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Episode 48 Newbie Writers Podcast – Scott Morgan Hooks Us Write In!

September 1, 2012

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Episode 48- Newbie  Writers Podcast

Scott Morgan interview

This week we chat with Scott Morgan, author and editor. His website is: Write Hook

Love the tattoo!

First, you do a great deal – tell us about your business and by the way, how is business?

So talk to us about kick ass Characters.

You edit and proof read, what are some of the common errors you correct and what are some of the best blunders you’ve seen? What do you say to the authors of those errors?

Loved your post on Amber from Tweep Nation – you should interview Damien

You next book is about writing excuses – what are some of the best? Or what are the ones you want to discuss here?

You’re a poet! So is Damien – tell us about the experience of writing and collecting poems and stories for Short Stack.

Word of theRead More

Episode 32- Newbie Writer’s Podcast

May 12, 2012

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Episode 32-Dyslexia, Dictation and Dentistry

What if you can’t read?

Guest: Steven Myers

As you know reading has become an  everyday occurrence and it has come to the point where if you cannot read and write you will struggle.  Some of the everyday problems are: not reading the price correctly, not knowing what I have written is correct, after reading for long period of time not knowing what I have read, not able to assess tone if the tone of a document is correct, the list goes on.

I cannot use a spell checker, as the spell checker will often tell me a word is spelled wrong, and often suggest answers, but it does not tell the difference between the different meanings of words that sound the same e.g. weight and wait.

My wife helps me when she can and the biggest issue is work.  I amRead More

Amber Norrgard Interview with Russel Blake.

March 18, 2012

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Newbie Writers is pleased to have a guest blog from Amber Norrgard: http://amberjeromenorrgard.com/

This is her interview with Russel Blake

Not too long after my husband gave me a kindle for our seventh anniversary (sigh… still the BEST GIFT EVER!), I came across an independent writer by the name of Russell Blake. In June of 2011, Fatal Exchange was Blake’s only novel, and was avail only in e-book format – and with its low price, what did I have to lose? Well, for starters, I lost a great deal of sleep the night I started reading Fatal Exchange, due to the fact that I could not put it down. After finishing what was one of the most amazing, not to mention unique, thrillers I had read in over twenty years of being a literary junkie, I sent a tweet to Blake on twitter letting him know howRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist

December 20, 2011

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I experienced a dose of déjà vu this week. Standing beneath the shower, lathering conditioner into my hair, I felt the warmth slowly disappear out of the water. It folded back the years to my childhood, when my brother would sneak into the bathroom and run the taps, forcing the same effect for kicks.

I squealed, jumped away, and furiously searched around the curtain for the culprit. But there was no one there. (Not surprising since my husband and daughter were out and I haven’t lived with my brother in years.) I fiddled with the buttons, turned the shower off, and back on. The water still ran cold. The element appeared to have broken. So, with no time to run a bath, I resorted to using a jug of water to rinse my hair in the sink.

It was with relief that I answered the door, theRead More

What is Writer’s Voice?

July 1, 2011

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Ernest Hemingway was known for his short to the point sentences, a trait that helped to solidify his writer’s voice as one of the most distinctive in American literature.  In The Old Man and the Sea he uses direct language that makes us feel as if the fisherman were telling us the story firsthand.

This use of technique and tone is a great example of voice in writing.  I know as new writers we find some of these terms like “voice” perplexing and we wonder what exactly everyone is talking about.  Myself I interpret voice simply as characteristics of a person’s writing that distinguishes it as their own. 

Similar to someone’s accented speech, a writer inflects his personality into their writing. While their accent is a product of regionalism in most cases, there writing canRead More

Honing Your Skills as a Writer

February 20, 2010

This post was written by HayleyWriter

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One of the most important lessons I have learned as a writer is that I always have room for improvement. I’ve actually been writing for many years now, but I still find I learn great lessons every day when I write. That’s why I love Newbie Writer’s Forum – I can get help and constructive criticism from other writers here.

Previously, we had a blog post about dealing with rejections and that is something that does happen to every professional (and not quite so professional) writer. Instead of calling it a rejection, which has negative connotations, call it a lesson you can learn. This has hope for the future.

When I first graduated with a degree in Communications (print journalism), I thought I knew everything there was to know about writing. How wrong I was! I have continuouslyRead More