The Story Reading Ape makes us giggle with his Halloween themed Monday Funnies. Thanks so much for the smiles!
Lucy Mitchell published a very helpful post on her ‘Blonde Write More’ blog. The post is mainly helpful to a writer’s better half and I think she gets a few points that not only made me smile but nodding enthusiastically. See for yourself. Thanks so much, Lucy!
It’s not easy being married to a writer. We are strange creatures.
Here are some useful tips on how to survive being married to a writer:
1. Accept the fact that you will spend a lot of your marriage talking about people, events and locations that don’t actually exist.
2. When your writer wakes you in the small hours with an amazing new idea for their next story you need to wake up, switch on the light and let them talk it through. Moaning about what time it is, how tired you are and what you have on at work is not going to help your writer. This is a big moment for them, it’s the birth of something wonderful. Your support is needed 24-7.
3. Marital relations and their writing ‘ups and downs’ will become interlinked. When their writing is going well you can expect good times, kisses and smiles. When their writing is not going so well you can expect tension, tears and tantrums.
on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
This November there are 16 conferences, intensive workshops, retreats and book fairs from coast to coast. You will also have a chance to pitch your work to agents, meet editors, and get to know your fellow writers. Conferences provide great opportunities to network, so make the most of your experience.
I strongly recommend that you plan ahead for next year if you miss your perfect conference or workshop. Many of these conferences offer scholarships, but you have to apply early.
Congratulations Nicholas Rossis! Your book won two awards, this is amazing! I dream one day my books are going to be where yours are!
Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings
Emotional Beats is an award-winning finalist in the 2019 TopShelf Indie Book Awards
Because of the way our brains are wired, readers empathize more strongly if you don’t name the emotion you are trying to describe. As soon as you name an emotion, readers go into thinking mode. And when they think about an emotion, they distance themselves from feeling it.
A great way to show anger, fear, indifference, and the whole range of emotions that characterize the human experience, is through beats. These action snippets that pepper dialogue can help describe a wide range of emotions, while avoiding lazy writing. The power of beats lies…
Paula Munier wrote a very sober and educating article about important financial rules for us writers. Thank you very much for this interesting lesson, Paula!
on Career Authors:
Recently, a writer named Heather Demetrios wrote a blog called How To Lose A Third Of A Million Dollars Without Really Trying, about, well, the title says it all.
Basically, she recounts the story of her getting two six-figure deals for her books, only to lose all the money because she didn’t know anything about finance.
She says no one—not her publisher or her agent or her advisers or her fellow writers or anyone she ever met—warned her about the vagaries of publishing (or life, apparently).
How you can get two six-figure deals and write all those books and still not have a clue about how the publishing business works escapes me…. But for all of you who don’t have a clue about how the publishing business works, here are some rules for you.
KJ Magical Designs published another pre-made cover which I think is irresistible. Please contact KJ Magical Designs if you love the cover and would like to buy it for one of your books.
They can adjust the cover as you need it, just let them know your wishes.
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