Many aspiring writers – and bloggers – dream of publishing a novel that will become a great hit. Lindsey Stone has put her creativity to work in this way, and you can too. Great writers aren’t born great. They get that way through practice and determination. Here is a compilation of other tips to help you get your creative juices flowing.
Generate Some Creative Ideas
There are a number of ways that aspiring writers can gather ideas. Watching the news, listening to gossip, reading the newspaper, eavesdropping, and observing the behaviors of various people in public settings are just some of the ways to get you thinking. When setting out to work on this part of the novel-writing process, it is important to write down ideas and thoughts in a journal as you go. Once you have brainstormed these ideas, turn them into stories.
Turn Your Ideas Into Stories
A story must have a setting. Maybe your idea would be best set in a creepy, abandoned house that the community believes to be haunted, or maybe it would be better in a dark and scary forest. Perhaps your idea is more appropriate for a peaceful river or an amusement park. Once the setting is chosen, you can imagine and develop characters and create relevant problems and conflicts for them to confront in the story.
Maybe you would rather start your story with a concept to appeal to those who think in abstractions. Examples of good concepts are religion, the workings of the creative mind or the corruption of power. Then characters can be imagined who will be affected by this particular concept, and situations where they will confront it can be created for them. Learn about creative ways to help you create engaging community through writings.
Write an Outline
To avoid writer’s block, it might be helpful to lay out your novel in outline form. You can jot down what will happen in each chapter. This might help your story to flow more smoothly and prevent it from hitting a dead end. You’d be surprised how many novice writers get hung up because they fail to write an outline.
A common mistake is to try to mentally form the idea completely. The fact is, it’s very difficult to house an entire story or project in vivid detail, within your head without having written it first. What’s more, “mental outline” writers miss out on the interesting phenomenon that happens when you put thoughts on paper.
Once written out, your brain is free to use the energy it spent remembering that thought to generate new ideas. Outlines are inspiration.
Create an Intriguing Beginning
The beginning is one of the most important parts of a novel. Because editors see thousands of publications that come across their desks, they will briefly scan the beginning of your novel to determine if it is worth publishing. If your novel starts with a hook that will grab the attention of an editor, it is much more likely to be published.
Complicate the Plot
Many readers enjoy books that are not too predictable, so keep them in mind when creating your plot. Twists and turns keep readers on the edge of their seats and glued to your story until the end. If you look at your work and think “I’ve read this before”, it’s very likely that your potential reader has, too.
Take every opportunity to bring new ideas to your story. This can be as simple as asking yourself, “What wouldn’t I do, if I were this character?” By giving the character actions that wouldn’t occur to you in everyday life, you stand a much greater chance of coming up with unpredictable action for your story.
Write an Ending That Will Satisfy Readers
There is no one right way to end a story. You can experiment with different endings and choose the one that you like best. Stories can end with a conflict being totally resolved, or the ending may only hint at how things turned out. The story can even end in a cliff-hanger, creating opportunity for a sequel by leaving your readers wanting more. See how to build reader’s trust successfully.
Make sure to consider these tips if you want to create an exciting novel and see your name alongside well-known writers who have an established following of fans.
The greatest writers of our time have learned methods like this through trial and error. For every great novel on the newsstand, there are 5 unpublished, in the trash. Those unpublished failures are the foundation that great work is built upon. Give yourself the luxury of failure. Try until your get it right, and your writing will be better than ever, and better than most.
This post was written by Shah, a professional writer and blogger interested in writing about various aspect of SEO, marketing, tech, and design. You can join Shah at Google+ or Twitter.
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In this digital age, it has never been easier to share one’s favorite entertainment with the rest of the world. Personal blogs can be used to discuss a blogger’s favorite music, movies, books, and performing arts. Posts can be archived according to specific topics such as the date of release of specific films or songs. Similarly, such blog posts can be classified by actor, singer or performer. Bloggers can have plenty of fun in creating their own personal archives featuring short statements or entire articles about anything related to entertainment. This could very well be one of the reasons why personal blogs rock.
When blogging about personal interests such as entertainment, it is important to keep in mind the type of readers that will be exposed to the posts. Often, friends and relatives will be the most loyal followers of such personal blogs. However, it is also a good idea to share some personal interests with fellow workers and other individuals from the workplace. Read More
How’s your Monday morning starting off? Wishing you all a good day ahead, and an even better week.
