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Juliet E McKenna
15 minutes ago

Pro tip. I recently saw an author announce an Amazon Kindle offer of their new book in advance of the actual date. I'm guessing their publisher didn't pass on the warning that is an absolute no-no as far as Amazon are concerned - it can be literally a deal-breaker, right now and going forward.

#WritingCommunity #WritersLife

duanetoops
20 minutes ago

Hope is some like a river. Something with a current. Something that floods and flows...

https://duanetoops.substack.com/p/equidistant

#reading #writing #amwriting #writingcommunity #blog #blogging #art #poetry #books @bookstodon

A river running through a forest, mountains in the distance.
Marjolein Rotsteeg
24 minutes ago

as children
the thrill after trespassing
will we get caught?

#575Prompt - trespass
#haiku
#senryu
#poem
#SmallPoems
#poetry
#PoetryCommunity
#writing
#WritingCommunity

@aethelshane

@poetry

telinartho
54 minutes ago

Warped Lens (books2read.com/warpedlens) features four Twitch authors - I'm one of them. Pick up your copy today! In the meantime, come join the stream and write with me. twitch.tv/telinartho #WritingCommunity #TwitchAuthors #WarpedLens #AMWriting

juma
1 hour ago

forgive the trespass
(not asking for permission)
sending thoughts and prayers

#ThingsIDoTooOften

#haiku #575 #SmallPoems
#poetry #PoetryCommunity
#writing #WritingCommunity
#575Prompt #trespass

@aethelshane

Stefanie Neumann
1 hour ago

#Violent waves crash over me with no #rhyme and reason, #drive me into a state of #mistrust - a dark #cavern where I cower in #sorrow until you find me and strike that match. After that, you vanish, but I carry the #candlelight you ignited in my heart and let it guide me.

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@tanweerdar
@StuartBrknJohns

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#rise365 #BrknShards #mpotd #MastoPrompt #vssnature #Whistpr #vss365
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juma
1 hour ago

we are not stranded
on the path we have chosen
we just feel that way

#haiku #575 #SmallPoems
#poetry #PoetryCommunity
#writing #WritingCommunity
#575Prompt #stranded

@aethelshane

Juliet E McKenna
2 hours ago

Letters to CEOs objecting to A.I. will make more impact on paper. Ten envelopes to open is thirty minutes work. A hundred letters means those people feel strongly enough to pay for a stamp.

Printed with a human signature is fine, three short points of a sentence or so.

A thousand letters? More? Filling a CEOs outer office with mailbags creates significant friction that must be dealt with. So if everyone wrote their letter in the same week… I wonder…

#Books #WritingCommunity

Indie Author Social News
2 hours ago

Writing Prompt: Karaoke Night

Career Authors
Your weekend writing prompt! It's Karaoke Night...do you sing or watch?
Writing Prompt: Karaoke Night Brian Andrews
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https://careerauthors.com/writing-prompt-karaoke-night/

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Marjolein Rotsteeg
2 hours ago
Steve
3 hours ago

Golden glow of dawn
Waking the world from its slumber
A new day begins

#DailyHaikuPrompt - glow
#haiku
#senryu
#poem
#SmallPoems
#poetry
#PoetryCommunity
#writing
#WritingCommunity

@dailyhaikuprompt

@poetry

KCB
3 hours ago

@itobiasgray celebrating your wins with you! :) Keep going.

#amwriting #writingcommunity

Naldela Teleyal
3 hours ago

#PennedPossibilities 86 — What is the greatest extravagance your MC or SC allows themselves?

Using the exotic material spider silk in her and Ykril’s clothes, which she crafts by herself. The spider silk makes the clothes not only softer, but also extremely tough and reduces piercing damage from magical as well as non-magical attacks.

#Writing #WritingCommunity #AmWriting #WritingFantasy #DnD #DungeonsAndDragons #AmWritingFantasy #Fantasy

Art by https://amionna.com
Licensed artwork by me under https://drow.be/licenses

Indie Author Social News
3 hours ago

The Adverb Especially And Its Tricky Little Comma Rules

The adverb especially, is a very common word we use in writing to add emphasis or precision to a sentence. However, it can cause a little confusion when it comes to using
The post The Adverb Especially And I...
https://justpublishingadvice.com/the-adverb-especially-and-the-comma-rules/

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Mike_IE
3 hours ago

#wordweavers
Pep talks?

