How authors including JK Rowling need to hire sensitivity readers for touchy subjects in their books | The Independent

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Authors… what do you think? I touched on the issues of acceptance and bullying in my debut novel. I walked a fine line not to alienate a particular group of people. Yet, some of these biases are culturally based and add a sense of reality to your characters. As authors, can we express our views through our characters? I’d like to think that fiction and freedom of speech go hand in hand. Do you think we need to hire sensitivity readers?

Before a book is published and released to the public, it’s passed through the hands (and eyes) of many people: an author’s friends and family, an agent and, of course, an editor.

Source: How authors including JK Rowling need to hire sensitivity readers for touchy subjects in their books | The Independent

How to Write a Novel: 5 Bestselling Plot StructuresCate Hogan

Check out these great plot structures. I love the hero’s journey… if you want to know how to write a novel – Read the article below. ❤

So you have a great story idea, but how do you write a novel and turn that idea into a gripping journey? These 5 plot structures are a great place to start.

Source: How to Write a Novel: 5 Bestselling Plot StructuresCate Hogan

100 Best Writing Websites: 2017 Edition

Make 2017 your best writing year yet with our list of the best writing websites. Enjoy! ❤

Source: 100 Best Writing Websites: 2017 Edition

How to Outline a Series of Bestselling Books – Helping Writers Become Authors

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Figuring out how to outline a series may explode your preconceptions about the process and teach you so much more about outlining and story-craft in general.

Source: How to Outline a Series of Bestselling Books – Helping Writers Become Authors

Guest author: Colleen Chesebro: Magical realism and the Heart Stone Chronicles

I had a great visit at Sue’s blog today and shared my thoughts about fantasy and magical realism and how I used the genre to define my novel. ❤

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Hi, everyone. I’d like to thank Sue for her kind invitation to visit and write a guest post. It is much appreciated and a great honor. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Colleen Chesebro. I am a writer, a poet, and a fairy whisperer…

I’ve just published my first book, and I wanted to share into what genre I categorized The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. First,  I added it to the children’s fantasy genre for ages ten years and up. After further research, I also added it to the magical realism genre because of the magical aspects of the novel.

I thought I would share a couple of distinct differences between fantasy and magical realism that will help you clarify your own writing.

“Fantasy is defined as a work of fiction where magic is the…

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The State of Writing 2016 | Grammarly Blog

The Grammarly Blog has compiled an excellent selection of all things English for 2016. This is a valuable read for writers making their mark in the writing world of today. ❤ Just click the highlighted link at the bottom of this post to read what they have to say.

The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written. — Joyce Carol Oates With 2016 coming to…

Source: The State of Writing 2016 | Grammarly Blog

Words That English Needs | Grammarly

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When you write do you ever think about creating a word that fits your meaning better than the words we have available to us? If so, you are going to love this… click on the highlighted link below to read the entire post. ❤

If there is no word, invent one and submit it to John Koenig’s website. For those who long to see a book version rather than read about these feelings online, a book version is scheduled to be released in 2017. Wait a minute; is there a word for yearning for the texture of paper in your fingers in these increasingly paperless times?

Source: Words That English Needs | Grammarly

How Can It Be December?

November has faded and become a dull memory, and it’s already December 2016. How did the days disappear so quickly? Just so you know, I did not complete NaNoWritMo. The last couple of weeks, Ron and I have been ill with some strange virus. Many of those days I could not function, let alone write. Which is a shame because I have a ton of book reviews to write… and awards are due for my favorite picks of 2016.

Today is the first day I feel coherent. I did complete 9,000 words of “The Meadow Fairy,” (about four chapters), so I don’t consider the experience a loss. My head just wasn’t in the game.

But here’s my take away from the challenge. If you can write under pressure, NaNoWritMo is for you. I’ve decided that I am a much more leisurely writer. I need to mull things over – dream about them, even. In other words, the words must come to me on their own. The more pressure I felt, the more uncooperative my brain seemed to become. I tried it, and it didn’t work for me.

That doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you. You never know until you try it.

