The Dancing Writer's Advice

Amber Skye Forbes

thedancingwriter:

Taken from Jullane’s Burning of the Witches
As promised, I am doing a 3900 follower giveaway, but this one will be unique. I am going to draw 15 winners who will be the first to receive an unofficial ARC (advanced reader copy) of chapter one of The Stars Are Infinite. For this chapter one, you don’t have to have read When Stars Die, although if you really want to purchase the second book, you will need to read book one—or else book two is going to be absolutely confusing.
Keep in mind that while the content edits for chapter one have been finished, the copy edit stage has not been started, which is why I consider it an unofficial ARC. However, I hope the winners will nonetheless enjoy the first chapter.
This is a YA paranormal story.
Why am I giving away an unedited chapter? Well, the book is slated to have a December release, so I figured I would begin showcasing parts of the book now.
First, here is a working blurb for The Stars Are Infinite:
Alice Sheraton is slated to be executed for being a witch; however, her father spares her. He sends her to Finight Hill, a safe house for witches. Here a Shadowman begins to pursue her, and from this Shadowman she learns that she has been bound since birth with a terrible fate: either be a martyr to free witches from their misery, or choose to live knowing her existence will bring on more chaos.   
I will draw once I have hit 100+ notes. Liking and re-blogging will get you two entries. Also, signing up for my newsletter will get you another. (I promise you won’t regret signing up for it.)
Take the time to visit my website!


I’m not sure when my next writing post will actually come out. I just had a major panic attack today, took a few hours to recover from, and am now just trying to take it really easy by not exerting myself too much. However, hopefully I’ll have the next post on revising endings on Tuesday. 

thedancingwriter:

Taken from Jullane’s Burning of the Witches

As promised, I am doing a 3900 follower giveaway, but this one will be unique. I am going to draw 15 winners who will be the first to receive an unofficial ARC (advanced reader copy) of chapter one of The Stars Are Infinite. For this chapter one, you don’t have to have read When Stars Die, although if you really want to purchase the second book, you will need to read book one—or else book two is going to be absolutely confusing.

Keep in mind that while the content edits for chapter one have been finished, the copy edit stage has not been started, which is why I consider it an unofficial ARC. However, I hope the winners will nonetheless enjoy the first chapter.

This is a YA paranormal story.

Why am I giving away an unedited chapter? Well, the book is slated to have a December release, so I figured I would begin showcasing parts of the book now.

First, here is a working blurb for The Stars Are Infinite:

Alice Sheraton is slated to be executed for being a witch; however, her father spares her. He sends her to Finight Hill, a safe house for witches. Here a Shadowman begins to pursue her, and from this Shadowman she learns that she has been bound since birth with a terrible fate: either be a martyr to free witches from their misery, or choose to live knowing her existence will bring on more chaos.  

I will draw once I have hit 100+ notes. Liking and re-blogging will get you two entries. Also, signing up for my newsletter will get you another. (I promise you won’t regret signing up for it.)

Take the time to visit my website!

I’m not sure when my next writing post will actually come out. I just had a major panic attack today, took a few hours to recover from, and am now just trying to take it really easy by not exerting myself too much. However, hopefully I’ll have the next post on revising endings on Tuesday. 

(via thedancingwriter)

thedancingwriter:

Taken from Jullane’s Burning of the Witches
As promised, I am doing a 3900 follower giveaway, but this one will be unique. I am going to draw 15 winners who will be the first to receive an unofficial ARC (advanced reader copy) of chapter one of The Stars Are Infinite. For this chapter one, you don’t have to have read When Stars Die, although if you really want to purchase the second book, you will need to read book one—or else book two is going to be absolutely confusing.
Keep in mind that while the content edits for chapter one have been finished, the copy edit stage has not been started, which is why I consider it an unofficial ARC. However, I hope the winners will nonetheless enjoy the first chapter.
This is a YA paranormal story.
Why am I giving away an unedited chapter? Well, the book is slated to have a December release, so I figured I would begin showcasing parts of the book now.
First, here is a working blurb for The Stars Are Infinite:
Alice Sheraton is slated to be executed for being a witch; however, her father spares her. He sends her to Finight Hill, a safe house for witches. Here a Shadowman begins to pursue her, and from this Shadowman she learns that she has been bound since birth with a terrible fate: either be a martyr to free witches from their misery, or choose to live knowing her existence will bring on more chaos.   
I will draw once I have hit 100+ notes. Liking and re-blogging will get you two entries. Also, signing up for my newsletter will get you another. (I promise you won’t regret signing up for it.)
Take the time to visit my website!

