Category: Novel Writing
I was reading an article in our local small town newspaper recently about a high school student who was making significant wins in swimming competition. The article explained that this young lady swims two hours every day at her high school pool. Then a couple days a week, she travels twenty miles to where her coach is located for more intense, concentrated training. It’s obvious this young student’s mind and her body are toned and honed for swimming. She probably dreams about swimming. As novelists, we too should be constantly looking for ways to flex and tone our writing muscles. This might include our powers of concentration, our skills for keen observation, our wild flights of imagination, and so on.
So, it goes like this: You finish your novel (or short story or poem – substitute your own medium here), and decide to put it ‘out there’ for feedback. Maybe you post some chapters on your blog, maybe you submit to a peer review website, maybe you’re really brave and you send it out to an agent, or even pay for a professional critique.
By Sheila C Skillman
So important is the end, that it can spoil an otherwise excellent novel. As a regular Amazon reviewer, I have read novels thinking, This is superb. I’m going to give this novel 5 stars. And then I’ve reached the end, and my potential review slips a star.
One thing that is extremely helpful to authors as they are writing their book is market research. You may have heard this term used as it relates to consumer research for marketing services and products, but it is also a very relevant practice for writers, too!
Amazon’s Kindle has leveled the playing field for all authors. No one but you will stand between you and your dream of being a published author. Maybe it’s time to take that old novel out of the drawer where you’ve kept it hiding, dust it off, clean it up and submit it for publishing on Amazon. Only you can stand in the way of your dreams in this day and age.
Many people want to write a book. Indeed, a survey found that ten per cent of the population want to do it. Few people accomplish it, but you can.
Last June I attended an awards ceremony for high school students who had maintained a 4.0 or higher GPA. As the graduating seniors received their awards certificates, an administrator announced their college plans and career goals. One kid planned to become a forensic CPA; another had his eye on an investment banking career. (So much for all that generational idealism we all keep hearing about.) But here’s what really struck me: there were as many honors students who planned to become novelists as planned to become doctors.
This isn’t about literary fiction such as that of JD Salinger or F Scott Fitzgerald – I’m discussing thrillers, specifically techno-thrillers. Now, you might think immediately of Tom Clancy, but Patricia Cornwell is also, to me, a techno-thriller writer. When I read Cornwell, I believe almost all the technical detail – she was a real-life medical examiner. To what extent does a writer expect a reader to suspend belief?
It is an unfortunate reality that most people who write books believe that their publisher will always put their best foot forward, to promote their book. In the real world, it does not quite work that way
Writing a novel? Dont’ forget to request a manuscript critique and give your novel a fighting chance of getting published.
We continue new author and Creative Competitor subscriber Judith Barrow’s journey to publication…….. Land in sight by Judith Barrow It’s now three months on. The first commercial editor (the best) has succumbed to maternity leave. The one who was finally chosen by my agent (the second best?) has had my [...]
by Judith Barrow Part Three of Judith’s journey towards novel publication……… At this point I have to admit a thought creeps unwanted into my mind. If the publisher had only posted that envelope a couple of days earlier I wouldn’t have needed an agent – or, speaking truthfully, I wouldn’t need to pay an agent. [...]
Part Two of Judith’s blog about getting her novel published.. So – I’m back to square one. For a month I hibernated (my family and friends call it sulking but I prefer to think of it as re-grouping). I have a brilliant manuscript that no one wants ( at this point I think it’s important [...]
Judith Barrow As part of our Novel Writing Month, we asked Creative Competitor subscriber and newly published author Judith Barrow to share her angst as she endeavoured to get her novel published. July 2008. Drat (or words to that effect!) It’s been four months since I gave my manuscript of Pattern of Shadows a hug and [...]