Hello readers! I’m sure at least a few of you will recognize today’s guest. Krista D. Ball was interviewed on this blog quite a ways back discussing some of her Sci-Fi and Paranormal books, you can read that here. Anyways, she graciously agreed to visit us today and share an excerpt from her newest book. Take it Away, Krista!

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An excerpt from NO MORE BLANK SCREEN: Blogging Ideas for Fiction Authors:
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I doubt my experiences are unique. When I first became serious about becoming a published author, I looked to the Internet for support. I soon discovered there was an overwhelming amount of advice online and plenty of it contradicted itself. However, one thing was clear: I had to learn to market myself.

We’ve all heard the mantra, “you must Tweet; you must Facebook.” And, of course, you must blog. Not having a blog these days is tantamount to treason in this new age of author promotion.

So, like the countless numbers of unpublished and published authors, I heeded the call. I descended upon Blogspot and WordPress (two blogs are better than one, right?). After painstakingly choosing templates, colour schemes, and styles, I cracked my knuckles and entered the brave new world of blogging.

And then I stared at my computer screens wondering what on earth I should do next.

I wrote No More Blank Screen to help fiction writers with their blogs. There are so few resources out there for fiction authors specifically when coming up with content for their websites that I decided to share my ideas with the world. Here is a section from the book:
The Subjective World of Writing
We fiction authors talk a lot about the rules of writing almost as much as we talk about how we break them. There are some universally accepted rules, such as never be boring. Others are more along the lines of personal decisions, opinions, and what works best for our lives as writers.

Explore these differences because they are what make us all unique.

1. List five things that spark your creativity.

2. What is your favourite sense to include in your works? How do you use it?

3. What is your opinion on fan fiction?

4. Do you let your manuscripts “sit”? (Not sure what I mean? Many authors swear by letting their work sit untouched/unread for a period of time, be it a week or a month, and go work on something else. Then, after the period is up, they come back and re-read the work. Many authors feel it helps them gain separation from the story, ensuring stronger editing.)

5. How can a new writer develop good habits? How did you develop your writing habits?

6. What is it like diving into a new novel?

7. How do you get to know your characters?

8. What are the popular word counts of your genre?

9. What is the current news on your genre? Some examples include female authors in hard SF, female characters in Fantasy, erotica is not porn, and so on.

10. Writers have their own terminology. Post a glossary for your readers.

11. How do you show emotion in your work?

12. How do you make your dialogue realistic?

13. How do you choose when to listen to feedback?

14. What are your top five things to do before submitting a story?

15. Do you believe new writers should have short story publishing credits?

16. Do you believe it’s important to read widely in different genres?

17. Post a writing-prompt idea.

Thanks Krista, what a fabulous nugget of information you’ve shared with us today! I’m sure your newest book will become a huge success!

Bonus Writing Prompt Contest:

Write a 250-300 word piece describing a pivotal moment in your life. One that has a heavy emotional tie to you and your writing. It could be the moment of your first kiss, or the moment you first discovered you were going to be a parent. Anything of significance that has impacted your writing.

Prize: The winner will get a piece of micro fiction written personally by me.

Bloggers, be sure to check out her website, and books. You wonโ€™t be disappointed. This lady is a master of creating new and exciting worlds.
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About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

5 responses »

  1. Great info! Thanks so much!

  2. You can definitely see your skills within the paintings you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. Always go after your heart.

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