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.

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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 www.DoyleWritingServices.com. We miss you, Royalene! ⚓︎


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.

Conversations : The Best of Royalene Doyle (part 2)

Celebrating the Best of Royalene Doyle

and her fantastic Conversations

farewell goodbye waving

Once upon a glorious time, Royalene gave us her backstory as an author and self-publishing expert. And let us tell you, it’s something special. Royalene started out writing genre fiction in her teens, mastering everything from science fiction to mystery to children’s books, before moving on in her adulthood to overcome that age-old tale of a gifted writer facing rejection letter after rejection letter. Her response? To take up self-publishing, of course! There’s a lot more to the story than what we can summarize here, but one of the highlights is her unwavering faith in herself (and other authors) and her own personal vision. Here is a writer who faced challenges so common (or perhaps even universal) to the profession, and out of her own grit and determination and self-empowerment, carved out her own uncommon response … and success! In fact, Royalene has had a lot to say about success over the years, and we can’t recommend reading her posts enough. But for the background and the foundation of who she is as a writer, and where her advice comes as a self-publishing professional? Read this post for sure.

Next up, we wanted to shine a light on some of Royalene’s method. (And also, let’s face it, there’s something just plain winsome about Winnie the Pooh, and Royalene’s reference here is spot on.) 2013 was a splendid year for Royalene posts (a very fine vintage), packed full of insights into how she goes about starting a new book, particularly a new children’s book. She walks readers through the first step (research), then the next (conversation), and the last (money). Each of these steps presents some obstacles for the self-publishing author to overcome, but Royalene’s clearly defined and organized steps might just prove a working blueprint for those children’s book authors who come after her. Well worth a full exploratory read, don’t you think?

Our last post for the day was the logical follow-up to the previous one; in fact, this post was published just one week after, also in 2013 (as we mentioned, a very fine vintage!). It also seems logical to have begun today’s reminisces with Royalene’s own childhood, middled with her method for writing a children’s book, and concluded with that other big component of children’s picture books—a relationship which in many ways defines the entire experience—the relationship between author and illustrator! Royalene delves into her various thoughts about illustrators, including some of her requirements for the relationship and her tips on knowing when an illustrator is right for you. As she mentions in her post, this is foundational to the creative development of a children’s picture book, and it’s just as important to develop a working philosophy or ethic of how to go about finding an illustrator and establishing that relationship as it is to write and publish the book. If you’re thinking of writing, illustrating, or otherwise publishing a children’s picture book this year, we recommend reading Royalene’s post in full!

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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 www.DoyleWritingServices.com. We miss you, Royalene! ⚓︎


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.

Conversations : The Best of Royalene Doyle (part 1)

Celebrating the Best of Royalene Doyle

and her fantastic Conversations

farewell goodbye waving

Royalene’s first post for us was way back in 2013, almost six years ago. Can you remember what you were doing six years ago? Luckily for us, the archives of our blog have preserved Royalene’s thoughts from the time, and they’re wonderful thoughts indeed. Here, in her first ever blog post for Self Publishing Advisor, Royalene captures what it means to feel (and to forget to feel) what it means to be a newly published author. As someone with experience on both sides of the self-publishing divide—Royalene has provided a variety of editing and assistive services, as well as published her own books—she found herself ruminating on what is valuable about that newness, that new-minted feeling. A hint? It has to do with passion. And over the last six years, we’ve seen plenty of that most important of all things, passion, pouring out through Royalene’s “Conversations” post. We highly recommend that you take a look at this, her first, her marquee blog post! She also delves into some tips and tricks for writing books in the self-help genre, specifically for authors looking to give other authors advice.

Speaking of advice for writers of genre, this next blockbuster success of a “Conversations” post comes from 2015, two years into Royalene’s tenure on Self Publishing Advisor. In this post (titled, cleverly, “Saints and Science Fiction”) Royalene examines the ins and outs of a very different genre, one in which convention and the confounding of convention are equally important features. The advice Royalene gives is, as always, incisive in its observation as well as enduringly humane. She draws upon her own experience and the experience of her friend, an author in the genre, and the methods and processes by which he created his works. And if you’re wondering if this is only ever going to be useful to authors of science fiction—it’s not! In this blog post, Royalene and her friend provide a series of motivations to keep authors of all genres in “the zone” and in love with their project. One of the greatest takeaways is the use of what they term a “Motivation Diary,” and you can be sure we’re thinking long and hard about whether to add this to our own lives right now as we face life on the blog without Royalene. She was (and remains, albeit more distantly) our greatest cheerleader and motivator.

