Category - Writing

ReallyNovel.com – Mark Writes Novels Online

Wow -- since that veiled reference I made the other day to an online fiction-writing project, I've received a huge amount of positive feedback (here, in the comments, and also via email) from folks who are curious, supportive, and eager to see...

Filling the Hole

If we do not do what we are called to do, a cavity -- a hole -- appears at the center of our soul. Ignored, this hole sucks away at our humanity. It drains our energy. It eats away at our ability to enjoy life. With time, the hole expands...

Publishers, Zombies, and the Digital Age

Traditional publishing is dead. There's just no need for it any more."But Mark," you say, "the stores are full of books! Hundreds of new books are published every week!"And that's true. But in many ways, traditional...

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In this week's mail, a real treat: copies of two of my books -- What's in the Cards for You? and Lucid Dreaming for Beginners -- translated into Russian and Slovak! I've received translations before, but these are crisp, shiny hardback editions. In...

VisualThesaurus.com

As a writer, I have an ongoing love affair with words ... and as a lover of words, I love my new Visual Thesaurus. Type a word, and Visual Thesaurus places it in the center of a constellation of related words: synonyms, antonyms, related phrases...

Jargon Feeds on Lazy Minds

These are the lazy words of 2008, and whenever i see them used I feel justified in challenging the claims. To use these words with a straight face is to assume the listener is an idiot. They are intellectual insults. They are shortcuts away from...

Nine Questions Authors Should Ask about Self-Publishing

At some point, almost every writer considers self-publishing. And why not? These days, self-publishing options abound. With print-on demand technology, single copies of books can be printed when ordered, eliminating the self-published author's need...

Six Tips for Writing Better Online Reviews

Want to write incredible online reviews that will influence what other people buy? Follow these six easy tips: 1. Have experience with the product. Reviewing a product? Use it first. You'd think this could go without saying, right? But over at...

The Plain Truth

Editor's Note: I'm interested in writing about my journey of faith and my exploration of spirit, but I'm frustrated by the odd vocabulary and pedantic tone most people use when writing about such matters. So I'm experimenting with writing simply...