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9 Must-have Tools for Writers Conferences

It’s summer, time for writers to recharge our cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come v...
by Word Dreams on Jun 10, 2016

19 Ways to Describe Spies

For the next few months, weekly writing tips will include word choice suggestions. That includes: colorful and original descriptions pithy words and phrases picture nouns and action verbs writing... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come vis...
by Word Dreams on Jun 6, 2016

11 Ways to Describe Rooms

For the next few months, weekly writing tips will include word choice suggestions. That includes: colorful and original descriptions pithy words and phrases picture nouns and action verbs writing... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come vis...
by Word Dreams on May 16, 2016

22 Ways to Describe Detectives

For the next few months, I’m sharing word choice suggestions for categories of ideas. That includes: colorful and original descriptions pithy words and phrases picture nouns and action verbs... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come vis...
by Word Dreams on Apr 27, 2016

17 Ways to Describe Law Enforcement

For the next few months, weekly writing tips will include word choice suggestions. That includes: colorful and original descriptions pithy words and phrases picture nouns and action verbs writing... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come vis...
by Word Dreams on Apr 18, 2016

Tech Tips for Writers #104: Need a File on Your iPad? Here’s an Easy Way

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come v...
by Word Dreams on Mar 28, 2016

What’s My Writing Space Look Like?

Fellow blogger, Rebecca Bradley at Rebecca Bradley Crime (author of the DI Hannah Robbins detective stories, which I am not-so-patiently awaiting the next in the series) does a fun column where she... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come vi...
by Word Dreams on Mar 21, 2016

Some Very Cool WebSites for #Readers & #Writers

Last month I published the post, What Are the “Best” WebSites for #Writers? They were mostly about various aspects of the art and craft of writing. The sites I’ll feature today are more closely concerned with the Words writers use and rea...
by Notes from An Alien on Mar 2, 2016

#NaNoWriMo Tips from a NonNaNoWriMo Guy . . .

I am so NonNaNoWriMo I can’t even take the time to devise my own brand of tips for the Event/Effort/Enterprise (heck, I didn’t even think about putting anything on this blog until after the starting gun went off… :-) So, here’...
by Notes from An Alien on Nov 1, 2015

A Literary Magazine Recommendation

I scan and browse and burrow-into and search and taste and save lots of sites that might end up being mentioned in this blog…  I almost didn’t consider telling you about a literary magazine I just discovered. It’s created in Austra...
by Notes from An Alien on Oct 30, 2015

Writing Knowledge from Down Under…

I wonder if there are a few readers who saw the title of this post and thought, “Oh, wow! Alex is going to talk about getting help for our writing from the subconscious.” Actually, I’m not gonna do that… But, really-actually,...
by Notes from An Alien on Sep 9, 2015

Beyond Google ~ a Search Engine Just for Writers

Most blogs have a built-in search engine (look up and to the right…) Many blogs also have a Top Tags feature—selecting groups of posts by keywords (scroll down in the left side-bar…) So, writers can go to other writers’ sites...
by Notes from An Alien on Aug 12, 2015

What Are Humanity’s Most Popular Books?

I’m always happy when I can write a blog post that deals with all three of the major topics I cover—Reading, Writing, and Publishing. I’m sure readers want to know about popular books, even if they often love books that aren’t...
by Notes from An Alien on Aug 10, 2015

Ever Wondered How An Author Actually Writes A Novel?

Many will think today’s post is only for writers; or, those who wish they were…  I think many readers could profit from this post—especially if they’re avid readers—people like that often turn into writers… This p...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 29, 2015

Why Trying to Write a Bestseller Is Bad for Your Mental Hygiene

If you persistently scan the writing blogs and the publishing news, you’ll find an overabundance of articles telling you how to write and market a book so it will become a bestseller. Nearly all those articles are bunk… They’re eith...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 26, 2015

Freelance Writing Challenges

Are you a writer who needs more money? My experience shows that most writers need more. I wonder how many feel they’re capable of doing some freelancing… Here are a few past posts I’ve written. Freelance Lies . . . Are Fiction Writ...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 22, 2015

Does Fiction Always Tell The Truth?

O.K., a few obvious things first…  “Truth” can be a slippery topic—it can have “layers”—it can change over time… Then, there’s the word “fiction”—sometimes used to mean, “...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 19, 2015

7 Reasons For and Three Against Critique Groups

I tend to be a solitary person. I have no problem spending the day with myself–me and my computer (and a good book), exploring the world from the safety of my home-based office. I live through... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come v...
by Word Dreams on May 27, 2015

5 Must-have tools for Writers Conferences

It’s summer, time for writers to recharge our cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come v...
by Word Dreams on May 25, 2015

Tech Tip for Writers #65: How to use Google Street View

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come v...
by Word Dreams on May 20, 2015


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