Book Blogger Tip Tuesday #2

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Don’t forget you need to take breaks. Writing is meant to be fun so if it is just angering you it’s best to step away.

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Book Blogger Tip Thursday #1

 

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Colour code EVERYTHING. It’s the quickest and easiest way to tell what issues/characters/plot threads need the most work or which sentences need rewriting first.

Blog Update: Beating the Horse

Hi Guys!!

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. 2018 was an…eventful year, for good and for ill. But I plan on getting through 2019 on top rather than being squashed underneath it!! 🙂

I’ve been manning this blog for a few years now have been doing writing tips for writing for most of that time. And I’d like to peak behind the curtain for just a moment.

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This coming Tuesday’s Tip will be my 226th. It’s kind of hard to imagine for someone can write that many pieces of advice about writing. And the truth is…you can’t. I believe in the beginning, they were all my own ideas, but writing two a week meant I ran out of them quickly. So I started to cut corners. I used author quotes and found whole website dedicate to taking small piece of advice and I just reworded them. I felt if I didn’t get out the tips then something bad would happen (like I said last year wasn’t great).

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But now I come to writing the 227th tip, I just feel drained and cheap. So I want to have a revamp. I’m going to write all the tips myself, but of course that requires changing a few this:

  • For a start they cannot come out at the rate they are right now. I’ve decided to instead release them on alternating Tuesdays and Thursday.
  • I feel trapped by the parameters I set up for myself. I do a lot more than just writing now and if you follow my blog chances are you do too.

And so, to allow myself the freedom to give hints and tips on whatever I want, I’m going to have a name change. Writing Tips are so 2018, 2019 is all about Book Blogger Tips! Small things but it me feel a bit more genuine and real with all of you 🙂

Let me know what you think!!

Thanks,

Kathy Xx

Worldbuilding: Fauna and Flora

Introduction

Within any story told, a world is created. Even set on Earth, your book needs to show the world around it from the smallest creature to the society and culture of your main characters.

One of the importance aspects of this is the fauna and flora in your book and how it can enhance your writing.

Why Include?

There is a lot you need to put in your story to make it stand out, it’s exhausting I know, and it’s easy to forget the small things. BUT small things, like animals and plants, will help bring colour to your world and of course the small ideas only need small additions to be put in. It’s normal to stick rigidly to just your plot and find when reading it back that it appears all your characters are floating in space. Adding in a few details will help solve this.

What to include?

  1. Food

Of course, shockingly, most of your characters are going to eat at some point. Try adding in a line or two about an alcoholic drink or a stew their mother used to make or just plain fruit eaten on a long journey.

  1. Terrain

The world isn’t just made of buildings and empty roads, there are plants and trees and probably the simplest of all; grass, surrounding your characters and settings. Not to mention the sea and coast line if your story takes place there. From the highest mountain to the bottom of the sea, no matter where your book is taking place, your characters are never alone.

  1. Animals

Animals come in all shapes and sizes and it’s good to include one of each of the main types: predators, prey, domestic (dogs/cats) and farmyard animals.

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How to Include?

Don’t go over board

You don’t need to give the reader a lesson in the zoology and horticulture of your world, it’s not about quantity it’s about quality. Just enough to make your world feel real, not enough that I could write a biology essay on it. A sentence here and there is enough to allow the reader to build your world in their mind without you having to do it for them.

Be Creative

It’s easy to stick to the simplistic: there were trees, the plane was barren. No, no, NO. You became a writer to imagine worlds beyond imagination.

Don’t fight that, write that!

Getting into nature

Think about why certain animals and plants occur in certain areas. You can’t a furless cat living in a frozen wasteland and if you do, why? The plants and animals will build themselves if you know what the weather is like where your book is set.

Research your area

It is a piece of advice for any aspect of writing: If you’re stuck, research. The internet is a pleather of lists of ideas if you know where to look. And I know you know this, but it’s about understanding when to use the internet instead of just not bothering to write.

Reality not Fantasy

If you have set your book within the fantastical realm we call Earth, you’ll find it a slightly easier to find your inspiration, literally just look outside.

Finding Fantasy in the real world

Writing in fictional settings is almost as easy. Anywhere a book is set will mimic the conditions of SOMEWHERE in our little planet.

Conclusion

No matter what genre or type of book you are writing you will always need life in your books. Make sure to remember that it’s the little details that make the story. Good Luck Xx

Writing Tip: 220#

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The pros and cons of indie publishing:

Pros Cons
Complete executive control over the appearance, pricing, title and other elements of your novel. Lesser access to the extensive book industry connections many publishers offer that aid promotional efforts.
Complete ownership of rights and revenue. More admin work for you than if a publisher were to share publishing responsibilities.
Control over how and where your book is distributed. Having to build all your reputation yourself (as opposed to benefitting from the existing brand visibility of being carried by a recognisable publisher).