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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

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

Accuracy - A Writer's Question

Accuracy –  The Writer’s Dilemma

As a forensic nurse, I often work with attorneys as an expert witness. I instruct the jury to listen to what the evidence tells you not what the people involved say.  Everything must be accurate, and the smallest of details matter in solving a crime or proving a case.



One of the problems we often have is that because of the fictional depiction of investigations where DNA is always present and can be processed in 45 minutes juries now expect…

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Added by Serita D Stevens on February 27, 2018 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Let’s Talk About Rejections

Let’s Talk About Rejections

Let’s face it, we all hate receiving the words, “Thank you for sending in your submission, but we didn’t accept it.”

You might get an explanation for the reason why, or you may not. If you received the reason then check it over carefully. Do you understand what they are trying to tell you about your story? Did you try to make sense of it, or did you just get mad and throw it away?

Hopefully you didn’t get mad and throw it away. At least save it.…

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Added by Linda Barnett-Johnson on November 9, 2017 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Coping with Rejection

Coping With Rejection

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Vicki Hinze

First, let’s set the record straight. We don’t want to just cope with rejection. We want to cope with it constructively.

Allowing rejection to shove us into a mental pit of despair isn’t healthy and we don’t want that to…

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Added by Vicki Hinze on September 22, 2017 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Our E-mail Signature: Choosing Courteous and Great Marketing by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

In a public e-mail to her clients, someone near and dear to me (an expert) said most people look at the first two lines of an email. That’s it. They aren’t interested in fishing through pages of post-signature blather. People need to have ways to learn about you, not reasons to put up shields.” She advised three or four lines, tops. Boy, did that set me off? So, these people we send mail to are in such a hurry that they’d rather spend time looking up in dozens of places for the information…

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Added by Linda Barnett-Johnson on September 12, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

MIMI’S EULOGY TO-BE & LEGACY

Why on earth would anyone ever want to write their own eulogy-to-be? 

Well, sometimes life just sucks, and then consequently your eulogy would suck too. MIMI'S EULOGY TO-BE & LEGACY https://liveforeverhowto.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/mel-2.jpg?w=438&h=582 438w,…

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Added by Mimi Emmanuel on September 9, 2017 at 9:19pm — No Comments

I’M 70 TODAY … hip-hip hooray. [Really in July]

I am 70 TODAY … hip-hip-hooray

Dear frayed and tainted diary, 



Today is July 9th and this is my nineteen thousand two hundred and seventy-third entry to your hallowed pages. As my covert amigo, I have inscribed on your page's enigmas I have yet to share with anyone. In case you didn’t know today is the oldest birthday I have secured, and you will not believe…

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Added by AW Schade on August 21, 2017 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Constant Noise (flash short story)

The streets of Tokyo teemed with people. A never ending flow of suits and interesting fashion statements. Crowed sidewalks and jammed traffic. Bumper to bumper people and cars. Just another weekday in the land of the rising sun.

Unlike most ex-pats living here, it wasn’t the culture that brought me, Jonathan Merced, from Perth. Old things and historic sites don’t interest me. Never have.

I came here for the hi-tech gadgets and…

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Added by Lee W. Pletzers on June 22, 2017 at 10:59pm — No Comments

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