Wednesday, April 13, 2016

#Writing Wednesday - April 13th 2016

I didn't have a lot of luck with writing during most of March. But, as the month drew to a close, I was finally able to get a decent amount of writing done. I got "Zeena And The Phoenix" (the fourth, and final, book in my "Zeena Dragon Fae" series) to the re-writing and editing phases, along with the story I came up with during my trip to Wales. Plus, I wrote a couple of poems, and completed the first draft of another story, which I'll tell you more about some other time. So, March may not have started out well, but I made up for it in the last week or so of the month.

Now we're almost half way through April. This month has so far been spent focussing on the re-writes and edits for the stories mentioned above. Well, I'm focussing mainly on sorting the Zeena book, since I want to have that finnished soon; I hope to be able to publish that one in the next couple of months. But I have also started the first draft of an adventure story, and written a couple more new poems. So, a good start to the month, I think.

That's not all though!

The paperback version of "Rhubarb The Red-Nosed Rabbit" is now available to buy from CreateSpace and Amazon, and will soon also be available from Barnes & Noble, as well as a few other places that CreateSpace makes books available to. As usual, clicking on the book's title will take you to the CreateSpace page for it.

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When I write the first drafts of my stories, I mostly just tell rather than showing. That's part of why I won't let people see my first drafts. Well, that and the huge number of typos, spelling mistakes, etc, that appear in my first drafts. But, anyway... It's only when I do the second draft that I take the time to show rather than tell. Not sure what I mean by this? Read this "show me" post; it will both explain what I mean, and provide you with some tips on how to do it yourself.

Also, here are 21 proofreading and editing tips for writers; ideal for if you do your own editing and proofreading, but also useful if you employ an editor and/or proofreader.

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Do you write creative non-fiction? If so, this article contains some tips to help you stay out of trouble. It also explains what creative non-fiction is, for the benifit of anyone who isn't sure.

Or, if you write science fiction, you may want to take a look at these 43 must-visit sci-fi websites for writers, so that - among other things - you can make sure you get your facts right. Actually, if you have any interest at all in science, the advancement of technology, space exploration, and that kind of thing, you might want to go look anyway, since some of those sites seem to be quite interesting. Not to mention, some of them could be useful for other genres too... Like creative non-fiction, for example.

Alternatively, if you're writing for children - especially if you're writing rhyming stories for them - you might want to check out this post on how (not) to write a rhyming picture book.

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Do you struggle to get everything done each day? If so, do you think some time management tips would help? If you answered "yes" to both of those, you might want to check out this time management toolbox. It's an excellent place to start... Writer or not!

Also, if you're getting stressed, and need to relax, try this meditation for writers (which, once again, you may find useful whether you're a writer or not).

Speaking of stressful things. These are things that bloggers need to stop getting stressed about, many of which apply to writing in general.

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In case you missed it, and want to read it, my latest interview can be found by clicking here.

4 comments:

Jeanie said...

I'm glad things are getting more productive. We all have down time, though -- and it's just good to acknowledge it, whether it is for fun and travel, being sick or just "not feeling it." Three cheers to you!

Victoria Zigler said...

Jeanie:
Thanks! In my case it was for all three. First I was away, and then I was sick, and then I just wasn't feeling it.

Intense Guy said...

Good proof reading is difficult but essential!

Nothing jars a reader more than a horribly placed typo!

Victoria Zigler said...

Iggy:
I agree. That's why I always do my very best to make sure I catch all those sneaky little typos in my books. Unfortunately, the odd one does sometimes slip past... Even the best proffessional editor or proof reader will sometimes miss the odd one. The trick is to do all you can to avoid it happening, and minimize the chances of it as much as possible.