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5 reasons readers and writers should be on #Wattpad

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Wattpad is going to be the salvation of literature. What makes me say that? As of this moment, there are almost 40 million people spending 9 billion minutes per month reading the 75 million stories on Wattpad. Sounds good, doesn't it. What reader or writer doesn't like to hear about that kind of en masse participation in reading and writing, especially given the high percentage of younger people on the site. The next time some old fart says that no one reads anymore, tell him about Wattpad; the numbers are irrefutable, and they are growing, by leaps and bounds, on a daily basis. So, here they are, the five reasons readers and writers should be on Wattpad: 5) In this day and age, writers need to work harder than ever to find an audience. What better place to look than a website that has 75 million readers looking for good writing? 4) Readers have always known that the best way to find a good book has always been word of mouth, and that's what drives Wattpad, word of

10 best reasons to enter the #NaNoWriMo2014 #bestfirstparagraph contest on Google+

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Editor's Note: For those of you who don't know what #NaNoWriMo is, it is the quest to write an entire novel (50,000 words or more) during the month of November. As to why anyone would want to do this, I have no idea, but I suspect deep seated pathology is at play. Having said that, the editorial staff at PeterHogenkampWrites feels like this type of Herculean effort needs to be celebrated, and we have decided to sponsor, along with our friends at Prose&Cons and the Fiction Writers Anonymous community on Google+, a #bestfirstparagraph contest for #NaNoWriMo2014 participants. Click on the link to  Fiction Writers Anonymous for contest specs. Contest begins now (12/1/14 and runs through December 31, 2014. So, now that you know what we are talking about, here are the top 10 reasons to enter the #bestfirstparagraph contest: 10)  You spent the last 30 days ignoring your family, your work, and even your personal hygiene, why not ignore them all for 30 more seconds and enter t

#NaNoWriMo2014 #bestfirstparagraph contest (The #MINI is back!)

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The Thursday Afternoon #MINI is back--even if a little late. Good afternoon #MINI fans, sorry about the recent absence of the #MINI, but I have been busy (naps, Canasta, walking the dog, etc.) Today's #MINI is dedicated to two items; one concerning #nanowrimo2014; the other, #wattpad. #nanowrimo peeps: Great news. Fiction Writers Anonymous, a community on Google+, is sponsoring a #bestfirstparagraph contest for #nanowrimo2014 participants. The contest is free, and the only entrance criteria is to join the Fiction Writers Anonymous (FWA) community. Entrees open December 1, 2014 and close December 31, 2014. Winners will be announced January 25, 2015. To enter, simply paste your first paragraph onto the FWA feed along with your e-mail address. You may include a one sentence pitch if you want. Please do not submit any links: the judges will determine the winners from the first paragraph only. Make it count. The top twelve writers will be featured on the Prose&

The #MINI post is back! #asortofbookreview #TheIntern

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Welcome back, All. We have not had a MINI post for a while --and it just so happen s that Chapter 7 of #TheIn tern was published today on #Wa ttpad. (Wha t a coincidence.) Fo r those of you who are interested , a brief intro to The Intern. Why am I writing it? T h ree reasons : 1) I ha ve al ways wanted to write a novel loo sel y based on my i nternsh ip (stre ss loosely) 2) My literary agent, the wonderful  Liz Kracht , suggested I publish a story on #wattpad to get some expos ure . It was a great idea, thanks Liz . ( pictured bel ow.) 3) The prospect of writing serialized fiction appealed to me a s a challenge: The differ ence between serialized fiction and the regula r variety o f fiction is that once you publish an episode (chapter) , you are stuck with it, because your audience has a lready read t he damn thing!!! To this point, the re are a few paragraphs and characters I would dele te or edit , but I am stuck with them--ki nd of l ike my family. (I t ried

There is supposed to be a WRITING PROCESS?

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Before I s tart making fu n of myself (talk about a wealth of material) I want to take a moment to thank Susan Clayton-Goldner for inviting me to foll ow her on this blo g tour about the w rit ing process.  For those of you who don 't know about Susan , let me say that her writing speaks for itself, but consider this: there is something about the way Susan writes  that slices  through the fa cade of every day life to expose the fragile skelet on of human existence. And w ho doesn't want to see what's on the inside? If you are looking for a new author or a new perspective, click on the link for Susan's Website . What am I working on?   I get this question all the time , usually from my patients who want to know wh y I 'm not in my office all the time .   The answer: I  am currently working on Absolution , the first book of the Jesuit thriller se ries . In today's crowded and competitive thriller marke t, a debut author has to make sure a

4 Books to Read this summer

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 Welcome back to the Tuesday Morning Book Review, Episode 3. It's been a while since I have posted, but I can explain. One or more of the following is true. Circle all that apply: a) It's berry season, and--as many of you know--I can think of little else when the berries are a-ripening. Currently, the raspberries are not yet gone by, and my neighbors blueberries are coming in, which I will get to as soon as I see him drive past my house. b) I am working hard on the--hopefully--last revision of ABSOLUTION before Liz the uberagent Agent shops it this fall. c) The World Cup sidelined me for six weeks. d) I started another blog, Prose&Cons (yes, I know, you don't have to say it--but please click on it!) e) I went on a European vacation (no, Chevy Chase didn't come along) including a bicycling tour of the Ruhr river valley, cliff-walking in Portugal and a motorbike tour of Crete. f) All of the above. g) a, c, d, e and f Answer on bottom of page.

On #MemorialDay, 2014, Books Are More Important Than Ever,

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Why Books Are More Importa nt Than Ever   We live in a day and age where the evolution of language and words is driven more by #SocialMedia than books and novels. As both a #Tweeter and a lover of literature old and new, I have mixed feelings about this trend. There is something about the speed of #SocialMedia which alarms me. Consider this: Edgar Poe, who created the thriller, died broke and without any acclaim, and yet his works are now considered to be masterpieces. Contrast this to the blitzkrieg world of #SocialMedia where someone who uploads a cat video can become an icon in a single day--or less. Good or bad? Probably both, but allow me to point out the latter. Poe had substance. Sometimes it takes time for substance to be appreciated. In Poe's case, a hundred years. It takes deep substance to endure a 100 years. Do you think a glitzy cat video has that kind of staying power? Or do you--like me--think it will be forgotten in ten minutes, to be

Introducing The Prose Cons, aka The Gang of Twenty-One.

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It has been quiet here at PeterHogenkampWrites , <but I can explain, h onest> Because I didn't have enough to do, I have started a multi -author blog written excl usively by purveyors of the wri tten word . The whole ide a was to get a bunch of like -mi nded people together and c reate a team , with the idea that the whole will be much greater than the sum of the parts. It's called Prose&Cons -- and no, we are not C ons (that you can prove any way, as they assured me those r ecords ha d been expun ged.) Please take a look at the first post of the blog, and come follow us at  Prose&Cons.    Wel come to  Prose&Cons, Edition#1, written by the Prose Cons , aka The Gang of Twenty-One. Prose &Cons will officially la unch May22, but for th ose of you chomping at the bit (my mother and several of her Ca nasta group) I thought I would write an introductory blog explaining wh o we are a nd what we hope to accomplish . And when I say We , I mean w e: Pro