Fan Fiction Fridays: The Cultural Impact of Fan Fiction

I still stand by my previous post on writing Fan Fiction and still think it is an excellent way for new writers to develop before trying to write their own original stuff, a way for fans to immerse themselves into their favourite shows, books, etc. and to express their opinions of what they think should happen. I do also agree with Claire Violet Thorpe about making money from the fan fiction. It does not sit with me too good and, in fact, it feels very wrong to me. The less said about Fifty Shades of Grey, the better!

The Claire Violet Thorpe Express

So, what exactly is fan fiction, and why is everyone so quick to defend it?

All rants about Fifty Shades of Gray aside, I’m beginning to wonder why fan fiction is becoming mainstream and crowding out good literature. To me, I think that fan fiction is like junk food; good to eat, but only in low amounts.

But the fact that people are choosing to write fan fiction and trying to make money off their fan fiction leaves a bad taste in my mouth, like I ate a bad cookie or something like that. (which I’d why I’m leaving my fan fiction where it belongs: on my personal blog) I don’t understand why people feel that they have the right to write fan fiction when they could be writing their own stories, and they are plenty of authors out there who are very dismissive of fan fiction for various reasons.

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12 Secrets (Successful) Women Who Chose Careers In The Arts Know

If you are aiming for a career in the Arts, looking to change to one or go full time, this is worth reading.

Thought Catalog

I am a firm believer in the fact that every job in any field will present its own set of challenges. It’s not that some careers are harder than others, it’s that some people are better equipped and naturally suited to handle some better than others.

That said, a job and a life in a creative field can be wildly fulfilling. But because it’s not “common,” it seems almost unrealistic; reserved for a select, fortunate, privileged few. I believe that making a life for yourself as an “artist,” is less about chance and more about work ethic, walking the fine line between creating for yourself and creating for consumption and your threshold for rejection and perseverance regardless.

Of course, there are a few other tricks of the trade to be shared as well. Here, Victoria Smith of SFGIRLBYBAY interviewed and compiled a few lessons from successful women who abandoned their 9-5 jobs in…

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5 Comic Book Writing Tips

Interested in writing for comics? Think you might be the next Stan Lee?

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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Are you interested in writing comics? Perhaps you are a passionate artist, or you just like to write, and feel that you are ready to write a comic book. Keep in mind, though, that comic book writing is very tricky. When you write a comic book, you need to think visually and then you need to communicate those visuals in such a way as to spark the artist’s imagination to present them the way you see them. We give you some useful comic book writing tips, which may help you with this seemingly impossible task.

1. Storyline

2. Sketch Your Ideas

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3. Stay Away From Clichés

4. Overwriting: A Strict No, No!

5. Target Audience

NOTE:To read the article in full, please click on the following link eBooks India

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Our new library.

Libraries are making their way into the future! Wakefield Libraries are now offering a digital branch to their libraries. Find out more here.

Wakefield Libraries

We have just opened a new library. It’s not a building though, it’s a digital branch. OneClickdigital now includes eBooks as well as eAudiobooks. There are three thousand titles to choose from -crime, romance, history, biographies, children’s books – there is something for everybody and new titles will be added in the future. All you need is to visit the site and enter your library card number, create an account, download the app suitable for your device and choose your books. It’s very easy to use and if you do have any problems there is an excellent helpdesk service.eBooks are issued for three weeks just like conventional books, you can renew them and there are no late return fines to pay. You may be tempted by a talking book as well; the choice is excellent. We also have a magazine service too, Zinio , with a wide selection of popular…

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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light Trailer and Back Cover

With just two days left before the final book is released, Landy has posted on his blog the back cover and the trailer for The Dying of the Light!

The back cover, drawn by the fabulous Tom Percival, features Darquesse destroying a skyscraper and could be indicative of the amount of destruction that is about to be rained down in the final book!:

On top of creating the fabulous back cover, Tom Percival has created a teaser trailer indicating that a final showdown between Skulduggery and Darquesse is on the cards. You can watch that here:

So what do you think is going to happen in this final book? Is their anything you really want or not want to happen? Comment below!

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light is released on 28th August 2014 and don’t forget about the special Black Editions of the book which will be hidden in the children’s sections of various Waterstones branches, all across the country!

Social Media Marketing

Flicking around the web, I’ve come across two articles from Barnsley-based Social Media Agency, Bigfoot Digital explaining how a business (or indeed, a writer) can promote and market their products and blog content.

The first is looking at how you can make sure any Social Media accounts you have or want to open will have positive impact in increasing traffic to your blog and, for writers, gaining new fans. The article also includes tips on the sort of things you should be posting to your Social Media streams. Have at the check list by going to A Checklist for Every New Social Media Account You Open.

The second is looking at 4 ways you can create links to your content from promotion on various Social Media websites to the naturally made links when people find and like your stuff! Check it out by visiting 4 Types of Links: Why You Need Them and How To Get Them on the agency’s website.

I hope these links are helpful to people.