#Writerlife101 Day 7: Worst writing advice #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Writing advice is good because beginning authors need to learn the craft, and simple sayings are easy to remember. They encourage us to write lean, descriptive prose and craft engaging conversations. The craft of writing involves learning the rules of grammar, developing a wider vocabulary, learning how to develop characters, build worlds, etc., etc. Authors spend a lifetime learning their craft and never learn all there is to know about the subject.

Writing advice is bad because it is so frequently taken to extremes by novice authors armed with a little dangerous knowledge.

  • Remove all adverbs.
    This advice is complete crap. Use common sense and don’t use unnecessary adverbs.
  • Don’t use speech tags.
    What? Who said that and why are there no speech tags in this drivel?
  • Show, Don’t Tell. Don’t Ever Don’t do it!

Quote from Susan Defreitas for Lit Reactor: Sure, hot tears, a pounding pulse, and clenched…

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Why do I support Special Olympics New Jersey?

I first became aware of the cause when I met Matthew Reeves, an avid supporter and State Committee member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. I tagged along and watched as Matt and his friends organized various fundraisers throughout the year, convinced of what an amazing thing they were doing simply by watching them in action.

It was not until I attended my first Summer Games opening ceremonies at the College of New Jersey, however, that I was truly hooked. I was lucky enough to stand at ground level next to the field, giving me the perfect view of the athletes as they made their entrance. Each county in New Jersey was represented, bringing thousands of athletes together in that stadium. Although creating stories is my chosen profession, I still look upon that moment and struggle for the words to describe what I saw and what I felt. I envisioned many roles as I watched, thinking on the stories behind the athletes on that field, and what they must be feeling – as a parent of an athlete, a sibling, a coach – and as a proud athlete who worked so hard all year to participate in the games. Finally, I thought of it in my role as a volunteer, and I realized how very blessed I am to be able to contribute in some small way to the realization of a dream for all those who were standing on that field. Seeing the pride in those faces, the triumph in their stares, and the strength in their hearts is something that can not be bought – yet each of us who volunteer or contribute in some way are a part of that success.

Please consider helping me support Special Olympics New Jersey by making a donation through my page HERE. The process is fast, easy and secure & ANY amount makes a huge difference.

Thanks so much for your support!

True story: you’ll never be normal again

Originally posted on Novelty Revisions: Never. You will never JUST have a nine-to-five job, if you ever have one at all. You’ll never be content making money just doing one thing, just working for one person. You won’t ever sit back, look at your life and think, “Yeah, this is fine. I can’t do any…

via Your Life Will Never Be Normal — Author Don Massenzio

ON SALE: Time Walkers Complete Collection $0.99 or FREE w/Kindle Unlimited

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See why readers are falling in love with Time Walkers


“Perhaps I will cut your throat as you tried to cut mine. Will I still want to touch you when your blood is on my hands? Or will it chase your ghost from my thoughts?”
He held his hands out and considered them for a moment, shaking his head.
“I think not. I think still you would haunt me.”


Maggie is a modern day woman with all her flaws, thrust back into a time when men were carving out the history of America. She has just enough knowledge of the past to know trouble is coming, yet soon she is kicking herself for not paying better attention in history class. When she is captured by Winn, a warrior who is torn between his duty to kill her and his desire to keep her, she must adapt to a life she had only read about in history books.

Winn is a seventeenth century Paspahegh warrior, born in a time before the English settlers arrived on the shores of Tsenacomoco. He has learned the ways of the English and uses his knowledge to ensure the survival of his people, but when he finds a wounded woman in the woods his loyalty is put to the ultimate test.

Hunted and feared by both the Powhatan and the English, Maggie struggles to find a way home while Winn plots to keep her there. Maggie fights to survive as she finds herself entangled in the Massacre of 1622, and Winn sees everything he ever believed in shattered by the knowledge she holds. With ties to both the past and future, their lives unfold among the stirrings of a new nation. Maggie and Winn risk everything to survive as the once powerful Powhatan Nation crumbles and the English build a country from the ashes.

This eBook includes:

  • The Legend of the Bloodstone
  • Return of the Pale Feather
  • Of Vice and Virtue
  • A Tale of Oak and Mistletoe
  • An excerpt from E.B. Brown’s Ghost Dance, the first novel in the Time Dance series
  • Bonus content notes from E.B. Brown

Praise for the Time Walkers series:
The Legend of the Bloodstone – 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Quarterfinalist
A Tale of Oak and Mistletoe – 2013 RWA/NYC We Need a Hero Contest, Finalist
“Time travel and romance converge in this tale of star-crossed love” – Publishers Weekly on The Legend of the Bloodstone
“This was beautiful! Time Travel at its best!”- Romance Novels in Color
“Absolutely consuming” – Amazon reviewer
“I love this series. I didn’t want it to end!” – Amazon Reviewer
“I can easily see where this story could be a fantastic movie.” – Amazon Reviewer
“My complaint with this book is I couldn’t stop reading this one and the next one in the series which resulted in late nights and tired mornings!!” – Amazon Reviewer
“An epic historical saga in brilliant cinematic technicolor” – Amazon reviewer

Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives

David Gaughran

Phoenix Sullivan is well-known in the indie community – I’ve known her myself since 2009 or 2010 and consider her a close friend.

Aside from being exceptionally generous with her time and knowledge, tirelessly sharing her insights on marketing and algorithms, Phoenix is also well known as a vocal campaigner against scammers and cheaters – particularly on the current big issues of book stuffing and clickfarming.

And now she is being targeted.

Phoenix made a box set free for a few days back in September, advertising on Freebooksy, KND/BookGorilla, and Digital Book World – all legitimate sites – and there was no other promotion involved with this title. No BookBub CPM ads, no Facebook campaign, no tweets, no newsletter swaps, no mailing lists.

On the third day of her free run, Phoenix’s box set was rank-stripped by Amazon, a punishment normally reserved for those who have used clickfarms or bots…

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NEW RELEASE: Season of Exile

The second volume in the Time Dance series is now available! Read Season of Exile (Time Dance Book 2) for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

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Time Walkers Complete Collection on sale

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Time Walkers The Complete Collection


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The Legend of the Bloodstone (Time Walkers Book 1)
2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Quarterfinalist

A Tale of Oak and Mistletoe (Time Walkers Book 4)
2013 RWA/NYC We Need a Hero Contest, Finalist

“Time travel and romance converge in this tale of star-crossed love”
-Publishers Weekly on The Legend of the Bloodstone

“The writing was very good. The prose flowed naturally and the pacing was fluid. It had a polished and professional quality other stories have lacked. I also appreciate how authentically the time travel was portrayed. The protagonist coming to grips with her new surroundings had an integrity and realism to it that many such stories lack. Probably owing to the quality prose, everything had a vividness to it.”
-ABNA Reviewer

“The strongest aspect is the author’s creation of a spunky, sympathetic heroine whose abrupt tumble Alice in Wonderland-style into a perplexing (but somehow familiar) world is humorous and intriguing.”
-ABNA Reviewer

“This was beautiful! Time Travel at its best!”
-Romance Novels in Color