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Writing the Action Scene
How to write an effective action scene that cranks up the pace and makes for a page turner. […]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014

How to Write an Engaging Book-Jacket Blurb
It’s the moment of decision. There are so many wonderful, fascinating things you feel a reader should know about your story, but what do you include? What will make them want to part with their money? How many times have you put a book down, or scrolled onto the next […]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014

Knowing When It’s Time to Bring in an Editor
“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.” —Patricia Fuller    Editing is something that we all do almost daily. From blog posts to a book chapter, a grocery list to an email, proofreading and revising is an important step. If you […]
Wed, Jun 25, 2014

8 Tips for Polishing Your Fiction
I always enjoy working on draft 2. Sure, draft 1 can be full of surprises, discovery and moments of brilliance (or least if feels like brilliance at the time) but it can also be quite a taxing task. Draft 2 is more like the second time you make a new […]
Mon, Jun 23, 2014

Booktrack. To boldly go where no book has gone before.
  Last year I wrote a blog post called What’s all the noise about Audiobooks? while exploring new platforms for self-published authors. The main issue that many authors such as myself encountered were twofold: creation and distribution. This weekend I discovered an entirely new platform that sets up no barriers […]
Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Descriptive Writing and the Five Senses
Is the description in your writing flat? Do you want to make your description three dimensional and engage the reader? Read Descriptive Writing and the Five Senses. […]
Wed, Jun 18, 2014

Setting Up a Facebook Author Page
I’ve been trying to decide whether to set up a Facebook Author page for my writing. I have a website, a personal Facebook account, a LinkedIn account and a Twitter account. I also dabble in Google+, but I really haven’t figured out how to use it yet so my apologies […]
Wed, Jun 04, 2014

How Long Does It Take to Publish? Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing
How long does it take to publish a book? The average time to publish varies greatly depending on if you self-publish or go the traditional route. Let’s find out why. […]
Thu, May 29, 2014

Are Genre categories stifling your sales?
  WARNING: Do not read unless you have already eaten!   Forget what you ever thought you knew about books. Why? Because YOU don’t decide what you read… Empirical Science does! A sweeping statement, perhaps… or is it? Let’s examine one of the most frustrating problems an author can face […]
Thu, May 22, 2014

Action Tags for Setting and Characterization
Action tags defined and their use to establish identity, create and build settings, and reveal character actions and emotions, and with a minimal of words. […]
Thu, May 22, 2014

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On Easter Island
  The cult of Easter Island drove itself to extinction by exhausting itself of its natural resources in its pursuit of a bigger headstone WRONG The cult of Easter Island drove itself to extinction by exhausting the precious resources the island possessed in its pursuit of a bigger headstone. […]
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Toxic (100 word story)
Everyone says you’re bad for me. Everyone. Says that I should stay away. That you’re ruining me, my future. That I don’t see it now, but I will. And my heart, every molecule of my body, will burn with pain. I know all that. But I can’t stay away. You’re sweet, your touch cool and calming. […]
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Why Is Futuristic Fiction Overwhelmingly Negative?
Have you ever wondered, why is it that so many books about the future assume extreme negativity as the most dominant characteristic of the future (think 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451)? This is on some level understandable. The future is an unknown, and for all we know it could […]
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Trends In Writing Beget A Trend In Reading
Something unexpected has developed in my reading patterns. Perhaps it’s happened to you, too. Back when I first became an avid reader, I’d read whatever I could get my hands on. That was particularly true when it came to science fiction; all the SF there was in the world wasn’t […]
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All things Culinary is a brand new feature of The Indie Writer’s Network, and we’re looking for writers to share their expertise! Why contribute to All things Culinary? To reap the benefits of community blogging! Building an audience is tough work! Why do it alone when you can build one with others? All articles are […]
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What are the Shevians up to?—Fantasy Forum Friday Fun
The story left off with Desemone running into her Inner Sanctum teacher, Rally. My eyes blurred as the man stood completely still, face masked from the angle he tilted his head. He called to me with a certain gruffness. I knew that voice, the voice of my Inner Sanctum teacher Rally. […]
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Throne Thursday—Excerpts
New excerpts from The Throne of Olympus Book One: Blood Bond. CHAPTER 3—THE MESSY DETAILS Lena picked over her saganaki. She pondered why Gaby and Sophia wanted Gabriel and her to be together. “Gaby, why are trying to force me on your brother?” He can be really difficult as I’m sure you’ve noticed…but he wasn’t always […]
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Here we are now, entertain us: a young adult’s tips for engaging young adults
I’ve notice that a lot of my followers and real-life friends are writing young adult novels. Not that I blame them- YA is huge. Since I am on the tail end of the age demographic, I usually have an opinion. My opinion is that there are a lot of things […]
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Make me laugh
I’ve been reading a lackluster book called The Book of Wonders, by Jasmine Richards. And I haven’t been able to figure out what made it lackluster. I mean, just read the summary: Sorcerers, Cyclops, Djinnis . . . Magic. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings long banned from the kingdom […]
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