To Alexa or not to Alexa – that’s MY question.

I ADORE boxes!!! Okay, I’m not asking anymore. I installed Amazon’s Echo Dot moments ago. (You know the scary artificial intelligence gal who listens to everything you say and even tells jokes?) Music, recipes, the latest news and weather are now at my fingertips – scratch that – I don’t have to type. Wow. Alexa …

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A reader’s question: How can I make a short storyline longer?

Do NOT pad those scenes. Listen to muti-published Winged Publications powerhouse, Florence Witkop. Always sweet and to the point, she has the right advice for writers who need to know.

Write on!

How to make a story longer when you’ve already figured out the storyline and it’s too short?

It’s not easy but it can be done. I know because when I segued from short stories to novels I just about went crazy figuring out how to do exactly that.

The answer isn’t to pad your scenes. Readers will see through that right away. Nor should you add more scenes and/or chapters just to make the book longer. Again, readers will know what you’re doing and throw your book across the room without finishing it.

What you must do is figure out a longer storyline and make sure that that the added scenes become integral to the story instead of just being tacked on.

It’s hard but it can be done. Close your eyes and think what else could happen during the course of the story that will add to the story…

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Revenge IS sweet: Diamond Dogs Book 2 hits the cyber-shelf. Yippee!

The road can get dark quickly. It's been a long time coming. I've worked ALL summer on CRAVING GRACE: Diamond Dogs Book 2 and I'm SO happy I did. I LOVE this latest installment of my action/romance series that promises a world of intrigue, romance, and tough choices faced by women of conscience. This new …

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Dreaming of a publishing contract? Here’s your chance!

Hear, ye. Hear, ye. If you're looking to publish your latest novel, read on. And feel free to spread the word. This summer is shaping up to be the best one ever. TAKING FLIGHT ANNUAL CONTEST Winged Publications presents its first annual contest–Taking Flight!! (Indie published okay to submit) Any genre! Only clean or inspirational, …

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All the Lovely Things Magazine: A FREE place to heal, hope, and look to what’s beautiful in publishing and the world around you!

Tired of "fake news" or real news for that matter? Want to read something that makes you smile, remember happy times, and look forward to creating new memories? Seek no more. Multi-published Teresa Ives Lilly's latest publishing venture - All the Lovely Things Magazine -- is here to take you way. Put a smile on …

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Overcoming Summer Stall: A writer’s guide to get going.

It's supposed to be FUN! Summer is here and I’m so glad. The gentle breezes, the abundance of birds and squirrels, the SUN. I never believed I was dependent on the latter. Having grown up in San Jose, California, I took sunshine for granted. Truth is I longed as a child to move somewhere I …

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What are some tips on writing novellas?

Are you reading a novella or wanting to write one? Check in with Winged Publication’s own Florence Witkop for the scoop on how its done.

Write on!

A novella falls into what used to be a creative desert between short stories and full length novels. No more.

People don’t always want to give the time to reading a novel that it requires, especially since novels are getting longer and longer and longer until sometimes a reader can measure a book’s thickness in inches! And yet, , though they don’t want to spend so much time, they often want a story with more depth than is possible in a short story.

Enter the novella. Here’s what it is and what to know when writing one:

  1. It’s normally between 20,000 and 30,000 words long though different publishers may have different length requirements that better fit their own business model.

2. It’s a straight-line, single subject story.

3. If plot twists or sub-plots are essential to the story they will be kept to an absolute minimum and will not be…

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