What is the best word for restaurant?

Jean's Writing

Do you use the best word to describe an eatery?

Like everything else in the world, one word doesn’t fit every location. And that includes where your characters choose to have a meal. I mean how many times can you write “they went to a restaurant?”

If you’ve followed my blog very long, you know I love lists.

I make lists for everything. Grocery lists, to-do lists, bills due, birthday lists, belated birthday lists, and then there are my writing lists. Like special words lists, descriptive words, adjectives, character lists, names to consider, see I love lists.

The problem is I often forget a list. Like arriving at the grocery store and leaving my must-have list on the fridge.

The good thing about writing is so many of errors can be fixed or changed during rewrite and edits. Thank God for rewrites! Or not. Wish I were a great writer that could spew prose like a whale…

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…scoff not at the honest endeavours of others…

Seumas Gallacher

…to every man, woman, and child who ever picked up a pen or pencil, tapped at a typewriter, clicked at a keyboard, in an effort to WRITESUM’THING out of their own imagination, I salute yeez… each and every one of yeez… heroes and heroines all… lately, I saw a Facebook exchange about what constitutes a ‘good’ writer, a ‘successful’writer, a writer ‘of note’, which discussion also included some gratuitously offensive commentary on certain scribblers whose material didn’t ‘meet the expectations’ of some readers… I call those sniper ‘critics’ cringeworthy carpers, pedantic peddlers, humbugging hussies… I wonder how many of those, so quick to relegate so readily to the dustbin the literary effort of others, have ever written a book themselves?… I recall the time this ol’ Scots Jurassic completed my first novel… my maiden sortie into the universe of the wordsmith, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY… it was…

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23 Places To Promote Your Blog Posts

Rachel Poli

What do you do when you’ve published your blog post? You have to spread the word about it!

Your blog posts can reach so many people outside of your followers circle, outside of the WordPress circle. You just need to know the right places to promote to. It doesn’t have to be every single place listed below, but you want to make sure you spread the word well enough.

Also, don’t forget to return the favor when others share your post. Share other posts as well. Spread the love.

23 Places to Promote Blog Posts | Blogging | RachelPoli.com

23 Places To Promote Your Blog Posts

  • Email your subscribers on your newsletter
  • Twitter
  • Your Facebook page
  • Facebook groups that allow post promotion
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr
  • Your LinkedIn
  • Relevant LinkedIn groups
  • Pinterest
  • Pinterest group boards
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Quora
  • Goodreads
  • YouTube
  • Do a round up post for your blog
  • Link in your email signature
  • Join link ups or link parties on other…

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7 Tips to Writing Monstrous Heroes

Legends of Windemere

Inigo Montoya

I’ve talked about how difficult it is to have a monstrous hero without going too far to one side.  With any luck, I’ve struck the right balance in War of Nytefall, but only time will tell there.  So, what are some things to consider?

  1. Never be afraid to have your monster act like a monster to some extent.  I don’t mean go on a rampage, but have moments of being cruel or scaring people.  Remember the nature of the beast that you’re working with.  This is a crucial part of their powers and personality even if they’re fighting against it.  It can also keep the reader wondering if the hero will go back to his or her darker origins.
  2. Whether you use it or not, world-building of the monster’s history and social standing can help establish the protagonist’s limits in terms of heroism.  It also helps the…

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How YOU can invest in Authors and Books …

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

WITHOUT spending any money!

I know, I know … finding the money to support authors by buying their books is not always easy. I have a hard time in that department myself.

However, there are many ways that Readers can help Authors of books they’ve already read and enjoyed. These ideas are every bit as valuable to Authors as actual sales can be – and they will cost you absolutely nothing to do. They just require an investment of your TIME, and your ENTHUSIASM to make things happen. Never underestimate what a READER of books can accomplish when they choose to champion a particular book or an Author.

So, here you go! 10 ways you can invest in Authors and Books without spending any money …

1. Borrow and read books from the library. Rate those books on the library’s system. Request that the library purchase other books by…

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A Starter’s Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To “Establish A Social Media Presence” Part 1/3(??)

Morgan S Hazelwood

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Part 1: Becoming A Good Internet Citizen – As A Writer

If you want to be a writer, the ubiquitous “they” tell you that you need to “Establish a Social Media Presence”, but so much of the advice out there is aimed at Non-fiction writers.

Non-fiction writers sell books based on establishing their expertise in a particular area.

Fiction writers? We sell books based on the story, the writing, and word-of-mouth.

So how do we make social media work for us?

Morgan’s Approach To Social Media

Once upon a time, I finished drafting my first novel, editing it, and sending it off to beta-readers. While I awaited their feedback, I started researching “the next step”, and everywhere I looked said I needed an author page. At the bare minimum, I should have a website landing strip to get my name out there.

Morgan Gets…

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A Starter’s Guide For Fiction Writers Trying To “Establish A Social Media Presence” Part 3

Morgan S Hazelwood

Part 1      Part 2

Part 3: Short-Form Social Media and Hashtags

Two weeks ago, I shared my descent into social media and my guiding philosophies for interacting with others on the internet. Last week, I discussed the generals about creating a website and starting your own blog.

Now? Let’s talk about the rest of the social mediums.

ALL OF THEM. Or maybe I’ll hit 2000 words before I’ve finished with Facebook, and Twitter, and Hashtags, oh my!… Looks like there’s gonna be a Part 4 after all.



The granddaddy of all social media these days. With ‘friends’, ‘followers’, and everything in between.

What is Facebook

In case you’ve been living under a rock: For Facebook, you sign up, and your “profile page” shows all your “posts”– anything you want to share from 1 liners to links, to long-form notes. You ‘friend’ people and they friend you…

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