Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sharpen Your Writing Skills With These Editing Tips


Writing seems to be a dying art these, especially among the younger generation.  Part of this problem is that people don't understand how to edit what they've written .  We think that great writing comes easy and with little thought, but the reality is very different.

Just looking at past writer's you know that they took the time to write.  Sometimes taking weeks or months or even years to get it just right.  Fortunately editing on digital media is the way forward.

Checking your work thoroughly seems to have been put on the back burner for many.  Really good editing improves the simplicity and effectiveness of a piece.  Here are some simple tips to make your writing more persuasive:

✦Recite your writing back to yourself.  This will help you identify any awkward or out of  place paragraphs or words.

Read your work back to yourself.  This will stop your brain filling in what it expects to see.

✦Look with fresh eyes.  In other words leave well alone after you've written your draft, at least one evening and come back to it fresh the next day.

Don't make it too wordy.  You shouldn't be adding words, but rather removing them.  Pithy is more powerful than long winded.

All words and phrases should add value to your piece.  If not got rid of them.

Don't use academic language as a model. In other words keep it simple and write like a journalist.

Throw out endless repetition.  Say what you want to say clearly and leave it at that.

Get rid of unnecessary adverbs.  Use "he ran" instead of the superfluous "he ran quickly".

It takes time to be a really good editor of your own work.  In the end your writing will be more effective, alive and more readable, that's the most important thing for you to remember.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

I've Just Launched My New Book!


Hi, friends!

After many hours spent writing, formatting, editing and creating an eBook cover, I'm delighted to announce my new eBook Discover the Writer in You is now available to purchase.


If you haven't read my About page already, you may not realise that writing is what I do full-time.  My inner writer was there from my early years at school, something that was trying to get out, but had no where to go.  I wrote this book as a tool for anyone that has a writer inside of them to be set free.

Have You Discovered the Writer in You?

You might be thinking that you've written your own journals, articles and stories.  What you really want to do is put your writing online and let the world see what you can do!

I wrote this book to show you:
  • How to get started
  • How to build your writing platform
  • How to write and self-publish your book
Like you - I've been there too.  I love learning new things and being able to put them into a blog post helps me to express these thoughts.

Are you hearing your writing voice?

Everyone has dreams and goals in life that they want to achieve, some people never go after that dream.  For the writer it's the aspiration of having that book put into words, printed and shared with the rest of the world that really niggles.

How to know if you're a writer:

If you read an interesting story in the newspaper or over hear a conversation and think that make a really good plot line.

✫You meet someone new and you start asking them questions about their lives, while having the urge to write of the information down.

✫When you're reading someone else's book and you think I could do that!

✫That' why this book is for you.  It's the book I wish I'd had way back in 2010 when I was starting.

This book is a collection of everything I've learnt after hours of research and practical knowledge I've tried out myself.  Online marketers charge hundreds of dollars based on courses with this content.  I've brought it together in one comprehensive guide.

Get the book, and you'll have a complete guide you can follow to start making your writing dreams a reality.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Complete Guide to Google Docs for Writer's


If you're looking for a free alternative to Microsoft Word I recommend Google Docs, it may surprise you Google Docs' has to offer.

I've put together a list of important points for you to consider in this article.



Advantages of Google Docs for Writers

1. A Free Mobile and Cross-Platform

Will work in any browser. Google Docs works pretty good in Google Chrome.  If you're collaborating with other readers and writers on a project they won't need to download any special software which gets rid of all compatibility and versioning issues.

2.  Your Followers Can Watch You Write

Your followers can participate or watch you write live.  Watching the words as you type on the screen, is a really fun way of giving your readers a glimpse into your writing world.

3.  It Saves While You Type

Every keystroke you make is recorded by Google Docs.  Which means you can write and not worry about saving your work as you go along.

4.  It Can Be Distraction-Free

If you want to write without distractions set Google Docs zoom to 'Fit', then select View > Full screen.  You'll notice your browser frame is still visible, you can use Chrome's presentation mode (View > Enter presentation mode) to get rid of it.  Then add Chrome Extension Noisli to block background noise, and you're good to go!

5.  Saves and Syncs Your Documents Automatically

All of your document will automatically be saved in Google Drive.


6.   You Can Easily Work Offline 

When you lose your internet connection or want to switch it off for a while, switch on Google Docs offline mode.  It will sync your work as soon as you get your connection back.

7.  You Can Download Documents in Several Formats

When you've finished working on your document you can export your Google Document in Word, OpenDocument, PDF format, Plain text as well as HTML formats.

8. You Can Produce a Live Version to the Internet

Using the option File > Publish and updates Google Docs will publish straight to the web.

9.  Google Documents Allows You to Work Together With Other Readers and Writers

By using a share link File > Share you gives someone editing, suggesting or viewing privileges.  Your followers can also leave any comments they might have.  You have the power to make changes so only markups can be made.  Any aspect of the document can be changed by an editor.

10.  You Can Converse With Your Followers as You Type

While you're viewing a document you can enable others to view it at the same time by clicking on your user icon at the top of the page.  A dialogue box will show up in the bottom right hand corner.

11.  Documents Can be Created by Voice Dictation

Using Googles voice recognition to dictate your documents by clicking on Tools > Voice Typing.

12.  You Can Use Substitute Words and Punctuation Automatically

Go to Tools > Preferences.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Imperative Points for Author Marketing Success


Marketing your book can be a waste of time unless you follow these points.

1. Write a Good Quality Book

Everybody has a different idea of what a good quality book should be.  People love the "50 Shades of Grey" books but a literary prize winner barely gets a look in.  Whatever your subject choice is make sure you create a well-finished product for your readers to appreciate.

2. Figure Out Your Target Market

When you start writing you quickly realise that you can't please everyone, and the simple truth is that many people will overlook what you've written.  The idea is to find your niche audience and write for them.  Here are a few ways to do this:

Identify other authors in your niche

Look on Amazon and see what other authors are doing in your chosen subject.  In writing for instance you have authors such as Joanna Penn, Julia McCoy and Sean Platt.  This list goes on.

(a) Discover where potential customers hang out

When you've identified who your target market is you can start checking out blogs and publications/sites with similar books.

(b) Determine which category your book fits into

For nonfiction writers this is a lot more simple, but for a fiction writer you find out your genre and go from there.

3. Create a Genre Specific Book Design

Yes people do judge a book by its cover, my advice is keep it simple if you're on a shoestring budget.  If you're able to spend money on your cover, you can check out my list of the 60 best book cover designers online.

4. Work Out Your Books Unique Selling Point

Don't follow what your friends are telling you about your book, think about why readers would care enough to read it.

5. Create a Killer Social Media Profile

If you don't already have a social media presence, think about which platforms you want to target.  Then start marketing your book.

6. Create an Author Platform

Start your own author platform, this will you sell your books later on.  It will also showcase your talent as writer.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

What Are Inflections?


The Definition of an inflection is when letters are added to nouns, adjectives, and verbs to show their different grammatical forms.


The inflection changes the form of a noun, ajective, verb etc., its used to distinguish case, gender, mood, number vocie.  Usually used to express numerous meanings.

Words have letters added to the base form of the word when they're inflected.

Some Examples:
  • base word: cat
  • inflection (plural): cats
  • base word: swim
  • inflection (present participle) swimming

Inflections in Nouns

Creating plural nouns with "-s" or "-es"

Singular/plural with "-s"
  • goat/goats
  • table/tables
  • tree/trees
  • girl/girls
Singular/plural with "-es"
  • fox/foxes
  • wish/wishes
  • potato/potatoes
  • bus/buses
When the base singular form of the word is a "y"
  • city/cities
  • berry/berries
  • fairy/fairies
  • daisy/daisies
Here are some irregular plurals
  • sheep/sheep
  • mouse/mice
  • moose/moose
  • criterion/crieria
  • analysis/analyses
Inflections in Verbs

Present tense

You add an "-s" or an "-es" to the base form of a regular verb in the third person to show infection.

Example "to dream".
  • I dream
  • You dream (singular/plural)
  • We dream
  • They dream
Example "to do".
  • I do
  • You do (singular/plural)
  • We do
  • They do
Past Tense

You add a "-d" or an "-ed" to the base form of the regular verb to show inflection.

Example "to breathe"
  • I breathed
  • You breathed (singular/plural)
  • He/she/it breathed
  • We breathed
  • They breathed

Example "to jump"
  • I jumped
  • You jumped (singular/plural)
  • He/she/it jumped
  • We jumped
  • They jumped
Future Tense

The base form of the verb doesn't change but instead the word will is added.

Example "to eat"
  • I will eat
  • You will eat (singular/plural)
  • He/she/it will eat
  • We will eat
  • They will eat

Irregular Verbs

There are various changes with irregular verbs with no set pattern.

Example "to go" past tense
  • I went
  • You went (singular/plural)
  • He'she/it is
  • We are
  • They are


Friday, January 19, 2018

10 Excellent Books for Writers


Creativity and Writing



1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King 


Take your insight from a writer that's been there and seen it all, even mega famous writers have difficult times.  Read his timeless advice.


2. Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the Writer Within - Natalie Goldberg

Get some solid advice with insight, humour and practicality.  Natalie Goldberg isn't afraid of showing her vulnerability when it comes to writing.


3. The Pursuit of Perfection and How it Harms Writers - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

If finishing a project is a problem you struggle with this book will help you.



4. Ignore Everybody: And 39 Keys to Creativity - Hugh McLeod

Discover how to tap into your creativity and make money from what you love.  Learn from Hugh McLeod who shifted from cartoons on the back of business cards to a massive online business.

Self Publishing



5. Let's Get Digital: How to Self-Publish and Why You Should - David Gaughran

A complete book on self-publishing with no hidden agenda, from author David Gaughran who campaigns for indie rights.


6. Choosing a Self-Publishing Service: How to For Authors - Orna Ross, Jim  Giammatteo, Mick Rooney

A book by authors written for authors, to show you how to evaluate self-publishing companies and do it yourself.


7. Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook - Helen Sedwick

Shows you how to use images as an indie author, things to look out for in contracts with self-publishing companies and collaborating with others.

Book Marketing



8. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World - Michael Hyatt

This does a great job showing you what you can do with a platform for a small business.


9. Let's Get Visible How to Get Noticed and Sell More Books - David Gaughran

Centres on selling more books using Amazons algorithms and categorising and optimising your sales page.


10. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books - John Kremer

A captivating resource with plenty of offline marketing tips and many online ones to get your book in the spotlight.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

80 Best Websites for Writer's 2018


The paths to writing are innumerable, from journalism to creative writing, starting a blog to writing a book and becoming famous.

Whatever path you choose there's bound to be a blog or community to suit your need and help you get there.

Want to start your own writing community or blog follow my step-by-step guide to starting your own blog.  You never know your website could be on this list!


Blogging

1. Be a Freelance Blogger

2. Copyblogger

3. Problogger

4. See Jane Write

Creative Writing

5. Aliventures

6. Almost an Author

7. Ann Kroeker

8. Australian Writer's Centre

9. Bang2Write

10. C.S.Lakin's Live Write Thrive

11. DIY MFA

12. Elizabeth Spann Craig

13. Eve Deverell

14. Fiction University

15. How to Write a Book Now

16. Goins Writer

17. Inky Girl

18. Journalist's Resource

19. Lauren Carter

20. Nicole Bianchi

21. One Stop for Writer's

22. Positive Writer

23. Pro Writing Aid

24. Psychwriter

25. Re:Fiction

26. The Write Practice

27. Tweetspeak Poetry

28. Write or Die

29. Writerology

30. Writers Helping Writers

31. Writers in the Storm

32. Writer Unboxed

33. Writers Write

34. Write to Done

Editing

35. Grammar Girl

36. Kathy Steinemann

37. Writership

38. Scribendi

Freelancing

39. Elna Cain

40. Freelancer FAQs

41. Freelance to Freedom

42. Freelance to Win

43. Freelance Writing

44. The Freelancer's Year

45.  FundsforWriters

46. LittleZotz Writing

47.  Make a Living Writing

48. Pen & Pro$per

49. Writers Weekly

50. Writing Revolt

51. Where to Pitch

Marketing

52. Bakerview Consulting

53. Enchanting Marketing

54. HubSpot

55. Kikolani

56. Seth Godin

57. Shellley hitz

58. The Creative Penn

59. Writers Boon

Publishing

60. Anne R. Allen

61. Cooks and Books

62. Helping Writers Become Authors

63. Jane Friedman

64. Janet Reid, Literary Agent

65. My Story Doctor

66. Nail Your Novel

67. Novel Publicity

68. Publish a Profitable Book

69. Well-Storied

70. Standout Books

71. The Book Designer

72. The Steve Laube Agency

73. Writer's Digest Editor Blogs

74. Writer's Relief

Writing Communities

75. A Writer's Path

76. Booksie

77. Chronicles

78. Free Writing Events

79. Inked Voices

80. NanoWriMo


Friday, January 12, 2018

Gerunds What Are They?


Gerund meaning:

Gerund is a verbal, verbal being on of the principal part of the verb, retaining some verb functions the same time it is being used as a different part of speech.


Basics of Using Gerunds

Words that are formed with verbs and acts as nouns are gerunds.  Pretty easy to spot all gerunds are verbs with ing at the tail of the word.  With no exceptions to the rule.  A present participle doesn't act as a noun, alternatively they act as modifiers or complete progressive verbs.  It's this simple, look for a verb + ing that is used as a noun, to find gerunds in sentences.

Some Examples of Gerunds:

Subject of the Sentence

Reading is her favourite pastime.

Studying English has its rewards.

Picnicking in the woods has its downside.

Direct Object

My Aunt Lilly loves travelling.

After a week in the wild, we appreciate sleeping inside.

Johnny enjoys singing in the shower.

Subject Complement

My dogs' favourite occupation is sleeping.

William's daily exercise is running laps.

Jane's hobby is gardening on her rooftop.

The Object of a Preposition

His parents punished him for stealing.

The search party rescued the child by climbing the cliff.

Falstaff attempts to flee by hiding in a laundry basket.

Monday, January 08, 2018

How and Why You Should Create Your Own Author Website


Why Being Visible is So Important

Before you start publishing your books you need an author platform, a place people can come is see what it is you do and what kind of books you have published.  The larger your platform the more people will see you online.

A lot of writer's publish their books without creating a platform or even building a following of people interested in their work.  Which makes no sense.

How do you sell your books if you don't have an audience to sell them to?

With a platform you can create your own personal story and journey and help other's create their own journey along the way.

Three Points to a Successful Author Platform:

1. You need to start growing your author platform.  Join social media, it'll take time but the rewards will start coming.

2. You need to engage with your readers, tell them a bit about yourself and your own life, take time to share and interact.

3. You need to grow your book sales.  Don't tire your audience out with sell, sell, sell your audience will get bored and tire of your books.  You need to lay a foundation for your readers to trust and be interested in what your doing.

How to Setup a Simple Platform with Bluehost


1. Sign up with Bluehost.


2. You've chosen your domain name, register your domain name with Bluehost, enter it in "new domain" box and click next.

3. Enter your account information and contact information.


This is where you get your discount, the longer your willing to commit.

4. After completing your registration you'll receive a confirmation email.



5. Install WordPress.  Once you've purchased your Bluehost plan you're just a few clicks away from installation.

6.  Sign in using your new Bluehost log in password.



7.  Click "Install Now" under WordPress.


8. You've reached the "One Click Install" page.  Under "Do it Yourself" click "Install".


9. Then select your domain and click "Check Domain".


10. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions and click "Install".



11. Congratulations you've created your official author platform!

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Monday, January 01, 2018

99 Ways to Promote Your Blog in 2018



How many methods have you tried to gain new readers?

There are so many things you can do, that sometimes you might miss or haven't heard of.  Here are 100 tried and tested ideas to gain more traffic to your blog.

