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February 2015 Blog Posts (42)

How to OPtimize and add a Voice feature to your Microsoft Soft Words

I discovered this little tidbit on a blog for writers who have Word 2010. I'm not a computer Guru, but It actually works! I only wish the voice sounded like Morgan Freeman.

"If you have Word 2010 you have, as a writer, a brilliant free tool at your fingertips. How many times have you wished that you could “hear” your own work back so that you can tell immediately whether it sounds right?

It takes a few minutes to install this tool but it is worth every second. Once you…

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Added by Tim Fairchild on February 24, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Circles, Anecdotes, Themes and Fire

It would be wrong to say all things are circular, but it is interesting how the narrative can often nuance its starting point as one ties the ends up. Endings, like beginnings, are really vital ingredients and so hard to pitch exactly right. What do I hope my reader will feel here? Does the weight of the last paragraph leave us in mid air, bring us down to earth with a thump, or just miss the point entirely?…

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Added by jenny dunbar on February 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

ADVENTURES IN WRITING

Several years ago a good friend of mine told me that I should write down a lot of my adventures because I had lived such an adventurous life. Then a year or so ago, a good friend of mine (and former high school Spanish student who is very gifted in all things computer) after having run my web-site for several years suggested that I write a blog.

 I agreed as I thought it might help the sales of my books, which seem to be coming out about one a year. At first I thought I should write a…

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Added by Jack Fitzgerald on February 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Most Important Characteristic a Writer Should Have

What is the most important characteristic a writer should have? The ability to question everything.

Every tale I’ve written began with a series of what ifs.

What if a child was thrown into a world where magic was real? What if a young girl is given the most powerful weapon in her world? What if a man discovered he was really a demon? The list is as endless as the imagination.

But what if is rarely enough to carry a story. From each what if, dozens of answers can evolve…

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Added by Franz McLaren on February 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How to automatically increase your online views and book sales in minutes

Google, Bing, Ask and many other search engines are visited by millions of readers every day in search of reliable information, and in today's lesson, I am going to show you how to increase your keyword search results on these search engines…

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Added by Judd Miller on February 23, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Interview with Author Lisa Redfern

What a pleasure it has been to interview and get to know Lisa Marie Redfern, author of the Haylee e-trilogy and…

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Added by Debbie A. McClure on February 19, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Write Your Next Book With The Media In Mind

Here is what I know and think about making your book more promote-able.
The world of book publishing has changed immensely over the past three years, thanks to Amazon, Apple, tablets,…
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Added by Judd Miller on February 16, 2015 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Writer's Introspection: Are All Writers Egoists?

Writers are terribly self-centered.

Now, don’t get offended. I’m not really talking about all of you. I’m pretty much talking about me.

Strangely enough, I don’t think anyone in my non-writer life would label me an egoist. Or an egotist, for that matter. I had…

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Added by Aaron Paul Lazar on February 13, 2015 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Dialog Tags

When I first started writing over a decade ago, I exulted in every new dialog tag I could think up. I preened over “he croaked” and purred over “she grumbled.” Finding new and inventive ways to say “he said” became my quest.

My early works were peppered with gloats, murmurs, and barks. I even started a most coveted (only by me) list.

How many words…

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Added by Aaron Paul Lazar on February 12, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lost Shots

How long will it take before we can burn images stored in our brain onto a computer? Do you think it will ever come to pass? I hope so, because even though I used to dabble in art in college, I never inherited the landscape gene. I could do portraits, from live models or pictures, but I…

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Added by Aaron Paul Lazar on February 12, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Why We Need Black History Month

I recorded The Grammy's because I wanted to watch The Hunger Games for the first time. The Hunger Games represented one faction of society having control over another, to me. That movie had a huge impact on me as I fear it is a sign of the times. My son was walking to the convenience store, at my request, yesterday and a white man drove up, blocking his way, and accosted him. He screamed all kinds of ignorant statements because he was tired of “Drug Dealing Niggers,” walking down his street.…

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Added by Lorene Stunson Hill on February 10, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Introverts, Lost Books, and Other Writing Ephemera

Several things happened this past week that astounded the literary world. Harper Lee is finally to publish her first novel. Yes, her first. To Kill a Mockingbird was actually her second novel. Her publisher encouraged her to write an earlier story from the protagonist’s view, that of a young Scout who observed her father, Atticus Finch, at work on a rape case. Thus was born the seminal work,…

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Added by Chéri Vausé on February 9, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Gus LeGarde is a Better Man Than Me (or is he?)

My readers often ask, “Are you Gus LeGarde?”

I laugh and tell them, “Hardly. Gus is a much better man than me.”

I genuinely mean it when I say it. But is it really true?

When I started writing the LeGarde Mystery series, I wanted to base Gus on my father – a wonderful Renaissance man and a…

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Added by Aaron Paul Lazar on February 9, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

English, the ever-disintegrating language

Writing in English is difficult, because it's an ever-disintegrating language.

Jonathan Swift, writer and dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, complained to the Earl of Oxford in 1712: “Our Language is extremely imperfect. Its daily Improvements are by no means in proportion to its daily Corruptions; and the Pretenders to polish and refine it, have chiefly multiplied Abuses and Absurdities.” He went so far as to say, “In many Instances, it offends against every Part of…

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Added by Connie J. Jasperson on February 9, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

What the Heart Wants: Soulmate #1 Prologue

PROLOGUE 

The crescendo of his heartbeat rose in his ears. It began as a low, deep sound of a bass drum accelerating to the medium tone of the tom-tom. It drowned out all other sounds of that glorious day, like the cheerful song of the spring robin. His ears turned deaf to every audible vibration, including the wind rustling through the branches of the willow tree.

Why couldn’t he hear the wind? He could feel…

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Added by Kelli McCracken on February 9, 2015 at 7:21am — No Comments

Orihuela Medieval Market

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Added by Darlene Foster on February 9, 2015 at 3:17am — No Comments

Ten Things Every Writer Should Do

I’ve gotten asked by a lot of other authors about any sort of hints or tips of tricks that I could tell them to help them along.  If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know that I think that writing is a very personal experience, and therefore the process changes dramatically from person to person.  But, at this point, I have gotten asked enough that I finally decided to culminate all of the tips that I have found most helpful.

The following is a list of the top 10 things I believe a…

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Added by Franz McLaren on February 8, 2015 at 6:46pm — 11 Comments

Using Point-of-View in Writing

Point of view is something all beginning writers struggle with. It is simply a matter of letting the reader know who they are in the story. Imagine you are playing a role in a film. This is who you are, this is what you see, and this is how you feel about it, and what you understand is going on in the scene. How you choose to convey all this to your reader, to make him part of the story,…
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Added by Joyce Zeller on February 8, 2015 at 4:39am — No Comments

Lucky Foods for the New Year

Fume Fume - Altered Consciousness. - Change in life cycle. - Chapter Ten

We all will, sooner or later, find ourselves having to make the hardest decisions of our lives. Dani found it hard to make the decisions she had to make, in Chapter Ten, “To Dance with Ugly People,” but her altered consciousness pushed her into the direction of making a change in her life. Dani wanted to forget the past and make a clean start.

My Friend and Fellow Author with Lock Publishing, Jenny Dunbar…

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Added by Lorene Stunson Hill on February 8, 2015 at 4:39am — No Comments

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