“Start With The Action!” – What It Means And When You Should Do It
If you’ve ever read an authors’ ‘How To’ book, attended a creative writing class or pretty much sought writing advice of any kind ever, you’re bound to have run into this phrase: ‘always start with the action’. It’s probably as ubiquitous as ‘show don’t tell’ and ‘do not, under any circumstances, use Comic Sans. EVER’.
But should you always start with the action? And if so, what does that really mean?
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5 Ways To Handle The Passing Of Time In Your Story
How do you show how much time has passed in a story? Events happen, characters develop, and so time flows. But as your story stretches across days, weeks and years, it's impossible to write every moment. So how do you skip or gloss over all those parts you don't need to describe?
Summaries, flashbacks and scene breaks are the answer. But have you mastered them all? Do you know how to use them and still keep your reader engaged and grounded?
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How to create a smart and savvy publishing plan
Hello again, lovely friends! I'm so happy you're here because I am super pumped to talk about today's topic.
Like, SUPER pumped y'all. Why? Because I get a wee bit passionate sometimes, especially when it comes to helping you guys avoid major (and unfortunately all too common) writing mistakes. Let me back up a second.
So you can find writing, publishing, and marketing "rules" all over the internet, right? I mean, plenty of them are right here on this site, so I am totally not against the "rules". But I'm also not *not* against the "rules". And that's because the "rules" are often techniques that reflect a pattern of successful fiction.
In other words, the "rules" are usually backed by data, wisdom, and years of experience.
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Launching Your Book – What’s Working?
As we wade into Fall and leave the sales doldrums of summer behind, it’s a good time to look at what’s working and what’s not working. Many sales outlets that authors have used in the past have become either less effective or totally ineffective. But, if you have a new book on the horizon there is good news. By executing a successful launch, you can gain enough momentum to earn consistent sales or have a strong enough initial surge that you can comfortably move on to writing the next book.
I polled a couple of authors recently who employed different tactics when launching their books. Some of their strategies were very interesting. Here are a few of their suggestions:
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6 Ways to Add Depth to Your Narrative
You might be surprised to learn that “seasoned” writers will still, on occasion, get this highly vague editing note: Add More Depth.
This might refer to a character, a setting, a scene, and yes—even backstory (when appropriate).
The following 6 ways are by no means the only way to trounce flat characters or override repetitive tropes, but they are a steadfast group that always get me thinking about how much more is actually needed to bring that element of the narrative to life.
And that’s the key—deeper doesn’t equate to excessive.
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