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Jargon Buster from Oxford Dictionaires

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Does proper grammar give you a headache?  Do you throw your pen down when frustrated with thinking of the perfect word?  If you answered yes then you need to Jargon Buster from Oxford Dictionaries.

This quick reference list is alphabetized and includes nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, forms of verbs/moods, sentences, clauses, speech, other parts of speech and dictionaries.

If you are a frustrated writer this list is perfect for you!

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A Fabulous Book Quote by Neil Gaiman

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book marketing“People talk about books that write themselves, and it’s a lie. Books don’t write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you’d believe.”
Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors

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Storyboarding Video

Watch this video from award-winning author, and master writing instructor Mary Carroll Moore.  She teaches the storyboarding technique.  You’ll learn:

How a storyboard designs your book’s flow of chapters and ideas

How to handle your book’s creative tension
—and avoid writer’s block

Why you can throw away your outline
—random writing leads to perfectly linked chapters

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National Novel Writing Month Starts Tomorrow

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writing a novelNovember is “National Novel Writing Month”.  If you have been struggling to finish your novel then this month is the time to do it!  Not only can you finish your novel but if you finish in November you can have it up on Kindle and Nook for Christmas.  If you need some help sign up for “NaNoWriMo“.  You’ll get daily reminders and lots of encouragement for FREE!  You can’t beat that with a stick!  Click the link to join.

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Writing Habit Mastery – How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer’s Block

This new book by author S.J. Scott is available only for the Kindle but given that you can read Kindle books on other devices might be a good resource for authors.  The goal of the author is to get you writing 2,000 every day of the week.

The author says “Do you struggle to write every day? Many people dream of becoming a successful author, but can’t *find* the time to write. The truth is this: Great writers don’t have more time than you do. They make time to write. Not only do they make time, they also follow specific routines that help them avoid writer’s block altogether.  By developing the “writing habit” you’ll have the confidence to sit down in front of a computer every day, knowing the words will come.”

Click the book image to learn more!

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7 Invaluable Writing Tips From Stephen King from Policymic

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Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn has written an article from information included in Stephen King’s book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft“.  He offers seven tips from King including “Everything Begins With Rejection”, “Master the Fundamentals Of Writing” and “Always Be Honest”.

Our favorite quote from the article is “To be a good writer, you must master the fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar, and style. Use only the vocabulary that you feel most comfortable with. Know your grammar.”  Too many authors forget the basics of good writing because they see badly written books like “50 Shades Of Gray” selling millions of copies and getting made into a movie.  This book was the exception to the rule and writers need to understand this.

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Techniques of the Selling Writer

Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers.   Readers can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product.

This book is really for people who want to sell what they write.  This book is particularly helpful for new writers but will also help writers who haven’t been able to get sales.

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Tell Readers Who You Are

erachTo help potential readers bond with you be open about your life, your past and your dreams.  Don’t reveal information that would be damaging, obviously but help people see the best in you.   Even if you write about business talk about your hobbies.  Got a passion for golf, chess or animal rescue?  Talk about that too.  Nothing is irrelevant if it gives potential readers an insight into how your mind works.  Dozens of famous authors like John Locke and Amanda Hocking shared themselves with potential and current readers and it helped them sell books.  It can work for you too.

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Mini Q&A with Seattle author Wendy Call

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The Writer’s Block: Living a Writer’s Life blog has a mini Q&A with author Wendy Call from the upcoming book “Everyday Book Marketing“.  Wendy discusses her book, book promotion and gives advice for new writers.  Our favorite quote is “This is no time to be shy. Nor humble. Put yourself out there; push yourself a bit past your comfort zone.”  All writers should heed this advice and learn to become their own best supporter.  You can read the Q&A here.

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Write Erotica? Be Careful With Your Kindle Books

Amazon.comAmazon.com has started cracking down on authors who publish erotica.  This popular niche has blossomed in the past year with writers literally coming out of the woodwork to write these racy tomes.  In the past Amazon.com published any and all original erotica stories but a backlash has started.  In an effort to clean up their catalog some erotica stories are getting unpublished and blocked.

According to erotica authors there are ways to avoid having this happen.  The key is to create an inoffensive cover, title and cover.  Then add a disclaimer to the description about the book contents.  If this doesn’t work pick up the phone and call Amazon.com.  Many authors are reporting that a simple phone call can clear up many problems.

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The Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make When Self-Publishing a Book

Guy Kawasaki has written twelve books in twenty-five years.  He went the traditional publisher route and ended up self publishing later.  During his self publishing venture he learned many things and he captured ten of them in his article “The Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make When Self-Publishing a Book”.  You can read it here.

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Got Acronyms, Abbreviations Or Initialisms? Acronym Finder To The Rescue

How do you know if you’re using the correct acronym or abbreviation when you’re writing your book?  You don’t know but Acronym Finder does.  This nifty website has been online for years and it is very easy to use.  It has more than 1,000,000 human-edited definitions and is free to visitors. Check it out!

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The Dictionary of Worthless Words Review by Daniel Scocco

Writer Daniel Scocco reviews The Dictionary of Worthless Words on Daily Writing Tips.  As he points out that there are hundreds of books on word usage but next to none on words that are worthless!  Click here to read the review.

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Writing and Publishing News Blog

Patricia Fry offers a frequently updated blog about publishing and writing that is a great resource for writers of all genres.  You’ll find lots of great tips on how to sell more books. Take a look and let us know what you think!

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Writing.com Is A Resource For Writers Of All Genres

After 12 years online, Writing.com has nearly 975,000 members and is still going strong.  If you are looking for a community of writers, tools, advice and inspiration then you’ll want to take a look at Writing.com.

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National Novel Writing Month

Love writing fiction?  Register to write a novel in a month during National Novel Writing Month in November.  November will be here before you know it and if you want the support to finish your novel fast sign up now to get ready!

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Another Grammar Resource

If you need help with grammar we have the resource for you.  The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, a nonprofit 501 c-3 organization that supports scholarships, faculty development, and curriculum innovation.  There are dozens of guides that you would normally get when you go to college.

 

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Capitalization Matters

There are so many grammatical rules to remember when writing your book but one that is often overlooked is when to use capitals.  Thanks to the Grammar Book site we have 17 important capitalization rules.  Read it for yourself at Grammar Book.

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