Our final “best of” post for the day also touches on genre, only this time the genre in question isn’t lifestyle/self-help or science fiction … it’s mystery! We all know and love the work of Agatha Christie, of course, and Royalene is no different, paying her homage and looking deep into what makes a work in the mystery genre a success. Hint: it has to do with the word “brinkmanship,” which Royalene defines at length, also discussing its entanglement with other concepts and methods for writing. Definitions have always been one of Royalene’s greatest strengths as a contributor to this blog, and this post is no different. Not only does she lay down some wisdom about brinkmanship, but she also defines and explores the ramifications of “clues,” “red herrings,” “the suspects,” and “disguises”—particularly as they relate to the writing of mystery books. And of course, Royalene’s skill with a sentence really shines throughout this post as well, as always. Well worth a second look!

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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 www.DoyleWritingServices.com. We miss you, Royalene! ⚓︎


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.

Conversations: 12/29/2017

‘TIS ALMOST THE TIME TO SAY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Two more days—just 48 little hours—when the New Year’s Eve gatherings will be in full swing and we all step into 2018. I must admit, in my youth, I never considered what my life would be like in this future. I certainly didn’t imagine that I’d be a writer, or that a majority of my writing efforts would be amazingly blessed by helping other writers fulfill their dreams of being published. So, as this year of 2017 slips into memory, I’d like to share a few highlights of my writing life with all of you, and hope these will trigger thankful remembrances of your own writing career—encouraging you to look into your writing future.

First, I am so thankful for the English teachers who encouraged me in elementary and high school. After listening to experiences from other authors, I know my classroom days were filled with miracles—encouraging words (and grades).

I am also thankful for the university professor who gave me very poor grades, adding comments that belittled my writing style—and writing voice. Even though I totally stopped writing for a few years, there was always something inside nudging me to put pen to paper and share what was on my heart. Christmas card notes became the impetus that helped me start writing again.

My Aunt Sherry (my Mother’s youngest sister) was also an encouraging force. “You have such a natural way with words,” she’d say. And when I started writing essays and short stories again, she was the first to lovingly critique them. She was thrilled for me when one of my Sci-Fi short stories was published.

By the time I was in my 30s I was happily a member of a writers’ workshop that met once a month. Each one of those gatherings (of 8-15 people) was filled with love and laughter, critique and word-play, and spontaneous combustion of ideas to further plot and character development. These marvelous people will always “speak” to me in my “inner-writer’s-ear.” However, I most often hear the gentle, poetic voice of our leader, Lois Beebe Hayna. She left this planet this year at the age of 104, but will never leave my heart and thoughts and her poetry books will bless many generations. I strongly suggest you Google her name and listen as she reads her own “Last Will and Testament” poem.

There were also many years of my writing life when I was employed fulltime (to pay those monthly bills) and happily found myself in positions where I typed (read and gently critiqued) the papers of anthropologists and archeologist, department and company managers and owners. The pattern of writing—and building my skills all along the way—continued as I was recruited to become a high school teacher. Student assignments came flowing in and, again, my writing (and communications) background proved useful.

deployed: a christmas story by royalene doyle

Then came the day when my husband read one of my short stories. “This has to be published!” Neither of us knew anything about the publishing world, but we did realize that no traditional publisher would publish one short story. So, we printed it. The title is DEPLOYED: A Christmas Story, and the initial printing of 500 copies were mostly given to detachments of soldiers being deployed. It is now a paperback and eBook on Amazon.

Writing is such a passion in my heart that I had to produce a second book in 2015: FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words. This one was done the correct way with Outskirts Press where I hope publish a fiction work soon.fireproof proverbs royalene doyle

Today I continue writing almost full-time! My writing life story is unique to me and yet I’m certain you’ve recognized similarities to your own journey. Each day for me is a balance act between writing for clients and helping them publish their own books, and writing my own stories—always researching some unique element no matter which project is before me.

THE writing life (our life) is full of those “construction” and “scaffolding” pieces shared with you this month. It is also a path with Bright Stars along the roadmap highlighting the writing we’ve done, the authors, publishers, editors, creative consultants we met, and books we’ve published. May you continue the journey and enjoy every moment of 2018 and beyond… ‘til we meet again. ⚓︎


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. 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. This is Royalene’s last “Conversations” post for Self Publishing Advisor.

Conversations: 12/22/2017

‘TIS THE SEASON TO GLANCE AT A MAP OR TWO

There are just a few more days in this year, 2017, and I’ll be taking an hour or so to pull out my files (yes, paper files) that remind me of ways to select and develop the setting of my novel. However, since I want to encourage you to do the same—or begin building your own resources files/books—I’ll share a few ideas that have helped me in years past.

  • A very wise historical fiction author once told me to “start grabbing maps of the locations you’re considering using in your story.” He when on to say that the physical map is important because it “grounds the writer on earth.” (Not all my stories are on earth, but discussing that is for a different blog).
  • Maps will not only help us hone in on a specific location (or two or three), it will also show us the who the “neighbors” are. This may be of great importance in developing the mindset of our characters.
  • Once a general location is selected, take a closer look by either using an Internet search to view the land and/or contact the USGS, or local librarians to discover more about the town or village within the time-period of the scenario you’ve selected.

ANOTHER AVENUE of research for settings is to watch movies that have been set in similar locations. I love this method because I can combine personal enjoyment with “technical” research. For example, the movies Gone with the Wind and ROOTS are perfect for the study of plantations and “The South” of that historic era. The authors of the original novels wrote with such passion, developing such depth in their characters that Readers could almost taste the dust of the land in their mouths. This concept—of describing each setting so that Readers can taste, smell, see and feel the environment—is a huge benefit to Readers. (Touchable settings create a great fan club, too.)

THEN ADD a new resource book to your collection. Recently, I was introduced to a book Black Vignettes by Rosalynn Shropshire-Westtitle Black Vignettes by Rosalynn Shropshire-West. It is a collection of essays of African American History and Culture written with a seamless blend of fiction and non-fiction styles. And what strikes me most positively is that it informs me of people, events and culturally significant topics not found in ordinary U.S. history books. This author did her research, and understands the “setting” of each time-period. Some may wonder why someone would write (and then publish) a 600-page book these days. I, for one, am blessed she did, formatting it into brief essays that are easily picked up and read independently of the previous piece. This will be a resource on my shelf for years to come as I know it will enrich the genealogy research into my own family “roots,” where I’ve discovered living cousins who are African American.

Over the writing/publishing centuries there have been seasons when the general “rule” was “less description—more concrete fact.” I have never been a supporter of that thinking because it takes the essence (the heart) out of the writing. Historically proclaimed author, Anton Chekov is quoted saying, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Simply reading his quote has, I’m certain, created a visible image in your thoughts and possible a hint of the story that you could produce from it. Such is the great value of setting our scenes with clear, visual and tactical preciseness.

Be encouraged, dear writer, as you approach the close of 2017 and gather bits and pieces of the setting(s) for your book(s). May this become a yearly, December, plan and process, tucked into all the fun you’ll have with family. ⚓︎


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. 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. This is Royalene’s last month writing for Self Publishing Advisor.

Conversations: 12/15/2017

‘TIS THE SEASON TO SMELL THE CHESTNUTS ROASTING

Have you had the opportunity to quietly observe any of your favorite authors? Maybe you’ve met one or two at writer’s conferences, or genre-specific clubs, or the primer opening of a movie made from one of their novels. The majority of my favorite authors I’ve “met” through their biography or autobiography. However, I have had the pleasure of meeting a few at conferences where I’ve also been able to observe them from a respectful distance. Much to my personal delight, what I’ve noticed most often is their ability to tap into what I’ll call their child-likeness. By that I mean they have developed a wide-eyed, adventurous attitude that gives them a sweeping perspective of all the elements in the moment they’re experiencing whether it is an intense conversation with an agent or listening to jokes over coffee and muffins. Bottom line: authors are people, too; which makes their writing richer. And almost without exception, each published (successful) author I’ve met has given me HOPE, encouraging me to continue my own writing journey.

There are, however, two genres of writing that seem to produce authors who go above and beyond to encourage every writer they meet: The Biography/Autobiography/Memoir authors, and the Faith/Religious/Spiritual Growth authors. I find myself collecting more of their books all the time, because as I turn each page I’m encouraged and challenged to keep backside of hope connie eldridge and timothy wimberlygoing and never give up on the gift of writing that tickles my thoughts every day.

One such book is The Backside of Hope by Connie Eldridge and Timothy Wimberly, which speaks volumes to me as I face daily decisions that will affect my path toward my achieving my “big dreams.” Eldridge and Wimberly wrote this true story about Wimberly’s life that had become devoid of hope—until his life became the story that moved him forward in forgiveness, restoration, and receiving the love of the Heavenly Father.

