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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

52 Wonderful Twitter Chats for Writers


Writing is often a lonely endeavor for professionals and college students alike, but it doesn't have to be. There are many places for writers to find help and inspiration for every part of the writing process. One of the newest sources of support is on Twitter, through a wide variety of writing chats. Writers on Twitter only need to use and search for a given hashtag to participate, and most groups are very welcoming to those with different interests and levels of experience. Here, we've listed some of the most popular and potentially valuable chats on Twitter. Covering a wide range of topics, you're bound to find a chat that meets your personal needs as a writer, and you may just make a few new friends in the process.

Slow Chats

These chats don't always have a set time or day that they meet. Writers and readers simply post to them whenever they come across something they'd like to share with the community.
  1. #litchatThis group is not only a great place to get inspired to write, it can also help hook you up with some great books to read. Chats are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but if you miss a meeting there are transcripts on the group's blog.
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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

A brand new thriller from M. D. Cliatt


A BRAND NEW WORLD

When criminal defense attorney Maeven Dayne decides not to walk away from her job to defend a teenage girl with no family and no money, she finds herself taking on a corrupt juvenile justice system and winds up in the middle of a murder plot.

I’m brand new to the world of writing fiction, and from what I see and hear, the world has changed with the advent of ebooks and online publishing. When I started writing my novel four years ago, I had no idea how I was going to publish and market it.  I just knew I wanted to write it and I’d worry about the rest later.  So, when later arrived, I found myself pulling my hair out as I tried to figure out how to get it done: to publish through a traditional house or to self-publish. Both options seemed intimidating. I never really concerned myself with how my favorite books ended up in my hands; I just wanted to find the nearest hidey hole and plunge into someone else’s imagination. Well now, I wanted to share my imaginary world and story through a book, and I didn’t know how to do it.  Ugh!  So, I jumped on my trusty steed--my laptop of course--and galloped into the virtual new world of cyberspace looking for answers. 

Sunday, 18 December 2011

I am I: The In-Dweller of your Heart - a stepping stone for spiritual education.


Savour the Flavouring

Or should I say ‘SAVIOUR’? 



by 
David Knight


In this post I would like to give a taster of things to come with two snippets from my new book called, I am I: The In-Dweller of your Heart.

In essence ‘truth’ is simple, and as such, I feel that any spiritual guidance and education for our hearts and souls should resonate and connect within us.

ANCHORS AWAY! COME AND SAIL THE OCEAN OF LOVE. 

This snippet is from a Lesson called ‘Energy’.
In fact, your physical is the only thing that was 'born' because your essence, your Atma; your Soul was never ‘born’ into the physical world as you already 'existed' and are permanent …only the impermanent fades and dies.

When stars collapse and become black holes, a change of energy has taken place yet it still exists.... just like a human being which goes through similar processes, evolving, growing, maturing; but as the body is born, it follows that it will die.

This ‘body’ is cremated or buried and it is either transmuted into another form by fire and ash or by dissolving into earth because everything is returned to me, as I am all things.

Understand though, that even those who do not remember me in their hearts, I still love ....for everyone is near and dear to me and the realization of such, one day, will happen.

All will sail on my ocean of love for I am the wind that will empower those that lay there floundering by the rocks.

I will remove their anchor (or you could say ‘anger’), that weighs them down in the false position of a make-believe harbour within the physical world …with its materialism and traits of ego, personified by lack of compassion and mistrust.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

5 Ways to Kill Boring Posts

by
Mary Edwards

So you have a blog. Good for you. There’s only one thing I have to say to you. Either write well or delete it. I am so sick of flipping through boring, repetitive blog posts. Really, you’d be better off just letting the poor thing die. Shoot it and relive us all of your misery. No one wants to read about what you ate last night or what little Sally did that was just so cute. Or, worse yet, your sexual exploits. Unless you’re a Kardashian, no one cares, really. Oh, but you like your blog. Fine then. Read these five tips and try to improve it. If you can.


1.  You’re boring – Face it, you don’t have a passion for anything. You don’t care about your blog or what you write on it. Wait, you do? Well, that’s a shocker. I had no idea. From reading it I’d have thought you were about as enthusiastic as a wino on his fourth bottle. Don’t be afraid to show your passion then! Pour out your heart, get over-excited, may be sweat a bit as you type so furiously that the words get jumbled up on the page and grammar goes out the window because it’s just so exciting! That’s what I want to read. If you don’t love it, then why should I?



2.  You’re stupid – You know nothing, you see nothing, you hear nothing, nothing! Your name is Shultz. You live in a perpetual state of blank numbness where you experience nothing that goes on around you. Better yet, what you do see/hear/feel you have no input on. You get neither aggravated nor elated. That’s not you? Then you do know something! Don’t let pesky things like facts get in your way. You’re not writing for the New York Times. You have a blog. Unless you’re giving medical advice (please don’t) then your opinion won’t kill anyone. Share. Tell. Write.


Friday, 9 December 2011

KDP Select - Amazon wants exclusivity.

What's the deal with Kindle? They want exclusivity with our books, is this goodbye to Smashwords and other e-outlets? Will this 90 days exclusivity become indefinite?  

They only want our E version, our paperbacks can be available anywhere we desire (can't help wondering for how long). But we won't be able to sell our books ourselves from our own websites any more. 



This, of course, isn't conditional with Kindle Amazon. We can opt in or out.

Check out: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/KDPSelect

This is a decision most of us have been mulling over this week.

So, questions we need to ask:

  • How would it work?
  • What would we get out of being exclusive to Kindle?
  • Is it easy to opt out once we opt in?
  • Is copyright still ours?
Who's decided already? Who's still thinking? What are your worries about this venture?


Check out Linda Rae's post who seems very opposed to the idea: http://lindaraeblairauthor.wordpress.com/blogs/new-to-be-or-not-to-be-indie-the-amazon-lending-library-program/


Writers' Beware: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/


The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/16/amazon-kindle-lending-library-contract-authors


So many people are talking about it, and so far no one has anything good to say about it. But in all honesty, no one knows how it's all going to work out. And if you've an ebook gathering cyber dust I say go for it.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Win a copy of "How to Deal with Stupid Clowns who Don't know what the Hell they're talking about!" I know. Mad title, and even crazier author!


Hi all, I'm John Garrett of Hypertransitory.com, author of "How to Deal with Stupid Clowns who Don't know what the Hell they're talking about!"

I know it's a crazy title, and it's even crazier inside. This is a humor book combining writing and comics all written and drawn by me.

I've been drawing comics for probably as long as I could hold a pen (I used to draw them in ballpoint pen), but usually the stuff I came up with was more in the comic book super hero style, not humor comics.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Today let’s talk about stereotyping.


How’d you feel about stereotypes in fiction? Do they annoy you? Or do they make you smile?

You have the dramatic gay man, the lazy fat person, the sullen teenager… they are all there because they exist. So does that mean we can’t write about them? I mean, you also get the lazy thin person, the sullen middle-aged person and the ditzy Afro Caribbean (I should know, I work with her!). But the fact is if there weren’t any people to fit the mould there would be no stereotypes!

But what are stereotypes?

It’s a generalization about a group of people where we attribute a clear set of characteristics. These can be positive or negative. But I’ve learned that this “positive” and “negative” is personal to one’s own self.


Some blond haired women hate being labelled as “dumb”, others aren’t so bothered.

So why can’t we stereotype in writing?

It’s lazy - like clichés, stereotyping is too easy. Your character is blonde so she must be as thick and enjoy shopping?

It’s offensive – stereotyping evolved to be cruel towards typical groups. He’s fat so he must be lazy and love hamburgers?

In A Proper Charlie I deliberately made my gay man “typically” gay until layers were peeled away and he was revealed as being frightened of failure and very possessive. Charlie, my main protagonist, was ditzy but I gave her red hair. No, she didn’t have a temper either!

I enjoy watching reality shows and love being proved wrong about a stereotype. On the surface they exist. But dig deep and you have an individual.

A character.

Make your character an individual and you’ll have real, flesh and blood person to write about.