Write Your Next Book With Audio in Mind

Audiobooks are growing fast in the publishing market! How do you hop on this bandwagon and create a successful audiobook? Well, you came to the right place! Follow along and learn tips and tricks on how you can write your next novel with audio in mind. 

  1. Simplify your writing. 

One big difference between print and audiobooks is that in print you can go back and re-read with ease. While you can still rewind on an audiobook it is not the same as browsing back to the previous paragraph. Which is why simplifying your writing will make an audiobook go smoothly for the reader. 

  1. Read aloud. 

Something so simple can go a long way in creating a successful audiobook. Make sure you read everything aloud! Pass it along to friends and family to get another opinion. Narrators are performing your novel, so when you read aloud really read it! Sell the characters and make it come to life. 

  1. Make it a script. 

Going back to the performance of it all remember when the narrator gets a hold of your manuscript it will be a script. Think about your writing being vivid- Is it fun to read? Do you need all the ‘he said she saids’? Another helpful tip is to record yourself and see how it sounds!

I hope these few tips will help you on your audiobook journey, and if you have any questions leave a comment below!

Make A Quit-Proof Commitment!

Here are 4 steps to maintaining a quit-proof commitment! I love creating new goals for myself, but the problem isn’t making them, but maintaining them…Here’s what I do to help me stay on track!

Every commitment is different but this is a good place to start.

  1. Set boundaries. 

Give yourself expectations of what should be done, and what you would like to stick to. For example, if you want to commit to writing for 3 hours a day your boundaries would be to sit at your desk while writing, or to split the time between morning and evening. Just make sure they are right for your needs. 

  1. Enlist help. 

You are not alone! There are so many tools you can use to help you stay committed, people who can help. Reach out to others and ask how they stay committed or ask them to help encourage you and keep you motivated. 

  1. Block out your schedule weekly. 

Having dedicated time is the best way to stay on track. It will be very beneficial to you if you know what your week will look like so you can make sure you continue with your commitment. 

  1. Schedule your own performance review. 

This one might be my favorite. At the end of the week or the month go back to your commitment and evaluate yourself on how well you did. Use the steps above to see if you set boundaries, enlisted help and made a weekly schedule. And if you didn’t do as well as you thought, you actually did this pretty perfectly because now you can better judge yourself for improvement. 

You can do it!

How To Create the Best Book Title

You want your title to last the testament of time. It sounds easier said than done though, right? If you are struggling to find the perfect title for your book, you’ve come to the right place!

Some elements you want to keep in mind when choosing your title are…

  1. Easy to pronounce
  2. Attention grabbing
  3. Gives insight on what the book is about
  4. Keep it short

With that being said, you may find yourself asking what are some useful ways to generate a book title? I’m so glad you asked…here are some ways!

  1. Book title generator.

Probably one of the most common is to use a generator. There are many to choose from with a simple google search, but you may want to consider a genre specific generator. 

  1. Ask your readers. 

These are people who love your books so much they decided to follow you and/or join a reading community. So use that to your advantage! They will be thrilled to have input in your next potential book. 

If you are stuck between 2-3 titles make a facebook or instagram poll and see which one ends up on top!

  1. Search keywords. 

Control F key words in your novel and see which words are used the most. Depending on what you use the most or what embodies the novel most can be in the title.

After you chose your book title use google to make sure it isn’t already popular and to see what else comes up with those specific keywords. While titles cannot be copyrighted it will be more difficult to sell a book when there’s already a popular book out there with the same title. 

Happy Writing!

Better Reader = Better Writer

I, like most people, say I love to read but never have time to pick up the right book and finish it. And while there is no right and wrong way to read, I have noticed some key tricks to make myself a better reader. And while I may not be a writer I figure the more you read the more your writing skills enhance too! Athletes go to the gym…writers go to the library! So let’s get that brain stimulated and pick up a book!

Make a list. 

There might be some power in checking off a box, because I know I am more productive when a list is involved. So create a list of all the books you want to read that month or year and get checking!

Read several books at once. 

For me I know as soon as a book starts to feel boring I put it down and never return. However, if you read several books at once and create options for yourself there will be more of a chance you will open the book up again. 

And feel free to mix it up! Read a book and also have an audiobook on hand for an alternative option. It can be very refreshing from print books to relax your eyes and get a fresh look on a book.

Try before you buy.

Read the Kindle or Amazon sample before you buy a book. Get a taste for the writing style to determine if it’s a book you would enjoy until the end. Maybe even read a few reviews, but watch out for spoilers!

Take notes.

If you are a blogger or someone who likes to share their reading findings, I find that it is easier to take notes while reading rather than afterwards. It may seem like this process takes longer, but it is better than going back into the passage to look for something you thought you read. Plus, taking notes is a great way to retain what you just read!

And for all you writers out there write down what you like and don’t like about books you’re reading for your own work. Take notes of character development and plot twists and so forth. Spark your own creativity!

Take note of your down time. 