Another book on my shelf is, Revealing Divine Mysteries of the LORD of Mercy by revealing divine mysteries of the lord of mercy Mary Johnson-GordonProphetess Mary Johnson-Gordon. This author’s writing style is dynamic and dramatic. Although I’ve read it several time, I still find myself randomly opening to a chapter and re-discovering the amazing Truth of God’s extreme love of each and every one of us—His very real, constant and unconditional Love!

The experiences of this author (who is a Native American of the Haliwa Saponi Tribe) also reveal how God has set up a support-system for us which includes the angelic hosts of heaven, the saints of heaven (like Mary, the mother of Jesus, Paul the apostle) and the Holy Spirit, Who is intimately available to us. “Life” has an amazing Supernatural element to those who are willing to accept it no matter what our vocation might be.

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Authors of these two specific genre categories write with great passion and that desire for excellence is passed forward to us as we “catch their fire.” One young author who caught the fire of Hope and Faith is Lailah Gifty Akita (from Ghana) who is quoted saying, “Write your dreams in journal, notebook, card or on a cork. When you pen down your dreams, an inner strength and divine power is activated for you to work towards the fulfillment of your dreams.” Her book, The Wings of HOPE: Survivor is also a self-published book that will inspire generations.

SO, during the two days I’ve set aside for the me/writer this week, I’ll be reaching for an inspiring book written by authors who reveal the passion in WORDS. Of course, there is no way I’ll be able to read the whole book, however, catching just a glimpse of their “fire” will help be ignite my own. I hope you’ll do the same. ⚓︎


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. 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. This is Royalene’s last month writing for Self Publishing Advisor.

Conversations: 12/8/2017

‘TIS THE SEASON TO SET THE STEEL OUTRIGGER

Have you ever had the feeling, just as you’re finishing a novel, that the whole premise is collapsing? Be assured you are not the first writer to experience this, nor will you be the last. I firmly believe that this excruciating moment in every author’s life is qusteel outriggerite simply just part of the process of creating an excellent novel. So, how can we avoid that moment? Here we are in the 2nd week of December and the holiday activities are increasing. However, I’ve set aside two days (well, a day and a half) prepare the foundation for my work in the coming year. I call it my scaffolding agenda.

I’ve been listening to so many ideas floating in my head that will eventually fit into my actual story. But it’s the premise—the very core concept (or “take-away”) that I hope my Readers will discover, that will be my basis and to secure that solid foundation I must ask myself two important questions.

  • WHY do I want to write this story?
  • Why will Readers buy this book?

My answers will lead to the Theme (premise) of the story which I’ve learned to write out in one sentence (even if it’s a paragraph long) and post it on the wall next to my desk. Then, later, I re-write that Theme Statement from the perspective of each of my characters and, again, tape those to the wall. These two steps keep me grounded throughout every stage of writing the novel.

Now, back to the scaffolding illustration. If you’ve ever noticed the scaffolding beside new buildings, or the steelwork of a bridge you’ve probably seen the individual triangle shapes utilized throughout. From the base of scaffolds (called steel outriggers), to the steel supports in raised bridges, these triangle shapes have been selected because of their extreme strength due to the rigidity of its sides which allows them to transfer force more evenly through their sides—or “balance” the pressure.

I don’t believe it is a coincidence that Plot Outlines are often illustrated as triangles because their foundation begins with a specific character or problem (with the world) that must be resolved. Upon the shoulders of this character and the challenge he/she faces rests every other element of the story.

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Here are the quick and easy steps I’m taking to lay the foundation for the new novel I’ll start—and finish—in 2018.

  • When I answered the “Why do I want to write this story?” question I discovered that one rather unusual character has been telling me his story—so he will be my main character and the basis for this story’s foundation. My goal during this week will be:
    • Discover his name.
    • Describe his general physical appearance/condition,
    • Write one short paragraph about his back-story.
  • Answering the question, “Why will Readers buy this book?” provided me with the problem this character faces—which will resonate with a large portion of the Reading world. My additional task for this week is to: r
    • Do a quick Internet search to learn more about this challenge in people’s lives and…
    • Start a list of the resources I’ve discovered.

Accomplishing these tasks will, I know, tweak my need to write until sunrise. However, I will remind myself that I have permission to rest—more than I work—and relax (and reconnect) with my family and friends. THIS is the Season to regenerate and let Love and Laughter Ring! ⚓︎


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. 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. This is Royalene’s last month writing for Self Publishing Advisor.