Are you a ‘writer in the closet’?

Come out of the closet! LOL! 😉

The Cat's Write

You’re watching your friend closely as surprise flirts across their features, the expression sinking into their eyes and the lines around their mouth.

‘You’re writing a book? Far out, I had no idea you were even a writer!’

You smile tentatively back, feeling naked under their blazing gaze. ‘Well you see… I’ve always been a writer, I’ve just never told anyone before. I mean, some of myvery closefamily know, but even they don’t know how serious I am about it all.’

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Curated Writing Content

It’s Friday! 😉👍

Story Empire

Content Curation globalCiao, SEers. Hope you had a great week. It’s time, once again, to share the best we found on the web over the last seven days.

On Monday, Joan Hall discussed the Beatles and writing. You can find that post here. On Wednesday, Harmony Kent wrote the first of her two-part series on commas. You can find that post here. And, without further ado, here are the other industry posts we think you might find useful.


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Ninety-Nine Ways to Fail in Writing, Publishing, and Marketing

Are you Dolores or Ben? 😉

A Writer's Path

by Dr. Kent Gustavson

When it comes to writing, publishing, and marketing a book, there are many mistakes to be made (many more than 99). The #1 most important mistake NOT to make is over-investment. I’ll give a quick anecdote about that, and then give the whole list of my 99 favorite book mistakes.

One of my favorite stories about over-investment is of two (real) people. Let’s call them Dolores and Ben.

Dolores spent $57 writing, producing, and publishing her book. Sure, it was self-published, but it looked great, and was well edited by friends and family members. She currently gets tons of gigs because of the book, and is an Amazon.com bestseller.

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Using the Five Senses in Fiction, Part Two: Smell, Touch, & Taste

Part II – Yes! 😉

Writers After Dark

Five senses Part Two

“I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my senses I might blind my soul altogether.” —Socrates

I say let’s blind our readers’ souls with our stories! What? Seems legit to me. *shrugs*

As an author, your job is to transport your reader into the story and have them go through the full journey. And the use of the five senses is the simplest way to do so. They help with taking in information from the world around us, and help convey a message to the readers by providing a strong image in their souls . . . err, heads.

If you missed last week’s post on Using the Five Senses in Fiction, Part One: Sight and Sound, what are you waiting for? Go check it out!!! 😀

Now let’s get to the last three senses: smell, touch…

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Curated Content for Writers ~ May 12

It’s a writer’s wishlist! Check it out! 😉

Story Empire

Pencil with sharpener, pencil shavings and blank notebookHappy Friday SEers! It’s the beautiful month of May, a great time to start a new writing project or dive into an existing one.  To sharpen up the tools you employ with your author platform, be sure to check out this week’s posts:

Author Media Kit, Part 3—One Sheet and Biography by Staci Troilo and my post on Personality Types and Writers. As usual, the entire SE gang has been scoping out material on the web to bring you the brightest gems of the week. Take a look at what we’ve gathered:


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Personality Types and Writers

You HAVE to take this quiz! Very interesting and surprisingly accurate! Please share your results! Now I have to go find my new BFF – Colin Powell! 😄

Story Empire

Are writers introverts? So many of us say we are, but personality tests show that how we view ourselves is not always how others view us. I’ve been subjected to a number of personality and team-building profiles in the business world and I always find them interesting.

Many years ago I took a detailed Myers-Brigg test conducted by my local college. If you’re unfamiliar with Myers-Brigg, it’s based on the foundation that there are sixteen personality types which are factored from four key elements:

Favorite World
Do you focus on the outer world (Extraversion • E) or the inner world (Introversion • I)

Information
Do you focus on the basic information you take in (Sensing • S) or do you interpret and add meaning (Intuition • N)

Decisions
Do you look at logic and consistency first (Thinking • T) or people and special circumstances (Feeling • F)

Structure
When…

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