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Our part in life is to persevere and learn as quickly as we can for our victory depends upon our perception of the world.

Dag and the other cats made their way down the silent street in an effort to find the second course of their dinner. Unconcerned, they strolled down Maxwell Street, the home of Flinz, a notorious cat who was feared by the entire feline population of the city. It was rumored that Flinz’s breath could kill a dove!

Maxwell Street lay in the belly of discomfort, and its ugliness was there for all eyes to see. The streetlights were dim; they had seen better days. The…

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Added by Omoruyi Uwuigiaren on November 18, 2018 at 4:46am — No Comments

Software for Kindle Publishers to reach Review Sites & Facebook Groups all at once

How to market to multiple book review websites at once

The K-Instant Dashboard is a powerful web-based software that every writer/publisher need to acquire for themselves. It is a do-it-yourself website application that can instantly…

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Added by Judd Miller on September 11, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Let's Meet

Before the bananas ripe

let's meet at least once

lest the fog dampen passion

let's water our love

the sun is bright this morning 

and night's promising

let's meet and unfreeze winter

of years, drink some wine

restore warmth of faith and hope

and heal the breaches

without black goggles for seeing

let's  meet at least once

From: YOU CAN'T SCENT ME AND OTHER…

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Added by Ram Krishna Singh on July 16, 2018 at 3:07am — No Comments

How long should a scene be?

One of my clients asked me this question. This may seem like a dumb question, but it’s worth discussing so as to help writers who are new to the game. Short answer: The god of fiction has not prescribed the length of a scene. A scene should be as long as it needs to be in order to accomplish its goal. Each scene should be planned before the writing begins. The plan must begin with establishing its purpose. The scene should incorporate at least one of these purposes:

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Added by Paul Thayer on July 15, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

IT'S HERE .... MY LATEST NOVEL "A TWISTED SHADE OF GREEN" IS NOW AVAILABLE!!

A Twisted Shade Of Green series, book one "Portrayal Of Lust and Revenge", is now at amazon.com, …

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Added by Eloise Epps MacKinnon on July 15, 2018 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Man of Salt



7:10 a.m. Monday morning...

Black crows flew in Henry Applewhite’s dreams. Maybe it was a Poe thing?  Redemption? Atonement? He crossed his chest, raised the knife above his head. He couldn't make up his mind whether to cut on a forty five degree angle or slice it horizontally with and butter toast.  He bites. Ummm!Umm! Henry decided to slit it down the middle. He was alone but he wasn't a winner like Fleetwood Mac—most of…

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Added by G. Franklin Prue on July 15, 2018 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Contemporary Poetry: Thoughts and Considerations



If we are going to understand what contemporary poetry is, we need to clearly define our terms and understand what we mean by them. In searching this out, I found one reference that put it quite well:

By definition of its namesake, contemporary poetry is considered poetry written within our lifetime, and includes poems written approximately from the mid-20th century to the present day. The various types of contemporary poetry do not differ so much from each other as…

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Added by DE Navarro on July 15, 2018 at 1:17pm — No Comments

I Am Me

I AM ME…



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Added by Susanne Leist on July 9, 2018 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Since starting Thayer Literary Services, a book editing business, in 1997 and after reading what seems like a gazillion first novels, I have seen the same mistakes over and over again. After a while …

Since starting Thayer Literary Services, a book editing business, in 1997 and after reading what seems like a gazillion first novels, I have seen the same mistakes over and over again. After a while I started calling them “the usual suspects.” I have…

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Added by Paul Thayer on July 7, 2018 at 1:57pm — No Comments

My Journey as a Writer

First off, thank you Indie Writer’s Support for giving me this opportunity to air my dirty laundry, well not all of it. I’ll save something for next time.

           Every writer’s journey is fraught with humorous anecdotes, stumbles, pitfalls, and miracles. Yes, it is a journey that perfectly mirrors this adventure we call life, and just like life, you better hold on tight, because as the country western lyric says it’s going to be “one Hell of a ride”.

           I have…

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Added by Belle Ami on July 7, 2018 at 10:03am — No Comments

Why Is Editing So Damn Important? by Marie Lavender

For those of you who already know the answer to the question at hand, I applaud you. 

