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Friday Poll ~ Writers’ Deadlines

First, the results from last week’s poll—What Writers’ Resources Do You Use?  The most voted-on resources were Laptop and Dictionary. The next most-voted slot was also a two-way tie: Paper & Pen and Internet Search. Third place...
by Notes from An Alien on Dec 12, 2014

NaNoWriMo Is Nearly Upon Us ~ Check Out All These Helpful Writing Tools

Not every writer, aspiring or accomplished, gets involved in NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month. November 1st is when the writers are released from the gate… Each is racing against themselves—write 50,000 words before the end of...
by Notes from An Alien on Oct 28, 2014

Is Voice Recognition Software As Good As They Say It is?

Voice recognition software’s been around for quite awhile now. I haven’t tried it yet (except to run a couple Google Searches) but an article on the ALLi blog—Writing: Voice Recognition Software – Is It the Author’s New Best Fri...
by Notes from An Alien on Sep 10, 2014

Great Writers Have The Simplest Tools

I was both shocked and amazed to find that the most popular writers, use the simplest of writing tools. Yet, it is not the tools that matter in the end, but the craft and imaginations of these world famous writers. It does make me often wonder at wha...
by Creative Writing and Books on Sep 6, 2014

The Noble Typewriter

I was the only boy in my grade school typewriting class. I wish my memory were better so I could determine if I wanted to be a writer way back then… But, what else is a typewriter for? Ever use one? I also used a slide rule for math when I was...
by Notes from An Alien on Aug 5, 2014

10 Tips from The Breakout Novelist

Donald Maass’ book, The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers (Writer’s Digest, March 2011), is a worthy sequel to his prior how-to-write books–Writing... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come v...
by Word Dreams on Feb 17, 2014

10 Tips from The Breakout Novelist

Donald Maass’ book, The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers (Writer’s Digest, March 2011), is a worthy sequel to his prior how-to-write books–Writing... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come v...
by Word Dreams on Feb 17, 2014

My Character is Sick–How to Show (Not Tell) Illness

Fiction writing is about communicating as much as possible within the story line. Every writing class you take will exhort you to show not tell. As Samuel Clemens said, “Don’t tell us... Beginning to write The Next Best Seller. Come visi...
by Word Dreams on Jun 27, 2013

14 Awesome Writers’ Resources

Lots of people visit blogs but not all of them dig deep into past posts. Things like the Top Tags widget in the left side-bar can definitely help but it still means looking through lots of posts… Using the Search Box in the upper right corner c...
by Notes from An Alien on Mar 21, 2013


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