As far as distractions go, this book is a good one. Witty, warm, with just the hint of the unexpected. A real treasure. Get it. Read it.
A practical, no-frills guide to writing like a ninja novelist. No gimmicks, just straight talk covering the essentials: characterisation, dialogue, plot development and MORE. Also comes with practical writing exercises and templates to help you apply what you learn in the book to your own work.
I think every writer should have their own writing routine. That said, a few, carefully-nurtured habits can transform your writing and make you a more productive writer.
Traditional publishing is a strange business model. It’s probably the only industry that gets 95% of its sales from 5% of its workers. And yet, it keeps on pouring money into discovering new work (that’s you, fellow writer), hoping to find the one author that will make the bestseller lists and keep their staff in jobs for at least another year.
For anyone who’s ever (secretly) wanted to start a food blog, here are some practical tips (including photography apps for your phone) to get you started.
Her primary school teacher asked her what she was doing after school. Her classmates sniggered. Some of them pointed to her tattered uniform and rubber slippers that were so worn down they had receded to half their length, revealing her cracked heels. (An excerpt from my Work in Progress – WIP – Looking for Bono)
Here’s the thing about what ifs; they’re simply that – what ifs, unknowns. And you can either spend your life obsessing about what ifs, the unknowns, or spend those minutes or hours pursuing your writing dream instead.
One of the things I do is to get people to give me examples, feelings, and colour they like. Part of what people want to have in a book – even if it’s a business book, is to get some sense of the person, of the author… the person that they are. Because it adds personality, flavour, and interest to it. Some people are open and happy to talk about themselves and other people less so; I have to be sensitive to how much they want to reveal.
There wasn’t any doubt in my mind that, the book that was going to come out of this process, was going to be 100 times better with me helping her that it would have been on her own.
There is much confusion about copyright. In today’s post, I give answers to the most frequently asked questions about this topic and how you can protect your work as a writer.