Some formatting details you may not have noticed when reading your favorite book include the first paragraph of each chapter and each section not having an indentation and the first page of each chapter does not have a page number. Speaking of page numbers, they do have to alternate between the right side and theContinue reading “Details Found in Formatting”
Category Archives: traditional publishing
When is your WIP ready for publishing?
Let’s admit it, you could change your work in progress (WIP) endlessly. Sentences can be rewritten in a bunch of different ways. You can spend days choosing the perfect word to describe one moment. Paragraphs and scenes can be reordered, added, deleted, and amped up on crack. So how do you know when your bookContinue reading “When is your WIP ready for publishing?”
A triathlon is composed of three parts: the swim, the bike, and the run. As a triathlete, you have to train in all three of these areas to prepare for the goal, a specific race. Most people have their strong areas and their weaker ones. Writing can be broken down into three parts as well:Continue reading “Tri-Writing”
Text to Speech
A useful strategy for editing your manuscript is to read it out loud. By doing so, you focus on each word more and can catch mistakes in your writing whether it is a missing comma, a misspelled word, or an auto-correct that is not correct. Another tool that writers can use is text to voiceContinue reading “Text to Speech”
Structuring Your Novel: part two
The Scene is the basic building block of a story. A Scene has two parts: the action part and the reaction part. The action half of a scene consists of a goal, conflict, and disaster. The goal of a scene is usually a small piece of the overall plot goal or it can be aContinue reading “Structuring Your Novel: part two”
Overal Structure of a Novel
As some of you know, I internet and book stalk K.M. Weiland. I just finished reading her book, Structuring Your Novel Essential keys to writing an outstanding story. It’s an excellent resource for beginning and more experienced writers. Her informal witty conversational tone make the book easy to read and understand. She uses examples from her ownContinue reading “Overal Structure of a Novel”
WTF is an Author Platform?
A few years ago, I was asking this question. Had I known then what I know now, I would have been focusing more on building my platform and a little less on writing my manuscript. Writers write, but if they don’t have a platform they don’t publish or sell the book that they have spentContinue reading “WTF is an Author Platform?”
Wandering in the Labyrinth of the Internet
This morning I began listening to Chasing the Bard by Philippa Ballantine, AKA Pip Ballantine, (free on iTunes as a podcast) which is a fantasy novel. I had no idea that you could find such quality writing for on iTunes. The second book in the series is also free and called Digital Magic. I foundContinue reading “Wandering in the Labyrinth of the Internet”