Writing Routine Helper: Daily Notes

K.M. Allan

Who has come across the writing advice to leave a writing session mid-sentence and make a note of where to pick up the next day?

It’s something I heard years ago and have used in the past.

Just recently, I was editing my latest draft and not feeling enthusiastic about it. I’m already a few months into the edit and only have five new scenes to write. In an ideal world, I’d be done by now, but it’s taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r instead.

During this one session, as I was finishing for the day, I remembered that old advice and jotted down where I thought the new scene should go next. It was only a few sentences and scant on details, but it was enough for me to close my laptop, actually excited about coming back to the scene the next day. Anyone who is months long into an edit knows how…

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Editing Tips: What To Check When It Feels Like Something Is Missing

Editing Tips: What To Check When It Feels Like Something Is Missing by K.M. Allan

K.M. Allan

Well, you did it. You took that spark of an idea, fleshed it out into an entire book, edited the last page for the last time, and finished one final read-through.

The book is done. At least it should be. As proud as you were, there was a little voice in your head as you scanned those sentences and absorbed the full story. A little voice that nagged it wasn’t ready yet.

While a book may never be finished for the author, sometimes it’s more than just being a perfectionist.

If you hear a little voice during a read-through, listen to it. Most likely, it’s picking up on the things a reader will, like that cliffhanger line falling flat or that scene feeling rushed.

You’re missing “something” but you’re not sure what. To help, here’s a list of things to check and then fill in to polish your book to…

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Self-Publishing (The Right Way) Is Not Free

Every writer should read this. Please note: I did not write this article.

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I read a book a couple of weekends ago. I feel it has the utmost potential. To be clear, this isn’t a book from my book review service. I read this book on my own time from an author I do not know. I enjoyed the testimony; I loved the cover, and I can relate to much of the information.

Unfortunately, the book was in such terrible need of editing and formatting that it was troublesome to get through, which broke my heart. I am not usually ultra-sensitive to typos and such when reading a book for leisure. I am only irritated when the errors are so bad I can’t enjoy or understand the story.

I could tell very little money went into this book’s production just from reading it.

That is when I knew what I wanted to write to you as we enter this new month.

I know…

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An Excess Of…Gifts.

Stuart Aken

In just ten weeks millions of gifts will be exchanged around the world. Before that, in less than two weeks, much money will be spent on ephemeral trappings associated with Halloween. More money will be literally sent up in smoke as fireworks a few days later. And, all over the world, regardless of creed, chosen deity, or secular event, people will spend time and money celebrating various festivals, giving gifts, decorating floats, visiting far off shrines and so much more.
Celebration of these, usually, annual events often results in the giving of items people neither need nor want, but nevertheless expect to receive. Doesn’t that strike you as odd? Or has the machinery and persuasive power of capitalistic PR completely convinced you of the need to be part of these activities of excess?

I hear the howls of denial and justification, the taunts of ‘spoilsport’ and worse. But I ask…

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#writingprompt and #PictureOfTheDay: 19/Oct/21

Stuart Aken

Pictures to inspire you to create with words or images. Poem, story, play, novel, memory, essay, painting, drawing, sculpture, or another photograph? Up to you. You can, of course, simply enjoy the pictures. My image is untitled to avoid directing you. But the title, sometimes not helpful, is here.

If you use the prompt, you can post a link to your work, or the work itself, in the comments section, if you want. Please credit me by linking to this post, to allow more people to see both our creations.

Have fun and get those creative juices flowing.

Sometimes, I’ll include my writing inspired by the image.

For a small selection of my pictures, see my Gallery, or for a fuller appreciation, click here.        

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An Excess of…Religion?

Stuart Aken

Some questions for the faithful: This post is a search for answers to questions that have long bothered me. This is a genuine quest for information. I’m interested in the views of everyone, but especially those who espouse a faith.

Assuming your deity is considered both omnipotent (supremely powerful in every imaginable way) and omniscient (knowing everything there is to know), and wondering why he/she/they/it merits worship if your god isn’t these things, I’d like your answers, please. Whether, and how, you answer is, of course entirely up to you. I’m curious about certain aspects of religion and would appreciate a wide range of views, which you can easily enter in the comments section below.

Some background about me, for your information. Raised in the Church of England Christian protestant tradition, I served time as a choir boy, attended Sunday school, and, for a…

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#PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 09/Oct/21

Stuart Aken

Pictures to entertain, interest, and inspire you to create with words or images. Poem, story, play, novel, memory, essay, painting, drawing, sculpture, or another photograph? Up to you.  You can, of course, just enjoy the pictures. My image is untitled to avoid directing you. But the title is here.

If you use the prompt, you can post a link to your work, or the work itself, in the comments section, if you want. Please credit me by linking to this post, to allow more people to see both our creations.

Have fun and get those creative juices flowing.

Sometimes, I’ll include my writing inspired by the image.

For a small selection of my pictures, see my Gallery, or for a fuller appreciation, click here.        

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Ten Computer Phrases that Sound Dirty But Aren’t

For a good chuckle, check this re-blog out by Jenny Hansen. She’s got my kind of mind…if you know what I mean. Tom Austin

Jenny Hansen's Blog

More Cowbell Monday is always about laughter. It’s just a rule around here that we start the week that way.

Last night over dinner, my hubby and some family friends helped me put the finishing touch on this post, so a huge thank you is going out to my hubby and our pals, Richard and Marie.

Y’all know about my day job, right? I’m a technical trainer, and I work with a lot of guys.

The computer field is pretty male-dominated so, like anything male-dominated, the terms sound naughty. Can any of you football fans say “penetration” or “tight end?” I’m just sayin…

It always makes me laugh when I hang out with or teach “tech guys” as most of them have wonderful, lovely dirty minds. (You already KNOW I have a dirty mind.  🙂 )

Last night’s conversation went something like this:

I said, “Hey, I’m doing a post tomorrow on…

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Undies For Everyone – a Charity I Can Get Behind

Jenny Hansen's Blog

Google Alerts are the best things since chocolate chip cookies, aren’t they? All the news you care about, straight to your inbox. Today, my “Undie Chronicles” alert brought me information on an amazing charity: Undies for Everyone. Now THIS is a charity I can get behind!

I know our beloved Undie Chronicles discuss all the wacky get-ups adults find to slap on under their clothes (most of which they should be insecure about). But Undies for Everyone was created to address underwear insecurity in children.

No child should have to worry about where their next pair of undies is coming from.

What is Undies For Everyone?

This organization was founded for American children in crisis. From their website: “Underwear insecurity is a condition endured by children in crisis who lack access to new underwear.” They further state, “Kids living in crisis don’t have access to new underwear…

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Today’s #PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 21/Sept/21

Stuart Aken

Pictures to entertain, bring joy, and, if you like, inspire you to create with words or images. Whether that’s a poem, story, play, novel, memory, essay, painting, drawing, sculpture, or another photograph is up to you. Please don’t feel obliged: you can just enjoy the pictures. The image is untitled to avoid directing anyone. If you need to know, the title is here.

I’d love to know if you use the pictorial prompt. You can post a link to your work, or the work itself, in the comments section, if you wish. If you use my image, please credit me in the form of a link to this post. That way, more people will see both our creations.

The idea is to have fun and get those creative juices flowing.

From time to time, I’ll include something I’ve written, inspired by the image.

To see more of my pictures, look…

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