How using quotes can help your writing?

Quotes are often an underutilized writing opportunity.  Adding quotes, and I don’t mean just a few spackle on random pages throughout your writing, can be very beneficial to writers in a number of ways. quotes can also help you convey your meeting, grab readers attention, and communicate your message better. So, here are just a few thoughts on how quotes can help you achieve your writing goals.

Using quotes can help with your use of Tactful repetition

An on topic quote can give you another communication point about the subject that you are discussing, thereby, providing another mental reference to reinforce your subject.

If done with care, you can also get more than one use out of a quote. You can use a quote in the sentence of your paragraph, but this also doesn’t preclude you from isolating it and using other tactics listed below to present it more than once, to make it stand out, and to make it visually impactful.

Also, when quotes are properly placed and made distinct enough, garner the attention of readers who are using skimming and skinny techniques to acquaint themselves or to refresh themselves with the information that they are reading.

Use of quotes can add Volume to your writing

Quotes or an easy way to add value and to expand the volume of your writing. This this is especially true when writing about nonfiction topics.

Sometimes when writing you have a target word count that you’re trying to achieve or document length. If you’ve done your research ahead of time and collect your quotes , then you should be able to add a few short, on topic, non-distracting quotes, which will increase the total word count of your document and the total page count of your document.

If you’re flexible in your approached including quotes in your writing, then you will have several opportunities to make your quotes stand out and to better convey your message.

Isolation

Isolating your Quotes within your document can make it easier to distinguish and add emphasis to the quote but it also adds whitespace before and after the quote and citation. Depending on how you formatted your quote and citation, you may also add one line or two between the actual quote and the citation.

Isolation of your quote not only adds white space, it makes your quote more visually impactful. If a quote is by itself, rather than buried in a paragraph, the reader will notice the quote and read the quote without the distraction of surrounding words.

Italicising

In addition to isolation or rather than isolation, you can bold and or italicize your quotes, so, that they are more visually prominent within the text of your paragraph.

Highlighting or background Shading

Highlighting the quote or shading background surrounding the quote can both be visually effective methods to make the quote stand out, be more recognizable, and potentially cause the reader to pay more attention to the quote and read the quote.

Including the quote in a picture or a graphic

Using a graphic or a picture with your quote included in it is another way to make a quote graphically stand out within your document and to be eye-catching. The trick here is that the graphic or picture must be directly related to the quote, your topic, and it must not be too big and distracting in nature. you need the picture or graphic to appeal to the reader, to catch the reader’s attention, and to focus and reinforce the reads thinking.

Quotes Assist in communicating expertise and background knowledge

Using quotes when pertinent to the topic you are writing about and from a variety of sources, can demonstrate that you have thought about and researched the subject about which your writing. This particularly true, when the quote come from all of variety of authoritative sources which have been properly cited and not just from a web search.

Conclusion

I’m sure there are more ways in which quotes can be put to use full effect in writing, but this primer should be a helpful start.

Tips for Optimizing Speech Recognition Applications

High-Quality Headset With Microphone.
High-Quality Headset With Microphone.

I have been using speech recognition applications, sometimes called dictation, for several years now and have learned to appreciate it. However, there are deftly some things that will make it work better for you regardless of the dictation software you use. I most frequently used Dragon NaturallySpeaking, but I have used other speech recognition software in a pinch, including the Windows 10 speech recognition software.

I’ve even written other blogs on the value of speech recognition applications, but I thought it might be time to provide a couple of quick simple tips to help train and improve the value of your speech recognition applications.

Use A Powerful Computer With Plenty Of Memory

I have written an entire blog post on why it is good to have a powerful computer, but I will mention it here in general terms. Having a computer with fast multiple central processing units (CPUs) and high levels of memory will, in general, improve the speed of the speech recognition software and therefore be less distracting and less likely to make you hesitate when speaking to allow the software to catch up.

Get A High-Quality Headset With Microphone

Having a high-quality headset with microphone is the first place to start it works far better than using the microphone on your laptop or the cheap headphone that may have come with the software if you purchased it.

A good headset has several advantages, among them, are the fact that this microphone is closer to your mouth and therefore can more easily hear your voice without interference. Also, the improved quality of microphone reception will help to improve the accuracy of the voice recognition application you’re using.

Train Yourself

Now, this topic may seem a little silly, but the way we speak will affect the overall performance and quality of the speech recognition software. Therefore, we must train ourselves to use speech recognition applications correctly and efficiently. This will require us to learn a few commands, at least, the ones we most commonly use.

Speak Normally

when we first start using’s speech recognition applications we tend to want to speak in short bursts and watch to ensure that the application is interpreting correctly and keeping up. However, this practice not only is unnecessary, but it disrupts your writing flow as well. Speech recognition software has been engineered to learn from us and to interpret under normal speaking conditions, so, we must have a conversational pace to our speaking in order to get the best out of speech recognition applications. This means not speaking slowly, or into jilted of a manner, or to rapidly. We just need to speak with a steady natural rhythm and with clear normal enunciation.

