Tag Archive for National Novel Writing Month

Book Review: How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn — Repost

Originally posted: Jan 20th, 2014
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From what I can tell, I’m not the first to do a review on this book and so many have given great reviews. I’m not exactly breaking ground here in this review, but I do talk to a lot of starting writers who need a boost forward and this book is unknown to them. I hope that those writers visit my blog, so this review is for those who need a good starting point. And this book is that starting point. I do this review for anyone who hasn’t read this book because I think it deserves all attention it can get. Read more

Tools of the Trade — Twitter

All writers have their little tricks and shorthand to be better writers, and I am no different.  Some of what I do seems unnecessary while other things I do are almost unheard of from others.  What I do is what works for me and I share this with my followers (both present and future) in hopes that it helps other writers.

This article briefly goes over Twitter. Now most of the tools I discuss in my blog will directly help you with writing, but Twitter is a marketing tools, much like other social media sites, such as Facebook, Tumblr, Linked-In, GoodReads, and a variety of others.

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IWSG – Community to the Rescue

IWSG badgeNormally I use this post to talk about something bad and depressing. To get through life, I try to ignore my bad feelings and concentrate on my writing. I use this one post a month to let out some of my pent up feelings and hope that others find use out of it.

This month, I am proud to present something positive instead.

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Roleplaying Makes for a Good Writer

Between publishing my novel on Amazon to completing my NaNoWriMo 2013 novel, I did very little writing.  I did do some Fan Fiction for Star Wars The Old Republic, but never in great detail as I do with my writing.

During this time, I was actually responsible for my guild’s RP.  My guild was the Grey Jedi Order.  Eventually I became the Guild Leader.  Now roleplay comes in all forms, including pen and paper, video games, LARP, or in the bedroom.  When I did RP for SWTOR, I modeled after what a DM does for pen and paper such as Dungeons & Dragons or Mechwarrior (where my moniker mad_cat comes from).  Most people I see that did RP in MMORPG tend to do what I call Cantina events, where people are at a bar, standing around and talking.  Through dialogue they reveal stories about their character.  For me, I don’t enjoy Cantina events…I’m spending $15/month just to stand in one place?  No thank you.

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Grammar…Why Did it Have to be Grammar — The Truth of Further vs Farther

So I spend quite a bit of time on Twitter, my blog, and NaNoWriMo forums.  I am always looking for ways to improve my craft and to offer my insight to others on how they can improve.

One conversation has come up recently that I commented on and was surprised what I saw in this discussion.  Further vs Farther.  Which do you use?  Now, I am guilty that often times I use further when I mean farther because to me it sounds better.  To say farther, I have to move my jaw a bit but for further, I only move my tongue.

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How I Write — Character Writing

Back in October, I tried to surround myself with writers who were participating in NaNoWriMo.  I am always on the quest to build a community of writers that help each other out.  The one question that I was asked in preparation for NaNoWriMo was: “Are you ready?”

My answer was No.  I knew by their question they were asking if I had everything planned out.  So when I answered no, it was because I didn’t have everything planned out.  And the day I wrote, I still didn’t have everything planned out.  This of course confused people.  How can I begin writing if I don’t know every detail of what will happen?

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Book Review: How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn

Find it on:
Amazon
Goodreads

18135290

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/

From what I can tell, I’m not the first to do a review on this book and so many have given great reviews. I’m not exactly breaking ground here in this review, but I do talk to a lot of starting writers who need a boost forward and this book is unknown to them. I hope that those writers visit my blog, so this review is for those who need a good starting point. And this book is that starting point. I do this review for anyone who hasn’t read this book because I think it deserves all attention it can get.

Read more

What I’ve Learned – 1st Draft to 2nd Draft

In the last two months, I’ve learned quite a bit about myself as a writer. I am rather proud of myself, though I wish I had others to share it with. Early this morning I finished my 2nd draft of my story. This story started out as something I thought about writing over a year ago but due to my injury, I never got around to writing it.

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Guest Blogging on J. Rose Allister’s blog

As writers, we need to support each other any ways we can, and one of the best ways is to post an article on someone elses blog. This article is about your equipment that you find in your story and an approach on how to write it in properly. You certainly don’t want to have Batman’s Utility Belt where you always have the solution, but at the same time you don’t want to constrict your writing that you are bound by what you write. Check it out.

A note, that while I do a variety of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, this blog is by an erotica author. The reason I chose to have a post here is that there are a lot of good articles on the craft of writing, and at the end of the day, writing is writing and the rules are crucial for all forms of writing. So check out my article and check out other articles on the site. There is a treasure of advice waiting for you to find.

http://www.jroseallister.com/2013/12/on-writing-cool-equipment-for-your.html

Welcome to my page

I am attempting to do a blog again, my last one got deleted.  It is difficult for me to do things like this, especially given my disability.  For those who don’t know, in June of 2012, I got a concussion at work and I was later diagnoised with Post Concussion Syndrome.  It has been a grueling fight to get insurance company.

But this blog isn’t about that (not completely anyways).  Since I was young I wanted to be a published writer, but I never felt ready to do it.  For many years I wrote, but I never quite found my voice.  In the year 2001, I did try to write a story and was well on my way, until my computer got stolen from my drug addict roommates and I lost that story.  Luckily I had an earlier draft, but it wasn’t a current draft.  That set me off from writing for many years.

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