The Blog, Writing

Getting Published Feelings of EXTREME ANXIETY

That's all I've really got to say right now. Especially his face.

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The Blog, Writing

Getting Published: part four

Part one Part two Part three Last time I updated, I was scraping the barrel of misery in search of a writing epiphany, and I hadn't met my deadline. The good news: I managed to finish my edits and hand in the new draft of my novel just before Christmas Eve. The bad news: silence. My novel… Continue reading Getting Published: part four

The Blog, Writing

Getting published: part three

I'm procrastinating by writing this post, let me just put that out there. Click here to read part one and part two. I didn't make the November 1st deadline. Once I figured out how to fix the big problems of my story, I worked day and night, every day, to meet the target. But hey, I… Continue reading Getting published: part three

The Blog, Writing

Getting Published: part two

Belatedly following on from my last publishing post, about how I met an agent willing to give me and my novel a chance, it's time I updated on what happened next. So, after our feedback meeting, Suresh gave me a couple of big plot points and changes to think about: Maybe cut a character (I'm thinking: I… Continue reading Getting Published: part two

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Epic Cheap: 50% Off Editing Special

For the first time in three years, my schedule is completely blank until mid September. I’m actively looking for new manuscripts to edit, and I’d like to aggressively slash my prices. My rates are never this cheap, so I strongly encourage you to act fast because my inbox gets flooded every time I do this. […]… Continue reading Epic Cheap: 50% Off Editing Special

Writing

10 Uses for the Author Business Card

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10 Uses for Author Business Cards

Do you have a business card as a writer or author? Have you thought about it? Business cards are a good idea with lots of uses.

Just a quick tip: First, make sure your card stands out. A signature color, logo, or something that draws attention is good. Also make sure that you use a legible font and include only details you want widely public (for example, I omitted my address and phone number).

Here are ten ways you might not have thought of to use your business cards:

  1. One clever idea, which I will implement when the third Family Secrets novel comes out, is to use the space on one side of the card for thumbnails of three books. It’s almost a perfect fit. Then put your info on the back along with a link to where you prefer people to buy them. It’s an immediate sales tool in…

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Writing

What is Narrative Style? The Condensed Answer

This is something budding writers often ask me. "But what is narrative style? Why is it something to be aware of?" Narrative style is tricky to pin down. Style is tone. Don't forget that the narrative is essentially someone's voice. The narrator is a character, not simply words dictating what happens in the story. Even… Continue reading What is Narrative Style? The Condensed Answer

Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Building a Steampunk World

FOREWORD: I'm currently moving a lot of my articles from Squidoo over to my blog as Squidoo has declared almost all of my articles as spam. This is one of them. I've decided to totally migrate to my blog because I'm sick of fighting my corner on their site. Create an Authentic Feeling Enviroment One… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Building a Steampunk World

Exercises, Writing

Building strong narratives in the post-apocalyptic genre

  I always appreciated—and what I appreciate even more now, in the wake of dozens of post-apocalyptic series that didn’t work nearly as well—was that the camera always kept its eye firmly turned toward the people, not the ruins. --  Todd VanDerWerff I read that quote a while back at the very bottom of an article… Continue reading Building strong narratives in the post-apocalyptic genre

Writing

For writers and artists: prompts, resources, inspiration, motivation

  I have a tumblr blog that keeps track of all the things I find useful for writing or art-making. It's gathering a fair chunk of content now and I figured other people might also find it useful. It's called: pensandpaintbrushes Everything is tagged, so you can find subjects easily. Here are just a few… Continue reading For writers and artists: prompts, resources, inspiration, motivation

NaNoWriMo, Writing

The #NaNoWriMo Week One Quizz!

Hello, buccaneers! By tomorrow morning, week one of NaNoWriMo will be trailing in the dust behind us and then begins the week two push. But let's take a five minute break. I mean, well freaking done for all the words you've written. Phew, imagine if you'd never started? You'd really be nowhere. So let's stop… Continue reading The #NaNoWriMo Week One Quizz!

NaNoWriMo

I Can’t Believe It’s NaNo-Freakin-WriMo Again

Excuse me while I just sit here in stunned fear. That's right, NaNoWriMo begins in six hours and I'm cacking myself. Why, Willow? You've done this five years in a row now? Yes, little minion voice, I have. But previously I didn't have to grow up and do Shitty Adult Things, all whilst drowning under… Continue reading I Can’t Believe It’s NaNo-Freakin-WriMo Again

Exercises, Writing

6 Ways for Writers to Procrastinate and Still be Productive!

Writing a novel or a short story is challenging at the best of times. There's plot holes to consider, bathrooms to be cleaned, food to be eaten and, sometimes, motivation to be found. I've been writing novels for the past seven years and yet I still suffer from chronic procrastination. When my Deadline disappears I… Continue reading 6 Ways for Writers to Procrastinate and Still be Productive!

The Blog, University

Things Said By Actual Students and University Professors

As I stand triumphantly on the finish line and wave goodbye to three years of screenwriting at university, I thought I would share a few gems with you. I have a habit of writing down things that are said by the people around me. My classmates and lecturers were no exception. I've gathered up my… Continue reading Things Said By Actual Students and University Professors

Exercises, NaNoWriMo, Writing

NaNoWriMo Prep: THREE ways to load your characters into the NaNo-launch-day cannon

"Dive right in!" they said. "It'll be fun!" they said.               I'm talking about the word-cannon of inspiration. Getting to know your characters. If you've done much writing in your life before, you'll know that starting anything can be one of the hardest things. NaNoWriMo is no exception. It's… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Prep: THREE ways to load your characters into the NaNo-launch-day cannon