The Story Reading Ape once again makes us laugh with sharing “Maxine’s” antics. Thanks so much for the giggles!
February 9, 2019 I published Don Massenzio’s first part of characterization tips. Naturally I will share the second part as well. Thank you very much, Don!
Yesterday, I wrote a post about characterization listing, in simple terms, some of the pitfalls that writers face as they create and develop characters. You can read it HERE. This post will revisit those pitfalls and give you some tips on how to repair them.
These are all practical lessons that I learned as I stumbled my way through seven books with two more on the way. I hope that you find them helpful. I appreciate the kind words and discussion after the first post.
Now, let’s revisit some of the issues identified in the last post with some potential solutions.
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Anne R. Allen informs us about 10 mistakes for authors to avoice. Thank you very much for sharing this information, Anne!
These days, an author’s online presence is of vital importance to a career, whether we’re published or planning to publish. Whether we’re indie, hybrid, or trad-pubbed, it’s not only essential to be easy to find online, but we need to keep a professional presence and guard our author brand and reputation.
I’m not just talking about how we present ourselves on our websites. Your online presence means your book page bio, blog, and all your social media bios and interactions–anything that comes up in a Google search.
Charles Yallowitz of the ‘Legends Of Windermere’ blog provides us with an excellent blog post posing the question if we should know the ending of our book. Thanks a lot, Charles!
I’m pretty sure a lot of people are going to disagree with this sentiment. The path of the pantser if fairly common. Not the way I do things, but I’ve run into many who simply fly into a story to see where it goes. There could be an ending in mind or it could just be a beginning or middle that they have. One thing I can be sure of is that it differs from person to person. Then again, I’m a severe plotter, so I shouldn’t speak as if I understand the other side of the pasture.
While I don’t come up with my endings first, I do like to have them in mind before I start writing. This helps me keep things on track and avoid running the story into a brick wall or minefield. Some would say that the downside is that your writing becomes too linear and dull because you remove the chaos of creation. I can see how you can come to that conclusion, but deciding on the ending doesn’t mean you know how you’re going to get there. Most of my books had the finale planned out, but I only had a general idea of how to get there. That goes for chapter and book endings. Probably why I had the outlines and still had that excitement of not really knowing what will happen.
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Thank you very much for the giggles, Sally. I couldn’t resist re-blogging this post and sharing the smiles.
Now for that joke…..Things Kids Say.
After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.”
The Sunday School Teacher asked, “Now, Johnny, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?”
“No sir,” Johnny replies, “I don’t have to. My Mom is a good cook.”
A Sunday school teacher asked her children, as they were on the way to church service, “Why is it necessary to be quiet in church?”
One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the…
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Don Massenzio asks us how important endings are and if we think it’s important they need to be happy. Check out this blog post, it’s fascinating. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Don.
In the past days , I’ve talked about book openings and middles in my posts. This post talks about the other end of your book, the ending. It will briefly discuss the types of endings and the importance of choosing the right one for your book.
Leaving the reader hanging – is it a good idea?
Many sources will tell you not to end your book with a cliffhanger. The reader needs some satisfaction or a happy ending to complete their reading experience. In my opinion, the answer to this is not quite that simple.
As someone who has written a series, I strive to make each book capable of being read as a standalone story. There is, however, a backstory arc for my main character that continues from book to book. What I like to do is resolve the current story within the book but provide a lead in to the next book.
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Ari Meghlen provides us with an educational and interesting blog post, explaining why it’s important for writers to have blogs. Thank you very much Ari! We all appreciate your hard work and you sharing your experience.
New Monday, new Marketing article. So today I wanted to discuss why I personally think it’s important for new writers to start and maintain a blog.
Whether it’s just a blog, or a blog on your Author Website, here are some reasons you might want to start one.
Blogging is one of the easiest and fastest ways to connect with people. Yes, you can do that with social media but they seem to be shorter lived.
People will seek out blogs, will take the time to read posts, will follow them so they get notifications. Social media seems to be short bites that are almost instantly shuffled away in your timeline.
Social media has it’s place but a blog can help you reach your audience in another way, that I consider a deeper connection.
Blogs allow you to gain followers and receive comments. Comments mean direct interaction with people.
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On Nicholas Rossis’ blog I found an article by “Reedsy”, providing us with 7 tips for writing fantasy. Thanks a lot for your efforts to share this information, Nicholas! We really appreciate it!
Reedsy recently published some great tips for fantasy authors–tips which can be easily applied to any fiction writing. Here is my summary of a selection of these tips.
1. Identify your Market
If you think it’s enough to say, “oh, I write fantasy,” think again. With so many fantasy genres, readers tend to cluster around specific subgenres which can range from Harry Potter to steampunk and Young Adult.
2. Use Short Stories
This was a great tip, reminding us of the value of short stories to flesh out our world and characters. When you write these with the specific aim of excluding them from your novels, you will find that you have more creative freedom and can discover surprising things about your universe.
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Amy Maroney provides us with an informative blog post about ‘Long-Tail’ book promotion. Thank you very much for sharing your experience Amy.
Wondering how to build a long-tail book promotion rather than triggering a short-term spike in sales of your self-published books? Non-fiction writer/editor turned historical novelist Amy Maroney asked veteran indie authors for advice on successful book promotions that bring a more lasting effect and shares summary of her findings.
Not long after I published my first novel in 2016, I noticed people in various author groups on Facebook discussing long tails and sell-through.
– As I soon discovered, a long tail is a period of increased sales following a book promotion.
– And sell-through is what happens when readers go on to buy other titles in the author’s backlist.