5 Creative Novel Writing Tips

5 Creative Novel Writing Tips

Are you a creative writer? Do you know any creative writing tips? Whether you write novels, short stories, blogs, journals or emails, there are all times when we struggle to find some creativity. But how do we improve our writing? This post will outline some tips.

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5 Creative Writing Tips

Here are some creative writing tips to help you succeed:

1. Don’t Stop Reading

It is impossible to become a creative writer without being a reader first. Discovering your love for writing should encourage you to diversify your taste, because limiting your reading to one genre leaves you with limited knowledge. If you want to improve, read everything that you can get your hands on.

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.

Stephen King

2. Live with Imperfection

Even famous writers will tell you they are not perfect. No one is perfect but if you allow yourself to focus on perfection, you’ll never find success as a creative writer. Continue learning so your writing doesn’t stagnate.

3. Learn to Research

People always tell you to write what you know. That you can only write about love or hate; some topic that arouses passion. When you find something that interests you but you don’t have knowledge about it then you’ll have to learn how to research. Research, research, research, until you know the topic inside and out. It is part of being a successful writer.

4. Become Friends with a Dictionary

All writers need to build their vocabulary. Learning unfamiliar words can help you develop a story idea or set the tone or mood for a specific scene. Building your vocabulary will also help you find words quicker when you are looking for just the right one.

5. Record Your Ideas

If an idea suddenly occurs to you, write it down. Whether it is dialogue, characters, setting or a random thought, don’t let it get away from you. You might think you will remember it, but the human mind is a tricky thing, and it might be impossible for you to recall what happened three minutes ago, let alone an odd thought. Leave a notepad beside the bed or take notes on your phone, but keep track of your ideas because you never know when one will lead to something great.

Hollow Edge Book Cover

Clicking on the picture will take you to Amazon to purchase the book.

Final Thoughts

Don’t stop writing. You need to discover what writing tips work for you. It doesn’t matter your goal, keep writing. Do you have any writing tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments.

 

Until next time

Frankie

Feature photo from Pixabay.

Blogging: Capture Your Reader’s Attention

Blogging: Capture Your Reader’s Attention

Blogging is a massive industry and these days there are over 600 million blogs in the world. Studies have shown that you only have seconds to capture someone’s attention and with all that competition, how do you stand out?

It’s simple really. People want to read good content. They want to be entertained or they want to learn something.

What is Blogging?

Blogging is such a strange word, it evolved from web-server’s log file when blogs emerged in the mid-1990s. If you don’t already know, a blog is a website or page on a website where information is shared in a conversational tone. While Blogging is a collection of skills that a person (blogger) needs to write and run a blog.

Who Can Start a Blog?

Anyone can start a blog and share their thoughts on any topic from the Industrial Revolution to Game of Thrones. Your imagination is the only limit. Blogs can make you famous or let you stay anonymous by writing under a pseudonym.

Time Capsule

In essence, a blog is a time capsule of whatever you want to share with the world. The Internet has made it possible to share your life with total strangers all over the world where they can learn about your life and who you are. With a blog, you can connect to friends and strangers anytime, anywhere.

Reasons People Start a Blog

These are a few possible reasons that people start a blog:

  • To get attention
  • As a full-time job
  • As self-expression
  • To sell products
  • To sell affiliate products
  • To share their experiences
  • To help others
  • To make money

Businesses

Most businesses have a blog or collection of articles to advertise their services or products and boost their online profile. In fact, a lot of blogs are sales funnels.  They have a product or service to sell you and that is the main focus of the blog post, showcasing their product.  Business blogs are designed to create customer connections and increase the company’s visibility.

Author Blogging

As an author, I don’t really follow the rules that business bloggers follow. They tell you to pick a niche and narrow it down as much as you can. That may work for businesses, but I am blogging to promote my book not sell a product. Although technically my book is a product.

Blog 52

This is my 52nd blog so I have officially been blogging for a full year. I blog about my travels, favorite books or movies, stress, creativity, or whatever else I feel like writing about. No, my blog is not popular but that’s okay because writing it is fun and I can tell that my writing has improved from a year ago (read the blog post below and you’ll see what I mean). I consider it a writing exercise. 

Final Thoughts

You can capture your reader’s attention by either entertaining or informing them. Have you ever considered starting a blog? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time

Frankie

Feature image by Tumisu from Pixabay.

