Sunday, 30 November 2014

Scrivener Review

The final day of NaNoWriMo for many of us is here. I finished and hit my goal, which was one million words, ages ago. And because I finished, I wanted to jump into editing! However, looking back on the painful typos, gaping plot holes, and all the other problematic issues, I would have sooner walked on hot coal. In addition, I didn't want to play around with the NaNoWriMo draft that I had worked so hard on.
That was when I decided to buy Scrivener. For the winners of NaNoWriMo, you can get a 50% voucher I think, and participants can get 25%. I didn't want to wait -- I'm far too lazy.

Monday, 24 November 2014

How I wrote 1 MILLION Words [NaNoWriMo WordBoosters, Tips and Tricks]

Recently, I hit 1million words on my NaNoWriMo novel. That's a huge ton of words. 33,333 words a day, if I did it over the course of 30 days. I did it over the course of 21. Since I maxed out the wordcount, and hit that million, people have asked me "how did you do it". Some have asked how long it took, or how fast I type, or how much time I have spare a day. Some people ask how the holy heck did I get my one plot to last that long.
There's a simple trick, really. Here is an email I just sent out about it.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Finding Time to Write - NaNoWriMo Tips & Tricks

Actually, I just got a lovely message about my blog. This post was in the works anyway but wasn't due to come out until Saturday. However, the person in question said he found it hard to find time to write, for NaNoWriMo. I hit 400k today, and am personally going for the million words. Awe-inspiring? Apparently. Hard? Yes.
Writing a million, or a thousand, or fifty thousand, is hard work. And getting the words out of your noggin' and onto the page might be easier for some. I can just type freely, and the words always seem to make sense, so I can't say much about getting over that (I do get writers block rarely, I'll do a post about it this weekend), but I can help people with writing faster, silencing the inner editor or critic, and planning, and finding time to write.

Monday, 3 November 2014

How to Silence Your Inner Editor - NaNoWriMo Tips & Hints!

Third post in a row about NaNoWriMo, I know. But with good reason! It is DAY THREE (well done you fierce warriors, you made it past the 48 hour mark) and some people are starting to give up already! Don't worry guys, because I know why. You either a. are losing hope; b. have already started editing, or c. can't see the point. This post will help with point B - silencing that bloody editor that just won't shut up.
Calm down, tell him or her to take a month long break, get a fresh cup of coffee and start writing. Editing in NaNo either happens as people go along or in chunks. some people refuse to write anything below par. Well the point of NaNo is to spew words onto the page, it doesn't even matter if they make remote sense to anyone other than you (heck, if it helps, it doesn't need to make sense to you, either!).

Sunday, 2 November 2014

How I Wrote A Novel in A DAY - NaNoWriMo Tips, Tricks, and WordBoosters

It's November. For a large majority of creatives, that hearkens the start of NaNoWriMo. And some of us like to get a huge headstart within the first few days. Some of us even complete our novels on day one! I, am one of those people.
Every year I am a a pantser, no questions asked. But my last post described how pantsers can plan just a tiny amount and know everything about their story. That's where this post builds on that - this is the master guide to writing an entire book in a day, even if NaNoWriMo isn't your thing.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Novel Planning for NaNoWriMo - Tips for Pantsers

If you're reading this, you're going to be participating in... NaNoWriMo. The kick-in-the-arse approach to writing a book. People who do NaNo are considered either one of two things - planners, or pantsers. Since I started NaNoWriMo, I've always been a pantser... and whilst it seems to work for me and sooo many others, it might be wise to plan a novel! I wrote Tainted Wings years ago and it is still being made because I just didn't know where to go with it, so I've decided to take control of my novel and get it WROTE. So here is my stress-free, easy-to-follow guide on how to plan for NaNoWriMo! (Note: this covers basics because, you know, I'm lazy!)

