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A Writer’s Life: Building a Story Bible

il_fullxfull.719808529_rperWhat is a Story Bible?

A Story Bible is a compilation of the key details about your novel.

A Story Bible documents character sketches, cultural references, developing scenes, character histories, names, dialogue portions, phrases, setting specifics, impending plot struggles, romantic engagements, paranormal components, relevant facts in one location, which is extremely advantageous when editing and when writing a series or sequel.

A Story Bible is a reference guide while you are editing, researching, and writing. It does not have to include every detail of your novel.

In a nutshell, the purpose of a Story Bible is to uphold consistency, the utmost significant elements to incorporate are fundamentals that are in the book.

il_fullxfull.791792666_kr1sHow to create a Story Bible?

It is your decision how you design your Story Bible and what you put into it. The essentials comprise character information, fictional businesses, creatures / monsters, language, setting particulars, technology, world building specifics, vocabulary, and everything that is imperative to your stories realm.

You can design your Story Bible either before you begin writing or as you write your novel, while some of you may prefer to wait until the end of the day to record any and all pertinent details that emerged during your writing session.

a3_2How to Set-up a Story Bible?

A story bible can take a sundry of forms.

Some scribes prefer the safety and texture of a substantial Story Bible. A three-ring binder with pocket page dividers for each section works for this form. Writers can brainstorm, add visual collages, mind maps, and utilize index cards and sticky notes.

Others implement the information for the Story Bible on bulletin boards and white boards.

While some favor an electronic file on their computer.

However, if none of these options seem to fit your writing life, incorporate a lil’ of this, a lil’ of that and whatever you want to fuse a mix that works for you.

© 2018 Diane Morasco

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A Writer’s Life: 3 Writer Practices to Incorporate into your Writing Routine

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
-Stephen King, On Writing

1. Write. Write. Write. Repeat.

You cannot become a writer by fantasizing about being one. You have to actually write. Some writers wait for that magic “moment’ when lightning strikes to write that perfect piece or for the light bulb to turn on for that brilliant idea to appear. Yes, inspiration does take root but you must write the words – all the words needed to pour the alphabet foundation and construct your creations.

2. Read. Read. Read.

When you are not writing, you must be reading.

3. To Market we go. 

You don’t have to knock back a few, kick back relax and socialize in a bar named Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts Where Everybody Knows Your Name to get your name out there. In order to get your name out there, you must get out there and be active IN REAL LIFE and on the internet, which means you have to break out of your hermit shell. Yep, you gotta slip off the introvert Slip-Ons and slip on the extrovert Lace-Ups. Attend book launches, signings, conferences, retreats, join writer’s clubs and groups, visit area bookstores and local libraries, be active on Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Learn about finding your target audience, build your mailing list, interact with readers, and market your books.

© 2018 Diane Morasco

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Kobo Announces Alliance with Walmart

Read_comfortably_day_or_nightRakuten Kobo and Walmart announced Thursday in Tokyo they are joining forces in a strategic agreement, making Walmart the exclusive mass retail companion of the Kobo brand in the US.

This alliance will be Walmart’s first venture into digital books, offering a catalog of approximately six million eBooks with audiobooks rolling out later this year.

Digital content will be available via a desktop app, Kobo e-Readers, which will also be sold by Walmart starting as early as spring, and a Walmart/Kobo co-branded app on all Android and iOS devices.

© 2018 Diane Morasco