Responding To Criticism

A good perspective on taking criticism, something that can be hard enough in daily life without writing in the picture. “Never delete anything you write” – got it!

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Oh, this is one of the ‘fun’ bits of writing that should come with a warning. How do you deal with criticism?

Firstly to use an apt cliché, writing is a school of hard knocks. It’s true. You’ve written something, you’re sure you’ve perfected it, and then some person comes and insensitively points out all the things you’ve done wrong. It’s not nice, and there is no softening it. The first time you receive criticism like this, you might cry. You’re very likely to discount it, to push it out of your mind.

So how do you cope with it? We all know that criticism is ultimately good for us as it helps us improve in the long-term, but that doesn’t make you feel any better at the time.

I think the first thing to set straight is your mental attitude. Realise that the reason criticism affects you so is…

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How Do I Publish My Book?

Figuring out how to take the first step into the publishing world is hard. Lucky there are great informative, easy-to-understand overviews such as this one. I couldn’t be farther from this stage (hah, I’m still trying to write a sensible prologue!) but if I ever get there, I’ll be sure to whip this back out for a good look.

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Congratulations! You have your book finished—and now you want to publish it. What do you do? How many options are there?

Firstly, what is your goal? Are you planning on sharing your book with your mom and  your great aunt Molly? Then you want to use Print On Demand. If you have a larger audience in mind, but don’t have the time—nor the patience—to wait for Traditional Publishing, you can always try Self Publishing; it is a road where you are judge, advocate and jury…so be prepared. If none of these fit your style, you can embrace the transformers of the publishing world: Hybrid Publishing. 

What is Print On Demand?

  • POD is an option to upload your manuscript AS IS to a site, and they will convert it to an eBook, as well as print a limited number of books for you.
  • This does not allow for…

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25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

This short, sweet and simple list recaps 25 of the most basic checklist for writers. While reading, I was reminded of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. The best advice is quite often the most simple.

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So I’ve posted these already on my Facebook and Twitter pages but I wanted to compile a list of all 25 tips together. Also, if you would like you can find these on my Facebook page and my Twitter feed where I post one writing tip a day.

Enjoy!

  1. Fall in love with reading first. Then fall in love with writing next.
  2. Learn the rules of good writing before you break them.
  3. Perfect the art of imperfection.
  4. What is obvious to you may not necessarily be obvious to your audience.
  5. Writing starts with one person: you.
  6. Do: be specific. Do not: be vague.
  7. Every line in your story must be there for a reason. If there isn’t, get rid of it.
  8. To avoid confusion, avoid jargon.
  9. Avoid starting a sentence with a numeral.
  10. Before you become a full-fledged writer, you must first stop making excuses.
  11. Your writing can constantly…

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A week of resources and inspiration for the Writer – Day 5

Useful tips for those in the revision process. I hope to reach this stage sometime in the next 12.346 years!

Blotting Away

For the final post in my week of resources I am going to cover off on the editing process. This is something I am elbows deep in at the moment and an activity that can prove more tiresome and taxing than anything else you will do on your journey to publication.

As I have mentioned before everybody works differently, but quite often I come across a handy tip that I haven’t tried out or considered. Here are the 3 things I have found most useful in editing and proofreading.

1) For your final edit, DON’T edit front to back. Start from a random chapter and keep doing another random chapter until you have finished. Alternatively start at the end and go backwards. When you edit from page one to the last, you will become engrossed in the story, regardless of how hard you try, and will miss things that you…

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What exactly is a High Concept Novel?

Simple but well worth a good read! It’s nice to get thinking about the nature of presentation. I have to admit I’ve never made an effort to learn about ‘high concept’ (I didn’t even know there was such a term!). Somehow this really motivates me to get working on an elevator pitch. “I’m writing… a story…” is a can of worms I really need to stop opening.

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Okay, so I’ve never really understood this term. I could vaguley give you a description, but Beth Revis on the YA Reddit group I am involved in spelled it out SO perfectly that I have to share here:

What is High Concept?

First, what high concept is not: it’s not “high.” This is the thing that throws people off the most. Most people think that “high concept” means something that’s very literary, artistic, and not commercial—and the exact opposite is true.

High concept is something that has immediate commercial appeal.

Typically, the way this is explained is that:

  • You can sum up a high concept idea in a sentence or two
  • It has obvious appeal to the masses—it’s a concept that most people can get with just a sentence
  • It’s a story that you can immediately see what it would be like just from a short description

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✎ Featured article: 7 F***in’ Great Ways to Build Your Writing Routine

“I spent ages looking for tips on building writing habits, and was disappointed. There’s a lot of bland advice out there: write every day, don’t edit while you write, have a goal… None of that is very helpful if you’re trying to understand how you should actually put this stuff into practice.

Fortunately, there are plenty of interesting books on habit-formation out there, and a few good studies done on how creative writing actually works at the psychological level. I went through a bunch of those books to see what they suggested. I have tested everything I mention in this article, and the combination of these things has tripled my daily writing. I hope it helps you, too.”

Read ‘7 F***in’ Great Ways to Build Your Writing Routine’ by Phil Jourdan

There’s no better time than Camp NaNo to be looking for writing routine advice! Most of the time I come across similar articles with the same tips repeated, which only further grounded me to the idea that writing is freeform expression without rules. I’d just have to figure out my best performance by myself. This article brings up some interesting points that get me thinking outside the box. For example: I’m not a morning person at all, but have I actually been writing better at 8am in the morning… because I was hungry? I’ll get back to you on that one.

On Parenting your Characters: How Authors Treat Characters Like Toddlers

Interesting perspective on raising your characters and how to take better care of them/keep them in line. Wish I could bring a few of my characters back to the hospital and get a new one!

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

738051_attitude_1Have you ever thought about how characters are like toddlers? Or how, in order to be successful, an author has to treat characters, to some degree, like great parents treat their kids?

Seriously. Great parenting can be a model for great authoring. This post is all about why that is, and how to get the most from your characters.

THE CENTER OF ATTENTION

Have you ever lived in a household during, or heard horror stories about, the adjustment period a toddler goes through when a sibling arrives? Why is this?

Simple: toddlers enjoy, and are used to being, the center of attention for vast periods of time. When baby brother or sister comes, that changes all at once, and a toddler is hurt, confused, and angered by the new addition’s impact on his or her life.

No matter how much you try to prepare a toddler for what a new…

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5 Tips for Writing Multiple POVs

Great checklist of useful things to remember when writing a story with multiple POVs. I’ll be carefully scrutinising each POV of mine with glasses now!

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h1DE1B460I’m a shameless fan of writing in multiple POVs. My series has a large, diverse cast of characters and I’m all about giving each of them a voice, where possible. I also believe that telling the story through the eyes of varied characters gives a well-rounded perspective on the tale that you would not get otherwise.

Of course, this is not always a popular narrative choice. Some readers are very vocal about their dislike of this style. Does that deter me? Not even a little. But it does evoke a stubborn desire to want to do it right.

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✎ Featured article: How to make your eBook text file into a print-on-demand edition

“While making an ebook is pretty straightforward, putting it into print is more challenging. In traditional publishing houses, it’s an entire department’s job. You can’t just print a Word file as is; each page has to be designed and fine-tuned, even in a novel. You wouldn’t be aware of this when you look at a print book, but you would if it wasn’t done. Follow these steps to give your book that professional finish.”
 

Read ‘How to make your eBook text file into a print-on-demand edition’ by Roz Morris

 

This is an incredibly comprehensive guide on formatting your book into a professional, ready-to-print end product. I’m amazed by the amount of work involved and the effort Roz put into providing us with quality advice. Thanks for sharing!