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  • Getting inspiration from science

    Getting inspiration from science Science Science is one of the cornerstones of our existence. So are your characters scientific? Do they f’ing love science? And even if they don’t, it ...

  • Complex evil characters

    Complex evil characters For complex evil characters to work, you’ve got to give them some screen time, as it were. Because a paragraph or two simply will not cut it. Backstory Since evil ...

  • Getting inspiration from aging

    Getting inspiration from aging Aging happens to all of us, even if we die young. And much like children experience various developmental stages, our aging has some stages, too. However, in order ...

    • Color Theory, Part 4

      Color Theory, Part 4

      Color Theory, Part 4 If you are interested in creating your own covers, or if you are a part of selecting your cover in your published work, you need to understand color theory. What does it mean when you add blue to your cover? The basics Color theo...

      August 11, 2016
    • Color Theory, Part 3

      Color Theory, Part 3

      Color Theory, Part 3 If you are interested in creating your own covers, or if you are a part of selecting your cover in your published work, you need to understand color theory. What happens when you select a cover color predominantly from the family...

      August 08, 2016
    • Color Theory, Part 2

      Color Theory, Part 2

      Color Theory, Part 2 If you are interested in creating your own covers, or if you are a part of selecting your cover in your published work, you need to understand color theory. The basics of color theory, part 2 Color theory is the associations and ...

      August 04, 2016
    • Getting inspiration from science

      Getting inspiration from science

      Getting inspiration from science Science Science is one of the cornerstones of our existence. So are your characters scientific? Do they f’ing love science? And even if they don’t, it can still inform what they say and do. Discoveries Fir...

      March 13, 2017
    • Complex evil characters

      Complex evil characters

      Complex evil characters For complex evil characters to work, you’ve got to give them some screen time, as it were. Because a paragraph or two simply will not cut it. Backstory Since evil characters are a certain type of character, it pays to gi...

      March 09, 2017
    • Getting inspiration from aging

      Getting inspiration from aging

      Getting inspiration from aging Aging happens to all of us, even if we die young. And much like children experience various developmental stages, our aging has some stages, too. However, in order to avoid repeating myself, let’s throw out a cave...

      March 06, 2017
    • Creative commons

      Creative commons

      Creative commons and whether images can be used What is Creative Commons? Their story is best told by them: Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. But this i...

      June 09, 2016
    • A crash course in copyright law, part 3 (exceptions)

      A crash course in copyright law, part 3 (exceptions)

      A crash course in copyright law, part 3 (exceptions) What are some exceptions to copyright infringement cases? So, when is it all right? Purdue University offers a terrific and very readable summary of the main known exceptions to copyright infringe...

      May 23, 2016
    • A crash course in copyright law, part 2

      A crash course in copyright law, part 2

      A crash course in copyright law, part 2 Want to learn more about copyright law? How about infringement? We are artists and that means we are copyright holders, even if we never assert our rights and never file with the copyright office. According to ...

      May 19, 2016
    • The Future of the Lonely Writer

      The Future of the Lonely Writer

      The Future The future? Well, more specifically, I mean the future of the Lonely Writer website. Wait, what? So as some readers may recall, I started this website as my capstone project at Quinnipiac University. I needed the project in order to gradu...

      March 18, 2017
    • Longest Night Watch 2

      Longest Night Watch 2

      Longest Night Watch 2 The Longest Night Watch 2 is the second indie author anthology dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s. All of the writers are independent authors. And we all hate Alzheimer’s. In the United States, 5.4 million Americans ...

      September 26, 2016
    • Reinvention

      Reinvention

      Reinvention Reinvention for fun and, hopefully, some profit? Moving Onward and Upward Reinvention is such a lonely word, isn’t it? We are so used to being one way, and the world is used to it, too. But then there we go, screwing it all up. I me...

      August 15, 2016
    • Writer Giveaways

      Writer Giveaways

      Giveaways So giveaways can be helpful when you are first starting out. Because people do not know your writing, they might not be inclined to spend too much on your work. Rather than pricing down to nothing, do one better: give your book away as a pr...

      February 16, 2017
    • Libraries

      Libraries

      Libraries Getting into Libraries Libraries are the unsung heroes of the American (and other countries’) educational system. They are where people look for jobs, listen to lectures, or teach themselves all sorts of things. They are also a marvel...

      October 20, 2016
    • Longest Night Watch 2

      Longest Night Watch 2

      Longest Night Watch 2 The Longest Night Watch 2 is the second indie author anthology dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s. All of the writers are independent authors. And we all hate Alzheimer’s. In the United States, 5.4 million Americans ...

      September 26, 2016
    • Editing Tips

      Editing Tips

      Editing Tips Some editing tips and tricks for you, me, and all the writers we know! And don’t know, too …. Because if you did NaNoWriMo this year, then now is right about the time you might start to thinking about attacking the editing be...

      December 29, 2016
    • Editing Part 2

      Editing Part 2

      Editing Part 2 More Editing Last time, we looked at some general issues surrounding editing. Although the process may seem daunting, it still must be done. For this post, I will assume you have done the tasks outlined in the first part. If not, then ...

      December 15, 2016
    • Editing Part 1

      Editing Part 1

      Editing Part 1 What’s this All About? Editing in a Nutshell Unless you normally write six-word horror stories, you are going to need an editor. Everybody needs this service. However, you should edit your work before handing it over to a profess...

      December 12, 2016

Editing Part 1

Editing Part 1 What's this All About? Editing in a Nutshell Unless you normally write six-word horror stories, you are going to need an editor. Everybody needs this service. However, you should edit your work before handing it over to a professional. In particular, if you are just coming off NaNoWriMo, you ...

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Editing Tips

Editing Tips Some editing tips and tricks for you, me, and all the writers we know! And don’t know, too …. Because if you did NaNoWriMo this year, then now is right about the time you might start to thinking about attacking the ...

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29
Dec

Editing Part 2

Editing Part 2 More Editing Last time, we looked at some general issues surrounding editing. Although the process may seem daunting, it still must be done. For this post, I will assume you have done the tasks outlined in the first part. If not, ...

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15
Dec

Editing Part 1

Editing Part 1 What’s this All About? Editing in a Nutshell Unless you normally write six-word horror stories, you are going to need an editor. Everybody needs this service. However, you should edit your work before handing it over to a ...

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12
Dec

Descriptions

Descriptions All about descriptions Descriptions are a must. You need them for any type of writing beyond the barest drabbles. Involve the reader in the piece. And that means pulling descriptive prose out of your head. You must commit it to ...

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27
Oct

Scene Setting

Scene Setting Scene Setting Basic scene setting is a fundamental skill which every writer needs to perfect. Let’s look at some ways to do it. All the old familiar places When your story takes place during the present day, you’re in ...

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13
Oct

Bechdel test

Bechdel test What is the Bechdel test? The Bechdel test is best defined by the Bechdel site: … sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two ...

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6
Oct

Genre Treatments

Genre Treatments Genre Treatments When it comes to genre treatments, do you treat horror, science fiction, and romance all the same way? Or do you just stick to one genre and call it a day? What are Literary Genres? It might help to understand ...

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29
Sep

Reviewing – Bad Reviews

Bad Reviews Reviewing – Bad Reviews – lousy reviews are tough to write! However, you need to write the occasional less than wonderful review in order to establish and maintain credibility. Not every novel is a stellar one. Not every effort ...

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15
Sep

Reviewing – Middling Reviews

Middling Reviews Reviewing – Middling Reviews – fair to middling reviews are harder to write. Because there is definitely a skill involved. But you are probably going to write more of them than any other type of review. Why? Because truly ...

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12
Sep

Reviewing – Positive Reviews

Positive Reviews Reviewing – Positive Reviews – these are the life blood of any independent author. We live for them! But how can you make them even better? Caveats Don’t provide a positive review in exchange for a positive one you ...

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8
Sep
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