With so much information at our disposal don’t forget to use it when writing your novel. Think of research as a necessary step when planning out your novel. Even if you are writing a romantic comedy there’s always research to be done!
You can crack open a book, head to google or even go out on an experience when it comes to research. Even if you are writing about going on a hot air balloon and you’ve done it before, look up the history of the hot air balloon or some fun facts, you never know when you can incorporate it into your writing. And just redoing that experience and going on a hot air balloon again you can open your eyes to how you want it to play in your novel.
Don’t underestimate the power of research even if you think you know enough for your writing. It can open an avenue you didn’t even know was there!
One of the authors we work with, Mimi Matthews does hours of research on historical fashion alone before finishing a novel. Have a look here!
They may have opened the book because of the title or the cover, but the author bio is what connects you to your readers. You want to entice them just enough to buy your book and get to know you a little.
As with writing anything, there are some soft guidelines you can follow when it’s your first time writing something. So for an author bio it goes as follows:
Keep it short.
I know you’ve all seen author bio’s so you know that keeping it brief is key. The book is where you let all your words fly out.
To sound more professional, use a third person voice when writing.
Nail down your one liner.
The hook, line and sinker is your one liner. Craft it carefully by sharing about yourself and something fun!
Share yourself a little. Enclude interesting facts that may go along with your book. But don’t oversell yourself. You can include your alma mater but dont go crazy on the list of achievements, that’s what google is for.
Use a professional photo.
This should go without saying, but you should not use a mirror selfie or a goofy family photo for your author bio. Take the time to get one professionally done, it will make all the difference.
You want to write a science fiction book ,but you keep getting stumped on character names. You created a whole new beautiful world and need the names to reflect that, so how do you come up with them? That is what we will be discussing today!
Take a name you already know. Think of your favorite name in whatever language and modify it a little. Play around with the endings and beginning until it sounds like the perfect name for your character.
Good ole name generator. Sometimes you need a little boost to get things started, and that’s where a name generator comes in handy. Fantasy name generator have more than just fantasy, but click on what you’re looking for and they can generate male and female names for you! Another good one is Donjon, they also have lots of genres and categories to choose from.
Go back to the roots. Crack open a latin or greek dictionary and use root words to come up with a name!
Tell us how you come up with your unique character names!
Whether you believe in it or not, you should always believe in yourself. I have been seeing manifestation more and more recently while scrolling through social media and such. If you don’t know what it is manifesting is bringing something tangible into your life through a belief, so if you can think it you can have it essentially. It is all about willpower!
Now, I am no expert in the matter but I can say that it definitely intrigues me! There are so many guides and articles and books on manifestation out there, so if you are interested hit up Google!
In today’s cyber centered world, you can leave comments and reviews just about anywhere. What might seem like minor praise or dissatisfaction to the reviewer, these comments can just about make or break a product. The same goes for reviewing books.
So, when the time comes to review a book here are a few things you should include:
The title of the book and author.
The genre and subgenre if applicable.
Personal review – try to include an in-dept reason to why you feel the way you do.
Rate the book on a scale, but make sure to explain how your personal scale works.
You can also include a summary of the book in your own words. These summaries should include the plot, setting, and the characters journey. Also keep in mind to make a disclosure if you talk about any spoilers.
Overall, writing a book review is very helpful to both the author and potential readers. It lets people know if it is a book they would be interested in reading, and the author gets to know their readers a little bit better. Be true to your review- you can actually create a decent following by just expressing your real thoughts. There are accounts and blogs solely dedicated to reviewing books, so if you are someone interested in reading reviews you should check those out as well!
Let’s stretch our minds today! Pick up a new, old or current favorite book. Let your mind wander and expand through unfamiliar territory. Just as professional athletes have to hit the gym, writers have to work out their brain.
Are you feeling a little tired but you know you have to carry on with your work? I am here to say that it’s okay to take a break! Here are some great ways to take a break that will get you ready to get back to work!
Take a walk
Get some fresh air and move your body. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, but clear your mind, pop an audiobook or your favorite song and just relax. Any form of exercise will be beneficial during a break.
If you’re feeling a little tense from sitting in a chair for a few hours, get up and stretch! Loosen up your muscles for a few minutes…trust me they will thank you later!
Call a friend
Take your mind off the task at hand and catch up with a friend. THis can be a great way to put you in a good mood and share what you’re working on. Maybe you can use them for some creative inspiration.
Cook a healthy meal/snack
Take care of your body and give it fuel! Knock out two birds with one stone and get ready for your meal, or prepare yourself a healthy snack. This will get your brain ready to work extra hard for you.
Remember to incorporate breaks into your routine, they can help you in the long run!
Transcribe your thoughts to words faster by prepping your brain to prepare for writing. The purpose is not to create publishable material, but to get yourself ready for it!
The best way to start is to have no judgement or expectation of the outcome. You are writing to write more, which in turn will lead to writing better!
Write more —-> write better —-> write more
It is a beautiful circle of writing!
Now, in terms of some writing warm ups there are millions of prepared prompts and questions that you can search with a click of a button. Some other things you can do are write letters, write comments back to your viewers, or write about your life!
And there are even things to warm up your brain beyond writing such as exercise, brain games and meditation. Find out what works best for you. Each week test something new until you find what works.
What do you do to warm up your writer’s brain? Share your favorites in the comments!
Pinpointing your genre is an important part of your writing and publishing process. Focusing on a specific genre can help establish your niche, which in term helps you market your writing. Today we will focus on romance subgenres.
Writing a historical romance requires a lot of research, but it of course is worth it in the end! With books/shows like Outlander and Bridgerton historical romance is a hot commodity!
So pick a time in history! Be prepared to switch up the diction and introduce characters occupying roles such as a duke!
Opposite of a historical romance, contemporary romance is focused in more modern times. More often than not there’s a happy ending involved, with realistic scenarios or outcomes.
This explicit type of romance is characterized by sexualized characters. This subgenre can be fun too because it can intertwine with other subgenres such as science fiction.
Paranormal, Sci-Fi, or Fantasy Romance
These subgenres can be separated into their own category, but for this purpose we will group them together. These types of novels are usually set in a different world and where you can really let your creative side run wild! Create your own words and way of life! Or do some paranormal research and do your own spin on vampires, werewolves etc.
Young Adult Romance
The potline is key in young adult romance. You can probably guess how this one goes, and a lot of other tropes can be involved such as a bully romance or friends to lovers. Check out our how to write a friends to lovers novel here.
This was a quick run down of some subgenres in romance. If this is something you would like to look into more let us know! We would be happy to do a deeper dive!