The average writer is his or her own worst enemy when it comes to motivation, discipline, and skill. We all have/had an age by which we wanted to be published, and for those of us who haven’t yet reached that goal, it can feel like we failed our own expectations. As a kid I was … Continue reading Ways I Hold Myself Back as a Writer
Facebook is an excellent way to promote your work and gain a following. It can help you to stay in touch with family, friends, and fans, and makes staying connected a breeze. Likewise, Instagram is a lot of fun and it can grow your following. But like all good things, social media has a dark … Continue reading Bad Social Media Habits
I was ten years old in the year 1999. I had finally “mastered” the art of typing, and had just enough experience using computers to conduct my own Internet searches. Neopets was brand new and all the rage, so like many preteens in that era I spent a lot of time with the virtual pets … Continue reading Collaborative Storytelling and Your Writing
Using great tools may not automatically make you a great writer, but it’s also hard to write at your best when you’re dissatisfied with your word processor. Maybe the fonts are rendered poorly, or the interface is cluttered with too many distracting options. These are a few of my favorite writing tools for word processing and editing.
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Bullshitting has its limits.
There is a lot of advice out there that says you should only write what you know, and even more that says to write anyfuckingthing you want.
The problem with the former is that most of us are less exciting than the stories we create, and the problem with the latter is that if you get it wrong, someone is going to be uncannily quick to point it out and leave you a scathing review about how unbelievable it is.
So, here are a few of the things I have had to Google in order to write my current in-progress novel:
- What does human meat taste like?
And, when that only yielded a particular result…
What does raw human taste like?
- How long does it take for blood to replenish?
- Intravaneous Immunoglobulin
- Dogs sniffing out diseases
- Direct blood transfusion
- Rolled steel factories in Texas
- Where is…
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Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter are great resources for bloggers. These sites already have massive communities you can reach out to, learn from, and interact with –you only have to make sure your content reaches the right audience.
Most people who have used these sites before know that tagging is the means by which content reaches interested readers. Many social media users have specific tags they “track,” meaning they’ll see anything posted with certain hashtags.
These three social media platforms utilize tagging in different ways.
A typical Instagram post may only have a sea of #hashtags, with no complete sentences to be found. On the other hand, a Pinterest pin usually has a small paragraph underneath describing the image. This is due to the differences in how users search the sites.
#Clothes #fashion #fallfashion2017 is a less helpful caption for a pin than, “I love these looks for 2017 fall fashion!”
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If English is your native language, you need to get these right.
Hi guys --long time no blog! I hope to get some input in the comments for this one. I would love to see some of your posts on these topics. Blogging schedules be whack, yo. I wanted to be an ever-present blogger, and at the beginning, cranked out a post a day. The plan was … Continue reading Some Blogging Tips
Ever read back over your action scene, only to find it lacking? It's not always easy to get what you see in your mind on paper; especially when it's supposed to be a balls to the wall action scene. Often these scenes come across dull and even boring because the writer hasn't used effective language … Continue reading Make Your Writing Kick Ass
Wow, a huge thank you to storyspillerblog for nominating me! You have an incredible, insightful blog and have left many encouraging comments on my posts. It is a big honor to receive a nomination from you! Also, thank you to Dreaming of Guatemala for creating this award. 🙂 “This is an award for the absolutely … Continue reading Awesome Blogger Award