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!
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Do you embrace your mistakes?
I think there is a part in all of us that loves the idea of holding ourselves accountable to mistakes me make. But that’s not always the case, is it?
So why don’t we embrace our mistakes?
Maybe you blame schools… or parents… or bosses! Because they are easy to blame. Though maybe the real culprit is society.
Are you writing a novel?
Chances are then you will constantly be generating questions for yourself.
Well you should!
Now I’ve talked about The Power of Questions before but I feel I need to talk about it again!
We all know writing a novel is hard.
You have to build a landscape, create characters, give voices, design conflict, structure a plot… there’s a lot to think about.
As well as all that, you have to be consistent, you have to remember subplots, tie up loose ends, keep characters on track.
This week’s guest poster is the awesome author Icky who, with his lovely muse Miss Persephone Plumtartt, discuss some writing wisdom! I hope you all enjoy this post as much as I did 🙂
Icky and Kitka (the cat)
To Speak with Temperance
“Eek! Dig it, Miss Plumtartt! We are guest hosts on Ari Meghlen’s highly touted writing blog, ‘Eternal Scribbler’!
“Quite so, Mr. Temperance. Miss Meghlen is very kind. Is there a purpose for our being here?”
“Oh, yes Ma’am! Miss Ari wants me to share some writing advice!”
“ . . .
I beg your pardon, sir, but did you say that you were consulted for writing wisdom? Tell me, why did you not explain your lack of understanding on the subject and make your apologies, eh hem?”
I thought I would do a quick article about ‘detail’ in writing. I think it can be one of those things that gets overlooked.
While we can wax lyrical in our descriptions we can still end up missing something and that can often be extra detail.
But why is detail so important?
Simply because detail adds an extra layer to the writing to help draw the reader deeper into your world.
Maybe you’re sat there thinking “well I add detail, I fill my writing with description.” Great, you should make sure there is strong description. But too often writers can end up using notion rather than detail.
Yes… I am back to writing tutorials and actually getting them out on the right day! Huzzah!
So today I want to talk about large casts! By large casts I am talking about main and secondary characters (not the odd village baker passing through a random scene, never to be heard from again.)
The fantasy novel I have left floundering in a drawer (at 220,000 words… I really should get back to that) had a large cast. It followed several groups of people through numerous subplots (I promise to get to a subplot tutorial soon!) and when I eventually return to it, will have more coming in by the second book.
That’s right people, we are back with guest posting! More awesome people have agreed to share their thoughts and ideas on this blog. This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Justine Alley Dowsett from Mirror World Publishing. Enjoy.
Why Writers Should Also Be Readers
It’s not a coincidence that most people who like to write are also big readers. Besides providing entertainment and that window into lives other than our own, there’s a lot that reading can teach us about how to be better writers. To do this though, we have to learn to read critically even as we read for enjoyment. Here’s a few techniques you can use when reading to improve your writing. Continue reading
A goal is a dream with a deadline…way to suck the fun out of dreaming, eh! 🙂 But if we want to move forward it helps to have a plan, a focus and goals are exactly that.
I had already been thinking about what my Writing Goals would be, especially with the 85K in 90 day challenge looming on the horizon (Jan – Mar 2017)
So when the new Blog Hop topic was Writing Goals for 2017, I thought let’s get them down!