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“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Eden Phillpotts
Oh yes, pretty nice. Love this "Readers are insulted when they find mistakes in books. It’s like serving guests dinner on dirty plates." So true.The advice about considering cutting the first 3 chapters is also very good.
A basic guide to the correct use of English profanity.
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What makes a true hero, at least in a story? Joseph Campbell had many great things to say about the hero's journey, and we can see them in popular works such as Star Wars and the Harry Potter serie...
Don't fall in love with yourself. It is a rare author who can read from their book for more than 8-10 minutes without engendering a tune-out from the audience.
Randy Susan Meyers imparts great advice about doing a reading at Huffpo at the link below. Enjoy!
I must point out that if I wasn't in love with myself, I couldn't do a reading at all. (I do alternate between raging narcissism and self-loathing, so it balances out.)A couple of persnickety podcasters who shall go unnamed once complained that they don't like it when an author looks like he's enjoying himself too much at the podium. If a writer got too much into acting out the reading, they shuddered with too-cool-for-schoolness.
This is blatant hipster posing. If the author acted miserable, said podcasters surely would have said the reading was too flat. They were a couple of poos who shouldn't go to readings if they're just there to bag on people to make themselves feel better.
I say a reading is a performance. People expect to be entertained. If you can't act, be funny. If you can't be funny, read something really good poorly or get someone else to read it for you and just answer questions afterward.
I agree with Ms. Meyers about this: Your audience doesn't care about your stagefright (unless you can make that funny, of course.)
Most people go to readings to meet the author, get a signed book, enjoy themselves and drink red wine in an atmosphere where no one calls you on your raging alcoholism.
Now get out there withyour book and kick ass.
Thanks to cool author (and soon-to-be-guest on the Cool People Podcast) Jessica McHugh for the tip on this link.
Computers, tablets and smartphones have not yet managed to crowd out pens and pencils, says Faber-Castell, German maker of high-end writing instruments.
Good to see that the pencil hasn't gone the way of the dinosaur.
I knew there had to be a word for that somewhere.
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Writing, talking about writing, reading writing and sometimes hating writing: a blog by novelist Emma Darwin
An excellent blog on writing by author Emma Darwin. Great resource on writing craft.
Getting Started Promoting Your (Hard!) Work Good news, friends! After all of your hard work prepping your web presence and conquering the blank page, pr
Web Writing is an Art and a Science COLIBRI isn’t pulling any punches: web writing involves a lot more than making like Hemingway and hanging out in cafés
My recent return to freelance entertainment writing has involved some new and improved setbacks around technology. It turns out that nowadays every last
Win a Contract to Write a Dark Crystal Novel
Here's a strange and maybe a wonderful opportunity for authors. Do you even remember The Dark Crystal? The movie's from 1982, but maybe there are some Dark Crystal fans out there (or new fans waiting to be born with new blood and new life in the franchise.) Even if you don't know the movie, they'll provide you with what you need to know to bring life to the vision and recreate their world.
1982: I got together with my first serious girlfriend and travelled far from home for a summer for the first time. Rocky III and Asia's "Heat of the Moment" was playing constantly...on my tape recorder. Remember those? I was young and free and nobody carded me at bars even though they definitely should have. 1982 was one of the best summers ever in the history of the world.Ancient history, and yet, the Gelflings are gathering again. Deadline for entry in this contest is Dec. 31st. Check out the details at the link below to Galleycat. (Article by Jason Boog.)
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A Charles Amis interview unlocks one of the keys to video games as an artform.
Five Easy Steps to a Little Free Library in Your Neighborhood
1. Identify a location and steward. 2. Decide if you want to:Order a complete Little Library or kit from our online catalog. Build it Yourself. Make it official!.Get plans and instructions. “Endow" for someone else (tax deductible!). Support Books for All in Africa, India or your community, Little Free Libraries for Small Towns or other initiatives.Honor someone or have a Memorial Library3. Contact us. Use the Contact Us form on the website. Reserve an official number and style, supplies and access to books. 4. Build SupportLead the way. Be the first to give to the Little Free Library G.I.F.T. (Give It Forward Team) Fund.Find a business or group sponsorTell your neighbors and friends. Invite them over for a little house party or send them a note asking them to join you. 5. When it is installed, celebrate! Send your photos and information to the website and get on the worldwide map! Keep your Little Library full of books. Protect it. Enjoy it. Feel great! P.S. Always support your public and school libraries!
1. Identify a location and steward. 2. Decide if you want to:Order a complete Little Library or kit from our online catalog. Build it Yourself. Make it official!.Get plans and instructions. “Endow" for someone else (tax deductible!). Support Books for All in Africa, India or your community, Little Free Libraries for Small Towns or other initiatives.Honor someone or have a Memorial Library3. Contact us. Use the Contact Us form on the website. Reserve an official number and style, supplies and access to books. 4. Build SupportLead the way. Be the first to give to the Little Free Library G.I.F.T. (Give It Forward Team) Fund.Find a business or group sponsorTell your neighbors and friends. Invite them over for a little house party or send them a note asking them to join you. 5. When it is installed, celebrate! Send your photos and information to the website and get on the worldwide map!
Keep your Little Library full of books. Protect it. Enjoy it. Feel great! P.S. Always support your public and school libraries!
Damsel in distress. Can you think of a more clichéd, out-of-date, and cringeworthy plot device than that? Flipping it around to show the man in peril isn't much better. However, a damsel in distres...
"I recall, as I was writing my latest book, my hands seemed to take on a life of their own. I would add in an unplanned character or an unforeseen (seemingly meaningless) detail."
This article is a wonderful reminder to writers to get out of our own way when creating our stories.
The main thrust of the article is to stop editing and start writing! Yes, we should edit, but some writers edit to death and their novel never sees the light of day. Also, make sure you know what the story PROBLEM is and where it will END and how the character will CHANGE. This is vital and will keep you moving forward!
***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
Link to the original article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/writing-is-best-when-we-get-out-of-our-own-way/
Neil Gaiman sends Damien Walter on a tour of Weird London, invites a panel of guests to assess the future of literature and reads his haunting story, Down to a Sunless Sea
Podcast of Neil Gaiman reading his story Down to a Sunless Sea
kadrey: “ Awesome: Typewriters of Famous Authors ”
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Or I just shouldn't watch scary stuff at home alone.
We all have set-backs, and days when we feel discouraged. At times like those, it’s good to remember that those old clichés such as “Rome wasn’t built in
So, You Want to Write for the Web Good idea! The thing is, web writing involves much more than just writing. In this series I will address some web bas
Project Eve welcomes submissions of original or republished content, stories, and research report briefs on the following subjects: 1. Sales and Marketi
Social media is more on generating content and not just lurking around social media websites all day. It is about reading a lot, writing a lot and making s