There are many great writing resources on the web, but the best resources I’ve found are the ones on my own bookshelf. Writing reference books I’ve collected over the years have taught me how to write a novel, how to build characters, improve scenes, write dialogue – you name it – most everything that I’ve learned about writing has come from the treasures on my bookshelf.
Of course, there are several writing books on that shelf that I could’ve used as kindle for my fall campfires, but many of the books are like gold to me. I refer to the books when I’m writing an article about writing as well as when I’m writing my own fiction. I’ve taken the best of each book, combined some of their ideas, and come up with techniques that have helped me enormously. Many tips that I offer my followers were mined from these books.
Not so surprising is that many of these books are “Writer’s Digest” books. For many years, I subscribed to Writer’s Digest and loved their selection of books, gobbling up everything from books for mystery writers like Cause of Death – a Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine by Keith D. Wilson, M.D. to the many on the basic elements of fiction writing. I want to share some of these treasures with you. Perhaps you will find some that help you improve your craft and get that novel written!
Great Novel Writing Resources – Writer’s Digest Books
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So many of my followers also have blogs, so I thought I ‘d post an article that I’d written for another site. I think you’ll find it helpful…
One of the best things a blogger or website manager can do to drive traffic to their blog or website is to learn how to use images effectively. The power of the written word is one thing but the use of imagery amplifies whatever story you are trying to tell, by thousands, you know the old adage. So wouldn’t that same rule be applied to images on your blog? It would.
An Analogy–Attention Span
Think of a child’s picture book – a toddler’s attention span is short and if we want them to pay attention, we look for books with great pictures. For them, the picture will tell more about the story than the words you read to them. Say it’s a book about a tractor…you can read all about a tractor, but if the child has never visited a farm, they won’t have a clue about what one looks like, what it can do unless you can point to the picture of the tractor as you read the word. Using a picture book, you give the little “reader” two things:
- An association of words and images to sustain comprehension, and
- A compelling reason to stay on the page long enough for you to read the rest of the words to them.
It’s a little sad that I’m making this Continue reading How to Use Images to Enhance Your Blog and Drive Traffic
The E-Book Cover Provides the First Impression of Your Work
Your e-Book cover is the first link to sales of your book. A cover that works for both an e-Book and a print book is not the same as designing a cover for the printed book alone. Someone browsing through a brick and mortar bookstore can pick up the book, hold it in their hands and turn it around to read the back cover book summary. They can also read the fine print offering such things as those irritating rave reviews for the already famous author, blurbed by authors of the same publishing house.
An experienced e-Book cover designer understands that the cover of your book has a big job to do and only seconds to do it well. Its job is to make an impression, to entice potential buyers to “click” on your book above all other books on an e-Book retailer site. To accomplish this, a cover’s imagery and typography must be:
- Winning, and
- Visually Suitable for Internet Browsing
A Cover Should Draw New Readers to Your E-Book
E-Book browsers—in this case, potential buyers looking for books—glance at the small cover image and decide in a matter of seconds whether to click on the link to learn more about the book or move on to the next e-Book image. Instead of moving from book to book, having spent a few minutes with each one as they might do browsing in a physical bookstore, browsers are moving from image to image.
The browsers are looking for a good book to read, not necessarily your book. They didn’t begin browsing with your book in mind. These browsers are the type of people that you want to attract with your book cover—new people, people you’ve never met, and that have no relation to you—like your mother, father, siblings, extended family and friends who purchased your book and wrote 5-star reviews for it. These browsers are strangers, looking for a compelling book to read. You want to get a new and extended Continue reading The Three Important Elements of E-Book Cover Design