XT - a world-weary old pirate indebted to a privileged young Peacemaker. Takes her under his wing. Doesn't so much give her pep talks as show her where her Peacemaker's assumptions about other people are wrong.

KZ - the main antagonist gives a quite a long and involved pep talk to a secondary antagonist. It's actually more of a fable, the cautionary and threatful kind.

#AmWriting #WritingCommunity

Ce n'est pas un Poème

I have a muse.
She is called Apple.
Some nights, she sings me to sleep
In a language I barely understand.
Other nights, she stands before a crowd
And sings to them
Dressed as a mushroom.
I love my muse,
But she will never love me.
Yet,
I am content.

#Writing #Muse #WritingCommunity

Tobias Gray 🖋️
4 hours ago

I know that for some, the trick with writing is to write fast, write badly and edit much better but I have been having difficulty in finding the motivation to write.

So writers, let me ask

How do you keep your ass in the metaphorical seat?

Please none of the "just do it"; as inspiring as that is, it is unfortunately a non-answer. I know we've all been here before, and perhaps someone else needs to see this too, so what did it take to break your cycle?

#amWriting #WritingCommunity #writing

Indie Author Social News
4 hours ago

“4.3M TikTok followers”: How Act2ality is reaching millions of Spanish Gen-Z

Ac2ality, the Spanish startup, is revolutionizing news consumption for Spain’s younger generation via TikTok. Simplifying current affairs, they’ve since become Europe’s leading news player on the platform, reshaping the media landscape and fut...
https://mediamakersmeet.com/4-3m-tiktok-followers-how-act2ality-is-reaching-millions-of-spanish-gen-z/

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#Writing

Page One -The Writer's Podcast
4 hours ago

A fun episode this week as we chat with former standup turned novelist, Caimh McDonnell. He tells us why he swapped the comedy for writing, and why he enjoys using both self and trad publishing.

All the ways to listen: https://linktr.ee/ukpageone

#writingcommunity #podcast

Cover image for episode 177 of Page One - The Writer's Podcast featuring Caimh "CK" McDonnell and his novel, Love Will Tear Us Apart
Colleen Millsteed
4 hours ago

Published today : The Guard of the Land

Rustling in the bushes a dead giveaway,
When he sneaks up to find a rush of regret,
He welcomes the onslaught of disappointed sorrow,
Knowing he was deliberately led here as a threat.

Please click the link to read the full piece and leave your comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.

https://vocal.media/poets/the-guard-of-the-land

#WritingCommunity #poetrylovers #poetry

Indie Author Social News
4 hours ago

Creative Access x McLaren Racing Career Development Bursary opens

The Creative Access x McLaren Racing Career Development Bursary has opened for its third year of applications as research shows how financial pressures are affecting those trying to work in...
https://www.bookbusinessmag.com/aggregatedcontent/creative-access-x-mclaren-racing-career-development-bursary-opens/

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Indie Author Social News
4 hours ago

CILIP Prison Library Group publishes framework to support prison library providers and staff

The CILIP Prison Library Group (PLG) has created a strategic framework to support prison library providers and prison library staff to developing and delivering prison library...
https://www.bookbusinessmag.com/aggregatedcontent/cilip-prison-library-group-publishes-framework-to-support-prison-library-providers-and-staff/

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Indie Author Social News
4 hours ago

Authors feel 'sickened' to find books used without consent on AI training systems

Writers have condemned the use of their work used in AI training systems without their...
https://www.bookbusinessmag.com/aggregatedcontent/authors-feel-sickened-to-find-books-used-without-consent-on-ai-training-systems/

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Indie Author Social News
5 hours ago

Canongate announces new employee bond scheme as it reports £19.7m turnover

Canongate Bonds will give staff additional payouts in years where the company pays dividends to its...
https://www.bookbusinessmag.com/aggregatedcontent/canongate-announces-new-employee-bond-scheme-as-it-reports-19-7m-turnover/

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Naomi Heartbreak
5 hours ago

OK, so this is a serious question linked to my masters degree.
What do you think makes good writing?
#WritingCommunity
#bookstodon

Indie Author Social News
5 hours ago

Guest Post — Striking a Balance: Humans and Machines in the Future of Peer Review and Publishing

How do we strike a balance between humans and AI to improve peer review? We’ve interviewed a few publishing experts who specialize in human and AI ethical, equitable, and sustainable publishing solutions to share their thoughts on the future of peer ...
https://www.bookbusinessmag.com/aggregatedcontent/guest-post-striking-a-balance-humans-and-machines-in-the-future-of-peer-review-and-publishing/

