If you’re writing memoir, you’ve made a good choice. Along with vampires, it is a genre du jour. People love to read the lives, struggles and joys of other real people, when they are told with honesty and energy. Here are some practical tips from award-winning Australian memoirist, Kristina Olsson.
Do you puzzle over where to put the punctuation when you write speech or conversation? Double or single quotes? Commas or colons? If you find this a source of existential angst, you’re not alone. But you can get it right, and this is how.
The internet is awash with writing and publishing blogs. Which ones are worth reading? I dip into lots of blogs, but I don’t want to overwhelm you! So I had a little think and came up with this Sampler of just four blogs, to help you get started on the self-publishing path.
Beta Readers are those wonderful people who critique your manuscript, usually as an exchange — they read yours and you read theirs. Many people are not quite sure of the best time in the development of their book to ask for a beta read. This timeline — adapted from the traditional publishing process — can help you plan your project.
I like to find positive ways to put everything instead of being a Negative Nelly, but sometimes it’s just more useful to come right out and say: Please don’t do THIS. So here they are, some of the Twitter behaviours that are most likely to annoy your followers, or even get you blocked, unfollowed or reported for spam.
Whether you are writing a book, an essay, or an important business document, you’ll get the best results if you write the introduction last. That might sound like an upside-down way to do things, but it will make your writing faster and more effective. Here’s why.
A Beta Reader critiques your manuscript, and provides feedback to help you improve it. Lots of people will suggest asking a beta reader to copy edit your work. I don’t recommend that, and here’s why.
Scrivener is a small-but-mighty piece of writing software that revolutionises the writing process for long manuscripts – book, script or academic thesis. Microsoft Word was created for business writing, and it’s very good at it. But long-form writing is different. For long-form writing, Scrivener is now my hero. See my top 3 features that could make your writing life easier, too!
The right images can help draw readers to your blog, or get them to click on that link to read the rest of a post.
But how do we choose photos and illustrations, and how do we use them?
These are some things that I’ve learned about how to use images, and where to find them.
When it comes to writing books, grammar is not the only thing. It’s not even the most important thing. Let me show you what I mean…