This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/ As part of your call to write, I have discussed reading about writing, reading with an eye toward writing, creating the right writing environment, selecting a point of view, developing relatable characters, and crafting authentic dialogue. While all of this is nice and fine, you might think that I skipped one very important lesson and that is: growing a novel-sized story idea. Well, today’s the day that we take your little seed of an idea and turn it into a mighty work of fiction. There are two ends to the story-planning spectrum: those who meticulously plan out every little detail before writingand those who grasp hold of a vague idea and decide what the story is about while they write it. Most… read more →
This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/Last week, I discussed creating relatable characters in fiction. This week, I’d like to discuss another important element of writing — one that can be quite the challenge to master: crafting authentic dialogue. Observe the following sample passage of dialogue. I’ve done my best to demonstrate several common mistakes that new writers make (although, admittedly, to an exaggerated degree). As you read, see if you can find the problems in this passage and think about how you might improve upon them.
This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/Think about your favorite books. What really makes them come to life for you? What grabs you by the collar of your shirt and says, “Follow me into this world; I promise we’ll have a good time together?” Is it the exciting, tumultuous, where-will-we-go-next plot? Is it the immaculately described, feels-like-you-are-really-there setting? Or, is it the personable, engaging cast of characters? While each of these elements must come together to form a well-crafted work of fiction, none is as important as character development. It is the character that takes the reader by the hand and leads her through the places and events that transpire between the book’s front and rear covers.… read more →
This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/The world is full of would-be writers. Research conducted by independent, Michigan-based publisher, Jenkins Group, projects that a full 80 percent of people living in the U.S. say they would like to write a book. Quite ironically, this is the same percentage of Americans who failed to either buy or read a book within a single calendar year. What gives? My theory is that people are drawn to the idea of story-telling but deterred by the actual mechanics of writing. Writing is a craft, and it absolutely takes time to learn. It is hard work, especially in the beginning. But, for me at least, writing is one of the most rewarding activities in… read more →
This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/ Some writers can make magic happen anywhere and under almost any condition. Others must meticulously set the perfect scene before they can produce even a single line of prose. With time, you will learn exactly what works for you and what doesn’t. Just remember, everyone is different, and your tastes and preferences are likely to change depending on what you’re writing, how you’re feeling, or even what the weather is like outside. Here are some environmental elements that, when accounted for, may help you maximize your writing productivity: Location: You will need to find a place that allows for maximum focus. This may be locked away in your home office, at work after… read more →
This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/This next suggested step for wannabe writers is, in some ways, the easiest to do. In other ways, it is the most difficult. You’ve been doing this, at least in part, pretty much your entire life. Now you’re going to do it with an eye toward discovering yourself as a writer and ensuring that this new self is as amazing as it can be. Writer, you’re going to read. Now that you’ve started reading books, blogs and articles about the craft, your carefree hobby of the past may feel a bit more like research. Part of the reason for this subtle transformation is due to the fact that you’ll begin to… read more →
This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/By blurring the lines between avid reading and productive writing, you’ll make the transition far easier. A great first step for pursuing the craft of writing is to study up — pick up a book and read about it. Of course, you’re not limited to just books. There are countless blogs on the topic (like this one), and monthly subscriptions to periodicals such as “Writer’s Digest” and “The Writer” provide gads of great advice as well as a regular reminder that you need to get to work! But, I’d like to focus on some of the wonderful books that are out there — books that provide motivation, teach you the fundamentals, discuss rookie… read more →
This is a post by Novel Publicity President, Emlyn Chand/“Why are you wasting all of this time reading? You like books so much, why don’t you just write one of your own?” My husband has been asking me this question for years. I mostly met his suggestion with a stream of excuses: “It’s not that easy to write a book,” “Even if I did write a book, there’s no guarantee anyone would want to publish it,” “Reading is fun, but writing is work.” Finally, I shut him up by taking his advice and plunging head-deep into the creation of my very first novel, an up-market piece of women’s fiction that I call “The Iron Pillar.” So far, the experience has been… read more →