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Happy Monday! It is time for the top-ten writing articles from No Wasted Ink. I admit, I needed to surf twice as long for articles this week. Writers were taking a vacation or doing holiday related articles for the most part and I wanted to find things with more useful content. I found a good batch and I hope you’ll enjoy them.


International Interactions with Tolkien – A Roundtable

Breaking Into Publishing Isn’t Easy, but if You’re Not in America, It’s Even Harder

Writing Goals: Clearing Your Path For Creativity In The New Year

Why Book Reviews Are Important and Where to Find Them

How to Write When You’re Not Writing

Five Unnecessary World Additions in Popular Stories

How to Write a Compelling Antihero

2022 Publishing Predictions

Journals adopt AI to spot duplicated images in manuscripts

Trusting the Reader

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links


Welcome to No Wasted Ink’s top-ten writing articles as selected from my general surfing of the world wide web. I love to read writing articles to help me keep up with what is going on in the writing community and to learn new tips to improve my writing. I select the best ten from those and share them here with you. Enjoy.

On Trauma-Informed Writing

Mythic Structure: Refusal of the Call to Adventure

How Symbolism Adds Depth to a Story

Amazon Keywords And Atticus For Writing And Book Formatting With Dave Chesson

Nicola Barker is Our Great Post-Punk Novelist

Words Without Borders: Kaaps Writings From South Africa

When—and Whether—to Hire a Developmental Editor

4 Lessons Learned from Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Build mysteries around whether characters will succeed or fail

Independent Publishing: Off The Beaten Path

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links


Happy Monday! Welcome to the No Wasted Ink top-ten writing article round-up. As I surf the web, I look for articles that interest me as a writer and then share them here on the blog with all of you. This week I found many with writing tips, marketing help for authors and other topics of interest. I hope you get as much from them as I did. Enjoy.

Guest Posting Best Practices for Serious Writers

Why Writing Second Person POV Appeals To Marginalized Writers

Your Massively Transformative Purpose

What Can You Get Away With In Fiction?

Using Magnets to Attract Readers

Talk is Cheap: Harness the True Power of Dialogue

Keeping Readers Happy With Your Novel Series

When Are You Ready for Professional Editing?

Short Stories As The Basis To An Award-Winning Author Career With Alan Baxter

Uses for Scrivener Beyond the Manuscript

Author Interview: R.K. Bentley

Author RK Bentley considers himself fortunate in being able to self publish a comic book when self publishing was in it’s infancy and now self publishing a novel. Please welcome this enterprising author to No Wasted Ink.

Hello my name is R. K. Bentley and I started off reading novels and comics books in my teens, in college I self published 4 issues of a b+w comic book and several years later I discovered National Novel Writing Month. I began to write my first novel when I joined the Association of Rhode Island Authors and created a writing group called the Rhody Writing Group. It took me eight years to finish my first novel and I published it in 2018. I’m working on the sequel now.

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in Junior High School. My first story was the novelization of the first episode of a cartoon show known as The Transformers. My other stories were self insertion Robotech fan fiction before I knew what fan fiction was. After getting a suggestion to write in my own universe I did just that. I wrote because it was fun and enjoyable.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It’s an interesting question because in my mind, anyone can write. I never wrote a short story before I was always geared towards manuscripts so I considered myself a writer when I co-wrote the first issue of Totems, the b+w comic book I helped self published during college.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

My current book is called Where Weavers Daire and it’s a mishmash of science fiction and fantasy. It takes place on a planet where immortals and mortals living not exactly in harmony. There are machines, mages and mortals. It’s the first in a series.

What inspired you to write this book?

What inspired me to write the book was I sitting on this universe for years and started writing in it during NaNoWrimo but never finished it. In the end, I wanted to publish a story, any story set in that verse so I decided to write prequel series sort of a Avengers Assemble / Gathering story.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Third person omniscient past tense. I try to write scenes instead of overview so getting the readers in the heads of the characters. I’ve tried first person but it’s never caught my fancy.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

It went through several title changes until I decide to spoof the movie Where Eagles Dare. The title isn’t a misprint, there’s a house of mages in the series called Daire. It’s book one of Stuk on the Hollow series, another play on words since the characters are stuck on this rogue planet called Stuk’s Hollow.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

Cherie Priest. Tanya Huff. Dean Koontz. James S. A. Corey. John Scalzi. I like the stories they write and their writing styles. I’ve seldom have had to lem a book from any of them.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

I would consider John Scalzi a mentor because he gives out great advice to up and coming writers. He’s very down to earth and isn’t full of himself. He never sugar coats it.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

The cover was pre-made by damonza.com and once I saw it I thought it fit the book perfectly. The price was right in my budget as well. It was stroke of luck to find a company that had a cover that barely needed to be edited and fit the theme of the book so well.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you’re writing a short story: finish it. If you’re writing a novel: finish it. Once you finish it keep writing, get your work critiqued and edited. Expect feedback you don’t want to hear. Take notes and keep writing. Don’t throw it all away just because someone give you feedback you don’t want to unless…of course there is always the possibility your writing is shit and then, well, maybe it’s time to try something new.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I know Weaver was a confusing here and there but I promise it will all make sense in later books…I hope. 🙂


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Providence, RI

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No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Welcome to No Wasted Ink’s writer’s links. Below are the top-ten links to articles about the craft of writing, science fiction/fantasy genre, and poetry. This week I was heavy into reading abou craft, and therefore these links reflect that. I hope you enjoy them!

2021 SFPA Poetry Contest Winners

Level Up: Think Like a Teacher

Why Fantasy Should Seem Real

Disney, you must bring the Captain America musical to Avengers Campus

Like Learning to Ride A Horse

On the Kind of Fiction Called Morbid

Can Self Or Hybrid Publishing Land You On The Best-Seller List?

How Far is Too Far With a Pseudonym?

Hacking: The Secret Spice of Modern Storytelling

The Problem With Multiple Viewpoints