Archive For September 29, 2016

Genre Treatments

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 just what literary genres are. Let’s start with the short one….

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 have the disease. That number will rise in the next few decades as the population continues to age….

Eavesdropping for fun and inspiration

Eavesdropping for fun and inspiration

Eavesdropping for fun and inspiration Eavesdropping A writer’s best tool is probably eavesdropping. Once you start listening in on conversations, you will open up a whole new world. Because real dialogue, interspersed with your created dialogue, adds realism. Subtlety First of all, you have got to be subtle. This means maybe you pretend to play…

Getting inspiration from life events

Getting inspiration from life events

Getting inspiration from life events Life events Life events can be extremely inspiring for writers. They can range from baby showers to quinceañeras. Or they might be religious commitment ceremonies like confirmations. Weddings and Marriages are a special case I’ll cover weddings and marriages at a later date. They generally entail much greater pageantry. Intimacy versus Spectacle…

Reviewing – Bad Reviews

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 is perfect and pristine. This blog post is about reviewing badly-written works. But if a work…

Reviewing – Middling Reviews

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 superlative works are uncommon. As always, kindness should be your guide. The work isn’t…

Reviewing – Positive Reviews

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 just got. And don’t provide one in the hopes that you’ll get one in…

Beta Reading, Part 2

Beta Reading, Part 2

Beta Reading, Part 2 For beta reading, part 2, let’s take a look at the actual feedback process. But first, let’s get the mechanics out of the way. Practical Mechanics When beta reading, you are generally only using a few possible programs. Here’s how to best use them: When using Microsoft Word, go to Review and…

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