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Indie Author Social News
5 hours ago

Banwo wins the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2023 for ‘radiant’ debut

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo has been crowned winner of the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2023 for her “radiant and powerful” debut novel, When We Were Birds (Hamish Hamilton), a mythic love story set in Trinidad and Tobago....
https://www.bookbusinessmag.com/aggregatedcontent/banwo-wins-the-goldsboro-books-glass-bell-award-2023-for-radiant-debut/

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Jon Sparks
6 hours ago

#WritersCoffeeClub 29/9. How do you format scene breaks in your writing?
In the draft, I just use a simple hash, centred. In the final version, I use a dingus I found on BookBrush. It reminded me of a compass rose, which seemed appropriate, especially for Book One. #ThreeKindsofNorth
#writingCommunity #TheSunderingWall #writing #amwriting #mastobooks #books

Sample of text with symbol as described in body of the post.
Dave Dawkins
6 hours ago

Okay, time to start shopping around on this. Looking for editors for a book I'll be launching on kickstarter in the new year (my first) The story is ... well, basically Steampunk vs Faerie, Female-Female, Enemies to Lovers, alternative 18th Century France. Know anyone or if you're interested yourself, let me know. Boosts appreciated.

#WritingCommunity #writing #Fantasy #SteamPunk #AmWriting

A stain-glass effect on a photo of an older building. I guess its sort of relevant to the story, but it's cool picture which I'm hoping will draw more attention to the post.
Jon Sparks
6 hours ago

#WordWeavers 29/9. Who in your story gives the most pep talks?
Early on, probably Perriad, but after that, mostly Jerya. One way or another, she has a fair bit of persuading to do.
#writingCommunity #ThreeKindsofNorth #TheSunderingWall #writing #amwriting #mastobooks #books

Laura Loomis
7 hours ago

Pietro: "Janet never thinks it's funny when I tell those awesome stories about how she screws up technology, like the time she crashed the floatcar into City Hall. Or when she made my blender run backwards, turning puree into fruit. She doesn't like me calling her 'Jam-it.' I guess earth women just have no sense of humor."

#WordWeavers #WritingCommunity

Nicola James
8 hours ago

My favorite part of writing is when I forget a second-grade vocabulary word and spend 10 minutes staring at my Word doc trying to dig the word out of the detritus at the bottom of my brain.

#amwriting #writing #writingcommunity

Indie Author Social News
8 hours ago

How to Write a Q&A Style Article Readers Will Love

Journalist Alison Hill shares her top tips on how to write a Q&A style article readers will...
https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-nonfiction/how-to-write-a-q-and-a-style-article-readers-will-love

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Klepsis
8 hours ago

#writerscoffeeclub
29. How do you format scene breaks in your writing?

A scene break is almost always a new chapter. Occasionally I'll have more than one scene in a chapter, and when that happens I just try to write a nice transition with no special formatting and no shift of POV.

Very rarely I'll have more than one POV in a chapter. In those cases I use a full width horizontal line.

#author
#WritingCommunity

Bryan Beal
8 hours ago

I should be planning. I am distracting myself here now that #XTwitter has thrown a wobbly just because I followed 500+ people in less than 24 hours. I am good at distracting myself.

#WritingCommunity

Bryan Beal
8 hours ago

I have been planning out four main characters and four side characters for my new #WIP. I have to admit that #AI has helped a lot with the visual aspects of them. They have been much easier to develop because I can see something in front of me.

#WritingCommunity #WritersLife #Characters

RS, Author, Novelist
9 hours ago

#PennedPossibilities 86 — MC or SC's greatest extravagance they allows themselves.

SC: Well, occasionally he sets an abandoned building on fire. Does that count? It happens to be the best miracle he can work, and he can perform it from more than a city block away. He can even set cement on fire. It's good fun when he can volunteer with the fire squad so he can experience the heat, the chaotic flicker, the crackle, and the creosote smell of structural wood smoke up close.

#BoostingIsSharing
#CommentingIsCool

#fiction #fantasy #sf #sff #sciencefiction #writing #writer #writers #author #writingcommunity #writersOfMastodon #WritingWonders

missy
10 hours ago

Reading up about this whole #BenjiSmith and #prosecraft thing. It's funny how most of the replies saying he shouldn't have taken the thing down aren't writers and are all AI dickheads.

