Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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The Truth Will Set You Free From the Bondage of Bad Writing

Note: Paraphrased from the Bible…not really. My mother and I recently had a discussion about the need for editing in fiction (especially fiction released by authors not traditionally published). Coupled with this conversation, I’ve learned from other businesses (and this isn’t new) that many independent authors aren’t keen to seek out the services of editors. Why? […]

http://kvictoriachase.com/2016/01/22/the-truth-will-set-you-free-from-the-bondage-of-bad-writing/


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How Important is a Writing MFA? Learn the Pros and Cons

Novelist Carla Norton explains the upsides and downsides to seeking an MFA in creative writing to help you on your career as an author.

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A Curated List of Creative Writing Competitions in 2016

A list of international and local creative writing competitions planned for 2016. Opportunities for experienced and aspiring writers to get published.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.dystopianstories.com

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“Self-Editing” = Bullshit

Let me state this in no uncertain terms: There is no such thing as “self-editing.” Ever since I decided to forsake my principles and join Twitter, I’ve read a disturbing amount of “advice” for “self-editing.” My advice? If you honestly think you can “self-edit,” stop writing. Now. Allow me to elucidate. I recently read an […]

http://johngaiserich.com/2015/12/30/self-editing-bullshit/


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The Importance of Imagery

One of the most important styles within literature is to tell and show a story in a creative way. This is called imagery. Imagery is a technique that applies to all of the senses within the human body to describe something realistic: I.e. SIGHT – “It was dark and dim in the forest” TOUCH – […]

https://bellesavage.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/the-importance-of-imagery/


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Five Grammar Rules Every Self-Published Writer Needs To Know

by Gary Smailes As an editor, I’ve edited hundreds of books. One thing that you quickly notice is that there are certain mistakes that you see repeated time and again. This article contains the five most common grammar and punctuation mistakes I come across on a daily basis. My hope is that by sharing […]

http://ryanlanz.com/2015/12/24/five-grammar-rules-every-self-published-writer-needs-to-know/


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6 Tips for Editing Your First Draft

Before you send off your baby…er…manuscript to your editor or beta readers, it’s important to get it in tip-top shape. No beta reader or editor wants to slog through careless typos and errors that could have easily been fixed by the author. I know what you’re thinking… but Allison! Isn’t that what editors and beta readers are […]

https://allisonwilliford.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/6-tips-for-editing-your-first-draft/


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Why I Write

Only a few very fortunate writers will ever eke out a living publishing novels. So why do I write?

Making up a story, an entertaining escape filled with humanity and romance, is at the core of everything. And it’s hard – very hard. Reading it over and over, researching, making changes, asking for advice, and thinking till your brain hurts. This is the place where I feel most powerful, most indomitable, and most satisfied when it works. This is peace – when you know in your gut that this is fun, that you like doing it, that even though no one has ever paid you, you do it anyway. And I also like that it’s hard! If it wasn’t, what would I be accomplishing? If it wasn’t hard, anyone could do it.

I write because it’s fun. To keep that in perspective, some people box for fun, getting their faces bashed in, bleeding and getting knocked out. I write. Writing stories feels good, it feels right, it’s fulfilling.

And yes, it would feel even better to get paid for it, but even if I never make any money I’ll keep doing it anyway.Why do you write?


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By the Numbers: 189+ Tips and Tricks on How to Write, Edit, Market, and Sell Your Books

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“So many wonderful authors, publishers, and people just interested in the book industry have written numerous guides, case studies, and resources to help others interested in writing and publishing.

Sometimes the best way to share resources is via lists, like my post 7 Strategies and 110 Tools to Help Indie Authors Find Readers and Reviewers. With that in mind, here are links to more than 184 articles full of advice and tips on how to write, edit, market and promote, publish, and sell books. Most of them give a top [insert number here] list, and all of them involve numbers in some way…”


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My Turn: 15 easy steps to writing your very own novel

http://ift.tt/1Lj04Cf by Max Wirestone

” There’s one question that authors get asked more than anything. It has nothing to do with plotting or characters or genre. The question is, simply, “How?” How did you get published?

Some authors, particularly the grizzled and prickly, bristle at this question, perhaps because they have gotten tired of answering it. But me? I’m fresh off the unpublished boat, and I’m happy to field this one. Just follow along in these fifteen easy steps…”