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Jade Smith

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Hey! Guys I need a little help.

Do you guys know any online writers or Bloggers that write fiction and poetry that you really like?

They can be from anywhere on the web...Tumblr, instagram, Twitter, Wordpress, anything. Having a though time finding them.
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What do you find more appropriate for a love/drama novel/series?
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First person narrative
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Third person perspective
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Cynthia B Ainsworthe's profile photoJessica Roberts's profile photo
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Third person because I like to get all the characters' POVs.
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I've been reading the various comments from writers currently editing their WIP. It seems that I always end up adding as many as 10,000 words to the original draft. Am I the only one who adds rather than subtracts?
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Sam Albion's profile photoWriting a Great Book's profile photo
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Part of the fun of writing is knowing this is your world.  You are the creator. You can add. You can subtract. You can change your imaginary world to be anything you want it to be. Enjoy the journey. No one knows your world better than you.  Happy Writing
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I had this really messed up dream and now I'm writing a book about it.

THE BOOK:

A friend of this girl (Jack) writes this book and he wants the girl (Amy) to read it. As Amy or Jack reads through Amy falls into a new world. The world of the book. Every event that takes place in the book happens to her. It's like a dream that she can't escape from and it's more realistic than a dream. When the chapter ends she's back in her bedroom with her friend like nothing ever happened until the next chapter starts.

I'm still putting down ideas it's supposed to be a Thriller/Suspense kind of thing. The book I'm writing will be called 'The Book' by the way.

What do you think?
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Catherine Reynolds's profile photoTHE GRAMMAR NAZI's profile photo
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+Catherine Reynolds That's a really great suggestion, thank you.
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Recently, a fellow writer asked what Spotify playlists I'm using when writing. Actually, I have none. I realized I'm more focused when there's nothing else competing for my concentration. I find it hard enough to listen to the voices in my head (aka my characters) and to establish the right mood for the scene. I know that some fellow writers find it helpful. They listen to music to get into the mood for a scene. Some even watch a whole season of series from a similar genre, while they write. I can't. My focus is too fickle. I get sidetracked. So I turn off the TV and Spotify when I write. I just sit down, stare out of the window on a couple of trees, and write. When there is music, my output decreases, and when the TV is on, it decreases even more. My daily wordcount is at its best when I'm not distracted by anything.
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Great replies - great to hear what your routine is. For those interested, Sarah J Mass put her playlist on Spotify.
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Hello all. Just wanted to ask you all, when you're struggling to write, what keeps you going?
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Rafeal Henderson's profile photoCearnach Grimm's profile photo
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I have fixed hours. It happens that the time goes by and I get very little down. But I still show up for work every day, and days with little productiveness are always followed by days with more productiveness. Even if you have bad days, still sit at your desk and write.
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It's interesting that both a writer with multiple awards can't sustain herself from writing, and that people on Patreon are ready to give almost 5,000 bucks a month to support a writer.
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Louis Doggett's profile photoVanessa MacLellan's profile photo
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+Cearnach Grimm I couldn't get into Fifth Season at all, either, and quit reading it. Just too... abnormal... IDEK... but it didn't draw me in.
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Sean Gilley

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Does anyone know where I can go to get feedback on a query? I know about query shark, but it's difficult to get posted there.

I've gone through many versions of my query, and based on my newest rejection, I feel like it still isn't quite right. If there's someplace I can post, revise, and repost until it seems right, I'd love to know where it is.

Thanks.
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Vanessa MacLellan's profile photoSam Albion's profile photo
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+Sean Gilley 
go to evil editor: on blogger.  they give free and useful crit and pretty speedy, too 
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Our fledgling group allows writers to post links to their work of dense, self absorbed fiction without alot of rules. Just thought "some" of you might be interested... https://plus.google.com/communities/107607833705754953032
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DL Keur's profile photoSam Albion's profile photo
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I am dense and self-absorbed.  Maybe I should join!
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Speaking of writing

Still hope the contents are okay.


