Monday, 31 May 2010

Mastering Descriptive Writing

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For some reason, a lot of wannerbe writers go over the top with their descriptive writing. In general, you should curb your enthusiasm for 'purple prose'.

Cut out those flowing passages and get back to nitty gritty words. Never use three words when one will do.

Don't waste time searching for obscure words, use plain English.

Get rid of those cute adverbs and adjectives - they kill your story.

For more, read How To Master Descriptive Writing

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Saturday, 29 May 2010

Short Moments - on Kindle

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Okay guys, I simply have to share it with you. I have gone KINDLE.

I have written and published a collection of Heartwarming short stories called SHORT MOMENTS.

All the stories have been previously accepted by various publishers, so I know they pass the test..... they've been professionally edited for magazines.

My book publisher went belly-up during the economic situation so I took the decision to go down the route of KINDLE... After alI I get 35% royalties instead of the meagre amount from a paperback.

It's so easy to put your book out there, it's unbelievable. I think the problem with KINDLE is that too many writers might be tempted to submit below-par stories. If you want to publish, make sure your book is properly edited first.

If you've been considering it, consider no longer.

The biggest problem as far as I can see, is book promotion. It's all down to the author.... there again, I don't suppose it's a lot different after all..... most publishers don't do a lot for their authors....

So, if any of you pass this info around, I'll be dead chuffed. ANY promotion will be gratefully accepted.

Friday, 28 May 2010

If You Can

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Inner Peace: This is so true
  • If you can start the day without caffeine,
  • If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and
  • pains,
  • If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
  • If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
  • If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
  • If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
  • If you can conquer tension without medical help,
  • If you can relax without liquor,
  • If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!

And you thought I was going to get all spiritual!! You should have known better!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Story Ideas

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If you struggle to get ideas for plots in your story try this gizmo. It might not be the best thing since sliced bread, but there again I like crusty bread torn off in chunks....

Plot Generator

Even if you don't need it, it's a bit of fun.

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