Writer’s Tip of the Week.

Hint of the week for writers. I’ve mentioned before that I often write the last chapter first. (I will eventually rewrite it for the final version.) This helps me stay on course for the whole book. And there is another thing I do that one would not normally be consider as an aid. Since I have all of my novels both in eBook form, and as paper backs, I often will prepare the COVER before I get too far into the book.

There are many sources on the Internet of free pictures. (DO NOT use a copyrighted picture! You don’t want anyone stealing your writing, and that goes for photographers also. Honor their copyright.) That being said, I repeat, there are many sources of free pictures that you can use that capture the “feeling” you want your novel to portray. I can’t emphasize strongly enough that your cover is the reader’s first impression of what is inside the book. So make the cover something that tells the reader, “This is a mystery” or “This is romance” or whatever you want to imply.

Now, I am proficient at using Photoshop so I always build my covers myself. But even if you can’t do that, if you just keep the cover photo you choose in your writing file and take a look at it before you begin the next chapter, it will give you some inspiration to get the right feeling on paper (or your word processor).

Yes, it’s a little thing, but it is the little hints that I have picked up from successful writers that keep me scribbling. Good luck with your writing. Keep doing it!

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About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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