Bite Size Writing Tips


Want to grab your reader’s attention right at the beginning of your story? Try shocking them:

I knew she was dead even though the dull eyes stared back at me, mocking me, tempting me to raise the knife once more.

This thrusts the reader right into the story and makes them want to read on.



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No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink

no-wasted-ink-writers-links-logoWelcome to the No Wasted Ink writers link day.  Each Monday I select ten articles about the craft of writing that I personal found to be interesting and educational and share them with you here.  This week I am featuring mainly writing tip articles.  I hope you like them as much as I did.

What Can Flash Fiction Do For Novel Writers?

Words Are Radical! (or, How to Cherish Language)

25 Ways To Avoid Writer’s Butt

Six Wordcraft Questions Writers Fight Over

How Do We Measure Commercial Success in Publishing?

How To Exercise & Strengthen Your Empathy

What Can a Linguist Learn From a Gravestone?


Characterization: Digging Deep By Personalization

Should You Trust Your Gut?

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A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: before the Modern Age

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may be excused if you have forgotten this post series by now, as the last installment was posted back in May. Then, life interfered with my good author friend’s, William R. Bartlett’s, best intentions, so this penultimate part is only published now. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. If you have missed the rest of this brilliant series on firearms, you can check it out here. As always, Bill includes some great tips on writing about older firearms and some common writing blunders. His next, final post will continue part 6 with Flintlock weapons. Enjoy and bookmark! 

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett

Part 6: Firearms before the Modern Age

Prologue by William R. Bartlett

Thank you for all your kind responses. This is the final part in my Writer’s Guide to Firearms series and here I’ll discuss weapons for those who…

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The Pros and Cons of Plotting

Uninspired Writers

Good morning writers, hope you’ve had a wonderful week.

My writing has been going well. I am on track with NaNoWriMo, and I think it’s because I plotted my story this time. It’s worked really well for me, although I know it’s not for everybody. That’s why I thought that this week I’d speak about the pros and cons of plotting your novel.


1. It helps you avoid writer’s block
Having a clear idea of where your story is heading can help you avoid writer’s block. Because when your ideas/inspiration starts faltering it can be really hard to get back into the swing of it. Plotting helps to keep you on track, and you’ll always have an idea of what to write next.
pexels-photo-2694482. It can help you to foreshadow
Plotting enables you to plant seeds of foreshadowing. When you outline your novel before you start writing you should…

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7 Surprising Perks of Recommending Books on BookBub

How To Ebook

7 Surprising Perks of Recommending Books on BookBubRecommending books is a fantastic way to engage with your followers on BookBub. Every time you recommend a book, your post will appear in your followers’ feeds on our website and could be included in their weekly email roundup of recommendations. Readers can like or comment on your recommendation, purchase the book, or save it to their wishlists.

What you may not know is that recommendations can also help you get exposure to readers outside of your existing audience and find new fans. Check out these seven ways you can get increased visibility for your author brand on by recommending books!

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Fox Island, revisited

Writers Envy

I come to Fox Island to meditate, to reflect as I gaze across the water. The hypnotic sound and motion of sea and wind, crashing wave and crying gull become a lyric in the song of the universe.
The earthly presence of the granite beneath me, the salt air and the pungent odor of decaying sea-wrack give way to the ethereality of thought and I wander among the swirling conversation of fifty-thousand years of human consciousness.

Distant, the cool wind whispers for attention as it lifts goosebumps along my arms. One moment I remark the lobster boat chugging past and the next I have crossed the threshold of the subconscious that is called lost-in-thought by some, daydreaming by others, out-to-lunch by the unimaginative. I am free of gravity and my mind, loosed from its temporal bonds, weightless.

Unguided, the primal inhabitant of my intellect steps out and journeys through the…

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Infographic: How Color Can Boost Your Book Sales

Nicholas C. Rossis

Design Advisor recently created an Infographic describing how the psychology of color can impact your website conversions. In simple words, how using the right color can help you sell your product.

Right away, it occurred to me that this would be a great share for anyone interested in finding out more about the ways colors can help with a book’s or author’s identity.

For example, within 90 seconds, a potential reader will have made up their mind whether they like your book or not. Up to an astounding 90% of that choice will be color-based! Which makes sense if you consider that almost 85% of people buy a product based on its color.

So, what exactly does each color convey and which emotions does it trigger in readers? Check out the Infographic below to find out!

Infographic color | Istomedia web database and multimedia design - σχεδίαση ιστοσελίδων, βάσεις δεδομένων, πολυμέσα

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