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Where I’m at Wednesday

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Hello everyone,

I found this video very encouraging. It sheds light on something we all do, whether we’re aware of it or not.

Making comparisons to others who are more successful is not only unhealthy, but it’s unfair to ourselves.

It’s okay to have dreams and goals; however, becoming envious—to the point of dissatisfaction with life–can lead down the path of

giving up.

Stay focused on your path and not someone else’s.

 

Take care, my friends 😉

Grammar it up!

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Grammar

Grammar can be an Achilles’ heel to many writers.

With today’s technology some programs aid in problematic areas; however, it is wise to understand the proper usages.

I will provide some awesome websites, so you can brush-up on those difficult areas.

 

My good friend & editor has an amazing website which offers writers a variety of helpful tips:

 

EditingAddict

 

I have also included other websites that will help you Grammar it up!  

 

Writing Forward

 

Guide to Grammar and Writing

 

Grammar Book

 

Grammarly

 

Purdue Online Writing Lab

 

Grammar Blog

 

Lousy Writer

 

Daily Grammar

 

Chicago Manual Of Style

 

Grammar Girl

 

Dr. Grammar

 

Grammar Bytes

 

I hope these help you.

Take care, my friends. 🙂

Writing Prompts

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Writing Prompts

Some of us need a kick-start or fresh approach. Writing prompts can get creative juices flowing. They stimulate imagination, build writing techniques, and help tackle bigger projects. Or, if you have writer’s block, prompts may help resolve issues.
Prompts are usually used in classes or writer’s groups as an educational tool, to expand the thinking processes, and to lighten the atmosphere. Participants are instructed to write a short story by using a visual aid, an incomplete sentence, or a suggestive situation.
I heard some funny stories during writing exercises. The leader would read a phrase like: “My most embarrassing moment was. . .”.  We were then instructed to mull-over ideas for two minutes, and given an additional two minutes to write it down. Everyone would read their personal or fictitious stories out loud. It gave me an appreciation for their unique talent and humor.
Give it a try! It’ll keep your mind fresh.
Think of it as brain-bubblegum. 😂
Take care, my friends.

Self Doubt

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Self Doubt

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You’re not good enough.

                                           The story sucks.

                                                                              No one will ever read it.

You might as well give up.

                                                     You’re not qualified.

 

For years, I have heard these whispers in my ears and many . . .many . . .more.

Self-doubt can be the killer of ideas, the defeater of goals, and vanquisher of dreams. We all suffer from it.

If you Google: “Famous people suffering with doubt”, you’d be amazed how many actors, writers, artist, and politicians suffer with it on a day-to-day basis.

After extensive research on the subject from tipsters to psychologists, self-doubt is a REAL issue that needs to be identified and stamped out.

As human beings we naturally gravitate toward negativity. It somehow makes sense to us. Let’s face it; the world can be a negative place. Watch the news for ten minutes! Our minds will remember the bad stuff over the good.

Why? I don’t know . . .we just do.

In dealing with self-doubt, you need to take control before it controls you.

First off, identify your doubt or insecurities. For every negative message you hear, try countering it with something positive. Recently, I read an article about a young actor, who wrote inspiring messages to himself on sticky-notes, then plastered them on a wall. Anytime he felt insecure or doubt, he’d read each, uplifting message.

My own vortex of self-doubt whirled me into believing that my story wasn’t good. I am glad to say, it has never stopped me from writing. Although, I will admit, I was ashamed of my first novel. It went from the printer, to a box, and never moved. Last year, I dug it out, and read the entire 90,000+word novel in one night. I thought: Hey, it’s not that bad!

If you struggle with self-doubt, you are not alone. But, please don’t give up. Your decision(s) can either compel you further, or cause a lifetime of regret.

Take care my friends 🙂

Opening Lines

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Fantastic firsts

Opening lines are meant to engage people into desiring more. Many well-known authors strive for the juiciest hooks to lure readers. Even agents can judge a story’s potential from the introduction. Here are some examples of opening lines:

 

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

 

The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

 

No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

 

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.


Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

 

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

 

 

Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men’s eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

 

Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud  to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

 

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts,for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

 

When writing your story, keep in mind to start-out strong. You have the potential to grip an audience with the very first sentence.
Good luck and take care my friends

🙂

Marketing Tips

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Hey everyone!

Check out Alan Black’s marketing tips for authors. It is very informative.

Click link below:

http://alanblackauthor.com/?page_id=849

 

 

 

ABOUT ALAN BLACK AUTHOR

Listen to my new episode power of perception with sci-fi writer Alan Black at .

I have been writing novels since 1997 when I started ‘Eye on The Prize’. My writing tastes are as eclectic as my reading preferences. I admit that I love writing much more than editing and the whole publishing process. Marketing of my novels leaves me as baffled as the whole string theory thing.

At a book signing event
At a book signing event

I was born in central Kansas, but grew up in Gladstone, Missouri, graduating from Oak Park Senior High School and eventually earning a degree from Longview Community College. I spent most of my adult life in the Kansas City area (with the exception of a few years in the U.S. Air Force), but my wife and I now live in sunny Arizona. The dry desert air stimulates my creativity more than the juicy air in Missouri (pronounced here as ‘misery’).

I am pretty sure my desire to write started in the second grade. I was given an assignment to write a short story about Greek mythology. My teacher took the time to call my parents. Although neither Dad or Mom remember the incident, it had an impact on me eventually leading me to finally write (and most importantly finish) my first manuscript. It took two years to complete ‘Eye on The Prize’. I have gotten faster since then, completing the last manuscript in three weeks.

Where I’m at Wednesday

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Libraries were built to house man’s written words.

 

Check out these amazing libraries of the world.

 

Venna National Library
Austrian National Library Vienna, Austria

 

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Austrian National Library Vienna, Austria

 

Biblioteca National de Francia, Paris

 

El Escorial Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo Madrid, Spain

 

Coimbra, Portugal
Coimbra, Portugal

 

George-Peabody-Library
George Peabody Library Baltimore, Maryland

 

Mortlock Wing State Library of South Australia
Mortlock Wing State Library of South Australia

 

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

 

Warsaw University Library Warsaw, Poland

 

Othmer_Library
The Othmer Library Brooklyn, New York

 

The next time someone says books are outdated, hit them with one.😂