Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Writing Non-fiction

When finalilzing the table of contents for your non-fiction book, avoid cute chapter titles. While they may amuse, they will not serve you well in selling the book. Many people, when shopping in a bookstore or on-line, buy a book based on the table of contents. If the chapter titles reveal little or nothing about what's in your book, the shopper is apt to move on rather than dig deeper.

Tip of the Day: When writing non-fiction, make your chapter titles work for you.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Writing for the Web

Writing for the web for you might merely consist of putting your writing on your website for your family and friends to see. If you have a known audience who regularly reads your writing and you don't care whether search engines find your writing or not, have at it. Just write in bliss.

If one of your purposes in writing for the web consists of bringing traffic to your website, it'd serve you well to learn the ins and outs of search engine optimization. This is where you write while using words that will attract the right audience. There are several good books out there that will tell you the hows and the whys.

Writing right could make all the difference in the amount of traffic visiting your site.

Tip of the Day: Read a book on search engine optimization. You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Finding Ideas for Your Writing

Your assignment today is to go to the nearest mall, sit on a bench, and watch the drama unfold....

There's lots of drama out there in the world for every writer to use. As a fiction writer, observation of real people dealing with real problems of their lives is one of your richest resources. Often one of the vignettes you observe will set your imagination on a course worth pursuing.

An observation trip to the mall will improve the dialogue in your novel or short story, improve the depth of your writing, and improve the realism in your action.

Tip of the Day: Go to the mall. Instead of shopping for merchandise, observe fellow shoppers for their stories.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Be a Writer

Be a writer. Don't quibble about it. It doesn't matter if you have a day job doing something other than writing. That's what you do to make the ends meet. Your vocation is being a writer. If you write, you are a writer.
When people ask you what you do, don't say, "I want to be a writer." If you write, you are a writer.

Own it... live it... write about it.. Your writing will take on new meaning with your new thought pattern toward writing.

Tip: Be A Writer.