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The Writer’s Journey – Baby Steps

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler is a terrific craft book for writers on characters and plot. My own Writer’s Journey is made up of more mundane baby steps. I am presently in revision mode. It’s not that I’ve finishe...

Books 10 Top Writing Tips: Discover the Writer In You

Books 10 Top Writing Tips: Discover the Writer In You  – Have a hobby of writing is actually very exciting because it does not require expensive and has many benefits. Write as a hobby because..
by Best Novel Review on Jun 27, 2016

The Writer’s Devotional

My husband and I decided it would be fun to get away for a few days and head up north to the Wisconsin Dells. During the four days we spent there, we did a little shopping and I found a … Continue reading →...
by Putting My Feet in the Dirt on Feb 25, 2016

When Will Readers Stop Being Treated Like Mere Consumers?

So, here’s the Standard Line for writers (usually not stated so baldly):  “Dear Writer, “You’re the content-generator. Readers are the consumers. We Publishers are The Industry. “You produce raw content. We shape the P...
by Notes from An Alien on Jul 29, 2015

Playing Famous Author

Despite a few minor downturns, for the most part, my life lately has been truly a gift. I am having an incredible time housesitting — I have the opportunity to try on other people’s lives for a few days, which is an awesome adventure. And las...
by Bertram's Blog on Jun 21, 2015

TAXES (for and by writers) (You can do it!)

Two years ago I started my own publishing house because several writers I knew had done it and praised doing it. What they didn’t talk about was, well, lots of the pitfalls of owning your own business, but mostly no one spoke of…TAXES. (D...

How To Create A Winning DM Package by Bob Bly

In the Talon Newsletter (12/14, p. 1), Justin Wong says a winning direct mail package will include multiple elements. “Some people enjoy reading letters while some like looking at colorful photos in brochures,” he writes. “As a rule...
by Internet Mastery Center Blog on Dec 23, 2014

5 Ways To Make Money As A Speaker by Bob Bly

Do you want to speak and get paid for it? There are 5 basic ways to make money as a speaker. The first is to speak for free in exchange for the opportunity to market your consulting or professional services. You speak at groups whose members are pote...
by Internet Mastery Center Blog on Dec 11, 2014

4 Gems from This Writer’s Bookmark Bin

I gather lots of bookmarks, from scanning the news and other sources; and, every so often, I package a few up and share them… Today, I’ll share about hanging out at a famous writer’s home, tips on keeping a writer’s notebook,...
by Notes from An Alien on Oct 8, 2014

A Konnect Africa Interview with Uche Okonkwo: Writer & Winner of the Etisalat Inaugural Flash Fiction Prize

Thank God it’s Monday! Welcome to a new week, welcome to a new day! Fresh off the press, Konnect Africa presents an interview with short story maestro and award-winning writer, Uche Okonkwo. A lover of words, Uche won the inaugural edition of t...
by Konnect Africa on Aug 25, 2014

13 Great Facebook Pages for Writers

Facebook. Perhaps a writer’s worst enemy. The procrastination. The temptation. The incessant feed of information. But need it all be bad? Make your Facebook visits feed your writing by following these great Facebook pages for writers. 1. Poets...
by Book Riot on Aug 13, 2014

“Writerisms and other Sins”

Dare I say it—there’s too much crappy advice for writers on the Web. Far too much of it aims to teach the rules of genre-writing rather than the ways to write clearly. If a writer is trapped in someone else’s mold, their true creati...
by Notes from An Alien on Aug 11, 2014

Asking Authors (and Readers) Questions . . .

Not long ago, I wrote a post about GoodReads new Ask The Author program. Well, not only can you ask over 50 well-known authors questions, now you can ask any authors (there are over 100,000) who sign-up for the program. Here’s just a bit from G...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 16, 2014

Put A Little Prompt In Your Writing

Writing is more than putting words down. Writing is everything you do to find those words—because writing happens in the mind and heart before the words escape… And, there are all kinds of writing prompts: Nature Movement Sounds Events Ne...
by Notes from An Alien on May 8, 2014

New Music: Chance The Rapper – The Writer

Chance The Rapper is back with a new song called “The Writer.” Listen to it below.  Filed under: Chance The Rapper, New Music Tagged: chance the rapper, The Writer...
by The MikeyLately Show on Apr 9, 2014

The Writer's Idea Book 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenplays

 The Writer's Idea Book 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenplays The Writer's Idea Book 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and S...
by Book Store on Feb 9, 2014

Just Bleed On The Page . . .

That title up there is a very writerly way to describe how to write. Variations on it have been attributed to assorted writers and you can track its citations Here… So, what does it mean, non-literally, to bleed on the page? Pour out your heart...
by Notes from An Alien on Nov 25, 2013

Overcoming writer’s block – an excellent article by Cristian Mihai…

Click on the cover to read it   Filed under: Articles and Posts by Authors Tagged: Cristian Mihai, the writer, Thomas Rydder, writer's block...
by Thomas Rydder, writer on Aug 12, 2013

Weekly Reading Update – The Writer’s Manifesto by Jeff Goins

At first, I thought that this little gem was very similar to Steven Pressfield’s the War of Art series. It was essentially a call to action manifesto for writers explicitly, and nothing else this compact and powerful was able to … Continu...
by Help Reuben Learn on Jul 24, 2013

I, The Writer New Album revealed

I, The Writer are a 6-piece melodic metalcore band from London, UK. Fusing together atmospheric melodies with crushing breakdowns and snarling vocals, the band is a force to be reckoned with on the... The Wisdom is found in the extremes... All extre...
by Heavy Metal on Jul 11, 2013


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