I recently enrolled my books in KDP Select, which means they are now available exclusively on Amazon and available on Kindle Unlimited. Here are five quick tips I learned that you may find useful if you are new to KDP Select or are considering whether to enrol any of your titles.
Many thanks to Chris Graham from The Story Reading Ape’s Blog for publishing my article about ways to restore your energy levels.
Do you feel as if you’re running on empty, distracted by the constant demands of social media or not finding the time you need to write your next novel? You might need to focus on recharging your writing batteries, and there are six easy ways to do just that. Try one or more of these techniques, and see if it makes a difference to your life.
Unplug your screen
If you’re writing, blogging and using a computer at work, then you’re spending a great deal of time looking at a screen. Try taking a break and see what a difference it makes. Keep away for all your devices for just twenty-four hours, and then write down how you feel at the end of that day. Chances are that you’ll feel healthier and discover a fresh enjoyment in the world around you.
If you’re a blogger and writer, then you…
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The theme of a novel is the major issue that underlies the story, and is the lesson or message that it conveys. It is one of the most important factors to think about when planning and writing a work of fiction. When you studied literature at school, the theme of a novel was always an important point for discussion. Now that you’re a writer, don’t forget to give your own story’s theme the same careful consideration. Continue reading “The Theme of a Novel”
The setting of your novel is a critical element that needs careful consideration and planning. It is the backdrop to your story, and requires as much thought as you give to the characters and storyline. There are several aspects that you need to take into account, including the time period, the location, the mood to be evoked and the level of detail to be used in your descriptions. Continue reading “The Setting of a Novel”
Fiction is normally divided into a range of categories that are referred to as genres. It will be the first way for readers and publishers to judge your novel, and every writer needs to select the genre of their own work. Despite that, many writers find it difficult to make that decision, even after completing the first draft. Many stories seem to fit into more than one category, making the choice even more difficult. This is a brief guideline to help you make that decision. Continue reading “Fiction Genres”
Standard Word Counts
You are about to embark on a long and challenging journey and so far you have only stared at a blank sheet of paper or a computer screen in the search for inspiration. It might seem too early too worry about the length of your novel, but I consider that some forward planning is essential. You will know where you are headed and the size of the task you are about to undertake. Continue reading “The Length of a Novel”
Learn the difference between these words and you will never get them confused again.
Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – complement & compliment”
The words there, their and they’re are the source of endless confusion. Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – their, there and they’re”
One of the most common mistakes in writing is the misuse of either its or it’s. Continue reading “Toni’s Writing Tips – its and it’s”
I was delighted to have an article posted on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog – about How to Write Dates in fiction.
Your mind is on fire as you type out your latest story at super-fast speed when, all of a sudden, you come to a halt. You want to include a date or a time period, and you’re not sure of the best way to express it.
Here are some easy guidelines to help you get started.
There are two simple ways to write a date but in fiction you should try to write the words out in full:
Thursday 9 June 2016 – with no comma and no “th”
Ninth of June
Always write dialogue the way your character would say it:
“She’ll be here on April the tenth,” said Mary.
Write a single year in numerals:
For a range of years, you can write the numerals:
1998-99 or 2002-2006
But for fiction, you should try to write the phrase in full:
She died sometime…
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Chris from the Story Reading Ape Blog kindly posted my simple guide to building a story. Continue reading “How to Build a Story in 20 Easy Steps (Guest Post )”
Chris from The Story Reading Ape Blog was kind enough to post my article about the effects of adrenaline. You can read more here: Adrenaline – A Simple Guide for Writers
This is a simple guide to adrenaline and its effects on the human body. An adrenaline rush is often referred to as the flight or fight response. You, the writer, put your characters into the most incredible situations and then decide if they will confront the enemy or run away – or do something completely unexpected. But what really happens when a person confronts an assailant or has a panic attack?
Adrenaline is a hormone that is sometimes referred to as epinephrine, but only in American medical circles – and that word may be slowly dying out. Adrenaline is the word of choice in all popular media and around the world.
Your characters are likely to have more than one adrenaline rush on their way to the exciting climax in your story. It happens in response to trauma, shock or a sudden fright. The hormone bursts out of…
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