Announcing My New Column at How to Write Shop

howtowriteshop.comThis month I started writing a new series of articles for a website called the How To Write Shop. This new website launched a few months ago and is designed to help aspiring writers learn how to write.

In addition to the strong emphasis on fiction from professional authors like Lori Devoti and Alex Bledsoe, I will be popping in on a monthly basis to help provide advice related to areas in non-fiction and marketing. This month, I ask a pointed question to kick things off. Why Are You Writing and Publishing Online?

Most people and businesses have no idea why they’re online; they know that it’s important, but they don’t have that other piece to the puzzle so they often wing it. Questions to ask yourself might be: Are you informing or entertaining? Are you giving people the chance to act? Trying to attract more readers? If so, why? Build awareness? Do you want to rank for keywords using search engine optimization (SEO)? To sell books? What? — SOURCE: Why Are You Writing and Publishing Online?

This article clearly outlines my take on writing for the web. The short version? Have a plan! For more information, be sure to check out my article this month or take a peek at some of the other articles on the site. Until next time, write thee well!

Monica Valentinelli is an author, artist, and narrative designer who writes about magic, mystery, and mayhem. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

Looking for Monica’s books and games that are still in print? Visit Monica Valentinelli on Amazon’s Author Central or a bookstore near you.

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