Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Welcome to Blog Your Book in 30 Days 2015! #BYBin30
Welcome to the second Blog Your Book in 30 Days!
Feel free to use the above badge and add it to your blog. (Please link it back to here.)
Last year, I wrote a post a day on the subject of writing for you to read and learn from, and I gave away a prize a week. (I also blogged a 30-story collection of mermaid-themed flash and short fiction as well as editing a non-fiction book that I wrote in the previous February.) This year, I intend to let you read over previous posts, and I will post once or twice a week on the subject of writing. Feel free to read over last year's posts. If there are any topics in previous posts which you feel I should expand on (or a writing or publishing related topic you would like to see covered), please let me know and I will do so on a new post on the blog.
During this challenge, I will also be working on another fiction collection of short stories to go with a world I created for one of my novels. I will share the occasional excerpt here.
I'm also accepting guest posts. I want to hear about your work in progress. What are you working on this month? What is your plan for this month's challenge; how do you intend to complete the challenge? Have you written novels before? Are you published? Do you have any knowledge that might be helpful to others in the challenge? If you would like to guest post, please let me know in the comments. And if not, I'd still love to hear in the comments what type of book you will be working on this month. (There's a poll in the side-bar you can vote in too.)
I will post a bit about marketing your books as well, and how blogging your book can help with marketing before your book is even published.
Feel free to "like" the BYBin30 Facebook page and to join the BYBin30 Facebook group where we can discuss our books together.
If you want to accept the challenge, but, for whatever reason, don't want to make any part of your book public by blogging it, there are alternative ways to join in the challenge.
There is a sign-up form for the challenge, which is required for being eligible for the prizes. Don't worry. I won't use your sign-up to spam you or e-mail you any of the posts. It will just make it easier for me to contact you if you win a prize, and it helps me keep tabs on the number of official members.
Below are the links to last year's post. The topics include a variety of writing subjects for fiction writing, non-fiction writing and blogging. I hope you find them helpful.
Day 1: Planning and Plotting
Day 2: Research
Day 3: Hook your Readers in the First Chapter
Day 4: Conflict
Day 5: Supporting Topics/Supporting Characters
Day 6: How to Create Convincing Villains
Day 7: Becoming an Expert on your Book Topic
Day 8: Writing Memorable Dialogue
Day 9: An Alternate Method of the Hero's Journey
Day 10: Making your Blog Attractive to Readers
Day 11: Writing a Series Book
Day 12: Taking a Break from Writing to Refuel your Muse
Day 13: Creating Character Emotions
Day 14: Creating Fantasy Worlds and Creatures
Day 15: How to Avoid Writer's Block and Get your Story Written
Day 16: Writing the Middle of your Book
Day 17: Repurposing Old Blog Posts for your Book
Day 18: Changing Focus in the Middle of the Book; What Happens When Your Book Has to Be Altered Drastically?
Day 19: How to Successfully Weave Backstory into your Plot
Day 20: Be Cruel to your Protagonist
Day 21: The Value of your Book
Day 22: Using your Minor Characters to Fuel your Story
Day 23: Tips for Growing your Blog Readership
Day 24: Believe in your Ability to Write your Book
Day 25: Self-Editing your Manuscript
Day 26: Self-Publishing your Manuscript
Day 27: Humor in Writing
Day 28: Point of View
Day 29: Happily Ever After: Writing a Satisfying Story Ending
Day 30: Writing an Epilogue