Conversational Writing: 10 Tips by Leo Babauta

Occasionally I find advice from writers that has to be shared.

Quote: Conversational speech doesn’t follow the rules of formal writing. You can start a sentence with “and” or “but” … you can have run-on sentences from time-to-time, and use ellipses.

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Inspiration for Writers

I found this great blog to inspire me to write and create. It is hard work that’s true, but (there’s always a but). It can also be fun. It’s so easy to become frustrated with lack of progress. But if you identify that ‘thing’ in your life that always seems to rear its ugly head and tries to stop you. In my opinion, it can’t have been a waste of time. The thing is to keep on, rid your life of what’s hindering you and move on. If you just improve a little each day, it doesn’t have to be a huge amount, any little improvement will do. You will eventually find that the book is finished !!

What comes against you when you try to write?

What’s your plan the next time it happens?

Jens Thoughts

Stormy weather on a city streetWriting is hard work! When we think we’ve got it figured out an editor or trusted friend lets us know there are still plot holes. Maybe we realize we left out key elements, missed tying up a loose end, or we just put our head on our desk and stay there the rest of the day. Here’s some encouragement, keep writing and don’t give up!

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. – Stephen King

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. – Ernest Hemingway

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. —Ernest Hemingway

A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his…

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E-Book versus Paperback

I found this interesting article on the future of ebooks and paper back. I believe it holds some truth, personally find the old fashioned method of reading suits me best, and conducive to my lifestyle. Waterstone’s founder Tim Waterstone says that the ebook revolution is over.
The Guardian reports that Waterstone, who founded the British bookstore chain in 1982, gave an impassioned speech about the future of books at Oxford Literary Festival. It’s in the interests of ebook publishers to perpetuate the notion that the paperback is dead: More information: Click Here and Click Here
A successful literary agent Louise Fury advises her authors to have one foot in traditional print and the other in digital. Click Here
Which would you think is the way of the future?


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11 Frequently Asked Questions About Book Royalties, Advances and Money

Knowledge is Power: I came across this information, as there seem to be so many choices out there, and I hate the idea of being ‘ripped off’.

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By Chuck Sambuchino

medium_2699296069If you’re going to wheel and deal with literary agents and editors, you’ll end up spending more time than you’d like discussing rights, contracts, advances, royalties and a whole lot of other important stuff. That said, I want to address the most common questions regarding how advances and royalties work. In other words, how does the payment process work when you sell a book?

Here are some FAQs:

1. How do writers make money?

You sign a contract with a publisher. In exchange for signing over the North American and English language print rights to your book and possibly other rights, as well, you are paid one of three ways:

  • flat fee: a set amount of money upfront that’s yours to keep. The amount does not change no matter how well the book sells. For example, if your flat fee is $10,000, the amount remains the same…

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The Web is Your Oyster: Where to Find Free-to-Use Images

A great blog I came across about using photos as they can have many clauses attached. This information makes life a bit easier.
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For many of you, images are an integral part of your site. But sometimes, you might not have the right photograph to use for a post. As we’ve mentioned before, you can use the Creative Commons to search for images you need across the web, from Flickr to Wikimedia Commons, and source and attribute images that you find.

This spring, announced embed support for Getty Images, which means you can also access and share photos from Getty’s extensive library for non-commercial use.

We’ve recently noticed other sites that compile great images that are free to use for your personal projects — like your blog — or commercial work. Let’s take a peek.

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Five Questions an Editor Will Ask of Your Novel

I found this post quite interesting and useful, with the same issues I had wondered about. Like editing, the narrator’s role, and how much does one obsess with editing.
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By Kevin O’Brien

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I should start this blog post by saying that good editors will ask you more than five questions about your novel, but I’ve chosen the following issues in particular as they can be the hardest to fix if left until the end of the writing–editing process.

It’s not going to be your main aim as an author to please an editor, of course, or to make an editor’s life easier (although the editor will love you for it if you do), but it’s always good to anticipate some of the editor’s questions. That’s because you and the editor have a common goal: to make your novel the best version of itself it can possibly be. The questions an editor asks of your manuscript are the same that you should ask of it, rather than…

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