The new site…and blog

I can’t tell everyone how much their support has meant to me. Following me on this blog has been amazing. However, you may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging here as much. There is a reason for that.

I have been on a quest for some time now to find the perfect place to call “home” on the internet. I’ve blogged about it a few times, how I’ve flipped and flopped from one site to the other in an effort to find the most user friendly place that had all the bells and whistles that I wanted. While WordPress is certainly the most user-friendly when it comes to blogging and re-blogging, it wasn’t what I wanted in terms of webpages and “Author’s presence”.

I want to invite each and every one of you to please join me on my new site, www.jastinger.com. I have a blog over there that I have been updating like crazing. While it’s not as simple to re-blog there (have to do it manually), I am still sharing mountains of content that I find and I want to share it with everyone. Please let me know what you think. I value everyone’s opinion!

Thank you all for following me. I’ll still be lurking around WordPress, as so many fantastic writers and authors are still here.

Cheers!

~J

10 Things Every First-Time Self-Publishing Author Should Know

While writing Free of Malice was a labor of love, as a first time self-published author, I have learned that writing the book is just the beginning. Taking the manuscript to final product, distribution and promotion are just as important. Hopefully my Top 10 tips will make the journey a little easier for others who are just starting out.

Source: 10 Things Every First-Time Self-Publishing Author Should Know

Guest Month Post By John W. Howell

THE HISTORICAL DIARIES: LOOKING INTO OUR PAST

INTRODUCING THE SECOND JOHN CANNON THRILLER – HIS REVENGE

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The second John J Cannon story continues John’s wish to bring the terrorist Matt Jacobs to justice. In the first book, My GRL John was able to thwart the plot to destroy the Annapolis midshipmen on their summer cruise. Of course, terrorists being what they are not content with just one try to embarrass America. In His Revenge, Matt Jacobs takes his hatred for America and John Cannon to another level. The action moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot, refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in…

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Write Better Fiction: Characters in a Scene – too few/too many?

KRISTINA STANLEY

Today on Write Better Fiction we’ll cover the Characters In A Scene. Write Better Fiction is a process to help you critique your own manuscript and give yourself feedback. This will help you improve your novel, so you’re ready to submit it to an editor. Check the bottom of this post for links to previous Write Better Fiction articles.

We’ve discussed using our spreadsheet to balance the number of scenes the protagonist and antagonist are in. But what about other characters? There is a columns for that too.

In the column called characters, list all characters in the scene. This includes characters that don’t have a name. The bartender, the skier, the person on the street, etc. I include animals as characters. The animal may or may not have a name. If you’ve read DESCENT, you know Chica is a character that is a yellow labrador. In BLAZE, a grizzly…

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To re-blog or not re-blog, re-spun.

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In looking at old post and re-spinning them, I have had a look at this one. First off I was shocked at the number of mistakes, even the title was wrong it was supposed to read to re-blog or not re-blog but for some reason I put to blog or not blog. However, it did create a very interesting discussion subsequently I have changed my view and added an extra bit at the bottom!

Just to be very clear I’m not taking a pop at blogs that re-post other people’s work, I follow a couple of those and they are very useful way of finding new blogs. My blog isn’t that type of blog I wanted it to be a platform for me to practice my writing. So far I’m very happy with how it is going.

I’m very…

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Blog Posts – How To Appreciate Them #bloggers #blogs #blogging

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How To Appreciate A Blog Post

Blog posts are great!

They can be:

  • Easy to access and you can read them anywhere (WiFi permitting).
  • Short and sweet compared to magazines and books.
  • Informative and full of useful stuff.
  • Beautiful to look at.
  • Uplifting and inspiring.

It is only when you start a blog that you understand how much hard work goes into putting together regular blog posts.

There are some really easy and simple ways you can show your blog post appreciation.

You are probably asking ‘why?’

Well here are some reasons:

  • They will put a smile on the blogger’s face.
  • Make all those hard blogging moments seem worth it.
  • Encourage them to write more good posts.
  • Every bit of appreciation they get from blog readers helps build their confidence and you never know where this might take them.

It doesn’t take much to show your appreciation but what you do goes a long way!

So…

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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

How to Name Your Characters

Rachel Poli

Naming Your Characters: First Names

Your name is part of what makes you you. That’s no different from the characters in your story.

Some people say that names aren’t important. It’s the description and development throughout the story that creates loveable, relateable characters.

I think names are pretty important as well. Plus, they’re a lot of fun.

There are two ways I come up with names for my characters:

1. I check the meanings behind them.

I love to look up various names and check their meanings. It makes the character feel more one with the story, if that makes any sense.

I think it shows that you put thought into the name of your character. It shows that your character is important to the plot somehow. It’s like the Story Gods have chosen that name for your character because they have a big destiny to fulfill–which is your plot.

For example, in the…

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