What kind of editing do I need anyway?
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by Ellie
1w ago
If you do any kind of writing, you are familiar with the need to edit. You will have done self-editing in the course of your writing, even if it’s just correcting a typo or adding a capital letter, but at some point, you need to get external feedback if you want your writing to be enjoyed by someone other than yourself. Writing groups are great for this too, although usually your group will critique only sections of your writing. It’s important that your entire book is reviewed in one go. This will enable reviewers to reflect on the three main elements of your story: plot, characters and set ..read more
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Getting started writing a novel: five things you should know
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by Ellie
3M ago
The Writers’ Café book How to Successfully Write Your First Novel lets you in on the secrets that most novel-writing books don’t tell you. It takes a real, honest look at what it’s really like to write a book for the first time, when you’re new to the world of fiction-writing and perhaps a little bit unsure of whether you can really do this. This compact and forthright volume is packed full of advice to guide you and to cheer you on your way, as you navigate the expected and unexpected twists and turns of your novel-writing journey. To celebrate the release of How to Successfully Write ..read more
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Why you shouldn’t write a novel
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by Ellie
5M ago
(or, how about giving short fiction a try?) Guest post by Sharni Wilson Writing a novel: no one said it was easy. It takes a long time and a lot of headspace. With a relatively longer piece of writing, small problems can be magnified and take more time and effort to overcome. Whether you’re a planner or a pantser, the learning curve is steep. It’s quite possible to write 50,000 words and then decide the whole concept is a no go and chuck it in the bin. The first novel I wrote clocked in at over 80,000 words, but it still isn’t finished, and the amount of revision it requires makes my eyes wa ..read more
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How to choose a story that you love
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by Ellie
6M ago
What’s the single most likely factor that will determine whether or not you successfully complete that novel you’re working on? It is simply this: whether or not you truly love the story you’re telling. If you care about your story enough, you will feel compelled to put in the time required, day after day after day, to write it. However, as writers, we can’t help but be influenced by the conventions, attitudes and opinions around us, and it can be very hard not to be swayed by them. How do you avoid falling into the trap of writing what the world thinks you’re “supposed” to write, rather tha ..read more
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Should I write a novel this year?
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by Ellie
6M ago
Is one of your new year’s resolutions for 2024 to write a novel? If you’re still considering whether perhaps this should be one of your resolutions, we’ve put together a short list of reasons why you should and shouldn’t write a novel this year. Have a read, and see what resonates with you! Why you should: Writing a novel is a task that will challenge you in ways you never expected. The commitment, persistence and resourcefulness required to write a novel-length manuscript are in a league of their own. If you achieve this, you win bragging rights forever. Why you shouldn’t: All that commitme ..read more
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Breaking the mould – yes or no?
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by Ellie
8M ago
While we like to think that one of the great things about getting creative is that there are no rules to follow, you don’t have to delve far into creative writing courses and guidebooks to discover that there are, indeed, several ‘rules’ that you ought to stick to when writing your novel. Your novel should be around 70,000-100,000 words long. A romance should have a happy ending. Your main character should face conflict. These are just a few examples. But how strictly should you follow rules like these? The rules are there for a reason. The traditional publishing industry has certain expecta ..read more
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How to win at NaNoWriMo
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by Ellie
1y ago
It’s November – National Novel Writing Month! If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s a challenge where you attempt to write the first 50,000 words of a novel between the 1st and 30th of November. That averages out at 1,667 words a day, which, though challenging, is an achievable target. Taking part in National Novel Writing Month can be an excellent motivator for getting started and making good progress on your novel. It can also be daunting, especially if it’s your first time taking part – so we’ve collected together the top tips from Writers’ Café staff for making this November a roaring ..read more
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Why are adjectives so terrible? (And what to use instead)
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by Ellie
1y ago
It’s advice that writers hear time and time again – kill your adjectives. But why? What have adjectives ever done to us that they don’t deserve a place in our stories? Of course there is a place for a select few adjectives in stories, but all too often adjectives are committing the writerly sin of telling instead of showing. An adjective tells the reader how to interpret a situation, instead of showing the reader what’s happening and letting the reader do the interpreting. Have a read of these sentences: “The character feels angry.” “The character looks happy.” The adjectives ‘angry’ and ‘ha ..read more
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Has your story stalled? Three solutions to revitalize your writing!
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by Ellie
1y ago
We’ve all experienced that horrible feeling of getting stuck. We had a perfectly good story idea, maybe we even got started writing it, but now we’re unable to make any progress. Maybe you call it ‘writer’s block’, maybe you’d describe it as feeling ‘lost’ as to where your story is going, or maybe for some reason it just seems impossible today to find the right words to string together in the correct order. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to being stuck, these three techniques to get your writing moving again are worth a try. 1. Write it out Try “free writing” where the only r ..read more
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Six Core Marketing Methods for Authors
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by jsandilands
1y ago
A solid marketing strategy is crucial to maximize your author career and to gain long-term income from your writing. Your individual goals and circumstances will determine the mix of marketing methods that best suit you. The six most common methods that authors use to market their books are listed below, along with their strengths and weaknesses. Which methods do you use/are you planning to use to market your books? Marketplaces EXAMPLES: AMAZON, BARNES&NOBLE, KOBO Marketplaces allow you to upload your ebook for free, and take a cut every time you make a sale. Positives: They ha ..read more
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