I started blogging on 17th January 2013. Over the course of the year I created a mass of blog posts. Here are my top 10 posts of 2013.
- Why Read – This is where I first felt like I was getting into the swing of blogging. I was not simply recalling my own writing process in journal style writing, but was writing an article that was of interest to others, outside of me and my novel writing.
- 10 Aspects of Dialogue – This is just what is says it is. I wrote this as part of an investigation into what is required when writing dialogue and ways in which to improve these skills.
- The Art of Essay Writing – This post signifies another step in my blogging ability, moving into instructional writing with a ‘how to’ write an essay. It was a very satisfying post to write and took me back to my teaching days of lesson preparation.
- Fragments – This is one of many post where I blog writing prompts. The key to being a writer is writing, but sometimes we need a little help getting motivated, finding inspiration, getting started, keeping writing or just warming up to a writing task – writing prompts and writing activities are useful in these circumstances. This writing activity uses bits of sentences from other books to prompt your own writing.
- Turn Your Manuscript into a Novel – Here I reflect on my own practices and where I am at with my own manuscript and I put this into a blog to reveal steps you can take to edit, revise and rewrite your manuscript.
- Pinterest to Develop Characters – This post was exciting to write because I was learning about and exploring the usefulness of Pinterest for own writing. As a result of writing this blog, I set up my own Pinterest account; it was a real learning experience for me.
- 6 First Draft Revision Steps – Getting into the nuts and bolts of revising my manuscript was daunting, I spent many hours pondering over how to proceed. This blog was written as a result and is a ‘how to’ guide to revising your first draft.
- Pitching your story – This was an incredibly satisfying blog to write because it meant that I had completed the first revision of my manuscript and was beginning to look outward, beginning to think all of the hours I had put into creating my story had been worth it and the novel was looking good enough to share. This is a ‘how to’ guide to pitching to an agent or publisher.
- Building story – Having completed the writing of my novel and the major revision, I found myself with more time to look outward. I wanted to experiment and get creative. I was totally excited and inspired by the possibilities that are available through digital storytelling. This blog is an exploration of storytelling via digital media.
- How to Write a Synopsis – Here is another practical blog. This is a ‘how to’ guide to writing a book synopsis and was reflective of where I was at with my own novel.
What were your top posts of 2013?
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