Archive | May 2018

Digital Social Me – Do I Have Choice?

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Digital Social Me – Do I Have Choice?

Social Identity: ‘The recognition of one’s potential and qualities as an individual, especially in relation to social context:

Caring can become the defining characteristic of women’s self-identity.’

Other forms of social identity are how one is recognized in the sporting world, whether as a player or a spectator. How one is accepted by their peers, such as school, family, work, religion, cults, sports, hobbies etc. Even how one is amongst others that simply share their place on the planet. Social identity is how one is perceived by others, and even more importantly how one is perceived by ‘themselves’ in their social circle. ‘Socialization’ enables us to fit into social groups and make adjustments to new situations’ Poole, M & Germov.

The Digital Self
Then there is the ‘Digital Identity’ Deborah Lupton states, ‘Accessing our news, music, television, films via digital platforms and…

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Four Ways to Plan Showing Vs. Telling in Your Novel

A Writer's Path

by Andrea Lundgren

As writers, we’ve been told over and over how it’s much better to show a reader something rather than tell them, and recently, I wrote about how one can use dance to show a character’s thoughts and how she changes.

As a general rule, showing means giving the reader details: letting them see what the characters are seeing, hear what they’re hearing, and be “along for the ride” for whatever they’re doing.

It can be overdone, of course. Giving us every detail as they cross the room, sit somewhere and wait, wash their dishes or eat their food would probably be overkill, as the details would bog down most plots, but in general, letting us have a front-row-seat is favored over having the narrator tell us what happened, how they matured, or what they’re like.

But how do you make a story that gives you opportunities to…

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3 Types of Book Reviews You Can Write and How to Write Them — Author Toolbox

Immortal Words of a Mortal Writer

A book review — your opinion about a book based on evidence from it. We’ve seen them on Amazon and Goodreads. We may have even read a few… but are we writing them, too?

Wait? Writing a book review? I can’t do that. I don’t know how to do that… Please don’t ask me! Please!


But you can! I promise. (If you want to, that is…) All you need is a little bit of time and a book… I’ll take you through the “Why,” the “What,” and the “How” of writing a review.

Why should I?

Before we get into the how, let’s discuss the why. Why should I write a book review? Why does it matter if I write a review? Why do authors care about reviews? Why do readers care about reviews?

I’ll let a few authors tell you the answers to these questions!

  • Book reviews bring in…

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Writers: How to Stay Motivated

Uninspired Writers

Good morning writers, I hope you’ve had a great week.

My week has been quite a drag and full of ups and downs. Good days and bad days. It got me thinking about how to stay motivated, how do you keep writing when life is busy and complicated and you are tired and stressed.

It can be really hard to stick to your story, especially as it can feel like it’s taking a lifetime to finish your drafts and edits. So, I thought I’d share some of the ways I keep myself motivated, in the hope it will help other writers when they’re struggling.

1. Look back on how far you’ve come
Writing is a long process that requires a great deal of patience and dedication. When you feel unmotivated take some time to look back at how far you’ve already come. You can do this by re-reading what you’ve…

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Conundrum or Not?


Conundrum or Not?

This isn’t your basic conundrum… a confusing and difficult problem or question. I don’t really think should even be construed as a possible conundrum. 

Question: How do you feel as a writer, designer, artistic person, poet, clothier, or anything…

How do you feel about a person docking you one star because they “don’t like your genre” or they think watercolors are the only way to paint and so “other media used” is docked? Granted I have only given two examples for referencing. 

One person docked me one star because they “didn’t like my genre” which, in this case is my memoir. I don’t feel like a one star docking was fair just due to the genre. Honestly, they never had to read my memoir, no one was coerced, everyone has their favorite genres, etc.

I like many genres, and occasionally I will step out to venture forth in finding a book genre that I don’t read. I give a fair review, and no docking simply because I “don’t like the genre”. In all fairness, I truly have two genres I won’t consider reading, but I do read a lot of books not in my normal genres. No one is docked for their book’s genre. How do all of you feel? 


I must now take a lesson I learned from @LucindaEClarke and pop in a #FREE yes #FREE proposal. I have complimentary codes for the USA and UK.  Again this is #FREE and just get in touch with me on my blog, Twitter @MaryLSchmidt Facebook, you name it. Thanks. 

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This entry was posted on May 25, 2018. 3 Comments

Tips for Writers: 5 Ways to Increase Revenue Through Your Website

Nicholas C. Rossis

Christina Battons | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookAs you know, I’m a web developer by day and author by night. So, this guest post by Christina Battonsa web content expert in Los Angeles, was of particular interest to me. Christina is a creative writer who is able to connect various thoughts into a single theme. She loves to stay up-to-date on the latest content marketing trends. Her works have been published on and other resources. You can connect with Christina on Twitter.

5 Ways Writers Can Increase Revenue Through Their Website

Web design | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book A website is an important business tool. Image: Pexels

Are you a creative writer searching for ways of increasing the number of visitors to your website–and your revenue?

In this day and age, it is crucial for you to have a website that will stand out and make you popular. A website is a very important business tool. A well thought-out…

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Everything You Learn Each Time Your Writing Gets Rejected

Novelty Revisions

We’ve talked about rejection a lot on this blog this year. The more I write about writing, the more I get to interact with fellow writers — and the more in-tune I become with the things you’re all struggling with — like rejection, and self-doubt.

That’s what I love most about running Novelty Revisions. I’m constantly learning right along with you. A good writer is on a continuous quest to learn as she grows.

The best way to learn anything, as a writer, is to pay attention to what’s going on around you as you’re in the midst of the action.

Which is why I don’t think we need to be as afraid of getting rejected as we often are.

Like it or not, each no or lack of response teaches you something new about the process … or reinforces something you still need to learn.

Here’s everything even one…

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