My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

Scrivener vs Novlr – Which is the Best Writing Software For You? http://bit.ly/2tugwyj  The pros and cons of each. #writers

Audiobooks: How to get your book recorded as an audiobook http://bit.ly/2uLYar7  All indies should branch into audiobooks. #indieauthor

Writing Scenes with Purpose and Structure | Read this guide for tips on writing scenes. http://bit.ly/2sZmQPQ  #writetip

A Basic Guide to Getting Permissions + Sample Permissions Letter http://bit.ly/2v7w7le  #writerslife

8 Foreshadowing Laws: How to Foreshadow Plot Right | Save foreshadowing for major events. http://bit.ly/2u4o2Rs  #writetip

11 questions to ask about your author website name. http://bit.ly/2uS6e9Q  #writers #indieauthors

How to Create Immersive Worlds for Science-Fiction and Fantasy http://bit.ly/2um3nc6  #writingtips

How to Price Your Book for Maximum Results During a Promotion – It’s important to test new strategies. http://bit.ly/2uj4dq6  #writers

Tapas Media: A Serial Publishing Platform That Earns Money for Indie Creators http://bit.ly/2ud77N7  #indieauthor

Defeating Self-Doubt: A Short(ish) Guide for All Creative Types http://bit.ly/2v7GENp  #writerslife

Book Review – Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Night ValeWelcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Welcome to Night Vale, a novel, is a little story about Jackie and Diane. These non-friends become friends as they unravel the riddle of a mysterious man who appears in guises all over town. The town, of course, is Night Vale, a place where reality doesn’t align exactly with the reality of the rest of the world.

The book is based on the popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast, which is presented as a radio show for a fictional town where all conspiracy theories are real. While the book mentions the radio show, it reads like the novel it is—and like its parent podcast, it makes poignant and irreverent references to everyday life.

Here are my favorite lines from the book:

Jackie: They shook hands. Her hand continued to shake after he let go.

Diane: She had sold a tear to Jackie that day. It had felt good to have someone explicitly value something that she did.

Wrapping your head around Welcome to Night Vale is like having an ice cream headache. It hurts, but it doesn’t stop you from eating the ice cream. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys conspiracy theories or invisible pie, which I do, although I don’t like the texture.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

6 Fantasies Standing Between You and Writing Success. http://bit.ly/2tozHuI  Be realistic. #writerslife

On Plot: How to Nail Your Act I http://bit.ly/2uy4aTk  Here’s the formula for your opening scene. #writers #writetip

What’s the Best Time To Publish Your Book? http://bit.ly/2uxPMdK  #writerslife

8 Foreshadowing Laws: How to Foreshadow Plot Right #writetip http://bit.ly/2u4CCFS 

Here’s How You Can Cut Down Your Manuscript http://bit.ly/2tuQyMh  Every scene in your book should matter. #writetip

Your 3-Step Plan for Outlining A Novel http://bit.ly/2t2B9Bp  Understand and control your stories. #writers #writetip

Coming up with a Plot (from scratch) http://bit.ly/2t2o7nA  Successful stories have a rising action, climax, and a denouement.

How Do You Respond to Criticism? 6 Patterns http://bit.ly/2tgEXiL  #writers #indieauthors

7 Ways William Faulkner Can Help You Improve Your Writing http://bit.ly/2tG83bI  #writingtips

Choosing Description Words: 10 Questions | Make your writing vivid. http://bit.ly/2ujzGW4  #writingtips

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

Craft Your Self-Publishing Plan for Success: Tips From an Indie Author [A Case Study] http://bit.ly/2s2p2W2  #writerslife

How to Immediately Improve Your Query Letter’s Effectiveness http://bit.ly/2tZWgC9  #writers #writerslife

Why All Writers Should Use Scrivener http://bit.ly/2t6qIOm  What can #Scrivener actually do? #writetip

12 Times You Thought You Totally Failed As a Writer (But You Didn’t) http://bit.ly/2togUiT 

Learn What Irony (Really) Is and How To Use It http://bit.ly/2tnBiAN  #writingtips

5 Ways to Write a Female-Driven Script that Sells http://bit.ly/2tx8E0n  What makes a strong female lead? #writetip

The Creative Penn’s list of recommended editors http://bit.ly/2to5SdE  The importance of editing. #writerslife

The Truth Behind Popular Copyright Myths http://bit.ly/2tXsejl  When it comes to publishing law, don’t trust in myths. #writers

How to Calculate Your Book’s Length Before Writing – Plot and Pacing http://bit.ly/2umKW33  #writingtips

How to Write Short Stories That Captivate Your Readers http://bit.ly/2tmA34U  Writing a compelling short story is an art. #writetip

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

How to Describe Hands: what your characters do with their hands will add extra color. http://bit.ly/2sevpmh  #writetip

The Difference Between a Press Release and a Pitch (You Need Both) http://bit.ly/2tnOYbA  #writerslife #indieauthor

Leverage Author Central and Goodreads. http://bit.ly/2sKzAZN  Marketing is an ongoing process. #indieauthors

It’s of Grave Concern! Helping your Heroine Escape if Buried Alive. http://bit.ly/2sKHmCa  A grave subject. #writingtips

Facebook Cover Videos Are Here! http://bit.ly/2tpExo7  #writerslife

How to Spot 8 Weaknesses in Your Writing (and Fix Them) http://bit.ly/2sSQJAz  #writingtips #indieauthors

Writing with Scrivener Part 1 http://bit.ly/2sOfIFo  The basics of getting around in Scrivener. #writing #writingtips

How To Create A Visual Brand As An Author http://bit.ly/2sKV7B0  Control your public persona. #indieauthor #writerslife

How We Created a Box Set to Boost Ebook Sales 350% http://bit.ly/2sCwCny  Drawing in new readers. #indieauthors

I’m A Teenager And I Don’t Like Young Adult Novels. Here’s Why. http://bit.ly/2tUevc2  #writingtips

Book Review – A Scent of Lavender

A Scent of LavenderA Scent of Lavender by Zelda Becht

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Scent of Lavender is about Christopher Meade, a Long Island lawyer who is finding his life predictable and rather boring. He longs to take his sailboat out and play hooky, but the demands on his time won’t allow even one day respite.

His life changes when he becomes the focus of a ghost who needs his help. Whenever she reaches out to him, he catches a scent of lavender. He has lavender-scented dreams at night, lavender-scented meetings with clients. After several days of increasing distraction, he takes off to England on a quest. He doesn’t know exactly what he’s searching for, and he finds it exhilarating. He hasn’t felt so alert and purposeful in years. Even so, he has given himself a limit of ten days to accomplish whatever it is he needs to do. Then it’s back to his humdrum life.

All of which makes Christopher Meade an extremely relatable character. I enjoyed his story of trying to lay an ancestral ghost to rest, but I enjoyed the deeper story of finding that special something missing from his life even more. A Scent of Lavender is a nice summer read, and I recommend it to anyone whose life seems a little boring.

I received a free copy of A Scent of Lavender in exchange for an honest review.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

5 things I thought you knew (but I guess you don’t) – manage your expectations and you’ll be a happier #author. http://bit.ly/2rhq3Ek 

6 Problems with “Edgy” YA Fiction (And How to Fix Them) http://bit.ly/2s9dmzR  #writetip

Launch Higher: How to Get Book Reviews Before Your Launch Date | a few ways to start getting reviews. http://bit.ly/2t77Lr2  #writerslife

Why You Should Outline Your Fiction Novel http://bit.ly/2s9dkb8  Use the method that works best for you. #writetip

Writing Original Fiction: Avoiding Clichés, Tropes, and Stereotypes http://bit.ly/2t91fQs  #writingadvice #WritingABook

Everything You Need To Know About Writing Robots and AI http://bit.ly/2rjiux4  How is AI used in fiction? #writetip

Tone and mood are two powerful elements of writing that affect how readers feel. http://bit.ly/2r7Onta  #writetip

HOW TO CONQUER WRITER’S BLOCK http://bit.ly/2rQaEhX  Write those bad ideas out of your head. #writerslife

Here’s a complete overview of the differences in the new Twitter. http://bit.ly/2sAzvHq  #writerslife

Creating a strong author platform – You build your fan base by working at it. http://bit.ly/2sel7Cu  #writerslife

Book Review – The Stand

The StandThe Stand by Stephen King

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Do you think Stephen King is a good writer? I do. I love his characterizations and his descriptions of settings. I’m a fan. I’m not fanatical. I haven’t read everything he’s ever written, but I’ve read many of his books. Back in the day, I read The Stand, and I loved it. For many years, if anyone asked what my favorite King book was, I always said The Stand. Recently, I decided to reread the book for old time’s sake.

It is one of the worst books I’ve ever read. It is slow, plodding, unfocused. It is absolutely full of passive voice (he was running instead of he ran.) It had long monologs pontificating about the failings of society which did nothing to further the plot. If he had kept to the plot, the book would have been a quarter of the length.

All of which tells me this. Stephen King is a good writer. But he wasn’t always.

So, the next time you think of yourself as a wannabe writer or an aspiring writer, stop. Just stop. Don’t fall into that trap. Did you write that piece you hold in your hands? Then you are a writer. Maybe not a published writer. Maybe not even a good writer. But all that is fixable. Writing is not a God-given gift. It’s work. You have to learn the craft. You have to apply the craft. It takes a long time, and it’s not always fun. But it’s doable.

Stephen King is a good writer. But he wasn’t always.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

What Does It Mean to Move the Plot? – everything in your story must move your plot. http://bit.ly/2slI8Cm  #writetip

How Understanding Cosmic Horror Can Improve Your (Love)Craft http://bit.ly/2qEitEh  #writetip

How to Use Twitter for Writing | Using Twitter makes you a better marketer. http://bit.ly/2rKZWK0  #writerslife

The Perfect Cover Letter: Advice From a Lit Mag Editor http://bit.ly/2rUcT4g  #indieauthor #writerslife

It’s Okay to Be Selfish with Your Writing – your writing time is sacred and needs protecting. http://bit.ly/2qXR9QI  #writerslife

Reality vs. Expectations—Remaining Calm When it ALL Goes Pear-Shaped http://bit.ly/2sWGGXx  #indieauthors

How Much Does It Cost To Self-Publish? http://bit.ly/2qQoKNk  #indieauthor #writerslife

Your Writing Platform: Letting Readers Know the (Sort of) Real You | Your Online Persona http://bit.ly/2rDnPkR  #writerslife

Hiring an Editor: Who, When, and How to Avoid Scams http://bit.ly/2s9Rqoq  #writingtips

What Makes a $100k Author: 8 Findings Every Author Should Know http://bit.ly/2rEfyOS  #indieauthor #Motivation

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

Consider the following before choosing an editor. http://bit.ly/2qVSIlJ  #indieauthor #writerslife

3 Steps To Creating A Winning Sell Sheet For Your Book | An integral part of your media kit. http://bit.ly/2r7VPFG  #writetip

4 Ways to Write Meaningful Comedy – entertainment is the key to winning readers over. http://bit.ly/2qr2Pw5  #writetip

5 Things For Authors To Tweet About (That Aren’t “Buy My Book!”) http://bit.ly/2slG7WC  #indieauthor

Examples of Adjectives from Top Authors’ Novels | Be creative with descriptions. http://bit.ly/2qFoe3V  #writetip

How to Write a Book Proposal | Book proposals are used to sell nonfiction books to publishers. http://bit.ly/2ravCro  #writetip

How to Write a Sizzling, Scintillating Synopsis-What a synopsis is not and what a synopsis is. http://bit.ly/2rnwFF5  #writetip

How NOT to start your novel: Six First Page No-Nos http://bit.ly/2rnnrIT  #writetip

Writing Fiction: A Good Story Must Be Disturbing | your basic aim is to tell a good story. http://bit.ly/2qFpvYF  #writetip

One Simple Strategy to Draw In More Buyers http://bit.ly/2rnLoO6  Some really impressive examples of book cover makeovers.