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Monday, February 25, 2013

What You Need To Know To Be An Author

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Arsene Moyes, Guest Author

There is a book in all of us. While some of us would easily have the motivation of starting their book, some people would need to get a kick up their behind to push them to follow their dream of being an author.

writersnotesBeing an author is one of the most acclaimed accomplishments one could claim to be in life. This is because being an author is not easy. Writing a book is not easy. Anyone who tells you that it is easy is lying. I am here to dispel a few myths that many people have about being an author.

1. It is Not Easy. I am mentioning this again because it will take you a long time and you will be very frustrated at times. It is difficult to write a few thousand words without being frustrated. There is a long process ahead of you – writing, editing, proofreading, design and what not. It is not easy at all.

2. Discipline is the Key to Success. Like any endeavor in life, you need to be disciplined in order to write a book. You need to set up a plan to write. When I wrote my first book, it took me 2 and a half months to prepare the outline for the book and another 3 months to write finish the book. During this period, I was frustrated so many times because it seems like I wasn’t sure where this book would be heading.

3. Just Put Out What You Want. When writing, it is important that you stop judging what you write. It is very easy to write a little and then judge what you have written. But if you were to do so, your book would never be finished. Write everything you set out to write. Only start judging when it’s time to do so. This would be during the editing period. Put everything out first. Be in a state of non-judgemental.

4. Take it One Step at a Time. Write fast but don’t focus too much on the end result. If you are constantly looking at the end result, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work which you still have to do. It has freaked me out before and I am sure that it will freak out any aspiring authors. That’s why writing a book is not easy. Take it one step at a time. Do a few small things first.

5. Just Start. I have mentioned about doing small things first. Take the first few small steps now. It may be simply creating a brief outline of your book or brainstorming on ideas that you want your book to incorporate. May it as easy as possible. Do the easy tasks first. Don’t look for perfection, look for movement.

6. This is The Best Time In History To Be An Author. There has never been a better time to be an author. The publishing world is changing rapidly and anyone (YES, ANYONE) can be an author. With the advent of self-publishing tools online, you can easily publish a book.

Copyright © 2013 Arsene Moyes. Arsene helps people produce their books with ease. His website appears to be down. If you know how to reach Arsene Moyes, please let me know. I would love to give him proper credit.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

6 Things To Learn from Hemingway

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Rachelle Gardner, Guest Author

Over the last year or so, I’ve been re-reading some Ernest Hemingway. The more I read, and the more I learn about his approach to writing and his work habits, the more I’m in awe of his genius. I’ve come to see him as a remarkable example that serious writers would do well to study and emulate.

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Setting aside the depression, the personal demons that drove him, and the drinking he used to cope, Hemingway stands as a master of the craft with a great deal to teach us. Here are a few valuable things I’ve identified:

1. He read the masters and studied them obsessively. His teachers were Homer, Dante, Flaubert, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and countless other exceptional writers.

2. He was friends with writers and discussed writing, art, and literature incessantly. His early circle included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein. I’ve always been fascinated that many of the great writers (including Lewis and Tolkien) found like-minded souls to be with regularly. They seemed to feed off each other. They undoubtedly supported as well as challenged one another. This is why I’m always suggesting to writers that they find a writing community or partner.

3. He prioritized his writing. Hemingway treated writing as his most important work, even when he was doing other jobs to make ends meet.

4. He wrote all sorts of things. He experimented with many forms—poetry, short stories, novels—and he was a journalist as well. He taught himself to become a writer through this continual exploration and was always seeking a new and better way to express himself.

5. He wasn’t afraid of the process. He knew that a book or short story had its own timetable, and he didn’t try to force it. If a project needed weeks, months or years in the editing and rewriting phase, that’s what he gave it. Despite the same anxiety for publication that all writers share, he still gave his books the time they needed to develop.

6. He knew when his work needed to be put in a drawer. He would set a completed project aside for weeks or months to “simmer on its own” while he worked on something else, allowing his subconscious to continue meditating on that first work. When he went back to it with fresh eyes, he’d be full of ideas to improve and refine it.

RachelleGardnerCopyright © 2012 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent. Rachelle Gardner is an agent with Books and Such Literary Agency, representing both fiction and non-fiction. She’s looking for mainstream commercial projects for both the Christian and general markets. In non-fiction and memoirs, she looks for authors with established platforms, strong marketing hooks and an understanding of how to use social media. Non-fiction authors must have a book proposal and three sample chapters to be considered. She’s also seeking all kinds of fiction, and authors must have a completed manuscript to be considered.

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

How To Be Persuasive

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My friend, Marie Forleo, points out 8 things that you can do right to help you be more persuasive.

marieCopyright © 2013 – Marie Forleo. Marie Forleo is a marketing and lifestyle expert who inspires countless individuals to live Rich, Happy & Hot™. She reaches over 90,000 readers in 188 countries worldwide with her weekly videos and newsletter, and leads dynamic training programs that teach individuals to succeed in business and life. Visit Marie’s Website!

