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SERIOUS WRITERS is a team of authors who collectively encourage positive attitudes and strive for growth, regardless of their current level of experience. But wherever you are on your writing journey, we will make the trip as fun and enjoyable as possible. Join us and work with like minded members who share the goal of continuously improving their writing craft.


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If you discover interesting articles on writing or related subjects, you can post them here.

We will post informative and helpful information from experts in the writing field -- topics that should appeal to those who are really serious about writing. Whenever possible, each author/writer will be given credit for their work and a link posted to their blog or website. Posts from BEFORE the BookRix changeover have been archived... Show more

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J.C. Laird

Show or Tell By: judycolella
about 1 month ago

As writers, we keep being told by those critiquing our work, "Too much telling, not enough showing," or "You're telling, not showing." Hmm. It took me a long time to figure out what the heck that meant and why it even mattered.... Show more

J.C. Laird

how, Tell, What the ....? [think of a rhyming word for "tell"] By: judycolella
about 15 hours ago

I recently shared a post about showing instead of telling, and what all that means, but at times, you do have to resort to telling. But when? And how much? Too much can translate to... Show more

Adlin T.

J.C., thank you very much for your advice on 'Too Much Telling' and 'Not Showing'. I welcome it and found it useful.

PROMOTIONS and ADVERTISING This thread is for all members of our group to advertise their work. ... By: J.C. Laird
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This thread is for all members of our group to advertise their work. Tell us about your books, old or new, post links, pictures, blurbs and video promos.

Also use this link to post samples of your work and request comments/reviews. In short, put your work here; make it interesting and try to grab the visitor's attention. Get some publicity for that hard work of yours.

If you advertise books with adult... Show more

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new and first book ever called hate to say goodbye


Hi guys could someone please check out my work in progress and tell me what you think.


Help! I've decided to try to get this published with Kindle Scout, but I'm not happy with either the title or the cover. I desperately need someone to read this all the way through and let me know the following:

1. Is it good enough to consider trying to publish?

2. Is there a... Show more

NUMB Jett is a handsome, likeable Olympic decathlon gold medalist. Atarah is a beautiful, accomplished sculptress. Their love for each other is epic, but devotion and adoration that deep could also caus...
newbie, and have a question By: Britt
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Hi everyone, I just joined a few days ago, I've self published two books on my site and Amazon. I tried to download my e-book on here, but it took forever, I re-tried and tried, finally got it working. But since one is a devotional it's not really set up in chapters, and when I saw everything in text, everything wasn't really spaced out like it is in my document. Do I need to do that myself? Any tips would be appreciated.



The HTML formatting for BookRix isn't always compatible with our document formats. The best way I know to avoid the weirdness is to copy/paste each chapter into its own BookRix chapter. A little time-consuming, but worth it. If you're having problems with paragraphs, again, its... Show more


Judy is the Bomb here, Britt!

Anyway, her method of creating a book is the one I use, with only slight modifications vis a vis how much I copy and paste.

Love ya', Judy :)


Thank you both, so much!


Write you EPUB on your own, it includes mainly XHTML for the content, semantic markup, CSS for styling, if you need SVG for vector graphics and usual formats JPEG or PNG for raster images etc.

This you can upload and the content will not be changed by BooRix, if you do not want it.


@Pat - Back at ya, my friend!

I'd love to be someone's editor! By: Kierothedancer
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Hello! I'm looking to be an editor for an author of any level. I find editing to come a lot more naturally to me than writing, and I'd love to help out any struggling writers or writers who just want some feedback! Feel free to comment below or message me :3

Rookie Burwick

Well, I am working on a novel right now, but already have an editor assigned. I will certainly let you know when I finish the following novel.

Thanks for the offer!


I wouldn't mind getting some feedback on this one - it isn't very long, although it makes up in weirdness what it lacks in length:

Thanks - I look forward to your comments!

