What more does Discovering Your Author Brand have to offer?

It’s the kind of things that you need to know when you’re ready to proof-plus that book you’re writing for NaNoWriMo.

What? You say the revelation to two secrets isn’t enough to spring your purchase?

How about these three?

Tagline vs. Logline vs. Blurb.

Book b4 Series b4 Author Brand.

Using Trailers.

Oops. Did I give too much away?

Over at Writers Ink Services, the blog series on 13 Bits of Advice to Start Writing in ending. The final blog is focused on the hardest problem all writers face. Newbie, Wannabe, Gonnabe, and Be ~ all writers struggle with one simple thing :: How to Keep Writing.

Writers Ink has a few resources for writers. While some are directed specifically for newbies, they are excellent guides for writers anywhere in their journey.

Writers Resources

from Writers Ink

To gain a professional writer’s perspective, Writers Ink as the Think like a Pro Writer series.

Think like a Pro

 

The first book in the series, Think  like a Pro, presents 7 lessons to change your mindset from hobby writer to professional writer.

The book is available in two editions (different covers) and in paperback or electronic: 

the guiding lamp  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DYJDY5S/

or the floral https://www.amazon.com/Think-like-Pro-Advent-Writers/dp/1983247685/

 

Think / Pro Planner

The Think/Pro Planner for daily word counts and project tracking  Also available in two editions to match the Think like a Pro guidebook

Guiding lamp https://www.amazon.com/Think-Pro-Planner-M-Lee/dp/1983248673/

Floral https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1983248592/

Think/Pro is only available in paperback. How else are you going to plan projects, track word counts, note down meetings and daily events, and highlight successes!

 

Discovering

Discovering Your Novel, everything you need to know to write your first novel or to rescue those story ideas that never turned into completed manuscript. Designed to write your novel in a year and set up in a weekly format, with Charts!  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PYYM2LG/

Discovering Your Characters, just published! Everything you need to know to develop engaging characters, from archetypes to angst, couple bonds to team roles, and much, much more. A reference for your writing shelf!

The Discovering set will continue with Three more books.

  • Discovering Your Plot will be this fall.
  • Discovering Sentence Craft will be for the holidays.
  • and Discovering Your Author Brand will be for the New Year, to start 2020 off as Your Writing Year!

Over at Writers Ink Services is a blog series offering 13 bits of advice for new writers who want to start writing their novel.

Here are the links to the first two blogs which appeared in August:

The very first starta guidebook to help you start writing

The very first characters

If you want to start writing your first book, you need to look for advice and guidance in M.A. Lee’s Discovering.

The first writing craft book, published in the Spring of this year, is Discovering Your Novel, designed as a weekly journey from original idea to book-in-hand.

More help is coming in the Discovering series, with Discovering Your Characters and Discovering Your Plot. To improve your words on the page, you will want to investigate Discovering Sentence Craft. And most newbie writers have difficulty deciding on their public writing persona. Check out Discovering Your Author Brand to help with these decisions. All books coming soon!

If you struggle with maintaining your focus on writing, you need to change from thinking like a hobby writer and begin thinking like a pro writer. Think like a Pro gives you the seven lessons needed to change your perspective on your writing goals.

The Big Push known as National Novel Writing Month–NaNoWriMo–occurs every year in November. Are you ready? Start tracking your daily word counts and your projects with the Think/Pro planner for writers. 

Clear Pronoun Reference

A Backwards Approach

The true key to any communication is awareness of what interferes with the message.

Communication depends on clarity.

Approaching any message, word-based or graphic image, from the stance of “What can go wrong?” seems backwards.  However, any longtime writer will confess that is the question constantly in mind as they prepare to write.

From Business to Athletics to the Arts

“Begin with the End in Mind” is the mantra of any endeavor:  business, sports, arts, religion :: the customer,
the win, the performance, Heaven . . . or Hell.

Once the idea is in place, all impediments are then removed.  As the idea progresses to reality, impediments are continually removed until the idea becomes tangible reality.

If businesses don’t start by creating smooth pathways for customers, then customers will leave.  So they should begin by identifying the blocks that will impede or frustrate their customers.

Few inventions begin with someone saying, “Great idea.”  Most inventors want to devise a better method.

Athletes create regimens by removing what interferes.

Artists don’t start painting their visions on blank canvasses.  They prep their canvas to remove any imperfections.  Then they begin.

Writing begins with idea.  Removal of impediments begins next by determining characters and GMC, plot situation and structure, and setting.  We refine as we process, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.

The End is Not the End

When we all come to the end of our goal, we haven’t reached the end of our task.  We’re still putting on final touches.  And we’re thinking of the next goal that we want to communicate to our audience—even if that audience is just ourselves.

And we constantly look—beginning, middle, end—for impediments to our message.  We want those impediments gone!

Especially when those impediments are glaringly obvious.

Avoid glaring errors with Clear Pronoun Reference
Mistakes so Bright We’ve Got to Wear Shades

Grammar Mistakes so Bright

Throughout this series of blogs since January, we’ve talked about grammar checkers and readability stats, mis-used words (“Vial Trolls”) and sentence subjects being lost (“Pesky Trolls”).  We’ve covered fossilized verbs and MisMods & DangMods (Sept. 15 and Oct. 15).

We’ve offered ways to create emphasis (June 15 and Aug. 1) and ways to add interest (July 1 and 15).

We’ve had side excursion to baseball (May 1) and book trailers (Sept. 1 and Oct. 1).

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed these trips.

Clear Pronoun Reference, part 3 of 3

Pronouns cause problems when our audience cannot quickly determine the nouns they refer to.

  1. Oscar waved to his coach as he came down the escalator. >> Who is on the escalator?
  2. Oscar met up with Mike after he saw Julio yesterday and said that he had the gear. >> Who has the gear? We have 3 choices.  Who exactly saw Julio yesterday?  2 choices.
  3. Before the gate could fit the opening in the fence, it has to be made smaller. >> What needs to be smaller: gate or fence opening?

Awareness of the problem helps us avoid it, just as we noted above:  Begin with the End in Mind.  If you know you make certain errors, you will learn to spot those errors more quickly.

CPR for CPR

When proofreading, touch every pronoun back to the noun immediately preceding it.  If too many nouns have inserted themselves between your pronoun and its antecedent, divide the sentence to conquer the problem. (btw: ¶ = paragraph)

  • Oscar met up with Mike. ¶ “I saw Julio,” Mike said. “He said he’s got our gear.  We just need to pack it up.”  ¶ “When can we do that?” ¶ “Well, yesterday.” (grin)

As a rule of thumb, nouns should be in the same ¶ with the pronoun.  Repeat the noun when entering a new ¶.

FICTION follows a slightly different rule:  In training through a situation, several ¶s will occur.  Restate the noun occasionally and in different positions within the different types of  ¶s.

¶ types vary greatly:  some narration, some dialogue, some exposition, some action.

Read aloud for flow and continuity and pronoun reference.

Take Off the Shades

This is our last Grammar Blog for the year.  We’re launching into a New Advent in November, coinciding with the NaNoWriMo.  Check back November 1st for our “royal we” take on the internationally infamous writing challenge: 50,000 words in one month.

  • Where to start?
  • What to do?
  • When to resort to tools?
  • Why to abandon those tools?
  • How to succeed?

Happy Writing.

~~ Emily