How to find the best keywords and tags

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The shopping frenzy has started.

If you’re like me, you’ve burned up Google and Amazon, searching for just the right gifts.

Late last night I was doing just that as I hunted for just the right gift. After a lot of junk popped up, unrelated to the item I wanted, a question began to germinate in my brain.

What pops up when someone Googles a subject I’ve blogged about? Or me, or my books?

If someone wants to know about ISBNs, will they find my blog?

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Every writer hopes their books will appear on the first page of Amazon, and every blogger wants their blog to appear on the first page of Google search.

So how do we accomplish this? 

Tag Words!

These little devils are more important than I ever realized. But don’t let the thought of the dreaded SEO scare you. Think of it more as waving…

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How to Find and Use Your Largest Creative Inspiration

A Writer's Path

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by Pekoeblaze

First of all, it goes without saying, but all artists and/or writers should have more than just one thing that inspires them.

If you only have one major inspiration, then your creative works will just end up being an inferior copy of that one thing. So, although I’ll be talking about how to find your “main inspiration” or “largest influence”, this should only be one inspiration out of many.

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Rewriting: An Overview of the Process

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“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”

— C. J. Cherryh

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The goal of the rewrite is simple, but not easy. You want your story to live. To accomplish this, it’s helpful to have a basic confidence in the arc of your heroine’s journey before getting more specific with character, dialogue, and the refinement of prose. You’re seeking to create a story that amuses and entertains, but also captures some complexity and truth about the human experience.

This is a daunting task because—be honest—there’s a bit of inflexibility in your relationship with your first draft. On the one hand, you fear that if it’s not told as precisely as you imagined it, it won’t work. On the other hand, it feels somewhat unsatisfying as written.

So the biggest challenge in the rewriting is being able to make a thousand little painful paper-cut changes while avoiding…

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Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Pain

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Back in September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog. So, here is the next installment, listing beats you can use to convey:

Pain

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What good is a story with no drama? Characters will inevitably experience discomfort. Sure, they can moan and groan to your heart’s content, but there are so many better ways of making the pain palpable.

  • She tried to prop herself up on her right elbow, but it collapsed under her, sending lances of stabbing pain to shoot up her shoulder.
  • He rubbed the stubble on his head, avoiding the tender knot.
  • His skull felt like an eggshell.
  • His face started to ache. Dully at first, then in hot stabs.
  • A dull headache formed behind his brow.
  • His expression was drawn in agony, but not…

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How To Survive Naming Your Characters #Writers #AmWriting

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Naming characters is hard and there are painful consequences if you get it wrong. If you have ever written 70k + words with a character who has an irritating name, you will know where I am coming from on this.

Here are some things you need to know before you start the naming process:

  1. The amount of time you will spend thinking about the names of imaginary folk will shock you.
  2. If you struggled naming children, pets or toys – you are in for a rough ride!
  3. Loved ones may panic or get excited when you are caught browsing baby naming sites.
  4. When someone uses your character’s name in real life you will get a strange tingling sensation.
  5. You might experience some embarrassment when revealing the names of your characters.
  6. If you talk in your sleep you can expect to say your character names. Handy tip – supply your loved…

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A Better Way to Use Worldbuilding, Backstory, and Multiple POV to Write a Kick Ass Series

A Writer's Path

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by Lauren Sapala

In the past few years, trilogies have become all the rage. Whether you write sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or some other kind of speculative fiction, you’ve probably heard that everyone wants to read trilogies these days and everyone is writing trilogies these days.

This can create problems for writers who despair of having a story in them that’s long enough to span three novels, and who also doubt their ability to sustain interest in one project for that long of a time.

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Describers vs. Prescribers: Reaching a Linguistic Common Ground

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When I published The Power of Six, my first collection of short stories, a reviewer said that the book had grammatical errors, albeit small ones. This shocked me, as the book had been professionally edited and proof-read. So, I reached out and asked her for an example. “You start a sentence with a gerund,” she said. “So?” I asked. “So, that’s wrong.”

I was baffled by this. Surely, that’s a matter of style, right?

This seemingly innocent question actually led me into a minefield. As The Economist points out, for half a century, language experts have fallen into two camps. Most lexicographers and academic linguists stand on one side, and traditionalist writers and editors on the other. The question that defines the to camps is deceivingly simple: should language experts describe the state of the language accurately? (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, in 1961, shocked the world by including common…

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