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  • Writing Dialogue that Makes Your Characters Real

    Today we are exploring dialogue. While researching for good advice to include, we came upon this Huffington Post article. For this exercise, we will use that article as a guide. From that article: [quote] Four key qualities of good dialogue are that it: 1) keeps the story or novel going; 2) ...
  • Exploring Plot

    The definition of Plot, from Wikipedia is: [quote] Plot is a literary term defined as the events that make up a story, particularly as they relate to one another in a pattern, in a sequence, through cause and effect, how the reader views the story, or simply by coincidence. One is generally inte...
  • Using Gimp for Your Book Artwork

    The free program for working with images, creating icons, etc called Gimp is similar to Photoshop and is what we've used for years to create various icons and things, resize images and make animated .gifs. We review free programs as not everyone can afford $300-400 programs to do what is needed f...
  • LibreOffice

    We accidentally stumbled upon LibreOffice when we were looking for good writing software. OpenOffice had been our choice of MS Office alternative for the past few years and so we were surprised to learn about this other program. It's been around for a few years so we should have noticed it earlier b...
  • Scrivener

    We had seen a lot of good reviews for Scrivener and so we decided to download the demo version and try it ourselves. This writing software has a great introductory tutorial and a full 30 day trial period to try before you buy. For anyone needing help organizing their writing research, character ...
  • Open Office, a Great Alternative to MS Office

    We use OpenOffice for all of our documents, spreadsheets, etc. as opposed to the rather expensive MS Office. This free program packs a lot in its goodie bag. We've not found anything we needed to do that we could not do with this program. It opens and saves in multiple formats, including pdf and...
  • Promoting Your Books in Blogs, Part 2

    You may have a Wordpress or other blog that you are using to promote your work. That's a great tool to use and blogs index well with Google, Bing and other search engines provided you post good content. If you don't have a blog started, it's a good idea to either start one there or start writing som...
  • Review - On Writing, a Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

    Stephen King has always been one of my favorite writers. As such, it was a given that one of the first books reviewed would be his On Writing, a Memoir of the Craft . The copy I just got was the anniversary edition. In the back are books he's read over that year or several years that he found worth ...
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  • Video Lectures and Video Book Readings

    We have added videos to our site. We felt that this would be a good addition for Literary Social so that our members will have additional resources for writing tips and samples. The lectures will be some that our staff and members find around the net and that feature published authors. We hope t...
  • Critiques

    Authors can ask for critiques of their work either in the comments of the article or we also or in this forum section if they don't want the critiques in the comments of their work. We did this both ways because some authors might want comments just for basic comments about the story and want mor...