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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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The Size of Your Catalogue on Amazon Counts. If you publish five ebooks on Amazon, you will sell. If you publish 50, you will sell more. That’s logical. In some genres of fiction, short story writers report that it takes... Continue reading
Reblogged 54 minutes ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Not enough happening. Unfortunately plot issues like this are a big deal. If I reach page fifty and I still don’t know where the story is going, it’s an enormous red flag. In an average manuscript, fifty pages is around... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
. Let Your Imagination Out to Play. Everyone has an imagination. Sadly at around seven years of age, we’re taught (unless we’re really lucky), to rein in our imagination. But we’ve all still got imagination; if you doubt yourself, consider... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Tip: in Short Stories, Include a Twist (a Little Something Extra.) Short stories are SHORT. They can be very satisfying for readers if you include a twist. O. Henry is the master of the twist. However, in our terms, your... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Aunt Abby & Aunt Martha Brewster (in Arsenic and Old Lace by Frank Capra) At the center of Capra’s madcap classic are two of the sweetest little old ladies you’re likely to find anywhere this side of your grandmother. In... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your first step in getting hired is to build your “book”, just as it is in copywriting, or in any form of paid writing. Your “book” is your portfolio. Take as many blog jobs as you can, so you have... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Do you ever have writer’s block? Some days I fear writing dreadfully, but I do it anyway. I’ve discovered that sometimes writing badly can eventually lead to something better. Not writing at all leads to nothing. via parade.condenast.com Do it... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I've often (okay, possibly ad nauseum) quoted Michael Hauge. Identification with the protagonist equals empathy. You make the reader identify with the character in the following ways: 1. Make the character the victim of some undeserved misfortune. 2. Put the... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Why start with an image? Because it’s less restrictive. It opens your imagination; words tend to close it. Here’s another reason to start with an image: an image has built-in emotion – if you choose the right image. Fiction is... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
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Could you write romance fiction? If you think you can, and you can read it with enjoyment, you can write romance. Start small, with short stories. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
“As a writer she had the brilliant and enviable skill of making characters seem ridiculous (which any writer can do) but at the same time making you love them for their faults (which most writers can’t do),” wrote fellow Leicester... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
While the finalists for the 2014 Maggies won't be announced until later this year, the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards - the Oscars of Romance Writing - have released their list. These are the best of the best. All... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Yes, it’s a magazine, but it’s much more than that. It’s: News and tips… secrets to help you to write bestselling fiction as quickly as possible. You want an income, not a hobby; Mentoring for personal guidance… sometimes you just... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Discover the Magic of Proposals. If you’ve written for magazines, you know what a query letter is. Blogging proposals are similar. You send a company an email message, with “Proposal” somewhere in the subject line. Call the company first,... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Maurer says Kaizen works because it: · Unsticks you from creative blocks · Bypasses the fight-or-flight response associated with fear · Creates new connections between neurons so that the brain enthusiastically takes over the process of change. So, how can... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I had to write. That was the non-negotiable. The ideas kept rising from the foggy abyss of my weary mind. I needed to write, and if you want to be a writer, the first rule is that you make writing... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Outline Like Your Book Depends On It (Because It Does) I'm a fanatic about outlining. It's gonna make whatever you're writing better, you'll have fewer false starts, and you'll take a shorter amount of time. I write them over and... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Prob­a­bly my most mem­o­rable moment dur­ing the writ­ing of THE LION AND THE ROSE came along one evening when my hus­band arrived home from work, only to be greeted by a dis­tracted and wild-eyed wife rush­ing down from her study.... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 15, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you’ve recently started a blog, you’re wondering: “what do I blog about.” The short answer is anything you please. It’s your blog. You’re the master of your domain. (Pun intended. :-)) The slightly longer answer: you blog about whatever... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 15, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
We’re based near London, UK but we travel at least once a month and have clocked up a few countries between us over the years, having a whole lot of fun along the way. Our blog GlobalGrasshopper.com is our main... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 15, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
7. You’re really tired of explaining to people ‘what you do.’ “So, what do you do?” “…I’m a [muffled response].” “A what?” “…I’m a — uh, freelance writer.” “Wow, that’s cool. I wouldn’t have pinned you for a writer; you... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 15, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
6. Give your characters a desire and turn them loose. The things we want in life lead us inevitably to the choices that we make, the bonds we form, and even the small details that we notice in our environment.... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 15, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Create an Outline from What You’ve Written Your first step is to read through your book, and create an outline from what you’ve actually written. Create the outline in another document, and print it out. If you see gaps... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 15, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
As far as structure, I am probably more influenced by my own years as a magazine writer. I have learned – through years of practice – how to take my material and create a narrative arc within the 4-5k word... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 14, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Lots of wonderful advice for you, if you're writing fiction: Build a series of at least five titles. She’d noticed that authors who hit it big often broke through on the fifth title in a series. She originally planned on... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 13, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog