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.
Are you continuously seeking out new information, updated techniques and writing styles so that you can remain up to date in the industry? Being unwilling to learn, adapt and change can be a setback for both beginning and existing novelists. Whether you've been writing for three minutes or 30 years, there's still more to learn. I've been writing for more than 30 years, and I still learn something new every day. Most recently, it finally dawned on me that there's a difference between 'sat' and 'set' when writing in third-person past tense.
Sat - Past tense and past participle of sit (Dictionary.com)
Set - To put something or someone in a particular place (Dictionary.com)
I've been using those words interchangeably forever. When did it finally dawn on me that they were different? After writing my ninth book. If there ever was a forehead-slapping moment, that qualifies.Write comment (0 Comments)
You’ve read all these writing tips before. Maybe you’ve even dismissed them as complete and utter crap. Well, here’s 10 writing tips and explanations of those writing tips that are almost guaranteed to make you crap your pants.
1. In Order to Write Well, You Have to Read Everything
I hear this all the time, and many million-dollar earning mainstream fiction writers and even indie authors have said this. If you don’t read, you can’t write. There’s some truth to this, but the connotation is that you should have a fiction book in your hand and be reading it every moment you are awake. If you’re not reading then you are an epic loser and will never write a good book.
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A writing coach is a person that helps you through the process of writing and revisng your novel, according to your goals. This person may or may not be a writer, editor or author, but they should have experience in the industry, preferably on how to write, edit and publish novels. It's important to note that most writing coaches are authors.
What Does a Writing Coach Do?
You can think of your writing coach as the life coach for your novel. This person will take you through every stage of the novel planning and writing process until you complete your novel and are either ready to find an agent or publisher or are ready to self-publish your book.
They Help You Set a Writing Schedule, Including a Completion Date
One of the biggest things a writing coach does is help you set a schedule for writing your novel. One of the biggest problems many new and established authors have is finding time to write. A writing coach can help evaluate your current schedule and lifestyle as well as your writing goals in order to help you find a novel completion timeline that works for you.Write comment (0 Comments)
Let’s just be honest. Writers and authors are the masters of making excuses as to why they aren’t writing. After all, if you never finish your book and publish it, you can’t be a failure. You also can’t succeed, and you’ll never know your true potential. Not to mention, you won’t inspire your readers, and you won’t be able to share your worlds with your potential audience.
1. I Have Writers Block/ My Muse Has Left/ I’m Not Inspired
According to Wikipedia, Writer’s block is a condition that causes a writer or author to lose the ability to move forward in their work or produce new work. It’s other words, it’s a loss of productivity when it comes to writing. The term Writer’s Block first came into existence in 1947 thanks to Australian psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler.Write comment (0 Comments)
Have you ever wondered why your books aren't selling organically on Amazon? The truth is that for the random browser of books, you're probably invisible, and it has a lot to do with the way Amazon sorts their products and how many products you are allowed to see. For the purposes of this article, I went to Hambuger menu-> KIndle E-Readers & Books -> KIndle Books. Then, I looked at what was displayed.Write comment (0 Comments)
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.Write comment (0 Comments)
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.Write comment (0 Comments)
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:
- Novel Marketing: Making Your Author Brand Work for You & Your Books
- How to Market a Book Third Edition (Books for Writers)
- 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)
- How Your Book Sells Itself: 10 Ways Your Book is Your Ultimate Marketing Tool (Marketing for Authors)
- Sell More Books!: Book Marketing and Publishing for Low Profile and Debut Authors Rethinking Book Publicity after the Digital Revolutions
- Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing) (Volume 2)
- 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.
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- Social Media Schedulers for Joomla
- Understanding Amazon KDP as an Author
- Where Are the Free Book Promotion Websites?
- 8 Tips on How to Quickly Self-Edit a Novel
- Help! I Can’t Find any Samples for the Freelancer I Want to Hire!
- Preplanning Stages of a Character Driven Fiction Book
- TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING, SELF PUBLISHING OR YOU PUBLISHING: WHICH ONE IS THE BEST WAY TO GO?
- HOW TO CREATE AN AMAZON KINDLE EBOOK COVER
- What should a Content Article Contain?
- How Many Drafts Should You Put on a Fiction Novel?