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Random First Line Generator. KILLING IT ON KINDLE PUBLISHING - DAVIDSTILESBLOG.COM. 6/23/2015 (Updated 1/27/16) Visit my ETSY.com Industrial/Steampunk lights and more store! What blog doesn't have an article about making money with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing - selling e-books? It's my turn and here we go... I could easily make this a 15,000 word article, I will try to keep it as short as I can, giving you the least amount of knowledge you need to get started, but I will throw in some tips and hints (since that's what my site says I do). For those of you who don't know (living under a rock lately?) , Amazon sells e-books on their site under the Kindle name. They have a book ready called, "Amazon Kindle - Fire" and more names as they come out with new readers. The number 1 question of book writers on Amazon is, "How do you pick a topic to write about"? First thing I'm going to do, is give you a link to a super video course on Udemy about how to make money selling ebooks on Amazon Kindle Amazon Kindle eBook Publishing-How I Made Over $39K w/eBooks .

How many words? Story Generator. A 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises. It’s the perfect time to restart your engine and get back into writing. Here, I offer up a 12-day plan of simple writing exercises to help you keep your creative juices flowing without eating up too much of your time. Follow this plan and in less than half a month, you’ll not only be impressed with what you’ve accomplished, but you may also have something worth publishing. The 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises Day 1: Write 10 potential book titles of books you’d like to write. Day 2: Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for. Day 3: Write a setting based on the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen.

Day 4: Write a letter to an agent telling her how wonderful you are. Day 5: Write a 20-line poem about a memorable moment in your life. Day 6: Select a book on your shelf and pick two chapters at random. Day 7: Write a letter to yourself telling you what you need to improve in the coming 6 months. Brian A. Coffitivity - Increase Your Creativity! Creative Writing Exercises - set your imagination free. Creative writing exercises are a great way to get started. Whether you are a beginner, or are an experienced writer these exercises will stimulate your mind and get your ideas flowing. I will be straight with you and tell you that very few people just start writing and straight away produce great results.

We’ve all heard the stories about writers who find immediate success, however they are rare and that’s why those stories make headlines. In reality it takes practice and a great deal of thought to become a good writer. That’s why you should stop that procrastinating and start now. Think of creativity as a muscle and like any muscle, creativity requires exercise if it is to become strong. We all know we should exercise our bodies to maintain our health, so why not our minds? There are lots of different creative writing exercises you can do. There are also these abstract creative writing exercises, which are less defined and are perhaps more of a challenge to the imagination. Keep writing, "To uncover the plot of your story, don’t ask what should... Plot Your Novel With Mini Arcs.

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy If you’re not the type of writer who likes to plot out an entire book before you start writing, but you’re also not the type of writer who can just wing it and have it turn out well, try breaking your novel into story arcs and plotting those one at a time. This is a technique I use for revisions, but it’s just as useful a tool for those who fall in the middle of the outliner/pantser spectrum. Step One: Pick Your Arcs Look at each section of your novel. The beauty of a novel is that the smallest pieces are structured the same as the entire novel.

Step Two: Create Your Arcs Treat each arc as if it were the entire novel. Look at that arc and ask: How does this arc begin? What makes this smaller focus work is that an entire book can be overwhelming to plot—especially if you’re not sure what happens. Plotting with mini arcs can be a handy tool to break your novel into smaller, more manageable pieces that keep the story moving and the ideas coming. 101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part II. 101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I | Write It Sideways.

What if someone went through the biggest and best blogs on the internet, and pulled out the very best-of-the best tips for fiction writers? That’s what I’ve attempted to do here. I can’t guarantee there aren’t some amazingly helpful writing tips that I haven’t included, but this is a good start. I’ve also tried to steer clear of really obvious tips like “show, don’t tell” or “make your characters unforgettable,” in favour of ones that are less often discussed.

To learn more about the tips, click through to their original articles. Thanks to all these amazing bloggers for their valuable advice! Which tip is your favourite so far? Now, head over to: 6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain. Photo by Andres Musta via Flickr Because here’s the thing: it’s not fiction. It’s fact. Except, you know, for the Vulcan part. And, okay, the part where you have to put your fingertips on the other guy’s face to do it. But hey, the world was pretty much analog back then, so who could blame Wincelberg for seeing life as hands-on, and thus missing the nuances of how information is actually transferred from one brain to another? To figure that part out we had to wait for something that even ‘Bones’ McCoy didn’t have access to — fMRI technology, which revealed that when we’re really engaged in listening to a story, our brain synchronizes with the speaker’s brain – literally mirroring it. fMRI studies reveal that when we’re really engaged in listening to a story, our brain synchronizes with the speaker’s brain – literally mirroring it.

