Writing Better – Spontaneity

Spontaneous. Something to be noted about impulsivity is the newness it brings in your life – new people, scenery, emotions, and conflict. It is these things that not only generate creativity, but give us something worthy  of penning.

On a similar note, having a spontaneous attitude in our reading habits is to every writer’s advantage. It is the new, fresh structure of sentences, the new style, the unfamiliar and fresh flow and voice that enriches your own writing. It is the awareness of these types of writing that give you the tool box to develop and enrich your own style. And that, my friend, is power. It is the power we garner that gives us control over our words, and in turn, the emotions, thoughts, and images of our readers.

If we can’t control the impressions that our writing gives, we’re helpless in our own attempt to convey our message/story. That is why, therefore, it is essential to read… not only on a daily, greedy basis, but to broaden our reading list. For example, what you garner from a crime novel might surprise you by the way it gives you unique inspiration and tools to convey your story, even though you might not write those kind of stories.

That is why setting planning aside can be so useful. Instead of having the mindset that I’m only going to read realistic fiction, for example, throw in a fantasy book, or vice versa.

Broaden your horizons, literally and figuratively. Here’s a last thought to ponder and apply to your writing: My life is no more determined by tomorrow than it is by today.

How To Write A Book Synopsis

Synopsis Advice – Some Great Tips

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

Once Upon A Time pencilMany writers I know find writing a synopsis VERY difficult. There’s so much you want to include. How do you decide what to leave out? How long it is supposed to be? What tone should you write it in?

5 Steps To A Perfect Synopsis

1. Take time to set up the premise

Use the opening paragraph to set up the setting, premise, and other world building ideas. You only have one chance to draw us into your world. If someone hasn’t read your book and is reading your synopsis first what will they need to know?

2. Focus on conflict

We want to know what trouble we’ll be encountering in this book. What are the road blocks? What hurdles does the main character have to overcome? How high are the stakes?

3. Clearly outline the character’s growth arc

A one dimensional main character will suck the air out of…

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Nifty Tools

There are many books on the craft of writing. Some published writers have used them and some have not. Though you do not have to read books on how to write well, or even on how to get published, it’s still a good idea to do so.

Many books will give you fabulous ideas on how to plot a story, write dialog, and pace while some general fiction books will even teach you how to write action or scenery. (That’s why writers consistently say to read, read, read.)

If you’re looking into getting published and have finished and polished your novel, you might what to check out the “Writer’s Market.” It lists information on not only how to get published, but of countless agents and editors as well. Usually, it is about $50 dollars or more, but you can find it at the library for free!

 

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Did You Know?

Endless books, DVD’s, silence and comfy chairs… and, depending on your location, gardening and volunteer opportunities… Where is all of this at, you ask? Check out your local library, no, really, do it. Some libraries have container gardening (for free) and opportunities to volunteer with children at rodeo’s, and an assortment of other activities.

Most people think of towering shelves with old, dusty books and a librarian holding a finger to her lips, but that’s just simply not the case these days. Your local library is perfect for an aspiring author who needs resource materials and a quiet place to read/write. (There are many books on the craft of writing and getting published!)

It’s also great when it comes to trying new things and getting involved. In fact, I’m learning a second language via their free Rosetta Stone service! So check out your library (find them on the net, it’s real easy, just type in ‘library’ and the name of your area). Most librarians should be super helpful to tell you all about their many opportunities and what they offer.

So enjoy it, that’s what it’s there for!

Writing: The Mud Effect

Several times in my writing career, I have happened upon what I call the Mud Effect. We’ve all had that dream (well, a fair amount has, anyway) where we’re running and desperately trying to get away from someone or something, but just can’t. It seems as though we’re running through the mud, or that our legs won’t move. Writing can do that to you.

Whether you’re drafting a chapter in the middle of the book, or slogging through revisions, there will usually come a point where it feels like it’s taking forever. Progress is snail slow. For some odd reason, as I go though my marked up draft, read through it, and fix any marks on the computer, I find that it’s big news if I manage to get 4 pages done. That’s right… 4 measly pages all in one day! Granted, I can’t seem to tolerate very long sitting sessions with it, either… Usually I can write for hours.

