Write Smart, Write more! Useful links for becoming a successful writer.

When I began writing, like each and everyone of you. I googled about ‘how to write your novel’. As expected, hundreds of sites came up! Trust me it was interesting to read a variety of articles with great suggestions, but it was so exhausting and confusing!

Being a new author I was confused. Where should I go? Which method should I follow? I wondered if this would work for me? At that point I thought all tips worked for all writers. I was so wrong! Nevertheless, I did use the tips offered by best selling authors, editors and literary agents, and soon found out what worked for me.

But to be honest, it was like finding a needle in a hay stack! 

This morning, when I was doing my usual reading, I uncovered a new blog describing some very interesting tips about writing, and developing your craft.

At that moment I thought, “There are so many aspects to writing, why cant they put it all together in one place?” 

So I decided to create this blog. Not only for me, but also for other authors who can come and find the links to several sites which actually help authors develop their craft! I will describe a little about the site and then add the link. The rest is up to you! 

P.S I will keep updating this blog as I find more sites with great tips for authors! And of course your comments and suggestions are welcome! 

Happy writing!

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  1. Advance fiction writing: This site has everything a author needs! Most useful for fiction writers. You want to learn how to create an outline, go here! You want to learn how to create a synopsis… this is the site for you! And hey, he has a great software you could use to develop your story! 
  2. Brendon Burchard: Mostly for non-fiction writers, but his technique and advice is invaluable. I have provided a link to one the most useful video for authors, see if you like it. If you google his name you will find a lot of content. 
  3. 48 Hours Writer: Now this sounds a bit unrealistic, nevertheless its worth a shot. Especially if you have very less time to finish your book. Its a bit unconventional method of writing your book.
  4. Now imagine this. You are typing away at full speed. Very happy. You think today you will get to the target word count. But then you suddenly stop, and ask yourself, “how many times have I described pain or certain facet of my novel this way?” You are not alone. We all seemed to use the same words again and again. Especially at the early stage of writing. Word dreams is a website developed by Jacquie Murray. She provides a list of way you could describe pain, a village, a women…etc. 
  5. Ever wonder where do you start learning about book proposals, query letters, etc. Start here. This is a very straight forward, no nonsense site which gives you with the basics of everything! Also, there are several example or sample query letters you can use.
  6. Erica Verrillo’s website Publish to death is a wonderful and all stop resource for everything from writing tips to the names of agents and publishers looking for authors. Perhaps you are a poet or a short story writer. This site is for you! She regularly lists the names and links of all the important people you should contact to get your work published. And you know what, most of the submission are free! Frankly I think the website’s name is SO cool! 
  7. Writers digest is a pretty nice resource for writing, although I do not like all the articles published here. Although this article which helps you write male and female characters is interesting!
  8.  When you are writing, did you realize that you did not know how to describe certain things? Try descriptionari! Its a website where you will find descriptions on emotions such as fear, anger, happiness, death… and many many more! Its not perfect, but it gives a broad range of descriptions of situations or words you could use in your novel! 
  9. What do you do for synonyms? Don’t you feel like you keep using the same words again, and again, and again. Thesauruses.com is a lot of help!
  10. Now, if you novel is ready to go out there, then you should open an account with Query tracker. This is a site which lists all the publishers and agents. Why do you need it? Simple, it enables you to keep a track of all queries you have sent in one place. The most practical feature is it allows you to read the comments left by other authors who have submitted their work to a particular agent. For instance, if a agent is dodgy, other writers ‘do’ mention it. So its best not to send them your work! If a agent is slow to respond, and most of the authors mention that, you know not to expect a quick reply. Its really very handy.

I hope this has been useful!

Happy writing!

Ten days of photography!

We get so engrossed in our daily activities, that we forget the beauty in small things around us. Recently, a friend of mine challenged me to do 7 days photography challenge. I got overexcited and did a bit extra!

