Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Why you NEED a Good Cover for YOUR Book

It sounds so silly, doesn't it? Judging a book by its cover? Such an immature thing, and something we're taught as a child is that looks don't matter - what's inside is more important. However, this is a topic that happens to pop up so frequently that I dare to put off doing a post on this any longer.
I'm quite a shallow individual - I enjoy pretty things (people and book covers included). Judging a book by the cover is second nature to me, and if there's a bad cover, I will simply stay away from it. Don't get me wrong, some books out there have bad covers and become best sellers! Though that isn't usually the case, and the promotion for those books? It's usually staggering.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Banish Writers Block!

I've made a few posts about writer's block, and this post goes into a little depth regarding the issue, but as it's very nearly 2016, I thought to update the post with new tips, hints, and more; plus, this post is entirely based on writer's block!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Atelophobia eBook Review

Atelophobia is a free-to-read eBook by Sadie J Hobbs that covers a wide range of emotional issues and is definitely a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would reccommend it to anyone looking for something to read that won't take an eternity, but is long enough to satisfy!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Sorrow Beginnings eBook Review

Recently, I've been trying to read more, and so I offered my services to Wattpad, which is why you'll notice this is the second Wattpad review I've done recently -- the first of which was done for Crow-Caller's book, Terminal. This time round, however, I'm reviewing something a little different, and something that is quite frankly beautiful. Sorrow Beginnings by thinkelysian is a free-to-read eBook that is wrote sort-of as a diary, and, as someone who has suffered with some of the issues raised, I am able to relate so much to this book, and I hope you will be able to sympathise with the book!

Crows Among Doves: The Story, Progress & Updates

Hello everyone, it's been forever since I last actually uploaded a blog post that wasn't a review. So, I want to just share some excellent news with you all... about Crows Among Doves. Yeah, that book I've been writing forever.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Terminal eBook Review

Terminal is a free-to-read eBook by Crow-caller on Wattpad. As a Wattpad book, it is interesting, well thought-out, and has a wonderfully designed cover. The book itself was wrote as part of NaNoWriMo 2015, which was only a month ago.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Back from Hiatus

Hello everyone. This is just a very quick announcement... I'm back from my break. I know I didn;t warn anybody, but I recently checked my NaNo inbox to a heart-warming message. A man was overwhelmed by how much creativity and potential he was able to unlock by following the advice that I posted in this post... and boy, I felt motivated to post.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Can I publish fanfiction (for profit)?

Fanfiction is the art of writing/creating work based on another work. Examples of this can be found all over the web, from Wattpad to my personal Fanfiction.net account, to deviantArt. Fanfiction is known as derivative work and is protected under copyright laws.

Monday, 4 May 2015

9 Habits of Successful Authors


Are you an author (for fun or for a living?)? Then you probably want to be successful. Want to be successful? Read this guide
As an author, you no doubt spend a lot of your time working on your next big novel, fiction piece or other creative pursuit. However, there are 9 habits that can help you become more successful with your writing adventures.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Make Writing FUN - Word Crawls [NaNoWriMo word boosters]

Writing is fun. But unfortunately, it might get boring or annoying when you've been non-stop writing for a week or two. That's where the NaNoWriMo forums come in!
Here are some of the best, most brutal, and most fun crawls that you can do on your own, or with friends!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

How to Write a Bestseller - MASTER POST | Camp NaNoWriMo

It's Camp NaNoWriMo tomorrow and for some folk around the world it has already begun. For example, my friend from Japan, Yuuki, has already passed the 30k mark at 3 in the morning. Bless her soul.
I, however, haven't started yet. Hopefully everyone has got a ton of notes to hand ready for when midnight strikes, and if you haven't then maybe you have made a mental note of what you're doing. Or, like me, you're pantsing it. I've done countless blog posts about pantsing your way through NaNo and Camp is only different because you get an extra day in April. I've also done countless posts on how to write more, but this is a new and updated post with software links, helpful guides on other pages, and a collection of all my other NaNoWriMo posts. Without further adeiu, let the games begin!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Autophobia by J Ryan Review and Preview - YA Fiction eBook Review

This is the second book review that I'm doing, and like the one before this, it's for a book in a 3 part miniseries. J Ryan is an indie author who hasn't published before, and I offered to review this for him because, well, you know, free books!
This book, which isn't actually edited yet (I was beta reading and reviewing), is 42,000 words. It deals with a lot of issues that teenagers deal with but it deals with them in a realistic way. These issues, however, I guess, are a little too risky to show to a young adult audience, but I still class it as YA because the characters are 18 and the story revolves around two teenagers in high school.
If you find depression, eating disorders and self harm triggering, this is not the book for you.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Omega Beginnings Miniseries Review

Hey boys and girls, are you into YA fiction? Well, I've been reading a cool miniseries called Omega Beginnings, starting with Alessandra. I don't usually consider YA my cup of tea, but I must say, I've really been digging YA recently, what with the major success of YA books such as John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska. Whilst I've never been a fan of Twilight and most fantasy YA, I do write my own YA and therefore I consider this part of my research for what other writers in my field do.
If you want to check out YA books, click here, and remember that this miniseries is completely free from Smashwords - check out the miniseries here
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Friday, 27 February 2015

How to Easily Write Fiction

It's been a long time since I last posted! I've been very busy and very lazy, and I've also been working on re-releasing my novel which was taken off the market because I didn't feel very confident with it.
Anyway, something people ask me is "how on Earth do you spout out so much fiction so fast"? And, well, it just comes to me. I'm a creative person and I can just let the words flow if the time is right, or it could take me an hour to write a line. It depends on my mood. Anyway, I though I'd do a post on how to write fiction, and because it is not NaNoWriMo, I won't need to emphasise how typing speed is the penultimate factor for any writer. This post explores how to start writing, how to actually get the words out, how to beat writer's block and also much more, including breaking your plot and destroying your plan!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Fanfiction - How to Write, Opinions etc

Fanfictions are everywhere. There are multiple forms of fanfiction, with drawings and texts being the most common. And everyone has a different view on them! This post is all about writing fanfiction, keeping canon, and also about different opinions.

 

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