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January 2018

Is your monster really scary enough for nightmares?

So many good ideas here – thanks to

Jean's Writing

Monsters lurk about in many forms.

Doesn’t have to be Big Foot or a dragon. A hateful neighbor or classmate, a work colleague, even a stranger on the street can be monsters in your story.

One man’s monster is another man’s pet.  A monster can live in the protagonists past, their imagination or in a secret held close. It can take the form of an illogical or logical phobia, or a real flesh and blood monster.  

The trick to writing about monsters as well as fantasy creatures is in the description and then escalating that fear. Bringing that fear to life is the goal of writers.

Readers love to feel the fear of a character. The right description determines whether a character is a paper doll cutout or a 3D believable personality.

Now Y’all know how much I love my cheat sheets, so guess what? Seems there is a list for just about everything. After…

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200 Years Later: John Keats Writes Two Poems

Poetry Corner

Retrospective Lily

Hi, friends. 200 years ago today on January 30, 1818, John Keats wrote the poem “When I Have Fears.” About a week earlier, he wrote “Lines on Seeing a Lock of Milton’s Hair.”

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Most Common Writing Mistakes: Are Your Verbs Showing or Telling?

Great tips that will enhance your writing – show and tell verbs 🙂

James E. Woods

Most Common Writing Mistakes: Are Your Verbs Showing or Telling?

Most Common Writing Mistakes

K. M Weiland

most common writing mistakesWant to learn how to write right? Sometimes the best way to ace your writing is to first learn how to avoid doing things the wrong way. But wouldn’t you need a comprehensive list of the most common writing mistakes authors make—and tips on how to avoid them?

Yup. And here’s that list!

In my ongoing Most Common Writing Mistakes series, I identify the most common writing mistakes I see time and again. You’ll be able to avoid your fellow authors’ mishaps by learning how to spot problem areas in your structure, narrative, and character building. Even better, you’ll learn more than just how to avoid these mistakes—you’ll learn how to turn them on their heads to create strong writing techniques and powerful stories.

You’ll learn:

  • How to avoid opening lines that…

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How To Promote Your Books With Great Content Writing…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

by Lisa Brown  on Just Publishing Advice:

The online world has opened up numerous opportunities for different fields.

The same applies to writers and authors. Whether you are looking for an agency to publish your work, or have taken the self-publishing route.

Content writing has been one of the strategies used in marketing.

If done correctly, it can boost your brand beyond your wildest imagination. However, incorrect use can damage your reputation.

I bet you can remember this familiar phrase, “The internet never forgets.”

So, you have written your book, used the ideal proofreading services online, and are looking to get people to read your work.

How do you achieve this?

Continue Reading at:

Content Marketing Tips for your Books

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Top 10 Jobs For Writing Lovers

So many good tips here…:)

Nicholas C. Rossis

Warren Fowler | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post by Warren, a marketing enthusiast, and blogger at EduGeeksClub, who loves music. If he doesn’t have a guitar in his hands, he’s probably embracing new technologies and marketing techniques online. You can connect with Warren on Twitter and Facebook.

Top 10 Jobs For Writing Lovers

Writing has always been my thing. From poems to creative writing projects to research papers, I could do everything well at school. My teachers kept advising me: “You’re doing well in this… You should become a writer.” That’s exactly what I aimed for: become a writer. So that’s what I did.

writing jobs | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThere’s one main thing I realized on this journey: writing is not just about novels and stories. I did that, too. I wrote a few short novels and stories. However, I’ve also used my skill to earn money in other ways. I also connected with other writers…

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Should You Set a Daily Word Count Goal?

Writing goals …mine is 1,000 words per day 🙂 Great post!

Bernadette Benda

We like to get stuff done. Nothing better than checking something off a list, shutting a computer with everything finished, or collapsing on the couch after getting all that stuff you needed to get done, done.

Writers like to know that they are finished for the day. The edits that needed to be made were made, they finished that chapter, they finished that outline, they finished their word count.

Word count. These are the golden words of the day. WORD COUNT.

You’ve heard it before. You need to set a word count for the day. You set it so you get stuff done. We’re writers, and we are supposed to write, and hopefully more than two sentences, so we give ourselves a word count to fill up.

But….is it necessary? *some voices in the back disagree*

Ahem. Yes. *some voices in the back boo*

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Wedding ring

Just a short blog post to share my experiences this week, that is loosely linked to my writing.

Lately, when I’ve sat at my computer to write, my wedding ring finger has been tingling, until it had become quite painful. Its gradually gotten worse and my finger around the gold ring has become swollen and red. Bearing in mind that I havn’t been able to remove the ring for at least 20 years, I thought I should have it removed.

I had in mind going to the doctors or the jewellers but my husband had other ideas. He searched the internet for a quick solution to my discomfort. There’s a way to remove a ring without having to cut into it apparently, that involved tying an elastic band tightly around the finger and then winding the elastic, thus taking the ring off at the same time.

Well, this method did not work for me. It left my finger almost black and sore, and me running to the jewelers! As you can see by the image, my finger had blistered under the ring, which is now totally split (and safely in my jewelry box!).

The cost to refit it involves soldering a piece onto the ring, and parting with 100 AUS dollars.

Well worth the cost though, and to keep my finger!

If anyone thinks of trying this method, think again….take the ring (and finger) to someone who knows what they’re doing.

Anyone have any similar experiences?

Please share!

Have a great writing week. 😊🙌

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Writer’s Block; Fight or Flee? – with Yarii

Such good advice for the writer’s out there! 🙂

Alicia Lidwina


It is an extremely common case for writers to  face this semi-mythical thing called ‘writer’s block’. Some believe that it exists while some think that it is a myth.

For readers or people who do not write, it is probably difficult for you to imagine how it feels like to have writer’s block. to put it in a simple way, ‘I know what will happen but I cannot put it into words’, Get it?

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Gold Coast flora

Just a few images taken this afternoon at Nerang National park. We take the dog up there every now and then, and it was cooler today than its been. Temperatures have hit 52 degrees these last few weeks, so there’s a real danger of bush fires at the minute.

The local wildlife find this weather intense as well, and reports of snakes attacking people and animals has intensified. We keep our fox terrier Billy on a lease at all times, which he’s not totally happy with, but I’d rather be safe than sorry, especially as Brown snakes love basking in the sun and can be really aggressive!

I took my mobile with me today, so here are a couple of pictures of the local fauna. It still amazes me how the flowers thrive in such heat, but they are certainly sun loving…🌻

Have a creative week! 😊🙌🐕🌴

#writing #writerslife 📚 #goldcoast #australianflora #sundaymornings #australia

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