MUSERS WRITING TIPS
Within this page, you will find various tips to help you in your writing or even make you think before you pen anything down on paper. I have placed it in alphabetical order to easier reference.
-have small address labels with your name and website to place right under your signature for your reader to link to and see what else is new with you.
-place pics from a previous booksigning in your website
-send postcards as invites to a booksigning
-circulate in a bookstore beforehand and hand out bookmarks, directing them to your table
-invite other authors for a multi-signing affair
What to do with books you've read
I make small gift baskets which contain tea sachets, a mug, the book with a bookmark, a notebook, pen, and I give it to the seniors home near my home to give to any senior whose birthday is coming up. I include the notebook and pen with a note by me saying "This is your very own book to begin writing your own story you've always wanted."
I maintain another Word document with the characters listed in order of appearance in the story. Every time I mention a detail about a character, I log it with the character. I also maintain a timeline in that file. I've tried to plot every event on that timeline to make sure things flow smoothly.
I have found that I am more comfortable with my principal characters when I know who they are. I am pretty far into my book length piece and have just now written a biography for him. I guess that I knew him well enough; but when I wrote his bio as if someone other than me was going to read it I got a new insight into him.
I've also used a list of questions to outline a character for myself. The only trouble is that at some point the questionnaire leads me off into a new story or two.
In my case, I 'allow' my characters to dictate their strengths and weaknesses as the story unfolds. All I really need is a title for my book, and the opening paragraph. That's it. As I write, the story becomes more and more crystal clear. This may not be efficient and practical because at times it slows me down, but I've tried to outline,
blueprint, and fine tune the 'before' story and it's just not my style.
my characters in an anthology book that I'm writing with a few other
writers, I give my character an obsession with a cigarette butt that he
places behind his ear and touches whenever he needs to think
I think characters should be developed enough to fit the story you're
telling. You don't need the life story and ancenstory of the character,
unless it influeces your story. Character 'rap sheets' are mind-numbing...
but they do seem to work for some people. I write the book, and get to know
my MC as s/he developes. Sometiems I just have to 'live' with them for a
while. Other times I discover things about them half way through a chapter.
That's sometimes a problem with me. My characters spring from a compilation
of people I know, and I try to think of things that set them apart from
other characters. I've tried the character checklist
Lea Schizas on Character and Plot Driven:
Character driven, is when a story is created using the backdrop of the
Elements of a good story
1-What is the point of your story? What message do you want your reader to get from it? Figure this out and you're on your way.
2-Always have your plot/characters/dialogue moving forward. Donít stagnate and lag or else you risk losing your readerís attention.
3-Round off your characters as 3-dimensional. Give them life. Bond them with your reader.Nothing hooks a reader more into the story than relating to the plight of a character.
4-Develop and paint your setting with descriptive detail, allowing your reader a sense of Ďbeingí there.
5-Be consistent in your POV. Donít jump back and forth confusing the read. Tell the story from the best possible choice of POV. Unsure? Then try different ones and pick the one best suited to tell your message.
Point of View
I tend to use third person unless I'm doing something like an essay,
something that's personal to me.
In a writing course I had we wrote a scene from the POV of our main
character. Then we rewrote the same scene from the villain's POV. It
was one of those 'aha' moments and now I find that if something isn't
working just right, I'll switch POV for that scene.
anyone has had a rejection slip come their way, it feels awful. You had high
hopes for the submission. But take heart:
checked my mailbox.....and what did I find.....My very first
ever......................Rejection letter!!! I have submitted my firstborn
story to five publishers....this is my very first time.....and this is my
Swearing according to Susan
read that "what if..." is one of Steven King's favorite beginnings. I
I keep my what if thoughts in a simple journal. I carry a very small one with me in my purse.I think that it allows me to be inspired any time, any where by any thing or anyone. I have thought of switching to a PDA or other gizmo. But I love the feel of pen on paper. I use these tiny inspirations not just as fodder for stories but for sermons. I may develop them later on my laptop in my real journal at home. In any case I never throw any idea away or dismiss it. Who knows what it may become.
if... I had time to write?
3 x 5 index cards and tape recorders to record fleeting what-if thoughts. I
actually have three tape recorders strategically located. I gotta capture
ideas immediately, considering how fast my brain moves onto other subjects.
If not captured immediately, I'd forget the ideas forever.