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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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Writing fiction: finding the “perfect” idea Many authors procrastinate because their ideas don’t seem big enough. They want inspiration to flash down like a bolt of lightning, hitting them with an idea which delivers a bestselling book. Unfortunately, even after... Continue reading
Reblogged 5 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your essential strategy: whether you’re a newbie or an experienced pro, commit to meeting and beating your deadlines. Let’s look at some easy ways you can do that. 1. Look on each client as a doorway to more clients Are... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 28, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Is writing fiction more challenging for pantsers? We discussed whether writing fiction is more challenging for pantsers. In some ways it is, because: Revision takes longer; Chances are we’ll hit a dead end at least once per book; Not knowing... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 25, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Here are the three steps. They’re questions you ask yourself. Write down the answers. The first word you write means that you’ve started to write your book. 1. What kind of book? (You can change your mind at any time)... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 23, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction and nonfiction On the fiction side, you have her own novels, of course. I reread Pride and Prejudice every few years and always manage to find something new in the book. More fiction: the 2019 Sanditon TV series is... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 13, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Someone once said that if you’ve survived your childhood, you have more than enough material to write all the novels you want. You can turn your life into fiction, or nonfiction. Your choice. Your memories, your ideas, and your emotions,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 12, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
2. Write in scenes to maintain suspense Scenes are the building blocks of your fiction. In the 21st century, every reader understands drama. TV and movie stories are delivered in scenes. If you want lots of readers, you need to... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 10, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Although I’m a copywriter in my other writing life, I’m not a huge fan of paid marketing. Today, it’s essential, but please keep in mind: your social media supports paid advertising. Years ago, back in the typewriter/ newspaper age, it... Continue reading
Reblogged May 27, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Fiction writing: when they’re curious, readers keep reading From Lisa Cron, in Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence: … being curious is necessary for survival (What’s that rustling... Continue reading
Reblogged May 22, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
The “variations”: fan fiction Her fan fiction has become a fiction genre of its own. Check out the Goodreads shelf for this genre if you’re unfamiliar with it. The wonderful P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley is in my To... Continue reading
Reblogged May 22, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
5. Keep a scenes list for a quick overview of your novel As you get further into your novel, a scenes list, with a short description (just a few lines) of each scene is invaluable. It helps you to keep... Continue reading
Reblogged May 19, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
1. Stress less with a Decision Journal and board If you’re stressed over a decision you need to make, journaling will help. Over the years, I’ve discovered that not only am I more relaxed when I journal, I’m more productive... Continue reading
Reblogged May 17, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Marketing for writers: four books to help Marketing is a real hassle for many writers. Yes—it’s a hassle for me too, even though I like marketing. The challenge is always finding the time to do it. Over the years I’ve... Continue reading
Reblogged May 14, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
What do you know? Make a list. What do you know? Perhaps you work in a real estate agent’s office. Maybe your sister works in a jewelry store. A friend’s brother works in finance. How well do you know those... Continue reading
Reblogged May 14, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Your writing business: survive and thrive Focus on keeping positive. From Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl: Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set... Continue reading
Reblogged May 13, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Access the creativity of your unconscious mind just after you wake up The best advice I’ve ever heard on how to get comfortable writing fiction comes from Dorothea Brande, whose book Becoming A Writer, was first published in 1934. Especially... Continue reading
Reblogged May 6, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing fiction without rules Questions: I don’t know how to… But what if… I can’t write (something or other)… Someone said that… To repeat: do it your way. Every novel and short story you write is different. The only real... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 29, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing a book: how to get words onto the computer screen A veteran author suggested that the problem could be high expectations. We’re not happy with the words we write. We want them to be great words. She says that... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 28, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
A writing journal: how often should you write in it? A writing journal helps you to: Dump your feelings of helplessness and isolation into it (journaling is therapeutic); Feel in control: once you rid yourself of negativity and despair, you’ll... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 26, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If your sales are lower than normal, don’t panic. Do a little marketing every day, then you’ll be ready when things pick up and people return to work and their normal lives. Try an option you haven’t tried before Why... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 24, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Spend time writing each day, even if it’s only ten minutes. Your freelance writing focus: what did you write today? Writing is therapeutic, so make sure that you write, whether or not someone is paying you for your writing immediately.... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 20, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Review your goals: are they still achievable? Chances are that your goals are still achievable, in some form. If they are, create new deadlines and plans. Keep them flexible. If you’re still on lockdown, then you won’t be able to... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 18, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
It’s usually best to complete a first draft, then revise and edit. But what if you get compelling ideas and want to incorporate them immediately? Perhaps you’re writing a mystery. Halfway through the novel you decide that your killer is... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 17, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing fiction made easier: leave out the boring bits Narrative drive is all about EMOTIONS. Specifically: curiosity and worry/ anxiety. I’m sure you’ve heard authors recommending that you “leave out the boring bits” when you’re writing fiction. In the immortal... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 10, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Self-publishing—the big question: is it “real” publishing? An aspiring author in the group asked: “Self-publishing’s not real publishing, is it?” Some years ago now, there was a stigma to self-publishing. That’s gone. Today many bestselling authors self-publish their books. A... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2020 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog