Writing a Trilogy: How to Plan a Series of Novels

Full article with thanks to https://thenovelsmithy.com/outlining-a-trilogy/ Writing a trilogy creates many amazing opportunities. A book series is a powerful writing tool, because it allows you to take your reader on a journey. Your trilogy can grow alongside them, and you have far more space to explore your characters, worlds, and themes than you would in a single novel. Trilogies in …

7 Famous Writers’ Unconventional Workspaces, Explained

Full article with thanks to https://www.grammarly.com/blog/writer-workspaces/ Where you write impacts how you write, plain and simple.  If you close your eyes and imagine the ideal workspace for writing, what type of setting would you envision? Perhaps you picture a room with plenty of natural sunlight and bookshelves overflowing with all of the authors you wish to emulate. Or, you may …

30 Writing Tips to Make Writing Easier

Full article with thanks to https://www.grammarly.com/blog/writing-tips/ Every day, you write, whether it’s a college paper, blog post, work document, email, or social media update. Your writing represents who you are personally and professionally, so it’s worth it to hone your skills. Here are thirty writing tips to help you communicate better in text. 30 Writing Tips to Help You Get …

READING, AN OPTION FOR PEACE IN STRESSFUL TIMES

Full article with thanks to https://www.thelantern.com/2020/06/reading-an-option-for-peace-in-stressful-times/ Literature has the power to whisk readers away to faraway places, which is a lot further than they are getting at the moment due to stay-at-home orders and curfews.  Elizabeth Hewitt, an associate professor in the Department of English specializing in pre-1900 American literature, said that reading acts as a form of escapism that …

10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes

Full article with thanks to https://www.writersdigest.com/improve-my-writing/10-ways-to-launch-strong-scenes A story or novel is, in essence, a series of scenes strung together with narrative summary adding texture & colour. A work of fiction is many scenes, each having a beginning, middle & end. The beginning of each scene is what we’ll address here. Any story or novel is, in essence, a series of …

8 writing tips from authors who won the Nobel

Full article with thanks to https://www.nownovel.com/blog/writing-tips-from-authors-nobel/ Writing tips from authors who won the Nobel (such as Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez) are often worth taking to heart. Read 8 of the best pieces of writing advice from acclaimed authors: 1. Don’t use dead language Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. In her Nobel lecture, Morrison contrasts ‘dead language’ …

‘There’s an art to it’: with one sold every 10 seconds, what’s Mills & Boon’s secret?

Full article with thanks to https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jan/15/sarah-ferguson-whats-to-mock-mills-boon-sells-a-romance-every-10-seconds-in-uk As Sarah Ferguson joins roster of authors, Mills & Boon and Bridgerton success shows there’s money in romance It is easy to mock a fantasy world of personal assistants taming playboy princes, nurses unlocking the passions of surly surgeons, or chambermaids bedding brooding billionaires. Less easy to mock is the wild and continuing popularity …

BOOKS AND THE BRAIN: THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL BENEFITS OF READING

Full article with thanks to https://bookriot.com/benefits-of-reading/ In today’s fast-paced smartphone society, social and emotional wellbeing has risen to the forefront of many people’s minds. We face constant pressure to showcase our lives glamorously on social media, maintain instant communication, and scroll through the stimulus overload on our phones. The screen time reports on my phone serve as a stark reminder …

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

Full article with thanks to https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/13/so-you-want-to-be-a-writer-colum-mccanns-tips-for-young-novelists How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! “Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet more than a century ago. “There is only one way. Go into yourself.” …

How to Become an Author: The Ultimate Guide

Full article with thanks to https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-become-an-author/ There’s a very short answer to the question of how to become an author. Simply publish a book. With advances in self-publishing, you could technically write and publish a book this afternoon and call yourself an author. So instead, we’re going to ask a better question: how do you become a self-sustaining author? In this post, we’ll …