Resource Thursday: How To Write An Award-Winning Bestselling First Novel

Passing along this TED talk because I found it really solid advice. Give it a watch!

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Resource Thursday: Check Out This Great Tip Series

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One of my favorite places to hang out on the internet is Reddit, and they have a thriving community of writers spread across numerous subreddits (specialized topic boards). On the r/writing subreddit, a professional “reader” for a publishing company has been publishing a series of terrific tips. This week’s installment has to do with character arcs, but you really should go back and read all of his posts. They’re full of substance and really, really useful!

Thursday Resources: Book Marketing

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Book Marketing. What a pain.

Believe me, I know. I blog/Tweet/Facebook/Instagram on three different platforms (all while holding down a full time job to pay the bills and writing when I can find time around all that) and developing and executing a marketing strategy for each book can make you mental.

And make you feel like you’re out in the middle of a lake on a rowboat, screaming about your book only to hear it echo through the surrounding hills.

So here today are a few articles I found helpful when crafting my marketing strategies: Continue reading

Resource Thursday: 3 Great Research Tools For Writers

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Research for a novel can be a double-edged sword. One the one hand, you can really get in-depth about the history and applicability of something or someplace, which helps shape your characters and the events happening around them.

On the other hand, you can get sucked down a research rabbit hole and lose a whole lot of writing time searching for tidbits.

Good research can really make a book, and it’s a fine line between really knowing the history of a person or place and getting bogged down on what’s essentially a small tidbit of information. So here are three research strategies that can help you get the job done: Continue reading

Resource Thursday: A Great Spreadsheet Tool For Outlining

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I came across a really helpful spreadsheet tool based in Excel (courtesy of Julian Ionescu at FantasyScroll.com), for charting and outlining your novel. Here’s the link to the page explaining it in depth, but the instructions are right on the sheet as well.

If you struggle with getting the bones of your story in place before fleshing it out, this thing can be a godsend. Check it out!

Resource Thursday: Creating And Writing Believable Conflict

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You’ve got to have conflict in your story. The protagonist has to have something – or someone – s/he’s fighting against and fighting for. Your supporting characters need to have their own agendas and it’s vital that they don’t always agree with the protagonist. You need that conflict to move things along.

Easier said than done sometimes. If you’re looking for some insight into how to make believable conflict and tension, here’s some reading material to give you food for thought: Continue reading

Resource Thursday: Agents, Agents, Agents

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Finding an agent is a painful, demoralizing, frustrating thing. I had my book in hand and a spreadsheet tracking queries for nearly a year of my exasperated writer life before I won a contest that won me a book deal that finally, finally got me an agent. Until then? UUuuggghhhh.

Here are a few resources that might be a big help to you on your agent search: Continue reading