There was an interesting outcome of this activity. Not only it required me to carry my camera around, I noticed each and everything around me and since I clicked many I had to really think which photograph was worth publishing.

This activity was not only fun but also sparked my creativity.  I had to think out of the box and out of my comfort zone. 

Also I was so excited about my work, I decided to put it in my blog!

Day 1: A basement I usually go to but never saw the light this way. 

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Day 2: Mom said ‘Do not play with your food!’ But I did!

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Day 3: Masks. Don’t we all wear them! 

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Day 4: Photography is less tricky during Christmas time! Why, because there is decorations everywhere! 

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Day 5: These strokes attracted me! 

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Day 6: Just looking at this statue filled my heart with peace. I had to click it! 

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Day 7: Chocolate, hmmmm. 

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Day 8: It just looked at me with such love. 

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Day 9: Strawberries. Don’t you just love them! 

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Day 10: Cannot decide if the girl is cuter or the dolphin! 

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Happy blogging…

Valuable resources for publishing and writing.

Hey all,

I hope you had an incredible year! Today I want to share something really important with you.

I have been writing for ages but recently became very serious about publishing my book. In order to understand the process of publishing, I began reading materials of other authors and also visiting publishers websites which provided valuable insights into the world of publishing. Trust me, this helps a lot, and if you plan to publish your book you need to find valuable resources.

I have been following Erica Verrillo for the past one year and I have found it really helpful. In her article Writers Are from Venus, Agents Are from Mars she describes her experience with publishing her book and gives us an idea of the differences between writing and publishing a book. Not only this, she also has a Facebook page where she constantly posts about agents or publishers looking for new manuscripts. This information is also available on her website.

Book publishing is highly selective and very subjective field. The best source of information for publishing and understanding the process is gained by reading about experiences shared by other writers, agents and editors. Time consuming, but necessary! If you are targeting a certain agent, read his or her blog. This will eventually help you understand their work, and also identify which agent or agents will be interested in your book. I know, most of the agents on websites like My Manuscript Wish List mention several genres. Nevertheless, as a author you should check out their websites, read their blogs and articles to know if they would be interested in your manuscript. In addition, if you know what they are interested in, their client list and their latest activities, you will contact them with more confidence.

Other great resources you could use are Publishers Weekly, Writers Digest (I found contact details and information about many publishing houses and agents here) and The Writer (the best site ever!).

I hope this is helpful. Good luck with your writing, and if you know of other great resources for authors please share. Thanks in advance.

Happy blogging!

Just wonderful! #OPRAH <3

A writer who inspired me and several other writers!

Early this year I went to a writers conference. I listened to Joanne Fedler story. She is a writer who has been publishing her books for the last 14 years!

Her talk was extraordinary, and while she shares her fantastic story about publishing and writing, she also inspires writers like you and me to never give up! Most of all, she does not forget to make you laugh! I hope you enjoy her talk as well… and hopefully it helps you!

Click here to watch Joanne’s inspirational talk

If you would like to learn from Joanne and discover the ultimate secrets of writing your story – get instant access to her free webinar here: https://joannefedler.com/project/7-tricks/#jointricks

 

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happy writing!

 

 

If things go wrong… do not go with them!

Our emotions change all the time. Each day feel many different types of emotions. Our emotions can effect the way that we think or perceive certain things or situations.

Emotion is defined as a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood or relationships with others. We all have expressed and felt an array of emotions throughout our lives at some time or another, whether it be happiness, joy, surprise, wonder, disgust, anger, rage, fear, disgust, anxiety, sorrow, guilt, sadness or distress.

But as Les Brown would say, if things go wrong.. do not go with them!

The best solution is to move on!

 

Best speaker ever… Worth watching!

Surely!

via Why should you go to writing conferences?

Worth reading!

via Apply this technique and generate the first draft of your book in 48 Hours!!

The best!

via Why should authors stop overthinking, and start writing!

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