Category Archives: A blog about the topics of writing

Recycling your content: Do you do it?

Do you recycle content on your social platforms? If not, why?

Finding content is not always easy. Some days I stare at the screen trying to will a topic to come to the front of my brain. It is then I will check other sites or books on my shelves. I am hoping for a glimmer of an idea. But some content that you have discussed should be repeated well repeatedly over time.

Just now, I noticed a blogger reposting a post I did for her months ago. I was elated. I knew someone who was doing it as well. Plus, it was a topic I get on my high horse about with other authors. The topic? How authors should have a social presence with their brand.

Awesome. This is a blogger who has been very prolific in helping authors promote themselves. If it works for her, it works for me.

You have new authors arriving on the scene who might need the tidbit you are discussing. It could help authors who have been around the block but perhaps need a reminder refreshers course. It could also remind you of things that might have gotten sale.

So, don’t fret over reusing topics. It could be the very thing that someone needs.

Is your website easy to maneuver?

 

Is your website too hard to figure out? Are viewers able to find what they need readily and easily?

I try to make my site user-friendly by repeatedly trying to improve it. I look for issues that need to be corrected.

It is frustrating to go to a site and spend more time than necessary to find what you are looking for on that page. For the most part, I will move on. The odds of me returning to that site are slim to none.

One needs to make a site welcoming and easy to navigate. It must not be cluttered. Links have to work. What you are trying to promote to show needs to be upfront and prominent.

As someone who makes her site the hub of all she does as an author, I need it to be easy to maneuver. Everything has to be clear when it comes to what I am trying to get across to others.

It is not easy getting people to subscribe to your site. If one does not make their site inviting, not only will new people move on, you might lose those who are already followers.

How important is the dialogue in your book to you?

 

Is the dialogue in your manuscript important to you? Do you spend serious time developing this aspect of your work?

Each genre and age group will vary as well as location and time frame in each book. You will have different dialects, slang, and usage of words.

But do you pay attention to that? More importantly, do you expect your readers to notice? To notice and not be concern about it? Or rather, put your book down?

Dialogue is important. It moves your story from section to section. If you don’t give it the time it deserves, your book may go nowhere with your readers.

There are countless amount of books and webinars on this topic alone for a reason.

If you are writing for children, you have to write the dialogue that they will understand, not be over their head or below. Just because they are children doesn’t mean one should not work on it.

There are so many moving parts to a book. Each works together to advance the plot from beginning to end. They all have to work well together, and this includes dialogue.