Hopefully I can get another advice post out tomorrow. No promises, though.
Also, if you have Twitter, I’d love for you to follow me. I do a lot of live tweeting of my writing and editing and all that writerly stuff. So you can pretty much read my progress of stuff I’m working on. I’m also very chatty on Twitter, too.

thedancingwriter:

Taken from Jullane’s Burning of the Witches

As promised, I am doing a 3900 follower giveaway, but this one will be unique. I am going to draw 15 winners who will be the first to receive an unofficial ARC (advanced reader copy) of chapter one of The Stars Are Infinite. For this chapter one, you don’t have to have read When Stars Die, although if you really want to purchase the second book, you will need to read book one—or else book two is going to be absolutely confusing.

Keep in mind that while the content edits for chapter one have been finished, the copy edit stage has not been started, which is why I consider it an unofficial ARC. However, I hope the winners will nonetheless enjoy the first chapter.

This is a YA paranormal story.

Why am I giving away an unedited chapter? Well, the book is slated to have a December release, so I figured I would begin showcasing parts of the book now.

First, here is a working blurb for The Stars Are Infinite:

Alice Sheraton is slated to be executed for being a witch; however, her father spares her. He sends her to Finight Hill, a safe house for witches. Here a Shadowman begins to pursue her, and from this Shadowman she learns that she has been bound since birth with a terrible fate: either be a martyr to free witches from their misery, or choose to live knowing her existence will bring on more chaos.  

I will draw once I have hit 100+ notes. Liking and re-blogging will get you two entries. Also, signing up for my newsletter will get you another. (I promise you won’t regret signing up for it.)

Take the time to visit my website!

Hopefully I can get another advice post out tomorrow. No promises, though.

Also, if you have Twitter, I’d love for you to follow me. I do a lot of live tweeting of my writing and editing and all that writerly stuff. So you can pretty much read my progress of stuff I’m working on. I’m also very chatty on Twitter, too.

(via thedancingwriter)

Introducing Bad Advice for Writers! →

xionin:

"If you’re a male author, you may have found it difficult to write dialogue for female characters, because manhood, testosterone, blah blah something.

Good news! It’s okay if all of your dialogue sounds exactly the same as long as you tell the reader who’s speaking, all the time! Proper use of dialogue tags means one of them could be a robot! It doesn’t matter!”

Bwah! genedoucette, you have to make this a regular thing.

I love #3. *looks at that horrible post circulating on Tumblr that says said is dead*

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If you guys have ever messaged me through my website, I am so sorry I’ve never responded. I found a BUNCH of them in spam.

“Success” Doesn’t Guarantee Happiness…Your State of Mind Does

Originally posted on Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors:
Success (however you define it) isn’t going to guarantee happiness. © Icefields | Dreamstime.com – Happiness Formula Photo I understand how lack of sales, lack of positive reviews, not winning an award, hateful email, and other things we deal with as writers can bring us down.  This… http://dlvr.it/6xm5Xq

thedancingwriter:

Taken from Jullane’s Burning of the Witches
As promised, I am doing a 3900 follower giveaway, but this one will be unique. I am going to draw 15 winners who will be the first to receive an unofficial ARC (advanced reader copy) of chapter one of The Stars Are Infinite. For this chapter one, you don’t have to have read When Stars Die, although if you really want to purchase the second book, you will need to read book one—or else book two is going to be absolutely confusing.
Keep in mind that while the content edits for chapter one have been finished, the copy edit stage has not been started, which is why I consider it an unofficial ARC. However, I hope the winners will nonetheless enjoy the first chapter.
This is a YA paranormal story.
Why am I giving away an unedited chapter? Well, the book is slated to have a December release, so I figured I would begin showcasing parts of the book now.
First, here is a working blurb for The Stars Are Infinite:
Alice Sheraton is slated to be executed for being a witch; however, her father spares her. He sends her to Finight Hill, a safe house for witches. Here a Shadowman begins to pursue her, and from this Shadowman she learns that she has been bound since birth with a terrible fate: either be a martyr to free witches from their misery, or choose to live knowing her existence will bring on more chaos.   
I will draw once I have hit 100+ notes. Liking and re-blogging will get you two entries. Also, signing up for my newsletter will get you another. (I promise you won’t regret signing up for it.)
Take the time to visit my website!

thedancingwriter:

Taken from Jullane’s Burning of the Witches

As promised, I am doing a 3900 follower giveaway, but this one will be unique. I am going to draw 15 winners who will be the first to receive an unofficial ARC (advanced reader copy) of chapter one of The Stars Are Infinite. For this chapter one, you don’t have to have read When Stars Die, although if you really want to purchase the second book, you will need to read book one—or else book two is going to be absolutely confusing.

