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How to Write After Facing Rejection from a Publishing Company
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How to Write After Facing Rejection from a Publishing Company

Writers can face many rejections through their careers, such as rejection from a publishing company, a book not selling as well as an author thought it would, or even disapproval from friends and family. Sometimes writers may get discouraged from these rejections, but none of these should stir that writer away from writing what they have to write. It's fine to get discouraged, but perseverance is key. But how does a writer do that when they're told by a publishing company, "We just didn't connect with the material?" Let me break that down for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2rR5RuJEPc J.K. Rowling is by...
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Exploring the Types of Fiction
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Exploring the Types of Fiction

When writing any type of fiction, there are no boundaries as to where you are allowed to go with your story. There are rules, but some of us don’t follow according to plan. For those who write fiction, we tend to follow an unwritten rule which makes us ask ourselves, “Can this really happen?” Sometimes it can and sometimes it can’t. Today, I want to touch on using what’s possible and what’s not possible (how to make this work) in the world of writing. In most fiction stories, we use the genre “realistic fiction” which means we follow a template that includes...
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How to Get Comfortable Writing in an Uncomfortable Place
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How to Get Comfortable Writing in an Uncomfortable Place

You have only a short time to write. You're far from home so you can't go to your usual Starbucks. And unfortunately, you have to write today, because the rest of your week is taken up by family plans, work-related things, and a doctors appointment. There's a coffee shop around the corner that you've never been to before. You feel a flash of anxiety at the thought of writing in a new place. How do you calm yourself down to write when, by the time you get settled in, it will be time to go? Something I've learned in the...
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How to Write When You Have Anxiety
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How to Write When You Have Anxiety

What happens if you offend your boss or your company? How about if you offend your significant other, your family, or your friends in your writing? What if there was a backlash involved? You may start to develop anxiety and have a grave fear over your next post. You may wonder if you are going to write again because of that fear, especially if that blog post is on Twitter or Facebook. In drastic instances, you may even end up getting fired. Many famous people lost their celebrity endorsements because they said the wrong thing or went hysterical and offended someone. But then...
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Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’: More Of The Same Meh
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Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’: More Of The Same Meh

With a fresh viewing of Zack Snyder's film in mind, the overall impression is that it is better than the original. A little bit better, not enough to make any lasting impression. By the time someone does another cut of this film, it will be all new to me again. Source: Warner Bros My memories of the first cut of Justice League were bits and pieces of fighting and Wonder Woman. She is still the highlight of both films. Her presence prevented the ho-hum stuff between the opening and closing credits from getting to me. THE GOOD STUFF There's a...
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Writing When You Can’t Go To Your Favorite Place Anymore
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Writing When You Can’t Go To Your Favorite Place Anymore

You have been going to your local coffee shop like Starbucks to write. Or maybe you enjoy writing at local library. Then all of a sudden the Coronavirus hits. You are thrusted into writing in an environment you don’t want to write in. You have to write at home, which isn't always good, especially when aggravation rises from being cooped up with your family. When you are in lockdown and can’t go to where you want to go, it sucks. Then things started opening up and you could write outside, but that leads to swatting at flies, dodging bees, or...
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Your Character Wasn’t Born On Page One
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Your Character Wasn’t Born On Page One

A character, let's call him Roger, is accused of committing a murder he didn't do. Roger goes on the run, dodging the police at every turn. A chance meeting with a mysterious blond leads to a confrontation with a nest of terrorists. All is remedied by the end as we learn that Roger has the information the police need to thwart the terrorists. Roger drives off with his new love, the no-longer-mysterious blond. That's all well and good, and you may have a great story on your hands. But what did Roger do yesterday? Last week? One year ago? Can...
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6 Tips to Break Through Writer’s Block
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6 Tips to Break Through Writer’s Block

There are very few things as debilitating to a writer as writer’s block. Often, just the thought of those two words is enough to send a shiver down one’s spine. Sometimes, writer’s block is a temporary ailment and can simply be waited out. Other times, though, the answer is not so simple, and trying to wait out a persistent case of writer’s block can lead to days, weeks, or even months of lost productivity. With that in mind, here are five ways that an afflicted writer can help battle writer’s block. 1) Free Writing Exercises Sometimes the hardest thing to...
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What’s Your Point (of View)?
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What’s Your Point (of View)?

By Tom Tiernan The power of your story can be enhanced or destroyed by how you present it. This presentation is the Character's Point of View. There are three major points Of view and a host of others that are not often used. Here's a quick rundown of these three points of view and three minor ones. 1) First Person: This view uses “I” and “Me” in its narrative form. The character is actually telling the story. We only know what they have seen, and they have to be present in all of the critical scenes in the story. Example: I...
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What is Corporate Gothic?
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What is Corporate Gothic?

As members of Joe's Writers' Club club threw the term "Corporate Gothic" around, again and again, I became mystified. I agreed with the consensus - that the literary genre projects something “corporate” in the setting or conflict - and gothic elements like suspense and mystery in the style; yet, at the repeated mention of "gothic", I paused. I was excited about the project, but I felt dizzy. Pulled into a dream state, I couldn't explain what I couldn't explain. It was a paradox at play, and grappling with a contradiction in terms, I couldn't understand the meaning of "gothic" because...
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Turn Off Your Ego, Improve Your Life And Your Writing
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Turn Off Your Ego, Improve Your Life And Your Writing

Does Your Ego Hurt Your Writing?Have you ever been insulted? Have you ever wanted to be praised for something you've done? Have you ever felt horrible after a submitted story was rejected? Have you ever been disturbed about what someone has said about you? Have you ever gotten upset when someone cut you off in traffic? Have you ever felt guilty about something you did or said? If you have, then you have been a victim of your Ego. Your Ego is the source of most of life's troubles. Life is problematic enough without having to be concerned or worried...
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How to Write When You Have Bipolar Disorder?
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How to Write When You Have Bipolar Disorder?