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

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Friday, February 1, 2013

The Importance of Editing: Misconceptions and Details of the Editorial Process

Darlene Quinn, Guest Author

As authors, we know that the writing process itself does not come without countless hours, months, and sometimes even years spent crafting that masterpiece. However, be it an essay, article, or even a book, the work of a writer is far from over at the end of the first draft. For many of us, the hardest, and for some, the most enjoyable work is yet to come.

editingOf course we all want our first draft to be perfection, yet, mistakes are inevitable. As the creators of our body of work, we can oftentimes be so inside of our own creative process that a simple slip of the fingers can easily go overlooked. Words can be misspelled, verb tense can get confused, and sometimes even sillier mistakes can happen that programs like spell check will overlook, like meaning to type “steam” and accidently typing “stem”. Thus being so inside our process we then risk reading what was intended in our minds rather that what was actually written. It happens to each and every one of us and this is why editing is crucial.

Obviously we want our manuscript to be as professional as possible; therefore, at the conclusion of our first draft I personally have found that it is best to give some distance between what has just been written before diving into the first self-edit. I have found that it takes a few weeks to a month to place enough distance between us and our work before starting in on the second draft. Then, after finishing the second draft (or however many drafts it takes to be satisfied) it is finally rime to get a second set of eyes to look over our work. It’s time to edit.

So, what exactly is editing? The view on this particular process varies depending on the type of manuscript and who you talk to, but the overall concept remains in place. Nonetheless, the biggest misconception surrounding the editing process is that a copy edit is merely proofreading. This is not to discount proofreading as part of the overall editorial process, as it is in fact essential, but it is also the last phase of editing.

An actual edit is a more “in depth” account of what has been written. A good editor will assist in improving the flow of the prose as well as the reader’s engagement with the text. This assures that the manuscript is not bogged down by text that does not advance the plot. This part of the process is often called the “substantive” or “developmental” edit. During this phase, the following aspects will be addressed: pacing, repetition, believability, seamless chapter progression, a review of subthemes, and point of view.

In addition to the previous, the editor will also work on heightening the tension in the novel. In doing so, it might become necessary to adjust certain paragraphs and sentences in order to eliminate awkward phrasing and construction in addition to suggesting changes all of which will enhance the overall plotline or a character’s development. For those entrenched in a series, the editor will assist creating the best reading experience for current fans along with engaging readers who are newer to the series. In doing so, the editor will assist in leaving sufficient historical details in place to help orient the latter without bogging down the flow of the story by retaining too much back information.

copyeditsNext comes what is known as a “copy edit”, which is the part of the editing process which is often confused with “proofreading”. This part of the overall editing process follows the author’s review of the substantiative or developmental edits along with the redraft of the manuscript. During the copy edit they will continue to polish the manuscript based upon the issues found during the substantial edit by “listening” for the plausibility of the dialogue and continuing to correct grammar, punctuation, usage oversights, as well as rework any sentences to avoid any unclear or awkward construction.

Finally we come to the proofreading stage of editing. This last part of the editing procedure is to ensure proper technical style along with correcting any final grammatical or punctuation oversights. The editor reviews the composed pages for any potential layout issues and works to make certain that the quality of the final product is in fact ready for retail shelves.

To illustrate this notion, I recently read what could have been a fantastic thriller b a self-published author. The author themselves was a wonderful storyteller who h ad an excellent grasp of language and detail. As I read this particular author’s work, I found no immediate fault with the structure of the story; however, it soon became clear that the material has not undergone a copy edit. There was so much witty dialogue in place that it slowed down the pacing of the story and I found myself beginning to skim over places in the story. This is obviously not the reaction you want your readers to experience.

Self-editing is an essential first, however, having an editor, or that second set of eyes on your work does come with its own unique set of advantages. For example, having worked on a piece for so long, we as authors can become too close to our own work.Being inside of our head, we are blind to some of the more subtle flaws in our work. This is why it is essential to have that other set of eyes look it over. We need someone who can’t fill in the subconscious gaps to say “This doesn’t make sense”, “What did you mean by…?” or, “Igot lost when…”. Therefore, if a professional editor is not within your budget, try finding at least one writer or individual who you trust to give your manuscript a thorough edit.

Remember, it is important to get some distance between the writing process and editing. We must be open to suggestions while being true to the story we want to tell or content we intend to convey to make our work shine.

quinnCopyright 2013 – Darlene Quinn. Darlene Quinn is “The Social Conscience Mentor and Coach!” She has emerged as an award winning author, writing coach, public speaker and board member of several organizations in the literary arena. Visit Darlene’s website: http://DarleneQuinn.net/

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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