5 ways writers use Instagram

  Photo prompts, these are great fun. Some are one-off like #maythe4thbewithyou and others will run for an entire month like#BooktoberFest Create your own prompt, it’s allowed. Look at how others are doing it, join in a few and then launch your own. Pick a topic that will bring in people relevant to your interest/theme etc, not…

5 ways writers use Twitter

Hashtag search, you can find a great range of topics to read about and engage in this way Twitter Chats – #IndieChat, #CreativeCoffeeHour, and #StorySocial to name a few Don’t just repost blog articles, try for something more personal like hey .@blotsandspots loved your point about tweeting conversation links Get involved in the conversation, talk to people,…

5 Twitter chats you shouldn’t be missing

    Being a writer can be a lonely occupation, especially if you work from home and your muse decides to take a nap whilst abandoning you in a remote part of New Zealand, all alone. It can become impossible to meet like-minded people, especially fellow writers in such a setting. If you find yourself cut-off…

The Write Space

Stephen King wrote his first two books squeezed up beside a washing machine, in a trailer, balancing a child’s desk and a typewriter on his lap. Octavia Butler began writing in a big pink notebook, and Neil Gaiman has a swoon-worthy gazebo. Ernest Hemmingway converted an old carriage house and J.M. Barry completed Peter Pan on…

Top 20 books for writers

Another gem to share from my Women Writers, Women’s books group on Facebook. Someone asked for book recommendations for budding authors, the responses piled in, as you would expect, but one awesome member compiled the responses into an easy reference list (thanks Wendy): The top 20 books for would-be authors (you can find them all…

Managing Timelines

I have a new ‘must have’ application to squee about, Aeon Timeline. Create timelines for both current day earth and fantasy settings (even your own universe, worlds, cultures), I would really love to get my hands on this application. Use it to track your current story arcs and model out alternatives, track character relationships between…

Trello

Trello as an editorial calendar for blog planning

Poof! goes your manuscript

Did you know that some ingenious folks, earlier this year, started a campaign called “World Backup Day“? They thought the issue of backing up your files was so important, it warranted a campaign to promote it. Every writer, professional, student or hobbits should and can backup there work, and if the don’t, they risk loosing all of it. I had over 300 GB of…

Dialogue, quotations, comma splices, punctuation oh my!

There is so much that I don’t know about writing, I’m sure that doesn’t surprise anyone. I do have to keep reminding myself of this fact though, and when I do, I also need to remind myself that I can learn. If you don’t know something, then of course you can throw up your hands,…

Blog planning with Scrivener

I thought that others might be interested in hearing how I’ve started to setup Scrivener to plan out my blogging. This is all new for me, blogging on a regular basis and using Scriv to plan with. To start with, I create a new project called “Blogging”, because I might do the same for other…

Scribophile

Yesterday I signed up to Scribophile. It’s a very well made social network for writers that allows you to offer your work up to other members for critique in exchange for you critiquing the work of others. You can open a free account which allows you to post two pieces of work at once but it costs…