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Flash News — Special Amazon Deal on Important Book for Writers

I just received an email from a person who’s appeared in this blog many times, through re-blogs… Nail Your Novel

Roz Morris just sent me this message:

“Hello! This is a very quick email to let you know that Amazon has chosen Nail Your Novel for a special Kindle deal.

“Instead of the usual price of USD3.99  it’s now only USD1.99 (I think they add VAT so it’s actually a little over $2, but still quite a saving). 

“I’ve no idea how long this offer lasts for, so grab it now!”

Yes! If you’re a writer or want to be one, Grab This Book!!
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13 Awesome Writers’ Resources

Lots of people visit blogs but not all of them dig deep into past posts.

Things like the Top Tags widget in the left side-bar can definitely help but it still means looking through lots of posts

Using the Search Box in the upper right corner can help, too, and you get to choose the words; but, again, there all those posts to read.

Of course, I try to write posts that are interesting to read but why not pull the resource links into one post?

OK, thanks, I think I’ll do that :-)

I won’t be pulling all the links from all the posts though, ’cause searching can have its own benefits

Check these out:

Writing Links & Links for Writers ~ Writers’ Resources on The Web and More

Great Writers Inspire ~ Learning from The Past

Free Software for Writers

The Elements of Style

Common Errors in English Usage

How to Use English Punctuation Correctly

Article Formatter

20 Ways to Kill Your Writer’s Block Forever

Writing And Publishing Resources

Story-Language Software

Easy Street Prompts

Visual Writing Prompts

Creative Writing Prompts

Also, scrolling down the left side-bar will expose you to a few more Awesome Writing Resources

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The Knowledge A Writer Needs . . .

knowledge for writers It’s often been said a writer should write what they know.

I, personally, don’t feel this means you can’t write about people or situations that you’ve never experienced directly.

If a writer had to stick to only things they’ve actually, directly experienced, humanity would have lost many of its finest stories

Some of you may have found what I’ve said so far to be extremely obvious; but, some folks haven’t questioned writing maxims and have spent years trying to do what they want to write about—swimming with sharks, eating poison then purgative, killing small animals, and worse.

Still, there is a way in which a writer needs to “know” what they’re writing about.

They can read of other’s shark swimming, talk to poison-eaters, watch documentaries, call scientists, consult with priests, interview a prostitute

I feel there are four broad areas of knowledge a writer needs to be constantly expanding if they want their stories to resonate with Truth:


Material reality and metaphysical reality (if you must, use “psychological” or “spiritual” for metaphysical)


Knowledge of what’s going on globally (politically, economically, etc.) is important even if your story happens in an isolated mountain valley—your readers will most likely be in the bustling world. And, if you story happens 12 light-years from Earth, your readers will still be stuck herejudging the aliens by Earth standards


This is the arena of human interactions on the personal level—how men and women communicate, how children get what they want, how old people suffer


Self-knowledge is probably the most important kind. Even without much know-how of the other three realms, many a fine, introspective and critically helpful story has been told

What are your thoughts on the knowledge a writer needs?

What experiences have you struggled through for your character’s sake?

Have you ever been in a writing vacuum and needed a knowledge upload?

How far from the “Truth” can a story be and still engage a reader?
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