10 Effective Ways to Avoid Distraction While You Write

Thanks for this great advice!

Nicholas C. Rossis

As writers, we’ve all struggled with people, thoughts, and objects constantly distracting us while writing. In my case, it’s an energetic 5-year-old who loves interrupting me to show me stuff like the dragon egg she painted as soon as I sit down to write.However, there are plenty of other interruptions in our lives.

Thankfully, there are as many ways through which you can reduce and even eliminate these distractions to make an environment for yourself to maintain a steady focus on the writing task at hand. Here are ten effective ways to ward off any distractions while you write.

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Turn off notifications

Screens are distracting. And so are the constant pings from our phones that we’re habituated to respond to. Blocking out any distractions such as your phone or Chrome’s notifications sounds is important whether you’re typing on your laptop or writing on paper. If youturn off Chrome notifications

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Audio Marketing: From Radio to Clubhouse

Again excellent advice fro Nicholas Rossis

Nicholas C. Rossis

With audiobooks gaining in popularity, it makes sense that audio marketing is seeing a surprising resurgence as a means of promoting one’s books. This is a general trend, as Transcription Outsourcing reports. In its article, they explain thataudio still has the ability to emotionally connect with listeners and leave a lasting impression.

Accordingly, audio markets have been steadily increasing over the last decade. Podcasts, audiobooks, and streaming services are becoming increasingly popular as customers explore ways to multitask or access content on the go.

With the advent of fashionable Clubhouse, an invitation-only audio-chat iPhone app, and Twitter’s own voice-focused social, Environments, a flood of social audio quickly took over in the last year.

As both authors and companies become more aware of the power of audio, they can begin to incorporate it into their marketing campaigns, giving their books a voice and allowing them to communicate with consumers…

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ToolRocket: a Free PDF Converter

Tremendous thank you!

Nicholas C. Rossis

I can’t remember how many times I’ve had to look for an online free converter to turn a PDF file into a word.doc. Or an image file into a PDF file. Or any other combination of converting one type of file to another.

The thing is, finding a “free online converter” is not as easy as it sounds. Some are not free, despite their claim. Some don’t have a good conversion quality. Some save your file on the cloud, somewhere somehow, and you need to download it from there—which is hardly ideal if your documents are confidential in any way. And with others, you must download any number of miscellaneous apps before you find the right “download” button to get your converted file, on a screen full of “download” buttons.

That’s why I really appreciated ToolRocket, a free file format converter I discovered a few days ago:

  • It allows you…

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Which Writing Style Should You Choose in 2021?

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently discussed the Oxford comma and Singular they. Both these are typical examples of style in writing. That is, there is no right or wrong answer concerning their use; it all depends on personal preference. So does the question of the writing style you choose: Associated Press, Chicago Manual, MLA, etc. This handy guest post by EllenRoyce describes the various styles and their differences. Ellen is an experienced marketer, copywriter, and entrepreneur. Having started several small businesses online, she knows the importance of effective content marketing in building companies.

Which Writing Style Should You Choose in 2021?

Content writing styles | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

If you’ve got a digital product that keeps growing, you need to start increasing your number of content creators. And to make sure they all maintain the same voice and tone in their writings, you need to provide a content style guide. But which writing style formats should you prefer in…

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3 Tips To Be More Productive After Work

Nice piece by Nicholas Rossis

Nicholas C. Rossis

Between the restless 5-year-old and my SEO copywriting, I haven’t done much fiction writing in ages. That’s why this guest post by Tracie Johnson appealed to me. Tracie is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. She is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus. You can contact Tracie on Twitter.

3 Tips: How to Be Productive After Work

Productive writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

After a hard day’s work at your day job, it can be hard to find the energy for some quality fiction writing. While regaining your energy doesn’t happen overnight, there are some effective tricks you can try to get the most out of life. Here are three effective ways to have more energy after work!

1. The Nature Route

Nature is beautiful. There’s no doubt about that, but beyond…

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Making Your Blog Hard To Find

Nicely done as always Pete.

beetleypete

This is a post of yet more tips for new bloggers.

I have mentioned not linking your blog to your Gravatar previously, but so many of you still don’t bother with that, I’m giving up.

On this occasion, I am talking about the (mostly) new bloggers who seem to think that style beats substance, where blogging is concerned.

It doesn’t, believe me.

Everyone knows by now that it is my habit to visit the site of new followers, and leave a message or comment on one of their posts.
(That cannot happen if you don’t have any posts, or an unlinked Gravatar image by the way.)

So here is what seems to be happening a lot lately.

The blog has some kind of Home page, or perhaps an ‘Introduction’ page. But neither allow comments. Then to actually find the blog, I have to look in the side menu or top…

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#Thursdaydoors – Christmas

Wonderful and uplifting.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Dan has featured gingerbread houses for Thursday’s doors this week so I thought I would follow in his footsteps and share pictures of some of my gingerbread, cake and chocolate houses.

You can see Dan’s gingerbread house display here: https://nofacilities.com/2020/12/10/christmas-doors-thursday-doors/

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Picture Colorizer: Free Photo Editing Tool

Excellent and interesting

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently came across Picture Colorizer; a free online tool that lets you produce stunning color pictures out of your old black-and-white photos. I used it with some old photos from my personal album and was amazed by the result. For example, this is a 1970 photo of my mother holding me:

Personal photos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

The same photo after colorizing:

Personal photos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

What’s amazing is that it literally took a few seconds for the software to colorize the photo. All I had to do was drag-and-drop it into the relevant field and hit “go.”

Colorizer also works beautifully with color photos that have faded with time. This is a 1972 photo from a birthday party:

Personal photos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

And this is how Colorizer fixed it:

Personal photos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

Pretty impressive, right?

How to Use Images

I confess that I’ve been caught up in the past lately and a tool like this has been invaluable in bringing it to life. But…

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Creepy Book Inspiration from the Middle East

Really a fun piece!

Nicholas C. Rossis

David Collins | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookThis is a guest post by David Collins. David is a marketing specialist and essay writerfrom Manchester, UK. He loves to share his ideas and knowledge about marketing, writing, and blogging with his followers through his blog. Currently, he is working as a marketerattop essay writing serviceandcollege paper.

Creepy Book Inspiration from the Middle East

We hear most of the haunting and creepy stories from the West, with tons of horror books and movies that come out each Halloween such as American Horror Story, Anabelle, Stephanie, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and thousands more.

It’s not just westerners who love their creepy tales, though. The Middle East is home to several haunted places and horror books should be written about them, too.

For those of you looking for some out-of-the-ordinary inspiration, here are my eight favorite creepy places in the Middle East.

The Haunted…

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