Definitions: Nonfiction’s Ugly Ducklings

Ugly Ducklings…!

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

bennettBy John Randolph Bennett

Definitions get a bum rap, probably because we all remember the clunkers we’ve seen (and perhaps written ourselves) in high school papers, superfluous definitions arriving with all the grace of a Zamboni machine blundering into the opening moments of a figure-skating competition.

You know the kind of definitions I’m talking about:

“Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is a tragedy. Merriam-Webster (Eleventh Edition) defines tragedy as: ‘1. A disastrous event. 2. A serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (such as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that elicits pity or terror.’”

But definitions have their uses, not only in ensuring that the reader and the writer are both working from a common understanding of key terms, but also, in some cases, even aiding the writer with topic discovery and the organization of form.

Let’s dismiss the Zamboni stereotype right away…

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7 Tips to Creating Fictional Location Names

Some great tips here

Legends of Windemere

Fictional World Map (Created by Dan Meth)

Continuing the topic of naming locations, I’m going to do my best to come up with some useful and humorous tips.  I only had to create one new place in War of Nytefall: Rivalry, so these are going to have to go outside of the new release.  Apelios doesn’t really give me a lot to work with either.  Here we go:

  1. Make the location pronounceable.  It may be funny to write one with only vowels or consonants, but you could lose a few readers if they can’t figure out how to say things.  It can help to have a pronunciation guide or mark it during the first appearance, so this is more of a guideline.
  2. Consider the terrain before you come up with the name.  You can only get away with naming a desert city after water once or twice before the…

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How to Use Your Outline When Writing Your First Draft – by K.M. Weiland…

Do you write with an Outline…Then this blog post may help. Thanks, Chris and also to poster K M Weiland

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Helping Writers become Authors:

Outlining your novel is one thing.

But then, whether you prefer to outline with minimalism, maximalism, or hindsight (aka, in revisions), a surprisingly easy stumbling block can be that of figuring out how to use your outline in the first draft.

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Tips for Revising your work: Scene Dumps

Scene Dumps…

Ann Writes Inspiration

In today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys, I share some revising tips in response to my friends episode about unnecessary words on her podcast this morning.

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Tips for revising your work

Is revising easy or difficult? Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or send an email to I’d love to hear from you, dear readers and listeners. Thanks for being a loyal blog follower and have a blessed day.

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Invitation to be a Guest on my Podcast and have Your Book Featured on my Blog Simultaneously

Do You Need and INTERVIEW

Ann Writes Inspiration

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As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on thee internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast  I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to or fill out the form found at:

Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.

If you’re launching a book, please let me…

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Author Talk – Apply These 7 Editing Techniques Before Your Next Query

Editing Tips you should READ

Jen Lowry Writes

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” Gandalf

We get this one chance, this one first impression … make it count. That is tremendous pressure for any writer or creative artist under the guise that it is the one shot mentality or it will never happen.

There is good news I would like to share to you, my writer friends. We can query again. It’s not like it’s just one chance anymore. There are literary agents and publishing companies specific to your genre and may be currently looking right when they hit your submission.

That next query could be your YES.

Now, I’m going to talk reflectively here because I do this to help challenge myself for my next steps. The Jen LowryWrites podcast is my writing journey documentary, and today I talked about what I’ve been reading about editing.


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AUTHOR’S CORNER: A Special Announcement from author Meredith Leigh Burton and Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing

Meet the lovely Meredith Burton…

Campbells World

Hello campbellsworld visitors.

We close the Author’s Corner today with a truly wonderful guest.

Author Meredith Leigh Burton joins us here in the Author’s Corner today and she would like to announce that she will be speaking at the Lady’s Day at Hoover’s Grove Church of Christ in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Time: 9-12:00.

Theme: Reaching for God’s Hand.

Speaker: Meredith Leigh Burton.


Hello Meredith. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop into the Author’s Corner to share this exciting news with us.


Hi Patty. This is an exciting event to be sure. So, let me start by saying thank you for having me here in the Author’s Corner today. Let me explain a bit about the event.

Ladies’ Day is a time for women of congregations to spend a period of fellowship and to learn from God’s Word. …

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