Words Matter

Different characters should speak and use language differently. In real life, diction varies from one person to the next, and with fictional characters, it should be the same. One problem we often fall into is having our characters speak with one uniform style. In reality, each character should have a distinct way of using language, especially when it comes to word choice and grammar.

The Cookbook

Books are books no matter what shape or size they come in. If you peruse the non-fiction section of a library or bookstore, you’re bound to run into cookbooks. I don’t have much experience with compiled books but it is an interest that merits looking into. The hard part I would imagine is making the book tantalizing enough to oust any other book that it sits next to on the shelf. I would have to say that the best way to ensure that happens is to market your book to a specific audience. Good food isn’t enough to attract people anymore.

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Master Class

If you’ve been with us for a while you have probably seen an earlier blog of mine about how we as writers, should emulate the style of the writers that are successful because they have education and experience behind them that indie writers like us sorely lack. Now I don’t usually like main stream writers but I’m not the only person in the world that is trying to write a book, I live life by trying to take the good from every piece of advice given to me and in the spirit of that mantra I have been made aware of a program that’s being hosted on masterclass.com for writing.

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Updates and progress

If you didn’t already know it let me give you the heads up: Libraries are great! Here recently there have been some phenomenal changes with the relationships between independent authors and libraries in the area. One of the more prominent changes is the attitude libraries take with indie authors. It isn’t a big secret that independent authors struggle with venues in marketing their books and getting their writing out to the public. In what I assume was a cost effective attempt at solving said marketing problem, independent authors turned to local libraries for help only to be turned away.

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The Brainstormer

I usually don’t pay for smart phone apps unless I really see them becoming useful every day. This is especially true for writing or creativity apps. Usually free apps are perfectly fine to get the creative juices flowing, but on occasion I see a truly remarkable program worth the investment.

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Are the voices in my head?

“The year was 2015 A.D. and the earth he knew as a young boy was no more. Through tremendous progress the human race leapt forward with technology remaking the modern world. Amos could no longer remember the last time his actions weren’t catalogued in the infinite deluge of information that circulated everyday life. However, no matter how advanced things had become he knew his place in this world and the impact he needed to make on it. As the world was buzzing around him with a cornucopia of distractions, he knew that he had to write.

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Past the Milk Now the Meat

The writing game is an ever evolving landscape and it’s extremely hard to find an avenue that hasn’t been used at least a hundred times before. A majority of plots aren’t necessarily new but they can be used in a new fashion to make them updated. If you can revamp an old plot, why then can’t we all publish books and all of them be made popular? The answer lies literally in the question I just asked. Popularity. Most publishers know what is popular in the writing world and what readers are more prone to like.

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Free Writing

Sometimes the beginning stages of writing are the hardest. Coming up with ideas, stringing them into some semblance of a narrative, and deciding how to approach a new work can leave you paralyzed. We’ve all faced the anxieties writer’s block produces: will I ever be able to write? Does this story matter? Why even bother? Free writing is a great technique to break away from these worries and jolt your creativity back to life.

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Outlines

I have been trying my hand at a few different styles of writing. Now normally I am a “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” writer and I never had any intention of changing that. However, when I started writing an autobiography I needed a method to keep track of all the ideas floating around inside of my head. I decided that I would try to do an outline and plan out the avenue the writing would take. When I finished writing the first part of it I looked at it and thought it was probably the worst thing ever, but I was committed.

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Simplify

I almost titled this post “Simplify, Simplify, Simplify,” but I remembered my theme. Only one “Simplify” is required; why would I need two extra words to say the same thing? As in many other cases, the adage “less is more” rings true. I’m a fan of simplifying, trying to cut out what isn’t necessary but still maintaining my central message. Usually I do this once I reach the revision stage when I can take a step back and distill the writing to its essentials. To use a cooking metaphor, it’s a lot like reducing a sauce: boiling away the excess concentrates and intensifies your writing.

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