What Editing Software Can Teach You about Your Writing

Nicholas C. Rossis

Brenda Berg | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post by Brenda Berg, a professional consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs with over 15 years experience in business management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Brenda is passionate about covering topics on career, self-development, e-learning on her blog Letsgoandlearn.com. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success. 

What Editing Software Can Teach You about Your Writing

Writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksAs every writer knows, the practice of writing can be a fulfilling, exciting and amazing pastime, whether practiced as a hobby or as a career. On the other hand, it can also be an incredibly frustrating, difficult and even daunting skill that leaves us pulling our hair out.

We all have our strengths and weaknesses but when it comes to editing our content, but sometimes, we are left feeling stumped. Luckily, especially in the more recent years where technology has flourished and become more accessible than…

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Be brave, throw caution to the wind and submit

Jean's Writing

Or do you think short stories are dead?

I think there is still a place for them. Flipboard and StumbleUpon are going great guns and so are several other e-magazines. But where does a writer submit? Should we use the machine gun effect and scatter stories everywhere?

Hmm, that’s one way to get my stories out fast.

I’ll admit a couple of years ago I submitted a lot of articles and short stories. But this past year not so much. Only one or two, here and there. Why? Because I was busy publishing my books and life interrupted a few times.

However, I continued writing flash fiction and as a result, have a few stories I’d like to submit. So maybe it’s time to start the process again.

Now where to start?

  • Duotrope ($5.00 Mo.) To help you find the perfect match for your piece from thousands of current…

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7 Essential Skills You Need to Become a Writer

Nicholas C. Rossis

Tess Pajaron | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post by Tess Pajaron. With a background in business administration and management, Tess currently works at Open Colleges, Australia’s leading online educator. She likes to cover stories in careers and marketing.

7 Essential Skills You Need to Become a Writer

Being a writer is so much more than the ability to envision and draft out a story. So many people make the mistake of believing that it’s easy work. In reality, writers work just as hard as people with other hobbies or professions. Anyone can write something, but it takes a lot to be a great writer. If you need a little inspiration or you ever feel stuck, consider building on these skills.

Writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books1. Creativity

There isn’t much of a point to telling a story that’s already been told a thousand times before. You may have your own spin on it, but seasoned readers will…

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How To Find A Great Beta Reader You Can Trust

Rachel Poli

Finding beta readers isn’t as hard as you would think. They’re everywhere as long as you know the right places to look.

But before we go into where you should find your beta readers, let’s talk about the characteristics you would like your beta readers to have.

Because, of course, you want to have the right beta readers on your team, right?

How To Find Beta Readers You Can TrustYour beta reader should…

  • Be your targeted audience. For example, they should have an interest in the genre you write and be the appropriate age.
  • They aren’t afraid to say what they think. They shouldn’t be afraid to tell you the truth about what they think of your book. If you have a beta reader who has absolutely no problems with your book, chances are something’s not right.
  • They’re not close friends or family members of yours. People close to you will have a tendency to bend the…

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The Curse of the Backstory

A Writer's Path

by Josh Langston

Of all the story-writing sins committed by beginning writers, by far the worst consists of dumping a trailer-load of backstory on the unsuspecting reader. Fortunately, this error becomes clear almost immediately, at least to the reader.

As an editor, this practice not only makes me cringe, it makes me wonder if the writer has ever actually opened a novel and read it. And by novel, I mean one written by someone with an actual story to tell, who can differentiate between the stuff that interests readers, and the stuff that puts ’em to sleep.

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Write with confidence when you discover your strength

Jean's Writing

Identify what you’re good at and grow stronger.

That’s right. We stand a little taller and walk with confidence when we’re proud of something. So play to your strong stuff.It’s also important to think about our weaknesses.

Me, my biggest weakness is tenses. I mix up the present and past tense all the time. Can’t help it so I’ve learned to accept this as a flaw and seek out help from grammar experts. Oh spelling, I’m terrible at spelling. Thank God for spell check.

A strength, imagination. I have a vivid imagination. Some of the crap that pops in my mind would get me committed to a state institution if I shared it all. LOL

But another weakness I have is finishing the damn story.

I’ve dozens of story starts, but like a coon dog with a good nose, I run off every time the wind blows a scent my way. There…

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How to Write a Biography Your Readers Will Love

The Long and Short Stories of Life

Category for a bookstore or library. Bookshelves  "Biographies & Memoirs".

So you’re writing a biography. Why? Ohhh, because your subject is interesting. She was a pioneer at what she did and her story deserves to be told. Sorry, that doesn’t make her interesting to me? I hope your subject struggled to be who she was. I hope she battled herself and the disbelieving, disapproving world to reach her heights!

Is her story set in a time when it was daring to do what she did? Were her conflicts man against man, man against nature, man against himself? Yes, this holds true for biographies as well as it does for fiction.

I wrote a short piece of entertainment about my own grandmother Aspiring to the Possibilities and people enjoyed reading it, however I wouldn’t say it was compelling reading.

My grandmother was something of a local celebrity in the circles in which she traveled, but her city, and the world at large, hardly knew who Dorothy Johnson was. I’d…

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