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The Blank Screen: If You Don't Have Anything to Blog About, Should You Blog Anyway?

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on November 18, 2014 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

There is the blank page. We all know about that one. The void all intrepid writers face when we are about to begin a full-length writing project, the intimidating primordial blankness which, at the start, appears as insurmountable and pitiless as The Wall in Game of Thrones. Then there is the blank screen, which, despite the fact that I compose all of my long projects on a computer, to me is different. The blank screen is what I confront when it is time to blog, and I have not a thought, idea or clue about what to blog about, and, according to the deadline I have given myself, my blog is due immediately.

I am experiencing it now, ergo, this blog. Anybody with me?

When Deborah Siegel and I first started She Writes, I had blog-o-phobia. Accustomed to spending years on a book and having months…

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On Leaving the Boring out of your Book

Posted by Pamela Olson on November 18, 2014 at 3:14pm 2 Comments

Confession time: I come across in my memoir as more collected and clever than I really am, and my life seems more exciting and interesting than it actually is.



This is due not to dishonesty — everything in the memoir is true. It’s because of the nature and structure of storytelling. Unless there’s a good story-based reason, it’s generally advisable to skip the part where the protagonist was awkward or tired or missed the point, the seven meaningless dead ends before she found the way forward, or the nine so-so people she met before running into a kindred spirit who changed everything. Not to mention the cumulative hours she spent in line at the grocery store or where she went to get glycerin suppositories to deal with a bout of severe constipation.



All this is very innocent on the…

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[REALITY CHECK] What Are Your Favorite Writing References?

Posted by Zetta Brown on November 19, 2014 at 7:00am 1 Comment

While some of us are hot and sweaty and in the middle of NaNoWriMo-ing, laser-focused on their plot and word count, there are those of us who are easily distracted. We find our eyes wandering away from the keyboard or notepad.

 

The other day as my eyes wandered away for the Nth time, they rested their gaze upon my bookshelf. I have two tall bookshelves. One has books for general reading, and the other bookcase is full of my reference books. The rest of my books are in boxes or in piles along the wall of my bedroom.

 

I haven’t taken any time to really study if there is an underlying theme that ties my reference books together. There could be one, and at the moment, I’d say that finding a recurring theme on my bookshelf would be easier than trying to find one in my NaNoWriMo…

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Two Creative Digital Marketing Tips

Posted by Maria Murnane on November 18, 2014 at 9:14am 0 Comments

People often ask me what the term "digital marketing" means. In my opinion, it's pursuing any online exposure that will help potential readers find you. Digital marketing can be an effective way to spread the word about your book because it doesn't cost much - if anything - more than your time and energy. Here are two examples:

There are countless ways to promote your work online

 

1)  List your book(s) on Authorgraph

 

Signing books is one of the great joys of being an author. There's nothing quite like holding a copy of a book you wrote in your hands, then inscribing it for a real person who is excited to read it. The majority of my book sales come from eBooks, however, which…

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Top Tips for Jewellery Makers

Jewellery making has long been a resourceful way to unleash creativity and make one-off pieces that nobody else will have. We all have our addictions in life, whether that’s smoking, chocolate or creating hand-crafted accessories, it’s safe to say that people were meant to enjoy the great things that life has to offer. It might be that you’re a person who has a lot of free time on your hands and you’re looking to take up a new hobby,…

How can you make use of LED Kitchen Lighting in a Number of Ways

Because of their amazing quality, LED kitchen lights are one of the most popular lighting variants for your kitchen. More contemporary homeowners opt for this lighting alternative for their home especially their kitchen, given the fact that they are highly energy efficient and saves a lot of your monthly electricity bill. Now, the very first thing that might strike at your mind while purchasing LED kitchen lights is that, these are definitely more expensive than your ordinary halogens and…

"Drinking Alone"...my story debuts in Intellectual Refuge

Just in time for Friday Happy Hour…My story “Drinking Alone” debuts in Intellectual Refuge literary journal. This journal is unique in its commitment to debuting a new story each Friday. This Friday’s story is mine, or Tianne’s, as a working mom who wonders how to cope with urban pressures on her family and her life.

Many thanks to Christopher Schnieders for reading and choosing my work for the final volume of 2014, to round out my year just right. Click on the link to direct…

Here It Is!

Here it is…a brand new week just for you. What’s that you say? It’s not just for you? Yes it is…if you want it to be.

Look, you can keep going the way you are; frazzled, angry, rushed; generally not feeling as if you’re getting your “piece of the pie” But let me ask you this- what is it really doing for…

Thought for the Day

A quote from Rebecca Solnit's essay "The Art of Arrival" provides the Thought for the Day:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/11/thought-for-day_23.html

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