Politically Correct Affects Creative Writing – Too

This Politically Correct stuff is just going too far. I never did like the concept of anyone being treated with kid gloves just because they were…whatever. That seems to me to only accentuate the differences that are trying to be eliminated, and awfully condescending. Most people don’t need laws or rules or oaths to be decent human beings. I am going to narrow this whole PC fiasco down to the subject of critiquing.

In the olden days before Politically Correct was born, writers understood the difference between constructive criticism and a negative, personal flame. They knew what they were going to get when they asked for a critique, and used what they could to improve their work. Or they ignored it. It certainly was not a crime for a reviewer to point out an area that wasn’t working for them.

In today’s world if you give a critique, there will be more than one person protesting the reviewer, and reminding them of the old adage, “If you can’t say it nice, don’t say anything at all.” This charge is not always led by the writer. It’s often led by a PC observer who has not read the work and doesn’t intend to; nor cares if the criticism hit its mark and is valid. They are only concerned with the feelings of a writer, and it being posted on a public forum.

If a writer intends to share his work by publishing it, even if it’s an online writer’s group, they are opening up their work to constructive criticism. It doesn’t matter if it’s a writing to release their pent-up emotions or just for fun. If it’s posted publicly, they are publicly asking for opinions. What they do with those opinions is their business. But, no one has the right to insist that all feedback be praise. Nor do they have the right to restrict the public comments to those that rave and praise.

If they truly don’t want critiques or low rates, all they have to do is post an author’s note at the top of the page stating this. Tell the readers it’s a personal piece and they aren’t looking for reviews. They can still receive readers and stars. Readers should respect their requests and not critique the piece! Read, Comment and Rate is okay.

Keeping constructive reviews private robs the members who view the public review page of the opportunity to learn and grow.

It keeps those members who do want constructive feedback from receiving it because…

these PC advocators are very good at discouraging the reviewers who want to help.

Imagine, a writing site where constructive reviews are not encouraged.

Catering to a small group who complains of constructive feedback is done to the detriment of those who hope to publish someday. Anyone who writes merely to bask in the warmth of praise isn’t interested in publishing in the same way. He is a dabbler. He doesn’t want or need critiques. Some don’t, and that’s okay. But, they really should say so.

They should not set the standard for those who are ready and willing to work hard. A writer wants to tell the best story he’s capable of telling. He’s willing to put in the hard work, and he will at least try to accept ‘negative’ constructive feedback. He might cry and hit the wall, but he always comes back. He isn’t destroyed by one or two critiques. A real writer knows the difference between a personal flame and a constructive critique.

If a writer has the nerve to post and share his work in a public forum, he has the nerve to receive criticism without falling apart. We should be giving him the right tools to strengthen his writing, which will strengthen his confidence, instead of assuring him his work is already perfect and he doesn’t need to listen to those mean ol’ reviewers.

By giving only Politically Correct reviews, we’re keeping them down where they will never learn and improve. That’s not politically correct, in my opinion.

Now tell me, is that nice?

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How to Write Engaging and Satisfying Stories

Both structure and content inform each other as a story develops. Structure consists of the storyboard of scenes that propel a story to its conclusion. It’s the framework, the outline, the scaffolding for the decisions of what to present. Content consists of actions that characters perform within particular settings. These are the events that bring life to relationships and suspense to the structure.

To build an engaging and satisfying story, overlay a myth as a super-structure. It will act as mile-markers on a highway. Below is an example from the Caucuses consisting of thirteen movements of a powerful, ultimately satisfying story of hubris and punishment. It predates the Greek legend of Prometheus who stole fire and was chained to a rock.

While battling evil spirits in his search for a bride, his two brothers were killed, and Amirani attempted suicide, but discovered to his dismay that he returned to life. Thereafter, Amirani abandoned his search for a bride, and empowered by the highest God, he took on another Giant. He is swallowed by the Black Dragon. Amirani cuts the dragon’s belly and comes out, and then he takes on highest god himself. In response for his insolence, God punished him in three stages: he fastened Amirani to a post driven deep in the earth, second, God, buried him in chains under a mountain pass, which formed a cave-like dome over him; and third, for one night each year, the mountain opened to reveal Amirani suspended in air where a human attempted in vain to release him, and the mountain closed again in consequence of the excessive talk of woman.