  1. Publish more blog posts.
  2. Write longer blog content.
  3. Create an email list.
  4. Become a guest blogger.
  5. Improve your blog for search engines.
  6. Leave comments on other blogs.
  7. Cultivate a blogger outreach plan.
  8. Draw attention to other bloggers and get them to share.
  9. Include "Expert Roundups" on your blog.
  10. Produce case studies of bloggers in your field and get them to share.
  11. Produce resource articles.
  12. Interview and feature owners and influencer's in popular social media groups.
  13. Include and interview owners of popular forums.
  14. Conduct a blogging contest.
  15. Begin and develop a social media strategy.
  16. Republish your blog posts on top blogs.
  17. Cross-promote with other bloggers.
  18. Share your blog content with blogging communities.
  19. Advertise your blog in forums in your niche.
  20. Write an ultimate guide in your field.
  21. Place social share buttons on your blog.
  22. Create regular infographics.
  23. Develop slides for Slideshare.
  24. Join Facebook groups.
  25. LinkedIn groups.
  26. Publicise your blog on Quora.
  27. Create interview opportunities.
  28. Get interviews from well-known Podcasters in your field.
  29. Discover new opportunities to be included in Link Roundups.
  30. Blog about key events.
  31. Publish controversial blog posts.
  32. Be more transparent.
  33. Reduce number of share buttons on your blog.
  34. Build up a following on Pinterest.
  35. Influence sound bites to increase your social shares.
  36. Get people to share and tweet your content.
  37. Seek out media and syndication opportunities.
  38. Create PDF documents from your blog posts and submit them to PDF sharing websites.
  39. Start your own Podcast.
  40. Create your own presentations and submit them to presentation sites.
  41. Make a list of power users.
  42. Advertise on Reddit.
  43. Advertise on Facebook.
  44. Advertise on Stumbleupon.
  45. Promote a blogging contest.
  46. Run a giveaway on your website.
  47. Join H.A.R.O.
  48. Join blogging communities.
  49. Develop a  free viral report eBook.
  50. Run a blogging challenge on your blog.
  51. Conduct a traffic contest on your blog.
  52. Create your own 101 list.
  53. Write your own List Roundup.
  54. Restrict part of your blog content to promote your blog.
  55. Try viral list building.
  56. Turn your blog posts into Podcasts.
  57. Create your own website themes.
  58. Build your own website plugins.
  59. Use image sharing sites to boost your blog traffic.
  60. Link your email signature to your blog.
  61. Give your readers a great mobile experience.
  62. Influence user generated content.
  63. Create a keyword strategy.
  64. Respond to top bloggers with a controversial response.
  65. Become a blogging success story.
  66. Get experts to contribute their advice on your blog posts.
  67. Refresh old blog posts.
  68. Use an SEO slug to improve your SEO.
  69. Make your blog easy to navigate.
  70. Have deep internal links to your blog.
  71. Create great headlines.
  72. Create trackbacks to your blog.
  73. Improve your SEO by linking to important sources.
  74. Invite bloggers to guest post on your blog.
  75. Pay other bloggers to write for you.
  76. Offer incentives to your blog writer's.
  77. Contact people with lists of blog and ask to be a guest post.
  78. Listen to your blog readers.
  79. Regularly evaluate your blog traffic.
  80. Learn basic SEO.
  81. Write to be scanned.
  82. Customise your blog feed.
  83. Create images for all of your blog posts.
  84. Retweet old blog posts.
  85. Find out the best time to post.
  86. Expand your blog reach with bundle offers.
  87. Create solo Ads.
  88. Use local media.
  89. Offer affiliates 100% of each sale on your products.
  90. Sell your products at a discount on promotional sites.
  91. Boost your reach with Kindle free deals.
  92. Boost your readership with hashtags.
  93. Submit your website to website directories.
  94. Rewrite old blog posts and put them on article directories.
  95. Participate regularly in Q & A sites in your niche.
  96. Get your website listed in Google News.
  97. Make sure your blog can easily be translated into other languages, by using a translator widget.
  98. Design an App for your blog.
  99. Have events in your local area and get people to visit your blog.