Monthly Archives: August 2013

Scene Starter #3


A man is seen on on a crowded expressway, texting with both hands … while riding his motorcycle. Sometimes your writing gets stuck. Let this scene starter be a little push to get things rolling so when you get to … Continue reading

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Something New to Do


I have to recommend that if you’re itching to do something new, try canoeing. I just did it for the first time today, and it was amazing. If you keep a calm pace, you can really admire a lot of … Continue reading

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Learn How to Publish a Book: FREE Download from Writer’s Digest


We’re doing a lot of publishing today, so it seems appropriate that I find out about Learn How to Publish a Book: FREE Download from Writer’s Digest | WritersDigest.com after I publish my first eBook. Their focus is on the “traditional” publishing … Continue reading

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A New Species in the Family Probovisassistidae (Cnidaria, Anthozoa), from the Eocene of the Uinta Basin, Utah


A description of the most primitive member of the cnidarian Order Bosassistia, which includes Eubosassist claymaytus. Continue reading

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How to Pick a Pen Name


A light-hearted approach to creating names for your characters that includes links to online name creation resources and suggestions for just winging it. Continue reading

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The Eight-Hour Self-publishing Challenge


Can you go from blank page to published book in eight hours? Can you? That’s the challenge raised by Joe Konrath in his blog post A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Guest Post by Tim Myers. The article starts with a guest … Continue reading

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Scene Starter #2


It’s 3am and a deer appears running through a University campus being chased by four guys in a pickup truck. On your mark, get set, write! Use this scene starter to cause your writing to leap out of the blocks, … Continue reading

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*Insert Name Here*


“Hey, it’s me. Again. Who am I? I’m your main character. You know, the one you haven’t given a name? Yeah, that’s me. Oh, yeah, and the antagonist is pretty pissed, too; and I think the minors are all creating … Continue reading

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Writing Tip: Your Novel Blueprint


I recently came across this wonderful outline for crafting long fiction, Your Novel Blueprint | WritersDigest.com. More than just an outline, it explains major pieces of a novel, and offers suggestions for building them. Two concepts stood out to me. The … Continue reading

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Writing Challenge: Vanity Plates


Let’s have fun with words! Take a favorite phrase and reduce it to a vanity license plate. Here in New York license plates are restricted to eight characters, upper case letters and numbers and spaces only. So what can you … Continue reading

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