The question of whether someone is an author or writer frequently crops up even though, due to modern day usage, it tends to be a superfluous enquiry. It is often posed by people new to publishing though, occasionally, it may also be raised by those who have already published something but remain confused about the … More Author or Writer?
It is difficult to do this book justice in a short review. It is indeed a remarkable and comprehensive aid, especially for those new to the writing world. Note ‘writing world’ rather than authoring because this covers far more than just authoring books though it does of course also deal with that. To clarify it … More The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman
Most authors, especially those who are active online, will have encountered reference to NaNoWriMo (the acronym principally utilised when referring to the programme) at some point in their career. Though the programme commenced its existence in 1999 it has never been discussed in this website blog. It is about time that omission was corrected. Though … More National Novel Writing Month – Who For?
This article is principally aimed at authors, though others, screenwriters/scriptwriters for instance (hereafter collectively referred to as ‘screenwriters’), may also find the content of interest. Where an author is fortunate enough to have someone interested in converting their book to film they should be looking at how they may assist the screenwriter in the interpretation … More Adapting Books for Film
Of course, it may be authors reading this will already have thought about writing short stories, nevertheless, there remain many who do not or have never considered the idea. This article will consider some of the benefits of the short story form. To prevent this becoming too unwieldy we will launch straight in. The following … More Why Authors Should Consider Short Stories
The large number of independent (indie) author books being published each day are making it more and more difficult for authors, especially unknown indie authors, to gain public exposure. Consequently, it is worth their while to consider other opportunities for getting their works published. One primary aim for this website and blog is to assist … More Writing Opportunity – Missouri Review – 1 October 2019
In recent months there have been several posts, in blogs, on social media, in discussions, etc., regarding where authors may find story ideas. Naturally, all authors are grateful for any recommendations however, whether they realise it or not, they already have a treasure trove to hand. Everyone, author or not, creates new memories each day. … More Authors – Where to Get Story Ideas
Authors and readers frequently refer to a book as falling within a specific genre but does everyone truly understand what a genre is? Do they understand what type of work each genre encompasses? Prior to considering a variety of genre it is worth understanding what the word itself means. ‘Style of art or literature.’ (Oxford … More Genre – Defined
This topic was originally intended to form part of an overall article within which the variances between blurb and synopsis would be considered. However, it quickly became evident the eventual length of such an article would be unwelcome. The decision was therefore taken to consider synopsis’ and blurbs’ separately. What is a Synopsis? has already … More What is a Blurb?
This article was originally intended to consider variances between synopsis and blurb. However, it quickly became evident, if the topic is to be dealt with adequately, the eventual length would be unwelcome. The decision has therefore been taken to consider each aspect separately. This article will consider what a synopsis is and its purpose. A … More What is a Synopsis?