Monday, March 19, 2018

Do you use these phrases?

I recently read an article:  Tighten Your Prose: Filter Words

If you're a writer, I'd highly recommend you read this one.  I've seen too many writers use this crutch, which really weakens the plot and pulls me right out of the story.  And yes, I'm guilty of it too.  I've tried to take these filter words out of my stories, but sometimes, they just creep back in again.

What are filter words?  They're phrases that 'filter the world through the eyes of the character.'

So, for example, instead of writing, 'The rain fell on the sidewalk,' the writer would write, 'She saw the rain fall on the sidewalk.'  You're now watching through her eyes.  If you want to be in the character's head, that's all fine, but as writers, we want to make the reader feel like they're there.  It's like the old 'show not tell' adage, that every writer learns at some stage in the game.  Instead of writing 'the glass broke,' we want to hear the tinkle of every shard as the thing shatters.  It makes the reader feel like they're part of the story.

So if you see any of those filter words, get rid of them if you can (read the article...sometimes you can't help but have them in).  They're usually not necessary clutter mucking up your pages.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, March 12, 2018

Writer's Magazine

I was just searching for something quick and fun to read and came across this site:  Writers Online

It's this big online magazine in the UK for writers.  I signed up, because there's a huge amount of information on that site.  It includes contests, classes for writing, and things like news, jobs, etc.

If you're a writer, you might want to consider checking it out.  You can even showcase your book free (if you subscribe to the magazine) to the readers on that site.

It's very interesting to read.  Check it out and sign up for the newsletter.  I did.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, March 5, 2018

Interesting Things to Ponder...

I was just looking online at some things about writing (the latest in writing) and found the following things:

Eight Rules for Writing Fiction
This one's funny.  I thought it was serious until I skimmed's not that serious.  Yes, the main topics of each sentence are important, but according to this, writers who ask questions out loud should be committed...because it's quiet.  LOL!

Death of the naturalist: why is the “new nature writing” so tame?
I never heard of 'nature writing' but it's a 'publishing phenomenon.'  Who knew?  Not me.  It's very interesting, though.

Writing to Trends
If you write about the latest 'trend,' you're going to need to make it unique and not 'date' the piece.  It's not easy, but there are some things that are timeless, like fashion, food, and things like that.

Are You Up With the New Style of Blog Writing?
This is an interesting one.  It describes how to write a blog like a copy for a newspaper.  That's not easy for someone like me, who has never written for a newspaper.  But it's a thought.

Well - Tara Parker-Pope on Health Search Well SEARCH WELL Writing Your Way to Happiness
Wow.  Writing can help your mood.  Who knew?  Very cool!  I like this article.  LOL!

Mad Dash
This article talks about using the dash (horizontal line like this: — ) and how it can be used effectively in writing.  It's a versatile tool, with few rules.  I love dashes, but I can overuse them.  An em-dash is longer than a regular dash, and is used for things like a pause, or used as a way to explain more, like a clause.  Great article!

Anyway, if you're a writer, keep up with the latest trends.  It's well worth the look every once in a while.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, February 26, 2018

Publisher's Weekly

Starting March 1, I'm going to be sharing (tweets and FB posts) about news from Publisher's Weekly.  I suspect quite a few authors have never heard of it.

If you go to the news page, you can see the latest in the publishing world.  But you may ask yourself, 'What's in it for me, if I'm an indie writer?'

Book topics seem to trend.  If you're a writer, it's nice to know what's hot this week, so you can see if your latest book is going to be up with what's going on.  It's also nice to know if certain agents are begging for your type of book.  Having an agent is still a good idea, even if you're indie.

So check out Publisher's Weekly or just keep an eye on my social media feed.  Something in there might just bring you fame and fortune just by knowing what's going on in the industry.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, February 19, 2018

Social Media Posts and Ads

Social media posts should be like billboards, that readers might take one or two seconds to read.  They should be short, easy to read, and catch the reader's eye to make them want to read it.  I think of it this way...if it were a billboard on the side of the road, how many people would stop to read the whole thing, especially your top post?  That one is like the hook for readers, to reel them in.  If it has wording that's difficult to read (either in color or font), no one's going to stop to read it.  If it's small, they're going to ignore it.  It has to catch the reader's interest and keep them scrolling past the first post.

Every day, I make a 'top' picture post that I pin to my page, so that the 'drive-bys' can just click and move on if they're in a hurry.  It has the list of books I'm promoting for the week with my logo and name of my site at the bottom.  I then include a picture of some type above the books and logo with my own saying.  I do this by the month, so every month, I have to come up with around 28-31 new sayings for the next month.  I'm sure I repeat myself, but it's not easy.

I'm working on March's things right now, so yesterday, I went to Pinterest and found sayings about love.  I took some of the sentiments and made up my own sayings from that.  It was easier than coming up with the thoughts by myself.

Then, I went to and and got pictures from creative commons, for free.  Using, I create one posting per day for Twitter.  I also post them on Facebook under SweetTale Books.

Then, for each book (I have 59), I've created two postings--one with a blurb and one with a saying at the top to describe the book.  On top of that, I've been adding quotes and interesting facts for the day.  Thus, I put either three or four posts a day on social media (three on the weekends).  At the top of those posts, I add links and other sayings.  It helps keep my writing name out there, but it's a lot of work.

I've seen many writers do the same thing, with different posts each day.  It's a lot of work, but well worth it in the long run.

Have a great week!
SweetTale Books

Monday, February 12, 2018

Writing for ME!

Do you ever have the pressure of worrying about what others think of your work?  This seems to be doubly true when writing a book.  Everyone's a critic, and trolls love to put writers down.

So what do you do?

Shake it off and write for you!  Forget about the rest of the world.  They seem to thrive on getting ahead, so they're not worth worrying about.  Trolls love to put others down to make themselves look good, so they're not worth your time, either.

If you're true to yourself, then you're true to your targeted audience, and they're who you write for anyway.

So write and enjoy your own personal journey.  Don't write for anyone else but yourself, because then, your words will be real and the story will flow.

Have a super week!
SweetTale Books