With moods of happiness and anger and other mood swings associated with bipolar disorder, writing can be difficult. This is because people with bipolar disorder can act on impulse. Things like this can be intimidating, disorienting. Such as writing something without thinking that is threatening. This can alert the local authorities to knock at your door under the suspicion that you or someone else may be in danger, which leads you to more trouble just because of your writing. Photo by Anh Nguyen on UnsplashSo after spending time in the hospital or in jail (depending on the severity of your words),...
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JWC Secondary World: Regional / Territorial Outline: Resources, Population, Fame: Part 1
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JWC Secondary World: Regional / Territorial Outline: Resources, Population, Fame: Part 1

In our last post, JWC Secondary Worlds brought oversight to the migration of life forms that survived Ankhara’s fall, and those who emerged from the dispersion of Ankhara as a magical contamination, infecting Ezeoth and all which lived on it. Rechecking the red dots placed on the planetary maps, you may follow the migration arrows and determine where the many took shelter and built a city. Having established Regions and territories through the acquisition of resources, and by way of talents and skills learned both population and fame of ability have gone forth to offer trade. Photo by Robert Bye on UnsplashTrade = CivilizationThere...
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JWC Secondary World: Origin / Migration Outline: Shelter, City, Nation
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JWC Secondary World: Origin / Migration Outline: Shelter, City, Nation

Using the shoreline between G and I on the map provided below, as well as the radiating purple arrows, an orientation can be established. That was where the city fell, where myth met matter, and prehistory met historical record. If there were survivors of the theopolis’s ruin, they would have needed shelter in the mountainous jungle environment, this as well as resources to ensure the needs of an expanding populace. Photo by Mareks Steins on UnsplashOver the ages, natives sought out those resources, exploring and experimenting with all manner of substances, and seeking the aid of beasts. Technology from Ankhara is...
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The Twitter #WritersLift: A Good Idea Gone Bad
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The Twitter #WritersLift: A Good Idea Gone Bad

The #WritersCommunity on Twitter tends be to a fairly supportive place for independent authors like me. If I’m ever looking for inspiration, or advice, or just a friendly person to talk to, I know that I can search the hashtag and find exactly what I’m looking for in just a few minutes. One thing, however, that is prevalent with independent authors on Twitter is the #WritersLift, and it’s a low point for the community. Photo by Marten Bjork on UnsplashIf you’re unfamiliar with the #WritersLift, the idea behind it is to help raise the visibility of smaller creators, such as...
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JWC Secondary Worlds: Mythic / Temporal Outline, Prehistoric to Historic
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JWC Secondary Worlds: Mythic / Temporal Outline, Prehistoric to Historic

From the creation, or establishment, of a universal existence or world to the point of self-reference by a culture to that event is marked by a very sharp line. The line of historic vs prehistoric, or mythic times. Mythologist and historians walk that line and have contests playing on both sides. The evidence is one thing, but the implications of what is known about the earliest historic accounts tell an amazing story. Some people care/believe, some don't, but for a writer, it is the mystery that needs plumbing. Photo by Joe on UnsplashThe Bottleneck Reckoning of Time:Infinity - yawning before Prehistory -...
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JWC Secondary Worlds: Cosmic Map
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JWC Secondary Worlds: Cosmic Map

This exercise seems over the top, but for a fantasy writer, it is extremely important to explore unknown possibilities. “Universe” has a scientific context that is well known, but this is not it's only use in fantasy language. Universe is but one kind of “Verse,” otherwise known as plane, dimension, or existence, and verses can be made up of several of these stacked in layers or envelopes. Valhalla / Midgard / Hel, Heaven / Earth / Inferno. I’m sure you get the idea, but the various cosmologies of earth’s myths and religions have many models to study and be inspired...
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How to Write and Comeback from a Breakup in a Relationship?
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How to Write and Comeback from a Breakup in a Relationship?

You’re in a relationship and your significant other has left you. Man or woman, the breakup is not easy on you. You don’t feel happy and are down in the dumps. How do you build your confidence up especially when you feel like a failure that it didn’t succeed. Also, if you were living with the other person, then you may be thinking of looking for another home or an apartment. However, most importantly you can’t concentrate on your writing. So how can you get your confidence in writing again?First, you are going to have to take time to heal...
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JWC Secondary Worlds: Star Map
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JWC Secondary Worlds: Star Map

Normally this exercise would be extended only to sci-fi writers who set their narratives in space, but the genre of cosmic fantasy may take place just as heavily in the stars as it would planetside. Space operas can also be composed likewise, and it is something on JWC’s agenda for a later time, so, for now, we will just have at it. Photo by Ardi Evans on UnsplashIf you don’t wish to focus on this side of world-building or you feel no need for it’s complexity in the story you’re trying to tell, then delete or otherwise omit, but don’t put...
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Finding the Time to Write in a Tough Relationship
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Finding the Time to Write in a Tough Relationship

Relationships aren’t perfect. There is not one day in a relationship where you can say that I just want to go to a Starbucks or a coffee shop and write. If you’re in a relationship and you are a writer, you want that alone time to write, and go somewhere where you can concentrate. It doesn’t work that way. You will have your significant other complain, saying he/she wants to go out with you. Sometimes it’s because they don’t trust you and want to keep an eye on you. Being the attentive partner you are, you give in and next...
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