Category Archives: On Writing

Marketing for Authors

I have just read a load of information on marketing for indie-authors over the last month or so. I’ve found out how much I’m doing wrong. Now for the slow road of repair and moving forward. But that’s what life and learning is all about, isn’t it.

My website is slowly getting into shape and I’m busy developing an email subscription service amongst other things.

I’d like to know what you do for your marketing and how successful you find it. Write a comment.

Showing and Telling

Show, don't Tell (and really getting it); Showing and Telling

Show, don’t Tell (and really getting it) is a book written by Janice Hardy. She describes the problems with telling in stories in the book in detail. She looks into telling in sentences, paragraphs and whole scenes and offers tips on changing the text to showing instead.

Backstory and infodumps can also slow down the story. She presents tips on removing them or providing the information in a different showing way. Is the information important? Does it add to the story? Or are you just passing on information that you know, but isn’t really important for the enjoyment of the story? She looks at this also in the book.

She reviews different types of tells and the red flag words that usually accompany them, providing tips on removing the tell and improving your story.

I found this book very enlightening and useful in improving my writing. She writes the book in an easy to read way. The book is now within reach whenever I start editing my stories.

Click the following link to find out more about Janice Hardy and Fiction University.

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Save The Cat Writes A Novel

Save The Cat Writes A Novel

I just finished reading ‘Save The Cat Writes a Novel’ by Jessica Brody. It is a must read book for any writer of fiction stories. Save the Cat is a method of story telling developed by Blake Snyders for screenplay.

The book describes the distinct beats or elements that all good stories have. She details where they usually occur in a novel, providing a roadmap for developing your story. Jessica also analyses several well known successful books, showing where the beat elements are in the story. The books she analyses are from different genres or story types to illustrate the method across a vast range of stories.

‘Save The Cat Writes A Novel’ has helped me improve my story writing. I can see where my stories are lacking in structure and how to make them more compelling and interesting. Whether you’re a planner or a panser, the book will help you improve your story writing.

Jessica also shows how to pull together quick and compelling loglines and synopses for your story using the same ‘Save The Cat’ methodology.

The book is well written, keeping my interest the whole way through. I recommend reading this book to improve your story telling or just out of interest in story structure. You can go to the Save The Cat website to find out more about the methodology.

On another topic, sign up to my mailing list to find out more about me, interesting information I come across and upcoming events. The first email will be published soon and includes a chapter from a new story in serial format, free with the email, as well as other information about my books and writing.

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