Month: October 2016

Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Indifference

Nice list for expressing indifference…

Nicholas C. Rossis

Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Read for free with KU

Last month, I mentioned the launch of Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, here is the next installment from the book. It lists beats you can use to convey:


Indifference can be hard to convey through a beat because you’re really describing the lack of a physical reaction. And you can have your characters shrug only so much before they start looking like they’re having a seizure. Some useful beats are:

  • She looked down at him through laced fingers.
  • She steepled her long fingers together.
  • He absent-mindedly cracked his knuckles.
  • He dismissed her with a commanding gesture.
  • She pressed her hands to her cheeks.
  • She made a steeple of her fingers.
  • She sent an indifferent glance about the room.
  • He cast only the slightest of glances to the woman before focusing back to [object].
  • He yawned.


  • She…

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What Makes The Difference in Your Writing

I think one thing to do is be mindful of the day and try to write early in the day before all the distractions catch your attention. Good thoughts on writing habits…

Mundus Media Ink


What Makes The Difference

If something is stopping you from becoming the writer you want to be, then change it.

In response to the very valid excuses you may come up with for not writing, I have created a list of alternate realities for writers that write.

  • Almost all writers have day jobs, and they still manage to produce some writing. Why can’t you? Writers make the time to practice what they love, writing.
  • If eating dinner exhausts you then you are eating too much, or too fast, or you need to get your body moving not long after your meal. Just like the fact that you can eat smaller portions more slowly to get full, you can get off your butt to induce the energy it takes to get your mind moving again. It really is that simple. And don’t forget that consuming alcohol and then eating leads to passing out. If you’re a…

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Changing Books after Publication: What Happens When Authors Change Their Minds?

This is an interesting look at editions of books and why they get changed. This certainly lends to the idea of making updates to books as necessary today when it’s far easier to accomplish with technology. Reader experience is paramount to consider when considering these changes regardless. Will a new edition make the book better or drastically change the whole story?

Kristen Twardowski

Often books are published in an imperfect state. The first print run may include minor grammar errors or other issues that a publisher fixes in subsequent printings. But what happens when someone decides that larger changes are necessary?

In publishing, the term “edition” can indicate several different types of alterations to the original manuscripts. Translations can count as different editions as can international versions that may have different formatting or cover requirements. But books with extensive textual or plot revisions fall into an altogether different category. Producing this last type of editions often involves large changes in society or in the consciousness of the author.

Because these major alterations occur for vastly different reasons, I’m highlighting a few of the most interesting cases below.

coversRichard Scarry, The Best Word Book Ever

Scarry’s children’s books feature simple stories filled with anthropomorphized animals. Though Scarry first began publishing in 1949, he has continued to update his over…

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