Fundamentals of Writing: The Strong Antagonist #amwriting – Written By Connie J. Jasperson

I gravitate to narratives featuring a strong antagonist, someone who could have been a brilliant hero if only they had made different choices.


Authors work hard to create a strong, credible hero. In genre fiction, the hero’s story evolves in a setting of our devising and is defined by their struggle against an antagonist.

Strong emotions characterize what and who we perceive as good or evil. Emotion is a constant force in our lives. When we write, the emotions we show must be credible, shown as real, or they will fail to move the reader.

Consider the forces of antagonism in the story. The antagonist can take many forms. In some stories, it will be a person or people who stand in the way. In other stories, an internal conflict and self-deceptions thwart the hero. When you think about it, we are usually our own worst enemy, constantly telling ourselves negative things that undermine our self-confidence.

When we create an antagonist, we take what is negative about a character and take it one step further: we hide it behind a lie.

First, we assign them a noun that says who the antagonist thinks they are. Good.

Then we assign them the noun that says who the protagonist believes they are. Evil.


How to Protect Your Privacy and Confidentiality Online –Written By Janice Wald

on Mostly Blogging:

Are you worried about privacy and confidentiality online?

My husband is worried about online privacy and confidentiality. He makes up cryptic passwords in Japanese, a language he used to be fluent in.

The passwords are cryptic since he intentionally misspells them.

Are privacy and confidentiality this important for him to go to these extreme lengths to confuse hackers?


Why is network security important enough for him to go through this trouble?

Certainly there are privacy and confidentiality apps you can use to protect your passwords.

Privacy and confidentiality are such a concern to my husband and people like him, he doesn’t even trust the password apps to protect his privacy.

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How to Get Your First Freelance Byline (and Why Even Fiction Writers Should Freelance) – Written By Catherine Baab-Muguira

on Jane Friedman site:

If you aspire to be an author, then you probably already know that you need a “platform” to land that big book deal. Or any book deal, period.

Most of us are aware, by now, that we’re supposed to have two million Twitter followers, plus a couple gazillion more on Instagram, YouTube and Substack. Platform haunts our dreams in the literal sense. It follows us around like a swarm of starved mosquitos. If you’re anything like me, the word alone makes you want to bolt up from your desk right now and go hide in your hall closet, behind the Swiffer and forgotten rolls of Christmas paper, stopping only to grab a Lime-A-Rita.

It’s not just us link-stained wretches churning out the nonfiction, either. Even fiction writers eventually need a platform. Story alone may get your query plucked from the slush pile, and later acquired by a Big Five editor, but those odds are long. You bet on them at your own peril.

Now what if I told you that you could distinguish yourself amidst the slush, disguise the weaknesses elsewhere in your platform andstick it to your snarky brother-in-law, just by doing some freelance writing?

By “freelancing,” I mean contributing articles to websites and other outlets, and by “byline,” I mean the journalism term for author credits, i.e. whom a piece is attributed to.

But before we get into the how, let’s look at five reasons you might want to do some freelancing.

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Smorgasbord Public Relations for Authors – Part Two – Author Biographies -Tips and Translations by Sally Cronin

The definition of Public Relations in business is “Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between businesses and the public”

In the past my focus has been on book marketing, which did include how to reach potential readers with blogs, social media and as part of the writing community. Whilst this series will revisit those platforms along the way it is an opportunity to focus on some key areas of our public profiles that might influence the public to buy our books.

The focus this time is on you.. the author.

Last week I looked at the impact our Profile Photo – First contact with reader might have on potential readers.

This week it is the turn of the biography that we put on selling sites such as Amazon, Bookbub and Goodreads.

Author Biography – Tips and Translations

With approximately 150 authors across the Cafe and Bookstore and the Children’s Reading Room, I am in Amazon and Goodreads daily checking for new releases and reviews to share in the updates. In the current series of Meet the Authors I am also updating biographies to include and I am afraid that I have had to update quite a few myself with new books, or the numbers of books that have been written.


The Storygraph review: Is it worth replacing Goodreads? – Written By Chris M. Arnone

on Book Riot:

Finally! Book Riot’s review of The StoryGraph! If you’re a Book Riot reader, you’re likely the type of person that likes to keep track of your books. You keep detailed to-be-read lists. You’re always on the hunt for something new and exiting to read. And you love to keep track of what you’ve read. You also adore your book-loving community.

For many, Goodreads is the easy solution for this. But Goodreads isn’t for everyone, partly because they’re owned by the mega-huge slayer of independent bookstores: Amazon. While there are a number of alternatives to GoodreadsThe StoryGraph is the closest analog.

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A Dream Deferred by Pat Garcia @RRBC_ORG, @RRBC_RWISA

Please read this phenomenal blog post, written by my friend, author Patricia Garcia. She’s not only an amazing writer and poet, but also a great, caring and loving person and wonderful friend.

At the age of eight, I wrote and established my first newspaper in our dinky little neighborhood. Staff members-one person. Me. 

Being without a typewriter, I wrote it by hand. Personal computers were a thing of the future. I didn’t tell my parents about it. I desired to spotlight the positive changes in my community and give what I used to call the other people a different light on how they perceived black people. It was a fact that when we made the news, that meant we had done something wrong and was going to jail. 

To get writing materials, I went door to door selling the paper to my neighbors. I charged twenty-five cents a piece for each edition.