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  • Building Your Mailing List

    Posted May 21 by Liliom Press

    1 Comment 1 Like 183 Views

    Building Your Mailing List Building your mailing list can take more time, aggravation, tears, and patience than writing the actual book. Some people don't realize this, so it can come as an unexpected surprise. Peop Read More...

  • The Elusive Mailing List, and Why You Need One

    Posted Apr 11 by Liliom Press

    1 Comment 1 Like 214 Views

    For the most part, when people ask for your site, they'll be referring to your main author site or your Facebook page. The problem is that most sites don't give an opportunity for people to be reminded to come back. Fa Read More...

  • Best Laid Plans

    Posted Apr 11 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Comment 1 Like 381 Views

    Sometimes, despite our best effort, things go haywire. The best laid plans, and all. In the publishing world, this is even more so. While you may have your heart set on a publication date, there are a lot of things goi Read More...

  • Publishing a Children's Book

    Posted Apr 2 by Donna B

    3 Likes 147 Views

    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 Read More...

  • Beyond The Book Budget- Part 2

    Posted Feb 23 by Liliom Press

    1 Comment 1 Like 183 Views

    Part 1- http://literarysocial.com/blog/100/basic-book-budgeting/ As promised, we are back with the sequel! You have planned for your book to be published, and have your budget set for that. What comes next? What else Read More...

  • War

    Posted Feb 11 by Hydrawolf

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    The pen is mightier? Not anymore. Now all those mighty, choose hatred and war. Deception and death, mistrust and mistakes. Just one person is all that it takes. Accept one another, our faults and our flaws. And accept Read More...

  • Your Eyes Will Never Lie to Me

    Posted Feb 11 by Hydrawolf

    135 Views

    Look into my eyes, and peer into my soul There's just one price to pay, just one tiny toll Blue brown grey or green they're all a sight to see But look into the soul of man, to see who they really be See their soul, see Read More...

  • Bad Luck Charm

    Posted Feb 11 by Hydrawolf

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    "What is it now? Six months? Eight? Who knows anymore…" I sighed and lit up my last cigarette then threw the empty pack off the edge. I enjoyed it as though it'd be my last. Who knows, maybe it will be. I laid bac Read More...

  • Otto the Otter

    Posted Feb 11 by Hydrawolf

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    Nearby, in the ocean, lived an otter by the name of Otto. When Otto was a little baby, he was walking on the beach and spotted something sparkling in the distance. As he walked closer, he found it. A special rock just fo Read More...

  • (EoW2) Ledger of...

    Posted Feb 11 by Hydrawolf

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    I am surrounded. The darkness envelops every ounce of my being. I haven't the power to stop it from seeping in. I can only wait, and finally, as always, my waiting pays off. A bright light flashes inside me. It is a blin Read More...

  • (EOW) Publication of...

    Posted Feb 11 by Hydrawolf

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    Everyday, sometimes even more than once, a piece of me is torn away. Is it because I am too soft? If so I would harden myself in an instant to avoid such unpleasantness. Or was I simply made this way? Fate, perhaps? If t Read More...

  • Special Treat - The Drifter - Chapters One and Two

    Posted Feb 11 by Hydrawolf

    1 Like 96 Views

    Chapter One I darted through the alleyway, my long, dirty green jacket waving backwards at the two men chasing me, almost as if it was telling them to catch me. Just grab on to my hand and drag me down. I thought I'd ha Read More...

  • Survival Psych Story

    Posted Feb 11 by Hydrawolf

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    My heart beats in my chest louder than any other noise in the forgotten city. I almost want to stop, but can I? Can I stop? What if my family and I are the the last ones? What if we are humanity? It’s been months s Read More...

  • Separate (Six word challenge)

    Posted Feb 11 by Hydrawolf

    135 Views

    One way. She goes, I stay.

  • Word of the Day- Arboreal

    Posted Feb 9 by Mandi Konesni

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    She stood under the sunlight, the wind blowing her hair behind her. The area was calm, serene. Only the sound of the river to her left broke the spell being woven. Taking a hesitant step forward, she pressed her hand aga Read More...

  • Christmas...Revamped.

    Posted Feb 9 by Mandi Konesni

    4 Comments 127 Views

    I'm not sure how many here read Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series. However, for those that do... I currently roleplay Simi. Who readers will notice has a very distinctive way of speaking. Two years ago I decided to w Read More...

