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*Soapbox*

This is not a First Amendment point. The First Amendment ONLY protects you from government restriction on speech or the press. It has ZERO to do with private enterprise. While the GOVERNMENT can't stop a newspaper from publishing an article, the OWNER of a newspaper most certainly has the right to do what they want.

The WaPo often has negative articles about Amazon and a lot of companies. I attribute that not to the First Amendment, but Bezos hand's off approach to allowing the paper to run independently.

Misstating the nature of the First Amendment diminishes its true value and the perpetual "dumbing down" of conversation regarding what the Constitution actually says is a fundamental contributor to the nonsense we find ourselves in today.

*off soapbox*

Although what you say is quite true, I think references to the First Amendment are a reflection of American attitudes towards free speech. We tend to have a more open attitude towards it than they do in some other countries, where people will often tolerate restrictions on free speech not just by government, but by other institutions and entities.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book report vs AKreport vs ReaderLinks ?
« Last post by dgaughran on Today at 04:28:35 AM »
No response from the AKReport guys?

I'd really like to hear their thoughts. Like, maybe I'm mistaken! But if it is the case that one of the guys is running a publishing business on the side and hitting any lucrative niches he can SOMEHOW spot by using ghostwriters to fling content out there as quickly as possible, that feels relevant here.

Tell me I'm wrong.
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If it's a respected national award from a non-US country (i.e. the Aurealis and Sir Julius Vogel Awards, the Kurd Lasswitz Preis or the Ngaio March Awards), I would mention it as well.

It's funny, after 8 years or so I finally added the Aurealis Award winner badge to the cover of one of my short stories, and the Aurealis shortlist badge to one of my novels.

I always thought someone would read the things and go 'how did THIS win an award?', but then I realised to read it, first they have to buy it ...

The Ditmars are also a respected national award in Australia, btw. (SF/F/H)

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Gotta love the First Amendment!

*Soapbox*

This is not a First Amendment point. The First Amendment ONLY protects you from government restriction on speech or the press. It has ZERO to do with private enterprise. While the GOVERNMENT can't stop a newspaper from publishing an article, the OWNER of a newspaper most certainly has the right to do what they want.

The WaPo often has negative articles about Amazon and a lot of companies. I attribute that not to the First Amendment, but Bezos hand's off approach to allowing the paper to run independently.

Misstating the nature of the First Amendment diminishes its true value and the perpetual "dumbing down" of conversation regarding what the Constitution actually says is a fundamental contributor to the nonsense we find ourselves in today.

*off soapbox*
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Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Impressions Query
« Last post by NathanBurrows on Today at 04:03:32 AM »
Thanks. What’s the general advice in this case then - pause the ads and put others up with different keyword sets?
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Writers' Cafe / Re: I think I'm done with plotting
« Last post by DonovanJeremiah on Today at 03:46:18 AM »
Plot Gardener vs Plot Architect

By the way, there ought to be better names than just "plotting" and "pantsing." The latter just sounds very goofy. How about the "Subway" method for plotting, and the "Highway" method for pantsing? A subway has a fixed schedule and has only one route, but on the highway, you can go wherever you want at any time.

I plot and I don't have only one route. I've never subscribed to the school of "must write exactly to the outline; do not deviate" outlining.

It's not an either/or for either method. The variations and degrees for pantsing and plotting are numerous. That's what I love about writing. There are so many ways to come at a situation, no two writers do it exactly the same way.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« Last post by scott.marmorstein on Today at 02:51:48 AM »
I wrote a rambling piece about the social media experiment and my thoughts in general about the differences between the articulation of writers, and everyone else.

https://www.scottdmarmorstein.com/blog/2018/4/13/lost-in-words
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Still rooting for you here in the UK Christine.

I went through something very very similar to this but in the film industry, so believe me when I say, I know what you're going through. You ever get to London, a tour of the city and lunch is on me
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I don't have that problem. I have three or four stories in various stages of written progress on 'paper' at any time.

When I get bored with one (or lose enthusiasm, or get writer's block on it, to where it stops flowing), I move on to one of the others.

I'll also jot down a blurb when a new story comes to my head, file it in its own folder for easy reference later on.

I usually write one non-fiction thing and one fiction thing during the same period of time together for what seems like similar reasons. I would get too lost in characters and story to write more than one fiction at a time. That's also how I tend to read books. One non fiction, one fiction.
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