Scenes: Mini Stories? by Emma Marie Leigh

I wanted to pick up with my thoughts from my last post. Basically it revolved around how I’m really good at beginnings and how I should make that work for me in a way that leads to finally typing the words THE END on a novel.

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Writing a Book is Easy.

Or at least it seems easy in comparison to the tasks we’re faced the-endwith once we type ‘The End’.

 

If you’re an author or have friends who are authors, you know exactly what I mean.

thOnce the story is written, everything else you need to get that baby out into the world makes the time spent on your laptop, legal pad or typewriter (remember those?) look like a cakewalk.

If you decide to publish traditionally, you’ll have to make sure your manuscript it correctly formatted down to the exact font, spacing, margins, etc. There are strict guidelines that you’ll need to adhere to. Not to mention querying publishers, waiting for replies and dealing with rejections. Continue reading

A Team Sport

No, I’m not talking about the Olympics. I’m talking about collaborative writing.

I honestly never thought I’d write collaboratively. With anyone. Ever. But… in the last few months, I have been. Quiet effectively, actually. Misty Carlisle, one of my best buddies, and I have been on a tear with it. Continue reading

Romantic Subplots, by May Burnett

One good thing about being a writer of romance is that it helps with most other genres, which are usually enhanced by a romantic subplot, no matter what the genre.

Of course in a hard-boiled noir thriller the love interest may be killed off (a big no-no in actual romance) or turn out to be a bad guy or both; in science fiction or mysteries the romance, if it is there at all, may be very subtle and drawn out over several volumes. But no matter how much or little romance you add to the mix, how explicit or low-key the love or sex scenes, the experience of having written romance stories or novels can only help. Continue reading

Title Goes Here By Polly J Brown

Today’s my day to blog, and I didn’t forget. I’ve been working on a post for days about finding the right title for your novel. It’s something that I’m currently struggling with.

I chose the title for my novel before I began to write it. At the time I thought it was perfect, but after writing a draft and going through several revisions, the shine wore off. The focus of the story shifted and I know my characters much better than I did a year and a half ago. Now, the title I picked to crown my story sits crooked.

Readers (and people in general) are quick to make first impressions. Research has shown that a first impression is established in a matter of seconds. Once impressions have been created, it can be difficult to change them. To a potential reader perusing titles in a bookstore (or on-line), the title is an author’s first opportunity to capture their attention. That makes it one of the most important tools in a marketing arsenal.

This blog post was intended to discuss what makes a stand out title, and how titles can be created. However, there’s a wall between my brain and the keyboard. Talking about what makes a strong title seems hypocritical when I can’t seem to find one for my own work. Instead, I’m going to leave this post short.

But not without leaving some entertaining links.

The first is a Title Scorer. Yes, there is such a thing! Type in your novel’s title, plug in a few fields and the tool will tell you the probability of your novel’s success based on the title.

http://www.lulu.com/titlescorer/index.php

The second is a Title Generator. Fill the fields in with adverbs, verbs and nouns, and the generator will present you with ten different possible titles.

http://www.fictionalley.org/primer/title.html

My novel’s title is a process I’m not going to rush. Right now, I’m back to basics brainstorming titles with a pen and paper. Writing down words, flipping them into different combinations, waiting for that spark of inspiration to hit.

One day I’ll come back and finish the post I meant to leave you with today.

 

Polly J. Brown manages money and people, both at work and home. She resides on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore with her husband, three children, and a geriatric beagle. She belongs to the Happy Author’s Guild Blog. When she isn’t dreaming of writing short stories, she is hard at work editing her first novel length work or distracting herself by writing a second. She can be found on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PollyjBrownAuthor

Twitter: @PollysScribbles

 

 

Tips for Simplifying Research

By E.  M. Youman

I came across a great blog post from author, Chuck Wendig. The article was about writer’s block. Something he wrote truly resonated with me: “Sometimes you’re not ready to write a story.”

Picture this scenario: You take an idea, jump in and start writing it, but the words won’t come. Maybe you have an idea for a story, but it doesn’t have legs yet. Could it be you haven’t finished letting it roll around in your subconsciousness? But if all the advice on the interweb is screaming for you to write every day, then what are you, fledgling writer, supposed to do? Continue reading

Who Am I?

The old saying, Write what you know, has thankfully been put to rest and can now be ignored. Seriously, if we only wrote what we knew, no one would have written about dragons or sand worms or vampires or werewolves. That would be a serious failing in our literary worlds. Continue reading

Tales From A Newbie In Twitterland by Lizzie Hermanson

This is not a ‘how to’ post, but more the sharing of experiences. AKA: Twitter for the Terrified.

I am not of the social media generation and, in common with many writers, a confirmed introvert. But these days aspiring writers are advised to develop a social media platform before they are even published. The idea of putting myself out there on Twitter or Facebook terrified me.

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What I Wish I Had Known About RWA National Conventions by D.L. Hungerford

080316 con bannerI had the most amazing time. I got a room at the hotel at the last minute and a wonderful roommate to share the cost. I paid $10 in parking for the whole weekend. I saw amazing people and listened to amazing workshops and I am itching to get to work on my new business plan. Continue reading