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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…Continue
Added by Tara Nina on May 5, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by jenny dunbar on May 5, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…
Added by Bernice Bennett on April 17, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
Writers need opportunities. We give feedback.
WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges. First prize is $200. Submit to the 10th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 21, 2015. Complete details at www.writeradvice.com.
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Added by B. Lynn Goodwin on April 5, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Some of the first things new writers are told is to write what you know, and to show, and not tell. Russian playwright and author Anton Checkhov is credited with having said “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass,” underscoring the latter. Showing can be a powerful tool when used with discretion, but all too often…Continue
Added by Elise Abram on April 5, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Academy of American Poets
A price of $5,000 is given annually for a second book of poetry by a U.S. poet that will be published in the forthcoming year. The winner also receives an all-expense-paid weeklong residency at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Copies of the winning book are purchased and distributed to approximately 1,000 members of the Academy of American Poets. U.S. publishers may…Continue
Tellers of Tales
A traditional ballad singer sings within the framework of the ballad form, and an experienced and skilled performer uses techniques of improvisation, decoration and emphasis, where it is appropriate and which may emotionally transcend the boundaries of the form in the experience of the listener. The ballad often includes a repeated line, which is in itself a powerful technique and accentuates the accumulating drama of the piece.
The tune also can be sparse, yet…Continue
Added by jenny dunbar on April 1, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
One of our facebook group members has suggested that we could get to know each other face to face. I think it's a good idea. As we are all in various…Continue
Added by Judd Miller on March 18, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Many self-published writers have to find ways to market themselves nowadays if they still want to remain in the game. Writing alone is a full-time job, but having to do the marketing by yourself, makes it an overtime job. In today's lesson, I will show you some helpful websites that can bring daily customers to your published book.
Book auctioning websites attract millions of debit…Continue
Added by Judd Miller on March 17, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
The mark of a serious writer/author is the willingness to improve. The pursuit of excellence includes any combination of 1) formal schooling, 2) seminars, 3) reading, 4) organizations/groups, 5) research, 6) writing, 7) editing. You can probably think of other avenues.
Pablo Casals was a pre-eminent cellist and conductor (1876-1973) who blessed us with music. When in his 90's it is said that someone asked why he continued to…Continue
Added by Sean Patrick O'Mordha on March 7, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Fine wine needs to be nurtured, rested, watched and turned until ready for drinking.
I think words require a little care too. Serious writers probably have a couple of pages on the go at the same time. Maybe a dormant chapter or manuscript waiting in the wings to be revisited or re-enacted.
I find it a necessity to leave and come back, leave and come back yet again, until I feel I have a complete work, indeed will it ever be complete? It is that detail in the…Continue
Added by jenny dunbar on March 7, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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?…Continue
Added by jenny dunbar on February 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Franz McLaren on February 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Added by Debbie A. McClure on February 19, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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 to look up the difference, but there isn’t much of a…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Aaron Paul Lazar on February 12, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments
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 didn’t have the knack to capture a glowing sunset or wavy…
Added by Aaron Paul Lazar on February 12, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments