10 More Handy Writing Tips That I Use Regularly – Part 2

Great tips from Don.

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  • Create a space in your home especially for writing. This way you have an oasis and you can also send a message that, when you are in this space, you are writing. Of course, you should also be prepared to write wherever you happen to be.


  • Proofread everything at least three times before submitting your work for publication.

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  • Start a blog. Use it to talk about your own writing process, share your ideas and experiences, or publish your work to a reading audience. Use this valuable community of authors to learn and teach in a cooperative atmosphere.


  • Use writing exercises and writing prompts to improve your skills, strengthen your talent, and explore different genres, styles, and techniques.


  • Let go of your inner editor. When you sit down to write a draft, refrain from proofreading until that draft is complete.


  • Embrace your failures. Allow yourself to write poorly, to write a…

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Writer in Residence Extra – Meet the In-Laws – Our Neanderthal relatives – by Paul Andruss


Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

We dip into the archives on Paul’s blog to discover more about our ancestory. Are Neanderthals extinct or do they live on in some of us?

Paul Andruss has a great new look about page.. head over and share around please… Paul’s blog is a treasure trove of ancient history and modern legends that he deconstructs and delivers brilliantly.. Definitely a blog to follow.. Nominated in this year’s #BloggersBash Awards….Most informative blog and well deserved.

Meet the In-Laws – Our Neanderthal Relatives by Paul Andruss

Neanderthal family: not too different from us

Not only is the human genome project completed – the mapping of all 24,000 human genes, but scientists have also completely mapped the Neanderthal Genome; from DNA recovered from bones dating back some 38,000 years. The results were surprising and have caused a total re-assessment of one of our closest cousins.

Like the rest of our relatives –…

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Cannot see the wood for the trees?

Another exceptional tale from Jim and Tallis.

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It has to be confessed that there are many outlandish and eccentric services patrons require from their poets. This is even after setting aside salacious suggestions, for which I have a number of well rehearsed answers, plus the support of a couple of reliably louche poets of a younger generation whom I can fall back on. Still one of the more intriguing came from the Lady Doleria. She was a pleasant lady, widowed in early middle age, and she divided her time between her children and the company of friends. Had she wanted one, she could even have had a perfectly good feud as well, in that her neighbour, Madam Erdwill, was intent on having one with her.

Unlike many of these feuds, everybody was perfectly clear how, when and even why, it began. Lady Doleria married her merchant husband whilst she was very young. Over-confident he purchased a fine…

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Photo Copyright:  J. Hardy Carroll

Here we are this week gathered near a building that’s being torn down. We’ve gathered to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by J. Hardy Carroll. Thanks, J. Hardy.

To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for this week’s stories is as follows:


Genre: Memoir Fiction

Word Count: 99 Words


George remembers the old neighborhood.

“I was born above the grocery store owned by my parents. I sauntered the five blocks to and from school on weekdays and ran two blocks on Sunday afternoons to the park to play baseball with pals.

After homework, I assisted in the store. My parents never ate together as someone had to mind the downstairs counter. No doubt I’d take over and run things on my dad’s retirement.

But it wasn’t to be. My father retired when a contractor bought the property for a large office building and two square blocks became rubble.”

E-Waste: What you need to know [Infographic]

An educational infographic.

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Since the start of 2017, we have thrown out more than 6.4m tonnes of electronic goods, according to The World Counts, a website keeping a live tally of global e-waste. If past patterns are any judge, not much of this will get properly recycled: less than a sixth of the e-waste discarded around the world in 2014 was dealt with in this way, says the UN.


via E-Waste: What you need to know [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

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John W. Howell – A Tribute

A great tribute to John W. Howell — Congratulations, John

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

It is May 22nd – Happy Birthday, John!

I have known John for almost three years and I can’t think of another friend that commands my respect like this man does. I met him online through Rave Reviews Book Club not long after I joined in July of 2014. Not only was I new to the club, but I was also totally inept in using Twitter which is the social medium of choice there. It was John who took pity on me and began to give me informal lessons to master “Twitterese” – a bastardized form of English. I learned – after a fashion.

Not long after I assumed the position of Producer of the club’s Rave Waves BlogTalkRadio shows, John joined us as a host of the SPOTLIGHT HONORS show. It turned out that John is a natural behind the mike after spending some time in his youth spinning…

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Now available in paperback

Ordinary Handsome is now in paperback.

Ordinary Handsome


Fifty-seven years ago I killed a boy. Tonight, Euart Monroe walked into my room with a Mossberg 510 and a stained hobo mattress and fired a shot into my belly. It should have killed me right off, but he didn’t want that. He wanted me to know who pulled the trigger.

I’m excited to announce that Ordinary Handsome is now available in paperback. It’s an oversize 6.69″ x  9.61″ book with a matte cover and cream pages. Pardon the indulgence, but it really is quite handsome. Weighing in at a whopping 187 pages, it’s got a spanky new cover and even a tiny author photo on the back for your mustache-drawing indulgence. Please check it out and let me know what you think. As always, thank you for reading. — Steve

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