NEITHER SWIFT NOR STRONG

HOW TO SET YOUR PACE

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Creating a writing process can be tough. It really can be. In my previous post I talked about the ways that ideas come to me and how those ideas get chopped into the meat grinder and put on the page.

There were some great comments about how to generate ideas, so you should take a moment to review both the post and the comments as well.

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DEVELOP YOUR PROCESS

HOW TO DEVELOP A WRITING PROCESS

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One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how I come up with my ideas. I hadn’t thought about it much because usually they just come and then my pen responds in kind. But that doesn’t help the novice writer out too much.

In fact, I often find myself wondering the same thing about the greats: Robin Cook, Stephen King, and the JD Rob types (whom I haven’t read much of but I do respect). I mention these few because they come out with different types of books — not just selling one mega story such as Game of Thrones or Harry Potter. It’s much simpler to continue a story that has begun, but more difficult to create fresh characters and a fresh new plotline that people still want to read. Continue reading

DON’T FALL DOWN

HOW TO LINK SCENES TOGETHER

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One of the toughest things to do when writing is linking scenes. And since scenes are the building blocks for a novel, this topic cannot be overlooked.

Think of it this way. What if you were at a circus watching a trapeze artist soaring high in the sky, catching one trapeze and swinging to the next. You’re mesmerized as long as it’s smooth – more focused on the feat of the swinging rather than the chance that she’ll fall. But, if this trapeze artist swings and falters, catching onto the next trapeze and wobbling, we gasp! Continue reading

CURTAIN UP!

HOW TO CREATE STAGE PRESENCE

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Stage presence is a very difficult thing to achieve, especially in writing. First, the question comes up: what is stage presence? Think of it this way: if you’ve seen the Dark Knight with Heath Ledger, then you know stage presence. Every time he’s on the screen, there’s a heavy feeling that comes – the whole what-the-heck-is-he-about-to-do kinda’ thing.

Another example would be Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Whenever she’s on the set, your attention falls directly on her. Tyrion Lanister from A Song of Ice and Fire has a strong stage presence, as do all of the Laninsters, in my opinion – probably his father more so. Anyway, you get the point. Stage presence is the ability to take the spotlight. Continue reading

11 Tips How to Create Web Content Without Writing

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I get this questions so often from new writers, book marketing clients or those who start a new blog or website for the first time: “What shall I write on my blog?” It surprises me always to hear this from authors, that have written 200 or 300-page manuscripts …

Creating Content Without Writing A Word?
Is that possible? Well, a couple of words, headlines or introductions should be always there, along with links to other websites, photographers or resources. All writing – and if it is only one single sentence should contain keywords for Search Engines to find and increase the ranking of your web presence.
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Great content doesn’t only come by way of articles, it can be:

  1. Photos
  2. Videos
  3. Podcast
  4. Re-blogging
  5. Slide-Shares
  6. Guest posts
  7. Infographics
  8. Lists
  9. Snippets from your book
  10. Polls / Surveys
  11. Research for your book

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YOU PROMISED!

DECIDING TO WRITE FULL-FANTASY OR HALF-FANTASY IN YOUR NOVEL

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Maybe one day we’ll get to the skill of the George R.R. Martin (the Tolkien of our day – in my opinion). Some will argue – as some typically do – but I truly think that GRRM has redesigned fantasy…although in some cases to a fault.

I know that sounds oxymoronic. But I’ll explain, though I must start by admitting that I did not get on the George Martin train until last year. **William covers his face as the stones start flying** I know, I know. How dare I claim to write fantasy without having first read the fantasy standard. My only rebuttal to that is: “I wasn’t ready…” Continue reading

TRILOGY TROUBLES

DECIDING TO WRITE A SERIES OR A SINGLE BOOK

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Writing a series is a definite way to make some cash, ultimately because people who may have only slightly enjoyed your book 1 will perhaps continue through the latter books just to see how the story ends. An even greater reward is when someone praises all three books, detailing how they enjoyed each book in the series. So there’s some definite satisfaction when your readers talk like that.

I’ve noticed trends in my sales with The Pioneers where someone will purchase book 1, and within a few days, I’ll see sales for book 2 & 3. What does this imply? Well, it makes me think that someone has bought the first book to test it out, and then that same person decides that 2 & 3 must be equally as good. So by writing a trilogy, I have in effect been able to sell 3 books at once. Continue reading

INTERESTING…TO SAY THE LEAST

HOW TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHARACTER IS SOMEONE OF INTEREST

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This post will go along with the likeability post from earlier this week. What I’ve found with a lot of people’s work is that their world is cool, their elements are cool, and the plot points are cool, but the main character is just not so cool.

This can be rather disappointing because the reader will continue to enjoy your work, until they truly get to know your character inside and out, at which point the reader may be turned away from the work after having invested several hours. This to me is worse than if a reader puts your book down on page one. Why? Continue reading

I HATE HIM!

HOW TO CREATE A LIKABLE CHARACTER

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When it comes to understanding the main character, a lot of times it’s difficult to near impossible to figure out what characteristics are actually “likable” and what characteristics are despised by readers.

Honestly, this doesn’t vary much from genre to genre, and quite frankly, it doesn’t vary from male characters to female characters.

Will there be some subtleties in how likability is executed from a female character to a male character? Of course, there are some keys that will ensure that your readers won’t roll their eyes at the characters you’ve developed.

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Halloween Read: The Girl With The Scar

Check out this article about the Girl with the Scar!

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Just in time: William Stadler’s new series THE GIRL WITH THE SCAR.  Book one is the perfect start into the Dark Connection Saga Series, and a great read on 263 pages. If you liked his first three books of the Pioneer Series:  EXTRACTED, INFUSED and REFINED, you will love THE GIRL WITH THE SCAR too.
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“Burned by fate…inflamed with destiny.”
Genevieve Solace, a sheltered 15 year-old girl, lives with her wearied mother, Maria, and her cavalier brother, Edward. All her life she’s been plagued by inexplicable seizures that only seem to be getting worse, seizures so violent that she’s left unconscious for days at a time. 

The king’s Raiders have been hunting her for as long as she can remember. So, in search for safety, she and her family have found refuge in a modest cottage on the outskirts of Kalarn in a small village known as Green Planes.

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