In this example the first movement of the story is ‘While battling evil spirits in his search for a bride, his two brothers were killed’. The story you are writing will need to reveal the evil spirits: are they bad cops, criminals, corrupt officials, etc? Who or what is the bride?-a woman, a good career, happy life, money, etc.? Who are his two brothers and how were they killed?

Filmmakers flush-out the movements of stories by filming locations and interviewing actors. They are sketching the settings and characters. For settings, I consider mood and places accessible to me for visits. For characters, I use models of people I knew and adapt them to emphasize a particular characteristic. To make the settings and characters more real, I download images and construct collages. I give them speech by writing an ordinary day where they are introduced to another character.

The collages and sketches inform events and the events are organized into scenes and chapters.

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5 Tips For Giving an Attractive Title To a Story

Choosing an attractive title for a story is a difficult task. It is vital that you should create an evocative and unique title for the story. In the competitive world, writers have to meet deadlines and write more than three stories simultaneously. If you want to know how to keep writing good titles, you must consider the following tips.

Avoid plagiarism

Millions of novels and short stories are written on a regular basis. There is a possibility that your story title might have already been used by other writers. You can check if there is a copyright on the story title. Even if there is no copyright on the title, you should not use it. The reason is that the stories with common titles can confuse the readers. When you are submitting your story for the best writing competitions, you should be more careful.

Choose Appropriate Quotes

You can use quotes to write an interesting title for your story. For example, the main theme of the story is about heartbreaks and you have also used relevant quotes in the story. Heartbreak can be a fascinating title for your story. The best option is to follow the theme and write a relevant and attractive story title.

Play with the words

Do you want your story to get noticed easily? Your option is to play with the words and create an amazing title for the story. If you are writing a story about a musician who is trying to find out the truth about the parental home, Keys can be an appropriate title for the story. The keys are used to unlock closed doors and the musician too uses his mind as keys in order to unveil a mystery. You must learn how to keep writing good stories and titles for your readers.

Use Nouns for Title of Your Story

Another option is to use one noun from the story as the title. Whether you wish to use an improper or a proper noun, it is vital that you should use it appropriately. You can use the name of the main character as the title. His hobby, his birthplace also can be used for this purpose. If you have developed a story about a film star, then Tinsel Town might be the title of the story. Goal Post would be a nice title if your story is based on the life of a soccer player. The stories with attractive titles are highly appreciated in the best writing competitions of the world.

Utilize Plot for the Title

Using the plot for the story title is a common practice adopted by the popular writers. They have done a lot of research and find out how to keep writing good titles for their stories. You can also use this tactic for writing the title of your story. If the story is about a lady who is practicing hard to become a successful hockey player, then Hockey Stick is a suitable title. The Rising Star can be used for the story that depicts the life of actor of Hollywood.

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How Do You Write Fiction?

Everyone can start writing a story, but everyone cannot start writing wonderful fiction. Fiction is a type of story that is not based on real people or event, but it may give reference of true events. It comes out of the writer’s imagination. Here are a few tips that you must follow to create a good fiction.

Create tension initially

The first step is to create tension in the beginning of the story. It is important to create the tension that is relevant to the whole story. Tension can be created around the main character such as the character cannot save the life of his spouse or he cannot beat his rival in a game and so on.

Do not add prologue

You should not develop a prologue for your fiction story. Especially a prologue before an introduction is awful. The prologue is important for a novel, but it is not required in a fiction story.

Develop interesting characters

You must create dynamic characters that wish to pursue their own mission. For example, Harry Porter wants to beat the evil wizard, while Romeo and his lover Juliet love each other and wish to stay together. Successful authors develop characters with strong desires and ambitions to engage their readers.

Increase curiosity of the readers

Your objective is to build the curiosity of your readers and compel them to read the entire book. Many writers often end their stories with unanswered questions so that their readers are forced to think and find out the answers themselves.

Add difficulties in the lives of the characters

Fiction writers develop stories where the characters face difficult situations and overcome them at the end of the stories. The characters might overcome various obstacles such as drug addiction, jealousy of people, etc. but that they finally get rid of the problems.

