About Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio is the author of Frankly Speaking - A Frank Rozzani Detective novel and the follow-up, Let Me Be Frank. He has also written several short stories.

The Challenge Of Describing Scents In Your Writing

Check out this great post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog on the challenge of describing scents in your writing.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Scents in writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Pixabay

Of all the human senses, I find smell the hardest to use in writing. And yet, it’s one of the most powerful, as a number of studies have shown it’s hard-wired into our brain, and a shortcut to all sorts of strong emotions. So why is it so hard to find the right word for a smell?

Turns out, I’m hardly the only one in this predicament. As a recent Economist article on scents recently explained, the human sense of smell itself is weak. Scientists suspect this is the result of an evolutionary trade-off in the primate brain in favor of visual procession power. In simple terms, we see great, but we couldn’t smell ourselves out of a perfume factory.

This is of particular interest to humans, as the relative weakness of smell compared with sight extends to language, too. Humans have no difficulty putting names to…

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What is the best secret to writing something original?

Check out this great post from Jean’s Writing blog on the secret to writing something original.

Jean's Writing

Use a formula.

Yep, you heard me right. Sounds contradictory I know. Why? Because we are creatures of comfort and formulas work.

I mean, who doesn’t have a favorite comfort food, favorite chair, a feel-good movie, or book? We enjoy the familiar.

A genre formula is a writer’s best friend.

Sticking to a genre formula lets the reader know what to expect. You know what to expect when you pick up a book by Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, James Pattersonor Danielle Steel.

Putting yourown unique spin, touch or style is what makes a reader recognize your uniqueness.

Sort of like spaghetti sauce. Everyone knows it’s made with tomatoes, meat, and spices. But how the cook puts it all together will determine the flavor.

Remember, how you execute a story is what makes it unique.

  • You (the cook) make the difference.
  • Different isn’t always a good thing.
  • Readers want genre…

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Why You Need To Read Good Books To Write Good Books [Guest Post]

Check out this great guest post on Rachel Poli’s blog on the importance of reading for writers.

Rachel Poli

Today’s guest post is brought to you by James Bee. Thanks, James!

 Why you need to read good book to write good books by James Bee | Guest Post | Blogging | Creative Writing | RachelPoli.com

            You have to read to write. Everyone has heard this, over and over again. It’s usually one of the first pieces of advice that is thrown at rookie writers. Read more! We’re told to read more than we write, read everything we can get our hands on, but why? How can this help?

There’s a whole bunch of ways that reading can help improve your writing but I’m going fo focus on three main ones.

  1. Reading can help you get unstuck. Getting stuck is one of most painful experiences you can have when writing. Writers learn to dread the feeling, sitting down at your keyboard and having nothing to put down. Day after day goes by and you fall farther and farther behind your goals. It sucks, plain and simple. Reading can help save you from this…

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Story Editing. Copyediting. Proofreading. What in the world are they?

Check out this great post from Kristina Stanley’s blog on story editing, copy editing and proofreading.

KRISTINA STANLEY

Nano Blog and Social Media Hop2Thank you, Raimey Gallant for organizing the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop.

This is a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful.

To continue hopping through other great blogs in the monthly #AuthorToolboxBlogHop or to join, just hop on over to Ramey Gallant!

In today’s publishing environment, it’s up to an author to ensure all the major steps of revision/self-editing have been completed.

After you’ve written your first draft, you’ll need to work your way through the revision process. So what are the different steps in self-editing fiction?

Here is our take on it. After you write your story, the first step is a story edit,followed by your rewrites. Then you’ll do a copyedit and finally a proofreadStory editing, copyediting, and proofreading…

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Writing Alternative History

Check out this great post from The Uncensored Writer blog on writing alternative history.

The Uncensored Writer

I love history. It was my favourite class back in high school and I still enjoy learning about it to this day. I also love fiction. So how does one merge these two interests into a blend that actually works? There is a genre that does it, actually.

Alternative History.

Alternative History blends the fun of history with the allure of fiction. But what is Alternative History? It’s not a very well-known genre. Let me take a moment to explain.

 What Is Alternative History?

Not to be confused with Historical Fiction, Alternative History takes major historical events and changes them. It poses interesting questions about how things would have turned out if events had run differently.

What if the English had lost the battle of Agincourt?

What if George Washington had died during the American Revolution, causing a defeat?

What if the South-Africans had won the Anglo-Boer war?

I…

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Your Novel’s Future: How AI Will Bring Your Book to the World – From the How to eBook Blog

Your Novel’s Future: How AI Will Bring Your Book to the World

This is the future of your book

In sub-Saharan Africa—Mali, Niger, Chad—half the citizens are illiterate. Yet a teenager cocks her head and listens to a story, one that rivets her to her chair and makes her eyes go wide. A story with universal human meaning and appeal far beyond its hometown. One that assures her she is not alone.

Your story.

Maybe she has not yet learned to read. Maybe she’s not allowed to. Maybe she speaks only Arabic or Swahili.

Doesn’t matter. In five years, she’ll hear your story in her native tongue.

via Your Novel’s Future: How AI Will Bring Your Book to the World

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