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.
This week’s guest poster is author of the non-fiction book Above Average Stories, Nate Johnson. Check out the interview below!
This week’s guest post is an interview with the lovely Jayne Denker, auther of Your New Best Friend. Enjoy!
Interview with Jayne Denker
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always been a writer—I remember writing stories when I was little. I had my first commissioned poem (for summer camp’s last-day ceremony) when I was nine or ten. When I was around twelve, I started writing novels, almost none of which ended! I feel guilty that I’ve got characters hanging out in another dimension, going “Ahem—!”
I knew I wanted to write for a living when I attended a reading by one of my favorite authors. He was reading from his newly published book (or possibly one soon to be published—I forget) and he started giggling. At his own jokes. And I thought, “I want to do that.” I wanted to do something that would amuse me, and make others laugh.
This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Gary M Sherwin who has given his time to answer my interview questions!
Interview with Gary M Sherwin
Q01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Firstly let say thank you for asking me to do this interview.
To answer your question, yes. Its been with me since childhood and in fact I penned my first short story whilst I was at school. It’s only been in later life that I have taken that plunge into the writing world and written my first book.
Q02 – What was the best piece of advice you received/read when you were starting out?
Don’t edit! When I started writing I had the annoying habit of trying to edit my work as I went along but as you can imagine this slows down the writing process considerably. Now I just write and edit later.
This week’s guest poster is the lovely Elke Feuer who shares some great tips for how to keep writing when things become difficult. Enjoy!
How to keep writing when all hell breaks loose
by Elke Feuer
Writing is difficult enough, but when life rears its ugly head with unexpected events and emergencies, sitting down to write can seem impossible. Whether it’s a nasty cold, a class project your child mentions the day before it’s due, or a notice from your boss about working later or on the weekend, you can still write.
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.
So today I want to talk about massive cast of character. I am talking about main and secondary characters (not the odd village baker passing through a random scene, never to be heard from again.)
This week’s guest poster is the lovely Kim Chance who you might know from her successful Youtube channel. Her post is a fascinating letter to No. Enjoy 🙂
We need to talk. I’ve been putting this off for a while now, but I think it’s finally time for me to get this off my chest. I hope you won’t take this personally because as cliché as it sounds, it really is me and not you….well, for the most part.
It’s time for the truth, and it boils down to this: I’m exhausted of you, No. Completely and utterly exhausted. There. I said it, and I’m sorry. But it’s true.
When we first met, you hardly bothered me. In fact, every time you walked in with that ridiculous sashay of yours, I would laugh and tell myself that you didn’t matter because I was much bigger than you. However, lately, you’ve grown in size. Like a freaking beanstalk, you’ve gone from being a tiny little bean, to being this enormous, ever-growing plant that’s stuck smack dab in the middle of my life. It’s getting a little harder to pretend that I’m not frustrated by you.
This week’s guest post if by the lovely Lorraine Ambers, Writer and Queen of Daydreams, who talks about who own personal experiences and how you really are, never too old to learn.
You’re never too old to learn by Lorraine Ambers
Exam result time is upon us. People are waiting in angst or hope for their future endeavours. Now-a-days pupils are taught through positivity, that if you try you can succeed. This method is new. Teachers used to drill home the concept, that exam results were the pinnacle upon which success hung. That without great grades adults would scrape the bowels of existence. Facing perils for evermore… Blah blah blah!
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.