vellum, ProWritingAid and even Word can cost you a lot of money.

If you are starting out, there are many free software alternatives that you can try. There is always a learning curve when you start using new software programs.

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Punctuation Marks: Ellipsis – by Melissa Donovan…

I thought I knew how to use punctuation correctly. I’m learning that there is a lot I either didn’t know, or have forgotten. This is a great post about the correct way to use ellipses. Reblogged from

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on Writing Forward site:

You see it everywhere, but most people don’t know what it’s called or how to use it properly.

In fact, it’s often referred to as “dot, dot, dot” even though it does have a name. This punctuation mark is the ellipsis.

It is a series or row of three periods, which is usually used to indicate an omission. It may also be used to indicate faltering or interrupted speech or a pause.

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: A Poem and Message from Lynda McKinney Lambert

via AUTHOR'S CORNER: A Poem and Message from Lynda McKinney Lambert I went to Amazon, hoping to be able to read a sample.  I like to preview books by authors with whom I am unfamiliar.  Unfortunately, sample reading is not enabled on the above mentioned book.  However, I do enjoy poetry and promoting someone who … Continue reading AUTHOR’S CORNER: A Poem and Message from Lynda McKinney Lambert

Time To Write: Set The Scene 9 [Creative Writing Prompt]

Great prompt. I wrote mine on website instead of the blog. Maybe I’ll paste it there too. I sure have a lot of catching up to do. Will be back for more prompts. Thank you so much for sharing them. Reblogged from

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Last week’s writing prompt was a Sentence Starter. Check out some great pieces by fellow writers:

Now onto this week’s writing prompt:

Creative Writing Prompt | Flash Fiction | Short Story | Set the Scene | Writing |

Write a story based on the setting provided above.

If you use this prompt, please leave a link to your post in the comments below and I’ll share it next week. Please be sure to link back to my blog so your readers know where you got the prompt!

Happy Writing! If you want more, check out all my other Writing Prompts here!

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Smorgasbord Reblog – Odd Jobs and Characters – Odd Jobs and Characters – Hotel Assistant Manager – Swashbuckle and Romance #Wales #Snowdonia

The link below will show authors how unusual jobs may make your characters more interesting, give your story more flavor.   via Smorgasbord Reblog - Odd Jobs and Characters - Odd Jobs and Characters – Hotel Assistant Manager – Swashbuckle and Romance #Wales #Snowdonia

Thoughts on revisions and self-editing #amwriting

Every published work needs editing before publication. Many articles have been written on the value of editing, even a few books. Some indicate an author can self-edit; some say it’s impossible to self-edit. Read the article posted here and do your own evaluation. Reblogged from https:/

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

New and beginning authors often (loudly) assert their ability to edit their own work. If you are “editing” your own manuscript, you have a fool for a client. There is no such thing as self-editing—the best you can do is make revisions and admire your work. For that reason, we need other eyes on our work.

As authors, we see what we intended to write rather than what was written. We misread clumsy sentences and overlook words that are missing or are included twice in a row.  If you are in a critique group, you have a great resource in your fellow authors—they will spot things you have overlooked your work just as you do in theirs.

The first draft of any manuscript is the story as it flowed out of your mind and onto the paper. Yes, there is life and energy in your words, but your manuscript is not publishable at…

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Horses Can Be Dangerous

This is an interesting photo with an intriguing legend. I’m not into superstition and legends but I have a trilogy in the works (on the shelf for now) that involves characters with Scottish heritage. It might fit in well with some of the history of at least one of my characters. However, if you, the reader, are also an author, and use it in one of your books, please let me know so I won’t copy it in mine. It may be at least another year before mine gets done–probably two. Reblogged from

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On this fine Wednesday, we’re talking about a very strange legend from Scotland. This creature can transform into a variety of other creatures…but from my research, I couldn’t find what the creature appeared to be when not transforming into another creature…Help?


Kelpie Scotland

“Water horse that lures victims to ride on its back to their doom.”

Basic Facts:

  • The name “kelpie” is suspected to be a slang/mash-up of a couple of Scottish Gaelic words. “Cailpeach” or “colpach” are just a couple to name and these can be loosely translated to heifer or colt.
  • Since they’re most commonly known as a water horse, they typically can be found near a river or stream.
  • In their horse form, they attract children. But they’re not limited to only one form; they can turn into almost anything! An example is a beautiful woman, to lure a man out to the stream, where she…

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