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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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Fiction writing research tips to help an author’s productivity The web means that all the information any author might need is close at hand. Unfortunately, the wealth of information can lead to complacency. Not only that, finding trustworthy sources is... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction writing and editing: when should you edit? You’ll do some minor editing while you’re writing. Major editing happens once you’ve completed your first draft. Minor editing: let’s say that you’ve decided to call your main character Jasper, rather than... Continue reading
Reblogged 3 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Let’s look at how subplots can help when you’re writing fiction. 1. Subplots increase the tension and keep readers reading No matter the genre, you need to keep readers entertained because they have many options for entertainment today. So your... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 9, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Book marketing made simple: you need a process Here’s an excerpt from Day 1. We’ve got 15 minutes each day for your marketing activities, so let’s make the most of those minutes. Do you already have a website and blog?... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 8, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When you know enough about your characters, you won’t be derailed with disasters like a “soggy middle” for example. This doesn’t mean that you must outline extensively before you start writing. Try this. Look on your first draft as a... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 6, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing sales: what works? Over the past eight months I’ve been working with a group of self-publishing authors who are seeing increased sales. Why? What worked for them? I sent out a survey last week, and here’s what we found.... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 17, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Scrivener makes it easier to organize and think, so your writing improves Books, whether fiction or nonfiction, morph. In this post, I suggested writing your blurb (book description) before you start outlining and writing: Writing your blurb first is... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 25, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing: fulfill the promises you made in your blurb (book description) Writing your blurb first is important because you need to fulfill promises you made in the blurb. It’s much easier to edit your blurb than it is to edit... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 22, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing fiction bestsellers: luck is part of the equation Luck is involved, because: Readers want what they want, and their wants can change rapidly. Witness the “50 Shades” phenomenon. No one saw that coming; Timing plays a part too. Let’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 20, 2018 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
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 Jul 18, 2018 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 Jul 17, 2018 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 Jul 14, 2018 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 Jul 14, 2018 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