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Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun!

Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun! | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Discover some words that were used generations ago; or,
very seldom used today.

Via Kenneth Weene
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This is just too cool not to share! Times come and go often leaving behind some of the most nostagic events. Then comes along the totally bizarre, long ago tucked away out of use but not totally forgotten. Read on and enjoy...

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:46 AM

Having been led to this page by Donald Ford, I had to share it with others. Just too much fun to keep to myself.

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StoryToolz : Resources for Authors

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Authors are like teachers...their words enlighten, enrich and empower! And like teachers, there are never enough resources!

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Jasmin Rez's curator insight, July 4, 2013 11:28 AM

Useful Writing Tools and Resources

tom jackson's curator insight, July 6, 2013 7:48 AM

need assistance with writing prompts and critique?

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:59 AM

Really good tools for writters

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New Smashwords Research Helps Authors and Publishers Sell More Ebooks

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Don't let data-driven decision-making cause you to make stupid decisions.

 

Last year at the 2012 RT Booklovers in Chicago, I released a first-of-its-kind study that analyzed sales data for self-published ebooks. Our goal was to identify potential factors that could help authors sell more ebooks.

Two weeks ago at the 2013 RT Booklovers convention in Kansas City, I shared new, updated data in a session titled, Money, Money, Money -- Facts & Figures for Financial Payoff.

Some of the results were surprising, some were silly, and some I expect will help authors and publishers make their ebooks more appealing to consumers

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I haven't ventured into Smashwords but from the sound of thie article, I may be missing out!

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Creating a Narrative Voice

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Creating a narrative voice is one of the most challenging aspects of writing. Kenneth Weene outlines how he crafts a distinct narrative voice.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, May 17, 2013 6:50 PM

I'm always happy to share a bit of my writing technique.

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Living the writer’s life. | Chip MacGregor .com

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Guest post with Philip Patterson

 

I’ve been blessed. I’ll admit it. I broke in to both publishing and college textbook publishing when an unsolicited manuscript was opened, usually returned and sometimes had constructive comments scrawled on it. That’s a long time ago. But after I got my foot (feet?) into two doors, I found that the work had just started. A couple of decades later, here’s what I know about the writer’s life. None of this is unique to me, but if you catch a pattern in what most of your advisors are saying—it’s for a reason.

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It is not just living the writer's life...it is loving the writer's life!

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Chicken Soup by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog

Chicken Soup by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

“What a pain in the ass.” Trudy put her iPhone back into her pocketbook.

 

It wasn’t much of an expletive or very loud, but coming from the lips of my wife it was enough to make me look up from my snack, a piece of Trudy’s latest chocolate-pecan pie, and ask, “What is, Dear?”

 

What happens next you can only read at The Write Room Blog!

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Whoever thought trying to share how to make chicken soup could be so comical! Hilariously funny!

 

Kenneth Weene is a great writer with just the right twist to keep his readers reading with anticipation for an often unpredictable ending! Ken sees life as very much a laughing matter. You can find more of his writing at http://www.kennethweene.com

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5 Ways To Write Super Sticky Content

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If you are creating content as part of your online marketing campaign, then your ultimate goal should be to create "sticky content."
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What exactly IS sticky content? Basically, sticky content is the type of content that is so GOOD that it brings readers back and back again. It “sticks” in their minds and they remember it right when they need it.

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The Role of a Dictionary

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Good writing may exceed the boundaries suggested, if not intended, by dictionary definitions.

 

When it happens I feel as if I have stepped into a Far Side cartoon. I am a magazine editor, and the galley of an article will come back from a proofreader with a low-frequency word circled and this comment in the margin: “Does this word even exist?” or “Is this a real word?”


Via Kenneth Weene
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What a dictionary is for is rarely what a writer needs: basic help in using individual words. Of course, when a writer needs such help it is critical that he or she gets it. Only it should be kept in mind that good writing may exceed the boundaries suggested, if not intended, by dictionary definitions. As one lexicographer put it, “Nothing worth writing is written from a dictionary.”

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, May 18, 2013 9:11 AM

Pedantry never won a pulitzer or told a good story.

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Why Books Are Important in the World.

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"Nothing can add to our intellect more than reading a book.  In books, we can experience new things that we would not normally be able to experience. With an active imagination, you can go to other worlds or made up worlds. Books can change our lives and other people’s lives. Reading can make us more intelligent. Without reading we wouldn’t know anything that we know today. Our forefathers have taught us more than we know."


Via Tracy Kauffman
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Books are who we are, where we have been, where we are going!

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