ADDING LAYERS TO YOUR STORY – ROBYN’S FINAL TIP

Today I had a wonderful time at Robyn Opie’s place talking about how you can turn a 1200 word story into a 10,000 word published book. Robyn has so many great ideas and words of wisdom. Her final tip is below, but for the complete interview, go to Robyn’s blog http://robynopie.blogspot.com

Dee: Robyn, can you give us a final tip for fellow writers who are trying to increase their word count to meet a publisher or competition requirement?

Robyn: I believe that Black Baron worked well because I wrote in layers. I wasn’t satisfied with my first draft. I didn’t simply go back and edit it, so I could submit it to publishers. I spent time, worked harder, pushed myself, to create a better story. I did everything I could possibly think of before I was satisfied with the result.

I lived inside my story and became my character – hence, why I fell in love with Black Baron. Jake loves him! I think it’s too easy to finish a draft and be so happy to have completed a story that we don’t go the extra mile. Go the extra mile.

Never settle on the first idea. Expand it. Add more ideas. Think of what you can do to make your original idea better. Brainstorm. Look for extra opportunities with your characters and their circumstances using cause and effect.

Unless you’ve gone over a manuscript many, many times, it isn’t ready. You haven’t thought of everything. You haven’t given it enough thought at all. In a nutshell, don’t stop working on a manuscript too soon. Give it time. Add layers, flesh and blood, and make your story come alive.

Don’t get caught up in the emotion of finishing a story and leaving it at that. Every story can be developed to its fullest, so keep going until there is nothing more you can do. Oh, and you can keep going even then! When you think you’re finished, do a bit more. Always do a bit more. Only then can you stop. One of the reasons I think some people have trouble getting a manuscript accepted for publication is because they think they’re finished before they really are and they don’t go the extra mile.

That’s great advice, Robyn. Thanks so much for being part of the Tuesday Writing Tips’ blog tour

NEXT WEEK – MORE ABOUT POINT OF VIEW – HEAD HOPPING

Jessica, Angela and Mabel had more questions about point of view so we’ll be covering this in next week’s Tuesday Writing Tips. You’ll catch me at Angela’s blog http://www.angelasunde.blogspot.com where I’ll be talking about ‘head hopping’.

Hope to see you there.

In the meantime, happy writing.

Dee:-)

TUESDAY WRITING TIP – READING TO WRITE – Sandy’s tip

It was fun visiting Sandy Fussell’s blog today to talk about Reading to Write.

For the complete interview go to http://www.sandyfussell.blogspot.com

Here’s Sandy’s tip for us:

Dee: Do you have a tip for writers about what they should be reading to enhance their own writing skills?
I call it free range reading. Writers need to read all over the place. It’s a bit messy and unstructured but it’s fun and it will help improve not only your writing technique but the scope of your ideas. Read within your own writing genre, read what appeals to you as a reader, read what your target readers are reading, read non-fiction that catches your eye. Anything and everything. Perhaps the most important point is to read outside your comfort zone.

COMING SOON TO TUESDAY WRITING TIPS

We’ve got lots of great writing tips coming up for you over the next few weeks.

We’ll be looking at all sorts of stuff including more about Point of View, Adding Layers to Your Writing and Good Writing Habits.

Thanks for your support for Tuesday Writing Tips. It’s fantastic!

If you have a writing question you’d like us to address, please leave it in the comments section of this post and we’ll tackle it in future Tuesday Writing Tips.

Happy Writing

Dee:-)

TUESDAY WRITING TIPS BLOG TOUR – Reading To Write

I often hear writers talking about how important it is to ‘read’ – and it makes sense.
After all, it helps you to check out the competition, and also gives you an idea of what readers like and don’t like – of style, technique and so many things.

As a writer, I know how much I learn from what other people have written.

Today we’re off to visit Samurai Kids author, Sandy Fussell at www.sandyfussell.blogspot.com to talk about why writers need to be avid free-range readers.

Sandy’s going to be giving me a great tip that I’ll be posting back here when I return from my visit to her place.

I’m also excited to advise that Sandy’s new book, Jaguar Warrior is coming out on 1st March. Here’s more about it:

I hope you are enjoying the Tuesday Writing Tips Blog Tour. I know I am. I’m collecting so many great tips along the way.

Next week we’re off to visit Robyn Opie to talk about adding layers to your story.

In case you’ve missed any stops. Here are the complete tour dates.

