Tag Archives: setting

From Hockey To Books – Luke Murphy Shares His Marketing Secrets

16 Dec

IMG_5365 (2)-1Today we have author Luke Murphy joining us to explain his techniques for marketing his debut novel, Dead Man’s Hand.  Hello, Luke!…

Marketing Starts With Writing

My marketing started with the writing of my book. I always had a plan, an idea of the plot, but now I had to think about the characters and setting, and I had to think about my target audience in this stage. Continue reading

How To Brainstorm New Writing Ideas

10 Oct
Photo by TZA

Photo by TZA

Where do novel ideas come from–and ones for books too?  (See what I did there?  No?  Okay, moving on).  Do they just fall out of the sky and knock you on the head?  Or are they the product of intense hours spent wringing loose connections out of your brain and rearranging them to form a greater picture?

So what happens when… nothing happens? Continue reading

Movie Script Tips For Novel Writing

29 Aug
Photo by Trevor Enright

Photo by Trevor Enright

The book is always better than the movie, right?  But there are certain things that we as writers can learn from films. Movies can only hold the attention of an audience for a couple of hours, so every second counts.  When it comes to our novels, we need to make every word count. Continue reading

Take A Walk In Your Character’s Shoes

25 Jul
Photo by Thomas Hawk

Photo by Thomas Hawk

The believability of your story relies on your characters.  How they view the world, interpret it, experience things, and how they feel about it can be completely different than someone else.

But how do we truly know what it’s like for our characters?  How can we successfully relay that information to our readers? Continue reading

How To Come Back Up From The Writing Downs

31 May
Photo by Sarah Wynne (cc)

Photo by Sarah Wynne (cc)

Did you know…

Nicholas Sparks’ first two novels were never published?

He wrote his first novel in 1985, and then he buried it in his attic.  The same happened to his second.  It wasn’t until early 1995 that an agent signed him for a little novel called The Notebook.  Enough said.

The dead-end manuscript happens to every writer.  You know.  The one under your bed or buried somewhere within the depths of your hard drive, never to see the light of day.  Maybe it was your first practice novel or a story that just never got picked up by an agent.  Or perhaps someone out there beat you to the punch by a few months (which happened to me recently – no kidding.  Same genre, setting, and time in history and everything).

So what do you do? (once you’re finished banging your head against a wall)

Do you bury/burn/blow it up in your backyard and move on?  Before you do, have you considered all your options?  All may not be lost. Continue reading

How To Overcome Writer’s Block – 10 Tips

23 May
Photo by Drew Coffman

Photo by Drew Coffman

Writer’s block.  We’ve all been there.  Sometimes we even use it as an excuse.

“Why aren’t you writing today?”

“I can’t.  I have writer’s block.”

It’s not a fatal diagnosis.  It’s just a little stumbling block, which I can hopefully inspire you to overcome.

Writer’s Block Remedies: Continue reading

Seven Tips To Make An Old Story New – Advice From Marissa Meyer

2 May

cinderSome say, there are no stories left untold, that all original ideas are already taken, and that all new novels are just old stories regurgitated.  If that’s true, then what would be the point of buying new books?  Whatever the reason for recurring themes or ideas, writers are always finding ways to break the boundaries.

But what about using past stories to our advantage?  Lately, there has been an influx of novels hitting the shelves that retell an old story in a new way.

I’ve recently discovered The Lunar Chronicles (Yeah, I know.  I’m a little late to the party).  Growing up, I loved the story of Cinderella, so when I picked up Marissa Meyer’s novel, Cinder, I thought she had some pretty big slippers to fill (heh, see what I did there?).

Here’s what Marissa Meyer has to say about re-creating old stories: Continue reading