Use an appropriate verb

You should use appropriate verb when you write a fiction. The verb ‘said’ is a better option than other verb such as cautioned or grumbled.

Do not use multiple exclamation points

The common rule is to use three or four exclamation points per one hundred thousand words. If you use multiple exclamations, then the stories might lose their values among the readers.

Avoid using regional dialect

You should use regional dialects occasionally. If the words are spelt phonetically and the pages are loaded with multiple apostrophes then there is a possibility that the attention of the readers might be diverted.

Do not use descriptive language

Many writers give vivid description of things as well as places and diminish the readers’ interests. Only if you are confident about your language you must describe the scenes. You should not use descriptions that hamper the storyline.

Use short paragraphs

Many readers have the tendency to skip the stories that have long sentences and paragraphs. If you use short sentences or paragraphs you are bound to draw attention of the readers.

You must read the essential fiction writing tips before you sit down to write a brilliant fiction story.

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Bringing the Curtain Down

Though it may be a well-written prize winner, a one-off book, a stand-alone novel, has little chance of commercial success in today’s reading market. The mass of readers wants recurring heroes, protagonists who return to deliver the goods in more adventures. It’s something a reader can look forward to and feel comfortable with. Series novels are the thing. And looking back, reading of the army of fans who followed Arthur Conan-Doyle and eagerly awaited his latest Sherlock Holmes treat, I feel it’s always been so. Now it’s big time.

Series novels are invariably thrillers in the crime, mystery and espionage genres. Some come about by accident. They begin with a single book, which is then followed by another, perhaps a sequel, and then a third and so it goes on. Others are intended from the beginning. My new novel, ‘The Sum of Things’ recently launched on Amazon’s Kindle, is one of these. It’s the first in what I intend and to be a long and successful series.

While writing my novel, I got to thinking about how long a series should run for? Given that it’s successful, how far should a writer continue producing his series before calling it quits? And what criteria should he/she use to govern the series continuance? Intrigued, I began to examine some recent thriller series novels.

Probably, the most popular thriller series today has to be the Jack Reacher novels of Lee Child. Two of the novels: ‘One Shot’ and’Never Go Back’ have been turned into successful and money-spinning movies starring Tom Cruise.

Beginning in 1997 with ‘Killing Floor’ this writer has consistently produced a novel a year, for twenty years, many of them gaining awards. His latest, ‘Midnight Line’, #22 in the series, will be released in November. His previous novel ‘Night School’, (#21) has garnered on Amazon 5,464 reviews and counting. I’m impressed. As only a small minority of readers bother to write a review, that gives some indication of the sales numbers Child’s books are enjoying. And sales have to be one of the major indices a writer will use in deciding to continue or not. But in reading some of the Jack Reacher reviews, I can see that cracks are appearing.

Many readers, some die-hard fans of the series, are complaining that the plots are becoming hackneyed and see Child struggling to come up with new situations and fresh story ideas, his style becoming more formulaic and his villains are turning into ‘buffoonish cartoons.’ It seems that Child’s creative well could be running dry. Nevertheless, based on current popularity, I’m sure we’ll see more of Jack Reacher.

Among other works, that fine British writer, Stephen Leather has now published fourteen novels in his Dan ‘Spider’ Shepard thriller series and is still getting good reviews.

Another successful series has been Andy McNab’s Nick Stone Series of thrillers. Book #19 ‘Line of Fire’ is due out in October 2017. But get this: it can be preordered on Amazon Kindle for a whopping US$ 26.78! Wow. How’s that for cheek? Not a hardback mind, an e-book. It would be a long cold day in hell before I would pay 27 bucks for a gift-wrapped, signed hardback edition much less a Kindle e-book. His previous book, ‘Cold Blood’ #18 in the series, carries a price tag of US$ 14.24, still too expensive for a Kindle novel I feel. And the reviews for this series don’t cut it anymore. The 2 and 3-star revues surpass the 4 and 5 stars; not a good sign. It’s time he quit, but I feel Andy will press on. It may be he’s seen the writing on the wall and decided to make as much as he can before it crashes.

