Fiction

Erotica – Then and Now

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by Jessica SladeArticle Categories: ,

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Erotica used to be considered fiction for the one-handed reader. Unfortunately, there are still many writers who believe that this is all it takes to successfully publish erotic fiction. Some writers still believe that all you need to do is string together a series of sex scenes which are all variations of Insert Tab A into Slot B and repeat, and you should have instant income from adoring readers. Not so. Not any more. It also used to be that erotica was more underground than it is now. These days, erotic fiction takes up almost as much shelf space in the bookstores as romance novels—and romance novels are the number one selling genre in the world. Erotic fiction has come a long way in the last few decades. Sexy stories used to grace the pages of adult magazines like Playboy or be sold behind the counter at convenience stores.  Now […]

The Face of New Inspirational Fiction: Susan K Perry

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by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

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Atheists are a minority group in most countries. What inspired you to come out of the closet—so to speak—and write Kylie’s Heel about such a “controversial issue”? SKP: It’s true that atheists and other freethinkers are still a minority group in the U.S., but in several other advanced countries, such as in Europe, religion seems to play a much smaller role in the public sphere. Recent studies found that more than half of the French and Swedes don’t believe in God, as well as 39 per cent in Great Britain. As these numbers increase in the U.S., as I suspect they will, the majority of the children of the non-affiliated and non-believing will also follow humanism and atheism. I might have made different choices for my writing if I lived in a small town, but in large cities, people are more accepting of diverse views. I don’t see secularism and […]

Romance Writers (and Readers) Are Frauds

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I can’t tell you how many times I have heard romance writers and readers profess that they read romantic fiction because they love love. For years, I kept quiet. Truth is though that romance novels and horror novels are pretty much the same thing. Both deal in carnage. Wait, what? Carnage you say? But that can’t be so. Romance novels focus on romance and love. Really? (Here is where I snicker and rub my hands together.) Romances novels are about emotional carnage, not love. Sure, love is a theme: it happens for a few pages at the end, right before you close the book and assume happiness ever after. But the book itself isn’t about the love or romance or happiness. It’s about the pursuit of these things. Just as horror isn’t about peace, it’s about the pursuit of peace through vanquishing the evil of the moment. I can practically […]

Want To Be a Successful Author? Write What You Hate!

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The advice in the fiction-writing world is for years now is: write what you love. Okay, I get the basic concept of writing where your passion and interests are, but in the end I think this is bad advice. This advice won’t help you improve your writing.Think about it: who is more objective in their evaluation of another person? A lover? Or a colleague? A person who is in love and who is being carried along on the waves of passion misses all sorts of details. If this lover turns out to be a schmuck, the lover is often the last to see the red flags.The same is true of writing fiction. If you love it, you can’t really see the story for the words.Bella Chal once told GWTW that she learned to write by switching genres. That got me to thinking…perhaps the best way to learn to write is by not writing […]

How to Protect Your Work Through Copyright

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Copyright is your sole right of ownership for the work created and your right to produce or reproduce the work or any substantial part of your work. It is a form of legal protection of the artists’ creative works (Title 17, U.S. Code, United States and the Copyright Act, R.S.C, 1985, c. C-42, in Canada). Artistic work includes paintings, drawings, maps, charts, plans, photographs, engravings, sculptures, and works of artistic craftsmanship, architectural works and compilations of artistic works. This protection is given to both published and unpublished works and gives the owner the exclusive right to do and authorize the following: Reproduce the work in copies, Prepare derivative works, Distribute the work to the public for sale, transfer of ownership, rental, or lease, Perform the work in public, and Display the work in public. When registering copyright in your home country you should receive proof of ownership to help you […]

What is An ISBN and Do I Need One?

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An International Standard Book Number, or ISBN, is a universally accepted number that defines a book as a product in the marketplace. An ISBN is a number, not a bar code. ISBNs are not always required for digital books, but it’s better to use one.  Here’s why. The ISBN identifies and standardizes the metadata of the book, such as title, author name, publication date, copyright information, publisher and book category and subcategories as one publication by one specific publisher in one specific format. Benefits of ISBN include: Creates an unique, internationally recognisable identifier of your published work, Differentiates various editions of your book ensuring customers receive the version they require, Allows for efficient ordering and distribution of your book, Enables machine-readability for fast, error free service and electronic point-of-sale, Big chain stores require it, and Creates an accumulation of sales data. Each country has an agency that assigns ISBNs to all […]

Steal Inspiration from Real Life, Twist it, And Make It a Bestseller

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Legal theft. That’s right. Fiction writing is the best for those of us with  intellectual sticky fingers. Have a look around your life. See a friend whose actions are hysterical (to you anyway) or a colleague who enflamed with entitlement? Steal it. Add some modifications. Then publish and become famous.  Hunger Games was a huge international success. How did author Suzanne Collins come up with the idea? She explains:  “I was channel surfing between reality TV programming and actual war coverage when Katniss’ story came to me,” Collins said. “On one channel there’s a group of young people competing…and on the next, there’s a group of young people fighting an actual war.” Rumor also has it that J.K. Rowling’s new story about Quidditch took its inspiration from the planning and implementation difficulties of the Sochi Olympics and the upcoming Brazilian FIFA World Cup. Inspiration doesn’t have to be limited to […]

“A” Versus “The” – Do You Know The Difference in How to Use Them?

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Do you know the difference between a and the? Seriously, think about it. We use these two small words hundreds of times every day. But do you know the reason why one gets used over the other? Do you know the rules governing their use? If you don’t, then you can’t use them to their full potential. Here’s what you need to know about two of the smallest—and most common—words in the English language. Quick and Dirty Facts: A and the are articles, which means that they are adjectives that modify nouns.   A/An is used the first time the speaker mentions a noun; or when the audience doesn’t yet know exactly what is being referenced. The is used when the speaker is referring to a specific thing (e.g., Garfield instead of just any cat); the is also used in the second mention (e.g., My son wants a cat. He […]

Finding the New Adult Voice – Tips from Author Ann M Noser

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What strategies did you use to capture the characters’ voices convincingly? AMN: Emma was easy for me to write. I just knew her. Bernard was a character I cut from another book, but I loved him too much to let him just disappear. Steve and Jake basically took over any scene they were in. Mike was the hardest for me to understand. I spent a lot of time trying to decide what he would or would not do or say. The best thing I can do as a writer is to get out of the way of both the story and the characters.One strategy I use when I’m stuck on a scene is to take my dogs for a walk. It helps me to just step away from the computer and let the rhythmic movement of my steps bring me to a solution. But I have to remember to bring my […]

Combatting Writer’s Block – When Stuck, Change Genres For a New Perspective

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I’m in my mid-forties and have written most of my life, albeit more technical documentation than fiction. When I became serious about writing fiction again last year, I returned to an idea that I’d been ruminating over for years. It was a fantasy novel that followed four retired soldiers as they retreated from the collapse of the empire they’d served. It was only when I attempted to write the story that I discovered I lacked the skills required to finish it. Like many new writers, I turned to other writers for feedback. When I initially posted the first few chapters of my story, I was certain those who had offered to critique me would spot my genius at capturing the nuanced tension in the main characters. Instead, they focused on my repetitive sentence structure, heavy prose, and dreadful dialog. Then to finish the critique they playfully mocked me, but the […]