#Writerlife101 Day 7: Worst writing advice #amwriting

Great advice from authors who know what they are talking and writing about. Reblogged from https://conniejajasperson.com

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Writing advice is good because beginning authors need to learn the craft, and simple sayings are easy to remember. They encourage us to write lean, descriptive prose and craft engaging conversations. The craft of writing involves learning the rules of grammar, developing a wider vocabulary, learning how to develop characters, build worlds, etc., etc. Authors spend a lifetime learning their craft and never learn all there is to know about the subject.

Writing advice is bad because it is so frequently taken to extremes by novice authors armed with a little dangerous knowledge.

  • Remove all adverbs.
    This advice is complete crap. Use common sense and don’t use unnecessary adverbs.
  • Don’t use speech tags.
    What? Who said that and why are there no speech tags in this drivel?
  • Show, Don’t Tell. Don’t Ever Don’t do it!

Quote from Susan Defreitas for Lit Reactor: Sure, hot tears, a pounding pulse, and clenched…

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Walmart Makes a Late Entry Into the E-Book Market

Walmart Gets Into e-book Business. This is a surprising (although I suppose we should have seen it coming) turn of events. I wonder if their prices will compete with Amazon’s. Be interesting to find out. Reblogged

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by Michael Corkery at The New York Times

Walmart is making a circuitous and belated push into the digital book market, teaming up with a Japanese company to sell e-books and audiobooks.

The deal with Rakuten, an e-commerce giant based in Japan, will allow Walmart to start selling digital books on its website for the first time later this year.

The move, which was announced late Thursday, comes years after Walmart’s archrival, Amazon, began to dominate the market for digital readers.

Walmart customers will be able to read the books through Rakuten Kobo e-reading devices — which have not taken hold with Americans the way Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook have.

The partnership is part of Walmart’s effort to ensure that its online offerings include every conceivable product line, giving shoppers no reason to click over to Amazon.

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018…

More great information for writers. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

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By Dana Sitar  on The Write Life Site:

The world offers a lot of ways to become a writer.

You can go to school for journalism or creative writing, get a Ph.D. and publish in journals, start a blog and turn it into a business, write a book and become famous…The paths are innumerable.

Whatever kind of writer you want to be, you can probably find a blog or online community to help you get there.

Each year, The Write Life celebrates these vast resources available to us online by releasing a list of the 100 Best Websites for Writers, and we’re excited to do it for the fifth year in a row.

Thanks to your suggestions, you’ve helped us curate hundreds of websites to bring you the best of the best.

Many are tried-and-true favorites previously featured in our 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 lists, and this year we’re…

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Book Launch | The Princelings of the North ~ Jemima Pett

The opening of this book hooked me from the first line. I’m way past 10 years old but I am positive I would enjoy this entire series and would like to have all of the books for two of my grandchildren. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

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Yes, it’s out on all platforms, for a special book launch price. I hope you enjoy it enough to leave a nice review at your purchase site!The Princelings of the North

Book 8 of the Princelings of the East series

genre; older middle grade mystery adventure – age 10 and upwards.

ebook: 47,000 words, ebook ASIN B0785RY891 / ISBN 9781370899159

paperback: 237 pages; ISBN 9781389104404

The Princelings of the North is the eighth in The Princelings of the East series.

Princelings Dylan and Dougall, who live in the far northwest of an island off the northwest coast of the Realms, rescue an exiled prince, and battle against the odds to restore him to his birthright.

Irrepressible Dylan and steady Dougall are inseparable denizens of the tiny castle of Haunn, so far away from the rest of civilisation that it’s almost off the map. And maps are one of the key…

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HOW TO WRITE A CHILDREN’S BOOK IN 9 EASY STEPS…

Received an email message about this post from christhestoryreadingapeblog.com, which took me to kindlepreneur.com. Fantastic article with step-by-step instructions and free download on the kindlepreneur site. One of the most helpful posts I’ve ever read. Reblogged from thestoryreadingapeblog.com.

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By Eevi Jones  on Kindlepreneur Site:

Have you ever wondered how to write a children’s book, and if you have what it takes to create one?

For me, it’s this smile. That’s my reason for writing children’s books.

