With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sometimes it’s good to take a moment to just laugh.
Also check out this article from the New York Times on the life and legacy of Ms. Carter.
It’s amazing the jewels you find when you least expect them. Last week while perusing the newspaper of my former hometown (Roanoke, Virginia), I came across the obituary of Jackie Carter. Some of you may have known her already, but for me it’s all new.
Mrs. Carter was not only an author and editor of children’s books, she also made an impact in racial diversity in learning materials for kids with companies such as Scholastic, Sesame Street, and Disney. But, when you read about her legacy, what is most fascinating (at least to me) isn’t want she accomplished in the writing world. It was three things. She continued to work and flourish as she battled lymphoma, advocated for the education of boys of color, and was buried in Roanoke.
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Robyn yawned as she turned the page. The book was interesting, but her eyes and mind were too tired to comprehend. Helping her ailing mother was taking its toll. Books had become her vacation – a mental break from the reality of her world.
The damsel was in distress. No longer could she care for the manor. The storm brewing would be its end as well as hers. Sitting on the disheveled porch, she cried. Then a man stood before her. It was Tobias. He cupped her face in his hands, gazing into her eyes before pulling her close to his heart. He vowed to make everything right. She looked up at him with hope. He reassured her by passionately kissing her ruby lips.
Robyn swooned. Her attention was glued. Adrenaline pumped through her body providing a jolt of energy and excitement she didn’t know she had. She longed for…
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This quote from Georgina Cromarty’s post about writing and artificial intelligence practically blew my mind.
“Some writers will see AI manuscript evaluations as a blessing since it takes the subjective human out the loop.
…And some may see it as a threat.”
Yes, I’ve worked in the IT field for 20+ years. Yes, I understand what the ones and zeros are all about, and the inner workings of software and hardware. Yes, I know technology brings about modern convenience, and can spout an answer to the hardest equations with speed and ease. But with all of that, do I trust it wholly? No! Here’s why.
Mankind believes computers are smart. The reality is that technology is only as great as the humans that make it. And of course we know that humans are bound to mistakes. So, technology is too. Nothing is perfect.
So when I think about artificial intelligence playing a role in evaluating manuscripts, a smile crosses my face because it means the process of submitting and getting a response will be shortened. But then my smile fades, and my head cocks to one side like a questioning puppy. What algorithm is used to decide what’s publish-worthy and what’s not? How often is the artificial intelligence maintained and updated for optimal performance?
I get it from a productivity perspective. There’s a lot of reading and publishers want to watch their bottom line. Technology can help, but in the end will it really? When people read, they have the ability to experience feeling and emotion. Can technology do that? Of course not. It can only do what it is told (and even then it’s not the real thing). So an award-winning manuscript may never see the light of day because it didn’t meet the criteria of a computer. Not sure I like that. What are your thoughts?
Check out the rest of Georgina Cromarty’s post on other interesting takes on artificial intelligence and it’s place in various industries.
Just like snowflakes, no two people are alike. And that includes writing style. But how can a writer stand out?lists 10 ways writers can develop a unique writing style.
Creating and refining your own unique style of writing is important, particularly in the modern Internet age, where a high content turnover means readers are constantly in pursuit of something original and clever. However, it’s often difficult – especially when you’re just starting out – to fine-tune the way you write and embody the qualities that make your voice distinct and innovative.
So how exactly do you tease out those qualities? How do you then apply them to the actual process of writing? Here are ten hot tips to get you started today.
1. Use experiences as a springboard
Start with what you know. If you begin your writing process in a world that you’re familiar with, it’ll generally be much easier for you to slip on your characters’ shoes and immerse yourself into the setting of your story. In fact, J. K. Rowling herself based one of her best-known and most complex characters, Professor Snape, on her chemistry…
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One can never know too much when it comes to writing. That’s why resources like the Author Toolbox Blog Hop are essential. It gives writers a way to learn, share experiences, provide support, and bounce ideas off each other. Information on how to sign-up for the hop is below.
The #AuthorToolboxBlogHop is a monthly event on the topic of resources and learning for authors. Feel free to hop around to the various blogs and see what you learn! The rules and sign-up form are below the list of hop participants. All authors at all stages of their careers are welcome to join.
1. Theme:This is a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful. Sharing of your experiences as it relates to these topics is encouraged but straight journaling with no take away for authors is not what this hop is about. Can you post genre-specific content? Absolutely. You have an idea for a post that doesn’t fit the parameters I’ve outlined, but you feel in your heart…
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After months (and sometimes years) of hard work, an author may be ready to take his novel to the next level. That’s where marketing to the masses comes into play. But any old type of marketing just won’t do. It has to be properly considered and planned. That’s where Raimey Gallant’s post comes in handy – the 4 Ps every author should use when marketing his/her prose.
I’m dating myself, but I used to want to have Angela Bower’s job. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Angela was a character on a show co-starring a very young Alyssa Milano. For those who are familiar, Angela was the boss, am I right? And Angela was an advertising guru. Then I grew up and majored in marketing, and my dream was shattered. (Well, one of them. I also wanted to be Nancy Drew, Indiana Jones, and Jessica Fletcher. Still working toward that last one.) Back to the day I learned that there was no longer a market for Advertising Specialists, and that advertising is just one small piece of the puzzle. What puzzle, you ask? It’s actually more of a pie chart, and it’s called the ‘4 Ps of Marketing,’ or the ‘Marketing Mix.’ Below, I explain how each piece of this puzzle forms the holistic view of…
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