A Good Work Day

The novella has jumped in word count.  Today there was a solid 2500 new words bringing the over-all total to 6996 words! Tired. Now time for food and video games.

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A Different Type Of Artist

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I am currently experiencing Internet issues so long posts will have to wait until the problem is fixed; however, I am still able to share wonderful stories like this. Hope your weekend is a great one!

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Feeling Blessed


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Christ Is Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!

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On The Willows

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Writerly Thursday

Although I didn’t recognize it until today, Thursdays of the week are usually the days I sit quietly and go over the things I’ve written, notes for things yet to write, and look over writing information.  Throughout the week here on The News I always post things about writing and how to help other writers get published.   Hopefully the articles re-blogged helps some, if not all, of you with your writing.

Being able to tell the best story we can tell should be the goal of each and every writer.  The writing process isn’t easy, though fun and exciting, and any tool we can find to help tell the best story possible is something I’m on the look-out for.  Some things don’t work for me, but they might for you.

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HarperCollins e-Books will no Longer be Available on Amazon

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Publishing Your First Book on Amazon for New Indies by @JoRobinson176

Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: Excellent! Thanks to The Story Reading Ape for more superb information and @JoRobinson76 for giving said information!

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It’s a good idea to find out how to publish your first eBook on Amazon before, or while you’re writing it. Simplicity is the key, and if you have too many bells and whistles going on formatting wise, you might end up having to clear all formatting and start from scratch. If you use a word processor other than Microsoft Word you might have to pay for formatting, but using Word makes the process very easy. Here’s a quick overview for a standard work of fiction without images. (Click on the screenshots to view them larger)

Don’t use lots of spaces or your tab key for indents. This could result in an ebook that’s a bit of an oops. Rather set up the whole document. You can do this from your first paragraph, or you can highlight the whole document and set it up. Do this from a clean document…

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6 Things You Need To Edit Your Book

Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: Excellent! I do not enjoy editing after the second draft because I am afraid of destroying the story I’ve created. So, before I send something off of the longer-than-a-short-story length, I zap it to my sister who has a Master’s degree in English and hasn’t steered me wrong yet. Again, hope this article helps you. Let me know what you think about the process in this article. I’m very interested in knowing what you think.

Originally posted on Suffolk Scribblings:

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Editing is my favourite part of writing. While I enjoy the free exploration and rush of creativity that comes with writing a first draft, it’s in the edit that I really earn my money. The edit can turn a promising idea into a great idea, can turn lumpen prose into gold. But in order to get the best out of editing, you need six important things.

1 Distance

Have you noticed how much easier it is to spot mistakes or areas for improvement in other people’s books? There’s a good reason for that. As a reader you’re coming to the story fresh, with no insight or foreknowledge of what’s taking place. You can only judge the book by it’s words. With your own book it’s very different. You know everything intimately, not just what is written but the back story, what you are trying to imply and what is left unsaid. You know…

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Pen Names—Necessary Evil or Ticket to Crazyville?

Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: As many of you know, I’ve been toying with the idea of a pen name. After reading this article I know I won’t be using one anytime soon. Hope this is helpful to you if you are in the throws of deciding on using one.

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Today we are going to talk about a somewhat touchy subject. The pen name. Before anyone gets in a fluff, understand two things. First, I’m on your side. Secondly, this is only a decision you can make. My goal here is to make sure you guys are making educated business decisions. Thus, I won’t stop anyone from having a pen name, but about 95% of the time? It’s unnecessary.

In my opinion? Pen names are more hassle than they are worth and they’re a fast way to land in Crazyville. Pen names used to offer benefits, but most of those benefits have evaporated because the world is digital and connected. In fact, pen names can actually hurt book sales and stall a platform and brand.

Let’s look at some of the advantages pen names used to offer that no longer exist.


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