Wednesday, November 02, 2016

#Writing Wednesday - November 2nd 2016

For those waiting for it: "Eadweard - A Story Of 1066" is now available in paperback via CreateSpace and Amazon, and will become available via other places CreateSpace books are distributed to (such as Barnes & Noble) some time in the very near future. You can click on the book's title in this paragraph for the CreateSpace buy link.

So... Are you an author too? If so, beware of inconsistancies in your name when publishing your books. It causes confusion, and could potentially cost you sales. Just saying.

November started yesterday, and with it NaNoWriMo. Are you participating? If so, here are some tools to get you started. If you haven't started yet, there's still time to do so... It's only November 2nd, after all. If you are participating, good luck!

Anyway...

Do you love music as well as writing? Well, whether you do or not, music can often help to breathe life in to a scene, or grow the relationships between characters. So, here are some ways to write about music, which you may find useful while writing your own stories.

Struggling with writers' block? Check out these writing prompts based on dialogue, and see if any of them will help get your creative juices flowing. Always remember that, you don't need an original idea, you just need to put your own unique spin on it, and write it the way only you can.

You should always use your thesaurus with caution After all, there's no point sounding smart if all it will do is confuse your readers, and spoil their enjoyment of your story... Just something for you to bear in mind.

You should also bear in mind that establishing a writing routine doesn't have to mean you write 2000 words or more every day. Every writer is different, and your personal writing routine should reflect that, whether it just has you writing down ideas, has you writing the entire first draft of a short story, or has you writing 2000 words towards whatever larger writing project you're working on.

Regardless of whether you're an author, musician, or some other kind of artist, take a look at these three ways to win an argument with your inner critic.

Last, but certainly not least, you may like to check out this post on how to become a better writer... By not writing. Again, this is something that can apply to artists, musicians, etc, as well as writers. Sometimes you just need to breathe, or explore other ways to be creative.

6 comments:

baili said...

all these books sound great
have a nice day

Victoria Zigler said...

Baili:
Thanks. Also, thanks for visiting! :)

Danielle L Zecher said...

Congratulations on your book!

Thanks for sharing all of the great links.

I'm trying NaNo, again, this year. I've tried a few times before, but never finished. Hopefully this year will be different. Are you participating?

Victoria Zigler said...

Danielle:
Thanks! Also, you're welcome... I hope you find at least some of the links useful.

No, I'm not participating in NaNoWriMo. I never do officially, though I usually set my own personal writing challenge for the month. This year I'm not even setting a personal challenge though. But I'll continue to share any links I come across that may be useful to those who, like you, are participating. I hope you manage to complete it this year. Good luck!

Jeanie said...

I love the tip of using the thesarus with caution. Sometimes I swear people use it to be smart -- and you're right -- it only ends up confusing people!

Victoria Zigler said...

Jeanie:
Yes... People seem to think using big words makes them sound smarter. It doesn't. Sometimes the big word is the best word, but sometimes a simpler word works better. Also, as I already mentioned, showing off with big words often just confuses people so much they can't even tell what they're reading any more, let alone enjoy it.