Here are some well-written and insightful books about the writing craft. If you have the time and energy, you may want to consider reading them.
Your mental health is a crucial part of your overall health. In recent years, depression rates have risen like never before. Today, statistics show that one in five Americans is suffering from depression. Keep in mind that depression is not just a bad mood. People suffering from depression can’t feel better in a few minutes or hours. Depression is a mental issue that should be treated with compassion. People experiencing major levels of depression should seek professional help. Different types of medications and therapy work for different people. The symptoms of depression are not experienced similarly among men women and children. For instance, men usually feel angry, anxious, hopeless and sad. They might drink excessively, engage in dangerous activities and fail to complete their tasks. Other symptoms include low sex drive, insomnia, excessive sleep, and fatigue. Sometimes traveling and changing places help to overcome boredom, but when it comes to a feeling of complete loss and confusion, travels in this case will not be the best option. And it is much better to spend extra time in a warm company of friends and family. Women suffering from depression usually think and talk slowly, withdraw from social settings, feel sad, anxious or hopeless. Headaches, pain, fatigue and increased cramps are common symptoms. Children will cry, get into trouble, think of committing suicide, sleep too much or fail to sleep at all, lose or gain weight and fail in school due to difficulty in concentrating. Psychotherapy is a common type of medication that has helped millions of people suffering from depression uncover the problems that contribute to depression and identifying destructive thinking that makes them feel hopeless. Creativity is also one of the best ways to recover from depression. Creativity enables you to manage your emotions effectively. You don’t have to be… read more →
It’s no secret that writing a book is a monumental achievement for a reason. Beyond a deep understanding of story and writing mechanics, the sheer willpower that you need to craft a satisfying book is definitely non-negligible. That said, you needn’t go at it alone: a ton of useful resources exist on the Internet precisely to assist you in finishing your book. Almond Press already covers many of the traditional must-need resources in some excellent posts (here’s an extensive catalog of writing competitions, for instance, and a great self-publishing guide)! So this post will dive into some modern apps that can really boost your writing experience. Without further ado, these are 5 tools that should go into every author’s toolkit. Scrivener While Microsoft Word is a perfectly serviceable word processor for most people, it’s not actually ideal for writers. And that’s for a pretty simple reason: Word (and the entire Microsoft Suite, as a matter of fact) was built for businessmen. In other words, people who needed a quick and dirty platform to write memos and reports. So Word works perfectly for a certain subset of the population. For writers, though, Word is a bit of a clunky nightmare. What are all of these unnecessary buttons, for instance, and why do they exist? Why is the Table of Contents feature so hard to use when all you want to do is format this nonfiction book perfectly? And that’s not even to mention the total absence of professional typesetting options that Word offers to format a beautiful book. But don’t fret too much! Into this vacuum stepped a few great options for writers. Scrivener is a pretty popular app that was built specifically for authors — it combines outlining, writing, and researching into one powerful platform. That said, it costs a… read more →
Transcript Have you ever tried to picture an ideal world? One without war, poverty, or crime? If so, you’re not alone. Plato imagined an enlightened republic ruled by philosopher kings, many religions promise bliss in the afterlife and throughout history, various groups have tried to build paradise on Earth. Thomas More’s 1516 book “Utopia” gave this concept a name, Greek for “no place.” Though the name suggested impossibility, modern scientific and political progress raised hopes of these dreams finally becoming reality. But time and time again, they instead turned into nightmares of war, famine, and oppression. And as artists began to question utopian thinking, the genre of dystopia, the not good place, was born. One of the earliest dystopian works is Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels.” Throughout his journey, Gulliver encounters fictional societies, some of which at first seem impressive, but turn out to be seriously flawed. On the flying island of Laputa, scientists and social planners pursue extravagant and useless schemes while neglecting the practical needs of the people below. And the Houyhnhnm who live in perfectly logical harmony have no tolerance for the imperfections of actual human beings. With his novel, Swift established a blueprint for dystopia, imagining a world where certain trends in contemporary society are taken to extremes, exposing their underlying flaws. And the next few centuries would provide plenty of material. Industrial technology that promised to free laborers imprisoned them in slums and factories, instead, while tycoons grew richer than kings. By the late 1800’s, many feared where such conditions might lead. H. G. Wells’s “The Time Machine” imagined upper classes and workers evolving into separate species, while Jack London’s “The Iron Heel” portrayed a tyrannical oligarchy ruling over impoverished masses. The new century brought more exciting and terrifying changes. Medical advances made it possible to… read more →
Everyone knows to “use” social trying to cover all the bases. So where do you begin as an author or small publisher looking to make your mark in a clustered book world? Know what they’re good for. Each platform serves a useful and largely individual purpose in terms of promotion and engaging people with what you do. Here’s a brief, basic run through of some: Twitter: Bitesize updates, good for socialising and interacting directly with people. Facebook: Good for slightly longer statuses and more concentrated discussion. Instagram: Visual. Got a book? Post it in well-crafted pictures. Got a dog? Definitely post pictures of them. Youtube: For videos. Regularity can work well here: weekly, fornightly, monthly updates. With vloggers, you need to make sure these are of a fairly high quality to compete. Blog: WordPress, Blogspot or your website are all great places to write longform pieces about topics that are relevant to or interest you, if you’re going for straight up blogging. Or… Tumblr: Can be used for blogging but also a GIF-kingdom. Full of fandoms, and offers a little more freedom than other blogging platforms, and a readymade community. Pinterest: Where you ‘pin’ images, links and more that you like in collections for people to view and pin again. Perfect for moodboards. Linkedin: CV. It’s good for professional networking and snooping people who work for companies that you’re looking to perhaps get in touch with. Snapchat: Temporary photos and videos sent to followers’ phones. Create stories. Periscope: Live streaming, can be integrated into other platforms like Twitter easily. Reddit: A massive community that covers anything and everything. You share things and comment, upvote and downvote. You need to get to grips with subreddits, though we’d assume you’re looking for /r/write. Emails: It’s often forgotten, but setting up a mailing… read more →
There’s a lot of things that can stop you writing. Sometimes it’s real life, which can’t usually be helped; if the cat decides to spill a glass of water on your laptop, that does put a crimp in your ability to type. But sometimes the show-stoppers are either in your head, or in your writing. Here’s five things that your head might be telling you, and some suggestions to overcome them. I’m not good enough. That brilliant writer that you want to be like? The one with best-selling novels? Or even just the last piece you read on Tumblr, the snippet of something on Facebook? You’re thinking that you’re not as good as them, you can’t do it, what’s the point of trying… Stop for a moment, and consider how long they’ve likely been writing. How long have they had to practise, and to hone their craft? Writing is a skill like any other; it can be learned and it can be improved. How many drafts and tears and moments of doubt has that best-selling novel gone through? How many edits and revisions? You aren’t that good. Not yet. But you won’t ever be that good unless you start practising. Try. Experiment. Play. And practise, practise, practise. Everyone’s going to hate it Ugh, the invisible audience. I think this is possibly the voice that I hate most; the feeling that whatever you do, someone is going to criticise – and it’s usually yourself! I’ve got a couple of ways round this. Write for yourself. Yell back at the voices; pretend no-one else will ever see it, that it’s only for you. Or, if you’re the most critical, write for a friend who’ll forgive the errors and just wants to read your story. Things like #2BitTues and #1LineWed on Twitter; they’re… read more →
It has been an extremely exciting few months here at Almond Press. We would like to the announce shortlist for the Apocalypse Chronicles short story competition. See the winning authors here