  • Prey

    Posted Feb 9 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Comment 149 Views

    Coming Oct 2017! Chapter One The last thing she remembered, she'd been walking. Hazy summer heat had left vapors rising from the cement on the walking trail. She recalled how she'd paused to share a bit of water from h Read More...

  • Risque Romance Vol 2- Consumed

    Posted Feb 9 by Mandi Konesni

    7 Comments 119 Views

    Coming in April 2017! ~Prologue~ As above, so below. Few understand the true meaning of the phrase, and even fewer can grasp the consequences of it. Deities are worshiped because they are made and formed of the mortal Read More...

  • Risque Romance Vol 2- Untamed

    Posted Feb 9 by Mandi Konesni

    6 Comments 123 Views

    Coming in April 2017! ~Chapter One~ Naomi stared at the small slide in front of her, her gaze becoming slightly unfocused the longer she looked. It couldn't be possible, there was just no physical way that what she was Read More...

  • Risque Romance Vol 1- Enthralled

    Posted Feb 9 by Mandi Konesni

    7 Comments 117 Views

    Buy here- https://www.amazon.com/Risque-Romance-Vol-Mandi-Konesni-ebook/dp/B01AAZZP3Q ~ Prologue ~ Dieri Voices rose on the wind as he scrambled up yet another incline. Blood seeped from hundreds of tiny cuts, but he Read More...

  • Maeling Taylor

    Posted Feb 9 by Mandi Konesni

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    (This was written for my niece, MaeLing, as a Christmas present. I designed and printed them books as keepsakes, with custom "disney" fairy avatars of themselves to illustrate the scenes.) In a hidden valley, located j Read More...

  • Aubree Marie

    Posted Feb 9 by Mandi Konesni

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    (This was written for my niece, Aubree, as a Christmas present. I designed and printed them books as keepsakes, with custom "disney" fairy avatars of themselves to illustrate the scenes.) In far away Pixie Hollow, a la Read More...

  • NanoWriMo 2016

    Posted October 29, 2016 by Mandi Konesni

    6 Comments 1 Like 135 Views

    The goal- 50,000 words in 30 days. To do this, you need 1,667 words a day. I'm going to try my best to see where I end up! :) Nov. 1- 2,000 Nov. 2- 2,000 Nov. 3- 8,000 Nov. 4- 4,407 Nov. 5- 3075 Nov. 6- 519 No Read More...

  • Beautiful Angels

    Posted September 7, 2016 by Shay Hobbs

    2 Comments 148 Views

    A short childrens story I wrote, it just needs artwork to accompany it. Any suggestions are welcome! Each line is 2 pages across.Long ago there were two little angels, they loved to laugh and romp about.Every day that th Read More...

  • Love Lorn - Work In Progress

    Posted September 7, 2016 by Shay Hobbs

    4 Comments 122 Views

    This is a story in progress. I'll be updating as I get more written, not entirely sure how long it will be in its entirety. Please critique, make suggestions, or just tell me how this story makes you feel and think. Than Read More...

  • Much Ado About Editing

    Posted August 11, 2016 by Liliom Press

    1 Comment 1 Like 113 Views

    No one is perfect. That's as true today as it has always been, and will always be. We all make mistakes, sometimes ones we look back on and think "What in the world happened there?" This is why editing is a necessary par Read More...

  • Review: Chiaroscuro:The Mouse and the Candle

    Posted August 3, 2016 by LS Admin

    2 Likes 94 Views

    For this review, we forayed into the world of vampires. Don't think that because this is a vampire book, and perhaps you never read those kinds of books that you need to just skip this review. You'll find you miss ou Read More...

  • In the Monster - A Horror Writer's Perspective

    Posted July 2, 2016 by Donna B

    1 Comment 2 Likes 89 Views

    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 Read More...

  • Reflections In the Glass

    Posted June 6, 2016 by Firefly

    1 Comment 135 Views

    This poem was created in the mid 90's to capture a sublime situation in the office. There was a glass window on my office door that when open against the wall to my right had a perfect line of site to the receptionists d Read More...

  • To Brag, or Not To Brag... That is the question.

    Posted May 21, 2016 by Liliom Press

    3 Likes 74 Views

    Many of us have a hard time writing or talking about ourselves. It's instinctive. Most people see any type of positive speaking on themselves as bragging, gloating, or the newest one, “humble-bragging”. A lot of us write Read More...

  • Formatting: Fonts and Spacing

    Posted March 29, 2016 by Liliom Press

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    At Liliom, most of our books are formatted to 6x9 size. We've delved into that here http://literarysocial.com/blog/97/pre-formatting/ which is worth a read to sort your full manuscript settings. Now while that blog descr Read More...

  • Progress Meters

    Posted March 20, 2016 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Like 116 Views

    I found a neat word tracking generator, where I can update my word counts in one place and have them automatically updated everywhere I've put that code. So here ya go, these are my official word counts and progress bars Read More...

  • Liliom Press Open Casting Call - Half Past Dread

    Posted March 9, 2016 by Liliom Press

    4 Comments 2 Likes 82 Views

    Back Blurb Shadows of a thousand years Rise again unseen. Voices whisper in the trees, Nothing is ever as it seems. Monsters exist, whether they be real or wholly in our minds. Some of us enjoy the fear of the unkno Read More...

  • Liliom Press

    Posted March 7, 2016 by Liliom Press

    2 Likes 141 Views

    Hello everyone! We here at Liliom have a huge announcement... we will be officially opening in August 2016. We're so very excited and looking forward to it. Right now, we need people like you! Are you a blogger, a read Read More...

  • Review - Risque Romance Vol 1 by Mandi Konesni

    Posted February 26, 2016 by LS Admin

    1 Comment 2 Likes 183 Views

    Today, we're delving into the Paranormal Romance realm. This is a genre that this reviewer doesn't read and so this is a first. My personal tastes run in the horror genre which is, under ordinary circumstances, a far cry Read More...

  • Basic Book Budgeting

    Posted February 22, 2016 by Liliom Press

    1 Comment 2 Likes 97 Views

    We're often asked how much it costs to get a book all the way through the process and to the book release. The thing is, this is entirely up to the author. There are tons of different things that can be done, and you hav Read More...

  • Teasers

    Posted February 17, 2016 by Liliom Press

    1 Comment 1 Like 120 Views

    Teasers help increase excitement for your books, and can earn you some pre-orders as well. However if you plan on running a Facebook party, or posting them anywhere, you need to be able to source your photos. Why is Read More...

  • Pre-Formatting

    Posted February 17, 2016 by Liliom Press

    2 Likes 110 Views

    When beginning to write, most people just open up their word processor and write. Once things get shifted around for the book format, it makes things fit strangely, leaving widowed or orphaned lines dangling and separate Read More...

  • The Art of Fictionalizing

    Posted February 14, 2016 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Comment 1 Like 107 Views

    When people read my work, a lot of times I get asked the same question. “How did you come up with this? How do you make it seem so real?” Well, that's because it is. Depending on what I'm writing, the item can be either Read More...

  • Losing Taurus Once More

    Posted January 30, 2016 by Hannah Jennette

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    A/N - Its shorter - sorry!January 2010Dear Diary,My hands held my phone, staring down at the message. I had waited for this for forever - well, more like six months and twenty days. I couldn't grasp this. He texted me. H Read More...

  • Losing Taurus Once More

    Posted January 30, 2016 by Hannah Jennette

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    A/N - Heyo! I just uploaded this quickly, Audio will come soon.January 2010Dear Diary,Life. Sucks. Seriously. Yesterday was my birthday, and Jaden didn't even call, no text, actually nothing. Nothing.I need to stop think Read More...

  • Losing Taurus Once More

    Posted January 30, 2016 by Hannah Jennette

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    A/N - Audio above again! A little chatting at the end, hope you enjoy. Subscribe to my youtube for extra things on my books - the link is in my bio! January 2010Dear Diary,Jaden hasn't been talking to me. He told me he l Read More...

  • Losing Taurus Once More

    Posted January 30, 2016 by Hannah Jennette

    1 Comment 100 Views

    I never expected to find my childhood friend again. I never expected that my life would turn upside down. I never expected I would find that, all of the lies I've been told, were weaved only into another web, and another Read More...

  • Losing Taurus Once More

    Posted January 30, 2016 by Hannah Jennette

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    Copyright © Hanah_7675 (Wattpad user) Supposably named Hannah Jennette 2016.All rights reserved.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any m Read More...

  • DBT (Double Blade Trilogy) Names

    Posted January 2, 2016 by Karlena Ryann

    2 Likes 101 Views

    -Human Names: Shayde Ashen Devdyn -Elf Names: Tulvir Vethus Kafet Elora -Dragon/Shifter Names: Venia Vorlianth Xalon Romani Rune -Orc/Monster Names: Askook -Bounty Hunter Names: Blight Cane -Enemy Names: Camriel Te Read More...