Really makes you think... (I say sarcastically).
#writing #writingcommunity

duanetoops
10 hours ago

We are animals of letters. A species made of words. When our thoughts are stripped of language. When our language is stripped bare. We barely know we're human. We barely know each. We barely know ourselves...

#reading #writing #amwriting #writingcommunity #blog #blogging #art #poetry #books @bookstodon

Indie Author Social News
10 hours ago

Frankfurt’s 75th Edition: Two Agents’ ‘LitAg Moments’

Spain's Anna Soler-Pont and France's Magalie Delobelle are two of the literary agents sharing 'LitAg Moments' with us for Frankfurt's 75th.
The post Frankfurt’s 75th Edition: T...
https://publishingperspectives.com/2023/09/frankfurts-75th-edition-two-agents-litag-moments/

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E.D.E. Bell
10 hours ago

Alright, everyone. This is getting serious. 50 backers until @zzclaybourne sends us "pics" (! 👀 ) and only 50 hours to do it. You know what to do.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atthisarts/embroidered-worlds?ref=d9ycm3 #Ukraine #SFF #EmbroideredWorlds #bookstodon #WritingCommunity

cute water slide that says 950 backers - Thank you! under a blue sky that says Embroidered Worlds in the clouds
duanetoops
10 hours ago

It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. A long process of collection. A slow gathering. A network of tapped sources in all directions, pooling together. Boiled to a reduction, something dense, something rich, something sweet. That's what writing is like for me...

#reading #writing #art #poetry #amwriting #writingcommunity #blog #blogging #books @bookstodon

In a recent podcast, @pluralistic & said he writes a lot cos it's a way to deal with the anxiety he gets about things.
I can relate. I have a lot of thoughts rattling in my head all the time. If I don't externalise them into words, I get overwhelmed, anxious & can't sleep, so I often share them on #socialmedia first because it's quick. Later, I will flesh them out into a #blog post or a #journal entry.
#Writing this way is a form of selfcare.

#WritingCommunity #blogging

Indie Author Social News
10 hours ago

The 15 Best Books About Witches and Wise Women to Read This Halloween

These 15 books about witches, healers, and wise women are deliciously full of magic.
The post The 15 Best Books About Witches and Wise Women to Read This Halloween appeared first on The Mary Sue.
...
https://www.themarysue.com/best-witch-books-to-read-this-halloween/

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geoffreygevalt
10 hours ago
Dusk in a marsh at high tide; near full moon in upper right is just getting visible as sky darkens.
Wyatt H Knott
11 hours ago

Time for the all-new #VisualWritingPrompt for September 28th, 2023

Write a single toot reply #SciFi story about this image.

#WritingCommunity #WritingPrompt #SFF #freewrite #MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStory #SmallStories #FlashFiction #mastoArt #illustration #art #game

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duanetoops
11 hours ago

You can huff and you can puff all you want, but at some point you start to learn, that no matter the wall, no matter the fall, no matter how many horses, no matter how many men, somethings can't be put back together again. Home is where the acceptance starts. You change your clothes, you step outside, you take a breath, and you enter the world anew.

https://duanetoops.substack.com/p/stages

#reading #writing #amwriting #writingcommunity #blog #blogging #writerscoffeeclub #books #art #poetry @bookstodon

A collage of torn magazine pages and cut out letters that spell out the words "start anew".
Bryan Beal
11 hours ago

I just wanted to share this great place from @NASA . This is wealth of information if you are doing research on the solar system. Lots of photos and images too, for those like me who love pictures.

#WritingCommunity #WritersLife #Resources

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/solar-system/our-solar-system/overview/

#WordWeavers 9.28 — Side character POV: Describe the MC's sense of humor.

I learned the first day I met her on a transporter job that her sense of humor is so subtle that you almost never notice it. Almost. I think she has a sarcastic dialogue going on in her head, which may be one of the reasons she often has a fleeting subtly sly smug smile. These may be why I ended up with a crush on her.

When you're good at what you do—my devil-girl is—you sometimes step on toes. Somebody decided to use her as the fall girl to steal some very expensive product, and to take out some of the boss' top lieutenants in the process. I won't get into the particulars, but my devil-girl caught wind of a setup that might end up with her and us, her team, killed. She substituted out the product, which we moved around the city all night with targets on our back. When the coppers cornered us—someone got tipped off on our route—and the detective (on the take, it turns out) tore open the package despite my devil-girl's heart-felt warnings....

