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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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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 6 hours ago 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
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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 6 hours ago 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 7 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Blogging Sells Books, But… Does blogging sell books? Yes, but probably not in the way you think. Authors make a hash of blogging, and then say it doesn’t work… and that applies to all social media too. It’s why authors... Continue reading
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Write a lot of books and produce them on a consistent schedule. To be a successful author, you need more than one book, for sure. But it seems you need more than 10 to make a very good living. Train... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In 2004, I was writing for a series of blogs, and made a great income. My fees, per blog, started at $1,500 per month. If you’ve been blogging for a pittance — $5 a blog post — please realize that... Continue reading
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1) Be Uncomfortable You learn best when you’re reaching. “Flow” is great. But flow is not the best way to learn. You want to be stretched to the edge of your ability. It needs to be hard. That’s how your... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
But I took to heart Robert Penn Warren’s advice from his Paris Review interview: When you try to write a book—even objective fiction—you have to write from the inside, not the outside—the inside of yourself. You have to find what’s... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Read Voraciously Good writers read — a lot. Read other blogs, read the news, read things that interest you and books you love. Remember that you can respond to these things. Some of the best posts are spawned this way.... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
It really blew open my creativity to have my iPad. For instance, I have made over 200 doodles on it, including 66 JoyNotes and 15 Lessons from my bear. I play a lot with other software too, an index card... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When we think about the stories we love, we remember the characters. We love our favorite novels because our favorite characters overcome challenges. They have goals and motivation. Trouble and conflict prevent them getting what they want. Readers want to... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you're a copywriter, or just need to make sure that your writing's clear, give Hemingway a try. You need to paste your writing in, and copy it out, so it only works for little chunks. Interesting. Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Pros Extensive feature set. Elegant, efficient interface. Highly accurate format rendering. Fast performance with large files. Revision tracking and simultaneous collaborative editing. Extensive header/footer and formatting options. via www.pcmag.com Sounds good. You're out of luck if you don't have an... Continue reading
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This week, we’ve been looking at the backbone of fiction writing: your plot. Every story you create must have a plot, defined as: “the main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Plotting is a mystery to many writers, so this week, we released our new fiction plotting program, Plot FAST, Publish FAST: Craft Bestselling Fiction In Any Genre. This program is ideal for writers who are self-publishing fiction, and want to... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Let’s look at some sources for ready-made plots. 1. History: Hilary Mantel Grabbed Thomas Cromwell. If you love history, you’ll find millions of plots, ready-made. Just find a person who intrigues you. Hilary Mantel did, and the third book in... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You need ONE idea, just one To my mind, writing a book, whether fiction or nonfiction, is easier than writing marketing pieces. You only need ONE solid idea for a book to get you started. All writing is discovery, and... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Spreadsheet Plotting The second method of evaluating a novel for revision involves Spreadsheet Plotting. Here, you use your favorite spreadsheet software to create a chart that summarizes your story. Create columns with labels such as: character name, setting, main plot,... Continue reading
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To sum up, no I don’t think your should treat “get your book edited” as a box to tick in the great rush to publish. It’s worth stepping back and having a good long and hard look at your work.... Continue reading
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Love From Paddington is to be published in November by Harper Collins. In the original children's stories which first appeared in 1958, the bear was named after the London station where he was found by the Brown family. Bond, 88,... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In literary terms, a contrasting character is called a foil. This person is generally a side character that makes the traits of the protagonist stand out by showing the audience an alternative. However, character contrasts aren’t limited to two individuals.... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 7, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
2) Always have a picture or a photo. It breaks up the text and is a bit like 'white space' on the internet. Easier on the eye... Here's an example ---> And Tom Hiddleston is always going to be easy... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 7, 2014 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog