5 ways that writing is like playing with LEGO

Friday Five – Why Writing is like playing with LEGO

Friday Five – Why Writing is like playing with LEGO

This week, I welcome Debra Tidball to Friday Five to share some writing tips.

5 ways that writing is like playing with LEGO

(or everything I know about writing I learned from LEGO)

I like to think of writing as play – playing with words and ideas to create something that excites readers to think differently.  As writers, we often have the idea that writing is work, and we feel angst when it isn’t going how we would like. If we think of writing as play it removes it from the realm of chore into pleasure. It’s an analogy I use when talking with kids in schools – and in these days of writing on computers, it’s an easy concept for kids to visualise words, sentences and paragraphs as blocks to delete, cut and paste etc, – just like re-arranging LEGO bricks. Both forms of play are imaginative, whether you build buildings or stories – you have an idea in your head that you want to represent in a concrete form, and you manipulate elements (bricks or words) to do it. It’s fun – bringing form to the formless – in one case from a puddle of blocks on the floor, and in the other from fragments of ideas floating around inside your head. So what are 5 ways writing is like playing with LEGO? [Read more…]

Friday Five – Guest blog posts

Friday Five – Tips for guest blog posts

Friday Five – Tips for guest blog posts

I mentioned in last weeks Friday Five that I was inviting some of my writing buddies to contribute their tips (the first one will start next week). I’ve hosted guest posts here a few times as well as contribute as a guest blogger to a few blogs, both as a regular contributor and as an occasional one, taking up opportunities when I find them.

Submitting a guest post on a blog is a great way to grow your profile and promote your books. Here are five tips on what to do if you are submitting a guest blog post: [Read more…]

Friday Five – Finding time to Write

Friday Five – Finding time to Write

Friday Five – Finding time to Write

Welcome to a new year. One of my goals this year is getting the Friday Five humming again, and I’m inviting some of my writing buddies to help me. Keep your eye out for them.

We’ve had a lovely break over the Christmas/New Year period, but now school and other activities are starting up again. It can be hard to find time to writing.

Here are five tips that work for me to find time to write in the midst of a busy life: [Read more…]

Friday Five – Writers Groups, why to have one

Five reasons to be part of a writers group

Writing can be a solitary business. Even if we have day jobs and families, we write in our own little space and work on our manuscripts, for the most part, on our own. Different writers have different ways of doing things, but we all write.

Being part of a writers group can be an important part of developing our writing and our career. They can take many different shapes and forms, however it is useful to be part of one, or more. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Tools for a Challenge #ChaBooCha

Five essential tools for a challenge

If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you’ll know that I’m in the middle of the Chapter Book Challenge.

This week, I thought I’d share with you five of my essential tools to get the writing done.

  1. Note book – this is something I carry with me everywhere. As it’s not possible to take a month off work, ferrying kids to after school activities and everything else to do with life as a working, writing mother, the notebook is an essential tool to capture those elusive ideas that come at inconvenient moments. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Blogging during a challenge

Five ways to keep blogging during a challenge

Unless you’re a brand new reader, or haven’t been reading very closely, you may be unaware that tomorrow is the start of the Chapter Book Challenge. Quite a few things have been cleared from my schedule so I can concentrate on my chapter book writing. I know I’m not the only one, and this isn’t the only challenge this happens.

Anyone who blogs knows that they key to keeping people reading is to blog regularly. So, how do you keep up the blogging during a challenge? Here are five tips to keep you going: [Read more…]

Friday Five – Why books make awesome gifts

Books make great gifts

Christmas is over for another year. I was so excited to see the piles of new books we all received – guess what we’re going to be doing this summer. I only hope they’ll last…

Here are five reasons why books make such wonderful gifts, not only at Christmas, but all throughout the year.

  1. Books don’t go off – they are gifts that can be enjoyed all year around, so it doesn’t matter how many books you have, they will be waiting there when you’re ready to read them. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Write through the senses

Write through the senses

I got a wonderful tip from someone at writers group the other week. When writing a scene, write through all the senses. You can always delete and smooth things as you go through the editing process, however, when you are writing, the piece isn’t finished until you have written through all the senses.

In case you’ve forgotten, I’m using the Friday Five this week to go through the senses and some ideas of what you can write about them.

  1. Hear – what can your character hear? This could be silence, or subtle sounds. If your character is in a crowd, it could be general noise, or there could be something that stands out, such as a mother in a crowded shopping centre looking for her child and can hear the lost child crying. The noises could be significant, such as my example, or it could just be ambient noise to add colour to the scene. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Give an Author a Christmas Gift

Give a gift to an author

Christmas is nearly here again. I don’t know about you, but this is a busy time for our family. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that both of my kids are bookworms and they have their favourite books and authors.

Did you know you can give your favourite authors a Christmas gift this year? Here are five simple things you can do for your favourite author this Christmas.

  1. Give their book as a gift – one of the best things you can do is to buy a book to give as a gift. This can introduce your favourite author to a new reader as well as increase sales, always welcome at any time of the year. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Flash Fiction for book preview & bonus

Flash fiction for book marketing

If you’ve been reading this blog in the last little while, you will know that I’ve been writing flash fiction lately and have had eight stories published in three anthologies.

I’ve also been thinking quite a bit about marketing fiction, including longer books such as chapter books and novels. Did you know that flash fiction can help you with our story? Here are pieces of flash fiction you can write about your story. [Read more…]

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