Writermore Journals, WM Journals, and Miranda Primm are happy to announce a new line of journals designed for the hunters of ghost and other paranormal oddities.
Each ghost hunting journals comes with a guide to ghost hunting basics, tips for hunting the paranormal, explanations of methods and terms, a glossary, and an blank index for you to track your favorite entries. Every ghost hunting journal includes structured pages to document your sitings. Each documentation page provides space for dates, times, type of paranormal encounter, your experience, and important notes on the event. There is even space to attach a picture, if you are lucky enough to capture your ghostly sitings on film.
These ghost hunting journals are perfect for logging each of your paranormal encounters in a concise and detail way. They also make ideal gifts for the the ghosting enthusiast in your life.
Check out our first two ghost hunting journals: Ghost Spotter's Journal and Ghost Hunting Journal.
Most people equate writing a book with writing a novel, which is a fiction story but this is not the case today as there is a very big market for non-fiction books as well. Cookbooks, how-to books, motivational books and biographies are all examples of non-fiction books that sell very well and are often self-published. In order to get a book published by mainstream press that is non-fiction, you have to have a well known name or a very unique idea. You also need to be extremely lucky as there is heavy competition in the mainstream press for authors, especially those unknown.
Fiction books tell a story and have a conflict and resolution. Non-fiction books do not follow along the same lines. There is no conflict in writing a cookbook, for example. If you are writing a non-fiction book, you need to do heavy research and be very well versed on the topic of which you are writing. You should also have an angle to your book that makes it unique from others. Motivational books are a good example as there are many of them on the market at the moment. However, the question is, what can you do to make your book different? One example of a different type of motivational book is the Law of Attraction series of books. This took an old idea, put a new spin on it and created a series of very successful motivational books.
Biographies do not always have to be about famous people. You can write a biography about anyone who has led an extraordinary life or influenced many people. Cleverly crafted biographies about ordinary people who prove to be inspirational to others are very popular today. You will of course need to have permission from the person about whom you are writing or their estate in order to write a good biography. There have been unauthorized biographies that have made a sensation, but still required the person to do a lot of research on the subject, although they are not given the same amount of respect as biographies that are done with the consent of the author. You also risk running into a lawsuit, such as is the case with Kitty Kelley who wrote a slew of unauthorized biographies about famous people and ended up being sued by the late Frank Sinatra.
Cookbooks are very popular, especially when it comes to self-published books. Your cookbook needs to have something different, a unique angle, in order to sell. Why would anyone buy your book of French recipes when they can get the same from Julia Child’s cookbooks? One way to make yours unique is to add a bit of the French countryside and perhaps some fiction in with the recipes. This will prove to be entertaining to the reader as well as informational. If you are going to write a novel, then you will need to prepare your outline. Your novel should be of a genre that you like and most of all, something that you would buy yourself if it was available in the bookstore. You can put a lot of creative passion in your novel and turn it into something that will stand out. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction is up to you. If you have a lot of creative energy and can make up plots and characters in your head, fiction writing may be for you. If you consider yourself an expert in a certain field, non-fiction writing may be better.
Writermore Publishing is proud to present a new line of workbooks designed for creative writers. The Bucket Words Writing Prompt Workbook series was crafted to help writers overcome ruts and writer's block. The first book in the series is Three Little Words and a Challenge. This workbook provides three word writing prompts to help kick your imagination into gear. The workbook also includes a fourth challenge word that is a little more complex to be entered into your story. There is ample space to write your flash/short story along with extra writing space at the back of the book for those tales that take on a life of their own.
While Three Little Words and A Challenge is the first of the series, Writermore Publishing will be introducing more writing prompt workbooks soon. We will also be introducing writing prompt companion books companion e-books to help boost your imagination.
You are going to have to do some research in order to make your book seem more authentic. Even if you are writing an autobiography you still have to go back in your mind to research incidents that happened and most likely look up dates and names. Nothing is worse than writing a book where you get facts, dates and other information wrong.
Local Libraries and Websites
It is a good idea to research different types of books that have been successful in the genre that you have chosen for your book. When you are performing research, you can use your local library as well as the internet. If you are writing fiction, you will need to research even more. For example, if you are writing a murder mystery, you need to know police procedures as well as how murderers are caught. You can discover this information by taking a look at books in your local library. Some authors go as far as to take a class in something that they want to learn about at a community college, so that they can be better prepared for their book. Do not however let your time be taken up solely with research. Many writers enjoy research so much that they neglect to write their book and this is something that you do not want to do. Research your book so that you have the right information for your story but not so much that you end up writing a thesis. One way to research what you are writing is to do the research after you have finished the first draft of your book or research as you are writing. The internet makes it easier to do research now more than ever as you can get most of the information that you need to research your book if you go online.