  • Name Ideas

    Posted January 2, 2016 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Like 161 Views

    Just storing name ideas for a trilogy I'm going to be working on after the next anthology :) Levi Jaedon Zayne Nico Arion Elijah Arizel Torrent Blayze Gavyn Rogue Hawke Slate Havoc Steele Pyro Mayhem Read More...

  • Announcing LiterarySocial's Lit Wit Writing Contest!

    Posted December 30, 2015 by Donna B

    4 Likes 79 Views

    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 terrifyi Read More...

  • ~Daylight In The Dark~

    Posted December 13, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

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    Looking up at the midnight sky, I pick out a star and move my soul to sit on a tip. The hard edge cuts into my butt as I watch below at the people moving about. The light of the star keeps me warm as I waste another nigh Read More...

  • Firefly

    Posted September 18, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

    1 Comment 146 Views

    I use to call my Mom a bumblebee because she was always buzzing around talking to people, sharing their stories with others. She was the town hall of our family. If you wanted to know an address, anniversary, or who stum Read More...

  • Critiques and Courtesy

    Posted September 3, 2015 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Comment 2 Likes 116 Views

    When you write for yourself and only share things with friends and family, you will notice that they don't offer many good critiques. This is understandable... they know you and don't want to crush your dream or say thin Read More...

  • Firefly

    Posted July 26, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

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    Firefly, firefly come sit by me. Share your tales of nights gone by. Shine your light into this dark night. Lighting on the arm of her chair, I speak my words only she can hear. Oh sweet lady, what adventures I have had. Read More...

  • Through It All

    Posted June 18, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

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    Through the beating of a heart,feel the thunder score. Through the silence of a mind, know that trumpets roar. Through the vision of the eyes,see the purple of a dying dawn. Through the noise upon the lips, taste the bit Read More...

  • A Muse by any Other Name

    Posted June 14, 2015 by Donna B

    1 Like 117 Views

    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 Read More...

  • I Don't Know Anymore.

    Posted June 5, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

    2 Comments 132 Views

    I don't know anymore.....You made promises you now can't keep.You made me laugh but now I weep.You kept me close but now push me away. You loved me well but now.... I don't know anymore. I made a promise I would gladly k Read More...

  • Beyond The Hill

    Posted May 25, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

    2 Comments 141 Views

    What lies beyond the hill we can only imagine. It is said that joy and happiness fills the homes. That love abounds in everyone you meet.That peace and comfort is the daily bread.No hunger, no pain, no anger or jealousy Read More...

  • I miss you

    Posted April 24, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

    4 Comments 131 Views

    My soul withers in the misery of winter. The long dark nights swim in my heart. The bitter cold has hardened the marrow of my bones.The bleak sky matches my blurry vision.How long before summer comes again?My body is col Read More...

  • Dream Of Me

    Posted April 17, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

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    In the dead of the night when you are alone fear not for I am here. See me not, but feel the vibrations of my heart stir the blanket upon your shoulder. As you dream of white clouds and blue skies, I whisper words into t Read More...

  • Poetry - Ballads

    Posted April 5, 2015 by LS Admin

    1 Like 129 Views

    Today, in honor of National Poetry Month, let's explore ballads. The ballad derives its name from medieval French dance songs or "ballares" (L: ballare, to dance), from which 'ballet' is also derived, as did the alternat Read More...

  • April is National Poetry Month

    Posted April 4, 2015 by LS Admin

    2 Likes 115 Views

    National Poetry Month takes place during the month of April. We are a little late in our post but we would like to encourage everyone to write some poems! If you don't like to write them, feel free to enjoy the works of Read More...

  • Familiar Stranger

    Posted April 3, 2015 by Deleted Member

    1 Comment 7 Views

    Tessa sat at a small table by the window. She had her tablet and her iced mocha in front of her, ready to finish her article. Her deadline was fast approaching and she wasn't even halfway done. After about an hour of wor Read More...

  • Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Posted March 30, 2015 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Comment 1 Like 107 Views

    There are so many books that really stick with you. So many that become a part of your life almost. Some examples for me would be... the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling that introduced me to world building as a craft i Read More...

  • Innocence by Dean Koontz

    Posted March 25, 2015 by Donna B

    1 Comment 1 Like 104 Views

    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 act Read More...

  • Happy Hour

    Posted March 23, 2015 by Deleted Member

    1 Comment 15 Views

    "Persuasion is my strong suit," said Anna. "I've got this." She sauntered over to the ridiculously hot guy with the dark eyes and tattoos. Jillian watched her best friend as she interacted with Hot Guy. She'd always been Read More...

