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Writing Communities Connect Bloggers Across We blog because we have something we want to express and we hope it will resonate with someone else. Blogging enables us to build powerful connections with people we might have never met otherwise. There are lots of blogging communities and challenges aimed at fostering those relationships and inspiring more blogging. These three, all writing-focused, are building global networks of blogger-writers — maybe you’ll find a home in one! Today’s Author The mission of Today’s Author couldn’t be simpler, or more powerful: to foster a community of creative writers through a healthy and supportive environment. Today’s Author is an open, flexible community of writers focused on helping each other kick-start their pens (or keyboards).

Their prompts work for a variety of bloggers, while their “Writers’ Circle” posts explore everything from what to do when inspiration dries up to strategies for editing your own work to how we incorporate our traditions and histories into our writing. Friday Fictioneers. TweetDeck. Writing Poetry. Writing Urban Fiction. Thinking about writing an Urban Fiction but not sure how to start? Good urban fiction writing has a few necessary elements to make it great. Sure anyone can conjure up a good tale but urban fiction is a bit different. I have studied urban fiction and know what I like to read and I’m also writing a juicy urban fiction tale titled “Platinum Dust” I will attempt to share a few tips that I’ve learned on creating a page turning urban tale.

Urban Fiction Background When thinking about creating an urban fiction novel you must remember “urban” literally refers to the streets or the background for your story. Though I have not lived in housing projects or the ghetto I have friends who have and my neighborhood was lurking in the near distance. Street life is its own sub-culture so getting a feel for the streets is essential in this style of writing. Urban Fiction Characters Urban fiction characters are those that the reader loves to hate. Urban Fiction Dialogue Urban Fiction Drama Urban Fiction Sex. Political Writing. Say you are a young person beginning to write about politics and policy. You probably have some idea of what you believe, but have you thought about how you believe it? That is, have you thought about where you will sit on the continuum that stretches from writers who are engaged to those who are detached?

Writers who are at the classic engaged position believe that social change is usually initiated by political parties. To have the most influence, the engaged writer wants to channel his efforts through a party. The engaged writer closely and intimately aligns with a team. The engaged writer often criticizes his own party, but from a zone of trust inside it, and he is usually advising the party to return to its core creed. The detached writer also starts with a philosophic world view. But the detached writer wants to be a few steps away from the partisans. The detached writer believes that writing is more like teaching than activism. Brooks is a columnist for the New York Times. Mystery Writing Lessons. 3. Create compelling characters Most of all the characters are important. You want them to be "rather more than stereotypes. The characters should be real human beings, each of whom comes alive for the reader, not pasteboard people to be knocked down in the final chapter.

" 4. Research, research, research In addition to paying attention to real-life, a huge part of the writer's job is to research. Often times, this is the best way to make your characters real--by finding out the facts they would usually know. 5. 6. "Read the good prose, and learn from it," she says. 7. ...And write When asked if she gets writer's block, James said "No, I have never experienced writer's block, although I sometimes have to wait a long time before I receive inspiration for the next book. " 8. "I get up early, make tea and settle down to about two hours writing. Good Luck! Read P. Do you have a question for the author? Writing Historical. Ethics: Rules for Writing Historical Novels These are my seven guidelines. 1. Don't invent history. You can add people to a scene; and of course you are free to invent incidents of the kind that might have occurred, so long as they slot into the overall pattern of known events.

In War and Peace, Tolstoy's use of Pierre during the occupation of Moscow, when Pierre observes the scene and plans, but fails to assassinate Napoleon, is a perfect example of how this can be done. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Writing Erotica. As most of you know, is actually my night job. My real job is, and has been for the last several years, Chief Editor in Chief at O'Brien & "Sons" Erotic Fiction Publishing House, where I've been overseeing the publishing and distribution of thousands of the most successful Erotic Fiction novels to hit the stands. If you picked up an Erotic Fiction Novel (EroFicNov) over the last decade, chances are it carried the O'Brien & "Sons" label. As you can imagine, a ton of Erotic Fiction Manuscripts (EroFicMan) have come across my desk over the years, some of it great, some of it not so great.