5 New Terms to Learn Before Building Your WordPress Website

5 New Terms to Learn Before Building Your WordPress Website

If you are like me just starting out with WordPress, you may have come across some new jargon. I thought I was tech-savvy, but there is so much to learn. The blog outlines 5 New Terms to Learn before Building Your WordPress Website.

WordPress

Here We Go

With my first novel out for review, and spare time on my hands, I launched this author site and started a blog. I checked out the websites of some authors, both published and unpublished. Decided what I liked and needed as a brand-new author.

There are plenty of ‘How to Build A Website’ blogs on the internet, so I won’t bore you with those details. The article I followed had step-by-step instructions with pictures. Easy, right?

Build a website they said, it will be fun they said…

Actually, that part was simple. I set up a self-hosting WordPress website through Bluehost with a free domain. After picking a free theme from Elegant Themes I installed it. Suddenly, there I was with a template and no clue what to do next. Sure, you can start a website in an hour, but you still have to figure out how to add content and manipulate the site. After some trial and error, I finally found a video on YouTube that taught me the basics of my theme. The following is a list of website terms I didn’t know previously.

Word Press Terms

1. Plug In

A plug-in is a software program that adds functions to your word press site. My theme suggested I add plug-ins such as WPForms (creates forms), SendinBlue (email/marketing) and WooCommerce (allows you to sell products).

2. Widget

A widget is a block of content usually used in the sidebars, headers and footers. My theme, Hestia has nine widget areas. While plugins get installed, widgets are drag-and-drop blocks.

3. SEO

The term SEO is short Search Engine Optimization. This is the method of enhancing the traffic to your website through organic search engine results. I installed Yoast SEO. Whenever I write a post, Yoast scores my SEO and readability then suggests changes to improve both.

SEO

4. API Key

API is short for Application Programming Interface, a code that gets passed in computer applications to track and control the user. For example, my marketing program allows me to send 1000 emails a day and they track my usage to ensure I don’t go over this number.

5. Slug

This is not a bug, but the user-friendly name of the post in the URL. For example, the slug in this URL is 5-new-terms-to learn-before-building-your-wordpress-website.

Final Thoughts

I hope these terms prove helpful. There is a stiff learning curve to master WordPress, but it is a great program once you get the basics down. Are there any other crazy website terms I missed? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time

Frankie

All photos via Pixabay except for the screenshot of the slug.

My First Blog

My First Blog

Hello, world. This is my first blog. Not the first one I have ever read, but the first I have written. I must admit I am a little nervous since I am an introvert. It is hard for me to put myself out into the world, but I have thrown caution to the wind, pushed past the fear and joined the blogging community.

Why did I start a blog?

I am a writer. If you like dystopian stories, you have come to the write place. (Yes, I know I used the wrong right). Hollow Edge, my first novel will publish early 2021. I won’t count the other half-dozen incomplete novels I’ve started, then deleted.

My writing group is also publishing a compilation Nineteen Tales of COVID-19 set for a fall 2020 debut.

It has taken four long years to reach this point. I discovered that writing is hard. Who knew? I took so many courses on character, plot, themes, conflict, dialogue and the list goes on. I wrote, rewrote, edited, then rewrote after each course. My day job as an editor also takes time away from my writing life. (It is much easier to find other people’s mistakes than find my own.)

My writing group has been such a blessing. They have helped me so much to learn and grow as an author. Encouraging me to find my voice. This week my novel goes out to beta readers. Fingers crossed it goes well. 

My writing group has been such a blessing. They have helped me so much to learn and grow as an author. Encouraging me to find my voice. This week my novel goes out to beta readers. Fingers crossed it goes well. 

My writing group has been such a blessing. They have helped me so much to learn and grow as an author. Encouraging me to find my voice. This week my novel goes out to beta readers. Fingers crossed it goes well.

My daughter has been my biggest cheerleader. She believed in me before I believed in myself.

Am I a published author?

Yes, my first published piece appeared in the weekly Millbrook Times, November 2002. My first of several articles on my daughter’s hockey team. The stories described the kids like NHL players playing in the big leagues instead of minor hockey at the local arena. All writing counts, right?

Is this blog only going to talk about writing?

No, it is not. I promise not to fill your inbox with constant promotions.

What am I going to blog about?

I will blog about travelling, sports (hockey fan), movies, writing and the occasional pug story. I will also post photos from my travels. I will not post any political or social commentary.

Until next time

Frankie

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