Zillo the Incompetent. A Convoluted History Zillo was the most incompetent wizard who had ever lived. This would have been excusable were it not for his tendency to craft magical items that not only did ridiculous and often dangerous things,...
Rookie Burwick

That book is one of my favorites. Thanks for publishing!


No, thank YOU for your kind comment!

Advice for a book By: kelya
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I recently started writing a book but it's my first time and I'm not much of a writer

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Rookie Burwick

Just write in the way that's easiest for you.



jake wilhelm

This may sound familiar by now, but the best thing to do with a rough draft is just write through it. I've written my way through lots of problems, and usually by the time I go to edit, (with the story resolution - i.e. ending and theme - already done), it's simple to fix any... Show more

Evening guys. I love reading and have awesome grammar and spelling skills. If anyone wants my he... By: LadyWar
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Evening guys.
I love reading and have awesome grammar and spelling skills. If anyone wants my help to edit thwir book/s, please feel free to drop me a message or email. I promise not to share the books or copy any of the contents. But I love new writers and think what you do is amazing.


This is great! Do you want completed books, or works in progress?


No name, no face, no age, no gender, no books nor poems, in other nothing. So...why would I trust a nobody with my work?


Ps. You spelled 'their' wrong.


great would require help



Please give us some info on who you are, either here, or at your profile page. Like Laz, I'd feel more comfortable knowing a bit more about you; what types of literature you read, do you write (as Judy asked), etc.

Formating question By: S. K. Wilson
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Does anyone else have trouble when they try and edit their book in the Bookrix editing system? This may seem like a stupid question, but when I write I do it in Word, then I copy and paste over to BookRix. When I do the formatting (specifically the indentations at the beginning of a new paragraph) go haywire, so I have to go over it all and re-format it. It's driving me up the wall haha.

Does this happen if you write it into a... Show more


I think, the BookRix conversion script does not care much about your 'word-formatting', because the resulting documents are either HTML (online preview or mobipocket) or XHTML (EPUB).
word documents are intended for printing, (X)HTML documents for reading on a screen.
In this... Show more


I find the simplest solution to your question is this: assuming you use a Word document that ends in either .doc or .docx, when you begin your story, it should be single-spaced, and there should be no indents in the first paragraph. When you do a single hard return for the next... Show more


I do pretty much the same thing as Judy. I work in Word, Arial font, 12 point for the majority of what I write (Excluding Chapter Headings). In the doc, I have my paragraph indents set automatically. I use 6X9 format, single space, ragged right side. Having these settings, I... Show more

L. Avery Brown

I assume that by 'formatting' you're meaning the standard <bold> <italic> or <underline> as well as using 'smart quotes'.

I've found that when I copy and paste from Word into the BREditor - almost all my formatting goes out the window.

However, when I write then transfer what... Show more

S. K. Wilson

Thanks everyone, that's super helpful!

How do you handle a block if you are stucked in a story plot.... ps, and its not the first book y... By: perez
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How do you handle a block if you are stucked in a story plot.... ps, and its not the first book you've written and completed?

Lord Darius Blackburne

Very good question. I know the feeling all too well, as I have written and completed around five or six books. Usually what I do is just set it aside and do something else I enjoy (such as drawing or building with Legos). Bottom line: don't stress it. give it some time and im... Show more


will give it a try... thanks


I run into that pretty often, too. And the harder I try to push past it, the more formidable the wall becomes. Lord Vlad's advice is golden.

Another approach that I've found helpful is to ask one of my characters, "Well, bub? What are you gonna do now?"

It sounds odd, but the... Show more

Lord Darius Blackburne

Believe it or not, that is great advice. Often times I will get so caught up in writing (my Door in the Woods series, for example), I will actually zone out and completely forget where I am. its almost like an out-of-body experience, if you will

Inspiring Screenwriter By: mimzy101
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Just recently married and starting my nursing career...I am having a hard time finding time to write. But for 2017...I am dream chasing! I will try my hardest to write! *Fingers Crossed*

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