Can You Only Write in One Genre?

I agree!

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by Michael Cristiano

As a writer, the last thing I want to do is restrict myself. Yes, it’s true, there are genres that I will never write (erotica, true crime, nonfiction textbooks on astrophysics), but other than that, I’m open to pretty much anything. I love straddling the line between genres, often bridging fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal and then throwing in some literary flair.

So, imagine my surprise when I was told that I should pick and stick to one genre. My conversation went something like this:

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Writing Contest – FINAL DAYS! AND a sneak peek at a REALLY COOL new idea you are gonna be SUPER excited about…

Great idea!

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

You have about a week left to enter your amazing piece of literature in my Word Weaver Writing Contest, so GET TO IT!

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Prizes! (possibly for YOU if you win)

Fame! (totally possible)

A critique by ME! (for the first 25 entries and maybe a few more)

For details and to enter, clickHERE

Last time a had a TON of people enter the contest at the last minute. And that’s okay, but why does everybody have to procrastinate?

Anyway, tick tock. I wanna read your stuff. Get it in!


ALSO

I had this reeeeeally cool idea.

(Actually, I think I had it a while ago and now I’m having it again.)

But you’re gonna LOVE this.

I think we should write an anthology together.

A bunch of short stories from a bunch of terrific authors, all centered around a common theme. Like scary stuff or Halloween, or…

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Fun English Language Facts That All Writers Should Know

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by Laura Peters

As a writer, it’s all too easy to get bogged down with the boring bits of the English language, such as grammar rules and sentence structure. But it’s also important to remember that there is also a fun side to language! If you do your research, you’ll find that there are a lot of fun facts related to English. Here are some to get you started!

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Book Review: A Foreign Country (With Giveaway)

Lisl’s review of Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country

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Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country
by Joanne R. Larner

See below for details on how you can win a free, signed copy of

A Foreign Country!

… as well as how to get your FREE Kindle edition of 
Dickon’s Diaries – A Yeare in the Lyff of King Richard the Third.

Not having recalled reading in the past any alternative history, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I picked up Joanne R. Larner’s debut work, Richard Liveth Yet: A Historical Novel Set in the Present Day. To its credit, the book doesn’t take itself overly seriously, though it does present us with a marvelous package of imagination and poignant insight. Moving forward now to its sequel, A Foreign Country, we delve deeper into Rose’s brush with time travel and the last Plantagenet king.

Previously we witnessed King Richard’s appearance in our modern…

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Write Like No One is Reading

This is so true!

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by Liam Cross

Writing, just like anything else in life, must be done to please oneself. Must be done to let one take the sinews of their heart and the breath of their soul, and transcribe them somehow onto the page before them. It’s one of my most favourite feelings in the world, finishing a piece and knowing it captures how I’m feeling exactly, because then I can make that feeling known to others, which in life, I feel is one of the most difficult tasks to do.

It helps to remember who you are and where you have come from, when attempting to create a piece so emotive and so thought-evoking it captures people and touches their heart. But I actually have some backwards advice to give when it comes to doing just that, because when writing to evoke emotion in others, I believe not in focusing on them…

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Bizarre Things People Say to Authors

Very funny!

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by Lev Raphael

Nobody tells you that when you publish a book, it becomes a license for total strangers to say outrageous things to you that you could never imagine saying to anyone.

I’m not just talking about people who’ve actually bought your book. Even people who haven’t read your book feel encouraged to share, in the spirit of helpfulness.

At first, when you’re on tour, it’s surprising, then tiring — but eventually it’s funny, and sometimes it even gives you material for your next book. All the comments on this list have been offered to me or other writer friends in almost exactly these words:

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Hate Marketing? Be A Sponsor for the July Word Weaver Writing Contest and let me do it for you!

Great idea!

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

Marketing sucks. Be a SPONSOR of the Word Weaver Writing Contest – and I’ll do it for you!

Use the contact me button NOW to become a sponsor and get the exposure you need for you book, product or service. Let’s talk!

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On July 1, 2017, I will announce the rules for our 2nd quarterly writing contest. We plan to do a total of three this year.

YOU hate marketing, right? Of course. Everyone does.

There will be prizes, so we will need sponsors. YOU COULD BE ONE!

Right now I’m talking to people about

  • $50, $25 and $10 Amazon gift cards (I will probably provide those)
  • signed paperbacks, by me and other authors/sponsors (you could be one of those)
  • book covers from real cover designers,
  • editing services
  • on and on – PLUS a secret prize package to be announced during the contest, that may or may not be membership…

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How to Research a Location You Haven’t Actually Been To

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by Helena Fairfax

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or read any of my books, you’ll know how important setting is to me in my writing. In this post about Richmond Park, for example, I wrote about how I tried to combine the setting for The Antique Love with the theme of the book, and how I used the setting to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of my characters.

So far I’ve been able to visit most of the locations I’ve used in my books. My settings range from Edinburgh to the south coast of France, and they are all within easy reach for me. But sometimes it’s just not possible to get to the place you want to write about. I used to agonise about this. I like to “see” exactly what it is my characters see.

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5 Tips to Make You a Better Writer Instantly

Good advice!

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by Felicity Annora

Hey guys! I’m back again with my self-help posts, and this time I’m going to tell you you how to become a better writer instantly. I know it sounds like one of those bad “get-rich-quick” gimmicks that you find in commercials- and you’d absolutely right. But this time, the tips and tricks are real and they truly are things that help you improve  your writing quickly.

So without further ado, here they are:

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Writing Past a Problem

Very true!

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by Lev Raphael

Working on my most recently published book, I ran into a significant problem.  To move the novel forward, I needed my protagonist to have a confrontation with a minor character.  I knew what this woman’s role was in the book and how she drove the plot forward.

But the woman herself was a blank.  I had no idea what she looked like, what she sounded like, what kind of house she had.  None of that was real.  And so I did when I’ve learned to do after many years as an author: I let go.  Consciously, that is.

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