#FiveFavesFriday: Authors I Wish I Liked

…and now, from Yari Garcia, comes a list of five authors she wished she liked….but doesn’t.

Yari Garcia

Do you ever see tons of people enjoying something super popular, and you just think, “I wish I liked that too?” That’s the case for me with these authors.


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8 Twitter Tips for Writers

Lorraine Ambers

Building a platform and navigating the many different social medias can be a daunting task. It can seem a step too far, especially when we’re still struggling to write our novel. But fear not, for I’m here to share my top eight tips for using twitter.

It’s important to remember you’re presenting yourself as a brand. Every interaction on the internet should be tailored towards catching your target audience and strengthening your business – you… as an author.

  1. Load a profile and background image, then add a few sentences to describe yourself. Remember to utilize your Bio by including key words relevant to you. I’ve used #writer #fantasywriter and #amquerying. It helps likeminded individuals find you. Want inspiration? Check out your fellow writers and see what catches your eye.
  2. Every social media has a different way of conversing. Twitter does this by short, punchy statements. Using just 180 characters to…

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Today’s Picture: 1 Sep 20

Some more spectacular photography by Stuart Akin.

Stuart Aken

Thought I’d give you this challenging track running in the mountains of the Greek island of Samos. The day was bright, hot and dry. Taken in October 2016.

Today is the first day of ‘meteorological autumn’ here in the UK. The weather apparently doesn’t know that, and it’s been rather pleasant.

If you’re visiting here, please be generous to those who can’t escape their own four walls at present, and share this widely on social media, so they can enjoy it. Thank you.

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Progress on the WIP: SciFi in the Making.

And here we have a tantalizing piece from Stuart Akin…

Stuart Aken

ESP_046202_1555 Pic of Mars via NASA.

Another week gone, and the MS stands at 91,987 words, which is a cut of 4340 from last week’s total. It’ll reduce a little further as the rest of the piece is edited.

I’ve now edited 64,687 words, which is an increase of 30,902 on last week. And my beta reader’s dealt with 45,469 words, finding repetitions, typos, inconsistencies and misconstrued phrases, which I’ve corrected on the hoof.

The story continues to go well and I’m pleased with the improvements this edit has produced. With luck and continued application to the task, I hope to have the rest of the MS edited to this stage by next weekend. That’ll leave just the final read through aloud from print before I send the MS off to my publisher with hopes he likes it enough to get it out to my readers!

Of course, the depth of…

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Daily Forest Walk Picture 2

Stuart Aken

Continuing to spread a bit of light and pleasure to those confined during the current crisis. See post 1, here, for an explanation.

This is the second post.

It’ll help others enjoy this bit of nature if readers here would spread the word with the ‘share’ buttons below. Let’s all do what we can for each other during this testing and trying time, please. Thank you.

An Old Road Now Resting.

How many iron-shod feet trod this once road?
In another century this way carried goods,
Transported people from village to town.
These verdant guardians then were
But dreams of what might be,
And the sloping valley walls
Lay raw from disgorged stone, coal, iron,
As the raucous grinds of industry
Made profit for the privileged few
Employment for the serving many.
But that was many decades past
And now the winding way bears
Only narrow pairs of wheels,

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Finding the #Write #Words? No. 20: New Hart’s Rules

Stuart Aken

Continuing the description of books on words and language listed in the introductory post, which you’ll find here.

Book 20: New Hart’s Rules:

Hardback, 464 pages. Subtitled, The Oxford Style Guide, it was first published in 2005 by Oxford University Press. Mine is the 2014 edition and I paid £14.99 for it. The book is a completely revised and enlarged version of the old ‘Hart’s Rules for Compositors and Readers’, which I reviewed here in post 16 of this series.

I bought it because, as a writer, I feel I owe my readers as complete a knowledge of the tools of my trade as I can manage. Much has changed in the worlds of publishing and writing since I acquired the older version of this invaluable volume.

The book begins with a detailed description of the ‘parts of a book’, which explains how a book is constructed. This relates…

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It’s Award Time! – The Liebster Award

The Classic Movie Muse

A few weeks ago Zoe from Hollywood Genes nominated me for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much, Zoe! The Liebster Award is a way to reach out, connect, and encourage each other in the blogging community.

In order to accept this award there are a few rules to follow, so without further delay let’s begin…

The rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Thank the nominator in your award post.
  2. Place the award logo somewhere on your blog.
  3. You must state up to 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Complete the questions that your nominator provided.
  5. Nominate as many bloggers as you’d like (11 is the maximum).
  6. Ask your nominees a series of questions (11 is the maximum).

11 Facts about Myself:

  1. I watched GWTW as a teen so many times I practically have the movie memorized and can push a play button in my head to “watch it” with sound included.
  2. I…

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Writing A Book Blurb In 4 Easy Steps

I posted this the other day, but it didn’t function as advertised. So without further adieu here is K.M. Allan to explain all about the book blurb. One of these days I’m going to ask her what the K.M. stands for. I’m betting on Katherine Marie or Katherine Margaret.

K.M. Allan

Any writer who’s had to write a query or a synopsis for a submission knows how hard it can be.

Trying to boil the essence of your carefully crafted story to a few paragraphs, or a page seems like the hardest thing ever.

I’m here to tell you it’s not. And that’s because there’s a greater horror: a book blurb.

A book blurb, or the book jacket description, summarizes the best part of your book in only 150 words (yep! one hundred and fifty).

If you’re wondering how to do that and where to start, it involves penning multiple drafts, lots of cutting, losing your sanity, and planning your blurb with the help of these steps.

Writing A Book Blurb In 4 Easy Steps

Step 1:Add A Tag-Line

Open with one catchy line, a question, or a hook.

Step 2:Introduce Your Main Character

Put their name, age…

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4 Signs It’s Time To Dump Your Work In Progress

K.M. Allan

No writer starts a work in progress with the intention of not taking it all the way.

That first sentence is always created with every expectation you’ll type “The end”, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

Life sidelines you. A shiny new idea comes along. Or this idea is simply the one that gets away.

4 Signs It’s Time To Dump Your Work In Progress

1. There’s No Spark

Sure, you might have felt all the things when you first got your idea, maybe the excitement even carried over into penning the opening chapters, but now that spark is gone.

If you can’t even make it to the dreaded middle stretch of your book without at least a flicker of a spark, it’s time to consider this WIP isn’t going to work out.

2. Interest Has Waned

And not just a little interest—all the interest.

If the thought…

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