Writing Strategies For Beginners


Writing Strategies For Beginners Tips for Beginning Novelists  Guest Post By Robert Douglass

Writing Strategies For Beginners

Tips for Beginning Novelists

Guest Post By Robert Douglass

 

Writing Strategies For Beginners Tips for Beginning Novelists  Guest Post By Robert Douglass
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I wrote the first draft of my novel and had a fine story for a cozy mystery. However, it was flat. I thought my characters would be so compelling, but they didn’t have much depth. As I worked to correct the problem, I found a few books on writing (Truby, Bird, Cron – listed below) and found a vast array of principles and concepts that made sense to me after spending so much time writing the manuscript.


  • John Truby – The Anatomy of Story
  • Matt Bird – The Secrets of Story
  • Lisa Cron – Story Genius

This new knowledge showed me areas that were lacking but also showed me how to frame things correctly and avoid the problems. It made sense to me and I was excited, and rightfully so, and I began to edit and re-write the manuscript and tell a better story.


The overall structure of the story began to shape up which allowed me to fine tune the plot with the best sequence of events. I referenced the books now and then to make sure I was following the concepts I thought would work best for the story. I liked where the story was going and worked through the scenes and noted how I could add details about the surroundings, sequence of events, characters, etc.

 

As I considered the scenes I got back to the original intent as I was now able to see how the characters would really act in the situation – like telling the boss his idea is great but slumping in the desk chair after he left the office to show the new throbbing headache. The characters began to form in a much deeper way and it became apparent how to show the inner struggles of the characters and their real life emotions and attitudes.

 

Was this the cure all for the entire story? No, my editor still had recommendations to form a fuller story, but it was essential learning and a way to get the manuscript to the next level. And the recommendations from the editor made sense as I had the ability to understand ideas with fresh thinking as I had found ways of writing that worked for me.

 

Writing Strategies For Beginners Tips for Beginning Novelists  Guest Post By Robert Douglass
Robert has an AAS in Microsoft Networking Technology from Glendale Community College and is a Microsoft Certified Professional.

He likes reading, writing, and exploring natural wonders. His favorite pastime is telling tall stories around the campfire.

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Lessons Of A Self-published Author


Lessons Of A Self-published Author Valuable Lessons Learned From Writing & Publishing A Book  Guest Post By PJ Peterson


Lessons Of A Self-published Author

Valuable Lessons Learned From Writing & Publishing A Book

Guest Post By PJ Peterson


Pickled Pink in Paris by PJ Peterson

Lessons I have learned since I self-published my first book.

1. Professional editing is a must. I didn’t discover developmental editing until my second novel, which I started writing the month after I self-published Blind Fish Don’t Talk. I don’t recall how it happened, but I stumbled onto Reedsy.com and hired a talented editor. She politely but firmly pointed out the holes in my story and gave me excellent suggestions for writing a stronger one.

2. Copyediting is best done by someone with the proper skills, even if you made straight As in English in college. As I write, I occasionally refer to The Chicago Manual of Style but my copyeditor still makes a slew of corrections. I overuse those single quotation marks and can never remember when to italicize, or not, internal thoughts and unspoken dialogue, for example.

3. A strong cover appropriate to the genre helps your novel stand out against the competition. My artist friend and I proudly created a cover using CreateSpace’s design feature for my first book. Once I knew better, I had a genre-specific cover created professionally. I’m envious of my talented author friends who create their own beautiful covers using Canva or Photoshop.

Lessons Of A Self-published Author Valuable Lessons Learned From Writing & Publishing A Book  Guest Post By PJ Peterson
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4. Pushing the “publish” button on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing site is not a marketing plan. I like to think I create pretty good stories, but that doesn’t mean book sales unless my book gets in front of the eyes of thousands and thousands of potential readers. In the three years since I pushed that magic button the first time, I have learned about companies that help with promoting my books, started using advertising in various venues, signed up for a book blog tour, and created a webpage, though not in that order.

5. Keywords are vital for queuing up your book to the readers who are more likely to buy it. Publisher’s Rocket (by Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur.com) is one of those valuable aids that will help you identify those few magic words that draw in your audience.

6. Having a professional website is essential. There are dozens of options and opportunities online for creating one yourself, or you can hire a pro. Learn about building a subscriber list and link your website to your books, whether on Amazon.com, Goodreads, or other sites.

7. Potential readers read reviews of books. Consider using a company such as BookSirens, Reedsy.com, Goodreads, and others for a professional review. Search Reviewer Directories, such as The Book Blogger List, for potential reviewers—some free, some for a fee.

8. Learning to use advertising wisely and efficiently is worth investigating. “Build it and they will come” doesn’t work in the competitive world of book selling. There are millions of titles sitting next to your books competing for the same readers. Advertising doesn’t make your book better but does make it more visible which hopefully leads to more sales.