Monday, 15 September 2014

NaNoWriMo - My Opinions

So, with NaNoWriMo only a month and a half away, people may have started planning their NaNo novels. I know I have! So, this isn't going to be a lengthy article on why one should or shouldn't use NaNo as a method of writing, but rather a short opinionated post!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

How to Get Published

Who doesn't want to get published in today's modern times? Almost everybody. Whether it's in journalism (i.e a magazine column) or getting a novel published, publishing is sort of a big thing.
I self-publish, and I give advice to others on how to get published. Also, I'm currently trying to publish through traditional means via an agent. If you want to find out how to get published, then read on!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Best Online Writing Services

In light of my blog post on Best Writing Apps being one of my most read articles, I've decided to create a new version, for the modern tech-friendly writer or journalist looking to make the most of the internet.
If you're like me, you can spend between an hour to twelve hours a day on the internet, whether on your cell phone or on your PC or tablet, and because we spend so much time on the internet, why shouldn't we utilize the brilliant services offered? For free!

Friday, 18 July 2014

How to Make an eBook Cover

This applies to Wattpad too, so feel free to adapt, by changing dpi, dimensions and images etc. For Wattpad you can use copyright images if you're smart about it, but for commercial things, you won't be able to get away with it.
As a graphics designer of three years, I know some stuff about Photoshop. However, when I entered eBook retail, I was hit with a ton of bricks known as "the learning curve". eBooks are not standard and a lot of places have strict guides, so before using this guide it might be better to check up on the website you're submitting your work.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Is Wattpad Good?

Not too long ago, I did a post on Scribophile. Whilst Scribophile is brilliant for the more discerning writer, I feel that other, more-public sites can do the trick. In my search for a new, vibrant writing community, I stumbled upon Wattpad.
In my short time there, I've been very active on the forums and learned a lot. I've made a ton of covers for people, and they've helped me, too.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Sims in Writing?

Let me just confess something... I love The Sims 2. Yes, I've tried The Sims 3, and no, it isn't for me. But I could easily waste all day every day on The Sims 2 - because it's amazing. And most of the files on my laptop are Sims2 mods, believe it or not! I've been playing The Sims 2 since it's release, and no matter what laptop I have, I always need it installed.
But is a video game really so bad to my writing career? I say no, and if you're wondering why then read on!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Best Music to Listen to When Writing

Many people ask me this question, and in fact, it's possibly the most common one I get asked through e-mail frrom friends, family and other folk. Well, there's not one single answer - people write better to different things. I know that I, personally, can write with any music. Though some people find the power of silence to be more liking to their tastes. So, here is my list on the music you should listen to that won't distract you.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Best Free Writing Software

Everyone has a different opinion on writing software. Whether they think it's beneficial, or not, and which ones work and the ones that don't. Everyone has a different opinion.
So, because I'm a software freak, I wasted a lot of time today trying to find a new software that gets me to write. I've found that with Microsoft Word, I can only write about two thousand words a day, and with Written Kitten I get around 300 words per mini-session (around five minutes). However, it's not always the best way forward to use an online service, namely when you want to avoid Facebook or have no internet. So here is my list of internet and desktop based services that can help your writing.

Novice's Guide to Erotica (18+)

In recent years, pornographic material has changed. It's gone from softcore videos on cable TV, to websites. But more recently (really with the success of books like Fifty Shades of Grey), erotica is getting bigger. Not only that, but it's also selling more. What more proof could you need of the sales, other than going to a book site and looking at the most-downloaded list - the majority will be erotica aimed at women (sometimes men).
So, if you're struggling at writing it, read on!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Good Characters and How to Write Them

What is a good character? Many people ask this, and many people try to make the ideal character. But from a writer's perspective, a 'good' character isn't perfect. They may not even be good - they might be broken from the inside and come from a broken home.
A good character in writing is all about making a 3D character that actually makes sense when put into a good context - i.e your novel. A good character has a nice little backstory and personality, with habits, just like real people. If you want to create a good character, read on!

