Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 8/08/14


Walking through a shopping mall recently, I caught a conversation segment as a young lady’s voice rose to a higher pitch: “…and if I’d never seen that—for myself—I wouldn’t have believed it.”  Oh how I wanted to ask her what she’d seen!  I didn’t, of course, so my imagination was left to fly off in multiple directions.

Now, sitting at my computer, writing to other writers, I’m acutely aware of how inspiring that snippet statement is—confirming the fact-based nature of humans who so easily believe what they see—even if what they’re seeing is a special-effects fabrication.  Long ago, the marketing/public relations gurus recognized this element of human nature.  Their skill in creating just enough illusion in the sales-pitch of their products seems to increase by the hour as earth’s population becomes ever more susceptible.  We want “the facts” to be “true.”  Don’t we?

Well, that’s a bigger discussion than I’m able to provide in this space and time.  However, the concept—as it relates to writing—is a valuable one to talk about.  Below are two food-for-thought statements:

STICK TO THE FACTS in non-fiction writing.  Always?  Most-of-the-time?  The definition of this term non-fiction is: A report or factual account…history…empirically true assertions and descriptions written by an authority in that field.  The fact about non-fiction writing is that it is also a narrative and/or story of the topic/subject being addressed.  It is a cumulative work of research developed by an author who believes his or her facts are true.  These authors offer their readers their knowledgeable, inspired perspective on the subject matter they are writing about.

BRING ON THE WIZARD OF OZ!  Fiction writing is often labeled a theoretical, imaginary flight-of-fancy “invented” by an author to provide escape from reality.  Personally, I don’t like labels and I don’t appreciate that definition.  Elements of it are true; however, my version would go something like this: Authors of all fiction genres provide a unique and inspired perspective to their subject matter by incorporating “what if” scenarios giving readers the opportunity to explore possibilities they might not have imagined before.

THERE IT IS…the connective umbilical cord that supports ALL WRITERS…inspired perspective.  Over the last several blog entries, I’ve given examples of books that I consider to be superbly written by authors utilizing this gift—their uniquely inspired perspective.  From Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD: SOME INSTRUCTIONS ON WRITING AND LIFE to THE ROBE by Lloyd C. Douglas and THE MOTE IN GOD’S EYE by authors Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, each author has offered readers fact-based, imaginatively told stories meant to open hearts and minds to new and exciting horizons.  THIS IS EXCELLENT WRITING!

Without doubt, there is someone reading this blog right now who has this gift of writing!  ARE YOU USING IT?  Are you writing?  Are you ready to publish?  THEN DO IT!  Don’t make the rest of us wait any longer!  Search out the self-publishing company that best fits your needs and enjoy the satisfaction of holding that book IN YOUR HANDS!

Royalene ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.

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