Now there is a bit of irony here as I was thinking about this before I put my right hand out of action. I don’t know where I about read the idea, it’s not mine so I apologise for not crediting it. There is a great deal to be said for writing your first draft […]Read more "Advise from an unpublished Author – Writing by hand"
This is not very good advice because I don’t know. We all know that description is good, especially in fantasy if you are world building then you need to the reader to see the world. I’ve read books and been very confused as to the setting, I’ve read some that magically transport me to the […]Read more "Useless Advice from an unpunished author – How much is too much description?"
I know this is easier said than done if you are an indie author on a limited budget. A decent editor will cost a lot, more than most hope to make out of their book. That leaves friends and family. The problem there is that they might just tell you how good it is, because […]Read more "Advice from an unpublished author; Getting someone to critique your work before you publish."
I know there is this whole debate about planners and pantsers. I started of somewhere in the middle with a rough chapter guide some notes on characters and few bits and pieces around world building. This approach has got me into a bit of trouble. For example, I was explaining where different room are in […]Read more "Advice from an unpublished author – Do some planning."
This is one of my pet peeves as a reader, when an author doesn’t trust the readers intelligence and must make sure you don’t miss any important plot points. I remember it very clearly in one of Dan Browns books. I can’t remember which one as he is not an author I like to go […]Read more "More useless advice from an unpublished author – plot sign posting"
The other day I read an interesting article about this, it was quite reasoned, the author saying he found it hard to write every day. What was more interesting were the comments, some of them totally ridiculous. I remember one spitting vile claiming if you didn’t write everyday then you would never become a writer […]Read more "Advice from an unpublished author – do you need to write every day?"
If there is one thing the internet is not short of is advice. It used to all be free but now I get plagued with offers of writing coaches and other such help, all for very reasonable amounts. These people, according to their pitches, are experts in their field, rich and successful yet still prepared […]Read more "Advise from an unpublished author – the beginning"