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.

5 Easy Ways To Get Readers To Leave Comments On Your Blog

Check out this great post from Hugh’s Views and News blog that tells us 5 EASY WAYS TO GET READERS TO LEAVE COMMENTS ON YOUR BLOG

Hugh's Views & News  

“How do I get other bloggers and readers to leave comments on my blog?” This is a question I get asked a lot.

During the time I’ve been blogging, I’ve found many ways of getting readers to interact with me. Today, I’m going to share with you what I believe are the five most important and easiest ways of generating comments.

In one of her recent blog posts, blogging expert Janice Wald says that search engines such as Google and Bing are attracted to blog posts that contain at least 30 comments. Why? Because they show that the blog is active.

Janice goes on to say that value-added comments can bring in lots of extra traffic and boost the post’s SEO ranking too. Comments help lengthen a blog post, and search engines are attracted to long posts rather than short ones.

Long posts Vs short posts. Which one is…

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Jung’s Archetype: The Soul Quarter

Check out another interesting post from Charles Yallowitz’s blog on Jung’s Archetype: The Soul Quarter

Legends of Windemere

Here we are with the next group, which are the archetypes that fall under the ‘Soul’ category.  These characters pursue fulfillment of the spirit and all have some sense-  of freedom within their core.  This may be physical, emotional, or mental freedom depending on the archetype.  As before, there is one per cardinal orientation that helps further define them.  Let’s check them out.

The Explorer

Motto– Don’t fence me in.

Being in the ‘Freedom’ orientation, the Explorer is one who sets out to evolve and discover themselves through adventure and activity.  It might not be crossing the Sahara or battling ogres, but they seek to build themselves through big experiences.  Characters under this archetype don’t always have a clear goal, so you can find them within the primary and secondary cast.  It can be a braver adventuring hero or a risk-taking partner.  You will see an exaggeration here in…

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Guest Post: When a Fellowship Fails by Deby Fredericks #fantasy #adventure

Check out this Guest Post titled, When a Fellowship Fails, by Deby Fredericks posted on the Legends of Windemere blog.

Legends of Windemere

(A beig welcome to Deby Fredericks who is here to promote her newest book ‘Minstrels of Skatyhe II: Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts’.  Enjoy her essay on when groups fail in fantasy.)
Quest fantasies have been a staple of modern fantasy, right from the beginnings of the genre. J. R. R. Tolkein set this standard by introducing his readers to the Fellowship of the Ring who were dedicated to destroying the One Ring. Even since, readers have enjoyed watching a disparate group bond and grow stronger through a series of adventures.
But what if that bond never formed?
In my novella Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts, the wounded guardsman Cylass is snatched from the brink of death by a mage who hides her power by dancing with a troupe of minstrels. Their accidental alliance could save them both. Unfortunately, the alliance may prove impossible.
Skaythe is an upside-down…

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Smart Writers Expand Time – From the Writers in the Storm Blog

by Margie Lawson

You may have read portions of this blog on WITS in 2012. It’s still a winner.

Writers are all powerful. Well, in their fictional worlds they are all powerful.

Two of the 74,386 story dynamics that writers control are expanding time and compressing time. Today we’ll focus on the most fun of the two, and the one writers sometimes neglect: expanding time.

When would you want to expand story time?

When scene events justify zooming in on the POV character’s experience, minute by minute, or second by second. Maybe even picosecond by picosecond.

You’ve got to love that word. Picosecond, one trillionth of a second.

In real life, people can send and receive up to 10,000 nonverbal cues in less than one minute.

Yes. That’s a true statement.

We can process up to 10,000 nonverbal cues in less than a minute. Such a shocking number, and cool too.

When what’s happening in your scene is critical or crucial, decisive or dangerous, life-changing or life-threatening, you want to expand time, big time. Don’t hold back. I recommend writing it bigger than you normally would, then rein it back in until it’s just right.

I’ll share examples of expanding time from two mega-talented multi-Immersion Grads—Joan Swan and Laura Drake.

My first example is from Joan Swan’s debut paranormal romantic suspense, Fever. Now Joan has over twenty books out as Joan Swan and Skye Jordan.

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When No One Reads: A Different Kind of Rejection

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog titled: When No One Reads: A Different Kind of Rejection

Novelty Revisions

I don’t think there is a writer in this world who particularly enjoys being rejected.

There are some who seek it out, who make it a point to accumulate as many rejections as possible to both increase their chances of success and prove to themselves that “failure” is a necessary part of the journey.

But we all secretly wish it didn’t have to happen — and that it didn’t happen to so many of us in such a variety of unappealing ways.

Yes — there are many, many kinds of rejection writers can face. The most common is the “thank you for your submission, but …” email (or something of that type). About just as common, but so much more painful: The “non-response.” You know the one. You’re probably still waiting for that email reply that will, sadly, never come, no matter how tightly you might hang onto your last…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Writers Denise O’Hagan, #Familydrama Christa Polkinhorn, #Poetry Miriam Hurdle, #Thriller Iain Kelly, #Writers Harmony Kent

Check out this post to see what’s featured in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore as part of her Christmas Book Fair

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to this year’s Christmas book fair where I will be sharing the books of all the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore with their most recent review in the last six months. I will be selecting authors at random so that there is something for everyone in the post.

The first book which would make a great gift for writers is by editor Denise O’Hagan. Mini Style Guide: An Introduction to Good Writing and Manuscript Presentation

About the guide

An easy-to-use guide for writers, editors and students

The Mini Style Guide covers the fundamentals of good writing and explains how to present a manuscript for publication. It is written in a direct and accessible manner suitable for all ages and backgrounds, and assumes no prior knowledge of the writing trade or the publishing industry. Explanations are accompanied by plentiful ‘real life’ examples, and each chapter opens…

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25 Free Tools to Improve Your Writing in 2020

Check out this great post from Nicholas Rossis with 25 Free Tools to Improve Your Writing in 2020

Nicholas C. Rossis

Writing tools promise to make our life easier. But first you have to choose which one to use. And God knows there are plenty of them around nowadays! I counted four posts on the subject on my blog alone, with dozens of links to promising tools. So, wouldn’t it be if someone organized that information into an Infographic, letting you compare what they can each offer with simple single-line tips?

That is exactly what WikiBuy did, with their Infographic, “Free Tools To Sharpen Your Writing Skills.” I’m sharing here, in the hopes of helping you discover your new favorite writing tool!

Free tools to sharpen your writing skills-Wikibuy | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

If you are looking for more writing tools, check out these older posts as well:

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