The Rules

The Rules

Jo on rules…

Lit World Interviews

Jo Robinson Jo Robinson

A lot of indie authors are pretty rigid with their writing rules. There’s nothing wrong with this when it’s your style, and self-imposed. You’ll have problems though if rigid rules don’t fit well with your character, and you’ve only inflicted them on yourself because a successful and well known writer said that that’s what you should be doing if you ever want to succeed. “Must” is often the word lurking behind procrastination in any field, and when it comes to creative souls, I believe it could shut down production pretty well.

The minute we’re told we must do something, our subconscious goes into overdrive bombarding us with all the ways we could fail, and settles like a lump in your mind, effectively blocking all those wonderful sentences that had been champing at the bit to leap onto your pages. This fear can be good in small doses. When…

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Progress Report 6

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The story might be located here

Well, chapter one is done and dusted until I reach the end and begin the inevitable rewrite. I started writing chapter two a couple of days back. Trying to tell you the reader a story without giving too much away isn’t easy. I’m applying the ‘Red Herring’ approach a lot this time. After all, we can’t have you thinking “I’ve cracked it!” within the first few chapters now can we.

What I will say is that at the moment, the story involves Dr Gilbert Briggs and a geologist travelling back in time to several key locations, in his quest to discover if the subject of endless debate down the centuries actually existed. So what is it I hear you cry? That’s for me to know and for you through Gilbert’s eyes, to find out. As for its location, that’s if you think you might know…

One other thing I can tell you is that the story quite possibly involves ‘ancient gods’, race memory and ancient cataclysms across the world. I’ve changed the working title once more. This time just one word –  Cataclysm. For now it suites my thinking.

This time round I’m only writing a couple of hundred words each day before going back through them to ensure you don’t become convinced you know what’s going to happen next. As for character conversations, first of all I just write what I want them to say before changing the words so that even when they are having a conversation, your still left guessing. Then I stop for a few hours to think things through, usually by playing my favourite video game Mass Effect 3. Doing something completely different to take my mind of things helps enormously.

More later.

PS Even writing this post, I’ve had to rewrite it several times for the reasons stated above. Devious or what?

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Isn’t it time?

Chris pleads for sanity…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

As anyone who follows my blog knows, I indulge in the occasional RANT after something has rammed my tree and disturbed my usual peace loving nature.

The atrocities and disturbing events we hear on the news nowadays are not new.

They’ve been around for as long as Apes (especially Hominids) have existed.

What IS new is the ease with which these events are spread around the world for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

In fact, even the deaf and blind are also aware of them through the ‘miracles’ of technology.

This is why I thought I’d share the quote below.

Not to upset or disturb anyone, but to remind everyone that YOU – YES – little YOU – CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Look around you at what Humanity has achieved.

Look around you and see what some ‘Human’ deviants are doing to destroy these…

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Cyberbullies, Trolls, Mobs & Haters—How to Protect Yourself & Others in a Dangerous World

Kristen Lamb on Trolls…

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Image via "The Terminator." Image via “The Terminator.”

As the WANA Mama, I am fiercely protective of my writer peeps…like Giant Kodiak Mother Bear Protective. I will and have gone to the mattresses for fellow writers who’ve found themselves under senseless attack.

Yet, as a counterpoint, I choose my battles. I love Sun Tzu, and have read his Art of War until the pages were falling out. When it comes to dealing with a formidable enemy, Sun Tzu is the master tactician. One of my favorite quotes?

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. ~Sun Tzu

A few days ago Psychology Today posted an article I found interesting in that 1) this article gives data to support what we all know deep down but 2) don’t want to believe. We know there is something different about trolls. They exhibit what is called The Dark Tetrad Personality—Machiavellianism, narcissism, sadism, and…

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Review of A LOVE LIKE BLOOD   By Marcus Sedgewick

Review of A LOVE LIKE BLOOD  By Marcus Sedgewick

Another book reviewed. 😉

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Published by Mulholland Books

Paperback ISBN 9781444751925 price at £7.99

It is rare to pick up a book by an author one hasn’t read or heard of before, and to be so entirely blown away by the quality of the writing and the plot.

I was sent this book in a pile of books to review and couldn’t put it down from the moment I began to read. It is entirely compelling.

The story starts in Paris during the Second World War. The lead protagonist, Charles Jackson, a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, happens upon a bunker outside a chateau. Inside, when he investigates, he discovers a man apparently engaged in drinking the blood of a young woman. Terrified, Jackson flees, but when he recovers a little and returns, the man has gone. However, the blood remains on the floor.

Later, Jackson returns to Paris while on a…

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Review of THE VANISHING WITCH   By Karen Maitland

Review of THE VANISHING WITCH  By Karen Maitland

Michael’s latest review. 🙂

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Published by Headline Review in paperback, trade paperback and hardback.

Hardback ISBN: 9781472215000

I am very glad to be able to say that Karen Maitland is a good friend. Still, this is not a log-rolling exercise.

I have a very simple policy when it comes to books. I do not like to give positive reviews to books I personally did not enjoy. Equally, the fact that I dislike a book is not a reason to believe that others would not be delighted by it. Different strokes for different folks is particularly true when it comes to books, because our own enjoyment of a book is entirely subjective. So, if I really dislike a book, I won’t review it.

However, this book is one I find it easy to rave about.

It begins with the life of a punter on the River Witham, a man called Gunter. From there it goes…

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Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists

If you’re a writer, you already know this if you’ve published a book and it appears on Amazon and Goodreads…

Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists.

An Author’s Secret Weapon: Marketing Advice for Twitter

Great Advice 🙂

Nicholas C. Rossis

nnlightToday I have another guest post for you, by another one of my friends, N.N. Light. She is the author of the fantasy book “Princess of the Light.”

She’s not here to speak of her book though. Instead, she has some great tips to share about book marketing, and specifically how to best use Twitter to promote your book.

Aaaand, take it, dear Ms. Light!

Marketing Advice for Twitter

“What is the secret to marketing my book?”

I see this question a lot on Twitter and various blogs I subscribe to.  In this age of self-publishing, the world is filled with authors trying to sell their books.  Everyone wants to know the secret and to increase their sales.  I also am asked this question and as I am just starting out in this great big world of book marketing, I have to rely on my experience as a professional…

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