  • Meet The Author- Mandi Konesni

    Posted March 22, 2015 by Mandi Konesni

    2 Likes 113 Views

    1- Name a book or series that you can re-read again and again. JK Rowling, Harry Potter series. She created this entire fantastic world, it's just so easy to get immersed in. I discover new things on each re-read. 2- Read More...

  • Meet the Author - Donna Arsenault Bryant

    Posted March 22, 2015 by Donna B

    1 Like 93 Views

    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 yo Read More...

  • Meet the Author, Agent, Illustrator, Editor, Reader, etc

    Posted March 22, 2015 by LS Admin

    1 Comment 2 Likes 91 Views

    We would like to encourage all of our members to post a blog about themselves. This is not a requirement, just a fun thing to do in order to introduce yourself to others here. Perhaps you'll find someone else with simila Read More...

  • Edwina C. Geach

    Posted March 20, 2015 by Donna B

    1 Like 104 Views

    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. Read More...

  • Word Count for Writing

    Posted February 21, 2015 by LS Admin

    4 Likes 113 Views

    What is proper word count for a Novel? Novella? Novelette? Short Story? Fiction? Sci-Fi? You get the gist of what we are working on here. What length should your work be in order to be published, purchased and enjoyed by Read More...

  • NIGHT SENSES

    Posted February 1, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

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    NIGHT SENSESCome my friends and take this journey with me....The winds blow across my brow, cooling my fevered need. I stare up at the stars, wondering if you are gazing upon the same ones. My hand reaches out to feel th Read More...

  • Night Love

    Posted January 23, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

    4 Comments 135 Views

    Deep breaths mingle in the night air.Hugging hands comfort the hearts.Laughter lights the twinkling stars.Blankets spread to bed a make. Night breezes tickle bared skin of two.Kisses blaze a smoldering trail.Love abounds Read More...

  • Using Today's Headlines in a Story - American Sniper

    Posted January 20, 2015 by LS Admin

    1 Comment 2 Likes 78 Views

    A good way to stir creativity is to look at what's stirring debates and discussions and then focus on that for a story, whether brief or as part of a novel. In most cases, what is circulating as most popular topics will Read More...

  • Light Bulbs or New Love. You decide.

    Posted January 17, 2015 by Linda Phoenix

    2 Comments 98 Views

    The old light is dark and heavy, breathing a foggy mist of disgust.Crackles of power weakly seep from its veins. Deep vibrations exalt its coming death. Fractures of cold splinter it's skin and sour its breath. The last Read More...

  • 20 Writing Prompts {FOR THE BORED WRITER}

    Posted January 13, 2015 by Amberjack Publishing

    3 Likes 104 Views

    We all have those days when inspiration is hard to find. What do you do when your mind hits such a roadblock but all you want to do is write? Try using one or all of these writing prompts and tips because you never know Read More...

  • Make Daily Writing Your Habit

    Posted January 13, 2015 by Amberjack Publishing

    1 Comment 4 Likes 118 Views

    We all have those habits we routinely perform on a daily basis – brushing our teeth, drinking coffee, watching the news, etc. So why hasn’t writing ever become a habit of our culture? Well here at Amberjack, we feel writ Read More...

  • 7 Ways to a More Creative Space

    Posted December 30, 2014 by Amberjack Publishing

    2 Likes 113 Views

    If you’ve come up against a creative block, these tips on building a creative space will help you find your inspiration again. 1. Comfort is Key When your body is comfortable and relaxed, your mind can roam fre Read More...

  • 5 Tips to Get Past that Rough Draft

    Posted December 22, 2014 by Amberjack Publishing

    4 Comments 3 Likes 112 Views

    Imagine: You have your manuscript ready to go, but you realize you still need to make edits. You’ve read through it over a million times, but you can’t come up with any new ways to make it better because your brain h Read More...

  • New Years, Semi-New Me.

    Posted December 18, 2014 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Comment 1 Like 114 Views

    The Anti-Resolutions for 2015. This way I know that I've already achieved and grown so much, and this list starts with positives, not negatives like so much in life. These are things that I had never thought I could do, Read More...

  • A Winters Eve

    Posted December 7, 2014 by Linda Phoenix

    1 Comment 120 Views

    Hello my friends. Please do come in and sit with me a spell. Have a cup of hot cocoa while I tell you a story. Once upon a winters eve a man and woman looked to the heavens for guidance and hope. For you see, their child Read More...

