Photography 101: Your Gear Isn’t the Problem

Check out this installment of Photography 101: Your Gear Isn’t the Problem – from Stephen Dennstedt’s blog.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Your photography “kit” is probably not the problem. One of my favorite landscape photographers and YouTube personalities, Thomas Heaton, gets reals about the ups & downs of photography in this recently released video I’ve included.

I think all Creatives, regardless of chosen discipline, suffer from ups & downs in their creative workflow from time to time. Thomas is half my age so I’ve probably experienced them more often than he has to date but maybe not. Checkout his video.

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Introduce Yourself: Introducing Guest Author Khaya Ronkainen

Meet author Khaya Ronkainen from this post on the PBS blog.

The PBS Blog

Today, I’d like to welcome Khaya Ronkainen. Welcome to The PBS Blog! Let’s get started.


What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Khaya Ronkainen. I was born and bred in South Africa, and I now call Finland my second home.

South Africa in the houusee. What was your childhood dream?

To become a teacher. I have huge respect for teachers. I talk this, and also the reasons why I never took up the occupation after all, in the “About” page of my site.

Nice. We’ll be sure to link that below. In your own words, what is humility?

Humility is not a low opinion of one’s self but an awareness that there’s always room for improvement, even if one is confident in their abilities and skills/talents.

Absolutely agree. Who’s your favorite Historical figure?

Nelson Mandela, because he gave me a voice. Most people are aware…

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KDP Print (formerly CreateSpace) vs. IngramSpark – From the Indies Unlimited Blog

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Last month, I wrote a refresher post comparing Smashwords and Draft2Digital. This month, I think it’s probably time for a refresher post comparing KDP Print and IngramSpark.

First up, KDP Print

Owned by Amazon, KDP Print is possibly the most popular U.S. site for distributing self-published paperback books.

Pros:

  1. Publishing through KDP Print is free.
  2. The publication process is outlined in several easy-to-follow steps.
  3. KDP Print has a free online cover-creator. If one of their many templates doesn’t meet your needs, they also provide free downloadable cover templates you can use to build your own cover.
  4. Paper choices are either cream or white, and paperback cover finishes are either matte or glossy.
  5. KDP Print also provides free downloadable templates to ensure your manuscript is properly formatted for printing. (Note:  This template also works for IngramSpark.)
  6. KDP Print offers the option of using your own purchased ISBN or using a free one they provide.

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The Story Bible

Check out this great post from Staci Troilo via the Story Empire blog with information on the story bible.

Story Empire

Ciao, amici. Lately, I’ve been in planning mode. I’m one book into a five-book series, and if you’ve ever written a series, you know there’s a lot to keep track of and a lot to plan.

The best way to keep track of everything is to create a story bible.

I do most of my writing in Scrivener, but I tend to plan in notebooks or Word. You can make your plans anywhere that works for you, but I suggest eventually you consolidate everything into a master file and keep it in or as close to your master document as possible.

So, what goes into a series story bible?

  • Series Premise
  • Character Sheets
  • Setting Descriptions
  • Book Outlines
  • Blurbs

Series Premise

There’s no point in starting a series if you don’t have an idea of what you want to accomplish in it. There needs to be a reason this isn’t a…

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Our House in the Middle of Our Street*

Check out this great post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog on how a character’s home can be a character in crime fiction.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

An interesting comment exchange with Bill at Mysteries and More From Saskatchewan has got me thinking about the way people’s homes reflect who they are. As Bill points out, fictional houses can be characters in themselves, and they often bear some of the marks of their owners.

Because of that, homes can be effective ways to show-not-tell what characters are like. They can be interesting in and of themselves, too. They can add a real sense of place and context to a novel.

When you think of fictional houses, you may think of specific homes, such as Manderley in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, or the Blackwood home in Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. In both of those cases, the home is a singular part of the story. It creates a strong sense of atmosphere as well as providing the setting. We might say a…

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Reasons to Love Editing Your Novel

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions Blog with Reasons to Love Editing Your Novel

Uninspired Writers

Many writers have a love/hate relationship with editing. My favourite writing quote, and one I refer to often:

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” – Shannon Hale

I love the idea of shovelling your words onto a page and later coming back to craft them into something bigger and more beautiful. The editing process of novel writing can be incredibly daunting, tiring and tedious. But it’s also a magical process. Which is why I wanted to share some of the reasons to love the editing stage of writing a novel.

1. You get to read through your raw ideas/thoughts
I don’t know about you, but my first “edit” is essentially me re-reading what I’ve written and highlighting weak areas/sentences/words. And although it can be disheartening to see the pages fill with more…

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Why I Talk About All the ‘Bad’ Parts About Writing

Checkout this post from the Novelty Revisions Blog with Why I Talk About All the ‘Bad’ Parts About Writing

Novelty Revisions

Being a writer is an absolute blast.

My job allows me to constantly expand my comfort zone and learn new things. I am free to pour creative energy out of my soul pretty much whenever I please and both me and my readers benefit simultaneously. I get to interact with people who get where I’m coming from and people who don’t. And so much more.

It is truly a dream come true.

Some days, it is also a pretty crappy job.

Writers typically work for far less than they’re worth, even the more experienced ones. Surrounding themselves with non-writers often makes it extremely difficult to stay focused and productive. They aren’t always treated very nicely, especially online, especially if they are female. (Someday I will tell you the story about a client who did half my job for me because I “probably didn’t know anything about sports.”)

Writing is a…

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