An outstanding series of recent years was the Inspector Morse Series by the British writer, Colin Dexter. Made into a television drama with that fine actor, John Thaw, in the role of Morse, it was excellent, well produced and I enjoyed it immensely. And partway through the television series, I turned my attention to the books and enjoyed them even more.

Dexter wrote thirteen Morse novels, beginning with ‘The Last Bus to Woodstock,’ and ending with ‘A Remorseful Day’, in which Morse dies. Yes, he brought his series to a close by killing off his protagonist. Dexter made no apologies or explanation. It was the writer’s decision and his alone and therefore had to be. But his fans were disappointed, myself included.

In making Morse a heavy drinker with poor dietary habits and indifferent to his health, could it be that Dexter was setting his hero up for a finale where he could bring on the fatal heart attack that would end the series whenever he chose to? It does seem that way to me. It is worth recording that he killed Morse in a satisfying way and closed his series on a high note, his last novel receiving splendid reviews. Not for Colin Dexter the disappointing reviews of frustrated fans.

And it was death that ended another great series; the James Bond saga. Not the death of Bond, but that of his creator, Ian Fleming.

When Fleming died beside that English golf course on the 12th of August 1964 at the age of fifty-six, it brought to a close a fascinating series. Not a great writer; he didn’t have to be. But he was good. And though it’s perhaps true that he wrote fantasies for adult children, his prose was lean and spare, and every word counted. His novels were real page-turners, and he was eminently readable.

His last novel, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, unfinished at the time of his death, was cobbled together by his publisher, Jonathan Cape and published eight months later. A poor job that lacked everything we fans expected from a Bond novel, it received poor though respectful reviews. I didn’t enjoy it much. It seems that heavy smoking and lifestyle-induced ill health had taken their toll on the writer. But, unsurprisingly, it was an instant bestseller in both hard and paperback form.

Fleming left behind a corpus of twelve Bond novels and some short story compilations, and so it was over. Or should have been. However, the publishing house, Jonathan Cape refused to accept it, and with the compliance of the author’s estate, they began searching for writers able to write Bond stories in the style of Fleming in what became known as the ‘continuation’ Bond novels.

First off the blocks was Kingsley Amis. Using the pseudonym, Robert Markham, Amis produced the novel, ‘Colonel Sun’.It got mixed reviews and sold well. Bond fan that I was, I didn’t enjoy it. And I don’t read any more of the continuation series which continues to this day. Though a thing apart, the Bond film franchise seems to be unending with a fan base who’ve never heard of Ian Fleming. For me, Ian Fleming’s alter ego, James Bond, died along with his creator that August morning in 1964. R.I.P.

Should a writer ‘age’ his protagonist as a series progresses or should he make him ageless, impervious to time and therefore able to hold the ring forever and a day? I believe in the first option; it’s closer to reality and makes him more credible. And so does Lee Child. Born in 1960, Jack Reacher will turn fifty-seven on the 29th of October. Retirement at sixty? It would seem logical. The clock is ticking.

And if we were to give James Bond the age of thirty-nine when he faced down Le Chiffre at the baccarat table in that casino in Royale in 1952 he would be 104 years old today. He doesn’t look it in the movies though, and the continuation writers also seem to have ignored this reality.

My boy, James Fallon, stepping up and showing his credentials in ‘The Sum of Things,’ is a youthful thirty-five in 2017, so he has lots of things to do, lots of villains to destroy and lots of time to do it in. It’s up to me.

Several factors may determine the time to bring down the curtain on a series.

The advancing age or failing health of the author.

The author’s desire to write other things in other genres (it was Arthur Conan-Doyle’s desire to write more historical fiction that resulted in Sherlock Holmes ‘death’ at Reichenbach Falls).

Increasingly poor reviews telling the author his ability to produce good stories is faltering and on the wane and the series has run its course.

But if the series is highly successful, sells well and brings in much money, an author would be sorely tempted to press on regardless of poor reviews. To close it down would be like killing a Golden Goose.

I have to conclude there can no hard fast rule on this. At the bottom end, you have writers who publish series schlock, written fast and aimed at low-brow readers with the single intent to make money. Such crap should never see the light of day. At the top end, we have a good example in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, going strong for twenty years and twenty-two novels. I hope my James Fallon series takes the same route. And I’ll be more than happy if it’s half as successful.

