It's supposed to be FUN! Summer is here and I’m so glad. The gentle breezes, the abundance of birds and squirrels, the SUN. I never believed I was dependent on the latter. Having grown up in San Jose, California, I took sunshine for granted. Truth is I longed as a child to move somewhere I …
Are you reading a novella or wanting to write one? Check in with Winged Publication’s own Florence Witkop for the scoop on how its done.
A novella falls into what used to be a creative desert between short stories and full length novels. No more.
People don’t always want to give the time to reading a novel that it requires, especially since novels are getting longer and longer and longer until sometimes a reader can measure a book’s thickness in inches! And yet, , though they don’t want to spend so much time, they often want a story with more depth than is possible in a short story.
Enter the novella. Here’s what it is and what to know when writing one:
- It’s normally between 20,000 and 30,000 words long though different publishers may have different length requirements that better fit their own business model.
2. It’s a straight-line, single subject story.
3. If plot twists or sub-plots are essential to the story they will be kept to an absolute minimum and will not be…
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So you want to write a blog? A good one.
Where there’s a will, there IS a way. The internet only improves with quality content and engaging bloggers. But there’s often a lot of bruising that comes with trying something new. Who wants to sign on board to be beat up in a public forum or worse — ignored.
So, if you don’t fancy being that guy, check in with Cristian Mihai at The Art of Blogging. The bite-sized breakdown of what makes a good blog post is there to smooth the way. For you and your readers. (Mine, too ;^)
You don’t want to miss it!
There are more blogs in existence than ever, yet more and more people are seduced by the idea of sharing their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world.
As a matter of fact, it does seem as if there’s a war out there. Everyone is fighting for attention, there are so many things to learn and master. So many social networks, marketing techniques. There’s even an awful lot of content on blogging itself, which makes it even more frustrating.
How do you write a great blog post?
I wouldn’t be asking if I didn’t know the answer. Or would I …
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The awesome strength of nature is amazing to behold. Hey guys. I hope everyone is enjoying the shift in seasons and that nasty weather is on the decline. (We had a corker lightning storm Saturday night. Full on cracking, white light flashing in the wee hours. Lovely. But I'm weird that way.) Meanwhile, I'm back …
Are you eager for a blog that blooms? Keep reading. Cristian Mihai at The Art of Blogging has the straight dope about what you need to do…. even if doing it makes you feel sleazy.
So relax, read on, and follow AnnMalleyBooks.com. Absolutely follow The Art of Blogging. Your future readers will thank you!
“Content is king” is good advice, but I hate to disappoint… just delivering great content isn’t going to get you your first avid fans.
Facebook groups will, though. Networkingwith other bloggers in your niche will. Going where the conversation is and providing real value in the form of opinions will.
And, weirdly enough, this is the type of stuff that makes one feel sleazy. It feels disingenuous to reply to folks who share their opinions on the web, or to comment on someone’s post just so they can comment on yours.
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Ready, get set, STOP WRITING!
No, seriously. If you want to write well, check out this must read by short story novelist and reading enthusiast Kayla Ann. Published and well on her way to holding a Masters in English/Creative writing, she gets the impulse to forge on.
What serious writer doesn’t?
The MUSE is demanding if nothing else. She can also hide a great many warts that we writers will not see if we rush to get our darlings out the door. Don’t believe me? Read on…and I hope you’ll join me in following Kayla Ann.
“But Kayla,” you may ask me, “how can you tell me to stop writing? Shouldn’t we keep writing? After all, we are writers! How can we be writers if we are not writing? How does stopping our writing actually help our writing? Isn’t that contradictory?”
Now before you turn away from me and shake your head in disgust, hear me out.
I’m not saying that we should stop all writing. I am saying that you should stop working on the project you’re currently working on once you have finished it. For writers there is this huge urge that once we finally finish a project we automatically want to go back through, edit, and send it to a publisher. It’s just not realistic guys. In order for a work to be good you need to utilize the power of distance.
Now some of you may be wondering…
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Do you ever wonder about the person behind the prose? What is it that makes words sing, moving you to turn pages? Pens don't write; people do! I do. That's why I enjoy getting to know the force behind the proverbial pens. No matter how advanced technology becomes, there's no bypassing the root cause of …