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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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Content ideas for your author’s blog Once they’ve decided to try a blog, authors have another huge concern: what do I blog? Nonfiction authors rarely ask this question, because they blog about their books’ topics. However, it’s a real concern... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Last year, I spoke with a writer who wanted to write fiction, but he felt that he didn’t have the time to write a novel. He was working long hours, and he and his wife had just welcomed a new... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Manage ALL your writing life with Scrivener Authors need to organize: Ideas, so that they can be collected, and most importantly, found when needed; Tasks, so that tasks get done, preferably before their deadline; Book planning: research, notes on plot,... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing for money: sometimes one word is a plot Let’s look at what a “story” might be. Google says that a story is: “an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.” In Writing Short Fiction: What’s... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Buy a cover — check out premade cover designs and get inspired Images always spark creativity for me. The last time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write, I bought the cover for Lady Saville’s Lover. The cover struck... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. What Do You FEEL? Start paying attention to what you feel, as you read in your favorite genre. Romance is the hottest selling genre, but emotion counts in every genre. Think about the emotions the characters feel: do you... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 19, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Freelance writing: hello independence Before we get into the tips, keep this in mind: you cannot fail. Today, anyone (and I do mean anyone) can be a successful freelance writer. There are more markets for writers globally than there have... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 18, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Plotting fiction secrets: focus on your characters I’m not a natural at plotting fiction. For my first few years of writing, I’d grit my teeth, and spent weeks “plotting.” Finally an editor told me: never mind the plot, focus on... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 18, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Free promotions for indie authors — immensely valuable as your own mini focus groups No one knows what will sell. You can write a book that you love. That your friends and other authors adore. That your beta readers drool... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 16, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing ebooks for cash: can YOU write fiction? Yes, you can. It’s challenging for nonfiction writers however. TV and movies don’t help. You can get some idea of novels’ structure from movies, but novels are more intense than movies. In... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 12, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Want to write a book? Here’s how to plan it in 5 minutes Follow steps one to five below. You should be able to complete the steps in five minutes or less. Why five minutes? Because… five minutes. No matter... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 11, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Go LOCAL, for less competition and fewer hassles We’ve talked about servicing local businesses before. It’s much easier to get local clients than clients on the other side of the world, all things being equal. No matter where you... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 8, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. You’ll write when you’re ready: be patient with yourself I started writing around 15 years ago, very much the dilettante. Writing a book would be fun, I thought. When it stopped being fun, and turned out to be hard,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 7, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
These exercises have helped many writers. They’ll help you, too. You CAN write. It doesn’t matter why you think you can’t. You can write, and writing will become easy for you. Each exercise in this book helps you to write,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 7, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Plotting your serial: a lot, or a little? You don’t need to do extensive plotting; I don’t. I’m a pantser by nature and inclination, so I plot when necessary. If plotting terrifies you, relax… you can get comfortable with it.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 7, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Make Kindle publishing your six-figure profit center in 2016 1. Love your readers’ mailing list: one name at a time We’ve often discussed your readers’ mailing list. In this article on front and backmatter of your ebooks, I said: Include... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 7, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I spend a lot of time on Amazon. I browse the virtual book shelves because I’m a reader, but I also want to know what’s selling. Over the past 12 months, I’m delighted that traditional publishers seem to be pushing... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 2, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writers often ask me how LONG a scene should be… Scene Lengths in Fiction – You Decide. Your scenes can be any length. Chapters can be any length. It’s all up to you. You decide. 🙂 You can write a... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 2, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing secret: the cover hooks them, the content sells them Yes, your cover is important. Your content is more important however. You need to get a process in place so that you don’t spend too much time worrying about cover... Continue reading
Reblogged May 31, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Every book you write is different. Some books flow from your fingertips like water gushing form a tap. Others are a struggle, from go to whoa. I’ve no idea why that’s so. For one thing, expectations are a killer. The... Continue reading
Reblogged May 31, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction isn’t real life: EVERYTHING means something For example, let’s say that you have an important meeting first thing in the morning at work. You sleep in, burn your toast, your car won’t start, and you’re late. You have a... Continue reading
Reblogged May 30, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Generate ideas which work for your blog, fast What do you want your blog to do? Decide on the results you want from your blogging. When you know what you want, you can generate ideas which will help you... Continue reading
Reblogged May 28, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Give readers the emotional charge they want (what’s the genre?) If you’re a movie fan, you know that movies made from novels are usually much less satisfying than the novels themselves. Why? One reason: a novel reveals characters’ emotions,... Continue reading
Reblogged May 26, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
I adore Jo Beverley's books; they're my comfort reads. So sad to hear of her passing. Thank you for the post. She sounds as wonderful as her books. She'll be sadly missed, and my condolences to everyone close to her, and all who knew her.
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Relax — don’t “try to write”, just write If you find writing a struggle, chances are that you’re “trying” to write. You won’t improve your writing by struggling. To be creative, you need to relax. From Neuroscience: Relaxing Makes You... Continue reading
Reblogged May 23, 2016 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog