on Fiction University: A great scene is a lot like a great meal. It whets an appetite for more, it fills up the senses, and it satisfies the hunger. A lot of things can happen in a scene. Plot things, character things, backstory things. We even describe them as “this is the scene where […]The Recipe for Writing a Great Scene – by Janice Hardy… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog
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Originally posted on No Wasted Ink: Welcome back to writer links day here on No Wasted Ink. Each week, I select ten articles from my general reading on the internet to share with you here on the blog. I hope you like this week’s choice. Enjoy. The Fantastical Food of Fantasy Fiction Biting the Bullet…
On Twitter, there is a movement called #IndieApril, so I thought it was a good idea to import to WordPress. Independent writers are the growing force in publishing, so please take this opportunity to publicize and promote your work!
I want to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This encompasses fiction, poetry, plays, and non-fiction. If I have neglected to mention a genre, please consider it to be included.
To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity…
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How much description and other information do we need to put into any given scene? Too much and it becomes a sleep-inducing info dump. Too little and the reader is lost and confused. So how do we find that perfect balance? How do we know what to put in when?
In a discussion at the Liars Club’s Willow Grove Coffeehouse yesterday, we discussed this very topic. The answer lies in three Needs that converge at the point of perfect balance.
- Needs of the genre
- Needs of the reader
- Needs of the Point of View (POV) character
Needs of the Genre
Every genre comes with content expectations. While a Tom Clancy espionage-thriller is expected to be heavy on technical details, a romance is not. And while romance carries an expectation of a happily ever after, many horror stories do not. Knowing what your genre expects can help guide you as to…
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Not content with writing just one book, some writers tackle a series.
I did this for the first manuscript I decided to write seriously (either bravely or stupidly, I still haven’t decided), and one thing I learned was that it pays to have a series bible.
A series bible is a document made up of all the notes, secrets, and information relating to your series. The same principles can be applied to standalone books, but where a series bible really shines is keeping everything straight amongst multiple books. This is the reason why all writers should have one.
What To Include In Your Series Bible
List everything you can about your characters. What they look like, who they’re related to, who they’re friends with. Note down their goals, dreams, where they go to school, if they have a job, what happened in their past. It doesn’t have to be…
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This was a relatively popular feature on my blog and I’ve decided to resurrect it. I will try to curate four to five interesting stories each week related to Indie Publishing. I hope you find them useful and enjoyable.
5 Tips for Self-Publishing a Book
Have you always wanted to see your words in print? Publishing a book used to be a drawn out, complicated process that was left only to the pros. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to get your words out there thanks to self-publishing.
In the Kindle Store, 31% of all e-book sales were for self-published books. Those are good stats if you’re hoping to earn a living from writing alone. Whether you’re experienced in the world of publishing or this is your first project, here are 5 tips for self-publishing your book in no time.
1. Don’t Skimp on Editing
Editing your book is what…
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on Social Media Just For Writers:
How many book marketing tips have you tried?
Probably every single one that you’ve read about, right?
What makes book marketing so tough isn’t that you run out of ideas to market your books. It’s that you have so many different plans.
Well, if you want to make it as a writer, get ready for the marathon of writing and marketing. You’ll always be doing both from now on.
To make life easier for you (or harder?), I’ve assembled a checklist of my top book marketing tips for you.
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“I should have had nothing to do with those accursed Angevins. I should have run like hell in the opposite direction.”
Giles de Soutenay can scarcely be blamed for his disappointment. Promised an heiress by Queen Eleanor, he is dismayed to discover that, although young and attractive, his bride has all the warmth of a stone effigy.
For the newly widowed Isabella, the reality of a new husband is no cause for celebration. She will do her duty but no more. She will give de Soutenay no reason to complain but he will not have her heart, for any belief in love and tenderness died during those brief years of her first marriage. However, she has reckoned without Giles’ perseverance.
After the snows of winter, spring brings hope, until the arrival of a stranger threatens Giles and Isabella’s blossoming happiness…
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