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Inventing Reality Editing Service
Hudson, WI
Rob Bignell, Editor
Interests: Editing, Self-Publishing, Writing, Marketing
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You want to use social media, as it’s the best way to market directly to prospective buyers of your books. But with the dozens of social media sites out there, which one or two are best for you? Which social media platform(s) you use largely depends upon three factors: •... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Changing fonts and sizes of lettering in your manuscript can make navigating it easier for readers. Chapter and section heads, for example, often are boldface and use larger lettering than the main text, as this indicates shifts in topics. The size and typeface of any text is called a style,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client has published her first novel. Kathi Mims’ “Brace for Impact” tells the story of a passenger on the famous US Airways Flight 1549, which Captain Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger ditched on the frigid Hudson River after a goose flew into a plane engine on Jan. 15,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Science fiction stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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• What is a story? An autopsy of a tale • Your story isn’t its plot or structure • Narrative structure: One step ahead or two back? • Which is best: Character- or plot-driven stories? • What is a ‘cookie cutter’ story? • Think of plot as set-up, build-up, pay-off... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“What some people call a nightmare, a writer calls a plot.” - James R. Paddock “Story is honorable and trustworthy; plot is shifty, and best kept under house arrest.” - Stephen King “Every novel should have a beginning, a muddle, and an end. The ‘muddle’ is the heart of your... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Become a Better Fiction Writer Today: In 7 Minutes a Day to Mastering the Craft of Writing, writers receive 50 tried-and-true techniques to improve their writing craftsmanship, including using active voice, showing not telling, ramping up dramatic tension, and being more descriptive. <A HREF=“http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_cw&ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fkiersfam-20%2F8010%2F106865e2-a4a3-45dc-80f0-afd69d56aaf0&Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com Widgets</A> Related articles Five Great Quotations... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Often authors set up several social media sites to promote their books. The objective of these promotional efforts is to get readers of your posts heading to another site where they can purchase your books. Achieving this requires that you practice interlinking. Interlinking is a link on a post pointing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A vertical, bulleted list marks an excellent way to summarize information and present it in a reader-friendly format. An important element of the bulleted list is the lead-in line. A lead-in line is phrase, clause or sentence that introduces a vertical, bulleted list. It typically appears after the headline and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Indefinite pronouns – words like each, anyone, everything, no one, somebody – often prove controversial because for a good number of readers they can potentially be sexist. For example, if you write Everyone should cast his vote next Tuesday, some women will take offense because they were excluded (and some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Science fiction stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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• Show, don't tell when writing fiction • How to make your writing show rather than tell • Show rather than tell a character's personality • Create successful story by staging it • Opt for scene over summary when writing stories • Show rather than tell the backstory • Embedding... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“I can still remember the miraculous feeling of writing a sentence, then more sentences, telling a story. The first thing I wrote was a one-page summary of Robinson Crusoe and I am so sorry I do not have it any more; it was at that moment I became an author.”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Self-doubt about your talent? Has creative writing lost its joy? With Writing Affirmations: A Collection of Positive Messages to Inspire Writers, you can reclaim the pleasure of writing and pen the book you’ve always dreamed of. Respected and award-winning editor Rob Bignell offers uplifting, meaningful phrases that can be read... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Once you’ve brainstormed and selected the topic for your YouTube video, the next step is to outline a script. You never want to begin shooting until you have a script. If you wing it, your video will look unprofessional, you’ll miss out on telling readers important information that would convince... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Many motion pictures and musicians actually earn more from merchandising than they do from tickets or CDs sold. As an author, you can do the same with your books. For those readers who love your writing, purchasing products is a way to express their fondness. For those who love your... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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In most cases, we know if a pronoun is singular (referring to one person or thing) or plural (referring to two or more people or things) – she, me and I are singular while us, them, and they are plural. Such words are called definite pronouns. But a few pronouns... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Science fiction stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” - GK Chesterton “When you write a movie, you have a hundred collaborators. But when you write a novel, it’s yours.” - Sidney Sheldon “This is what I love... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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How to Write a Bestselling Novel: In 7 Minutes a Day to Your Bestseller, writers receive expert advice on topics like motivating yourself to write, starting your story with exciting opening lines, creating intriguing characters, mastering the craft of writing to elevate your style, and pitching your story to potential... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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One great way to boost book sales – especially if you write nonfiction and sell your titles through your own website, is to offer bonus content. That is, when a person buys your book, they get an additional book or item for free. A bonus encourages others – especially fence... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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As an author, you’re an ideal person to offer coaching and consulting services centered on your books. Businesses and individuals need expertise they don’t have and spend billions every year on coaches and consultants to receive it. As a coach, you work closely with an individual or a small group... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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One common grammar issue occurs when using a structure consisting of two parts: the correlative conjunction. A correlative conjunction connects two equal grammatical items. Examples of correlative conjunctions include: either...or; neither...nor; and not only...but also. Notice that a correlative conjunction consists of two parts. Because of that, if a noun... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Science fiction stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client has published his first novel. LD Robison’s “The Brass Rail” tells how two generations, both tested and ravaged by war, lift the other up. At the end of World War II, most of the veterans who valiantly defended our country’s freedoms left the military and returned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Inventing Reality Editing Service