I’ve been going through the archives of my old blog (https://jillkemerer.blogspot.com) and came across a few articles I’m going to share here. They are still relevant and may help you.
The first is “Strengthen Weak Areas in Your Writing” (linked).
Here is a snippet:
I’m writing a first draft. I’m not a fast drafter, and I’m not a revise-as-you-go writer either. I’m somewhere in between.
There are days when I have to glue myself to the chair in order to achieve my word count goal. I should have invested in superglue this week. Yikes. The first fifty pages are slow and torturous for me.
Each writing session starts with a review of the previous scene. Weaknesses glare at me. I tidy up the details before writing a new scene.
Here are the weaknesses I’m fighting in this book:
Next up is “14 Blog or Website Essentials for Writers” (linked).
I could write this post today with no changes. These are still my essentials for author websites.
Here is a snippet:
Often I’ll see writers commenting on blogs, and I’ll click through their profile to check out their blog/website, leave a comment, or e-mail them. I add them to my social networks too.
That’s why I’m surprised when I see very basic “musts” (in my humble opinion, at least) overlooked. You’d be shocked at how many writers don’t include an e-mail address anywhere on their site. Agents and editors DO occasionally contact authors from websites. I contact writers from their websites. No e-mail? Missed opportunity. With the countless free e-mail services out there, I don’t understand why a writer would omit this.
What about failing to engage readers? I’ve wanted to respond to blogs where comments were either turned off or only allowed by team members. Again, this doesn’t make sense to me. If you want readers to connect with you, you have to provide them ways to do this.
Another problem? No spelled out reason for me to be on the site. If you’re a writer and you’re trying to build a platform, you need to be bold and tell everyone you’re a writer and what you write. Don’t make them guess!
What are your weak areas in writing? What essentials for author websites did I miss?
Have a terrific day!