Writing: Learning the Craft Never Ends

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I have always said this and meant it. Yet even knowing this to be true, I still am surprised at learning more lessons! The more we write, the more we learn. It sounds simplistic but it isn’t.

Currently, I am writing my fifth novel which begins a new series. I write as a three act play. It works for me: set up, middle and ending. I love writing that way because despite being a seat of the pantser, I do find I like some structure.

As I am well into my novel, I find I am much more aware of pacing than I was. As I don’t use an outline, I am amazed to find my characters pulling me into the action, telling me what’s coming next and so on. Sometimes I try to second guess them but it doesn’t feel right and really, I don’t want to ruffle their…

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New Book, Little Freebie, and Coming Kindle Countdowns

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I was planning on trying to organise a little launch tour this weekend for my Beginners Guide to Publishing on Amazon, The Absolute Indie, but what with being out for the count lately and my internet connection behaving badly, it’s too late for that now. Still, there are Kindle countdown deals set to run to the eleventh of September which I can’t cancel for African Me & Satellite TV, Echoes of Narcissus, and Shadow People. I’ll post again when the countdowns start today sometime. Fly Birdie will be free from now till the ninth. Click on the cover below if you fancy a short read, and I’ll share here when The Visitation goes free tomorrow.

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My other short story, Nkoninkoni’s rights have reverted to me, and is live for sale on Amazon but not enrolled in Select yet until I find out from the publisher of the anthology that it’s…

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Last week I wrote about the book ‘Of Course I Believe in Father Christmas’. The publisher, Jan Davies, has problems with Amazon and/or CreateSpace, and her computer has crashed so she can’t get in touch about her problems with the book. I said last week, it would be published in November 2015. I found it is published now on Amazon. DON’T BUY IT until I have the go ahead from Jan. (My blog was put on before I knew about Jan’s problems).

In the October 2015 edition of the ‘Writing Magazine’. there is an interesting article called ‘Google is your friend’, by historian and publisher Dr Tarja Moles.The article mentions there is an advanced search function, so I pass on the link to anybody who may be interested http://www.google.com/advanced_search. Evidently, the advanced search page allows you to enter your search criteria in more detail.

Now, I must tell you about…

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How to Find Kindle Books with the new Typesetting Enabled



Amazon has introduced new typesetting features for about 500,000 Kindle e-books (for devices and apps that support the new typesetting features). This number will rise to about 3,000,000 over the course of the next year.

For example, Kindle Paperwhite’s latest update now supports new typesetting features for Kindle e-books that have this enabled.

The new Kindle typesetting features include, for example:

  • automatic hyphenation
  • the new Bookerly font
  • improved justification

I’m a big fan of the new Bookerly font. Just switching the font to Bookerly on my Kindle Paperwhite makes a significant difference.

Not all Kindle e-books support enhanced typesetting presently, but there is a way to tell. Here is how to determine whether or not a Kindle e-book supports the new typesetting features:

  • If you’re shopping on the Amazon.com full site, look just below the book description. In very small print, look for Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled.

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Swimming with Words by K J Rollinson

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I go for a swim in the outside community pool in Cabo Roig, Spain, early morning. At that time of the day I have the pool all to myself. I usually swim for an hour – I find it is the best time for me to think about the next chapter of my latest book or the contents of my next blog. The other day, I thought about the swimming style forward crawl. If ever a swimming style was misnamed it was the over arm/forward crawl; the fastest swimming stroke invented. That got me thinking of the meaning of words.

As I swum back and forth, my mind wavered (pardon the weak, watery play on words) to a British TV programme called ‘Countdown’. ‘Countdown’ is a game show involving word and number puzzles. Because it’s so hot at the moment, I watch this afternoon programme. There is an unassuming lady…

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Classic: Night of the Demon!

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The film also called Curse of the Demon (1957) is based on Casting the Runes by M.R. James. This is a classic, but absolutely. It is a grown-up horror film. There are no dead teenagers or gore. The terror lies in the utter hopelessness of the hapless victims. There is a lesson, too. Stay the hell away from the occult, it’s not cute or sexy. You so won’t like what happens because evil has a way of biting you in the ass, big time.

Before the credits even begin there is an excellent introduction. A stone circle (could be Stonehenge) is shown and the narrator says there has always been devil worship. And really there always has been because there’s always been evil, and human nature being what it is, the two come together sometimes.

Whether there is a devil or there isn’t, there is certainly evil and people who…

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