Here’s the thing. I write at least two hours each day. That doesn’t count book reviews, blog posts, or poetry. NaNoWritMo is all about developing a daily writing schedule, finding time to transfer the words hiding inside your brain on to paper. If you can develop a daily writing habit, you are way ahead of the game.

A writing schedule helps you to decide what works for you. Figure out what time of day is the best for your writing inspiration to flow. Then, schedule your time and write. Seriously. Schedule your time to write.

Think about it. If you could write for two hours a day with no interruptions or Facebook visits, in no time you would have a rough draft of a novel.

Set some writing goals and amaze yourself. I know you will love the results. If you have already defined your goals, share them in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by. I loved seeing all of you! ❤

How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock – ProWritingAid

I love foreshadowing and if used correctly it will propel your story to exciting new heights. Think about some of your favorite movies or books and how those authors foreshadowed future events. Add this to your own stories and you are on your way! ❤ Click the highlighted link below to read more about using foreshadowing in your writing. 

Foreshadowing allows you to plant clues, hint at what’s to come, build the tension, or even place a red herring in your reader’s path. You can use foreshadowing in a variety of ways. The resulting action can be immediate or delayed. You can use dialogue or narrative to set the scene, and you can foreshadow a symbolic event or an ethical dilemma. You can use direct or indirect foreshadowing, and it can even be true or false. Foreshadowing can feed the tension of a scene. Who doesn’t know the famous shower scene in the movie Psycho? Right before the character Marion Crane pulls up to the Bates Motel, her windshield wipers are slashing through the rain, foreshadowing what awaits her in the shower scene.

Source: How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock – ProWritingAid

Stupid Writing Rules: 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other

I love Anne R. Allen’s blog. I learn something new every time I visit. This is an excellent piece about bad writing advice. Check it out. Just click on the highlighted link below. ❤

Stupid Writing Rules: 12 dumb things new writers tell each other. Ignore this bad advice from misinformed people in critique groups.

Source: Stupid Writing Rules: 12 Dumb Things New Writers Tell Each Other

How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do

I am working on book 2 myself, although I think I have a clue. No matter… if you don’t have a clue how to write a book, check out this great post from Goins, Writer. Excellent tips. Just click the highlighted link at the bottom of this share. ❤

 

I’m about 20% into my new novel at this point, and was just struck with a very important realization: I have no idea what I’m doing. But it’s fun to learn new things, right? Well, sometimes.As this challenge gets progressively harder, I’m learning a few lessons about the art of writing fiction (which seems much harder than nonfiction, but maybe that’s just my inexperience talking).

Source: How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do

Creative-Writing Tips: How to Find a Balance Between Showing and Telling

The more I write, the more I am understanding the concept of showing vs. telling. Here are some great tips to help you, too!

Want to become a better fiction writer? Understand when “telling” is better than “showing.”

Source: Creative-Writing Tips: How to Find a Balance Between Showing and Telling

A Key to Great Writing: Make Every Word Count | Jane Friedman

EXCELLENT tips here about choosing your words with care. This is a MUST READ. ❤ Click the link below to read more.

Recognize the power of a well-chosen word. Trust it to do its work. The more economically you use language, the more powerfully you deliver a message.

Source: A Key to Great Writing: Make Every Word Count | Jane Friedman

Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories – E.M. Welsh

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Do you like to write short stories? Click on the highlighted link below to find out how writing short stories makes you a better writer later on. ❤

 

Source: Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories – E.M. Welsh

How Literary Devices Can Add Depth to Your Writing – ProWritingAid

Have you ever heard of a red herring? Don’t know what it means? Read by clicking the highlighted link below to find out how to add drama to your writing. ❤

The term “literary device” refers to some common techniques that writers use to add meaning to their writing and get their message across more poignantly. When mastered, literary devices can help your reader interpret your scenes and understand your ideas with greater depth.There are hundreds of literary devices to choose from, but let’s talk about some of the ones that will add layers to your writing.

Source: How Literary Devices Can Add Depth to Your Writing – ProWritingAid

Creating Believable Characters: 8 Tactics | Now Novel

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What an excellent read on how to create believable characters! Check it out! ❤

Creating believable characters is crucial if you want readers to fall in love with your fictional world and its inhabitants. Read 8 character creation tips.