Avoiding Cliché in Fiction

For as long as humans have existed, we have had stories. Be they campfire tales, cave drawings, or novels, we've had 'em. And as long as there have been stories... there have been clichés.
Over the years, people have adopted a "cliche is bad" motto, which isn't entirely true. But of course, a lot of people want to advice on how to generally avoid cliches... so here are my essential tips for avoiding cliches. But remember: A rose by any other name is just as cliche!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

4 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

So, I'm a sucker when it comes to slacking off. But, because it's NaNoWriMo (camp nano), I've pledged to get 40,000 words written down by the end of the month.
Because that's such a huge amount of words to write in such a short time, I needed to get myself into gear and get some writing done! This can be hard, especially with families, friends, lives, video games, Facebook. BUT, it can be easy to eliminate these distractions. Some of the following tips are just for when you fancy writing, and some others are guidelines you can follow and adapt to your everyday life.

Monday, 30 June 2014

2 Ways to Promote an Indie Book

You planed it. You wrote it. You published it. Now what? You promote it. Ususally, the first day 'buzz' will die down within a day, and the flurry of people buying your book would have stopped or at least slowed down. This is when you need to get thinking about marketing, and promotion. Many people overlook this as a very much vital aspect of selling anything, not just books.
And marketing is especially important for self-published authors. Read on to find the top two ways, in my opinion, to promote a new book.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Publishing with Smashwords

In the modern age of self-publishing, there's never quite been so many options for the budding writer, or self-publisher. And because of the myriad of options, a lot of people get confused.
The primary platforms to publish on seem to be directly through to Amazon, and Smashwords. Smashwords being the #1 choice for many people looking to publish an ebook.
Well, today, I was battling a migraine and decided to publish my first actual ebook, called Crows Among Doves. Thanks to Smashwords, I was able to completely format it right the first time (I hope) and get it selling almost immediately!

Scribophile - an invaluable essential

For just over two weeks now, I think, I've been a member on Scribophile. During my writing career (and the days when I was just over twelve pretending to be eighteen to sign into sites), I've been a member of over roughly twenty different sites. And I have to say, none of them have been so explicitly valuable and insightful as Scribophile. Why? Read on!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Normal edits vs Developmental edits

In the world of writing, you'll come across editors. Be they good or bad, there's always more than one type and this post should cover the basic of the two, and how to do it yourself.
But remember that editing your own work may, and probably will, end up in a lot of biased mistakes. Obviously, you won't want to say your own work is bad, so you'll probably need to hire an editor.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

How to Self-Publish

In recent times, more and more people are trying to self-publish. Whilst the majority are success stories, they are no where near as successful as they'd hoped. And those who are, generally lose their self-publishing roots and get an agent.
With access to the internet, most people now have access to everything they need (hell, in the 1900s, the US govt. tried to let two Americans build a nuke only with public-accessible documents... they succeeded!). And because everyone has what they need, they might find scams and more expensive alternatives. So this guide should hopefully help you self-publish at the cheapest possible price, and I've personally hand-picked links and organisations to recommend to you.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Writing Historical Fiction & Opening to Morbidity

So, I've never really tried my hand at writing historical-based novels or novellas. It's harder than I first thought! Making sure everything is as accurate as possible is actually very hard work, especially with the time period I wanted. Because I'm a history student, I wanted to get everything perfect, except for the characters, and of course, vampires. I'd decided on having my novella set in the 1800s because that is my favorite time period, and I wanted it during a war. I  knew about a few wars in the 19th century, but for more options I quickly Googled "British wars 1800", and found a Wikipedia page with all the wars that were of interest.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Four Reasons Why NaNoWriMo Sucks

NaNoWriMo is an event every year in November that novelists participate in to get 50,000 words down in a bid to win prizes and bragging rights. Many people swear by it, and whilst many people have succeeded in the "NaNo Dream" and got published, many people are left in the dirt with their proof copy of a novella they wrote. Most cases are that the novel is dreadful, and the harsh reality is that no publisher would accept it, and most people are fine with that! Hell, I am! But, for people looking for a career into writing, NaNo could be the kickstart they need, or the thing pulling them back. Here's why!


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