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Mid90s Film In True Skateboarding Shocka!

Written and directed by Jonah Hill, Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

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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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Why the StoryGrid Podcast makes for painful listening

Tim Grahl is being mentored to write his novel with expert editor Shawn Coyne - and it makes for painful listening. Regular listeners of the show have been following Tim writing his novel, submitting it to Shawn, getting feedback, and going back to the drawing board....

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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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Tips for Writing Realistic Skateboard Fiction Stories

Writing skateboard fiction is a such a fun thing to try out as it's like making a daydream permanent, sharable, and you can get paid for it. So whether you're writing for yourself for fun, writing stories for your friends to laugh about, or want to publish on Amazon...

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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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Regretting my POV choice & loving my revision process

Over the past few days I've struggled with my story. I really wanted to rewrite from a new perspective (1st POV) and began doing so. This was a huge mistake, because I will end up rewriting the whole story, and obviously, delay my production. I had forgotten why I...

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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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