Whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, there is one mistake nearly every writer does, including experienced ones. It’s a concept of your writing goal, be it one paragraph, one chapter, or whole sections of the manuscript. When plotting (outlining) your book, you have a series of events carefully planned out. Therefore, it’s logical when … More Most Common Writing Mistake – Character Development
Welcome back to the Journey in Prose! Today’s focus may seem simple, but is paramount to improving your prose if you find yourself really getting stuck. This is a technique when you’ve edited until you can edit no more, and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to polish your manuscript that last 10%. … More Journey in Prose: Get Some Distance
Did you miss Twitter’s #PitchCB? That’s okay, here’s a summary of today’s winning pitches and discussions! Theme: #DiscoveryDay #PitchCB : 9AM – 1PM (London Time). Winning Pitches: @AlissiaBee; Liked by Curtis Brown Agent: Emma Herdman Imagine discovering a furnished house in Dulwich. A secret setting for an affair in the 70s. It was abandoned. You need … More #PitchCB Results!
So often when we approach the first draft of our novel, it’s with a sense of dread and foreboding. A novel is a massive thing to tackle and all kinks can’t be ironed out on the first try. That’s why we hand off our newborn to editors, beta readers, and critique partners. … More Quick and Dirty Editing
Welcome to Episode 3 in the Journey of Prose. If you’re behind, be sure to check out Episode 1 and Episode 2. Today’s focus is knowing when to worry about prose. Unless you’re a professional writer who’s been writing everyday for years (and knows what is considered publishable writing), then I wouldn’t suggest worrying about prose … More Journey in Prose: The 3 Levels of Prose Edits
We take a break from our Journey in Prose for a moment of inspiration. Writing with the intention to publish is not for the weak hearted, it’s not for the weak willed and it’s most certainly not for the unambitious. Publishable writing means endless waiting to hear back from agents and editors, rejections by the fistful, … More Do you Have a Goal… or a Dream?
Welcome to the second rendition of The Journey of Prose. If you missed the first of the series, click here. (This will take you to the original AJFlowers author site.) Today’s focus, 5 Common Pitfalls. The first time you took pen to paper and tried to write a story it’s likely that it came out simply as information. … More The Journey of Prose: 5 Common Pitfalls
http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/festival-of-drabbles-2015-competition.html Be sure to stop by and vote! I’m proud to host a drabble for this competition. Here it is for your enjoyment! Alyssa Flowers-Bouman – An Angelic Dance http://www.ajflowers.org You’re the first angel I’ve ever met. I never knew your wings would be gold. Do you enjoy ripping out a person’s soul, as you … More Festival of Drabbles – Voting Ends Nov 13!
The goal of being a writer is pretty simple: Transcribe ideas from Point A (Your brain) to Point B (The Blank Page – eek!). Of course that’s stripping it down to its bare bones. (Sorry all bards and minstrels that just rolled over in your graves.) So now the magical question, how do you accomplish this … More The Journey of Prose: Unique Style? Or Just Poor Prose
After the overwhelming interest in 4 Tips to a Stellar First Chapter, I’ve made this complimentary post upon request. Now, the reason I got a publisher’s feedback on how to shape up my first chapter was because I first won a Twitter Pitch Contest. This just show the benefit of winning a Twitter Pitch Contest that … More 4 Tips to a Stellar Twitter Pitch