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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

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

The Power of KInstant-Dashboard for Authors

How to market to multiple book review websites at once

The K-Instant Dashboard is a powerful online tool that every writer / publisher need to acquire for themselves. It is a do-it-yourself website application…

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Added by Judd Miller on May 9, 2016 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Writing With Bungee Cords: A Technique for Writers

I really slept in late this morning. By late, I mean well past 12:00–noon. But then, I was up well past 2:00am finishing two more chapters in my book. Many 2s and wells there. Synchronicity?

Once I am writing “in the zone” it’s difficult to break my concentration and stop…

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Added by Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos on March 20, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Fast Typing Tips

1) Accuracy

I had been attempting to enhance my velocity for a considerable length of time and I was not seeing much change. When I backed off and began being more exact as opposed to attempting to sort quicker I began seeing an increment in my writing velocity. I feel more in control also. Regardless I have an approach to go for my own objective yet am satisfied to see that I am presently enhancing and unwinding more.

Figure out how to be precise first then…

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Added by Jay Rocket on December 3, 2015 at 5:25am — No Comments

Jumpstaring Your Inner Novelist Published!

    Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist is a concise manual that provides inspiration, motivation and practical tools for crafting award-winning novels.

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     Jump Starting Your Inner Novelist is published!

       The paperback version can be purchased for $6.99 at Amazon.com.

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Added by Jullius J. E. Thompson on August 8, 2015 at 11:14am — No Comments

Fabulous First Lines Competition

Announcing EMSA Publishing’s very first ever Fabulous First Lines Competition!

The first line of a novel is incredibly important in that it sets the tone of a novel, establishes point of view, and hooks the reader. Here’s your chance to see how your novel’s first line stacks…

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Added by Marla Sherman on July 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

2 REASONS WHY SELF-EDITING IS HARD AND 5 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE IT EASIER

Having an edited, ready-for-publication manuscript is paramount when searching for a publisher or an agent. Some vanity publishers—like EMSA Publishing—will provide editing in exchange for a percentage of the royalties. Others will provide you with a list of approved editors and ask you to…

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Added by Marla Sherman on June 16, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Raising Money to Publish Books

This Raising Money to Publish Books pdf document will show you where the money is and how to get it. There are…

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Added by Judd Miller on May 16, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Gotta Find a Home

Telling The Stories of Those Too Often Ignored

Throughout the past four years I have met many people, now friends, who for various reasons are, or were, homeless.

Antonio, slept on a park bench and was beaten, had his teeth kicked out, for no other reason than his choice to sleep…

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Added by Dennis Cardiff on May 5, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Words and Clay and uncompleted forms.

As respite from writing I often take to the workshop, even in winter. Yesterday offered an opportunity to grasp an hour or two of sunshine and milder air. Making vessels out of the clay distracts and facilitates a space in my mind, so the next paragraph of the uncompleted novel can begin to emerge.  …

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Added by jenny dunbar on May 5, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Data needed: Self-pub vs Traditional

Hi Everyone,

  I writing an article listing the pros and cons of self-pub vs traditional publishing through a legitimate publishing house. I'm asking for basic information. NO exact numbers but truthful insight on whether or not the professional author trying to make a living is actually making a living with their…

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Added by Tara Nina on May 5, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Inspiration and Writing

Taking time out, especially when travelling, focuses the imagination upon the passing trivia, amongst other things, and the potential in that as well as the challenge of the less mundane when it presents itself. I refer to trains sometimes in my stories, because I like travelling in them I suppose. I love their sedate rhythm and pace, even high speed seems to relax one into silent…

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Added by jenny dunbar on May 5, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Our Ancestors, Our Stories

What was life like for black people living in the Old Edgefield District, South Carolina during the time leading up and following the Civil War? Our book–Our Ancestors, Our Stories–chronicles the history of blacks in Edgefield and the journey of one historian and four individuals and their families who lived in this community. They were our ancestors, our flesh and blood. Obviously, the life and circumstances…

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Added by Bernice Bennett on April 17, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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