Advice from the Editor – Tips for Authors

By Meagan Davenport Over the last several months, I’ve had the opportunity to edit incoming story submissions from authors worldwide. Some plots caused my eyes to widen in fear as I read; others made me laugh out loud, drawing sidelong glances from those around me. I’m not crazy, I promise, this is just really funny. Stories have the power to make us react, in a variety of ways. This power makes them effective tools in language learning. However, not all…

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Alsina Launches LingoBites

Big News! We have launched our language learning app into Google Play Store Beta. Support authors from all over the world make a living through their work while learning a language!   LingoBites is a new way to practice a language using short stories written by talented authors from around the world. We’ve combined the best of modern language learning techniques with great stories to help language students learn without even thinking about it. Access entertaining stories in different genres based on…

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How to Write a Web Serial (Mini-Series)

Do you have a character that you just can’t stop writing about? They might be a detective solving crimes, a zombie that just can’t die, or a traveller on an epic journey around the world. These kinds of characters, and their adventures, make for a great serial. Serials are short instalments of a larger story, all tied together through the characters and often through an overarching “meta-story”. Think of it like a good TV mini-series: each episode has a beginning, middle,…

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Why Alsina is Great for Indie Authors

Too often, indie authors end up getting their first publishing gig in publications that are by authors, for authors, and read by authors. There is nothing wrong with this: it can be a great way to test out story ideas, network with other authors, and to build a following of like-minded people. However, the “holy grail” is to move from writing for authors to writing for readers. At Alsina, we connect your work with readers from the outset. Our readers are engaging…

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6 Ways to Make Your Flash Fiction Stand Out

“Flash” or very short fiction is ever more popular these days. What is it, exactly? There are several definitions out there, but flash fiction is the umbrella term that covers any fiction work of extreme brevity, In most “flash fiction” competitions, entries rules usually ask for 300 words or less. As with most things, there is more to it than meets the eye. Flash fiction is not just about even shorter short stories. There is an art to it. David Gaffney,…

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5 Indispensable Writing Tips from Mark Twain

Mark Twain is famous the English-speaking world over for his witty quotes about life. As for writing advice, he gave plenty of that too. Here’s our top five favourite Twain quotes about writing. 1. “As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.” Twain felt there was no virtue in overly flowery, descriptive prose. While everyone has a unique style, using more adjectives than necessary likely won’t improve the quality of the story. Quality over quantity when it comes to…

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Writing for Language Learning

What makes a good story for a language learner? Writing quality short stories is hard, but writing short stories for non-native speakers can be even more challenging. In addition to writing creative, interesting content, you also have to focus on using simple language. It’s worth the difficulty though: having language-accessible content means that you open yourself to a wider readership base much more easily. Keep It Short Have you ever noticed that if someone asks you something complicated while you…

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