Fellow writers, I recently had to write my very first author bio. As a new writer, my bio sounded as bare as a new born baby’s bottom. I decided that this following year I would dedicate myself to entering some competitions. Not only for the prize of having the word ‘winner’ in my bio, but to hopefully have my work validated by peers and to gain valuable insight on my craft. Here is a list of Competitions you can enter over the next few months, click on the title of each list item to go to the relevant competition page.
Last night I attended a wonderful event put on by the local librarians, writers, publishers and editors from the Southern Region team at NaNoWriMo. I almost didn’t make it due to a currently failing attempt at my Nano word count ( an abysmal 23k), and after a recent illness, death in the family and holiday, I feared it was just all over for me. But after I received the reminder to attend the event, I knew that I couldn’t leave the organisers in the lurch – they’d volunteered so much of their time to make the night the best they … Read More
Every now and then I like to create another writing aid to pin to my writers pin board. These types of printables help me to access those parts of my brain that have been turned to mush during Nanowrimo. Use your senses when you write. Click on the image to download a PDF printable of ‘Touchy Feely’ words to pin to your inspiration board.
For a beginner writer, it’s hard. In fact, I’m supposing it’s difficult for most writers. So what is a blurb? A blurb is the paragraph (or two) that goes on the back of your book, or in terms of ebooks, the description area of your sales page. The purpose of a blurb, unlike a synopsis is to give a teaser and entice your reader, not to give away any spoilers. In other words, it’s a sales pitch.
Nanowrimo is in full swing, and I seem to be keeping up to date but there are a few things that help me along the way. I’m a graphic designer so I like to make pretty posters to stick up on my pin board in front of my work station. These are quick reference guides that help me avoid stopping the flow to look up appropriate words or ideas. The latest creation comes in my Ultimate Novel Editing Kit (you can get the whole thing for free by signing up to my newsletter, or purchase it at my Etsy store). … Read More
I’m learning to write. Well, I should start that again. I’m learning to write a novel, and write it well. I found that I was lacking in a bit of auditory sensory description so created myself a printout I could stick on the wall in front of my laptop to remind myself to include descriptions of one’s voice. I got these words from the Macmillan Dictionary website. Its free to download. I hope you find it useful. There’s more words to use if you follow the link above.
Wow. Was anyone else blow away with the first episode of Constantine? I went into the episode a little cautious, dealing with demons and devils and all that jazz can be a little daggy or unrealistic so I wasn’t sure what I’d be walking into. I can say I was pleasantly taken on a nail biting journey, and as a new writer I’ve noticed a few tips that I can use in my own novel to help me keep my readers on the edge of their seat. I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers. Foreshadowing to create tension … Read More
So I’ve just signed up for NaNoWriMo this year – its two weeks away. EEK. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month – It’s actually International. The aim of the game is to pump out a first draft of a novel in 30 days. That’s a lot of writing and a lot of prep. If you sign up, there’s heaps of help, inspiration and friends online to help you out. You won’t be doing it alone, and guaranteed there will be an area near you where you can meet up with other WriMo’s.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet right? Wrong. Choosing the right title to go with your novel will help not only with your novels branding, but also help your novel stand out from the others. At the very least, a good title will not turn people off your novel. Personally, that’s the only reason a novel will send me packing – if it’s got nothing to do with the blurb. I’ve been lucky to have my title already in mind as I wrote my novel – ‘Hunting for Witches.’ But as I draw my writing to … Read More
I often find when I’m in the middle of writing and get stuck for the right word to use, that a quick reference vocabulary posters helps. This is a Free printable writing aid you can stick on your wall, download the PDF and resize to a larger poster if needed, or just keep at A4 for quick reference. You can use it in the classroom for some added colour too. What areas do you feel a quick reference guide might help? Perhaps using your senses? (This writing aid is copied from my old blog – butterflyandbear)
Internet readers are a fickle lot, and can make an impression within 3 seconds of landing on your page. So what are the things that steer people towards a bad first impression? Thou shall use not enough white space. Readers need white space surrounding their words, it gives the brain a break, and a small pause between processing information. If there is too much going on in your page, your reader is more likely to feel flustered, and skip over all the important bits. TIP: Use bullets, lists, quotes and paragraphs to break up text. Thou shall use too much … Read More