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Nov 19

4 Steps to Read Like a Writer

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in Writing links

When we read, we change our world, and we write because on some level, we want to do the same for others. Do you want to write something that affects others the way you were affected? Then you have to learn to read like a writer—with your brain turned on.

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Nov 5

Top tips for young writers – from past winners of the young writer award

Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Writing links

How do you get started on a writing career?

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Nov 4

How a Reader Turns Into a Writer

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in Writing links

What turns a reader into a writer?

We must understand that all writers are, and will always be, a reader first.

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Nov 3

Post on Wattpad or not?

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in My life, Writing

I’m still considering posting more of my original fiction on Wattpad. The two main drawbacks are getting cover images for all the stories and the fact that I’m having trouble getting my new account to work. I still can’t figure out how a story could go from having six readers to just one without ‘unpublishing’ in between. Oh, well. The mysteries of the internet. I’m sure there’s a ‘secret’ to how you get people to read your stories on Wattpad (apart from the advice the support page gives you). Surely it can’t just be that the people who get many readers have many friends?

My sister tells me that she’s posted her stories on G+ many times, but no one even reads them. When someone else among her circles (?) says he’s maybe going to write a story some time everyone starts commenting that they would love to read it and buy it when it becomes available (or rather if it becomes available). I don’t really get that. When I decide to read something it’s because I think I’ll enjoy reading it, not because I want to stay on the good side of someone I know. Or am I the weird one here? I mean, sure, if a very good friend asked me to beta read something she/he had written, I’d love to help out, but I think that’s different.

Actually, I’m also wondering if I will get any more readers of these stories just because I post them on Wattpad as well as on my own site. Most people who come to my fan fiction (which is also my more ‘adult’) site, seem to be interested in fan fiction, not original fiction. They don’t give any feedback there though. The only feedback I’ve had over the years have been on fan fiction archives like AO3. It’s possible to leave comments on my wordpress homepage so I don’t see why people don’t. I’ve had that site for many more years than I’ve had my account on AO3. Nowadays, people can also ‘like’ posts and pages on my homepage. It’s just that people don’t seem to consider that option at all. Not that they have to. I’m just wondering.

Nov 3

Describing Accents

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in Writing links

Oct 26

Thoughts about my writing

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 in Writing

I’ve been thinking about my writing, all types of writing. The thing is, writing is what keeps me going, and what works best for me, (“my best fix”) is a novel or at least a children’s book. If I write a blog post the ‘buzz’ disappears really soon, especially if no one reads it and that happens a lot. Secondly, if I write a short fan fic or original story it lasts a little longer. If I write a long fan fic or original story that I’m happy about it lasts longer and as I mentioned above, a novel or at least a whole book lasts even longer. Of course, if no one buys the book or reads my long story, the effect fades sooner, but even if I’m the only one who reads anything I have written (fiction, not blog posts) I usually enjoy it to some extent. Reading a really good book works about the same.

Oct 25

Setting is Crucial to Your Story

Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Writing links

One of the most important things to consider when writing anything is the setting. Is the setting realistic? Too obvious? Too vague? Is it present, past or future? Is it in a little time pocket all of it’s own? Most importantly, why?

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Oct 17

When Are You Ready to Publish?

Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in Writing links

Some guidelines:

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Oct 8

Should You Write an Outline?

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 in Writing links

Outlines work for some authors, and they might go so far as to say that you can’t write a cohesive tale without one.

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Oct 7

Warning: Characters in Mirror May Be Deeper Than They Appear

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in Writing links


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