Category Archives: writing

I invented you, honest. An author’s apology to a blameless town

One of the things new authors often skimp is on their research. Sometimes your fictional world is either not real enough or too real. Read here about one author’s experience.

Nail Your Novel

5137935272_2d404cceb6_bI’ve nearly finished the second run-through of Ever Rest, and now I know the characters well, I can flesh out details that I’d previously left vague, such as where they live and what I want that to suggest. But this brings certain hazards, as I found when I published my first novel. I thought you might like this post from my archives, originally penned for Authors Electric.

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It’s a funny thing, releasing a novel. You think you’ve made everything up, then someone informs you that it’s not as fictional as you’d hoped.

And moreover, you got it wrong.

Like the time when I received an email telling me the fusty village where I’d set the action in My Memories of a Future Life was not spelled Vellonoweth but Vellanoweth.

‘No it’s not,’ I replied, thinking my correspondent had a cheek. ‘I made it up.’

‘It’s near Penzance,’…

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Broken, Not Bitter. An Author’s Life with Repetitive Strain Injuries | The Creative Penn

This is a very important topic for writer and editors. I have suffered with some of these issues and had to have surgery on both wrists for carpal tunnel issues. I have also used the  Evoluent sideways mouse and it helped quite a bit.

Broken, Not Bitter. An Author’s Life with Repetitive Strain Injuries | The Creative Penn.

Using Beta Readers to Help You Write Your Best Novel | Live Write Thrive

Another invaluable tool in the writer’s toolbox is the use of Beta Readers. They are sometimes your best shot at getting real reader responses before you actually publish. They do not replace the use of professional editors or proofreaders, but they can be extremely helpful.

Using Beta Readers to Help You Write Your Best Novel | Live Write Thrive.

New in Town – Story Structure Analysis

Did you ever wonder about your stories structure? A good way to learn about story structure is to analyze other stories for their structure. The great news is that someone is doing that for you. Her name is K.M. Weiland and she has a whole database of story structure on her website for you to browse through. Here is a link to one.  Once there, you can see all the others. Enjoy!

New in Town – Story Structure Analysis.