Today's article is was written up and comer Emi Sano. Finding writing software that fits your style and needs can be difficult. We often recommend Scrivner on this blog but we also like choices. So here's Emi's review of the software Dabble.
There are a ton of writing software programs out there that all claim to be super helpful for new and established authors. The problem is trying to find the right one for you that’s also budget friendly. Costs can range from free to hundreds of dollars and monthly versus yearly subscriptions. Most of the time you get what you pay for - so watch out for some of the free ones.
There’s a lot that goes into writing a book, but what about the bigger picture? A lot of genre fiction authors write in series--thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy are the first few that come to mine. Even romance, where the plot is tied up with a HEA or HFN, has a fair few series (Outlander, anyone?)
Ever read a book where the character just fell flat? They sounded awkward and unrealistic and made you sad as you put the book down, realizing you just couldn't stomach it anymore? Or maybe they were that bad they just weren't good? Me too. And one of my biggest fears as I tottled down the path to writing my first book was that mine would be just as bad.
When I don’t write I feel bad about myself. Like I’m a failure and somehow not worth the food it takes to keep me alive. Harsh I know but that’s how I feel. And the longer I go without writing the worse I feel about myself. The guilt made it even harder to write. What if I sit down and I can only write crap today? Where along the line I forgot that writing it fun. It’s my escape. Getting through this was and still is not easy. But I found some solid steps to get myself and hopefully you headed in the right direction. The direction that keeps you writing and working hard to make your dreams a reality.
A lot of authors have a few things confused when it comes to writing and genre. Some, think genre doesn’t matter until you’re ready to market. And some think it doesn’t matter at all. Neither assumption is correct.
Resistance is one of the hardest things to overcome when you’re trying to write a book. Everyone says just put your ass in the chair and write. Just do it. But how often do you find yourself in the chair with no idea what to write? Even if you have an outline and know you’re supposed to write the resolution of the beginning hook you don't know what or how to go about it. Ambiguity is one of the other things you need to overcome as a writer to get that book out into the world.
So how do you beat resistance and ambiguity, put your butt in the chair, and write the damn book?
2018 started out rough for me, but I think (fingers crossed) things are looking up! If you checked out my goals for this year, you’ll know it was pretty busy. Well, it’s gotten busier! We have such an incredible Summer planned at Amphibian, and I’m so excited about it! Of course awesomeness comes with a ton of planning, and a lot of my to-do list has to do with my personal goals as well.
In my goals for 2018 I mentioned quarterly check ins and I’m glad I did. Things changed in a big way for me in April.
As you may recall one of my goals was to write a book a month. I do still want to write a couple books this year (four to be exact) plus some Starsboro Chronicles but it’s no longer my only focus for the year.
I was involved in a Facebook group discussion recently which, among other things, helped me decide to avoid social media for the next week. An author in a science fiction and fantasy group asked about how important it is to describe the main character in a book. I, among others, suggested that being vague in your description isn’t always a bad thing but to listen if you get consistent feedback that readers want more. Now, my definition of vague, means that there is some kind of description happening, also another author brought up a good point, race should be included because readers tend to assume the character is white unless told otherwise. Anyway, another… gentleman, disagreed with me. Which is fine, I don’t expect everyone to agree with me and I enjoy debate but he was rude. And he kept saying things that not only will prove harmful in his career but could be harmful to others who might not know what I do. One of the things he insisted was that if you need to get feedback from others you lack confidence as an author. Rather than engage him more that I already did I thought I’d talk to people who won’t jump to conclusions and try to rip my head off. He will never hear what I have to say but you will. So here’s some tips for becoming a better writer. I hope you find this helpful in your career.
As I've studied story I found the rules of structure to be incredibly helpful. So you can imagine my surprise when I read posts by other authors claiming they hated formulaic writing and thought it made their stories dull. The thing is, if you want your story to "work" it has to follow some basic rules. Just like a building needs scaffolding in the beginning, you need structure in your work. First, in today’s post we’re going to discuss the basics of structure while you’re outlining your story. Then later on this week I’ll talk about how you can keep the necessary scenes without becoming predictable.
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