Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#Writing Wednesday - November 15th 2017

In case you missed my posts from Saturday and Sunday:

"Bluebell The Fairy Guide" is now available in audio, narrated by Jenny Bacon, with Beatrice Turner as the voice of Bluebell.

And...

"Ulrike's Christmas" is now available in audio, narrated by Jerry Fischer.

Both books can be purchased in audio via Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. For a list of links - including those for eBook and paperback versions, just in case you'd prefer those formats - click on the posts linked to above.

Audiobook production is coming along quite nicely. There have been a few production delays in some cases, but things are moving along nicely and 20 of my titles are now available in audio (12 of them you'll have already seen the announcement posts for if you're a regular reader of this blog). I'm working with Jerry and Jenny on a few of my other stand alone stories. I'm working with a couple of other narrators - Patricia DeBruhl and J D Kelly - on some of the other stand alone stories I have too. I'm also still working with Natalee Pfifer and Tiffany Marz on my Magical Chapters Trilogy and Zeena Dragon Fae series respectively. Giles Miller has completed work on my Kero's World books, so there will be some posts about those next week (those are seven of the books I have yet to post announcement posts for, despite them being available in audio already). Finally, I worked with a wonderful narrator by the name of Danny Letham to produce an audio version of "Eadweard - A Story Of 1066" over the past month or so, which is the other book I have yet to post an announcement for (I'm waiting for the iTunes link). Like I said, things are moving along quite nicely. 20 books down, 31 to go.

If you have books you want to produce in audio too, take a moment to read this post on working with a narrator.

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Regardless of the kind of thing you write - from blog posts to novels, and everything in between - check out this post on keeping the passion for writing going.

If your problem is that you're feeling uninspired, try these tips for when you're feeling uninspired. Of course, the one about writing down your ideas will only help you if you make a habit of doing it so there's a handy list for when you're struggling to find inspiration, but it's still a good idea. On that note, here are some ideas of how to collect writing ideas while you're procrastinating online. Remember though to beware of Procrastination: A Writer’s Kryptonite.

On the other hand, if it's the demon of self-doubt you're battling with, here's a post on fighting the demon of doubt, and a reminder to stop trying to come up with the most original story idea ever.

Oh, and if you're doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and have fallen behind on your word count, here are some tips for getting word count when you've fallen behind. Most important though is to not panic. Don't let it stop you from continuing with NaNoWriMo and trying to get your 50,000 words written. I mean, it would be amazing if you manage it - I hope you do, in fact. But you deserve a pat on the back for trying in the first place, and any progress you make towards writing your novel is awesome. Just keep writing, be proud of however much you do achieve, and enjoy yourself.

Of course, if you want to do a writing challenge, it doesn't have to be something like NaNoWriMo. In fact, it doesn't even have to be one of the hundreds and hundreds of writing challenges you can find by browsing the internet. You can always invent a writing exercise that challenges you personally. Just a thought.

Anyway...

Many people say you should avoid overused expressions, but that's actually easier said than done. So, here's a short post with some examples of How to freshen up cliched expressions instead.

Also, here's an interesting post on How Being a Wallflower Improves Your Writing, or things to take note of during quiet moments when you can observe the people and things around you while out and about.

Here's how to determine if your novel needs a prologue. However, whether it does or not, check out this next post if you need some tips on how to start that first chapter.

Next, here are three keys to writing effective action scenes and eight things writers forget when writing fight scenes, just in case you have trouble with one - or both - of those things. I know I struggle with the latter; I'm personally not that good at writing fight scenes, so I'm glad to have those tips to bear in mind for the future.

Speaking of writing fight scenes, if you want your fantasy battles to be accurate, this post will help you out with what most new fantasy writers get wrong about weapons and armour. Something that's especially important if you're writing in a medieval setting, or other actual historical period.

On the other hand, if you have either science or magic in your story, you might want to take a look at this post on how science and magic are two sides of the same coin, and bear in mind that magic needs some rules - even if they aren't explained in your story - and science doesn't have to be explained in great detail (not that there's anything wrong with explaining your science in your science-fiction, since some people - myself included - do enjoy some evidence of scientific research, you just don't need to explain every single aspect in perfect detail).

Regardless of the elements in your story, these things causing a sagging middle could help you if the middle of your story has fallen a bit flat.

Last, but certainly not least, always remember that all writing counts, and you are a writer - as long as you write.

2 comments:

Jeanie said...

I always enjoy your writing posts and I see quite a few links here that I think I may need to visit! Thanks for the compilation.

Victoria Zigler said...

Jeanie:
You're very welcome!