One of the most important parts of writing a novel is the research process.
It should go without saying that a well-researched story is going to flow better than one that is poorly researched.
When you write what you know it allows the reader to be immersed in the world and characters that you have created. Poorly researched writing can be full of errors which can suck the reader right out of the story. For example, if you’re writing a story set in a hospital with your main characters being doctors and patients and you refer to a thermometer as something used to brush a person’s hair then your readers are going to be pulled out of your story and into confusion faster than you can say ‘huh?’ Admittedly this example is a trifle exaggerated but only to make the point that good research is a necessity if you’re going to write good fiction.
While a lot of fiction takes place in our world there are a great many stories set in worlds that are distinctly not our own. This happens across genres and can cause authors a lot of problems when it comes to writing the setting.
Many of us have a list, either physical or mental, of the things we’d love to write. We can have hordes of projects waiting in the wings for when we’ve got the time to write them. One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to work on more diverse projects, try something new, expand my horizons etc, but finding the time proved difficult. I had cut down as much as possible, but my activity to time ratio still wasn’t lose enough to allow me to work on any of these new projects.
So, I learned to improve my productivity. If I couldn’t cut down on certain tasks or increase the number of hours in the day then I could make it so I got the tasks done quicker. This was not easy or immediately successful, but when I asked around and did some research I found a few tips and tricks that helped me improve my productivity levels.
Today I would like to share some of the advice I was given that I have found works.
In this blog, I am going to talk about protecting your time. I am doing so in the context of recent events in my own life that do not relate solely to writing but can be easily applied to any kind of writing project you’re currently engaged in. If you want to be successful with your writing you need to make it a priority, maybe not your only priority but it needs to be one of your top ones and you need to defend your writing time with flaming torches and big swords if necessary.
Now that that’s cleared up, on with this rant thinly disguised as a blog.
This year I’m going to submit more of my short stories to magazines, websites, and blogs. you name it if they accept my genre then I want to find and submit to them.
Obviously, it is my goal to have as many of those submissions accepted as possible, with that in mind I’ve been researching the best ways to go about that and have created my own little checklist, which I want to share with you below.
Back in October 2016 I was lucky enough to write a guest post on the wonderful blog of Kathy Cecala! A fantastic blog full of wit, wisdom and humour.
I think that it is safe to say that today there are more writers than at any other time in history. Between free blogging sites, and self-publishing sites it seems that you can’t swing a cat these days without hitting a writer of some kind and that is wonderful.
The sharing of ideas and opinions helps us all grow as people and as a society. Whether you write stories, opinion pieces or factual ‘how to’ manuals there has never been a better time to get your words out to such a wide and varied audience.
The only thing that hasn’t gotten easier has been finding motivation or inclination to write.
There are so many online tools available and even more offline. Classes and courses, programmes and guides. You can’t possibly try them all. I’ve tried a fair few now and I want to share with you the two that I have found most effective and why.
It’s certainly been a mad four months! Between tearing down and rebuilding the websites for my fiction and nonfiction writing, moving to a new house, visiting family, Halloween (busy time for us horror writers!), the release of Amenti, tearing down and rebuilding the nonfiction website AGAIN, and the day to day humdrum and drama of regular working life I’ve hardly had a moment to think.
I am exhausted. My brain has turned into some kind of porridge monster and refused to do more than occasionally go ‘gloop’.
It is at times like these that I am truly grateful for many pillars of support in my life. Family, Friends, and writer’s groups.
Today I would like to talk about one of those pillars of support, that being Writers groups.