The funny thing about being any good as a publishing commentator: it requires talking to many others, learning varied perspectives, and writing about ideas you didn’t come up with.
As I am in the middle of working out some tech issues and considering some new systems, I began thinking of some of the today’s options now available for communication of all types—be it stories, directions, etc. While new technology can be tricky and often frustrating–getting thoughts and words into text writing has become […]
A series of setbacks can easily lead to feelings of failure. In this guest post, author Rachel Pieh Jones offers lessons on overcoming discouragement, refocusing, and getting back on track.
Even a trivial detail can justify its place in your first sentence, so long as it achieves every sentence’s ideal goal: rendering a distinct character.
Ever been in a bookstore and opened a book to read the first couple of pages? (or clicked the look inside on Amazon?)
Ever put the book back, deciding that it wasn’t that interesting?
Yep, we have too.
And that’s exactly what we talk to Australian romantic comedy author Amy Andrews about this week. She takes us through the concept of first pages, and how to make sure readers not only pick up your book, but find they can’t put it down again (until they’ve reached the end!).
Should you start with dialogue? What words should you cull? Exactly what are readers looking for? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this episode of the SPA Girls Podcast!
Who, what, when, where, why and how: An effective opening doesn’t necessarily address them all, but presents the best ones to serve the reader on a particular journey.
Do you feel like your writing career is filled with mistakes? Failures? Problems?
That means you’re putting yourself out there, trying new things, and moving in a positive direction in your writing career.
If you’re not doing any of the above…start right now!
Why, you ask, in horror?
Because having a pile of failures next to your name means that you’re getting out there and doing things in your author business.
If you talk to the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, they’ll all tell you stories of the times they failed, the businesses that didn’t quite go as expected, and the problems they had to overcome.
And that’s okay, because learning how to fail is integral to succeeding.
It teaches us resilience, determination, and persistence. It shows us that we’re human, and that it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as we keep going.
On the flip side, if you aren’t doing anything, you won’t fail.
Which would you prefer?
There’s a big difference between writing a book for ourselves and writing one for the reader. In this guest post, nonfiction coach and memoirist Tanja Pajevic offers five steps to keep in mind when crafting your story.
When my feet first touched Indian soil in 1986, I felt as if I had finally found my home. Since that time, my destiny has led me back to India time and time again, first to study sitar in Shimla, then to study Sanskrit in Varanasi and then to live here…
Lately everyone around me is talking about how quickly this year seems to be speeding by. I must admit, it certainly feels that way to me as well. But just because time seems to be zooming by doesn’t mean we can’t squeeze in all the things we’d like to accomplish in the limited time we […]