  • I Wait For You

    Posted November 25, 2014 by Linda Phoenix

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    The rain pours down upon my uplifted face. I feel the trickling drops seep between the buttons of my blouse. The cool wetness of each drop relieves the heated weight of my breasts.Taking a heaving breath the fragrant air Read More...

  • Warmth of Despair

    Posted November 25, 2014 by Linda Phoenix

    1 Comment 116 Views

    Here I lay with my heart flayed open.The beating pulses of my soul withering away.Tears can no longer flow from my eyes. I am no longer viable. The cries of my pain are not heard.The covers of despair are warm upon me.Nu Read More...

  • Classic Rewrite Fun

    Posted November 19, 2014 by Donna B

    2 Comments 1 Like 105 Views

    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 clas Read More...

  • Review, Lulu Press

    Posted November 8, 2014 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Comment 2 Likes 118 Views

    https://www.lulu.com/ I have published 3 books through Lulu. Two non-fiction, one fiction. To start with, you begin your account and then set up your first project. You give it a name, your author name, and pick wh Read More...

  • The Aurora Club

    Posted October 23, 2014 by Anna Eliasson

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    She paces through the hallway with 4 science books and her laptop on top of it. She looks angled down. Not entirely on the floor, but not on the crowd infront of her. Her view is angled at 45 degree from the floor. Cheer Read More...

  • RIP Seeking Dystopian Future Fiction Stories

    Posted October 23, 2014 by LS Admin

    1 Comment 97 Views

    Raven International Publishing (RIP) is seeking submissions for their 2014-2015 Winter Anthology: A Bleak New World. Requirements: Must be about a dystopian future 1500-4500 words in length You must hold the rig Read More...

  • Narrative - 30 Below Contest 2014

    Posted October 16, 2014 by LS Admin

    1 Comment 2 Likes 111 Views

    FIRST PRIZE: $1,500.00. ENTRY FEE: $22. DEADLINE: 11-15-2014. NARRATIVE magazine is inviting all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old, to send Read More...

  • I scream

    Posted October 13, 2014 by Linda Phoenix

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    I wrote this about a friend who is in a lot of pain. I saw these clouds today and thought of how the darker translucent clouds were like the pain being caused and the brighter pink clouds were those of the friends liftin Read More...

  • Fighting the Darkness

    Posted October 12, 2014 by Linda Phoenix

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    I recently took a step back from FB in order to focus on my book. RL work reared its ugly and hungry head and I was buried for several weeks. Now that work has eased I am back to writing. Unfortunately, none of itis rela Read More...

  • Free Book Promotions

    Posted October 11, 2014 by LS Admin

    2 Likes 116 Views

    We give free book promotions for our members via social media. How do you qualify? Just be an active member here and post a blog or excerpt from your published book. We will then help you promote it via social media such Read More...

  • The Path That Speaks.

    Posted October 11, 2014 by Linda Phoenix

    2 Comments 122 Views

    It's not the best I've written. And it's posted just as I wrote it. So no edits have been done. There are mistakes. Still hope you enjoy. Oh where will you take my old friend?What secrets do you hide around each bend?Wha Read More...

  • Harvest For the Soul

    Posted October 5, 2014 by Linda Phoenix

    2 Comments 107 Views

    Harvest For The SoulSpider webs rise and fall with the gentle breeze. Yellow dying leaves fight their swirling death to the moist ground. The hummingbirds no longer suckle from their nectar. The light of day slips under Read More...

  • Chapter 1

    Posted October 5, 2014 by G.Grace

    1 Comment 114 Views

    The Rune of my Destiny part 1Orion opened his eyes and rises from his slumber, just the same as he had for the last three thousand years, with determination. Awareness crept into his mind, and with a sudden blast of his Read More...

  • Blood, death and love (My first book)

    Posted October 5, 2014 by G.Grace

    5 Comments 127 Views

    Bio of my storyOrion:from the one of the royal clans. (name?) possible " Guardians of Rahne"He is from a planet similar to ours but their sun rays are different. The effects created changes in their chemistry makeup when Read More...

  • Autumn

    Posted September 22, 2014 by Linda Phoenix

    4 Comments 150 Views

    Someone posted a picture of Autumn leaves falling on the ground.I had to write about it. This is first draft. No edits. Feel free tocomment. It needs a smoother transition at the end. And this was written on my iPhone so Read More...