Well... [coughs]

It /was/ shampoo. Very fancy. Imported. Worse and importantly, it was in a skinny tall bottle that was fleshy pink with a darker dome-shaped top. Yeah. It looked like what you think, and my devil-girl acted embarrassed.

Of course, she had to say to the copper in a sing-song voice, "/I warned you!/"

[This is the same side character as in my #PennedPossibilities 85 post here https://eldritch.cafe/@sfwrtr/111141074732083413 and see externally here https://eldritch.cafe/@sfwrtr/111140078966088014. Author retains copyright.]

#BoostingIsSharing
#CommentingIsCool

#fiction #fantasy #sf #sff #sciencefiction #writing #writer #writers #author #writingcommunity #writersOfMastodon #WritingWonders

Bryan Beal
12 hours ago

Sister and brother wordsmiths! If you are concerned about #Google snooping over your shoulder while you use #Maps, here is a different choice! I have used #Mapcarta and it works really well. Try it out for your map needs!

#GoogleSucks #WritingCommunity

https://mapcarta.com/About_Mapcarta

Astrobach :breadified:
12 hours ago

A write-along Hallowstream!

Sin Eaters--a real historical persons--ate bread off the chests of corpses to save them from their sins. Let's be one.

Get Hungry LIVE right NOW: https://youtube.com/live/NwN6RaIHqrA

#writingcommunity #indieauthor #writer #indie #fiction #stream #livestream #litgames #amwriting #amreading #vancouverwriters #writeyourstory #writealong #TTRPG #SoloTTRPG #DnD #pathfinder #PF2e #dungeonsanddragons #dungeon
#horror #folkhorror #itchio #halloween #SinEater

A drawing of a  cloaked skeleton that pulls up its cape under its chin while turning away. Overlaid Text: Sin Eater A Solo TTRPG
M. Shaw
13 hours ago

This morning I came back to a story I'd put on the backburner almost a year ago because editing it was giving me such a headache. I figured I'd spend a couple days chipping away at it and see where I'm at. By lunchtime I had a new entire draft. Sometimes a bitch surprises themself.

#WritingCommunity

Victoria Strauss
19 hours ago

The Association of American Literary Agents releases its biannual member survey: still a lack of diversity, and low income and burnout are problems for many #WritingCommunity #Agents #Publishing https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/93274-lit-agent-landscape-diversifies-some-as-anxieties-over-book-business-grow.html

Mike_IE
20 hours ago

@VRicciThode

Maybe that's a difference between planners and pantsers.

Planners know what they're doing and where everything needs to go in order to create what's in their head. They're additive creators, putting the necessary components together to make something work.

Pantsers have a vague idea about what it is they're after and are subtractive in their approach, narrowing things down as they go, hacking away at extraneous darlings until all that's left is story.

#WritingCommunity

Yahia Lababidi
20 hours ago

Fanciful Creators

What fanciful creators we are:
bestowing shock absorbers on cars
sprinkling tenderizer on meats
and stitching wrinkle-resistant shirts
Such wishful thinking, this
giving away what we desire.

https://youtube.com/@Yahia.Lababidi?si=ClFA1FnwTx-L0d49

#poetry #psychology #literature
#writing #WritingCommunity

Q.
21 hours ago

Hello fine people of Mastodon.

I would like to invite you to subscribe to my (free) monthly newsletter - The Q's Letter!

Each issue features a personal reflection, links to interesting things about creativity/writing, and news on my budding writing career.

💛 Sign up: http://eepurl.com/goKBPD

#Writing #WritingCommunity #Creativity

A cup of black coffee sits on a white table. The bottom corner of a MacBook can be seen on the left. Text reads:

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Elizabeth Guilt
23 hours ago

Last year, I set myself a challenge: writing, and posting on my blog, a drabble (a story of exactly one hundred words) every day in October. I'm thinking of doing it again this year - anyone else fancy joining in? If so, #drabbletober for all your tagging needs!
Here's a link to my after-the-fact write up of how I felt it helped me last year, and all last October's drabbles: https://www.elizabethguilt.com/blog/tag/drabbletober22
#Writing #WritingCommunity

Allison Wyss
23 hours ago

I wrote about the mysterious way flat characters come alive in fairy tales--and how to use that strategy in other sorts of stories.

It involves unexpected action and even keeping secrets.

