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Tips to Help You Concentrate While Writing

A Writer's Path

by Meg Dowell

Are you an easily distracted writer? I could make this post very short and sweet and tell you to get off the internet and just write already, but that doesn’t always solve your problem. I’ve greatly improved my ability to concentrate over the past few months, which has made me much more productive and satisfied with my work. Here are a few strategies that might help you focus and get more writing done.

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Author Alter Egos and the Future of Scribbles

Excellent post and definitely worth the read! 😉

J. A. Allen

interscope-records-eminem-new-albumI watched a video on Facebook the other day chronicling Eminem’s rise to superstardom from the trailer park. (Yes, I WAS avoiding work on Old Souls, thank you SO  for pointing that out.) I planned to link the video to this post, but like so many other things on Facebook, it seems to have fallen into a rather unfindable abyss. The video detailed the struggles the rapper endured throughout his childhood: his mother’s abuse, and the bullying he was subjected to as a white kid in a predominantly black community.

He began rapping as a means to cope. He memorized the dictionary. He entered rap-battles.


And he lost.


It wasn’t until Eminem adopted an alter ego that he became a household name. Slim Shady was the man who made us all stand up. He took hold of the rap scene in 1999, and held on with murderously tight death grip…

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From Writing To Self-Publishing To Online Publishing…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

by Derek Haines  on Just Publishing Advice site:

Writing naturally leads to self-publishing. And then?

As so many writers have discovered, self-publishing is a fantastic opportunity to get books published and available to readers all around the world.

Self-publishing, however, also involves a very long learning curve that requires the acquisition of so many skills. So long, in fact, that writing a book often seems to be the easiest part of the process.

Discovering that a book will not sell itself, new authors have to learn how to leverage the online world through social media, websites, blogs, advertising and promotion.

All of these require at least a basic technical knowledge, and for those authors who are willing and eager to learn, they develop very good Internet and technical knowledge.

In the process, many also discover that self-publishing leads them into online publishing. The two are by necessity intertwined.

To be…

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Crafting the very short story #amwriting

Need to work on those short story skills? Step right this way! 😉

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

During the month of January I will be exploring the many aspects of the craft of writing short, salable works. I periodically discuss the importance writing to build stock for submissions to magazines, anthologies, or contests. However, many authors have difficulty keeping a story short, and there is an art to it.

Some authors are naturally skilled at this, so if you are one of those lucky people, this may be of no interest to you, but thank you for stopping by!

So, now we get down to business. First up is the short story, works that are 2,000 to around 7,000 words in length.

First, decide what length you want to write to—if you have no specific contest in mind, 2000 to 4000 is a good all purpose length that will fit into most submission guidelines. For those of you who have trouble writing short works for contests and anthologies…

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Getting to know all about them

Get the lowdown on characters before the book releases! 😉

Just 4 My Books

Leading up to the launch of Casualty of Court in Spring 2018, I’ve hired a team of experts to really dish the dirt on my four key characters.
Will they crack under the pressure?
What are they hiding?
Who can you – the reader – really trust?

Fear not, my team will get to the bottom of things. If there’s a secret to be told, they’ll find it. After all, these are all professionals in their own fields (think of this as the interview stage in The Apprentice)

Detective Hugh Dunnitt will head up the enquiries to find the villain of the piece.

Annie Skillsett will question them on their experiences. Are they up to the job?

CeeCee Dedmann is on board to garner assistance from ‘the other side’. Who will each character choose to speak to, and why?

Dr Ed Case is looking to investigate their innermost thoughts. What…

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Plotting a Novel is Like Playing a Game of Rummy

Fun analogy on plotting! 😉

A Writer's Path

by Andrea Lundgren

I’ve been thinking a lot about plotting lately (as my works-in-progress have been at that stage), and it occurred to me that it’s kind of like a game, played between reader and writer. In some ways, it reminds me of the game of rummy, where the goal is to collect a certain group of cards–so many duplicates and so many in a run (2-3-4, 5-6-7, etc.).

Of course, it’s a cooperative game, where the writer is trying to feed the reader certain cards in a certain order so the game will last a certain length. Too many right “cards” too fast, and the story will be over and resolved in the first few chapters. Too few, and the pacing will drag.

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‘Twas Just Before Christmas

Twas’ the Night Before Christmas…writer’s version! Stop by Staci’s and check it out!

Staci Troilo

One writer’s take on a popular holiday poem. Enjoy!


Christmas Faerie Muse

’Twas just before Christmas, ideas had been humming
Fingers clacking the keys and suffering from numbing

Time to shut down for the end of the year
Munch on a cookie, drink a cold beer

The house was so quiet because I was up late
Drafting a plot twist that just wouldn’t wait

But until January, my writing was done
I needed a break, I needed some fun

I scrolled through my playlist, found the Rat Pack
Danced to Dean Martin while making a snack

I was cutting a slice of a candied fruit torte
When I heard a soft giggle then a cynical snort

The refrigerator provided only dim light
The rest of the room was shadowed that night

I hurried to the wall, flipped up the switch
Turned and was startled. Yelled, “Son of a—“

A spritely young faerie stood on…

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