GP: The creative process or my lunacy by Tavera Del Toro

This week’s guest poster is the lovely Tavera Del Toro, author of Revenge Chair.  Here Tavera discusses the creative process. Enjoy!

tavThe creative process or my lunacy

by Tavera Del Toro

When I tell people I write novels, they often ask me where in the world do I get my ideas, which after a few general answers, I usually just say, “I don’t know, it just flashes into my head”. To be honest, that’s a half truth.

Like any art or endeavor, one can’t just perch down at your desk and inform your brain, “Okay, brain tell me a story!”

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Why you need a Marketing Plan

open bookI’m back with a Monday Marketing post!

So let’s talk about marketing!  One writer I spoke to informed me that they hadn’t really got any ideas for marketing and just wanted to get lots of books published.

Now this is one way to go, however if you want to be a professional writer, sell your books, then you do yourself a disservice if you don’t at least consider some form of marketing.

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GP: Interview with author Kim Chance

I am fortunate to have the wonderful Kim Chance, author of Keeper, back on this blog.  Check out her interview below.

Kim Chance1Interview with Kim Chance 

1 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I feel kind of strange saying this, but no. Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I wrote some short stories and poetry as a kid, but most of my writing took the form of daily diaries and journals.

I still have a box full of them! Once digital journals became a thing (anyone remember LiveJournal?), I kept one all through high school and college. Writing has always played a key role in helping me process the world and my feelings about it.

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Writer, Need Inspiration? Here Are Three Ways To Get It

Oh yeah, I’m still barely functioning so I’m sorry there’s no article from me. But I hate leaving this blog unattended. So I am sharing other people’s wisdom, enjoy this article by Robert Evenhouse at ParttimeNovel.com. Be patient with me, unless I suddenly drop dead, I will be back.

PART-TIME NOVEL

If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve been there – the dark forest of writing.

There are no words here, no progress, only suffocating doubt and self-loathing. Every writer has experienced this before and just when we think this feeling will never surface it’s ugly face again, there it is.

Getting stuck is easy.

Stopping halfway through a book is normal.

But how do you get unstuck?

Are there elements that a writer can incorporate into their life so that these valleys are few and not as dark and deep?

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Yes. Here are three ways to get inspired again. These will also reinforce the writer that is on the mountaintop of inspiration.

FIND A SCENIUS

Austin Kleon is a connector. He repackages ideas and makes them accessible. One of his ideas is described in his book Show Your Work!. It is the idea of Scenius

He claims…

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GP: Top 5 Reasons Why Your Book Cover is Not Successful by Olivia Mibl

This week’s guest poster is different.  Instead of an author, we have the lovely Olivia from Mibl Art, who designs artwork including book cover designs.  Here she discusses why your book cover is not successful.

titleEvery year, you can observe a tendency of increasing the purchase of books on various platforms as Amazon, Lulu, IngramSpark, Smashword.

If to be attentive you can see the struggle among writers to be titled as a bestseller. And competition is a great motivation to achieve the goals!

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GP: Interview with writer R B McConnell

It’s that time again!  This week’s guest post is an interview with the lovely R B McConnell, check it out!

UntitledQ01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?

Have written in journals for twenty odd years, but only really started focusing on it in the past few years.

Q02 – Are there any authors who inspire you?

At the moment I am dipping in and out of Adam Blade’s Beast Quest, only a little way into the series but he is currently inspiring me.

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8 Tips For Writing A Mystery Novel [NaNoWriMo 2017]

Sorry for missing Friday…I was ill and since I’m still recovering I didn’t feel up to a Monday blog post. However rather than let you all down again, I thought I’d reblog this awesome post by the lovely Rachel Poli. Enjoy and check out her blog!

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I’m not writing a mystery novel for NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m sure you know how much I love mystery and that I do write a lot of it.

I run a Mystery Month on this blog and 9 times out of 10, I write a mystery for NaNo. So, if you’re writing a mystery novel this month, here are some tips.

8 Tips for writing Mystery

1. Do your research.

It sounds a bit weird to research how to hide a body or how long it takes a body to start to smell if left out for too long. Still, you should fact-check. Despite it being fiction, you should always have that little bit of truth in there. Know what you’re talking about and when your characters are investigating a crime, do the real world some justice.

2. Know your genre and sub-genre.

There are so many different sub-genres of mystery. You’ve got your…

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GP: Developing a Writer identity by Nicole Arnold

It’s guest post time again.  This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Nicole Arnold who discusses developing a Writer identity.  Enjoy!

NicoleFrom writer to Writer

by Nicole Arnold

If life is a puzzle and experiences are pieces in varying sizes that help us understand the big picture that is our lives, then this year, I found a corner piece.  The piece is the understanding that I am a writer.  A Writer.

This is the story of how it happened.

I often find it hard to see the moment when something complex originates (usually I end up back at birth), but in this case, I am sure the story begins with goal setting.

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