Don’t Forget About Punctuation

this is more of an efficiency factor in a bit of an exception to the speaking normally rule, but it does follow the train yourself rule. As you speak train yourself to say the punctuation words where they would be appropriate in the text. Commands like parentheses, period, and question mark, make the results more readable and facilitate editing. And the facilitation during editing applies whether you added visually or using applications such as Grammarly. Ultimately, speaking punctuation as you go will save time, even if it takes a little effort to develop the habit.

Use Verbal Correction Commands

now I willingly admit that this is a practice that I frequently violate. However, if you learn and use the “correction” commands for the speech recognition software you’re using, assuming it has one, will help the application learn and, in some applications, they will even make suggestions for correction. Using the voice commands to make corrections will help the software learn more efficiently and shorten the learning curve to improved accuracy and efficiency. This is particularly true if you use vocabulary that is unique to a particular topic on a regular basis.

Conclusion

Well, I hope you find these basic tips useful, and if I had to add one more quick tip it would be used to software frequently. The more you use your speech to recognition software the more practice it has and the greater the opportunity for it to learn your speech patterns and common vocabulary usage.

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What Is the Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy?

SciFi Alien World
SciFi Alien World

When discussing various writing genres, it is common for people – both writers and readers – to lump science fiction and fantasy together under the catchall term “speculative fiction.” On a general level, this comparison between these two genres is accurate. However, these two very close kins are inherently different on many levels. Let us look at the difference between science fiction and fantasy creations.

Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy: Identifying Major Literary Differences

Possibilities
Possibilities

1. Possibility Vs. Impossibility

Science fiction, also commonly known as Sci-fi, is a fiction literature genre whose storyline and elements are imaginary but are based on science and scientific facts. Sci-fi novels and novellas follow a logical and plausible theme and prose that has scientific backing.

Follow a logical and plausible theme means that the occurrences and events presented in sci-fi literature are possible to occur. Science fiction needs to be set in the future where technologies used may not be available but are still not beyond the realm of scientific theory. It is essential that sci-fi creations make sense within the natural laws of the universe so that the readers can connect the now and the future.

On the other hand, fantasy as a genre deals with mythical, magical, or supernatural occurrences that have no scientific backing or explanation and cannot possibly occur in our real world. Fantasy stories told in an imagined world, often entirely different from our own, which involves a mystical base.

For example, a sci-fi creation may present a space ship that travels faster than light. The writer would hope that in tomorrow’s world, such technologies can be possible owing to advancement in science and technology. On the contrary, fantasy creations might present human characters with abilities to fly or are bulletproof, something that does not and is likely not to exist in our reality.

Mythical Unicorn

Mythical Unicorn

2. Concept

Science fiction deals with scientific concepts while fantasy creations are merely written on the foundation of imaginative ideas.

Heroine Using magic

Heroine Using magic

3. Heroes And Heroines

Fantasy and sci-fi creations have different types of heroes and heroines. With fantasy creations, the heroes are usually mythical creatures or humans with supernatural powers.

The use of mythical creatures or supernatural humans is however different with Sci-fi creations which present real human heroes with unique talents and skill sets that make them formidable risk takers, valuable leaders or effective problem solvers which help them succeed in the end.

Futuristic City Skyline

Futuristic City Skyline

4. The Setting

Often, science fiction works are almost always in the future. A sci-fi story would extrapolate our world across time and explore what would happen in the advent of new futuristic technologies. Pundits maintain that today’s disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and virtual realities were envisioned and inspired by yesterday’s sci-fi works.

On the other hand, fantasy literature setting is almost always in a world so different from ours, and often in the past. This past could be ancient or medieval, and often involving magic. Fantasy works present an alternate world with mythical occurrences that would only be possible through imagination.

Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy


Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy

Conclusion

Understanding these science fiction vs. fantasy differences will help you create or choose a clarified genre that satisfies your readers. Often, readers look for specific literary identifying marks in a fantasy or sci-fi novel.

Being aware of the difference between science fiction and fantasy can help you blend and shade these two genres to create literary works that can move readers seamlessly between the possibilities and the impossibilities.

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Why writers should have a powerful computer?

Desktop Personal Computer (PC) In A Dual Monitor Configuration
Desktop Personal Computer (PC) In A Dual Monitor Configuration

Recently, when speaking with a friend of mine, he questioned why I had purchased such a powerful computer? It seemed to him to be unnecessary to purchase such a powerful computer.

By way of background, my most recent personal computer (PC) is a super high-powered gaming computer, meaning it has multiple CPUs a high-powered graphics card and several gigabytes of memory.

Pondering on his question, I decided to write a short article explaining my reasoning. After having written several books and running several blogs for years I have come to this understanding of why a high-powered computer is a benefit to writers.

As it happens, my most recent computer purchase was a desktop. However, I have laptops, iPhones, iPads, as well.

I would like to note, that even though I own a gaming computer, I am not nor have I ever been a gamer. As a matter fact, I’m never found much purpose in games; computerize or otherwise.

Computer Application Performance
Computer Application Performance

Perhaps, my biggest reason for investing in a really powerful computer, is application performance. There are a number of applications that I use in the course of my day, which I like to have work quickly and efficiently. This is especially true, for tools such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking (my speech to text tool), my word editor, and my photo editors; all of which I use on a daily basis to support my writing and my blogs.