But Off and on- off mostly at the moment. I have been working on two novels for three plus years. I think I am over three-fourths finished with one and maybe half to 70% done with the other. Both need reworking though I added characters I need to introduce sooner, and certain scenes need something earlier too.

Anyway:
I managed to do some work on the ending of "Angel Kin", the one I am further along in. I am, oh so close, to the ending I have seen in my mind since I started this novel. I am thinking with added characters and scenes that need to be in earlier I might just start over again. On top of that I have learned more about writing since maybe three-fourths of the way through what I have written on it. It would be easier to just start again then to go back and revise and add and maybe change some things.
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Carla Moon's profile photoLouis Doggett's profile photo
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+DL Keur Thank you for that,
I appreciate the time it took and the advice.
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Don't get stuck in the journey to the perfect book.

Earn money!

And remember, if it is not fun, it won't get done.

<Grin and break a smile>
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Vicente L Ruiz
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Something weird has been happening to me these last days. I've observed a surge of followers in one of my #AmWriting  collections, specifically the one where I post my weekly exercise from here.

Now it's obvious that all those accounts following me are false, because they have no posts, or something similar. We've all seen some. Moreover, if they were real people interested in my writing, logic dictates that at least some would also follow my sister collection where I post my stories from Chuck Wendig's challenges.

My questions are: has this ever happened to you? It looks to me like a highly suspicious behaviour, but to what purpose? Do they really think I'm suddenly going to go nuts and follow back all of those evidently fake accounts?

I guess I just don't understand, and suspect foul play...
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Richard Kendrick's profile photoEvelyn Chartres's profile photo
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+frank key I always reasoned that these people would follow a small army so their friend numbers could rise. Likely as a way to get their accounts looking legitimate. 
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John Apel

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My writing space. My best writing is usually done either in the morning or at night. I always play music, but I play a big variety of genres. I also love to have a big cup of iced coffee when I work in the morning. Might be a placebo, but I think the caffeine might boost my creativity as well. 
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My space is way worse than yours, JB, and we even keep our finances on a separate computer to avoid nightmares. John, this is a look to which I aspire! All except for the coffee, that is. I never keep my coffee anywhere near the mouse, as I would tip it over in moments of writer's elation/despair.
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Amy Knepper
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Supporters vs. Fans
I was at a friend's EP release last night. She'd gathered over 100 people for her concert, and as I looked around the audience (all friends and family from her various circles, many of whom I also know), I realized that they were mostly there to support her, not because they were fans of her music or her style.

So I was thinking about that in terms of book sales. I feel like I have a pretty awesome network of supporters. People like me and will share about my books when it's time to promote new stuff. But I feel like I only have a few people I consider FANS.

I'd love to have people who, when asked about a topic related to my book, will say, "Hey, have you read this book? It really helped me." In fiction, it would be the person who replied to "What should I read this summer at the beach?" with "OMG, you MUST read this series I love."

What do you all think about this? Do you think supporters lead us to fans, or do you think there is a different way to cultivate fans? This idea just came to me last night, so I'd love to know your thoughts.
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Ryan Toxopeus's profile photoKathy Marker's profile photo
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I am new at this, but I have been trying to build connections and friends on LinkedIn, Twitter and even with Pinterest to add to my Facebook friends so that they can be a support to me and buy my book, and/or tell others about it. I'm trying to build interest in the book by mentioning it on Facebook, at Curves or family/friend gatherings, and by letting others know my progress with it (to be published this fall) on my author Facebook page until I finish getting my author website finished and published.

I have read 4 books of people I know, just to be nice and support them. Two of them I liked enough to buy their second books (and 1 of them a 3rd book), and became their fans. I have read the books several times of the one I like the best.The other 2 were not the type of books I usually read, so I don't think I will buy the next one. Those 2 books sit on my shelf, in case anyone asks me about them, but I don't recommend or promote them as I did for the 1st 2 authors.
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I can just see some jerk using this to write their next book and then claiming they wrote it all by hand.
Free online tool to create a vector font from your own handwriting.
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Gary McGath's profile photoBrittany Constable's profile photo
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What would someone get by claiming to have written a book by hand? I guess that might technically be bragging rights, but I can't see how anyone would actually care.

