NaNoWriMo has officially begun! Day 3 (with Days 1 & 2 catch up…)

  NaNoWriMo 2019 has officially begun!   To those participating, congrats! I’m actually joining you this year. I’m using NaNo as a motivator to get the second Executioner book written. I’d already mapped the whole thing out so I was ready to roll. With two hours scheduled for writing every morning, I was all prepared …

Authors! NaNoWriMo Has Begun!

From The Official NaNoWriMo Website National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.  On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Click …

Guest Post! WRITING WIDE by J.S. Wayne

Writing Wide I’m easily bored. I hate convention. I hate tropes, though I often find myself weaving them into my stories without conscious intent. I despise “the usual” and am always looking for a way to do things differently, some way to shake up the system and cause a little disruption in people’s expectations. This …

July 2018 Instachallenges! One for Readers and One for Writers!

Good afternoon and Happy Thursday! I cant believe it’s almost July already. Since we’re a few days away from the start of a new month, we thought this would be a good time to launch an Instagram photo challenge. We’ve got one for readers and one for writers. If you’re both, feel free to participate …

GUEST POST PART II by Author Jack Welles: Language and the Genre Novel

This is an excerpt from my booklet how I go about “Writing a Genre Novel” the full version of which is available for free on my website. I would like to start by putting the excerpt into context by giving a summary of the overview of my approach. I think of genre writing as having …

RANDOMS by Kendra: A Dress and a Muse (@kendrybird , @DmitrySholokhov)

It was a last minute trip, planned only a week in advance. I would journey from New Hampshire to New York City by some means of transportation and buy a dress from Dmitry Sholokhov’s collection while he made an in-store appearance. Two amazing girlfriends of mine made this whole thing happen, one, Steph, by offering …

RANDOMS: Show Your Support and Take a Stand Against eBook Piracy!

Hey readers!  Jena here.  As most of you are aware, Pure Textuality is a site that is a lover of all books – traditional and indie published alike.  A rising problem in the publishing industry as a whole is the piracy of eBooks. As an indie author, I can tell you that there is a …

RANDOMS: Happy 165th Birthday Bram Stoker!

Today marks what would have been Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday!  So Happy Birthday to you Mr. Stoker!  Without your most famous piece of work, Dracula, we wouldn’t have the likes of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries and even the sparkly non-badass vamps of Twilight that serve as so many readers’ very own guilty pleasure.  …

RANDOMS: My Chat With Kerrelyn Sparks (@avonbooks, @kerrelynsparks)

As I’ve mentioned before, I was lucky enough to get picked for this term of Avon Addicts with Avon Books.  Tonight, we had an Shindig video chat with Kerrelyn herself.  We talked about everything from publishing to her Love At Stake series and her newest release The Forbidden Lady.

RANDOMSby Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part III

I am happy to report that I am in the full swing of rewriting my novel.  All the ideas that have been bubbling up here and there since my musically induced breakthrough I had during my last check-in finally started to drop together in a coherent story line.   

RANDOMS by Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part II

Back on January 19th, I confessed to all of you that I am an aspiring writer.  At that point, I gave you a little bit of back story on how I got started.  If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, click here to do so.  I will wait…… *queue elevator music* You’re …

RANDOMS: Jena's Adventure In Writing a Novel: Part I

Back in 2005, I was struck with inspiration.  It started because I was a majorly, and I mean MAJORLY, huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.  I used to read the Buffy novels for quick pastime reading (averaging 1 or 2 of them in a day).  They’re basically paperback fan fiction and they had a lot …