Writing Software: Scrivener

I will swear by this software. I use it and I recommend it for anyone writing a long book. Word processors are fine when writing short stories or poetry but when your story lines get more complex and there is research to store and excessive amounts to remember, having a software that not only allows this but supports it fully can be the difference between finishing your book in a timely fashion or not finishing it at all. No  matter how you choose to work there are features here to support you. If you are still a little skeptical then try the 30 day free trial. It only includes the days that you write so you get your full 30 days. Features covered include:

  1. Your complete writing studio
  2. Write, structure, revise
  3. Create order from chaos
  4. Your research—always within reach
  5. Getting it out there
  6. Who Uses Scrivener?

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Great Character Arcs: 10 Tips

Well rounded characters with profound and believable plots are often what can make or break your book. We have looked at character arcs and what they are for but how do we use them to their greatest extent. The development of characters should seem natural but denote change that is interesting and unexpected. Today’s link gives us some great ways to make that possible. Subjects covered include:

  1. Who Is the Character at the Beginning?
  2. Inner Demons
  3. Perception of Self
  4. Show the Character Changing
  5. Desired or Undesired Traits
  6. What Does the Character Become?
  7. Is the Change Natural?
  8. Resistance to Change
  9. Don’t Contrive Events
  10. Who Else is Affected?

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Make Writing Your First Novel Simple: 10 Tips

Writing a book is actually quite simple in principle. Keeping it simple is often the key to success. However, some of the very simple practices needed are often more easily said than done. Looking to master the simple stuff? Today’s link is just that, simple and to the point. A lot of people will write a top ten with advice for writing but not all are as simple and comprehensive as this. Subjects covered include:

  1. Start small.
  2. Have an outline.
  3. Have a set time to work on your book every day.
  4. Choose a unique place to write.
  5. Have a set word count.
  6. Give yourself weekly deadlines.
  7. Get early feedback.
  8. Ship.
  9. Embrace failure.
  10. Write another.

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Are You Funny Enough? 8 Tips on Writing Comedy

Even in the most serious of fiction you will, at some point need some comedic relief to break it up and make it seem more real. Writing stuff that is actually funny though can be hard. How do you get your readers to actually laugh out load? Today’s link covers eight tips on how to get the chuckles flowing. Subjects covered include:

  1. Go for the unexpected.
  2. Don’t deny anything.
  3. Have both leaders and followers.
  4. Variety is the spice of life.
  5. Use the callback.
  6. Amuse by omission.
  7. Break the format.
  8. Don’t try to be funny.

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Punctuation: Hows Yours?

Found a great page on Grammar this morning. This evening it is punctuation. Do you punctuate properly and would you even know? Punctuation is imperative in getting our message across. Check out this page. Subjects covered include:

  1. Punctuation – sense and sensibility
  2. Three main uses of commas
  3. Link and separate – the only two uses for the semi-colon
  4. The three main uses for colons
  5. The two main uses of the apostrophe
  6. Sentence endings, question and exclamation marks.

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