Developing a Distinctive Voice in Writing

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By BookBaby author Dawn Field

We can distinguish our friends and family by voice, and we know when we hear a stranger’s voice. But what makes a distinctive voice in writing?

Writers are repeatedly advised to develop a strong voice, but how, exactly? Voice in writing is a mix of so many things: word choice (diction), register (formality), sentence length, the proportion of dialogue versus exposition… every possible aspect of writing craft. The sum choices of an author gel to produce both sheen and substance.

This unique mix makes voice a complex matter. Regardless of how an author gets there, a strong voice is recognizable and consistent.

We can distinguish our friends and family by voice, and we know when we hear a stranger’s voice. Voices can be high, low, g…

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10 Incredible Writing Superpowers

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As a recovering comic book fanboy, I admit it: There are times I wish I had superpowers. As a writer, I admit that I sometimes wish I had writing superpowers. So recently, I opened up the debate on Facebook by asking which writing superpowers other writers would choose.

While some were specific (like John Gallaher’s “The ability to publish in The New Yorker“) and others broad (as in Allison Hedge Coke’s “world peace”), it is fun to consider how a superpower (or three) might help writers complete drafts in a single writing session and win readers with a perfect draft.

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8 Tips To Improve Your Audio When Appearing On A Podcast Or Radio Show

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If you want to be a successful author, then at some point, you are going to have to do an audio recording. 

audio tipsIt might be a podcast or radio interview where you appear on someone else’s show, or perhaps you choose to start your own podcast.

My show, The Creative Penn podcast, has become the cornerstone of how I connect with my readers and help people with interviews and inspiration on the writing life. I interview a lot of people and it’s incredible how many authors don’t have a professional audio setup.  

Audio is only going to be more common for your book marketing, so take it seriously if you are going …

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Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time

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[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018]

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by Windy Lynn Harris

The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If you’re looking to sell a short story, personal essay or a poem that’s already been published, there’s a good chance you can sell it again. More great news: Those terrific pieces you published on your blog? They can find a new home in the reprint market, too! Any…

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Street Pens: Helping Homeless Writers Find a Path Toward Success

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The following article is a guest post by B. Tyler Combs.

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Remember the first time you calculated the cost to devote yourself fully to the pursuit of your passions?

Sleeping in the car during spring and fall: +$600/month.
Replace rent with gym membership for showers: -$10/month.
Taco Bell is an acceptable, weekly splurge: -$100/month.
Internet and word processing at the library: $0/month.
Gas to get to these: $100.
Etc., etc. You get the picture.

When you’re young, life between jobs can be an adventure of racing the clock till the savings run out. If you were OK…

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How to Price Your E-Book for More Consistent Sales

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How do you price your e-Book to maximize on sales potential? I get this question all the time.

Sadly there’s no silver bullet book marketing strategy that will secure you success every time. There are some factors to keep in mind that should put you in the ballpark.

And if you’re an indie author, the ballpark is a great place to be, because you have book marketing flexibility. That lets you play with your pricing a bit to fine tune what seems to work best for where you’re at in your publishing career.

Because let’s be honest, as you become more established, with a strong following, you can command more per book.

But when you’re just starting out, and certainly if you’re new to the scene with fewer than 50 reviews, you have to price your e-Book in …

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Are you on Instagram? Let’s collaborate there!

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Are you on Instagram?

If you are, I’d like to use my Instagram business account to give your book some attention.

I’m about to make a few changes to that account that were inspired by Hilary Rushford’s “Free Instagram Class” on how small businesses can use that social network more effectively. I tuned in to last week’s webinar specifically because I wanted to start doing more with my Instagram business account and was looking for inspiration.

I got it.

What I’ve been doing on Instagram

I’ve used my business account (versus my personal account) to consiste…

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This is How to Write the Best Social Media Posts (Infographic)

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Welcome back to Bakerview Consulting

More help for questions I frequently get. What’s the ideal number of words or characters? Where are hashtags used? Where are they not used?

This great infographic has all these little details in one spot.

This graphic was originally found here.

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Healthy Writer Tips: How To Use Dictation For A Healthier Writing Life

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The word ‘writing’ has become associated with hitting keys on a keyboard to make letters appear on a screen or inscribing by hand onto paper.

dictationBut the end result is a mode of communication from one brain to another through the medium of words. Those words can be generated by your voice, just as people can ‘read’ by listening to an audiobook.

Famous authors who have written with dictation include diverse creatives John Milton (Paradise Lost), Dan Brown, Henry James, Barbara Cartland and Winston Churchill. When Terry Pratchett, fantasy author of the Discworld series, develop…

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You Cannot Overedit

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By BookBaby author C. Hope Clark

You cannot overedit, whatever anyone says. I dare say I’ve never read a book without finding a mistake, but when I see one in my own work, there’s nothing that can make me feel good about it.

I cannot submit my work to an editor without reading it aloud. In fact, before any novel manuscript goes to the publisher, it has been read aloud at least three times. Then, when the manuscript is returned from the publisher for some level of review, I read it aloud again.

It doesn’t have to be tedious, we make it fun around my house: the task gives us a reason to eat, drink, and smoke a cigar on my back porch, which overlooks a lake. Sometimes when my husband is feeling like it’s time for a bourbon, he’ll swing by my stud…

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