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.

To Finish a First Draft, a Writer Must Learn to Work Without Motivation

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions Blog with the topic: To Finish a First Draft, a Writer Must Learn to Work Without Motivation

Novelty Revisions

As I begin writing this, I have zero motivation to write this.

It was a rough day at my full-time job. It’s been raining for almost 12 hours straight. There are a thousand things I would rather be doing right now than sitting down to write a blog post.

But I’m sitting down to write a blog post anyway.

These opening lines aren’t intended as an excuse for me to complain about my life. There are enough people on the internet doing that for me to feel the need to join the gloomy fray. I think there is a big difference between senseless complaining and purposeful glimpses into the “real” side of life in the professional writing space.

I also think it’s extremely important to be honest about what life as a writer really looks like. Not just the good parts, but the not so great moments too. So many…

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Character Archetypes: The Ally

Check out this post from C.S. Boyack via the Story Empire Blog with the topic: Character Archetypes: The Ally

Story Empire

Hi gang, Craig with you today. This is post number three in the character archetypes series. In the Hero’s Journey, there are some common characters that are likely to show up in all stories. This doesn’t mean each archetype shows up in every story, and aside from the hero, the rest are kind of optional. Almost every story will have an assortment of them.

This series is to introduce you to them. Once you’re aware of them, you can decide if they can benefit the story you’re writing.

Most stories will have the Ally character to one degree or another. Some of them play pivotal roles in the story, others come along for the ride.

I think everything is better with a bit of Bruce Campbell, so this instructional video is included to help us all out:

I tend to wing my posts, but I also do a bit of…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Reviews – #Fantasy Julia Benally, #Romance Linda Bradley, #Mystery Lizzie Chantree

Check out what’s new at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore with author updates from Julia Benally, Linda Bradley, and Lizzie Chantree from this post on Sally Cronin’s blog

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Julia Benally for the fantasy novel Pariahs (Ilinga Book I)Julia is also a contributor to several anthologies that are available on her Amazon Author Page.

About Pariahs (Ilings Book 1)

In a land of monsters and soulless creatures, there is a secluded compound terrorized by a fallen demon-killer, the Grand Apwor. He’s claimed its youngest occupant Vijeren as his son. The Grand Apwor can’t be killed, he can’t be escaped, and his punishments are severe and horrific. Somehow, he knows where Vijeren is at all times. When a law enforcer named Zhin appears like a living flame, a family war that’s been sizzling for decades finally ignites. It drags Vijeren in, revealing secrets of a long-forgotten past and a family torn asunder in…

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A quick update about Grinders

Check out the new offering from C.S. Boyack. It’s next on my list to read after I finish the latest Jonathan Kellerman mystery. Details can be found in this post from his blog.

Entertaining Stories

I love hour-long lunch breaks, they allow me a moment for things like this. The WiFi came back on yesterday, so last night I spent some time on Amazon and uploaded Grinders. This morning they notified me that it is a book. Here is a little bit about it:

Jimi Cabot made one mistake as a starving college student. When she went to work for the San Francisco Police Department, it nearly cost her the job. The union stepped in and they had to reinstate her. They did so by assigning her to the duty nobody wants, Grinder Squad.

Grinders are people who use back room surgeries to enhance their bodies with computer chips, and various kinds of hardware. Jimi is sure that if she can just bust one grind shop, it will be her ticket back.

Paired with veteran cop, she soon learns that Grinder Squad is a cash-cow…

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Subject-Verb Agreement

Check out this helpful post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog on the topic of Subject-Verb Agreement

Nicholas C. Rossis

The other day, I was writing an answer in Quora. “Vitamins are essential for our body,” I wanted to say. Then, I paused. Should it be, “…for our bodies”?

My previous post explored the difference between historic and historical. Today’s post continues on the same trend, dealing with another curveball grammar throws us: subject-verb agreement. We have Sumita Tah to thank for the detailed explanation and examples that clear away this confusing issue.

Subject-Verb Agreement

Grammar | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Verb must agree with its Subject in Number and Person. A singular subject takes a singular verb. A plural subject takes a plural verb. So, how does this work in practice? Here are the rules.

1. Two or more singular subjects joined by ‘and’ usually take a plural verb

E.g. – Raman and Harry work hard.

Air and water are necessary for survival.

Nancy and I were the hosts of…

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10 Ways To Lead Yourself To Writing Success – From the Writers in the Storm Blog

Successful Writer

Before Christmas, someone at my day job sent around an article from Inc that I’ve been pondering ever since: “How Can You Be Sure Someone Has True Leadership Skills?” The article offered twenty examples for the corporate crowd, and several of them offer life-changing opportunities for writers to lead themselves right down the path to success.

According to the article, these skills and habits are quickly changing the game of leadership development. Effective leaders are encouraged to “break up positive leadership actions into bite-sized daily activities, or ‘micro-actions.’” Basically, they’re proving that micro-actions have the power to make BIG change.

Dang, that sounds powerful, doesn’t it? We’ve got to get in on some of that!

Powerful Micro-Actions for Writers

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10 Things All Writers Need to Succeed (Before They Even Start Writing)

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with 10 Things All Writers Need to Succeed (Before They Even Start Writing)

Novelty Revisions

1. A plan. Yes, writing can be spontaneous. But you need to have strategies in place for how you’re going to fit writing into your schedule before you begin.

2. A deadline. Some people don’t work great under pressure, and if so, maybe this won’t be your go-to strategy. But some people really need to know they’re working on a timeline, even if it’s a timeline they’ve created for themselves.

3. All the snacks. Seriously. Creativity requires fuel.

4. A goal. It doesn’t even have to be an ambitious goal. “Write five days in a row” is a great goal even if it’s a small one. Everyone has to start somewhere!

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