Literary Festivals Can Inspire Your Creativity

Author Annette Young
by Annette Young


Last night, I went to the start of the Salisbury Literary Festival and thoroughly enjoyed being with book lovers as well as to be in the presence of other authors. The interview with the first author of the festival-Neil Spring was really interesting. He was promoting a book called The Lost Village. This book is based upon a village not far from Salisbury and if you live in southern England, you may well have heard about it and its mysterious past. It was abandoned many years ago with the inhabitants forced out.  

This book, a ghost story, based upon the history of Imber village looks incredibly appealing. It also serves as a stark reminder that you can write about the things that inspire you and weave your own interests into your interpretation of an event that was very real.  
Writing can be a very isolating pastime. So, it’s worth getting together with other authors or creative writers so to help inspire each other. I felt inspired last night listening as Neil Spring talked about his writing day and I realised with some pleasure, that many of his thought processes, editing and writing schedule mirrors my own. There is a pleasure in being among other creative souls. It’s also worth attending literary events near to you because you’ll gain much from any presentation or interview that takes place. 
The creative process is a wonderful one but you don’t need to shut yourself away to write with intent, fiction works best when you couple imagination with real-life experiences. Open your mind and see what is around you. Develop a natural curiosity about the world and let your imagination run wild. It all starts with one single idea. Maybe your idea will become the next best-seller?
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Three Cover Design Secrets for Drawing in Readers

By James Adams Clofield

Great book covers compel readers to grab and buy the book. This feat is a veritable art form in itself. Often, either authors take this matter for granted and spend little effort to ensure it looks artfully compelling, or worse, they take matters into their own hands and do the artwork themselves. This would be okay if they really know what they are doing. Often, the DIY approach proves devastating to first-time authors without enough book cover art experience.

So how should you go about producing your book cover? How do you know your book cover will likely pull readers’ attention enough to consider buying your book?

Here are a few pointers that will help you create a book that catches your readers’ attention and communicates a direct, clear message that the book has been written specifically for them.

1. Your Cover’s Image Should Reflect What’s Inside

Shout out your book’s engaging plot and story by appealing to their sense of interest. Depict an image, illustration or artwork that will announce your story in a big and clear way.

Readers know what they are looking for. Make it clear to them that there is a truly mesmerizing mystery inside for them to solve or that your book will teach them everything they ever wanted to know about a specific topic.

2. Your Book Cover’s Typography Should Help Tell Your Story

Apart from conveying the aesthetic style of your book, typography or the font styles used in your book cover should help define your book by visually cluing-in your readers about your book’s theme and mood. A clean, white space cover with simple fonts conveys order and elegance that clue in readers about the formal nature of a business book. Conversely, gaudy-looking font styles may clue in readers of the interesting content inside a rock and roll musician’s memoir.

Take note of the following typographical guidelines:

• Your choice of type face, font size, style, and color will make an impact on your cover’s design. The words must be a part of the overall image you are trying to create.

• Isolating a particular word or words immediately increases their significance. By doing so, you are calling the reader’s attention to them. This may be a good idea if you are a famous author and can sell books by your name alone. But in other cases it might dilute your cover’s intent.

• Positioning is crucial. The most important element of your message should be at the top of your book’s cover.

3. Each Element of Your Cover Should Work in Harmony with One Another

Typography, illustrations, design, size, positioning, color, and every other visual element of your book’s cover must be organized in a fashion that communicates their overall message to your reader clearly, quickly, and efficiently. Remember,

• The larger the size of the element, the greater its importance to the overall message.

• Use color to make a particular element pop.

• Position each element in a way that your reader’s eyes flow from one to the next as though they are being told a visual story.

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