9. Write more books! I hadn’t planned to write a series but it was easier to write a second story (and a third, fourth, and now a fifth) using my protagonist than to create a new one. And I like my heroine and her sidekick, as do many of my readers.

10. Remember to enjoy the process of creating your story. If it entertains you, it most likely will entertain a future reader.

 

Writing is fun for me even if I don’t enjoy all the other parts of the publishing process. I can’t not write.

And that’s the bottom line.


Lessons Of A Self-published Author Valuable Lessons Learned From Writing & Publishing A Book  Guest Post By PJ Peterson
PJ is a retired internist who enjoyed the diagnostic part of practicing medicine as well as creating long-lasting relationships with her patients. As a child she wanted to be a doctor so she could “help people.” She now volunteers at the local Free Medical Clinic to satisfy that need to help.

She loved to read from a young age and read all the Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books she could find. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she wrote anything longer than short stories for English classes and term papers in others. Writing mysteries only makes sense given her early exposure to that genre. Sprinkling in a little medical mystique makes it all the more fun.

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Book Spotlight: Land of the Sun, Land Without Light by David Michael Litwack



Book Spotlight Land of the Sun, Land Without Light by David Michael Litwack


Book Spotlight 

Land of the Sun, Land Without Light by David Michael Litwack


Book Synopsis


Land of the Sun, Land Without Light by David Michael Litwack
Aaron Hamblin is named executor of his older brother, Harrison’s (Harry’s), estate; and, in organizing Harry’s possessions, Aaron finds a kind of manuscript with sometimes jumbled notes describing Harry’s adventures overseas—and that Harry may have been an unwitting accomplice to misdirection and its outcome.

Harry Hamblin, a Peace Corps teacher in the Sahel, just on the edge of the Sahara, finds himself embroiled in a maelstrom in part of his own making. He has agreed to be “eyes and ears for an unnamed American agency.

He befriends the leader of a rebellion and, as a result, becomes the target of a National Militia Colonel. Both the rebel and Colonel use him to carry sometimes misleading messages to the opposition. He portrays himself as “…the perfect go-between. The perfect traitor. To both sides." Harry tries to massage these messages and engineer a truce, but, given the eventual futility of his best efforts, he learns he must take the only way out. Or should he?

Land of the Sun is to a great extent a bildungsroman by a narrator who writes in a humorous and self-deprecating style. Much of the drama (and humor) derives from intercultural differences and misunderstandings as well post colonial confusion. The cultural information is true and accurate. To a degree, But more importantly, I believe that I have used the power of imagination and knowledge to inform, entertain, and hopefully captivate the reader--to create this unusual and sometimes even unbelievable story.


Author Bio


Author David Michael Litwack
DAVID MICHAEL,Michael David (as Mother would have it—his parents couldn’t make up their minds) grew up on the Kansas/Missouri state-line. The tension deriving from his ambiguous naming and breeding location might explain the eclectic mix of folk, international, and country selections that he offers. He’s a wanna-be songwriter noted for, among others, Rock ‘n Roll Nation, El Wahid, and Leavin’ Sara Lee…or soon will be. In the meantime he writes kids’ books; he writes espionage novels; he writes technical stuff; and he romantically proffers his love only to Donna Lu.

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Cover Reveal: What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong


Cover Reveal What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong

Cover Reveal

What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong


Title: What They Don't Know 
Author: Susan Furlong

Cover Reveal: What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong


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Unrelenting psychological suspense with a wicked twist …
Mona Ellison is living a dream life. A successful husband, loving son, beautiful home, an amazing group of friends … you could say that everything is perfect.
Until it isn’t.
When her son becomes entangled with the wrong crowd, ditches college plans, and runs away from home for a life of partying, Mona is upset, but boys will be boys, right? He’ll be back as soon as his money runs dry. At least that’s what she tells her friends.
Only she suspects something different.
Then the police knock on Mona’s door. A young girl has turned up dead, and her missing son is the prime suspect.
Determined to reunite with her son and prove his innocence, Mona embarks on a search that puts her on a twisty trail of social media clues and a rollercoaster ride of lies and betrayal until she lands on a truth that changes her perception of everything. Now, the only thing Mona knows is that she can’t trust anyone … not even herself.

Cover Reveal

What They Don't Know by Susan Furlong


AUTHOR BIO:

Author Susan Furlong
Susan Furlong is the author of several mysteries including the acclaimed Bone Gap Travellers series, and SHATTERED JUSTICE, a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. She also contributes, under a penname, to the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea series. Her eleventh novel, THE PERFECT FAMILY, will release in May 2022. She resides in Illinois with her husband and children.



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