Source: Creating Believable Characters: 8 Tactics | Now Novel

How to Describe Eyes in a Story – 7 Tips | Now Novel

 

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Learn how to describe eyes in a story and avoid clichéd description. Read tips for using eyes to convey emotion and strong description examples. Click the link below to read how to describe eyes! ❤

Source: How to Describe Eyes in a Story – 7 Tips | Now Novel

How to Perfect your Storytelling Arc: 5 Tips | Now Novel

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Great tips in this article about planning your novel. Give it a read! Don’t forget to click on the highlighted link below to find out these great tips. ❤

The storytelling arc is what gives your story a shape, a sense of development. Learn strategies for making the dramatic arc of your story great.

 

Source: How to Perfect your Storytelling Arc: 5 Tips | Now Novel

At the Heart of Your Writing – Editing

Are you stuck in EDITING HELL? If so, here are a few tricks I’ve learned from the last two months of edits on my novel.

  1. Use a thesaurus. I have been using thesaurus.com.
  2. Try Gingersoftware.com. There is a free version that helps you reword some of your sentences.
  3. Don’t be afraid to add or change your plot or your characters. I know it’s scary. BELIEVE me. However, after I read and reread my manuscript at least one hundred times, I realized I had some fixing up to do. I cut and spliced and rewrote. The flow of my novel is much better, and the story makes more sense.
  4. ASK FOR HELP. I asked trusted author friends to critique my work. It hurt like heck to hear what they had to say, but it mobilized me into action to change some things. After a few days of editing, everything they said made complete sense to me.
  5. Ask for help again… I am on edit number four. Once this is complete, I will run it by a couple of additional beta readers for their thoughts. Why not? You can only make your novel better by doing this.
  6. REMEMBER, not everyone is going to like your genre, plot, or characters. Find a way to be all right with that. Don’t let it bring you down.
  7. BELIEVE in yourself. I have just written my first novel. If I have learned anything, it is that writing improves with more practice. I can’t tell you how many authors I follow who just keep getting better and better with each subsequent novel they write. Just keep writing.
  8. Read everything you can about writing. There are many blogs out there that will help you learn your trade. I love the YA fantasy genre (and magical realism) and recommend you follow thebetternovelproject.com
    to learn about the hero’s journey. Check out the “Authors Supporting Authors,” tab on my menu, and the “Writing Tips,” tab. I have added tons of articles to help writers perfect our craft under these categories. Search around and see what you can find.
  9. Don’t give up. To find more time to write, I curtailed much of my social media time. We all have to do what we have to do. I spend more time on Twitter and try to support my fellow writers by tweeting their blog posts. I have it set up so that the Twitter posts also post to Facebook to save time.
  10. When all else fails, buy a one-month subscription to Grammarly.com. It has been a life saver for me to get the punctuation correct and for revising my writing. P. S. My next book, I am hiring an editor. But you still need to have most of your issues fixed before you give your manuscript to an editor. Trust me on this.

Write as many blog posts as you can about the subject of editing. I believe this is my third one. Are you sick of this topic yet? LOL!

PLEASE keep sending me lots of hugs. The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy will be published in early January 2017!


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3 mistakes you make when writing setting + how to fix them — RACHEL GIESEL

 

Attention fantasy writers! Here is some excellent information I have recently learned about world setting. Read this to tell if you have too much, or if it is just right! ❤

Setting does NOT simply equate to drawing maps and designing house floor-plans and planting trees all around your world. It isn’t just about the weather or the town where the story takes place. It isn’t just world-building from scratch. Setting certainly can be these things, but it also goes a lot deeper than that. Setting grounds you in place and time, but it also sets the mood and tone, provides a lens to understand the world through, and works in conversation with your other elements (characters, plot, and theme). Setting does A LOT more work (even if it is subtle, background work) than we often give it credit for. So, how do you get your setting to do its work – productive, necessary, hard work – without going overboard? We’re going to look at the 3 mistakes writers often make when designing their setting or world-building and how to fix it.

Source: 3 mistakes you make when writing setting + how to fix them — RACHEL GIESEL