Speech To Text

Nothing hinders my performance more than sitting around waiting for an application to catch up. I find waiting on the computer to catch up when I’m using speech to text, for example, to be super annoying and distracting to the point of causing me to lose my focus sometimes. This hasn’t been a problem in a while with the new computer but is definitely work on my nerves in the past. This is an area where high-speed CPUs and significant amounts of memory can be very helpful.

Photo and video editors

I use a number of photo editors and today even if you take a photo with your iPhone modern cameras take photos which can be quite large sometimes. This is even more true, if you’re working with video. This would be the reason that I lean toward a significant amount of memory and for high-end graphics card.

Web-based tools

in addition to having high-speed Internet access, in my case 1 Gb optical, it pays to have plenty of memory, high-speed CPUs, and a good graphics card, so you’re not sitting around waiting for your tools to keep up online and so that they’re not always having to buffer to your PC. And this can be true for any number of tools including WordPress, Grammarly, and online word processing and editing tools.

Web research

for the same reasons that having a powerful computer helps will web-based tools, it also helps when you do online research and when you download online content. This is particularly true, when downloading large content.

Photo Editing On A Computer
Photo Editing On A Computer

What I look for when I buy a new computer?

Plenty of memory

Plenty memory is important, 16 GB of memory is kind of the minimum these days, so, go for as much memory as you can reasonably afford. Memory isn’t terribly costly these days but unless you just like buying more memory and switching it out (assuming your not tech savvy and like that kind of thing), I recommend that you get the memory up front in your computer or have it installed by their support team at the time of purchase. The more memory you have the more work at one time your computer can do in memory without writing to disk–working in memory is always faster than writing and reading from disk.

Several high-speed CPUs

Since CPUs are the real brains of the process along with the high-speed memory is important to get modern high-speed CPUs and several of them.  Multicore computers are not terribly costly these days, either, and with a 64-bit operating system can be quite fast and efficient. More CPU’s and/or Cores will allow you to run multiple programs efficiently at the same time.

Graphics cards

Now graphic cards may be a little more optional if you don’t do a lot of work with photographs and videos but I would still recommend that you consider getting a computer with a powerful graphics card installed. Even if for no other reason than the ability to work efficiently with your content on the web and in the cloud. Powerful graphic cards improve the performance of photographic and video editors, as was as, providing a smoother overall user experience.

High Speed drives

If you have the budget for it going with a Solid State Drive (SSD) rather than Hard Disk Drive (HDD) can also add performance with it comes to caching and saving you data and files. My most recent computer actually had both types. An Solid State Drive (SSD) as my main drive (C Drive) and an Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for backup, recovery, and long term storage for less frequently used file. This combination has worked very well for me.

Blogging – Why Should Your Blog Post Have More Than One Picture?

Adding Photos to you Blogging Content
Adding Photos to you Blogging Content

In blogging, images play a crucial role in your success. No matter the subject you are writing about, believe me, or not pictures are not easy to ignore if you are looking forward to succeeding.

Thus, in this article, we have comprehensively covered why blog pictures are important towards achieving success in the blogging field.

Below is why blog pictures are essential in a blog post:

Visually Appealing Photograph Of A Butterfly
Visually Appealing Photograph Of A Butterfly

Visually Appealing

Having a picture and the right picture makes your content to create a positive impression.

If your post is visually dull and has no emotions, most visitors will run away from your site even before reading anything thus creating a lousy impression.

However, if your posts are visually attractive, the chances of creating emotional connections with readers are high thus luring them to take actions.

In some cases, images are the main focus of your post. Make sure the pictures you have used are beautiful and relevant to the content of the post to make them attract the reader and convey the message you intended to pass.

Selecting From Search Engine Results Based on the Pictures
Selecting From Search Engine Results Based on the Pictures

Search Engines Traffic

When you use appropriate images in your blog post, be assured to get better results in search engines.

There are some things you should consider when adding images to increase the traffic from the search engines. Adding tags, descriptions, and titles is vital in boosting performance in search engines.

Use of relevant keywords in a good way, help to make your post easily seen. Compressing and resizing your images helps in optimizing them to load faster and rank well in search engines.

Social Media Apps On a cell Phone
Social Media Apps On a Cell Phone

Social Media Exposure

Many social media users will pay a little to no attention when bypassing their timelines and come across posts lacking images.

Use of emotional and creative pictures will make your post easily seen in a timeline that has been overcrowded.

Posts accompanied with pictures get higher engagement which is contrary to posts without images.

If your post has images, you will get more likes than that lacks. With a picture, some users will like the post even without reading it.

When users are interested in the image you have used, there are higher chances of clicking on your post and open it.

If social media has no pictures, it would be a dull and unimpressive place. Use relevant photos to ensure your posts are standing out.

Blog Pages with Little Written Content
Blog Pages with Little Written Content

Article Length Increment

There are posts which require few words to pass the intended message, i.e., “Top 10 best web designs trends in 2019”.

In this case, you’ll to have ten images, ten subtitles, as well as ten short descriptions and you, ’re done with the post.

Thus, relevant and well-chosen images are perfect in creating a lengthy blog post using very few words.

