There is a MESSAGE to be told! For my author/friend, Lorry Lutz, her latest historical fiction novel carries the message of Faith, perseverance and speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves. (See last week’s blog) However, at this very moment, readers around the world are being inundated with “tell-it-like-it-is” books by authors who have an interest in becoming President of the United States. These nonfiction tomes are, for the largest part, ghostwritten by folks who work with the “authors” to develop their True Story in an attempt to connect with “we the people.”

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When I started writing these blogs, I promised myself that I would not be a “political blogger,” and I am NOT doing so today. However, as I’ve seen these nonfiction books HIT the bookstores and online shelves, I believe there is something of value for most all of us writers to learn from them—KEYS of Storytelling COMMUNICATION. If you don’t want to purchase any of candidate books you can check them out from the local library—then look through them for these well-developed writing techniques:


  1. Chapter Titles create the basic book outline. If you’re a fiction writer (like me) I have always balked at “creating” an outline for my novel. There is just something within me that goes against my grain of creativity in doing this task. It seems counter-productive, especially when characters and their actions demolish any outline I’ve developed. However, for the nonfiction writer, the outline is crucial.
  2. Character development. I once read that writing a biography is essentially writing a character analysis about that person’s personality and behavior traits. This is exactly what all writers do whether building a fictional character or developing the life-story about a real person (living or deceased). When you have that political personality’s memoir in your hands, make note of each of the character traits they highlight. Look for keywords such as: honest, good listener, tenacious, loyal, integrity, compassionate, optimistic, intimidating, high-strung, judgmental, bully, straight-shooter, faithful friend…etc.
  3. Supporting characters. Yes, in all these true story biographical books, you’ll find other people mentioned who are or have been in relationship with the main character. These supporting characters develop the “character analysis” of the hero of the story. They will demonstrate how that person interacts with others and allows readers the opportunity to form an opinion—albeit, from well-developed, guided Here are some of the things we can learn from these lifetime character interactions:
    1. Strongest childhood memories and favorite subjects in school.
    2. Favorite personal books and movies.
    3. Various occupations and maybe why they were selected.
    4. Spiritual/Faith beliefs and how they make a difference in actions taken.
    5. Family dynamics—with Mom, Dad, siblings, extended family and friends.
    6. Personal dreams and struggles/obstacles in life.
    7. Habits—good, bad and in-between.


My message for you today is this: Read! READ! And Read some more! Each and every time you read someone else’s published work you will learn something (consciously or subconsciously) that will enhance your own writing skills and abilities. Nonfiction biographies and political tell-it-like-it-is books, historical fictions, science fiction, poetry, memoirs, histories (of nations, social and cultural organizations, churches, arts, etc.) as well as magazines and newspapers, will increase your frame of references and resources. And as you’re reading, keep writing! Get your book(s) completed and PUBLISHED!  ⚓︎


RoyaleneABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.  

Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.

2 thoughts on “Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer: 12/11/2015

  1. Royalene, your advice this week is not new but the way you have presented it is new. I thank you for that. I must be a slow learner because I need to have lessons presented again and again, in different ways, in order for the message to sink in.

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