I’m often asked: how do you write so much; how have you managed to publish so many books; how do you do what you do?
The answer is: it starts with a timeline and a plan to get there. And not procrastinating about what I want to do.
Today is May 21 – a cold, snowy Tuesday that shouldn’t be happening weather-wise, at least in my world. My latest book arrived from the printer. I love the …
It’s Memorial Day … most plan a day of yard work, picnics, BBQ and hanging out with family and friends. Take a moment and give thanks and honor the men and women who have died for our country. Over 1.1 million have given their lives since the American Revolution—a staggering number!
Not a week goes by that I don’t get a variety of “How do I do it?” questions that pertain to either writing, publishing or book marketing. Whew. None are one sentence responses.
If it’s about writing, it may be: How can I make a living writing? Do you know who pays for freelancers?
For authors and authors-to-be, it could be: I want to be in this for the long haul. How do I get started? How …
Reading and Writing are joined at the hip. I’m often asked how do I get so much pumped out each week with blogs, communications about ongoing events, the variety of books I work of with clients … and working on my own book.
First, I write a lot. And I read. And I watch TV and movies. All are factors in what I create and publish. Below are nine of my personal tips:
Read. I read …
Leave it to Mark Twain to remind us, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”
One of the most common snafus I come across in editing a manuscript is the confusion of same sounding words. Partly from, auto-corrections, dictation of copy and just not knowing the correct spelling.
All authors stumble here—yes, ALL. Oh, you’ve spelled the word correctly … BUT, is it the right word with the right meaning? …
November Delivers National Novel Writing Month!
Using the abbreviation and hashtag, NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month challenges participants to write 50,000 words (their minimum number of words for a novel) from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing and keep them motivated throughout the process. For many … it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or nonfiction. It’s a goal … get the draft done … just …
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The Stages of Writing and Creating Your Manuscript
1. Write 50 to 100 words. Congrats … that’s a PARAGRAPH.
2. Next, string 225 to 250 words … that’s a PAGE.
3. Depending on your chapter length—remember, I’m a fan of “short is the new black”, create anywhere from 1,000 words to 2,000 words … that’s a CHAPTER.
4. You are on a roll. Now, expand your creativity. How many chapters to you think are needed to deliver your story …