Posts by A.M. Day

Realm Rhythm Part 1—Creating Fantasy Languages

At some point, fiction writers, writing of fantastical lands, magical, futuristic and space realms may ponder having a fantasy language shared between certain characters. Creating a fantasy language can no doubt be difficult, just as learning a foreign language can be…especially if the writer needs extensive dialogue spoken in said language. Pros and cons: Pro—A challenge to create unique and wonderful languages, gathering a huge fan following for your “realm speak” like Tolkien did with his Elvish. Con—It can intimidate the writer into navigating away from the idea of spicing up the writing that might otherwise give the realm more merit with a fantasy-based language
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R is for Reaching…your goals—How bad do you want it?

This year flew by to say the least. Goals and plans have changed to suit disorganization and lack of focus to satisfy the need to procrastinate further. We will be half-way through the year in around 40 days. Some of us…maybe a lot of us will be asking ourselves: “Where did the time go?” Feverishly, we go through our year’s To-Do lists and only see a few tasks checked off. How bad do you want it? A couple of weeks ago, I found myself repeating this very question, looking over my out-of-sorts list of tasks to be completed. Among the many things I’ve accomplished thus
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Writers Poll—We need your opinion

Take the poll novel writers and share your views for the best of the best Editing/Grammar software available for writers. Your input can help fellow writers spend a little less time researching software and more time writing their next novel. Feel free to elaborate in the comment box! [polldaddy poll=7106600]
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Editing—Bane of a Writer’s Existence

There is no fast and easy way when it comes to a writer editing their manuscripts.   We have to take solace though, knowing we can type our work out. What if we had to still write on stone or wood, or use ink and a feather. Our books would take for-ever to write. And editing that work…we could forget about it. Funny enough, it seems to be easier to edit the work of others and my kids’ favorite one–correcting their grammar. With the increase of editing and grammar software, one might think the editing woes are over. Not so fast…because as writers
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Moving Characters Forward

Blogging has taken a backseat recently because of packing, redecorating, and planning a move to another house. A task that has become increasingly challenging and somewhat stagnant, so in the spirit of moving, I have decided to discuss ways to better move characters forward. Are your characters becoming stale? Do you find them moving slowly along the pages, losing their flow of dialogue, or your story slipping away? Here are some effective exercises, but first…think back to the moment you began creating the character(s). When you added their green eyes, that deep-set dimple on the right, the way their brow furrows
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Build Potential Fan Interest—Blab Your Blurbs

Congratulations! You’ve written nearly half of your book. You know your characters inside out. You know by heart exactly what chapter, page and paragraph your hero confesses his undying love for the damsel. You knew the ending before you started writing the second chapter and have a good grasp on the sequel. And then…you bump into an old friend and chat about your work. The friend asks what the book is about—your book. Suddenly, you’re rambling on about how great your hero kicks butt and what happens next without actually answering the question. Is this a lost in the moment thing?
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Why Some Writers Fear Change

Things change to make room for evolution. We evolve as writers, welcoming our improved, succinct style. But when it comes to our work (our baby), making the change can leave us with feelings of angst and what’s more…like we’re letting our baby down, betraying it. The change I’m speaking of…our words. They comfort us just as much as we coddle them, laying them out on a page. Our creation breathes the life we give it the moment we speak write the words out. This is one big reason why editing our work is so hard for new and seasoned writers. We’ve written
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Indie Traitors?

What does the indie community think of authors jumping the indie ship to cruise aboard the traditional one? Curious. Some buddies and I were discussing making the jump. All hypothetical, but questions were asked. Could we be comfortable after calling ourselves indies and totally supporting indie writers? Would others think us traitors? Would we lose a fair amount of fans? Would we be shunned by the indie community? Again, all hypothetical. My thoughts on the subject focus on what’s right for that individual. For me, I never set out to be an indie…it just happened and I’m grateful for every bit of indie love, support and the
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Indie writers are gluttons for punishment!

What keeps indie writers going? What keeps any writer going for that matter? The driving force behind one is no more or less important than the force behind the other one. For some it’s “champagne wishes and caviar dreams” that keeps them going. Visions of best-sellerdom and fame plague their thoughts often (no judging here). For some it’s a lifelong dream/goal to accomplish. And for others, some simply have no choice but to keep going because they’ve quit their jobs, downsized their lifestyle and it is now what they live for—the unwavering pursuit of becoming an author. Writing is a decision based on need…the
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Book Party Swag–Tips and ideas for a great book release party

Your book is done–polished, edited and polished one last time. Now you’re ready to celebrate the milestone with family, friends and fans. Here are some tips and ideas, along with photos of my party swag for those of you who desire a physical location for your book release party: *Print materials! Posters, business cards, invitations, flyers, postcards, labels (different types and sizes). Check out you nearest Staples, Office Max, Kinko’s and Office Depot for pricing and specials. I got great deals and savings at Staples. Ink cartridges are pretty pricey, so I wouldn’t suggest that as an option, unless you are
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