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.

 

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