Cliches to Avoid while Writing

Cliches to Avoid While Writing

Let's come to terms with reality, readers no longer like to read stuff that has been washed, rinsed, and soaked n number of times. Readers are looking for something new to read; something that'll enchant them and enlighten them. So, if you want to steer clear from accusations on cliches to avoid while writing, follow some of the tips discussed below. But before that: What is a cliché? It is content ...

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write cover copy

Writing a captivating Cover Copy

The importance of an attractive cover design cannot be overstated. The cover design will attract the reader to pick up your book from the stand. However, the next thing they will do is flip it over. No matter how attractive your design is, the content at the back of your book is what will convince them to buy your book. So now, what does a captivating back cover need? BLURB: This is the ...

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book's subtitles

A Subtitle for your Book: Is it Necessary?

How many times has it happened to you that you picked up a book, read the title, felt hesitant on buying it, and decided to go for it after reading the book's subtitle? Quite often, I'm sure. A book's subtitles are those that attract readers more to your book. Subtitles are those that provide more information to readers the moment they pick to check it out. On the other hand, ...

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copy editing tips

Essential Copyediting Tips

It is really hard to put into words the importance of copyediting. Besides, there are a very few writers in this world who could write an error-free draft the first time. If you're sure you're not one of those writers, you need to copyedit your rough draft. In this post, you'll learn some of the basic copyediting tips that'll allow you to proofread and correct some of the obvious errors ...

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Professional Editor

Why You Need a Professional Editor

  I still remember this incident. One of my writer-friends finished writing his first novel (a murder mystery) and was all excited about it. He told he had done everything he had to do from a writer's perspective, including proofreading and editing. He intended to self-publish his work and before submitting his final draft, he happened to share the manuscript with me to have a look. I read the book in ...

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break during and after Writing

The Importance of Taking a Break during and After Writing

As writers, our minds are constantly thinking about writing, plots and characters, meeting the daily word count, and publishing the book. We ponder over our books so much that it actually reflects on our writing. Writing consistently for days together may be good from a training perspective. However, it does exhaust your creativity. That's something we don't want to happen, do we? So, as an author, you must understand the ...

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writing a book dedication

Writing a Book Dedication

So, you're finally done writing your book and copy editing it as well. Cheers to that. Now, all you need to do is take care of things that would add more value to you, as an author, and your book when it releases in the market. You, now, have to write a preface for your book (check out the how to write a preface here), get a foreword from a ...

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tips for writing

Writing for an Audience

So, you've decided the topic or a theme you want to write about, haven't you? When you're sure of what you're going to write, you've to now think about your target audience. Sounds like a marketing jargon, right? Target audience is nothing but the readers of your book who would dedicate their time and money to read your book. You should know who your target audience is, how to address ...

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Writing Fiction Using Snowflake Method

  This is going to be a bit of a lengthy post. So, let's get things straight. Snowflake approach to writing a novel was conceived by Randy Ingermanson, an award-winning author. In this approach, you design your book from scratch – starting from a single line description of your story to developing it into a full-fledged novel. Here, you will know how to manage your creativity, organize your ideas and infuse them ...

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what is writer's block

What is Writer’s Block and How to fight it?

  If you've been staring at your monitor for a really long time trying to write something, you're suffering from what writers call a writer's block. It is something that every writer goes through while writing. It is an inevitable part of the writing phase where you feel you've exhausted your creativity and your ability to weave words into meaningful sentences. You needn't worry. Here, you'll come to know what causes ...

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importance of proofreading

The Importance of Proofreading

Contrary to what writers thing, proofreading is not an add on process for writing. It is an impotent step that allows you too go back to what ever you've written, read every line of youre text, and make any connections to the errors you've done while writing and fix them so your final draft is free of errors. Something's wrong with the text above, right? To be honest, this is how ...

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Phrasing Dialogues

Phrasing Dialogues

'Vince, I think we should break up', announced Sandra. She was fed up of Vince's attitude toward her relationship and wanted to part ways with him. "But, but, why, Sandra? I thought we were fine", exclaimed Vince. He was baffled because he thought everything was going fine between them and he least imagined Sandra wanting to break up with him. "I do not know, Vince. Your attitude has been irritating me. Why ...

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importance of world building

The Importance of World-building and Setting for your Fiction

Imagine Harry Potter without Hogwarts, Titanic without the ship, and Avatar without Pandora. How would the book or the movies look and feel? Will the plotline and characters be as much interesting as they are now without the setting? I doubt it would. Settings or worlds in books play a very crucial role. As an author, you may focus on building your character and plots to write an engaging book. ...

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the table of contents

How to Effectively Draft the Table of Contents of Your Book

When you intend to write and publish a book, you have to be sure everything is perfect and well crafted. The same applies to table of contents of your book. One of the primary reasons I'm emphasizing the importance of table of contents is that a lot of aspiring writers I know underestimate the importance of table of contents. They see it as something to do after writing a book ...

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creating characters

How to Create and Understand Your Characters

Creating characters is one of the very first things you should do to even have a solid storyline. Your story is brought to life by the characters you create and what you to express to your readers are conveyed through your characters. Now, many writers and authors have shared with me the difficulties and concerns they face when they sit down to create characters for their book. I say it is ...

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Writing Goals

Setting Up Writing Goals

As an author, there are two things that could actually kill your writing, procrastination and a writer's block. While some aspiring writers, who have huge ambitions of becoming a bestseller, seldom start off with writing, those who have written a couple of chapters face the problem of getting stuck in the middle. Both will lead you nowhere in your writing career. But, don't worry. We are here with a solution, “ ...

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places for writers to write

Best Places to Write

Do you have a feeling you're suffering from a writer's block and that you are not able to proceed any further with your book? Perhaps it has got something do with the place you are currently writing your book. Have you ever thought about the fact that the mood of your surrounding has a major influence on what you write, and how you write? Bizarre but true. The place that you ...

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