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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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When you’re new to fiction writing, you worry. One of the things you worry about are chapters. Beginning authors send me questions like: What’s a “chapter”? How long/ short is a chapter? How do you know when you’ve written one?... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing exercises have a major benefit: they can fix bad habits you’ve developed. We talked about the bad habit of leaving novels unfinished, for example. If you’re concerned that you have no time to do pesky exercises: You always have... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction authors’ primary challenge: ever-growing competition Writing and selling novels has changed over the past few years. Not so long ago, a rapid publishing program could kickstart an author’s career, and from then on, his novels sold consistently. Unfortunately, the... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
A time management truth: you will NEVER have enough time It’s true, sadly. Even full-time writers moan that they have “no time.” Your life will eat your writing time if you allow it. You have a decision to make: how... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
One student had (I still can’t believe this) 22 partial novels. Amazing. By “partial” I mean he’d written more than a single scene or chapter. His partials all had more than four chapters; some of the novels were a few... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 11, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Why write short stories? Here are some of the benefits: Speed: you can write six (or more) short stories in the time it takes to write one novel; Income: short stories sell; Short stories can give you inexpensive, ongoing sales... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 10, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The old “blogging is dead” claim still makes the rounds at least once a year. However, savvy bloggers know that a blog is an amazing sales tool. Recently I was speaking to a veteran blogger who gave up blogging for... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 9, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Master Fiction Writing: Craft A Novel in 31 Days An author asks: “Can you write fiction more quickly than nonfiction?” It’s a good question. The answer? Yes, because when you’re writing fiction, there’s less research involved. Of course, historical fiction... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 6, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Short stories can kickstart your book sales Last year, as an experiment, my Advanced Fiction class and I did a little experiment. We’d each write five short stories — 10,000 words and under — and sell them for $2.99. Several... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 6, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Professional writing: getting it done The big challenge: how do you get it all done? Last week a writer (let’s call her Maria) contacted me, saying that she was overwhelmed. She had too many writing gigs. Not only was she... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 5, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
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If you do your blogging on your phone, kudos to you. I don't post to any of my blogs from my phone, but I do write draft posts in Bear. When I'm back in the office, I publish the posts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Want writing success? Please keep moving forward. Over the past year, I’ve been working with a group of writers. They were all stuck, in one way or another. Let’s look at the experiences of three of them. One writer (let’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 30, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
July is almost upon us, and for a freelance writer, that means it’s time to gear up for a happy, productive, and profitable October to January. Please start planning and writing today. I wrote for print magazines for many years,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 27, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Want to write novels which sell? You can, when you remember that when you’re selling fiction, you’re selling emotional experiences. Your readers live your characters’ emotional journeys. They need to care about your characters, and then your characters will sell... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 25, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction writing: ideas from things that fascinate you Not only do you want “great” ideas, you want to find ideas which will hold your interest. So, watch for things which grab your attention. If something holds your attention for more... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 22, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing made easier: create templates and boilerplate text for everything I install Textexpander (Mac, Windows, IOS) on all my computers before I install anything else. Not only do I keep all my text shortcuts in Textexpander, I keep many of... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 19, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Now let’s look at the tips. 1. Keep going, even if you get a “better idea” for a new novel Everyone gets ideas. Writing begets ideas. Unfortunately an idea for a new novel can seem like a solution when you’ve... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 13, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your goal must be to stand out from the crowd, so that you can make a great living from your writing. That means that you need to do what other writers fail to do, so that you stand out from... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 13, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
One bullet journal or many? Initially, I started with a single bullet journal: I followed the BuJo system religiously for almost a year, trying to put my entire life into a bullet journal. It stopped working for me. I found... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 12, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing in 2018: cash and content Here’s the conundrum. “Free” doesn’t have the power to build self-publishing careers that it once did. However, when an ebook is enrolled in KDP Select (and therefore is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers,) you... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 10, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You’re writing a novel. Except you’re not… days pass, and you can’t even look at the words you’ve written. Why is writing a novel so hard? While there are dozens of ways to finish a novel, there’s really only one... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 10, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your fiction writing goals: map your journey to inspire your writing A goal gives you a destination, and a way to get there. Goals stop you floundering. Simple goals you can set for your fiction writing include: A short-term goal... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 10, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You CAN write a novel, even without an idea in your head Oddly enough, “ideas” are a challenge for many authors. They either have too many ideas, and can’t pick one, or they “can’t think of an idea.” My new... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 8, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I’ve had several authors who are self-publishing asking how to get more sales. So, let’s look at this today. Before we start, please consider that the self-publishing environment is constantly changing, so avoid magical thinking. There’s no magic bullet for... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 7, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Book marketing with a blog: your blog helps readers to discover your books A blog isn’t a quick fix for an author’s book marketing woes. Blogs take time to build a readership. However, blogs are great for book marketing because:... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 5, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog