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Walt Socha
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A great (and encouraging) talk...
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."
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A bit of head science. Quote:

"In contrast to our vast knowledge of how science and logical reasoning proceed, we know precious little in any formal sense about how to make good stories.

Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that story must construct two landscapes simultaneously. One is the landscape of action, where the constituents are the arguments of action: agent, intention or goal, situation, instrument, something corresponding to a “story grammar.” The other landscape is the landscape of consciousness: what those involved in the action know, think, or feel, or do not know, think, or feel."
“The great writer’s gift to a reader is to make him a better writer.”
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To me, the scientific method itself is amoral, and in the literary sense, devoid of meaning. Creation of feeling, thought, and belief are, as Popova said, beyond the realm of scientific analysis. However, take away logical proof and you get beliefs such as religion and sorcery. And, things without meaning include bad art or fundamental discoveries about nature (which society eventually instills with good or evil). Perhaps the two, meaning & science, do not have to be entirely reconciled, but they should be fully understood. Lots of food for thought in Popova's article.
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More stuff to think about...(but these tips don't appear to be time consuming). (Note: wasn't sure under what catagory to post!).
What happens when you become too focused on promoting your social media posts? You tend to gravitate to advertisements and sponsored content – maybe because you think paid tactics are useful when you’re out there seeming to attract eyeballs among intense competition. But the end result is budget burnout...
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A little help if you run into this problem.
As we all know, as an author, you work hard to get reviews. You spend hours contacting bloggers, social media followers, friends, even neighbors, asking them to review your book. You also know how …
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They have deleted several of my reviews
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A great collection from +Mike Allton...
The ten most popular articles on Blogging, Social Media and SEO published in 2015.
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Anyone need to write a space battle?
Joseph Shoer is a Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering, studying how modular spacecraft could be assembled, and hoping that they will be the telescopes and human exploration vehicles of the future, and not for crushing the dreams of Martian colonists.
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S. Jae-Jones's works for me (further elucidated in her article):
"Personally, for me, the Midpoint is the moment of greatest change; in fact, I would argue it is the top of the mountain of your story arc. Everything builds up to it, and then everything unravels from it. The Midpoint is what the beginning of your novel is working towards and what the ending of your novel is working from. Because of this, I actually think the Midpoint of your novel is where your story reveals itself."
A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about Inciting Incidents that seemed to be helpful for a lot of our readers at PubCrawl, and I’ve had a few requests to continue dissecting story beats.…
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A good review (and I always need a good review!) of the outlining process.
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Awesome thanks 
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At first, I just read this article for its own sake. Then I thought: maybe this kind of behavior can add authenticity to my characters (protagonists as well as antagonists) in any post-battle scene.

Too often, it's just "good guys" versus "bad guys" with no grey shading.

 What do you all think?
The pilot glanced outside his cockpit and froze. He blinked hard and looked again, hoping it was just a mirage. But his co-pilot stared at the same horrible vision. "My God, this is a nightmare
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Know for a fact this kind of morality has happened many times in the history of warfare. Good point and great idea +Walt Socha
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More useful info from +Jane Friedman...
This customizable checklist guides your self-publishing project to completion, to ensure you don't miss any important steps.
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Education
  • Wheeling College
    BS Physics
  • Portland State University
    MS Physics
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Tagline
Scribbler and recovering engineer.
Introduction
Background:

I write science fiction and alternative history. The latter requires a lot of research; a story can't be alternative if the starting point doesn't correspond to reality. Hence, I blog about life in the 11th century (my period from which to diverge).

The 11th century was a rough time. No real medicine. Violence and slavery were normal. The political state was minimal or non-existent.

Mission:

My mission is to provide a background for readers of alternative history. And also to provide the technical details necessary for other writers to explore this genre.

I have been fascinated by history for a couple of decades now. I am excited to share this fascination and look forward to connecting with history buffs (readers and writers) on Google + and on my blog at www.waltsocha.com
Bragging rights
Survived 64 trips around the sun (23 of which I shared with my wife, Gretha).
Work
Occupation
recovering engineer and scribbler
Skills
Writing fiction, jazz piano, annoying trout and burning up silicon wafers.
Employment
  • retired from day job
    ...where I spent 32.5 years as a lab guy testing silicon wafers and crashing servers.
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Portland
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Wheeling, WV - Mirogi, Kenya
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EarthSky
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Earth, Space, Human World, Tonight

A SEARCH FOR SHARPENING STONES AND NOVACULITE
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The grinding mill at Tescott, Kansas, ca. 1900, located on the Saline River. I tried for years to find the source of the millstones but was

6 Lessons Hemingway (& Others) Can Teach Us About Being a WriterWrit...
www.writersdigest.com

The lives and lifestyles of legendary writers can teach us all some crucial lessons about platform and self-branding today.

AAV
anotherangryvoice.blogspot.com

Another Angry Voice is a blog written by an increasingly angry (but hopefully not incoherent) Yorkshireman, covering a wide range of subject

What Louis Armstrong Really Thinks
www.newyorker.com

Publicly, Armstrong insisted on remaining a breezy entertainer. Fortunately, that image is now being deeply reëxamined.

Google Just Can't Stop Adding Robot -Makers
www.huffingtonpost.com

The rich get richer. And they also get more robots.