Now it does seem like kind of a shame for you to put so much work into a character, only to have them die. However, sometimes it's a really good plot move. Sometimes it's not. There are lots of videos out there on the internet explaining what people should consider before killing off a character, if you want one from me let me know and it can be arranged. However this video assumes that you are dead set on killing off your villain (no pun intended).
So those are my tips for doing your villain away with a bang (again, no pun intended...okay maybe just a little). Killing off any character is a tricky topic, but if it's your villain it's different for a whole host of reasons. They were the baddie! They created conflict, they created a huge part of this story. So their ending needs to fit the story they've help to craft!
Anywho, do you agree with what I said? Do you think I missed something out? Let's start a conversation! As always guys, let me know what you think! I will see you all next week where our topic is Not-So-Strong Female Characters. I hope you all have positive and productive weeks and I'll see you next time. Bye!
Villains, they are the life blood of our stories. They cause drama, mess, excitement and conflict! Without someone deciding to do something bad, intentionally or not, our MC wouldn't have a reason to go on their epic adventure. They are crucial to the plot of the story which is why it's vital that we get it right. Below, here are my tips to help you write believable, terrifying and intriguing bad guys!
So there you go! Those are my five most important tips for writing memorable Villains. Do you agree with these? Do you disagree? Do you think something else should be added to this list. To be honest with you, I think I need to do more videos on Villains. Like I said, I could go into each of these topics in so much more detail, and I think that I will. If that's something you'd be interested in, let me know!
That's all from me this week. I hope you have positive and productive weeks and I'll see you all again next time. Bye!
Now of course my list of words is by not means exhaustive, it's just a bunch of things that I've noticed over time. Which means that there are obviously going to be times when these words are useful! All words have been invented for a reason, they do a job. You can't just do a manuscript search for these words and pull them out. However, their place is generally very sparing, and often used to avoid a worse writing blunder like repetition or switching up sentence structure.
So that's it for my words writers should consider cutting form their manuscripts. I hope that you've enjoyed this video. Do you have any words you think should be cut? Do you disagree with anything that I said in this video. Let me know and let's have a chat. I hope you all have positive and productive weeks this week and I'll see you all very soon.
Now as you guys know, I am a chemist not an accountant. If you have any questions as I mentioned many times in this video I will try to answer them but please make sure that if you're in doubt go away and talk to a qualified accountant. Also, make sure that you do your own research for your area.
So that's what you need to know! Hopefully this can apply to more people than just writers. It goes for lots of people that own small businesses or businesses they currently run as a hobby. The best part is it's easy to scale so if your company suddenly does take off then this method covers you whether your ambitions are big or small.
That's all from me this week. I hope that you've enjoyed this video. Next week we're talking about Words you can cut from your writing to make it better - jumping back into some writing advice videos. I hope you all have positive and productive weeks and I'll see you all next time. Bye!
Now I'm not talking about throwing humility to the wind and becoming a bragging MONSTER, i'm talking about now down talking yourself to others and even yourself. I'm talking about recognizing the amazing things that you've done and being drop dead proud of yourself. You don't have to run around shouting 'I've written a book! I've written a book!' while flapping your arms around. In fact, please don't (however entertaining that may be to watch). You should however be proud of the fact that you have achieved a really big step in making your writing dreams come true.
So that's my take on it guys. I hope that this can start a really interesting conversation where we all actually think about the amazing things we've done and take a few minutes to pat ourselves on the back. Come on - you know we deserve it! I hope you all have positive and productive weeks this week and I'll see you next time. Bye!
Hannah is a YA book blogger, who loves to chat and discuss books. She also writes some amazing reviews and the link to her blog is right here! Be sure to check it out!
We're talking about what it's like to set up a book blog, how Hannah went about it and if she has any tips for anyone who was thinking of doing the same.
I hope that you enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed filming it! When you get Hannah and I on a roll we just don't shut up! I hope that you enjoyed this video, if you want to see Hannah again on my channel - don't worry! We're for sure going to repeat this - mainly because we filmed enough content for about four videos on the same day. So if our outfits don't change you now know why!
As always guys I hope that you enjoyed this video. Be sure to check out some of my other videos, including my other Book Chatter Videos and my Girl Boss Goals Video. I'm going to be releasing my first ever Plan With Me Video really soon so I hope that you are as excited for that as I am. I hope you have positive and productive weeks and I'll see you all very very soon!
So generally speaking after book one, come book two! Hopefully from there more and more books will follow. Some of them may even be related to one another. here's the thing, we all know a lot of sequels that are, for lack of a better way of putting this - total and complete disappointments (okay maybe there was a better way of putting that).
In all serious, a bad sequel can ruin any and all good reputation that the original material may have garnered. When people come across your books, they'll see the other books, see the comments below, see the star rating. I know personally, I'm not going to start a series if other people have hated what comes after the first book. I think most people would agree with me. So my advice is below!
