With all the numerous resources you can stumble upon online, anyone can be easily swayed into starting their own blog without having any expert knowledge. In this situation, it is typical to encounter flaws along the way and be a little panicky with what exactly you need to do to alleviate the situation. Bear in mind that all bloggers started out as novice too and like you, they may have gone through some trials and errors as well.
Let’s face it, everyone has bad days at work; days when no matter how hard you try you can’t seem to motivate yourself. It doesn’t matter what your profession is, there will be times when your mind is on other things, your focus is lacking, or you just can’t pull that necessary bit of information out of the air.
I believe that any good story should have a conflict. Finally, it’s very breathtaking to watch the confrontation between good and evil, the protagonist and the antagonist. And I wonder why novice authors occasionally underestimate the value of the last. In this paper, I’m going to shed light on these conflicts and consider how the author can use them to the full advantage.
I recently had the pleasure to interview Judy Mohr from Black Wolf Editorial for Writer Wednesday. On her blog, she has a section dedicated to Tips & Tricks from the Editor. I asked her for her top five tips to authors working on editing their manuscripts, and liked them so much that I’m giving them their own post. Enjoy, and make sure you come back on Wednesday for her author feature!
Although writing feeds my soul, like many writers, I’ve had to work full-time jobs in order to feed the rest of me. My last full-time job was as an academic advisor at a large university, where I worked at least forty hours a week and sometimes more. Most days, the job was emotionally draining because I was tasked with helping hundreds of young adults figure out course schedules, decide on majors, and navigate a host of academic and personal issues. The last thing I wanted to do when I came home was tackle my latest work-in-progress.
So some days, I didn’t. And that’s okay.
Querying is a long, hard road. I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned since I began the process.
If you are going to query be prepared for rejections…lots of them. Since I started my career in radio, I was familiar with the process. Before I got my first job in radio, I mailed out dozens of demo tapes to radio stations all over the province–and I was rejected by them all…repeatedly.
It’s tough being a writer. You stumble across all sorts of obstacles at nearly every bend: writer’s block, stubborn characters, dialogue that refuses to come naturally, paragraphs that have to be written and rewritten and yet rewritten again. The list is endless. In fact, finishing your story may seem like a huge accomplishment—and it is. A boatload of writers don’t even make it that far. So if you’ve completed your novel, you’re already ahead of millions of other aspiring authors. However, once that manuscript is complete, your work has only just begun.
If you want to break above the pack of thousands of other authors already out there clamoring for an audience and, of course, success, it’s going to require some extra effort—but that effort will be worth it at the end. Here are five simple steps that will inch you closer to your dream of becoming a sensational author.
How many times have you sat down at your computer, fully intending to put masterful thought to paper and then come up blank? Your fingers hover over the keyboard, typing a few choice words. You pause for a few seconds contemplating your next thought but, instead, hit the delete button. Your mind scrambles. I know I had something I wanted to write about. But what?!
Free-writing is a wonderful tool that allows your imagination to stretch and create whole new worlds that you didn’t know were there, waiting for your discovery. I’ve dabbled in so many different places and with so many different characters that I always feel inspired; there is always something waiting for me on the pages.
Remember last week when I mentioned that the lovely Jasmine had joined me in my free-writing endeavors? She gave me permission today to share her flash fiction piece entitled “A Touch of Diamond.”
I’m excited to bring you my first ever guest post from freelance e-book writer Viktorija Avramoska. Read on to find some tips on how to approach a freelance writing job. Make sure you scroll to the bottom to find Vicky on social media!