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You Might Be a Writer If…

Hello friends! Sorry I haven’t been around for awhile but having some major upheavals in my life is not that conducive to lots of blogging so I do apologise. You will love this humorous blog from Kristen Lamb. Have a fantastic weekend, and I will write again soon. Promise!

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A lot of “stuff” has been going on in my life lately. Hard stuff. Heavy stuff. The kind of stuff that just makes me want to write massacre scenes….except I am so brain dead I had to google how to spell “massacre.”

Masicker? Missucker?

WHAT AM I DOING???? *breaks down sobbing*

I am supposed to be an adult an expert okay, maybe functionally literate. Fine, I give up! I have nothing left to saaaaayyyyyy. I am all out of woooords *builds pillow fort*.

I figured it’s time for a bit of levity. Heck, I need a good laugh. How about you guys?

We writers are different *eye twitches* for sure, but the world would be SO boring without us. Am I the only person who watches Discovery ID and critiques the killers?

You are putting the body THERE? Do you just WANT to go to prison? Why did you STAB…

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The Indie Author Manifesto

I LOVE this! Please share. I think every Indie author and every reader should know this manifesto. I’m proud to be Indie!

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Indie Authors.

Each and every one of us should post this on our websites, blogs, etc.

THE INDIE AUTHOR MANIFESTO by Mark Coker @ Smashwords:

Indie Author Manifesto


We indie authors believe all writers are created equal, that all writers are endowed with natural creative potential, and that writers have an unalienable right to exercise, explore and realize their potential through the freedom of publication. 

I hold these truths to be self-evident:

  1. I am an indie author
  2. I have experienced the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from self-publishing
  3. I have a right to publish
  4. My creative control is important to me.  I decide when, where and how my writing graduates to become a published book.
  5. Indie does not mean “alone.”  I choose my partners.
  6. I shall not bow beholden or subservient to any publisher. In my business relationships, I seek partnership, fairness, equity and mutually aligned interests.
  7. We indie…

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Elmore Leonard: 10 Rules

More great writing advice. Simple and easy to remember. I agree with all the points. What say you, dear Writer? Are there areas in your writing that need tidying up and analyzing? I have learned over the years how to tighten up my writing and make it sound less like writing and more like storytelling. Is there a difference? I think so. Do you?

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Elmore Leonard: 10 Rules

Among all the lists of writing rules and advice, this one ranks high, in my opinion. Simple, yet so important.

  1.  Never open a book with weather.
  2.  Avoid prologues.
  3.  Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
  4.  Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
  5.  Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
  6.  Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
  7.  Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
  8.  Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
  9.  Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
  10.  Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

 * Excerpted from the New York Times article, “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle”


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“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am.”

Wonderful words from the incomparable Maya Angelou! Let’s celebrate the life of this phenomenal writer and artist!

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Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin — find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that it was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how…

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Social Media, Book Signings & Why Neither Directly Impact Overall Sales

Another fascinating blog by one of my favourite bloggers! What is your take on whether social media sells books or not? With all of us trying so hard to get seen it becomes a hugely debatable subject. What are your opinions?

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One of my AWESOME on-line pals posted something troublesome on my Facebook page. Apparently there is a recent article in a major writing magazine that declares social media does not sell books and, in a nutshell, isn’t worth the effort.I’ll warn you guys ahead of time that I went hunting for the article—at the last remaining Barnes & Noble within a 25 mile radius of my home—and couldn’t find said article (and have asked Kim to get me the specific issue). But, since this type of commentary is prevalent enough in the blogosphere, I feel I can address the overall thesis accurately enough.

Social Media Was NEVER About Selling Books Directly—Who KNEW?

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I’ve been saying this for about ten years, because the idea of using social circles for sales is NOT new…

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Winners Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

This is so inspirational – as I try to be to everyone who reads my blog – so I thought I’s share something different with you all. Enjoy! They are incredibly beautiful and breathtaking!


The winners for the Open, Youth and National Award competitions of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards were announced today by the World Photography Organisation (WPO).

Selected from over 70,000 entries from across the world, all three competitions were judged on a single shot and prizes ranged from the latest Sony digital imaging equipment to trips to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 30 April 2014. The ten Open winners will also compete for a $5,000 (USD) prize and the Overall Open Photographer of the Year title.

139,554 images were entered in total to the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards: 69,114 Professional entries (winners yet to be announced); 65,512 Open entries and 4,928 Youth entries images. Entries to the National Awards were selected from the Open competition.

Professional category winners and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will…

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Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors

A great thought-provoking blog from Kristen Lamb! Sorry I’ve been scarce, but I needed a good break and time to reach the end of Book 4 before the end of 2013! I promise to return soon. In the meantime, have a fantastic New Year’s day, and prepare for an awesome adventure ahead! 2014 is going to be a fantastic year!

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When I began writing I was SO SURE agents would be fighting over my manuscript. Yeah. But after almost thirteen years in the industry, a lot of bloody noses, and even more lessons in humility, I hope that these tips will help you. Self-publishing is AWESOME, and it’s a better fit for certain personalities and even content (um, social media?), but we must be educated before we publish.

Mistake #1 Publishing Before We Are Ready

The problem with the ease of self-publishing is that it is, well, too easy. When we are new, frankly, most of us are too dumb to know what we don’t know. Just because we made As in English, does not automatically qualify us to write a work spanning 60,000-100,000 words. I cannot count how many writers I’ve met who refuse to read fiction, refuse to read craft books, and who only go to pitch agents…

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Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight and the first interview for this is Monique Rockliffe, fabulous Fantasy/sci-fi novelist! Writer of ‘The Door’ and ‘The Sword Bearer’ series!

Here is my latest interview hosted by the kind and friendly Ruth Watson-Morris, an avid reader, book lover, and successful author in her own right. Enjoy!

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RWM – “Hello and welcome Monique, this is a different day for FFA as it is a Saturday, I apologise to my blog readers for the change of day, as this is the last of my Friday (Saturday interviews) for now I wanted it to stand out especially as I have read and own a lot of Monique’s books.
What is your current genre? What made you chose this subject?”

MR – “I write fantasy/epic fantasy/sci-fi. I think they chose me  I’ve always had a wild imagination, so writing fantasy and science fiction seemed the natural choice.”

RWM – “ I must admit to having quite a liking to your series ‘The Sword Bearers’ and ‘The Door’ is a short story any Sci-fi fan should read! What is your current book or work about?

MR – “I am in the process of writing the last instalment of my epic…

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I Want to Write

There are some fantastic blogs out lately with heaps of encouragement for NaNoWriMo, and because I’m doing it again this year (last year was my first, and very successful attempt it was, too) I thought I’d share a couple of these fab blogs to boost your confidence and encourage you in case you’re having doubts about doing NaNo this year! Read and be inspired!!

Live to Write - Write to Live

Back a few weeks ago, I responded to a writing prompt I found in a Writer’s Digest magazine. The prompt asked me to “acknowledge that writing is hard.” I think that all the time, but I’ve never written those words down. So I did—plus a few more. Then I went on to the rest of the prompt, which included: “Write about how you are going to make writing happen.”

Writing down how hard writing is, acknowledging it, brought up the question, “So why do I do it?”

My answer is simply because I really, really want to. I have no idea why I have such a longing to write, and I have come to see that I don’t have to know. I believe that if I have the longing, I must also have the skills (or the ability to learn the skills) to be a great writer. I’m learning the…

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How to Make Sure Your NaNo Project Isn’t a Hot Mess

Hi guys, I thought I’d share this with you as NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and Kristen Lamb is the queen of NaNo with tons of fantastic and very helpful advice. In this post she’s also invited Jami Gold to share her strategies and hints and guidelines with you. I thought it a fantastic post worth sharing with my writer friends. Enjoy!

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I LOVE NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which is November). It is a fantastic way to push ourselves and also for new writers to be introduced to a professional pace and a professional attitude. When we do this “writing thing” for a living, we have to write no matter what.

I’ve written books while a toddler stood whacking me with a sword. I’ve written blog posts from hospital rooms or the day after funerals. Life doesn’t stop because we want to “create.” Family gets sick, houses need to be cleaned, and bills need to be paid. Often we have to balance a day job, too.

Though I encourage you all to try NaNo, I offer a caveat. Invest in a little planning.

There are few things more defeating that to a) start off hot and heavy only to write ourselves into a corner or b) invest a month of suffering and…

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