Archives

12 Ways to Be an Invisible Writer 

Are you an “invisible writer”?

What does it mean to be invisible as you write? Or more accurately, as the post notes, what does it mean to be invisible as you edit. Don’t worry about these 12 things as your creating your story. It is something to look at once you’re done with your first draft, during the rewrite process. Actually, farther in on the rewrite process.

When I’m editing a client’s manuscript, this is something I see fairly often and a surefire thing to diminish the reader experience. I get push-back sometimes when I make suggests to change some of these things, and I can’t make someone make a manuscript change that they don’t want to make. I know sometimes it feels like you have to explain everything to the reader – to make sure they understand – but most times being less obvious is better. (Like, less is more.) Readers like to figure things out on their own. I know I do.

Of course, It’s easier to see when I haven’t written the piece myself. Harder for me to see in my own writing – which is another reason to always have someone else edit your story, someone who knows what to look for such as an editor or another writer.

Take a look at Tim Storms 12 things…

___________________________

Once the author becomes visible, the enchantment of the story dissolves. These 12 things can ruin the illusion for the reader. Become an invisible writer.

Source: 12 Ways to Be an Invisible Writer | Craft Articles

CKBooks Publishing
Where Publishing Dreams Become Reality

Your Writing Community 

from mythic scribes

In Jane Friedman’s blog, Susan DeFreitas writes a guest post on the advantages of a writing community to spur your writing and support you when you need it most. I think even more so, a writing community makes you a better writer, especially if you’re able to connect with a critique group of good writers. Remember, you’ll only be as good as the best writer in your group, so choose your group wisely.

Do your critique members have a published book(s)? How well does that book(s) do in the reviews? Of course, your critique mates don’t all have to be published authors, but someone who has made it through the whole process (traditional or self-publishing, it matters not) will know more about the craft than someone who hasn’t.

And you’ll always learn something by reading and commenting on someone else’s work, in addition to reading the comments of other on that same piece.

And if you join a group that doesn’t seem to be working for you, politely bow out. You’ll be doing everyone a favor. No one does good work if they don’t want to be somewhere.

But where to find a critique group?

Ask around, of course. Look on facebook in your area. Join online writing groups and ask if anyone has an opening in their critique group. Ask on Linkedin writers groups. Ask at writing conferences (when those are a thing again – Ug!). I’m sure there are Instagram writers groups too, though I’m not on Instagram so I have no clue. I know you can find writers on twitter. Most of my writing friends are on twitter. I would suggest looking for a group that is writing in your genre, but maybe that is obvious.

Take a look at Susan’s post and she what wisdom she has to share.

Hang in there, everyone!

_______________________________

Don’t feel like you have to go it alone—others are on the same journey, ready to offer encouragement and applaud your hard-earned victories.

Source: Developing a Writing Practice, Part 2: Community | Jane Friedman 

CKBooks Publishing
Where Publishing Dreams Become Reality

How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers

The fastest way to improve your story is to write dialogue that dazzles. How? Give each character an opposing goal, and stick to “said.”

These are 2 of the 6 strategies Joslyn Chase writes about in her post about dialogue.

Chase makes good points in her post and I would add, formatting dialogue in a variety of ways also makes reading a more interesting experience. For example, add the dialogue/attribution tag before the sentence or in the middle of a couple of sentences, as well as at the end.

And don’t forget, you only need an attribution (or dialogue) tag, if the reader won’t know who’s talking.

———————

Source: How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers

CKBooks Publishing
Where Publishing Dreams Become Reality

Writing Advice: Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury -Part 1.

I had no idea Ray Bradbury was still alive, let alone that he wrote a book on writing. It is not on my list. Thanks Tea and Biscut!

‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury is a classic book that you always find on those ‘100 books to read before you die’ lists. It’s a book that everyone has heard of and y…

Source: Writing Advice: Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury -Part 1. – A Cup Of Tea And A Biscuit

16 Military Phrases and Cliches That Screenwriters/Book writers Need to Stop Using 

Ken Miyamoto knows screenplays so you can be sure he knows what he’s talking about related to his post on writing military cliches. Even though he’s talking about writing for film (or TV), the same would go for fiction.

So if you write military based fiction, take a gander at Ken’s post.

——————————-

Ken Miyamoto lists military phrases and cliches that screenwriters should avoid to create a more authentic military-driven screenplay.

Source: 16 Military Phrases and Cliches That Screenwriters Need to Stop Using – ScreenCraft

Writing Tip: Conflict

I’m working with a client that has written a story – the pantser method – that now needs some plotting work. This is not a bad way to write. I write this way most of the time. It is a slower way to write but if, like this writer – who is retired, you aren’t particularly in a hurry, it’s a fine way to write. I’m not about to tell anyone how to write.

But the story, now done, does need plotting work to pull the story theme together in a compelling way. I was reading a post on plotting vs panting on Valerie Biel’s wonderful writer’s site and came across this wonderful tip by Deeanne Gist.  It is a very helpful tip when taking a second look at your story, or planning it out for the first time (whatever way floats your boat). Take a look:

8 Mundane Elements That Slow Down Your Story 

Image result for images of walking slow

Jane Friedman has picked a few writing tips from Jordon Rosenfeld’s book “How to Write a Page Turner” that aren’t the usual: watch out for adverbs, passive voice, flowery dialogue tags… Items that might slow down your story!

———————————-

Realism has its role, but don’t let it bog down your novel. Heed the advice of bestselling author Jordan Rosenfeld about pitfalls that can bore your reader.

Source: 8 Mundane Elements You Should Cut From Your Story | Jane Friedman

5 Writing Tips: Barbara Kingsolver

The tips Barbara Kingsolver is aren’t new (other than the last one, perhaps, which is kind of interesting), but they are good reminders.

p.s. I listened to “Unsheltered” and I enjoyed it. Kingsolver is a wonderful writer. It was well-researched, of course, and interesting, though not necessarily a page turner.

————————-

The enterprise of writing a book has to feel like walking into a cathedral.

Source: 5 Writing Tips: Barbara Kingsolver

How to Use Paragraph Breaks to Guide the Reader’s Experience 

Always good information from Ms Weiland. Here is a recent post about how and why to use paragraph breaks. To help us all make reading an even more pleasant experience for the people we write for!

Enjoy!

————————————

Writers must use paragraph breaks to direct a reader’s experience of the story’s action and pacing. Here are three guiding principles to keep in mind.

Source: Critique: How to Use Paragraph Breaks to Guide the Reader’s Experience – Helping Writers Become Authors

CKBooks Publishing
Where Publishing Dreams Become Reality

“Don’t lose faith and quit on yourself.” Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Thomas Greanias 

images

I get Dan Blank’s e-newsletter and this week he talks about the power we have as writers with the idea that we are starting a new year so we have the opportunity to move forward with ideas we might have as writers. This allows us to take advantage of the time we have and start telling the story you want to share – to make a plan!

I thought you might like to listen to the podcast he did with New York Times bestselling author Thomas Greanias. Come to find out, Thomas is from my neighboring state of Illinois!

———————————

Today I’m excited to share my interview with New York Times bestselling author Thomas Greanias. What jumped out at me the most was his advice to writers, and how they have a power that they o…

Source: “Don’t lose faith and quit on yourself.” My Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Thomas Greanias – WeGrowMedia – Dan Blank