Conversations : The Best of Royalene Doyle (part 4)

Celebrating the Best of Royalene Doyle

and her fantastic Conversations

farewell goodbye waving

Today we’re going back over a few of our favorite posts by Royalene on what to do when times get difficult, and you need a fresh burst of inspiration. Some writers call this “Writer’s Block,” but in all the years Royalene wrote for this blog, she never ONCE used that expression. Why not? Because for Royalene, there’s never a block that couldn’t be overcome or erased by reframing the conversation. In this, our first featured “Conversations” blog of the week, we wanted to dig into the most hopeful of all Royalene blogs—a blog in which she focused on what makes us write in the first place! “Sometimes we just must shake ourselves from normal patterns,” she writes, “like turning the soil around rosebushes and adding fertilizer—to allow the best writing that is within us to COME OUT!” Wiser words have never been said, and the rest of this post is equally enriching.

Next up is another fabulous, life-affirming “Conversations” post, this one a rallying cry for poets and other wordcrafters looking for a boost. Here, Royalene goes back over three key tips given to her by author and poet Lois Beebe Hayna. Hayna pointed out, and Royalene expounds upon, the idea that “you must be in love with words in order to be an excellent writer.” But how to make this happen? That’s the real trick. Hayna and Royalene also note that writing about the things which interest you (instead of being crushed beneath the pressure of writing for popular acclaim or other peoples’ expectations) as well as diving into research can be some of the best ways to free yourself from the weight of insecurity and fear—two of the greatest killers of good books everywhere. Of course, Royalene said it much better than we could ever summarize here, and we recommend you take a look at her original post!

We’re cheating a little bit with this one, as it was originally posted to Self Publishing Advisor as a three-part series focusing on reaching out for help when things are just too difficult to go it alone. Royelene titled this series “Helping Hands, Minds and Hearts” and you can find the three parts here, herehere and here.  If you’ve ever wondered whether your work would benefit from a ghostwriter, and how that relationship might play out, this series is a masterwork packed with useful information! From start to finish, Royelene walks you through weighing the expenses versus the benefits, deciding upon your options, and navigating the process of self-publishing with a ghostwriter. As Royalene puts it, two really is better than one, at least for some of us. And she helps us figure out who those “some of us” are. And when it comes to battling Writer’s Block and other difficult times as authors, putting your head together with someone else is always a good plan. And since we can’t all have Royalene … well, we can still make good use of her fantastic words, memorialized in this series.

***

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 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 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!

***

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!

***

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.