  • Intruder

    Posted September 20, 2014 by Katherina Sassy Minx Jackson

    113 Views

    After allowing her fangs, to sink into the younger Salvatore and falling back from the vervain, everything going according to plan so all including Klaus would think she had died in a church full of vampires. After she h Read More...

  • Writing Challenges

    Posted September 17, 2014 by Challenge Maker

    2 Comments 2 Likes 141 Views

    A new page/group has formed for writing challenges. I request that everyone that would like to please join, read the discussion, and write a little something based on the challenge! Each month there will be a new chall Read More...

  • Why Do I Write?

    Posted September 17, 2014 by Adrienne Lewis

    2 Comments 2 Likes 108 Views

    Why do I write...? That's a really good question and one that does not have a singular answer. As a child I never really felt the drive to write as some authors would probably say they have. I made up stories in my head Read More...

  • Nigel's Timeline

    Posted September 16, 2014 by Swtwtrgin

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    Mother died in childbirth - gave birth to a wolf Not realizing what he was doing, the child fed on her body to survive (in wolf form) wolf/child lived in the woods outside town and survived on scraps stolen from farms Read More...

  • Nigel

    Posted September 16, 2014 by Swtwtrgin

    121 Views

    Ok. SO….people have been asking why I am so self-destructive, do I have a death wish? No, I really enjoy being alive, actually. I enjoy being a smart-ass, too. But to truly explain why I seem to be so self-destructive to Read More...

  • The beginning of it all.....(Through Sami's eyes)

    Posted September 15, 2014 by Sami Musco

    2 Comments 86 Views

    *A little back story to this writing*: This is a short story about the Original Character Sami Maia Von DeathReaper. It takes place the events of the day Sami met Damon (who is now her husband) for the second time. For Read More...

  • The Caged Soul

    Posted September 15, 2014 by Seanna Marie

    113 Views

    The Caged Soulby, Seanna MarieLike a bird,Winged, yet grounded.Placed inside a gilded cage.She longs to fly.But to fly, she must first be free.Freedom, that ever elusive golden strand.Always dangling just out of reach.Ti Read More...

  • Mistake Number One To Avoid

    Posted September 10, 2014 by Donna B

    105 Views

    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. Read More...

  • The Book of Shadows

    Posted September 9, 2014 by Donna B

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    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 Read More...

  • Historical Tidbits- Romani

    Posted September 8, 2014 by Mandi Konesni

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    Random tidbits for my current work in progress that I wanted to save so I could refer back to them in one easy to find place. The Romani (also spelled Romany), or Roma, are an ethnicity of Indian origin, living mostly Read More...

  • Historical Tidbits- Kosice

    Posted September 8, 2014 by Mandi Konesni

    1 Comment 1 Like 95 Views

    Random tidbits for my current work in progress that I wanted to save so I could refer back to them in one easy to find place. Košice is the biggest city in eastern Slovakia and in 2013 was the European Capital of Cul Read More...

  • Historical Tidbits- Dacians

    Posted September 8, 2014 by Mandi Konesni

    104 Views

    Random tidbits for my current work in progress that I wanted to save so I could refer back to them in one easy to find place. The Dacians (/ˈdeɪʃənz/; Latin: Daci, Ancient Greek: Δάκοι,[2] Δάοι,[2] Δάκαι[3]) were an Read More...

  • Historical Tidbits- Scărișoara Cave

    Posted September 8, 2014 by Mandi Konesni

    84 Views

    Random tidbits for my current work in progress that I wanted to save so I could refer back to them in one easy to find place. Scărișoara Cave (Romanian: Peștera Scărișoara), is one of the biggest ice caves in the Apu Read More...

  • Historical Tidbits- Strigoi

    Posted September 8, 2014 by Mandi Konesni

    115 Views

    Random tidbits for my current work in progress that I wanted to save so I could refer back to them in one easy to find place. In Romanian mythology, strigoi (English: striga, poltergeist)[1] are the troubled souls of Read More...

  • Exploring Characters Exercise Answer

    Posted September 7, 2014 by Donna B

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    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 Read More...

  • The Books that We Read

    Posted September 4, 2014 by Donna B

    103 Views

    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 r Read More...

  • Writing Dialogue that Makes Your Characters Real

    Posted September 3, 2014 by LS Admin

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    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 ke Read More...

  • Exploring Setting

    Posted September 2, 2014 by Donna B

    109 Views

    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 Read More...

  • Exploring Plot

    Posted September 1, 2014 by LS Admin

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    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, Read More...

  • Time to Write?