Understanding Complex Information
Understanding Complex Information

Makes Understanding Complex Information Easier

In some posts, for example with more technical data like how a specific technology works, may be hard to be understood by those with little to no knowledge on that field. Thus, the use of screenshots can be a good way to go.

So, it’s good to provide images to make the information easily understood. These images are crucial and educate the readers about whatever you are writing and illustrating.

The use of screenshots, educational images like tables, graphics as well as wireframes will give more precise meaning to the information making it easy to be understood and relevant to the reader.

Photos Support Your Point
Photos Support Your Point

Supporting Your Point

Whenever a reader reads, a blog post gets a kind of a certain feeling. Depending on the posts, some will encourage, guide among others.

With the help of images, you can achieve this comfortably. Let us say your post regards losing weight and the content is about healthy eating, using a picture of a slim and fit woman will motivate the reader.

Relevant images will support your statement, and your post will be useful to many.

People are visual
People are visual

People are visual

If for no other reason because people of all ages are visual and simply enjoy pictures and graphics. Vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch are the five traditionally recognized senses and sight (or vision) is almost always listed first among them for a reason. A person need look no further than Comic books and children’s books to understand this. Also, a reader can derive meaning from context and content of a picture or graphic, people will tend to remember it faster, better, and longer.

Pictures Add Color and Character to Your Writing
Pictures Add Color and Character to Your Writing

Conclusion

Images play a crucial role in blogging. The just discussed why blog pictures are important reasons are a tip of an iceberg. They are many and endless.

However, when you use images in your blog post, you will get all the benefits discussed above, and you will have a breakthrough in the blogging industry.

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The Importance Of A Table Of Contents In A Nonfiction Book

Book Table of Contents
Book Table of Contents

There’s nothing more frustrating than scrolling through 100 pages of a book looking for something specific when there is no table of contents (TOC). While most authors treat it as an afterthought, it’s an important part of the package. A table of content displays the big ideas in a non-fictional book and where to find them. If you’re writing a book about `The Devil in the City’, you want the reader to have a quick reference guide of the contents. Obviously, this is a strong selling point so failing to include a table of contents (TOC) will make your book less marketable. Let me walk you through the importance of a table of contents (TOC).

Makes navigation a breeze

Readers need a reference point to locate all the important information. A TOC contains numbers which come in handy when viewing the soft copy of the word document. If your idea has no direction, your message may take a meandering path. It’s worth mentioning that a book without a clearly defined table of contents (TOC) can make the readers get lost along the way.

A detailed TOC is the perfect way of taking the reader where he or she wants to travel. He can focus on the most essential information and skip the most irrelevant. If you have a challenge with the structure, that problem needs to be solved before you work on your table of contents (TOC). Read on and learn more.

The Table of Contents Informs the reader And Tells what the book is about

Without a strong table of contents (TOC), the reader will have a rough time following your story. It’s imperative that you ensure the table of contents (TOC) supports the idea fully and benefits the readers. Not only that, the chapters should be worded in a way that makes the reader feel as if they are in the book itself. A non-fictional book needs a sound structure, so you want a table of contents (TOC) that supports the manuscript. Even better, the straight lines on the table direct the reader’s eyes. He can quickly grasp the idea rather than hunting through the text.

Gives the reader the scope and completeness of the book

A table of contents (TOC) is found on the page before the start of the book. It gives a brief description of the chapters and the page number. If it’s misaligned or misplaced, the entire content won’t function optimally. Note: the list chapters are the backbone of the book’s outline.

Without a clear table of contents (TOC), the reader will put down the non-fictional book – if they pick it up at all. Needless to say, they will give a bad review. It’s important that you create a structure that fleshes out and is unique in its category. If your book is in eBook format, the reader will prefer to have a table of contents (TOC) tied to a chapter.

Allows the reader to repeat the major parts of the book

If you’re downloading eBook on your mobile device, it becomes quite easy to look for what you want – you can read summaries and jump through chapters. More interestingly, you’re redirected to the table of contents (TOC) by tapping the same icon. While all the information on the book may be useful, some parts may be more eye-catching. At some point, a book to be finished because everything cannot be included in the book. When writing the table of content, be sure to nail down the real essence of the book.

Indicates the author’s style

If the table of content is smart and witty, the reader will know the manuscript features creative writing. To ensure you bring a wow factor to your audience, you should add a little originality. More clearly, a nonfictional book requires the writer to think about the reader.

The TOC will allow the reader to skim and understand the message the writer wants to put across. If it resembles a certain style, chances are that the rest of the book features the same writing. Therefore, before you sit down and write imagine it exists on Amazon or in a nearby bookstore.

Final thoughts

Let’s be honest: there is more to a non-fictional book than a catchy cover. The table of contents shows the reader what lies within the book. The table of contents can make the difference between an average and a great book. Without preparation, you’ll not get the results you want. Unlike a glossary or an index, writing a table of content is a piece of cake. It’s all about compiling a list of the parts – sections, chapters, and sub-chapters. Remember, young readers, are always drawn to books that give information about something they’ve always wondered about.

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What are the most popular themes and tropes in romance writing?

Romance themes and tropes in writing
Romance themes and tropes in writing

Romance can be a tricky genre, because it features a lot of double-edged themes. When handled correctly, such themes can create great stories, but when handled poorly, they can lead to poorly written clichés.

