Category Archives: Writers’ Resources

Getting the Hang of Dialogue Punctuation – Part 2

Last week, we discussed how to use dialogue punctuation correctly. This week, we’re sharing an extract from the Editors’ Bible dealing with internal dialogue (thoughts). I hope many of you find this information useful and use it to improve the … Continue reading

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Getting the Hang of Dialogue Punctuation – Part 1

Myriad authors can’t seem to get the hang of correct dialogue punctuation – including me when I first started writing. The goods news is that, once you ‘click’, it’ll become as easy as spelling the word ‘the’. Here’s an extract … Continue reading

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Abusing Dialogue Tags

Don’t abuse dialogue tags.   By this, I mean don’t overuse them. It’s not necessary to have a dialogue tag with every piece of dialogue. How many dialogue tags you need depends largely on how many characters are talking in … Continue reading

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Basic Rules for Novel Formatting

Nothing can make a mess of your book’s visual appeal more than bad formatting, not to mention that it will annoy anyone who works on the manuscript, from beta readers and editors to the person doing your print formatting. Seasoned … Continue reading

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Share Your Publishing Experience

First-time authors often find the idea of publishing quite daunting, and understandably so with so much contradictory information available on the subject. We thought we’d help to make the experience less stressful by inviting any author who’s already published a … Continue reading

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Creative Tools – Part 2: Creative Writing Prompts

Following the week before last’s post, Creative Tools – Part 1: Generators, here are a few creative writing prompts we felt might be useful to some authors. Thirty-seven Dramatic Situations According to Georges Polti, all stories can be broken down … Continue reading

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Creative Tools – Part 1: Generators

Most writers know that it’s far better to use your imagination and come up with original ideas than to adapt others’ existing ideas. However, most writers need some outside inspiration now and then. While real life situations and real people … Continue reading

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Balancing Narrative & Dialogue

There’s no rule that says you have to have a certain amount of dialogue versus a certain amount of narrative. However, it’s good to have a balance. If a book contains mostly narrative, it’ll be harder to move the story … Continue reading

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The Importance of Linking to Your Book Online

Commonly known as backlinks, inbound links or incoming links, amongst others, links to your book purchase pages and author website are more important than most authors realise. Sure, the majority of us know that the more places potential readers can … Continue reading

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All Hallows Eve

It is a common misconception amongst South Africans that Halloween, in the Southern Hemisphere, should occur on 31 October each year. A Gaelic festival celebrating the end of the harvest season, it falls between the autumn equinox and the winter … Continue reading

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