You've probably heard of beta testers before. These are real folks who test products, like new consumer products for marketing research. Similarly, beta readers “test read” a manuscript before publication. A beta reader’s purpose is to assume the role of an average reader. They’ll read a manuscript and provide actionable feedback. I've often mentioned beta readers in my social media posts. Beta readers typically read a manuscript during an early stage of the writing process.
In September of this year, friends gifted me with a vintage fountain pen and mechanical pencil set, which once belonged to their mother. What little they knew of the set’s history was that their mother purchased the set before starting nursing school. Other than that little bit of knowledge, they knew nothing else. I'm proud of the small collection of restored vintage fountain pens (Sheaffer, Parker, and other brands). My favorite are the original Esterbrooks. Since I’ve only
It’s that time of year when the temperature is cooler, trees turn from green to vivid colors, and holidays line up one by one. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year, there’s something in the air (most likely allergies). But there’s something else, something magical, maybe it’s anticipation, maybe it’s memories, maybe it’s just the shift in seasons. The time of year when afternoon shadows become longer, leaves crunch underfoot, and curling under a blanket provides ext
The holidays are just around the corner and you wrack your brain for that perfect gift for the writer (or yourself) in your life. Buying gifts for writers is a difficult feat, if not torturous. Here are twelve unique gift ideas from Etsy to keep your favorite writer from “killing you off” in their next novel. WRITER'S BLOCK Each block is hand milled from locally sourced Michigan Hard Maple and hand crafted with care. Custom engraved on all six sides and available in 5 sizes
For the younger generation who have grown up with computers, smartphones, iPads, etc, there was a time when there were no computers. Yes, I’m referring to the “dark ages” before email and texting. When we communicated by snail mail, phone (connected by wires to a wall outlet) and yes, we even spoke to one another in person (face-to-face)—can you believe that? Scary ain’t it? My first foray into computing was a Commodore 64. I waited outside in a long line at Service Merchandi
You may already be in one of my stories. I say this, not as a warning or to shock you. When I develop a story, I have a basic plot (and subplots) in mind. For any plot to take place there must be at least one character. I imagine someone I know, or maybe someone I’ve seen as an actor on TV or in a movie who might fit the role. From there I craft the character, taking characteristics from different people to produce a character profile. Usually, I start with someone I know in
Most writers have a daily goal to write a set number of words. Those goals can vary between writers. Here are examples of some famous writers daily word count goals. Ernest Hemingway: 500 Words
Stephen King: 2,000 Words
Jack London: 1,500 Words
Tom Wolfe: 135 Words
Mark Twain: 1,400-1,800 Words
W. Somerset Maugham: 1,000 Words
Anne Rice and Arthur Conan Doyle: 3,000 Words As you can see, famous authors have different word count goals. How are your daily word count goals worki
Writers are often considered quirky, eccentric, weird—you get the idea. No matter how deranged you may think writers are, famous writers had set routines they followed religiously. Can we prove or disprove their bizarre routines? After all, they were famous. There’s the old saying: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Maybe there’s something to these strange habits of famous writers. Isabel Allende began each of her novels on the exact same day: January 8. J.A. Jacobs author o
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This is probably the most asked question of writers. Without a story idea, the writer has nothing to write about. The only occurrence I can recall a writer wrote about nothing was The NeverEnding Story (Die Unendliche Geschichte) by Michael Ende. He wrote of The Nothing. Writers find inspiration in diverse ways. Some writers get ideas from something they see, a result of brainstorming, and some have found inspiration from reading other writer’s works and they sense the story
What is a story within a story? Wikipedia defines it is "a literary device sometimes referred to as a frame story or a frame tale or a frame narrative in which one character within a narrative narrates. The inner stories are told either simply to entertain or more usually to act as an example to the other characters. In either case, the story often has symbolic and psychological significance for the characters in the outer story. There is often some parallel between the two s
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Took the big plunge and moved my blog and web pages from Wordpress to Wix. Why? I have nothing against Wordpress, they are a huge blogging host and they’ve been around for a very long time. Previously I was hosted on Wordpress, and before that, I was with GoDaddy. Both had service options I liked, but neither had all the options I wanted in a web host. Was it too much to ask for: 1. a host which offers a clean design without all the sidebars found on Wordpress 2. web pages
You’ve plotted your historical fictional short story. You’ve performed the research to the minutest detail, so the story is historically correct. The words of your story unfold in your editor and suddenly your initial story and your research meld together to reveal your story isn’t fictional at all. Has your muse tricked you or are history (reality) and fiction (make-believe) related in some way? Mark Twain said, “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fictio
What happens when you have goals mapped out and you’re on track to completion; then, out of the blue, LIFE circumstances get in the way? Completing your goals comes to a screeching halt. You put your goals on the back burner so you can deal with whatever annoying crap LIFE has pitched at you. LIFE can be a real bummer. That’s what happened to me recently. I had my goals set to wrap up a manuscript by a specific date. Each step finely detailed, and I had carefully calculated t
Why do writers fall in love (or become infatuated) with one or more of his/her fictional characters? It’s an easy trap for a writer to fall into since the writer must fully understand his/her characters to write a story of substance. A writer literally goes inside the head of his/her characters to explore what makes them tick, what they feel, think, and so on and so forth. In my situation, one of my characters has taken on a near “human” form. Case in point: Shane Davison is