If you’re writing a romance novel for the first time, it’s important to be aware of all the major romance writing tropes, so that you can use them correctly. Here are four examples to help you get started.

Youthful Love

Youthful love is more than just about youth and romance. It’s also about innocence, recklessness and in certain cases, first heartaches. This theme usually focuses on the adventures of a bright, young boy looking for his princess, or a young girl looking for her prince charming. They are innocent about the ways of love, and their sense of romance is almost entirely made up by their imagination.

However, the theme of youthful love isn’t always cute or adorable. One of the most famous stories that feature youthful love is Romeo and Juliet, and we all know how that story ended. Other good examples. Whether the story ends in happiness or in tragedy, what’s important to remember about this theme is that it transforms the young characters from innocent and naive children into full-grown adults who understand the real nature of love, including its beauty and pitfalls.

Wounded Heart

This wounded heart theme is more oriented toward older audiences. It usually features characters who have had their hearts broken over and over again, making them cold and cynical in the process. A good example of this theme can be found throughout the classic film, Casa Blanca. Another good example is Fyodor Dostoevsky’s character Prince Myshkin, who became insane later in his story arc.

The wounded heart theme can also act as the background of a particular character. It can be a woman who had her heart broken by her boyfriend/husband or a man who had lost his girlfriend/wife due a tragic accident. Their past experiences will not only help drive the story’s narrative, they can also help set the tone for character interactions.

Tragic Love

Tragic love is one of the most major romance themes. It focuses on characters who love each, but who are doomed to never be together either because of

destiny or a flaw in their character. A good example of the tragic love theme can be found in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where the titular character Buffy cannot be with her boyfriend because the latter is a vampire.

Another good example is the love story between Aeneas and Dido from Aeneid, where the former had to leave the latter, so that he could fulfill his destiny to found Rome.

The tragic love theme is the number one theme for people who like to write tragedy. It usually starts with the promise of something beautiful and magnificent romance, only to break that very same promise as the story progresses or when new characters are introduced.

This theme can also be used to create tension between other themes, such as destiny, honor or even family. It forces characters to choose between what their romantic feelings and their other obligations and desires.

The Great Struggle

The Great Struggle is a theme that requires characters to struggle to achieve their romantic aspirations. A good example of this theme can be found in the Great Gatsby, where Jay Gatsby amasses a large fortune just to get the attention of Daisy Buchanan.

What makes this theme so compelling is that it creates stories where the characters must struggle and fight to earn the affections of the person they love. It’s also the kind of theme that often love triangles and social barriers. In rarer cases, these themes may even require writers to challenge social taboos or amassing wealth. If the story is set in a fantasy world, it may even include dragons and monsters.

In any case, the great struggle is an excellent theme for writers who write stories about, well, romantic struggles. One word of caution, though, the great struggle must also create a lot of conflict. It’s not enough that a character fight to win the love of their beloved. He or she must pay a price or get hurt throughout the course of the story.

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Most Popular Themes in Science Fiction Writing

Science Fiction
Science Fiction

As an aspiring writer in the science fiction genre, you are presented with limitless possibilities. However, while there are so many themes that you could write on, there are some popular themes have repeatedly proven to be the most successful. Given that there are potentially hundreds of themes to choose from, I have compiled ten of the most popular science fiction themes found in modern science fiction.

End of Humanity

Sometimes referred to as post-apocalyptic or apocalyptic fiction, this genre is set in a world in which the technological civilization of the Planet Earth is collapsing either due to manmade or natural phenomenon such as depletion of resources or a nuclear holocaust, fictional happenings such as an alien invasion or zombie apocalypse, or an eschatological happening such as the Second Coming.

Life Extension

The desire to achieve immortality is a popular theme in science fiction. The major themes typically involve aspects of mind uploading where one uploads their consciousness into a computer or digital equivalent; Digital immortality where the person’s personality is uploaded on digital media including their thoughts and memories, which continue to live in perpetuity; and cryonics where a dead person is preserved until human technology develops to the point of bringing them back to life.

Alien Invasion

Alien invasion is one of the oldest themes that has been a favorite of science fiction fans. Alien invasion typically involves the visit of extraterrestrials to Earth usually in the form of an invasion that is intended to supplant or exterminate human life. This could take the form of stealing of resources, enslavement of the human population, or in some instances the destruction of the planet.

Parallel Universe

One of the most popular sub-genres particularly in literary science fiction. A parallel universe refers to a different world where an alternate reality that may or may not be a variant of the Earth exists. Such universes may have some differences from our current reality such as having different laws of physics or biology. The parallel universe is thus a crossroads between the planet Earth and a fantasy world.

Bodily Transformation

This theme refers to several subgenres that may include genetic engineering, cloning, and biohacking. Genetic engineering themes tend to involve the creation of a super race of humans through technologies such as brain-computer interfacing, nanotechnology, and eugenics. From the opposing direction, is biohacking, in which individual person transform their bodies by introducing chemicals or cybernetic devices. Prosthetics or the use of robotics for enhanced bodily function also falls in this category

Super Powers

While closely related to bodily transformation this is a different subgenre of science fiction. The acquisition of superpowers typically encompasses aspects of teleportation, psychic phenomena, and enhanced mental function. Teleportation is the ability to transport persons or objects from one location to another without necessarily making use of the physical space between them. Psychic phenomena may include persons who have telekinetic, telepathic, precognitive and clairvoyant abilities. An enhanced mental function may include mind uploading, higher memory, mind-swap, and mind control abilities.