In other words, we really are on the same wavelength, and their experiences become ours. The exact same thing is true when we’re reading a story. Exactly! 1. 2. Textkritik: Die unsichtbare Frau – Prosa – Ten Steps to Finding Your Writing Voice. Your job as a writer is much more than just selling your books, believe it or not. Your job — if you want to make a living at this, anyway — is to sell yourself. You are selling your unique perspective on life, your unique collection of beliefs, fears, hopes and dreams, your memories of childhood tribulation and triumphs and adult achievements and failures . . . your universe. Anybody can sit down and write a story or a book — that is simply a matter of applying butt to chair and typing out three or four or ten pages a day until the thing is done.

But not every book is salable, not every salable book will find an audience, and not every book that finds an audience will be able to bring the readers back for more of what the writer is selling. Your goal is to achieve all three of those milestones: To sell your work; To reach first-time readers with it; To win these first-time readers over as repeat readers of your work. Which means you have to put yourself on your page. 1. Reading is magic. Novel Writing Tips & Fundamentals – Storyfix.com. Literaturstipendien | Literaturstipendien. Finding Writing Ideas In 2 Easy Steps. Writing ideas are made up of four basic ingredients: character, plot, theme and setting. Don't fall into the trap of coming up with an idea for just one of these things - a clever plot twist, say - and believing you are ready to start writing your novel.

You are not. The key to finding winning ideas is to be methodical about it... Start by brainstorming each of the four elements in turn. Take your time on this part - there is a lot of treasure deep inside you waiting to be discovered, but it takes time to bring it to the surface. To get the most out of this process, try not to think ahead to Step 2 when you are still on the first step. The whole point of brainstorming is to come up with a lot of potential ideas (or raw material), and you won't do that if you try to turn the raw material into good-to-go writing ideas too early. Also, if you already have a firm idea in your mind of the novel you want to write, try to disregard it during this process. Finding Writing Ideas 1: Brainstorming 1. 10 Tips to Improve Your Fiction Writing Skills | Guest Posts. Posted by Guest on November 11, 2008 · This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of distance learning universities .

She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com. Writing fiction, whether short or long, can be a very trying experience indeed. So many writers of fiction have different processes for achieving their writing goals that it’s hard to sift through what works and what doesn’t. Writing is a process that requires skill, determination, adaptability, and plenty of time. Here are some suggestions for improving your fiction writing skills, gleaned from trial and error over time. Start With a Seed Some great fiction books are simply a product of asking the question, “What if…?” Let the Story Tell Itself Think of yourself as a medium, or a vehicle, for a story that wants to be told.

Use Realistic Characters and Dialogue This is accomplished through many different approaches. Write What You Know Close the Door Keep Pushing Forward Revise and Edit. Fiction Writing - Archives. Fiction Writing Tips. 101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I. Writing Inspiration. 34 Unexpected Places to Find Writing Inspiration (And Become a Better Writer) 31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing. How to find inspiration By Leo Babauta You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. - Jack London No matter how much you love writing, there will always be days when you need inspiration from one muse or another. In fact, I would argue that inspiration is not just a desirable thing, it’s an integral part of the writing process.

Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite ways of finding inspiration — some of them obvious, some of them less so. Blogs. “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” - Vincent van Gogh If you liked this article, please share it by clicking on the share bar below. Photo courtesy of Seedling-Chaos The (nearly) Ultimate Guide to Better Writing Fill out the form below and get your copy immediately! Writing Quotes that Inspire Writers. These writing quotes from published authors show how they share your joy and angst in being a writer. Use these gems of wisdom to inspire, inform and most of all, to motivate you to write each day. Through daily practice, your genius is revealed. In other words, just keep on writing. As a published author myself, I know these words ring true.

Read them, make them your own and above all, get started writing your first book. ~ Laura Ramirez "Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders. " ~Walter Bagehot~ Quotes on Writing "We talked about our voices as writers--how they are strong and brave but how as people we are wimps.

