Thursday, 20 August 2015

WEbook's August Newsletter!

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Dear WEbook, 

Welcome to the August Newsletter! 

In this month's newsletter, we've put together some useful writing tips for authors who are new to the writing world - they're also excellent reminders for those of you who have been putting pen to paper for a while, too! Plus we'll be revealing our Member of the Month, Writer of the Month and a Project Spotlight - if you've got a member or a Project in mind that you think should be in the running for nomination next month, let us know!

This month on WEbook we've discovered some great new writers, become completely addicted to some fantastic Projects, and had a testing time trying to twig the twists hidden within the entries to our Twisted Tales Challenge. Don't forget to get your entries in for our August Challenge: Read it Well, which challenges you to write a story with a confession - be it good or bad...

Happy reading and as ever, happy writing!

The WEbook Team



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Writer of the Month

Writer of the Month

PennyPritchard

A member of WEbook since 2010, Penny has been nominated as August's Writer of the Month for adding almost 150 individual pieces of content to WEbook in this month alone. Check out her project series: Portals of Paradox.

Congratulations!

 
 
 

Words of the Month

 

HAMARTIA

A fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.

SCRIPTURIENT

Possessing a violent desire to write.

DERACINATE

To uproot from a natural geographical, social or cultural environment; to tear up by the roots.

 
 
Member of the Month

Member of the Month

grafiksad

Grafiksad has been selected as August's Member of the Month for his outstanding all-round contribution to WEbook. With 60+ pieces of feedback given to authors, among many other on-site activities, this is one dedicated WEbooker!

Congratulations!

 
 
WEbook's Top Writing Tips

WEbook's Top Writing Tips For New Authors (and older ones too!)

Whether you're just starting out as a writer, or you've been pounding those keys for so long you remember the good 'ol days of pen-and-ink, it's essential for your wor(l)dy progression to have a few fail-safe rules that you can fall back on.

We've collated our top-5 from the WEbook offices to get you started:

#1. Don't be afraid... Starting a story, whether it's your first or your 1,000th is a daunting task. If you've been inspired by a single scene, try beginning by turning this into a short story and then expand on it bit-by-bit. Even the best writers had to start somewhere!

#2. Plan, Plan, Plan - Yes, we know it sounds a bit too much like High School English class, but the teachers had a point. Planning is important. But, what's not important is to start your plan at the beginning. Plan the part of the story you want to write first, then add bits on as they come to you.

#3. Keep, don't delete! - It's very, very tempting to delete when you're not happy with your writing, but give your words a chance. A bit of time away from what you've written might help you see it from a more foregiving perspective during a re-read. 

#4. Learn from the best - Think about the authors whose writing you respect. Re-read how they approach different aspects of writing and try to imitate what they do. After a while you'll develop your own take on this style and before you know it you're a pro!

#5. Research is key - Nothing ruins a great narrative more than an unbelievable fact, an incorrect assumption or just a plain untruth. Don't jeopardise the atmosphere of your scene by neglecting to research your topic fully. 

 
 
Project Spotlight

Project Spotlight

We've collected some of our favourite projects from around WEbook to showcase in this month's Project Spotlight. Happy reading!

The Etiquette of Swinging: A Love Story

Juliana is a thirty-something woman who wants to explore outside of relationship norms. Together with her new partner, Andy, she enters the world of swinging. But how does one negotiate a new relationship when the 'rules' are so nebulous?

Innocent Vampire Gals

A woman runs a nightclub where unlawful activities are going on, with her getting a percentage of every transaction. Killed by a blackmailing vampire, she soon finds herself one of them, as well as a prime suspect in the vampire-killing of her absentee business partner’s ex-girlfriend.

Dark Sonata

It’s 1841. Labeled as the White Witch, cursed from her father’s sins, Lady Victoria Orpha Leslie lives in constant fear of her cold-hearted peers, a spoiled cousin, and an aggressive uncle, the Duke of Basingstoke. But there is something much darker and more evil to dread. On the night of a grand ball her life changes forever, with the appearance of the mysterious and devilishly handsome Earl of Stone. Fate is altered, in a very dangerous way. 

