Wednesday, 19 March 2014

#OBRT #YA #PNR Guest Post - Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction Writers by J.L. Myers

Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers
I think writing in any form begins with an idea, a spark that makes you want to tell a story, whether it’s real or made up. Turning this spark into a novel takes genuine interest in the content and determination to turn your words into something someone else can someday read and enjoy. When I begin with a new idea I’ll jot down everything I can think of, which in the beginning usually isn’t too much, just a character with some detail and maybe a skeletal plot. Then I’ll ask myself Who? What? Where? Why? When?
In writing asking these questions it in a sentence can create amazing characters with depth, and stories that have you itching to get writing.
I know, I hear you saying, ‘How is asking who, what, where, why and when going to help me?’
Well I’ll tell you. Put into context of your flimsy character or skeletal plot asking questions can set off a bombs that starts and idea storm. Here are a few examples:
  • Who is my character and why are they the way they are?
  • What does my character want the most?
  • Why does my character want or need this?
  • Who stands in the way of my character getting what they want?
  • Where can my story happen to gain the most conflict?
  • What motivates my villain?
  • Where was my villain raised?
  • How did my villain’s upbringing affect who they’ve become?
  • Who stands in my villain’s way?
  • Why does my villain want to succeed?
As you can see, once you start asking questions the flow on keeps coming like word vomit, and the look you can get into your characters, their world, and their motives and pasts is and awesome tool to hash out your story’s details.
Once you have an idea of who your characters could be and what they want and need, you can start to figure out what actions they’ll need to take to achieve their goals.
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Genre – YA Paranormal Romance
Rating – PG-13+
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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

Blog-A-Licius - Sherbet Blossom



Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife


My Soul Slippers

Blog-A-Licous - Textbook Mommy

Blog-A-Licious - Blue Frogs Legs

Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

Blog-A-Licious - tbaoo



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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

Rediscovering Domesticity

Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

Blog-A-Licious - Cori's Big Mouth

Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun


Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

Blog-A-Licious - Steps To Happiness

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Blog-A-Licious - Toby & Max

Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

Raising Amelie

Blog-A-Licious - Peas In A Pod

Blog-A-Licious - Riley

Blognostics - Poetry


My Awards - September 2010

My Awards - September 2010
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My Awards - May 2011

My Awards - May 2011
Awarded By Alejandro Guzman

My Awards - May 2011

My Awards - May 2011
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My Awards - April 2011

My Awards - April 2011
Awarded By Roy Durham

My Awards - June 2011

My Awards - June 2011
Awarded By Sulekha Rawat

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