Find the right time to read for you. On a lunch break, right before bed, or on your commute to work. There is no bad time to read, but you also have to accept that sometimes you may not find the time. For me I noticed that I could be replacing my screen time with reading a book. You might have to find a new balance but once you do reading will be much easier!

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Happy Reading!

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A Guide to Writing Romantic Comedy…

Let’s get our romance on! In the spirit of the coming love holiday let us take a step into the world of romantic comedies. A genre designed to give anyone butterflies, has a very straight forward plot. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy tries to get girl back. We have seen it over and over and yet I always find myself being drawn towards these novels. Now, we are not here to take an in depth look at my personal library but instead how you can get started on creating your own rom com!

In terms of the structure a typical rom com goes as follows:

Introductions: The reader meets the characters individually, before they meet each other. 

The meet cute: This is when the two characters meet and sparks fly! The “meet cute” is memorable for the characters. For example, in Romeo and Juliet when they meet for the first time and lock eyes followed by a kiss all within 5 minutes of meeting each other!

Falling in love: This is when the lovey-dovey love sequence happens in movies. Where clip after clip you see them simply being in the act of love with one another. Now, in terms of a novel we have a little more time to grow the chemistry between the characters. So, let their relationship grow!

Conflict: Of course there has to be a turning point. The hurdle the couple must go through where an argument or an act threatens their relationship. For example, one of the characters can’t let go of a past relationship. 

Breakup: More often than not the characters breakup or are separated briefly. But this gives them time to realize what they are missing!

Happy ending: The conflict is resolved, and love is back!

Now that the basic structure of the novel is out of the way…how do you make it entertaining for the reader. Because as I said, most of the time the structure is the same, it’s how you build the story that makes it worth reading. 

Here are some more tips…

Make it relatable. Why does the reader find love? Are they lonely or went through a bad breakup recently? Give them a reason to find love. 

The sidekick! There’s almost always the friend who gives bad advice or lightens the mood. But the character needs someone to depend on when the conflict arises. 

Give them romance. This might be a given but the reader knows they picked up a romance so give them a romance! Create memorable scenes to make a compelling story. It’s okay to be over the top romantic too!

Stay true to your character. Don’t lose sight of your character just because they are in love. It’s okay for them to grow individually..but still together.

I hope this helps you on your journey of writing a romantic comedy!

Happy Writing!

It’s Never Too Late!

Close your eyes and think of the time when you really wanted to be something or do something..you might have even attempted it, but something got in your way. This is a friendly reminder that it is still achievable! You can still finish your book series that’s been saved on a file for 3 years, or finally quit your job to be a travel blogger!

The possibilities are endless and know that it is never too late! Even though Eat, Pray, Love didn’t get the best reviews the message is still there…go out and do it for YOU!

(And if you haven’t seen the movie it’s on Netflix)

Happy Monday!

All Deadlines Aren’t Bad

Here at The Write Nook we love to encourage you to make goals! They could be as small as “go to bed at 10pm” or as big as “finish my novel this month.” The key is to think of what you want and set a time for it! Deadlines aren’t always bad, especially when it comes to living out your best life.      

Go Your Own Way

My hopes are that you have read the title and your mind has been filled with Fleetwood Mac. However, if that is not the case please listen to the song before you continue… just kidding, but it is a great song!

And like most songs it has a great line that you can use as motivation/inspiration in your everyday life. Go your own way…how wonderful. We are constantly told this in other manners such as be your own person, or live outside of the box, but for today’s sake we will say, “go your own way.” 

So if there are any authors out there who do not want to write a character because they don’t think they will be popular enough, or if someone has even said you can’t be an author… I say, go your own way! Make your own path! Life is worth taking the risks. 

Happy Monday!

Journaling Basics

Whether you are an avid journal writer or you’re starting because of a new year’s resolution…welcome! Every now and then it’s good to go back to the basics. These are in no means an ‘How to’ on journal writing- just more of a way to get you started or to hit refresh. 

You don’t have to put pen to paper. 

More of the traditional way of journaling is to keep a notebook and pen handy and simply write! But now there are so many more options. You can dedicate a notes section on your phone to journaling, a file on your computer, or you can download an app to use on your tablet! Whatever will feel more comfortable and will keep you journaling.

Keep realistic expectations.

The best way to start something new, or keep something going is to establish a routine. Set realistic expectations for when you want to journal. It is also easier when you link it to something you do everyday. For example, on the train ride commute to work, while you’re having your morning coffee, or when you’re getting ready for bed. Create a healthy habit for yourself. 

Write about gratitude. 

When in doubt write about gratitude. It can be life changing for mental health when you take the time to write about what you are grateful for. And you can start small with the things in front of you and go from there. 

Try something new.

Go outside the box and make your journal personal and messy! Add pictures, or scraps that you have found throughout the day, like a good newspaper article for example. Re-read and write in the margins! 

Write for you. 

This may be the most important of the journaling basics. Remember why you started it, and write for yourself. No one has to read it and it will not be graded or criticized. Think about what goals you have for yourself and your journal and work towards that. 

Happy Journaling!