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Writing for the Ear: Can Audiobooks Improve Your Work?

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

Can audio books help you create music for your readers' ears?

It's clear that audiobooks are a powerful force that writers would be remiss to overlook, but there may be a hidden benefit to including audiobooks in your overall publishing strategy, a benefit that will ultimately improve your writing craft at every stage. Can audio help you make music for your readers ears?

Writing for the page is an art, sure, but what about writing for the ear?

Reading your work out loud has long been touted as a way to catch typos, missing or extra words, or simply notice the passages that may drag on a bit too long. It can be easy to feel like you're catching every mistake when you read silently to yourself, red pen in hand, but writing experts suggest that there's plenty that the ear will catch that the eye simply won't.

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Topics: writing environment, self publishing, writing tips, author marketing, time to write, book writing tips, finding time to write, audiobooks, serial novel

How to Write a Killer Hook to Spice Up Your Book

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

If you think of your writing as a fishing line and your readers as the fish, the purpose of a hook becomes clear. Whether you author an essay for a class or the great American novel, the hook pulls the reader into the story.

“It was a bright, cold day in April ...”

Imagine if George Orwell had used this line when publishing his classic novel 1984. Now add:

“...and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

That hook teases your imagination. When self-publishing a novel, a good hook determines whether your audience wants to read the book or push it aside. 

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Topics: writing environment, audiobooswriting tips, self publishing, writing tips, author marketing, time to write, book writing tips, finding time to write, serial novel

4 Things "Not To Do" When Writing a Novel (+ Tips From Hemingway)

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

If you are an aspiring novel writer or author of any type, you have likely procured as much information as you can find on how to go about becoming successful. However, you might not have read any information about what "not to do" when writing a novel.

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Topics: writing environment, audiobooswriting tips, self publishing, writing tips, author marketing, time to write, book writing tips, finding time to write, serial novel

How to Create the Perfect Writing Environment

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

It's a simple fact: people who are happier in their environment are more productive workers. According to the Harvard Business Review, the level of worker's happiness affects worker's productivity, creativity, and commitment. Writers may work in their own home environment instead of in an office cubicle, but the same concept applies. If you make your work environment more pleasant and user-friendly, your word count and quality of work will likely increase.

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Topics: writing environment, audiobooswriting tips, self publishing, writing tips, author marketing, time to write, book writing tips, finding time to write, audiobooks, serial novel

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