What do you think? Can you handle characters you don't completely understand? Any other tricks for bringing life to non-POV or peripheral characters?

https://bit.ly/DiffDepth

#WritingConversations #WritingCommunity #Characterization #FairyTales #Uncanny #IntuitiveDepth #Flatness #Writing

Over the past two years, I’ve collaborated with Indigiqueer artists Bangishimo and Phoenix/Jordan M. Burns on a multimedia project called Monsters. I’m doing setup today. I wrote a collection of stories about different sorts of monsters. They will be playing on loop at the Gaukel Block in Kitchener today and tomorrow from 4-8, and on Saturday from 2-9. I will also be doing live storytelling performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm. There will be a final storytelling event and Q&A with all three of us Monsters on Sunday at 5:00. Bangishimo put together a video featuring real life monsters, and Phoenix is a puppeteer who has created wonderful puppets and a puppet show. Please come see us! https://mtspace.ca/impact-theatre-festival/impact23/ @indigenousauthors #IndigenousCreatives #Indigedon #IndigenousMastodon #WritingCommunity #Video #Puppets @WaterlooEvents

Show credits and acknowledgments from the IMPACT festival programme.
juma
23 hours ago

our outlook is locked
have a great day or good night
be bright or sleep tight

#haiku #575 #SmallPoems
#writing #WritingCommunity
#poetry #PoetryCommunity
#575Prompt
#locked

@aethelshane

Bryan Beal
1 day ago

I submitted my first full manuscript today. It's kind of scary to let something go after I've spent nearly 2 years writing it.

#WritersLife #WritingCommunity #WIP

Rowan Pierce (they/them)
1 day ago

I’m once again looking for freelance copyediting, sensitivity reading or writing work this month! Please get in touch at rpiercefreelancing@gmail.com if you’re looking to hire someone for:

* Up to 15,000 words of copyediting, or
* Up to ~80,000 words of sensitivity reading (from a transmasculine, nonbinary, disabled, autistic, bisexual, and/or polyamorous perspective), or
* Up to 8000 words of content writing (game content writing, or non-fiction topics including video games, TTRPGs, sci-fi and fantasy, health, psychology, and relationships)

You can find client testimonials and more information about my work at www.rowanpierce.uk.

Boosts very much appreciated!

#GetFediHired
#FediHired
#RemoteJobs #LookingForWork #ttrpg #writingcommunity #amediting

nebulossify
1 day ago

#WritersCoffeeClub Kill your darlings

I think I found this harder earlier in my writing life. I had to delete a scene I liked but I could see how getting rid of it helped the story flow better so it wasn't as hard.

Also all those deleted scenes get dumped into a big repository and can be published separately on my site, perhaps as promo material...

#WritingCommunity

nebulossify
1 day ago

Anyone got any tips for writing a good novel synopsis? Taking another pass at mine.

#AmWriting #WritingCommunity

maloki, writes things
1 day ago

Good morning everyone!

I woke up with a very stiff neck, but it's still #WritingTreat time, so we can hang out and maybe do some writing. I do have a document to work on so I'm gonna be doing that, and wear my super smart working glasses.

https://meet.jit.si/TheWritingTreat

For those who don't know WT is a ND friendly space where we practice our anti-racism and anti-facism muscles and try to get some writing done over a 2hr session, with some focus time scattered during it.

#WritingCommunity #AmWriting

Wendy Palmer
1 day ago

It surprises me when people query how an LLM swallowing 180,000 pirated ebooks and regurgitating bits based on statistical probabilities is any different to a human reading, analysing and responding to the works in a self-selected personal library.

If they have to even ask how it’s different, how would anyone ever convince them it is?

I wonder if they’ve done anything creative since kindergarten.

#WritingCommunity

Priya Chand
2 days ago

A support group for #writers titled “So You’ve Written An Unpublishable Length” #WritingCommunity #AmWriting #WellMaybeJustCrying

Mistress witch writes
2 days ago

I was thinking about going back on stage here in Germany with my German poetry (under my real name?!). I stopped 8 years ago. I yearn for it, but kind of hesitate.

Anyone care to motivate and encourage this little witch? : D

#writing #amwriting #writingcommunity #poetry #poem

Shantell Powell
2 days ago

In conjunction with the Indigenous Poets’ Society, I will be hosting a monthly co-writing group for Indigenous writers. It will take place on the first Tuesday of every month and will run from 19:30-21:30 EST (Toronto time). If you are interested, please email me at shanmonster at gmail dot com. These are free sessions hosted over Zoom. You can work on your own projects, and I will also provide prompts which you can use or ignore as you wish. @indigenousauthors #IndigenousMastodon #IndigenousCreatives #WritingCommunity #Indigedon #IndigenousFuturism

Ollie Francis
2 days ago

I want to draw a map for my fantasy world. My readers need a sense of where everything is. Only thing is the creatures living there have no concept of written language.

