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Livestream Fiction Writing on Youtube

I have a special announcement to make!  After listening to someones podcast about a writer live streaming their writing on Twitch, I have joined the club! Albeit, not on Twitch, and not live.  I'll explain: I'm on Youtube here and I upload the video after I'm done....

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When exactly can one call themselves an Author?

Yesterday I had a strange email arrive which I couldn't quite believe. I thought it was a mistake, I dreaded the message behind the Subject line, and reluctantly clicked on it. Before I tell you what was in that email, let me step back and tell you why this email was...

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Smarter Writers Use Semi-colons and Colons

I have heard in writing circles that writers who use the semi-colon are just demonstrating that they've been to college/Uni. And that writers should either pause (comma), not pause (no comma), or stop completely (full stop). This is not true at all. A semi-colon is an...

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Badass Book Cover Designs

I have known about GoOnWrite book covers for a long time, but couldn't recollect the name until I searched (hard) for it this morning. These covers are sooo good! I want them. In fact I love them so much, I don't want to tell anyone about the site! I want it to be my...

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Progress on Book 3 looks like this…

I'm grafting away. Actually, I shouldn't be writing this, but hey. Distractions! I'm not put off by my 3k a chapter targets, because this is just draft 1. I'll be whizzing through it again as soon as I've finished and sprinkling description, better dialogue, and all...

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Blatant Self Promotion

CredibleInk is on instagram! Yes. Blatant, unashamed, self promotion alert. Go here: instagram.com/credibleinkmark and follow me! Why should you follow? Because you'll get to find out more about me, my writing woes, and you'll see how to do Instagram for writers!...

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Mistakes I Make When Writing Fast First Drafts

The point I want to make is usually at the end of the sentence because I'm thinking things up as I go. This means a lot of rewriting because the sentence is clunky. I know I shouldn't leave it like that but I often do. Echoing headwords. Too many sentences start with...

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Using Scrivener to create your Author pen name

Not sure if anyone has done this before, but I've discovered the Scrivener name generator is brilliant for coming up with Author pen names. Select either gender, Forename initials only, and choose 2 initials from the dropdown. Punch the Generate Names button and skim...

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Best Quora Answers for Writers

Quora is a writers paradise. Why? Because all the responses to weird and wonderful questions are supplied by people that have the answers. What's more, the crowd vote up the best ones by the most credible sources. For that reason, you can be sure of a great research...

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6 solid examples of Show, Don’t Tell

I recently put together a list of examples for a Show, Don't Tell topic for my writing group, and thought I'd share them here for my own reference and other people to enjoy: We all know what it is: Telling the reader something, when you could show it instead. I've...

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Demystifying the creative writing process

I have changed the strap line for Credibleink.com to 'Demystifying the creative writing process.' Whoa, hold up there, Mark. Don't you need to be a skilled professional/teacher to become an authority on a craft such as this?  No. You just need to know a little more...

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To pay the rent…

Skateboard Fiction: the tropes of a genre

  • The Goal: is always to ride.
  • The Antagonist: is always authority.
  • The Conflict: is the struggle to meet the Goal.
  • The Location: is always different.
  • The Struggle: is always realistic – guns and murders have no place here.

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