To answer some of the questions I get regularly, and to make my job easier, I'm going to list all the important steps to writing great Erotic Fiction, everything that separates the un-publishable from the publishable. Follow these instructions and, in no time, you'll write something so great it'll make The Way of a Man with a Maid look like The Lustful Turk! Be Original, People! At the zoo! Romance Writing. Crime Novel Writing. Thinking of writing a crime novel? Good choice – it’s currently one of the nation’s most popular genres! But, this also means that the competition for publication is fierce. So, how do you write a cracking crime novel? First let’s look at what crime fiction actually is. A definition of crime fiction is difficult as it encompasses a wide range of plot-lines. However, so that you have something to work from, a common definition is a story about someone who commits an immoral or illegal act being persued by another person who’s attempting to bring them to justice.

Now you know what you’re aiming for, follow the tips given below to improve your chances of getting into print. Tip 1. Tip 2. Tip 3. DNA analysisforensic anthropology and pathologyforensic criminology, psychiatry and psychology fingerprintinginterviewing techniquescomputer forensics Tip 4. Tip 5. Use the above tips and you’ll be well on your way to having a cracking good crime novel. Writing Faction - fact/fiction. Why is a faction—blending fact with fiction—unacceptable as a genre in literary works? A faction is, indeed, a blending of fact and fiction (as is the word itself). The term is problematic because readers want to know which category a book falls into, and “faction” doesn’t provide that. Of course, blending fact and fiction in literature isn’t all that uncommon, and authors often signal to readers very clearly what the book’s leanings are by sorting it out it in the preface, or by choosing a more precise label. An historical novel, for example, is a fictional account of real events or real people.

Both literary nonfiction and the nonfiction novel dramatize real events and real people, but—in theory, at least—stick close to reality. Still, even these attempts to clarify can create questions and, at times, controversy, the root of which is found in the ambiguity of where the work departs from reality. Personal memoirs that blend fact and fiction run into these same difficulties. Screenwriting. Total absence of humor renders life impossible. Colette As the saying goes, "Funny is money. " The person who can write funny has a definite edge over the person who finds it difficult.

So if you're humor challenged when it comes to dialogue, what can you do about it? In my experience, writing funny, original dialogue comes naturally, just as spontaneously adlibbing funny, clever remarks does. I wish I could say "Take a comedy writing class" or "Read a book on how to write funny stuff" or offer you some inspirational words of wisdom on finding your inner stand-up comic. What I can offer you is something Tim Allen said in a TV Guide interview upon being asked about his sense of humor, specifically his ability to be funny. Where does it come from?

The First Rule of Writing Funny: • Just because you can say funny things doesn't mean you can write funny things Writing funny is different than saying or doing funny things. Which leads us to The Second Rule of Writing Funny: • Find your genre D.B. Comedy Writing. Short Stories. Publishing Companies. Despite concerns about consolidation among publishing houses, sales of the top 10 companies accounted for 55% of revenue of the 50 publishers that are on the list for both 2012 and 2011, down from 57% in 2011. One reason for the decline is the increasing number of publishers from emerging markets gaining sales worldwide.

That has been especially true among publishers in the 20th to 50th spots on the ranking; total revenues from those 30 companies accounted for 25% of sales in 2012, up from 21% in 2011. In addition, several new companies have been added to the ranking this year, including two Chinese publishers and one from Russia, bringing the list to 60 publishers. As has been true in recent years, publishers that specialize in scientific/technical/medical books and journals generated the highest revenue in 2012, followed by education and then trade. Click on a company's name to read its profile. *2011 is most recent data available.

