Harperpages

The blog of author Harper Alexander


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The Creative Writer’s Handybook

Well, you might as well know, because it’s going to be published soon anyway – I’ve been working on a secret project, guys. Aside from the usual long list of fantasy/YA/dystopian/adventure novels I’m (supposed to be) working on, I’ve been putting together something of a different nature. Something NON-FICTION. We’re talking about a helpful handbook for creative writers!

It’s something that’s been on my mind as a vague project for quite some time, and recently I got inspired to start working on it, only to have it unfold double-time and produce itself with unexpectedly swift vigor. Who knew I had so much to say, and that it would be so much fun! I’m looking to release it next month. Some features of this handbook (which I have dubbed a ‘handybook’) include:

Writing prompts

Tips for Writer’s Block

Pep Talks

Gesture/Emotion Guides

Alternative Words for ‘Said’

Story-Crafting Advice

Quotes and Inspiration

Useful Publishing Links and Resources

A story by yours truly,  based on one of the writing prompts in the book

And more!

I’ve compiled it based on a mix of relevant blog posts I’ve already written on the subjects of creative writing and self-publishing, as well as new material I’ve put together based on things I’ve learned from others during my journey as an indie author. Lots of great stuff (if I found it helpful, I can only assume someone else might, too!) no matter what stage of the process you’re in, with a healthy dose of humor and of course the extra bonus of one of my short stories included at the end.

I’m really excited to share this project with you all! I plan to keep it on hand and continue to reference it to aide my writing process as well. Here’s a preview:

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Weekly Writing Prompt

This week’s writing prompt shall be…

Lined Paper Template

Feel free to post any resulting works in the comments. You may even get featured!

(This writing prompt is an original line by yours truly. I own the copyright, but grant anyone the right to use it as a starting point for their version of a correlating story. If you end up publishing anything that starts with/includes this line, or was inspired by it, it would be a good idea to go ahead and mention it was a writing prompt found at http://www.harperpages.wordpress.com, and published with permission!)


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Writing-Prompt PTuesday (Like Pterodactyl)

Pterodactyls really have nothing to do with anything (except I discovered I actually knew how to spell it when someone pop-quizzed me the other day – proud moment), but there’s nothing catchy about ‘Writing-Prompt Tuesday’ without getting creative with dressing it up, so there you go.

Today’s writing prompt shall be…

Lined Paper Template

(This writing prompt is an original line by yours truly. I own the copyright, but grant anyone the right to use it as a starting point for their version of a correlating story. If you end up publishing anything that starts with/includes this line, or was inspired by it, it would be a good idea to go ahead and mention it was a writing prompt found at http://www.harperpages.wordpress.com, and published with permission!)


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3D Book Cover Mock-Ups

Hey all you writers out there – have you ever considered 3D mock-ups of your covers? I just started doing them! If you’re any kind of a Photoshop designer, you can probably figure out how to do this yourself, but if you’d like one done and don’t have the means, I’ve added this to my design repertoire as a cheap $5 service. Details below!

Example images:

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Want to bring your e-book and its promotional material to life? Send me the image and I’ll render it into a 3D mock-up for you! I will send you both the 3D rendering by itself, as well as a collage that displays the 3D version with the original (as shown in examples above). I will deliver both files in .JPEG format, along with a .PNG of the mock-up with a transparent background for you to paste wherever you like. (For the spine, unless you specify a desired color, I will use either black, white or gray, depending on which works best with your cover, or colors/imagery from the cover itself if that works better for blending. Your title and author name will also appear on the spine, though I can’t promise to always match fonts. If I can’t match your font(s), I will use something that goes well with them.) Simply send $5 via Paypal and your cover image to: harperpages@yahoo.com, and I’ll deliver your order shortly! (If you like, feel free to include the names of the font(s) used on your cover, if you know them, and that will make it easier for me to try to match them.)

(The cover image I used for the examples is one I did for a friend (since I make covers themselves as well); check her out here: pageweaving.wordpress.com. And if you’re ever interested in cover work for your own books, check out my ‘I Do Book Covers’ page and shoot me an email!)


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The Literary Labyrinth

It’s true. Every time I put a book’s worth of words behind me, as good as 50,000 twists and turns through said labyrinth, there’s a whole new world just waiting to be traipsed through. Every time, I somehow think that 50,000-100,000 twists and turns will surely get me closer to winding my way out, but I’m quite positive at this point that I’m only getting in deeper and deeper.

Time for another 50,000 twists and turns through the Labyrinth :).