Posts Tagged Writing Tips

Completing My First Draft: Three Things I’ve Learned

A Writer's Path

by Jennifer Kelland Perry

Two weeks ago today, I had a fabulous evening.

Late on that Friday afternoon, I typed the last word of the last sentence of the last chapter of my Work In Progress. It felt wonderful! What a sense of satisfaction filled me as I raised my glass of Cabernet and toasted to my awesomeness. What an accomplishment! I spent the rest of the evening, and well into the night, celebrating, mentally patting myself on the back and grinning like an idiot.

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Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing

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As I prepare to re-publish #WheelerNovel, here are some things I wish I knew a year ago when I first succumbed to the siren-song of the self-publish button.

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Curated Writing Content

It’s Friday! 😉👍

Story Empire

Content Curation globalCiao, SEers. Hope you had a great week. It’s time, once again, to share the best we found on the web over the last seven days.

On Monday, Joan Hall discussed the Beatles and writing. You can find that post here. On Wednesday, Harmony Kent wrote the first of her two-part series on commas. You can find that post here. And, without further ado, here are the other industry posts we think you might find useful.

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The Art of Showing Vs. Telling

Good tips and info to have! Showing vs telling is a neverending issue! 😉

A Writer's Path

by Liam Cross

Showing Vs. telling is one of the most difficult things to get right as a fiction writer. So much so that even the best of the best struggle with this art-form, resulting in edit after edit to ensure that they have the perfect balance.

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How to Research a Location You Haven’t Actually Been To

Excellent tips for adding another layer of authenticity to your writings! 😉

A Writer's Path

by Helena Fairfax

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or read any of my books, you’ll know how important setting is to me in my writing. In this post about Richmond Park, for example, I wrote about how I tried to combine the setting for The Antique Love with the theme of the book, and how I used the setting to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of my characters.

So far I’ve been able to visit most of the locations I’ve used in my books. My settings range from Edinburgh to the south coast of France, and they are all within easy reach for me. But sometimes it’s just not possible to get to the place you want to write about. I used to agonise about this. I like to “see” exactly what it is my characters see.

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How to Write Faster

Great tips! 😉


Credit to Enchanting Marketing

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Using Body Language in Your Novel, Part One—Facial Expressions

Fix your face! 😄 Using facial expressions in fiction.

Writers After Dark

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How ’bout you and I get physical today? *Kat blows a kiss*

Don’t worry; I’m not trying to be inappropriate with you (any inappropriateness happens naturally, there’s no try here, it’s all “do”—ask Yoda). I’m only trying to share some of my notes on getting physical. Or rather helping you add some layers to your characters with the use of body language.

In art, there’s a term called underpainting–it’s the building of layer upon layer upon layer. And that’s what we want to do with our characters so the reader can experience a deep subconscious connection to them. We’re going to layer them up with some good old-fashioned physical actions.

So let’s get into it.

Reading another person’s body language is tricky. But most of our body parts are quietly communicating how we feel and what we want, whether we realize it or not. This is helpful in fiction. Although…

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