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Time Travel/Adventure Templates

What is the attraction of Time Travel as a genre in writing? Is it the idea we can go back and fix our lives? Or the appeal of watching history unfold? Maybe it’s the concept that everything happens for a reason. Regardless of your “why”, you need a good “how” to make time travel a reality. Below are five examples of how you can make that happen. Don’t worry, none of them have to do with Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

1. Mechanical – Most Sci-Fi fans are familiar with automated time traveling. What do Dr. Who and Back to the Future have in common? They both have machines of some type that allows characters to go forward or back in time. This is by far the most common method writers use to get their subjects from point A to point B. The advantages are you don’t really have to explain the mechanics, just assume it works and continue with the story. The disadvantage is making sure you don’t sound like a Dr. Who or Back to the Future rip off.

2. A Natural Phenomenon – Relying on a natural phenomenon is a little different. TV series like Star Trek and Stargate use these a lot. This includes black holes, wormholes, and the ever popular, rip in the fabric of time. In these stories, time travel is not usually planned, it is something that is thrust upon the characters. Advantages are it is typically high suspense and makes a great plot twist. The disadvantage is they are usually harder to explain and often require space travel as another area to research. Examples of this include, A Wrinkle in Time and the show Sliders.

3. Hypnosis or Meditation – If you use hypnosis or meditation to travel in time, the characters own mind is doing all the work. Think of Somewhere in Time or Time and Again. This makes time travel limited to only those who have strong enough willpower. Advantages are this puts your character in charge of their own destiny. Disadvantages are the character must spend so much effort to maintain that reality, that any small detail can disrupt the adventure.

4. Sleep or Dreams – If you use sleep or dreams this is a form of time travel happening to your character, but, less technical than a wormhole. Often used to teach someone a lesson. Think Rip Van Winkle or A Christmas Carol. Advantages are it can be excepted by more people, including children because it does not sound like Sci-Fi. A disadvantage is that it can be challenging to make a dream, not sound cliché.

5. Magic or Enchanted Items start to blur the line between Sci-Fi and Fantasy. The Story of the Amulet and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban both use items that are not traditional time machines. Advantages are you get to make up your own rules because after all, it is magic. Disadvantages include not all sci-fiction fans like fantasy and visa versa. Also, this usually involves more backstory that you must work in (the history of the item, how the character came to possess the object, etc.)

Most time travel adventures are character based, but the reader still needs to grasp how this is possible. Like knowing your setting, you also need to understand the mechanics of what you are suggesting. Are there other ways of writing a time travel story? I’m sure there are, but you as the writer need to have a clear picture in your mind before you try to share that vision. These are some of the more popular ways of writing time travel, think of them as templates, but don’t forget to make it your own.

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Tips on Writing the Effective Essay

There are two basic types of essays: personal and academic. They are different kinds of pleasure. The aesthetic pleasures or daydreaming and the pleasures of learning. But in some way, the reader realizes that the pleasures are undifferentiated. The reason is simple: each essay is a small story. The personal essay is imaginative writing: it tells a story and is written in the memoir style. In relation to the academic essay, it is mainly objective and impersonal. The reader looks for a mentor in whose authority he believes. Both types of essay, of course, answer questions. Both types can present ideas to the world. The same basic structural design underlies both types of writing, to know: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion.

The opening of the essay should be unexpected and refreshing. You should immediately introduce the tone of language that permeates the entire essay. The essay should contain a consistent tone. If you start writing in a formal tone, continue in this way from beginning to end. That is to say, do not use street slang, if you are writing a logical argument.

You can structure your essay into two or three separate parts. Each part serves a distinct function in the essay. The basic building block of essay structure is the sentence. Vary your sentence structure by alternating short and long sentences and dependent and independent clauses. Vary also the transition sentences between paragraphs.

Your essay will be convincing only when you provide the reader with new insight about the theme. The essay should exhibit a consistent theme. The piece’s unity is more important than anything else about it. It is important to have an innovative viewpoint, an original perspective in its own right. A good essay reassures the vision of life the writer believes.

The best writers use clear language (but never redundant) and vivid language that allows the reader to see, taste, and hear the evidence. Remember the old rule: telling instead of showing. Use specific, vivid physical details instead of vague generality. The choice of details will set you apart. Brevity is paramount. You must to know what to leave out. Leave something to the reader’s imagination.

The conclusion should clearly tie together the entire essay. One simple way to do this is reviving images from the introduction. You can bring the essay together by wrapping it up with references to earlier parts of the piece. We use to say that the piece comes full circle when it responds to her initial question.

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Where to Look for Your Next Project when You’re Writing for Profit

When my first book “Starting Your Own Business” was published way back in 1995, I thought that was it. I reckoned I’d never write another one. But I was wrong. It has enjoyed many reprints, multiple editions, and proceeded over the years to generate another seven disparate titles from the same topic.

Towards the end of last year I completed the first draft manuscript for a commemorative fourth edition marking a decade in print. This has been accepted by the publisher and is due on world wide bookshelves in the autumn of 2005. The content has been updated, several topical new chapters have been added, and all in all it should start the ball rolling all over again by attracting a new breed of readers.

With that project out of the way, I was stumped where to look for the next.

I dug deep within myself and asked what else do I know about? I know how to start, manage and expand small businesses; I know about advising anyone on how to run an internet business from home, shop or office; I know how to instruct others on the subject of writing for profit, but what else do I know?

Then it dawned on me…

I also know how to enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling retirement.

And so I embarked on my new task, researched the topic, completed the text, submitted a proposal, and as a result “Your Retirement Masterplan” (ISBN 1857039874) was published in October 2004 and is already a bestseller – ranking at No.10 out of 3142 competitive titles on Amazon.co.uk.

But I didn’t let the matter rest there. I set about drafting a fresh proposal for a sequel “Your Retirement Cash Plan”. It too has been accepted for publication in the second quarter of 2005.

The Moral…

Dig deep within yourself. You know much more than you think you know.

PS: My youngest daughter reckons I should now give my early attention to something else I know about and start work on a project along the lines of
‘How to Become a Boring Old …’

Now there’s a thought…

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Message to Online Writers – Don’t Give Up On A Good Idea

The writing community is a strong one, with many new “members”
joining daily. All theser writers are finding or looking for their particular niches. Many are looking for solid information on how to get started making money through online writing. Others use newsletters to boost their fan base, market their work or services … you all know exactly what I’m writing about, since most of you who are reading this are in the same position.

I am one of you, one of the online writers who has been working on a
niche. I found mine several years ago as a Website content writer and
developer, online marketer, reviewer, article and e-book writer. And
through my journey I have seen the growth of fr-ee content for e-zines
(e-mail newsletters) and free article distribution. What a terrific concept!

Writers helping writers! We are among the most intellectually generous
people on this planet. Writers seem to thrive on sharing and helping
others. Sure, there is a certain amount of professional competition, but
it’s not like other professions. We reach out to help the new and untried
in our business, we look at our “work” as art as well as craft. We have
great jobs!

You’re probably thinking, what does all this have to do with the title of
this article? Here’s where the subject enters … Last year I wanted to do
my part to help other online writers, so I began a small Website
specifically to offer helpful free information. Both for those who wanted to read well-written and informative articles and to give new writers and
marketers another resource to find quality free information for their e-
zines and sites. As a Website content developer, I especially realize the
importance of good, solid, quality content.

However, time became a premium commodity, and after getting the site
set up and a few articles under each category, I just could not find time
to keep it up. My promised helpers couldn’t find time to help me maintain
it, and I quickly began receiving many, many great articles that I wanted
to post, but without help I simply ran out of time week after week.

I finally decided I couldn’t keep it going, so I sent out a notice and
announced my site was closing. And from the responses, I was
surprised at how people loved the site!

With all the free content out there, there is always room for more, and
fans of the site proved that to me. The last request I received to bring
back the site really hit home, as it was by a very respected Website
Designer/Developer, and I realized that what I’d thought was just a nice
idea had been accepted on a level I hadn’t expected. I had assumed
my “good idea” could just fade away and not be noticed. After all, how
many sites come and go daily on the Internet … millions? I had no idea
my site would be so missed!

