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

Just Can't Help Writing

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

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

“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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Signal Hill: The Birthplace of Modern Communications

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



Overlooking the harbour of St John’s, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, is a massive piece of rock towering 140 meters above the Atlantic Ocean. The rock, known as Signal Hill

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12 Must-Have Fall Accessories for Bookworms

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

Capital Nerd

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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CreateSpace eStore is Closing Effective October 31, 2017

Vital information about changes at Amazon’s Create Space store. Reblogged from


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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

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 royalties (not eStore…

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Beautiful Writing, Part 5: John Donne

Although I disagree with the basic tenets of humanism, I agree that we are all connected in some way, as humans. Regardless of race, ethnicity, or faith, we can all trace our ancestry back to Noah and his three sons. Thus we are all connected, however remotely. Therefore we should have much more compassion and not hate toward one another. Furthermore, we are all created by an Almighty loving, forgiving, gracious God, who offers free eternal life to anyone who will accept the sacrifice of Jesus’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection as adequate payment for their sin debt and receive Him as Savior. Reblogged from

charles french words reading and writing



John Donne was a poet, philosopher, and man of the church in Renaissance England. His writing covered a wide range of material, including poems, songs, and sermons. I want to quote from one of his most famous pieces: “Meditation 17”, which many readers will recognize as the epigram at the beginning of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls:

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

This quotation is an expression of Humanism and…

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Editing 101: The Price of Editing

fGreat information about finding an editor for your manuscript as it nears readiness for publication. Reblogged from

A Writer's Path

by J.U. Scribe

Free editing anyone?

That was the question I found myself asking when it came down to editing my own story, Before the Legend which I’m merely weeks away from publishing. This post is long overdue, mainly due to my very busy schedule, but I have editing and life to thank for that.

Things are coming along nicely with the novelette and are slowly falling into place. Yet there are still many choices one has to make, and it’s critical that one makes the right choice to ensure the best possible outcome for their book. Before I share my updates on where I’m at with the story, I would like to discuss one of the most important steps other writers including myself have to make.

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8 Sound Sculptures That Lets Nature Be The Musician

Talk about creativity! People in various places around the world have created metal sculptures using a myriad of tubes in illustrious designs to catch the sound of wind or waves in a lake, river or ocean and sing them into the air for all to hear. My question: what will happen to them in a hurricane or tornado? Reblogged from


While most sculptures are intended to be viewed, there are some that strive to stimulate our other senses as well. These eight large scale sculptures are installed at various locations around the world, and interact with natural forces like the wind and the rain to create soothing music. Let’s hear them.

Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley

The Singing Ringing Tree in Burnley, in Lancashire, England, is 3-meter tall and comprises of galvanised steel pipes of differing lengths and with holes punctured into the underside. When the wind blows, the sculptures produces an eerie sound in several octaves. Completed in 2006, the Singing Ringing Tree is part of the series of four sculptures within the Panopticons arts and regeneration project created by the East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network (ELEAN).singing-ringing-tree-1

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