Does Your Book Need a Sequel?

Excellent post – I’m glad to say I seem to have done a series for the right reasons!

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by John Briggs

Should your book be part of a series or a stand-alone?

Creating sequels to books is big business these days. It’s the popular thing and profitable thing to do, spurred on by the tremendous success of series like Harry Potter. Authors now, more often than not, conceive their books from the very first draft as multi-part series of epic proportions to relay an immense tale of, one hopes, great meaning or enjoyment.

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Want to Write Great Fiction? Stop Using the “Logical” Side of Your Brain

I totally agree!

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by Lauren Sapala

Every morning when I open my inbox a landslide of emails from the online writing community pour out. Blog posts, newsletters, classes and programs and retreats. And then I jump on social media and the wave continues: Advice and instructions on character development, plotting your plot, finessing the end and then going back to that first page and polishing your opening hook until it sparkles and shines and catches the eye of every agent with an email address.

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5 Mistakes Authors Make on Social Media

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by Michael Cristiano

I thought writing a novel was the hard part. I thought endless drafting and editing and proofreading involved the most work when it came to being a writer.

I was wrong. My debut novel has been on sale for a little less than a month, and I came to the conclusion very early on in its release that writing it was the easy (and far more enjoyable) part. Why? you ask.

Marketing. Marketing is a hard and seemingly endless process. Why is it so hard?

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Just how BIG is a big word?

Interesting post

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After a recent discussion on the use or non-use of BIG words in writing, I had to stop and think…what exactly do we mean when we say BIG WORDS? And to what extent is it okay to use these so-called BIG words in our writing?

If one Googles “SAT Vocabulary,” you will get a list of words a student should have mastered by his senior year in high school. Are they big words? For example, is discern a big word? It may not be so big to us bloggers who have been around the vocab track for some years now, but yes, it may be big to a sixteen-year old who reads maybe one book a year, and he’s forced to do that. And yet, discern may not be so big to another sixteen-year old who reads over fifteen books a year or more! But it’s quite possible neither one…

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Rose’s Playlist (8) – Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton

Chapter Three begins with Rose again trying to contact Richard at the Major Oak. She is delighted when she first hears and then sees him, but every time she tries to approach closer he fades. Finally, he places a scroll of parchment in a niche in the tree for her to retrieve and he is gone. She is excited to read what he has to say, but this soon turns to heartbreak when she reads that he won’t be coming back again.

The emotional ‘Unbreak My Heart’ by Toni Braxton is perfect for this scene. Click here for the video of the song: Unbreak My Heart

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Download the Richard Liveth Yet books for Kindle here: Richard Liveth Yet

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Why Do We Care When Characters Die?

Interesting post

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by Kyle Massa

Did you cry when Bambi’s mom got shot?

It’s okay. You can admit it. Though we know they’re not real, the death of fictional characters evokes real emotion in us. I find that amazing. After all, when fictional character die, we’re essentially mourning the loss of someone who does not, has not, and never will, exist.

The question is: why? Why do we care when a nonexistent character bites the dust?

I don’t claim to know the answer. But I do have some theories.

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What Herb to Use in Your Fantasy Story

Interesting post – can anyone add any more? If you are writing historical fiction, you will need to research which herbs/plants would have been available then (and there!)

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by Whitney Carter

I first started exploring herbs and what I could collect and do with them myself some years ago, and I have to confess that I was nervous about it at first. As a kid, there was a berry bush that grew at the edge of my backyard, and sometimes I would sit out there and pick the berries, just to squish them in my hand and smear the dark purple juice around.

I know now that they were Pokeberries, and they’re quite poisonous if ingested. This discovery highlighted my own ignorance about the plants around me, and even as I started dabbling and researching I was always well aware of the potential to miss something important. I have to imagine that the people who were first discovering the uses for all of our plants today had the same kind of excited fear going on.

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