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The Story Reading Ape once again makes us laugh with sharing “Maxine’s” antics. Thanks so much for the giggles!

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Characterization Tips – Part II – Written By Don Massenzio

February 9, 2019 I published Don Massenzio’s first part of characterization tips. Naturally I will share the second part as well. Thank you very much, Don!


Yesterday, I wrote a post about characterization listing, in simple terms, some of the pitfalls that writers face as they create and develop characters. You can read it HERE. This post will revisit those pitfalls and give you some tips on how to repair them.

These are all practical lessons that I learned as I stumbled my way through seven books with two more on the way. I hope that you find them helpful. I appreciate the kind words and discussion after the first post.

Now, let’s revisit some of the issues identified in the last post with some potential solutions.

Continue reading the entire blog post here:

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/characterization-tips-part-ii/

Your Online Presence: 10 Mistakes for Authors to Avoid – written by Anne R. Allen

Anne R. Allen informs us about 10 mistakes for authors to avoice. Thank you very much for sharing this information, Anne!


These days, an author’s online presence is of vital importance to a career, whether we’re published or planning to publish. Whether we’re indie, hybrid, or trad-pubbed, it’s not only essential to be easy to find online, but we need to keep a professional presence and guard our author brand and reputation.

I’m not just talking about how we present ourselves on our websites. Your online presence means your book page bio, blog, and all your social media bios and interactions–anything that comes up in a Google search.

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Should You Know Your Ending? – Written By Charles Yallowitz

Charles Yallowitz of the ‘Legends Of Windermere’ blog provides us with an excellent blog post posing the question if we should know the ending of our book. Thanks a lot, Charles!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m pretty sure a lot of people are going to disagree with this sentiment. The path of the pantser if fairly common. Not the way I do things, but I’ve run into many who simply fly into a story to see where it goes. There could be an ending in mind or it could just be a beginning or middle that they have. One thing I can be sure of is that it differs from person to person. Then again, I’m a severe plotter, so I shouldn’t speak as if I understand the other side of the pasture.

While I don’t come up with my endings first, I do like to have them in mind before I start writing. This helps me keep things on track and avoid running the story into a brick wall or minefield. Some would say that the downside is that your writing becomes too linear and dull because you remove the chaos of creation. I can see how you can come to that conclusion, but deciding on the ending doesn’t mean you know how you’re going to get there. Most of my books had the finale planned out, but I only had a general idea of how to get there. That goes for chapter and book endings. Probably why I had the outlines and still had that excitement of not really knowing what will happen.

To read the entire blog post go to:

Should You Know Your Ending?

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Some funnies and Things Kids Say!

Thank you very much for the giggles, Sally. I couldn’t resist re-blogging this post and sharing the smiles.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Now for that joke…..Things Kids Say.

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.”

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The Sunday School Teacher asked, “Now, Johnny, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?”
“No sir,” Johnny replies, “I don’t have to. My Mom is a good cook.”

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A Sunday school teacher asked her children, as they were on the way to church service, “Why is it necessary to be quiet in church?”
One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”

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A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the…

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Endings – How Important Are They? Do They Have to be Happy – Written By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio asks us how important endings are and if we think it’s important they need to be happy. Check out this blog post, it’s fascinating. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Don.


In the past days , I’ve talked about book openings and middles in my posts. This post talks about the other end of your book, the ending. It will briefly discuss the types of endings and the importance of choosing the right one for your book.

Leaving the reader hanging – is it a good idea?

Many sources will tell you not to end your book with a cliffhanger. The reader needs some satisfaction or a happy ending to complete their reading experience. In my opinion, the answer to this is not quite that simple.

As someone who has written a series, I strive to make each book capable of being read as a standalone story. There is, however, a backstory arc for my main character that continues from book to book. What I like to do is resolve the current story within the book but provide a lead in to the next book.

To read the entire blog post, please go to:

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/endings-how-important-are-they-do-they-have-to-be-happy/

Why it’s important for writers to have blogs – Written By Ari Meghlen

Ari Meghlen provides us with an educational and interesting blog post, explaining why it’s important for writers to have blogs. Thank you very much Ari! We all appreciate your hard work and you sharing your experience.


New Monday, new Marketing article. So today I wanted to discuss why I personally think it’s important for new writers to start and maintain a blog.

Whether it’s just a blog, or a blog on your Author Website, here are some reasons you might want to start one.

Make Connections

Blogging is one of the easiest and fastest ways to connect with people. Yes, you can do that with social media but they seem to be shorter lived.

People will seek out blogs, will take the time to read posts, will follow them so they get notifications. Social media seems to be short bites that are almost instantly shuffled away in your timeline.

Social media has it’s place but a blog can help you reach your audience in another way, that I consider a deeper connection.

Blogs allow you to gain followers and receive comments. Comments mean direct interaction with people.

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Why it’s important for writers to have blogs