Time Travel

Time travel is one of the original and most popular themes popularized by novels such as “The Time Machine” by HG Wells. As a science fiction theme, it involves the movement of persons or objects between two points in space that typically has one going back to an earlier era or going forward to a future era. For instance, one could travel back in time to the Roman first century AD or go forward in time to the technologically driven world of 2100.

Military Conflicts

Military conflict is a common trope in many modern science fiction movies and literature. This will typically involve interstellar travel and combat in space between armies of antagonists from different planets or galaxies. These types of conflicts normally make use of exotic and strange weapons though some weapons used in science fiction have found use in conventional militaries.

Galactic Empires

Ever since science fiction franchise “Star Trek” became a mass phenomenon and gained acceptance even out of the science fiction community, the theme of Galactic Empires in science fiction has grown in leaps and bounds. The writing of this theme is modeled along the lines of the decline or rise of an empire that has significant technological advancement as compared to human civilizations or other civilizations in its vicinity. Given the differences in technology, social and economic advancement, there is tension between empires which usually results in conflict.

As an aspiring writer, you could write in any of the science fiction overarching themes we have discussed and been relatively successful. Nonetheless, you can always dig deeper into the subgenres of science fiction and still find success as long as you can write something that captures the imagination of the reader. This is by no means a complete listing of all the overarching themes, but rather an exposition of the most popular ones that I have found to have a higher probability of success with audiences.

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How To Write A News Blog Post

The Latest News
The Latest News

Blogging for your website provides content that the major search engines welcome. For a start, the more frequently you update the content of your website, the better you will rank over time. If your content is interesting, relevant and engaging, there’s the possibility that a news blog post may be shared within the social media channels. Search engines love this. It’s good for SEO!

The question that has plagued bloggers is how to write a news blog post. After all, if no one is reading your content; all of the countless hours, sweat, blood, and tears are in vain. But writing a news blog post much easier than you think!

News blog post best practices

Choose a defining title tag

The first thing is to choose a defining title tag. It should include keywords related to your blog. For example, if your blog is about foodstuff; make sure that the word food is in your title tag.

Focus on your headlines

The second important step is to focus on your headlines. For this, you must give vibrant, smart headlines full of significant keywords. If your headline is not good, no one will bother to read the content even if it is good.

Add media effects

You should add some more media effects like podcasting, video blogging, photography and so on.When you want to make it more appealing, just add photos, sounds, and even videos to your blog.

Posts should be precise

Make sure that the news blog post is precise and clear-cut.

Post Regularly

You should on a regular schedule, and the frequently you can post quality news copy,  the better.

Get your own niche

Next step is to look for a niche. It is better to focus on one. You will find a number of blogs available these days. Make it different from others. Hence it is better if you have your own style and establish an identified place for yourself.

Add a free link

You need to make set-up with other bloggers and influencers and then link out to all your friends and enemies in a similar way. If you want to become an authority, remember that you will have to network and learn from other people. You can get authority and credibility if you also give credit when it is payable.

Add your own viewpoint

You should always try to develop your own style and personality online. Cover the stories by adding up your own perspective in it. You should not be scared to be controversial or just agree or disagree.

After adding your perspective, you need to make your blog optimized for various search engines by tagging your posts. It is essential to admit your mistakes and then make the required improvement in it. You can also allow comments on your blog. People leaving comments should feel safe in your blog.

Lastly, before finalizing the blog, you must see that it is well written. Read thoroughly and also check your facts, spellings, sentence structure, etc. This is important to do because once you post your blog; it is displayed globally via the internet.

As you can see writing a news blog post is much easier than you think. As the possibilities of your mind are limitless so are the possibilities of writing an engaging blog post.

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7 Best Practices for Writing Listicles

Listicle
Listicle

A listicle is a web article or blog post in the form of a list and which is outlined in a numbered or bullet point fashion. Why listicle best practices? Well, because listicle writing is actionable, it is imperative to do it right. Simple! Since listicles easy to write and read, and are often straight to the point, they can be a great way to reach your audience, easily.

Here are a few ideas on how to write a listicle that will increase traffic to your blog massively:

  1. Explain the benefit of the list

This is a must-have for any list looking to gain any significant traction online. This should be some introduction that explains the actual advantage of your list to the audience. Be sure to deliver what you’ve promised on the intro.

  1. Number each item in the list

Listicles can be about any topic. When writing one, choose a topic which you’re super excited to write on. Then, once you’ve settled on a killer topic, start by defining and numbering your subheads. Numbering your list will make readers keep track of where they are. It will also have a tremendous impact on the neatness

  1. Use an odd number in the listicle title

Research shows that readers are more inclined to click on an odd number listicle. Having a listicle with odd numbers, therefore, means that your list is likely to generate more engagements, likes, and shares.