It is also a good idea to research the characters in your book, even if they are fictional. Discover some information about personality traits of people as a good writer is very much in tune with psychology and the way that people think. In fact, if you want to get in touch with the characters that you create, you can do so by learning a little about psychology. Creative writers are often advised to take a class so that they can get in touch with the way that people think and react to certain situations. By learning how others think, you will be able to bring more to the book than your own perception of how to react in a certain situation. This will also help you with dialog as realistic dialog is very important when writing a book. If you understand how and why people react in a certain way and speak in certain terms, you can give your characters more depth.
Writing Courses and Groups
In addition to researching your characters and plot, you should also make sure that you do some research on what makes a good book. You can take a writing course or even join a writing group. The more input that you get from other writers and the more information that you share, the better your book will be. There are also conferences that you can attend for writers, as well as workshops. You can make these all part of your writing research as, in addition to researching your book, you should also research the components that make up a good book. A good book has the following:
- Three dimensional, believable characters
- A conflict
- A climax
- A resolution to the conflict
You need to have some sort of conflict in the book that is presented right from the start and which must be resolved by the ending of the book. This does not mean that your book has to have a happy ending, but you cannot leave anything hanging out there that remains unsolved. You also want to craft your book so that it reaches a climax, which builds up throughout.
Points of View
Another thing that you need to determine is which point of view you want to use to write the book. You can choose first person narrative, which is an easier style to write but is limited to the thoughts and actions of the main character or narrator of the story. You can write first person observant which tells the story from the point of view of another character who is observing the action. You can choose third person and still write from the point of view of the main protagonist. When you are writing from the third person, you can also delve into the point of view from other characters in the book. Of all styles of writing, third person omniscient, which sees into the heads of all the characters, is the most difficult to write. Take a look at books that you like to read and see which writing style will best fit as the point of view that you write from can make or break your book. For example, the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were a flop at first, until he changed the point of view coming from Dr. Watson, which was first person observant.
Past or Present Tense?
In addition to point of view, you also need to decide if you are writing in the past or present tense. Most books are written in the past tense, although you may want to take a look at “Presumed Innocent” by Scott Turow to see an example of first person narrative in the present tense. Writing in this way is more difficult, but lends more action to the book. Do your research by studying other books and your own writing style to see which point of view and tense you wish to use. First person narrative, which is also called prose writing, is the easiest, but has limitations. Third person omniscient is the most difficult, but opens up the thoughts and feelings of other characters in the book. This type of research should be done before you start your book, but can be changed if you find that it is not working for you and how you want to tell the story.
While you may like free-form writing, which is writing without doing any sort of outline, you should still have an idea of the ending of the book in mind. When you are writing fiction, characters tend to come to life as you write and your ending may change as you rewrite, so it is important to be flexible. If you prefer free-form writing, then just start writing and the ideas will start to flow. You can rework characters and plots as you move on in your book. Everyone has a different style when it comes to writing books. Over-thinking the book and too much planning can bog you down and keep you from writing. Too little thought can keep your book from reaching a conclusion. It takes a lot of creativity as well as some structure in order to write a successful book that people will want to read. You should read books in the genre that you are interested in so that you get the feel for this type of writing and in addition, reading is a good way to improve your writing skills.
There are many different genres available in both fiction and non-fiction so before you start your book, have a plan of what it will be about and the genre it will fill. You will need to have a specific genre when you are writing a book so that you will be able to market it properly. Some books will cross genre lines - such as paranormal and romance and some books will fit neatly into a specific genre. It should be clear to the reader what the book is about so that they will be interested in what you have written enough to buy the book. Most readers have types of books that they like to read and tend to stick with one or two genres. If you are writing a non-fiction book, you need to make your book stand out among the rest in a way that will set it apart from other books of the same genre. If you are writing an Italian Cookbook, for example, how do you make it stand out from the other Italian cookbooks that are on the market already?
Once you find your genre and know what you are writing about, you should start to think of marketing your book. You will need to do this in such a way that it will be set apart from other books of its kind and entice readers to buy it. After you have figured out what you are going to write about and what will make your book stand out among others, you can then start to outline your book by writing down a synopsis of it and the point that you are trying to make. Good books carry a message; make sure that your book has a message to the readers that they can take with them at the end.