[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him. -Ray Bradbury. [/perfectpullquote]
- 5 Helpful lessons forwriting a novel | WRITER’S DIGEST
No doubt about it: writing a novel isn’t easy. But our desire and drive to do so keep us at it. I finally embarked o the novel I’d promised myself after years and reams (virtual and otherwise) of writing how-to articles and other nonfiction.
- How your narrative distance affects show, don’t tell | ROMANCE UNIVERSITY
One of the reason show, don’t tell is so annoying, is that several factor can influence what feels told versus shown. The biggest, is the narrative distance you’re using. Change the narrative distance of the story, and a line that feels told in one book can feel shown in another.
- Creating Bestsellers | ELIZABETH SPANN CRAIG
Bestsellers, obviously, appeal to a broader audience. I’m not sure if I’ll ever even try to write something meant to be that commercially successful. But that’s not to say I’m not interested in hearing how to get there.
- How to get upclose with your characters | HELPING WRITERS BECOME AUTHORS
To create believable characters, novelists develop profiles. These descriptions of their characters—from birth conditions to major life event; weight, hair, and eye color; and character traits guide them as they write.
- 17 Resources for writing about troubled fictional characters | WRITERS WRITE
If you want to write about mental health issues, we encourage you to research the subject thoroughly and to approach experts in the field for advice.
- A look at the 20 key scenes of a fantasy novel | LIVE WRITE THRIVE
While every novel is different, notwithstanding genre, those that align closest to strong, expected, tried-and-true novel structure usually have the better story. Readers expect novels to follow a certain structure (though they may never realize it). It’s what they’re used to.
- The science behind writing drunk and editing sober | WRITERS WRITE
Ernest Hemingway is famously misquoted as having said ‘write drunk, edit sober’. It may sound as if it is something he could have said, but as Jeff Goins explains, even if he had said it, he certainly did not practise what he preached.
+ Books on Writing:
- How to write dazzling dialogue
- Writing success: Your book from start to finish to publication
- Outlining your novel
- Writing deep point of view
- The art of memoir
- Reading like a Writer
- Rock your revisions
- The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
- Meet the reader: 11 reasons why I pass on a screenplay | SCRIPT MAG
My job is to evaluate screenplays – to read them for my employers and to recommend either that they be considered for development or passed on. While it is always my goal to find material I can recommend, the truth is that I pass on 90% of the scripts I read.
- Pitch | KEVIN LEVINE
A lot of readers have asked what I thought of the new Fox series, PITCH – especially since I have a real familiarity with the world it lives in. The short answer is I like it.
- 3 Kick-ass methods to fix a broken screenplay scene | SCRIPT MAG
When it comes to writing a screenplay scene, many spec scripts fall into the same traps again and again.
- 10 Reasons you’re still struggling to break in | SCRIPT SHADOW
- Free screenwriting resource: Guide to watching movies | GO INTO THE STORY
I came up with this screenwriting mantra several years ago: Watch Movies. Read Scripts. Write Pages.
+Books on Screenwriting:
- Super Structure: The key to unleashing the power of story
- Screenplay: The foundations of screenwriting
- Essentials of screenwriting
- Screenwriting: The sequence approach
- 33 Ways to sell your screenplay
- The eight characters of comedy
- Authors: Do you have the perfect pitch? | THE BOOK DESIGNER
When someone asks you what your book is about, can you clearly and concisely say it in 15 seconds or less? Most authors fail miserably at this essential task.
- Why Amazon is deleting book reviews | CREATIVINDIE
Amazon has been deleting reviews for a long time. Making sure reviews are honest and trustworthy is important for their business; so they delete reviews from friends, family members and anyone they think has a personal relationship with you.
- How to promote your writing with your blog | JUST PUBLISHING
When it comes to advertising, many writers face a challenge. From one hand, it is better to use services of famous advertising companies and build an effective campaign for making your book famous.
- 4 Easy things you can do if you don’t want to market your book | WRITERS IN THE STORM
If you’re an author who just wants to write, you’re not alone. I talk to authors every day who hate the idea of marketing and are not even sure where to begin.
+Books on Self-publishing: