When this topic is raised among authors it can lead to increased blood pressures resulting in heated, defensive, and sometimes argumentative, debate. It is true some hold very firm ideas and can come across as intransigent and accusative. Naturally, as with any such demeanour, those on the opposite side of the fence may consequently feel … More Plotter v Pantser – The Differences
Authors and readers alike will comprehend, the parts of a book generally referred to as front and back matter are where details not specific to the story or content are included. Dedications and acknowledgements come into that category. Several of the other elements have been previously discussed, a list may be found at the end … More Dedications & Acknowledgments
This competition has closed. Nevertheless, Writer’s Digest continues to run frequent competitions. Click the icon below to access information. In January 2020 notice was given, due to lack of interest, competition notifications would no longer be published in this website. To date that policy has been adhered to. However, details of a new awards competition … More Writer’s Digest – Personal Essay Awards Competition
With the modern tendency of interchanging, or interposing the meanings of, different words it may help to first consider various definitions of backstory. ‘A history or background created for a fictional character in a film or television programme.’ (Unknown) ‘A story that tells what led up to the man story or plot (as of a … More The Purpose of Backstories
Many authors, probably the majority, find the prospect of editing their own work frustrating and intimidating. Of course, if the resources are available, the best option is to employ a professional editor. Even then, authors should have undertaken some self-editing prior to despatching the manuscript. There are various elements to editing and it is important … More 8 Editing Processes
The advent of free, or minimal cost, ‘self-publishing’ services, just a few years ago, was exciting. Budding authors who had previously been frustrated by the intransigence of traditional publishers, now had free-reign. Many jumped upon the wagon with expectations of finding immediate success. Of course, everyone now appreciates the naivety of that. Nevertheless, it cannot … More Authors! – Do Not Lose Heart
Authors regularly encounter discussions regarding how many words an average book should comprise. This can be distracting; pressurising; and confusing nevertheless, it is an issue authors should at least consider. The predominant questions are: Does it really matter how many words a book contains? Does it make any difference to the reader? The answer demands … More Word Counts for Books
The conclusion regarding viability reached in a previous article Are Facebook Pages Worth the Effort?, raised the question of what this website and associated accounts have to offer. Regular followers, visitors, and readers will know, though over the years there have been occasional breaks, as far as possible articles are posted on a reasonably frequent … More What Does T. R. Robinson Publications Have to Offer?
In a recent post Poll – Usefulness of Competition Notifications followers and readers of this website blog where requested to indicate whether they found notifications of book and writing competitions useful. There has been minimal response therefore, unless there is any dramatic indication to the contrary, the decision has been taken to no longer publish … More Book & Writing Competition Notifications
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