Wanted to let everyone know that on Saturday, 23 May, I’ll be at Copperfield’s Books to sign copies of my new novel, Youth In Asia, and to chat with customers about books, writing, the writing craft, how to write a book, showing and telling, the gobs of money writers make, and all related topics. I’ll be there from 11 – 3, so — if you happen to be in NW Houston Saturday afternoon, please stop in and see us.
Don’t you love it when you get feedback on your fiction that you are doing too much “telling” and not enough “showing”?
When we think about how to write a novel and to be a successful writer of fiction, we must understand the balance of showing versus telling in our work. This is one of the critical skills and one that we can learn. There is no formula, and we need to do both. The trick is to keep them in proper proportion.
I had this discussion the other day with some other writers. In short, we concluded that getting published is easy. Getting paid for your fiction is hard.
How to write a book? Don’t knock your readers out of the fantasy.
I saw a discussion on a board today about writing, and if it is a big deal to not “knock readers out of a story” with inconsistencies, bad grammar, inexplicable changes in tone, etc. If you want to learn how to write a book, and sell your book, I think it is a big deal…a huge deal.
Came across this very cool post on StumbleUpon: 25 greatest Sci Fi novels ever. Check it out and see what you think. Nice summaries and engaging graphics.
Confused by all the different image sizes you need for your social media presence? Wish there was a simple tool to create the images you want?
Problem solved! I’m going to keep this simple by highlighting the best sources for both.
Learning how to write well is more than just cranking out words in response to creative writing prompts. For instance, I’m sure you have gotten feedback in your fiction writing workshop (or writing studio or writer’s studio, which is the more popular term of the day) on a submission from someone who you thought was a self-serving ass. When it happens, your defenses immediately go up and you stop listening for anything constructive. At that point, it is a wasted exercise for you and the person providing feedback. As a young writer, this is not what you need.
Which are the best Grammar Checkers? Which one is most helpful to you? Do you prefer a Microsoft Word Plug in or something that works online with Chrome, for instance? Do they help your writing craft?
I’m interested in your feedback. And your feedback will guide other writers to the most effective tools.
Vote in the Grammar Checker poll on the next page.
The good folks over at SocialMediaExamier put together a helpful, concise summary of how to configure the security settings at a number of the most popular social media sites (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest). Before you go there, though, let’s think about what your security settings should be as a writer seeking publicity. Just as there are steps to writing a book, there are steps to staying safe. Obviously you do want to increase your exposure and how often search engines find you (or SEO — Search Engine Optimization — as it is known). You don’t want your bank account emptied, though, so let’s talk about some social media security tips.
Text to Speech (TTS) software is a surprisingly powerful tool to help you improve your writing. Whether you are writing a book, poetry or a business letter, hearing your words will allow you to perceive your words and sentences in a different way. Reading what you have written is one mental process. Hearing your words is a different process. There are subtle but important differences between the two. Listening to your words will enable you to detect errors and clunky sentences in your writing that you can’t “see” when you read your work. There are Microsoft text to speech tools, but those are not the only ones. Find — and use — one that works for you.