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TIP SHARE #5

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I have been sorting through this blog and realised that I’ve only done 4 tip share posts since the very beginning. Then, I had a brainwave- not only would I start up the tip share posts again, I will ask readers/ fellow writers if they have any tips they are happy to share.

If you would like to share a writing tip, you can comment below, or DM me on Twitter @KJ86CHAPMAN. I will schedule it in, and tag back to your blog or Twitter account.

I shall kick off the proceedings with ‘Tip Share #5’.

Antagonists are people too. Make sure they have history, motivation, and believe that they are the stars of their own story. We don’t have to agree with their motivations, just understand them.


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Web Presence: What I Know Now

I thought I’d do a ‘what I have learnt’ post. I dislike posts that dictate what is right and wrong because, in my opinion, there is only what works for you. This post is purely based on my experience.

I should have started building my web presence before self-publishing my debut eBook.

giphy (41)I never had a Twitter account, Facebook author page, or blog. It was after researching self-publishing that I decided social media was a wise idea. When it came to Twitter, I felt prehistoric. I had to ask Mr.O what ‘RT’ meant. Yep, prehistoric.

Now, I am happy to admit, I’m a Twitter aficionado. I quickly picked up the lingo and how to use a hashtag, and I’m loving the Twitter community I am now a part of. If I had joined Twitter before my eBook launch, I would have had a wider audience to market it to straight off the bat.

The same goes for my blog. Why I didn’t start sooner is beyond me. I love the blogging community and sharing my musings, excerpts, and any EVO Nation/ EVO Shift gossip. A blog is another great way to gain a target audience. It would have definitely been a help to have had my blog as a platform for EVO Nation’s release.

There is one downfall to all this web presence, and social media to keep up with… I can waste hours on it and not get any writing done. Swings and roundabouts, eh?

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Tip Share #4

The fourth tip that I wanted to share with you all is a simple, but useful tip when writing that first draft.

‘Don’t fuss over the details. Stopping to figure out the exact size of bullet needed for a certain gun can put a dampener on creativity and hinder your flow. Keep writing, jot a note to remind you to research at a later date, and get that first draft down. Editing is called editing for a reason.’

This tip stems from experience. I have pages of scribbles in my notebook reminding me to find out specific, factual information that I don’t know off the top of my head. I prefer not to dwell on the details until the editing stage, otherwise I switch from the creative to the logical side of my brain and lose my train of thought.

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Tip Share #3

This week’s tip share comes after a spell of self-doubt on my part. Occasionally, I question my writing ability and fall into a writing slump. It’s a load of tosh. Will anyone want to read this? I’m the worst writer in the world!

My tip:

‘Write for yourself and no one else. Write because it’s what you love, what you have to do, and what makes your soul happy. The rest will follow.’

It’s a simple as that. Take it back to basics and write for yourself. If you pour your heart and soul into it, the readers will feel it in their heart and soul.

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Tip Share #2

Tip Share #2 is a personal preference of mine, and can be good fun too.

‘Use Google/ Pinterest to find images that reflect your character’s description, and compile a Visual Character Description Tool. Keep it to hand when you’re writing.

Some writers call it their ‘dream cast’ of people who’d play their characters if a movie was ever made of their novel. I call it my visual character description tool. Having a visual description is beneficial to me. It brings my characters to life in a way that’s different to just reading my descriptions off of paper.

I always stray from the visual description, and I do have my own idea of how my characters look in my head, but using a picture of a model or an actor allows me to see them in a different light. Perhaps, the model has a crooked smile that I think will benefit my character, or a certain actor has a unique scar that would add more background to my antagonist.

An added benefit, as I pre-mentioned, is that it’s also a lot of fun. I have created a visual description board on Pinterest for my first novel, EVO Nation. It was a worthwhile exercise, and I thoroughly enjoyed scouring pictures for an image that reflected a certain character.

Check out my EVO Nation board on Pinterest. If you have compiled your own such tools, or have any similar suggestions, please let me know.