Wednesday, April 12, 2017

#Writing Wednesday - April 12th 2017

The three legged stool of writing is an interesting way to look at the elements you need to make a good story, and illustrates what I always say about these elements being just as important as one another.

Are you planning to self-publish? If so, here are some self-publishing and formatting quick tips to help you out... Especially if you're on a tight budget. Also, here's how to save money with a DIY copy-edit. Oh, and here are some tips on choosing your keywords, to help readers find your book once it's published.

Whether you're self-publishing or going the traditional route though, if you plan to have your book - or even just a phrase or two of it - in multiple languages, make sure things don't get lost in translation. In other words, if you plan to just use the odd word here and there (like J K Rowling did with the Latin words she used for the spells in Harry Potter) then it's OK to rely on something like Google Translate. Otherwise, if you don't speak - or read - the language yourself, make sure you get someone who does to help you. There are only two books of mine where I used anything other than English. Well, three if you count one of my poetry books, which contains a poem where a bit of Welsh is included. Anyway, one of the books is "Yua And The Great Wizard Hunt" where I took a leaf out of J K Rowling's book and used Latin for the magic spells. The other is "Cubby And The Beanstalk" where the magic words are actually Welsh words. My early education was in Welsh, so I can use that one more freely, since I speak it well enough myself to be able to recognize if things sound correct, hence there being a whole little rhyming chant for the spell in the book where the magic words were Welsh, where as the book where I used Latin words had no more than a couple of words strung together, since I couldn't be certain of being entirely correct in my translations for more than that.

Anyway... Moving on...

If you've ever wondered... Yes, robots will change the way we write, but not in the way you might think. Read the post to learn more.

Last, but certainly not least, if you're feeling burned out, here are six ways to recharge your writing batteries.


Jeanie said...

I always enjoy your writing Wednesdays! More good tips here.

Victoria Zigler said...

Thanks... I'm glad you always enjoy these posts!