But there are a few who might be wondering why, in fact, one would ever worry about editing. Two schools of thought rally around this subject. Some of you might be thinking one or both of the following:

  1. Who needs an editing service? For God’s sake, I could edit the local newspaper in my sleep. I’ve got this, people!
  2. Why should I bother with editing? That doesn't…
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Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 3:05pm — No Comments

A Nightmare: When the Muse Gets Too Quiet by Marie Lavender

It is a writer’s worst fear – what they call ‘writer’s block’. Being frozen when you intend to work on your project. The idea that the well has officially dried up. Perhaps you encountered a deadline and just went blank because of the strain. Or, out of the blue, you cannot find the urge to write. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not exactly temporary.

The truth is that this is one of those moments every writer simply doesn’t relish. Sure, we can try to be reasonable and say…ah,…

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Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Tips on Carving Time Out for Your Writing When Life Drags You Down by Marie Lavender

Life can get pretty crazy sometimes. Just when it seems normal, then there’s a curveball which knocks you completely off that axis you got so comfortable with. And, more often than not, life gets in the way of writing. About when you’re ready to sit down to the task and focus, something comes up. There’s an emergency, or maybe not. Life happens. The kids need to be driven somewhere. Before you know it, a whole day has flown by and you’re not only exhausted from the ride, you’re disappointed…

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Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Short Versus Long Fiction: Should Size Really Matter? by Marie Lavender

This topic is really big right now. Any writer or reader familiar with books coming out these days has probably noticed a huge trend in shorter fiction. Short stories, novellas, even episodic or chapter-length works are releasing all of the time on Amazon and other book sellers. And it appears that there are two schools of thought in response.

One is comprised of a group of writers and readers who see no issues with shorter fiction. In fact, they encourage it! 

Writers enjoy…

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Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 2:38pm — No Comments

So…You Want to Create Your Own Book Trailer? by Marie Lavender

Being an author is hard. One must not only write books, but also take on different roles. They have to be editors, marketers, bloggers, advisers, and the list goes on. In the publishing journey, a writer learns that very few things are for free, or at least affordable. 

Book trailers are a great tool in promoting your own work. You can not only tie them to your Youtube channel, but also link them to author interviews or even press releases. They can really come in handy,…

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Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 2:26pm — No Comments

DIY Your Book Cover (Or Not) by Marie Lavender

If you’ve ever self-published or considered it at least, it probably crossed your mind that a good book cover would probably help to “sell” the book. It’s true that presentation is everything; how the sales page appears with the book description and the cover are extremely important. Often, if the book cover isn’t up to par, some readers won’t take an author seriously. The cover is half the battle in marketing. The rest, well the rest is how you reach your audience. But, that’s a topic of…

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Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments

What Should I Do Next? (in Writing or Publishing) by Marie Lavender

I wanted to come in and talk about a specific topic. I get so many people, mostly aspiring writers, reaching out to me for advice and the one question I see the most is…

“What should I do next?”

In other words, the writers believe they have exhausted their options. Or maybe they simply haven’t read up on that particular subject. But, there is a moment, I think, in every writer’s career in which you don’t know what to do next, what steps to take. This is usually the moment I…

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Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 1:46pm — No Comments

The “What if?” Syndrome by Marie Lavender

If you are an avid follower of writing blogs, then you know there is a plethora of information, advice to offer. Guest authors have offered tips on writing from the time these blogs first began to grow into what it they have become today. Most aspiring writers know that to look for writing tips on a specific topic (point of view, research, any story elements), it is as simple as doing an internet search. The world is at our fingertips.  

Unfortunately, for some writers,…

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Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments

How to create and format your eBook on the Indie Writers Support website

eBook Creator - ePUB & PDF format

You no longer need a software or hire a professional to convert your document (manuscript) to a sellable eBook for Kindle, Nook, and every other mobile reading device in the world. Our eBook…

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Added by Judd Miller on March 9, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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I signed up for the manuscript editing software - that is I made a pay pay donation and there is no place to click on to get this software to help with editing? At least I cannot find it. ThanksContinue

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New member and newly published!

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My name is Tim Murray and I recently self-published my first Sci-fi novel, Thumar!I am excited to explore the tools that Indie writers offers. I'm presently mucking my way through self-marketing.You can discover my offering on…Continue

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Donis Casey blog MARKETING MAGIC: How to Be Everywhere at Once by Marcia FineYou’ve written your book— those pesky typos are at a minimum, your friends think it’s great and the cover is catchy. So how do you get others besides your family to…Continue

A Jewish Exploration of Mexico City

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A Jewish Exploration of Mexico City By Marcia Fine Special to the Phoenix Jewish NewsMy research for historical accuracy in my novels has led me around the world, including Israel, France, Poland, Spain and the Czech Republic. After the success of…Continue

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