Saturday, December 20, 2014

Top 20 Rules for Writers by Stephen King

Stephen KingStephen King - The Stephen King book On Writing is a book every writer new and experienced should read.  It covers in depth for readers and writers how the creative mind of a writer works and what can get you to explore your deep imagination whether you are writing or reading a book. It's a way to get out your pencils and sharpen your mind to learn the skills and mindset needed as as writer. It's one of the best books to read if you are considering writing as a career.  In addition let's review Stephen's King's Top 20 Rules for Writers ...
1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that arenot the story.”
2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”
3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”
4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”
5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”
6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”
7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”
9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”
10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”
11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”
12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”
13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

Free & Quick Proofreading from Grammarly!14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”
15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”
16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”
17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”
18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”
19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

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20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”
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Friday, December 12, 2014

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Send Season's Greetings This Holiday with a Hallmark eCard!

It's the most wonderful time of the year and now you can celebrate by sending your friends a Christmas eCard to wish them a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Send Christmas Wishes this Season to Friends and Family with a Hallmark eCard! There are several styles to choose from for Hanukkah, Christmas, and the upcoming holiday season. It's simple to use and your friends and family will love their cards!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Take Better Photos with Online Photography Classes


There is no need to acquire any expensive software programs or a top of the line camera in order to take great photos all you need to do is take some time and obtain learn more about photography. You can do this by taking the online photography class called Shoot It: Product Photography Class.
There are several informative and creative photography classes available through the Craftsy Web site. Craftsy states the following that “their goal is to revolutionize online education by allowingphotography enthusiasts to go on location with world-class instructors, learn professional techniques and engage with instructors and fellow students.”
Some of the classes include landscape photographytaking portraits, lighting, getting started and more unique classes available to take at your convenience.
Taking the interactive classes on photography allows students to ask questions, make digital photonotes, and learn about the skills using the latest tools. Below are some of the great photographyclasses currently available.
  • Shoot It: Product Photography Class - You don't need expensive software or a super-fancy camera to take great photos - just the knowledge you'll get in this essential class.
  • Kirk Tuck: Studio Portrait Lighting - Let photographer Kirk Tuck show you the equipment, setup and lighting techniques you’ll need to create alluring, professional-quality studio portraits.
  • Portraits With an On-Camera Speedlight - Use light to bring your portraits to life! Harness available light and learn advanced on-camera flash techniques with Neil van Niekerk.
  • Landscape Photography: Shooting From Dawn to Dusk
  • Landscape Photography: Great Sand Dunes - Journey through stunning sand dune vistas with photo guru Rick Sammon and elevate your landscape photos from bland to breathtaking in this online class.
  • Shooting Intimate Landscapes - Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary! See beauty on a small scale and find intimate landscapes anywhere with photographer Rob Sheppard.
  • Off-Camera Flash Photography with Neil van Niekerk - Put your subjects in their best light no matter what the setting by taking your speedlight off-camera and creating fantastic portraits with Neil van Niekerk’s expert flash techniques.
If you have ever wanted to improve your photography skills to use on your blog, on Etsy, for eBay selling, or to start or add to your business click on one of the links and read more about the photography classes.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Monday, November 10, 2014

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