As writers, it is often suggested that we have an author website or a blog (or both) as a way of building our brand. But in doing so, we also need to make sure the website/blog is working for us in the best possible way! So, let me talk about a wonderful free resource called Website Grader – takes two minutes to use.
Firstly, big thanks to everyone who listened to my audio interview in last Friday’s post and gave their support. It was truly appreciated and has removed some of the terror from such activities.
Anyway, onto today’s topic:
It is time to talk about editing!
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).
We continue with the second part of the guest post “Write what you know” by author Nathalie Andrews. Do make sure to check out her social media links and her current book!
“Write What You Know” (part 2)
By Nathalie Andrews
“You’ll find it really hard to stay away from stereotypes.”
This is true. There is almost always a stereotype to fall into somewhere. Women are emotional; men are strong! If these are stereotypes, should I only write weak men and emotionally-repressed women?
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.
All writers have blind spots with their writing. The idea is to identify them and start avoiding falling into the trap.
I have read a number of articles that talk about speeding up your story. They talk about how a writer can “bog down” the plot by going too slowly… How the plot should barrel along like some runaway train, dragging the reader with it. So today’s post, is about pacing.
I have been asked what the “best time of day” to write is. Now I did find this question strange, because like many things, this is writer specific. There does seem to be the popular concept that all writers are night owls who fervently write during the wee hours.
Well I can say that we don’t all write at night. Some writers are complete Night Owls and get their best mojo going in those wee hours, however some don’t. So don’t think you have to stay up late to be a writer.
Remember all writers are different. Some write in the evening, some the morning, some during the day, others at random times. Not to mention it changes!
This mini post has been churning around in my head recently after I read a short story online. While the story seemed okay, the word “very” rang heavily throughout and by the end I was just annoyed.