Today, I'm returning to the topic of writing tension into your stories. Why add tension? I'm writing (pick your genre which you don't think needs tension) and say, "I don't need tension." I disagree.Why Add Tension
Readers like it when they can't put a book down. We've all read those stories, you're turning the pages, physically or virtually, and you tell yourself, when I finish this chapter I will: . . .
I was re-reading my second book, Zita's Revenge, preparing it for the final edit and I like what I'm reading, except for one point.
When I read a Lee Child book, one of his Jack Reacher series, he can create suspense so you want to keep reading, forcing your heartbeat to pump a little faster and harder. I try to replicate that suspense in my novels, but I'm not seeing it on the scale that Lee Child uses the technique.
Foreshadow to Increase Suspense.
In my books, I work hard to encourage the reader to continue on to the next chapter. I use cliffhangers, end the chapter with a question or finish the chapter a paragraph early forcing the reader to question what happened after that point. But I think my writing misses the suspense that is caused by all events leading up to the explosive ending.
To add suspense to your writing you have to learn foreshadowing. Good suspense is a combination of your POV character wanting something with great desire and the possibility of outside forces preventing your character from reaching his goal.
It's that time of year again when many authors make a promise that this year they will finish their work-in-progress or write the Great American Novel. Some authors have prepared the last two weeks by creating character charts, preparing an outline or prepping by doing world building. How about you? Do you plan to participate in NanoWriMo 2020?
If you're unfamiliar with the term NaNoWriMo, it's stands for National November Writing Month. You can find more information about the process at the NaNoWriMo, a non-profit organization to help writers find their voices and achieve their writing goals. The goal is for writers to write a whole novel during the month, with a novel length of fifty-thousand words. (50,000 words) They hope the writer will make enough progress toward completing a novel they won't hesitate to finish it.
When I was working full time the NanoWriMo experience scared me. Not because I couldn't write that much, it was just another commitment that I needed to make to take away time and cause me stress. NanoWriMo always fell on a month that I already started experiencing an extra night a week to . . .
Sometimes you hear stories of authors making six figures with their writing . How do they do it?
How difficult is it to make six figures with your writing? If you tell the newbie author or writer that it's possible are you giving them unrealistic expectations?What does it really take?
Authors making that kind of money are actually good at ...
You may be asking, where am I starting? That's a good question. I wrote my first book, Eclipse of the Triple Moons, in May 2018. At the time of this article I have sold 100 copies, sixty percent e-books and forty percent hardcover. Then I quit advertising and now I sell one or two a quarter, mostly to friends that heard I wrote a book and wanted a copy.
In late 2019, I started writing book 2 in the Mountain King Series, Zita's Revenge. I finished the first draft in early March 2020. Then I wrote book 3 in the Mountain King Series, Ring of Consequence, in April 2020. I worked for an entertainment company and when Covid 19 hit and the live theater, sports and concerts stopped happening the company furloughed many employees. I fell into the furlough category. Bad news, because I lost a great source of income, but good news ...
Thank you for visiting Adgitize, where I share my journey to becoming a six-figure author.
I will share what I learn from the people that make a living with their writing. Will my results be the same as theirs? Will I surpass their skills? We'll see where my talents lie. Will I be able to market my books? How many books do I have to write to make a living as an author? Can I make it writing in one genre, young adult fantasy, or will I have to write non-fiction? What happens to my young adult fantasy readers if I start a mystery series?
Authors that make six figures have a lot of books in their back list. How fast can they write a book? How does that compare to my writing speed? I have written a 120,000 word book in sixty days, but it takes me four months to edit it to the point I feel comfortable sharing it with beta readers. Yet, the great six figure authors are publishing every thirty days, sixty . . .
Ken Brown is an author entrepreneur.
Over the years he has written short stories for his own enjoyment and started a couple of other books, but never had the fortitude to finish the books. Ken found himself distracted by work, family and other business ideas that he thought were more important than writing.
But one day an idea came to him about a boy who wants to rescue a girl and finds that going through a cave he is transported to another planet. A planet where magic is real and the dangers of wild animals, strange people and bizarre customs are just as real.
The book was inspired by a photograph Ken found on the Glacier National Park's website. A simple photograph of the photographer standing in a tunnel in winter in Glacier National Park, Montana. The image showed icicles hanging from the tunnel exit with large boulders hugging the wall behind. Looking at the boulders and rocks, Ken saw images of people, horses and a story developed of a boy searching out the Mountain King.
A dream started to turn this fanciful world into a book and it led three years later to Ken's first published novel Eclipse of the Triple Moons
Two years later Ken's life was turned upside down by Covid 19, as many lives were changed by the virus. From that experience, Ken turned to books and podcasts from authors who make a full time living from their writing. This encouraged him that his goal as a full time author was possible and now was the perfect time to put that goal into action. This website documents Ken's journey to full time author entrepreneur or if you like authorpreneur.