Writing Tips : Show and Tell

Writing Tips: Show and Tell

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Time for show and tell! I hope everyone brought their favorite toys or adventures to share with the class!

OK, well, maybe we’re not doing that kind of show and tell, but hey I thought it was a good opener.

The differences between showing and telling with writing are summarized in the basic form of their words. Showing, ultimately, means that you are presenting something, in detail, to someone else, in order to convey a certain message, story, innovation, etc. They can see it, feel it, and come up with their own idea of what your presenting. Continue reading

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Writing Tips : Your Writing Space

Writing Wednesday: Your Writing Space

There’s an interesting dilemma with writing in terms of where you write, and how it affects your work. Some people are less influenced by this, and can write almost anywhere, but some are flaunted by the smallest inconsistency at their desk. Some people don’t even know that they’re work is being affected, especially those who are just beginning. The smallest, teeny-tiniest thing could be getting to you, and you may not even realize how much it affects your writing.

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Writing Tips: Sharpening Your Mental Pencil

Writing Tips: Sharpening Your Mental Pencil

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“I am approaching the heart of this book with two theses, both simple. The first, is that good writing consists of mastering the fundamentals (vocabulary, grammar, the elements of style) and then filling the third level of your toolbox with the right instruments. The second is that while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of  a merely competent one.”   -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

I wanted to start with this passage for two simple reasons. One, is that it’s true, and the second is that it’s a great highlighter for the phrase: practice makes perfect. Continue reading

Writing Tips: Why Should You Print Your Work?

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Should you always print out your work?

The answer is like most things with writing – it’s subjective. It depends on the writer’s preference, resources, etc. Unlike most things in writing though, this question is often met with the same answer when it comes to a project that has twenty or more page – at least it should be. Continue reading

Writing Tips : 5 Common Writing Mistakes

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Hey, how’s everybody doing today?

Though I haven’t finished the final edits to Spettra, I decided I would take some time to write up my Writing Wednesday Blog (publishing on Friday, so I guess that eliminates the Wednesday part). The edits are near completion, and I believe the new edition of Spettra will be released early next week. It’s looking sharper, with illustrations drawn up by yours truly, new scenes, as well as an all Continue reading

Random Rant: The “I’d love to share your book…” scam.

Annoying Messages Indie Authors Receive:

“I would LOVE to share your book with my one million followers! Message me back to find out more!”

Ok…So what’s stopping you? Don’t know where the share button is?

Most Indie authors know, that if you share something, the ones who matter, will share back. If not, then don’t share for them. It’s one of the biggest ways we all network and market books. It’s how most of us meet, and it’s how most of us end up supporting each other.

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Author Gunnar Lawrence Shares His Advice For Indie Authors.

I am pleased to be promoting this authors post. Author Gunnar Lawrence has become a well known thriller author with his books “The Perfect Day” and “Fair Play”. I saw his post on Facebook just the other day, and was compelled to share it with all of you. I feel that what this Gunnar Lawrence has said is something that all independents need to hear, authors and otherwise.

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