Okay well I hope you found that useful. Of course, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Sometimes sequels are easier depending on genre, style and how flexible your ideas and characters are. However I absolutely would not write a sequel for the sake of it. Wait for a good idea to come along - I'm sure that it will. The quality of your writing is more important than it's volume or frequency.
That's all from me this week. Do you agree with my list? Do you have additions? What do you think about this topic? Let's start a conversation and let me know. As always guys, I hope that you have positive and productive weeks and I'll see you all very soon! Bye! :)
*GASP!* I hear some of you cry, but what about planning and time management! They are fantastic skills that individuals can use to maximise their productivity - and I do to great effect. However, the nature of that productivity is again a personal affair. Below, I explain why that is.
So that's what I think about productivity. Now of course, as mentioned before, I think that both time management, planning and a whole host of other techniques can be explored and used to great effect to increase productivity. But at the end of the day, some tasks are easier for some people. Some people have a natural flare for writing, editing, cover design and marketing (oh how I wish that last were me). The main thing, the most important tool to have in your productivity kit is to be kind to yourself and have a realistic expectation of what you can actually do. At the end of the day, sacrificing everything that makes you unique in order to pursue someone elses idea of productivity is just harmful and worse still - it's been done before!
What do you guys think? Do you agree? Do you think that people's productivity is unique? Do you have any tips and tricks that you want to share to help others find their peak performance? Let me know, let's start a conversation. Until next time guys, I hope you all have positive and productive weeks and I'll see you all very very soon. Bye!
So much stuff happened in February, but mostly they were good things. I found out where I'm going next in my job (we do rotations around different departments). I saw some beautiful books, made so many plans to move my publishing company forwards. So I didn't just achieve the goals on this list. I also made a lot of decisions about where I want to go next and things that I want to do, things that are secret so I can't share them on here - yet! Still, I had to cut quite a lot of material out and this video is still a long video. Because these are such long videos I'm thinking of splitting these videos in two, and having a mid month - check in. Does that sound good to you guys? Let me know in the comments section below. Would having a mid monthly check in video (I would need to come up with a good name - maybe Goal Check In or something - suggestions welcome!)
Anywho, without any more wittering from me, here is how I did this February.
And that was February. What do you think? I think that everything went super well. Obviously there were a few fails - and it's not normally in my behaviour to give up on a goal (and I haven't) but I've come to the realisation that sometimes timescales can't be put on project that is as complex and personal as this one is, after all it is a fictional story based off a real life event something that actually happened in my family. People are bound to get in their feelings about it.
Okay but seriously though, what do you guys think about me doing a mid month check in video? It would cut these in half which has got to be a good thing right? Because uploading this videos takes for ever as well, if I were to upload two smaller videos, that's surely better for everyone (and my rubbish internet).
I hope that you guys have positive and productive weeks this week. I hope that all of you enjoyed this video. Got a comment or a question? Let me know. Social media is at the end of the video and the comments section is below. Just down there! Let me know, let's start a conversation! Talking is dope!
Until next time. BYE!
So today we're jumping straight in and talking about something had has to happen in every writer's journey. Someone else has to read what you've written - *GULP!* Yeah, it's a huge step that you have to take, but if you ever want to get your work published at some point someone has to read it. Now, most people are to embarrassed to give it to someone they know. Sure you plan to tell them when it's published, but right now it's just a baby manuscript right?
Hate to tell you this. But it's actually far better to give your manuscript to someone you know before sending it to an editor - which you should do before sending out to query. Why? Not only is it cheaper than having to constantly send it to an editor (which each time can cost you between £300-£400) but it's also a really good, effective and honest way to get some feedback about the main body of your story - if it's done right. So without further ado, let's jump straight in.
So that's my take on letting someone read it. There are things that you should consider when asking others to read your work. In addition to worry about how they will receive your work, think about your target audience. If you're writing a horror book, try and give the book to someone who likes horror books. If you're writing a romance, try and give the book to someone who likes romance. They will have most likely read a lot of popular books in that genre and will actually (maybe even without realising it) be able to give you a more informed decision because of it. If you give your historical romance novel to someone who only ever reads high-fantasy or cop thrillers, they may genuinely enjoy the book but they look for something else in a novel. As such their advice may actually hinder your book performing well on the shelves, which is why it's your job as the author to decide what advice you want to listen to and what advice you will strategically appreciate but effectively ignore.
Any who that's all from me this week. I hope that you all have positive and productive weeks this week. If you have any further questions about this, stick them in the comments section or hit me up on my social media platforms. What do you think? Do you think it's better to find beta readers online instead of friends? I know that some people do this through twitter. What is your opinion? Let's get the conversation going.
Until next week guys, take care! Bye :)
Welcome to my blog! Here is the first place to find out about new events and releases! Along the way I share a few funny little stories from my life. I hope you like my ramblings as much as I enjoy sharing them!
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