10 Totally Free Microsoft Word Alternatives For Writers – by Derek Haines…

Make sure you read this and take note of the different writer programs

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

Do you really need all those Microsoft Office programs just to write?

Writers write words. Are you a writer?

I’m sure you don’t prepare business plans with charts and graphs. You don’t use online collaboration tools. You don’t schedule meetings for a group of directors.

I doubt if you would ever need to create business presentations with 100 slides.

You write your words down for blog posts, content articles, guest posts, short stories and maybe poems. So why do you pay for MS Office to do these simple writing tasks?

There is no need to pay for a word processor

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WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY: Writer’s Grapevine August 2019 #Authors#Books#Reviews#Writing

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AUGUST, 2019


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Hello everyone and welcome to another Incredible edition of the Writer’s Grapevine.

How do I know it’s Incredible? Because it’s comprised of “Incredible” contributors. But the proof is as they say… “In the pudding.” So, read, and enjoy.


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5 Super Simple Steps to Building an Unforgettable Blog Post

A great post about writing a BLOG POST.

The Art of Blogging

Once upon a time, one could could simply sit down and write a blog post in 15 minutes or so. Well, sorry to disappoint, but those good ol’ days are over.

Today, there are hundreds of millions of blogs that are competing for your readers’ attention. To stand out, you need to take your blogging game to a new level.

And the best way to do that is to focus relentlessly on the fundamental mechanics of writing a great blog post.
Don’t just hope you’re writing something that maybe somehow it’s going to go viral. Learn to consciously build great content, brick-by-brick, and watch your posts gain the attention they deserve.

Ready to get started?

Here are the building blocks of any great blog posts.

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Writer’s Block Is a Gift. Here’s Why.

Posted on June 17, 2019 by Julia Roberts | Today’s guest post is by writing and creativity coach Julia Roberts (@juliadecodes). Despite its infamy for robbing people of their careers, writer’s block can give you a powerful gift—insight into your own relationship to the creative process. Writer’s block is nothing more than a drain of energy when you come to a … Continue reading Writer’s Block Is a Gift. Here’s Why.

The Five Most Common Mistakes In Beginner Manuscripts

Some great pointers for new writers 🙂

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

Mistakes-blog.jpgThis is one of my favorite blogs. I wish I could claim it, but the post was actually written by Jerry Jenkins. I love his work. If you haven’t visited him, I would highly recommend you do. He did put a disclaimer at the end of this article saying it was ok to share with friends, so I am in no way stealing his work. Hope this helps someone and hope you consider visiting his site.

It doesn’t sound fair.

It doesn’t seem right.

But here’s a dirty little secret of the writing life you need to hear:

Any veteran editor can tell within two minutes whether they’re going to reject your manuscript.

It takes longer to decide whether they’ll recommend it for purchase, of course, but—sad to say—it can, and often does, go into the reject pile just that fast.

“What?” you say. “Before I’ve had a chance to…

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Your Guide to Making Scenes That Are the Opposite of Flat! #Screenwriters #Filmmakers #Filmmaking #FilmmakingTips

Do you think your a scene in your manuscript is FLAT …then this may be a good thing for you to read.

Industry Secrets with Ivana Sanders

Do you ever watch a movie and think, “Eww, that scene could have been so much better and way more epic!” Or “That was it? That big reveal could have soooo much more impactful!” Or “Seriously that character arc fell flat. What a dud!

The horror of people watching our movies and thinking the same thoughts!

We not only want to produce the best films that are void of flat, empty, disappointing scenes and dry dialogue we want our audience to leave our movies satisfied and inspired by what they have just seen!

I have some easy tips to help you make that goal a reality!

Avoid Flat Scenes by being mindful of these 6 Scene Mistakes:

  1. Unrealistic interactions between characters
  2. Dialogue that feels out of character for your characters and made to only move the writer’s agenda ahead
  3. A slow pace
  4. Excessive dialogue
  5. Excessive…

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How and Why to Rebrand Your Books for Increased Sales – by J. P. (Jo-Anne) McLean…

How and Why to REBRAND your BOOK

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Writer CEO:

Rebranding is the process of changing the public’s view of a brand’s image.

There are any number of reasons why a company would rebrand. They may want to position themselves to better compete with a rival. How many of you remember “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web?” Not many, I suspect, but you’ll know them by their new brand: Yahoo.

Maybe they want to step away from their perceived poor reputation. Comcast did so when it rebranded to Xfinity. Perhaps they want to update their image. Old Spice comes to mind, as does Pepsi.

Writers also have reasons to rebrand, whether they’re focusing on themselves or their books. A children’s author might want to differentiate her author brand for a hot romance she’s written. Likewise, a thriller author may need to establish a different brand to suit his non-fiction how-to guides.

Sometimes it’s the book itself…

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