Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What's Your Genre?

If you have always dreamed of being a writer, you can live your dreams by writing and self-publishing your book. The first thing that you need to do is to know your genre. A genre is the class or category of written works, of which the most popular include science fiction, romance, and mystery and suspense.
The one rule of writing is that you should write what you know. If you have a specific genre that you read, such as women’s fiction or legal thrillers, chances are this is what you will want to write about. Review your interests and the type of books that you read before deciding on your genre. 
Since there are many different genres available in both fiction and non-fiction, have a plan of what it will be about and the genre it will fill. If you are not sure of your book’s genre, take a trip to your local bookstore, find the books that you like to read and see in what genre the store places the books.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

5 Ways To Silence Your Inner Writing Critic

Have you heard the adage, “Everyone is a critic?" It’s true. And, when it comes to writing a book, the biggest critic of all is staring right back at you through the mirror. 

As an author, no one has to come down hard on you because you are already putting yourself into a vicious head lock as it is. “I have writer’s block,” “I don’t know how to develop my characters,” “How do I end this story?” These and other questions can plague writers so much that they can become paralyzed and fail to finish their manuscript.

They say that you can talk to yourself as long as you don’t answer back. If you don’t answer back, however, the potentially negative thoughts will continue unchallenged. And this is not a good thing for authors. Allowing negative self-talk to dominate your mind can stop your creativity from flowing. When this happens, the momentum stops for creating a masterpiece. 

This doesn’t have to happen. There are things you can do to send that cynical noisemaker packing, finish your manuscript and publish your book. Here are 5 ways that will help you to get over yourself: