6 Top tips from a radio professional about writing for audio

Want to make your writing more “ear friendly”?

Well, this post is a good place to start top get a more powerful performance.

Just ignore the typo: nobody is perfect.

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Portraying accents

Roddy Doyle said that the best way to reveal a character is to get them to open their mouths.

And when they are speaking, you’ll need to convey how they do it. This includes the minefield of how to convey accents in fiction writing beyond phonetic spelling.

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Building a plan for your book project

This post will be useful for two groups of prospective authors:

  1. Those who are still getting their head around what is involved.
  2. Those who feel the need to plan, so that progress can be monitored.

Both are sensible approaches to planning a book.

Just don’t get bogged down in a plan. It is a means, not an end!

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Marketing your book

If your New Year resolution is to become a self published author, you are going to need to get your head round marketing what you produce. This beginners guide to how to market your book  could be just what you need.

You may also find this summary of book marketing advice from 2018 posts useful.

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Writing for a large cast of characters

Is your aim for 2019 to write another War and Peace?

If so, to stand any change of getting past that ballroom scene equivalent, it might be useful to read this post about managing a large cast of characters.

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A useful checklist for novelists

This checklist claims to be the 10-step checklist to writing an above-average novel.

My guess is that most people know it isn’t that simple. Especially those who have tried the process.

But still, it is a good common sense summary of things that might be overlooked.

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Selling to your local book shop

Have you got your eye on selling to your local book shop?

Don’t just assume that because you are a local, don’t assume that they will want to stock your book.  You are more likely to be successful if you see the transaction from their perspective, as this post booksellers’ objectives explains.

And of course, you should make sure they know you are local already, by being a well established customer.

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Best writing advice of 2018?

While we are still in the mood for summaries of the year, here is one that might help your good intentions.

The Alliance Of Independent Authors’ best writing advice for 2018.

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Have you been writing a short story over the holiday?

Well, if you have, you are in pole position for entering one of these competitions.

Especially if yours revolves around food and drink, in which case it might qualify for the one that closes on 7th January.

But the deadlines come thick and fast, so check what you could go for now, before you forget…

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Does your book need a map

Lots of books benefit from having a map.

And if you have ever had a go, you will know that it isn’t as easy as you think. It is all very well deciding you need help, but where do you start? This post gives some useful guidance about how to work with map artists.

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