I imagine this is primarily of use to comic letterers and the like.
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I always hated grammar lessons (learning names for parts of speech) in school, but this is sort of cool.

(Note: You can click the links on the left panel to see other uses such as checking on your "politeness tone".)
Improve your writing.
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Watch out fellow-writers. Robots are now coming for our lunch money. Better up your game or it's over (and here I thought at least our profession was safe).
 
> Benjamin is an LSTM recurrent neural network, a type of AI that is often used for text recognition. To train Benjamin, Goodwin fed the AI with a corpus of dozens of sci-fi screenplays he found online—mostly movies from the 1980s and 90s. Benjamin dissected them down to the letter, learning to predict which letters tended to follow each other and from there which words and phrases tended to occur together. The advantage of an LSTM algorithm over a Markov chain is that it can sample much longer strings of letters, so it's better at predicting whole paragraphs rather than just a few words. It's also good at generating original sentences rather than cutting and pasting sentences together from its corpus. Over time, Benjamin learned to imitate the structure of a screenplay, producing stage directions and well-formatted character lines. The only thing the AI couldn't learn were proper names, because they aren't used like other words and are very unpredictable. So Goodwin changed all character names in Benjamin's screenplay corpus to single letters. That's why the characters in Sunspring are named H, H2, and C. In fact, the original screenplay had two separate characters named H, which confused the humans so much that Sharp dubbed one of them H2 just for clarity.

More: http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2016/06/an-ai-wrote-this-movie-and-its-strangely-moving/
via +Peter Asaro

// I love this so much. 
For Sunspring</i>'s exclusive debut on Ars, we talked to the filmmakers about collaborating with an AI.
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Gary McGath's profile photoRalph Lavelle's profile photoLaura Walton Allen's profile photo
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An algorithm also allows the creators to exculpate themselves. Facebook and Google are masters of disingenuity, always saying that such and such a biased outcome is just the result of an algorithm, as if it didn't do exactly what they specified it to do, no matter how opaque the codebase.
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frank key

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An amazing story I just learned about.

Just write. What you see. What you feel. What you think. Just write. 
For 35 years, an old homeless man spent his days writing beautiful poems and short stories, unseen by the world around him. "The Conditioned" is a critically acclaimed documentary that follows the remarkable journey of this 77-year-old Brazilian poet and philosopher. Day after day, Raimundo Arruda S
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This is a rant wherein I share my frustrations about publishing with a sympathetic audience.

So I published my 6th novel a few days ago. I'm proud of it. It's probably my best to date. I did a bunch of the reasonable things: 'soft' launch over a few days, email to my newsletter subscribers, signal boosts of features about it on the net, giveaways, etc.

And I suspect it will sell a few hundred copies in its release month and sink quickly.

I am happy that books from my backlist sell every day. There is definitely an advantage to having more books in the marketplace and I earn about 4-5k a year from those sales. Which is nothing to sneeze at, but isn't anywhere near a living.

I'd probably even be satisfied with where I am if I hadn't have had one fluke of a launch for my 3rd book.

And the thing of it is, I didn't do anything significantly different for the next 3 launches which where underwhelming.

I'm frustrated and I know I'm whining. Which is not who I want to be.

Just recognizing that this is hard work and no one has magic answers.

Drinks are on me, fellow wordsmiths. 
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I have thought about that, +Eduardo Suastegui. So much changes for that character by the end of the book, including the tech he has access to, that I can't imagine him just having another case after all he's been through. It would have to be a continuation of the fight against big government, and my heart just isn't in it. I could, however, see my way to turning my YA post-apocalypse into a series. I've been toying with starting another series from scratch. We'll see.
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