Conversations : The Best of Royalene Doyle (part 9)

Celebrating the Best of Royalene Doyle

and her fantastic Conversations

farewell goodbye waving

We’ve spent several weeks now examining some of Royalene’s banner series for Self Publishing Advisor. But what about standalone posts? Do any leap out at us?

Why yes, yes they do. And the first such post we’d like to mention today is one in which Royalene admonishes us to feed our minds, bodies, spirits … and imagination! The reminder to do so is an important one, as we’re all prone to privileging certain notions of productivity–or quantity, or speed–over the quality of the finished product. And ultimately, as Royalene reminds us constantly, writing is about savoring the experience of life. This post really sinks its teeth into some of the ways we can get started doing just that! This post is absolutely worth coming back to, time and again!

When we think of relaxation, we often think of a welcoming armchair and a mug of hot coffee, tea, cider, or something along those lines. And with all the wisdom of decades of experience, Royalene uses this post from April of last year to re-center us all on the virtues and value of contemplation, of relaxing into the reflective mindset when it comes to re-envisioning our work. (And working out its flaws.) There’s a reason why the path to success looks different for every person, of course, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to any thorny issue in the craft of writing. But we’ll all get just a little bit closer, Royalene suggests, if we take a moment to step back. And consider. We simply love this post, and find it a useful reminder on our busiest weeks that sometimes … the most productive thing we can do is slow down.

And in this, our last featured post for the week, we wanted to point our readers back to Royalene’s “Coffee and Mulled Cider” celebration from September of last year, in which she explored ways in which to “mull over” your book and emerge from the process with an even stronger, more powerfully compelling, book. A hint? The sense play a role, as does C.S.I.

No, not the now-defunct television show–the systematic examination of the details in order to construct a working hypothesis of why some things are working and some things aren’t! Royalene also taps into the wisdom of opportunities, and on the stick-to-it-ness which is often required to make a success of the things we really love.


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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