You know what’s fun? Once you have a beautiful polished manuscript, you get to write an enticing 2–3 paragraph synopsis of the book that doesn’t give away too much plot but makes people want to buy your book. (This is for the back cover.)
And suddenly, reorganizing your pantry is really exciting and important right now . . .
Basically, you have three options once you put down the can of green beans: you can pay someone to write it for you, you can cry in a corner, or you can tie yourself to your desk chair and write it yourself.
Option three tends to be the least painful physically, emotionally, and economically, so let’s look at my favorite trick for writing a great back cover blurb. Continue reading
I encourage people to speak up, to tell their stories, to write their books and share with the world for so many reasons. We need to understand each other, and we can’t possibly have all the experiences that can be had on this planet, good and bad, in one lifetime. Even if two people share an experience, what are the chances that it affected them the same way, anyway?
This is why something I read online over the weekend was so disturbing to me. In a country where we encourage discourse and value our right to speak out, multiple U.S. cities held women’s rallies, which resulted in opinions of such being expressed across the internet. I spotted a post circulating on Facebook that started with “I am not a ‘disgrace to women’ because I don’t support the women’s march.”
Plenty of blogs give you the low down on why you should blog, how to boost SEO, writing the perfect title to get more shares, or what topics to cover, but when you finally sit down and stare at your screen, what are you going to say?
I typically shoot for 500-800 words for a blog (and the experts lean toward the longer end of that, even around 1,000 words). For many business owners and authors, though, that can be daunting. How can you provide that much helpful content without rambling or repeating yourself?
Planning, my dears. Planning.
And that’s more than just picking a topic and typing about it until you meet the word count. Continue reading
How do you get inspired?
That’s a pretty broad question, but it’s one that I think a lot of writers hear. We are mysterious creatures, and the masses want to know how we tick.
For me, the answer varies by the day, and the impetus waxes and wanes with the source of inspiration. The strongest source by far, though, is reading. When I read other stories, it makes me want to participate in the global discussion, the call from literature that draws forth our imaginations. Authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, H. Rider Haggard, Salman Rushdie, Christopher Paolini, Neil Gaiman, and others fuel my fantastic thoughts, sending me on journeys across ‘scapes that only belong in the artist’s brain or in the pages of a novel.
As a busy mom and entrepreneur, though, finding time to read a book that doesn’t have cartoons of princesses and funny animals across the pages is pretty rare, so typically, that’s not where I get inspiration anymore.
So what stirs my imagination now? Three main things: clever movies, personal experience and other writers. Continue reading
Your audience is smart and savvy, but it’s possible that they aren’t down with all the high-level techno-speak.
When I worked on government contracts, we were encouraged to use plain language in our communications with the general public. The work that we did was highly technical, which meant that the scientists wanted to geek out (who wouldn’t!) and talk about their nano-particles, electron microscopes, and other lab equipment, catalysts, byproducts, etc. like they would with their comrades every time they wrote. Continue reading