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  • Publishing a Children's Book

    This will be for things I've found when publishing my children's book. I'm using Amazon's CreateSpace. I've been told it's cheaper and the quality is good. From what I see of my own proof copy, the quality is the same as other children's books so it's a good choice for me. Images come out much da...
  • Ethereal Light

    Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me
  • Tempest

    She stood alone as the tempest swirled around her. Wind and waves whipped against the bow, relentless. Angry seas, in ebony, stretched out it seemed forever as pleas for help were swallowed in the tempest. Merciless rain, icy spears, strike unprotected skin. The tempest wails echo Yet hope ...
  • In the Monster - A Horror Writer's Perspective

    As a non-violent person, it's sort of funny that I gravitate towards horror stories, movies and writing. I just like to go where the dark things are and explore that realm to see what I can bring into the light, and see what other writers have created. It's just so interesting to go places and see ...
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  • Announcing LiterarySocial's Lit Wit Writing Contest!

    Have you ever wanted to stretch the boundaries of your writing, to join one of the many writing contests around? You're not alone, but the biggest and most well known requires a level of commitment that can be terrifying. Being a writer is an amazing thing, but it does take sitting down and actual...
  • A Muse by any Other Name

    Yeah, ok, play on words. Maybe you're groaning, screaming at the monitor "How could she!!". I could because it's before 6am and at only 1/4 cup of my hazelnut coffee so it sounded like a good title to me. :P I've been musing about muses. I've heard people talk about them like they are real beings...
  • Innocence by Dean Koontz

    I received Dean Koontz's Innocence as a gift and loved it! I almost couldn't put it down. This was so well written that it played out beautifully in my mind. The scenes were painted in my mind as real as though I was actually there. The characters were alive. From the very start, I was there with th...
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  • Meet the Author - Donna Arsenault Bryant

    Name a book or series that you can re-read again and again. --Stephen King's The Stand Name an author whose book you could never NOT buy. --Stephen King for one. What was the first book or author that made you want to write? --Edgar Allan Poe and the poem The Raven was what did it for...
  • Edwina C. Geach

    I was looking for some lesser known authors to share and the first one I find interesting is Edwina C. Geach (b. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1870; d. New South Wales, 25 December 1905). How sad she died on Christmas. Of note, and equally sadder still is this quote from the linked blogspot: [q...
  • Classic Rewrite Fun

    I was thinking of something fun to do and thought people might enjoy a rewrite of a classic. So, anyone that might want to participate, just hop on over to the Poems section and put your own spin on this popular classic. Rewrite it however you want, including changing it from Christmas to someth...
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  • Mistake Number One To Avoid

    I've had a novel in the works for a few years. Had it up to I believe about 60,000 words. Since I've not published a novel, I decided about a year ago to enter it in a contest but I had to shorten it to 40,000 words. I edited it, taking out a lot of descriptive words, honing down the characters,...
  • The Book of Shadows

    I have this on CD for anyone needing research from it, if writing stuff about magic, Wicca, etc. I had purchased it on CD, with other magic references when researching for my The Key novel that is still being edited and revised for hopeful publication. Here is a reference to what this is, in case...
  • Exploring Characters Exercise Answer

    For this exercise, http://literarysocial.com/blog/5/exploring-characters-part-1/ . This is a character sketch so to speak. 1. Norma Jean was short in stature, but as feisty as they come. Her blond hair, blue eyes and ample bosom got her attention from a young age. She loved the attention from men...
  • The Books that We Read

    I've read a fair amount of books over time. Found some really great ones and also some that were pure torture to get through. Some I didn't even finish due to a total lack of connection to the characters or story. I recall the first time I read Edgar Allan Poe's, The Raven. It was in Middle Schoo...
  • Exploring Setting

    From Writer's Digest are some good tips about writing your settings for your stories. These tips from author David Morrell should help you write more realistic settings for your readers. In line with that article, let's do an exercise regarding settings. Let's look at what he says here: [quote...
  • Time to Write?

    So I've done it again. Lost my time for writing to other things that seem to come up. My novella that is done with the second edit now needs a final edit before I send it to publishers. It sits, waiting. I keep saying that I'll put other things aside tomorrow and start on the final edit but then thi...
  • Promoting Your Books in Blogs

    It's great that you can and want to promote your books here but a few tips to help you get better promotions. When you make a blog or forum thread for a promotion, please put a synopsis of the book or work you have done so the blog is picked up by Google as their bots reject any that don't have a...
  • My Favorite Genre is Horror

    In regards to http://literarysocial.com/blog/4/what-is-your-favorite-genre-and-why/ this exercise. I gravitate toward horror when I write and when I pick books to read. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe was one of the first things I read that I can consider horror, somewhat. It's such a dark, spooky t...
  • Why I Write

    Regarding this exercise. To be honest I've never really looked at my "why" for writing. I've read other author's answers to the question but never applied it to myself. I discovered a passion for writing back in high school when I would write poems to express myself as I was so shy and writing l...