This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Nthato Morakabi who discusses the concept of writing styles. Enjoy!
The Joys of Writing Styles
by Nthato Morakabi
Stephen King, Clive Barker, James Herbert and China Mieville all have different writing styles. Pick up either of their books and that distinction is immediate.
Now imagine you could write a story as either of these authors and your readers couldn’t tell the difference.
That would be amazing, wouldn’t it? And what’s the distinction between all of them that sets them apart? If you read the title of this guest post then you will know the answer. That’s right, it’s writing style.
Picture from StoryBlocks.com
Do you know who your audience is?
If I asked you who your book was aimed at, could you tell me?
These may not seem important to some writers, but I can tell you knowing your audience is extremely important.
Knowing who is your audience is needed for things like choosing a Beta Reader or asking for ARC (Advance Reader Copy) reviews.
It’s Tuesday, so that means Guest post time. This week’s poster is the lovely Isla Dennes, Author of Sex, Spoons & Salsa. Enjoy!
“When I am a rich man (writer)”
by Isla Dennes
Fiddler on the Roof has a lot to answer to! As a ten year old sitting in the school hall listening to my brother’s debut musical performance as Tevye, I had no illusions of grandeur, no grand plans for world domination. Life was simple.
Now a writer, note the omission of “rich”, my ambitions have matured along with my age. I have finally succeeded in securing my second publishing contract. Yes, I am thrilled, delighted, my fragile ego and struggling self-esteem have finally been publicly acknowledged, that yes I am a bona-fide author and not just a wannabe scribbler!
Recently, while driving, I got to thinking about perspectives within stories.
(I do a lot of thinking while I drive…I do a lot of swearing to myself at the idiots on the road too…yup, I’m one of those drivers).
Now by ‘perspective’ I mean in reference to the narrator’s voice. As in the perspective of the narrator. If you are writing a book in 3rd person your narrator will probably change (unless you’re writing 3rd person limited).
I’ve talked about ideas before – you may remember my Song of the Muses post. However I want to discuss the invasion of stories.
I don’t know about you, but my muse doesn’t wait until I’ve finished a novel before she bashes me over the head with another idea.
☆ Muse Attack ☆
Case in point, while driving to work this week, I was suddenly accosted by a whole new story. The protagonist was fully formed and named (thought I wasn’t keen on the character’s surname…every attempt to rename her failed and so I have kept it as it came to me).
This week’s guest poster is my dear friend C from HappyMeerkatReviews who not only writes but also produces awesome book reviews and is one of the nicest people I’ve met in internet land!
Book Reviewing by C
Being a book reviewer is something far more rewarding than I ever imagined. Being able to read books and talk/write about how great they are is something I’ve only been doing for a short time but it’s so rewarding, especially when you find a gem from a new and unheard of author.
For me reviewing starts with reading. I can never read more than two books at a time, one fiction and one non-fiction (memoirs are like fiction for me). This is because I’m one of those people who loves to get completely absorbed by a book and I couldn’t do it if I had several going at once.
For those of you who visit this blog frequently, you will have seen in my recent post Things you Should be doing now, I mentioned “Start Marketing”.
One of the ways to do that is with an Author website. Almost all published authors have an official website and just because you may not have been published, that doesn’t mean you should wait before you create one.
And we continue with our awesome mid-week Guest Posts. I invited Robert Evenhouse from PartTimeNovel.com to share some wisdom. Enjoy!
The One Thing Every Writer Needs to Succeed
By Robert Evenhouse
Behind every good writer is a group of individuals that have helped them get to where they are. I firmly believe this. Consider the Inklings or the group of writers that Hemingway wrote about in A Moveable Feast, writers are born not out of solitude, but community.
Apologies if you came here hoping today’s post would be back on World Building, I will be starting that up again shortly.
However today I thought I would discuss Procrastination and losing time in general. In my post Dealing with Distraction Syndrome I mainly covered the affect the internet has on our lives and our writing. Yet there is much more than just the internet that causes procrastination.