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Open Book Blog Hop – 21st October   1 comment

Stevie Turner

This week the topic is:

Do you try to be more original, or to deliver to readers what they want?

Ha ha, that’s a very good question; what actually do readers want?  If I knew that, I’d be selling millions of books! 

I usually wait until I’ve thought up a plot that’s a little bit different.  I try to be original, but in reality I expect every possible subject has already been covered ad nauseam.  I work on the assumption that somewhere out there are readers who might like my family-based dramas, be them humorous, paranormal, or romantic/suspense based.  I wait for the readers to come to me, rather than trying to write something they would like.

Am I doing it all arse-about-face?  Who knows?  Whatever the trending subject matter of the day is,  I’m either not in the loop or possibly it might be a genre I dislike.  It…

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Posted October 21, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Is The Pen Mightier Than the Keyboard? #OpenBook Blog Hop   Leave a comment

October 14, 2019 What is your preferred method of writing? (By hand, on a computer, dictate it?) Somewhere – and I can’t tell you exactly where because I don’t know – I have…

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Posted October 14, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – 14th October   2 comments

Stevie Turner

Hi all.  This is a scheduled post this week, as I’m currently away.  The topic today is:

What is your preferred method of writing? (by hand, on a computer, dictate it?)

I usually outline the plot in longhand in a notebook first, where I also add details about all the characters.  I find this helps if I become stuck with the story or can’t remember hair colour/eye colour etc, as I can then read my notes and know where to go next.

Once the plot has been put on paper, then it’s time to type each chapter up on the computer.  I have an 8.5 x 5.5 template that I type straight on to.  I used to type the story just in  Word, but now I use the template.  It saves on formatting bills.  I never used to be able to line up all the page numbers properly on Word, but…

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Posted October 14, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Open Book Blog Hop – 7th October   2 comments

Stevie Turner

This week’s topic is:

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Yes, of course I read all reviews I receive.  However, I am of the opinion that you cannot please all the readers all the time, and so I expect to receive some reviews that are not so favourable.  

If I receive a good review of four or five stars, first of all I’ll thank the reviewer.  Then I’ll add it to my website, send a tweet about it, and generally promote the review on my other social media sites.

If the review is one or two stars, I will leave it alone.  The worst thing to do is leave a comment or show online that I’m affected by it.  The reviewer may be a troll hoping I’ll comment so that they can immediately start a nasty conversation and bring in several…

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Posted October 7, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Review This   Leave a comment

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October 7, 2019

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

 I’ll tell you a little secret, although it’s not so much of a secret because this is far from the first time I’ve gone on about the topic. I’m not a fan of reviews as a reader. When I open a book, I’m going on an adventure, and I’d prefer to not have that adventure tainted with somebody else’s opinions, good or bad. So largely, I ignore reviews.

But as a writer, I know that reviews can be the breath of life for our books. Reviews, especially for the unknown author, are a doorway that tell readers if it’s safe to step into the house. Will there be a fire to keep warm? Food to energize? A bed or at least a comfy chair to find comfort in?

For now, I read…

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Posted October 7, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

Dry Those Writer Tears: Dealing with Reviews   Leave a comment

Lyndell Williams

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Ah, book reviews. They can send an author’s heart soaring or sink it like a stone into a deep abyss of despair.  Because a writer is often intimately connected to their works, reviews can have a substantial impact on the creative process.

I have warned new authors to be mindful of the effects reviews have on them, particularly negative ones:

All authors get negative reviews. Reading is subjective. There will always be at least one reader who doesn’t like something about a book, and some will express it in reviews. A lot of new authors are simply not ready for people to express any level of dislike.

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Posted October 7, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

#OpenBook – How do you move past writer’s block?   Leave a comment

Roberta Writes

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This week’s topic is easy for me. I have never had writers block. I don’t think I have been writing long enough for it to have struck yet.

I started writing in January 2015 and published my first Sir Chocolate book, Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook in August 2016. Since then I have written the following books and WIPS:

  • Five further books in the Sir Chocolate series for young children, aged between 3 and 7 years old, with three more written and more or less final;
  • One book for middle school children called Silly Willy goes to Cape Town, with another book in this series, Silly Willy goes to London three thirds finished;
  • One historical novella for older teens about my mom’s life growing up in WWII in a small English town in Suffolk, England. Book 2 in this series, After the Bombs Fell, is…

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Posted September 30, 2019 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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