M. L. Davis provides us with an excellent article about how a timeline helps us write our novel. We can find the post published on the ‘Uninspired Writers’ blog. Thank you, M. L. Davis
Some writers are plotters. Others are pantsers. There’s no right way to do it. There are pros and cons to plotting, and it’s up to you to decide what works best. Personally, I’m a plotter. Typically, my plotting consists of a basic outline and little else. It worked for two novels. But on my third, I was struggling. I spent ages trying to figure out why my story wouldn’t work before it hit me. I’d not sussed out the timeline, not properly. And once I had, it changed everything. As such, I’m sharing 5 ways that a timeline helps you write your novel.
Figuring out backstory
Not all backstory needs to be written. I would even go as far as to say most backstory doesn’t need to be written. But as a writer, it’s helpful to know where things started for your characters. It’s important to know what happened before the events of the first chapter. This way, you know what to include and what to omit. It also enables you to add depth to your characters, as undoubtedly their past has shaped them.
Avoiding plot holes
A number of things can cause plot holes, and time is definitely one of them. If your characters and their story are to be believable, then time must move in the way it should. Even if your fictional world has it’s own concept of time, you should adhere to the rules you set for it. Savvy readers are likely to pick up on things that don’t flow naturally.
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Frances Caballo provided us with an excellent blog post, showing us 12 rookie mistakes and tells us what not to do in book marketing. Thank you very much Frances.
Did you just publish your first book? It’s an exciting time, isn’t it? You’re probably thinking that now it’s time to market your book.
To learn about how to market your book, you’re probably reading blog posts like mine and absorbing as much information as you can.
Writers put so much energy into writing their books that they have little time to think about marketing them until the final edit is done.
That’s when your head tends to come up and when you stop typing. You think to yourself, “It’s time to publish!”
Mistakes You Make When You Market Your Book
No. 1 – You Start Too Late
The first mistake writers make is that they focus solely on their writing and not on their marketing while they write a book.
Sure, your writing needs to be top-notch, but if you don’t start to market your book early enough, it won’t matter how well you wrote your book.
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Derek Haines provides us with the 12 best free Grammar Check and Grammar Correction Apps. Thanks so much, Derek. We really appreciate your work!
Here are 12 of the best free grammar check and grammar corrector tools for you to try
We are all writing so much now and for so many different reasons.
Bu no matter what level your writing skills are, an online grammar check is the easiest way to correct your grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Word processors such as Microsoft Word do a very poor job. They can only perform a simplistic spell check and rarely find anything more than the most basic grammatical errors.
There are many online grammar checking tools that do a much better job of offering you suggested corrections. Some even give you an explanation or examples of grammatical rules.
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Derek Haines provides us with 25 pages where we can download pictures for free. Thank you very much Derek. We’re grateful for your help and support!
You always need free images for your blog or social media sites
The days of using Google Image Search to find images to download is over. Apart from the quality aspect, there are problems with the ownership of images indexed by Google.
If you want photos for personal and commercial use, you need to make sure that the images you use are copyright free.
You should also check if there are any attribution required notes on the image licence.
Most royalty free images have a Creative Commons licence.
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Jenn Hanson-dePaula of Mixtus Media provides us with a great article on conversation started for social media. Thank you Jenn!
Have you ever posted something on social media and nothing happens? You might feel like it’s a waste of time because no one ever responds to what you post. Or maybe you feel like you’re just contributing to the noise online and everyone simply tunes you out.
Social media outlets have hundreds of millions of users worldwide, and each outlet wants their users to see posts that they will find interesting. So to make this possible, they use something called algorithms.
An algorithm is like a filter – it keeps the posts that people aren’t responding to out while letting the popular posts through.
So how do you actually get your posts seen and in your audience’s news feed? One effective and simple way to do that is by asking questions that require a quick and easy answer.
Most people are scrolling through their news feed very quickly. But if something catches their eye and doesn’t require a lot of time or thought, they will most likely respond.
The more likes, comments, shares, retweets, etc., your post gets, the algorithms will see that people are interested and will make your post more visible.
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