Here are the job board highlights from last week. Good luck!
We’re looking for a blogger who is an Apple fanboy — or girl — but can still appreciate the merits of Android (or other brands). If you don’t know who Jony Ive is, or you think Infinite Loop stands for an obscure mathematical sign, you can close this window. However, if you can hold discuss the merits and the downsides of every Apple product released in the past year, then we might have something to talk about.
Guest blogging, guest posting, or guest writing – whatever you want to call it – is still very much alive, in spite of Matt Cutts saying “stop guest blogging for SEO“.
We definitely agree that guest blogging has its pitfalls, but as Matt Cutts also said, guest blogging per se is not “bad”. It gets all sleazy when it’s done simply for SEO, and when the content and link quality is low.
That being said, we’re all for guest blogging. We accept guest posts, and we also guest post on other blogs. But we totally agree with the concept of NOT doing guest blogging purely for SEO, and we want to ensure that the guest posts we accept are high quality and not (link) spammy. Read More
The excitement of dreaming about an exotic trip or returning home from a global excursion is even more fun when shared. You may be ecstatic to share your travel inspiration and adventures in a blog, but building the space is the first step. The following five tips can help any vagabond start a travel blogging journey. Read More
Good Monday morning to everyone. Did the weekend give you time to relax and take a break from work? We sure hope so!
Here are some of the job board highlights from last week’s jobs. Good luck!
WebpageFX is seeking talented outside freelance writing professionals to write quality content and meet deadlines. Excellent opportunity for versatile creative writers. If your writing and working styles meet their needs, they can provide a consistent stream of interesting assignments.
Editor’s note: This post was written by Shah, a professional writer and blogger interested in writing about various aspect of SEO, marketing, tech, and design. You can join Shah at Google+ or Twitter.
Once a website has been created, webmasters have to figure out how to get their rankings increased in search engines. Top rankings ensure more visibility and enhanced earnings. Brent Franson offers five surefire tips that will lead to search engine domination.
Create Unique Content to Stop Penalties
Back in the day, people could get away with submitting the same exact article content to multiple directories. Google has put a stop to this and will flag websites that have the same article in multiple places linking back to them. To ensure that sites are never flagged, it is advisable to submit a unique article to each directory. Even if the articles are on the same topic, they all must be 100 percent unique. It’s true that it will take time to produce unique content for every site but it would have a positive long impact over website ranking. So invest your time to produce quality content and see the results. Read More
Social media has become the de facto venue for people to express themselves online. While it used to be that personal blogging was where friends and friends of friends would go to find out what was going on in other people’s lives, now it’s platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ (no it’s not a ghost town), and Tumblr where you will find people from all walks of lives.
More than a personal communication or expression tool, social media is being used by brands – corporate or personal – to expand their reach and interact with their target audience. Big brands like Coca-Cola, Oreo, Nike, and KFC are known to be on the ball when it comes to their social media accounts. Celebrities are not exempt, too. Just think of Rihanna, Justin Bieber (yeah, sorry if I’ve offended anyone just by mentioning him), William Shatner, and so many more. Then there are the athletes, influencers in the tech scene, influencers in the marketing scene, and so on. Read More
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Tim Soulo, who calls himself a blogging experimenter and conversion junkie. In case you’d like to read more of his awesome articles, consider visiting his personal blog at BloggerJet.
When you have a business online and you are relying on social media to get information to your audience, it seems like there’s not enough hours in the day. But never fear, because there are tons of amazing tools that can help with that!
With the right tools, you can accomplish lots of stuff in no time: monitoring your niche, automating tweets, posting at best times of the day, authenticating via social networks, displaying selected tweets on your blog, etc. Read More
WordPress themes are easy to find, but to find the perfect one for what you have in mind for your blog or web site is sometimes like finding a needle in a haystack. We’d like to think that by working with 7Theme, a WordPress theme shop – a space where you can get stunning designs and professional support.
Founded in 2012 in Italy and Germany the site was formally launched in May 28th 2013. It is now a professional Premium Theme company, which has been designing more than 300 websites with WordPress. All of their themes are released under the GPL license giving you freedom to use them as you want, just like WordPress. Through their generosity, we are giving away THREE of their WordPress themes to lucky BloggingPro readers. Read More