Treat Your Writing Like ‘Real’ Work If You Want to Succeed

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog that tells us to Treat Your Writing Like ‘Real’ Work If You Want to Succeed

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There is nothing wrong with treating writing as a hobby. There is nothing wrong with treating it as your full-time job either, even when it technically isn’t.

However, how you treat your writing time — how “serious” of an approach you apply to your writing sessions and schedules — can have a direct impact on how many of your writing goals you are able to achieve, and how efficiently (or not) you are able to achieve them.

What happens when you put as much work into your writing as you do your ‘real’ job — even when it isn’t?

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Using The Five Senses: Sound

Check out this post from Joan Hall via the Story Empire blog with the topic: Using The Five Senses: Sound

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today with the fourth in a series of posts about using the five senses in writing. Today’s post is about the sense of sound. If you missed the first three, you can read them by clicking the following links:

It’s been said, “Silence is golden.” In reality, sounds are everywhere. Even if you’re in a quiet house without the noise of a television or radio, there are still noises. The humming of a refrigerator. The whir from an air conditioner. We’ve become so accustomed to these sounds, we barely notice. But if your electricity fails, you’ll discover how quiet your house is.

Like with the other senses using sound, or in some cases the absence of, can help convey a character’s emotions.

In the song, “I Think I’d Rather Be a Cowboy,” singer/songwriter John Denver wrote a line that I’m envious…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Fantasy The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Seven: Fifth Island in the River: A Biographical Fiction by Lorinda J. Taylor

Check out what’s new at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore. There’s a new Book on the Shelves, The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Seven: Fifth Island in the River: A Biographical Fiction by Lorinda J. Taylor

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Congratulations to Lorinda J. Taylor for her latest book The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Seven: Fifth Island in the River: A Biographical Fiction

About the book

The Phenix Project for Interstellar Flight has launched its first mission – a flight to the star system called Epsilon Eridani, 10.5 light years away. Capt. Robbin Nikalishin is finally achieving his dream, although the recent breakup with his wife Fedaylia High Feather can’t help but sour the pleasure a little. However, the mission begins on a positive note and its first half is marred only by some personnel conflicts and serious injuries. Meanwhile, the Chief Engineer Ian Glencrosse continues to believe a demonic space entity has doomed the mission and this entity will relent only if provided with a sacrifice – the death of Ian himself.

The ship IS Ariana arrives at Epsilon Eri and deploys the Mission Specialists’…

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Working from Home Tools: Wondershare SignX

Check out this helpful post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog with Working from Home Tools: Wondershare SignX

Nicholas C. Rossis

Part of my freelance writing is signing documents like non-disclosure agreements, contracts, etc. If you regularly work from home, or if the current pandemic has you working from home, then you, too, probably communicate online with customers and co-workers. If so, you may need to have paperwork signed.

The traditional way requires couriers and the post, with all the delay and cost these bring – especially when working on another country (or continent). Alternatively, you may send documents by email so that the signees can print them, sign them, scan them, and send them back to you. Finally, you can copy and paste a scanned signature into the document.

However, things can fast become complicated. You may need here and now a signature from a co-worker who used to work in the cubicle next to yours. You may want to avoid couriers due to the epidemic. The signee may be…

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7 Tips to Working with a Serpentine Idea

Check out this great post from the Legends of Windemere blog with 7 Tips to Working with a Serpentine Idea

Legends of Windemere

Look, many of us can’t say that our original plans go off without a hitch once the pen meets the paper.  Even outlines change as you move along, so there’s a very organic undercurrent to writing in general.  Maybe it isn’t that strong with you because you have it very controlled, but there’s something at some point.  It could be the editing stage when you junk 95% of what you wrote and then act like it was all part of the plan.  That’s another version of a twisting, serpentine idea, which can be difficult to wrangle.  It can easily derail a story if you aren’t careful or flexible.  So, what are some ways to handle this potentially inevitable hurdle?

  1. Ride the wave when it strikes because it can be your subconscious showing you a connection.  This doesn’t mean to do it blindly and without holding onto the reins a bit. …

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How to Write Compelling Emotional Triggers – From the Writers in the Storm Blog

Lisa Hall-Wilson

Writing emotional triggers, while optional, will take your writing to all-new levels of emotional connection for readers. This is a shortened sample lesson from my 5-week masterclass on writing in deep point of view.

In my book Method Acting For Writers, I talk about writing emotions in four layers: primary emotions (instinctive, knee-jerk, unthinking emotional responses), emotional triggers (optional), secondary emotions (thinking emotional responses to primary emotions), and behavior (what those emotions force the character to DO).

Don’t Google primary and secondary emotions—the clinical definitions are too nebulous to be a helpful template. In the context of fiction writing, whether an emotion is a primary or secondary emotion has more to do with what’s fueling the emotion.

Anger is almost always a secondary emotion—we’re angry because of/or in response to something.

But take attraction for instance; this can an instinctive response the character has no control over (a primary emotion), but it can also be a feeling that develops over time with familiarity (a secondary emotion). Thinking of emotions this way ensures the WHY is built-in for readers.

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Having More Time to Write Doesn’t Necessarily Make It Easier to Write

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog that tells us Having More Time to Write Doesn’t Necessarily Make It Easier to Write

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We’re not here to talk specifically about what’s going on in the world right now. We’re all aware. Just as much as I’m aware that a lot of you coming to this blog are looking for things to read that aren’t about the state of things. I not only respect that — I also wholeheartedly agree with it.

But it would be irresponsible to not take a few minutes to talk about time. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves with a lot more “free time” than we anticipated. This can be a good thing — many of us are doing our best to make the most of it, if and when we can. It can also be a struggle, though.

So many people are talking about how they suddenly have more time to write than they ever have before. Yay! It’s exciting, or it can be. But let’s at least…

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