I'm waiting to upgrade to Windows10 for several reasons, not the least of which is my concern over software compatibility. Heck, I'm still getting used to Windows 8.1 after having to buy a new desktop PC after Old Reliable (with Windows 7) started flaking out on me.
Anyone out there brave enough to upgrade to Windows 10 at the jump? Did you have any problems with Scrivener?
Sue Grafton Discusses her “Shadow” (secret sharer, subconscious, imaginary companion, alternate personality) in Three other Interviews In my last post about an interview for her book Kinsey and Me (2013), Sue Grafton mentioned “Shadow” as being one of her “...
I have a long list of books that have inspired me as a writer, but there's only one that I turn to when I want to work harder. Many of the writing advice books out there are written in a friendly and encouraging tone. They want you to know that anyone can write a novel. You can do it in a month. It's super easy! Try it!
Not Stein on Writing.
Stein is a professional editor and teacher who worked with some of the giants in literature. This book isn't about how to become a writer. This book is about how to become a professional.
There are sections on perfecting your first paragraph, how to add suspense, how to create realistic dialogue, and how to find your secrets so you can write around them. Just about everything you'd want to know when writing a book is in here: how to create good characters, how to manage plot, how to engage a reader.
This is by no means an easy read. He uses many examples from classic literature, from his clients, and from his students. Each chapter could be a class in an MFA program, complete with challenges and assignments. Whenever I feel like I need practice, I sit down with this book and read another chapter. It usually hurts. It's like having a masterclass with the famous violinist Itzhak Perlman, when you've just learned "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on the violin.
If you really want to learn how to become a powerful writer, both of fiction and non-fiction, I highly recommend buying a copy of this book and reading it slowly, over and over, and practicing the advice. I'm not promising it will be a pleasant experience, but I do think it will be a fruitful one.
Link to Amazon: http://goo.gl/FwGVUC
#IndispensableWritingBooks is a series of posts that feature great writing books that and I (and others from the Writer's Discussion Group) tend to recommend over and over to new writers there. Check out the hashtag for other posts in this series.
You may be here for the wrong reasons. This is a really thorough discussion from about where the relationship between social media and search rank currently stands.
Bottom line for me:
"An active social presence combined with good network building can be a major contributor to growing a brand reputation, better customer service, developing trust and authority, as well as bringing traffic to your sites via the links you post."
There is reason to be on social media. And it could influence traffic on your website... But if you're in social media for the pure purpose of better ranking in search, then you're missing a much bigger picture. If you aren't in social media for the long haul... You're going to get very frustrated pretty fast with social media.
- Reba Kennedy, Writerwriter, lawyer, present
Reba Kennedy is a 5+ year professional writer who takes her 20 years experience as an AV-preeminent rated lawyer (complex business litigation and high-dollar personal injury matters) to write in the area of legal affairs and legally related SEO web content as well as lifestyle (voluntary simplicity) and career change. Reba also provides Social Media Consultation to clientele that include many nationally-recognized premier law firms with practices in a variety of specialty areas.
A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, she is a member of the prestigious Texas Bar Foundation and American Mensa. Reba was an Inductee into the 2011 Inaugural Edition of the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
In addition to her private law practice, Reba served as a Bexar County Commissioner in Eminent Domain Proceedings for several years. She also undertook the dual role of attorney/guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children in Bexar County CPS cases from 2006-2009.
Reba's work is routinely seen in a variety of national publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters, CNN.com, Computer Shopper, AnswerBag, Chefs.com, and AllGreen as well as regional publications across the country. In September 2010, Reba became a contributor to Scoop!, the official blog for JD Supra. Reba also coauthors the top-ranked blog "Terry Lenamon on the Death Penalty" with nationally known Florida death-qualified criminal defense attorney Terry Lenamon, Esq.
Her voluntary simplicity lifestyle blog, Everyday Simplicity, has been nationally syndicated since 2007. She is an expert in search engine optimization, and her work consistently achieves top Google rankings (top 1-5) in search results numbering in the millions with these results holding steady over a period of years.
Her book, Indigent Defense in America Today, coauthored with Terry Lenamon, Esq. is due out in Fall 2011.