Frequently Asked Questions pages too often are a crutch for shoe-horning information into a site. They tend to be either questions not frequently asked, or contain vital information that should be elsewhere. It’s time to re-think everything about FAQs.
When you’re first draft is complete, it’s time for editing, re-writes and revisions. Start big: major plot blocks, stages of your character’s arc, staying on theme. Then, spend time on detailed elements liking character voice, setting description and your narrative voice.
What I expect to see in 2010: smaller SME websites, IE9 & 10 won’t support HTML 5, Twitter will be full of crap, e-mail marketing will make a comeback, small publishers will do well while the Big Boys suffer and midlist writers will find their work in digital formats.
Following best practices helps improve the quality of your project, whether your a writer or Web professional. But which best practices do you follow and at what level of detail? Not enough and your project suffers; too much and it becomes a time-sink eating up effort your could spend on other projects. Know when to draw the line.
In part one, I described how to begin outlining a novel. To summarize, create a grid describing characters, plot and setting and add in everything you can think of. Have a character that fascinates you but not sure what role she’ll play? Put her in. A subway fight, but don’t know who’s fighting or why? […]
I used to hate outlining, even though I know I’ve spent too much time on revisions or working on first drafts I eventually abandon. So, I gave it a dry, developing a hybrid method that worked well for me, and I am now hooked. In this two part post, I describe how to outline a novel.
Too many sites lack a Content Manager—someone with editorial responsibility and control for the entire site. Without this role, sites segment into information ghettos, with inconsistent and contradictory formatting, information and spelling. Like a store that doesn’t bother to sweep its floors, it sends a damaging message.
In the year-plus I’ve been on Twitter, I’ve followed and then unfollowed a number of people for two main reasons: Found what they said uninteresting They so often that they dominated the feed In almost all cases, both reasons applied to the same tweeter. This got me thinking about Twitter etiquette, especially if you use […]
As I decided what each character would be wearing, the more I learned about them. And, I came to realize, I’d missed opportunities to give them added dimensions with only a few extra words.