  1. Be creative with your Title.

Top, best, most, brilliant. These words, when used in a listicle title will be icing on the cake. People are always looking for information but will trust an article that is titled as the best. Some of the examples would include:

  • 11 top reasons to be a vegan in 2018
  • 21 Mistakes most writers make
  • 9 top bloggers to follow today
  1. Table of content

Providing a list of tables to a lengthy article makes it easy for your target audience to scroll through the list by simply clicking on the ToC. If you’re using WordPress, you can use plugins such as TOC+ plugin to help you itemize your list.

  1. Break your list into categories.

If your list is too big, it is best practice to break it down into palatable categories. This makes it easier for readers to browse the listicle and easily find important info. You can group similar processes, or methodologies together to help organize and segregate the content.

  1. Add Images:

Images allows you to break the walls of a rather dull listicle down. Images and GIFs give you the freedom to add some humor and breathers.

How to write a listicle

These are some of the best practices when writing your listicle. With some of these best practices in mind, let’s now briefly look at the process of writing a listicle blog post. You will need to:

  • Choose an appropriate topic for your listicle
  • Select your keyword(s) if you’re hoping to rank it
  • Choose a unique angle that falls within your niche.
  • Write the list points. Use catchy subheads to keep the audience engaged.
  • Use images and gifs to illustrate your points.
  • Include a solid conclusion.

That’s all folks! I hope this guide inspires you to seize the full advantage of listicles. If you haven’t made a listicle blog post yet, try posting one today and see if it has any significant impact on your blog traffic, your audience engagement and customer conversions. Be sure to add some humor, good writing, honesty, research, and originality.

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The overlooked marketing value of the Other Works page

The ‘Blank’, ‘Ad card’, or ‘Other Works‘ page is an often-ignored marketing and book sales opportunity.  This is especially true in the eBook area, where most articles on eBook formats don’t even mention them.  For the independent publisher it nearly free advertising.

What is the ‘Other Works‘ page?

The short answer is the ‘Blank’, ‘Ad card’, or ‘Other Works‘ page is in a books front matter, for book sales and marketing, which lists other books titles written by the author, or if the book is part of a series. This is not only your chance to pitch your other works but as the list grows larger, it tells the reader that you are an experienced author.

When should an author take advantage of the ‘Other Works’ page?

You Should add the Other Works page when you are finishing your second book for publication and every book you publish thereafter.

When should the ‘Other Works’ page be updated?

The Other Works page should be updated, by adding the book title of each newly published book.  However, the name of the book in which the page is being included should be omitted because it would be redundant, obvious.

In the case of eBooks, where the manuscript can quickly be edited and republished, the Other Works page of all eBooks should be updated with the titles of new publications as soon as the new publication is published.

Should the ‘Other Works’ be included in eBooks?

Yes; although there are many who will say otherwise.  Why sacrifice the marketing opportunity, when it is so little work to add and main the Other Works page’.  In an eBook, it is likely best positioned, later in the front material somewhere after the Product Description Page.

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Should you have your own writer or book website?

How to Market And Sell Your Books
How to Market And Sell Your Books

Every author, published or unpublished, needs a platform to reach their target audience. An author website is one among the many platforms available today. If you’re looking to pursue a professional, long-time career in writing it’s important, you start building your own space. Your website is the online home and hub for everything you do in real life or on the digital realm.

It is therefore imperative to run a website that will act as your digital footprint, a business card, a valuable networking tool, and space to showcase your writing craft in beautifully penned words. While it won’t, necessarily, be a household hit when starting, your website will eventually gain its organic traction and incremental growth over time.

Why Is Having A Book Website Important

A lot of authors today promote their books on social media or the author platform provided by Amazon. And for a lot of them, this kind of publicity works.

So, is having a book website really that necessary? Yes, it is! Here is why.

Your own book website is not dependent on any other second or third-party decisions. You are the boss, you customize the site how you want, you publish the content you want, and you are in complete control of every aspect of the website.

Publicizing your book on other platforms without your own website is like renting/leasing a house. At the end of it all, the owner has more power and leverage when it comes to decisions. Having your own website, on the other hand, is equal to buying your own property. You are the maker of all decisions.

What Can A Book Website Do for You

The greatest benefit of having a book website is the ability to cross-publicize your content. You can easily promote your content on very many different sites at the same time without having to do so much work. All you need to do is to link every other platform to your book website, and the rest will be achievable by just a click of a button.

How to Market Your Book Through Your Website

Publish your book’s landing page on your site

A landing page is a form on your website that captures the information of visitors in exchange for an offer. A landing page aims to convert visitors into prospective customers. For example, you can put up a few lines of an excerpt of your book then requests visitors to fill out their personal details on the form to read the entire excerpt.

Post blogs about your upcoming book

Keep your fans in the loop about what to expect in your upcoming book. This can be achieved by regularly publishing posts on your website on anything and everything about your upcoming book. This will enable to create a fan base that will be a viable, solid market for your book when you release it.

Create a countdown timer for the book’s release date.

It may look like such a trivial task, but the impact of having a timer on your website is tremendous. A countdown timer will build the anticipation for your book’s release and keep you on your toes to ensure you meet your targets and deadlines. The timer will make it easy for your viable market to plan adequately to purchase your book when released. It also catches the attention of visitors who might have stumbled on your site.

