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How to write a best-selling novel

August 7, 2015 – 4:01 pm | One Comment
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First, read. Read a lot. (Stephen King, paraphrased – “if you don’t have time to read, you can’t write.”) Reading will teach you how to write, how to write well, and how to write compelling characters.
Corollary – read the genre you’re writing in, that will teach you the ins and outs of that genre, and it may inspire a story.
Second, are you a pantser or a …

Reality Check for Indie Authors

July 3, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
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I n all honesty I suspect that Scribd found the path of least resistance in their romance/erotica decision. (Witness the petitions to Jeff Bezos/Amazon asking him to change the review policy.) The truth of the matter is likely to be a more harsh reality – a lot of romance/erotica readers were downloading books, finding them to be dreck and so they didn’t finish them, they just …

Writing series/sequels

April 13, 2015 – 11:57 pm | No Comment
Looks like a good book

First, readers love series/sequels. However, the next book in any series should always be a standalone book, that is unless you really want to annoy your readers. And you should only write it because you have more to say, because you like the world in which you wrote it, or because you love the characters so much that you want to spend more time with …

To a writer, words should be sacred

March 26, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
Respect words

“If you don’t have the time to read you don’t have the time (or tools) to write, it’s as simple as that” – Stephen King
“You can’t write well what you don’t read for pleasure. If it doesn’t entertain you, it’s not going to entertain anyone else” – Nora Roberts
I was reading a blog the other day and I was appalled at the errors. The writer …

What to write. For writers and the like.

February 17, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment
right words

Dear writer,
Maybe you already have a very clear image of what you want to write. If so, power to you. If you have not such a clear image, power and pictures to you to get the image you want. I’m going to try and put down some help here for you. Help that I think might be good advice, although opinions, as mileage, might vary.
Genre
This …

Promoting Until Your Fingers Bleed

May 31, 2014 – 10:11 pm | No Comment

I began writing full time since 2009 and have managed to give myself carpal tunnel while trying to promote.  The writing always came easy, it was promotion that took up the majority of time.  I’ve done free promos, spammed my facebook, twitter, and blog with information about book releases, and what I really got from all that was some really great people to talk with.   …

Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

March 12, 2014 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

I was asked by a writer recently how they would go about submitting to a traditional publisher, so I created this (very) basic primer.

Finish/edit the novel. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this step. Skip it at your peril – an unedited novel is instant death. (Even if they’ll still edit it themselves. ) Some editors will be forgiving and request a revise/resubmit. …

The Focus of a Writer

February 26, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment

Many of my life successes I attribute to my ability to focus.  I’ve written before (http://theotherstephenkingonwriting.blogspot.com/2012/08/two-lessons-about-goal-setting.html) about the focus on a physical fitness goal that earned me admission to West Point, for example.  Focus earned me graduation from there with dual majors, and focus later helped me finish all the way to a PhD.  Focus in my day job has carried me through a great …

On Magical Realism

February 24, 2014 – 8:51 pm | No Comment

I had never before encountered the term ‘Magical Realism’ before poet Jonathan Johnson mentioned it to me . Sometimes confused with fantasy or what I have heard described as ‘The New Weird’ Magical Realism has its roots more closely connected to folktales and mythology. A brief definition would say that Magical Realism is where “magical elements are a part of an otherwise mundane environment.”
For example: …

Weekly roundup, week ending 19th January

January 19, 2014 – 4:55 pm | No Comment
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Last week’s roundup
Every week, one of the IAG moderators will round up what’s gone on, on the group and in the Indie community as a broader view.  If you’ve been busy writing, editing, or promoting, let us catch you up and find conversations and blog posts that should interest you and dive into the information you’re really keen to see.
On the group
Nikki Broadwell started a conversation …