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As a new or upcoming author, you may be wondering whether you should write a single title book or a series of books featuring the same characters. While this is a personal choice most of the time. Sometimes books automatically turn themselves into multiple books. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between a single book and a series.
Single Title Books
A single title book is one book with one set of characters. When the book ends, that’s the end of those characters, the plot and all the subplots. This means that the author must write the book in such a way as to leave no loose ends. The major plots and subplots must all reach a conclusion by the last page. Once the book is finished, the author is free to work on their next book idea.
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(Note: This article isn't about mental health or avoiding treatment for mental illnesses. If you're sick, schedule an appointment with the appropriate doctor.)
You’re a writer, and you’re insane. I’m sure you’ve heard the clichés about writers and sanity. The truth is that writers just don’t think like everyone else, and that’s okay. Embrace your particular brand of insanity because how you think and how you perceive the world are what makes your writing great and unique to you.
1. Your Insanity Is Your Author Voice
I’m sure you’ve heard writers say that they’re going to be the next Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling or Danielle Steel. It’s great that these writers have confidence in their abilities, but the truth is that you shouldn’t strive to be anyone but yourself. Your author voice is what makes your stories come alive. When you think about your author voice, think about those things that make you YOU. What type of sense of humor do you have? Are you overly emotional or muted when it comes to your emotions? Are you missing emotions or have an emotion that you have trouble controlling? These same traits that make you who you are can make your characters unique in ways that other authors haven’t thought of.
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Did you know there are apps in the Google Play Store that can make your writing and reading life easier. While I initially purchased my tablet to store recipes via My Cookbook, I quickly figured out that my new tablet was far more useful than just saving my holiday roll recipe. Here are my top 5 picks for writer and reader apps.
1. Amazon Kindle
Amazon Kindle is obviously the first choice for reading, especially if you spend a lot of time downloading free and paid kindle ebook. This app basically turns for tablet into a library and a book at the same time. If you’re an author or a reader, you probably already have this downloaded onto your phone and/or tablet.
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If you’re an indie author, you may not have much of an editing budget for your book, and to spite the plethora of authors and editors telling you that you need professional editing services (probably theirs), you’re never going to be able to pay for it. I understand. If I waited until I had the thousands of dollars I needed to hire a professional editor (other than myself), I’d still be saving money, and I wouldn’t even have my first book published. The bottom line is – You gotta do what you gotta to in order to get your books to market. However, that doesn’t mean you should publish a book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo or Apple Books that is just plain subpar and full of typos. Instead, you should do what you can to fix major and minor mistakes and punctuate your book correctly. To help you with that task, there are plenty of great writing and editing books that are under $5.00USD.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but so much more when the picture is an abstract one instead of a description with no wiggle room. That wiggle room is the gap that keeps readers engaged in your story. This book will show you a way to keep your book fresh, intriguing, and most important of all not boring! By bringing together internal, and external voices in combination with beats, you will not recognize your story afterwards.
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one – There Are No Rules in Fiction.If you’ve heard this, you are not alone. Unfortunately, that statement should not be taken at face value. There are rules in fiction. A more accurate statement would be – There Are Fewer Rules in Fiction.
Understanding What They’re Talking About When They Say There Are No Rules in Fiction
When someone tells you that there are no rules in fiction, what they mean is that you can use sentence fragments, grammatically incorrect dialogue and punctuation you wouldn’t see in a term paper, thesis or college essay. In other words, you don’t have to write your fiction like you would a school assignment. It doesn’t have to be rigid formal English. Every sentence doesn't need a subject and a verb. In fact, you can have a single word sentence if it makes sense in the context and is understood, but that’s the thing. You’re readers need to be able to understand your fiction, and it needs to be grammatically correct within the context of your book, free of spelling errors and punctuated correctly or reasonably so.