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It was a dark and stormy night. Ok, that was a great start, but now where is your character going from there?
The last time I blogged I showed you a few places to name your character now I have a few that will help you find the place they are going.
This website has from soup to nuts in helping you name person, place or things. You can get lost for hours naming things.
I found this next one to be simple and straight forward. If you need a name for a town they have it.
This one next one is kind of techie, but comes up with some interesting results. Play around with it and see what you can come up with.http://www.mf2fm.com/RaToNaGe/
One morning you wake up and there is this character walking around inside your head. He or she is begging you to tell their story, but what should you call them and who are they really? They must have some sort of back story and history to make the story complete.
Here are few websites that will help you flesh out your character and maybe find a side kick for them too.
Warning searching for names can be addicting.
After Reading A Song of Fire and Ice (known to many as the Game of Thrones), I wondered how does George R.R. Martin keep track of it all?
Here are few tips and places to help you keep track of yours.
- Readwritethink.org This site is designed for children, but I found it handy for just getting your beginning thoughts in line and it is printable.
- Evernote -I haven’t used this one, but I have heard good things about it. Here is what it’s website said: From short lists to lengthy research, no matter what form your writing takes, Evernote keeps you focused on moving those ideas from inspiration to completion.
- Now for the not so techie side. I find a cork board and index cards to be helpful. Its’ great to have it there to glance at to keep you on track.
- Another one and the one I like best is the writing journal. I keep a journal of dates and places that happen in my story. Since my novel is a historical series it is important that I age my characters correctly as time progresses and keep the dates for events accurate.
“If you’re a writer, authonomy is the place to show your face – and show off your writing on the web. Whether you’re unpublished, self-published, looking to get published, or just getting started, all you need is a few chapters to start building your profile online, and start connecting with the authonomy writing community.”
The website is sponsored by Harper Collins Publishing. Be prepared with a short (25 words) description of your book and a longer one too. To share your book and get reviews you must publish 10,000 words or more. I just started today with them I”ll let you know how it goes or I’ll see you over there. If you do join, let me know and we can share reviews.
I probably should have put this one as the first place to advertise your book. http://www.goodreads.com. Has a lot going on for writers on their website. First you must join for free as a member who reads books. They will ask for ten books you have read and have you rate them.
You can also import your friends from Facebook and Twitter and see what they have been reading.
After waiting for a day, you can submit your book into their data base. From there you can join groups. The first one I joined is called Pure Indie Promotion. This group encourages you to promote your book to others and let them know about promotions.
Amazon just acquired Good Reads, so it’s another good reason to join.
What I’ve written here really only touches the basics of what you can do on Good Reads. So off with you now and get promoting.
Here is another website that you can promote your book for free. Be sure to have an author bio ready and a synopsis of your book and a book cover ready too. They will also ask for your website, twitter and Amazon link.
Try them out at http://www.awesomegang.com
Here is another place to advertise your writing. Not only can you advertise there, you may also let people know about special promotions and events. Just click on the tab that says contact me. http://www.newbookjournal.com
For the next 40 days or so I plan to list 30 places to advertise e books for free. By helping you, I’ll be helping myself to stay motivated to advertise my own e book. The list is no particular order, but they will all be used and tested.
Number 1. http://www.free-online-novels.com
They have a form you use to submit your book. Your book must be free. The owner of the site responds within a week and adds a link to your book.
Do your characters eat in your story? A lot of readers love to have the recipes. Especially book clubs. When they get together to talk about your book, they also like to prepare foods that are described in the story. In my book Let The Good Times Roll, two young boys squabble over a left piece of blue berry la tart.