~Natalie Goldberg~ Amazon's publishing and printing company makes it easy for new authors to get their book into print. "The story arises in the unconscious. " ~Dorothea Brande~ "What is The Subconscious to every other man, in its creative aspect becomes, for writers, The Muse. " ~Ray Bradbury~ "One writes out of one thing only--one's own experience. ~James Baldwin~ Overheard Dialogue. Witnessed this exchange at a mother's day brunch today...

A man is sitting with his wife, son and his elderly mother. The boy keeps texting and grandma obviously disapproves, so Dad steps in. Dad - Put that away.Son - It's important. Dad - Away. Now.Son - Fine. He places the phone down but it buzzes with a message not a moment later. Dad - "Out with rents too, H-8 it too. " The kid is mortified and doesn't respond. Dad - Waste of money... Then finally, slamming his fork down.

Dad - You know, I hated going out with my parents too, but back then, we all had enough manners to be quiet about it.Grandma - Is that so?! People at the table next to us made the mistake of laughing out loud at this, so the family kept quiet after that. Creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers. Write Attitude - Inspiration for Writers. 25 Creative Writing Prompts | Creative Writing Prompts. Posted by Melissa Donovan on October 21, 2014 · 25 creative writing prompts to inspire and motivate you. Don’t you just hate writer’s block? Some say it’s a disease that only creative workers succumb to. Some say it’s a curse. Others argue that it doesn’t exist at all. But just about everyone has been there–sitting in front of a blank screen, fingers itching to create a masterpiece.

For me, the most bizarre thing about writer’s block is that it strikes randomly. Luckily, I have several books and other writing resources that are packed with writing exercises and creative writing prompts. Creative Writing Prompts Today I’d like to share a mash-up of creative writing prompts. Now It’s Your Turn If none of these creative writing prompts inspired you, don’t despair. Keep writing! About Melissa DonovanMelissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. How to shape & structure stories in meaningful ways. In the 1950s, women — think Sophia Loren — were sometimes described as “shapely.” This was meant as a compliment, and why not, considering the dictionary definition: “Having a regular or pleasing shape.” The antonym is shapeless — think Twiggy. I began to apply the word to writing after reading the late Jerome Stern’s book, “Making Shapely Fiction.”

From then on, I wanted my stories to be shapely, to be more Sophia and less Twiggy. But what does it mean for a story to have a shape? If you prefer another word, use it: shape, form, structure, order, genre, organization or frame. Here are some names that I know for story shapes: pyramid, hourglass, champagne glass, narrative line, broken line, stack of blocks and the circle. Tags: Live chats, Writing tips and techniques. Dialogue Workshop. I got a question in my e-mail not too long ago on how to do dialogue. As far as I’ve ever been able to tell, writing good dialogue comes from being able to hear voices in your head that aren’t there—which in times past has been enough to get you burned at the stake or drowned at a dunking post, and which currently, if you admit to it in the wrong company, can get you a quiet room with rubber walls and all the free Thorazine you can swallow.

Never let it be said that writing well is not without its risks. That said, I need to tell you that dialogue in a story is NOT about two people talking to each other. That’s what it is, but it isn’t what it’s about. Dialogue is about demonstrating character through conflict, either internal or external. Memorize that, because when you’ve memorized it, about half of your problems with dialogue will melt into oblivion. Get out your trusty spiral-bound notebook and a smooth-writing pen with lots of ink. 1) What does each character want? Ten Steps to Finding Your Writing Voice. Novel Writing Tips & Fundamentals – Storyfix.com. Amanda Hocking's Blog. Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine. Theory Book. Writing from a Point of View (POV) | Creative Writing Course. Theory Book. Handwerkszeug.

9: Meta-Documents. On Writing My First Novel, Pentecost. Useful Links. Novel Pre-Writing Workshop: Better Questions Make A Better Book. General Fiction. Thinking Small - The Power of Details | Fiction Matters. Helpful tips for coaching yourself as a writer. Fiction Matters - News, Tips, and Tools for Writers. How to Write a Book Now -- Tools for Emerging Authors. When to Show, When to Tell – The Golden Rule of Storytelling | Fiction Matters. Creative Writing Course.