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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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Get a handle on your book with “this is a story about” You’ve brainstormed ideas for novels, and decide to develop one idea further. Get a handle on it by starting a sentence with: “this is a story about…” and... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Short fiction: how one author turned her self-publishing career around One author said she credited a big uptick in her Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) sales to a single short story. Sales went from under $100 a month to upwards of... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing serial fiction: questions Questions authors ask about serial fiction include: How long is a complete serial? As a rule of thumb, a serial might match the number of words in a novel in the genre you’ve chosen, but length... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 15, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Harvard Business Review’s article, The New Science of Customer Emotions, provides examples of connecting emotionally with customers: After a major bank introduced a credit card for Millennials that was designed to inspire emotional connection, use among the segment increased by... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 13, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
To make it easier to develop a good short story, let your initial inspiration be your guide. Short fiction is SHORT: remember your initial inspiration What’s your initial inspiration for the story? Inspiration can come from anywhere. For me, it... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 11, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Write FAST in your first draft (this stops your internal editor derailing you) Your creative self slides off the rails easily, especially if you think too much. If you’re writing slowly, this article on creative anxiety may help, because: Writing... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 11, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Achieve your goals even if you fail and fail again I mentor writers and marketers every day and know they’re well on their way to success when they’re excited by failure, rather than depressed. They may be discouraged for a... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 10, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Set Your Goals The first thing you need to do whenever you are starting with any project, be it marketing your business or skills, is to SET YOUR GOALS. You need to define your aims and ambitions when you... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 10, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
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You can write suspenseful, page-turning short fiction readers love (and buy.) What if you had a process to quickly write short stories in any and all genres? Here it is… Several writers asked for a new offering for Your Short... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing is thinking: think in your Inbox Many writers try to write whatever they’re working on straight through. In other words, if you’re writing an article, you write the title, and then plough through the article. Invariably this leads to... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 8, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Partner with your muse: let your muse do most of the work Your muse (subconscious mind) takes an active part in your writing. Give her time to do her part of the work. Try this. The next time you need... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 7, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
It’s Motivation Monday. Today, we’re going to take action on our goals. Does that sound glib? As if I had all the answers? I don’t; for years I was the queen of overthinking and general procrastination. However, I do know... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 6, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
What’s a brain dump? A brain dump involves writing down everything that’s taking up space in your mind. With that done, you have space, time and energy to think. You’ll be more creative too. Here’s a good explanation of how... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 5, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Want to enhance your creativity? Start a writing journal and write a few sentences every day: not only will you be more creative, you’ll be more productive as well. Here’s why: Your writing journal breaks your inertia and conquers creative... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 4, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Why marketing packages? Since the 2020 global fiasco, I’ve received questions and enquiries about marketing solutions from business owners who want to reconnect with their customers and find new ones. Unfortunately, marketing isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. Everything depends on your... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 3, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your story question: what is it? Your story question is vital because: It keeps readers reading. Readers know how important his goal is to your main character, so they want to know whether he’ll win through. In commercial fiction, your... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 2, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Plotting fiction is challenging for all authors. The thought of plotting a series can be so intimidating that it paralyzes you. Let’s make it simple, even for pantsers. (A pantser is an author who plots by “the seat of his... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 2, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In each scene, the reader identifies with your Point of View (POV) character; the reader is seeing what the POV character sees, touching what he touches, and feeling what he feels. Make every effort to stay inside a single point... Continue reading
Reblogged May 31, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you know you pressure yourself, consider taking that pressure off and removing expectations. When I suggest this to my students, they worry that without pressure, they’ll simply avoid writing. Two strategies and a habit may help you to become... Continue reading
Reblogged May 30, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Start where you are: identify your obstacles What’s making you miserable and holding you back from achievement? Obstacles can be physical — or they might be emotional or mental blocks. Use your first “obstacles” mind map as a brain... Continue reading
Reblogged May 30, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Every novel and short story you write is different. The only real “rule” is that you keep writing, any way you can. Let’s look at some ways in which you can do it YOUR way. 1. Plot or not? Decide... Continue reading
Reblogged May 29, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In an online meeting of our writers’ group, writers reported this phenomenon. One said: “I thought I’d rewrite my NaNoWriMo novel, but I got bored. So, I decided to start a new novel. I couldn’t do it! Not an idea... Continue reading
Reblogged May 27, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
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Struggling to master self-publishing? Write books readers love. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
But… do short stories sell? Short stories sell (but novels sell more) Although the authors reported that novels sell much better than short stories, you’ll make often more money per page with your short fiction than with your novels. They... Continue reading
Reblogged May 26, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Recently a writing student asked about a quick way to build suspense. That’s an excellent question, because when you’re writing fiction creating suspense always needs to be in the back of your mind. Lately I’ve been rereading Anthony Trollope. He’s... Continue reading
Reblogged May 25, 2021 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog