I posted the other day about how J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings broke the rules of writing–yet, eventually, became an icon, and justly so. But it shouldn’t have, all things being equal. By usual standards, Tolkien’s characters were cyphers. He broke his narrative in ways that obscured dramatic tension. And he got away with it. Spectacularly. The book is fantastic.
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Over the weekend, I explained how Amazon was using the payment terms in KDP Select to manipulate the supply of ebooks in Kindle Unlimited, and damned if they didn’t just do it again.
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I’ve been asked numerous times (less than 3) on how do I get in the mood to write comedy. Only on rare occasions (more than 390 times a year) do these answers haunt the back of my mind. This is not a winning formula or a how to episode, but more along the lines of ten things we must do in order to write comedy.
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Penguin Random House (PRH) and Amazon.co.uk are reported to be involved in a terms dispute, which may raise fears that Amazon will limit the availability of PRH titles.
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I watched The Hunger Games last night. I read the book before the movie came out, and I’ve seen the movie a few times. So I obviously knew what would happen. Still, a certain scene got me.
By that, I mean it made me weepy.
I’m not usually a weepy individual, so the moment surprised me. I think the root of it was I forgot this particular scene was in the movie (I don’t think it was in the book). I’d also had a couple glasses of wine. Bad memory + alcohol = the feels (that’s not one of the tips, but maybe write it down anyway).
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A few weeks ago, I was watching an “Andromeda” DVD, when I suddenly noticed that the episode that I was watching contained one of my favourite types of sci-fi storyline.
I am, of course, talking about sci-fi detective stories.
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Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes to nudge awake the sleeping muse.
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For the last three weeks, I was forced to write everyday in order to complete a presentation for an English symposium and to complete my creative writing portfolio for a public reading (each are requirements of my major and emphasis). The problem initially was my lack of enthusiasm. I have, in the past, written not based on routine or discipline, but because I like writing and I enjoy it immensely.
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