This is an outstanding article on point of view in writing. During writing workshops I’ve been a part of with the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA), this is a topic that new writers usually have questions about. Now I have an excellent resource to refer writers to. And I appreciated the author’s concise and understandable explanations. So thank you, Tiffany Yates Martin.
Re-posting some previous posts that followers have told me they found most helpful. Today’s post was written after I had to re-edit, proofread and generally sort out a manuscript that had been published by a vanity press purporting to be a legitimate small press, who had charged the client in question thousands of pounds. In my subsequent ‘nosing about’, I discovered some authors that had been badly let done by small presses. That said, I do appreciate that there are lots of fabulous small presses out there that work incredibly hard for their authors.
I recently wrote a bit of a rant about the quality control of some small presses whose books I had read.
If you are thinking of signing with a small publisher, then do bear a few things in mind.
Do your homework – start off by Googling the publisher. You might find threads on writing sites…
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See this editor’s useful tips for self-editing with good examples.
on David Gaughran site:
The topic of self-editing can spark confusion so I’ve invited along a professional editor — one I’ve worked with on multiple books — who will show you how to edit a book yourself. And this is exactly where we run into the first misconception about self-editing because it’s not a replacement for proper editing, but one of the stages of the editorial process.
Sharing some good ideas here from Melissa Donovan. Get inspired!
on Writing Forward:
Do you ever sit down to write only to discover hours later that you’ve done nothing but stare off into space with a blank look on your face, occasionally breaking from your stupor to notice that you haven’t written a single word?
I bet there have also been times when you were bursting with creativity — when you couldn’t get the words out of your head and onto the page (or screen) fast enough.
Don’t you wish writing could always be like that?
Creative writing requires skill, focus, and motivation. But is inspiration necessary? Can we write if we’re not inspired?
Passing this along since Hayley Zelda shared a few things I wasn’t aware of .
Sharing C.S. Lakin’s thoughtful post on ways to bring out themes in stories.
Some useful tips for those tackling NaWriNoMo this year. Thank you, Savannah Gilbo!
Happy #Preptober everyone! 🎃👻
I love this time of year. You get to dress in cozy layers, drink hot tea and coffee all day, decorate for Halloween, and consume all things pumpkin spice and cinnamon!
But besides all that, it’s also a month of intense preparation for any writer who’s planning to participate in NaNoWriMo.
What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a worldwide write-a-thon that occurs every year during the month of November.
On November 1st, participants start working towards the goal of writing 50,000 words by 11:59 pm on November 30th. That might sound crazy, but it’s a pretty popular event in the #writingcommunity.
Thankfully, there’s still PLENTY of time to prepare!
Why do you need to plan for NaNoWriMo?
The first few times I attempted to write a novel during NaNoWriMo I crashed and burned miserably. I did a lot of things wrong, but…
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David Brown and Michelle Barker wrote an excellent piece on Situation Versus Plot that has a few hidden gems in it. Enjoy!
I recently heard an author say, “When you know your characters, they write the story.” I think that’s applicable to Melissa Donavan’s article here.
on Writing Forward:
Have you ever struggled with a story idea only to give up because it seems like every plot has already been done?
Maybe you focus on character development to make up for a weak or formulaic plot. Or maybe you focus on plot, only to end up with characters that feel flat, stereotypical, or unsympathetic.
Some stories are plot-driven: they take us through twists and turns that keep readers glued to a story. Others are character-driven: readers keep turning the pages because they’ve become attached to the characters and need to find out what happens to them. But some of the best stories strike a balance between a compelling plot and intriguing characters.
It’s a celebration now, all right! To honor the global launch of The Bookstore for Horse Lovers, we are giving away a number of fiction and non-fiction horse books signed by the authors!
HORSE BOOKS WRITTEN BY HORSE LOVERS!
We are horse lovers and authors. Each featured author incorporates the nobility, beauty, and unique relationship between horse and human in their writing. Horses have had a profound effect on each of our lives. Thank you for letting us share our stories with you.
WHERE WILL THE STORY TAKE YOU?
There are a number of ways to win, but only one lucky winner will be chosen on Wednesday, September 9th.
You must be 18 years of age to enter.
You must love horse books.
The giveaway begins at 9AM EST on September 1 and ends at midnight September 10th.
One winner will be chosen.
Grand prize: assorted and autographed paperback/hardcover copies of fiction and non-fiction books from our authors.
The winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries collected during the Entry Period
The winner will be announced on our Instagram @booksforhorselovers on Friday, September 11th.
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The link to enter is: https://kingsumo.com/g/jfsuls/bookstore-launch-celebration