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In Uncategorized on February 16, 2017 at 1:03 am

My Ten Favorite Writing Tools

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2016 at 11:06 pm

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Top 10 Favorite Author Tools

low_poly_scrivener_icon_by_benwurth-d71zc46Scrivener – Scrivener is an excellent tool for authors who are working on their first draft. It’s corkboard feature allows you to lay out chapters and rearrange them as you see fit. It is the closest thing to the old index card method without all of the paper.

There are also a number of built in tools like a name generator and others that make this a worthwhile platform for writing your first draft.

The drawbacks of Scrivener include the lack of a version for the iPad. This causes me to carry both a Window-based tablet and an iPad with me when I travel along with my work laptop which I can’t use for writing.

Also, there is no discernable way to track changes which causes me to switch to Microsoft Word when I switch to editing mode.

wordWord – It’s hard to beat Microsoft…

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#FirstLineFriday

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2016 at 3:18 pm

This torch has been passed into my hands thanks to Rami Ungar at Rami Ungar the Writer. This is the first time I have been invited to participate in an interactive pass it on type of post. So as it was passed on to me – I give you this posts proper introduction.

Now if you don’t know what #FirstLineFriday is, let me explain. On Fridays, you:

  1. Create a post on a blog entitled #FirstLineFriday, hashtag and all.
  2. Explain the rules like I’m doing now.
  3. Post the first one or two lines of a potential short story, a story-in-progress, or a completed or published story.
  4. Ask your readers for feedback and encourage them to try #FirstLineFriday on their blogs as well (tagging is encouraged but not necessary).

As I looked over at first lines from other stories. I discovered I had a style in which my first lines are short statements that lead into that line that draws you in. For those stories that I wrote that way I am not sure I would get very good feedback, because, these first lines give weight, backbone, background and tone for the fourth or fifth line. But here is a first line I wrote that I fell in love with all over again when I rediscovered it.

“The gray afternoon was pleasantly warm with a sweet salty vanilla breeze that whispered westward off the Atlantic.”

  • Does this opening line suggest genre?
  • or a relationship between the POV and the setting?
  • Is it compelling?
  • Does it promise possibility?
  • What do you think?

Examples of Narrative Endings: Via Writer’s Circle

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2016 at 9:17 pm

“There Is No Frigate Like A Book” By Emily Dickinson

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2016 at 12:52 am

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A poem by the 19th century American poet, Emily Dickinson.

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

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The Art of Design, Part II

In Uncategorized on March 6, 2016 at 9:32 pm

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I started this last week as a way of passing on the material I’d recently learned in a design class. Although much of this is quite broadly applicable, we indie authors can take it and use it for book covers, promotional materials, ads, and more. Even if we’re not doing the design work, the principles here will help us better understand how to ask someone else to make magic happen.

The Rule of Thirds is usually applied to photography, but it works with any visual image. If you want to add interest to your layout, don’t center the main focal point. By offsetting the focus, you draw the attention more naturally to the main object of the picture. “Two distinct, equal lights, should never appear in the same picture : One should be principal, and the rest sub-ordinate, both in dimension and degree : Unequal parts and gradations lead the attention easily…

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How Much Social Media Do Authors Really Need? (Guest Post by Janice Spina)

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2016 at 10:48 pm

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If you are just starting out or contemplating writing a book – here are some tips I learned along the way.

When I first started out as an author over three years ago I had no idea what to do with social media. I spoke with my talented artist friend, Ara Atkinson-Skinner, who I met while on vacation in Aruba and she coached me, a fledgling writer who had dreams of becoming a successful author one day. Boy, did I have some surprises coming and a rude awakening! I remembered becoming so excited and yet anxious anticipating what I needed to put into practice. Ara was a godsend to me and helped me get started on my journey to become an author. I can’t thank her enough. She gave me the tools and the confidence to believe in myself so that I could begin my journey. I didn’t know…

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In Uncategorized on February 20, 2016 at 10:03 pm

Irwin Schiff (Feb. 23 1928 – Oct. 16 2015) at the Libertarian Convention 1996

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2016 at 10:59 pm

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Irwin Schiff seeking the presidential nomination at the 1996 Libertarian National Convention.

My father, Irwin A. Schiff was born Feb. 23rd 1928, the 8th child and only of son of Jewish immigrants, who had crossed the Atlantic twenty years earlier in search of freedom. As a result of their hope and courage my father was fortunate to have been born into the freest nation in the history of the world. But when he passed away on Oct. 16th, 2015 at the age of 87, a political prisoner of that same nation, legally blind and shackled to a hospital bed in a guarded room in intensive care, the free nation he was born into had itself died years earlier.

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How to Add a Mailchimp Newsletter to WordPress.Com Blog – with Style!

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2016 at 7:48 pm

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The true gift of having a clearly defined definition of success is that you begin to find exactly what you need to achieve that success. I discovered  YOUR FIRST 1000 Copiesby Tim Grahl exactly when I needed a guide for book marketing. I want to get the word out about my books, and I want to do it without being subservient to a cumbersome system I neither understand nor enjoy. Grahl gives me a blueprint to achieve that, and having a newsletter is an integral element in his system. In this post, I share what I’ve learned about setting up a Mailchimp newsletter and integrating it into your (free) WordPress.com blog.

Here are the main points I will cover:

  • Getting started with Mailchimp
  • Customizing Your Mailchimp sign-up form to coordinate with your WordPress.com blog
    • Use Google’s built-in developer tools to find the hexidecimal code for colors on your site
    • Set the font or…

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