Check out this great post from the Writing Mad blog with 5 types of rejection letters and what you can learn from them.
Check out this great post from Nicholas Rossis blog on the topic of who you should list to: reviewers, peers or readers.
This is a guest post by Lily Kaligian. Lily is an editor at Businesscheck.co.nz and Canadabiz.net. She creates a variety of articles about careers, entrepreneurship, technology, business, education, as well as travel and personal development.
Who Should You Listen to – Reviewers, Peers or Readers?
Having your writing work read and appraised by others can be a very emotional experience. When you’ve poured your heart and soul into creating a novel, a short story, a poem or even just a blog post, you need to know that it’s not just you who sees your creation as valuable.
But writing and reading are incredibly subjective. One person’s prize winner could be another’s trashy holiday read. It can be hard working out who to trust when it comes to feedback and critique. Whose opinion should you take into account when reviewers, peers, and readers all have something to say?
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Check out this great post from Charles Yallowitz’s Legends of Windemere blog with 7 tips to writing prequels and not hurting the originals
Age of Apocalypse
As I said, prequels are a risky endeavor because you can easily slip up and make a mess of both series. Continuity becomes very fragile since you’re basically traveling back in time and we all know how often that turns sour. Many authors might think of this as nothing more than writing any other series and assuming their own memories will guide them to safety. Unfortunately, we are creatures of improvement and dabbling, which means we always have a chance of getting hooked on a bad idea because it’s cool for this specific story. So, what are some tips to writing prequels?
- Make an outline or note system that focuses on areas that the two series can or may crossover. Mark down where you go into descriptions for cities and creatures in the original to make sure you don’t redesign them. Note your systems like magic, currency…
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Check out this post from the Writer’s Treasure Chest blog on the importance of researching character names.
Lately, I met an Irish woman whose first name I simply love: Mairead. She told me it’s the Irish version of the name Margaret. I was fascinated. Margaret is a great name, but to my ear, Mairead sounds mysterious and a bit magic.
After a little bit of research, I found out that it’s believed the meaning of the name is ‘pearl.’ I’m convinced in one of my books a character called Mariead will show up.
That coincidence is one of the very few occasions so far that I met a person whose name I plan to use in one of my books.
Most of the time I have a ‘rough plan’ about a particular new character in my head already. Before the ‘fine tuning’ I most of the time need a name. In my head, I can only imagine a character as a person if he or she has…
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Check out Part 3 of Jewels in the Claw from Sue Vincent’s The Silent Eye blog.
Continued from Part Two
The man with the packing case pauses as he passes the place that was the East, the place from which the Queen began her direction of proceedings in this, her favourite palace of Nonsuch, in 1590’s South London.
There is little left of the ritual-drama space now. Just the mental image of the chequered floor that was the Royal Court and the seats around it. But the square framework still contains that magical feeling of somewhere that has been declared and established as a place of working…
Ritual is a frightening word to some: pop-fiction has seen to that. To others, whose focus is beyond the egoic, it means a created place of loving and intelligent energy, self-discipline and intent – an intent focussed on the common good and the creation of a space in which collective work on the self – on each self, may…
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Check out this short story from author John Howell from this post on his Fiction Favorites blog.
Last week we saw the conclusion of the saga around Lucas. This week is a new story and the only introduction needed if to let you know our protagonist Larry Dunfee is heading into a small shop in the heart of China Town. The sign above the door says, “Fortunes, Tarot, Spiritual Readings.” Let’s follow Larry in.
“Hello anyone here?”
“Yessir. I’m in the back. Take a seat, and I’ll be right with you.”
“Are you here for a reading?”
“Uh, I think so.”
“Well, here I am. Let us just see what I can do for you.”
“Erm. I just want to know a couple of things, so I am not sure how we go about it?”
“Does this have to do with a family member?”
“Do you want to contact someone who has passed?”
“That is an interesting concept that might be useful, but not right…
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Meet guest author Wendy Van Camp in this post from Sue Vincent’s blog
I stood before the audience, my notebook open as I prepared to read an excerpt from my novel “The Curate’s Brother“. It is a historical romance based off of Jane Austen’s novel “Persuasion”. It was one of many readings that I would do to promote my new book that year.
The moderator of our panel gestured to me and said, “I present to you our next reader, author and poet Wendy Van Camp.”
I remember blinking and tilting my head to one side, like a puppy that is not quite sure of a knock at the door. I do write poetry, but until that moment I never considered myself to be “a poet”. In those few seconds before I began my reading, I had an epiphany. The moderator was correct, I am a poet. I’ve been one for quite some time, publishing poems in several magazines and selling…
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