​Do you have a project that you think should be featured in our Project Spotlight for next month?

Let us know by emailing the WEbook team with your suggestions!

 
 
 
 
 

WEbook's Monthly Challenge

Beneath the humdrum and the day-to-day, secrets lie stuffed in the cracks of our psyche, niggling away at our sanity with the explosions that their revelations could cause...

In this month's challenge we want you to weave a confession into your story. 

Confessions take many forms. 

They can be won through torture, trickery and tact.

They can save, endanger or destroy. 

A confession can be the best thing that happens, or the worst possible turn of events. 


Whatever form your confession takes, be it a letter hidden amongst personal papers, a taped video recording watched by an audience of scammed investors, an emotional revelation between two friends, or information that could save the lives of millions, it must form the central point in your story. 

You have 850 words to craft your tale of confession - use them wisely...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The winner of WEbook's July Challenge: Twisted Tales is...

A Cautionary Tale by Veronica Frances

The following six are this month's runners up:

• On Safari by Keberly  •  Nuisances by LostV  •  
The Game, The Promise, and One Moment by lightningpastry  •
 The Look by Leo1  •  The Last Train by Sprayoncrayon  • 

 Congratulations to everyone who entered!

 
 
 
 
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The WEbook Store

WEbook is a publisher as well as a home for wonderful writers from around the world. Check out some of the titles we've published in our store and use the exclusive code NEWSLETTERAUG
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Things to do on WEbook

Get stuck in with some of the great writing tools available to you on WEbook:

 
  1. The 500 Words Challenge
  2. Pitch a Plot
  3. Start or join a group
  4. Start a project
  5. Submit to an agent
  6. Submit to Page2Fame
  7. Unblock your writing with 911 Writers Block
  8. Top Ten Topics for Writers
 
 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

The WEbook Newsletter - June / July 2015

 
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Dear WEbook,

Welcome to your June newsletter, a roundup of news and events from around the site and a celebration of our fantastic writing community. 

This month we've nominated two members to feature as our Member of the Month and Writer of the Month. The WEbook staff select the nominations for these positions from among members who have made a stand-out contribution to the site, but we're always open to suggestions. If you know of a member who should be highlighted for their contribution to the community - this can include things such as personal progress in their writing, an innovative story idea, or for just generally being an all-round excellent person - let us know.  

In this month's newsletter we're highlighting a few projects that you can get involved with on WEbook, plus some of our favourite projects written by WEbook members.

We will also be giving a few tips on how to convincingly and effectively add plot twists into your stories - a great help to everyone entering our July Challenge, Twisted Tales!

We've been teasing you with vague hints about some exciting updates to WEbook... We're still working hard on them, but we're not quite ready to roll them out just yet, so keep your eyes peeled and prepare yourselves for some serious WOW factor.

Until next month WEbookers,

Happy writing,

The WEbook Team

 
 
 

Member of the Month

Our Member of the Month for June is grafiksad. Not only has grafiksad been crowned winner of May's Monthly Challenge, but he has also provided over 100 pieces of feedback on the site this month! Excellent work!

 
 
 

Writer of the Month

Our Writer of the Month for June is Green_Regol. A member since 2009, Green_Regol has been actively adding to her ongoing poetry project, Of What is Red this month, with over 40 updates. Great going!

 
 

Write, write, write...

Here are few projects you can get involved with too

 
 
 
500 Words
 

The 500 Words Challenge

Add your own chapter to this project and top it up by 500-words every day! This is an open-ended challenge, but you should aim to be adding to your chapter in 500-word chunks for 30 days. This will get you to 15,000 words in a month. If you stay dedicated to the cause, that is ... 

 
 
The July Challenge: Twisted Tales
 

The July Challenge

This month we want you to show us how well you can convincingly twist a narrative on its head by adding a plot twist to your submission... Entry is open until August 1st!

