Welcome to First Manuscript!
This website is a resource for creative writers with tips and advice for improving your writing skills and mastering the art of storytelling.
Whether you’re working on your first manuscript or your tenth, hopefully you’ll find new ideas or fresh insights to help you take your work to new levels.
I took a test drive on Google Plus, thinking it would be fun to get a sneak-peek at what I thought was pre-beta software. Instead, I found a rather robust social platform.
My initial attraction was G+’s circles which addressed my deep concerns about the privacy of personal information. Now, I find this is where I spend almost all of my social networking time.
I recognize five bloggers who stand apart from the crowd with their creative posts and personal style with Stylish Blogger Awards.
You fuss over the appearance of your blog and the words in your articles, but are your posts search engine friendly? Here’s how to make them shine.
In her debut novel, In Leah’s Wake, Terri Giuliano Long explores the aftermath created when a teenage soccer star falls for a party-loving boy with a drug-dealing past.
You compose posts that are interesting and informative. You want people to read and share them. But have taken time to make your posts Facebook friendly?
Being a newbie author, I needed all types of special assistance. To my surprise, I found nearly everyone I asked willing to help, even the FBI.
Terri Giuliano Long, author of In Leah’s Wake, shares her experiences in writing and self-publishing her debut novel. She offers insight and recommendations for other authors considering self-publishing.
Do book trailers actually affect book buying decisions? Help me decide by completing my poll and adding your comments.
I experimented with a number of plot development tools and techniques, but none of them worked well for me. So I created my own using a spreadsheet. I call it Scenes in Swimlanes.
Taglines or catch phrases make it easy for readers to remember a character. When they are done right, even years later, we recall the character with clarity.
I decided to enter a writing competition. All I needed to do was send my first fifty pages along with a "highly polished" one-page synopsis. I thought: No problem. I just need to spiff up my first fifty pages and dash off a quick one-page summary. I can do that over...
When I started this blog, I decided to remain anonymous, signing all my posts as Newbie Author. I worried that, since I planned to blog about mistakes made while writing my first novel, I thought it might hurt later efforts to attract agents and publishers. I've...
Successful authors share the same skin type. Do you have what it takes?
Six steps to take before launching a writing session that will prevent writer’s block and significantly improve your productivity.
When I find myself sitting staring at the display, or pressing the backspace key in equal proportion to other keys, I’ve often found my block is due to the lack of clarity in the scene I am attempting to describe – or, sometimes it’s because my gut is telling me my approach to the scene isn’t right.
Here is how to break through.
I was sure that till meant breaking up dirt; that until meant “up to the time of”; and, when people shortened until in speech, you wrote it as ’til – or maybe just til. But, after a little research, I learned I had it wrong.
In order to compose a page-turner, you’ve got to leave the reader hanging. Here are some tips for doing it well.