Guest Article

A Mine of Different Characters

If anyone were to ransack my house right now, they would probably not even notice the small notebook beside my bed. They wouldn’t know that it is one of my most valuable possessions. I have kept this little book for what feels like forever; even though I was advised to start it only a few […]

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Memoir writing: editing your memoir

Part 4 in the series ‘ who wants to read about you’. By Linda J Pifer, author of Windows and Violet Hopes. So you’ve written it!  Congratulations, you’re already ahead of every person who’s ever thought of writing their memoirs but for one reason or another, never did.  You should at this time have exhausted […]

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Magna Carta … Now closed

The ink is dry the Seal is set. Copmpetition entries are being scrutinised Winner will be notified by June 12th. Announced publicly June 15th.   The Magna Carta paved the way for the emergence of the House of Commons and democracy as we know it today and became the foundation for the US Constitution. To celebrate […]

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Proof editing: typos and errors for independent publishing authors

Nina Soden, author of Blood Angel series. I originally published this article as a guest author at http://timothy-oullette.blogspot.com/ and http://www.timouellette.com on August 8, 2014, but I felt that the information was important enough that I wanted it in my blog feed as well. I hope you enjoy my take on Typos and Errors in Indie-Published Manuscripts. You can […]

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Memoir writing: it’s in the telling

Part 3 in the series ‘ who wants to read about you’. Linda J Pifer, author of Windows and Violet Hopes. You’ve done your preparation work with pictures and memorabilia; you’ve set up the outline and made some decisions on how you’d like to group the facts of your story. You are ready! Enter your […]

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Developing a voice: let your characters speak

“Come into my parlor,” said the spider to the fly. We don’t need to be told that the spider is both evil and persuasive. In your mind you already have those pictures. We can hear the oily sounds without being told that they are, indeed, as slick as Teflon. “Y’got that right, dude!” This character […]

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Memoir writing: lists and outline

Part 2 in the series ‘ who wants to read about you’. By Linda J Pifer, author of Windows and Violet Hopes. Get out your best organising skills – it’s time to keep track of all that minutiae! Last month’s article suggested you scan or catalogue and file your boxed-up pictures, letters and cards to begin making […]

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Memoir writing: starting the process

Part 1 in the series ‘ who wants to read about you’.  By Linda J Pifer, author of Windows and Violet Hopes. Depending upon how many years you’ve lived and how much you need to remember, your memoir book should number at least 100 to 200 pages. But be forewarned, unless you are a famous actor/actress […]

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Developing a voice: styling the author’s voice

As writers, no matter what we’re writing about, we need to develop our own style – that is our Author’s Voice. Your voice might be slow and in-depth, it might be fast-paced and generally quite light, or it might be dark and foreboding. Sometimes, it might even be mixed, depending on the nature of the […]

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