Novel Writing Tips

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I could feel the tension ease palpably as the book launch function of my second thriller, “Lucky For Some, 13″ came to an end recently. It was also the time to summarize a few key learnings which might be of use to budding writers, if not to other writers. “Writing a 87,000 + word novel is pretty easy, its writing the less than 200 word back cover copy that is tough,” I quipped. There’s a lot of truth in what I said. Ask any author.

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Judging A Contest For WriteUp Cafe

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I had an interesting experience recently. I was invited to judge a contest organised by WriteUp Cafe. The topic given to the participants was ” A Letter to Yourselves”. There were 23 participants and I had a tough time judging the three winners.

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First Person or Third Person?

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Are you more comfortable writing in the first person? Do you use the more conventional third person? I deliberately chose to use the first person narrative in my debut novel, “It Cant Be You”.  In this psychological thriller, the head of the family is found dead at the very start of the story. His wife, son and daughter do not know whether he was killed or he killed himself.

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Writing the synopsis

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I have always maintained that writing a synopsis was far more difficult than writing the entire story. Yet it is undisputed that without a snappy synopsis, you are unlikely to go anywhere with that book you have painstakingly written for months or years. Is there a formula for success? Can this difficult task be made any easier?

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A Treasure Trove of Writing Tips

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There really is no end to learning. If you seek what you want to learn, there are many places, thanks to the power of internet, where you can get enough and more. I have followed  many blogs and websites over the years, and continue to track them. I have gained considerably from reading different points of view on writing. I go in more for those which are practical and straight forward , rather than those which are highly technical. In today’s post, I put together some of these resources for writers: More

“Practical Tips On Writing A Book”

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If you or someone you know has this dream of writing a book some day, here’s one place where you get the collective wisdom of many famous writers. I speak of an old post by Steve Silberman in his blog “NeuroTribes.” In this post 23 brilliant authors share their thoughts and experiences in writing a book. These authors have written about a wide variety of subjects. Their thoughts and views are often as varied as the subjects they write on. More

Blog Crawling- 2

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The sheer diversity of blogs never ceases to amaze me. Be it in terms of content, writing style, the visual appeal or almost anything else, you will find a delightful range of blogs on writing, on books and on matters literary. Today, I invite you to join me as I point you to a few blogs that have recently caught my attention. More

Blog Crawling

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Pub crawling , yes but blog crawling? That’s what I do to keep in touch with what writers all over the world have to say about their books and the craft of writing. They describe the books they are writing, the ones they are reading and share many thoughts and experiences. In today’s list, I start with Suspense Novelist by Peg Brantley, a Colorado based writer of suspense. More

A Wealth of Knowledge for Writers

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I am excited because I have just downloaded something which I keenly look forward to reading. No, it’s not a novel but a booklet about creating characters that bring greater interest in your novel. I am speaking of “Crafting Unforgettable Characters” a free e-book that you can get, courtesy K. M. Weiland. Her blog called Wordplay has great content and lots of it. No wonder her by line reads ” Helping Writers Become Authors.” More

No Promotion, No Sales!

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If you want your book to do well, there’s a lot you need to do. Bob Mayer has brought out some powerful points in this article. I must thank Guy for his tweet pointing out this link. The first sentence says it all. According to Mayer, ” Ninety percent of books fail, because authors fail to promote it.” The post goes on to talk of those three key elements: Platform, Product and Promotion.

I learnt this early in my career as a writer. In November 2010, when my debut novel was launched, I wrote this blog post, motivated by John Shore.

If you have published your own book, the challenge is that much harder. Here’s what best-selling author of crime thrillers, Adam Croft has to say about building your own brand as an author.

If you thought making a career as a writer was all about writing, I think this may make you think again. Yes, it’s true. No promotion, no sales!

 

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