Conversations : The Best of Royalene Doyle (part 3)

Celebrating the Best of Royalene Doyle

and her fantastic Conversations

farewell goodbye waving

Seasons. They mean a lot to us: harbingers of change, or renewal, or death, or growth, or transformation, the seasons play vital roles in everything from Shakespeare to the Metamorphosis to our very own blog posts here on Self Publishing Advisor. (Did we just put ourselves in company with Shakespeare? Well, maybe he would have self-published too if he’d had the chance!) Many of Royalene’s finest posts tapped into timely conversations about the seasons and how they inform our work–from conception, to the written manuscript, to the final publication and distribution. Her first truly seasonal post for us came back in 2015, when she wrote about the “seasons of creative development.” These seasons provide a useful metaphor for framing the work that lies ahead, and we can’t think of a better foundation for today’s retrospective than this.

Royalene continued her 2015 conversations about seasons by writing a series; you can read the other posts in the series here, here, and … here, with part IV, the conclusion and second post we’ll be looking at today. Why part IV and not some other part? First of all, there’s something fitting about writing about a sense of resolution and hope after writing about seasons and how they inform our work … and more than anyone else who’s ever written for us here on Self Publishing Advisor, Royalene understood how to provide readers with tangible and actionable ways forward. Here, in the conclusion to her incredibly popular series on seasons (as determined by the analytics), Royalene reminds us that as authors we will face seasons as well: seasons of productivity, and seasons which might be called “fallow.” Seasons where we feel frustrated, and like nothing is happening. The good news? Everyone goes through them, so there is nothing wrong with you for feeling down on your luck or discouraged. Authors like Laura Ingalls Wilder get started late in life all the time; Authors like CS Lewis write steadily throughout their lives and into old age; authors like Alice Ann Munroe only receive due recognition in old age; and authors everywhere go through seasons. Just like the rest of us!

The seasons have other connotations, too, don’t they? They’re elemental. They speak to the workings of the world. In a wildly popular post from 2016, Royalene wrote about another set of rich metaphors which often intersect with those of the seasons: the elements. Not the periodic table of elements, although that too is a beautiful thing and worth mining for creative fuel, but the elements as perceived by the ancients in various cultures, and used as metaphors for describing and informing human relationships to the natural world … and each other … and so much more! Earth, fire, air, water, and aether. Who knew that they could help inspire authors throughout the ages, and maybe even you? Well, apart from Royalene, who is brilliant? In this, our final retrospective for the week, we wanted to leave you with a typically “Royalene-y” post, one which provides a fun and useful exercise to help you keep generating the words you need in order to complete your writing project.


That’s all for this week! We’ll be back next Friday as we detail more of Royelene’s greatest hits, as determined by our blog’s analytics. You can follow Royalene’s further adventures by checking out her Twitter feed (her handle is @RoyaleneD) or her website at We miss you, Royalene! ⚓︎


ABOUT 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. She developed 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, has received 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. December 2017 marked the end of Royalene’s tenure at Self Publishing Advisor. and we will be spending the next few weeks celebrating some of her all-time hits, her most well-received articles for our blog, in thanks for years of generous service.

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