Any ideas?

#AmWriting #WritingCommunity #writing

Jon Sparks
2 days ago

#WritersCoffeeClub 27/9. What's the strangest research you've done for your writing?
I had to find out how horses would tow canal boats and how they keep from pulling them into the bank. It’s background to a scene in Book One, but doubly interesting because I live overlooking a historic canal and often walk along the towpath (and across an aqueduct built in 1797).
#writingCommunity #ThreeKindsofNorth #TheSunderingWall #writing #amwriting #mastobooks #books

Abra Staffin-Wiebe
3 days ago

(5/6) If you're in the #Minneapolis #TwinCities area, I have a reading at DreamHaven on Oct 4. Come say hi, hear some stories, maybe win a giveaway!

#event #reading #WritingCommunity

Abra Staffin-Wiebe
3 days ago

(4/6) Looking for a way to procrastinate productively? Try monthly flash fiction contests! https://aswiebe.com/marketlist/

#amwriting #writingCommunity #ScienceFiction #Fantasy

Abra Staffin-Wiebe
3 days ago

(3/6) ZNB has TWO new anthology calls, for familiar-themed SF/fantasy and for spy-themed SF/fantasy. Basics: max 7.5k words, pays $.08/wd, no reprints, due 12/31/23. Guidelines: https://www.patreon.com/posts/submission-2023-88752531

#WritingCommunity

Abra Staffin-Wiebe
3 days ago

(2/6) DreamForge Anvil @DreamForgeMag is open for optimistic SF/fantasy until 10/14/23. Basics: 200-7K words, reprints OK, $.08/wd. https://dreamforgemagazine.com/submissions-procedures-2023/

#amwriting #WritingCommunity #fantasy #OpenCall

Abra Staffin-Wiebe
3 days ago

(1/6) Tales & Feathers @talesfeathers will open soon for cozy fantasy submissions! Basics: cozy fantasy, 1K–2.5K, CA$.11/wd. Open 10/1/23-10/21/23 BIPOC, trans, or disabled writers; 10/8/23-10/21/23 general. Guidelines: https://www.augurmag.com/submissions/

#AmWriting #WritingCommunity #OpenCall

PAUL COGAN
3 days ago

Prominent authors team up with The Authors Guild to sue OpenAI for copyright infringement. Authors cited in the complaint include Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, prolific novelist Jodi Picoult, and 15 others.
https://apnews.com/article/openai-lawsuit-authors-grisham-george-rr-martin-37f9073ab67ab25b7e6b2975b2a63bfe?tpcc=NL_Marketing
#WritersHelpingWriters #authorlife
#authorsofmastodon #indieauthors #author #creativewriting
#writersofmastodon #writinglife #selfpublishing #writers
#writer #amWriting #writingcommunity #writing #WritersCoffeeClub

Q.
3 days ago

I'm writing my first novel. It feels like I'm wandering alone in a dense forest without a compass. It's overwhelming. Most days I end up feeling like I'm crazy for even trying this.

Any published #authors have advice for the n00bs on how to keep our eyes on the prize?

#WritingCommunity #Writing #WritersOfMastodon

Indie Author Social News
3 days ago

California bans book bans and textbook censorship in schools

Building on his Family Agenda to promote educational freedom and success, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed AB 1078 by Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson (D-Moreno Valley), which bans "book bans" in schools, prohibits censorship of instructional...
http://www.bookbrowse.com/news/detail/index.cfm?news_item_number=3121

#WritingCommunity
#SelfPublishing
#Writing

Q.
3 days ago

Determination

This novel isn't going to

Write itself today

#HaiQ #haiku #poetry #writing #writingcommunity

Shantell Powell
3 days ago

Working Class Writers Grant now open
This $1,000 grant is awarded annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers. Apply by Sept. 30, 2023. Winner announced Nov. 15, 2023 https://speculativeliterature.org/?nltr=MTEyOzE4O2h0dHBzOi8vc3BlY3VsYXRpdmVsaXRlcmF0dXJlLm9yZy9ncmFudHMtMy90aGUtc2xmLXdvcmtpbmctY2xhc3MtZ3JhbnQvOztjN2RiMzA3NDQ0ZmQ1OWQ1N2FjYTRiMGYxNmM5NzdlOQ%3D%3D #WritingCommunity #WritingGrants #SpeculativeFiction

juma
3 days ago

leaves fall into fall
scarlet almost magenta
embracing the earth

#haiku #575 #SmallPoems
#fall #autumn
#writing #WritingCommunity
#poetry #PoetryCommunity
#MastoPrompt #magenta

@tanweerdar

#WritingCommunity Are you tantalized by stories you can’t tell?

I’m holding in at least a half dozen highly affecting sequences of events that reflect poorly on people I know personally. I feel it’s impossible for me to safely share these stories with my name attached, even if the details were obscured.

Is there a social media outlet, anonymous posting place, or some way to get such stories out? Some are so good! Sad. Funny. Comeuppances. Rich material going to waste. 😭

Indie Author Social News
4 days ago

Germany’s Ebook Report: Fewer Buyers, More ‘Intensity’

Year-over-year, the new study data from GfK indicates a 7.0-percent drop in the number of Germany's ebook buyers, January through June 2023.
The post Germany’s Ebook Report: Few...
https://publishingperspectives.com/2023/09/germanys-ebook-report-fewer-buyers-more-intensity/

#WritingCommunity
#SelfPublishing
#Writing

Mark A. Rayner
4 days ago

Listicle: Ernest Hemingway’s 5 Surprisingly Easy Rules for Writing

1. Kill adjectives
2. Murder your darlings
3. Slaughter long sentences
4. Exterminate repetition
5. Whisky, but only after s̶l̶a̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶b̶l̶o̶o̶d̶l̶u̶s̶t̶ writing

#writing #books #book #writer #writers #writerslife #humor #humour #writingcommunity

old black and white photo of Ernest Hemingway, shirtless, holding a shotgun
Bethany Carter
4 days ago

Found this in the garden today. I love finding these.

Sending out a bunch of luck to all you writers out there!

#WritingCommunity #AmWriting #WritersofMastodon #Writing

4-leaf clover
duanetoops
4 days ago

The first book was beyond enjoyable! Excited to start the second!

#reading #writing #books @bookstodon #amwriting #writingcommunity #blog #blogging

An ebook reader, on top of a pocket notebook, in top of a wooden table top. The cover of Martha Well's book Artificial Condition is on the eReader.
Rich Rubin
5 days ago

Hi #BillsMafia , my name is Rich and I’m a #selfpublished #author from #Buffalo and will happily donate my proceeds for every book I sell through Halloween to Damar Hamlin’s #chasingmsfoundation. I will gladly share screenshots of my #KDP dashboard to confirm my royalties. Did this last year on X with modest success. I’m not looking to make $ on this deal, just giving back. #writingcommunity https://www.amazon.com/stores/Rich-Rubin/author/B01LVW19P7 @bookstodon

Just call me Ash
5 days ago

#WritersCoffeeClub 9/24. What are your biggest bugbears with publishing?

The automatic assumption that the only worthwhile goal is to become a professional full-time author.

I prefer to see it Sultans of Swing style:

"And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene. He's got a daytime job, he's doing alright."

#writingcommunity #author

RS, Author, Novelist
6 days ago

@s3thi Thank you for sharing that insight and I hope you find the people of your mind here.

i hope the melon man bankrupts Twitter ... [so] Microsoft can buy it up and make it boring again.

It's bad when good is boring. I can't help but agree. I'll stick with Mastodon, though.

On the bright side, there are plenty of #writers and #authors amongst #theWritersOfMastodon that form a #writingCommunity. There are also #developers and people who #code. Lots of #art, #artists, and #artistsonmastodon doing #fineart, #watercolor, #sketch, and #photography.

Follow some of these tags. Posts will suggest further tags and people to follow. If you find someone particularly interesting, you can always investigate their follow list.

#boostingIsSharing #feditips

adaddinsane (Steve Turnbull)
6 days ago

Controversial Opinion: I don't use Hero's Journey.

I did in my first book but quickly decided it was far too restrictive and not actually that useful.

The fact it has infected almost all storytelling is quite troubling, IMO.

Turns out Campbell's monomyth idea is not even close to be being correct.

From the linked article:

"academic folklorists and scholars of ancient literature almost universally reject Campbell’s theories as nonsense"

https://talesoftimesforgotten.com/2020/12/31/the-heros-journey-is-nonsense/

#writing #writingCommunity