Write Drunk Edit Sober Is Only Sound Idiomatic Advice

Was it Ernest Hemingway who said, write drunk edit sober? No one really knows, but the expression is now accepted as popular advice for many new writers.

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As the Author World Turns on Amazon Book Review Policies

Why does Amazon remove reviews? … check out this post by Judith Briles …

By Judith BrilesAmazon: Love it … or hate it … but, you gotta deal with it.”Why are my reviews being removed?” is an ongoing question that authors ask. There isn’t a live program that I do t

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kongo.com – Four Related Novellas

Great excerpt from Don Massenzio’s great new book …

The March 29th release of my book, kongo.com is getting closer. It’s a bit different than your typical novel or short story collection. It is comprised of four related novellas that each tell a dis…

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The Snapshot

From Don Massenzio’s Stock Photo Challenge-4, which you will find HERE.

The Rules:

  • Write a story, poem or other type of prose of 100 words or less and post it on your blog.
  • If you leave the link for your blog post in the comments of this post, I will share it on my blog.
This week’s Stock Photo

The Snapshot

He held the photo in his hand, struggling to reconcile the difference. She looked so happy and full of anticipation. The young woman had her whole life before her. Suddenly, his life leached of all meaning.

Determined to do something, anything—even though he couldn’t put this right—he knelt by her side and rested bared fingertips on her forehead. She didn’t complain.

The visions hit. Her life snapshotted before his eyes.

Taking the selfie.

Beginning her climb. The first of many in a great adventure.

The fellow hiker.

Pushing her off the edge.

‘You have something?’ the detective asked.

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That’s my effort in exactly 100 words. I’d love to know if you enjoyed it.

©HarmonyKent 2019

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Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

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Using Horoscopes for Characterisation

Hello SErs. Harmony here. Today I wanted to look at characterisation. Making my characters look, sound, and feel different has always been a challenging part of writing for me, and I’m always…

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Confession: Sometimes I Still Think My Writing Is Trash

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog via Don Massenzio with the topic: Confession: Sometimes I Still Think My Writing Is Trash

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Writing The Ending

Check out this post on writing endings from Uninspired Writers via Don Massenzio …

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#MondayMeme – #MondayBlogs

Hilarious Monday Memes from Marcia Meara Writes …

 

Attention Writers! Words Make a Difference. Sign(s) of the Times! 😀

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I Know Who You Are

Hello everyone. I hope you’re all doing well this Monday. Today, I have a book review for you. This is from an ARC copy via Netgalley.

Gripping 4 Star Read!

Thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for this free ARC copy of I Know Who You Are.

What a ride. This kept me hooked right from page one and didn’t let go. The plot has a lot of twists, and the ending will shock and surprise you. I’m not going to say too much here because I don’t like putting spoilers in reviews.

We have a new and upcoming actress who isn’t too confident. We meet her as a child, which helps us understand the adult Aimee more. We have a missing husband and detectives who immediately suspect the wife. Then we have jealous colleagues and a whole slew of webs and pitfalls. It will keep you guessing.

This is the first time I’ve read this author, and I will be sure to seek out more of her work. The prose is tight and beautifully written, the characters well drawn and real, and the plot and pacing spot on. I especially loved the parts of the book told from young Amiee’s point of view. This child’s viewpoint felt realistic and heart-wrenching.

It gets a solid four stars from me, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery/thriller.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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Choosing your Audiobook Voice

As audiobooks are the fastest-growing segment in publishing, I have been researching that market. One thing I realized is that choosing a narrator is probably the most important decision you make w…

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This Week in Indie Publishing

 

This week in Indie Publishing from Don Massenzio ..

 

Want to Turn Your Comic Book Idea Into a Million-Dollar Business? Here’s the First Step Comic books are kind of a big deal these days. Total revenue for the comic book publishing industry in …

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On Becoming a Writer (Part One)

Hey, SE Readers. Joan here today talking (writing) about writing. Is there any other topic? Seriously, I live, breath, and think writing. It’s in my blood. It’s something I must do. I was around te…

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kongo.com – Four Related Novellas

I am very excited about the upcoming release of my book, kongo.com. It’s a bit different than your typical novel or short story collection. It is comprised of four related novellas that each …

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Writers, are you using Twitter hashtags for engagement?

When it comes to social media, we all have platforms we like and others we tolerate—the latter because we feel a need to be there. Several months ago I abandoned Facebook,  a platform I only tolera…

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End of Day by @MaeClair1 #Mystery #BookReview @KensingtonBooks

The book is filled with expressive passages that let the reader immerse themselves in the world Clair has so perfectly created.

