Most are still totally relevant, others a bit dated, but that is part of the fun. We have so much great content to share that we don’t want to overwhelm you, so we will do it four posts at a time #humblebrag.
Today this blog’s Commissioning Editor Debbie Young picks four of her favourite posts from our Writing strand.
One of the great joys of editing this blog is the variety of topics that we cover on every aspect of self-publishing and indie authors’ interests, but I have a special affection for the Thursday slot reserved for posts about writing craft. This is after all the starting point for what we all do. Writing is the common thread that binds indie authors together, whatever genre they choose to write in. So I’m delighted to highlight for today’s #ThrowbackThursday some of my favourite posts about our writing craft.
Despite the clear signposting on the copyright page of fiction books, many readers still try to spot real life in novels, and if they know the author, to spot themselves or people they know. Here’s a bemused and good-humoured reaction to their response by Canadian novelist Francis Guenette, whose excellent novels Disappearing in Plain Sight and The Light Never Lies I’ve greatly enjoyed since reading her post.
Though I’m currently tackling my first NaNoWriMo novel writing project, I love to write short fiction, from tiny flash fictions to longer short stories of 3-4,000 words, I’m very excited about the growing vogue for moving away from traditional industry standard word counts for novels. In this post Orna talks about the demand for other formats that is being fuelled by modern technology.
I knew this was going to be a great post from the moment Kathryn Guare suggested the title to me.
Fascinating, fun and reassuring reading, and some great conversations in the many comments that the post stimulated – and it’s never too late to join the conversation!
Homing in on the very start of the process, novelist and poet Philippa Rees shares an extraordinary story of what inspired her novel A Shadow in Yucatan, an experience that still haunts her decades later. I’m now planning an occasional series of posts on inspiration.