There’ve been a lot of very good articles flying about in the past few days. I’ve tried to feature as many as I can. Below you’ll find a nice variety of subjects: literary jobs, showing v telling, livening up your book reviews, and some of the things that annoy readers most.
5 jobs to pursue if you love books (that are not being an author) by Books4Jessica
This fantastic little article opens your eyes to the different career options available in the literary field. Jessica gives us five insights, starting with the librarian: “Being a librarian is a great job for book lovers, especially if they wish to help shape minds young and old with the power of books.” Then she touches upon literary agents, before moving onto a great section on publishing houses. And Jessica makes a great point. You don’t have to read manuscripts while working for a company like this. You could be involved in marketing, cover design, or even the legal side. There are so many job options, and this article may give you a few ideas about which direction you may want to go.
About the author
I stumbled across Jessica’s blog not long ago when hunting for book reviewers. I was struck by the quality and detail of her reviews. She’s everything a good book reviewer should be: honest! I contacted Jessica about a book review and she very kindly obliged. You can check it out here if you’re interested.
Painting your story through showing by SaGa for writingbad.org
This in-depth article explores a writing technique most writers have probably heard at some point: showing instead of telling. It featured on this here blog not long ago. The article begins by distinguishing between showing and telling before going on to recommend a few helpful tips to tackle instances of telling, such as looking for adverbs, passive voice, watching out for the use of ‘as’ and words ending in ‘ing’ at the start of a sentence, before finishing up with an excellent writing exercise.
“One of our goals as writers is to show the majority of our stories and keep the telling to a minimum.”
About the blog
I’ve followed Writing Bad for a while, mostly through their thriving Facebook group. The website is a treasure trove of useful resources for writers. You’ll find sections dedicated to poetry (The Poet’s Lounge), grammar (Grammar and Marketing Workshop), and the craft of writing (Story Crafter’s Studio). They run regular contests too (for members). It’s certainly a site you should bookmark, not least because I have a guest post on making fantasy monsters coming out soon!
How to lighten up your book reviews by Michelle
This is perhaps my favourite article from the past week. Michelle gives an honest insight into the world of the book reviewer.
“Book reviews, they are at the core of every book blog … However, even if they are a sort of spine for the book blogger, it’s more often than not the least viewed post that we have.”
Michelle offers some excellent tips to make your reviews more engaging for readers, such as including gifs (we all love a gif, but not too many!), using graphs and charts to break down the likes of plot and character, using group reviews, and interactive discussions. If you’re a book blogger or are looking for ways to liven up your posts, then this article will serve you well.
About the blog
This is another blog I stumbled upon not long ago while searching for reviewers. Michelle is a dedicated and wonderful reviewer of books covering an array of genres, including SFF, paranormal, and dark romance. She also blogs about bookish things like reading challenges and book recommendations. It’s an aesthetically pleasing blog with quality, regular content. Well worth hitting that follow button!
5 things fiction writers do that annoy readers by Deanna Cabinian via Writers Digest
This snappy article will set you right on some of the traps that ensnare us writers. The article starts off by attacking complicated names, something I loathe! The last thing a reader wants is to get stuck mid-sentence trying to work out how to pronounce a name with a nonsensical apostrophe in the middle of it. The tips move on to discuss the importance of creating immersive characters and how writing beautiful descriptions alone doesn’t cut it. The article finishes up by discussing the breaking of the fourth wall. Does that annoy you too as a reader?
About the blog
An article from Writer’s Digest featured here a couple of weeks ago which goes to show the quality content they produce. If you’re unfamiliar with Writers Digest it’s full of tips that appeal to writers of all genres, geared toward helping you improve and getting your work published. It features regular genre-specific articles, blog posts from editors, events, and competitions.
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