DATE BLOG TOPIC
2ND February 2010 Claire Saxbyhttp://letshavewords.blogspot.com Writing Picture Books – Leaving room for the illustrator.
9th February 2010 Dee Whitehttps://deescribewriting.wordpress.com Reviewing ‘There Was an Old Sailor’Reviewing vs Editing skills.
16th February 2010 Sandy Fussellwww.sandyfussell.blogspot.com Writers Need to be avid free range readers
23rd February 2010 Robyn Opiewww.robynopie.blogspot.com How to make your story longer – adding layers.
2ND March 2010 Angela Sundewww.angelasunde.blogspot.com More about Point of View – head hopping.

Happy writing (and reading)

Dee:-)

TUESDAY WRITING TIPS BLOG TOUR – Reading to Write

Tomorrow our Tuesday Writing Tips blog tour continues. I’m very excited because we’re going to visit the home of my good friend Sandy Fussell, author of the wonderful Samurai Kids books and award winning Polar Boy.

I hope you can join us then. Sandy will talk to us about writers and reading and she’ll have special tips for us.

See you here tomorrow and I’ll give you the directions to Sandy’s place.

Dee:-)

CROSS BLOG TOUR FOR TUESDAY WRITING TIPS

Tuesday Writing Tips is going on a blog tour tomorrow. It’s a cross blog tour… nothing to do with anger management or people getting narky with each other. In fact, it’s a very happy occasion where two blog tours are going to interconnect.

Children’s author, Claire Saxby has a wonderful new Picture Book out today called There Was an Old Sailor. So, to celebrate its release, I’m going to visit her as part of my Tuesday Writing Tips Tour and she’s going to talk about writing picture books and Leaving Room for the Illustrator. Claire will have some great tips for Tuesday Writing Tips followers.

In the forthcoming weeks, I’ll be visiting other great blogs and collecting more writing tips along the way.

TUESDAY WRITING TIPS BLOG TOUR

This is what’s happening on the Tuesday Writing Tips Tour:

DATE BLOG TOPIC
2ND February 2010 Claire Saxby’s blog

http://letshavewords.blogspot.com

Writing Picture Books – Leaving room for the illustrator.
9th February 2010 Dee White’s blog

https://deescribewriting.wordpress.com

(That’s here!)

Reviewing ‘There Was an Old Sailor’ Reviewing vs Editing skills.
16th February 2010 Sandy Fussell’s blog

www.sandyfussell.blogspot.com

Writers Need to be avid free range readers
23rd February 2010 Robyn Opie’s blog

http://robynopie.blogspot.com

How to make your story longer – adding layers.
2ND March 2010 Angela Sunde’s blog

www.angelasunde.blogspot.com

More about Point of View – head hopping.

Hope you can join me on tour  every Tuesday for the next few weeks for some great Tuesday Writing Tips. Just visit https://deescribewriting.wordpress.com each Tuesday and follow the prompts and I’ll direct you to the next stop.

On Tuesday 9th February, Claire will visit my blog as part of her There Was an Old Sailor Tour. I’ll be reviewing her book and talking about editing vs reviewing skills. Claire will also have  a tip for us on reviewing – so this will also be a Tuesday Writing Tips Blog Tour visit.

Sound complicated? I thought so too, but really it’s quite simple. Here are some other great places you’ll be able to catch up with Claire on tour:

Monday 8 February: Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children <http://www.sallymurphy.blogspot.com/>

Tues 9 February: Dee White’s Tuesday Writing Tips <https://deescribewriting.wordpress.com/>

Wed 10 February: Dale Harcombe’s Read and Write with Dale <http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale/>

Thurs 11 February: Robyn Opie’s Writing Children’s books <http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com/>

Fri 12 February: Lorraine Marwood’s Words into Writing <http://lorrainemarwoodwordsintowriting.blogspot.com/>

Sat 13 February: Mabel Kaplan’s Tales I Tell <http://belka37.blogspot.com/>

Sun 14 February: Sandy Fussell’s Stories are Light <http://sandyfussell.blogspot.com/>

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR TUESDAY WRITING TIPS FOLLOWERS?

  • Twice the tips!
  • Twice the fun!

Hope you can join Claire and I on our ‘interconnecting’ blog tours.

Happy writing.

Dee:-)

SALLY MURPHY VISITING SOON!

 
Sally Murphy's wild new book
Sally Murphy’s wild new book

Only a few more sleeps and author Sally Murphy is buzzing in to visit on her tour through cyberspace. I can’t wait to meet her!

Sally has written nearly thirty books for kids, and she’s going to be talking to us about her latest fun-filled adventure, The Big Blowie.

 So make sure you tune in on 8th February to meet Sally and hear all about her latest book, and how she came to write it.
 
You might be surprised to discover where some story ideas come from.
Catch you on the 8th Feb.