Basically, I wanted to write this post to encourage not only myself, but others as well who find themselves smack in the middle of a w.i.p and feel that it’s taking forever for the pages to turn. My best advice, to myself and others, is to just keep plowing ahead. We’ve made it this far; we must see it to the end.

Happy mudding.

Have You Tried Audio?

Hi there. Just a quick post on the perks of an audio book. If you’re anything like me, you might find that you love reading books, and that you even love writing them. But with life so busy as it often is and that deadline ticking away on your manuscript, or any other task, you might find that making time to read is a bit difficult.

Regardless if you’re a writer or not, reading is both a pleasurable and valuable past-time. If you’re not getting enough words in a day, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a solution! Audio books.

Almost all books have an audio, though this isn’t true for all of them. You can find these on You-tube, Amazon, or your local library… possibly even retail store.

I use audio books when I’m cooking. Cooking is like an art for me, and I enjoy listening to a good book while I prepare dinner; two pleasurable experiences in one. Other good times to pop in an audio story is when you’re in the car, while cleaning, or while taking a walk. It’s a great way to listen to a book and not only hear a story, but to build your craft as well.

There’s a reason that the advice writers give to aspiring authors is to read, read, read. It is by reading (or in this case, listening) that we learn the craft.

So if you are feeling crunched for time, or your eyes are just tired, pop in an audio. You might just find that your reading life soars.

*Currently, I am listening to: Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke. It’s a fast read, full of entertainment and adventure. Readers of all ages will enjoy this intriguing fairytale. 

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Childhood Inspiration

 

What inspires your writing? This is a question that authors get asked often. For many, it can be something as simple as watching others, or striking news in the the headlines. For me, however, it is two things…

One great source of inspiration comes from my childhood. I find it is often rich with memories and things I’ve experienced that I can tie in with new experiences. For some, it is therapeutic. For me, it is raw and real, putting the real in realistic fiction.

My second source of inspiration stems from my 2nd grade year of public school. I remember reading Rumpelstiltskin and other fairytales and being enthralled. It is the fantastical that sparkles and grabs my attention, fueling the fire of my inspiration.

Find what works for you; what gives you ideas? What makes you excited to write? Tap into those resources, and get to writing!

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Stronger Writing

Just a quick tip for stronger writing. If you want more vivid writing that’s absorbing, do an adverb check, and cut them when you can.

This may be a bit hard and you might find yourself tempted to leave some, but only do this when there’s absolutely no better word or phrasing. Good writing is rewriting, and this takes focus and thought.

Yes, it takes more work but it’s a good thing. Checking and cutting adverbs forces you to write with stronger nouns. It can even help increase word count!

Make each word count. Here’s to stronger, vivid, absorbing writing!

Editing – A Helping Hand

Looking to get some of your work edited, or perhaps do a little editing yourself? If so, then check out Fiverr. Here you can find an editor for your article, manuscript, or even the first few pages of your manuscript. I would highly recommend getting someone to check out your work before submitting it anywhere. On Fiverr, you will find hundreds of editors with varying abilities.

On the other hand, if you’re wanting to spread your wings as an editor, you can market yourself. Just create your profile and write a brief description of your services. Both can be customized to fit both your schedule and your fees. Either way, Fiverr is a great opportunity for a helping hand.

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Benefits of Diversity

If you’re like me, it’s easy to find the sort of book you love and to keep reading only that genre. However, if you want to be a great, imaginative writer, you might want to pick up some new books for your shelves.

It is through diverse readings that we learn not only how to write, but how to think and plot as well. For example, one could easily take away lessons on loyalty and friendship from the Harry Potter series, but another lesson entirely from the Game of Thrones, such as betrayal and brutality.

It is in the reading of diverse books that not only do you learn different writing styles to incorporate into your own style but themes to explore as well. It also aids in character development.

All in all, the benefits of diverse reading are crucial to the craft of writing, and perhaps the reason why so many writers continually repeat, “Read, read, read” when giving advice to aspiring writers.

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it,” Albus Dumbledore.

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