Promoting Yourself with Nothing to Promote
How do you promote yourself before you have anything to promote? Danielle explores that question in this four-part series.
Twitter For Rank Amateurs
Danielle walks you through the basics of Twitter. Whether you’re a “rank amateur” or an experienced tweeter, this clinic will help you get more out of Twitter.
- Choosing Your Niche
- Customizing Your Profile
- Using Hashtags
- Twitter for Rank Beginners IV: Live Chats
Introduction to Blogging For Writers
This clinic is designed to help you decide whether or not blogging is for you and how to get started. We won’t go into all the technical aspects in this series, but that information is available. (Contact me if you need advice with some aspect of blogging.)
- Introduction to Blogging For Writers
- Blogging For Writers – To Blog or Not to Blog
- Blogging For Writers – 7 Considerations Before You Get Started
- Blogging For Writers – How To Choose A Host
Setting Up a Free WordPress Blog
Every author needs platform, right? We’ve all heard it. Carrie walks you through the process of deciding whether or not blogging should be part of your platform.
- Setting Up A Free WordPress Blog in 4 Easy Steps here
- Setting Up A Free WordPress Blog – What’s Your Look?
- Setting Up A Free WordPress Blog – 4 Ways to Personalize Your Blog
- Setting Up A Free WordPress Blog – Writing Your First Post
WordPress 201 is specifically geared toward bloggers who are using WordPress’s free hosting service. Some of the information will apply to self-hosted and premium WordPress accounts, but beware there will also be differences. Carrie’s four-part series walks you through four categories of settings and shows you how to change them to optimize your WordPress experience.
A Personal Journey Disguised as Research
Ahhh, research. You either hate it or you love it. Some authors can lose themselves in libraries, encyclopedias, and the Internet, drunk with research, and forget entirely about writing their book. Others avoid research like the plague because, seriously, why bog down your imagination with facts?
Danielle leads you through this course describing what happens when research and life intersect.
Daily Discipline for Writers
Most of us don’t like it. We don’t like exercising discipline. We don’t like it when someone else disciplines us. We don’t even like to mete out discipline.
So we hear the word “discipline” and that’s what we think.
The discipline I’m talking about is what keeps you doing something even when it isn’t fun just because it has to be done. One of the things the world turns on is discipline, particularly the discipline to keep doing something even when it’s difficult, messy, or just not fun.
- The Right Mindset
- Finding Time to Write
- 3 Tips for Getting Started Each Day
- Keep After It
How I’m Writing a 30-Day Novel
Have you ever thought about doing NaNoWriMo? For participating writers, it’s a time to write as much as possible as fast as possible in the company of thousands of other writers from around the country and around the world. Carrie takes a look at preparing to write a 30-day novel in this series, which was written around NaNoWriMo’s July event.
- How I’m Writing a 30-Day Novel – Introduction
- How I’m Writing a 30-Day Novel – Getting Started
- How I’m Writing a 30-Day Novel – Preparing to Write
- How I’m Writing a 30-Day Novel – Good Guys, Bad Guys
- How I’m Writing a 30-Day Novel – A Special Journal
- How I’m Writing a 30-Day Novel – NaNo Week 5
How To Write Description
You’ve probably heard it said: good writing incorporates all five senses. But how do you do that without generating a plot-stalling list of minutia? How do you describe anything without boring yourself and your reader? Since descriptions are so hard … can we just skip them altogether?
Danielle hosts this five-part series on how to write descriptions in fiction–and by the end of it, I expect you’ll find the art of describing your settings and characters anything but boring!
- Bringing Your Novel to Life
- Avoid the Info Dump
- The Character Connection
- Prose that Soars
- The Reader as Co-Author
Journaling to Become a Better Writer
Do you want to be a better writer? Have you taken a look at your personal journal? Join Danielle in this popular series on using your personal journal to hone writing skills.
- Journaling and Basic Story Structure
- Journaling to Become a Better Writer – Recognizing a Story Worth Telling
- Journaling to Become a Better Writer II – Honing Your Observation Skills
- Journaling to Become a Better Writer III – Getting a Grip on Your Emotions
- Journaling to Become a Better Writer IV – Finding Your Voice
- Journaling to Become a Better Writer V – Discovering Your Calling
Let Your Characters Tell the Story
Sometimes creating a novel is more frustrating than chopping wood with the blunt side of an ax. Wouldn’t it be awesome if your story just wrote itself?
That’s what this month’s clinic here at Indie Plot Twist is all about. Wednesdays in June, we’re going to talk about sitting back, relaxing, and letting your characters do all the hard work. (Okay, they won’t do your marketing and promo for you …)
- Let Your Characters Write the Story
- Let Your Characters Write the StoryII: How to Listen to Your Characters
- Let Your Characters Write the StoryIII: Ideas on Trial
- Let Your Characters Write The Story IV: Conflicting Ideas
A paragraph summary is a single paragraph that describes your novel in detail. It summarizes the beginning, the middle, and the end of the story as it applies to the lead character. It is, as you might guess, a For Your Eyes Only document during the writing process.
Learn how to write a paragraph summary for your novel in this four-part series.
- What is a Paragraph Summary and Why Should You Care?
- Developing a New Story
- Improving a First Draft
- An Alternative to Paragraph Summary
“So you’re writing a novel. What’s it about?”
“Well, it’s about…. There’s this fellow and…. Actually, you see, I’m still trying to figure that out myself.”
How many times have you had an encounter like this? Ever wished there was an easy answer you could memorize and have handy at a moment’s notice?
There is. It’s called a single sentence summary.
This five-part series explains how to summarize your novel in 25 words or less no matter where you are in the writing process.
- What is a Single Sentence Summary?
- Single Sentence Summary – Clinic 1
- Single Sentence Summary – Clinic 2
- Single Sentence Summary – Clinic 3
- Single Sentence Summary – Clinic 4
Time Management for Writers
Want to know how to make the most of every busy day? This clinic is for you. Learn tips and tools for making the most effective use of your day.
- IPT Time Management Clinic – Introduction
- IPT Time Management Clinic – 5 Tips for Productive Writing
- IPT Time Management Clinic – 5 More Tips for Productive Writing
- IPT Time Management Clinic – Why a 15-Minute Task List Works
- IPT Time Management Clinic – Making Daily Tasks Do Double Duty
Turning Point Clinic
Think of your story like a tent. The story as a whole is the canvas or fabric part of the tent. It’s bright and beautiful, embellished with ruffles and flourishes and all the fun stuff. But it’s just lying there. Maybe a wind comes along and makes it flutter a little, but it just never seems to get off the ground.
Now put up some tent poles. Big, strong tent poles. One at each end and one in the middle. Each tent pole is well anchored and can bear a significant amount of weight. Together, they can hold up a tent.
This clinic walks you through the process of identifying the major and minor turning points in your story and shows you how to make them as strong as they can possibly be.
- Introduction: Introduction to Turning Points
- Using Turning Points to Develop a New Story – Clinic 1
- Using Major Turning Points to Evaluate a Finished Manuscript – Clinic 2
- Moment of Opportunity Rejected/Thwarted – Clinic 3
- The Dark Moment – Clinic 4
- Bonus: Chicken Run Turning Points
Writing a Successful Mystery
Who doesn’t love mysteries? In this series, Carrie touches on a few basics you can implement in your current mystery novel. Tips that are relatively easy to use and will make a big difference.