    Posted April 14, 2014 by Donna B

    109 Views

    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 th Read More...

  • Using Gimp for Your Book Artwork

    Posted April 3, 2014 by LS Admin

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    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 f Read More...

  • LibreOffice

    Posted March 20, 2014 by LS Admin

    117 Views

    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 Read More...

  • Scrivener

    Posted March 14, 2014 by LS Admin

    134 Views

    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 befor Read More...

  • Open Office, a Great Alternative to MS Office

    Posted March 8, 2014 by LS Admin

    78 Views

    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 Read More...

  • Promoting Your Books in Blogs, Part 2

    Posted March 6, 2014 by LS Admin

    2 Likes 102 Views

    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 Read More...

  • Review - On Writing, a Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

    Posted March 5, 2014 by LS Admin

    1 Comment 1 Like 65 Views

    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 t Read More...

  • Promoting Your Books in Blogs

    Posted March 3, 2014 by Donna B

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    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 do Read More...

  • Undertow, My new memoir seeking publishing!

    Posted March 2, 2014 by Chad C. Rose

    1 Comment 77 Views

    My name is Chad Rose and I have been writing for most of my life including being immensely engrossed into my passion of poetry for all of my adult life. One of my most recent poems was published in the Foliate Oaks liter Read More...

  • (Evolution of Writing) Ledger of...

    Posted March 2, 2014 by Hydrawolf

    1 Comment 133 Views

    I am surrounded. The darkness envelops me. I haven't the power to stop it from seeping in. I can only wait, and finally, as always, my waiting pays off. A bright light flashes inside me, allowing me sight, however brief, Read More...

  • Bad Luck Charm

    Posted February 28, 2014 by Hydrawolf

    131 Views

    "What is it now? Six months? Eight? Who knows anymore…" I sighed and lit up my last cigarette then threw the empty pack off the edge. I enjoyed it as though it'd be my last. Who knows, maybe it will be. I laid back on my Read More...

  • Video Lectures and Video Book Readings

    Posted February 22, 2014 by LS Admin

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    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 sta Read More...

  • Your Eyes Will Never Lie to Me

    Posted February 15, 2014 by Hydrawolf

    121 Views

    Look into my eyes, and peer into my soulThere's just one price to pay, just one tiny tollBlue brown grey or green they're all a sight to seeBut look into the soul of man, to see who they really beSee their soul, see thei Read More...

  • Critiques

    Posted February 4, 2014 by LS Admin

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    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 Read More...

  • Book Promotions

    Posted February 2, 2014 by LS Admin

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    We do allow book promotions here. Please follow these guidelines when submitting a book promotion. You can submit to both places for more ranking in Google and other search engines but please make each submission differe Read More...

  • My Favorite Genre is Horror

    Posted February 1, 2014 by Donna B

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    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 firs Read More...

  • Exploring Characters - Part 2

    Posted January 30, 2014 by LS Admin

    106 Views

    We started with this exercise and now have some characters to choose from for this next exercise. Please use this article again and go to the section Emotional Triggers. Take at least one of your characters from the Read More...

  • Why I Write

    Posted January 29, 2014 by Donna B

    117 Views

    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 Read More...

  • Exploring Characters - Part 1

    Posted January 29, 2014 by LS Admin

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    Great characters that come to life for the reader are essential for the success of your book or short story. The reader needs to form some sort of bond with the character in order to want to read through to the end to se Read More...

  • What is Your Favorite Genre and Why?

    Posted January 28, 2014 by LS Admin

    97 Views

    Today we look at genres. Where does your writing fit? Is it Horror, Mystery, Erotica, etc? When you write, having a main genre of interest does help to focus your writing and establish you as an author of "x" genre. H Read More...

  • War

    Posted January 27, 2014 by Hydrawolf

    165 Views

    The pen is mightier?Not anymore.Now all those mighty,choose hatred and war.Deception and death,mistrust and mistakes.Just one personis all that it takes.Accept one another,our faults and our flaws.And accept ourselvesor Read More...

  • Why Do You Write?

    Posted January 27, 2014 by LS Admin

    107 Views

    Have you ever really thought about that question? At first glance, it sounds like a stupid question, easily answered with, "I write because I want to." Not quite the answer that provides us with the motivation behind the Read More...

  • Welcome to Literary Social

    Posted January 26, 2014 by LS Admin

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    First, we want to welcome you to our site and thank you for joining. We hope that you find it easy to use, pleasant to spend your time on and a great resource for writing help and advice as we get more members contributi Read More...