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Creative writing does not crossover into real life

A lot of the time, real life experiences cross over into an author's writing, but the same can't be said for writing experiences crossing over into the real world.


When I write, I love planting seeds throughout the story.



When I go for walks, and I di this daily with The Teeka Dog, plots and ideas germinate, and at the end of the walk I rush back into my study and type the bit of the novel I've mulled over during my walk. This often involves going back through the novel and planting seeds that will keep the reader in suspense.

You might think that a writer who likes planting seeds would be good at gardening. Not this writer, I'm afraid. Love to look at gardens, love to walk around nurseries, but can easily put down spades and shovels and return to the house and say to heck with it, weeds are plants to.


When I write, I love to tie up loose ends.



I think and think and think about the ending and how to make sure every loose thread has been stitched back into the story and neat…

Tips to survive a zombie apocalypse

Authors are always coming up with ways our characters can survive the situations we throw them in. Below are some the trademark survival tips that apply to any situation, and transfer particularly well into any horror genre. So if you find yourself under attack by any of the following - vampires, werewolves, soul catchers, zombies, unicorns gone bad - these tips might help you survive it till rescue arrives or until you can escape.

Tips to survive a zombie apocalypse...
1. Make a fire

Fire provides the following:
Warmth in cold conditionsA means to purify water or sterilize toolsHeat to dry wet clothesA cooking flameA sense of security and comfortSmoke for rescue signalsHeat to melt snow and ice for drinking waterA means to scare away dangerous animalsLight for your shelter or for torches 


In a zombie apocalypse fire may be your most valuable weapon:


2. Find water

The first thing you should do if you're stranded in the wild is find a source of drinkable water. The most obvious sources ar…

Writing tip - a note on speculation

A quick note on Speculation in creative writing...

The writer speculates about a scenario, researches everything about that scenario, and then puts their characters in that scenario and gets them out dead or alive, scarred or unscarred, better or worse etc.

Pure speculation is best left for situations where writers don’t have the evidence to support the theories underpinning their story. i.e fantasy, futuristic, off world, 2 thousand years ago.


To purely speculate about “what it is was like…” in spite of supporting evidence, can be misleading to the reader who is seeking a genuine connection with a character. (It can also lead to backlash from people who have experienced it). It can not only weaken the story, it can cause the writer to lose credibility. When there is so much evidence available to a writer, there is no reason to rely on pure speculation alone.

There is only one last place a writer might wish to purely speculate. And that is whether or not to touch the electric wire.


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Goodreads giveaway - print copy of Feedback

One lucky winner will take home a print copy of Feedback, courtesy of the Goodreads giveaway, Hurry, ends soon.


Goodreads Book Giveaway Feedback by D.L. Richardson Giveaway ends May 20, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information
Emaildlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com Blogwww.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com Websitewww.dlrichardson.comFacebookhttp://goo.gl/560JXl Twitterwww.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Marketing - more than free books on Smashwords

Woe is me. I was booked to present a marketing workshop a few weeks ago to a group of writers at a sci-fi convention, but the workshop got cancelled due to no bookings. The real woe for me that earning income from non book sales forms part of my marketing strategy. Sow hen things goes wrong in any marketing campaign, the first thing that should be done is an evaluation.

What went wrong?
What went right?
What would I do differently?
What would I do the same?

Part of this evaluation set me to thinking about why my workshop was cancelled .

Was it because:

a) the audience were only beginning to write their novels and were not at the marketing stage yet; or
b) the audience don't care about marketing their books

If the answer is b) because the audience don't care about marketing a book, then they're in big, big trouble. What many new writers don't realise is that there is much more to marketing a book than simply loading it for free to Amazon and Smashwords and hoping that you'll…