Indie Block Party – Post 7 – Writing Tips

Writing doesn’t have to be a lonely endeavor. Join us for the Indie Block Party to meet your writing “neighbors.”

Participants will have the opportunity to share a little about themselves and their writing, while getting to know the other like-minded crazies that make up the Indie Writing World. Indie block party

Week 1
Day 1: Introduce Yourself
Day 2: Introduce your WIP
Day 3: Interview one of your Characters
Day 4: Interview one of your Neighbors (not your real neighbor…the one who signed up on the linkey after you 😉 )

Week 2
Day 5: What are you reading?
Day 6: Top 5 books
Day 7: Share your most helpful writing tips
Day 8: Share your most helpful social media & networking tips

Full instructions are available at The Peasants Revolt or Dawna Raver’s blog.

Three must read books for writers and the best advice from each:

1.  Save the Cat by Blake Snyder 

“You must give it a twist.” – other wise why should the reader keep reading.

“The whiff of death.” – At some point near the last 1/4 of your novel you have to have a death scene. Something, anything has to die.  It spurs the MC towards the climax.  

2. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland 

Create a scene list. – I’m a list person. 

Interview you characters and know them inside and out. – It all starts with well rounded character and it’s the author’s job to create that character. 

3.  On Writing by Stephen King 

“The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing.” – When I write, I read stuff in my genre. It helps me get in the right mind set to write. 

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” – I make time every day to read, now if I can make time every day to write, I’ll be good. 

Share your most helpful writing tips.

10 thoughts on “Indie Block Party – Post 7 – Writing Tips

  1. I ordered a sample of the map your way to success to see if its bettr than the outline book I have already thanks for the tips I loved Stephen Kings book too. Great post.

    1. It really helped me flesh out my first idea into a 75,000 word story. I don’t use all if it now, but the character interviews, scene list and the setting profiles are a permanent part to my pre writing process. Hope you find it useful.

  2. Kill your darlings. I agree. I think someone in every story has to die. That’s kind of why I hate romance. I’m not a big fan of happily ever after anymore. I think it has something to do with me come to terms with adulthood and reality at 26 years old, or something.

  3. Something, anything has to die : ) Ah ha ha! That made me laugh a little. I have On Writing, but haven’t finished reading it.

    1. I loved that part of Save the Cat. He uses ObiWan as an example. It is such a great tool to move to the end.
      On writing, I read it once before I started taking my writing serious because I was a Stephen King fan, now I read it and its like a whole new book.

  4. I love the interview your characters part. The scene list is harder because I don’t always know how I’m going to get from point A to point B. I have a general idea but I don’t like really detailed outlines because I feel it stifles creativity. More times than not the characters drive the story. They tell me what’s going to happen. I’m simply their scribe, so to speak.

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