Writing Tips

 

 

Writing a novel is not for the feint of heart.  It is a huge undertaking that can take months or even years to complete, depending on the amount of research and detail you need to you put into your work of fiction or non-fiction.  Even knowing this, it can feel like it's taking too long to complete your novel, or that you'll never finish.  If you feel that way, it may benefit you to read a few tips and tricks on writing and promoting your fiction in order to speed up the process without diminishing your book's quality or value to your readers.

One of the ways you can speed up the process is by creating an outline or a breif synopsis of the plot as well as short character descriptions. This can help you get your ideas down so that you do not have to continuously stop and think, What happens next? 

Of course, utilizing a good novel planning and writing book, like Ultimate Novel Planning Workbook: Worksheets for the Writer, Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook, Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book (Helping Writers Become Authors 2) and Ready, Set, Write: Level 1, may help keep you focused and on the productive writing path.

For more writer tips and tricks, keep reading.  You're sure to find some ideas to help keep you on the path to publication.

 

 

 

Do you need a way to schedule your monthly posts to Twitter rapidly and either free or at an extremely low monthly cost? If you answered yes, you may like Twuffer. Twuffer was aptly named to be a cross between Twitter and Buffer. In fact, when you first open the site, it says: OMG! It’s a Twitter Buffer! They currently have 475,000 users, and the site has sent out more than 42.2 million Tweets. However, it’s important to note that it only supports Twitter.

Twuffer Plans

Twuffer has two plans, including free and paid.

Free Plan

  • Up to 50 scheduled Tweets per month (I’ve never been limited, so unless they’ve recently changed the algorithm, all you’re going to get is a popup asking you to switch to the paid plan.)

  • Upload Images for every post

  • Manage 1 Twitter Account

  • Share links with every post

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Are you thinking of hiring an editor for your new fiction or non-fiction manuscript so that you can perfect the text and find problems with structure, flow, grammar, consistency and punctuation? If you are, there are a few questions you should ask your editor before hiring them in order to make sure they are experienced in editing books that are similar in style to yours.

1. Do you perform X type of edit?

The first question you should ask is if your editor performs the type of editing service you need.  There are lots of different types of book edits, including developmental editing, line editing, drafting, fact checking and proofreading.  Not every editor is going to be proficient in every type of editing service available to writers. Ideally, you’ll find a list of services provided by the editor on their website so that you can quickly review them to determine if you have an editor that you can effectively and efficiently work with to perfect your manuscript.

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Novelize is a new player in the novel writing software world. It was created two years ago and is completely web-based. This means that you can use this software on any device that has a browser, including your desktop, laptop, phone and tablet. This is a very well thought out piece of novel writing software, and all the features that are in the software are available to those who are using it. The down side is that Novelize is not free. It is, however, low cost, and I think extremely affordable.

For full disclosure purposes, I will say that I was given a VIP account to test and review this software. The cost of Novelize is $5 a month or $45 a year, which is a three-month discount over the cost of the monthly plan. For all the features that this writing software offers, I believe it’s well worth the $5 a month. If you want to test Novelize, they do offer a free 17-day trial. After the 17-day trial, they’ll bill your credit card for either $5 a month or $45 a year, however, you have it set up. If you decide you do not want to continue using the software, you can cancel at any time via a button in your account area. In other words, you do not have to talk to anyone in order to cancel your account, and you are free to cancel at any time.

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Are you looking for free novel writing software that is mostly fully featured and functional? If you are, Bibisco might be the right novel writing software for you. Bibisco works on Linux, MAC and Windows machines. Unfortunately, there are no Android or Apple versions of the software as of yet, and it does not connect automatically to cloud storage, which makes portability between devices extremely difficult. With that being said, let’s take an in-depth look at how this software works.

bibisco11. Opening Screen

Once you open Bibisco, the first screen that appears says Ready, set, go! On this screen, you have the ability to open an existing project, create a new project, create sequel, import a project, change the settings and get some info about Bibisco and contact information for the developer. If you have not started any projects, obviously click on create a new project.

 

 

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Are you considering having your book professionally edited? If you are, you may be wondering what types of editing services are available for authors. The truth is that the names of the editing services can be dependent on the editor or editing service company. A few common editing services include proofreading, line editing, developmental editing and beta readers. Since the names and types of editing vary greatly between editors, it’s very important to thoroughly read each type of editing offered to make sure it meets your needs and your expectations.

1. Beta Readers

Beta readers are volunteers. They don’t charge and shouldn’t charge to read your manuscript. You can think of them like prepublication book reviewers. Typically, your beta readers are going to be people you know, like friends, family members, social media buddies and coworkers. There are also individuals who advertise that they are beta readers. These people may be looking for free books to read because they can’t afford to buy books, or they are other authors who like to keep up on the industry and/or who like to help other authors be successful. It’s important to vet beta readers thoroughly, especially if it’s an author or writer that you do not know that you found via an Internet search. While most beta readers are honest and want to help you, there are a few that are unscrupulous, and these guys will take your work, alter it or not alter it, and publish it under their names. So be careful when choosing your beta readers.

As to what to expect from your beta readers. These guys are not editors, so they’ll not going to correct typos or anything like that, nor should they. What your beta reader should do is tell you their overall honest opinion of your book and tell you where they thought it fell short and where it excelled. It’s best to have more than one beta reader. I’d recommend getting a minimum of three and probably more. Not every beta reader that receives a copy of your manuscript is going to read it in a timely manner, and some may forget they have it. It goes without saying that your book should be 95 percent finished before you send it to beta readers.

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If you’ve been a writer for any length of time, you’ve probably had someone tell you to write what you know, but what is that? You might even think – What I know is boring. I know that second phrase is what I think. What I know is boring. I’m boring. I worked as a computer operator, computer programmer, pilot and retail manager. Most of that is boring. No one wants to read a book about a retail manager. They might read one about a pilot, and I don’t know about that computer operator or programmer unless I wanted to write something like The Net.

If What You Know Is Boring, How Do You Make It Interesting? 

Let’s take a closer look at that pilot. I flew airplanes. I went to college to fly airplanes. I was a certified flight instructor, and I met some pretty shady individuals in that industry. Thieves. Organized Crime. Sex Addicts. Alcoholics. Abusive Sons of Bitches. The details of what I know are starting to form. A pilot flying from point A to point B every day is boring, but a drug addicted pilot, running drugs and guns for an organized crime family while being chased by the cops is pretty doggone interesting. I may have a story here.

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If you’re like me, you have a ton of fiction novels laying around. You probably have some you liked, some you didn’t like and some you’ve read multiple times. You may also have more than a few collecting dust. The good news is that you can use those novels to jumpstart your own novel. All you have to do is pick one in your preferred genre and open it.

Get Your Novel Started with a Novel

For most writers, the biggest challenge of writing a novel is getting started, and it doesn't matter if you’ve never written a novel or if you’ve written dozens of novels. A blank page is still intimidating even if you have an idea. You have a basic idea of the flow of the novel, and you know the setting and the name of the main character. All those ideas and thoughts are fresh in your head and you are ready to slam out thousands of words, until you open your word processor. The minute you see that blank page, all your brilliant ideas just disappear just like last night’s ice cream. Having a novel on hand can help you get rid of that blank page and alleviate your anxiety over starting a new piece of fiction.

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Writing a book and publishing a book are only the first steps to author success.  This is because you could have written a great book, but this does not matter if no one knows about it. Thankfully, there are promotional tools and things you can do to help spread the word.


Social media is a great place to promote your book. You can potentially reach thousnads and even millions of people with properly timed and hashtagged tweets and posts. You can also start a blog, create promotional and informative articles and share those across your social media accounts.  There are even sites where you can promote your book for free.

Additionally, there are also several Amazon books available to get you gather book promotion ideas so that you can create your own custom book promotion strategy.  Great Noevel marketing books include:

  1. Novel Marketing: Making Your Author Brand Work for You & Your Books
  2. How to Market a Book Third Edition (Books for Writers)
  3. The Kindle Publishing Bible: How To Sell More Kindle Ebooks on Amazon (Step-by-Step Instructions On Self-Publishing And Marketing Your Books) (Kindle Bible Book 1)
  4. How Your Book Sells Itself: 10 Ways Your Book is Your Ultimate Marketing Tool (Marketing for Authors)
  5. Sell More Books!: Book Marketing and Publishing for Low Profile and Debut Authors Rethinking Book Publicity after the Digital Revolutions
  6. Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing) (Volume 2)
  7. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, Real World Edition: Authors: How to sell more books, ebooks, multi-media books, audios, videos, white papers, and other information products in the real world

 

In addition to the above helpful books, here are a few articles to help you self-promote your books.

 

 

Writing and Editing Books on Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Mugs for Writers on Amazon

 

 

Journals for Writers on Amazon

 

 

    

  

 

 



 

Tablets for Writers on Amazon