 
 
Pitch a Plot
 

Pitch a Plot to the Community

Have an idea for a plot, but want some advice on how to make it better? Why not ask the community what they think?

 

 
 

Read, read, read...

Discover some of the best projects on WEbook

 
 

Solomon Fierce

Sprayoncrayon

When Solomon Fierce retired early as a "ghost hunter" he swore he would never accept the supernatural again.

After all, he had been running a con on each of his clients.  But when a mysterious envelope arrives with an offer he can't resist, Fierce dons his con man mantle once again. Pretty soon, things go awry and Solomon begins to suspect that his past is catching up with him...

Read More

 

 
New Age Light

The Golden Illusion

RJUrquheart

Ruairi MacBeth is a conjurer who stumbles on a 4,000 year old illusion.

After finding a reference to the Golden Illusion amongst some papers, Ruairi begins to uncover a fiercely protected secret. His search leads him to a mysterious Elizabethan sect, The Family of Love, but he is thwarted in his quest by the secret's custodians. The search for the truth will cost Ruairi more than he could possibly guess...

Read More

 

 

Out of the Empty

LizbethRose

How can you save the world when you don't even know what you are?

Darcy Fidelma has lived a comfortable life as a serving maid for eighteen years. But when she goes to serve her master at the High King Conellan's Registries, a compulsory branding of all those of a magical, half-breed race, her world changes forever. Hunted, feared and hated, Darcy will set out across the Five Kingdoms, armed with only a cat and an elf, to figure out who, and what, she is.

Read More

 
 

Twists and Turns

Some tips on using plot twists ...

 
 
 

The most obvious, and commonly used method of adding a twist to your story is to employ an unreliable narrator.

Although this is a great way to lure your readers into a false sense of security, it can be difficult for new authors to achieve the level of precision needed to make this approach effective. When starting out, there are a few other methods you can employ to achieve a similar impact for your readers. This will help you to gain confidence in your writing style, and allow you to build up to using more high-impact tools when planning and writing your novel or short story. 

 
 

Preparation

  1. A Purpose in your Narrative is Essential
    Avoid making your plot twist so dramatic that you lose the original story. Remember that your reader is invested in the story you have constructed for them. By scrapping the original narrative in a twist you'll alienate them, and their belief in the story will diminish to the point of failure.
     
  2. Twist the Right Way
    Timing is as important as the twist itself. It's traditional to place this at the end of a story, or at its climatic peak, but they can also work well in the middle of a narrative. Remember, it's important to respect your reader, so avoid throwing everything in the air on the last page with no logical explanation.
     
  3. Avoid Trickery 
    Don't insult your reader; remember this rule. You want your reader's emotional investment in your story to be worthwhile to them as well as you. A successful twist always deepens the story, it doesn't play the reader for a fool. You're pulling the wool over their eyes, not the rug from beneath their feet. 
 
 

Execution

  1. Eliminate the Obvious
    Plan your climax meticulously. Think about all of the possible 'what if's' that could ruin your twist. Eliminate them. Now, think about some more. Eliminate those too. Nobody should guess what you're up to - not even your MC.
    Tip: Make a visual chart to strengthen your twist's construction and development.
     
  2. Write Two Stories - Not One
    A twist is about deception. First, plan the real story. Then, plan the story you want your reader to believe. Weave them together and you're ready to start on the next element, planting clues.
     
  3. Clues...?
    Drop a few whispers. Obscurity is the key to success, and hopefully a forehead slap or two. 
     
  4. Red Herrings
    A clue isn't always as helpful as it seems. Drop a few false clues throughout your story to distract your reader's attention. The more convincing these are, the greater the impact of the final reveal, because the reader will have been looking under the bed when you're hiding in the wardrobe.
 

On the Blog

Read our interview with the winner of WEbook's June Challenge, First Line Imitations. Grafiksad's brilliantly wacky entry, Alexandra Penworthy, beat off some seriously strong competition to be crowned your winner! READ IT HERE

 
 

In the Store

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