Waiting for Writing Success? Here’s Some Encouragement!

The Long and Short Stories of Life

Results, Now! is a book by education writer, Mike Schmoker. The title was intended to motivate and encourage educators of diverse learners. The title, however, is applicableto my subject today because Results, Now!is how so many of us feel about our blogs and our books.

We’ve put in a lot of work and we want results, now! Aren’t hours and hours of input supposed to yieldgood results? We’ve been good. We’ve followed the rules. Now, where are the fans, the followers, and the reviews?

I know that most of you blog and create because it’s second nature to you, so be confident that you’re not wasting your time. In fact, I’ve come to offer encouragement while you’re waiting for success.

First, developing your craft will be time well spent. You’ll be honing your skills in a field that is overrun with figurative mountains of bad writing that is overflowing…

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The Goal is to Have Motivated Characters

A Writer's Path

by S. E. White

Everyone has heard of the Plotters vs. Pantsers camps for authors. Plotters take their story and attack it with outlines, guidelines, plotlines, and beat sheets. Pansters take it in a more relaxed way, writing as the story flows with plenty of detours as needed.

Most writers take elements from each side and fall somewhere on a spectrum that mixes Plotting with some Pantsing and a healthy dose of common sense to get their story written. In my quest as a new author to find my place on the spectrum I enrolled in an online writing class and ran head-first into a GMC table that the instructor recommended.

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Emotional Beats: Fights

Nicholas C. Rossis

Back in September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog. So, here is the next installment, continuing Part 3 of the book: Other Beats. This one deals with:

Fights

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Fights. The staple in many a genre. Where would be without them? Here are a few words that may prove useful when describing a fight:

  • He crushed his opponent.
  • He crashed against the floor.
  • She hurled the stone at him.
  • He pinned her to the ground.
  • He pummeled the shield.
  • She splintered the wood.
  • She plunged at him.
  • She swerved his sword.
  • He catapulted at her.
  • He wrenched the knife from her hand.
  • He was already hurtling toward them.
  • He lunged at her, wielding a huge axe.
  • He swung his axe.
  • He flung his axe at her.
  • He dashed /…

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Amazon Is Changing Its KDP Reports Tool

Nicholas C. Rossis

Some of you will have noticed KDP’s switch to a new interface:

KDP Report | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

The new dashboard offers several advantages over the old one. The tabbed browsing allows you to access historical data. It also breaks down royalties and sales by marketplace, author, title, and format.

The Real Change

Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: dailyfinance.com

The real change, however, lies behind the scenes — and it’s not a good one: Amazon has now integrated script-blocking on the Reports page. I recently advocated using the free Book Report bookmarklet to make sense of Amazon’s insufficient data. Well, Book Report (and any similar tool, like John Logsdon’s ReaderLinks, currently in its beta stage) will no longer work on the Report page.

BookReport is currently getting around this by making a new version of their tool that works from you starting from the KDP Bookshelf page. This is a quick hack, but Liam is presumably working on…

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Four Lessons I Learned From Giving My Novel Away

A Writer's Path

by J.U. Scribe

My free book promotion for Before the Legend is officially over as of this week. What was supposed to be a “Free Promo Week” turned more into a month long promo filled with free print giveaways, author interviews, guest spotlights, and of course free eBooks! It was encouraging seeing a significant jump in readers adding my books to their virtual shelves in Goodreads, to new reviews being added on Goodreads and Amazon.

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