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Angela Booth
Sydney
I'm a professional copywriter, writing teacher, author and tech journalist.
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Several weeks ago a writer contacted me who confided: “I’ve tried to write. But after I write a couple of chapters of a book, I give up. Please don’t ask me to set set writing goals. Clearly they don’t work... Continue reading
Reblogged 2 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Writing short stories: can you make money writing short stories? Yes, if you understand what readers want and the self-publishing environment today. Food for thought: Readers like short fiction. They’re looking for a quick hit of entertainment. If you can... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Start writing! We’re living in amazing times. Years ago if anyone had suggested that writers could write short stories and make a living, you’d laugh. No one’s laughing now. We’re busy writing… 2019 update: the Short Reads’ secrets From an... Continue reading
Reblogged 4 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Wondering how to choose a genre? In Write Your Bestseller: Write HOT Mystery, Thriller & Suspense we look at genre, and how to find MTS (mystery, thriller, suspense) genre opportunities: … (some self-publishing authors) write whatever’s popular at the time:... Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You’ve (finally) decided to write your novel. You’ve written ten or 100 pages, and it’s painful, because your characters refuse to come alive. You feel like a puppet master, jerking strings on lumps of wood. I’ve had that happen on... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 10, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
A bullet journal helps you to know where you are and where you’re headed. It will even help you to build the road that will get you there. I keep an Ikea trolley beside my desk. The top tray contains... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 9, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You know you should be writing a current project, but you’ve just had a wonderful idea. You’re writing a novel, let’s say, when an idea for another novel pops into your mind. Suddenly your current project looks shop-worn. Your bright... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 7, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
A writing process to lessen stress and increase your income Look on batching as a companion process to time blocking. “Batching” means grouping similar tasks together on your calendar and to do list, then doing them consecutively. For example, you... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 4, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
In honor of US Independence Day, we’ve created three special offerings this week, to help you to declare your own independence. Imagine you’re an independent writer While life as an independent writer may not be all beer and pizza, at... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 2, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Write short stories: be alert for opportunities I enjoy writing short stories because it’s restful while I’m writing novels. If a novel’s a tangled mess, I take a break to write a quick story. That’s usually enough to let me... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 1, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Let’s assume that no matter how busy we are, we can find ten to 20 minutes a day, somehow. If all else fails, we may need cut back on sleep, but we can do it. You need more than time,... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 30, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Side hustles for writers: have pen, will travel That’s the beauty of many writing gigs: you can write anywhere. I know several over-achieving writers who schedule vacations and mini breaks specifically to have something to write about. You can do... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 29, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Improve your writing the easy way: sit at your desk Over the years, I’ve met writers, and worked with many. Here’s a simple formula if you want to improve your writing: Desire + Time. Do you want to improve? Wanting... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 24, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Want to sell more? Use social media marketing — and focus on images. While that seems counterintuitive for a writer, images are vitally important in social media, and are vital for marketing in general. If you’re an indie author, you... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 20, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Remember — your plot is what your characters do. Here’s a question for you. Mystery fiction: “how do I make this exciting?” Try asking yourself every day (whether you’re writing mystery fiction or any other genre): how do I make... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 13, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
When an author tells me that he’s bored with his novel, I suggest that he try writing serial fiction. A serial gives him a break from the novel and a fresh start may trigger an author’s inspiration — it does... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 11, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
“Old” books published a year or more ago get short shrift from authors. However, those older titles — your backlist — can be a virtual goldmine. They’re assets. Book marketing: all your titles are assets you own Every book you... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 9, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
A tip — if you’d like to become an expert product creator, our 8 Hour Ebooks Video Training will help. Check it out over the next few days; it disappears on June 14 to make way for new programs. Info... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 6, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Want to light a fire under your characters? Motivate them. Writing becomes easier when you know your characters’ motivations. It’s much easier to write fiction when your characters are motivated Why do your characters do what they do? One reason:... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 4, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
You’re a beginning writer. You may consider that your biggest challenge is — (fill in the blank.) That challenge will fade when you use your biggest asset. At least once a month a student will say something like: “yes, but... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 4, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Choosing your crime first ensures that: The crime matters to your sleuth: he or she MUST solve the crime or die (literally, or metaphorically.) If your sleuth is a detective he has other reasons to solve the crime than: “it’s... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 1, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
Let’s look at some tips which will help you to conquer fiction outlines. 1. Genre is your clue to emotions and your outline Currently I’m writing an historical mystery. The novel started slowly and continued going slowly for 20,000 words.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 29, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
So let’s look at some tips for assembling a cast of characters for your novel (or short fiction). 1. Think in terms of an ensemble cast An “ensemble” is a bunch of things or people intended to be used together.... Continue reading
Reblogged May 28, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you’re a new novelist, you can write mystery fiction In a recent blog post for new mystery authors, we said that one of the benefits of mysteries is that you’ve got something to write about: If you’re a new... Continue reading
Reblogged May 26, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog
If you’re a new author your novel can seem like a trackless wilderness when your inspiration wears off. (Sadly, it will.) However, when you’re writing a mystery novel, the writing becomes easier, because the crime forms the spine of your... Continue reading
Reblogged May 22, 2019 at Angela Booth's Writing Blog