Keep in mind that while the content edits for chapter one have been finished, the copy edit stage has not been started, which is why I consider it an unofficial ARC. However, I hope the winners will nonetheless enjoy the first chapter.

This is a YA paranormal story.

Why am I giving away an unedited chapter? Well, the book is slated to have a December release, so I figured I would begin showcasing parts of the book now.

First, here is a working blurb for The Stars Are Infinite:

Alice Sheraton is slated to be executed for being a witch; however, her father spares her. He sends her to Finight Hill, a safe house for witches. Here a Shadowman begins to pursue her, and from this Shadowman she learns that she has been bound since birth with a terrible fate: either be a martyr to free witches from their misery, or choose to live knowing her existence will bring on more chaos.  

I will draw once I have hit 100+ notes. Liking and re-blogging will get you two entries. Also, signing up for my newsletter will get you another. (I promise you won’t regret signing up for it.)

Take the time to visit my website!

(via thedancingwriter)

Don’t Support FCKH8

I was a little bit leery about FCKH8, especially when someone in the asexuality tag on Tumblr mentioned that FCKH8 said some pretty disparaging things about asexuals, so I never liked their page on Facebook. Apparently FCKH8’s FB page is under new administration, and because of pressure from the asexual and pansexual community, they have […] http://dlvr.it/6wsV9j

Revision Checklist Series Four: Middles—Part Three

Revision Checklist Series One: Character

Revision Checklist Series Two: Plot

Revision Checklist Series Three: The Opening

Revision Checklist Series Four: Middles—Part One

Revision Checklist Series Four: Middles—Part Two

This is the final part in revising the middle of your novel.

Parts one and two introduce you to a few things you can do to help your middles, but a final thing you can do is add research.

Some writers do extensive research before starting a novel. I don’t, but I do research as I am drafting the novel when there are parts that call for it. For example, when I got to the part where I put my characters in Centralia, Pennsylvania, I had to do heavy research into Centralia, such as reading articles and watching videos. Some only do research after the draft has been written, which can really help with filling in plot holes and offering new insights into your plot that can deepen the novel.

I did write a post on doing research, so I’m going to summarize some resources you can use.

  • Use a search engine to find what you are looking for.
  • Watch videos on Youtube (or another video website) to help aide in your research.
  • Check out books in your local library to help.
  • If you can, experience what you want to know more about. For example, if you want your character to be an artist and you don’t know much about art, you can always visit an art museum while also reading books about art.

Probably one of the best research methods out there is to ask an expert. For example, if you want to write an asexual character but are not asexual yourself, conduct interviews with people who are asexual. In fact, I advise asking an expert with something you are not familiar with. This adds richness and authenticity to your story. However, you need to be careful of the types of questions you ask, so here’s a list of what you should do:

  • Do your research beforehand so that way you know just what types of questions to ask.
  • If you want to visit, for example, a police department, you need to schedule your visit ahead of time and make it clear you are simply doing research for a book you’re writing so they won’t think you’re some sort of reporter. You also need to establish a time frame for how long the interview will take.
  • Use open-ended questions and specific ones. Open-ended questions allow your interviewee to really talk about the thing you want to know. But you must also make certain to ask priority questions before you leave. You cannot let your interviewee take a lot of time with one question, so prioritize your most important ones.
  • Do not run over your established time frame. Otherwise, it’s bad manners.
  • Sometimes you may need to follow-up with your interviewee. If this is the case, at the end of the interview you should ask if you may call him or her back to ensure you won’t waste this person’s time.
  • Do your best to treat your interviewee like a friend. This person may actually become your friend; thus, the research becomes MUCH easier.
  • Pay attention to the person themselves. Pay attention to body language, how they talk, what words they use, and especially to the surroundings you’re in. It’s important you are in a surrounding the interviewee is comfortable with.

Next post in the revision series will be on revising endings!