I learned a valuable lesson from this, and it’s a lesson that really applies to life beyond the Internet. When you have an idea that is good enough to share, that inspires you, makes you smile, gives you pleasure, makes you feel motivated, don’t give up on it! Find the time somewhere, make it work! Inspiration is a great gift to receive and when you have it, and share it, you are creating a strong bond. This is what makes the Internet what it is!

So, my little site has given me some realization that I do make a little
difference in this big international electronic pond, and that is worth
struggling to make the site work. And I want to pass this realization on to
all my fellow writers and online entrepreneurs! Do what you love, keep
at it, because there are many you don’t even realize that are watching,
benefiting and growing from your words and efforts! Keep on keeping
on!

Cherie’ Davidson has been working as a Web copywriter, content editor, press release writer, Web reviewer and site marketing consultant for several years. You can contact Cherie and read more about her at her Website http://www.CherieDavidson.com [http://www.CherieDavidson.com] and her humor blog cdwrites.blogspot.com.

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Writing Your Best-Selling Non-Fiction Book Title

Your struggling to sell just a few copies of your book, ebook,
report or other information-based product each month?

Are you stumped by the lack of response you are getting?

You are positive people want your information, yet no matter
how hard you try, you can’t seem to tap into the flood of
demand with your infoproduct.

Happily, there is one simple, quick change you can make to
your product that can make a massive difference to your
results — improve your book title.

Your book title is often the ONLY advertisement that stands
between your bank account and your prospects wallet.

Why is that?

Your book title finds it’s way to directories, onto bookshelves
(in the case of a printed book), website titles, website links,
email and forum signatures, business cards, topics of seminars,
press releases, joint venture partner proposals and campaigns,
interviews, and much, much more….

Here are 3 highly successful techniques for turning your mediocre
book titles into sizzling, red-hot, money-making titles…

Book Title Writing SECRET #1: Grab Their Attention

It often happens that book writers have great content, even great
sales letters and press releases, but their title is a dismal, limp
descriptive bore.

This is not the place to “save your best” marketing for the
press release.

You want your book title to reach out and grab the browser’s
attention instantly by being personal, controversial and knowing
exactly what is “front-of-mind” for your market.

Use strong words, action words, and controversy (within reason)
to capture your prospect’s attention.

Book Title Writing SECRET #2: Tap Into Their Interest

Apart from what you may think, you will not create interest in
your readers, what you can do is anticipate and tap into interests
that already exist in the mind’s of your readers.

How do you do this?

Simple, by identifying what that interest is and clearly
communicating this in your title.

For example, you’ve selected dieting as your subject area – and
you discover that what your market is REALLY interested in right
now is diets that are not dangerous to your health.

Your title could be something like:

WARNING: What You Don’t Know About Low-Carb Diets That May Hurt You.

It’s a matter of knowing what the REAL concerns are in your
market.

Book Title Writing SECRET #3: Create Anticipation

Your book title must turn casual interest into enough curiosity
that they will take a next step – read your sales letter, lookup
your book, open the cover, purchase your book, etc…

Once you have grabbed their attention, tapped into their interest,
the final step is to convince them that YOU, the author, offers
a believable, unique and better fulfillment of their desire than
others do.

You can create curiosity by:

– giving your approach it’s own “technology” name

– listing the number of steps or formula stages

– promising results

Book Title Writing SECRET #4: Overcoming Objections

Finally, there is one final step that can really make your book
title effective – that’s to eliminate the biggest objection your
prospects will have to not buy your product.

For example, in Steve Manning’s book “How You Can Write Your Book
On Anything in 14 Days Or Less…Guaranteed!” (see
http://www.infoproductcreator.com/part/14days ) Steve overcomes
the number one objection in the mind’s of aspiring writers with
the words “About Anything”).

Why?

Most writers are not confident about their ability to write about
a given topic – promising them an approach that will work no matter
what the subject matter, overcomes the biggest buying obstacle right
in the title.

With these tips, turn your work into it’s own marketing machine by
Attacking your market with your book title. Watch your sales soar,
your credibility increase and best of all, watch your bank account
grow.

Discover how to create your own best-selling eBooks, Special reports or books to sell online …AND keep 100% of the profits. Limited time complimentary access to 7-Part Minicourse will get you started quickly and easily. Visit: http://www.infoproductcreator.com/ebook

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