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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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Want to confidently plot your novel in an hour? You can. Plot your NaNoWriMo novel in an hour Nervous about pantsing your novel? (“Pantsing”: writing by the seat of your pants; winging it.) When I received requests for an offering... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your first page is the most important page in your novel; it's part of your first scene. (After the prologue, if you have one.) Your first scene establishes: Your plot (answering your reader's "so what, why should I read this?"... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you’re writing fiction, I hope these success tips will help you, whether or not you’re participating in NaNoWriMo. Let’s start with the most vital activity for any author… Write a novel one word and one minute at a time... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Whether you’re accepting the NaNoWriMo challenge this year, or are pushing forward with writing fiction on your own, these tips will help. NaNoWriMo author or not, a fiction pitfall to avoid In their first novels, beginners stick to what they... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
NaNoWriMo: start planning (and plan your settings too) Our group’s discussion about settings in fiction centered around how to make your settings “come alive.” One author said that in his reading, he skips long descriptions in a novel. He wants... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 14, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
This week’s offering: Your Short Fiction Formula: The Easiest-Ever Writing Process. Imagine getting an idea for a short story one morning and publishing it that afternoon. This workshop is packed with tips, tricks and strategies to help you to make... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 11, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Freelance writing: it’s the season to get in touch For freelance writers, the last quarter of the year is the season to get in touch. You’ll never have a better reason to contact businesses and publications. Nor is there a... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 10, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
What does: “he was angry” mean? It could mean anything. The character might be sulking. He could be in an icy rage, or berserk: a red veil’s descended behind his eyelids—he’s no longer in control. When you’re writing the first... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 6, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
One of my freelance writing students recently talked about the hassle of converting her content between HTML, MS Word, PDF etc for her clients. “Are you using a Markdown editor?” I asked. One of the joys of Markdown editors is... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 4, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
2. Write a short journal entry by the main character: “OMG!” This step is FUN. Write a journal entry as your main character. Your character is going about their daily life and realizes that something has gone badly wrong. Make... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 1, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction exercises prime the pump: kickstart your imagination Experiment with these fiction exercises from Commercial Fiction Secrets: Plot Your Novel In 60 Minutes Or Less. They’ll help you to get into the mood to write any scene you choose. Do... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 28, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing a novel: try writing the beginning later Ultimately, you write as you prefer. You may even change how you write from novel to novel. Some of our authors who are pantsers write chronologically, but know that they’ll rewrite their... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 25, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing fiction? Everything starts with an idea An idea can come from anywhere. Write them down; if you don’t, they’ll quickly fade because they’re ephemeral, like dreams. Give your ideas time to gestate, but not too much time. Use the... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 24, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Remember suspense: aim to intrigue readers (keep readers wondering) Another E.M Forster quote: “Scheherazade avoided her fate because she knew how to wield the weapon of suspense – the only literary tool that has any effect upon tyrants and... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 17, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Do you find outlining fiction a challenge? Many authors do. Authors want to: Hook readers from the first page… This makes the first scene important; it freezes authors into endless procrastination; Avoid reader-boredom in the sagging middle of their novel,... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 17, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
One author had published eight novels; the other eleven. It’s very, very difficult to build an audience which recognizes your books and is eagerly waiting for your next book — in other words, build a platform — when you write... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 17, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Maugham traveled, and journaled, then wrote novels and short stories inspired by his travels and journaling. Some writing quotes from the inimitable Mr Maugham… The best style is the style you don’t notice. I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 17, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Serial fiction: start with an idea which excites YOU Over the years, I’ve discovered that a serial needs to start with an idea which gets me excited, so I’m eager to write. In my experience, publishing a serial (a part-work,... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 14, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Generations of readers, over two centuries, have read Pride and Prejudice with pleasure. Jane Austen wrote the novel dramatically; she relied on her scenes. The Victorian novelists writing after Jane Austen could have learned from her elegant prose. (Here’s a... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 11, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Want to get paid to write? Sell your skills You can offer someone your writing services and get hired immediately. A big tip: selling your time limits your income. There are only so many hours in each day. As soon... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 8, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction writing: it’s easy to lose your inspiration and challenging to recover it We’ve discussed partnering with your muse. Fiction writing requires not only your imagination, but also that your readers use their imagination—your writing helps them to do that.... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 29, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Use “XXX” liberally Tempted to stop to check the spelling of a word, or to research something? Don’t stop. Mark the spot with XXX and keep writing. At the end of that day’s writing session, go back to create tasks... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 27, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing: what do bestselling authors know? Self-publishing authors know their readers. They understand the genre in which they’re publishing. In the giant romance genre for example, bestselling authors like Nora Roberts have developed a formula which works for them. All... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 26, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Get paid to write a book: what are you selling? Listen up. New authors tend to worry most about “who pays and how much do I get paid?” Here’s what’s more important: what you’re selling. You MUST know what you’re... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 25, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The “standard” way to write a novel: write a draft, and revise The standard way to write a novel, and the best way if you’re a pantser, is to start at the beginning and keep writing until you get to... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 24, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog