Dynasty! San Francisco Giants Win It All

The #WorldSeries was exciting for me. When two teams grind it out for the entire 7 games is enjoyable to watch. Congratulations San Francisco Giants.

6 Inspiring Self-Publishing Success Stories (That Aren’t ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’)


Carson Mell’s Saguaro may well be the best originally self-published title to come out this year. Thanks to the folks at Electric Literature, the book finally has a more traditional publisher, and is available now for your reading pleasure.

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Character Bible

I went over my character bible, and realized that I have so many characters. I lost count on the number of characters that exist in my novel, but in my opinion that’s a good thing. I plan on writing a series, and since my book is in the fantasy genre the story will not just take place in the real world, my main character will be journeying to a land of magic where there a host of new characters she’ll be introduce to. Some of these characters are going to be killed off, moving the plot forward. Granted, I know having countless characters might be confusing for my potential readers, and yet I think the more the merrier, as long as its reasonable and makes sense to those who intend to read the book.

Unusual Words for Writing Prompts

I didn’t know there were so many weird and outdated words.

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Here are several websites about curious, old, and unused words you can use to A) build your vocabulary B) create interesting writing prompts, short story ideas, or plot movements, characters &ETC

For example:

Lucubration /ˌlo͞ok(y)əˈbrāSHən/nounformal

the act of studying by candlelight ; nocturnal study ; meditation

that which is composed by night; that which is produced by meditation in retirement; hence (loosely) any literary composition

a piece of writing, typically a pedantic or overelaborate one.

Now take lucubration and craft a short story, writing prompt, or simply start writing about what it makes you think of. Use it in a sentence. Write two paragraphs about someone who lucubrates.

Here are great sites that give many many words to learn and choose from. Happy epeoltarification.

Curios Words & Phrases

A decent list of very unusual words like wimbler, squinch, & ailurophile.

Unused Words

Quite a…

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Want to Write for Glory? Or for Money?

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At a recent meeting of independent writers I met a young women, who told me about an event she wanted to visit: the “path to publishing”.  The highlight will be a literary agent who accepts query letters from participating aspiring writers.  I asked her why she is querying to publishers. “Do you want to write for glory – to see your book for a couple of weeks in bookstores – or do you want to earn money with your writing?”  I admit, a bit provocative.  I explained her what she can expect as “published” author including the minimal royalty of only 8-10% what an author gets – compared to 70% (or almost 100% for sales from the authors website).  

  1. Having an established platform and an idea how to brand yourself
  2. The first book has to be successful from day one!  Bookstores give only a couple of weeks…

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Your Books First and Maybe Only Impression

Awesome read for writers seeking advice on making a great impression for their book.

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Book-Cover First Impression: A great cover!

REMEMBER:  You never get a second chance for a first good impression!  Your books’ title and its appearance is the first, and perhaps only impression you make on a prospective reader.  A great image on your book cover will undoubtedly catch your reader’s imagination, wondering what lies beyond it. A fantastic opportunity to draw readers in.

Not that an appealing cover means automatically a great book, but a book that is accurately and even interestingly represented by its cover, is more likely to catch the eye of someone who is going to enjoy reading it.  Interesting covers are going to get more time on shelf-displays, online and off-line.  We are a visual culture; naturally that is going to influence our book-buying habits.
A stunning book cover is one of the best marketing tools for any writer!
Bali Rai wrote in one of his…

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Fiction Friday: 8 Things Writers Forget When Writing Fight Scenes

Eight Things Writers Forget When Writing Fight Scenes

Lisa Voisin


Recently, I attended VCON, a science fiction and fantasy conference in Surrey (part of Metro Vancouver) and attended a session called “Writing About Fighting.” The panel consisted of writers and experts who were disciplined in multiple martial arts, including authors Lorna Suzuki and T.G. Shepherd, and Devon Boorman, the swordmaster of Academie Duello in Vancouver. (I lost my program, so if you remember who else was there, please leave it in the comments, below)

For me, this talk was so fascinating, it was worth the cost of admission to VCON. In fact, I spent days thinking about the topics discussed. These are just a few of them as I remember it.

Eight Things Writers Forget About Fight Scenes:

1. It’s not about the technical details

First of all, if you’re not technical and don’t know the details of fighting, you shouldn’t try to write about them. Some writers try to to…

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Great article.


In addition to knowledge of craft and technique, command over grammar and syntax, and all the other tools of their craft, writers must also draw on their instinct of what constitutes good writing. A writer’s instinct is what tells them whether they have overdone or underplayed elements in their work. It tells them when to take risks in their work and when to show restraint. Should they kill a character off? Is this where a flashback would make sense? The sharper a writer’s instinct, the better their judgement in writing, the higher quality their work.

Unfortunately, writer’s instinct it is not something that can be imparted in a class or a workshop. It can, however, be honed and developed over time. Here are some guidelines to sharpen your writing intuition:


1 – Feed your instincts by reading widely and deeply. The more you expose yourself to all types of writing…

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