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Free Fonts

In my previous post, I wrote about DIY Book Design; a website that lets you create 3D mockups of your book for free. But that implies you’ve already designed your book cover. And sometimes yo…

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This Week in Indie Publishing

New Platform Connects Self-Published Authors With Readers Elaine Pofeldt Contributor It’s not easy to promote a book, and for self-published authors on a tight budget, it can be especially challeng…

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In Summary… The Synopsis

Ciao! Staci here again. I’m wrapping up my WIP and about to start another. That — plus the fact that more than one person has asked me about this lately — made me think it might b…

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Book Review: Twisted

Hello everyone. Happy Saturday. I hope you’ve all had a good week and wish you an even better weekend. Today, I’m posting a book review from an ARC read via NetGalley.

2 STARS

Thanks to NetGalley and The Orion Publishing Group Ltd for this Advanced Review Copy.

Twisted opens with a note from the fictitious writer, J T LeBeau, which states “On my specific instructions my publishers have not edited this text.” … All I can say is, it shows. But, of course, editors have gone through this book. They get credited in the end pages. So why the typos, bad grammar, and appalling punctuation? I get that this is an ARC, but still, by the time it goes to reviewers, this type of thing should have been sorted out. This reduced my enjoyment of the read significantly. And that’s just the start.

Because it is an ARC, I will say nothing on the formatting issues, as I trust they will be taken care of in the final version.

With so much hype about the great twists to come, I felt disappointed with this story. This isn’t a book that blew me away. Neither did it surprise me in any good way. It took a lot of work to keep reading to the end, which itself felt rushed, unplanned, and a let-down. Worse still, I didn’t gel with any of the characters. Despite a good storyline and a fair amount of suspense, this book failed to thrill. 

This book has a promising premise, and wanting to know how it would all turn out did keep me reading. 

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines. 

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Stuck in the Middle With You*

A great post on getting stuck in the middle of a book …

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Friday Book Share ~ Fav Writing Books

Hey SE Readers. It’s Friday and time for another book share. I usually share a work of fiction (after all this site is about writing fiction), but today I’m going to do something a little different…

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Time was on my mind this week (as I rushed to make my deadline and feared the ticking clock), so I thought this quote by Henry David Thoreau was appropriate: <!– wp:paragraph {“align”:”center”,”c…

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Sisters are Doing It on International Women’s Day

Hello everyone. Today is International Women’s Day, and I am celebrating by taking part in something special. Take five minutes out to relax and listen to Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox while a few female authors come together on video  … you might even spot little ole me! 🙂 …

 

I feel proud to be a part of this fabulous production, put together by Margot Kinberg. Below, I have listed the Twitter handles of all the participants who are on Twitter. It would be fantastic if you could follow and support them via that platform for the day.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ve had some Friday Fun! 🙂

@mkinberg @SueColetta1 @kbowenwriter @Jane_Risdon  @catconnor @sarahrward1 @debbi_mack @janice_spina ‏ @harmony_kent  @MJPayneAuthor


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

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A Free Mockup Book Cover Maker

I recently discovered DIY Book Design (thank you, Krystallia!) and just had to share the news. DIY Book Design has a number of useful tools and tutorials, all aimed at helping you produce the perfe…

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The Four Essentials That Will Help You Sell Books On Amazon

You want to sell books on Amazon and other retailers. If you get the four basics right before you self-publish, you will have much more chance of sales success.

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What Exactly Is The First Draft? – From Rachel Poli’s Blog

The first draft is something everyone seems to dread. How do you start? How long will it take? The blank page can really take a toll on you and your creativity. But what exactly is the first draft?…

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Friendship

Great response to a fiction prompt …

Stock Photo Challenge Don Massenzio will post a new stock photo each week on Wednesday morning. You mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a story, poem or other type of prose of 100 …

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The Pact

From Don Massenzio’s Stock Photo Challenge

Beer Bottles Clinking Together
The Rules:

Write a story, poem or other type of prose of 100 words or less and post it on your blog.
Leave the link to this post on Don’s blog comments.

About to make my third billion, the news came.

Terminal cancer. Unacceptable.

I set up an urgent meet. Instead of shaking on it, we clinked beer bottles. He’d have as much control as me. Deal done.

What could go wrong?

So focused on wording my request for eternal life carefully, I forgot to stipulate that my body lived as long as my mind. The deterioration set in before I reached my apartment. Damn. Now what?

Using the power he’d just bequeathed me, I summoned him.

I stared at the devil’s fiery eyes and said, ‘Equal control. I die, you die.’

That’s my effort in exactly 100 words. I’d love to know if you enjoyed it.

©HarmonyKent 2019

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Expanding on living documents

Hi gang, Craig here again. I’ve written about my living documents here before. You can check out this post from 2016. I’m still a big believer in living documents, but it’s become…

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Voyage of the Lanternfish by C.S. Boyack #RBRT #BookReview @Virgilante

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team). My rating:  :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:  (five stars) Plot (by Goo…

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