Planning A Novel: Are Storyboards Right for You?

There are different ways for people to plan out a novel. Some people write an outline. While others play it by ear. Some authors can write their characters so well that they let the story drive them.   With these methods, questions come up like: What’s this minor character’s last name again? Where did the backstory say this character was travelling…

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Why I Use Music in My Writing

I listen to my music as I clean the house. Soulful R &B blasts while I’m doing my hair. I perform dance sequences and sing along to my favourite Hip Hop joints in the shower. Alternative rock music wails as I’m driving. Motown hits swirl through my mind with the story ideas I’m typing on to my laptop. Pop…

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Self-Publishers’ Guide to Editing: A new way to edit your novel

  Congrats you’ve put your ideas to paper and have created a story. You have done what many have always thought about, but never tried to do. Be proud. Now, as a self-publisher, it’s time for the hard part: EDITING. This can be frustrating and painful. What to cut? What to do to improve my writing? Or, maybe, you don’t feel like anything needs to change. Keep…

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How to Write a Review in 5 Minutes

Reviews are important. Most people read reviews to help influence their decision. Should I buy this type of iPad or stay in this hotel? How have others felt about this movie or restaurant? Is this product of entertainment worth spending my hard earn money on? Seeing others’ viewpoints towards the desired item can weigh in on a purchasing…

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13 Story Ideas that are RARELY Used in Novels and/or Films

  Coming up with story ideas can be nerve racking. You may have tried looking at pictures or listening to music, etc. Perhaps, you’ve read my previous blog on story ideas, but still cannot get inspired.  (Click on story ideas to read the previous blog.) Want something fresh? Something new? Are you desperate to have a different take on a story that will get readers talking? I have some awesome story ideas about topics rarely written about. When a writer spins a story about a subject which people…

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Why Supporting Other Writers´ Novels Can Be Extremely Useful

One big aspect of improving your writing craft is by reading other authors´ works. Preferably, the genres you write about, or at least are interested in. Seeing your craft through the eyes of others helps develop your own skills. Maybe, you have trouble with characterization or dialogue. Reading the examples from fellow successful authors can…

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Turning Your Story Ideas into a Novel

Now you have a story idea. Your excitement grows while you wait for the computer to load the word document, where you will type your new story. The white page pops up and it is as blank as your mind. You have an idea but you don’t have a clue on how to develop it into a story. This can be…

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