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I have been asked to reflect on my writing processes and methods as an author. While reflecting on my writing, I realize that my writing has been exciting, scary and a painful process all at the same time. I begin with painful because when I was in school, I got an “F” on my paper in 5th grade for my handwriting and not my ideas. I believe that was my first serious critique of my writing. As much as I loved to read and was a good reader, I lost confidence in my writing and it began there. In college, I had problems with organizing my writing in a systematic format. I received a failing grade on my first freshman English paper. This was scary because I needed English to get my degree. Thankfully, I went to a small liberal arts school with nuns and priests who gladly assisted me to develop my writing skills. My junior year in college, I started working part-time for a law firm in their library and it was there that my library career began. I loved it but still had no desire to write a book even after 30 years in libraries. While in graduate school, I had my first taste of victory with my writing by my research professor. After so many years of feeling like a failure as a writer, she told me, “you write well enough to complete a dissertation.” I said, “me?” She replied, “yes you.” So, I did.
Fast forward to 2008, I published my first book of poetry. Who knew? Today, I have written 20 plus books of my own as well as coached and published the books of many others. What is my process?
The Conclusion. I start with the end in mind. Why am I writing the book? What do I want the reader to learn from my book? Why should a person read my book and what should be the take away or learning points? In essence, what is the message of my book.
The Contents. What do I want to include in the book so that the reader gets the message. With my non-fiction, it is clear, I want to include 30 devotionals about a certain subject. OR, with my fiction writing, I outline what scenes I want to include in the book and determine the path, twists and turns that the main and secondary characters will take to get to the destination.
The Cover. Does the cover represent the contents and the conclusion? I ask my team of advisors as well as post the covers to my database lists and social media to get the opinions of others. When I publish and coach other authors, I advise them about the book cover but encourage them to let their readers, followers, friends and family have input into the book’s cover. Why? If others like your book, they are more likely to purchase it and recommend others to purchase it.
The Cost. I know that you wonder why cost is the last thing that I think about, but it is. Why? Because if the book is well written with a message that connects and is appealing, people will buy it. Secondly, I compare the prices of books in the same genre, page length and topic area especially bestsellers to determine my cost. Most first time authors are concerned about the cost of the book, royalties and sales. It should be a concern but not the first concern when the book is not even finished or in some cases, started. If it is quality, interesting and in demand, people will buy it.
Finally, I encourage new authors and especially those writing memoirs and fiction to have an outline. An outline will be the frame work for the book similar to the foundation and beams necessary to build a house. I personally have trouble ending a book rather than starting, so an outline and an idea of how I want the book to end is critical for me. I personally call it knowing how to “land the plane.” Once you have the outline, you just fill in the contents or text under each outline heading and your rough draft of your book is finished. It is not perfect yet but at least, the rough draft is finished. For more information, visit http://www.bkroystonpublishing.com and to get started, got to http://bit.ly/roystonwriterspackage.
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Is it the big one, Elizabeth? Redd Fox made the phrase, “It’s the big one Elizabeth” famous on the Sanford and Son Television Show. If there was some shocking news or unexpected turn of events, he grabbed his chest like he was having a heart attack while saying the phrase. We all laughed. Those that have had a heart attack know it’s not funny but, in another context, has anything attacked your heart lately? I mean has anything gotten down in your spirit, set your soul on fire, got your body in motion and/or kept you up at night? Has this big one caused you to develop a plan of action, do some research or make some phone calls? Is it the big one? Is this the big thing that you’ve really always seen yourself doing, having or being? If not, it’s not the big one. It’s a false alarm. The prelude to the big one. If it is really the big thing, the main thing and the dream thing for your life, you will do something. I hear people say all of the time, I’ve always dreamed of doing or I really want to do or I would love to do or one day I’m gonna do…BUT, I can’t afford to do right now. Well, even if it is not the right time for the big one, do you know all about it? Do you read books, articles, visit websites, go to the library and do research about that dream, vision, call or loved big thing? If not, that’s not it. Stop talking about it. I am convinced that people just like to hear themselves talk. Because if there was something that you really loved, desired and wanted bad enough, you would do something to get it, learn about it or layaway for it. Your actions will tell, not your mouth, if this really is the big one Elizabeth…
Partners for a Purpose
7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. Luke 5:7 (KJV)
When my mother was about to cook something new for dinner, she would take the recipe to the store with her. All of the ingredients would be listed and she could just buy everything that was on the recipe. She didn’t have to worry whether it was in the kitchen cabinet already. She would buy everything she needed at one time. At home, she would take everything out of the bag and ready to cook the item. Simple. No problems and the dinner was great.
But, there are some projects that are not as simple as an entrée for dinner. Some projects take a team to complete. What if you had been working on a project for months? When it is time to complete the project, you have a disagreement or just an emergency arises and the people you counted on to help you suddenly can’t? What do you do? You first, pray. You second, pray some more. Then next you look around you for people who are willing to help you.
In the Bible, Peter was an expert fisherman with an actual fishing business. Jesus told him to launch out into the deep for fish. He did as Jesus told him. When the harvest of fish came in, Peter could not bring all of the fish in on his boat or his boat would break. Peter called for his partners with their boats to come help him bring the load in. God knew you would have a harvest to bring in. He also knew exactly the people that HE wanted to help you bring it in. My prayer today is that God bring the right people into your life but, that you recognize them for who they are, “Your Partners for a Purpose.”
Prayer: God bless my friends with what they need, who they need and when they need it to fulfill your purpose today!
Building the Dream Team – Book and Workbook
This book is to help you determine, discover and develop your dream team for your organization, product or service. The sky is the limit on how high, fast and far you wish to go, grow and expand.