Self Published & other topics. CreateSpace: Self Publishing and Free Distribution for Books, CD, DVD. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing: Self-publish your book to Amazon's Kindle Store. SCI-FI Writing. Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service. I give a hearty Here Here for #4! There is nothing wrong with telling a story that fits within the covers of a single book. Honestly, I respect a well crafted short story more than a shelf load of volumes that purports to tell a single story. Remember, the whole Trilogy+ got started when the publisher got fed up with the fact Tolkien wouldn't finish. The moment I see something like "Book One of the (insert name of place or magic item and latin number)ogy", I want to put the book down.

Flagged. Adventure Stories. Action Stories. Think “action scene,” and you probably think of the Hollywood version: A character is thrust into high-stakes, physical drama (a gunfight, a daring rescue, a desperate escape) that changes her in some important way, and moves the action forward. Action scenes serve the same function in your fiction, but they need not be over-the-top to be effective. A surprise phone call, an unexpected visit, or an ill-timed delay will force your character to respond quickly (rather than reflect), and allows you to advance the plot without miring it in long descriptive passages and explanations. The key to writing action scenes is to make sure that something happens that impels your protagonist to act, reveals her capacity to deal with problems, and affects future events in the story.

“The only requirement of an action scene is that it rely in part upon physical movement through the space you’ve created, and evoke a sense of time passing,” says Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author of Make a Scene. Buy the book. How to Write Fight Scenes (with Sample Fight Scenes. Writing Fantasy. Last night, A Game Of Thrones author George R.R.

Martin took to the stage at the Sydney Opera House to discuss his popular fantasy series, the spin-off HBO TV show and his craft as a writer. Below are ten kernels of wisdom that could help budding authors write their own fantasy saga. (Surprisingly, ‘take your time’ isn’t one of them.) Photo: Getty Images Don’t limit your imagination I knew right from the beginning I wanted the story to be large and complex. Before A Song of Ice and Fire I had been working in television for ten years. When I went back to prose, there were suddenly no limits: I could write something huge with all the characters I wanted, with battles, dragons and immense settings.

Choose your point-of-view characters to broaden the narrative’s scope My story is essentially about a world at war. It’s like if you were trying to do World War 2 as a novel: do you just take one average GI? It’s okay to “borrow” from history On believable POVs Presenting grief is hard to do. Writing Horror. The Horror Genre: On Writing Horror and Avoiding Clichés “The three types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against … Read more 7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel (& How to Avoid Them) You can doom your debut from the start with these 7 (tongue-in-cheek) strategies for flailing, and failing—or, you can do just the opposite.

Read more What is a Minor Character: Understanding the Minor Characters’ Role So where is the dividing line between major and minor charactors? How to Write Effective Supporting Characters Your cast of supporting characters should reflect what your protagonist needs. How to Resurrect a Stalled Manuscript Is your manuscript stuck? 5 Simple Steps on Creating Suspense in Fiction Whenever you cause readers to be curious about what comes next, you’re creating suspense in fiction writing. 50 Simple Ways to Build Your Platform in 5 Minutes a Day Need a speaker? 25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror. I grew up on horror fiction. Used to eat it up with a spoon. These days, not so much, but only I suspect because the horror releases just aren’t coming as fast and furious as they once did. But really, the novels I have coming out so far are all, in their own way, horror novels. DOUBLE DEAD takes place in a zombie-fucked America with its protagonist being a genuinely monstrous vampire.

BLACKBIRDS and MOCKINGBIRD feature a girl who can touch you and see how and when you’re going to die and then presents her with very few ways to do anything about it. Both are occasionally grisly and each puts to task a certain existential fear that horror does particularly well, asking who the hell are we, exactly? And so it feels like a good time — with Halloween approaching, with DOUBLE DEAD in November and me writing MOCKINGBIRD at present — to visit the subject of writing horror. None of this is meant to be hard and firm in terms of providing answers and advice. Peruse it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Children's Writing. Freelance Writing. Make A Living Writing - Practical Help for Hungry Writers. General Writing Tips. Writer Unboxed. Terrible Minds. Writer's Block.

Character Building. MOODY WRITING.