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  • Editing the first draft: Show VS Tell and Infodumps.
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    Editing the first draft: Show VS Tell and Infodumps.

    Editing the first draft: Show VS Tell and Infodumps.   Show VS Tell   Editing the first draft: Show VS Tell and Infodumps. We heard it all before show don’t tell. Even though, when you open a classic, you’ll notice that the style back in the day, was told, not show and some of those classics are best books ever written. Since we advanced so did writing.     This is a common writer mistake especially, by writers who are starting out. As I said in the previous post, good writing is rewriting.           Telling   Steve was angry.   Showing.   Steve slammed his hand…

  • Editing the first draft
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    Editing the first draft.

    Editing the first draft You finished writing a book! Congrats are in order! Now it’s time to pat yourself on the back for a job well done, be proud, and open a bottle of bubbly. Not everyone can go through the whole progress of writing a book. Some people will quit half way or find it too boring but you did it so kudos to you. It wasn’t easy but nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment when you write. THE END Now you might ask yourself now what? I’ve finished it’s time to look for agents or have editors look at it, this where I tell you to hold it…

  • Procrastination the foe for writers. How to beat procrastination?
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    Procrastination the foe for writers. How to beat procrastination?

      Procrastination the foe for writers. How to beat procrastination?     We all go through the stage of procrastinating. This is caused by lurk of inspiration or fear which is a strong emotion for everybody. Anxiety, another common emotion for us writing flocks. We think to ourselves, my writing sucks. Ugh, I don’t feel like writing today. My characters are stupid! What if nobody like my book? Sounds Familiar?    It’s okay to take a break and catch up on TV shows and meet friends. I’m catching up with How to get away with murder at the moment. I love to sit on my bed with a packet of…

  • How to find motivation when you don’t feel like writing.
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    How to find motivation when you don’t feel like writing.

    How to find motivation when you don’t feel like writing.   Sometimes we all feel unmotivated and I had plenty of those late last year. It’s okay to take a break from writing occasionally and catch up with friends, watch a movie or TV show or do something else that you love. Here are my top five steps on how to find motivation when you don’t feel like writing. Music    Music helps me to relax also to keep me thinking about my book and generate new ideas. I walk to work, so, I always have my headphones on and drift into another world, where I can focus on what I should…

  • The novella and a novel what's the difference?
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    The novella and a novel what’s the difference

    The novella and a novel what’s the difference?   This one of the common questions I’ve seen asked in writers groups, other is what readers prefer to read if its novellas or a full-length novel.   What is a novella? A novella is a range of 20,000 to 40,000 words a few of the most popular novellas are A Clockwork Orange, Of Mice and Men, or The Great Gatsby.  At the time, it was common for stories in this length to be published and if you notice, most of the books published in the 30s to the 70s era where short. There were full-length novels.   According to the research,…

  • How Not to start a book
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    How Not to start a book

    How Not to start a book Opening with a Dream How NOT to start a book, Never under any circumstances, open the story with an action than reveal that the character was dreaming. Do not end your story that everything that happened was a dream either. Agents or editors won’t be happy with that. Waking up   Same as dreaming, do not open your story with your MC waking up and doing the usual boring stuff. Like brushing his/her teeth, making coffee, eating breakfast etc. The story should start with an action or at least, before the action. However, some say you can start the story with your character waking…

  • Best opening lines in books. 
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    Best opening lines in books

    Best opening lines in books.    Best opening lines in books. The first chapter or the first paragraphs of a book is the most important as this will set the tone of the story. Also, this is your opportunity to hook the reader. It is important to implement this in your writing. It’s not that simple the first chapter is the trickiest to write and sometimes, writers leave it for last. I’ve read and reviewed many books and one the best techniques to use is use curiosity.   Yes, you heard me, curiosity. The reader would think oh I have to find out what is going to happen next or…

  • How to find a setting for your story.
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    How to find a setting for your story.

    How to find a setting for your story.     When you have an idea for your story, you also need to think about a setting. What is setting you ask? Simple, the environment where the story is going to take place. So, how to find a setting for your story? Here are some tips to help you.    Location Where the story-taking place? Is it in London, New York, Paris, Rome, etc.       Time Period   Victorian times, World War II, Today.       The economic state   Let’s say your story takes place in London. But which part? Is it in a posh area like Mayfair…

  • Basic methods of outlining a novel
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    Basic methods of outlining a novel

    Basic methods of outlining a novel       Here are few tips on how to write an outline for your novel these are the basic methods of outlining a novel.          Do I have to write an outline for your novel? No, there are writers who are pansters, I will write a post about that later one. You can sit down and write, however, outline works better for me. I’m not going to post a lot of examples to keep it as simple as possible as it can be overwhelming. Here a 2 basic steps of how you should outline:]]               Step…

  • 5 things you should never say to a writer
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    The writing life: Top 5 things you should never say to a writer

    The writing life: Top 5 things you should never say to a writer A common question asked in every writer’s life about their writing life. Last week a friend asked me ‘what kind of job you would love to do?’   This for me was an easy answer but I was hesitant, few people know I write. I want to avoid answering the questions non-writers ask. Mostly they are stupid questions, so stupid and annoying that I’d be tempted to create a character based on them just for the satisfaction killing them off would bring. When I told my friend I would love to make money by writing books, then…