Many aspiring (and even accomplished) authors dream of writing a children’s book.

Maybe you have an incredible idea that you can’t stop thinking about. Or maybe you want to put to paper your little one’s favorite bedtime story–the one you made up while snuggling together. Whatever the reason, now is the time to check this dream off your bucket list.

Writing and publishing your own children’s book is no longer difficult to do, nor is it financially unattainable. You could spend half a fortune just figuring out how to go about all the steps involved, but this article will save you tons of moola and loads of headaches.

Unless you’re a celebrity or…

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20/20 vision

Well stated: a very thoughtful and insightful perspective on hindsight. Thanks for sharing. Reblogged on the KingsKidChronicles from https://thesilenteye.co.uk.

The Silent Eye

“Hindsight,” wrote my friend, “has twenty-twenty vision.”

It always seems that way, when we think back to what we could have, should have said or done. The witty retort, the other alternative…the thing we did not think of at the time… the course we ought to have taken instead of the one that we took…

Thinking about it, though, perhaps hindsight is a little more myopic than it pretends.

At the time, we did the best we could with the person we were then… and could not have done otherwise. Looking back on the past from where we now stand, we have a unique perspective. We can see how events unfolded, one after the other, from that moment until now. We look back armed with all the knowledge and experience we have gained since the moment in question and we stand as one who has grown and changed in the…

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Curious Facts about the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Fascinating information. Thank you for sharing. Surely a must-read for lovers of any form of mystery/suspense/sleuth fiction. Reblogged from https://interestingliterature.com

Interesting Literature

In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle investigates the fascinating facts behind some of the greatest detective novels

The rise of detective fiction is a fascinating topic (previously, I’ve chosen 10 of the greatest examples of the genre), and it’s no surprise that a book telling the story of classic crime fiction in 100 books should yield many surprising and interesting facts. This is certainly the case with Martin Edwards’ The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (British Library Crime Classics), a beautifully produced book from the British Library which charts the rise of crime fiction during the genre’s ‘Golden Age’ of the first half of the twentieth century.

Over the course of 24 entertaining and accessible chapters, which are based around various themes (including London-based crime fiction, crime fiction in the countryside, the seemingly ‘impossible crime’ of the locked-room mystery, parodies…

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My Keto Journey

This is great! My son has a lady friend that is on this diet. She is coming to spend a couple of weeks with my husband and me so we can meet her. She is on this diet and I want to have foods that will help her. She is going to send me a shopping list (at my request). Thank you so much for sharing. Reblogged from https://thebritestfyrefly.wordpress.com

Dacia M Arnold

My journey to weight loss has been long. Though I have not reached my goal, I am happy with the progress. I have to say that of everything I have done, the Ketogenic diet has been the one with the quickest and lasting results. Starting out I searched and searched and asked friends what and how it worked. It took me a while to find the answers I wanted in order to convince myself to start.

While I am no expert on Keto, I am an expert on my experience, and that is what I want to share in this post.

  1. What is it? How does it work? The idea is for your body to no longer use sugar as its main source of energy. Sugars are measured in the form of carbs. No bread is not sugar, but the carbohydrates in bread are processed in the body the same…

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No More November

Here is an amazing mom and author. Wish I could motivate myself to stay as busy as Dacia Arnold. When she gets overwhelmed she digs in and gets more done. When I get overwhelmed I vegetate at my computer and wish I could make myself write. Read her story of a stressful month with a winning ending. Reblogged from https://britesfyrefly.wordpress.com

Dacia M Arnold

November was great and stressful and amazing and stressful. Overall, I survived and have an armful of sweet kiddo love to show for it. We’ll just call it a win.

In late September, I left a great job and people I grew to love. It is no secret that I struggled in areas, but not in the areas of hard work, positive relationships and quality outcomes. It is not in me to produce anything less, so I started looking for other opportunities. Family dynamics shifted. I suddenly became a mother of a chronically ill child and lacked support for my oldest. The logical thing to do was leave the work force to focus on the two little people I am responsible for.

In true Dacia fashion, I also set some steep goals for myself to accomplish while “sitting at home”. With my children taking the highest priority, I planned to…

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