Include sample chapters from your book

This is the perfect way to tease your readers by giving them, a sneak peek of what to expect in your new book. A well-thought-out sample chapter preview will keep them hungry and ready to purchase your book as soon as it is available.

Link to video clips and articles about the book on your website

Whenever anything is written about your upcoming book, or it is featured anywhere, you need to let your readers know. This will attract visitors that can be turned to leads by letting them know what other people are saying about your new book.

Link to other sites

If your publications are available on different websites, you can easily make them accessible to your readers through your website. Just provide the links to other sites on your websites, and your readers will have convenient access to your publications.

Set up Alerts

This ensures that whenever your name and your book show up online, you will be notified. Therefore, if someone gives you good feedback or a stellar review, reach out and thank them and ask them to link back to your book’s website.

How to Make Your Website Work for You

Remember we mentioned cross publicizing your book and how the click of a button can do it? Here a few tips on how to get your website working for you.

Provide an RSS or Atom feed subscribe option

RSS feeds are the simplest way to alert your readers anytime you post some new content on your website. Also, the subscription to your website’s RSS feed lets you know the number of subscribers you have thus providing you with a clear estimate of the viable market your book will have.

Provide an email subscription option

Allowing readers to subscribe to your website via email creates another channel for you to communicate to them through scheduled informational emailing directly. You can always update them on new information about your upcoming book release as well as new blog posts on the website.

 Link to and from your Amazon author central page

On your website, you can provide a link to your Amazon author central page. Similarly, provide a link to your site on your Amazon author central page. This will ensure that you tap on readers from both ends. This will increase your traffic on both platforms and ensure your readers are always in on the loop about you and your books.

Link to and push publish your social media sites

Provide the links of your social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter on your website to allow your readers to follow you on those platforms as well.  Using your site’s ‘Publicize’ features, at least on WordPress’; you can also authorize your website to share your blog posts on your social media platforms to increase your audience reach.

Enable widget features

By enabling site widgets, you can do things like:

  • Connect to Goodreads and display your books from Goodreads
  • Enable social network sharing to allow your readers to easily spread the word
  • Provide Eventbrite to allow self-serve event ticketing

I’m sure there are others, but you get the gest.

The Cost Factor of Your Website

As a writer, keeping an eye on the costs, you incur in your publication journey is very important. How much will it cost you to have your own book website? Zero, absolutely nothing. You can easily create a book website on various platforms for free. And as your traffic and marketing needs increase, then you can upgrade to paid servers such as Bluehost or GoDaddy.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your book website up and running today and let everyone know all about your publications.

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Why keep a consistent writing schedule?

Time And Schedule Practices
Time And Schedule Practices

A lot of people think that being a writer is such a super easy profession. All you need is a few skills, a good amount of talent and creativity topped up with some inspiration. Easy, right? No, not that easy. You can have all these factors and more but still, fail at attaining success as a writer.

Why? Because without proper organizational and time management you may never be able to meet your goals and complete your book. What you and every writer need is a consistent daily writing schedule. And as you try and think if it is for you or not, here are 5 guaranteed benefits of having a consistent daily writing routine.

1. Productivity Habits

A consistent daily writing schedule means that every day you will be doing some writing. It can be as little as 1 page or as much as 10 pages. But the bottom line is you will be writing, and as you repetitively do this, it will develop into a habit. Writing will become second to nature for you. Meaning writing will become much easier for you and you will do it efficiently. That is the power of habit.

2. No more procrastination.

A proper daily writing routine needs you to set targets and goals for your writing assignments. Therefore, following your routine means, you will do what you are supposed to do, when you should be doing it. You don’t have the option of not doing what is in your schedule for that day. And once it becomes a habit, you can say bye-bye to procrastination.

3. Inspiration every day.

A lot of writers depend on the writing mood or a burst of inspiration to write. If you keep working with such a mentality, success as a writer will be only a dream. Working with a consistent daily writing routine trains your mind to understand that when it is time to work, inspiration is a requirement. And you will find yourself always finding the inspiration to write every single day. This is another power of habit.

4.Organized life.

Writing ca easily turn your life upside down. You may find yourself sometimes locking yourself up to write and completely forgetting about every other aspect of your life. And that is why a consistent daily schedule is important.

Planning ahead of time improves your time management abilities. Having a routine also means that other people get to know when you are free from work and when you’re what. Therefore, they will learn to respect your work time and make plans with you during your free time. A schedule enables you to plan for and fit all other aspects of your life around your writing. It is okay for writing to be your passion but don’t let it make you forget to live.

5. Much more freedom.

You will not believe how much free time you can have in your life as a writer. And that is inclusive of you meeting your goals and succeeding in your writing assignments. The key is proper planning especially by having a consistent daily writing routine. With a daily writing schedule, you plan your work time, set your goals and easily achieve them.

No more guilt when you go for days without writing because that won’t happen or if it does it was already planned for. No more panic attacks or fears that you won’t meet your deadlines. No more overworking yourself and missing out on everything around you. Having a consistent daily writing schedule will enable to develop productivity habits that will propel your success as a writer.

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