8 Ways to Convince Book Bloggers to Review Your Book — charles french words reading and writing

Originally posted on K. D. Dowdall: 8 Ways to Convince Book Bloggers To Review Your Book D.A. Bale June 12, 2017 Book bloggers actually do want to review your book! But we don’t have a lot of time so when you forget to include vital information or don’t follow the submission instructions, your requests end…

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Rip it Up and Start Again

One of things I struggle with as a writer is revising and rewriting. When I finish something, I want to move on to another project or idea. The thought of going back to a manuscript, reading through it and working out what’s wrong never appeals.

I decided to try something different with one of my finished/unfinished projects – Two Slices of Carrot Cake. Writers tend to get wedded to their own words. It’s difficult to detach. I’m editing a book at the moment for someone else and it’s easy for me to strike that red line through unnecessary text, or see what needs to be rewritten.

Some years ago, I read an interview with the writer, Elizabeth Buchan. In it, she said when she writes a book, she writes it three times. Her first attempt gives her the ‘bones’ and from there she starts again and improves the original story. I’ve decided to try this, albeit I’ll just be writing the whole thing one more time, and not two…

The Creative Stuff

Although it seems daunting, writing the story again appeals because it’s about doing the enjoyable, creative stuff again. I know the plot, I know the characters and what they are like, how they speak and I know what happens to them afterwards, seeing as I wrote another book that featured them.

I wanted to change the angle of the story slightly too. After I wrote my first book, Katie and the Deelans, I sent it to agents. It was rejected by all of them, but I was contacted by one after I’d published it through Comely Bank Publishing, who said that he liked my ‘voice’ and was I working on anything else?

When I told him I was working on Two Slices of Carrot Cake, he said I could send it to him when I’d finished it. I did, and he rejected it, saying the ‘issues’ thing in it (eating disorders) didn’t work for him, but he did like the ‘voice’ and he thought a better idea would be to concentrate on the teenage girl using multiple personalities online and the trouble that results. Keep the eating disorder, but don’t make it the main focus.

The Flow Trap

When you try to shift the focus of a story by going back to the existing document, it’s hard. Sentences, paragraphs and chapters flow in a certain way. You get caught up in that flow – if I change this, then that won’t work, etc. If you start writing again, the existing flow isn’t an issue.

I’ve started it. I’m excited about it. I’m feeling creative once more. Keep your fingers crossed for me…

Storyworks Monthly – A Review

Storyworks Monthly #2Storyworks Monthly #2 by Stephen J. Carter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m kind of in awe of Stephen. In Storyworks Monthly 1, he set out his ambition to emulate the pulp fiction writers of old, the folks that were churning out more than a million words a year. It looks as if he’s on his way to that target.

Storyworks Monthly 2 continues on the same theme as number 1 – the writer gives you various flavours of his craft, from the short story to an ongoing novel and an end part that delves into the craft of writing. I’m a big fan of Stephen’s short stories, and that’s not a recommendation I make lightly as I don’t often choose to read short stories. Stephen uses his skills with words to craft the world that appears in front of you easily and quickly. This is particularly the case with The Shard, Gudrun’s story and The Forever Cloud. Stephen has a real gift for description, again something that isn’t easy to do.

{Note to author – you MUST do more with Gudrun.]

I’m not entirely convinced that it’s a good idea to include parts of a novel (Descent on Abuwesi) in this collection, as the new reader won’t be familiar with it from SWM part 1, and the old reader might have forgotten bits of it. Nevertheless, Stephen’s talent for writing still makes it worth pursuing.

Part 2 of the inciting incidents is very useful for all potential authors (myself included), as it gives guidance to how films work – and thus plotting. I have found Stephen’s explanations of films hugely beneficial in the past. When you understand the tipping point/inciting incidents thing, you’ll be able to write much more concisely and precisely.

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