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Promoting your writer’s voice online: How do you sound?

A writer’s voice is a funny thing. For me, it imbues both my fiction and my nonfiction with a kind of style that has become something of a trademark for me. The question I pose on this week’s Moonlight Press blog asks whether or not your social media voice is congruent. I know mine usually is and since I have a bit of a wry style, that sometimes comes across as sarcastic. So be it…at least what you read is what you get. How about you?

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If you write fiction, you’ve been told over and over that publishers and readers look for “fresh voices” and it’s much the same for nonfiction. A writer’s voice is that unique fingerprint that identifies that writer’s style, or as it was put to me early in my writing career, style is the sound your words make on paper.

Writers spend a lot of time cultivating this voice then completely ignore it whenever they are online. Doesn’t it just make simple sense, though, that you’d want your social media voice to emulate the kind of style and voice a reader will find in your writing? It does to me.

Modern social media marketing strategy suggests that online tactics and tools are key to the promotion of absolutely everything these days, books included. So why do writers often forget that their voice everywhere online ought to be consistent and reflective of who…

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Collaborative writing: Is it for you?

I willingly admit that, as a general rule, I “don’t play well with others.” There have been only four occasions in my writing life when I’ve worked with a co-writer and on each of those occasions, it was someone I knew very well. It was my husband.

Back in the day when I was still writing mostly in the area of health and medical nonfiction, I teamed up with my husband who happens to be a physician, to write four books. We slogged through book proposals together, through submissions and contracts with three different publishers as it turned out and finally gave birth to four books. We found our rhythm and it worked. But it doesn’t always…My latest post on Moonlight Press.

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There’s little doubt that writing is, in general, a solitary business. That’s why keeping your momentum, as we discussed last week, is so important. No boss is demanding that you complete the work or risk your job. It’s just you. However, there might be times when you ought to consider a collaboration. There may be strength in numbers in some realms, but writing is not always one, although it can be. The idea raises questions though.

  • Under what circumstances does writing with a collaborator make sense?
  • How do you find a compatible collaborator with the right background and expertise?
  • Since it’s clear you can’t use the same writing process you use when working alone, how do you develop a successful collaborative writing process?

We often tend to think that collaborative writing is suited only to nonfiction. Whereas nonfiction does indeed have its fair share of collaborative writing (have you ever…

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Tips to Keep Momentum in Your Writing

Throughout my writing (and real-world) career, I’ve been acutely aware that keeping momentum in my work is the key to getting things done. Whether I was creating a communication strategy for a client back in the day, or getting a book proposal to a publisher, or finishing that first novel, I had to find ways to propel myself forward.

This is what I shared today on the Moonlight Press blog. It contains my favourite tips for keeping that momentum in writing.

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It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do: especially if the project is a long one, there often comes a time when you lose momentum. Momentum, of course, is that forward-motion or energy that powers us through our activities toward completion.

Writers, perhaps more than many others, need this propulsion to keep the work flowing. One of the reasons for this is that writers work largely alone. When there is no boss (or editorial deadline) prodding you onward, sometimes writing becomes more tedious than it has to be. All you need is a few approaches to keeping that forward motion. Here are the ones we find useful.

  • Write something – anything – every day. When you are not in the middle of a large project, this kind of writing allows you to explore new ideas or just to practice. When you are in the midst of a project and…

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