Understanding Audiences through Blogging #AuthorToolbox

Every writer starts out as a reader, learning how to write through the stories they themselves enjoy. But if publication is your goal, crafting a good story is only the first step. Next comes earning your audience. Whether you choose the traditional route of agents and publishers, or choose self-publication, you still have to convince a complete stranger to spend time reading your work. And the reality is many readers have no idea what that is like.

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Discussing Writing as as a Lifelong Education-Author Toolbox Blog Hop

At different times I’ve considered writing to be my hobby, my dream, my passion, and my profession, and while all of those labels are accurate; I think writing has also become a very unique form of education, a program where I am both the student and the instructor.

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Discussing How We Manage Ourselves

For most, writing begins with inspiration. Something ignites our imagination, and we’re off, jotting down our ideas like a lovestruck youth. There’s no room for doubt, only the wonderful song that fills our thoughts, and the effortless flow of words as we race to keep up. Eventually the song fades, but the memory lingers. For some that’s enough. They may dabble in writing from time to time, but if inspiration doesn’t find them then they’re content to wait, and focus on other things.

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Discussing The Last Jedi

Well, I’ve seen the latest Star Wars movie, and I am sorry to say I am disappointed.
Too much of the story feels like disguised fragments of the original trilogy. Too often it feels like characters needlessly draw out their actions solely for the sake of prolonged tension. Granted, I liked Rey’s journey, and I liked Kylo Ren’s inner conflict, but too much felt like a heavy handed callback to famous scenes from the original three.

For more specific remarks, keep reading. Warning, this may get a little ranty from time to time. Also, apologies if some topics end up out of order.

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Discussing Feedback

Writing is a long, drawn out process; a journey from the vaguest of ideas to something so real and concrete that it can almost feel like memory. Through countless drafts the author refines their work, carefully evaluating the pacing, the characters, word choices, and sentence structure. Until at long last, it’s done. Time to show it to someone, but who?  Writing is a long, drawn out process; a journey from the vaguest of ideas to something so real and concrete that it can almost feel like memory. Through countless drafts the author refines their work, carefully evaluating the pacing, the characters, word choices, and sentence structure. Until at long last, it’s done. Time to show it to someone, but who?

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