Tag: how to write a better novel
Self-editing can be harder than writing because we grow to love our creations, and we often have difficulty seeing them objectively. We have a hard time destroying the little superfluous bits that keep our manuscripts from greatness because it feels like we’re destroying pieces of ourselves.
Like any craft, the beauty of writing lies in the creative process combined with the workmanship and joinery that lie beneath the surface. So writers, don’t panic! You’re not out of a job. Apple’s next major innovation is not going to be the iTolstoy. Please carry on writing wonderful stories for us to read. But, while a computer program can’t generate a compelling narrative or sympathetic characters, it might help make a good story even better. It's where technology can make a difference.
There's no getting around the fact that as a writer you must produce your craft either on paper or on a digital device of some kind. Even if you subscribe to voice recognition software where your dictation becomes your written work, there is time and commitment involved in creating all forms of writing. How, then, does the serious writer stay on task?
From avoiding typos to communicating what makes your book unique and compelling, here are 15 things to focus on when crafting a query letter for your book. It's worth reading the whole piece for details, but I thought I'd summarize his points below — just in case you're the skimming type: 1. An effective query letter does NOT have any typos, spelling errors, or grammatical/punctuation goofs. 2. An effective query letter contains all the basic information (book summary, quick author intro, why you're writing to this agent, etc.) 3. An effective query letter does NOT contain information that is irrelevant to your book or the purpose of your querying. 4. An effective query letter clearly states the genre of your book.
Promoting your creative writing takes a different kind of skill — more akin to the world of marketing, copyrighting, journalism, or PR. Effective writers, according to Daphne Gray-Grant, have these simple 7 habits.