Quote of the day
The power of a thank-you note is more vital than most of us realize. Thank-you notes are so important because they hit all the senses. You see them, you hold them and feel them, and when you read them, it’s emotional.
~PATRICIA ROSSI, author of Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common and Uncommon Social Situations
WRITING & SCREENWRITING
- Steps to stop fearing writing research, Positive Writer | Tweet
Finding out the facts of your fiction details can be time-consuming and frustrating. Accuracy is important to your readers, but it’s easy to view collecting the facts as drudgery that interrupts your creative flow.
- Become a ghostwriter: Here’s how to write in someone else’s voice, The Write Life | Tweet
When I talk with other writers, they often want to know about two specific issues: how to break into ghostwriting and how to write in another person’s voice.
→Where Are The Ghostwriting Jobs: 34 Online Markets For Entry-Level And Established Ghostwriters
- 5 Ways to get early feedback on your book idea or manuscript, The Book designer | Tweet
The following five strategies provide you with the means to get beta readers or reviewers for your ideas and your work. Each has a different set of benefits, and each is useful at a different stage. Choose one that suits your style, your point in the book-production process and the work at hand.
→Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
- The unreliable narrator, My Bookish Life | Tweet
The unreliable narrator is one whose credibility is discredited, so the reader has the opportunity to make up his/her own mind about the story. It is found in first-person POV-driven narratives. The unreliability usually stems from immaturity or an unsound state of mind.
→“A great butler”: the unreliable narrator in Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Remains of the Day”
- Daily dialogue: Play it again, Sam, Go into the story | Tweet
Dialogue On Dialogue: This is perhaps my favorite comedy bit from all of Woody Allen’s movies. The setup is awesome, topped only by the punchline. I’ve often wondered, how many takes this shot took.
Do you have an author mailing list? If yes, congratulations, you are among the elite group of authors who understand that the relationships you build with your readers are what’s going to drive most sales in the long run.
- Book Marketing tips for indie authors, Social Media just for writers | Tweet
Book marketing starts as soon as you put pen to paper or fingertip to the keyboard.
→Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books
Most of our brain’s patterns are solidified by our mid-20s, but it’s possible to change your brain’s pathways and patterns with these methods.
→Neuroscience for Leadership: Harnessing the Brain
Barbecue impresario Meathead Goldwyn can get heated on the topic of beer-can chicken. The proprietor of AmazingRibs.com says the backyard summer dish is “one of the great loves of hairy-chested barbecue grillers and a really bad idea that doesn’t work.” Then he grins. “Drink the beer and take the can out of the chicken’s ass.”
→HOW TO GRILL THE PERFECT STEAK EVERY TIME: MASTER YOUR COOKOUTS
- Why parents should stop hoping their kids will get married, The Washington Post | Tweet
According to new research, millennials are not showing many signs of interest in getting hitched as they get older, and, as a result, the marriage rate is expected to fall by next year to its lowest level to date.
- A question of etiquette: do you hold the door for others, The Guardian | Tweet
American researchers stake out a door and find it far from an open and shut case.
→Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common and Uncommon Social Situations
- Impossible knowledge: Are you an expert?, Huffington Post | Tweet
We’re all familiar with these people who feel the need to overestimate what they know about the world. What underlies such assertions of impossible knowledge?
→On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind’s Hard-Wired Habits